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"Everybody thinks the Phoenix Force is turning me into some kind of cosmic destroyer, but it's not like that. I have trouble with the rushes, but I'm okay, really. I think I can make things right here." Art by Stanley 'Artgerm' Lau

Jean Grey, also known with the aliases Marvel Girl, Phoenix, Dark Phoenix, and White Phoenix of the Crown, is a Marvel Comics character and one of five original members of the X-Men in Marvel Universe. As such, she is first introduced in the very first X-Men comics, that is Uncanny X-Men Vol. 1 #1 in 1963. She's created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

Her power set is simple: telekinesis and telepathy. Her look is simple, but dynamic—her hair is red and voluminous, her suit is emerald. She has a place as Professor X's particular protegee, the only telepath whose potential might match his. And when that potential is tapped, you have one of the most powerful X-Men of all.

She was the center of attention throughout many of the X-Men's early adventures, being the only woman on the team at the time, and also one of the most potentially powerful. Eventually she settled into a relationship with Scott Summers, a.k.a. Cyclops; however, her burgeoning psychic potential along with some brain-washing caused her to develop an incredibly malevolent split personality with the power to destroy planets. She made a Heroic Sacrifice during a moment of being in control of herself so that she wouldn't cause any more destruction at the climax of The Dark Phoenix Saga. However, the Phoenix Force disperses into its original form and a fragment locates the still-healing Jean at the bottom of Jamaica Bay. But Jean senses its memories of death and destruction as Dark Phoenix and rejects it, causing it to bond with her still-lifeless clone, Madelyne Pryor, instead. The phoenix cocoon, containing Jean’s psyche, is discovered and retrieved by The Avengers and Fantastic Four. Jean emerges with no memory of the actions of the Phoenix or Dark Phoenix. She is reunited with the original X-Men, and convinces them to form the new superhero team X-Factor.


She also initially accepted that Scott has moved on by married with another woman named Madelyne Pryor. However, things got complicated when Madelyne, who is angered over Scott's decision to lead X-Factor and neglect his family, abandoned him with their infant son, Nathan. When Madelyne returns during Inferno, her powers are awakened by demonic pact and she introduces herself as Goblyn Queen. The revelation that Madelyne is actually Jean's clone drove her completely insane and she plans to sacrifice the infant Nathan to achieve greater power and unleash Hell on Earth. Jean and Madelyne confront each other, and Madelyne attempts to kill them both. Jean manages to survive only by absorbing the remnant of the Phoenix Force housed within Madelyne, giving her both Madelyne's memories and the Phoenix's memories from Dark Phoenix Saga.


After Madelyne's death, Jean helps Scott cared for Nathan, since he's genetically her son as well. When X-Factor rejoins the X-Men, Jean no longer uses her codename. She initially doesn't accept the arrival of Rachel Summers (who goes by the codename "Phoenix" as well and is also able to tap into the Phoenix Force). Some time later, Nathan is kidnapped and infected with Techno-Organic Virus by Apocalypse. The virus was rapidly spreading through his body and, if not stopped, would kill him. To help him, Jean and Scott are forced to let him being taken by a woman named Sister Askani from a distant future who claimed her clan had technology in that might be able to save Nathan. However, Askani could only risk one time jump without destroying herself. So, Nathan could not return to present timeline very soon.

Unbeknownst to them, though, a mysterious cyborg-mutant soldier called Cable who appeared to lead the New Mutants and later found the X-Force, was actually their son Nathan, who has grown up into an adult man, much older than his own parents, and has returned from the future.

Jean eventually accepts Rachel as her daughter, who also requests Jean to take the codename Phoenix. After some time, she also accepts Scott's marriage proposal (which she previously rejected) and during their honeymoon, they had Mental Time Travel to distant future, which allowed them to raise young Nathan. During this time, Scott and Jean used fake names, Slym and Redd Dayspring, respectively, to hide their identity. It's revealed that Rachel was responsible for the time travel by using her powers because she wants them to protect and raise Nathan. Back in the present, Jean and Scott revealed to Cable that they had raised him in the future as Redd and Slym Dayspring. Cable had known for some time and was waiting for them to be ready to tell him. They were pleased to be reunited as a family again. During Onslaught, Jean also met her other alternate reality child, Nate Grey a.k.a. X-Man (and is essentially younger Cable), who accidentally resurrects Madelyne in a subconscious attempt to reach out to his "mother", Jean. Despite responsible bringing for her rival back into her life, Jean parted with her son on good terms.

Scott is later possessed by Apocalypse and apparently killed. But Jean believes he may be still alive. She's helped by Cable in rescuing and freeing Scott from the possession. But, during the events in New X-Men, Scott isn't feeling very well due to Apocalypse's possession and this is when their marriage begin to fall, especially after the "psychic affair" between him and Emma Frost, fellow member and reformed supervillainess. Ultimately, though, Jean realizes that Emma truly loves him. And when Emma was shot and literally shattered in her organic diamond form by Esme Cuckoo, Jean helped repairing Emma at the molecular level, displaying incredible telekinetic power. Later, she's tricked by Magneto impostor, Kuan-Yin Xorn, along with Wolverine, who has long-time one-sided crush on her. They ended up trapped on Asteroid M, drifting closer to the Sun. The Phoenix Force within Jean is reawakened when Wolverine tried to Mercy Killed her. Jean and Wolverine returned to Earth to face Xorn. But Xorn managed to (physically) kill her with an electromagnetic pulse which causes her to have a planetary-scale stroke. An enraged Wolverine soon avenges her by decapitating Xorn.

Upon the death of her physical form, Jean spends time in the The White Hot Room doing 'Phoenix work'. The Phoenix Force can also restore Jean's body to life, although there appears to be some unknown limitation to how quickly it can successfully accomplish this following her death. Around this time, she's also somehow seen aiding the X-Men, such as collecting the missing fragments of the Phoenix force she took some of them from Rachel Summers and the Stepford Cuckoos after the events in Phoenix Warsong when they wield the powers. She even helps Emma (again), when the latter is mind raped by the resurrected Madelyne Pryor into psychic static. She also helps Scott, who became Dark Phoenix of Phoenix Five, to let go of the Phoenix Force during Avengers vs. X-Men. Most recently, she's been brought back to life once again and is leading her own team of X-men

Jean Grey of the Past
"If you're trying to see which one of us can make the other one more angry... you win. The difference between us is you project illusions... sure, good convincing illusions! I project reality! Your darkest fears! The real you!"

Much later, after the events of Schism and Avengers vs. X-Men, the X-Men have broken apart down ideological lines: Wolverine-led X-Men in Jean Grey School for Higher Learning and Cyclops-led X-Men in New Charles Xavier School.

The Phoenix Five, plus Magneto, led by Scott Summers, are on the run. After using their Phoenix powers to change the world as they saw fit, they're now considered terrorists. Cyclops has them teleporting around the world to rescue or approach new mutants as they manifest. Cyclops' goal: time for a revolution, and he needs an army.

Meanwhile Beast, dying as a result of further mutations, hears an offhand remark from Iceman, along the order of: "If only Scott could see himself..." and decides that's a brilliant idea. He goes to the past and brings the original five X-Men, including much younger Jean Grey, to the present day. After they're convinced to help settle the things that previously caused by original Cyclops and his own X-Men, they agree to stay. However, it eventually becomes clear that not everything was as they were told upon arriving, in addition to several changes in the team dynamics and emotional impacts, which result in the O5 X-Men and Kitty Pryde deciding to join the New Xavier School in hopes of being able to continue their attempt to bring mutantkind and mankind together.

In the new school, young Jean is under tutelage of Emma Frost, of all people. They began their relationship in a not-so-friendly way. But after they settle their differences, they begin to bond, developing a thoroughly unlikely friendship. Some time later, Jean is kidnapped by Shi'ar Empire who randomly blames her for what her future counterpart, as Dark Phoenix, did in Dark Phoenix Saga. But thanks to her four original teammates (along with Kitty Pryde and X-23), Starjammers, and Guardians of the Galaxy, Jean is rescued and safely returned to the school. After that, she and her team ultimately depart on a road trip to try and get their heads straight, before getting involved in the Mutant-Inhuman War, Jean being detailed to deal with Karnak. After that, she takes up leadership of the newly formed 'Blue' team, the Original Five plus Jimmy Hudson a.k.a. Ultimate Wolverine's son, under the guidance of Magneto, while also being plagued by visions of the Phoenix, which she's certain is coming for her, and she ultimately decides to try and learn how to fight it, going to former hosts, then to the likes of the Odinson, Betsy Braddock, and Doctor Strange. As it turns out, she's being haunted by the ghost of her adult self, but the Phoenix really is coming. To the horror of both her and the ghost of the older Jean, the Phoenix Force was coming after her, but not to bond with her — it wanted her dead, bonding with her and obliterating her body, setting the stage for Phoenix Resurrection The Return Of Jean Grey. However, she ends up in the White-Hot Room thanks to taking Emma Frost's piece of the Phoenix Force, and talks the Phoenix into bring her back to life and leaving her alone.

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    Notable Comic Books appearance 
  • Phoenix: The Untold Story (1984)
  • Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix (1994)
  • Further Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix (1996)
  • X-Men: Phoenix Endsong (2005)
  • X-Men Origins: Jean Grey (2008)
  • Marvel Girl (2011)
  • Jean Grey (2017)
  • X-Men: Red (2018)

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Tropes for Modern Jean

  • Action Mom: Oddly enough Jean fits this despite never having actually carried a child. All her offspring, Rachel, Cable, and X-Man; are from alternate universes or timelines (although Cable was actually born in the present, but he had to be sent to the future as mentioned above. Oh, and his mom is Jean's clone). That said, she considers all of them to be her children, despite having got off to a rocky start with Rachel.
  • All-Loving Heroine: Most of the time, and particularly since her return in Phoenix Resurrection, with the emphasis of X-Men: Red, where she leads the titular team against Cassandra Nova, being on the power of compassion. However, as she also reminds people, 'compassionate' most definitely does not mean either 'weak' or 'stupid'.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: The Phoenix, as avatar of Phoenix Force. Her costume as Phoenix, Dark Phoenix, and White Phoenix also has the golden firebird emblem on her chest.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: Jean Grey as Dark Phoenix.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: In the White Hot Room after her physical death by Xorn in New X-Men, to gather fragments of the Phoenix Force.
  • Back from the Dead: Once... for one quite permanent example.
    • For not-so-permanent examples, she has undergone this repeatedly in Phoenix Endsong (See Death Is Cheap below for details). But each time she's resurrected, it's always Came Back Wrong, so she finally decides that she’s not yet ready to come back to life, instead returning to the White Hot Room to continue gathering the fragments of Phoenix Force.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In New X-Men, Jean was seen to be showing off her midriff often.
  • Battle Couple: With Cyclops, combining his optic blasts with her potent psychic abilities. Many stories featured them charging into battle together, hand-in-hand, and blasting their way through opponents.
  • Betty and Veronica:
    • In early days she had to choose between Angel and Cyclops, and later Cyclops and Wolverine.
    • She was briefly the Betty to Psylocke's Veronica for Cyclops' Archie.
    • She's become the Betty for Cyclops while Emma Frost is the Veronica.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's sweet, motherly and level-headed, practically overflowing with compassion. Unless you wrong her or her loved ones seriously. Then, you're in for a world of psychic pain.
  • Big Good: Like her husband, she is pretty much the Paragon of mutantkind to whom everybody looks up, also post-mortem. Her teenaged self finds it alternately intimidating and irritating, on the grounds that people tend to see either the Paragon or the Apocalypse Maiden and don't bother to look further.
  • Blessed with Suck: She used to have great difficulty controlling her powers. Her telekinesis wasn't so bad, but her telepathy was a huge hassle because she couldn't shut it off. It went From Bad to Worse when she became the host of the Phoenix — she had even more power, but less control since the Phoenix isn't always content to stay in the passenger's seat.
  • Civvie Spandex: In New X-Men.
  • Cleavage Window: Her Phoenix Five costume in Marvel: Avengers Alliance.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Jean is capable of getting very jealous, especially where Scott is concerned.
  • Composite Character: Jean's Phoenix Five costume in Marvel: Avengers Alliance is an amalgam of P5 Emma's chestpiece and P5 Cyclops' suit. Her P5 persona is essentially the Dark Phoenix, being the Epic Boss of the Avengers side after defeating P5 Cyclops.
  • Continuity Snarl: The Phoenix Force with all the RetCons (or in some instances, continuity gaffs) surrounding it.
  • Costume Evolution: Her first two changes, along with the rest of the teams, were all designed by her.
  • Death-Activated Superpower: Something the Phoenix Force seems to do. However, how this works is very much Depending on the Writer.
  • Death Is Cheap: Though wrongly assumed to be her main trait, or wrongly singled out for it, she is still a comic book superhero.
    • Presumed dead piloting space shuttle, re-emerges with Phoenix Force powers.
    • Phoenix Force corrupted and turned her into Dark Phoenix, and then she committed suicide on the moon. It's later explained that it's actually Phoenix-created duplicate of Jean who dies. Jean’s psychic link with the Phoenix was what caused her to sacrifice herself. Real Jean's physical body, on the other hand, is actually placed in a stasis phoenix cocoon underwater by the Phoenix Force who saved her from her first presumed death. The portion of Jean's consciousness that had bonded with the Phoenix force awoke in a realm called The White Hot Room. The cocoon is later discovered by Avengers and Fantastic Four, then she re-emerges back to life, initially with no memory of Phoenix or Dark Phoenix.
    • She's one of many people who is temporarily erased from existence by Thanos in The Infinity Gauntlet. Along with everyone else, she gets restored later on.
    • Presumed killed by Trevor Fitzroy's sentinels along with Hellions, and Emma Frost who fell into coma. Jean instead transferred her psyche into Emma's comatose body. She was eventually transferred back into her own body, which was only brain-dead at the time, by Xavier.
    • Seemingly mercy-killed by Wolverine on remains of Asteroid M. Her Phoenix Force powers are reawakened and she was able to fly them both back to Earth.
    • Unfortunately, she's shortly after physically killed by Xorn with an electromagnetic pulse that gave her planetary-scale stroke.
    • In Phoenix Endsong #3, a wounded part of the Phoenix Force makes it way to earth and brings Jean back to life to help heal itself. Feeling the Phoenix power taking control, she asks Wolverine to repeatedly kill her to weaken the Phoenix. Each time, the Phoenix is able to help resurrect Jean almost immediately. Later, she submerges herself in a glacier, even this fails to hold her, though, and she comes back once again. In Phoenix Endsong #5, Jean decides that she’s not yet ready to come back to life, instead returning to the White Hot Room to continue gathering the fragments of Phoenix Force.
    • And then, finally, she returns in Phoenix Resurrection, where she apparently puts a stop to this for good by firmly telling the Phoenix to bugger off and leave her alone.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Jean as Phoenix can be quite witty and sarcastic when she wants to be. This character trait lingers.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Her: Her Quesada-mandated death at the end of Planet X had "Magneto" kill her out of spite when he realized he was losing.
  • Dude Magnet: Jean is the object of affection for many male X-Men members, including Professor X himself for a brief period in the old days.
  • Evil Costume Switch: When she becomes Dark Phoenix, the outfit turns red. In a more subtle version, as the normal Phoenix, the size of the phoenix logo slowly grew as time went on and she became more Anti Heroish.
  • Evil Redhead: When she was Dark Phoenix.
  • Expy: Jean Grey has generated some few expies such like Supergirl's best friend Thara Ak-Var, a. k. a. Flamebird, a female hero who is avatar of a firebird-shaped cosmic force.
  • Fairytale Wedding Dress: When marrying Scott, in most adaptations, her dresses are pretty fancy. In the comic, she wore a mermaid dress with a hooded white cape and High Class Gloves.
  • Fan Disservice: She is stabbed in the gut by Logan after she stripped down to her bra and pants while on Asteroid M as it's hurtling into the sun in New X-Men.
  • Fashion Designer: One of her skills is designing clothes. The first two redesigns for the team were by her.
  • Fashion Model: In an arc in the 60s Jean goes undercover as a swimsuit model.
  • Flaming Hair: She sometimes has flaming hair when she's all Phoenix-y.
  • Flight: Using psychokinesis.
  • Flying Firepower: As avatar of Phoenix Force.
  • Fiery Redhead: Classic Marvel example. And as the Phoenix, quite literally too.
  • Fire/Water Juxtaposition: Used to contrast her with Emma when she becomes her romantic rival. Jean is constantly associated with fire and heat because of her red hair and her connection to the fiery Phoenix Force, and her personality is known to vacillate between warm compassion and unpredictable fiery temper; Emma is associated with ice and the cold because of her surname "Frost", her all-white attire and her cool temperament, and she resembles an ice sculpture when in her organic diamond form.
  • Foot Popping: When she married Scott, the cover shows Jean doing this as they kiss.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Her Phoenix costume, X-Factor costumes, and 90s costume, all accentuate her voluptuous yet muscular body and Most Common Superpower. Even her wedding dress fit her curves.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: When she is possessed by the Phoenix Force.
  • Happily Married: With Cyclops... for a while.
  • The Heart: Of the X-Men. Having been the only one who could call both Wolverine and Cyclops into line and mediate all their issues, she was the one who kept the team honest, which might explain why they became so Darker and Edgier after her death.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Many of the X-Men have been attracted to the red-headed Jean, most notably Cyclops and Wolverine.
  • Heroic Build: Depending on the Artist and in the X-Men Animated Series, she has a fairly muscular build.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Knew piloting that space shuttle would kill her, and she still went through with it.
  • High Class Gloves:
    • Her first appearance in the comic is her in a fancy blue outfit with white gloves (like a debutante about to go on a trip), to show her upper middle class status.
    • Her wedding dress includes long white gloves.
  • High-School Sweethearts: With Cyclops.
  • Hypnotize the Princess: Has been a victim of mind control several times.
  • I Hate Past Me: In the latter's book, adult Jean - who, in fairness, might have been grumpy thanks to being a ghost visible solely to her younger self - appears to regard Teen Jean as an immature, whiny brat who can't deal with the fact her life wasn't a painless fairy tale. Teen Jean reciprocates. However, they ultimately get used to each other, with adult Jean becoming something of a mentor to her teenage self, and the two get on much better once adult Jean has her own body again.
    Teen Jean: Stop acting like it's so embarrassing you used to be me.
  • The Lancer: In New X-Men.
  • Levitating Lotus Position: As seen here.
  • Lingerie Scene: In Uncanny X-Men #144.
  • Little Black Dress: Has worn such dresses, to show her sense of style is sophisticated, not gaudy.
  • Love Triangle: Scott-Jean-Logan, Madelyne-Scott-Jean and Jean-Scott-Emma.
  • Mama Bear: Averted with Rachel, who is a psi of talent close to or exceeding her mother's own. Baby can take care of herself and Mama knows it too well. Plus, Mama's dead a lot.
    • Played straight in regard to her students. When the U-Men turn up, looking to harvest the organs of the students, Jean proceeds to humiliate and terrify them without moving, or, indeed, even raising her voice.
    • Played straight in regards to her time travelling son Cable, having raised him as a baby with Scott in the future, protected him as he grew up and taught him how to use the vast telekinetic powers he inherited from her to hold the techno organic virus at bay.
    • She's got a bit of this towards Nate Grey, since while he's probably the strongest mutant in the Marvel Universe (possibly excepting Nathan Summers without the Techno organic Virus, and Franklin Richards), having the raw power of the Dark Phoenix at 17, his powers were prone to switching off at inappropriate moments or slowly trying to kill him. Also, he was a colossal Woobie and something of a Momma's Boy. When he resurrected himself, the first bone he had to pick with Mystique was the fact that she'd been impersonating his dead mother, making him believe that she was alive. He was not pleased.
  • Messianic Archetype: What she has become with time, especially in and after Grant Morrison's run.
  • Mind over Matter: She provides the page image. Her telekinetic strength and skill are both of a supremely high power-level, capable of grasping objects in Earth orbit and manipulating hundreds of components in mid-air in complex patterns. She often uses her telekinesis to lift herself and others, giving her the ability of levitation and flight. She uses her telekinesis to create durable shields and energy blasts.
  • Mind Rape: When Jean catches Emma Frost and Cyclops in bed (inside of Cyclops' mind), Emma's cavalier response provokes her to psychically tear Emma to shreds, making her relive her worst memories.
  • Mindlink Mates: with Scott.
  • Mini Dress Of Power: Her second outfit is a green dress with a miniskirt.
  • Modeling Poses: In the very first X-Men issue Jean does a fashion pose when she puts on the uniform.
  • Morality Pet: She and Scott served as each other's Morality Pets before their relationship went south. She helps him to live life and not brood so much, he helps her to calm down and balance the Phoenix's power with her humanity. Once she dies, the gap between Scott and his teammates widens, as she's isn't there to mediate between them any more.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Jean is a very beautiful redhead who tends to wear very form-fitting costumes that highlight her very buxom breasts, long muscular yet shapely legs, ripped broad shoulders, and muscular yet voluptuous body.
  • Most Common Superpower: She has very buxom breasts that are d-cup sizes, especially in the X-Men Animated Series.
  • Never Live It Down: Twofold: Some claim she does frequent deaths despite only actually having it happen twice and often thought of only for The Dark Phoenix Saga. Both unfairly: as you can see here, she has had decades of adventures before and after the Dark Phoenix Saga, and the Death Is Cheap section is padded with "Phoenix Force makes stabbity survivable" cases, one coma case, and that one time many people were erased and brought back, leaving her actual "killed off and brought back later" count at TWO. In fact, the trope was once called "Jean Grey Escalation," but characters dying a lot or gaining new powers were constantly being added or Pot Holed to that page.
    • Also in-universe: the Shi'ar won't forgive Jean for having been possessed/replaced by a cosmic entity and later corrupted by two psychic villains; every so often, Inspector Javerts from the Shi'ar Empire come to try to kill Jean (and did kill her entire family) because apparently merely being capable of hosting the Phoenix equals "may wake up one morning and decide to end the universe any day now."
  • The Phoenix: Depending on the continuity, or even the writer at the moment in the main continuity, she was either the Phoenix itself (later Dark Phoenix), possessed by it, or replaced and impersonated by it at some point. She keeps an equally variable connection to it from her return onwards. The Phoenix wasn't even originally intended to give her an ability to come Back from the Dead. Becoming the Phoenix in the first place was considered her "death and rebirth". None of this helped her overall reputation much, and by now she has become the poster child for Death Is Cheap even by comic book standards.
  • Playing with Fire: Her Phoenix powers give her cosmic pyrokinesis, essentially magic fire.
  • Power Incontinence: When she was a child, she couldn't control her telepathic ability and ended up in a catatonic state. Later on she had a similar problem with the Phoenix Force.
  • Pretty in Mink:
    • In the 70s, she has a blue winter coat trimmed with gray fur.
    • In the early 90s, she buys a white fur coat after she lost her coat coat the previous issue, and she's so excited that she didn't even want the salesman to wrap it up. She just wore it out of the store, gushing about how soft it felt.
    • The first time we see her mother, Elaine, she's wearing a brown mink coat. Even a 90s retelling of the X-Men's early years still showed her wearing the coat.
  • Psychic Powers: Her main powers aside from Phoenix Force, which mainly include Telepathy and Telekinesis.
  • Punny Name: Perhaps merely by coincidence, Jean has mutant powers because she possesses the X-gene.
  • Redhead In Green: Some of her costumes have been green. She even designed her first two costume changes, the second being a green Mini Dress Of Power (with gold-colored accessories).
  • Restraining Bolt: As a young girl, Xavier placed mental blocks in Jean's mind to keep her telepathy from growing out of control. Xavier would later remove these so her telepathy could grow naturally. In certain continuities, though, these mental blocks caused Jean to develop a dark alter ego; this rather than the Phoenix Force being a cosmic entity.
  • Secret Public Identity: The name "Marvel Girl" didn't age well and was dropped decades ago, and (usually; Depending on the Writer) she only uses the name Phoenix when actually supercharged by the cosmic critter. This leaves her as just plain "Jean Grey" the majority of the time, even during action. It's been Lampshaded more than once; Jubilee once even referred to her as "Miss I'm Too Sexy For A Codename, Too Sexy For A Codename," and in the X-Men: Evolution tie in comic, when Nightcrawler asked why Rogue was just Rogue, Cyclops said "The same reason Jean's just Jean," and they were interrupted before Nightcrawler could get finished asking about that.
  • Sensual Spandex: Her Phoenix costumes (green, red, or white) are the least modest compared to her other costumes.
  • She's Got Legs: She has very long muscular yer shapely legs and tends to show them off through her costumes.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Has red hair and green eyes.
    • Her mother was retconned into one (She was a brunette at first).
  • Simple, yet Opulent: Her dress when she arrives at the mansion, in the first issue, wouldn't look to out of place among a high class party.
    • She has several evening dresses when she attends high class events (although usually undercover).
    • Her wedding dress was also grand and simple.
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: All of her children are from the future. Though, only Cable she actually helped raise, thanks to Rachel's Mental Time Travel related assistance.
  • Superpower Lottery: She gets this, but she went mad with power. Now Jean didn't actually have that much power after she fused with the Phoenix Force, but then she suddenly is more powerful than ever before, and more dangerous: Jean Grey alone can lift upwards of twenty tons with her brain. With limited Phoenix power, she can use external objects as a sense of touch and recompose matter at a molecular level. Unhinged, she can teleport anywhere in the universe at will and devour stars. Then it turns out she has one more level beyond that where she can exist outside of reality proper and has total control over space and time itself. On top of all that, if you kill her she comes back basically whenever she feels like it. Winner, winner, chicken dinner.
  • Talking to Themself: In Jean Grey #7, Ghost Jean holds a conversation with her younger self. Ghost Jean notes with irony her younger self doesn't want to appear she's talking to herself as she's actually literally talking to herself.
  • Team Mom: The oldest example in X-Men. Even when they were still teens, Jean would do things like enforce proper table manners among her teammates.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Jean was the only girl of the original X-Men team.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She gives a scathing one to her time displaced younger self in Issue 6 of her solo.
    Jean Grey: You have convinced yourself that I'm the nightmare. That my life - a life you've only glimpsed in other people's heads - was some kind of dark tragedy. Because there was pain. Because it Ended in Death. Because that's not the life you envisioned for yourself. Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, princess, but that's just life. Grow up.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the early days of the X-Men, Jean was explicitly labelled the weakest member of the team. One little shuttle accident later, and Jean became capable of punching former Heralds of Galactus across Manhattan, grabbing passing asteroids, and restructuring clothing out of nothing. Even once that turned out to be a Phoenix duplicate, most of the levels in badass still remained when the real Jean came back - she was capable of flying through hyperspace, for one thing, and on a smaller scale she can crush bones telekinetically. Teen Jean, meanwhile, has proved capable of going toe to toe with Gladiator and creatures that give Namor trouble.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Jean's telepathy first came in when her best friend was struck and killed by a car right in front of her, with Jean feeling every second of it.
  • True Blue Femininity: Some of her outfits are blue, including the civilian dress she wears in her very first appearance.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Cyclops when they're not together; sometimes with Wolverine.
  • Unwanted Harem: She was the only girl in the group for years. She's also been the target of villain's affections, as well. Jason Wyngarde (Mastermind) wasn't above committing Mind Rape to get her to fall in love with him.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Since 1963, Jean and Scott live in a constant cycle where they're unsure whether a relationship is a good idea or they should stay just friends, they get together, live happy for a while until one of them dies temporarily or something makes them break up, and the cycle begins anew.
  • Winter Royal Lady: Conversed a bit. After she bought her fur, she and Scott had a Snowball Fight with their powers, and Jean jokingly called herself "the Queen of the Icy North!".
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity:
    • Played straight initially as host of Phoenix Force, until it's inverted in New X-Men. It's implied that Jean only lost control because she was afraid of her power before, and repressed it. Now, she's out and proud, and completely in control of herself. Sadly, she's killed there.
    • Also, it's frequently ignored by fans and writers that the though she had to fight her anti-heroic urges she was actually in control for a very long time, only becoming Dark Phoenix after Mastermind and Emma Frost put a lot of time and effort into their More Than Mind Control of her to get her to join the Hellfire Club. It worked too well and we all know what happened next.
  • Woman in White: As the White Phoenix of the Crown, the most powerful incarnation of the Phoenix.

Tropes for Teen Jean in All New X-Men and Jean Grey

  • Action Girl: What she became with time. Jean is highly capable of defending herself and others whenever the time calls for it. She proves to be the most powerful of the Teen X-Men, psychically flattening the Supreme Intelligence of the Kree Empire and several dozen Kree accusers in one shot, overpowering Gladiator and, without her telepathy, wiping the floor with the Blob.
  • I Am a Monster: She said this when she's prosecuted by Shi'ar Empire.
  • Badass and Child Duo: The child to Old Man Logan's badass in Extraordinary X-Men.
  • Betty and Veronica: While it wasn't drawn out for particularly long, she was the Betty to X-23's Veronica with Teen!Scott, with Jean visibly jealous when she noted that Scott and Laura were mutually attracted.
  • Character Development: She goes from scared kid terrified of her own future and her own powers, barely more than a basic telekinetic and a profoundly inexperienced telepath, to a someone who's discovered a whole new level to her powers, escapes a supposedly inescapable restraining Shi'ar bubble, taking out about half the Imperial Guard in the process, before going toe to toe with freaking Gladiator. As of her solo series, she's now got the confidence to strike out on her own and learn how to take on the Phoenix - which is apparently coming to merge with her whether she likes it or not. And after that, she becomes much more comfortable with life, thanks to her worst nightmare having passed her by.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Though she's trying to keep a low profile at the start of Extraordinary X-Men and turned down a chance to join the titular team in favour of going to college, intent on studying and enjoying life with her new boyfriend, she can't let bad stuff pass. In issue 2 when she sees someone who does not look human (assumed by all to be a mutant, but actually an Inhuman) being beaten up by a gang. Her boyfriend, proving to be mutant-phobic, tells her to leave the mutie. Jean informs him that he's in for a nasty surprise and starts kicking butt.
  • Civvie Spandex: Her costume in her solo series and X-Men Blue, though she doesn't always wear the jacket.
  • Death Is Cheap: Deconstructed, because she's actually genuinely horrified that her future self has died more than once.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: She has shorter hair in her solo series. Supposedly to distinct herself from her future self.
  • Fiery Redhead: And since this one is still teenager, so she's understandably a little bit more short-tempered than her future self.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Her original costume and second costume.
  • Future Me Scares Me: She is horrified of all that she knows she will go through, but especially the Phoenix-related bits. In her solo book she meets the ghost of her then-dead adult self and blatantly says nobody would want to be her.
    Adult Jean: How do you think I got ready?! How do you think I became me?!
    Teen Jean: I don't want to be you! Why would anybody ever want to be you?!
  • Heroic BSoD: Has one when she sees what happens to her future self. Later she has an even worse one after Teen Angel leaves to join Modern Cyclops.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In her solo series where she finally met Hope, both of them remark how they can't understand why some people consider them identical... while speaking in unison.
  • Kangaroo Court: When various alien organizations learn Jean Grey is alive again, they seek to prosecute her for her future self's actions as Dark Phoenix.
  • Kick the Dog: See Took a Level in Jerkass below.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Several examples.
    • She and Teen Scott were in love until they got to the future. Now she's not so sure she wants him anymore given what she knows about who/what he grows up to be, while he's still smitten, thinking that their eventual wedding is "proof" they're supposed to be together. Eventually, they hook up.
    • She and Teen Hank kiss. She instigated it on top of that. The events of Battle of the Atom cause a little fallout. At the end of the first volume they give an actual relationship a try, but she ultimately decides they're Better as Friends during the Time Skip.
    • She and Teen Angel have a moment when he catches her when she's falling.
    • She also seems to be attracted to Modern Scott, but he quickly says it can't ever happen. Ever.
    • Jean was visibly jealous of Scott's attraction to X-23, especially when it was subtly implied to be reciprocated by Laura. Her relief when Laura and Warren began dating instead was palpable.
  • A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: She reads the Purifiers' minds to learn just how messed up they are towards mutants and their hate crimes. She's also left quite disturbed when she reads part of Laura's mind, and learns about the things that were done to her (Kitty did warn her not to read Laura, though).
  • Mind over Manners: Jean's telepathy shows up unexpectedly due to the stress of seeing the future and knowing her future self dies (more than once). Kitty has to repeatedly remind her it's considered extremely impolite to read minds without permission. Jean apologizes, but her curiosity gets the better of her quite a bit. Sometimes Hilarity Ensues, sometimes it leads to awkward moments, but most times she can't believe what people have done. She's getting better by the time she meets Miles Morales.
  • Mind Rape: She tried to do it on Teen Angel again in Issue 11, but Stepford Triplets stop her.
  • Most Common Superpower: Depending on the Artist... even though she's still a teenager. Mostly, however, she's drawn with a more realistic build.
  • Odd Friendship/Intergenerational Friendship: with Emma Frost. Lampshaded:
    Irma Cuckoo: Jean Grey and Emma Frost are friends now.
    Illyana Rasputin: That is the scariest thing I've ever heard. And I grew up in hell, literally.
  • Power Glows: Her new powers make her glow completely in psionic energy.
  • Power Incontinence: Jean's telepathy manifests early as a result of the stress of time travel and finding out about the future, and she frequently has to fight to keep thoughts out of her head. Eventually it causes her to gain a whole new power by combining her two powers.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Her costume in Extraordinary X-Men. Best seen here.
  • Sensual Spandex: Semi-regularly, particularly as drawn in X-Men: Blue.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: Quentin Quire, of all people, when he shot her with psychic gun (which can't kill people, but mindrapes them and transports their conscience to Quentin's Mental World) to force her to fight her way out of it.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: Manages this in her solo series, when fighting alongside the Odinson and being frustrated at the lack of a 'big frigging magic hammer'. When she accidentally creates a large warhammer from her powers, in the same vein as Psylocke's psi-weapons, she asks, startled, what it is. Odinson replies somewhat drily that it looks to him like 'a big frigging magic hammer.'
  • Stealth Mentor: Odinson, of all people, who pretends to be unbelievably drunk and prone to going on drunken rambles about the glory days in the midst of a fight with an army of orcs, as part of teaching her what she wants to learn from him.
  • Strong, but Unskilled: She's an extremely powerful telekinetic and telepath, but she has difficulty co-ordinating the two abilities in the heat of battle and so she got punked by the Wrecking Crew in Japan. She's also a hot-head and sometimes thinks with her fists, she got called on it by a Goblin Queen-incarnation of Madelyne Pryor: "Sweetie, that's why we have powers" (before blasting Jean after Jean tried to punch her).
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: She's from the past and Rachel is from the future, so it's a given. Rachel even calls her "Baby Momma" sometimes. Let's not even talk about Cable.
  • Super Weight: Starts at a high Type 2, quickly progressing to solid Type 3, then, following The Trial of Jean Grey, seems to have settled at high Type 3/low Type 4.
    • Following Secret Wars (2015), as demonstrated in her solo series and the Generations one-shot - in the former, she fights the Phoenix (ultimately unsuccessfully except actually kind of successfully. She sort of bullies it into resurrecting her), and in the latter, she stunned Galactus (granted, she drained the power to do it from everyone and everything around her, including Phoenix!Jean, the planet they were on, and Galactus himself). While it mostly surprised him, it also earned his respect.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Hope Summers, who is a Suspiciously Similar Substitute for the still-deceased Modern Jean Grey. Once Hope's storyline needed reason to exist was over, she was taken out of the main X-Men comic books and was "transferred" to Uncanny X-Force to reunite with her adopted father Cable, and Teen Jean appears to take her place. Just like Hope, Teen Jean is a teenaged girl raised in a different time (this time though, the past) who has the traditional Jean Grey look, has a similar personality and tendency to be a brat (at first), has a lot of story focus with the bulk of the current conflict in the books revolving around her presence, and is slowly learning just how powerful she is. In short, Jean Grey is the Suspiciously Similar Substitute to her own Suspiciously Similar Substitute.
    • The two eventually meet in Jean Grey and, ironically Speak in Unison when remarking that they can't understand why people think they look alike (despite looking identical). Of course, Jean also has shorter hair by this time, so they don't look that identical.
  • Swapped Roles: Kitty Pryde, who was 13 and a half when she joined the X-Men, studied under Jean and learned techniques for handling telepathic issues. Now she's an adult, teaching 16-year-old Jean from the past those same techniques.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Several. First, she develops telepathy and pretty quickly gets a basic degree of control over it. Second, her telekinesis gets more powerful and more precise. Third, during The Trial of Jean Grey, she unlocks a new level of her powers and takes Gladiator in a straight fight. Fourth, she matches, then overpowers, Xorna who is either her Bad Future self or a psychic puppet/projection of Kid Xavier in a psychic duel after the latter had beaten Emma Frost and the Stepford Triplets at the same time.
    • By the time of her solo series, she's comfortably taking on an army of Reavers with her granddaughter, Hope, taking down a sea monster that had put Namor on the floor (admittedly, it had unexpectedly poisoned him) and actually impressing him, and battling an army of orcs alongside the Odinson after climbing a mountain in Jotunheim just to find him.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Due to her Trauma Conga Line, she brainwashes Warren into submission twice! And now in Battle of the Atom she manipulates Teen Scott by flattering him (after kissing Hank) to help her stay in the present, which might cause a Bad Future (events would prove that this was the right decision, if not made for the right reasons). She gets better afterwards.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Following Battle of the Atom and The Trial Of Jean Grey, as a result of her acceptance of her powers.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Jean, a 16 year old girl, has her powers blooming early, with her attempts to deal with Power Incontinence adding to her troubles. She finds out she is going to die (repeatedly) and is, as far as she knows, still dead, while her teammates survive to the current day.
    • And then she finds out that her future self (as in her future self if she stays in the present) is insane and evil, then saw her die, then find out that she might just have been a psychic projection all along and then she gets kidnapped by the Shi'ar Imperial Guard and put in front of a Kangaroo Court.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Twice.
    • In issue 8, she modifies Teen Angel's behavior after he, understandably, panics and tries to go back home. When Hank tries to call her out on this, she responds with "Henry, don't you of all people start lecturing me on using your God-given things for selfish purposes."
    • Then Jean gets it again after her meltdown when Angel leaves, and this time, takes it onboard.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Teenage Scott and Jean are stuck in the "unresolved sexual tension" phase due to the way their adult counterparts ruined their marriage. At the end of X-Men: Blue, they eventually resolve it.