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Katherine Anne "Kate" Pryde / Shadowcat / Red Queen
Nationality: American, Krakoan
Species: Human mutant
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #129 (January 1980)
Kitty Pryde is a mutant gifted with the ability to become intangible and phase her entire body through solid material. A talented prodigy, she became the poster child of the X-Men; eventually reaching maturation and becoming the team's current leader.
Notable Aliases: Frumious Bandersnatch
Nationality: Flock, Krakoan
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.
- The Dreaded: Played for Laughs. Lockheed is feared by all the Brood. When the Brood fled in terror from him, the X-Men assumed that he was some terrible monster that the Brood was very afraid of.
- 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 S.W.O.R.D. to spy on the X-Men. Presumably he was doing so in part to protect "his girl".
Anna Marie LeBeau / Rogue
Species: Human mutant
First Appearance: Avengers Annual #10 (August, 1981)
The adopted daughter of Mystique, Rogue was once a member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Now reformed, Rogue has become a veteran member of the X-Men.
Rachel "Ray" Anne Summers/Grey / Phoenix II / Marvel Girl III / Prestige / Askani
Nationality: American (Earth-811)
Species: Human mutant
First Appearance: X-Men #141 (January, 1981)
Rachel Summers, or Rachel Grey, and also known by the aliases Phoenix, Marvel Girl, Prestige, and currently Askani 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 in an alternate timeline where her mother was dead and her father was 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.
- '80s Hair: Her (in)famous femullet.
- Adaptational Modesty: Her costume as Marvel Girl displayed her abs throughout much of the 2000s. Her subsequent uniforms tended to forget this and were full-body outfits.
- All-Loving Hero: At heart, under her spiky temper, enough that for a while, the Phoenix entrusts her with all of its power - and we mean all of it.
- 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 around Jean Grey's relationship to the Phoenix Force) up to Senator Kelly's assassination.
- Alternate Self: Averted; In an other-dimensional 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 Bi: Although her attraction to men was confirmed for a long time, Rachel is yet another Claremont character who was originally intended to be portrayed as queer, as often hinted at with her "special friendship" with Kitty. The ambiguity came from Claremont refusing to outright say it, and every other writer ignoring it in favour of having both dating guys exclusively. In the Krakoan Age her close relationship with Betsy Braddock received a lot of focus, culminating in the two kissing in Knights of X #4 and finally confirming Rachel's interest in women after decades of ambiguity.
- 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: Zig-Zagged. At first glance, she's one to her mother, Jean Grey - she certainly has the style, as well as the whole 'younger and angrier' aspect. However, unlike her mother, she held the Phoenix Force for years without losing control, and proved to be an All-Loving Hero like her mother (if a more sarky version), on the grounds that Vengeance Feels Empty.
- 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, nearly 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.
- Calling Parents by Their Name: She bounces back and force between calling her (sort-of) parents Mom and Dad or just by their names.
- 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.
- Daddy's Girl: She acts like this whenever she's with her father Cyclops, notably Scott tends to be quicker to accept Rachel as his daughter than her mother Jean does.
- Dark Feminine Light Feminine: With Shadowcat, in terms of fashion sense (and perhaps backstory) if nothing else. Her personality, however, isn't especially dark.
- Deflector Shields: She commonly uses telekinetic force fields to protect herself and her teammates.
- 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.
- Dirty Mind-Reading: She reacts to this in an issue of Excalibur, during the Cross-Time Caper story (where Excalibur was bounced around the multiverse), from a version of Nigel Frobisher - a creep in the 616 'verse who's obsessed with Rachel, and apparently a creep throughout the multiverse. This results in her very suddenly tarring & feathering him. We never find out what the exact thoughts were, but when Brian Braddock (Captain Britain) rebukes Rachel for her behaviour - they are, after all, guests - she shows them to him by way of explanation. Cue an expression of shock from Brian. Cut to the next panel where his temper slips as well and it takes his entire team to prevent him from turning alt!Frobisher into a greasy smear.
- 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. That being said, there is a general acknowledgement that she has a somewhat special relationship with the entity in question.
- Dressed Like a Dominatrix: She frequently has had costumes that have this theme to one extent or another - her main costume while she was with Excalibur, for instance, was a spiked spandex bodysuit. Later costumes, barring her Marvel Girl one, were less obvious about this and tended towards a spiky component.
- 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!"
- Extremely Protective Child:
- Facial Markings:
- When she was converted into a Hound, she was given facial tattoos (or scars, depending on the writer/artist). Her Hound marks are almost always tattoos but sometimes Depending on the Artist, their shape, number, and coverage vary from thin dark spider-web-like lines to six larger red marks (recently, they've usually been depicted as two reddish triangular tattoos pointing inward on her cheeks). Generally, she uses her telepathy to mask them from others... or writers simply forgot she had them, as she's a lot prettier without them/with fewer tats. She drops the illusion when she wants to be more intimidating. Or when she's too pissed off to concentrate on it.
- For a while in the 2000s, during her Marvel Girl years, A Phoenix emblem flared up over her left eye when she used her powers, even when she didn't have the Phoenix Force fragment.
- Fanservice Pack: She started out in Uncanny X-Men as a skinny woman with a crew cut and a penchant for leotards and legwarmers (probably since it was the 80s). After a Wolverine-related injury, she was taken to Spiral's other dimensional "Body Shoppe" and subjected to a never-elaborated-upon process (the Body Shoppe usually specialized in cybernetics), so that when she reappeared in Excalibur she looked like a porn star and wore a spike-studded red leather catsuit (granted she had a mullet, but to be fair, it was the 90s). She also wore a similar catsuit in flashbacks (when she was a brainwashed slave of the anti-mutant Sentinels), though that was more a case of an Evil Costume Switch. Part of it might also be that Alan Davis (co-creator of Excalibur) is a better artist, and/or that he noticed various characters had mentioned Rachel looking a lot like her mother Jean Grey and decided he should make that actually be true.
- 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.
- Flaming Hair: While in Otherworld her hair is made of flames.
- Flight: She can fly by using psychokinesis, often at multi-mach speeds and in the depths of space.
- Genocide Survivor: She 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.
- Guardian Entity: The Phoenix Force has served as this to her, and is a bit more active about protecting her. The Phoenix protected her and helped convey her to the past in the first place, erasing the memories to protect her sanity, merged with her for a very long time, being genuinely protective of her, and then a fragment - a 'shadow' - merged with her when Korvus Rook'shir (then a Punch-Clock Villain) tried to use the Phoenix Blade that contained it to kill her and she responded with a Barehanded Blade Block. In the face of his utter bafflement, she smirked, with a glowing blue Phoenix symbol over one eye, and said, "The Phoenix knows me. It likes me."
- 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 world she came from, Rachel was forcibly brainwashed into becoming a Hound by Ahab after being captured and tortured by the government as a child. Ahab considered her the best of his Hounds thanks to her psionic abilities making her extremely talented at tracking other mutants. It left her both with long-lasting trauma, and tattoos/scars (it's never been entirely clear what they are) that she usually keeps concealed with her telepathy.
- 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.
- Inconsistent Coloring: She is fairly notorious for this, sometimes having bright green eyes like her mother (often highlighting just how much she takes after mummy dearest), and sometimes having blue eyes like her father (when his powers aren't working).
- Instant Costume Change: When she became Phoenix she would instantly restructure the clothing she was wearing into her costumes by telekinetically rearranging the molecules.
- 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 is this trope played absolutely straight and is probably the Trope Codifier (predating Chibi-Usa and Future Trunks, other famous examples of the trope, by about a decade): 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.
- 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. Maddie Pryor is also around, but she is not considered part of the family line by the others.
- Legacy Character: She has taken on both of her mother's identities, Phoenix and Marvel Girl.
- Leg Focus: 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.
- Leotard of Power: During her earliest days with the X-Men, she didn't have a proper costume, and was usually wearing a black leotard with some leg-warmers. When she got her first real costume, she commented about having been running around in her Danskins to that point.
- 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.
- Masculine–Feminine Gay Couple: Once she starts dating Betsy she adopts a more masculine image.
- Messiah Creep: Much like her mother, she underwent this - from concentration camp survivor to Phoenix host and saviour of the multiverse, being considered the One True Phoenix, starting a quasi-Jedi religion in the future, and organising the raising of mutantkind's chief Messianic Archetype, Cable.
- Mind over Matter: She has telekinesis. However, molecular manipulation is a signature trick of hers, as is time travel, across millennia and multiple alternate timelines.
- 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 their 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 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" Remark: 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 Galactus."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.
- Only One Me Allowed Right Now: When she traveled into the past, she ended up in the primary universe instead of the offshoot where she was born (where Jean Grey was depowered instead of killed). She didn't realize she wasn't in her own timeline until she saw Jean Grey (well, actually Madelyn Pryor, but close enough) and Scott Summers had a son... she never had a brother.
- 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.
- Redhead In Green: She is a redhead and wears green, although she generally prefers to wear red.
- 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.
- 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, the 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 romance seemed to come out of nowhere.
- During the Krakoan Age, she gets a significant amount with Betsy, culminating in the two finally sharing a kiss in issue 4 of Knights of X. They became an official couple afterwards.
- 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 from taking any of them as hosts. Jean Grey's subsequent resurrection changed this.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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: She often looks almost exactly like her mother, usually right down to the red hair and green eyes - though sometimes the hair is a slightly different shade of red, and her eyes are sometimes blue like her fathers really are - with only styles and her Facial Markings (which she can hide) to seriously distinguish them. The resemblance is so uncanny that in an alternate reality, she successfully disguised herself as that world's version of Jean.
- Superpowerful Genetics: She inherits her mother's psychic powers.
- Superpower Lottery: Like her mother, Rachel has telekinesis and telepathy so powerful, it's almost limitless even when she's not Phoenix.
- 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.
- Took a Level in Badass: She's taken a significant number over the years, particularly since the start of the 2000s - after a humiliating loss to Emma Frost, the latter brusquely started training her to make sure she was Strong and Skilled. After House of M, she can reach halfway across the universe from Shi'ar space while in a coma, by Avengers vs. X-Men she can go one on one with Thor with minimal trouble and hide the presence of a Phoenix host from Xavier, who explicitly warns Logan to treat her as he would Xavier himself, and she only gets stronger from there. By the Krakoa era, despite being telepathically sedated and mind-controlled for an extensive period, she was capable of comfortably overpowering a young Stryfe and leaving him begging for mercy.
- 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 explode the head of the Shi'ar Death Commando who led the extermination of her family. She doesn't enjoy it, however, 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 plot 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 than three times in the span of a few months (though, granted, in the latter two cases it was by a ridiculously 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 by 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.
Erik Magnus Lehnsherr / Max Eisenhardt / Eric Magnus / Magneto
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.
Notable Aliases: The Lost Messiah, The Lucky One, Jumping Jack, Ziggy Stardust, Leather Boy Leather-Queen
Species: Mojoverse slave race (Freemen)
First Appearance: Longshot #1 (September, 1985)
Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock / Psylocke / Captain Britain
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.
Alison Blaire / Dazzler
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)
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.
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.
- Animal Motifs: Eagles, possibly a winking allusion to his prototype real name.
- 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.
- Biotech Is Better: After the founding of Krakoa, Forge began to develop much of his technology from the living island itself, creating biotech armor and weapons for use in combat, as well as artificial limbs for mutants who lost them on missions.
- Ditzy Genius: In X-Men Evolution and Wolverine and the X-Men cartoons.
- 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.
- Fighting from the Inside: In X-Men: Red he was captured and brainwashed by Cassandra Nova into helping create nanosentinels that would infect people to hate, identify, and murder mutants. He spends much of the series attempting to fight out of her control or sabatoge her plans, but was only freed once Jean Grey defeated Nova.
- Florence Nightingale Effect: Storm first, then Mystique.
- Gadgeteer Genius: His mutant ability helps him build machines by simply imagining what they should do, rather than working out the pesky details. Notably this does not always mean that he understands how it works completely, and there are several instances of other geniuses looking at his working and immediately seeing ways to improve it. Forge's power essentially allows him to brute force the creation of an item he needs to function, with room for him to improve on the design later.
- Gadgeteer's House: His homes tend to be filled with inventions in various stages of completion and function.
- 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.
- Machine Empathy: His ability allows him to see the potential kinetic energy in machines.
- Magical Native American: Doesn't come up very often.
- Forge is described by his mentor as a "Once in a century" shaman talent. The problem is, he would rather do anything else.
- Mr. Fixit: In addition to being able to create the machines he needs out of scratch, Forge can use his powers to improve, fix, or reverse-engineer any other machines he sees.
- 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.
- Sanity Slippage: After being badly injured and shot in the head by Bishop when he went rogue to kill Hope during Messiah Complex, Forge became increasingly paranoid, delusional, and ruthless. His mind was eventually fixed by Cable, who used his telepathy to trap Forge within an illusion of his own broken brain and fix it with his powers.
- Science Wizard: Forge's mutant power gives him a natural intuition for inventing mechanical devices. He also has some knowledge of Native American magic though he rarely uses it.
- Techno Wizard: A classic example.
- 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.