Characters: X-Men Film Series: X-Men
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The mutants who represent and/or are associated with the 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.
Professor Charles Francis Xavier / Professor X
Professor Charles Francis Xavier / Professor X
"We're not as alone as you think."
"I tell you, we can start something incredible, Erik."
"Mutants. Since the discovery of their existence, they have been regarded with fear, suspicion, often hatred. Across the planet, debate rages. Are mutants the next link in the evolutionary chain, or simply a new species of humanity fighting for their share of the world? Either way, it is a historical fact: sharing the world has never been humanity's defining attribute."
Founder of the X-Men and the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters, Xavier hopes for peaceful coexistence between 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 sports a longer, hippie-style mane.
- Achilles in His Tent: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, his younger self gives up on his powers and his role as the leader of mutants, and refuses to cooperate with Wolverine; without his aid, the entire venture is impossible. He's got more justified reasons than in most examples of the trope.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: In X-Men: First Class; Professor X in the comics was never depicted being gorgeous like James McAvoy.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Professor X in the comics was blond before he lost his hair, but his movie counterpart is a brunet.
- 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: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, his younger self has been a drunk for the past decade by the time Logan meets him.
- 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: Subverted in X-Men: Days of Future Past; his younger self has a beard and somewhat longer hair, but they signify how much he has let himself go.
- Badass Bookworm: He is an Oxford graduate as shown in X-Men: First Class, with a doctorate in genetics.
- 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 .
- Not to mention the times that he's demonstrated just how awesome his powers are. He can psychically freeze entire airports full of people, co-opt the mind of anyone he can "see" and force them to be a perfect mouthpiece for himself, switch between bodies and even psychically control people if need be, despite the gravity of his puppet's own powers. And his strength has only increased with age.
- Bald of Awesome: Averted in X-Men: First Class and with his younger self in X-Men: Days of Future Past because he still has hair and fears losing it. Played straight when he's an older man, 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.
- Became Their Own Antithesis: The once effervescent and idealistic Xavier we saw in X-Men: First Class has crumbled into a heap of melancholia and cynicism in between 1963 and 1973. His telepathy, which he had been at ease with since he was 12 years old, has suddenly become a heavy burden that he avoids using at all cost. Charles' social drinking has deteriorated into alcoholism, and he gives up on other activities that he used to enjoy, such as teaching, scientific research and womanizing, in favour of a self-imposed exile from everything that exists beyond his mansion. Even the way he dresses has changed dramatically; the impeccable suits that define Professor X's style have been replaced by a gaudy paisley shirt paired with a brown leather jacket, or if he's feeling especially lazy, just an undershirt with jeans. Xavier has also neglected his grooming, which makes him look like a confused hippie or a hobo instead of a well-adjusted, upper-class academic.
- Big Brother Instinct:
- X-Men: First Class: He had this for Raven, being very concerned about hiding her mutant form in public and telling her directly that he didn't want anything to happen to her. However, his relationship with his adoptive sister deconstructs this phenomenon because 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 to ignore her very obvious crush on him. This in turn made Raven turn to Erik as a mentor/love interest and eventually joins 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 adoptive 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 by Logan 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.
- X-Men: First Class: He is the leader of the heroic team that eventually defeats the Big Bad.
- Both his future self and the elderly Magneto share this role in X-Men: Days of Future Past. And his younger self is growing into this.
- Birds of a Feather: Among the young recruits in X-Men: First Class, Xavier connects more strongly with McCoy than with the others because both men are scientists with a similar temperament who believe it's important to Hide Your Otherness from human society. X-Men: Days of Future Past even goes a step further by showing us that they become Heterosexual Life-Partners.
- Blessed with Suck:
- 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.
- At the age of nine, Xavier believed that he was mentally ill (schizophrenia, most likely) due to the voices in his head, and it took him three whole years to recognize that he was actually telepathic—as dysfunctional as he is in 1973, his childhood experience must have been downright nightmarish in comparison.
- Brainy Brunet: When he still has hair in X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past.
- Break the Cutie:
- When X-Men: First Class starts, he's a friendly, happy-go-lucky, idealistic Oxford grad whose only interests are protecting his adoptive sister, studying genetics, drinking yards of beer and picking up coeds. His initial reaction to meeting other mutants is a puppyish eagerness to find others like him, as well as a gung-ho enthusiasm to work with a superhuman team to fight evil. During the climax, he gets smacked around in a variety of ways, including telepathically experiencing Shaw's gruesome death at Magneto's hands, getting shot in the spine, and having the US government, his best friend, and his sister all turn against him. By the finale, his government is trying to hunt him down, his best friend is preparing for a war against humans, and he's crippled for life in a wheelchair. We know from future installments that he never quite abandons his ideals, but he's frighteningly subdued, and obviously much more cautious about who knows his secrets.
- And then comes X-Men: Days of Future Past, by which point even his attempts to set up a school for mutants has come crashing down around him due to the outbreak of the Vietnam War. It's heartbreaking to see just how much those events have broken him, to the point where he's taking a serum designed by Hank that suppresses his powers and restores the use of his legs just so he can sleep at night without feeling other people's pain.
- Broken Bird: Time and events have really taken their toll on his younger self in X-Men: Days of Future Past. He lost Raven and Erik, Sean disappeared several years prior (and is later confirmed dead at the hands of Trask), then his teachers and students were drafted, leaving him alone except for Hank.
- The Cameo:
- Care Bear Stare: He uses his telepathy to help Erik recall a happy memory from long ago in order to unlock the full potential of his friend's powers.
- The Casanova/The Charmer: In his youth, he uses his bubbly exuberance and his powers to pick up women in bars on campus.
- Character Development: X-Men: Days of Future Past focuses primarily on his transition from a Broken Bird to gradually embracing the role of an All-Loving Hero. As Simon Kinberg explains in the January 2014 issue of Total Film:
"...very early on we made the decision that it was young Charles' arc, and that really the emotional story of the movie is watching him go from the guy who's lost his legs, lost his best friend, lost his sister, and in some ways lost his mind, to a guy who will become the all-powerful, benevolent Professor Xavier. McAvoy is really about as far as one can be from the Patrick Stewart that we know from X1, and we're really watching him take the first big step towards owning that chair and being a leader."
- 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, he boldly hits on co-eds, but when his latest target for conquest sincerely needs help, he's all business.
- Conveniently Coherent Thoughts: Among the cacophony of thoughts at the White House in X-Men: Days of Future Past, his 1973 self can distinctly hear Mystique's inner voice speaking, "This is for you, brothers and sisters."
- Cooldown Hug: He does this in X-Men: First Class to Erik to save his life when the latter almost drowns himself trying to lift Shaw's submarine for the first time.
- Cool Old Guy: Has an almost grandfatherly sort of relationship with his students during his older years.
- Cool Shades: In 1973, he sports fashionable '70s-style sunglasses.
- Cultured Badass: Comes with his educated status.
- Dark Secret: By 1973, he had never revealed to anyone—not even Raven, Erik or Hank—that as a nine-year-old kid, he thought he was going insane after his telepathy became active, and he didn't learn until he was twelve that he could in fact read other people's minds.
- Deadpan Snarker: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, 1973 Charles displays this when Wolverine states the obvious.
- Defrosting Ice King: He has done this to both Logan and Erik.
- X-Men: The Last Stand: It's alluded to when the Phoenix (who is presumably using her telepathy) says to Wolverine, "What, you think [the Professor's] not in your head, too? Look at you, Logan. He's tamed you." Unbeknownst to both Wolverine and the audience, he has grown to love Xavier as a friend, and this finally comes to light after Logan crumbles emotionally after Charles is murdered. This is the first time in the original trilogy where Wolverine had displayed this much vulnerability towards a male character.
- X-Men: First Class: In a Power of Friendship example, the combination of Charles' sensitivity and intelligence is able to "thaw" Erik's cold heart, making him the first (and possibly the only) person Erik has loved since the death of the latter's family during World War II.
- X-Men: Days of Future Past: Wolverine's bond with the elderly Professor X must have grown quite strong during the Time Skip in between The Wolverine and Days of Future Past because after Logan meets the younger Charles—who is practically a stranger to him—he gradually sheds his outer "macho armour." Compared to Wolverine's normally gruff exterior (especially towards other male characters), he really is quite gentle with Xavier in a few scenes where it's just the two of them, like the plane ride to Washington D.C. and the heart-to-heart talk they share in the Alternate Timeline.
- Despair Event Horizon: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, after his younger self is forced to close his school after the first semester due to the Vietnam War conscription, he gives up his ambition to be a leader and protector of mutants, and becomes a self-medicating recluse.
- Disabled Love Interest: 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.
- Disappointed In You:
Professor X: The next time you feel like showing off, don't.
- Disney Death: In X-Men: The Last Stand. He has a spare body just in case.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Between going through a personal hell, his mind clearly not working straight, it being the '70s and him shooting up to dull the pain, Xavier closely resembles a shell-shocked Vietnam veteran. James McAvoy has even called it his Born on the Fourth of July look.
- Don't Call Me Sir: In 1973, he insists that Logan not address him by his professor title.
- Drowning My Sorrows: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, his younger self attempts to escape from his emotional torment by consuming copious amounts of alcohol.
- 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 Raven showed his kindness and delight at finding other people who were different.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Even though they've only known each other for a couple of days in X-Men: First Class, the oh-so serious Erik Lehnsherr feels comfortable enough around the charming Dr. Charles Xavier that he calls the telepath "adorable" when the latter tries the Cerebro machine for the first time. In the entire X-Men movie franchise, the dour Magneto never teases another male character for his cuteness, which goes to show how unique his affection for Professor X is.
- Fantastic Drug/G-Rated Drug: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, his younger self being dependent on his medicine, and suffering intense pain from his powers returning when he stops taking it, is about the closest a PG-13 film can come to depicting the effects of drug abuse and withdrawal.
- The Farmer and the Viper: He believed in X-Men: First Class that he could help the emotionally damaged Erik find some measure of peace and happiness by offering the latter friendship and a home, but Erik repays Charles' kindness with betrayal, abandonment, and a permanent (if accidental) spinal cord injury.
- Fatal Flaw: Ironically, he had a habit of attempting to control those close to him without the use of his powers.
- X-Men: The Last Stand: Upon meeting Jean Grey, he placed constraints upon her powers which then led to the creation of the Phoenix.
- X-Men: First Class: Trying to control Raven's life drove her away from him, which eventually resulted in her becoming Mystique.
- X-Men: Days of Future Past: Part of his Character Development revolves around realizing this and learning to trust instead of control. It pays off when he proves just how much he trusts in Raven's good nature to do the right thing, instead of attempting to manipulate her. She doesn't murder Trask, and the bad Sentinel future is averted.
- 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.
- Fingerless Gloves: He sports a pair while in Russia during X-Men: First Class. They're probably not helping him keep warm, but they look pretty damn cool.
- X-Men: First Class:
- To Sebastian Shaw. 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.
- You can probably write a whole essay on how Charles and Erik contrast each other. Producer Bryan Singer gives us a very basic summary from the "Magneto the Survivor" featurette:
"Ultimately, they come from different places. Erik Lehnsherr is a victim of the Holocaust, he probably left the war with nothing, and is very much a solitary man, while Xavier had a life of privilege, became a professor at Oxford, was surrounded by peers, has an intimate relationship with Mystique since childhood, so he's quite loved, and therefore quite idealistic, less embittered, and just has a very different view from Lehnsherr."
- X-Men: Days of Future Past: His past self and Past Magneto were both inactive and isolated in between 1963 and 1973 (the former due to depression, the latter due to imprisonment). Erik shows signs of wanting to repair at least part of their previous friendship, but a bitter Charles isn't interested for the most part. Magneto tries to kill Mystique while Xavier tries to protect her. Hank remains unwaveringly devoted to Charles, but Erik loses Mystique's loyalty after the murder attempt. In X-Men: First Class, Erik personified "rage" while Charles embodied "serenity," but their roles are reversed in 1973. Xavier is now the one who is full of pain and anger, and therefore has great trouble wielding his telepathy, whereas Magneto is (relatively) calm and controlled, still possessing great mastery over his power despite being deprived of metal for a decade. (We even see Erik adopt a meditation pose in his prison cell, which makes him appear almost Zen-like.)
- Friendless Background/Lonely Rich Kid: Since Raven is explicitly stated to be his oldest and only friend in X-Men: First Class, that means prior to their meeting in 1944, he had difficulty connecting with other children despite growing up in the lap of luxury. X-Men: Days of Future Past elaborates on this a little further by revealing that Xavier was considered to be "crazy" in between the ages of 9 and 12 due to the voices in his head, and was therefore a social pariah among his peers.
- 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.
- Gentleman Snarker: He has shades of this in X-Men: First Class. He's from an extremely wealthy family, attends Oxford and possesses an absolutely brilliant mind—but he prefers to use his mind-reading abilities and genius knowledge of genetics to seduce women, and seems more interested in drinking than helping mankind. Even when he starts the team, he still possesses a keen wit and sense of fun (which is not to say he is in any way flippant about his beliefs). Only towards the end, when his friendship with Erik is destroyed and he is left paralyzed, does he truly become the mentor and leader we would come to know and love.
- 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 because the last time the two really talked, they were arguing.
- Guile Hero: Due to his inability to walk, he 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.
- The Heart: He is this in X-Men: First Class and in all the non-solo films to a lesser extent.
- Heroic BSOD: What he has been in since the end of X-Men: First Class. A lot has happened in the Time Skip between X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past, resulting in the deaths of most of the characters from X-Men: First Class who don't appear here. It's also stated that Charles lost many of his students and teachers to conscription and the Vietnam War, effectively closing down his newly budding school.
- Heroic Bystander: In X-Men: First Class, when he 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 the 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.
- With Hank in X-Men: Days of Future Past. They are each other's Only Friend for a decade, so it's inevitable that they would develop a very close bond. There are moments of non-verbal (and non-telepathic) communication between the two men, like when Xavier gently taps Beast on the chest after he mutters to Logan, "I think I'd like to wake up now." McCoy immediately understands that the gesture means, "You can calm down now, our visitor is not a threat," and he reverts back to his human form.
- Hide Your Otherness: Fearful of humanity's negative reaction to mutants, he firmly lives by this philosophy.
- Hollywood Nerd: Averted in X-Men: First Class, where 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 at an Oxford pub.
- Hot Scientist/Hot Teacher: In X-Men: First Class, a very rare male version of the trope. He shamelessly uses his charm, looks and technobabble to pick up women at Oxford.
- I Am Very British: X-Men: First Class attempts to explain why Xavier (who is American in the comics) has a Received Pronunciation accent. He is half-British, half-American (or alternately, he's fully British, but his family moved to the United States before World War II broke out in 1939), and his speech pattern was influenced by his posh English mother. It was later reinforced when he studied at the University of Oxford.
- Idle Rich: In between 1963 and 1973, he hasn't done anything the least bit productive; he is a reclusive alcoholic who wallows in self-pity within his Big Fancy House.
- In Love with Your Carnage: It's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment from X-Men: First Class, but his face glows with delight when he witnesses Erik using the anchor of Shaw's boat as a destructive tool.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: In X-Men: First Class, his bright blue irises represent his goodness and naīvety. 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.
- In Touch with His Feminine Side: He scores high on androgynous personality traits because he possesses qualities from all of this trope's five broad categories: Lack of Athleticism (especially after he becomes wheelchair-bound), Lack of Aggression (he prefers negotiation over violence to resolve problems), An Open, Emotional Personality (he's the epitome of a Sensitive Guy), Typically Feminine Interests (he's a teacher, which is considered to be a "nurturing" profession), and Effeminate or Non-Masculine Appearance (he's a shorter-than-average Pretty Boy).
- I Warned You: In X-Men: The Last Stand, Professor X says this to Wolverine after the Phoenix escapes, having been awoken by Logan before Xavier could stabilize Jean Grey's mind.
- 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).
- Lesser of Two Evils: He invokes this trope when speaking to Logan in X-Men: The Last Stand with regards to the psychic blocks he placed over the Phoenix without Jean Grey's knowledge or consent.
Professor X: I had a terrible choice to make; I chose the lesser of two evils.
- 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 adoptive 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."
- On the plane ride to Paris, 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.
- Living Emotional Crutch: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, he is this to the approval-seeking Hank, who has voluntarily suppressed his individuality (i.e. he has no career, hobby, or social life) just to attend to Xavier's needs 24/7, and is thus defining himself exclusively through his dutiful service to his ex-mentor.
- Looks Like Jesus: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, his younger self not only sports longer hair and a Beard of Sorrow, but he ultimately becomes an All-Loving Hero at the movie's climax.
- Manly Tears: Twice in X-Men: First Class:
- Both he and Erik Lehnsherr in do this in a rather touching scene where the latter is learning to control his powers through something other than rage. By telepathically finding one of Erik's happiest childhood memories, Charles helps him to see that true focus lies between "rage and serenity." Cue the tears as they both experience a bittersweet memory of Erik's long-dead mother on welcoming in their Sabbath.
- After he gets shot, there is a particularly heartbreaking moment when he has to tell Erik that no, they do not want the same things when it comes to mutants and humans. Cue the Manly Tears on his part. It's an indicator of how the two men have grown apart that Erik's face just blanks of emotion in response.
- Meaningful Look:
- X-Men: First Class: He and Erik exchange numerous glances throughout the movie, which are indicative of their closeness.
- X-Men: Days of Future Past: He and Hank exchange an amused "Why am I not surprised?" glance (the former even adds a raised eyebrow) after Peter asks them, "I saw your flight plan in the cockpit; why are you going to Paris?"
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: In X-Men: The Last Stand.
- Mess Of Woe: In 1973, his neglect of his mansion is a reflection of how utterly forlorn he is. His bedroom and study are extremely cluttered, plus the grass on his estate is overgrown. Hank does his best to clean up some of the mess that Xavier carelessly leaves behind (at one point we see McCoy picking up empty liquor bottles).
- Mind Over Manners: X-Men: First Class threw this principle in the crapper by showing a much younger, less disciplined Xavier who had no problem using his powers on anyone whenever it was convenient for him. That being said, he did promise Raven that he wouldn't read her mind, and he did ask for Erik's permission before searching for the brightest corner of his friend's memory system.
- 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.
- Non-Action Guy: His 1973 self invokes this trope to explain to Logan why he always tries to talk his way out of a problem (even if it results in ineffective rambling) instead using brute force. However, Xavier can still throw a mean punch if someone really pisses him off despite not being much of a fighter.
- Non-Idle Rich: In X-Men: First Class, he could live off his inheritance if he wished, but he's passionate about science, and his career goal before he is approached by the CIA is to become a professor of genetics.
- Obi-Wan Moment: While fighting the Phoenix in X-Men: The Last Stand, he briefly smiles at Wolverine before being disintegrated. At the very end of the movie, it turns out he's Not Quite Dead.
- Oblivious to Love: He doesn't notice that Raven harbours some non-sisterly feelings towards him in X-Men: First Class.
- Oh, Crap: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, his past self has a moment of terror when he realizes that a very large piece of falling debris will crush him to death unless he gets out of its way.
- Older Than They Look: For X-Men: Days of Future Past, Honest Trailers made the mistake of describing McAvoy's character as a "young man," a term usually reserved for males who are under 30; Xavier is in his late thirties/early forties in 1973, but it's easy to forget that because the actor appears younger than his actual age.
- Old Money:
- X-Men: First Class: He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He lives in a very Big Fancy House, there are servants (a maid is mentioned), and his mother is a snobby British Socialite who thinks so highly of herself that she never enters the kitchen of her own home. Charles' taste in material goods is often expressed in classic, Simple Yet Opulent ways, in contrast to the gaudy Conspicuous Consumption that we normally associate with the Nouveau Riche.
- X-Men: Days of Future Past: His past self can afford not to work for a decade because he can simply mooch off his inherited wealth. The Xavier family crest on the tail of his personal plane, his plane's elegantly decorated interior, and even the design of the chess set he brings along for the trip are a visual cue to the audience that he is this trope, and not the tacky (or so the stereotype goes) Nouveau Riche.
- Only a Flesh Wound: In X-Men: First Class, he is shot in the back and remains conscious throughout the entire scene, albeit in great pain. He is permanently injured.
- Only Friend:
- X-Men: First Class:
- Near the beginning of the film, Raven points out to Charles that she is his only friend. Presumably an affable fellow like Xavier would have numerous acquaintances, but his sister figure is only person he fully trusts.
- He becomes this to Erik.
- X-Men: Days of Future Past: To Hank in between 1963 and 1973. 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, the University of Oxford is his alma mater, and there are several Oxford scenes shot on location. It is clear, however, that the writers did not do their research properly, as his claim that you don't get to be called a professor unless you have a teaching position is utterly untrue. 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.
- Palette Swap: X-Men: Days of Future Past costume designer Louise Mingenbach described Past Xavier's switch from his brown-and-pink casual wear to his more formal blues and greys that is typically associated with the character in the other movies.
"At the beginning of the film, Charles is medicating, and very possibly on hallucinogens, so we had that come through in his shirt. As he pulls himself together, he wears a nice blue oxford like all good, put-together mena progression from that psychedelic Cat Stevens-wear."
- 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 invokes this trope when he claims that he raised Raven, but 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 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 the only thing that he and Magneto are feuding over.
- In X-Men: First Class, where he is played by James McAvoy, he gives such a speech to Erik Lehnsherr. During their chess game, he attempts to convince Erik that human beings are capable of great understanding, and that mutants should be patient, as "we have it in us to be the better men." Erik skeptically replies, "We already are."
- Pietā Plagiarism: He is the recipient of this in First Class when Erik cradles him after being shot in the back.
- Power at a Price: Inverted in X-Men: 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.
- Power Perversion Potential: He uses his powers to "guess" the drink orders of the women he flirts with.
- Prematurely Bald: Averted in X-Men: First Class, where he still has hair as a young man, although he does joke after being paralyzed that he might lose his hair next.
- Pretty Boy: In X-Men: 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.
- The Professor: He earned his "Professor of Genetics" title from the University of Oxford. Even before he became a paraplegic, he was considerably less action-oriented than the other mutants on his team, and is often protected by a combatant (e.g. Cyclops, Beast). Professor X serves as the Team Dad for the X-Men.
- 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. In X2: X-Men United he uses it to allow him to track even a mutant who can teleport and it's further revealed that he can use it to sense the location of every mutant or every human on the planet. Concentrating hard enough will give them all a really serious Psychic Nosebleed... followed by death.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: In X-Men: First Class, he is more level-headed while Erik is rather hot-headed. ''Empire'' magazine even colour-coded the front covers of their May 2011 issue accordingly.◊
- 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.
- Seeing Through Another's Eyes: His telepathy allows him to perceive an event through the eyes of another person.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man:
- X-Men: First Class: He is the Sensitive Guy to Erik Lehnsherr's Manly Man. They display this dynamic in their personalities and physique as well as their philosophies and methods.
- X-Men: Days of Future Past: His younger self in 1973 is more accurately an Overly Sensitive Guy with Wolverine in the Manly Man role. Logan has to act as the "glue" which barely holds the emotionally fragile Xavier together in order to complete their mission. Their opposite natures are most directly contrasted in the Pentagon kitchen scene, where Charles attempts to persuade the guards that he and his partner have a valid reason to be there, while Wolverine just knocks them out with a frying pan.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: In X-Men: First Class and in his elderly years, he's always well-dressed as befitting a professor and principal. Costume designer Louise Mingenbach refers to Professor X as "Mr. Fancy Pants" in the "United Colors of X" featurette on the X2: X-Men United DVD, and Sammy Sheldon has stated in the "Suiting Up" documentary on the First Class Blu-Ray that she made Charles' attire as stylish as she could while keeping him "honest, real, studious."
- 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.
- Single Tear: Occurs twice in X-Men: First Class:
- He wipes a single tear from his cheek after he uncovers a happy memory from Erik's childhood involving the latter's mother with his telepathy. Despite living a much more comfortable and privileged life than his friend, the one beautiful thing that Charles never got to experience is a mother's warm affection.
- After he gets shot, he only sheds one noticeable tear which is partly because of his injury, but mostly because he is forced to tell Erik that no, they really do not want the same thing, and knows that this realisation will push his friend away for good.
- Skyward Scream: He does this right after a bullet enters his spine.
- Sophisticated as Hell: His younger self specifically fulfills the "A normally formal character resorting to profanity due to intense circumstances" example in X-Men: Days of Future Past. This is the first movie where the otherwise polite and erudite Charles uses coarse language such as "fuck" and "shite."
- Story-Breaker Power: His power is such that most of the movies would be over very, very quickly if he did not frequently get incapacitated or rendered powerless in some way.
- Super Wheelchair: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, his elderly self has a wheelchair that hovers.
- Team Dad:
- Best shown in X-Men: The Last Stand during his funeral, where a massive amount of his students cried during it. His tombstone reads, "Father, Teacher, Friend", and naturally "Father" is listed first because he was viewed by the youngsters (especially those who are orphans or have been disowned by their families) as primarily a paternal figure.
- He might qualify in X-Men: First Class, but he tends to act more like the nurturing Team Mom, with Erik Lehnsherr as the Team Dad. Insert witty commentary here.
- Tender Tears: A huge part of his younger self's character development in X-Men: Days of Future Past is centered around his huge capacity for empathy, and how he needs to learn to move past his own pain for the benefit of others, so he spends a good percentage of the film either on the verge of tears or outright crying.
- That Man Is Dead: When Hank tells Logan that "the Professor isn't here," Xavier is still living in his estate, only he has lost his powers and the will to lead mutants, thus dissociating himself from his identity as Professor X.
- They're Called Personal Issues For A Reason: In X-Men: First Class, there's a hint that he had an unhappy childhood, but he simply chooses not to speak of it. After Erik makes a snide remark about his friend's wealth, Charles' expression is mixture of annoyance with a little bit of hurt, and Raven steps in between two men as if to "shield" her brother from Erik's not-so-nice comment. Although she says, "It was a hardship softened by me" in a light tone, there is no sarcasm in her voice, and Charles kisses her on the cheek as a quiet "thank you" for her support and understanding in what is a very sensitive matter to him.
- Time-Shifted Actor: He has been portrayed by three actors in three different stages of his life.
- Uncle Pennybags: In X-Men; he mentions that most of his students were runaways, so his school isn't just a centre for education, but also a safe haven for a lot of the youngsters who don't have a home.
- 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.
- Waistcoat of Style: He frequently wears one with his elegant suits, and it adds a little extra flair to his aura of academic professionalism while also being an indicator of his upper-class status.
- What the Hell, Hero?: His younger self is one the receiving end of this twice in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
- Young Magneto goes into an outburst about how fellow mutants were being killed left and right while he has been in hiding with Hank.
Erik: Angel, Azazel, Emma, Banshee. Mutant brothers and sisters, all dead! Countless others, experimented on! Butchered! Where were you, Charles?! We were supposed to protect them! Where were you when your own people needed you?! Hiding! You and Hank! Pretending to be something you're not! You abandoned us all!
- Before that, Logan calls him a little shit for his cavalier attitude about the future.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: While in X-Men: First Class he isn't exactly naive, his idealism is accentuated by the fact that everyone else seems to have a far more pessimistic approach to mutant-human relations. It's suggested that this is at least partly because he hasn't faced persecution in the same way. It sets up a nice contrast with his portrayal in the previous films, where he remains idealistic, but is a lot more cautious about it now that he's had personal experience.
- Wimpification: Thanks to being played by the very pretty James McAvoy in X-Men: First Class, he more often than not plays Uke to Erik Lehnsherr in Fan Fics.
- Writers Cannot Do Math: In X-Men: First Class, there is a scene with him as a child which is set in 1944, while the bulk of the story takes place in 1962. However, the two actors are credited as playing "Charles Xavier: 12 years" and "Charles Xavier: 24 years."
- Wrong Genre Savvy: In X-Men: First Class, he seems to think he's in a Silver Age Science Fiction story that will easily be resolved once he and his friends defeat Shaw. Actually, he's part of a larger conflict between humans and mutants, and he and his best friend are destined to become reluctant arch-enemies in the oncoming war.
- You Are Not Alone: In X-Men: First Class, he says this verbatim to Erik after he rescues the latter from drowning.
- You Monster!: In X-Men: 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.
Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto
A Holocaust survivor, he and Xavier were once friends, and they built Cerebro together. However, his belief that humans and mutants could never co-exist led to their separation, although he has no doubt to ally with X-Men whenever they had mutual enemy
as seen in X2: X-Men United
. In X-Men: Days of Future Past
, he seems to rejoin X-Men for real and co-leads the team along with his old friend Charles.
For more about him, see X-Men Film Series: Brotherhood
Raven Darkholme / Mystique
Abandoned by her parents, Raven Darkholme met a young Charles Xavier when she broke into his family's Westchester mansion to steal food. She took the form of his mother to try and fool the boy, but he saw past the ruse. Thrilled at the fact that he wasn't the only one who was "different" in the world, he offered to let Raven stay and live with him and his family, which she happily accepted.
Years later, Raven followed Charles to England (posing as his sister) and worked as a waitress while he studied genetics at Oxford. She constantly had to hide her true appearance, which began to put a strain on their relationship. This caused her to follow Magneto (who accepted her true
appearance) when Charles and Magneto parted ways. However, she still regrets abandoning her foster brother.
For more about her, see X-Men Film Series: Brotherhood
Dr. Henry "Hank" McCoy / Beast
Secretary of Mutant Affairs 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."
The Secretary of Mutant Affairs in the U.S. government and longtime good friend of Charles and the X-Men. A brilliant scientist, Beast's mutation leads him to be covered in blue fur and have heightened strength and agility.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: In the comics, his original (human) form included oversized hands and feet. In X-Men: First Class, while his feet are different than normal, they are still the right size and he has no problem passing for an ordinary human.
- Adorkable: In X-Men: First Class. Soft spoken, stutters, asks Raven out on the pretext of getting a blood sample and then apologizes for being forward.
- Badass Bookworm: And showing him reading...◊
- Battle Butler: He essentially fulfills this role for Charles. In addition to looking after his ex-mentor's needs and maintaining the mansion, McCoy also serves as Xavier's bodyguard.
- Beast Man: Duh.
- Berserk Button:
- Beware the Nice Ones: Pressing his Berserk Button might lead to him strangling you. Jekyll and Hyde indeed.
- Birds of a Feather: In X-Men: First Class, the bond is especially intense between himself and Raven because they possess visible mutations, but they drift apart after the latter begins to accept her real appearance.
- Blessed with Suck: This is his attitude towards his physical mutation throughout his youth. He goes through great lengths in order to mask what he perceives to be his body's grotesque deformities.
- Body Horror: His transformation sequence in X-Men: First Class depicted the process as rather painful and horrific, bones, muscles and skin shifting and stretching while fur aggressively sprouted along his body.
- The Cameo: His older, Kelsey Grammer form appears at the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past, having his between movies death reversed.
- The Champion: He puts his entire life on hold for a decade in order to assist and defend the emotionally dysfunctional Charles. Since McCoy is no longer Professor X's student, they both should be on equal footing, yet Beast continues to readily defer to Xavier's authority. This steadfast devotion demonstrates that Hank values Charles' well-being and safety above his own.
- Cool Old Guy: Much older than Storm and Jean, but as destructive as Wolverine.
- Cultured Badass: Tries to quote Churchill while fighting, and quotes Shakespeare prior to taking off to San Francisco in a deleted scene.
- 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.
- By X-Men: The Last Stand, he's a scientist/diplomat who can kick lots of ass.
- 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.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Charles in X-Men: Days of Future Past. They are each other's Only Friend for a decade, so it's inevitable that they would develop a very close bond. There are moments of non-verbal (and non-telepathic) communication between the two men, like when Xavier gently taps Beast on the chest after he mutters to Logan, "I think I'd like to wake up now." McCoy immediately understands that the gesture means, "You can calm down now, our visitor is not a threat," and he reverts back to his human form.
- Hide Your Otherness:
- X-Men: First Class: Fearful of humanity's negative reaction to mutants, he firmly lives by this philosophy.
- X-Men: Days of Future Past: He is very uncomfortable with his blue, furry form, and he creates a serum which temporarily suppresses his mutation so that he can appear human.
- Hollywood Nerd:
- 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 appearances. When he's angry enough, his mutation kicks in, and he returns to human form once he's calmed down.
- I Was Quite a Looker: He used to be Adorkable before his Beast transformation.
- Living Emotional Crutch: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, he is this to the emotionally fragile Charles; the latter is so desperate to escape from his mental pain that he would most likely have died from alcohol poisoning if McCoy wasn't around to supervise him.
- 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 insensitive 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.
- Meaningful Look:
- X-Men: First Class: After Raven insinuates that Alex's manhood may be small in response to the latter's mocking of Hank's feet, Raven and Hank look at each other; the former silently says, "I'm on your side," while the latter quietly expresses his gratitude.
- X-Men: Days of Future Past: He and Charles exchange an amused "Why am I not surprised?" glance (the former even adds a raised eyebrow) after Peter asks them, "I saw your flight plan in the cockpit; why are you going to Paris?"
- Nerd Glasses: He wears the horn-rimmed variety in X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past, which in his case is a visual cue that he's a geeky academic.
- Oh, Crap:
- X-Men: Days of Future Past:
- He is very alarmed when Magneto points a gun in Mystique's direction, with Charles standing directly in the line of fire.
- He panics when he notices how many people are staring at his blue, furry form after his brawl with Magneto.
- Once per Episode: In every movie where he is a prominent character, we see him hanging upside down.
- 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.
- Perma Stubble: He has light stubble throughout X-Men: Days of Future Past which is meant to make him look older than his clean-shaven appearance in First Class.
- Pretty Boy: He was one in his youth. In X-Men: First Class, he is quite similar to Xavier (just younger and a lot more insecure), and while this may be a coincidence, it's nevertheless convenient that he shares some facial features with his mentor, like pale skin, blue eyes and thick reddish lips. The one big physical difference between them is that Hank is a lot taller.
- Professor Guinea Pig: In First Class, he is the first test subject for his appearance cure because there is not a big pool of test subjects for this sort of thing.
- The Reliable One: He assumes responsibility for Charles and the estate after his friend becomes an emotional train wreck in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
- Satellite Character: Despite receiving a fair amount of screentime in X-Men: Days of Future Past, he doesn't undergo any proper character development, as his existence completely revolves around Charles.
- 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.
- Time-Shifted Actor: An older actor was cast for X-Men: The Last Stand, and a younger thespian took over the role for the movies which are set in the 20th century.
- 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.
- Trekkie: It's hinted in X-Men: Days of Future Past that he is a fan of Star Trek: The Original Series (an episode is playing on one of his TVs), which is fitting considering that he's Adorkable and a Hollywood Nerd. He describes Peter's mutation as "fascinating," which is a reference to Spock. Bryan Singer's favourite fandom is Star Trek, so it's natural that he would want to bestow that quality on the character (who, coincidentally, can be called Dr. McCoy).
- 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 he 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.
- Unstoppable Rage: When he fights Magneto in X-Men: Days of Future Past, it's decidedly in Beast's favour, to the extent that Beast almost drowns him. Magneto only barely manages to save himself by using a nearby sculpture to restrain Beast.
- 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.
Alexander "Alex" Summers / Havok
Alexander "Alex" 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's father rather than his younger brother.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: When he 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.
- Meaningful Look: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, Mystique, disguised as a colonel, winks at Alex in a reassuring manner which says, "Don't worry, I'll get you out of this." Summers is unaware that the colonel is his former friend, though, so the wink confuses him.
- 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.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: In X-Men: First Class during the training scenes, everyone gets matching grey tracksuits. His, inexplicably don't have sleeves.
- Unishment: Given a passing mention in X-Men: First Class. A prison guard where he was staying at the beginning of the film remarks that he's "the only prisoner I've ever seen who actually prefers solitary." Sure enough, when we first see him, Alex is in solitary. A subversion, since Alex doesn't really enjoy solitary, he's trying to stay away from people so he doesn't actually hurt them with the energy blasts that are his mutant power, and which he has great difficulty in controlling.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Hank, eventually.
Sean Cassidy / 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.
- Glass-Shattering Sound: In X-Men: First Class. Charles points out all the science to him.
- 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.
- 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.
Armando Muņoz / Darwin
Armando Muņoz / 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."
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Died Standing Up: He stays standing after being killed by Sebastian Shaw.
- 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.
- Feed It a Bomb: He gets offed in this way.
- Heroic Spirit: He stands up to Shaw after seeing him murder an entire building of CIA agents.
- Killed Off for Real: 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.
- 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.
Angel Salvadore / Angel
One of young mutants whom Charles and Erik recruited. Abandoned the group to join Sebastian Shaw's Hellfire Club after Shaw killed Darwin. After Erik killed Shaw, she joins Magneto's Brotherhood.
For more about her, see X-Men Film Series: Brotherhood
Later Members and Staff
Dr. Jean Grey / Phoenix
"Mutants are not the ones mankind should fear."
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.
- Action Girl: Fighting both up close and in a distance.
- Ax-Crazy: As the Dark Phoenix in X-Men: The Last Stand.
- Back from the Dead: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, thanks to a Cosmic Retcon.
- Badass: More than able and willing to get her hands dirty.
- Badass Teacher: And is one of the Xavier Institute's finest instructors.
- Beware the Nice Ones: By X-Men: The Last Stand, the Hot Teacher is a Person of Mass Destruction.
- Black Eyes of Evil: As the Phoenix in X-Men: The Last Stand.
- The Cameo: She greets Logan in the Alternate Timeline of X-Men: Days of Future Past.
- Color Motif: while not in her X-Men tightsuit, she likes wearing red dress.
- Composite Character: After the Beast was removed from the script for X-Men movie due to budgetary concerns, elements of his character were grafted onto her. Namely, she takes his place as the team's medical and scientific expert, and scenes written for Beast ended up being given to her.
- Death Activated Superpower: Once an entire lake falls on her at the end of X2: X-Men United, she gets stronger and more dangerous as shown in X-Men: The Last Stand.
- Fiery Redhead -> Evil Redhead: The former for X-Men 1 and X2. The latter as Dark Phoenix in X-Men: The Last Stand.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Wolverine falls for her.
- Heroic Sacrifice:
- She accomplishes this in X2: X-Men United, when the Blackbird is frozen at Alkali Lake with the dam about to burst in mere minutes, she steps off the jet and uses her now heightened telekinesis to break the ice and allow the jet to lift off, at the same time psychically restraining her teammates to keep them from stopping her. She frees the jet seconds before she is seemingly crushed beneath tons of rushing water.
- Having survived this in X-Men: The Last Stand but also becoming the Dark Phoenix, she twice regains her sanity long enough to beg Logan/Wolverine to kill her so she won't kill anyone else. He finally relents at the movie's climax and impales her on his claws.
- Hot Teacher: tied with Storm in this regard while teaching in the academy.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: In X-Men: The Last Stand, she asks Wolverine twice to kill her as she senses the Phoenix taking over. The second time, the request is fulfilled.
- Kill the Ones You Love: Scott Summers and Professor X in X-Men: The Last Stand.
- Ms. Fanservice: All of Famke Janssen's cameos in The Wolverine show her in very revealing clothing.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: "Haunts" Logan in The Wolverine.
- Power Limiter: In X-Men: The Last Stand, not to mention in the original comics it was based on, we learn that Professor Xavier placed a mental block in her as a child, to keep her more extreme powers from manifesting.
- Psychic Powers
- Red-Headed Hero: Played straight in the first two X-Men movies, but she defects in X-Men: The Last Stand because of her Superpowered Evil Side.
- Sanity Slippage: Why Xavier had neutered her mental powers to keep the Phoenix hidden. And once she's unleashed...
- Split Personality Takeover/Superpowered Evil Side: Phoenix in X-Men: The Last Stand.
- Statuesque Stunner: In quite an amusing way, since the comics Jean is a measly 5' 6", but Famke Janssen is tall enough to surpass James Marsden (leading to some on-screen trickery to hide the fact).
- Team Mom: For X-Men, especially to the students. Best shown in X2.
- Time-Shifted Actor: Played by three different actresses depending on the character's age.
- 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
- Woman in White: her cameo in The Wolverine.
- Woman Scorned: In X-Men: The Last Stand, after being rescued by the X-Men, she tries to sex Wolverine up. He refuses. Cue Superpowered Evil Side taking over.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: In X-Men: The Last Stand.
Scott Summers / 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."
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:
- 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".
Ororo Munroe / Storm
Ororo Munroe / Storm
"So if you're with us, then be with us."
A mutant and teacher at Xavier's School who can control the weather with her mind.
- Power Floats: Can fly through wind manipulation.
- Ship Tease: with Nightcrawler in X2.
- Shock and Awe: Storm as in lightning storm.
- Team Mom: She becomes the headmistress of Xavier's school after the Professor's apparent death.
- Time-Shifted Actor: She is portrayed by two different actresses: one as an adult and the other as a teen.
James "Logan" Howlett / Wolverine
James "Logan" Howlett / Wolverine
"I'm the best there is at what I do, but what I do best - isn't very nice."
A tough, rugged, belligerent loner who makes a living in cage fights. He has lived for fifteen years without memory of who he is, apart from his dog tags marked "Wolverine" and an adamantium-encased skeleton (as well as adamantium claws). He has enhanced, animal-like senses, enabling him to sense other people, and the ability to heal rapidly from numerous injuries, including the surgery that bonded the metal to his skeleton, which makes his age impossible to determine.
- Absurdly Sharp Blades: His claws, which are coated in adamantium. By the end of The Wolverine, however, the injuries Wolverine sustained in his battle with the Silver Samurai leaves him with his normal bone claws.
- Shortly after he receives his adamantium infusion in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, he slices up several items in a farmhouse bathroom (including a porcelain sink) with his now impossibly sharp claws, despite applying what appears to be no more than the force required to move an unrestrained arm.
- Achilles in His Tent: In The Wolverine, he has quit the X-Men for at least a year, and isolates himself within the Yukon wilderness because he is unable to cope with his guilt for being forced to kill Jean Grey.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: In the comics, Wolverine is supposed to be extremely stocky and short not an attractive man. Here he's Hugh Jackman, who is so tall that castmate James Marsden had to stand on boxes to not be dwarfed by him.
- The Aloner: Leaves the X-Men in The Wolverine, as he wants to be by himself. Also showed signs of being one in the previous films.
- Anti-Hero: He'll do good things, but clearly doesn't care much about it.
- The Atoner: In The Wolverine, he goes to Japan to face his guilt for killing Jean Grey and to receive help from an old friend who might have the means to remove his Healing Factor and make him mortal.
- Badass: Comes with being Wolverine.
- Badass Beard: Grows one by the beginning of The Wolverine.
- Badass Biker: Often drives a motorcycle.
- Badass Grandpa: If you take his age into account.
- Badass Teacher: He sarcastically claims to be an art teacher in X2: X-Men United, and serves as a substitute for Cyclops in X-Men: The Last Stand. In the new future created at the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past, it's explicitly stated that he's the history teacher.
- Bash Brothers: In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, he and Victor Creed do this for the first fifteen minutes of the movie. The opening sequence is a Badass Montage through The American Civil War, WW1, WW2 and The Vietnam War! They also come back together briefly at the end, albeit for a mutual gain.
- Beard of Sorrow: In The Wolverine, Logan starts out with a shaggy one, likely resulting from the events of X-Men: The Last Stand.
- Beast Man: Though not as exaggerated as Sabretooth.
- Berserk Button: And not a hard one to press, either. Just getting him wound up seems to suffice, although he has some specific triggers:
- Hurting or threatening his friends.
- Threatening a woman.
- Harming defenseless animals and making them suffer.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: His adamantium claws, duh.
- Blessed with Suck: Let's see...
- His hands hurt every time his claws come out.
- Immortality Hurts: It sure doesn't look like a pleasant experience to survive a nuclear bomb in The Wolverine.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Logan, for what he has experienced, cannot die. Which brings up the unfortunate circumstance of seeing those around him get killed or pass away of old age.
- Breakout Character: Come on, it's Wolverine!
- Brought Down to Badass:
- In The Wolverine, his Healing Factor is dialed down to near-human levels. While his adamantium skeleton and multiple lifetimes of traumatic injury have rendered him superhumanly strong, tough, and resistant to pain, he's still left considerably weaker since his injuries accumulate rather than healing automatically.
- In the past timeline of X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is before his adamantium infusion, he loses the considerable advantage it affords him in exchange for a moderately better Healing Factor, which doesn't really balance it out. He ends up playing a supporting role and badly loses the two real fights he gets into.
- The Berserker: Often flies into a rage when he's in a fight.
- Cain and Abel: With his significantly more unhinged and murderous brother, Victor Creed.
- Cartwright Curse: Silverfox, then Jean. Averted, surprisingly, with Mariko.
- Cool Old Guy: While he looks forty, he's over 170 in the original trilogy.
- Cool Shades: In 1973, he sports fashionable '70s-style sunglasses.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His past history of fighting in the American Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, and his past work with Team X.
- Deadpan Snarker: Often makes snide remarks.
- Decoy Protagonist: In X-Men: Days of Future Past. Although he starts out as the main character, Charles Xavier is the true protagonist of the movie. He's just there only to help motivate Charles to change the future. And when the final battle begins, Magneto simply impales him with rebar and throws him into a nearby river, quickly ending his importance in the film.
- Defrosting Ice King: It's alluded to when the Phoenix (who is presumably using her telepathy) says to Wolverine, "What, you think [the Professor's] not in your head, too? Look at you, Logan. He's tamed you." Unbeknownst to both Wolverine and the audience, he has grown to love Xavier as a friend, and this finally comes to light after Logan crumbles emotionally after Charles is murdered. This is the first time in the original trilogy where Wolverine had displayed this much vulnerability towards a male character.
- Deliberate Injury Gambit: Due to his Healing Factor, he does this on occasion. In the first movie, he has to pierce his claws through his body to cut the restraints Magneto has him in.
- Determinator: To put simply, unless you are Magneto (or Beast in 1973), you won't stop him.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: In the finale of X-Men: Days of Future Past, he wakes up in the Sentinel-averted future to find all the X-Men and children at Xavier's school. Since he's the history teacher, he's settled and content.
- Friend to All Children: At Xavier's school.
- Good Is Not Nice: The quote underneath his picture says it all.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: He gets thrashed the most in all the films. Anyone else would die from the injuries he experiences.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Downplayed, but still present.
- Healing Factor: By the climax of X-Men: The Last Stand, his flesh is being torn from his body at an alarming rate only to regenerate just as quickly. (This was explained in the novelization as being accelerated and enhanced even further than normal by the energy Jean was putting out.) He also survives a nuclear bomb in the opening of The Wolverine and his body is left a charred and scalded mess from the affair. However, it seems like the film Wolverine's healing factor is not as absurd as the comic book Wolverine's healing factor, considering that decapitation is treated as a viable option in his solo films. X-Men: Days of Future Past also presents drowning as an effective method, though he was fished out before it could take.
- The Heart: In X-Men: Days of Future Past. Ironically, it's his major role in the film, with very few fight scenes. He's more there to galvanise the young Professor into action.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: He is the best example as besides the X-Men body suit, he often wears a leather jacket.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With his half-brother Victor Creed for his childhood and most of his adult life, up until he left Team X.
- Hot-Blooded Sideburns: Has some rather prominent muttonchops to go along with his rash personality. The Perma Stubble brings it even further.
- Hot Teacher: Joins the academy's staff in X-Men: The Last Stand. Revealed to be a history teacher in the new timeline created in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
- How Do I Shot Web?: Even he isn't immune, spending the first few hours after he got his adamantium claws in X-Men Origins: Wolverine accidentally cutting things up.
- I Did What I Had to Do: In The Wolverine, during a dream sequence, Wolverine tells Jean Grey that he had no choice but to kill her because of all the death and destruction she was causing.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be rather rude, and he often makes snide remarks, but behind it all, he means well.
- Mayfly-December Romance: Due to the longevity his powers provide him, Wolverine faces this conundrum. Well, he would, if his love interests would live long enough to see old age. The only one who survives parts with him on amicable terms.
- Meaningful Name: James Howlett.
- Motive Decay: Happens midway through X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He thinks Sabretooth killed his wife and, obviously, wants him dead. When it turns out she's still alive he still wants to kill him... for some reason.
- He also murdered Wolverine's only friend, Wraith and beat Wolverine repeatedly, at one point breaking his claws. And he's stated in no uncertain terms that he intends to hunt Wolverine and deny him any happiness, ever. And revealing that the love of your life was a long con just might set a man off.
- Mr. Fanservice: There's a reason that he's often shirtless.
- Mysterious Past: Even to him.
- Naked on Arrival: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, he wakes up in the past naked... because his past self just spent the night in bed with the woman he's supposed to be guarding.
- Nature Hero: The Anti-Hero kind in The Wolverine. Specifically, he beat the shit out of the hunter who killed his bear friend/companion.
- Older Than They Look/Really 700 Years Old: All because of his Super Healing Factor. He was born in 1832, but as of X-Men: Days of Future Past, he still physically appears to be a buff as hell early forties. His powers constantly rejuvenate his cellular integrity rendering him seemingly ageless. He's not by any means immortal, he just ages at an incredibly slow rate.
- One-Man Army: He'll take down as many people as possible.
- Papa Wolf: Towards Rogue and the children at the school.
- Parental Substitute: To Rogue.
- Rated M for Manly: Cigar-chomping bearded badass who the chicks love. Pure macho!
- Running Gag:
- Thanks to his recurring nightmares of his Dark and Troubled Past, it's a bad idea to share a bed with him or to be near him when he's unconscious. Rogue, Silverfox, a veterinarian (student), and, very nearly, Mariko, learn this lesson the hard way. Surprisingly enough Mariko seems completely unperturbed by almost being impaled and CONTINUES SLEEPING WITH HIM!
- Later, Shadowcat learns it the hard way. Not for sleeping with him, just for being too close during one of his episodes.
- His discomfort when it comes to flying plays out across the various films.
- Likely unintentional, but whenever he tries to confront Magneto, he ends up being thrown through the air.
- Screaming Warrior: Usually lets out a battle cry when taking down foes.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, Wolverine is the Manly Man with 1973 Charles in the Overly Sensitive Guy role. Logan has to act as the "glue" which barely holds the emotionally fragile Xavier together in order to complete their mission. Their opposite natures are most directly contrasted in the Pentagon kitchen scene, where Charles attempts to persuade the guards that he and his partner have a valid reason to be there, while Wolverine just knocks them out with a frying pan.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: It's demonstrated in X-Men. Surprising a sleeping PTSD vet is a bad idea. Especially when he's got adamantium-coated bone claws.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Is often seen wearing a tank top.
- Tall, Dark and Snarky: At 6'2", his snarkiness is as tall, if not taller, than his height.
- That Man Is Dead: In The Wolverine, when Yukio tells him it's an honour to meet the Wolverine, he mutters, "That's not who I am anymore."
- Time-Shifted Actor: A different actor plays James Howlett as a kid in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
- Traumatic Superpower Awakening: His mutant power first manifests itself in X-Men Origins: Wolverine when he stabs his father's killer to death.
- Undying Loyalty: He has developed this for Xavier during the Time Skip after the post-credits scene of The Wolverine. Although both Magneto and Professor X are co-leaders of the remaining X-Men in 2023, Logan only defers to Charles' authority. When Erik tells him that, "You'll need me as well [in the past]," Wolverine is wholly against the idea, but he reluctantly agrees after Xavier nods in approval.
- Welcome Episode: X-Men.
- Wolverine Claws: Obviously. Both bone and adamantium versions.
Marie D'Ancanto / 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."
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, although the film's final scene where Magneto slowly regains his power proves that the cure is not permanent.
- 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, she 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.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Everyone calls her Rogue. Marie is only used once in the entire franchise.
- First Gray Hair: In X-Men she gets her Skunk Stripe not from age, but as a result of being used to power Magneto's machine. She is asked whether she's considered dyeing it, but replies that she actually thinks it looks kind of cool, and wears it like a battle scar.
- 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.
- Informed Ability: X-Men talks about but never shows the mental aspect of her power where she picks up memories and personality fragments from a person she touches in addition to the person's strength/ability. In a scene near the end, Jean says she picked up some of Logan's personality traits but they're gone by the next scene. In the later films, she seems to gain some measure of control over her powers, which might explain why she doesn't fear losing her mind anymore.
- Locked into Strangeness: She gets her white streak because of Magneto's attempted power-transfer toward the end of the first film.
- 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.
- Welcome Episode: X-Men.
Robert "Bobby" Drake / Iceman
Robert "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.
- An Ice Person: Uses his mutant ability to create ice.
- I'm Melting/Torso with a View: By three Sentinels in the climax of X-Men: Days of Future Past.
- I'm Not Doing That Again: He says this in X-Men: The Last Stand after being phased though the ground and back out again.
- Literally Shattered Lives/Off with His Head!: By a Sentinel during the first battle of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Two Cosmic Retcons later, he's back alive.
- Meaningful Look: He shares one with Kitty as they cross paths during their battle against the Sentinels, and this may allude to them being in a relationship.
- Mundane Utility: In X2: X-Men United, when Logan wants a cold drink, he gives a Dr Pepper to Bobby, who uses his powers to chill the drink.
- Pretty Boy: His dainty facial features quickly communicate to the audience that he's a good-hearted person. This is especially true in the first movie, where he was only a minor character, but viewers were able to tell right away that "the cute guy" is sincere when trying to befriend Rogue. Moroever, being forced to abandon his family in the second film is more painful when his expression is very much like a puppy dog who has just been kicked.
- Sibling Rivalry: Implied, since his brother Ronnie calls the cops claiming that Iceman and the others are holding his family hostage soon after finding out he is a mutant.
- Took a Level in Badass: X2: X-Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand have him upgrading from student to X-Men. In the climatic battle of The Last Stand, he finally goes into his full ice form. By the time of X-Men: Days of Future Past, he has taken several more levels, including the debut of the iconic ice slide from the comics.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: As his visit to his parents shows.
- We Used to Be Friends: He and Pyro were friends in X2: X-Men United, but are adversaries in X-Men: The Last Stand.
- You Can't Go Home Again: After Stryker's raid on the school in X2: X-Men United, Bobby, Rogue, Logan and Pyro stopped by the Drake family house in hopes of regrouping, which in the process revealed Bobby's mutant abilities to his parents. His own brother calls the police and reports them as a threat despite the mutants not harbouring any ill intentions. After Pyro stupidly attacks the officers in the standoff that follows, Bobby is forced to flee with the others knowing he can never come back.
Katherine "Kitty" Pryde / Shadowcat
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
- Badass Adorable: She totally pwned The Juggernaut, bitch!
- Composite Character: Rachel Summers's role in the original comic is given to her in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
- Cute Bruiser: This cutie even made The Juggernaut her bitch!
- Deadly Dodging: Used against Juggernaut in X-Men: The Last Stand, as she tricks him into crashing into a wall behind her; due to their powers being temporarily nullified by Leech, he's promptly knocked out.
- Determinator: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, she must keep the link open, is at one point stabbed by Logan when his present body reacts violently to mental trauma in the past. And due to how time runs concurrently in the past and present, it's implied that it takes a few days before Logan and co. can properly stop Mystique, which means that she is slowly bleeding out and can't sleep for that period.
- Fanservice Pack: In X-Men: The Last Stand while wearing her X-Men uniform.
- Fragile Speedster: Has to rely on dodging and Indy Ploy to take out her opponents.
- Indy Ploy: To take down Juggernaut, Shadowcat goads him into charging at her and Leech. Leech's power nullifies the Juggernaut's, and when he slams into the wall he gets knocked out.
- Intangible Woman: Her mutation allows her to do this.
- Little Miss Badass: She made the Juggernaut her bitch!
- Meaningful Look: She shares one with Bobby as they cross paths during their battle against the Sentinels, and this may allude to them being in a relationship.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, she now somehow has the ability to send people's consciousnesses back through time.
- Official Couple: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, she seems to have become one with Bobby. In the new timeline, that seems to have been erased and she is presumably one with Colossus, as Bobby is with Rogue again.
- Pint Size Powerhouse: In X-Men: The Last Stand, she totally owned the Juggernaut, bitch.note
- Playing Gertrude: Somewhat. The viral website states the events of X-Men: The Last Stand occurred in 2006 when Kitty appeared to be, at the most, in her mid-teens. The Bad Future is said to occur in or very close to 2023, putting Kitty in her early 30s even though the films were released just 8 years apart and Ellen Page was 26 during filming.
- She's All Grown Up: Bobby Drake has certainly noticed that she's grown into Ellen Page. Even more so◊ in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Piotr Rasputin / Colossus
Piotr 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.
- Badass: Easily trounces highly trained military operatives during X2: X-Men United and takes down numerous mutants during the battle at the end of X-Men: The Last Stand. In the Bad Future of X-Men: Days of Future Past, he takes down several Sentinels.
- The Big Guy: He is the strongest member of the X-Men and his power revolves around hitting hard and shrugging off blows that could take out most other mutants.
- Fast Ball Special:
- Naturally. He pulls this off with Wolverine as the fastball.
- In X-Men: Days of Future Past, he's the fastball. Blink throws him at the Sentinels by using her portals (first, he goes through one where the other end is high in the air; then, right before he hits the ground, she opens another one with the other end behind a Sentinel).
- Gentle Giant: Is on the good guys' side.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, he is torn in half by a pair of Future Sentinels.
- Hunk/Tall, Dark and Handsome: He's the largest of the X-Men and quite good-looking.
- Made of Iron: Literally, which allows him to take more punishment than any other member of the team.
- Mr. Fanservice: Spends most of his screen time in X2: X-Men United running around shirtless, and his uniform in X-Men: The Last Stand lacks sleeves to show off his physique.
- The Quiet One:
- Perma Shave: In 2023, he has very little facial hair despite living in a post-apocalyptic world where mutants are being hunted down by Sentinels.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: His uniform in X-Men: The Last Stand is sleeveless, showing off his muscles and more of his transformation when using his power.
- Super Strength: Even when not transformed, he can still carry around a massive standard TV◊ as if it weighed nothing.
John Allerdyce / Pyro
A friend of Bobby and Rogue, Pyro has anti-social tendencies because he is very angry at humans for how they treat the mutant community. He has the ability to control (although not create) fire. Magneto tells him that "You are a god amongst insects; never let anyone tell you any different."
For more about him, see X-Men Film Series: Brotherhood
Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler
Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler
"Most people will never believe in anything beyond what they see with their own two eyes."
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.
- Badass Longcoat: wears this in most of X2.
- Brainwashing: By Stryker.
- The Bus Came Back: After a 13-year-long absence from the silver screen, we finally see him again in X-Men: Apocalypse.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He was a major character and love interest for Storm in X2: X-Men United, but didn't even appear in X-Men: The Last Stand because actor Alan Cumming found the make-up and prosthetic process grueling and refused to return to it without Bryan Singer. Cumming can be seen in the behind-the-scenes footage for X2 already stating that he never wants to go through the ordeal again. The video game based on the films which takes place between the two movies explains that he, a peaceful man, went abroad to distance himself from the X-Men's violent lifestyle.
- Covered In Scars: He is covered, from his pointy ears to all four of his toes, in rather artistic-looking raised scars. They're self-inflicted; apparently, he felt the need to punish himself for... something. He seems to be a bit of a harmless milksop, so it's somewhat baffling and/or depressing to think about what he could possibly have to feel so guilty about. It could be related to the fact he's a devout Catholic.
- Dark Is Not Evil: As the description states, he looks like a dark blue demon but is strongly religious and helps the good guys.
- Lightning Bruiser: Even faster as he teleports.
- The Magnificent: The Incredible Nightcrawler. He hasn't particularly let it go to his head, possibly because he gained the title as a circus acrobat, but he'll still drop it in occasionally.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Played with. He had a mouthful of fangs that were something between humanlike and sharklike, rather than merely pointed eyeteeth as in the comics. Fortunately he's a pretty cool guy when he's not under mind control.
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: 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.)
- Originally he was to appear in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but it was cut out as Bryan Singer felt there were too many mutants already.
- 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.
- Ship Tease: With Storm in X2.
- 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...
- Time-Shifted Actor: He is portrayed by two different actors: one as an adult and the other as an adolescent.
- Token Religious Teammate: He is a devout Catholic.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: And skin!
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. While acknowledging the below Adaptational Villainy, 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.
- Adaptational Villainy: 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.
- 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 and so does the Italian dub.
- There's also the fact that Quicksilver is set to appear in Avengers: Age Of Ultron - that one confirmed to use the name Pietro.
- 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.
- Composite Character: He looks and acts like his comic-counterpart's nephew, Speed, and even wears a similar pair of goggles.
- Cool Goggles: Yup◊. Used to overcome anything that can impair his sight while in super speed.
- Deadpan Snarker: 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. Simon Kinberg confirms their familial relation.
- Dressing as the Enemy: He dons the uniform (which conveniently fits him perfectly) of a Pentagon guard that he has Bound and Gagged so that he can reach Magneto's prison cell.
- 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...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. It's implied this is how he gets away with everything he does.
- Required Secondary Powers:
- He has no problems moving at super-speeds himself (in fact, he's most comfortable that way as everything around him moves too slowly). However when he runs Magneto past a hallway full of guards during their escape from the Pentagon, he specifically supports Erik's head and neck to protect him from whiplash during the sudden acceleration, while afterwards Erik is visibly nauseous.
- He can also hit people harder with much less force while in superspeed. He barely touches guards in superspeed, and that causes blows hard enough to render them unconscious.
- 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.
The Free Mutants were a global network of mutant resistance founded by Lucas Bishop in 2018 in response to increased attacks on mutants by Trask Industries and their Sentinels, machines created explicitly for the purpose of hunting down and killing mutants. They allied with X-Men in the Bad Future
section of X-Men: Days of Future Past
By 2023, their membership had dwindled down to only a handful of members, only managing to "survive" Sentinel attacks by Kitty Pryde sending Bishop's mind briefly into the past and warn the Free Mutants of the incoming attack early enough for there to be enough time to escape.
Lucas Bishop / Bishop
Lucas Bishop / Bishop
Played by: Omar Sy
A large and powerful mutant with energy absorption and redirection powers and founder of the underground "Free Mutants" movement.
- 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.
Clarice Ferguson / 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.
- Same Language Dub: All of her lines are dubbed by an uncredited actress. This may be due to Fan Bingbing possibly having difficulty with English.
- Skyward Scream: She lets out a small cry towards the heavens after being stabbed by three Sentinels.
- Teleport Spam: Her main tactic in fight scenes in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Opening portals in the paths of projectiles, Beam Spam, and even blades to make Sentinels injure each other or themselves.
- Thinking Up Portals: Can create portals, which she uses rather liberally. Tellingly, she was the last frontline defender to die in the final battle, and the Sentinels were only able to beat her through sheer number.
- What Beautiful Green Eyes: And a weird aqua at that, complete with Sickly Green Glow.
Roberto da Costa / Sunspot
Roberto da Costa / Sunspot
Played by: Adan Canto
A young mutant with fire powers.
James Proudstar / 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.