Characters: X-Men: '80s Members
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Katherine Anne "Kitty" Pryde / Shadowcat
Anna Marie / Rogue
A mutant girl with the power to temporarily absorb superpowers and memories from anyone she touches. It's potentially fatal and permanent if contact is held too long. She's a Southern runaway from a family in Mississippi and was adopted by Mystique and Destiny (though canon is inconsistent on whether she ran away because of or before her powers manifested, and depending on the writer, she may also actually be their biological daughter) and joined the Brotherhood of Mutants. During a fight she hospitalized the superheroine Ms. Marvel by permanently absorbing her powers of super-strength and flight, and joined the X-Men when the psychic imprints she had absorbed threatened to drive her insane. She has a long off and on romance with The Charmer
Gambit. In the 2000s, with the help of Professor Xavier and Danger, she gained the ability to control her powers.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Faced with a choice between gentle, earnest Joseph and slick charmer Gambit, with whom she already had a highly dysfunctional (even by X-Men standards) relationship in the past, Rogue of course opts for Gambit. Just to make sure, Joseph is killed off shortly afterwards.
- She seems to be going down the same path, but this time Gambit seems the most gentle, earnest choice over Magneto.
- Anti-Hero: Currently of the "Disney Antihero" type, but where she falls has depended on the various writers.
- The Atoner: She became this after an encounter with one of Carol Danvers' ex-lovers. Arguably one even before — she shows great remorse when she comes face-to-face with Carol herself, and takes a laser blast for Wolverine, almost dying in the process. Even today, when her and Carol have made up most of their differences and Carol has long since regained her powers, Rogue still feels guilty about it.
- Can't Have Sex, Ever: Although there always were characters immune to her absorption power and there were many instances when she temporarily lost her power. She apparently lost her virginity to Gambit when she was temporarily depowered. As of X-Men Legacy #224 she is in full control of her power and can have sex if she wants to, but did not rush to take advantage of that immediately.
- Composite Character: Movie Rogue = Rogue + Kitty Pryde.
- Which gets rather awkward when Kitty becomes a main supporting character in X3.
- Continuity Snarl: After so many writers have done retcons on it, her origin is one huge mess.
- Deep South
- Flying Brick: When she had Ms. Marvel's powers, and again after permanently absorbing the essence of Wonder Man in Uncanny Avengers.
- Green Eyes
- Has Two Mommies
- Heel-Face Turn: Used to be an unapologetic member of Mystique's Brotherhood of Mutants.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How she was killed by the Horseman of Death Grim Reaper in Uncanny Avengers #14.
- Kiss of Death: Her best-known application of her power was by kissing an (Always Male) adversary and absorbing his psyche. She did this quite a few times over the course of her career.
- May-December Romance: She almost had a romantic fling with Magneto once upon a time. And in more than one alternate universe — in the Age of Apocalypse universe, even gaining some sort of control over her powers, enough to mother at least one child by Magneto.
- After X-Men Legacy #249, it seems a full romance will develop.
- She ended it in X-Men Legacy #274.
- Mega Manning
- Moral Event Horizon: In-universe, she obsessed over feeling she'd crossed it due to her actions with the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants — it took her at least 10 issues to realize she was not as irredeemable as she believed.
- My Skull Runneth Over: Variation: this is an unfortunate by-product of her absorbing powers. She retains pieces of the psyches and personalities she drains even after the powers fade. This was the reason behind her Heel-Face Turn, and it's gotten better or worse by varying degrees over the years.
- Not Blood Siblings: With Mystique's biological son, Nightcrawler, the two of them often flirt shamelessly.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: She is known as 'Rogue' to everyone. Her real name was revealed in the comics around the time when the X-Men movies came out. Her last name, though, is still a mystery despite the readers now knowing her past.
- In X-Men Forever, her full name, apparently, is, ironically enough, "Anna Marie Raven."
- Playing with Fire: When she stole Sunfire's powers.
- Power Incontinence: A long-running problem for her. She later gained full control over her abilities but, as of Uncanny Avengers #23, she's lost control of them again.
- Power Parasite: It's her superpower, making her a Power Sponge. In her first appearance, she got her Flying Brick ability by absorbing it from Ms Marvel. It took Ms M years to recover.
- Progressively Prettier: When she was first created and joined the team, Chris Claremont had artists draw her as rather unattractive-looking, making her skinny, unkept, with an unpleasant-looking crew-cut hairstyle. This changed gradually over the years (albeit with a heaping dollop of Depending on the Artist), until by the mid-'80s she was moving away from plain, through plain but attractive and into beautiful. Since the Jim Lee years, her 90's look, which shows her as supermodel-level hot, has been her default.
- The Runaway: All versions of the backstory of Rogue have her running away from home as a young teen or pre-teen, although no two issues have been able to agree on whether she ran away after her mutation activated and left a boy in a coma, or had already run away from home before that because of an unstable and/or abusive home life.
- Skunk Stripe: Though depictions since The Movie tend to follow Anna Paquin's styling, where only the front bangs are white, as opposed to the full white stripe from front to back.
- Depending on the writer, either it's a secondary physical mutation, the effect of the absorption of her power (the preferred explanation since The Movie), or she alters her hair cosmetically by choice (the default assumption in the '80s, especially since the art evolved from her having two streaks to one — in the letter column of one issue from that time period, when the practice was to have one of the characters answering the fans' letters, Wolverine claimed that Rogue's hair was either bleached or dyed — he couldn't tell which.). In some stories, the streaks are there in her canonical childhood backstory; in her short-lived solo title in 2004 a flashback showed her with white bangs as an infant.
- Southern Belle
- Ship Sinking: Subverted with Antarctica. The writers, and a good chunk of the readers, assumed that would be the end of the Rogue/Gambit relationship. While it did leave its mark, the relationship eventually recovered and both characters seem perfectly content to forget it ever happened.
- She's currently with Magneto. Let's see how long that lasts.
- She ended it with him, saying she needed to find her own way.
- Superpower Lottery: During a storyline in the early 2000s, she was jumpstarted by Sage, and got full access to the powers of everyone she'd ever touched. It didn't last, of course, but it was awesome for a while.
- Touch of Death: When she was infected with the Strain 88 virus. Seeing a theme here?
- Tsundere: Especially in the '90s X-Men cartoon.
Rachel Anne Summers / Phoenix, Marvel Girl
Rachel Anne Summers/Phoenix, Marvel Girl
Rachel Summers (or Grey, depending on her mood) is the daughter of Cyclops and Jean Grey from an alternate dystopian future timeline where Robert Kelly was assassinated, and as a result, the Sentinels were allowed to take over the world. She used the Phoenix Force to go back in time to find her mother dead and her father married to Madelyne Pryor. She's essentially a way to get a Jean Grey-type character into the comics when they weren't allowed to bring Jean back. She was also Marvel's first (of many
) "child from the future" characters. In addition to her mother's telepathy and telekinesis, Rachel can also send her astral form through time and across realities. She doesn't do this often though, since the rules of time travel make it largely ineffective. It also turns out her timeline is "special"
so she doesn't need to be born in this one
- Anti-Hero: Of the Knight in Sour Armor variety, although she started as a Pragmatic Hero or Unscrupulous Hero.
- Anti-Hero Substitute: To her mother, Jean Grey.
- Bad Future: Rachel escaped from, pretty much, the ultimate Crapsack World.
- Celibate Hero: Rachel had a relationship with a grown-up Franklin Richards in her own timeline, who was killed before her eyes. After that, she wasn't interested in romance for a long time.
- Civvie Spandex: Danskins and leg warmers, before becoming Phoenix.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Galactus. And technically, one time Rachel's own consciousness was in a coma while the Phoenix took him on.
- Facial Markings: Her Hound marks are either tattoos or scars, depending on the writer/artist, not to mention the Phoenix tattoo that flares up when she uses her powers.
- Fanservice Pack: By the time Excalibur was formed, she was insanely hot (but that's Alan Davis for you).
- Fiery Redhead
- Follow the Leader: She was the very first "character sent from the future to change the past" characters that lasted more then a single issue, and numerous others, including fellow X-Men characters Bishop and Cable have similar initial origins (born in a dystopia of sorts, sent back to change it, sticks around afterwords).
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: And glowing tattoos, come to that.
- Hot Wings: Starting with taking on the Phoenix mantle, and in later comics depicted as blue flames instead of yellow.
- Identical Grandson
- In-Series Nickname: Ray.
- Kid from the Future
- Legacy Character
- Most Common Superpower: Originally averted: in her first appearances, Rachel was skinny, flat-chested and rather unattractive, since she came from a concentration camp. Of course, she filled out eventually.
- Noodle Incident: Her transformation into a reptile-humanoid thing.
- Progressively Prettier: As mentioned above, originally, Rachel, in both actual art and in spoken dialogue concerning her is shown to be borderline emaciated, with a very unflattering buzz-cut. These end up being removed later on.
- Psychic Powers
- Sensor Character: She was a Hound.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Wolverine once compares her to Holocaust survivors.
- Sins of Our Fathers: Rachel was almost killed because of the crimes her mother had committed as Dark Phoenix.
- Spikes of Villainy: Originally, Rachel's Hound uniform was depicted as black with metal studs around the neck and wrists, down her front, and along the outside of her arms and legs. Her Excalibur catsuit was an adaptation of this: red with spikes instead of studs, and none on the legs. Alan Davis consistently drew the black studded uniform in flashbacks, but other artists instead put Rachel in the very same red. The outfit mix-up may have started with Days of the Future Present, where Rachel refers to her costume as her "Hound uniform" even though it's really a variation.
- Summers Family Tree: Obviously.
- Superpower Lottery: Like her mother, Rachel has telekinesis and telepathy so powerful, it's almost limitless even when she's not Phoenix.
- Superpowerful Genetics
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute (for her "mother")
Erik Magnus Lehnsherr, Max Eisenhardt, Eric Magnus / Magneto
Erik Magnus Lehnsherr, Max Eisenhardt, Eric Magnus/Magneto
Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock / Psylocke
Alison Blaire / Dazzler
A four-fingered slave, created by the Mojoverse to be a TV star. Supposedly the hero who would free the Mojoverse from its tyrannical despot, he's had some trouble with that over the years. First appearing as a naive, lucky fool (and in a love triangle against his will with Rogue and Dazzler), then becoming a less naive, not quite as lucky, hero. Friends of his tend to end up in the worst way: Ricochet Rita was turned into Spiral, Dazzler miscarried their child. It's worth noting that he was the second non-mutant to join the team.
- Artificial Human: Well, artificial other-dimensional "human". Longshot and others like him were created by the Spineless Ones to serve as performers in their TV-like entertainments.
- Bishōnen: The reason for Longshot's attractiveness.
- Boldly Coming: He's been romancing "alien" (human and human-mutants) women since first stepping foot on Earth. Since his marriage to Dazzler ended, he's been making plenty of human women very, very happy. Sometimes repeatedly.
- Born Lucky: His powers.
- Chick Magnet: Ladies love him.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander
- Even the Guys Want Him: In X-Factor, when he first showed up Detective Lieutenant Weiss is immediately smitten (which does wonders to move the investigation process along).
- The Fool
- Four-Fingered Hands: Has three fingers.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Explicitly a part of how his luck powers work in the earlier parts of his continuity. So long as his motives are pure rather than selfish, everything that can possibly go in his favor will do so, frequently in drastic fashion. If he attempts to use his luck for his own profit, however - such as his attempt in his introductory LS to work as a stuntman - his luck turns against him and reality quite painfully ensues.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Mojo did this to him before his reappearance in Exiles.
- Longshot has no recollection of Dazzler's pregnancy because his son, Shatterstar, erased his memories of this in order to preserve the Stable Time Loop of his own history.
- LEGO Genetics: Was created by the Spineless One scientist Arize, partly using DNA taken from Shatterstar, who is also Longshot's biological son with Dazzler.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: He has a real name, but doesn't remember it.
- Outdated Outfit: The leather jumpsuit. In his debut, he also had a mullet-style haircut modeled after the musician Limahl. For the Longshot Saves The Marvel Universe miniseries, he got a more modern look.
- Psychic Powers: Longshot has psychometry, in which he can read "psychic imprints" that people leave on objects that they have handled and sometimes can even look into the future of the person or object he touches.
- Refugee from TV Land: He's from Mojoworld, where TV is life, and life is controlled by Mojo.
- Stable Time Loop: Due to Time Travel and the non-multiversal nature of Mojoworld, Longshot was created using genes collected from his own son Shatterstar after the latter had been blasted into Mojoworld's past.
- Trope Codifier: For a whole host of visual tropes from the Dark Age of comics. Art Adams' scratchy style in the original Longshot miniseries was a major influence on his inker, Whilce Portacio, and Jim Lee, and Adams actually gave Longshot pouches because of his dislike of the hyperspace arsenal trope.
- Winds of Destiny, Change
A Cheyenne indian, born to be a shaman. He ran from his responsibilities and joined the military, only to conjure up some badassery in Vietnam and releasing the Trickster. Then he worked for the US government as their gadget man, only to create the gun that stripped Storm (accidently: it was meant to be Rogue) of her powers. He nursed her back to health, then got a What the Hell, Hero?
for it when she found out he was at fault. Sacrificed the X-Men (at the time) with their permission to lock away the entity he had released, after it wreaked havoc in Dallas. He eventually joined the X-Men and wanted to marry Storm, but ultimately left her (and the team) for Mystique when he felt Ororo didn't love him. You can imagine how well that
relationship went, and he regretted his actions when Storm went on to marry the Black Panther. Supposedly, he'll be Genesis in the future.
- Anti-Hero: Originally usually presented as mixed traits from type II and IV, but debatable as he technically started out as a weapon-dealing, ex-Vietnam war criminal, so Warren Ellis probably had a good point in interpreting himas type V or a Designated Hero Villain Protagonist.
- Artificial Limbs
- The Atoner: He joined the X-Men to make up for making a superhuman-depowering gun. And also in the hope of getting into Storm's pants.
- Ditzy Genius: In X-Men Evolution and Wolverine and the X-Men cartoon.
- Felony Misdemeanor: Storm fans hated Forge for breaking up with her just as she was going to accept his proposal, leaving her for Mystique. Debate over who was wrong for the break up can get intense, but the two ex-lovers eventually met up and agreed that both were at fault to some extent.
- Florence Nightingale Effect: Storm first, then Mystique.
- Gadgeteer Genius - this Up to Eleven
- Magical Native American: Doesn't come up very often.
- Mr. Fixit: his mutant ability helps him build machines by simply imagining what they should do, rather than working out the pesky details.
- Older Than They Look: Since his origin is still entrenched in Vietnam with no Retcon yet to update him to a more current war for his backstory, he's fallen into this trope. By now, he's have to be in his early 60s at the least to have served in the Vietnam War,
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is not revealed.
- Techno Wizard: A classic example.
- Totally Radical: In X-Men Evolution cartoon. Made rather funny because he actually looked a LOT like Fez from That '70s Show...