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Quote1 I'm Mindee. There is no Candy. Quote2
-- Mindee src
 

Origin

While Emma Frost was laying in a comatose state, the 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.[3] Thousands of girls were cloned from the ovum, but while the other remained dormant, five girls were sent to infiltrate the Xavier Institute as students sisters to hone their talents for Sublime's purposed.[4][5]

Xavier Institute

After the Xavier Institute went public,[6] Mindee and her sisters were enrolled as orphan quintuplet sisters.[5] To protect their secret origins, the girls unconsciously place mental blocks in the minds of the faculty preventing them from investigating their background.[7]

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Mindee and her sisters strutting in the halls of the Institute

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.[8][9]

When Kid Omega led a rebellion of students at the X-Mansion, Sophie and encouraged Mindee and the other Cuckoos to take action, and they covertly snuck into Cerebra. Using Kick to amp up her powers, Sophie and her sisters were able to stop Quire. Unfortunately, Sophie died in the process.[10]

With the death of Sophie, the Five-In-One became the Four-In-One. The girls were furious with Emma Frost, whom they blamed for Sophie's death.[11] This mourning and anger was multiplied when Esme attempted to murder Emma, fled the X-Mansion,[12] and joined Xorn's Brotherhood. With the departure of Esme, the Four-In-One now became the Three-In-One.[13]

The girls were among the students temporarily relocated to an X-Corp building in Salem Center while the Institute was being rebuilt.[14] It was here that Mindee's first boyfriend, Germaine, died during an anti-mutant riot.[15][16]

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The Three-In-One as students in the Corsairs Squad

Corsairs Squads

When the Institute was rebuilt under the leadership of co-headmasters Cyclops and Emma Frost. The students were organized into several training squads with an assigned mentor staff member.[17][18] The Mindee and her sisters were assigned to the Corsairs Squad under the tutelage of Cyclops with girls serving equally as co-leaders of the squad.[19]

M-Day

On M-Day the vast majority of the world's mutant population was depowered. The Mindee and her sisters retained their powers, but they were three of only twenty-seven students to retain their powers. Fearing for the students' safety, Emma Frost ordered that the depowered students and staff leave the Institute. For their safety, the depowered students were brought through the Morlock Tunnels to an awaiting bus. Unfortunately, the bus of depowered students was bombed by anti-mutant zealot Rev. William Stryker, killing forty-two of the former students on board.[20]

The remaining students were placed by Emma Frost into an all-out brawl, and the ones deemed the best by Emma would become a group of New X-Men in-training. This entire exercise was met with disgust by the Three-In-One, who promptly informed Cyclops of Emma's actions.[21]

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Mindee being pulled into Sublime's Weapon Plus machine

Warsong

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.[22]

The Phoenix and Sublime both wrestled for control of the Cuckoos when the X-Men arrived. Mindee appeared apathetic and consigned to her fate as part of Sublime's weapon. Soon Phoebe was captured and integrated into Sublime's machine, but the Phoenix was able to possess Celeste. When Celeste was finally emerged into the machine, the Phoenix was divided between all the Cuckoos and trapped in their newly emerged second mutation, organic diamond hearts. This event finally activated the Thousand-In-One.[22]

Celeste continued to resist the Phoenix and Sublime's machine long enough for the X-Men to forcibly disconnect them. In a rage, Phoebe triggered a power surge that caused an explosion, but Celeste was able take full control of the Phoenix. Celeste destroyed her new sisters, and trapped the Phoenix fragments inside the Three-In-One's flawless diamond hearts rendering them emotionless.[23]

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Mindee operating Cerebra

After returning to the Institute, the girls adopted a rebellious/mischievous streak. They helped Elixir telepathically gain a PhD level knowledge of science and biology from Beast's brain.[24] Along with the other students, they were pulled into Limbo, where they were rescued by Prodigy.[25] To repay his kindness, the Cuckoos restored all of the knowledge he had previously gain with the use of his powers despite his powers being deactivated.[26] Mindee and her sister were briefly considered as potential candidates for recruitment to the Initiative.[27]

After the birth of the Mutant Messiah, the Stepford sisters were stationed in Cerebra to search for the baby and act as central communication for the various X-squads.[28]

Utopia

The Stepford Cuckoos rejoined the X-Men and the last of mutantkind in San Francisco. During the Skrull Invasion, they assisted in the evacuation of a San Francisco Hospital, and later offered remote support to Emma while was bringing down the Skrulls' psychic blockade.[29]

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The Phoenix fragments abandoning the Three-In-One

During Osborn's assault on the X-Men, Cyclops assigned Irma to be captured.[1] Acting as a Trojan horse, through her link with her sisters Irma was able to lead the X-Men to Alcatraz Island, where Osborn had secretly been imprisoning mutants.[30]

Once they relocated to Utopia, the Stepford Cuckoos frequently manned Cerebra.[31][32] When Lobe, with Scalphunter, brought a group of Predator Xs to attack Utopia the X-Men were forced to battle the mutant-eating creatures. The Cuckoos served as telepathic communication for the team, but during the battle the Phoenix fragments that were contained inside their diamond hearts escaped, and mysteriously returned to space, leaving the girls unconscious.[33] With the loss of the Phoenix, the girls fell into a depressive funk. Mindee began sneaking into San Francisco, and purchasing horror film DVDs to help entertain her and her sisters.[34]

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The Three-In-One moving to the New Xavier School

Schism

After Cyclops and Wolverine decided to part ways, Mindee wanted to remain on Utopia while Phoebe wanted to return to Westchester. With the deciding vote left to Celeste, she opted to stay on Utopia, partly because of Quentin Quire's presence at the school.[35][36]

When the Phoenix Force returned to Earth searching for a new host leading to the war between the Avengers and the X-Men, the Stepford Cuckoos were among the younger X-Men detained in the Avengers Compound with the Avengers Academy.[37] Afterword they were reluctantly recruited to the new Jean Grey School where the manned Cerebra and witnessed the death of Professor X and the reemergence of mutantkind.[38][39][40]

The girls were very displeased with the new school.[41] When Cyclops and his X-Men came to the school looking for recruits to their mutant rebellion, the Stepford sisters and Angel volunteered to go.[22]

Mutant Revolution

Since then Mindee and her sisters aided Cyclops' X-Men when they were again brought to Limbo, by temporarily removing the fear of the new recruits in battle with the forces of Dormammu.[42] They also rescued David Bond from being killed by a Security guard.

Always the most individual of the Three-in-One, Mindee surprised her sisters by deciding to change her appearance by dyeing her hair black and cutting it short to find a "new me". While Celeste disapproved of it, Emma Frost defended her actions and Christopher Muse complimented her, making her smile.

She later participated in the training in Tabula Rasa, keeping Christopher calm so he didn't panic while in the new situation.

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Power Grid [45]
Intelligence
 3
Strength*
 2
Speed
 2
Durability*
 2
Energy Projection
Fighting Skills
 2
* Higher strength, durability in diamond form

Powers

Mindee's powers are identical to that of her sisters.

Abilities

Those of her sisters. Mindee can also play the piano.[18]



  • Mindee's first boyfriend, Germaine, died during an anti-mutant riot while the students were temporarily housed in an X-Corp building in Salem Center.[43]
  • Mindee later had brief yet combative flirtation with Jay Guthrie, who repeatedly interrupted her while she was practicing the piano.[44]
  • Mindee has also shown an interest in Christopher Muse.
  • Mindee is the second Cuckoo to change her appearance radically, behind her late sister Esme.
  • This character is first identified as Mindee in New X-Men #156. However, later Matt Fraction retconned Mindee's name to actually be Irma to comply with creator Grant Morrison's original desire for first letters the quintuplet's first names to spell "SPICE", hence Sophie, Phoebe, Irma (or Mindee), Celeste, and Esme. Her real name, seems to have been revealed (apparently as originally intended by Morrison) in Uncanny X-Men #514.
  • Mindee enjoys playing piano.[18]

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Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Uncanny X-Men #514
  2. X-Men: Legacy #227
  3. X-Men Phoenix Warsong #4
  4. X-Men Phoenix Warsong #3
  5. 5.0 5.1 New X-Men #118
  6. New X-Men #117
  7. X-Men Phoenix Warsong #2
  8. New X-Men #126
  9. New X-Men #134
  10. New X-Men #134#137
  11. New X-Men #138
  12. New X-Men #139#141
  13. New X-Men #146#150
  14. New X-Men #155
  15. New X-Men #156
  16. New Mutants Vol 2 #13
  17. New X-Men Vol 2 #1-#3
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 X-Men Vol 2 #157
  19. New X-Men Yearbook Special #1
  20. New X-Men Vol 2 #24
  21. New X-Men Vol 2 #23
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 X-Men Phoenix Warsong #2-#5
  23. X-Men Phoenix Warsong #5
  24. New X-Men Vol 2 #38
  25. New X-Men Vol 2 #37-#41
  26. New X-Men Vol 2 #42
  27. Civil War Battle Damage Report #1
  28. Uncanny X-Men #493#494
  29. Secret Invasion: X-Men #1-#4
  30. Dark Avengers #8
  31. Nation X #2
  32. Generation Hope #9
  33. Uncanny X-Men #517
  34. Nation X #4
  35. X-Men: Regenesis #1
  36. X-Men: Schism #5
  37. Avengers Academy #30-#33
  38. Avengers vs. X-Men #12
  39. Wolverine and the X-Men #18
  40. Uncanny X-Men Vol 2 #19
  41. Wolverine and the X-Men #15
  42. Uncanny X-Men Vol 3 #7
  43. New X-Men #155#156
  44. X-Men Vol 2 #157#158
  45. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z hardcover Vol. 11



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