The true African queen.
"I am a woman, a mutant, a thief, an X-Man, a lover, a wife, a queen. I am all these things. I am Storm, and for me, there are no such things as limits."Storm
— Ororo Munroe
, a.k.a. Ororo Munroe, a weather-controlling mutant and one of the most famous members of the X-Men
. She first appeared in Giant-Size X-Men #1
(May, 1975), created by Len Wein and Dave Cockrum. Ororo is the descendant of an ancient line of African priestesses, all of whom have white hair, blue eyes, and the potential to wield magic. Her mother, N'dare, was an African princess who married American photojournalist David Munroe and moved with him to Manhattan, where Ororo was born. When Ororo was six months old, she and her parents moved to Cairo, Egypt. Five years later, during the Arab-Israeli conflict, a plane crashed into their home. Ororo's parents were killed, but she survived, buried under rubble near her mother's body. The resultant trauma left Ororo with severe claustrophobia that still affects her today.
Ororo managed to escape the rubble of her shattered home with nothing but the tattered clothes on her back and her mother's ancestral ruby. Homeless and orphaned, Ororo was found by a gang of street urchins who took her to their master, Achmed el-Gibar. Achmed trained Ororo in the arts of thievery and she soon became his prize pupil, excelling in picking both pockets and locks. During her time in Cairo, Ororo picked the pocket of an American tourist. The man proved no easy mark, however, as he was Charles Xavier, a powerful mutant telepath who used his abilities to stop the theft. At that moment, Xavier was psionically attacked by another mutant and Ororo used the opportunity to escape.
Years later, feeling a strong urge to wander south, Ororo left Cairo. During her travels, Ororo naïvely accepted a ride from a complete stranger and was almost raped by him. Forced to defend herself, Ororo killed the man. From that moment, she swore never to take another human life. Ororo wandered for thousands of miles, almost dying during her trek across the Sahara Desert. Her mutant ability to psionically control the weather emerged soon after, and she was able to use them to rescue T'Challa
, a prince of the African nation of Wakanda, from his would-be kidnappers. The pair spent much time together; however, T'Challa's duties as a prince prevented them from further exploring their burgeoning mutual attraction.
Finally, Ororo reached her ancestors' homeland on the Serengeti Plain in Kenya. She was taken in by an elderly tribal woman named Ainet who taught her to be responsible with her powers. Ororo soon came to be the object of worship of the local tribes who believed her to be a goddess due to her gift.
Years later, Ororo was forced to battle the threat of a fellow mutant weather manipulator known as Deluge, who sought revenge against humanity. With the help of several members of the team of mutant heroes known as the X-Men, Deluge was seemingly destroyed and Ororo returned to her life amongst the tribal people. The X-Men subsequently told their founder, Professor Xavier, about Storm but he declined to contact her at this point, not wanting to shock the young woman with the true nature of her powers.
Months later, however, Xavier was left with no choice but to recruit Storm and other mutants from around the world into the X-Men in order to rescue his original students from the threat of the sentient island being known as Krakoa. Xavier explained to Ororo that she was not a "goddess", but a mutant, and as such she had a responsibility to use her abilities to help the world just as she had helped the local tribes. Curious, Ororo accepted Xavier's offer, and was given the codename "Storm".
Storm has always played a very prominent role in the world of the X-Men. In her early days after her first appearance she was a major character in the new team of X-Men following the relaunch of the mutant team in 1975. Then perhaps her definitive role was as leader of the X-Men after Professor X went into space with the Starjammers for a time. She led the team through many huge challenges: the Mutant Massacre and Inferno
to name but two, even through a long period when she had lost her powers. Following the return of Professor X, the X-Men were split into two teams, Gold (led by Storm) and Blue (led by Cyclops). During that period her closest male relationship was with Forge, however that somehow never fully matured and ended with the two breaking up. Following the discovery of Destiny's diaries, Storm led the X-Treme X-Men and then the X.S.E. teams. Storm later married Black Panther and taken on a new leadership role in Wakanda. The marriage lasted a long time, but came crashing
during Avengers vs. X-Men
in which Storm reluctantly took the mutants' side and caused Namor to flood Wakanda. This act enraged Black Panther that he, being both King AND High Priest of Wakanda, announced divorce even if Storm defected to the Avengers' side afterwards. After Wolverine reopened the X-Mansion in New York, Storm became Headmistress of the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning and lead the first all-female team
of X-Men in April 2013. In July 2014, Storm gained her first ongoing self-titled comic, written by Greg Pak.
One of the most popular and recognizable members of the team (as well as one of the most recognizable and notable black superheroes), Storm has appeared in virtually every media adaptation featuring the X-Men since the 1980's, including the X-Men
animated series, the Marvel vs. Capcom
video games, and the X-Men
live-action movies (where she is portrayed by Halle Berry
Film Television (Anime / Western Animation)Video Games
- Storm Vol. 1 (1996)
- Storm Vol. 2 (2006)
- Storm Vol. 3 (2014)
Storm provides examples of the following tropes:
- Elemental Hair: She is almost always depicted with long, white hair which usually defies gravity, suggesting her wind and lightning powers.
- Elemental Powers: Complete control over the weather, which gives her the ability to whip up lightning, wind, and ice storms in combat, among a plethora of other useful tricks.
- Equivalent Exchange: Storm's weather-controlling powers are given a limit to explain why she can't turn the world into a paradise, or at least bring relief to disaster-stricken areas. The first time she tried that, she successfully ended the drought in her village - only to discover that, since the moisture she'd drawn upon had to come from somewhere, she'd caused even worse droughts to strike the rest of the world.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: After getting sick of repressing her passions all the time, she gave into nourishing them — this change was reflected with her new (at the time) mohawk. The change was unpopular at the time, so she went back to her normal hairstyle, but in Marvel Now she styled her hair in a mohawk again.
- Fisher King: Her mood influences her weather manipulation powers, so she's basically this everywhere she goes if she doesn't rein in her powers.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar
- There's a crazy amount of nude Storm appearances during the early years of her introduction.
- Back in the '80s, Jim Shooter forbade Chris Claremont from depicting homosexual relationships in the X-books. Claremont proceeded to sneak two lesbian couples past Shooter in subtle ways. One was Mystique and Destiny; the other is arguably Storm and Yukio. At one point, Storm is offered her "heart's desire", which is to live in Tokyo with Yukio with no cares or responsibilities.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Whenever she is using her powers.
- God Guise: In her youth she was worshiped as a rain goddess until Xavier found her. In her 2014 series, the tribespeople admit that they were only humoring her because they needed the rain. They knew all along that she was "just" a crazy girl who could make rain, not a goddess. Storm in the present is rather embarassed by her past behavior.
- Good Is Not Soft: As mentioned above, she's one of the nicest members of the X-Men. However, if she is pushed too far, either by her friends being threatened or the arising of a situation that her ethics will not stand for, she will go to extreme lengths in retaliation. Two notable instances were her first battle with Callisto, and years later, her battle with Marrow, Callisto's extremist protégé.
- Happily Married: With Black Panther. Until the events of Avengers vs. X-Men.
- Hell-Bent for Leather
- Again, during her Mohawk phase and for a brief period after.
- The full-body silver-white costume she sported in the animated series.
- It's been mentioned in-universe by characters a number of times.
- The High Queen: Formerly, to Wakanda.
- I Believe I Can Fly: With wind.
- An Ice Person: Comes with her control of the weather.
- Important Haircut: Her Mohawk didn't survive the eighties, but it did signify a newfound toughness the character has held onto.
- In Harm's Way: For all her talk of pacifism, even Storm found palace life and politics extremely boring after she married the Black Panther, and continued to help the X-Men whenever she could.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: Well, her culture didn't have a taboo about nudity... she grew out of this as the decades went past. Somewhat. While it's not in every issue like it once was, she still gets this duty more than any other X-character.
- Kryptonite Factor: Storm's powers are limited by the dimensions of the atmosphere she's in. Another reason for her not to like small spaces. This is usually not an issue, but it comes up from time to time.
- Weather Manipulation: Naturally enough.
- Wolverine Publicity: She's been regularly featured in X-Men since 1975. Had many solo series, many mini-series. Has made guest appearances. Also have appeared in every game in the Marvel vs. Capcom series and Marvel RPGs, and she's one of the few characters to be on all three of Marvel's big teams (the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and the Avengers).
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Originally claustrophobia, though this has abated significantly over the years from "crippling terror" to throwaway fear. Nowadays it will usually only come up when they need to get Storm out of a fight without any Chickification.
- Xenafication: A positive example here. She mainly relied on her powers in the beginning. After being stripped of them, she'd later go on to become one of the best fighters in both hand-to-hand and weapon combat. Even after she regained her powers, she largely retained the skills she'd picked up, becoming one of the X-Men's most versatile members (Depending on the Writer).