Real Name: Lucy Priest
Identity/Class: Human mutant
Group Membership: Xavier Institute student body
Affiliations: Shi'ar, Xavier Institute student body (Angel/Angel Salvadore, Beak/Barnell Bohusk, Skywalker, possibly Pako/Cirlio Crisologo, see comments), X-Men (Archangel/Warren Worthington III)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, Salem Center, New York
First Appearance: New X-Men I#131 (October, 2002)
Powers/Abilities: Butterfly was a human mutant who possessed brightly colored, gossamer-like wings that allowed her to fly like her namesake. She was powerful enough to reach the outer layers of Earth's atmosphere under her own power. Lucy wears sunglasses.
Height: 5'6" (by approximation)
Weight: 110 lbs. (by approximation)
(New X-Men I#131 - BTS) - After Lucy Priest's mutant powers manifested themselves she enrolled at Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. There, she picked the codename Butterfly because of the way her wings looked. As a flyer, she took part in flying classes taught by X-Man Archangel.
(New X-Men I#131 (fb) - BTS) - Butterfly and her friends dared fellow flying class member Angel Salvadore twenty dollars that she wouldn't dare to kiss their classmate Beak (Barnell Bohusk) whose physical mutation had left him looking like an unappealing human/chicken hybrid.
(New X-Men I#131) - Butterfly and the other members of the flight class received their latest objective from Archangel. He told them to fly towards a massive Shi'ar vessel in orbit over Earth. Those who were able to reach it would take part in a special, weeks long training course, serving as part of a relief team aboard the Shi'ar flagship. The ship they were supposed to get to was scheduled to rendezvous with the surviving vessels of Lilandra's Imperial Armada on the dark side of the Moon where they would spend a couple of weeks before the Armada was scheduled to head back to their homeworld Chandilar. Butterfly was among the first to reach the alien ship. She watched in surprise when Angel Salvadore and Beak got on board as well. Shock followed surprise when Beak happily told everyone he'd kissed a girl. Angel smugly collected her twenty dollars, leading Butterfly to claim Salvadore would even kiss a rat with AIDS.
(New X-Men I#133 - BTS) - When Charles Xavier's marriage to Lilandra was annulled in the wake of the Cassandra Nova incident, the new Shi'ar emergency senate of the Shi'ar had decreed the withdrawal of all Shi'ar citizens from Earth during a disinfection period. Butterfly and the other students were returned to Earth.
Comments: Created by Grant Morrison (writer), John Paul Leon (pencils), Bill Sienkiewicz (inks).
It's likely Butterfly would have met and befriended Pako, an X-Student who appeared to have been part of the Shi'ar relief team in New X-Men I#133.
Butterfly was probably among the many millions mutants who lost their powers when a reality altering spell cast by the Scarlet Witch reduced the number of gene active mutants to a mere 300 worldwide.
Butterfly's real name has been revealed in the Xavier Institute entry of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z HC#13 (2008).
Profile by MarvellousLuke
Butterfly has no known connections to
Skywalker was part of Angel's flying class, who gave Skywalker some tips how to fly faster.
--New X-Men I#131
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New X-Men I#131, p19, pan1 (main image)
New X-Men I#131, p4, pan1 (Angel's flying class)
New X-Men I#131, p20, pan4 (losing a bet)
New X-Men I#131, p7, pan1 (Skywalker)
New X-Men I#131 (October, 2002) - Grant Morrison (writer), John Paul Leon (pencils), Bill Sienkiewicz (inks), Mike Marts, Mike Raicht (editors)
Last updated: 08/01/16
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