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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)
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 FaceHeel 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.
- Beyond Redemption: She obsessed over feeling she's this 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.
- 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 HeelFace Turn.
- Happily Married: To Gambit, as of 2018.
- Has Two Mommies: Mystique and Destiny, a bisexual couple, are her adoptive mothers.
- HeelFace 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.
- MayDecember 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.
- 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 HeelFace 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.
- Never Live It Down: Anyone who knows her love life will never let her live down the fact she had an intense but short fling with Magneto, whether it be her teammates, her enemies, or Magneto's own children. The Red Skull once even outright mocked her repeatedly for this by calling her "Magneto's whore" instead of her name.
- Nice Girl: Eventually Rogue becomes this being one of the more outgoing and welcoming members of the X-men albeit with a little southern sass.
- 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.
- 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.
Rachel "Ray" Anne Summers/Grey / Prestige
Nationality: American (Earth-811)
Species: Human mutant
First Appearance: X-Men #141 (January, 1981)
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.
- 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 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: Zig-Zagged. At first glance, she's one to her mother, Jean Grey - she certainly 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, 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.
- 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. That being said, there is a general acknowledgement that she has a somewhat special relationship with the entity in question.
- 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 FaceHeel 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 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 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.
- 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: 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.
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.
- 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 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.