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Quote1 One more time, then. For the children. Quote2
Emma Frost[src]

Emma Frost is a powerful and influential mutant telepath, most notoriously known as the White Queen of the Hellfire Club[29][32] and occasional headmistress of the Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters.[33][34] Born to a rich Boston mercantile family, she parted ways with her family and built a financial empire with Frost International, ascending to a ruling position in the Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club.[35][36][37] Demonstrating a particular interest in education,[38] Frost ran the Massachusetts Academy, a preparatory school that secretly housed young mutants trained for her own interests, the Hellions.[28][39][5]

As an adversary of Charles Xavier's X-Men,[36] Frost constantly used to clash with younger mutants she attempted to manipulate, such as Kitty Pryde,[36][28] and members of the New Mutants[39] and the New Warriors.[40] However, the tragic death of her Hellions[41] changed her heart, leading her to form a partnership with Xavier.[42] Putting her love for teaching to good use, but never afraid to cross the line of morality, she became the co-headmistress of Xavier's School, where she trained the latest generation of mutants, known as Generation X.[43][33] As a survivor of the Genoshan genocide due to her new ability to transform her body into nigh-indestructible diamond, she became an inestimable member of the X-Men[44][26] and has grown into a leader to the mutant community in general.[45]

Currently sitting on the Quiet Council of the mutant nation Krakoa, Frost remains a prominent figure in the thriving mutant society, influencing economic, cultural and diplomatic affairs between mutants and humans.[46] She has rebranded the Hellfire Trading Company as a high-level transaction business to serve Krakoa's commercial interests,[32] has become the host of the annual Hellfire Gala,[47] and has assumed a role to financially and bureaucratically assist the recently reformed super-heroic X-Men.[48][49][8]


Family Background[]

Emma Grace Frost was born to a Boston mercantile family, which arrived from England in the 1600s and took part in the American Revolutionary War.[21][37] The second of three daughters, Emma also had an older brother named Christian Frost, who had turned to substance abuse as an escape from the drudgery of his life and the abuse of their father. Unknown to their family or themselves, the three Frost sisters were mutants, whose telepathic abilities matured upon reaching puberty.[50][51] Deemed unfit in her father's eyes, Emma produced low-grade point averages and was a social outcast while attending the Snow Valley School for Girls. As a result of her emerging powers, Emma began to experience severe migraines.[52]

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Young Emma Frost

The first clear manifestation of her powers was when she accidentally rendered her entire school unconscious during a mental breakdown, leading Charles Xavier to detect her presence. Alongside Dr. Moira MacTaggart, he paid Emma's father a visit hoping she would join his school. Neither Emma's father nor Emma herself were interested, however.[5]

After the emergence of her powers, Emma used them to excel in all aspects of her life. Due to a crush that Emma had on a teacher of hers, Ian Kendall, Emma decided on a future in teaching, much to her father's disapproval. After seeing Emma and Mr. Kendall kissing in front of the Frost estate, Emma's father got Kendall fired and blackmailed Emma to give up her idea of teaching. After her brother's homosexuality was revealed to the family, her father began to alienate Christian, resulting in his further drug abuse and attempted suicide. When it came time for their father to choose a worthy heir to the family fortune, Christian was automatically dismissed due to his drug problem and because he was gay. While the older sister, Adrienne Frost, seemed the most obvious choice, their father chose Emma. At the same time, Christian was sent to a mental institution, and Emma refused to be her father's heir, choosing to make her own way through life instead.[53][16]

Emma Frost began to work minimum wage jobs and stayed at a hotel in Boston. After attempting to use her telepathy to pay for the meal with a newspaper instead of money, Frost was eventually caught and made to wash dishes. Here, she met Troy Killkelly, with whom she began a relationship and moved in with. Unfortunately, Troy owed money and Frost used her telepathy at a casino to erase their financial problems, but the loan shark insisted that they owed more, for interest. Troy suggested that they pretend to kidnap Frost and have Winston pay a ransom, but Winston refused, stating that his daughter was already dead to him. After Troy was killed, Frost absorbed all of the shark's knowledge of business through her telepathy. After her sister Adrienne took Frost's kidnapping video to the news, Winston was forced to pay the ransom. However, Frost freed herself using her abilities, took the money, and moved to New York.[54]

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Emma Frost and Astrid Bloom

Frost escaped, dyed her hair blonde and enrolled into Empire State University, where she was reunited with Mr. Kendall. While attending class, Frost met a fellow telepath, Astrid Bloom, and Bloom began to train Frost in the use of her abilities. After learning that Mr. Kendall was dating her roommate, Christine McDermott, Frost confessed her love for him, and he pursued a relationship with Frost. Christine threatened to expose Mr. Kendall's relationship with students if he did not leave Frost, but Astrid influenced him to choke her. Upon learning the truth, Frost telepathically fought and defeated Astrid, absorbing all her knowledge of telepathy, and thus saving Mr. Kendall's job, revealing her mutant powers to him in the end. Despite having saved his job, Mr. Kendall left Frost in disgust upon learning that she was a mutant.[55]

When Emma's parents found out about her powers, they sent her to a mental institution, the Essex Clinic, where she was drugged. At some point during her stay there, she was kidnapped by the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, working together with the Evolutionaries. The Brotherhood's leader Magneto took her to Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, intending her to use Cerebro to kill all humanity and unite mutantkind. The X-Men managed to foil the scheme and break the alliance between the Evolutionaries and the Brotherhood. With Cyclops vowing to protect mutantkind, the remaining Evolutionary reluctantly left, but not before erasing the memory of their presence from the minds of everyone and vowing to return one day. After the Evolutionaries returned Emma to the clinic, her head was clear and the drugs were out of her system, so she influenced a guard to beat everyone up and escaped the clinic.[56][50][57]

The Hellfire Club Beginnings[]

Starving in New York City, Frost ended up as a stripper for the Hellfire Club,[5] using her powers to make men see what they wanted to see.[16] There, she was contacted by Charles and Moira once again to join a new team of X-Men. Not recognizing the two, she refused the offer once again, leading Professor X to erase her memory of the encounter.[58]

One day, tired of being mistreated, she finally snapped against Sebastian Shaw, an important member of the club, and threatened to kill him. To her surprise, he proceeded to invite her to rise in the ranks and help rid the club of those who were a threat to mutants.[5] After Shaw chose Frost over two other women and brutally murdered them in front of her, their union was official.[59]

The White Queen[]

On the eve of becoming the Black King, Shaw discovered the White King, Edward Buckman, and the White Queen, Paris Seville, were creating mutant-hunting Sentinels behind his back. During an attack against the mutant members of the club, Emma Frost saw an opportunity to help Shaw's fiancée, Lourdes Chantel, escape the club and the abusive Shaw by making Shaw believe she had died saving him. After defeating the machines, Frost returned to the club with Shaw and mind controlled Buckman to kill everyone in the room, including his lover, Paris. To complete their takeover, Shaw strangled Buckman and became the new head of the club, alongside a new White Queen, Emma Frost. With that chapter closed, Frost met Chantel and sent her to the Kingpin, so he could fix her with a new identity, leaving Frost in his debt.[35][5][60]

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Assigned by Shaw to make a move against the X-Men

Later, when Shaw was searching for a new White King, he threw a party to which he invited the most influential men in the world in. Rejecting the candidacy of Tony Stark, he chose Prince Namor of Atlantis and invited him to join the Club. Namor contemptuously rejected the proposal, saying that if Sebastian ever again dared to waste his time with such a minor thing, he would kill him. This drove Shaw into a frenzy, so he ordered Frost to force Namor into the Club, no matter the cost. A few days later, she acted out a suicide by jumping overboard from a yacht to attract Namor's attention. He rescued her and they spent two weeks together in Atlantis. Shaw, however, tired of waiting for news from Frost, and thinking that Namor had killed or captured her, decided to send Sentinels after her. The Sentinels attacked Namor and Frost and damaged the city, which Namor interpreted as an act of war. After realizing that Shaw was now the man behind the mutant-hunting robots, Emma betrayed him and joined Namor in attacking the club, facing Pierce and Tessa. Tessa mind-wiped Frost to erase the memories of her betrayal and make her loyal to the Club again. Guarded by his two telepaths, Shaw explained to Namor that he would never get close enough to kill him. Namor left but vowed to take revenge one day.[61][62]

With the continuous growth of anti-mutant sentiment, Shaw believed his regular grunts were insufficient as guards and soldiers, so Frost convinced him to open a school and fulfill her lifelong dream. Thus, was born the modern Massachusetts Academy in the Berkshire Mountains in Snow Valley, Massachusetts.[5] During this period, Frost also laid the foundations of a financial empire as the majority stockholder of a multi-billion-dollar conglomerate, which was renamed Frost International after herself. Despite her youth, Frost became a chairperson of the board of Frost International and its CEO. Frost International was principally involved in transportation (both the building of ships and aircraft and their use for freight and passenger transport) and electronics.[42][63]

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Frost again encountered the X-Men when she attempted to recruit young mutant Kitty Pryde for her school. The Hellfire Club had hired the mercenary, Warhawk, to battle the X-Men, while leaving a device that enabled the Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club to monitor the activities of Cerebro, a mutant-detecting machine Professor X had built. Professor Xavier and Frost would each approach Pryde and her parents as the heads of private schools seeking to recruit her as a talented student. Neither Professor Xavier nor Frost intended to reveal to Kitty's parents that their daughter was a mutant. Frost left after making her pitch to Carmen and Theresa Pryde, noting that whilst Carmen was in favor of her school, Theresa wasn't. As Frost was leaving Professor Xavier arrived accompanied by Storm, Wolverine, and Colossus. While Kitty and the X-Men were at a malt shop, Frost ordered their capture and, while Kitty got away, Frost took the captured X-Men to Frost International. After Kitty phoned the rest of the X-Men, Frost was overpowered by the Phoenix and believed dead.[64][65]

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In control of Storm's body

Frost actually survived, but this incident left her in a coma for a month, during which time she had to rebuild her mind from inside out, managing to remember, among other things, the memory of Namor that Tessa had taken from her.[20][61][66]

Later, Kitty's parents reconsidered allowing her to join Xavier's School and enrolled her in the Massachusetts Academy. Frost, now fully recovered, used that opportunity to switch bodies with Storm, who had driven Kitty there, while Shaw attacked the X-Men with a new type of Sentinel. After using Frost's telepathy, Storm was able to gain her body back and the X-Men defeated the Hellfire Club once again.[6]

The Kingpin[]

Around this time, Elektra began working for the Kingpin[67] and, alongside Frost, the two would help him attain his goals. Elektra (the "bad witch") would deal with the people the Kingpin wanted dead, while Frost (the "good witch") would deal with the honest people who needed persuasion.[8]

One night, a young girl named Isabelle Donovan witnessed Elektra murder someone from her room. To prevent the girl from being killed, Elektra then asked Emma Frost for help in making Isabelle forget about the murder. When they got to her, however, she had already told her foster parents and they had already warned the police, resulting in a squad of corrupt cops being on their way to kill the girl, per Kingpin's orders. Feeling outmatched, Frost telepathically summoned a nearby Spider-Man, and he helped Elektra defeat the policemen, while also preventing her from killing them. In the meantime, Frost got the girl to safety and arranged for her to go to England with a new identity, where she could live peacefully, away from this trouble.[68]

Clashing with the New Mutants[]

At another time, while attempting to give Shaw an important message, Frost collapsed into catatonic schizophrenia and remained in a coma, due to Mastermind.[69][70] Frost eventually awoke from her coma and invited Doug Ramsey to her school, bringing her back into contact with Kitty.[71] After capturing Kitty and Doug, Frost was unaware that Kitty and Magik shared a psychic rapport, prompting the New Mutants to come to their rescue. After having the New Mutants battle the Hellions, her personally trained team of students, Kitty caused enough chaos for Magik to teleport them all away.[39]

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In a coma

During the second Secret War, Frost was among the super-villains summoned by Mephisto to battle the Beyonder.[14]

While battling with the virtually omnipotent Beyonder, the New Mutants were killed, then removed from existence by the Beyonder and subsequently recreated by him. In being recreated, the New Mutants somehow lost much of the proficiency in using their superhuman powers that they had learned at Professor Xavier's school and became detached. Frost took advantage of this opportunity and offered Magneto, now the Xavier School's headmaster, her services with rehabilitating the children. Frost also had her student Empath affect Magneto's fears, insecurities, paranoia, and temperament, until he transferred all of the New Mutants, except Mirage and Warlock, to the Massachusetts Academy.[72]

The New Mutants adjusted surprisingly well, and Frost made a lot of progress in their mental therapy, however, upon realizing the manipulation, Magneto raced to get the children back, leading Frost to warn the authorities about an impending attack on her school by the Master of Magnetism. After the New Mutants left to rescue Magneto from the Avengers (unaware of Frost's call), Frost realized they still cared for their old teacher and moved them to neutral ground, where she worked together with Magneto to cure the children of their trauma at the hands of the Beyonder. In the end, they decided to return to Xavier's school, but remained thankful for all the help Frost had given them in their time of need.[73]

Frost encountered Magneto again, when an increase of mutant hostilities led Shaw to offer him a position in the Inner Circle, something which he was later talked into accepting by Storm, thus creating an alliance between the two rival schools.[74][75][76]

Alliance with Magneto[]

After the New Mutant, Magma, received a letter from her father, stating that she had learned enough from the outside world and it was time to return home and marry, she fantasized about life among the Hellions, at the Massachusetts Academy.[77]

After hearing of an animal creature that was being mistreated after capture, Frost allowed the Hellions to participate in a contest with the New Mutants to abduct Bird Brain, where Magma and Empath revealed their mutual attraction to each other. After returning home victorious, Magma decided to return to the Massachusetts Academy. While picking-up Magma, Frost suggested that Magma was better suited for the Massachusetts Academy and that, since they were supposedly no longer rivals, Magneto could also eventually receive some of her students.[78]

As Magneto and Frost's relationship grew stronger, their relationship with the New Mutants and Shaw grew weaker. After Illyana reverted back to a little girl, Magneto's already strained alliance with Shaw, who believed Illyana was a valuable asset to the club, led to a physical confrontation between the two. With Magneto's victory, the two queens voted Shaw out of the Inner Circle and Magneto assumed the position as the only king of the club, dubbing himself the Grey King. Frost and Magneto then discussed how to get rid of Selene, then the Black Queen, but never had the chance to put their plan into motion.[79]

Reign's End[]

After an attempt on her life and other assaults against members of the Hellfire Club, Emma Frost informed the X-Men that the Inner Circle was under attack by an unknown source, one that could potentially become a threat to the X-Men as well.[41]

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With her Hellions

As they met to discuss it, the time-travelling attacker known as Trevor Fitzroy showed up and killed two of the Hellions. After an intense battle, later joined by a horde of Sentinels, Frost was plunged into yet another coma and most of the Hellions met their untimely demise. Frost's consciousness was apparently still active on the material plane and her body was kept in the Med-lab at the X-Men's mansion.[80][81] During her unconscious state, Dr. John Sublime harvested over 1000 eggs from her to use for his experiments.[82]

Almost a year later,[83] an accident caused Emma Frost to possess the body of the X-Man Iceman. Frost believed herself to be a prisoner of the X-Men and tried to escape, using Iceman's powers in unprecedented ways. When she discovered the fate of her Hellions, she broke down and began to realize that her training had been insufficient and that her students would likely have been better off with Xavier.[84]

Phalanx Covenant[]

After having her mind returned to her body, Frost was held at the institute. When Sean Cassidy came home to Xavier’s school, his colleagues' weird behavior made him suspect something was wrong, and he soon realized the X-Men had been replaced by the Phalanx. After a fight with the Rogue impostor, he freed Sabretooth, who was also being held in the hopes of being rehabilitated, and threatened to explode his head if he didn't free Frost and Jubilee, who was unconscious in the Danger Room.[83]

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Resisting the Phalanx

Meanwhile, Sean discovered the Phalanx had uncovered Xavier's list of new mutants and were planning to capture them in order to learn how to assimilate mutants into their collective. Sean then proceeded to initiate the self-destruct sequence and, when Sabretooth and the others arrived, he screamed a pathway down to the sewers below. As the school exploded, destroying the Phalanx inside, Banshee informed his new allies of their mission to rescue the next generation of Mutants (Homo superior).[83]

After saving the select group of teenage mutants and destroying Phalanx, Frost set out on a righteous path to atone for her past sins and, therefore, turned the Massachusetts Academy into the new Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, where she and Banshee would become the headmasters and where the rescued mutants would study as the new superhero team, Generation X.[85][86]

Generation X[]

Frost and Banshee had frequent disagreements about their teaching styles, but they cared about each other as well as their students.[33][87][88][89][90][91]

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Back in white, with the women of Gen X

During the first semester, Frost's younger sister, Cordelia, tracked her down to ask for help in rescuing the mutant Mondo, who had apparently been kidnapped by a man named Barrington. Emma immediately accused Cordelia of being up to something, but reluctantly agreed to assist her younger sister in finding Mondo. After successfully rescuing him with the help of her students, Emma, knowing her sister was a troublesome young lady, commanded Cordelia to stay away from the school.[92]

Not long after, though, the Mondo they'd rescued was revealed to be working for Black Tom Cassidy. During the latter's attack on the school, he took control of Frost's body to hit Sean, hoping to force him to kill her. Knowing that Black Tom wouldn't stop until one of them was dead and that Sean couldn't bring himself to kill her, Frost took control of Sean's mind and sent a powerful sonic scream in her direction, seemingly ending her life.[93][94]

After Penance defeated Black Tom, Sean mourned Frost while looking for the missing students. After countless failed attempts, Sean was starting to get desperate, but Frost appeared from behind and jumped into his arms, revealing she had forced him to use the specific frequency that would simply stun her for an hour.[95]

After a joyful reunion, they were approached by Emplate, who offered the kids' location in exchange for Penance. Sean immediately turned the offer down, but Frost contacted him telepathically to convince him of trying to trick Emplate. Sean still thought it was too much of a risk however, so Frost had to knock him out and try to proceed with the deal by herself. Yet, before handing over their ward, Banshee woke up and rescued Penance, before fleeing with her.[96]

It all turned out fine in the end, as all the kids made their way back to the school, but it took some time for Sean and Frost to see eye to eye again.[97]

When everything was finally going well, Emma Frost received a call from her financial planner with the news that her company had just taken a major hit on the stock market, placing the school in financial jeopardy. To fix this issue, she was initially thinking of simply telepathically motivating more investors, but Banshee convinced her to set an example for the students by not taking the easy way out. Thus, she risked humiliation by asking her older sister for help.[50]

Adrienne was not keen on financially rescuing her sister, who she'd always been jealous of, but after discovering the students were secretly mutants, she decided to help Emma with the condition of becoming co-headmistress.[50][98]

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Death in the family

For a few weeks, Adrienne hid her true intentions; until one night, she kidnapped Generation X and locked them in a mind prison disguised as a retelling of the events that led to the Hellions' deaths. After the team and Emma released themselves, Adrienne revealed she had planned for the kids to die solely to see Emma suffer while standing powerless to save her students again. She then pronounced herself as the new White Queen and made her exit with a teleportation device.[99]

After countless adventures, a bold revenge plan by Adrienne ended in Synch's death and Emma Frost murdering her sister, which, once discovered, shook the team's trust in their Headmistress and led to the ultimate closure of the Massachusetts Academy. Emma got hold of her sister's possessions and moved to Genosha, teaching a class on telepathy to young mutants. Not long afterwards, however, she experienced tragedy again as she became one of the only survivors of a Sentinel attack by manifesting a Secondary Mutation: the ability to transform her body into unbreakable diamond.[100][101]

Joining the X-Men[]

Still recovering from the massacre, Frost once again returned to the Xavier Institute to teach, and immediately took the quintuplet psychic sisters, the Stepford Cuckoos, under her wing.[102][103]

One of her first chances to prove herself and save the school came when Xavier's sister, Cassandra Nova, took over his body and was planning to eliminate all mutants in the world. After he claimed his body back, leaving Cassandra non-corporeal, Frost convinced her that she had brought Cassandra's body to her in exchange for her life and that of the Cuckoos, but in reality Cassandra was tricked into being trapped inside the alien Stuff, that had been programmed to keep her contained.[104]

Still resented by most at school, Frost did strike up a friendship with Beast and developed an attraction for Cyclops. During a riot at the school by Quentin Quire and his Omega Gang, the Cuckoo Sophie died while using the drug Kick and Cerebra to subdue Quentin. Blaming Frost's emphasis on heroism for Sophie's death, the Cuckoos abandoned her.[105]

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Frost and Cyclops lovingly hug

Meanwhile, with a void growing between Scott Summers and Jean Grey, Frost offered telepathic counseling that then grew into a psychic affair. The Cuckoos took out their anger toward Frost by tipping off Jean. When Jean discovered the two together on the astral plane she brutally tore through Frost's memories, forcing her to remember all the things she'd repressed in her past, including her failure to keep the Hellions alive. Breaking down, Frost admitted to Wolverine that her attraction towards Scott had grown into genuine love.[106]

Shortly after her affair with Cyclops had come to light, Frost was seemingly assassinated, shot with a bullet in her weak spot while in diamond form, causing her to shatter. Beast desperately began searching for her pieces in an effort to put her together, while Bishop and Sage were brought in to find the killer. Frost's former protege Esme was guilty, but she left the school to avoid punishment. Frost, in turn, was put back together and restored to life by Jean.[107]

During an incident with Xorn, who took over Manhattan while posing as Magneto, both Jean and Esme were killed, and the mansion was destroyed. Professor Xavier decided to leave the X-Men for some time on his own, and Frost attempted to convince Cyclops to rebuild the school with her. Despite his intense feelings of guilt, Cyclops agreed, due to being prodded by Jean herself, who had ascended to the White Hot Room.[34]

Headmistress Once Again[]

After rebuilding and re-opening the school, Frost took the position as one of two co-headmasters of the school, alongside Cyclops, and also began tutoring a group of students, the Hellions Squad, as part of the new policy of breaking the students up into smaller teams. She also continued serving as an active X-Man, lending her services to several X-Men teams.[108][109][110]

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Hellions Squad

However, Frost continued to be distrusted by her fellow X-Men due to her villainous past, but now even more so due to the perception that she had "usurped" Jean's place in the group by becoming Cyclops' lover and co-headmistress. While some, such as Wolverine, Beast and Cyclops trusted Frost, others such as Kitty Pryde, Dani Moonstar and Rachel Grey were initially dismissive and distrusting of her.[111][109][26][112][113]

Despite this sentiment from certain faculty members, Frost had a great relationship with her students and, unlike the other advisors, she would allow the alumni to pick their own codenames. Frost yearned to show indifference in front of Dani, and appeared to dismiss all her complaints, but in reality she cared deeply for her students' welfare and often found unique ways to bond with them and correct them.[114][115][116]

The Phoenix[]

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Possessed the Phoenix Force

When the Phoenix, forced to return to life prematurely, came to Earth to use Cyclops' powers to replenish itself, Frost and the X-Men tried to stop it. As part of a desperate plan, Frost convinced the Phoenix to possess her, briefly making her a host of the Phoenix Force. A temporarily resurrected Jean Grey forced the Phoenix to leave Frost, and the X-Men were able to diffuse the situation by projecting all the X-Men's feelings of love towards Jean directly into her mind, preventing her from losing control and becoming Dark Phoenix.[117]

House of M[]

In the House of M reality, created by the deranged Scarlet Witch by making every hero's most desired wishes come true, Emma was married to Cyclops and worked as a child psychologist.[118][119] After Wolverine realized something was wrong, Emma was the first X-Man he contacted for help. With the help of other "awakened" heroes, they commenced an assault on Magneto's Genoshan headquarters and tried to find the missing Professor Xavier. Frost was the only one to side with Wolverine on the controversial opinion to kill the Scarlet Witch, but they didn't get the chance, as Wanda got angry at how her mutant heritage and her father's choices had ruined her family and decided to restore reality as it were, with the exception that 90% of mutants worldwide lost their powers. After what came to be known as M-Day, Frost was among the relatively few mutants to retain her powers.[120]

Not long afterwards, however, Frost's world would change even more. After following the Stepford Sisters to The World, Emma Frost finally learned the origin of the Cuckoos: they were her daughters, bred from her eggs alongside hundreds of others, harvested by Sublime years before.[121]

The New Hellfire Club[]

Later, the question of Frost's "true loyalties" was brought into focus again, as Frost abandoned the team during a fight to confer with a shadowy figure, revealed to be one of a group of four individuals watching from the shadows. The group consisted of Sebastian Shaw, Negasonic Teenage Warhead (a student of Emma's who had seemingly died in her arms in the Sentinel attack on Genosha), Cassandra Nova and a cloaked figure called Perfection, who discussed among themselves Frost's impending betrayal of the team.[122]

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New Hellfire Club

In reality, Emma Frost's trick on Cassandra Nova months before had nefarious consequences: Cassandra had implanted a mental suggestion into Emma's mind, creating a delusion wherein she believed that she had only joined the X-Men to free Cassandra. The "new Hellfire Club" was, in fact, no more than a mental projection created by Emma. Under Cassandra's influence, Frost telepathically tormented the X-Men with a series of illusions and coerced Kitty into freeing Cassandra, but, before she could break free from Stuff's body, S.W.O.R.D. director Abigail Brand abducted the X-Men to her spaceship, where Frost was out of Cassandra Nova's reach.[123]


Brand, in need of super-heroes, explained that Lord Kruun, the leader of Breakworld, intended to eliminate Earth due to a prophecy that claimed Colossus would destroy Breakworld. Upon reaching the planet, the X-Men were relentlessly attacked, being scattered all over the alien planet. Danger, the physical manifestation of the Danger Room's software, had also been brought by Brand and attacked Cyclops and Frost. Frost managed to convince Danger to aid the X-Men, while Beast and Brand learned Kruun had a gigantic missile aimed at Earth. Cyclops, Wolverine and Armor deceived Kruun's forces by being intentionally captured. With Kruun accounted for, Kitty phased into the missile in order to disable it, only to discover it was actually a giant bullet, which was ultimately fired at Earth with Kitty trapped inside.[124] On Breakworld, the X-Men learned that the prophecy had been fabricated by Aghanne to attract Colossus, who was the only one in the Universe capable of reaching the core of the planet's power source and cause a chain reaction that would destroy her world, which she despised. She was ultimately killed by her own rage, failing to destroy Breakworld, but the bullet was already on its way to the Solar System and the heroes on Earth were failing to stop it. At the last moment, Kitty Pryde used her powers to phase the entire bullet through Earth, effectively preventing the planet's destruction. However, with no obstacles to oppose it, the bullet kept moving in a straight line, leaving Kitty to forever drift through outer space.[125]

San Francisco[]

During a vacation in the Savage Land, Emma and Scott were called to San Francisco when Angel realized someone was telepathically making everyone think they were in the 1960s. Emma was able to break through the mental barriers and expose Martinique Wyngarde, but she escaped before they could get to her.[126] The X-Men and any remaining mutants came to San Francisco, where the mayor had offered them refuge, ignoring the Fifty State Initiative. Emma called every "X-Man" (any powered and depowered mutants, friends or foes) in the world using her telepathy, to ask them to rally in SF.[127]

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Emma and Scott mingled in Martinique's illusion

When Xavier attempted to warn Cyclops about his recent encounter with Sinister, Frost managed to enter the Professor's mind undetected. During the course of their encounter, Frost forced Xavier to relive each of his mistakes and morally ambiguous decisions made under altruistic pretenses. It was also revealed that while Frost was just as angry with Xavier as Cyclops was, she also wanted to help him move on with his life. Frost pointed the Professor in a new direction by forcing him to relive the supposed death of Moira MacTaggert and reminding him of her last words.[128]

Emma fought the Skrulls in San Francisco during their invasion of Earth. There, the Skrulls set up a telepathy-blocking "wall" spanning the entire globe. Emma channeled the Cuckoos' telepathy into her own using Cerebra in an attempt to locate the source of the psi-blockade but was left comatose. The Cuckoos told Cyclops that Emma was dead, unaware that Emma's telepathic mind was continuing to battle the psychic team of Skrulls. Setting a series of traps through misdirection, Emma managed to break free and shut down the psi-blockade.[129]

Dark Reign[]

After Norman Osborn was appointed as the USA's top cop, he immediately convened a group of supposedly like-minded individuals (later dubbed the Cabal) to consolidate his grip on power. After some advice from Storm, Emma joined the group consisting of Norman, Namor, Doctor Doom, Loki, and the Hood.[130][131]

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With the Cabal

Following a series of pro versus anti-mutant protests and riots instigated by Simon Trask in San Francisco, Emma was asked by Norman Osborn to lead a civil peacekeeping group of X-Men sanctioned by himself. Emma accepted but decided to add Namor to the roster, as they had recently become close allies.[61][132][133]

Emma's first mission with the team occurred when she arrested a group of mutant vandals led by her own former star student, Hellion. Even at that early stage, there was already tension between teammates, particularly when Daken (a member of Osborn's X-Men) almost killed a mutant rioter. Emma prevented any fatalities, however, and the prisoners were brought in.[4]

While tensions rose between the Dark Avengers and the new X-Men team, enhanced by the aggression of Daken and Hawkeye, Emma put emphasis on the fact that she would only continue to be a party to this strategy of Osborn's if all the mutants were treated humanely, insisting on touring the facility to see how the prisoners were being treated. She was then contacted by Professor X, who informed her that he and Hank were being kept prisoner there. He also told her that the Omega Chair developed by the Dark Beast had horrible side effects and that Osborn wasn't telling her everything. Emma then discovered that the presence of Hank and Professor X was being kept secret from her using hologram projectors. Remaining in her diamond form for protection, and unable to speak telepathically, she verbally reassured the Professor that she believed him and that she would make sure everything would be all right.[4]

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As the Black Queen

Over the next several days, she then took her team of X-Men around San Francisco, not only stopping Trask and his human-conversion bio sentinels, but also clearing up the residual riots and rounding up the remaining mutants from the streets. Her motives came into even greater doubt when she and Namor stood idly by when Dark Beast was using his Omega Machine to torture and power drain the captives, while Cloak and Dagger could barely look on.[25]

However, Emma's true motivations and interests behind her recent actions were revealed when, after another session draining Henry McCoy with the Omega Machine, Dark Beast and Weapon Omega discovered that all the mutant captives had disappeared. Mindee had allowed herself to get arrested so she could lead X-Force there, using Magik's portals. After being notified, Emma led Osborn's X-Men to stop X-Force, then surprised everyone by betraying her own team. Daken and Mimic were taken down in the process, while Cloak, Dagger and Namor went with her and X-Force to rejoin the rest of the mutants on a mobile island/vessel, reminiscent of Magneto's Asteroid M, which had been dubbed Utopia.[25]

With his Cabal crippled due to the loss of two key members, an enraged Osborn ordered the Dark Avengers and remaining Dark X-Men to bring him "Namor's head" and "Frost's heart". While Cyclops' X-Men battled Norman's teams, Emma telepathically accessed the "white room" she had stored in the Sentry's mind, so that she could contain the Void while he made his escape. Unfortunately, the Void proved too strong for Emma and broke free, chasing after the Sentry. Worse, a small sliver of the Void was trapped in her forehead, forcing Emma to remain in diamond form so it wouldn't control her and access her telepathic abilities. In the meantime, the X-Men outnumbered Osborn's Avengers and X-Men, forcing them back.[25][134]

Stuck in Diamond Form[]

Though free from Osborn, a new menace soon arrived in the form of Selene. Frost, in particular, was targeted for attempting to betray her years before. Additionally, Selene was also angry over her using the Black Queen moniker when she was leading the Dark X-Men. Using the techno-organic virus, Selene managed to resurrect countless dead mutants, including Emma's old students, the Hellions, who she sent to Utopia to attack and taunt Frost. Their appearance was enough to leave Frost in a horrified state of shock, but Scott stepped in and kept her safe in this low moment.[135] Once Selene's inner circle appeared on Utopia, Frost stopped Wolverine from killing her former student Wither. However, after Selene's inner circle succeeded in capturing Warpath, leaving a great deal of carnage behind, Frost recognized that the threat would not end until Selene and her inner circle were permanently stopped. Thus, she ordered X-Force to travel to Necrosha and kill them all, even Wither.[136]

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Containing Void

After things calmed down, the time came to remove the Void sliver from Emma, given that the X-Men needed a telepath in place of the Stepford Cuckoos, who were rendered unconscious when the Phoenix fragments escaped from their bodies. Cyclops attempted to go into her mind to extract the sliver. Unfortunately, the Void changed tactics and attempted to take control of him. Luckily, Cyclops was able to seal the Void within the black box in his mind,[137] where he previously kept tactical secrets that could result in innocent deaths.[138][139]

Dealing with Shaw[]

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After having convinced Namor that she'd killed Shaw for crimes against mutantkind,[61] Emma was growing worried that Namor would find out he was actually being held in Utopia's Brig. When Emma was acting as a psi-link between Colossus and a newly returned Kitty Pryde, who was stuck in her intangible form and unable to speak, Pryde sensed a "leaking thought" of Emma's desire to finally get rid of Shaw and insisted on helping her deal with the issue. Kitty got a special suit from X-Club to cancel out her intangibility and accompanied Emma and Fantomex to China to make sure they wouldn't kill him. There, Shaw broke free and tried to kill Emma. After multiple failed attempts at subduing the Black King, Emma made him think he'd managed to kill her, which gave her enough to break through his mental blocks and wipe his memory clean. After that, they left him there to live his life away from them.[140]

Last Days of Utopia[]

During the Serpent's Invasion, San Francisco was strangely spared for a time. Namor tried to seduce Emma once more, but she refused him; however, Namor taunted her about her romantic relationship with Cyclops, saying that "he married the redhead". This allowed the Serpent's worldwide fear effect into Emma's mind, heightening her insecurities. She was nearly compelled to kill Hope, who was hospitalized after fighting the Serpent's agent Juggernaut, but Namor snapped Emma out of her trance.[141]

After the super-sentinel attack on Utopia, Emma considered going with Wolverine to the school in order to pursue her love of teaching. Cyclops begged her to stay however, and she relented. She then joined the Extinction Team. On their first big mission against a resurrected Mister Sinister, she lost her arm in diamond form, forcing her to stay that way until it was reattached.[142]

Avengers vs. X-Men[]

Emma Frost sided with her fellow X-Men against the Avengers. She took Hope away, deeper into Utopia to keep her safe and joined the fight, which began when Cyclops blasted Captain America with his optic power. During the battle, Emma's telepathic abilities were blocked by a nanocloud created by Iron Man, forcing her to rely on her diamond form. After the Avengers appeared to have won the battle of Utopia after Cyclops surrendered, it was revealed to be a ruse allowing Cyclops, Emma and several other mutants to escape and begin the search for Hope, who had left Utopia after defeating the Lights, Wolverine and Spider-Man.[143]

Next, Emma and Cyclops went to the Jean Grey School in order to recruit people to their side. A brief fight broke out between Cyclops's Extinction Team and Wolverine's X-Men. After Wolverine was approached by Hope and betrayed her location to Captain America, Emma used her telepathy to find out where Hope was; and together with Colossus, Namor, Magik and Cyclops, she journeyed to the Moon in order to stop the Avengers from getting her. Before a battle could break out, the two teams were interrupted by Thor who fell from the skies badly injured. He was swiftly followed by the Phoenix.[144]

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The Phoenix Five

A fight broke out between the X-Men and the Avengers as the Phoenix was making Hope into its new host; while Iron Man built a weapon to fight the Phoenix. Iron Man attacked the Phoenix but instead of destroying it, the Phoenix turned Emma, Cyclops, Magik, Colossus, and Namor into avatars. Cyclops and the rest of the avatars took Hope back to Earth in order to prepare her.[145]

The Phoenix Five destroyed almost all Sentinels on Earth, Emma went to the Avengers Academy to destroy Juston Seyfert's Sentinel even if its programming preventing it from hurting mutants. After seeing that Juston saw the Sentinel as a friend the other members of the Academy tried to help him only to be defeated by the incredible power of Phoenix. Once Emma destroyed the Sentinel and left the place, Pietro revealed that he saved the control unit, so they could rebuild it.[146]

Emma and her fellow Phoenixes began using their powers to make the world a better place by eliminating wars and providing water, food and energy to the entire world for free. The Avengers continued to oppose them however and kidnapped Hope, causing Cyclops to declare "No more Avengers".[147] The Phoenixes fought the Avengers whenever they showed up and captured many of their number. Cyclops insisted on not using lethal force, however. Emma found out the Avengers were hiding in Wakanda and told this to her fellow Phoenix Namor, but neglected to mention it to anyone else. Namor stormed Wakanda,[148] but was narrowly defeated by the Avengers.[149]

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As a Phoenix Avatar

After receiving Namor's portion of the Phoenix, Emma's power increased, and she found out where the Avengers had taken Hope. The increased power also became more than she could handle, and she began worrying over what she would do next. With her increased telepathic powers, she was able to know the secrets of everyone in the world and began losing control of herself by killing people who had harmed mutants (like a pilot who accidentally killed a young mutant and neglected to report it). When Colossus and Magik fought each other and knocked each other out, their portions of the Phoenix went to Emma and Cyclops.[150] Emma began exerting her dominance over the X-Men, threatening those that had thoughts that displeased her. Magneto attempted to reason with her, but Emma refused to listen and threatened him. After being defeated by Hope, Cyclops realized that he needed more power and traveled to Utopia to find Emma.[151]

Cyclops could not find himself to take the Phoenix from Emma, despite some taunting on her part. She tested Scott by tempting him to burn the entire world and start again from nothing, but Cyclops refused. Their conversation was interrupted when they were attacked by the combined might of the Avengers and the X-Men. Professor X used his telepathy to try and shut them down long enough for the Avengers and X-Men to take them down. Cyclops finally gave in and brutally took Emma's portion of the Phoenix, becoming the sole wielder of the Phoenix Force. After Xavier tried to shut him down again, Scott killed him and completely lost control of himself, becoming the Dark Phoenix.[152] Emma was then taken into custody by the New Avengers.[153]

Mutant Revolution[]

Shortly after, Emma was freed by Cyclops and Magneto as she was being transferred, but both her rescuers realized they were no longer in full control of their powers. While she was grateful for the spring, she was still furious at Cyclops and wanted to get as far away from him as she could, even revealing that she could no longer read people's minds, and that anyone touched by the Phoenix had their powers altered in some way. After a moment of deliberation and realizing more police were on their way, Emma agreed to join with Scott and Magneto once more and, along with Magik, began searching for new mutants.[154]

Emma was present during several of Cyclops' skirmishes in freeing several Mutants from their human captors but was not present for the meeting with the original five X-Men, displaced in time, and was displeased to hear of Jean Grey once more among the living and running around in their time. [155]

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Emma and the revolutionary X-Men

During a mission to San Diego, Emma, along with the rest of her team, donned new outfits, sporting a completely black wardrobe this time around, in the same vein as her teammates. She poked fun at Magneto being unable to control metal as he used to when battling the Sentinels, but Cyclops saved the day during a counterattack. She was also in utter shock at seeing what level of destruction the alterations to his powers created in its wake.[156]

Emma later accused Tony Stark of being responsible for the Phoenix Five's creation,[157] convinced Scott to go along with Magneto's double agent status, recruited time-displaced Angel and the Stepford Cuckoos,[158] fought the forces of Limbo,[159] and assisted in teaching Benjamin Deeds how to use his powers cleverly.[160] When Irma Cuckoo dyed her hair, she supported her daughter's desire to be different, in contrast to Celeste.[159]

Her telepathic powers later returned through unknown means shortly before Cyclops disbanded his school.[161]

The Terrigen Crisis[]

When Emma Frost and the X-Men received a distress call from Muir Island, they discovered the clouds formed by the Terrigen Mist released into the atmosphere by the Inhuman king Black Bolt were toxic to mutants and one of them had swept over the island and killed everyone there. While investigating the facility, Cyclops was almost instantaneously affected by the mists and died. Struck by grief, Emma resolved to give Cyclops a more fitting death and created a mental projection of him. Using this mental projection, she put together a plot to destroy the Terrigen Clouds. She was successful in destroying one of them but was confronted by the Inhumans. As part of her plan to turn Cyclops into a martyr, Emma had the mental projection confront Black Bolt, and "die" by his hand. Storm managed to negotiate a truce with the Inhumans, allowing Emma to keep her life and freedom, and the X-Men gave Cyclops a hero's burial. Emma kept the secret of Cyclops' death to herself, only telling Havok, who had refused to believe that his brother would choose to die under such circumstances.[162]

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When the X-Men discovered the remaining Terrigen Cloud was weeks from reaching a saturation point, which would've caused it to become assimilated with the atmosphere and render the Earth uninhabitable for mutants, Emma Frost incited the X-Men to take action wage war against the Inhumans to keep them occupied until they could destroy the cloud.[163] Despite the X-Men's initial hostility, the Inhuman queen Medusa agreed to destroy the Terrigen Cloud after learning what was at stake. Even though the X-Men had achieved their goal, Emma tried to continue riling them up since she blamed them for Scott's death. When the truth of Cyclops' death came to light, Emma unveiled a series of Sentinels she had constructed specifically to target Inhumans, prompting both factions to join forces against her. Emma was eventually defeated, but Havok stepped in to save her and teleported away with her, revealing that saving her is what he felt he owed Cyclops.[164]

New Tian and Mothervine[]

In preparation for his conquest of the United States, an evil doppelganger of Steve Rogers that had impersonated the real Captain America decided to neutralize possible mutant interference by granting them a sovereign land in the western United States, with the only condition being that no mutant would be able to step foot on America.[165] He appointed Emma Frost as the ruler of the mutant nation, New Tian, though she telepathically controlled Shen Xorn to use him as a puppet ruler, which allowed her to rule the country from behind the scenes.[166]

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Back in White

During the final days of Hydra's rule, Captain America invaded Wakanda in the search for one of the many Cosmic Cube fragments randomly scattered throughout the world. Since one of these fragments had fallen in her hands, Emma approached Steve with it in an attempt to appease Hydra. However, Rogers rebuffed her once he obtained the shard. With any pretense of peace shattered, the mutants entered the final battle against Hydra in Washington, D.C..[167] Following the liberation of the United States, the territory of New Tian was taken back by the country.[168]

During the country's brief existence, New Tian was used as an experimental ground for the Mothervine virus in preparation for the further plans of a cabal formed by Emma, Havok, Miss Sinister, and Bastion. Emma's most loyal subjects were granted enhancements to their abilities using Mothervine, giving Miss Sinister enough raw material to test her findings before taking Mothervine to a global level.[169] A global release of Mothervine would've quadrupled the number of mutants almost instantaneously, and would've made mutantkind the dominant species in less than a year.[170]

By the time that Mothervine's release had reached global levels and several bombs were launched towards major cities, Emma learned that people affected by it could have their will subjugated. When Magneto's X-Men were captured by Miss Sinister after a failed assault against the cabal,[171] Emma Frost finally turned against her. In the meantime, Magneto had enlisted Elixir's help to purge Mothervine from its impact zones. Emma Frost and the freed X-Men confronted Havok and Bastion and defeated them. Emma also helped Polaris tap into Havok's psyche to reverse the effects of an inversion spell cast during World War Hate that had inverted his personality. Following the destruction of Mothervine at its source, Emma even contacted Magneto in an attempt to come to an understanding and put their differences behind them, but to no avail.[172]

Frost and Hellfire Takeovers[]

After her venture with the young X-Men, Emma learned that her brother Christian had been released from the institution he'd been put in by their father years before. She traveled to her parents' house to check on her brother but was prevented from doing so by her father and his seemingly new-found powers. Seeing no choice but to get some back-up, Emma reached out to Bobby Drake to ask for his assistance, and, despite some initial reluctance, Bobby agreed to accompany Emma back to her parents'. Once there, they found her father dead and discovered Christian was the one that had developed mutant powers, having created a projection of their father. After using Bobby's mind to calm Christian down, Emma decided to take over Frost Technologies and work with Christian to regain control.[173]

Subsequently, Emma contacted the X-Men via Rogue to ask for their help with destroying the Hellfire Club permanently. She posited that the Hellfire Club had bankrolled the Mothervine crisis and commissioned recent Sentinel production, but with Shaw recovering from Mothervine use and several chapters destroyed by a vengeful Magneto, this was the perfect time to strike. After the X-Men agreed and detained several leading members, Emma herself telepathically distracted and incapacitated a building of people so she could get to Shaw. Emma took out Shaw and proclaimed herself the new Black King of the Hellfire Club, double-crossing the X-Men again in order to work to change the Hellfire Club.[3]

X-Men Disassembled[]

Emma and most of her Hellfire Club inner circle (including Marrow, Vanisher, and Elixir) would be captured and imprisoned by O*N*E director Robert Callahan. After days of solitary confinement and torture, Emma and Callahan would cut a deal: Frost would use her abilities to control former Xavier School student and recent X-Men inductee Anole into stealing a sample of the mutant vaccine that the Beast had been working on and delivering it to O*N*E, in exchange for her and her associates' freedom.[174][175] However, mere days after this event, most of the X-Men would seemingly die in battle against X-Man, disappearing for months, and O*N*E would start rapid work on the vaccine.[176][175]

After her refusal to further cooperate with O*N*E resulted in their murder of Vanisher, Emma would use her psychic abilities to track mutants for them, with her first targets being long-time X-Men rival Cassandra Nova and former X-Men trainee Blindfold.[175] But, discovering that Cyclops had been returned to life (with a teenage version of his son Cable returning him to life using a sliver of the Phoenix Force's power) and was intent on reforming a team of X-Men to eliminate the last of their rivals, Emma would resolve herself to help her lover from the shadows (erasing any knowledge of her existence from the minds of the surviving X-Men) while continuing her work for O*N*E.[175][177]

Emma would use her telepathy to help Scott assemble his roster of X-Men, such as controlling Wolverine into helping him defeat members of the Sapien League and Reavers or enticing the Marauders into launching a deadly attack on the Morlocks that would lead to Chamber joining the team. Emma would also recruit Mystique to her cabal and have her impersonate Captain America. Scott and "Captain America" would enter a partnership, with the First Avenger seemingly accepting to take mutant criminals off Scott's hands no questions asked; these prisoners (including the Brotherhood of Mutants, the MLF, and Mister Sinister) would actually fall into Hellfire Club possession, and would promptly be transferred to O*N*E custody.[178]}[175]

The X-Men would eventually become aware of Emma's machinations, with Juggernaut's helmet making him immune to Emma's telepathy and memory wipe and former Hellfire Club Black King Shinobi Shaw informing the team of Emma's role in Hellfire before killing himself.[179][180] After a meeting with the team, Emma would enact her final plan: using the Cerebro helmet and the amplification powers of Fabian Cortez, Emma would wipe the memory of the X-Men and mutantkind's existence from humanity's memory, including from O*N*E's.[181] This would last for a few weeks, until the rest of the X-Men's return from X-Man's alternate reality would prompt Cyclops into destroying Cerebro and returning humanity's memory of mutantkind.[182]

Nation of Krakoa[]

Emma Frost was later convinced by Charles Xavier and Magneto to join them in the the new nation of Krakoa and oversee its international trade relations. As both the White Queen of the Hellfire Trading Company and a chief ambassador of Krakoa, Emma was given a seat on the Quiet Council, Krakoa's first governing body, in return for exporting its miracle drugs to the rest of the world. The Hellfire Corporation was also awarded a second seat on the Council for the Black King, Sebastian Shaw, in order to ensure he'd handle the black-market trade with countries that rejected their sovereignty. As her final demand, Emma asked for a third seat for a person of her choosing.[183]

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When the Quiet Council's initial gathering took place, Emma was present among the other members. Their first order of business was two-pronged: draft the basic tenets of the new mutant society and pass judgment on mutant criminal Sabretooth. After the Council agreed upon the tenet that no mutant would be allowed to take a human life, Creed threatened all present with death, believing they would make an example of him via execution. Emma and Jean Grey then used their telepathy to harshly silence his threats, leaving Creed a drooling mess. After drafting three official basic tenets for the fledgling nation, the Council found Creed unanimously beyond redemption and sentenced him to "stasis... deep inside Krakoa. Alive but immobile... aware but unable to act on it..." Following their deliberation, Emma and the rest of the Council joined in the festivities taking place on the island, celebrating the recognition of Krakoa as a sovereign nation. Emma and Jean seemed to have finally buried the proverbial hatchet over their rivalry, even sharing a couple of beers over the fireworks.[46]

After the celebrations were over, Emma got to work establishing the Hellfire Trading Company, including making Christian her White Bishop.[184] Emma put her past conflicts behind her and offered her extra seat on the council to Kate Pryde, as well as the title of Red Queen.[22] However, this became an obstacle for Sebastian Shaw, who planned to eventually regain absolute control of the club.[22] By pulling the necessary strings, he got the anti-mutant group Homines Verendi to attack his son Shinobi in order to lure Kate out. Then, finding her alone, he immobilized Lockheed and released Krakoan seeds that wrapped around Kate, negating her powers. Believing she couldn't be revived; he sank her into the water and effectively made her drown to death. Although, due to his ego, he forgot to confirm if Lockheed had really been eliminated.[185]

Initially, the Five were indeed unable to create a clone body for Kate, despite multiple attempts at the behest of Xavier. Fortunately, after Kate's funeral, Lockheed made its way to Emma, who was grieving in pain. When she read the dragon's mind and realized Shaw was responsible, she decided to ask for another revival attempt. At the eighteenth attempt, Kate was finally brought back as Emma had realized that, unlike other mutants, Kate had to phase through her cocoon rather than break out of it. Before getting to her welcoming party, Emma shared with Kate what Lockheed had witnessed, and she immediately came up with a plan to act her revenge, which Emma loved.[186]

In the meantime, Mister Sinister suggested to the Quiet Council that he form the Hellions, a team comprised of mutants who were having trouble following Krakoa's laws and needed rehabilitation.[187] Emma, suspicious of his intentions, made a deal with her former student Empath and asked him to be her mole within the team.[188]

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These new Hellions participated in numerous missions, including a failed attempt to sabotage a contest against the island of Arakko,[189] Krakoa's long lost sibling.[190] As the contest with Arakko passed, Emma and Kate decided to execute their revenge plan. They invaded Shaw's house, at Blackstone, and began by neutralizing his powers, so they could punch him without holding back. While Emma poured herself a drink and relaxed, Kate unleashed everything she had on Shaw and, when she was done, Storm arrived with Lockheed, who bit off Shaw's eye and threw it in the fireplace. To finish their glorious revenge, they served him a poisoned drink that left him crippled and unable to walk, but still capable of listening to them and understanding how he'd lost everything he'd hoped to achieve.[191]

Once that problem was dealt with, Emma focused her attention on making the final arrangements for the Hellfire Gala[192] that she had been planning for a while.[193][194]

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The First Hellfire Gala

Following the gala, Emma made a deal with Shaw to allow him to be restored to full health. After his death and subsequent resurrection, Sebastian began plotting to send a Cerebro back in time in order to aid in resurrecting Lourdes Chantel, whom he still believed to be dead. Prompted by Xavier, Emma finally told him what had happened the night of her supposed death, all those years ago.[60] Shocked to learn that his actions had pushed her away, he agreed to let Lourdes rejoin the Club as the new Black Monarch, deciding to focus his attention on the Quiet Council instead. Emma did the same and was replaced by the Stepford Cuckoos, while Kate remained the Red Queen.[195]

Trials of X[]

The Quiet Council was still missing two members, ever since Apocalypse and Jean Grey's departures, following the contest with Arakko. Mystique saw this as an opportunity to push her agenda and bribed Emma with a mysterious black box that she'd been trying to procure for some time. In return, she requested Emma's support in an upcoming vote on the Quiet Council. When the time came, Emma had to reluctantly vote in favor of a newly resurrected Destiny to take over Apocalypse's chair, surprising everyone in the room. Later, she met with Xavier, Magneto, and Moira MacTaggert, who she was shocked to learn was not only alive, but a fellow mutant. As Moira told her to read her mind, Emma learned of her role in the creation of Krakoa and the multiple lives she had lived before this one. Disgusted that Xavier and Magneto had been lying to everyone for so long, she left without letting them explain, assuring them that she wouldn't take Destiny's presence lightly, but that they'd lost her loyalty forever.[196]

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Betrayed by her trusted allies

At the next council meeting, she still supported their suggestion for Colossus to take over Jean's seat, but ultimately decided that Moira's ability to reset the timeline with her resurrections was more dangerous than Mystique or Destiny, so she summoned the two women to the White Palace and told them the truth about Moira. They didn't believe her at first, but she telepathically showed them a picture of Destiny ordering Pyro to kill Moira in one of her old lives, proving her story true. Then, she gifted them with the Neutralizer gun and proceeded to tell the rest of the council the truth about Moira, who was depowered and expelled from Krakoa.[197]

When Wilson Fisk (the former Kingpin), was elected Mayor of New York and outlawed super-heroics in the state, the X-Men resisted, and Emma got their headquarters, the Treehouse, recognized by the UN as a consulate of Krakoa.[8] To get payback for this, Fisk made sure that it was revealed that Emma had been the last one to see Isabelle Donovan before her disappearance all those years ago. To clear up her name, Emma flew to England, reencountering Isabelle all grown up, and asked her to accompany her to New York, where she revealed the truth to the Daily Bugle reporter Ben Urich, successfully getting the truth out there and putting Fisk in a bad light.[198]

Tony Stark[]

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Mr. and Mrs. Stark

During the following Hellfire Gala, Emma Frost found herself engaged in a captivating game of poker, quickly being joined by her old acquaintance Tony Stark. As the cards were dealt, Stark discreetly raised his concerns about the potential consequences of the resurrections occurring on Krakoa. However, before their discussion could delve deeper, the Orchis member and mutant hater Feilong joined the game as well, provoking both Emma and Tony. With the tension at the table rising, Frost decided to leave, but not before Stark implied that certain members of the Quiet Council were messing with people's memories, further straining Frost's relationship with Xavier and Magneto.[199]

After Feilong acquired Stark Unlimited and started using its resources for his own personal motives, Stark traveled to Krakoa to meet Emma and learn what intel the mutants had on his new nemesis,[200] but, by the time he realized Feilong's plans, it was already too late, as he had already begun producing the new Stark Sentinels.[201]

After Orchis staged a deadly attack on the third Hellfire Gala (using, notably, Feilong's Stark Sentinels) and left most prominent mutants either dead, captured, or banished, Emma Frost went underground, forging alliances first with Wilson Fisk[202] and then with Tony Stark.[203] After a misunderstanding involving Stark at a party she attended under her alias "Hazel Kendall", the duo were forced to marry to allay Orchis suspicions.[204] They would spend the following weeks working together, and cooperating with Synch and Talon's X-Men and Ironheart, to weaponize the mutant metal mysterium for use in an eventual counterattack on Orchis.[205]


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Emma Frost possesses telepathic abilities of a similar caliber to those of Charles Xavier, over which she had an extremely refined level of skill. Frost has been cited as a "World-class telepath",[206] "Omega Class Telepath"[133][207][208] Additionally, she has also been referred among the five telepaths on the planet capable of perfectly and seamlessly altering a mind,[209] has demonstrated the ability to stalemate Exodus,[210] and overcome more powerful telepaths, such as a young Nate Grey[211] and a young Rachel Summers,[109] through greater experience and skill.[212]

When Wolverine thought to be protected from her thanks to Level 9 Psi-Shields created by Charles Xavier, she stated she was herself Level 10.[213] Her abilities have been stated to rival that of Charles Xavier himself, this statement only proved in her telepathic defeat of the Professor.[214]

Telepathy: Emma has displayed the telepathic standards of broadcasting and receiving thoughts,[215][127] mind-control,[216] altering perceptions[217] and memories,[218] projection of offensive blasts of Psionic energy causing mental pain or unconsciousness,[29] astral projection[219] and brain engram modification.[220]

  • Psionic Shield: Emma can erect a psychic shield for protection of herself and other minds she is immune or highly resistant to any/all mental intrusion, including psychic or empathic powers, hypnosis, illusions, deception, etc.[211][221][222]
    • Psionic Shields Removal: She stated she could easily take Wolverine's Level 9 Psi-Shields down, though their removal could leave Wolverine as the equivalent of a three-year-old child.[213]
      • In addition to that, Emma can use her telepathy through mutant scanning devices' detection beams such as Sentinels, bypassing the devices' shielding to affect their operators.[9]
  • Telepathic and Mind Cloaking: Emma can telepathically mask her presence and the use of her abilities from being detected by other mutants and psychic entities. These defenses can be extended to others around them as well. Cloaking via telepathy is not perfect and powerful telepathic mutants may notice and 'see' through this ability. Also including the ability to rearrange the mental engrams of mutants so her distinctive mutant thought patterns cannot be detected by Cerebro-type devises or by other telepaths.[33][110][109]
  • Illusions: Emma can create realistic telepathic[109] illusions and cause people to experience events which are not actually occurring.[214] These illusions can also be used to help others fight against pain or simply surround them with more pleasant environments.[223][224][125]
  • Absorb Information: Emma can quickly process and store information, by mental transference.[55]
  • Download Information: Emma can place large amounts of information in another's mind.[109][216]
  • Astral Projection: Emma can project one's astral form from their body onto astral planes or the physical planes. In the physical plane, one can travel in astral form over vast distances.[219]
  • Power Negation: Emma can place "psychic inhibitors" in the minds of mutant adversaries to prevent them from using their powers.[37][225]
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Transferring the ability to become telepathically invisible to Rachel

  • Pain Inducement: Emma can induce mental pain telepathically.[226][29][37]
  • Heal Trauma: Emma can erase a person’s memories and to heal mental trauma through "psychic surgery", the power to stimulate or deaden the pain and pleasure centers in a person's brain.[73]
  • Intuitive Multilingualism: Emma can intuitively translate and understand any language.[1]
  • Mind Control: The ability to control the thoughts and actions of others.[215][227][228][216]
  • Mind Link: Emma can develop a mental link with one person or a number of people.[229]
  • Paralysis: Emma can induce temporary mental or physical paralysis.[33][220]
  • Mental Sedation: Emma can telepathically "sedate" one's victims so that, if already rendered unconscious, they remain so for as long as a telepath continues to "sedate" them.[51]
  • Mind Alteration: Emma can alter the minds of others by force of will, changing their personality partially or entirely.[230] This can also be used to implant subconscious thoughts like unexplained aversion to certain words or ideas.[231][232]
  • Memory Erasure: Emma can cause loss of particular memories or total amnesia in another person or group of people.[233][220][234]
  • Telepathic Detection: Emma can sense the presence of another person, mutant or not, within a small but as yet undefined radius of oneself by perceiving the distinctive mental radiations emitted by such a being.[217][235]
  • Telepathic Tracking: Enhanced Psionic senses enable Emma to track other sentient beings by their unique Psionic emanations.[236][237]
  • Psionic Blasts: Emma can project Psionic force bolts or blast waves which can do damage on either a physical or mental level and which can affect a victim's mind so as to cause the victim pain or unconsciousness.[238] Emma has been shown to use this ability as a reflexive response to a physical attack, resulting in the aggressor being thrown across the room.[239]
  • Psionic Lightning: Emma can channel the ambient Psionic energy in the air through a target having a physical effect. She used this ability once against M, knocking her out.[215]

Telekinesis: Emma was also stated to be a potential telekinetic. Emma unintentionally levitated some utensils while facing a nightmare.[240]

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Organic Diamond Form

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Shifting in a fight against Shaw

Secondary Mutation

Organic Diamond Form: As a result of undergoing a body-wide Secondary Mutation,[44] Frost possesses the ability to transform her body into a flexible organic diamond form. In many ways, this is similar to Colossus' organic steel form. She must transform all parts of her body, rather than selectively transforming certain areas and can remain in this form for an undetermined amount of time. If she is rendered unconscious, Frost's body will automatically transform into its normal state. This transformation also alters Frost's personality, causing her to become rather cold-hearted and to lose her empathy for others. Emma does not have access to her telepathy while in her diamond form,[234] although she could during her first time after her Secondary Mutation.[44]

  • Superhuman Strength: In her diamond form, Frost's physical strength is increased to superhuman levels. At her peak, she is able to lift approximately 2 tons.[21]
  • Superhuman Stamina: While transformed, her muscles produce almost no fatigue toxins during physical activity, granting her almost limitless superhuman stamina, or at least until or unless she is forced to resume her normal state.[21]
  • Superhuman Durability: Frost's diamond form renders her highly resistant to most forms of physical injury. She is able to resist great impact forces, such as being repeatedly struck with superhuman force, without being injured. She has withstood being zapped by Young Cyclops' optic blast,[241] blows from Hulk,[242] and blasts from the Dreaming Celestial. Despite the Celestial's blast breaking her arm off, this showed an incredibly powerful upper limit to Emma's powers, as a Juggernaut powered Colossus was hit by the same blast and was sent flying across the city with a hole through his chest.[243] Her body is also resistant to temperature extremes, able to withstand temperatures as cold as -390 degrees Fahrenheit or as hot as approximately 7362 degrees Fahrenheit before her form begins to melt.[21] Frost is also self-sustained while transformed, requiring no food or water.[244]
  • Telepathic Immunity: Emma has shown to be immune to other telepathic powers in her diamond form, but in turn, she is unable to use her own telepathic powers until she turns back.[208]


Expert Technician: Emma Frost is highly skilled in electronic theory and electronics and has learned how to exactly build devices that can amplify psionic energy and utilize psionic energy for various effects. She devised the mechanism by which Mastermind projected his illusions directly into the mind of the Phoenix Force.[21]

Defense Training: Emma Frost is an above-average athlete and has had some training in hand-to-hand combat. During a training session in which Emma did not have access to her powers, Banshee attempted to make an example of her. Emma quickly, efficiently, and easily dispatched Banshee, much to his embarrassment.[249]

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Banshee trying to make an example of Emma, only to get served

Master Astral Combatant: Emma Frost is trained and excels in astral combat.[109]

Pilot: Emma Frost has been seen piloting a helicopter without trouble.[250]

Emma Frost knows some CPR techniques but is not a doctor.[251]


  • While in her diamond form, Frost is unable to access her telepathic abilities.[21][208]
  • Familial Immunity: As seen during her various attempts to enter Adrienne's mind, Emma's telepathic powers are unable to read or affect her sister's mind.[252] Her other siblings, Cordelia and Christian, were possible to read at first,[253] but have since become "intangible" as well, possibly because of the emergence of their mutant abilities.[50][92][173] Adrienne and Cordelia, in particular, would take advantage of this ability during their plots to manipulate/kill Emma.[92][254]




  • The White Queen has designed a gun-like device, which she once used to exchange minds for a period of time with Storm.[63]
  • Emma Frost was gifted a pair of knuckle dusters by Tony Stark, which incorporate repulsor technology.[257]




  • The Hellfire Club was inspired by the 60s British spy series The Avengers, specifically the episode A Touch of Brimstone. In that episode, secret agent Emma Peel goes undercover in the Hellfire Club, gets drugged, and is forced into the risque outfit of the "Queen of Sin". Emma Frost's name is a direct reference to Emma Peel's name and her lingerie outfit is also an homage to Peel's costume.[261]
  • Her brother Christian was the first person who told her white was her color when commenting on a dress she was wearing to a high school dance.[31]
  • Emma is sometimes seen wearing glasses.[38][20][262]
  • Emma has admitted to having had plastic surgery.[16][26]
  • Despite having seemingly killed a horse once,[263] Emma loves horse-riding.[264][265]
  • There was a running gag, through multiple comics, of Emma showing an aversion to mainstream things, like pizza[114] or blockbuster movies.[116]
  • Emma Frost reminded Captain America of his mother, Sarah Rogers.[47]
  • Emma has described herself as sapiosexual.[266]

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