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Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human mutant (depowered)

Occupation: former mercenary

Group Membership: Hell's Belles (Flambé, Vague)

Affiliations: Briquette, Cyber (Silas Burr), Mercury (Cessily Kincaid), Outlaw (Inez Temple), Storm (Ororo Munroe), Toad (Mortimer Toynbee), unidentified drug cartel;
formerly Shrew (Marilyn Maycroft)

Enemies: Children of the Atom (Cyclops-Lass/Buddy Bartholomew, Cherub/Gabe Brathwaite, Marvel Guy/Benny Thomas, Daycrawler/Jay Thoma, Gimmick/Carmen Maria Cruz), Shrew (Marilyn Maycroft), X-Factor (Havok/Alex Summers, Multiple Man/Jamie Madrox Polaris/Lorna Dane, Quicksilver/Pietro Maximoff, Strong Guy/Guido Carosella, Wolfsbane/Rahne Sinclair)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Krakoa;
                                  formerly mobile throughout the United States

First Appearance: X-Factor I#80 (July, 1992)

Powers/Abilities: Tremolo is a depowered mutant who had the ability to radiate sonic/vibration waves, energy blasts and had the ability to fly. After being depowered, Tremolo would rely on using a energyblaster to somewhat replicate her powers.

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'8")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 140lbs.)
Eyes: Blue (also seen as yellow)
Hair: Blond


(X-Factor I#79 (fb) - BTS) - Tremolo worked as a professional mercenary, forming the Hell's Belles alongside fellow female mutants Briquette, Flambé, Shrew and Vague. The group took orders from Cyber (Silas Burr) and a major drug cartel.

(X-Factor I#79 (fb) - BTS) - Cyber sent Tremolo and the other Hell's Belles to murder Shrew. Their former teammate had secretly struck a deal with the US government to testify against the cartel in exchange for immunity. Because Shrew was being protected by the government superhero team X-Factor, Cyber ambushed and injured Polaris, believing she was the most powerful member of X-Factor.

(X-Factor I#80) - The Hell's Belles learned X-Factor was protecting Shrew at the Barclay Hotel in Virginia, Washington. Havok, Strong Guy and Wolfsbane had to deal with the lethal ladies. While Vague and Flambé took the direct route into the hotel to attack Havok and Wolfsbane, Briquette dug her razor-sharp claws into the outside wall and slowly clawed her way up to the room. At the same time, Tremolo came bursting through the hotel wall and attacked Strong Guy, distracting him long enough for Briquette to make it inside. Their tussle caused them to crash through the hotel floors, eventually ending in the basement. This left Shrew to face Tremolo alone.

(X-Factor I#81) - While Tremolo fought Shrew she urged her former friend to return to the Hell's Belles which Shrew refused. However, moments later Wolfsbane appeared who kicked Tremolo in the back, sending her flying through the window. Meanwhile Briquette ended the confrontation by grabbing hold of the hotel's basement boiler and using her internal heat to cause an explosion which caused the building to collapse. Some time later, Cyber contacted X-Factor in an attempt to force them to hand over Shrew in exchange for the antidote to Strong Guy's poison, who'd been poisoned by Cyber. X-Factor agreed to their terms.

(X-Factor I#81 - BTS) - Unbeknownst to Cyber or the Hell's Belles, Strong Guy had already been cured thanks to the efforts of a toxicologist.

(X-Factor I#81) - The Hell's Belles joined Cyber for the exchange later that night at Judiciary Square in Washington. X-Factor, joined by Multiple Man and Quicksilver, wasted no time attacking them. Now realizing they were duped, Tremolo took on Quicksilver and several of Multiple Man's dupes after which she was taken out by Quicksilver. The fight ended after Havok took down Cyber.

(X-Factor I#81 - BTS) - Tremolo and the other Hell's Belles were incarcerated.

(House of M#8 - BTS) - Tremolo was one of 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 worldwide.

(New Avengers I#17 - BTS) - Tremolo's mutant energies joined with those of the other depowered mutants, creating the Collective, a massive force presence that ended up killing, among others, most of the members of the Canadian superhero team Alpha Flight.

(New Avengers I#18 - BTS) - SHIELD analyzed The Collective's multiple energy signatures and managed to identify Tremolo's, along with 50+ other victims of M-Day.

(Children of the Atom#1 - BTS) - Although being depowered, Tremolo continued her criminal activities alongside Flambé and Vague who'd also been depowered. The women continued their life of crime to get enough money to restore at least a semblance of their lost powers.

(Children of the Atom#1) - Looking to make some quick money, the Hells Belles attacked a money-transport. But while making their get-away they were stopped by the Children of the Atom, a group of teenage heroes pretending to be mutants. Unfamiliar with the teenagers and their abilities Tremolo and the others opposed the teens as Tremolo took on optic-blast wielding Cyclops-Lass. The Children of the Atom, however, easily gained the upper hand and defeated the criminals who they left behind for the local authorities to find.

(Children of the Atom#1 - BTS) - After helping to take down the depowered members of the Hell's Belles, Cyclops-Lass posted an entry about the team on the website Mutants Unmuted. It listed Tremolo's powerset and mentioned she was depowered.

(Children of the Atom#2 - BTS) - Tremolo, Flambé and Vague were incarcerated in the Manhattan Detention Complex the Tombs

(Children of the Atom#2) - Learning her former teammates were incarcerated in prison, the one remaining mutant of the Hells Belles, Briquette, decided to break them out. Staging a successful jailbreak for the Hell's Belles, it didn't take long for the women to be opposed by the Children of the Atom again. Cyclops-Lass urged the Hells Belles to stand down and seek amnesty on Krakoa, something which the women laughed off. During the fight Flambé explained they'd felt violated, losing their mutant abilities and abandoned when Professor Charles Xavier founded the sovereign mutant-nation of Krakoa leaving the depowered mutants behind. Even without their mutant powers, the Hell's Belles were about to beat the Children of the Atom but the arrival of Storm, Outlaw, Toad and Mercury ended the fight. Storm got into a heated debate with Briquette over the fate of the depowered Hell's Belles who Ororo felt should return to prison. Storm assured the women that they would receive amnesty and could join them. Tremolo, Flambé and Vague accepted and joined Briquette and the others when they returned to Krakoa.

(Children of the Atom#6) - When the nation of Krakoa threw it's first extravagant Hellfire Gala, Tremolo, Flambé and Vague were also present. During the festivities, the women noticed the arrival of the Children of the Atom's sole mutant member, Gimmick (Carmen Maria Cruz). Decided they wanted payback, the women harassed the young girl only to be told off by Danielle Moonstar.

Comments: Created by Peter David, Larry Stroman, and Al Milgrom.

Tremolo is a wavering effect in a musical tone, produced either by rapid reiteration of a note, by rapid repeated slight variation in the pitch of a note, or by sounding two notes of slightly different pitches to produced prominent overtones.

It seems likely that at some point Tremolo will enter Crucible, a ceremony in which a depowered mutant has to battle for the chance to be killed and reborn a true mutant.

Profile by MarvellousLuke

Tremolo has no known connections to

Images: (without ads)
Children of the Atom#1, p1, pan4 (main image)
X-Factor I#80, p19, pan2 (attacking Strong Guy)
Children of the Atom#2, p21, pan4&5 (accepting amnesty)

X-Factor I#80 (July, 1992) - Peter David (writer), Larry Stroman (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Factor I#81 (August, 1992) - Peter David (writer), Larry Stroman (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
New Avengers I#18 (June, 2006) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Mike Deodato Jr. (pencils), Joe Pimentel (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Children of the Atom#1 (March, 2021) - Vita Ayala (writer), Bernard Chang (pencils, inks), Chris Robinson, Jordan D. White (editors)
Children of the Atom#2 (April, 2021) - Vita Ayala (writer), Bernard Chang (pencils, inks), Shannon Andrews Ballesteros, Chris Robinson, Jordan D. White (editors)
Children of the Atom#6 (August, 2021) - Vita Ayala (writer), Paco Medina (pencils, inks), Walden Wong (inks), Shannon Andrews Ballesteros, Jordan D. White (editors)

First Posted: 06/20/2022
Last Updated: 06/20/2022

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