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Information-silkReal NameDr. Kavita Rao
Information-silkAliasesPetri-Girl,[1] "Oh Savior-of-the-World",[2] "No-Power Girl",[2] "Frodo"[2]
Information-silkAffiliationX-Men; formerly X-Club; formerly associated with Benetech, Ord and S.W.O.R.D.
Information-silkBase Of OperationsJean Grey School For Higher Learning, Westchester County, New York State; formerly Utopia, San Francisco Bay, California; Graymalkin Industries, Marin Headlands, San Francisco, California; Benetech; India; England
Status
Information-silkAlignmentGood
Information-silkIdentityNo Dual Identity
Information-silkCitizenshipIndian
Information-silkMarital StatusSingle
Information-silkOccupationScientist: Geneticist, biochemist, physician
Information-silkEducationPhDs in mutant genetics and biochemistry[3]
Characteristics[4]
Information-silkGenderFemale
Information-silkHeight5' 9"
Information-silkWeight133 lbs (60 kg)
Information-silkEyesBrown
Information-silkHairBlack
Information-silkUnusual FeaturesRed tilak on the forehead
Origin
Information-silkOriginHuman
Information-silkUniverseEarth-616
Information-silkPlace of BirthCalcutta, India[3]
Information-silkCreatorsJoss Whedon, John Cassaday
First Appearance
Astonishing X-Men Vol 3 #1
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HistoryEdit

Origin

Quote1 India, England, America. A passion for knowledge, a talent for hypothesis, and the youthful certainty that she'd change the world. Quote2

[src]


Dr. Kavita Rao was born in Calcutta, India,[3] began her career there and traveled to England[2] and America[2] in the pursuit of advanced degrees in genetics,[5] and having obtained with the end of his studies PhDs/Doctorates in biochemistry and mutant genetics.[3] She was described as a "passionate student determined to change the world" at the cost of her private life,[3] and eventually became a world-renowned geneticist, but her hope of changing the world was forgotten in the process.[2]

She met Hank McCoy years before,[3] at a cloning seminar in Berlin,[6] along Moira MacTaggert and Sarah Kinney.[7]

Kavita Rao (Earth-616) from Astonishing X-Men Vol 3 6 0001

Approached by Ord

Fighting the Legacy Virus

She tried to cure the Legacy Virus, but failed despite being close of results. A few weeks later, the alien Ord of the Breakworld came to her, offering significant amounts of data, who could have helped her to succeed in her quest. Offering Ord to join McCoy instead of herself, Ord replied to her that he wouldn't work with him because he was a mutant, and also stated he wasn't an anti-mutant, having himself resurrected a mutant. The two of them associated, along with Abigail Brand's S.W.O.R.D., and the two aliens presented her the case of Tildie Soames,[8] a mutant girl who had the power to created monster manifestations having caused the death of his parents as well as a police officer.[6] The intent of Ord and the S.W.O.R.D. was to prevent a prophetic disaster from happening, triggered by a mutant, most probably a X-Man.[8]

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Rao presented the serum

The Hope Serum

Working for BeneTech Laboratories and Ord,[9] using at least Tildie Soames, Colossus,[10], a mutant girl who "committed suicide", and several mutants acquired by Ord from the Weapon X's concentration camp of Neverland,[10][3] Kavita was able to develop a serum (later called "Hope" by the mutants themselves)[7] which could "cure" mutants, turning them into normal humans.[11] To create such cure, she used as a base the Legacy Virus cure present within a revived Colossus.[12]

After a time of research and development, Kavita Rao presented both the Serum and Tildie to the public, offering the product to every willing mutant and any interested nations, although the product wasn't still approved by the government.[13] Hundreds of mutants immediately signed up for the procedure at BeneTech Laboratories, forming massive crowds waiting night and day for receiving the serum,[14] about 1600 mutants there.[3]

X-Men intervention

The same night, while the X-Men were discussing on the subject, Beast infiltrated BeneTech Laboratories to talk with Rao, asking her a sample of the Hope Serum, as the chance at shedding his "beastly" appearance and avoiding any further secondary mutations held significant appeal for him and he considered taking the serum, which she gave to him, making Ord enraging while she reprimanded him for his terrorist actions.[15]

The X-Men infiltrated BeneTech Laboratories, and freed Colossus.[10] Taken down by BeneTech security, they were rescued by Kavita who make the soldiers hold their fire, before the fight started back. Once the security agents left, the X-Men intended to destroy the building and the cure, and Rao immediatly bluffed, stating that she had released samples and all her data to hundred of research teams across the world.[16]

The facilities were eventually invaded by mutants seeking for the cure, and Ord flee out, kidnapping Tildie and taking all his data and samples before leaving with the main building of BeneTech, in fact a space ship. All people inside were saved by Kavita's warning, who pledged the X-Men to save her protegee. Performing a Fastball Special, Wolverine was able to reach the ship and force Ord to land back, and was delivered into the hands of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Dr. Rao's work was destroyed by Wolverine, leaving Hank with the last sample of "Hope".[8]

M-Day

Quote1 I am obsolete now, Hank. Surely you realize that. My field of research is soon be an exercise in archaeology. Who needs a mutant geneticist when there are no more mutants? Quote2
--Dr. Kavita Rao[src]


When the fact came out that her work derived from the science of the Breakworld, she became a pariah in the scientific community. With no more mutants, Rao was workless because of his condition of mutation expert. Her new goal was to reverse the M-Day effect by creating a clone from inert mutant DNA.[7]

McCoy contacted her among various villain scientists, searching a cure to the M-Day.[17] Contrary to the other geniuses, Rao asked Beast to come see him within three days, promising to help him with the few resources she had.[18] When he came, Kavita presented him the violent effects of the M-Day: All her X-Gene samples had turned in dust. Warning him from crossing the line for his quest, Rao handed him BeneTech, Breakworld and even Neverland files, before returning to India.[7]

While she argued on the fact that mutants wanted the cure, and that she indeed made terrible things to develop the cure,[7] she came to see that her actions could have sent the mutants to their extinction.[5]

X-Men & X-Club member

Rao later joined the X-Club, a group of scientists gathered by McCoy and Warren Worthington to assist in solving how to reverse the effects of M-Day.[19] She quickly started a tense relation with Doctor Nemesis, because of his universal antipathy.[20]

Along with the rest of the X-Club, she traveled back to 1906 to obtain blood samples from first generation's mutant's parents from Namor's era, the people matching the best being Nemesis' parents.[21]

Kavita Rao was in Graymalkin when the riots started with the arrival Simon Trask's Humanity Now! Coalition in San Francisco.[22]

X-club

The X-Club greeting welcome to Magneto

Utopia

Aboard the X-Sub and along the X-Club, she participated to the extraction of the Asteroid M and the establishment of Utopia.[23]

During the first times of Utopia, she was taken as hostage by Stinger, as she was frighten and wished to have a talk with Iceman, using that action to catch the attention.[24]

The X-Club profited from the arrival of Magneto to use him in order to prevent the Asteroid M from sinking, using electro-magnetism as power source, but the project proved to be inefficient.[25]

She assisted Nemesis in the construction of a defense preventing proper trans-reality teleportation from happening, following the first attack of Emplate on the island.[26]

After their mission against Legion, the New Mutants Magik then Karma were interviewed by Kavita, as a debriefing, and gathering informations on Marci, a girl trapped in Legion's mind.[27] Those post-mission briefings were part of her common activities on the island.[3]

With Magneto's coming, he dragged the Breakworld bullet with Kitty Pryde in it, putting the X-Club on a new project: Prevent the bullet from hitting Earth, leaving Kavita with the task of caring about the once-again passed out Magneto.[28] ...

Second Coming

The X-Club was part of the central command, coordinating the actions of the X-Men along with Cyclops.[29]

Along the X-Club, she acted in the infirmary, where she operated on Karma with her colleagues, replacing her missing limb by a mechanical limb,[30] and also examined Cable.[31]

Agreeing with Cypher, the X-Club feared from Bastion's mysterious towers, and so goes to investigate on the subject. Kavita assisted to Nightcrawler's funeral[31] before they left for an oil rig 3,5 miles off the coast of San Francisco, who revealed to be part of Bastion's plots:[32]

...[2]

The X-Club managed to escape, trying to warn Cyclops that's Bastion was targeting Utopia and tried (and succeeded) to keep the X-Club away,[33] and Kavita Rao was able to make peace with herself for the creation of the Hope Serum,[3] throwing the bracelet with the formula down in San Francisco Bay. They quickly tried to understand and take down the Sphere who had been raised around Utopia, and were quicly joined by the Avengers.[33], then the Fantastic Four.[34] The whole three teams scientists were unable from shutting down the Sphere.[35]

Aftermaths

After the battle, she was back to the sick bay, taking care of the wounded, including Iceman,[36], the still intangible Kitty Pryde and theorizing the explanation of why Pryde was still phasing,[37] and Armor.[38] She also performed tests on Hellion's use of his powers on the bionics hands he had since he lost his natural ones against the Nimrods, and was interrogated by Cyclops on Hellion, after an accident happened between him and Karima where the Omega Sentinel came back to his programming and attacked mutants during a reconstruction operation of San Francisco by the X-Men.[39]

...[40][41]

...[42][43][44]

...[45][46]

Regenesis

Kavita Rao remained on Utopia, still acting as physicist of the base.[47]

...[48]

After the reality warping by Legion, Kavita presented the various consequences to Cyclops: Hellion's new control of his hands and powers, Chamber's powers return and chest explosion, and Revenant, kind of a plasma ghost of Cyclops' alternate daughter Rachel Summers.

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X-Club, Lights and Young X-Men sent to the Avengers Compound

Avengers vs. X-Men

While the X-Men came at war with the Avengers, the Utopian students were sent in custody in the Avengers Compound, while the X-Club members Jeffries and Rao accepted to serve as chaperones.[49] When Sebastian Shaw escaped from his containment unit, Rao logically but erroneously assumed that he might intend to take revenge on Emma Frost, responsible for his mind erasure.[50] When a brawl started on the matter that the mutants should have to go free or not, Rao stated that should be allowed to take part in the conflict "or not", regarding to their personal choices, herself just wanting to get back to her lab. After a fake fight for the Academy staff to justify the escape of all Utopians from the Compound, Kavita was teleported away along Madison and the students by Pixie.[51]

Her whereabouts during the rest of the conflict are unknown.

Joining Jean Grey School

After the conflict and the dissolution of Utopia's X-Men and X-Club, she joined the Jean Grey School. Acting as the physicist of the school, she was knocked out by Sojobo-Tengu, possessed by Luca Aldine as he wanted to kill his sister Blinfold, while she was being examined by Rao.[52]

She was also contacted by the Institute of Bio-Social Studies of San Francisco in order to reproduce the Hope Serum but refused to help at the great displeasure of Dr. Nina Ambrose, forcing the IBSS to produce the X-Cise, a cure working by damaging the mutant brains and leaving them in a child-like state.[53]

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

Powers

Power Grid [54]
Intelligence
Strength
 2
Speed
 2
Durability
 2
Energy Projection
 1
Fighting Skills
 2

Abilities

Genius-level mutant geneticist and biochemist. She also possess vast knowledge in bioengineering and cloning, and is a capable physician.

ParaphernaliaEdit

Equipment

BeneTech equipment:

  • Scrambler device: Kavita posses a scrambler device protecting her from telepathic control.[16]

TriviaEdit

Kavita Rao is left-handed.[27]

Discover and Discuss

Footnotes

  1. X-Club #2- #5
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 X-Men: Blind Science #1
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 X-Men: Earth's Mutant Heroes #1
  4. X-Men: Earth's Mutant Heroes #1
  5. 5.0 5.1 Heroic Age: X-Men #1
  6. 6.0 6.1 Astonishing X-Men Vol 3 #2
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 New X-Men Vol 2 #40
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Astonishing X-Men Vol 3 #6
  9. Astonishing X-Men Vol 3 #3
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Astonishing X-Men Vol 3 #4
  11. Astonishing X-Men Vol 3 #1
  12. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update #2, Abigail Brand entry
  13. Astonishing X-Men Vol 3 #1- #2
  14. Astonishing X-Men Vol 3 #3- #4
  15. Astonishing X-Men Vol 3 #2- #3
  16. 16.0 16.1 Astonishing X-Men Vol 3 #5
  17. X-Men Vol 2 #200
  18. Uncanny X-Men #488
  19. Uncanny X-Men #508
  20. Uncanny X-Men #509
  21. Uncanny X-Men #509- #512
  22. Dark Avengers / Uncanny X-Men: Utopia #1
  23. Uncanny X-Men #514 - Dark Avengers #8
  24. Nation X #1
  25. Uncanny X-Men #518- #519
  26. X-Men: Legacy #229- #230
  27. 27.0 27.1 New Mutants Vol 3 #5
  28. Uncanny X-Men #521- #522
  29. Uncanny X-Men #523 - X-Men: Legacy #235
  30. Second Coming: Prepare #1
  31. 31.0 31.1 Uncanny X-Men #524
  32. New Mutants Vol 3 #13
  33. 33.0 33.1 X-Men: Legacy #236
  34. Uncanny X-Men #525
  35. X-Force Vol 3 #28
  36. X-Men: Second Coming #2
  37. Uncanny X-Men #526
  38. Uncanny X-Men #527
  39. X-Men: Legacy #242- #243
  40. Uncanny X-Men #529- #532
  41. Uncanny X-Men #534
  42. X-Men Vol 3 #2- #3
  43. X-Men: Curse of the Mutants - Smoke & Blood #1
  44. Wolverine and Jubilee #1
  45. Wolverine Vol 4 #4
  46. Wolverine Vol 4 #6
  47. Astonishing X-Men Vol 3 #44
  48. Uncanny X-Men Annual Vol 2 #3
  49. Avengers Academy #29
  50. Avengers Academy #30
  51. Avengers Academy #31
  52. X-Men: Legacy Vol 2 #5- #6
  53. X-Men: Legacy Vol 2 #11
  54. X-Men: Earth's Mutant Heroes #1



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