Roulette (Marvel Comics)

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Roulette from New Mutants #16.
Art by Sal Buscema.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance New Mutants #16 (Jun 1984)
Created by Chris Claremont
Sal Buscema
In-story information
Alter ego Jennifer Stavros
Species Human Mutant
Team affiliations Hellions
Abilities Roulette can create discs of psionic energy which alter the probability field around the victim at whom she throws the disc. Her black energy discs create "bad luck" while her red energy discs bestow "good luck."

Roulette (real name: Jennifer Stavros) is a fictional character, a mutant in the Marvel Universe.

Publication history[edit]

Roulette was created by Chris Claremont and Sal Buscema in New Mutants #16-17 (June–July 1984) for the antithesis to the New Mutants: the Hellions.

The character subsequently appears in The Uncanny X-Men #193 (May 1985), Firestar #2-4 (April–June 1986), The New Mutants #39 (May 1986), #43 (September 1986), #53-54 (July–August 1987), #56 (October 1987), #62 (April 1988), The New Warriors #9-10 (March–April 1991), and died in The Uncanny X-Men #281 (October 1991). The character made a posthumous appearance in The New Warriors Annual #2 (1992).

Roulette appeared as part of the "Hellions" entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #5.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Jennifer Stavros was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey. As a teenager, Jennifer was recruited into the Hellions. One of the team's first missions was to stop the New Mutants, who were attacking the Massachusetts Academy, the school attended by the Hellions. The Hellions meet with mixed success against the New Mutants, and their headmistress Emma Frost is forced to step in.[1] Roulette begins a guarded flirtation with one of her teammates, Empath, with whom she shares an enthusiasm for making others suffer.[2] At a dance party attended by both the Hellions and the New Mutants, she turns her charms on New Mutant Cypher instead. However, after getting drunk Cypher hits her in a paranoid fit.[3]

Roulette was part of the force of Hellions that attacked the New Warriors over the fate of Firestar, a former member. At first, her powers were deflected back on her teammates but when the battles degenerated to one on one, she easily took down Speedball. Eventually the Hellions left, having lost due to the competition deal between the White Queen and Tai, the unofficial force behind the Warriors.[4]

Soon after, Emma throws another party, which the Hellions as well as the X-Men Gold team attended. Roulette, along with most of her teammates, is killed by Trevor Fitzroy in order to fuel his time traveling teleportation portals.[5]


Roulette appears in the Necrosha event in New Mutants (vol. 3), along with the other deceased Hellions, having been resurrected by Selene's magic and the transmode virus.[6] She again appears infected with the transmode virus in the "Fight the Future" arc of New Mutants (vol. 3).[7]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Roulette's mutant power is to generate disks of psychic energy that alter the laws of chance of anything they touch, resulting in either good or bad luck for their subjects by altering the probabilities field around the victim at whom she throws the disc. Her black energy discs create "bad luck" while her red energy discs bestow "good luck."


  1. ^ New Mutants #16-17
  2. ^ Uncanny X-Men #193 (May 1985)
  3. ^ New Mutants #53
  4. ^ New Warriors #9-10 (March–April 1991)
  5. ^ off-panel in Uncanny X-Men #282 (1991)
  6. ^ New Mutants volume 3 #7-8 (2010)
  7. ^ New Mutants volume 3 #48-49 (2012)

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