- —Lady Lotus[src]
The woman that would come be known as Lady Lotus was born in Japan in the final years of the 19th century and she inherited strong telepathic abilities from her mother, who guided her and helped her control her powers through meditation since childhood. Furthermore, her mother showed her that the black lotus flower called dragonsbloom could increase her powers and even prevent her from aging.
After her mother's death, when Lotus was still very young, her father developed a gambling addiction and lost everything, finally losing his daughter as well. Her new guardian was Li Fong, an ambitious man who recognized her potential and had her rigorously trained in martial arts and educated in various academic subjects. However, as she grew older, he forced her to be intimate with him.
As she grew, so did her powers and, by the time she was 21, she claimed to have reached enlightenment. Tired of Li Fong and Japan, she killed him with her psychic abilities and fled to the United States of America in the hopes of a better life.
Eventually, the second world war came and she had to use her powers to avoid capture once Japan was declared an enemy of the US. Disgusted by the Americans' use of detention centers, Lady Lotus took refuge in New York's Chinatown. She opened a curio shop and cast a subtle hypnotic suggestion over those who entered, making them perceive her as being Chinese. Angered at the United States, Lady Lotus decided to destroy the country from within.
Using her psychic powers, she commanded the Atlantean Nazi U-Man to travel to her doorstep and then made him kidnap the Japanese-American Kid Commando Golden Girl, so she would join her cause. When Golden Girl refused, Lady Lotus attempted to hypnotize her into joining her. However, Golden Girl used her sunburst abilities to fight her way out, and, when the Invaders showed up looking for her, Lady Lotus ordered U-Man to carry her away before they could see her.
As she got to her curio shop, she contacted the Nazi vampire Baron Blood and, after subjugating him, she sent him on a mission to retrieve the final two pawns in her plan: Master Man and Warrior Woman. They also refused her offer, but she once again used her psychic powers to force them to join her Super-Axis. Shortly before sending her super-team on their mission, the Human Torch entered the shop, suspicious of its name. Appreciating this gift from destiny, Lotus also mind-controlled the Torch and kept him as her secret weapon.
Afterwards, the Super-Axis was sent to Chicago's railroad center to destroy the cargo for the war effort and, despite making a great deal of damage, they were eventually defeated by the Invaders. With the four Axis members knocked out, Lotus unleashed the Human Torch against his teammates, but he too was defeated and brought back to his senses. Enraged at Lotus, he went back to the shop to confront her once more, but Lotus evaded capture.
Shortly after her disgrace, Lady Lotus encountered the Yellow Claw on the street and he warned her about the dangers of overconfidence, before revealing that, though it may take him more than a decade, he would be the one to destroy the United States.
Still, Lotus didn't quit and, the following year, she manipulated a dozen people to stage a riot (which was pacified by the Young Allies). While ranting about her new plan's failure, her loyal servant Samaru brought her a gift from her loyal Japanese forces. It was a gem discovered on a Pacific island, and Lotus soon realized it could enhance her psychic powers. Desiring revenge on the Young Allies, Lotus hypnotized more people than ever before and subdued the young heroes. With the new power at her disposition, she started planning to seize control of the whole Pacific Rim by herself. She took over the minds of the Young Allies and began by sending them on a mission to assault a US military base. While flying there, however, the heroes broke free of her control one by one and returned to apprehend Lotus. During the fight, Lotus held herself against the heroes, but after one of Toro's fire blasts sent the gem down an earth crack, Lotus had no option but to flee with Samaru.
Back in Asia
Promising to be patient while looking for the gem, Lotus kept herself occupied and, in 1947, she saw herself being chased by the All-Winners Squad in Sin-Cong. There, she met gunrunner Jacques Duquesne, gangster Monsieur Khruul, and revolutionary Wong Daochu, and the trio provided her safety and took her to a place where the dragonsbloom blossomed. In return, she helped each one achieve their goals.
With all of Southeast Asia fighting for their independence, Lotus built a safe haven in the hills, where people could thrive and live in peace, using the power of the dragonsbloom to keep it hidden from outside forces. Still, Lotus wanted to prepare for any outcome of the war, so she married one of the french loyalists and had a son with him, while also getting involved with a communist revolutionary and bearing his son.
In the meantime, she enlisted the help of the unethical Dr. Strang in experimenting with the dragonsbloom and exploring its powers, and together they were bound to achieve great things, were it not for the descendants of her former allies trying to subjugate Lady Lotus. Disappointed she had not foreseen their betrayal, Lotus channeled her powers to wipe their memories and relocated somewhere else, with Strang returning to the US shortly after.
With the end of the Vietnam War, the European powers were finally driven out of the neighboring countries, but the interest in Siancong rose as multiple countries fought to lay claim to the country's mysterious dragonsbloom (also known as the "Dragon's Breath"), marking the beginning of the Siancong War.
From the shadows, Lotus used her now-adult sons to influence the war and keep the haven a secret while the dragonsbloom research continued. When the war was taking undesired turns, her sons were instructed to arrange a peace meeting in Madripoor. The meeting lasted for weeks, and as they were finally heading somewhere, the talks were interrupted by a confrontation between the Titanic Three and the American heroes, resulting in 42 deaths, among them Lotus' two sons.
Devastated, she tapped into more power than ever before and made every foreigner leave the country with no memory of what they were fighting for. As her daughter Hana nursed her to health, she vowed to make the West pay.
She remained there until finally beating the technology and switching places with an inmate about to be released, by making everyone (including the inmate) believe she was actually Lotus.
She then attended the funeral of Washington Jones, one of the Young Allies, to say goodbye to her last surviving enemy. Little did she know that Bucky Barnes was still alive and at the funeral as well.
Oblivious that Bucky had recognized her, Lotus proceeded to finally be reunited with her gem and, after doing so, she traveled to South America where she was hoping to encounter a second gem. There, she attempted to mind control Bucky into retrieving the second gem from some old ruins, but, when he finally got it, he smashed it into pieces and revealed he couldn't be controlled anymore. With the new gem gone, the first gem was pulled into the wall to assume the other one's place and, without hesitation, Bucky placed a new power inhibitor on Lotus and took her to safety before the whole place collapsed. When the dust settled, she was taken into custody by Sam Wilson.
It is unknown how long she remained imprisoned or even if she was ever imprisoned at all, but, eventually, she traveled back to Sin-Cong, now called Siancong, and reunited with her old acquaintance Dr. Strange. Tapping into the power of the dragonsbloom, she then erected a black dome around the whole country, killing everyone that came into contact with it. As news of the dome spread across the globe, she broadcasted a message to the outside announcing that Siancong would no longer tolerate being subjugated by others and threatening any who tried to transgress against it.
Despite Lotus's warning, a small group of heroes attempted an assault and managed to infiltrate the dome. They found Lady lotus and effectively fought her forces, but, as they were close to victory, the rookie Warbird broke with the plan and attacked Lotus personally, demanding answers regarding her father's whereabouts. With more heroes getting out of formation, Lotus got the upper hand and captured the whole squad, locking them away before deciding what to do with them.
Thanks to external help, however, the heroes managed to get free and found themselves at some gates connecting to a mystical place. Without much of a choice, the heroes crossed the gates and found a desolated world, which they came to learn was the former home of Shan-K'ang, a powerful entity that had passed partially to Earth-616 and become part of Planet Earth, fitting between the pre-existing nations of Southeast Asia as the country of Siancong.
When the heroes returned through the doors, they brought Shan-K'ang with them and made her whole again. The problem was, in the process of gathering her strengths, she began collapsing the entire country. Lotus connected the dots and realized Shan-K'ang had been the source behind the dragonsbloom all along. Unwilling to renounce her power, she bent Shan-K'ang to her will and tried to harness her power, but she was knocked out by Kevin Schumer using one of Porcupine's sedative quills. With this, the mysterious Threadneedle appeared and calmed down his "sister" Shan-K'ang, helping her stop the destruction by leaving a little of her power behind.
As the dust settled, Lady Lotus was taken into custody to stand trial before the World Court.
- Telepathy: Lady Lotus has displayed a few of the common abilities among telepaths, namely broadcasting thoughts, reading minds, altering perceptions, casting illusion, paralyzing people and controling them. Empowered by the Lotus flowers, she bested Baron Blood telepathically when he tried to use his psychic abilities on Lotus. At that time, the range of her powers was high enough to mind control Master Man and Warrior Woman in Germany while staying in the US.
- Multilingual: Lotus speaks Japanese, English, and Sianconguese.
- Lady Lotus was seen smoking in every one of her appearances in Invaders.
- The origin that Lotus tells in Avengers Spotlight #36 was adapted in Marvels (Vol. 2) #6 to account for the revelation (in Captain America: Forever Allies #1) that Lotus Newmark and Lady Lotus were one and the same.
- In that version of the story, Lotus Newmark was born in the US and moved to Hong Kong at an early age. There, she saw herself sold to Li Fong to pay her father's debt, but, as she reached adulthood, she killed her father for abandoning her, instead of Li Fong.
- 41 appearance(s) of Lady Lotus (Earth-616)
- 3 appearance(s) in handbook(s) of Lady Lotus (Earth-616)
- 2 minor appearance(s) of Lady Lotus (Earth-616)
- 2 mention(s) of Lady Lotus (Earth-616)
- 5 mention(s) in handbook(s) of Lady Lotus (Earth-616)
- 30 image(s) of Lady Lotus (Earth-616)
- 2 quotation(s) by or about Lady Lotus (Earth-616)
- 1 victim(s) killed by Lady Lotus (Earth-616)