Real Name → Idie (Ih-Dyay) Okonkwo
Aliases → Oya, Third Light, The Girl Who Wouldn’t Burn
Relatives → Mother (deceased), Father (deceased), Sister (deceased)
Teams → The Five Lights, X-Men, Jean Grey School, Hellfire Academy
Abilities → Thermokinesis, which means that Idie has the ability to alter temperatures around her. However, she cannot simply create heat and cold; she can only rechannel temperature. However, this ability means that she has the ability to generate flames from thin air (pyrokinesis), and can generate ice by reducing the kinetic energy of atoms to reduce temperature.
First Appearance → Uncanny X-Men 528
Personality → Idie is extremely religious, considering her powers to be witchcraft, in a way. She views herself as a monster, as has become extremely damaged emotionally by her treatment at the hands of her villagers. She was also forced to kill to defend the X-Men, and this has damaged her, turning a sweet 14 year old into a self-loathing and traumatized little girl who is struggling to come to terms with what she is. From time to time, Idie’s original personality peeks through, revealing a sweet and lovely young girl. Idie is slowly coming to grips with her new family, and has started to open up more and more to her peers, becoming friendly, gossiping like a typical kid her age, and enjoying ice cream. She loves and admires the other Lights, especially Hope Summers. She has formed fast friendships with several other students, including an alien named Broo.
Recommended Reading →Generation Hope 1 - 17, X-Men Schism 1 - 5, Wolverine and the X-Men (ongoing), Uncanny X-Men 526 - 529
(I can provide masterposts for these upon request.)
History → Idie was a typical Nigerian girl for most of her early life, with two loving parents and a sister. Unfortunately, Idie’s powers manifested when she was 12 - 14, making her the third new mutant to appear after M-Day. Nigerian soldiers attempted to kill her, accusing her of witchcraft and mass murder. Idie was rescued by Storm and Hope Summers, and taken back to the X-Men with the other five Lights. Idie was not accepting of her powers, considering them witchcraft and believing she would not be able to go to heaven because of them.
Eventually, the events of Schism started. Idie was caught in the middle of the fight between Scott and Logan. Logan took a liking to Idie, feeling pity for the young girl. He obtained a doll for her after she mentioned that she had lost hers after the villagers attacked her, and seemed disturbed that such a young girl was being forced to become a killer. He did not think someone so young should be fighting, and thought that Scott had forgotten that Idie and the others were still children. This was, in part, what spurred him to begin planning the Jean Grey school. Eventually, while Idie was at the Museum of Mutant History’s opening day with Laurie (Transonic), the Hellfire Club attacked, disabling the X-Men. Idie was one of the few left inside to help, and Scott Summers told Idie to “do what she needed to”. Idie chose to kill the Club’s soldiers, and this left a mark on her. She became more convinced that she was a monster, and this was one of the final straws for Logan. Idie initially wanted to stay with Hope, but Hope convinced her that she was too young, and should be allowed to be a child again.
Idie left to attend the Jean Grey School, and made friends. She still viewed herself as a monster due to the unfair prejudices of those she had encountered. But, eventually she began to open herself up to the other students and accept them for what they were. She formed a deep friendship with one of her classmates, a mutant Brood alien named Broo. Unfortunately, after he was shot, Idie left the school to join the Hellfire Academy, which is where she is currently.
Why you should love Idie →
Idie is one of my favorite baby mutants. It breaks my heart to think that she considers herself a monster, and blames herself for the undeserved hatred of others. Idie is a loving and compassionate person, and she accepted Broo when the other students treated him poorly due to the fact he was a Brood. She was not deterred by his appearance or the reputation of the Brood, and did not judge him prematurely. She is incredibly accepting and loving, despite her self-loathing regarding her powers. I hope that she can heal, and grow to become a self-assured mutant. Her friendship with Broo is amazing and you should honestly read about her for that alone, but her interactions with the other Lights, Logan, and Hope Summers are also excellent and really make you feel for Idie.