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Mystique

Mystique
Artwork for the cover of X-Men vol. 5, 4 (January 2020 Marvel Comics
Art by Shannon Maer

Mystique (Raven Darkholme) is a Marvel Comics character associated with the X-Men franchise. Created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Jim Mooney, she first appeared in Ms. Marvel #17 (May 1978).

Mystique is a mutant shapeshifter whose natural appearance includes blue skin and yellow eyes. She is supposedly 84 years old and has an extended back story. She was the biological mother and foster mother of the future X-Men Nightcrawler and Rogue, respectively. She was forced to abandon Nightcrawler, but raised Rogue for a number of years and the two now have mixed feelings towards one another.

Throughout most of her history, Mystique has been a villain, leading the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and assassinating several important non-mutant persons involved in mutant affairs. However, she recently worked on behalf of the X-Men’s Professor X in a short-lived eponymous series and was provisionally voted into the X-Men.

This added exposure may partially be the result of the X-Men film series. Played by Rebecca Romijn, this sleek and sexy version of Mystique has become one of the most popular characters in the films. Mystique has also appeared in several X-Men animated series and video games.

Mystique is also known as one of the few bisexual characters in mainstream American comic books. She had an extended relationship with her Brotherhood teammate Destiny, although Marvel editors did not allow this fact to be confirmed for several years.

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