Surge (01 - Noriko Ashida)
Real Name: Noriko Ashida
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Surge siphons electricity out of the environment and channels it into superhuman speed and electrostatic energy blasts.
Surge must wear stabilized gauntlets or else she is overwhelmed by the ambient electricity around her.
Noriko Ashida was born in Japan. She was close to her brother, Keitaro, but she ran away from home when she was thirteen-years-old, after her powers manifested; she claimed that her father "doesn't believe in mutants." How she came to the United States is unknown, but later, she was living homeless on the streets of Salem Center when she went up to the X-Mansion gates to plead for assistance. She was chased away by the student Julian Keller for being homeless. Noriko would later accidentally injure the young owner of a coffee shop the Mutants frequented, though the woman would recover from her injuries.
Led by Wolfsbane, Josh gathered the rest of the group to try and find Nori that night, and they reluctantly went to try and keep him out of trouble. They eventually found her buying drugs, and assuming that was what was causing her to go out of control, Sofia blew the capsules away. In reality, it was the other way around, and without the pills, Surge completely lost control of her powers. Between Laurie's powers, and the fact that she was mostly discharged by that point, they managed to subdue her and take her back to the X-Mansion. There, Beast designed gauntlets that could regulate her absorption of ambient electricity, and that she could discharge through/into as required to prevent further mental overloads - to her less-than-complete gratitude.
Nori became a student of the Xavier Institute and, when the school adopted a squad system, was assigned to the New Mutants squad led by Dani Moonstar. She reluctantly was required to share a room with Dust; the two young women disagreed upon the accepted role of women and the Muslim traditions that Dust wanted to follow. Much tension arose from their disagreements.
Soon afterwards, the romantic relationship between teammate Josh Foley and teacher Rahne Sinclair was revealed. Returning Rahne's lost power with his own, Josh was severely injured by the feral Sinclair. Nori proved herself innovative when she suggested she use her powers on teammate Josh Foley in order to shock his body into healing himself. Her plan successful, Josh awoke. Surprised by the taboo relationship, the New Mutants squad - except Nori - ostracized Josh. Eventually the conflict was dissolved.
The events of House of M left over 90% of the world's mutant population de-powered and Nori with yet another glimpse of what a relationship between she and David would be. With only 27 students with their powers, Emma Frost, fearing their safety, ordered the de-powered students and staff including Nori's advisor Danielle Moonstar to leave the Institute. Iceman, while talking to Noriko's father on the phone, confirmed that she was one of the "lucky ones" who retained their powers. As it departed, one bus of de-powered students was bombed by anti-mutant zealot Reverend William Stryker, killing all on board. Though de-powered, David was not killed, and he and Nori furthered their romantic relationship.
Most of the remaining students were organized by Emma Frost into a melee fight to determine who would become a member of Frost's X-Men-in-training. Much to her surprise, Nori was chosen by Frost to be the team's leader. Soon afterwards, Nori received new, lighter, and more effective gauntlets from Forge. The remaining students at the Institute became the targets of Stryker's crusade against mutants. After killing two more students, capturing others, luring one to his side, and finally attacking the Institute, Nori was able to lead her team against the attackers. Josh, enraged by Stryker's murder of Laurie, killed Stryker, ending his plot.
Upon discovering that the advanced Sentinel Nimrod is alive, and threatening Forge, Nori, as team leader, made the decision for the New X-Men to confront Nimrod themselves. In the end, Nori removed her gauntlets and poured all her power into Nimrod causing him to jaunt backwards in time. Nori then went to the hospital wing to talk to Elixir and David. She asked if he could still kill, and he said yes. Elixir said that he wants to learn how to control the new increase to his abilities. Nori is at the memorial service to remember all the students lost in Stryker's attack.
Nori was one of the students to not be teleported to Limbo along with Hellion, because while they were arguing outside about Hellion going to save Mercury with X-23 and not informing her, a huge explosion tears through the mansion, transporting the students inside to Limbo. Trance used her powers to get a message to the two. She told them that they were taken to hell and then she said Belasco, then disappeared. Surge and Hellion went to the O*N*E. They found out that Amanda Sefton was in a coma in Germany. The two demanded that they be the ones to go see her.
Surge is one of the students that goes up against the Hulk in World War Hulk: X-Men. She helps in pinning him down but is knocked away when Hulk gains his strength. Surge next attacks him when X-23 blinds him but she is thrown away when Hulk's eyes grow back.
First Appearance: New Mutants (2003) #8
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