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Real Name: Tildie Soames

Identity/Class: Human mutant (depowered), citizen of the United States

Occupation: Student 

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, 2004)

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)
Eyes: Green
Hair: Red

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 Dr. Rao.

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

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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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