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.
Evangeline "Vange" Whedon
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
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.
- 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 comicbook 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.
- 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.
- Telepathy: Wields a form of telepathy that allows her to enter the dreams of other people.
- 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.
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 before and since 2012 is listed as dead after 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.
Species: Human mutant
First Appearance: New X-Men #134 (January, 2003)
A popular mutant fashion guru from Mutant town whos brutal murder by a gang of anti-mutants helped catalyzed Quentin Quires 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 Frosts personal fashion designer.
- Bald of Awesome: Completely bald and what he lacks in fighting ability he compensates with an incredible eye for fashion designing.
- Big Fun: Jumbo is overweight but never shown to be anything but a Nice Guy.
- 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: Subverted, Jumbo may have four arms but hes 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.
- 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 hes murdered but it's what sends Quentin Quire off the deep end.
- 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.
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 there by Dan Stevens. This version of the character is a bit different from his counterpart in the comics, most notably because his connection to Professor X —and the X-Men mythos at large— is unclear, only obliquely referenced to. His struggle with mental illness is also emphasized, and plays a major role in the series.
- Acid Attack: His 762nd personality can breathe out a cloud of acidic green fog.
- Always Someone Better: Nate Grey a.k.a. X-Man is depicted as this to David in Uncanny X-Men (2018) - he's saner (albeit possibly Crazy Sane), a more skilled Telepath, a better planner, and ultimately, a more powerful Reality Warper. This leads to an absolutely brutal curbstomping when David finally gathers up the courage to confront him - Nate delivers a cold Breaking Speech and effortlessly body-jacks him.
- Animal Motifs: In his solo, various superorganisms representing his mental state like bee colonies.
- Anime Hair: His iconic look gives him an Eraserhead-like tower of hair.
- Antagonistic Offspring: Towards Xavier at first. After Xavier's death, David decided he wants to realize his dream, but using his own methods.
- The Atoner: One of his personalities, telepath Jemail Karami, was actually the psychic ghost of one of the terrorists who tried to kill him to begin with. After a while in the kid's mind, Jemail decided he'd been wrong and dedicated his existence to restoring David's sanity.
- Badass Boast: In Uncanny X-Men (2018), he gives a rather good one to Nate Grey, who he'd trapped inside his head. Unfortunately, Nate being a monstrously powerful telepath (and arguably the strongest telepath in the Marvel Universe at the time), it didn't quite work.I think you'll find that my mind is a little more complicated than what you're used to, big man. Do you really think you're the first super-powered child to throw a tantrum in here? I have ways of dealing with you. We all do... we are Legion.
- Bed Trick: During the Legion Quest story that'd lead to Age of Apocalypse, an amnesiac Legion used his powers to go back in time and pose as his own father and then sexually assault his own mother, Gabrielle Haller.
- Blessed with Suck: Legion sure won the Superpower Lottery... Except that David, the core personality, can't use the powers that belong to his splinter personalities, and that several of the personalities are nasty customers indeed.
- Breaking Speech: Receives a brutal one from Nate Grey when the two square off in Uncanny X-Men (2018).Nate: Your father failed you. To soothe your broken mind he told you that there is a real you buried in there. He told you that the mind is the self. What you are. I know the mind is but a tool. And tools can be taken away. This is my mind now.
- Breath Weapon: His 762nd personality can breathe out a cloud of acidic green fog.
- The Bus Came Back: After being missing from the end of Age of Apocalypse, David eventually returned during the Utopia era.
- Catchphrase: "Mine is the power of [insert personality/ power name he is currently using here]" in Legacy. His other one is "I rule me", which also serves as the Arc Words.
- Children Are Innocent: David's core personality is usually depicted like this.
- Combat Pragmatist: Sees no problem in cheating his way to victory.
- Combo Platter Powers: In a way, this is his superpower; he can create any superhuman power he can think of, at the drawback of having to create a secondary personality to control it. When he learns to take control of multiple personas for his own use, naturally, he can combine his individual powers in whatever way he pleases. Some of those personalities play the trope straight themselves by having distinct combinations of powers; examples include Absence (can siphon off heat and love), Kirbax the Kraklar (flight and electricity generation), and K-Zek the Conduit (wireless energy transfer and electricity absorption).
- Curb-Stomp Battle: He doles these out to enemies like paper flyers simply by the multitude of powers he possesses and his ability to use them when focused.
- He ends up on the receiving end of one of these when he tries trapping X-Man in a simulated version of the Age of Apocalypse inside his head, without his powers. All this ultimately results in is a very angry Nate, who - once he figures it out - crushes Legion in the five seconds it takes to deliver a brutal Breaking Speech and pulls a Grand Theft Me.
- Cursed With Awesome: Being mentally ill often helps him in his plans and enables him to concoct incredibly convoluted schemes.
- Deconstruction: His solo in X-Men: Legacy has a number of jabs at usual X-Men conventions. The fact that they only find mutants with "flashy" powers, filling their ranks with combat capable mutations, the fact that they're so ineffective the X-Men still need to be soldiers, and that none of them seem to work on human-mutant relationships anymore like how mutants can not only coexist but also aid society.
- Defeat Means Friendship: After his defeat from the "New Mutants", Legion became their supporting character and unofficial member of the team.
- Apparently, in Age of X-Man, with Nate Grey, with Legion finally getting some peace and quiet in the titular reality.
- The Dreaded: Anyone who knows about a fraction of what he can do is terrified of him and the X-Men in general give him a wide berth whenever possible.
- Enemy Without: In the first volume of X-Men: Legacy he seeks help of his father, Rogue, Magneto, Frenzy and Gambit, after several of his personalities escape. In the second volume, an evil personality modeled after his old man escapes and tries to destroy the world
- Embarrassing Nickname: David hates being called Legion. He says it's incredibly insensitive and tantamount to calling an epileptic superhero, "Spasmo".
- Fatal Flaw: In his solo series it's lack of trust. David is unable trust anybody but himself, so he manipulates people around him. As it turns out he is unable to trust even himself - this is why he personalized parts of his mind as alien beings and needs to fight to control them.
- A God I Am Not: In finale of Legacy, David merges with Weaver, becoming basically a god and starts fixing damage done by evil Xavier and himself. But then he realizes if he doesn't stop, he'll have to take control of the world and change it in his image. Which would go against all he believes in.
- Gondor Calls for Aid: Losing his final fight with Evil Xavier, David realizes his manipulative behavior alienated people from him so there is no one he can call for help now. Then it turns out he subconsciously sent his cries for forgiveness to all those people. And in response they came to help him.
- Gone Horribly Right: It's revealed in Hickman's X-Men run that David was purposefully conceived as part of Xavier and Moira's plan to breed a powerful mutant. They certainly got what they wanted.
- Grand Theft Me: On the receiving end from Nate Grey in Uncanny X-Men (2018) after he made the horrible mistake of a) trapping Nate, probably the most powerful telepath in the Marvel Universe, in his head, and b) subjecting him to his worst nightmare for what felt like months.
- Guile Hero: In X-Men: Legacy vol. 2, David picked a habit of manipulating people for the greater good. Sometimes, might take it straight into Magnificent Bastard territory. Later deconstructed - the series makes it clear the people he manipulates either see him as just a dangerous, unstable individual or an outright Manipulative Bastard, so while he gets the job done, he utterly fails at making any friends.
- He tries this in Uncanny X-Men (2018) as part of trying to stop X-Man, but his desperation, lack of communication/lack of trust, and just being too late mean that he fails miserably. He then tries it on Nate himself, with a bit of telepathic trickery. It works for five minutes of real time, and only succeeds in absolutely enraging the more powerful and more skilled telepath.
- Implied Rape: During Legion Quest (the prologue to Age of Apocalypse), an amnesiac Legion tried to use his own psychic powers to pull a Bed Trick on Gabrielle Haller (his own mother) and by the time Charles and Erik got to her, her clothes are ripped up and she's crying.
- Many Spirits Inside of One: He had multiple personalities with different superpowers. Then he went better, but as a whole was so powerful that he caused the Age of Apocalypse. He later came back, now having hundreds of personalities, each with its own unique power. Some of them are minds of dead people he drained, making him a combination of this trope and Mind Hive.
- Mental Affair: Has one with Ruth at the end of his solo series.
- Odd Couple: With Blindfold in Legacy.
- Papa Wolf: In Legacy David becomes protective of children and firmly believes the fact young mutants still have to learn to defend themselves proves X-Men failed to accomplish anything.
- Physical God: At his full potential, he becomes one of these and has been called a God and a God-Mutant when he has his full wits about him. Best summed up by his own mother when he awoke from his coma with a more collected mind.Danielle Haller: Even untrained, he's ten times the Psi his father is. He can do anything he puts his mind to. Anything. In short, X-Men, my son is a God.
- Plot-Relevant Age-Up: In his solo series his core personality grew to his actual age.
- Power Parasite: Played with. In his solo series he learned to have his core personality drain the powers of his other personalities, allowing him to use them himself without having to cede his body over to that personality, and to combine powers from different personalities.
- Psychoactive Powers: However, how strength his core personality depends on his own confidence or determination - if he allows himself to be consumed by doubt, he barely can drain weakest personalities. When he really gets his head set on something, he can get the strongest ones. after David learns to merge with his personalities, high confidence allows him to do this with the strongest ones
- Punny Name: Cyndi (cinder), the pyrokinetic personality.
- Put on a Bus: He erased himself from existence, thus retconning any memory of it except for in Blindfold's mind. Then he's suddenly back for a second mini, then in Incoming! knowledge of him is back but according to Sinister no one knows where he is.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: As noted under "Bed Trick", it's implied during Legion Quest that an amnesiac David used his powers to pose as Charles and then sexually assault his own mother.
- Reality Warper: The most powerful of Legion's personalities, including the ones that are more or less cohesive amalgamations of his shattered psyche, have the ability to change reality itself in wide-sweeping ways, to the point of creating an entire alternate universe during Age Of X storyline. Indeed, it turns out that he was conceived for this very reason. However, as he finds out to his cost, there's Always Someone Better - Nate Grey.
- Ret-Gone: In the end of Legacy he wiped himself from existence in the 616-world, the sole person remembering him being Blindfold.
- Split Personality: Varying in number; originally it was just three plus Jemail, but things have gotten... complicated.
- Superpower Lottery: Telepathy, telekinesis, pyrokinesis... too many things to count... Taken Up to Eleven in the "Age of X" storyline, where he goes and creates an entire universe. His power designation in Hickman's X-Men run is Omega level Power Manifestation and according to Rogue new powers are being birthed with new personalities constantly.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Jack Wayne, among others (Jack was not the only malicious personality, but he did take over several of the others' powers at times, making him the most dangerous).
- Tomato in the Mirror: All his personalities are aware they're in his head, but most of them believe they're real (which given David's abilities, might be true). At the climax of his solo, his most powerful personality, the Great Weaver, reveals it has his face and its dialogue implies that David is the errant ego running around with his body.
- This is exploited and developed by Nate Grey in his Breaking Speech when the two face off in a Battle in the Center of the Mind, coldly deconstructing the idea that there is an original David at all. Cue Grand Theft Me. Given Nate's track record, this could have just been psychological warfare (and if it was, it worked like a charm), but it has a disturbing plausibility.
- Unexplained Recovery: Was given a second series where he was inexplicably unerased from existence and desperately seeking the help of a psychotherapist to quell the uprising of a malevolent personality.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: During the 90s, Legion travelled back in time to kill Magneto, reasoning that his father would have a better life if Magneto hadn't been there. Unfortunately, Charles took the fatal blow for Erik, and the brawl itself woke up Apocalypse several decades early, creating the Age of Apocalypse.
- This later drives his actions in the run up to Age of X-Man, as he blames himself for the titular reality's creation and, thereby, Nate Grey (who terrifies him).
- Villains Act, Heroes React: In his solo series he becomes critical of this approach and tries to be more proactive kind of hero by removing enemies before they become more dangerous.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Jemail Karami seems to have vanished entirely.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Oh so very often in his solo series. Pretty much everyone from Blindfold to Pete Wisdom to Aarkus calls him out on his manipulative ways. Except for Pixie, Chamber and Frenzy, who skipped that part and just beat the living shit out of him.
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.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is naturally pink.
Absolon Mercator / Mr. M
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.
Dr. Moira Kinross-MacTaggert (née Kinross)/ Moira X
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. She is reborn in a new timeline after death, retaining all of the knowledge and experience she accrued from her past lives. That, combined with her undetectable X-gene, has allowed Moira to continuously 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 the animated series, as well as various video games including X-Men Legends. Due to the all of these adaptations preceding Jonathan Hickman's X-Men run, she is portrayed as a human in every single one.
- Alliterative Name: Moira MacTaggert.
- Asshole Victim: Per the House of X retcons, Mystique did not in fact kill Moira For the Evulz, but in fact did it to punish Moira for working "against the betterment of mutantkind." Horrifyingly, this wasn't even the first time either; Mystique and Destiny killed Moira once before.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Maiden Name Debate: Moira MacTaggert (a.k.a Kinross) kept her late husband's name. Strange, considering the fact that he was horribly abusive and that Moira's son Proteus was implied to be the result of marital rape. Partially justified seeing as her husband refused to divorce her, leading to her running away and pretending she was widowed but when he actually died, there was no reason to keep using the name. She may have kept the name out of guilt for what happened to her son.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 teasers, 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.
- 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.
Nationality: American (Earth-1191)
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.
Melody Jacobs / Threnody
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 an epilogue was shown of her giving birth to a child, heavily implied to be Nate's (though Word of God is that it wasn't). This was never mentioned again.
- Absolute Cleavage: Her outfit leaves her cleavage very much exposed.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her mane reaches all the way to her thighs.
- 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
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.