When Kitty Pryde was introduced in Uncanny X-Men 129, she was described as being 13 years old. In Uncanny X-Men 141, we are shown a grown up Katherine Pryde - specifically in the year 2013. We are not explicitly told her age, but she is visibly older - arguably 30 years older than her then-current 13 year old self.

First Appearance of Kitty Pryde

Comics, in general, use a sliding time scale where time only really passes as necessary - or to make important relevant links to reality (e.g.: The Amazing Spider-Man #36). This, of course, creates some continuity issues (Archived link) although we have now caught up with the year of The Days Of Future Past, none of the characters depicted have visibly aged nearly as much as the story showed us.

Cover of Days of Future Past

Kate Pryde - closeup

In Earth-616, Kitty has grown up and graduated college (though being a genius means this probably happened at an accelerated rate). She has graduated from the X-Men, joined Excalibur and returned back to the X-Men (repeatedly). From the very beginning there was a love interest between Kitty and Piotr Rasputin (Colossus), but editors didn't approve of a 14 and 19 year old in a relationship (Archived link). They have since both grown up and consummated that relationship.

Kitty and Colossus

Despite there being a lot of attention being paid to her age early on, there does not seem to be many clues to Kitty's current age. Are there any other indications of how old Kitty is in Earth-616?

  • I think that her age was mentioned in one of the new "All new X-Men" books. If I recall correctly, she was still very young, but I have to check again. – Till B Feb 2 '13 at 21:26
  • There's also that period of time she spent phased while in that space bullet. Does she age when she's phased? – Monty129 Feb 3 '13 at 0:10
  • She may not physically age, I'm not sure if that has ever been covered in the comics, but she would still be older. She was alive and aware all the time she was phased so she'd be older even if she hadn't physically aged. – Ally Morgan Feb 7 '13 at 18:51
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    With a sliding time scale, as characters get older, their ages compress together. Thus Kitty was originally the "youngest" X-Man, much younger than founding members like Scott & Jean. Now that she is older, there are many younger X-Men around, but Kitty is still younger than Scott, even though Scott is usually depicted as being in his early 40s at the oldest. – aVeRTRAC Feb 9 '13 at 20:21
  • In the current comics, she's consistently treated as being around 30, give or take a few years. – Omegacron Feb 18 '15 at 15:13

The question seems simple enough, how old is she? That simply asks how many earth-years have passed since she was born. As you stated, she was 13-1/2 in 1980 at her first appearance. That was 33 years before 2013.

Kitty Pryde is therefore 33+13-1/2 = 46-1/2 real-earth years old as of January 2013.

According to the Official Handbook of The Marvel Universe, she was 13-1/2 in Year 5 of the Modern Age of Heroes. 2013 is the end of Year 13. Therefore, in Marvel 616 Kitty Pryde is 27 years old.

As I write this answer in 2019, Kitty Pride should be 29 years old.

There are allegedly two time skips affecting her timeline: Claremont 2000 time skip, and the Secret Wars 2015 time skip. This would subtract 2 years from her age.

As to how old she appears, Marvel specifically warns that the sliding time scale is a matter of interpretation, and there are parts of the scale that just don't work when applied to the most minuscule detail.

Likewise, because the time scale calendar has its origin at the Fantastic Four's space flight in FF#1, we do not know exactly when any birthdays or anniversaries are - The date of the space flight is not known.

Most importantly, when you see irregularities, they can be interpreted at the whim of the reader. That is the official stance of Marvel.

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    That was 33 years before 2013. This is true, but the question specifically asks about Earth-616 which has a sliding timescale. Simply subtracting the number between real-world dates doesn't work. In a 1997 issue of Spider-Man, Peter said he was 27, while he was 15 when he was introduced 35 real-world years earlier. – phantom42 Sep 18 '19 at 14:50

Year 5 and Year 13 are 8 years apart so: 13.5+8= 21.5. I have no idea where 27 came from at all. As of now, 2020, we are in year 15 so she should be 23 but with the two timeskips, she should she 25.

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    This math is flawed – Joey Feb 10 at 3:40

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