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Characters: X-Factor
Characters that have appeared in the X-Factor series
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The Original X-Factor series

     Main Cast 

Scott Summers/Cyclops

See Cyclops.

Jean Grey/Marvel Girl

See X-Men: The Original Team.

Dr. Henry McCoy/Beast

See X-Men: The Original Team.

Warren Worthington III/Angel/Archangel

See X-Men: The Original Team.

Bobby Drake/Iceman

See X-Men: The Original Team.

Caliban

Russell "Rusty" Collins / Firefist

Arthur "Artie" Maddicks / Artie

Sally Blevins / Skids

Leech

Tabitha 'Tabby' Smith / Boom-Boom

Julio Richter / Rictor

  • Big Screwed-Up Family: The family business is selling weapons (and drugs) on the black market. He's less than proud of this and once worked to try to dismantle his family's business.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Even though he has been depowered, he still earns his place as a member of X-Factor.
  • Coldblooded Torture: By the Right.
  • The Cracker: While not malicious, he does break into things like government servers to obtain information needed by X-Factor, which is definitely illegal.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Dishing Out Dirt: He used to have seismic powers until he got depowered on M-day. In Avengers: Children's Crusade #6, he's the first mutant to have his powers restored by Wanda.
  • Distressed Dude: Kidnapped nearly a dozen times so far.
  • Electric Torture: One of the few details given about his torture by the Right.
  • Family Business: The Richter family business? Selling weapons illegally, or "selling death", as he explains it.
  • Foreign Cuss Word: Prone to this, especially during the 90s.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Again, guilty of this during the 90s.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: He seems to have a thing for them: Rahne, Shatterstar...
  • Ho Yay: With Shatterstar; has since been made canon.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Three so far in the original X-Factor (#22), and in the current X-Factor (#1 and #38).
  • Meaningful Name: His surname is Richter. He had has once again earthquake powers. You do the math.
  • Power Loss Makes You Strong: After M-Day, he had to learn to put more emphasis on his regular skills and was actually quite successful.
  • Relationship Reveal: He and Shatterstar were Heterosexual Life-Partners; recent events have chucked the 'heterosexual' bit.
  • Smug Snake: The Ageof Apocalypse version is this in spades.
  • Straight Gay: It's been revealed that Rictor is not bi as previously assumed, but full-on gay, having found no fulfillment in his relationships with Rahne and Tabitha.
  • Suddenly Sexuality: Lampshaded in-universe. Although many characters (and fans) were not oblivious to his Ho Yay with Shatterstar, Guido was nonetheless taken aback by their first on-panel kiss. Rictor has since asserted that he is gay, not bisexual.
  • You Killed My Father: Held a grudge against Cable because of this, even after the truth came out.

Takashi "Taki" Matsuya / Wiz Kid

    Villains 

Cameron Hodge

Joanna Cargill / Frenzy

  • Abusive Parents: She comes from a military family, where both she and her father idolized her older brother. Joanna was a sickly, unplanned second child, and her father was actively abusive towards her. After her brother was killed in action, her father went off the deep end and nearly killed her, but then her powers kicked in.
  • But Not Too Black: Frenzy is black, but artists and colorists occasionally struggle with remembering that. She's gone for entire story arcs looking like a white woman with a slight tan.
  • Dark Action Girl
  • Eye Scream: Magneto once inflicted this on her with a laser when she tried to kill a comatose Professor X. Apparently it inflicted some brain damage on her.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Yet another former supervillain who's joined the X-Men. Frenzy will do the right thing if she's asked or ordered to, but her first instinct is almost always to hit somebody, and she genuinely has a hard time caring whether or not baseline humans die.
  • Heel Face Brain Washing: In Eve of Destruction storyline, Jean Grey was desperate to find a new team, and quickly to save Professor Xavier. She acknowledges that one of Magneto's lieutenants, Frenzy, has been captured by the US Army. Not only does Jean enter her mind to get the info she needs on Genosha (Magneto's island) and its defenses, but she thinks that having a superpowered guide in that hellhole would be a good idea, so she just rewrites Frenzy's mind and makes her an X-Men enthusiast (so fanatically devoted to the X-Men cause, all of a sudden, that it was creepy).
  • Important Haircut: In the "Age of X" crossover, Frenzy was a X-Man in good standing and Cyclops's lover. When reality snapped back to normal, Frenzy had to do some soul-searching to decide what she wanted to do next. That came along with shaving half of her head, changing her outfit, and deciding to join the X-Men.
  • Karma Houdini: She killed Sharon Friedlander and got away with it; the X-Men doesn't even seems to remember it.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Frenzy has respectable levels of superhuman strength combined with some degree of military training. She can be terrifying in a fistfight.
  • Made Of Diamond: She's pretty-much invulnerable, inside and outside.
  • Scary Black Woman
  • Super Strength
  • Unstoppable Rage: Her codename's fitting. Frenzy has a vicious temper that often gets the best of her.
    "Frenzy. To name it is to own it."
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: She moved to Westchester to get away from Cyclops, and promptly started up with Gambit.

Edward Pasternak / Tower

Wendy Sherman / Stinger

Timeshadow

Dr. Nathaniel Essex / Mister Sinister

See X-Men: Villains

En Sabah Nur / Apocalypse

See X-Men: Villains

X-Factor Government Team (X-Factor II, 1991-1998)

     Main Cast 

Alexander "Alex" Summers/ Havok

See X-Men: '60s Members

Lorna Dane / Polaris

See X-Men: '60s Members

Jamie Madrox / Multiple Man

A former foe of the Fantastic Four. One of them discovered he was a mutant and handed him over to the X-Men.

  • Ascended Fanboy: Jamie Madrox keeps attempting to treat his Mutant adventures as Noir Detective novels. He usually fails miserably.
  • Cloning Blues: For some time, his clones were cool with being who they are. Then things started getting weird. One turns traitor and joins with the long-term X-Men enemy Mister Sinister. Another dies of the Legacy Virus. Jamie starts going around the bend because he's just too much people for one man. Later, he gets it together but his clones don't. All the thousands of aspects, idiotic or not, in the human mind tend to get manifested in his clones. He can and has created a clone to free him from a prison cell but it's possible the clone will be his sadness and be too depressed to move. Another is unpredictable and tries to kill an old ally. It is reabsorbed but indicates that it could pop out in any future clones and go try to kill again.
    • He points this out with an argument against Cortex, who is one of his dupes sent to kill him.
    Madrox: "You are at least the tenth dupe who has tried to kill me."
  • Fun Personified: Under Peter David's writing. Or at least he tries to be.
  • Happily Married: With Layla, eventually.
  • Me's a Crowd: With how large that crowd can be increasing over the year.
  • Mundane Utility: Jamie constantly uses his dupes like this, sending them out to learn and explore the world, creating them on the other side of locked doors, playing duets on piano and the super-babysitting.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: The exact nature of his powers change from time to time.
  • Scars Are Forever: Received an "M" tattoo on his face during the Second Coming crossover. Apparently it's written on his DNA, and therefore can't be removed.
  • Starfish Character: Jamie Madrox has a mutant power that creates duplicates of himself upon physical impact. Each tends to manifest some aspect of his personality.

Guido Carosella / Strong Guy

  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • Demon Lords And Arch Devils: Kills Rahne's demigod son to become the surprise winner in a contest between Hell Lords, becoming the overall ruler of Hell.
  • Fun Personified
  • Power Incontinence: Strong Guy has the power to absorb kinetic energy and redistribute it as super strength, but if he doesn't let it out soon enough, it has affects on his physiology (which is the reason for his... unique appearance).
  • Sad Clown: Is almost always joking and smiling, but he's in near-constant physical pain because of his powers. He's reached the point where absorbing any more kinetic energy without releasing it will give him a heart attack since his body simply can't handle any more changes.
  • The Soulless: Is killed and resurrected by Layla Miller, whose mutant power restores physical life but does not return the dead person's soul to their body.
  • Super Strength
  • The Big Guy

Rahne Sinclair / Wolfsbane

See New Mutants

Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver

The son of Magneto who was separated from him and believed to be dead. Raised by gypsies, he developed a strong fixation on his sister, Wanda Maximoff. After Magneto saved Wanda from a anti-mutant mob, the two were indebted to him and were reluctantly part of the first incarnation of the Brotherhood of Mutants. After Magneto was abducted by aliens and the Brotherhood disbanded, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch served for a long period as members of The Avengers, where they redeemed themselves. However, old habits and revelations about villainous heritages are hard to fight, and the two continue to bounce back and forth between good and evil and sane and insane. He's also the ex-husband of Crystal from The Inhumans and they have a daughter named Luna, but his relationship with them is... utterly troubled.

  • Anti-Hero: Generally a Type II, but recently downgraded to type IV, and briefly even type V, since most American writers don't like stereotypcial "Euro Trash" characters.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Is insanely protective of his sister, despite her pointing out she is capable of looking after herself.
  • Bishounen: Depending on the art, Quicksilver is usually not a bishounen except for X-Men Evolution cartoon. However, in one X-Factor issue, he was called 'Pretty Boy' by his inmates when he was put in prison for vagrancy.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: It happens in the Ultimate universe
  • Brought Down to Normal: He thought he had it bad when life moved in slo-mo, but after losing his powers, everything seemed so... fast. He went crazy, stole mutating mists from his in-laws, and used them to get time travel powers.
  • Cry Cute
  • Draco in Leather Pants (in X-Men Evolution cartoon)
  • In the Blood: Pietro's really, really prone to Face Heel Turns. It doesn't help that he looks almost exactly like Magneto anyway.
  • Jerkass: Quicksilver has been a good guy, bad guy, and in-between, but never stops being an arrogant, self-centered dick. This extends to his other incarnations, such as his apperances on the different cartoons and Ultimate X-Men.
  • Karma Houdini: Made a statement on the news that his Moral Event Horizon (see below) was a work of a Skrull imposter after the Secret Invasion crossover. However, Luna knows the truth, and while she'll keep his secret because she loves him, she makes it very clear that she has lost all respect for him.
    • And then when Fatale calls him out on this on live TV, he admits the whole truth, which causes Luna to regain her respect for him, making him a slightly different type of karma Houdini.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father
  • Moral Event Horizon: Kidnapping his own daughter Luna to subject her to mutating mists was just the beginning. Crystal was definitely not amused when she found out.
  • Oedipus Rex
  • Personality Powers: Well, except the most prominent part of Pietro's personality is how he's a total Jerk Ass because life moves in slow motion for him.
  • Pet the Dog: On occasion, which he'll usually balance out by being like a complete jerk again seconds later.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs
  • Sanity Slippage: Went insane without his powers.
  • Super Speed
  • Time Stands Still: Quicksilver once explained his angry personality by asking his psychologist to imagine living in a world consisting entirely of the slowest queue at the checkout.
  • The Unfavourite: Magneto's relationship with his kids is very screwed up, but he and Pietro cannot get along with each other.

Valerie Cooper

Started as a subordinate to Senator Kelly and Agent Henry Peter Gyrich, later rose to become a kind of US government superpowers and mutant czar and one of the top people of the O*N*E. Served as government liaison to X-Factor for a long time and also appeared a few times in the third incarnation of the title. No-one in-universe likes her.

Marshall Stone III / Random

  • Adaptive Ability: Random's main mutant power is adaptive shapeshifting. He can harden his skin when stabbed or reconstitute himself from protoplasmic goop when caught in an explosion. The guns are just his preferred form for combat.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: Subverted, since Random is actually a heroic guy whose unsettling power is to shoot you with guns.
    • Until recently, he was a Mook in the Marauders team.
      • Not exactly. Just like back in the days, when he had to fight X-Factor, he has doubts on his allegiance. Also, he's shown to be the more charitable of his team... suggesting to his foes that they're lucky having to fight him, because he's the nice one.
  • BFG
  • Cool Shades
  • Executive Meddling: One plotline Peter David was not allowed to go through under the company policy of the time was to have Val Cooper become attracted to Random only to find out that he was actually a woman who used her shapeshifting to appear male. David then changed Random's secret into him being a lot younger than he appeared.
  • Guns Akimbo
  • Heroic Albino
  • Nineties Anti-Hero: Random is the nineties as far as comics are concerned.
    • It is worth noting that his musclebound antihero appearance was supposed to be the shapeshifters idea of what a badass looks like, not his actual appearance. Subsequent writers have forgotten this, and even when depowered he is depicted as uber-ninties.
  • Shapeshifter Weapon: He can turn his arms into guns. With dozens of barrels. You see what I mean about him being the nineties.

Forge

See X-Men: '80s Members

Shard

The little sister of Bishop, badly injured in a police raid gone wrong, her mind was uploaded into a holographic unit.

Kyle Gibney / Wild Child

Raven Darkholme / Mystique

See X-Men: Villains

Victor Creed / Sabretooth

See X-Men: Villains

Archer

Fixx

Greystone

X-Factor Investigations

A group consisted of a few old X-Factor members Multiple Man (leader), Strong Guy and Wolfsbane as well as the new members Siryn, Rictor, M and Layla Miller working in a detective style agency. The newest members included are Darwin, Longshot and Shatterstar. Wolfsbane, after a brief stint in X-Force, has returned.

     Main Cast 

James "Jamie" Madrox / Multiple Man

See "X-Factor Government Team" Above.

Guido Crossela / Strong Guy

See "X-Factor Government Team" Above.

Theresa Cassidy / Siryn / Banshee

See XForce

Monet St. Croix / M

See Generation X

Julio Richter / Rictor

See "Original X-Factor series" above.

Layla Miller / Butterfly

A mysterious young woman who just appeared at X-Factor's door after M-Day and refused to leave. She knows stuff.

Armando Munoz / Darwin

  • Adaptive Ability: Will adapt to anything thrown at him. Fire, space, death gods. The only things that he won't adapt to are Giant Mecha and The Incredible Hulk. With them, he just teleports to safety.
  • Ascended Extra: Added to X-Factor because he was essentially a sacrificial X-Man that was demoted to extra status after Ed Brubaker's run, and thus had very little continuity baggage.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Slow to anger, but when he does get mad? RUN. Very fast.
  • Body Horror: His powers allow him to evolve to survive, resulting in some horrifying transformations. Shot with a weapon that targets the nervous system, he becomes a sponge creature. Crushed beneath wreckage, he's reduced to an oozing mass that can speak. Decapitated by a headshot, a second head starts growing out of his torso, and so forth. Thankfully these are temporary changes, but made worse that he's got no control over what he'll become.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Basically is his power.
  • Race Lift / But Not Too Black: Lampshaped within the series. Darwin's powers had turned him white in a primarily white community "to better survive", but once he gains some confidence he changes himself back to his original darker skin tone. The characters point out the Unfortunate Implications of this.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In his defence, he was trying to prevent the end of the world.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Chases after Tier, Rhane's son, with every intent to kill him.

Longshot

See X-Men: '80s Members

Shatterstar

See X-Force


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