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     Wind Dancer/Sophia Mantenga-Barret

Wind Dancer has the mutant ability to manipulate air molecules. She could use this power to fly, levitate others, create powerful wind blasts or protective shields.

  • Blow You Away / Razor Wind: She can create sharp forces of wind that can cut through material and create isolated whirlwinds or directed blasts of high pressure air control and manipulate the movement of air.
  • Break the Cutie: Her mother was killed in a riot, and despite her relative's attempts to keep it from her, she overheard due to her powers. She was then sent to live with her rich Jerkass of a father, who treated her like garbage, she was ignored and left out at the expensive school she was sent to, and eventually decided to trash one of her father's stores to get his attention. Instead she got arrested, and he refused to pay bail. Mercifully, Dani Moonstar came along. And then M-Day happened, she lost her powers and was immediately turfed out of the mansion.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Lost her powers after M-Day.
  • Flight: Sofia could create powerful wind currents to enable flight.
  • Morality Pet: Actively tried to make Hellion a better person. The results were mixed.
  • The Leader: Co-leading with David, shows signs of Type III and Type II
  • Nice Gal: Incredibly sweet and friendly.
  • Parental Neglect: Her father was an utter dick who barely acknowledged she was there, and treated her like crap. He couldn't sign the parental release forms quick enough.
  • Put on a Bus But hers didn't explode. After losing her powers in M-Day, she left the school and has been dropped from the X-Men franchise. She briefly worked with the New Warriors until their dissolution, but has since been in Comic-Book Limbo.
  • Spock Speak: On account of English not being her first language, she tends to speak far more formally than anyone else.
  • Super Senses: Sofia could amplify small vibrations in the air, which allowed her to hear faraway conversations.

     Prodigy/David Alleyne

David had a power to unconsciously copy the knowledge of every person around him for limited amount of time. He lost his abilities during M-Day but would stay at Xavier's and serve as New X-Men's tactician. Later he regained all knowledge he already copied before losing his powers, and become the head of the X-Men's youth division after Schism. During Marvel NOW he joined the Young Avengers - you should also see his entry on that team's character page to see what he's up to lately.

  • Beat Still, My Heart: Done to him by Belasco. He got better
  • Blessed with Suck: He absorbed the knowledge of anyone who was nearby. Including, as he reveals, things like what they do during sex.
  • Brainy Specs/Cool Shades: Prodigy wears a pair of custom-built Cyber Shades that function as a wireless broadband computer network.
  • Brought Down to Normal: For a while. Prodigy lost his powers after Decimation, but to an extent, regained them after the Stepford Cuckoos restored his previous memories and skills.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: Prodigy is able to predict physical attacks directed at him, allowing him to easily avoid or counter them.
  • Discard and Draw: Discard his powers, draw all combined benefits they ever gave him before.
  • Drunk with Power: His deep fear is what would happen if his powers had no restraint.
  • Future Me Scares Me: The temporal block that made him lose all copied knowledge after some time was apparently subconscious, as he was afraid having all the combined knowledge without having to earn it would turn him into a despot.
  • Heartbroken Badass: He Took a Level in Badass around the same time Noriko broke his heart, trying to force him out of the team.
  • I Know Kung-Fu: Absorbed special forces training from Wolverine.
  • The Leader: Prodigy is a natural leader and strategist. His natural leadership skills have been enhanced through contact with various X-Men and his time as co-leader of the New Mutant Squadron.
  • The Smart Guy
  • Teen Genius: Prodigy is naturally intelligent. He completed college level courses while in high school, operates complicated technology, pilots the Blackbird, and built the Danger Cave, all without using his powers.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Once he regained all copied knowledge, he demonstrated it by breaking Jullian's ribs with Israeli martial arts he learned from Shadowcat and Wolverine.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After Decimation, and the destruction of his relationship with Surge, combined with getting all the knowledge beamed into his head, he becomes increasingly nasty and aloof.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gives one to Josh after his romance with Rahne becomes public knowledge, breaking Laurie's heart and to Noriko after she kisses Julian in front of him, hoping it will make him quit the team.

     Surge/Noriko Ashida

Surge is a young Japanese mutant with electricity-based powers, and presently requires gauntlet-like regulators to fully control her powers.

  • Abusive Parents: Her father caused her to run away from home and then decided that for him she no longer exists.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her New Mutants uniform and a lot of civilian clothes.
  • Big Brother Instinct: First becomes protective of a kid who reminds her of her brother, then, as team leader, starts applying this to all of her teammates.
  • The Big Guy: In New Mutants, having the most offensive power and aggressive personality.
  • Blessed with Suck: She needs special equipment (her gauntlets) to control and regulate the flow of electricity to and from her body. Without it, the electricity overloads her brain and prevents her from controlling it fully.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: Tries this on David by kissing Julian in front of him, hoping it would make him quit the team. It doesn't work, and just makes her even more miserable.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Calls out Charles Xavier on the fact that, when his students were dying and his school was attacked time after time, he was nowhere to be found.
    There's nothing you can teach us, "Prof".... We already know how to die.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pretty much all her interpersonal conflicts boil down to the fact that Noriko- although not intentionally malicious- does not like anything outside her immediate experience. This is why she picks fights with Dust and X-23, and why she reacts badly to David's injury. Panic is never far behind confusion, for her.
  • Hot-Blooded: Tends to be very sharp with people, often laying out all her frustration at them as strongly as possible.
  • Hypocrite: She lays into David for being judgmental against Josh, when he's only doing so over his past involvement with the Reavers, while she condescends and snarks to Sooraya for "holding women back" because she chooses to wear a niqab.
  • In Spite of a Nail: In House of M, despite all the drastic changes to reality, she and David are still together.
  • It's All My Fault: As a leader she has tendency to blame herself for all the bad things that happens to her teammates, even if she had no way of stopping them.
  • The Leader: For New X-Men. Combines Type II and III.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She has always liked more skimpy clothes, but some artists, especially Humberto Ramos, really like to draw her in revealing outfits that also have tendency to suffer Clothing Damage.
  • Most Common Superpower: She’s always been quite busty.
  • Not So Different: Noriko and Julian quickly come to hate each other's guts, but once she becomes team leader, she shows a lot of the same qualities that make him a good leader.
  • Odd Friendship: One of the X-Factor comics implied she became friends with Boom Boom.
  • Power Incontinence: Constantly absorbs ambient static electricity until she violently discharges it.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Goes on one against the Purifers in Messiah Complex
  • Straw Feminist: To the extent that she also came off as a bit of a bigoted Jerkass. She chewed out her Muslim roommate Dust over her decision to wear a niqab, with going so far as to call her an embarrassment to women everywhere.
  • Super Speed: When carrying a large enough charge she can move super fast.
  • You Are in Command Now: After the formation of New X-Men.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Surge has blue hair, but it's just dye: it came in a bottle labeled "electric blue".

     Elixir/Josh Foley

A former Reaver with gold skin and a healing touch. Elixir was one of the students at Xavier Institute and is known for his ability of biological manipulation which allows him to both restore life or take it on a whim, and is capable of incredible feats being one of the few active and confirmed Omega-level mutants.

  • Back for the Dead: It's starting to become a Running Gag. He disappears after Necrosha, only to turn up and apparently get killed by Siphon in The Logan Legacy. Then after Secret Wars he resurfaces again in Uncanny X-Men, and is murdered by the Dark Riders in the very same issue. True to form, he resurrects again in the 2016 Uncanny X-Men annual.
  • Biomanipulation: His power set as an Omega level healer. He usually uses it for Healing Hands, but can be downright lethal as well.
  • Chick Magnet: Had been with Laurie, Rahne and Loa. Even with all the Stepford Cuckoos. At the same time.
  • Complete Immortality: His powers have apparently evolved to the point where he can't die. Despite having been killed by both Siphon and the Dark Riders, his powers still self-resurrect him.
  • Death Is Cheap: Because of the nature of his powers Josh really can't stay dead. Even when he was presumably drained of them entirely by Siphon he still manages to return.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Unceremoniously gunned down by the Dark Riders.
  • Face–Heel Turn: As of X-Men: Blue, he's a member of Magneto's new Brotherhood of Mutants.
  • Healing Hands: His power is to manipulate the organic material on a genetic level which he uses to mainly heal wounds. This ability requires him to have direct contact with those he wishes to heal. With a greater understanding of the inner workings of the human body, he has demonstrated the ability to heal or even re-grow tissues that have been damaged beyond repair or removed completely.
  • Jerkass: He actually started off as big of a dick as Julian. When first introduced he was bigoted against mutants, and was even in the process of being recruited into the Reavers by Donald Pierce when his powers manifested the first time. He had a crush on Laurie, but when she refused to let herself reciprocate, he instead started hooking up with Rahne — who was one of his teachers at the time — in large part to make her jealous.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his treatment of others in the past, he's shown to be very protective of others. Part of his experimentation with his powers stems from not wanting more of his friends to die.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: How rest of his team, especially David, sees him, once his affair with Rahne comes to light.
  • Likes Older Women: Not that much older - his relationship with Rahne wouldn't be anything out of ordinary (he was 16, she was 19) if she also wasn't his teacher.
  • Love Triangle: Type IV with him, Laurie and Kevin and at the same time Type 7 with him, Laurie and Rahne.
    • Betty and Veronica: Has to choose between shy, delicate Laurie and energetic but also older Rahne.
    • Love Dodecahedron: He has to choose between Rahne and Laurie, who also might have feelings for Kevin, who himself is object of Cessily's feelings.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: On the receiving end of one from his former friends when they found out he was a Mutant. In front of his family, no less.
  • Not So Different: He and Kevin have more in common than each would like to admit. It's best displayed in House of M, when they are good friends... as a pair of amoral Torture Technicians.
  • Put on a Bus: Vanished after the Necrosha arc of X-Force. Which was just before Second Coming, when his powers would really have been handy for a lot of X-Men.
    • The Bus Came Back: Resurfaces as a prisoner of Shogun in The Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy, apparently permanently stuck in his black-skinned "kill" form. He was attacked by Siphon and his fate was left ambiguous, though Word of God explicitly refused to confirm whether or not he was killed, while artist Peter Nguyen stated that the notes he left for the colorist was that Elixir was supposed to be turning gold again throughout the attack. He's therefore put back on the bus again until the end of All-New X-Men, when it's revealed he's alive and well and has been living on Utopia with a collection of other mutants just wanting to be left alone, before being convinced to join the X-Men at the New Xavier School.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: He can grow back people's hearts whole cloth, and yet somehow whenever his powers would be useful, he tends to be missing for no good reason.
  • Sanity Slippage: Laurie's death, his own deaths, and the sheer hell he and his peers have been through since M-Day have left Josh a bit unstable.
  • Touch of Death: Beyond healing, he can aso inflict damage and pain onto his foes in a similar fashion (causing his skin to become coal-black).
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: As Josh's power grows his mental and emotional stability weakens. By the Uncanny X-Men Vol. 4 annual he's capable of resurrecting the dead on a massive scale. Magneto and M muse that he may be able to revive all sixteen million dead mutants on Genosha. At the same time. However even his efforts curing a small number of mutants from the M-Pox led to his losing control and nearly draining the life of the human doctors and nurses tending them. Under Xorn's tutelage, he eventually learns how to control it better.
  • You Are What You Hate: Started off as a goon for Donald Pierce. Even once he found out he was Mutant, it took a while for him to get over his racism.

     Wallflower/Laurie Collins

Laurie Collins is a mutant with pheromone-based abilities, which allow her to influence others, whether intentionally or not. Her powers manifested when she was a teenager, causing everyone in the general area to be instantly smitten with her. Unable to comprehend what was happening, she withdrew herself from public life. A shy, reclusive girl by nature, she joins Xavier's school to try and better control her abilities, and while there strikes up a relationship with Elixir.

  • Boom, Headshot!: Her death.
  • Child by Rape: Her father had the same emotion-manipulating powers as her and used them to seduce her mom.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Her: Shoot by a sniper out of nowhere.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Oh, pheromones, what a ridiculous power, right? As House of M shows, if Lauria weren't so nice, she'd be an absolute terror, just like her old man. Hard to fight someone who can make you too afraid to move, or suddenly enraged with your best friend.
  • Love Is in the Air
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Apparently, in the original chain of events she single-handedly slaughtered all Stryker's men, during their attack on school. Which is why he sent a sniper to kill her days earlier.
  • Power Incontinence: She initially has no real control over her powers, which made rooming with her pretty difficult, since she'd get nervous and that would make her powers flare up, and things would get worse from there. It's not until Wind Dancer comes along that she gets a roommate she doesn't have to worry about, since Sofia can just use her powers to prevent the pheromones getting near her. She never quite manages to get her powers fully under control.
  • Shrinking Violet
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Her death serves no purpose but to push Josh into really dark place.

     Icarus/Jay Guthrie

The winged younger brother of Sam and Paige Guthrie.

  • Charm Person: Initially, he seemed powerless, but it was revealed he actually had the mutant power of a compelling singing voice. The Chuck Austen gave him wings as well.
  • Flight: Icarus could fly by means of his natural wings.
  • Good Is Dumb: Stryker played him like a fiddle.
  • Healing Factor: Hee regenerated and healed hundreds of times faster than a normal human. It was later revealed that his healing powers came from his wings.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Honestly trusted William Stryker, and thought he would help the former mutant students.
  • Killed Off for Real: Killed by William Stryker.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Told Stryker about the bus full of students leaving the mansion, giving him the opportunity to kill them. He also indirectly provoked the Nimrod Stryker was using into reactivating itself, simply by being present.
  • Sixth Ranger: To the New Mutants.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: A rare male example.
  • Token Good Teammate: He was too nice for the Hellions, which is why he got transferred over.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Again, trusted William Stryker. The crazed fundamentalist who had previously tried to kill the X-Men, had led lynch mobs and murdered his own wife and child.
  • Winged Humanoid: Like Warren Worthington, he has wings, although red-colored.

     Hellion/Julian Keller

A telekinetic mutant and leader of Emma Frost's Hellions. Initially a jerk and a showoff, after M-Day de-powered many of his friends, and William Stryker murdered many of his others, he quickly matured into a passionate but troubled leader. Has an on-again-off-again relationship with X-23.

  • Aesop Amnesia: Later writers don't seem to be aware that Julian went through major character development during the New X-Men era, because nearly every book he's in has him learn not to be such a jerk to people.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Subverted, two of his most serious love interests (Sophia and X-23) seem to be falling for his nicer side — it's his bad boy qualities that are pushing them away.
  • Amazon Chaser: Of the three women he's been shown pursuing in the books — Wind Dancer, X-23, and Shark-Girl — two of them had a violent side and could break him in half. He also once hit on Armor, and got his nose broken for his trouble (in fact, he asked her out after she broke his nose). Hellion even lampshades it himself in Spider-Man and the X-Men that he has a thing for savage warrior babes.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Lost both forearms to a Nimrod attack during Second Coming. He now has metal hands that he controls via his telekinesis.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Upon finding Laura (after she left the Institute with no warning) he is pretty upset with her. This is because his post M-Day trauma made him paranoid about losing people.
  • Broken Pedestal: Emma Frost was pretty much his idol. Since M-Day she gave him many reasons to change his mind about her.
  • Butt-Monkey: His parents disinherit him for an incident which he didn't even start (and generally had a low opinion of him even before he manifested his powers). He loses his girlfriend shortly after M-Day (his own fault), and many of his friends are killed during Stryker's attacks, including one of his best friends and teammate. He does the right thing when Emma Frost tries to rig a contest to take out X-23, and just gets punished for his trouble. He's been gutted by Deathstrike, the Leper Queen turned him into a walking bomb with the Legacy Virus, Nimrods destroyed his hands (which have somehow never been healed) while helping defend San Francisco from Bastion. He's punished for doing the only thing he could to stop Karima — at her own request no less — and treated like a monster by every senior X-Men despite them all having done far, far worse. Then his second girlfriend rebuffs him when he reaches out to her for help coping with what he's going through, and she coldly lies to his face about not caring about him anymore to break it off. Then he gets dumped into Spidey's remedial class because he's viewed as untrustworthy and likely to undergo a Face–Heel Turn. Most recently, he's revealed as one of the mutants who has somehow been overlooked by Storm and her team sheltering in Limbo, infected with the M-Pox, and nearly gets himself killed when he decides to single-handedly attack Attilan reasoning he's dying anyway (fortunately Synapse manages to shut down his powers and saves his life). And in one alternate future, he's killed fighting in a world war sparked by Doctor Doom. Pretty much any time he turns up, you can pretty much expect something bad to happen to him.
  • Chick Magnet: Quite a ladies man. He once took all three of the Cuckoos to a dance (though he actually did it to make Wind Dancer jealous), and they were hanging all over him the whole time.
  • Dating Catwoman: Plays the role of Catwoman to Sophia.
  • Depending on the Artist: Ever since he was crippled during Second Coming. His arms can end at his wrists, elbows, and anywhere in-between. The same happens with the look of his prostheses, and whether or not they're put directly onto his arms, or if he levitates them with his telekinesis.
    • His normally green telekinetic aura is pink for no explainable reason in Spider-Man and the X-Men.
    • On more than one occasion artists have even forgotten that he has metal hands. There was even an article on Bleeding Cool about it.
  • Depending on the Writer: How much of him is Jerk and how much is Heart of Gold varies heavily on who is writing him. He developed substantially and his positive traits are most consistently brought out under Kyle and Yost. However later writers tend to keep him much more firmly in Jerkass territory, with a few exceptions.
  • Designated Villain: Becomes this for a stretch after killing Karima. Everyone in the books treats it like he just jumped across the Moral Event Horizon, that killing her was a horrific crime and a sign that he's teetering at the edge of the Slipper Slope, and he's on his way to a Face–Heel Turn. However readers are quick to point out that A) Karima was on the verge of killing everyone on Utopia, B) Hellion was the only one left who was even in the position to stop her, and C) his actions were taken at Karima's own request because she was about to lose control of her programming and wipe everyone out. Yet he still gets locked up by Cyclops and shipped off to the Jean Grey school to be imprisoned. Between the fact that a central argument of Schism was Cyclops training kids to do exactly what Hellion did, and the fact that Wolverine himself has done far, far worse, they both just come across as tremendous hypocrites.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Less "evil" more "assholes." Julian initially gets along quite well with Elixir when he first comes to the school. But then he finds out that Elixir was a Reaver before his powers manifested...
  • Face–Heel Turn: Tries to make one after M-Day leaves his team (temporarily) disassembled. In response, Magneto tells him that he's only doing this to hurt them, and that he won't accept such an unreliable soldier. However with everything he's been through, it's amazing he hasn't turned Heel.
  • Fatal Flaw: He is ruled by emotion, and often makes bad choices because of it.
  • Freudian Trio: Ego to Cessily's Superego and Santo's Id.
  • Handicapped Badass: Losing his hands didn't affect his telekinetic powers at all. In fact, his lack of hands and increased use of telekinesis to make up for it may have actually made him stronger.
  • Has a Type: Although his first romantic interest was the comparatively mild-mannered Wind Dancer, as noted under Amazon Chaser Julian has developed a tendency to be attracted to strong and violent women, notably X-23 and Shark-Girl.
  • Heroic BSoD: He didn't handle killing Karima when she attacked Utopia well, even though he was the only one in a position to stop her. That everyone treats him like he was an out of control monster, with Wolverine locking him up in his room at the Jean Grey School, only made it worse.
  • Heroic RRoD: Emma Frost unlocked his full telekinetic powers, he flew all the way from Dallas to the mansion (smashing through one of the O*N*E sentinels on the way in), and passed out for several days afterward.
  • Hilariousin Hindsight: After Julian lost his hands during the events of Second Coming, in 2010 he angrily ranted that the X-Men could bring back the dead but couldn't restore his hands after they presented him with a pair of really sub par prosthetics. Flash forward to 2020 and the Dawn of X where the X-Men are LITERALLY bringing back the dead left and right on Krakoa and the X-Men STILL haven't restored his hands yet.
  • Hot-Blooded: Not as much as Santo or Noriko, but still.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Deathstrike, though he eventually recovers.
  • Jerkass: He's arrogant and superior, and often bullies those who aren't part of his circle of friends. This in part informs his rivalry with the New Mutants in general, and David and Noriko in particular. It begins getting downplayed in the aftermath of M-Day.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Hellion is very blunt in his beliefs that the X-Men have utterly failed him and his peers. However considering almost his entire generation lost their powers on M-Day, and the constant failures of the X-Men to prevent his friends from getting killed (IE the bus attack and Stryker's assault on the school), it's also hard to fault him for the belief.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he's often a dick, he does genuinely care for those he allows into his social sphere. He also steadfastly stands up for mutants and mutant rights; his early friendship with Elixir was only soured because he learned Elixir used to be a member of the Reavers before his powers manifested, and although like the others he was leery of Wither, he was furious when the FBI tried to imprison him, and stood up for him when the rest of the school started to shun him in the process.
  • The Leader: To the Hellions, combines Type III and IV.
  • Leader Wannabe: For some time on the New X-Men he would refuse to follow Surge and order his teammates from Hellions, until he and Noriko managed to put their differences behind them.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Seems to be the case with him and Mercury.
  • Morality Chain: For X-23 when they went to save Mercury. And when the New X-Men went after the Purifiers, he was the only one to stop Surge from killing them.
  • Not So Different: He and Surge have more in common than they would like to admit.
  • Opposites Attract: Played with. He likes X-23 partly because she understands the world in a way he doesn't. However, their differing viewpoints make communication difficult.
  • Out of Focus: Like most of his generation that isn't X-23, Quentin Quire, or Glob Herman, Hellion spends most of his time filling panels. And when he does get something more significant to do, there's a good bet he's going to get his ass kicked by the end of it.
  • Parental Abandonment: First his parents ship him off to the Xavier school after they get tired of dealing with his powers, then they disinherit him over an altercation that he didn't even start. Finally, they up and move the family without even telling him.
  • Power Incontinence: After getting his power upgrade, he loses the fine control over his powers. Even trying something as simple as lifting a paper-clip makes him more liable to smash everything around him. He does eventually get over this.
  • Quickly Demoted Leader: After the formation of the New X-Men, Emma Frost demotes him and puts Surge in charge, as a punishment for him refusing her order to eliminate X-23 from competition for a place on the team
  • Shipper on Deck: Becomes one for Cessily and Kevin.
  • Ship Sinking: Both with Sophia and with X-23. Although the "Old Woman Laura" arc of All-New Wolverine suggests the latter might not have gone down completely.
  • Smug Super: At first, on account of being Emma Frost's star pupil. He does eventually get over most of this.
  • These Hands Have Killed: When Karima attacks Utopia, Hellion is the only one in a position to fight back, and is left with no choice but to kill her. Karima even begs him to in order to stop her Sentinel programming before she kills everyone else. It sends him into a Heroic BSoD (having previously been firm in his stance that X-Men don't kill), and it's heavily implied during his second appearance in the X-23 solo that he's reaching out to her for help coping with his actions (she rebuffs him). It's not helped that everyone (even Gambit and Wolverine) is treating him like an out-of-control monster for doing it. There's also the fact that Karima didn't actually die, he just knocked her into a coma, though it did look like she was brain dead. And she was later healed anyway.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: With Mercury and Rockslide.
  • The Unfavorite: It's indicated that even before his powers manifested he was this, with his parents showing favoritism towards his older brother.
  • White Sheep: Believe it or not. We don't know much about his older brother, however the Hellions miniseries reveals his mother and father earned their fortune as a result of illicit dealings with the Kingmaker. Julian — who for all his arrogance and other faults genuinely belives in being a hero — wastes no time in throwing this in their faces when he learns the truth.
  • Will They or Won't They?: First with Sophia and then with X-23. In both cases the answer is no. Although In the final arc of All New Wolverine (set in an Utopian future) it is revealed that at some time prior Laura and Julian patched things up and became a couple. Laura even comments that the two had a lot of good years together until Julian died in battle fighting Dr. Doom's horde of villains.
  • The Woobie: While the Academy X/New X-Men kids could constitute an entire team of Woobies, Hellion stands out with all the hell he's been through.
    • Iron Woobie: Despite all this, he's steadfastly loyal to his friends, and will keep fighting however he can to help and protect his them and his species.
    • Jerkass Woobie: Just look at Butt-Monkey above. If anyone has earned the right to be an angry jackass, it's Hellion.

     Mercury/Cessily Kincaid

A girl whose skin is made from malleable non-toxic metal.

  • All Love Is Unrequited: Has a one-sided crush on Wither.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Similarly to Noriko, her outfits usually leave her midsection exposed.
  • Body Horror: When her powers first activated, she collapsed into a writhing puddle on her bathroom floor.
  • Broken Pedestal: Emma Frost is one to her.
  • Break the Cutie: After getting kidnapped and tortured by the Facility.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Calls out Emma Frost for not bringing Wither back to the school, pushing away Julian and trying to make X-23 quit the team.
  • Cool Big Sis: Plays this role to Santo.
  • Freudian Trio: Superego to Julian's Ego and Santo's Id.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Like all the Hellions, she's got a good side. Notably, she's one of the few to try and be nice to X-23.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Seems to be the case between her and Julian. Later the same seems to be true for her and Santo.
  • Morality Pet: The best person to make Julian's nicer side resurface.
  • No-Sell: Magic doesn't work on her liquid form. And since she's made of metal, Wither's touch doesn't have any effect. She's also immune to Laurie's pheromone powers, which resulted in them previously being made roommates (which didn't work so well).
  • Toplessness from the Back: Noticed during a party in X-Force.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: With Hellion and Rockslide.

     Rockslide/Santo Vaccarro

Rockslide is a student at the Xavier Institute and a member of the Young X-Men.

  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: It was shown that Rockslide can also survive in space without a spacesuit and a breathing apparatus.
  • The Bully: Santo frequently straddles the line between this and The Gadfly. Usually he means it all in fun because he just thinks that's how friends act, but sometimes such as when X-23 first comes to school, he can genuinely be mean.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Not exactly being the sharpest knife in the drawer, he certainly has his moments of this.
  • Detachment Combat: In his original body he was able to fire off limbs and recall them.
  • Discard and Draw: After rebuilding his body from nearby stones, Blindfold says he lost the ability to fire off his limbs. Now he's capable of detonating himself instead and building a new body out of surrounding stone, gaining its properties. When he first did this in Limbo, his body was made of volcanic rock that could project fire and was resistant to magic.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: He is made of rocks and can control his separated body parts.
  • Dumb Muscle: Santo literally has rocks in his head.
  • Freudian Trio: Id to Cessily's Superego and Julian's Ego.
  • The Gadfly: He loves to troll his friends. Although he can also be a bully, he's never really malicious about it, he just thinks that's how friends act (like roasting marshmallows over Match's head).
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: His power means he can blow himself up, and reform from whatever material is around him. He was naturally surprised to learn this.
  • Hidden Depths: Is fond of detective stories, including the works of Agatha Christie.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: When forty students, including Tag, were killed, Rockslide suffered Heroic BSoD and couldn't do anything. After Brian's funeral he is seen punching the ground and yelling I'm sorry Brian! I'm sorry!
  • Jerkass: When he was first introduced he was a bully and crude.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After the death of several of his friends, he became slightly more mature but still has his moments. He threatens to quit the team if they won't let Anole and Pixie join. He's also respectful towards Dust's beliefs, panicking when she shows up mid-fight not wearing her veil.
  • Large Ham
  • Leeroy Jenkins
  • Likes Older Women: Not that much older, but it's implied he has crush on Jubilee. He's also hit on Carol Danvers.
  • My Greatest Failure That he couldn't save Brian.
  • Super Strength: Rockslide possesses superhuman strength sufficient to lift about 75 tons without any effort.
  • Those Two Guys: Develops into this with Anole, and the two are frequently paired up in later stories.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: With Mercury and Hellion.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With everybody. Just try to make a drinking game over how many times one of his friends says, "I hate you, Santo." I dare you.

     Tag/Brian Cruz

Brian Cruz was selected early on by Emma Frost as one of her proteges and later joined her squad, the Hellions.

  • Black Dude Dies First: He's depowered and subsequently killed by the Purifiers in the wake of M-Day.
  • Hidden Depths: Before joining the Hellions he was really lonely. When Kingmaker grants the rest of the team their wishes, he only wants to make sure they stay together, so he won't be alone again.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: In House of M he uses his powers on Sean Garrison, making him want to run away from himself. Garrison then sees his reflection in the mirror and jumps through the window.
  • The Smart Guy: In the Hellions.
    • The Evil Genius: When they played an antagonistic role to the New Mutants.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: A rare male example.

     Dust/Sooraya Qadir

An Afghan mutant with the ability to turn into a living dust storm. Originally introduced in New Xmen, she joined the team after M-Day. She is identified by her Niqab, which she wears instead of the traditional X-Men uniform.

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Dust is fully capable of tearing people apart with her powers. Fortunately, as a devout Muslim, she abhors violence.
    • This is important in Champions #5. Cyclops at that time had an X-Men team who were planning to deal with their enemies or die trying. Not wanting her to betray her faith and ethics, he tells her to join the Champions instead, prompting Ms. Marvel to immediately give her the invitation.
  • Broken Record: When she first appeared, all she could say was "turaab" (dust). That she had been abducted and then killed her abductors might've had something to do with this.
  • Captain Ethnic: While she's become a well-developed character over the years, she still has a stereotypically Muslim power.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Dust can transform into a cloud of sand or dust. In this form she can propel herself through the air at great speeds. This form makes her particularly dangerous, as the microscopic edges of the sand particles act as tiny blades, stripping the flesh off an opponent.
  • Logical Weakness: Dust's main weakness is water, but has also been shown to have a vulnerability to air.
  • Odd Friendship: She is one of X-23's very few friends, even after the two of them ended up on opposite sides of the A vs. X debacle.
  • Off-Model: Despite supposedly wearing a niqab, some writers tend to draw it more like an abaya (or vice-versa), a fact Gentle even comments on at one point.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: Averted. She fights terrorists with her powers.
  • Team Mom: In later appearances, she takes on this role.
  • Token Religious Teammate: A devout Muslim who still observes niqab.
  • Token Wholesome: As one of the few heroic devoutly Muslim characters (and certainly one of the highest-profile ones) in mainstream comics, she is never portrayed in a negative light.

     Wither/Kevin Ford

Wither was a mutant with the ability to break down organic matter just by touching it.

     Pixie/Megan Gwynn

A Welsh student with insect-like wings and magical teleportation abilities.

  • Ambiguously Bi: She's shown flirting and going on three-way dates between herself, Armor and young Cable. May also be a case of Polyamory.
  • Author Appeal: Greg Land loves to draw her in stereotypical club and rave attire.
  • Ascended Extra: Didn't really do much, if anything, before Decimation.
  • The Cutie: Pre-Decimation. The fact that she wore a bicycle helmet as part of her uniform helps.
  • Depending on the Artist: How colorful her wings are, whether they're like a butterfly's or a dragonfly; it's suggested their appearance is dependent on her mood. Also whether she has completely black eyes or just black sclera.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: She doesn't just look like a winged fairy, she's actually half-fae on her mother's side.
  • I'm Having Soul Pains: The ritual that tore out a piece of her soul filled the hole with dark magic, which reacts to any similarly dark forces nearby like a compass.
  • It Runs in the Family: Turns out she's Mastermind's daughter and like his other children has illusion related mutant powers.
  • Likes Older Men: Megan had a crush on Cyclops, and on separate occasions has been trying to get in personal space of other more handsome men, like Gambit, Angel and even Captain America.
  • Mushroom Samba: Her 'pixie dust' makes its target see cutesy things like teddy-bears and unicorns.
  • The Pollyanna: This girl goes through such huge amounts of horror, yet never really loses her upbeat and optimistic attitude.
  • Precocious Crush: Had a big one on Cyclops.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: She fit the definition for a good while, until Magik (or Magik's demonic clone) got to her. Depending on the Artist, her hair's now either mostly black with pink streaks or mostly pink with black streaks, but either way, she was heavily affected by having bits of her soul ripped out and is suffering some serious overall disillusionment with the X-Adults.
  • Sixth Ranger: To the New X-Men.
  • The Soulless: Magik took a chunk of her soul. It turned parts of her hair black, changed the color of her wings and made her more liable to swear, but that's about it.
  • Stepford Smiler: Some of her misadventures left her scarred, but she doesn't let that affect her daily life. Unless it has to.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: After a sojourn into Limbo she's taught a teleportation spell by Magik. It's got more range than Nightcrawler's but less utility in battle due to casting time.

     Anole/Victor Borkowski

Anole has a reptilian physiology with enhanced speed and agility, as well as the ability to camouflage, climb walls, and is equipped with razor-sharp teeth and claws.

  • An Arm and a Leg: Loses an arm during the visit to Limbo, though it quickly grows back, something that surprises everyone, but Victor the most.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Rockslide said a derogatory remark by accident, so Victor defenestrated him.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Called out Northstar on one occasion.
  • Came Back Strong: Non-fatal example: If Anole loses a limb, the one that grows back will be larger and stronger than the one he lost. However see Depending on the Artist.
  • Depending on the Artist: Anole's appearance varies wildly depending on who is drawing him. Details such as the shape of his head, or whether he has a tail can change between issues, to say nothing of different books altogether. Whether or not he has his "Popeye Arm"note  is also inconsistent, to the point that the official story is now that he lost it in an incident that has yet to be explored.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Originally, whether he can actually grow back all of his limbs or not isn't clear. X-23 offers to test this by cutting them off (painlessly, she adds), but Victor understandably doesn't want to try. This was later confirmed during Extraordinary X-Men, when he lost his other limbs while trapped in the future with Glob, Martha, Ernst, and Colossus, and they all grew back.
  • Shrug of God: Jordan D. White's response when challenged by fans over how Anole lost the monster limbs he picked up in Extraordinary and reverted back to his classic "Arm," or artists not even drawing that, was to dismiss them as "stories yet to be told."
  • Sixth Ranger: To the New X-Men.
  • Stronger Than They Look: Except for his overgrown limb, Victor is a rather small and slightly-built guy. Yet he's still surprisingly strong. Downplayed after he loses the rest of his limbs in Extraordinary X-Men and they all grow back massive to match.
  • Super Strength: He was able to throw Rockslide out a window after Santo pushed him too far.
  • Straight Gay: His love of theater notwithstanding.
  • Those Two Guys: Often pairs up with Rockslide, particularly in later stories.
  • Wall Crawl

     Gentle/Nehzno Abidemi

A Wakandan student with super-strength. Formerly assigned to Storm's squad.

  • Blessed with Suck: Gentle has super-strength, except that he has no control over it beyond the vibranium tattoos that cover his skin. The more he uses his powers, the more likely he is to suffer a potentially fatal seizure.
  • Fantastic Racism: Averted in regards with his fellow Wakandans; it's not the fact that he's a mutant they have a problem with, it's because his father was Russian.
  • Gentle Giant: It's how he got his name.
  • The Quiet One: Barely ever says a word and mostly focuses on meditation.

     Jonas Graymalkin / Graymalkin

Professor Xavier's great, great, great, great etc. etc. grand-uncle from 200 years in the past. Was discovered kissing another boy by his father and buried alive on the property. This activated his mutation: superstrength, speed, durability, and no aging while in complete or semi-darkness. Was recently unearthed and joined the young X-Men. Suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and confusion over the world of the future. Anole has taken him under his wing.

  • Buried Alive: Was subjected to this by his own father after he was caught kissing a boy. Fortunately, he survived long enough to be unearthed years later, but the experience understandably left him with PTSD.
  • Bury Your Gays: Literally — his father's response to finding him with another boy was to curse him for being born and bury him alive.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Well yeah, he was unearthed after two hundred years, so he has difficulties communicating with modern people.
  • Human Popsicle: His powers allowed him to stay alive in complete darkness while buried for decades.
  • Last-Name Basis: He doesn't really have a codename, so he's usually referred to as Graymalkin.
  • Naïve Newcomer
  • Rip Van Winkle
  • Straight Gay: He doesn't have any stereotypically gay mannerisms thanks to his very different upbringing.
  • Undeathly Pallor: His completion and subterranean based powers definitely give off the impression.

     Eric Gitter/Ink

A punk from the ghetto who discovered that whenever he got a tattoo, he'd get a new power based symbolically on whatever the tattoo depicts (wings make him fly, a hazard symbol on his hand makes him to make people violently ill with a touch). He later discovered that the tattoo artist was the mutant rather than himself, making him one of very few X-Men to not be an actual mutant. Fell into a coma after using his powers to heal dying teammate Dust.

     Alisa Tager/Cipher

A mysterious woman who appeared to inform Ink that the Young X-Men were in peril. Cipher has the mutant ability to phase through solid matter. Despite her similar name, she has no connection with the New Mutant Cypher. She is currently enrolled at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning.

  • Intangible Man: Intangible Girl
  • Invisibility: Cipher's abilities include full spectrum invisibility and complete stealth, able to mask even her psychic imprint from most telepaths.
  • One Steve Limit: There are two 'Cyphers' in the comics, one is a guy with multi-lingual powers from the New Mutants who died years ago and has been recently resurrected in Necrosha and the other is a girl with invisibility and phasing. Thankfully their codenames have different spellings to avoid confusion from readers.
  • Remember the New Guy?: She is introduced in Young X-Men as not a new character but actually a secret Xavier Institute student originally known only to Cyclops and Jean Grey. Eventually she joined the training squad after assisting them behind the scenes for months.

     X-23/Laura Kinney 

Wolverine's teenaged Opposite-Sex Clone, who joined New X-Men after House of M.

For general tropes see her personal page.
  • Most Common Superpower: Very much so in the issues drawn by Paco Medina and Humberto Ramos. She's much more average in the rest of the book.
  • Rescue Romance: Although they never get past Will They or Won't They?, Laura's infatuation with Hellion begins after he saves her life during the fight against Nimrod.

Other students

     The Stepford Cuckoos/Weapon XIV

The Stepford Cuckoos (a play on The Stepford Wives and The Midwich Cuckoos) are five powerful telepaths — cloned daughters of Emma Frost's — who can combine their telepathic abilities to create a much more powerful hive-mind.

see the Stepford Cuckoos page

     Ruth Aldine/Blindfold

A blind mutant gifted with the power to foresee the future before it happens.

  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Ruth takes this position in Uncanny X-Men #11, when upon seeing no future in which she isn't subject to a painful death, decides the only way out is to take her own life on her terms.
  • Big Brother Bully: A particularly nasty one in Luca, who blamed her for everything bad that happened to him and tried to kill her more than once. He was also responsible for stealing half of his sister's powers and leaving her with a broken mind.
  • Blind Seer: Like the X-Men villain Destiny, she could use telepathy to sometimes psychically sense events when other telepaths apparently could not.
    • In the Necrosha storyline, Blindfold's precognitive abilities are neutralized while in the presence of the resurrected Destiny, another precog which is explained that this is because two precogs in close presence to one another "are like two magnets pressed together positive pole to positive pole" and will negatively effect one another's powers.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to her older brother Luca's Cain. It helps that Luca was also a Big Brother Bully.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Blindfold comes off like this thanks to her powers giving her a warped sense of time and causality. It's later revealed to be the result of a psychic attack on her by her older brother Luca, who stole half of her powers and left her mind broken and incomplete, leaving her with her current personality.
    • However, since Luca's death, her mind seems to be completely restored.
  • Driven to Suicide: In Uncanny X-Men #11, Ruth sees no future in which she isn't murdered as part of the rising violence against mutants. Her solution is to kill herself first.
  • Eyeless Face: When she removes her blindfold, it's revealed that she has no eyes or open eye sockets; instead she has skin covering the spots where her eyes should be. It's actually a part of her mutation.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her dad walked out when it was clear she was a mutant. Her mother died protecting her from older brother Luca, who tried to kill her.
  • Psychic Powers: In addition to precognition, she possesses telepathy, clairvoyance, and retrocognition. Later on she was revealed to have Astral Projection, telekinesis, chaos manipulation, among other things. Almost half of these powers were stolen by Luca, her older brother, which left her mind broken. After Luca's death, however, her powers were restored, which in turn restored her mind.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: She was born without eyes while all that's left of her brother's body are his eyes after his powers activated.
  • Verbal Tic: Blindfold is... hard to describe. Basically, as she's having a conversation with you, she sounds like she's giving yes-or-no answers to someone just off-screen (some of this is explained through her friendship with Cipher, who possesses invisibility powers). She also frequently injects words like "please", "you're welcome", "thank you", and "pardon" into her sentences.

     Alani Ryan/Loa

Loa is a mutant with the ability to dissolve the molecular bonds of anything she touches. She also gained the ability to breathe underwater from an Atlantean Amulet that her grandmother obtained from her friend who was Namor's old girlfriend. Unfortunately for Loa, she can no longer breathe normal air.

  • Aloha, Hawaii!: Loa is a Pacific Islander, and was born in Hawaii.
  • Captain Ethnic: She is from Hawaii with a talent for surfing and her codename is named after a type of tropical worm, which moves the same way she does when she uses her powers.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Loa is unceremoniously killed off in Uncanny X-Men. In fact her death isn't even shown, all we see is her corpse, and it requires Ruth's pronouncing her dead to even know it's her.
  • Intangible Man: She could disintegrate matter by phasing through it.
  • Kid Sidekick: Became one for Namor, the Sub-Mariner, of all people, while he was a member of the X-men.
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: Inherited an Atlantean amulet which allowed her to breath underwater, and withstand water pressure, apparently.

     Ben Hamill/Match

Once a student at the Xavier Institute where Match was appointed squad leader of the Paragons. Match retained his powers after M-Day.

  • Flaming Hair: Not just his hair, he also has a flaming head.
  • The Leader: Of the Paragons. It was short lived, though, as after M-Day, his team was disbanded.
  • Playing with Fire
  • The Chew Toy: He is constantly bullied by Rockslide who takes advantage of his fire powers by roasting his marshmallows over his flaming head.
  • Train-Station Goodbye: Gave one to his de-powered teammates.

     Hope Abbott/Trance

A mutant with the ability to release her unique energy-manipulating astral form, Hope Abbott is a student of the X-Men with the codename Trance. Her powers have helped to save the New X-Men, and proved a helpful aid for Rogue in battle.

     Mark Sheppard/DJ

DJ was a mutant student at the Xavier Institute and a member of the Paragons. He was de-powered after M-Day and killed in the bus bomb attack.

  • Bus Crash: More like Bus Explosion. DJ was among the students depowered by the Decimation event, and was in the process of being Put on a Bus when said bus exploded.
  • Kid-anova: Voted the class flirt. Even when he's dying after being blown up with the other depowered kids, Mark still takes the time to flirt with the recently-arrived X-23.
  • The Power of Rock: Literally. Mark's power ( before he lost it following House of M) was powered by music, giving him different abilities depending on what he was listening to. Classical music allowed him to create energy shields, Gospel lets him fly, and he can manipulate light when listening to dance music. Good ol' rock and roll? Energy blasts.

     Nicholas Gleason/Wolf Cub

Was first found by Chamber and Wolverine when two cyborgs killed his parents and attempted to kill him because of his wolf-like mutation.


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