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Nico Minoru, who occaionally uses the codename "Sister Grimm," is the daughter of super-villains who were occult witches/sorcerers.
From: "Nico Minoru" article on Wikipedia website (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nico_Minoru; viewed 20 June 2006):
Nico Minoru (also known by the alias Sister Grimm) is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe, a member of the team of young superheroes known as the Runaways. Her first appearance was in Runaways (vol. 1) #1.
Nico Minoru is a somewhat rebellious goth teenager whose parents, Robert and Tina Minoru, appeared to be an average American, church-going, middle-class couple. In reality, they were dark wizards who were members of a secret society known as The Pride.
When Nico and the other children of The Pride discovered the truth about their parents, they ran away from home and were determined to defy their evil legacy. Nico briefly took the codename "Sister Grimm," which was her AIM screenname.
During a battle with The Pride, Nico discovered she had inherited her parents' abilities to manipulate magical energies. She came into possession of the mystical Staff of One when her mother attempted to stab her with the staff and instead Nico's body absorbed it.
Nico's blood must be shed before the staff will emerge for her to wield, a requirement she generally achieves by using a pocket knife... This allows for an interesting parallel to perceived goth culture, seeing as how "stereotypical" goth kids are often involved in self-mutilation. The exact extent of the staff's abilities are not known, but speculation is that it can generate a large variety of magical effects activated by Nico's simple voice commands. Nico has recently expounded on the Staff's abilities; before conjuring a spell, she must concentrate on painful memories, or memories that leave her with feelings of guilt. The only limitation to its abilities is that Nico has been unable to cast any one particular spell more than once.
From: "Religious Affiliations of the Superheroes", posted 18 June 2006 on "Street Prophets" blog website (http://www.streetprophets.com/story/2006/6/18/11384/1397; viewed 20 June 2006):
Egarwaen on Sun Jun 18th, 2006 at 16:38:33 PDT:
The reason you don't get many atheist superheroes is that their worlds tend to be very openly magical and supernatural. Batman and Superman exist in the same continuity as Morpheus and the rest of the Endless, where Lucifer walks the Earth's beaches after quitting Hell (much to the charaign of the two angels assigned by the Creator to run it after his departure) and Thor hits on Bast at dinner parties. Meanwhile, one of the most public superhero groups in the Marvel universe had an actual God of Asgard on its roster for years, and has a anthropomorphic personification of death running around (and at least two characters have fallen in love with her).
That said, Nico Minoru of the Runaways claims to have been an atheist for a while. She had a change of heart after an encounter with the Gibborim, imprisoned giants who sought to wipe out all of humanity.
On an online forum, this writer was commenting about Adherents.com's "Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Characters" page. From: "The religion of comic book characters" forum discussion, started 3 December 2006 on RPG.net website (http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?t=299781&page=4; viewed 25 April 2007):
12-04-2006, 07:23 AM
Re: The religion of comic book characters
Sister Grimm - "Runaways-Occult/Goth (former atheist)"
Because it's not like she doesn't mention her Catholic roots fairly regularly or anything...
(I miss you :eyeroll: )
From: "Please Help List Minority Groups" forum discussion, started 11-05-2006 on "Super-Hero Hype" website (http://forums.superherohype.com/showthread.php?t=255464; viewed 12 July 2007):
11-05-2006, 02:40 PM
I'm doing a project for Ohio State University about subordinate group representation in Marvel Comic's superhero population (pretty awesome, huh?)
A subordinate group basically means a population that's not a dominant group. And I've got 7 categories to fill; ethnic, gender, religious, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, and physical or mental ability. ..though I think I'll cut socioeconomic status do to it's fine line-ish qualities in comics.
So, how about I'll give what I've got so far, and then feel free to add to my lists. I think I have a pretty good handle on the MU, but it's still huge and I don't want to forget anybody. Should be fun anyway...
11-05-2006, 10:21 PM
...Noriko Ashida aka Surge from New X-Men, Shiro Yoshida aka Sunfire, Hisako Ichiki from Astonishing X-Men, and Nico Minoru from the Runaways are all of Japanese descent. Nico was a former altar girl and could easily quote Bible passages, although it's unknown if she still practices.
Xi'an "Shan" Coy Mahn aka Karma is Vietnamese. She is also Catholic.
...Rahne Sinclair aka Wolfsbane is a devout Scots Presbyterian.
Sooraya Qadir aka Dust from the New X-Men is a Sunni Muslim.
Storm is obviously deeply religious, although it's hard to pinpoint just what her religion is. It's a form of goddess worship certainly, but not really like any of its New Age forms.
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