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Jubilation Lee/JubileeSee Jubilee
Remy Le Beau/Gambit
Remy LeBeau/GambitSee 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, dividing his time between time travel, scheming, and attempting to shoot Cable with very large guns. And global scale genocide. After Avengers Vs. X-Men, he returned to the modern day.
- Anti-Hero: Started out more as Unscrupulous Hero, and softened to Pragmatic Hero over the years, before his Face–Heel Turn.
- 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 (or more accurately, stole) 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
- Bald of Awesome: In the 2000s he shaved his dreads.
- Bald of Evil: During his Face–Heel Turn.
- BFG: Bishop's powers aren't obvious at first glance, so like Cable, readers might think that his gigantic weapons are his power.
- Big Brother Instinct: He is (or, more accurately, was) very protective of his little sister, Shard.
- The Big Guy: He's at least six feet tall. One of his earliest appearances has him at least a head taller than the already pretty tall Cyclops and Gambit.
- 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: He eventually 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 eye (it's apparently a genetically engineered disease "branded to his DNA", and can't be removed by anything).
- Face–Heel Turn: For a time. His attempt to kill Hope turned him against the rest of the X-Men.
- 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
- 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.
- During Decimation, when the X-Mansion was placed under armed guard by the Sentinels, Bishop not only didn't have any objections, he was about the only X-Man who supported the idea.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Has forgotten his attempts to kill Hope Summers and Cable, courtesy of Storm. Unfortunately, Amnesia Missed a Spot.
- '90s 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.
- The Bus Came Back: He returned after Avengers Vs. X-Men.
- 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.
- Ship Tease: Briefly, during Decimation, it was hinted he and Val Cooper were developing a relationship, though Bishop bristled when the others asked him about it.
- Taking the Bullet: He saved the entire team from Onslaught by taking his psychic blast.
- Tangled Family Tree: Throughout his history, he's been shown and implied to be related in one way or another to Gateway, Storm, M, and Neela Shaara.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour: A time-travelling Madrox and Layla Miller once met Bishop as a pre-teen. He was scornful of any Mutant who claimed to be the next evolutionary step, and outright told them he wished he had a chance at killing Hope Summers. Several years later, when he was somewhere in his early teens, he told Hecat'e he'd kill her if she messed with Shard.
- 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.
- Would Hurt a Child: Zigzagged. The impetus of his Heel–Face Turn was trying to kill Hope Summers before she became a threat, even when she was no more than a few weeks old, but the few times he had her in his sights, he never actually managed to pull the trigger.
Samuel Zachary Guthrie/Cannonball
Samuel Zachary Guthrie/CannonballSee New Mutants
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.
- Davis' attempt was seen as Character Development by many readers.
- 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.
- '90s 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.
- Suicide by Cop: In the fourth X-Force volume, the mutant slaver Volga (the man responsible for the loss of her unborn baby) provokes her into doing this to him following his capture and torture by the team, knowing his goose was cooked either way. This earns her a What the Hell, Hero? from Cable.
- 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.
- Barrier Warrior: Her forcefield powers make her near-invulnerable, but are seldom used offensively.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Hospital Hottie
- I Just Want to Be Normal: She prefers to work as a normal doctor than to work in a superhero team.
- Sassy Black Woman: Though ironically she is a Puerto Rican.
- Secret Public Identity: Due to the whole 'not wanting to be a superhero at all ever' thing, she refuses to take one.
- The Medic: She still serves this role for the X-Men on occasion, including patching up Magneto after he brought Kitty Pryde back from space.
- Twofer Token Minority
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.
- Brother Chuck
- C-List Fodder / We Hardly Knew Ye
- Extreme Omnivore
- Jive Turkey: It's South African slang, but it's often completely impenetrable.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: These seemed to be going around in the late 90s X-Books.
- Older Alter Ego: Originally Maggott is just a skinny teenager with normal skin complexion, but when he powers up by his digestive matter-eating slugs, his skin turns blue and becomes musclebound to fight.
- Shoo Out the New Guy: to a point that you'd think the Trope Namer is a Shout-Out to him!
- Totally Radical
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...
- Ambiguously Human: After the Shaman reboot, an offhand remark indicated that he didn't actually need to do ordinary human things like eat, sleep, or breathe.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: To Cable, who wanted to help him. Unfortunately, Nate wanted nothing to do with him.
- Anti-Hero: Knight in Sour Armor in his original appearances, but he ultimately grew out of it.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence
- Now he is Back from the Dead in the Dark X-Men mini-series.
- Badass Normal: After his depower. People tend to forget that while he doesn't have his full god-like powers anymore, he is probably one of the most skilled psychics out there, and he inherited all of his dad's Xanatos Gambit tendencies, nearly succeeding in playing Norman Osborn, the Dark X-Men and the Dark Avengers and ending the Dark Reign.
- 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.
- Big, Screwed-Up Family: He's a Grey-Summers. Enough said.
- 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, though he did manage to regain some of his telepathy in time.
- 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 of their genetic relationship at first, and when he found out, he stamped hard on the brakes of any romantic relationship they might have had. 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.
- Actually averts this with Spidey, remarking on the trope as he does.
- Manipulative Bastard: Less of the Bastard, but like his dad, he's capable of the Manipulative part.
- Momma's Boy: As aptly demonstrated by his continued use of his Nom de Mom, the fact that he accidentally resurrected the evil clone of his mother when subconsciously trying to reach out to said mother, and the fact that immediately after his resurrection in Dark X-Men, the first bone he had to pick with Mystique was the fact that she'd been impersonating his dead mother and made him think that she was alive. He was extremely displeased.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Nate accidentally 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. Partly because their psychic patterns were identical and even being around each other was extremely painful for both of them.
- Odd Friendship: With Spider-Man, who treated him as a little brother. Ironically, the two got on much better than Nate did with his actual big brother (of sorts) Cable.
- 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. After that, the relationship was no longer sexual, on his part at least. Whether she knew is another matter.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Nate was considered to be the most powerful mutant in the world with Dark 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.
- 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.
- 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: Happens a lot.
- Psychic Powers: Has had every psychic power there is. Depowered are limited to telekinetic blasts and some low level telepathy.
- Skunk Stripe
- The Smart Guy: When time travel, parallel dimensions and alternate universes are involved. It helps that he used to be able to teleport up and down the multiverse pretty much at will.
- Tyke Bomb
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Has a mysterious aversion to shirts.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: Has proven to be very good at this.
- 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 AoA!Mr. Sinister.