Characters: X-Men: Villains

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     The Apocalypse Twins (Uriel and Eimin) 
In the pages of Uncanny X-Force, Pestilence of the Final Horsemen slept with Archangel, who had become the heir of Apocalypse, and conceived twins Uriel and Eimin, a third generation of Apocalypses. The pair were kidnapped at birth by Kang the Conqueror and raised to adulthood by him in the future, before returning to the past with a vengeance to take their place at the head of Clan Akkaba.

  • Abusive Parents: While the twins' birth parents Archangel and Pestilence avert this trope, their "adoptive father" Kang the Conqueror plays it straight by kidnapping the twins as soon as they were born and took them to a desolate future where the entire mutant species are placed into concentration camps by the Red Skull. He raised them as Tyke Bombs and beat his philosophy that Humans Are the Real Monsters into them so thoroughly that the twins applied it to their Well-Intentioned Extremist plans. He also had Uriel blind his sister Eimin with his wings as punishment for trying to escape the mutant concentration camps when they were children. Kang was such a douchcebag to the twins that at one point, they lampshade on how their lives would be different if he hadn't kidnapped them at birth.
  • Adult Fear: If you're Archangel and Pestilence, try imagine having your twin children kidnapped by some cosmic being and taken to a place where you'll never find them, and then having them grow up to be raised as Tyke Bombs for that cosmic being. Imagine having them so thoroughly warped by their kidnapper's abuse that they end up blowing up the Earth under the guise of "saving" the mutant race from humankind.
  • The Antichrist
  • Apocalypse Twins: Duh.
  • Badass: Uriel kills a Celestial with Thor's old axe Jarnbjorn. That's right, he killed a fucking god with an ordinary axe!
  • Badass Boast: Uriel and even Eimin are prone to these.
    Uriel: "We are the heirs of Archangel, rightful servants of this era! We've returned to reclaim our throne! Because unlike you... we do not bend our knees."
  • Blind Seer: Eimin. She has the ability to see possible futures by listening to music.
  • Cleavage Window: Eimin's "hood" is connected to her kimono, which leaves a gap wide enough to expose part of her boobs.
  • Co-Dragons: To Kang.
    • The Starscream: Though they eventually turn against him and ruin his well-laid plans.
  • Creepy Twins
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Uriel axes a Celestial to death.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After spending a majority of their life being abused by Kang the Conqueror, Uriel and Eimin take their revenge by destroying Kang's home dimension with a black hole, then later destroy the entire Earth as a big "Fuck you" to Kang's plans.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Despite wanting to destroy humankind to protect mutants, they really do seem to have their mother's best interests in mind.
  • Eye Scream: This is what Uriel does to Eimin on Kang's orders as punishment for trying to escape the mutant concentration camps. Given the circumstances, Eimin doesn't blame Uriel for it, though she certainly blames Kang.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: How Uriel kills Havoc in an alternate universe.
  • Handicapped Badass: Despite being blind, Eimin can fight toe-to-toe with superpowered beings like Thor with no problem at all.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Kang beat this philosophy into them for an as-yet-unknown but undoubtedly sinister purpose.
  • In the Hood: Eimin, to cover the fact that she's blind.
  • Kick the Dog: Uriel incinerates a large group of people (mutants whose powers were taken away by the Scarlet Witch during M-Day) who worshiped him and Eimin as the harbringers of evolution, telling them that evolution has no need for former mutants.
  • Killed Off for Real: Uriel is killed by Thor.
  • Manipulative Bastard: [[spoiler: They not only predict the Scarlet Witch's attempt to subvert them, but they use it to their advantage and orchestrate Earth's destruction.]
  • Meaningful Name: Uriel means "God is my light" in Hebrew. Uriel is also known in the Bible as the archangel of wisdom, and his role is to enlighten humanity from the darkness of confusion with the truth of God.
  • Pet the Dog: Sparing their mother during their takeover of Clan Akkaba.
  • Time Master: Both are extremely deadly chronomancers, though their powers are applied in different ways:
    • No Sell: Uriel can void any attack sent his way by transporting it somewhere else in time.
    • And I Must Scream: Eimin, meanwhile, can produce projectiles that trap whoever they strike in a neverending time loop of constant pain. This is how War and Famine bite it.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Uriel
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Uriel is killed by Thor, Eimin engages Thor to avenge the death of her twin brother.
  • Sadistic Choice Kang and his enforcer Ahab invoke his trope on Uriel as punishment for trying to escape the concentration camps - either he blind his twin sister Eimin, or watch her be killed by Ahab and his hounds if he refuses.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: They want to save the mutant race and give them their own planet. They end up destroying Earth to make sure humans aren't a threat anymore, and to spite Kang.
  • The Worf Effect: War and Famine meet a truly grisly end at their hands when they resist their takeover.

     Arcade 
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. Or so they thought.
  • Professional Killer
  • Psycho for Hire
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job
  • Self-Made Orphan: Claims to have murdered his father in revenge for him cutting off his allowance.
  • The Sociopath: He murdered his original Dragon, Miss Locke, for getting too close to him.
  • Villain Team-Up: Fairly fond of this, as X-villains go. He's partnered with Mojo, Viper and Deadpool, just to name a few.

     Avalanche (Dominic Szilard Janos Petros ) 
Sorry about the mess, he says. @#$%in' X-Men.
A Greek mutant terrorist with earthquake powers who joined the Brotherhood with Pyro.

     Azazel 
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.

     Bastion 
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. Eventually, he learnt of his true origin, got reduced to a head, and then disappeared from comics for a good long while.In the aftermath of M-Day, the Purifiers recovered his head from a S.H.I.E.L.D. holding facility, intending to use him to wipe out Mutantkind once and for all. It didn't go how they expected, and Bastion usurped control of them, proving a horrifically dangerous adversary to the X-Men. Eventually, however, he was annihilated by Hope Summers.

He was the Big Bad for the X-Men: Next Dimension fighting game.

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The Fusion Dance that spawned him involved a Nimrod unit that had been undergoing a slow but steady Heel-Face Turn and a lost Master Mold unit with basic programming. The result? A Robotic Psychopath who seeks out ways to kill mutants as much for his own enjoyment as to fulfill his programming.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Nightcrawler took off one of his arms (not on purpose, though). He just got a spare.
  • Back from the Dead
  • Big Bad: Between Messiah Complex and the Second Coming.
  • The Chessmaster: Anticipated a lot of the X-Men's strategies.
  • Composite Character: An in-universe version, of Nimrod and Master Mold. Regrettably, he lacks any of the former's Noble Demon status, and has all of the latter's psychopathic tendencies. Design-wise, he's got a heck of a lot of design-cues from Nimrod. Justified, as he's literally the result of a Fusion Dance between the two characters.
  • Fusion Dance: His convulted origin story, which involves the original Nimrod unit and a rogue Master Mold being thrown into a Deus ex Machina called the Siege Perilous.
  • Gone Horribly Right: The Purifiers brought him back to lead them against the mutants. He quickly took control from them.
  • Grew Beyond Their Programming: Wasn't programmed to hate mutants. As he informs Hope, he's moved beyond that.
  • Hero Killer: Killed Nightcrawler, though he did eventually get better.
  • Killer Robot
  • Losing Your Head: Good thing that the Purifiers had a spare Nimrod chassis.
  • Loss of Identity: Started looking more and more like Nimrod towards the end of his 'life'.
  • Nanomachines
  • One-Winged Angel: His mechanical body went through a bit of an evolution, with his final form being sleek and silver with wings very reminiscent of Archangel's.
  • People Puppets: What he did to Bolivar Trask, Steven Lang and Graydon Creed once he brought them back. Bolivar even killed himself to prevent Bastion re-assuming control when the link was broken.
  • Robotic Psychopath: Like most Sentinels he's programmed to seek out and kill mutants, but unlike most Sentinels he exhibits a distinctly human streak of sadism and cruelty, frequently going out of his way to choose the cruelest methods possible.
  • Second Law My Ass: In another marked difference between Bastion and other Sentinels, he has no imperative to take orders from any human, not even a Trask.
  • Spock Speak: After his resurrection, he becomes increasingly eloquent in his speaking methods. And more and more machine-like.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Has one when the X-Men defeat his Sentinels, finding himself unable to do anything to stand there watching and saying "No" over and over again as his lieutenants desperately try to convince him to retreat.
  • The Virus
  • We Have Reserves: Has no problem killing innocent humans or his own troops to further his own aims.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Has the well-trimmed hair of a politician and the soulless heart of a machine.

     Belasco 

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.

     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!

The X-Men initially clashed with Tom and Juggernaut at Cassidy Keep. He and Juggernaut were involved in many schemes.

     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.
  • Kevlard
  • Lightning Bruiser: Quite a bit faster and more agile than he looks.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Part of his "core trinity" of powers; he's extremely hard to hurt due to his extreme girth, he has Super Strength, and he can fix himself in place so he can't be moved. It is possible to injure him (extremely sharp objects can generally pierce his skin, as Wolverine learned, and his head is less durable than the rest of him and thus can be affected by a good punch to the face if you have a sufficient degree of superhuman strength), but it's not at all easy to do and will still leave you in far worse shape because he's still got a decent degree of pain tolerance and can generally hit you far harder than you can hit him.
    • Which is why many of the heroes who've fought him find ways to hurt him besides direct kinetic blows like punches or gunshots. Daredevil knocked him out by dropping a huge steel bell on his head, Sleepwalker used his warp beams to wrap a construction girder around the Blob and crush his blubber, and Banshee used his sonic scream to stun the Blob. Strong Guy maneuvered him into the core of an explosion of jet fuel that caught fire. Different incarnations of TheIncredibleHulk have either stretched his flab like silly putty, or prevented him from flexing his stomach muscles and pushing the Hulk's fist out. His flab is much less effective against sensory attacks like concussions, explosions or being squished or stretched.
  • Pet the Dog: In the mainstream verse, there was once a short filler comic that involved Blob getting ticked off by being caught up in some rednecks bullying one of the local losers while he was attending a rodeo show. After things progressed to the point Blob intended to level the town out of irritation, said loser stepped up and challenged him to do something, with Blob agreeing to not destroy the town if he couldn't do it. The challenge? Touch his toes. Blob promptly bursts out laughing, compliments the nerdy guy on his guts, treats him to a beer and then leaves the place without causing any more damage.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Often depicted as very emotionally underdeveloped.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Of a sort; while he didn't actually die, he as of this writing holds the dubious distinction of being the most important character to still be powerless following House of M. Not that that's saying much, obviously.
  • Stone Wall: He can also become completely unmovable, which, given his invulnerability and gigantic size, can be a huge problem for those facing him.
  • The Brute: Is the iconic mutant to serve this role for the Brotherhood of Mutants — and not, as is popularly supposed, Juggernaut.
  • Villainous Glutton: Depending on the continuity; mainstream Marvel has his girth as part of his mutation.
  • Stout Strength: His 1990 trading card states that he can lift about 70 tons.

     The Brood 
Your standard race of evil alien bug people who have a queen and wish to assimilate all life in the universe.

     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 considered as the most dangerous. Completely amoral, power-hungry, she is on par with her brother, Charles Xavier, in terms of mental abilities mastery. She has faded in the background lately but she remains unvanquished so far which means she may reappear at any time.

  • Above Good and Evil: And why not? The concepts of good and evil are lost on Cassandra entirely; see It's All About Me below.
    Cassandra: In a world without values or morality, good and evil are just choices on the menu of the mighty.
  • A God Am I: One of two according to her, with the other being Charles.
  • Bald Woman
  • The Baroness: Of the Rosa Klebb type. Aging, unattractive and non-sexualised.
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to Charles's Abel.
  • Continuity Snarl: The issue of who she's presently inside of. The end of Morrison's run implies Ernst. The end of Austen's run implies Carter Ghazikhanian. And the end of her arc in Whedon's run implies Armor.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Her Heel Face Turned Alternate Universe incarnation from Morrison's final four issues, to the point where her last words are a completely-uninterested-sounding. "Oh dear, not like this."
  • The Dreaded: Hardcore to the Shi'ar. Mummudrai are already the stuff of their horror stories, and Charles Xavier's already got a pretty scary rep with them, as they see him as the Big Bad behind the Dark Phoenix. Combine these two primal fears and what do you get? A threat so visceral that the then-unpopular Emperor Vulcan is able to successfully rally them, just by invoking the threat of it.
    Vulcan: Together we will destroy all threats to the Shi'ar Empire, my people... even the one you call mummudrai, the one called Xavier. The Shi'ar Empire will rise again!
  • Evil Twin: Of a near-Lovecraftian sort.
  • Final Boss: In X-Men: The End she was fittingly the last and most deadly enemy the X-Men had to face.
  • Fetus Terrible
  • Hollywood Old: Defied. She clearly looks her age, or possibly even older; given the sliding timescale, she's likely only in her forties. Perhaps a case of Evil Makes You Ugly?
  • Humanoid Abomination: She's actually a mummudrai, or anti-self, which each individual must fight and kill in the womb in order to be born. Charles' mutant DNA meant she was able to survive as disembodied consciousness, and slowly build herself a new body.
  • It's All About Me: Literally. Cassandra Nova isn't just a sociopath, that would be selling her short. No, she's a solipsist, believing that she is in fact still in the womb, that she and Charles are the only 'real' things that exist, and that everything else in all of creation is just the result of her and her brother's imaginations.
  • Kick the Dog: Cassandra takes a perversely sadistic pleasure in dehumanizing Beast.
  • The Villain With the Remote Control: Played with when she seizes control of a lost factory of Sentinels — they will only respond to commands from a person of Bolivar Trask's bloodline, so she swoops down on unassuming dentist Donald Trask. Once she's got the DNA from him she needs though, well...
  • Knight of Cerebus: More than any other character, even guys with names like Apocalypse and Holocaust, Cassandra Nova is the ur-example of this trope in the X-Universe. Shortly after her first appearance, she uses a surviving descendant of Bolivar Trask to seize control of a lost colony of Sentinels and send them to mutant nation Genosha on a genocidal rampage. By the time the dust's settled, over sixteen million mutants are dead. She goes on to trick Emma Frost into very nearly murdering Professor X, de-evolves Beast into a mindless animal, and her ultimate goal is to bring about the end of existence itself.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Not quite to Mr. Sinister levels, but Cassandra could run a pretty mean game when she wanted to. Examples include her Batman Gambit on Emma Frost and her plan to seize control of the lost colony of Sentinels.
  • Never Mess with Granny - An incredibly dark example.
  • Nietzsche Wannabe: "All life ends up as manure."
  • Omnicidal Maniac: For a character as rarely as used as she is, Cassandra Nova's got one of the highest body counts in the Marvel Universe. At least sixteen million mutants died because of her. Let that number sink in.
  • Psychic Powers: All the powers of her 'brother' Charles but with none of his restraint or conscience.
  • Put on a Bus: Perhaps as a result of being one of the X-Men's deadliest foes, she was handwaved away as being Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can and hasn't been seen since.
  • Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: Maybe.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Used to decent effect in X-Men Legacy, where visions of Cassandra appear to Xavier in his dreams to give him various Hannibal Lectures. It's unclear if this recurring nightmare is Cassandra herself, or just Xavier's memory of her.
  • Stronger Sibling: Averted. Despite being the Cain to Charles's Abel, he was able to defeat her in the womb and she's never challenged him to a direct fight since, preferring instead to manipulate others into taking care of him.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Inflicts a truly horrific case of Body Horror on Donald Trask once she's done with him.

     Changeling / Morph (Kevin Sydney) 

The second-in-command of Factor 3, a replacement for the Brotherhood of Mutants that wanted to start World War III. The leader of Factor 3 was revealed to be an alien and his organization turned on him and was disbanded. He secretly joined the X-Men and was killed shortly after his covert membership was revealed. Morph from the animated series was based on him.

A parallel universe version of him is a constant member of the Exiles, where he's more of a wacky, Looney-Tuneish character who uses his ability to entertain.

The main universe version of Changeling had shapeshifting, and minor psychic powers. The Exiles version has more powerful shapeshifting powers.

     Chimera 
Chimera was an inter-dimensional pirate with a questionable sanity. She lived to plunder the space-time continum and traveled with plasma-wraiths, super-strong half-starved creatures wrapped in black bandages with sharp claws.

     Dark Beast (Henry Mc Coy) 
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.

  • Anti-Villain: Much less actively malevolent than most of the people she acquaints with.
  • Bi the Way: Well, it's known that she has at least one grandson, Trevor Chase, and Blindfold (Ruth Aldine who is also, curiously enough, blind) may or may not be her great-granddaughter (from another grandson or grandddaughter, not Trevor). So, that means she also had a relationship with a man before she's together again with Mystique.
  • Blind Seer
  • Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie: She left incredibly precise instructions for Mystique as to how and when to scatter her ashes... so that Mystique would do so at the exact moment that a gust of wind would blow them back in her face. Apparently, Mystique always complained that Destiny never made her laugh, so Destiny set up her funeral to get that effect from her lover.
  • Bury Your Gays
  • Disposable Woman: A rare case where a woman is killed off to push the story of another woman instead of a man.
  • Face Death with Dignity: She knew Legion was coming to kill her, and sent Forge off to help Mystique anyway. When Legion shows up, she just turns to him calmly and asks if he's not disappointed to only find her when he expected to kill Forge as well.
    Hullo, Legion. Were you perhaps expecting to find two of us here to serve your pleasure... silly boy?
  • The Fun in Funeral: Destiny invoked this on purpose. All during their life together, she could never get Mystique to laugh... so the instructions she left Mystique as to what to do with her ashes were calculated to the sole purpose of getting Mystique to laugh. (It did.)
  • Generic Cuteness: Defied. She is an elderly woman thus doesn't have the typical knock-out figure of comics women.
  • Hide Your Lesbians: It is never clearly said that she is Mystique's lover but she is referred to as Mystique's leman which is a synonym.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: One of her last actions is to try to set up Mystique with Forge.
  • Killed Off for Real: By Legion. Temporarily revived by Selene in Necrosha.
  • Nobody Over 50 Is Gay: Averted. Would have been averted further (the plan was that Destiny and Mystique were to be Nightcrawler's biological parents, via Mystique's shapeshifting) except that there was no way that plot development would have flown in the 80s or 90s.
  • Shout-Out: She's named after the antagonist of the Sherlock Holmes story "A Scandal in Bohemia", possibly as an allusion to her nature as a Femme Fatale.

     Donald Pierce / White Bishop 
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.

  • Aristocrats Are Evil: He started out as your typical Rich Bitch in the Hellfire Club before his anti-mutant views and Sanity Slippage set in.
  • Blood Knight
  • Blondes Are Evil
  • Child Hater: Pierce's anti-mutant sentiments are such that he believes mutants are best killed when they're young; as such, he's basically the walking personification of Would Hurt a Child in the X-Men universe. Of the 348 mutants he's credited with killing, almost all of them were children.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture
  • Cowardly Lion: Villainous example. He's a bully, and a Dirty Coward, but in a fight he's a match for the likes of Wolverine.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Though his cybernetics and his evil seem to be independent of each other...
  • Death Is Cheap: See the profile quote. Because he's far more machine than man now, Pierce is one of the most frequently killed X-Men villains. Beheaded, dismembered, however he dies he always manages to rebuild himself and come back.
  • Dirty Coward: Not exactly. He has faced Wolverine directly in combat, but generally prefers to pick his battles to his advantage, hence targets child mutants, sets traps, or sees to that he has the advantage through numbers and ambush. The Bully would probably be a better term.
  • He Who Fights Monsters
  • Hollywood Cyborg
  • Jerkass
  • Joker Immunity: See Death Is Cheap above. While not a hugely popular villain, Pierce's cyborg nature makes resurrecting him very easy. Even if his head is taken off, he'll inevitably come back sooner or later.
  • Make Way for the New Villains: Like many classic X-Men villains, Pierce was offed in the nineties at the hands of then up-and-comer villains the Upstarts. In Pierce's case, Trevor Fitzroy invaded his Australian hideout with a squad of future Sentinels and picked off the Reavers one by one, bringing back Pierce's bisected body to Shinobi Shaw as proof of his successful conquest. This being a decade before Pierce reached full Joker Immunity status, he vanished for most of the 90s as a result.
  • Off with His Head!: Sebastian Shaw once punched his head off. It didn't last, of course.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: An unrepentant racist who Would Hurt a Child without blinking.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Reavers, a gang of cyborg mercenaries he took leadership of in the eighties. Initially played deadly straight, their camp nature led them to inevitable Villain Decay and most of them haven't been seen since the nineties.
  • Smug Snake
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness
  • Shout-Out: He is named after and originally looked like Donald Sutherland; his surname is a reference to Sutherland's character in the movie MASH, Hawkeye Pierce.

     Exodus (Bennet du Paris) 
I come not as an enemy, children of the atom, but as an emissary— a ferryman to a better place!
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.

  • Ambiguously Bi: Subtly implied. As a Crusader Knight, Bennet swore a vow of celibacy, but there were some (one-sided) Ho Yay undertones to his relationship with Magneto, and in the alternate universe Age of Apocalypse his kinder, gentler counterpart is in an active relationship with fellow X-Man Dazzler.
  • Anti-Villain: Type III
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Half of why he so easily took leadership of the Acolytes from Fabian Cortez. The other half was him having the actual legitimate blessing of Big Mags.
  • Badass Boast: To SHIELD Director Maria Hill in a 2007 annual:
    Maria Hill: Okay, people. First priority, we contain this. Then we—
    Exodus: You could sooner contain the ocean in a cup, Maria Hill. I am Exodus. And I refuse to be contained.
  • Badass Cape
  • Barrier Warrior: In his early appearances primarily, and most notably during the Bloodties crossover.
  • Biblical Bad Guy: It's right there in his name, and he's also given to grandiloquent, Biblical turns of phrase, such as calling himself 'the resurrection and the life'.
  • Church Militant: Prior to his mutant abilities being awakened, Bennet was a crusader knight in the service of the medieval Catholic church.
  • Depending on the Writer: Several aspects of Bennet's character vary from writer to writer — most notably his powers, resulting in plenty of cases of Forgot About His Powers and Strong as They Need to Be, but also his motives, his morals, even his very sanity. This is a character who has gone from being a Noble Demon and borderline Hero Antagonist to a Drunk on the Dark Side megalomaniac interested only in his own ascension and right back again. Most recently, Exodus was seen as an agent of SHIELD, a massive Heel-Face Turn for a character that just 6 years before had forcefully seized a SHIELD helicarrier for his own ends.
  • Diving Kick: Not seen so much in the comics, but as a mid-boss in X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse this is practically his Signature Move.
  • The Dragon: To Magneto, replacing the treacherous Fabian Cortez. He stayed Magneto's Dragon throughout most of the 90s (and earned appearances as a mid-boss in most of the X-Men video games of the day as a result) but parted ways with the master of magnetism offscreen.
    • Dragon Ascendant: Ironically became this despite not wanting it, being forced to assume Magneto's place as leader of the Acolytes after Charles Xavier brainfried Mags in Fatal Attractions.
  • A Father to His Men: While ignored by some writers, Exodus typically is on very good terms with the Acolytes, and he managed to keep the team together for some time after Magneto was given a psychic lobotomy in Fatal Attractions. Notably, he and Colossus were often depicted in supplementary material as Bash Brothers, which makes it strange reading some issues where Colossus refers to Exodus in no uncertain terms as a monster.
  • French Jerk
  • Graceful Loser: In X-Men Legacy, after being defeated by the combined teams of Wolverine's mutant academy and Utopia's youth squad. It helps that reuniting the two groups was basically his end goal all along.
  • Heralds Need Faith Badly: Ostensibly the reason behind his constantly-fluctuating power levels — like fellow X-villain Gladiator, Exodus's strength is directly tied to his confidence, and it's implied that he draws psionic energy directly from his followers.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: With his ancestral friend Eobar Garrington in the climax of his origin story Black Knight: Exodus.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: To Fabian Cortez in Bloodties.
  • Klingon Promotion: Played with — he executes his predecessor Fabian Cortez, but he's already established himself as Magneto's new Dragon by that time.
  • Knight Templar: An actual medieval knight, even! (And very possibly an actual Knight Templar, as the historical order was at the peak of its prominence in his day).
  • Light Is Not Good: A crusader knight whose only desire is see his people prosper... and one of the X-Men's most dangerous foes.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Of Magneto. He even referred to the man as 'Lord Magneto'.
  • Mysterious Watcher: In his very first appearance.
  • Not So Stoic: Most notably in the penultimate issue of the Quicksilver miniseries, when he learns the present-day Black Knight was actually the same one he fought beside in the 12th century. See Stable Time Loop below.
  • One-Man Army: His power is such that he can effortlessly take down entire teams of mutants. At the apex of his power, Exodus was able to handle the Avengers and X-Men simultaneously while also holding Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Jean Grey and Crystal captive in his force fields (he couldn't keep it up for long though).
  • Pet the Dog: He's very much A Father to His Men, in contrast to Cortez's Bad Boss tendencies.
  • Power Floats: Clearly a habit he picked up from Magneto.
  • Prophet Eyes: Artwork is inconsistent as to whether he's only got these when using his powers or if they're a permanent fixture.
  • Put on a Bus: Many times, as his extremely high power level combined with his lack of a clear role in the overarching narrative translate to writers frequently having little idea of what to do with him. Said bus has taken the shape of a mountain crypt, a fissure in the Earth, the X-brig on Utopia, and even a black hole.
  • Psychic Powers: A clear case of Combo Platter Powers, borderlining Superpower Lottery at times. Like Jean Grey, Bennet is a combo telepath/telekinetic, albeit one who can utilize his powers in several unorthodox ways. His already formidable abilities were further ramped up by Apocalypse, resulting in a mutant that has never been officially classified but is nonetheless extremely powerful.
  • 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.
  • Sanity Slippage: In Bloodties, where he goes in the span of a few issues from intending to rescue his adopted liege lord's granddaughter from Fabian Cortez to threatening to kill said granddaughter for the 'crime' of being born human. Implied to be a result of his fairly unstable powerset; see Unskilled, but Strong below.
  • Sealed Badass in a Can / Sealed Evil in a Can: Depending on how he's being written and at what point he was sealed. His initial sealing, the one that lasted for some 800 years, falls more under the first category as he'd just rebelled against Apocalypse. Later sealings tend to fall under the latter category. None of them ever stick, which is pretty hilariously lampshaded by Exodus himself at one point.
    Exodus: A thousand prisons throughout the centuries could not contain me... and neither shall you!
  • Social Darwinist: Sometimes.
  • Smug Snake: He's constantly smirking and kicking dogs in the Quicksilver mini, which is really weird considering how he's portrayed most of the time.
  • Stable Time Loop: Dane Whitman, the Black Knight of the present day, was transported by Eternal magic into the body of his ancestor Eobar Garrington, who was Bennet's best friend and fellow Crusader Knight during the Third Crusade. It was Dane, in Eobar's body, who drove Bennet into continuing their previously-shared quest alone, setting into motion a chain of events that led to his becoming Exodus.
  • The Stoic: As a 12th century knight, it's unsurprising that he would affect this demeanor.
  • Strange Bedfellows: He allies himself and his Acolytes with Mr. Sinister in Messiah Complex, believing Sinister to be mutantkind's best chance for survival.
  • Super Prototype: Not stated as such, but there's a real good chance he was this for Apocalypse. Despite predating Mr. Sinister and the Four Horsemen, Exodus is easily leagues more powerful than them. This is probably why Apocalypse sealed him away.
  • Super Weight: Straddles the line between 4 and 5.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: A strange example. Though not by any means unskilled, Bennet just has so many powers that he frequently seems to struggle under the weight of them all. His presence is always announced by wide-band Psychic Static, his early appearances showed him having visible difficulty using his more complex powers, and a few appearance imply that he suffers from a psychic variant of schizophrenia on account of not being able to block out all the voices around him.
    Exodus (to Rogue): Stupid child. My powers are far too vast for you to steal.
  • Vertical Kidnapping: Weirdly, this is his most damaging move in X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse - he grabs your character, flies a few hundred feet up, then throws them back to the ground.
  • Voice of the Legion: Exodus's speech bubbles are unique, somewhat like Deadpool's, except instead of being yellow they're purple-bordered. The effect they're going for is implied to be that he's always speaking verbally and telepathically simultaneously. See Unskilled, but Strong above.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Exodus wants what's best for his people. He really, really does. It's just that between being a fish out of temporal water and the general instability his powers seem to inflict on him, that he has funny ways of going about it sometimes.

     Fabian Cortez 
You do that quite well, Pietro... maybe I should hire you to follow me around and shriek my name whenever I enter a room!

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.

  • Adaptational Heroism: A very, very teeny little bit in the X-Men animated series. There, he appears to be a native Genoshan who's genuinely in the fight to end mutant enslavement rather than an outsider only in it for his own interests. His devotion to Magneto also appears to be genuine at first, his treachery coming only after he realizes Mags isn't as hot on killing humans as he'd hoped for. Any sympathy points won by these minor changes are quickly thrown away, though, after the show takes a noticeable deviation from canon by having him climb into bed with Apocalypse.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: He hails from Spanish nobility.
  • Asshole Victim: The first time he dies, it's in the sewers of Genosha at the hands of Exodus, who executes him in disgust after Cortez threatens to murder little Luna Maximoff. The second time, when he's Killed Off for Real, it's at the hands of a vengeful Magneto, who uses his fully-charged magnetic powers to fling Cortez fifty miles and smash him to the ground. Both times, he clearly has it coming.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Cortez clearly sees himself as a leader in the mutant community on par with Magneto and Professor X, but he's just as clearly the only mutant (or human) who feels this way.
  • Bad Boss: As good as he is as at politics, Cortez is just not a field leader. He might not kill his underlings, but he does berate and insult them mercilessly.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Often effects the persona of a good-intentioned statesman trying to balance out the extremist Magneto or Exodus. No one's particularly convinced by it.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Of a sort. Cortez never misses an opportunity to stick the knife in, but he's such a Reliable Traitor that few people are dumb enough to give him an opportunity.
  • Cornered Rattlesnake: In Bloodties.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Every now and again, mostly after he makes the transition from dangerous usurper to Butt Monkey.
  • Deceptive Disciple: To Magneto.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: In later appearances, when he's inexplicably allowed back into the Acolytes.
  • Dirty Coward: In the 1993 Bloodties event, Cortez takes Quicksilver's human daughter Luna hostage, despite it clearly being the very worst thing he could possibly do. When Magneto's new Dragon Exodus comes calling, he quickly flees to the sewers and tries to force Quicksilver and his friends to get rid of Exodus for him, threatening to kill little Luna if they don't. It goes about as well for him as you'd expect.
  • The Dragon: To Magneto in the comics, and to Apocalypse in the animated series.
    • Dragon Ascendant: Intentionally tried to engineer this by rigging Asteroid M to fall from orbit with Magneto and all the other Acolytes inside. The Acolytes died, but Magneto turned out to be a little harder to kill.
    • Dragon with an Agenda: From the moment he joined up Magneto, Cortez was scheming to make a martyr of him to build his cult around.
  • Fantastic Racism: Towards humans. Cortez's lasting legacy in the X-universe is being the man who coined the charming epithet "flatscan", a Fantastic Slur mutants quickly adopt to refer to baseline humans.
  • Grand Theft Me: His final fate in the animated series, courtesy of a disembodied Apocalypse.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Kind of a weird side hobby for him; he's a secret member of the Upstarts, a group of spoiled rich mutants that hunt and kill other mutants for points in a meaningless competition.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: After years of trying to slowly kill Magneto with his power infusions, the Master of Magnetism finally returns to his full strength and, now that he no longer needs Cortez, uses his fully-charged magnetic powers to fling Cortez fifty miles and smash him to the ground.
  • It's All About Me: Everyone that is not himself is to Cortez an object to be used and discarded when no longer needed, even his only sister. He practically says it himself in his Villainous Breakdown to Exodus:
    Cortez: I spent months of my life cultivating those — those sheep— to work on my behalf! I gave them a purpose— I gave them something to believe in! You have no right to walk in here and—
  • Just Between You and Me: A Big-Lipped Alligator Moment if ever there was one, at one point Cortez monologues to a bird. Yes, a frigging bird. And then, just in case the reader hasn't worked out yet that he's evil, he crushes the bird in his hand.
  • Killed Off for Real: In the Magneto: Dark Seduction miniseries, courtesy of the Big M himself.
  • Last Name Basis: Almost exclusively addressed as simply 'Cortez'. He was very briefly referred to as 'Lord Cortez' by the Acolytes, but that went right out the window once Exodus outed him as a traitor.
  • Lethal Harmless Powers: His empowering ability could push the mutant's power out-of-control with fatal results.
  • The Man Behind the Man: When Cortez came Back from the Dead about five or six years after being offed by Exodus in Bloodties, it's with no in-story explanation. Much later, in his final few appearances, it's revealed that his resurrection was the work of Mr. Sinister, who was using him to sow discord in Magneto's ranks.
  • 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.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: Whatever else you can say for Cortez, the man never saw an opportunity he let pass him by.
  • Path of Inspiration: The Acolytes of Magneto, a cult Cortez builds around Magneto almost immediately after trying to bump him off.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Aside from his tendency to fling around self-coined racial slurs, Cortez is also a hideous womanizer, and at more than one point boasts of his plans to make certain Acolyte lieutenants little more than his glorified call girls after whatever treacherous scheme of the day he's working on falls together.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Pretty much his default facial expression.
  • Reliable Traitor: In later appearances, Exodus and Magneto begrudgingly tolerate him, but neither one has any illusions about his loyalties.
    • This even extends to the rank-and-file Acolytes, who take every opportunity they get to make Cortez their Butt Monkey. It's kind of fun to watch, honestly.
  • Smug Snake: Very smirky and self-satisfied as long as he's got the upper hand.
  • The Sociopath: A mid-functioning example. Cortez is a competent leader, fairly handy in a fight and seems to always find a way to land the coveted #2 spot despite his long history of treachery, but said history follows him like a rattling string of tin cans wherever he goes and his Lack of Empathy prevents him from ever accumulating any truly devoted followers of his own.
  • The Starscream: Notable for being one of the few Starscreams to pull it off... for a time, anyway.
  • Super Empowering: His primary mutant ability allows him to amplify the abilities of other mutants, but it has a few other uses:
    • Healing Hands: Short-term, his powers could induce a healing-like effect, but in the long run it was anything but. See Poisonous Person below.
    • Power Incontinence: By powering up another mutant beyond their ability to control their own powers, he could really do a number on them if given the chance.
    • Poisonous Person: Repeated power-ups from Cortez induce an addiction, and as seen by what he does to Magneto, it's very much fatal if allowed to go on long enough.
  • Too Dumb to Live: In Bloodties. Want to know a great way to get two teams of superheroes and a vengeful Knight Templar kicking in your door? Go abduct Magneto's innocent human granddaughter, then parade her on television for the whole world to see. Let us know how that works out for you.
  • Treacherous Advisor: To Exodus and Magneto in later appearances.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the alternate continuity series X-Men Forever, where he exhibits Super Strength completely absent from his main universe incarnation (enough to let him trade hits with Rogue ) and a vague energy leeching ability.
  • Troll: To Quicksilver from day one, and later to Exodus and Magneto's clone Joseph in in the 1997 'Magneto' (the real Mags didn't even show up!) miniseries. In a scheme ripped straight out of a mean girl's playbook, he tricks Joseph into kissing fellow Acolyte Amelia Voght in front of Exodus, intending to bait Joseph and Exodus into fighting to the death. Notably, the stunt is enough to drive the normally-stoic Exodus to tears.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Of Mr. Sinister.
  • Very Punchable Man: Between his constant smirking, the smug attitude that just seems to ooze from him, and his rampant misogyny, Cortez is probably the single most effective Hate Sink character among all the X-Men's villains.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He does not take it well when Exodus shows up basically out of nowhere and exposes his treachery to the other Acolytes.
  • Villainous Friendship: He teams up with fellow Starscreamer Maximus the Mad in the 1997 Quicksilver miniseries.
  • The Worf Effect: He once subjected Bishop (who was pretty much the canonical Worf of the X-Men at the time) to this.

     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.

     Graydon Creed 
My "father" and I were... not as close... as you and yours, apparently.

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.
    • Demoted to Dragon: Like most of the revived villains, Creed was little more than a voice in Bastion's ear, to listen to or ignore as he saw fit.
  • Big Screwed-Up Family; Hoo, boy. Let's review: his mother is Mystique, his father is frigging Sabretooth, his half-brother is Nightcrawler and his adopted sister is Rogue. Awkward wouldn't even begin to describe that family reunion.
  • 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.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Senator Robert Kelly. Kelly was a Boomerang Bigot who got better, but Graydon never recants his extremist views and goes to his grave running on an anti-mutant political platform.
  • Fantastic Racism: Towards mutants, obviously, though his motives are a little more personal than most mutant-haters.
  • 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.
  • Killed Off for Real: By his own mother, no less. Ouch.
  • President Evil: The latter half of the 90s focused on his candidacy for President. He never quite made it that far in the main universe, but various alternate realities, most prominently Mutant X, see him pull it off.
  • Smug Snake: Just look at that smirk on his profile image.
  • Strawman Political
  • Tragic Bigot: In one issue of X-Men Unlimited he meets with his brother Nightcrawler and there's almost a moment when you can feel his pain... before he inevitably reverts to form and tries to perforate his brother with a 9-millimeter.
    Graydon Creed: It should have been ours. The house. The swings. The safety... security. The love that can only come from a mother.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Has an amazing one in the X-Men animated series when Wolverine hauls out a holographic projector of Sabretooth and uses it to out his parentage to his followers:
    Graydon Creed: What are you looking at?! I haaaate him! I'm not like him! I'm noooormal! (grabs his laser gun and starts firing it wildly at the holographic Sabretooth) You're not my father! YOU'RE NOT MY FATHER!
    • Just the mention of fathers is enough to trigger one. When an undercover Cannonball makes small talk with him and the conversation turns to their dads, Graydon has a muscle spasm and crushes the wine glass he's holding.
  • 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.

     John Sublime 
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.

     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. Also, his powers being magic based, powerful entities such as Thor can more or less neutralize them once they've figured out exactly how it's set up.
  • Anti-Villain: Very occasionally played as a type IV Anti-Hero. As of 2014, he stays this way.
  • Ascended Meme: In X-Men: United, "Don't you know who I am? I'M THE JUGGERNAUT, BITCH!"
  • Badass Boast: "Nobody/Nothing stops the Juggernaut!"
  • The Brute
  • Cain and Abel: With Professor X.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: For all that Juggernaut often ends up Worfed, on paper, he's one of the heaviest non-Reality Warper hitters in the Marvelverse. And what does he use his incredible power for? Basically thuggery.
  • Giant Mook
  • Good Is Dumb: As noted below, Juggernaut's Power Creep, Power Seep (towards the Seep side) were stated in-universe to be caused by his attempts to find redemption.
  • Healing Factor: It rarely gets brought up, because Juggernaut is almost impossible to hurt in the first place, but his ability to regenerate may even equal Wolverine's. In one famous incident, being reduced to nothing but bones not only failed to kill him, he kept on fighting even as a bare skeleton.
  • Heel-Face Turn, followed by a Face-Heel Turn, followed by a Heel-Face Turn shortly after.
    • Heel-Face Revolving Door
      • Heel Face Door Slam: During World War Hulk, the evil god who gave the Juggernaut his powers made him realize that the reason he was losing his powers was because he'd become soft and weak. In response, Juggernaut fully embraced his evil nature and the evil nature of the god who empowered him, returning to his true villainous nature.
  • 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 on the planet (and a good deal of the universe) that's supposed to be capable of stopping him. He once took a direct hit from a blast of "mystic Asgardian force" from Mjolnir and it only succeeded in slowing him down for a few moments. And then there was the time when the demon D'Spayr vaporised his flesh and muscles — cue the still-animate skeleton of Juggernaut continuing to come after him. His official superpowers include literally infinite stamina, and no need to eat, sleep, drink or even breathe.
    • Made even worse in the Fear Itself event: Juggernaut becomes possessed by an ancient being in service of an Asgardian god, The Serpent, and becomes "Kull, Breaker Of Stone". In this incarnation he is even more unstoppable. Not only are all his usual weaknesses removed (telepathy and draining his powers did not work and teleporting him away will result in him teleporting back where he was before immediately), the X-Men's attempts had failed so much that Colossus, Magik and Shadowcat had to appeal to Cyttorak himself to remove the Juggernaut powers from Cain and transfer it to Colossus in order to stop him.
  • The Worf Effect: Notably for Onslaught, who made his entrance by punching Juggernaut to New Jersey. It's notable that before this event he was generally stopped through psychic attacks or other, more indirect methods instead of simply overpowered.
    • Also Worfed for Gladiator, who shrugged off a double axe handle from The Juggernaut, grabbed him, and threw Juggernaut out to sea.
    • Juggernaut was physically overpowered by Hulk as the Horseman of War and Green Scar Hulk did the same thing Gladiator did, though Juggernaut got more shots in that time, what with Hulk being unable to fly.
  • Worthy Opponent: Curiously, the Juggernaut has been known to show respect to people who put up a good enough fight against him. Although Colossus and Dazzler both lost their battles against him, they managed to win his respect.

     The Marauders 
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.
  • Mooks
  • 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.

  • Ambition Is Evil
  • 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 Wannabe: Wyngarde fancies himself a Big Bad in the Dark Phoenix Saga, but in truth he's getting all his mileage from Emma Frost, who is assisting him in his bid to join the Hellfire Club by providing him with a mindtap mechanism which allows him to project his illusions directly into Jean Grey's mind. Without the mechanism, and Frost herself, Jean would have seen through his illusions instantly, as she had so often in the past.
  • 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.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Learns this the hard way courtesy of Dark Phoenix, who punishes him in cruelly ironic fashion by giving him a taste of her cosmic power. The experience proves to be a little more than he can handle, leading to...
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Just a few seconds of perceiving the universe through Dark Phoenix's eyes is enough to render Wyngarde catatonic. He eventually recovers, though.
  • The Heavy: Despite not being the Big Bad of the Dark Phoenix arc (that title goes to the Hellfire Club's leaders Shaw and Frost, and later Dark Phoenix herself), Wyngarde is the driving force, using his newly-boosted powers to corrupt Jean Grey over a period of weeks or possibly even months. He aims to make her his 'Black Queen' and use her power to seize control of the Club, but unfortunately for him Evil Is Not a Toy.
  • 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: By the Legacy Virus.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Likes to project this image after joining the Hellfire Club.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Master of Illusion
  • Revenge Before Reason: Most people would Know When to Fold 'Em after being on the wrong end of a malevolent cosmic entity. Not Wyngarde. Surprisingly, he manages to get away wiith going after Jean a second time without being nuked into space dust for his trouble, and he finally gives up his grudge shortly before dying.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Competed with Toad for the affections of the Scarlet Witch in early appearances. Naturally, she was completely repulsed by the both of them.
  • The Starscream: Had ambitions of being this to Magneto, and later the Hellfire Club, but true to his Big Bad Wannabe status, none of those schemes end up going anywhere.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the 60s all he did was surprise characters by making monsters appear. Then the 80s rolled in and he helped drive Jean Grey mad, had a sword fight on the mental plane with Cyclops, and won. In an annual he created another plan to make them think Phoenix was back and to make Scott look like a villain, forcing him to fight his own team mates. It was a crowning moment of awesome for both characters.
  • We Can Rule Together: To Scarlet Witch a few times, back when they were both in the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Predictably, she shot him down every time.

     Mesmero 
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.

     Mikhail Rasputin 

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.

  • Ax-Crazy
  • 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 and saved his life from the botched Cosmonaut experiment, they also drove him into insanity.
  • Renegade Russian: A mild example — he was a Russian cosmonaut and it's a safe bet the Kremlin doesn't know what he's been up to since being declared KIA.
  • Stronger Sibling: Probably the strongest of the three Rasputin siblings in terms of mutant power, but also by far the least stable. Interestlingly, he seems to fall in the middle morality-wise, somewhere between the incorruptible Colossus and thoroughly-corrupted Illyana.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: With his reality-warping powers, this allows him to open pocket dimensions and teleport himself there.
  • Tragic Monster: His descent into madness and villainy started when he accidently killed off a large part of the population of an alternate dimension, including his wife, when trying to close the portal that brought him there. He later had to try again because the portal was going to destroy the dimension.
  • The Social Darwinist
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Mostly, he just wants to put his powers to some kind of constructive use, partly to make up for all the damage they have caused in the past. Unfortunately, being Ax-Crazy makes him misinterpret what "constructive use" means.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity

     Mr Sinister (Dr Nathaniel Essex) 

Dr Nathaniel Essex was a respected Victorian scientist and a contemporary of Charles Darwin, who read Darwin's theories with interest but thought they did not go far enough. Uncovering evidence for the existence of mutants and viewing them as the next stage in human evoution, Essex put a radical kind of eugenics forward to the scientific community, arguing that children from the families of these unique bloodlines he was discovering (ie. the children or descendants of mutants) should be taken and raised as lab rats in order to direct the human race more clearly and quickly to its future. Unsurprisingly, the scientific community were horrified and turned against him, and on her deathbed even his wife denounced him as "Sinister" after she discovered he had dug up their dead son for his increasingly twisted research.

But Essex found a patron receptive to his ideas, the ancient mutant Apocalypse, who transformed him into an immortal and inhuman creature who takes the name his dead wife gave him- Sinister. Though he eventually turned against his master for his genocidal creeds, Sinister continued his unethical experiments throughout the ages and has cast a dark shadow over the lives of many young mutants and innocents. Magneto knew him as "Nosferatu", a Nazi Mad Scientist who took blood samples from children in the camps in exchange for sweets; Juggernaut, Prof. X and Sebastian Shaw were amongst a group of children experimented on as part of a long-term Grand Theft Me plot in the unlikely event of his death, and Cyclops was raised in one of his orphanages, after he recognised the potential for the Summers' bloodline as part of this he created a clone of Jean Grey called Madelyne Jennifer Pryor. Sinister was behind the massacre of the Morlocks and a host of other atrocities over the years, but with centuries of study backing him up he is likely the foremost expert in mutant genetics in the world. The combination makes him one of the X-Men's most intelligent, despicable and dangerous enemies.

  • Aborted Arc: It was once strongly implied that Sinister had contracted the Legacy Virus. Nothing ever came of this.
  • Achilles' Heel: Subverted, as X-Men were led to believe that his only weakness was Cyclops's optic blast (and indeed, in the '90s cartoon it really was) which seemingly destroyed him in their first battle. It was later revealed Sinister was just Faking the Dead and Cyclops's optic blast was no more effective on him than anything else. When he first made his return, it was pointed out that Cyclops's optic blasts have never blown things up before, just pulverized them, so they really should have suspected.
  • Badass Cape: Your mileage will probably vary, though.
  • Big Bad: One of the X-Men's main recurrent adversaries, and the architect of much of their misery.
    • Could be considered the closest thing to one in the 90s X-men cartoon as he served as the direct Big Bad of season 2, and was the most reoccurring villain in the series by a noticeable margin, though his last few had him Demoted to Dragon for Apocalypse.
    • This asshole's also the Big Bad of my video game.
  • The Chessmaster
  • Chunky Salsa Rule: Averted. His shapeshifting and healing powers allowed him to survive getting gibbed.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He has plans within plans within plans. He has multiple schemes to cheat death (despite being an immortal and one of the most difficult villains to kill even considering that) that were set up in the 1950's, and many possibly earlier.
  • Deal with the Devil: Has been on both ends of this relationship, though in most (and often either) cases The Devil is him.
  • Diabolical Mastermind
  • The Dragon: To Apocalypse. Though he quickly turned against him and went solo. While they are both big believers in survival of the fittest and "improving" human evolution, Sinister found Apocalypse's methods appallingly unscientific.
  • Egopolis: Created an entire city, called "Sinister London", prior to Avengers vs. X-Men.
  • Evil Albino: Mr Sinister has been portrayed as an albino in at least some of his incarnations (his physical appearance having changed greatly over the ages). In particular, during World War Two, when he was worked for the Nazis as a geneticist in a concentration camp and was known by the nickname "Nosferatu".
  • Evil Genius
  • Evilutionary Biologist: Implied to be directly responsible for the abundance of mutants in the modern world due to the strange, forbidden experiments he conducted in his day.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Acts all suave and gentleman-like, but really is nothing more than a cold, calculating Sociopath with a Surpremacy-Complex.
  • For Science!: His usual motive. He has worked with the High Evolutionary on occasion, and in fact back in the day he was the Evolutionary's Evil Mentor, though both have learned not to trust each other as far as they can throw.
  • Gender Bender: Recently, after his physical body had died, he tries to transfer his consciousness to Professor Xavier's body but when it went horribly wrong, Sinister's powers ended up in Miss Sinister. Turned out to be only a temporary problem.
  • Grand Theft Me: After the death of his original body, he attempts to pull this on Xavier, before ending up in the body of Claudine Renko. Renko in turn attempts to do this to X-23 in hopes of taking advantage of her Healing Factor to prevent Sinister from seizing control of her body and being reborn, but Sinister pulls a fast one and takes control of X-23 first. Laura then kicks him out! And Sinister has to settle for a spare Alice clone when Renko is critically wounded in the fight.
    X-23: Get out of my head!
  • Healing Factor: His signature power; far more advanced than Wolverine's except on the latter's best days. Think the T-1000 cranked Up to Eleven.
    • Sinister's latest body does not have this ability, but he makes up for it by now being a...
  • Hive Mind/The Virus: Can transplant his consciousness and physical characteristics into the bodies of others or even multiple bodies at a time. He apparently learned how to do this by studying and reverse-engineering the biology of the Phalanx.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: He populated "Sinister London" entirely with male clones of himself. He claimed he had nothing against women, but added that he had nothing for them, either.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Believes in stopping Apocalypse by any means necessary. In order to do so, he's crossed the Moral Event Horizon more times than most villains could ever dream of.
  • Humanoid Abomination: What Apocalypse turned him into, though maybe it's better said that he only completed the process and Essex was inhuman in all but fact by that point.
  • Human Resources
  • Kill 'em All: Attempted on The Morlocks. Nearly succeeded.
  • Mad Scientist
  • Manipulative Bastard: One of Marvel's best offerings to this trope.
  • Mega Manning: He has a wide range of powers (see below); he got them from copying or stealing them from mutants he captured.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: One of the first (ex-) human X-Men villains who wasn't a stereotypical Card-Carrying Villain who not only did not want to eradicate the mutant race, he actually embraced the idea of Homo Superior. And ironically, he's turned out worse than nearly all of them.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: At last count, he's an immortal, invulnerable shapeshifer with Telepathy (mostly of the Mind Control or body-snatching variety), telekinesis, force fields, Super Strength, and energy blasts of some kind. And he rarely ever engages in any kind of physical fighting.
    • Seems to have lost most of these powers in his latest incarnation but also gained some new ones and further makes up for it by being more Crazy-Prepared than ever.
  • Noble Demon: He's often a helpful presence when it suits his own ends. Not that he's to be trusted once he no longer has any use for you... But he's a villain who understands that if somebody else takes over the world before him (or destroys it), he loses.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: The reason he betrayed Apocalypse in the first place was the fact that the latter wanted him to engineer a genocidal plague to unleash upon humanity. Sinister didn't really do this out of any sense of morality however; he just considered it ignorant and bad science.
  • Pure Is Not Good: As a child, he thought the wealthy part of Victorian-era London he grew up in was Heaven and was fascinated by all the scientific advances being made, as well as how clean everything was. He became obsessed with purity thanks to this over time, culminating in his insane eugenical theories.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Or rather, about 150 or so.
  • Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: Mr. Sinister is known for his unethical genetic practices and his somewhat disturbing obsession with the Summers family. However, few people know his original intended origin: he was a young rival of Cyclops who couldn't age. By the time Cyclops was an adult, Kid Sinister was still stuck as an eight-year-old (physically and mentally), and he used his mutant powers to change his appearance into that of a gaudy, over-the-top supervillain: an eight-year-old's vision of a cool supervillain. When considering that origin, Mr. Sinister's corny appearance and stereotypical supervillain demeanor actually make sense. But, The Powers That Be decided not to go with that origin...
  • Stalker with a Test Tube
  • Xanatos Gambit with a side order of Xanatos Speed Chess and Batman Gambit and in some cases Cloning Gambit.

     Mojo 

Debut: Longshot #4

When people hear Mojo... they think fun! Good, clean, extravagantly violent fun!

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) 

     Nimrod 

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.

     Onslaught 

Onslaught

An entity with the combined powers of Professor X, Magneto, Franklin Richards, and X-Man.

  • All Your Powers Combined: He possesses both Charles Xavier's and Magneto's powers, as well as those of Nate Grey and Franklin Richards.
  • Astral Projection: One of the powers Onslaught inherited from Charles Xavier. Initially, it was limited to an astral form, but later gained a body made of pure energy.
  • The Assimilator: He assimilated Franklin Richards and Nate Grey in order to absorb their powers.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: When manifested into a physical form, he is huge.
  • Back from the Dead: Onslaught was thought destroyed at the end of the Crisis Crossover, but he returns in the Onslaught Reborn arc thanks to the Scarlet Witch. Rikki Barnes sacrificed herself to destroy him, but he's resurrected again thanks to the Red Skull tampering with Xavier's brain.
  • Big Bad: Of the Onslaught Crisis Crossover. He's also the final boss of the first Marvel vs. Capcom game.
  • Combo Platter Powers: He possesses powers derived from both Charles Xaver and Max Eisenhardt, as well as abilities of his own.
    • Deflector Shields: He can create force-fields of electromagnetic energy, just like Magneto.
    • Extra Ore Dinary: He can use electromagnetism to manipulate metal.
    • Mind over Matter: He possesses Xavier's psychokinesis as well as Magneto's magnetokinesis.
    • Reality Warper: He can create pocket dimensions at will and even formed a second sun from nothing.
    • Super Strength: He tore through the Juggernaut like he was made of plasticine.
  • Cosmic Entity: In the minor leagues as such beings go, but that still put Onslaught at the top of the heap on Earth.
  • Demonic Possession: He possessed Rikki Barnes when they were both sealed in the Negative Zone. Later on, the Red Skull finds out the hard way that Evil Is Not a Toy while messing around with Xavier's brain.
  • Energy Being: Onslaught was initially an astral manifestation, but later gained a body made of pure energy.
  • Humanoid Abomination: It's a psionic entity of pure hatred, and as Red Onslaught it even manifests a bunch of tentacles.
  • Literal Split Personality: It is the incarnation of Xavier's pent up rage and hatred, manifested as a demonic entity clad in armor resembling Magneto's.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Onslaught has a wide mouth full of fangs.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: When Hulk destroyed Onslaught's physical form, the entity turned into an incorporeal energy state. Still, all the other heroes of the Marvel Universe combined were helpless before it, whereas Hulk excels at raw power (and not much else), and somehow made it vulnerable to (admittedly contrived) alternative approaches afterwards.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: He is the manifestation of Xavier's rage and hatred.
  • Tin Tyrant: He wears armour reminiscent of Magneto's.

     Proteus (Kevin Mactaggert) 

Mutant son of long-time Xavier ally Moira Mactaggert, Proteus was sealed away from a young age due to the danger his mutant powers posed to anyone around him. Unfortunately, this only fuelled a psychotic personality that meant he became a rampaging monster when he escaped from his containment.

  • Antagonistic Offspring: To his mother, Moira.
  • Body Surf: Proteus burns through he bodies he possesses as he uses his Mutant Powers. However, assuming he doesn't ever use his reality-warping powers, he can stay in a single body for an extended period.
  • Composite Character: In Ultimate X-Men, this version of Proteus is a composite of the original Marvel Universe Proteus (Kevin Mctaggart, son of Moira and Joseph Mctaggart) and Legion (David Haller, son of Professor X and Gabrielle Haller). Ultimate Proteus is David Xavier, son of Moira and Professor X.
  • Freudian Excuse: In the 90s X-Men cartoon, he was portrayed much more sympathetically than his original comics counterpart, including a desire to reconnect with a father who never wanted him.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: His first victim was a man who was about to blow up Moira's facility. His last was his abusive father.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: In the 90s X-Men cartoon. More manchild than psychopath
  • Reality Warper
  • Violent Glaswegian: Proteus was a psychotic Scottish shape-changing villain. Not technically from Glasgow, but the island he came from was fictional, so it doesn't matter a whole lot.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Metal.
  • The Worf Effect: Did this to Wolverine in the original comic and the animated series. The animated series version left Wolverine sobbing into his hands and vomiting, it was so nightmarish.
    • Also received this himself in the animated continuity, as his possession is no longer lethal.
  • Your Worst Nightmare: In any continuity, he's one of a handful of people Wolverine is afraid of.

     Pyro (St. John Allerdyce) 

Pronounced Sinjin, not Saint John. An Australian mutant with the ability to control, but not generate, fire. In the comics he never worked directly with Magneto, working under Mystique and Toad in their incarnations of the Brotherhood instead, as well as in Freedom Force alongside many former Brotherhood members. Somehow found time to write Gothic horror novels in between getting punched in the face by one X-Man or another. In the movies he was turned into an American named John, with the same skill set.

  • Affably Evil
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Elemental Hair: In most continuities, he has spiky red hair.
  • Elemental Powers: Fire, but not creating it.
  • Hidden Depths: Terrorist, criminal and writer of popular horror novels.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Avalanche; the two were almost never seen apart, although in this particular case the "heterosexual" part is questionable.
  • Land Down Under: Surprisingly averted. While he is Australian, his country of origin is rarely played up as part of his characterization. Which is probably the reason he's so popular with Australian X-Men fans.
    • Although this is more Depending on the Writer, having a foreign (i.e. non-Australian) writer try adding in some Australian slang to his dialogue normally backfires to Australian readers. Case in point: Captain America #333, where Pyro briefly refers to John Walker as a "bodgie." NO ONE in Australia talks like this.
  • Punch Clock Villain
  • Playing with Fire: In an interesting variation, he can control fire, but he can't create it himself. He carries around his own portable flamethrowers to do the job for him.
  • Psycho for Hire: In X-Men: Evolution.
  • Pyro Maniac: A more subdued version, but there were times when he showed just how much he relished barbecuing people.
  • Redemption Equals Death: When he was severely weakened from the mutant disease Legacy Virus, he killed a Brotherhood member Post and saved Senator Robert Kelly's life. Before dying, he pleaded with Kelly to stop the hatred between humans and mutants.
    • He was briefly resurrected in the Necrosha story arc.
  • True Companions: He's surprisingly loyal to those he considers his friends. In a battle with the Reavers, he had a tender moment with Mystique when it seemed like they were about to be killed, and was rather torn up when Stonewall was killed.

     Quentin Quire 

A mutant student of Xavier's introduced in the early 2000s, Quentin Quire was trouble from the start. Gifted with prodigious psychic powers in addition to a brilliant mind, Quire had neither the maturity nor the character to handle his gifts. After a series of escalating rebellious 'stunts', he finally rallied a gang of flunkies and seized control of the school in a failed bid to win the respect of Sophie Cukoo. Though Quire died of a drug overdose after this story, he was brought back a handful of times over the years, culminating in his full return to the school in recent days and apparent Heel-Face Turn.

     Reverend Craig 

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.

  • Back from the Dead: Bastion briefly revived him for his council of anti-mutant extremists.
  • Church Militant: Leads the Purifiers, an anti-mutant hate group with strong Christian/fundamentalist undertones.
  • Fantastic Racism: Against mutants.
  • 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 of Cerebus: Possibly the singlest darkest X-Men villain, surpassing even Cassandra Nova. Yes, Cassandra has a much higher body count than Stryker (16 million versus at 474, at last toll), but Stryker is arguably scarier just because of how realistic his threat is. He also commands a faithful following even in death.
  • Knight Templar: Definitely on the more repulsive end of the scale for this trope; he's certainly no counterpart to Exodus. It's strongly implied his anti-mutant views stem solely from his disgust when the child his wife bore him was a hideous freak.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: He planned for this in the form of the Predator X program.
  • Offing the Offspring: Before he became a Christian fundamentalist, he killed his own wife and his newborn mutant son.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain
  • Red Right Hand: Reverend Stryker stumbled upon a disoriented alternate Nimrod and uses the robot's glowing PINK hand as a glove and an apparent weapon. When Bastion brings him back, he continues using it.
  • Sinister Minister
  • Shoot the Dog: From his point of view, the death of his wife and son are this.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Like fellow anti-mutant racist Bastion, Stryker sports white hair and has a heart as cold and steely as a discarded refrigerator in the middle of a Minnesota winter.
  • Would Hurt a Child: His first victim was his own child. After that pretty much all of his victims tend to be children or minors.

     Sauron (Karl Lykos) 

Dead, mutant? I am evil incarnate — I cannot die! Behold, fools, the rebirth of Sauron!

A mutate 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.

    Sabretooth 

     Sebastian Shaw / Black King 

The long-time leader of the Hellfire Club, a social club for millionaires he remodelled into a secretive society for evil mutants bent on World Domination, Sebastian Shaw is a snobbish, elitist, self-centred Jerk Ass and Corrupt Corporate Executive with the mutant power of kinetic energy absorption, meaning that any physical attack only makes him stronger making him a very difficult opponent to defeat in combat. However, he mostly relies on manipulation, treachery, deceipt, and his oodles and oodles of cash and connections to further his evil schemes.

  • Archnemesis Dad: A case of Abusive Parents between him and his son Shinobi.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: The 19th century version, at least.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: A high-functioning example; he was and remains a serious threat, but in practice he is usually outplayed and manipulated by more cunning and dangerous villains. He frequently teams up with other X-Men rogues but is usually either double-crossed, or his own double-crossing comes back to bite him.
  • Chess Motifs: His Hellfire Club rank is 'Black King' and the rest of the Club uses chess piece names for their ranks as well (Bishop, Rook, etc).
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Runs his own company, Shaw Industries, that's best known for mass-producing Sentinels.
  • Easy Amnesia: A recent story arc's had him lose most of his memories. Hope Summers argues for letting him stay on Utopia because Amnesiacs Are Innocent.
  • Energy Absorption: His mutant ability, which allows him to absorb kinetic energy and convert it into strength. Getting in a fistfight with him is a very bad idea, as he'll just get stronger the longer the fight goes on.
    • Phlebotinum Overload: ... but it can also be circumvented if one drops something on him quick and hard enough. There was also the time when Wolverine just kept coming at him until Shaw's mass caused the floor to give out under him.
  • Evil Mentor: Retconned into being one for the White Queen/Emma Frost. Note that originally they were very much depicted as partners in crime.
  • Genius Bruiser
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He bore a prominent scar across his right eye during the latter half of the 90s; Madelyne Pryor eventually healed it as a demonstration of what she could offer him in a Villain Team-Up.
  • The Hedonist: A mild example, but Shaw is very much a Rich Bitch who enjoys living large and has no problems with letting anyone know it.
  • Make Way for the New Villains: Back in the 90s, Shaw was one of many older villains to be bumped off by the new guard in the name of establishing their cred — in his case, it was his son Shinobi who did the deed. He eventually came back, but it took seven years and he sported a very prominent scar upon his return.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Playing Both Sides: The biggest and worst example is that he is a mutant, yet he funded and helped to construct the mutant-hunting Sentinels. Especially bad (though poetically ironic) considering they were created out of fear that mutants could be people like him.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Probably the most stark example among X-villains — Shaw is kind of like the Donald Trump of evil mutants, having no higher belief or creed in anything beyond what's good for Sebastian Shaw. This utter self-serving nature makes Shaw fairly resilient in coming back from his various defeats, but it also means there's no one that's ever really had any loyalty for him and his subordinates tend to sell him out of betray him at the drop of a hat.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money! /Powers / Connections
  • Villain Team-Up: Being the pragmatic villain he is, Shaw frequently forges alliances with other villains such as Holocaust and Madelyne Pryor.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Not as much as before (when he could count on the police to help him fight those dangerous mutants the X-Men), but he still has some respect.
  • War for Fun and Profit: The classic arms dealer war profiteer Playing Both Sides for his own advancement. Depending on the adaptation, sometimes it comes back to bite him.
  • We Can Rule Together: Him and Madelyne Pryor had a brief fling that ended up turning into an Aborted Arc when she abruptly ditched him.

     Selene / Black Queen 

Former and most prominent Black Queen of the Hellfire club, Selene is the oldest known living mutant (after she killed the other externals), born over 14000 years ago, after the fall of Atlantis, but before the age of Conan the Barbarian, and is an ancient enemy of Kulan Gath. She doubles as a sorceress and psychic vampire, with a myriad abilities, some of which are magic, some of which are genetic. Regal, vain, manipulative, demonic-level pure evil, and extremely hard to permanently get rid of, she is one of the X-Men's most dangerous adversaries.

  • Achilles' Heel: Her extreme arrogance and vanity. It's not used against her as much as one would imagine, but Moonstar managed to completely break her by projecting an image of her as a withered, decrepit old hag, which utterly horrified her and caused her to have a panic attack.
  • A Goddess Am I: Her recent surfacing gives this as her motivation, although she has claimed to be a goddess since her introduction. She was even worshipped as such since birth, 10,000 years ago, and was even offered regular human sacrifices by her people. It has left her with an ego problem.
    • Even so, she recognizes Akrea as a being older than her and treats her with respect... right up until she leaves her for dead.
  • Ambiguously Bi: She isn't openly bisexual and is in fact a widow of a man named Marcus Gallio. But she also possesses some amount of Lesbian Vampire traits.
  • Asshole Victim: In the 90s, when she was betrayed by the Upstarts, a group of wealthy young mutants Selene had been grooming to be the next generation of the Hellfire Club. Upstart Trevor Fitzroy trapped her in a device that systematically disassembled and reassembled her molecular structure, a sickening fate for just about anyone else but somehow appropriate for an immortal predator like Selene.
  • 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.
  • Big Bad: It took a long, long time, but Selene finally got her due as a Big Bad in the Necrosha story arc.
  • Bondage Is Bad
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Averted. She absorbs memories along with life force, and therefore does not forget her victims.
  • Co-Dragons: In the 80s, she and White Queen Emma Frost were the dragons to Sebastian Shaw.
    • Dragon with an Agenda: Naturally, Selene was only in it for herself though, and when Magneto defeated Shaw and proposed expelling him from the Hellfire Club, she wasted no time in siding with Mags.
  • 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.
  • Make Way for the New Villains: See Asshole Victim above.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Even though she doesn't need to, she really enjoys toying with people's minds to get what she wants. A lot.
  • Never My Fault: Particularly in Necrosha and the stories leading up to it.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: To go with her regal persona.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: Well, she is in Hellfire...
  • Our Vampires Are Different: She is a psychic vampire.
  • Physical Goddess: Approaches this with Necrosha.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers! / Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!
  • Third-Person Person: Often refers to herself in the third person, especially when she wants to sound particularly haughty or menacing.
  • Vain Sorceress
  • The Vamp
  • Woman in Black: What else would you expect from the ''Black Queen''?
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Does this to Bard, and it's implied she would've done it to Wither and possibly the entire Inner Circle had she lived long enough.

     Sentinels 

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) 

Ah, such heroic sentiments. I like that — but this is my game, my parlor, my rules. Here the house always wins!

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.
    • He considers Professor X to be his archenemy, owing to Chuck dealing him a pretty decisive defeat in their first encounter.
  • 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
  • Embodiment of Vice: To the point of warping and distorting any physical body he inhabits; see Villainous Glutton below.
  • Eviler Than Thou
  • Fat Bastard: Farouk has no physical body, but his Villainous Glutton tendencies end up in any body he inhabits inevitably degrading to this state.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: Being possessed by him. As revealed by Karma, victims are completely aware the whole time, unable to stop Farouk from his systematic degradation of their bodies and, indeed, are suffering from ceaseless psychological torture in their own heads as Farouk works to make them empty shells. The harder a victim fights back, the more Farouk enjoys it and the longer he draws out their suffering.
  • Gender Bender: Happily possessed Karma for months in New Mutants and has frequent designs on doing this to Storm too.
  • 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".
    • Don't forget Karma in New Mutants. Clearly this is kind of Farouk's shtick.
  • 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.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: You don't get much more Obviously Evil than the Shadow King.
    • Fake King: He's not actually a king of anything, though.
  • Psychic Powers: Strong enough to rival, though not defeat, Professor X.
  • 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.
  • We Can Rule Together: Gives Professor X this speech upon their first meeting; presumably it wasn't so cliche back then.
  • Your Worst Nightmare: Clearly wants to be this for everyone and everything in his way.

     Shinobi Shaw 

The disaffected son of classic X-villain Sebastian Shaw, Shinobi debuted during the 90s as a member of the Upstarts, a gang of wealthy and powerful young mutants that kill other mutants for points. As The Unfavorite to his hard-nosed father, Shinobi wasted no time in bumping him off (He failed, but Sebastian vanished for seven years and bore a prominent facial scar upon his return.) and taking his place as Black King of the Hellfire Club. Unfortunately, Shinobi didn't really have much of a plan for... well, anything beyond getting rid of his father, so after whittling away a good few years on offscreen orgies, he was written out as going into hiding, and even more jarringly, Killed Off for Real offscreen.

  • Abusive Parents: His dad was apparently quite the dick to him in his youth, leading him to become an...
  • Antagonistic Offspring
  • Chess Motifs: He is also known as 'Black King II' as a successor of his father from Hellfire Club
  • Depraved Bisexual: The very first panel he appears in shows him surrounded by a harem of shirtless and nubile young men and women. Fellow Upstart Trevor Fitzroy wastes no time in making jabs at him for his 'proclivities', just in case the harem image was too subtle.
  • Dirty Coward: Despite theoretically being able to use his powers to duke it out with the heroes as a mini-Colossus, Shinobi used them pretty much for one thing and one thing only — running away.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Died offscreen some years ago.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: A strange example. Shinobi's more immature than outright evil, but his loveless childhood left him pretty much incapable of understanding or appreciating the familial bonds that unite the X-Men together.
  • Freudian Excuse: Sebastian apparently looked down on his son for being too effeminate and weak. This probably played a role in Shinobi's attempts to kill him.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Probably the one time he doesn't come off as Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense is when X-Force kicks in his door during the Younghunt. Faced with a band of gun-toting and pissed off mutants, he immediately washes his hands of the entire Upstarts affair and flounces off pretty much the second they let him.
  • The Hedonist
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: He was a founding member of the Upstarts, a Hellfire Club offshoot of rich young mutants that amuse themselves by hunting other mutants for points.
  • Idle Rich
  • Intangible Man: Being a villain, he uses the 'heart squeezing' as his trademark killing move. He also openly admits it can be used for peeping on girls (not that he needs it with his cash)
  • In the Blood: His mutant abilities, obviously, though where they came from is open to debate.
  • It Amused Me: If you're looking for a high-minded villain, look elsewhere. Shinobi does what he does primarily out of boredom and/or whimsy, and really has no overarching plan beyond this. Demonstrated nicely when he usurps his father as Black King of the Hellfire Club, acquiring obscene wealth and the connections to be a potential global mover, only to spend years doing exactly what he was doing in that very first panel he showed up in — bedding harlots and drinking with thieves.
  • Luke, I Might Be Your Father: It's implied that Harry Leland, the Black Bishop of the Hellfire Club, might be his biological father. Indeed, Shinobi's mutant powers are similar to Leland's (density control) and very unlike Sebastian's powers.
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Unlike many examples of the trope, he's not using it to conceal some hidden persona or grand scheme — that's exactly what he is.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense
  • Attempted Self-Made Orphan
  • Spoiled Brat
  • Surprise Vehicle: Not in the comics, but in the Sega Genesis game Wolverine: Adamantium Rage he hops into the cockpit of a Mini-Mecha-sized tank thing to do battle with Wolverine.
  • Teenage Wasteland: Beneath all the obscene wealth Shinobi is just another disaffected teen with daddy issues.
  • Turn Out Like His Father: Averted, actually. Despite usurping his father's position as Black King, Shinobi doesn't actually do anything with that power and is killed offscreen, a horribly ignomious fate for a character with his pedigree.
  • The Unfavorite: Someone at Marvel must have really hated this guy. Not only was he written out of the story offscreen, he was killed offscreen! Killed Off for Real too, no less.
    • He was also very much the in-universe Unfavorite of his father, who pretty clearly considered him an unworthy successor.

    Silver Samurai 

     Spiral (Rita Wayward) 

One of the most loyal warrior-slaves of Mojo, Spiral is his Dragon and an essential part of his operations.

  • Ascended Extra: Art Adams designed her as just another of Mojo's lackey's pursuing Longshot, but Ann Nocenti liked the look of her and decided to give her a more prominent role.
  • The Baroness
  • Cyborg: Three of her arms are at least partially robotic.
  • The Dragon: Mojo may be strong, but he's also nearly immobile, counting on the acrobatics and swordplay of Spiral to keep his enemies at bay.
  • Dual Wielding: Three times over!
  • Evil Sorcerer: When Doctor Strange stepped down as Sorcerer Supreme of the entire Marvel Universe, she was mentioned as a contender for the job.
  • Green-Eyed Monster
  • It Amused Me: Her motivation for joining the government team Freedom Force, led by Mystique and consisting mostly of BoxedCrooks, was never really clear- but it seems to have been mainly "bored and had nothing better to do".
  • Mad Scientist: In the Mojoverse, she runs the Body Shoppe, where villains (including Lady Deathstrike) get cybernetic makeovers.
  • Magic Dance: She dances to cast her more complicated spells.
  • Magic Knight: A sorceress and technological genius as well as an expert hand-to-hand (-to-hand-to-hand) combatant.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: She has six arms, three of which are cybernetic replacements.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot
  • Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: To Longshot. Not by choice, since Mojo messed with her mind.
  • Reforged into a Minion: She was once one of Longshot's friends, and his lover. Then Mojo drove her insane and turned her into his servant.
  • Refugee from TV Land: Like everyone from Mojoworld, she has a lot of off sayings. She doesn't kill people, she cancels them.
  • Servile Snarker: She's not afraid to snark off at Mojo.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: She does this from time to time to guests of the Body Shoppe and may have been a victim of it herself.
  • Wolverine Publicity: She's one of the most popular X-Villains, appearing in multiple games and spinoffs.

     Steven Lang 

The head of Project: Armageddon, which is designed to learn everything there is about Mutants, Steven Lang decided to instead kill every Mutant, and went about re-creating the Sentinels as part of this. An incredibly minor villain, but were it not for him, The Dark Phoenix Saga would never have happened. Later got brought back by Bastion as part of his schemes.

  • Back from the Dead: Via Bastion and the transmode virus.
  • Badass Bookworm: He's a quite better fighter than his background (a nondescript government scientist) would suggest.
  • Berserk Button: When Jean Grey called him a "sad, pathetic, screwed-up little man" and a Nazi, he lost it and slapped her.
  • Blondes Are Evil
  • Driven to Villainy: Originally, Doctor Lang was simply a mild-mannered civil servant who tried to warn the government of the increasing danger of villainous mutants (like, say, Magneto). When no one would listen to him, and the threat seemed to be constantly growing with every passing year, he gradually became more extreme.
  • Evil Genius: Built robot versions of the original X-Men that basically authentically replicated their powers. Also, somehow himself scraped together the billions of dollars needed to fund his huge anti-mutant organization after the government shut him down.
  • Evil Gloating
  • The Extremist Was Right: In a Fridge Logic sort of way. Some story arcs after his untimely demise, Jean Grey, one of the mutants he was mortally afraid of, did just what he feared, killed some billions and almost destroyed the world. (A later Retcon, which might have realized the Unfortunate Implications but was done primarily for other reasons, changed that version of Jean into a sort of Evil Twin.)
  • Fantastic Racism: Aside from the usual mutant-hating stuff, there's a scene where some of his scientists are examining Wolverine. They're briefly confused by his strange metabolism, and ask just what he is. Lang just states "whatever he is, he sure isn't human." note 
  • For Science!: Averted; while Lang is a scientist, his motives are largely political.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Or from obscure government scientist to Blofeld-scale supervillain, in this case.
  • General Ripper: A borderline case, as Lang himself is a civilian, but he's running a rogue military operation and generally behaves like one of these.
  • Godwin's Law: Jean Grey calls him a Nazi when he explains his motives to her. Then again, in the Marvelverse the Nazis are opposed to mutants ...
  • I Did What I Had to Do: As he explains, somewhat sheepishly, to Jean Grey when she asks why he's attacking the X-Men. It's a matter of humanity's survival that the mutants have got to go, so he's just doing his duty making sure they do. The way he explodes when she proceeds to ridicule his views possibly suggests that deep down he's really at least a little uncomfortable with the whole thing, himself.
  • Killed Off for Real: Courtesy of a well-passed angry Jean Grey and Cyclops making him crash his flying machine. Well, more or less. His brain got stolen and used to make a Master Mold Sentinel.
  • Knight Templar: Lang is quite convinced of his own rectitude, to the point where he can tell a pretty young co-ed (and crypto-mutant) to her face that she and her race have to die. It's Nothing Personal, just necessary in order for humanity to live.
  • Large Ham
  • Lucky Bastard: Hit Jean Grey in front of Wolverine, and did not get turned into thinly-sliced chunks when he busted free.
  • Mad Scientist: Initially he's not really mad, just somewhat grandiose and affective. The later versions play it straight, however.
  • Motive Rant: Delivers a pretty lengthy one at the beginning of one issue.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Not Lang himself, but the operation he's running. Its codename? Project Armageddon!
  • Renaissance Man: Scientific expert in at least three widely separate fields (biology/genetics as well as mechatronics engineering and AI programming). Additionally, a fair pilot and fighter.
  • Rogue Agent: Originally, Lang was commissioned by the federal government to study the potential of superhuman mutants as a strategic danger to the United States. When his study found that the danger was imminent and the government basically ignored his report, he took matters into his own hands.
  • Villainous Valor: In his initial appearances, he was just a more-or-less ordinary government scientist (albeit fairly Badass by those standards), and wisely did not try to go toe-to-toe with any superheroes when he had a choice. But when the X-Men trashed his Sentinels and military security detachment, he did try to fight them himself as a last resort. It ended badly for him.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: A fairly typical X-Men example. The world-shaking antics and mutant-supremacist ideology of various superpowered evil mutants convinced him that humanity must defend itself forcefully against the mutants in order to survive.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Chillingly, Lang very rarely does anything actually "evil," at least by his own standards — As long as one remembers that non-human mutants are not part of his moral in-group.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Loses it and slaps Jean Grey when she tells him he's full of it — Possibly because her insults hit Too Close To Home.

     Sugar Man 
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.

  • Ax-Crazy
  • Bad Boss: In Age of Apocalypse, he ran the work camps where it housed thousands of humans and regularly tormented his slaves.
  • The Brute
  • Canon Foreigner / Canon Immigrant: Sugar Man comes from Age of Apocalypse and has no 616 counterpart.
  • Cephalothorax: Sugarman appears as a rotund torso dominated by a huge, ugly face, with four arms and a single pair of legs.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Let's be honest; "Sugar Man" doesn't make you think "sadistic plague-engineering cannibal mutant", now does it?
  • For the Evulz: As is generally the case for a willing servant of Apocalypse.
  • I'm a Humanitarian
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Has four arms, plus his prehensile tongue.
  • Multipurpose Tongue: Sugar Man uses his long razor-sharp tongue as his weapon.
  • Plague Master: His primary contributions to Apocalypse's regime were the nightmarish biological weapons he invented.
  • Size Shifter: He is also able to control his own mass. If he loses mass, the lost mass is shunted off to some unknown location, presumably an extra-dimensional space and he shrinks in size. It's unknown how long it takes him to regain his normal size.

     Toad (Mortimer Toynbee) 

A mutant with amphibian-like abilities, including wall-crawling, sticky tongue, poison spit, and super-croaking. In the comics, he was usually depicted as an annoying, ass-kissing sycophant and Magneto's loyal suck-up with useless powers. He also had an incredibly intense crush on the Scarlet Witch. Outside of the comics, his portrayal has been better. In X-Men Evolution, he was almost one of the most featured characters on the show, even having his own theme song, and was depicted as a well-meaning but mischievous Sad Clown that the universe liked to crap on. In the movies, he was a badass martial artist who incorporated his powers into an unexpectedly formidable opponent (and was played by Darth Maul). The comics have tried to incorporate these traits into the character, making Toad his own Canon Immigrant. After his power upgrade/character revamp, Toad became more of a neutral player, having become disillusioned with Magneto.

  • Canon Immigrant: Not the character himself, but his portrayal in other media, which was a hell of a lot better.
  • Combo Platter Powers: His powers have varied wildly in scale and number over the years; he used to have this weird wind gust power, for example.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: After the movies, where evening out his genetic abnormalities ended up giving him a level in badass.
  • Fun Personified: In X-Men: Evolution.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He's pretty good with machines.
  • Mean Brit
  • Stalker with a Crush: To Wanda, only to be squicked out upon seeing her huge pregnant belly.
  • The Chew Toy
  • The Renfield: To Magneto in the early days.
  • The Starscream: Toad has tried to rule over the Brotherhood of Mutants when Magneto and Mystique were incapacitated or absent. It's never gone well, and he usually just ends up humiliated.
  • The Makeover: In Uncanny Xmen, Toad loses his powers, and is was revealed to be an extremely handsome. In other words, if Toad had not been born a mutant, he would have been a naturally extremely handsome man. Toad's initial reaction to discovering his good looks is "If this is what I've been missing all these years, good bye and good riddance (to my powers)"

     Unus the Untouchable (Angelo Unuscione) 

A narcissistic Italian wrestler with the ability to generate a forcefield to protect him from any harm. He was greedy and wanted to join the Brotherhood of Mutants for power and money. He proved to be unbeatable until Beast constructed a machine that interfered with the intensity of his forcefield and the ability to turn it on and off, nearly starving him. He continued to be a minor recurring villain that kept on having trouble controlling his power, occasionally leaving him unable to touch anything or anyone.

  • Barrier Warrior
  • Blessed with Suck: As his powers advanced, they gradually became more of a hindrance, until finally he suffocated because his forcefield had become strong enough to repel even oxygen.
    • There was one issue in the comics where Unus found himself facing a shapeshifter with the power to become various monsters. Unable to actually hurt Unus, the shapeshifter got him out of the way by swallowing him whole. And then threw him up a couple of pages later because his forcefield was too painful to keep down.
  • Fauxreigner: For some undisclosed reason, in his early appearances he pretended to be a German man named Gunther Bain.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With the Blob.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard
  • Legacy Character: His daughter, Carmella Unuscione, was a pretty prominent member of the Acolytes in the 90s.
  • 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) 

I claim D'Ken's throne as my own! By right of blood and combat! By right of succession! I name myself Emperor Vulcan, ruler of the Shi'ar Imperium!

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.

  • 0% Approval Rating: His status as leader of the Shi'ar is this at first, since they see him as The Usurper.
    • Villain with Good Publicity: ... but after leading the Imperium to numerous victories and conquest, he achieves a dramatic shift in popular approval.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them
  • Antagonistic Offspring: To Corsair
  • Ax-Crazy
  • 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.
    • Actually averted more often than not, surprisingly enough. Yes, Vulcan had absolutely no mercy for his people's enemies, leaned towards a overly-aggressive sense of diplomacy and was prone to screaming fits of rage when things didn't go his way. But he never actually killed any of his underlings even when they screwed up, was almost childishly exuberant when things did go his way, and his mixture of political savvy and raw power kept even the boxed crooks in his employ from stepping out of line.
  • Big Bad: In most of the stories he's in.
  • Big Screwed-Up Family: And how!
  • Cain and Abel: Mainly between him and Havok.
  • 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.
  • Determinator
  • The Dragon: Very briefly to D'Ken. See Indy Ploy below.
  • Ermine Cape Effect
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even he thought that Black Bolt's plan to force the entire galaxy into becoming Inhumans was way out of line.
  • Evil Is Petty: When Vulcan captures Havok at the conclusion of Emperor Vulcan, he spends inordinate amounts of time tormenting his captive brother from his cell, to the point of neglecting his duties as the Shi'ar majestor. Interestingly, he never actually tortures his brother physically, instead just going for a series of wannabe Hannibal Lectures that completely fail to break Alex.
  • The Evil Prince
  • Expy: He has a lot in common with DC's Superboy Prime.
    • Also fellow X-villain Exodus, both of whom are antagonists with sympathetic backgrounds who clearly won the Superpower Lottery but suffer from Sanity Slippage for it and spend lots of time on buses due to writers having little idea of what to do with them.
  • 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.
  • Indy Ploy: His plan to take the Shi'ar throne, which was a strange mixture of this and Batman Gambit. He came to the Shi'ar on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge, fully intending to destroy their entire empire, but shifted his focus when he hooked up with Deathbird. Deathbird talked him into reviving the comatose D'Ken, the very Shi'ar who had killed his mother and been the architect of his misery. Vulcan considered just killing the comatose D'Ken, but decided there would be no point in revenge on a vegetable. So instead he revived D'Ken, let himself be talked into becoming D'Ken's Dragon, and patiently waited until his marriage to Deathbird to kill him, since by Shi'ar law he would then have the right to claim the throne.
  • 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.
  • Put on a Bus: After his climatic battle with Black Bolt at the end of War of Kings. Black Bolt has since returned, but Vulcan's still MIA.
  • 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.
  • Stronger Sibling: To Cyclops and Havok, though Havok was able to beat him once when Vulcan foolishly overcharged him by throwing him into a sun.
  • Superpower Lottery: Oh, boy. Where to begin?
  • Tangled Family Tree: He's a late addition to the ever-tangled Summers family line.
  • 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.
  • Villain Decay: Possibly overlapping with Sanity Slippage, as Vulcan's actions became increasingly less rational as time went on. Most vividly seen when the Guardians of the Galaxy sent Adam Warlock to negotiate with him; true, Warlock slipping aboard his ship without invitation probably wasn't the wisest thing to do, but Vulcan's response? Immediately attempt to incinerate Warlock, and when that didn't work, pick a knock-down-drag-out fight with him right there in the middle of his own flagship.
  • 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) 

    Zzxz 

Debut: X-Men: Kingbreaker #2

Oracle: ... Some kind of symbiote, we had never encountered anything like it. D'Ken wanted it studied, but after he died, it just remained locked away. My Lord... it is a monstrosity. It feeds on people. It consumes their brains...
Emperor Vulcan: Then if it wants a fresh meal, it will do as I tell it. What else?

  • Blank White Eyes: Like its distant relations it has large white eyes.
  • Boxed Crook: One of the Shi'ar's most fearsome prisoners, until Emperor Vulcan decides to give it a job.
  • Brain Food: Like Venom, it has a taste for brains.
  • Combat Tentacles: It can project pseudopodia and tendrils to attack and restrain opponents.
  • The Dreaded: It is one of the five most dangerous entities captured by the Shi'ar Empire.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: It possesses a wide mouth full of sharp fangs.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: It took over the body of Raza Longknife during a fight with the Starjammers.
  • The Symbiote: It is a member of the same species as Venom.
  • Trading Bars for Stripes: It was imprisoned by Shi'ar Emperor D'Ken, who intended to study it, but Gabriel Summers killed him and recruited Zzxz into his army.
  • Yandere: Zzxz really wanted Lilandra as its next host, but took over Raza of the Starjammers instead.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: It is a black symbiote with large white eyes, making it largely identical to its distant relative Venom.
  • A Villain Named Zrg: Its name is composed completely out of consonants from the end of the alphabet.


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X-Men Villains