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Emma Grace Frost/White Queen
First appeared as a villainess who tended to underdress for the occasion. Currently, she's a heroine with less than heroic tendencies, and still likes to underdress. Has (or had; she killed one) two mutant sisters, and a gay brother who went insane after their father had him institutionalized.
- Abusive Parents: Her father was cold and emotionless and encouraged his children to play mindgames with each other. Her mother was a neglectful drug abuser.
- Anti-Hero: Type IV or V.
- The Atoner (in Generation X, and newly focused on by Joss Whedon)
- Bastard Girlfriend: The White Queen's entire deal.
- Betty and Veronica: Veronica for Cyclops.
- Blondes Are Evil: More intensely during her Hellfire Club days.
- Break the Cutie: Her retconned backstory qualifies.
- Breakout Character
- Broken Ace / Broken Bird / Troubled but Cute: Again, depending on the writer.
- Byronic Heroine: Rare female example, but Depending on the Writer, it can be well done or extremely disturbing.
- Cain and Abel: She and her sister, Adrienne.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: One of her favorite psionic expertices is inducing extreme levels of pain, and greatly enjoyed doing so at already captive people. She has continued to violate and traumatise people over the years, frequently in combination with Smug Super OneLiners
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: She will make you do some really weird things using telepathy: for example, 48 hours of uncontrollable vomiting upon hearing the word "parsley".
- Corrupt Corporate Executive
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her father was cold, uncaring, sadistic and physically abusive, her mother was a neglectful drug user, her older sister was identical to their father, and her younger sister couldn't care less about her. The only family member who cared about her became a drug addict (thanks to his father's horrible treatment to him), and when she thought things would be better to her, her friend was killed in front of her, another friend was a bitch who manipulated her, and her Love Interest dumped her because she was a mutant. She also used to enjoy torture, mind-rape, followed by setting hunting dogs on the nightly victims (yes, really), corporate corruption, manipulation, deceit, and forcing opponents to kill themselves during her villain years. Shaw required her to help killing her two best friends to become White Queen.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Depending on the Writer: Scott Lobdell's version had almost nothing in common with the Corrupt Corporate Executive supremacist Mind Rape Cold-Blooded Torture fetischist that she used to be. Instead, she became a excellent teacher doing genuinely good actions while feeling good about it. However, later in Generation X, she was strongly hinted to have murdered a police officer looking into her sister's death (at Emma's hands). Grant Morrison and some other writers returned her closer to her roots again, according to some it made her more interesting, but played her as a complete The Hedonist Jerkass, which sat badly with those who were introduced to her through Generation X, because it put all the Character Development she had during seven years in a trash bin. Later other writers attempted to either return her to the less extreme portrayal or attempt to integrate the two.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She is in no danger of defrosting completely anytime soon. Since she was already defrosting in the Generation X, but then Morrison reverted her into even more of an ice queen than when she was a villain, any defrosting now still seems like a regression. However, in some chapters, she seems to be melting.
- Depending on the Writer: A Broken Bird with a Sugar and Ice Personality, trying to atone for her past sins and just wanting to be loved, or an amoral Jerk Sue Sadist Teacher with no sense of ethics who is praised for being a textbook extreme sociopathic serial-rapist, torture-fetishist, supremacist, and otherwise all-around Bastard Girlfriend? Basically, the answer seems to be that she has been portrayed as two (three, four...) entirely different types of people over the years.
- Dye Hard: Her natural hair color is brown.
- Evil Feels Good (More intensely during the Hellfire Club days, but Depending on the Writer, still maintains similar patterns).
- Evil Mentor: Sebastian Shaw
- Evil Pays Better (Hellfire Club days)
- Evil Teacher (Hellfire Club days)
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Her father had her compete with her sisters for the right to be his heir (her brother had the good sense to stay out of it. Consequently, he was the sibling she was closest to). Her rivalry with her eldest sister, Adrienne, became so bad that it eventually went fatal.
- Good Feels Good: In a number of occasions, she had expressed how much she was trying to be a good person and liked to do "the right things". She does have a bad conscience though, enjoys earning approval from Scott, and has been praised for a number of good deeds, although recurrently a bit extreme. However, she seems to enjoy earning approval from Scott, and some of her teammates or students.
- Guilt Complex: As explicitly stated on Astonishing X-Men #18.
- Head-Tiltingly Kinky: Less than her time in relationship with Sebastian Shaw, but as seen during the Morrisson run, still maintains her core personality. Of course, Doctor Nemesis once ordered her around, while threatening to destroy every fetish-wear store on the planet if she didn't comply.
- The Hedonist: Depending on the Writer.
- Heroine With An F In Good: Occasionally improves.
- Heel Face Turn: After a fashion. It's kind of funny, she just sort of "fell into" hanging with the X-men. She was comatose for a long while and in their care, and revived right in the middle of the big Phalanx mega-crossover. She escaped with the rest of the X-men and, having nowhere else to go, just wound up helping them.
- Hyper Awareness
- Living Lie Detector: She doesn't even need to use her powers to do it.
- Jerkass Woobie: Her background makes her qualify for this, and in addition Emma lost all of her students three times, was the sole survivor of a massacre that killed more than 14 million people, and struggles with herself a lot for her past (and present) morally questionable acts.
- Jerk Justifications: Emma was originally presented as a textbook sociopath, somebody extremely inclined towards being very bad, who has no illusions about the "severe warts on her soul", on-off trying to learn how to be good, and stumbling along the way a lot. But despite her aloof behavior and extreme methods, she genuinely cares about the mutant race, her students and Cyclops.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite her aloof behavior and extreme methods, she genuinely cares about the mutant race, her friends, her students and Cyclops.
- Karma Houdini: She pays in occasional bad conscience for some of the many horrible things she does, and the tragedies of losing her students, but it's never enough to make her stop doing very morally objectionable things.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Well, maybe not exactly kindhearted, but she's a cat lover...
- Kuudere: During Generation X, beneath her aloof and apathetic behavior, Emma was a tortured soul who just want to be loved and be trusted by her teammates. This was carried over by some writers in most recent X-Men books.
- Mama Bear: Seriously, do NOT threaten her students. ...On the other hand, originally (as of the Firestar mini) she regularly tortured them when dissatisfied with their progress or wanted to get a point across. She is currently trying to be a better teacher, however, but is still not above occasionally violating them if she deems it necessary, such as the Elixir case. In her defense, Elixir had just attacked Colossus, one of her best friends, and others X-Men had done worst threats to their own students.
- Manipulative Bitch
- Meaningful Name: In her villain days, she wasn't really evil in an "ice queen" manner, and in fact outwardly played the role of a benevolent friendly and somewhat nerdy headmaster, so "Frost" didn't really mean anything until Morrison decided it did.
- Mind Rape: She thoroughly loves this trope.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Odd Friendship: with Wolverine. Also a Fan-Preferred Couple.
- In a ironic twist, out of all the New Mutants, she has the most relaxed friendship with Sam Guthrie.
- Of Corsets Sexy (Hellfire Club days)
- Pay Evil Unto Evil
- Disproportionate Retribution: Towards plenty of regular people who have simply somewhat annoyed her.
- Pet the Dog: She has turned very loyal to her students, genuinely loves Cyclops; and although she started out heavily into rape, torture, bondage, brainwashing, and slavery, she was recently shown as extremely opposed to the real-world variants.
- Progressively Prettier: In-universe example: she was Hollywood Homely in her teenage years, but has made several plastic surgeries to look beautiful.
- Frost is one of the few comic book characters to admit that she's had breast implants.
- Psychic-Assisted Suicide
- Psychic Powers
- Rich Bitch
- Smug Super
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad (seems to get more attention in the comics now, than women who've been in the team far longer).
- Stripperific: Especially on the infamous Greg Horn covers.
- Survivor Guilt: Due to being the sole survivor of the Genosha massacre.
- Team Mom
- Token Evil Teammate: Subverted or played straight, Depending on the Writer.
- Villain Ball Magnet
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Her relationship with certain other X-women.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
- Zettai Ryouiki: Type A.
Nathan Christopher Charles Summers/Cable
Neal Shaara/Thunderbird III
- I Believe I Can Fly: Using the "superheated air" trick. He leaves a very visible fire trail behind him, which lent itself to problems during stealth missions.
- Legacy Character: And one that doesn't make much sense, either. The Indian from India with fire powers is named after the Native American Indian with super strength, speed, and endurance...?
- Love Triangle: Directly involved in the break-up of Psylocke and Archangel.
- Naive Newcomer: Who later became a mentor to two other naive newcomers, despite still being the new guy himself!
- Playing with Fire: Solar plasma, technically, but it amounts to the same thing in practice. Only more so.
- Put on a Bus: After the events of X-Treme X-Men's second arc, he and Lifeguard set to Walking the Earth in search of her brother. They've only been seen a handful of times in the last eight years, even though they're two of the mutants who explicitly kept their powers after M-Day.
Danielle "Dani" Moonstar/Mirage
See New Mutants.
- Anti-Hero: Type IV
- Awesome By Analysis
- Badass Bookworm
- Blood Knight: At times in her mercenary career.
- Combat Stilettos: A prerequisite for any ex-Hellfire female.
- Combo-Platter Powers: Sage has a mind that works like a computer and can jump-start the mutations of those with the mutant gene but no powers (or activate the "secondary mutations" of powered mutants, which are often unrelated to their original powers, placing them in this trope's territory). And telepathy that she rarely uses, despite being nearly on par with Emma Frost.
- The reason she never uses her telepathy is because she turns it all inward to bolster her psychic defenses. Her ability to resist telepathy when she does this is second to none.
- Emotionless Girl
- Mission Control
- No Name Given: Sage is yet another X-Man to not have a full name. Tessa is believed to be a part of her name, but it is unknown as to whether this is her first name, last name or even just an alias.
- Of Corsets Sexy: She used to wear corsets when she was in Hellfire Club.
- Photographic Memory
- Sociopathic Hero: In her flashback sequences
- Super Empowering
- Anti-Hero: Type II
- Brother-Sister Team
- Captain Ethnic: Captain Gay AND French Canadian!
- Chick Magnet: He was a huge hit with the ladies early in Alpha Flight. Funny how that turned out.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Light'Em Up
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs
- Salt and Pepper: Recently, when Northstar moved to San Francisco, he found himself a new boyfriend who is a black guy and a homosexual.
- Super Speed: And he saw no problem using it to win the gold in the Olympic ski jump.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Whether it's because of their history together or the fact that neither of them is exactly Mr. Personality, Northstar and Wolverine get along very, very poorly.
- Theme Twin Naming: He and his sister's codenames are astronomy-themed and refer to the North (as in Canada, where they're from)
- Token Minority: For one thing, he and Aurora were the only Quebecois members of Alpha Flight. Oh, and he's usually the only gay member of any team he's in, too.
- Wonder Twin Powers: When he is with his twin sister Aurora.
- Anti-Hero: Type I. She has multiple personality disorder, but at least originally was generally a very nice person despite that, simply switching between ascetic and introvert, or hedonistic and extrovert.
- Beautiful All Along
- Brother-Sister Team
- Light'Em Up
- The Messiah: Occasionally, through her ability to project healing light.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs
- Really Gets Around: At least one of her personae.
- Split Personality: At least nine at last count, and she can change from one persona to the next almost on the fly depending on her needs.
- Super Speed
- The Garfunkel: Compared to her much more famous (gay!) twin brother. She's shown signs of resentment about this in the past.
- Theme Twin Naming
- Too Kinky to Torture: Norman Osborn learned this the hard way in a "Utopia" side story.
- Wonder Twin Powers
Jonothon Evan Starsmore/Chamber
- Anti-Hero: Type I
- Blessed with Suck: Chamber's mutation gave him the ability to emit fire from his mouth and chest area. His inability to turn it off eventually completely destroyed his lower jaw and most of his chest. He didn't really feel any pain from it, but he's still missing his jaw and has a nearly completely exposed ribcage.
- Disability Superpower
- How Do I Shot Web?: He would be able to reconstruct his face, if he knew how.
- I Just Want to Be Normal
- Luke, I Am Your Father: He's a distant descendant of Apocalypse, and recently got the markings to prove it.
- Power Degeneration: He had an explosive power that blew off his jaw and upper chest prior to joining the team. Using his power slowly widened the explosive area, he near literally had part of his face and chest "on fire".
- Psychic Powers
- Required Secondary Powers: Not needing to eat, breathe or drink as well as communicating telepathically.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy / Magic Pants: She's naked when using her powers.
- Deep South
- Funetik Aksent: She slips into a Kentucky accent when scared or stressed.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Husk was revealed as this. Her brother was already the super-hero Cannonball, and she tried everything she could to get mutant powers to develop, almost killing herself a few times. Finally she just about gave up, crying and clenching herself... when her skin started flaking off like old wallpaper. She ripped and shredded and tore herself up, which * for anyone else would have been scary as hell, but for her, it was the happiest moment of her life.
- Kid Appeal Character
- Magic Pants: Husk has the ability to transform her skin into any material she can think of; but she must tear off the existing layer to do so. This results in her being naked a fair amount of time, but censor steam is not used in all scenes if her new skin serves the purpose of costume. She has specifically refused to revert to her human form on occasions because of her nudity.
- May-December Romance: For a while, she was in a relationship with Archangel. This has since fallen by the wayside.
- Anti-Hero: Type I-II
- Fetish Fuel: In-universe example -- she's a successful prostitute despite having scaly skin and snake eyes.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold
- Punny Name: Stacy X has the power to induce ecstacy with a touch. Or nausea, but that's not punny.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Averted. She's a sexy, sexy, snake-woman.
- Green Lantern Ring
- Pillars of Moral Character: Very into saving lives.
- Shapeshifter Mode Lock: She remains stuck in a half Shi'ar form.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Of a sort. Her power is to develop whatever physical ability best helps her save lives, be they hers or someone else's. Wings, armored skin, multiple limbs, Super Strength... the thing is, she can't predict the form it'll take.
- Surfer Dude
- Teleporters and Transporters
- What Have I Become?: Has a Freak-Out after seeing his sister in Shapeshifter Mode Lock and quits the team.
- Achilles Heel: Her armor proves vulnerable to Frickin' Laser Beams since, as she puts it, "The armor has to let light through"
- Ancestral Weapon: Her armor is described as being powered by the line of her ancestors, and actually becomes more powerful when people in her family die.
- Ascended Fangirl
- Cute Bruiser: Hisako is a 5'4", 112 pound, cute and quippy Japanese girl. She can also flip over tanks.
- Depending on the Artist: Anything from the shape, size and color of her armor tends to change with every new artist, and sometimes even by the same artist during the same story.
- Judging by the fact that she's shown able to shape her armor to a certain degree, this is possibly a case of Fridge Brilliance - She's a young superhero at the start of her career and, much like Kitty Pryde at that stage, simply hasn't settled on her "look" yet.
- Fastball Special: Does it with Wolverine a couple of times (with Hisako doing the throwing)
- Field Promotion: How she made the team.
- Future Badass: According to at least one timeline, she grows up to lead the X-Men.
- Instant Armor
- Kid Appeal Character
- Jumped At the Call
- Little Miss Snarker
- Running Gag: Complaining that her codename sucks, though she seems to be over it by now.
- Sizeshifter: Kinda, her body remains the same size, but she's recently gained the ability to make her armor grow hundreds of feet tall, as well as becoming strong enough to beat Fin Fang Foom into submission with seemingly little effort.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: When she and Wolverine aren't busy being Mentor/Sidekick, most of their interactions come off as this.
- Wolverine Claws: Has shown the ability to shape her armor into these, although only seen using them once in actual combat - against a non-human opponent.
- Anti-Hero: Type III-IV
- Blood Knight
- Knife Nut: Warpath currently dual-wields knives made of vibranium as his signature weapons in X-Force. Noteworthy in that he is not Ax Crazy at all.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Also like his brother, he's very easily aggravated; They don't call him "Warpath" for nothing.
- Legacy Character: Like his brother, the above-mentioned Thunderbird, he has the same powers and wears the identical-looking costume after him during his early appearances. He still wears a nearly identical outfit to this day.
- Scarily Competent Tracker
- Super Strength
- Anti-Hero: Probably type III-IV
- Animal Stereotypes: A skunk, complete with claws, senses, and stink powers.
- Catgirl: Though she is a skunk alien, she looks more feline.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe
- Shout-Out: To Pogo's skunk character.
- The Unpronounceable (her real name)
- Anti-Hero: Type I-V depending on which version the writer is using.
- Blood Knight
- Dumb Muscle: Eventually became this after a convoluted series of events.
- Emotion Eater: Caliban feeds off fear as part of his mutant power
- Heel Face Revolving Door
- Only One Name
- Third Person Person
- Anti-Hero: Type IV
- Badass Longcoat: And a Spy Catsuit.
- Captain Ersatz: Diabolik. He even has Diabolik's Spy Catsuit and E.V.A. is named after Diabolik's girlfriend Eva Kant.
- Captain Ethnic: While it eventually turned out that he was faking it, Fantomex appeared to be a suave, deceptive French superthief.
- Dual-Wielding: Handguns
- Future Badass: E.V.A. lives on after he dies, apparently, and becomes a vital member of the X-Men with a fully realized personality.
- Grand Theft Me: He can control E.V.A.'s actions and see from her point of view with concentration.
- Master of Illusion
- Nigh Invulnerable: He feels no pain due to having a remotely-stored nervous system; while he can be hurt, it doesn't deter him.
- Psychic Link: With his autonomous nervous system E.V.A.
- Rule of Cool: The entire Fantomex thing? Basically entirely done because he thinks French guys are cool (and maybe because he first surfaced in Paris).
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: E.V.A. can change shape at will.
- Would Shoot A Child In The Head: And YMMV whether he does or does not cross the Moral Event Horizon in doing so.
- Anti-Hero: Type I
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Chicken man's got moves with a baseball bat in his hands.
- Future Badass: While not Beak himself, his grandson is tremendously muscular and heroic... and for some reason feels as though he'll never live up to Beak's memory.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Beak looks like a chicken, while Angel looks like a normal girl with fly wings.
- They both got hot in New Warriors.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?
- You No Take Candle: Beak's from the Netherlands, and has a somewhat limited grasp of English.
- Anti-Hero: Type I
- Prank Date: Which resulted in an unexpeted pregnancy, of all things, which due to her fly-like biology caused her to give birth to dozens of babies in just a few days.
- Becoming the Mask: While he was really Magneto (though not exactly), it's hard to argue that he didn't get absorbed in the identity and show genuine compassion to his students.
- Evil Twin: It was also later revealed that he had a good twin brother with the same powers and the personality he pretended to have. Uh huh.
- Identical Stranger: An Author's Saving Throw eventually revealed that Xorn was really really a guy who happened to look just like Magneto.
- Man in the Iron Mask: Absolutely necessary, otherwise his head, which is a star, would basically kill everything around him.
- Power Incontinence
- The Medic: Had some ill-defined healing abilities.
- The Reveal
Karima Shapandar/Omega Sentinel
Xi'an Coy Manh/Karma
A Vietnamese refugee forced to raise her twin siblings after her parents were killed in the war. Joined Xavier's school to provide for her siblings. She's also a French-speaking Catholic. Her Mutant ability is the power to take control of other people's bodies and manipulate them at will.
- Lipstick Lesbian
- People Puppets
- Promotion to Parent
- Cain and Abel: Her evil brother.
- Rape as Backstory
- Anti-Hero: Type III-IV
- Badass Cape
- Elemental Powers: (Darkness)
- Horror Hunger: Cloak has this for a vaguely defined kind of human Life Energy, represented as light. It's generally not an issue because his partner Dagger naturally generates an excess of the stuff, but on one occasion when she'd abandoned him he came near to killing several innocent people.
- Living Shadow
- Teleporters and Transporters: Cloak can teleport via the "Darkforce Dimension," which his cloak is a portal to. He can take passengers, but it's a pretty traumatizing ride if his partner Dagger isn't around to ameliorate the effects.
Erik Magnus Lehnsherr, Max Eisenhardt, Eric Magnus/Magneto
- Action Girl: Let’s see, she’s been trained in the arts of survival and war since she was a child, by one of Marvel’s most iconic anti-heroes. She also carries a BFG.
- All Your Powers Combined: So far her power set's being kept deliberately vague, but so far she seems to be a power-copier like Mimic.
- Most of the time she just copies Cable's power of "shooting a really big gun."
- Beware the Nice Ones: She really, really would just love to try to be a normal girl. But don’t try to hurt her Lights. Ever.
- Break the Cutie: Her entire childhood has pretty much been one long list of people trying to do this to her. The fact that it hasn’t succeeded says a lot about her character.
- Crazy Prepared: When she decides to go to Alaska to figure out what happened to her mother, she packs enough supplies and weaponry for a small army—and then has to be told that it’s not really necessary. Justified by the fact that she grew up in a Crapsack World that was long, long After the End, while being hunted by an Ax Crazy ex-hero. Did we mention she was raised by one of the Marvel Universe’s consummate soldiers and survivors?
- Daddy's Girl: Cable's not her father, but he might as well be.
- Expy: The editors and staff at Marvel have been playing her up as one of these for Jean Grey from practically Day One, even putting the Phoenix effect around her in promos (though nowhere in-story). So far, reception's been...mixed.
- Though, in Hope’s defense, she really doesn’t act like Jean Grey. She’s much more like her adoptive father and grandfather.
- Fiery Redhead
- Good Is Not Nice: Well, what do you expect from someone raised by Cable?
- Laser Guided Tykebomb: Sort of, and sort of subverted; Cable raises her and protects her for the explicit purpose of saving the mutant race, but he doesn't really know how she's going to do this, so he can't teach her anything directly related to that task.
- Meaningful Name: Justified, since Cable, the person who named her, knew about her destiny from the start.
- Strictly story-wise, she was actually named after another deceased Hope who was Cable's wife for a time and acted as a mother-figure for the younger Hope.
- Messianic Archetype: Though not The Messiah, personality-wise... being raised by Cable doesn't do wonders for an idealistic mindset.
- Naive Newcomer: After a childhood travelling through increasingly desolate futurescapes, she's ecstatic on arriving in in the consumerist paradise of the 21st century.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She does not approve of the way Cyclops runs the team.