Personal Info:
Real Name: Raven Darkholme
Also Known As:
Place Of Birth: Unrevealed
First Appearance: Ms. Marvel Vol.1 17
Known Associates:
Group Affiliation: Former member of the Brotherhood of Mutants III, VII, X-Factor, X-Men, X-Corps, X-Corporation and Freedom Force
Base Of Operations: Mobile
Grudges: X-Men and X-Factor
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Shape Changing: Mystique has the mutant ability to transform herself into exact duplicates of any human or humanoid creature, including his/her clothing, fingerprints, and scent.
Weapons: Mystique's skulls worn on her belt can be used as fog, knock-out gas, tear gas, flare, acid, or explosive grenades.
Little has been revealed about Mystique's past life. 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 that her alter-ego Raven Darkholme had ever looked like anything but a normal human being.
Years ago, under circumstances not fully revealed, Mystique had an affair with the mutant assassin Sabretooth and they had a son, Graydon Creed. Mystique has also claimed to be the mother of Nightcrawler as the result of a liaison with another, unnamed man. Mystique was a long time friend and possible lover of the late mutant Destiny, whom she met while working as a consulting detective. At some point, Mystique also found the runaway mutant Rogue and unofficially adopted her as a surrogate daughter. At another time, Mystique maintained another identity, that of Mallory Brickman, the wife of U.S. Senator Ralph Brickman, and they had a daughter, Gloria Brickman.
Mystique had concealed her superhuman powers and criminal intentions so well over the years that, as Darkholme, she has been able to rise rapidly through the United States Civil Service to the trusted position of Deputy Director of the Defence Advanced Research Planning Agency (DARPA) in the United States Department of Defence. This position gave her access to military secrets and to advanced weaponry, both of which she then used for her own criminal and subversive purposes.