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MagnetoFounder 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.
RogueA 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.
QuicksilverMagneto's son, driven to avenge his slain sister. Storm's lover in this continuity.
- Super Speed: He has the power to run at incredible speeds.
BansheeBanshee 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
SabretoothOriginally 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.
- 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.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: Initially, just wanted to survive and get revenge on Apocalypse after he defected.
- Thinking Up Portals: Blink's main power is this.
- Badass In Charge: Blink started off as a just a general badass, having been trained by Sabretooth and all, but she later became this after being made leader of the Exiles.
IcemanIceman 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.
MorphMorph 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.
ColossusBrutal 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.
- Dirty Harriet: Went undercover as prostitute to get into the prison Illiana was kept in.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: She didn't take being left for dead well.
- Parental Substitute: For Nate Grey.
Nate GreyGenetic 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.
The Four (actually many) Horsemen of Apocalypse
- Blonde Guys Are Evil: In his Nemesis persona, prior to being nearly destroyed by Magneto.
- Canon Foreigner/Canon Immigrant: Slightly averted because he had already been mentioned in the Stryke's Strike File handbook. And his Earth-616 counterpart has been revealed.
- Co-Dragons: With the rest of the Horseman
- Dragon with an Agenda: He's got his own plans different from those of Apocalypse.
- The Disembodied: Forced into a suit that contains his non-solid body.
- Evil Prince: As Apocalypse's son
- 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.
- Vampiric Draining: One of his armor's abilities is to drain the lifeforce of other beings to feed its phasing and shapeshifting powers.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Thanks to his armor.
- Walking Wasteland: Sort of.
Mister Sinister (Nathaniel Essex)
- Co-Dragons: With the rest of the Horsemen
- Even Evil Has Standards: His reason for rebelling against Apocalypse and creating Nate Grey. He also finds Dark Beast's experiments to be unneccessarily cruel.
- Evil Mentor: To Dark Beast. Also to Cyclops and Havok.
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
- Dragon with an Agenda: Wants to seize Eurasia for himself.
Abyss (Nils Styger)
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: He was experimented on by Sinister and Beast. He joined the Horsemen after escaping from the their Breeding Pens
- Canon Immigrant: He was create for Age of Apocalypse, but was later adapted into the Marvel Universe, albeit as a hero.
- Co-Dragons: And the only one who is actually loyal.
- Klingon Promotion: He became a Horseman by killing another Horseman named Bastion.
- Killed Off for Real/Taking You with Me: By Banshee
- Canon Foreigner: Not the counterpart of the mainstream Bastion, clearly.
- Killed Off for Real: By Abyss
- The Starscream: He also plans to overthrow Apocalypse.
- Dark Is Evil: His armor
- Evilutionary Biologist
- Mad Scientist: Killed the Inhuman Royal Family and created twisted clones of them to serve as his servants.
- Killed Off for Real: Burned to death by Sunfire.
- The Quisling: Not a mutant, but by collaborating with Apocalypse he's the ruler of the Inhumans.
War (Abraham Kieros)
- Killed Off for Real: By Mikhail Rasputin
- Co-Dragons: With the rest of the Horseman
- Canon Foreigner: It is not know if she's the AoA counterpart of Selene or Autumn Rolfson (Famine), or a different character altogether.
- Killed Off for Real: Offscreen.
- Vampiric Draining: She has life-draining powers similar to Rogue's
- We Hardly Knew Ye: She only appears in one issue
- Blondes Are Evil: Blonde and serving an omnicidal Evil Overlord
- Co-Dragons: With the rest of the Horseman
- Killed Off for Real: By Holocaust
- Mouth of Sauron: Announces Apocalypse's war against humanity.
- Mind over Matter: She has telekinetic powers
- Number Two: To Apocalypse.
- Power Copying: His power is to mimic those of others.
Elite Mutant Force
Cyclops (Scott Summers)
- Eyepatch of Power: Sort of. One of his eyes was gouged by Weapon X, so his visor only has one lens for his surviving eye.
- Dating Catwoman: Attracted to Jean when she's captured by Sinister.
- The Dragon: To Sinister.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Unlike his cruel brother Havok.
- Handicapped Badass: As mentioned, he has only one eye, but he is still perfectly capable to kick ass.
- Heel–Face Turn: Not that he was quite evil to begin with. Though in the recent Age of Apocalypse series he changes his mind...
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Adopted Son
- The Paragon Always Rebels
- Self-Made Orphan: He was forced to kill his father because he had been infected with a Brood Queen.
- Token Good Teammate: In the Elite Mutant Force.
- Underground Railroad: Secretly smuggles prisoners out of the Breeding Pens.
- You Are in Command Now: When Sinister leaves to seek Nate Grey as part of his plan to assassinate Apocalypse he puts Cyclops in command of the Breeding Pens.
Havok (Alex Summers)
- The Brute: To Cyclops's The Dragon
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Cyclops' Abel
- Driven by Envy: Towards his brother
- Interspecies Romance: With Scarlett Mc Kenzie
- Number Two: To Cyclops, part of the reasons why he's:
The Dark Beast (Henry "Hank" McCoy)
- The Apprentice: To Mister Sinister.
- Beast Man: More bestial in appearnce than mainstream Hank. And he did it to himself on purpose.
- Canon Immigrant: Fled to Earth-616. Though now he's back to AoA
- Evil Counterpart: To the 616 Beast
- For the Evulz: His experiments are particularly nasty for no reason whatsoever other than his own enjoyment.
- The Man Behind the Man: He created or at least altered the Morlocks
Northstar and Aurora (Jean-Paul and Jeanne-Marie Beaubier)
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Their demeanor is reminiscent of this. Justified in that the most powerful mutants are aristocrats in Apocalypse's tiranny.
- Blondes Are Evil/Blond Guys Are Evil: White-haired guys are evil
- Evil Albino: Depicted as having white hair and being very pale.
- Expy: Fair haired mutants with Wonder Twin Flying Firepower that have an Incest Subtext in a totalitarian fascist regime; might as well be the Fenris Twins.
- Flight/Super Speed: When holding hands
- Incest Subtext: They are constantly depicted close to each other and once even hugging.
- Killed Off for Real: by Weapon X and his daughter, Kirika
Amazon and Cannonball (Elisabeth and Samuel Guthrie)
- Blondes Are Evil/Blond Guys Are Evil
- Brawn Hilda: Amazon's power
- The Brute: To Havok when Cyclops defects.
- Killed Off for Real: In the X-Men Age of Apocalypse limited series
- Tattooed Crook
Bedlam Brothers (Terrence and Jesse Aaronson)
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: To each other
- Heel–Face Turn: Following Cyclops' defection
- Punch Clock Villain: At worst.
- Scary Black Man: Thoroughly averted
Emplate (Marius St. Croix)
The Church of the Madri
The Brotherhood of Chaos
- Canon Foreigner: He's not the 616 Arclight, who is, first of all, female.
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
- Teens Are Monsters: She's a cruel teenage Psycho for Hire
- The Mole: In the Ghost Dance
- Psycho for Hire: She's one of Apocalypse's assassins.
Dead Man Wade (Wade Wilson)
- Adaptation Name Change: He's the AoA counterpart to Deadpool.
- Psycho for Hire: He's one of Apocalypse's assassins.
The Bounty Hunters
Other Servants of Apocalypse
The Shadow King (Amahl Farouk)
- Evil Mentor: He mentored Damask of the Pale Riders
The Black King (Sebastian Shaw)
Magma (Amara Aquilla)
- The Consigliere: To Mikhail
- 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.
Human High Council
- 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.
- Asian Babymama: Turns out she had a daughter by Logan, Kirika, that she never got around to tell him about.
Victor Von Doom
- Handicapped Badass: Lost his left hand in a fight with Cyclops. Doesn't make him any less capable.
- Back from the Dead: In X-Men: Age of Apocalypse miniseries, courtesy of Phoenix Force.
Warren Wortington III