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->''"I am no hero. Merely a man who has seen and done and endured what can never be forgotten or forgiven."''
-->-- ''Uncanny X-Men'' #196

It is rather insufferable to think that I am this late to the game. [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker The psychotic jester]], [[SelfDemonstrating/{{Sinestro}} that twisted alien with the ring]], [[SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor the bald lunatic]], and that [[SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom tin-plated egomaniac]] have all had their own pages here for months, and yet I, Magneto, have only been given my own space today. It is a cruel injustice that must be set right, but [[FantasticRacism should I have expected any different treatment from]] ''[[HumansAreBastards Homo sapiens?]]''

In my role as a so-called villain and opponent to the Franchise/{{X-Men}}, I was created by StanLee and JackKirby. First appearing in ''"ComicBook/{{X-Men}}''" vol. 1 #1 (September, 1963). [[StartOfDarkness The story of my life however, begins rather earlier]] - A Jew, I was born in WeimarRepublic Germany in the late [[TheRoaringTwenties 1920s]] before moving to UsefulNotes/{{Poland}} with my parents in 1939... and those of you with remedial historical training can [[ThoseWackyNazis venture a guess as to the end result of that]]. As a young man, I witnessed and endured some of the very worst of what humanity had to offer. [[OrphansOrdeal My family was murdered when I was just a boy]], and dumped in a mass grave before my very eyes; soon after I was myself sent to that hell called Auschwitz and on several occasions I thought I was going to share their fate. While as a ''Sonderkommando'' I was forced, on pain of death, to mete out that same fate to thousands of other innocents as at gunpoint I and others were made to assist in genocide, to assist those monsters in their gas chambers and furnaces. Lame with hepatitis, [[DespairEventHorizon all hope and reason crushed under the mad Nazi jackboot]], I am ready to admit that so many times I was tempted to resign myself to my black fate.

But if [[SecretIdentity Max Eisenhardt]] was anything, he was a [[TheDeterminator survivor]].

The one good thing I remember from those years was my darling love, Magda, a Romani girl interned with me, and during the October 7th revolt in 1944 the pair of us managed to make our escape. We fled to the Ukraine and lived out the remainder of [[WorldWar2 the war]] and its aftermath in relative peace with her family, and Magda bore us a daughter, Anya. We were happy together, though I hid from my wife a great secret I was only just uncovering myself- I was [[SuperpowerfulGenetics a mutant]], born with the power to [[SelectiveMagnetism manipulate magnetic fields and master the entire electro-magnetic spectrum]].

Our peaceful life was not to last. While we lived in the Soviet city of Vinnitsa (alas, the life of a Roma did not suit me), I was cheated out of my pay by my employer and, in anger, used my powers consciously for the first time by throwing a crowbar at him through sheer will alone. [[DisproportionateRetribution In retaliation]], driven on by fear of what they could not understand, the people of Vinnitsa formed a mob and [[KickTheDog burned down the inn where Magda, Anya and I were living]]. When I saw my daughter's burning body fall out of her room, prevented from helping her by KGB minions who held me down and battered me repeatedly, [[{{understatement}} I did not take it well]]. I unleashed the fury of my new found powers, killing the thugs who held me down, the animals who killed my daughter, and tearing a chunk of their wretched city to the ground. Magda survived, but my power, and my temporary insanity, terrified her into fleeing, leaving me alone to bury our daughter (and when Soviet troops attempted to stop me doing so, I turned their guns on them and pulled their triggers).

It would be decades before I found out that Magda had been pregnant when she fled. I never saw her again, for she died shortly after giving birth. My last memory of my wife is of her screaming in horror and terror at me.

I fled Europe, fled the pain and anguish and the torment, and began traveling, eventually making my way to Israel where I did volunteer work in a psychiatric hospital for Holocaust survivors, those who understandably were overwhelmed by the sheer barbarity of it all. Another volunteer at that hospital was a young American named Charles Xavier, and I was destined to be his [[FriendlyEnemy best friend and greatest enemy]]. Charles and I discussed many things, foremost amongst them the fate of mutantkind and the threat posed to it by a world [[FantasticRacism that hates and fears us]]. Charles, in his simple naiveté, thought that humans and mutants could [[{{Pacifist}} live peacefully together]], but his only taste of humanity's bestial nature was being bullied by his oaf of a stepbrother, and some brief time as a medic in the Korean War. I, however, had been weaned on a diet of nothing but man's inhumanity; I had seen nightmarish horrors the likes of which Xavier could not begin to imagine, and I was resolved, I was ''determined'', that such a thing must not happen twice. Mutants, ''[[MasterRace Homo superior]]'', would not have to repeat the history of my sorry childhood. We had not yet revealed to each other that we were both, ourselves, mutants.

I saw once and for all that Charles' views and mine were incompatible once we were drawn into battle with those Neo-Nazi trash known as [[NebulousEvilOrganization HYDRA]], who had abducted our friend Gabrielle Haller because she knew the location of a hoard of NaziGold. We both revealed our powers that day and overpowered the HYDRA agents, Xavier with his boundless telepathic might and I with my ever-growing mastery over the forces of magnetism. But a fellow mutant, the first one I had ever met, refused to deal with these pond scum with the harsh hand they deserved. In disgust, and realizing we had nothing more to say to one another, I took the gold for myself and left.

The final nail in the coffin was when I worked for a Western intelligence agency, tasked with hunting down Nazi war criminals while maintaining my cover as a DoubleAgent for Mossad, and handing over those murderers to Israel for a richly deserved trial and justice. I had fallen in love again, my darling Isabelle, but my Western masters - who had been well aware of what I was up to, but had up to now condoned it - decided that my latest capture, a worthless architect of misery named Hans Richter, was too valuable to surrender to his fate. They recruited him and murdered Isabelle right in front of my eyes, for which I [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge hunted down each one of my controllers and paid them in kind]].

In the face of ever growing anti-mutant persecution, I remade myself as Magneto, a living example of [[IronicEcho mutant superiority,]] of mutant ''existence'', so as to make a statement that mutants no longer had to hide in the shadows. I declared war on humankind, because I realized that force was the only thing humans understood, and the only thing that would save mutants from an identical fate. Xavier, now a cripple, made clear he opposed my plans, and I clashed time and time again with his band of mutant heroes, the X-Men. They thwarted plan after plan, and battled me and my Brotherhood, amongst whom were two bitter young mutant twins called the ScarletWitch and {{Quicksilver}} - whom I later learnt were Wanda and Pietro, my children by Magda, though unfortunately only after my radical ways had proceeded to alienate us from one another.

In the face of endless opposition, from my own kind and my own children, as well as non-mutant superhumans such as Comicbook/TheAvengers, who accepted Wanda and Pietro into their ranks, I have learnt to soften my stance somewhat. I have even [[HeelFaceTurn joined the X-Men myself from time to time]], and worked with them to combat greater mutual menaces. But I stand by my most core belief. I have seen the lowest depths of human evil; I may have dragged myself from the abyss of my own hypocrisy, but though I am no longer as bent on genocide and domination does not mean mutants are safe. The safety and well being of my people are of paramount importance, and rest assured, [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou human troper]], I am prepared to do ''anything'' to ensure our survival and prosperity, and to avert the repetition of history which would see mutantkind consigned to the death camps.

If I live by any creed, it is this: '''[[WorldWarII Never. Again.]]'''

Despite my resentment towards humans, I admit that some of them have portrayed me in a clever way in the films. The actors that played me are Creator/IanMcKellen and [[Film/XMenFirstClass Michael]] [[Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast Fassbender]]. My voice was also given by John Stephenson, [[WesternAnimation/XMen David Hemblen]], [[WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution Christopher Judge]], [[XMenLegends Tony Jay, Richard Green]], [[MarvelUltimateAlliance John DiMaggio]], and [[WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen Tom]] [[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom Kane]].

See {{YMMV.Magneto}} for more.

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!!Examples of how my character may be described:

* AdaptationalHeroism: In the 90s ''X-Men'' cartoon, because the show was basing its stories what was current in the comics and at the time wasn't an antagonist, I actually was an ally to the X-Men in most of my appearances.
* AdaptationalVillainy: While I renounce ''Homo sapiens''' limited labels of morality, my counterpart in ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'' was willing to allow Sentinels free reign of Genosha, killing my fellow mutants en masse, simply so that the remainder would be more willing to wage war, something that goes against everything I have ever struggled for.
* AffablyEvil: In some portrayals, DependingOnTheWriter.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Well, I am. This is sometimes intentional however. Marvel at one point Retconned my ethnic status away while they were preparing for one of my more vicious phases, afraid that such a villain being Jewish would seem anti-Semitic and cause problems. Naturally, no one wondered if it was anti-''mutant''.
** And if you're wondering what they changed me to, it was, as I sort of mentioned before, a Sinte. It was a rather [[UnfortunateImplications disingenuous move]] given their motivations.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: My incarnation in the UltimateMarvel universe is this, feeling that not only mutants should reign, but that encourages the active murder of normal humans even when it serves no purpose, nor does he have an actual reason to hate humans, not being a Holocaust survivor like myself. That this psychotic charlatan dares claim the mantle of Master Of Magnetism is an insult, and he should count himself lucky that he was killed by that universe's Cyclops in retaliation for the cataclysm he caused, as I would have found a way to destroy him for tainting my name eventually.
* AntagonistAbilities: Whilst I scoff at the mere idea of "fighting fair" (your X-Men hardly agree to battle me one-on-one, now do they, Charles?), I confess that my mastery of magnetism gives me a number of abilities which opponents have trouble circumventing.
** First of all, there is the gift of {{Flight}}, and my ability to stay well out of reach of brutish attackers like the brash [[ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} Logan]]].
** Secondly, I am able to place {{Deflector Shield}}s and other barriers around me to protect even from long-distance attacks.
** Thirdly, my magnetism can act as an AreaOfEffect that I does not even require conscious aiming or precision, although this is rather taxing for me.
** I have demonstrated the ability to perform VillainTeleportation, if the need requires.
** I can use any of the many objects in my vicinity as {{Flying Weapon}}s to keep my opponents busy and distract them as I complete my objectives.
** If there is sufficient iron (or other metals) in their bodies, I can manipulate others like PeoplePuppets.
** When damaged, I can magnetically seal my wounds and [[DamageReduction reduce damage]] to prevent blood loss.
** Due to the human mind relying upon electromagnetic synapses and other similar functions, I have been known to dabble in MindManipulation when given sufficient cause.
** And last but certainly not least, being the Master of Magnetism makes me effectively able to [[RealityWarper shape reality to my very whim.]]
* AntiHero: Regardless of whether I fight against or with the X-Men, I never hesitated to [[PayEvilUntoEvil give scumbags exactly what they deserve]].
* AntiVillain: [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Mixing traits of all the types]]. One that has started [[BaseBreaker many an argument of varying maturity]]. To some, I am a WellIntentionedExtremist supremacist mass-murdering terrorist demagogue, with occasional outright genocidal ambitions; alternately, some people [[RootingForTheEmpire still root for the Brotherhood despite their muddled blood]], [[SympathyForTheDevil weep for my cause]], or [[TragicVillain have contempt of my position in life]]. No matter the style "AntiHero" they label me, my ideals are rightfully accorded with respect, as all of humanity in this CrapSackWorld are [[HumansAreBastards persecuting scum]] who have it coming...which is all DependingOnTheWriter. Even God had trouble balancing favorites in [[Literature/TheBible the Good Book]], I suppose.
* ArchEnemy: The Franchise/{{X-Men}} in general; Charles Xavier in particular....although I [[FriendlyEnemy don't take it personally]].
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: See the GreenLanternRing entry below. Writers play around with the moniker of "Master of Magnetism" a lot. [[RuleOfCool A certain rule of showmanship]] is usually in full effect.
* AstralProjection: It's suggested I learned how to do this despite not having any PsychicPowers of my own, though perhaps it is merely that, though I do have psychic powers, I prefer to use my Magnetism. I would prefer not to say.
* TheAtoner: I have in many days attempted to atone for my misdeeds, a result of my status as the [[BigBad main villain]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist with good aims]] adversary to Charles and his X-Men. During one of my atonement phases, I even joined them
** [[spoiler: Make that two, since I'm currently allying with them once again. I do not know how long this will last.]]
** [[MarvelZombies In an alternate universe]], I had made a deal with an entity from another universe hoping to give mutants a fighting chance, but I soon learned to my horror that I had brought a deadly virus to Earth, and I devoted the remainder of my life in that universe to saving as many people, human AND mutant, as I could from the monsters that were once heroes.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassGrandpa: Helps that I have [[YoungAvengers two grandsons]], who helped me find their mother last time she went missing. And [[TheInhumans a granddaughter]].
** BadassBaritone:
*** In ''VideoGame/XMenLegends'', due to being voiced by Creator/TonyJay.
*** In the 1990s animated series, David Hemblem gave the proper gravitas and weight to my words.
*** And Tom Kane lent his talents to me from the second ''VideoGame/XMenLegends'' game up through ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'' and ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''.
** [[MarvelZombies In an alternate universe]], I saved [[UltimateFantasticFour an alternate reality version of Reed Richards]] from a group of zombified heroes by dropping many cars on the creatures, who knew just what I was capable of.
* BarrierWarrior: I can raise electromagnetic barriers, with varying degrees of "electro-" and "-magnetic."
* BerserkButton: Do not even THINK the words "JustFollowingOrders" in my presence.
* BigBad: Formerly.
* BigGood: In the ComicBook/AgeOfApocalypse timeline, I led the mutants opposing Apocalypse and his twisted minions.
* BoxingLessonsForSuperman: Years after discovering my mutant powers, I studied magnetism in depth, along with many other different scientific fields, in order to perfect my gift.
* ByronicHero
* ChewToy: It would appear that the universe at large may have a thing against mutants as mankind does.
* CoolHelmet: One that protects me from psychic intrusions as well.
** BucketHelmet: "Bucket Head" is a FanNickname.
* DarkMessiah: I will use any means necessary to bring mutants back into dominance. My people have even considered me their "Mutant Messiah" in contrast to Charles' approach.
** After the events of ''Comicbook/AvengersVsXMen'', I have bequeathed the role to Comicbook/{{Cyclops}}, as he alone is responsible for the plan that has brought back mutantkind from the brink. It is not often that even ''I'' am impressed.
* DeadpanSnarker: DependingOnTheWriter, my incarnation in the live action films was very much this.
* DependingOnTheWriter: The ULTIMATE example, a result of many, MANY humans, moronic or not, penning my stories. Am I an AntiVillain with sympathetic aims, [[WellIntentionedExtremist a leader with extreme methods toward a golden age for mutants]], or a completely psychotic madman who will strike down ANYONE who gets in my way? It depends on what interpretation there is of me you think holds the most water.
** How reliant I am on my helmet to resist telepathy, tends to depend on whether humans remember I have telepathic talents of my own. I'm not sure when it started, but it appears they've mistaken my helmet for that of Charles' unruly step brother.
* TheDeterminator: Nothing less could withstand the barbarity of the Holocaust.
* DotingGrandparent: Even if she is lamentably powerless, I will not allow any to harm my granddaughter Luna. Indeed, I once sword I would rather die than allow her to suffer a moment's grief.
* DoUntoOthersBeforeTheyDoUntoUs: This is one of my main rationales in my war on humanity, and one of the main sticking points in my philosophical differences with Charles.
* EnemyMine: Truth be told I have had to side with Charles and his X-Men when the need arises.
** Said forced team ups may have also been the result of [[CapcomVsWhatever another entity playing a foolish game]].
** On another occasion, I worked with several of the Marvel Universe's most despicable villains, including the Red Skull, in what was colloquially referred to as the "Acts of Vengeance", in an attempt to destroy the "heroes" who constantly interfered with our plans. The bile still rises in my throat when I think of working with that... Nazi... although in retrospect I realize that I and the other participants in the plot were manipulated by Loki the trickster god.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Well I'm not evil, first of all. I use the term ironically to defy you ''homo sapiens''' nonsensical moral applications, such as when I named my organization the Brotherhood of "Evil" Mutants. I am far more moral than the likes of Sebastian Shaw, Apocalypse or William Stryker. I work for a cause. They work only for themselves. And don't even mention the ''ComicBook/RedSkull'' to me. Then you will see how "evil" I can be.
* EvilGenius: I am amongst the many geniuses of this world, specializing in Magnetism (Obviously) and Physics in general as well as having a keen knowledge of Genetic Engineering, Engineering in itself, Geology and other sciences. I'm also very much multilingual, even being able to decipher a long lost language and have reconstructed advanced computer devices from memory. As expected from my leadership I am also a talented strategist, a requirement in my war on humanity. [[CulturedBadass I am also quite the connoisseur of the fine arts and finest literature]] thus admitting that Homo Sapiens have made at least some worthwhile contributions to life. [[ManipulativeBastard And to others, my ability to manipulate the lessers amongst you is paramount.]]
* EvilPlan: My methods can be rather... extreme, I will admit but in truth I should be ''lauded'' for my efforts to prevent mutant genocide. Only a homo sapien would consider creating at utopia for them instead to be evil.
* ExtraOreDinary: Whatever the writers decide my powers, I can always control metal.
* FinalBoss: In nearly every VideoGame about the X-Men ever made. It would be easier to list the ones that don't feature me as this.
* [[ForgotAboutHisPowers Forgot About My Powers]]: There was an incident in which Reed Richards managed to dupe me with a wooden gun. The sheer simplicity of his trick dumbfounded me to the point in which the authorities took me in without incident. To this day I still cannot explain what happened.
* FreudianExcuse: Back in my day, it was called the Holocaust. [[DoubleSubverted ...But no, that's not quite right. That wraps things up too nicely.]] The Holocaust happened, and I survived, even attempting to not let such an event shape me negatively. [[TraumaCongaLine Then my daughter was killed by you vile lot]], I discovered and unleashed my powers to deal deserved judgment...and, regrettably, my beloved Magda left me in fear soon after I had unleashed my wrath upon the culprits responsible.
* FriendlyEnemy: [[DependingOnTheWriter Depending on which writer is "guiding" my hand]] (usually that Creator/ChrisClaremont takes this view), there will be many time in which I heavily regret the seemingly never-ending conflicts I have with Charles and his X-Men even as I do [[IDidWhatIHadToDo what is right]] by my people.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Once I was just a simple young man until my family saw just how horrible humans can be. Though it was after their murder of my daughter that I became fully devoted to my cause. Had they simply left me alone, I would have stayed Max Eisenhardt. But now, I am so much more. Now, I am '''Magneto'''.
* GlassCannon: My powers are typically present highly destructive even if all the writers can think is manipulating metal, but at the same time I myself am no durable than any normal man.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Goes without saying but when my eyes are aglow you would be smarter not to get in my way.
* GoodIsDumb: I admit that during the first period I had running Xavier's Institute, I made some exceedingly foolish decisions.
* GreenLanternRing: Magnetism is capable of anything in my hands. For example, my Magnetic Attraction power can hypnotize the less mentally capable. I have somehow also magnetically lifted various objects and entities that logically I should not have been able to, like simple water. I can even manipulate the entire electro-magnetic spectrum albeit without the same potency as regular magnetism, and once in a while I display some latent telepathic powers.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: The "monsters" in this case being [[HumansAreBastards you vile, disgusting, bloodthirsty racist genocidal humans]] and, prior to that, the madmen of NaziGermany and their [[ThoseWackyNazis inconcievable horrors]]. That fool Charles would have you believe some Freudian theory about this reflecting on my own destiny, but...
** [[spoiler: My incarnation in ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'' is this trope in spades. In the approaching conflict with the anti-mutant faction in America, when warned that the war would lead to a BadFuture [[ItMakesSenseInContext where civilization is destroyed by the Phoenix Force and the Sentinels reign supreme]] with humans and mutants alike trampled underfoot, he crossed the line by using Sentinels to attack Genosha to provoke the war feeling it would if he controlled both sides, even though he killed numerous innocent mutants in the process.]]
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: I shall always do what needs to be done to safeguard the future of mutantkind - regardless of whether others consider my actions "good" or "evil." Evidently, I am currently a "face" in such terminology after [[spoiler: I had yanked miss Kitty Pryde off of what you Homo tropiens might call the [[TheBusCameBack Bus.]]]]
* HumansAreBastards: Tell me this, can YOU continue to champion human democracy and gentleness if you had seen AND felt EXACTLY what hand your kind dealt to me and other mutants around the world?! You would be a fool or a similar prejudiced scum to believe otherwise!
* IHaveManyNames: Erik Magnus Lehnsherr and other shortened variants such as Erik Magnus, Magneto (well, of course), The Master of Magnetism. To be honest my REAL name is Max Eisenhardt, a German-Polish Jew. In most other retellings, I am content with simply "Magnus".
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Even if my methods reach far into the depths of villainy as you see it, even if I almost become [[NotSoDifferent exactly like my oppressors]], I desire nothing but a world where mutants are FREE from the hand of racism dealt by man.
* JokerImmunity: I'm arguably Marvel's premier example. That very trope page brought up that I may well have had more intended permanent deaths, de-poweres, and lobotomies to render me harmless than any other super villain, so much so that I might have likely been the TropeNamer if not for the Joker.
* KickTheSonOfABitch:
** I once imprisoned a man in a basement with limited water and no light. By the time he was found, he was wishing for death. The man in question was the ''ComicBook/RedSkull''; a villain so vile and repulsive even that [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker psychotic clown]] [[EvenEvilHasStandards won't work with him]].
** I also once did this with Fabian Cortez, a treacherous mutant supremacist that in past tried to kill me, manipulate wars between humans and mutants that led to the destruction a save haven for mutants I created, and also tried to using my granddaughter as a human shield. The minute I longer needed him, I flung him miles away and then smashed him into the ground.
* KnightTemplar: In the past I have done whatever it takes to ensure prosperity for mutantkind. And naturally, how far I am forced to go depends on who's writing at the moment.
* LargeHam: How else can I show that I'm superior to you human beings than with powerful speech and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51kYWI3A390 gestures]]?
* LightEmUp: I have occasionally manipulated the visible electromagnetic spectrum to make myself invisible. I do have a slight [[LightIsNotGood white motif]] with my [[WhiteHairBlackHeart hair]] and [[ShockAndAwe lightning]], but I don't go pretentiously overboard.
* LightningCanDoAnything: If there's no possible way for my magnetism to pull off a certain insane feat, that is there the "electro" prefix of "electromagnetism" comes in.
* LoveTriangle: [[spoiler: I am part of one, locked in combat with that insolent Cajun Remy [=LeBeau=] (Better known as Comicbook/{{Gambit}}, to you) for the affections of the mutant Rogue.]]
** [[spoiler: Rogue ''promises'' nothing about the future, but I have won the triangle for now.]]
* MadeOfIron: In one of my confrontations with Charles' students, I received several blows to the head from [[ChromeChampion Colossus]], yet still remained standing, to say nothing of the fact I simply shrugged off that loutish Wolverine's attempts to skewer me. For a time, at least.
* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: Though I object to you humans labeling me as 'mad,' I do have a rather comely daughter by the name of Polaris. Unfortunately, the X-Men got to her before I did, and she now actively fights against me, refusing to see reason. It saddens me, but I suppose this is part of being a parent.
** I also have another comely daughter called Wanda, who once robbed me - and most other of Earth's mutants - of the power that is my birthright. How sharper than a serpent's tooth, indeed. I got better, though. And Wanda and Lorna had an elder sister called Anya. Oh Anya...
** [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Mad Dictators Handsome Son]]: Then there is my son, Pietro. We have a relationship best defined as... complex. At times, he [[YoureNotMyFather fiercely opposes me]] and my goals for mutant supremacy, and I will declare that IHaveNoSon since he refuses to [[WeCanRuleTogether rule by my side]], even after I go through such effort to involve him in my plans to be part of the Brotherhood or lead Genosha as a mutant paradise. In some cases, it is I who cannot help but be austere and demanding as [[WellDoneSonGuy Pietro]] attempts to fulfill my goals to the best of his abilities. The less said about the House of M, the better. However, I have never been able to remain indifferent to him, and it isn't long until I attempt to influence his life for the better, as any good father should. As it stands, we have been able to refrain from violence, but we are a long way from reconciliation.
* ManipulativeBastard
* MayDecemberRomance: Some people claim to be bothered by the age difference between myself and lovely Rogue, even though thanks to being turned into a baby by Alpha the "Ultimate Mutant" and later returned to adulthood by a Shi'ar agent, I now have a body that is physically in its thirties. And the age difference is never brought up when people talk about Wolverine's romantic relationships with women of roughly Rogue's age (Jean Grey, Mariko Yashida, Yukio, etc.) even though he is old enough to be ''my'' grandfather. But double standards have always been Homo sapiens' hallmark. Regardless, it has been brought to my attention that me and Rogue have married and started a family in more than one universe, which... does not displease me.
* MeaningfulName: My original name, Max Eisenhardt, is quite poetic, actually. "Eisen" is the German word for "Iron". "Hardt" sounds like German ("hart") and English ("hard"), which both mean the same thing. "Max" connotes intensity. Who would have guessed a man with such a name would later become the hardened master of metal manipulation?
** In German names, the "-hard/hardt/hart" suffix originally means "strong"; it is also present e. g. in "Bern(h)ard" (strong as a bear) or "Gerhard" (strong with the spear). Thus "Eisenhardt" means "strong as iron", or in my case also: strong with iron.
* MoralityPet: At times, Kitty Pryde - fellow mutant and fellow Jew - seems to serve in this capacity.
* NeverBeHurtAgain
* NeverMyFault: Some humans pretend that my actions have harmed more of my fellow mutants and hurt the cause of mutant rights than they have ever helped, and that I'm pinning the blame for that on humanity. They sure are fine ones to think of me this way!
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Over the course of my career, I've found many ways to use the power of magnetism to manipulate related forms of energy for a variety of uses. For example, turning invisible by bending light, manipulating electromagnetic energy to shoot lightning bolts, or alter the behavior of local gravitational fields; some see this as "evidence" of an [[AlbertEinstein unified field theory]] that states all energy is the same, but just emitted in various ways. Still, in most cases, magnetism is far easier to manipulate than any other, so I usually stay with that.
* NoPronunciationGuide: Until dramatic media made the way I prefer my name to be pronounced more widely known, certain engineering ignoramuses insisted on pronouncing it "magnet-oh", which sounds like some stage conjuror's pseudonym.
* NobleDemon: Pretend you never met me or knew of what massacres I had been forced to commit and place yourself in my position: Wouldn't ''you'' do anything to protect your loved ones and your people from harm?
* NotSoDifferent: Many had tried this on me, but none had enraged me as much as when that disgusting Nazi Red Skull did this. I paid him back in kind.
* NotQuiteFlight: Controlling [[YouFailPhysicsForever magnetic lines of force.]] It is also a likely explanation for how I can move things lacking ferrous metal.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Thanks to the courtesy of Alpha and the High Evolutionary I'm in my physical prime, despite being almost a century old.
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist
* PsychoElectro: Not exactly hotheaded, but still a dangerous little stamp. Of course, a lot of that is due to my {{Ubermensch}} ideals...
* PutOnABus: It seems that when I've battled humanity for "too long", I end up swept aside so other villains can "take the splitlight for a while" or other such rot. You equate this to a mere TV show? This is a war I battle! But if I must, the first instance was after my 12th battle when I unexpectedly found myself a prisoner of a [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere an unexpected extra terrestrial called the Stranger]].
* PuttingOnTheReich: People ill-knowing of what I have been through tend to bring up my domination of [[BananaRepublic San Marco]], wherein I had an [[PrivateMilitaryContractors army of mercenaries]], outfitted with Waffen-SS surplus uniforms. The stylized "M" armbands were one step away from swastikas, otherwise the resemblance to that monster AdolfHitler was total. Wait, what am I saying? I would never engage in such a vile act after I had been a victim of it! What an insult!
** That said, my actions as a [[KnightTemplar man willing to use any lengths]] to replace mankind with my own genetically superior people [[AdolfHitler does draw unavoidable comparisons.]] But I will not go down the same path as that madman! NEVER!
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized
* TheRival: Charles Xavier, a result of our differing views on whether mutantkind and man can live in peace or not; in the wider MarvelUniverse, my rival is instead DoctorDoom, me being the closest he considers himself to have as legitimate competition.
* ShockAndAwe: A primary attack of mine, aside from throwing any amount of tons of metal at my enemies, is shooting bolts of lightning. And don't expect to turn my own powers against me either.
* ShootingSuperman: Most Homo sapiens obviously never learn that bullets are made of metal. There have been attempts to counter my abilities with non-metallic ballistics, but mutant gifts continuously outpace feeble human innovations in every capacity.
** The X-Men themselves did this when they sent Wolverine, whose skeleton is magnetic due to his adamantium bones, on a team to deal with me. They should have known better.
* SlaveBrand: I will forever carry the tattoo of a Nazi concentration camp upon my skin.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: A character-personified version, with Charles on the admirable but foolish Idealism end and me vice versa. Although really, it is more what you call "realism" than mindless pessimism.
* SomeOfMyBestFriendsAreX: Before I met [[spoiler: Rogue]] I generally was romantically or sexually involved with non-mutant women - dear departed Magda, Isabelle, Polaris's mother, the back-stabbing Wasp, and Cyclops' former lover Lee Forrester.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Those who have set themselves to the worthy task of chronicling my deeds are often confused as to the spelling of my preferred civilian name. Erik is sometimes written as Eric, and Lehnsherr is written as Lensherr as often as not.
* StatingTheSimpleSolution: Marvel were planning to have a major battle between me and Wolverine, when PeterDavid realized that I could just rip his skeleton out and be done with him.
* StevenUlyssesPerhero: Yes, my "human" name translates roughly into "intensely strong iron". Plus, I have used "Magnus" as a middle name since the ill-fated incident that cost me the closest to family I could ever experience. Though, I believe that "Magneto" is a far more superior and indicative moniker.
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: As this page states, my powers are essentially limited to whatever the writers can think of with magnetism, which means they can vary considerable from one story to another.
* SuperpowerLottery: Several consider me the most powerful mutant alive due to how almost godlike my powers of magnetism can become.
** Though in media such as [[WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}} those]] [[WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution animated]] [[WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXmen cartoons]] and the films, I limit myself. Realistically, I should be able to: turn invisible (due to visible light being a type of electromagnetic radiation), [[IntangibleMan phase shift]] (electromagnetism is what keeps solid objects from passing through one another and thus I could deactivate this and walk through walls or [[UpToEleven go beyond that]] and become completely invincible), unleash any kind of laser blasts at my foes (once again light is electromagnetic radiation as is everything on [[http://www.scienceprog.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/electromagnetic_spectrum.jpg this chart]]), and even create optical illusions via, again, manipulation of light.
** To further elaborate, electromagnetism is arguably the most interesting of the four fundamental forces in that its scope, and thus the scope of my powers, encompasses virtually everything in the universe. I explicitly control half of physics, all of chemistry (which when boiled down is the study of protons, neutrons, and electrons), and most of biology (which is a combination of chemistry and physics). In fact, because I can manipulate valence electrons, I can force chemical reactions to occur that are normally impossible or make reactions that normally occur not happen. The EM spectrum by itself gives me heat vision, x-ray vision, illusions and invisibility, I am essentially my own radio and can scramble any others at my leisure, I can produce the deadliest form of radiation, and I can even produce microwaves on a whim. Furthermore, I can manipulate nervous systems, flash freeze or heat matter by imparting or taking away kinetic energy through protons and electrons, transmute anything into any other thing by rearranging particles at the subatomic level, disintegrate anything bigger than a nucleus, hijack electronics, and a good number of other interesting effects. The long and short of it is: if it can be done via natural means, it can be done by ''me''.
** You would do well to remember that, during the Acts of Vengeance, I once battled {{Spider-Man}} to a standstill. If that feat sounds unimpressive, bear in mind that he was possessed of [[CaptainUniverse otherworldly cosmic powers]] at the time.
* SupremeChef: As you know, I am no savage. To go along with my vast powers I am also quite the skilled cook. It was a necessity during my time as a child prisoner of Nazi concentration camps.
* TangledFamilyTree: Mine is...complex. to say the least. I'm even present on the page image.
* {{Ubermensch}}: It's not easy to consider me "nice" in any respect but I believe myself to have my own type of moral code that allows me to believe [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans that it will all mean well in the end]], placing myself as leader, and having to eliminate the inferiors. To any medical evaluator that deems himself worthy of judging me (more so if it's a human psychologist) that would thus make me a [[TheSociopath sociopath]] ideologue with typical monstrous egomania and entitled ruthlessness; others at least put me in a more [[IDidWhatIHadToDo sympathetic light]].
** Still others go so far as to claim its [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity all a result of bipolar disorder brought by my powers]] and claim I'm just plain mentally ill. A heartfelt but foolish notion.
* TheExtremistWasRight: Can you really argue with me on this? No matter how many times the X-Men have stopped my plans or saved the world any other number of threats to it, mutants are still hated and feared by normal humans as much as they were before.
* ThoseWhoFightMonsters: What else would you expect, when one's abilities have allowed him to live through the Holocaust, [[RedScare McCarthyism]], the CivilRightsMovement, the VietnamWar, the AIDS epidemic and subsequent witch-hunting vilification of homosexuals... I have seen, to quote Burns, "Man's inhumanity to Man," again and again. In the past I tried to use my gifts quietly for the betterment of all, like Charles... but I have come to see how slow, inefficient, and utterly futile this method is - how millions suffer and continue to suffer while the pacifistic way simply scratches the surface of Hatred. I see how naive I was to ever believe that peace alone could fight hatred. I know now that the fastest, surest way to eliminate hate is to do just that... ''[[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans eliminate it]]''.
* TopOneHundredComicBookVillains: Making number one was a rather dubious honor... Still, if it was meant as a compliment, who am I to argue?
* UnskilledButStrong: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]], as there is a very, VERY good reason they call me "The Master of Magnetism" as I am one of the strongest mutants on earth, as well as having great skill and creativity in how I implement my mutant abilities. Considering magnetism is one of the four fundamental forces of nature, I should be held in high regard by humans and mutants alike and it also helps that I am a learned scientist in my own right, so I WOULD know how best to use them.
** It is also why I am able to fight those with similar abilities who truly CAN be considered UnskilledButStrong. I once did battle with a cosmically powered {{Spider-Man}} on my own. On [[ComicBook/SecretWars another occasion]], I told the assembled heroes of the MarvelUniverse that only ComicBook/TheMightyThor was my equal in power. No one argued the point with me.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Whatever it takes, mutantkind WILL prevail.
** VisionaryVillain
* [[HeroicWillpower Villainous Willpower:]] Before it became standard amongst you to attribute my resistance to Xavier's psychic powers to my helmet, I had originally been said to resist them via sheer will.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: I'll do what I must to ensure mutants never suffer any more at the hands of you humans.
* WickedCultured
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: It would certainly appear to you that my powers have left my mind damaged from the constant use, leaving me in a state of constant irritation and agitation.
** Many would also attempt to remember that ridiculous period in which I, after [[TheMole posing as Xorn]], he conquered Manhattan Island and turned it into, more or less, a concentration camp for humans, complete with gas chambers and/or crematoriums. Even with one of my own likening [[strike:my]] the imitator's actions to NaziGermany. Of course that never REALLY happened, [[RetCon and was attributed]] to my addiction to the mutant-power-boosting drug "Kick". Then they tried to claim the drug was actually a sentient virus. What [[ContinuitySnarl REALLY REALLY happened]] was when Wolverine decapitated the thing, revealing its TRUE identity as the REAL Xorn's EvilTwin, imitating me imitating Xorn! [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall That one human wearing the hat and gluing himself to that settee]] has a point when he notes how other, gloriously incompetent humans wonder why new readers can't get into comics. I certainly can't after this mess.
* WorthyOpponent: Our conflicting ideologies aside, Charles Xavier is still my dearest friend, and has done more to help mutants than anyone in the world (besides myself).
* YouHaveOutLivedYourUsefulness: I did this once Fabian Cortez, after [[WelcomeBackTraitor I temporarily allowed him back in my ranks]] due to need his [[HealingHands powers]], but as soon as I found a machine that serve a substitute, [[KickTheSonOfABitch I finally killed for his treachery against years earlier.]]

(The above should be read in the voice of Creator/IanMcKellen, David Hemblen or Creator/TomKane. If read in the voice of John Stephenson, all references to yourself should be in the third person.)

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