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Your Top Teens part 55

Written by Chris Mitchell on Thursday, October 22 2009 and posted in Features

Two characters, both ladies...

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18. Jubilee (138 points - 2 first place slots)

jubilee.jpg"A GENEERATION OF READERS WERE INTROUDCED THROUGH HER EYES IN THE X-MEN AMINATED SERIES BUT SHE IS AWESOME IN THE CMOICS AND NEEDS TO STOPPED BEING SUCKDRA IN NOT WARRIORS AND BE JUBILEE AGAIN."

"Wolverine's greatest sidekick."

Wow.

Just wow.

Jubilation Lee is a Chinese-American girl, and was born in Beverly Hills, California, where she lived with her wealthy immigrant parents. An immensely talented gymnast, she was believed to have the potential to participate in the Olympic Games. After her parents were killed Jubilee ran away to live at the closest thing that felt like home, the mall. While there she stole to survive and was a constant annoyance to the mall rent-a-cops. Finally growing tired of her they called the M Squad to capture her. As luck would have it Storm, Rogue, Dazzler and Psylocke were visiting the mall from their home base in Australia courtesy of Gateway. Seeing Jubilee attacked, the four women easily defeated the M Squad and went back through the gateway. Unknown to them Gateway left the portal open longer than needed, and Jubilee followed them through it.

Alone in the Australian outback, and unsure of what the X-Men would do to her, Jubilee created a small place in their hideout to live in. After a brief run-in with Nanny, Jubilee's presence was still unknown to all but Gateway who kept quiet. Some time later the Reavers came to the base to reclaim it, only to discover that many of the X-Men had already left. Psylocke, Havok, Colossus and Dazzler entered the Siege Perilous to escape from the Reavers with no knowledge of Jubilee still being there. Caught by surprise when he returned, Wolverine was taken by the Reavers and crucified on a giant X. Jubilee was terrified, but did not want to leave the injured man alone. Using all of his remaining strength, Wolverine forced himself off of the x-shaped crucifix. Thinking to herself that she could either help Wolverine or look after her own safety, Jubilee risked being detected by the Reavers in order to rescue him. She then nursed him back to health in her makeshift hideout inside the outback base, sneaking past the Reavers on multiple occasions in order to collect food and medicine. In a dream hallucination, Wolverine thought Jubilee was a combination of Nick Fury and Carol Danvers. Confused and weak from the tortures that he faced, Logan lashed out towards Jubilee. Acting on pure instinct alone, Jubilee blasted him with her energy bursts, sending him across the room. After he came back to his senses, Wolverine decided it best for them to make an escape to a more secure area. Teaming up for the first time, Wolverine and Jubilee managed to take down several cybernetic dogs. Donald Pierce of the Hellfire Club attacked soon after, as he was leading a group of Reavers in search of Wolverine. Thinking that he only had to deal with the feral mutant, Pierce was buried under a pile of boulders that Jubilee blasted off of the ceiling. Safe for the time being, they escaped to Sydney, where they boarded a ship to Madripoor.

Once on the island Wolverine and Jubilee began to form a close bond while waiting for his mutant powers to heal his horrible injuries. While in Madripoor Jubilee was captured by The Mandarin and Lady Mandarin. When Lady Mandarin led her to believe Wolverine was dead, Jubilee unleashed a massive burst of power in a fit of grief and rage, completely destroying Mandarin's fortress. The damage she caused frightened Jubilee deeply, and made her extremely wary of using her powers to their full potential, out of fear of hurting someone. Freed from her brainwashing, Psylocke joined Wolverine and Jubilee in their travels. After hearing of mutants being attacked, the trio made their way to Genosha where they met Boom Boom and Rictor who had lost their powers. Leaving Jubilee to guard the depowered mutants, Wolverine and Psylocke attempted to invade the Magistrate headquarters but were captured. The young mutants escaped capture and helped the other X-Men to defeat Cameron Hodge. Upon returning to the U.S. Jubilee joined Storm, Wolverine, Forge, Psylocke, Banshee and Gambit as a member of the X-Men. Although she accompanied them on many of their missions, they were wary of placing her in danger because of her young age. When Wolverine was kidnapped by The Hand she argued that she should be allowed to help (as she had previously fought and defeated The Hand), and found an unlikely ally in Psylocke. After run-ins with the Skrulls, Brood and Mojo Jubilee was finally made to stay at the mansion, and not permitted on missions anymore due to her age.

When Professor X was almost killed by what appeared to be Cable, Jubilee informed the X-Men that no one knew what Stryfe looked like and he could be disguised as Cable. Once Professor X was cured he regained the use of his legs for a short time and Jubilee took him roller blading. After spending some time bonding with him she realized that he wasn't the stuffy guy she took him for, and they grew closer. After his legs began to weaken, Jubilee helped him back into his chair, realizing that just being there meant more than anything she could say. Some time later Jubilee accompanied Wolver into their old base in Australia. Their arrival set off the Sentinels whose attack interacted with Gateways portal and sent Jubilee back in time to her parents' house just before they were killed. Certain she could save them from dying in the car crash she was convincing them not to go when the doorbell rang. At the door were two hit men Reno and Molokai, who took her parents away at gunpoint. Learning that their car crash had been faked, and that they had in fact been murdered, Jubilee swore revenge. Upon returning to the present she tracked the two hit men down, with Logan backing her up the entire time. But once she had her parents killers at her mercy, she found that she couldn't bring herself to kill them, which pleased Logan.

Back at the mansion Jubilee became close friends with Colossus's little sister Illyana Rasputin. When Illyana was diagnosed with the Legacy Virus Jubilee spent all of her time at Illyana’s bedside. When Kitty Pryde arrived Jubilee was jealous of her at first because she was Wolverines first sidekick, but the two soon formed a friendship. Despite all their attempts they were unable to save Illyana. Jubilee took her death extremely hard, almost as bad as Colossus. Several weeks later she had another loss to deal with. After Magneto removed the Adamantium from Wolverine's skeleton, he decided to leave the X-Men for a while. Knowing how much this would affect Jubilee, he wrote her a touching goodbye letter and left his favorite cowboy hat for her.

A short time later Sabretooth was brought to the mansion by Professor X and held in captivity there. Jubilee was terrified of him, and had nightmares of him killing the X-Men. Attempting to get over her fears she began to bring food to Sabretooth, who taunted the poor girl mercilessly. One night her nightmares almost came true when the mansion's security system went down and Sabretooth escaped. He hunted the X-Men throughout the mansion, but Jubilee took him down with a neutralizer pistol.

With the other X-Men busy, Banshee was the only person to notice that Jubilee was having trouble coping with all that had happened. When the Phalanx assimilated most of the X-Men, Jubilee and Banshee were forced to team up with Sabretooth and the White Queen, Emma Frost, to escape from them. The unusual group worked together to gather all the mutants listed by Professor X as future allies. The Phalanx was defeated thanks to the sacrifice of a young mutant girl named Blink.

From there she has been a member of Generation X and the new New Warriors once she lost her powers.


17. Donna Troy (141 points - 4 first place slots)

donnatroy.jpg"the superhero girl you want to take home to meet your mom; Donna is beautiful, graceful, strong, tough, smart, worldly, compassionate, caring...just with really, REALLY bad taste in men. Little sister to the perfect woman, "Wonder Chick" has always been more grounded, more real than Diana, probably due to her personal support system in the Teen Titans, who she's always had to mother hen over the years, yet has also had to be there for her when she needs it."

"While Diana is the perfect princess, Donna is the cool girl-next-door. She's Valerie Bertinelli on "One Day at a Time". Donna is the type that in high school would be friendly to everybody, not stick to any particular clique. This is a chick that's always up for hanging out with anybody. You'd see her playing cards with friends one night, drinking at a field party another, working at the local greasy spoon diner, or cutting up in class. And the best part about Donna is that she's hot as hell, but if she knows it, she doesn't think about it. She's just a great gal that is a friend to everyone."

"Probably the most rounded, if not grounded, teenager."

I could only imagine the uproar if these two characters were reversed...

Before Wonder Girl however, the creation of the Teen Titans was a team consisting of sidekicks. A year later, they returned in The Brave and the Bold #60 and then were officially dubbed as the Teen Titans. This was the first official appearance was the debut of Wonder Girl. During the Silver Age, there were hardly any sidekicks. Batman's sidekick Robin was on the team that also included the sidekick of Flash (Kid Flash), the sidekick of Green Arrow (Speedy) and Tempest aka Aqualad who was the sidekick of Aquaman. Other main DC heroes had no sidekicks so they simply had to invent a new one. The result: Wonder Girl.

The introduction of Wonder Girl was a bit troubling at first, as she was featured on the cover but her name didn't get a mention in the issue, but soon enough, Donna Troy was mentioned. She continued appearing in the Teen Titans. Wonder Girl also had trouble with her origin as she didn't even have one. In Teen Titans #22, her origin finally revealed. Apparently, Donna Troy was saved from a burning fire by Wonder Woman, in which the fire killed her parents. She brought her to Paradise Island and there she learned the ways of the Amazons. As a human however, she did not have any powers or super human abilities that the Amazons had, so with the Purple Ray Gun, they used it on her. This gun was used to heal Amazons and was used to imbue Donna Troy with the powers of the Amazons. In issue #23, she had gotten herself a new costume. Her whole outfit was a bright fire truck red with a row of stars going diagonally, black boots and a yellow/gold belt with a "W" in the middle.

Through the 1960s, the line-up had changed many times, but Wonder Girl had been right through. With issue #43 the series was stopped. The team returned however with DC Super-Stars #1 which had gained enough popularity for the Teen Titans series back. The series continued not with #1 but #44, but was then abruptly canceled with #53. A few years later, the series came back once again with the New Teen Titans. The revival had the original team along with new characters. In the New Teen Titans, Donna Troy fell in love with Terry Long and were soon engaged. Before she got married though, she wanted to find her real parents. In the issue Who is Donna Troy? #38, Robin investigated Donna's past as a test of his detective skills. Robin discovered that Donna had been abandoned as a baby at an orphanage as her mother died of cancer. A couple, Carl and Fay Stacey adopted Donna. Carl had died during work, and Stacey feared that she would not make ends meet, meaning they would become bankrupt and put Donna up for adoption once again. The orphanage apparently made the children work, exploiting them. It was then which Wonder Woman accidentally found her amongst the flames and saved her.

New Teen Titans was then used for a trial as DC was experimenting on high quality paper and comics with better colors, selling them only in specialty comic book stores. Then, they would print them on cheaper paper a year later. The existing titles would have their same titles, except with a "Tales of" in the front of them. There was a one year delay in printing them, so it would mean that in a year's worth of that series, two comics would be released each month. So then New Teen Titans #40 would be released and following would be Tales of the New Teen Titans #41. The new stories included Robin turning into an adult and had become Nightwing. Finally in issue #50, Donna Troy eventually married Terry Long. That was a huge comic issue where it featured Hippolyta blessing the wedding. #58 would be the last issue, however with #59, DC would reprint the first issue in the first series and the now new more expensive New Teen Titans with #60. The reprint lasted only to issue #91. Wonder Woman had also relaunched its second volume in 1987. The series started with her traveling to Man's World. It was a start over for Wonder Woman, though that meant that any story happening before Wonder Woman wouldn't have existed - and that included Donna Troy's origin story, which comes to the "Who is Wonder Girl?" storyline.

This would be the beginning of a five part episode starting with #50 called "Who is Wonder Girl?" With this issue, the "teen" was dropped from Teen Titans, as they had grown up now. This issue begins with the Titans in their headquarters when they are attacked by aliens. A strange and old woman in a robe stops the aliens and talks to Donna Troy, telling her that her origin was all lies, however, she still remembers the fire, though her not rescuer. Rather than being inspired by Wonder Woman, she was inspired by an American flag. She meets up with Kid Flash, Robin, Speedy and Aqualad and form a team with them, even suggesting the name. The old woman then tells her that she is Phoebe, the Greek goddess of the moon, and the Greek gods need her help.

In part two, a Titan called Jericho saves Phoebe as she dies by entering her body and he tells her how Zeus killed his father Cronus and the Titans were banished. They traveled to the moon and created a new haven, called New Cronus which Donna now remembers living on. They wanted people to worship them and Rhea, Cronus' widow procreated with aliens nearby, producing demigods. The demigods hated each other and Rhea was distraught that they might die out, and was in search for new gods to replace the Titans - called the Seeds. Rhea searched for Donna Troy, and there, she became a new goddess and was to become a new Titan. Rhea dies from the search of the Seeds, but the new ones arrived and were named after Greek cities - thus "Troy". The new Titans are given powers and trained together, stripped of their memories. But Sparta remembers the truth and tells all and conquers the planet. Sparta then sends out the aliens that attacked the Titan Tower. They travel in "travelspheres", which are like white balls that can be held in a hand and the Seeds are killed and the Spartans now rule. The Titans send Phoebe out in three parts, to contact the last three Seeds. Only the third one makes it. Before Phoebe dies, she reveals that Donna Troy can control the travelspheres that attacked the Titan Tower and that they must rescue that last two seeds. The Titans then take the travelspheres to look for the two Seeds. At a planet, they see aliens attacking running in front of a figure but the attackers are quickly destroyed. The figure, which is a white furry creature wearing a protective suit and enters the travelsphere. In there, he meets Donna and remembers his past on New Cronus.

In the third part, the rescue the third Seed named Athyns, but it isn't so easy. The last Seed seemed evil. The alien attackers than destroy Athyns' planet and the Titans rescue him and Jericho possesses him. When they arrive back at New Cronus, and Athyns who is no longer possessed destroys the Spartan's battle ships but he destroys the travelsphere, apparently along with Nightwing, Cyborg, Starfire, Jericho and Raven on board.

In the fourth part all three Seeds have died and would probably mean the end of the Titans now. However, Raven arrives on New Cronus, along with Starfire and Jericho having a temporary hold over Athyns' evil side. The Titans and Xanthi send out a search party as Cyborg has been captured, but only one of the two Seeds can go. In Sparta, Cyborg is held captive and is ready to sacrifice him with Nightwing's and Raven's group attack. During the battle, Xanthi convinces Athyns that they had a past together and he becomes good again. Unfortunately, Xanthi dies during the battle. In the fifth and final part (#54), it seems as if Xanthi's death is the end of the Titans. But Nightwing proposes that Sparta can be the third Seed. Gar Logan and Raven attack Sparta and Raven swallows Sparta, meeting the two seeds inside. In New Titans #55, the Titans return to Earth. New Cronus and the Spartans are now allied, and on the way home, Athyns is dropped of Xanthi's world to give him a proper burial. When Donna reaches Earth, she meets her very missed husband. Donna Troy then reveals her gifts which New Cronus gave. The gift is a new costume made from a Titan couple and a new haircut to go with it. In this issue, she also reveals her new name: Troia


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