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Information-silkReal Name Candace Southern
Information-silkCurrent AliasCandy Southern
Information-silkAliasesMarvel Girl,[1] Southern Belle,[2] 0-39-01[citation needed]
Information-silkRelativesDavid and Linda Southern (parents)
Information-silkAffiliationFormerly Hellfire Club (hereditary membership); Defenders (leader); X-Men's ally; Worthington Industries, United Nations
Information-silkBase Of OperationsNew York City, New York; formerly Defenders Mansion, Colorado
Information-silkIdentityNo Dual Identity
Information-silkMarital StatusSingle
Information-silkOccupationFormer corporative executive, super-hero team leader, socialite, UN employee
Information-silkEducationUnspecified studies at Archer College, finishing school graduate
Information-silkHeight5' 7"
Information-silkWeight117 lbs (53 kg)
Information-silkHairBlack (sometimes dyed)
Information-silkPlace of BirthGlen Cove, Long Island, New York
Information-silkPlace of DeathNew York City, New York
Information-silkCreatorsRoy Thomas, Werner Roth
First AppearanceAppearance of Death

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Candace "Candy" Southern was a childhood friend of Warren Worthington III.[4]


She was reunited with Warren[4] and first met the X-Men at Bobby Drake's 18th birthday party, where Worthington impressed her by cleverly opposing a biker gang bent to spoil the event. However, at that time Worthington was infatuated with his classmate Jean Grey and did not want to use Southern as a "second dish", so he initially refused to date her.[5]

Candy and Warren then began dating, in fact, they were out on a date the night that Warren's father was killed.[6] During this time, Candy learned of Warren's superhero identity as the Angel and visited Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, the X-Men's headquarters.[7]

While helping Cyclops and Marvel Girl locate Warren, Candy pretended to be Marvel Girl by dressing in her costume to confuse Blob and Mastermind.[1]

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Hellfire Club

Sometime after this, Candy and Warren attended a function at the Hellfire Club, having both inherited membership to the club but never attended before. They did not enjoy the experience, however, and soon left. They later used their membership to arrange invitations to a party at the club for the X-Men so they could infiltrate the club and attempt to rescue Jean Grey, who had been mentally controlled and abducted by them.[8]

After Warren's second superhero team, the Champions of Los Angeles disbanded after financial problems, Candy and Warren began living together in his homes in New York, Colorado, and San Francisco.[9][10]


Warren later joined the Defenders, and Candy began working for the team in a supporting role. She was subsequently named leader of the Defenders in non-combat contexts.[11]


After Warren joined his former original X-Men teammates in a new team, X-Factor, his relationship with Candy became strained. Candy broke up with Warren and left her job with Worthington Industries because she mistakenly believed Warren was having an affair with his teammate Jean Grey.[12]


Candy was later kidnapped and killed by Cameron Hodge, a former friend of Warren and Candy who had betrayed X-Factor as part of an anti-mutant plot.[13] Later, the Phalanx produced a cybernetic duplicate of Candy Southern. The duplicate died during a fight between Cameron Hodge, who had joined the Phalanx, and Archangel and Jean Grey.[14]


Candy was an experienced business leader.

Strength level

Candy possessed the normal human strength of a woman of her age, height, and build who engaged in moderate regular exercise.

  • The name Candace Southern was inspired by Terry Southern, a satirical writer popular during the 1960s, and by Southern's novel Candy.[citation needed]

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