Nerd Fight – Battle #10

It’s that time again. To reiterate, every Friday the Cupcake Rogues will randomly pick 2 characters to do battle – whether it be Marvel, DC, female, male, mutant, human, or human that pretends to be a mutant with magic (I’m looking at you, Juggernaut), they are all possible. Once we’ve randomly selected our two, they will go head to head in several categories with one being deemed winner. The winner will live on to fight another day, but a warning – with 200 possible characters, it may be awhile before round 2!

Tenth week in the random selection:

Vixen vs Jubilee


Vixen Jubilee
Origin Mari Jiwe McCabe was born in a small African village where she lived with her father Richard, the local priest.  Her family is in possession of a mystical totem that would allow the bearer to tap into the powers of the animal kingdom. When Mari’s jealous uncle kills her father and steals the totem, she travels to New York where she becomes a fashion model. Mostly using her newfound wealth for travel, Mari eventually decides to steal the totem back from her uncle. Using its power to help the innocent, she takes on the codename Vixen. Jubilation Lee (I know, I know) was a very talented gymnast that lived in California with her wealthy immigrant parents. Her life was destroyed when her parents were murdered by hitmen Reno and Molokai. Jubilee was then sent to an orphanage, but ran away and hid in the mall, stealing food to survive. Frustrated with her shenanigans , mall security hired mutant hunters the M-Squad to capture her. She is rescued by the X-men and, like a puppy, follows them home to their base and hides out there. The Reavers come to the base to capture Wolverine, where Jubilee decides to help him, thus making her part of the team, first teaming up with Wolverine, and then the rest of the X-Men.
Edge? DRAW – same story, different details. The old comic go-to of the hero’s parents being wrongfully killed and setting up their little one for VENGENCE!!!!
Powers Mari’s totem lets her to tap into Earth’s Morphogenetic Field, allowing her to call upon the attributes of any known animal, such as the strength of a bull elephant or the flight of an eagle. It also allows her to draw pure energy to create force fields and on one occasion an entire universe.  She also has magically enhanced claws and a healing factor. One drawback from her powers is that if she’s in contact with the Morphogenetic Field for too long the less human and more animal she becomes. Jubilee has the power to generate bright bursts of multicolored energy plasmoids from her fingertips. They range from sparkles capable of temporarily blinding a person to a power detonation capable of destroying objects to a precision burst inside a human brain, simulating the effects of a massive stroke. Jubilee has the untapped potential to detonate matter at a sub-atomic level, which in theory is the equivalent of a fusion bomb. Emma Frost stated that Jubilee had unlimited potential and was one of the most powerful mutants she had ever encountered…. What? After M-Day, Jubilee gets technology-based powers in the form of super strength and goes by the name of Wondra.
Edge? Vixen – until Jubilee gets control of her powers she’s just a gal lighting off fireworks.
Love interest Vixen has a small blip of a romance with Bronze Tiger in the comics, but in the Justice League cartoon Mari’s in a relationship with John Stewart/Green Lantern who, unfortunately for her still has feelings for Hawkgirl.  She’s aware of this and to her credit forms a friendly rivalry with Shayera. Now that is confidence! In DC vs. Marvel, Jubilee starts up a relationship with none other than Robin (who knew he liked chicks, right?).  In Days of Future Past, Jubilee is in a relationship with mutant Synch.
Edge? Jubilee – it takes some cajones to reach out to the enemy (DC) and snag a bf!
Costume Vixen is a fashion model and it shows! She rocks a caramel colored skintight jumpsuit with tribal jewelry. Pink shirt, jean shorts, yellow coat, and sunglasses. As the Juggernaut would say, “I like yo’ raincoat, b*tch!”
Edge? Vixen – a raincoat and jean shorts do not a costume make.
Most off-putting personality Vixen doesn’t seem to have many off-putting traits. Not that it matters since she’s pitted against Jubilee. Jubilee is the second version of Kitty Pryde – a snot-nosed, teen-girl sidekick. She’s always whining when she can’t go fight with the team, then they end up having to save her when she does. That said, she does mean well, and she’d do anything for the X-Men, even if she’s a little annoying. Also, against science and stereotypes, the people at Marvel also gave the poor girl dyscalculia, a math disability.
Edge? Jubilee – well, duh!
Best story arch While she’s in the Justice League, Vixen’s powers begin to change – she can no longer draw the power of animals, but instead drains the power of humans around her. In her search for answers, she discovers that Anansi – the African folk god who presented the totem to Mari’s family has decided to reshape the world from inside the totem. In a desperate attempt to foil his plans, Vixen threatened to destroy the totem killing Anansi and herself. Anansi then reveals that everything had been a test. He then restores Mari’s powers and tells her that one day he will call on her to be the champion of a future cause. Jubilee has a lot of little stories, rather than one big one, but an important episode for her was realizing her powers’ true potential. When she discovered the true killer of her parents, Hunter Brawn, she tracked him down. Her rage was so great that her powers began to flare to a massive level. At the last minute, instead of killing him, she redirects her power and blows up his entire warehouse. This is where we first see Jubilee’s potential to create massive fusion bombs.
Edge? Vixen – we always give it to the hero willing to give their life for the greater good!
Hotness Vixen looks like a cross between Halle Berry and…Halle Berry. Jubilee has always struck me as more cute than hot. She’s since grown up, but I think us 90s kids always see her as a bratty teenager.
Edge? Vixen – ummm, Halle Berry.
Fiercest foe Aku Kwesi was the poacher turned war-lord who killed Mari’s mother. When she made a trip back to her village it was to find out he had taken over. When Mari fights him she’s surprised to discover he has superpowers of his own and able to inflict injuries upon her, which she has a hard time healing from. It turns out that Kwesi was enhanced by Intergang but made the villagers believe he had supernatural powers. After an initial defeat, Vixen would later best him. Hunter Brawn – the man who killed her parents. It’s the first person we ever see that Jubilee wants to kill. She eventually finds him, but instead of killing him, she’s blows up his warehouse and hands him over to the proper authorities.
Edge? DRAW – Both gals go after someone who took their parents from them, and both gals get the bad guy.
Biggest WTF Outfit Vixen’s earliest costume is a powder blue and yellow bodysuit with cutouts on the sides and a ridiculous  yellow cat mask. How does she expect to blend into the Serengeti with this? I will give her points for her jewelry though, the girl knows how to accessorize. When Jubilee was first sneaking around the X-Men’s base, she’d still pieces of clothing along the way to create her outfit. What she ended up with was Dazzler’s one-shoulder top, Storm’s black pleather vest, longshot’s bag, wolverine’s gloves, black leggings and thigh high green boots. What she ended up with was ick.
Edge? Jubilee – it looks like the X-Men threw up on her.
Person who should attempt an on-screen portrayal Her performances as comic based characters have been hit or miss, but I’m going with Halle Berry. Jubilee was portrayed by Katrina Florece in X-Men and Kea Wong in X2 and X-Men 3: The Suck Fest. I’d give Kea Wong a shot to play her in more upfront sense.
Edge? Vixen – she looks like she was made off of Halle’s image, even though she was around a long time before Halle was. Let’s just make sure we nix any African accents.

Vixen: 7

Jubilee: 5

And the winner is…. Vixen – and we breathe a sigh of relief!


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