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The Hellions

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As often as there has been a teen/junior X-team, there has been a team of Hellions to antagonize them. Originally created by the White Queen of the Hellfire Club to fight the New Mutants.

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    In General 
  • Back from the Dead: After being dead for years without returning, most of them were finally revived by The Five and now reside in Krakoa.
  • Came Back Wrong: All of the previously killed members were reanimated by Eli Bard under orders from Selene during the Necrosha storyline, and were eventually put to rest again.
  • C-List Fodder: They weren't particularly well known, and with the exception of Empath, were all killed by Trevor Fitzroy to show the threat of the Upstarts.
  • Psycho Rangers: to the New Mutants: Tarot to Dani Moonstar (Psychic) Empath to Karma (influencing others), Jetstream to Cannonball (living rocket pack), Catesye to Wolfsbane (animal shapeshifter), Tarot to Magik (magic user), Thunderbird to Sunspot (strong guy), and Roulette to Magma (ranged attacks, although their actual effects are very different).
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Male members wore the same purple and pink uniforms as the females, and were just as tough as any other mutant.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!: Emma taught the Hellions to live by this trope, and use their powers to enrich their lives as much as she does regardless of who gets hurt. Naturally this gets them all into trouble and eventually killed, which Emma blames herself for.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: More like Opposing Sports Team than Nemesis, but while the New Mutants wore their mostly yellow X-Men uniforms, the Hellions wore dark purple and purplish pink uniforms.

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Founder

    Emma Frost / White Queen 
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The (former) White Queen of the Hellfire Club, Emma Frost is a powerful mutant telepath who can transform herself into organic diamond. During her time with the Hellfire Club, Frost continues to run the Massachusetts Academy and mentors the mutant team known as the Hellions. Frost attempts to recruit several gifted youngsters to her cause: Firestar, Doug Ramsey and again Kitty Pryde, all of which result in altercations. Alongside the Hellions, Frost encounters the Hellions' rival team, Xavier's New Mutants, several times.


For tropes regarding Emma Frost, see her page.

Members

    Empath 

Manuel Alfonso Rodrigo de la Rocha / Empath

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Nationality: Spanish

Species: Human mutant

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

Empath is a mutant with the power to manipulate other people's emotions which he has used for both helping and opposing the New Mutants and the X-Men. Empath was a member of the first group of Hellions at the Massachusetts Academy, is one of the few surviving original students of Emma Frost and has had a long and strained relationship with the X-Men's Magma.

When the mutant nation of Krakoa was founded, Empath was one of several "problem" mutants whose personality and powers were causing issues on the island. Due to his transgressions he was sentenced to work under Mr. Sinister and Kwannon as part of a new iteration of the Hellions designed to channel their anti-social nature into a productive and rehabilitative team.


  • Aliens Made Them Do It: Perpetrator when he did it to Tom Corsi and Sharon Friedlander.
  • And That's Terrible: In his earliest appearances, the narration continually stated that Empath cared nothing about anyone and that he essentially viewed people as tools, which was apparent from his actions. Then again, Chris Claremont was the writer.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: A Spanish nobleman.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Thought it would be funny if he used his powers to make Nanny try to cuddle Scalphunter just because he could. This earned him a shot to the face.
  • Emotion Bomb: Used this a lot, especially in the early New Mutants stories, where he demonstrated remarkably little subtlety and essentially flooded his targets with emotions until they did what he wanted. Generally, only powerful telepaths were able to resist.
  • Emotion Control: His main way of using of his power.
  • The Empath: An unusually sadistic version.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes:
    • Well, "Teammate Nobody Likes." The Hellions begrudgingly accept he's part of their team, but he disgusts each and every one of them.
    • The new Hellions don't like him either. By the beginning of the second issue he gets shot in the head by John Greycrow for using his powers to humiliate Nanny. The notes in the fourth issue indicate the Quiet Council expected as much, and the rest of the Hellions carry on with the mission like Empath was never there.
  • Hated by All: Literally every single person who has ever had an idea of what Empath is like wants absolutely nothing to do with him. At all. His teammates have only associated with him due to necessity as a part of the Hellions, but otherwise loathe him for being a degenerate, self-absorbed creep. Even Magma, who might've actually had romantic feelings for him, cannot tell if she cares about Empath or secretly hopes to see him suffer.
  • His Own Worst Enemy: By the end of the Hellions series, he's finally begun to show a little regret for his actions after realizing he did grow to care about his teammates in at least some sense. Unfortunately, Empath did such a good job of making everyone hate him that he can only get positive feedback by using his powers to force others to like him while fully understanding it's not real.
  • Lack of Empathy: Ironically enough. He can sense other people's emotions, sure, but that doesn't mean he cares about them in the slightest.
  • The Mole: He was Emma's agent in the Krakoan iteration of the Hellions, spying on them and Sinister for her to report back any secrets or plots that Sinister was hiding from the Quiet Council.
  • Mind Rape: All the time. He even tried it on Emma Frost, with predictable results.
  • No-Sell: There are limits to how many people he can influence. Emma Frost has proven time and again that Manuel's powers don't work on her due to her stronger mental abilities, and he was incapable of controlling the New Mutants after they were so thoroughly traumatized by dying and being brought back to life.
  • Overly-Long Name: It is, in full, Manuel Alfonso Rodrigo de la Rocha.
  • Precocious Crush: During a BDSM session with the Red Queen, he admitted to being attracted to Emma while she was his teacher.
  • Rape by Proxy: He traumatized Tom Corsi and Sharon Friedlander by forcing the two to experience an overwhelming sexual attraction and thus made the two have sex for a prolonged period of time until they were drained in every sense of the word. The New Mutants decided to kick his ass for what he did.
  • Smug Snake: Manuel was incredibly arrogant about his powers and his noble blood, as well as being contemptuous of his teammates and enemies alike- but he wasn't nearly as powerful or skilled as he thought he was, was easily defeated by adult telepaths like Frost and Xavier (and even by the New Mutants when they decided to take revenge for what he did to Tom and Sharon).
  • The Sociopath: The first issue of Hellions confirms Empath is indeed a sociopath, but with a twist. Instead of being a sociopath who ironically was given emotion-based powers, Empath's mutation activated at an age earlier than most mutants and screwed up his development by ruining his capability to tell right from wrong when everything he did was met with positive response.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Most of the Hellions were fairly decent; while several had their Jerkass moments, they were treated more as a rival sports team to the New Mutants than as genuine enemies. Empath, however, in his first appearance, not only tried to kill Cannonball but nearly killed his teammate Jetstream as well by forcing Magma to shoot lava at them while they were fighting. When Jetstream was justifiably angry about this, Empath controlled his emotions to make him apologize, then threatened to make him kill himself if he ever crossed him again. Later he forced Tom and Sharon to have sex, and tried to subject the female New Mutants to More than Mind Control during their stint in the Massachusetts Academy, failing only because they were too traumatized for his powers to have an effect on them. In fact, the opening of Hellions #1 reveals he used his powers to make Catseye maul Roulette and Tarot for his own amusement before making Jetstream beat up Armor and Glob when they tried to intervene.
  • The Unapologetic: He's never regretted or apologized for anything he's done, and would gladly do it all again given the chance.

    Catseye 

Sharon Smith / Catseye

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Nationality: American

Species: Human mutant

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

Catseye was a lavender-haired mutant possessing Ailuranthropy, the ability to shift between human, feline, and werecat forms. She was also a member of the Hellions, and a kindred spirit to Wolfsbane. Tragically, she was killed by Fitzroy, but later resurrected by Eli Bard to kill Emma Frost.


  • Alliterative Name: Sharon Smith.
  • Ambiguous Innocence: Compared to most of the Hellions, Catseye is incredibly naive, innocent, and at times even child-like. Part of this, however, is that she sometimes does hurtful things without realizing they are bad. For example, playfully chasing terrified Hellfire Club maids in her purple-tiger form, not understanding that they are not having as much fun as she is.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Much like Wolfsbane.
  • Animorphism: Or possibly Humanity Ensues, since she considers her cat form to be her real one.
  • Anti-Villain: The only "evil" thing about her was her loyalty to Emma Frost during the latter's period of villainy.
  • Catgirl: As well as transforming into a large cat, she usually had a cat's tail when in human form.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Because she apparently isn't fully human, she has her own peculiar manners and priorities, which make her look like this to the New Mutants and the other Hellions.
  • Evil Counterpart: Nominally this to Wolfsbane (they both had shapeshifting powers that worked very similarly; the main difference was that Catseye identified as a cat and Wolfsbane as a human). This suggests that they were rivals, but nothing could be further from the truth- their first meeting had each of them asking the other to join her team, and they remained very friendly outside of the mandatory super-battles.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Got along very well with Wolfsbane.
  • Innocent Prodigy: Highly intelligent, but very much unused to (and apparently, largely uninterested in) the subtleties and codes of human interaction.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: She's not really evil at all, but simply loyal to Miss Frost for saving her and giving her a home.
  • The Nicknamer: Usually refers to others by some descriptor, often visual; rarely by name. For example, Rahne (Wolfsbane, a red-coated werewolf) became "Little Red-Fur" in their conversations.
  • No Social Skills: She is, generally speaking, one of the kinder and friendlier Hellions, but it can require considerable patience to put up with her various idiosyncrasies.
  • Strange-Syntax Speaker: Perhaps because she lived out much of her childhood as a cat, her manner of speech in human form is... unique. Beyond idiosyncratic syntax, she frequently makes up her own compound constructions, rather than using adjectives, adverbials or connectives in their standard forms.
  • Third-Person Person: Invariably refers to herself as "Catseye", never "I".
  • Unkempt Beauty: As a catperson, she usually doesn't appear to care very much about her human appearance. Though there are also some exceptions; for example, for the Hellfire Club gala she used some quite sophisticated dress and make-up.

    Jetstream 

Haroun ibn Sallah al-Rashid / Jetstream

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Nationality: American

Species: Human mutant

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

Jetstream was given cybernetic implants by the Hellfire Club. They were to protect him from his powers and to travel with self-generated jet-like propulsion. He led the Hellions until his death.


  • Cyborg: Artificial Limbs, the ability to interface with the school security system, and most importantly of all, the Required Secondary Powers to prevent him from injuring himself by flying too fast.
  • Combo Platter Powers: Flight and Super Speed. However, he lacked innate invulnerability to go with it.
  • Depending on the Artist: All of the Hellions suffered from this to a certain extent, being relatively minor characters- but Haroun was the only one whose skin color changed from his first appearance to his second. (Unusually, it didn't get lighter, but went from an almost grayish brown to the same color as Sunspot's.)
  • Evil Counterpart: To Cannonball. They had very similar powers, and were pitted against each other a few times.
  • Famous-Named Foreigner: Shares his name with one Haroun al-Rashid, the fifth Caliph of the Abbasid dynasty (aka the Caliph in The Arabian Nights).
  • I Believe I Can Fly: Similar to Cannonball.
  • I Owe You My Life: His motive for serving the Hellfire Club.
  • Required Secondary Powers: He was born without those for flight and super speed, and ended up suffering horrific burns as a result.
  • Super Speed: Like Cannonball, able to fly at great speeds.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: His backstory. Unfortunately, the rebuilder in question was the Hellfire Club in the person of Emma Frost and (probably) Donald Pierce.
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    Roulette 

Jennifer Stavros / Roulette

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Nationality: American

Species: Human mutant

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

Jennifer Stavros, the Hellion with luck-related abilities. As Roulette, she was able to psionically generate discs of 'luck', good or bad, to alter events.


  • Alpha Bitch: In the Firestar miniseries, anyway. Elsewhere she's more of a Jerkass.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: Her power is probability manipulation, and she loves making "creative" use of it.
  • Combat Pragmatist: The absolute champion of this among the Hellions, the evil super-team in the series. Perfectly matched by her superpower.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Her "bad luck" disks are black; the "good luck" ones are red.
  • Dark Action Girl: As opposed to Tarot and Catseye, who aren't deliberately evil, so much as just loyal to the team.
  • Dark Chick: For the Hellions.
  • Faux Affably Evil: She's really a quite unsympathetic, manipulative girl, but it often takes some time to realize it.
  • Fille Fatale: In a PG-rated way, since the New Mutants and Hellions characters are all teenagers.
  • Gambler Groupies: Her background, and also got to play the part onscreen for Doug Ramsey late in the Claremont run.
  • Sadist: A fairly restrained example for a supervillain. She doesn't horribly torture people or anything like that, but she does enjoy other people's humiliations and misfortunes. Naturally, her powers are of good use in such contexts.
    Thunderbird: He's in agony. What did you do?
    Roulette: Gave him some bad luck. That's a real heavy piece of furniture, T-Bird. Wouldn't surprise me a bit if the boy pulled a muscle or pinched a nerve.
    Thunderbird: You don't sound terribly sorry.
    Roulette: Why should I? It was fun.
  • Street Smart: An Atlantic City gambler groupie and borderline petty criminal before Frost recruited her for the Hellions.
  • Sugary Malice: Both subtle and blatant.
  • Troll: Loves to aggravate and tease people, in both subtle and not-so-subtle ways, and both enemies and team mates.
  • Winds of Destiny, Change!: Had the power to cause good luck for her allies or bad luck for her opponents.

    Tarot 

Marie-Ange Colbert / Tarot

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Nationality: French

Species: Human mutant

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

With a flip of tarot card, Marie-Ange Colbert - the mutant known as Tarot - could foresee future events with crisp clarity or animate the image on her card to do battle for her. Tarot was a member of the White Queen's Hellions.


  • Anti-Villain: Usually portrayed as fairly sympathetic.
  • Cleavage Window: Her new costume includes this, and also a Navel Window.
  • Death Is Cheap: A recurring theme around her. After being killed by Trevor Fitzroy and the Sentinels along with her team mates during the raid on their estate, she resurrected without explanation as a member of King Bedlam's team of Hellions and died again some time after M-Day. Unlike the rest of the Hellions, who had to wait a few more years to be brought back, she reappeared alive during Spider-Man/Deadpool without explanation yet again.
  • The Fatalist: As Emma Frost complained, "She lets those accursed cards direct her life." Tarot believed that any events she foretold using her cards were destined to occur.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Her outfit after leaving the Hellions is purple.
  • Seer: She could sometimes see the future using her Tarot cards, but never seemed to have much control over this aspect of her powers. (Nor did she seem to give readings.)
  • Tarot Motifs: She can make the illustrations from her Tarot deck come to life.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: Had a crush on Doug. Not that it ever went anywhere...

    Warpath 

James "Jimmy" Proudstar / Warpath

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Nationality: Apache American, Krakoan

Species: Human mutant

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

James Proudstar, known as Warpath, is a mutant of Apache descent who has been affiliated with many X-Teams over the years starting with the Hellions. Driven by anger over his older brother's heroic death while an active member of the X-Men, James come to find peace concerning the matter.


For tropes regarding Warpath, see the X-Men: 2000's Members page.

    Bevatron 

Fabian Marechal-Julbin / Bevatron

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Nationality: French

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: New Warriors #9 (March, 1991)

The electrically charged Bevatron was the last individual to become a member of the original Hellions. He made only two appearances until he met his demise and was slaughtered by Trevor Fitzroy.


  • Not Brainwashed: During Necrosha Karma manages to briefly free him and Beef of Selene's Transmode Virus control, but the two of them keep fighting Karma anyway because they actually like and support her.
  • Shock and Awe: He had the ability to increase the personal storage of bio-electricity within the cells of his body. Bevatron could then channel this energy into radiant discharges of high-voltage energy from his hands.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Only had two appearances before being killed by Trevor Fitzroy.

    Beef 

Buford Wilson / Beef

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Nationality: American

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: New Warriors #9 (March, 1991)

The super-strong mutant Beef, Buford Wilson, would be the second to the last mutant youth to be recruited into the original Hellions and the second to die at the hands of Fitzroy. Beef appeared only twice as part of the team before his death.


  • The Big Guy: His only contribution to the Hellions is his strength.
  • Energy Absorption: Beef showed the ability to increase his size, resulting in heightened strength. This is normally done by absorbing energies into one's body. Beef's specific energy was never revealed.
  • Not Brainwashed: During Necrosha Karma manages to briefly free him and Bevatron of Selene's Transmode Virus control, but the two of them keep fighting Karma anyway because they actually like and support her, with Beef noting that she is hot.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Only had two appearances before being killed by Trevor Fitzroy.

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