Emma Frost has become a part of the new Xavier Institute as a teacher and is a member of the new Uncanny X-Men team made up of Cyclops, Magik, Magneto, and newly awakened mutant students. Led by Scott Summers once more, the team continues to fight for their rights for freedom in this world as they teach the younger mutants how to use their powers, all the while learning how to deal with their own mutant powers being altered from the events that transpired in Avengers vs X-Men.
Emma Grace Frost grew up in the rich neighborhood of Snow Valley, Massachusetts as the daughter of a wealthy, albeit abusive father. She developed her powers while under pressure from her father to succeed. Emma blackmailed her father after he got a professor who she was romantically linked with fired. Despite her father being upset, he decided she was smart and offered her to take over the family business, but Emma declined preffering to make her fortune herself. Emma left her family and joined the radical mutant group, the Hellfire Club. After spending a stint as the “White Queen,” she later defected to the X-Men to lead the team.
Emma Frost was created by writer Chris Claremont and artist/co-writer John Byrne. She first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #129.
Emma Frost has transitioned from one of the X-Men's deadliest foes into a central figure on the side of the mutants. Her first era presented her as a leader in the Hellfire Club, but this ended when the manic time traveler Fitzroy appeared from the future, resulting in the deaths of many of her Hellions and putting Emma into a coma. Her involvement in the Phalanx Covenant arc led her to becoming co-teacher of the new Generation X team with Banshee. Later, after the end of the Generation X series, when the Sentinels devastated Genosha she gained a new power - her diamond form. Subsequent story arcs made her Cyclops' new partner and lover, and a former co-leader of the X-Men. She continues to play a prominent role in Cyclops' teams.
Major Story Arcs
Emma first encounters the X-men while she is the “White Queen” of the dangerous Hellfire Club. She tries to forcibly recruit Kitty Pryde to the club, but was opposed by the X-Men. Though Emma is initially triumphant, the X-Men eventually defeats her. She and her mutant students, the Hellions would encounter the X-Men many times after this. Her time with the Hellfire Club ends when she is attacked by a mad time traveler named Trevor Fitzroy. In the ensuing incident which also involved the X-Men, most of the Hellions are killed, and Emma in sent into a coma. She is eventually revived, although her mind is transferred to Bobby Drake's body. Initially Emma thought Xavier is holding her hostage, so she flees to Frost International - still in Iceman's body. Accessing one of her computers, Emma discovers her Hellions were dead and blames herself for it.
When Xavier and some other X-Men finally catch up with her, Frost confesses to Charles that the only reason she fights him over young mutants was that she believes that she could offer them something Xavier can’t, and that their deaths proves that she was wrong. Emma then agrees to go back to the X-Mansion and have her mind transferred back to her body.
In Generation X, Emma tries to fight off the Phalanx, but was not strong enough so she combines the powers of Synch and Jubilee. Later, During Generation X's training, Emma's sister Adrienne tries to create chaos at the institute. She plants bombs which are not defused in time, and in a rage Emma shoots and kills her sister. After a while, Emma has visions and is haunted by the past of her sister, but she is able to defeat her once again and expel her from her mind. From that point on she vows not to rely on her telepathic abilities. In her opinion it had caused her to lose her edge resulting in Synch's death, and she vows to be hard "as hard as diamonds."
Joining the X-Men
After this, she goes on to teach at the mutant-dominated island nation of Genosha. During the infamous Sentinel Genocide of the island’s inhabitants, Emma manages to survive by virtue of her secondary mutation manifesting, allowing her to take on a near-invulnerable diamond form. She finds herself as one of the instructors at Xavier’s, where she develops a close relationship with X-Men founding member Cyclops. This would evolve into a secretive telepathic affair between the two, helped along by an incident where Cyclops temporarily becomes possessed by Apocalypse. Jean’s discovery of this would distance her own relationship with Cyclops, while Emma would only grow closer to the mutant leader.
Co-leader of the X-Men
After Jean’s death at the hands of Xorn, Emma makes her romantic relationship with Cyclops public, despite the disapproval of others . After this she becomes co-headmaster of the newly rebuilt Xavier Institute. Emma soon begins playing a pivotal role in the lives of the students. Emma becomes the head of a team of a students that she called the Hellions, after her former fallen pupils. Emma also joins the new premier X-Men team, consisting of Cyclops, Wolverine, Kitty Pryde, and Beast. When the Danger Room becomes sentient, Emma battles it with the other members of her team. Emma is the last one standing, and is unable to defeat her. Later while battling Danger on Genosha, Emma reconnects with the Hellfire Club.
Emma is called upon by Norman Osborn, after he is appointed as America's "Top Cop", to join a group named the Cabal to help Osborn consolidate power. Following a series of anti-mutant protests and riots in San Francisco, Emma is tasked by Norman Osborn to lead a civil peacekeeping group of X-Men. She is given command over Wolverine's son Daken, Weapon Omega, Mimic, and the duo of Cloak and Dagger. Emma brought a final element to the team: Namor, with whom she had previously shared a romantic relationship. Emma's first fight with the team occurred when she arrests a group of mutant vandals led by her own former student, Hellion. Emma insists on touring a mutant prison to see how the prisoners are being treated. She is then contacted, weakly, by Professor Xavier, and he informs her that he and Hank are being kept prisoner there. He also tells her that the Omega Chair, developed by the Dark Beast has horrible side effects, and that Osborn isn't telling her everything. Emma then verbally reassures the Professor that she believes him, and that she would make sure everything would be all right.
In Nation X, Osborn retreated, leaving the mutants to build their utopia, Emma continues to support Cyclops, though she was seemingly trapped in her diamond form until the Void essence could be safely removed. To help her, Xavier telepathically links Emma and Cyclops' minds. Cyclops finds himself in a vast white room inside Emma's mind. Many representations of Emma are present, and Emma's main consciousness approached him. Just as they began to discuss how to extract the Void, all the other Emma personalities attacks Cyclops, while the main Emma is pulled into the empty whiteness.
She flies away from it towards Cyclops' thoughts until she is able to reach him through a hole he had blasted through the whiteness. Once rescued Emma sees something over Cyclops' shoulder, and is abruptly ejected from her mind and into the real world, no longer in her diamond form.
In Necrosha, Selene recently resurrected Emma's Hellions are sent to attack her. They catch her unaware, and taunt her. Confronted by her past failures, Emma crumbled and was unable to fight back. She is protected by Cyclops and Domino long enough for the Vanisher to appear and teleport Emma to safety. At the end of the battle, Emma recognizes the only way to end this is to kill Selene and anyone on her side, even Wither, a former and favourite student of Emma's. Other recently resurrected mutants are sent to attack the X-Men to prevent them from interfering with Selene's plans to sacrifice the souls of the resurrected mutants on Genosha. However, the Hellions are sent to kill Emma as a punishment for thwarting Selene's plans during their time in the Hellfire Club together.
During Second Coming Emma mostly stays on Utopia and used her telepathy to keep Scott and the field teams connected. She later leaves this post to fight with the other X-Men on the Golden Gate Bridge. She acted very nervous when Hope manifested the Phoenix Force, but she was told by Wolverine that there is nothing she can do now. She acts cold and unconcerned towards Scott when he seeks her out for moral support due to being in this form. She then sees the Phoenix Force manifest around Hope and remembers Jean Grey's words to her when she saw her during the Sisterhood attack: "Prepare".
Emma and the other X-Men are forced to protect the city of San Francisco from Kuurth, Unstoppable Juggernaut. After creating a psychic conference room for the mayor, Cyclops, and herself; Emma waits on Cerebro to attack the Juggernaut mentally when the team can get his helmet off. Once his helmet is off, Emma tries to attack telepathically but suffers extreme psychic distress. She is sent to the recovery center on Utopia alongside Hope Summers, where, in a moment of confusion, she tries to suffocate. She is stopped by Namor who she mistakes for Cyclops and kisses on accident, only to snap back to her senses and shoos him away and tells him to never tell Scott about this.
Emma stays with Scott on Utopia where she liquidates her company in order to bankroll Utopia for the time being. She is on Scott's Extinction Team along with Hope, Colossus, Magik, Danger, Magneto, Namor and Storm. Emma and the team are alarmed of the Dreaming Celestial being activated by Mr. Sinister. They engage him in battle and Emma ends up losing one of her diamond arms due to a blast from a celestial probe. Emma and the team fought the Sinister people until Mr. Sinister invites them into to his domain. Sinister telepathically controlls the team, but due to being in her diamond form Emma is immune but surrounded. Emma told Hope a code word that replicates Emma's diamond form to protect Hope from Sinister prior to entering his domain. With Sinister shot through the head by Hope thanks to Emma, the team is freed from his telepathic control but Sinister predicts this would happen and the team learns Sinister's copies have become a hive-mind like species.
Emma and the team continue to battle the Sinister Species when Emma realizes that Sinister is using Cyclop's mind as a blueprint for his species. Emma has Namor hold her left arm as a tourniquet and abandons her diamond form where she successfully uses her telepathy to mind blast the Sinisters. However a new Sinister arrives saying he integrated the new data that the previous Sinisters received and shoots himself after teleporting his palace away.
The Dreaming Celestial's head reattaches to it's body as the rest of the Celestials land. Emma is about to be told to leave by Scott but cuts him short refusing to go. The team stares the Celestials down vowing to protect the Dreaming Celestial and Earth. A group of people gather looking at the X-men but they do nothing, no throwing things, no derogatory slurs. They only show fear which was Cyclops' initial plan all along. Emma's diamond arm was eventually reattached by a molecular weaving machine made by X-Club.
Emma was seen training, getting back into to fighting condition after her arm reattachment. She had a brief conversation with Namor and left while noticing Scott was on edge about something. She was later deployed with the Extinction team to deal with the escapee prisoners from the Peak space prison station and when the Avengers showed up to deal with further escapees. She teams up with Iron Man, Colossus and Red Hulk to face Xemnu the Titan While Colossus holds off Xemnu, Emma and Tony make a psiconic shielding device for the Red Hulk to protect him from Xemnu's telepathy. With the device complete, the combined might of Colossus and Red Hulk was enough to defeat the alien.
With Hope taken captive by Unit, the Extinction team takes leave from the Avengers to save Hope. Emma and the team are teleported there by Magik where Emma tries to invade Unit's mind. Unit uses a fake double mind, which is what he used in the first place to make a false mutant detection signal in order to draw out Hope, allowing him the chance to shoot a small laser at Emma stunning her. He then uses a pheromone barrage on her and Namor forcing them to become intimate on the battlefield which makes Scott angry and jealous causing him to blast Unit. With Unit's eventual defeat at the hands of Danger, the team returns home where Emma apologizes to Scott about what happened with her and Namor. He tells her that he was alright with what happened since she was forced to do so and had no choice in the matter.
Emma sides with the X-Men where she tried to take Hope deeper into Utopia away from the Avengers and the battle. She was close to telepathically shutting down the the Avenger's mental defenses when Iron Man shows up using a nanotech taser cloud to block her telepathy. Emma is forced into her diamond form and is defeated shortly after until Magneto showed up saving her. Emma along with the other X-Men go into hiding after Hope runs off. They find out Hope is heading to the moon. Emma, and four other mutants, Cyclops, Magik, Colossus,and Namor, acquire a shard of the Phoenix thanks to Iron Man using a new armor to stop it from bonding with Hope. Emma and the rest of the Phoenix Five take Hope back to Earth in order to prepare for future events. They announce they will cleanse the Earth.
Emma and the rest of the Phoenix Five fix the Earth by ending hunger, giving a never ending source of energy and outlaw war pax Utopia. Another scuffle with the Avengers occurs but the Scarlet Witch teleports a voluntary Hope and the Avengers away. Emma talks with Cyclops who goes on to say that despite all the good X-Men do and all the good they have done, mankind still hates and fears them. That they will always be pushed further into a corner and steal away their innocent despite being endangered so few. The humans will always send their "heroes" to attack the mutants and continue to push them around. She watches as Cyclops simply states "No more Avengers." Emma and Namor talk about Transonic being imprisoned. Namor is disgusted with it and Emma tells him she knows where the girl is. In what appears to be a manipulative moment for Emma, most likely due to the corruption and the power of the part of the Phoenix Force in her, kisses Namor and tells him Transonic is in Wakanda and that she, Emma, hasn't told Scott about her whereabouts.
With Magneto bringing Namor's actions to Scott's attention, he questions Emma. Emma tells him Namor is his own man and that Scott has no authority over him. Emma tells him to look at the benefit of what happened with the Avengers being found. Emma and the rest of the Phoenix Five go to Wakanda where in Namor's defeat, they absorb his share of the Phoenix Force. Emma calls for a meeting with Scott in the remote location of the Danakil Desert in Ethiopia. Emma and him talk and she goes on to say she has reached into every mind on Earth. Scott tells her that she needs to stop sounding like Namor and that this isn't a war and she needs to come home. Emma tells Scott that Hope is in K'un Lun. Scott rushes off to retrieve Hope leaving Emma in mid-sentence begging for him to stop her as she is scared for what she might do next as the Phoenix Force's influence corrupts her further. She ends up making a man who had a hit and run accident with a thirteen year old mutant boy years ago and never reported it just because he was a mutant, brain dead. When Colossus and Magik fight, they manage to knock each other out in an attempt to gain the other's portion of the Phoenix Force. They are returned to their normal forms as their portions of the Phoenix Force leave them and presumably go to Emma and Scott.
Emma is now almost completely corrupted by the Phoenix Force. She has forced all the remaining X-Men to bow down and worship her. Only one resisted and that was Magneto. Emma explains that she is indeed the more powerful of the two which spites Magneto to contact Xavier saying both Emma and Scott are completely gone. Scott is in need of more power after his defeat at the hands of Hope taking the power of Iron Fist and Scarlet witch so he is heading after Emma.
Emma talks with Scott telling him she can read his thoughts about how he thinks he might take her half. Emma begins to go on on a rant threatening to burn the world but Cyclops yells at her to stop talking like that and asks what has gotten into her. She replies with a worried look that she doesn't know. The Avengers and X-Men attack the two remaining avatars and they fight back. As the fight continues on the outside, Emma and Cyclops have a psychic dinner discussing things. Emma reveals to Scott even more disturbing tendencies such as using human blood as a sauce for a steak. She tells him about the psychic affair and that she truly loves him. She continues to talk about destroying the world and that she will be a queen of ash and they will just rebuild anew. Emma's corruption is almost complete and Cyclops realizes this. He asks for her forgiveness as Emma is stricken down by him and her half of the force is absorbed. Emma is arrested by the Avengers whom are then attacked by Purifers being labeled as mutant sympathizers. The Avengers defeat them and then Emma is escorted to prison and the Extinction team is revealed to still be active.
Kitty sees Emma in prison, asking her if she wants Emma to take a message to Scott. Emma retorts to Kitty that she doesn't want to foul up her mouth in her usual, mean tone towards the Kitty. They talk for a bit with Kitty saying they have a lot in common with Emma saying that both of their men turned out to be idiots. Kitty states that the difference is that she was smart enough to leave hers. She exits while Emma looks on with a scowl on her face.
Emma was freed from a high security prisoner transport unit by Cyclops and Magneto, whose powers just went haywire. Emma is furious at Scott for all his actions and betrayal and Cyclops tells her it wasn't him and it was the Phoenix. Emma storms off and Cyclops tells her to read his mind to show her how sorry he really is but Emma reveals she cannot as the Phoenix altered their powers and her telepathy is gone. Emma also tells Scott they best not be near each other and when she was seemingly going to end the relationship right then and there, the cops start heading towards them as Magik teleports the group away. In Australia, a new mutant girl named Eva has just awakened her powers after her over protective brother started a fight. The girl formed a time sphere around a block in Australia with the Police and Federal Guard outside the sphere. Emma tells the mutant girl that these are the scariest times in mutant lives. The team offers to help her learn to control her powers if she will join them. When the temporal sphere goes down, Emma shifts into her diamond form, and along with Magneto and Cyclops, she helps protect Eva and fight off the police forces.
With Cyclops and Magneto discussing the issues at hand in a field, Emma tells them both a new mutant has been revealed. When Magik teleports Cyclops and Magneto back to the Weapon X facility, Cyclops storms and Emma asks what happened where Magneto tells her that the Original Five X-Men have been brought to the present. Magneto mentions young Cyclops and Jean Grey which is all Emma needed to hear as she goes to find Cyclops. She finds him on a hill where she starts to ask him what happened. While reluctant, Cyclops tells her that they were all real. Emma ponders who would have the technology and wherewithal to something like this. With Cyclops pointing out Beast would be the only one, Emma figures it makes sense since Cyclops killed Xavier that with Hank not being able to kill Scott would punish him instead. She shows up with Scott and the group to the Jean Grey institute to deliver his explanation of what happened in Avengers vs X-Men to clear the air and offer the new students to join his side of things at the new Xavier institute.
The New Revolution
With the emergence of a new mutant by the name of Fabio Medina, Cyclops and his X-Men team show up to acertain him to join the New Charles Xavier Institute for the Gifted. Fabio is being detained by the police at the time for his powers awakening and causing a comotion. The X-Men manage to stop the police but are soon attacked by a group of sentinels. The veteran X-Men manage to defeat the sentinels, even with their altered powers with Cyclops delivering the final blow, leveling the entire area as the group stare in amazement at his power. After the defeated sentinels, the revolutionary group of X-Men leave with Fabio and return the new Xavier institute. Emma has a break down outside and discovers that she is now projecting her thoughts at random. She has a deep conversation with Scott about their current situation. While they agree they are separated, they show they still care about each other and will continue to work with each other for the betterment of the students. They head inside the new school and go over the current mutant situation. The team teleports to Australia to visit Eva Bell's mother, and not long after showing up, the X-Men and recruits are intercepted by an Avengers squad.
Emma and Scott stand up to the Avengers with the bold proclamation that the Avengers are the ones responsible for the death of Charles Xavier. After some statements from Cyclops and the Avengers almost assaulting the X team, Eva Bell freezes them in a temporal bubble. Cyclops makes the statement that the X-Men will protect all the mutants and humans that support them and that a warning to the people who will deny them their freedom has been issued. The X team is transported back to the New Xavier Institute where Magneto is revealed to be the mole. The team shows disgust at the reveal except for Emma, who realizes that Magneto being a double agent is an ingenious plan and even convinces Scott it can play to their advantage. Emma, along with the rest of the veteran mutant team, are transported by Magik to the Jean Grey Institute.
When they show up to the Jean Grey Institute, Scott goes off on his explanation of his side in the story and in the meantime, Emma confronts the Stepford Cuckoos where they figure out she does not have her telepathy and realize that is why Emma never made contact. The Cuckoos psychically torture Emma to a degree about it and uncover what happened between her and Scott. Emma doesn't blame them for their actions as she does understand they are just like her. Emma and the Cuckoos then have a psychic conversation about the events happening at the school with the original X-Men coming to the future. The Cuckoos do make mention of Jean Grey and that she is still very untrained, as they have been reading her mind quite frequently. Emma tells the Cuckoos to come with her to the Xavier School where she will continue to train them. Emma and group leave for a period to return to their school and find the new mutants getting attacked by the Danger Room. It is then that Magik's powers show her broken state as she screams out in pain, briefly disappears, and reappears in a small burst of flames. Emma and the veteran X-Men leave once more for the Jean Grey school and upon their return, the Cuckoos have come to the the new Xavier Institute along with the younger version of Angel.
After Magik's powers go off again, Cyclops has a talk with her and brings her back. Emma, along with the rest of the team, are forcibly pulled into Limbo where Illyana has transformed into Darkchilde.
It is revealed that the team was forcibly transported into Limbo by Dormammu so he could kill the team to spite Magik and eventually kill her. Emma transforms into diamond form to keep herself protected and when Dormammu commands his mindless ones to attack the team, Emma gets the Stepford Cuckoos to turn the fearful new mutant's mindsets into bravery, thus giving them to courage to fight back. Emma and the rest of the team fight the minions to save themselves and Magik.
Emma continues battling the mindless ones and the group is soon getting overwhelmed with some getting injured. Magik manages to free herself and cast everyone out while absorbing the entire dimension into herself. One of the students, Benjamin, is nearly dead, but Emma coaches Christopher through the use of his ability and save him. Scott apologizes to the team and tells them they all must train. Emma and Scott escort Fabio home, as he could not handle the pressure that comes with being an X-man. Emma tells the team not to worry as new mutants are popping up all over the world, and the team rescues and recruits a new mutant by the name of David Bond, who has the ability to control cars. Emma is seen coaching David when he is controlling a massive plane just outside of the compound. When Irma of the Stepford Cuckoos dyes her hair, Emma is seen escorting her back inside when Celeste freaks out on her. Emma helps the team invade the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier when they catch word of Fabio being kidnapped and interrogated and the team manages to successfully save Fabio.
Emma and Scott are training the students, but the former couple end up having a small argument. After watching Eva perform a new ability with her powers, Emma and the rest of the X-Men end up watching a pro-mutant rally in honor of Scott. The X-Men go and join the rally where Emma watches Scott give a speech, but not long after a new sentinel attacks them.
The Blockbuster sentinel attacks, and appears to vaporize him. Much to worry of Emma, but due to a timely save from Magik, he is alright. Emma goes diamond and charges the machine, only to be knocked back and caught by Angel. The rest of the X-Men try their luck at attacking it, but the sentinel keeps adapting. Eventually, Magneto arrives and does a final attack. The sentinel appears to ready to explode, and with Cyclops demanding the robot tell him who sent it, Emma saves Scott before it does leave an explosion, but only due to the assailant calling it back.
During a training session, Emma watches as Cyclops is being especially hard on Benjamin for giving up in a training exercise. When Benjamin gets out of the shower, Emma is clad in different clothes and begins to get close to the student in an attempt to make him uncomfortable and push him to get his powers to activate. The attempt works as Emma picks up on his traits and comes to the conclusion that he is more than just a shape-shifter, and that he can mess with technology, and that he releases a pheromone of sorts that makes people feel good about themselves. Emma and Magik take him to Atlanta, Georgia where they put his powers to the test. Emma ends up having the student run an actual mission. She hands him a letter and tells Benjamin to bring it all the way up to Timothy Dugan's office with a note telling him that in someone inside SHIELD is attacking mutants. Benjamin ends up passing and Emma tells Scott about his successful mission.
X-Men vs. S.H.I.E.L.D.
The team responds to a new mutant but it turns out to be a trap. Emma and everyone are attacked by a large sentinel and their powers begin to shut off. Emma manages to help get the students behind Cyclops and Magik saves the day with a spell. Emma and the group head back to the institute and come to the conclusion that whoever is baiting them is using cerebro and sending out false signals to lure them in. They unplug cerebro and they come to the conclusion that only a few people know to use cerebro: Xavier who is dead, Magneto, who wouldn't do this, and Beast. Cyclops and Magik head to the Xavier institute and leave Emma behind with the students. Emma is later seen with the students knowing that something wrong is happening and that she is worried about Scott. Emma is with the students when Magneto shows up with Dazzler. He has Triage heal her. Emma and the crew are about to leave when Magik arrives and teleports them to the Jean Grey school to see what is happening. They look on as Sentinels and helicarriers are attacking, but Hijack returns and saves the day. Scott reveals to everyone that it was Dark Beast who attacked them, but what happened was on Maria Hill's watch.
Battle of the Atom
Emma Frost and the rest of the Uncanny X-Men arrive on the scene of a battle to team up with Kitty Pryde and her students consisting of the remaining Original Five X-Men. After the destruction of all the sentinels, one of the heads remains active and kills the younger Cyclops, causing the older one to disappear and cease to exist. Emma gets Christopher to revive the younger Scott Summers, and the older one returns back to reality. After the battle, the Uncanny X-Men leave and return to their school where they watch the footage of their fight for studying. Emma ends up having a telepathic battle with the older Jean Grey from the future by being a conduit for the Stepford Cuckoos' telepathy, but Emma is ultimately defeated. More and more X-Men from the future continue to come to the present. Emma, along with the rest of the X-Men, continue to battle the designated evil future team. S.H.I.E.L.D.'s anti-mutant weapon armament is completely activated, and the X-Men work together to finish the battle while they manage to stop the assault, but not without some casualties.
- Height: 5'10"
- Weight: 144 lbs. (436 lbs. in diamond form)
- Eyes: Blue
- Hair: Brown, dyed ash blonde
- Distinguishing Features: When transformed, bodily tissue becomes a flexible, diamond-like substance; has admitted to having cosmetic surgery
- Identity: Publicly known
- Occupation: Adventurer; former teacher, co-headmistress of Xavier Institute for Higher Learning, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Frost International, entrepreneuse, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and headmistress of Massachusetts Academy, exotic dancer
- Citizenship: U.S.A.
- Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts
- Education: College degree in business administration, qualified sex therapist
- Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Winston Frost (father), Hazel Frost (mother), Christian Frost (brother), Adrienne Frost (sister, deceased), Cordelia Frost (sister), Stepford Cuckoos (cloned daughters)
Other Relatives: Scott Summers (husband - various alternate realities), Megan Summers (daughter - alternate reality), Ruby Summers (daughter - alternate reality), Summers-Frost twins (daughters - alternate reality), Alex Summers (son - alternate reality)
Powers and Abilities
Organic Diamond Form
Emma gained a secondary mutation during the destruction of Genosha, which manifested as complete transmutation of her organic tissues into a diamond-like substance. It was later revealed in a flashback that Cassandra Nova possibly catalyzed Emma's secondary mutation in order to allow her to survive the harsh environment of Genosha (however, it is still questionable if this is really true). This ability allows Emma to turn into an un-living yet sentient and mobile diamond form, granting her extreme resistance to damage, invulnerability to cold and heat, enhanced speed, super strength (no limit has been clearly defined but handbooks say approximately 2 tons), immortality, and limitless stamina as her body does not tire or produce any fatigue toxins while in this form. She also does not feel pain or emotions and has no need to eat, sleep, or drink while in diamond form. A drawback of her diamond form is she can not access her telepathy, but in return it grants her telepathic immunity to all but a few telepaths. Emma can stay transformed for as long as she likes, and the speed it takes for her to transform in and out of her diamond form is almost instantaneous, being described as happening within a hundredth of a second.
Emma's diamond form has stood up to Cyclops' optic blasts, jet crashes, blasts from Bishop, hits from World War Hulk, the collapse of Genosha, and even a blast from the Dreaming Celestial's head when it was taken over by Mr. Sinister. Emma can be broken if hit with the appropriate amount of force, appropriate weapon and her shatter point (believed to be her nose). Her first instance of entirely shattering was due to a diamond bullet hitting her in her shatter point at extremely high speeds. In her second instance of breaking (this did not involve her shatter point), Emma's arm was cut off when attacked by one of the Dreaming Celestial's "mini celestial" probes its body broke into. Despite her arm breaking off, this shows an impressive upper limit to the kind of damage her diamond form can take, considering one of them was able to blast a massive gouge in Colossus' chest and send him flying across San Francisco.
Emma is a powerful and experienced telepath. Her psionic powers allow her to perform several feats such as mental communication, mind reading, mind control, induce paralysis, possession, hypnosis, pain stimulation, illusion casting, astral projection, psychic surgery, and by collecting ambient psionic energy she can create powerful psionic lightning bolts or "psi-bolts", that can attack on a physical or mental level and are capable of rendering a person unconscious or even killing them. Emma's telepathy is powerful enough to communicate and effect people all the way across the planet. She has even done a mental broadcasting of Cyclops' own thoughts to all of the remaining mutants that were left on the Earth
Emma has been stated to be an "Omega Class Telepath" (the same classification as Charles Xavier), a level 10 psi and one of the top five telepaths on Earth. Emma's telepathy manifested itself in her teens, and she has devoted her life to mastering her many psychic skills. Following the death of Jean Grey and the de-powering of Professor Xavier (though he has since regained his abilities), Emma has acted as the X-Men's primary telepath.
After utilizing and losing the Phoenix Force post Avengers vs X-Men, Emma's powers have been altered with her losing her telepathy as result. Another side effect from the Phoenix Force altering their powers, Emma now projects her thoughts unto people at random intervals with no control over this change.
Despite the loss of her telepathy, Emma has been able to engage in telepathic battle by using the Stepford Cuckoos' own telepathy. Emma uses her own mind as a conduit for the Cuckoos to project their power into her. Emma may have lost her power, but she has still retained her skill as one of the greatest telepaths on Marvel earth.
While in possession of part of the Phoenix Force, Emma acquires new powers on top of her old ones. She gains the ability to manipulate the Phoenix' cosmic energy for various purposes such as setting enemies on fire or simply projecting it as energy blasts. She also gains telekinetic capabilities and the ability to fly. Her telepathy has grown in strength as she was capable of reaching into every mind on Earth. She gains a massive strength boost easily putting her in class 100+ as she was able to fight and defeat a Mjolnir wielding Thor without much difficulty using nothing but physical combat. In her diamond form she becomes almost completely invulnerable as X-23's adamantium claws could not cut her.
Perhaps Emma's most unique ability gained from the Phoenix is when Thor "shattered" her, (it is possible Emma feigned Thor actually shattering her considering she was playing with him the entire fight) she had conscious control over all the fragments and rained them down through him and then reformed herself showing Emma in her diamond form combined with the Phoenix Force is possibly unkillable. Despite her now found powers, Emma is not without weakness. Special Shi'ar weaponry, the Iron Fist energy from K'un-Lun and the Scarlet Witch's chaos magic have all been shown to harm them. However, as the Avatars gained more power when one falls, the Scarlet Witch's magic has grown to be less and less effective. As she gained more and more power, the Phoenix's corrupting influence over Emma grew stronger and stronger.
Emma is extremely intelligent and cunning, allowing her to traverse the ranks of business, the Hellfire Club, and the X-Men, as well as acquire a great deal of wealth. Her persuasive manner and abilities can easily sway others to do anything in her favor, especially when this skill is backed up with her telepathy.
Emma has also spent a great deal of time mentoring young mutants, granting her tremendous knowledge in mutant powers and how they work. When she possessed Iceman's body, she was able to use his powers in ways he had never been capable of before. Emma was the one that discovered Cyclops' inability to control his optic blasts was actually the result of mental blocks that Scott imposed on himself at a young age (and not physical brain damage, as was previously believed) and performed 'psychic surgery' that allowed him to control his powers for a time.
Emma Frost is highly skilled in electronic theory and electronics, and has learned how to build devices that can amplify psionic energy and utilize psionic energy for various effects. She devised the mechanism by which Mastermind projected his illusions directly into the mind of the Phoenix Force.
Emma is a capable fighter in her own right. While in her diamond form, she was able to hold her own quite well against Bishop and Sage until Bishop was forced to blast her away from the battlefield. She defeated half a dozen Sinister men with no powers for training just after her arm was just reconnected. Emma has fended off humans turned into lizard-like creatures without the need of her powers and also managed to fight well against a lizard-turned Wolverine, Gambit and Storm in diamond form before Spider-Man showed up to help her.
Age of Apocalypse (Earth-295)
In the Age of Apocalypse alternative reality, Emma never joins the Hellfire Club or even the X-Men. At some point in her past, she was lobotomized, which eliminated all traces of her mutant abilities. She still retains the visible scar on the side of her head, which her hair no longer grows upon. Due to her wealthy background, she is placed on the Higher Council along with Moira MacTaggert, Bolivar Trask, Mariko Yashida and Brian Braddock. During her time as a member of the Council, she begins a romantic relationship with Brian, who was secretly working for Apocalypse. Emma lead a strike team against Apocalypse. While most people escaped a blast, it is unknown what became of Emma and whether she survived or not.
Ultimate Universe (Earth-1610)
Emma Frost of the Ultimate universe is a former student of Charles Xavier. Xavier and Frost became romantically involved while Xavier was still in a relationship with Mystique, causing Mystique to angrily lash out at Xavier in a grotesque form until Emma had to diamond-punch her. Emma was even responsible for the naming of Xavier's cat, saying it should be named Mystique when it destroyed his office in a similar manner to the actual Mystique. Emma and Charles, however, didn’t make it as a couple. Frost leaves Xavier for mostly ideological differences as she thinks his approach to the mutant/human relation was too violent. Frost is more passive towards working on the mutant/human relation then Xavier. Frost goes back to Chicago and becomes a teacher giving mutant education seminars. The governor is very supportive of Frost's idea and helped introduce her to the White House chief of staff and eventually met the President.
They come up with the New Mutants which is supposed to help educate humans about mutants while cutting ties with Xavies. During a press conference, Emma, the New Mutants, and even the President are attacked by Sentinels. Xavier and the X-Men came to help them. Xavier tried to convince Emma to come back to the school but she declined and returned to Chicago. In Chicago, she creates a new program called Academy of Tomorrow (the X-Men-like squad of the school being the Ultimate version of the New Mutants). She was later shown to be dating Shinobi Shaw (son of the deceased leader of the club, Sebastian Shaw). After Shinobi is arrested for attacking Jean Grey in order to release the Phoenix Force she was revealed to be the White Queen of this universe's Hellfire Club (wearing an outfit highly similar to her mainstream counterpart's White Queen garb) and requesting a new boyfriend. During the Ultimatum event, she is later confirmed dead by Madrox in issue #3.
This version of Emma dresses more modestly and professionally than her mainstream counterpart, with even her initial outfit similar to her mainstream counterpart's White Queen costume showing very little skin. It is only when she is revealed as the White Queen that she wears the more revealing attire recognizable by her alternate counterpart. She also wore glasses most of the time (including as the White Queen). She also displays only her diamond form and is not shown using telepathy, though she was silenced before mentioning other powers.
House of M (Earth-58163)
During the events of House of M, Emma is a child therapist and is happily married to Cyclops and they have three kids. Emma was the first person contacted by Wolverine. Layla Miller restored the memories of Emma and Cyclops. With Emma's psychic abilities, Emma goes around and restored the memories of all the other heroes. They would go on to gather other heroes to attack the House of M. While the heroes battle Magnus, Emma and a few other heroes begin to look for Professor Xavier.
Hellfire Club Failing Reality (Earth-27538)
In this reality briefly visited by the Exiles Emma is still the White Queen of the Hellfire Club.
X-Men: The End (Earth-41001)
Emma is know as Mrs Scott Summers and together they have four children, twin daughters, a son named Alex and a daughter named Megan, who has telepathic powers. Emma is shown to be very protective of her children due to her seeing a fair share of students dying and cannot see her children suffer the same fate.
Home World of Crusader X (Earth-2122)
Emma was enslaved by the Shadow King and was killed when Mastermind use her to boost his powers up in an attempt to corrupt Jean Grey.
Emma leads the X-Society along with Cyclops. Wolverine and Beast. The team investigates occurrences in New Albion (which is known as California). Emma also refused Cyclops proposals stating her desire to avoid the "tedious scandal" so it would not cause any issues between the two of them. After a misunderstanding for being blamed for the deaths of the passengers in Hindenburg Disaster, the government placed the X-Society under house arrest so Emma migrated to Europe and was married to Cyclops.
Age of Xavier (Earth-77995)
Emma is a member of the Hellfire Club and is married to Iceman. Followers of Apocalypse attack the pair and stab Emma with a knife, killing her. Angered by the death of his wife, Iceman tries to avenge her death, but is killed in a fight against Pyro.
Days of Future Past (Earth-811)
Emma was once the White Queen of the Hellfire Club but went to India after a number of mutants were wiped out. In service of the mutant leaders, Emma sold her mental powers. Magneto and Jubilee then approached her and told her that they need help in saving Wolverine since the aforementioned hero was brainwashed by Psylocke who was the Red Queen of Hellfire Club at that time. With her powers, she was able to retrieve Wolverine's memories. She also attempted to bring Psylocke back to the side of good.
In a reality where Warlock's techno-organic virus and the Legacy Virus have interacted, 75% percent have been converted into Vi-Locks. Emma played an important role to the team as she used her telepathy to mentally communicate with other super humans who aims to look for the cure. With her telepathy, the Vi-Locks were unable to detect how they communicate. Emma is paraplegic and uses a wheelchair.
This version is known as Dame Emma Frost. She was the founder of Force X and head of Department X.
Old Man Logan
Emma tricks others by using her telepathy to make herself appear young to others. Also, this ability is used by her to make her people follow her. Emma survives the attack that wiped other super beings. In this reality, she is the most powerful telepath. To assure herself that both races will survive, Emma Frost marries Black Bolt. Along with her husband, they rule United States of America where mutants can live freely like other normal beings. She tells her husband to save Wolverine and Hawkeye from a Savage Land T-Rex who was possessed by Venom.
Young X-Men: End Days (Earth-38730)
Much of Emma's history is unknown, but it is presumed that she was one of the very first citizens in Xaviera, a haven for all mutants (which some people compare to Genosha). At some point, for reasons unknown, Emma changes her name from the White Queen to Diamondheart. As she one of the last remaining members of the X-Men, she had seen many of her friends and comrades die at the hands of Dust, including her lover who was presumably Cyclops. Emma remains in her organic diamond form most of the time as she is less vulnerable to attack and does not change back to normal. She finds and attacks Dust, but is killed when she creates a whirlwind, suffocating her.
Emma is the highest priestess of the church of the Next Generation. She legally adopted the children of her followers and made them unlock their psychic abilities through a surgery.
Marvel Mangaverse (Earth-2301)
Emma is a member of the Hellfire Club that was lead by her father Charles Xavier. Their objective is to abduct Jean and bring her to the group. Though, the X-Men became a great hindrance. Toad then advised the X-Men for defeating the Hellfire Club and bring her father back to the X-Men.
Marvel Adventures (Earth-20051)
Emma Frost is best friends with Sophia Sanduval (aka Chat) and uses her mindpowers to get through life easier. She soon discovers Peter Parker is Spider-Man and grows interested in him. With her powers she decides to become the Silencer and test Peter's capabilities. A few days later Peter finds Emma in her Silencer costume eating in Chat's apartment. Thinking she is going to attack her again Peter breaks in to confront her. While chasing her through the building her runs into Chat and explains their situation to him. Peter then helps Emma escape from the police.
X-Men Noir (Earth-7207)
Emma Frost is the warden of Genosha Bay, a prison for Earth's worst sociopaths. Emma was a student of Professor X at Harvard University. She believes that living with a sociopath can turn a person in a sociopath as well, so she keeps her most dangerous inmates isolated from the others. This version of Emma seems to have a bondage fetish as referred to when she is tied up in prison.
Emma is one of the members of The Brotherhood of Mutant Terrorists who fought the X-Men. She was known as the White Queen. Emma used her powers to fool the authorities that they are experiencing catastrophes such as being sunk the sand and other mental illusions. Using her psionic spear, she have destroyed the tank where Magneto was captured and freed him. During the X-Men's attempt to retrieve the power circuit, Emma blocked them and Cyclops was the one who faced her one on one.
X-Men: Animated Series
Emma is a member of the Inner Circle of Hellfire Club alongside with her other fellow members who tried to use Mastermind to confuse Jean Grey and make the situation worse while Jean is under the influence of the Phoenix. She was a powerful telepath that can even alter the mind of Professor X with the aid of Cerebro. She later reappeared captured alongside other telepaths.
Wolverine and the X- Men
Uninvited, Emma Frost appears at the mansion's front door seeking to join the X-Men. Wolverine refuses her, but is eventually forced to accept her into the team since she is the only telepath available and therefore the only one able to operate Cerebro. She successfully located Charles Xavier's lifeless body in the heart of Magneto's Genosha, but later attempts to locate Jean Grey were less successful. In an effort to remain on the team she informs Cyclops that “given time I could locate her, but if [Wolverine] has his way I’ll be gone tomorrow”. Frost is intelligent and tactical, and is an extremely powerful telepath. Her first telepathic fight as an X-Man was against the Shadow King. Storm had been manipulated into believing that Africa was burning and used her mutant powers to put the fires out. However, in reality she was tearing the country apart with rain storms and tornadoes.
It was Emma's telepathic powers that saved Storm's life, the whole continent of Africa, and eventually defeat the Shadow King. Later on she was able to disable Psylocke's telepathic attacks with relative ease. Despite Wolverine's initial distrust of Frost, he has grown to accept her as a permanent member of the team.
Her battle against the Shadow King and her success to mend some of Wolverine's memories of his time in Weapon X have earned his respect. However, she is extremely secretive and on one occasion lied to Wolverine about Forge's availability. She also appears to be fond of Cyclops, often watching him from afar. Cyclops is still depressed for the loss of Jean Grey. Emma offered to delete his memories of Jean and make him normal again.
Emma betrays the X-Men after Jean is found. It is revealed that she has been working for the Inner Circle in an attempt to destroy the Phoenix Force. The Inner Circle then double crosses Emma and tries to use the Phoenix for their own ends. It, however proves too powerful for them to control. When the Phoenix Force is released and is searching for Jean, Emma traps it in her body, transforms into diamond and projects it into the atmosphere where it cannot find a host. She manages to ask Cyclops to forgive her before shattering and seemingly dies.
X-Men Anime (2012)
In the Japanese Anime of the X-Men, Emma is found to by the Astonishing X-Men (Beast, Cyclops, Logan and Storm) in a pod next to Armor in the U-Men Lab.
After copping the blame for forcing Jean Grey to commit suicide as Dark Phoenix, Emma joins the X-Men as to continue her tutelage of Armor. She even goes as far as allowing Xavier to view her mind and broadcast her life to the X-Men to gain Cyclops' trust.
As the series goes on she is shown to care for younger mutants and enjoys teaching the next generation, a more motherly aspect - but still retains her ever-observant and cunning personality.
Whilst Emma is shown to use both her Telepathy and Diamond Form, she lacks any of the hand-to-hand combat training and relies heavily on her Diamond Form to take a more defensive position in the team.
Emma Frost was played by Finola Hughes in a made-for-TV adaptation of Generation X on FOX. Emma was a mentor for the Generation X alongside with Banshee. Together with her team, they fought a mad scientist who wants to gain psychic powers. She also handled a group of mutants called Hellions who died and blamed herself. It caused her to be strict to the team and makes sure they are working good. Before she became a teacher, she works on a dream machine project and gained rivalry with Russel Tresh.
Emma appears briefly in this film and is played by Tahyna Tozzi. Emma is present in Wolverine's past and she is a mutant with the ability to turn her body in diamond form. She does not display telepathy. She is shown as the sister of Silver Fox and was a prisoner of William Stryker trying to free herself.
(Note: It was later "revealed" that Emma of X-Men Origins: Wolverine wasn't the real Emma Frost. If there is any connection between Emma (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and Emma Frost (X-Men: First Class) is still unknown.)
Emma Frost appears in the 2011 film, X-Men: First Class and is portrayed by January Jones. She is shown to be the White Queen of the Hellfire Club lead by Sebastian Shaw. She is first shown when Moria MacTaggert sneaks into the Hellfire Club's quarters looking for Colonel Hendry. She is next seen going to meet with a Russian general who Shaw is supposed to meet. Professor Xavier and Magneto also infiltrate the building Emma is in and confront her. She is then captured and taken to the CIA headquarters. Months later, Magneto and his Brotherhood free her from her prison and ask her to join them, to which she agrees. She displays incredibly impressive telepathy defeating and blocking out Charles Xavier several times. She also possesses her diamond form which seems to augment her strength (she was able to send Erik flying into the sea with a single blow) and renders her immune to telepathy. However it does not seem to provide her any physical durability as Erik almost killed her by strangling her with the metal railing of a bed while she was in diamond form (a close up clearly shows it beginning to shatter around the area the pressure was applied, her neck) and Charles had to persuade him not to kill her, which he surely would have. In this incarnation, Emma seems to play more of a henchman-type second-in-command role rather than more of an equal power player as she was in the comics when she was the White Queen.
Emma Frost is a playable character in X-Men Legends. She is unlocked as a Non-Playable character (NPC) after the Nuclear Power plant level where you save Colossus. She only becomes playable after Alison speaks with her and Charles Xavier at the Mansion. The depiction of Emma in this game is quite faithful to her comic book counterpart, aside from her attraction to Professor X rather than Cyclops. Her active powers in the game are: Confuse, Fear, Psychic Shell and Psychic Bedlam. She is voiced by Bobby Holliday.
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse
She also appeared in it's sequel as a NPC who helped the X-Men in their mission in Madri Temple after she telepathically contacted Professor X about the Stepford Cuckoos starting rebellion in Madri. She was taken for her harmonic DNA by Sinister. She was used to make Apocalypse stronger for the last battle. She is voiced by Bobby Holliday again.
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
Emma is one of the X-Men who are defeated by Dr. Doom during the CG video "Doomsday". At the end of the movie, Doom realizes he can use his new powers to corrupt the heroes' souls and turn them into brainwashed slaves. Later in the game, the player must face some of these corrupted heroes. Although Emma is one of the four characters we actually see being brainwashed by Doom, the player doesn't fight her later in the game.
Emma Frost is one of the non-playable characters and is introduced as the leader of the X-Men alongside Cyclops.
She uses her telepathy to guide the player through the game regarding how to use their powers, where to go next, and at times she'll physically meet up with you. Like when defeating Cameron Hodge the first time or when subduing Wolverine.
Marvel Heroes Online (2012-Present)
Emma Frost is a playable hero character in Gazillion's upcoming Free To Play MMO. Not much is known about the game bar for the fact it is based on Diablo's core gameplay aspects.The MMO's story is being written by Brian Michael Bendis.
Marvel Super Heroes Squad Online
Emma is a playable character in the game. There are hints of the love triangle between her,Cyclops and Jean Grey, they are show in several of these characters power manifestations. She is voiced by Grey DeLisle.
Her description says: Dressed in all white with a body that can change into diamond, Emma Frost has a hot temper to go with her cool personality.
Marvel Avengers Alliance
Emma was the second character to be released as a recruitable character in the Special Operation "Long Live the Queen" in her classic X-men costume. After a while she became permanently reclutable. She was also part of the Special Operation "Avengers Vs X-men" as part of the Phoenix Five (With her alternate costume released too). Is the agent play in the Avengers side she is featured as a boss.
Her bio says: Born wealthy and privileged, Emma Frost didn't need her mutant powers to succeed in the world, but she still took advantage of them. Her telepathic powers won her an invitation to the notorious HellFire Club, where she rose in rank to become the White Queen. There she started a school for mutants and clashed with the X-Men with her contentious curriculum. After a tragedy killed most of her students, Emma decided that teaching for the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters and joining the X-Men was a better use of her gifts.
Marvel: War Of Heroes
Emma is featured in several of the cards on the mobile game Marvel: War of Heroes. Her cards are:
- [Diamond Lady] Emma Frost
- [I'll Take Romance] Emma Frost
- [Conglomerate] Emma Frost
- [White Queen] Emma Frost
- [Phoenix Fire] Emma Frost
- [Be Mine] Emma Frost
- [Teacher] Emma Frost
Lego Marvel Super Heroes
Emma Frost appears as a playable character in the Lego Marvel Super Heroes video game. She is unlocked when you guide a student through a maze.
X-men: Battle of The Atom
Emma is featured in the mobile card game "X-Men: Battle of the Atom" based on the comic book story with the same name. Her cards are:
- Emma Frost
- [Future] Emma Frost
- [White Queen] Emma Frost
- [Human High Council] Emma Frost
- [X-Society] Emma Frost
- [New Xavier School] Emma Frost
- [Phoenix] Emma Frost