Characters: New Mutants

Characters that have appeared in New Mutants.

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.

  • 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.
  • Deal with the Devil: With Hela anyway, granting her Valkyrie powers.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 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: Harming any of his old teammates and friends is the easiest way to make sure you get your ass handed to you by Sam and being a member of the X Men, his own side, wonít save you from his wrath if you dare touch those he hold dear.
    • Also, 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.
  • 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
  • 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 (initially only for a couple of minutes at a time)
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 XĖForce.
  • 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: Still carries a torch for Kitty Pryde.
  • 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 Gay
    • Badass Bookworm: Was made the school's head librarian during the New X-Men era.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lipstick Lesbian
  • People Puppets
  • Promotion to Parent: To her siblings.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • The Bus Came Back: She turns up again on Utopia, of all places, leading a group of mutants just wanting to be left alone in the final two issues of All-New X-Men Vol. 1.
  • Rape as Backstory: When her refugee boat was boarded by pirates.
    Xi'an: They killed the men. The women...were not as fortunate.
  • Ship Tease: With Kitty Pryde in Claremont's Mekanix miniseries.

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 Victorian 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.

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: 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Wolf Man: Her basic form is usually some feminine variant of this.
  • The Woobie: Oh, so much. Let's see; grew up believing she was damned to hell because her mother was a whore? Had her damnation "proven" when she turned into a wolf at age 13? Her town's minister and her adoptive father (later revealed to secretly be her biological father) actually led the townspeople to try and burn her at the stake? The constant lack of luck in her lovelife? Her most successful relationship is constantly apart from her since he lives in Asgard and she lives in Midgard — oh, and did we mention he's an Asgardian wolf-god? When she gets pregnant to said wolf-god, the baby's strength nearly kills her until she gets a power-boost? Her son finally comes into the world, he starts growing to adulthood rapidly, and ends up being killed by her enemies? She is constantly harassed by her Sinister Minister father until she ends up going berserk and eating him, something that almost drives her insane when she figures out what happened? Someone just cut the girl a break already...

Doug Ramsey / Cypher

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Chick Magnet: Sunspot likes to THINK he's a ladies' man, but Doug has had the most love interests of anyone on the team. Most of which were female villains.
  • Cunning Linguist
  • Likes Older Women: Dated a pre-bodyswap Psylocke for a while.
  • Non-Action Guy: Kitty met him in dance class.
  • Omniglot
  • Taking the Bullet
  • Teen Genius
  • 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 is putting it lightly.


  • Abusive Alien Parents
  • 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.

Illyana Rasputin / Magik / Darkchylde

See Illyana Rasputin

Russell "Rusty" Collins / Firefist

Sally Blevins / Skids

Tabitha Smith / Boom-Boom

Julio Richter / Rictor

Nathaniel "Nate" Grey / X-Man

Erik Lehnsherr, Eric Max Eisenhardt, Magnus / Magneto

See Magneto.


Emma Frost /White Queen

See Emma Frost

Manuel de la Rocha / Empath
  • 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
  • The Empath: An unusually sadistic version.
  • Lack of Empathy: Ironically enough.
  • Mind Rape: All the time. He even tried it on 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple hair as a girl, purple fur as a cat.

Haroun ibn Sallah al-Rashid / Jetstream

  • 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

Marie-Ange Colbert / Tarot

  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Super Strength
  • Super Speed

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.


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.

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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 cheting his way to victory.
  • 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 like calling paraleptic 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
  • 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).
  • Villains Act, Heroes React: In his solo series he becomes critical of this approach and tries to be more proactive kind of hero.
  • 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 hm 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

  • 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

Characters from New Mutants vol.2 and New X-Men: Academy X

     Main Cast 

Wind Dancer/Sophia Mantenga-Barret

  • Break the Cutie: Her mother was killed in a riot, and despite her relative's attempts to keep it from her, she overheard due to her powers. She was then sent to live with her rich Jerkass of a father, who treated her like garbage, she was ignored and left out at the expensive school she was sent to, and eventually decided to trash one of her father's stores to get his attention. Instead she got arrested, and he refused to pay bail. Mercifully, Dani Moonstar came along.
    • And then M-Day happened, she lost her powers and was immediately turfed out of the mansion.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Lost her powers after M-Day.
  • Morality Pet: Actively tried to make Hellion a better person. The results were mixed.
  • The Leader: Co-Leading with David, shows signs of Type III and Type II
  • Nice Gal: Incredibly sweet and friendly.
  • Parental Neglect: Her father was an utter dick who barely acknowledged she was there, and treated her like crap. He couldn't sign the parental release forms quick enough.
  • Put on a Bus but hers didn't explode
  • Spock Speak: On account of English not being her first language, she tends to speak far more formally than anyone else.
  • Spoiled Sweet

Prodigy/David Alleyne

David had a power to copy knowledge of every person around him for limited amount of time. He lost his abilities during M-Day but would stay at Xavier's and serve as New X-Men's tactician. Later he regained all knowledge he already copied before losing his powers, and become the head of X-Men youth division after Schism. During Marvel NOW! he joined the Young Avengers - you should also see his entry on that team's character page to see what he's up to lately.

Surge/Noriko Ashida

A Japanese student with electricity-based powers.

  • Abusive Parents: Her father caused her to run away from home and then decided that for him she no longer exists.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her New Mutants uniform and a lot of civilian clothes.
  • Big Brother Instinct: First becomes protective of a kid who reminds her of her brother, then, as team leader, starts applying this to all of her teammates.
  • The Big Girl: In New Mutants, having the most offensive power and aggressive personality.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: Tries this on David by kissing Julian in front of him, hoping it would make him quit the team. It doesn't work, and just makes her even more miserable.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Calls out Charles Xavier on the fact that, when his students were dying and his school was attacked time after time, he was nowhere to be found.
    There's nothing you can teach us, "Prof".... We already know how to die.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • I Have No Daughter: Her father's reaction when she tries to call home.
  • In Spite of a Nail: In House of M, despite all the drastic changes to reality, she and David are still together.
  • It's All My Fault: As a leader she has tendency to blame herself for all bad things that happens to her teammates, even if she had no way to stop it.
  • The Leader: For New X-Men. Combines Type II and III.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She has always liked more skimpy clothes, but some artists, especially Humberto Ramos, really like to draw her in revealing outfits that also have tendency to suffer Clothing Damage.
  • Most Common Superpower: Depending on the Artist - if it's Ramos, she's quite busty.
  • Not So Different: Noriko and Julian quickly come to hate each other's guts, but once she becomes team leader, she shows a lot of the same qualities that make him a good leader.
  • Odd Friendship: One of X-Factor comics implied she became friends with Boom Boom.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Goes on one against the Purrifers in Messiah Complex
  • You Are in Command Now: After the formation of New X-Men.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It's just dye.

Elixir/Josh Foley

A former Reaver with gold skin and a healing touch.

  • Chick Magnet: Had been with Laurie, Rahne and Loa.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Likes Older Women: Not that much older - his relationship with Rahne wouldn't be anything out of ordinary (he was 16, she was 19) if she also wasn't his teacher.
  • Love Triangle: Type IV with him, Laurie and Kevin and at the same time Type 7 with him, Laurie and Rahne.
    • Betty and Veronica: Has to choose between shy, delicate Laurie and energetic but also older Rahne.
    • Love Dodecahedron: He has to choose between Rahne and Laurie, who also might have feelings for Kevin, who himself is object of Cessily's feelings.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: On the receiving end of one from his former friends when they found out he was a Mutant. In front of his family, no less.
  • Not So Different: He and Kevin have more in common than each would like to admit. It's the best laid out in House of M, when they are good friends... as a pair of amoral Torture Technicans.
  • Put on a Bus: Vanished after the Necrosha arc of X-Force.
    • The Bus Came Back: Resurfaces as a prisoner of Shogun in The Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy, apparently permanently stuck in his black-skinned "kill" form. He was attacked by Siphon and his fate was left ambiguous, though Word of God explicitly refused to confirm whether or not he was killed, while artist Peter Nguyen stated that the notes he left for the colorist was that Elixir was supposed to be turning gold again throughout the attack. He's therefore put back on the bus again until the end of All-New X-Men, when it's revealed he's alive and well and has been living on Utopia with a collection of other mutants just wanting to be left alone, before being convinced to join the X-Men at the New Xavier School.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: He can grow back people's hearts whole cloth, and yet somehow whenever his powers would be useful, he tends to be missing for no good reason.
  • You Are What You Hate: Started off as a goon for Donald Pierce. Even once he found out he was Mutant, it took a while for him to get over his racism.

Wallflower/Laurie Collins

Icarus/Jay Guthrie

The winged younger brother of Sam and Paige Guthrie.

Hellion/Julian Keller

A telekinetic.

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Subverted, two of his most serious love interests (Sophia and X-23) seems to be falling for his nicer side - it's his bad boy qualities that are pushing them away.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Lost both forearms to a Nimrod attack during Second Coming. He now has metal hands that he controls via his telekinesis.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Upon finding Laura (after she left the Institute with no warning) he is pretty upset with her. This is because his post M-Day trauma made him paranoid about losing people.
  • Broken Pedestal: Emma Frost was pretty much his idol. Since M-Day she gave him many reasons to change his mind about her.
  • Chick Magnet: Quite of a ladies man.
  • Dating Catwoman: Plays the role of Catwoman to Sophia.
  • Depending on the Artist: Ever since he was crippled during Second Coming. His arms can end at his wrists, elbows, and anywhere in-between. The same happens with the look of his prostheses, and whether or not they're put directly onto his arms, or if he levitates them with his telekinesis.
    • His normally green telekinetic aura is pink for no explainable reason in Spider-Man and the X-Men.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Tries to make one after M-Day leaves his team (temporarily) disassembled. In response, Magneto tells him that he's only doing this to hurt them, and that he won't accept such an unreliable soldier.
  • Fatal Flaw: He is ruled by emotion, and often makes bad choices because of it.
  • Freudian Trio: Ego to Cessily's Superego and Santo's Id.
  • Handicapped Badass: Losing his hands didn't affect his telekinetic powers at all. In fact, his lack of hands and increased use of telekinesis to make up for it may have actually made him stronger.
  • Heroic BSOD: He didn't handle killing Karima when she attacked Utopia well, even though he was the only one in a position to stop her. That everyone treats him like he was an out of control monster, with Wolverine locking him up in his room at the Jean Grey School, only made it worse.
  • Heroic RROD: Emma Frost unlocked his full telekinetic powers, he flew all the way from Dallas to the mansion (smashing through one of the O*N*E sentinels on the way in), and passed out for several days afterward.
  • Hot-Blooded: Not as much as Santo or Noriko, but still.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Deathstrike, though he eventually recovers.
  • Jerkass: To the New Mutants, David and Noriko in particular.
  • The Leader: To the Hellions, combines Type III and IV.
  • Leader Wannabe: For some time on the New X-Men he would refuse to follow Surge and order his teammates from Hellions, until he and Noriko managed to put their differences behind them.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Seems to be the case with him and Mercury.
  • Morality Chain: For X-23 when they went to save Mercury. And when the New X-Men went after the Purifiers, he was the only one to stop Surge from killing them.
  • Not So Different: He and Surge have more in common than they would like to admit.
  • Opposites Attract: Played with. He likes X-23 partly because she understands the world in a way he doesn't. However, their differing viewpoints make communication difficult.
  • Out of Focus: Nowadays, he attends the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, though he doesn't get much focus.
  • Power Incontinence: After getting his power upgrade, he loses the fine control over his powers. Even trying something as simple as lifting a paper-clip makes him more liable to smash everything around him. He does eventually get over this.
  • Quickly Demoted Leader: After the formation of the New X-Men, Emma Frost demotes him and puts Surge in charge, as a punishment for him refusing her order to eliminate X-23 from competition for a place on the team
  • Shipper on Deck: Becomes one for Cessily and Kevin.
  • Ship Sinking: Both with Sophia and with X-23.
  • Smug Super: At first, on account of being Emma Frost's star pupil. He does eventually get over most of this.
  • These Hands Have Killed: When Karima attacks Utopia, Hellion is the only one in a position to fight back, and is left with no choice but to kill her. Karima even begs him to in order to stop her Sentinel programming before she kills everyone else. It sends him into a Heroic BSOD (having previously been firm in his stance that X-Men don't kill), and it's heavily implied during his second appearance in the X-23 solo that he's reaching out to her for help coping with his actions (she rebuffs him). It's not helped that everyone (even Gambit and Wolverine) is treating him like an out of control monster for doing it. There's also the fact that Karima didn't actually die, he just knocked her into a coma, though it did look like she was brain dead. And she was later healed anyway.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: With Mercury and Rockslide.
  • Will They or Won't They?: First with Sophia and then with X-23. In both cases the answer is no.

Mercury/Cessily Kincaid

A girl whose skin is made from malleable non-toxic metal.

Rockslide/Santo Vaccarro

Tag/Brian Cruz

  • Black Dude Dies First: He's depowered and subsequently killed by the Purifiers in the wake of M-Day.
  • Hidden Depths: Before joining the Hellions he was really lonely. When Kingmaker grants the rest of the team their wishes, he only wants to make sure they stay together, so he won't be alone again.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: In House of M he uses his powers on Sean Garrison, making him want to run away from himself. Garrison then sees his reflection in the mirror and jumps through the window.
  • The Smart Guy: In the Hellions.
    • The Evil Genius: When they played an antagonistic role to the New Mutants.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: A rare male example.

Dust/Sooraya Quadir

An Afghan mutant with the ability to turn into a living dust storm.

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Dust is fully capable of tearing people apart with her powers. Fortunately, as a devout Muslim, she abhors violence.
  • Captain Ethnic: While she's become a well-developed character over the years, she still has a stereotypically Muslim power.
  • Odd Friendship: She is one of X-23's very few friends, even after the two of them ended up on opposite sides of the A vs. X debacle.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: Averted. She fights terrorists with her powers.
  • Team Mom: In later appearances, she takes on this role.
  • Token Wholesome: As one of the few heroic devoutly Muslim characters (and certainly one of the highest-profile ones) in mainstream comics, she is seldom portrayed in a negative light.

Wither/Kevin Ford

Pixie/Megan Gwynn

A Welsh student with insect-like wings and magical teleportation abilities.

  • Ascended Extra: Didn't really do much, if anything, before Decimation.
  • The Cutie: Pre-Decimation. The fact that she wore a bicycle helmet as part of her uniform helps.
  • Likes Older Men: Megan had a crush on Cyclops, and on separate occasions has been trying to get in personal space of other more handsome men, like Gambit, Angel and even Captain America.
  • Mushroom Samba: Her 'pixie dust' makes its target see cutesy things like teddy-bears and unicorns.
  • The Pollyanna: This girl goes through such huge amounts of horror, yet never really loses her upbeat and optimistic attitude.
  • Precocious Crush: Had a big one on Cyclops.
  • Sixth Ranger: To the New X-Men
  • The Soulless: Magik took a chunk of her soul. It turned parts of her hair black, changed the color of her wings and made her more liable to swear, but that's about it.
  • Stepford Smiler: Some of her misadventures left her scarred, but she doesn't let that affect her daily life. Unless it has to.
  • Teleporters and Transporters
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is bright pink with some black streaks.

Anole/Victor Borkowski

  • An Arm and a Leg: Loses an arm during the visit to Limbo, though it quickly grows back, something that surprises everyone, but Victor the most.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Rockslide said a derogatory remark by accident, so Victor defenestrated him.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Whether he can actually grow back all of his limbs or not isn't clear. X-23 offers to test but cutting them off (painlessly, she adds), but Victor understandably doesn't want to try.
  • Sixth Ranger: To the New X-Men.
  • Straight Gay

Gentle/Nehzno Abidemi

A Wakandan student with super-strength. Formerly assigned to Storm's squad.

  • Blessed with Suck: Gentle has super-strength, except that he has no control over it beyond the vibranium tattoos that cover his skin, the more he uses his powers, the more likely he is to suffer a potentially fatal seizure.
  • Fantastic Racism: Averted in regards with his fellow Wakandans, it's not the fact that he's a Mutant they have a problem with, it's because his father was Russian.
  • Gentle Giant: It's how he got his name.
  • The Quiet One: Barely ever says a word.

X-23/Laura Kinney

Wolverine's Opposite-Sex Clone, joined New X-Men after House of M. For her tropes see X-23.