Raven Darkhölme / Mystique
Voice By: Rebeca Gómez (adult, X-Men), Carola Vázquez (adult, X2-First Class), Carla Castañeda (young, First Class-Apocalypse) (Latin-American Spanish); Yolanda Pérez (adult, X-Men-First Class), Licia Alonso (adult, X-Men 3), Adelaida López (young, First Class-Apocalypse) (European Spanish)
Film Appearances: X-Men | X2: X-Men United | X-Men: The Last Stand | X-Men: First Class | X-Men: Days of Future Past | X-Men: Apocalypse | X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Nightcrawler: ...why not stay in disguise all the time? You know, look like everyone else.A mutant whose ability to alter her shape and mimic any human being is almost secondary to her role as "the perfect soldier/spy". She is an agile fighter, expert martial artist, and seems completely at ease with modern technology.
Mystique: Because we shouldn't have to.
Mystique: Because we shouldn't have to.
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- '80s Hair: Her crimped hairdo in X-Men: Apocalypse is a cross between Madonna's and Cyndi Lauper's in the early '80s.
- Action Girl: In X-Men: Apocalypse, she knocks out a few guys who are bigger than her in East Berlin. She later becomes the battle commander of the X-Men.
- Adaptational Heroism:
- X-Men: Days of Future Past: She's given a very realistic and sympathetic motivation for her Start of Darkness moment, in contrast to her depiction in the comics. It goes so far as to establish that prior to killing Bolivar Trask, she'd never taken a single life during one of her crimes. And additionally, she pulls a Heel–Face Turn and not only spares Trask, but rescues the president from Magneto during the climax. Presumably, this negates her role as a villain in the original trilogy via Cosmic Retcon.
- X-Men: Apocalypse: She has been traveling the world rescuing mutants following the events of Days of Future Past, and she's the field leader of the X-Men. She insists that she's not a hero, though.
- Adaptational Modesty: Completely Inverted. Mystique in the comics wore clothes, or at least created clothes as part of her appearance, while in the film she goes around fully naked. It is even made a plot point because, at Erik's explicit suggestion, she starts going around nude in order to demonstrate her lack of shame for her mutant body.
- Adaptational Sexuality: Has none of her source character's bisexuality. As far as we know, anyway; she is, after all, very good at hiding things.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the comics, her natural powers allowed her to turn not only into different people, but also into animals, as well as to create inanimate objects out of her body. A late power-up turned this Up to Eleven and made her basically a highly adaptable Slime Girl. In the films, however, she's apparently limited to create human appearances and nothing else.
- Age Is Relative: X-Men: First Class does this in many ways with her. She's a little bit younger than Xavier, but as a shapeshifter, she chooses to look younger, and she prefers to stay with the teenage recruits. According to Hank, her body ages at half the rate of a normal human.
- Age Lift: Her movie counterpart is a couple of years younger than Charles and Erik, whereas her comics counterpart is roughly the same age as Wolverine, and hence is older than Xavier and Magneto.
- Anti-Hero: A Classical Anti-Hero in X-Men: First Class, but is subverted in X2: X-Men United. In X-Men: Days of Future Past, she's hardened into a Nominal Hero. By X-Men: Apocalypse, she's back to being a hero.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: Is completely naked, but doesn't have any "attributes" to speak of, as they are noticeably covered by thicker scales.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Implied in the backstory told in X-Men: Days of Future Past. After assassinating Trask to avenge her fellow mutants, she is taken captive and experimented on, with her DNA being used to create the Bad Future Sentinels. The experience likely resulted in her transformation into the remorseless killer we see in the original trilogy.
- Best Her to Bed Her: Mystique tries to seduce Wolverine in X2: X-Men United because he defeated her in combat in X-Men, complimenting him that "nobody ever left quite a scar like you did." Logan is not interested. Later films show that Mystique is capable of having loving, if not necessarily intimate, relationships with other mutants even if they didn't actually beat her (Charles Xavier, Magneto).
- Big Bad Ensemble: For X-Men: Days of Future Past, opposite Bolivar Trask, Magneto and the Sentinels.
- Blond, Brunette, Redhead: She loves disguising herself as a blond. Her mutant form has red hair. When de-powered, she has raven hair.
- Breakout Character: While she was an important character in the original trilogy, as of First Class and beyond she's become one of the franchise's iconic characters alongside Wolverine, Professor X and Magneto.
- Characterization Marches On: First Class imbues her character with more humanizing traits and relationships that simply weren't present in the original trilogy, such as her relationship with Charles.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She wasn't too fond of seeing Charles hit on other women in a pub in X-Men: First Class.
- Corrupt the Cutie: She starts out as Charles' sweet sister and as Erik convinces her to accept her mutant background, she also follows his beliefs treating humans as enemies. Best displayed when Magneto, trying to convince her to help him start a war against humans, asks her if she is Charles' "Raven" or "Mystique."
- Cunning Linguist: Knows several languages, and this trait is retained even after the reboot.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Any normal human vs Mystique ends up in this.
- Cute Monster Girl: As a little girl when Charles first meets her in X-Men: First Class.
- The Cynic
- Dark Action Girl: One that's not ashamed to kick lots of ass.
- Does Not Like Shoes: As she's always nude, she's always barefoot, too. Extra badassery points go to her for going to Stryker's compound at Alkali Lake nude and barefoot (a frozen lake and covered in snow).
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": In X-Men: The Last Stand, when an interrogator calls her Raven, she responds, "I don't answer to my slave name." In X-Men: Days of Future Past when Havok addresses her as Raven, she declares "That's not my name."
- The Dragon: To Magneto in the original trilogy.
- Enemy Mine: Fights along the X-Men in X2: X-Men United.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: She really loves to take the form of a very sexy blond (e.g. Rebecca Romjin and Jennifer Lawrence).
- Evil Redhead: In her true form.
- Evil Sounds Deep: In the original trilogy, her natural voice has a noticeable reverb quality. Given the younger Mystique doesn't have it, it probably only kicked in when she became a clear cut villain.
- Face–Heel Turn: In X-Men: First Class. Starts off Xavier's friend and adoptive sister, ends up leaving to be with Magneto. Of course, she sees it differently. And once Magneto is imprisoned, she embraces the heel without shame. At the end of Days of Future Past, she makes a Heel–Face Turn, one that sticks.
- Femme Fatale: Not above employing some seduction to push her plans forward. (Jennifer Lawrence even declared that replacing Romijn would be "a lot easier if she wasn't the most gorgeous person in the world," leading her to play Mystique in a less sultry manner.)
- Fiery Redhead: Given it's her natural color—in mutant form. After she's "cured", her natural hair color is raven black.
- Foot Focus: She gets lots of close-ups to her feet in many of her action scenes across the franchise.
- She uses her her feet to subdue Senator Kelly by pushing him to his seat with one leg, hook one foot behind his head and slap the other one on his cheek, slap him across the face with that same foot, and then push his unconscious body to the seat with both feet. Throughout the whole scene, the camera focuses on Kelly's face with Mystique's bare foot on his cheek. Taken Up to Eleven in the collectible cards of the movie as "The Capture of Kelly" pretty much consists of Mystique's feet grabbing his face.
- Her encounter with Wolverine is mainly Mystique kicking him throughout most of the fight.
- Her final action scene in the original trilogy is snapping a guards neck with her feet to pick up his keys with her toes to unlock clamps on her hands.
- Even in the past, we get a close-up of her foot as she uses it to choke someone unconscious.
- Full-Frontal Assault:
- She is always naked. This makes sense from a sci-fi point of view since her mutation only affects her own body and it works in a sort of reptile-chameleon sort of way, so wearing clothes would simply at the very least be impractical, the 'clothes' she appears to wear are actually a part of her body; she describes taking off these 'clothes' feels like in much the same way a snake sheds its skin.
- She appears to form perhaps the basis for the mindset of walking around completely without clothing especially in her natural form throughout X-Men: First Class. When Erik Lehnsherr tell her that her natural form is beautiful and demonstrates, by dropping a barbell on her ,that it takes more concentration to maintain a fake form to conceal her true appearance than fighting in her natural form and concentrating completely on fighting would and when she tells Hank McCoy at the end, "Remember Hank, Mutant and proud." right after joining Magneto.
- Genius Bruiser: Aside from being a Cunning Linguist, she is a good with computers, and a skilled pilot and driver.
- Good Is Not Nice: in X-Men: Apocalypse, she is brisker and stricter with the young X-Men than Professor X.
- Handy Feet: Her feet are human-like, but her toes seem to be more dexterous, which allows her to use her feet as another pair of hands (see Foot Focus above).
- Heel–Face Turn: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, she eventually decides to give up her vendetta against Trask to prevent future bloodshed against Mutants. She also saves Nixon and his cabinet from Magneto.
- Hypocrite: Despite claiming to be out-and-proud about all mutations, she doesn't want her brother reading or touching her mind in any way, even if that means just innately brushing up against it. Mutations are fine, so long as they're not telepathy or any other mind/emotion-reading gift. Her objection juxtaposes Hank's attitude, who never once tells Xavier not to read his mind even though McCoy had met Charles 18 years after Raven.
- I Am What I Am: From X-Men: First Class, "Mutant and proud."
- Kick Chick: Mystique's fighting style exploits her nimble and agile body, but she prioritizes kicks as her main attack form.
- It is made evident in the original movie, where she used her feet to push Senator Kelly to his seat, put him on a headlock, and slap him unconscious with them rather than just punch him unconscious. Similarly, the only times on which Mystique didn't kick Wolverine was when she was using weapons like chains or a door.
- Her assault on the White House shows her use many types of agile kicks to defeat her opponents.
- The Leader: In X-Men: Apocalypse, she's a reluctant field leader of the X-Men because she's used to working on her own, and she's of the Headstrong variety. She's outspoken, determined and courageous.
- Like Brother and Sister:
- X-Men: First Class: She and Charles grew up together for 18 years as foster siblings, and he introduces her as his sister to Amy. He later cites this when Raven, feeling insecure about her looks, asks if he would date her... although it falls a little flat coming right after he's answered the question with "of course" in reference to her human form, before she clarifies that she means in her real form.
- X-Men: Days of Future Past: Said by the older Professor X when he mentions that she was like a sister to him. It's later alluded to when a nurse wonders if the blue, scaly woman at the Paris Peace Accords has a family, and Raven replies, "Yes, she does."
- X-Men: Apocalypse: She tells Magneto, "I'm going to fight for what I have left," which specifically refers to her foster brother Charles.
- Living Legend: She's greatly admired for saving President Nixon from Magneto in 1973, but she resents her fame, and she chooses to disguise herself in her blond Raven form so that people won't recognize her blue, scaly self.Raven: I told you I'm not a hero.
Jean: You're a hero to us. Seeing you that day on TV changed my life.
Kurt: Mine too.
Peter: Mine too.
- Made of Iron: As her fight with Wolverine handily demonstrates.
- Marquee Alter Ego:
- She is played by world famous supermodel Rebecca Romijn, and has the power to take any form. She had at least one "cameo" per movie without make-up.
- The younger version often spends more time as Jennifer Lawrence than in her blue-skinned form.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: A foster siblings variation with her and Charles in X-Men: Apocalypse. Both are mutant activists, but they use different approaches when saving the world one mutant life at a time—the sister is more "active" and the brother is more "passive." Mystique is a forthright Action Girl who travels around the globe and regularly employs violence to free mutants who are in physical danger; she tells Caliban that she doesn't care what they do with their newfound liberty. Professor Xavier, on the other hand, is a sweet Non-Action Guy who remains at his home/school and coaches his mutant students on how to master their inherently hazardous abilities so that they're no longer a threat to themselves or to others, while at the same time nurturing them as individuals. In the final scene, Raven assumes a stern, no-nonsense approach when training the X-Men for combat, whereas Charles will continue to educate their minds and provide emotional support.
- Meaningful Name: When de-powered in X-Men: The Last Stand, she's seen with Raven Hair, Ivory Skin.
- Monster Modesty: You can see scales over her nipples and pelvis.
- Ms. Fanservice: Aside from being naked most of the time, she uses seductive alternate forms.
- Non-Humans Lack Attributes: Despite not being human, she is decent even while naked. This might be part of her shapeshifting (seeing as how she can look like she's wearing clothes too). Rebecca Romijn even lampshaded this by commenting that her character's costume was "strategically placed body paint, pasties, and clever camera angles."
- Number Two: By the end of X-Men: Apocalypse, she becomes Professor X's second-in-command, which is the Adaptational Heroism equivalent of her position as Magneto's Dragon in the original trilogy. In the Alternate Timeline, she sides with her foster brother instead of her ex-lover.
- Older Than They Look: She qualifies as an extreme example, being played by Rebecca Romijn despite being only a few years younger than Magento and Xavier. Justified by her ability to shapeshift (why age if you never have to?) and a comment made in X-Men: First Class about her mutation slowing her aging.
- Old Flame: In The Rogue Cut, she and Beast definitely still have feelings for each other despite being separated for over a decade. Mystique was even romantically involved with Magneto before he was incarcerated, but her first choice back in 1962 was Hank. X-Men: Apocalypse makes it quite clear that that flame is, at least on Hank's end, still burning.
- One of the Kids: She'd rather hang out with the adolescent mutants in X-Men: First Class than with Charles and Erik even though her age is much closer to that of the two men.
- Organic Bra: Her Shapeshifter Default Form has a scaly covering over her naughty bits (or what would be her naughty bits; she's rather... non-distinct in those areas).
- Protectorate: She is this to Charles in X-Men: First Class, although she finds his concern for her safety utterly suffocating.
- Purple Is Powerful: In X-Men: Apocalypse, her risqué dress is shiny and purple, and she's the most effective combatant at the cage match.
- The Quiet One: In the first film, she only has one line in her natural form.
- Related in the Adaptation: Subverted Trope. The 616 character was Rogue's adopted mother and Nightcrawler's biological mother. Neither relationship is brought over to this franchise.
- Rousseau Was Right: Raven at heart is a sweet and compassionate person. She is motivated to kill Trask for all the mutants he killed along with being captured/tortured and following Magneto's influence leading her to become the Mystique of the original trilogy. When Charles leaves the choice up to her, free of anyone's manipulation, she chooses to spare Trask.
- Satellite Character: In the original trilogy, we know very little about her as an individual outside of her Undying Loyalty to Magneto.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: She has no qualms about going about fully naked, although she does seem to understand the societal norms of covering up.
- Shapeshifter Baggage: The first two movies averted this by having her only transforming into adults (or in one case, an adult-sized Statue of Liberty model). Then the third had her briefly becoming a child, X-Men: First Class had her child self (also briefly) disguised as Charles' mother, and X-Men: Days of Future Past had her become the small Bolivar Trask.
- Shapeshifter Guilt Trip: She tries this on her captors in X-Men: The Last Stand. She transforms into the President and threatens to have them all court-martialed if they do not release her, and then a little girl who begs and cries to be let out. She finally turns mockingly back into herself when one of the guards threatens to empty a can of pepper spray in her face if she doesn't knock it off.
- Shapeshifter Weapon: She did this in X-Men with Wolverine's claws (which failed miserably against the real ones).
- Shapeshifting Seducer: She uses this several times in the films.
- X2: X-Men United: She seduces a guard by taking the form of a hot blonde so she can use him in Magneto's escape from prison. She later utilizes it on Logan by trying to seduce him in the form of Jean Grey. Logan catches her, and she goes through several other forms, including Storm, Rogue and even Stryker, but he tells her to leave.
- X-Men: First Class: She upgrades her age by about 15 years to please Erik, which doesn't really work for her until he tells Raven that he prefers her without the shapeshifted appearance.
- X-Men: Days of Future Past: She does a sultry variation of her Raven form and pretends to be a disco-loving interpreter to gain access to a Vietnamese general's hotel room in order to steal his invitation to the Paris Peace Accords.
- X-Men: Apocalypse: Her electric purple ensemble is quite revealing, and it's meant to be a distraction to the big, burly guards at the fight club venue; one underestimates her by calling her "little mouse."
- She-Fu: Acrobatic, prefers hand-to-hand (kicks in particular), and even slides.
- She's Got Legs: Her seduction of a prison guard in X2: X-Men United shows it clearly.
- Sibling Yin-Yang:
- X-Men: Days of Future Past: Eleven years after X-Men: First Class, she and Charles have not only become estranged, but also polar opposites in almost every way, especially in regards to ideology and diplomacy. Her sparing of Trask and the president shows that she isn't quite as far gone as originally believed, though.
- X-Men: Apocalypse: Although she and Charles are on better terms than in X-Men: Days of Future Past, they still strongly disagree over how humans in general treat mutants. He believes the world is gradually becoming more tolerant of their kind, but she has seen with her own eyes that there's still a lot of oppression. This article uses the metaphor of Mystique being an aggressive hawk and Xavier is a peaceful dove.Charles: I have plans for this place. I mean to turn it into a real campus, a university. Not just for mutants, either; for humans, too. Living and working, growing together.
Raven: You know, I really believed that once. I really believed we can change them, after D.C.
Charles: We did.
Raven: Just because there's not a war, doesn't mean there's peace. You wanna teach your kids something, teach them that, teach them to fight, otherwise they might as well live in this house for the rest of their lives.
- Start of Darkness: X-Men: First Class depicts her as an insecure young woman looking for a purpose... and she finds it. Taken even further in X-Men: Days of Future Past, where she effectively becomes a Dark Action Girl. Xavier even states that her first deliberate murder of Bolivar Trask in the original timeline "is when Raven became Mystique."
- Statuesque Stunner: In the original trilogy, where she's 5' 11" (1.80 m). While young Mystique is not that much, Jennifer Lawrence's 5' 9" (1.75 m) makes only slightly shorter than Magneto.
- Take a Third Option: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, Erik asks her, "Are you still Charles' Raven... or are you Mystique?" (What Magneto is truly referring to with the latter is if she's still his soldier.) In the end, she chooses her own path. She doesn't adhere to her foster brother's pacifism, and she rejects her former lover's warmongering.
- Team Mom: Has more or less settled into this role as of the finale of X-Men: Apocalypse, although it should be noted that her position as the X-Men's drill sergeant does give her some Team Dad qualities. Mystique's "tough love" is meant to compliment Professor X's strong nurturing tendencies.
- Technically Naked Shapeshifter: Her true form is a blue-skinned humanoid. She almost never wears clothes (her skin, which is scaled, it presumably more resilient to changes in temperature than that of non-mutants), granting her the freedom to shift the surface of her skin into clothing appropriate for whatever form she takes.
- That Man Is Dead: Near the beginning of X-Men: Days of Future Past, Mystique tells Alex that Raven isn't her name anymore. Given how the film ends, it's ambiguous if she still feels this way.
- Thou Shall Not Kill: Despite the Viral Marketing for the film implying that she was the one who had assassinated President Kennedy, X-Men: Days of Future Past establishes that she never took a life prior to her attempts to kill Bolivar Trask.
- Time-Shifted Actor: Played by Rebecca Romjin in the original trilogy; her younger self is portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence. Morgan Lily plays her child self.
- Took a Level in Badass: In comparison to X-Men: First Class where her only physical scenes involve weight training and her shape-changing abilities used only as a distraction to aid someone else, in X-Men: Days of Future Past, she has developed into using some of the acrobatic fighting style that her older counterpart from the first trilogy excels at.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Between First Class/Days of Future Past and the original trilogy, her personality... changed quite a bit. In fact, she's downright a mean bitch in the trilogy. Maybe the "scientific experiments" she went through after killing Trask had something to do with it. This is possibly undone, however, thanks to the Cosmic Retcon at the end of Days of Future Past.
- Tranquil Fury: It must've rubbed off from being with Magneto, but throughout most of X-Men: Days of Future Past, she is searing with rage and on her way to becoming the remorseless killer she was in the original trilogy. Until the end where she spares Trask's life and thus creates a new timeline.
- Unholy Matrimony: With Magneto. However, it is thoroughly broken by X-Men: Days of Future Past, where she and Magneto try to kill one another.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: For Charles in X-Men: First Class. Xavier does a lot of flirting with other women, and she is clearly jealous. It's hard to tell whether she actually had strong romantic feelings for him, or if she just wants to establish that she's worthy of romantic interest, but either way, he says that he can't see her as anything but a sister and someone to protect.
- Waif-Fu: Younger Mystique.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Along with Magneto, she agrees with his efforts to allow mutants to come out of hiding and gain acceptance of themselves, but at the same time opposes humans who would threaten them, believing war is inevitable.
- Woman Scorned: In X-Men: The Last Stand, once Magneto dumps her, she reveals his hideout's location to the authorities.
- Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: In many ways, given she's so sneaky that can change to regular white eyes.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Downplayed. In X-Men: The Last Stand, Magneto leaves her behind when her mutation is removed and genuinely feels bad about it. She repays him in kind by working against him. It makes a bit more sense when you consider the original ending of the movie. When Magneto is at the park bench at the end, she was supposed to be sitting next to him, implying that Magneto's rejection of her and her subsequent betrayal were both actually staged to lower the defenses of Alcatraz Island later.