|First appearance||Uncanny X-Men #161 (September 1982)|
|Created by||Chris Claremont
|Team affiliations||United Nations, The Embassy of Israel|
|Supporting character of||Charles Xavier, X-Men, Sabra|
Gabrielle Haller is a fictional character appearing in X-Men stories in the Marvel Comics universe. She was created by Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum, and first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #161 (Sept. 1982).
Fictional character biography
Gabrielle Haller was a catatonic Holocaust survivor who awoke from the disorder after Charles Xavier used his powers to make her aware again. Gabby and Charles fell in love while he saw to her recovery for weeks, with the help of hospital volunteer and their mutual friend, Magnus (the future Magneto). When she is kidnapped by terrorist organization, HYDRA led by the Nazi Baron Strucker, Charles and Magnus used their mutant powers to save her and defeat HYDRA. Immediately afterwards, Magnus left Gabby and Charles feeling that her and Charles' view on mutants and humans contrasted his own. Magnus left with Nazi gold HYDRA wanted to claim.[volume & issue needed]
Over some time, the two amicably ended their relationship. Soon after, Charles leaves Israel unaware that Gabrielle was pregnant. Years later, Gabrielle became the Israeli ambassador to Great Britain living in Paris with her young son, David. During a terrorist attack at her home claiming the life of David's godfather, Daniel Shomron, David's mutant powers activated, ending with him killing the terrorists and putting himself in a catatonic state.[volume & issue needed]
Later, David (who is now in his late teens) developed a disease the comic inaccurately describes as autism, which concerns his mother, who thinks it’s a symptom of something more serious. Gabrielle did everything she could, but she turned to Dr. Moira MacTaggert for help. She tells Moira that Xavier is David’s father and that she doesn’t want him involved. Unfortunately, David's powers began to manifest uncontrollably, absorbing the psyches of two of MacTaggert's friends, Tom Corsi and Sharon Friedlander. Moira had no choice but to call Xavier to help who is assisted by some of the New Mutants. When David absorbs Moira's and Wolfsbane's psyches into his mind, Xavier and Dani used their powers to enter it as well. It is here that Xavier discovers he's David's father.[volume & issue needed]
Gabrielle and Cypher are also absorbed and they all meet David's various personalities, including that of the absorbed psyche of the terrorist leader who raided his home. Eventually, Dani and David's personalities returned everybody to their bodies, fixing most of David's mind and ridding him of his Autism. Despite her secrecy, Xavier does his best to help raise David.[volume & issue needed]
Later, Gabrielle becomes Magneto's attorney, who is on trial for crimes against humanity. The trial was halted when Baron Strucker's mutant twin children, collectively named Fenris, attacked the proceedings seeking revenge against her, Xavier and Magneto for their father's death. After Xavier and Magneto defeated them, Magneto did not return to the courtroom.[volume & issue needed]
Gabrielle loses David because of Bishop from an alternate timeline known as the Age of Apocalypse after he created said timeline when he accidentally kills his father. Bishop in the AoA timeline prevents this from happening by killing David.[volume & issue needed]
Deeply saddened by the loss of her son, Gabrielle eventually moved on with her life. She continued work as the Israeli ambassador. She, along with the mutant hero Sabra, attempted to find out Magneto's true identity, but failed after he killed the forger who gave him the "Erik Magnus Lehnsherr" name. She was also part of the United Nations decision to give the island nation of Genosha to Magneto, after he demanded an entire mutants-only nation.[volume & issue needed]
An issue of What If? asked "What If Magneto and Professor X formed the X-Men together?" In that issue, Gabrielle prevents Magneto from killing Baron Strucker. Following the idea to help the mutant race with Professor X, Magneto went on to marry Gabrielle.[volume & issue needed]
In other media
- Gabrielle Haller appears in the X-Men: Evolution episode "Sins of the Son" voiced by Patricia Drake. This version of Haller is shown as too young to be a Holocaust survivor (though her comic appearances are also sometimes inconsistent on this matter). Gabrielle is the mother to David who hid the truth of his existence from his father, Professor Xavier. Though in this version they were married briefly when they were young, divorcing when Xavier's work with mutants kept them apart. Gabrielle tells David that Xavier abandons them.