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Emma Grace Frost / White Queen
Emma Grace Frost/White Queen
First appeared as a villainess who tended to underdress for the occasion. Currently, she's a heroine with less than heroic tendencies, and still likes to underdress. Has (or had; she killed one) two mutant sisters, and a gay brother who went insane after their father had him institutionalized.
- Abusive Parents: Her father was cold and emotionless and encouraged his children to play mindgames with each other. Her mother was a neglectful drug abuser.
- Adaptational Heroism: Many animated adaptations take away Emma's more sociopathic personality traits. Rearranging her backstory, often giving her a Hidden Heart of Gold among other positive qualities.
- Anti-Hero: Unscrupulous Hero or Nominal Hero.
- The Atoner (in Generation X, and newly focused on by Joss Whedon)
- Badass: Emma Frost is easily one of the most powerful mutants on the team.
- Battle Couple: with Cyclops, a relationship which lasted more than 10 (real world) years before they broke up.
- Bastard Girlfriend: The White Queen's entire deal.
- Betty and Veronica: Veronica for Cyclops.
- Big Bad: One of several in the original run of New Mutants.
- Blondes are Evil: More intensely during her Hellfire Club days.
- Break the Cutie: Her retconned backstory qualifies.
- Breakout Character: Easily the most prominent and popular 21st century addition to the X-Men.
- Broken Ace / Broken Bird / Troubled, but Cute: Again, depending on the writer.
- Byronic Heroine: Rare female example, but Depending on the Writer, it can be well done or extremely disturbing.
- Cain and Abel: She and her sister, Adrienne.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: One of her favorite psionic experiences is inducing extreme levels of pain, often in people already held captive. She has continued to violate and traumatise people over the years, frequently in combination with Smug Super One Liners.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: She will make you do some really weird things using telepathy: for example, 48 hours of uncontrollable vomiting upon hearing the word "parsley".
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: At one point, she was in the Hellfire Club.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her father was cold, uncaring, sadistic and physically abusive, her mother was a neglectful drug user, her older sister was identical to their father, and her younger sister couldn't care less about her. The only family member who cared about her became a drug addict (thanks to his father's horrible treatment to him), and when she thought things would be better to her, her friend was killed in front of her, another friend was a bitch who manipulated her, and her Love Interest dumped her because she was a mutant. She also used to enjoy torture, mind-rape, followed by setting hunting dogs on the nightly victims (yes, really), corporate corruption, manipulation, deceit, and forcing opponents to kill themselves during her villain years. Shaw required her to help killing her two best friends to become White Queen.
- Deadpan Snarker: It makes her appear even colder at some points.
- Depending on the Writer: Scott Lobdell's version had almost nothing in common with the Corrupt Corporate Executive supremacist Mind Rape Cold-Blooded Torture fetishist that she used to be. Instead, she became a excellent teacher doing genuinely good actions while feeling good about it. However, later in Generation X, she was strongly hinted to have murdered a police officer looking into her sister's death (at Emma's hands). Grant Morrison and some other writers returned her closer to her roots again, according to some it made her more interesting, but played her as a complete hedonistic Jerk Ass, which sat badly with those who were introduced to her through Generation X, because it put all the Character Development she had during seven years in a trash bin. Later other writers attempted to either return her to the less extreme portrayal or attempt to integrate the two.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She is in no danger of defrosting completely anytime soon. Since she was already defrosting in the Generation X, but then Morrison reverted her into even more of an ice queen than when she was a villain, any defrosting now still seems like a regression. However, in some chapters, she seems to be melting.
- Depending on the Writer: A Broken Bird with a Sugar and Ice Personality, trying to atone for her past sins and just wanting to be loved, or an amoral Jerk Sue Sadist Teacher with no sense of ethics who is praised for being a textbook extreme sociopathic serial-rapist, torture-fetishist, supremacist, and otherwise all-around Bastard Girlfriend? Basically, the answer seems to be that she has been portrayed as two (three, four...) entirely different types of people over the years.
- Dye Hard: Her natural hair color is brown.
- Evil Feels Good (More intensely during the Hellfire Club days, but Depending on the Writer, still maintains similar patterns).
- Evil Mentor: Sebastian Shaw
- Evil Pays Better (Hellfire Club days)
- Evil Teacher (Hellfire Club days)
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Her father had her compete with her sisters for the right to be his heir (her brother had the good sense to stay out of it. Consequently, he was the sibling she was closest to). Her rivalry with her eldest sister, Adrienne, became so bad that it eventually went fatal.
- Good Feels Good: In a number of occasions, she had expressed how much she was trying to be a good person and liked to do "the right things". She does have a bad conscience though, enjoys earning approval from Scott, and has been praised for a number of good deeds, although recurrently a bit extreme. However, she seems to enjoy earning approval from Scott, and some of her teammates or students.
- Guilt Complex: As explicitly stated on Astonishing X-Men #18.
- The Hedonist: Depending on the Writer.
- Heroine With An F In Good: Occasionally improves.
- Heel-Face Turn: After a fashion. It's kind of funny, she just sort of "fell into" hanging with the X-men. She was comatose for a long while and in their care, and revived right in the middle of the big Phalanx mega-crossover. She escaped with the rest of the X-men and, having nowhere else to go, just wound up helping them.
- Hyper Awareness
- Jerk Ass Woobie: Her background makes her qualify for this, and in addition Emma lost all of her students three times, was the sole survivor of a massacre that killed more than 14 million people, and struggles with herself a lot for her past (and present) morally questionable acts.
- Jerk Justifications: Emma was originally presented as a textbook sociopath, somebody extremely inclined towards being very bad, who has no illusions about the "severe warts on her soul", on-off trying to learn how to be good, and stumbling along the way a lot. But despite her aloof behavior and extreme methods, she genuinely cares about the mutant race and her students.
- Karma Houdini: She used to torture captive people to death for sexual gratification. Yet isn't serving multiple life-sentences. She pays in occasional bad conscience for some of the many horrible things she does, and the tragedies of losing her students, but it's never enough to make her stop doing very morally objectionable things.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Well, maybe not exactly kindhearted, but she's a cat lover...
- Knight Templar: She's incredibly ruthless, brutal, and uncompromising, but she's fiercely protective of her students and allies and is greatly invested in helping mutantkind advance and have a better tomorrow. She's just FAR less touchy about using extreme force to achieve her goals and deal with anyone who tries to harm her or those she has sworn to protect.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Invoked. She always wears a white costume whereas Selene, the Black queen, usually wears a black verion of it.
- Mama Bear: Seriously, do NOT threaten her students. ...On the other hand, originally (as per the Firestar mini) she regularly tortured them when dissatisfied with their progress or wanted to get a point across. She is currently trying to be a better teacher, however, but is still not above occasionally violating them if she deems it necessary, such as the Elixir case. In her defense, Elixir had just attacked Colossus, one of her best friends◊, and others X-Men had done worst threats to their own students.
- Manipulative Bitch: Even after the Heel-Face Turn
- Meaningful Name: In her villain days, she wasn't really evil in an "ice queen" manner, and in fact outwardly played the role of a benevolent friendly and somewhat nerdy headmaster, so "Frost" didn't really mean anything until Morrison decided it did.
- Mind Rape: She thoroughly loves this trope.
- Most Common Superpower: Frost is one of the very few superheroines known to have breast implants.
- Ms. Fanservice: Emma Frost gets quite a few scenes where she's wearing even less than usual.
- Nigh Invulnerable: She eventually gained a "secondary mutation" that lets her shapeshift into a form that is living diamond. This makes her extremely difficult to hurt, but disables her Psychic Powers until she reverts to her fleshy form.
- Odd Friendship: with Wolverine. Also a Fan-Preferred Couple.
- In a ironic twist, out of all the New Mutants, she has the most relaxed friendship with Sam Guthrie.
- Of Corsets Sexy (Hellfire Club days)
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Takes this attitude towards many things.
- Pet the Dog: She has turned very loyal to her students, genuinely loved Cyclops; and although she started out heavily into rape, torture, bondage, brainwashing, and slavery, she was later shown as extremely opposed to the real-world variants.
- Pride: Even post Heel-Face Turn she's rather arrogant.
- Progressively Prettier: In-universe example: she was Hollywood Homely in her teenage years, but has made several plastic surgeries to look beautiful.
- Psychic-Assisted Suicide
- Psychic Powers: which she can't use when in her Nigh Invulnerable mode.
- Rich Bitch: Even post Heel-Face Turn.
- Second Love: She was Cyclops's second longest lasting girlfriend after Jean Grey, but alas, it didn't work out in the end.
- Smug Super: Her problem is that she's good and she knows it.
- Sour Outside, Sad Inside
- So Proud of You: To Kitty in Giant Size Astonishing X-Men #1 and Hisako in the anime.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad (seems to get more attention in the comics now, than women who've been in the team far longer).
- Stripperific: Especially on the infamous Greg Horn covers.
- She does it on purpose as a way of making it easier to distract and manipulate men; as far as she's concerned, it's just another way of automatically putting the ball in her court.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: During Generation X, beneath her aloof and apathetic behaviour, Emma was a tortured soul who just wanted to be loved and trusted by her teammates. This was carried over by some writers in later X-Books.
- Survivor Guilt: Due to being the sole survivor of the Genosha massacre.
- Team Mom: To her students at least.
- Token Evil Teammate: Subverted or played straight, Depending on the Writer.
- Villain Ball Magnet: Emma struggles to fight her darker urges, and on a few occasions she gives in.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Her relationship with certain other X-women.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She genuinely seeks to help mutantkind and protect her students, but has some serious flaws in the way she goes about it.
- Woman in White: Her defining visual characteristic, in contrast to Selene's Woman in Black.
- Working with the Ex: Keeps being a part of the Cyclops-led faction of the x-men even after they broke up.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Type A.
Nathan Christopher Charles Summers / Cable
Nathan Christopher Charles Summers/Cable
Neal Shaara / Thunderbird III
Neal Shaara/Thunderbird III
- I Believe I Can Fly: Using the "superheated air" trick. He leaves a very visible fire trail behind him, which lent itself to problems during stealth missions.
- Legacy Character: And one that doesn't make much sense, either. The Indian from India with fire powers is named after the Native American Indian with super strength, speed, and endurance...?
- Apparently it was a last minute name swap. There were originally plans to name him Agni (after the Hindu god of fire), but then editorial realized naming a fictional hero after a god still worshipped by one of the world's largest faiths might result in... issues.
- Love Triangle: Directly involved in the break-up of Psylocke and Archangel.
- Naïve Newcomer: Who later became a mentor to two other naive newcomers, despite still being the new guy himself!
- Playing with Fire: Solar plasma, technically, but it amounts to the same thing in practice. Only more so.
- Put on a Bus: After the events of X-Treme X-Men's second arc, he and Lifeguard set to Walking the Earth in search of her brother. They've only been seen a handful of times in the last eight years, even though they're two of the mutants who explicitly kept their powers after M-Day.
Danielle "Dani" Moonstar / Mirage
Tessa / Sage
- Anti-Hero: Type IV
- And I Must Scream: Her fate at the end of her stint with the Exiles was... unpleasant. She comes out of it in the pages of X-Treme X-Men volume 2.
- Ascended Extra: Tessa made her first appearance in the "Dark Phoenix Saga" as Sebastian Shaw's assistant and was revealed to be a much more important character later.
- Awesome by Analysis
- Badass Bookworm: In terms of combat prowess, she is canonically considered to be more dangerous than Wolverine.
- Blood Knight: At times in her mercenary career.
- Combat Stilettos: A prerequisite for any ex-Hellfire female.
- Combo Platter Powers: Sage has a mind that works like a computer and can jump-start the mutations of those with the mutant gene but no powers (or activate the "secondary mutations" of powered mutants, which are often unrelated to their original powers, placing them in this trope's territory). And telepathy that she rarely uses, despite being nearly on par with Emma Frost.
- The reason she never uses her telepathy is because she turns it all inward to bolster her psychic defenses. Her ability to resist telepathy when she does this is second to none.
- Emotionless Girl
- Mission Control
- No Name Given: Sage is yet another X-Man to not have a full name. Tessa is believed to be a part of her name, but it is unknown as to whether this is her first name, last name or even just an alias.
- Of Corsets Sexy: She used to wear corsets when she was in Hellfire Club.
- Photographic Memory
- Sociopathic Hero: In her flashback sequences
- Super Empowering
Jean-Paul Beaubier / Northstar
Jeanne-Marie Beaubier / Aurora
Jonothon Evan Starsmore / Chamber
Jonothon Evan Starsmore/Chamber
- Anti-Hero: Type I
- Blessed with Suck: Chamber's mutation gave him the ability to emit fire from his mouth and chest area. His inability to turn it off eventually completely destroyed his lower jaw and most of his chest. He didn't really feel any pain from it, but he's still missing his jaw and has a nearly completely exposed ribcage.
- Brought Down to Normal: Lost his powers and his deformity during the Decimation.
- Status Quo Is God: Both were brought back during the "Age Of X" storyline (Thanks to a Reality Warper), and remained even after things were returned to normal.
- Disability Superpower: See Blessed with Suck.
- Energy Being: Very, very heavily implied.
- Fire Breath: Though he can't turn it off and it caused him to lose his lower jaw.
- Handicapped Badass: He's lost most of his lower jaw and chest, but he's a competent fighter in spite of his injuries.
- How Do I Shot Web?: He would be able to reconstruct his face, if he knew how.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: After losing a huge amount of his body, you can't blame him.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: He's a distant descendant of Apocalypse, and post-Decimation he got the markings to prove it (turns out they were always there; he blew out everything from mouth-level to midriff, and didn't get healed until some years later, real-world time. To everyone's shock, he was restored with... an Apocalypse-like jaw and the markings of Apocalypse's followers on his chest. He basically said something to the effect of "When did I ever ask to be healed?").
- Make Me Wanna Shout: During his brief stint with the New Warriors, Jono wore a sonic rig that could turn sound into energy constructs.
- Power Degeneration: He had an explosive power that blew off his jaw and upper chest prior to joining the team. Using his power slowly widened the explosive area, he near literally had part of his face and chest "on fire".
- Psychic Powers: He needs them to talk.
- Required Secondary Powers: Not needing to eat, breathe or drink as well as communicating telepathically. In fact, his name comes from the fact that he is a chamber for raw psionic energy. (The fire being psionic energy is also why he gets thought speak... which is actually a really fine-tune use of his power for someone who otherwise can only blow things up with it.)
Paige Guthrie / Husk
- Barbie Doll Anatomy / Magic Pants: She's naked when using her powers.
- Deep South
- Funetik Aksent: She slips into a Kentucky accent when scared or stressed.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Husk was revealed as this. Her brother was already the super-hero Cannonball, and she tried everything she could to get mutant powers to develop, almost killing herself a few times. Finally she just about gave up, crying and clenching herself... when her skin started flaking off like old wallpaper. She ripped and shredded and tore herself up, which for anyone else would have been scary as hell, but for her, it was the happiest moment of her life.
- Kid-Appeal Character
- Magic Pants: Husk has the ability to transform her skin into any material she can think of, but she must tear off the existing layer to do so. This results in her being naked a fair amount of the time, but censor steam is omitted in some scenes where her new skin serves the purpose of a costume. She has specifically refused to revert to her human form on occasions because of her nudity.
- May-December Romance: For a while, she was in a relationship with Archangel. This has since fallen by the wayside.
Stacy X / Miranda Leevald
Heather Cameron / Lifeguard
Davis Cameron / Slipstream
Hisako Ichiki / Armor
- Achilles' Heel: Her armor proves vulnerable to Frickin' Laser Beams since, as she puts it, "The armor has to let light through". She also shows vulnerability to adamantium, though flesh cannot reach through, so the Trope Namer Wolverine Claws don't always reach to her.
- Ancestral Weapon: Her armor is described as being powered by the line of her ancestors, and actually becomes more powerful when people in her family die.
- Ascended Fangirl
- Cute Bruiser: Hisako is a 5'4", 112 pound, cute and quippy Japanese girl. She can also flip over tanks.
- Depending on the Artist: Anything from the shape, size and color of her armor tends to change with every new artist, and sometimes even by the same artist during the same story.
- Fastball Special: Does it with Wolverine a couple of times (with Hisako doing the throwing)
- Field Promotion: How she made the team.
- Future Badass: According to at least one timeline, she grows up to lead the X-Men.
- Instant Armor
- Kid-Appeal Character: Complete with becoming Wolverine's sidekick; she is basically the successor to Kitty, Jubilee, and Movie Rogue in that respect.
- Jumped at the Call
- Little Miss Snarker
- Running Gag: Complaining that her codename sucks, though she seems to be over it by now.
- Sizeshifter: Kinda, her body remains the same size, but she can make her armor grow hundreds of feet tall, as well as becoming strong enough to beat Fin Fang Foom into submission with seemingly little effort.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: When she and Wolverine aren't busy being Mentor/Sidekick, most of their interactions come off as this.
- Wolverine Claws: Has shown the ability to shape her armor into these, although only seen using them once in actual combat - against a non-human opponent.
James Proudstar / Warpath
- Anti-Hero: Type III-IV
- Badass: Messing with him is a very bad idea.
- Blood Knight
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Also like his brother, he's very easily aggravated; They don't call him "Warpath" for nothing.
- Knife Nut: Warpath currently dual-wields knives made of vibranium as his signature weapons. Noteworthy in that he is not Ax-Crazy at all.
- Legacy Character: Like his brother, the above-mentioned Thunderbird, he has the same powers and wears the identical-looking costume after him during his early appearances. He still wears a nearly identical outfit to this day.
- Revenge: We first meet him as a New Mutants villain, wanting to get revenge for Thunderbird's death. He was even originally named Thunderbird in tribute.
- Scarily Competent Tracker: It comes from his youth. Only got better once he picked up his Super Senses.
- Superpower Lottery: Won it big:
- Super Strength: Once fought directly with Juggernaut, managing to stand up and not give ground for several minutes.
- Super Speed: Not at the "telescoping time" level, but Warpath can run down vehicles on the road.
- Super Senses: Implied to be above the level of ferals. Mimic, who has copied ferals before, tried to copy Warpath's powers and was overwhelmed by sheer sensory input. May also extend to a sixth sense of sorts, as when he was on X-Force, Warpath had a tendency to wander off during fights he wasn't needed for and find things.
- Super Reflexes: Has been shown evading weapons fire.
- Superhuman Flexibility and Agility: Despite being seven feet and 350 pounds, Warpath has been described as moving like an Olympic gymnast.
- Healing Factor: Though not as strong as usual for this trope, it's there.
- Magical Native American: Ghost Rider unlocked shamanistic powers within Warpath so they could fight the Demon Bear and win. He used these powers to stop Selene in the Necrosis storyline. These powers seemed to be temporary, but alternate universe versions of Warpath have shown him having mystical powers as well, implying that his mutation has the potential for it.
- Anti-Hero: Probably type III-IV
- Animal Stereotypes: A skunk, complete with claws, senses, and stink powers.
- Cat Girl: Though she is a skunk alien, she looks more feline. This is something that happens progressively as a Depending on the Artist thing; from skunk girl to cat girl with skunk tail to garden-variety cat girl over the decades. Her earliest and latest appearances don't look like the same character.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe
- Shout-Out: To Pogo's skunk character.
- The Unpronounceable (her real name. Corsair invented the "Hepzibah" moniker; she didn't like it at first but came to tolerate it.)
- You No Take Candle: Initially; she becomes more fluent with time.
Weapon XIII / Fantomex
- Anti-Hero: Fantomex is ultimately a good guy, but he can be horrifyingly ruthless on occasion.
- Badass: The guy's good.
- Bad Future: It's implied that in the averted "Here Comes Tomorrow" future, he became Sublime's lieutenant Apollyon.
- Captain Ersatz: Diabolik and Fantômas. He even has Diabolik's Spy Catsuit and E.V.A. is named after Diabolik's girlfriend Eva Kant. His name is an obvious play on Fantomas, and like the Mexican comicbook Fantômas, he never removes his mask.
- Captain Ethnic: While it eventually turned out that he was faking it, Fantomex appeared to be a suave, deceptive French superthief. This has led to him derogatively being called "Faux-Frenchie" on a couple of occasions.
- Dual Wielding: Handguns
- Future Badass: E.V.A. lives on after he dies, apparently, and becomes a vital member of the X-Men with a fully realized personality.
- Grand Theft Me: He can control E.V.A.'s actions and see from her point of view with concentration.
- Master of Illusion
- Nigh Invulnerable: He feels no pain due to having a remotely-stored nervous system; while he can be hurt, it doesn't deter him.
- Psychic Link: With his autonomous nervous system E.V.A.
- Rule of Cool: The entire Fantomex thing? Basically entirely done because he thinks French guys are cool (and maybe because he first surfaced in Paris).
- Voluntary Shape Shifting: E.V.A. can change shape at will.
- Would Shoot A Child In The Head: And YMMV whether he does or does not cross the Moral Event Horizon in doing so.
Barnell Bohusk / Beak
- Anti-Hero: Type I
- Brought Down to Normal: By the Decimation.
- Cute Monster Girl: Fly wings, and acid spit.
- One Steve Limit: Introduced when Warren Worthington was called Archangel and had been for years. Goes by Tempest now that Warren is going by Angel when he's not blue-skinned and metal-winged.
- Prank Date: That's how her relationship with Beak started. The eventual result was an unexpected pregnancy, of all things, which due to her fly-like biology caused her to give birth to five babies in just a few days.
- Squick: Being based on a fly, the acid's true purpose was to partially digest her food into a slime that would then be eaten. It's treated as gross in-universe as it sounds.
- Theme Twin Naming: The kids are named after the Jackson Five.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: See above. She genuinely does love Beak and they have lived as close to Happily Ever After as you can in comics.
- Becoming the Mask: While he was really Magneto (though not exactly), it's hard to argue that he didn't get absorbed in the identity and show genuine compassion to his students.
- With the retcon, he still falls under it, having believed himself to be the real Erik.
- Evil Twin: It was also later revealed that he had a good twin brother with the same powers and the personality he pretended to have. Uh huh.
- Identical Stranger: An Author's Saving Throw eventually revealed that Xorn was really really a guy who happened to look just like Magneto.
- Man in the Iron Mask: Absolutely necessary, otherwise his head, which is a star, would basically kill everything around him. Not really. That's just an excuse for why he can't be scanned with telepathy or any of their instruments; actually the helmet blocking such things. He mocks the team for believing the star-for-a-brain thing.
- Power Incontinence
- The Medic: Had some ill-defined healing abilities, and they often didn't work, or he had a zen-sounding reason to not do it. That's because he healed Xavier by fixing his spine using his magnetic powers on the nano-sentinels. He couldn't heal most of the people he was asked to.
- The Reveal
Karima Shapandar / Omega Sentinel
Karima Shapandar/Omega Sentinel
Xi'an Coy Manh / Karma
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.
Tyrone Johnson / Cloak
- Anti-Hero: Type III-IV
- Badass Cape
- Casting a Shadow
- Horror Hunger: Cloak has this for a vaguely defined kind of human Life Energy, represented as light. It's generally not an issue because his partner Dagger naturally generates an excess of the stuff, but on one occasion when she'd abandoned him he came near to killing several innocent people.
- Living Shadow
- Teleporters and Transporters: Cloak can teleport via the "Darkforce Dimension," which his cloak is a portal to. He can take passengers, but it's a pretty traumatizing ride if his partner Dagger isn't around to ameliorate the effects.
Tandy Bowen / Dagger
Erik Magnus Lehnsherr, Max Eisenhardt, Eric Magnus / Magneto
Erik Magnus Lehnsherr, Max Eisenhardt, Eric Magnus/Magneto
Laura Kinney / X- 23
- Action Girl: Let’s see, she’s been trained in the arts of survival and war since she was a child, by one of Marvel’s most iconic anti-heroes. She also carries a BFG.
- All Your Powers Combined: So far her power set's being kept deliberately vague, but so far she seems to be a power-copier like Mimic.
- Most of the time she just copies Cable's power of "shooting a really big gun."
- Beware the Nice Ones: She really, really would just love to try to be a normal girl. But don’t try to hurt her Lights. Ever.
- Break the Cutie: Her entire childhood has pretty much been one long list of people trying to do this to her. The fact that it hasn’t succeeded says a lot about her character.
- Crazy-Prepared: When she decides to go to Alaska to figure out what happened to her mother, she packs enough supplies and weaponry for a small army—and then has to be told that it’s not really necessary. Justified by the fact that she grew up in a Crapsack World that was long, long After the End, while being hunted by an Ax-Crazy ex-hero. Did we mention she was raised by one of the Marvel Universe’s consummate soldiers and survivors?
- Daddy's Girl: Cable's not her father, but he might as well be.
- Expy: The editors and staff at Marvel have been playing her up as one of these for Jean Grey from practically Day One, even putting the Phoenix effect around her in promos (though nowhere in-story). So far, reception's been... mixed.
- Fiery Redhead
- Good Is Not Nice: Well, what do you expect from someone raised by Cable?
- Laser Guided Tyke Bomb: Sort of, and sort of subverted; Cable raises her and protects her for the explicit purpose of saving the mutant race, but he doesn't really know how she's going to do this, so he can't teach her anything directly related to that task.
- Meaningful Name: story-wise, she was named after another deceased Hope who was Cable's wife for a time and acted as a mother-figure for the younger Hope.
- Messianic Archetype: Though not an All-Loving Hero, personality-wise... being raised by Cable doesn't do wonders for an idealistic mindset.
- Naïve Newcomer: After a childhood travelling through increasingly desolate futurescapes, she's ecstatic on arriving in in the consumerist paradise of the 21st century.
- Plot-Relevant Age-Up: Goes a child to a young adult in a very short amount of time.
- Power Copying: One of her main abilities.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She does not approve of the way Cyclops runs the team.