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Apocalypse (En Sabah Nur)
Peace does nothing to test — to INCREASE — mutants' strength. To force them to evolve into the strong.
Born 5,000 years ago into a desert tribe in Ancient Egypt who took one look at the blue skinned mutant and abandoned the supposed Humanoid Abomination
to die, the infant who would become Apocalypse was found by the leader of a band of desert raiders called Baal, who adopted the boy and named him "En Sabah Nur"- "The First One", as he believed that the child was the first of a Master Race
of beings who would one day inherit the Earthnote
. Baal raised En Sabah Nur and indoctrinated him into the brutal philosophy of his raiding band- Survival of the Fittest
, and the idea that life is and should be a never ending struggle of the strong against the weak and each other to earn the right to live and prosper.
Throughout the centuries, the immortal Apocalypse traveled to numerous civilizations and cultivated worship of himself, and manipulated them into conflict and civil war to separate the strong from the weak. He eventually gained more power after discovering and bonding with the technology of a crashed Celestial ship, granting him a wide range of abilities but making him so powerful that he had to begin to periodically enter lengthy periods of regenerative rest to prolong his lifespan, and seek out powerful mutants as host bodies. He awoke at various points to influence history and attempt to recruit useful people to his cause, activating the powers of the mutant Exodus in the 12th century and transforming Victorian Mad Scientist
Nathaniel Essex into the immortal geneticist Mister Sinister.
The explosion in the mutant population in modern times awoke Apocalypse from his slumber and set him loose upon the world once again. He now actively seeks to provoke a war between humans and mutants so that mutants can inherit the Earth under his guidance, whilst trying to increase his power by finding powerful mutants to serve as his new host. His plans often bring him into conflict with the X-Men
, who he regards as Worthy Opponents
who have earnt the right to live in his dystopic mutant empire
, when he isn't brainwashing them to serve as his minions
or trying to steal their bodies
, or trying to destroy them as threats to his plans.
Apocalypse is one of the X-Men
's most powerful and dangerous recurring foes. There is more than one Bad Future
and Parallel Universe
where he rules the world, and all
of them are hellish Death Worlds
built on billions of corpses where people have to fight and kill each other to earn the right to live. Unsurprisingly, even without all that, Apocalypse has earned the hatred of a number of prominent characters for his millenia of atrocities, genocide and evil schemes.
- Above Good and Evil: He is even the Big Bad of an epic 4-part Story Arc in the 90's cartoon called "Beyond Good And Evil", which gave us this gem:
Cable: The world won't stomach your evil forever.
Apocalypse: Evil? I am not malevolent! I simply AM!
- He turned down membership in the "Acts of Vengeance" crossover conspiracy because he didn't see himself as evil.
- Adaptational Badass: His 90's animated series version is way more epic.
- Also, his Evolution counterpart may be the strongest version, and slightly less evil.
- A God Am I
- Arch-Enemy: To Angel and Cable, as well as The Eternals who regard him as an ancient foe. However, by this point he has managed to piss off half the cast at least, as well as many other heroes (eg. the time he brainwashed The Incredible Hulk), to say nothing of the entire alternate and future Earths that have to endure his rule.
- Artistic License - Linguistics: He supposedly has an Arabic birth name, even though he was born in Egypt around 3,000 B.C.—several thousand years before the Arabic language existed, and long before it would have been spoken in Egypt.
"I am Apocalypse! Look upon the future and tremble!"
"I am as far beyond mutants as they are beyond you! I am eternal!"
"I am the rocks of the eternal shore. Crash against me and be broken!"
"Beast, how many peoples have dreamed of my end? You are no closer than the Babylonians with their swords and fire sticks!"
"There exists no freedom from me; there is only freedom through me."
- Bald of Evil
- Barrier Warrior
- Big Bad: For the original X-Factor and Cable, and shares this spot with Magneto for the X-Men as a whole, since he is their most powerful recurring villain by far (not counting one-offs like Dark Phoenix or the Adversary).
- Capcom vs. Whatever: Was the boss of X-Men vs Street Fighter and the penultimate boss of Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter. Has not appeared in the series since.
- The Chessmaster
- Combo Platter Powers: Apocalypse's only natural mutations are physical prowess, intelligence, immortality, and his strange gray skin and blue lips (surprisingly enough), and his shapeshifting, as shown in the "Rise of Apocalypse" mini. The rest of hisabilities such as the technopathy, psychic abilities (maybe. The comics are inconsistent on whether or not the psychic abilities are natural or augmented) his armor and other powers are derived from technology on loan from the Celestials.
- Deal with the Devil: It's been revealed that the Celestials knew about Apocalypse using their technology, and allowed him to keep it in exchange for future services (although, technically, the Celestials are not evil, so in a sense Apocalypse was the Devil in this case, except he was on the poor end of the deal). While they have yet to collect on said services, the Celestials did at one point prevent Apocalypse from dying to ensure that he would be able to pay them back someday.
- Apocalypse himself does this quite a bit, empowering Mr. Sinister and several mutants (including a few of the X-Men) in exchange for service. Ironically, this has helped the X-Men more than once, since it restored Angel's wings and Wolverine's adamantium.
- Depending on the Writer: Whether he is a cosmic-level entity that can pimp-smack the likes of Loki and go toe-to-toe with The High Evolutionary, or is a has-been dependent upon regeneration chambers. Justified partially by Apocalypse's original body being killed in X-Factor 68 by Cyclops channeling the full power of the Summers bloodline, aka plot device.
- The Dreaded: Cable, and his alternate universe counterpart X-Man, are each two of the most powerful psychic mutants alive. And they were created by Sinister for the express purpose of killing this bastard.
- Dystopia Justifies the Means: His ideal society is a bombed-out radioactive wasteland littered with genocide camps and Nazi-style genetic experimentation labs. Think Benito Mussolini on crack. This was an alternate timeline; the key thing that differed between that and the mainstream verse is simply that in this one Prof X died, Apocalypse woke up earlier, and nobody stopped him. Age of Apocalypse was very much intended to be about what the mainstream Apocalypse would do if he was ever allowed to win; the Bad Futures that he rules aren't really much better.
- Eviler than Thou: To Mister Sinister, Bishop, Stryfe, Sabretooth, Dracula and even Loki at one point. He frequently pulls this, but puny lesser villains keep thinking they can take him and have to find out the hard way how wrong they are.
- Evil Is Bigger: He's 7 foot tall in his usual form, but he'll often invoke this by using his shapeshifting powers to increase his size and utterly dwarve his opponents.
- Evil Is Hammy: Especially in the 90's cartoon, basically every line that came out of his mouth was a grandiose Badass Boast using archaic language exalting his might.
- Evilutionary Biologist
- Evil Overlord: Particularly in the Age of Apocalypse, where he rules North America with an iron fist.
- Genius Bruiser
- God Guise: He is worshipped as a god in his own right by some, but in ancient times he was sometimes mistaken for local deities. He played along as this served his ends well enough anyway.
- Good Is Bad And Bad Is Good: War, conflict, inequality, struggle, destruction and death are good and natural, because they make people stronger (in his mind). Consequently, peace, kindness, equality and the rest are bad, or irrelevant at least, because they make people weak (in his mind).
- Grand Theft Me: Tries to pull this on X-Man in The Twelve (along with stealing the powers of several powerful mutants, the titular number), and in a Bad Future on his (willing) adopted son Stryfe. He failed both times, though in the former case he managed to pull a Demonic Possession on Cyclops. Toyed with pulling it on Hope and has attempted it on others. He is always on the look out for powerful mutants to serve as his host body. In the 90's cartoon, in his final appearance he pulled this on Fabian Cortez.
- Hero Killer
- Hoist by His Own Petard: That bit below about culling the weak? He taught that to his followers, so after he got badly beaten by Stryfe they judged him to be weak, and changed sides.
- Hypocrite: Some portrayals of him paint him as this. Despite talking a big game about "survival of the fittest", he still poisoned Cable as a baby out of fear that he'd become more powerful than him. And then there's the number of times he attempted to possess the bodies of exceptionally powerful mutants just to ensure he'd remain the top dog.
- Technically an Averted Trope; he's actually being entirely consistent with his beliefs and practicing what he preaches- he thinks everyone should try to survive and prosper at all costs, and the above are attempts to do just that. In other words its not that he thinks that the strong should become Social Darwinists, its that he believes Social Darwinism is what makes people strong, and powerful mutants who aren't Social Darwinists are thus fundamentally weaker and less worthy of life than puny humans who are. The problem, of course, is that its hard to see how this benefits either the individual or society as a whole if everyone keeps killing each other, or how the very young or vulnerable are supposed to live long enough to practice this themselves. Of course, the actual explanation is rather simple- Apocalypse is crazy and his philosophy runs on Insane Troll Logic.
- The Juggernaut: Not as extreme as the Trope Namer, below, but Apocalypse is still a force of nature.
- Kick the Dog / Laser-Guided Karma / "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In the ''Rise of Apocalypse" miniseries chronicling his backstory, he as a young man was rejected by the girl he loved due to being physically ugly. When it turned out his powers made him immortal, he went back to her as she was dying of old age and taunted her on her deathbed.
- Large and in Charge
- Large Ham: One of the absolute Kings of this trope, especially in the 90's animated series.
Jean Grey: Sinister, why have you kidnapped me?
(coming out of the shadows): BECAUSE I TOLD HIM TO!!! AHAHAHAHAHAHA!
- Legacy Character: In Uncanny X-Force it's revealed that Apocalypse is part of a long line of beings who made sure evolution headed in the direction the Celestials desired.
- The Man Behind the Curtain: On rare occassions in more modern day and future storylines, Apocalypse's fearsome exterior visage of an ancient and incredibly powerful mutant is torn away to reveal... an ancient and incredibly old man with a physique roughly akin to that of Mr. Burns, whose current power is largely due to being encased in what is basically glorified (albeit very, very advanced) Powered Armor, while his own power ate away at his body. Note however, that every appearance after X-Factor 68 is a host body not capable of handling his full power.
- However, he can subvert this trope via Grand Theft Me, and finding a suitably powerful host to contain his awesome energies (or better yet, elevate himself to cosmic-level evil using one or a number of even stronger hosts) is one of his more common plots.
- The God Behind The Man: Not only did he give Mr. Sinister his powers, Apocalypse is also the original source of his resources. He also has at least one mutant cult and a number of minions, and was once even worshipped by a group of Skrulls. He was introduced as the leader of a throwaway generic evil organization, and an alternate version of him was the master of Dark Beast and other evil survivors of that timeline.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Meaningful Name: His given name is translated as "The First One" - he and Selene both have very good claims as being the first mutants alive.note
- Mind Control: Pulled this on several mutants, including Angel and Wolverine. On one occassion, he even pulled it on the Incredible Hulk- and, even more impressively, he is one of the few to pull it on the Hulk successfully.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: His name is Apocalypse.
- One-Man Army: Case in point- in ancient times, even in his youth, he would sometimes take part in a battle and fight both sides, even the side he was supposed to be on, and he would win, or at least he'd come out alive despite everyone trying to kill him. Keep in mind that this was before his Celestial-upgrade, so while he was still superpowered, he was not the invincible demigod he would later become. It goes without saying that since said upgrade, he more than qualifies for this trope.
- Physical God: Not exactly a high-end example, but he is powerful enough to qualify, plus he is actually worshipped as a deity. He possesses virtually every physical superpower in some form, as well as a range of others, and is immortal and an absolute beast to kill.
- Power Armour: Ridiculously advanced armour no less, on a multi-millenia loan from some of the most powerful aliens in the universe.
- Psychic Powers: Powerful enough to make the likes of Prof X. think twice about trying to read his mind.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: His 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse, who are usually Brainwashed and Crazy mutants (or superhumans, at least) under his control, and more than once brainwashed superheroes. Also, the Dark Riders.
- Sadist Teacher: Ultimately what he is- a crazy and ruthless "teacher" whose students are entire cultures and species. The biggest problem, of course, is that what he believes in is absolutely bonkers and tends to result in his "students" destroying each other, which he seems to find acceptable as long as they got "stronger" (ie. become merciless Blood Knights) while doing it. One could get the feeling that he does everything he does because war and conflict and struggle are the only things that he is capable of understanding; thus, if people are not fighting and killing and dying all the time and everywhere, obviously the world is wrong and he has to fix it.
- Shapeshifter Baggage: Can take any form regardless of size or shape. He almost never reduces himself to petty espionage, however, though he has occasionally taken human forms to better manipulate others or move about freely in society.
- Shapeshifter Weapon: Apocalypse can make anything from battering rams and saw blades to Energy Weapons from his arms.
- Size Shifter: This is a noticeable part of his shapeshifting powers, especially in the animated series. Usually he'll just settle for towerering over his opponents, but on occassion he increases his size to such a degree that it becomes Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever.
- Social Darwinist: His whole schtick is culling the weak so that the strong survive. This extends to himself, as well; he has been entirely willing to die whenever he's been defeated due to his belief that his own failure makes him unworthy of life.
- Start of Darkness: The Rise of Apocalypse mini, which reveals how he was abandoned at birth due to his obvious mutation, adopted by bloodthirsty nomadic raiders, lost his adoptive father, encountered Rama-Tut/Kang the Conqueror, was rejected by the girl he'd fallen in love with, escaped slavery, and eventually rose to power as pharaoh.
- Super Empowering: In addition to Mr. Sinister, Apocalypse has also empowered most of his Horsemen, either giving them brand new powers or upgrading what was already there. This has even helped the X-Men on occasion (despite the brief episode of brainwashing), as he has restored Angel's wings, Wolverine's adamantium skeleton, and Sunfire's legs.
- Though it later turned out that Angel had a Healing Factor and his wings would have regrown naturally anyway, and Wolverine probably wasn't too happy with having the adamantium once again forced upon him, so its for a given value of "help".
- Super Strength: He is easily Class 100, though seemingly on the lower-end of that scale.
- Technopathy: His Power Armour lets him interact with and take control of virtually any computer system that he wishes to.
- Villainous Valor: Generally keeps his word, and treats his opponents with great respect. Given the sheer amount of hell he often puts them through, this tends to make them hate him even more.
- Touched by Vorlons: Apocalypse was granted much of his power by celestial technology.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: A very impressive example, as he can use it to create space-age weaponary and act as a highly-efficient Healing Factor that makes Wolverine's look tame, as well as alter his size (most prominent in the 90's cartoon) and occasionally just plain old impersonating people.
- This seems to be his default mutant power, though Celestial tech has amped it. He's basically a stronger version of Mystique- this explains his gray skin (to her blue skin), long life (she has barely aged in over a century; he barely aged in over several centuries) and of course he could shapeshift before he found his Power Armor. His height and superior strength and stamina and Super Intelligence are what suggest his powers are greater than hers, but the only real difference otherwise is the class they are in. Edit: This is sort of incorrect. Even before he acquired the celestial's technology, he had the ability to duplicate physical super powers by molecular manipulation. That is beyond shapeshifting, that's willing yourself to have additional powers. Mystique has never been capable of any of that. What Apocalypse can do is something very few shapeshifters can do, outside of the cosmic level characters and high end powerhouses.
- War Is Glorious
- Worf Had the Flu: Falls into this way too often. He is rarely depicted to be as powerful as he used to be and logically should be, and the most compain justification for this is that his host body is weak and he is dependant on his regeneration chambers to survive (see The Man Behind the Curtain).
- Worthy Opponent: The only reason he allows the X-Men to live is because he considers them among the strong.
The Apocalypse Twins (Uriel and Eimin Worthington)
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.
I promise... I've given up games of murder. I'm done with death traps. Okay... maybe a tiny little death trap.
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.
- 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.
- 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 )
Sorry about the mess, he says. @#$%in' X-Men.
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
NO! Fools! Release me now! You have no idea what you are up against!
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. The program created a new breed of "Prime Sentinels"; infecting ordinary humans with nano-probes that transformed them into human-sized Sentinels in the presence of mutants. Bastion had Jubilee kidnapped and Mind Raped
and captured several other mutants before the government shut down his program and Wolverine beheaded him.
The Purifiers brought Bastion back and gave him an upgraded body. Bastion attempts to kill several X-Men but sets his sights on Hope, the mutant messiah. Nightcrawler made a Heroic Sacrifice
to damage him but Bastion recovered and tried to kill Hope. Hope manifested a combo platter of powers
to overwhelm it and ultimately fried him.
He was the Big Bad
for the X-Men: Next Dimension
Belasco's early history was told by the poet Dante, though there was some dispute as to the veracity of these accounts. Allegedly, 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.
To this end, he kidnapped Bice "Beatrice" dei Portinari, beloved of Dante, to give birth to the first of this new race. He fled with her to the Atlantean isle of Pangea, where the Elder Gods directed him to Mt. Flavius, where their summoning ritual could take place. While en route, Belasco raped Beatrice, and she was nine months pregnant by the time they arrived. He embarked onto the island, closely pursued by Dante, and took Beatrice into a network of underground passages designed to resemble Hell. Dante found them just in time to witness Beatrice dying in childbirth and, enraged, he attacked Belasco. During the battle, a pipe was accidentally struck, releasing an unknown liquid that placed Belasco in suspended animation. At some point on the island, Belasco also lost the locket containing the Bloodstones.
In recent years, the volcano mountain became active again, releasing Belasco. He quickly located the locket and found a new sacrifice, Shanna O'Hara. He placed her under his mental control and began the spell. However, just as he was almost finished, Shanna's mate Ka-Zar appeared and hurled the locket into the volcano, sealing away the Elder Gods and apparently destroying Belasco.
However, he instead was trapped in Limbo, where he spent his years conquering it. Once complete, he drew the X-Men to him for unknown reasons and battled them. They all managed to escape save the seven-year-old Illyana Rasputin, whom he made his apprentice. He shaped part of her soul into a Bloodstone, giving her great potential for power and allowing him to control her. However, upon reaching the age of fourteen, she rebelled against him, driving him from Limbo. Now its new master, she returned to her own world only seconds after the X-Men had returned, and shortly after joined the New Mutants as Magik. Magik was later deposed as the ruler of Limbo by the demons S'ym and N'Astirh, the latter of whom was destroyed, and also restored Illyana's lost childhood.
Belasco eventually took control of Limbo once more. The cultist Sammy Smith, alias "the Rev", who was a Jim Jones analogue, worshiped Belasco as Lucifer. The Rev fought the Punisher twice, the second time alongside the Punisher's longtime foe Jigsaw. When the Punisher killed Jigsaw, the Rev used his Belasco-granted powers to resurrect the thug, although both were defeated despite Smith's gift of demonic magic.
Belasco also turned Alpha Flight-ally Witchfire against her team by influencing her demonic side. She finally was restored to normal and returned to Beta Flight, Alpha Flight's support group. It was strongly suggested that Belasco is Witchfire's father or at least that Witchfire believes so.
Later, Belasco and the fear-demon D'Spayre contested to corrupt Cable, the son of Madelyne Pryor, who had been the ally of S'ym and N'Astirh. Belasco banished D'Spayre and summoned himself, Cable, and Cable's ally Lee Forrester to Limbo, where S'ym threw Belasco out of his way and fought with Cable. Cable won, and he and Lee returned to Earth.
It was eventually revealed that Illyana's best friend Kitty Pryde had received Illyana's Soulsword after Illyana had died; in dying, she had bonded the Soulsword to Kitty's own essence. After Kitty's team Excalibur fought off several claimants to the sword, Nightcrawler's girlfriend Amanda Sefton was given the sword. She then gave the sword to her mother, Margali Szardos, who was in turn kidnapped by Belasco and brought to Limbo. Nightcrawler and Sefton freed her, and Sefton secretly took the sword and adopted the codename Magik for herself. Belasco and his allies, the N'Garai demons, fought the X-Men again soon after, but were defeated by the X-Men with the assistance of the new Magik, who revealed herself to be Amanda Sefton.
Black Tom Cassidy (Thomas Cassidy)
Tis about time, it is, then... I was beginnin' t'wonder when y'r actions would match y'r reputation! Sorry t'say f'r you , boyo — my actions speak louder than y'r words!
Tom and his cousin Sean (Banshee) were rivals over a woman named Maeve Rourke. Maeve married Sean. However, her death seemed to revive their dislike for each other, not to mention Tom secretly raising Sean's daughter Theresa.
The X-Men initially clashed with Tom and Juggernaut at Cassidy Keep. He and Juggernaut were involved in many schemes. On one occasion Juggernaut sought to share his power with Tom, in essence creating two Juggernaut-like beings.
Tom somehow contracted a type of plant mutation. He sought to use Deadpool's healing factor as a cure. He later attacked Sean and Generation X in a partially transformed state. He was defeated by Banshee, and the source of the plant was removed. However, when the X-Men later encountered Tom as part of the Brotherhood, he had become fully plantlike. Like the rest of the Brotherhood, Black Tom was sucked into Shen Xorn's head and transported to the Mojoverse, where they sold Juggernaut and Nocturne to Mojo and, in return, they were sent back to Earth.
Black Tom was believed to have lost his powers during M-Day. However it seems only his plantlike mutation has been lost—in a confrontation with Excalibur he blasted Dazzler. Tom has since shown remorse for the death of Squid-Boy and claimed to have had his mind affected by the plant mutation. He also urged Juggernaut to recover his lost strength and return to his full strength, feeling that Juggernaut couldn't become reformed and pointing out that Juggernaut had yet to tell his new allies of his full past.
Blob (Fred Dukes)
Eventually, I was offered a couple of choices - kinda like a 'Heads, you're good, tails you're bad' deal. I chose tails.
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.
- Mighty Glacier: When on the defensive, as he's incredibly durable and virtually impossible to move by virtually anyone who isn't ridiculously strong. Hulk, Juggernaut, and Strong Guy at near-full power have all managed to move him, as has Colossus by digging up the chunk of ground that he was standing on, but when that's the minimum that's required to move you, you've pretty much earned the title of "immovable object".
- 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
- X-Men/Brood: Day of Wrath gave them a Freudian Excuse: they're just so terrified of extinction that they'll stop at nothing to make more Brood, and unfortunately for the rest of the universe that entails...
- 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)
It's a special feeling, isn't it? Behind the mask of liberal respectability, with its safe opinions, we all hate the mutations. Don't we? How can it be murder when they're germs or vermin?
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.
Changeling / Morph (Kevin Sydney)
We mutants agreed to serve him out of hatred for normal humans — and because of their fear and hostility towards us! Yet, have we merely exchanged our roles as outcasts — for those of slaves? But we shall consider that later — when the world of Homo sapiens lies in smoldering, radioactive ruins!
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.
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.
Chimera was hired by Genesis (Cable's son) in a plot to catch Wolverine and re-bond him with adamantium. She broke Cyber out of prison, and Wolverine stabbed her hand before she managed to escape. However the plan didn't go as planned and a feral Wolverine nearly killed all the Dark Riders with her and Dirtnap being the only survivors. She fought Wolverine again, although this time he had help from Venom.
She formed an alliance with Emplate as well. When Emplate accidentally opened a portal, she came through and she learned of his powers. She soon delightfully joined him. However she later tried to leave his side, and he incinerated her, seemingly killing her.
After M-Day, she reappeared without an explanation of what had happened and was approached by the Madelyne Pryor to join her new Sisterhood of Mutants. She accepted, by saying she was bored out of her mind. She fought Domino alongside the Sisterhood and was shot almost fatally, however, she was later healed by The Red Queen. When Madelyne Pryor tried to enter Jean Grey's body, she exploded and Chimera and the rest of the Sisterhood fled into Spiral's portal to escape from the X-Men.
She later joined the Marauders as their leader, seemingly against her will.
Dark Beast (Henry Mc Coy)
He is both gifted and savage at the same time.- Apocalypse
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.
Destiny (Irene Adler)
Hullo Legion. Were you perhaps expecting to find two of us here to serve your pleasure... silly boy?
A precognitive mutant who was a close friend and ally of Mystique.
Donald Pierce / White Bishop
Donald Pierce could give Jean Grey a run for her money when it comes to coming back from the dead. - Wolverine
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.
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.
Eobar retained control, but felt something was wrong. When he came into contact with Sersi he abandoned the quest, angering Paris. Paris left to find the tower alone. Traveling for hours through violent sandstorms, when he finally collapsed a voice spoke to him, asking him if he was willing to risk everything to become one of the strong. Paris was then tested, and his mutant powers manifested for the first time.
Proving himself strong, he disappeared from the spot. Meanwhile Sersi had awakened Dane's mind and he now had control of his body as Eobar passed on. While searching for Paris, the two were captured by Apocalypse. When they awoke they found Bennet du Paris had been transformed into Exodus, recognizing him as the same Exodus from the 20th century. Apocalypse commanded Exodus to destroy the Black Knight.
When Dane refused to kill Exodus Sersi intervened, though her attack proved useless. Apocalypse again commanded Exodus to kill Sersi and Dane, though this time Exodus refused. He turned on Apocalypse calling him a "false god".
However, Exodus was no match for him. Apocalypse stripped Exodus of his power and sealed him away in a crypt in the Swiss Alps. Six months later Dane found the crypt in which Exodus was trapped in a coma like state. He found there was a curse preventing Exodus from leaving, yet others were allowed to come and go as they pleased. Dane left guards who had sworn to look after the crypt for generations to come, and he and Sersi returned to their time.
Sometime later, in the 20th century, Magneto found and freed Exodus, taking him back to Avalon. Exodus became Magneto's right hand man, replacing Fabian Cortez who had betrayed Magneto. Exodus appeared before the government sanctioned team X-Factor. It seemed as though Exodus wanted to tell them something, but he refrained and left. Exodus then appeared before the mutant team X-Force to retrieve Cannonball and Sunspot and take them back to Avalon. They weren't going to come quietly, but the team proved no match for Exodus.
Exodus was followed back, and X-Force invaded Avalon to rescue their teammates. X-Force fled the station, but not before Cable was mortally wounded by Magneto. When Charles Xavier wiped Magneto's mind clean in an attack by the X-Men on Avalon, Exodus assumed leadership of the Acolytes. Exodus would converse with the mindless Magneto, believing he could hear Magneto's voice.
Soon after, Fabian Cortez had resurfaced in Genosha, where he had taken Magneto's granddaughter Luna prisoner. The tension between the mutants and humans had erupted and Genosha was in a state of war. When Luna's mother, Crystal realized Luna had been taken, she and the Avengers left for Genosha.
Meanwhile Quicksilver and the X-Men had also gone to Genosha to save Luna. Exodus arrived in Genosha to save the mutate people and destroy the humans. He quickly came to blows with the Avengers, defeating both War Machine and Sersi before leaving. Exodus then found Fabian Cortez in the sewers of Genosha, using the baby Luna as a human shield. Cortez tried his best to escape, telling Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Crystal and Jean Grey they must kill Exodus if Luna was to survive.
They were no match for Exodus, and he took control of Cortez making him hand over Luna, then seemingly killed him. Exodus then appeared to the mutates of Genosha, telling them to kill all humans or the entire island will be crushed under his force field. The Avengers and X-Men teamed up and took the fight to Exodus, but it proved futile.
It wasn't until Professor Xavier unleashed a powerful psionic attack on Exodus, which allowed the Black Knight to sneak up on Exodus cutting through him with his energy blade. Exodus, weakened and defeated, left for Avalon, but not before unleashing a powerful attack on Quicksilver, almost killing him. Black Knight remembered Exodus, but couldn't figure out how. It turned out that Black Knight had not gone back in time yet to meet him.
The Acolytes discovered a cocoon of ice with a living being inside floating near the space-station Avalon. Despite some Acolyte's objections, Exodus ordered the cocoon to be brought on board, believing it to be a sign of things to come. This, along with his insistence that he heard Magneto's voice and his refusal to show Magneto's body, was making some Acolyte's doubt his sanity more and more.
During the night, the being inhabiting the cocoon awoke, absorbing several Acolytes and killing them in the process. The being turned out to be Holocaust, one of the survivors of the altered reality the Ageof Apocalypse
. Holocaust confused Exodus with his Ao A
counterpart, not knowing that that reality was gone. Holocaust knew that he was among enemies when he heard of Magneto's presence. Exodus and Holocaust battled without regard for anything around them, destroying Avalon in the process and fighting through the ship's re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.
Severely weakened from his battle with Holocaust, Exodus made his way back to the crypt in the Swiss Alps where Apocalypse had originally locked him away. There Exodus hoped to rest and regain his powers, but discovered that his powers had somehow changed. Exodus became a kind of psychic vampire, needing to absorb the psionic energy of others; when he sensed the energies of Cable and X-Man nearby, he was delighted at the sheer wealth of power they possessed. Exodus battled X-Man, becoming more powerful every time X-Man used his power.
It looked as though Exodus would be victorious until X-Man discovered Exodus' link to Apocalypse. Enraged, X-Man let loose the full extent of his power, which proved to be too much for Exodus, and sealed him in a rapidly closing crevasse.
Exodus survived, his powers reverted to normal, and he returned to leading the Acolytes. Seeing the High Evolutionary's experiments as crimes against nature, Exodus sent an army of Mutates and a team of Acolytes, in an attack against the Evolutionary's base, Wundagore mountain.
Despite opposition from Quicksilver and the Knights of Wundagore, Exodus successfully gained control of the citadel, while the High Evolutionary escaped. Exodus considered it his "holy mission" to rid the world of impure and artificial mutants such as the High Evolutionary and his creations, the beings known as the Inhumans and those infected with the Legacy Virus. He sent a team consisting of Pyro, Avalanche, Omega Red and Feral among others to find the High Evolutionary promising the infected members a cure to the legacy virus, though never intending to cure them. He also sent Fabian Cortez on a mission to destroy the Terrigen Mists in the Inhuman city of Attilan; however in the end, Cortez failed.
The High Evolutionary decided it was time to regain control of Mount Wundagore, and set off with a team towards the citadel. There he was betrayed by Man-Beast who stole the scepter housing Isotope E, greatly empowering him. Exodus and his Acolyte's appeared and Exodus demanded the isotope be handed over. Man-Beast refused to comply.
After a horrific battle between Exodus and Man-Beast, the two came to the conclusion that they had much in common and decided to share the isotope and together took Quicksilver, the Knights of Wundagore, and the Heroes For Hire prisoner. Quicksilver eventually escaped, gained control of Isotope E himself, turned the isotope on himself, and became more powerful than he had ever been before. Exodus apparently proved no match for the super-charged Quicksilver and was soundly defeated. Just as Pietro began to celebrate however, the High Evolutionary, now 20 feet tall and thoroughly insane, smashed through the wall behind them. The Acolytes refused to help in the battle against the High Evolutionary, prompting Exodus to call them cowards; the mutant announced that the High Evolutionary was an abomination and that Exodus would defeat him by any means necessary. Thena and Exodus' subsequent proved ineffective, until Man-Beast appeared and suggested that the three of them unite their psionic power.
This tactic worked and the High Evolutionary began to shrink back down as a result of their combined assault, however Quicksilver intervened and convinced them to stop before they could kill the High Evolutionary. In the aftermath of the battle (with the High Evolutionary de-powered, Quicksilver reverted back to normal, and Thena incapacitated) Exodus attempted once more to destroy the High Evolutionary, but was once more halted in his attempt—this time by the voice of the Black Knight. The Knight allowed Exodus into his mind where the mutant discovered that this Black Knight was his friend from centuries ago. The two then engaged in combat where the Black Knight defeated Exodus, and once again sealed him in the crypt Apocalypse had created.
Later on, Exodus escaped from his prison yet again, this time emerging as a changed man. Disguising himself as Magneto, Exodus used his psionic power (boosted by technological means) to bring peace to the island nation of Genosha, forcing humans and mutants to coexist. When he was eventually unmasked by the X-Men, Exodus proclaimed himself a penitent trying desperately to atone for his bigoted past. Without his control however, Genosha descended into civil war once more, leaving Exodus emotionally devastated.
This experience apparently led him to renew his conviction that mutants were superior and that they were intended to inherit the earth. Having formed a new Brotherhood (consisting of Avalanche, Nocturne, Sabretooth, Mammomax and Black Tom), Exodus led an attack on a group of humans but was thwarted by the X-Men. After escaping, this new Brotherhood decided to attack the X-Men in their home. The attack proved a complete disaster, and resulted in most of the Brotherhood, Exodus included, being sucked into the mutant Xorn's head. It is not known how he freed himself from that state.
Exodus was one of the few mutants who retained his powers after the events of the M-Day, being listed as a severe danger in the 198 files.
After Professor Xavier was shot by bishop, Exodus tried to repair his damaged brain. He was unable to make Xaviers mind take its memories back and he was then forced to seek the aid of Magneto. Magneto was able to restore some of the Professor's memories but Exodus got angry when Magneto harmed the Acolyte known as Frenzy. He began to choke Magneto but then, Xavier challenged him on the astral plane. Xavier won the battle and threatened to shut off Exodus' powers permanently if he attacked again. Exodus then stated that he did not want to battle him but to offer him the chance to lead the Acolytes. Xavier refused, calling Exodus a fool for making such an offer, given how much pain and suffering had befallen those who had been entrusted to Xavier's care in the past.
After another meeting with Xavier he disbanded the Acolytes, denounced his name Exodus, and went out on a pilgrimage as to find another way to serve mutants.
He reappeared once again after the events of Schism. He arrived in the Jean Grey School in order to unite the divided Mutants either by making them see the error of their ways or force them back Utopia. A battle broke out between Exodus and Wolverine's X-Men, during which Rogue and Wolverine opened their minds to Exodus so he could see why they left. Once he read their minds he put the blame on Cyclops and left to go kill Cyclops. Wolverine and his team realized they sent Exodus after Cyclops so they rushed off to stop Him.
They engaged him in battle but Rogue realized that they weren't strong enough to defeat him by themselves, and sent a distress call to Utopia - hoping that Cyclops's Extinction Team would aid them - despite Wolverine's objections. The extinction team was otherwise occupied however, and the call was answered by Hope Summers and her team.
Together the two teams managed to incapacitate Exodus and he was taken to Utopia where he was put in jail.
After the destruction of Utopia, Exodus was released from the X-Brig by Danger.
- 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)
Surprise. It appears your devices have limits. And I don't.
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.
You mutants think it's your turn to rule the world. But there's a third voice, a third species— man plus. And to us, you're just livestock.
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
- Bigger Bad: Of Morrison's entire run, and the entire franchise.
- 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.
- 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)
I'm the Juggernaut! Ain't nothin' — ain't nobody — can beat me!
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.
- Anti-Villain: Very occasionally played as a type IV Anti-Hero. Now he's full-blown evil once again.
- 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.
- 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.
- During his Heel-Face Turn phase, Juggernaut has also shown his soft spot for Squid Boy in Chuck Austen's Uncanny X-Men and Nocturne in New Excalibur issues.
- 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 in the multiverse 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 completely no-sold one of his punches and then threw him out to sea.
- Green Scar Hulk did the same thing.
- 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.
The original Marauders
The new Marauders
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.
- 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)
Were I able to return to you your mind... you would recall... I am Jason Wyngarde — the man who loved you. The man who almost destroyed you.
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 Bad Ass: 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. 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.
A 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.
- 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)
An 100-year old shapeshifting mutant. Originally, she could take on the appearance of any humanoid being by having complete control over the cells of her body, in addition to being able to morph the material in her clothes to suit any situation. She later got a superpower upgrade allowing her to produce weapons by morphing her organs and such into wings and talons
. For years she was involved in espionage, with her long-time romantic partner Destiny - a blind mutant precognitive. For a time, Destiny and Mystique separated for personal reasons
, and Mystique became romantically involved with Sabertooth and a German Baron, resulting in the birth of her two human sons - Graydon Creed and Kurt Wagner. Destiny and Mystique reunited, and depending on the writer - either adopted Rogue or conceived her via Mystique's shape shifting powers. After this, Destiny and Mystique revived the Brotherhood of Mutants to assassinate anti-mutant politicians and began their conflict with the X-Men. Mystique usually has her own personal goals she's fighting for, and is usually constantly involved in multiple webs of deception.
Although she is never paired with Magneto in the comics (they led two completely different incarnations of the Brotherhood), adaptations like to make her into his Dragon
- Abusive Parents: She has very little memory of her actual past, possibly as a result of assuming so many identities over the years, but one thing she does recall is that her father was... not very nice to her. "Don't let Papa get you" is her Survival Mantra at one point.
- Berserk Button: Messing with her kids, as Sinister found out the hard way (he got better).
- Boxed Crook: When she decided things were getting too dangerous, she took her Brotherhood of Evil Mutants- herself, Destiny, Pyro, Avalanche, and the Blob- and offered their services to the US Government as "Freedom Force". The arrangement lasted a surprisingly long time.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder
- Dating Catwoman: Arguably, her relationship with Forge.
- Depraved Bisexual: To an extreme degree. This was even touched upon in an old Marvel Fanfare issue featuring herself and Storm. Random flings in different genders, sometimes while looking like bastardizations of an acquaintance (such as a leather-Nazi Kitty Pryde... no seriously), is apparently very commonplace for her.
- Evil Is Petty: There are a number of people she cares deeply about and there have been a number of occassions when she looked like she was reforming for good...and those times and those people have all been screwed over by the utterly horrible stuff she can do to someone who has earned her ire, or just happens to be in her way. That this includes several heroes and innocent people is one reason she is still considered very much a villain.
- Evil Matriarch
- Evil Redhead
- Gender Bender
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: When she and the Brotherhood became government agents. But even then, they were still treated as villains in most cases.
- Jerk Justifications: Claremont treated Mystique as made of this trope, and that comparatively trivial Pet the Dog moments fully redeemed blowing up buldings of civilians and similar, but beyond a certain point it simply turned extremely disturbing, although it was done skillfully enough to drag along a large amount of readers. However, she arguably crossed the Moral Event Horizon when she disguised herself as Carol Danvers and chopped up the heroine's bystander boyfriend with a butcher knife and an ecstatic smile on her face, while maintaining the disguise, just out of spite.
- Kick Chick: In nearly every incarnation, Mystique has an abundance of martial arts skill, but great emphasis is put on the many ways she can contort herself just to plant a foot in an enemy's face. It helps that her costume (or lack thereof) is custom-made to show a lot of leg.
- Mayfly-December Romance: Mystique doesn't naturally age since her shapeshifting cells are constantly renewing themselves, and the most difficult part of her relationship with Destiny was helplessly watching Irene grow old through the years.
- Mr. Seahorse: Inverted if you subscribe to the theory that she's Rogue's and/or Nightcrawler's FATHER.
- Offing the Offspring: She killed her son Graydon Creed for his part in murdering Destiny's grandson.
- Older than They Look: She reveals that she's over 80 years old but thanks to her powers she doesn't look older than 30.
- Pet the Dog: Towards Rogue, and occasionally Nightcrawler, which, for some, softens her more "evil" moments.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: She was originally a Ms. Marvel villain and one of her deadliest enemies, before becoming more closely associated with the X-Men.
- Shapeshifter Guilt Trip
- Shapeshifter Weapon
- Shapeshifting Squick: Uses her ability for seduction purposes a lot. In one case turning into a gorgeous young blonde that Wolverine considered so hot that he accepted her advances despite that he knew who she was. Later in the bedroom she turned into a copy of Jean Grey. One story in 2005 (Bizarre Love Triangle) has her try and do this to break up Rogue and Gambit, because she thinks he's not good enough for her daughter. She even turns into Rogue to try and succeed!
- The Vamp
- Token Evil Teammate: In her X-Factor days in the late 90s and in X-Men in mid-2000s.
- Villainesses Want Heroes: She has had a thing for Forge, Iceman, and Wolverine respectively.
- Villain Protagonist: Like Sabretooth, she briefly had her own series.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting
- Wild Card
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: One of her redeeming qualities.
- Seems to be dropped by now. She was hired as a Drill Sergeant Nasty by Kade Kilgore into his *school* and she threatened to torture and downright kill all those kids who weren't tough enough to graduate her "tests".
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
A psychic entity born from the evil within Charles Xavier fusing with Magneto's own malevolence.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 resurrected in the ongoing 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.
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.
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.
- General Ripper (in X-Men 2: X-Men United movie)
- 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 finds the remains of a Sentinel from the future and uses the robot's glowing PINK hand as a glove and an apparent weapon. He dies before he gets to use it.
- Sinister Minister
- Shoot the Dog: From his point of view, the death of his wife and son are this.
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.
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
to further his evil schemes.
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.
- 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.
- 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...
- Physical God: 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.
Spiral (Rita Wayword)
One of the most loyal warrior-slaves of Mojo, Spiral is an essential part of his operations.
- 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 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.
- Refugee from TV Land: Like everyone from Mojoworld, she has a lot of off sayings. She doesn't kill people, she cancels them.
- 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.
- Dirty Coward: Runs away when Cyclops manages to free himself. Much, much later on, when Bastion's plans have all failed, he suggests fleeing.
- Evil Gloating: Never shuts up.
- 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 metal skeleton, and ask just what he is. Lang just states "whatever he is, he sure isn't human."
- For the Evulz: Wants to kill every single Mutant. Why? Just 'cuz.
- Hypocrite: Frequently makes mention of how 'better' he is than Mutants, but the minute the X-Men get free, he heads to a flying gun-boat... thing, still declaring with a straight face how he's 'superior'.
- 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.
- Large Ham: Shouts pretty much every single thing he says.
- Lucky Bastard: Hit Jean Grey in front of Wolverine, and did not get turned into thinly-sliced chunks when he busted free.
- Mad Scientist: Rebuilt the Sentinels. Thank goodness he didn't do a good job. Also manages to make the X-Sentinels, which do a far better job reproducing the powers of the previous X-Men.
- Motive Rant: Delivers a pretty lengthy one at the beginning of one issue.
- Would Hit a Girl: Hits Jean Grey when she tells him he's full of it.
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 bad ass 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)
- Cowboy Cop
- Fantastic Racism: Played with, as Denti himself does not hate mutants in general but recognizes how dangerous some of them are and is all too willng to work outside the law to deal with them. This naturally motivates him into becoming a...
- Vigilante Man