Characters: X-Men: '90s Members
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Actually introduced in 1989, Jubilee was intended to do for the new fans of the 1990s what Shadowcat did in the 1980s — serve as a viewpoint character for teenagers. As such, she became Wolverine's scrappy kid sidekick, and spent several years following him around, swinging between sarcastic mockery of his Nineties Antihero
excesses and mortal terror expressed through Totally Radical
dialogue. Then she got transferred to the junior team, Generation X, where she spent some time as the annoying one who won't shut up and then some more time as the Genius Ditz
When Generation X got cancelled, it all went a bit south for Jubilee; after her own series failed to attract a significant readership and was swiftly retooled into a limited series, she was sidelined, then depowered. She returned for a spell in the (non X-Men) New Warriors
reboot with Powered Armor
, an enormous rack
, and her first proper Code Name
After New Warriors
got cancelled, Jubilee drifted back towards the X-books and now appears to have been turned into a vampire. Given her previous characterization as sunshine and sparkles, fandom in general seems to have come to the conclusion that Vampire Jubilee is potential comedy gold.
Currently one the members of an all female X-Men team in the Adjectiveless X-Men
- Absurdly Youthful Parent: Finds and adopts a baby in Europe despite (permanently, due to being a vampire) being 17.
- A-Cup Angst: Actually drawn to look like a gymnast on a team full of bikini models and she's not happy about it, though she has become progressively curvier.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Jubilee wanted Synch in Generation X, he wanted Monet (and thinks of Jubilee as a friend).
- She turns Skin down when he asks her out, saying she didn't want to ruin the friendship. Then the two are crucified. Skin doesn't make it.
- Ambiguously Bi: With X-23. Especially thanks to scenes like◊ this◊.
- Bifauxnen: In her very early appearances, she had short hair and a flat chest that she could be mistaken as an effeminate boy depending on the art.
- On at least two occasions she was required to go undercover as a delivery boy. Since the other two women on the team were undercover as hot women in slinky dresses, she found this rather annoying.
- In a side-story in Wolverine, she's fully mistaken for a boy by a tribe in the Savage Land and engaged to one of their princesses.
- Betty: For Synch's Affections.
- Book Dumb
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Comes with the Vampire thing.
- Bratty Half-Pint
- Captain Ethnic: Only this because of her powers.
- Classical Antihero
- Cool Big Sis: To X-23, particularly. Although many of the new mutants look up to her. Except for Surge
- Cursed with Awesome: She no longer has any mutant powers, but she's now a vampire which includes the typical powers of super strength, super speed, healing factor, the ability to turn into vapor, and is eternally 17. Of course she now has a thirst for human blood and may potentially lose control one day and kill everyone around her. Plus all those silly vampire weaknesses.
- Cute Monster Girl: Since being turned into a vampire. Her appearances in X-23's solo title under artist Sana Takeda have placed extra emphasis on the "cute".
- Embarrassing First Name: She prefers to be called Jubilee.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: She suffers from bloodlust but has learned to cope with it.
- Genius Ditz: A lazy academic underachiever who serves as the team strategist.
- "They probably know we're coming, right? So we gotta do what they think we won't do. They know we know where they are. We know they know we know that. So since they know we know what they probably know, we know what to do."
- Genre Savvy
- Glory Days: Did you know she was an X-Man? She'll never let you forget it.
- Healing Factor: A part of her Vampire powers.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: What Jubilee's original power set really was, had she ever cut loose and used them to their full potential. See Person of Mass Destruction below.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Wolverine, being one of his many foster daughters.
- Kid-Appeal Character: In the '90s cartoon (and the '90s comics, for that matter), she was basically Wolverine's latest sidekick.
- Kid Sidekick: She started out as a sidekick of Wolverine, before joining Generation X.
- L Is for Dyslexia: But with math
- The Lancer: To Night Thrasher, after she joined the New Warriors.
- Lethal Harmless Powers: She could have done so much more with her power, but she was afraid of killing someone.
- Little Miss Snarker/Deadpan Snarker
- Made of Iron
- Mama Bear: Do not try to take adopted son Shogo!◊
- The Munchausen: "When I was with the X-Men..."
- Must Make Her Laugh: A gender-flipped version. She made it her mission to get Bishop to lighten up.
- Na´ve Newcomer
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: Supplanted Kitty's role as the token teenaged member of the X-Men. She has since remained a teenager despite the fact that several other characters who were the same age as her have been aged up.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Jubilee has the standard vampire package of fangs, nigh-uncontrollable bloodlust, eternal youth, superhuman strength, durability, and agility, the ability to transform into mist, and a strong aversion to sunlight.
- Outdated Outfit: Jubilee is the most extreme example of this. Although it's semi-possible as an outfit that a young girl would think is "cool" in the 1980s, the bright yellow trench coat and wrap around sunglasses became just plain painful as the 90s continued. She's since ditched the shorts and T-shirt for a black leather catsuit.
- Particulary in the 90s cartoon series.
- Out of Focus/Demoted to Extra: Like many characters born in the '90s, from time to time since the early-2000s.
- Personality Powers: A cute, bubbly party girl with the ability to shoot fireworks.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Her original power set certainly seems rather lame on the surface (see What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?), but then you remember what her "pafs" are actually made of, and Emma Frost once states that should Jubilee exercise her power to its full potential she could detonate matter at the sub-atomic level. That's right, Jubilee's original powers made her a walking fusion bomb.
- Plucky Girl: Life hasn't been kind to poor Jubilee yet she's arguably one of the most upbeat and optimistic X-Men in spite of it.
- Powered Armor: She temporarily picked up a suit after losing her powers.
- The Prankster
- Promotion to Parent: By virtue of finding an orphaned infant in Europe that she's now taking care of and names Shogo. She didn't even object to Sublime calling him her son and further issues show that she considers herself to be his mother.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: If she loses control of her bloodlust her eyes glow red.
- Rollerblade Good: In her early appearances, she was a mall rat who got around on rollerblades.
- Sarcastic Devotee: Towards Wolverine, for a while in the '90s.
- Shout-Out: She originally wore the yellow trenchcoat with a red shirt and green shorts. Anyone who didn't think "Robin" never read classic Batman.
- This was taken to the logical conclusion in the Amalgam Universe: she becomes Sparrow, side kick to Dark Claw (Batman and Wolverine merged).
- Super Cute Super Powers: Jubilee, whose powers have been described as "sparkles" or "fireworks".
- Totally Radical: She even says "totally like radical" in Uncanny X-Men #247.
- It's so much worse in Generation X, where pretty much all the teens on the team were guilty of speaking this way.
- Walking Techbane: Happens in the '90s X-Men cartoon.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: A very long-standing criticism of Jubilee is how silly and pointless her "fireworks" appear to be on the surface, especially when there are other seemingly far more powerful mutants on the team. However she actually subverts the trope, as Jubilee deliberately holds back and refuses to utilize her powers to their fullest potential. And it's a good thing, too, because if she ever truly cut loose the results could be apocalyptic.
- You Fight Like a Cow: Can give Spidey a run for his money.
- In one issue of Generation X, she actually defeats Emplate entirely by taunting him.
Remy Le Beau/Gambit
A time-traveling cop from the future. There's... actually not much more to say about Bishop than that. He's big, he's stoic, he's black (and at least part native Australian), and he operates on a slightly different ethical code to most of the X-Men.
Post-Decimation he underwent a rather messy Face-Heel Turn
, losing an arm along the way, and now divides his time between time travel, scheming, and attempting to shoot Cable with very large guns. And global scale genocide.
- Anti-Hero: Started out more as Unscrupulous Hero, and softened to Pragmatic Hero over the years, before his Face-Heel Turn.
- After his Face-Heel Turn, he more or less dropped any pretense of heroism and became a really, really nasty piece of work.
- Now he's back to being an Anti-Hero.
- Anti-Climax: For years he was convinced Gambit would betray and destroy the X-Men. As it turns out, the culprit in Bishop's future was Onslaught. The two patched things up with a simple apology from Bishop.
- Artificial Limbs: Gained a mechanical arm after losing his left arm to the mutant-eating monster Predator X.
- Awesome Aussie: He was born in Australia, and is very badass (when he's not trying to kill innocent children), although he has spent much more of his life in America rather than Australian.
- Bad Future
- BFG: Bishop's powers aren't obvious at first glance, so like Cable, readers might think that his gigantic weapons are his power.
- But Not Too Black: Bishop has a long, straight hair that doesn't seem right for an African American. However, it was revealed that Bishop isn't of African descent but Australian Aboriginal, most of whom do have straight hair (if different facial structure).
- To be precise, it was revealed that Gateway is his grandfather; in all likelihood Bishop is only part Australian Aborigine.
- Cowboy Cop: As he comes from the dystopian future, he started off as a brash mutant cop who had difficulty with adjusting the X-Men before finally settling down until his Face-Heel Turn.
- Demonic Possession: Recently returned to the present, possessed by the Demon Bear.
- Energy Absorption: His power allows him to absorb several kinds of energy, including psychic energy, as well as redirecting it in the form of laser blasts.
- Facial Markings: As he comes from the Bad Future, he has an 'M' (for Mutant) branded on his left face.
- Face-Heel Turn: For a time.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Being from a Bad Future, he had serious problems with the whole "don't kill people" thing for a time.
- Future Badass
- Irony: Part of the reason he stayed in the 'present'' was to prevent a member of the X-Men betraying them, only to later turn traitor himself.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Has forgotten his attempts to kill Hope Summers and Cable, courtesy of Storm. Unfortunately, Amnesia Missed a Spot.
- Nineties Anti-Hero: To a lesser degree than Cable. To contrast, Bishop was a hardcore police officer, whereas Cable was a professional warzone survivor, but he never quite went into outright Sociopathic Hero territory.
- No Name Given: Over the years, Bishop doesn't have a real name until in one X-Treme X-Men issue, his first name was revealed to be Lucas.
- Phlebotinum Overload: Bishop can be overloaded given enough time and fuel... this usually results in a fairly splashy explosion, though he himself is rarely injured from it... well, except maybe his uniform.
- Put on a Bus: When Cable and Hope had enough of him chasing them through different timelines, Cable managed to scramble Bishop's time-travelling teleportation device which stranded him in a very deserted distant future.
- Reformed, but Rejected: Since he's returned from the future.
- Scary Black Man: After he turned into a baby-hunting villain in the 2000s Cable series. His artificial left arm doesn't seem to help either.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: In his timeline, Hope grew up to kill thousands of humans in seconds, which was what led to mutants being placed into concentration camps. He wanted to kill Hope to ensure history wouldn't repeat itself.
Samuel Zachary Guthrie/Cannonball
A younger clone of Magneto, whom everyone thought WAS Magneto (this had happened before). Turns out he was just a pawn in a bigger plan, and was subsequently killed, but not before trying to get into Rogue's pants (also had happened before).
- Back from the Dead
- Betty and Veronica: During that time when Joseph was introduced, there was a Betty and Veronica love triangle with Rogue as the center figure, Joseph as the Betty, and Gambit as the Veronica.
- Cloning Blues
- Evil Twin: Joseph was a much younger 'copy' of Magneto. Since at the time Magneto was villainous and Joseph was an X-Man, he counts as a Good Twin.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Started off as a straight clone of Magneto. He lost his memory after getting hit on the head during a fight with the real deal, and became good. After his death, Astra restored him, and implanted a copy of Magneto's old memories into his mind, making him evil again.
- Heroic Sacrifice
A former mutant terrorist. Originally created by a writer with the intention to die in a one on one fight with Storm, it was after some executive meddling and other factors that she was revealed to be still alive. Later she was picked up again as one of three new and unusual recruits to join the X-Men after a crossover (the others were Cecilia Reyes and Maggot).
At first a troublemaker for the other X-Men, she managed to become a stable and accepted part of the team. However, after some failed attempts by writers and artist to make her more appealing, she mysteriously disappeared from one issue to another, without any explanation ever given.
Afterwards she reappeared in a one-shot as SHIELD sleeper agent, was part of the ill-fated Weapon X series and finally got depowered on M-Day while keeping her mutated appearance. After a brief appearance as enemy in X-factor she was once again absent for several years. She has now returned in the 2014 X-Force
series as a core cast member.
- Anti-Hero: Nominal Hero originally. She had mutant supremacist leanings and was the loose cannon on a team with Wolverine, but eventually healed and reformed during Alan Davis' run, at the end of which, she probably didn't qualify for more than Classical Anti-Hero. After that she turned to downright villain and finally back to her original form.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her default costume, which she often wears all the time.
- Her X-force uniform also keeps this trend.
- Blood Knight: Before Davis' got a hold on her. Back again after she disappeared. In X-force she openly states she is just there to have "fun".
- Body Horror: Her power, by the by, was to grow bones out of her body, usually in the form of outward jutting spines or claws.
- Broken Bird
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Mixed with being Put on a Bus. She disappeared two issues without explanation and has only reappeared in satellite titles, she was never shown or mentioned again in the core titles.
- Dark Age of Supernames: Subverted, for someone who comes from the 90's, has the power to grow knives out of the body and was more anti than hero, she has a surprising soft and normal codename.
- This was almost played straight, as her codename was originally "Sheath," but this was rejected by the editors for sounding too sexual.
- Dark and Troubled Past
- Demoted to Extra: She was in Marvel vs. Capcom 2, then she fell off the radar in a big way. In universe, S.H.I.E.L.D. once rewrote her mind to let her think she was a normal teenager. She turned out to be smart enough to attend university, then her mind started resisting the process.
- Dual Wielding: Default combat style.
- Executive Meddling: The reason she is still alive and why someone like her joined the X-Men in the first place.
- Freudian Excuse: Well, if you'd been born with bones sticking out all over your body and had the only people who ever cared for you massacred before your eyes as a child, how well-adjusted would you be?
- Healing Factor: The other reason why she survived the heart removal, and how she can remove the bones from her body without bleeding to death. Strangely not official part of her powerset.
- Knife Nut: Marrow almost always uses bone knives which grow from her own body as weapons. She is drawn with them on nearly each cover she appears on.
- Lighter and Softer: Her development under Davis.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: Her Body Horror powers also give her some serious advantages like superhuman endurance, pain resistance, healing and strength.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Her reaction to finding out she volunteered for dangerous experiments to regain her super powers while being pregnant and having been told the risk.
- Nineties Anti-Hero
- No Social Skills: Marrow is extremely confrontational and has difficulty connecting to people emotionally — or even understanding herself. Of course, living in the sewers for most of your early childhood with a bunch of other maladjusted freaks and spending your teenage years fighting for your survival in a horrible pocket dimension does that to you.
- Slasher Smile: Can pull that off towards civilians and mooks, doesn't work on actual heroes or villains though.
- Spike Shooter
- Plot-Relevant Age-Up: Her first appearance was as a bald little girl before this happened to her.
- Progressively Prettier: Prime example of the trope. Part of it was deliberate in-universe: as she learned to control her powers better, there was less of the whole "bones jutting out of her at random" thing. With effort, she can maintain Cute Monster Girl status (the pink hair and the horns aren't going anywhere.) Of course, Depending on the Artist kicks in, and you can even have her looking like her Body Horror day-one self in one comic and her "cute girl with horns" look in another though both stories take place and are released around the same time.
- Remember the New Guy: An early Retcon established her as a survivor of the Morlock Massacre storyline.
- Smarter Than You Look: She was able to memorize the entire subway and sewer tunnel system under New York as a 5 or 6 year old child. Likewise, having the time table of all subway trains in her mind. Also her short stint as sleeper agent showed that she is capable of learning and understanding scientific theories. It seems only her violent upbringing and resulting personality stops her from showing/using her intelligence openly.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Her combat style is simply to overpower the enemy with strength and/or speed, as she learned during her childhood. However, missing any kind of formal training she is all but useless against people who can balance this out with skill as Storm quickly demonstrated.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Some colorists make it brown, red or orange, but her default hair color is actually pink.
- Wolverine Claws: With enough control over her powers, she can produce these in bone form.
A hard-working New York doctor who definitely did not want to be a superhero, at all, ever. Unfortunately for her, the bad guys didn't care
. She quit as soon as possible, but not before having a neat love triangle with Beast and Iceman.
A South African teenager from a poor family. As a child, his family thought he was dying from stomach cancer because his abdomen constantly bulged and he was constantly hungry. Actually, he was going through a mutation in which his stomach turned into a pair of semi-autonomous slugs. To feed, Japheth had to have the slugs burst out of his stomach, feed on any substance, then return, giving him a burst of superstrength. Japheth joined the X-Men for only a short time before vanishing and reappearing years later to be killed in a Canadian concentration camp for mutants.
Nathaniel "Nate" Grey/X-Man
Uh... the cloned offspring of Cyclops and Jean Grey from an alternate reality where everyone was evil and he was raised by Mr Sinister to kill Apocalypse and came to our world by accident. You with me so far? Okay, so then
it got really complicated...
- Anti-Hero: Knight in Sour Armor in his original appearances, but apparently grew out of it.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence
- Badass: Took on the entire Dark Avengers roster, played them all like a harp, beat the crap out of most of them - while he didn't beat Ares, he stopped his axe with his bare hands and was occupied at the time.
- An immature version - power wise - crushed Holocaust like a bug, beat seven shades of crap out of Apocalypse (and in one alternate reality, used the Molecule Man to liquefy him), took heavy punches from Colossus and Captain Britain and tagged Nightcrawler mid teleport. Then schooled the Abomination without even trying. All of this by the time he was physically seventeen.
- Thereafter racked up numerous feats against Thanos, the Hulk, Hybrid, another version of Apocalypse, Cable, Exodus, evil!Jean Grey, psychic vampire!Madelyn Pryor and Stryfe.
- Badass Normal: After his depower.
- Badass in Distress: He became a prisoner of Norman Osborn at the end of Dark X-Men mini-series. Then, he was transferred to Sugar Man who used him as a living battery in order to open up the portals to go back to Age of Apocalypse universe. Fortunately, the New Mutants defeated Sugar Man and saved Nate before he could die.
- Brought Down to Normal: As said in the above, after months of imprisonment and torture, Nate Grey was reduced to using low-level telekinesis as his only remaining power.
- Happened a lot in his original series, with him losing one power or another, pretty much at random.
- Divided We Fall: The first encounter with Professor Xavier (who had been long dead in his universe) going bad led Nate to keep his distance from the X-Men for a long time.
- An experience like being absorbed by Onslaught would sour anyone.
- Fish out of Water: After Nate Grey had landed in the mainstream Marvel Universe while fighting in the battle in Age of Apocalypse universe, the results of him adjusting to the new world are rather overwhelming.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Like Cable, typically his left eye glows when he's using his powers.
- Goo Goo Godlike
- I Just Want to Be Normal: as shown by the 'Greyville' fantasy world Mysterio stuck him in.
- Incest Is Relative: Once he got into the main reality, he unconsciously used his powers to sort-of-resurrect his genetic mother's evil clone in an attempt to reach out to said genetic mother. The exact nature of their relationship was uncertain but... worrying.
- He didn't know there genetic relationship. Madelyn on the other hand...
- Kid from the Future: Or rather, from an alternate dimension.
- Let's You and Him Fight: Nate's acquaintance with characters from the main Marvel Universe usually started from trading blows.
- Manipulative Bastard: Less of the Bastard, but like his dad, he's capable of the Manipulative part.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Nate teaching Professor X how to make his astral projection solid was what allowed Onslaught to break free of the Prof and become his own entity.
- Never the Selves Shall Meet: His first encounter with Cable was...problematic.
- Odd Friendship: With Spider-Man.
- Oh, Crap: Induces this in many people, most notably Dark Beast.
- Parental Incest: Although combined with Fridge Logic. Nate had a relationship with Madelyne Pryor who is a clone of Jean Grey, an alternate version of the woman whose DNA he was created from, making her essentially his genetic mother. And it got worse when she was killed and impersonated by Jean Grey from yet another alternate universe.
- He did not know she was genetically his mother. Not for a while. Then the relationship was no longer sexual. Whether she knew is another matter.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Nate was considered to be the most powerful mutant in the world with Phoenix-level power. Justified that he was originally created as a weapon by Age of Apocalypse's Mister Sinister to kill Apocalypse.
- He is 'the ultimate telekinetic' and 'the most powerful mutant in any reality'. This is including Franklin Richards, James Jaspers, Proteus, Magneto, Mr M, Jean Grey and Xorn - though the statement was written before Mr M and Xorn were created, it appears that at full potential, he lives up to the hype.
- Norman Osborn stated that he could go 'one on one with the Sentry'. And this was during Dark Reign when the Sentry was even more powerful than usual and pulling new powers out of his ass about three times a week.
- Power Degeneration: Nate's power put a huge strain on his body and would kill him before he turned 21.
- Though he got better when his genetics stabilised through a genetic brand.
- Word of God says the original plan was to have his TK develop so much that he could mentally fix the flaw in his DNA.
- Psychic Nosebleed
- Psychic Powers: has had every psychic power there is.
- Skunk Stripe
- Tyke Bomb
- Younger Than They Look: Despite being for all intents and purposes in his late teens Nate actually is only a few years old due an accelerated aging process by Ao A!Mr. Sinister.