Characters from New Mutants and New Mutants vol.3
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Danielle 'Dani' Moonstar / Mirage
A tribal Cheyenne girl raised by her mutant grandfather after her parents were apparently killed by a giant demonic bear (no, really). Was taken in by Xavier after her grandfather's death. Initially, her powers were creating illusions (often using a person's greatest fears or desires as a template, but not always) and animal telepathy. These and other abilities have fluctuated over the years. Currently she has the powers of a Valkyrie and is a member of The Defenders.
- Action Girl: Due to her training at Xavier's and her time as a Valkyrie in Asgard, and her natural athleticism growing up in the Rocky Mountains, Dani is physically fit and an excellent hand-to-hand combatant. In addition, she is experienced in the use of several primitive weapons, especially the bow and arrow, spear, knife and sword, which she carried as a Valkyrie. She is a skilled equestrian and swimmer, a good marksman with a rifle, and an excellent archer.
- Anti-Hero: Type II-III
- Ambiguously Evil: Despite being a member of the MLF the worse crime she commits is knocking out Sunspot with an psychic arrow. Outside of her reveal most scenes that feature her, have her as a background character.
- Badass Normal: Ever since she was depowered.
- Braids, Beads and Buckskins
- Brought Down to Badass: Even without her powers, she's a Badass Normal.
- Captain Ethnic: The... the feather is bad enough, but the braids? Really?
- Characterization Marches On: Early depictions show her as racist, vengeful, angry and highly flirtatious. For example she refuses to join Professor X because he's white and imagines her grandfather being beat to death because he's making her join, although she is horrified by it. Still she demands blood and tries to kill Pierce. She hits on everyone, gets annoyed that Sunspot is paying more attention to Magma than her. Lastly while in Brazil, while trying on a Carnival Dress she comments it was to modest for "her tastes." Over time she slowly grew more mature and responsible to being a fully competent leader. It should be noted that is averted in flashbacks, one issue before a date she remarks there was a time she never would have let a white man in her life.
- Cool Horse: Specifically, the winged steed of an Asgardian Valkyrie.
- De-Power: Moonstar is one of the many mutants who lose their powers because Scarlet Witch magic at the end of House of M.
- Deal with the Devil: With Hela anyway during "Utopia", granting her Valkyrie powers. Later she arrives for the final battle with her powers as a Valkyrie fully restored and she takes on Ares, defeating him after a brutal battle.
- Face–Heel Turn: Twice, first when she's possessed by Hela and second for much of the X-force series Dani is a member of the MLF averted as she was undercover for S.H.I.E.L.D.
- The Hero
- Magical Native American: Of course, it is Norse magic...
- Master of Illusion: By using her illusion power in conjunction with her basic telepathy, she can cast images based on someone's greatest fears or desires.
- Older Than They Look: In her first appearances she was drawn as a pre-teen despite being sixteen. When Bill Sienkiewicz took over her appearances was brought up to date.
- Put on a Bus: After M-Day, she was unceremoniously kicked out of the mansion by Emma Frost.
- Psychic Link: When communicating with Wolfsbane in her wolf form.
- Shipper on Deck: Tried to set Karma up with coffee shop barista Luna DePaula. While the two were friendly, Luna was much more interested in Dani while Karma was pissed that Dani thought they'd hook up simply because they're both lesbians.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Apart from (originally) manifesting people's worst fears holographically, she could communicate on a low-level with animals; basically furry creatures automatically liked her. Sub-bonus in that she soon joins the team with Rahne, a mutant who can shapeshift into a wolf, so when Rahne transforms, they can communicate over long distances.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: During the New X-Men days, she and Emma Frost make no attempt to hide their hatred for one another.
- Terror Hero: Sometimes. This isn't necessarily her favorite tactic, but it is reasonably common and often very effective. She certainly has proven to be good enough at it to reduce Selene to a barely-composed wreck, which is definitely not a feat to be taken lightly given Selene's extreme arrogance and narcissism.
- Tomboy to Rahne's Girly Girl
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In the second New Mutant Series, Dani becomes Elixir's guardian and acts maternal to him. At the end of this series this is dropped and never mentioned again. Her parents have also vanished since the end of New Mutants.
- Younger Than They Look: In the second New Mutants series Dani becomes a teacher as is drawn and acts like she is in her mid-twenties despite the book stating she is twenty one.
- Your Heart's Desire: Rare hero example: she could create a mental illusion of your worst fear, or your heart's desire. She could choose which one, but even she couldn't know what her victim was seeing.
- Your Mind Makes It Real: For a while, she could literally conjure solid objects with her illusion powers, depending on how strongly she or her target wanted or feared said object.
Samuel Zachary Guthrie / Cannonball
The son of a coal miner from rural Kentucky, and felt obliged to take his place at the mine himself after his father died. After his powers emerged during a cave in his employer Donald Pierce gave him a new job as a bodyguard, but left and joined the New Mutants after it became clear the man was a murderer. Despite being a salt-of-the earth and often naive young man he is quite intelligent and well read by ordinary standards. Comes from a large farm family, and all of his many siblings are also mutants. Cannonball releases extremely powerful blasts of chemical energy from his feet and arms that allow him temporary flight and invulnerability and energy blasts. Currently a member of The Avengers.
- Ascended Fanboy: Likes science fiction. Also applies to him joining The Avengers.
- Berserk Button: Do not EVER insult his heritage or imply he's a dumb hick. Not only is this not true in the slightest, but it REALLY pisses him off.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Sam is normally one of the nicest, sweetest people you could ever meet. But as Serafine of the Children of the Vault learned, pissing someone who's nigh-invulnerable when he's blasting is a bad move.
- Cannon Discontinuity: The whole "Eternal" thing is near entirely in the discontinuity bin, though there have been the odd nods to it here and there, such as during Stryker's attack on the mansion during New X-Men. Sam is shot up, but it's noted he's somehow able to heal (though the concept of him being immortal is immediately dismissed).
- The Cape
- Country Mouse
- Curb-Stomp Battle: With Gladiator. Sam was not on the receiving end.
- Deadpan Snarker: Leaning more to the deadpan side of this Trope, having friends like Roberto and Dani have transformed him into a full fledged Deadpan Snarker of epic proportions
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: Mr. Guthrie was a coal miner who died of black lung.
- Deep South: If Kentucky counts.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He managed to beat Gladiator in a fight. Yes, THAT Gladiator. The MU equivalent of Superman. And he did it with VERY little effort.
- Flying Brick: His mutant power literally IS flying brickitude. He's invulnerable, but only when flying. And a good thing, since he steers like a brick, too. He can't hover at all and has very little control over his speed or direction.
- Genius Bruiser: He is far more cunning and intelligent than he looks and he is constantly using the application of momentum and physics in his powers to maximum effect. Not only that, but he is actually quite skilled at the use of both Xanatos Speed Chess and he has showed the ability to actually pinpoint The Plan of others.
- Good Ol' Boy
- The Goggles Do Nothing: He frequently wears goggles, though whether he actually keeps them over his eyes in flight varies.
- Happily Married: During Jonathan Hickman's Avengers, he married fellow teammate Smasher, even having a son with her.
- I Believe I Can Fly
- The Lancer
- Lightning Bruiser: Can fly at astounding speeds, and his secondary powers allow him to both hit like a truck and be immensely difficult to harm.
- Likes Older Women: Recently there were some subtle hints about Cannonball having possible crush on Rogue.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: Sam has 11 siblings in his family...all of whom are mutants. Until recently, most of his mutant siblings were depowered while he, Paige (Husk) and Jay (Icarus) are the remaining mutant siblings.
- Messianic Archetype: He was destined to lead the Mutant race by combining Magneto, Xavier and Cable's dreams into something better. It didn't take once the "External/High Lord" thing ran its course and got tired during a change in the creative team.
- Mr. Exposition: His catchphrase is "I'm invulnerable while I'm blastin'!"
- Nice Guy: Sam, over all things, is a kind, chivalrous and warm hearted man trying to do the right thing
- Nigh-Invulnerability: When he's blasting. It's also one of the most powerful force fields seen in the entire MU, as it was strong enough to completely No-Sell Gladiator's blows and redirect them back at him. Gladiator, whose power levels depend on his confidence level, was so thoroughly shocked that he was almost completely depowered and was subsequently beaten with virtually no effort on Sam's part.
- Only Sane Man: Among the X-Men as a whole he is one of the most down to earth and often the most pragmatic of the group, especially as a member of the New Mutants or X–Force.
- Progressively Prettier: During his New Mutants days, Sam was pretty lanky (and had very prominent ears, so much so Spider-Man could recognise him from them alone at a moment's glance in the middle of a pitched fight). Since then, he's filled out an awful lot, and become more ruggedly good-looking.
- Required Secondary Powers: An aversion, in one instance. He could direct the blasts out of his arms instead of his legs, but the recoil would just send him flying, unless there was someone around with super-strength to help hold him down (as U.S.Avengers reveals).
- Southern-Fried Genius: Contrary to what his background would have you think, he's very, very smart, highly intuitive, and incredibly clever and creative when it comes to using his abilities.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: His depiction in Jonathan Hickman's Avengers has him portrayed as essentially a frat boy, utterly at odds with his previous decades of behavior.
Xi'an Coy Manh / Karma
A Vietnamese refugee forced to raise her twin siblings after her parents were killed in the war. Joined Xavier's school to provide for her siblings. She's also a French-speaking Catholic. Her Mutant ability is the power to take control of other people's bodies and manipulate them at will.
- All Love Is Unrequited: According to Xi'an, she had tried to speak to Kitty Pride about her feelings, but desisted when she felt that Kitty could not reciprocate her feelings.
- Artificial Limbs: Lost most of her left leg to an attack by Cameron Hodge. Soon after, she had it replaced with a mechanical prosthetic.
- Badass Bookworm: Was made the school's head librarian during the New X-Men era.
- Badass Gay: Karma is one of the first major lesbian characters that can kick ass.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Xian once used her powers to massacre an entire room of The Right's goons.
- Body Horror: When she's possessed by the Shadow King during the time she was initially thought dead, he engaged in his favorite physical pastime—eating—and becomes morbidly obese as a result. Xi'an is not happy when she gets her body back.
- Cain and Abel: Her evil twin brother. Later on her evil estranged sister.
- Captain Ethnic: It's not nearly as bad as it is with Dani, but neither the popular nor religious definition of karma has anything to do with her powers, and her graduation costume has a Mandarin collar and a yin yang symbol on the chest. Which, again, has nothing to do with her powers.
- Dark and Troubled Past
- Hoist By Her Own Petard: Her power is to possess others, and she herself ended up possessed by the Shadow King, an older and more experienced possessor who would go on to become one of the X-Men's deadliest recurring villains.
- Idiot Ball: Admittedly, in terms of powers she's plot-breaking. If there's a single villain, Karma would have to fail to take them over, because that ends the plot. But it makes her useless. If there's multiple villains, Karma can't take over her approved target, because that's too easy a victory. Again, she's useless. The only thing she can be allowed to do is take over mooks, who would then be useless in attacking their own boss, because they're mooks.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: For this reason, she has been shown using general telepathic powers from time to time.
- Lipstick Lesbian
- Only in It for the Money: Initially. Karma had been working a full-time job to support herself and her siblings, and so agrees to work as Xavier's secretary to help him run the school in return for a generous salary.
- People Puppets: She has the ability to take possession of the minds of other people or animals. She projects a psionic energy surge that overwhelms the consciousness of another; this renders the victim unconscious while placing her own mind in command. It allows her to alter the victim's perceptions and memories, command people to fall asleep or divulge information, and operate their bodies as if they were an extension of her own.
- Promotion to Parent: She is the legal guardian of her siblings from a young age.
- Put on a Bus: She was thought-dead for a long time, and then vanished again to look for her siblings. Out of the whole original team, Karma had the least amount of exposure in the book, as no creative team knew how to use her.
- Rape as Backstory: When her refugee boat was boarded by pirates, Xi'an and her mother were raped and her mother died shortly thereafter..Xi'an: They killed the men. The women...were not as fortunate.
- Ship Tease: With Kitty Pryde in Claremont's Mekanix miniseries.
- Telepathy: Karma had also begun developing other telepathic abilities that were either latent or triggered by her possession by the Shadow King. By possessing others remotely, she can mentally "see" through their eyes. She is also able to use her power to disrupt other psi-signatures, protecting her from all manner of psychic assault.
Roberto da Costa / Sunspot
The son of a very rich man from Brazil, Sunspot was raised with a silver spoon in his mouth. Unbeknownst to him, his father was actually a corrupt member of the Hellfire Club (essentially the Mutant Mafia in Regency clothing). His powers manifested during a soccer game after which he was targeted for assassination by Donald Pierce, and his girlfriend Juliana was killed. After graduating from Xavier's he took over his father's position in the Hellfire Club in an attempt to legitimize its criminal activities. Roberto absorbs solar radiation to give him flight, superstrength, invulnerability, and energy blasts for short amounts of time. Currently a member of The Avengers.
- Brought Down to Badass: After Secret Wars, his Mutant powers were apparently removed by exposure to the Terrigen mists. This didn't mean Roberto had lost any of his athletic skills, or his intelligence. It later turns out Roberto still has his powers, but they come with a severe drawback.
- Cast from Lifespan: As a result of exposure to terrigenesis after Secret Wars, Berto's powers still work, but using them burns up his life.
- Conspiracy Redemption: Attempted with the Hellfire Club, didn't go too well.
- The Chessmaster: Come New Avengers (2015), he manages to outwit both SHIELD and an alternate Reed Richards repeatedly.
- Depending on the Artist: Sunspot is of Afro-Brazilian descent (though his mother is white, his first appearance has a fellow Brazilian bullying him due to his African heritage) but a lot of artists seem to forget this and simply make him look like the stereotypical American depiction of a "Hispanic" person. His skin tone varies wildly, as do his facial features and hair texture.
- Face–Heel Turn
- Flying Brick: He possess the ability to fly by propelling himself through the air, by force of will, by generating thermal updrafts
- Glass Cannon: Early on he was super-strong but did not have a comparable level of invulnerability the way other heavyweights do. Eventually he gained that power.note
- Gratuitous Portuguese
- Hero with Bad Publicity: While in charge of A.I.M.. Running a former terrorist organization does not do much wonders for your reputation, and both the U.S. military and SHIELD wait for him to do something so they can arrest him.
- Hot-Blooded: At first. By his Avengers days, he's mellowed out considerably.
- Incurable Cough of Death: Develops one during Ewing's New Avengers, thanks to Terrigenesis exposure. It's not ultimately fatal, but it doesn't help at all.
- In the Blood
- Irony: Many characters speculated that Roberto was the New Mutant most likely to turn evil (though his stint with the Hellfire Club did not help in that regard). Despite this, he's proven to having an undying loyalty to Xavier's cause.
- Kirby Dots: When in his powered-up form, he appears as a flat black silhouette with motes of blackness drifting from his skin.
- The Lancer
- Latin Lover
- Lonely Rich Kid
- My Greatest Failure
- Obfuscating Stupidity: During New Avengers, he appears to be an overly-enthusiastic manager whose approach to everything is throw money around and see what happens. The truth is he's hiding a dangerously clever mind, capable of outthinking damn near everyone, and preparing for almost every eventuality.
- Poly Glot: English, Portuguese, classical Latin, Chinese, and Askani.
- Pure Energy
- The Power of the Sun: His power came from sunlight, and could be exhausted if he overused it, especially at night or otherwise in darkness. (He could gain slight power from stars or the moon, but not enough to make much of a difference.)
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: In Avengers, Bobby manages to convert a few rank-and-file members of AIM to double agents by getting them drunk and promising to pay them really well. Later, during the eight month time skip before Time Runs Out, he actually purchases ALL of AIM and restructures it to be a helpful organization that supports his new, independent Avengers team.
- Skunk Stripe: Develops one during New Avengers, when he reveals he can use his powers, but that there are drawbacks.
- Super Strength: Sunspot has ability to absorb solar energy and convert it for use as physical strength. The original limits of his strength was that of 2 tons. Since then however his strength has increased to 50 tons.
Rahne Sinclair / Wolfsbane
The self-hating illegitimate daughter of a bigoted and abusive Presbyterian minister. Rahne was raised in a strict and abusive environment and mostly convinced she was damned to hell by the time she was 13. So she didn't exactly adapt very well when she found out she could turn into a wolf. Saved from a religious mob by Moira MacTaggart and taken to Xavier's where she became best friends with Mirage.
- Abusive Parents: Her father, Reverend Craig, not only emotionally abused her from childhood, but led a mob to try and burn her at the stake when her mutant powers surfaced. He then became a villain involved in the Purifiers, an anti-mutant religious hate group. His Karmic Death was well-deserved, though unfortunately it screwed poor Rahne up even more.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: She started off turning into a wolf before going full-fledged werewolf.
- Biker Babe: Briefly, in New X-Men. This was quickly swept under the rug when she moved from that book to Peter David's Madrox.
- Brainwashed and Crazy:
- Her time in Genosha as a Mutate. It took several years for it to wear off.
- In X-Force, to rip off Angel's wings. Which backfired when Reverend Craig, responsible for it in the first place, triggered her programming and made her kill and eat him.
- Break the Cutie: Her life is basically just one horrific event after another.
- Christianity Is Catholic: Averted; she's a Presbyterian. Of course, a lot of readers see a religious character and assume she must be a Catholic. So do one or two of the writers.
- Cure Your Gays: Briefly held this view, regarding Rictor. After he confronts her on it, she stops and admits that it was pretty stupid of her.
- Depower: During the "Dream's End" storyline, Mystique zapped her with a depowering gun For the Evulz. A few years later, Elixir used his powers to restore her.
- Deus Angst Machina: She finally gets her head and life together, then she gets brainwashed into eating her estranged father... And then someone messes around with her head so she actually remembers doing so...
- Express Delivery: Since she's a wolf-like mutant (and we've seen mutant biology affecting pregnancy before; see Angel and Beak), and the father is a divine wolf from Asgard, it's understandable that her pregnancy advances a lot faster than a human one. That she ends up giving birth to her son through her mouth is something that can only be attributed to his divine lineage.
- Fetus Terrible: Her son, Tier Sinclaire, was one by accident. Being half Asgardian Wolf, he was so strong that his motions inside of her womb were tearing Rahne apart. Rahne had to get herself imbued with similar durability and strength to Asgardians in order to avoid being kicked open by her own unborn son. He also came into the world by inducing his mother to vomit him out of her mouth. Despite this inauspicious start, though, Tier wasn't a villain, but just an ordinary child... well, as much as that term can be applied here.
- Fiery Redhead
- Happily Adopted: By Moira Mactaggert, in all but name.
- Healing Factor: It's something she's been retconned as having, to further the comparison to her being a werewolf.
- Hot for Student: With Elixir. To be fair, they were only three years apart and she was just a student teacher, but it still got her to quit from Xavier's (read: Put on a Bus so Peter David could have her).
- Interspecies Romance: Her longest standing relationship has been an on-and-off affair with Hrimhari, an Asgardian entity who is a shapeshifting, magical, sapient wolf. Eventually, she became pregnant by him and gave birth to his son, Tier Sinclaire.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Her power-set expands to include this after her augmentation to survive her pregnancy with Tier. It hasn't shown any sign of leaving her yet.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: She's a genetic mutant who can shapeshift from human to wolf. Eventually, she gained the ability to take on a variety of "transitional" half & half states, and during the 90s she spent some time unable to change fully back to humans. Eventually, she was retconned as having a Healing Factor, and after her pregnancy with Tier, she gained Nigh-Invulnerability and Super Strength.
- Partial Transformation: She could change into a wolf or a transitional state between human and wolf. She once had to stay like this for a time, after being brainwashed in Genosha.
- Pregnant Badass: A variant; being pregnant actually resulted in her needing to get a powerboost so that she could survive the strain of being pregnant with her half-Asgardian son.
- Religious Bruiser: Rahne is a devout Presbyterian and doesn't look like much, but when she transforms into her werewolf form, she's very dangerous.
- Scotireland: She's canonically from Scotland, so, as a Marvel Universe character, this comes with the territory.
- Self-Made Orphan: Not voluntarily, but few shed any tears. Ironically, she took it hard when she found out he was dead, and harder still when she found out she was the one who killed him.
- Supernaturally Young Parent: She has a son by an Asgardian God and came to term in very short order.
- Super Senses: She has some (not to, say, Wolverine's level, but she's got them).
- Super Strength: Her power-set expands to include this after her augmentation to survive her pregnancy with Tier. It hasn't shown any sign of leaving her yet. Before that, her transitional states did boost her strength, but not to superhuman levels.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: When she kills and eats her father in X-Force.
- Girly Girl to Dani's Tomboy
- Took a Level in Badass: Although your mileage may vary, she did this over the years. Most notable was her power-up after becoming pregnant with Tier.
- Wife-Basher Basher: She once killed a fatally-abusive husband during her time in the government X-Factor. Of course, being Rahne her reaction to doing this was an emotional breakdown.
- Wolf Man: Her basic form is usually some feminine variant of this.
Doug Ramsey / Cypher
With the cerebral ability to understand all languages, Cypher was considered to be one of the weakest New Mutants. He was best friends with Warlock, but was killed while defending Wolfsbane in battle.
- And I Must Scream: So your power is language-related and you think you can beat Doug at his own game? Bad idea.
- Back from the Dead: After twenty years (possibly an X-Books record). He was forcibly resurrected during Necrosha, and soon returned to the X-Men as a powerful strategist.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Since coming back from the dead, he's convinced a futuristic mecha to kill its pilot, and used a literal spell-machine to remove an enemy's mouth so she couldn't use her hypnotic voice.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Even after being brought back properly, it's pretty clear not all of Doug's social skills made the return trip.
- Chick Magnet: Sunspot likes to THINK he's a ladies' man, but Doug has had the most love interests of anyone on the team. He dated pre-bodyswap Psylocke as well as teammate Wolfsbane, but has also managed to earn himself quite the following of female villains.
- Most recently, in Peter David's All-New X-Factor, Doug had a wild night with Danger, and he acquitted himself well enough that everyone's favorite control-freak jail-bot offered him another go. Unfortunately, self/friend made the mistake of getting with the, er, girl his best friend Warlock was into. Warlock forgave him instantly but still knocked the taste out of his mouth.
- Cunning Linguist
- Likes Older Women: Dated a pre-bodyswap Psylocke for a while.
- Non-Action Guy: Kitty met him in dance class. He possess just the normal human strength of a young man of his age, so he is not useful in a fight.
- Omniglot: Cypher is a hyper-linguist and has a superhuman facility for translating any languages, spoken or written, human or alien in origin. His superhuman skill also extends to his great facility in deciphering codes and computer languages as well as understanding hidden intentions and body language. Cypher's skills are such that he was once able to make great headway in translating the written language of an extraterrestrial race in a matter of minutes.
- Taking the Bullet: Doug died doing this for Rahne (who didn't even realize what had happened until the fight was over).
- Teen Genius: Has gifted intelligence.
- Took a Level in Badass: Cypher underwent some severe level-up after coming Back from the Dead. Originally, his mutant power was "read and understand any language", meaning he was simply an Omniglot when he died in the 80s. Revived in the 2000s, we learn that "language" includes "body language", meaning he can predict his opponents' moves and actually held off all his old teammates single-handedly. It also includes computer language, making him an imminently skilled hacker and programmer, as well as letting him "read" the structure of a building and discover the easiest way to destroy it. Plus, he is capable of performing spells, too.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Eventually remedied somewhat in Excalibur, where he and Warlock were combined to form Douglock.
- Further remedied by Zeb Wells in the third series, extending his powers to cover all manner of communication — spanning the fields of linguistics, anthropology, archaeology, and art (to name a few). If there's a message or intention, he can potentially analyze and translate it. To say this has left him a bit....off is putting it lightly.
Warlock is a member of the Technarchy race alien. He is considered a mutant because he can experience emotions. See his series that takes place after Warlock's death and reanimation as Douglock (originally thought to be the combination of previously killed New Mutant Douglas Ramsey and Warlock) and after his departure from Excalibur.
- Abusive Alien Parents: Magus/siredam keeps trying to kill him.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He gave his life to help cure Richard Rider of his Phalanx infection. Fortunately, he got better a few pages later.
- In the Blood: His dad is one bad mother.
- Living Ship: Often used to transform into helicopters to cart the New Mutants around.
- Offing the Offspring: Standard practice for his race.
- Robot Buddy: He was technically a "techno-organic" alien, but his cable hair fits this trope in spirit. His own series saw his appearance change to a more humanoid form.
- Spanner in the Works: Twice in Uncanny X-Men Vol 1 191 - first, as the only being able to understand Spider-Man's language (other than Spidey and Kulan Gath, that is), he is able to translate what needs to be done to Ororo; and second, when Selene attempts to cast her World Domination spell, he merges his dying body with Ororonote to enable her to defeat Selene.
- Verbal Tic: Several; he prefaces every sentence with a descriptor like "Query:" or "Imperative:" and refers to all of his teammates as "Self-friend (name)".
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: A very literal example.
Amara Aquilla / Magma
The daughter of a Roman senator of a lost city of Romans/Incans lost deep within the Amazon jungle. The New Mutants discovered the city while on an archaeological dig with Roberto's mother. Amara was targeted for sacrifice by the mutant witch Selene, but when she was tossed into a volcano her mutant powers manifested as essentially the ability to control earth and fire and transform into a living volcano.
- Action Girl: She is a skilled swordswoman.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: First she's in love with Empath, a Hellion (although she eventually accuses him of manipulating her into it, and given that it's Empath, she's almost certainly right.) Then she goes on a date with Mephisto—yes, that one—in exchange for him sending the team to the right Hel (one L makes all the difference), and genuinely enjoys herself.
- Came Back Strong: Amara's powers as Magma don't manifest until Selene throws her into lava as a sacrifice. (Strangely enough this is never tied in to the Externals, even though it appears to be a textbook case, and would provide a decade-old precedent to justify the storyline.)
- Continuity Snarl: Her background has been subject to multiple retcons trying to explain away the previous version as an increasingly complex plot. British, Nova Roman, Brazilian, New Yorker... whatever. Writers now seem to be dealing with the problem by simply not having it come up.
- Convection Schmonvection: Her combat form is made of magma. No matter how close they stand, her friends never get burned, and her attacks only burn what they hit.
- Despair Event Horizon: Due to the events of House of M and the Decimation of mutants, Magma loses her boyfriend while the two are exploring the inside of a volcano at the exact moment that the depowering wave of the Scarlet Witch runs across Earth. His death temporarily drives her insane causing her to make the volcano erupt and attack a nearby town
- Dishing Out Dirt / Magma Man: She has geothermal powers. These grant her the ability to control the movement of earth and tectonic plates, even to the extent of causing seismic upheaval. She can also call forth molten rock from the Earth's core, producing projectiles composed of lava, or miniature volcanoes. Interestingly, Professor X once noted that training her is extremely difficult due to the inevitable property damage her powers cause.
- Although Magma has triggered small earth tremors without taking on her energized form, she has never been seen to use her power to control lava while in her ordinary human appearance.
- Elemental Shapeshifter: She can transform into magma and rocks.
- Healing Factor: Amara possesses certain regenerative powers when in contact with the ground. Even when she was once affected by Selene's life-draining touch, she recovered quickly enough to aid the New Mutants in battle
- In-Name-Only: Magma's appearance in the X-Men Legends videogame as essentially a Naïve Newcomer average girl from New York voiced by Cree Summer and intended to be a Relationship Sue for Bobby Drake and an expy of Kitty Pryde (who they couldn't work into the game because walking through walls would have been a Game-Breaker power in a dungeon crawler). Treated similarly, and more extensively, in X-Men: Evolution, where she is an ordinary Brazilian girl — who talks like she's from upstate New York.
- The Ojou
- Playing with Fire: She can also create orbs of a fire-like substance and use them as projectiles or a source of light.
Illyana Rasputin / Magik / Darkchylde
The younger sister of Colossus. Illyana Rasputina is a mutant teleporter, a sorceress, and the ruler of Limbo. See her personal page.
Russell "Rusty" Collins / Firefist
Russell "Rusty" Collins was a mutant who could create and manipulate heat and flame. He joined with many of the big mutant teams, however he didn't stay with any of them for too long. He shared a long-term relationship with fellow mutant Skids before his untimely death.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: When he was part of the MLF.
- The Cape: Originally Cyclops' protege, and stated to have to potential to become a significant leader/figure for mutantkind. He went to prison as part of a protest over the treatment of mutants... and then he got put on the first of many buses.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door
- Playing with Fire: Rusty is a pyrokinetic. Rusty is able to ignite oxygen in the air and direct it as pyrotechnic blasts. He can also start fires anywhere in his line-of-sight up to 20 feet. Rusty can also erect shields completely of fire. The intensity of heat in the shield is strong enough to melt most physical attacks and disperse many energy attacks.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Poor Rusty was killed by the time-displaced Holocaust...
Sally Blevins / Skids
Skids is a mutant who has the power to form force fields and has been romantically involved with the mutant Rusty Collins.
- Abusive Parents: This is the reason why her mutant powers had first activated. Her father had beaten her mother severely for letting Sally wear pearls and had turned his rage on Sally. It was at this time that she developed her ability to form a force field around herself, which protected her from her father and allowed her to scare him off.
- Barrier Warrior: Skids possesses the mutant superhuman ability to create force fields around herself and others, totaling an area of approximately 30 cubic feet (after a long training), with her being in the center. The field covers all of her body, so she never has any actual physical contact with anything touching any part of her body, as long as it is activated.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: When she was part of the MLF.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door
Tabitha Smith / Boom-Boom
A former member of the New Mutants and X-Force, Boom-Boom is a mutant with the ability to create energy bombs of various sizes and intensity which explode upon impact.
- Abusive Parents: Her father, forcing her to run away from home.
- Action Girl: In Cable & the X-Force.
- The Ditz
- I Have Many Names: Time Bomb, Boom Boom, Boomer and Meltdown. She's currently using Boom-Boom.
- Jerkass: In Nextwave, which may or may not be in continuity. At one point, she starts beating up a policeman for no reason other than that she hates cops. (Of course, everyone on that team was a jerkass.)
- Progressively Prettier
- Sticky Fingers
- Stuff Blowing Up
- Totally Radical
- Valley Girl
Julio Richter / Rictor
A mutant with the power to create seismic vibrations, Rictor was a member of the New Mutants and X-Force. He attempted suicide after he lost his powers on M-Day, but joined X-Factor Investigations. He has since been repowered by Scarlet Witch and is romantically involved with fellow teammate, Shatterstar.
- Badass Normal: Even though he has been depowered, he still earns his place as a member of X-Factor.
- Big, Screwed-Up Family: The family business is selling weapons (and drugs) on the black market. He's less than proud of this and once worked to try to dismantle his family's business.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Dishing Out Dirt: He had seismic powers until he got depowered on M-day, though he got them back during Avengers: Children's Crusade.
- Distressed Dude: He has a tendency to get kidnapped, tortured, and/or held hostage a lot. Mostly BEFORE he lost his powers.
- Electric Torture: One of the few details given about his torture by the Right.
- Family Business: The Richter family business? Selling weapons illegally, or "selling death", as he explains it.
- Foreign Cuss Word: Prone to this, especially during the 90s.
- Gratuitous Spanish: Again, guilty of this during the 90s.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Both of his canon love interests are redheads.
- Interrupted Suicide: Three so far — in the original X-Factor (#22), and in X-Factor Vol 3 (#1 and #38).
- Manly Gay
- Relationship Upgrade: He and Shatterstar were Heterosexual Life-Partners; eventually he chucked the 'heterosexual' bit.
- Suicide by Cop: Attempted in X-Factor vol 3 #38, and later called on this trope by Guido.
- You Killed My Father: Held a grudge against Cable because of this, even after the truth came out.
Nathaniel "Nate" Grey / X-Man
X-Man is an Omega-level mutant genetically created by Mr. Sinister from the Age of Apocalypse timeline. He shares the same genetic history as Cable. After returning from the dead Nate has joined the New Mutants and started a relationship with Dani Moonstar. See X-Men members page.
Erik Lehnsherr, Eric Max Eisenhardt, Magnus / Magneto
During his reformed period, Magneto started teaching the New Mutants and fought alongside the X-men. This, at first was very difficult for many of the team-members, since they had done battle against Magneto more then once. See his page for general info.
Emma Frost /White Queen
The (former) White Queen of the Hellfire Club, Emma Frost is a powerful mutant telepath who can transform herself into organic diamond. During her time with the Hellfire Club, Frost continues to run the Massachusetts Academy and mentors the mutant team known as the Hellions. Frost attempts to recruit several gifted youngsters to her cause: Firestar, Doug Ramsey and again Kitty Pryde, all of which result in altercations. Alongside the Hellions, Frost encounters the Hellions' rival team, Xavier's New Mutants, several times. See her personal page for general info.
Manuel de la Rocha / Empath
Empath is a mutant with the power to manipulate other people's emotions which he has used for both helping and opposing the New Mutants and the X-Men. Empath was a member of the first group of Hellions at the Massachusetts Academy, is one of the few surviving original students of Emma Frost and has had a long and strained relationship with the X-Men's Magma.
- Aliens Made Them Do It: Perpetrator.
- And That's Terrible: In his earliest appearances, the narration continually stated that Empath cared nothing about anyone and that he essentially viewed people as tools, which was apparent from his actions. Then again, Chris Claremont was the writer.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: A Spanish nobleman.
- Emotion Bomb: Used this a lot, especially in the early New Mutants stories, where he demonstrated remarkably little subtlety and essentially flooded his targets with emotions until they did what he wanted. Generally, only powerful telepaths were able to resist.
- Emotion Control: His main way of using of his power.
- The Empath: An unusually sadistic version.
- Lack of Empathy: Ironically enough. He can sense other people's emotions, sure, but that doesn't mean he cares about them in the slightest.
- Mind Rape: All the time. He even tried it on Emma Frost, with predictable results.
- Overly Long Name: It is, in full, Manuel Alfonso Rodrigo de la Rocha.
- Smug Snake: Manuel was incredibly arrogant about his powers and his noble blood, as well as being contemptuous of his teammates and enemies alike- but he wasn't nearly as powerful or skilled as he thought he was, was easily defeated by adult telepaths like Frost and Xavier (and even by the New Mutants when they decided to take revenge for what he did to Tom and Sharon).
- Token Evil Teammate: Most of the Hellions were fairly decent; while several had their Jerkass moments, they were treated more as a rival sports team to the New Mutants than as genuine enemies. Empath, however, in his first appearance, not only tried to kill Cannonball but nearly killed his teammate Jetstream as well by forcing Magma to shoot lava at them while they were fighting. When Jetstream was justifiably angry about this, Empath controlled his emotions to make him apologise, then threatened to make him kill himself if he ever crossed him again. Later he forced Tom and Sharon to have sex, and tried to subject the female New Mutants to More Than Mind Control during their stint in the Massachusetts Academy, failing only because they were too traumatized for his powers to have an effect on them.
Sharon Smith / Catseye
Catseye was a lavender-haired mutant possessing Ailuranthropy, the ability to shift between human, feline, and werecat forms. She was also a member of the Hellions, and a kindred spirit to Wolfsbane. Tragically, she was killed by Fitzroy, but later resurrected by Eli Bard to kill Emma Frost.
- Ambiguous Innocence: Compared to most of the Hellions, Catseye is incredibly naive, innocent, and at times even child-like. Part of this, however, is that she sometimes does hurtful things without realizing they are bad. For example, playfully chasing terrified Hellfire Club maids in her purple-tiger form, not understanding that they are not having as much fun as she is.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: Much like Wolfsbane.
- Animorphism: Or possibly Humanity Ensues, since she considers her cat form to be her real one.
- Anti-Villain: The only "evil" thing about her was her loyalty to Emma Frost during the latter's period of villainy.
- Catgirl: As well as transforming into a large cat, she usually had a cat's tail when in human form.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Because she apparently isn't fully human, she has her own peculiar manners and priorities, which make her look like this to the New Mutants and the other Hellions.
- Evil Counterpart: Nominally this to Wolfsbane (they both had shapeshifting powers that worked very similarly; the main difference was that Catseye identified as a cat and Wolfsbane as a human). This suggests that they were rivals, but nothing could be further from the truth- their first meeting had each of them asking the other to join her team, and they remained very friendly outside of the mandatory super-battles.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: Got along very well with Wolfsbane.
- Innocent Prodigy: Highly intelligent, but very much unused to (and apparently, largely uninterested in) the subtleties and codes of human interaction.
- Minion with an F in Evil: She's not really evil at all, but simply loyal to Miss Frost for saving her and giving her a home.
- The Nicknamer: Usually refers to others by some descriptor, often visual; rarely by name. For example, Rahne (Wolfsbane, a red-coated werewolf) became "Little Red-Fur" in their conversations.
- No Social Skills: She is, generally speaking, one of the kinder and friendlier Hellions, but it can require considerable patience to put up with her various idiosyncrasies.
- Strange-Syntax Speaker: Perhaps because she lived out much of her childhood as a cat, her manner of speech in human form is... unique. Beyond idiosyncratic syntax, she frequently makes up her own compound constructions, rather than using adjectives, adverbials or connectives in their standard forms.
- Third-Person Person: Invariably refers to herself as "Catseye", never "I".
- Unkempt Beauty: As a catperson, she usually doesn't appear to care very much about her human appearance. Though there are also some exceptions; for example, for the Hellfire Club gala she used some quite sophisticated dress and make-up.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple hair as a girl, purple fur as a cat.
Haroun ibn Sallah al-Rashid / Jetstream
Jetstream was given cybernetic implants by the Hellfire Club. They were to protect him from his powers and to travel with self generated jet-like propulsion. He led the Hellions until his death.
- Cyborg: Artificial Limbs, the ability to interface with the school security system, and most importantly of all, the Required Secondary Powers to prevent him from injuring himself by flying too fast.
- Combo Platter Powers: Flight and Super Speed. However, he lacked innate invulnerability to go with it.
- Depending on the Artist: All of the Hellions suffered from this to a certain extent, being relatively minor characters- but Haroun was the only one whose skin color changed from his first appearance to his second. (Unusually, it didn't get lighter, but went from an almost grayish brown to the same color as Sunspot's.)
- Evil Counterpart: To Cannonball. They had very similar powers, and were pitted against each other a few times.
- Famous-Named Foreigner: Shares his name with one Haroun al-Rashid, the fifth Caliph of the Abbasid dynasty (aka the Caliph in The Arabian Nights).
- I Believe I Can Fly: Similar to Cannonball.
- I Owe You My Life: His motive for serving the Hellfire Club.
- Required Secondary Powers: He was born without those for flight and super speed, and ended up suffering horrific burns as a result.
- Super Speed: Like Cannonball, able to fly at great speeds.
- We Can Rebuild Him: His backstory. Unfortunately, the rebuilder in question was the Hellfire Club in the person of Emma Frost and (probably) Donald Pierce.
Jennifer Stavros / Roulette
Jennifer Stavros, the Hellion with luck-related abilities. As Roulette, she was able to psionically generate discs of 'luck', good or bad, to alter events.
- Alpha Bitch: In the Firestar miniseries, anyway. Elsewhere she's more of a Jerkass.
- Bad Powers, Bad People: Her power is probability manipulation, and she loves making "creative" use of it.
- Combat Pragmatist: The absolute champion of this among the Hellions, the evil super-team in the series. Perfectly matched by her superpower.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Her "bad luck" disks are black; the "good luck" ones are red.
- Dark Action Girl: As opposed to Tarot and Catseye, who aren't deliberately evil, so much as just loyal to the team.
- Dark Chick: For the Hellions.
- Extraordinarily Empowered Girl: Has the attitude, and like most of the Hellions, her superpowers are fairly low-key, of the sort that could be produced on a live-action show without much in the way of SFX.
- Faux Affably Evil: She's really a quite unsympathetic, manipulative girl, but it often takes some time to realize it.
- Fille Fatale: In a PG-rated way, since the New Mutants and Hellions characters are all teenagers. Though allowing that, some of the material Chris Claremont snuck in is still sufficiently ambiguous to arguably qualify as Getting Crap Past the Radar.
- Gambler Groupies: Her background, and also got to play the part onscreen for Doug Ramsey late in the Claremont run.
- Sadist: A fairly restrained example for a supervillain. She doesn't horribly torture people or anything like that, but she does enjoy other people's humiliations and misfortunes. Naturally, her powers are of good use in such contexts.Thunderbird: He's in agony. What did you do?Roulette: Gave him some bad luck. That's a real heavy piece of furniture, T-Bird. Wouldn't surprise me a bit if the boy pulled a muscle or pinched a nerve.Thunderbird: You don't sound terribly sorry.Roulette: Why should I? It was fun.
- Street Smart: An Atlantic City gambler groupie and borderline petty criminal before Frost recruited her for the Hellions.
- Sugary Malice: Both subtle and blatant.
- Troll: Loves to aggravate and tease people, in both subtle and not-so-subtle ways, and both enemies and team mates.
- Winds of Destiny, Change: Had the power to cause good luck for her allies or bad luck for her opponents.
Marie-Ange Colbert / Tarot
With a flip of tarot card, Marie-Ange Colbert - the mutant known as Tarot - could foresee future events with crisp clarity or animate the image on her card to do battle for her. Tarot was a member of the White Queen's Hellions.
- Anti-Villain: Usually portrayed as fairly sympathetic.
- The Fatalist: As Emma Frost complained, "She lets those accursed cards direct her life." Tarot believed that any events she fortold using her cards were destined to occur.
- Seer: She could sometimes see the future using her Tarot cards, but never seemed to have much control over this aspect of her powers. (Nor did she seem to give readings.)
- Tarot Motifs: She could make the illustrations from her Tarot deck come to life.
- Villainous Crush: Had a crush on Doug. Not that it ever went anywhere...
James Proudstar / Warpath
James Proudstar, known as Warpath, is a mutant of Apache descent who has been affiliated with many X-Teams over the years starting with the Hellions. Driven by anger over his older brother's heroic death while an active member of the X-Men, James come to find peace concerning the matter.
- Anti-Hero: type III
- Anti-Villain: Way back when he was a Hellion, he was one of the nicer ones. Also, his reason for staying on the team after deciding not to avenge his brother by killing the X-Men was that he wanted to be there for his friends, rather than any villainous inclinations.
- Flight: Was capable of this during the X-Force days, but it's not appeared since.
- Heel–Face Turn
- Knife Nut: Happens to have two massive Vibranium hunting knives, given to him by Storm. He's very fond of them.
- Legacy Character: He's the brother of the short-lived X-Man John Proudstar, the original Thunderbird. When he first appeared, he had the same powers as his brother and wore the same costume. He's since become more powerful and gained some new abilities, as well as a new codename and a variety of costumes, but the connection still comes up.
- Lightning Bruiser: Warpath sits at about the second or third tier in terms of superhuman strength, where he's not as strong as the Juggernaut or Colossus, but he can tank hits from them and get right back up (he fought Juggernaut without taking damage for several minutes, for example). But unlike many of these super strength characters, Warpath's got agility and reflexes on par with Spider-Man and is capable of running at over 100 mph as well.
- Magical Native American: Usually Warpath doesn't have magic but mainly superstrength and invulnerability. Recently, he learned some magic with the help of Ghost Rider in order to defeat Demon Bear and later on, he used his magic to help his teammates to defeat Selene at Necrosha finale.
- One alternate universe version of Warpath served as the superhero Shaman of his world, suggesting that James does have a latent potential for magic, but it's mostly unrealized in the main universe. Given his personality, he probably wouldn't be very interested in it anyway.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Not, perhaps, in any individual case you find, but Warpath's motivation for joining every super-powered group he's joined has been revenge:
- Hellions: His brother died fighting for the X-Men.
- X-Force: Stryfe wiped out his entire tribe.
- New X-Force: Some idiot killed Caliban.
- The one exception is when he joined Xavier's X-Men to fly out into space. That time, it was sheer undiluted boredom that got him to go.
- Scarily Competent Tracker: He is an expert tracker and hunter, even without the aid of his superhuman senses.
- Super Senses: Warpath's senses of sight and hearing are enhanced to levels beyond the capabilities of an ordinary human. He is able to see, with perfect clarity, at much greater distances than an ordinary human. He retains this same level of clarity, even in near-total darkness. His hearing is similarly heightened, enabling him to both hear sounds that ordinary humans can't and sounds that they can detect but at much greater distances.
- Super Speed: Despite his great size, Warpath is capable of running and moving at speeds much greater than even the finest human athlete. At his peak, Warpath is capable of running at speeds up to 100 miles per hour
- Super Strength: Warpath possesses some degree of superhuman strength, though the exact amount of weight he can lift isn't known.
- Super Toughness: Warpath's body is harder and more resistant to certain types of injury than the body of an ordinary human. For instance, he can withstand the force generated by great impacts. He can withstand impact forces, such as falling from several stories, being hit by certain level energy blasts, and being struck by a superhumanly strong opponent, that would severely injure or kill a normal human.
Donald Pierce / White Bishop
One of the X-men's most loathsome foes, an evil racist cyborg who wants to exterminate all mutants - usually starting with the babies and children and working his way up. Totally repugnant and insane. Ironically, was a former member of the Hellfire Club until his political views changed.See X-Men rogue gallery page.
Warlock's brutal father, who chased him across galaxies to battle his son to the death, as is their tradition. Magus is a cosmic-level threat capable of destroying stars and crushing planets in his rage. He also indirectly caused the events of Inferno by following the New Mutants to Limbo and turning the demons there into techno-organic beings like himself, allowing them to overthrow Magik.
David Haller / Legion
Son of Professor X and Gabrielle Haller. When he was a kid, he was nearly killed in a terrorist attack, which awakened his formidable Psychic Powers and gave him Split Personalities. Has an indeterminate number of personalities, each with its own power.
- A God Am I: subverted in finale of Legacy - David merges with Weaver, becoming basically a god and starts fixing damage done by evil Xavier and himself. But then he realizes if he doesn't stop, he'll have to take control of the world and change it in his image. Which would go against all he belives in.
- Anime Hair: His iconic look gives him an Eraserhead-like tower of hair.
- Antagonistic Offspring: Towards Xavier at first.
- Since Xavier's death, David decided he wants to realize his dream, but using his own methods.
- The Atoner: One of his personalities, telepath Jemail Karami, was actually the psychic ghost of one of the terrorists who tried to kill him to begin with. After a while in the kid's mind, Jemail decided he'd been wrong and dedicated his existence to restoring David's sanity.
- Blessed with Suck: Legion sure won the Superpower Lottery... Except that David, the core personality, can't use the powers that belong to his splinter personalities, and that several of the personalities are nasty customers indeed.
- Catch-Phrase: "Mine is the power of [[insert whatever power he is using right now here]]" in Legacy. His other one is "I control me", which also serves as the Arc Words.
- Children Are Innocent: David's core personality is usually depicted like this.
- Combat Pragmatist: Sees no problem in cheating his way to victory.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: He doles these out to enemies like paper flyers simply by the multitude of powers he possesses and his ability to use them when focused.
- Cursed with Awesome: Being mentally ill often helps him in his plans and enables him to concoct incredibly convoluted schemes.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Plot-Relevant Age-Up: In his solo series his core personality grew to his actual age.
- Defeat Means Friendship: After his defeat from the "New Mutants", Legion became their supporting character and unofficial member of the team.
- Enemy Without: In the first volume of X-Men: Legacy he seeks help of his father, Rogue, Magneto, Frenzy and Gambit, after several of his personalities escape. In the second volume, an evil personality modeled after his old man escapes and tries to destroy the world
- Embarrassing Nickname: David hates being called Legion. He says it's incredibly insensitive and tantamount to calling an epileptic superhero, "Spasmo".
- Famous Last Words: I was too bloody good for this place anywa..
- Fatal Flaw: In his solo series it's lack of trust. David is unable trust anybody but himself, so he manipulates people around him. As it turns out he is unable to trust even himself - this is why he personalized parts of his mind as alien beings and needs to fight to control them.
- Gondor Calls for Aid: Losing his final fight with Evil Xavier, David realizes his manipulative behavior alienated people from him so there is no one he can call for help now. Then it turns out he subconciously sent his cries for forgiveness to all those people. And in response they came to help him.
- Guile Hero: In X-Men: Legacy vol.2 David picked a habit of manipulating people for greater good. Sometimes might take it straight into Magnificent Bastard territory. Later deconstructed - series makes it clear people he manipulates either see him as just dangerous, unstable individual or outright Manipulative Bastard, so while he gets the job done, he utterly fails at making any friends.
- Many Spirits Inside of One: He had multiple personalities with different superpowers. Then he went better, but as a whole was so powerful that he caused the Age of Apocalypse. He later came back, now having hundreds of personalities, each with its own unique power. Some of them are minds of dead people he drained, making him a combination of this trope and Mind Hive.
- Mental Affair: Has one with Ruth at the end of his solo series.
- Odd Couple: With Blindfold in Legacy.
- Papa Wolf: In Legacy David becomes protective of children and firmly believes the fact young mutants still have to learn to defend themselves proves X-Men failed to accomplish anything.
- Power Parasite: In his solo series he learned to have his core personality drain powers of other personalities, allowing him to use them.
- Psychoactive Powers: However, how strength his core personality depends on his own confidence or determination - if he allows himself to be consumed by doubt, he barerly can drain weakest personalities. When he really gets his head set on something, he can get the strongest ones. after David learns to merge with his personalities, high confidence allows him to do this wih strongest ones
- Punny Name: Cyndi (cinder), the pyrokinetic personality.
- RetGone: In the end of Legacy he wiped himself from existence in the 616-world, the sole person remembering him being Blindfold.
- Split Personality: Varying in number; originally it was just three plus Jemail, but things have gotten... complicated.
- Superpower Lottery: Telepathy, telekinesis, pyrokinesis... too many things to count...
- Taken Up to Eleven in the "Age of X" storyline, where he goes and creates an entire universe.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Jack Wayne, among others (Jack was not the only malicious personality, but he did take over several of the others' powers at times, making him the most dangerous).
- The Bus Came Back: After being missing from the end of Age of Apocalypse, David eventually returned during the Utopia era.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: During the 90s, Legion travelled back in time to kill Magneto, reasoning that his father would have a better life if Magneto hadn't been there. Unfortunately, Charles took the fatal blow for Erik, and the brawl itself woke up Apocalypse several decades early, creating the Age of Apocalypse.
- Villains Act, Heroes React: In his solo series he becomes critical of this approach and tries to be more proactive kind of hero by removing enemies before they become more dangerous.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Jemail Karami seems to have vanished entirely.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Oh so very often in his solo series. Pretty much everyone from Blindfold to Pete Wisdom to Aarkus calls him out on his manipulative ways. Except for Pixie, Chamber and Frenzy, who skipped that part and just beat the living shit out of him.
Lila Cheney is an interstellar rock star mutant who can teleport between planets.
- Blessed with Suck: Lila Cheney is a teleporter capable of traveling interstellar distance in a eyeblink. Where the suck comes in is that she can only travel interstellar distances. If she wants to zap herself from the east side of Cleveland to the west, she'd have to use Alpha Centauri as a halfway point.
- Idol Singer
- Teleporters and Transporters: Lila has the ability to teleport across great interstellar distances. Her powers do not allow her to teleport any distances under a light year so she must use her Dyson Sphere as a midway point on shorter travels.