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    Nature Girl

    Character » Nature Girl appears in 253 issues.

    Lin Li is a new student at the Jean Grey Institute. She can control and bond with animals, even with beings like Krakoa or the Bamfs.

    Short summary describing this character.

    Nature Girl last edited by SlamAdams on 01/09/23 04:53PM View full history

    Origin

    Very little is known about Lin Li, a student at Jean Grey Institute for Higher Learning. Lin is a quiet, reserved girl who rarely, if ever, speaks, who prefers the company of Bamfs over her fellow students. However, she can always be seen in her classes and she is not afraid to join in on celebrations such as birthdays and holidays, such as Halloween.

    Creation

    Nature Girl was created by Jason LaTour and Mahmud Asrar and first appeared in Wolverine & the X-Men Vol. 2 issue 1 (2014).

    Major Story Arcs

    At the Jean Grey School

    Nature Girl communing with nature
    Nature Girl communing with nature

    Though new to the school, Lin Li swiftly learned to work with her fellow students, using her nature abilities to distract and confuse an attacking humanoid entity when the tween-age Hellfire Club used a Krakoa to attack the school. Lin used her ability to bond with animals to communicate with and calm the creature so that it would not harm the students or staff at the school. When not in class, Lin likes to be outside with Krakoa or seeing what plants she can make grow like a rose at the foot of Krakoa's tree or a bed of clover to rest on at the base of Jean Grey's memorial statue.

    Generation X

    Generation X
    Generation X

    After the Jean Grey School was renamed the Xavier Institute and relocated to New York City's Central Park, Lin Li joined a group of mutants that was unofficially dubbed as the new Generation X; a group of mutants whom would not become X-Men, but instead tried to learn how to live in the 'normal' world with their supernatural powers. It was then that she actually starting speaking to other students. She revealed that she could talk, but did not like to. She remains silent for most of the time.

    Despite the team's intended purpose, they get caught up in many adventures. Lin Li finds she works well with 'Eye-Boy', whose powers of seeing most everything works well with Lin's abilities to communicate with nature.

    X-Men Green

    X-Men Green
    X-Men Green

    After a sea turtle chokes on a plastic bag from a Las Vegas grocery store, it washed up on the shores of Krakoa, getting Nature Girl’s attention. Angry, she uses a gate to get to Vegas and confront the manager of the grocery store, who she ends up killing. She partners with Saorise the police dog, who was originally sent after her, and goes on the run having broken he second law of Krakoa (murder no man). She considered Saorise’s positive judgment of her as permission to continue attacking humans for their polluting ways. Joined by fellow mutant, Curse, and X-Men villain, Sauron, they traveled America righting crimes against nature.

    Wolverine finally tracked her down while her team was attacking an oil refinery. He brought them back to Krakoa to stand trial. Nature Girl was not shy about pleading guilty, and she and Curse were imprisoned in the depths of Krakoa. However, Krakoa disagreed with The Quiet Council’s decision. Krakoa conspired with Cypher and Pyro to get X-Men Green off the island and gave Nature Girl a special staff to help her in avenging the Earth.

    Eco-Tour

    Nature Girl's new look
    Nature Girl's new look

    X-Men Green took to the seas to confront an orca poaching operation, but this got them the attention of Namor the Submariner. Although he commended their intentions, he could not approve of their methods. Instead of fighting them, he pointed them to a different arena, the savanna of Africa. This simply got them in trouble with Black Panther. While he had them in custody, the African animals gifted their rage to empower Nature Girl, who went rabid and attacked the poachers. They escaped when Curse used her luck powers to conjure a Krakoa gate, however, they ended up in the headquarters of Hordeculture, without Saoirse, still in Wakandan custody.

    Horticulture’s experiments into Krakoan plant tech allowed them to track the Krakoan Cudgel that Nature Girl had lost in her confrontation with Namor. Although they tried to bully the bunch, they reunited Nature Girl with her lost weapon, unlocking her mutant power further, transforming her into a more feral appearance. She also learned the cudgel could open Krakoan Gates. With her new look and powers, Nature Girl leads her team against every oil drilling platform in the ocean.

    This time they live streamed their violence, which got the attention of the X-Men.

    Cursed

    After publicizing their latest attacks, X-Men Green forced the nation of Krakoa's hands. They sent a new specialized team of Marauders to save the oil platform and employees, leaving the area in better shape than even before the oil platform was built. Nature Girl was pleased with this ruse, but knowing that Krakoa is out on their trail now, she believes they need to bolster their ranks. The ladies of Hordeculture suggest recruiting The Armageddon Man, a mutant Hordeculture has wanted to recruit for their own purposes. Hordeculture was slyly manipulating X-Men Green into doing their dirty work, but Nature Girl knew, hoping she could manipulate them back.

    Unfortunately, Nature Girl turned on Sauron when he burned a number of apes to death. She started fighting him to the death, but Curse intervened. He was so upset that he was losing his new team that he revealed his secret to Nature Girl. His wish fulfillment powers would cause him pain if he wished for good things for other people, so he usually only wished for bad things. When he saw Nature Girl helping the turtle on the beach, he wished for a new friend, dragging Nature Girl to his level, thus explaining her new radical behavior. Nature Girl denied it all, so Curse wished he never wished for a friend, a wish so good it killed him.

    The Revenge Generation

    Nature Girl blamed Hordeculture for Sauron's betrayal and Curse's death. They manipulated her to retrieving Armageddon Man, where everything went wrong. Armageddon Man was on Nature Girl's side though. Together, they recruit Gwen Warren, another mutant who never fit in thanks to her animal-based powers

    Powers and Abilities

    Nature Manipulation: Nature Girl possesses the mutant ability to control and connect to the aspects/forces of the natural world, such as commanding the elements, faunal life, floral forms and other biome phenomena. Lin has been shown to interact with, affect, and communicate with most if not all forms of animal and plant entities, as well as even being able to empathize with Bamfs or even Krakoa itself. This communication has also given her immunity to most forms of hypnosis. Lin Li can also heal and mend the bodies of living creatures, as well as levitate herself to fly a certain extent, although doing so leaves her heavily fatigued.

    • Microbial Communique: Once in the Age of X-Man storyline. Ms. Li creatively used her mutant abilities to commune with denizens of the arboreal world to commandeer the assistance of settling microbial life within a corpse to glean information on the deceased's killer at one point. Something she never knew Nature Girl gave it a try.

    Physical Appearance: Nature Girl has a pair of cervine antlers sticking out of the sides of her head. After becoming radicalized in her environmentalism, her hair eventually fell out with both her scalp and antlers turning black. After unlocking her Krakoan Cudgel, she evolved again. Her scalp turned blood red, her hands became scaly green claws, and her legs turned into cloven hooves like that of a goat. Ever since her uniform antlers were snapped off, they grew back sharp and twisted.

    Weapons & Equipment

    Krakoan Cudgel: Nature Girl received a tall walking staff created from Krakoan organic technology as a parting gift from Cypher. It has the ability of opening Krakoan Gates to any location. Secondary exposure to it after Hordecultre had retrieved it for her caused a profound transformation within the young mutant. The botanists spent time tinkering with it and now it can open portals to any given place and time without the rest of the Krakoan's noticing.

    Other Media

    Games

    X-men: Battle of the Atom

    X-Men: Battle of the Atom
    X-Men: Battle of the Atom

    Nature Girl is featured in the mobile card game "X-Men: Battle of the Atom" based on the comic book story with the same name.

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