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Monet Yvette Clarisse Maria Therese St. Croix / M / Penance
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Notable Aliases: Penance, Hollow

Nationality: French, Yugoslavian, Algerian, Monacan, Krakoan

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: Generation X #1 (November, 1994)

"I don't hate everybody, I think I'm better than everybody. It's completely different."
Monet, X-Factor

Monet St. Croix, sometimes known by the codenames "M" or "Penance", was created by Scott Lobdell & artist, Chris Bachalo in 1994. She first appeared in the crossover, Phalanx Covenant, before starring in Generation X with her classmates & their mentors, Banshee and Emma Frost.

Monet St. Croix possesses a wide variety of mutant powers which represent a near-perfect human being. Her powers include superhuman strength, superhuman speed, agility, endurance, reflexes, coordination, and balance; self-propelled flight; nigh-invulnerability; night vision and enhanced hearing; an enhanced healing factor and the ability to read minds and perceive mutant auras. Her superhuman physicality, multi-hyphenate abilities, and arrogance have dubbed this French Algerian mutant to be the "perfect" mutant. She is also one of Marvel's first Muslim superheroes.

Over the years, she's worked with many teams since Generation X, such as Banshee's X-Corps, Multiple Man's X-Factor Investigations, Storm's X-Women, Magneto's X-Men, Sabretooth's Weapon X-Force, and Cyclops' search & destroy team for Mother Mold.

With the founding of the mutant nation of Krakoa, Monet emerged as one of the co-CXO's of the reborn X-Corp, responsible for being the business face of mutantkind to the rest of the planet.

Monet St. Croix provides examples of:

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  • Action Fashionista: Monet has a very glamorous wardrobe.
  • Action Girl: A female heroine, her Flying Brick powers have her be a great front-line fighter.
  • Act of True Love: Emplate thought she did this for Sabretooth in Uncanny X-Men. She attacks when he feeds on Creed & Callisto, telling him to deal with her & leave them alone. After she left with him, he was surprised how quickly she came just to save the others & sensed affection when it came to Creed.
  • Alpha Bitch: In Generation X, functioning as the snobby rich popular girl.
  • Amazonian Beauty: The beautiful Monet has noticeable abs during her Full-Frontal Assault under Cortex's Mind Control, and many characters notice how toned her legs are.
  • Ambadassador: More so in X-Factor where she was instantly violent when it came to making any kind of case about anything.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Monet is the daughter of a dark-skinned French father and mother of Algerian citizenship and indeterminate ethnicity. She is always depicted as brown-skinned, with the precise hue varying from issue to issue. Whenever it gets too light, there's an outcry that Marvel is trying to make her "less black" for nefarious purposes, and when it gets too dark, there are cries that she was never black in the first place, but it was never stated that she is or isn't. She and her siblings (who are more consistently dark-skinned, the few times we see Emplate's human form) are most likely mixed, though colorists should settle on a tone and stick to it. Obvious Fridge Logic answer: Her Healing Factor causes her to both tan rapidly, and lose that tan when it's no longer needed.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Nicole & Claudette from time to time. In New Mutants #1, they are seen in their Penance forms & Monet is shown to be yelling at them.
  • Bad Date: With Guido in X-Factor, which is summed up during their argument. It also officially ends whatever cordial relationship they had left.
  • Been There, Shaped History: More recent than most, but according to Monet, she had a part in the Marvel universe's versions of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie getting together.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Sabretooth in Uncanny X Men. During their snark-off in issue one, Psylocke cuts in to ask if they are still bickering & why they don't just get a room.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't mess with her mind. She'll kill you violently.
    • Don't hurt anyone she actually cares about. She might not kill you then.
    • Mentioning Heaven after her resurrection is also a very bad idea.
  • The Beautiful Elite: Monet is the daughter of a Monégasque ambassador and the granddaughter of a French aristocrat. Between her beauty, which makes her the Lust Object of numerous men; wealth; fame; and winning of the Superpower Lottery, it is little wonder she has an ego the size of a continent.
  • Big Brother Instinct:
    • Monet is very loving toward Nicole & Claudette. Nicole says she's the only one who doesn't treat them like freaks. When they were inside Penance, Monet made sure they were comfortable as could be.
    • Zigzagged with Emplate who declares his love for Monet. He admits feeding on her wasn't his finest moment but he has to feed to stay anchored to the world. He mocked her affection for Creed and later warned her that he would eventually kill her.
  • Berserk Button: Monet hates being under the mental thrall of others due to her time under the control of her brother, Emplate, and transforming her into the identity of Penance. She punches Cortex through his chest after he takes control of her for a couple of issues and is furious with Pip the Troll when he transfers his mind into her body to escape death.
  • Betty and Veronica: Veronica to Jubilee's Betty for Synch, being the arrogant, stuck-up beauty — and she won without much contest. It's reversed in Bunn's Uncanny with Sabretooth where she may have been the Betty to Mystique's Veronica. Bunn noted that they wouldn't get along well, and with Mystique being a former off & on lover to Creed, that may have come up later. Monet is far from a teddy bear, but she's an angel compared to Raven.
  • Brainy Brunette: She's a highly intelligent woman with long brown, or black, hair.
  • Broken Ace: Monet is a Superpower Lottery winner, beautiful, intelligent, and acts as if nothing ever fazes her. But during her therapy sessions, she confesses her "M" persona is mostly a front and she suffers from severe trauma due to what her brother Emplate did to her during the time she was stuck as Penance.
  • Bunker Woman: An extreme when she's trapped in the Penance body by Emplate, where she was imprisoned for years, unable to have her cries for help heard.
  • Butt-Monkey: X-Factor (2006) has a lot of fun putting the prideful Monet into a lot of comical situations, usually taking advantage of her Super-Toughness to take the brunt of attacks that would be fatal to other characters. She never ends up truly hurt, but it annoys her to no end and they often have comical side effects on her appearance, like leaving her hair a mess or ruining her clothes.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Emplate's Cain.
  • Came Back Wrong: Her first death & resurrection in X-Factor leaves her depressed and numb. As noted above, she didn't want to hear anyone mentioning a Heaven that she didn't see & sneers that Darwin just sees her as something Hell spat out. She's still recovering when she joined Storm's X-Men.
  • Celebrity Superhero: Monet is quite famous and has posed for Vanity Fair twice.
  • Character Death: Like any superhero, she's had a few of these.
    • In X-Factor, she's critically injured during her encounter with Pluto and is dying when she fights Strong Guy, who finishes her off. When he becomes the new King of Hell he brings her Back from the Dead and expels her from hell.
    • She dies again in X-Men, digging her way out of some rubble, making a note to herself to stop dying.
    • In House of X, she gets killed off-panel when she takes on numerous enemies to protect Jean.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: If Monet has eyes for a guy, she won't take kindly to other girls getting too cozy.
  • Civvie Spandex: For the first half of X-Factor, up until the renumbering, Monet's outfit tended to be whatever she was wearing at the time.
  • Close-Call Haircut: Deadpool tied napalm bombs to her hair & when they exploded, they left a large bald spot on the right side of her head.
  • Combat Stilettos: Monet often wore high-heeled boots during X-Factor.
  • Combo Platter Powers: Flying Brick powers, the ability to merge with any mutant member of her family encountered thus far, with different combinations having an entirely different personality and powers. This goes, in fact, for all of the St. Croix siblings except for Nicole (who hasn't displayed solo powers just yet.) Also, telepathy, telekinesis, and heightened intelligence. However, she may just have Psychic Powers, her Flying Brick powers being a manifestation of that, like the 'Psionic Superman' theory that was popular in the 80s and 90s.
  • Comic-Book Time: One of the beneficiaries. See, since she's one of the Generation X crop, she should logically be around the same age as her classmate Jubilee. Except Jubilee's been a perpetual teenager, while during her X-Factor days Monet is depicted as being in her mid-twenties or around the rest of the cast, presumably to cause less raised eyebrows about relationships with characters such as Madrox, Strong Guy, Darwin, and Sabretooth who all have a good few years on her as a character, as well as age when she first came on the scene.
  • Cool Big Sis: Monet's younger twin sisters think highly of her, calling her the only person who never treated them like freaks due to their spell-casting powers and Claudette's autism. After Monet is restored to human form, they have a happy reunion.
  • Covers Always Lie: Many cases in X-Factor & Weapon X where she's black on the covers but white in the interiors.
  • Critical Hit: She was dying from brain hemorrhaging before taking on Guido in Hell & when he got serious, all it took was one good hit to finish her.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: With her temper and brawler nature, she's received a few of these, such as being kicked into space by Hulk, rag-dolled by Pluto, then clobbered and killed by Strong Guy.
  • Deadpan Snarker: One of her main traits. An X-Factor example is when the team is waiting for Siryn to have her baby.
    Guido: How long's it been now?
    Monet: About three minutes later than the last time you asked.
  • Death Is Cheap: As noted above, she's died a few times but won't stay dead.
  • Defiant to the End: Her sacrifice in House of X #4. She sends Jean off of the Orchis-invaded ship in an escape pod before turning to face them. Despite being outnumbered & overwhelmed.
  • Did They or Didn't They?: She & Synch shared a passionate kiss one night in the school library before she suggests going someplace private. After this, they're not seen again. In the next chapter, they're shown holding hands, which is their first public couple-display.
  • Disappointing Older Sibling: Monet has noted on a good few occasions that Emplate is a pathetic disgrace.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: She usually got defensive when Sabretooth showed concern for her.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: In X-Factor, Pip the Troll winds up hijacking Monet's body via Brain Uploading to save his own life after his body is shot. Polaris and Rictor find the situation hilarious until Shatterstar points out how a horrible violation it is, prompting both to shut up. When Monet does get control of her body back, she's absolutely livid with them for laughing at her, with the exception of Shatterstar.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Synch, Guido, Darwin, Madrox, and Longshot have admired her looks. In return, she herself isn't above noticing the male form, notably Sabretooth whom she volunteers to watch lift heavy stuff from their aircraft.
  • Effortless Amazonian Lift: She's easily able to carry her male teammates.
  • Everyone Can See It: When it came to her & Sabretooth, a total of seven characters have suspected more to their relationship.
    • Psylocke was the first in Uncanny X-Men 1 when she notes how much they bicker, suggests they get a room and thinks they may be flirting. In the finale, she compared them to Starkweather & Fugate.
    • Callisto was next, mockingly calling Monet Creed's "little girlfriend" at first, and later during a spat, she cuts in to warn them of the situation but wryly apologizes for interrupting "whatever's going on" between them.
    • Emplate says he detected affection from Monet when it came to Creed before guessing that she's bored with handsome, cultured men. Much later, he threatens to gut her with a warning that Creed will do it eventually which causes Monet to snark at him looking down on the guys she hangs around.
    • Deathstrike in Weapon X. When Creed is briefing them on Monet and the mission to save her, she instantly notes Monet as his ex-girlfriend which makes Creed defensive.
    • Domino becomes a Shipper on Deck as soon as she hears Deathstrike's comment, thinking it adorable. When she sees Creed shyly trying to speak with Monet, she gushes, tells Monet about how he wanted to save her, and how nobody believed his protests.
    • After hearing Domino's Love Informant ramble, Deadpool promptly asks if they're going to kiss which causes Creed & Monet to tell him to shut up.
    • Finally, Omega Red tells everyone to focus on love after they finish with war. But later when Creed & Monet finally talk about what happened between them, Omega Red is watching them with a grin.
  • Exaggerated Trope: Her Rich Bitch nature in X-Factor is dialed up, sometimes bordering on hatefulness. As seen in her debate with Siryn.
    Siryn: I've had it with your holier-than-thou attitude..
    M: You're lecturing me about being Holy? You're the one who thinks God is out to get you because you lost your baby.
    Siryn: Don't you dare bring that up!
    M: Too late. What are you gonna do? Scream at me?
  • Face–Monster Turn: After she's merged with Emplate in Uncanny & later became the villain of Generation X (2017).
  • Filler Can arguably go into this territory with recent interview from Bunn. According to him, Hickman was in talks before he started on Uncanny, he was told not to change too much regarding the X-Men, and that many of the books around this period going forward were placeholders. That being the case, Creed & Monet's relationship was something that happened during a transitional point and won't be acknowledged going forward. We already saw some of his developments fizzle such as Monet being White Queen of the Hellfire Club which has been forgotten ever since and Emma is very much still White Queen in Hickman's run.
  • First Love: Synch. After his death, she yells at Jubilee that he was the first person she ever had feelings for.
  • Flying Brick: A super strong and super tough heroine here who's capable of flying.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Under Cortex's Mind Control, she strips naked in front of Darwin to seduce him, but when he doesn't fall for it Cortex has Monet try to kill him instead, leading to several issues with Monet fighting completely nude. (Cortex's Mind Control gives her some purple techno skin that makes her have a Barbie Doll Anatomy or has some Scenery Censor cover up her nudity). When the Mind Control is eventually severed, Monet is so furious at Cortex she attacks him without bothering to put some clothes back on.
  • Fusion Dance: Largely unexplored but she and her siblings can fuse with each other and create a unique person, such as M-Plate. Her young twin sisters can also fuse into an exact copy of her and impersonate her for years.
  • Good is Not Nice: Good? ... maybe. Pleasant? Not really. Monet isn't incapable of being nice, but it does take her a wind-up. And if you upset her... you're screwed. Just ask Ballistique, if she ever recovers from what Monet did to her.
    Monet: (as she tears Ballistique's mind to shreds) Go on. Say I "can't". It'll be funny. I'll laugh like this: Ha. Ha.
  • Hates Being Touched: She's had her moments.
    • When Layla tries to check on her after she's threatened by Polaris. Monet defensively says she is fine & tells Layla not to touch her.
    • In Bunn's Uncanny, Storm has a brief reunion with her & Psylocke where the latter hugs her but she's promptly snubbed when she puts supportive hands-on Monet.
    • In House of X 5, Storm reaches out for her & asks that she prove she's the real deal after her resurrection. Monet instantly withdraws & tell her "No touching", which was all the proof Storm needed.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Played up in X-Factor when she was prone to a violent disposition & temper.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Reveals this during a therapy session with Doc Samson. She has to be the superior jerk because she's still suffering from her time as Penance. Every day, she has to make the choice not to kill herself and gets her strength from the arrogant "M" persona.
  • Hypocrite: X-Factor had this as a major flaw of hers.
    • She's a reckless hothead who prefers solving things violently but is quick to point out the recklessness of others. At one point, Layla calls her out by saying she's is the last one who should tell anyone how to act when she just got done getting clobbered by Pluto.
    • She admitted to Doc Samson that she's still traumatized by her brother's abuse & chooses not to kill herself daily. However, she mocked Siryn for the way she grieved the death of her father & child.
    • She expressed the belief that the dead shouldn't be revived & only those who can't let go tamper with such things. She seemed touched after Guido resurrected her, ignoring her earlier rants about the dead.
    • After learning Guido was resurrected without a soul, she calls him a freak & monster in his presence. When Darwin reacts the same way after her resurrection, she takes great offense and punches him.
    • Monet's Berserk Button is having her mind messed with. That hasn't stopped her from using or threatening to use her telepathy in ways that cause severe and sometimes permanent harm like when she put Ballistique in a coma as retribution for shooting Guido.
    • When Pip the Troll accidentally had his consciousness transferred into Monet's body, Monet is furious and Lorna and Rictor for finding it funny. However, Monet herself is often insensitive to the plight of other people as seen when she mocked Siryn's grief over her dead baby.
  • Home Nudist: Early on in X-Factor, Monet is in the privacy of her room, shrugging off her robe and dancing to the tune of "I'm Too Sexy" naked. Naturally, Rictor barges at that moment and gets a full-frontal view while the viewer sees her Toplessness from the Back. She promptly gets a Naked Freak-Out and tosses Rictor out of her room.
  • Honor Before Reason: Subverted. Mordo abducts Monet's father Cartier to lure her into a trap so he can drain her energy and put his cancer into remission. When they are attacked by the Mutant Response Division, Mordo agrees to create a portal so they can escape but notes that doing so would be taxing on his body. Monet offers to let him drain her in exchange for saving them. Despite Guido, Darwin, and Cartier pointing out that Mordo had kidnapped her father and would likely never keep any promise he made to her, Monet seemingly still insists on fulfilling her end of the bargain. However, Monet doesn't actually let Mordo drain her and uses her telepathy to make him think she did. Guido thinks that Monet got the idea from Layla when she mentioned the old and weak Doctor Doom from the Bad Future she and Jamie went to but Monet insists she came to the idea herself.
  • Hulking Out: How her transformations into Penance work — she tends to transform whenever she loses her temper and turning into Penance makes telepathy more difficult.

  • I Gave My Word: She'll keep her word, even if she makes a deal with a super-villain but only Emplate has made her drop this.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Her therapy session in X-Factor reveals she has this, being constantly suicidal after the torture her brother inflicted on her, having daily recurring nightmares, and putting up an insufferable arrogant cover to keep herself from being Driven to Suicide day after day.
  • It's All About Me: Always had shades of this but X-Factor dials it up. When Guido catches a villain during their date, she was pissed that he'd be focused on anything but her company.
  • It's All My Fault: When Guido is mortally wounded by Ballistique, she blames herself since she was the one who helped return Ballistique's memories in the first place. Later, she's told by Layla that in the future she knew where Guido died, Monet drove herself almost mad from the guilt, and one of the reasons Layla decided to go against destiny and bring Guido Back from the Dead was to spare Monet from that.
  • Karmic Transformation: Courtesy of Emplate when he becomes fed-up with her superior attitude.
  • Lack of Empathy: In X-Factor Volume 3, Issue #2, a Mutant who has lost his powers chews out Monet for showing off hers. Her response, as usual, is arrogant indifference.
  • Logical Weakness: Flying Brick she may be, but Monet still needs to breathe. Chloroform will knock her out the same it does anyone else.
  • Leg Focus: When her clothes get ruined & she has to wear Madrox's shirt, Guido & Longshot take notice of her legs. The latter goes into detail that they're very toned & her calf muscles are well-developed.
  • Love Hurts:
    • Synch was murdered in an explosion at the school.
    • Her night with Madrox was a one-night-stand by one of his dupes, tainting what she considered the happiest thing in her life at the time.
    • Creed was a villain morally inverted by a non-permanent spell. She reunited with him after their first fallout only to lose him again when he was killed, sent to Hell, and reverted to his evil self.
  • Lust Object: In X-Factor, most of her male teammates end up lusting after, particularly Darwin and Guido, who both have her Vanity Fair spread.
  • Male Gaze: Issue #200 of X-Factor has a top panel shot of her ass.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: She & Sabretooth would fit.
  • Meaningful Rename: As of House of X, she can transform into her Penance form at will, and as such she now goes by the alias Penance again rather than M.
  • Most Common Superpower: And she'll flaunt it whenever she sees fit.
  • Ms. Fanservice: This gets played up in X-Factor where she has two naked scenes and later starts wearing a skintight costume with Navel-Deep Neckline.
  • My Sibling Will Live Through Me: When Nicole & Claudette think she's dead, they merged to form a lookalike. When the truth is revealed, they feel guilty for taking their sister's life and freeing her from Penance by switching places with her.
  • Naked on Revival: Like the rest of Cyclops' team in House of X #5, she's naked when she gets revived into a new husk body after her death.
  • Navel-Deep Neckline: Her X-Factor outfit, until Pip the Troll insulted her about it. It returned in Weapon X and Uncanny X-Men (2018).
  • Neck Lift: Was on the receiving end of a psychic one from a ticked Polaris until the latter was calmed down by Layla.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Bullets bounce off of her, but if she faces something strong enough, she can be injured such as the internal damage she suffered by Pluto, and when Strong Guy got serious in their battle, his blows finished her off.
  • No Romantic Resolution: With Creed as of Weapon X. They had a heartfelt convo while a giant heart loomed behind them as Creed prepared to tell her something, but doesn't get the chance. The book ended with lobotomized Creed running into the Saskatchewan woods and Monet in Aspen wondering what happened to him, which is the last we see of their relationship. We also never learned what Creed wanted to tell her earlier.
  • The Nothing After Death: According to her, there's either this or Hell if you're lucky.

  • Oblivious to Love: Guido & Darwin had obvious feelings for her but she didn't know until they confessed. Especially clueless with Guido whose kiss left her confused at how weird he was acting.
  • Official Couple: With Synch and Sabretooth
  • Old Flame: What she is for Creed in Weapon X. Many assumed they had a Secret Relationship in Uncanny X-Men, but it's ambiguous. Here, Deathstrike follows that thought, calling her Creed's ex. Even though he got defensive at the insinuations, the Ship Tease very heavily implied lingering feelings, despite them not seeing each other in a few months to over a year.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: During X-Factor, Darwin has a blatant and unrequited crush on her, so when she suddenly starts making moves on him, he realizes something's tremendously wrong. She's being controlled by Cortex, and tries to murder him.
  • Overly Long Name: Monet Yvette Clarisse Maria Therese St. Croix
  • Parental Favoritism: She is the favored child of their father. When Nicole & Claudette thought she'd been killed, they merged and assumed her identity since their father wouldn't be able to bear losing Monet.
  • Pet the Dog: At one point in X-Factor, she buys a new iPhone, and after noticing Terry staring jealously at it, buys one for her as well, along with one for Layla Miller and Rahne (both of whom she really doesn't like)... and then crushes Rahne's in an act of spite for Rahne leaving.
  • Please, Don't Leave Me: With Synch after he gets killed, and the cover for Weapon X 27 gave off this vibe with Creed.
  • Proud Beauty: Monet is hot and she knows it. A lot of her ego seems to come from her beauty.
    Rictor: [about the X-Factor Investigations office] What a dump. Kind of a come-down for a high-toned girl like Monet St. Crox.
    Monet: Actually I've done wonders with beautifying the interior. To begin with, I moved in.
  • Public Exposure: X-Factor shows she's posed nude for a Vanity Fair cover & taken at least one topless photo which Guido secretly carried around. Godiva Hair preserves her modesty in both of them.
  • The Punishment: Emplate trapped her inside of Penance as punishment for her high-handed attitude towards him. The name even comes from him saying that the new form will be her penance for her attitude.
  • Race Lift: Goes back & forth between black & non-black. Her father is black in most depictions but has been white in two cameos, adding to the confusion.
  • Rich Bitch: In X-Factor she could compete with Emma for reigning champion.
  • Same Character, But Different: On two separate occasions. During X-Men vol 4 in 2014 and Pak's Weapon X in 2017. Both books depicted her as a much nicer & more openly caring person, contrasting her typical Rich Bitch nature.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: During X-Factor, she's not above throwing her considerably large bank account at a problem if need be.
  • Second Love: Sabretooth was an arguable case when the relationship existed. She was with Synch, Madrox, Strong Guy, and Darwin prior to him. Madrox ended as a short fling, Darwin was a one-night stand, and Synch is her First Love -leaving him & Guido.
    • Guido was too shy to confess his feelings until his death & resurrection, which left him with no soul. Monet renounced him for being a monster but went on a date with him after heavy persuasion on his end. The Bad Date began their descent into enemies but an alternate future shows that they could have become lovers if Monet had been understanding Guido's actions on the date.
    • Creed was trickier due to different writers in Uncanny X-Men to Weapon X, along with cancellations. But he seems to be in the lead. They had a Belligerent Sexual Tension in Bunn's Uncanny with some insinuating there was more going on. Monet sometimes egged on the insinuations, as noted above with Psylocke. Pak took a comedy route & removed the belligerence, making them more awkward. However, when they finally address their fall-out, a giant heart loomed behind them, seemingly confirming their feelings.note note 
  • Sex for Solace: With Darwin in X-Factor. She was numb after being brought back from the dead and used him as a way to feel something again.
  • Sex Goddess: According to Madrox, Monet is wilder and better in bed than Siryn -comparing the latter to an ocean wave washing over you while Monet is the monsoon.
  • Ship Sinking
    • She has a lot of Ship Tease with Strong Guy, but it ended after he Came Back Wrong. Becoming a soulless, amoral jerkass tends to kill romance anyway, but killing a kid to become the Lord of Hell just to save her didn't help.
    • Darwin confessed his love at the end of X-Factor & was coldly rejected. Monet slept with him but it's made clear sex was all she wanted, and Darwin admitted to himself she didn't love him after their night together.
    • Sabretooth getting reverted to his evil self put a lid on anything he & Monet could have had. It doesn't help that she also doesn't know where he is or whatever happened to him after seeing him get killed in Weapon X.
  • Ship Tease: A long one with Sabretooth in Bunn's Uncanny X-Men & Pak's Weapon X. The biggest fuel was Everyone Can See It, as shown above. However, other teases are as follows.
    • Monet has two instances of Eating the Eye Candy when it comes to him. As we see in one instance, she openly admits to doing so.
    • When he finds Monet in limbo, he mentions working with Rachel whom he sent back so he could talk with her alone. Monet asks if he's protecting his new friend, then gives a threatening grin while admitting she doesn't like it.
    • The extent of Creed's protectiveness of her, which he's only shown with lovers. Not counting his mother.
    • When talking about Emplate, Creed says it seems like she feels sorry for him. Digging at him slightly, M flippantly admits to having a soft spot for monsters before nudging him aside while mockingly calling him "frail", a name he used with her against her wishes.
    • A debatable moment comes up which is similar to the above. Creed talks about Psylocke dancing across a midfield dealing with Archangel. Monet smirks & comments that he of all people should appreciate someone having a soft spot for the dormant killer.
    • After her Emplate curse, Creed goes to her room to speak with her, kneeling down & tenderly cupping her face as he does so, which is usually a more intimate gesture in fiction.
    • Weapon X has a possible Interrupted Declaration of Love from Creed, who just wants to say -but he's cut off by Omega Red. Also, during the scene, there's a giant heart behind them, which only adds to the romantic insinuation.
    • After Creed tells everyone of the mission to save Monet, Yuriko concludes that she's Victor's ex girlfriend, which Domino instantly finds adorable.
    • As noted above, Domino ships them & gushes at Victor's apparently feelings for M. The only reason she stayed on the team was to save M when she learns of her history with Creed.
    • She later has a somewhat Love Informant ramble to M when telling her how Creed wanted to save her and nobody believed his flustered argument that she was just a friend.
    • Finally there's the aforementioned Weapon X cover in Please, Don't Leave Me.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Madrox, Synch, Strong Guy, and Inverted Sabretooth.
  • Skewed Priorities: Shows this in on occasion, which money & Nigh-Invulnerability can do. One example in X-Factor is when she was shot by an assailant & more concerned about the damage to her shirt than the fact someone was shooting at her.
  • Smash Sisters: In X-Factor, she and Siryn often end up pairing and fighting together and Siryn is her closest friend in XF-Investigation and refuses to let their brief Love Triangle with Madrox damage their relationship. When Siryn disbands the Detroit branch of X-Factor in depression, Monet is the only one to accompany her to Ireland.
  • Smug Super: Why, yes, Monet does know she's a super-strong, gorgeous, rich woman, and she's not about to hide it for anyone. She is also known as the girl who had everything (including being so good-looking that some people thought it was a mutant power) and being arrogant with it. It was especially galling during the time after House of M when so many mutants lost their powers. Monet still had her multiple powers and would go around showing off her flight. Depowered but still grotesque Dreg-level mutants in Mutant Town would yell at her to stop flaunting as it offended them, but she'd tell them off and keep on showing them up.
  • Status Quo Is God: See Meaningful Rename above.
  • Suddenly Ethnicity: In X-Factor, she defends her religion at an anti-Muslim protest. She openly identifies as Muslim, saying her mother was Algerian and most Algerians are Muslims. Other than this, she shows no Muslim practices or beliefs.
  • Super Mode: During House of X #4, she prepares to fight off the Orchis by transforming into Penance! She then proceeds to slash her way through the army
  • Super Power Lottery: She has Flight, Super-Strength, Super-Speed, Nigh-Invulnerability, Telepathy, telescopic vision, enhanced hearing, genius intellect and in later stories full-on telekinesis. She can merge with her siblings or her siblings could merge to form her, and the siblings had powers of their own. Most recently she has displayed the ability to freely transform into Penance, the razor-sharp, clawed body. Domino calls out this when she says it's like Monet was caught in an explosion at a super-power factory.
  • Tangled Family Tree: By X-Men standards, the St. Croix family tree isn't that tangled - there's Monet, her creepy evil brother, and their little sisters (where ever they've gotten to). Of course, some materials have suggested she's related to Bishop somehow, and he's got his own tangled family tree...
  • Tears of Remorse: When Guido is shot during an anti-mutant protest, a horrified Monet flies him to the hospital, shedding a few tears. While in the waiting room, she's completely broken down, telling Siryn it was all her fault.
  • Time-Delayed Death: After being clobbered by Hades, she's revealed to be dying from brain hemorrhaging.
  • Token Flyer: In Generation X, Monet was the only one of the kids who could fly.
  • Toplessness from the Back: Twice in X-Factor. The first time is when she is stripping naked in her room while dancing to Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy". The second is when she, while under Cortex's control, is trying to seduce Darwin, stripping down to nothing.
  • Tsundere: Type A, as shown in Hidden Heart of Gold. Also when she cries to Jamie after empathizing with an abuse victim & threatening to clobber him if he told anyone about her weak moment.
  • Ultimate Lifeform: She has been called "the perfect human/mutant" by various parties, including Professor Charles Xavier, due to her mix of Flying Brick, Telepathy, and other powers, in addition to her beauty, intelligence, and physical fitness, With all of her physical attributes superior to humans and even other mutants. Jubilee would mockingly say that Monet's power was "being perfect", something that Monet mater of factly agreed with.
  • Women Prefer Strong Men: As noted above, she eats the Creed eye candy when he's unpacking the Blackbird, even telling him to come on so she can continue to do so while he's doing the heavy lifting.
  • Woman Scorned: When she found out Madrox was with her and Siryn simultaneously, she clobbers the messenger dupe then demands Madrox bring out the one who seduced her. Since he couldn't will certain dupes into existence, she clobbers him to force out more dupes and beats them all until she can get the right one.

Alternative Title(s): Monet St Croix