While Emma Frost was laying in a comatose state, Dr. John Sublime harvested eggs from her to begin experimentation. The Weapon Plus program began the cloning to develop a powerful weapon capable of killing every mutant on Earth by combining their telepathic abilities. The project was designated Weapon XIV, and girls were incubated and artificially aged inside the subterranean level of The World. Thousands of girls were cloned from the ovum, but while the others remained dormant, five girls were sent to infiltrate the Xavier Institute as students to hone their talents for Sublime's purposes.
After the Xavier Institute went public, Esme and her sisters were enrolled as orphan quintuplet sisters. To protect their secret origins, the girls unconsciously placed mental blocks in the minds of the faculty to prevent them from investigating their background.
The girls quickly gained the moniker "The Stepford Cuckoos", though their chosen codename was the Five-In-One. Emma Frost took a special interest in the girls, and the Cuckoos became her protégés.
Esme began to distinguish herself from her sisters when she developed a crush on student that turned out to be Stuff, an advanced guard of the Shi'ar. Due to embarrassment over her crush and jealousy of Sophie's power and influence, Esme began secretly using Kick and working with Xorn. Esme began subtly influencing her sisters to gain control of their hive mind. When Quentin Quire led a Kick fueled student rebellion at the X-Mansion, Sophie and the other Cuckoos covertly snuck into Cerebra. Using Kick to amp up her powers, Esme and her sisters were able to stop Quire. Unfortunately, Sophie died in the process. Unbeknownst to the others, Sophie was actually being influenced into these actions by Esme, who was also using Kick.
Shortly after the death of Sophie, Esme attempted to murder Emma by shooting her with a diamond bullet. While Bishop and Sage investigated the murder, Esme fled the X-Mansion fearing that the truth of her involvement in the deaths of Sophie and Emma would be revealed.
Brotherhood of Mutants
When Esme returned, it was alongside her lover, Xorn posing as Magneto, and his Brotherhood of Mutants. Esme and Xorn had both become mentally unstable through excessive use of Kick. When Xorn's affections were withheld from her, Esme turned on him, and Xorn killed her by burying her metal earrings in her brain.
When an unstable fraction of the Phoenix Force sparked inside the girls, the Weapon Plus nanotech dormant inside their bones was activated. This nanotech briefly reanimated Sophie and Esme, who directed their sisters back to The World to activate Sublime's plan for the destruction of the mutant race. Sophie and Esme were later killed by Celeste wielding the Phoenix.
When the Chaos King put the living asleep and opened the underworld, Esme, Sophie, Thunderbird, Banshee, Moira MacTaggert, and several of Multiple Man's duplicates were among the resurrected. Sophie confronted Esme about her death with little resolution. While searching for answers among the remains of the Xavier Institute, the former X-Men were attacked by the Carrion Crow. Sophie sacrificed herself to save the others, and Esme later sacrificed herself to save her sister.
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|* Higher strength, durability in diamond form|
Esme's powers are identical to those of her sisters.
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- ↑ X-Men Phoenix Warsong #4
- ↑ X-Men Phoenix Warsong #3
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 New X-Men #118
- ↑ New X-Men #117
- ↑ X-Men Phoenix Warsong #2
- ↑ New X-Men #126
- ↑ New X-Men #134
- ↑ New X-Men #123
- ↑ New X-Men #134#137
- ↑ New X-Men #141
- ↑ New X-Men #139#141
- ↑ New X-Men #146#150
- ↑ X-Men Phoenix Warsong #1-#5
- ↑ Chaos War: X-Men #1
- ↑ Chaos War: X-Men #2
- ↑ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z hardcover Vol. 11
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