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  • Height:*5'10" (variable)
  • Weight:120 lbs.
  • Eyes:Yellow, no visible pupils (variable)
  • Hair:Red (variable)
  • First appearance: Ms. Marvel #16 (May 1978); (first full appearance) Ms. Marvel #17 (June 1978)
  • Created by : Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum

Mystique (Raven Darkholme) is a character associated with the Marvel Comics' franchise, X-Men. Originally created by artist David Cockrum and writer Chris Claremont, she first appeared in Ms. Marvel #16.

Throughout most of her history, Mystique has been a supervillainess, founding the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and assassinating several important people involved in mutant affairs. Mystique herself is a mutant, a shapeshifter whose natural appearance includes her blue skin and yellow eyes. At one point, she mentioned she is over a 100 years old. Mystique is the mother of the villain Graydon Creed, the X-Men hero Nightcrawler and foster mother of the hero Rogue. She was forced to abandon Nightcrawler, but raised Rogue for a number of years and the two women have mixed feelings towards one another.

Despite Mystique's history of crime, she was most recently working with the X-Men's Professor X in a short-lived series, She was later voted straight into the X-Men. Actress Rebecca Romijn portrays Mystique in the X-Men films.

Publication history


Originally created by artist Dave Cockrum, writer Chris Claremont saw Cockrum's design, dubbed the character "Mystique," and with Cockrum's permission, she first appeared in Ms Marvel #16 (May 1978).

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