|“||Who am I? That, my dear, is an excellent question. Though not one easily answered.||„|
|~ Mystique about herself.|
|“||Do I have to spell it out? Fine, here it is. The unexpurgated version... I want to join the X-Men.||„|
Mystique (real name Raven Darkholme) is a fictional character in the Marvel comics and universe. She is a heroine turned villainess, but sometimes she seems to be an anti heroine, sometimes she appears to have redeemed herself. She is a mutant with the ability to shapeshift or mimic another person, and has taken on the identity of other superheroes and supervillains. She is also one of the various members of X-Men and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
She was created by Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum and Jim Mooney, and first appeared in Ms. Marvel #16 in April of 1978 in a cameo, and made her full appearance in Ms. Marvel # 18 in June of 1978.
In the X-Men film series, she was portrayed by Rebecca Romijn, Jennifer Lawrence young, and Morgan Lily as a child.
Mystique is a century-old shapeshifting mutant. Originally, she could take on the appearance of any humanoid being by having complete control over the cells of her body, in addition to being able to morph the material in her clothes to suit any situation. She later got a superpower upgrade allowing her to produce weapons by morphing her organs and such into wings and talons. For years she was involved in espionage, with her long-time romantic partner Destiny - a blind mutant precognitive.
For a time, Destiny and Mystique separated for personal reasons, and Mystique became romantically involved with Sabretooth and a German Baron, resulting in the birth of her two sons - Graydon Creed and Kurt Wagner. Destiny and Mystique reunited, and depending on the writer - either adopted Rogue or conceived her via Mystique's shapeshifting powers.
After this, Destiny and Mystique revived the Brotherhood of Mutants to assassinate anti-mutant politicians and began their conflict with the X-Men. Mystique usually has her own personal goals she's fighting for and is usually constantly involved in multiple webs of deception.
In Other Media
X-Men: The Animated Series
Mystique is a recurring antagonist in X-Men: The Animated Series. She is the mother of Graydon Creed and Nightcrawler, both of whom she abandoned. She is also Rogue's foster mother, having taken her in as a teenager when she was disowned by her father for her mutant abilities.
She trained her in how to use her mutant abilities and instructed her to steal Ms. Marvel's powers, an event that later caused Rogue to defect to the X-Men. Mystique functions as the leader of the Brotherhood of Mutants and served Apocalypse for a time. At one point, she attempted to assassinate Senator Robert Kelly but was foiled by Gambit.
In X-Men: Evolution, Mystique is Magneto's ally and the leader of the Brotherhood. In the past, Mystique accidentally lost her infant son, Kurt Wagner, after attempting to flee from Magneto with him. She adopted Rogue and attempted to recruit her into the Brotherhood by turning her against the X-Men, but this failed.
She also took on a human form and became the principal of Bayville High School under the name Raven Darkholme in order to monitor Xavier's students. She later gained an altered appearance and abilities after being exposed to Magneto's power-enhancing machine. She helps bring Apocalypse back, but was turned to stone, and seemingly destroyed when Rogue shoved her off a cliff. However, she later returned as one of Apocalypse's Horsemen before being restored to normal.
Wolverine and the X-Men
- Main article: Mystique (Wolverine and the X-Men)
The Super Hero Squad Show
- In The Super Hero Squad Show, she was voiced by Lena Headey, who also played Sarah Connor.
Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers
- In Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers, she was voiced by Masumi Asano.
- Main article: Mystique (X-Men Movies)
- In X-Men: Next Dimension, she was voiced by Julianne Grossman.
- In X-Men Legends and X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse, she was voiced by Grey DeLisle, who also voices Daphne Blake, Sam Manson, Mandy, and many others.
- In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, she was voiced by Anna Graves.
- In X-Men: Destiny, she was voiced by Sumalee Montano.
- Montano reprised her voice for the character in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order.
- In Lego Marvel Super Heroes, she was voiced by Laura Bailey, who also voiced Nadine Ross, Rayne, Helena Harper, and many others.
|“||Kurt's gone. But I did it. No one died. No blood on his hands. I'll find him wherever he is. I'm not giving up. I'm not letting go. Because my son would never give up on me.||„|
|~ Mystique refusing to give up on her son, Nightcrawler.|
|“||The X-Men? Oh, I don't. It's a fisk. These X-Men, they're going to be chasing each other's tails so fast on this that they won't be able to see anything else. We'll be free to see our plans all the way to the finish line. The esteemed Dr. Henry McCoy dropped a bomb on the mutant race. I just lit the fuse. Screw them all.||„|
- She has stated that she is over a 100 years old.
- Ranked #18 on Top 100 Comic Book Villains by IGN.
- Classified as a power level eight by Nick Fury's intel, as O.N.E. stated that she as a Severe Threat.
- Chris Claremont stated in interviews that he originally intended for Mystique and Destiny to be Nightcrawler's biological parents, but it was nixed by Marvel for being too controversial at the time.
- Despite Mystique being Magneto's second-in-command in films and television and other outlets, the comics version of the character is not.
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