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"I feel like I'm drowning in my own blood and I'm terrified to open my mouth because I don't know whether I'm going to breathe or drink. And I'm looking at everyone through an inch of glass. Like they all know exactly where the line is between them and me."
Jubilee, Wolverine and Jubilee #1

Jubilation Lee, best known as Jubilee, is a Marvel Comics mutant-turned-vampire-turned-mutant superheroine that usually associated with X-Men and its members. She was introduced into Marvel Universe in Uncanny X-Men #244 (May 1989). She was created by Chris Claremont and Marc Silvestri.

Jubilee started out as a peppy Chinese-American teenager who, following the death of her parents, discovered her mutant power of creating energy blasts from her fingers and was eventually welcomed by the X-Men. She was intended to do for the new fans of the 1990s what Kitty Pryde did in the 1980s — serve as a viewpoint character for teenagers. As such, she became Wolverine's kid sidekick, and spent several years following him around, swinging between sarcastic mockery of his '90s Anti-Hero excesses and mortal terror expressed through Totally Radical dialogue. Then she got transferred to the junior team, Generation X, where over time she became the Genius Ditz team strategist.


When Generation X got cancelled, it all went a bit south for Jubilee; after her own series failed to attract a significant readership and was swiftly retooled into a limited series, she was sidelined, then depowered.

She returned for a spell in the (non X-Men) New Warriors reboot with Powered Armor, an enormous rack, and her first proper Code Name: Wondra.

After New Warriors got cancelled, Jubilee drifted back towards the X-books, was turned into a vampire during the Curse of the Mutants storyline, and adopted a baby to become the X-Men's first teenaged vampire single mom superhero.

She worked as the personal assistant/shenanigan-enabler of the title character in Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat!, but left the role to lead a team in Generation X (2017). At the end of that title, she was cured of her vampirism by a Phoenix Force-powered Quentin Quire and regained her original mutant power set.


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  • A-Cup Angst: Actually drawn to look like a gymnast on a team full of bikini models and she's not happy about it, though she has become progressively curvier.
  • Action Mom: She has an adoptive son, Shogo.
  • All Love Is Unrequited:
    • Jubilee wanted Synch in Generation X, he wanted Monet (and thinks of Jubilee as a friend).
    • She turns Skin down when he asks her out, saying she didn't want to ruin the friendship. Then the two are crucified. Skin doesn't make it.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Her relationship with X-23 has shades of this, especially thanks to scenes like this.
    • She was also remarkably unoffended when Bling! (Roxanne Washington, who is a lesbian) made out with her.
    • Reminiscing about her first meeting with the X-ladies, she said "they were total rock stars, and I wanted to have all their babies".
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Jubilation Lee, although she herself hates it, and prefers her pseudonym.
  • Bash Brothers: After a rocky start, she and X-23 became close friends and have teamed up on multiple occasions.
  • Bifauxnen:
    • In her very early appearances, she had short hair and a flat chest that she could be mistaken as an effeminate boy depending on the art.
    • On at least two occasions she was required to go undercover as a delivery boy. Since the other two women on the team were undercover as hot women in slinky dresses, she found this rather annoying.
    • In a side-story in Wolverine, she's fully mistaken for a boy by a tribe in the Savage Land and engaged to one of their princesses.
  • Betty: For Synch's Affections, with Monet as the Veronica.
  • Book Dumb: Jubilee isn't dumb per se, but her dyscalculia did her no favors academically.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Comes with the Vampire thing.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: She was the epitome of this trope in the '92 animated series, being the Little Miss Snarker Kid-Appeal Character.
  • Break the Cutie: She goes through a bit of this after being vampirized, as shown by the quote above.
  • Cool Big Sis: To X-23, particularly. Although many of the new mutants look up to her. Except for Surge. The relationship becomes ironic when many of them begin to catch up to her age — if not pass her as X-23note  did — because her vampirism froze her at 17 years old.
  • Cursed With Awesome:
    • For 13 years she didn't have any mutant powers, but was instead a vampire which includes the typical powers of super strength, super speed, healing factor, the ability to turn into vapor, and is eternally 17. Of course she now has a thirst for human blood and may potentially lose control one day and kill everyone around her. Plus all those silly vampire weaknesses.
    • Even her original powers, which she largely used just to create fireworks effects, would actually rank her as one of the most powerful mutants alive: she detonates matter on a subatomic level, and the resulting annihilation creates flashes of light as a side-effect. She's basically a walking Matter-To-Antimatter converter, and has destroyed an entire house before. With enough focus, she could have destroyed large tracts of land, continents, planets... even star systems to upwords of galaxies, theoretically. Emma Frost even said Jubilee had the potential to be one of the single-most powerful mutants she'd ever encountered, and given that she's met Xavier, Magneto, Apocalypse, and Phoenix, that's saying something.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Since being turned into a vampire. Her appearances in X-23's solo title under artist Sana Takeda have placed extra emphasis on the "cute".
  • Dark Is Not Evil: As a vampire, she sometimes can be downright scary (such as her Mama Bear moment below). But she's still a good girl.
  • Deadpan Snarker: While most of her abilities have been subject to many changes, one power she has always maintained is near-superhuman levels of sass. Whether it's mocking Wolverine's macho posturing, puncturing Xavier's pompousness, laughing in the face of frickin' Dracula himself, or engaging in an epic takedown of Emma Frost's attempts at moralising, you can always expect her to have a comeback.
  • Depending on the Artist: Jubilee is usually depicted as short, petite, and flat-chested. Under Paco Medina, however...
  • Discard and Draw: Jubilee was one of the numerous Mutants who lost their power after M-Day. While serving with the New Warriors, she took on the name "Wondra" and used advanced technology that granted her super strength. She was turned into a vampire during the Curse of the Mutants storyline, granting her superhuman strength, speed, healing and the ability to turn into vapor. Jubilee has since regained her original powers and is no longer a vampire.
  • Embarrassing First Name: She prefers to be called Jubilee.
  • Femme Fatalons: As vampire, she has claws.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Gambit introduced Jubilee to X-23 thinking she could help Laura overcome her issues. X-23 immediately attacked Jubilee thinking she was an enemy and was jealous of how Wolverine treated her, but they bonded over their shared issues with controlling their bloodlust.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: As a vampire she suffered from bloodlust but has learned to cope with it.
  • Genius Ditz: A lazy academic underachiever who serves as the team strategist.
    • "They probably know we're coming, right? So we gotta do what they think we won't do. They know we know where they are. We know they know we know that. So since they know we know what they probably know, we know what to do."
    • This is sometimes justified by saying she has dyscalculia, which would naturally make it difficult to succeed academically.
  • Glory Days: Did you know she was an X-Man? She'll never let you forget it.
  • Hand Blast: Her main form of offense is firing pyrotechnic energy plasmoids from her hands.
  • Having a Blast: Jubilee has the potential to detonate matter at a subatomic level, which in theory is the equivalent of a nuclear fusion bomb. The reason she doesn't use this power often because of her refusal to kill.
  • Healing Factor: Before Wolverine lost his healing factor, Jubilee received a regular supply of Wolverine's blood to ingest which granted her certain immunities including Regenerative Healing Factor.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: What Jubilee's original power set really was, had she ever cut loose and used them to their full potential. See Person of Mass Destruction below.
  • Hidden Depths: She actually turns out, surprisingly, to be a very good mother to Shogo.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Wolverine, being one of his many foster daughters.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: In the '90s cartoon (and the '90s comics, for that matter), she was basically Wolverine's latest sidekick.
  • Kid Sidekick: She started out as a sidekick of Wolverine, before joining Generation X.
  • "L" Is for "Dyslexia": But with math.
  • The Lancer: To Night Thrasher, after she joined the New Warriors.
  • Lethal Harmless Powers: She could have done so much more with her power, but she was afraid of killing someone.
    • The one time she did cut loose with her powers (because she thought Wolverine was dead) she blew up half of The Mandarin's castle!
      "Did I just do that? And, like, do I want to do it again?"
    • She blows up Proudstar Hall in order to defeat Emplate.
      • Her powers tend to be more destructive when she's emotional and unable to focus and control her abilities as well as usual. She's used this to her advantage before. In Genration X, Emma Frost states that Jubes has the potential to detonate matter at a sub-atomic level.
  • Little Miss Snarker/Deadpan Snarker: She develops from one to the other as she gets older - anyone who can sass Emma Frost definitely qualifies as this.
  • Mama Bear: Do not try to take adopted son Shogo!
  • Most Common Superpower: A "superpower" that appeared when she was drawn by Paco Medina in New Warriors. She was flat chested before. Given that averagely-endowed X-23 received a similar makeover from Medina in New XMen, it verges on outright Author Appeal.
  • The Münchausen: She expected her experience to give her more clout when she was transferred to Generation X. It didn't take long for her new companions to grow tired of it and refuse to hear anything starting with the words "When I was with the X-Men..."
  • Must Make Her Laugh: A gender-flipped version. She made it her mission to get Bishop to lighten up. Played straighter with X-23, with Jubilee out to get Laura to lighten up and start enjoying her life.
  • Naïve Newcomer: She started as one.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up:
    • Supplanted Kitty's role as the token teenaged member of the X-Men. She has since remained a teenager despite the fact that several other characters who were the same age as her have been aged up.
    • Also an in-universe example, if there is such a thing — her vampirism kept her permanently stuck at age seventeen.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Prior to getting her powers back Jubilee had the standard vampire package of fangs, nigh-uncontrollable bloodlust, eternal youth, superhuman strength, durability, and agility, the ability to transform into mist, and a strong aversion to sunlight.
  • Outdated Outfit: Jubilee is the most extreme example of this besides Dazzler. Although it's semi-possible as an outfit that a young girl would think is "cool" in the 1980s, the bright yellow trench coat and wrap around sunglasses became just plain painful as the 90s continued. She's since ditched the shorts and T-shirt for a black leather catsuit. Particularly in the 90s cartoon series.
  • Out of Focus/Demoted to Extra: Like many characters born in the '90s, from time to time since the early-2000s.
    • In the movies, it's the thing she's most known for, because every film, her fans get excited that she's actually going to do something (especially when she gets recast)... and it always always always turns out that that one shot from the trailer that made her look important is her only scene, as an extra who doesn't say or do anything. And then it turns out she was intended to do more but her scenes were deleted. (However, the scenes were just her getting to say a few lines to the leads, nothing that would involve her in the plot - expendable enough to be the first thing to hit the cutting room floor to bring down the runtime.)
  • Personality Powers: A cute, bubbly party girl with the ability to shoot fireworks (when she still had that power).
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Her original power set certainly seems rather lame on the surface (see What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?), but then you remember what her "pafs" are actually made of, and Emma Frost once states that should Jubilee exercise her power to its full potential she could detonate matter at the sub-atomic level. That's right, Jubilee's original powers made her a walking fusion bomb.
  • Plucky Girl: Life hasn't been kind to poor Jubilee yet she's arguably one of the most upbeat and optimistic X-Men in spite of it.
  • Powered Armor: She temporarily picked up a suit after losing her powers.
  • Promotion to Parent: By virtue of finding an orphaned infant in Europe that she's now taking care of and names Shogo. She didn't even object to Sublime calling him her son and further issues show that she considers herself to be his mother.
  • Race Lift: Infamously done in the 1996 Generation X film. Since neither the director nor the writer read the comics, they weren't aware Jubilee was Asian. As a result, they assumed she was white and cast a Caucasian actor for the role. Fans were not pleased.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: If she loses control of her bloodlust her eyes glow red.
  • Rollerblade Good: In her early appearances, she was a mall rat who got around on rollerblades.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: Towards Wolverine, for a while in the '90s.
  • Shout-Out: She originally wore the yellow trenchcoat with a red shirt and green shorts. Anyone who didn't think "Robin" never read classic Batman.
    • This was taken to the logical conclusion in the Amalgam Universe: she becomes Sparrow, side kick to Dark Claw (Batman and Wolverine merged).
  • Status Quo Is God: It took thirteen years, but she finally got her original powers back and was cured of her vampirism by Quentin Quire in Generation X #86.
  • Super-Cute Superpowers: Jubilee, whose powers have been described as "sparkles" or "fireworks" (when she still had the power).
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: Finds and adopts a baby in Europe despite (permanently, due to being a vampire) being 17.
  • Totally Radical: She even says "totally like radical" in Uncanny X-Men #247. It's so much worse in Generation X, where pretty much all the teens on the team were guilty of speaking this way.
  • Vague Age: Jubilee's age has frankly been a roller-coster due to her being a Replacement Goldfish for Kitty Pryde as Wolverine's Kid Sidekick. As a result, she inherited the editorial staff's unwillingness to age her and move her on from that roll. When she was introduced she was 13 and seemed to bob between 13-15 depending on the artist. However, when she was placed in Generation X, she went Out of Focus and was separated from her role as a Wolverine's sidekick. This had the effect of freeing her from the editorial time vortex and she aged with the rest of the group. When the series ended her age varied depending on the book she was in. In back-up stores and in non Uncanny X-men books she was written as an adult. However, during Chuck Austin's run in the early to mid 2000 she was 17-19. Jubilee was written to be twoish years younger than Husk, who was 19 during Austen's run but 13-15 during Generation X. However, in her 2005 solo series she was back down to 15. She seemed to hit mid-twenties right around when the editorial staff decided to mix vampires in with X-Men to capitalize on the popularity of Twilight. However, the editorial staff didn't know her age and decided for the 2010-2013 series that she was 17. As a result, she was either de-aged or aged up or down to seventeen, and stuck there until recently. Partly justified because she got turned into a vampire at age 17, and spent several years at that age; long enough for even the Academy X generation to pass her!note 
    • Finally, even other writers seemed to forget Vampires can't age, and as such so she seemed to age into adulthood again over the course of the 2010's. Only for later writers to drop her back down to 17, and subsequent writers treating her as an adult.
    • Current writers seemed to have recognized this error but can't seem to decide her age and some ether go with mid twenties like the rest of Generation X or have her still as a teenager. She is effectively like the Power Pack kids (either they are all still kids or all teenagers/adults) depending on what comic they are featured in.
  • Walking Techbane: Happens in the '90s X-Men cartoon.
  • Weakened by the Light: Downplayed. Thanks to the healing factor from Wolverine's blood which is ingested to her, Jubilee can withstand a small amount of sunlight every day. However, too much sunlight can be toxic to her much like other vampires.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: A very long-standing criticism of Jubilee is how silly and pointless her "fireworks" appear to be on the surface, especially when there are other seemingly far more powerful mutants on the team. However she actually subverts the trope, as Jubilee deliberately holds back and refuses to utilize her powers to their fullest potential. And it's a good thing, too, because if she ever truly cut loose the results could be apocalyptic.
  • Willfully Weak: As noted above, the main limitation on her powers is that she really doesn't want to harm anybody. Quite aside from her ability to demolish castles and blast her way out of mutant-proof cells, it's also been noted in-universe that, if she wanted, she could set off a small explosion inside someone's skull. She's only ever done this to a Prime Sentinel, but it can be safely assumed that most humans would not survive it.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: Can give Spidey a run for his money. In one issue of Generation X, she actually defeats Emplate entirely by taunting him.


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