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** His inherited fortune made him able to turn the basement of a mansion into an ElaborateUndergroundBase with an absurdly advanced holodeck room, as well as building various vehicles, including helicopters and [[CoolPlane a really advanced jet]]. Plus the Cerebro. Those can't come cheap. [[note]]Although, with Magneto's help, all labor costs would pretty much become zero, meaning he's only really paying for parts. At least during the times when Magneto was his ally and not his arch-enemy.[[/note]] Eventually, his even richer wife, Shi'Ar Empress Lilandra (who owned an entire ''galaxy''), provided upgrades to much of Xavier's facilities.

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** His inherited fortune made him able to turn the basement of a mansion into an ElaborateUndergroundBase with an absurdly advanced holodeck room, as well as building various vehicles, including helicopters and [[CoolPlane a really advanced jet]]. Plus the Cerebro. Those can't come cheap. [[note]]Although, with Magneto's help, all labor costs would pretty much become zero, meaning he's only really paying for parts. At least during the times when Magneto was his ally and not his arch-enemy.[[/note]] Eventually, his even richer wife, Shi'Ar Empress Shi'ar Majestrix Lilandra (who owned owns an entire ''galaxy''), provided upgrades to much of Xavier's facilities.

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* BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood: He's more than willing to do this if he feels it's necessary (though over time he's developed at least [[MindOverManners a token reluctance]] to brainwashing people willy-nilly). An infamous case is his brainwashing of the villain known as the Vanisher, who he brainwashed into a DirtyCoward because he considered his powers of {{Teleportation}} to be "too dangerous". Vanisher '''never''' recovered, and even to this day, many decades later, his character is still defined by what Charles Xavier forced him into being.


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* InstantExpert: He can "quickly process and store information by mental transference", an ability which he used in school to rise above his peers in academic achievement. His stepbrother, who knew he was telepathic, strongly suspected him of doing this and bullied him relentlessly over it. He can also transfer information between minds, as was established in ''Deadly Genesis'' when he infamously [[spoiler:put Vulcan's team through a psychic cram-session on being X-Men, including a week's worth of Danger Room training that happened nowhere but in their own minds]]. It probably wasn't intended by ''Deadly Genesis's'' writers, but adding that little detail made Charles's entire history as a teacher suspect, leading readers to wonder how much of his successes with his students were by their own merit and how much was just Charles mentally grafting whatever his students needed to know into their minds.


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* MundaneUtility: As mentioned above, he used his telepathy in school to earn high marks.


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* {{Realpolitik}}: The laconic summary of realpolitik reads like a one-sentence summary of modern-day Charles's character. Even before he was truly established as a ManipulativeBastard he was quite ruthless (in that uniquely ProtagonistCenteredMorality way that way common to comics from before UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks) and not above {{Superdickery}} tricks such as BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood and MindManipulation in the service of his dream. He was also unusually politically savvy for an outsider to politics, using his privileged social position to present himself to the public as a mutant rights proponent while keeping it hidden from most of the world that he was in fact a mutant himself. It wasn't even his choice when he finally did 'out' himself as a mutant: that was done by his EvilTwin.


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* ShelteredAristocrat: To a high degree. He grew up in a mansion and his family wealth sheltered him from many of the hard realities children from less privileged backgrounds have to worry about. And while his parents both died young, his stepfather (an abusive {{Jerkass}} to [[TheJuggernaut his own son]]) favored him despite not even loving his mother. Only his stepbrother's bullying and the loss of his actual parents kept him from having a picture-perfect childhood.


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* SuperpowerLottery: A subdued case of it compared to some of the more fantastical mutants, but when it comes to just plain getting to live a charmed life it's hard not to argue that Charles won even over [[ComicBook/JeanGrey technically]]-[[ComicBook/LegionMarvelComics more]]-[[ComicBook/XMan powerful]] [[ComicBook/{{Magneto}} mutants]]. His mutant powers manifested at 10, slightly earlier than those of other mutants and right before he, as an American, would have entered intermediate school where adolescent awkwardness usually begins. And luckily for Charles, his mutant power just so happened to be one that handily allowed him to skate over all those growing pains handily. The rigors of learning to study, the social difficulty of being a bright child, bullies, Charles's telepathy essentially made all of that null. This is a big reason why, although he was originally designed as the BigGood to the X-Men, he came to be viewed as more and more UnintentionallyUnsympathetic as time went on, until writers finally made it canon that he wasn't just a nice guy motivated by IncorruptiblePurePureness but rather a privileged ideologue who happened to be quite the ManipulativeBastard.


Xavier also appears as a primary character in most of the ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'', portrayed initially by Creator/PatrickStewart (who was already [[ComicBookFantasyCasting popular fancast]] by fans and creators for many years) in 2000's ''[[Film/XMen1 X-Men]]''. Creator/JamesMcAvoy was later in cast as a younger version of the role in 2011's ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', a role he'd continue in further prequel-sequels. Both Xaviers would eventually interact in 2014's ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast''. And while not actually appearing on the series itself, Xavier is alluded to in an episode of Creator/{{FX}}'s ''Series/{{Legion|2017}}'', based on [[ComicBook/LegionMarvelComics the character of the same name]]... who just so happens to be his only biological offspring.

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Xavier also appears as a primary character in most of the ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'', portrayed initially by Creator/PatrickStewart (who was already [[ComicBookFantasyCasting popular fancast]] by fans and creators for many years) in 2000's ''[[Film/XMen1 X-Men]]''. Creator/JamesMcAvoy was later in cast as a younger version of the role in 2011's ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', a role he'd continue in further prequel-sequels. Both Xaviers would eventually interact in 2014's ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast''. And while not actually appearing on the series itself, Xavier is alluded to in an episode of Creator/{{FX}}'s ''Series/{{Legion|2017}}'', based on [[ComicBook/LegionMarvelComics the character of the same name]]... who just so happens to be his only biological firstborn offspring.


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* ReallyGetsAround: He's got his fair share of kids. In addition to Legion listed above, there's his son by Mystique introduced during [[OutOfCharacter Bendis's run]], who apparently is destined to lead the [[Characters/XMenBrotherhoodOfMutants Brotherhood]] in at least one possible future. Then there's Xavi, his non-canon son by Lilandra from ''X-Men: The End'', and most recently Xandra, a rather blatant DistaffCounterpart of Xavi introduced in 2018's ''ComicBook/MrAndMrsX''.


* AdaptationalHeroism: His more negative traits (ManipulativeBastard, GoodIsNotNice) are often downplayed in most adaptations such as the [[WesternAnimation/XMen 1990s animated series]] and the ''Film/XMenFilmSeries,'' where he is a lot more noble and wise. Creator/JamesMcAvoy takes it up a notch in terms of likability by portraying the younger Charles as TheCutie.

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* AdaptationalHeroism: AdaptationalNiceGuy: His more negative traits (ManipulativeBastard, GoodIsNotNice) are often downplayed in most adaptations such as the [[WesternAnimation/XMen 1990s animated series]] and the ''Film/XMenFilmSeries,'' where he is a lot more noble and wise. Creator/JamesMcAvoy takes it up a notch in terms of likability by portraying the younger Charles as TheCutie.


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* AbledInTheAdaptation: The Film/XMenFilmSeries gives Xavier a serum that he can take that allows him to regain his ability to walk at the cost of his powers. Nothing like this exists in the comics, though he has come up with numerous other off-the-wall ways to regain his mobility (none of them ever stick, though).



* ArchEnemy: ComicBook/{{Magneto}} serves as his longest-standing enemy. He is also his rival in proposing a different dream for mutants, one of mutant supremacy. Which is against everything Xavier stands for.
* TheAtoner: After 2008, Professor X spent his time going around trying to make amends with various X-Men.

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* ArchEnemy: He has several. ComicBook/{{Magneto}} serves as his longest-standing enemy. He enemy and is also his rival in proposing a different dream for mutants, one of mutant supremacy. Which supremacy (which is against everything Xavier stands for.
for). The Shadow King is another, being the first evil mutant he fought and a telepath of power comparable to him who has returned over and over again to haunt the X-Men. Mr. Sinister became this to him in ''X-Men Legacy'', where it was retconned that he had manipulated Xavier when he was a child. And then there's Jack Winters, the evil mutant who adopted Cyclops and steered him towards a life of crime before Xavier stepped in.
* TheAtoner: After 2008, Professor X During his journey WalkingTheEarth in ''X-Men Legacy'' he spent most of his time going around trying to make amends with various X-Men.X-Men.
* BadassTeacher: However one feels about his personal morality, he's undoubtedly one of these to the students under his charge.



* BoomHeadshot: At the end of the ''Messiah Complex'' storyline, Bishop accidentally hit Charles while firing madly at a disappearing Cable. He got better thanks to the Acolytes.

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* BoomHeadshot: At the end of the ''Messiah Complex'' storyline, Bishop accidentally hit Charles while firing madly at a disappearing Cable. He got better thanks to the Exodus and his Acolytes.



* EvilCripple: While the regular Xavier is not this (being at worst morally grey and prone to making bad choices) he has a number of alternate universe counterparts that are this. One limited issue series even made a plot out of its cast traveling from universe to universe battling various evil Xaviers.



* FatalFlaw: While he is not a BadBoss like Magneto, he shares some of his ideological rival's ItsAllAboutMe attitude, as evidenced by his inability to step aside after his students have outgrown him until forced to do so. It should be noted that this is due to Executive Meddling out of universe however, and ''X-Men'' maestro Creator/ChrisClaremont did intend for Xavier to eventually step back and allow his first generation of student to take the reins [[spoiler:before being KilledOffForReal and turning leadership of the X-Men over to Magneto]].



* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Averted in ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen''. [[spoiler:He makes a brief, almost token attempt to appeal to his former fatherly relationship with Cyclops when he confronts him, but quickly turns to threatening and trying to overcome Cyclops through psychic force. While Cyke ''was'' pretty far gone by this time, trying to take him down without the help of any other telepaths was not the wisest of ideas, as demonstrated when Cyclops toasts him for his trouble]].



* TheIlluminati: He's a member of the Marvel Universe's version of them. Strangely, it's ''not'' the usual OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness but instead a sort of 1% club consisting of the ([[InformedAbility supposed]]) smartest people in the Marvel U.

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* TheIlluminati: He's As mentioned above, he's a member of the Marvel Universe's version of them. Strangely, it's ''not'' the usual OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness but instead a sort of 1% club consisting of the ([[InformedAbility supposed]]) smartest people in the Marvel U.



* LastNameBasis: Far more people call him by his last name than his first.



* MindManipulation: He's scary good at this. In one notable instance, he disabled Exodus's Acolytes completely by implanting post-hypnotic suggestions in them [[DreamWalker via their dreams]] days before he even faced them. The only Acolyte he refused to manipulate in this way was Amelia Voght, his old lover.



* MyGreatestFailure: When his old lover Amelia Voght decided to leave him he used his powers to compel her to stay. It was only a second's moral failing and he immediately took it back, but the damage was done.
* NonIdleRich: Xavier has more money than God and it's almost ridiculous how bottomless his pockets are, but never let it be said he lays around and does nothing with all his cash.



* TheOneThatGotAway: Xavier has two of them, Moira Kinross [=MacTaggert=] and Amelia Voght. He had relationships with both of them, and they both left him at the end. Leaving him with lasting bittersweet memories and regrets. Their paths crossed again but there was no rekindling of passion. Averted with Gabrielle Haller. They parted on friendly terms and there were no hard feelings about it.

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* TheOneThatGotAway: Xavier has two of them, Moira Kinross [=MacTaggert=] and Amelia Voght. He had relationships with both of them, and they both left him at the end. Leaving end, leaving him with lasting bittersweet memories and regrets. Their paths crossed again but there was no rekindling of passion. Averted with Gabrielle Haller. They Haller, who he parted on friendly terms with and there were no hard feelings about it.it.
* OpposedMentors: He's forever locked in opposition with his rival mutant mentor Magneto.



* PeoplePuppets: He's capable of this, though he prefers not to use it unless absolutely necessary. Weirdly, his movie counterpart makes something of a shtick out of it, frequently puppetering entire crowds to get his students out of trouble or speak to a single person.
* PowersDoTheFighting: Averted, as while Xavier ''mostly'' relies on his mutant powers, he is in fact a trained soldier and refuses to let his paraplegia hold him back. In one memorable incident, he even decked a then-rookie Wolverine right in the jaw, telling him that while his mindblasts could "shrivel (him) where (he) stands" that his fist contained all the power Wolverine deserved.



* PsychicRadar: Like most high-end Marvel telepaths, he is capable of this.
* PsychicSurgery: Despite being psychic, Xavier's never used this ability. He's had it used ''on'' him though, as the KnightTemplar mutant Exodus reassembled his brain after it was shot to pulp by Bishop using this.

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* ** PsychicLink: He can initiate this at will with anyone, telepath or non-telepath.
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PsychicRadar: Like most high-end Marvel telepaths, he is capable of this.
* ** PsychicSurgery: Despite being psychic, Xavier's never used this ability. He's had it used ''on'' him though, as the KnightTemplar mutant Exodus reassembled his brain after it was shot to pulp by Bishop using this.



* RebuiltPedestal: After ''Messiah Complex'' he started on a journey of becoming this, at first literally (as Exodus literally reconstructed his brain and restored his ability to walk) and then figuratively (as he decided to go on a journey WalkingTheEarth and reconnecting with the students he'd alienated). Slowly but surely he rebuilt his standing with most of the X-Men, though Cyclops (admittedly the X-Man he hurt the most) and he could not reconcile. [[spoiler:This ultimately led to his death when he confronted a power-mad Cyclops in ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'']].



* StrongerSibling: To ''both'' of the [[CainAndAbel Cains]] in his life. He defeated his EvilTwin Cassandra Nova in the womb and was Cyttorak's first choice to become the Juggernaut, as noted in the Missed the Call entry above.
* SuperWheelChair: His famous golden hoverchair which he was gifted by his Shi'ar lover Lilandra.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: He has demonstrated a more powerful dark side three times. First there was "Dark Xavier" in ''X-Men'' #106 (August, 1977). It was able to create copies of the Angel, Beast, Iceman, and Jean Grey, using them to fight against the current X-Men. Second, in ''X-Men and the ComicBook/{{Micronauts}}'' #1-4 (January - April, 1984) ,a crossover mini-series, there was the Entity, another personification of his dark side. Within the Microverse, it was able to enslave entire races, and to manipulate and restructure matter. Later there was the supremely powerful ComicBook/{{Onslaught}}, who also contained elements of Magneto's evil side.



* SuperpoweredEvilSide: He has demonstrated a more powerful dark side three times. First there was "Dark Xavier" in ''X-Men'' #106 (August, 1977). It was able to create copies of the Angel, Beast, Iceman, and Jean Grey, using them to fight against the current X-Men. Second, in ''X-Men and the ComicBook/{{Micronauts}}'' #1-4 (January - April, 1984) ,a crossover mini-series, there was the Entity, another personification of his dark side. Within the Microverse, it was able to enslave entire races, and to manipulate and restructure matter. Later there was the supremely powerful ComicBook/{{Onslaught}}, who also contained elements of Magneto's evil side.



* VillainRespect: He gained the respect of Exodus after [[DefeatMeansRespect defeating him]] in ''X-Men Legacy'' and later showed that he reciprocated that respect when he returned to (successfully) convince Exodus to disband the Acolytes.



** Later this becomes a story arc for him in ''X-Men Legacy'', where he decides to do this again after being healed and restored to his prime by Exodus.



* YourMindMakesItReal: During "The Muir Island Saga," when Xavier battled the Shadow King on the astral plane, the Shadow King's attacked Xavier's legs, causing him to become crippled (once again) in the real world.

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* YourMindMakesItReal: During "The ''The Muir Island Saga," Saga'', when Xavier battled the Shadow King on the astral plane, the Shadow King's attacked Xavier's legs, causing him to become crippled (once again) in the real world.


* BrokenPedestal: He definitely became one of these to Cyclops after ''Deadly Genesis''.



* ForWantOfANail: His life is the nail between the world as we know it and the ComicBook/AgeOfApocalypse.
** A similar plot was presented in ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' during the two-parter episode "One Man's Worth" -- if a mutant traitor kills Xavier in the past, it winds up leading to a ''ComicBook/DaysOfFuturePast''-esque future where the Sentinels rule.



* TheIlluminati: He's a member of the Marvel Universe's version of them. Strangely, it's ''not'' the usual OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness but instead a sort of 1% club consisting of the ([[InformedAbility supposed]]) smartest people in the Marvel U.



* KilledOffForReal: In the ComicBook/UltimateMarvel universe, during ''ComicBook/{{Ultimatum}}''

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* KilledOffForReal: In the ComicBook/UltimateMarvel universe, during ''ComicBook/{{Ultimatum}}''''ComicBook/{{Ultimatum}}''.



* LikeASonToMe: Considers Cyclops to be this, which is why it breaks his heart when Cyke takes a FaceHeelTurn in ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen''.



* MrExposition: When written by lazy writers (or Stan Lee) he had a bad habit of being used this way. If he's appearing as a floating disembodied head, it's usually to deliver an exposition dump.



* ParentalNeglect: One of his (many) failings is that, ironically for a man who has dedicated his life to playing the MentorArchetype, he's an absentee and disinterested father when it comes to his ''own'' children. This comes back to haunt him when his son David decides to become a WellDoneSonGuy -- unfortunately, David has also inherited his dad's uber-psi powers, leading him to become the insane supervillain Legion.



* TheProfessor: It's [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin right there in his name]].
* PstandardPsychicPstance: So much so that an image of ol' Chuck currently provides the trope's page image.



* PsychicRadar: Like most high-end Marvel telepaths, he is capable of this.
* PsychicSurgery: Despite being psychic, Xavier's never used this ability. He's had it used ''on'' him though, as the KnightTemplar mutant Exodus reassembled his brain after it was shot to pulp by Bishop using this.



* SmartEqualsPsychic: Inverted, as Xavier became smart ''because'' he was psychic. Specifically, he was noted to academically excel in his teenage years, driving his resentful step-brother TheJuggernaut to suspect he used his telepathy to become such a BadassBookworm. Charles eventually confirmed it, though his powers only "greased the skids" and he likely would have become a smart person with or without them (just not, you know, ''as'' smart).



* StatusQuoIsGod: It's almost a RunningGag in the X-Men mythos for Charles to find new and unusual ways to regain his ability to walk, only for something to come along and cripple him again.
* TheSvengali: Has arguably become this in the modern age, as the general comics DarkerAndEdgier creep resulted in Xavier being written as becoming more and more willing to use his psychic powers to manipulate his students. While never outright resorting to MindControl, he has been known to repress the memories of his charges when he sees fit, most infamously in the ''Deadly Genesis'' story. He's not interested in monetary gain, unlike most Svengalis, but is definitely interested in keeping his students in their X uniforms.



* WhatTheHellHero: His habit of using his powers on people he cares about and keeping secrets often ends up biting him in the ass.

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* WhatTheHellHero: His habit of using his powers on people he cares about and keeping secrets often ends up biting him in the ass. A special shout-out goes to everything he does in ''Deadly Genesis'', especially the part where he put a new group of students through a week's worth of Danger Room training '''in their heads''' thinking it would be enough to send them on a rescue mission with (spoiler alert, it wasn't).


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* MissedTheCall: The what-if where Charles became the Juggernaut was alluded to after his death when Cain was up to become the Juggernaut again. Cyttorak told him he intended for Xavier to become the Juggernaut, but things didn't work out that way.


* KilledOffForReal: In the ComicBook/UltimateMarvel universe, during ''ComicBook/[[Ultimatum]]''

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** [[spoiler:After being killed by a Phoenix-possessed Cyclops in ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'' and Red Skull using his corpse in ''ComicBook/UncannyXMen'', Xavier came back in ''ComicBook/AstonishingXMenSoule''--which also involved [[GrandTheftMe taking over Fantomex's body]].]]

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** [[spoiler:After being killed by a Phoenix-possessed Cyclops in ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'' and Red Skull using his corpse in ''ComicBook/UncannyXMen'', Xavier came back in ''ComicBook/AstonishingXMenSoule''--which ''ComicBook/AstonishingXMen2017''--which also involved [[GrandTheftMe taking over Fantomex's body]].]]



* GrandTheftMe: [[spoiler:Xavier's return in ''ComicBook/AstonishingXMenSoule'' involved taking over Fantomex's body.]]

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* GrandTheftMe: [[spoiler:Xavier's return in ''ComicBook/AstonishingXMenSoule'' ''ComicBook/AstonishingXMen2017'' involved taking over Fantomex's body.]]


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Regardless, Xavier remains an enduring figure of leadership within the mutant community, even after his death in ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen''. While still ''technically'' dead as of 2018, Creator/CharlesSoule's ''[[ComicBook/AstonishingXMenSoule Astonishing X-Men]]'' brought Xavier back to the land of the living, albeit in the body of a consenting Fantomex. Now calling himself "X", only a select few know that Xavier's consciousness has returned to life.

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Regardless, Xavier remains an enduring figure of leadership within the mutant community, even after his death in ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen''. While still ''technically'' dead as of 2018, Creator/CharlesSoule's ''[[ComicBook/AstonishingXMenSoule ''[[ComicBook/AstonishingXMen2017 Astonishing X-Men]]'' brought Xavier back to the land of the living, albeit in the body of a consenting Fantomex. Now calling himself "X", only a select few know that Xavier's consciousness has returned to life.

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