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Katherine Anne "Kate" Pryde / Shadowcat / Red Queen

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Kitty and Lockheed.
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Nationality: American, Krakoan

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #129 (January 1980)

"Even without any super-powers, I'll never settle for what society — or my parents — expects of me. I'm not a kitty anymore — much as I wish differently — I've grown up. I'm a cat. And I like the shadows a whole lot more than the daylight."
Shadowcat

Katherine "Kate" Pryde, formerly known as "Kitty," (also known under alias Sprite, Ariel, the Red Queen, the woman behind the legend of the Star-Lord, and the most famously-known Shadowcat) is a Marvel Comics character created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne and associated with the superhero teams X-Men and Excalibur. Her debut was in Uncanny X-Men #129 (January 1980), but she wouldn't join the team until after the famous Dark Phoenix Saga at issue 138. She's one of the most recognizable characters in the history of the franchise (having appeared in almost every single X-Men media with the notable exception of the 90s animated series) and probably the most well-known Jewish female superhero in the Marvel Universe (and maybe comics), and the first openly Jewish superhero in comics.

Kitty was a nerdy, plucky, rather plain city girl whose genius intellect made her an outcast among people her own age. Soon she became the viewpoint character for younger readers, and due to her young age, became quite popular between the male teenage demographic who wanted to become her boyfriend (something that would get her plenty of importance and spotlight a generation later, when those same teenagers started to run the Asylum). At 13 years of age, Kitty discovered her ability to become intangible at will and walk on thin air, and soon both Emma Frost and Charles Xavier started pursuing her to convince her to join their respective academies. Although her parents prefered Emma's school, Xavier would end up winning after Kitty quickly bonded with her new Cool Big Sis Storm, but soon the White Queen attacked and kidnapped the X-Men but failed at capturing Kitty. Later Kitty went through one of the most horrible nights of her life as the Hellfire club chased her through all the city trying to capture her, but ultimately she ended up saving the X-Men. After the incident, she decided to join the X-Men and became the youngest member to ever join until then (later she would be matched and maybe surpassed by other young members). She later adopted a pet dragon from outer space, started dating Colossus (the first of plenty of guys named Peter she would end up dating), and Wolverine and Storm became surrogate parental figures for her.

After a period with the X-Men and the New Mutants, she went to England and became one of the founders of Excalibur along with two fellow members Nightcrawler and Rachel Summers; as well as Psylocke's twin brother Captain Britain and his Magical Girlfriend Meggan. Later she started dating a reformed spy named Pete Wisdom (a guy just like John Constantine but with less magic). She was also briefly recruited by S.H.I.E.L.D. to repair the computer system of their helicarrier.

She later would return to the X-Men and then leave again only to return once more when the mansion was rebuilt again, she became an important member of the team and later would start dating Colossus again (don't worry, this time, she dumped him), but her time with the X-Men would be short lived, for she would soon get trapped inside a giant bullet that she phased through Earth (it was as ridiculously awesome as it sounds). She eventually was brought back by Magneto and later when the X-Men split into two teams, Wolverine-led team and Cyclops-led team, Kitty sided with Wolverine. During this time, she became the headmistress of the new Jean Grey school (after the school was destroyed and rebuilt again), and started dating Iceman (just like in the movies, but with less Rogue and more awkward moments). However, she would eventually leave Wolverine's team and the Jean Grey School, disappointed and disillusioned by her comrades' actions during the Battle of the Atom storyline. She took the time-displaced X-Men with her, and together they joined Cyclops and his X-Men, at the new Xavier School. She took the responsibility to teach and train the time-displaced original five X-Men, who affectionately called her "Professor K".

At this point, she started dating the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Peter Quill, also known as the legendary Star-Lord. This relationship soon pushed her to confront her fears of space, and later also the fears she had of losing control of her powers that had affected her for so long. After a nasty incident with an ancient cosmic artifact, she conquered said fears and decided she wanted to live in space with Peter Quill. Kitty also joined the Guardians of the Galaxy, as the new Star-Lord, taking the place of Quill in the team while he was busy being the King of the Spartax empire. She spend sixteen months living with the Guardians, and eight being the Star-Lord without Quill. But soon, unfortunately for Quill, the politicians of his Empire turned on him after a nasty event with the Kree. Peter once again returned to the team so Kitty changed her codename to Star-Lady. The team kept having adventures together until one day Carol Danvers requested their aid to deal with a fight between super-heroes on Earth about a new Inhuman who could predict future events. During this fight, the Guardians' ship was blown up and all the team got stranded on Earth. Kitty decided it was best for her to quit the super-hero life again and try to live a normal life dedicated to pursue her dreams.

However, after a few weeks after this decision, Storm knocked at her door, asking her to come back to the X-Men. Kitty didn't want to go back, especially after all the X-Men had done in the past under the various other leaders, including Storm. But Ororo promised her things would be different now, because she was willing to give Kitty the position of leader and headmistress of the school. Even with this, Kitty was doubtful, but after seeing the current state of the school after the war with the Inhumans, she accepted to come back and lead the X-Men.

When all of mutantdom moves to Krakoa, Katenote , can only get there by boat, as she's the only mutant the gates won't work for, joins the Hellfire Trading Corporation as the Red Queen and sails the world liberating mutants from countries which won't let them leave. This position also gives her one of the twelve seats on the Quiet Council, Krakoa's governing body.

As an X-Man, her greatest assets are her cleverness, hacking skills, athleticism, physical combat training, and her natural ability to lead; as well as her powers that have become stronger with time (after the Black Vortex saga, her control over her powers is almost complete, being able to phase and unphase objects of any size at will without much effort. And all this without counting her multiverse cosmical godly powers that are still dormant inside).

Also she has been engaged to marry more than once, most famously to both Peter Rasputin and Peter Quill (she willingly said 'yes' to both). Despite this, she never went through with it, and remains up to this day, forever single.

Her popularity had a profound effect on the real-life Kitty Pryde who changed her name (shortened it actually) to avoid the unwanted attention of comic fans. She has no relation to the artist Kitty Pryde.


  • Action Girl: She goes into action not only with her intangibility powers, but she also possess natural martial arts skills, taught by Wolverine.
  • Affectionate Nickname: "Kitty" is a nickname to begin with. Colossus calls her "Katya". In her early days in the X-Men, Storm called her "Kitten", Nightcrawler "Kätzchen" ('Kitten' in German) and Wolverine "Pun'kin". Even Magneto has a moment, right before he passes out from exhaustion after retrieving her in bullet form, he calls her "tzatzkeleh", a Yiddish word meaning "kitten".
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Colossus aside, she clearly likes men who have a dark side and an edge. Somewhat exaggerated in her relationship with Star-Lord. Quill was working hard to become a man who a good girl like Kitty could love, but she just wanted him to be as bad as he could be without harming innocents or killing anyone, and take her with him of course.
    Kitty: "Peter... let's do something bad." (Peter laughs thinking she meant something sexual) "Not like that, you perv. I wanna do bad things like you do."
  • And Show It to You: In a "What If?" story, Kitty phases her hand into Emma Frost's chest cavity from behind and then out through the front of her chest, ripping out her heart in the process. Emma survives just long enough to see her own heart in Kitty's hand.
    Kitty: Huh, whaddaya know? Never imagined you actually had one of these.
  • Audience Surrogate: Shadowcat is the primary narrator and the POV tends to focus on her in Astonishing X-Men.
  • Author Appeal: To quite a few authors.
    • Brian Michael Bendis has been vocal in the past about her being his Comic Crush. She became a supporting character and love interest to Spider-Man in Ultimate Spider-Man, and then a lead character in All-New X-Men.
    • Joss Whedon states in the intro to his Fray comics that Kitty was his childhood crush, and she was an important character during his run in Astonishing X-Men. He also has acknowledged that Kitty Pryde was an inspiration for Buffy Summers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
    • Warren Ellis infamously aged her up so that she could enter a relationship with his Author Avatar, Peter Wisdom.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Either her full name Katherine Pryde or her nickname Kitty Pryde, both of them sound cool.
  • Badass Adorable: An incredibly adorable and dorky Jewish brunette with the power to be virtually untouchable and phase her fingers through your brain. She grows more badass over the years as she gets further combat training from other characters to the point she becomes the leader of the X-Men at various times.
  • Badass Bookworm: In addition to knowing martial arts, she is good with computers.
  • Brainy Brunette: She's an expert in the field of computer science, demonstrating genius-level aptitude for programming, modifying, and diagnosing almost any computer system: even those of unfamiliar human and extraterrestrial origin.
  • Break-Up/Make-Up Scenario: She subverted this trope for years. For every "Break Up" scenario she had, there was never a "Make up" scenario happening afterwards. Colossus was the closest to it after they broke up, they decided to stay friends until they got together again after 20 years, but then they broke up again. After so many years, she finally got one of these on "The Black Vortex", where she started fighting with her boyfriend, Peter Quill, over if using the Vortex was a good idea, after many disasters and her almost dying, Quill realized his mistake and apologize to her which prompts her to forgive him and break out the L word.
  • Badass Teacher / Cool Teacher: Becomes one for timely-displaced original five X-Men.
  • Battle Couple: Her with all of her boyfriends.&
  • Beginner's Luck: In her first appearance, the Hellfire Club has completely defeated and captured the X-Men except for her who luckily phased through the wall out of fear. Later, thanks to her powers, she quietly infiltrates Emma Frost's ship and headquarters, calls the X-Men for help and manages to rescue Wolverine (although she is finally defeated after rescuing him).
  • Boyish Short Hair: Even when her most well known appearance is with long hair, there have been times when she sported short haircuts. It usually comes with a darker or more serious attitude for her.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Done by Ogun, Wolverine's Evil Mentor. She got better thanks to Wolverine and his friend Yukio.
  • But I Can't Be Pregnant!: A small story arc in Wolverine and the X-Men. It turns out she was right, she wasn't pregnant. She was infected with Brood.
  • Character Development: She started out as a slightly whiny and tantrum-prone teenager who preferred the company of the good-looking X-Men like Storm and Colossus while shunning Wolverine and Nightcrawler, and whose answer to every challenge was just walk through it and run away. Now? She's one of the most levelheaded and reliable X-Men, and Wolverine and Nightcrawler are among her closest friends.
  • Code Name: Flip-flopped. She had a couple of early pseudonyms, Ariel and Sprite: eventually she settled on Shadowcat: more recently, she inherited 'Star Lord' (but doesn't use it much, what with the gender-specific implication.) However, her real name hasn't been kept secret and many just refer to her by name.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Byrne drew her to look like an adolescent Sigourney Weaver.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: The mini-series "Kitty Pryde and Wolverine" was this for her.
  • Conflict Ball: She seems to always hold this one when interacting with Emma Frost, sometimes even provoking her for no reason at all. There's a long and unpleasant history between them, and she isn't inclined to value a Heel–Face Turn on the part of the woman who's tried to kill her and her friends so many times.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not often, but pretty good when she does.
  • Dimensional Traveler: Sometimes when her powers are suped up she can phase through dimensional walls.
  • Dragon Rider: Lockheed occasionally has the ability to grow large enough to carry her and the other X-Men. (It's usually inverted, since her shoulder is his preferred method of travel.)
  • Dragon Tamer: She has a cat-sized pet alien dragon named Lockheed that is smart enough to understand human speech and is a surprisingly formidable combatant for his size.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Karma, a lesbian member in New Mutants, had a one-sided crush on Kitty.
  • Face–Heel Turn: She's one of heroes who is inverted into evil in AXIS and appears as main antagonist in tie-in comic AXIS: Revolutions #3. That is, at least, until the reinversion spell was cast, however.
  • Face Your Fears: Kitty was terrified of space; but at the same time, she started a relationship with famous space outlaw Peter Quill. Naturally, Quill was captured and it was up to Kitty to conquer her fears and go rescue him. She did it and later, Peter helped her to overcome her fear completely to the point of her deciding to stay in space with him.
  • The Fatalist: Inverted; she's well aware that a lot of people hate her for being a mutant, and has even dealt with anti-Semitism on several occasions, but she takes it in stride.
    Kitty: I've been an X-Man since I was fourteen. It's like wearing a big sign saying "Please try and kill me, I like it."
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Emma Frost. Contrast their relationship in Astonishing X-men (spite and hate) with the one they have in Marauders(trust, love and loyalty).
  • Forgot About His Powers: Writers sometimes forget that, after the events of the Kitty Pryde and Wolverine miniseries, she's a highly competent martial artist and formidable kunoichi.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Whenever she gets a crush on a man she would get very jealous of any other girl giving him attention or vice-versa and either lash out at them or scheme to sabotage them. She seems to have mostly grown out of it.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: While it's great on defense, insubstantiality doesn't seem like it would be much good for winning fights. But you'd be surprised. Not to mention the multiple occasions where she and alternate versions of herself are said to have a mind existing on multiple planes of existence, in one continuity being compared to Jean Grey's mind. She can also phase her hands into your brain to induce aneurysms or take out your heart if she gets the urge.
  • Has a Type: Kitty seems to prefer guys named "Peter." In one language or another, anyway. She's had relationships with Colossus (Pyotr Rasputin), Star-Lord (Peter Quill), and Pete Wisdom. In the Ultimate comics, Kitty even dated Spider-Man—Peter Parker, not Miles Morales.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: At the end of Joss Whedon's run, she used her power to phase the Breakworld warhead through the Earth and any other planet in its path, with the side effect of trapping her within it for all time. Fortunately, Magneto pulled her out of it when Matt Fraction took over.
  • Hitler's Time Travel Exemption Act: In X-Men: True Friends, when Kitty and Rachel Summers are sent back through time to the late '30s, Kitty gives serious thought to assassinating Hitler and most of his cabinet. Instead, she ends up helping rescue Rachel from the Shadow King, while protecting a young girl named Lilibet from Wolfgang Von Strucker.
  • Hollywood Nerd: She is supposed to be this. In the past, she was the awkward little girl who was not that attractive (at least in-universe), read comics and played videogames, and was a genius with computers. However, nowadays her looks have considerably improved, her geekeness has diminished almost completely, and her genius brain is barely referenced or even used anymore.
  • Hot Teacher: She is a teacher who is considered quite hot nowadays (even when it used to be the contrary in-universe before). Funnily subverted with young Iceman who didn't consider her hot at all, even though his older self was actually dating her at the time.
  • I Am What I Am: She gives one of these speeches to the Original 5 while discussing whether mutants should be proud of being called that or not.
  • Ideal Hero: Everyone thinks she is this so much to the point that, after the Schism, Cyclops remarked how she was the teammate he regretted losing the most because she was the best of them. Of course, in reality she isn't as "ideal" as everyone think she is, and she is always up to the idea of having some fun doing the "wrong" things, but she always tries to be the best person she can and knows which are the lines she will never cross very well.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: When she and Colossus finally consummated their relationship, Kitty's phasing powers kicked in mid-coitus and she ended up in the TV lounge... behind the sofa on which a much younger student was sitting.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: During her time on Excalibur an examination showed her connection to the incredibly dark magic of the soulsword but also evaluated her as so pure in character she should be able to use it untainted.
  • Intangibility: Her mutant ability to not fall through the floor, while not explained well, has nothing to do with the actual, physical floor (which she can pass through if she chooses) and, as such, can be used without a floor. She often walks on air by visualizing an invisible staircase. Later works have treated it as slow flight. This tends not to show up in adaptations.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Many. Wolverine and Storm who are older; and X-23 who is younger.
  • Jewish and Nerdy: She's Jewish and in the comics, she wears Star of David necklace.
    • Matzo Fever: Kitty has had no shortage of admirers, both in-universe and out.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She can be this with everyone, sometimes without even knowing it thanks to her stubborn personality.
  • Karma Houdini: The fallout of X-Men Gold #30. Piotr is astonishingly chill with Kitty literally calling the wedding off as he's trying to put her ring on. So chill, in fact, that Kitty thinks things are cool... and is then surprised to find Piotr leaving after the wedding. At no point does anyone particularly mention that she humiliated them in front of all their friends.
  • Kid Sidekick: She started out as a sidekick to Wolverine until she had grown into an independent woman when she moved to Excalibur.
  • Kryptonite Factor: There are some substance which she can't phase easily like Adamantium which causes her a great deal of pain when phasing through hit. Also, even while phased she can be poisoned or susceptible to gas agents.
    • Kitty's big weak point is that while she's intangible, she can't breathe, so she can only stay phased for as long as she can hold her breath.
    • In a crossover with the Teen Titans, Darkseid used shackles Kitty couldn't phase through. He explained that the shackles were absolutely frozen and molecularly dense, so there was no space between the atoms for her body to slip through.
  • The Leader: She is the team leader of the original X-Men while they are in the present.
  • "Leave Your Quest" Test: She tried to get out of the superhero lifestyle a few times. The longest might have been when she decided she had had enough of the superhero life, after Colossus died to cure the Legacy virus, so she left the X-Men and tried to start a normal life and achieve Xavier dream without having to fight in the X-Men. Of course, after a while, she was dragged back again into the X-Men and has stayed there ever since.
    Rachel: (while rebuilding the X-Mansion) Must drive you crazy, Kitty. Every time you try to bust loose of this place, you get pulled in.
  • Little Miss Badass: She's a master ninja (and experienced superhero and expert hacker) by the age of 14, thanks in part to some Year Inside, Hour Outside training by Wolverine's Evil Mentor.
  • McNinja: Aside from being possessed by Ogun which turned her into one, Wolverine also taught her to become skillful enough in the Japanese martial arts, including kendo and ninjutsu, to contend against Ogun.
  • Morality Pet: Is sometimes this role for Wolverine.
  • Naïve Newcomer: She starts as one.
  • Never Speak Ill of the Dead: She got mad at her boyfriend Peter Quill for calling Wolverine, who had recently died, a "roughneck badass" and kept demanding an apology until Quill finally gave her one.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Mutant ninja hacker genius superhero. With a pet dragon.
  • Not Afraid of You Anymore: After being possessed and abused by Ogun, Kitty was very afraid of him and of the idea of becoming him. After a harsh training under Wolverine, she finally overcame her fears; confronted Ogun, no longer afraid of him, and defeated him.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Ultimately Subverted; Kitty was originally envisioned as the team's teenager but Chris Claremont actually keep aging her up during his run. Later, editors begrudgingly aged her even more during Excalibur so that her relationship with Pete Wisdom didn't look too creepy.
  • Not Quite Flight: Kitty can walk on air. Which gets her where she needs to go, but at a normal walking pace.
  • Official Couple: She has had many partners. Colossus, Pete Wisdom, Iceman, Star-Lord.
  • Older and Wiser: She was the youngest member of the X-Men at the time of her debut, nowadays she is replacing Professor X as the leader and teacher of the Original X-Men. She also was the Head-Mistress of the new Jean Grey school for a time and at one point this was even lampshaded by her pointing out how the students were referring now to her as she used to do it with the Professor.
  • Old Flame: After she found Colossus still alive during Astonishing X-Men, they both realized they still liked each other a lot. They tried to make it work again and for some time it worked, but ultimately, they broke up again.
  • Old Shame: In-Universe, the "roller disco" outfit described below in Rummage Sale Reject. In one issue, she burns it, while in another, Iceman teases her about it.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: Her atrocious attempt to design her own outfit keeps popping up at times to embarrass her.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted, not only has she dated to three guys named Peter, but it turns out that she named a childhood pet Peter as well.
  • The One That Got Away: Pete Wisdom might be the only guy so far to be this for her. Colossus was this back in the 80s but nowadays he's not anymore after they got back together and Kitty dumped him this time.
  • Pillars of Moral Character: She's regularly demonstrated to have exceptional moral character among her peers. She's gotten away with using the n-word twice to make a point when racism against mutants is demonstrated by her black human friends. During the Black Vortex crossover event she's the only person who submits to the eponymous artifact out of necessity and thus retains her sense of self and not go mad with the power it gives her.
  • Power Incontinence:
    • Back in the 80s, Shadowcat was stuck in her ghost state after her powers went haywire when she tried to phase an injured Rogue through the signature weapon of the Marauder Harpoon in the Mutant Massacre crossover.
    • In the Utopia era, she was brought out of the space bullet by the repowered Magneto. However, because she had been in her phased state too long, she was now stuck in her ghost state and not to mention, she could not speak or touch anyone.
  • Primal Fear: One of the things she used to fear the most, despite her superhero lifestyle, was death. Also, another thing she started fearing a lot was space thanks to her experience inside the giant bullet that almost killed her and left her in a permanent state of phasing for a time.
  • Religious Bruiser: Is Jewish and devout.
  • Resurrection/Death Loop: In Marauders, Kate (who was having problems with her interactions with Krakoa already) gets killed by the Sebastian Shaw in Issue 6, and every attempt to revive her through the Five's method ends with her dying in her egg. It wasn't until Issue 11 when Emma Frost realizes that Kate's natural instinct is to phase through rather than fight, and helps Kate leave her egg by mentally making her phase through it during the eighteenth attempt to revive her.
  • Ret-Canon: Her relationship with Iceman was done first on the X-Men films and later was incorporated on the adaptation Wolverine and the X-Men. In 2011 when the comic that was named the same debuted (not an adaptation of the series but part of the main Marvel Universe), she started dating Iceman.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Her airwalk ability is necessary for her phasing ability as a whole to make sense because without it there’s nothing keeping her from falling through the ground if she tries to walk through an entirely solid object since her entire body would need to phase through it.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: She is really close with Illyana Rasputin. Also with Karma in Mekanix and New Mutants: Karma had a possibly unrequited crush on her.
    • Her friendship with Rachel Grey-Summers also gives off this vibe.
  • Rummage Sale Reject: In her early days on the team Kitty attempted to design her own costume a number of times. As these were always based on what a girl her age would supposedly consider cool - in the '80s - they were always hideous. Most notable is the Dazzler-inspired one that included a whole array of eye-searing colors, metallic gold tights, leg warmers, and roller skates. Probably the only time Professor X has sent an X-Man back to her room to change before the mission.
  • Running Gag:
  • Seen It All: In her more recent appearances. When she's in a leadership role it can come off as Comically Serious, since most of the things she once thought of as 'impossible' have happened already.
  • She Is the King: She takes on Peter Quill's moniker as Star-Lord, even though she should technically be called "Star-Lady".
  • Shoulder-Sized Dragon: Lockheed, her pet dragon.
  • Student and Master Team: She and Wolverine. At first, Wolverine started to train her after she left the X-Men and escaped to Japan. But "Wolverine: First Class" retconned this and made Wolverine her personal teacher since she joined the X-Men.
  • Swapped Roles: Kitty Pryde, who was 13 and a half when she joined the X-Men, studied under Jean and learned techniques for handling telepathic issues. Now in All-New X-Men, she's an adult, teaching 16-year-old Jean from the past those same techniques.
  • The Smart Girl: Her role in Excalibur.
  • Tagalong Kid: The Trope Codifier for the X-Men franchise. She was the first teenager to join the team after the original cast had grown up. Originally, Kitty was supposed to remain a teenager, but this was eventually changed. Her dynamic with the team, particularly Wolverine, would be duplicated in other media with characters like Jubilee and Rogue.
  • Take Up My Sword: When Professor X died, Kitty was the one who wound up taking charge of the School and trying to carry on his crusade.
  • Team Pet: She has Lockheed the dragon: however, she always insists people to refer him as her friend instead of a 'pet'.
  • They Do: She gets engaged to Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord) after the Black Vortex. Subverted in that they broke up before they could get married.
    • As of X-Men: Gold #20, Kitty has asked Piotr Rasputin to marry her. Marvel has announced that issue #30 will feature the two of them tying the knot in the "Wedding of the Century".
      • Nope, she calls it off at the last moment, Rogue and Gambit get hitched though.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: She and Illyana Rasputin are a subversion. Both are kick butt girly girls.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: One of her most famous look, popularized by Josh Whedon and John Cassaday in their Astonishing X-Men run. She usually uses this hairstyle while in uniform nowadays.
  • Took a Level in Badass: She started out as a naive newcomer but after a few years of character development she became a ninja hacker ballet-dancing genius.
    • An old enemy of Logan's got hold of Kitty in the infamous "Kitty Pryde & Wolverine" limited series and taught her ninjitsu, the better to find and assassinate Logan himself. Kitty retained some of that skill set, and augmented it later with Krav Maga lessons from Wolverine. Kitty is a surprisingly adept unarmed combatant, and is very good at mixing it with her phasing ability.
    • Gained yet another level during the events of The Black Vortex where she became cosmically empowered allowing her to phase an entire planet.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After Teen Scott leaves in All-New X-Men, she acts like a jerk to Modern Scott and says she doesn't want Scott and Teen Jean alone, since Teen Jean showed some attraction to Scott... even though she admits that Scott handled the situation well. Then, she berates Teen Angel for letting X-23 leave, even though there's nothing he could've done outside knocking her out, which he probably couldn't even have done.
    • As she berates Teen Angel, she half admits that the reason for her shift in attitude, temporary as it is, is that she's trying to keep her students safe and feels like she's losing control.
  • Tuckerization: Byrne took her surname from a classmate at art school, promising to use it for his first original character.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Kitty is Jewish and female. As of Marauders #12, she is also bisexual making her a threefer minority character.
  • Valley Girl: She's book smart, but has been portrayed as ditzy and slightly shallow at times. This was Flanderized almost beyond recognition in the first episodes of X-Men: Evolution, where the Illinois born and raised Kitty spoke like a 1980s California stereotype.
  • Walking Techbane: If she phases through anything electrical, it shorts out. This makes throwing her at a Sentinel's head a viable attack, and was used by Chris Claremont to let her beat Rogue and Phoenix by phasing through their brains.
    • This backfired in "I, Magneto" when she tried to phase through the Master of Magnetism, whose nervous system is supercharged. The feedback nearly killed her (and Magneto thought it had, eventually prompting his first Character Development inspired Heel–Face Turn).
  • What Does She See in Him?: Everyone's reaction when she was dating Pete Wisdom.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Piotr and Kitty in particular have had a strife-ridden relationship and the latest chapter in the story of their relationship happens in X-Men Gold. After Piotr proposed to her and Kitty asked for time to think about it, Kitty proposed back in Gold #20. Unfortunately, in Gold #30, Kitty decided to back out at the last minute because of their history, to the point where her powers trigger when he tries to put the ring on in front of all their friends. AND THEN, in #31, she's surprised and upset when he tries to leave without saying good-bye.
  • Working with the Ex: She had to work with Colossus in Excalibur while dating Pete Wisdom. Later, the roles were reversed and Kitty had to work on a short mission with Wisdom while she was thinking about dating Colossus again. A funnier version of this happened on All New X-Men, where Kitty became the teacher of a younger version of Iceman, the guy she broke up with not long before.
    • Subverted during her stint with the Guardians of the Galaxy as Peter Quill left the team exactly during the time they broke up. They got back together almost as soon as Peter went back to the team.
    • More recently she took the leadership position in X-Men: Gold and is working with Colossus again. Despite her initially telling Peter that she has moved on and didn't want to get romantically entangled with anyone named "Peter" again, she later admitted that the attraction is still there, and as of Issue #11, the two of them appear to be getting back together.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Kitty attempted to use a cross on Dracula, but Drac in the Marvel Universe is only vulnerable to holy symbols related to a person's beliefs. Fortunately for Kitty, she wears a Star of David around her neck.

    Lockheed 

Lockheed

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Notable Aliases: Frumious Bandersnatch

Nationality: Flock, Krakoan

Species: Flock

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #166 (February, 1983)

Lockheed is a purple, winged, quadrupedal alien that resembles a small dragon. He is the longtime companion of Kitty Pryde with whom he shares a special bond. He is a valued member of the X-Men and founding member of The Pet Avengers.


  • Breath Weapon: He wouldn't be a dragon without a fire breath.
  • Familiar: The relationship between Kitty Pryde and her pet dragon, Lockheed, fits the trope fairly nicely, despite not being of a supernatural nature.
  • Killer Rabbit: Lockheed, a tiny sapient alien dragon that befriended Kitty Pryde. He's so adorable that most people tend to forget the "sapient" and "dragon" parts.
    • In his introduction, the Brood were running terrified from him as he burnt their nests. The X-Men assumed he was some terrible monster until they finally saw him...
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Small but intelligent, he's Kitty Pryde's partner. He also gets along with Magik.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Has many traits which western society considers common to dragons. He's reptilian, he has wings he uses to fly, he has a long snout with sharp teeth, breathes fire, and demonstrates intelligence beyond that of an animal. He is different from other dragons in that he's about the same size as a domestic cat, is purple, didn't say a word for many years despite being capable of speech, sometimes stands on his hind legs, and seems to have opposable thumbs on his front legs, He's a Flock, which are aliens that look very similar to dragons.
  • Parrot Pet Position: Lockheed often rides on Kitty Pryde's shoulder, though in a twist on this trope he actually considers her to be his pet.
  • Purple Is Powerful: His body is purple and he should not be underestimated because of his size.
  • Runaway Groom: Actually Lockheed did not abandon his fiancée at the altar out of malice, but rather the abandonment of The Flock and his fiancée because he went to Earth with Kitty Pryde after he met her and saved her from a swarm of Brood on the Brood homeworld. As he recovers from the wounds obtained from fighting Doctor Doom, his astral form is seized by the Flock and put on trial for treason for abandoning his species and his fiancée. After managing to explain his motives and save his teammates from a piloting accident, he is officially exiled from his race, but on friendly terms.
  • Shoulder-Sized Dragon: He's small enough to ride on Kitty's shoulder.
  • Team Pet: He, when Kitty Pryde is on the team, most of the time. Lockheed isn't harmless, though — when roused to fighting fury, he's single-handedly routed Brood hunter packs and utterly annihilated an entire squad of alien Sidri hunters. Both have given respectable fights to experienced X-Men. He can also speak and has actually been spying on the X-Men, albeit benevolently, for quite some time.
  • This Is My Human: Some X-Men stories imply that Lockheed regards Kitty Pryde this way. In Whedon's run on Astonishing X-Men, it is revealed that Lockheed is very intelligent, and was working for SWORD to spy on the X-Men. Presumably he was doing so in part to protect "his girl".

    Rogue 

Anna Marie LeBeau / Rogue

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All the looks of Rogue. Artwork by Russell Dauterman

Nationality: American

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: Avengers Annual #10 (August, 1981)

"When ah went to the X-Men, ah was desperate. They had every reason to turn me away. But they didn't. Ah figured if they believed in me, ah owed it to them to believe in myself. To try. To get better. Ah found out ah could. So much more than ah ever imagined possible. Ah'm still learnin' that. Biggest lesson was that there were people who cared enough to help...but at the end of the day, it was up to me. Ah ain't gonna lie. It was hard. Still is. And ah live knowin' it could all unravel if ah make one wrong move. But it all started with someone believing in me. And me takin' that first step. Ah believe in you. Now it's your move."
Anna Marie (Rogue)

Rogue is a Marvel Comics superheroine associated with X-Men. Her real name is Anna Marie with an unrevealed surname. She's also sometimes known as "Anna Raven", taken from her adoptive mother's name, Raven Darkholme a.k.a. Mystique. She was created by Chris Claremont and Michael Golden, introduced into the Marvel Universe in Avengers Annual #10 in 1981.

Anna Marie is a mutant girl with the power to temporarily absorb superpowers and memories from anyone she touches. It's potentially fatal and permanent if contact is held too long. She's a Southern run away from a family in Mississippi and was adopted by Mystique and Destiny (though canon is inconsistent on whether she ran away because of or before her powers manifested) and joined the Brotherhood of Mutants. During her debut, she hospitalized the superheroine Ms. Marvel by permanently absorbing her powers of super-strength and flight; after a 2-issue battle against Dazzler (issues #22-23), Rogue sought out and joined the X-Men in Uncanny X-Men #171, when the psychic imprints she had absorbed threatened to drive her insane. She went on from that point to become a mainstay in the X-Men's roster.

She has a long off and on romance with The Charmer Gambit, which culminated in their getting married. In the 2000s, with the help of Professor Xavier and Danger, she gained the ability to control her powers.

After the event Avengers vs. X-Men, Rogue joined the Uncanny Avengers, a team formed as a mix of two of Marvel's most famous teams, The Avengers and the X-Men. Other X-Men members who joined this team include Sunfire and Wolverine (until his death). She temporarily left the team because of a Face–Heel Turn during the AXIS storyline.

She was also featured in the fourth volume of Adjectiveless X-Men which features an all-female cast including Storm, Jubilee, Rogue, Kitty Pryde, Rachel Grey, and Psylocke. Rogue was removed from this series' cast after the Battle of the Atom crossover, to avoid contradicting her temporary death in Uncanny Avengers.

In 2018, after many years of Will They or Won't They?, she and Gambit tied the knot in X-Men: Gold #30.


  • '80s Hair: Her big mass o' Jim Lee given curls, as shown through X-Men: The Animated Series.
  • Abusive Parents: Anna's relationship with Mystique is complicated. Raven was a genuinely loving adoptive mother, but she did sort of raise her into the mutant terrorist life, and took it very personally when Rogue left her to go to the X-Men for help. Since then, Mystique has occasionally made it her business to interfere in Rogue's life (and especially her love life) whether Rogue wants it or not.
  • Action Girl: Rogue is one of the strongest and most competent female X-Men, putting her fighting prowess to good use in every battle and taking out swarms of enemies alone on several occasions. Her various acts of heroism cement her as one of the most iconic members of the team.
  • Adaptational Heroism: She's an interesting example as Rogue has been consistently portrayed as a hero for decades in the main comics, however, most adaptations or Alternate Universe stories either remove her background as a supervillain or significantly downgrade it into her being a petty thief/con artist.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Faced with a choice between Joseph and Gambit, Rogue, of course, chooses Gambit, even telling Remy that she always loved him.
  • Amazonian Beauty: She is very beautiful and well-muscled (Depending on the Artist).
  • Anti-Hero: Currently of the "Disney Antihero" type, but where she falls has depended on the various writers.
  • Assimilation Backfire: On occasion, touching someone can mean Rogue gets far more than she bargained for, one way or another. Absorbing Carol Danvers eventually nearly got Rogue's mind take over by Danvers completely (and in one What If...?, it happened permanently), or trying to absorb a recently resurrected Hulk. Rogue got shocked by contact with a suicidal Bruce Banner, and the problem of all that Unstoppable Rage.
  • The Atoner: She became this after an encounter with one of Carol Danvers' ex-lovers. Arguably one even before — she shows great remorse when she comes face-to-face with Carol herself, and takes a laser blast for Wolverine, almost dying in the process. Even today, when her and Carol have made up most of their differences and Carol has long since regained her powers, Rogue still feels guilty about it.
  • Backstory Invader: Inverted in one of her solo series, where Blindspot was retconned into being a friend of Rogue and a member of the Brotherhood, but since she has the power to manipulate memories, she was able to erase all knowledge of her existence after going into hiding.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Leeching energy from others is generally something evil characters tend to use, but Rogue tries her best to make it a temporary borrowing boost rather than a selfish draining power.
  • Battle Couple: Rogue and Gambit have had a long, rocky history of on-again-off-again dating. They're both powerful fighters in their own right, and work well together in battle. As of issue #30 of X-Men: Gold, they're even married.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: She was very grateful to Xavier for giving her a chance when nobody else would.
  • Big Damn Kiss: She gives a damn good one to Gambit in Rogue & Gambit #5 on page 16, that shows several images throughout the decades of them kissing.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Showed this around Nate Grey, of all people, back in the 90s, intermittently keeping an eye on him from a distance and trying to help keep him out of trouble. Since Nate was The Dreaded, a Weirdness Magnet even by X-Men standards, and none too eager to join up with the X-Men, there wasn't too much she could do - though she did give Bishop a memorable dressing down when he wound up picking a fight with Nate over concerns that Nate was an irresponsible threat to everyone around him. Remarkably, she was also one of the few people who the Hot-Blooded Nate grudgingly listened to, and actually liked.
  • Blessed with Suck: Yes, technically the ability to copy other mutants' powers by touching them makes her very adaptable, but draining people's life energy whenever she touches them is about as sucky as it gets. And absorbing 'everything else about that person, including memories and personality traits. And she can't not do so, rendering her incapable of having any sort of intimate relationship. At the extreme end, she can essentially steal people's souls and hold on to them forever (happened with Ms. Marvel, but not quite intentionally and Ms. Marvel survived it).
  • Breakout Character: When she was introduced, nothing much was expected of Rogue; her main purpose was helping to counteract the infamous The Avengers #200, as her erasure of Ms. Marvel's mind helped drain most of the emotional trauma Carol suffered due to her Mind Rape and Medical Rape and Impregnate at the hands of Marcus Immortus. After joining the X-Men, Rogue became one of the most popular members of the team.
  • Brown Note Being: She is a being whose touch causes life energy loss.
  • Casual Kink: Uncanny Avengers has her reveal that she and Gambit engage in BDSM. It's actually a plot point since it allows her to free herself after being captured and fight her way out of the Red Skull's base.
  • Clothing Damage: Rare example played as much for drama as Fanservice, happened to her a lot in Claremont's run. Since any skin-to-skin contact activates Rogue's powers, absorbing the powers and psyche of whoever she touches, Rogue naturally favors bodysuits that cover her neck-to-toe. Sadly, despite the X-Men having access to unstable molecule uniforms, Rogue is never provided with one, and her clothes are nowhere near as Nigh-Invulnerable as she herself is (thanks to absorbing Carol Danvers' powers). As such, Rogue's uniform is frequently shredded by enemies, and then Rogue will inadvertently touch or be touched by someone. Sometimes this not only takes an enemy out of the fight, but gives Rogue a power boost to make her even more effective. Other times, the enemy's psyche overwhelms her own, depriving the X-Men of one of their heavy hitters and adding to the strength of the enemy team.
  • Combo Platter Powers: Zigzagging Trope.
    • Invoked. By absorbing multiple power sets within a short period of time, Rogue can literally mix and match powers to suit the situation, allowing herself to become a one-woman army in the right circumstances. For a time, she even had the power to "recall" absorbed powers, so she could invoke literally any and every power she had ever absorbed, allowing for truly broken combinations.
    • Played straight in that, when introduced, Rogue had managed to permanently assimilate several of the powers of Carol Danvers, gaining her Flying Brick and Super Reflexes powers and an even more inconsistent version of Carol's Hyper-Awareness on top of her default Power Parasite mutation. She also had a form of Insanity Immunity during this time; her "doubled" consciousness, due to having Carol's mind copied inside of her own, made her extra resistant to telepathy.
    • Subverted when Rogue eventually lost the powers she had copied from Carol.
    • Played straight again when she gained a permanent copy of several powers of Sunfire, namely his Flight, fiery plasma aura and Hand Blasts of ionized blasts of solar fire. Subverted in that she eventually lost these powers too.
    • Played straight yet again when she regained Flying Brick and Super Reflexes powers by permanently absorbing powers from Wonder Man, in addition to gaining his Immortality power, which means she no longer physically ages, and doesn't need food, water or oxygen.
    • For a short period of time, she was also unable to be recorded by electronic surveillance — this power was ultimately dropped unceremoniously.
  • Composite Character: Movie Rogue = Rogue + Kitty Pryde. Which gets rather awkward when Kitty becomes a main supporting character and a rival for her for Bobby Drake's/Iceman's affections in X3.
  • Containment Clothing: Because of her powers rely on skin contact, she has to wear gloves to prevent herself from affecting others accidentally.
  • Continuity Snarl: After so many writers have done retcons on it, her origin is one huge mess.
  • Depending on the Writer: Whether her absorbing Cyclops' power means she also has his Power Incontinence (which is also one of those things which varies by writer, which doesn't help). Sometimes she does, sometimes she doesn't.
  • Distressed Damsel: Spends some time between X-Men vol 2. issue 200 and the end of Messiah Complex under the ministrations of Mr. Sinister, comatose thanks to having several billion other minds in her head with her.
  • Dub Name Change: In Spanish-translations:
    • She is known as "Pícara" in Spain. A fairly direct translation.
    • Rogue was known as "Titania" in the Mexican dub of the X-Men, which is pretty far from her original name, but was accepted thanks to her super-strength in the series. However, her name wasn't translated from the Venezuelan dub of Xmen Evolution, which took some of the translations from the Mexican dub, and the character name has remained unchanged in future Latin American works involving Rogue.
    • In the Brazilian Portuguese translation, originally for the comics and consistently carried to other media, she's named Vampira, which translates as "[Female] Vampire". The translator said that, as he wasn't able to choose among the many actual translations of her name, he chose Vampira as a reference to her draining powers.
  • Easily Forgiven: Nope. The X-Men collectively gave Xavier a massive What the Hell, Hero? speech for recruiting her after everything she did under Mystique, with Storm threatening to quit immediately if Rogue is given a spot on the team and the entire rest of the team following suit. Even to this day Dazzler holds a bitter grudge against her for her crimes against her and it took until 2019's Captain Marvel before Carol and Rogue finally reconciled, although Carol noted they probably will never be friends.
  • Flying Brick: When she had Ms. Marvel's powers, and again after permanently absorbing the essence of Wonder Man in Uncanny Avengers.
  • Funetik Aksent: A buttload example. Just see the quote above.
  • Good Feels Good: She kissed ROM during her time at the Brotherhood, and instead of absorbing his powers, she instead absorbed at least part of his compassion, kindness, and decency. Much to her shock, she liked it, and by the end of the issue, she was questioning her loyalties. This was a major factor in her Heel–Face Turn.
  • Happily Married: To Gambit, as of 2018.
  • Has Two Mommies: Mystique and Destiny, a bisexual couple, are her adoptive mothers.
  • Heel–Face Turn: One of the most famous comic book examples of a villain-turned-hero, Rogue was an unapologetic member of Mystique's Brotherhood of Mutants and was a recurring enemy of the X-Men, the Avengers, and Dazzler in her solo series.
  • Iconic Outfit: Rogue basically has two, the green suit with light green or white trimmings and a hood which she wore from her first appearance to the first Secret War, and the green and yellow suit worn with a headband and a bomber jacket which Jim Lee introduced in X-Men vol. 2 #1 and which she wore throughout most of the 1990s and in the animated series. In between and since then she has often changed her costume, but she did return to variants of her original costume on a number of occasions. Also, considering that she only wore it in Uncanny X-Men #269 and 274, the makeshift costume she made from odds and ends in the Savage Land is still insanely popular with cosplayers, fan-artists and other fans.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How she was killed by the Horseman of Death Grim Reaper in Uncanny Avengers #14. Turns out that Death Is Cheap.
  • Implied Rape: Was once captured by Genoshans with a mutant being able to turn off her Touch of Death powers. While they never used rape, it was implied that she was molested. The experience was so traumatizing that she let the Carol Danvers psyche take over to cope.
  • Kiss of Death: Her best-known application of her power was by kissing an (Always Male) adversary and absorbing his psyche. She did this quite a few times over the course of her career.
  • The Leader: For a brief while, led one of the X-Men's teams (the "adjectiveless" one). It didn't end well.
  • The Lost Lenore: For years, she was haunted by Cody, the first boy she ever kissed, who was left in a lifelong coma because of her powers. This is exploited in her 1997 series, where supervillains Belladonna and Candra kidnap Cody as part of a plan to get revenge on her.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: She and Remy take turns on this. Early on, Gambit was the one hot for Rogue, with her being extremely wishy-washy about her desire to be with him and angsting about her powers and past. Then, when she got over it and finally returned his feelings, his Dark and Troubled Past came to light and he became the wishy-washy party. From then on, it's continuously jumped back-and-forth between the two. In particular, during his 2012 series, Rogue becomes hostile to Gambit's new lover as the three work together, and when he calls her out on her attitude, she says she still loves him.
  • May–December Romance: In more than one alternate universe — in the Age of Apocalypse universe, even gaining some sort of control over her powers, enough to mother at least one child by Magneto. After X-Men Legacy #249, it seemed a full romance would develop, however this was based on fake memories from Age of X, until she ended it in X-Men Legacy #274.
  • Meta Power: Can absorb the powers, memories, and skills of any person she touches. Unfortunately, she isn't in control of this power and has to wear a full body costume to avoid draining someone to the point of death when she touches them.
  • Moral Event Horizon: In-Universe, she obsessed over feeling she'd crossed it due to her actions with the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants — it took her at least 10 issues to realize she was not as irredeemable as she believed.
  • Most Common Super Power: She has some very buxom breasts. Especially in the X-Men: The Animated Series.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She is a very attractive, red-haired Southern Belle woman who tends to wear costumes that highlight her very buxom breasts, voluptuous yet athletic body, long toned legs, toned stomach and big butt.
  • My Skull Runneth Over: Variation: this is an unfortunate by-product of her absorbing powers. She retains pieces of the psyches and personalities she drains even after the powers fade. This was the reason behind her Heel–Face Turn, and it's gotten better or worse by varying degrees over the years. During one storyline, just before Messiah Complex, she wound up absorb a living weapon composed of the population of at least one planet, and several billion minds it had picked up on the way to Earth. It took a touch with Hope Summers to purge her of it.
  • Not Blood Siblings: With Mystique's biological son, Nightcrawler; the two of them often flirt shamelessly.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: She is known as "Rogue" to everyone. Her real name was revealed in the comics around the time when the X-Men movies came out. Her last name, though, is still a mystery despite the readers now knowing her past. In X-Men Forever, her full name, apparently, is, ironically enough, "Anna Marie Raven."
  • Playing Card Motifs: Inextricably linked to the Queen of Hearts thanks to her relationship with Gambit.
  • Playing with Fire: When she stole Sunfire's powers.
  • Power Copying: She is possibly the best-known example in the world of comics. However, her power works on bare skin contact and works whether she wants it to or not and, in most cases, puts the "donor" into a coma that lasts as long as the powers are transferred to Rogue. In the Ultimate Marvel and the X-Men Film Series, she even sucks the life out of the victim. This has been a constant source of angst, but since then she has gained better control so that touching people isn't always a near death sentence.
  • Power Creep, Power Seep: Just how long does she hold powers, and just how dangerous is her touch? If we don't count times her powers were altered as part of a story ("full control" and "instant death touch" both happened for a reason and were temporary) we've seen her refuse to touch anyone for any reason except under the most extreme circumstances because she'll probably put them in a coma and cause permanent mental damage, and we've seen her casually absorb powers left and right with the donor awakening in a minute or two unharmed. On one occasion, she touched a guest character briefly while giving her water to determine (through memory absorption) if she was telling the truth. The character didn't notice, let alone spend months in a coma or something.
  • Power Incontinence: A long-running problem for her. She later gained full control over her abilities but, as of Uncanny Avengers #23, she's lost control of them again.
  • Power Parasite: It's her superpower, making her a Power Sponge. In her first appearance, she got her Flying Brick ability by absorbing it from Ms Marvel. Since Rogue's power also absorbs memories and personality traits, it took Ms. M years to recover.
  • Progressively Prettier: In her early days with the Brotherhood and then the X-Men, Rogue was something of a string-bean. As the 90s rolled in, and mysteriously around the time Jim Lee started drawing Uncanny, Rogue started "filling out", as it were.
  • Psychic Link: Since Mystique used Hope to purge Rogue of Strain 88 and its effects, the two shared a small psychic link.
  • Rape as Drama: When Rogue is captured by the Genoshans, who have a superpowered individual named Wipeout who "turns off" mutant abilities, some of the Genoshan guards "took liberties" with the depowered Rogue. The comics go out of their way to state (without actually using the word) that Rogue wasn't actually raped, while at the same time making it brutally clear she was, at the very least, molested. Because Rogue had never been able to be physically intimate with someone else because of her mutant ability, the experience was especially traumatic for her, and left some fairly impressive psychological wounds (Rogue lets Carol Danvers' personality take "the driver's seat" for the entire remainder of her time in Genosha specifically because it's the only way she can cope). Mr. And Mrs. X indicates that the fear of ever being in such a vulnerable position again is part of why she can't control her powers; if nobody can touch her then nobody can hurt her.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: The X-Men were not happy at all when Professor X foisted her on them (it insured Binary would never join), and it took some time and no little heroism on her part to earn their trust. Not long after managing that, Dazzler joined up with her own unresolved grudges.
  • Relationship Revolving Door: Rogue and Gambit are constantly hooking up, breaking up for whatever reason, and getting back together as they manage to overcome whatever the latest bout of insecurity is. Both characters have a lot of emotional baggage and legitimate reasons to distrust each other, but at the same time they also love each other intensely and can understand each other. The 2018 mini-serial "Rogue & Gambit" actually revolves around the two getting couples therapy, which grows to include seeing each other's perspective on events from their history.
    • Finally, X-Men: Gold #30 saw the two of them get married.
  • The Runaway: All versions of the backstory of Rogue have her running away from home as a young teen or pre-teen, although no two issues have been able to agree on whether she ran away after her mutation activated and left a boy in a coma, or had already run away from home before that because of an unstable and/or abusive home life.
  • She's Got Legs: They tend to be highlighted by her costumes and other outfits.
  • Ship Sinking: Subverted with Antarctica. The writers, and a good chunk of the readers, assumed that would be the end of the Rogue/Gambit relationship. While it did leave its mark, the relationship eventually recovered and both characters seem perfectly content to forget it ever happened.
  • Skunk Stripe: One of her most distinguishing features is the stripe of white in her brown hair. It may or may not be died in.
  • Southern Belle: Rogue in the hands of Chris Claremont originally was an aversion, as her lower-class origins and tomboy youth on the Mississippi made her more similar to Huckleberry Finn than anything. In a later story she still subverted the trope as she only dreamed of being a Scarlett O'Hara-type belle, while in her everyday life wearing pretty unladylike, sometimes masculine clothes and leading the life of a superhero.
  • Status Quo Is God: More than once, Rogue's managed to shake her death touch, but sooner or later the next writer will come along, and she's right back to "cain't touch yuh!"
  • Superpower Lottery: During a storyline in the early 2000s, she was jumpstarted by Sage and got full access to the powers of everyone she'd ever touched. It didn't last, of course, but it was awesome for a while.
  • Touch of Death: Always a risk with her powers. When she was infected with the Strain 88 virus, if she touched anyone they immediately dropped dead. Seeing a theme here?
  • Touch Telepathy: She can also absorb the knowledge and memories of whoever she touches.
  • Trope Codifier: While Animal Man was the Trope Maker for the Civvie Spandex leather jacket trend of The Dark Age of Comic Books, Rogue really helped make it popular. To this day, she's one of the few characters to have the jacket considered an iconic part of her look, rather than just a passing fad like Black Widow, Crystal, Thunderstrike or Hercules.
  • Tsundere: Especially in the '90s X-Men cartoon.
  • Voluntary Vampire Victim: A number of her teammates and allies have volunteered to be drained by her, often at considerable risk to themselves, for various reasons. In the comics, as well as in the first movie, Wolverine let his healing factor be drained by her, in order to save her life when she was severely wounded. A few times her Power Incontinence was even exploited to force the issue.
  • Why Waste a Wedding?: Marries Gambit in X-Men: Gold #30, after Kitty gets cold feet when she's about to marry Colossus. They even note it would be a shame to waste the ceremony that's been set up just because the original bride & groom called it off at the last moment.
  • Wrench Wench: Rogue is a highly skilled mechanic, who has worked on various vehicles from motorcycles to the Blackbird.
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    Phoenix II / Marvel Girl III / Prestige 

Rachel "Ray" Anne Summers/Grey / Prestige

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Nationality: American (Earth-811)

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: X-Men #141 (January, 1981)

"I'm not my mother. I'm not Phoenix. I'm my own woman... and before I'm done... they'll wish I were the Phoenix."
Rachel Summers, Uncanny X-Men #468

Rachel Summers, or Rachel Grey, and also known with the alias Phoenix, Marvel Girl and Prestige, is a Marvel Comics mutant superheroine who is associated with the X-Men. She debuted in X-Men #141 (January 1981), as part of the Days of Future Past storyline. Her first appearance in the main Marvel Universe would come three years later in New Mutants #18. She was created by Chris Claremont, John Byrne, and John Romita, Jr..

Rachel is the daughter of Cyclops and Jean Grey from an alternate dystopian future timeline where Senator Robert Kelly was assassinated, and as a result, the Sentinels were allowed to take over the world. Rachel used her telepathy to send Katherine Pryde's mind to the past so she could save Senator Kelly. Katherine succeeded but their timeline remained unchanged, so Rachel used the Phoenix Force to go back in time and find out what had gone wrong. Rachel discovered she was stuck into an alternate timeline where her mother was dead and her father married to Madelyne Pryor. She'd join the X-Men and later Excalibur.

Rachel remained with the team until her parents' wedding in X-Men #30. Then she travelled to another far-flung remote future where the Earth was a desert world ruled by Apocalypse. Rachel founded the Askani in order to oppose him, and brought Scott and Jean to the future to raise Cable.

However, the events of The Twelve changed the timeline, and Rachel was kidnapped by a cyborg soldier called Gaunt. She was rescued and brought back to the present by her brother Cable, and attempted to lead a normal life until circumstances forced her to join the X-Men again.

Rachel was Marvel's first (of many) "child from the future" characters, one of the best known, and one of the very few who stuck around. In addition to her mother's telepathy and telekinesis, Rachel can also send her astral form through time and across realities. She doesn't do this often though, since outside her stint with Excalibur - who were frequently involved in multiversal shenanigans - the rules of time travel make it largely ineffective.


  • Alternate Timeline: The universe she is from, Earth-811, was originally one of the possible Bad Futures of Earth-616, but was later retconned into being a completely Alternate Universe that paralleled Earth-616 (except for a few details revolving Jean Grey's relationship to the Phoenix Force) up to Senator Kelly's assassination.
  • Alternate Self: Averted; In an otherdimensional space where inhabitants' alternate selves can be manifested, Rachel can only summon aspects of her past, meaning she is apparently wholly unique in the multiverse. This saddens her, as this means her tragic life is the only one in which she could exist.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Another Claremont character, see her "special friendship" with Kitty. The ambiguity comes from Claremont refusing to outright say it, and every other writer ignoring it in favour of having both dating guys exclusively.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Phoenix, when she was Phoenix Force Avatar.
  • Anti-Hero: Of the Knight in Sour Armor variety, although she started as a Pragmatic Hero or Unscrupulous Hero.
  • Anti-Hero Substitute: To her mother, Jean Grey.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: During one of Excalibur's stops on the Cross-Time Caper, Rachel temporarily burns out her powers (causing the team to be temporarily stranded, since her powers are what allowed them to jump between universes). In the meantime, she's able to fight instead by copying Kitty Pryde's ninja skills. Kitty never taught Rachel any of those skills, she was simply able to duplicate them by watching Kitty use them. Once.
  • Badass Longcoat: Her costume from Schism to ResurrXion sported a long red trenchcoat with many tails, resembling the tailfeathers of a bird.
  • Bad Future: Rachel escaped from, pretty much, the ultimate Crapsack World. One of her driving motivations is preventing it from coming about, or at least preparing her students to face it.
  • Betty and Veronica: In Excalibur she was the Veronica, Shadowcat was the Betty, and Alistaire Stuart was the Archie.
  • Big Sister Instinct: For young Nathan Summers, before he became Cable. When Nathan was still young and had to be sent to an alternate future after he was infected by Apocalypse's Techno-Organic Virus, Rachel mentally took Scott and Jean to have a honeymoon to the future so that they could raise young Nathan properly.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: In House of M reality, she becomes bodyguard for Psylocke, who is an Action Girl herself.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: She has a tendency to get mind-controlled into being a Hound or turning against the X-Men. 2018 alone saw her brainwashed at least three times. note 
  • Break the Cutie: Put simply, near every event in her life has served this purpose in some way or another.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Just slightly before War of Kings, the fragments of Phoenix power she still had in her unceremoniously up and left mid-fight. This still left Rach with her Omega-level telekinetic powers.
  • Celibate Hero: Rachel had a relationship with a grown-up Franklin Richards in her own timeline, who was killed before her eyes. After that, she wasn't interested in romance for a long time.
  • Chew Toy: Rachel is one of those characters who goes through a hell of a lot of misery with very little positive gain. Over and over and over again.
  • Civvie Spandex: Danskins and leg warmers, before becoming Phoenix.
  • Clothing Damage: Her green outfit from her X.S.E. days got shredded during her time in outer-space, and without the necessary resources to rebuild, she was forced to improvise with what she had.
  • Comic Book Death: In the 90s, she got shunted off to Cable's future, where she lived out her life and died of old age. This got undone when that future stopped existing, and Rach managed to come back to her early 20s.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: After she took up her mother's mantle as Marvel Girl. She wore a version of her mother's green miniskirt costume (slightly modified to fit current fashions, since the dress didn't age well from the 60's).
  • Dark Feminine Light Feminine: With Shadowcat, in terms of fashion sense (and perhaps backstory) if nothing else. Her personality, however, isn't especially dark.
  • Depending on the Artist: The size and shape of her Hound markings and her eyes, which, though usually green, are sometimes coloured blue - which would be just about the only feature she inherited from her father (whose eyes are blue behind the optic blasts).
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Galactus. Though technically, Rachel's own consciousness was in a coma while the Phoenix took him on. Just before that, however, she'd gone toe to toe with Necrom, the Anti-Phoenix, who hurled planets at her, reignited stars to try and destroy her, and was condensing the multiverse into a singularity to feed off and allow him to ascend to godhood. She won, albeit barely.
  • Divine Parentage: According to her creator, Chris Claremont, Rachel's father isn't Scott Summers, but the Phoenix Force itself. This is quietly ignored by everyone else.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: To an extent as a teacher at the Jean Grey School during Wolverine and the X-Men to the point of being being noticeably grumpier than usual. Then again, if you had to teach Kid Gladiator and keep Omega class teenage rebel and generalised irritating little twit Quentin Quire in check, you'd wind up more than a little annoyed. When Logan asks her about this, she explains that she feels like the Bad Future that she came from is coming for them, and they have to be prepared.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Subverted in Excalibur. She eventually ditches her original spiked red bodysuit (which was based on her Hound costume) and settles for the blood-red ensemble of Dark Phoenix. But she's not pulling a Face–Heel Turn; she just prefers these colours over "Light" Phoenix's costume. "[Dark Phoenix] might have been a threat to the universe... but she had great taste in clothes!"
  • Facial Markings: Her Hound marks are almost always tattoos but sometimes scars, depending on the writer/artist - their shape, number, and coverage also depend (recently, they've usually been depicted as two reddish triangular tattoos pointing inward on her cheerks). A Phoenix emblem flared up over her left eye during her Marvel Girl years when she used her powers, even when she didn't have the Phoenix Force fragment. Her Hound marks are concealed telepathically, but she drops the illusion when she wants to be more intimidating. Or when she's too pissed off to concentrate on it.
  • Fanservice Pack: By the time Excalibur was formed, she was insanely hot (but that's Alan Davis for you).
  • Fiery Redhead: Not only does she fit the personality trope, but she also happened to manifest her powers in the form of giant birds made of fire when she was Phoenix Force Avatar. She still displays a non-Phoenix fiery aura these days.
  • Genocide Survivor: Rachel is a survivor of an anti-mutant genocide that happened in the timeline she came from.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: And glowing tattoos, come to that.
  • Hot Wings: Starting with taking on the Phoenix mantle, and in later comics depicted as blue flames instead of yellow.
  • Hunter Of Her Own Kind: In the future, when she was a Hound.
  • Identical Grandson: Zizagged. She does look incredibly like Jean, and is often drawn as such, to the point where the only differing features are her usually short hair, Hound markings (which are often concealed), and Depending on the Artist, blue eyes (like her father), though she's usually drawn with green eyes. However, she's also sometimes drawn looking utterly dissimilar.
  • I Have Many Names: Rachel Grey, Marvel Girl, Phoenix, Mother Askani, R'chell, Revenant, Prestige.
  • I Have No Son!: Inflicted on her by her own grandmother, just before the other woman was horribly killed by the Shi'ar Death Commandos.
  • In-Series Nickname: Ray.
  • I Was Quite a Fashion Victim: While some of her costumes were dodgy, there have been worse. However, her buzzcut and her mullet are close competitors for the title of 'worst hairstyle in comics'. Thankfully, she has a much nicer bob cut these days.
  • Kid from the Future: She's the daughter of Scott Summers and Jean Grey in the "Days of Future Past" timeline's future, who goes back in time and joins various X-Teams. Quite possibly the Trope Codifier for it.
  • Lady-in-Waiting: In House of M reality, she becomes lady-in-waiting for Psylocke, princess of British Empire.
  • Last of Her Kind: She's one of the last of the Grey family line after most of her family were brutally murdered by Shi'ar Death Commandos. The only currently extant other examples are Cable, Nate Grey, and Jean herself after her resurrection - and also possibly Maddie Pryor, though no one's seen her around recently.
  • Legacy Character: She has taken on both of her mother's identities, as Phoenix and Marvel Girl.
  • Made a Slave: Her childhood and adolescence were spent as a Hound, a brainwashed and tortured slave of an oppressive government.
    • And again, after she came back from the dead, courtesy of Elias Bogan. Mind Rape was also involved. The X-Men at least managed to save her that time, though it did alter the look of Rachel's powers.
  • Mindlink Mates: Siblings example. She created a psi-bond with Cable shortly after his birth. It is unknown if that link still exists, however.
    • Of a sort with Korvus - she absorbed the power of his Phoenix Blade and it led to a mental connection and them dating, as well as influencing her personality for the darker. In the end, Rachel recognised this and broke up with him, presumably breaking the link too (though her mother taking back the Phoenix fragment she absorbed might also have been behind it), though they remained on good terms.
  • Mind Rape: Unusually susceptible to this, especially considering her powers and their scale - though, in fairness, the perpetrators are usually enormously powerful beings like Selene, Elias Bogan, Maddie Pryor, and Emma Frost (who noted that the only reason she could do it was because Rachel was all raw power and no skill). Her background and conditioning as a Hound might have something to do with it. It has also diminished considerably as she got telepathic lessons from Emma Frost.
    • She's also more than capable of dishing this out, as Quentin Quire found out when he tried to taunt her by bringing up her memories of her horrific childhood. The result was Quire getting a Psychic Nosebleed and keeling over about two seconds later.
  • Most Common Superpower: Originally averted: in her first appearances, Rachel was skinny, flat-chested and rather unattractive, since she came from a concentration camp, being explicitly compared to a Holocaust victim by Wolverine (who, having served in WWII, would know). Of course, she filled out eventually (which, considering that her mother's vast power-set includes the Most Common Superpower, is not exactly surprising) - something helped by her visit to the Mojoverse's Body Shoppe.
  • Ms. Fanservice: When she disappeared in Uncanny X-Men, Rachel was a stick-thin tomboy who usually wore gym clothes. When she reappeared in Excalibur, she had a much more developed "movie-star" figure (as she had spent time in the Mojo Universe) and wore a skintight, stiletto-heeled, spike-studded, red leather catsuit when on duty, and as little as possible off duty. This was followed by a Dangerously Short Skirt during her Marvel Girl days. She's toned it down since she came back from space, but she still looks like a younger (or older, around Teen Jean, who Rachel dubbed 'Baby Momma') version of her famously drop dead gorgeous mother and still has a tendency towards tight clothing.
    • Lampshaded at one point during Excalibur when she and Kitty go shopping, dissatisfied with the conservative suit and pumps Kitty picks out for her she uses her powers to re-arrange Kitty's outfit to resemble something Rachel normally wears. Kitty immediately thinks that she looks like a hooker.
    • Later, also during Excalibur, she ends up disguising herself as Rachel, right down to costume, and grumbles at how Rachel possibly fits into something so ludicrously tight.
  • Nom de Mom: After Cyclops hooked up with Emma Frost after Jean's death, she started using her biological mother's last name to voice her disgust, and has kept it ever since.
  • Not So Different: The Phoenix, while possessing her comatose body, gets one of these from Galactus in Excalibur after she attacked him in a misguided attempt to protect a world, since overextending her Phoenix powers shortens the lifespan of the universe. Unusually for this trope it actually does give her a new perspective on Gally.
    "Who is the greater evil, Starchilde? I, the devourer of life that has run its course... or you, who denies existence to future generations?"
  • Noodle Incident: Her transformation into a reptile-humanoid thing is either treated as this, or quietly ignored these days.
  • The Phoenix: She kept the motif even after ditching the actual cosmic critter itself. Rachel's connection with the Phoenix isn't in a constant state of retcon like her mother's; she and the Phoenix were merged for years, then separated via a fairly complicated (though simple by Summers/Grey family standards) Time Travel storyline. She also never went Dark Phoenix like Jean, despite generally being more the hot-tempered of the two, but she came close to it a couple of times.
  • Progressively Prettier: As mentioned above, originally, Rachel, in both actual art and in spoken dialogue concerning her is shown to be borderline emaciated, with a very unflattering buzz-cut. These end up being removed later on.
  • Psychic Powers: Telepathy and telekinesis.
  • Scaled Up: An infamous heroic example; during a 2005 trip to the Savage Land, she was brainwashed by a telepathic member of a race of lizard people into believing herself to be one of them. Because of the strength and fine-control of her telekinesis, her body started gradually morphing into a lizard-woman. Once she snapped out of it, she reversed the change in the space of a single issue. Aside from occasional jokes, it has been quietly ignored ever since.
  • Sensor Character: When she was a Hound, she was forced to use her psionic abilities to detect and hunt down mutants in a dystopic alternate future. She's regularly called on by other characters to employ those skills, and eventually reconciles herself to using them for that.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: She came from a future where mutants were outlawed, hunted down by the military or locked into concentration camps. She was drugged, brainwashed and forced to use her telepathic abilities to track down mutants. Wolverine once compared her to Holocaust survivors.
  • She's Got Legs: A lot of comments were made by other characters about her legs - which went on forever (thank/blame Alan Davis) - during her time with Excalibur, wherein she usually wore a skintight red leather costume.
  • Ship Tease:
    • A metric ton's worth with Kitty Pryde. One issue has her being heartbroken over Kitty being... together with a just-back-from-the-dead Colossus. Chris Claremont, creator of both characters, enthusiastically fanned the flames by saying that Rachel was actually the love of Kitty's life. It is possible that he meant this in a Platonic Life-Partners sense, but considering that this is the same man who codified the Mystique/Destiny relationship and tried to reveal Nightcrawler as their son, with Mystique having transformed into a man to impregnate Destiny, it seems unlikely.
    • One issue has a brief moment between her and Nightcrawler... which didn't get mentioned again or go anywhere for 12 years. Letters to the editor have noted that their recent romance seemed to come out of nowhere.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Like her mother, she has red hair and green eyes (though, Depending on the Artist, they can come out blue).
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Rachel was almost killed because of the crimes her mother had committed as Dark Phoenix. Of the entire rest of her mother's family, however, she is the Sole Survivor.
  • Sole Survivor: From a technical point of view, of the Grey family line, who were all murdered by the Shi'ar Death Commandos on the belief it would prevent the Phoenix taking any of them as hosts.
  • So Proud of You: Rachel has been on the receiving end of several of these:
    • In the third issue of "Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix", after discovering Rachel is still mind-linked to Nathan, struggling to protect her brother despite being in a coma herself, Scott stays beside her bed and states he's proud of being her father:
      Scott: Sorry... I never treated you much like a daughter when I had the chance. I just wanted you to know... How very proud I am to have been your father.
    • When they meet again after Grant Morrison's run, Cyclops reiterates she makes Jean and him proud.
      Scott: I'm glad you kept Jean's name. You make us both very proud.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Originally, Rachel's Hound uniform was depicted as black with metal studs around the neck and wrists, down her front, and along the outside of her arms and legs. Her Excalibur catsuit was an adaptation of this: red with spikes instead of studs, and none on the legs. Alan Davis consistently drew the black studded uniform in flashbacks, but other artists instead put Rachel in the very same red. The outfit mix-up may have started with Days of the Future Present, where Rachel refers to her costume as her "Hound uniform" even though it's really a variation.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Looks exactly like Jean, only with shorter hair.
  • Superpower Lottery: Like her mother, Rachel has telekinesis and telepathy so powerful, it's almost limitless even when she's not Phoenix.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: She inherits her mother's psychic powers.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: During periods when Jean Grey has been rendered temporarily dead or otherwise unusable, she has been substituted numerous times, most notably by Rachel.
  • Tangled Family Tree: Obviously.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: A recurring theme with her, surprisingly.
    • During her return to the Days of Future Past reality, she spares Ahab, largely on these grounds, being content with the Sentinels having been reprogrammed to preserve life.
    • During War of Kings, she gets the chance to head-splode the Shi'ar Death Commando who led the extermination of her family. She doesn't enjoy it, and promptly breaks down in tears.
    • During her time on the all-female X-Men, she saves the life of the Shi'ar official who suggested the 'exterminate the Grey family' plan in order to prevent another Phoenix host arising... though, granted, after being conflicted over the point. Instead, her ultimate response is to telepathically force him to feel how she feels, to make him understand, and leaves it at that.
  • The Worf Effect: Like all incredibly powerful psychics, whenever the plots needs it, Ray tends to be taken out of action. In fact, X-Men: Gold, X-Men: Red, and Extermination saw her get brainwashed no less three times in the span of a few months (though, granted, in the latter two cases it was by a hideously powerful telepath - Cassandra Nova - and a man who dedicated a lifetime to brainwashing mutants, especially Rachel - Ahab).
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: When she's brainwashed anthropomorphic dinosaurs in the Savage Land into believing she's one of them she starts to telekinetically rewrite her own DNA and make it true.

    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)

Among the most powerful, recognizable, and infamous mutants to inhabit the planet Earth, Magneto was the X-Men's first major nemesis. Now known as a revolutionist and terrorist, Magneto has fought for the X-Men as many times as he’s been against them.


See Magneto

    Longshot 

Longshot

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Some guys have all the luck. Longshot's that guy.

Notable Aliases: The Lost Messiah, The Lucky One, Jumping Jack, Ziggy Stardust, Leather Boy Leather-Queen

Nationality: Mojoworlder

Species: Mojoverse slave race (Freemen)

First Appearance: Longshot #1 (September, 1985)

See Mojoverse

    Psylocke / Captain Britain II 

Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock / Psylocke / Captain Britain

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Notable Aliases: Betts, Bets, Kwannon, Lady Mandarin, Lady Briton, Death, Elisabeth/Elisabetta

Nationality: English, American, Krakoan

Species: Half-Otherworlder, half-human mutant

First Appearance: Captain Britain #8 (December, 1976) note ; Captain Britain Vol 2 #12 (December, 1985) note ; New Mutants Annual #2 (October, 1986) note ; Uncanny X-Men #213 (January, 1987) note 

British beauty Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock is a mutant with vast telepathic and telekinetic powers that she can focus into deadly weapons. She is a stealthy martial artist, a former fashion model and longtime X-Man.


    Dazzler 

Alison Blaire / Dazzler

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Notable Aliases: Agent Blaire, Alison Brown, Buzzler, La de los patinetes que canta, Dazz, Dazzler, Disco Dazzler, Dolores Rudolph, "Lightengale", Sandy Blossom, Skippy, "Songbird", Brightengale

Nationality: American, Krakoan

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: X-Men #130 (February, 1980)

Can you hear it? The wind. Cars. The ocean. The laughter and the screaming and the hum of everything. This city is a symphony. And I'm her speaker.

The musically-inclined Alison Blaire is introduced as a young mutant who has no desire to be a hero or villain, but just wants to use her powers to entertain and further her Idol Singer career. Although initially popular, after coming out as a mutant to help quell anti-mutant sentiment, the public rejects her. After a short stint as a back-up keyboard player, she joined the X-Men and developed a romance with Longshot. After a long time in limbo, she resurfaced as a successful techno-trance musician and rejoined the X-Men.


  • Absolute Cleavage: Her original costume had a slit that depending on the artist could stretch as low as her navel.
  • Action Girl: A very athletic woman who uses her powers but can also fight hand to hand if necessary.
  • Barrier Warrior: Thanks to Hard Light force fields. Another one of her powers that's largely forgotten about.
  • Cain and Abel: Has this relationship with her half-sister Lois London (aka Mortis), which culminated with a one-on-one fight in a standalone issue, which ended with Alison knocking Lois out and giving her to Psylocke for psychotherapy.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Is often underestimated, in- and out-of-universe, due to her history as a blatant Fad Super and her preoccupation with her singing career. Despite this, she's proven she can more than pull her weight whenever she's on the X-Men.
  • Darker and Edgier: Following Mystique keeping Dazzler comatose so she could impersonate her, as well as for the sake of harvesting Dazzler's blood to create Mutant Growth Hormone (which can revive the X-Gene for a short period), Dazzler will be receiving a new look to reflect her pissed off attitude. The key word is "Black."
  • Elemental Powers: Sound into light.
  • Emotion Control: Can generate lightshows that stimulate specific emotional moods. Usually she can use this to calm a crowd; however, under the influence of Malice, she also spread feelings of aggression and hostility at one of her concerts.
  • Energy Weapon: Her primary form of attack.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: A visual trademark of her powers.
  • Fad Super: Her original incarnation was textbook example of this trope. Luckily, when she joined the X-Men, she ditched her Outdated Outfit. Although it's worth noting that she's now an electronic dance musician during that genre's current boom.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Her father wanted her to be a lawyer like him because he didn't want her to go into music like her mother who walked out on them for it.
  • Film Felons: She was recruited to dance in a music video that is a thinly veiled Thriller reference, and the director tries to cause her "accidental" death to further hype a curse on the production.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Sometimes
  • Hard Light: She can make this too, though it's more difficult for her than her normal-strength light shows.
  • Hidden Depths: Although her concern for her music career seems pretty shallow she was compassionate enough to figure out that the Hulk was just a Non-Malicious Monster that only wanted to be left alone.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Would really rather focus on her career than be a superhero. Unfortunately, she keeps being dragged back into the world-saving biz.
  • Instrument of Murder: Johnny Guitar and Doctor Sax.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Invoked with her half-sister Mortis who emits dark energy instead of light.
  • Killed Off for Real: In the Ultimate Marvel universe, during Ultimatum
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: It had been implied that she was Shatterstar's mother (with Longshot as the father). But this was later forgotten, only for it to be revealed that she did give birth to Shatterstar, and as part of a Stable Time Loop he, as an adult, wiped her memory of giving birth before taking his infant self to be raised in the future. She still has no idea that he is her son.
  • Light 'em Up: The crux of her powers revolves around the use of photons and light by using sound as a fuel. She can either blind people with her powers of use a concussive beam of photons, among other things.
  • (Magic) Idol Singer : Well, she's Western AND a mutant, but she's pretty close.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: On one occasion released all her stored sound energy in a scream.
  • Man of Kryptonite: As she can absorb any sound and convert it into light energy, she is the bane of any being with sonic attacks. Anyone with light/photon-based powers are also out of luck, as she is immune to and absorbs them as well.
  • Master of Illusion: With enough concentration and sonic energy, she can create three-dimensional holograms. This power is largely forgotten, though, in favor of her flashier powers.
  • Missing Mom: Her jazz musician mother left the family because she didn't want the stress of her husband fighting for her to give up her career to help around the house to affect Alison.
  • Most Common Superpower: in early issues, at least, she was occasionally drawn very top-heavy for a roller-skater.
  • The Movie: Almost. A Dazzler movie was planned but scrapped after the script was made by Jim Shooter. Parts of the script were leaked online and it would have been, mostly because it was made in four days, the most coke-fueled, cameo-heavy, disaster ever.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's quite beautiful in her outfit.
  • Mundane Utility: Her powers first surfaced as a light show accompanying her singing. That was her regular use of them, assumed by fans to be a gimmick.
  • Outdated Outfit: Not the one pictured above, but the page image for Fad Super. it doesn't help that she was created to cash in on the disco craze.
    • Even worse — by the time she was finally introduced, the "Disco Sucks" backlash had already come, making her immediately an Unintentional Period Piece. One can only think that there was more than a little Take That! to Disco and having a disco tie-in character forced upon Claremont and Byrne when they introduced her in a "disco" that owed more to Moral Guardians' worst nightmares of CBGB's in New York and The Masque in Los Angeles than Studio 54.
  • The Power of Rock: What? Did you really expect her music not to evolve with the times?
    • Given her "sound into light" powers, she can make this literal.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The last issue's cover featured the caption "Because YOU demanded it" making it the end.
  • The Rock Star: Executive Meddling forced her to start off as a Disco Dan (at the exact time when disco was dying out, no less!), but as time went on, became more of an '80s pop sensation, in the style of Cyndi Lauper or Sheena Easton. In the early-to-mid 90s she was all but ignored, then brought back in the late 90s as a Disco revival act, before becoming a lounge act in the early '00s and finally, a circuit club star in the modern story arc.
  • Reimagining the Artifact: As seen on this page, many Marvel writers have tried to update Dazzler's music genres to make her relevant to the era.
  • Slice of Life: Her original genre.
  • Special Guest: In many of the early issues, popular established Marvel heroes such as Spider-Man, the X-Men and The Avengers as well as such villains as Dr. Doom. Also, her first appearance was as a guest star in X-Men.
  • Spiritual Successor: the "pop singer with a secret identity" plot would later find itself as the basis of two popular TV series aimed at young girls, Jem and Hannah Montana.
    • In-universe arguably DJ/Mark Sheppard from New X-Men, who could directly convert different types of music into various effects: Dance music allows him to manipulate light, Gospel lets him fly, while Rock and Roll gives him energy blasts.
    • Marvel tried the idea of a singer/superhero, again in the 90's with Nightcat.
  • Super-Cute Superpowers: There is "Dazzler: Disco Queen" whose mutant power is effectively to make shiny bright sparkling lights in time to music. In reality, her ability is turning sound into light which has staggering implications, but for the most part it's used for her disco image.
  • Took a Level in Badass: She joined the X-Men thanks to being forced by circumstance, but over the course of her run with the team, she focused mainly on becoming a more capable combatant. And it showed; by the time she left the team, she was considered one of its most potentially powerful members.
    • When people realized just how powerful her abilities really are, she became more badass as well. The more sound or light there is, the more energy she can charge and release, meaning enough light can make her sound powers Black Bolt-level, and enough sound can make her light powers Wave-Motion Gun-level. She's fine-tuned her light powers enough to make holograms, and the Hard Light ability means while it's extremely difficult for her, she can be the poor man's Green Lantern. At one point Galactus had her absorb the sound of an exploding solar system so she would be charged enough to retrieve something out of a black hole for him. She also gets immunity to sound or light attacks as a bonus; bad news for your average Frickin' Laser Beams-wielding opponent.
    • In "What if? Infinity " she managed what Black Bolt couldn't and converted one of his screams into a beam powerful to obliterate Thanos.
    • Case in point, when Emma Frost wanted to punch Black Bolt in the throat to avenge Scott, Emma didn't call Colossus or Magneto to help. She called Dazzler, who used her aforementioned Man of Kryptonite status to negate Black Bolt's sonic powers.
  • Unexplained Recovery: She has died multiple times and resurrected without much of an explanation (even for Comic Book Death). This was discussed by her teammates when this occurred twice in quick succession while on Excalibur but so far nothing has come of it.
  • What Have I Done: When Klaw, a villain literally made of living sound, made the mistake of attacking her, she fought back with her sound-absorbing powers and, to her own surprise and horror, basically ate him. (He got better.)
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She never forgave the X-Men for welcoming Rogue into their ranks after how many times the latter tried to kill her and destroy her life while serving Mystique, and to this day relations between them tend to be rocky at best.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: Although she lost that specific title to the Enchantress twice, she has won the title of best singer on both Earth and Asgard to Amora's frustration.
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    Forge 

Forge

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Notable Aliases: Maker, Skitch

Nationality: American, Krakoan

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #184 (August, 1984)

A Cheyenne Indian, born to be a shaman. He ran from his responsibilities and joined the military, only to conjure up some badassery in Vietnam and releasing the Trickster. Then he worked for the US government as their gadget man, only to create the gun that stripped Storm (accidentally: it was meant to be Rogue) of her powers. He nursed her back to health, then got a What the Hell, Hero? for it when she found out he was at fault. Sacrificed the X-Men (at the time) with their permission to lock away the entity he had released, after it wreaked havoc in Dallas. He eventually joined the X-Men and wanted to marry Storm, but ultimately left her (and the team) for Mystique when he felt Ororo didn't love him. You can imagine how well that relationship went, and he regretted his actions when Storm went on to marry the Black Panther. It is theorized he'll become the founder of the X.U.E. (Xavier's Underground Enforcers) in Bishop's future.


  • Anti-Hero: Originally usually presented as mixed traits from type II and IV, but debatable as he technically started out as a weapon-dealing, ex-Vietnam war criminal, so Warren Ellis probably had a good point in interpreting him as type V or a Designated Hero Villain Protagonist.
  • Artificial Limbs: His right hand and leg are cybernetic.
  • The Atoner: He joined the X-Men to make up for making a superhuman-depowering gun. And also in the hope of getting into Storm's pants.
  • Ditzy Genius: In X-Men Evolution and Wolverine and the X-Men cartoon.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: Storm fans hated Forge for breaking up with her just as she was going to accept his proposal, leaving her for Mystique. Debate over who was wrong for the break up can get intense, but the two ex-lovers eventually met up and agreed that both were at fault to some extent.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: Storm first, then Mystique.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Takes this Up to Eleven.
  • Literal Disarming: He had his bionic hand (and leg) removed by Cameron Hodge during the X-Tinction Agenda crossover to make him less dangerous. It was also twisted payback for deliberately putting himself in stasis so nobody could find the X-Men's plan by scanning his mind.
  • Magical Native American: Doesn't come up very often.
  • Mr. Fixit: His mutant ability helps him build machines by simply imagining what they should do, rather than working out the pesky details.
  • No Name Given: He has only ever been referred to as Forge.
  • Older Than They Look: Since his origin is still entrenched in Vietnam with no Retcon yet to update him to a more current war for his backstory, he's fallen into this trope. By now, he'd have to be in his early 60s at the least to have served in the Vietnam War.
  • Science Wizard: Forge's mutant power gives him a natural intuitive for inventing mechanical devices. He also has some knowledge of Native American magic though he rarely uses it.
  • Techno Wizard: A classic example.
    • In Jonathan Hickman's X-Men, this was actually expanded upon; he's actually the most powerful mutant of his power classification, and the only reason he isn't considered an Omega-level mutantnote  is due to having been surpassed by non-mutant humans (i.e., Tony Stark).
  • Totally Radical: In X-Men Evolution cartoon. Made rather funny because he actually looked a LOT like Fez from That '70s Show.
  • The Vietnam Vet: He served in Vietnam, but Comic-Book Time is not in effect.

Alternative Title(s): Marvel Comics Dazzler, Marvel Comics Longshot, Marvel Comics Rachel Summers, Marvel Comics Rogue, Marvel Comics Kitty Pryde

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