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    Amanda Sefton 

Daytripper/Magik II

Amanda Sefton / Jimaine Szardos

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Debut: The X-Men #98 (1976)


Nightcrawler's adoptive sister and a long-time ally and friend of the X-men. A powerful sorceress and arcane spellcaster, gifted with a large range of magical abilities, she's the former leader of Limbo (before Belasco wrestled it from her) and an occasional member of Excalibur and the X-team as well.
  • Action Girl: Even though she doesn't fight hand to hand, she was quite skilled at wielding the Soulsword.
  • Arch-Enemy: Of Belasco especially.
  • Combo Platter Powers: Is gifted with a myriad of magical abilities and can wield various spells at will, depending on her own endurance.
  • Crown of Horns: As the second Magik, she used to wear one of these.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Amanda is a benevolent and helpful blonde woman.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: As Magik, she used the Soulsword the same way Illyana Rasputin once did during her days as Limbo's mistress.
  • Functional Magic: Her magicks seem to be inherited from her mother, the gypsy witch Margali Szardos.
  • Hot Witch: A very attractive blonde woman who wields arcane magic.
  • I Work Alone: Despite being The Reliable One, Amanda walks her own path and mostly does her thing by herself.
  • Meaningful Rename: Upon entering the USA to look for her brother Amanda changed her actual birth name "Jimaine Szardos" to an English-sounding pseudonym "Amanda Sefton" and has gone by it ever since.
  • Not Blood Siblings: She's Nightcrawler's adoptive sister... and former lover.
  • Offered the Crown: After Illyana's death in the 90's from the Legacy Virus, she briefly took her mantle as "Magik" before revealing herself as being Amanda Sefton, upon foiling Belasco's plans for the entrapment of Shadowcat's soul and was then crowned the new mistress of Limbo, after wieling the Soulsword the way the firs Magik once would.
  • The Reliable One: A staunch ally of the X-men, she has repeatedly lent a hand whenever she could and the rest of the team know they can call her up if extra help is needed.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Her and Nightcrawler have been an item for quite some time but the discovery of their family tie was instrumental in their breakup, even though they still love each other.
  • Stock Superhero Day Jobs: Averted. She was once a simple flight attendant.
  • Teleportation: One of her many powers.
  • Woman in White: Her outfit as Magik II.
  • White Magician Girl: Zigzagged. As Amanda Sefton, she mostly uses her powers to help others. She's much more proactive with her powers as Daytripper but she's still a firm user of White Magic. As Magik II, she delves into a darker side of her powers, yet she uses them to mostly keep Limbo in check.

    Corsair 

Corsair

Major Christopher Summers

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Debut: Uncanny X-Men #104 (1977)


The father of Cyclops, Havok and Vulcan, he was long believed to be dead but in fact was in space living the life of a heroic Space Pirate and leading the Starjammers.
  • Ace Pilot: A major in the United States Air Force and commercial pilot in his spare time. Looking at Cyclops it's clear this runs in the family.
  • Back from the Dead: After almost forty years since The Reveal, it's hard to consider this a spoiler-worthy trope anymore.
    • Death Is Cheap: His 2014 resurrection in All New X-Men, on the other hand, is definitely still spoiler-worthy.
  • Badass Normal: A mild example, as he can hold his own in brawls but is no match in a one-on-one fight with a mutant sufficiently motivated to kill him. He finds this out the hard way courtesy of Vulcan.
  • Disappeared Dad: For years Cyclops and Havok believed he was dead.
  • Interspecies Romance: With his fellow Starjammer Hepzibah. She is an alien.
  • It's Personal: With Majestor D'Ken, who murdered his wife in front of him.
  • Just Like Robin Hood: Corsair and his Starjammers steal from The Empire to give to the poor (usually themselves, but sometimes others).
  • La Résistance: The Starjammers oscillate between heroic outlaw group and this, depending on how evil the Shi'ar Empire is that day. The Empire has undergone several changes in leadership and direction over the years, requiring the Starjammers to adapt accordingly.
  • Made a Slave: By D'Ken, after being captured by the Shi'ar Empire. While in slavery he met the four aliens who would join him in his escape and become the founding members of the Starjammers.
  • Meaningful Name: 'Corsair', of course, is a mid-16th century term for a pirate, making it quite the appropriate Nom de Guerre for a spacefaring outlaw like him.
  • Noodle Incident: According to Rocket Racoon, he and Corsair once did some freebooting several years ago ("of course, the boots were freer in those days...")
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Hits three of four categories after his 2014 resurrection, as it made him into a "techno-organic cyborg who must regularly ingest nano-machine pills to stay alive".
  • Papa Wolf: His outlaw lifestyle downplays it, but he is loyal unto death to his sons, even Black Sheep Vulcan.
  • Rebel Leader: Field leader of the Starjammers, though he usually defers to Lilandra's authority when she's around.
  • Space Pirate: Heroic flavor.
  • Sword and Gun: His two main weapons in battle. To his credit, the gun at least is an advanced Shi'ar weapon, but more often than not the sword is an ordinary Earth cutlass.
  • Tangled Family Tree: The Summers family, which is so much this that at one point it was the Trope Namer.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • The only reason he was separated from his children was because the plane he was flying them in was made out of wood, which of course burst instantly ablaze when fired upon by the Shi'ar. Even to this day wood is used as a building material for hobbyist planes, but you would think a family man would have more sense than to pile his wife and children into one.
    • He is also rather foolish in the way he goes about attempting to pacify his power-mad son, literally coming at him with a sword and demanding he stand down. Not surprisingly, Vulcan flash-fries him just as easily as he did D'Ken just moments earlier.
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    Fontanelle 

Fontanelle

Gloria Dayne

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Debut: Gambit #1 (1999)


The very discreet daughter of the infamous Amanda Mueller aka 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 shifting through people's dreams and finding out whichever she needs for intelligence or manipulate the dreamer into doing what she asks them to.
  • 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 consistenly 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.
  • 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.

    Gateway 

Gateway

No Name Given

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Debut: Uncanny X-Men #229 (1988)


A Plot Device character introduced during Chris Claremont's "Outback Era", Gateway was a Hermit Guru who existed for no other purpose than to act as a living Deus ex Machina.
  • Barefoot Sage: He's a stereotypical Hermit Guru who wears only a loincloth and no shoes.
  • 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.
  • 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 Aborigine.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: 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.

    Gladiator 

Gladiator

Kallark

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Debut: Uncanny X-Men #107 (1977)

I am Gladiator, Superguardian of the Shi'ar Imperium. My sworn duty is to preserve stellar harmony.


Praetor of the Shi'ar Imperial Guard, Gladiator is also its single most powerful citizen, having subjected himself to an enhancement process in his youth along with nine other candidates to earn his current rank and title. He serves the Shi'ar throne with Undying Loyalty.
  • The Ace: He is this for the Shi'ar Empire as a whole, as their most powerful champion and most dedicated protector.
  • Always Someone Better:
    • At full power Gladiator easily overpowered all the earthly heroes he met. Then he met Thor.
    • In the Rise and Fall of the Shi'ar Empire storyline he is the brick-in-the-face messenger of this trope to Vulcan, and numerous storylines later remains one of the few characters who has managed a decisive victory over him.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Not only is he the strongest member of the Imperial Guard, he is often stated to be the strongest individual in the entirety of the Shi'ar Empire.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Often depicted as having romantic feelings for Lilandra. He's far too noble to ever voice them, though.
  • Captain Ersatz: All the Shi'ar Imperial Guard's members were this to various members of the Legion of Super-Heroes, and as their leader it should come as no surprise that Gladiator is basically Marvel's answer to Superman.
  • Casual Interstellar Travel: His abilities allow him to fly through space effortlessly, though he still needs the Shi'ar stargates to travel the galaxy-spanning distance between Chandilar and Earth.
  • Deadpan Snarker: During The Trial of Jean Grey, he has a moment when talking to Tykeclops.
    Gladiator: Scott Summers. The older you would know better than to test me this day.
    Scott: Give me Jean Grey or I will kill you.
    Gladiator: I take it back. You sound exactly like the older you.
  • The Dragon: He makes his first appearance as the Dragon of Shi'ar emperor D'Ken and his sworn loyalty to the Shi'ar Empire means he ends up taking this role to whoever is currently in charge, be it a Reasonable Authority Figure like Lilandra or a mad Galactic Conqueror like Vulcan.
    • Dragon Ascendant: As pretty much the last man standing in the Shi'ar after the War of Kings, he became majestor by default and has remained in the role ever since. One gets the feeling he's still just warming the chair for the day Lilandra or Vulcan turn back up, though.
  • Enemy Mine: He once aided the X-Men in a fight against a team of rogue Imperial Guardsmen serving the Shi'ar traitor Lord Samedar.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Not evil but an absolute douche who stands out among the X-men’s less villainess antagonists! Nevertheless, he sent his so Kubark to be a student at Wolverine’s new school, implying that he thought the X-men could provide a good influence that he could not.
  • Face–Heel Revolving Door: Often caught in this, owing to his My Country, Right or Wrong attitude. Whether the Shi'ar are trying to rescue or destroy a world, he will side with them anyway.
  • Flying Brick: As Marvel's Superman this is his basic power set, though he also has most of Superman's secondary powers (Eye Beams, Frost Breath, Super Senses, Super Speed and so on).
  • Honor Before Reason: His devotion to My Country, Right or Wrong often forces him into obeying the whims of rulers that are clearly evil (D'Ken), insane (Vulcan), or some combination of both (Deathbird).
  • The Juggernaut: He is one of the strongest beings in the universe and is pretty much unstoppable by earthly standards. In his first appearance he manhandled the Juggernaut with ease.
  • Klingon Promotion: He was named Praetor of the Imperial Guard as a reward for executing the elder members of his own people. Later he gets a less-planned promotion when Lilandra is assassinated and Vulcan goes MIA at the end of the War of Kings.
  • Last of His Kind: Last of the Strontians in an obvious parallel to Superman and Kryptonians. As if it wasn't obvious enough, he later gains a Supergirl analogue in Xenith.
  • Lightning Bruiser: At his peak he is one of Marvel's best, being depicted as strong enough to destroy planets with his blows and fast enough to fly at a hundred times the speed of light.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: His devotion to the Shi'ar Empire is so absolute that the he was the only member of their race to obey an order from the Shi'ar emperor to execute his own people's elder members.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Subverted for most of his appearances, as he consistently states he is loyal to the Shi'ar Empire itself rather than any single person ruling it, hence how he can stand to obey rulers like D'Ken and Vulcan. Though late in the War of Kings he finally has enough of Vulcan and defects to Lilandra, playing this trope straight.
  • Noble Top Enforcer: Top cop of the Shi'ar Empire and one of its most noble citizens, though this often works against him.
  • Older Than They Look: He doesn't look it but he was born an unspecific number of "centuries ago".
  • One-Man Army: He defeats the Fantastic Four on his own with frightening ease.
  • Praetorian Guard: The Shi'ar Imperial Guard, which he leads. His title as its leader is even 'Praetor' to drive the point home.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: He is this not for the Strontians, but for the Shi'ar Empire itself. As he puts it, "Like many adopted sons, I am fiercely devoted."
  • Psychoactive Powers: His race is stated to only be able to access their great powers if they are "completely devoted to a purpose". To wit, Gladiator's powers are fueled entirely by his confidence and sense of purpose, waxing and waning wildly in strength from story to story.
  • Puny Humans: Had this attitude at first. Nowadays, it's more a mix of Worthy Opponent and frustration that they simply will not stop meddling with Things Man Was Not Meant to Know and the fundamental underpinnings of the universe - like frequently screwing with the Time Stream and the Ultimates transforming Galactus from devourer of worlds into creator of worlds. While the latter would normally be cause for celebration, it's also the sort of thing that has previously had cosmic scale consequences.
  • Purple Is Powerful: He has purple skin, dark purple hair, and is the strongest member of the Shi'ar Empire.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: As both leader of the Imperial Guard and majestor of the Empire itself.
  • Shout-Out: His name is a shout-out to the 1930 novel Gladiator that is said to have partially inspired Superman.
  • Smug Super: In his more Jerkass moments he has affected this attitude.
  • Species Loyalty: Subverted, as his loyalty to the Empire outweighs his loyalty to his own people.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: Due to his powers being reliant on his confidence he is pretty much the anthropomorphic personification of Power Creep, Power Seep, with his power level swinging from Pre-Crisis Superman at his strongest to not even being able to handle a single C-list mutant like Cannonball at his weakest. The only constant where Gladiator's power is concerned is that he'll be exactly as strong or as weak as the storyline he's in requires him to be.
  • Superpower Lottery: He ranks up there with the likes of Exodus and Vulcan in the X-corner of the Marvel U, so much so that he was once able to deal the latter one of his rare defeats.
    • Eye Beams: Powerful enough to pierce the Incredible Hulk's skin, though not powerful enough to injure Apocalypse.
    • Flight: His body generates and manipulates anti-graviton particles, enabling him to fly unaided.
    • Ice Breath: Yet another power copied wholesale from Superman.
    • Nigh-Invulnerability: To a very high degree. Capable of going though the Sun's core easily.
    • Super Senses: Has Superman-level reflexes and x-ray vision.
    • Super Speed: Arguably Marvel's fastest character at his peak. Recorded by Reed Richards to fly within the Solar System at a hundreds time the speed of light.
    • Super Strength: The limits of his physical strength are arguably incalculable. Some of his classic feats include lifting the Baxter Building with ease, destroying a planet with the force of his blows and his son described seeing him tearing apart black holes.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass:
    • During The Trial of Jean Grey, combined with Took a Level in Dumbass, as both Oracle and J'son of Spartax point out - Teen!Jean is not the Phoenix and is just a scared little girl, but if he keeps on pushing her, then he might wind up unleashing the Phoenix anyway. As it does, he doesn't, but Jean does still wind up fighting him to a standstill.
    • He also takes one in X Men 92 due to his Fantastic Racism leanings being kicked up a notch. He is perfectly willing to torch an entire planet to take out a faction of mutant Brood, and when the X-Men show up he notably does not attempt to warn them about the Omnicidal Maniac Celestial Xodus currently on its way to Earth.
  • Trojan Prisoner: In one plotline Lilandra sends him to infiltrate the Kyln space prison disguised as a prisoner.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Aside from the need for confidence detailed above, Strontians are also vulnerable to magic. Do we even have to tell you why at this point?
  • Weak to Magic: A weakness he shares with all Strontians.
  • The Worf Effect: A beneficiary of this in his first appearance, as he worfed the Juggernaut to establish his Badass cred. Most later appearances would see him as a victim of it instead, to the point where fans often crack wise about him losing 5 fights for every fight he has won.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers the X-Men as this after all the run-ins he's had with them over the years. Also considers the Avengers and humanity in general to be this following the events of Infinity.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: A dark blue mohawk... one is tempted to say he foresaw the rise of '80s Hair and decided to beat it to the punch.

     Kid Omega 

Kid Omega

Quentin Quire

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Debut: New X-Men #134 (2003)

I'm only playing devil's advocate, Professor. You've always encouraged us to dream... I just wondered what would happen if one of us had a dream you didn't like?


A mutant student of Xavier's introduced in the early 2000s, Quentin Quire was trouble from the start. Gifted with prodigious psychic powers in addition to a brilliant mind, Quire had neither the maturity nor the character to handle his gifts. After a series of escalating rebellious 'stunts', he finally rallied a gang of flunkies and seized control of the school in a failed bid to win the respect of Sophie Cuckoo. Though Quire died of a drug overdose after this story, he was brought back a handful of times over the years, culminating in his full return to the school and Heel–Face Turn.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: A form he himself is comfortable with, as he reverted to his human body after becoming an Energy Being because he found the latter to be boring.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Sophie Cuckoo. All of the Stepford Cuckoos thought he was unpleasant with terrible B.O. long before Quire went off the deep end, and when he revealed that he started the riot at the Institute in order to impress Sophie, the Cuckoos responded with "Ew" before psychically taking him down. In fact, when Quire briefly revives Sophie in Endgame, she makes it perfectly clear she'd rather stay dead then have anything to do with him (which makes more sense since he's one of the reasons why she died).
  • Alliterative Name: To the point where it's revealed at one point that his real name is 'Quintavius'. Yes, his full name is 'Quintavius Quirinius Quire'. No wonder he's such a little shit.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Fell for one of the Stepford Cuckoos. She wasn't interested. He took it very badly.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Then he came back.
  • Attention Whore: One of his most glaring character flaws. Like the immature child he is, Quire constantly has to be the center of attention. Later grows out of this, and instead develops into someone who'd much rather be left alone - largely due to his generalised contempt of the rest of humanity.
  • Character Development: By the modern day, he seems to have grown out of his revolutionary pretensions and Fantastic Racism, instead favouring a kind of bored apathy born of thinking that everyone else in the world is an idiot.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Driven by the fact that he's an Insufferable Genius who thinks everyone else is an idiot.
  • Driven to Madness: As originally written, Kid Omega was just another Unwitting Pawn out of many to John Sublime. The drug Quire kept taking was actually an aerosol form of Sublime's true form.
  • Drugs Are Bad: His original appearance had him boosting his powers with the aid of the mutant drug Kick and eventually overdosing on it.
  • Emo Teen: Can come off as this, particularly in his modern incarnation.
  • Endangering News Broadcast: In an awesome showcase of how ascending to the astral plane taught him nothing, Quire announced his return to the land of the living by hijacking airwaves around the world to air the dirty secrets of various world leaders. The incident didn't quite incite the global mutant uprising he hoped for, though he did get to spend a brief time shackled in the custody of Captain America over the stunt. Interestingly, this incident wasn't forgotten; see Enemy Mine below.
  • Enemy Mine: A tie-in AVX issue had him being forced to team up with Captain America, who is essentially the living embodiment of everything Quire hates. The team-up was... well, interesting, if not particularly productive.
  • Energy Being: Per X-Men: Schism, Quentin's ascension to another plane of existence was actually the result of his secondary mutation activating, which apparently turned him into this. Finding non-corporeality "boring", he chose to return to his human form and became The Fettered.
  • Fantastic Racism: Of the anti-human variety. He was fond of whipping up these feelings in fellow students too via his Emotion Control. Now, he doesn't seem to care.
  • The Fettered: Surprisingly enough for a little shit like him, but he has willingly chosen to be this. Keep reading for the specifics.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: In his first appearances, Quire was a thinly-veiled analogue to Klebold-Harris type kids. Years later, writers more sympathetic to his position reformed him by focusing on more of his Tragic Villain tendencies. Inevitably, he always ends up going too far and making a public enemy of himself.
    • Since joining the Jean Grey School, and what happens thereafter, he's settled on Face - though he's still a smug prick.
  • Holding Back the Phlebotinum: Per X-Men: Schism, he willingly holds himself back from the full range of his abilities by choosing to return to and remain in his corporeal human form rather than the Energy Being state his secondary mutation activated.
  • Hive Queen: In Age of Apocalypse his psychic potential is apparently low. He figured out to compensate for it with a "psychic pyramid scheme" where he mind controls low level telepaths en masse to funnel their power into him. He refers to himself as the Overmind.
  • Insufferable Teen Genius: Frequently to Smug Snake levels. Emma compliments his intelligence and in the Age Of Apocalypse universe Jean notes his intellect is more exceptional than his powers.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: No reason is given for why this "My Little Brony" (as Hellion so memorably calls him) was chosen by the Phoenix Force to be one of its hosts.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Gold would be stretching it, but in the 2010s he has proven willing to be helpful to the X-Men without being arm-twisted into it. He also develops an Odd Friendship with Krakoa. The most definitive example is when he experiences the depth of feeling that elephants are capable of and suggests aid for conservationists in Africa.
  • Karma Houdini: The most recent time he came back, when he was accepted into Wolverine's X-academy with little more than a nod and a wink to his past actions.
  • Kryptonite Is Everywhere: He and his flunkies literally download a schematic of a psi-blocking helmet off the Internet in order to subdue Professor X. Presumably Chuck installed filtering software on his school's computers after this escapade.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: The classic neckbeard who goes all Stalker with a Crush when rejected. Really, it's a surprise we never see Quire eating Doritos. Mercifully, he grows out of it.
  • Mutant: Wields Psychic Powers, if consistently ill-defined ones:
    • Emotion Control: Frequently abused to fire up his fellow teens into acts of rebellion.
    • Having a Blast: He calls this his 'psychic shotgun', and forms a mental construction of a shotgun - or, latterly, a revolver - to wield it.
    • Mental World: Is capable of creating one within his own head. He loses control shortly after testing it out by taking Armor and Wolverine up into it though.
    • Mind Manipulation: Being a high-order telepath, he is capable of mind control. At one point he was successfully able to control Wolverine himself.
    • Mind over Matter: Wields limited telekinetic abilities, though he doesn't seem to be at Jean Grey levels.
    • Telepathy: Called "one of the most powerful telepaths of his generation" by Professor X. However, he's no match for Rachel Grey, as he finds out the hard way.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Apparently has a fascination with serial killers, and when mind-probed by Psylocke, what she saw in there was enough to thoroughly disgust her:
    Psylocke: You perverted little scrub—
    Quentin Quire: If you can't take the heat, get the hell out of my imagination.
  • Opposites Attract: The most reasonable explanation of him falling for Gwen Poole in West Coast Avengers (2018). They literally have nothing in common except for dyed pink hair and start out literally Love to Hate each other, which morphs to Belligerent Sexual Tension fairly quickly. (He's an ultra powerful mutant, who likes to play up his own uniqueness and deep understanding of reality to serve his own ego, but actually just follows the status quo at the end of the day, she's a baseline human warps reality with her actually unique understanding of the world so a free spirit in ways he can't even start to understand.)
  • Oblivious Adoption: Is informed by his parents that he's adopted, on his birthday. It's after this that he dyed his hair and started lashing out.
  • Odd Friendship: With Krakoa, who makes up the grounds of the Jean Grey School and later, it would seem, Quire's personal desert island. Certainly, Krakoa seems to be the only person he actually likes.
  • The Paragon Always Rebels: Xavier often describes Quire as his #1 student, so of course Quire winds up walking around wearing 'Magneto Was Right' T-shirts and leading student riots.
  • Power Creep, Power Seep: He's an omega level telepath in the main timeline, but a low-level one in the Age of Apocalypse. Possibly the result of For Want of a Nail, but it's never specified.
  • Progressively Prettier: He's downright ugly in his original appearances. Later appearances smooth out his face and give him more stylish hair and clothing.
  • Random Power Ranking: While it was hinted at before, 2019's House of X title confirms him to be an omega level mutant.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He apparently is a believer in this, if his hair is anything to go by.
  • Running Gag: His T-shirts, which have a different snarky catchphrase on them in each appearance.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Considers Professor X and Magneto to be yesterday's news and himself to be the revolutionary mutantkind needs to 'wake up'. The fact that no one actually cares about him becomes a Running Gag.
    Quentin Quire: I am apparently the only mutant in all of Westchester County who is not a complete and utter imbecile. If it wasn't already a certainty, it is now.
  • Smug Snake: Frequently. He tries to mess with Rachel Grey's head by bringing up her Hound memories, simply for the sake of Super Dickery. Rachel was not fazed and fried his brain within two seconds.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Towards Sophie Cuckoo. Mercifully, he grew out of it.
  • Super Dickery: The aforementioned 'air the dirty secrets of all the world leaders' stunt. Sure, it felt good to him, but it drew a big red bullseye on the backs of all his fellow mutants he claimed to be doing it for.
    • He also tries this on Rachel Grey, digging up her Hound memories with a smug smirk. About two seconds later, he was on the floor with a Psychic Nosebleed.
  • Teenage Wasteland: Turns the Xavier Institute into this for all of a few hours in the Riot at Xavier's story.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Particularly in his original incarnation, where he was essentially a school shooter with superpowers.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Even after making his Heel–Face Turn, he still remains an amoral dick who just so happens to not be a full-on villain anymore.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: His relationship with Gwenpool shows him slowly coming to care for her and her well-being. By the end of West Coast Avengers, he and Gwen have moved beyond their Slap-Slap-Kiss relationship and decide to become a loving couple. The kinship he develops with Gwen's pet shark implies that he's changing for the better.
  • Whip It Good: As his profile image shows, he originally carried a whip. Subverted in that he really didn't know how to use it and was just carrying it to look cool.
  • You Gotta Have Neon Pink Hair: Dyed, and inspired by an in-universe fictional mutant Che Guevara.
  • Whole Costume Reference: His striped shirt and whip look was based on an "artist's impression of a mutant overlord" used to justify Fantastic Racism in X-Men #14, back in 1965.
  • Young Conqueror: Often portrayed as wanting to be this but being too wet behind the ears to pull it off.

    Majestrix Lilandra 

Majestrix Lilandra

Lilandra Neramani

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Debut: Uncanny X-Men #97 (1976)

We had such dreams, beloved. I will not see them turned to dust before their time.


The High Queen of the Shi'ar, a race of human-like aliens with vestigial bird-like features who rule a great interstellar Empire. Enlisted the help of Xavier and the X-Men to help her deal with her evil brother (and later her evil sister), Lilandra is perhaps the one Reasonable Authority Figure in space the X-Men can consistently rely on.
  • 100% Adoration Rating: Played with, as she is this at first to the Shi'ar as her main rival to the throne is the thoroughly insane and evil D'Ken. But the Shi'ar are a Proud Warrior Race, and years of her peaceful rule leave them dissatisfied, allowing D'Ken and later Vulcan to usurp her throne from the hearts and minds of her people.
  • Beleaguered Bureaucrat: As Majestrix of the Shi'ar. You'd need several dozen hands to count the number of stories in which something bad was going down with the Shi'ar, Chuck would contact Lilandra and she would say some variant of "I would love to help, my beloved, but..." Justified somewhat in that she was ruling over hundreds of planets, and that bites a big chunk out of anyone's time.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Her cape is a combination of this and True Blue Femininity.
  • Big Good: Like her consort Xavier, Lilandra often tends to take this role.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Had this inflicted on her by Cassandra Nova while she was wearing Professor X's body as a meatsuit. Though Chuck had nothing to do with the incident, his status in Shi'ar eyes was forever tainted (not that it was very good even before said incident, mind).
  • Cain and Abel: She has two Cains, as both her brother D'Ken and her sister Deathbird are evil.
  • Cannot Dream: This is apparently a part of Shi'ar biology, for whatever reason.
  • Damsel in Distress: Tended to get used this way a lot, at least in earlier appearances. Her damseling tapered off as this trope itself declined in popularity.
  • Ermine Cape Effect: Wears a regal blue cape befitting her status as the queen of the Shi'ar.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Or queens/Majestrixes, as the case may be.
  • Expy: She bears more than a passing resemblance to Princess Leia Organa of Star Wars, at least in her early appearances as an exiled royal turned Rebel Leader.
  • Failure Hero: Though she manages to become a benevolent and beloved ruler, Lilandra never succeeds in bringing peace to the Shi'ar Empire, and her reign is rocked by one crisis after another. Part of the problem is that she is Too Good for This Sinful Earth and can't bring herself to make the hard but necessary choices someone in her position has to make regarding people close to her (she doesn't imprison Deathbird until after multiple overthrow attempts and doesn't take a firm stand regarding Charles Xavier after the Cassandra Nova thing, leading half her people to conclude she's still an Earther's puppet).
  • The Fettered: By the laws of the Shi'ar Empire once she becomes majestrix, and sometimes reaching Lawful Stupid levels. Her sister Deathbird would often toe to the very edge of the line of Shi'ar law and Lilandra would just passively take it while bleating about Deathbird's evil, never realizing she could toe those lines herself if she absolutely had to.
  • Heroic BSoD: Has one after the Cassandra Nova incident, as it basically turned her chosen consort into her people's worst enemy.
  • The High Queen: Of the Shi'ar.
  • Human Aliens: The Shi'ar have shades of this, being very humanoid in appearance but with avian features such as feathered hair, hollow bones and cold blood. They were even more avian in their past, with talons and arms that doubled as wings.
  • Interspecies Romance: A long-running one with Charles Xavier of the X-Men, though their respective responsibilities keep them from every truly committing.
    • Happily Married: Played with, as her and Charles do eventually get married but they both try to manage their respective responsibilities at the same time rather than truly committing to each other. As a result the "marriage" is tumultuous, and eventually annulled by the Shi'ar Council.
  • The Judge: She has presided as judge in Sh'ar trials of both Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four and Jean Grey post-The Dark Phoenix Saga.
  • Killed Off for Real: Assassinated by one of the Fraternity of Raptors during the War of Kings in 2009. So far, it's stuck.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Her decision to not execute her sister Deathbird but instead imprison her in luxury confinement comes back to bite her hard when Deathbird teams up with Vulcan.
  • Noble Fugitive: Often on the run with La Résistance when someone else is on the Shi'ar throne.
  • Only Sane Woman: She's the only member of her family who's not crazy and/or evil.
  • Psychic Powers: Has minor ones, as she is able to contact Charles Xavier from light years away and telepathically communicate with him. Later issues establish they share a unique psychic rapport and she can't do this with just anyone.
  • Puppet Queen: Becomes this after her Heroic BSoD, withdrawing to a 'royal retreat' world and immersing herself in mindless beauty while her advisors rule in her place and scheme to yank the throne out from under her.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Consistently portrayed as the only one of these in the entirety of the Shi'ar Empire. It gets a little hard to believe at times, frankly.
  • Rebel Leader: Shares this role with Corsair of the Starjammers, providing the moral leadership to Corsair's field leadership.
  • Royally Screwed Up: Averted for her specifically but played straight with her family, as she is the only member of her family who is not insane and/or evil.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Lilandra's no Badass, but she never hides behind her allies and always pulls her weight in a fight.
  • Ruling Couple: Subverted. Even after she marries Professor X, Lilandra retains sole authority over the Shi'ar Empire.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With her evil sister Deathbird.
  • Spare to the Throne: By the laws of succession Lilandra has the least claim to the throne of her siblings, being the youngest. But being the Only Sane Man of her family helps her claim a great deal.
  • Staff of Authority: Is often seen carrying one of these, as seen in her profile image.
  • Trial by Combat: In yet another of her Beleaguered Bureaucrat moments, she was forced to hold one of these for Jean Grey to judge her crimes as Phoenix, despite the retcon being established by this time that the Phoenix that had committed said interstellar crimes (devouring a sun) hadn't actually been Jean.
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: Majestrix Lilandra of the Shi'ar who always struggles and frequently fails to hold on to her throne and keep her kingdom from turning into The Empire, despite all the challengers to her rule and the corrupt and warmongering bureaucrats under her.
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    Mimic 

Mimic

Calvin Montgomery Rankin

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Debut: X-Men #19 (1966)

You know what I am? I'm the Mimic! I'm as powerful as all of you put together!


A young man who accidentally gained the ability to copy the knowledge, physical attributes, skills, and superpowers of anyone near him for a short amount of time. He grew more and more conceited as he grew up and desired the ability to absorb power and knowledge personally. He sought out the X-Men to copy their powers so he could use them to activate a machine his father told him would make his powers permanent, when actually it was supposed to cure him of them. He returned to antagonize the X-Men, either fighting against them or temporarily joining them to show off. Because he was exposed to them for so long, he retains the powers of the original five X-Men permanently. Mimic is of note for being the X-Men's first new member as well as its first non-mutant (Depending on the Writer, they go back and forth on this). Unfortunately, he wasn't with the team for long due to his brash nature.

He appears as a main character in Exiles in a somewhat reimagined form, being from a universe where he is without question a mutant and joins the X-Men with good intentions (eventually becoming their leader). This version has the ability to permanently absorb the powers of up to five people at a time, but has to "delete" old ones from his body to add new ones, and is usually used as The Leader within the team's dynamic.

See Exiles for tropes specifically relating to Mimic in his Exiles incarnation.


  • The Ace: In the school, Calvin soon became the best at any sport, mimicing abilities of the best players and without anyone knowing.
  • All Your Powers Combined: He can copy anyone's powers as long as they're within a certain radius, but maintains the powers of the five founding X-Men (the ones he faced at the time) as a default.
    • The Mimic from Exiles had slightly different abilities, able to duplicate indefinitely the powers of any superhuman he encountered, but could only hold 5 power sets at a time, and only at half-strength. When he was turned into a Brood queen, his powers increased to the extent that he could duplicate the powers of all nearby superhumans.
    • Another reality's version of Mimic, with the same ability as the Exiles' version, had copied the abilities of Magneto, Professor X, Blink and Cannonball- the guy had definitely won the superpower lottery.note 
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Dark X-Men retroactively gave him one, as it was established in that series that he had been suffering from Bipolar Disorder for the past fifty years.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Portrayed this way in early appearance.
  • Attention Whore: Pre-Character Development.
  • Badass in Distress: In the lead-up to Extermination he was captured while shopping for groceries by a time-traveling younger version of Cable.
  • Character Development: Originally Mimic was a stock Jerk Jock who was only in the superhero game for his own self-interest and self-aggrandizement. As time went on, his self-aggrandizing was subjected to Flanderization and he became a pathetic Attention Whore kind of figure, with his incredible powers completely overshadowed by his need for adulation. Then he got hit with a Humiliation Conga that ended with him a prisoner of the Thunderbolts, and after a brief relapse in Dark X-Men he finally matured for real. His Story-Breaker Power and lack of popularity kept him a second-string character, though, and ultimately it was decided to have him Killed Off for Real.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: During the Operation: Zero Tolerance event he and Risque were captured and tortured by soldiers of OZT Big Bad Bastion.
  • Continuity Snarl: Is Mimic a mutant or isn't he? It all depends on who you ask and when you ask it.
  • Death Is Cheap: Back in the 70's he was Killed Off for Real in a Heroic Sacrifice while fighting the Incredible Hulk. A decade later it was revealed that he had simply fallen into a coma, and when Wolverine came near him he subconsciously absorbed Wolvie's Healing Factor and revived. As of 2019 he's dead again, but considering his previous method of revival bringing him back should be easy when the writer comes along who wants to.
  • De-Power: During the 90's Mimic was depowered along with all of Earth's mutants by a device built by the High Evolutionary, a strong piece of evidence for those fans in the "Mimic is a mutant" camp.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Over his long history he has battled the X-Men, the Hulk, Super-Adaptoid, Puppet Master and Factor Three, as well as serving Onslaught and briefly joining Excalibur. He was held prisoner by the Thunderbolts for his past crimes until being offered a place on Norman Osborn's Dark X-Men. After receiving help from the Jean Grey's School X-Men, Calvin was offered a spot on their team which he accepted. He remained Face after, and ultimately sacrificed himself to protect Teen Cyclops.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Once in the 70's and again in 2018's Extermination story.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: He continued working for Norman Osborn as a member of the Dark X-Men even after most of the other members of the team defected.
  • Humiliation Conga: These happen to him fairly regularly:
    • After his first defeat at the hands of the X-Men, Professor X wiped his memories and sent him off to live what Chuck deemed to be an ordinary life.
    • His capture and torture at the hands of Operation: Zero Tolerance agents also falls under this.
    • As previously mentioned, he was captured and imprisoned for a time by the Thunderbolts.
    • After being captured by a deranged young incarnation of Cable he was chained up and his wings amputated so that they could be grafted onto the young incarnation of Angel (who acquired Celestial armor wings from the Black Vortex that Young Cable also amputated, being on a Frankenstein kick).
  • Jerk Jock: Particularly in his origin story and early on. Over time he gradually grew out of this attitude.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He wasn't a very nice person early on and Professor X even denounced him as unworthy of being an X-Man due to his arrogance and recklessness, but as he matured Cal grew past his character flaws, and after Professor X was deposed as leader of the X-Men he was even welcomed back to the team by Wolverine's X-Men faction. Ultimately he sacrificed himself to protect Professor X's first pupil, proving that Chuck couldn't have been more wrong about him.
  • Killed Off for Real: Ignobly killed with a harpoon to the heart by D-list 90's villain Ahab in the Extermination story.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: As part of his rampant Superdickery through the Silver Age, Professor X wiped Cal's memory of being with the X-Men after he decided that Mimic wasn't working out. Unlike some of the Professor's other mental victims (hi Vanisher!), Mimic was able to eventually recover his memories thanks to an, uh, convenient explosion.
  • Mega Manning: His powers allow him to do this, though he can only absorb so much. He has also permanently retained the baseline powers of the original five X-Men.
  • Mood-Swinger: Justified, since he has bipolar disorder.
  • Odd Friendship: With Michael Pointer, which doubles as Heterosexual Life-Partners. Also, more recently with Rogue.
    • In the House of M reality he has one with Bucky Barnes; the two work together on a black-ops squad and are on first name terms with each other, with Mimic even referring to Barnes by his "Buck" nickname.
  • Phlebotinum Overload: He can absorb the powers of multiple mutants, but there is a limit to the number of powers he can absorb. During his stint as a Dark Avenger the X-Men were able to beat him by having a large number of students Zerg Rush him.
  • Powers as Programs: Mimic can take on the powers of any mutant he's around and his body altering itself to match (such as gaining Beast's physique and Angel's wings).
  • Progressively Prettier: His attractiveness seems proportionately scaled to how villainous he is in any particular storyline, going from a bearded hobo-lookalike while with the Brotherhood to looking like Warren's long lost twin brother in X-Men Legacy. And then there's the heroic Exiles Mimic who has a very clean-cut all-American look to him.
  • Sixth Ranger: In another attempt to gain the X-Men's abilities, Mimic set his sights on joining their ranks, becoming deputy leader in the process when he blackmailed his way into joining the X-Men.
  • Smarter Than You Look: He doesn't act like a very educated person and dresses like he's blind, but he's a college graduate and the son of a scientist.
  • Story-Breaker Power: He's basically what Rogue would be if she didn't have to touch anyone to absorb their powers.
  • The Atoner: Often the result of his arrogant behavior and his feelings of remorse in the aftermath.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Often portrayed this way, as he missed out on the bulk of Charles Xavier's education but has an extraordinarily powerful and versatile mutation. In more recent years this has tapered off as he's acquired competence simply by virtue of being around as long as he has.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Of both Onslaught and Norman Osborn.

    Moira MacTaggert / Moira X 

Dr. Moira MacTaggert

Moira Kinross MacTaggert

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Debut: Uncanny X-Men #96 (1975)


A geneticist and former girlfriend of Professor Xavier (one of many). She was introduced to the team in the guise of a maid and struck up a relationship with Banshee.

For tropes related to her X-Men Film Series counterpart, see here.


  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • "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.
  • Killed Off for Real: By Mystique, just For the Evulz. Until a Retcon via House of X, that is.
  • 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, 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.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Moira has actually lived through most of her resurrections already, and in at least one of those resurrections she lived a long life and died in her seventies. As this was before Moira even met Charles Xavier, this places her roughly in the time periods of Mystique, Destiny, and maybe Wolverine.
  • 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.
  • Scotireland
  • 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.

    Revanche / Psylocke II 

Revanche / Psylocke II

Kwannon

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Debut: Uncanny X-Men #256 (December 1989)

We move and function as mirror-images of the other. Adepts in martial disciplines neither of us formally learned. Which, then, is Betsy Braddock, with the mutant ability to cleave minds, and which is Kwannon, with the fighting skill to rend bodies?


Kwannon is a former assassin from Japan, in the service of crimelord Nyoirin, and the lover of Matsu'o Tsuraya, both belonging to the Hand. For most of her history, her body was well-known, but she was not. Revanche is the body that Betsy Braddock was transplanted into, and thus making her one of Marvel's most iconic femme fatales for a long time. Revanche, in the body of Betsy Braddock, was eventually killed and thus ensuring that Betsy would remain in her body for many years. She got better, and eventually came back, and The Hunt For Wolverine: Mystery of Madripoor, saw them reverting back to their bodies at long last.

Revanche would see an increase in prominence as a Suspiciously Similar Substitute in Uncanny X-Men (2018) to fill the void of Psylocke following Betsy's return in the original body. The Dawn of X initiative sees Kwannon outright become the new Psylocke as Betsy became Captain Britain, and for the first time ever was the lead character of a series, Fallen Angels (2019).
  • Achilles' Heel: As good of an assassin as she is, she's still got some, ah, identity issues. Mystique is able to beat her in a sword fight by shapeshifting into Psylocke-as-Betsy, causing her to have a mild Freak Out! and drop her guard long enough for Raven to stab her.
  • Affirmative Action Legacy: The first Psylocke was white (British), while this Psylocke is Asian. She's an odd duck as characters of this type go, the reason being that the sexy ninja body that made Psylocke so popular was actually hers to begin with. The codename has always been Betsy's, though.
  • Action Girl: Originally a Dark Action Girl, but has become one of these since her defection from the Hand.
  • Anti-Hero: A deadly assassin, but not outright evil.
  • Anti-Hero Substitute: The original Psylocke slowly crept this way as the years went on, but this Psylocke is and was from the very start a deadly ninja assassin. And now that she's taken over for Betsy full time, she's become this.
  • Ascended Extra: Kwannon has historically been a very minor character — her total appearances (discounting her body being used by Betsy but not Kwannon herself appearing) amounted to less than 25 issues since 1989. This changes in 2019, where Kwannon becomes Psylocke II and is the main character of Fallen Angels to fill the void left by Betsy returning to her old body and becoming Captain Britain.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: "Kwannon" is a the Japanese rendition of the Buddhist deity Guanyin, best known in China. It is not an applicable Japanese name.
  • Came Back Wrong: During the 2000's she briefly returned as part of the Red Queen's Sisterhood of Mutants, being portrayed in purely a villainous role as she sought to reclaim her stolen body by force. She failed.
  • Death Is Cheap: It took a long time, but eventually Kwannon got her turn in the mutant resurrection revolving door.
  • Defector from Decadence: She got her start as a member of the cadre of ninja assassins called the Hand but long since lost her ties to that group.
  • Dirty Business: Is what she will be focusing on in the new Fallen Angels title, alongside Teen Cable and X-23.
  • Dying to Be Replaced: Played straight originally, as she was killed off so Psylocke could keep her sexy ninja body without any muss or fuss. Averted with her promotion to Psylocke II though, as Betsy has been allowed to keep her alive, albeit as the new Captain Britain.
  • Fights Like a Normal: Though she has telepathic powers, Kwannon is not as skilled with them as Psylocke and prefers to fight with her martial arts skills primarily. Averted with her return, as she seems to have acquired Psylocke's psychic skill along with the reclamation of her old body.
  • Flat Character: If only because of a lack of development by virtue of being dead for the longest time. Kwannon is best known for being the basis of Psylocke's most famous portrayal, but the character herself was rather underdeveloped. She's a ninja assassin who worked for the Hand before the body swap, and that's about it. We don't even know her last name, nor do we know much about the various details of her backstory or nuances of her personality, as we do with Betsy. However, this is set to change in Fallen Angels, where she's clearly the main character. Fans have noted that as Psylocke II, she's essentially a blank slate to work with and expand upon in order to prove herself worthy of the role.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: She switched to Betsy's body while Betsy switched to hers, and then she died. She got better, eventually.
  • Good Is Not Nice: She's on the side of the X-Men these days but she's still a cold-blooded assassin.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: She's been on the Hand, the X-Men, the Sisterhood of Mutants, and the Fallen Angels.
  • Legacy Character: After having her body be the basis of Psylocke for many years, then Revanche herself serving as the Suspiciously Similar Substitute in Uncanny X-Men (2018), Dawn of X has Kwannon become the new Psylocke outright.
  • Meaningful Name: Her first codename of Revanche. While it sounds simply like a derivative of the ever-boring revenge motivation, it's actually a political term for a policy designed to recover lost territory or status. While somewhat arcane, this is an appropriate appellation for a woman who seeks to reclaim her stolen body.
  • Mercy Kill: After contracting the Legacy virus in the 90's, she sought out her old lover Matsu'o and requested he give her this as his atonement for his transgressions against both her and Psylocke. Though grief-stricken, Matsu'o gave Kwannon the mercy she sought, and her and Psylocke put aside their enmity to bury her together.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Definitely. She was the body of Psylocke, and when she returned, she was given a modified version of the bathing suit to make up for Betsy going Tamer and Chaster. Then, in Fallen Angels, she becomes Psylocke and wears a completely faithful recreation of the ninja bathing suit while doing the Boobs-and-Butt Pose.
  • Mysterious Past: Nothing is known of her past beyond her Japanese heritage and affiliation to the Hand. However, Fallen Angels is slated to expand upon this.
  • Only One Name: Kwannon is the only name we know, as her surname is never revealed.
  • Shoot the Dog: She murders a resurrected Joseph out of the belief that he is a weapon that humans will use to erase mutants from the world if not stopped. While tragic to fans who remember Joseph prior to his Face–Heel Turn, since the events of Magneto: Not a Hero it is hard to argue with her.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's 5'11". It especially stands out as she's Japanese, who on average are around 7 to 10 inches shorter.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: In the 2018 Uncanny X-Men, Revanche fills the role Psylocke traditionally fills as a sexy femme fatale ninja (complete with a modified version of the bathing suit). It goes even further, where Kwannon outright becomes the new Psylocke in 2019.
  • The Worf Effect: As part of Marvel's ongoing effort to convince fans that Psylocke > Magneto, the first thing Kwannon does upon her return is to behead Magneto's Ax-Crazy clone Joseph. And just in case this wasn't convincing enough, she soon after got to worf Daken too.

    Senator Robert Kelly 

Senator Kelly

Robert Edward Kelly

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Debut: Uncanny X-Men #135 (1980)

You say you want to help, but you and your X-Men only ever makes things worse.


A New York senator with Fantastic Racism leanings as regards mutants. He started out merely afraid (quite understandably) of what they might do; after his wife was killed in a mutant-on-Sentinel battle it became slightly more personal. He wants mutants to be registered and controlled (despite, you know, silly stuff like the constitution), but on occasion has actively fought against more extremist politicians like the pro-genocide Graydon Creed. Swings between Well-Intentioned Extremist and Strawman Political, Depending on the Writer. The Brotherhood of Mutants keep on trying to kill him and the X-Men keep on saving him in the hopes that one day he'll be grateful. Eventually, he was. Then an anti-mutant activist killed him anyway.

For tropes related to his X-Men Film Series counterpart, see here.


  • Antagonistic Senator: Got his start as one of these.
  • Badass Cape: Wears an improvised one in X Men 92 that is surprisingly badass.
  • Beware the Superman: His political message, encouraged by Man Behind the Man Sebastian Shaw who actively stokes the embers of Kelly's paranoia in hopes of getting his company into a lucrative contract selling Sentinels to the government.
  • Doomed Contrarian: Numerous storylines revolved around assassination attempts on Senator Kelly's life, starting with the classic Days of Future Past, and no matter how many times the X-Men saved Kelly his ass would inevitably just find itself firmly in the crosshairs of some other lunatic.
    • Death by Irony: Ultimately, the lunatic who finally ended up doing Kelly in wasn't one of the mutants he feared at all, but instead one of his own disenchanted supporters.
  • Fantastic Racism: Against mutants, but unlike most anti-mutant villains he is allowed to have actual logical reasons behind his racism and not just slavering hate. He also gets better eventually.
  • Famous Last Words: "We're a young species. We make mistakes, but we may surprise you yet."
  • Heel–Face Turn: After years of being an Ungrateful Bastard he finally was allowed to get better... only to get assassinated anyway right after because, as ever in comics, Status Quo Is God.
  • Jerk Justifications: His first encounter with the X-Men was when they were fighting the Hellfire Club in The Dark Phoenix Saga. It didn't make a good impression. Then his wife was killed by pieces of falling Sentinel...
  • Killed Off for Real: By a racist nobody mad about Kelly "betraying his own kind" when he softened his stance on mutants.
  • Large Ham: Being a politician, this comes with the territory, but he really gets to chew the scenery in an awesome way in X Men 92.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: In X-Men '92 he is secretly one of Apocalypse's Four Horsemen, and the only one who is a baseline human.
  • No Party Given: He has been given political positions that fall on either side of the political spectrum and while he is a senator from New York (which traditionally elects Democrats) his supporters seem to nearly all be of a Republican bent. Note that in the supplementary material of his film incarnation, he is given suffix R-KS, which means that in the films he is a Republican from Kansas and defies this trope.
  • Only Sane Man: Senator Kelly is notable for being pretty much the only one of the numerous characters to fill the "anti-mutant politician" role in the X-Men series who is allowed to have a realistic and layered opinion on mutants, as opposed to being just a frothing Strawman Political.
  • Paralyzing Fear of Sexuality: Played for Laughs when we meet his wife Sharon. Turns out she was employed as a maid by the Hellfire Club in her youth, and during a lunch with Sebastian Shaw she pranks him by walking in wearing her old servant garb. Kelly is shocked, but Shaw finds the prank hilarious.
  • Properly Paranoid: Kelly's fears that mutants are a destructive force that will wreak destruction if not kept in check is not entirely founded, yet over the years with their numerous battles (and the numerous attendant collateral damage) they're definitely not entirely unfounded either. If you looked up Strawman Has a Point in the X-universe, you'd probably find Kelly's picture next to the entry.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a very pointed one to Professor X and the X-Men in X Men 92. His profile quote is taken from said speech, which can be read in full below:
    Senator Kelly: Is that what you think this is about?! I may have mistrusted mutants at one time, but I saw the error of my ways during the Westchester Wars. No, this isn't about trusting mutants — I just don't trust you! You've always claimed to be our protectors, but what have you really done? You react. You respond. You help to minimize the crises that you create. You're so caught up in petty squabbles and love triangles that you never see the bigger threats to the entire planet — even when they're hanging directly over your heads! You say you want to help, but you and your X-Men only ever makes things worse. So no, I reject your particular brand of "help", Professor X! It's time we entrusted the safety of this planet to another. Someone who doesn't just dream about the future, but shapes it.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Finally changed his opinions of mutants when Pyro saved his life... and then got killed.
  • Sinister Shades: His usual horn-rimmed glasses slowly get shaded into these in X Men 92 as a kind of visual cue that he is secretly one of Apocalypse's Four Horsemen. Ironically, this twist does not make him evil, subverting this trope in spirit if not in appearance.
  • Shout-Out: Named for the poet Robert Kelly, who was one of Chris Claremont's professors in his college years.
  • Super Registration Act: The Mutant Control Act/Mutant Registration Act, his signature legislative bill that he is always trying to get passed, regardless of adaptation.
  • Took a Level in Badass: While not quite to Action Politician levels, he does take a notable level in X Men 92.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: For a long time there it seemed that no matter how many times the X-Men saved him, he would always go right back to commissioning Sentinels the next day.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His assassination at the hands of Mystique's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants would have been the catalyst to the first and most well-known of the X-Men's many, many Bad Future timelines, the Days of Future Past.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Of Sebastian Shaw and the Hellfire Club, at least in his first few storylines.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: In 1989 he was given a Morality Pet in the form of wife Sharon Kelly... who was then killed by a rogue Master Mold in the very next issue.

    Threnody 

Threnody

Melody Jacobs

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Debut: 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 capble 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.
  • 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.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Post-resurrection she has these when using her powers.
  • Sphere of Destruction: Before he 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.
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    Valerie Cooper 

Valerie Cooper

Debut: Uncanny X-Men #176 (1983)


The Reasonable Authority Figure in charge of managing X-Factor. See X-Factor for more on her.

    The Morlocks 

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A group of deformed or outcast mutants who live in the sewers of the cities they inhabit, thought to have been created by Mr Sinister (later revealed/retconned as being the Dark Beast's handiwork). Usually reclusive and rather unlikely to cause trouble if unprovoked, their powers are often not combat-oriented or just plain weird. Notorious for having been wiped out during the Mutant Massacre by the Marauders and the flooding of their homes by Mikhail Rasputin, they're now reduced to being a groupuscule of freaks. Their run-ins with the X-Men and other teams such as X-Factor or even Power Pack have shown that they're a force to be reckoned with nevertheless.

They are often led by Masque or Callisto, two of the least deformed members of the community. Caliban, Leech, Marrow, Skids, Spyke, Artie Maddicks and the X-Force twins Feral and Thornn all used to be part of them and usually no longer have any connection with their peers when they leave the sewers.


  • Alas, Poor Villain: Despite their antagonistic nature, both the X-Men and X-Factor were appalled by what the Marauders did to them.
  • Ambiguous Gender: For a long time it wasn't known whether Masque was male or female. Eventually, despite a stint as 'Madame Masque', the writers settled on Masque being a male.
  • Ascended Extra: A number of more prominent characters originally got their start as Morlocks, though few are still prominent today.
  • Back from the Dead: Many of them were resurrected by Selene during the Necrosha arc.
  • Bad Boss: Masque was often referred to as a rather ungrateful leader who often ensured his/her minions' loyalty by disfiguring them.
  • The Baroness: Callisto, due to her role as the leader as well as being one of their most deadly members.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Brutally defied: being a community of predominantly physically deformed mutants, the Morlocks take a rather dim view of conventional beauty. One of their number, Masque, would even go so far as to forcibly make attractive Morlocks ugly by giving them a non-human feature on their bodies, such as Pixie's leg or Caliban's face.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: During the Messiah Complex event Masque gathered together a small core of his most faithful followers and attempted to find Destiny's diaries. Unfortunately for Masque, many other more powerful villains were also hunting for the diaries, and his team was ignobly dealt with, not even being acknowledged by the X-Men but instead being taken by the former Morlock Skids.
  • Blessed with Suck: Many of them often had rather weak or passive powers such as Beautiful Dreamer who could rearrange memories with the smoke of her cigarettes or Piper who could control animals with his flute (though there are alligators down in those sewers...).
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Some of the Morlocks generally, and Callisto very specifically, adhere to a strange code of honor that permits kidnapping and forcing unwilling mutants into the group but also forces their leader to relinquish leadership if beaten in a duel.
  • Canon Foreigner: Spyke from X-Men Evolution.
  • Cast from Hit Points: The imaginatively-named Healer. When he heals a would that would've otherwise killed Callisto, he dies instead.
  • Challenging the Chief: Callisto was challenged and defeated by Storm in her first appearance. Her Blue and Orange Morality forced her to relinquish leadership of the Morlocks to Storm, but Storm had no interest in living in the sewers so she just left Callisto in charge as her representative.
  • Children Are Innocent: Leech and Artie are notable for being this, being among the rare children who survived the Marauders' rampage on their community and being among the least malevolent of the Morlocks.
  • Cute Mute: Artie Maddicks qualifies. He cannot speak and communicates by projecting mental images to make people see what he feels, what he sees or what he just saw not long ago.
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: Subverted hard with Callisto. While she relinquished leadership to Storm, and comes to respect the "Windrider", she never really likes Storm, and sometimes her resentment over being dethroned has led her into acts of true villainy.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: After his Big Bad Wannabe attempt above, Masque was actually offered a chance at redemption by Professor X, who offered him and his Morlocks membership in the New Charles Xavier School which they all accepted. Despite this, Masque has since returned to villainy.
  • The Grotesque: Many of them such as Chicken Wings, Ape, Mother Inferior or Mole sported extreme deformations, and ended up being killed off accordingly.
  • Harmless Villain: They're often much less dangerous than what they let on. Erg, an eyepatch-wearing member of their community, is even described outright to be this in his O*N*E* mutant file, which notes that his primary use of his mutation is petty theft and that his greatest ambition is apparently to be a member of the Hell's Angels.
  • Hobos: An entire community of them, justified by most of them having physical mutations that severely limit their ability to lead normal lives.
  • Humiliation Conga: When last seen (as of 2018) Masque was reduced to an Unwitting Pawn of the mind-controlling villain Mesmero, who brainwashed him into becoming a member of his Brotherhood of Mutants.
  • King of the Homeless: Callisto, Masque and Mikhail Rasputin have all led the Morlocks. Callisto tends to be their leader most often, due to being the first and longest-lasting character to serve the role, but Mikhail fits the trope's spirit best.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Callisto, Depending on the Writer. She's usually a Noble Demon but sometimes her rivalry with Storm gets the better of her.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Masque, in stark contrast to Callisto.
  • Killed Off for Real: Many of them were killed off en masse during the appropriately titled Mutant Massacre storyline.
  • Malevolent Mutilation: Masque's stock in trade.
  • Power Nullifier: Leech's primary ability is to completely negate other mutants' powers in his presence. As an acquaintance to Power Pack, that's how he prevented Quicksilver from kidnapping Franklin Richards, leaving the smug Pietro utterly flabbergasted to find himself impeded by a mere child.
  • Power-Upgrading Deformation: Their powers often made them into freaks, best examples being Leech (who looks like a reptilian humanoid, complete wiht the green skin and slanted yellow eyes), Bliss (a Storm lookalike whose mouth hides a second face that can deliver a poisonous bite) and Artie Maddicks (a pink-skinned mute child whose oversized cranium hints at his telepathic powers).
  • Plague Master: Plague, who later became one of the Horsemen of Apocalypse.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The Morlocks can be menacing, as they have numbers and some of their number are strong by human standards (such as Sunder, who has Super Strength sufficient to throw ordinary humans around but can't stand up to the likes of Colossus). Against trained mutants like the X-Men, mutant assassins like the Marauders or even trained and sufficiently armed humans, however, the Morlocks fold faster than a cheap paper plate.
  • Reluctant Monster: A number of Morlocks don't actually want to live in the sewers and only do because their physical mutations are so extreme they have nowhere else to go. And then you have the ones who didn't start out horrifically deformed, but were made so by Masque so they could "fit in" better...
  • Status Quo Is God: During the M-Pox crisis a number of new mutants took the sewers, essentially rejuvenating the depleted Morlocks community back to their pre-Mutant Massacre numbers. Callisto, of course, has also returned to lead them.
  • Team Mom: Annalee, an elderly mutant with an emotion-influencing mutant ability who is best known today as the mother of the COVERED IN SCORPIONS X-meme.
  • Took a Level in Badass: During the 90's a new generation of Morlocks appeared, callintg themselves "Gene Nation". These were the descendants of the original Morlocks who survived the Mutant Massacre.
  • Too Powerful to Live: Among their ranks was the young mutant Revelation, a young woman who could radiate a powerful death aura that kills anyone within her range of action. Since the couldn't turn off her powers, she was kept in stasis for years and her power became stronger as she woke up, leaving Wolverine with no choice but to kill her.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Tommy, Cybelle and Zeek, who were among the first casualties of the Mutant Massacre.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Storm claimed leadership of the group from Callisto but quickly absconded back into the normal world and left Callisto as her regent. She very rarely did anything to live up to her responsibilities afterward, which often led to Villain Has a Point moments when Callisto would pop back up and harangue Storm for it (usually while trying to kill her).

    Chen Xorn / Xorn II 

Chen Xorn

AKA: Shen Xorn, Zorn
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Debut: X-Men #157 (2004)


The brother of that other Xorn. Differs from his brother by having a black hole for a head, rather than a star.
  • Aborted Arc: When he was first introduced, he claimed that it was not Magneto who had attacked New York (which was true, and turned out to be his evil twin) but also that it was "someone else... someone I still sense within your midst." This was never referenced again, and turned out to be complete horse manure with the revelation that it was in fact Xorn I who attacked New York.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Related to the Aborted Arc entry; Xorn apparently knew the identity of the person pretending to be Magneto and claimed to know who it was and that it was someone within the X-Men's midst, but never got around to telling them who it was. The meta explanation for this is that it was Chuck Austen trying to ape Chris Claremont by dropping a bunch of dangling plot hooks on the way, but like the other hints (Cassandra Nova implied to possess Carter and Gambit being turned into a blind precog), this was forgotten and buried after Austen's departure.
  • Continuity Snarl: Comes with being (a) Xorn, he's where the ball starts rolling, trying to undo the "Xorn was Magneto" story by saying that no, that Xorn was a real guy who thought he was Magneto, and...
  • Combo Platter Powers: He's got Telepathy, is The Needless, and can be a Gravity Master via the miniature black hole in his head.
  • Cool Helmet: Same as his brother Xorn.
  • Death Is Cheap: X-Men: Blue has him supposedly sacrifice himself to destroy Bastion. He returns in the first issue of House of X.
  • De-Power: He was said to have lost his powers on M-Day, but befitting his continuity-snarled backstory turned up again with them later.
  • Deus Exit Machina: An amusing literal example, as he was the exit machina that sucked Exodus's Brotherhood away from their attack on the X-Men and out of reality.
  • Gentle Giant: Not by Western standards, but at 6'2 both him and his brother are much taller than the average Chinese person.
  • Glowing Eyes: Has these through his mask.
  • Identical-Looking Asians: Another literal case, as he is a Chinese man who is physically identical to his brother.
  • Magical Asian: Well, with mutant power instead of magic, but he's still the stock "serene wise master who can kick ass when he wants and is usually meditating" character this trope describes.
  • One Steve Limit: With his brother, Xorn. In fairness, it's their family name. Alternate versions, starting with the Ultimate universe, tend to get around this by having Chen's name be spelled "Zorn".
  • Put on a Bus to Hell: Serving double duty as the bus, he dragged Black Tom, Nocturne and most of the Brotherhood away with his black hole. They turned out to have been dragged off to Mojoworld, the poor bastards.
  • Redeeming Replacement: The first Xorn was a madman who thought he was Magneto at his worst. This Xorn is the serene Buddhist ally to the X-Men his brother pretended to be.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Like Kwannon / Psylocke II above, he is this on a meta level. Even though Xorn I's persona was completely fake, fans liked it so much that the writers decided to give him an identical twin brother in the form of this guy.
  • Ret-Canon: The Zorn name is taken from the Ultimate incarnation of the Xorn brothers, where Chen goes Zorn to differentiate him from his brother.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His name has also been spelled as "Shen Xorn".
  • Technical Pacifist: He's a nice guy who'd rather not fight. But that black hole head makes him very dangerous when pushed.
  • Unrealistic Black Hole: Doesn't get more unrealistic than having a black hole for a head!


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