Madelyne Pryor

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Template:Superherobox Madelyne Pryor is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe. She was a clone of Jean Grey, created by Mister Sinister. Although originally a supporting member of the X-Men cast for quite some time, a variety of troubles in her life (including being rejected by her husband and losing her son) eventually led to her manipulation into becoming a demonic-powered supervillain. Chris Claremont apparently got her name from Maddy Prior, lead singer of the folk-rock band Steeleye Span.

Character biography

When Phoenix committed suicide, a part of the Phoenix Force entered the lifeless clone that would become Madelyne. Sinister named the clone Madelyne Pryor, created a false background, and sent her to Alaska, where she fell in love with Scott Summers (Cyclops). After a series of events involving Mastermind (who wanted revenge for Jean Grey driving him insane) and his telepathic illusions, Madelyne married Scott, and he soon decided to retire from the X-Men.

Madelyne gave birth to a child, named Nathan Christoper Charles Summers. Although Scott tried to live a normal life, he received a call from his former teammate Angel that Jean Grey had been found, alive. He abandoned Madelyne and his son, who were attacked by Sinister's Marauders and Nathan was taken away. Madelyne was hospitalized, but Sinister had erased all her records.

Madelyne called the X-Men, and they arrived just as the Marauders did, and fought them off. She stayed with the X-Men as they fought the Adversary, and sacrified their lives to stop him. Resurrected by the goddess Roma, the X-Men worked secretly out of a an abandoned Reaver base in Australia.

The demon S'ym later came to Madelyne in her dreams and offered her the power to hurt Scott just as he had hurt her, and she accepted. She then struck a bargain with another demon, N'astirh, to find her missing baby, the demons activated her latent powers and she became the Goblyn Queen. This started the "Inferno" crossover.

N'astirh took her to an orphanage in Nebraska, the front for Sinister's genetic laboratory. Sinister captured her and told her all about her creation and her intended goal: to bear the child of Scott Summers. She used her black magic to escape, and N'astirh brought her son, intending to sacrifice him to ensure a permanent demonic presence on Earth.

She pitted X-Factor against the X-Men by reverting to Madelyne and claiming that Scott wanted to take their baby away. The teams defeated N'astirh, but Madelyne, becoming suicidal upon the discovery of being a clone, trapped herself and Jean Grey in a telepathic bubble, then killed herself and tried to telepathically take Jean with her. Jean survived by re-integrating the portions of her essence absorbed by the Phoenix Force and by Madelyne.

Her son later became the time-travelling soldier of fortune Cable.

Madelyne mysteriously re-appeared in X-Man #5 (July 1995) with little memory of her past. Under the tutelage of Selene, this new Madelyne served as the Hellfire Club's Black Rook, gradually learning more of her previous life. X-Man #25 (March 1997) revealed that "Madelyne" was in fact a psychic construct, unconsciously formed by the mind of Nate "X-Man" Grey. This Madelyne is also now dead, having been killed by another timeline's evil version of Jean Grey.

She has also appeared in certain alternate realities, such as the series Mutant X

A child identifying herself as "Maddy Pryor" appears in the Chris Claremont-scripted Avengers Annual #10, though there is no connection to Madelyne Pryor; Claremont had just named her after the singer as well.

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