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Quote1.png You have more power than you can imagine Jean. The question is will you control that power or let it control you? Quote2.png
Charles Xavier[src]


Early Life

The daughter of John and Elaine Grey, Jean Grey had mutant powers and abilities that were beyond all known limitations since childhood.[1]

She was visited by both Erik Lehnsherr and Charles Xavier, both wanting to teach her the use of her powers for their respective goals.[1]

Fearing that Jean could not control her vast psychic powers, Charles Xavier put psychic blocks around her subconscious mind to keep Jean's abilities in check. As a result, while growing up, Jean developed a dual personality - one being her usual self and the other her vastly strong, powerful, and uninhibited side that called itself the Phoenix, which was kept suppressed most of her life. Jean Grey still managed to develop strong telepathic, empathic, and telekinetic abilities in spite of the blocks.[1]


Jean Grey became an X-Man, and served as a doctor at Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. She was in a long-term relationship with Cyclops. A love triangle later developed between her, Cyclops, and Wolverine.[2]

When Mystique sabotaged Cerebro, thereby placing Xavier in a comatose state, it was Jean who repaired and subsequently used the device to locate Magneto. However, it was shown that the immense feedback overwhelmed her nascent telepathic abilities and damaged the psychic blocks Xavier created to restrain "The Phoenix", although she recovered in time to join the rescue team on its journey to stop Magneto. She fought Toad at Liberty Island, only to get her face coated in a layer of his slime-spit. She was part of the team sent to rescue Rogue at Liberty Island, who as being used by Magneto as a means for using the Mutation Device to mutate the UN leaders. While there, the energy source from the Mutation Device somehow triggered her senses, as she felt something strange within her beginning to rise.[2]

Phoenix Rising

Jean became concerned over her experiences, frequent bad dreams and headaches. Her powers and abilities had been constantly strengthening; becoming increasingly erratic and difficult to control. After the attack on the US President, Jean accompanied Storm to Boston to track down Nightcrawler and used her telekinesis to immobilize him in mid-air and prevent him from escaping. Jean began to exhibit Phoenix-like abilities and powers as she used her highly advanced telekinesis to deflect the missiles fired at the X-Men while trying to escape the US Air Force. Her eyes glowed fiery red as she successfully destroyed one missile however the effort left her drained and unable to destroy the second missile. After their meeting with Magneto, Jean was able to selectively scan Nightcrawler's memory to access his recollection of William Stryker's base. In another incident, while fighting Cyclops (who was under William Stryker's control), she was able to telekinetically shield her herself from Cyclops' optic blast before dispersing it and scattering the energy about, causing it to destroy a dam's structural integrity.[3]

Quote1.png I'm sorry. This is the only way... Goodbye Quote2.png
--Jean Grey[src]

After the destruction in Alkali Lake, Jean sacrificed herself to save her teammates from the ruptured dam. Her superhuman abilities had reached maximum as she sent the inoperative X-Jet away, telepathically cancelling Nightcrawler's teleportation powers to prevent him from rescuing her, as she momentarily held back the resulting tidal wave that eventually claimed her mortal body. At that point, Jean was engulfed by fire as she closed her eyes and let the water crash onto her. Later one was able to glimpse a glowing Phoenix-like shape beneath the surface of Alkali Lake.[3][4]


The Phoenix Saga

Jean's apparent death severely affected Cyclops, who had frequent nightmares of her. He returned to Alkali Lake, where, tormented by vivid telepathic images of her final moments, he angrily released the full force of his optic blasts into the waters, only to cause Jean Grey to rise from a powerful maelstrom of water, alive. They began to kiss and she insisted that he remove his glasses as she was able to control his superhuman powers, telekinetically holding back the force of his optic blast, but then apparently killed him by atomizing him with her newly strengthened and enhanced telekinesis.[1]

Xavier, however, sensed the psychic feedback and quickly ordered the X-Men to return to Alkali Lake. Upon arrival Storm and Wolverine discovered Jean amidst a number of levitated rocks on the shore as well as Cyclop's ruby-quartz glasses. Unconscious, she was taken back to the mansion by her former comrades. Back at the mansion Xavier explained how he had constructed psychic barriers within her mind as a child to restrain her Class 5 mutant powers and how it resulted in the creation of a dangerous id-like personality. Shortly after Xavier's failed attempt to rebuild the telepathic blocks, Jean awoke with her aggressive alter-ego in control. Upon Logan's mentioning of Scott, Jean began to breakdown causing telekinetic chaos before throwing Wolverine across the room and blasting through the steel doors. Magneto's new acolyte Callisto sensed Jean's unprecedented energy signature and informed him of her location and the immensity of her powers. Xavier also used his psychic powers to locate her at her childhood home and grimly stated that it may be too late to save her. At her house Xavier attempted to gently reassure the distraught and fragile Jean but his efforts were subverted by Magneto's continuous goading of her anger and allusions to how he really wished to control her. Jean's Dark Phoenix powers began to manifest and her tenuous sanity broke down as Xavier desperately attempted to enter her mind. Finally Xavier sought to impress upon her the danger she posed to herself and others by reminding her of how she had killed the man she loved on account of her inability to control her power or herself. This had the opposite effect; causing Jean to completely breakdown as she used her newly strengthened telekinesis to attack Xavier. After a vicious telepathic struggle, during which she levitated the entire building, she disintegrated Xavier and joined Magneto's Brotherhood of Mutants.[1]

At Magneto's temporary base of operations, he attempted to win her loyalty by praising her abilities and calling her "the next stage of evolution". However the volatile Phoenix persona began to manifest once more and telekinetically dismantled a plastic gun containing the Mutant Cure before mockingly directing the syringes at his face. Yet a panic-stricken Magneto was able to call out to her and dissuade her before impressing the need for mutant-kind to fight to attain their rightful freedom. Later Callisto attempted to persuade Erik of the potential danger of Jean's presence; stating that her power was "completely unstable". He brushed her fears off casually believing that her value as a weapon far exceeded any risk.

Upon attacking Alcatraz Island, Jean initially abstained from entering the fray on the side of either X-Men or the Brotherhood. It was only when a group of soldiers fired dozens of cure syringes at her that she, in her Phoenix form, unleashed her Armageddon-like fury and destroyed much of Worthington labs, the X-Jet, and killed both mutants and humans along the way. Wolverine was the only one who could stop her due to his healing factor. He managed to get Jean, who burned through his skin multiple times, to resurface long enough to plead for him to stop her from causing any more harm. Wolverine expressed his love for Jean, and then stabbed her with his claws, killing both Jean and the power-hungry Phoenix.[1]

Wolverine kills Jean Grey

Quote1.png Save me. Quote2.png
--Jean Grey's last words[src]

Her gravestone was set next to Cyclops' and Xavier's.[1]

In Logan's Thoughts

For seven years, Jean would appear to Logan as a dream or hallucination on a bed with him, usually making him feel guilt for the part he had in her death and for all the deaths he had caused in general. However, the last hallucination took place as Logan was on the verge of death. She asked Logan to stay, to which he responded that he could not, after this refusal, Jean walked into a white light.[5]

Powers and Abilities


Quote1.png Jean Grey is the only Class 5 mutant I've ever encountered; her potential practically limitless. Her mutation is seated in the unconscious part of her mind and therein lay the danger. Quote2.png
--Charles Xavier[src]

Phoenix using a powerful psionic blast

Jean Grey was a Class Five mutant[6] with immensely powerful and potentially limitless telepathic, empathic, and telekinetic abilities. At the peak of her potential, Erik Lehnsherr referred to her as "the next stage of (human) evolution". Early in her life, her vast psychic powers were suppressed by Charles Xavier's mental "blocks" which restricted her abilities to limited telekinesis and telepathy. However, with the initial breakdown of the psychic barriers, her mutant powers began to sporadically flare. With the barriers' full destruction, Jean's power was restored to its full potency. However whilst, as Phoenix, she was able to utilize vast telekinetic and telepathic power, it is questionable, due to the purely instinctive nature of the Phoenix personality, whether she had full control over her power. This was highlighted by the Xavier and the power-sensing mutant Callisto, who stated that Jean's power was "completely unstable".

Telepathy: Jean can read minds of others or project her thoughts; an ability she apparently used proficiently as a child. Her telepathic abilities were initially low-level on account of Xavier's psychic blocks but, after the Liberty Island Incident, her telepathy began increasing exponentially. Yet it should be noted that, in spite of her then constrained powers, she was able to successfully use Cerebro to pinpoint Magneto's location. In X2 she noted that, whilst her telepathic sensitivity had increased, her control was limited. However she demonstrated more refined control over her increased telepathy by sensing the presence of Cyclops and scanning Nightcrawler's memories as well as cancelling his power. As "Phoenix" she wielded unmatched telepathic power sufficient to block and overwhelm powerful telepath Charles Xavier.

  • Memory Reading: Could read memories of others and this ability possibly triggered Logan's nightmares.
  • Thought Reading: Could "hear" the thoughts of others in her vicinity.
  • Mental Communication: Could project her thoughts as a mental voice, allowing her to communicate without need for speaking.
  • Psionic Blasts: Could create telepathic blasts which can induce pain, knock out a person or kill them.
  • Mind Control: Could control the thoughts and the actions of others as well as take control over the other's mind and control the functions of the mind, as she did to cancelling the powers of Nightcrawler.

Telekinesis: Jean Grey could move and manipulate objects with her mind, levitate them, control their molecular structure, disintegrate them and generate shields/blasts, heat and light. From childhood Jean demonstrated unparalleled telekinetic ability by effortlessly levitating a lawnmower, a jet of water and several cars simultaneously. As an adult, as was initially the case with her telepathy, Jean's telekinesis was limited to the levitation or movement of relatively small objects which still required concentration. After the events of Liberty Island, Jean demonstrated far greater command over her increased telekinesis as well as highly advanced telekinetic feats such as deflecting a missile as well as blocking and dispersing the energy of Cyclops' optic blasts in a destructive wave. As Phoenix, Jean's telekinetic power increased dramatically enabling her to levitate a house with no visible effort. She was also able to levitate herself to simulate flight.


Expert pilot. Medical expertise.

Physical Strength

Normal human female who engages in moderate regular exercise. However, as Phoenix, she can telekinetically lift a potentially limitless amount of weight.


Initially, Jean's limited power made her vulnerable to a variety of skilled and/or powerful opponents.

  • Dissociative Identity Disorder: As "Phoenix", her main vulnerability was that if she became emotionally unstable, she would lose control of her powers. However, one must acknowledge that the rage-fueled destruction that followed made her more of a danger to others in this state. Wolverine's healing factor proved capable of withstanding her telekinetic attacks through constant accelerated regeneration of lost tissue. However, it should be noted that his survival may be in part to Jean's reluctance to kill him, since she was clearly capable of simultaneous instantaneous disintegration at a molecular level, which not even he would survive. It's also possible that Wolverine's adamantium skeleton protected him from full disintegration and that Jean, even with her immense power, couldn't destroy adamantium.



Jean's X-Men outfit is made of leather.


Formerly the Blackbird


See Also

Links and References


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 X-Men: The Last Stand
  2. 2.0 2.1 X-Men (film)
  3. 3.0 3.1 X2 (film)
  4. At the end of X2, a Phoenix raptor is seen glowing underneath the lake where Jean seemingly died, as she narrates an explanation of evolution to the audience.
  5. The Wolverine (film)
  6. Stated by both Callisto and Charles Xavier in X-Men: The Last Stand
    (May 26, 2006)
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