First appearance: Runaways #1 (2003)
Nico Minoru was raised in an affluent Japanese-American family devoted to charity…or so she thought. In truth, to Nico’s horror, her parents were powerful sorcerers and members of a villainous organization called the Pride. After witnessing them murder a young girl, Nico allied with the other teenaged children of the Pride, disowned her parents, and ran away from home.
The depths of her parents’ corruption was revealed when Nico tried to rescue a friend captured by the Pride: her own mother tried to kill her by stabbing Nico with a magical staff. However, instead of being wounded, Nico’s body absorbed the weapon, removing it from her mother’s control as the teen’s own affinity for dark magic revealed itself for the first time. She is now a witch with near-boundless powers...except that her magic can be chaotic and unpredictable. Her powers bend to her will, preventing her from hurting an ally or healing an enemy, but precision can be challenging.
Nico’s abilities generate large amounts of Heroism while keeping allies healed and ready to fight. Her attacks are some of the most damaging in the game, but enemies are generally targeted randomly and cannot be selected.