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There's a reason why my people call her kind tricksters. Raven Darkholme may be able to alter her appearance a million times a day...but she never really changes.
Forge, Mystique #1

Mystique was a Marvel comic published from 2003 to 2005. It was written by Brian K. Vaughan, with art by Jorge Lucas. Issue #14 through #24 (the final issue) were written by Sean McKeever.

Raven Darkholme is and has only ever been out for herself. But when Professor Xavier saves her from certain death, he requests that she be one of his secret agents and go on missions too top secret even for the X-Men. And it's really not a request.

So Mystique is stuck doing Xavier's dirty work, but this time she has backup in the form of her former lover Forge and her handler Shortpack. Now, all they need to do is find out what happened to Professor Xavier's other secret agent and how to stop this new mutant terrorist called the Quiet Man.

Good thing Mystique is up for the job.


Tropes in Mystique:

  • All Love Is Unrequited: Shortpack was secretly in love with Prudence.
  • Bad to the Last Drop: As Mystique put it:
    Mystique: This coffee tastes like someone wrung it out of the Blob's unitard.
  • Big Bad: The Quiet Man. Who is Steinbeck and/or Prudence. Or both.
  • Body Surf: Agent 16, Prudence Leighton, can psi-jump into other women. When Steinbeck kills her, she manages to jump into him. However, since her powers didn't really work on men, her consciousness was corrupted and she started acting the part of the bad guy.
  • Breath Weapon: The Quiet Man's power.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Helena Carlson, the CEO of DermaFree, who tests her cosmetic products on mutants.
  • Enfant Terrible: Spencer Bronson. His mutant ability was a third-eye that allowed him to control over anyone he sees. And since Kids Are Cruel, he used it just get whatever he wanted, making his father "kidnap" him because his mother didn't let him do everything and then trying to get Forge to kill Mystique when they were going to return him.
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  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Mystique. "I haven't beaten a man with his own leg since Carter was in office...but I still remember how."
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: At one point, Mystique shapeshifts so that she has six arms and two faces. She says she can only do this for a short period of time, as it hurts.
  • Plaguemaster: Host, a mutant who can communicate with and control pathogens. She is a freedom fighter for the "rights of all viruses everywhere."
  • Shout-Out:
  • SizeShifter: Shortpack has the power to shrink to eight-inches tall. And also telepathy.
  • Technically Naked Shapeshifter: As Mystique explains:
    Mystique: Kid, my clothes are just an extension of my body. I'm always naked.
  • Tracking Device: Forge implanted a tracking device in Mystique so that she can't just run away or betray them. The Quiet Man offers to remove it.
  • Villainous Incest: Shepard refers to the Quiet Man as "beloved." Since it later turns out the Quiet Man's body was possessed by Shepard's sister, Prudence, this trope is in play.