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Real Name
Xi'an Coy Manh
Current Alias




Xavier's School student

General Nguyen Ngoc Coy (uncle, deceased);

Tran Coy Manh (brother, deceased);
Leong Coy Manh (brother);
Nga Coy Manh (sister);

Da'o Coy Manh (half-sister)


Base Of Operations
Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, Salem Center, Westchester County, New York






Marital Status

Adventurer, student



First appearance


Early Years

Xi'an Coy Manh is the daughter of a colonel in the Vietnamese army. Xi'an and her twin brother, Tran Coy Manh, were mutants, with the power to take mental possession of the minds of others. While still a child, Xi'an saw an enemy soldier threaten Tran. Not realizing she had a superhuman power, Xi'an nevertheless, acting on impulsive, took possession of the soldier's mind and stopped him from killing Tran. Tran then successfully attempted the same feat and forced the soldier to kill himself. While Tran took great delight in this use of his new-found power, Xi'an was frightened of her ability. Xi'an kept their powers secret, but Tran told their uncle, Nguyen Ngoc Coy, a general in the Vietnamese army.

General Coy later arranged for Xi'an's family to leave Vietnam, which was now entirely under a Communist government, but only Tran was sent abroad. Eventually, the rest of the family left Vietnam on a small, crowded boat. Xi'an's father was murdered by attacking pirates, who assaulted the women, and her mother died the day the survivors were rescued, by the United States Navy. Xi'an, her younger brother, Leong Coy Manh, and her younger sister, Nga Coy Manh, were sent to the United States to be reunited with her Uncle Nguyen and Tran. General Coy had become a powerful and prosperous criminal in the United States (although he was publicly known as a businessman), and Tran was using his powers in his uncle's employ. When Coy asked Xi'an to use her powers in his service, she refused. Xi'an sought help from a Catholic priest, Father Michael Bowen, whom she had known in Vietnam. With Father Bowen's aid, Xi'an secured employment and an apartment and enrolled her younger siblings in school.

At that time, General Coy kidnapped Leong and Nga, in an effort to blackmail Xi'an into working for him. Desperate, Xi'an located Spider-Man, whom she believed to be a criminal from accounts in the New York Daily Bugle, and took possession of his mind, so she could use his powers to rescue the children. While possessed by Xi'an, Spider-Man fought three members of the Fantastic Four, who were present at a party Coy was hosting, unaware that he was a criminal. Xi'an was forced to release Spider-Man's mind without having freed the children, but Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four located Xi'an and Bowen, learned her story, and agreed to help her. Tran used his powers to take control of the Fantastic Four and have them attack Spider-Man. To save Spider-Man, whom she now knew was no criminal, Xi'an was forced to kill her brother, by absorbing his life essence into herself. Xi'an was then reunited with Leong and Nga.

New Mutants

Shortly thereafter, Xi'an, who now called herself Karma when using her powers, was recommended by Reed Richards and accepted the invitation of Professor Charles Xavier to enroll in his school, in order to learn to use her mutant powers better.

Powers and Abilities


Xi'an is a mutant with telepathic and psionic based powers dealing in possession, mind scanning and limited telepathy. Her Powers include:

  • Telepathy: Xi'an has limited to moderate telepathic and empathic capabilities which were never truly touched upon by Professor Xavier. Like most telepaths Karma can read an individuals thoughts and feelings, sift through memories or discharge mental blasts to overwhelm opponents. It's been speculated Karma's possession abilities stem not as a her core mutation but a sub-power of which her other mental abilities take in the background.
    • Psychic Possession: The psionic ability project a mental energy surge that overwhelms her victims' consciousness while placing her mind in command, operating their bodies as if they were an extension of her own experiencing what the subject's senses perceive. During the possession her subject's higher brain functions revert to diminished levels, similar to their state in a dreamless sleep, and the subject is left with no memory of the actual possession. When Karma first takes possession of someone, she can only move her subject's body awkwardly until she acclimates herself to her new host.
      • Mass Possession: Although Karma can possess multiple subjects simultaneously, her control over her subjects is fragmented as she shifts her attention from one to another. Possibly she will overcome this handicap as her experience in using her powers grows.
      • Remote Possession: Xi'an can host individuals over a distance while maintaining her original body, but her control is limited.
    • Mind Control: She can control her subject's actions and thought patterns allowing her to alter their perceptions and memories, command entranced opponents to divulge information.
    • Sensory Link: Karma may establish a scrying link either through partial or remote possession and gain the feeling’s and sensations of the target. While ranged possession means controlling a body in another location requires her to see through her victims eyes, she needs greater focus to control them and has sometimes appeared to be in a meditative state.
  • Psychic Shield: Generates a psychic shield that disrupts incoming psi-signatures, protecting her from all manner of psychic assaults.


None known.

Strength level

Karma possesses the normal human strength of a woman of her age, height, and build who engages in moderate regular exercise.


Subordinate Personality: If she remains in possession of a host for too long she will begin to think and act as her host would, and eventually her own personality would become subordinate to one identical to the host's.


Equipment: None known.
Transportation: X-Men Blackbird
Weapons: None known.



  • Karma is a known lesbian.
  • Karma's real name "Xi'an Coy Manh" is grammatically wrong in Vietnamese, the name also does not exist nor can be pronounce as "Shi-ahn" in real life. This might had happened due to the writer's lack of knowledge of the Vietnamese language.

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