I may not think every character deserves their own appreciation thread, but if there's a villainess with more of a reputation, appearances, and shocking moments who deserves one and doesn't have one yet on the X-Forum, I'd like to see her.
So anyway, yeah... Post your thoughts, images, and favorite moments about the most famous shape-shifting female in comics. I'll handle the back history, and anyone else can take it from there.
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Mystique Leader of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants III, Brotherhood of Mutants III Real Name: Raven Darkholme Known Notable Former Aliases: Mr. Raven, Leni Zauber, Amichai Benvenisti, Valerie Cooper, Mallory Brickman, Senator Ralph Brickman, Byron Biggs, Ronnie Lake, Holt Adler, Surge, Opal Tanaka, Foxx, Millicent Hardwick First Appearance:Ms. Marvel (vol. 1) #16 All Brotherhood of Evil Mutants III Appearances:Marvel Super Heroes (2nd series) #11, Uncanny X-Men #141-142, Marvel Super Heroes (2nd series) #11, Avengers Annual #10, Uncanny X-Men #158, Rom #31-32, Dazzler #22-23, 28, Uncanny X-Men #170, 177-178 All Brotherhood of Mutants III Appearances:X-Men (vol. 2) #106, Uncanny X-Men #388, Bishop: The Last X-Man #16, X-Men (vol. 2) #108, Uncanny X-Men #402-406 Last Appearance:X-Men: Manifest Destiny #3 Powers: Mystique is a metamorphic shape-shifter with a perfect cell memory and mastery of her power that makes her able to rearrange the formation of her cellular structure to:
- take on any human appearance she wishes
- adapt specific genetic traits such as night vision, finger talons, patagalia, or body armor
- heal surface tissue damage
- suppress her natural aging process
- reboot her genetic template to withstand all pathogens and poisons. Current Status: Retained her powers after the Decimation.
Her life prior to the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants:
Raven’s earliest days are a mystery, but what is known is that a youthful Irene Adler (Destiny) hired detective Raven Darkholme to help her interpret the meanings of her precognitive diaries. The two of them joined forces in an attempt to shape future events, which proved difficult and eventually hardened them into the terrorists they became later. (Note:The time period of this flashback is not stated, but there are horse-drawn carriages in the background, suggesting that Mystique and Destiny were likely born at the turn of the century, if not much before.) (revealed in X-Treme X-Men #1 ).
In 1921 in Mexico, Wolverine ends up in front of a firing squad with Mystique, a stranger. She says she's to be killed because of the colour of her skin, and that the locals think she's a witch. As the soldiers are about to fire, Wolverine breaks free and defeats them all. She offers to buy him a drink, as she suspects he's like her (a mutant), and they get to know each other (revealed in Wolverine (vol. 3) #62). Later that year in Kansas City, Mystique invites Wolverine to join the gang of petty thieves she's assembled and rules over, all mutants and/or freaks. She says she could use him, and tries to persuade him to join their "family". As she seduces him and they kiss, she tells him she needs his help for some kind of great plan she's trying to pull off (revealed in Wolverine (vol. 3) #63). The plan, it turns out, is a bank robbery. And, while at first things look promising, the law arrives faster than expected, and things go south for the operation. Mystique, of course, disappears on her cohorts at the first sign of trouble, leaving them to be gunned down (revealed in Wolverine (vol. 3) #64). As it turns out, it was Logan who felt the job couldn’t be pulled off, so he made the most of it by betraying Mystique and her gang to the authorities, who let Logan go, and even reward him for the tip, telling him to get out of town. When Logan took to riding the rails out of town, he found himself on the same train to Mystique, who feigned that she wasn’t angry with Logan before kicking him in the hinder, and knocking him out of the moving train (revealed in Wolverine (vol. 3) #65).
Upon journeying back to 1936 during a trip to the past, Kitty Pryde meets Mystique (impersonating a man called "Mr. Raven") and Destiny in their younger days. Destiny explains to the past version of Wolverine that Kitty must not kill Hitler nor other prominent Nazis, but frets that they should not interfere with her efforts, while a laconic Mystique says "We all of us have learned to kill, Logan. But more importantly, we have learned not to kill. And to know the difference." (X-Men: True Friends #3).
Having jumped back into the past, a teenage Juggernaut encounters Mystique at the Alamogordo nuclear facility. She was there to spy on Destiny, who worked at the secret genetics lab as an "archivist", but never fully explained why she was doing the work she did. Mystique listens to the conversation between Irene and two scientists, and becomes convinced that Destiny was there for her (Raven's) benefit. She becomes angry and makes an anti-human slur when Juggernaut suggests that she should have pressed Destiny about her activities, but is satisfied now that she knows about it (revealed in X-Men: Forever #4).
In East Berlin, during the Cold War, Mystique would have her first meeting with Victor Creed (Sabretooth). He bursts into a laboratory, finding “Leni Zauber” already there and having completed her mission to assassinate the scientist (with poison, to which she claims spending a year building up immunity) they were assigned to kill. They are chased through the city by Kommandos, but manage to escape despite being shot at and barely surviving. They hide out in a safe house for a time, clearly pursuing a sexual relationship, but eventually she takes her leave by faking her death, using the body of the real Leni Zauber as a ruse. The story does not mention whether Mystique killed Leni, or if the woman died naturally. Why she would need to kill Leni (if she did) is a bit nonsensical; she mentions wanting to avoid the witness relocation program, but realistically a shape-shifter would have no need of such a thing! (revealed in Sabretooth (vol. 1) #3).
Mystique would of course, get pregnant from her romantic interlude with Victor Creed, and give birth to a son, Graydon. She was seen as “Leni Zauber” holding the infant Graydon, frustrated by his constant crying. She gave him up for adoption, but at what point of his childhood remains unclear. Graydon Creed would at least be old enough to find out as a child, by spying on his mother that she was a mutant shapeshifter. Mystique was not impressed, with either the act or the boy in general, and disdainfully scolded him for what may have been the last time before she left him (revealed in X-Men: Forever #2, Sabretooth (vol. 1) #3-4, X-Men Unlimited (vol. 2) #4).
Mystique would then begin living as Raven Wagner, the wife of a German baron. She spent her days living in luxury and amusing herself by playing tricks on the locals and sleeping around with the men, seeming somewhat unhappy because her husband is infertile. Eventually, she was introduced to a suave man named Azazel, who seduced her. She soon found herself pregnant and in love with him, but he is not interested in being with her; revealing his true form as red, demonic mutant that can teleport. Baron Wagner suspects the unborn child is not his, so Mystique murdered him and buried the body. When baby Nightcrawler was born, the doctor and midwife see her true form, so she was forced to flee with her baby from the mob, and in her anger, tossed Nightcrawler over a waterfall (he --- or with Azazel's assistance --- teleported to safety) before somehow finding himself in the care of Margali Szardos. (revealed in Uncanny X-Men #428).
Having abandoned baby Nightcrawler an unspecified time earlier, Mystique (in the form of a ragged human woman) encountered Sabretooth in the forests of Germany. She is starving and exhausted, and he allowed her to eat in exchange for sex. She doesn't have much choice, and eventually travels with him in a boat headed for Canada. After she revealed her true form to him, she manipulated him into murdering everyone else on board. The two of them then take control of a group of mutants (her first 'Brotherhood'?) and she told Sabretooth she was pregnant, which delighted him. She then injects him with a sedative and has him arrested while her team of mutants looked on. (revealed in X-Men Unlimited (vol. 1) #40)
Mystique continued to do spy work, finding herself prisoner of HYDRA agents at one point. She managed to fight off the HYDRA men, and escaped into the back of a speeding truck.Her career as a spy would continue to frustrate her emotional state, as one day Mystique frantically would attempt to wash herself of blood after apparently killing an unknown someone who "gave me no choice...". Distressed by the incident, she would seek solace with her old lover, Destiny. (revealed in X-Men: Forever #3-4) This would put her back in the United States for a time, where she would travel in the carnival where Destiny was working as a fortune teller. James Proudstar visited Destiny, and she predicted his brother's future death and was deeply shaken by it. Mystique stepped out of the shadows to comfort her, saying "we have bigger things ahead of us." (revealed in X-Force: Minus One)
Mystique would soon return to the spy game, taking on the identity of Amichai Benvenisti, an agent of the Mossad, and was set to meet Destiny at a rendezvous in Jerusalem. Upon her arrival, she was horrified to see Destiny strung up from the rafters, and as she goes to free her with Sabretooth, working as a CIA Agent at the time, they activate a booby trap, capturing them. Destiny woke up Mystique inside their cell, and Raven is overjoyed to see her safe. Destiny tells her that Catalyst, their captor, was extremely dangerous, connected to both the Israeli mafia and HYDRA. He shows up, returning Sabretooth to the cell, and is surprised to find a shapeshifter rather than Amichai, but was nonetheless pleased. He beat up Mystique when she tried to defend Destiny, and used his mutant power to alter her chemical reactions, telling her the many ways how he'd torture her. Destiny tries to get him to leave Mystique alone, offering to go with him and telling him "mine will be the last face you see before your death!" Mystique then uses the opportunity to break herself and Sabretooth out of the cell. Sabretooth burst into Catalyst's torture cell as he was interrogating Destiny. Destiny seized the opportunity of the distraction by kicking her tormentor into an electrofied tub of water, electrocuting him. Though the others are sorry he didn't suffer more, Amichai (Mystique) worriedly freed and comforted Destiny, who predicted bad things for the future. (revealed in Sabretooth and Mystique #1-3)
Mystique then spent several years impersonating several people, but of little importance. (exactly when each takes place is not clear, so this entry's placement is pure guesswork --- it had to be put somewhere) It is believed she worked as a politician(?) in the Soviet Union, worked at the Daily Bugle in the same office as Peter Parker, infiltrated HYDRA, and impersonated a repair/deliveryman in the same building as Captain America (revealed in X-Factor (vol. 1) #139).
Eventually, Mystique would be traveling in Mississippi again with Destiny, when she would happen across a runaway named Anna Marie (revealed in X-Men Unlimited (vol. 1) #4, Uncanny X-Men Annual 2001). Rogue, however, already once having put a boy, Cody Robbins, into a coma, would begin playing with a boy named Freddy. He tried to kiss her, but she would resist, to prevent harming him. Mystique saw the whole thing, and reminded her after Freddy left that she can't touch boys because of the nature of her powers. Rogue was distraught, denying this, and refuses to help with the mission Mystique tries to get her to join them on, running off. Destiny overhears the conversation and urges caution, though Raven brushes her off, saying she must be a protective mother to Rogue. Destiny's warning goes on deaf ears, as Mystique insists she isn't jealous, but then snaps "let her have the boy, then! And when she's broken, she'll need me all the more!" Rogue meets with Freddy, and kisses him on a dare, absorbing his memories, and finally runs home. Despite her misery, she is cheerfully excited when she encounters Mystique and Destiny, evading questions and eagerly volunteering for the aforementioned mission (revealed in Classic X-Men #44).
Mystique officially began her incarnation of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, lovingly scolding Rogue for her new hairstyle, before hiring herself out as a mercenary and bringing Rogue and a woman named Blindspot on a gig to steal the formula of adamantium for Sunfire's evil uncle. The mission failed, and although Mystique is annoyed that Rogue torched the Lord Dark Wind's estate with Sunfire's powers, she's was still pleased by her daughter's increasing skills at controlling her absorption powers. However, as Destiny did not trust Blindspot, she would be forced to leave by Mystique, erasing all memories of her existence from her allies (revealed in Rogue (vol. 3) #10-11).
Mystique tried to prepare Rogue for an upcoming mission with the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, although her daughter did not seem to be taking things very seriously. Mystique then appeared with Pyro and attempted to deal with Rogue's general flakiness as they go undercover to rescue a captured mutant boy. Mystique tries to get Rogue to calm down when she absorbs several people and her behavior becomes more erratic, with little success. Finally Rogue locks her mother out of the cell and it's only through the efforts of the boy that she's able to settle down and regain control of herself. ( Marvel Fanfare #60)
One day, as she was aboard a tanker in New York Harbor, Mystique observed Ms. Marvel flying by with binoculars, noting how she seemed to sense her presence. Startled, and worried that the heroine knows about her, Mystique decides "when I return to Washington, I'll have to take care of her. Permanently!" (in her first actual appearance, in Ms. Marvel (vol. 1) #16) Seeking a weapon powerful enough to kill Ms. Marvel, Mystique would impersonate Nick Fury, and sneak onto the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier to steal the Centurion armor with her subordinate, Ballard from its armory. She chastised two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents harshly for viewing video of Ms. Marvel while there. Finding Centurion, a gun capable of firing through any form of matter, she also chastised Ballard when he picked it up, and accidentally fired it, blasting through several walls. Furious, she told him he may have jeopardized the mission, and fled the ship as quickly as possible before any more problems arose. To sneak off without the strain of impersonating Fury, she instead chose the form of Contessa Allegra de Fontaine (Ms. Marvel (vol. 1) #17). As Mystique was ordered by her mysterious employer, referred to as “Lord”, to cease her attacks on Ms. Marvel after Centurion’s failure, however, she insisted on defying his wishes (Ms. Marvel (vol. 1) #17).
Mystique would attend a party where Carol Danvers was, stalking her, and eventually cornering her boyfriend, Mike Barnett, beating him to death and going through his files for information on Carol Danvers. She then leaves to pursue an arms dealer she was investigating in Hong Kong, effectively trying to frame Carol for the crime, and later sending Pyro and Avalanche to attempt to kill her when she pursued Mystique. (Ms. Marvel (vol. 1) #22, Marvel Superheroes (vol. 2) #11)
Mystique, however, would somehow get both Pyro and Avalanche out of prison after losing them to prison from this setback. She also would recruit a new mutant to her Brotherhood, the Blob, who she would help break out of prison (Uncanny X-Men #140). She then would debrief her new assembled team (shown in X-Men: Forever #4) about a plot to assassinate Senator Robert Kelly, and the Brotherhood would soon attempt to do so, only to be foiled by the X-Men. She escapes, impersonating a military officer, but not before hinting at a mysterious link to Nightcrawler, and vowing to liberate Destiny from prison. (Uncanny X-Men #141-142)
After her charge, Rogue, would permanently absorb the powers of Ms. Marvel, Mystique would try to make good on her promise to Irene Adler by breaking all of the Brotherhood out of Ryker’s Island Prison. At Mystique’s prompting, she would also absorb the powers of Thor and Captain America at Avengers Mansion before they would make their move. As the Avengers flew to the prison to try and stop the jailbreak, Mystique was told by Destiny that Spider-Woman would be instrumental in the Brotherhood’s defeat, so she’d try and neutralize her. She tried to impersonate Nick Fury again to trick Jessica Drew, but to no avail, and then she fled into the jet she arrived on with Rogue. She still swears she will return to attempt to free her compatriots (Avengers Annual (vol. 1) #10).
Mystique would soon encounter Carol Danvers and the X-Men inside the Pentagon, who were entering the building to erase the government’s files on them. She would shoot the depowered Danvers while in the form of Nick Fury, only to still be overpowered by her and supposedly arrested and sent to be locked up at Ryker’s with the rest of the Brotherhood (Uncanny X-Men #158).
While The Brotherhood were being transferred from Ryker's Island to a smaller prison in Virginia, in order to minimize the danger they pose to a large populace. After an interlude with Rom the Spaceknight, the transport arrives at Windust Prison, met by the warden and the psychologist Dr. Kellogg. Naturally, these two are Mystique and Rogue in disguise, and they free their comrades. The three of them eventually set down at an old mansion, where to their horror they encounter Hybrid, a half-human/half-Dire Wraith monster. As Hybrid attempted to kill Rogue, Mystique leapt at him, trying to force him to let the girl go. Upon touching him, she sees visions of his past, and he tosses her away, much to Rogue's anger. However, Mystique decides he is a mutant and thus a potential ally, so they join together in order to kill Rom, though Destiny's precognition is blocked by Hybrid's alien ancestry, and she's somewhat uneasy. When he killed some convicts in front of them, the women were disgusted and begin to realize he plans to subjugate all humans; Mystique declared that she bows to no one, but Rom arrives and they are forced to put aside their conflicts in order to stop him. Mystique pretends to be injured and tells Rom that Rogue and Destiny are dead, and though he sees through it, Rogue successfully ambushes and kisses him (somehow absorbing a sense of "decency" through his armour). As Hybrid and Rom battle, Rogue insists that the Sisterhood must rescue him, and Destiny suddenly receives a vision of Hybrid's plans for all mutant women---being used as breeders. Rogue, against Mystique's worried wishes, temporarily stops Hybrid, and with Mystique's sudden assistance and some more help from Rogue, Rom is able to defeat him. Rom expresses surprise that the three, "devoted to evil", would help him, but Mystique told him it was only because their lives were in danger, and that humankind remains their enemy (Rom #31-32).
Mystique, Destiny, and Rogue were next seen discussing a recently-failed attack of theirs on the Angel, in which Mystique had sent "anti-personnel hawks" stolen from the Pentagon, as a means to get revenge for their defeat at the hands of the X-Men when trying to assassinate Senator Kelly. They followed Angel and Dazzler as the pair travels to Xavier's, and then confront them, Mystique telling him " Mystique morphs into Candy Southern to fool him, kneeing him in the groin, and assaulting him. She then ordered Rogue to absorb him so they can get the information they need in order to battle the X-Men, but Rogue hesitated, refusing to do so on the grounds that she might permanently grow wings. She offers to kill him, but "the Sisterhood" decided to kidnap him to get the information later. However, Dazzler returned and blinded them, freeing Warren, and the duo made their escape. Mystique later decreed that both should be left alone for the time being. She ordered Rogue to ignore Dazzler, but she would still attempt to attack her later. (Dazzler #22-23, 28).
Realizing that Xavier was the only hope for Rogue to learn to control her powers, Destiny and Mystique began to argue about trying to send her to the X-Men. Destiny may have been seeing events to come (revealed in X-Treme X-Men #1). Shortly thereafter, Mystique has a terrible nightmare, in which she is being chased by hounds. She trips, and is easily captured by Jean Grey and Mastermind, who cut her throat. Waking with a start, she recognizes the people in her dream, and realizes someone was manipulating her mind, though she doesn't know who. She comes no closer to discovering who is responsible while talking with Destiny, as something was blocking Irene's precognition. Suddenly, however, Destiny saw a timeline in which Rogue is in terrible danger, and the two women worriedly ran to her room---only to find her gone. Rogue has left without a word, though Destiny cannot see where she has gone, as something again blocks her precognitive abilities (Uncanny X-Men #170).
Her Life After the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants III:
Mystique soon forged an alliance with the assassin, Arcade, to train herself in Murderworld bu fighting X-Men robots in a carnival setting. She ingeniously defeated them all by 'killing' them --- including Rogue --- but can't bring herself to kill the Nightcrawler robot. Arcade was impressed by her performance, and agrees to train the Brotherhood for her. Destiny warned Raven that her plans against the X-Men are a mistake, especially because she isn't able to harm Nightcrawler, but Mystique furiously quieted her, insisting she would to get Rogue back. She believed Xavier was manipulating her daughter's mind, and refused to believe Rogue would deliberately abandon her. Later, she sends Pyro, Avalanche, and the Blob are out to ambush the X-Men (Uncanny X-Men #177). Mystique would head to the mansion, in the meantime, and use a jamming device to prevent Charles Xavier from detecting her. He somehow does realize something is amiss, causing her to miss with her first shot, but Rogue stops her when she goes to finish the job. Mystique tells her to get ready to leave, declaring proudly "did you think I was going to let Xavier steal my daughter and get away with it?" but Rogue insisted she came of her own volition and refused to let her kill him. In desperation, Rogue tells her how much her powers were ruining her life, and points out that Mystique probably could help her, saying that Xavier's the only one who can give her a chance at being normal. Her mother was not pleased, asking whose side she'll choose if there are ever more conflicts between the X-Men and the Brotherhood, but Rogue reminds her that at least she'll have a choice. Mystique leaves, and blackmailing the X-Men into letting her captured Brotherhood go in exchange for Xavier's life, to which they acquiesce. (Uncanny X-Men #178).
Mystique, as Raven Darkholme travels to Forge's penthouse with Valerie Cooper later. En route, Raven was silently smug about her plans as leader of the Brotherhood, and vows to defeat and possibly kill both Forge and Val in order to further her group's terrorist agenda in the future. The trio discussed the threat posed by the Dire Wraiths, an alien species that possesses and kills humans. Forge handed over his best copy of Rom's Neutralizer, that he reverse-engineered, though it was untested and Forge warned that he doesn't know exactly what its effects will be, so he doesn't want it released until more work is done. He also runs his scanner on the people in the room, announcing one of them is a mutant, which shocks Raven and she fears she'll be exposed as Mystique. She decides she must kill both Forge and Val, but is somewhat relieved when he reveals that it is he who is the mutant. Infuriated, she thinks to herself how close the call was and vows to ensure that the scanner never detects her as a mutant, and plans to get revenge on Forge for his joke. Mystique (as Raven Darkholme) is furious to learn that Henry Peter Gyrich and Val Cooper plan to use Forge's untested Neutralizer on Rogue, whom they believe to be guilty of murder. Raven realizes she's been outvoted, though vows to protest. Later, she returns to the Brotherhood's secret headquarters to find Destiny, and the two of them discuss the crisis and their options. Mystique feels it might not be so bad for Rogue to lose her powers, as she'll be able to have a normal life and return home to her family, though she asks Destiny what the best option is, and Irene points out that the decision should be Rogue's. Destiny's powers are blocked again and she can't give advice, but Mystique calls up Forge to let him know about the government's plans, realizing he'll be angry and try to stop them. She called a truce with the X-Men, meeting with Storm prior to the attack that it might be coming before dancing a waltz with Destiny. (Uncanny X-Men #183-185, Marvel Fanfare #40).
Mystique would make another attempt to win the loyalty of her daughter back using a robot named Ken to flirt with her. Rogue was out exercising when she met Ken, and they hit it off and seemed to like each other very much. Rogue was thrilled to learn that she could touch him, but eventually they separated and he returned to the van and Mystique. She yelled at him a bit, and he calls her "mother" as she orders him to bring Rogue to her the next day. He met up with Rogue the next day while Mystique watched via surveillance. Later, Ken told Mystique he fell in love with Rogue and wouldn't allow her to be hurt, starting an argument, so Mystique decided to have him re-programmed. Rogue arrived and intervened, furious at her mother for her actions, and when Mystique tells her she loves her and just wants her to come home, Rogue deemed it an "obsession". Ken was severely damaged and Rogue was upset, so Mystique touched her in order to make her daughter understand why she did it. In the end, Mystique apologizes for Ken and asks her to come home, but Rogue refuses, saying as she leaves that she forgave her but must be free to do her own thing. (Marvel Superheroes (vol. 2) #2).
Val Cooper arrived home to find Mystique inside, impersonating her form one day, and Mystique made her an offer. She suggested the Brotherhood work for the government and become "Freedom Force". She pointed out that anti-mutant sentiment was increasing, and they wanted to avoid being killed or imprisoned. Val agreed, offering a pardon based on their performance, but gave her a test before accepting, to capture Magneto. Later, at a Holocaust memorial, where Magneto was visiting along with Kitty Pryde and Lee Forrester, she made her move. “Lee” turned out to be Mystique in disguise, and the rest of Freedom Force (the Brotherhood, plus Spiral) showed up and battled Magneto and then the intervening X-Men. Magneto surrenders, dismayed by the fear he inspired in the crowd, and Mystique is the one who puts handcuffs on him. (Uncanny X-Men #199).
Mystique would boost Freedom Force’s ranks by adding Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter) to the team (Avengers West Coast #84), and then go on their new mission: to arrest the young pyrokinetic, Rusty Collins. They suspected he was affiliated with X-Factor, the supposed mutant hunters, and Blob is eager to cause trouble for them because of their apparent anti-mutant sentiments. They traveled to Central Park for a confrontation with X-Factor amd Rusty, where the two teams battled while Rusty met up with a young Morlock named Skids, escaping at first. Eventually they ran afoul of Freedom Force again in the Morlock tunnels. Destiny saw where they had gone and warned Mystique that she saw "death" there, but the team has no choice but to follow if they wish to keep their jobs. FF finds the kids in the tunnels (Blob beat up Rusty against Mystique's orders) and battled X-Factor in the latter group's 'evil mutants' X-Terminators disguises, until Destiny urgently persuades Raven that Freedom Force will die if they remain, and she finally ordered a retreat. Blob had recognized X-Factor as the original X-Men, and though Mystique tries to explain this to Val Cooper, she's ignored, and so decides to do things her way. She vows to tell reporter Trish Tilby that Warren Worthington "is an evil mutant", and is interested to see what kind of trouble that will stir up (X-Factor (vol. 1) #8-10).
Freedom Force attempted to arrest the Avengers on charges of treason, handing out warrants for their capture and following procedure, but Hercules and Iron Man attacked them anyway, and started a fight between the groups. The battle goes on for some time, during which Mystique managed to take out Captain America and assist in the capture of Wasp. She lectured Spider-Woman harshly enough that she went to the Vault where they were being held to help the Avengers. (Avengers Annual (vol. 1) #15). After the team escaped, Mystique wanted to again lead Freedom Force against the Avengers in order to re-capture them, though Quicksilver successfully petitioned Henry Peter Gyrich to allow his team of LMDs to chase after them, much to her annoyance. Gyrich dismissed her and Freedom Force, reminding her that they're still proving their obedience to the government, and sends them away (West Coast Avengers Annual #1 ).
Mystique would be present as some of the men of Freedom Force taunted the new Captain America (John Walker) and Bucky (later Battlestar) prior to training him (Captain America (vol. 1) #333).
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Freedom Force was called to meet Val Cooper to meet two new members for their team, Crimson Commando and Stonewall. Mystique in particular criticized their selection, recalling the government's inclusion of Spider-Woman to the group's ranks. The meeting was interrupted by the arrival of Super Sabre, the third member of the heroes' trio, and later by Destiny's terrified scream. The entire team ran to her aid, Mystique at the forefront, and though she tried to comfort her, Destiny was inconsolable because she's seen that Rogue and the X-Men are going to die. Mystique surprised Rogue during a workout, and tried to warn her of Destiny's latest prophecy. Rogue listened to the warning, but refused her offer to take her away to safety, so Mystique walked away, upset that she won't leave the X-Men but was willing to abandon her mother. Mystique and Freedom Force arrive outside Forge’s Aerie as the X-Men try to enter, and she announces that they are there to arrest them, obliquely mentioning her warning to Rogue. Freedom Force managed to defeat and capture the X-Women, but Mystique was taken captive by the male X-Men, who retreat inside the Aerie. Raven tried to warn them about Destiny's prophecy, but they were not interested, and threaten her a bit. As the Adversary's magic begins to warp time and space, though, she and Wolverine agreed to a truce and helped the civilians trapped in the middle of the chaos, as well as dealing with the press. She brought Freedom Force into the Aerie, where they battled more creatures brought by the time waves, as well as the Adversary in disguise. When Wolverine decided that the X-Men must go up to Forge's penthouse, she declared her team will go too, and protested when he disagreed, though after he pointed out that somebody needed to stay behind to protect the civilians, she acquiesced. She was distraught to see Rogue leave, knowing Destiny's prediction, but had no choice but to let her go. Meanwhile, as Storm and Forge returned from the Adversary's dimension, as he renewed his attack and brought down part of the building onto Freedom Force. Blob carried a protesting Mystique outside, just as it seemingly collapsed. As Freedom Force and Manoli Wetherell grieve for the (presumed-dead) X-Men, Pyro discovered they're still alive. However, those on the outside are forced to sit and watch the X-Men battle the Adversary's forces, unable to help as the heroes sacrificed their lives to imprison the demon. Furious, she called Forge a murderer and began bearing a grudge towards him (Uncanny X-Men #223-227).
Magik, angry over Colossus' 'death' in Dallas, vowed to kill Forge. She and the other New Mutants (along to prevent her from killing) went to Dallas. Freedom Force is there to stop her, and engaged the kids in battle in order to protect him. Despite a lengthy fight, Magik manages to grab Forge and is about to kill him when Cannonball stops her; as she dropped him, 'he' reverted to Mystique, who had adopted his form in order to protect him. Destiny then showed the New Mutants a vision of the upcoming Inferno as a warning of things to come, which puzzles them, as they believed the team to be "bad guys". At Destiny’s request, Freedom Force let the young mutants go. (New Mutants (vol. 1) #65).
Still in Dallas, Mystique and the rest of Freedom Force awaited Cyclops and Marvel Girl's arrival after Destiny predicted they will appear. The team then stood around, taunting them with the X-Men’s deaths, and refused to answer any questions regarding the whereabouts of Cyclops' missing son. After the duo managed to defeat most of Freedom Force while Mystique looked on, Destiny told Cyclops whatever she could using her powers. (X-Factor (vol. 1) #30-31). Not long thereafter, Freedom Force showed up after X-Factor defeated the Alliance of Evil, and Mystique tells the heroes that they should sign the Mutant Registration Act forms or they would have to arrest them. Beast agreed, and several others agreed to sign using their public hero aliases (keeping their private identities secret), but Rusty Collins refused to sign at all, although, no further action was taken against him at this time. (X-Factor (vol. 1) #33).
In order to help trap the Resistants, Freedom Force was assigned to hold a mock trial of 'Quicksilver', actually Mystique in disguise. They did so until the mutant terrorist group showed up and attacked the building it was being held in, demolishing it while the team (and civilians) were still inside. With the help of Captain America (John Walker), Freedom Force made the collar (Captain America (vol. 1) #346).
Mystique, ironically, led her team to save their one time target as the Brotherhood, Senator Robert Kelly from a drug lord's firing squad. Mystique, in disguise as the cartel leader, Senor Muerte, would free all his prisoners. Mystique dealt with Senor Muerte’s men through a combination of trickery and heavy artillery while the rest of Freedom Force battled his superhuman bodyguards, and eventually they all made it safely to the team helicopter (Marvel Comics Presents (vol. 1) #41).
Mystique, Pyro, and Blob arrive to talk to X-Factor after Nanny's orphans have been rescued. After commending X-Factor for the rescue, Mystique tells them that due to their good work, Rusty Collins will be released on his own recognizance, and she gave Marvel Girl custody of her niece and nephew. Blob and Freedom Force then lied, tells them that the government is returning the other children to their parents. (X-Factor (vol. 1) #40).
Her next mission was yet another attempt to is sent to arrest Rusty Collins again, believing that he was responsible for a fire in New York (it was actually the work of Mirage, who was influenced by Hela). Freedom Force pursued the New Mutants to Liberty Island as they tried to take Mirage to safety. During the course of the battle, Mystique attempts to fool the kids by impersonating Cyclops, but Wolfsbane saw through the ruse and tackled her. Disoriented, Mystique is not able to stop Blob before he gives away several government secrets, including the fact that they never returned the mutant children kidnapped by Nanny, which Skids interprets to mean that Freedom Force is personally holding them. Mystique, furious, now is determined to keep the kids from revealing this to their allies, the media, or the public. Doctor Strange then transports the New Mutants, except for Rusty and Skids, to Asgard. Rusty and Skids were still holding out on Liberty Island, protected by Skids’ force field. While Pyro refutes the assumption that FF has the kids, Mystique replies that they can't allow that kind of scandal to be associated with Freedom Force, and has the team helicopter shoot at the field, destroying the ground around them and enabling Blob to carry away the kids, still protected under the force field. Hours later, Mystique tells Skids to lower her force field, which the girl finally does when she collapses from exhaustion. Rusty attacks Freedom Force with his fire, but Pyro capably takes control of it and the boy surrenders. (New Mutants (vol. 1) #78,80,82).
Destiny began to have prescient dreams, ones that foretold her own death. Mystique expressed concern over nightmares Irene experienced, but Destiny never told her about the dream’s content. Val Cooper soon orders Freedom Force into battle against the Reavers, a team of cyborgs who are attacking Muir Island. Still furious at Forge for the 'death' of Rogue, Mystique tried refusing to help Forge or the Muir Island residents, but was eventually worn down by Cooper and was forced to go. Destiny told her to be kinder to Forge, "considering how intimately your futures are intertwined", though Mystique scoffs at the idea. Freedom Force arrives just as the Reavers soundly defeat every X-person on Muir Island. Destiny was quietly agitated, though she still refused to elaborate about her distress, despite Mystique's pleas for an explanation. Meanwhile, Lady Deathstrike jumps onto the plane, helicopter, killing the pilots and sending it crashing to the ground. Forge carries Mystique out of the wreckage despite her furious protests to let her go back for Destiny, but Stonewall retrieved Irene. Still, Raven is not very grateful for the rescue, and angrily orders Forge around after everyone's safety, telling him to look after Destiny, away from the fight. As the battle raged, Destiny urges Forge to go to the fight, insisting he protect Mystique, and that he should love her. As he leaves, the Shadow King-possessed Legion appears, and kills Destiny. Meanwhile, things quickly go downhill as Avalanche is nearly gutted by Deathstrike and Blob is taken out of the fight; Donald Pierce captures Mystique and then she suddenly receives an image of Destiny's death (broadcast by Legion), and she screams in shock and horror. Sensing her distress, Stonewall tackles Pierce to get her free from him. Pierce kills him as Pyro and Mystique look on, and the two of them are chased and say a surprisingly tender goodbye until Forge unexpectedly arrives and kills the Reaver about to shoot them. This puts the enemy on the run, and they escape, leaving Freedom Force to deal with their casualties. Grief-stricken, Mystique cradles Destiny's body, and vows revenge for the two lives Forge has cost her. (Uncanny X-Men #254-255). Telepathically, in the wake of this battle, Legion would also tell Mystique that he would have to die to save the future (revealed in X-Men: Forever #2).
Mystique (as Raven Darkholme) took a cruise to grieve, similar to one she went on some time ago with Destiny. She opens a letter from Irene, complete with a note, a ring, and a photograph taken during their first trip. Back in the present, Raven scatters Destiny's ashes at the precisely-predicted moment, only to have them blown back in her face. Presumably recalling Destiny's prophecy that her last act would be to make Raven laugh, she laughed as Irene finally gets what she'd wanted so long ago (X-Factor (vol. 1) Annual #6).
Mystique, freshly returned from mourning Destiny, yelled at her team for their mischievous behavior in attacking the Avengers while she was gone. Mystique managed to pull the team back together after its apparent disintegration, and after chewing most of them out individually, she sent Commando, Pyro, and Blob to bring in the Hulk, while she investigated another sighting. An old lady claims to have seen him, and though she refuses to allow the police into her apartment, she lets in Mystique (in the guise of a male FBI agent). Mystique is saddened by the nervous old woman, who reminds her of Destiny, and thinks "it's all I can do not to burst into tears", but she's able to continue the investigation. The woman claims there is a monster in her closet, although it is empty when Mystique checks; she comforts the old woman and leaves, more depressed than ever (unfortunately, there really was something in the closet and it later grabs the old woman). Meanwhile, the other members of the team found the real Hulk, and he beats them all soundly. (Incredible Hulk (vol. 2) #369).
Rusty and Skids are still in prison after being arrested by Freedom Force, and as a terrorist group called the Mutant Liberation Front beings demanding the release of the two (much to Skids' surprise), Mystique arrives, demanding answers from them. Later, the MLF attacks the prison facility, and liberates Rusty and Skids. Crimson Commando, Pyro, and Blob are questioning a captive Cable about the MLF, Rusty and Skids, and a stolen radioactive element, but he proclaims his innocence. Mystique then interrupts the interrogation, telling the others that X-Factor's Ship has arrived back in New York. X-Factor contacts Freedom Force F to tell them they want Rusty and Skids back "or we go to the law...and the press", which Freedom Force discusses at their meeting, desperately aware that they don't have the kids anymore. They are talking about their options when a soldier announces that Cable is escaping. Cable attacks several members of FF before finally stealing a helicopter, so Mystique realizing he knows too much sensitive information sends Commando and the others after him. (New Mutants (vol. 1) #87-88).
The White Queen, still angry at Firestar for leaving the Hellions and determined to get revenge, sent anonymous information about her to Freedom Force, ensuring that the government team would have to go after her. Mystique is puzzled that someone would send this information to her, and realizing that Destiny once predicted it would arrive, tries to decide what to do. Realizing that Firestar is very powerful and could make a good ally for the team, she resolves to go to her home in the guise of a friend, and try to persuade her to join them. When Angelica refuses (having just promised her father to stay out of the super-powered scene), Mystique places her under arrest and has Spiral and Avalanche burst in to back her up. Firestar tried flying her father to safety, only to have Freedom Force pursue her. She still maintains that Firestar be left unharmed, and sends them off to find her; while doing so, Spiral battles her and severely injures her father in the process. The pair still manages to escape, and when Avalanche again grumbles about going easy on her, Mystique decides they have to be more forceful next time. Meanwhile, the same gang which attacked Firestar previously decides Mystique would be valuable to their organ-harvesting operations, and opt to use Firestar's desperate search for donor organs for her injured father as incentive to get her to capture their quarry. After simulated combat versus a fake Freedom Force, Firestar was sent by the Arms of Salvation operatives to retrieve Mystique for "DNA research" in exchange for a lung for her father. Meanwhile, Mystique sends Freedom Force to search for Firestar, while she morphed into the girl's form in order to see if her father had information about her whereabouts that she could trick him into revealing. Firestar saw this and furiously attacked her, but was stopped by the arrival of Blob and Pyro. Mystique ordered Firestar to surrender, and though she shouts at Blob for attacking the girl, he doesn't listen. Mystique then morphs into Angelica's father and pleads with her to stop fighting and listen to Freedom Force; Firestar sees through her deception and captures her for the Arms of Salvation. Firestar delivers the unconscious Mystique to the mad scientists, and while they assure her that no one will be harmed, and that Mystique will be released after having some tissue samples taken, other scientists talking in private make it clear that these promises won't be kept. The rest of Freedom Force declares their intention to rescue their leader as well as to get revenge on Firestar for beating them, and they invade the Arms of Salvation headquarters. At the same time, one of the organ harvesters’ ringleaders (Cross) attacks Firestar for refusing to join their operation, and then she realizes what's really going on. She releases Mystique and the other captive victims just as Cross bursts in and confronts her. As the furious Cross attacks Firestar, Mystique is obliged because of her position as leader of a federal group to get the civilians to safety, much to her chagrin. After doing so, she showed up again in the form of Fitch (another Arms of Salvation operative, whose fate is unknown), and speaks to Firestar after Cross has been defeated. They both know that Spiral will kill Angelica if given the chance, and Mystique admits she doesn't want that to happen. She concocts a plan to fake Firestar's death so that she and her father will be safe, and quietly reflects that she hoped the girl would join Freedom Force, because of Destiny's prophecy about her joining a team that will "make a difference to the entire world.” (Marvel Comics Presents (vol. 1) #82-87).
Freedom Force was then called in to help deal with a mass breakout by all the prisoners in the Vault. Though Mystique chastises Blob for expressing sympathy for the escaping criminals, she admits to herself that her team's loyalties will be tested by this assignment. En route, the Avengers also feel Freedom Force can't be trusted, and vow to keep an eye on them. Meanwhile, Freedom Force meets up with the warden (who has secretly set a bomb to destroy the entire prison) and then they go underground to approach the prisoners by stealth. Things go as planned until they are attacked by Hydro-Man, who nearly drowns them until they surrender. A group of prisoners attack them and force them all to set a trap for the Avengers, to which Mystique reluctantly agrees. She and the others attempt to trick the heroes into an ambush, though it is foiled by the timely arrival of some other Avengers. Though the two hero groups conflict over methods, they eventually team up together to fight the prisoners until the bomb crisis becomes serious, and then Freedom Force and most of the Avengers are used as hostages to prove the heroes' good faith while Iron Man and others work to defuse it. Once ended, there is a free-for-all battle between both sides, with the heroes ultimately winning thanks to the efforts of several Avengers and Crimson Commando. (Avengers: Deathtrap- The Vault #1).
Mystique then returned to Freedom Force's home, grieving for Destiny, holding an old photograph of the two of them, morphing into youthful and elderly versions of her lover, when the Shadow King-possessed Val Cooper arrives to kill her. Mystique reveals that Destiny warned her of this event, but willingly awaits her fate. Val Cooper was beginning to fight the Shadow King's control when she went to kill Mystique, and shot herself (merely wounded) rather than shoot Raven. Mystique describes how she then contacted Fury and arranged to impersonate Val, having herself hypnotized in order to fool the Shadow King thus revealing that the 'Val' over the next few issues is actually Mystique in disguise. (Uncanny X-Men #266, secret that she’s impersonating Val Cooper revealed in X-Factor (vol. 1) #69-70).
Mystique, as val, began talking to reporters, announcing her intention to investigate the murder as well as introducing the FBI agent who will be in charge, Jacob Reisz. He has been possessed by the Shadow King, but does not know that Val is actually Mystique in disguise (Uncanny X-Men #269).
X-Factor and some associates land their craft at the same government facility Freedom Force was operating out of when they briefly had Cable in custody, where they met with ‘Val Cooper’ (still Mystique) and other officials to discuss the situation in Genosha. She told them the U.S. government has broken diplomatic ties with the country but is trying to unofficially resolve the crisis (the Genoshans have some of the New Mutants prisoner and want some escaped mutates returned to them) ( X-Factor (vol. 1) #60).
‘Val Cooper’ (still Mystique in disguise) called in X-Factor to deal with an anti-mutant mob protesting in Washington, which was being dominated by the Shadow King. She tells them that the president and Charles Xavier wish to see them, and they met up with Xavier and the Shadow King-possessed Jacob Reisz. Seemingly unaware that Reisz houses the King, the group makes plans to invade Muir Island, which is the King's stronghold and is guarded by some possessed X-Men. Reisz pulls ‘Val’ away from the others and praises her for leading them to him; he wants to crush Xavier and his students in a dramatic way rather than simply eliminating them quickly. Calling him "master", ‘Val’ appears to be in his thrall, but still questions him.
X-Factor lands on Muir and attempts to find the Shadow King's human host, but he suddenly reveals himself aboard the ship. Xavier begs ‘Val’ for help as the King triumphantly attacks him, gloating that she has been under his control for months. 'Val' then morphed into Mystique, and she blew Reisz's head off, killing the King's host and temporarily disrupting his control over the others. However, in the brief moment of opportunity, X-Factor hesitated and the Shadow King again possessed Legion, causing an explosion on Muir Island ( X-Factor (vol. 1) #69). As Mystique, with Colonel Alexander Vazhin aboard a SHIELD helicopter, watched the battle between the Shadow King-possessed Legion and Xavier, she was pessimistic about Xavier’s chances, so Vazhin reluctantly ordered preparations for a nuclear strike (Uncanny X-Men #280). As the X-people dealt with the aftermath of the Shadow King's activities, Mystique approached Rogue on Muir Island for their first meeting in some time. Rogue was not pleased, angry that Mystique had allowed her to think she was dead all this time, though her mother points out that the X-Men didn't tell anyone about their survival after Dallas. As Mystique says, "so instead of being angry about not being dead...can't we just be happy about being alive?", the two have a tearful hug. ( X-Factor (vol. 1) #70).
While blowing off steam at a bar, Wolverine runs into a blonde woman, and they flirt, dance, and eventually go back to her motel room. It turns out it’s Mystique, who attempts to play around with him by morphing into women from his past and evading his questions, he eventually gets her to admit that she wants something. She’s so frightened of a particular woman that she doesn't even want to speak her name. However, eventually Logan does guess, and says Spiral's name aloud, and true to form, the time-dancer appears, brandishing her swords. Mystique and Wolverine listen to Spiral's ravings, certain she is completely insane. In actuality, Spiral is aware of a crisis created by Mojo in the time-space continuum, one which will ultimately destroy the universe. After battling a plasma wraith at the motel, the three go to the Citadel at the End of Time, where they encounter another wraith who gives them more trouble, although it is distracted long enough by Mystique's impersonation of Mojo for the others to destroy it. Spiral tells them time is almost at an end, and that the three of them must work to stop Mojo in order to save the universe. Mystique, Spiral, and Wolverine encounter Mojo and realize he's destroying the universe by preventing the destruction of it (thereby preventing its creation in the Big Bang. Very convoluted). Gateway is able to let them know what they must do, and so Wolverine sends his companions to procure a necessary cruise missile from the android Elsie-Dee. They are successful, and it presumably destroys the future in order to re-create the past, though all of their memories of this future fade and they are left wondering what has just happened (Wolverine (vol. 2) #51-53).
Mystique, temporarily staying at the X-Men mansion, would cause trouble by impersonating Archangel's previous incarnation (as Angel) in front of him. In a fury, he attacked her until she morphed back to her true form and some of the other X-Men come running. Bishop, Storm, and Archangel yell at her despite her somewhat transparent excuses of trying to help Warren confront his past, though Forge angrily defends her actions, leading to a shouting match between the X-Men. Xavier telepathically reprimands her, mentioning she's only visiting as a favor to Wolverine after their most recent adventure together, and though Bishop continues to snipe at her, she manages to get out of the situation relatively unscathed. Not long thereafter, Raven went outside for a talk with Bishop, and though he's terse, he tries to be patient with her. He tells her "according to your file, you have not been the same since the death of a woman under your command. I believe the name was...Destiny?" She retaliates by morphing into the form of one of the men who died under his command, goading him until he is ready to attack her, though he's stopped by Forge, who tells him she's losing her sanity. Forge insinuates she's going insane because of assuming so many identities, and Mystique certainly indicates he's correct by seemingly hallucinating and acting slightly wild. Forge directs her back inside, and later tells Storm that he's taking Raven home with him to look after her. He says that Mystique needs him, and leaves the mansion, unaware that Storm was about to accept his earlier proposal of marriage (Uncanny X-Men #289-290).
Apparently, it didn’t take Mystique too long after arriving at Forge's Aerie to start digging for files for information about the Friends of Humanity, searching for details about Graydon Creed (X-Men Unlimited (vol. 1) #4). Mystique is still staying with Forge at his penthouse, forming what appears to be a close friendship, and possibly more. She indicates she's been extremely stressed since Destiny's death and appreciates his support, though when he tries to get her to talk about her early life, she changes the subject and runs off. While exercising together, she tentatively agrees to see Dr. Leonard Samson, though their conversation is interrupted by the attack of Trevor Fitzroy. Forge sends Mystique off to call for help, which she does, before quickly returning. When she arrives, she impersonates Bishop and taunts Fitzroy, though he quickly slashes her through the torso, grievously wounding her. The penthouse explodes, courtesy of Fitzroy's armor. Mystique is carried out of the rubble of Forge's Aerie, barely alive after Fitzroy's attack. (Uncanny X-Men #301-302).
The mysterious Tribune (Graydon Creed) has ordered Sabretooth to kill Mystique, ensuring his obedience with the threat of death after implanting a bomb in his chest. Sabretooth goes off to find her in France. Meanwhile, she's in Paris, making dinner plans with someone, and spending some time by herself. Interestingly, she dismisses the idea of losing her identity from constant shapeshifting, proving she was feigning her condition earlier. Sabretooth then bursts into her hotel room, and she douses him with alcohol and then sets him afire in order to make her escape. Furious, he chases her into the subway system, recalling her scent from a time past, but she temporarily startles him by morphing into his mother and sending him into flashbacks from his traumatic past. He's even angrier and more anxious to catch her, and chases her up the Eiffel Tower, where they run into her dinner date, Wolverine. Wolverine and Sabretooth have a showdown over Mystique, but are interrupted when she morphs into Leni Zauber, revealing that she and Victor knew each other during the Cold War. He's surprised and annoyed, because he knows that Leni's dead, but she attempts to convince him that she really is Leni. Birdy arrives and the foursome have a terse dinner at the Tower, while Mystique explains being Leni, and that she and Creed have a son, Graydon. She surmises that it was surely their son who implanted the bomb in Sabretooth and sent him to kill her, for revenge. Sabretooth and Birdy depart in search of the Tribune, leaving Mystique and Wolverine back at the Eiffel Tower. (Sabretooth (vol. 1) #2-3).
Mystique assassinated an American general named Armond Gaudier in his office, for providing weapons to the Friends of Humanity. Later, Nightcrawler (using an image inducer) and Rogue attended the general's funeral, keeping an eye on things, and were shocked to find that the presiding priest is actually Mystique in disguise, who activated a bomb in the coffin. She announced the general's dirty dealings, and detonated the device, though Rogue tossed it away in time. Mystique tried to implicate Graydon Creed in the crimes, which he's anxious to deny, and she escapes the angry crowd with the help of the two X-Men. Raven tells Nightcrawler that she staged the entire event to send a message to Creed --- she's still particularly angry at his attempts to kill her and makes a cryptic remark about the situation being "a family matter". He's puzzled, and she gives him a few clues about their similar appearances and "home" before escaping. When Mystique was pursued by Rogue and Nightcrawler, trying to bring her in for Gaudier’s murder before any members of the Friends of the Humanity from the funeral got their hands on her, she would reappear to confront Rogue, impersonating an adult Cody Robbins, getting read the riot act for the perceived insult. Graydon Creed shows up, and Mystique points a gun at him and mentions leaving him for dead after his twelfth birthday, after it was clear he wasn't a mutant and thus of any use to her. She also laughingly tells him the real story of when she abandoned baby Kurt, and is horrified to find that she isn’t telling Graydon, but Nightcrawler, using an image inducer. The real Creed arrives soon thereafter, and his men attack. They hide, but Nightcrawler is injured, and he's left hanging from a cliff with Mystique while Rogue fights and defeats the goons. She doesn’t think that she can't save both Mystique and Kurt, so Raven lets go and falls over the waterfall, apparently to her death, so that her daughter doesn't have to make the choice between them, and Kurt can be rescued. Together they wonder why she did that, and fly off together (without bothering to search for Mystique), pondering these new revelations about their family connections (X-Men Unlimited (vol. 1) #4).
Nick Fury would soon bring X-Factor proof that not only was Mystique alive, but she was working with Avalanche again. X-Factor later discusses the information Mystique travelled to Israel, attempting to inject poison into the IV of a comatose Legion to get revenge for him killing Destiny on Muir Island, not caring that the Shadow King was guiding his actions at the time. Right before she could kill him in front of X-Factor, who rushed to stop her, he suddenly awoke and stopped her. Mystique gets away in the ensuing scuffle between X-Factor and Avalanche, with Legion also getting loose. Wolfsbane followed her and is about to kill Rahne when Forge arrives. She then turns her rage towards Forge, again blaming him for being partially culpable in Destiny’s death. Legion intervened, though, and takes her into his mind, and gave her a message from Destiny, "she made me promise to tell you that she loves you". He then releases her and she flees to Paris, her next plans a mystery (X-Factor (vol. 1) #108-110).
X-Factor finally tracked Mystique down ten days later to the Belle Fourche Dam, where she had planted a bomb in order to destroy a Sentinel plant located nearby. Val Cooper is close behind her as she makes her escape, but a creature emerges from the shadows and attacks Mystique, leaving her badly injured. The members of X-Factor don't seem terribly upset about this. However, as Forge hurries over, he finds 'Val' on the ground, begging for help, though he's not fooled and he kicks her. The real Val comes out of the shadows, and, noting that Mystique's powers are already closing her wounds (X-Men: Prime).
X-Factor would get Mystique pardoned by the government, in exchange for having her one their team. Her first mission had her accompany the team to Japan while they searched for Havok, who had gone missing. While mostly helpful, Raven did make an escape attempt, but Forge caught her easily, because X-Factor had a tracking chip implanted in her (X-Factor (vol. 1) #112-113). Forge wouldn’t stop there in preventative measures, though. He would implant a device in Mystique which discourages her from shapeshifting into any member of the X-Men or X-Factor for more than 30 seconds that caused intense pain if she exceeded that limit. Of course, she immediately began to show a great contempt for her teammates, especially Val Cooper and Wild Child. Mystique began testing the limits of Forge’s implanted devices, finding out they were effective as advertised, and noticed he was suddenly distant. He would be distracted, preparing for what he believed would be the return of the Adversary. (X-Factor (vol. 1) #114-115).
As Forge prepared for that conflict, X-Factor had another threat to deal with. An emotionally unstable Aurora would arrive at their headquarters, hunting down and trying to kill Wild Child for abandoning her in Canada. Mystique would prove instrumental to the defeat by morphing into Kyle Gibney, before his physical mutation started to alter his appearance to calm her, but this would enrage the real Wild Child, who attacked her for playing mind games with Aurora. Seeing the old Kyle fight the new one, Aurora became so distraught she would pass out, and would be returned to Canada by Northstar and Puck (X-Factor (vol. 1) #116).
Mystique appalled her X-Factor teammates during a surprise training exercise where the team would be ambushed by a Sentinel by shooting at it before Wildchild was out of the way, endangering his life. Eventually the robot is destroyed by Havok, and when Val revealed it was all a test, Raven was infuriated, morphing into Sabretooth and threatening her. (X-Factor (vol. 1) #117).
X-Factor continued to prepare for the upcoming battle with the Adversary, but he secretly dominated Mystique and co-opted her shapeshifting powers and seductive behavior to be a further distraction for Forge. The Adversary then made her powers go out of control and had her beg Forge to kill her, but Forge recognized it as a trick and refused. The creature then exited her body and attacked X-Factor, and they battled until the Adversary killed Mystique, Polaris, Wildchild, and Shard, leaving Forge saddened and furious. Forge, however, would manage to defeat the entity again, and return the spirits of his X-Factor teammates, quickly resurrecting them (X-Factor (vol. 1) #119-121).
In the days following this battle, Val Cooper called X-Factor from a government jet, to inform Forge there was information on the person who tried to kill Mystique at the Belle Fourche Dam just prior to her joining the team. Unfortunately, 'Forge' was actually Mystique, who was stretching the limits of her inhibitor implant. Mystique having stole a transport to pursue her attacker. At the dam, she found that all the workers have been killed, and she encounters Sabretooth. When X-Factor arrives, he tells them he's also working for the government, but attacks them all and goes for the kills his mission was to kill everyone involved with the facility, and has decided that X-Factor now has to die for seeing too much. X-Factor ends up prevailing, and elsewhere, it’s revealed that Graydon Creed sent a Hound after his mother at the dam. (X-Factor (vol. 1) #122-123).
As Onslaught made his move to conquer the Earth, X-Factor ended up battling their own training Sentinel, which mysteriously powered itself up and went on the attack at Onslaught’s overrides. Forge decides to release Sabretooth from his holding cell to assist them during the crisis, and asked Mystique to retrieve him. Before they could return to aid the team, though, they are ambushed by Fatale, who suddenly arrives via a teleportational portal and moves them into a deep cavern where they meet Dark Beast, who wants to make them an offer. He is working for Onslaught, and tries to recruit them, and after Fatale returns with Forge, he offers them a chance to join him if they kill Forge. Dark Beast turns off Sabretooth's restraining collar and Mystique's neural implant so they are fully liberated as part of the bargain, only to see them turn on him. Mystique gets Forge to safety as Sabretooth battles the Dark Beast. The mad scientist temporarily got the upper hand against Creed, and pursued Mystique and Forge, only to see Raven morph into a fierce-looking creature to confront him. She would be wounded, regardless, but Sabretooth recovers and attacks him again, but the Dark Beast teleported away and warned them that soon Onslaught will rule the world and the real Hank McCoy would be dead. Mystique is seen moving through the compound, searching for the real Beast after this, using her shapeshifting powers to form wings to cover ground faster (X-Factor (vol. 1) #125-126).
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Mystique and Sabretooth, would then go on the run from X-Factor and infiltrate the SHIELD Helicarrier by ambushing an agent. Mysique took his shape and used it to gain access to a SHIELD morgue; there they find the body they're searching for, and open it in order to find a capsule containing information they need. Destiny had once told Raven where the information would be found. They're then ambushed in turn by AIM, but go on the offensive where Sabretooth claws them, predictably, and Mystique morphed into the giant form of the Gargoyle from the Defenders to make their escape once they've killed and injured a few of their opponents. Mystique flies out of the Helicarrier, struggling to carry Sabretooth, but crashes after she's shot. She then attacked the AIM agents in pursuit when they got too close, believing her wounded, in the form of a huge Yeti. They fled to Mystique’s safe house to review data they stole from the Helicarrier’s Morgue was on a HYDRA agent named Catalyst, whose research they want to destroy as payback after having been tortured by him years earlier. They believed Destiny had killed him, but he survived. The capsule provides a map to his fortress, and they intend to destroy him, and his notes as a poor substitute for getting revenge directly on him for his crimes. Of course, more assassins burst in and attack the duo. Mystique adopted the form of the Thing, hoping her opponents wouldn't realize she doesn't gain extra strength when she morphs into someone large, and then tried to escape in the form of the Angel, but is shot out of the air again. She blows up her safe house with some of the goons inside, and Sabretooth dispatches several, so they earn a temporary reprieve and can start on their mission. They’re again shot down, this time out of their plane as they approach the HYDRA base, and they're forced to go on foot over the island, arriving in the middle of a war between AIM and HYDRA. Mystique snuck inside the compound as Sabretooth battled, before she encountered two genetically-engineered creatures which incapacitated her. She was carried off to their "master". She awakened in the presence of Catalyst, the old enemy who had been thought dead, killed by Destiny as he'd tortured her. His mutant powers have regenerated his body, and he's back at work, seeking power and to rule HYDRA, though he admits his project is not yet complete. He taunted her with 'condolences' of Destiny's death, saying he'd hoped to kill her himself, but describes his need for maintaining secrecy all these years. He also expressed interest in using Raven to create a child from their genetic material, and offered her a place in HYDRA, but when she disgustedly turns him down, he simply uses his powers to affect her body, forcing her to morph uncontrollably. His genetically-engineered creatures take her away. When Sabretooth returned to try and kill Catalyst himself, Mystique is freed from her imprisonment by a stray blast by one of the guards. Catalyst would attempt to flee, only to see Mystique track him down, and in the form of Destiny, knock him off his fortress and into the moat of piranhas he had around it, killing him. Mystique and Sabretooth then returned to X-Factor (Sabretooth & Mystique #1-4).
Mystique would soon rush to the side of a young reality-warping mutant named Trevor Chase, after he was assaulted by members of the Friends of Humanity when trying to meet with her. She again escapes government custody to go after the men who attacked him, impersonating a police officer in order to steal the files on his case. She then tracks down the Friends of Humainty headquarters and terrorized the men who beat up Trevor, morphing into a monster and chasing them, and demanding information on who ordered the attack learning Graydon Creed ordered the beating to strike at someone she cared for. As she watched news footage of Graydon’s speeches, studying her quarry, though, Mystique would notice that Bobby Drake, from the X-Men was working undercover in his campaign. (X-Factor (vol. 1) #127, Uncanny X-Men #339)
Again with X-Factor, Mystique joined a hunt already in progress, in which the quarry is a group of mutant suspects,only to find that it's Jamie Madrox --- who they'd all believed dead of the Legacy Virus. X-Factor is furious that they were utilized to hunt down former comrade, and they refuse to co-operate in turning him over to the government. Mystique volunteered to impersonate him while they got the real Jamie to safety, acting the part very well when they take 'Jamie' away, and then escaping from custody herself. She then fled to an abandoned church where she met up with her old ally Pyro who was quite ill with the Legacy Virus. She convinced Pyro they were going to work to protect Graydon from assassins when he campaigned in Atlanta. She morphed into Val, declaring they would easily get through security by using her identity. In reality, Mystique set up a recorded message that made a threat towards her, and a time-lapsed weapon to fire on Graydon to kill him while she was attempting to “protect” him, to make her seem innocent of the crime. She does morph into the form of Leni Zauber, however, before leaving the weapon, expressing regret about what she is about to do to her son (X-Factor (vol. 1) #128-130, X-Men: Forever #1-2).
After the assassination, the government tried to take Sabretooth and Mystique into custody, away from X-Factor, only to see Forge not only refuse the order, but to see the whole team quit the government’s employ. Forge and Mystique would then interview Trevor Chase’s parents, promising to find him, before faking their own deaths, and those of the rest of X-Factor to assure the government would not interfere with them. Staging several booby-traps in the X-Factor compound, they even convinced Bowser it was too risky to try and use the facility, or any of the technology within it. Instead, X-Factor would learn Bowser was holding Trevor Chase himself, and attacked him in his home to recover him. The team would be attacked by Hounds, who carried Bowser off before they could do much else but rescue Trevor and return him to his parents. Mystique would reveal that Trevor was Destiny’s grandchild, unaware that he was using his reality-warping powers to affect the whole team (X-Factor (vol. 1) #132-135).
The extracurricular activities of the rogue government team would be short lived, though, as Sabretooth tore off his restraining collar set free by those running the Hound program as a planted mole to kill X-Factor if they got out of control. Unaware of the threat, Mystique morphed into Aurora to tease Wild Child, and in a moment that indicated Destiny’s prophecy about them might come true, she and Forge ended up kissing. When they start discussing if they are really about to start some sort of romance officially, Sabretooth arrives, fresh off from cutting a swath through all of X-Factor, and brutally slashes them both. When Val Cooper arrives later, hoping she could warn the team before it was too late, she finds a dying team, and a threatening message written in their blood. Mystique made it clear she blamed Val for bringing this upon them, and at the first opportunity while the rest of the team was still convalescing, she left them. (X-Factor (vol. 1) #136-137)
As part of Mystique’s plan to get revenge on Sabretooth, she killed the wife of Senator Ralph Brickman (Graydon Creed’s former VP running mate), Mallory Brickman, and took her place by staging her “kidnapping” at Creed’s hands. With the supposed attack on a U.S. Senator’s wife, the hunt for Sabretooth intensified. Mystique, meanwhile, decided to remain in the guise of Mallory Brickman to lay low for the time being. As Val Cooper and an FBI agent named Vargas investigated her “kidnapping”, Mystique covered her tracks by having a doctor treating her afterwards remove her inhibitor implant. She then threatened Gloria Brickman, Mallory’s daughter, to keep quiet about her suspicions that she had replaced her mother, told Agent Vargas’ boss that he might be a pedophile to get him transferred to the Arctic, and then cut the brakes on the doctor who removed the implant’s car, killing him when it crashed (X-Factor (vol. 1) #138-139).
Mystique remained in Mallory Brickman’s guise until she received a mysterious phone call from unknown individuals who claimed to know who she was and threatening to blow her cover if she didn't meet with them. They were agents of the XUE from the future (Fixx, Archer, and Greystone), returned to the past to fix some wrongs and prevent their terrible future. Mystique shows up, and as they wait they are accosted by a policeman, who is of course Mystique in disguise. She only agrees to help them after they mention future events they want to prevent, ones a “friend” of hers may have warned her about. X-Factpr arrive with Havok, wanting to free the victims that the Dark Beast has in stasis, and Mystique attempts to fool Havok by impersonating Cyclops, but he saw through her and knocked her out. Havok's Brotherhood comrade Ever stops the battle, much to everyone's surprise, and he tells his friend that they can't free the Dark Beast's victims, they are infected with a human-specific strain of the Legacy Virus and cannot be allowed to spread it. The XUE explains that in an alternate timeline, Havok released them and millions of humans died, leading to an apocalyptic future. Ever volunteers to keep watch over the infected humans, while Mystique goes back to Senator Brickman (X-Factor (vol. 1) #143-144).
Mallory Brickman, watching Dr. Agee's procedure for the removal of mutant powers, is shocked to see that the mutant in question is Rogue. Mystique then appears in the guise of a nurse and attacks Agee with a machine gun. Rogue protects him and chases after her, and is startled to learn that it is her angry mother, coming to “protect” her. Later they return to Mystique's apartment and discuss her activities, Mystique revealing that she spent months infiltrating and attempting to shut down Agee's operations, and is furious that the "misguided fool" who wants her powers removed is Rogue. Both are rather hostile towards each other as they debate the issue; Rogue is desperate for the cure while Mystique is angry that she would betray her kind, believing that powers-removal is a step towards genocide. Rogue absorbed her in order to determine if Mystique was telling the truth, and later showed up at the Agee Institute in the guise of Mallory Brickman, Mystique's voice talking in her head. The two argued with each another, and Mystique is clearly influencing her behavior as she beat up some soldiers and broke things. Eventually Mystique herself appears with another gun and they argue some more, until Rogue absorbed Agee in order to find out if his machine really did work. Her mother urged her to destroy it, and though Rogue tells her to be quiet, she dismantled it anyway, feeling it could be used to 'cure' mutants against their wills. (Uncanny X-Men #359)
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Her time with the Brotherhood of Mutants III
Mystique lead a new Brotherhood consisting of herself, Avalanche, Post, Blob, and Toad that was hired by the Hellfire Club to locate the head of Machine Man. Mystique moved into the government facility where she believed X-51 was, and held Special Agent Jack Kubrick at gunpoint to find out what he knew about the android. After he helped her find X-51’s head, she decides to shoot him anyway, and when he protests that she said she wouldn't kill him, she cheerfully assigns Post to do it. He blew Kubrick's head off, but when Toad goes to retrieve Machine Man's head, Kubrick's body placed the robot's head on his own neck and turned into Machine Man, much to the shock of the Brotherhood. Mystique orders a unified assault, and X-51 eventually succumbs. He then quickly repairs the damage and they attack again, but this time he's more able to defend himself against them. What they didn’t know was that X-51 had been infected with Sentinel programming, which leaves him with a virulent hatred of and the imperative to destroy all mutants, so he attacks the Brotherhood. As Henry Peter Gyrich and Sebastian Shaw watched the entire battle from their helicopter, they eventually landed to investigate the situation. Mystique impersonated a soldier and managed to take Shaw hostage. She has figured out what's been going on, and is very angry at him. As she knows that he controls the manufacturing of Sentinels and figures that he'd never intended to pay her at all for the job, which annoys her even more. "For me, it's all about the money --- I'm just out to make a buck." She also accuses him of using her and the Brotherhood as guinea pigs to test the capabilities of X-51 as a new Sentinel. She shoots him, but Machine Man intervenes and stops the bullets before realizing that Shaw is also a mutant, and attacks him as well. Mystique escaped in the ensuing melee, as did several other members of the Brotherhood. (X-51 #1-2)
Mystique apparently then would go and spend three months in Europe, living it up while pretending to be a model named Ronnie Lake. (revealed in X-Men (vol. 2) #93) Mystique then found herself attacked by what appeared to be ninjas, so she morphed into Sabretooth and beat them quite handily. However, she is injured during the battle, and has to go seek help for her current troubles, which she finds in Rogue and Shadowcat, who are off partying after leaving the X-Men during “The Shattering” storyline. Mystique took Shadowcat and Rogue to a fancy house which belongs to one of her oldest identities, a wealthy recluse. In trying to investigate the problem, the trio would run afoul of Sunfire, and two Skrulls who were impersonating Mesmero and Mastermind. Sunfire was told Mystique committed several murders, but Rogue points out she was framed, since “Ronnie Lake” had photo shoots the same time as the murders. (X-Men (vol. 2) #93-94)
Mystique then infiltrated a government spy agency, seeking information on who had been compromising many of her secret identities. She borrowed the form of a prominent man in the department, and is going through files on a computer when the High Evolutionary's mutant-gene-negating energy field went into effect. Like every other mutant on Earth, she painfully lost her powers, and uncontrollably morphed back to her blue form, and then slowly began to lose all anomalous physical traits, including her blue skin. Exposed, she is forced to surrender, stuck as an ordinary-looking human woman with normal red hair and hazel-colored eyes (Uncanny X-Men #379). Rogue impersonated a lawyer in order to visit Mystique in prison, only to find her mother desperate to get out. Rogue tells her that all her real lawyers abandoned her when they discovered her many aliases and true identity, and says that without their powers, the pair will have to work within the justice system. Raven is panicked, frustrated by the loss of her powers and having to remain at one single "face", and demands that Rogue spring her out. (X-Men (vol. 2) #99) The X-Men were going to attack the satellite responsible for removing their powers, so Rogue calls Mystique in prison and tells her that she'll be away for a while. She uses the alias of "Irene Adler" (Destiny's name), which only makes Raven even more furious, and she shouts at her for "using the name of a woman we both loved" while at the same time choosing the X-Men over her real family. Raven angrily tells her that this is the last time she'll have to hear such sentiments from her daughter, and then hangs up. However, the X-Men do manage to achieve their goal, and all the mutants' powers return, so Mystique immediately escapes from jail, vowing revenge on everyone who had taken advantage of her "recent vulnerabilities" (Uncanny X-Men #380).
Gambit's associate Jacob Gavin Jr. infiltrated the Commission on Superhuman Activities, using his own shape-shifting powers to impersonate Charles Xavier. While doing so, he encountered Mystique (herself impersonating an attache named Millicent Hardwick), who corners him and keeps him prisoner until Gambit comes looking for him. She is curious about what he's looking for in Washington, and wants answers, mentioning just how valuable information is to someone like her. Gambit is reticent, and the two play a game of one-upmanship and double-cross with each other until she points out that they both have compromising information about the other and that they have reached a stalemate. She warns him that he may be going too deep and that his perspectives are too narrow for what he seeks, although she doesn't elaborate when he asks about what she means. They allow each other to leave the building, she mildly annoyed to be denied the information she wants from him, and he allowing small hints of what his true purpose was. (Gambit (vol. 3) #21)
Along with several others, Mystique was contacted by Prosh for a mission of great importance. He impersonated Destiny and visited her at her identity of "Holt Adler", an assistant to Senator Robert Kelly during his presidential campaign. Explaining why he has contacted her, since she represents "the mystery and fear humans have of mutants", Prosh warned her and his assembled group that humanity will eventually be destroyed by the universe's cosmic beings for being too powerful, and he wants to send them into the past to help prevent this. Despite Mystique's protests, he sends their minds back to the day Graydon Creed was assassinated. (X-Men: Forever #1) After returning the time-travellers from a jump into the future, Prosh tells them that they have failed in their mission. Mystique realizes that Prosh himself is the threat that he'd warned them about, having been programmed by the Celestials to attack humanity, and he sets about attacking the team. They fight him off, though Toad discovers that the true driving force behind the events has been the Stranger, who claims to have been manipulating everyone for his own gains. (X-Men: Forever #1) The time-travellers attempted to fight the powerful Stranger, though they quickly realize that the severely-wounded Toad was the key to defeating him (due to Toad's extensive knowledge of the Stranger's technology). Mystique grudgingly accepted that she'll have to help save Toad if she wants to escape the situation, so she goes with him to Prosh's medical bay treated him. However, the conduit which provides the cellular regeneration for his body comes loose, and she is forced to repair it even though she could be harmed by the energies; she reluctantly fixes it and is doused by the energy. The result of this is that Toad's mutant potential is expressed, and Mystique's body is changed by the energy into a naked, scaly default form. The entire group escapes after Toad re-programs Prosh and sends the Stranger into exile with him, thwarting his cosmic scheme and leaving their job done. They have learned about themselves and the future of humanity, and decide to use this knowledge instead of fighting each other. All go their separate ways (X-Men: Forever #6).
In a scene which is noted as taking place four weeks after the adventure with Prosh, Mystique has gone somewhat insane. Still naked and scaly, she huddles in a corner and worriedly rambles about the things Prosh had shown her; aloud, she asks Destiny about what to do next, and then notices a newspaper article about the anticipated presidential victory of Senator Robert Kelly(X-Men: Forever #6).
‘Val Cooper' met with Senator Robert Kelly at one of his fund-raisers after he declared his intention to run for president. They discuss his anti-mutant agenda, specifically how he feels that control of mutants is essential to ensure the safety of humanity, "already a second-class species on our own planet". After she leaves, she morphs back into Mystique (albeit clothed and non-scaly), with one of Destiny's diaries. She mentioned that Irene had foretold this, and that she should have killed Kelly on her first attempt, and that she would soon try again. Mystique then infiltrated Moira MacTaggert's home, watching a television interview where Senator Kelly stated on the eve of the election, how he would state his opinion on the issue of mutants. She noticed that Cable appears to be working as Kelly's aide, making her wonder what he was up to. Suddenly, Wolfsbane interrupts her work, and Mystique was forced to finish up quickly, and continues flipping through Destiny's diaries, which appear have been in the possession of Moira MacTaggert since her death on Muir Island. Val Cooper and Sharon Carter tried to warn Senator Kelly that he was being targetted by Mystique, although he's fairly nonchalant about it. Meanwhile, Mystique oversees the training of several members of her new Brotherhood of Mutants, and was somewhat pleased with what she saw. She verbally defends Blob from upstart newcomer Sabre II, and dismisses Toad when he asks to join the team. He then uses his newfound venom/pheromone abilities to attempt to mind-control her, but her shape-shifting powers keep her immune from his toxins, and she is mostly unaffected. However, his sheer audacity impresses her, and she offers him a place on the team. (X-Men (vol. 2) #103-107).
Mystique and her new Brotherhood infect a shipload of people with a human-specific strain of the Legacy Virus, apparently with the goal to eradicate humanity, and makes comments about "culling the human herd". She then goes to Muir Island in the guise of Moira MacTaggert, and encourages the X-Men to investigate her activities; when Rogue and two others arrive, they're caught in an explosion on the island. Meanwhile, the rest of the Brotherhood, at her command, attack Senator Kelly (Uncanny X-Men #388).
The plot to kill Senator Kelly has been foiled by Pyro, but half the Brotherhood is still loose on Muir Island. After rescuing Wolfsbane from Sabretooth, Bishop encounters Mystique, who is impersonating Senator Kelly and talking about the superiority of mutants over humans. She escapes when Wolverine intervenes, and manages to shoot Wolfsbane with Forge’s Neutralizer gun which she stole from him while with X-Factor, planning to use it to keep other mutants in line once they rule the world after the death of all humans from her modified Legacy Virus. Mystique taunts Rogue with the prospect of removing her powers, but then angrily rebukes her for wanting this, kicking her. Raven gloats at the prospect of mutants never having to fear humans again, but Rogue knocks away the Neutralizer and talks to her about getting help for her apparent insanity. However, after letting her guard down, Mystique stabs her daughter in the abdomen and threatens everyone with her possession of the "destabilizing agent" which will allow her to spread the Legacy strain; then Rogue stabs her with her new claws (Bishop #16).
The X-Men hurry home to try and save the life of Moira (wounded in the explosion at Muir), and they also bring along the injured Mystique. She's left unconscious and strapped down in a back room of the jet, and Wolverine decides to kill her for the attempt on Rogue's life and the release of the human-specific Legacy Virus, figuring that the woman he once knew and respected is "dead". He's interrupted by Wolfsbane, who's furious at everything Mystique has taken from her, and she quietly vows that she'll be the one to kill Raven, after making her suffer. Senator Kelly dies at the hands of a human at the end of the issue, and Moira also dies from her injuries (X-Men (vol. 2) #108).
With Moira dead, various members of the X-Men discuss what to do with Mystique. Raven is still badly injured in a prison hospital, and Gambit plans to kill her as revenge, though he is prevented from doing so by Storm. Meanwhile, Rogue and Wolverine are shocked to discover that they are seeing these events unfold in one of Destiny's diaries, containing drawings and almost word-for-word dialogue from the hospital room; Destiny had predicted all of this when she was a teenager. Her other diaries foretell a dire future for mutants, which Mystique has struggled to prevent, but she knows that everything else Irene foretold has already come true, so she believes that Destiny's other predictions will also come to pass. Raven explains in a very oblique manner that this is why she attempted to destroy humanity with Legacy (although it's mentioned elsewhere in the issue that a cure for the virus is being developed, thanks to a discovery by Moira prior to her death); she believes that mutants can only survive if humans are already gone. And she has given the diaries in her possession to Charles Xavier, so he can figure out what all the predictions mean. The X-Men are distrustful of her words, but Gambit backs off and seemingly ponders what she says (Uncanny X-Men #389).
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Her life after the Brotherhood:
Members of the X-Corps, not long thereafter, go to retrieve Mystique from custody in her prison, only to discover that she's not there (she may have escaped by impersonating a Madrox duplicate at this time.) Banshee sends in what he refers to "the Bastard Squad" to stop a fight between Abyss and Fever Pitch. The group consists of Avalanche, Blob, and newcomer ‘Surge’, who is actually Mystique in disguise. 'Surge' is wearing a pack which generates electricity and gives the impression he has electrical powers, and is under the command of Avalanche. 'Surge' later is seen with his X-Corps teammates quietly drinking as Avalanche and Blob make more of a spectacle of themselves. 'He' appears unaffected by the mind-control perpetrated on the others, and then quietly sneaks off to the headquarters the anti-mutant group, A.R.M. electrocuting all of them. The leader of the anti-mutant group appears on television and claims to have executed Surge. Unknown to all, it was actually Mystique, who has killed the real man and taken his place. Meanwhile, Chamber finds himself trapped in the mind of Lady Mastermind, the telepathic 'slave' used by Banshee's X-Corps to control villainous team members like Blob and Avalanche. Mystique stabs and kills Sunprye, and it turns out that she is actually in control of herself (and the other villains secretly have free will), and is in cahoots with Mystique, who is quietly manipulating things behind the scenes. She ordered Blob and Avalanche and some others attack the X-Men and other X-Corps members while she continued her plan. Among the attacks set into motion was to turn Fever Pitch loose in Paris, attempting to burn the Louvre. As Banshee began to realize someone was sabotaging him on the inside, Mystique impersonates one of the Multiple Men. As Banshee attempts to use Lady Mastermind in a last-ditch effort to control the rampaging villains, Mystique appears behind him and triumphantly slits his throat. She leaves Banshee to die, and monitors the carnage she and her allies have wrought from a control room. When there is a security breach, she goes to investigate only to encounter an angry Abyss, released by Banshee, who sucks her into the inter-dimensional void to stop her rampage. She remains there for some time… (Uncanny X-Men #401-406).
Later, during “The Draco", Abyss attempted to suck some villains into his chest cavity, only to see it work in reverse, and Mystique came tumbling back out of him. Mystique, the X-Men, Abyss, and others are invited by Azazel, head of the Draco, to a special feast, at which he announces that he is Nightcrawler's father and that he is Satan. Mystique seems very bemused by the entire situation, and tells Nightcrawler again that she is his biological mother. After she does not deny that Azazel’s claims to being Nightcrawler’s father are true, she peaks to Azazel with contempt before sneaking back to Earth with the rest of the X-Men (Uncanny X-Men #431-434).
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