The original New Mutants lineup includes leader Professor X, Cannonball, Karma, Mirage, Sunspot, and Wolfsbane. Throughout the years, Cable, Magneto, and Storm have all become New Mutants leaders.
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Many popular Marvel characters, like Shadowcat, Magik, and Multiple Man have also joined the group. Of all the members who have come and gone, here are the ten most powerful members of the New Mutants.
Nathan Summers is the biological son of the X-Men member Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor. He is also the half brother of Rachel Summers and Nate Grey, and the genetic template for Stryfe. He is from a possible future timeline, having been transported as an infant to the future, where he grew into a warrior, before returning to the present.
In his first adult appearance, Cable is seen in conflict with Stryfe's Mutant Liberation Front, the United States government, and Freedom Force. The New Mutants intervene and he asks for their help against the Mutant Liberation Front. Cable sees them as potential soldiers in his war against Stryfe, and becomes their new teacher and leader.
Katherine “Kitty” Pryde possesses a "phasing" ability that allows her, as well as objects or people she is in contact with, to become intangible. This power also disrupts any electrical field she passes through, and lets her simulate levitation.
Though Xavier has threatened to reassign Kitty to the New Mutants, a team of younger mutants he established in the absence of the X-Men, ever since the X-Men returned from outer space,she never ended up joining the group, who she derisively calls the "X-Babies". Kitty was later abducted by the White Queen, but rescued by the New Mutants, whom she reluctantly joins.
Shatterstar comes from the planet Mojoworld 100 years in the future, making him a time traveler as well as a dimension-hopper. There, Shatterstar was created to be a slave; he claims to have had no parents, only a "gestation chamber". He was genetically engineered to have enhanced physical capabilities so he could serve as an arena gladiator. On one mission, Arize sent him back in time to Earth to find the X-Men and get their assistance in defeating and overthrowing Mojo.
He did not find the X-Men though. Shatterstar was either teleported or traveled back in time to Earth at the point just before Cable reorganized the New Mutants into X-Force. At first, he battled Cable, Domino, and the New Mutants, but after they talked with him the mutants aided him against the Imperial Protectorate.
Rictor's mutant powers were to generate and manipulate seismic energy and creating tremendously powerful vibrations in any nearby object, inducing earthquake-like phenomena and causing objects to shatter or crumble. When the character was reintroduced in 2005, it was as one of many depowered mutants adjusting to civilian life. The character remained depowered until a 2011. Rictor and his friends take up residence on X-Factor's base, the sentient craft named 'Ship'.
When X-Factor wards Artie Maddicks and Leech are abducted by N'astirh's demons, Rictor joins his fellow X-Factor trainees in a mission to rescue them. During the mission, they adopt the name X-Terminators. Following two successful team-ups with the New Mutants, Rictor and Boom Boom both join the group.
A Scottish mutant, Wolfsbane possesses the ability to transform into a wolf or into a transitional state somewhere between human and wolf that is similar to a werewolf.
She has honed her powers to shift between human and wolf characteristics but must keep her feral instincts at bay when she does. Rahne was one of the original New Mutants, who often operated as adventurers when not in school.
Warlock is a member of the alien Technarchy, a race of mechanical organisms that survive by infecting living creatures with the "techno-organic" transmode virus, before draining the life energy of the infected organism. Unlike others of his race, Warlock possesses a distinctive degree of compassion, and as a result was dubbed a mutant in spirit.
It was later discovered that he is in fact a mutant of his race. Warlock served as a member of the original New Mutants for much of that group's existence, and became the best friend of his teammate Cypher.
Amara Juliana Olivians Aquilla hails from the fictional country of Nova Roma, a colony of the Roman Republic reportedly founded shortly after the death of Julius Caesar in 44 BC. The colony is hidden in the Amazon Rainforests of modern Brazil and was ruled until recently by the immortal witch Selene.
After the New Mutants visit Nova Roma, Magma officially enters Xavier's school and joins the New Mutants. She invades the Hellfire Club's New York headquarters to battle Selene.
Cannonball is a mutant who uses the ability to fly at jet speeds while encased in an impenetrable force field. Cannonball was a founding member of the X-Men's junior team, the New Mutants, and served as X-Force's second-in-command and field leader. As a young boy, he attempted to help out his family by working in the coal mine in which his father had worked before he died. One day, Sam finds himself trapped in a collapsing mine shaft.
While trying to rescue his fellow worker, Mr. Lewis, from a collapsing mine shaft, his mutant ability unconsciously manifests and saves the two. Sam is soon hired by Donald Pierce of the Hellfire Club to help attack the New Mutants. When Pierce orders Sam to kill the defeated New Mutants, Sam rebels against him, and Charles Xavier asks Sam to join the New Mutants, which he does under the alias "Cannonball"
Magik has the mutant ability to teleport herself and others through time and space from one location to another. She initially did this by summoning what she calls "stepping discs," which were part of a dimension known as Limbo.
When Illyana called for a stepping disc she had to use Limbo as a midway point before she could teleport to an alternate location. Magik has succeeded in teleporting herself across continents, from one continent to another, and even interplanetary and intergalactic distances on occasion.
A mutant from Brazil, Sunspot possesses the ability to absorb and channel solar power. He is idealistic and impulsive, but is considered a close friend of many of his teammates.
Professor X offers to train Sunspot and four other teenagers in controlling their nascent mutant powers, which they accept and thus become the founding members of the group known as the New Mutants.