Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Human mutant (UK citizen)
Group Membership: London Tunnel Dwellers (Burning Puddle, Carla, Compound, Croc, Cyclops, Double Helix, Harmony, Hope, Scree, Simian, Vampyr, Warthog)
Affiliations: X-Men (Angel/Warren Worthington III, Chamber/Jonothon Starmore, Iceman/Robert Drake, Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner, Wolverine/James "Logan" Howlett)
Enemies: Church of Humanity, Mister Clean (Paul Botham)
Known Relatives: Burning Puddle (son)
Base of Operations: London, United Kingdom
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men I#395 (July, 2001)
Powers/Abilities: Saccharine owed her codename "Miss Saccharine" to the fact that her mutant ability turned her sweat into a glucose-like substance. Whenever she perspired, a sugary sweet smell surrounded her which attracted a lot of flies and other insects. Due to her advanced years, Saccharine had to use a cane to support herself while walking.
Height: 5'5" (by approximation)
Weight: 110 lbs (by approximation)
(Uncanny X-Men I#395 - BTS) - At some unrevealed point in the past, the mutant woman who became known as Miss Saccharine gave birth to her son, who eventually took the nickname "Burning Puddle". Ostracized by mankind, Saccharine and her child eventually joined the Tunnel Dwellers, a group of outcast British mutants living in the tunnels underneath London.
(Uncanny X-Men I#395) - Miss Saccharine was present when fellow Tunnel Dweller Harmony gave birth to her baby. Subsequently she witnessed the arrival of Church of Humanity assassin Mister Clean (Paul Botham). Clean, calling himself the genetic cleanser, was hellbent on wiping out all mutants, starting with the Dwellers. He first killed their leader Cyclops and four of his aides, which caused Saccharine and the others to panic and run for their lives. Clean then proceeded to pick them off one by one.
(Uncanny X-Men I#397) - Having survived the initial assault, Miss Saccharine joined a number of Dwellers, including her son, as they made their way through the service tunnels in an attempt to get out of London. En route, the group discussed if the mutant who had helped Harmony deliver her baby could have been an X-Man. Saccharine asked herself if the X-Men even really existed. Getting hungry from the trip, one half of Double Helix asked Saccharine if he could snack on her sugary sweat. She didn't mind, allowing him to scoop some of her sugary sweat up with his finger, an act that thoroughly grossed out his siamese twin. Just then, Nightcrawler teleported the other X-Men to their exact location and offered to help the Dwellers against Mister Clean.
(Uncanny X-Men I#398) - Now under the protection of the X-Men, Saccharine and the other Tunnel Dweller survivors were nevertheless eventually tracked down by Mister Clean. However, Iceman protected the band of mutants with a wall of ice that kept Saccharine and company safe while Clean was stuck in a corner of the tunnel with the feral X-Man Wolverine who killed the killer by burning him with his own flamethrower. In the aftermath, the X-Men offered the Tunnel Dwellers sanctuary at the Charles Xavier's Institute. Figuring they were not cut out to join a crusade, the Dwellers declined the offer. They revealed their plans to head for the suburbs where they were hoping to live out their lives in peace.
Comments: Created by Joe Casey (writer), Ian Churchill (pencils), Art Thibert, Norm Rapmund (inkers).
As far as mutations go, sweating sugar isn't particularly useful and more than a little gross. Mr. Clean wiping out the London Tunnel Dwellers was, of course, an homage to 1986's famed Mutant Massacre during which the Marauders butchered most of the Morlocks who lived in New York's sewers.
Some online sources claim her real name to be Catherine Saccharine, however the name Catherine was never used in the comics.
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Uncanny X-Men I#397, p9, pan4 (main image)
Uncanny X-Men I#397, p10, pan4 (closeup)
Uncanny X-Men I#397, p20, pan2 (Double Helix takes a taste of Saccharine)
Uncanny X-Men I#395 (July, 2001) - Joe Casey (writer), Ian Churchill (pencils), Art Thibert, Norm Rapmund (inkers), Mark Powers, Pete Franco (editors)
Uncanny X-Men I#397 (October, 2001) - Joe Casey (writer), Sean Phillips, Sean Rubi (pencillers), Danny Miki (inks), Mark Powers, Pete Franco (editors)
Uncanny X-Men I#398 (November, 2001) - Joe Casey (writer), Sean Phillips, Ashley Wood (pencillers), Danny Miki (inks), Mark Powers, Pete Franco (editors)
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