Marvel character highlight #22: Iceman

Name: Robert Louis DrakeIceman - fix

Alias: Iceman, Bobby Drake, Frozen One, Frosty, Drake Roberts, Iceface, Iceheart

Affiliation: X-Men, X-Factor, Murder Circus, Excelsiors, The Twelve, Chosen, Defenders, Secret Defenders, Champions

Special abilities: Iceman is classified as an “omega-level mutant.” Iceman can lower his body temperature and generate intense cold from the atmosphere around him. With his body temperature lowered, he can produce ice structures, generate and fully control ice, and freeze  and unfreeze anything. He can manipulate ice on a cellular level, use thermal vision as well as generate clones and freeze the Earth and spread his consciousness throughout the ice on a global scale.

Background: Robert Drake lived a normal life until one day, as a teenager, he was on a date with a young woman when a bully from school attacked. He pointed his hand at the bully and the attacking boy was encased in a block of ice. A local mob heard of the incident and gathered to lynch Bobby. After being placed in jail to keep away from the mob, fellow founding X-Men member Scott Summers came to rescue him. He and Summers fought until Charles Xavier arrived to save both teens. He joined the team with other founding members Jean Grey, Warren Worthington III and Hank McCoy and battled early X-Men foes Magneto and Juggernaut. While on the team he further developed his powers and gained control of them. As a founding member of the X-Men, he was captured by the sentient island of Krakoa and was rescued by the next generation of the team. He later quit the X-Men and founded X-Factor with the other original members of the X-Men.

Relationships: Opal Tanaka (girlfriend); Annie Ghazikhanian (girlfriend); Lorna Dane (Polaris), girlfriend; Raven Darkholme (Mystique), girlfriend. Note: Robert Drake’s sexuality has been confirmed as gay.

First Versus appearance: X-Men: Children of the Atom

Appearances in other media: The Marvel Super Heroes (animated), Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (animated), X-Men: The Animated Series (animated), X-Men: Evolution (animated), Wolverine and the X-Men (animated), The Super Hero Squad Show (animated), X-Men (film), X2: X-Men United (film), X3: The Last Stand (film), X-Men: Days of Future Past (film), Fantastic Four (1997, video game), X-Men: Children of the Atom (video game), Marvel vs. Capcom (video game), Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (video game), X-Men Legends (video game), X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse (video game), Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (video game), Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 (video game), Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (video game), Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (video game), X-Men: Destiny (video game), Marvel Super Hero Squad Online (video game), Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth (video game), Lego Marvel Super Heroes (video game), Marvel Heroes (video game)

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