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Information-silkReal Name Talia Josephine Wagner
Information-silkCurrent AliasNocturne
Information-silkAliasesT.J. Wagner, Teej
Information-silkRelativesNightcrawler (father);

Scarlet Witch (mother);

unborn child by Thunderbird (deceased)
Information-silkAffiliationExiles; formerly Brotherhood of Mutants, Excalibur, Professor W's X-Men
Information-silkBase Of OperationsMobile
Information-silkIdentitySecret Identity
Information-silkMarital StatusSingle
Information-silkOccupationAdventurer; Formerly member of the band the Butt Monkeys
Information-silkEducationCollege Graduate
Information-silkHeight5' 7"
Information-silkWeight125 lbs (57 kg)
Information-silkEyesYellow , with no visible pupils
Information-silkUnusual FeaturesBlue fur that's lighter than Nightcrawler's, long pointed ears, retractable tail, three toes/fingers on each hand and foot, fangs.
Information-silkPlace of BirthNew York City, Earth-2182
Information-silkCreatorsJim Calafiore
First Appearance

Quote1 was one of the last moments like that we had before the Timebroker decided to start playing hide-the-reality with us. But I finally felt like my Dad was proud of me. I'd made him happy. Quote2
-- Nocturne src

Early Life

Daughter of Nightcrawler and Scarlet Witch, Nocturne inherited her father's blue fur, three-toed hands and feet, a tail, yellow eyes and pointed ears. As a second-generation mutant, however, Nocturne also developed her own abilities.

Talia grew up with the X-Men, who at this time consisted of: Team Leader Wolverine, who would not engage in active combat as he was mortally injured; Field Leader Nightcrawler; Shadowcat, who was later in an chrono-displacement accident and was replaced with her younger self just after she joined the X-Men; Thunderbird; Phoenix, the Phoenix force inhabiting the empty body of Colossus; and Armageddon, the son of Apocalypse.[1]

Nocturne became a full member of the team and was romantically involved with James Proudstar. For a long time she lived in her father's shadow, and he trained her very hard, often at the expense of her feelings. When Cyclops attacked the mansion with his Exiles, T.J. was out with Kitty Pryde.[2] Upon returning and seeing the attack; however, T.J. was able to rally the students to help delay the attack, and then possess Armageddon, a telekinetic, to free Wolverine and seriously injure the insane Cyclops. Having proven her skills and ability, she was able to reconcile somewhat with her father.[3]

Becoming an Exile

T.J. later was the first member of the Exiles to become "unstuck in time," but she has never assumed any kind of leadership role, and maintained her freewheeling attitude.[4] Over time, she became intimate with the Exiles' own Thunderbird, and became pregnant with his child.[5] One of her most difficult missions was the trial of Phoenix Force, in which she had to fight an alternate incarnation of her "Aunt Jean," and had to ignore that world's version of her father during that difficult time.[6]

Outstripping that by far was the mission to a Skrull-dominated Earth-5692, in which she and the others were forced to fight in gladiatorial combat against other super-beings.[7] That mission ended with the arrival of Galactus and Thunderbird's self-sacrifice to save the world.[5] Due to the stress of losing her lover, T.J. lost the baby a few weeks later, an incident she kept secret for weeks. She has became withdrawn and depressed, and refused to talk about her feelings.[8]

Over time, T.J. healed and became a mainstay of the team. On her first visit to Earth-616, she met and bonded with Nightcrawler, who thought that her parents' pairing was intriguing.[9] Later, T.J. was left behind on Earth-616, and was about to knock on the X-Mansion and see her "father" again when Exodus intercepted her and made her another offer.[10]

Nocturne NE

Nocturne (New Excalibur)

Infiltrating the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants

A few months later, Nocturne showed up as a member of Exodus' Brotherhood during an attack on Philadelphia. While her teammates were mostly homicidal, Nocturne did her best to keep civilians out of harm's way. The X-Men defeated the Brotherhood, prompting Exodus to attack the X-Mansion, using Juggernaut as his ace in the hole. Juggernaut recognized T.J. as a hero and seemingly beat her to a pulp. In fact, T.J. told him she was trying to figure out Exodus's motivations and Juggernaut told her he was also undercover. When the fighting actually started, Nocturne was able to possess Black Tom Cassidy, the most dangerous foe, long enough for him to be swept into the black hole in Shen Xorn's head along with the rest of the Brotherhood. Unfortunately, Nocturne and Juggernaut were swept into the black hole too.[11]

Escaping the Mojoverse

Nocturne and Juggernaut subsequently ended up on Mojoworld, where they were sold to Mojo himself. Nocturne was able to possess Spiral and force her to open a portal to Earth, where they emerged in the Danger Room; however, though T.J.'s possessions usually knock her hosts out for 24 hours, Spiral was faking, and she kept the portal open to allow Mojo to follow T.J. and Juggernaut back to Earth.[12] Spiral changed them and the X-Men to babies, except the newly-resurrected Psylocke, but the X-Men managed to defeat Mojo and regain their rightful forms.[13]

House of M

An alternate version of Nocturne was sought after by Callisto's Marauders for having royal Magnus blood as a result of being a daughter of the alternate Scarlet Witch, but was protected by Psylocke and Marvel Girl. Marvel Girl allowed T.J. to possess her in order to keep her out of the Marauders' reach, but Nocturne ended up taking control, and in a confused daze, flew up and out. Psylocke pursued, eventually culminating in a telekinetic blade battle, which Psylocke won. This allowed Marvel Girl's own consciousness to resurface.[14]

Joining New Excalibur

After the House of M reality warp, Nocturne joined New Excalibur, alongside Juggernaut, Sage, Dazzler, Captain Britain, and Pete Wisdom.[15]

T.J. eventually suffered a stroke while working with New Excalibur, resulting in numerous aftereffects including memory loss, partial paralysis, and the inability to speak.[16] As she worked to recover, she continued to help her teammates, and saved many lives during the battle against Albion by possessing one of his Shadow-Captains.[17]

Returning to the Exiles

Nocturne ultimately learned that her former lover, Thunderbird, was no longer comatose, and after defeating Mad Jim Jaspers, reunited with the Exiles.[18] Nocturne and Thunderbird then went with Blink to Earth-3470 so that Sasquatch could help T.J. continue to recover from her stroke.[19]

Once T.J. completely recovered from her stroke, she returned to the Exiles, and briefly merged with the Crystal Palace alongside Heather and Morph, before she took charge of the team while Blink was off recruiting new members.[20]


Heightened Agility: Nocturne possesses agility greater than that possessed by normal beings.

Heightened Reflexes: Nocturne possesses reflexes greater than those possessed by normal beings.

Night Vision: Nocturne possesses the superhuman ability to see into the infrared portion of the electromagnetic spectrum allowing one to see the dark.

Telepathy: Nocturne possesses low-level ability to read mind and project thoughts, although it is seldom used.

Micro-suction Discs: Nocturne possesses the ability to cling to surfaces using the natural micro-suction discs on her hands and feet.

Body Possession: Nocturne has the ability to possess others for up to 12 hours or one lunar cycle. After she departs, the possessed is usually dazed and sometimes left comatose for up to 24 hours.

Brimstone "Hex Bolts": Nocturne possesses the superhuman ability fire energy bolts, thanks to her parents, the Scarlet Witch and Nightcrawler. This ability allows T.J. to release concussive bolts of explosive energy, called 'hex-bolts', named after the nickname for her mother's powers, by accessing the Brimstone Dimension through which her father teleports. Contrary to common misconception, T.J. doesn't have the ability to alter probabilities with her 'hex bolts'. She can only use her 'hex bolts' as an energy attack.


T.J. can only possess one person in a twenty-four hour period.[22]

  • Unlike her father's, T.J.'s tail is retractable.[3]


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