Characters / Age of Apocalypse

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Founder of the AoA X-Men, Magneto's life was changed in a pivotal moment when his dear friend Xavier was murdered by an insane and incredibly powerful mutant actually Xavier's time-travelling son, Legion. Swearing to uphold Xavier's dreams of human/mutant peace, Magneto finds himself the founder of the X-men and one of the few remaining in opposition to Apocalypse and his Horsemen.

For tropes, see Magneto.


A mutant with the power to absorb the memories and genetic abilities of anyone she touches, she accidentally absorbed too much power from a woman named Lorna, permanently acquiring her electromagnetic manipulating abilities — in contrast to her mainstream counterpart, who acquired Flying Brick status by absorbing the powers of Ms. Marvel.

  • Badass In Charge: Rogue's second in command of the X-Men and kicks serious ass.
  • Blessed with Suck: Somewhat less so than her mainstream counterpart, because here she falls in love with a man who can shield himself with a forcefield and so he is capable of touching her. She's still unable to touch her son, though.
  • Can't Have Sex, Ever: Averted. Magneto's abilities allow him and Rogue to touch and they have a son together.
  • Flight: Much like Magneto, Rogue is able to fly by riding the Earth's magnetic field.
  • Flying Brick: Rogue is still a flying brick in this continuity, though as a result of her absorbed magnetic abilities rather than Ms. Marvel's powers.
  • Funetik Aksent: Rogue's Southern accent is as prominent as ever in her speech bubbles.
  • Happily Married: Rogue's relationship with Magneto was strained at times by both his cold demeanor and her attraction to Gambit. Still, their unwavering loyalty and love for one another makes her this.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Rogue suffered this at the hands of Weapon X, who became the new Apocalypse, after she attempted to weaken him by draining his powers.
  • Love Triangle: Rogue's was originally in one with Magneto and Gambit. Magneto won out.
  • Mama Bear: Rogue reacts very violently to Holocaust threatening her son, Charles.
  • May–December Romance: Rogue is married to and has a child with the much older Magneto.
  • Mega Manning: As per her usual power set.
  • Selective Magnetism: Like Magneto, because she stole the powers of Polaris in this continuity. However, the times that she actually used this ability for something other than making herself a flying brick could be counted on one hand.
  • Skunk Stripe: This version of Rogue also has her signature white streak in her hair.
  • Super Strength: By manipulating the magnetic fields of her body, Rogue is able to greatly increase her physical strength.
  • Super Toughness: Another power acquired by manipulating magnetism, Rogue can take some serious hits, including physical blows and powerful energy blasts from Holocaust.


Magneto's son, driven to avenge his slain sister. Storm's lover in this continuity.

  • Battle Couple: Him and Storm.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Took a hit from Sauron meant for his father at the cost of his own life.
  • Killed Off for Real: Not in the original story arc, but in a 2005 expansion he met his end battling Sauron.
  • My Greatest Failure: Is haunted by his failure to save his sister Wanda from her death.
  • Not So Different: Unlike other AoA characters he is not very different from the 616 Quicksilver, the main difference being that he is just slightly less of a Jerk Ass than the normal timeline's Pietro.
  • Super Speed: He has the power to run at incredible speeds.
  • Supporting Leader: He is the field leader of the X-Men, serving under his father Magneto.



Banshee was older than most members of the X-Men and had actually retired. However, Magneto later asked him to come out of retirement to fight against Apocalypse.

  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Just like his mainstream counterpart.
  • Flight: Also like his mainstream counterpart, Banshee is able to fly by riding sound waves.
  • Retired Badass: Was this until he rejoined the X-Men at the behest of Magneto


A mysterious mutant prisoner of Apocalypse's Madri priests, Exodus was found and rescued by Magneto, becoming intensely devoted to him as a result. After being trained in the use of his powers, he joined Magneto's X-Men and quickly proved his worth as a teammate during the ensuing battles.


Originally one of Apocalypse's lapdogs, Sabretooth found even he had his limits when a mission turned out to be far darker in nature than he had initially believed. Deemed unfit to survive by Apocalypse, Sabretooth was left behind after a battle with Magneto and his X-Men, and threw his loyalty in with them to survive.

  • The Atoner: Not at first, but eventually grew into one of these.
  • Badass in Distress: At one point he his captured and beaten very nearly to death by Holocaust. Blink has to come save him.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Becomes one to Blink.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Sabertooth thought that Apocalypse just wanted to intimidate humanity by seizing Cape Citadel; he immediately protested that this wasn't what he signed on for when it was made clear that Apocalypse intended the missiles to be used.
  • Healing Factor: Much like Weapon X and his mainstream counterpart, Sabretooth heals much more quickly and extensively than an ordinary person.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Despite everything, he became a sincere believer in Magneto's creed and tried to atone for the evil he had committed.
  • Morality Pet: Joining Magneto gets him started on the path to being a hero, but mentoring Blink gives him a reason to be one.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Initially, just wanted to survive and get revenge on Apocalypse after he defected.
  • Those Two Guys: Usually goes into battle with the feral Wild Child at his side.
  • Wolverine Publicity: One of the more popular AoA characters, so much so that he was brought back years later to be a main character in Exiles.


A young mutant teleporter and Sabretooth's loyal student.

Wild Child

A feral, nearly mindless mutant that sees Sabretooth as his master after being beaten by him in a dominance fight.


Iceman was one of the first X-Men in this continuity as well, though it seems that the crapsack world he lives in has made him master his powers much more quickly. He almost always appears in his ice form, but his personality seems to be largely the same as his mainstream counterpart's.

  • An Ice Person: Of course. Still, even this darker version of Bobby isn't cold or aloof. He still cracks jokes like his mainstream counterpart does.
  • The Mentally Disturbed: Notably more unstable that the regular timeline's Iceman, though not so unstable as to reach Ax-Crazy levels.


Morph is the wise-cracking jokester of the X-Men, who was formerly known as Changeling. He often gets on his teammate's nerves, particularly Sabretooth and Sunfire.

  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Morph's main power is this, to an incredible degree. He can disguise himself as people, animals, objects, etc.




Generation Next


Brutal and merciless, Colossus is the reluctantly appointed teacher for Generation Next, but cares only for one person: his lover, Kitty Pryde, aka Shadowcat.

  • Sadist Teacher: Openly tried to get his students to kill each other during training to ensure that only the strongest ones would be left to fight, and regarded even them as expendable tools in his crusade against Apocalypse.












Lila Cheney

Guido Carosella



Nate Grey

Genetic offspring of Scott Summers and Jean Grey created by Sinister. You can learn more about him here.

  • Tyke Bomb: Was created with one purpose and one purpose only: to kill Apocalypse. He did his best to fulfill it too.






    Apocalypse's regime 


  • Adaptational Villainy: While the original Apocalypse has had rare moments of moral ambiguity this Apocalypse has all the depth and complexity of a cartoon villain.
  • Adaptational Wimp: He talks a big game, but when push comes to shove this Apocalypse can't hold a candle to the real deal.
  • Ax-Crazy: Cranks the original Apoc's Darwinian screed Up to Eleven and completely discards any notion of morality or even logic to get there.
  • Bald of Evil: Like classic Apocalypse he's bald, and he's about as evil as it is possible to get.
  • Big Bad: What would you expect from the Apocalypse of his own titular Age?
  • Cartoonish Supervillainy: Imagine the most grimdark cartoon villain you can think of and you've basically got this guy. His whole story would be perfect Saturday morning cartoon filler if it weren't for the brutal, horrific and very real consequences of his rule.
  • Dystopia Justifies the Means: Unlike the regular Apocalypse there is no upside to his goals at all and the world he creates is nothing more than a horrific, dystopic wasteland.
  • Evil Overlord: Courtesy of a Timey-Wimey Ball.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: 99% Evilutionary and 1% Biologist, if even that.
  • The Emperor: Rules over what is left of North America with an iron fist.
  • For Want of a Nail: Supposedly the only reason this Apocalypse ended up so different from his normal incarnation is because Charles Xavier was never born. This doesn't exactly hold up to what we are shown, but it is treated as a basic tenet just the same.
  • God-Emperor: All set up to be one, but in the end his powers prove to be no match for Nate Grey, who kicks seven kinds of crap out of him. And once he's on the ropes, Nate leaves him for Magneto who... well. See below.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Magneto tears him in half to provide his first death...
  • Killed Off for Real: ...and even when he tries reviving as a kid, Weapon X kills that.
  • Nuke 'em: Kicks off his reign by reducing America to a bombed out wasteland.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Part of the reason why he's such a wimp compared to the normal Apocalypse. He doesn't get off his butt until the very end, to beat on a Magneto that's already been beaten half to death. And he still loses (though a lot of this has to do with the fact that Nate Grey had beaten him half to death).
  • The Social Darwinist: As per regular Apocalypse, though this incarnation cares nothing for the science or logic, only for the end result. Thanks to nuclear strikes and an evil army, he achieves his aim of a world where only the strongest have survived.

The Four (actually many) Horsemen of Apocalypse

Holocaust (Nemesis)

  • Killed Off for Real: Inhaled by Hyperion of the Exiles
  • Klingon Promotion: He got his post as Horseman by killing Candra.
  • Light is Not Good: Glowing orange, to be exact
  • Omnicidal Maniac: While Apocalypse wants a world where only the strongest survive, Holocaust wants a world where noone is strong enough to survive.
  • Smug Snake: He thinks a lot of himself, but Nate Grey flattens him, dismissing him as a distraction, with Apocalypse being 'the main event'. None of their rematches in the 616 universe really go well for him, either.

Mister Sinister (Nathaniel Essex)

  • Evil Genius: He is without a doubt the preeminent mind responsible for the rise of Apocalypse's empire.
  • Evil Mentor: To Dark Beast. Also to Cyclops and Havok.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: The archetypal example, running the Breeding Pits.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He can put on a good show, and it might be genuine, but he's still stone cold evil.
  • For Science!: In a twist, this actually makes him less evil, since he is able to see that Apocalypse's doctrine has no basis in science and no room for logic and, furthermore, is going to destroy all life on Earth.

Prelate Rasputin, the Forgotten Horseman (Mikhail Rasputin)

  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Apocalypse was impressed when Mikhail defeated his Horseman of War, so he brainwashed Mikhail into his servant.
  • Chrome Champion: Used his Reality Warper powers to transform his body into a form somewhat similar to that of his brother Colossus.

Abyss (Nils Styger)


  • Co-Dragons: As one of Apocalypse's Horsemen
  • The Ghost: He never actually appears, having been destroyed years earlier in the backstory, and until the above reveal the only information we had about him was that Abyss had defeated him.
  • Killed Off for Real: By Abyss, earning the latter a Klingon Promotion.

Death (Maximus)

War (Abraham Kieros)




Elite Mutant Force

Cyclops (Scott Summers)

Havok (Alex Summers)

  • Number Two: To Cyclops, part of the reasons why he's:
    • The Resenter: He hates being subordinate to Cyclops and seen as the lesser of the two.

The Dark Beast (Henry "Hank" McCoy)

  • The Apprentice: To Mister Sinister.
  • Beast Man: More bestial in appearance than mainstream Hank (at the time - this was before Hank turned into a cat person). And he did it to himself on purpose.
  • Canon Immigrant: Fled to Earth-616. Though now he's back to AoA. And now he's back to 616 again. And dead.
  • Evil Counterpart: To the 616 Beast
  • Evil Genius: He's undeniably a brilliant biochemist and geneticist.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's got all the charm and wit of 616 Hank, but none of the genuine kindness.
  • For the Evulz: His experiments are particularly nasty for no reason whatsoever other than his own enjoyment.
  • Genius Bruiser: Though not quite as much as regular Hank, not being an Omnidisciplinary Scientist (though he's very good with biochemistry, genetics and, to an extent, machinery, to build gizmos.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The experiments he performed on himself over the years wound up killing him.
  • Karma Houdini: For a very long time he escapes punishment, despite Nate's best attempts to kill him on multiple occasions. Then he winds up being Hoist by His Own Petard - the many experiments he did on himself wound up killing him.
  • The Man Behind the Man: He created or at least altered the Morlocks

Northstar and Aurora (Jean-Paul and Jeanne-Marie Beaubier)

Amazon and Cannonball (Elisabeth and Samuel Guthrie)

Bedlam Brothers (Terrence and Jesse Aaronson)

Emplate (Marius St. Croix)


The Church of the Madri

Mudir Rictor

The Brotherhood of Chaos



Brother Jeffries (Madison Jeffries)

Sister Vanessa (Vanessa Carlyle)

The Pale Riders

Damask (Emma Steed)

  • Canon Immigrant: Was later adapt for use as a foe for Excalibur, as Black Queen of the Hellfire Club's London branch.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In Avalon she defects to the "good side" and helps fight the Shadow King

Danielle Moonstar

Dead Man Wade (Wade Wilson)

The Bounty Hunters





Prelate Unus

Prelate Delgado



Donald Pierce

Other Servants of Apocalypse

The Shadow King (Amahl Farouk)


The Sugarman

The Black King (Sebastian Shaw)

Magma (Amara Aquilla)


Keeper Murdock

  • Heel–Face Turn: After finding out his powers didn't come from Mikhail's implants but from the accident that blinded him as a child.
    • Ultimately averted. When Logan becomes the new Big Bad, Murdock joins him.

Weapon Omega


Absorbing Man





The Owl

    Human High Council 


Bolivar Trask

Moira Trask

Brian Braddock

  • Arms Dealer: His corporation produces Sentinels. He isn't in it for money though.
  • Nuke 'em: Hates Apocalypse with a passion and advocates just nuking his territories (that include the entire North America) into oblivion.

Emma Frost

Mariko Yashida

  • Asian Babymama: Turns out she had a daughter by Logan, Kirika, that she never got around to tell him about.

"Thunderbolt" Ross


Donald Blake

Gwen Stacy

Tony Stark

Clint Barton

Victor Von Doom

Bruce Banner

Val Cooper


Weapon X

Jean Grey

Robert Kelly



Warren Wortington III

  • Heroic Sacrifice: Straps explosives to himself and dives into the force field generator destroying the defenses of Apocalypse's base and allowing the heroes to get inside.
  • Neutral No Longer: After Apocalypse's forces shut down his club and capture Karma.

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