Copycat (Marvel Comics)

Copycat (Marvel Comics)
Copycat Vanessa Carlysle.jpg
Copycat, Deadpool: The Circle Chase #4 (Nov 1993)
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance New Mutants #98 (Feb 1991)
Created by Fabian Nicieza
Rob Liefeld
In-story information
Alter ego Vanessa Geraldine Carlysle
Species Human Mutant
Team affiliations Weapon X
Six Pack
New Mutants
Notable aliases Titania,[1] Garrison Kane, Domino, Nurse Veronica, Patricia Muggins, Christina Valentino,[2] Cheryl Marks, Debbie, Marguerite, Amy and numerous others
Abilities Shape-shifting,
Power mimicry

Copycat (Vanessa[3] Geraldine Carlysle[4]) is a deceased fictional character, a mutant in the Marvel Comics universe, and a former member of X-Force.


Fictional character biography

Under the orders of Tolliver, Copycat infiltrated X-Force in the shape of Domino, while she was prisoner. Her mission was to blow up X-Force's headquarters in order to kill Cable. But she became attached to the team members and failed her mission.[volume & issue needed] Tolliver sent Deadpool to force her to set the bomb. Deadpool would be put in her place, if she refused. Deadpool blew Copycat's cover to X-Force and left them for dead after blowing up the complex without knowing that X-Force had already escaped.[volume & issue needed]

Vanessa briefly hid herself under the false identity of a twin of one of her friends, Tina Valentino. Deadpool and his associate Sluggo finished by meeting with her, but they killed Tina instead, thinking they had killed her. She moved in with Garrison Kane in San Francisco, until Cable found them.[5] They were all transported to the microverse where they fought Psycho-Man.[volume & issue needed] Later, she broke up with Kane and came back to live with Deadpool. Deadpool's feelings towards Siryn grew, so she left him after having taken his appearance to attack her, in hopes of souring their potential relationship.[volume & issue needed]

Some time later, Copycat was captured by Weapon X. The treatments of Weapon X destroyed her memory and she forgot her mission. Recruited by Sabretooth, Deadpool received an order to kill her. He tried to warn her, so Weapon X sent Kane to kill the both of them. The fight took them to a local zoo where Deadpool left her in a shapechanged gorilla form among other gorillas to fight against Kane. When he returned the other gorillas were dead and Copycat was dying from wounds inflicted by Sabertooth. She died shortly after in Deadpool's arms.[6]

Powers and abilities

Copycat is such a powerful and precise metamorph that she can duplicate another being down to the cellular level. Because of this she is able to replicate superhuman powers, abilities, and even mental imprints so closely that telepaths have trouble identifying her. Copycat simply requires knowledge to duplicate someone's appearance, but needs physical contact to duplicate anything else. She is also capable of turning into animals, finding these forms easier to maintain than human shape.[7] Weapon X modified her powers by accelerating the rate at which she could duplicate others. However, as a side effect of this enhancement, Copycat began to lose her memory and was unable to hold any solid form for long periods of time.

Other versions

Age of Apocalypse

Copycat in the Age of Apoclypse, Amazing X-Men #1, art by Andy Kubert

In the Age of Apocalypse, Copycat was a member of the Brotherhood of Chaos, an elite religious group affiliated to the Church of the Madri. She served alongside other members such as Madison Jeffries and Spyne. She was often referred to as Sister Vanessa or Sister Carlysle. Using her shape shifting powers, Copycat was able to hide incognito amongst the humans who had hoped to flee North America and was able to discover the site of the Sentinel Evacuation while in their midst. Vanessa led the Brotherhood to emigration site in Maine and there they clashed with the Amazing X-Men. In an attempt to elude the X-Man Quicksilver, Copycat posed as Scarlet Witch, but was forced to revert to her normal self by Dazzler. Both Copycat and Box were able to escape the X-Men and conceal themselves, posing as humans, and escaped to Europe. They were discovered at a checkpoint and provided a distraction for a group of Altered Humans to pass through, but were subsequently hunted down by Weapon X and Jean Grey with the latter slaying Vanessa in the process.[8]

In other media


  • Copycat appeared in the X-Men episode "Sanctuary." She appears amongst the mutants on Asteroid M. Copycat later appears in "Secrets Not Long Buried" where she is one of the many residents of the mutant-dominated community of Skull Mesa.


  • In a leaked script of the Deadpool movie, Vanessa is the titular character's love interest. Whether or not she has powers is unknown.


  1. ^ Deadpool v3, 38-45 (Mar. through Oct. 2000), Marvel Comics
  2. ^ X-Force 20-24 (Mar. through Jul 1993), Marvel Comics
  3. ^ X-Force 11 (Jun 1992), Marvel Comics
  4. ^ X-Force 20 (Mar 1993), Marvel Comics
  5. ^ Cable 37 (Nov. 1996), Marvel Comics
  6. ^ Deadpool v3, 59 (Dec. 2001), Marvel Comics
  7. ^ Deadpool v3, 59 (Dec. 2001), Marvel Comics
  8. ^ Weapon X 2 (Apr. 1995), Marvel Comics

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