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Characters: X-Men Film Series X-Men
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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 Xavier, their mission is to provide a face to the cause of mutant-human relations and use their powers to help the world.

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    Professor X 

Prof. Charles Francis Xavier / Professor X

"We're not as alone as you think."
"I tell you, we can start something incredible, Erik."
Played By: Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy & Laurence Belcher

"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 mutant kind and humankind, 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. He uses the Cerebro supercomputer (which was invented by Dr. Hank McCoy) to further amplify his abilities.
  • '70s Hair: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, his younger self still has a full head of hair, and its longer length resembles a hippie.
  • Achilles in His Tent/Despair Event Horizon/Heroic BSOD: In-between First Class and Days of Future Past, he established his school, but once the Vietnam War took away most of his students and teaching staff, he couldn't run it anymore and became a shell of his former self.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In X-Men: First Class; Professor X in the comics was never depicted being gorgeous like James McAvoy.
  • Adorkable: In X-Men: First Class, he was a cute geek in his childhood, as demonstrated by the framed pictures of his favourite scientists next to his bed. As an adult, he uses his nerdy knowledge to woo girls at bars.
  • The Alcoholic/Drowning My Sorrows: In Days of Future Past, his younger self has been a drunk for the past decade by the time Logan meets him. Consuming copious amounts of alcohol is Charles' self-destructive way of escaping from his emotional torment.
  • A Father to His Men: The vast majority of the X-Men view Xavier as a father-figure, and he in return treats them like his own children. His tendency to act as a Parental Substitute and Badass Teacher has reinforced Undying Loyalty amongst his students, starting with the boys in X-Men: First Class and extending all the way to the Bad Future of 2023 in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
  • Backup Twin: In The Stinger for X-Men: 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. Confirmed in The Wolverine when he shows up to meet Logan at the airport much to the latter's surprise. This, however, might now be subverted as the new Alternate Timeline from X-Men: Days of Future Past may have cosmically erased all or most of the events of X-Men: The Last Stand.
  • Badass Beard: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, the younger Xavier has a beard and somewhat longer hair.
  • Badass Bookworm: He is an Oxford graduate, after all.
  • Badass Grandpa: For the films set in the 21st century, he's fairly old. He's at least pushing 90 by 2023.
  • Badass Teacher:
    • Professor Charles Xavier. Specifically, with a doctorate in genetics.
    • At the end of X-Men, Magneto asks him what happens when someone finds out about his mutant school, and Xavier replies that he has a great deal of pity for anyone who comes to the school looking for trouble. He was probably referring to himself, since in X2: X-Men United Stryker's forces only attacked when they knew that Xavier wasn't there, having incapacitated him first. Xavier also claims that if he wanted to, he could make Wolverine spend the rest of his life believing he was a "six-year-old girl with pigtails", simply for ignoring his rules about smoking in the mansion! He was joking that time, but imagine the carnage Xavier could cause if he ever got downright furious?! note .
  • Bald of Awesome: Not so much in X-Men: First Class or X-Men: Days of Future Past since he still has hair and fears losing it. Of course, in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the first three X-Men films, he's the bald of awesome that is Professor X.
  • Beard of Sorrow: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, his younger self has one when Wolverine first visits him in 1973. Played with, as he keeps it for the entire movie.
  • Big Brother Instinct:
    • In X-Men: First Class, he had this for Raven, being very concerned for hiding her appearance in public and telling her to her face that he didn't want anything to happen to her. However, his relationship to her Deconstructs this phenomenon as it caused him to become overprotective to the point where he denied her the chance to embrace her true appearance and be proud of what she was, as well as caused him ignore her very obvious crush on him. This in turn made Raven turn to Erik Lehnsherr as a mentor/love interest and eventually join him in his cause against humanity.
    • X-Men: Days of Future Past, when his younger self sees Mystique again for the first time in 11 years, he caresses her hair and shoulder as a gesture of comfort while telling her that he will keep her safe among other soothing words. When Magneto then points a gun in her direction, Xavier stands in between the barrel and his adopted sister, and Erik later has to use his power to change the bullet's trajectory so that it won't hit Charles in the head. Despite their estrangement, he is willing to die for Raven to save her life.
  • Big Good:
    • He is this most of the time, but it's deconstructed to some degree in X-Men: 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.
    • Both his future-self and future Magneto share this role in X-Men: Days of Future Past. And his younger-self is growing into this.
  • Blessed with Suck: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, after slipping into a deep depression, his younger-self views his telepathy as a curse because he can no longer control it. He is unable to shut out the clamour of thoughts that he doesn't want to hear, and this causes a tremendous amount of agony, to the point where he becomes addicted to a serum which numbs his ability, allowing him to sleep at night.
  • Brainy Brunet: When he still has hair in X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past.
  • Break the Cutie/Broken Bird:
    • In First Class. He starts out highly idealistic and arguably naive, but is then betrayed by his best friend, his adopted sister and the US government before Erik accidentally cripples him. While Xavier doesn't lose his ideals, he gets blindsided by reality and becomes a lot more cautious by the end of the movie.
    • Days of Future Past shows just how broken he was by the events of First Class. He uses a serum developed by Hank that gives him the use of his legs at the cost of his abilities because he can't bear to use them, and spends his time drinking in order to forget. It's revealed that most of his students and protégés were conscripted for the Vietnam War, and that Banshee was murdered and dissected by Trask to further the Sentinel Program. Fortunately, Wolverine is sent back essentially to put him back together.
  • The Cameo: In both of Wolverine's solo movies.
  • The Casanova/The Charmer: In his youth, he uses his bubbly exuberance and his powers to pick up women in bars on campus.
  • Chick Magnet: In X-Men: First Class, he has the attention of Amy (the blond woman with heterochromia—she has a Funny Background Event showing her continued interest), his sister figure Raven Darkholme (who has a crush on him) and Moira MacTaggert (there is a deleted scene where she and Charles are making out after drinking too much champagne).
  • Chivalrous Pervert: In X-Men: First Class, where he boldly hits on co-eds.
  • Cool Old Guy: Has an almost grandfatherly sort of relationship with his students during his older years.
  • Cultured Badass: Comes with his educated status.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, in 1973, Charles displays this when Wolverine states the obvious.
    • And later:
    Logan: That's it, you're just gonna to walk out?
    Charles: Oh, top marks, like I said, you're perceptive.
  • Disabled Hottie: In X-Men: First Class, it's hinted that he briefly had a romance with Moira after his spinal cord injury, but he is forced to end their relationship to protect himself and his students from the CIA.
  • Disappeared Dad: He mentions a stepfather in X-Men: First Class. In the comics, his biological father died when he was young.
  • Disney Death: In X-Men: The Last Stand. He has a spare body just in case.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • When we first see him as a kid in X-Men: First Class, the framed photos on his night table are of Charles Darwin, Hedy Lamarr (who was both a Hollywood sex symbol and the co-inventor of a radio-guided torpedo system) and Albert Einstein. He would later grow up to be a scientist with an appreciation for both brains and beauty.
    • The first meeting between him and Mystique. It showed his kindness and his happiness at finding other people who were different.
  • Fantastic Drug/G-Rated Drug: By 1973, he's addicted to a serum that temporarily repairs his spinal injury while removing his telepathy. After it is injected, it makes his intellect kind of sloppy, and he uses it much more than Beast. It's not a coincidence that the setting is 1973, when heroin was becoming more widespread due to people who brought it from Vietnam...
  • Foil:
    • To Sebastian Shaw in X-Men: First Class. Both are doctors of genetics who are interested in maximizing Lehnsherr's potential, but whereas Shaw uses torture to uncover his raw power, Xavier utilizes emotional intimacy to give Erik greater control. Erik grows to love Charles as a brother, but vehemently opposes the latter's peaceful approach to human-mutant relations. Magneto wholly embraces Shaw's mutant supremacist views, but loathes the man for murdering his mother.
    • In X-Men: Days of Future Past, both this past-self and Past Magneto were both inactive and isolated in between 1963 and 1973 (Charles due to depression, and Erik due to imprisonment). Magneto tries to kill Mystique while Charles tries to protect her. Hank remains unwaveringly devoted to Xavier, but Erik loses Mystique's loyalty after the murder attempt.
  • Genius Cripple: His mutation gives him one of the most powerful minds in the world, and he is confined to a wheelchair after the events of X-Men: First Class.
  • Gentleman and a Scholar: He is well-educated and carries some characteristics of a Quintessential British Gentleman.
  • Good Samaritan: In X-Men: First Class, as a kid, he generously offers food and a place to stay to a hungry and homeless young Raven.
  • Go Out with a Smile: In X-Men: The Last Stand, he gives Wolverine one last smile before he gets disintegrated. This is made all the more emotional since the last time the two really talked, they were arguing.
  • Guile Hero: Due to his lack of ability to walk, Xavier has to rely much more on his intellect than most mutants.
  • Handicapped Badass: Confined to a wheelchair, although as X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: The Last Stand show, he is able to walk on his own, but it comes at the loss of his powers.
  • Heroic Bystander: In X-Men: First Class, when Charles realizes that no one on the US Coast Guard vessel is willing to help Erik, he dives into the dark, frigid ocean without hesitation to save the life of a drowning stranger.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners:
    • Considering that his and Erik's friendship only lasted a few months in X-Men: First Class, it was unusually intimate on an emotional level.
    • Played straight in X-Men: Days of Future Past, with his older-self and elderly Magneto (the moment where they're holding hands is the closest that we've seen them since First Class), but averted with their younger selves. In 1973, he never once calls Erik "friend" (although the latter uses the endearment twice), which goes to show how broken their relationship is.
  • Hollywood Nerd: Averted in X-Men: First Class, he is stunningly attractive... and is aware of it. In fact, in his first scene as a grown man, he is seen using nerd-talk to pick up coeds in a bar.
  • Hot Scientist/Hot Teacher: A rare male example in First Class.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: In X-Men: First Class, where he is much more naive in his idealism than his older self. After the events of the film, he is still as idealistic but has been rather blind-sided by reality and is much more cautious and reserved.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: He was boyishly beautiful during his youth with thick, wavy hair (not that he looks bad as a bald, older gentleman).
  • Like Brother and Sister:
    • In X-Men: First Class, he cites this when Raven, feeling insecure about her looks, asks if he would date her... although it falls a little flat coming right after he's answered the question with "of course" in reference to her human form, before she clarifies that she means in her real form. (He is being a bit obvious in invoking the trope as the film establishes that she is indeed his adopted sister.)
    • Lampshaded in X-Men: Days of Future Past, by his older-self when he mentions that Mystique was like a sister to him. It's later alluded to when a nurse wonders if the blue, scaly woman at the Paris Peace Accords has a family, and Raven replies, "Yes, she does."
      • Near the climax of the film, he argues that he raised Raven to be something better than a killer. Erik is quick to point out that Charles didn't raise Raven, they grew up together. This is what it takes for him to realize that Raven is not his to control.
  • Looks Like Jesus: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, his younger-self not only sports a long hair and a Beard of Sorrow, but he ultimately becomes an All-Loving Hero at the movie's climax.
  • Manly Tears/Single Tear: After he uncovers a happy memory from Erik's childhood with his telepathy in First Class, he sheds a single tear.
  • Meaningful Look: He and Erik exchange numerous glances throughout X-Men: First Class, which are indicative of their closeness.
  • The Name Is Bond, James Bond: In X-Men: First Class, he introduces himself to Amy in this manner.
    Charles: The name's Xavier, Charles Xavier, how do you do?
  • Nerds Are Sexy: In X-Men: First Class, he has mastered the art of transforming his knowledge of genetics into successful flirtation methods.
  • Nice Guy: He opens his heart and his home to mutants who feel persecuted by the outside world.
    Logan: There's not many people that will understand what you're going through, but I think this guy Xavier is one of them. He seems to genuinely want to help you, and that's a rare thing for people like us.
  • Only Friend:
    • He becomes this to Erik in X-Men: First Class.
    • Ditto for Hank in X-Men: Days of Future Past. McCoy doesn't seem to have a social circle, as he has taken it upon himself to be Charles' caretaker, which appears to be something of a full-time job.
  • Oxbridge: In X-Men: First Class, Oxford is his alma mater. There are several Oxford scenes, shot on location. It is clear, however, that the writers did not do the research, as his claim that you don't get to be called a professor unless you have a teaching position is utterly untrue in context; a professor at a UK university is not the same thing as a professor at a US university, and at Oxford in particular professors frequently do little to no teaching. Someone in his position would either be a Junior Research Fellow or, if so elected by his college, a Don.
  • Parental Neglect: In X-Men: First Class, his mother is hinted to be emotionally distant towards her son, which is why Raven's maternal act backfires spectacularly.
    Charles: (telepathically communicates to Raven disguised as Mrs. Xavier) My mother has never set foot in this kitchen in her life, and she certainly never made me hot chocolate, unless you count ordering the maid to do it.
  • Parental Substitute:
    • He plays this role to all of the X-Men, but it's most notable in X-Men: First Class with a young Hank and the teenaged Alex and Sean, all of whom remain loyal to him before and after Cuba. The mere mention of Sean's death in X-Men: Days of Future Past makes Charles visibly distraught, which is in direct contrast to all of the other names that Erik throws at him.
    • There is one exception. In X-Men: Days of Future Past, Charles claims he raised Raven, and Erik corrects him—they grew up together. He is not her father. This ties into the end of the film, when he stops trying to control her and lets her make her own choice.
  • Patrick Stewart Speech: Given who plays him, not surprising. Given who he is, also not surprising. Xavier's core message basically requires having such a speech at hand and ready to give at a moment's notice (as true here as it was in the source material). The capacity to give such a speech is basically the only thing that he and Magneto are feuding over.
  • Pietà Plagiarism: He is the recipient of this in First Class when Erik cradles him after being shot in the back.
  • Pretty Boy: In First Class, he is strongly defined by his boyish appearance: he has a soft, round face, baby blue eyes, reddish lips (the colour is so deep at times that it almost looks like he's wearing lipstick), and is of shorter-than-average height. It's symbolic of his sensitive, nice guy qualities. Erik even calls him "adorable" when Charles tries the Cerebro machine for the first time.
  • Psychic Powers: 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.
    • Telepathy: He read minds with his telepathy, and also can freeze entire groups of people in place.
    • Mind Manipulation: He can control or manipulate the minds of several other people.
    • Psychic Radar: He can detect people around himself, amplified greatly with Cerebro to find almost anyone in the world.
  • Power at a Price: Inverted in Days of Future Past. A serum that allows him to regain the use of his legs instead nullifies his powers. He behaves like a drug addict while on it, and one of the film's major themes involves Charles' accepting his paraplegia and learning how to overcome it in a non-destructive way while also retaining his mutant telepathy.
  • Rule of Sexy:
    • Most (if not all) fans expected the young Professor X to be bald in First Class, but the studio wanted James McAvoy to keep his hair in order to retain the actor's sex appeal.
      James McAvoy: I had showed up on the first day of X-Men: First Class, and I had shaved my head because I wanted to check what it looked like about a month before we started shooting—and it looked quite good—and they were like, "No, no, no, no, we want you to have long hair."
    • In the March 2014 issue of Empire magazine, the actor states that he was more than willing to get rid of his luxurious locks for Days of Future Past, but once again the producers nixed the idea.
      James McAvoy: I wanted to go bald in this one, [...] but they didn't go for it. I was gutted.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man:
    • In First Class, he is the Sensitive Guy to Erik's Manly Man.
    • In Days of Future Past, his younger self is more accurately an Overly Sensitive Guy with Wolverine taking over the Manly Man role.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: In First Class and in his elderly years, he's always well-dressed as befitting a professor and principal.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Physical appearances aside, Charles' more pacifistic and diplomatic nature/philosophies is what sets him on a very different path than his adoptive sister in First Class and Days of Future Past.
  • Spoiled Sweet: He is filthy rich and is a gentle, caring person. Certainly the most altruistic character in the franchise.
  • Story Breaker Power: He frequently gets sidelined in one way or another because he could resolve the stories too easily all by himself.
  • Super Wheelchair: Future!Charles in Days of Future Past has a wheelchair that hovers.
  • Team Dad: Best shown in The Last Stand, during his funeral, where a massive amount of his students cried during it.
  • Tender Tears: He spends most of Days of Future Past misty-eyed or crying, and much is made of his huge capacity for empathy. This foreshadows his future self both in the Bad Future and the Good Future.
  • Time-Shifted Actor: He has been portrayed by three actors in three different stages of his life.
  • Unkempt Beauty: In 1973, his appearance is rather sloppy and disheveled, especially in comparison to the other movies, yet he is still an attractive man. This was done on purpose by the filmmakers (see his Rule of Sexy entry), and it conveniently evokes the Looks Like Jesus trope, as Christ is often depicted as being handsome in art.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Is at the receiving end of this in Days of Future Past when Past Erik calls out Past Charles for being in hiding with Hank while fellow mutants were being killed left and right.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: More so in First Class, but he still hangs onto his ideals, just a little more cautiously.
  • You Are Not Alone: He says this verbatim to Erik after he rescues the latter from drowning.
  • You Monster!: In Days of Future Past, his younger self considers Magneto to be a monster, which is why he initially resists Logan's suggestion that they break Erik out of the Pentagon.

    Jean Grey 

Jean Grey / Phoenix

"Mutants are not the ones mankind should fear."
Played By: Famke Janssen & Haley Ramm

The doctor of the X-Mansion. She has the powers of telekinesis and telepathy like Xavier, although her powers are much less advanced than that of his, displayed when she is stunned by the usage of Cerebro.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: In her manifestation as Dark Phoenix in X-Men: The Last Stand. Although it is explained that she was already mentally unstable as a girl and her massive powers had to be reduced for her own good and that of everyone around her by putting mental blocks into her psyche. When these were removed, she started killing people with her mind. note 

    Cyclops 

Scott Summers/Cyclops

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"It must burn you up that a boy like me saved your life, huh? Better be careful. I might not be there next time."
Played By: James Marsden & Tim Pocock

The field leader of the X-Men, and a teacher at Xavier's Institute, he shoots uncontrollable beams of concussive force from his eyes and wears a ruby quartz visor to control them.
  • Back from the Dead: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, thanks to a Cosmic Retcon.
  • The Cameo: A younger version of him in X-Men Origins: Wolverine as one of the mutants targeted by Stryker. His power is copied and put into Weapon X. Ironically it also ends up destroying most of Three Mile Island as well.
  • Cool Shades: Justified—he's always wearing them because they keep his particular mutation in check.
  • Demoted to Extra: In X-Men: The Last Stand, though there's a reason. This started happening even in the second film where he was captured fairly early on and didn't come back until the end.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Despite acting as the team's field leader and, within the regular comic series, their linchpin since inception, he's quickly killed off-screen within the first 30 minutes of X-Men: The Last Stand by his newly resurrected fiancee, Jean Grey. As though that wasn't bad enough, his death barely registers with the rest of the cast later on in the film, with only a brief mention by Professor X who doesn't seem overly perturbed by the loss of his surrogate son.
    • To some of the general public, his anti-climactic death might not have been that big of an issue as his screentime got shafted in the previous 2 films in favor of Wolverine, who acted as the series' cinematic alpha hero. However, for fans of the comics, the death was also a slap in the face of sorts since the film's plot was heavily influenced by the comics' extremely well-regarded "Dark Phoenix" storyline that focuses on Jean and Scott. Within the context of X-Men: The Last Stand, that story became a secondary plot thread, and Wolverine was substituted in as the romantic/heroic lead in light of Scott's less than stellar death.
  • Eye Beams: When his eyes are uncovered they shoot red beams uncontrollably.
  • Heartbroken Badass: In X-Men: The Last Stand after Jean's "death".

    Storm 

Ororo Munroe / Storm

"So if you're with us, then be with us."
Played By: Halle Berry & Elizabeth Wright

A mutant and teacher at Xavier's School who can control the weather with her mind.

    Wolverine 

Wolverine / Logan / James Howlett

"I'm the best there is at what I do, but what I do best - isn't very nice."
Played By: Hugh Jackman & Troye Sivan

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.

Students

    Rogue 

Marie D'Ancanto / Rogue

"The first boy I ever kissed ended up in a coma for three weeks. I can still feel him inside my head."
Played By: Anna Paquin

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 (though she also drives the X-Jet to get the members back — nearly crashing the thing, but that's a detail).
  • Blessed with Suck: Her superpower doesn't allow her to touch the ones she loves.
  • Brought Down to Normal: In X-Men: The Last Stand, she willingly takes the cure for mutants.
    • There is an alternate scene where Rogue doesn't take the serum.
  • Can't Have Sex, Ever: Or even kiss someone ever. It tends to be hazardous to their health.
    • In X2: X-Men United, multiple characters point out the inherent problems faced by Iceman and Rogue.
  • Composite Character: In regards to the animated series, Movie!Rogue is a mix of Rogue and Jubilee.
  • Damsel in Distress: In X-Men she was kidnapped by Magneto for his machine.
  • Demoted to Extra: She had fairly large parts in the first and second movies, but her storyline in X-Men: The Last Stand remotes to her being jealous of Bobby and Kitty and taking an apparent cure. Part of it was also because Halle Berry didn't like Storm's comparatively smaller role and demanded a larger part. But objectively speaking they both were shafted.
    • In X-Men: Days of Future Past, Rogue only appears in a non-speaking cameo and doesn't even get a close-up. This is because all her other scenes were cut out and will be put on the DVD release.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: This is why in X-Men: The Last Stand, she decides to take the cure; however, one alternate ending shows her not taking it, and holding hands with Bobby wearing gloves.
  • Power Parasite: Her power involves sapping life energy and powers from those she comes into contact with. Whether she wants to or not.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: Rogue is unable to fly, has no fighting/combat abilities, and does not have super strength or invulnerability. This is because, unlike in the comic books, she has none of the abilities that she aquired from Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers).
  • The Runaway: In X-Men, she runs away from home after her power manifests itself while kissing her boyfriend, causing him to have a seizure and fall into a coma for three weeks.
  • Skunk Stripe: In X-Men, she acquires her signature white hair streak after her near-death experience in Magneto's apparatus. She decides it looks good enough to keep.
  • Vampiric Draining: Through touch.

    Iceman 

Bobby Drake / Iceman

Played By: Shawn Ashmore

A student at Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters who takes a liking to Rogue. He can change temperatures to subzero degrees and use the moisture in the air to create ice.

    Shadowcat 

Kitty Pryde / Shadowcat

Played By: Ellen Page, Sumela Kay & Katie Stuart

A mutant with the power of 'phasing' (meaning she can make her body insubstantial and travel through solid objects). She later somehow develops Mental Time Travel powers in between the events of The Last Stand and Days of Future Past.

    Colossus 

Peter Rasputin / Colossus

Played By: Daniel Cudmore

A mutant can transform his skin into an organic steel, granting superhuman strength and a resistance to damage and temperature.

    Banshee 

Sean Cassidy / Banshee

Played By: Caleb Landry Jones

A mutant capable of ultrasonic screaming, used in various ways including as a means of flight and sonar.
  • Badass: He goes from scaring fish to helping avert nuclear disaster.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Introduced flirting with a girl, who seems to find him comical more than anything else. He's also very appreciative of Angel.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He does have some nifty lines.
    Raven: We should come up with secret codenames, we're secret agents now! I'll start, I'm gonna be Mystique.
    Sean: Damn! I wanted to be called Mystique!
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: He dies in between X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past at the hands of Bolivar Trask, who captured him and numerous other mutants to dissect, experiment on, and help develop the Sentinel Program.
  • Fiery Redhead: His actor even auditioned because it was a rare ginger superhero. Ironically, Sean's one of the least hot-headed and combative of the students, with those titles going moreso to Alex and Raven.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: His mutation involves making very powerful sound waves that can break glass (among other things). They're also very effective at locating things underwater, in similar variant of echolocation. In an unusual variation, this includes the power of flight, by bouncing sound waves off the ground back into a wingsuit.
  • Not Quite Flight: Sean's flight deals with using his supersonic screams to help him glide.
    Charles: You need the sound waves to be supersonic. Catch them at the right angle and they should carry you.
    Sean: They should carry me... that's reassuring.
  • Race Lift: He's Irish in the comics (and an adult), but the movies turn him into an American teen. An Irish actor was originally set to play Sean, but he had to give up the role due to scheduling conflicts.
  • Took a Level in Badass: His training involves learning how to use his powers in more efficient ways, including flying, disorienting opponents, and locating Shaw's submarine.

    Havok 

Alexander Summers / Havok

Played By: Lucas Till

A mutant who has the ability to absorb energy and discharge it as blasts.
  • The Big Guy: Despite not being the largest or physically strongest, Alex's powers are much more destructive than the other young mutants and he's far more likely to pick a fight than the more docile Hank.
  • Chest Blaster: In X-Men: First Class, his suit is designed to focus his energy and discharge it from a device in his chest. By X-Men: Days of Future Past, he no longer needs the suit.
  • Demoted to Extra: He appears in the beginning of X-Men: Days of Future Past to be rescued by Mystique and never shows up afterwards. Still, at least he survived unlike the rest of the X-Men: First Class cast, with everyone who didn't appear in the earlier/canonically later films being unceremoniously killed off between films. But of course, he had to survive because in the film continuity he's probably Cyclops' father rather than his younger brother.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: When Havoc starts to practice controlling his powers, he first ends up shooting everything EXCEPT his intended target. While he really was trying to aim, he couldn't control the sheer force of his powers yet. After some training, he becomes much better at targeting and controlling his blasts.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He bullies Hank and is generally pretty abrasive. Later, he sticks by his friends when Shaw comes, and does grow to like and respect Hank.
  • Magic Feather: The chest blaster device helps him control his energy blasts, but eventually it gets damaged. He eventually gains enough control over it to aim his uncontrolled blasts effectively, clipping Angel's wings with them.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: He is fearful of the damage his powers could do if he isn't kept isolated, and so prefers being in solitary confinement while in prison so he is at less risk of hurting someone by accident.
  • Power Incontinence: In X-Men: First Class, he can emit powerful energy blasts, but he can't control their direction. This problem is solved by a special harness, which he even refers to as his "energy diaper" in a deleted scene.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Hank, eventually.

    Darwin 

Armando Muñoz / Darwin

"Well, Darwin's already a nickname and it fits: "adapt to survive" and all..."
Played By: Edi Gathegi

A mutant with the power of "reactive evolution."
  • Adaptive Ability: His ability involves his body making whatever changes necessary to keep him from dying in whatever environment he's in, such as growing gills while underwater.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the comics, he had bulging eyes, slits for a nose, and reptilian grey skin. In the movie, he looks like a normal human.
  • Badass: Shows no hesitation in taking a proactive role and even trying to take on Shaw.
  • Black Dude Dies First: He is killed after only a few minutes onscreen, before the major battle, and other than the head villain of the film, he is the only mutant protagonist or antagonist to die. His power to adapt to anything to survive really helped him.
  • Fake Defector: He does this to Sebastian Shaw's group of evil mutants as a ploy to give his teammate Havok a clear shot at Shaw's group (his own mutant ability will protect him from Havok's attack, and their friend but genuine traitor Angel, who wouldn't be safe otherwise). It doesn't turn out so good for him when Shaw's group survives unscathed due to Shaw's mutant ability allowing him to absorb Havok's attack.
  • Heroic Spirit: He stands up to Shaw after seeing him murder an entire building of CIA agents.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Black/Hispanic.
  • 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.
  • No Body Left Behind: He is vaporized immediately by the blast he took, and one of his teammates even said, "We can't even bury him."
  • Sacrificial Lion: The first member to die.
    • And not only that, he doesn't get to come back in Days of Future Past like Cyclops and Jean Grey, because First Class is still canon in the new timeline.

Other Members

    Beast 

Dr. Henry "Hank" McCoy / Beast

"Not all of us can fit in so easily. You don't shed on the furniture."
"Robert Louis Stevenson; Jekyll and Hyde."
Played By: Steve Bacic, Kelsey Grammer & Nicholas Hoult

The Secretary of Mutant Affairs in the U.S. government. A brilliant scientist, Beast's mutation leads him to be covered in blue fur and have heightened strength and agility.
  • Dramatic Irony: His attempt at a cure on himself appears to work and then fails horribly in X-Men: First Class. When he later uses a variation to rob Erik/Magneto of his powers in X-Men: The Last Stand, it seems to work. And then, rather subtly, it also fails.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: According to the tie-in material for X-Men: Days of Future Past, he gets dragged from his home and murdered by a mob of mutant-hating humans akin to the "Friends of Humanity" from the 90's animated series.
    • Doubles as a Call Back if you're watch the prequel before watching the main X-Men trilogy.
  • Genius Bruiser: In X-Men: First Class, he goes from being a Badass Bookworm at the beginning to being a Genius Bruiser toward the end. This is because he injected himself with something that utterly transformed his appearance.
  • Gentle Giant: Huge and animal-like, but on the good guys' side.
  • Gentleman and a Scholar/Nice Guy: He's very friendly, prefers to avoid conflict, and truly comes out of his shell when in his comfort zones, such as discussing science or assisting with the other students.
  • Hulking Out: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, 70's Beast uses a serum that allows him to maintain a balance between his human and mutant appearance. When he's angry enough, his mutation kicks in, and he returns to human form once he's calmed down.
  • Karmic Transformation: In X-Men: First Class, his transformation into Beast is tragic, but he brought it on himself. He makes it a little more karmic by being a complete asshole to Raven just before using it. She tells him he's perfect just the way he is and doesn't need the "cure," and he responds with:
    Hank: It behooves me to tell you that even if we save the world tomorrow, and mutants are accepted into society, my feet and your natural blue form will never be deemed beautiful.
    (Raven shifts back to her human-looking morph.)
    Hank: You look beautiful now.
    • Bonus points for his mutation being relatively minor, before it becomes much more pronounced after taking the serum. It doesn't help that he uses it on himself as the first test subject, without even considering that it might turn out wrong. Although to be fair, it's not exactly like there's a big potential pool of test subjects for something like this.
  • The Smart Guy: He's incredibly intelligent and a brilliant scientist who has invented most of the nifty tools and gadgets (X-Jet, Cerebro, etc.) that the X-Men use.
  • Only Friend: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, after Charles isolates himself from the outside world due to his severe depression, Hank becomes his sole companion. Hank also doesn't seem to have a social circle, as he has taken it upon himself to be Charles' caretaker, which appears to be something of a full-time job.
  • Transformation Trinket: He makes a serum that temporarily reverts him from "blue Beast" to "Nicholas Hoult" in X-Men: Days of Future Past. It comes to save him as a Sentinel is about to attack, as the serum not only disguises him but cloaks his X-gene as well.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Charles Xavier. From the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 to the rise of the Sentinels in the Bad Future, Hank always remains at Xavier's and the X-Men's side. And he won't hesitate to protect him, either.
    • In X-Men: Days of Future Past, there are plenty of other things that Hank could do with his time, yet he chooses to take care of Charles during the latter's decade-long Heroic BSOD. Hank may even be a little too loyal because he serves as an enabler by providing a serum which worsens his friend's already bad case of substance abuse.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Havok, eventually.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The fur that covers his body is blue. Before his Karmic Transformation, however, he was just a (somewhat) ordinary brunet — the color probably came from him using Mystique's DNA.

    Nightcrawler 

Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler

"Most people will never believe in anything beyond what they see with their own two eyes."
Played By: Alan Cumming

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.
  • Adorkable: Loves to give (often interrupted) long-winded introduction speeches, playfully spies on secret meetings, and awkwardly flirts with Storm.
  • Badass: Tears through the White House and beats the Secret Service like they stole something.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Pretty much the only character to avert this.
  • One of the Kids: In X2: X-Men United, he was excluded from the planning session along with the younger X-Men.
  • Put on a Bus: He didn't appear in X-Men: 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, especially since he was not fond of the torturous makeup sessions. In one of the behind-the-scenes featurettes, he readily admits that he doesn't think he could come back and go through it again.)
  • Real Men Love Jesus: Is a devout Catholic who questions if his demonic appearance is a curse from God for some misdeeds that he must atone for, to the point of tattooing crosses and such.
  • Religious Bruiser: Even reaches The Atoner levels.
  • Running Gag: In X2: X-Men United, every time he meets someone new, he has to introduce himself with a long speech... and gets cut off nearly every time.
  • Self Harm: Implicitly where all those scars came from.
  • Teleport Spam: His attack on the White House in X2: X-Men United, where he's kicking, throwing, punching, and just beating the crap out of every agent from every angle, with the last one in glorious slow motion.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Given his religiousness...
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: And skin!

    Quicksilver 

Peter Maximoff / Quicksilver

Played by: Evan Peters

A speedster who Logan knew in the future, and who the team recruits in the past to break Magneto out of prison.
  • '70s Hair: His glam mop upset many fans in promotional materials, but it fits in with the era perfectly. Note the length and the silver sideburns.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the comics, Quicksilver is often an outright jerk (often intentionally), here he's more of a merry mischief-maker.
    • Adaptational Villainy: This is also true in a way. In the comics, he may be a world-class asshole and suffer from Heel-Face Revolving Door, but he is well-meaning at the core and can be counted on to do the right thing. Here, he's just a bored teenager with a kleptomaniac streak who doesn't really care about being a productive member of society and who has to have the breakout sold to him as an opportunity to raise hell, as it's clear that he probably wouldn't have done it of his own volition otherwise.
      • Even still, he is still more heroic than most adaptations portray him and while he can easily make it out on his own once the breakout goes bust, he instead goes out of his way to save Logan, Charles and Magneto, even though he already broke the latter out of his prison by technicality. He also clearly is not impressed by the idea that he helped break out the person suspected of killing JFK once he finds out, and is especially shown to be horrified by Magneto's "demonstration" in the climax.
  • Adaptation Name Change: His real name is changed from "Pietro Maximoff" to the more Americanized "Peter Maximoff". Presumably, this is due to the fact that the film version of Quicksilver was raised in the U.S., while his comic counterpart grew up in Eastern Europe. A supplementary website, 25 Moments, still refers to him as Pietro, however. Averted in the Italian dub. The name "Pietro" is kept there.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Is seen playing with his little sister. He's even willing to sit down and watch television with her, which is heartwarming considering how hyperactive the guy is.
  • Civvie Spandex: He does not wear a costume, but instead has a "cool jacket" and a pair of goggles.
  • Cool Goggles: Used to overcome anything that can impair his sight while in super speed.
  • Composite Character: He looks and acts like his comic-counterpart's nephew, Speed, and even wears a similar pair of goggles.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Basically, every line out of his mouth is a wisecrack.
  • Deus Exit Machina: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, he EASILY takes out the guards in Magneto's prison, and is faster than anybody, even two powerful mutants—and one with enhanced senses—can react. Combining him with Xavier in locating either Trask or Mystique would've wrapped the plot up in far shorter time and at least half the damage. So naturally, he's out of the story once the break-out scene is over, save for a cameo near the end. Justified in that he only worked with the Mutants because of the opportunity to pull off the heist of a lifetime (and Charles probably didn't want to drag more young people into this war after what happened to his students).
  • Disappeared Dad: Michael Fassbender says that Quicksilver is Erik's son, and comments from him about his mother knowing a guy who could control metal hints that he was probably the result of a one-night stand or a brief fling.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He mods a Pong arcade cabinet to run significantly faster than normal.
  • Genki Guy: Because of his accelerated perception of time, Quicksilver seems to get bored easily. Xavier calls him a pain in the ass because he refuses to stay still, running circles around his guests and generally amusing himself at their expense.
  • It Amused Me: He helps the team just because he'll get to break into the most secure prison on Earth.
  • Lightning Bruiser: So fast that time effectively stands still for him when he's moving, and hits with the kind of force that you'd expect from something moving at those speeds.
  • Motor Mouth: Talks as fast as he...just about everything else. And good luck shutting him up.
  • Mystical White Hair: Well, silver hair. And while he is fond of breaking the law, he's not much of a White Hair, Black Heart like in the comics.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Blatantly uses his super speed when he first meets Beast, Wolverine, and Professor X because he knows no one would believe what they said about him.
  • Sticky Fingers: His basement is full of stolen goods such as several TVs, a Pong arcade machine and an entire shelf of junk food. His mother, upon opening the door, assumes Wolverine and co. are cops and simply offers to cut a check for whatever he stole.
  • Story Breaker Power: He gets Put on a Bus after the Pentagon raid because, as that raid shows, he is downright unstoppable. While moving at Super Speed, simply tapping a person is the practical equivalent of getting hit by a heavyweight boxer, and he can take out an entire room of armed guards so quickly that their bullets weren't even able to reach the people they had shot at when he started.
  • Sweet Tooth: He is seen eating what appears to be a Popsicle and there's boxes of snack cakes from what he stole. During the Pentagon raid, he takes a moment to taste a sauce that was flung airborne by Magneto.
  • Super Speed: His superpower. In X-Men: Days of Future Past, he has one scene where he does a Time Stop while Jim Croce plays.

Future Refugees

    Bishop 

Lucas Bishop

Played by: Omar Sy

A large and powerful mutant with energy absorption and redirection powers and founder of the underground "Free Mutants" movement.
  • Badass
  • BFG: He wields one which he charges with his powers. On closer inspection, it appears to be connected to his circulatory system.
  • Dreadlock Warrior: An extremely impressive and long variety.
  • Energy Absorption: His mutant ability allows him to absorb any form of energy and redirect it, which he uses to charge his gun.
  • Mark of Shame: An "M" for Mutant above his eyebrow.
  • Phlebotinum Overload: In one iteration of reality, he blows up after absorbing too much energy from three Sentinels' beams.
  • Taking You with Me: Implied while reaching critical mass when he rises to his feet and reaches outward, directing his explosion towards the three Sentinels that 'killed' him.
  • Volcanic Veins: When using his mutant ability.

    Blink 

Clarice Ferguson / Blink

Played by: Fan Bingbing

A young mutant with teleportation powers; she's able to generate a series of connected portals that anyone can pass through.
  • Action Girl: Her powers make her extremely effective in fighting the Sentinels, both in taking them out herself and assisting the others in fighting them.

    Sunspot 

Roberto da Costa / Sunspot

Played by: Adan Canto

A young mutant with fire powers.

    Warpath 

James Proudstar / Warpath

Played by: Booboo Stewart

A young mutant with greatly enhanced senses. He acts as the group's scout, warning of coming Sentinels.
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