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CIPHER

Real Name: Alisa Tiger

Identity/Class: Human mutant

Occupation: Unrevealed; former student

Group Membership: None; formerly Young X-Men (Anole/Victor Borkowski, Blindfold/Ruth Aldine, Dust/Sooraya Qadir, Greymalkin/Jonas Greymalkin, Ink/Eric Gitter, Danielle Moonstar, Rockslide/Santo Vacarro, Sunspot/Roberto Da Costa, Wolf Cub/Nicholas Gleason)

Affiliations: Shogo Lee, Kymera of Earth-13729, X-Men (either faculty members from Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, Jean Grey School for Higher Learning or other X-Men teams) (Angel/Warren Worthington III, Beast/Henry McCoy, Cannonball/Sam Guthrie, Chamber/Jonothon Starsmore, Colossus/Piotr Rasputin, Cyclops/Scott Summers, Dazzler/Alison Blaire, Doop, Emma Frost, Gambit/Remy LeBeau, Husk/Paige Guthrie, Iceman/Robert Drake, Jean Grey, Karma/Xi'an Coy Manh, Krakoa, Magik/Illyana Rasputin, Magma/Amara Aquilla, Marvel Girl/Rachel Summers, Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner, Omega Sentinel/Karima Shapander, Phoenix/Jean Grey, Psylocke/Betsy Braddock, Rogue/Anna Marie, Shadowcat/Kitty Pryde, Storm/Ororo Munroe, Toad/Mortimer Toynbee, Warbird/Ava'Dara Naganandini, Wolverine/James "Logan" Howlett, Xorn/Kuan-Yin Xorn), "time displaced X-Men" (Angel, Beast, Cyclops, Iceman, Jean Grey), X-Men students (Xavier Institute for Higher Learning, Greymalkin Industries, Utopia and Jean Grey School for High Learning) (Armor/Hisako Ichiki, Bling!/Roxy Washington, Broo, Creep/Marisol Guerra, Crosta, Elixir/Josh Foley, Ernst, Eye-Boy/Trevor Hawkins, Face, Genesis/Evan Sabahnur, Gentle/Nezhno Abidemi, Glob Herman/Robert Herman, Hellion/Jullian Keller, Hope/Hope Summers, Indra/Paras Gavaskar, Ziggy Karst, Kid Gladiator/Kubark, Kid Omega/Quentin Quire, Loa/Alani Ryan, Match/Ben Hamill, Mercury/Cessily Kincaid, Nature Girl/Lin Li, No-Girl/Martha Johannson, Onyxx/Syndey Green, Oya/Idie Okonkwo, Pixie/Megan Gwynn, Primal/Teon Macik, Prodigy/David Alleyne, Scorpion Boy/Rico, Sharkgirl/Iara Dos Santos, Sprite/Jia Jing, Surge/Noriko Ashida, Three-In-One/Celeste, Mindee, Phoebe Cuckoo, Trance/Hope Abbott, Transonic/Laurie Tromette, Velocidad/Gabriel Cojuelo, X-23/Laura Kinney)

Enemies: Arkea, the Future, H.A.M.M.E.R., Hellfire Club (Black Bishop/Maximilian Frankenstein, Black King/Kade Kilgore, White King/Manuel Enduque, White Queen/Wilhelmina Kensington), Humanity Now!, Neo Warclan (Anteus, Elysia, Jaeger, Junction, Salvo, two unidentified), Leon Nunez, Norman Osborn, Donald Pierce, Sentinels, Spider-Man (Mac Gargan), Y-Men (Carlos Rodriguez, Julio Rodriguez, unidentified others)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Cypher (called by Greymalkin)

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
   formerly Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, Westchester County, New York;
   formerly Utopia, coast of San Francisco Bay, California;
   formerly Graymalkin Industries, Marin Highlands, San Francisco, California;
   formerly Grace Church, Nob Hill, San Francisco, California;
   formerly Danger Cave, underneath the ruins of Xavier Institute for Higher Learning, Westchester County, New York;
   formerly Xavier Institute for Higher Learning, Westchester County, New York;
   formerly Mutant Town, New York City, New York

First Appearance: (Behind the Scenes) New X-Men I#127 (August, 2002); (first mentioned) Young X-Men#3 (August, 2008); (first Seen) Young X-Men#8 (January, 2009)

Powers/Abilities: Alisa has the power to remain truly undetectable and is both intangible and invisible. She appears immune to psychic and sensory detection and has virtually no psi-profile. Alisa also had the ability to phase through solid objects and "fly" by walking on air molecules in much the same way as Shadowcat. But unlike Kitty Pryde, Alisa can phase through electrical systems without damaging them. She can however inflict harm on organic beings by phasing through them. During her time with the X-Men, she learned to pilot several of their aircraft, including the X-Jet and the Dove.

Height: 5'8" (by approximation)
Weight: 130 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

History:

(Young X-Men#10 (fb) - BTS) - Afraid an unrevealed man would find out she was still alive, Alisa used her mutant abilities to go into hiding.

(New X-Men I#127 - BTS) - Alisa was living in New York City's mutant section called Mutant Town during the Sonny Bean riot. The monstrous looking 12-year-old Sonny eating his neighbor's dog caused angry crowds to riot. The X-Men (Cyclops, Jean Grey and Xorn) arrived to quell the riots.

(Young X-Men#10 (fb) ) - Jean Grey, after using her telepathy to calm the crowd, noticed Alisa's presence. Unable to see the girl and barely able to read her, Jean figured she virtually had no psi-profile.

(Young X-Men#10 (fb) - BTS) - Jean and Cyclops convinced Alisa to show herself to them and offered her a place at the Xavier Institute. Alisa revealed why she'd gone into hiding and made the X-Men promise to keep her presence a secret. Cyclops agreed to these terms. She secretly enrolled at Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters and was given the codename Cipher.

(Young X-Men#10 (fb) - BTS) - After the death of Jean Grey, Cipher grew more isolated even though she did form a close friendship with the precognitive student Blindfold.

(Astonishing X-Men III#15 - BTS / Young X-Men#10 (fb) ) - When Cassandra Nova attacked the X-Men, Cipher and Blindfold hid in the girls' bathroom. Armor (Hisako) came in looking for Blindfold, but Cipher made her swear to keep her presence a secret. Seconds later, a child-like Wolverine came running into the room, followed by a feral Beast, both victims of Nova's telepathic manipulations. Beast stopped to attack Cipher and Blindfold, but the girls were rescued by Armor.

(Uncanny X-Men I#493 - BTS / Young X-Men#10 (fb) ) - During the Messiah Complex affair, the giant Sentinels charged with protecting the Xavier Institute malfunctioned. The X-Men eventually defeated them, but the struggle destroyed the Xavier Institute. In the ruins, Cipher discovered and saved the mutant Jonas Graymalkin who was revealed to have been buried on the grounds since the late 18th century when his father left him for dead because he caught Jonas making out with a boy. The shock triggered Graymalkin's darkness powered mutant survival powers. Risen from the grave, Graymalkin and Cipher and quickly became friends, both keeping their identity secret from the other X-Men.

(Young X-Men#1 - BTS) - X-Men villain Donald Pierce disguised himself as Cyclops and approached several students to join his new X-Men team, including Wolf Cub, Dust, Blindfold, Rockslide, along with a new "mutant" Ink. Pierce claimed that they were the last generation of mutants on Earth (because the newborn mutant Hope had vanished) and that they were going to have to fight a new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants after which he showed them the New Mutants (Cannonball, Magma, Sunspot and Moonstar). Pierce's team of Young X-Men moved into what he called the Danger Cave underneath the ruins of Xavier Institute. Unbeknownst to Pierce or the mutants, Cipher and Graymalkin also moved in and quickly discovered who "Cyclops" really was.

(Young X-Men#2 / Young X-Men#10 (fb) ) - Over the next three weeks, Cipher and Graymalkin watched as "Cyclops" trained the Young X-Men, honing their killing skills. After a while, "Cyclops" decided it was time to face the new "Brotherhood of Evil Mutants" and split up the team to go and fight Magma and Moonstar. Wolf Cub, Dust and Rockslide were put on the Gold Team, tasked to combat Magma. Blindfold and Ink were designated Blue Team and ordered to attack Moonstar. Cipher whilst staying invisible joined the blue team to keep an eye out for Blindfold. When they arrived at Moonstar's cabin in Boulder, Colorado Ink and Blindfold quickly engaged Moonstar. The students still proved unable to deal with a seasoned fighter like Moonstar who gained the upper hand and grabbed Blindfold, threatening to shoot her if Ink engaged. Cipher decided the time had come to act and knocked out Moonstar, while doing so she still kept herself invisible prompting Ink to believe it was part of Blindfold's powers. With Moonstar down Ink turned on Blindfold as part of a secret deal he'd made with Donald Pierce, who offered him a lot of money to deliver the mutant seer (Ink was not aware Pierce was posing as Cyclops). Cipher thought it best to keep her presence a secret and follow Ink back to the Danger Cave.

(Young X-Men#3 / Young X-Men#10 (fb) ) - Cipher witnessed how Ink delivered both Moonstar and Blindfold to Pierce in a deserted railroad in Manhattan. She then stayed on board the plane, traveling back with Ink to the Danger Cave where Ink lied to "Cyclops" saying Moonstar's powers had returned and took them by surprise. Cipher made her way up to Graymalkin's hideout to ask him to help her save Blindfold from Pierce. Graymalkin reasoned that he wasn't the only one left who could help them: Cypher could also help, but Cipher quickly stated her name was Cipher not Cypher and eventually managed to persuade Graymalkin to come out of hiding and kill "Cyclops".

(Young X-Men#5 - BTS / Young X-Men#10 (fb) - BTS) - While Graymalkin fought Pierce, the still unseen Cipher opened Magma's prison cell, allowing her to help after which Pierce teleported away. Magma then used her abilities to heal Dust who'd been turned to glass. Cipher then followed Magma, Dust and Graymalkin who teamed up to find the Gold Team. However, their plane was attacked in midair by Cannonball who thought the Young X-Men were villains. Cannonball destroyed the jet, causing the mutants to fall to Earth. Cipher used her abilities to phase herself to safety. Ink used his flying abilities to carry Wolf Cub while Magma's presence attracted Cannonball prompting them to reveal it was Donald Pierce all along. With everything clear both Young X-Men and the older New Mutants joined up to finish Pierce once and for all. Tracking him down to one of the Mole Man's former underground bases Graymalkin left the group to go and find Cipher and ask how she survived the plane's explosion. She then showed Graymalkin to the prison where Blindfold and Moonstar were held. But upon rescuing the girls they were shocked by a loud scream. Pierce had killed Wolf Cub with his razor sharp claws. Furious, Rockslide defeated Pierce but refused to kill him, honoring the dying Wolf Cub's final request.

(Young X-Men#6 - BTS) - After the destruction of the Xavier Institute, the X-Men and other students moved to Graymalkin Industries in San Francisco, the new home of the X-Men. The real Cyclops decided to keep the Young X-Men together and chose Danielle Moonstar and Sunspot to lead them. With a little help from Nightcrawler they located the Grace Cathedral on Nob Hill as the Young X-Men's base.

(Young X-Men#8) - Cipher joined Graymalkin and the Young X-Men on their latest mission locating Leon Nunez a mutant tattoo artist who'd given Ink his powers. Since they discovered Nunez had also given powers to known criminal Julio Rodriguez the team decided to step in. Whilst on board of the X-Jet en route to La Jolla, Graymalkin told Cipher to reveal herself to the team because they were good people, Cipher refused. Upon arriving, they quickly located Nunez and gained information on where to find Rodriguez. The Young X-Men found Rodriguez with his brother Carlos and two other criminals who'd been tatted-up by Nunez. Declaring themselves the Y-Men, the four super powered-criminals fought the team and gained the upper hand when they shot Moonstar and countless other Y-Men revealed their presence. Realizing keeping her identity a secret would mean certain doom for her friends Cipher decided to go and get help. She located Ink, who'd left the team and just beaten-up two criminals of the Hellfire Cult. Cipher revealed her true identity to Ink reminding him he was still an X-Man and his team needed him.

(Young X-Men#9) - Ink had decided on a plan to rescue the Young X-Men and convinced Cipher to pilot the X-Jet towards the home of Leon Nunez. During the flight Ink was shocked Cipher knew so much about him while he knew virtually nothing about her as Cipher still refused to reveal any details about herself other than her codename. Upon arriving in the middle of the night the two busted through Nunez's front door to confront him. Once Nunez revealed he was payed royally to empower them Ink forced the mutant to give him two new tattoos as part of his plan. On the palm of his right hand a tattoo was placed of a healing symbol and a Phoenix tattoo over his eye. Sometime later Cipher and Ink arrived at the Young X-Men's location, who were still fighting the Y-Men. Ink's plan seemed to work as he used his new healing powers to rescue Moonstar after which he used his new Phoenix-like power to remove all the superhuman powers from the Y-Men. As expected Cipher was nowhere to be seen during the final fight. However, Cipher did speak with Graymalkin about how Ink had helped them after which he offered his friendship to Ink.

(Young X-Men#10) - Thinking themselves to be alone Ink asked Graymalkin who the hell Cipher was anyway, after which Cipher immediately revealed her presence, told Ink that it wasn't any of his business and left the room by phasing through the floor. Graymalkin then continued that she was indeed her friend and revealed how she'd rescued him from under the rubble. Meanwhile, Young X-Men mentors Moonstar and Sunspot were debating Cipher with Cyclops. They couldn't understand why he would've kept her identity a secret to them. Cyclops explained his reasons for doing so and revealed that they weren't the only X-Men who found her powerset unnerving: Wolverine, Angel, Beast, Storm and Emma Frost had expressed similar concerns. While the discussion went on Cipher spied on Rockslide and Anole during one of their training sessions as the boys discussed the fact Ink would stay on as team member. Later that day Cipher, while staying invisible, had a talk with Cyclops. Cyclops reasoned there was no point in keeping herself a secret since she'd already outed herself, whether she wanted them or not they now knew about her. Cyclops asked her to trust them as she'd trusted him and Jean before, which prompted Cipher to bring up the as of yet unidentified man who would come for her if he knew she was still alive. Cyclops reasoned that he'd have to go through the full force of the X-Men before he could ever get his hands on her, this finally put Cipher's concerns to rest. She dropped her invisibility, saying she'd have to get over her fears.

(Young X-Men#11) - Cipher took part in a training session with the full force of the Young X-Men, fighting a towering robot, Cipher used her phasing powers to phase through the robot but didn't do any harm prompting Rockslide to ask what good she was in a fight like that. But before she could react the team was surprised when Dust suddenly collapsed, the training session was halted to check in on their teammate. Dust hastily commented she just lost her focus and quickly left the training room, the team, however, was unaware Dust was dying at a cellular level since being turned to glass by Magma. In a desperate act Dust then freed Donald Pierce from his prison cell because he'd promised he could cure her. Dust and Pierce rushed toward an escape ship, but were blocked by Beast, Cyclops, Moonstar, Sunspot and Wolverine. Faced with the decision of helping Pierce or attacking her friends, Dust turned on Pierce, ripping the flesh off his robotic form. Pierce held his own against the mutants until the Young X-Men (Anole, Cipher, Graymalkin, Ink, Rockslide) attacked. The battle was halted when Dust collapsed again and seemingly died.

(Young X-Men#12) - Cipher could do nothing but watch as a furious Rockslide savagely launched himself at Pierce while Ink tried to use his healing powers on Dust. When he proved unable to do so, the team surrounded their fallen teammate.

(Young X-Men#12 (fb) - BTS) - Cipher helped Moonstar cleanse and wrap Sooraya's body in preparation of her burial. She then approached Angel who told her there was a nice spot for her on the hillside, east, facing Mecca. Cipher then decided to inform her teammates.

(Young X-Men#12) - Meeting up with the rest of the team Cipher told them Sooraya's body had been prepared, revealing that because of her religion she needed to be buried within 24 hours. Fed up with the losing of friends Rockslide and Anole decided to disband the team, while the others reluctantly agreed. Ink then rushed off, still feeling guilty about his former alliance to Pierce he went to see Dust's corpse. Ink decided to give it one last go and use Phoenix-like powers to successfully resurrect and heal Dust, but in doing so rendering himself catatonic. Some time later the X-Men moved Ink and Dust to the medical bay for research, claiming Ink still had some brain activity but had been subdued as if he was overcharged. Cipher and the others heard about the news and came to see Dust who reminded the team that they were still X-Men. Just as the words had left her lips Moonstar came rushing in, the villainous Neo had returned and were advancing on San Francisco. The team looked at each other and decided to remain X-Men.

(Young X-Men#12) - Upon arriving at the Golden Gate Bridge Cipher and the others fought the Neo. Cipher used her phasing abilities to fight the Neo. (see comments)

(Young X-Men#12 - BTS) - Cipher and the other Young X-Men moved to Graymalkin Industries.

(Uncanny X-Men I#509) - Cipher joined Cannonball, Nezhno and Loa on a beautiful day in San Francisco's Haight Ashbury district.

(Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia#1) - When the Humanity Now! Coalition marched on San Francisco, they were opposed by anti-Proposition X protestors. As violence and riots erupted, Cyclops dispatched his X-Men to restore order. Later that night Norman Osborn (head of the national peacekeeping organization H.A.M.M.E.R.) publicly branded Cyclops an instigator and deployed his Avengers to quell the conflict and arrest anyone who stood in their way. That night Cipher joined Surge and Colossus to stop the fights on Hayes Valley. There she witnessed how Colossus beat up Rockslide, another X-Student whose irrational fear had driven him mad. When Cipher and Surge tried to tell Colossus the latest news he noticed the arrival of the villainous Spider-Man (Mac Gargan). Colossus quickly ordered the girls to run while he engaged the Avenger.

(X-Men: Legacy I#227) - Cipher was seen at the X-Men HQ when Onyxx and Ariel were about to return from a rescue mission with Trance. However, when they arrived Trance had disappeared. Ariel was quick to reason it might've been because of her ghost-like powers.

(Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Exodus - BTS) - After defeating Osborn's Avengers and Dark X-Men the real X-Men decided to leave San Francisco and moved to their own nation called Utopia.

(Doomwar#1) - While the X-Men learned about the Wakandan coup, Cipher and Psylocke noticed the sudden arrival of T'Challa, his sister Shuri (the Black Panther) and the entire Dora Milaje brigade at Utopia. Cipher and Psylocke rushed to tell the X-Men of their arrival.

(Heroic Age: X-Men#1 - BTS) - While researching Earth's mutants as part of his then-new role within the government, Steve Rogers read up on Cipher's history.

(X-Men: Regenesis#1 - BTS) - Following the ideological schism between Cyclops and Wolverine during a recent conflict, Wolverine had left Utopia to start a new school where young mutants would be students instead of the soldiers Cyclops wanted them to be. This led to the student body discussing amongst themselves who they'd follow. Over a game of baseball, the students decided whether they would stay or leave with Wolverine. Cipher came to the conclusion she would join Wolverine.

(X-Men: Schism#5 - BTS) - Cipher left Utopia in the Blackbird and enrolled at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning.

(Wolverine and the X-Men I#1) - Cipher attended the mutant literature class by instructor Paige Guthrie, but when the students refused to be quiet Guthrie used her mutant ability to rip off her face and yell at the students as a monster. Just then headmaster Wolverine passed by with Mrs. Marigold and Mr. Clud from the New York State department of education, the inspectors had come to evaluate how much of a threat the school was, the incident left yet another less than great impression of the school.

(Wolverine and the X-Men I#2) - The Jean Grey School came under attack from the new Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club. Cipher, still in Guthrie's class, was attacked by a horde of Frankenstein-monsters courtesy of Maximilian Frankenstein the Black Bishop. When Husk proved unable to fend off the monsters, the students were saved by Iceman using his powers to create multiple ice-monsters.

(X-Men Legacy I#260.1) - Cipher and other students were shocked when their ethics teacher Cannonball showed up, drenched in N'Garai blood. The X-Men were in the middle of stopping the extra-dimensional demons from overtaking the school. Rogue did her best to keep the news from the students, claiming all the noise was "just" some demolition work going on outside.

(Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha & Omega#1) - Cipher was seen walking through the school's hallways with Mercury.

(Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha & Omega#2) - Cipher entered a classroom together with Nezhno, Rockslide and Broo.

(Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha & Omega#3) - Cipher and the students were sent to their panic rooms by Rachel Grey when the school was attacked by a berserker Wolverine.

(Wolverine and the X-Men I#9) - Cipher and several students attended a flying class taught by Cannonball and his sister Husk. All students were given jetpacks and after given basic instructions took to the sky. However with the sudden arrival of the Phoenix Force the telepathic Kid Omega was affected and rendered unconscious. Cipher witnessed how janitor Toad used his elongated tongue to save the student from falling to his death.

(Uncanny Avengers I#1) - Cipher was present during the funeral services for Charles Xavier who had been killed by the Phoenix-possessed Cyclops.

(Wolverine and the X-Men I#20) - Cipher was seen walking through the school's hallways, busy on her phone when X-Man Angel gave a tour of the facilities to new student Sharkgirl.

(All-New X-Men I#10) - The Jean Grey School was shocked by the sudden arrival of the other X-Men team led by Cyclops. Cipher and the other students witnessed how Cyclops explained they had opened the New Charles Xavier School for Mutants (in the former Weapon X facility in Canada). Cyclops offered anyone willing a place in their new school (enraging Wolverine and his staff they actually used Xavier's name). Giving the students some time to think about it, Cyclops told them they'd return later that day.

(Wolverine and the X-Men I#29) - Cipher joined staff and students in the school garden for a special time capsule ceremony. Everyone was invited to place something of value in the capsule that would be opened twenty-five years from now.

(X-Men IV#10/2 (fb) - BTS) - A meteor containing pieces of Arkea's essence crashed towards Earth, sending chunks of infectious rock all over the planet. The debris managed to reach a group of old school Sentinels sunk decades earlier off the Cortes banks. Controlling the corroded killing machines, Arkea ordered them to head for the mainland. Jubilee gathered a small group of students to stop the Sentinels, amongst them was Cipher. Cipher piloted the X-Jet and brought the students to Catalina Island.

(X-Men IV#10/2) - The small strike force on the beach consisted of Jubilee, Bling!, Pixie and Hellion, while the squad in the X-Jet was made up of Cipher, Mercury, Kid Omega and Karima Shapandar. When the Sentinels emerged from the water, Hellion began the assault while Bling! helped the people on the beach to safety. Jubilee soon realized their opponents had more firepower than expected, forcing her to change the mission parameters and sending Pixie and Bling! in. Meanwhile, Kid Omega had been tasked with using his telepathic abilities to defeat Arkea's essence which controlled the Sentinels.

(X-Men IV#11/2) - From the X-Jet, Cipher and Karima witnessed how the students destroyed several Sentinels. Cipher was somewhat disappointed, feeling she was wasted up in the jet, Karima reminded her she kept them from crashing into the water which was no small feat. Karima then took off with Pixie to go and help Storm on another mission, leaving Cipher behind to assist the students in their fight against the Sentinels. After Mercury had saved Bling! from a watery grave and Hellion was about to be blasted by one of the Sentinels, Cipher signaled the students that Jubilee had gone missing.

(X-Men IV#12/2) - Just when Cipher and the other students started to worry about Jubilee's well-being she rematerialized and continued her attack on one of the Sentinels. Whilst still piloting the X-Jet, Cipher commanded Kid Omega to hurry up and defeat Arkea, continuing to agitate Omega on purpose until he grew so angry he activated the full extent of his powers and successfully destroyed the Sentinels. Cipher then brought the X-Jet down to pick up the other students. While she was doing that, she received reports the X-Men had made contact with Arkea Prime. Upon asking Jubilee whether or not they would join the X-Men, Lee decided to leave it to the pros.

(Storm III#1) - Storm was asked by Beast to reason with Marisol Guerra, codenamed Flourish, a student who wanted to leave Xavier's and had used her abilities to grow all kinds of mushroom, moss and mold in the cafeteria. Since the other students had nicknamed her Creep, she decided to own the name and tried her best to upset Storm so she would be returned home. Guerra finally got under Ororo's skin by calling her old. Storm summoned rain and thunder to wash the girl away. The sound of thunder didn't go unnoticed as Cipher and several others quickly followed the sound and witnessed what had happened.

(X-Men IV#16 - BTS) - Cipher was standing by to pilot the Dove and assist the X-Men in their fight against the Future to save Jubilee. Storm ordered her to orbit at ten thousand feet and supply the X-Men with sensor telemetry, so if the Future had any more tricks up his sleeve they could find out.

(X-Men IV#17) - While in the Dove, Cipher was gathering sensor readings and transferred it to Storm and Rachel Grey. Keeping track of Storm's plane Cipher witnessed how several trees were ripped from the ground and targeted at Storm's plane. Cipher tried her best to guide Storm through the obstacles after which the X-Men successfully defeated the Future.

(Nightcrawler IV#5) - Cipher was seen walking around the school in her gym wear during Nightcrawler's first day as a teacher at the Jean Grey School.

(Storm III#10) - Cipher and several other students witnessed how Storm flew down to the front lawn of the Jean Grey School. Amazed by her appearance, several students waved at her. Later that day the Jean Grey School came under attack by former student Kenji Uedo who engulfed the school in his living techno-organic flesh. A version of Kenji's former self tried to rescue Cipher from the techno-organic flesh but was unsuccessful.

(Storm III#11) - Storm unleashed a powerful blast of thunder which allowed Cipher and other students to free themselves from the living flesh and escape the premises. Eventually Storm was able to defeat Kenji who seemingly died.

(Uncanny X-Men I#600) - Cipher and the other X-Men were about to stage an intervention for Beast when Dazzler received word the still fugitive Cyclops was spotted in Washington D.C. This led Magik to teleport everyone to the nation's capital to confront their former leader. Instead, they witnessed him deliver a powerful speech to prove to the world they had nothing to fear from mutants.

Comments: Created by Marc Guggenheim (writer), Rafa Sandoval (pencils), Roger Bonet (inks).

When Cipher fought the Neo in Young X-Men#12 she finally used her phasing power to attack. It's not entirely clear how her phasing powers affects people, in Young X-Men#11 it was revealed her phasing power has no disruptive effect on machinery (unlike Shadowcat's for instance) but while attacking the Neo she either electrocuted or disrupted their powers. Personally I think it's the latter, it seemed like it was a Neo who could split himself into two separate forms. Cipher's phasing might just have negated that particular power.

Profile by MarvellousLuke

CLARIFICATIONS:
Cipher has no known connections to

  • Cypher, Douglas Ramsey, close friend of Warlock and Kitty Pryde @ New Mutants I#21
  • Cypher, AIM commander, sought technology to take control of nuclear missiles @ Sabretooth & Mystique#1
  • Cypherr-4, agent of Tenebrae, robot guard, guarded and protected Alicia Masters, abandoned her in Sub-Atomica when received new orders @ Silver Surfer III#141
  • or any other "Cipher" characters

images: (without ads)
Young X-Men#8, p22, pan4 (main image)
Young X-Men#10, p2, pan4,5 (first noticed by Jean Grey)
Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia#1, p22, pan1 (alongside Colossus and Surge)


Appearances:
New X-Men I#127 (August, 2002) - Grant Morrison (writer), John Paul Leon (pencils), Bill Sienkiewicz (inks), Mike Marts, Mike Raicht (editors)
Astonishing X-Men III#15 (August, 2006) - Joss Whedon (writer), John Cassaday (pencils, inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Young X-Men#2 (July, 2008) - Marc Guggenheim (writer), Yanick Paquette (pencils), Ray Snyder (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Young X-Men#3 (August, 2008) - Marc Guggenheim (writer), Yanick Paquette (pencils), Ray Snyder, Kris Justice (inks), Nick Lowe, Will Panzo (editors)
Young X-Men#5 (October, 2008) - Marc Guggenheim (writer), Yanick Paquette (pencils), Ray Snyder (inks), Nick Lowe, Will Panzo (editors)
Young X-Men#8 (January, 2009) - Marc Guggenheim (writer), Rafa Sandoval (pencils), Roger Bonet (inks), Nick Lowe, Daniel Ketchum (editors)
Young X-Men#9 (February, 2009) - Marc Guggenheim (writer), Rafa Sandoval (pencils), Roger Martinez, Greg Adams (inks), Nick Lowe, Daniel Ketchum (editors)
Young X-Men#10 (March, 2009) - Marc Guggenheim (writer), Ben Oliver (pencils, inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Young X-Men#11 (April, 2009) - Marc Guggenheim (writer), Rafa Sandoval (pencils), Roger Bonet (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Young X-Men#12 (May, 2009) - Marc Guggenheim (writer), Rafa Sandoval (pencils), Roger Bonet (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#509 (June, 2009) - Matt Fraction (writer), Greg Land (pencils), Jay Leisten (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia#1 (August, 2009) - Matt Fraction (writer), Terry Dodson (pencils), Rachel Dodson (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
X-Men: Legacy I#227 (October, 2009) - Mike Carey (writer), Dustin Weaver (pencils), Edgar Tadeo (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Doomwar#1 (April, 2010) - Jonathan Maberry (writer), Scot Eaton (pencils), Andy Lanning (inks), Axel Alonso (editor)
Heroic Age: X-Men#1 (February, 2011) - Michael Hoskin (head writer, coordinator), Chad Anderson, Mike O'Sullivan, Peter Sanderson, Markus Raymond, Anthony Flamini, Kevin Garcia, Stuart Vandal, Jacob Rougemont, Madison Carter (writers)
Wolverine and the X-Men I#1 (December, 2011) Jason Aaron (writer), Chris Bachalo (pencils), Tim Townsend, Jaime Mendoza, Al Vey (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Wolverine and the X-Men I#2 (January, 2012) Jason Aaron (writer), Chris Bachalo (pencils), Tim Townsend, Jaime Mendoza, Al Vey (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha & Omega#1 (March, 2012) - Brian Wood (writer), Roland Boschi (pencils, inks), Mark Brooks (pencils), Andrew Currie, Jay Leisten, Norman Lee (inks), Jeanine Schaefer (editor)
X-Men Legacy I#260.1 (March, 2012) - Christos Gage (writer), David Baldeon (pencils), Jordi Tarragona (inks), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha & Omega#2 (April, 2012) - Brian Wood (writer), Roland Boschi (pencils, inks), Mark Brooks (pencils), Andrew Currie (inks), Jeanine Schaefer (editor)
Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha & Omega#3 (May, 2012) - Brian Wood (writer), Roland Boschi (pencils, inks), Mark Brooks (pencils), Andrew Currie (inks), Jeanine Schaefer (editor)
Wolverine and the X-Men I#9 (June, 2012) - Jason Aaron (writer), Chris Bachalo (pencils), Tim Townsend, Jaime Mendoza, Al Vey (inks), Nick Lowe, Daniel Ketchum, Jordan White (editors)
Uncanny Avengers I#1 (December, 2012) - Rick Remender (writer), John Cassaday (pencils, inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Wolverine and the X-Men I#20 (January, 2013) - Jason Aaron (writer), Steven Sanders (pencils, inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
All-New X-Men I#10 (June, 2013) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Stuart Immonen (pencils), Wade von Grawbadger (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Wolverine and the X-Men I#29 (July, 2013) - Jason Aaron (writer), Ramon Perez (pencils, inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
X-Men IV#10/2 (April, 2014) - Brian Wood (writer), Clay Mann (pencils), Seth Mann (inks), Tom Brennan, Jeanine Schaefer (editor)
X-Men IV#11/2 (April, 2014) - Brian Wood (writer), Clay Mann (pencils), Seth Mann (inks), Tom Brennan, Jeanine Schaefer (editor)
X-Men IV#12/2 (May, 2014) - Brian Wood (writer), Clay Mann (pencils), Seth Mann (inks), Tom Brennan, Jeanine Schaefer (editors)
Storm III#1 (September, 2014) - Greg Pak (writer), Victor Ibanez (pencils, inks), Mike Marts (editor)
X-Men IV#16 (September, 2014) - Brian Wood (writer), Matteo Buffagni, Gerardo Sandoval (pencils), Matteo Buffagni (inks), Daniel Ketchum, Mike Marts (editors)
X-Men IV#17 (September, 2014) - Brian Wood (writer), Paco Diaz, Phil Briones (pencils, inks), Daniel Ketchum, Mike Marts (editors)
Nightcrawler IV#5 (October, 2014) - Chris Claremont (writer), Todd Nauck (pencils, inks), Daniel Ketchum, Mike Marts (editors)
Storm III#10 (June, 2015) - Greg Pak (writer), Victor Ibanez, Al Barrionuevo, Neil Edwards (pencillers), Victor Ibanez, Ed Tadeo (inks), Daniel Ketchum, Alanna Smith, Mike Marts (editors)
Storm III#11 (July, 2015) - Greg Pak (writer), Victor Ibanez, Neil Edwards (pencils), Victor Ibanez, Neil Edwards (inks), Daniel Ketchum, Mike Marts (editors)
Uncanny X-Men I#600 (January, 2016) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Sara Pichelli, Mahmud Asrar, Kris Anka, David Marquez (pencils, inks), Frazer Irving, Chris Bachalo, Stuart Immonen (pencillers), Wade von Grawbadger, Mark Irwin, Tim Townsend (inks), Mike Marts, Mark Paniccia (editors)


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