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Name: Dr. Valerie Cooper Occupation: Special Assistant to the National Security
Advisor of the President of the United States, Chairman
of the Commission on Superhuman Activities, former liaison
to X-Factor Identity: Publicly known Legal Status: Citizen of the United States with
no known criminal record Other Aliases: None Place of Birth: Unrevealed Marital Status: Presumed single Known Relatives: None Group Affiliation: Commission on Superhuman Activities Base of Operations: Washington D.C. First Appearance: X-MEN #176
History: Dr. Valerie Cooper, a Special
Assistant to the United States President's National Security
Advisor, is perhaps the most important figure in the United
States government's ongoing efforts to cope with the growing
number of superhuman beings in the nation.
Dr. Cooper's primary concern is the danger
that she believes superhuman mutants pose to the United
States. Cooper recognizes that superhuman mutants are
emerging throughout the world and that both governments
and private interests have begun to exploit their abilities.
She believes that superhuman mutants in the employ of
unfriendly powers could wreak havoc with the national
security of the United States. Hence, she wants the United
States government to be able to protect itself against
superhuman mutants and to strike back against them if
necessary. She sees the United States as engaged in the
equivalent of an "arm race" with other nations
to find and develop an effective corps of superhuman mutants
of its own before they do. Furthermore, Dr. Cooper disapproves
of the activities of superhuman crimefighters who do not
have the approval of the United States government.
Dr. Cooper is a supporter of the Mutant Power Registration
Act, (passed in the later 1980's) which requires mutants
possessing superhuman powers to register them with the
federal government. Thus, the government will be able
to keep track of those mutants who register. The government
later repealed the Act after there was many public outcries
Mystique, leader of the second Brotherhood
of Evil Mutants, approached Cooper with the proposal of
offering the Brotherhood's services as government operatives.
Cooper accepted Mystique's offer, and the Brotherhood
then operated under government auspices as Freedom Force,
which Cooper supervised.
She was involved in the Commission's demand
of ownership over the identity and property of "Captain
America." She supervised the recruitment and training
of the fifth Captain America (now known as US Agent) and
his partner Battlestar. Ultimately, the former Captain
America revealed this to be a plot by his archenemy, the
Red Skull, and he was reinstated as Captain America. Dr.
Cooper who, acting on behalf of the government, commissioned
the inventor, Forge, to devise means to detecting superhuman
When the majority of Freedom Force was caught
or compromised after a mission to Kuwait during the Gulf
War, the Freedom Force project was abandoned. About the
same time, the villainous Shadow King mentally controlled
Cooper. For reasons unclear, the Shadow King ordered Cooper
to shoot Mystique. Through force of will, however, Cooper
managed to turn the gun on herself at the last minute.
Mystique contacted espionage agent Nick Fury who helped
cover up to truth, and for a while Mystique impersonated
Cooper while the world believed her dead. During the impersonation,
Mystique had herself hypnotized to believe herself to
be Cooper so that the Shadow King would believe he had
succeeded. Cooper resurfaced and Mystique resumed her
identity when the hero teams X-Men and X-Factor and assorted
allies defeated the Shadow King.
Cooper convinced several of the heroes who
defeated the Shadow King to be a part of a new government-sponsored
team in the spirit of Freedom Force: the new X-Factor.
Cooper acted as government liaison to the very publicly
operating team, but eventually she was forced to implement
policy that she never fully agreed with, such as allowing
the villains Mystique and Sabretooth to join. Later, she
fell under the mental influence of one of the Acolytes
of Magneto, and X-Factor was taken from her control and
placed under the leadership of their member Forge. Soon,
X-Factor had grown so uncomfortable with the government's
heavy-handed involvement that they violently cut their
ties to them, choosing to operate "underground."
Cooper returned to the Commission of Superhuman
Activities, but has often used her position to help the
X-Men surreptitiously, such as assisting the X-Men after
they broke into the Pentagon searching for the Genoshan
scientist Doctor Peter Corbeau or giving them tips to
the activities of mutant villains. Cooper also helped
the Thunderbolts and the V-Battalion defeat Peter Henry
Gyrich when he was being controlled by nano-technology.
Height: 5 ft. 9 in. Weight: 135 lbs. Eyes: Green Hair:
Strength Level: Dr. Valerie Cooper
possesses the normal human strength of a woman of her,
age, height, and build who engages in moderate regular