Hope Summers
Portrayed by Eleanor Tomlinson
Full Name Hope Summers
Age 18
Height 5'6"
Build Athletic
Eyes Green
Hair Red
Skin Caucasian
Factions X-Men


"There are three blessings a soldier prays for: to fight for things that matter — things that are real. To find comrades who they love and trust, to fight alongside them. And to die on their feet."


Hope Summers doesn't have much of a reputation — not here, anyway. An unusual, red-headed mutant with features strangely (but entirely coincidentally) similar to Jean Grey's and a strange but potent gift directly tied to the root of mutancy, Hope is chiefly known as the plucky young sidekick/foster-daughter/insubordinate subordinate of the world's greatest time-soldier, Cable. With just as much of a predilection for explosive-and-gun-based problem solving. Apples, trees, etc.


Hope Summers was never given a name the day she was born; her parents never had the chance. Born in Cooperstown, Alaska in a future not nearly distant enough, Hope's birth was the signal of a worldwide manhunt for a child many believed to either be a savior or a calamity. In the end, it wasn't her, but her town that suffered for this fact: Purifiers sent by the reverend William Stryker purged the town in fire, wiping out everyone in search of Hope. And there she might have died…

… were it not for the timely intervention of one Nathaniel Summers, aka Cable. Whisked away from the fiery ruin of her home, and after a number of conflicts to follow, Cable ultimately took Hope to be raised further into the future, hoping to remove her from those threats in her timeline — and prepare her to be able to face them head on, herself.

The years that followed were filled with bitterness and strife; Hope, even from a young age, lived her life from one conflict to the next, as time after time the sanctuaries Cable found for them were compromised by enemies from the far-flung future — not the least of them, his cloned brother Stryfe. It was during this time that Hope got her name — for the woman who helped to raise her like a mother, until her tragic passing.

Strife (and Stryfe) always following in their wake, Hope grew up, slowly but surely, in the footsteps of her adoptive father, eventually awakening to her frightening mutant gift in a time of personal crisis. She has been at Cable's side through it all — and now, finally old enough to fend for herself, she has followed the one-man mutant army back into this, decidedly unapocalyptic timeline — free to experience the frighteningly alien thing known as 'normalcy,' even as she is still unsure as to her place and purpose in the world.

For given values of the word.

Character Details

Hope Summers is a survivor. Hope Summers is a soldier. And Hope Summers… has no idea what she is meant to be in this world.

Having grown up with people alternatingly viewing her as some sort of John Connor-esque savior or an anti-christ straight out of Omens, she has had a difficult time personally coming to terms with all that this means and relates to her. She doesn't see herself as a savior, or a messiah, or even some source of calamity — she's dragged herself through the dregs and the filth of the very worst of humanity's branching timelines. She's had to subsist off rats for a good chunk of her life. She's no savior. In her eyes, she's a soldier. Nothing more, nothing less.

… Or at least, that's what she says, but the truth is always much more complicated. Hope calls herself a soldier, but youthful rebelliousness means she makes for a rather poor one; Hope has big ideas, and a wellspring of confidence that makes her unafraid of making those opinions known, even if they are unpopular or dangerous to be expressed. She has a way of doing things, and when people try to intervene, she often bullheadedly charges in anyway, for good or for ill. She has the natural makings of a leader in her — but unfortunately, she also has all the impulsiveness of a teenager, too.

And that, perhaps, is the crux of many problems for her. Hope would like to live a normal life, whatever that may ultimately mean — unfortunately, 'normal' for her for the longest time has been subsisting off scraps and fighting every day, and she has little knowledge about how things in this time work, often finding herself marveling or overwhelmed by the conveniences of the past she never experienced growing up alongside Cable. She can't divorce herself from her soldier's mentality easily, if at all; it will always be apart of her, coloring her outlook on life and perceptions of others. She's much more comfortable working her way around a gun than she is a cone of icecream. Seriously, what even is that??

Perhaps surprisingly, for however entrenched in realism and perhaps even a dash of cynicism as she can be, Hope has many idealistic views or dreams that come heavily rooted in her own life experience. Hope views 'surviving' and 'living' as two incredibly different things: she has spent much of her life surviving. Surviving. Not living. She wants to live — more than that, she wants people like her to be able to reach a point where they're not worried about surviving from day to day, but instead worried about living from day to day. Experiencing life, and all its wonders. She's done surviving. And to her, it's not nearly enough. It's still a burgeoning idea for her, but… it's one that Hope is slowly realizing she is willing to fight for.


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