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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.
- 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.
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
ExodusA 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.
- Adaptational Heroism: Unlike the 616 Exodus who is radicalized into extremism by Magneto, the mentorship of this world's Mags produces an Exodus who is an unequivocal hero.
- Battle Couple: Him and Dazzler.
- Combo Platter Powers: Per Cypher's description of him: "Exodus is a telekinetic, telepath, teleporter... I don't know what else."
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: In The Salvation of Exodus, a panel that shows Exodus, as a captive of the Madri being saved by Magneto, he is notably drawn with a skeletal, emaciated appearance uncomfortably reminiscent of Holocaust victims. See for yourself◊.
- Godzilla Threshold: Circumstances force Magneto to reveal to Exodus his powers of teleportation.
- Irony: He is very respectful of Quicksilver and even refers to him as "sir". In the main timeline they are bitter enemies.
- Power Limiter: Wears a pair of mechanical devices on his face that most likely serve as these.
- Put on a Bus: In his last appearance Magneto sent him on a secret mission. He hasn't been seen since.
- Sixth Ranger: Mentioned at one point as being the team's newest member.
- Superpower Lottery: Not quite as crazy powerful as his mainstream incarnation, but still probably the most powerful of the AoA X-Men.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Not nearly as much of a Knight Templar as his 616 incarnation.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Inverted. Fearing that Exodus might become corrupted by the full scope of his powers, Magneto deliberately limited his knowledge of them.
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.
- 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.
BlinkA young mutant teleporter and Sabretooth's loyal student.
- 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.
- Breakout Character: Easily one of, if not the, most popular character produced by the AOA timeline. Not only did she completely displace the obscure main universe Blink, she was also given a 4 issue solo series and made one of the six main characters of Exiles. She also made an appearance in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
- Tele-Frag: Used to defeat Holocaust.
- Teleporters and Transporters: Her mutant power.
- Thinking Up Portals: Blink's main power is this.
Wild ChildA feral, nearly mindless mutant that sees Sabretooth as his master after being beaten by him in a dominance fight.
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.
- The Mentally Disturbed: Notably more unstable that the regular timeline's Iceman, though not so unstable as to reach Ax-Crazy levels.
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.
- 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 Magneto's.
- 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.
- 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
- Canon Foreigner/Canon Immigrant: Slightly averted because he had already been mentioned in the Stryfe'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 Albino: He has chalk white skin just like the Sinister we all know and hate.
- 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.
- 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.
- Mad Scientist: Though not quite as mad as his regular incarnation.
- Parental Substitute: To Cyclops and Havok
- Team Dad: To the Elite Mutant Force.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He does some nasty things, but his ultimate goal is the same as that of the heroes — to see Apocalypse overthrown.
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.
- 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 created for the 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.
- Dark is Evil: His whole body is jet black and he's about as Ax-Crazy as they come.
- Klingon Promotion: Earned his by defeating and destroying the horseman Bastion.
- Killed Off for Real/Taking You with Me: By Banshee
- Pocket Dimension: His mutant ability makes him a living gateway to one of these. Per a later Retcon, it's the same dimension Nightcrawler uses as an Extradimensional Shortcut.
- The Sociopath: Gleefully revels in the torture of those he considers beneath him, up to and including...
- Would Hurt a Child: Sucked a human boy into himself and happily fed off his terror.
- Blank Slate: According to his bio in Battle of the Atom he was this before Apocalypse found and reprogrammed him.
- Canon Foreigner: Speculated for years as being a different character than 616 Bastion, it was ultimately revealed that they are in fact the same character by (of all things) the mobile game X-Men: Battle of the Atom.
- Early Installment Weirdness: He was actually mentioned a solid year before the main timeline's Bastion was introduced, leading to years of speculation that the AoA Bastion was a different character.
- 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.
- Dark is Evil: His armor
- Evilutionary Biologist
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He plans to use Sunfire as his instrument of betrayal, only to be...
- Killed Off for Real: Burned to death by said insrument.
- Mad Scientist: Killed the Inhuman Royal Family and created twisted clones of them to serve as his servants.
- Psychic Powers: Per his 616 incarnation, he has these.
- The Quisling: Not a mutant, but by collaborating with Apocalypse he's the ruler of the Inhumans.
- The Starscream: He also plans to overthrow Apocalypse.
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. Interestingly, a version of Selene from the Age of Apocalypse appears in the mobile game X-Men: Battle of the Atom with a different appearance from this character. While not proof, this is a strong indicator that this character is in fact Autumn Rolfson.
- Dark is Evil: Whatever her identity, she has darkened skin and has chosen "Death" for her title.
- 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
- Co-Dragons: With the rest of the first-gen Horsemen. Notably, her and Gideon seem to be the most authoritative.
- 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.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: She only appears in two issues.
- Co-Dragons: With the rest of the first-gen Horsemen. Notably, him and Candra seem to be the most authoritative.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Starts out as this like his 616 incarnation.
- Bald of Evil: Save for his ponytail
- Killed Off for Real: By Magneto during the Cape Citadel battle.
- Power Copying: His power is to mimic those of others.
- Smug Snake: Smug enough to gloat to Magneto during their battle at Cape Citadel.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He only appears once, in the first issue of the prequel series X-Men: Chronicles.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Green, actually.
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.
- 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)
- 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
- Bad Boss: Likes to torture his slaves
- Canon Foreigner/Canon Immigrant: Literally immigrated to the 616 reality
- Cephalothorax: His face and by extension head are in his thorax.
- Evil Is Bigger: Might seem stocky due to lacking a head, but is 6' 9" (2.05m).
- Fangs Are Evil: Razor sharp teeth across that really wide mouth.
- Fluffy the Terrible: That's not a name one expects from a grotesque abomination.
- Gonk: One of the weirdest looking villains the X-Men ever faced.
- Karma Houdini: Instead of being punished for what he did in the Age of Apocalypse, teleported himself to the 616 reality.
- Mad Scientist: With an expertise in genetics.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Four arms, which he exploits by carrying a hammer and an axe, and sometimes guns.
- Overly Long Tongue: Can shoot up to ten feet, and he understandably employs as a weapon.
- Size Shifter: Can increase or decrease his mass.
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.
- Beard of Evil: That he already had.
- Face–Heel Turn: Wolverine is the Evil Overlord now!
- You Kill It, You Bought It: Killing a reborn Apocalypse ended infecting Logan and turning him into the next incarnation of the bad guy.
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
- Adaptation Name Change: Instead of Wolverine. And the Weapon X project doesn't exist in that reality, as Magneto grafts the adamantium on him.
- 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.
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