NOTE: This article is about the incarnation of Mystique from the X-Men film series. The mainstream version can be found here: Mystique.
We should come up with secret codenames, we're secret agents now! I'll start, I'm going to be... ... Mystique.
~ Mystique in X-Men: First Class
You know people like you are the reason I was afraid to go to school as a child.
~ Mystique to Senator Kelly

Mystique is a recurring character of the X-Men film series. She served as the secondary antagonist of X-Men, one of the deuteragonist villains of X2: X-Men United, a minor antagonist in The Last Stand, the tritagonist of X-Men: First Class, the anti-heroine in X-Men: Days of Future Past, and a major character in X-Men: Apocalypse.

She was portrayed by Rebecca Romijn as an adult, by Morgan Lily as a child, and by Jennifer Lawrence (who would later portray Mother) as a young adult.


Mystique is a female mutant that stands at a fairly tall height, her hair is crimson red usually laid down neck length and her eyes are yellow with dark yellow pupils. In the films, Mystique doesn't wear a costume instead the metamorph naturally has a blue skin, scaled reptilian appearance and is nude with her entire body covered in blue scales, with the exception of her midriff and part of her chest, giving her an inhuman look and is barefooted.

Powers and Abilities

  • Shape-Shifting: Mystique is a mutant shape-shifter with the ability to change her appearance. Using her morphing powers, she makes parts of her flesh look like clothing when any of the characters she impersonates appear clothed. She can make herself look and sound like an exact duplicate of anyone she chooses. This ability makes her the ultimate spy for Magneto's Brotherhood because she can infiltrate any organization by literally becoming anyone.

Role in films

X-Men Series (2000-2006)


Mystique is played by Rebecca Romijn in the 2000 film X-Men. She is a member of Magneto's Brotherhood of Mutants. Mystique is first seen when she is disguised as Henry Guyrich, Senator Kelly's aide. In this guise, she helps in the kidnapping of the senator and his transformation into a mutant by Magneto's device. Mystique is later shown battling the X-Men inside the Statue of Liberty. Amidst the confusion caused by a thick bank of fog created by Storm to mask the X-Men's arrival, Mystique attacks the mutant heroes by impersonating Wolverine. The real Wolverine blocks her attack, and the two mutants begin to fight each other. But even in the same guise, Mystique can't match Wolverine's fighting abilities. Escaping up a storm drain, she returns to the battle again, this time disguised as Storm. Once again, Wolverine confronts her, this time using his extra sensitive smell to spot the mutant's disguise and stabs her with his adamantium claws and she collapses to the floor in her true form. Having survived the battle, Mystique escapes and, ironically, impersonates Senator Kelly to withdraw from the Mutant Registration Act.

She reprises the role in the 2003 sequel, X2, where for most of the film she impersonates Sen. Robert Kelly, whom Magneto killed in the previous film. She frees Magneto from the plastic cell he is being held in, and together they help the X-Men infiltrate William Stryker's base at Alkali Lake. Romijn reprises her role one more time in 2006's The Last Stand. Magneto frees her, alongside Juggernaut, Pyro, and the Multiple Man, but when she dives in front of a series of shots meant for Magneto, the mutant cure within the ammunition turns her into a normal human, and Magneto abandons her as she is no longer one of them. Her scorn leads to her revealing the location of the Brotherhood to the U.S. government.

X-Men Series (2011-Present)

X-Men: First Class

Jennifer Lawrence portrays a younger Mystique in the 2011 prequel X-Men: First Class. Morgan Lily briefly plays Mystique as a child while Rebecca Romijn makes a cameo as a transformation Mystique takes to seduce Magneto. She is raised as Charles Xavier's foster sister, and helps found the X-Men. She initially has a romantic interest in Hank McCoy (AKA Beast), but later turns her affections towards Magneto. She later leaves with him to found the Brotherhood of Mutants.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Lawrence reprises her role as Mystique in the 2014 film X-Men: Days of Future Past. In the film, it was her assassination of Bolivar Trask that leads to his martyrdom, resulting in the fruition of his Sentinel program. Mystique was subsequently captured and experimented upon, leading to the Sentinels' unstoppable shapeshifting abilities and a dystopian future. The film revolves around Wolverine's attempts to stop her assassination of Trask and avert the dark future. Mystique first appears in Vietnam saving Havok, ToadQuill, and other GI Mutants from William Stryker. She later returns to America and discovers Trask's experiments on other mutants such as Azazel, and Angel. Distraught, she decides to travel to the Paris Peace Conference and kill Trask. Posing as a Vietnamese General, she arrives at the Peace Conference. There, Trask's mutant tracking device detects Mystique, who reveals herself and quickly disables the guards. Before she can kill Trask however, Wolverine, Magneto, Xavier and Beast find Mystique and stop her. Mystique is surprised to see her Xavier, who tells her that he will not let anyone experiment on her. This heart-felt reunion is quickly shattered, however, when Magneto betrays the group and tries to kill her. She escapes by jumping out of the window, which exposes mutants to the world for the first time earlier than in the previous timeline. While Beast tries fending off Magneto, Mystique escapes. President Nixon approves the Sentinel program. While Trask Industries ships the Sentinels to Washington, D.C. for their national presentation, Magneto secretly surrounds the Sentinels in steel, allowing him to control them. After commandeering the Sentinels to attack the crowd and holding off Wolverine, Xavier, and McCoy, but before he can kill what he believes to be Nixon (really a disguised Mystique), McCoy suppresses his mutation with a serum causing a Sentinel to turn on Magneto. Magneto quickly disables it, but the distraction allows Mystique to shoot him with a plastic gun, wounding him and releasing his control of the Sentinels. Mystique is about to kill Trask, but Xavier tells her that she has so far saved humans and she can show the world a better path and lets her make the ultimate decision. She finally realizes her mistake and decides to let Trask, Nixon, and his cabinet live. The world sees that a mutant saved the President and the Sentinel program is shut down. Trask is arrested for selling military secrets to foreign powers, erasing the dystopian future seen earlier in the film. Mystique remains a rogue agent, disguising herself as William Stryker to retrieve Wolverine from the Potomac River. Lawrence will be reprising her role as Mystique in X-Men: Apocalypse.


  • Since much of the events of the first three films were erased in Days of Future Past and Mystique and Magneto became enemies, Mystique may have never joined the Brotherhood in the revised timeline. However, only The Last Stand has been acknowledged as not being canon, meaning that the events of the first two films likely occur in some way.


See also


           X-Men Movie Villains

Brotherhood of Mutants
Magneto | Mystique | Sabretooth | Toad | Pyro | Juggernaut | Multiple Man | Callisto | Spike | Dark Phoenix | Psylocke | Azazel | Riptide | Angel Salvadore | Emma Frost | Black Tom Cassidy

Team X
William Stryker Jr. | Lady Deathstrike | Jason Stryker | Deadpool | Agent Zero | William Stryker Sr. | Agent Smith

Hellfire Club
Sebastian Shaw | Emma Frost | Azazel | Angel Salvadore | Riptide

Yashida Corporation
Silver Samurai | Shingen Yashida | Madam Viper | Kenuichio Harada | Noburo Mori

Trask Industries
Bolivar Trask | William Stryker Jr. | Sentinels

Weapon X Program
Ajax | Angel Dust | Agent Smith

Ashir En Sabah Nur
Apocalypse | Magneto | Psylocke | Archangel

Essex Corp
Dr. Zander Rice | Donald Pierce | X-24 | Reavers | The Headmaster

Cable | Firefist | Dopinder | Sergei Valishnikov | D.M.C.