Adventurer, former teacher, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, student, Valkyrie
Member of Cheyenne Native American Tribe with no criminal record
Place of Birth
Black Eagle (grandfather, deceased); William Lonestar (father); Peg Lonestar (mother); Joshua Foley (Elixir) (ward)
New Mutants; formerly X-Men, New Mutants Squad (mentor), X-Force, S.H.I.E.L.D., Mutant Liberation Front, Valkyrior
College-level courses at Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters
Danielle was de-powered during M-Day. Formerly, She could generate astral images in the form of an individual's greatest fear or desire. She also possessed an animal telepathy. Dani could also generate astral energy and construct it into various shapes--most commonly as an arrow, which, upon contact with another could cause psychic backlash that would leave them incapacitated. As a Valkyrie, Dani could also perceive a manifestation of a person's impending death, and fight it off if she chose. For a time, she could also tap into the Quantum energy that binds reality together, and use it to project bursts of force, disintegrate matter, and levitate.
Moonstar is a better than average athlete for her age, in large part because of all the times she has spent on her own in the wilderness. She is an excellent hand-to-hand combatant, has enhanced durability, and is a particularly good horseback rider and swimmer. In addition, she is experienced in the use of such weapons as a bow, spear, and sword which she carried as a Valkyrie. She is also a good marksman with a rifle.
Danielle Moonstar was born in Colorado to members of the Cheyenne Nation. She led a normal life until the age of ten, when her mutant powers began to manifest in the form of nightmares. One nightmare showed a huge bear standing over the bodies of a horse and an eagle--representing her mother (from the horse clan) and her father (from the eagle clan). Shortly thereafter, both of her parents took a trip into the mountains and they disappeared, presumed to have died. After this, Dani's grandfather, Black Eagle, took her in and she enjoyed several years of relative peace with him.
However, as Dani's powers continued to grow, Black Eagle realized there was little he could do to help his granddaughter. Therefore, he contacted a friend, Charles Xavier, and requested that he help Dani to control her powers. Upset with her grandfather, Dani manifested an image of his greatest fear--his own death. This actually proved to be true as Donald Pierce's henchmen from the Hellfire Club killed him in search of young mutants. Dani ended up joining with several of Pierce's other victims who, under Charles Xavier's guidance, were able to defeat him. After Pierce was defeated, Dani stayed with Xavier to honor her grandfather's wishes. She, along with Wolfsbane, Sunspot, Karma, and Cannonball, formed the New Mutants. At first she took the codename "Psyche," but soon became better known as "Mirage." (Click the highlighted names above to learn more about the characters and/or teams.
Later on, the New Mutants were kidnapped by Amora the Enchantress of Asgard. When Magik (Illyana Rasputin) attempted to teleport them all away, the New Mutants found themselves scattered throughout Asgard. Mirage found herself in a grassy plain of Valhalla. It was here, that Mirage found a fully white, winged horse that had been trapped by hunters and began to attempt to free it. While trying to set the winged horse free, an army began to charge at her. Unwilling to leave the horse helpless and not willing to run, Mirage chose to fight back, which led her to using her telepathic abilities to draw forth the image that the oncoming warriors feared most--Hela, Asgardian Goddess of Death. The enemies froze in fear and left immediately, without a backwards glance. After this, Mirage forged an immediate psychic rapport with the horse, whom she named "Brightwind" after her pony on Earth, and the horse selected her to be his rider. This "bonding" bestowed part of the Odin power upon Mirage, and thus she became endowed with the Valkyries' power to perceive the coming of death and became a "Valkyrior." (Click on the highlighted names above to learn more about the characters, places, and/or team. Note: Beware of the revealing/form-fitting outfits on Amora and Hela's bio pages. Also, Dani as a Valkyrior can be seen in the 3rd picture posted above.)
Soon afterward, the New Mutants returned to Earth, and Brightwind came with Mirage. Now, as a Valkyrior, Mirage could see Death's mark on people. On a couple of occasions, Mirage even attempted to fight Death to save the lives of those around her, though she was not always successful and learned that Death was a natural process of life not always to be feared. (To learn about Death, click on the highlighted name above.)
Some time later, when the New Mutants were attacked by Freedom Force, Dr. Strange teleported the remaining New Mutants to Asgard. Once there, Mirage fell under the sway of Hela and nearly killed Odin. However, with the combined forces of the New Mutants and the Asgardians, Hela was defeated. Afterward, the New Mutants were returned to Earth, except Mirage who chose to stay behind, hoping to repair the damage as a Valkyrie. (Click the highlighted names above to learn about the team, character, and/or race.)
Eventually, Mirage returned to Earth. Unbeknownst to any of her friends she joined S.H.I.E.L.D. and was asked to infiltrate the Mutant Liberation Front (MLF) as a deep cover operative and betray the group from within. In the MLF, this is where Dani took on the code name "Moonstar." To maintain her cover, Moonstar was forced to battle her old friends (who were now in X-Force), and she secretly became an informant for Cable. To do this, Moonstar was forced to take on a harder, darker persona, almost changing herself completely, including her mutant powers. She was now able to refine her psychic abilities to the point were she could focus he mental energies to create "Psychic Arrows." Not only did Moonstar take on a darker appearance in mind and body, but it also changed Brightwind. No longer bright at all, her pegasus was not white, but completely black and now was call "Darkwind." After the MLF and X-Force battled Sentinels during Operation Zero Tolerance, Moonstar left the MLF and reunited with her friends as part of the X-Force. (To learn about the different teams, character, and event, click on the highlighted names above. Note: Beware of the very skin-tight/revealing outfits on some on the MLF's bio page. Also, Dani as the darker Moonstar with a physic arrow is shown in the forth picture posted above.)
Later on, Moonstar was transmorphed for a short time by Arcadia, giving her the ability to channel quantum energies, which allowed her to affect matter at a subatomic level. Dani could see these quantum energies as interconnected particles and waves, and she could affect those connections, changing the physical nature of all things, including an electromagnetic field such as the one generated by Magneto during X-Force's encounter with him in Genosha. However, when Moonstar and Arcadia meet up again in San Francisco, Dani's powers were removed from her and a dimensional rift was formed, also causing four alternate Moonstar's to be created: each of these Moonstar's represented a different aspect of Dani--New Mutant, Valkyrie, MLF member, and quantum-powered. Luckily, with the help of the quantum-powered incarnation, Moonstar was able to stop Arcadiam seal the rift, and was returned to normal. (Click the highlighted names above to learn more about Magneto and/or Genosha.)
Later, X-Force decided to get the British black op Pete Wisdom to train them and improve their effectiveness. However, Moonstar, like Domino, did not agree with his methods and quit the team. Six months later, Moonstar joined the X-Men part-time while she attended college and functioned as a part of the X-Men's support team along with Forge. (To learn about the characters and/or team, just click on their highlighted names above.)
After the reopening of the Xavier Institute, Professor X suggested Moonstar become a teacher there. At first she was unwilling and recruited adolescent mutants instead. However, she eventually decided to become an adviser and taught her new recruits who would eventually be called the New Mutants Squad. In addition, Moonstar signed legal papers to become Elixir (Josh Foley)'s legal guardian after his family abandoned him. (Click on the highlighted names to learn about the place and/or character.)
After the events of M-Day, Moonstar lost her powers and was sent home along with all the other de-powered students and faculty. Dani took the loss of her powers pretty hard, but she did participate in an interview with reporter Sally Floyd, who was writing down the stories of the de-powered mutants. (Click on the highlighted names above to learn about the event and/or character. Note: Beware of the revealing outfits worn by some on the M-Day's bio page.)
Later on, Cyclops allowed Cannonball to reorganize the original New Mutants squad. Then during Norman Osborn's attack on the X-Men in San Francisco, Moonstar was sent by Cyclops to Las Vegas to make a deal with Hela to gain back her Valkyrie powers. At Hela's price, Moonstar does get her Valkyrie powers back and takes down Ares and the Dark Avengers. (Click on the highlighted names to learn more about the characters, and/or team. Note: Beware of the revealing outfits by some on the Dark Avengers and Cyclops' bio pages.)
Some time later, the New Mutants battled the "Inferno Babies." During the battle, Moonstar's arm was broken by Loca, and was later tortured by Timothy (both one of the 13 Inferno Babies.) Eventually, Dani was able to get free and she took down Loca with a bow and arrow using her foot in place of her broken arm. After this, the group re-unites and is able to defeat the Inferno Babies. (To learn about the Inferno event, click on the highlighted name above.)
More recently, Moonstar has started a relationship with Cannonball. In addition, Cyclops has asked her to lead to the New Mutants. He tells her the team will now handle loose ends, to deal with unfinished business. And that their first mission is to find and bring Nate Grey (X-Man) home. (To learn about X-Man, click on his name above. Also, Moonstar in her modern outfit is shown in the fifth picture posted above.)
To learn a tiny bit more about Moonstar, just click on the following link, http://marvel.com/universe/Moonstar.
In the film X2, "Moonstar, Danielle" appears as a name on William Stryker's computer files. (Her name is listed on the very top of the second picture posted above.)