Monday, July 6, 2009

Kitty Pryde

Real Name
Katherine "Kitty" Pryde

Adventurer, teacher, former student, bartender, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent


Place of Birth
Deerfield, Illinois

Known Relatives
Carmen Pryde (father, deceased), Theresa "Terri" Pryde (mother), Samuel Prydeman (grandfather, deceased), Chava Rosanoff (great-aunt, deceased)

Group Affiliation
Formerly X-Men, Excalibur, S.H.I.E.L.D., New Mutants

Some university-level courses


110 lbs. (when fully solid)



Kitty Pryde is a mutant with the ability to “phase” through solid matter by shifting her atoms through the spaces between the atoms of the object through which she is moving. Kitty can phase her clothing along with herself, and through practice has learned to phase other objects and people without harm to them. For all intents and purposes, Kitty is intangible whilst phasing, however she is still vulnerable to psionic or mystical attacks. Certain forms of energy can also disrupt her phased state.

When Kitty phases through an object with an electrical system, the process disrupts the system's workings. This includes the electrical impulses found in the human brain. Kitty can phase part or all of her body through another living being without harm to herself, though the other being can be rendered unconscious as a result. Kitty also has the potential to kill another being by phasing them into a solid object and then releasing them, causing them to solidify whilst still within the object.

Kitty passes through objects at the same rate of speed at which she is moving before phasing. Since she is unable to breathe while phasing, she can only continuously phase through solid objects - as when she travels underground - as long as she can hold her breath. Kitty can keep her phased form at rest in relation to the rotation of the Earth upon its axis, thus allowing her to assume a ground speed of the length of a football field and a half every second. Kitty can also walk on air whilst phasing.

Kitty has trained herself to reflexively assume a phased state at any indication of danger, such as a loud noise like a gunshot, in order to protect herself.

Kitty possesses moderate expertise of the martial arts of the Japanese ninja and samurai. Kitty demonstrated great knowledge of ninja methods of combat when Ogun mentally possessed her. With the possession over, Kitty forgot the knowledge of ninja techniques he gave her, but retained the knowledge of Oriental methods of combat Wolverine taught her.

Kitty is also a genius in the computer sciences, and is highly skilled in the design and use of computer hardware. She is a competent driver of automobiles, a skilled pilot of piston and jet engine aircraft, and a competent pilot of certain advanced interstellar vehicles. Kitty also undertook ballet and modern dance training, speaks fluent Japanese, Russian, and the royal and standard languages of the alien Shi'ar, and has moderate expertise in Gaelic, Hebrew, and German.

Other Info
Katherine "Kitty" Pryde is a genius. When she was 13 years old, she was allowed to take college-level courses. She had a pretty normal life until she began suffering headaches which steadily increased in intensity over time. She didn't know that she made mutant abilities until she suffered her worst headache ever and went upstairs to her room. When the headache stopped, Kitty realized that she was now on the floor of her living room. She unknowingly used her power to phase through solid matter for the first time. She had passing through her bed and floor into the room below.

Later on, Professor Charles Xavier arrived at Kitty's home with three of the X-Men, one being Jean Grey. Jean telepathically coerced Kitty's parents into allowing her to join Xavier's school, and Kitty became the newest and youngest member of the X-Men. Kitty originally called herself "Sprite," but later adopted the codename "Ariel." As a member of the X-Men, she formed a close friendship with Storm, Illyana Rasputin, and a romantic friendship with her teammate (Illyana's brother) Piotr Rasputin (aka Colossus). Also, on an adventure in space, she befriended a small alien dragon-like creature she named Lockheed (pictured in the forth picture above). (If you would like to learn more about the characters or team above, just click on their highlighted names. Note: Beware of Jean Grey's bio page with her in a really tight-fitting outfit, and definitely beware of Storm's page for multiple of reasons and pictures.)

After a visit to her father, Kitty learned that he had become involved with the Japanese mafia named the Yakuza. She followed him to Japan where she was captured and put under the mental control of Ogun, a martial arts master who had once been the teacher of Wolverine (one of Kitty's former teammates). Using Kitty's body, Ogun attempted to kill Wolverine but failed. Wolverine then taught Kitty to become skillful enough in martial arts to combat Ogun. Together they managed to exorcise Ogun's spirit. During the course of this adventure, Kitty began calling herself "Shadowcat" (which is her most known character name). Also, due to some unfortunate events, Shadowcat and Colossus broke off their relationship. (If you would like to learn about the above highlighted characters, just click on their names.)

During a later attack, Kitty was was injured by an energy spear hurled by Harpoon. The enery spear affected her powers and was unable to regain her solidity. But, Kitty was saved by the combined efforts of Doctor Doom and his arch-rival, Reed Richards. However, now she could only maintain a solid form through concentration. (To learn about these characters, click on their names.)

After witnessing the apparent death of the X-Men, Kitty helped form the British-based super-team Excalibur. Soon after, Excalibur was approached by the clandestine organization known as Black Air for assistance on a mission to the island nation of Genosha. They were assigned a liaison in Pete Wisdom, an uncouth British mutant who regularly clashed with the outspoken Kitty. The pair eventually overcame their initial impressions of one another and fell in love. Wisdom even resigned from Black Air and joined Excalibur to be with Kitty. (To learn about the teams, place, and person above, click on their names.)

Later, Kitty was recruited by the international law enforcement agency S.H.I.E.L.D. to repair the computer system of their flying headquarters. Kitty discovered the problem was due to Ogun’s spirit having infiltrated the computer system, and with the aid of Wolverine, again, she managed to purge Ogun's presence. During this time, Kitty was attracted to a S.H.I.E.L.D. intern her own age, and this made her begin to doubt her relationship with Wisdom. Soon after, she broke off their relationship.

Kitty remained a member of Excalibur until it disbanded whereupon she rejoined the X-Men again. Soon after this, an incident in Genosha caused Kitty to develop a rebellious attitude. She cut her hair short, used a more ferocious combat technique, and began using one of Wolverine's broken bone claws in battle (shown in the first picture above).

When Colossus sacrificed his life to release a cure for the Legacy Virus, his body was supposedly cremated, and Kitty scattered the ashes over his Russian farmland home. Mourning the loss of her old friend, and trying to live a normal life, Kitty left the X-men. She enrolled in the Robert A. Heinlein School for Engineering and Astrophysics in Chicago on a full scholarship. She began working as a bartender for her neighbor at his establishment, the Belles of Hell. Kitty soon clashed with members of a anti-mutant student organization named "Purity." Kitty continued to battle against Purity after the organization attempted to frame her for the sabotage of a research experiment. Later, a student meeting was called to debate the banning of either Purity or mutants from campus. But, the discussions were cut short when mutant-hunting robotic Sentinels attacked. Kitty, with the help of former New Mutant Karma and Genoshan exchange student Shola Inkosi, was able to defeat the Sentinels. (If you would like to learn about the characters above, just click on their highlighted names.)

After his, Kitty rejoined the X-Men. Colossus was discovered to actually be alive, his body had secretly been stolen and resuscitated by Ord. Kitty found Peter shortly before the X-Men's final battle with Ord, after which Colossus too rejoined the X-Men. After many years apart, Kitty and Peter reignited their romance.

Kitty Pryde has been in all three X-Men movies, but only in the third one did she actually have a big role. In first movie, X-Men, she was the girl who phased through Professor X's door when Wolverine shows up in the Professor's office. Also, I believe in the deleted scenes on the DVD, Kitty is one of the students who talked to Rogue when she is in Storm's class. In X2: X-Men United, she phases through her bed and walls to escape William Stryker's forces in the X-Mansion. And of course, Kitty is in X-Men: The Last Stand where she acutally does some fighting. In the movie, Kitty has some type of romantic interest with Iceman, but in the Marvel Universe, she never had a relationship with Iceman. (In an alternate time line called the "Ultimate Universe," the two had a brief romance, so I'm guessing that is where the movie people drew that romance from. The pictures of all three actresses that have played Kitty Pyrde are in the second picture posted above. Also, If you would like to learn about Stryker or the X-Mansion, click on them above. )

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  1. Heather enjoyed reading this post with me. And I especially enjoyed how many times the word "whilst" was used while describing her abilities. :)

  2. I didn't know that Kitty was so multitalented and smart. I think they could have done more with her character in the movies for sure!