The characters who appear in X-Men film series universe. Characters are sorted by the faction they debuted with.
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The mutants who represent and/or are associated with the Charles Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters, a boarding school for mutants. Led by Professor Charles "X" Xavier, their mission is to provide a face to the cause of mutant-human relations and use their powers to help the world.
Prof. Charles Xavier/Professor X
"We're not as alone as you think."
"I tell you, we can start something incredible, Erik."
"Mutants. Since the discovery of their existence they have been regarded with fear, suspicion, often hatred. Across the planet, debate rages. Are mutants the next link in the evolutionary chain or simply a new species of humanity fighting for their share of the world? Either way it is a historical fact: Sharing the world has never been humanity's defining attribute."
Founder of the X-Men and the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters, Xavier hopes for peaceful coexistence between mutantkind and mankind and is regarded as an authority on genetic mutation. Although he is restricted to a wheelchair, he is a powerful mutant with vast telepathic abilities. Along with Magneto, he is the inventor of the Cerebro supercomputer, which further amplifies his abilities.
Backup Twin: In The Stinger for "The Last Stand", he is revealed to have transferred his consciousness to another body to survive his physical death. According to Word of God, the recipient was a brain dead identical twin who was as such since Xavier first used his powers.
Bald of Awesome: Not so much in First Class or Days Of Future Past since he still has hair and fears losing it. Of course in Origins and the first three X-Men films, he's the bald of awesome that is Professor X.
Big Good: Seemly deconstructed to some degree in The Last Stand. He's called out about putting up mental blocks in Jean Grey's mind in-order to suppress the split persona that called itself the Phoenix. Needlessly to say, Xavier had more or less I Did What I Had to Do in-order to suppress the Phoenix.
Break the Cutie: In First Class. He starts out highly idealistic and arguably naive, and while he doesn't lose his ideals, he gets blindsided by reality and becomes a lot more cautious by the end of the movie.
Telepathy: Although no one, outside of Jean and Emma, has yet to shown this ability in the films, Xavier is likely the most powerful telepath on Earth since not only can he read minds and alike with his telepathy, but also can freeze entire groups of people in place.
Sharp-Dressed Man: In his older years, he's always well-dressed as befitting a professor and principal.
Team Dad: Best shown in The Last Stand, during his funeral, where a massive amount of his students cried during it.
Wide-Eyed Idealist: Moreso in ''First Class', but he still hangs onto his ideals, just a little more cautiously.
"I'm the best there is at what I do, but what I do best - isn't very nice."
A tough, rugged, belligerent loner who makes a living in cage fights. He has lived for fifteen years without memory of who he is, apart from his dog tags marked "Wolverine" and an adamantium-encased skeleton (as well as adamantium claws). He has enhanced, animal-like senses, enabling him to sense other people, and the ability to heal rapidly from numerous injuries, including the surgery that bonded the metal to his skeleton, which makes his age impossible to determine.
Absurdly Sharp Blades: His claws, which are coated in adamantium. By the end of The Wolverine, however, the injuries Wolverine sustained in his battle with the Silver Samurai leaves him with his normal bone claws.
Bash Brothers: With Victor Creed during their bloody history together starting with the American Civil War. They part when Victor degenerates into a sociopath but still show signs of it at the end of Origins.
Brought Down to Normal: His handicap through much of The Wolverine, where he must deal with injuries that don't heal up instantly for the first time in his life. However that hardly slows him down, as he still takes and gives an absurd amount of punishment.
Healing Factor: And how. By the end of The Last Stand his flesh is being torn from his body at an alarming rate only to regenerate just as quickly.(This was explained in the novelization as being accelerated and enhanced even further than normal by the energy Jean was putting out.) He also survives a nuclear bomb in the opening of The Wolverine and his body is left a charred and scalded mess from the affair. However, it seems like the film Wolverine's healing factor is not as absurd as the comic book Wolverine's healing factor, considering that in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Wolverine, beheading him appears to be regarded as an effective way of killing him for real.
Heterosexual Life-Partners: With his half-brother Victor Creed for his childhood and most of his adult life, up until he left Team X.
Body Horror: His transformation sequence in First Class depicted the process as rather painful and horrific, bones, muscles and skin shifting and stretching while fur aggressively sprouted along his body.
Dramatic Irony: His attempt at a cure on himself fails horribly in First Class. When he later uses a variation to rob Magneto of his powers in The Last Stand, it seems to work. And then, rather subtly, it also fails.
Doubles as a Call Back if you're watch the prequel before watching the main X-Men trilogy.
Karmic Transformation: Tries to develop a "cure" for his relatively minor physical mutation in First Class, which instead supercharges it, turning him blue and hairy. What makes it karmic is how this is shortly after he told Raven/Mystique (his love interest of all people) that her human disguise was beautiful, not her true mutant form.
The doctor of the X-Mansion. She has the powers of telekinesis. She also has powers of telepathy like Xavier, although her powers are much less advanced than that of his, displayed when she is stunned by the usage of Cerebro.
A girl who can absorb any person's memories and abilities by touching them. As she cannot control this absorbing ability, Rogue can easily kill anyone and thus is unable to be close to people.
The Artifact: There was really no point in keeping her around after the first movie (when Magneto needed her to power his machine). The only useful thing she did after that was stop Pyro's rampage, as lampshaded by The Editing Room.
A kindly German mutant with a strong Catholic faith, yet ironically he has the appearance of a blue demon. Nightcrawler was used by Stryker in an assassination attempt on the President of the United States and gives help to the X-Men. He is capable of teleporting himself (and others) instantly from one location to another. On his body are many scarification marks, one for every sin.
Badass Preacher: He's not a priest in this version, but he's the most religious person on the team so he fits.
Put on a Bus: He didn't appear in The Last Stand, with no explanation given. (The in-universe explanation appears in X-Men: The Official Game where Nightcrawler leaves due to the X-Men's missions clashing with his peaceful nature; The real life one was Alan Cumming refusing to return without Bryan Singer.)
Self Harm: Implicitly where all those scars came from.
Played By: Caleb Landry Jones
A mutant capable of ultrasonic screaming, used in various ways including as a means of flight.
Make Me Wanna Shout: His mutation involves making very powerful sound waves that can break glass (among other things).
Not Quite Flight: His flight deals with using his supersonic screams to help him glide.
Race Lift: He's Irish in the comics (and an adult) but the movies turn him into an American teen.
Played By: Lucas Till
A mutant who has the ability to absorb energy and discharge it as blasts.
Nice Guy: Polite, friendly, and when things get rough he can be seen immediately moving to make himself a human shield for the other kids.
Brotherhood of Mutants
A more radical group of mutants than those from the Xavier School, these mutants stand for a world where their kind reigns supreme and humanity acknowledges their superiority. Led by Erik "Magneto" Lensherr, they are unafraid of using violence and conflict to achieve their goal of mutant domination.
"We are the future, Charles, not them. They no longer matter."
"I've been at the mercy of men just following orders. Never again."
A Holocaust survivor, he and Xavier were once friends, and they built Cerebro together. However, his belief that humans and mutants could never co-exist led to their separation. Guided by the suffering he had endured as a Jewish youth in 1940s Germany, his commitment to his fellow kind is that he will never let humanity wrong them as he was and will defend mutantkind to any end no matter how horrific. He has powerful magnetic abilities and a sophisticated knowledge in matters of genetic manipulation
Affably Evil: With Xavier. They still play chess games together a good 40 years into their conflict with each other.
Anti-Villain: Has an unquestionably sympathetic backstory and very good reason to believe that humans are out to eradicate the mutant race. However, he is a dangerous individual with few limits on his devotion and what must be done to ensure the survival of his kind.
Badass: Consistently shown as one of the most powerful and dangerous mutants in the films. His control over metal makes pretty much any standard army helpless against him, and he can exert some limited control over a person's limbs by manipulating metal objects they're wearing. This is also aside from his considerable intellect and knack for strategic planning.
Kick the Son of a Bitch: Some of his victims include Nazis, Sebastian Shaw and the corrupt, violent slob in charge of his prison cell. He also chained William Stryker back up and left him to die at the end of X2.
Nazi Hunter: In First Class he had dedicated his life to hunt down and inflict revenge on those who had wronged his people. That is untill he meets Charles, finds out their are others like him and he gets a new "his people" to fight for.
Not So Different: From the very people he hates (the Nazis, Shaw, etc). He quite frankly tells a telepathically frozen Shaw that Shaw's vision conforms to his own and the first thing he does when he gets inside the second Cerebro? Instructs Jason Stryker to simply reverse the polarity on Prof. X's mental attack to target humans instead of mutants rather than free Charles from Jason's mind control.
Magneto's loyal second-in-command, her mutant ability to alter her shape and mimic any human being is almost secondary to her role as "the perfect soldier". She is an agile fighter, expert martial artist, and seems completely facile with respect to modern technology.
"You know all those dangerous mutants you hear about in the news? I'm the worst one."
Played By: Alexander Burton & Aaron Stanford
A friend of Bobby and Rogue, Pyro has anti-social tendencies because he is very angry at humans for how they treat the mutant community. He has the ability to control (although not create) fire. Magneto tells him that "You are a god amongst insects; never let anyone tell you any different."
Playing with Fire: He can't generate fire, but is immune to it and can direct and grow any nearby fire. As such, he uses a lighter to create it when he needs to in the first two movies, and he gets a wrist mounted flamethrower in the third.
Ungrateful Bastard: Towards Professor X in Last Stand. This doesn't sit well with Magneto.
Pyro: "I would've killed the professor if you had given me the chance.
A mutant exhibiting feline-like features (such as sharp teeth and clawlike fingernails; he can also move with the agility of a sabretooth tiger) and a Healing Factor similar to Wolverine (though apparently less potent). Born in the mid-1800s, he and Logan are half-brothers (back when Logan went by his real name, James Howlett) and helped him escape after Logan's mutations emerged and he killed his biological father. He and Logan became soldiers throughout history but the constant combat turned Victor into a bloodthirsty sociopath.
Femme Fatalons: Has claws as an extension of his finger nails as opposed to Wolverine's "break through the skin" claws.
Healing Factor: Although if Stryker is to be believed, it is not as effective as Logan's (which is why he can't undergo adamantium augmentation). It does allow him to live an unnaturally long life, however.
Hero Killer: In Origins, he murders about 80% of the cast. His resume includes: Wolverine's Only Friend John Wraith, Wade Wilson (though Stryker somewhat brings him back brainwashed), Silverfox, twice. Bradley and finally Blob (at least that's what's implied by his dialogue with Wraith). Meaning the only main cast members he never killed were Wolverine, Gambit, Agent Zero and Stryker.
Heterosexual Life-Partners: With his half-brother Logan for their childhood and most of their adult lives, up until Logan leaves Team X.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: During the climax of X2, recognized that the mutant that had just been captured wasn't the real Wolverine and ordered "him" shot immediately. Also, aware that Mystique was loose in the base, he ordered the platoon of soldiers guarding Dark Cerebro to kill anyone approaching - even if it was him.
Freudian Excuse: Apparently his son Jason blamed his parents for his "condition," so he used his powers of illusion to torture them with nightmares and visions - leading to Stryker's wife killing herself with a power drill. Of course, given that Stryker's not exactly the most reliable witness, how much of this information is accurate is debatable at best.
General Ripper: Technically a colonel, but demonstrating pretty much the same spirit in being hellbent on killing all mutants.
I Have No Son: Played With. When Xavier asks him how he could think of lobotomizing his son, he replies "my son is dead", but before he orders him to launch his attack against all mutants, he says "Make me proud, son."
In the Blood: His father was a high ranking CIA agent and also hated mutants once he saw what they could do.
Knight Templar: Is convinced that massacring mutants will save the world.
Manipulative Bastard: He's a normal human, so he has to rely on his rather formidable intellect. He's successfully manipulated others with the help of his mind control serum, but he's also outfoxed the likes of Charles Xavier, Wolverine and the President by his lonesome.
Xavier: William, you wanted me to cure your son. But mutation is not a disease.
Stryker: You're lying! You were more frightened of him than I was. You know, just one year after Jason returned from your school, my wife - you see he resented us. He blamed us for his condition. So he would toy with our minds... projecting visions and scenarios into our brains. Well, my wife, in the end... she took a power drill to her left temple in an attempt to bore the images out. My boy, the great illusionist.
Alas, Poor Villain: Halfway through her death scene, the mind-control serum wears off and Deathstrike is allowed a few tragic seconds of clarity to realize where she is and what's happened to her; the look on her face says it all.
Brainwashed: Mind-controlled by Stryker. And she comes out of it for a brief moment in X2 only for Stryker to forcibly reapply another dose of mind-control.
A mutant who can manipulate electricity, and a technopath.
Jason Stryker/Mutant 143
Played By: Michael Reid McKay & Keely Purvis
William Stryker's son. After his powers were discovered, he was sent to Xavier's school in an attempt to "cure" him - but Xavier was both unsuccessful and unwilling to see mutation as a disease. Returning home, Jason's relationship with his mother and father collapsed; according to Stryker, he came to believe that his parents were responsible for his "condition", and tormented them with nightmarish illusions - one such session ending with his mother attempting to bore the images from her head with a power-drill. Stryker ultimately lobotomized him to make him more pliable, and upon discovering that Jason's brain was also capable of secreting a mind-control serum, hooked him up to a pump in order to exact it. However, Xavier's mind is too strong for the fluid alone, however, and Jason is charged with using his powers to manipulate him into participating in Stryker's genocidal scheme.
Big Bad: In the tie-in video game for The Last Stand.
Dying Alone: In X2, he's left behind as Dark Cerebro collapses around him.
Evil Cripple: Lobotomized, confined to a wheelchair and hooked up to a machine that drains mind-control fluid from his brain.
Genius Cripple: He is barely able to lift an eyebrow, but that's made up for by a very impressive mind - though his ability to think on his own has been almost lost thanks to the brain surgery.
Heel Realisation: In the comic adaptation, where Xavier helps him to realise his manipulation is the wrong way to gain his father's love.
Lean and Mean: Years spent being exploited by Stryker have left Jason painfully emaciated.
Literal Split Personality: In the video game, where his powers allow him to project an evil adult side and a good child side.
Master of Illusion: His power, most of which is expressed in crafting landscapes and scenarios for his victims to wander, though at one point he also creates an illusion of Xavier being able to walk again. Impressively, during the climax of X2, he's able to keep two different illusory scenarios running at the same time.
Psychopathic Manchild: Thanks to the brain surgery, he's both very easily manipulated and childishly devoted to his abusive father - to the point that when Magneto catches up with him, all he needs to do in order to change Jason's mind is have Mystique transform into Stryker and give him a new set of orders. For good measure, within his illusions, he usually depicts himself as a child.
The Speechless: Physically unable to speak due to the current state of his body, leaving his "child self" to speak for him. In a deleted scene, he manages to weakly blurt out a few words while being mind-controlled into helping Xavier escaped, although this turns out to be yet another one of Jason's illusions.
Red Right Hand: He has heterochromia, an easy way of recognizing the illusory depictions of himself.
"Well Done, Son!" Guy: One of Stryker's commands for Jason was "make me proud." In turn, Jason's illusory self can be heard whimpering, "He's going to be so mad at me!" when Storm disrupts his control of Xavier.
Villainous Breakdown: Twice in a row! First, when Magneto manages to briefly shut down Cerebro - proving immune to Jason's attempts at manipulating him in the process. Secondly, when Storm uses a blizzard to break his hold over Xavier once and for all. In both situations, Jason can only express his terror through his illusions.
"We are the children of the atom. Radiation gave birth to mutants. What will kill the humans, will only make us stronger."
A former Nazi scientist and the leader of the Hellfire Club, a secret society bent on taking over the world. He has the power of absorbing and redirecting kinetic and radiated energy.
The Ageless: Possibly. It's unclear just how old he really is.
Ape Shall Never Kill Ape: Played with. While he disapproves of Emma defending him from Magneto, lecturing "we never harm our own kind", he later treats it more as With Us or Against Us, and his murder of Darwin is far more horrific than any combat the two teams take part in.
Energy Absorption: Any energy, even the kinetic force propelling bullets, is something he can fully absorb into his body, and it is stated that this is how he was able to retain a youthful body. However, retaining his youth is literally the least he can do with it, as he is capable of sending the energy right at someone or something. His absorption skills are potent enough to also absorb the entire explosive output equivalent to that of a nuclear bomb.
Manipulative Bastard: Attempted. He tries to manipulate the superpowers into increasingly aggressive actions (missiles in Turkey and Cuba), but generally has to resort to outright threats to get military personnel on both the U.S. and Soviet sides to do what he wants.
Combat Pragmatist: His initial tactic when breaching the CIA compound is simply teleport next to an enemy, grab hold of him, teleport himself and his target hundreds of feet into the air, let go of his target and teleport away, letting gravity do the rest.
Evil Counterpart: To Nightcrawler, despite the two not appearing in the same film. Their powers are identical and they have similar physical appearances. His name is also the same as Nightcrawler's biological father in the source material. Given that he and Mystique (who is Nightcrawler's biological mother in the comics) end up as teammates in Magneto's newly formed Brotherhood...
Chekhov's Gunman: Sharp-eyed viewers might notice her in the first strip club scene as the only black stripper there.
Even Evil Has Standards: Sort of. When she defected and witnessed Shaw's brutal murder of Darwin, she was briefly shown to be shocked and somewhat disturbed at what he did.
Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Subverted. She's friendly with the rest of the group, but is the first to join Shaw (albeit for morally ambiguous reasons).
Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: She was sick and tired of the CIA grunts mocking her and her teammates for her being a mutant (enough to say that even men gawking at her in her former job at a strip club was actually better than this), so she figured that she might as well defect to the Hellfire Club since at least they had some respect for her mutant abilities.
Stripperiffic: Her outfit. Justified, as she used to work as a stripper prior to joining the X-Men and she needs her back open to use her wings.
Winged Humanoid: Her most obvious mutation is insectoid wings, though she's able to disguise them as tattoos.
Woman in Black: Even before her recruitment, she's already wearing black.
Played By: Alex Gonzalez
A mutant with the ability to create powerful whirlwinds from his hands and body.
"See, the only difference between a winner and a loser is character. Every man has a price to charge, and a price to pay. Yeah, I've paid mine in spades."
Played By: Taylor Kitsch
A Cajun thief who has the ability to convert the potential energy of any object he touches into kinetic energy, forcing it to explode. The size of the object determines the magnitude of the resulting explosion. He was captured and held at Col. Stryker's island laboratory but managed to escape and took to hiding in Louisiana, where Logan finds him.
A Japanese employee of Ichirō Yashida who lived on the streets follow her parents' death until she was taken in by the Yashidas. Her mutant ability is a precognitive sense that allows her to glimpse the moment of a person's death (albeit hazily and without context). Otherwise she is a talented and nimble martial artist and swordsman who is a constant ally of Mariko.
Dark and Troubled Past: Her first premonition was her parent's death, and after she was forced to watch it come true, she became a street urchin scavenging for food until Ichiro Yashida found her and adopted her under his wing.
Deadpan Snarker: Being Wolverine's companion, you have to speak his language...
Iaijutsu Practitioner: We barely see her unsheathe her sword and then the sword's already back on sheath. Cue sliced objects collapsing.
The Lad-ette: Demonstrates traits of this, with her tough-as-nails atittitude and apparent lack of organization (notice her car is a complete mess when Wolverine arrives, and she doesn't seem bothered in the least with it).
Only Friend: She was adopted from the streets with the specific task of serving as this to a young Mariko.
Only One Name: Given she lived in the streets, Mariko might not even know her surname.
The Reliable One: Again, for Mariko. For instance, when Mariko is on the run from the Yakuza, the only person she tells about her whereabouts is Yukio.
Non-mutants. Humans are typically fearful and resentful of mutants, which is the root cause of Professor Xavier and Erik Lensherr's disagreement.
Senator Robert Kelly
Played By: Bruce Davison
An anti-mutant politician that supports a Mutant Registration Act and wishes to ban mutant children from schools.
Alas, Poor Villain: He goes through absolute hell and renounces his anti-mutant beliefs before dying.
Butt Monkey: After his initial appearance, things go downhill from him. Kidnapping, being transformed into what he hates, dropped into the ocean and finally a painful death.
The Extremist Was Right: He might be a complete Jerkass and fear-mongerer, but at the same time, given what Magneto gets up to during the course of the films and that we later learn his aide was killed and impersonated by Mystique for "quite some time"... he has a point.
Fantastic Racism: Generally makes McCarthy-like statements about mutants and voices the desire to imprison all of them.
Karmic Transformation: He hates mutants, but is transformed by Magneto into one. The transformation ultimately kills him.
Properly Paranoid: He's concerned about mutants that can enter the mind of others or walk through walls. As it turns out, Mystique has been impersonating his aid for a good long while.
Redemption Equals Death: Just as he renounces his bigoted ways, the effects of Magneto's device overwhelm his body and kill him.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: His desire to introduce a Mutant Registration Act is born out of fear for others, and such fear isn't entirely unfounded.
Dr. Moira McTaggart
"You know, one day the government is going to realize that how lucky they were to have Professor X on their side."
"Mutant ethics arise when discussing which of two rights is for a greater good. (...) The answer to this question is the core of mutant ethics."
Played By: Rose Byrne & Olivia Williams
Action Girl: After when she sees that the Hellfire Club is clearly up to no good in her intro scene in First Class, she goes undercover and always is brave when facing danger.
Lingerie Scene: In First Class when she infiltrates the Hellfire Club.
Race Lift: She's Scottish in the comics but American in First Class. What makes this weird is that she was Scottish in The Last Stand. It could be justified as that she may have used an American accent while working with the CIA.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He still seems to care for Mariko to some degree, given he purposefully diverges his sword slash not to hit her when she gets in the way.
Evil Old Folks: His old age and impending death is what makes him so desperate to gain Wolverine's power.
Disney Villain Death: Somewhat. Logan throws him off the building and he crashes below, but he was probably already dead even before hitting the ground.
Drunk on the Dark Side: When he starts to age back through sucking Wolverine's powers, he laughs like a lunatic.
Face-Heel Turn: He was apparently a genuinely nice and caring man once, but when his cancer started destroying him, he became obsessed with immortality and turned evil.
Faux Affably Evil: He continues to discuss philosophy and talk like a kindly grandfather even as he is literally sucking out the life of Wolverine. He also seems to genuinely want Logan to find Peace in death.
Hero Killer: Slays Harada (ironically enough, the man who was Silver Samurai in the canon).
Last Request: His is to see Wolverine one last time. Turns out there are far more nefarious motives for it
Legacy Character: The Silver Samurai was a mythic figure of his Family (and a standard samurai), protector of the Yashida Clan, Ichiro built his armor to resemble the original Silver Samurai, so to metaphorically become the protector of the Yashida Clan himself.
Not Quite Dead: The Silver Samurai armour keeps him alive, but he allows others to think he's dead.
Plot Triggering Death: His death at the beginning of the movie is what triggers the plot. Except, it turns out, not really.
Rasputinian Death: His head is impaled by an adamantium blade, his throat is impaled by another one, his armor (which kept him alive) is shred to pieces, his chest is sliced by Wolverine's claws and he falls down a cliff.
The Unfavorite: Multi-generational one. Shingen claims Ichiro never considered him a worthy son, instead favoring his granddaughter, Shingen's daughter Mariko. Whether he is telling the truth or not, however, is left up to the viewer. Given subsequent revelations about his father, he might also have simply been mistaken; Viper implies that Ichiro chose Mariko as his successor because she'd be easier to manipulate than Shingen.
The Unfettered: None of his evil acts really phase him. Not once does he take a step back and think that maybe, just maybe, trying to murder your daughter is a bit evil.
The owner of Trask Industries who created Sentinels.
Ability Over Appearance: In the comic books, Trask is a taller fellow while Peter Dinklage is a 'little person'. He's an Emmy-winning actor whose performances are frequently met with critical acclaim, and appearance has no bearing on the character so nobody has made anything of it.