Adventurer, singer, former actress, model, revolutionary
Place of Birth
Gardendale, Long Island, New York
Bella Blaire (paternal grandmother), Carter Blaire (father, deceased), Katherine Blaire-Brown (Barbara London, mother), Nicholas Brown (step-father), Lois London (half-sister), Longshot (husband)
X-Men; formerly Excalibur, X-Babies (guardian), Mojoverse Rebellion, Gladiators, Heralds of Galactus
Strawberry blonde; formerly dyed pink
Dazzler can transduce sonic vibrations into various types of light. Dazzler prefers utilizing music, particularly that which is rhythmically sustained, but cannot use the sound of her own unamplified voice. Dazzler can generate illumination, create realistic holograms, emit pulses or strobes to blind or disorient others, and fire laser-like cutting beams or "solid photon" concussive force beams. She is immune to the harmful effects of bright lights and loud noise.
Dazzler is a highly skilled athlete and roller skater, a good hand-to-hand combatant, and a talented singer, actress, and dancer.
Alison Blaire was born to Carter and Katherine Blaire in the Long Island suburb of Gardendale, New York. Her parents had a tense relationship: her father was a stoic law student, while her mother was a free-spirited entertainer. Ultimately, this led to Katherine walking out on her husband and her daughter when Alison was just a toddler. This left Carter to raise Alison alone with the help of his mother, Bella Blaire. Carter kept the shameful true about Katherine from Alison all her life. (To learn about the Dazzler's parents, just click on their highlighted names above.)
When Alison entered adolescence and developed dreams of becoming a singer, her father strongly opposed the idea. Instead, he forced Alison to choose a life path similar to his own and she worked toward going to law school. Alison's grandmother, however, was more sympathetic to young Alison, and encouraged her to explore her creative energies. However, while performing at a middle-school dance, Alison manifested her mutant abilities, blinding all in attendance save herself.
For years, Alison kept her powers a secret from those closest to her, further distancing her from her father. By the time she reached college , Alison began to explore her powers and her musical ability. She crafted her own performing suit and accessories, naming herself "The Dazzler." It was around this time that Alison decided to abandon her father's dream. And at her graduation ceremony, Alison told her father that she wasn't going to attend law school and she was going to pursue her dream of becoming a singer with or without her father's blessing or financial support. (The third picture posted is Dazzler in her stage costume.)
As the Dazzler, Alison used her light-based mutant powers as a draw for her performances. Taking the sound of the music and converting it into dazzling displays of color. This drew attention to land her gigs at several New York clubs. However, due to her being a mutant, Alison knew she had to keep her powers a secret. Claiming that her light shows were a "technological secret," the Dazzler was able to bypass critical speculation for some time. She may have fooled the public, but she couldn't escape the notice of Emma Frost (White Queen of the Hellfire Club) or Charles Xavier (founder and mentor of the X-Men). (Click on the highlighted names above to learn more about the characters and/or teams. Note: Beware of the very revealing outfits on Emma Frost and the Hellfire Club's bio pages.)
At one point, both the Hellfire Club and the X-Men sent their own to a Dazzler performance to recruit Alison to their respective teams. The X-Men sent Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Nightcrawler to have a discussion with the young woman, while on the other hand, the Hellfire Club sent a group of armed men to take her by force. This ended with the Dazzler and the X-Men joining forces to take on the others. Afterward, Professor X offered Alison a position within the X-Men; however, she declined. (Click on the characters' highlighted names to learn more about them. Note: Beware of the revealing and/or form-fitting outfits on Jean Grey and Cyclops' bio pages..)
As Alison continued her career, she can into contact a couple other superheroes as well. At one point, she became possessed by the foe Lightmaster, but was saved by Spider-Man. Another time, the Dazzler came across Johnny Storm (aka Human Torch) at a nightclub. She also battled the Enchantress and her minions when she was perfoming at a nightclub. Even the Hulk at one pointed ruined one of her performances. After all these battles, the Dazzler's manager, Harry Osgood, began to question Alison's stage effects. However, when the Enforcers (a group of mercenaries) kidnapped Osgood, Alison showed up and defeated the Enforcers and saved Harry. Alison decided that she should confess to Harry to she was a mutant. The Dazzler was relieved when Harry gave her his support, and vowed to keep her "technological secret" safe. (Click on the highlighted names above to learn more about the characters.)
Later on, Alison was taken by Project: PEGASUS against her will and was subject to several strenuous tests regarding her mutant powers. While at Project: PEGASUS, Dazzler witnessed several other super-powered beings being held captive, including Klaw and Solarr. As time went on, Alison became increasingly intolerant toward the members of Project: PEGASUS. The researchers found that Alison had no natural limit to her abilities, and theoretically could be the most powerful mutant on Earth, with unlimited energy potential. However, Alison's intolerance quickly turned into aggression when she witnessed Klaw being tested by PEGASUS technicians and she accidently freed the villain. When this happened, Klaw turned his energies upon Dazzler, unaware that her mutant ability transformed sonic energy into light-based energy. As Dazzler began to absorb Klaw's essence, she found she could not stop the process. The Dazzler fully absorbed Klaw into her body, storing it as light energy. Unable to cope with her "murder," Dazzler used the energy to free herself from the confines of Project: PEGASUS. However, the strong energy signature was noticed by Galactus. So, Galactus abducted Alison to use her to retrieve his renegade herald, Terrax. To do so, Galactus gave Dazzler the power cosmic. When the Dazzler returned with her task accomplished, Alison was able to convince Galactus to pardon Terrax and even return her to Earth. (To learn about the project and/or characters above, just click on their highlighted names.)
After this, both of Dazzler's career and personal relationships suffered. She couldn't hold down a gig, and she just couldn't seem to keep any long-term dating relationships. However, she soon began dating the former X-Man Angel. The relationship took some time to get started, but soon the two began a romance. (To learn about Angel, click on his name above.)
At one point, one of Dazzler's friends found Alison's mother Katherine Blaire. She was hiding as Barbara London, a matronly vocal coach. Soon after this Alison's biggest break yet finally happened: a gig at Carnegie Hall. However, it was during this time that Alsion's father, Carter, confronted Dazzler with the truth about her mother--Katherine did not simply leave the family, but actually slowly denigrated into an unfaithful drug addict who left Carter to be with her new boyfriend, Nicholas Brown. Alison could not believe the horrible story, and left in tears. (She didn't know, however, that Katherine had left the abusive Nick Brown and hid away as Barbara London). Alison's friend convinced Barbara to attend the Carnegie performance, and Carter convinced himself to make amends with his daughter. The family re-united after the performance, with Alison finally coming face-to-face with her mother for the first time in her memory, and also developing a new understanding for her father. Alison also learned that her mother had actually married Nicholas Brown, and had a daughter named Lois--Alison had a half-sister! Alison attempted to form a relationship between both Barbara and Lois London, quickly befriending her new sister. (Click on the highlighted names above to learn more about the characters.)
Later, the Sisterhood of Evil Mutants--Mystique, Rogue, and Destiny--sought revenge on the X-Men, and decided that the Angel would be an appropriate source of information. They attacked Angel; however, Dazzler defeated the trio of villainesses. (Click on the highlighted characters above to learn more about them. Note: Beware of the revealing outfits worn by Mystique on her bio page.)
Soon after, Lois' powers manifested themselves while being harassed by a homeless derelict, and, unfortunately killed the man in the process. Terrified, Lois asked for Alison's assistance. The two fled New York as fugitives, hiding on the road and assuming brief false names to avoid being tracked by the authorities. After some unfortunate events wear Alison felt betrayed with Lois decided to stay with her father than with her, Alison left. Alone and with nowhere to turn, she began to start her life anew, renting an apartment in San Diego and taking a job as an aerobics instructor and part-time model.
The Dazzler over the next little while had some ups and downs. She became famous again with the release of the film, Dazzler: The Movie. However, during a public relations stunt that would publicly unveil her as a mutant, several jet engines supplied Alison with enough power to demonstrate the magnitude of her abilities. And unfortunately, the sound proved too great, and it backfired, frightening and scattering onlookers. She had to start over again after this, but there was no work for mutants. Then one day when a charismatic man named "Flynn" was able to, with the aid of a drug, cause Alison to lose control of her powers which allowed Flynn to control the Dazzler. Alison joined Flynn's group (an underground group of mutant "gladiators" that battled one another to the death for the amusement of a wealthy human elite). But, with the assistance of the Avenger Beast, Alison was able to break free of her emotional insecurity and the psionic influence that plagued her, and together the two brought an end to the gladiator ring. (To learn about the characters above, just click on their highlighted names.)
Eventually, Alison turned to the X-Men for assistance in honing her mutant abilities. Agreeing to the request, Professor X gave Alison a suit that amplified and gave precision to her powers. Alison then turned to the road, combating villains and owning her role as a super-hero.
Sometime later, Dazzler was forced to confront and cooperate with Rogue, her one-time adversary who wished to kill her. While the two heroines formed a tepid friendship, it was tested several times as Rogue envied Dazzler's relationship with teammate Longshot. During her time with the X-Men, Dazzler learned more about teamwork and cooperation the hard way--she tried to take on the Juggernaut by her lonesome. (To learn about the characters above, just click on their names.)
Later on, the X-Men gravitated to Australia to confront a band of cyborg looters known as the Reavers. The team then took over the Reavers base in the Australian Outback, where they made permanent residence. Alison, accustomed to the social life of New York City and Southern California, often grew intolerant of the new environment. However, the Dazzler provided a much-needed source of entertainment and verve. Jubilee even found comfort in Dazzler. Unfortunately, the team one by one completely fell apart for different reasons. (To learn about the highlighted team and/or character above, just click on their name.)
Much later, Alison decided to stay with Longshot in the Mojoverse, and assist him in his fight for independence. During this time, Alison became pregnant; however, she lost the child. (To learn more abou the Mojoverse, just click on the highlighted name above. Also, during her time in the Mojoverse, Dazzler wore the outfit shown in the first picture posted above.)
Later, Dazzler joined the superhero team Excalibur. With the help of her teammates, they were able to put and end to a fake X-men team, defeated Black Tom Cassidy, and when Camelot was destroyed in the past they aided in defeating the evil forces at hand. (To learn about the highlighted team and/or character above, just click on their names. Note: Beware of the revealing outfits worn by some on the Excalibur's bio page. Also, the fifth picture posted is what Dazzler looked like when she was a member of Excalibur.)
After some time, Dazzler and Longshot relocated to San Francisco. Once there, she joined the X-Men's street team, fighting crime at the street level, and frequently partnered with Northstar. She was instrumental in defeating Madelyne Pryor-Summers' Sisterhood of Mutants, helping take down the resurrected Kwannon.
(To learn about the characters and/or team, just click on their highlighted names. Note: Beware of the very revealing picture on Madelyne Pryor's bio page.)
Later, when William Stryker used a device to trap Magik in Limbo, Cyclops sent Dazzler, Cannonball, Northstar, Anole, Gambit, and Pixie to bring Magik back. While in Limbo, Gambit reverted back to his "Death" persona and attacked his team and converted Alison and Northstar. However, they were returned to normal again and the team was successful in rescuing Illyana and returning home. (Click on the highlighted names above to learn more about those characters.)
More recently, when Lobe unleashed his mutant plague on Utopia, Dazzler was one of the few mutants not on the island, and thus was part of the only active X-Men team, along with Pixie, Northstar, Storm, and Angel. The team defeated the Collective Man and captured Lobe's imitation X-Men. (To learn about the place and/or characters above, just click on their highlighted names. Note: Beware of the very revealing picture on Storm's bio page--block images if possible.)
To learn more about Dazzler, click on the following link, http://marvel.com/universe/Dazzler_%28Alison_Blaire%29. (Note: Beware of the revealing outfit on the Dazzler's bio page.)
In the film X2, "Blaire, Alison" appears on a list of names found on William Stryker's computer files. (Her name is listed on the very top of the list on the second picture posted above.)