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Professor Charles Francis Xavier/Professor X

The original founder of the X-Men. An idealist who believes that humans and mutants can live together in peace. He's pragmatic about it, though, considering he essentially runs a combat school. Lost the use of his legs during a fight with an alien called Lucifer who was planning an Alien Invasion, got it back after an intimate encounter with the Brood, was put back in his chair by the Shadow King, and is currently walking once again. Likes to keep secrets, thinking that redundant plans and safechecks are best for everyone, but this tends to bite him on the ass more often than not. Also tends to be obsessed about the cause to the detriment of his social life. Xavier is the world's most powerful telepath, being able to read and fully control the minds of large groups of people at a time.

The Ultimate version of Professor X is a lot more selfish, sarcastic, and more of a Manipulative Bastard.
  • Abusive Parents: His stepfather Kurt Marko was strict and abusive. He still died trying to save Xavier from a fire.
  • Academic Athlete: As a teenager, Xavier received excellent grades and was also an accomplished track athlete.
  • Adaptational Heroism: His more negative traits (Manipulative Bastard, Good Is Not Nice) are often downplayed in most adaptations such as the 1990s animated series and the X-Men Film Series,note  where he is a lot more noble and wise. James McAvoy takes it up a notch in terms of likability by portraying the younger Charles as The Cutie.
  • Alcoholic Parent: His mother Sharon Xavier started Drowning Her Sorrows following her failed marriage to Kurt Marko. She became an alcoholic and died young. Xavier still has fond memories of her.
  • Alternate Universe Reed Richards Is Awesome: What If? vol. 2 #13 (May, 1990), depicts Earth-905. During the The Korean War, Xavier and not Cain Marko finds the Crimson Gem of Cyttorak. He is transformed into the Juggernaut. In this incarnation being a Genius Bruiser, Nigh Invulnerable, a near Invincible Villain, and hinted by Uatu to be Immortal. He uses his powers to take over the United States and sets up a mutant-dominated regime, founding the X-Men to serve as its de facto ruling class. Among those defeated by him are Daredevil, Doctor Doom, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, and Spider-Man. His tyranny turns a hand full of his X-Men against him. He is eventually defeated by an alliance of Cain Marko, Colossus, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Magneto, Quicksilver, and the Scarlet Witch, who manage to launch him into space.
    • What If? vol. 2 #77 (September, 1995) depicts Earth-77995. Legion time travels to World War II and kills a harmless Magneto. Legion then fades from existence. Without Magneto there is no mutant terrorist threat and no noticeable anti-mutant sentiment. Xavier still goes on to found the X-Men, who become media darlings. There is even a film series based on their adventures. Xavier looses control of the team to Forge, who barely tolerates Xavier's continued presence among the team. When Apocalypse and an army of his followers emerge, the X-Men have to face their first major battle in years. They are severely outclassed. Apocalypse points out the difference in their strengths: "For mine was tempered in fire, and yours went untested and became a joke." A mortally wounded Xavier still manages to kill Apocalypse. Jean Grey then uses the Phoenix Force to incinerate all of Apocalypse's army, except for Vanisher and Gideon who manage to escape. The cost is great, much of Washington, D.C. burns in the Phoenix flames and 100,000 civilians die. Jean takes over the X-Men and the school they run, but now the public has turned against them. Iron Man proposes anti-mutant legislation, while Gideon takes up Apocalypse's cause and recruits a new army of followers.
    • The Mutant X series (1998-2001) depicts Earth-1298. Xavier fought the Shadow King, killed him, and managed to somehow absorb the powers of the rival telepath. This was the Start of Darkness for him, as he also absorbed some of the Shadow King's corruption. He set out on a campaign to capture all the world's telepaths and absorb their powers. He later formed an alliance with Mister Sinister, took control of S.H.I.E.L.D., and unleashed a major attack on the X-Men. This was the prerequisite on his actual plan to terrorize the civilian population of planet Earth and feed on their fears, a power he had inherited from the Shadow King. He had an argument with Sinister and killed him. He was eventually defeated by the combined by the combined forces of the X-Men (led by Magneto), the Six (led by Havok), and the Horsemen of the Apocalypse (led by Apocalypse). He escaped and remained an active threat.
    • The one-shot What If Magneto Had Formed the X-Men With Professor X? (February, 2005) depicts Earth-523004. Xavier, Magneto, and Gabrielle Haller have their fated meeting in Israel. But in this world, a passionate speech by Gabrielle inspires Magneto to become a hero, rather than a Well-Intentioned Extremist. He and Xavier become firm allies and active players in world politics. Their greatest achievement is helping to end the Arab-Israeli Conflict. On the other hand, Xavier fails to construct Cerebro. Consequently the two only managed to locate a hand full of mutants over the decades. They form the X-Men to face the plans of Larry Trask. Trask stands as one of the world's richest men, his company provides advanced technology for global governments, he is a Lord Cardinal of the Hellfire Club, and his father provides him with mutant-hunting Sentinels. Making him much more dangerous than his Earth-616 counterpart.
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: After getting shot in the head by Bishop, a lot of Charles' memories were slow to come back. It did prove valuable in a Battle in the Center of the Mind with Mr. Sinister, though, since his attempts at demoralising Charles didn't have the same punch without the emotional connection.
  • Arch-Enemy: Magneto serves as his longest-standing enemy. He is also his rival in proposing a different dream for mutants, one of mutant supremacy. Which is against everything Xavier stands for.
  • The Atoner: After 2008, Professor X spent his time going around trying to make amends with various X-Men.
  • Badass Grandpa / Cool Old Guy: Sort of. Started out as significantly older than his students, and also single-handedly defeated early enemies such as the Vanisher and Blob, easily making him the most powerful member of the team. During the 1980s, he had to have his mind transplanted into a (somewhat younger) cloned body when his original body was the host to a parasitic Brood alien.
  • Bald of Awesome: Especially in the movies, where he's played by Patrick Stewart.
  • Big Good: Professor Xavier is The Leader of the X-Men, principal of the Xavier Institute for Gifted Youngsters, and the standard-bearer of the campaign for mutants and Muggles to co-exist peacefully. Even though he doesn't play a direct leader role in all of the Marvel Universe's mutant teams, the Verse's various teams of mutant heroes (the X-Men, X-Factor, X-Force, Generation X, etc.) have occasionally been collectively referred to as "The Disciples of Xavier."
  • Boom, Headshot: At the end of the Messiah Complex storyline, Bishop accidentally hit Charles while firing madly at a disappearing Cable. He got better thanks to the Acolytes.
  • Cain and Abel: Has an evil twin sister (Cassandra Nova), had an evil stepbrother (Juggernaut, who had a Heel–Face Turn, and was actually called Cain), an evil former best friend (Magneto), and an evil son (David "Legion" Haller, not actually evil but misguided with severe mental problems)!
  • Catch-Phrase: "To me my X-Men." The phrase debuted in the final page of X-Men #1 (September, 1963) and would be reused for decades.
  • Chrome Dome Psi: He had blonde hair as a child, but as one character profile has it: "One side effect of his powers was that he lost his hair while he was still in his late teens." His powers being telepathy, making him "able to read thoughts, communicate with others psionically, manipulate thoughts and memories, control the actions of others, mentally induce pain, paralysis, or unconsciousness in other people, project his astral form and enter the psychic plane."
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: According to an interview with Stan Lee, the visual appearance of Xavier was based on Yul Brynner.
  • Commuting on a Bus: After his stint as the main character of X-Men: Legacy, having been made Persona Non Grata among most of the X-Men, Charles spent the next few years disappearing and reappearing.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Professor X had at one point plans to be put into play in the event that any given X-Man executed a Face Heel Turn. For example, the plan for dealing with Wolverine was immolating his entire body, severing his head with a laser and sealing it in an adamantium safe.
  • Crimefighting with Cash: He can't always directly fight crime (paraplegia is a bitch that way), but he still uses his mountains of cash to help his students do so.
  • A Darker Me: Xavier had a history of his dark side taking on a life of its own. One of these times led into a freaking Crisis Crossover.
  • Death Is Cheap: He was killed by Grotesk in X-Men vol. 1 #42 (March, 1968). But in issue #65 (February, 1970), it was revealed that the Shapeshifter Changeling had died in his place. The real Xavier was just in hiding, preparing to face the Alien Invasion of the Z'Nox. Jean Grey was the only one who knew of the ruse.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Professor Xavier also tends to suffer this fate as, at his full potential, he should be able to just sense and mindwipe any sentient problem that's heading the X-Men's way. Hence, most major threats in the X-Men comic books will begin with Xavier either disappearing, losing his powers, falling into a coma, turning evil, or otherwise being rendered useless for the rest of the story.
    • Believe it or not, a lot of the early battles came down to the X-Men distracting the villain long enough for Professor X to get in range and defeat them with his mental bolts.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: In his college years, Xavier was involved in a Love Triangle. Both Xavier and Joseph "Joe" MacTaggert courted the lovely Moira Kinross. Xavier seemingly won her heart, but was then drafted to serve in The Korean War. In his absence, Moira got back with Joe. So, a soldier Xavier received a "Dear John" Letter. Moira went on to marry John and they had a son.
  • Easily Forgiven: It does not matter how many times you've tried to kill him; if you claim repentance, he'll welcome you with open arms. Sometimes this works out really well, and sometimes... not.
    • Not really that surprising, considering he's a telepath, and therefore likely to know whether you're sincere about it or not.
    • This gained Charles a What the Hell, Hero? speech from the entire team when he decided to allow former foe (for former, read "they still considered her one") Rogue onto the team. It was only when Charles threw Storm's assessment of Wolverine (to wit: "he may be a psychopath, but there is good in him") back in her face and gave a Patrick Stewart Speech to the effect that he'd rather be stabbed in the back than stand by and spurn a suffering mutant that the X-Men backed down. Worth noting that he was one hundred percent right in this case, as Rogue has proven herself a worthy hero and loyal friend many times over.
    • On the flip-side, in recent years he's been the one whose needed to be forgiven, as all sorts of revelations about how manipulative he has been over the years have come to light, to say nothing of the fact that he apparently had a crush on Jean Grey since she was 6. Cyclops and many members of the team have had trouble forgiving him. Another reason is general loss of faith as his dream of peaceful human-mutant co-existence seems to have gone down the crapper, and Cyke thinks a tougher policy than Easily Forgiven is in order. Thirdly, he himself broke this rule when he shot his Evil Twin Cassandra Nova dead; though she absolutely deserved it, it was mainly because of the threat she represented, and not (just) her previous genocidal actions.
      • The last one has been subverted. The first time he threatened her (by threatening to shoot himself in the head), she was trying to take control of him and Cerebra, so it was an impending menace. The second time she had just succeeded. Nova's mind was in Charles' body and vice-versa.
  • Ephebophile: In The X-Men #3 (January, 1964) it is revealed that Xavier is romantically attracted to his teenaged student Jean Grey. "'Don't worry!' As though I could help worrying about the one I love! But I can never tell her! I have no right! Not while I'm the leader of the X-Men, and confined to this wheelchair!" This was actually part of a running gag about how every male in Jean's range was in love with her, and could be dismissed as a throwaway joke. It was dropped and nearly forgotten until 1996, when Onslaught brought it up again, presenting it as if it was serious.
  • Evil Former Friend: Magneto and he used to be friends, before Magneto chose to go on the warpath and become a terrorist. Whenever Magneto has a Heel–Face Turn, they tend to act as best friends.
  • Faking the Dead: He faked his death from X-Men vol. 1 #42 (March, 1968) to issue #65 (February, 1970). Two years.
  • Fiction 500: The X-Mansion and related equipment comes from his inherited fortune, so he might be as rich as Tony Stark. Under Grant Morrison, he even headed an international Mega Corp. to fund his team's heroism and projects.
    • His inherited fortune made him able to turn the basement of a mansion into an Elaborate Underground Base with an absurdly advanced holodeck room, as well as building various vehicles, including helicopters and a really advanced jet. Plus the Cerebro. Those can't come cheap. note  Eventually, his even richer wife, Shi'Ar Empress Lilandra (who owned an entire galaxy), provided upgrades to much of Xavier's facilities.
      • Note that the jet in question was a custom-modified SR-71 Blackbird, bought straight from Lockheed. Lockheed in real life never sold Blackbirds to anyone except the US government, since the technology was largely top secret. This illustrates that Xavier is both ludicrously rich and even more ludicrously well-connected. Or he just used his psychic powers to convince whoever was responsible to get him what he needed.
      • Also, everything on this list — Cerebro, the mansion, the Blackbird, and other smaller planes and helicopters — gets destroyed whenever the plot requires them not to have it or wants to show "this villain is serious." And everything on this list will be replaced, often with a better version that more closely matches whatever it looks like in the most recent film, by the next time it's needed. This in addition to the sprawling facilities and Star Trek-level gadgetry. That places Professor X in Tony Stark's tier, but unlike the other characters with unlimited resources, we never hear about his business ventures, or trouble with any companies of his during the times Xavier is in space or believed by all to be dead. Was his dad so rich that the X-Men can keep this up indefinitely without it being replenished, or is there an unseen Xavier Industries comparable to what Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark has?
      • Emma Frost is known to have used her telepathy to get insider information for playing the stock market. Given that in his younger years, Xavier was decidedly less ethical about invading (and even altering) people's minds, one wonders if he did the same thing in order to enhance his wealth. Simply being heavily invested in other people's companies could give Xavier vast wealth without having to run a company of his own, if he picked the right companies.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: Uncanny X-Men #161 (September, 1982) is a Whole Episode Flashback to 20 years before, back to Xavier's younger years. He is in Haifa, Israel when asked to treat Gabrielle Haller, a Holocaust survivor who has been catatonic since the days of World War II. Xavier uses his telepathy to enter her mindscape, demolish the mental walls present there, and awaken her for the first time in decades. Over the following weeks, he keeps treating her as his patient and they fall in love.
    • Uncanny X-Men #309 (February, 1994) id another a Whole Episode Flashback, back to Xavier's younger years. Xavier has recently lost use of his legs and his injuries are treated in a hospital in India. He has sunk into depression. His primary caretaker is American Red Cross nurse (and fellow mutant) Amelia Voght. During a therapy session, Amelia surprises him by confessing to love him and giving him a passionate kiss. He falls in love with her. Eventually they move in together, back in his Westchester mansion.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He is responsible for the creation of technological achievements such as the mutant-tracking computer Cerebro and the Danger Room.
  • Genius Cripple / Handicapped Badass: For much of his history. As a teenager he was a track athlete. He then devoted himself to his college studies. His genius-level intellect made him a leading expert in genetics, the study of mutations, and psionics. He possesses considerable expertise in other life sciences. He is also a tactician, strategist, and a Gadgeteer Genius. He is responsible for the creation of technological achievements such as the mutant-tracking computer Cerebro and the Danger Room. His legs were crippled following a fight with Human-looking Alien Lucifer, making him a Genius Cripple. He has been able to walk on several occasions, but this tends to be short-lived. He always seems to return to being confined in a wheelchair. Despite his handicap, Xavier remains a Badass fighter.
  • Good Is Not Nice: While still in the womb, Xavier sensed that his twin sister Cassandra Nova was evil. So his first conscious act was trying to kill her, even though she had yet to hurt him. He has performed memory wipes on Muggles and his own students. He has on occasion faked losing his powers or even dying to suit his plans. Consequently leaving his students fending for themselves and feeling emotional pain. He was part of the covert group The Illuminati, and participated in their at best questionable decisions. All behind the back of his students. He covered up the death of the inexperienced X-Men Darwin, Petra, Sway, and Vulcan. He brainwashed Wolverine into joining the team. He knew that the Danger Room had become sentient and chose to keep it enslaved. He put a lot of effort in the so-called Xavier protocols, identifying the weaknesses of each student and devising plans to kill them if they went bad (to be fair, he included plans for his students to kill him if need be). He has also at times not hesitated to demote a number of X-Men while criticizing their perceived flaws. One of Kitty Pryde's most famous phrases summarizes well what all this means: "Professor Xavier Is a Jerk!"
  • Guile Hero: His intellect is his greatest weapon. Aside from being a telepath, he keeps secrets even from his own team, has faked his own death as a ruse, and has employed secret operatives for when dogs need to be shot.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: He is a hero and three of his love interests are redheads: Jean Grey, Amelia Voght, and Mystique.
  • I Love Nuclear Power: Stan Lee toyed the idea that Mutants were the result of exposures to radiation. Which is why the X-Men were the so-called "Children of the Atom." In X-Men#1 (September, 1963), Xavier gives a brief mention of both of his parents working in the Atomic bomb project. Which resulted in his birth as a mutant. In X-Men #12 (July, 1965), Xavier receives his first Origins Episode. His father Brian Xavier is confirmed to have worked (and died) as a scientist in a nuclear facility in Alamogordo, New Mexico. His mother Sharon Xavier, on the other hand, was retconned into a common Housewife. Xavier thus gains his mutation from his father.
  • Identical Grandson: X-Men: Battle of the Atom introduces Charles Xavier II, a grandson of Xavier from an alternate future. He looks exactly like his grandfather, has the same powers, and was crippled by Colossus, confining him to a wheelchair just like his grandfather.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Magneto, though this is a result of the sliding timescale. Chris Claremont established the two to be close age-wise and having a friendship going back decades. But Magneto's origin has him as an Holocaust survivor and this is not affected by the timescale. According to X-Men: Magneto Testament #1 (November, 2008), Magneto was born in either 1925 or 1926. He is currently supposed to be 90-years-old and will only appear to get older as the decades pass. On the other hand, Xavier's birth period is affected by the timescale and moves forward in time. In more recent stories, Magneto is old enough to be Xavier's father.
    • Also his relationship with Wolverine. Wolvie was born in the 19th century and is old enough to be Xavier's ancestor.
  • Interspecies Romance: More so than the average mutant, since his steady relationship is with Lilandra Neramani, the Empress of the Shi'ar, alien bird people with Psychic Powers.
  • Jerkass Ball: He has a habit of occasionally grabbing it. Case in point, his return to the X-Men at the beginning of the Dark Phoenix saga. Within days of his joyous return, he begins drilling the X-Men in the Danger Room, treating the experienced, capable team of adults like children, even handing out demerits to Wolverine when he finally takes as much as he can stand. When Cyclops tries pointing out that what he's doing isn't sensible, the Professor somehow manages to turn this around to mean Scott has failed his duties as team leader.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: He employs this much more often than Mind Rape.
  • The Leader: He serves as the Leader of the X-Men whenever he is around. Though he appoints field leaders to serve in combat situations.
  • Literal Split Personality: While Xavier's dark side, as noted, as taken on a life of its own before, Onslaught became this halfway through his self-titled crossover.
  • Long Distance Relationship: Recurring use. He has a lasting relationship with Lilandra Neramani, a Shi'ar alien. She has spend time on Earth, and he has joined her in space. But when separated, the distance between them is the vast one separating Earth from another galaxy.
  • Luke, You Are My Father: Xavier had a brief relationship with Gabrielle Haller, a Holocaust survivor. When it ended, he was unaware that Gabrielle was pregnant. The result was a mutant son called David Haller. Xavier only found out in New Mutants #27 (May, 1985), when he entered the mindscape of the catatonic David. The boy called him "father."
  • May–December Romance: With Gabrielle Haller, though this is a result of the sliding timescale. Her origin established her as an Holocaust survivor and this is not affected by the timescale. On the other hand, Xavier's birth period is affected by the timescale and moves forward in time. So while the original story had the two lovers close age-wise, due to the timescale Gabrielle is supposed to be decades older than Xavier. And they had a son together.
  • Mentor Archetype: He is the experienced hero and teacher who takes in young boys and girls, training them to be heroes in their own right. Several of his students start out as teenagers.
  • Military Superhero: In X-Men #12 (July, 1965), Xavier receives his first Origins Episode. Among the background elements established is his military service in The Korean War. Being a veteran has remained an essential part of his background and characterization. Though due to the sliding timescale some retellings of the origin story replace the War with an unnamed Asian conflict.
  • A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: Charles' brain is psionically shielded due to his time in Korea, where the sheer level of suffering had threatened to drive him insane.
  • Mind over Manners: He often prefers to "ask" before he reads your mind.
  • Mind over Matter: Used only In X-Men #1 (September, 1963). Stan Lee had some problems defining what the powers of his characters allowed them to do. So in that issue, Xavier uses his telepathy to pilot an airplane. This is actually telekinesis.
    • Xavier's counterpart in Ultimate X-Men is also telekinetic. Per his profile in the Marvel Database: "He is capable of lifting himself and his wheelchair up a flight of stairs, shunting Magneto into Earth's atmosphere and exploding the ball of metal which Magneto was (presumably) contained within, and levitating a Sentinel."
  • Mind Rape: He is perfectly capable of performing one, although he is reluctant to use it. Performed on Magneto in X-Men vol. 2 #25 (October, 1993), to shut out his mind and leave him in a vegetative state.
  • Mission Control: More often than not, Xavier is not physically present in missions. He stays in telepathic communication with his students and provides assistance from a distance. When he does insist on leading or participating in a mission, it usually means he intends to have a Let's Get Dangerous! moment.
  • Old Money: He inherited his wealth and has never worked for a living. No matter how much damages the Mansion and its equipment suffer, Xavier always has enough money to restore them.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: A mild version. He is at least an expert in genetics, and a proficient inventor. He created the mutant-searching computer Cerebro and the Danger Room. Where his X-Men train with fully-fledged simulations of combat. He's not a half bad medic either.
  • Omniscient Morality License: A lot of his actions come off as this. For example in Beast's origin story, Xavier wipes out the memories of everyone who knew Hank McCoy. Including his friends and girlfriend. His questionable activities tend to be given a pass because he is the Big Good. He does get called out on it eventually.
  • The One That Got Away: Xavier has two of them, Moira Kinross MacTaggert and Amelia Voght. He had relationships with both of them, and they both left him at the end. Leaving him with lasting bittersweet memories and regrets. Their paths crossed again but there was no rekindling of passion. Averted with Gabrielle Haller. They parted on friendly terms and there were no hard feelings about it.
  • Patrick Stewart Speech: While he is played by Patrick Stewart in the movies, he's been making these sort of speeches for years before the movies ever came out.
  • Psychic Powers: One of the most powerful psychics in the franchise.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: He has demonstrated a more powerful dark side three times. First there was "Dark Xavier" in X-Men #106 (August, 1977). It was able to create copies of the Angel, Beast, Iceman, and Jean Grey, using them to fight against the current X-Men. Second, in X-Men and the Micronauts #1-4 (January - April, 1984) ,a crossover mini-series, there was the Entity, another personification of his dark side. Within the Microverse, it was able to enslave entire races, and to manipulate and restructure matter. Later there was the supremely powerful Onslaught, who also contained elements of Magneto's evil side.
  • Team Dad: Several of the X-Men view him as their father figure, especially Scott and Jean.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: In the earlier days, Xavier had a secret love for Jean, but feared she would never reciprocate because of his handicap. Later, it was revealed that he had a crush on her since she was six.
  • Telepathy: He is one of the most powerful telepaths in the Marvel Universe. Able to contact minds on a global scale.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: He married Lilandra Neramani by Shi'ar law and served as her imperial consort. Xavier is not conventionally attractive, being a middle-aged bald guy with no outstanding physical features. Lilandra on the other hand has model looks, usually displayed by her Form-Fitting Wardrobe.
    • According to Uncanny X-Men vol. 3 #24 (September, 2014), Xavier was married to Mystique at the time of his death. Again he was not attractive, while his spouse was a redhead, blue-skinned woman with model looks.
  • Walking the Earth:
    • Forms a part of his backstory. After being "Dear John"'d by Moira, he started traveling, which led to his encounters with Magneto, Gabrielle Haller, and Amahl Farouk, the latter of which inspired him to fight evil mutants.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Depending on the Writer, Xavier may just be an average telepath at best who uses Cerebro to boost his powers to god-like levels, or genuinely enormously powerful. Recently, it's been leaning towards the latter, with his classification as an Omega Class mutant. But no matter the writer, he is consistently the most experienced and skilled psychic in the Marvel Universe, so sometimes he becomes this. Other times he's powerful enough without Cerebro but still has mad skills, thus averting this.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: He can do many things, but he can't climb stairs. Making them an effective obstacle for him.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: His habit of using his powers on people he cares about and keeping secrets often ends up biting him in the ass.
  • Who You Gonna Call?: If you have a victim who is seriously damaged by a psychic attack or any mutant powers such as what happened to Carol Danvers after she was attacked by Rogue with her power and mind stealing powers, Xavier is usually the only expert who can treat such casualties.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: During "The Muir Island Saga," when Xavier battled the Shadow King on the astral plane, the Shadow King's attacked Xavier's legs, causing him to become crippled (once again) in the real world.

    Scott "Slim" Summers / Cyclops 

Scott "Slim" Summers/Cyclops

See Cyclops

    Robert Louis "Bobby" Drake / Iceman 

Robert Louis "Bobby" Drake/Iceman

Bobby Drake has the power to control moisture and temperature, as well as to transform his body into a living man made of ice, potentially making him one of the most powerful mutants in the world. This is belied by his incredibly deep insecurities, which hampers him both in his career as a superhero and in his personal life. Most of this stems from being raised by a critical, demanding, and mutant-hating father, who treated him shabbily before Bobby found out he was a mutant. It wasn't until he was possessed by Emma Frost that he started to realize just how much potential he really had. He tries to hide his insecurities by constantly attempting to get attention and recognition with a non-stop stream of verbal wise-assery.

see the Iceman page

    Warren Kenneth Worthington III / Angel, Archangel 

Warren Kenneth Worthington III/Angel, Archangel

A beautiful, somewhat conceited wealthy young man who has wings which allow him to fly. Initially one of the proudest members of the group, became more and more progressively useless when several other mutants were introduced who could fly, as well as do many other useful things. Once lost his wings in a fight, which caused him to do a Face–Heel Turn to get cybernetic replacement wings. Sometime after that, he developed regenerative blood which caused anyone touching it (foremost himself, obviously) to heal from any injury. Recently, this wasn't seen as quite enough, so Angel was upgraded to have the ability to switch at will between feathered Angel and evil, razor-winged Archangel forms.
  • All-Loving Hero: The amnesiac Angel claims to love everyone (platonically) and is trying to perform miracles for them. This does not prevent him from getting involved in fights.
  • Alliterative Name: Warren Worthington. His middle name "Kenneth" is a later addition and is often left unmentioned.
    • And an alliterative codename. According to his origin story, he was briefly a solo hero before joining the X-Men. His codename was Avenging Angel.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Notably had blue skin for many years, even after he had lost the metallic wings.
  • American Accents: Prep. Well, it only lasted about two seconds, but for the first couple issues none of his speech bubbles were complete without calling someone "old man/boy/lad."
  • Amnesiacs Are Innocent: The amnesiac Angel is no longer a vicious killer, instead showing love and care towards people he barely knows. Starting with Psylocke.
  • Anti-Hero: Type V in Apocalypse-engineered mode.
  • Arch-Enemy: Cameron Hodge, one of X-Factor's major foes, serves as one to Archangel. Highlights of his activities include the crossovers Extinction Agenda and Phalanx Covenant. Cameron has died a few times, but always seems to find a way to get Back from the Dead. Once through a Deal with the Devil, twice through the Phalanx's techno-organic virus restoring him.
  • Art Imitates Art: Text only use. In Wolverine and the X-Men #10 (July, 2012), Rachel Grey describes the rapid learning the amnesiac Angel is displaying. He went from being unable to draw even a basic stick figure to producing a faithful recreation of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel on the walls of his room.
  • Artificial Limbs: He has his naturally-occuring wings amputated and replaced with razor-edged metallic wings that can shoot blades. As the procedure is done by an evil mad scientist, there are some side effects.
  • Betty and Veronica: Veronica for Jean in the early days. He was the rich, arrogant suitor in comparison to the poor, humble Cyclops.
  • Black Gal on White Guy Drama: Averted. His lover Charlotte Jones is African-American, so this is a pairing of White Guy and a Black Gal. But neither of the two face derision and this is not played for drama.
  • Blood Knight: In Apocalypse-engineered mode. He actively sought combat and the death of his opponents.
  • Brainwashed: He was brainwashed by Apocalypse to serve as Death, one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse. He stayed under control from X-Factor #21 to #25(October, 1987 - February, 1988). After killing Iceman, he snaps out of it and attacks Apocalypse. Fortunately the Iceman he destroyed was only an ice statue of the original.
  • Cast from Lifespan: Following his resurrection in 2012, Angel gained new energy powers. In Wolverine and the X-Men #20 (January, 2013), Beast speculates that they come at a terrible price. Angel is using his own energy reserves to fight, and they are a limited resource. When they are exhausted, he will die.
  • Chick Magnet: He is a blonde-haired hunk of a man and regularly attracts ladies. This goes as far back as X-Men #2 (November, 1963). The X-Men have recently defeated Magneto and have become celebrities. Anti-mutant sentiment was not introduced yet. So there is a scene where the Angel has trouble escaping his adoring fangirls. He has went on to have romances with several notable women, the dates given are the duration of the relationship: Candy Southern (1967-1986), Dazzler (1982-1983), Charlotte Jones (1990-1991), Psylocke (1994-2001), and Husk (2002-2005).
    • In Uncanny X-Men #169-170 (May, 1983), Angel was kidnapped by the Morlocks. Their leader Callisto wanted to have him as her consort, since he was “the most beautiful man in all the world.” In Excalibur vol. 3 #13 (July, 2005), both Callisto and Viper express their lust towards Archangel.
    • His teammate Stacy X had an unrequited crush on him. In Uncanny X-Men #413 (November 2002), Stacy and Husk fight over their common attraction to Archangel.
    • In Uncanny X-Men #415 (January, 2003), Warren attracts the attentions of the empath Josette. She tries to seduce him, and he turns her down.
    • In X-Men: First Class #7 (May, 2007), Angel has a brief relationship with the Scarlet Witch.
    • In X-Force Uncanny X-Force]] #16 (November, 2011), Archangel has sex with Pestilence/Ichisumi. He impregnates her and she goes on to give birth to their twin children: Uriel and Eimin.
    • The younger version of Angel, displaced to Earth-616, has a relationship with X-23.
  • Combo Platter Powers: He's got enhanced strength and endurance, healing blood, flight...
  • Crimefighting with Cash: He inherited a large fortune from his father, as well as the position of CEO of Worthington Industries.note  The company is "an international conglomerate with holdings in advanced aviation technology, periodicals (at least one newspaper), experimental alternative fuels and fancy frozen yoghurts, with nearly uncountable net worth." He has used his fortune to bankroll the Defenders, X-Factor, and the X-Men.
    • At one point, his old foe the Vanisher set up a company to sell drugs. Termed "designer genes," they were drugs distilled from mutants that gave their users temporary access to unique mutant powers. In Uncanny X-Men #409 (September, 2002), Archangel ended the threat by performing a hostile takeover of Vanisher's company.
  • Death Is Cheap: In X-Factor #15 (April, 1987), his wings were amputated. He escaped the hospital and took off on a private plane. The plane explodes in to ball of flames, and Angel was declared deceased. His funeral was held in issue #17 (June, 1987). In issue #18 (July, 1987), it is revealed that Angel was teleported out of the plane moments before the explosion. His rescuer was Apocalypse, who wanted to convert him to his cause.
    • In The Infinity Gauntlet #1 (July, 1991), Thanos wipes out of half the population of the Marvel Universe. In issue #2 (August, 1991), a list of "missing" (dead) heroes is read and Archangel was among them. Every casualty of the event was restored to life in issue #6 (December, 1991), Archangel included.
    • In Uncanny X-Force #18 (February, 2012), Archangel is killed by Psylocke, who uses the Life Seed to stab him. The death did not even last the issue. The Life Seed immediately resurrects him, but wipes out his memory.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: He was involved in a Love Triangle with Jean Grey and Cyclops. Both men wanted her, and Warren was more open about it. This subplot run for years in the original X-Men series. It was resolved in issue #31 (April, 1967), when Warren decided to drop the pursuit. He realized Jean was not returning his affection. That same issue introduced his Replacement Love Interest, Candy Southern.
  • Distressed Dude: Uncanny X-Men #169-170 (May, 1983), Angel was kidnapped by the Morlocks. Their leader Callisto wanted to have him as her consort, since he was "the most beautiful man in all the world." He spend both issues as a helpless captive, "silent and naked except for a loincloth, shackled, crucifixion-style, to a wall in Callisto's dungeon."
  • Doomed Upgrade: Superpowered version. Various writers continue trying to upgrade him beyond "lame old flight," but nobody can agree on what that upgrade should be, so his powers have gone through at least three major revamps. The longest-lasting of these was being stints as Archangel with razor-sharp metal wings (permanently locked into the form from 1988 to 1996, able to shift at will between Angel and Archangel from 2008 to present).
  • Dream Sequence: In Uncanny X-Force #18 (February, 2012), Archangel is dying and Psylocke uses her telepathy to give him an elaborate dream. In it, the two are a married couple, raising two daughters in Colorado. They grow old together, and Warren dies of natural causes.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Yes, he's THAT hot. His former friend Cameron Hodge was obsessed with Warren. In X-Factor #34 (November, 1988), Cameron killed Candy Southern, Warren's actual lover. He explains his reasons for killing her: "She loved you. And you loved her. You turned from me and loved her." The motivation of a Stalker With a Crush who has decided to Murder the Hypotenuse.
  • Evil Former Friend: Cameron Hodge used to be his friend before becoming his Archenemy. Warren trusted him enough to have him serve as the public relations director to X-Factor.
  • Evil Uncle: His paternal uncle Burtram "Burt" Worthington is the super-villain Dazzler. He killed first Warren's father and then his mother. All in an attempt to claim the family fortune. Unfortunately for him, Warren survived and became the actual heir. His appearances so far include Ka-Zar #2-3 (December, 1970 - March, 1971), Marvel Tales vol. 2 #30 (April, 1971), and X-Men: The Hidden Years #13-16 (December, 2000 - March, 2001).
  • Face–Heel Turn: When his Death persona takes over and he becomes the successor to Apocalypse. Setting of the Dark Angel Saga in the pages of Uncanny X-Force.
    • His first Face Heel Turn occurred back in Tales of Suspense #49 (January, 1964). Following an accidental exposure to radiation, Angel becomes an "evil mutant." He heads right to the Xavier Mansion and announces his resignation from the X-Men. His teammates attempt to restrain him until the Professor arrives. Instead Angel easily knocks Beast and Cyclops off their feet, evading attacks by Iceman and Marvel Girl. He flies away just before Professor X arrives and casually ignores a mental command to return. Pointing he is no longer scared of Xavier. He then goes on trying to make contact with evil mutants. He instead gets into a fight with Iron Man. Iron Man fails to get the best of his opponent, but then tries another strategy. He pretends to fall out of the sky to his death. This snaps Angel out of his "evil mutant" persona and he goes to the rescue. He is a hero again and is welcomed by the X-Men.
  • Feather Flechettes: In his Death/Archangel persona. Each flechette is tipped with a paralytic toxin that temporarily renders his victims immobile, physically "dead" and unable to access any conscious powers they may have.
  • Fiction 500: His personal wealth places him as one of the richest men in the United States. He can always cover the expenses of entire teams
  • Friend to All Children: In Wolverine and the X-Men #10 (July, 2012), Rachel Grey reveals that Angel devotes part of his day to children. Specifically he volunteers at the hospital and takes sick children on rides through the clouds.
  • Good Wings, Evil Wings: Angel has while feathery wings during his early incarnation. Later, he is grabbed by Apocalypse and experimented upon, and his wings become metallic and retractable. Later the metal wings mysteriously fall off and reveal the old feathered wings have returned, and still later Warren gains the ability to shift at will between the feather-winged Angel and metal-winged Archangel. And in the latter form he has to fight against the evil urges that have been imbued in him by Apocalypse, hence sticking with the weaker but entirely good Angel form whenever possible.
  • Hand Blast: Following his resurrection in 2012, Angel gained new energy powers. He can now blast energy from his hands.
  • Have We Met?: Amnesiac or not, Angel finds his teammate Genesis/Evan Sabahnur looks familiar and feels he should know more about him. Genesis is a clone of Apocalypse, Angel's former master.
  • Healing Factor: When Chuck Austen revamped Archangel's powers, one of the new ones was a healing factor. In Uncanny X-Men #415 (January, 2003), Warren is completely healed after being severely injured. Even his broken bones are repaired. Warren surprises Iceman with his "rapid healing." Iceman suggests that Warren is turning into a copy of Wolverine: "So what’s next? You pop claws out of your forearms, develop a taste for beer and mousse your hair all pointy on the sides?"
  • Healing Hands: Averted. While believing himself to be an actual Angel, Warren is convinced he has this power. In Wolverine and the X-Men #8 (June, 2012), Warren tries to use this power on a paralyzed Wolverine. Nothing happens.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: He was a suitor to redhead Jean Grey. His one time love interest Scarlet Witch has auburn hair. "Auburn" being reddish-brown.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: He is the CEO of Worthington Industries and is not in favor of underhanded business methods or morally questionable investments. His board of directors, on the other hands, has invested money in the X-Ranch (a mutant brothel) and Lobo Technologies (a company illegally selling Stark Enterprises products under their logo).
  • I Believe I Can Fly: When Angel was introduced as a member of the X-Men, it was alongside the very flightless Cyclops and Beast, while Iceman's ice slides didn't offer the same level of maneuverability and Jean Grey couldn't levitate herself very far. But as the roster has expanded with characters who have flight as a side effect of their powers—Storm, Magneto, Rogue (after absorbing the right abilities), Mystique, Cannonball, Apocalypse, and so on—being stuck with huge feathered wings as a mutation must be annoying.
    • In fairness, Angel has gained (and lost) a lot of powers over the years, such as vision on par with a hawk's, being physically capable of flight i.e. being both lighter and stronger than normal humans, and recently universal donor blood with regenerative properties that, for some, can heal otherwise-doomed characters from fatal damage. And even when his power of flight was more exclusive, he always made it look like a lot of fun, like every childhood daydream you've had but better.
  • Identity Amnesia: Following his resurrection in 2012, Angel lost all memories of his previous life. In Wolverine and the X-Men, Angel becomes just another student. He has to be taught the basics about being a mutant, doesn't answer to the name "Warren," and for a while believed he was an actual Angel.
  • Impoverished Patrician: Following his amnesia, Angel spend a period when his bank accounts were frozen. This started in Wolverine and the X-Men #5 (April, 2012). He also lost control of his company to its board of directors: "It is painfully obvious to the board of directors that their longtime CEO has suffered a mental breakdown and thus at present must be considered mentally unfit to run this company. They have no choice but to strip Mr. Worthington of all authority in regards to this company and to implore him to seek the medical attention he so desperately needs." ... "He is being called before a judge to demonstrate mental competence."
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Wolverine. Wolvie was born in the 19th century and is old enough to be Archangel's ancestor.
    • With Genesis/Evan Sabahnur. Angel is a full adult, Genesis is little more than a newborn clone. Justified in that Angel himself is functionally a child following his resurrection.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: In X-Factor #24 (January, 1988), Warren serves as Death, a Horseman of the Apocalypse. He lists his reasons for his newfound hatred of humans: "They took away his wealth, beauty, name, pride, and even his wings." He is correct that hateful humans have caused his Trauma Conga Line, and his former teammates offer no argument against his reasoning.
  • The Lancer: Full of himself, overconfident, and continued to contend with Scott for Jean long after Bobby and Hank lost interest.
  • Laser Blade: Following his resurrection in 2012, Angel gained new energy powers. In Wolverine and the X-Men #20 (January, 2013), he manifests an energy sword and has a brief Sword Fight with the second Silver Samurai. He bests his opponent.
  • Last of His Kind: Chuck Austen's storylines hinted that Warren is the last member of the Cheyarafim, an ancient Mutant sub-species with angelic looks and powers. They were the archenemies of the demonic-looking Neyaphem, a Mutant sub-species which includes Nightcrawler. Warren's blood, which heals others, burns Nightcrawler when used on him.
  • The Leader: Starting from Uncanny X-Men #395, the series featured a group of X-Men going on rescue missions. Under Joe Casey, the leader was Nightcrawler. Under Chuck Austen the leader was Archangel.
  • May–December Romance: His relationship to Husk firs the trope. She was said to be about 19 years old at the time. Archangel is in his 30s.
    • His relationship with Pestilence/Ichisumi is a more extreme version. Her origin story in Uncanny X-Force #3 (February, 2011), depicts her as an adult in 1833. She is likely more than 150-years older than Archangel.
  • The Medic: A grisly version, since he can use his blood to heal others.
  • Mighty Whitey and Mellow Yellow: He had a brief relationship with Pestilence/Ichisumi, a Japanese woman. He was clearly the dominant partner, as she served his will.
  • Mission from God: In Wolverine and the X-Men #8 (June, 2012), Angel goes on a space mission to find a device able to heal a paralyzed Wolverine. He declares it a Mission From God.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: In X-Factor #10 (November, 1986), Angel and Jean Grey bond for a while and embrace. His lover Candy Southern walks in on them and mistakes this for a lover's embrace. She chews them both out. Angel because this is not his first time philandering. Jean because her real powers are wrecking relationships, making men fall in love with her, and destroying the men who fall for her. She then dumps Warren, quits her job in Warren Industries, and walks out.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Warren has a slender figure and is not muscle-bound. However, his Handbook profiles list him as having "Peak Human Strength." "The Angel possesses greater physical strength than an ordinary human equal to him in body weight and can lift about 500 lbs (226,80 kilos)."
  • Napoleon Delusion: For several issues of Wolverine and the X-Men, Warren thought himself to be an actual Angel and an agent of God. In issue #10 (July, 2012), his delusion almost kills him. He tries to fly up to Heaven and flies to a height where they is not enough oxygen for him to breath. He falls from the sky and has to be rescued by Genesis/Evan Sabahnur. When he wakes up, Angel realizes he is a mutant after all.
  • Necromancer: Angel demonstrates new powers after his resurrection in 2012. One of them is the ability to bring back the recently deceased. In Wolverine and the X-Men #4 (March, 2012), he first uses this power to a bring a dead dog back to life.
  • Never Learned to Read: As revealed by Rachel Grey in Wolverine and the X-Men #10 (July, 2012), the amnesiac Angel "couldn’t read a word in any language." Due to his rapid learning, Angel goes from illiterate to having the highest marks among students of the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, along with Quentin Quire.
  • Old Money: His family has been wealthy and socially prominent since the 18th century. X-Men: The Hellfire Club #2 (February, 2000), features his ancestor Major-General Wallace Worthington as a key figure in the late years of The American Revolution.
  • Pretty Boy: He is a blonde-haired, blue-eyed man who looks like a model. Not every artist can pull it off, of course, but he is supposed to be unnaturally, ethereally beautiful, to the point that the wings aren't what you notice first if you're close enough to make out his features. This even continued when he was blue-skinned. Amusingly, his time-displaced teenaged self jokingly acknowledges this while on a date with X-23, making himself out to be prettier than Jean Grey.
    Laura: Jean is prettier than me.
    Warren: That's not true
    Laura: You're prettier than me.
    Warren: That is true.
  • Razor Wings: As Archangel. His techno-organic wings can cut through flesh, and tend to be used for the mutilation or decapitation of his opponents.
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job: A variation. Since the 1980s, he has no secret identity. He is a rich guy who acts as a full time hero. He is a CEO, but spends little time actually handling the company. He really has no day job.
  • Sociopathic Hero/Villain Protagonist in Apocalypse-engineered mode. When heroic, Archangel is still extremely violent and kills on instinct. When his dark side wins out, he becomes an outright villain. Which does not prevent him from being the co-protagonist of X-Factor and X-Force Uncanny X-Force]].
  • Super Senses: Following his resurrection in 2012, Angel gains new powers. One of them gives him a version of enhanced vision. He is able to see the true essence of whomever he looks upon. He uses it twice in Wolverine and the X-Men #10 (July, 2012)When he looks at himself (in the mirror), Angel sees himself glowing. Which makes him believe that he is so much more than a mutant. When he sees Genesis/Evan Sabahnur, Angel sees the adult Apocalypse.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Angel has Archangel, the persona he developed after being experimented on by Apocalypse. Warren usually has wings and average healing powers. Archangel has razor sharp, retractable wings that launch out metal feathers that are dipped in his natural poison. He is a killer. X-Force had to call upon Archangel more than a few times, though he has since been extinguished, and Angel now possesses angelic metal wings.
  • The Smart Guy: Among the students of the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. He gets the highest marks among them, along with Quentin Quire.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: You try getting a shirt on over those things on a regular basis.
  • The Worf Effect: It may seem absurd, considering that he was the weakest of all the X-Men, but back in the day when he wasn't QUITE so useless the first thing that would happen in most fights is that Angel would rush in and get his ass handed to him, after which he would either be totally taken out or have to retreat to be rescued by the others. In retrospective, his strength was somewhat justified in that one of the attempts to revamp his powers was to make him physically stronger due to his flight musculature.
  • Voice Types: As revealed by Rachel Grey in Wolverine and the X-Men #10 (July, 2012), Angel sings soprano in a choir. This fits his new Purity Personified personality.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Starting from X-Force vol. 3 #7 (November, 2008), Warren could willingly change from his white-skinned, feather-winged Angel form to his blue-skinned, techno-organic Archangel form.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: The utter redundance of "just flight" as a power in such a fully realized superhero universe has caused numerous attempts to revamp him into a more serious combat threat (though there was the time around 2000 when they tried to up his usefulness by just focusing him on rescue in hazardous areas and situations). The most common variant is, as Archangel, Razor Wings, but he's also displayed the ability to launch feather projectiles in that form (exploding ones in the '90s animated series and razor-sharp ones in Wolverine and the X-Men).
  • Winged Humanoid: He is a mutant with white feathered wings. He was later Retconned into having super-strength and unbreakable, ultra-light bones, to explain away the biological improbabilities (he also has eagle-keen vision, though no one seems to remember this). When transformed into the Horseman Death by Apocalypse, his previously amputated feathered wings were replaced by razor-sharp mechanical ones that shot poison-tipped feathers. His white-feathered wings returned eventually, having grown back underneath the metal ones.
    • He can now switch between normal Angel and blue-skinned, metal-winged Archangel forms.

     Dr. Henry Philip "Hank" McCoy / Beast 

Dr. Henry Philip "Hank" McCoy/Beast

A brilliant scientist, athlete, and bibliophile, at first the only thing that indicated that Hank McCoy was a mutant were large hands and feet, and, later, an overall simian aesthetic. However, an experiment to enhance his already superhuman strength and agility transformed him into a blue-furred ape creature and later a blue lion man. Beast is a genius in genetics and biology and enjoys quoting Shakespeare. His even-handed and professorial attitude tend to keep the other members from panicking in situations. He's actually been in more teams than any other X-Man, having been a member of The Avengers and The Defenders before; accordingly, being in the public eye as a member of the high-profile Avengers has made him one of the most accepted mutants by society at large.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: The fur which covers out his body was grey when he had his own series in Amazing Adventures. It later changed to blue, which is his signature color.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's a very nice person, but push him too far and you WILL regret it.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": His initial Secret Avengers costume had a gigantic "A" on the chest, which is kind of odd for a guy who's on a secret team. Thankfully he's gone back to his normal X-Men costume.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Oh my stars and garters!" and "Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent"—usually said right before he slugs someone.
  • Characterization Marches On: He was originally written as a Dumb Muscle, but the third issue abruptly changed his characterization to Genius Bruiser, and it stayed that way.
  • Chick Magnet: At least before he took on a feline appearance (and after gaining his blue fur), quite a number of women displayed attraction for him, or at least when he was with The Avengers, as it was not a rare sight to see groups of women swooning over him. He has had longtime relationship with Vera Cantor (1966-1990) and Trish Tilby (1988-2001). More recently he has been dating Abigail Brand.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He was the main source of verbal humor in the original X-Men and this trait has remained defining for him.
    Jubilee: Show-off! I was just about to do that!
    Beast: I am certain. Fact is, I was sitting over there thinking, "What would Jubilee do in MY place?"
  • Death Is Cheap: In The Infinity Gauntlet #1 (July, 1991), Thanos wipes out of half the population of the Marvel Universe. In issue #2 (August, 1991), a list of "missing" (dead) heroes is read and Beast was among them. Every casualty of the event was restored to life in issue #6 (December, 1991), Beast included.
  • Evil Twin: All the X-Men have evil twins. Beast is notable because his Evil Twin (known as the Dark Beast) has stuck around long-term, become a recurring villain, and even teamed up with Beast himself on occasion.
  • Expy: Beast (in his human form) is very similar to "Monk" Mayfair, sidekick of proto-superhero Doc Savage. Monk is a scientist (industrial chemist) who resembles a great ape. Beast is a scholar (later scientist) with apelike features and abilities. Monk loves a good brawl, and so does the Beast. Monk loves beautiful women, and so does the Beast.
  • Fatal Flaw: In recent years, Pride, to the point of Hubris, wherein he believes that he has the right to play God.
  • Genius Bruiser: Dr. Henry Philip "Hank" McCoy aka "The Beast" is blue, huge, furry, super-strong (depends on the writer, but sometimes he is said to bench press 70 tons), agile, and Nobel-level intelligent (generally regarded as the preeminent biochemist in the Marvel Universe, and he gave himself the power upgrade that made him look like how he is today, only stronger than he was when he looked more human). As a bonus, he was played by Kelsey Grammer in X-Men: The Last Stand.
    Jean Grey: His name's Henry McCoy, dipstick—he reads poetry, swings from trees, knows the square root of a million, and he's gonna kick your butt.
    Beast: (Cracks knuckles) Indubitably.
  • Handy Feet: One of his most notable powers is superhuman manual dexterity, even in his feet. He regularly uses them along with his hands to perform all kinds of tasks, sometimes seen typing with his feet alone. Some adaptations (and further mutations) go so far as to make his big toes opposable like a gorillas. This is generally when he actually has feet, instead of lion-like paws.
  • Healing Factor: He has one, making him able to recover from non-fatal wounds at a much faster rate than normal humans.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: He was attracted to redhead Jean Grey in his teenage years.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Iceman, and later his Avengers teammate Wonder Man.
  • Hidden Depths: Before his "secondary mutation" kicked in, giving him cat-like paws, he was a talented guitar player. Something he revealed only after he lost the ability to do so. He later started learning how to the play drums.
  • I Love Nuclear Power: Stan Lee toyed the idea that Mutants were the result of exposures to radiation. Which is why the X-Men were the so-called "Children of the Atom." Beast's Origins Episode in X-Men #49 (October, 1968) reveals the reason for Beast's mutation. His father Norton McCoy worked in nuclear power plant. An accident exposed to a massive dose of radiation. When Norton eventually had a son, this son was born with an obvious genetic mutation.
  • Insufferable Genius: Increasingly in recent years as he starts Jumping Off the Slippery Slope by bringing the Original Five to the present on false pretences (he claimed that present day Cyclops was about to unleash mutant genocide) and refused to admit he'd done anything wrong - though the incident with Uatu suggests that it haunts him somewhat.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Wolverine. Wolvie was born in the 19th century and is old enough to be Beast's ancestor.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Not only is Hank strong, but he's also incredibly fast and agile.
  • Mistaken for Gay: His girlfriend Trish Tilby once accused him of being gay... prompting him to admit to such in the media... despite not actually being gay. See, she gave him the idea that he could be a role model for mutants and gay people at the same time.
  • Monster Modesty: He started off looking reasonably normal. During this time, he was covered up almost completely. Once he turned into a furry monster, he stripped down to underwear. This is especially odd since the character is a very educated, polite individual who would normally be the type to dress in a dignified manner.
    • Hank explained at least once, though it may not have been fully serious (or even canonical), that he dresses the way he does because all that fur got downright HOT when all covered up. When he DOES get fully dressed, he's about as dapper as a bulky, stocky man with bright blue fur all over his body can be.
  • Mutants: He is both a mutant and a mutate. He was born a mutant with ape-like features and abilities. He mutated himself by ingesting a chemical. It turned him into a new form with new powers. He grew gray fur over his entire body, his muscles expanded, ears became larger and pointed, claws sprouted, and his canine teeth became larger, resembling fangs. The serum further increased his superhuman agility, endurance, speed, and strength, as well as enhanced his senses, and granted him an extraordinary healing factor.
  • Natural Weapon: His fangs and claws are weapons.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: He had his brains undergo an inflation similar to Superman's powers going from Flying Brick in the Golden Age to almighty in the Silver Age. In the early days he was just the best and most studious of the school's students. By now he's a world-renowned expert in every science there is, and when it comes to solving the science-based problem of the week, be it a virus, a killer robot that doesn't respond to Eye Beams, etc. he'll be the one to do it. Officially Reed Richards is the smartest human in the Marvel Universe, but Beast really can stand up to him in the actual count of scientific day-saving moments. Need a device to make the godlike Dark Phoenix's butt temporarily kickable? He'll whip it up in an hour. The Big Bad is using an alien spaceship left behind by The Precursors? He'll pull up a chair and make it work for him in under an hour! Legacy Virus? Get on it, Hank. And somehow, even with the superhero-ing and research work in all fields of science, Hank also finds time to be a regular on the talk show circuit.
    • Interestingly, he's less like this in his Avengers appearances: when you've got a team with Pym, Stark, and Banner you don't need another genius, so he's more of a Boisterous Bruiser with his (considerable) physical powers emphasized (which have also greatly increased since his days as one of the original X-Men; he once casually boasted about being able to bench press 70 tons and his agility has always been on par with Spider-Man). However, that was when he was first with the Avengers, during the interregnum between the original X-Men series and the "all new, all different" one that introduced Storm, Wolverine, etc. This many decades of being the X-Men's resident genius later, it's no longer possible to ignore the brains angle. He keeps his X-Men characterization during Secret Avengers, and in that series he's clearly on par with Pym.
      • The in-universe explanation (although never stated outright) was that this was the time where he started experimenting with pot.
    • Dark Beast, the evil alternate Hank who arrived here from the Age of Apocalypse universe, once posed as "our" Hank and ended up complaining about all the things he was expected to know. Dark Beast is an expert on genetics, making him seriously bad news to have on the wrong side in this universe. However, genetics is his specialty while the prime Hank's specialty is "everything ever." At one point, that was prime Hank's specialty too, but he's branched out a lot since then, being a medical doctor in addition to having Ph.Ds in genetics and biochemistry and being a self-trained expert in everything else.
  • Petting Zoo People: Originally he was basically a shaved gorilla, then became a blue gorilla with Wolverine hair, then he became a blue version of the Beast. Much angsting ensued, most of it justified.
  • Pillars of Moral Character: His heroism is duty-based. He believes it is his duty to save lives as both a hero and a scientist. He is also driven by compassion. He refuses to compromise his morals and attempts to act as a living conscience to others.
    • Undermined somewhat in recent years; while he still sees himself as this and tries to behave as such, he tends to behave in an increasingly reckless, self-righteous, and destructive manner - bringing the teenage Original 5 to the present and consequently screwing up the timeline in a hairbrained scheme to get Cyclops to 'see reason', for instance, nearly wound up Marty Mc Flying Cyclops out of existence, increased the rate of the universe's decline and according to Uatu in a "Reason You Suck" Speech, destroyed multiple positively Utopian possible futures for the X-Men.
    • Worse, when repeatedly confronted with his habit of defying the laws of nature with no regard to the consequences, even when called out for it by his own younger self, he refused to admit that he'd done anything wrong and his justification was basically 'I'm far too smart for you to understand anything I do, therefore you are in no position to judge me.' It gets to the point where Storm bluntly asks when he stopped knowing the difference between right and wrong.
  • Pointy Ears: When he mutated himself, Beast gained pointy ears. He lost them when he changed to a new catlike form, then regained them when he started looking human again.
  • Professor Guinea Pig: That is how Beast went from hairless gorilla to a furry form. While working for the Brand Corporation, discovered an hormonal extract that causes mutations in genetic structures. He then discovered a mission that would need him to be unrecognizable. Beast decided to use the chemical on himself to temporarily disguise his features. He would have an hour to complete his mission and take an antidote to change back. He missed that deadline and the furry form became permanent.
  • Psychologist Teacher: As a teacher, Beast tries to solve the problems of his students. Though, he is far from infallible in his role.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Easily the most verbose of the original X-Men and has a tendency to use "big words." It's just for the joy of wordplay — everyone he works with already knows he's a genius — though it undoubtedly has a side effect of convincing people he's never met before that even mutants who look like him can possess an enormous vocabulary.
    • And he does it with insults too; "go suck eggs" becomes:
      Hank: Why don't you go orally extract embryonic fluid from a hen's egg?
  • Smart People Know Latin: In one issue, he converses with a Catholic nun in Latin.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: He wears reading glasses and is a genius scientist. It's a little odd to see a big blue cat/ape thing wearing reading glasses, but it lets you know what you're in for.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Always finds ways to make sophisticated references to literature, science, music, and science fiction. It's like a game for him, and it's his favorite one.
  • Status Quo Is God: Not as bad as the Hulk or the Thing, but he's never going to stay human-looking for long.
  • Stripperiffic: Less likely to wear a shirt than Iggy Pop. After mutating to his original furry form, he went around almost nude. Only his crotch and buttocks were covered by clothing.
  • Super Strength: Has always had some level of super strength. As a teenager, Beast could lift 1 ton. His strength has since increased over the years.
  • Techno Wizard: He is an expert in electronics.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: From the death of Charles Xavier onwards, he's become increasingly reckless, self-righteous, and destructive.
  • The Big Guy: The strongest and more physically imposing of the original X-Men.
  • The Smart Guy: Although he was probably more The Big Guy of the original team, since his intelligence was downplayed in those days. He is the resident genius.
  • Underwear of Power: His costume for most of The '70s and part of The '80s was just underwear covering his crotch and buttocks.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Iceman. They are best friends, but that does not prevent them from taking shots at each other. Beast pointing that Iceman is not the brightest guy around: "meet my blundering associate – who's not such a bad idiot when you get to know him!"
  • Wicked Cultured: "Beast turns evil" is kind of a much more common scenario than you'd think. See Grant Morrison's "Here Comes Tomorrow" arc in New X-Men for a quintessential one. Beast (under the influence of Sublime) attempts to destroy the X-Men (now led by a reformed clone of Cassandra Nova) once and for all.

     Jean Grey / Marvel Girl, Phoenix, White Phoenix of the Crown 

Alternative Title(s): X-Men The Original Team