Mystique (Raven Darkhölme) is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, most commonly in association with the X-Men. Created by artist David Cockrum and writer Chris Claremont, she first appeared in the comic book Ms. Marvel #16, published in 1978.
Mystique is a member of a subspecies of humanity known as mutants, who are born with superhuman abilities. Mystique is a shapeshifter who can mimic the appearance and voice of any person with exquisite precision, and her natural appearance includes blue skin and yellow eyes. She is typically portrayed as a foe of the X-Men.
Throughout most of her history, Mystique has been a supervillain, founding her own Brotherhood of Mutants and assassinating several important people involved in mutant affairs. At one point, she mentions that she is over 100 years old. Mystique is the mother of the villain Graydon Creed, the X-Men hero Nightcrawler, and adoptive mother of the heroine Rogue. She is forced to abandon Nightcrawler, but raises Rogue for a number of years, and the two women have mixed feelings towards one another.
Despite Mystique's history of crime, she works with the X-Men's Professor X in a short-lived series. She is later voted straight into the X-Men.
Mystique appears in five of the X-Men films: she was portrayed by actress Rebecca Romijn in the first three installments, while Jennifer Lawrence portrayed a younger version of the character in X-Men: First Class (in which Romijn has a cameo), X-Men: Days of Future Past, and the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. In 2009, Mystique was ranked as IGN's 18th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time.