Comic Book / Jubilee

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"I feel like I'm drowning in my own blood and I'm terrified to open my mouth because I don't know whether I'm going to breathe or drink. And I'm looking at everyone through an inch of glass. Like they all know exactly where the line is between them and me."
Jubilee, Wolverine and Jubilee #1

Jubilation Lee, best known as Jubilee, is a Marvel Comics mutant-turned-vampire superheroine that usually associated with X-Men and its members. She's introduced into Marvel Universe in Uncanny X-Men #244 (May 1989). She's created by Chris Claremont and Marc Silvestri.

She was intended to do for the new fans of the 1990s what Kitty Pryde did in the 1980s — serve as a viewpoint character for teenagers. As such, she became Wolverine's 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 over time she became the Genius Ditz team strategist.

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: Wondra.

After New Warriors got cancelled, Jubilee drifted back towards the X-books, was turned into a vampire during the Curse of the Mutants storyline, and adopted a baby to become the X-Men's first teenaged vampire single mom superhero.

She is currently working as the personal assistant/shenanigan-enabler of the title character in Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat!, but is about to leave that role (Patsy's book is cancelled anyway) to form Generation X (2017)

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  • 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.
  • Action Mom: She has an adoptive son, Shogo.
  • 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: Her relationship with X-23 has shades of this, especially thanks to scenes like this.
    • She was also remarkably unoffended when Bling! (Roxanne Washington, who is a lesbian) made out with her.
    • Reminiscing about her first meeting with the X-ladies, she said "they were total rock stars, and I wanted to have all their babies".
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Jubilation Lee, although she herself hates it, and prefers her pseudonym.
  • Bash Brothers: After a rocky start, she and X-23 became close friends and have teamed up on multiple occasions.
  • 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, with Monet as the Veronica.
  • Break the Cutie: She goes through a bit of this after being vampirized, as shown by the quote above.
  • 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.
    • Even her original powers, which she largely used just to create fireworks effects, would actually rank her as one of the most powerful mutants alive: she detonates matter on a subatomic level, and the resulting annihilation creates flashes of light as a side-effect. She's basically a walking Matter-To-Antimatter converter, and has destroyed an entire house before. With enough focus, she could have destroyed large tracts of land, continents, planets... even star systems to upwords of galaxies, theoretically. Emma Frost even said Jubilee had the potential to be one of the single-most powerful mutants she'd ever encountered, and given that she's met Xavier, Magneto, Apocalypse, and Phoenix, that's saying something.
  • 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".
  • Dark Is Not Evil: As a vampire, she sometimes can be downright scary (such as her Mama Bear moment below). But she's still a good girl.
  • Deadpan Snarker: While most of her abilities have been subject to many changes, one power she has always maintained is near-superhuman levels of sass. Whether it's mocking Wolverine's macho posturing, puncturing Xavier's pompousness, laughing in the face of frickin' Dracula himself, or engaging in an epic takedown of Emma Frost's attempts at moralising, you can always expect her to have a comeback.
  • Embarrassing First Name: She prefers to be called Jubilee.
  • Femme Fatalons: As vampire, she has claws.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Gambit introduced Jubilee to X-23 thinking she could help Laura overcome her issues. X-23 immediately attacked Jubilee thinking she was an enemy and was jealous of how Wolverine treated her, but they bonded over their shared issues with controlling their bloodlust.
  • 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."
    • This is sometimes justified by saying she has dyscalculia, which would naturally make it difficult to succeed academically.
  • Glory Days: Did you know she was an X-Man? She'll never let you forget it.
  • Healing Factor: Before Wolverine lost his healing factor, Jubilee received a regular supply of Wolverine's blood to ingest which granted her certain immunities including Regenerative Healing Factor.
  • 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.
  • Hidden Depths: She actually turns out, surprisingly, to be a very good mother to Shogo.
  • 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.
    • The one time she did cut loose with her powers (because she thought Wolverine was dead) she blew up half of The Mandarin's castle!
      "Did I just do that? And, like, do I want to do it again?"
    • She blows up Proudstar Hall in order to defeat Emplate.
      • Her powers tend to be more destructive when she's emotional and unable to focus and control her abilities as well as usual. She's used this to her advantage before. In Genration X, Emma Frost states that Jubes has the potential to detonate matter at a sub-atomic level.
  • Little Miss Snarker/Deadpan Snarker: She develops from one to the other as she gets older - anyone who can sass Emma Frost definitely qualifies as this.
  • Mama Bear: Do not try to take adopted son Shogo!
  • Most Common Superpower: A "superpower" that appeared when she was in New Warriors. She was flat chested before.
  • The Munchausen: She expected her experience to give her more clout when she was transferred to Generation X. It didn't take long for her new companions to grow tired of it and refuse to hear anything starting with the words "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. Played straighter with X-23, with Jubilee out to get Laura to lighten up and start enjoying her life.
  • Na´ve Newcomer: She started as one.
  • 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.
    • Also an in-universe example, if there is such a thing — her vampirism means she's permanently stuck at age seventeen.
  • 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 besides Dazzler. 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. Particularly 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 (when she still had that power).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Race Lift: Becomes Caucasian in 1996 Generation X film.
  • 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 Superpowers: Jubilee, whose powers have been described as "sparkles" or "fireworks" (when she still had the power).
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: Finds and adopts a baby in Europe despite (permanently, due to being a vampire) being 17.
  • 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.
  • Weakened by the Light: Downplayed. Thanks to the healing factor from Wolverine's blood which is ingested to her, Jubilee can withstand a small amount of sunlight every day. However, too much sunlight can be toxic to her much like other vampires.
  • 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.

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