Real Name: Tildie Soames
Identity/Class: Human mutant
(depowered), citizen of the United States
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Abigail Brand, Nick Fury, Doctor
Kavita Rao, X-Men (Beast/Hank McCoy, Colossus/Peter Rasputin, Cyclops/Scott
Summers, Emma Frost, Shadowcat/Kitty Pryde, Wolverine/James Howlett)
Enemies: Ord of the Breakworld
Known Relatives: Mr. and Mrs. Soames (parents,
first names unrevealed, deceased)
Aliases: "Little one" (nickname used by Ord)
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
formerly BeneTech Labs, New York, USA;
formerly her parents' house
First Appearance: Astonishing X-Men III#1 (July,
Powers/Abilities: Before she lost her mutant
abilities due to the Hope serum, Tildie could psionically manifest her
nightmares, which usually featured giant monsters. The dream creatures
would form around her in the real world and cause death and destruction
while she continued to sleep inside them.
Height: 4'8" (by approximation)
Weight: 90 lbs. (by approximation)
History: (Astonishing X-Men III#2 (fb)) - Young Tildie Soames' mutant powers manifested themselves prematurely when the girl was sleeping in her parents' bed one night. Manifesting a bug-like nightmare monster, she continued to sleep inside the creature while it killed her parents. Concerned neighbors heard the screaming and called the police who also confronted the still-sleeping Tildie and her monster. It proved invulnerable to gun fire and killed at least one of the officers, Hoyt, before disappearing (presumably because Tildie woke up).
(Astonishing X-Men III#1 (fb) - BTS) - With the consent of
the government and her legal guardians, Tildie eventually came into the
care of Doctor Kavita Rao, a geneticist working for BeneTech Labs. Rao
had been working on a vaccine that "cured" mutants by eliminating a
subject's X-gene strain. After finishing the "Hope serum" (using alien
technology supplied by Ord of Breakworld), Rao made Tildie one of
her first test subjects. The process was a success but Tildie was kept
at BeneTech for continued observation.
(Astonishing X-Men III#1) - Tildie continued to suffer from nightmares, waking up in a panic and scared her powers might return. Dr. Rao assured the terrified child everything was alright.
(Astonishing X-Men III#2) - At a televised press conference, Dr. Rao officially presented the Hope vaccine, announcing BeneTech's cure for the mutant condition. She showed footage of the killings committed by Tildie's nightmare forms before bringing the apprehensive young girl out on stage to show she had indeed been cured. Rao declared Tildie would be making herself available to any scientist who wanted to confirm the cure worked.
(Astonishing X-Men III#3) - Tildie remained at BeneTech, blissfully unaware of the fact her room was actually a giant observatory. While she played with her dolls, Dr. Rao studied her.
(Astonishing X-Men III#6) - During the X-Men's final confrontation
against Ord at BeneTech Labs, the alien decided to make a strategic
retreat. He took all the data on the anti-mutant vaccine, as well as the
produced samples. He also abducted Tildie and launched his ship, which
was hidden in a sub-basement of the facility. Ord planned to use "the
little one" as part of a complicated scheme but before he could reach
space, he was forced to land by Wolverine, who'd been hurled at Ord's vessel by Colossus. Back on the
ground, Ord surrendered and was taken into SHIELD custody while Tildie was returned to
Comments: Created by Joss Whedon (writer) and John Cassaday (pencils & inks).
Just how Dr. Rao got footage of Tildie accidentally murdering her parents and the police officers who came to her her house has been conveniently glossed over. When this story came out in 2004, cops didn't wear body cameras yet and it's doubtable that a news crew accompanied them in.
Remarkably Tilde Soames was featured as the main antagonist in episode 13 of Wolverine and the X-Men cartoon from 2009. In the cartoon she was imprisoned by the MRD as her powers were deemed to dangerous but was freed by Juggernaut, who used a mind controlling device on her. She attacked the X-Men until Rogue could destroy the little device.
Profile by Norvo.
Tildie Soames should not be confused with
images: (without ads)
Astonishing X-Men III#2, p4, pan1 (main image)
Astonishing X-Men III#2, p3, pan4 (presented to the public by Rao)
Astonishing X-Men III#6, p18, pan4 (captured by Ord)
Astonishing X-Men III#1 (July, 2004) - Joss Whedon (writer), John Cassaday (pencils & inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Astonishing X-Men III#2 (August, 2004) - Joss Whedon (writer), John Cassaday (pencils & inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Astonishing X-Men III#3 (September, 2004) - Joss Whedon (writer), John Cassaday (pencils & inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Astonishing X-Men III#6 (December, 2004) - Joss Whedon (writer), John Cassaday (pencils & inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Last updated: 06/22/15
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