- 1 History
- 2 Operation
- 3 List of Incantations
- 4 Alternate Realities' Spells
- 5 Alternate Realities
- 6 Notes
- 7 Trivia
- 8 See Also
- 9 Links and References
The Staff was formed after Tokiko Minoru bested the magical entity known as the One with a thrall army twice the size of the One's. After her victory, she presented the One with a choice: to die or to become "her sword." He chose the latter and, upon agreeing on the terms, became the Staff, being allowed a few hours of freedom every time Mars aligns with the Earth and the Sun.
The Staff was passed through generations and Tina Minoru received the Staff of One from Judy Minoru, who gave her a speech about the rules and conditions of using the Staff, like it had been done across the centuries.
When attempting to bring their children back, Tina attacked Nico with the Staff, but instead of wounding her, the Staff was absorbed into her body. Nico accessed the Staff later after accidentally being cut by Dale Yorkes' Samurai Battle-Axe. Since that time, Nico has learned how to use the Staff and has become proficient with it.
During their trip to 1907, Nico was abducted by the Upward Path and the Witchbreaker, her ancestor. Witchbreaker pushed Nico's powers to the limits, and after their encounter, the Staff of One took on a new appearance and seemed to have imbued Nico with new powers. Following this increase in power, Nico's abilities expanded nearly beyond her control, and the Staff of One began attacking others trying to take possession of it.
The Staff of One was brought with Nico when she, Chase, and fourteen other super-powered adolescents were abducted and brought to Murderworld by Arcade. Because of her magical-based abilities, Nico was chosen to face off against Apex. Unfortunately, Apex badly beat Nico, and, while controlling Chase's Darkhawk armor, forced Chase to break off her left forearm and snap the Staff of One in two. With her dying breath, Nico cast one last spell. Powered by her tremendous loss of blood, the spell resurrected her, created a new magical arm for her, and reformed the Staff of One.
After her resurrection, Nico appeared darker and more distance. Additionally, her new magical arm acted as a surrogate for the Staff allowing her to cast spells using the Staff's power without bleeding and without the Staff being physical present. Nico later mysteriously regained her flesh and blood arm, and the Staff of One returned to its original appearance, following an encounter with the One that Nico slept through.
The Staff of One is powered by blood magic. To conjure and operate the Staff, a blood offering must be made. This bleeding can be from a wound, a small cut, and even from menstruation or bleeding gums. The amount of magic the Staff can perform appears to be tied to the amount of blood offered, that is to say, the larger the sacrifice, the more potent the spell. Other factors that appear to affect the spell casting is the clarity and/or intent. Alex Wilder once observed that the Staff of One was harder to operate than it appeared.
To cast spells, the user simply needs to utter a word or simple phrase; however, the Staff of One can only cast a spell once. Attempts to cast a spell a second time result in unpredictable feats of magic, or have no resulting effect whatsoever; however, the Staff recognizes different masters, so the same spell can be cast more than once, as long as it's by different users.
The Staff of One appears to have an affinity for certain individuals, particularly the women of Tokiko Minoru's bloodline, but it appears that the Staff can be wielded by anyone; however, since its power upgrade with the Witchbreaker, the Staff appears to have become more discriminating about who can wield it.
During the most recent visit of the One, Nico renegotiated the One's contract; now, instead of exchanging blood for magic, every spell will allow one drop of the One into Nico, allowing him to hear the outside world and have a small voice.
List of Incantations
- Abraham Lincoln - Unvanished the Malibu House to prevent being shot by U.S. soldiers. Nico states she panicked when she saw the guns and just thought of someone she could rely on.
- Acid Rain - Created rain of actual acid to combat the Security Daemons in the The Hostel.
- Albuquerque! - Cast while trying to evade S.H.I.E.L.D. custody while escaping from the Massacrer's Casino. However, the spell was blocked by S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Necromancers.
- And I Liked You Better Dead! - Banished the Minorus from Nico's dream.
- Atheism! - Cast to try to destroy the Seed of the Gibborim. Failed because the magic of the Staff of One doesn't work on gods.
- Away - Teleported Nico away from Alex Wilder in a cloud of smoke.
- Back-Draft - Extinguished a forest fire by collecting it.
- Back Up - Repelled both Captain Marvel and Medusa while they were attempting to detain Nico.
- Balloons! - Created giant parade float balloons to save falling helicopter.
- Black Magic - Attacked Cullen with mystic smoke while he was in monster form.
- Bedtime! - Used at an unspecified point in time.
- Be Quiet! - Cast by Chase to force Nico to whisper.
- Be Still - Temporarily immobilized Antimatter during a battle in space.
- Be Unmade - Temporarily vanished Antimatter.
- Blow - Created a powerful burst of wind to topple Juston's Sentinel.
- Blunt Force - Powered up Nico's witch arm to deliver a devastating punch.
- Bot-Splode! - Exploded Juston's Sentinel.
- Bondage - Cast by Alex Wilder to restrain Karolina with chains made of the same material as her medical alert bracelet.
- Bounce House! - Propelled attackers into the air in the Massacrer Casino.
- Brain Freeze! - Used to literally freeze the head of a Demon will sparring at Mephisticuffs.
- Burst - Exploded spray paint cans of two gangbangers.
- Caffeine Injection - Temporarily supercharged Molly's powers and counteracted the fatigue that Molly usually experiences after using her powers.
- Calm Down - Used at an unspecified point in time.
- Catch More Bugs with Honey - Reversed the demon-bug transformation of the citizens of Ouray, Colorado.
- Chill Out! - Intended to make the Runaways and Young Avengers stop fighting, but instead dramatically dropped the temperature in The Hostel.
- Cirque du Soleil! - Toppled the few remaining attackers while attempting to escape from the Massacrer's Casino.
- Clamp - Clamped Gert's wound.
- Clear Skies! - Removed all the clouds from the sky of Los Angeles.
- Cocoon! - Trapped Val Rhymin in a silky cocoon.
- Cool it - Mentioned as having been used before.
- Counteret-- - Spell interrupted by an attack from an Apex controlled Chasehawk.
- Crash - Cause the Kingpin's ninja to fall unconscious.
- Crystal Light - Crystallized and vanished the Malibu House, Klara's vines, and Old Lace's body.
- Dance! - Cast by Alex Wilder to unfreeze Nico, and used again by Nico against a trio of thugs.
- De-Lo-Jack Singularity - Temporarily prevented Antimatter from locating Singularity.
- De-Metamorphosis - Returned Alice Michaels to her Human form.
- Deconstruct - Temporarily broke Wrecker into segment slices.
- Deflector Shields - Created energy shields to deflect Marie Laveau's attacks.
- Disinfect! - Sterilized Gert's wound.
- Detox! - Cast by Chase to purge Reginald Mantz of his Mutant Growth Hormone and depower his Darkforce abilities. This spell was cast after attempting "Abracadabra!", "Alakazam!", and "Kabbalah!".
- Di-- - Spell interrupted by an attack from Marvel Boy.
- Dirt-Nap! - Buried Apex and Death Locket.
- Dis-Assemble - Disassembled Death Locket robotic arm.
- Doctor in the House! - Teleported a podiatrist to her side.
- Dorothy Gale! - Teleported away a podiatrist Nico summoned back to her home.
- Drain! - Drained Gert's excessive blood in the abdomen.
- Dreamtime! - Forced Spider-Man into a deep sleep.
- Empty Clip! - Removed all ammunition from a trio of thugs.
- End of Shift! - Send some workers away, supposedly because their shift ended.
- Exit Post-Haste - Removed the civilians from her cousin's wedding during an attack by Antimatter.
- Fallout - Created a barrier of stone immune to radiation.
- Fix Him - Healed the chest wound Chase had suffered during his first mission with the Young Master, but failed to fully revive him.
- Flashback - Allowed Nico to view Heroine's memories.
- Float On - Levitated Mr. and Mrs. Stein.
- Force Quit! - Shut down Egghead's operating system during a battle while in Bagalia.
- Forget - Wiped Geoffrey Wilder's memories and returned him to the past.
- Free Your Minds! - Broke Marie Laveau's Magical-Telepathic control over the crowd.
- Freeze - Immobilize Stacey Yorkes. This was the first spell cast by Nico with the Staff of One.
- When attempting to cast this spell a second time, Nico accidentally released a flock of pelicans.
- Freeze to the Exact Temperature and Aesthetic Appearance of a Cheap Popsicle from a 7-11 - Froze Daken.
- Fumigation - Generated a cloud of pesticide to battle Tarantula.
- Gangster' Shoes - Encased A-Force's feet in cement and dragged them to the bottom of a nearby lake. Cast while under the thrall of Countess.
- Get to Work! - Transfigured Chase's list into a wrench.
- Get Lost! - Caused Hawkeye to become disoriented.
- Get Out! - Forced Chase out of the Darkhawk armor.
- Get Real! - Vanished multiple unreal monsters and free herself, Pixie, Molly, Chase, Old Lace, and Wolverine from a pocket shadow dimension in Griffith Park.
- Giant Killer - Created a giant beanstalk to envelop and crush Juston's Sentinel.
- Gimme Space - Pushed Elsa Bloodstone onto a wall.
- Go Away - First time used is unknown.
- Nico tried to use this a second time, with no effect.
- Going Down - Phased the Runaways through the floor to escape Punisher.
- Goo Be Gone - Freed Captain Marvel and Elsa Bloodstone from some kind of goo created by Alice Michaels.
- Grim Reaper - Killed Alice Michaels.
- Guess What? My Spells Actually Do Work Against You! - Cast to harm the Seed of the Gibborim, but resulted in no effect because the magic of the Staff of One does not affect the Gibborim.
- Gunshot - Fired a bolt of mystical energy at Chasehawk.
- Hands Off! - Destroyed the Fistigons while worn by Alex Wilder.
- Heal - Nico said she used the spell "heal" and mentioned that she often requires a spell to "heal", so she is working her way through different languages.
- Hellfire! - Shot Hellfire flames at Spider-Man.
- Help - Nico's "death-rattle" healing spell. Powered up by her tremendous loss of blood, the spell resurrected her after her death, created a new magical arm for her, and made her stronger than before.
- Herd Cats! - Used to drive Dr. Hayes's cats outside to prevent them from attacking the Runaways.
- Here Comes the Sun! - Used to speed time and cause dawn to arrive, in order to use sunlight to heal Karolina Dean.
- Hulk Smash - Incantation to send She-Hulk into a berserker rage. Cast while under the thrall of Countess.
- Igneous Rock! - Used to solidify a lava demon.
- Inside Out - Used at an unspecified point in time.
- Cast a second time to harm the Seed of the Gibborim with no result.
- Insulation - Wrapped Victor Mancha and temporarily rob him of his powers.
- Jolly Holiday! - Decorated the Hostel for Christmas in addition to creating gifts, holiday sweaters and a large dinner.
- Keep-Our-Faces Shields - Nico cast a spell over the members of A-Force to protect them from "face-melting" radiation during a final battle with Antimatter on the Blue Area of the Moon.
- Legal Adoption! - Made everyone in Molly Hayes school believe that Nico and Chase are her legal guardians. The spell had the added effect of making Molly feel "totally loved and secure".
- Monarchs - Created a swarm of glowing Monarch butterflies to light up a Silver Mine.
- Monster Disappear! - Vanished a monster attacking Pixie.
- Mood Ring - Discerned if Hunter Stein was telling the truth.
- Mud - Launched mud at Karonlina after Nico caught her kissing Topher.
- Nearly Sick to Death - Accidentally caused both Molly and Chase to become severely ill.
- New Aorta! - Healed Gert's aorta.
- Nightlight - Used to light up a Silver Mine.
- Nisanti Hr Rik - Cast by Tina Minoru to trap Iron Man in vines.
- No! - Repelled a desk thrown by a malfunctioning Doombot that was about to hit Nico.
- Nobody's Teleporting Anywhere! - Prevented Pixie from teleporting away.
- Now Here Comes the Sweet Talk - Disguised Xavin's voice to match that of Walters' deceased wife.
- Ocean View - Repaired the Malibu House.
- Oily - Flooded the streets of Los Angeles with oil in an attempt to stop a zombie attack.
- Old Lace To Old Yeller - Temporarily transformed Old Lace into a small, adorable dog.
- On the Rocks! - Attacked Juston's Sentinel with ice.
- Open Sesame - Opened the Merchant's Trust vault when looking for the hidden Overdrive.
- Open Up - Was intended to force Chase to reveal a deep, dark secret, but instead it caused a hidden serpent egg to hatch.
- Ouija Board! - Summoned a ouija board to communicate with an unconscious Gert.
- Outbreak! - Infected attackers with pox in the Massacrer Casino.
- Pagalingin - Filipino for "heal". Used to recover from wounds sustained during a battle with Antimatter. Nico mentioned that she often requires a spell to "heal", so she is working her way through different languages.
- Paranema - Estonian for "heal". Used to recover from wounds sustained during a battle with Antimatter. Nico mentioned that she often requires a spell to "heal", so she is working her way through different languages.
- Pixies, Find the Leak! - Created a swarm of pixies to find out who was spying on the Runaways.
- Please Work - Powered Hank Pym's machine with mystical energies.
- Pointy Sticks and Church Water - Conjured wooden stakes and holy water to fight off the vampire Morg while in Bagalia.
- Pop - Broke open Xavin's invisible forcefields.
- Princess and the Pea!!! - Conjured a pile of mattresses to cushion Daken's fall.
- Prodigium Effodio - Created a psionic monster to dig into the Cube. Prodigium Effodio literally translates to "excavating monster" in Latin.
- Punish - Fired a bolt of energy at Hank Pym to cause great pain.
- Quicksand! - Created a pit of quicksand under Juston's Sentinel.
- Reanimate - Freed her A-Force colleagues from the time bubble she created.
- Recycle - Released the fire collected by the "back-draft" spell.
- Reveal - Revealed the secret plans of Hank Pym and Tigra were hiding.
- When attempting to cast this spell a second time, Nico summoned rain in her apartment.
- Refresh! - Healed Jodi of her pain.
- Revelations! - Removed the glamouring disguising Geoffrey Wilder as his son, Alex Wilder.
- Right Now - Blasted Cullen while he was in monster form.
- Rock and Roll - Meant to cause a little tremor, but inadvertently caved in The Hostel burying the Runaways and the L.A.P.D.
- Rockstars - Fired a burst of magical rocks at Victor Mancha, but accidentally hit Old Lace.
- Safe House - Opened a teleportation gateway to send Cammi and the Braddock Academy students to Safe Zone 3 in Murderworld.
- Scatter - Teleported the members of the Light Brigade to different parts of the globe. The spell also had the unintended effect of "scattering" the Runaways, temporarily preventing them from working together.
- Sedimentary! - Used to power up a punch to destroy a lava demon.
- See Clearly - Unknown first time. When used another time, it summoned a bunch of frogs.
- Settle Down - Used (reluctantly) to make Klara sleep during her rampage, as Chase was threatening to hurt her otherwise. Mentioned as having been used afterwards.
- Shine On You Crazy Diamond - Temporarily encased Ultron in a diamond.
- The Show Must Go On - Cursed the Yorkes to go through the rest of their lives knowing that they and their daughter would die, with no ability to change this fate.
- Show Us Where It Hurts! - Revealed Gert's injury was in her aorta.
- Shut Up! - Blasted Chase into some nearby foliage.
- Slam Door - Closed her teleportation gateway.
- Sleeping Beauties - Caused the members of A-Force to fall asleep and robbed them of their powers. Cast while under the thrall of Countess.
- Smoke - Created a smokescreen to cover their getaway.
- Snow Globe - Created an orb barrier to save Cammi form an avalanche.
- Solar Flare! - Created a flame explosion when battling Juston's Sentinel.
- ...Someplace Else To Be - Teleport Nico and Chase to Bloodstone Manor.
- Spring is Sprung - Transmorphed the Countess' dragon-fire-breath into flowers.
- Staff of One. To Me. - Summoned the Staff of One from Apex.
- Stitch - Nico reports to have used "stitch" in the past.
- Straight Up - Intended to revert Cullen put of his monster form, but had no effect.
- Suck Eggs, Skunkhead! - Launched eggs at deHalle.
- Sunburst! - Intended to stop Reginald Mantz with a burst of light, instead fed his Mutant Growth Hormone derived Darkforce powers.
- Superglue! - Sutured Gert's wounds.
- Super Magic Makeover - Created a super magic makeover for Dazzler and Nico.
- Super Rai-- - Nico began to cast this spell to repel a demon-bug monster, but was stopped by Elsa Bloodstone. Exact effects are unknown.
- Suspend - Traped her A-Force colleagues in a time bubble.
- Threads Regenerate - Fixed her colleagues' clothes.
- Thunderstruck - Shot a bolt of lightning at Death Locket.
- Time Out! - Cast by Tina Minoru to immobilize Nico.
- Tinkerbell - Created a swarm of fairies to light up the Malibu House when Klara buried it in vines; Nico had also hoped that the sight of these creatures would pacify Klara.
- That's the Power of Love! - Used to show Countess what love is.
- Thirty-Eight Point Zero Two Two Seven Nine Nine Degrees N and Negative One Oh Seven Point Six Six Nine Eight Two Oh Degrees W - The coordinates to a safe house in Ouray, Colorado. Used by Nico to run away from Captain Marvel and Medusa at the Triskelion.
- Transfusion! - Gave Gert a transfusion of blood.
- Unclamp! - Unclamped Gert's wound.
- Understand - Allowed everyone in proximity to view the lives, and important events that helped shape the others.
- Unworthy - Temporarily made Dazzler Thor unworthy of wielding Lightbringer. Cast while under the thrall of Countess.
- Uproot - Pulled her magic fruit-bearing tree out of the ground and levitated it.
- Uranium Kicks! - Encased Marcus Roston in calves and feet in uranium boots causing him to lose his ability to fly.
- Vanish All Monsters! - Because this spell was too similar to "Monster Disappear", it created ice cream costumes on the monsters instead of vanishing them.
- Vegan - Prevented Maneater from attacking Nico.
- Wardrobe Malfunction! - Caused Marie Laveau's robes to attack her.
- Wake Up! - Awoke everyone after their encounter with Marvel Boy.
- Waterproof - Created a large bubble used by the Runaways to travel to the underwater to the Marine Vivarium.
- What the -- - This spell was interrupted by Cullen Bloodstone and was left unfinished.
- Wings! - Grew back-mounted wings allowing Nico to fly.
- Winter is Coming! - Conjured an ice wolf to battle Hellstrom's attack of fiery serpents.
- Xavin! Here! Now! - Pulled Xavin away from the beach and back to the Malibu House.
- X-Ray Glasses! - Summoned a pair of X-Ray Specs.
- Yeah, Pretty Soon, I'll Just Be a Bad Dream - Cast by Chase to knocks Nico unconscious.
- You Suck - Reversed Turbo's turbines, causing them to suck in air instead of blowing it out, which led to them exploding.
- Zombie Not! - Intended to reverse the effects of Val Rhymin's zombie spell, instead caused all the zombies in the vicinity to form one big zombie - a zombie knot.
List of Other Spells
Not all of Staff of One's incantation are seen on-panel or on-screen. Here are the spells seen or mentioned with unknown incantations.
- Nico was seen conjuring bats.
- Nico mentioned attempting to resurrect Alex Wilder.
- Nico cast a spell to invisibly cloak the Runaways while they tried to save Marianella Mancha.
- Nico enchanted a carpet with flight to travel quickly while in New York City.
- Nico cast a spell to locate Molly Hayes when she was separated from the team during battle.
- The Staff of One was used to create a magical muzzle to restrain Old Lace.
- Nico mentions having shrunk Mole-Man when he was attacking Silverlake.
- Nico once conjured a cage to imprisoned the Silver Bullet Gang.
- Nico changed the Runaways' wardrobe to attire fit for the early 1900s in New York City.
- Nico cast a spell to heal herself from a katana wound, but the spell didn't work that well.
- Nico summoned water to immersed the streets of New York to put out a fire.
- Nico once animated brooms to clean up the Malibu House.
- Nico conjured a giant eagle that she could ride.
- After Chase sensed Old Lace was still alive, Nico cast a spell that directed the Runaways to Reptil as a means of locating and rescuing Old Lace.
- Nico cast a spell to disguise the Runaways as reporters to investigate the Avengers Academy.
- Nico wrapped Striker in a rubber-band-ball-like construct to prevent him from using his electrokinetic powers during a fight.
- Nico cast several spells to enchant a tree to produce tasty magical fruits while in Murder World.
- After being trapped on Murder World by Arcade, Nico said that she tried multiple teleportation spells that did not work.
- Nico mentioned that she often requires a spell to "heal", so she is working her way through many different languages.
- To allow her full use of her prehensile hair, Nico cast a spell to allow Medusa to survive in the vacuum of space without any protective gear.
- To teleport the rescued citizens of Ouray, Colorado to a safe house, Nico cast a spell, likely using the words "Oak Street and Seventh".
- While trying to suture Gert's wound, the podiatrist suggested "fix", which Nico didn't use implying that she had likely cast this spell before.
- When asked for a magical haircut by Victor Mancha, Nico admitted she had used up all hair-related spells within a week of receiving the Staff of One.
- When Molly was exhausted from her workout, Nico conjured a flying bed to transport them to help Karolina.
- Gert claims to have seen Nico use the Staff of One to heat up a Hot Pocket.
Alternate Realities' Spells
Runaways Became Young Avengers (Earth-2912)
Battleworld: Arcadia (Earth-16191)
Marvel's Runaways (Earth-199999)
Runaways Became Young Avengers (Earth-2912)Sister Grimm wields the Staff of One as a member of the Young Avengers.
|What If? House of M,
What If? Newer Fantastic Four,
What If? Spider-Man Back in Black,
What If? Secret Wars
Battleworld: Arcadia (Earth-16191)Sister Grimm wields the Staff of One to protect Arcadia as a member of the A-Force. Additionally, Sister Grimm appears to be able to cast spells both with and without her Staff of One.
Marvel Cinematic Universe (Earth-199999)The Staff of One is one of many relics, items imbued with power to sustain magic that practitioners of the mystic arts cannot. It was stored at the Sanctum in Hong Kong. Tina Minoru, a Master of the Mystic Arts, wielded the Staff of One against the onslaught of Kaecilius and his Zealots.
|The Staff of One was kept in the vaults of the Academy in which Tina Minoru and Morgan Le Fay both studied magic. Morgan befriended Tina and convinced her to steal the Staff, but after having done so Tina realized that Morgan only wanted the Staff's power and kept it to herself. Tina kept the Staff and later claimed that rather than magical artifact, it was a piece of advanced technology that was designed to respond to Tina Minoru's DNA. Attuned to its user, the Staff responded to both verbal and nonverbal commands and required a small amount of blood is required to activate and operate it. Because it read and responded to Tina's DNA, her biological daughter Nico was also able to operate the Staff while when Alex Wilder tried to use it, the Staff locked itself. Tina reclaimed the Staff after her daughter went on the run, but later handed it back to her after the Staff recognized Nico as its owner. Use of the Staff caused Nico to tap further into the power of the Dark Dimension, which eventually led to Morgan contacting her and seeking her trust in order to gain the Staff.||Marvel's Runaways|
Altenate future of Runaways (Earth-TRN769)
In an alternate future in which Morgan Le Fay killed Gert Yorkes, Nico outgrew the need for the Staff after years of study under unspecified master. Having "leveled up", she hid the Staff of One in a safe place and was able to cast powerful spells without it.
|"Cheat the Gallows"|
- The Staff of One's energy signature is usually red or pink possibly because of its dependence on blood magic.
- After using the spell "paranema" (the Estonian word for 'heal'), Nico mentioned that she often requires a spell to "heal", so she is working her way through different languages implying that the Staff of One can be used with different languages.
- 174 appearance(s) of Staff of One
- 10 minor appearance(s) of Staff of One
- 7 mention(s) of Staff of One
- 282 image(s) of Staff of One