Place of Birth
New York City, New York
(They were not identified by name) New X-Men #118 (2001); (Esme & group identified) New X-Men #123 (2002); (Sophie identified) New X-Men #134 (2003); (Phoebe identified) New X-Men #149 (2004); (Celeste identified) New X-Men #153 (2004); (Mindee identified) New X-Men #156 (2004);
Esme joined faux Magneto’s Brotherhood, other sisters briefly joined X-Men, opposed faux Magneto, Esme killed (New X-Men #147-150, 2003); Celeste Becomes Phoenix Host (New X-Men #154, 2004); Mindee helped X-Men oppose Brotherhood (X-Men #162-164, 2004-2005); Sophie briefly resurrected by Phoenix Force (X-Men: Phoenix – Endsong #5, 2005); with fellow students, opposed Blob (New X-Men: Academy X #15, 2005); briefly restored as quintet during Scarlet Witch’s reality warp (New X-Men: Academy X #16-19, 2005); Their last name was confirmed as "Cuckoo" and their codename as the "Three-in-One" (New X-Men: Academy X Yearbook Special, 2005); The Cuckoos appear in (Issue #2Marvel Encyclopedia: X-Men, 2003)
(all) 5' 6"
(all) 105 lbs.
(all) Blue; glowing white when using powers
the Stepford Cuckoos are high-order telepaths possessing the ability to transform into organic diamond. Sophie was the dominant and most powerful one before she died. the Stepford Cuckoos are usually in telepathic contact with each other, and they have the ability to fully combine their minds into one extremely powerful supermind. However, as implied by Esme's actions, it was possible for another one of the Stepford Cuckoos to wrest control of the gestalt and perhaps even use the powers without the consent and knowledge of the others. With the loss of Sophie and Esme, it is unknown as to whether they are now weaker than they were as the Five-In-One, or if the sum of their powers was redivided amongst the three remaining Cuckoos.
Although it has not been clearly stated it is possible that all of the original and remaining Cuckoos are Omega-Level Mutant(s). This is supported by the fact that a fragment of the Phoenix Force effectively bonded with the Stepford Cuckoos during the Warsong series and now resides inside all of the Stepford Cuckoos, and the Phoenix is the highest form of evolution after Omega Level. Also, the power level of the Stepford Cuckoos, in all of their incarnations, have been reported by many of the staff at Xavier's School to be extremely impressive and strong; these staff members include: Professor X, Jean Grey (the Phoenix, itself), Emma Frost, and Henry McCoy (Beast).
Telepathy: mutants with various telepathic abilities. They can read minds and project their thoughts into the minds of others. Though they individually possess their own power they work in greater power when the girls join in a supermind rapport.
Telepathic Illusion: ability to create realistic telepathic illusions and cause people to experience events which are not actually occurring.
Mind Link: ability to develop a mental link with any person which remains as a connection to that individual
Mind Control: capable of controlling the minds of others but only one at a time and if the target is in her physical presence.
Mind Possession: ability to possess the mind of another, and use that beings body as your own
Mind Alteration: ability to alter the minds of others by force of will.
Telepathic Camouflage: ability to mask herself, and other peoples' presence from those around her. Can telepathically disguise herself, making her appearance to those around her quite different (changing the appearance of clothing, as well as more involved disguising).
Cloak Mind: ability to rearrange the “mental engrams” of mutants so their distinctive mutant though patterns cannot be detected by Cerebro-type devises or by other telepaths
Telepathic Tacking: enhanced psionic senses enable her to detect and track other sentient beings by their unique psionic emanations (thought patterns contained in the psionic portion of the spectrum) especially if they pose a threat to her well-being in her immediate vicinity.
Astral Projection: ability to Astral Travel and communicate with others astrally through her own will, or through contact with the thoughts and memories of others.
Mental Paralysis: ability to induce temporary mental or physical paralysis
Mental Amnesia: Can erase any awareness of particular memories or cause total amnesia.
Psionic Blasts: can project psionic force bolts which have no physical effects but which can affect a victim's mind so as to cause the victim pain or unconsciousness.
Gestalt Psychic Link: ability to merge their psychic engrams together to merge their telepathic power together allowing them to possess greater telepathic and intellectual power more then the sum of its parts. Sophie was the dominant consciousness and often commanded the Stepford Cuckoos. It seems that the remaining three Cuckoos operate the gestalt in a democratic fashion instead of one appointed lead Cuckoo.
Collective Supermind: while melded they are capable of using their powers in unison with each other becoming a hive-mind capable of extensive telepathic and intellectual feats. Allowing the sisters to work together to manipulate vast amounts of telepathic power, in order to read the minds of others, project their thoughts psionically, manipulate perceptions of reality, and assume control of another person’s actions and thoughts.
Organic Diamond Form: ability to transform themselves into a flexible, translucent diamond-like substance while retaining mobility. In this form, their skin is as hard as real diamond. In this state, food and water are not needed for a undetermined amount of time. Their diamond form does not require a conscious hold and thus will remain until it is voluntarily triggered back.
Telepathic Immunity: Enclosed in diamond skin, They cannot give or receive telepathic attacks.
Superhuman Stamina: ability to sustain peak exertion for up to a day.
Flawless Diamond: unlike Frost, their diamond forms are completely flawless. Nothing can enter or escape from their core. Skin, bone and muscle augmented to make it stronger and harder than human; impervious to injury to an extraordinary extent. They're completely impervious in their diamond form.
Perpetual Diamond Heart: also, unlike Emma, the Stepford Cuckoos can transform selective parts of their bodies as their hearts are in a perpetual diamond-form state. Therefore, they can never feel emotion again, even when in their "normal" tissue form.
Able to tap into the Phoenix Force: which gave her even greater psionic abilities, such as being able to manipulate time, space, matter, elekinesis and energy for virtually any purpose.Telekinesis: allowing her to levitate and manipulate objects and others, generate force fields, fly, and stimulate heat molecules to generate concussive blasts, thanks to the Phoenix Force.
When the Phoenix manifested itself in her, her and her two sisters Pheobe and Mindee started acting weirder than before and gained new abilities such as telekinesis.
This new power scared the Stepford Cuckoos and Celeste started to feel separated from her sisters, Which worried her greatly. After becoming the Phoenix she helped to destroy all the other Cuckoos and sealed the Phoenix Force inside her and her sisters diamond hearts.
The Stepford Cuckoos are identified as Weapon XIV (each girl being units 1 to 5, ordered alphabetically by their first names), the living weapon code between Weapon XIII (Fantomex) and Weapon XV (Ultimaton). Manipulated by both the Phoenix and Sublime, the Stepford Cuckoos awoke their dead sisters and traveled to the World, a laboratory created by Weapon Plus with technology capable of manipulating time, where Fantomex, Huntsman and Ultimaton were created.Stepford Cuckoos and all of their clones to prevent them from being activated as a weapon and kill all mutants - Sophie and Esme being the first such casualties of its purge. Emma, Mindee, and Phoebe were successful in stunting Celeste's linkage with the Phoenix; only to be ambushed by Sublime's machinery, which absorbed the cosmic fragment and distributes it among each of the cloned telepaths. Now referring to themselves as the Thousand-in-One and under Sublime's control; the cosmically-empowered psychics proceed to enact their programmed destiny of mutant destruction. Celeste however, is still in partial control of both herself and her sisters' supermind, alerts the X-Men that they can short-circuit the girls' linkage by destroying Sublime's machinery; which they do. Phoebe, distraught at having lost access to the cosmic power, sends a bolt of her last remaining energy through the facility's floor... prompting an explosion that would destroy everything within a half-mile radius. Celeste, at Emma's behest, accepts her role as a Phoenix host, and stops the explosion by temporarily freezing localized time.
She then goes on to destroy the thousand-strong Cuckoo clones, by shattering their newly-manifested Diamond forms; before casting the entity out of her body. It however, refuses to depart the area; to which Celeste reacts by reabsorbing force into her own and her two remaining sisters' diamond hearts. Unlike their mother's diamond composition, the Cuckoo's hearts haven't a single flaw; and as such, nothing can destroy, enter, or escape them... even the splintered Phoenix itself.
The price the sisters must pay for this, is that they can never again feel emotion; thus leaving them even more cold-hearted and detached from their fellow man, than they were before.The girls are seen helping Elixir gain knowledge on Science via Beast's brain. They, too are teleported to Limbo with the other students and captured and have helmets placed on them to keep them asleep and to stop them using their powers.