name: Raven Darkholme
Other aliases: Mallory Brickman
Occupation: (current) Special operative for Germany and
the United States governments, (former) German Freedom Fighter,
special operative in the Weapon X Project Team
Legal status: Citizen of the United States with no criminal
Place of birth: Unknown
Marital status: Married
Known relatives: Rogue (unofficial
foster daughter), Ralph Brickman (husband), Gloria Brickman
(daughter), Graydon Creed (son, deceased)
Base of operations: Arlington, Virginia
Group affiliation: (former) Founder and leader of the
third Brotherhood of Evil
Mutants, now known as Freedom Force; X-Factor
First appearance: (as Raven Darkholme) MS. MARVEL #16,
(as Mystique) MS. MARVEL #18
History: Little has been revealed about Mystique's past.
Indeed, since she can eliminate the outward signs of aging with
her shape-changing power, it is not known exactly how old she
is. She apparently learned to use her shape-changing power at
a very early age, for there is no evidence known to the public
or the United States government that Raven Darkholme ever looked
like anything but a normal human being. Years ago Mystique had
an affair with the mutant Sabretooth and they had a son, Graydon
Creed, the recently assassinated presidential candidate. Mystique
has also claimed to be the mother of Nightcrawler, a member
of the X-Men, as the result of a liaison with another, unnamed
man. Mystique is known to be a longtime friend of the mutant
Destiny who is now deceased. At some point in recent years Mystique
became the protectress of the young mutant named Rogue, and
looked upon Rogue as a surrogate daughter.
At the same time she maintained another identity, that of Mallory
Brickman, the wife of U.S. Senator Ralph Brickman. They even
had a daughter, Gloria.
Mystique had concealed her superhuman powers and criminal intentions
so well over the years that, as Darkholme, she was able to rise
rapidly through the United States Civil Service to the trusted
position of Deputy Director of the Defense Advanced Research
Planning Agency (DARPA) in the United States Department of Defense.
This position gave her access to military secrets and to advanced
weaponry, both of which she used for her own criminal and subversive
To help her in her criminal activities, Mystique organized the
third incarnation of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, which
originally consisted of herself, Avalanche, the Blob, Destiny,
and Pyro. Mystique named her group after the original Brotherhood
of Evil Mutants, a subversive organization founded by Magneto
in his criminal days.
The third Brotherhood first became notorious when it attempted
to intimidate the public by assassinating Senator Robert Kelly,
who was investigating what he perceived as the possible menace
posed by the existence of superhuman mutants and other superhuman
beings. The X-Men thwarted the assassination attempt, and the
Brotherhood later clashed with the X-Men on other occasions,
as well as with the Avengers and Dazzler. Rogue was a member
of the Brotherhood for a time, but finally left to join the
X-Men, in order to find help in learning how to deal with her
Recently, anti-mutant sentiment among normal human beings has
greatly increased, and the federal government has launched its
own covert anti-mutant program, Project Wideawake. Believing
that the times had thus become too dangerous for the Brotherhood
to continue its criminal activities, Mystique went to Dr. Valerie
Cooper, special assistant to the head of the National Security
Council, and offered the Brotherhood's services to the government.
Cooper agreed to convey the offer to the President, on the condition
that the Brotherhood pass a test she imposed: the capture of
Magneto. The Brotherhood, now renamed Freedom Force, succeeded
in bringing Magneto to the authorities (although, in fact, they
did so only because he voluntarily surrendered to them), and
soon afterwards officially entered the government's employ.
In return for entering the government's employ as Freedom Force's
leader, Mystique received a presidential pardon for all criminal
charges against her, but the pardon would be revoked if any
member of Freedom Force was found committing a crime.
Recently, Mystique fled X-Factor and hid from them by returning
to her secret identity as Mallory Brickman, the Senator's wife.
Height: 5 ft. 10 in.
Weight: 120 lbs.
Eyes: Yellow (no apparent pupils when she is in her true
Hair: Red-orange (black in her usual human form as Raven
Other distinguishing features: Grey-black skin in her
Strength level: Mystique possesses the normal human strength
of a woman of her physical age, height, and build who engages
in regular exercise
Known superhuman powers: Mystique is a mutant metamorph.
She can psionically shift the atoms and molecules of her body
and of whatever clothing she is wearing so as to change her
and its appearance. As a result she can cause herself to look
and sound like an exact duplicate of any human, humanoid, or
semi-humanoid being of either sex, wearing virtually any kind
of clothing. Her control is so exact that she can precisely
duplicate another person's retina pattern in her own eyes, finger,
palm and skin-pore patterns on her own hands and skin, and vocal
cords to match voices to the point of corresponding voiceprints.
Mystique, however, is limited by her inability to diminish or
increase her own mass at will. As a result, while she can make
herself look exactly like a person who is physically bigger
than herself, she will not weigh as much as the real person
does. Although she can maintain the form of a person of her
height, weight, and build indefinitely (as with her own appearance
as Raven Darkholme), the longer that she maintains the form
of a person physically bigger than herself, the greater the
strain she feels. If she maintains that bigger form for too
long a period, the length of which is directly proportional
to the difference in size between that form and her normal one,
she will collapse and automatically revert to her normal form.
Mystique cannot duplicate the powers of the person she imitates:
for example, when she turned herself into a duplicate of Nightcrawler,
she did not gain the ability to teleport.
As yet Mystique has not demonstrated any ability to adopt the
form of non-humanoid beings, animals, plants, or non-living
objects. It is conjectured that she could not imitate any of
these without interfering with the proper functioning of her
internal organs and possibly dying, but the truth, like much
regarding Mystique, remains shrouded.
NOTE: Rebecca Romijn-Stamos played her
in X-Men the movies.