Ruth ”Blindfold” Aldine: X-Men

Ruth ”Blindfold” Aldine: X-Men


I Don’t know about you but as a recent Marvel enthusiast, I feel that out of all the female X-Men characters, Blindfold does NOT get the respect and credit she deserves. She’s totally overshadowed by Storm. Don’t get me wrong, I love Storm and admire her superpowers; however, Ruth Aldine (Blindfold) can roll with the best of them.

She’s a great contender when it comes to the female X-Men cast. She first appeared in Astonishing X-Men Volume 3 in 2007. She was born in North Carolina to a mother and her father who left the family soon after she was born. Ruth also has a brother, Luca, who she did not get along with. He basically hated her.

During an attempt to kill Ruth with a chainsaw, Luca ended up killing their mother while she was trying to protect Ruth, causing him to be put on Death Row and Ruth being sent to live with her aunt in Prospect Plains. Living there for 6 years was a time she really enjoyed as she was able to perfect her mutant superhero power.


While visiting her brother’s execution however, things took a downward spiral when her Luca Astral projected himself to steal many of Ruth’s powers, leaving her depleted of the young woman she was becoming. These early life traumas really play a big part into why Blindfold is the way she is throughout the X-Men series. Unlike the rest of the X-Men characters, Ruth Aldine was born with her superpowers. To put it simply, she was already badass from the start.

Lets take a moment to examine these mutant superpowers Blindfold has:

  • Blind-Anophthalmic
  • Psionic
  • Telapathic
  • Telekinesis
  • Clairvoyant
  • Retrocognitive
  • Precognitive

COME ON! That’s a pretty impressive list of powers here. That can’t be denied.

blindfoldAn X-Men movie about this awesome character should be made, in my opinion. Can I get an Amen in Agreement? At the very least  she should have a STRONG character feature in upcoming sequel movies. Okay, so she’s not always depicted to be the most sexy female Marvel comic character, but that should not really be a factor here. I can’t stress how much shame and embarrassment I have over the fact there is so little Blindfold mania. When I think of how she can see things without even having eyes, that’s real irony. Her precognitive powers are an excellent add to the recipe in the making of Blindfold too.

It’s seems that with all these superpower responsibility she has, Ruth Aldine seems to be a character that has a lot on her shoulders, what with trying to save the world from the bad guys after all.

I first discovered her only too recently actually. Some Marvel die hards may say I am late to the party, but I am sure glad to have been introduced to such an amazing female Marvel character . To me, she embodies a quiet courage and understated strength. Many episodes emphasize her empathy towards her peers. This quality is what stood out to me as unique. She’s a sheer fighter who has beat a lot of odds, despite her past.  She doesn’t let that hold her back from being of service to others, and we can indeed learn something from that.

Please school me with your opinions on this brilliant female X-Men character.   We at The Grid Daily would like to hear your favourite Blindfold’ moments and which of her superpowers you most admire.  We want to know that we are not alone in our Blindfold appreciation.


About the Author
Patrice White is a Freelance Writer and Junior Designer from the United Kingdom, Founder of Patrice ''Scribesforyou''. Former Sales, Marketng and PR Agent for a Brtish Energy Company.

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