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Professor Charles Francis Xavier / Professor X
Professor Charles Francis Xavier/Professor X
The original founder of the X-Men. An idealist who believes that humans and mutants can live together in peace. He's pragmatic about it, though, considering he essentially runs a combat school. Lost the use of his legs during a fight with an alien called Lucifer who was planning an Alien Invasion
, got it back after an intimate encounter with the Brood
, was put back in his chair by the Shadow King, and is currently walking once again. Likes to keep secrets, thinking that redundant plans and safechecks are best for everyone, but this tends to bite him on the ass more often than not. Also tends to be obsessed about the cause to the detriment of his social life. Xavier is the world's most powerful telepath, being able to read and fully control the minds of large groups of people at a time.
The Ultimate version of Professor X is a lot more selfish, sarcastic, and more of a Manipulative Bastard
- Badass Grandpa / Cool Old Guy: Sort of. During the 80's, he had to have his mind transplanted into a (somewhat younger) cloned body when his original body was the host to a parasitic Brood alien.
- Bald of Awesome: Especially in the movies, where he's played by Patrick Stewart.
- Big Good
- Cain and Abel: Has an evil twin sister (Cassandra Nova), had an evil stepbrother (Juggernaut, who had a Heel-Face Turn, and was actually called Cain), an evil former best friend (Magneto), and an evil son (David "Legion" Haller, not actually evil but misguided with severe mental problems)!
- Chrome Dome Psi
- Crazy-Prepared: Professor X had at one point plans to be put into play in the event that any given X-Man executed a Face Heel Turn. For example, the plan for dealing with Wolverine was immolating his entire body, severing his head with a laser and sealing it in an adamantium safe.
- Of course, nowadays, all that would do to Wolverine is make him chuckle. The severing the head part, in particular, only applies when he doesn't have an indestructible adamantium skeleton.
- Oddly, almost every single X-Man has pulled a Face-Heel Turn at some point or another, though most of these have been Mind Control, More Than Mind Control, Brainwashed and Crazy or Demonic Possession, or an Anti-Villain turn of varying sorts. Still, something of a subversion given that none of them were ever used.
- Deus Exit Machina: Professor Xavier also tends to suffer this fate as, at his full potential, he should be able to just sense and mindwipe any sentient problem that's heading the X-Men's way. Hence, most major threats in the X-Men comic books will begin with Xavier either disappearing, losing his powers, falling into a coma, turning evil, or otherwise being rendered useless for the rest of the story.
- Believe it or not, a lot of the early battles came down to the X-Men distracting the villain long enough for Professor X to get in range and defeat them with his mental bolts.
- Easily Forgiven: It does not matter how many times you've tried to kill him; if you claim repentance, he'll welcome you with open arms. Sometimes this works out really well, and sometimes... not.
- Not really that surprising, considering he's a telepath, and therefore likely to know whether you're sincere about it or not.
- This gained Charles a What the Hell, Hero? speech from the entire team when he decided to allow former foe (for former, read "they still considered her one") Rogue onto the team. It was only when Charles threw Storm's assessment of Wolverine (to wit: "he may be a psychopath, but there is good in him") back in her face and gave a Patrick Stewart Speech to the effect that he'd rather be stabbed in the back than stand by and spurn a suffering mutant that the X-Men backed down.
- On the flip-side, in recent years he's been the one whose needed to be forgiven, as all sorts of revelations about how manipulative he has been over the years have come to light, to say nothing of the fact that he apparently had a crush on Jean Grey since she was 6. Cyclops and many members of the team have had trouble forgiving him. Another reason is general loss of faith as his dream of peaceful human-mutant co-existence seems to have gone down the crapper, and Cyke thinks a tougher policy than Easily Forgiven is in order. Thirdly, he himself broke this rule when he shot his Evil Twin Cassandra Nova dead; though she absolutely deserved it, it was mainly because of the threat she represented, and not (just) her previous genocidal actions.
- Fiction 500: The X-Mansion and related equipment comes from his inherited fortune, so he might be as rich as Tony Stark. Under Grant Morrison, he even headed an international Mega Corp. to fund his team's heroism and projects.
- Genius Cripple / Handicapped Badass: For much of his history.
- Guile Hero
- Hot for Student: In the earlier days, Xavier had a secret love for Jean, but feared she would never reciprocate because of his handicap. Later, it was revealed that he had a crush on her since she was six.
- Idiot Ball: Sometimes prone to this in the guise of Honor Before Reason.
- Interspecies Romance: More so than the average mutant, since his steady relationship is with the Empress of the Shi'ar, alien bird people with Psychic Powers.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: He employs this much more often than Mind Rape.
- Lighter and Softer / Took a Level in Kindness: His more negative traits are often downplayed in most adaptations, where he's a lot more noble and wise.
- Luke, You Are My Father: David Haller
- Mentor Archetype
- Mind Over Manners: He often prefers to "ask" before he reads your mind.
- Mind Rape: Although he's reluctant to use it.
- Mission Control
- Omniscient Morality License: A lot of his actions come off as this. He does get called out on it eventually.
- Patrick Stewart Speech: While he is played by Patrick Stewart in the movies, he's been making these sort of speeches for years before the movies ever came out.
- Psychic Powers: One of the most powerful psychics in the franchise.
- Team Dad: Several of the X-Men view him as their father figure, specially Scott and Jean.
- The Atoner: Lately in the comics Prof. X has been going around trying to make amends with various X-Men.
- Walking the Earth: Yes walking around the world trying to make up for his past mistakes.
- Weak, but Skilled: Depending on the writer, Xavier may just be an average telepath at best who uses Cerebro to boost his powers to god-like levels, but no matter the writer, he's consistently the most experienced and skilled psychic in the Marvel Universe, so sometimes he becomes this. Other times he's powerful enough without Cerebro but still has mad skills, thus averting this.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Stairs.
- What the Hell, Hero?: His habit of using his powers on people he cares about and keeping secrets often ends up biting him in the ass.
- Who You Gonna Call?: If you have a victim who is seriously damaged by a psychic attack or any mutant powers such as what happened to Carol Danvers after she was attacked by Rogue with her power and mind stealing powers, Xavier is usually the only expert who can treat such casualties.
Scott 'Slim' Summers / Cyclops
Scott 'Slim' Summers/Cyclops
Robert Louis "Bobby" Drake / Iceman
Robert Louis "Bobby" Drake/Iceman
Bobby Drake has the power to control moisture and temperature, as well as to transform his body into a living man made of ice, potentially making him one of the most powerful mutants in the world. This is belied by his incredibly deep insecurities, which hampers him both in his career as a superhero and in his personal life. Most of this stems from being raised by a critical, demanding, and mutant-hating father, who treated him shabbily before
Bobby found out he was a mutant. It wasn't until he was possessed by Emma Frost that he started to realize just how much potential he really had. He tries to hide his insecurities by constantly attempting to get attention and recognition with a non-stop stream of verbal wise-assery.
- An Ice Person
- An Ice Suit
- Beware the Nice Ones: Similar to his bros Spider-Man and The Human Torch, he's a pretty easygoing, goofball kind of guy for the most part. Make the mistake of screwing with his friends and teammates though, and you learn just how terrifying taking him on can be.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: In regards to Polaris.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Did Not Get the Girl: Every time it looks like he might finally end up with Polaris, she ends up going back to Havok. While serving with the Champions, Iceman fell for fellow member Darkstar. Who only viewed him as a friend. In the Defenders, he was in love with Cloud. The latter being a member with both a female and a male form. She/he had some feelings for Bobby, but was much more interested in Moondragon, another lady of the team. Most recently, he tried to get it on with Kitty Pryde, first stealing a big kiss from her after she broke up with Colossus and later going out on a date. In the end, both declared that they were both better off as friends and recently Kitty Pryde has gone back to Colossus despite his outlaw status.
- Elemental Shapeshifter: In his earliest appearances, Iceman covered his body with snow, and eventually ice. He later learned how to convert his body into organic ice.
- From a Single Cell: Was once vaporised by a Brainwashed and Crazy Northstar and Aurora and managed to reconstitute himself, before collapsing from the strain.
- Fun Personified
- Hair-Trigger Temper: When he was younger.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners With Beast.
- The Lancer: In the earliest days, Bobby was loudmouthed, egotistical, and irreverent, and had a constant problem with Cyclops' leadership.
- Kid-Appeal Character
- Jerkass: On occasion. Including the odd remark that the X-Men were better when there were just five of them.
- Mistaken for Gay: He's had quite a lot of Ho Yay moments, like having Northstar hit on him. Even appeared as a one-off gag on Family Guy.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Lashed out at Thunderbird on the guy's first day, which didn't help with his already-present anger issues.
- Out of Focus: Of the five original X-men, he gets by far the least focus.
- Physical God: It's been revealed he has the potential to be this, as his powers have over the years been redefined from "shoots ice" to "ability to do literally anything so long as it involves water." This is rarely actually seen, however, a notable exception being the first arc in Wolverine and the X-Men where he creates an army of clones to defend the school from villains... from the school's sprinkler system.
- Sad Clown
- Status Quo Is God: Frequently undergoes minor power-ups or character switches where he decides to take himself (and his work) more seriously. Generally, he's back to being an immature jokester with his standard powers in no time.
- Stripperiffic: Much like Beast, he rarely ever wears a shirt with his uniforms.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Ice cream, in the earliest days. Yes, it's an awful attempt at punning.
- Trickster Archetype
- Underwear of Power: Since he converts his body into organic ice, he has little need for clothing. His outfit usually consists of a pair of briefs and some boots.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: with Beast.
- "Well Done, Son" Guy
- Why Couldn't You Be Different?: His parents aren't wild about Mutants.
- You Fight Like a Cow
Warren Kenneth Worthington III / Angel, Archangel
Warren Kenneth Worthington III/Angel, Archangel
A beautiful, somewhat conceited wealthy young man who has wings which allow him to fly. Initially one of the proudest members of the group, became more and more progressively useless when several other mutants were introduced who could fly, as well as do many other useful things. Once lost his wings in a fight, which caused him to do a Face-Heel Turn
to get cybernetic replacement wings. Sometime after that, he developed regenerative blood which caused anyone touching it (foremost himself, obviously) to heal from any injury. Recently, this wasn't seen as quite enough, so Angel was upgraded to have the ability to switch at will between feathered Angel and evil, razor-winged Archangel forms.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Notably had blue skin for many years, even after he had lost the metallic wings.
- American Accents: Prep. Well, it only lasted about two seconds, but for the first couple issues none of his speech bubbles were complete without calling someone "old man/boy/lad."
- Anti-Hero: Type V in Apocalypse-engineered mode.
- Betty and Veronica: Veronica for Jean in the early days.
- Blood Knight in Apocalypse-engineered mode.
- Combo Platter Powers: He's got enhanced strength and endurance, healing blood, flight...
- Crimefighting with Cash
- Doomed Upgrade: Superpowered version. Various writers continue trying to upgrade him beyond "lame old flight", but nobody can agree on what that upgrade should be, so his powers have gone through at least three major revamps.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Yes, he's THAT hot.
- Feather Flechettes: In his Death/Archangel persona. Each flechette is tipped with a paralytic toxin that temporarily renders his victims immobile, physically "dead" and unable to access any conscious powers they may have.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: Angel has while feathery wings during his early incarnation. Later, he is grabbed by Apocalypse and experimented upon, and his wings become metallic and retractable.
- Healing Factor
- Heel-Face Turn: When his Death persona takes over and he becomes the successor to Apocalypse.
- I Believe I Can Fly
- The Lancer: Full of himself, overconfident, and continued to contend with Scott for Jean long after Bobby and Hank lost interest.
- The Medic: A grisly version, since he can use his blood to heal others.
- Razor Wings: As Archangel.
- Rich Idiot with No Day Job
- Sociopathic Hero/Villain Protagonist in Apocalypse-engineered mode.
- Superpowered Evil Side
- The Worf Effect: It may seem absurd, considering that he was the weakest of all the X-Men, but back in the day when he wasn't QUITE so useless the first thing that would happen in most fights is that Angel would rush in and get his ass handed to him, after which he would either be totally taken out or have to retreat to be rescued by the others. In retrospective, his strength was somewhat justified in that one of the attempts to revamp his powers was to make him physically stronger due to his flight musculature.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: The utter redundance of "just flight" as a power in such a fully realized superhero universe has caused numerous attempts to revamp him into a more serious combat threat (though there was the time around 2000 when they tried to up his usefulness by just focusing him on rescue in hazardous areas and situations). The most common variant is, as Archangel, Razor Wings, but he's also displayed the ability to launch feather projectiles in that form (exploding ones in the 90s animated series and razor-sharp ones in Wolverine and the X-Men).
- Winged Humanoid
Dr. Henry Philip "Hank" Mc Coy / Beast
Dr. Henry Philip "Hank" McCoy/Beast
A brilliant scientist, athlete, and bibliophile, at first the only thing that indicated that Hank McCoy was a mutant were large hands and feet, and, later, an overall simian aesthetic. However, an experiment to enhance his already superhuman strength and agility transformed him into a blue-furred ape creature and later a blue lion man. Beast is a genius in genetics and biology and enjoys quoting Shakespeare. His even-handed and professorial attitude tend to keep the other members from panicking in situations. He's actually been in more teams than any other X-Man, having been a member of The Avengers
and the Defenders before; accordingly, being in the public eye as a member of the high-profile Avengers has made him one of the most accepted mutants by society at large.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's a very nice person, but push him too far and you WILL regret it.
- Catch Phrase: "Oh my stars and garters!" and "Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent" - usually said right before he slugs someone.
- Characterization Marches On: He was originally written as a Dumb Muscle, but the third issue abruptly changed his characterization to Genius Bruiser, and it stayed that way.
- Chick Magnet: At least before he took on a feline appearance (and after gaining his blue fur), quite a number of women displayed attraction for him, or at least when he was with the Avengers, as it was not a rare sight to see groups of women swooning over him.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Evil Twin: All the X-Men have evil twins. Beast is notable because his Evil Twin (known as the Dark Beast) has stuck around long-term, become a recurring villain, and even teamed up with Beast himself on occasion.
- Expy: Beast is very similar to "Monk" Mayfair, sidekick of pro to-superhero Doc Savage. This was most noticeable during the earliest comics.
- Genius Bruiser: Furry, huge, super strong and agile... and Nobel Prize level-smart.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Iceman, and later his Avengers teammate Wonder Man.
- Lightning Bruiser: Not only is Hank strong, but he's also stupidly fast and agile.
- Mistaken for Gay: His girlfriend once accused him of being gay... prompting him to admit to such in the media... despite not actually being gay. See, she gave him the idea that he could be a role model for mutants and gay people at the same time.
- Petting Zoo People: Originally he was basically a shaved gorilla, then became a blue gorilla with Wolverine hair, then he became a blue version of the Beast. Much angsting ensued, most of it justified.
- Pillars of Moral Character
- Professor Guinea Pig
- Psychologist Teacher
- Techno Wizard
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness
- Sophisticated as Hell: It's like a game for him, and it's his favorite one.
- Stripperiffic: Less likely to wear a shirt than Iggy Pop.
- The Smart Guy: Although he was probably more The Big Guy of the original team, since his intelligence was downplayed in those days.
- Status Quo Is God: Not as bad as the Hulk or the Thing, but he's never going to stay human-looking for long.
- Underwear of Power
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Iceman.
- Wicked Cultured: "Beast turns evil" is kind of a much more common scenario than you'd think. See Morrison's "Here Comes Tomorrow" arc for a quintessential one.
Jean Grey / Marvel Girl, Phoenix, Dark Phoenix
Jean Grey/Marvel Girl, Phoenix, Dark Phoenix
An extremely beautiful young woman with immense psychic potential. She was the center of attention throughout many of the X-Men's early adventures, being the only woman on the team
, and also one of the most potentially powerful. Eventually she settled into a relationship with Scott Summers; however, her burgeoning psychic potential along with some brain-washing caused her to develop an incredibly malevolent split personality with the power to destroy planets. She made a Heroic Sacrifice
during a moment of being in control of herself so that she wouldn't cause any more destruction. Eventually, that was Retconned
into being a cosmic entity called the Phoenix Force taking Jean's form; this Retcon
served to make it so that Jean wasn't a mass murderer. After that
it gets complicated
; Depending on the Writer
, the Phoenix wasn't even a little bit the real Jean, or
a good chunk of the actual Jean's true self was within the Phoenix during that time, or
we even pretend the original retcon never happened. What is indisputable is that she and the Phoenix are still connected after this, now and forever; under the right circumstances she could
go back into full Phoenix mode; for good or ill, no one knows. Jean is also one of the strongest proponents of Xavier's dream, sometimes even more than Xavier himself. She actually prompted the original X-Men to form another team (the original X-Factor) after she came back. After around 20 years of marriage to Scott
(counting the time they spent in the future raising Cable), she got stuck in a contrived Limbo
by those Running the Asylum
, and is awaiting return (not because she
always comes back, but because every superhero does
- Action Girl: What she became with time.
- Action Mom / Team Mom: Oddly enough Jean fits this despite never having actually carried a child. All her offspring are from alternate universes or timelines.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the 90s X-Men series, she used her telekinesis about three or four times in the first two seasons, and had an unusual tendency to fall to a light punch.
- Apocalypse Maiden: Jean Grey as Dark Phoenix.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Currently in the White Hot Room, gathering fragments of the Phoenix Force.
- Bad Ass: Jean is highly capable of defending herself and others whenever the time calls for it.
- Back from the Dead: Once.
- Bare Your Midriff: In the comic New X-Men, Jean was seen to be showing off her midriff often, like Emma Frost.
- Battle Couple: With Cyclops, of course.
- Betty and Veronica: Had to choose between Angel and Cyclops, and later Cyclops and Wolverine.
- She's also the Betty for Cyclops while Emma Frost is the Veronica.
- She was also the Betty to Psylocke's Veronica for Cyclops' Archie.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She's sweet, motherly and level-headed. Unless you wrong her or her loved ones seriously. Then, you're in for a world of psychic pain.
- The Chick: She started out as one, taking several levels in badass as her powers grew.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Jean is capable of getting very jealous, especially where Scott is concerned.
- Continuity Snarl: The Phoenix Force with all the recent RetCons.
- Death Activated Superpower: Something the Phoenix Force seems to do. However, how this works is very much Depending on the Writer.
- Deadpan Snarker: Jean as Phoenix can be quite witty and sarcastic when she wants to be.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Her Quesada-mandated death at the end of Planet X had "Magneto" kill her out of spite when he realized he was losing.
- Dude Magnet: Jean is the object of affection for many male X-Men members, including Professor X himself for a brief period in the old days.
- Evil Costume Switch: When she becomes Dark Phoenix, the outfit turns red. In a more subtle version, as the normal Phoenix, the size of the phoenix logo slowly grew as time went on and she became more Anti Heroish.
- Fairytale Wedding Dress
- Fiery Redhead
- Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Her Phoenix costume, X-Factor costumes, and 90s costume.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: When she is possessed by the Phoenix Force.
- Happily Married: With Cyclops... for a while.
- The Heart
- Heroes Want Redheads: Many of the X-Men have been attracted to the red-headed Jean, most notably Cyclops and Wolverine.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Knew piloting that space shuttle would kill her, and she still went through with it.
- High School Sweethearts: With Cyclops.
- Hypnotize the Princess: Has been a victim of mind control several times.
- The Lancer: To Cyke in New X-Men.
- Levitating Lotus Position
- Little Black Dress: Has worn a couple
- Messianic Archetype: What she has become with time, especially in and after Grant Morrison's run...
- Mind Rape: Jean does this to Emma after she catches Scott and Emma together.
- Mind over Matter
- Mini Dress Of Power: Her second outfit.
- Never Live It Down: She was the Trope Namer when it was called "Jean Grey Escalation." However, people kept proving the point by adding examples about resurrection/new power/etc. Basically, a lot of casual fans - and even the writers these days - forget that (a) she has not died and come back ten trillion times, and (b) the Dark Phoenix Saga is not the only story she's ever been in.
- The Phoenix: Well...
- Pillars of Moral Character: Other than the Depending on the Writer bouts of madness with the Phoenix Force, she can be a pretty decent person for the most part. She is usually presented as one of the more compassionate members of the X-Men as seen when she helped raise Cable to be more of a good man than he would have been, and comforting Jubilee after Illyana dies.
- Playing with Fire: Her Phoenix powers give her cosmic pyrokinesis, essentially magic fire.
- Power Strain Blackout: Practically the poster child for this trope.
- Pretty in Mink: Bought a white fur coat, and her mother has a brown mink coat.
- Psychic Nosebleed
- Psychic Powers
- Punny Name: Perhaps merely by coincidence, Jean has mutant powers because she possesses the x-gene.
- Red-Headed Heroine
- Redhead In Green: Some of her costumes have been green.
- Restraining Bolt: As a young girl, Xavier placed mental blocks in Jean's mind to keep her telepathy from growing out of control. Xavier would later remove these so her telepathy could grow naturally. In certain continuities, though, these mental blocks caused Jean to develop a dark alter ego; this rather than the Phoenix Force being a cosmic entity.
- Secret Public Identity: The name "Marvel Girl" didn't age well and was dropped decades ago, and (usually; Depending on the Writer) she only uses the name Phoenix when actually supercharged by the cosmic critter. This leaves her as just plain "Jean Grey" the majority of the time, even during action. It's been Lampshaded more than once; Jubilee once even referred to her as "Miss I'm Too Sexy For A Codename, Too Sexy For A Codename," and in the X-Men: Evolution tie in comic, when Nightcrawler asked why Rogue was just Rogue, Cyclops said "The same reason Jean's just Jean," and they were interrupted before Nightcrawler could get finished asking about that.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead
- Simple Yet Opulent: Her dress when she arrives in the first issue wouldn't look to out of place among a high class party.
- Her wedding dress was also grand and simple.
- Superpower Lottery: Depending on the Writer.
- Thigh-High Boots: Phoenix costumes go right into the spandex this way.
- The Smurfette Principle: Jean is the only girl of the original X-Men team.
- True Blue Femininity: Some of her outfits, especially the dress she wears in her very first appearance.
- Unwanted Harem: She was the only girl in the group for years.
- She's also been the target of villain's affections, as well. Jason Wyngarde (Mastermind) wasn't above committing Mind Rape to get her to fall in love with him.
- Woman in White: As the White Phoenix of the Crown, the most powerful incarnation of the Phoenix.