Emma Frost created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne in X-Men
#129 (Jan. 1980)
Emma Frost born to a wealthy family in Boston, who had lived in
the area since the 1600s
Discovered she had telepathic abilities while in high school,
but refused to join the Xavier Institute, and when her manipulative
father chose her as his heir, she opted to leave and make her own
After attempting to seduce her professor, her family had her
sent to the Essex Clinic, where she was drugged and manipulated
into attacking the X-Men by Magneto
Became a stripper for the Hellfire Club, where she made
Sebastian Shaw infatuated with her, ending up becoming the White
Also started a multinational business, Frost International, and
started her own school, the Massachusetts Academy, where she
recruited young mutants for her own cause
Was attacked by a time traveler and was in a coma for a year -
during that time, most of her students were killed - she was
brought out of the coma by an energy surge that caused her
consciousness to take over the body of Bobby Drake, aka Iceman
#BecauseComics - when she learned what happened to her students,
she had a breakdown and realized they were better off with Xavier,
who was able to reestablish the connection between her body and
Wracked with guilt, she established her school as Xavier’s
School for Gifted Youngsters, and she & Banshee started a new
team, Generation X
After surviving an attack on Genosha, she discovered she had a
secondary mutation: the ability to turn her skin to unbreakable
diamond - she joins the Xavier Institute, and takes the Stepford
Cuckoos under her wing
Began a “psychic affair” with Scott Summers, who was growing
apart from Jean - although Jean tore through her mind and forced
her to relive all her guilty episodes from the past, she revealed
to Wolverine that she truly loved Scott
Beast discovered her shattered body, and the investigation
revealed that Esme of the Cuckoos convinced another student to
shoot her with a diamond bullet - meanwhile, Phoenix-powered Jean
After Jean’s death, Emma & Scott begin a real relationship,
and are co-headmasters of the Xavier Institute
Discovered that the Stepford Cuckoos were actually her
children, bred from eggs harvested by a doctor years before while
she was under the control of the Essex Clinic
Served as a member of the Cabal alongside Norman Osborn, Loki,
Dr. Doom, Namor, and the Hood, only to betray Shaw
In Avengers vs. X-Men, Emma is one of the Phoenix Five - was
one of the last two, with Scott, before he was able to wrest her
portion away from her, only to be killed by Xavier
Inhumans vs. X-Men - after a Terrigen cloud killed Scott, Emma
created a psychic projection of him destroying the cloud, after
which Black Bolt “killed” the projection - a negotiated peace
between the parties ended after Emma incited the X-Men to take
action to save their species - Medusa destroyed the cloud, but Emma
sent programmed Sentinels after the rest of the Inhumans to seek
revenge for Scott’s death
Currently one of the leaders of Krakoa - named by Xavier &
Magneto as the head of trade relations
Ruby - Relationship with Scott
Love for mutants, willing to sacrifice all for them regardless
of personal impact (19:23)
Role in Inhumans vs. X-Men, where she ultimately is revealed as
the villain (27:17)
Plugs for BetterHelp, Popcorn
Psychology, and Chris Claremont
In-universe - Focus on putting Emma in diamond form and having
her work through things without her psychic abilities
Out of universe - Work on establishing a rapport with her and
determining how to address the various issues and trauma she’s
dealt with (47:46)
Skit (feat. Kris of Marvelous Madames) (57:08)
DOC: Hello Emma, I’m Dr. Issues.
EMMA: *mentally* And we’re starting off with lies.
D: *mentally* Excuse me?
E: That’s not your name and we both know it.
D: Surely, if you’ve read my mind, you’re also aware of the
multiple attempts on my life. Not to mention as a mutant you can
appreciate the need for a pseudonym to maintain some level of
privacy to protect loved ones. Ms. White Queen. Or is it Black
Queen? Or Black King? Or Ice Princess?
E: Your point is taken. Still, just know that any effort to
mislead or lie to me will be swiftly shut down. I do not suffer
D: Nor would I expect you to. So, what did you change?
E: Come again?
D: I’m not gullible. Telepath or not, delving into someone’s
mind changes the person in some fundamental way. That’s the point
of therapy. You did that to me without regard for my thoughts on
the matter...literally. So, I’m asking you, with all candor...what
did you change?
E: I’m not an amateur at this, you know. What I told you is
what I sought. *pause* Judging by your facial expression, you don’t
D: It’s fascinating. Sometimes, I mirror expressions, mime
voices of those who are talking to me...it’s not intentional. I’ve
been in some awkward situations because the person thought I was
mocking them. Not this time, though. And you know I’m right. Why
are you so skeptical of sessions like this?
E: Because those with my abilities already accomplish what you
do hundred-fold, without the baggage of “small talk” getting in the
D: Like a sentience surgeon. I’m glad you’re on that path of
logic, because society has determined consent to be a MAJOR
hallmark of ethics in every interpersonal undertaking.
E: Is that what you think I do? Mental assault?
D: I’m trying to understand. No offense, but, it’s clear that
you know how to work a room, regardless of mutant abilities. I’m
trying to figure out if it’s your main coping strategy, or a backup
E: It’s been both.
D: Can you give an example of each?
E: Sure. *mentally* I’ll give you a glimpse of one of my best
days…*unintelligble speech/sounds* and one of my worst *more
unintelligible speech/sounds* So you tell me, doctor. Would you
have done anything differently?
D: *overwhelmed* WHOA. To be honest, I have no idea. I’ve been
empathetic before, but that was...truly mimetic….no
telemimetic...it’s like you downloaded parts of your memory into my
brain and I choose how to live it...this is so bizarre. *clearly in
some sort of discomfort* ugh...they both involve Scott. I shouldn’t
E: Is there a problem, doctor? I can assure you, I did nothing
to injure your brain.
D: No, not like that…*snaps fingers* THAT’S WHAT YOU
E: Oh dear. That was too quick. I expected some sort of
opportunity to talk about him at length, without all of the
D: That’s my CO-HOST’s view, not mine. I’ll gladly discuss your
feelings about him without referencing *clear pain*
E: He’s not a dick, got it?!
D: Got it. The point is, he impacts every aspect of your life,
and your love for him affected some...questionable choices. What
can I do to help you get to the next stage of your relationship as
E: Why would there be a next stage? I know he’s loved me.
That’s all I need.
D: And he’s loved another. And you turned his ideals into the
grandest effigy I could imagine...all out of spite.
E: SPITE?! No, having some mental foreplay when you least
expect it may have some spite, but not when all of mutant-kind is
at stake. It was us or them...and it surely wasn’t going to be us.
Not when we’re the next evolution of the species. I’m not the
damsel in distress. I’m the diamond in the rough! I can show you,
too. *special effect to change form*
D: Fascinating...and now, the therapy can begin.
E: What does that mean?
D: Before now, you had the ultimate “wisdom of the crowds”
through your abilities, just picking things up about each person on
a whim. Now, when you’re like this, you’re shut off. I don’t think
that’s a mistake. Maybe it’s a defense mechanism for you, but I see
it as a chance for growth. Tell me, what do you feel right
D: Can you tell by my face what I think?
E: *pause* You have the same face as when I told you I only
looked at one thought in your mind...I should register that as the
same, but...it’s so difficult this way.
D: EXACTLY. Welcome to a new way to build your schema of the
world. No mind games...just good old fashioned observation, trial
and error. No judgement, no scorecard, just me and you, trying to
figure out human interaction. I don’t expect you to stay this way,
but do you realize just how magnificent your personal experiences
can be if you learn how to warm up your cold side?
E: There is a rationale to your style. I *pause* think...I like
it? *transforms again* That is quite the challenge...definitely
worthy of pursuit. Fine, your point stands.
D: Wait, now I do think Scott is-
E: Say it and lose yours.
E: Thank you, my dear. Now if you’ll excuse me, I must return
to Krakoa. Heaven knows what Logan’s gotten himself up to in the
past hour. I shall return.
D: When shall I -
E: *mentally* Oh I’ll make it clear. Good day, Doctor.
Recommended reading: Generation X (so 90s), Death of X
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