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Characters from New Mutants Vol. 1, 3 and 4

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    Mirage 

Danielle "Dani" Moonstar / Mirage

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Nationality: American

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: Marvel Graphic Novel #4 (November, 1982)

A tribal Cheyenne girl raised by her grandfather after her parents were apparently killed by a giant demonic bear (though what really happened to them turned out to be much more complicated). Was taken in by Xavier after her grandfather's death. Initially, her powers were creating illusions (often using a person's greatest fears or desires as a template, but not always) and animal telepathy. These and other abilities have fluctuated over the years.


  • Action Girl: Due to her training at Xavier's and her time as a Valkyrie in Asgard, and her natural athleticism growing up in the Rocky Mountains, Dani is physically fit and an excellent hand-to-hand combatant. In addition, she is experienced in the use of several primitive weapons, especially the bow and arrow, spear, knife and sword, which she carried as a Valkyrie. She is a skilled equestrian and swimmer, a good marksman with a rifle, and an excellent archer.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Despite being a member of the MLF the worst crime she commits is knocking out Sunspot with a psionic arrow. Outside of her reveal most scenes that feature her, have her as a background character.
  • Badass Normal: Ever since she was depowered.
  • Braids, Beads and Buckskins: In the early days of her appearances, she tended to wear "traditional" Native American clothing. She mostly grew out of this over time, but still wears her hair in braids quite often in modern comics.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Even without her powers, she's a Badass Normal.
  • Captain Ersatz: During her initial depictions she's essentially a younger, female version of Thunderbird I; both are Jerkass Native American mutants with an anti-White streak, a vengeful attitude, and an inflated sense of themselves. Unlike the doomed John Proudstar, though, she grew out of her bigger character flaws, and their different sets of powers help obscure the similarities.
  • Character Development: Early depictions show her as vehemently prejudiced against white men and vengeful in general. Over time she slowly grew more mature and responsible, proving herself to be a natural leader for the team after Karma's disappearance and pointing out that they needed to learn to work as a unit rather that constantly attacking enemies one at a time.
  • Cool Horse: Specifically, the winged steed of an Asgardian Valkyrie. His name is Brightwind and they bonded when she found him caught in a snare and released him.
  • De-Power: Moonstar is one of the many mutants who lose their powers at the end of House of M. These were restored after she contracted and then was cured of the transmode virus.
  • Deal with the Devil: With Hela during "Utopia", granting her Valkyrie powers. Later she arrives for the final battle with her powers as a Valkyrie fully restored and she takes on Ares, defeating him after a brutal battle.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: In a straight fight, Selene would annihilate her, and she knows that as well as Selene does. Nonetheless, she managed to trigger Selene into having a panic attack that completely took her out of commission by preying on her deep-seated fear of eventually losing her ability to stave off aging and projecting an image of her as a withered old hag.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Twice, first when she's possessed by Hela and second for much of the X-Force series Dani is a member of the MLF (averted as she was undercover for S.H.I.E.L.D.).
  • The Hero: Despite being an ensemble book and Karma being the team's original leader, Dani was the one who more often worked to get the team to actually behave like a team and fight for a cause greater than themselves. She got most of the book's focus even before she became the leader, as her more worldly nature gave her a better perspective on events to relate to an audience, as opposed to her teammates' more introspective narration.
  • Hide Your Gays: Zigzagged. Under Claremont, she and Rahne were all but outright confirmed as in love with one another, regularly referring to one another as "soul mates" and one instance of an Aborted Declaration of Love. Once Claremont was gone, Dani and Rahne's feelings for one another "magically" disappeared. But, on the other hand, even under Claremont, both girls were shown as very attracted to the opposite sex as well. Dani in particular was quite the boy-chaser, being very aggressive in flaunting herself to guys and getting offended at their lack of interest.
  • Magical Native American: Played with. On the one hand, yes, she's a Native American who can use magic. On the other hand, it's Norse magic that comes from being stuck on Asgard and joining the Valkyries.
  • Master of Illusion: By using her illusion power in conjunction with her basic telepathy, she can cast images based on someone's greatest fears or desires.
  • The Mentor: During her time as a member of the Xavier Institute's faculty she mentored the New Mutants Squad, which included Elixir, Icarus, Wallflower, Surge, Wind Dancer, and Prodigy. She was also initially Wither's mentor, but their relationship quickly fell apart and he sought the guidence of Emma Frost instead.
  • Odd Friendship: With Hela, the Asgardian Goddess of Death, treating each other as a Friendly Enemy who work together more often than against each other. Hela trusts Dani enough to send her soul to her for safeguarding and granted her Valkyrie powers back in exchange for a boon at a later date, which compared to most other deals she offers to mortals was both fair and without strings attached.
  • Older Than They Look: In her first appearances she was drawn as a pre-teen despite being sixteen. When Bill Sienkiewicz took over her appearance was brought up to date.
  • Put on a Bus: After M-Day, she was unceremoniously kicked out of the mansion by Emma Frost, who claimed it was for Dani's own good as it was too dangerous to remain without powers, but everyone knew it was because she hated Dani.
  • Psychic Link: When communicating with Wolfsbane in her wolf form.
  • Shipper on Deck: Tried to set Karma up with coffee shop barista Luna DePaula. While the two were friendly, Luna was much more interested in Dani while Karma was pissed that Dani thought they'd hook up simply because they're both lesbians.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Apart from (originally) manifesting people's worst fears holographically, she could communicate psychically with animals. This comes in handy being on a team with Rahne, a mutant who can shapeshift into a wolf, so when Rahne transforms, they can communicate over long distances.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: During New X-Men, she and Emma Frost make no attempt to hide their hatred for one another.
  • Terror Hero: Sometimes. This isn't necessarily her favorite tactic, but it is reasonably common and often very effective. She certainly has proven to be good enough at it to reduce Selene to a barely-composed wreck, which is definitely not a feat to be taken lightly given Selene's extreme arrogance and narcissism.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: She's the Tomboy to Rahne's and Karma's Girly Girl, being an assertive, aggressive, sexually-forward girl with traditionally "masculine" skills, such as hunting and fighting.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In the second New Mutants Series, Dani becomes Elixir's guardian and acts maternal towards him. At the end of this series this is dropped and never mentioned again.
  • Younger Than They Look: In the second New Mutants series Dani becomes a teacher and is drawn and acts like she is in her late twenties despite the book stating she is twenty one.
  • Your Heart's Desire: Rare heroic example: she could create a mental illusion of your worst fear, or your heart's desire. She could choose which one, but even she couldn't know what her victim would see until it showed up.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: For a while, she could conjure solid objects with her illusion powers, depending on how strongly she or her target wanted or feared said object.

    Cannonball 

Samuel "Sam" Zachary Guthrie / Cannonball

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Nationality: American

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: Marvel Graphic Novel #4 (November, 1982)

The son of a coal miner from rural Kentucky, and felt obliged to take his place at the mine himself after his father died. After his powers emerged during a cave in his employer Donald Pierce gave him a new job as a bodyguard, but left and joined the New Mutants after it became clear the man was a murderer. Despite being a salt-of-the-earth and often naïve young man he is quite intelligent and well-read by ordinary standards. Comes from a large farm family, and all of his many siblings are also mutants. Cannonball releases extremely powerful blasts of chemical energy from his feet and arms that allow him temporary flight and invulnerability and energy blasts. Served as a member of The Avengers.


  • Ascended Fanboy: Likes science fiction, ends up living on Chandilar with his wife, a senior member of the Shi'ar Imperial Guard. Also applies to him joining The Avengers.
  • Barrier Warrior: The energy Sam creates can manifest as an impenetrable and virtually indestructible "blast field." He can use this blast field to function as a personal shield for himself, extend it to encompass others, shape it around another person to imprison them, or absorb outside kinetic impact into his own energy supply and then re-channel it to increase the bludgeoning power of his blows or create explosive shock waves upon impact. Sam is also capable of generating the blast field without actually having to blast off, though it takes him extreme concentration to prevent himself from propelling into the air.
  • Berserk Button: Do not EVER insult his heritage or imply he's a dumb hick. Not only is the second bit not true in the slightest, but both REALLY piss him off.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Sam is normally one of the nicest, sweetest people you could ever meet. But as Serafine of the Children of the Vault learned, pissing off someone who's nigh-invulnerable when he's blasting is a bad move.
  • Bumbling Dad: After the Time Skip in Time Runs Out.
  • Canon Discontinuity: The whole "External" thing is near-entirely in the discontinuity bin, though there has been the odd nod to it here and there, such as during Stryker's attack on the mansion during New X-Men. Sam is shot up, but it's noted he's somehow able to heal (though the concept of him being immortal is immediately dismissed).
  • The Cape: He stands out as one of the sincerely nicest and most heroic members of the New Mutants.
  • Country Mouse: The fact that he comes from a rural background and is now living in a more urban environment is often played up.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • With Gladiator. Sam was not on the receiving end.
    • With X-Man. Unfortunately, Sam was on the receving end.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Leaning more to the deadpan side of this Trope, having friends like Roberto and Dani have transformed him into a full-fledged Deadpan Snarker of epic proportions.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Mr. Guthrie was a coal miner who died of black lung.
  • Deep South: If Kentucky counts.
  • Depending on the Writer: How pronounced his accent is depends on the writer.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He managed to beat Gladiator in a fight. Yes, that Gladiator, the Marvel equivalent of Superman. And he did it with very little effort.
  • Flying Brick: He's nigh-invulnerable and can pack a serious punch, but only when flying. Which is just as well, since he steers like a brick, too. He can't hover at all and has very little control over his speed or direction.
  • Genius Bruiser: He is far more cunning and intelligent than he looks and he is constantly using the application of momentum and physics in his powers to maximum effect. Not only that, but he is actually quite skilled at the use of both Xanatos Speed Chess and he has shown the ability to actually pinpoint The Plan of others.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: He frequently wears goggles, though whether he actually keeps them over his eyes in flight varies.
  • Good Ol' Boy: He comes from rural Kentucky, so he acts a lot like this.
  • Hand Blast: He can fire bio-kinetic blasts from his hands.
  • Having a Blast: Sam can release thermo-chemical energy from his skin. He mainly uses it for flight but can release it from any part of his body.
  • Happily Married: During Jonathan Hickman's Avengers, he married fellow teammate Smasher, even having a son with her.
  • Hot-Blooded: Though he mellows with age and becomes much more level-headed, in earlier issues Sam is ruled almost entirely by emotion and instinct, acting before thinking almost as often as Roberto. This led to several Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! moments, such as when he flew into a rage and attacked Illyana, thinking she had killed Amara, when she was actually freeing her from the Demon Bear's spell. This distraction allowed the Bear to regroup and nearly cost the team their lives.
  • I Believe I Can Fly: Among all the many, many methods through which flight is possible in the Marvel Universe, igniting chemical blasts around your lower body and propelling yourself forward with an invincible force field is still pretty unique.
  • Interspecies Romance: During the time that the New Mutants were in Asgard, he fell in love with the dwarf princess Kindra after he was injured saving her and she tended to him whilst he was wounded. They were separated when the New Mutants were forced to leave Asgard as part of Loki's terms, though in What If? vol.2 #12 an alternate universe where he stayed in Asgard depicted him wedding her, fathering at least one child, and becoming the new King of the Dwarves.
  • The Lancer: Headstrong and brash compared to Dani's levelheaded and tactical Hero. After they grow up and particularly after Dani loses her powers and becomes desperate to prove herself, the dynamic is reversed.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Can fly at astounding speeds, and his secondary powers allow him to both hit like a truck and be immensely difficult to harm.
  • Likes Older Women: His first relationship was with Lila Cheney, a rock star in her 20s while he was still a teenager. Later, he develops feelings for Rogue.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: Sam has 11 siblings, all of whom are mutants. After M-Day, however, only he, Paige (Husk) and Jay (Icarus) avoid being de-powered by Wanda.
  • Messianic Archetype: He was destined to lead the Mutant race by combining Magneto, Xavier and Cable's dreams into something better. It didn't take once the "External/High Lord" thing ran its course and got tired during a change in the creative team.
  • Mr. Exposition: Early on, not a single issue can pass by without him reminding the reader that "I'm invulnerable while I'm blastin'!", either out loud or in his thought bubbles. He became infamous for it.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Spent rather a lot of his downtime at the mansion not wearing a shirt, and several issues made it quite clear that Sam preferred to sleep only in his underwear. In his younger days, his tendency to leap into action without thinking led to many instances of him flying off after bad guys without stopping to get properly dressed and on one occasion he went blasting off wearing nothing but a Modesty Towel that, inevitably, blew away, to the delight of female onlookers below.
  • Nice Guy: Above all things, Sam is a kind, chivalrous and warm-hearted man who just wants to do the right thing.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: When he's blasting, he's enveloped in a protective force field, which he uses for both defense and offense (hence his moniker). It's also one of the most powerful force fields seen in the entire MU, as it was strong enough to completely No-Sell Gladiator's blows and redirect them back at him. Gladiator, whose power levels depend on his confidence level, was so thoroughly shocked that he was almost completely depowered and was subsequently beaten with virtually no effort on Sam's part.
  • Old Hero, New Pals: When the team officially became X-Force, Sam was the only original New Mutant left for readers to hang onto, going off into new adventures with several new teammates like Shatterstar and Feral and being led by Cable.
  • One Head Taller: Emphasizing his original gawky teenager look, Sam was drawn to be considerably taller than the rest of the New Mutants, who were all quite diminutive to begin with. Used as a gag for a Team Shot photograph of the original gang that shows up several times, where Sam is so tall that the top half of his head is cropped out of the picture and "Sorry, Sam!" has been written on top of it.
  • Only Sane Man: Among the X-Men as a whole he is one of the most down to earth and often the most pragmatic of the group, especially as a member of the New Mutants or X–Force.
  • Progressively Prettier: During his New Mutants days, Sam was pretty lanky (and had very prominent ears, so much so Spider-Man could recognize him from them alone at a moment's glance in the middle of a pitched fight). Since then, he's filled out an awful lot, and become more ruggedly good-looking.
  • Required Secondary Powers: An aversion, in one instance. He could direct the blasts out of his arms instead of his legs, but the recoil would just send him flying, unless there was someone around with super-strength to help hold him down (as U.S.Avengers reveals).
  • Southern-Fried Genius: Contrary to what his background would have you think, he's very, very smart, highly intuitive, and incredibly clever and creative when it comes to using his abilities.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: During the Time Skip Sam gets Izzy and their child to leave Earth and takes their child to live in the Shi'ar Empire before Sunspot comes around to bring him back in the "Time Runs Out" arc.
  • Token Flyer: Sam was the only flyer on the team before Sunspot's powerset was enhanced to include flight.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: When he joined the X-Men after Age of Apocalypse he started being written as a wide-eyed rookie, and only got his brains back once he eventually rejoined X-Force. Later, his depiction in Jonathan Hickman's Avengers had him portrayed as essentially a frat boy, utterly at odds with his previous decades of behavior.
  • Tragic Dropout: He started out a promising student who abandoned his scholastic dreams to work the coal mines after his father died of black lung in order to provide for his numerous siblings. Then a cave-in happened on his first day and his powers kicked in.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: For the first few years of New Mutants, Sam struggled with controlling his power, which gave him a huge amount of speed and forward momentum but very little ability to maneuver while blasting, forcing him to fly in a straight line until he crashed into something, as landing was also difficult. Quite a lot of Claremont-written angst was wrung out of Sam's frustration with being one of the oldest on the team but also the slowest to master his power. As time went by he became much more adept and is now a highly-skilled flier.

    Karma 

Xi'an/Shan Coy Manh / Karma

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Nationality: Vietnamese

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: Marvel Team-Up #100 (December, 1980)

A Vietnamese refugee forced to raise her twin siblings after her parents were killed in the war. Joined Xavier's school to provide for her siblings. She's also a French-speaking Catholic. Her Mutant ability is the power to take control of other people's bodies and manipulate them at will.


  • All Love Is Unrequited: According to Xi'an, she had tried to speak to Kitty Pride about her feelings, but desisted when she felt that Kitty could not reciprocate her feelings.
  • The Artifact: Her backstory is heavily tied into the Vietnam War, yet she still appears to be in her early 30s in stories written more than four decades later.
  • Artificial Limbs: Lost most of her left leg to an attack by Cameron Hodge. Soon after, she had it replaced with a mechanical prosthetic.
  • The Assimilator: Only once, in her first appearance, when she had to kill her evil brother by overloading his mind and absorbing his life-force into her own. Whether she was able to do this specifically because they had the same powers or not is never explained and she never attempts to do anything like this ever again.
  • Badass Bookworm: Was made the school's head librarian during the New X-Men era.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Xi'an once used her powers to massacre an entire room full of The Right's goons.
  • Body Horror: When she's possessed by the Shadow King, during the time she was initially thought dead, he engaged in his favorite physical pastime—eating—and becomes morbidly obese as a result. Xi'an is not happy when she gets her body back.
  • Cain and Abel: Her evil twin brother. Later on her evil estranged sister.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She was orphaned during the Vietnam war, raped by pirates and subsequently had to bring up her little siblings by herself in a foreign country. Her siblings are later kidnapped by her criminal uncle and twin brother in an attempt to blackmail her into using her powers to help their criminal enterprise.
  • Demonic Possession: She gets a nasty taste of what possession feels like when the Shadow King takes over her body and uses her to run his criminal empire for some months.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first time she appears she uses her power to absorb her brother's body and soul and her dialogue makes it seem like she knew she was capable of doing so, she just didn't want to unless it were absolutely necessary. It's possible she could only do it because she and her brother shared the same power and she turned it back on him, but this is never confirmed and this ability is never displayed again.
  • Grand Theft Me: Anyone Shan successfully possesses has their mind dominated by hers. Early on, Professor Xavier notes that her targets' higher brain functions completely flatline for as long as Karma has control, effectively making that person cease to exist for as long as she is in their minds.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard: Her power is to possess others, and she herself ended up possessed by the Shadow King, an older and more experienced possessor who would go on to become one of the X-Men's deadliest recurring villains.
  • Keeping the Handicap: After joining Krakoa, Shan decides to undergo the Crucible in order to separate from her brother and give him a new start. This involves getting killed in ritual combat and being resurrected by the Five. Theoretically this would mean she would be revived with two legs. She however decides to keep her amputation and own and embrace her role as a member of the disabled community.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: When she is first introduced, Shan takes over Spider-Man's body to use him to rescue her siblings. She uses him to fight the Fantastic Four when they get in the way, and Thing continues to beat him up even when she stops possessing him.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Other than a brief moment in X-Force, tends to prefer a quiet and conventionally-feminine mode of dress, before and after she came out.
  • Meaningful Name: Whereas most superhero codenames are a reflection of their powers or abilities, Shan chose the name Karma - the sum of all good and bad deeds - after she absorbed her evil brother's life force, to both honour their relationship and to remind herself that all actions have consequences.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In her first appearance, Shan believes Spider-Man to be a criminal thanks to her being too recent an immigrant to question all those "Spider-Man is a Menace!" headlines. She possesses his body to rescue her siblings from capture, reasoning that there is nothing wrong with using a criminal to fight another criminal. When she realizes Spider-Man is actually a hero, she is so horrified by her actions that she breaks down in tears and delivers her Tragic Backstory to Peter and the Fantastic Four.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: As a way of skirting around Xi'an's potential Story-Breaker Power as detailed below, she is occasionally depicted as having more general telepathic powers instead, though this has never been portrayed consistently.
  • Only in It for the Money: Initially. Karma had been working a full-time job to support herself and her siblings, and so agrees to work as Xavier's secretary to help him run the school in return for a generous salary.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: After some time spent out of regular comics, the usually-demure and conservatively-dressed Shan popped back up in X-Force at a desert rave, having dyed her hair pink, acquired some body piercings and wearing a skimpy top and pants unbuttoned so much that her thong was visible. This was also the first time she had been strongly implied to be a lesbian. The next time Shan appeared she had gone back to her normal manner of hair and dress, but her homosexuality was explicitly confirmed and has remained that way ever since.
  • People Puppets: She has the ability to take possession of the minds of other people or animals. She projects a psionic energy surge that overwhelms the consciousness of another; this renders the victim unconscious while placing her own mind in command. It allows her to alter the victim's perceptions and memories, command people to fall asleep or divulge information, and operate their bodies as if they were an extension of her own.
  • Promotion to Parent: She is the legal guardian of her siblings from a young age.
  • Put on a Bus: She was thought dead for a long time and after returning briefly she left again to look for her siblings. Out of the whole original team, Karma had the least amount of exposure in the book, as no creative team knew how to use her.
    • The Bus Came Back: She turns up again on Utopia, leading a group of mutants just wanting to be left alone in the final two issues of All-New X-Men Vol. 1.
  • Rape as Backstory: When her refugee boat was boarded by pirates, Xi'an and her mother were raped and her mother died shortly thereafter.
    Xi'an: I saw my father, and all the men aboard, slain. The fate of the women was... worse than death.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With her brother, Tran, who is ruthless and sadistic where Xi'an is compassionate and virtuous. It's played very literally in her first appearance, where the two of them are wearing tunics each bearing one half of the yin-yang symbol, which becomes whole on Shan's tunic once she absorbs her brother's body and power. Somehow. Why two siblings who had been apart for years would be wearing matching uniforms with magically transferring symbols on them is never explained.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Her potential for this often led to her being either conveniently absent when the bad guys attacked or not even trying to take them over for no stated reason, until she was eventually written out because the writers just couldn't figure out how to make proper use of her. If there's a single villain, Karma would have to fail to take them over, because that ends the plot, but it makes her useless. The only thing she can be allowed to do is take over mooks, who would then be useless in attacking their own boss, because they're mooks.
  • Telepathy: Karma had also begun developing other telepathic abilities that were either latent or triggered by her possession by the Shadow King. By possessing others remotely, she can mentally "see" through their eyes. She is also able to use her power to disrupt other psi-signatures, protecting her from all manner of psychic assault.
  • Token Good Teammate: For much of her extended family, who tend towards being criminal and psychotic.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Vietnamese and a lesbian. Later becomes a Threefer as an amputee.
  • Voices Are Mental: Anyone Shan possesses speaks with her voice for as long as she controls their body.
  • Weight Woe: Xi'an spends months having her body possessed by the Shadow King, during which time he eats so much that her body becomes morbidly obese, and she feels horrified and ashamed once she is back in control, refusing to leave the house for some time. A teleportation accident and a months-long trek across a desert cause her to lose all the excess weight, though how she got rid of all the extra skin is a mystery.
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    Sunspot 

Roberto "Bobby" Da Costa / Sunspot

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Nationality: Brazilian American, Krakoan

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: Marvel Graphic Novel #4 (September, 1982)

The son of a very rich man from Brazil, Sunspot was raised with a silver spoon in his mouth. Unbeknownst to him, his father was actually a corrupt member of the Hellfire Club (essentially the Mutant Mafia in Regency clothing). His powers manifested during a soccer game after which he was targeted for assassination by Donald Pierce, and his girlfriend Juliana was killed. After graduating from Xavier's he took over his father's position in the Hellfire Club in an attempt to legitimize its criminal activities. Roberto absorbs solar radiation to give him flight, superstrength, invulnerability, and energy blasts for short amounts of time. Currently a member of The Avengers.


See the Sunspot page

    Wolfsbane 

Rahne Sinclair / Wolfsbane

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Nationality: Scottish

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: Marvel Graphic Novel #4 (November, 1982)

The self-hating illegitimate daughter of a bigoted and abusive Presbyterian minister. Rahne was raised in a strict and abusive environment and mostly convinced she was damned to hell by the time she was 13. So she didn't exactly adapt very well when she found out she could turn into a wolf. Saved from a religious mob by Moira MacTaggart and taken to Xavier's where she became best friends with Mirage.


  • Abusive Parents: Her father, Reverend Craig, not only emotionally abused her from childhood, but led a mob to try and burn her at the stake when her mutant powers surfaced. He then became a villain involved in the Purifiers, an anti-mutant religious hate group. His Karmic Death was well-deserved, though unfortunately it screwed poor Rahne up even more.
  • Accent Relapse: According to 2005's Madrox, Rahne's Funetik Aksent crops up whenever she's aggravated. That for the rest of the series and the following volume of X-Factor her accent is always present suggests Rahne's always tetchy (which, given what she goes through, isn't surprising).
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: She started off turning into a wolf before going full-fledged werewolf.
  • Belief Makes You Stupid: Subverted; Rahne may be a very religious woman, but neither her religious beliefs nor the self-inflicted grief they sometimes cause her are ever depicted as inherently wrong. The one time she does fall into something approaching this trope, her initial display of religiously motivated homophobia as a result of learning Rictor had come out of the closet, she ultimately gets called out on her attitude and admits that it's wrong before stopping it.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family:
    • Her own mother was a prostitute who died when she was young, and the corrupt priest who fathered her, Reverend Craig, took her in and abused her throughout her early years. She ended up eating him alive during a stint of being Brainwashed and Crazy. Her on-off lover, Hrimhari, is a son to the Fenris Wolf — which, by extension, makes her related to Loki (Fenris' father), Thor (Loki's half/adoptive brother) and Odin. Then there's her son, Tier...
    • And for added craziness, there's Vanora Sinclaire; a murderous godwolf/mutant hybrid from an alternate dimension in which, amongst other things, Rahne gave birth to Hrimhari's daughter instead of his son. She hates her mother in both universes and wants to kill her, although she vanished off the radar after her last appearance in X-Factor (2006) #242.
  • Biker Babe: Briefly, in New X-Men. This was quickly swept under the rug when she moved from that book to Peter David's X-Factor.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Rahne is something of a tomboy and has the short hair to go with it.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy:
    • Her time in Genosha as a Mutate. It took several years for it to wear off.
    • In X-Force, to rip off Angel's wings. Which backfired when Reverend Craig, responsible for it in the first place, triggered her programming and made her kill and eat him.
  • Break the Cutie: Her life is basically just one horrific event after another.
  • Christianity Is Catholic: Averted; she's a Presbyterian. Of course, a lot of readers see a religious character and assume she must be a Catholic. So do one or two of the writers.
  • Cure Your Gays: Briefly held this view, regarding Rictor. After he confronts her on it, she stops and admits that it was pretty stupid of her. Rahne, herself, might be an Armoured Closet Gay (or at least Bi), given all the implied attraction between her and Dani during the Claremont era.
  • Depower: During the "Dream's End" storyline, Mystique zapped her with a depowering gun For the Evulz. A few years later, Elixir used his powers to restore her.
  • Deus Angst Machina: She finally gets her head and life together, then she gets brainwashed into eating her estranged father... And then someone messes around with her head so she actually remembers doing so...
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Gender-inverted, but none of Rahne's relationships have ever seemed to work out. Cypher? They just couldn't make it work. Havok? She had to come to terms with the fact that he would always love Polaris over her. Rictor? They broke up over personality issues, and then he came out as gay. Hrimhari? He was stuck in Asgard, where Rahne couldn't go, and after he was brought to Midgard, he ended up performing a Heroic Sacrifice to make a Deal with the Devil to Hela in order to save both Rahne and their unborn child, Tier.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Prefers being barefoot in some continuities, added by the fact her shoes often get torn during the transformation.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Her death in Rosenberg's Uncanny X-Men has Rahne overpowered and killed by a bunch of ordinary humans she could easily out-muscle or drive off. Mercifully, it didn't last too long.
  • Enfant Terrible: Subverted with her son, Tier Sinclaire, who just wants to be a normal kid once he matures to the equivalent of a 12-year-old. Played straight with Vanora Sinclair, her daughter from a parallel universe, who hates her and wants her dead.
  • Express Delivery: Since she's a wolf-like mutant (and we've seen mutant biology affecting pregnancy before; see Angel and Beak), and the father is a divine wolf from Asgard, it's understandable that her pregnancy advances a lot faster than a human one. That she ends up giving birth to her son through her mouth is something that can only be attributed to his divine lineage.
  • Fetus Terrible: Her son, Tier Sinclair, was one by accident. Being half Asgardian Wolf, he was so strong that his motions inside of her womb were tearing Rahne apart. Rahne had to get herself imbued with similar durability and strength to Asgardians in order to avoid being kicked open by her own unborn son. He also came into the world by inducing his mother to vomit him out of her mouth. Despite this inauspicious start, though, Tier wasn't a villain, but just an ordinary child... well, as much as that term can be applied here.
  • Fiery Redhead: She's red-headed and has the typical Scottish temper.
  • The Fundamentalist: Averted. Having suffered at the hands of one in her childhood, although Rahne is a devout believer and so can struggle with accepting what the letter of the Bible says over what her morals say, she always chooses to embrace the ideals of tolerance and compassion. She has even been willing to concede the point when others have, in passing, pointed out that at least some of her emotional turmoil stems from her choice of religion and her faith, although she does not feel that means she should abandon her faith.
  • Happily Adopted: By Moira MacTaggert, in all but name.
  • Healing Factor: It's something she's been retconned as having, to further the comparison to her being a werewolf.
  • Hide Your Gays: Zigzagged. Under Claremont, it was pretty clear she and Dani were in love with one another. And after Claremont was gone, every single relationship Rahne's ever been in has been with guys, with no mention made of Dani ever again. Mind you, Claremont himself frequently portrayed Rahne as attracted to men, and given her upbringing and her faith, it's doubtful that she ever would have acted on any attraction to Dani if she did feel that way.
  • Hot for Student: With Elixir. To be fair, they were only three years apart and she was just a student teacher, but it still got her to quit from Xavier's (read: Put on a Bus so Peter David could have her).
  • I'm a Humanitarian: In one particularly horrifying example, her father hypnotized her into attacking Archangel but accidentally triggered her programming himself. When the rest of her team found them, all that was left of her father was "some torn clothes and a lot of blood".
  • Imperiled in Pregnancy: Having a demi-god baby who has a special destiny lures the attention of several mystical threats, including gods.
  • Interspecies Romance: Her longest-standing relationship has been an on-and-off affair with Hrimhari, an Asgardian entity who is a shapeshifting, magical, sapient wolf and one of the sons of Fenris himself. Eventually, she became pregnant by him and gave birth to his son, Tier Sinclaire.
  • Irony: On two levels; Rahne has always be been consistently depicted as terrified of her wolf-shifting powers, at least until Character Development helped her get over that, and a devout Christian. But her deepest love is a magical Asgardian wolf who can take on human form and who is related to Loki and Thor through his father Fenris — meaning her boyfriend/baby-daddy is both a creature she feared becoming for a long time and a being from pagan mythology.
    • For added irony, during a trip into Hel, when the New Mutants encountered the Hell Hound Grarm, Rahne even mentions that Grarm is basically a living embodiment of everything she fears her powers might turn her into.
  • Love Triangle: For a time, she was in love with Havok, who was in love with Polaris. It ultimately ended with her realizing she couldn't compete with Polaris and coming to terms with that. The two women even joke about it during their time together in X-Factor (2006).
  • The Mentor: During her brief stint as a member of the faculty at the Xavier Institute she was the mentor for the Paragons Squad which consisted of Pixie, Trance, Match, DJ, Preview, and Wolf Cub. She was quite the effective mentor to them and they were all deeply upset when she was forced to resign and leave the school after her inappropriate relationship with Elixir.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Her power-set expands to include this after her augmentation to survive her pregnancy with Tier. It hasn't shown any sign of leaving her yet.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: She's a genetic mutant who can shapeshift from human to wolf. Eventually, she gained the ability to take on a variety of "transitional" half & half states, and during the 90s she spent some time unable to change fully back to humans. Eventually, she was retconned as having a Healing Factor, and after her pregnancy with Tier, she gained Nigh-Invulnerability and Super Strength.
  • Partial Transformation: She could change into a wolf or a transitional state between human and wolf. She once had to stay like this for a time, after being brainwashed in Genosha. She can and does also alter portions of her body, such as concealing 'transitional' legs under a long skirt for discreet mobility boosts or using a lupine head as a Game Face to run off harassers on a nighttime walk.
  • Pregnant Badass: A variant; being pregnant actually resulted in her needing to get a powerboost so that she could survive the strain of being pregnant with her half-Asgardian son.
  • Religious Bruiser: Rahne is a devout Presbyterian and doesn't look like much, but when she transforms into her werewolf form, she's very dangerous.
  • Scotireland: She's canonically from Scotland, so, as a Marvel Universe character, this comes with the territory.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Not voluntarily, but few shed any tears. Ironically, she took it hard when she found out he was dead, and harder still when she found out she was the one who killed him.
  • Stripperiffic: Some of her outfits are little more than sleeveless bathing suits, surprisingly revealing outfits for such a conservative woman, though there is the justification that all-covering outfits and a body covered in thick fur aren't a good mix.
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: She has a son by an Asgardian God and came to term in very short order.
  • Super Senses: She has some (not to, say, Wolverine's level, but she's got them).
  • Super Strength: Her power-set expands to include this after her augmentation to survive her pregnancy with Tier. It hasn't shown any sign of leaving her yet. Before that, her transitional states did boost her strength, but not to superhuman levels.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: When she kills and eats her father in X-Force.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Dani's Tomboy.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Although your mileage may vary, she did this over the years. Most notable was her power-up after becoming pregnant with Tier, where she was given Super Strength and Super Toughness to cope with Tier's own super-strong kicks.
  • Troubled Sympathetic Bigot: Briefly, but after she found out that Rictor had realized he was gay and hooked up with Shatterstar, she displayed some distinctly homophobic attitudes. When she was called out over this, she admitted it was hard for her to understand, as her faith preaches homosexuality is wrong, but she was unwilling to condemn Rictor as evil for following his heart, and has since tried not to act in that manner.
  • Wife-Basher Basher: She once killed a fatally-abusive husband during her time in the government X-Factor. Of course, being Rahne her reaction to doing this was an emotional breakdown.
  • Wolf Man: Her basic form is usually some feminine variant of this.
  • Wolverine Wannabe: Wolfsbane is a mutant with the power to shift into a werewolf form. However she possesses a transitional state which is half human half wolf, whereby she possesses Absurdly Sharp Claws and bestial strength.

    Magma 

Amara Juliana Olivians Aquilla / Magma

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Nationality: Nova Roman

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: New Mutants #8 (October, 1983)

The daughter of a Roman senator of a lost city of Romans/Incans lost deep within the Amazon jungle. The New Mutants discovered the city while on an archaeological dig with Roberto's mother. Amara was targeted for sacrifice by the mutant witch Selene, but when she was tossed into a volcano her mutant powers manifested as the ability to control earth and fire and transform into a living volcano. Her father sent her to Westchester to learn how to control her volatile powers and she became a member of the New Mutants, replacing the recently vanished Karma.


  • The Ace: In early issues. Despite only recently coming into her powers and being from a primitive society, Amara adjusts to modern life and using her mutant powers incredibly quickly, outperforming her classmates in several areas despite their experience, causing a bit of angst and jealousy, particularly for Rahne and Sam. This part of the character was eventually forgotten about.
  • Action Girl: She is a skilled swordswoman.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: First she's in love with Empath, a Hellion (although she eventually accuses him of manipulating her into it, and given that it's Empath, she's almost certainly right.) Then she goes on a date with Mephisto—yes, that one—in exchange for him sending the team to the right Hel (one L makes all the difference), and genuinely enjoys herself.
  • Brown Face: In her first appearance. To protect her from Selene's life-draining magic, Amara's father sent her to live with a tribe of local Incas, who put dark makeup and a black wig on her to disguise her appearance against onlookers. She and the New Mutants fall into a river soon after meeting and the disguise is washed away.
  • Came Back Strong: Amara's powers as Magma don't manifest until Selene throws her into lava as a sacrifice. (Strangely enough this is never tied in to the Externals, even though it appears to be a textbook case, and would provide a decade-old precedent to justify the storyline.)
  • Continuity Snarl: Her background has been subject to more than one Retcon trying to explain away the previous version as an increasingly complex plot. Nova Roman, British, New Yorker... whatever. Compounding this, because she spent most of the '90s and early 2000s drifting in and out of X-books every few years, her personality often changed drastically from writer to writer, including one instance of being an out-and-out villain that was never really explained or mentioned again.
  • Convection Schmonvection: Her combat form is made of magma. No matter how close they stand, her friends never get burned, and her attacks only burn what they hit.
  • Convenient Replacement Character: The New Mutants meet her one issue after Karma's disappearance and she joins them soon after in order to keep the team as a Five-Man Band.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Due to the events of House of M and the mass depowering of mutants, Magma loses her boyfriend while the two are exploring the inside of a volcano at the exact moment that the depowering wave of the Scarlet Witch runs across Earth. His death temporarily drives her insane, causing her to make the volcano erupt and attack a nearby town.
  • Dishing Out Dirt / Magma Man: Amara's geothermal powers grant her the ability to control the movement of earth and tectonic plates, even to the extent of causing seismic upheaval. She can also call forth molten rock from the Earth's core, producing projectiles composed of lava, or miniature volcanoes. Professor X once noted that training her is extremely difficult due to the inevitable property damage her powers cause. Although Magma has triggered small earth tremors without taking on her energized form, she has never been seen to use her power to control lava while in her ordinary human appearance.
  • Drunk On Power: After her powers are activated by Selene tossing her into a volcano, the scared, fragile girl suddenly becomes a flaming Large Ham declaring her ultimate power over earth and lava. She calms down soon after, but it's still jarring.
  • Elemental Shapeshifter: She can transform into a molten form with a corona of fire where her hair should be.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Due to being raised in a society modeled on the Roman Empire, Amara initially struggles to adjust to modern life after moving to Westchester. She is fearful of cars and wary of electricity, but eventually learns to adjust.
  • Healing Factor: Amara possesses certain regenerative powers when in contact with the ground. Even when she was affected by Selene's life-draining touch, she recovered quickly enough to aid the New Mutants in battle.
  • In Name Only: Magma's appearance in the X-Men Legends video game as essentially a Naïve Newcomer average girl from New York. She was intended to be a Relationship Sue for Bobby Drake and an expy of Kitty Pryde (who they couldn't work into the game because walking through walls would have been a Game-Breaker power in a dungeon crawler). Treated similarly, and more extensively, in X-Men: Evolution, where she is an ordinary Brazilian girl — who talks like she's from upstate New York.
  • Most Common Super Power: As an adult, she’s now on par with the likes of Storm, Jean, and Rogue.
  • Ojou: The daughter of a senator in an old-fashioned Roman society, she was brought up as a noblewoman, and in the beginning is very prim and unused to physical exertion and seldom seen wearing modern clothes like the rest of the team. She's completely mellowed out by adulthood, however.
  • Playing with Fire: Though she can't create fire outright, her lava abilities cover a lot of the same territory and she is occasionally drawn to be blasting fire from her hands.

    Magik / Darkchylde 

Illyana Nikolievna Rasputina / Magik / Darkchylde

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Nationality: Russian, Krakoan

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: Giant-Size X-Men #1 (May, 1975) note ; Magik (Storm and Illyana) #1 (December, 1983) note 

"Long have you tormented me, you ancient embodiments of evil. My soul was torn from me to purchase your freedom. I have prevented your release many times...but banishment will no longer sate me. You hunger for human fear...human suffering. Today you understand that we are not human. We are superior. Today you cease to be."
Magik

Illyana is the baby sister of Piotr Rasputin a.k.a. Colossus and Mikhail Rasputin, and just like her brothers, she is Russian. Illyana was an adorable little girl whose innocence drew the attention of the evil sorcerer Belasco. During a time when she was living with the X-Men, Belasco kidnapped her and made her his apprentice so that she might free his Eldritch Abomination patrons. She spent 7 years in a realm of Hell known as Limbo while only seconds passed on Earth, during which she learned sorcery and discovered her mutant teleportation power. She joined the New Mutants as Magik and served as a member for some time, though the nature of her abilities and Anti-Hero attitude unnerved her more religious teammates. Then, during Inferno she was de-aged back into a 7 year old and was later killed by the Legacy Virus. Then she later came back as a demon. It's very confusing.

In Avengers vs. X-Men, Illyana is chosen as one of the "Phoenix Five", a group of X-Men granted additional powers by the Phoenix Force. After Ms. Marvel is defeated by Rogue, Magik appears and gags the Avenger before teleporting her into Limbo, trapping her and terrifying Rogue. Following the defeat of Cyclops, she and Emma Frost have gone on the run (other members of Phoenix Five, Colossus has rejoined Wolverine's team, and Namor has gone home to Atlantis). She joined Cyclops' team of X-Men at the New Xavier School. In their quest to recruit new mutants to their cause, Illyana continued to aid Magneto and Cyclops. As a result of the Phoenix Force being used in conjunction with the Scarlet Witch's powers to bring back the mutants, she began experiencing changes to her powers. Unlike the others, she gained more power than she had prior to the Phoenix force, and she was now able to conjure energies directly from Limbo. Eventually, she came to realize that her power was broken as well, as she inadvertently brought her teammates to Limbo where they were forced to fight the demon Dormammu. She defeated him, but realized she needed help with her powers and teleported back in time to find a past version of Doctor Strange to teach her a greater understanding of magic as her mutant powers were linked to magic.

Her former teammate Karma organized another New Mutants team, and placed her in charge of it.

Illyana appeared in 2020's The New Mutants, played there by Anya Taylor-Joy.


  • Age-Inappropriate Dress: She was the most sexualized of the female New Mutants. She has never been seen pursuing a romance, but would wear the skimpiest outfits and a few times flirted with bad guys while threatening them with eternal torment. Her antics are mild by today's standards (well, except for the dental floss she'd wear as the Darkchylde), but it still becomes a little awkward considering her true age.
  • Alternate Universe:
    • Age of Apocalypse: In this reality, after Apocalypse's attacks on Russia, Illyana is taken to the slave camp known as the Core located in Seattle, which provides energy for Apocalypse's empire.
    • During Excalibur's "Cross-Time Caper" storyline, the team encounters a childlike version of Illyana, clothed in the regalia of Dr. Strange, who runs an organized crime cartel in partnership with her friend Shadowcat.
    • Earth-4210: Illyana in this reality was a member of Exiles.
    • House of M: She's a member of a S.H.I.E.L.D. squadron of young mutants called the Hellions.
    • In What If? the X-Men Had Stayed In Asgard?, Illyana is one of the New Mutants who chooses to remain in the Realm Eternal. She eventually replaces the Enchantress as Asgard's supreme sorceress and assumes a secondary role as liaison between her teammate Danielle Moonstar, the new ruler of Hel, and Asgard.
    • In a 2006 issue of What If?, she is a member of a Soviet version of the Fantastic Four known as "The Ultimate Federalist Freedom Fighters".
    • Marvel Mangaverse: Illyana is a succubus and a Limbo denizen who tries to seduce Jena Pyre in X-Men: Phoenix – Legacy of Fire.
  • Anti-Hero: Nominal, if that, for the current version, who among other things gladly cut Pixie's completely innocent soul into two pieces, and admitted herself that she purely consists of "hurt and hatred given form". Possibly more Unscrupulous for the original, but seriously, she sent people to hell and was a legitimately genuinely evil being, fully accurately considered outright as far more so than several of the villains they fought by her own teammates. She softened later on, but god help you if you anger her.
  • Anti-Villain: Corrupted by evil, but usually fought against it.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: Essentially what happened to her in Magik.
  • Ascended Extra: Before her story in Magik, Illyana Rasputin was just Colossus' sister who was playing in the farm, just about to be crushed by a runaway tractor, and then saved by the mutant who can turn his body into steel. She came to live with the X-Men when Ms. Locke, The Dragon to villain Arcade, kidnapped the X-Men's loved ones to blackmail them into rescuing her boss from Doctor Doom. After all that was dealt with, the political climate in Russia would have made things awkward if they returned to drop her back off. So they kept her around and she was with them when she was abducted by Belasco.
  • Asexual: Possibly. Aside from fanon Les Yay with Kitty Pryde, Illyana has shown no romantic interest in anyone, male or female, which is highly unusual for X-Men, especially one of her prominence story-wise.
  • The Archmage: She's the Sorcerer Supreme of Limbo and once managed to defeat Doctor Strange there.
  • Badass Teacher: She has become a teacher in Uncanny X-Men Vol. 3 and has become more powerful.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In her Uncanny X-Men costume.
  • The Big Girl: Of Cyclops' new team after Avengers vs. X-Men.
  • Black Magician Girl: Even more so after training with Doctor Strange in the past.
  • Boxed Crook: During the Schism storyline, she was let out of the X-Brig to be a member of Cyclops' "Extinction Team", her costume wired with lethal fail-safes to prevent escape. This seemed to have both positive and negative impacts; after gaining new powers from the Phoenix Force, she did escape, and purged the Juggernaut's powers from her brother permanently and she remains a supporter of Cyclops and his revolutionary X-Men. Unfortunately, this didn't help her and Colossus reconcile; it actually made their relationship worse than ever, as he figured out she could have done that at any time and made him keep the Juggernaut powers to teach him a lesson. He said that he actually wants to see her dead. They later make up.
  • Break the Cutie: She just started as Colossus' little sister; after being sucked into Limbo (Belasco's dimension) while at Xavier's, she returned with new magic powers and a severely damaged mental state (to be fair to the team, time differences were so great, she appeared to only be gone a few seconds). She is then returned to Belasco's, where she undergoes a weird process that causes her to split into multiple beings, rather confusing, one being a soulless girl stuck in Belasco's dimension.
  • Broken Bird: Limbo was not kind to her.
  • Brother–Sister Team: Has team-up with her brother in Avengers vs. X-Men where they easily defeat Spider-Man.
  • Came Back Wrong: When she was brought back to life, she returned as an adult. She's a borderline sociopath who does things like murdering villains in cold blood.
  • Cleavage Window: Her new attire since she joined the New Charles Xavier School has become this, as seen in the current picture.
  • Cool Sword: Her Soulsword, forged from her very soul. It's incapable of cutting purely physical objects (though it still blocks things just fine), but it can cut through anything the least bit magical — artifacts, enchantments, demons, etc. — like a hot knife through butter. It also generates a kickass armor when she wills it. Illyana's own magical abilities are also enhanced while wielding the Soulsword. Finally, the sword is a symbol of her mastery over Limbo.
    • How powerful the Soulsword is and what it looks like, depends on the author. In Marvel Zombies: Resurrection (2019), after Magik died a depowered Franklin Richards picked it up then sliced the Silver Surfer and his surfboard in half with it. In Savage Avengers, the Soulsword became a bronze cleaver with a guarded hilt and it could only disrupt magic (she had to wait until her teammates knocked some scales off a dragon before she could stab it in the newly vulnerable section to disrupt the beast). After the Avengers vs. X-Men miniseries, the Soulsword hasn't covered her with armour.
  • Cool Teacher: Considered as such by Tempus and the Stepford Cuckoos in Uncanny X-Men Vol. 3.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Part of Belasco's goal in bringing her to Limbo was to destroy her soul and turn her into a monster. Ultimately, he succeeded; thanks to her time in Limbo, she has gone from a sweet, innocent child to a ruthlessly insane demon sorceress. Toward the end of Avengers vs. X-Men, she chided her brother Colossus for giving up so much to save his "little snowflake". Not only was she beyond salvation, she reveled in her insanity. In her own words, "There are no snowflakes in hell!"
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: She and her brother gave this to Spider-Man in Avengers vs. X-Men.
  • Dark Action Girl: She kicks ass as much like other Action Girls in her team. But she has a Superpowered Evil Side, and although she won't let her evil side take over her completely, she is still the Token Evil Teammate of the X-Men.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She has the power of evil, but she usually tries using it for the sake of good.
  • Depending on the Artist: Can be drawn or depicted as a older teenager or a young adult depending on who's doing the issue at the time. This also extends to her body, going from having regular sized breasts to matching up with Emma Frost herself.
  • Depending on the Writer: Typical of many characters in comics that have been around since The Bronze Age of Comic Books, in her case it's sometimes taken Up to Eleven due to different ideas on how to portray a woman that has had her soul ripped out and infused with evil. This continues in more recent comics despite her soul being whole again, where she torments her brother at least in part because he refuses to see she's not the innocent little girl he once knew. She's sometimes shown to try to atone for the harm she might cause to her teammates and loved ones, but not always. What her Soulsword can affect also varies from writer to writer, with some writers having it only affecting the supernatural while others make it effective against anything it strikes.
  • Dimension Lord: Of the Otherplace/Limbo.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: Dragged Off to Limbo is one of her favored punishments for enemies.
  • The Dreaded: Empath (a sociopathic monster who regularly mistreats others) is openly terrified of her after she took him to limbo to punish him for his cruelty.
  • Easily Forgiven: Averted to one degree or other. She was imprisoned by Cyclops for her actions in New Mutants Vol. 3, and only conditionally allowed to work with a team. Her brother threatened to kill her after she revealed she could have severed his link to Cyttorak at any time. However, in Uncanny X-Men #600 they reconcile, and in general has been welcomed back by her teammates.
  • Emotion Suppression: Due to psychological trauma and dealing with the evil grafted onto her soul, she is inclined towards this.
  • Evil Costume Switch: When she becomes Darkchylde, and later when she joins the Phoenix Five in Avengers vs. X-Men.
  • Exposed to the Elements: In Magik, as punishment for her transgressions, Belasco left Illyana half-naked and deprived of her mutant teleporting powers in a frozen wasteland, and his magic would prevent her from freezing to death or starving, though she would fully feel the effects.
  • Forced into Evil: Originally, but she's pretty content with what she is now.
  • Forced to Watch: Dormammu forces her to watch as he orders his demons to kill her friends/students in Uncanny X-Men Vol. 3 #6.
  • Future Badass: Uatu the Watcher shows Hank McCoy a vision of possible futures, and in one, she became the Sorcerer Supreme of Earth, likely as his successor, since he retrained her.
  • The Gadfly: She doesn't hesitate to snark, be rude, or outright insult even people she legitimately cares about.
  • Gambit Roulette:
    • Her entire Evil Plan in New Mutants. After Amara warned her about Project Purgatory, she goes back in time. First, she finds Legion and strikes a bargain with him. Then, she shows up on Utopia to warn them about Legion and a horrible future they need to prevent. This causes the New Mutants to reform, and she simply waits for Project Purgatory to show up and capture them all. She saves Karma, convincing her to release Legion so he can fulfill his side of their bargain. By killing the Elder Gods and returning the bloodstones to Illyana, completing her revenge and getting her back her soul. She admits this was her plan from the beginning.
    • In Fear Itself she volunteered to become the new Juggernaut since she knew her brother would take her place and damn himself. Once he admitted to himself that he knew what she felt like, she confessed this and dragged him to Limbo where she freed him from the role and returned him to normal, all to get across a point.
  • Godzilla Threshold: With no choice left in dealing with Dormammu, she had to take the entirety of Limbo inside of her and jump back in time to see Doctor Strange for help.
  • Gratuitous Russian: In Avengers vs. X-Men, when she and Black Widow fight on the Blue Area of the Moon (just before the Phoenix is torn apart by Iron Man), their dialogue switches back and forth between English and Russian in a quite liberal way.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Before her corruption by Belasco, Illyana was a sweet and innocent young child, with the malice she later struggled with entirely absent from her character.
  • Hell on Earth: She brings a portion of Limbo to Earth and uses it as a prison for the captured Avengers in Avengers vs. X-Men.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: To save New York from the Inferno crisis, Illyana cast a time spell that essentially erased her teenage self from existence, banishing all demons back to Limbo and reverting her to a 7-year-old girl. She recovered eventually.
  • Hot as Hell: As Darkchylde; don't even try to deny it.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: In Uncanny X-Men Vol. 3 #19 when the team has their mutant powers nullified, somehow, she resorts to using the spells that she learned from Dr. Strange.
  • Ill Girl: More exactly, she falls victim to the Legacy Virus, which makes her Colossus's dead little sister. For a while anyway. It's... complicated.
  • Irony: Yes, the X-Men's Token Evil Teammate was once Too Good for This Sinful Earth.
  • Jerk Justifications: A rare case of arguably entirely valid ones. She didn't want to be that way, it was entirely forced upon her, and seriously legitimately not her fault. She generally did what she could to keep it at bay.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She legitimately does want what's best for mutants under Cyclops' new team in Uncanny X-Men and she does miss her brother.
  • Kick the Dog: After Avengers vs. X-Men, she casually freed Colossus of being the Juggernaut, showing she could have done so at any time and revealing that she intentionally let him suffer his ordeal just to teach him the same lesson in pain she went through.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: In the Brian Bendis' Uncanny X-Men Vol. 3. Despite being a genuinely evil person and having a very abrasive personality, she's loyal to Cyclops' side and the X-Men in general, regrets ruining her relationship with her brother and is thrilled to be with Kitty again.
  • Lady of Black Magic: A Magic Knight type with her Soulsword, as she's svelte and usually composed as well as Sorcerer Supreme of Limbo.
  • MacGuffin Super Person: She's one of the most powerful teleporters in the Marvel Universe and the current ruler of Limbo. This makes her a huge prize to kidnap in other comics such as the Ove storyline in the Captain Marvel: The End setting of Carol Danvers or Marvel Zombies: Resurrection 2019
  • Magical Barefooter: In the last volume of Magik, she either loses or abandons her boots off page (despite being on a snowfield) and fights her battle with Belasco barefoot.
  • Magic Knight: She merges both her sword and sorcery skills quite well.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Her role in the latest New Mutants series.
  • Mercy Kill: Illyana is forced to kill two of the Limbo-timeline X-Men: a Kitty transformed by Belasco into a barely sapient feline demon to save her own life; and Storm, to spare her becoming a Human Sacrifice.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: She resembles Heather O'Rourke a lot.
  • One-Winged Angel: Her Darkchylde form became increasingly demonic as time went on and her control of Limbo and her demonic side slipped.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She's The Big Guy of most teams she's on, but Illyana herself tops at only 5'5, and Depending on the Artist is usually the shortest person on her team.
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: She went from seven to fourteen in the middle of a rescue attempt, due to a time rate differential between Earth and the hell-dimension in which she was trapped.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge:
    • In revenge for the multiple levels of torment inflicted on her in Limbo, Illyana creates her Soulsword and attacks Belasco. He only survives due to her realizing that killing him is turning her into the Darkchylde, body and soul.
    • When Future!Colossus is killed in Battle of the Atom she flips out and goes after Future!Xavier with both Soul Swords.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: She's really close with Kitty Pryde, to the point that Kitty was the only other being able to use her Soulsword until she reverted to childhood. Their bond ran so deep that when an angry Beyonder erased her and the New Mutants from existence, Kitty was the only one who remembered her.
  • Secret Test of Character: In Uncanny X-Men Vol. 3 #17, which opens with she teleporting the students to an unfamiliar location (Tabula Rasa) and telling them to "have fun". The test was to see what kind of survival skills and character the students have. Only one of them failed because he deliberately kept his phone despite being warned that S.H.I.E.L.D. would track them to it, which they did in 15 minutes.
  • Sensual Slav: In contrast to her brother Colossus, who's a Husky Russkie, she has become a svelte, dangerous-looking blonde in a midriff-baring black outfit.
  • Signature Headgear: The four hair decorations on the sides of her head, which she almost always has as Magik.
  • Sociopathic Hero: See Token Evil Teammate below.
  • Sorcerous Overlord: Supreme Sorcerer of the Otherplace/Limbo.
  • Storming the Castle: At the end of Magik, Illyana captured Belasco's castle, all by herself.
  • The Soulless: After she was re-created by Belasco as Darkchylde. She got better.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Her "Darkchylde" side is intelligent but malicious, though almost powerless on Earth, where her magic doesn't work very well. In the end it took over her and nearly ended the world in a major Crossover Event.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: She has the mutant ability to teleport herself and others through time and space from one location to another.
  • That Girl is Dead: As she was trying to get the point across to her brother that she wasn't his snowflake anymore...by damning him with the Juggernaut's power and then removing it only when she felt he had suffered enough of what she went through.
  • Token Evil Teammate: A prominent example of the trope in Marvel. She's very much evil, and she often unnerves her allies with it. Very little is heroic about her, and is really only a "hero" because she's not on the side of the villains.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: She and Kitty Pryde are a subversion. Both are kick butt girly girls.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: When she first died, it established what a Crapsack World the Marvel Universe was for mutants, since an innocent child could die like she did. Deconstructed when she Came Back Wrong, however. Emma Frost says it's the main reason why the X-Men put up with her now.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Uncanny X-Men Vol. 3, she started studying magic with Doctor Strange. In one possible future, she will have become Sorcerer Supreme of the Galaxy.
    • At some point her Soulsword has grown much bigger and it lost its old limitation - now it can also affects purely physical things as well as the supernatural. Though this could be more of a case of writers defaulting to Cool Sword.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In Avengers vs. X-Men, she started imprisoning captured Avengers by having demons feed on their souls until they were comatose.
    • * Took a Level in Kindness: By Dawn Of X she seems to have warmed up to her friends and has also taken to her role as protector of the younger mutants of Krakoa. Best exemplified when she has a heart to heart with Glob Herman when he looses his temper on a racist anti mutant blogger that was releasing the location and names of mutants to the public.
  • Underwear of Power: Her Uncanny X-Men uniform, followed with Zettai Ryouiki to cover her remaining legs.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Emma explains that this is one reason the X-Men put up with her, in addition to Too Good for This Sinful Earth.
  • Worthy Opponent: She has repeatedly shown she has a large respect for Doctor Strange's prowess in the mystic arts despite being on opposite teams at the moment. She even takes lessons from him in the past to control her powers better.
  • You're Insane!: Colossus gives this to her in Avengers vs. X-Men. However, it results in an Insult Backfire, as that's what she wanted him to see in the first place.

    Cypher 

Douglas Aaron Ramsey / Cypher

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Nationality: American

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: New Mutants #13 (March, 1984)

With the cerebral ability to understand all languages, Cypher was considered to be one of the weakest New Mutants. He was best friends with Warlock, but was killed while defending Wolfsbane in battle. He was eventually resurrected by Selene during Necrosha, but was freed from her control thanks to the New Mutants. With the foundation of the mutant nation of Krakoa, Cypher became a key member of the new nation by helping craft a new mutant language and serving as an unoffical member of the Quiet Council as Krakoa's translator.


  • Ascended Fanboy: He and Sam got on well due to their shared love of science fiction. During the team's first encounter with Legion and a Journey to the Center of the Mind, Doug being able to recall a similar plot from an episode of Star Trek gave Professor X the "Eureka!" Moment he needed to get them out of there.
  • And I Must Scream: So your power is language-related and you think you can beat Doug at his own game? Bad idea.
  • Back from the Dead: After twenty years (possibly an X-Books record). He was forcibly resurrected during Necrosha, and soon returned to the X-Men as a powerful strategist.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Since coming back from the dead, he's convinced a futuristic mecha to kill its pilot, and used a literal spell-machine to remove an penemy's mouth so she couldn't use her hypnotic voice.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Even after being brought back properly, it's pretty clear not all of Doug's social skills made the return trip.
  • Chick Magnet: Sunspot likes to think he's a ladies' man, but Doug has had the most love interests of anyone on the team. He dated pre-bodyswap Psylocke as well as teammate Wolfsbane, but has also managed to earn himself quite the following of female villains, including one of Legion's female personalities, Cyndi.
    • In Peter David's All-New X-Factor, Doug had a wild night with Danger, and he acquitted himself well enough that everyone's favorite control-freak jail-bot offered him another go. Unfortunately, self/friend made the mistake of getting with the, er, girl his best friend Warlock was into. Warlock forgave him instantly but still knocked the taste out of his mouth.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The 2019 one-shot "New Mutants: War Children", set during the heyday of the '80s team (written and drawn by Claremont and Sienkiewicz, even) puts a lot of focus on Doug, who is the only member of the team not to be infected by Warlock gone rogue. Special attention is given to his bravery despite knowing his powers aren't up to much and his relationships with Warlock and Rahne. Ultimately, he manages to save the day.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: More like No Date Marriage, since Saturnyne arranges Doug and Bei's wedding within hours of knowing each other.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Blonde haired and he's a pretty nice guy and a good friend.
  • Hollywood Hacking: Before he was revealed as a mutant, Doug was introduced as a highly tech-savvy boy whom Kitty Pryde turned to when she needed some hacking done she couldn't do on her own. His skill with computers was arguably more useful to the team than his actual mutant power most of the time and, since his resurrection in a time where computers are ubiquitous, Doug has learned to combine his hacking skills with his language abilities to become a serious threat to national security, if he so chooses.
  • Likes Older Women: Dated a pre-bodyswap Psylocke for a while. The same with Bei the Blood Moon, who is at least over 50 while Doug looks to be in his twenties.
  • Love at First Sight: Most doubts about marrying Bei the Blood Moon dissipate when he sees her without her helmet for the first time.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Doug is thrilled to find out he's a mutant and is very pleased to get immediately swept up in a madcap scheme by the Hellfire Club. His first few stories have him constantly expressing his excitement and wonderment of the adventures the team get themselves into without noting any of the dangers. He mostly knocks it off once Dani finally has enough and tells him to can it.
  • Non-Action Guy: Kitty met him in dance class. In the original stories, he only has the physical strength typical for a young man of his age, so he is not useful in a fight, most often keeping to the back of the fray or helping out with his computer expertise. After his resurrection and subsequent level up, this no longer applies.
  • Omniglot: Cypher is a hyper-linguist and has a superhuman facility for translating any languages, spoken or written, human or alien in origin. His superhuman skill also extends to his great facility in deciphering codes and computer languages as well as understanding hidden intentions and body language. Cypher's skills are such that he was once able to make great headway in translating the written language of an extraterrestrial race in a matter of minutes.
  • Opposites Attract: The reason behind his attraction for Bei the Blood Moon. She's the very first person he can't understand since she communicates with something other than language. This causes an infatuation between both.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: He and Bei seem to be genuinely interested in making their surprise marriage work.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Not often shown, but Doug really can speak every language, including understanding animal communications. He is the only one who can understand what Rahne is saying in her wolf form (apart from Dani, who can read her thoughts).
  • Taking the Bullet: Doug died doing this for Rahne (who didn't even realize what had happened until the fight was over).
  • Teen Genius: Downplayed, but he does have remarkable intelligence. He was first introduced as a friend of Kitty Pryde (herself a teen genius) who could easily match her skill with computers.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: The few times his powers were truly useful came across as this, likely to try and justify Doug's being there in the first place. He saved the day in the first "New Mutants Annual" by being able to read an alien language and reprogram a supercomputer and when Legion first showed up, Doug was the only one who could understand one of David's multiple personalities, who spoke Arabic.
    • He ended up scoring two points for Krakoa during the X of Swords event. One for the marriage thing and the other through a dance competition.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: He's at least a head shorter than his new wife Bei.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Cypher underwent some severe level-up after coming Back from the Dead. Originally, his mutant power was "read and understand any language", meaning he was simply an Omniglot when he died in the 80s. Revived in the 2000s, we learn that "language" includes "body language", meaning he can predict his opponents' moves and actually held off all his old teammates single-handedly. It also includes computer language, making him an imminently skilled hacker and programmer, as well as letting him "read" the structure of a building and discover the easiest way to destroy it. Plus, he is capable of performing spells, too.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Eventually remedied somewhat in Excalibur, where he and Warlock were combined to form Douglock. Further remedied by Zeb Wells in the third series, extending his powers to cover all manner of communication — spanning the fields of linguistics, anthropology, archaeology, and art (to name a few). If there's a message or intention, he can potentially analyze and translate it. To say this has left him a bit....off is putting it lightly.
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    Warlock 

Warlock

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Nationality: Technarch

Species: Technarch mutant

First Appearance: New Mutants #18 (August, 1984)

Warlock is a member of the Technarchy race of aliens. He is considered a mutant because he can experience emotions, something forbidden to his cold, ruthless species. See his series that takes place after Warlock's death and reanimation as Douglock (originally thought to be the combination of previously killed New Mutant Douglas Ramsey and Warlock) and after his departure from Excalibur.


  • Abusive Alien Parents: Magus/siredam keeps trying to kill him.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: A generally good-natured and friendly alien, with a truly horrific power. He once nearly killed Selene using his race's traits.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He gave his life to help cure Richard Rider of his Phalanx infection. Fortunately, he got better a few pages later.
  • Life Drain: An ability all Technarx have. Warlock's just too nice to use it on the scale most of his species do.
  • Literal-Minded: Being from a species that outlaws emotions and has no time for sarcasm or figures of speech, Warlock can have some troubles reading between the lines with the things his friends say.
    Dani: Warlock! You, pal, are the proverbial sight for sore eyes!
    Warlock: Concern! Are Selfriend's primary ocular receptors dysfunctional?
    Dani: *sigh* Never mind, Locke. We're just real glad to see you.
  • Living Ship: Often used to transform into helicopters to cart the New Mutants around.
  • Offing the Offspring: Standard practice for his race is for a progenitor and its offspring to battle to the death shortly after birth.
  • Perpetually Protean: In the habit of changing his form quite frequently, warping his body to fit the occasion.
  • Robot Buddy: He was technically a "techno-organic" alien, but his cable hair fits this trope in spirit. His own series saw his appearance change to a more humanoid form.
  • Spanner in the Works: Twice in Uncanny X-Men Vol 1 191 - first, as the only being able to understand Spider-Man's language (other than Spidey and Kulan Gath, that is), he is able to translate what needs to be done to Ororo; and second, when Selene attempts to cast her spell to Take Over the World, he merges his dying body with Ororonote  to enable her to defeat Selene.
  • Verbal Tic: Several; he prefaces every sentence with a descriptor like "Query:" or "Imperative:" and refers to all of his teammates as "Self-friend (name)".
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: A very literal example; his official "mutant power" is the ability to experience emotions, something denied to the rest of the Technarchy.

    Warpath 

James Proudstar / Warpath

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Notable Aliases: Pridewalker, Running Sun, Thunderbird

Nationality: American, Krakoan

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: New Mutants #16 (June, 1984)

James Proudstar, known as Warpath, is a mutant of Apache descent who has been affiliated with many X-Teams over the years starting with the Hellions.


  • Anti-Hero: Type III-IV
  • Anti-Villain: Way back when he was a Hellion, he was one of the nicer ones. Also, his reason for staying on the team after deciding not to avenge his brother by killing the X-Men was that he wanted to be there for his friends, rather than any villainous inclinations.
  • Blood Knight
  • Combat Pragmatist: His first two teachers were Emma Frost and Cable. Comes with the territory.
  • Depending on the Writer: The powers he has, and how powerful each one is, vary wildly over time.
  • Genius Bruiser: Warpath is a very intelligent fighter. He once found out a way to incapacitate Wolverine, sneak by the rest of the X-Men, and could have killed Professor Xavier if he hadn't had a change of heart.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Also like his brother, he's very easily aggravated; They don't call him "Warpath" for nothing.
  • The Heart: Unusual, given that he's also a Blood Knight with a Hair-Trigger Temper, but when he was a part of X-Force, he was described as a physical and emotional rock for the team. Indeed, during the periods where he's not out for revenge on someone, he's a Nice Guy.
  • Knife Nut: Warpath currently dual-wields knives made of vibranium as his signature weapons. Noteworthy in that he is not Ax-Crazy at all.
  • Legacy Character: Like his brother, the above-mentioned Thunderbird, he has the same powers and wears the identical-looking costume after him during his early appearances. He still wears a nearly identical outfit to this day.
  • The Quiet One: One thing that makes Warpath so dangerous is that he doesn't always lead the charge in fights, despite being an ideal point man. Occasionally, he sneaks around, looking for a chance to ambush his targets.
  • * Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Not, perhaps, in any individual case you find, but Warpath's motivation for joining every super-powered group he's joined has been revenge:
    • Hellions: His brother died fighting for the X-Men.
    • X-Force: Stryfe wiped out his entire tribe.
    • New X-Force: Some idiot killed Caliban.
    • The one exception is when he joined Xavier's X-Men to fly out into space. That time, it was sheer undiluted boredom that got him to go.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: It comes from his youth. Only got better once he picked up his Super Senses.
  • Superpower Lottery: Won it big:
    • Super Strength: Once fought directly with Juggernaut, managing to stand up and not give ground for several minutes.
    • Super Speed: Not at the "telescoping time" level, but Warpath can run down vehicles on the road, and has time to watch a dart fired from a rifle come toward him, smirk at the shooter, catch the dart, and return it.
    • Super Senses: Implied to be above the level of most feral mutants, like Wolfsbane. Mimic, who has copied ferals before before, tried to copy Warpath's powers and was overwhelmed by sheer sensory input. May also extend to a sixth sense of sorts, as when he was on X-Force, Warpath had a tendency to wander off during fights he wasn't needed for and find things.
    • Super Reflexes: Has been shown evading weapons fire.
    • Superhuman Flexibility and Agility: Despite being seven feet and 350 pounds, Warpath has been described as moving like an Olympic gymnast.
    • Healing Factor: Though not as strong as usual for this trope, it's there. Though during the events of Predator H he was stated to heal faster than Wolverine and Sabretooth.
    • Flight: Depending on the Writer.
    • Magical Native American: Ghost Rider unlocked shamanistic powers within Warpath so they could fight the Demon Bear and win. He used these powers to stop Selene in the Necrosis storyline. These powers seemed to be temporary, but alternate universe versions of Warpath have shown him having mystical powers as well, implying that his mutation has the potential for it.
  • Talk to the Fist: After the Hellions rescued Empath from the New Mutants and promised to punish him for what he did, Empath immediately began planning his revenge for being captured. Jimmy then informed him that he intended to keep his word to the New Mutants, and *immediately* decked him before he could try to use his powers to get out of the situation.
  • Token Good Teammate: Relatively. James joined the Hellions because he wanted revenge on the X-Men. He treated the New Mutants in a neutral-to-friendly manner, and otherwise did what he was asked without malicious intent or excessive force. It was enough that, as much as the New Mutants wanted vengeance on Empath, they trusted Thunderbird enough to let him deal with the problem.
  • The Worf Effect: Feral and Shatterstar both got one over on Warpath in their introductions during the original X-Force series. Neither of these two are remotely in Warpath's league.

    Firefist 

Russell "Rusty" Collins / Firefist

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Nationality: American

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: X-Factor #1 (February, 1986)

Russell "Rusty" Collins was a mutant who could create and manipulate heat and flame. He joined with many of the big mutant teams, however he didn't stay with any of them for too long. He shared a long-term relationship with fellow mutant Skids before his untimely death.


  • Brainwashed and Crazy: When he was part of the MLF.
  • The Cape: Originally Cyclops' protégé, and stated to have to potential to become a significant leader/figure for mutantkind. He went to prison as part of a protest over the treatment of mutants... and then he got put on the first of many buses.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door
  • Playing with Fire: Rusty is a pyrokinetic. Rusty is able to ignite oxygen in the air and direct it as pyrotechnic blasts. He can also start fires anywhere in his line-of-sight up to 20 feet. Rusty can also erect shields completely of fire. The intensity of heat in the shield is strong enough to melt most physical attacks and disperse many energy attacks.
  • Required Secondary Powers
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Poor Rusty was killed by the time-displaced Holocaust.

    Skids 

Sally Blevins / Skids

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Nationality: American

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: X-Factor #7 (August, 1986)

Skids is a mutant who has the power to form force fields and has been romantically involved with the mutant Rusty Collins. She eventually ended up as an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. sometime after M-Day.


  • Abusive Parents: This is the reason why her mutant powers had first activated. Her father had beaten her mother severely for letting Sally wear pearls and had turned his rage on Sally. It was at this time that she developed her ability to form a force field around herself, which protected her from her father and allowed her to scare him off.
  • Barrier Warrior: Skids possesses the mutant superhuman ability to create force fields around herself and others, totaling an area of approximately 30 cubic feet (after a long training), with her being in the center. The field covers all of her body, so she never has any actual physical contact with anything touching any part of her body, as long as it is activated.
    • What makes Skids' force fields unique (and explains her name) is that her fields negate friction - when she has them up, it's impossible to hold on to her, and she can move by "skating" along the ground.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: When she was part of the MLF.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Originally with the Morlocks, she then joined became a member of X-Factor, X-terminators, and the New Mutants before being brainwashed into joining the Mutant Liberation Front. Magneto helped undo that brainwashing, so she joined his Acolytes, but after the destruction of Avalon she went to college and eventually joined X-Corporation. After M-Day she was briefly aligned with Apocalypse and then Masque's radical Morlock faction, but then turned out to be undercover as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, albeit with some loyalty leftover to Magneto.

    Boom-Boom 

Tabitha Smith / Boom-Boom

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Nationality: American

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: Secret Wars II #5 (November, 1985)

Tabitha is a mutant with the ability to create energy bombs of various sizes and intensity which explode upon impact. She ran away from home when her powers manifested and her abusive father tried to beat them out of her. Tabitha happened upon the Beyonder in his human form and bonded with him, and eventually wound up as a ward of X-Factor. She later joined the New Mutants and would go on to become a founding member of X-Force.


  • Abusive Parents: Her father, forcing her to run away from home.
  • Action Girl: In Cable and X-Force. Even if she is in a situation where she can't use her powers, Tabitha is an expert martial artist who has been serving in mutant special forces units since she was a teenager and can easily handle most people in a fight.
  • Badass Longcoat: She has taken to wearing a longcoat with many of her recent uniforms.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Many of her outfits leave her midsection exposed.
  • Cool Shades: Recently she's been shown with sunglasses all the time, even at night.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: She may be lazy, inattentive, and usually at least a little buzzed, but Tabitha's power and skills can turn her into one of the hardest hitting X-Men very quickly.
  • The Ditz: Is consistently presented as not particularly book smart or attentive on missions, sometimes missing missions entirely.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: When not on missions (and sometimes while on them), Tabitha will have at least one drink in hand and be partying. She really embraces the party atmosphere of Krakoa after its founding.
  • I Have Many Names: Time Bomb, Boom Boom, Boomer and Meltdown. She's currently using Boom-Boom. This is even lampshaded by Sage, who mentions she changes codename more often than she changes underwear. Tabitha is left trying to recall when she went by "Doctor Madame McSplode".
  • Jerkass: In Nextwave, which may or may not be in continuity. At one point, she starts beating up a policeman for no reason other than that she hates cops. (Of course, everyone on that team was a jerkass.)
  • Lower-Class Lout: Her family was white trash to the core, and while she isn't quite as bad as her parents, Tabitha herself is still a consistently rude, coarse, obnoxious, and generally trashy person. This subsided with the 2000s and she's instead now a valley girl more than anything — though this is when she's on her own.
  • Progressively Prettier: Started out with a very unflattering hair cut and pretty daggy clothes, but over time artists had her look go from "white trash" to "valley girl", complete with prettier hair and clothes.
  • Sticky Fingers: In Nextwave, she's a kleptomaniac.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Her main power is creating energy bombs.
  • Totally Radical: Writers love making her use lots of slang. This was most prevalent in the 90s when she was just... the embodiment of the 90s. In the 2010s, it's not so much her slang but her lifestyle which has turned her from "superhero but a 90s teenager" into "superhero but a lazy millennial", such as using ride-sharing to get to her superhero duties and sleeping in.
  • Valley Girl: What she eventually becomes, complete with excessive slang, obsession with looks and lots of partying.

    Rictor 

Julio Esteban Richter / Rictor

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Nationality: Mexican

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: X-Factor #17 (June, 1987)

A mutant with the power to create seismic vibrations, Rictor was a member of the New Mutants and X-Force. He attempted suicide after he lost his powers on M-Day, but joined X-Factor Investigations. He has since been repowered by Scarlet Witch and is romantically involved with fellow teammate, Shatterstar.


  • Badass Bookworm: Rictor has displayed an affinity for computers and can hack into various high-security systems.
  • Badass Normal: Even though he has been depowered, he still earns his place as a member of X-Factor.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The family business is selling weapons (and drugs) on the black market. He's less than proud of this and once worked to try to dismantle his family's business.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Even when he was depowered, he still earned his place as a member of X-Factor.
  • Coldblooded Torture: By the Right.
  • Color Motifs: Green and brown, which represent his seismic-related powers.
  • The Cracker: While not malicious, he does break into things like government servers to obtain information needed by X-Factor, which is definitely illegal.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Par the course for anyone written by Peter David, but with Rictor it seems to have stuck.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: He used to have seismic powers until he got depowered on M-day. In Avengers: Children's Crusade #6, he's the first mutant to have his powers restored by Wanda. He has since learned to remotely terraform the ground around him in a more tactile manner.
  • Distressed Dude: He has a tendency to get kidnapped, tortured, and/or held hostage a lot. Mostly before he lost his powers. He actually isn't this as much after losing them.
  • Electric Torture: One of the few details given about his torture by the Right.
  • Family Business: The Richter family business? Selling weapons illegally, or "selling death", as he explains it.
  • Foreign Cuss Word: Prone to this, especially during the 90s.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Again, guilty of this during the 90s.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Both of his canon love interests — Shatterstar and Wolfsbane — are redheads.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Three so far — in the original X-Factor (#22), and in X-Factor Vol 3 (#1 and #38).
  • Last-Name Basis: Nobody calls him Julio. Even his closest friends just call him Ric.
  • Meaningful Name: His surname is Richter. He has once again earthquake powers. You do the math.
  • Mundane Utility: At one point, he uses his powers to earn some scratch as a one-man demolition team.
  • Power Loss Depression: The very first issue of X-Factor Volume 3 opens with Rictor needing to be talked out of committing suicide after losing his powers. During a therapy session with Doc Samson, he admits that he still has his "bad days" where he feels depressed over loss of his powers.
  • Power Loss Makes You Strong: After M-Day, he had to learn to put more emphasis on his regular skills and was actually quite successful.
  • Relationship Upgrade: He and Shatterstar were Heterosexual Life-Partners; eventually he chucked the 'heterosexual' bit.
  • Repower: After losing his powers on M-Day, he was repowered by Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Children's Crusade. In fact, due to a mix of circumstances, he was the only person she managed to repower.
  • Smug Snake: The Ageof Apocalypse version is this in spades.
  • Straight Gay: It's been revealed that Rictor is not bi as previously assumed, but full-on gay, having found no fulfillment in his relationships with Rahne and Tabitha.
  • Suicide by Cop: Attempted in X-Factor vol 3 #38, and later called on this trope by Guido.
  • You Killed My Father: Held a grudge against Cable because of this, even after the truth came out.

    X-Man 

Nathaniel "Nate" Grey / X-Man

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Nationality: American, Krakoan

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: X-Man #1 (March, 1995)

X-Man is an Omega-level mutant genetically created by Mr. Sinister from the Age of Apocalypse timeline. He shares the same genetic history as Cable. After returning from the dead Nate has joined the New Mutants and started a relationship with Dani Moonstar.


See his page for general info.

    Magneto 

Erik Magnus Lehnsherr / Max Eisenhardt / Eric Magnus / Magneto

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Notable Aliases: Magnus, Erik Magnus Lehnsherr, Master of Magnetism, Auschwitz I.D. #24005 (retcon from #214782), Michael Xavier, "The Creator", Erik the Red, "Red," Grey King, White Pilgrim, King Erik Magnus, Eric Lensher, Mr. Sullivan, White King, Miraculous Magneto, Phantom Saboteur, the Leader, Master (by Toad), Merciless Magneto

Nationality: German, Krakoan

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: X-Men #1 (September, 1963)

During his reformed period, Magneto started teaching the New Mutants and fought alongside the X-Men. This, at first was very difficult for many of the team-members, since they had done battle against Magneto more then once.


See the Magneto page

    Maxime and Manon 

Maxime and Manon

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Nationality: French

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: Extermination #1 (October, 2018)

Mutant twins who have the power to manipulate people's emotions (Maxime) and rewrite their memories (Manon). They were sweet kids before they were kidnapped from the Xavier Institute in the future by Ahab. He turned them into sleeper agents for when he was on his quest to kill the time-displaced original X-Men, using them to quickly turn mutants into Hounds. After he is defeated, they remained in the present day, with the X-Men promising Cable that they would look after the two and help them unlearn what Ahab had taught them.

After the founding of Krakoa, the two joined Armor's makeshift New Mutants team.


  • And I Must Scream: What Ahab used them for. Because making a Hound took years of torture, Ahab's workaround was to have Maxime and Manon manipulate emotions and memories, respectively, so that the victim felt like they had undergone years of torture, with the memories to boot.
  • Enfante Terrible: They usually aren't malicious but their use of their powers is abusive at best. They had Beak forget how his parents were killed by terrorists to "help" him get past his grief, instead giving him the memory of them dying in their sleep peacefully.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Both of them are keen on using their powers to solve any situation, rather than allowing people to naturally work through their emotions and painful experiences.
  • More Than Mind Control: Their power is usually used like some form of mind control, but they don't actually control people's minds. Maxime and Manon manipulate people's memories so that they will be more compliant with what the twins want them to do. For example, planting the memory of a man's wife having cheated on him with his terrorist friend and giving him increased anger, so that they can egg him into shooting his friend. Jean Grey mentions that it is very hard to undo, and she was only able to do so because they told her how to undo it.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: When Jean meets them from before they were turned to Ahab's side, they are helpful, friendly and all-around adorable. She herself, even after they'd turned against the X-Men, lamented what happened to them. Once Krakoa is founded, they do act more sweet and innocent... but are morally twisted despite this.

    Glob Herman 

Robert Herman / Glob Herman

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Nationality: American, Krakoan

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: New X-Men #117 (October, 2001)

Glob was a student at Xavier's mansion and a member of the Omega Gang under the leadership of Quentin Quire.


See his entry on X-Men: 2000's Members.

The Hellions

Other Villains

    Donald Pierce 

Donald Pierce / White Bishop

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Nationality: American

Species: Human cyborg

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #132 (January, 1980)

One of the X-Men's most loathsome foes, an evil racist cyborg who wants to exterminate all mutants - usually starting with the babies and children and working his way up. Totally repugnant and insane. Ironically, was a former member of the Hellfire Club until his political views drove him to become an all-out anti-mutant terrorist.


    Magus 

Magus

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Nationality: Technarchy

Species: Technarch

First Appearance: New Mutants #18 (August, 1984)

Warlock's brutal father, who chased him across galaxies to battle his son to the death, as is their tradition. Magus is a cosmic-level threat capable of destroying stars and crushing planets in his rage. He also indirectly caused the events of Inferno by following the New Mutants to Limbo and turning the demons there into techno-organic beings like himself, allowing them to overthrow Magik.


Other Characters

    Legion 

David Charles Haller / Legion

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Nationality: Israeli, British

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: New Mutants #26 (April, 1985)

The son of Charles Xavier and Gabrielle Haller, David Haller is the powerful Omega-level mutant known as Legion. He possesses hundreds of mutant abilities ranging from telekinesis to reality warping, but each power is controlled by a different persona, which could be either benevolent or malevolent.


    Lila Cheney 

Lila Cheney

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Nationality: British

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: New Mutants Annual #1 (November, 1984)

Lila Cheney is an interstellar rock star mutant who can teleport between planets.


  • Blessed with Suck: She is a teleporter capable of traveling interstellar distance in an eyeblink. Where the suck comes in is that she can only travel interstellar distances. If she wants to zap herself from the east side of Cleveland to the west, she'd have to use Alpha Centauri as a halfway point.
  • Idol Singer
  • Most Common Super Power: Jubilee makes reference to it on panel.
  • Teleportation: Lila has the ability to teleport across great interstellar distances. Her powers do not allow her to teleport any distances under a light year so she must use her Dyson Sphere as a midway point on shorter travels.
  • Too Fast to Stop: The reason she can only travel interstellar distances. When she teleports she generates a FTL field of tachyons that take her light-years before she can stop it, so technically she's only capable of overshooting shorter distances.


Alternative Title(s): Marvel Comics Illyana Rasputin

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