Real Name: Carter Ghazikhanian
Identity/Class: Human mutant
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Abyss (Nils Styger), Professor Dibble, Exiles (Magik/Illyana Rasputin, Mimic/Calvin Rankin, Morph/Kevin Sidney, Nocturne/ T.J. Wagner, Sasquatch/Heather Hudson, Sunfire/Mariko Yashida), Mystique (Raven Darkholme), Squid-Boy (Sammy Paré), Wolf Cub (Nicholas Gleason), X-Men (Angel/Warren Worthington III, Chamber/Jonothon Starsmore, Cyclops/Scott Summers, Havok/Alex Summers, Husk/Paige Guthrie, Iceman/Bobby Drake, Jean Grey, Jubilee/Jubilation Lee, Juggernaut/Cain Marko, Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner, Northstar/Jean Paul Beaubier, Polaris/Lorna Dane, Stacy X/Miranda Leevald, Professor X/Charles Xavier)
Enemies: Alpha Flight (Aurora/Jeanne-Marie Beaubier, Earthmover/Chuck Moss, Guardian/Heather McNeill-Hudson, Puck/Eugene Judd, Sasquatch/Walter Langkowski, Shaman/Michael Twoyoungmen, Snowbird/Narya, Vindicator/James MacDonald Hudson), Azazel, Ginniyeh, Jillian, Kiwi Black, Kiwi Ora, Maximus Lobo, Ophis, Ydrazil
Known Relatives: Annie Ghazikhanian (mother),
father (name unrevealed)
Aliases: "Sweetie", "my little angel" (nicknames
used by Annie Ghazikhanian)
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
formerly Xavier Institute, Salem Center, New York;
formerly the Ghazikhanian home, Upstate New York
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men I#411
Powers/Abilities: Carter was an omega level mutant
psionic. He had a vast, untapped psi-potential that included telepathy
and telekinesis. Because of his age and lack of training, he was unable
to consciously use these powers, though he subconsciously showed
superhuman mental feats such as contacting his friends telepathically
over thousands of miles and serving as a psi-anchor to the mind of Alex
Summers who was stuck between dimensions.
(Uncanny X-Men I#417 (fb) - BTS) - Carter was the son of
Annie Ghazikhanian who was forced to flee from the father of her child
when he repeatedly tried to kill them.
(Uncanny X-Men I#426 (fb) - BTS) - Carter's mutant father had mutant friends who opposed the idea of him having a child with a human. They also tried to kill Annie and her offspring, because they were aware their friend didn't want children.
(Uncanny X-Men I#411 (fb) - BTS) - Annie eventually found work as a nurse at the Rosy Manor Convalescent Hospital in Upstate New York. Carter frequently visited her mom at work, especially when she was taking care of her favorite patient, a handsome, blonde comatose man dubbed "John Doe" (in reality, it was the missing Alex Summers).
(Uncanny X-Men I#413 (fb)- BTS) - Annie realized her son was a mutant when he started to display psionic potential, such as telekinesis. Afraid for his life, she kept this information to herself.
(Uncanny X-Men I#426 (fb) - BTS) - Figuring his mother was
falling in love with "John Doe", Carter subconsciously used his mental
powers to allow their minds to meet and "date" in a mental dreamscape
when Annie was asleep. Alex and Annie fell in love, even though both
weren't aware of their growing feelings.
(Uncanny X-Men I#411) - Carter met his mom outside the hospital when she was taking "John Doe" out in a wheelchair to get some air. Annie let Carter pick what magazine she should read "John" from first. Though she preferred to start with the gossip rags, Carter insisted she started with the news. When she opened the paper, Annie's eye was caught by an article on the Xavier Institute which was accompanied by an archive picture of Cyclops and Havok. Realizing "John Doe" was a dead ringer for Alex Summers, Annie decided to put in a call to the Institute while Carter watched an episode of Spongebob Squarepants. When she couldn't reach anyone at the Institute, she left a voicemail message explaining the situation. This caught the attention of Cyclops and the others.
(Uncanny X-Men I#412 - BTS) - Cyclops contacted Annie and arranged to meet and confirm "John Doe" was indeed his brother. Annie was overcome with emotion when she realized "John" would be leaving her, which meant he'd never wake up, sweep her off her feet and be a father to Carter like she'd imagined. When Cyclops came to take his brother home, Annie succesfully arranged for her to stay on as Alex's nurse even though she learned that he'd been involved with someone else before the mysterious accident that left him comatose.
(Uncanny X-Men I#413) - Annie accepted a position at the Xavier Institute as the school's resident nurse, which meant she and Carter had to move into the mansion which at the time had become a free haven for young mutants. Carter took meeting the various unconventional looking students in stride, while his mother had trouble getting over her dislike of mutants. They were met by Husk who was asked by Cyclops to meet mother and son. Carter watched as his mother briefly annoyed Husk by wondering if her unseen mutation might be harmful to her son. Before Husk could respond, one of the X-Men's Blackbirds returned home. Paige was telepathically contacted by Xavier who informed her they had wounded and were in need of Annie's medical expertise. Carter accompanied his mom and Paige to the medical bay where he watched as Stacy X caused quite a scene when she sensed Husk was lusting after the injured Angel, who she also happened to have a crush on. Some time later, Carter befriended Xavier's most recent recruit, the Canadian amphibian Samuel Paré. They were walking the grounds together, accompanied by Wolverine who was eager to pick a fight with another recent arrival Cain Marko, the Juggernaut. Both Carter and Sammy were hugely impressed by the Juggernaut, thinking he was so cool for staring down Wolverine.
(Uncanny X-Men I#413 - BTS) - Impressed by the way she helped out during the medical crisis, Charles Xavier officially offered Annie a job as the Institute's nurse.
(Uncanny X-Men I#413) - After a long and stressful first
day, Annie returned to her newly assigned quarters at the Institute. She
sat in silence, watching Carter psionically levitate his toys, realizing
she'd come there for more reasons than "mere" unrequieted love.
(X-Men Unlimited I#44) - Carter, Sammy and the Juggernaut were enjoying a sunny afternoon's fun, swimming at the local pond. Annie was concerned that Carter was staying under too long, he didn't have Sammy's amphibian abilities after all. The pleasant gathering took a turn for the worse when Sammy spotted a number of dead fish who had obviously been dragged on to land where they suffocated. This upset the young boy who was determined to find the culprits. Some time later, Carter and Annie discovered a small dog that had also been tortured and killed. They brought the still bleeding, recently deceased canine to Xavier and Jean Grey, who used her telepathy to relive the panicked animal's frantic final moments.
(Uncanny X-Men I#417) - Carter and Sammy were having lunch with the Juggernaut. While they were enjoying their hamburger, Carter recalled how his father had tried to hunt down and kill him and his mother. Not allowing to let this ruin the moment, Juggernaut insisted they played some baseball after lunch.
(Uncanny X-Men I#418) - Carter visited with his mother who was once again reading to the still comatose Alex Summers in the X-Men's medical bay. Mother and son had a brief talk about Annie ever dating someone else, when she revealed that Alex's girlfriend Lorna Dane had recently arrived and would be meeting with Alex later that day. Carter, having heard Lorna was found frantic and raving on Genosha, questioned her sanity when his mutant powers suddenly flared up. He could sense there was a seemingly invisible cord of mental energy attached to Alex's mind. He used his abilities to follow the psychic cord to its source, his astral self inadvertently leaving his body. This alarmed Annie who had no idea what was going on and called for help. Before any arrived, she was confronted by Polaris who used her magnetic abilities to intimidate Ghazikhanian, intending to make her run so she could be alone with Alex. However, in no small part because Carter was missing, Annie refused to budge even though Lorna repeatedly hurt her.
(Uncanny X-Men I#419) - With Carter still lost on the astral plane, it took Northstar, Juggernaut and several other X-Men to restrain Polaris. When Lorna settled down, everyone was stunned to find Havok had woken up. Alex dragged himself to Carter's unconscious form and talked to him, in hopes of reviving him as well. In the end, Charles Xavier went after the young boy on the astral plane and eventually located him. Xavier tried to get Ghazikhanian back to the waking world, but found an unknown force had taken hold of the child and applied impressive force to keep him trapped.
(Uncanny X-Men I#420) - Through a supreme effort on his part, Charles Xavier succeeded in returning both himself and Carter's mind from the astral plane. As the overjoyed Annie hugged her slowly reviving child, the still shaken up professor told her they needed to have a talk about Carter, his powers and his father.
(Uncanny X-Men I#421) - A little while later, Annie and
Carter were waiting outside Xavier's offices with Juggernaut to see the
professor who was meeting with Alex Summers in an attempt to get him up
to speed with everything he'd missed while comatose. When Lorna stormed
in and proposed marriage to Alex who, though stunned, accepted, Annie was
heartbroken and took Carter away to see Xavier another day.
(Chamber I#4) - Carter, Sammy and the Juggernaut were seen playing football at Xavier's while Chamber, still concerned about the results of his most recent solo mission, observed them from his room.
(Uncanny X-Men I#422) - When Alpha Flight arrived to take back Canadian native Samuel Paré, they were also officially licensed by the state of New York to take in all minors present at the Xavier Institute. When Puck tried to take Carter away from his mother, the Juggernaut grew furious and attacked the Alphan. As a result, Vindicator attempted to take Carter only for Northstar to distract and defeat him. Guardian then stepped in to claim the boy but Iceman froze up her circuitry before she could act. Before any of the other Alpha Flight members could try, Professor Xavier had defused the situation by contacting his legal counsel, allowing Carter and the other students to remain at the institute even as Sammy agreed to return to his parents of his own volition.
(Uncanny X-Men I#425) - Carter was one of the many guests attending the wedding of Alex Summers and Lorna Dane. He watched in silence when halfway during the ceremony Alex realized he didn't really love Lorna walked off, an act that resulted in the already mentally unstable Dane to lose control. She used her magnetic powers to turn the cutlery into a makeshift Magneto armor ready to make her former fiancé pay.
(Uncanny X-Men I#426) - Havok made sure Annie and Carter
were safe from the unhinged Polaris by grabbing them both and using his
plasma generating powers to fly them to a remote location in the woods.
There, he made Carter reveal that he'd been trying to fix his mother up
with Alex, making them go on psychic dates to Paris and other romantic
locations when they were both asleep. Carter thought he was in trouble
when his mother learned what he had done, but Annie actually thanked her
"little angel". Moments later, the vengeful Polaris arrived, forcing
Annie and Carter to make a run for it. However, she was quickly defeated
by the Juggernaut allowing the newly united happy couple of Alex and
Annie to go to Paris for real while Carter was watched over by Jubilee
(Exiles I#28) - The Timebroker told the Exiles that the Alex Summers residing on Earth-616 harbored an evil interdimensional counterpart inside him who was primed to take over his body given the slightest weakness or injury. When he did, it would mean the death of Carter, Wolf Cub and Annie. The team made preparations to intervene. At the same time, Carter, Havok, Cub and Juggernaut were out on the Institute grounds playing ball when Cub was suddenly overcome by rage (caused by the nearness of his fellow lycophan Maximus Lobo). In a fit of rage, Wolf Cub disembowled Havok who was rushed into Annie's medical bay just as the Exiles arrived. Havok's injuries allowed his evil counterpart to gain control, which the Exiles knew but Annie and the X-Men refused to let them take Carter and the boys to safety. When "Havok" revived, he immediately tried to kill Carter. Mimic got the boy clear, but a stray plasma strand still hit the child, knocking him out. Juggernaut grabbed Carter and got clear of the school, moving on to the grounds with Annie, Husk, Morph, Nocturne and Wolverine. While Annie and Juggernaut kept Carter safe, the others found they were being stalked by Maximus Lobo and his wolf pack, led there by Wolf Cub.
(Exiles I#29) - Annie and Juggernaut went to Nightcrawler to get him to
teleport Carter to the nearest hospital. Because it was about 40 miles
away, Kurt refused but he did accompany them in a car as Juggernaut drove
them. About halfway there, they were attacked by Maximus Lobo's henchmen
who had joined forces with the possessed Alex Summers. Nightcrawler
teleported both Annie and Carter to safety, leaving the unconscious
Juggernaut for "Alex" to find. He was suitably annoyed he had once again
missed his opportunity to kill Carter, though he perked up a bit when the
other mutant wolves brought in the captured, defeated Wolverine.
(Exiles I#30) - As the X-Men and Exiles succesfully struggled to defeat the Lobos and return Alex to normal, Nightcrawler and Annie managed to get Carter safely to a hospital. They even complied with the doctor's request for them to wait outside the building so their unusual appearance wouldn't upset the other patients. Carter eventually returned to the Xavier Institute, none the worse for wear despite a big bandage on his head. Wolf Cub begged Carter's forgiveness, which the boy begrudgingly gave. By the time the Exiles said goodbye, an overjoyed Carter hugged Alex when he realized he was his old self again.
(Uncanny X-Men I#429) - Carter accompanied Havok to an X-Men meeting
during which the recent secondary transmutation of Iceman was being
discussed. The conversation was interrupted when it became clear
Nighcrawler had disobeyed orders, taking a Blackbird plane to go see Nils
Styger. Xavier sent Havok and the others to intercept Kurt and Carter
wanted to come along, finding it a bit boring at the mansion. Havok told
him to stay put because it was too dangerous.
(Uncanny X-Men I#429 - BTS) - Ignoring Havok's orders, Carter hid on the Blackbird that took the team to the jungle covered Isla des Demonas where Nightcrawler was last seen.
(Uncanny X-Men I#430) - Carter kept himself hidden while the others
disembarked the Blackbird looking for their teammate. Excited to be out on a
mission, albeit clandestinely, Carter used his telepathy to establish
contact with his friend Sammy who was back in Canada. He told the
astonished Squid-Boy what he'd been up to, disregarding Paré's concern
that he'd be punished, claiming Alex was almost like his dad anyway.
Seconds later, the contact was lost because Carter was found by expedition
leader Professor Dibble who brought him to Havok and the X-Men. Alex was
stunned to see Carter, figuring Annie would be worried sick. Before he
could send him back, Alex and the others were surprised by an emerging
army coming from the dimensional rift on the island. He ordered Dibble to
see to Carter's safety before leading the X-Men into engaging the
invaders. In the end, they were all teleported away into Azazel's
(Uncanny X-Men I#431) - Stuck in Azazel's dimension, Carter was kept out of the fighting when the X-Men were forced to defend Angel from Azazel's forces who identified him as one of their archenemies the Cheyarafim. The battle, led by Jillian, was interrupted by the surprise appearance of Mystique.
(Uncanny X-Men I#432) - Carter, Havok, Husk, Jubilee and the decapitated head of Iceman were all thrown in Azazel's dungeon while he invited Angel, Nightcrawler, Professor Dibble and Mystique to have dinner with him and his followers, including Abyss, Kiwi Black and others. Over the course of the meal, Azazel revealed he had fathered Nightcrawler, which led Dibble to get so upset he offended Azazel, which led to the man's brutal death.
(Uncanny X-Men I#433) - Carter and the others were still imprisoned with Havok taking care of the young boy and tending to Iceman's head. He figured he could use his body's own moisture to help Bobby regain his form.
(Uncanny X-Men I#434) - Before he could offer his fluids to restore Iceman, Havok and the others were faced by Ginnyeh who had come to question the prisoners in a manner most forceful. Even though the superpowered captives oppossed her, they were no match for their malleable opponent. Ginnyeh grabbed Carter's head, almost crushing it with her firm grip. At the last possible moment, Iceman reformed himself by drawing all the moisture he needed from their enemy and took her down. With everyone free and Xavier and Polaris on Isla des Demonas powering an interdimensional gateway home, Carter and the others were returned safe and sound.
(X-Men II#161) - After Havok and the X-Men returned home following a fight against Exodus' newly formed Brotherhood of Mutants, Carter warmly greeted him. However, when Alex told Annie it'd be for the best if she and Carter went away for a few days because he expected a retaliatory strike, Annie decided she had no other choice but to leave for good. Before she left, she went to Polaris and asked her to look after Havok.
(X-Men II#163) - Annie put her son in a car against his will. Carter was furious he didn't get to say goodbye to any of his friends, let alone Alex. He vowed to use his mental powers to do so, which Annie begged him not to do, explaining that if she actually had tried to say goodbye in person, she might well have been unable to leave at all. Before she could drive off the grounds, Northstar caught up with them and forced Annie to stop the car. While the adults bickered, Carter sensed the death of his friend Sammy at the hands of Brotherhood member Black Tom, a sign the villains had begun their expected assault on the Institute.
(X-Men II#164) - Carter and Annie were on their
way away from the Xavier Institute when Annie noticed her son was so quiet,
seemingly sitting in the back enjoying his own company. Blissfully unaware,
Ghazikhanian asked her son what was going on and Carter told her he was
playing with his imaginary friend, correcting Annie when she assumed it
was a male figment (see comments.)
Comments: Created by Chuck Austen (writer), Ron
Garney (pencils), Mark Morales (inks)
Keeping up with the Ghazikhanians... Whatever did happen
to Carter and Annie? Mother and son left Xavier's, with him seemingly
possessed by a malevolent psychic entity of unknown origin. Chuck Austen
strongly hinted Carter had been taken over by Cassandra Nova, but subsequent
stories ruled out her involvement.
Carter Ghazikhanian received a profile Marvel Encyclopedia:
Profile by Norvo.
Carter Ghazikhanian should not be confused with
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Uncanny X-Men I#413, p22, pan1 (main image)
Uncanny X-Men I#411, p22, pan4 (doesn't want to read smut)
Uncanny X-Men I#419, p27, pans6&7 (stuck on the astral plane)
Uncanny X-Men I#422, p26, pan4 (taken by Puck)
Uncanny X-Men I#426, p26, pans 1,2,3 (made Annie and Alex date)
Exiles I#30, p23, pans 5&6 (Anger Management teacher Wolverine)
X-Men II#164, p22, pans3&4 (doesn't have an imaginary friend)
Uncanny X-Men I#411 (October, 2002) - Chuck Austen (writer), Ron Garney (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#412 (November, 2002) - Chuck Austen (writer), Ron Garney (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#413 (November, 2002) - Chuck Austen (writer), Sean Philips (pencils & inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Chamber I#4 (January, 2003) - Brian K. Vaughn (writer), Lee Ferguson (pencils), Norm Rapmund (inks), Mike Raicht (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#417 (March, 2003) - Chuck Austen (writer), Kia Asamiya (pencils & inks), Mike Marts, Mike Raicht, Nova Ren Suma (editors)
Uncanny X-Men I#418 (March, 2003) - Chuck Austen (writer), Kia Asamiya (pencils & inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#419 (April, 2003) - Chuck Austen (writer), Kia Asamiya (pencils & inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#420 (May, 2003) - Chuck Austen (writer), Kia Asamiya (pencils & inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#421 (May, 2003) - Chuck Austen (writer), Ron Garney (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
X-Men Unlimited I#44 (May, 2003) - Chuck Austen (writer), Romano Molenaar (pencils), Danny Miki (inks), C.B. Cebulski (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#422 (June, 2003) - Chuck Austen (writer), Ron Garney (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#425 (August, 2003) - Chuck Austen (writer), Philip Tan (pencils & inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#426 (August, 2003) - Chuck Austen (writer), Philip Tan (pencils & inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Exiles I#28 (August, 2003) - Chuck Austen (writer), Clayton Henry (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Mike Raicht (editor)
Exiles I#29 (September, 2003) - Chuck Austen (writer), Clayton Henry (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Mike Raicht (editor)
Exiles I#30 (September, 2003) - Chuck Austen (writer), Clayton Henry (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Mike Raicht (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#429 (October, 2003) - Chuck Austen (writer), Philip Tan (pencils & inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#430 (October, 2003) - Chuck Austen (writer), Philip Tan (pencils & inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#431 (November, 2003) - Chuck Austen (writer), Philip Tan (pencils & inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#432 (December, 2003) - Chuck Austen (writer), Philip Tan (pencils & inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#161 (November, 2004) - Chuck Austen (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils), Danny Miki (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#163 (December, 2004) - Chuck Austen (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils), Danny Miki (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#164 (January, 2005) - Chuck Austen (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils), Danny Miki (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
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