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Mystique Character Review

Mystique Character Review

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Mystique (Raven Darkhölme) is a fictional character associated with the Marvel Comics' franchise X-Men. Created by artist David Cockrum and writer Chris Claremont.

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

Despite Mystique's history of crime, she works with the X-Men's Professor X in a short-lived series. She is later voted straight into the X-Men.

Actress Rebecca Romijn portrayed Mystique in the first three of the X-Men films. In the 2011 film, X-Men: First Class, Jennifer Lawrence plays the role of a young Mystique (with Romijn making a cameo appearance). Lawrence will reprise her role again in the upcoming 2014 sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past. In 2009, Mystique was ranked as IGN's 18th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time.

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Powers and Abilities (Mystique)

Mystique is a mutant shapeshifter with the ability to psionically shift the formation of her biological cells at will to change her appearance and thereby assume the form of other humans. She can also alter her voice to duplicate exactly that of another person. Originally, it was clearly stated that Mystique's powers were limited to appearances only; she could not assume the powers of the people she morphed into or alter her body to adapt to different situations. Additionally she could not change her overall body mass when taking on the appearance of a person larger or smaller, but thanks to subsequent enhancements she has stated that her body mass is not fixed and can change when she does.

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Her body is not limited to purely organic appearances: She has the ability to create the appearance of clothes and other materials out of her own body, including items such as glasses, zippers, identity cards, handbags and even test tubes. Mystique is shown in at least one instance transforming a metallic part of her costume into a functioning blaster pistol. 

Whether this is a function of her powers or of the costume piece itself is unclear.
As a shape-shifter, Mystique is able to constantly alter and rejuvenate her body's cells and thereby retain her youthful appearance despite being alive for over one hundred years.
This changes in 2001's X-Men Forever miniseries, in which Mystique is exposed to dangerous levels of radiation in order to save the life of Toad

The process morphs Mystique's appearance to match her more reptilian physique from the 2000s film trilogy, and boosts her powers so that she can now morph her body into taking certain desired physical traits depending on her situation at the time. Examples of this new ability include night vision, wings on her back, talons in her fingers, and natural body armor. She can even compress nearly two-dimensional like a sheet of paper to glide on air currents, similar to Mister Fantastic, which she uses to survive an explosion.

 She has moved her vital organs out of place in order to survive gunshots to her torso and head. She has, once with strain, given herself two heads and four arms to facilitate a gun fight on two fronts, as well as shapeshifted into herself as a small child. She is also now able to hold a shape when knocked unconscious and can conceal items in shapeshifted pouches under her skin.

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Following her death and revival by the Hand, her powers have been further enhanced. Damage to her biological tissue is known to heal at a relatively fast rate and she can form a resistance to poisons upon contracting them. While she retains her advanced powers, she now appears in her old form without scales. Her powers grant her immunity to diseases, enhanced agility, and agelessness.

Mystique is a cunning strategist in terrorist and commando operations, and adept at martial arts and information technology. She has a talent for finding, stealing, and understanding cutting edge weaponry. She is a talented actress. She has some natural resistance to telepathic intrusion and wears devices to prevent her mind from being read by telepathy. Furthermore, with over a century's experience in posing as other people she has picked up the uncanny skill of being able to identify people posing as others based on body language and changes in behavioral cues.

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In Other Media (Film/Movie)

  • Mystique is played by Rebecca Romijn in the 2000 film X-Men. She is a member of Magneto's Brotherhood of Mutants.
  • Romijn reprises the role in the 2003 sequel, X2. She frees Magneto from the plastic cell he is being held in, and together they help the X-Men infiltrate William Stryker's base at Alkali Lake.
  • Mystique is again played by Rebecca Romijn in the 2006 film X-Men: The Last Stand. She is abandoned by Magneto after being "cured" of her mutation.
  • Jennifer Lawrence portrays a younger Mystique in the 2011 prequel X-Men: First Class. Morgan Lily briefly plays Mystique as a child while Rebecca Romijn makes a cameo as the older Mystique. She is raised as Charles Xavier's foster sister, and helps found the X-Men.
  • Lawrence is set to return as Mystique in the 2014 film X-Men: Days of Future Past.

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