Characters: X-Men: Villains
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The Apocalypse Twins (Uriel and Eimin)
In the pages of Uncanny X-Force, Pestilence of the Final Horsemen slept with Archangel, who had become the heir of Apocalypse, and conceived twins Uriel and Eimin, a third generation of Apocalypses. The pair were kidnapped at birth by Kang the Conqueror and raised to adulthood by him in the future, before returning to the past with a vengeance to take their place at the head of Clan Akkaba.
- The Antichrist
- Apocalypse Twins: Duh.
- Co-Dragons: To Kang.
- Creepy Twins
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Uriel axes a Celestial to death.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: Kang beat this philosophy into them for an as-yet-unknown but undoubtedly sinister purpose.
- Killed Off for Real: Uriel is killed by Thor.
- Manipulative Bastard: They not only predict the Scarlet Witch's attempt to subvert them, but they use it to their advantage and orchestrate Earth's destruction.
- Pet the Dog: Sparing their mother during their takeover of Clan Akkaba.
- Time Master: Both are extremely deadly chronomancers, though their powers are applied in different ways:
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: They want to save the mutant race and give them their own planet. They end up destroying Earth to make sure humans aren't a threat anymore, and to spite Kang.
- The Worf Effect: War and Famine meet a truly grisly end at their hands when they resist their takeover.
A wealthy assassin who grew bored with conventional killing, so he designed a gigantic killer theme park he dubbed Murderworld. Even after that, he grew tired of the lack of challenge, so he redesigned it so he could try to kill superheroes with it. He's yet to actually kill any superheroes with Murderworld, but he has enough fun just watching them escape.
- Amusement Park of Doom: Murderworld
- Awesome but Impractical: The king of trying to kill superheroes in the most flashy and pointlessly overcomplicated way imaginable.
- Bastard Boyfriend: For White Rabbit.White Rabbit: Arcade, sweetie, does this outfit make me look fat?Arcade: Yes, enormous... larger than life itself. In fact, the sight of you disgusts me. Go back into the bathroom and puke up the sushi you had for lunch.
- Clothes Make the Superman: In Avengers Arena, he wears a nice suit that essentially makes him a Reality Warper within Murderworld's borders.
- Crimefighting with Cash: Inverted. He commits stupendously impractical, unprofitable crimes by virtue of his vast wealth.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Subverted, as Arcade doesn't actually need the money he would get from killing anyone. He does, however, find a more practical use for Murderworld when he offers it as a training ground to Mystique and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
- He's also once or twice designed legtimate, non-muderous themeparks.
- It was actually explained once that Arcade is one of the richest men in the world, and the million dollars he charges to use Murderworld doesn't even begin to cover its cost. The man just really, really likes killing people in ludicrous ways.
- He's also once or twice designed legtimate, non-muderous themeparks.
- Deadly Game
- Deadly Training Area: Mystique once hired him to let her use sections of Murderworld to train her Brotherhood against robotic replicas of the X-Men. Arcade set the condition that one of the "X-Men" robots would be programmed to kill, and the Brotherhood would have no way of knowing which was which.
- Death Trap/Death Course
- Diminishing Villain Threat: Arcade wasn't really taken hugely seriously to begin with, but over the years he's become a bit of a Starter Villain, and at some points even a Butt Monkey.
- Eccentric Millionaire: The only reason he's still in business. Though he charges a cool mil per victim, his various Murderworlds have never once turned a profit.
- Evil Genius
- Evil Redhead
- Fair Play Villain: Interestingly so. He refuses to built his death-traps truly flaw-proof because he believes in giving heroes a sporting chance.
- Fantastic Racism: Averted. Unlike the rest of the X-Men's human adversaries, he doesn't seem to be prejudiced against mutants.
- Faux Affably Evil
- Fiction 500: He was always portrayed as ridiculously wealthy, but Avengers Arena upped the ante by a few orders of magnitude: he gives away private islands as severance packages and can personally fund the construction of a Murderworld the size of a small country, packed with so much ultra-high-tech that he's basically all-powerful there.
- For the Evulz: This is the real reason he traps superheroes in Murderworld.
- Laughably Evil
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: His most recent Art Shift has him looking like this.
- Nightmare Fetishist: So much so that his idea of a birthday present to himself is a standing arrangment for one of his employees to try to kill him.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain/Took a Level in Badass: In Avengers Arena, he gets a Murderworld where he has godlike power, theoretically sufficient to go toe-to-toe with Thor. He proceeds to wipe out half the teenage superheroes he's imprisoned, at one point by just pointing his finger at the victim.
- This is then immedately subverted in his next appearance in Avengers Undercover, in which the survivors track him down and murder him. Or so they thought.
- Professional Killer
- Psycho for Hire
- Rich Idiot with No Day Job
- Self-Made Orphan: Claims to have murdered his father in revenge for him cutting off his allowance.
- The Sociopath: He murdered his original Dragon, Miss Locke, for getting too close to him.
- Villain Team-Up: Fairly fond of this, as X-villains go. He's partnered with Mojo, Viper and Deadpool, just to name a few.
Avalanche (Dominic Szilard Janos Petros )
A Greek mutant terrorist with earthquake powers who joined the Brotherhood with Pyro.
- Bishōnen: In X-Men: Evolution, he's re-designed as a Troubled, but Cute Jerk with a Heart of Gold with the looks of Judd Nelson from The Breakfast Club.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In the first arc of Uncanny Avengers, the Red Skull hijacks his mind and uses him to commit acts of brutality in order to smear the name of mutantkind. When cornered by the titular team in their first mission, the Skull commands him to apparently commit suicide, but of course they Never Found the Body.
- Civilian Villain: Recently after his Brotherhood had disbanded (and with his teammates depowered, dead or M.I.A), he retired as a terrorist and became a bartender in San Francisco.
- In Dark Reign, he somewhat reverted to his villainous ways when the anti-mutant human bigots started their riots in San Francisco.
- Dishing Out Dirt
- For the Evulz: It's never really been revealed why he or Pyro signed on with Mystique in the first place; apparently we're really just meant to accept that some people are just bad like that... which admittedly isn't that hard when you think about people like Mister Sinister and the Marauders.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: He and Pyro are best friends, and joined the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants together.
- Hidden Depths: Really likes gardening.
- Starter Villain: In Uncanny Avengers.
A demonic overlord and Nightcrawler's biological father. Millennia ago, he was banished into the Brimstone dimension by the Cheyarafim, a group of xenophobic mutants with angelic appearances. He possesses an impressive amount of powers, teleportation included. He appeared in X-Men First Class (however with a different look) and was portrayed by Jason Flemyng.
- Affably Evil: He's kind of like a more sinister version of Nightcrawler in some ways.
- Badass Grandpa: He's one by chronological age, as well as an actual grandfather. Quite possibly the original inventor of the term BAMF!
- Badass in a Nice Suit: As part of his First Class inspired redesign.
- Beard of Evil
- Big Red Devil
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Three guesses on who.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He came to actually love Mystique and Nightcrawler.
- Evil Counterpart: One to his son Nightcrawler, like Nightcrawler he has been been called a demon but he believed it and so began acting like one.
- Evil Eyebrows
- Evil Sorcerer: He has also studied black magic.
- Hot as Hell
- Man of Wealth and Taste
- Master Swordsman: Who do you think that Nightcrawler got it from?
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast
- Really 700 Years Old: Quite possibly thousands of years old. He's stated to have existed in biblical times.
- Really Gets Around: He has dozens of children by multiple women. And tends to leave them pretty quickly too.
- Satan: The mutant equivalent.
- Not exactly Satan, or even a demon, he just looks like one. However, he doesn't at all mind pretending to be one when it suits his needs.
- Teleport Spam
The half-human, half-robot result of Nimrod and Master Mold (it's a long story), Bastion was a high-ranking government operative who initiated Operation: Zero Tolerance in response to the Onslaught Saga and Mystique's assassination of Graydon Creed.He was the Big Bad for the X-Men: Next Dimension fighting game.
- An Arm and a Leg: Nightcrawler took off one of his arms. He just got a spare.
- Back from the Dead
- Big Bad: Between Messiah Complex and the Second Coming.
- The Chessmaster: Anticipated a lot of the X-Men's strategies.
- Composite Character: An in-universe version, no less.
- Gone Horribly Right: The Purifiers brought him back to lead them against the mutants. He quickly took control from them.
- Grew Beyond Their Programming: Wasn't programmed to hate mutants. As he informs Hope, he's moved beyond that.
- Hero Killer
- Killer Robot
- Losing Your Head: Good thing that the Purifiers had a spare Nimrod chassis.
- Loss of Identity: Started looking more and more like Nimrod towards the end of his 'life'.
- One-Winged Angel
- People Puppets: What he did to Bolivar Trask, Steven Lang and Graydon Creed once he brought them back.
- Robotic Psychopath: He's programmed to kill mutants, and goes out of his way to choose the cruellest way possible.
- Second Law My Ass: Won't take orders from a human.
- The Virus
- We Have Reserves: Has no problem killing innocent humans or his own troops to further his own aims.
Belasco was a sorcerer in 13th Century Italy who used his knowledge of alchemy and the black arts to contact the Elder Gods (actually extradimensional demonic entities). He forged a pact with them enabling them to cross the barrier to our dimension using a pentagonal arrangement of five Bloodstones. In return, Belasco was granted immortality and immense mystical power. He was also given a demonic appearance, as he was intended to form a new race of Earth-dwelling demons.
- Dimension Lord
- Eviler Than Thou
- Evil Redhead
- Evil Sorcerer
- For the Evulz
- God Guise: He pretended to be Lucifer when he appeared in The Punisher as Rev's benefactor.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: He's the father of Witchfire of Alpha Flight.
- Really 700 Years Old
- Public Domain Character: He was the rival of Dante and the abductor/rapist of Dante's beloved Beatrice. Yes, that Dante and Beatrice
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Trapped in Limbo/Otherplace, the locket that is his key is escape having been thrown into a volcano. Kidnapped Illyana Rasputin to use her as his tether to escape.
- Wife Husbandry: He tried this with Illyana when she became Magik the first time. Of course, it didn't go quite as planned.
Black Tom Cassidy (Thomas Cassidy)
The X-Men initially clashed with Tom and Juggernaut at Cassidy Keep. He and Juggernaut were involved in many schemes.
- Affably Evil: See Heterosexual Life-Partners and Pet the Dog.
- Cain and Abel (with Banshee in the 90s X-Men cartoon)
- Green Thumb
- Frickin' Laser Beams: From any piece of wood that he touches. He prefers to use his shillelagh, though.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: His long-standing partnership with the Juggernaut. The "heterosexual" part is debatable.
- Pet the Dog: When he's captured early on in his villainous career, along with Siryn (Theresa Cassidy, Sean's daughter, who he had raised in secret), he gentlemanly exonerates Siryn and writes to Sean explaining who she is.
- When Trees Attack: His secondary mutation.
Blob (Fred Dukes)
A mutant with a layer of protective blubber, bullet-proof skin, personal gravity control and Super Strength. He was discovered by the X-Men and was initially disinterested until he met Jean Grey. After she rebuked him, he decided not to join the X-Men, and the X-Men tried to erase his memory of the events causing him to turn to crime and Magneto, becoming a cornerstone of the Brotherhood of Mutants. Though, really, can you blame him?
- Abnormal Ammo: Was once dropped like a bomb on top of some malcontents.
- Acrofatic: Despite far surpassing Homer Simpson & Peter Griffon in terms of girth, he was as agile and maneuverable as any normal-sized man.
- Barrier Warrior: An unusual variant where the "barrier" is his own Nigh Invulnerable body.
- Catch Phrase: Nothing moves the Blob!
- Dumb Muscle: Not the brightest, but strong enough to serve as The Brute for the Brotherhood.
- Fat Bastard
- Giant Mook: The Blob is considerably taller than a human being and much, much fatter.
- Gravity Master: Can alter his own personal gravitational field to root himself to a spot and become immovable while taking advantage of his incredible durability and resistance to harm.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Unus.
- I'm a Humanitarian: His Ultimate Marvel incarnation drops hints about engaging this, culminating in an infamous panel from "Ultimatum", where he either finds The Wasp's corpse, or kills her himself, and then eats her.
- Lightning Bruiser: Quite a bit faster and more agile than he looks.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Part of his "core trinity" of powers; he's extremely hard to hurt due to his extreme girth, he has Super Strength, and he can fix himself in place so he can't be moved. It is possible to injure him (extremely sharp objects can generally pierce his skin, as Wolverine learned, and his head is less durable than the rest of him and thus can be affected by a good punch to the face if you have a sufficient degree of superhuman strength), but it's not at all easy to do and will still leave you in far worse shape because he's still got a decent degree of pain tolerance and can generally hit you far harder than you can hit him.
- Which is why many of the heroes who've fought him find ways to hurt him besides direct kinetic blows like punches or gunshots. Daredevil knocked him out by dropping a huge steel bell on his head, Sleepwalker used his warp beams to wrap a construction girder around the Blob and crush his blubber, and Banshee used his sonic scream to stun the Blob. Strong Guy maneuvered him into the core of an explosion of jet fuel that caught fire. Different incarnations of TheIncredibleHulk have either stretched his flab like silly putty, or prevented him from flexing his stomach muscles and pushing the Hulk's fist out. His flab is much less effective against sensory attacks like concussions, explosions or being squished or stretched.
- Pet the Dog: In the mainstream verse, there was once a short filler comic that involved Blob getting ticked off by being caught up in some rednecks bullying one of the local losers while he was attending a rodeo show. After things progressed to the point Blob intended to level the town out of irritation, said loser stepped up and challenged him to do something, with Blob agreeing to not destroy the town if he couldn't do it. The challenge? Touch his toes. Blob promptly bursts out laughing, compliments the nerdy guy on his guts, treats him to a beer and then leaves the place without causing any more damage.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Often depicted as very emotionally underdeveloped.
- Sacrificial Lion: Of a sort; while he didn't actually die, he as of this writing holds the dubious distinction of being the most important character to still be powerless following House of M. Not that that's saying much, obviously.
- Stone Wall: He can also become completely unmovable, which, given his invulnerability and gigantic size, can be a huge problem for those facing him.
- The Brute: Is the iconic mutant to serve this role for the Brotherhood of Mutants — and not, as is popularly supposed, Juggernaut.
- Villainous Glutton: Depending on the continuity; mainstream Marvel has his girth as part of his mutation.
- Stout Strength: His 1990 trading card states that he can lift about 70 tons.
Your standard race of evil alien bug people who have a queen and wish to assimilate all life in the universe.
- Always Chaotic Evil
- Bee People
- Big Creepy-Crawlies
- Body Horror
- Bug War
- Expy: Of the Xenomorphs from the Alien movies.
- Face Full of Alien Wing-Wong
- For the Evulz
- Galactus: He's one of two things that would give these bugs pause, the other is the Phoenix Force. So much so that in the 2004 Fantastic Four/X-men mini-series, Emma Frost used her telepathy on the aliens to bring their only two fears to life together.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: The Brood apparently had their own homeworld in our dimension. Curiously enough, though, in the Ultimate Marvel universe they have appeared in the Mindscape, the home dimension of Sleepwalker, along with that universe's version of the Shadow King.
- Hive Caste System
- Mind Rape: The Brood can absorb the memories, knowledge and abilities of their hosts, even as they erase the host's personality and take control of the body. This may possibly have a connection to their presence in the Mindscape, as noted above.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: No-Name of the Warbound and Broo of the The Jean Grey School for Higher Learning are two present-day examples of "benign" Brood. There's also a similar group that exists in Bishop's timeline.
- Necessarily Evil: As bad as the Brood is, there's something far worse in the 616 universe and thanks to the Annihilation Wave, the Brood's home planet was destroyed, allowing these dangerous entities to wreak havoc across galaxies without the Brood to keep them in check.
- Scary Dogmatic Aliens
- The Virus
Cassandra Nova (Cassandra Nova-Xavier)
Of all X-men's villainesses, Cassandra is generally thought as the most threatening of all. Completely amoral, power-hungry, she is on par with her brother, Charles Xavier, in terms of mental abilities mastery. She has faded in the background lately but she remains unvanquished so far which means she may reappear at any time.
- Above Good and Evil: Seems to perceive herself this way.Cassandra: In a world without values or morality, good and evil are just choices on the menu of the mighty.
- Bald Woman
- The Baroness: Of the Rosa Klebb type. Aging, unattractive and non-sexualised. She could only be evil, of course...
- Cain and Abel
- Continuity Snarl: The issue of who she's presently inside of. The end of Morrison's run implies Ernst. The end of Austen's run implies Carter Ghazikhanian. And the end of her arc in Whedon's run implies Armor.
- Deadpan Snarker: Her Heel Face Turned Alternate Universe incarnation from Morrison's final four issues, to the point where her last words are a completely-uninterested-sounding. "Oh dear, not like this."
- Evil Twin
- Fetus Terrible
- Hollywood Old: Defied. She clearly looks her age, or possibly even older; given the sliding timescale, she's likely only in her forties. Perhaps a case of Evil Makes You Ugly?
- Humanoid Abomination: She's actually a mummudrai, or anti-self, which each individual must fight and kill in the womb in order to be born. Charles' mutant DNA meant she was able to survive as disembodied consciousness, and slowly build herself a new body.
- Kick the Dog: Takes sadistic pleasure in dehumanizing Beast.
- Never Mess with Granny - An incredibly dark example.
- Nietzsche Wannabe: "All life ends up as manure."
- Sibling Yin-Yang
Changeling / Morph (Kevin Sydney)
The second-in-command of Factor 3, a replacement for the Brotherhood of Mutants that wanted to start World War III. The leader of Factor 3 was revealed to be an alien and his organization turned on him and was disbanded. He secretly joined the X-Men and was killed shortly after his covert membership was revealed. Morph from the animated series was based on him.A parallel universe version of him is a constant member of the Exiles, where he's more of a wacky, Looney-Tuneish character who uses his ability to entertain.The main universe version of Changeling had shapeshifting, and minor psychic powers. The Exiles version has more powerful shapeshifting powers.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: in the '90s animated series
- Face-Heel Turn: '90s Animated Series
- Fun Personified: '90s Animated Series version
- Heel-Face Turn
- Heroic Sacrifice: While disguised as Professor X.
- Killed Off for Real: Died in the nineteen sixties, and hasn't come back.
- More Than Mind Control: How Morph was compelled to make the Face-Heel Turn in the '90s animated series.
- Psychic Powers
- Sycophantic Servant
- Trickster Archetype
- Voluntary Shapeshifting
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Both in the 616 universe and the '90s X-Men cartoon
Chimera was an inter-dimensional pirate with a questionable sanity. She lived to plunder the space-time continum and traveled with plasma-wraiths, super-strong half-starved creatures wrapped in black bandages with sharp claws.
Dark Beast (Henry Mc Coy)
A malevolent counterpart of Beast of the X-Men, aka Henry McCoy, who originated from an alternate universe where he performed hideous experiments on humans and mutants in an effort to unlock the secrets of mutant evolution.
- Crippling Overspecialisation: Unlike his 616 counterpart, who is an Omnidisciplinary Scientist, Dark Beast's field of knowledge barely extends past biology. While posing as his good counterpart, he was often annoyed by all the fields of science the X-Men expected him to know.
- Dark Is Evil
- Evil Genius / Genius Bruiser
- Evil Twin: More like an evil twin of X-Men's Beast from another dimension
- Evilutionary Biologist: It is implied that he is responsible for creating the Morlocks.
- Faux Affably Evil: When he impersonated as his 616 counterpart, he managed to adopt his Nice Guy facade before betraying them.
- For Science!
- Mad Scientist
- Manipulative Bastard
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness
- Strange Bedfellows: He briefly teamed up with the White Queen at one point.
Destiny (Irene Adler)
A precognitive mutant who was a close friend and ally of Mystique.
- Anti-Villain: Much less actively malevolent than most of the people she acquaints with.
- Bi the Way: Well, it's known that she has at least one grandson, Trevor Chase, and Blindfold (Ruth Aldine who is also, curiously enough, blind) may or may not be her great-granddaughter (from another grandson or grandddaughter, not Trevor). So, that means she also had a relationship with a man before she's together again with Mystique.
- Blind Seer
- Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie: She left incredibly precise instructions for Mystique as to how and when to scatter her ashes... so that Mystique would do so at the exact moment that a gust of wind would blow them back in her face. Apparently, Mystique always complained that Destiny never made her laugh, so Destiny set up her funeral to get that effect from her lover.
- Bury Your Gays
- Disposable Woman: A rare case where a woman is killed off to push the story of another woman instead of a man.
- Face Death with Dignity: She knew Legion was coming to kill her, and sent Forge off to help Mystique anyway. When Legion shows up, she just turns to him calmly and asks if he's not disappointed to only find her when he expected to kill Forge as well.Hullo, Legion. Were you perhaps expecting to find two of us here to serve your pleasure... silly boy?
- The Fun in Funeral: Destiny invoked this on purpose. All during their life together, she could never get Mystique to laugh... so the instructions she left Mystique as to what to do with her ashes were calculated to the sole purpose of getting Mystique to laugh. (It did.)
- Generic Cuteness: Defied. She is an elderly woman thus doesn't have the typical knock-out figure of comics women.
- Hollywood Old: Likewise defied since she clearly looks her age.
- Hide Your Lesbians: It is never clearly said that she is Mystique's lover but she is referred to as Mystique's leman which is a synonym.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: One of her last actions is to try to set up Mystique with Forge.
- Killed Off for Real: By Legion. Temporarily revived by Selene in Necrosha.
- Nobody Over 50 Is Gay: Averted. Would have been averted further (the plan was that Destiny and Mystique were to be Nightcrawler's biological parents, via Mystique's shapeshifting) except that there was no way that plot development would have flown in the 80s or 90s.
- Shout-Out: She's named after the antagonist of the Sherlock Holmes story "A Scandal in Bohemia", possibly as an allusion to her nature as a Femme Fatale.
Donald Pierce / White Bishop
One of the X-men's most loathsome foes, an evil racist cyborg who wants to exterminate all mutants - usually starting with the babies and children and working his way up. Totally repugnant and insane. Ironically, was a former member of the Hellfire Club until his political views influenced him to become an all-out anti-mutant terrorist.
- Blood Knight
- Child Hater
- Cold-Blooded Torture
- Cowardly Lion: Villainous example. He's a bully, and a Dirty Coward, but in a fight he's a match for the likes of Wolverine.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Though his cybernetics and his evil seem to be independent of each other...
- Dirty Coward: Not exactly. He has faced Wolverine directly in combat, but generally prefers to pick his battles to his advantage, hence targets child mutants, sets traps, or sees to that he has the advantage through numbers and ambush. The Bully would probably be a better term.
- He Who Fights Monsters
- Hollywood Cyborg
- Joker Immunity: Thanks to his Cyborg status. Even if his head is taken off, he'll come back sooner or later.
- Off with His Head!: Sebastian Shaw once punched his head off. It didn't take.
- Politically Incorrect Villain
- Smug Snake
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness
- Shout-Out: He is named after and originally looked like Donald Sutherland; his surname is a reference to Sutherland's character in the movie MASH, Hawkeye Pierce.
Exodus (Bennet du Paris)
Born in the 12th century, Bennet du Paris had always felt different, as if he had a deep hidden power. As an adult he was a crusader and became best friends with Eobar Garrington, the Black Knight of that era. The two had set out on a quest to find the Tower of Power, the domain of the mythic "Eternal Pharaoh" in Akkaba when Dane Whitman (the 20th century Black Knight) and Sersi had been transported back to the 12th century, Whitman transported into Eobar's body.
- Badass Cape
- Combo Platter Powers
- The Dragon: He was Magneto's Dragon when he replaced Fabian Cortez in the Acolytes, but then turned on him...as Magneto's Dragons are known to do.
- French Jerk
- Kick the Dog: The Bloodties storyline, in which he kidnapped and planned to kill Magneto's granddaughter Luna, for the crime of being born human.
- Knight Templar: He was a literal Knight Templar before his powers had manifested
- Really 700 Years Old: Exodus was born in 12th century France and was at one point a Crusader, making him one of the oldest living mutants — although still a baby compared to Apocalypse and Selene.
- Smug Snake
One of Magneto's Brotherhood, a mutant with the power to enhance the powers of other mutants. He used this ability to secretly manipulate Magneto and then tried to take his place as leader of the Brotherhood.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder
- Fantastic Slur: Coined the term "flatscan", which he used to describe ordinary humans.
- Healing Hands: When he increased a mutant's power he could also heal that mutant. He did this for Magneto during his rule over Genosha.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Cortez was killed by the vengeful Magneto who used his fully-charged magnetic powers to fling Cortez fifty miles and smash him to the ground.
- Lethal Harmless Powers: His empowering ability could push the mutant's power out-of-control with fatal results.
- Manipulative Bastard
- When he had a Villainous Breakdown in the episode of 90s X-Men cartoon, he attempted to wipe out humans (and remaining mutants) by launching the nuclear missiles from Asteroid M to Earth. Fortunately, the recovered Magneto turned up just in time and managed to stop the annihilation before getting his revenge on him.
- Power Incontinence: The effect he could inflict on other mutants. He would increase their power to levels where they couldn't control them. With Magneto, he was slowly killing him
- Reliable Traitor
- The Starscream
- Super Empowering: His power was to amplify other mutant's powers. That's why Magneto used him for so many years.
Goblyn Queen / Red Queen (Madelyne Jennifer Pryor-Summers)
During Jean Grey's first death, Cyclops flew to Alaska with his family, where he met a charming, red-headed commercial airline pilot... who looked exactly like her. They fell in love, married, and had a son together... then Jean Grey came back. Cyclops left Madelyne alone with their son to go back to superheroing, just in time for her to be targeted by Mr. Sinister. As it turned out, her entire past was faked... she was a clone of Jean, designed to be a "brood mare" for Scott's son so Sinister could have his hands on the most powerful mutant in history. Needless to say, she didn't take this news well...
- Action Girl: As a woman created by Claremont, this is kind of to be expected.
- Back from the Dead: Resurrected from the dead by Akrea.
- Badass Normal: Started out as a commercial pilot with a mean right hook, then during her time on the run from Sinister's Marauders, she joined the X-Men out of necessity and became their tech support, managing to pull her weight on the team without any (apparent) powers at all.
- Bad Powers, Bad People: In addition to her Psychic Powers, at the height of her Goblyn Queen phase, Madelyne could draw out the innate evil in things and people, which she used to turn the X-Men against X-Factor.
- Cloning Blues
- Deal with the Devil: Which unlocked both her Psychic Powers and Black Magic.
- Death Is Cheap: Let's see... killed in Inferno, resurrected by Nate Grey, killed again (possibly) by an evil alternate version of Jean, showed up as a psychic ghost to Cyclops and Cable on the Astral Plane, then resurrected again (maybe) as the Red Queen, where she died yet again. The fans are currently taking bets for how long this one will stick. Indeed she comes back in X-Men(2013).
- Evil Redheads: Though she didn't start out this way, she eventually became the poster child for this.
- Evil Twin: She became this to Jean Grey eventually.
- Face-Heel Turn
- Healing Hands: During her stint as "Anodyne" in the Asgardian Wars. She even fixed Rogue's absorption powers during this period, though it didn't take.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Even evil, she managed to get the attention of more than a few good guys.
- Mama Bear: Subverted. At the start of Inferno, she's pulling out all the stops to get her baby back from Sinister... then it turns out she just wants to sacrifice him to turn New York City into Hell on Earth.
- She only wanted to make Hell on Earth after Sinister revealed her origins.
- However, upon meeting adult Cable, she has some soft spots to him and still recognizes him as her son. Just◊ look◊. At one point, after explaining how she was created and, by proxy, how Nathan was born◊, she even offered him that We Can Rule Together, which he obviously refused. When She, Cyclops, and Cable were trapped in the astral plane thanks to Apocalypse, Cable asked to be reunited for the first time with his father and mother. Maddie granted his wish and they reunited at the Astral Plane, she offered them to stay like that so they can be together forever.
- Morality Pet: Nate Grey was this to her, her being his only friend. Indeed, she was, as shown by a Mysterio induced hallucination, his best friend.
- Parental Incest: with Nate Grey, alternate reality cloned son of Cyclops and Jean Grey, and technically Maddie's son's alternate reality counterpart. It's complicated.
- Pet the Dog: Her interactions with her son and Nate Grey, as noted above, can be considered as this.
- Psychic Powers: As a clone of Jean, this was to be expected eventually.
- Replacement Goldfish: She was only this because the writers couldn't bring Jean outright back at the time.
- Stripperiffic: Her Goblyn Queen outfit, and her costumes as a member of the Hellfire Club.
- Supernaturally Young Parent: thanks to her son's Time Travel, she looks much younger than her son.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Became this when the writers couldn't make her just Jean reborn.
- Trauma Conga Line: The sequence of events that eventually pushed her off the slippery slope.
- Underboobs: Pioneered this daring choice in villainous fashion when she went bad in Inferno. It is very likely that telekinesis is the only thing keeping her inside that costume.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity
- Woman Scorned: A tragic instance.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: She learned that she was a clone of Jean Grey and was abandoned by her husband, Scott Summers (who fell in love with her because of her obvious similarity to Jean, though neither knew she was a clone at the time, assuming it to just be mere coincidence that they looked exactly alike), when he reunited with Jean, after Jean returned from the dead. Then Maddie's infant son was kidnapped and she was left for dead. She has a daydream where she's ripped apart to build the woman her husband actually wants and then is offered revenge. Thinking that it's just a dream, she accepts, which, naturally, leaves her possessed by a demon and willing to sacrifice her baby (who she finally has the power to find) to allow the demons of Limbo to take over the Earth.
An anti-mutant zealot who founded the hate group known as the Friends of Humanity, dedicated to killing all mutants. One of the X-men's big political-based enemies during the 90s. Eventually, there was the reveal that he's actually the purely human son of two mutants himself — what's more, his parents are Victor Creed, aka Sabertooth, and Mystique. With this revelation, he lost all status and credibility amongst the Friends of Humanity and was eventually killed by one of his parents (shot by Mystique in the comics, giftwrapped and delivered to Sabertooth by his fellow high-rankers in the 90s animated series).
- Back from the Dead: Was revived by Bastion to be one of his lieutenants. He later perished once more in battle with the X-Men.
- Bigot vs. Bigot or Boomerang Bigot: Irrationally hates mutants due to being abused so much by his mutant parents.
- Cain and Abel: He is the evil human brother of Nightcrawler and Rogue.
- Disliking X Means You Are Secretly X: Graydon Creed, the founder of the anti-mutant Friends of Humanity, is not himself a mutant, but his parents were Mystique and Sabretooth.
- Freudian Excuse: Finding out that your mother hates you because you weren't born the way she wanted can't be good for a person's mental health. In fact in a flashback Mystique was shown to methodically mentally abuse him For the Evulz since he was very small. Then she eventually killed him after he turned into a problem.
- Jerk Ass Woobie and Iron Woobie: Yes, Creed is an utter asshole of a human being, but considering the Freudian Excuse he has, it's actually understandable to sympathize with him and acknowledge why he hates mutants so much. Furthermore, despite his traumatic childhood, he actually made a fairly successful man out of himself. If one forgets the racial hate cult thing.
- Smug Snake
- Strawman Political
- Villain with Good Publicity: He is very popular with the humans for his fanatical views against mutants and he was nearly elected as a president until he was assassinated by one of his parents.
An eccentric millionaire introduced early on in Grant Morrison's run on the book, John Sublime became well-known for proclaiming that the thing he wanted most in the world was to be a mutant. He described this dream in his book, The Third Species, in which he encourages baseline humans to find the mutant within. He first comes under the X-Men's radar after the book is linked to a string of killings of mutants whose organs are subsequently harvested by a group calling themselves "the U-Men." Questioned by Cyclops and Emma Frost, he at first feigns innocence, but quickly reveals that he is the one in command of the U-Men, and is keeping a young telepath, Martha Johansson (reduced to a Brain in a Jar kept alive by drugs) enslaved to sedate mutants while his men dissect them. Scott and Emma escape from the operating table, and Emma forces Sublime out a window (in revenge for the extremely expensive nose job the U-Men had earlier ruined). As Emma debates with herself whether or not to Save the Villain, Martha takes the situation into her own (metaphorical) hands and telepathically forces Sublime to let go of Emma's hand.If only it were that simple. As it turns out, Sublime was the very first life form on Earth to attain sentience, a colony of self-aware bacteria whose greatest pleasure was infecting and controlling the dominant species on the planet, moving to new hosts whenever that role changed. However, a problem for Sublime arose in the case of mutantkind. It would appear that those who carry the X-Gene are immune to Sublime. With mutantkind set to take the role of dominant species from humanity in four generations or fewer, Sublime decided that the only solution was to destroy them, and he came up with multiple ways to accomplish just that. Not only was it Sublime who commanded the U-Men, it was Sublime who gave Cassandra Nova the Nano-Sentinel technology, Sublime who started the Weapon Plus program to experiment on mutants and build weapons to destroy them, Sublime who drove Kid Omega and Xorn to madness, Sublime who would one day cause the Beast to become a Mad Scientist in a dystopian future, and, most shockingly of all, Sublime who caused hatred of mutants to exist in the first place. The X-Men have foiled these plots and more, but chances are Sublime will always find a way to return.
- Always Someone Better: The only thing he fears is his sister Arkea. So much so that he surrendered to the X-Men without a fight hoping they deal with her.
- Badass Boast: "Here is evolution's end. All life is mine. All creatures great and small. Mine."
- Big Bad: Of Germ-Free Generation
- The Dog Bites Back: How he dies. His first host body, anyway.
- Evilutionary Biologist: With a twist; he wants to halt evolution so he himself won't die out.
- Fantastic Drug: Kick, made from Sublime's aerosol form, amplifies mutant powers. It also drove Xorn and Kid Omega off-the-wall bonkers.
- Greater Scope Villain: Of Morrison's run, and the franchise.
- Human Resources: What the U-Men see mutants as.
- The Man Behind The Organ Thieves , Evil Twin, Clandestine Government Program, Telekinetic Anarchist, Guy With A Star For A Brain, and Bad Future Mad Scientist.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: He's done awful things, it's true, but he's also directly responsible for the existence of Captain America.
- The Reveal: At long last, a cause for the Marvel Universe's citizenry's oft-talked-about Ungrateful Bastard-ness!
- Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Seriously, what does he do?
- Rule of Symbolism: His Here Comes Tomorrow incarnation is closely tied with the Beast of Revelation.
- Starter Villain: Not.
- Time Abyss: He's the oldest sentient being on Earth, or possibly second to an obscure Avengers villain from the '80s. He's survived every mass extinction in the planet's history, and has taken credit for personally causing at least one.
- Upper-Class Twit: This is his facade.
- The Virus: Bacteria, actually.
The Juggernaut (Cain Marko)
Xavier's stepbrother, the older, much stupider, and selfish Cain Marko. Growing up, he was abused by their stepfather Kurt Marko and he retaliated by tormenting Xavier. When they were both in the army during the Korean War, they took refuge in a cave where Cain discovered a magical ruby placed there by an Eldritch Abomination named Cyttorak that turned him into its avatar - the Juggernaut. Unstoppable in every way but via psionics or advanced magic, the Juggernaut continued to be a thorn in Xavier's side for years, eventually getting trapped inside of the source of his own powers. Since he was let out, he fought briefly on the side of good, before embracing his true evil nature and returning to villainy.
- Abusive Parents: Kurt Marko used to beat him up horribly.
- Achilles' Heel: He has a weakness to psychic powers (only when his helmet is removed). Also, he has no way of getting around besides walking, so if you can teleport him or trick him through a portal, he's stuck wherever he ends up until he manages to physically walk himself back to where he wants to be. Also, his powers being magic based, powerful entities such as Thor can more or less neutralize them once they've figured out exactly how it's set up.
- Anti-Villain: Very occasionally played as a type IV Anti-Hero. As of 2014, he stays this way.
- Ascended Meme: In X-Men: United, "Don't you know who I am? I'M THE JUGGERNAUT, BITCH!"
- Badass Boast: "Nobody/Nothing stops the Juggernaut!"
- The Brute
- Cain and Abel: With Professor X.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: For all that Juggernaut often ends up Worfed, on paper, he's one of the heaviest non-Reality Warper hitters in the Marvelverse. And what does he use his incredible power for? Basically thuggery.
- Giant Mook
- Good Is Dumb: As noted below, Juggernaut's Power Creep, Power Seep (towards the Seep side) were stated in-universe to be caused by his attempts to find redemption.
- Healing Factor: It rarely gets brought up, because Juggernaut is almost impossible to hurt in the first place, but his ability to regenerate may even equal Wolverine's. In one famous incident, being reduced to nothing but bones not only failed to kill him, he kept on fighting even as a bare skeleton.
- Heel-Face Turn, followed by a Face-Heel Turn, followed by a Heel-Face Turn shortly after.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door
- Heel Face Door Slam: During World War Hulk, the evil god who gave the Juggernaut his powers made him realize that the reason he was losing his powers was because he'd become soft and weak. In response, Juggernaut fully embraced his evil nature and the evil nature of the god who empowered him, returning to his true villainous nature.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Black Tom.
- The Brute
- Meaningful Name
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Juggernaut is, to all practical purposes, totally indestructible. Only magic can hurt him physically, he doesn't feel pain, regenerates any damage done to him... he's even got a forcefield he can erect to make himself even harder to hurt.
- Name of Cain
- Pet the Dog: In his villainous career, Black Tom was the only person he has shown concern.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Occasionally clashes with Spider-Man and The Hulk.
- Super Strength: Juggernaut's strength is implied to be at around that of The Mighty Thor's.
- Super Speed: Juggernaut's hyper-strong muscles officially allow him to run at top speeds of 110 miles per hour.
- The Juggernaut: Not only does he have the above mentioned super-powers, he is literally unstoppable; once in motion, there isn't a power on the planet (and a good deal of the universe) that's supposed to be capable of stopping him. He once took a direct hit from a blast of "mystic Asgardian force" from Mjolnir and it only succeeded in slowing him down for a few moments. And then there was the time when the demon D'Spayr vaporised his flesh and muscles — cue the still-animate skeleton of Juggernaut continuing to come after him. His official superpowers include literally infinite stamina, and no need to eat, sleep, drink or even breathe.
- Made even worse in the Fear Itself event: Juggernaut becomes possessed by an ancient being in service of an Asgardian god, The Serpent, and becomes "Kull, Breaker Of Stone". In this incarnation he is even more unstoppable. Not only are all his usual weaknesses removed (telepathy and draining his powers did not work and teleporting him away will result in him teleporting back where he was before immediately), the X-Men's attempts had failed so much that Colossus, Magik and Shadowcat had to appeal to Cyttorak himself to remove the Juggernaut powers from Cain and transfer it to Colossus in order to stop him.
- The Worf Effect: Notably for Onslaught, who made his entrance by punching Juggernaut to New Jersey. It's notable that before this event he was generally stopped through psychic attacks or other, more indirect methods instead of simply overpowered.
- Also Worfed for Gladiator, who shrugged off a double axe handle from The Juggernaut, grabbed him, and threw Juggernaut out to sea.
- Juggernaut was physically overpowered by Hulk as the Horseman of War and Green Scar Hulk did the same thing Gladiator did, though Juggernaut got more shots in that time, what with Hulk being unable to fly.
- Worthy Opponent: Curiously, the Juggernaut has been known to show respect to people who put up a good enough fight against him. Although Colossus and Dazzler both lost their battles against him, they managed to win his respect.
A bunch of mercenary mutants who appear mainly as Mr Sinister's Mooks. Lead by the psychic entity known as Malice who is famous for having successively possessed Dazzler and more prominently Polaris, they can all be indefinitely cloned and many of them have been shown to have died but have come back to life (except Sabretooth initially, whose DNA was too complex to clone at first). They also bear the distinction of being what may just be the most thoroughly unsympathetic group the X-Men have dealt with; Arclight is the only core member who is even remotely sympathetic, and that's just because of a Freudian Excuse that hardly covers for all the awful things she's done.By name: Scalphunter (an assholish Technopath), Arclight (a former servicewoman who causes shockwaves with her punch), Harpoon (a redheaded Inuit who channels energy in his spears), Scrambler (an energy vampire who negates people's powers), Blockbuster (The Brute of the group), Vertigo (a former Savage Land mutate who can cause dizziness and disorientation with her mind), Riptide (a sadist who uses Razor Wind to fight), Prism (a crystalline-bodied guy who can easily deflect energy beams) and Malice (a psychic entity who can possess people).Sabertooth was originally part of the crew but left soon after the Morlocks' massacre. Gambit was also part of their team.
- Amazonian Beauty: Arclight is particularly toned and muscular for a lady, but still lithe and curvaceous enough to avoid being a Brawn Hilda.
- Ax-Crazy: Apparently a requirement. Any outfit Sabretooth is not the craziest, evilest member of, you want to run away from.
- Beard of Evil: Blockbuster.
- The Big Guy: Scalphunter & Sabertooth.
- Blade on a Stick: Harpoon.
- The Brute: Blockbuster.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Blockbuster and Harpoon deliver a particularly brutal round of this to Archangel just for shits and giggles.
- Cool Shades: Arclight
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Scalphunter
- The Dandy: Scrambler
- Dark Action Girl: Arclight especially.
- Dark Chick: Vertigo. Her powers are more of a supportive nature than anything else. Also, she's a very weak hand-to-hand combatant.
- Death Is Cheap:...for all of them.
- The Dragon: Malice.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Arclight.
- Evil Redhead: Harpoon.
- For the Evulz: Primarily why Sabertooth joined the group.
- Freudian Excuse: Arclight has PTSD from Vietnam, though most of her behavior can be summed up as just plain sadism.
- Glass Cannon: Riptide is probably the most destructive member of the team next to Arclight, but he's more or less screwed if someone can get past his barrage.
- Healing Factor: Scalphunter.
- Jerkass: Scalphunter especially, although they all apply.
- Laser-Guided Karma: At the beginning of Inferno, the X-Men swore to make them pay for what they did to the Morlocks. With the exception of the possessed Polaris, all the Marauders got dispatched one by one during the arc.
- Ki Attacks: Harpoon.
- Kick the Dog: Their specialty. Just ask the Morlocks and Threnody.
- Lack of Empathy: All of them.
- Lightning Bruiser: Arclight
- Manipulative Bitch: Malice's shtick is usually to offer a better life to her target through selfishness and evil.
- More Than Mind Control: Malice's primary ability.
- Powers via Possession: Subverted. She gets the powers, not the possessed person.
- Psycho for Hire: All of them!
- Quirky Miniboss Squad
- Razor Wind: Riptide.
- Red Shirt: Prism and Blockbuster to the group as a whole. They die the most often and have the least-interesting powers.
- Prism especially. His energy-channeling powers require the opponent to be using an energy-blasting power, and his body is made up of a material similar to glass. Pretty much every fight with him goes thusly: Cyclops shoots. His Eye Beams get deflected/returned/scattered. Someone hits him. He shatters into a gajillion tiny bits. It's not known whethecan pull himself together, or if every single appearance of him is a new clone after the last died two seconds into his first battle.
- Sadist: Just about all of them, though Sabretooth, Scrambler, and Blockbuster are particularly bad in this regard.
- Send in the Clones: What Sinister does whenever one of them dies. This has also resulted in at least one instance where X-Force stumbled upon one of Sinister's old hideouts where multiple clones were unleashed. More recently Sinister himself created multiple clones of assorted individuals whose DNA he has collected over the years to swell his ranks.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Arclight, though she's done plenty of inexcusable things.
- Smug Snake: Scalphunter and Scrambler.
- Super-Persistent Predator: Sabretooth.
- The Sociopath: Almost all of them, but Scalphunter especially qualifies.
- Two Girls to a Team
- We Are Team Cannon Fodder: Sometimes used this way.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Scrambler needs to touch people to negate their powers, which leaves him very vulnerable to long range attacks.
- Prism's body is very brittle and all what is needed to get rid of him is to smash him against a wall.
- Would Hurt a Child: Scalphunter had no qualms about killing Annalee's children.
Mastermind (Jason Wyngarde)
A mutant with the ability to create perfect telepathic illusions. One of the earliest members of the Brotherhood of Mutants. He plotted constantly to overthrow Magneto and marry the Scarlet Witch, who was repulsed by his attentions.
- Badass Beard
- Badass Family: His daughters Regan (Lady Mastermind), Martinique Jason (the 2nd Mastermind) and Megan Gwynn (Pixie of the New X-Men)
- Beard of Evil
- Big Bad: Of the Dark Phoneix and Dark Phoenix Returns arcs.
- The Chessmaster: During the Dark Phoenix Returns arc.
- Death Equals Redemption: He asks Jean Grey for forgiveness before dying.
- Dirty Coward
- Dirty Old Man
- Evil Genius: Not much of a fighter but if he plans well enough he could devastate the team.
- Kavorka Man: Sort of. When not using his powers, he's gaunt and hollow-eyed, and yet he has three daughters and seduced a brainwashed Jean Grey.
- Killed Off for Real
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Likes to project this image after joining the Hellfire Club.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Master of Illusion
- The Starscream: To Magneto, and later the Hellfire Club.
- Took a Level in Badass: In the 60s all he did was surprise characters by making monsters appear. Then the 80s rolled in and he helped drive Jean Grey mad, had a sword fight on the mental plane with Cyclops, and won. In an annual he created another plan to make them think Phoenix was back and to make Scott look like a villain, forcing him to fight his own team mates. It was a crowning moment of awesome for both characters.
Under the guidance of who he believed to be Magneto (actually a robot), Mesmero used his ability to mesmerize people to try to make Polaris believe she was Magneto's daughter. The X-Men foiled his plans, and thus began a long cycle of Mesmero attempting to do something criminal and then being stopped by an X-Team. He eventually lost his powers on M-Day, and moved on from his life of controlling people to become a 'normal' person.
- Bald of Evil
- Lucky Bastard: Managed to get the drop on the Phoenix and hypnotise her.
- Mind Control
- Small Name, Big Ego: Successfully hypnotises the X-Men and makes them perform in a carnival show. When Beast stumbles upon this and is brought to him, Mesmero acts like he's a genius when really he just got insanely lucky.
A powerful, dangerous and insane mutant Reality Warper, Mikhail Rasputin is a former Russian cosmonaut and the elder brother of X-Men Petyr Rasputin (Colossus) and Illyana Rasputin (Magick). He was driven mad by occasions use of his powers accidentally caused the deaths of countless beings in another dimension (including his wife)) where he was secretly sent on a mission by the Soviet government once they learnt about his powers. Mikhail frequently sets himself up as a Dark Messiah of desperate mutants or others that tends to end violently and badly, which brings him into conflict with the X-Men, mostly out of a desire to use his vast mutant powers for good, but his insanity tends to cause this to backfire. He has a tense relationship with his siblings but generally cares for them.
- Cain and Abel: He is the insane brother of Colossus and Magik.
- Dark Messiah: For the alternate dimension he was trapped in, later to the Morlocks and later still to Gene Nation.
- Dimension Lord: When he ruled his dimension The Hill, he forced the young Morlocks to compete in order to become top soldiers by training them to fight to the death.
- Evil Mentor: For Marrow and the other young Morlocks who became terrorists
- Reality Warper: Though his reality-warping powers kicked in that saved his life from the botched Cosmonaut experiment, he became insane.
- Teleporters and Transporters: With his reality-warping powers, this allows him to open pocket dimensions and teleport himself there.
- Tragic Monster: His descent into madness and villainy started when he accidently killed off a large part of the population of an alternate dimension, including his wife, when trying to close the portal that brought him there. He later had to try again because the portal was going to destroy the dimension.
- The Social Darwinist
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Mostly, he just wants to put his powers to some kind of constructive use, partly to make up for all the damage they have caused in the past. Unfortunately, being Ax-Crazy makes him misinterpret what "constructive use" means.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity
Mr Sinister (Dr Nathaniel Essex)
Dr Nathaniel Essex was a respected Victorian scientist and a contemporary of Charles Darwin, who read Darwin's theories with interest but thought they did not go far enough. Uncovering evidence for the existence of mutants and viewing them as the next stage in human evoution, Essex put a radical kind of eugenics forward to the scientific community, arguing that children from the families of these unique bloodlines he was discovering (ie. the children or descendants of mutants) should be taken and raised as lab rats in order to direct the human race more clearly and quickly to its future. Unsurprisingly, the scientific community were horrified and turned against him, and on her deathbed even his wife denounced him as "Sinister" after she discovered he had dug up their dead son for his increasingly twisted research.But Essex found a patron receptive to his ideas, the ancient mutant Apocalypse, who transformed him into an immortal and inhuman creature who takes the name his dead wife gave him- Sinister. Though he eventually turned against his master for his genocidal creeds, Sinister continued his unethical experiments throughout the ages and has cast a dark shadow over the lives of many young mutants and innocents. Magneto knew him as "Nosferatu", a Nazi Mad Scientist who took blood samples from children in the camps in exchange for sweets; Juggernaut, Prof. X and Sebastian Shaw were amongst a group of children experimented on as part of a long-term Grand Theft Me plot in the unlikely event of his death, and Cyclops was raised in one of his orphanages, after he recognised the potential for the Summers' bloodline as part of this he created a clone of Jean Grey called Madelyne Jennifer Pryor. Sinister was behind the massacre of the Morlocks and a host of other atrocities over the years, but with centuries of study backing him up he is likely the foremost expert in mutant genetics in the world. The combination makes him one of the X-Men's most intelligent, despicable and dangerous enemies.
- Aborted Arc: It was once strongly implied that Sinister had contracted the Legacy Virus. Nothing ever came of this.
- Achilles' Heel: Subverted, as X-Men were led to believe that his only weakness was Cyclops's optic blast (and indeed, in the '90s cartoon it really was) which seemingly destroyed him in their first battle. It was later revealed Sinister was just Faking the Dead and Cyclops's optic blast was no more effective on him than anything else. When he first made his return, it was pointed out that Cyclops's optic blasts have never blown things up before, just pulverized them, so they really should have suspected.
- Badass Cape: Your mileage will probably vary, though.
- Big Bad: One of the X-Men's main recurrent adversaries, and the architect of much of their misery.
- Could be considered the closest thing to one in the 90s X-men cartoon as he served as the direct Big Bad of season 2, and was the most reoccurring villain in the series by a noticeable margin, though his last few had him Demoted to Dragon for Apocalypse.
- This asshole's also the Big Bad of my video game.
- The Chessmaster
- Chunky Salsa Rule: Averted. His shapeshifting and healing powers allowed him to survive getting gibbed.
- Crazy-Prepared: He has plans within plans within plans. He has multiple schemes to cheat death (despite being an immortal and one of the most difficult villains to kill even considering that) that were set up in the 1950's, and many possibly earlier.
- Deal with the Devil: Has been on both ends of this relationship, though in most (and often either) cases The Devil is him.
- Diabolical Mastermind
- The Dragon: To Apocalypse. Though he quickly turned against him and went solo. While they are both big believers in survival of the fittest and "improving" human evolution, Sinister found Apocalypse's methods appallingly unscientific.
- Egopolis: Created an entire city, called "Sinister London", prior to Avengers vs. X-Men.
- Evil Albino: Mr Sinister has been portrayed as an albino in at least some of his incarnations (his physical appearance having changed greatly over the ages). In particular, during World War Two, when he was worked for the Nazis as a geneticist in a concentration camp and was known by the nickname "Nosferatu".
- Evil Genius
- Evilutionary Biologist: Implied to be directly responsible for the abundance of mutants in the modern world due to the strange, forbidden experiments he conducted in his day.
- Faux Affably Evil: Acts all suave and gentleman-like, but really is nothing more than a cold, calculating Sociopath with a Surpremacy-Complex.
- For Science!: His usual motive. He has worked with the High Evolutionary on occasion, and in fact back in the day he was the Evolutionary's Evil Mentor, though both have learned not to trust each other as far as they can throw.
- Gender Bender: Recently, after his physical body had died, he tries to transfer his consciousness to Professor Xavier's body but when it went horribly wrong, Sinister's powers ended up in Miss Sinister. Turned out to be only a temporary problem.
- Grand Theft Me: After the death of his original body, he attempts to pull this on Xavier, before ending up in the body of Claudine Renko. Renko in turn attempts to do this to X-23 in hopes of taking advantage of her Healing Factor to prevent Sinister from seizing control of her body and being reborn, but Sinister pulls a fast one and takes control of X-23 first. Laura then kicks him out! And Sinister has to settle for a spare Alice clone when Renko is critically wounded in the fight.X-23: Get out of my head!
- Healing Factor: His signature power; far more advanced than Wolverine's except on the latter's best days. Think the T-1000 cranked Up to Eleven.
- Sinister's latest body does not have this ability, but he makes up for it by now being a...
- Hive Mind/The Virus: Can transplant his consciousness and physical characteristics into the bodies of others or even multiple bodies at a time. He apparently learned how to do this by studying and reverse-engineering the biology of the Phalanx.
- He-Man Woman Hater: He populated "Sinister London" entirely with male clones of himself. He claimed he had nothing against women, but added that he had nothing for them, either.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Believes in stopping Apocalypse by any means necessary. In order to do so, he's crossed the Moral Event Horizon more times than most villains could ever dream of.
- Humanoid Abomination: What Apocalypse turned him into, though maybe it's better said that he only completed the process and Essex was inhuman in all but fact by that point.
- Human Resources
- Kill 'em All: Attempted on The Morlocks. Nearly succeeded.
- Mad Scientist
- Manipulative Bastard: One of Marvel's best offerings to this trope.
- Mega Manning: He has a wide range of powers (see below); he got them from copying or stealing them from mutants he captured.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: One of the first (ex-) human X-Men villains who wasn't a stereotypical Card-Carrying Villain who not only did not want to eradicate the mutant race, he actually embraced the idea of Homo Superior. And ironically, he's turned out worse than nearly all of them.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: At last count, he's an immortal, invulnerable shapeshifer with Telepathy (mostly of the Mind Control or body-snatching variety), telekinesis, force fields, Super Strength, and energy blasts of some kind. And he rarely ever engages in any kind of physical fighting.
- Noble Demon: He's often a helpful presence when it suits his own ends. Not that he's to be trusted once he no longer has any use for you... But he's a villain who understands that if somebody else takes over the world before him (or destroys it), he loses.
- Pragmatic Villainy: The reason he betrayed Apocalypse in the first place was the fact that the latter wanted him to engineer a genocidal plague to unleash upon humanity. Sinister didn't really do this out of any sense of morality however; he just considered it ignorant and bad science.
- Pure Is Not Good: As a child, he thought the wealthy part of Victorian-era London he grew up in was Heaven and was fascinated by all the scientific advances being made, as well as how clean everything was. He became obsessed with purity thanks to this over time, culminating in his insane eugenical theories.
- Really 700 Years Old: Or rather, about 150 or so.
- Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: Mr. Sinister is known for his unethical genetic practices and his somewhat disturbing obsession with the Summers family. However, few people know his original intended origin: he was a young rival of Cyclops who couldn't age. By the time Cyclops was an adult, Kid Sinister was still stuck as an eight-year-old (physically and mentally), and he used his mutant powers to change his appearance into that of a gaudy, over-the-top supervillain: an eight-year-old's vision of a cool supervillain. When considering that origin, Mr. Sinister's corny appearance and stereotypical supervillain demeanor actually make sense. But, The Powers That Be decided not to go with that origin...
- Stalker with a Test Tube
- Xanatos Gambit with a side order of Xanatos Speed Chess and Batman Gambit and in some cases Cloning Gambit.
Debut: Longshot #4A repulsive alien entity from "Mojoworld", which can only be described as resembling a grotesquely-bloated, green-skinned human upper torso, with cybernetic cables coming out of the back of his head and mechanical struts holding his eyes and mouth. Gets around by sitting in a spider-legged mechanical platform with a tail-lke blaster on its back. An incredibly powerful sorcerer-creature, Mojo is part of an alien race absolutely obsessed with television; by becoming the greatest producer of television shows in his dimension, Mojo has become their lord by dominating the airwaves. His recurring obsession is with the heroes of the Marvel Universe, primarily the X-Men, as he sees them as being the "next big hit" and so he is forever either trying to force them to perform for his shows or else simply attacking them in the name of entertainment.
When people hear Mojo... they think fun! Good, clean, extravagantly violent fun!
- Actually a Doombot: After Rocket Raccoon blows his head off, Mojo is quickly revealed to be a robotic copy built by Major Domo while the real Mojo was on vacation.
- Aliens Steal Cable: Inadvertently. The reason why the Spineless Ones are obsessed with TV (and why their genetically-engineered Servant Race are Human Aliens) is that they receive TV transmissions from Earth in their dreams.
- Beware My Stinger Tail: Mojo's primary weapon is the scorpion-like tail on his Spider Tank walking-platform, which is equipped with an energy blaster.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Perhaps the most bizarre example ever. On Mojoworld, TV is life, and Mojo has the remote. So if you don't amuse him, you're cancelled.
- Deadly Game: Basically the whole premise of his character.
- Dimension Lord: Mojo has acquired such power thanks to his skill at appealing to the residents of Mojoworld that he has taken over the entire dimension, even renaming it after himself.
- Fat Bastard: Mojo is a horrifically swollen, bloated-looking creature.
- Flanderization: In the original Longshot mini-series, he made movies with his slaves, but it was not the all-consuming obsession for him it would later become in X-Men.
- Gods Need Prayer Badly: Sort of. The strength of his magic powers is tied directly to the ratings of his shows.
- The Hedonist
- Laughably Evil: Because his goals are basically to make TV shows out of the X-men, and the fact he's essentially a mad TV producer, Mojo can come off as quite amusing. He is, however, an utter psychopath, and willingly engages in the vilest of behavior — like killing off his actors for real just to make their death scenes in his shows seem more realistic.
- Poisonous Person: His touch withers plants and ages humans.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Mojo was upset about the events of "M-Day," because mutants going extinct would hurt his ratings.
- Reality Warper: Mojo has extreme magical powers that allow him to do just about anything he wants... so long as he has the energy from his ratings to do so.
- Starfish Aliens: The Spineless Ones are basically pseudo-anthropomorphic slugs.
- Take That: As originally written, Mojo and the Mojoverse existed to paint the fourth wall and lampshade Chris Claremont's disagreements with his higher-ups. A particularly telling example is in an Excalibur annual, where the X-Babies have to take refuge in "The House of Stan and Jack"... a tiny shack buried deep under a mountain of buildings with the names of DC and Marvel's latest (at the time) Crisis Crossovers. He later lost this element and became just another ranting, goofy C-List villain, presumably when the higher-ups caught on to what Claremont was doing.
- Villainous Glutton: Mojo is disgusting in many, many ways, not the least of which being how grossly fat he is.
- Walking Wasteland: Mojo's mere presence in Earth's reality causes natural disasters to start forming.
Mystique (Raven Darkholme)
A Sentinel set back from the future to Kill All Mutants who took up the identity of a superhero/ally of non-powered humans and vigilante who went around helping the community and trying to kill innocent mutants simply because he was programmed to. Ridiculously powerful: in its first several appearances it manhandled the Juggernaut, fought the combined lineup of the X-Men and the Lords Cardinal of the Hellfire Club to a standstill, and survived having the mass-equivalent of a small asteroid (actually Harry Leland overloading his gravity power to pull Sebastian Shaw down from having been Thrown Into The Sky) drop on him from orbit. He was later combined with Master Mold, then reborn as Bastion.
- Anti-Villain: Unlike most sentinels, he's not a thoughtless killing machine. He eventually chose to only go after criminal mutants.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: Everyone assumed he was just an armored superhero.
- Genius Bonus: "And the angels of the Lord went unto the daughters of men, and lay with them. And thus were born the giants that were in the Earth in the old days, the mighty men of fame. And among these was Nimrod, who was a mighty hunter before the Lord."
- Heroic Sacrifice
- Killed Off for Real: Merged with an old Master Mold against his will, then thrown into the Siege Perilous, which merged the two into Bastion.
- Healing Factor
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Compared to the average sentinel, he's small, being about the size of a human. And he's ludicrously strong.
- Teleporters and Transporters
- Worf Effect: He took down The Juggernaut (by scrambling his head with a sonic blast) in an early appearance.
OnslaughtAn entity with the combined powers of Professor X, Magneto, Franklin Richards, and X-Man.
- All Your Powers Combined: He possesses both Charles Xavier's and Magneto's powers, as well as those of Nate Grey and Franklin Richards.
- Astral Projection: One of the powers Onslaught inherited from Charles Xavier. Initially, it was limited to an astral form, but later gained a body made of pure energy.
- The Assimilator: He assimilated Franklin Richards and Nate Grey in order to absorb their powers.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: When manifested into a physical form, he is huge.
- Back from the Dead: Onslaught was thought destroyed at the end of the Crisis Crossover, but he returns in the Onslaught Reborn arc thanks to the Scarlet Witch. Rikki Barnes sacrificed herself to destroy him, but he's resurrected again thanks to the Red Skull tampering with Xavier's brain.
- Big Bad: Of the Onslaught Crisis Crossover. He's also the final boss of the first Marvel vs. Capcom game.
- Combo Platter Powers: He possesses powers derived from both Charles Xaver and Max Eisenhardt, as well as abilities of his own.
- Deflector Shields: He can create force-fields of electromagnetic energy, just like Magneto.
- Extra Ore Dinary: He can use electromagnetism to manipulate metal.
- Mind over Matter: He possesses Xavier's psychokinesis as well as Magneto's magnetokinesis.
- Reality Warper: He can create pocket dimensions at will and even formed a second sun from nothing.
- Super Strength: He tore through the Juggernaut like he was made of plasticine.
- Cosmic Entity: In the minor leagues as such beings go, but that still put Onslaught at the top of the heap on Earth.
- Demonic Possession: He possessed Rikki Barnes when they were both sealed in the Negative Zone. Later on, the Red Skull finds out the hard way that Evil Is Not a Toy while messing around with Xavier's brain.
- Energy Being: Onslaught was initially an astral manifestation, but later gained a body made of pure energy.
- Humanoid Abomination: It's a psionic entity of pure hatred, and as Red Onslaught it even manifests a bunch of tentacles.
- Literal Split Personality: It is the incarnation of Xavier's pent up rage and hatred, manifested as a demonic entity clad in armor resembling Magneto's.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Onslaught has a wide mouth full of fangs.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: When Hulk destroyed Onslaught's physical form, the entity turned into an incorporeal energy state. Still, all the other heroes of the Marvel Universe combined were helpless before it, whereas Hulk excels at raw power (and not much else), and somehow made it vulnerable to (admittedly contrived) alternative approaches afterwards.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: He is the manifestation of Xavier's rage and hatred.
- Tin Tyrant: He wears armour reminiscent of Magneto's.
Proteus (Kevin Mactaggert)
Mutant son of long-time Xavier ally Moira Mactaggert, Proteus was sealed away from a young age due to the danger his mutant powers posed to anyone around him. Unfortunately, this only fuelled a psychotic personality that meant he became a rampaging monster when he escaped from his containment.
- Antagonistic Offspring: To his mother, Moira.
- Body Surf: Proteus burns through he bodies he possesses as he uses his Mutant Powers. However, assuming he doesn't ever use his reality-warping powers, he can stay in a single body for an extended period.
- Composite Character: In Ultimate X-Men, this version of Proteus is a composite of the original Marvel Universe Proteus (Kevin Mctaggart, son of Moira and Joseph Mctaggart) and Legion (David Haller, son of Professor X and Gabrielle Haller). Ultimate Proteus is David Xavier, son of Moira and Professor X.
- Freudian Excuse: In the 90s X-Men cartoon, he was portrayed much more sympathetically than his original comics counterpart, including a desire to reconnect with a father who never wanted him.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: His first victim was a man who was about to blow up Moira's facility. His last was his abusive father.
- Psychopathic Manchild: In the 90s X-Men cartoon. More manchild than psychopath
- Reality Warper
- Violent Glaswegian: Proteus was a psychotic Scottish shape-changing villain. Not technically from Glasgow, but the island he came from was fictional, so it doesn't matter a whole lot.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Metal.
- The Worf Effect: Did this to Wolverine in the original comic and the animated series. The animated series version left Wolverine sobbing into his hands and vomiting, it was so nightmarish.
- Also received this himself in the animated continuity, as his possession is no longer lethal.
- Your Worst Nightmare: In any continuity, he's one of a handful of people Wolverine is afraid of.
Pyro (St. John Allerdyce)
Pronounced Sinjin, not Saint John. An Australian mutant with the ability to control, but not generate, fire. In the comics he never worked directly with Magneto, working under Mystique and Toad in their incarnations of the Brotherhood instead, as well as in Freedom Force alongside many former Brotherhood members. Somehow found time to write Gothic horror novels in between getting punched in the face by one X-Man or another. In the movies he was turned into an American named John, with the same skill set.
- Affably Evil
- Deadpan Snarker
- Elemental Hair: In most continuities, he has spiky red hair.
- Elemental Powers: Fire, but not creating it.
- Hidden Depths: Terrorist, criminal and writer of popular horror novels.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Avalanche; the two were almost never seen apart, although in this particular case the "heterosexual" part is questionable.
- Land Down Under: Surprisingly averted. While he is Australian, his country of origin is rarely played up as part of his characterization. Which is probably the reason he's so popular with Australian X-Men fans.
- Although this is more Depending Upon The Writer, having a foreign (i.e. non-Australian) writer try adding in some Australian slang to his dialogue normally backfires to Australian readers. Case in point: Captain America #333, where Pyro briefly refers to John Walker as a "bodgie." NO ONE in Australia talks like this.
- Punch Clock Villain
- Playing with Fire: In an interesting variation, he can control fire, but he can't create it himself. He carries around his own portable flamethrowers to do the job for him.
- Psycho for Hire: In X-Men: Evolution.
- Pyro Maniac: A more subdued version, but there were times when he showed just how much he relished barbecuing people.
- Redemption Equals Death: When he was severely weakened from the mutant disease Legacy Virus, he killed a Brotherhood member Post and saved Senator Robert Kelly's life. Before dying, he pleaded with Kelly to stop the hatred between humans and mutants.
- He was briefly resurrected in the Necrosha story arc.
- True Companions: He's surprisingly loyal to those he considers his friends. In a battle with the Reavers, he had a tender moment with Mystique when it seemed like they were about to be killed, and was rather torn up when Stonewall was killed.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Fell for one of the Stepford Cuckoos. She wasn't interested. He didn't take this news well.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Then he came back.
- Fantastic Racism: Inverted; he led a riot of Magneto sympathizers after the student body at Xavier's learned about Genosha.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door
- Insufferable Genius
- Love Makes You Crazy
- Psychic Powers: If ill-defined ones.
A Christian minister from Scotland and biological father of Rahne Sinclair, better known as Wolfsbane. Not that he ever admitted this; though he raised her for the first thirteen years of her life, he claimed only to be her foster father and told her she had been abandoned at birth by her mother, a prostitute. Literally beating his doctrine of religion into her, to the point he convinced her that she was a worthless sinner who deserved death, the breaking point came when her mutant gene activated and transformed her into a wolf-like being; Reverend Craig shot her, then led the mob that tried to burn her at the stake. After she escaped him, he disappeared... until he resurfaced as a fanatical member of the Purifiers, founded by Reverend William Stryker. Fittingly, his bedevilment of his daughter cost him his life when he brainwashed her and accidentally triggered the conditioning, causing her to kill and devour him.
- Abusive Parents: To Wolfsbane.
- Beard of Evil
- The Fundamentalist: The reason behind his abuse of his daughter, and why he went on to join the Purifiers.
- Karmic Death / The Dog Bites Back: Brainwashed Wolfsbane and then tried to murder her, instead causing her to attack and kill him.
- Offing the Offspring: Attempted this repeatedly against Wolfsbane. Until she succeeding in eating him first.
Reverend William Stryker
A televangelist who saw himself on a mission from God to eradicate all mutants, he and his Corrupt Church believed that mutants are demons from Hell. He led an army of mercenaries ("Purifiers"), and was not above murdering children to see his will carried out. He was a fairly obscure character whose only appearance was in the graphic novel God Loves Man Kills, but when the book was used as the basis for the second movie, he resurfaced in the comics and was a recurring villain until his death.
- Church Militant: However, the version in the movies discarded this aspect, making him just a plain old militant.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: His (for now) final death, complements of Archangel's razor-sharp wings.
- Heel-Face Turn: Believe it or not, despite the fact that he brutally stabbed his infant son to death, snapped his wife's neck simply for being a non-mutant carrier for the X-gene, had his men kill at least two children, and murdered his most loyal follower after she was outed as a mutant, Chris Claremont evidently felt there was still something redeemable about the guy, as he did an arc where Stryker meets a mutant minister who does exactly the same stuff, but to normal humans, experiences My God, What Have I Done?, and earns Redemption Equals Indefinite Stasis. It would appear Craig Kyle and Chris Yost disagreed, as they brought him back to his old ways as the Big Bad for their first arc in New X-Men.
- Knight Templar
- Offing the Offspring: Before he became a Christian fundamentalist, he killed his own wife and his newborn mutant son.
- Politically Incorrect Villain
- Red Right Hand: Reverend Stryker stumbled upon a disoriented alternate Nimrod and uses the robot's glowing PINK hand as a glove and an apparent weapon. When Bastion brings him back, he continues using it.
- Sinister Minister
- Shoot the Dog: From his point of view, the death of his wife and son are this.
- Would Hurt a Child: His first victim was his own child. After that pretty much all of his victims tend to be children or minors.
Sauron (Karl Lykos)
A mutant that was originally supposed to be a vampire, that was a no-go with the comics code at the time, so instead he was reworked into an energy-sucking pterodactyl man. Really. Lykos was on an expedition to Antarctica with his father when they stumbled upon some caves leading to the Savage Land, full of Pteranodons. Lykos was injured by a Pterodon scratch and gained the ability to drain energy from other humans, and later when he did so to a mutant, the ability to turn into a giant were-Pterodactyl with hypnotic powers. Going mad with evil, he names himself after the villain from his favorite books and decides to try to suck the life out of everyone.
- Combo Platter Powers: Practically the poster child of this trope. He's a guy that can drain the life force of others, turns into a flying pterodactyl man when he drains the life force of a mutant, said pterodactyl man form also has Super Strength, the power to hypnotize people and can breathe fire? Spider-Man even noted how ridiculous him being a vampiric pterodactyl man was without even making note of all his other powers.
- Dinosaurs Are Dragons: Later gained fire breath.
- From Bad to Worse: As if being tempted to drain the life-energy of your patients all the time isn't bad enough, you then discover that draining another mutant turns you into a dangerous monster beyond your control.
- Giant Flyer
- Jekyll & Hyde: Lykos is an essentially decent and well-meaning person. His dark side, Sauron, is a vicious monster and a genocidal maniac.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot
- Shout-Out: He named himself after the Lord of the Rings villain. He says so himself on-panel during his origin story.
- Superpowered Evil Side
- Yo Yo Plot Point: He gets cured at the end of most encounters only to get un-cured again at the beginning of the next. Status Quo Is God.
Sebastian Shaw / Black King
The long-time leader of the Hellfire Club, a social club for millionaires he remodelled into a secretive society for evil mutants bent on World Domination, Sebastian Shaw is a snobbish, elitist, self-centred Jerk Ass and Corrupt Corporate Executive with the mutant power of kinetic energy absorption, meaning that any physical attack only makes him stronger making him a very difficult opponent to defeat in combat. However, he mostly relies on manipulation, treachery, deceipt, and his oodles and oodles of cash and connections to further his evil schemes.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: The 19th century version, at least.
- Big Bad Wannabe: A high-functioning example; he was and remains a serious threat, but in practice he is usually outplayed and manipulated by more cunning and dangerous villains. He frequently teams up with other X-Men rogues but is usually either double-crossed, or his own double-crossing comes back to bite him.
- Chess Motifs: He is also known as 'Black King' from Hellfire Club.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Shaw Industries
- Energy Absorption
- Evil Mentor: For the White Queen/Emma Frost
- Genius Bruiser
- The Hedonist
- Manipulative Bastard
- Phlebotinum Overload: Sebastian Shaw's mutant power of absorbing kinetic energy is pretty useful, but can be circumvented if you drop something on him quick and hard enough. There was also the time when Wolverine just kept coming at him until Shaw's mass caused the floor to give out under him.
- Playing Both Sides: The biggest and worst example is that he is a mutant, yet he funded and helped to construct the mutant-hunting Sentinels. Especially bad (though poetically ironic) considering they were created out of fear that mutants could be people like him.
- Pragmatic Villainy
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money! /Powers / Connections
- Villain with Good Publicity: Not as much as before (when he could count on the police to help him fight those dangerous mutants the X-Men), but he still has some respect.
- War for Fun and Profit
Selene / Black Queen
Former and most prominent Black Queen of the Hellfire club, Selene is the oldest known living mutant (after she killed the other externals), born over 14000 years ago, after the fall of Atlantis, but before the age of Conan the Barbarian, and is an ancient enemy of Kulan Gath. She doubles as a sorceress and psychic vampire, with a myriad abilities, some of which are magic, some of which are genetic. Regal, vain, manipulative, demonic-level pure evil, and extremely hard to permanently get rid of, she is one of the X-Men's most dangerous adversaries.
- Achilles' Heel: Her extreme arrogance and vanity. It's not used against her as much as one would imagine, but Moonstar managed to completely break her by projecting an image of her as a withered, decrepit old hag, which utterly horrified her and caused her to have a panic attack.
- A Goddess Am I: Her recent surfacing gives this as her motivation, although she has claimed to be a goddess since her introduction. She was even worshipped as such since birth, 10,000 years ago, and was even offered regular human sacrifices by her people. It has left her with an ego problem.
- Even so, she recognizes Akrea as a being older than her and treats her with respect... right up until she leaves her for dead.
- Ambiguously Bi: She isn't openly bisexual and is in fact a widow of a man named Marcus Gallio. But she also possesses some amount of Lesbian Vampire traits.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: She embodies the Woman in Black trope to such an extent that she never wore anything else but black outfits from the get-go, even after leaving the Hellfire Club. (It can be a little odd to read her first appearences, where- besides being married to a Nova Roman senator- she wore green, purple, and blue.)
- Back from the Dead: Resurrected by Akrea in X-Men (2013) series.
- Bondage Is Bad
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Averted. She absorbs memories along with life force, and therefore does not forget her victims.
- Combo Platter Powers: She can animate objects plus suck people's life force to feed her youth and immortality (plus some minor Psychic Powers and Functional Magic, and various inconsistently enhanced physical abilities). Until she got upgraded; as of Chasing Hellfire, it's "turn into living shadow, plus absorb people entirely to feed her youth and immortality, as well as take on the form of victims."
- The Corrupter
- Even Evil Has Standards: Statutory rape, apparently, given that she explicitly notes Wither to be of age before she starts seducing him. Still some epic cradle-robbing, though, as she's close to 1000 times his age. The Red Skull is also too evil for her, as she teamed up with the New Mutants once against him.
- Eviler Than Thou: What she did to pre-Heel-Face Turn Emma Frost and her Hellions by using Fitzroy, or to Eli Bard, among others.
- Foil: To Emma Frost, during their time in Hellfire. Now, she's more of an Evil Counterpart.
- For the Evulz
- The Hedonist
- I'm a Humanitarian: Not literally, but close enough. She feeds on the life-force of her victims, leaving only skeletal husks.
- Immortality Immorality
- Lesbian Vampire: Perhaps it is just Claremont but trying to turn attractive teenage psychics into her disciples seems to be a particular hobby of hers.
- Life Drinker: She can drain the life out of others to keep herself young. As an added bonus, said lifeforce also fuels her sorcerous powers.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Invoked. Even long after she had left the Hellfire Club, her costume mirrored that of Emma Frost, only in black instead of white.
- Manipulative Bitch: Even though she doesn't need to, she really enjoys toying with people's minds to get what she wants. A lot.
- Never My Fault: Particularly in Necrosha and the stories leading up to it.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: To go with her regal persona.
- Of Corsets Sexy: Well, she is in Hellfire...
- Our Vampires Are Different: She is a psychic vampire.
- Physical Goddess: Approaches this with Necrosha.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers! / Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!
- Third-Person Person: Often refers to herself in the third person, especially when she wants to sound particularly haughty or menacing.
- Vain Sorceress
- The Vamp
- Woman in Black: What else would you expect from the ''Black Queen''?
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Does this to Bard, and it's implied she would've done it to Wither and possibly the entire Inner Circle had she lived long enough.
One of the most recognizable non-mutant characters in the X-men's corner of the Marvel Universe, Sentinels are the result of a government initiative to combat the growing mutant threat. These huge robots are equipped with gene-level scanning devices enabling them to identify any mutants, and the armor and weaponry to (theoretically) detain or kill them once found. Recurrently decommissionedas mutant rights advance or the Sentinels go wrong, only to be recommissioned as new and improved versions are built or more mutant-related hate builds up. Sentinels are frequently depicted as being bound to a "super Sentinel" called Master Mold, which is often instrumental in the temporary discrediting of the Sentinel Program.
- Adaptive Ability: The Mark-II Sentinels could adapt to their enemies and their powers.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Most Sentinels don't really have the AI to actually go wrong and loyally follow orders. The problem is, they tend to be portrayed taking their commands from Master Mold, who does have the AI to go rogue — for example, planning to capture a senator and replace his brain with a computer before then enslaving all humanity.
- The Assimilator: The Prime Sentinels, ordinary humans merged with Sentinel tech.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: It is possible to restore a Prime Sentinel's free will, but even for Magneto and Professor X, it's very difficult.
- Bad Future: Days of Future Past, anyone? Any time the Sentinels appear in an adaptation, this story is bound to occur in some form.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: When Sentinels or Master Mold go wrong, often they do so with the statement that it is illogical to protect humans from mutants because "humans are mutants" — all humans have unique genetic codes.
- Deceptively Human Robots: In Zero Tolerance crossover, there was a type of Sentinel which disguise itself as a human to blend itself in a heavily-populated city to hunt for mutants.
- Much earlier than that were Steven Lang's (No relation) X-Sentinels, which looked like the original sixties X-Men, and even had their powers. It took Wolverine's senses to suss them out.
- Hive Queen: Master Mold is this; it has the intelligence and capabilities to control all Sentinels, and is actually a walking Sentinel-production factory, creating them from internal production machinery.
- Humongous Mecha: Autonomous version, usually, but at least one miniseries focused on an attempt to redeem the Sentinel Project by stripping out the independent AI and turning them into piloted mecha. It worked, for a while.
- In terms of size, Mastermold takes this Up to Eleven: it's roughly as big compared to a Sentinel as a Sentinel is to a human.
- The Kid with the Remote Control: One miniseries focused on a kid who'd found a damaged Sentinel and repaired it.
- Made of Plasticine: The Project: Armageddon Sentinels were pathetically easy to destroy. The only reason they managed to keep the X-Men they'd caught captive at all was because they were operating from a space station.
- Mecha-Mooks: This may be why the Sentinels have appeared in every animated depiction of the X-men-verse; they're intimidating enough to make good enemies, but they can be slaughtered on-screen without any editor hassles.
- Robo Speak: Usually, but the Project: Armageddon ones were remarkably chatty.
- Would Be Rude to Say "Genocide": What they did to Genosha. Several million mutants died in less than an hour.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The original Sentinels turned on Trask pretty quickly, and demanded he manufacture more Sentinels, making it clear they'd kill him the minute he stopped complying.
Shadow King (Amahl Farouk)
A vastly powerful psychic entity that likes to possess people and bring out their darker emotions. Professor X met him as Egyptian crimelord Amahl Farouk, and killed his human body in a psychic-showdown. Farouk was the first evil mutant Xavier encountered, prompting him to form the X-Men. However, it has been since revealed that the Shadow King might have existed long before possessing Farouk.
- Arch-Enemy: To Storm. He employed her as a thief when she was a child, but was never able to completely bend her to his will. Her strength of character makes her his favorite target.
- As Long as There Is Evil: Shadow King fits this trope to the latter, especially following the retcon that he might be an ancient demonic being, and not the psychic remains of an evil mutant.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: Frequently does this with telepaths.
- Card-Carrying Villain
- Demonic Possession
- Eviler Than Thou
- Hate Plague: He's sometimes known to do this just by being around.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: Really likes to torment Storm. One miniseries, "Worlds Apart" revolved around him trying to break her to his will.
- He also tried turning Psylocke into his "Shadow Queen".
- More Than Mind Control: His preferred method of turning people against each other is by awakening the real doubts and insecurities in their minds, making them that much harder to get through to.
- Living Shadow
- Multiple-Choice Past: Some stories have portrayed the Shadow King as a centuries-old mutant who survived the years by jumping from body to body and eventually possessed Amahl Farouk. In others, he was merely born Amahl Farouk and fabricated a grander backstory for himself.
- Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: For awhile he was trapped inside Psylocke's mind. This prevented her from using her telepathic powers.
- Villainous Glutton: When he claims a human host for an extended period of time, he becomes addicted to eating, and his host becomes morbidly obese as a result.
- Chess Motifs: He is also known as 'Black King II' as a successor of his father from Hellfire Club
- Depraved Bisexual
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Died offscreen some years ago.
- The Hedonist
- Idle Rich
- Intangible Man: Being a villain, he uses the 'heart squeezing' as his trademark killing move. He also openly admits it can be used for peeping on girls (not that he needs it with his cash)
- In the Blood
- Luke, I Might Be Your Father: It's implied that Harry Leland, the Black Bishop of the Hellfire Club, might be his biological father. Indeed, Shinobi's mutant powers are similar to Leland's (density control) and very unlike Sebastian's powers.
- Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense
- Attempted Self-Made Orphan
- Spoiled Brat
- Turn Out Like His Father
Spiral (Rita Wayword)
One of the most loyal warrior-slaves of Mojo, Spiral is an essential part of his operations.
- Ascended Extra: Art Adams designed her as just another of Mojo's lackey's pursuing Longshot, but Ann Nocenti liked the look of her and decided to give her a more prominent role.
- The Baroness
- Cyborg: Three of her arms are at least partially robotic.
- The Dragon: Mojo may be strong, but he's also nearly immobile, counting on the acrobatics and swordplay of Spiral to keep his enemies at bay.
- Dual Wielding: Three times over!
- Evil Sorcerer: When Doctor Strange stepped down as Sorcerer Supreme of the entire Marvel Universe, she was mentioned as a contender for the job.
- Green-Eyed Monster
- It Amused Me: Her motivation for joining the government team Freedom Force, led by Mystique and consisting mostly of BoxedCrooks, was never really clear- but it seems to have been mainly "bored and had nothing better to do".
- Mad Scientist: In the Mojoverse, she runs the Body Shoppe, where villains (including Lady Deathstrike) get cybernetic makeovers.
- Magic Dance: She dances to cast her more complicated spells.
- Magic Knight: A sorceress and technological genius as well as an expert hand-to-hand (-to-hand-to-hand) combatant.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: She has six arms, three of which are cybernetic replacements.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot
- Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: To Longshot. Not by choice, since Mojo messed with her mind.
- Reforged into a Minion: She was once one of Longshot's friends, and his lover. Then Mojo drove her insane and turned her into his servant.
- Refugee from TV Land: Like everyone from Mojoworld, she has a lot of off sayings. She doesn't kill people, she cancels them.
- Servile Snarker: She's not afraid to snark off at Mojo.
- Unwilling Roboticisation: She does this from time to time to guests of the Body Shoppe and may have been a victim of it herself.
- Wolverine Publicity: She's one of the most popular X-Villains, appearing in multiple games and spinoffs.
The head of Project: Armageddon, which is designed to learn everything there is about Mutants, Steven Lang decided to instead kill every Mutant, and went about re-creating the Sentinels as part of this. An incredibly minor villain, but were it not for him, The Dark Phoenix Saga would never have happened. Later got brought back by Bastion as part of his schemes.
- Back from the Dead: Via Bastion and the transmode virus.
- Badass Bookworm: He's a quite better fighter than his background (a nondescript government scientist) would suggest.
- Berserk Button: When Jean Grey called him a "sad, pathetic, screwed-up little man" and a Nazi, he lost it and slapped her.
- Blondes Are Evil
- Driven to Villainy: Originally, Doctor Lang was simply a mild-mannered civil servant who tried to warn the government of the increasing danger of villainous mutants (like, say, Magneto). When no one would listen to him, and the threat seemed to be constantly growing with every passing year, he gradually became more extreme.
- Evil Genius: Built robot versions of the original X-Men that basically authentically replicated their powers. Also, somehow himself scraped together the billions of dollars needed to fund his huge anti-mutant organization after the government shut him down.
- Evil Gloating
- The Extremist Was Right: In a Fridge Logic sort of way. Some story arcs after his untimely demise, Jean Grey, one of the mutants he was mortally afraid of, did just what he feared, killed some billions and almost destroyed the world. (A later Retcon, which might have realized the Unfortunate Implications but was done primarily for other reasons, changed that version of Jean into a sort of Evil Twin.)
- Fantastic Racism: Aside from the usual mutant-hating stuff, there's a scene where some of his scientists are examining Wolverine. They're briefly confused by his strange metabolism, and ask just what he is. Lang just states "whatever he is, he sure isn't human." note
- For Science!: Averted; while Lang is a scientist, his motives are largely political.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Or from obscure government scientist to Blofeld-scale supervillain, in this case.
- General Ripper: A borderline case, as Lang himself is a civilian, but he's running a rogue military operation and generally behaves like one of these.
- Godwin's Law: Jean Grey calls him a Nazi when he explains his motives to her. Then again, in the Marvelverse the Nazis are opposed to mutants ...
- I Did What I Had to Do: As he explains, somewhat sheepishly, to Jean Grey when she asks why he's attacking the X-Men. It's a matter of humanity's survival that the mutants have got to go, so he's just doing his duty making sure they do. The way he explodes when she proceeds to ridicule his views possibly suggests that deep down he's really at least a little uncomfortable with the whole thing, himself.
- Killed Off for Real: Courtesy of a well-passed angry Jean Grey and Cyclops making him crash his flying machine. Well, more or less. His brain got stolen and used to make a Master Mold Sentinel.
- Knight Templar: Lang is quite convinced of his own rectitude, to the point where he can tell a pretty young co-ed (and crypto-mutant) to her face that she and her race have to die. It's Nothing Personal, just necessary in order for humanity to live.
- Large Ham
- Lucky Bastard: Hit Jean Grey in front of Wolverine, and did not get turned into thinly-sliced chunks when he busted free.
- Mad Scientist: Initially he's not really mad, just somewhat grandiose and affective. The later versions play it straight, however.
- Motive Rant: Delivers a pretty lengthy one at the beginning of one issue.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Not Lang himself, but the operation he's running. Its codename? Project Armageddon!
- Renaissance Man: Scientific expert in at least three widely separate fields (biology/genetics as well as mechatronics engineering and AI programming). Additionally, a fair pilot and fighter.
- Rogue Agent: Originally, Lang was commissioned by the federal government to study the potential of superhuman mutants as a strategic danger to the United States. When his study found that the danger was imminent and the government basically ignored his report, he took matters into his own hands.
- Villainous Valor: In his initial appearances, he was just a more-or-less ordinary government scientist (albeit fairly Badass by those standards), and wisely did not try to go toe-to-toe with any superheroes when he had a choice. But when the X-Men trashed his Sentinels and military security detachment, he did try to fight them himself as a last resort. It ended badly for him.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: A fairly typical X-Men example. The world-shaking antics and mutant-supremacist ideology of various superpowered evil mutants convinced him that humanity must defend itself forcefully against the mutants in order to survive.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Chillingly, Lang very rarely does anything actually "evil," at least by his own standards — As long as one remembers that non-human mutants are not part of his moral in-group.
- Would Hit a Girl: Loses it and slaps Jean Grey when she tells him he's full of it — Possibly because her insults hit Too Close To Home.
A depraved mutant from the parallel universe known as Age of Apocalypse, Sugar Man was one of the many camp bosses, running a gruesome concentration camp where he tormented thousands of slaves, human and mutant alike. His speciality was the study and creation of biological weaponry, and he earned his place in Apocalypse's regime by inventing horrific plagues and epidemics. In a cruel twist of fate, he is one of the few souls to survive the death of that twisted reality and escape to the mainstream universe.
- Bad Boss: In Age of Apocalypse, he ran the work camps where it housed thousands of humans and regularly tormented his slaves.
- The Brute
- Canon Foreigner / Canon Immigrant: Sugar Man comes from Age of Apocalypse and has no 616 counterpart.
- Cephalothorax: Sugarman appears as a rotund torso dominated by a huge, ugly face, with four arms and a single pair of legs.
- Fluffy the Terrible: Let's be honest; "Sugar Man" doesn't make you think "sadistic plague-engineering cannibal mutant", now does it?
- For the Evulz: As is generally the case for a willing servant of Apocalypse.
- I'm a Humanitarian
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Has four arms, plus his prehensile tongue.
- Multipurpose Tongue: Sugar Man uses his long razor-sharp tongue as his weapon.
- Plague Master: His primary contributions to Apocalypse's regime were the nightmarish biological weapons he invented.
- Size Shifter: He is also able to control his own mass. If he loses mass, the lost mass is shunted off to some unknown location, presumably an extra-dimensional space and he shrinks in size. It's unknown how long it takes him to regain his normal size.
Toad (Mortimer Toynbee)
A mutant with amphibian-like abilities, including wall-crawling, sticky tongue, poison spit, and super-croaking. In the comics, he was usually depicted as an annoying, ass-kissing sycophant and Magneto's loyal suck-up with useless powers. He also had an incredibly intense crush on the Scarlet Witch. Outside of the comics, his portrayal has been better. In X-Men Evolution, he was almost one of the most featured characters on the show, even having his own theme song, and was depicted as a well-meaning but mischievous Sad Clown that the universe liked to crap on. In the movies, he was a badass martial artist who incorporated his powers into an unexpectedly formidable opponent (and was played by Darth Maul). The comics have tried to incorporate these traits into the character, making Toad his own Canon Immigrant. After his power upgrade/character revamp, Toad became more of a neutral player, having become disillusioned with Magneto.
- Canon Immigrant: Not the character himself, but his portrayal in other media, which was a hell of a lot better.
- Combo Platter Powers: His powers have varied wildly in scale and number over the years; he used to have this weird wind gust power, for example.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: After the movies, where evening out his genetic abnormalities ended up giving him a level in badass.
- Fun Personified: In X-Men: Evolution.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He's pretty good with machines.
- Mean Brit
- Stalker with a Crush: To Wanda, only to be squicked out upon seeing her huge pregnant belly.
- The Chew Toy
- The Renfield: To Magneto in the early days.
- The Starscream: Toad has tried to rule over the Brotherhood of Mutants when Magneto and Mystique were incapacitated or absent. It's never gone well, and he usually just ends up humiliated.
- The Makeover: In Uncanny Xmen, Toad loses his powers, and is was revealed to be an extremely handsome. In other words, if Toad had not been born a mutant, he would have been a naturally extremely handsome man. Toad's initial reaction to discovering his good looks is "If this is what I've been missing all these years, good bye and good riddance (to my powers)"
Unus the Untouchable (Angelo Unuscione)
A narcissistic Italian wrestler with the ability to generate a forcefield to protect him from any harm. He was greedy and wanted to join the Brotherhood of Mutants for power and money. He proved to be unbeatable until Beast constructed a machine that interfered with the intensity of his forcefield and the ability to turn it on and off, nearly starving him. He continued to be a minor recurring villain that kept on having trouble controlling his power, occasionally leaving him unable to touch anything or anyone.
- Barrier Warrior
- Blessed with Suck: As his powers advanced, they gradually became more of a hindrance, until finally he suffocated because his forcefield had become strong enough to repel even oxygen.
- There was one issue in the comics where Unus found himself facing a shapeshifter with the power to become various monsters. Unable to actually hurt Unus, the shapeshifter got him out of the way by swallowing him whole. And then threw him up a couple of pages later because his forcefield was too painful to keep down.
- Fauxreigner: For some undisclosed reason, in his early appearances he pretended to be a German man named Gunther Bain.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With the Blob.
- Hoist by His Own Petard
- Power Incontinence: More than once. This even led to his death, when he tried to undo his M-Day power loss with the Terrigen Mists that empower the Inhumans. He got his power back... but he suffocated when he repelled even oxygen and couldn't turn it off.
- Smug Snake
Vulcan (Gabriel Summers)
A prisoner of Shi'ar experiments concealed on Earth, the experience awakened him to a Omega level mutant, but also drove him mad and filled him with an urge to devastate the Shi'ar, an urge he happily set about fulfilling once he realised how powerful he was. Ironically, he ended up becoming their ruler, even falling in love with the exiled Shi'ar princess, Deathbird, herself an outcast for being a mutant.
- A Child Shall Lead Them
- Antagonistic Offspring: To Corsair
- Bad Boss: As Emperor of the Shi'ar. Though it's a safe bet he never read Machiavelli, he personified the Machiavellian style of leadership.
- Big Bad: In most of the stories he's in.
- Big Screwed-Up Family: And how!
- Cain and Abel
- The Caligula: In War of Kings, and very deliberately so.
- Casual Interstellar Travel: Averted, actually. He has to take a spaceship and warp gates in order to reach the Shi'Ar empire without dying of old age long before he gets there.
- Despotism Justifies the Means: In War of Kings this is his objective.
- Ermine Cape Effect
- Even Evil Has Standards: Even he thought that Black Bolt's plan was way out of line.
- The Evil Prince
- Expy: He has a lot in common with DC's Superboy Prime.* Freudian Excuse: His mother was murdered and he was forced to spend his childhood as a slave.
- Eye Scream: Loses an eye to a pissed-off Gladiator. It's the only injury he ever sustains that sticks.
- Galactic Conqueror
- Glowing Eyes of Doom
- Goo Goo Godlike: Vulcan, Cyclops's long-foreshadowed second brother was found as a baby and raised to adolescence by aliens, and has the power to absorb literally any form of matter or energy and fire it back, survive in the vacuum of space, and shut off superpowers. He was described as "beyond Omega-level", but since Omega-level already means a mutant of unlimited potential, the part about being beyond a mutant of unlimited potential is most likely a regretful mistake. Still, he's very powerful.
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- Happily Married: From all indications, his feelings for Deathbird were genuine.
- Hero Killer: He killed Banshee, Corsair, and most of the original Shi'ar Imperial Guard.
- Interspecies Romance: With Deathbird (Shi'ar mutant)
- Lack of Empathy
- Light Is Not Good
- Line-of-Sight Name: He chose the name 'Vulcan' because as a slave the only solace he had was a book about Roman mythology.
- Long Lost Sibling: He's the third Summers brother.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: His hyper-aggressive leadership pushes the Inhumans to rise up against him.
- Psychopathic Manchild: He appears to be in his late teens but due to his severely messed up history he has the maturity level of a ten-year old child.
- Self-Made Orphan: For a time.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: On the Shi'Ar. It eventually winds up with him in charge.
- The Sociopath: Professor X labels him as one in an alternate canon story.
- Slouch of Villainy: After becoming majestor of the Shi'ar he becomes prone to this.
- Smug Super: Probably the best example of this trope in the X-Men universe. As one of the most powerful mutants alive, there's almost nobody in the universe who can stand up against him. As such, the very idea of someone actually being stronger than him is absolutely inconceivable for him to imagine and at the same time, It's what deep down, he fears the most. The look on his face when Polaris briefly overpowers him is priceless.
- Start of Darkness: Though not shown on-panel yet, Vulcan grew to adolescence as a slave of the Shi'ar, which accounts for his sunny disposition.
- Superpower Lottery: Oh, boy. Where to begin?
- Energy Absorption: Vulcan's an 'Omega-level energy manipulator', which effectively makes him a god. There's not a lot he can't do. His demonstrated uses of this ability include:
- Elemental Powers: A case of All There in the Manual. Vulcan's creator, Ed Brubaker, explained an interview that he has the unrealized potential to generate and control the seven elements (fire, earth, electricity, wind, water, darkness, and light). He's only actually exhibited control over a handful of those elements, though.
- Combo Platter Powers: As if all of the above wasn't enough, Deadly Genesis revealed that he'd psionically absorbed the powers (and psyches) of his teammates Petra, Sway, and Darwin when they died, leading to:
- So, in short, Vulcan's a Physical God.
- Tangled Family Tree
- Teens Are Monsters
- Too Powerful to Live: The trick was finding something powerful enough to kill him.
- Unskilled, but Strong
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: When Moira Mactaggert first found him, he was enthusiastic about being an X-Man.
- Warrior Prince: Once he marries into the Shi'ar royal family.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Hinted at in the main books, and explicitly stated in an alternate story where he gained the power of the Phoenix Force.
X-Cutioner (Carl Denti)
Debut: X-Men: Kingbreaker #2
Oracle: ... Some kind of symbiote, we had never encountered anything like it. D'Ken wanted it studied, but after he died, it just remained locked away. My Lord... it is a monstrosity. It feeds on people. It consumes their brains...
Emperor Vulcan: Then if it wants a fresh meal, it will do as I tell it. What else?
- Blank White Eyes: Like its distant relations it has large white eyes.
- Brain Food: Like Venom, it has a taste for brains.
- Combat Tentacles: It can project pseudopodia and tendrils to attack and restrain opponents.
- The Dreaded: It is one of the five most dangerous entities captured by the Shi'ar Empire.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: It possesses a wide mouth full of sharp fangs.
- Puppeteer Parasite: It took over the body of Raza Longknife during a fight with the Starjammers.
- The Symbiote: It is a member of the same species as Venom.
- Trading Bars for Stripes: It was imprisoned by Shi'ar Emperor D'Ken, who intended to study it, but Gabriel Summers killed him and recruited Zzxz into his army.
- Yandere: Zzxz really wanted Lilandra as its next host, but took over Raza of the Starjammers instead.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: It is a black symbiote with large white eyes, making it largely identical to its distant relative Venom.
- A Villain Named Zrg: Its name is composed completely out of consonants from the end of the alphabet.