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The Children of the Atom, mutants are individuals in the Marvel Universe who are born with an X-Gene that grants them superhuman abilities. Mutants mark the next step in human evolution, known as Homo Superior.

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    In General 
  • Human Subspecies: They are considered a separate sub-species of humans.
  • Mutant: The most popular users of the name.


Darnell Wade

Nationanlity: American

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: Iceman Vol 4 #4 (December, 2018)

A Brooklyn Native and friend of Iceman’s.
  • Casting a Shadow: Darnell is a mutant with the ability to teleport herself and others through the Darkforce Dimension.
  • Drag Queen: Darnell is a Drag Queen who’s persona is a tribute to superheroes.

    Evangeline Whedon 

Evangeline "Vange" Whedon

Nationality: American

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: X-Treme X-Men Vol 1 #21 (April, 2003)

A lawyer with the Mutant Rights League, Vange is herself a mutant who can transform into a giant dragon-like creature. Evangeline used to be a successful prosecutor until others learned that she was a mutant.

  • Bare Your Midriff: Many of her clothes expose her midriff and her navel tattoo.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Constantly has to tell Teon to stop asking to mate repeatedly.
  • Hello, Attorney!: She's an attractive defense attorney.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Her dragon form looks like a western-type wyvern dragon, with only four limbs instead of six.
  • Perky Goth: Dresses in a gothic fashion but remains a competent and professional lawyer.
  • Scaled Up: She is able to shapeshift into a dragon after coming into contact with blood.
  • Sci-Fi Bob Haircut: She has her hair in a bob cut and she's a mutant that transforms into a dragon.
  • Were Dragon: She's a woman that transforms into a dragon when she comes into contact with blood.


Gloria Dayne / Fontanelle

Nationality: American

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: Gambit #1 (1999)

The very discreet daughter of the infamous Amanda Mueller aka the Black Womb. Born in 1950, she's also related to the Summers' Tangled Family Tree as the grandaunt of Christopher Summers. She was mostly seen in Gambit's solo series but also made cameos and brief appearances in the main series and other series. She's usually not that fond of interacting with other superheroes, unless she has to.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: Subverted. When she tries to enter the dreams of Gambit, she's blocked through some kind of ectoplasma that prevented her from going any further. Her power wasn't enough to deal with it.
  • Dream Walker: Calls herself a "dream therapist". Most of her power consists of sifting through people's dreams and finding out whichever she needs for intelligence or manipulate the dreamer into doing what she asks them to.
  • Dreaming of Times Gone By: This is what she seeks to induce when using her powers.
  • Coordinated Clothes: The only hint that she's indeed related to the Black Womb is that she often wears clothes that are oddly similar to her mother's outfit.
  • Hollywood Old: Zigzagged. She looks like a regular mature woman and is among the rare older ladies from the franchise to play an active role as a mutant but, Depending on the Artist, she will display or not the usual knockout figure of comic book women.
  • I Am Not My Mother: Implied. She never brings up her lineage or only very briefly. She doesn't seem to have that much love for her Evil Matriarch.
  • Meaningful Name: "Fontanelle" may appear like a fancy fairytale name but is actually the name of the membranous spaces between a child's cranium bones.
  • Ms. Exposition: Was instrumental in the revealing of Gambit's role in the Mutant Massacre.
  • Never Mess with Granny: A strange case. Fontanelle is no fighter but isn't exactly the meek type and doesn't seem to fear anyone despite being clearly not fit for combat. Maybe being the Black Womb's daughter has something to do with it.
  • Only in It for the Money: Fontanelle doesn't use her powers unless she's being paid for it. So New Son found out.
  • Painting the Medium: Her speech bubbles consistently appear with a yellow tint.
  • Psychic Powers: Inherited strong telepathic power from her mother.
  • Refusal of the Call: Whether it is from her mother or from anybody else, Gloria prefers to monetize her powers and stay away from the usual ordeals that mutants may go through. Once her run-in with Gambit was over, she politely asked him not to call upon her again for at least a decade or so.
  • Tangled Family Tree: As the Black Womb's daughter, she's an ancestor to the Summers brothers and their father.
  • Telepathy: Wields a form of telepathy that allows her to enter the dreams of other people.
  • Unknown Relative: Because she mostly keeps to herself, none of the Summers brothers is aware of Gloria's existence, even though she's apparently perfectly aware of theirs but doesn't wish to link with her great-grandnephews. It isn't known whether or not Corsair knows about her.
  • Vague Age: Looks like a regular middle-aged woman but looks well-preserved enough to wear skintight costumes and bikini tops without eliciting disgust or ridicule. She apparently has an age-slowing gene.



Nationality: Australian

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #229 (May, 1988)

Gateway is a mutant who can create wormholes. He was forced into serving the Reavers, but was rescued by the X-Men, whom he has since aided many times. He is Shard's and Bishop's ancestor. He was murdered by Ultimaton while helping X-force.

  • Barefoot Sage: He's a stereotypical Hermit Guru who wears only a loincloth and no shoes.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: As X-Force (2019) showed, just because he rarely speaks, it doesn't mean he will go easy on you.
  • Captain Ethnic: And how! He is of Aborigine descent, either grew up on or has spent the majority of his life in the Outback, and is even stated to be "in tune with the spiritual force of his people" which somehow allows him to use his abilities.
  • Casual Interstellar Travel: His teleportation power has no known limits and he has used it to transport the X-Men all the way into other dimensions.
  • Death Is Cheap: He has been killed multiple times, including an assassination by the Marauders during their hunt for future-seers, and later a Neck Snap compliments of Ultimaton, but as more of a Plot Device than an actual character he never stays dead for long.
  • Deus ex Machina: With Professor X in space at the time, Gateway was introduced to fill Chuck's usual all-knowing role for the X-Men. Unfortunately he was never as developed as the good professor, and few writers have had any interest in developing him, turning him into one of these.
  • Dimensional Traveller: Can travel to other dimensions.
  • Dream Walker: Has the power to appear in people's dreams (to more directly deliver exposition, of course).
  • Flat Character: He teleports people places, and knows everything, and... that's about all there is to him.
  • He Knows Too Much: During the Messiah Complex storyline Mr. Sinister's Marauders target Gateway as part of their systemic effort to assassinate every mutant on the planet with precognitive powers. Obviously, they were not successful.
  • Hermit Guru: Lives the life of an ascetic in the grueling outbacks of Australia.
  • Loincloth: Wears one of these... and very little else.
  • Magical Native American: Or rather, Magical Aboriginal Australian.
  • The Mentor: He served as one for Manifold, who also teleports and is an Indigenous Australian.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: To the Reavers.
  • Mr. Exposition: Pulls a real hat trick in being able to hand out exposition dumps like candy while also usually barely speaking. In the absence of direct dumping, he tends to favor Psychic Dreams for Everyone.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: He is considered an unofficial member of the X-Men.
  • No Name Given: He has never been identified by anything other than his handle, which was not even chosen by him but rather given to him by the Reavers.
  • The Omniscient: Called "trans-realm clairvoyance" but in practice is this, as he is specifically stated to be capable of viewing other times, dimensions, and physical planes whenever he chooses, past or present. He is also described as a living repository of all of humanity's knowledge.
  • Psychic Powers: Has powerful (if extremely plot specific) psionic abilities.
  • The Quiet One: He prefers to communicate with his Telepathy, so most who have met him believe him to be mute. Getting more than a sentence out of him is a rare occasion.
  • Retroactive Precognition: Revealed as having this late in his history, when the reveal was made that he was Bishop and Shard's great-grandfather.
  • Telepathy: Called "psionic speech", this is eventually revealed to be his preferred method of communication.
  • Tangled Family Tree: He is, or rather will be, the great-grandfather of the time-displaced X-Men Bishop and Shard.
  • Thinking Up Portals: His primary mutant ability allows him to create his rather creatively titled "Trans-Dimensional Gateways".
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: As an ascetic stereotype, Gateway has never been seen wearing a shirt, or anything other than his Loincloth.


Josephine / Infectia

Nationality: American

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: X-Factor #21 (May, 1988)

A young and bubbly mutant born with the ability to sense other people's biological structure and alter it with a kiss. She is in fact the person responsible for The Beast's altered form and who indirectly made him expand his intelligence.She was one of the first casualties of the Legacy Virus.

  • Bare Your Midriff: A constant theme in her clothes is to expose her midriff indeed.
  • Beehive Hairdo: Her usual hairstyle.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Stated that she had studied under her geneticist father, and displayed a knowledge on which genes to temper with with her ability to get the wanted results. This could have made her a major threat. However instead of any grand plans or grabs for power, Infectia was purely interested in her own pleasure and quickly got bored of her plans if they proved too difficult to achieve.
  • Civvie Spandex: She had no actual costume, just the get-up you see in the picture.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: She dies peacefully in The Beast's arms, as he fulfils her modest dying wish to see the sunset for one last time.
  • Killed Off for Real: Courtesy of the Legacy Virus.
  • Kiss of Death: Not literally but close enough. She would typically kiss the ones that would become her "Anti-Bodies" so as to mutate them. The more power they would use, the quicker they would die.
  • Mook Maker: Her powers would put the ones she mutated under her control.
  • Only One Name: Was never given a proper last name, she's only known as "Infectia" or by her true first name "Josephine".
  • Power-Upgrading Deformation: The effect of her powers was to mutate the Muggles she would kiss into powerful mutants, usally gifted with super strength among other things but it also morphed them physically and they would increase in size and power, until they disintegrated from overusing said power.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Inherited her father's fortune and dropped out of high school, resulting in her behaving a bit like an airhead.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: A dramatic case. She is at best a C-list fodder (she's very powerful but way too fickle and frivolous to be anything more than a nuisance) and only appeared in a few issues back in the late 80's to early 90's but through her interaction with the X-Factor she was the one who returned the Beast to his blue, furry appearance and genius level intellect. She wanted to "experiment" her powers on a mutant to see what it would cause. She was aiming to do it to Iceman first but Hank, who at the time had been returned to his original human appearance from the 1960s and was suffering from a virus that turned him into a childlike imbecile, interrupted her and got kissed instead causing him to re-grow his trademark blue fur and restored his genius intellect.
  • Too Powerful to Live: She could literally create mutants with her powers or permanently alter other mutants she would kiss. Given how flighty she was about it, it could have become a huge problem had she lived long enough.
  • Zeerust: Having debuted in the 80's and dying in the early 90's her design looks unsurprisingly dated, maybe one of the reasons why she wasn't brought back.

    Jen Askani 

Jen Askani

Nationanlity: Askani

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: X-Factor Vol 1 #65 (April, 1991)

A member of the Clan Askani, sent back in time to bring the young Nathan Summers to the future, where he could survive the techno-organic virus Apocalypse infected him with and become Cable.

  • Aborted Arc: On her first appearance, it's all but outright said she is in fact Rachel Summers, last seen disappearing into the future - she's a time-traveling redhead in the remains of an X-Men outfit who even refers to Nathan as her little brother, which doesn't exactly leave much room for doubt. Then, in X-Factor issue #68, suddenly, nope, she's no relation to the Summers at all. All that stuff about "kin" was just really poetic language. We should note that the storyline she appears in had three people behind it, and Chris Claremont was the one doing the scripting, while Jim Lee and Whilce Portacio were the ones doing plotting, which may account for this.
  • Artificial Limbs: Her right arm appears to be mechanical. Much like Cable's, as a matter of fact...
  • Facial Markings: Has a bird-like marking on her forehead, which looks tremendously Phoenix-y. But she's not Rachel, honest.
  • Fiery Redhead: Even if she's not Rachel, she does have red hair, and she's a tough one, whoever she is.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Much like a certain Kyle Reese, she knew the means of going to the future was a one-way trip regardless, because it was her idea. She intercepts Beast before he can touch the security field around Nathan, which would've killed him. It doesn't do her much good, but she manages to last long enough to get Nate to the future.
  • Heroic Willpower: Whoever she is, the process she used to get to the past destroys her physical body. She has to keep herself running on sheer stubborn willpower, and it's implied that's done her no favors in the mind department.
  • Retcon: The "Jen" bit came several years later. In her introductory arc, she's just Askani.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Appears in X-Factor issue 65, dies in issue #68, never appears again, but she's the one who took Nate into the future ruled by Apocalypse.

    Jumbo Carnation 

Jumbo Carnation

Nationality: American

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: New X-Men #134 (January, 2003)

A popular mutant fashion guru from Mutant town whose brutal murder by a gang of anti-mutants helped catalyzed Quentin Quire's Start of Darkness.

  • Ascended Extra: He literally made only one appearance consisting of a handful of pages before he died. Then he was resurrected and shown to be a part of Emma Frost's entourage in Marauders.
  • Back from the Dead: He's resurrected by the Five on Krakoa and becomes Emma Frost’s personal fashion designer.
  • Big Fun: Jumbo is overweight but never shown to be anything but a Nice Guy.
  • Came Back Strong: In Marauders #23, it's shown that his mutations extend beyond "four arms" into the classic Brick powerset of Super Strength and Super Toughness, and he's also learned how to fight, as Emma Frost takes him with her as part of a team to stop a Mêlée à Trois between Irish crooks, Russian mobsters, and Verendi bio-enhanced soldiers.
  • Death by Origin Story: For Quentin.
  • Despair Event Horizon: He apparently crossed this after he was attacked by some anti-mutant assholes, which is why he overdosed on Kick.
  • Driven to Suicide: At first everyone thought he was murdered by a bunch of humans, but further investigation revealed Jumbo died from a self-administered overdose of Kick.
  • Fashion Designer: Was a noted mutant fashion guru whose designs impressed Emma Frost enough she made him her personal designer following his rebirth. He designed most of the outfits seen during the Hellfire Gala.
  • Hidden Depths: Alongside designing fabulous clothes he also prefers to spend his evenings doing crochet work.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Zigzagged. In his original depiction, Jumbo may have four arms but he’s a Non-Action Guy and an absolute sweetheart with no known fighting capabilities. He's not even able to defend himself from a hate crime beating despite his mutation enhancing his durability. After his resurrection, whilst he doesn't like to fight, he's shown to be quite capable at it due to his powers.
  • Nice Guy: A true sweetheart whose only desire is to create beautiful clothes for other mutants, which is why his assault and suicide are so horrible.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name has never been mentioned.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: After being resurrected he handwaved to the public that his very high profile death was simply faked. The circumstances make it believable.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He's in one issue of New X-Men where he’s murdered but it's what sends Quentin Quire off the deep end.
  • Super Strength: Is strong enough to lift a human over his head and then slam him into a concrete floor hard enough to create a body-sized crater.
  • Super Toughness: In his own words, his skin is made of Teflon; we don't know precisely how durable he is, but he is shown taking a shot from a flamethrower to the face and being unharmed because the incendiary chemicals just slide harmlessly off of him.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Considering how undeserved his death was, his resurrection and place of prominence with Emma Frost are a well earned break for the poor guy.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After being revived on Krakoa, he ditched the pacifism and became strong enough that Emma Frost actually calls him to help fight off an attempt to destroy a stockpile of Krakoan medicine.


David Charles Haller, better known as Legion, is a Marvel Comics character created by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, first appearing in New Mutants #25 (dated March 1985).

Legion is the illegitimate son of Professor Charles Xavier, who famously founded the X-Men. Raised by his single mother Gabrielle Haller in Israel, David grew up not knowing his father, who was similarly oblivious to the boy's existence for much of his adult life.

After becoming the Sole Survivor of a terrorist attack, the intense trauma sustained by David ultimately led to the manifestation of his mutant abilities — namely, the ability to absorb and cycle between distinct personalities in his head, allowing him to spontaneously develop their own mutations for himself to use. Because of it, David is one of the more visible avatars for mental illness in pop culture, and especially superhero fiction; whether or not this is a good thing depends on the reader.

Though initially introduced as an antagonist in New Mutants, David is often portrayed as an anti-hero more than anything else, and his moral compass isn't as easily defined as his father's — though Xavier himself is also prone to doing some seriously shady stuff.

In 2017, Legion became the subject of an eponymous television series on FX, portrayed by Dan Stevens. The TV version of the character is somewhat different from his comic book counterpart because he was born in America as David Xavier, the legitimate son of Charles Xavier and his wife Gabrielle. note  David was given up for adoption while he was still a baby and was taken in by the Haller family. His struggle with mental illness is emphasized, and plays a major role in the series.

Not to be confused with L.E.G.I.O.N. (DC Comics), a modern day predecessor to the Legion of Super-Heroes.

    Lorelei Travis 

Lorelei Travis

Nationality: American

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: District X #1 (July, 2004)

A exotic dancer living in New York City's Mutant Town. Lorelei had prehensile hair and was one of the handful of mutants to retain her powers after M-Day. Like most surviving mutants she sought the protection of the X-Men and became a resident of Utopia.

  • One-Steve Limit: Shares first name with the Asgardian of the same name.
  • Prehensile Hair: Similarly to Medusa of the Inhumans, her mutant power is prehensile hair. Unlike Medusa, it's otherwise completely normal in all other qualities such as length, strength and durability.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Absolon, since he was murdered due to the manipulations of Johnny Dee and General Lazer, and has never returned while she's still alive.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Officially stands at 5'11"/180cm tall (which is coincidentally the same height as Medusa) and very beautiful.
  • Traumatic Haircut: Got most of her hair cut by anti-mutant racists. Her hair was restored by the healing powers of Mister M.

    Mister M 

Absolon Mercator / Mr. M

Nationality: Belgian

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: District X #2 (August, 2004)

A Omega-level mutant who can manipulate subatomic particles. He resides in New York City's Mutant Town, where he tries to keep a low-profile but frequently ends up dealing with dangerous situations. Absolon retained his powers after M-Day and joined many of the 198 on the grounds of the Xavier school, but he was murdered due to the manipulations of Johnny Dee and General Lazer, who viewed him as one of the greatest remaining mutant threats.

  • Back from the Dead: Might've survived his death during The 198 but turning into butterflies. In the Krakoa era, he is up and around, but has gone... missing.

    Moira MacTaggert / Moira X 

Dr. Moira Kinross-MacTaggert (née Kinross)/ Moira X
The Many Lives of Moira MacTaggert... and others.

Nationality: Scottish, Krakoan

Species: Human Mutant

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #96 (1975)

Introduced as Charles Xavier's longtime human friend (and former love interest), Moira was a geneticist who frequently aided the X-Men with her expertise on mutations, eventually founding the Muir Island research facility that she set up to study mutant genetics. After finding a cure for the Legacy Virus, however, Moira was killed by Mystique, and that was that.

...Or at least, that's how it seemed. It later turned out that she faked her death with a Shi'ar golem, but that wasn't the only revelation provided in 2019. Decades after her first appearance, it was revealed via retcon that Moira was in fact not a mere human, but a mutant herself — and a vital one at that.

Moira has the power of reincarnation, specifically born-again immortality. The timeline resets after her death and she is born again, at the same point in the past, retaining all of the knowledge and experience she's accumulated from her past lives. That, combined with her undetectable X-gene, has allowed Moira to secretly work towards saving the mutant race from inevitable extinction while passing as an ordinary human in many timelines. Unfortunately, nearly every timeline that she lived through had one thing in common: doom for Mutantkind at her life's end.

According to Destiny, Moira's reincarnations aren't infinite, and she has ten — maybe eleven — at most, meaning she's possibly on her last life as Moira X. And since she's not sure if she's got another shot at reincarnation to fall back on, she formed a secret alliance between Professor X and Magneto about three years after their first confrontations, in an effort to take the lessons learned from each of her previous lives in order to establish a future where mutants can survive. The three have been secretly collaborating over the years — give or take a period of defection from Magneto — in order to create a world safe for mutantkind, a goal which moves forward with the creation of a new Mutant nation known as Krakoa. Moira operates on the island in secret, preferring not to draw any attention to herself.

As a major supporting character to the X-Men mythos, Moira has appeared frequently in other media. She was most notably portrayed by Rose Byrne in the X-Men Film Series, appearing in First Class and Apocalypse; this version of the character is a CIA agent rather than a geneticist. Olivia Williams previously portrayed Moira in X-Men: The Last Stand, wherein she resembled her comic book counterpart more closely. Moira also appeared in episodes of X-Men: The Animated Series, as well as various video games including X-Men Legends. Due to all of these adaptations preceding Jonathan Hickman's X-Men run, she is portrayed as a human in every single one.

Issue six of Powers of X has entries from Moira's diary that all but state that Proteus and David Haller were conceived as means to an end. This explains their neglect and suffering under their parents' care outside of the general Blessed with Suck nature of their powers which is made an unintended consequence. When she finally reunited with him at the second Krakoan Hellfire Gala, she taunts him in a manor so cruel that’s not to different from Mystique with her own son.
  • Alliterative Name: Moira MacTaggert.
  • Amicable Exes: Her and Charles, usually. Really, really subverted after the big retcon, which reveals she can't stand him, and is in fact manipulating him for her own ends.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: When written by Clairmont, she could slip into this sometimes. People haven't said "yon" for a while now...
  • Badass Bookworm: A scientist who doesn't have much problem getting into a fight when she has to.
  • Badass Normal: Completely willing to fight a demon with an assault rifle.
  • Bad to the Last Drop: She's talented in multiple areas, but she can't make a decent cup of coffee to save her life.
  • Battle Butler: Or at least posed as one, rather convincingly.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Moira has a nurturing, parental presence much like her old love Charles. And also like Charles, she can be downright deadly if you mess with the mutants under her care.
  • BFG: Always managed to have one of these handy during the nineties. Then again, it was the nineties....
  • Blue Blood: Her father is a Scottish nobleman.
  • Born-Again Immortality: Per House of X, this is her mutant power. She gets Past-Life Memories each time she resurrects, but she has a finite number of resurrections, '10, maybe 11' according to Destiny.
  • Brainwashing for the Greater Good: At one point she did this to a de-aged Magneto in hopes of helping him find a normal life. Not only did it not stick, but it arguably made Mags more villainous when he found out. And then it turned out it had never actually taken in the first place.
  • Brave Scot: More intellectually-inclined that many examples, but damn if she isn't bold.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: In one of her earlier lives, Moira was apparently burned alive by Pyro as a punishment ordered by Mystique and Destiny for trying to develop a mutant cure.
  • Child by Rape: It's implied that Proteus was conceived when Joseph had beaten her unconscious, then forced himself on her.
  • "Dear John" Letter: She sent one to Charles while he was serving in the army overseas.
  • Death by Irony: Averted cruelly. She contracted the Legacy virus, which normally infects only mutants, and at one point it looked very much like she would lose her life to that contagion, only for Mystique to kill her first. As if the irony wasn't cruel enough, she'd just discovered the cure to the human-infecting Legacy strain. House of X revealed she didn't die at all.
  • Defector from Decadence: Her father is the powerful Scottish noble Lord Kinross, which explains how she was able to commandeer an entire island to be the site of her research facility.
  • Demonic Possession: During the Muir Island Saga, she's the Shadow King's main mouthpiece on Muir Island.
  • Depending on the Writer: Her attitude towards Proteus.
    • Claremont had it with a mix of abusive and neglectful, hating Proteus for the reasons behind his conception, which a fetal Proteus picked up on, then locking him up in a room for his entire life for his own good, then telling the X-Men to kill him because he was so evil and trying to do the deed herself.
    • Niceiza depicts her as legitimately regretful for how she treated Kevin, hoping he found some measure of happiness somewhere, even if it was in death.
    • And the Krakoa era goes right back into abusive, avoiding him and never telling him she was alive, then when they do meet up again telling him she gives precisely zero shits about him.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: She survives long enough to be flown across the Atlantic and dies in Charles's arms.
  • Domestic Abuse: Her first husband, a politician named Joseph, was violently abusive to her.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: As of House of X, Moira was never human but actually a mutant all along.
  • Faking the Dead: House of X #2 revealed that Moria never died at the hands of Mystique, that a Shi'ar golem took her place.
  • Family Extermination: Comboed with Well-Intentioned Extremist, as she apparently tried to wipe out the entire Trask bloodline in one of her earlier lives to prevent the creation of Sentinels.
  • Friendly Ghost: Though dead, she's helped the X-Men from the afterlife a couple of times, directing Banshee to a hidden room on Muir Island and later returning briefly during the Chaos War event.
  • Funetik Aksent: It's how ye know she's Scottish, though it did get ludicrous on occasion, with one issue having her go from "yuir" to "yur" and "your" all in a few pages.
  • Genocide from the Inside: After deciding that mutancy is a curse from the trauma of her own powers, she spent one life working on a cure for mutant powers. Destiny managed to persuade her to reconsider in her next life. She didn't listen. Instead she worked to ingratiate herself into an influential position over the global mutant population so she could implement a subtle cure that would keep later generations of mutants from developing powers in the first place. Destiny also managed to avert this.
  • Gone Horribly Right: It's also been retconned that both Legion and Proteus were deliberate attempts by Moira and Xavier to create powerful reality warping mutants. Well, they certainly got that.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: Her mutant power. She has ten lives, and every time she dies, she's transported back into her body as a fetus, with all of her prior memories.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Her abusive first husband Joe MacTaggert convinced her to write Charles a "Dear John" Letter and marry him instead. And while Chuck is definitely preferable to that cad, time has shown us that Moira's second love isn't exactly a shining paragon of morality either.
  • Hot Scientist: Professor X and Banshee definitely think so.
  • Immortal Genius: X-Men (2019) reveals that she's actually a mutant blessed with Born-Again Immortality by way of "Groundhog Day" Loop. Not only is she a brilliant geneticist that even created a working cure for mutation in their third lifetime, but after opting to side with mutants instead, has been using the knowledge acquired over multiple lifetimes to benefit various influential figures - including Professor X, Magneto, and even Apocalypse.
  • In Name Only: She was adapted into the X-Men Film Series, but in a heavily reimagined role, being made an American CIA agent rather than a Scottish scientist.
  • Lethal Chef: A long-running joke is Moira and her coffee. If there was a complaint desk in Excalibur's Muir Island base, probably this would be on the top. To the extent that when Kitty volunteered to take Pete Wisdom to London to check on a friend of his, Brian told him "Buy some coffee while you're there! We've run out of Rory's good stuff." And it didn't even escape Xavier's notice. He once quipped that Jubilee was using Moira's coffee to lubricate her roller skates, and also remarked on it during a video-phone call with Moira:
    Moira: Och, it's noon and I'm still barely up. It's the break o' dawn wi' you and ye look fresh as a daisy. Ye make me sick, Charles Xavier.
    Professor X: No, Moira. It's your coffee that makes you sick.
  • Living a Double Life: For reasons currently unrevealed, Moira spent decades pretending to be a baseline human when she was in fact a mutant all along.
  • Logical Weakness: Mutant powers typically manifest at puberty. Moira's reborn with the memories and skills from her previous lives, but if she dies before puberty her Born-Again Immortality won't trigger to save her. As Destiny points out, sooner or later, her immortality will end.
  • Mama Bear: Do not mess with her students if you value your life. Subverted in her relationship with her supervillain mutant son Proteus, though.
  • Offing the Offspring: Tries to kill her son Proteus at one point, after he's already murdered at least two people. Cyclops interrupts at the last minute.
  • Old Flame: Her and Chuck nearly got married, a lifetime ago.
  • Organization with Unlimited Funding: Apparently the MacTaggerts were very well off, given Moira is able to afford that phenomenally large lab facility, and repair it from being utterly trashed several times.
  • Parental Substitute: To Rahne Sinclair (Wolfsbane). Also, to a limited extent, to Nate Grey, who came to her looking for a cure to his genetic degeneration a couple of times. The two were moderately close, with Moira seeing helping him as a way to atone for her failing her own son, Proteus, and, hilariously, she once managed to scold him into submission after his paranoia and Hair-Trigger Temper, plus taking the account of Spoor (a prisoner on the island) at face value, had resulted in a full-on meltdown.
  • Prophecy Twist: Destiny told Moira during her third life that she would only live ten lives or eleven "if [she makes] the right choice in the end". During her tenth life, she gets depowered by Mystique, implying she could have potentially been resurrected indefinitely had Mystique not done so. At the end of said life, Moira gets her mind transferred to an Omega Sentinel body, thus granting her an "eleventh" life.
  • Rape as Drama: When recounting how Proteus was conceived, it's implied Joseph had raped her after beating her unconscious.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Moira has actually lived through most of her resurrections already, and in one of those resurrections she lived an unnaturally long life thanks to Wolverine's blood and died after well over 1000 years. As this was all before Moira even met Charles Xavier, this places her roughly in the time periods of Apocalypse in terms of her actual mental age.
  • Reincarnation Romance: Per House of X, the reincarnated Moira has struck up one of these with none other than Apocalypse. Opposites Attract indeed!
  • The Reveal: House of X #2 reveals that she's a mutant, and has influenced Charles Xavier's long-term goals, culminating in the foundation of Krakoa and she's still alive.
  • Team Mom: To the Excalibur team.
  • Token Human: Moira was the X-Men's second human ally and quickly supplanted the first (FBI Agent Fred Duncan) as the X-Men's most important non-mutant friend. House of X retcons this entirely, revealing that she was actually a mutant the whole time.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Several, after Inferno, dedicating herself to annihilating Mutantkind out of petty spite.
  • Walking Spoiler: As of being brought back in House of X, where she is set to play an important yet currently ambiguous role. Also, her entire history has effectively been retconned, and as a result of now being Really 700 Years Old she has now had a far more important (yet currently ambiguous) influence over the history of the X-Men universe.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She imprisons her mutant son in a cell and dehumanizes him by referring to him only as Mutant X. Though considering her son was a walking case of With Great Power Comes Great Insanity it's clear that this was at least somewhat necessary. Ironically enough, X-Men Legacy revealed that she was very much in the habit of calling Charles out on this in the early days of him gathering the first class of X-Men.


Rachel Argosy / Rhapsody

Nationanlity: American, Krakoan

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: X-Factor Vol 1 #79 (June, 1992)

A former music teacher.
  • Accidental Murder: She accidentally killed her anti-mutant boss when he fired her making her whole situation worse.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: When her powers manifested so did her blue skin.
  • Cool Teacher: She was a good, caring and effective teacher before her powers kicked in making her firing and subsequent fate even more unfair.
  • Curtains Match the Windows: She has blue eyes and her powers turned her once blonde hair blue.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: A gorgeous woman who is talented violinist making her all the more hotter.
  • Magic Music: In her hands it certainly is. With music she can alter emotions, induce hallucinations or fly.

    Ruby Summers 

Ruby Summers

Nationality: American (Earth-1191)

Species: Mutant

First Appearance: X-Factor Special: Layla Miller #1 (August, 2008)

A daughter of Scott Summers and Emma Frost from the same future Bishop comes from, and member of the Summers Rebellion. Notable for her ruby quartz skin.

  • The Ageless: Sort of. She doesn't age in her ruby quartz form, but she hasn't shifted down in several decades, out of fear of what might happen if she does (such as aging to death in an instant).
  • Dating Catwoman: At the time of the Rebellion, she was dating Trevor Fitzroy, knowing full-well who he was and what he would become, though at the time Trevor was just a badly-dressed jerk with little interest in mutantkind. Then a time-travelling cyborg blew a hole through his brains. Ruby had hoped she'd be able to ameliorate Trevor's worst aspects, but alas You Can't Fight Fate.
  • Eye Beams: She's got a version of her dad's powers, only they come out solid black, rather than Scott's glowing red. Also, they have some limits Scott doesn't; after every shot, it takes ninety-three seconds for her to shoot out another.
  • Gemstone Assault: She has skin made of ruby quartz.
  • Lamarck Was Right: She's inherited both of her parents' powers, and uh... one or two other aspects. She's also got Scott's incredible aim.
  • Meaningful Name: Scott and Emma really loaded the deck for her with that name...
  • Most Common Superpower: An easy way to tell she's Emma Frost's daughter alright.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Like Emma, Ruby has a fondness for outfits that show off her body (though in black, rather than Emma's fondness for white).
  • Nigh-Invulnerable: Courtesy of her skin being made of ruby quartz. It'd take a hit from a Hulk to put a crack in her, and fortunately there aren't many of those around in Bishop's future.
  • Red Is Heroic: Ruby has red, ruby skin and is a rebel hero.
  • The Remnant: She and her dad are what's left of the X-Men by the time Layla Miller found them.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: Invoked in-universe. When Ruby was born, she had normal human skin but Layla told Scott and Emma to name her Ruby even before they knew what her powers would be.

    Santi Sardina 

Santi Sardina


Melody Jacobs / Threnody

Nationality: American

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: X-Men #27 (1993)

A young mutant with extremely unstable powers fueled by death, she was encountered by the X-Men who reluctantly entrusted her to the care of Mr. Sinister. She spent some time as Sinister's assistant, using her powers as a kind of bloodhound in his service, before tiring of this and fleeing. By sheer chance she crossed paths with the X-Man, Nate Grey, while fleeing Sinister's Marauders, and after being saved by him the two became close. Sadly this was not to last as Threnody ran afoul of the unstable Madelyne Pryor, but while her powers proved capable of conquering death itself conquering her status as C-List Fodder was another matter. After severing her ties with Nate for good she disappeared for many years, and after a brief alliance with Deadpool she is yet again MIA.
  • Aborted Arc: In her last appearance in her original arc in the '90s, an epilogue was shown of her giving birth to a child, possibly fathered by Nate. This was subsequently mothballed for nearly twenty years real-time before being resolved in, of all things, an arc of Deadpool.
  • Animate Dead: After being resurrected, it's one of the many things she can now do.
  • Brainy Brunette: Not originally one, but when Sinister took her under his care he allowed her to interface with his entire system network. As she tells the X-Men when they come to 'rescue' her:
    Threnody: I've learned so much since I've been here. About the world — about history, about science... about everything!
    • Ironically this education initiative leads to her own undoing, as she provokes Madelyne Pryor with knowledge she gleaned from Sinister's data banks.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: Does this to Nate in her last appearance.
  • Bullying a Dragon: She taunts Madelyne Pryor with her knowledge about Maddie's Cloning Blues. This does not end well for her.
  • Came Back Wrong: After being killed by Madelyne Pryor she resurrected as a kind of Elite Zombie, neither living nor dead. To make matters worse, her powers grew stronger too and she started raising the dead wherever she went.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Threnody has a low-key history of this, starting from the moment she turned against her benefactor Mr. Sinister (who admittedly is a Card-Carrying Villain of the first order) to join up with Nate Grey. From there she left Nate to join the Abomination's Forgotten, turned on the Abomination to rejoin Nate, turned on Nate after a long absence (admittedly for his own good) to disappear from many years and join up with the Assassin's Guild, who she then turned on to join Deadpool, who she then turned out when he wasn't keen on feeding her demonic baby, at which point she disappeared again. Low-key or not, that is one busy revolving door.
  • Crazy Homeless People: Introduced this way, with the narrative gradually revealing it was her powers that drove her to that state. She also spent some time in the sewers of New York as one of the Abomination's Forgotten.
  • Damsel in Distress: Tagging along with Nate Grey meant Thren found herself menaced by all sorts of villains, from the Marauders and Mister Sinister to Exodus and Holocaust. She never played this trope fully though, and always contributed to her own survival whenever and however she could.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She is dark-skinned and her powers are fueled by death, yet even in her darkest moments she is not malevolent.
  • Deal with the Devil: Makes one with Mr. Sinister and forced the X-Men to do so as well by proxy, as they begrudgingly respect her wishes and allow her to accept his offer.
  • Death Is Cheap: Particularly so in her case, thanks to her mutant powers.
  • Descent into Addiction: A notable drawback of her powers. Even after being stabilized by Sinister, she is still attracted to the energy of the dying, and has been known to do things like wander through hospital wards to get her death energy fix. It's also why she was both drawn to Nate Grey and prone to leaving him - he was dying, slowly, thanks to the flaw in his powers, and his raw energy made him a walking buffet to her.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: Quite a bit of it. She was given a file in 1992's "Stryfe's Strike Files" (technically her first appearance, but not counted as it amounts to little more than a teaser). Both this entry and her first actual appearance established quite a few things about her that were immediately ignored or changed: that she was an Emotion Eater (changed to mutant Necromancer); that her powers could only draw sustenance from the pain of mutants infected with the Legacy Virus (changed to draw sustenance from any death energy, be it from mutants or humans) and that she was an early-onset mutant whose powers manifested when she was still a child (changed to having a normal life until her powers manifested in adolescence, as is the norm for most mutants).
  • Emotion Eater: In her first appearance she was described as an "empathic emotion absorber", before her powers were fully fleshed out.
  • Enfant Terrible: Whoever the father is, as of 2018 Threnody's baby is definitively this. It's a monstrous creature that has not aged in 19 years of our time, requires life force rather than food to sustain itself, and seems to drive Threnody to her worst actions. What exactly the baby is or where it came from has yet to be revealed, but it's definitely not something that will bring any good to the world.
  • Femme Fatalons: More of that Early Installment Weirdness, as she was drawn with these in her first appearance but never again after.
  • Girl of the Week: What her romance with Nate Grey ended up being.
  • Long Bus Trip: She hasn't been seen since X-Man #58 in 1999, and indeed hasn't even been mentioned save for exactly one blink-and-you'll-miss-it name drop in a Civil War tie-in book (she's brought up as a potential recruit for the Initiative).
    • The Bus Came Back: After 19 years of riding that bus Threnody finally returned in 2018's Deadpool: Assassins title, where she has defected from the Assassins Guild to help the titular murder-happy antihero.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: While working for Mr. Sinister and again as a member of the Assassins Guild.
  • Monster Progenitor: Became one of these after her resurrection.
  • Navel-Deep Neckline: Her top is open in the middle leaving her cleavage and midriff very much exposed.
  • Necromancer: She can basically use the energy of the dead (and Death itself) to fuel her life force and her powers. With it, she can cause instant death or Animate Dead, among other things.
  • Night of the Living Mooks: Post-death she was shown to resurrect the dead wherever she went. In a twist on this trope, her "zomboids" were mostly benign, as they derived all the sustenance they needed from being in her presence.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: After being killed by Madelyne Pryor, Threnody became an undead mutant vampire.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: A mutant vampire powered by necroplasmic energy.
  • Power Limiter: Given this by Sinister in the form of those gadgets affixed to her face. She accepted these fetters willingly as without them her powers were beyond her control, but Madelyne brutally ripped them out when exacting her Disproportionate Retribution.
  • Professional Killer: 2018's Deadpool: Assassins reveals that at some point between leaving Nate Grey and the present day Threnody made her way to New Orleans, where she found employment in the Assassins Guild.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Post-resurrection she has these when using her powers.
  • Sphere of Destruction: Before her powers were stabilized by Sinister she uncontrollably generated these whenever she absorbed too much emotion/death energy. These 'death spheres' were powerful enough to vaporize ordinary humans instantly.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: As she tells Nate Grey after the fact, her powers were originally so strong she could sense the energy of the dying all around the world. Naturally, this was cracking her up a bit, though she held up better than many other examples of this trope.

    Tran Coy Manh 

Tran Coy Manh

Nationality: Vietnamese

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: Marvel Team-Up #100 (December, 1980)

The twin brother of New Mutant Karma, Tran shared the same power as his sister to possess the minds of others. He told his uncle Nguyen Ngoc Coy of his ability and went to work for him in a criminal empire based out of New York City.

  • Back from the Dead: It only took him thirty years, pretty much a record by X-Men standards. During the Krakoa era, Xi'an has him revived by the Five, if only just to get him out of her head.
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to Karma's Abel, as well as their little siblings.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Growing up in war-torn Vietnam would screw anyone up. Give a screwed up teenager the power to take over other people...
  • Dragon with an Agenda: While he was working for his uncle Nguyen, he was planning on overthrowing him... once he'd gotten rid of his sister first.
  • Enemy Within: Lives within the psyche of his sister.
  • People Puppets: Nowhere near as hesitant as Xi'an to take people over, and much stronger. He's capable of possessing four people at once with no strain whatsoever. Oh, and did we mention those four were the Fantastic Four?
  • Retcon: Tran and Xi'an's origin owed a lot to the Vietnam War, which was still recent when they were introduced in 1980. Less so these days.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: The first thing he did with his powers? Make a soldier smash his head against a post. Note that Tran and Xi'an feel what the people they're controlling feel and think...

    Ugly John 


Nationality: Australian

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: New X-Men #114 (July, 2001)

A mutant who was rescued by Scott and Logan but then killed when they stopped on their way to the mansion to fight Cassandra Nova.
  • Back from the Dead: He was resurrected by the Five on Krakoa.
  • Non-Action Guy: His mutation pointedly does not present him with any defensive abilities. Forge specifically mentions him when he talks about mutants who need an external way to defend themselves when Krakoa is attacked.

     Morgan Red 

Morgan Red

Nationality: American, Krakoan

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance:Marvel Voices: Pride (Vol. 2) #1 (June, 2022)

Escapades best friend since childhood.
  • Transmutation: He/They can turn up to eight ounces of organic material into chocolate.

Alternative Title(s): Moira Mac Taggert