Hope Abbott was raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. When Hope's powers manifested, it appeared as if a ghost came out of her body, giving her father a heart attack. Her parents sent her to the Xavier Institute, believing that she would be "cured".
While at the Institute, Hope was put on the Paragons Squad under the watch of Wolfsbane. Hope then took on the codename Trance. When it was revealed that Wolfsbane and a student, Elixir, had been in a relationship, Wolfsbane decided to leave. Magma then took over as the squad's adviser.
After the events of M-Day transpired, she was one of only 27 students to keep her powers. Greatly weakened by the losses, Emma Frost placed all of the remaining students into an battle royale to determine who would become the team of X-Men in-training. Hope did not make the team, but like all of the other students who retained their powers, she continued to reside at the Institute.
In response to M-Day, the government began gathering all information they had on the remaining mutants. Additionally, the Sentinel Squad O*N*E, a team of human-piloted Sentinels, was sent to "watch over" the X-Men and the handful of refugees symbolically know as The 198. According to said files, Hope was willing to work with other mutants in training sessions but had not yet received any combat experience.
She had not shown any violent tendencies. However, she was loyal, and as such she would be expected to follow any mutant rebellions if led by Match or another Paragon, but would be reluctant to resort to violence. However, this was merely speculation by the O*N*E as she had not had enough exposure for her actions in such a situation to be decided.
Trance was among the students who were captured by Belasco and transported to Limbo. Under X-23's direction, Trance used her powers to get a message to the students still on earth. She told them that they were taken to hell and then she said "Belasco," and disappeared.
After the students of Xavier's were sent home, she returned to her family before being briefly kidnapped by Nanny and the Orphan-Maker who planned to kill her parents. The Orphan-Maker thought with Wolverine who had been watching her parents home on advice from Blindfold. The ensuing battle devastated Hope's family home and led to her capture alongside Wolverine, with whom she fought alongside to escape.
After the events of Messiah Complex, Trance joined the X-Men in San Francisco. She lent her powers to Rogue to assist in the rescue of Bling from the evil mutant Emplate. She also joined Cannonball's rescue team to retrieve Magik from Limbo. Her energy form was able to generate blasts that harmed the demons around her.
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Trance was one of the mutants that vanished when Nate Grey decided to eliminate the X-Men for opposing his plans to change the world through force. All the vanished mutants were transported to Nate Grey's pocket reality where he attempted to create a utopia for mutants. Like all those transported there, her memories of her previous life were erased. Trance became a student for Summers Institute for Higher Learning. She was one of the students whose named was called by Dr. Reyes when she started to take attendance in her class. While not seen, Trance was allowed to return to the real world by Nate Grey after he was made to realize the flaws in the way he controlled his reality.
Shortly afterwards, a new mutant nation was founded by Charles Xavier and his allies on Krakoa. Trance was one of the many mutants that became citizens of the new state, and was present when a group of anti-mutant criminals attacked the island. She was injured during the attack.
Trance is a mutant who has displayed the following abilities:
- Astral Projection: Trance can project an astral form of herself away from her physical body. Although her normal physical body has no special abilities, with only the strength of a teenaged girl with mild athletic prowess, her Trance form is capable of various different skills.
- Flight: Since Trance's astral form has no physical mass, she is not subject to the downwards pull of gravity. Therefore, Trance never touches the floor while in her astral form. Although her physical body may be anchored to the ground as normal, the astral form often floats above her body.
- Bond Between Astral & Physical: Originally, her astral Trance form would return to her body after a period of a few minutes. There was always a long trail between the legs and feet of her astral form that led back to her physical body. However, since being tasered during the riots in San Francisco, she has been able to act more freely in her Trance form. Instead, she can last for longer periods outside of her body, and can move longer distances without the tailing connection between her two forms. Since being hit with a taser, it appears that Trance's physical body no longer falls unconscious. Instead, she can operate in tandem in both the physical and astral form. Although the range of her astral form appears limited, and prefers to remain close by to her physical form. Yet her physical body can also visually detect things that no-one else can see, because of the influence of her astral form giving her an awareness of disruption between dimensions. Therefore, there is still a close bond between her physical body and astral Trance form.
- Blast Power: Trance's astral projection is also capable of generating bio-electric energy blasts. Although not as powerful as Jubilee's plasma fireworks used to be, Trance's blasts are certainly capable of stinging an enemy and throwing them off balance. Rogue was able to use them to fight Emplate back from Bling! for a few shot moments. The blasts come from the bio-electrical substance that the astral form is made of. She used to build up the bio-electrical energy if she had been separated from her physical form for too long and grew emotionally unstable. As demonstrated during the San Francisco riots, Trance began to lose control over her emotions and her astral form began to build up in energy that she was about to detonate. It is yet unclear how much damage she would have created if her astral form had discharged that amount of energy in a built-up area.
- Intangibility Contact: Trance's astral form is able to touch things that are intangible, as shown when she punched Moonstone while she was in her intangible form.
- Unconscious Body and Trail: (Formerly) Early on, when she left her body, her body would be unconscious, there was also a trail between the legs and feet of her astral form that led back to her physical body.
- Emotional Instability: (Formerly) Early on, if she stayed out of her body for too long, she became emotionally unstable.
- In the "New X-Men: Academy X Yearbook #1", Hope was voted best-dressed by her classmates.
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