Francesca “Frankie” Mancini / “Euphoria”

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History

Francesca (“Frankie”) is the Italian-American daughter of two working-class parents from New York City. When her mutant ability of pheromone control manifested itself in her eighth grade year, her parents were stunned. They shipped her off to Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters and grew quite distant from her.

Frankie was known to be a bit of a flirt and player in her ninth and tenth grade years. She had several boyfriends and sometimes even two at once. There were rumors she was using her powers to attract men, but the truth is that her beauty was enough. By the end of her tenth grade year, however, Frankie actually fell in love with a boy. The object of her affection was her boyfriend, Tiberius.

Tiberius was outwardly a tough, street-smart kid also from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Privately, he was very sweet to Frankie. Frankie missed him terribly over summer break and was thrilled to be reunited with him back at Xavier’s school in her junior year. The two kept in touch using their computers over the summer and, once reunited, picked up where they left off. Frankie’s love blinded her to some of Tiberius’ more questionable traits, such as being a member of a secret Magneto fan club at the school. Then, towards the end of her junior year, the X-Men left for an off-world mission.

School’s Out / High School Never Ends

Shortly after the X-Men left, the remaining teachers (Angel and Nightcrawler) were put into a temporal coma by a mysterious group called the Travelers. The remaining seniors took charge of the school. Frankie, as one of the more outgoing and self-assured students, was offered the chance to become a prefect. Since Tiberius was also offered the opportunity to be a prefect, they both agreed. Frankie took the code name “Euphoria” (since she often used her pheromone-controlling abilities to incapacitate people with pleasure) and Tiberius took the code name “Diesel” (since he was super-strong and tough).

Later a recent graduate of Xavier’s school, Michael, returned to help run the school. It wasn’t long before it was revealed that Michael had joined Mystique’s Brotherhood of Mutants (along with the Blob, Avalanche, Toad, Sabretooth, Burner, and Probe) and he’d lured Billy (a senior) out to be kidnapped! Mystique’s plan was foiled when the Travelers appeared and put the Brotherhood into temporal comas. Back at the school, Mystique asked her secret ally, Frankie’s boyfriend Tiberius, to cause a distraction. Tiberius released the backup copy of Danger (the sentient version of the Danger Room). Even though Danger was defeated, Tiberius was in big trouble.

Tiberius hadn’t meant to put the school in danger. Mystique, posing as Magneto, had simply asked Tiberius to enter a code into a computer in the computer lab. Tiberius had accessed the Danger Room controls and released Danger, but he hadn’t meant to. When the seniors learned that Tiberius belonged to a secret “Magneto fan club,” and that he’d helped Mystique against the school, he was stripped of his prefect status. Frankie, too, was punished for not telling the seniors about the Magneto fan club. She reveals that members of the club know that one of the seniors, Samantha, is actually Mystique’s daughter! Frankie was stripped of her prefect privileges for a time, though she was allowed to keep the position.

Welcome to Paradise / Hotel California

At the end of her junior year, the seniors that took over Xavier’s school were offered the chance to run a new west coast mutant school, Academy X. The seniors said she could be a prefect if she transferred to Academy X. Frankie and Tiberius talked it over and decided to stay at Xavier’s school. Frankie is promoted to head girl of Xavier’s school for her senior year.

My Generation / Children’s Crusade

As head girl, Frankie often fields phone calls from Academy X while serving security shifts at Xavier’s school.

Valley of Lost Souls / Empire of the Damned

Frankie and Tiberius, now graduates of Xavier’s school, attend Samantha’s baby shower. While attending, Humanity Now! protestors storm the gates of the school and storm the building. They are wielding Reaver cybernetic weaponry and attempting to kill the young Academy X mutants! Frankie and Tiberius help fight off the protestors.

Powers and Abilities

Pheromone Control: Frankie has the ability to control pheromones. She first used this power to make her “victims” feel sexual pleasure. She could amplify this to the point that her victims would become temporary comatose. Frankie has since learned to use this ability to suppress her own scent, manipulate the emotional state and sensory perceptions of other beings, and instill fear, happiness, depression, and sexual arousal in others.