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Founder of the AoA X-Men, Magneto's life was changed in a pivotal moment when his dear friend Xavier was murdered by an insane and incredibly powerful mutant actually Xavier's time-travelling son, Legion. Swearing to uphold Xavier's dreams of human/mutant peace, Magneto finds himself the founder of the X-men and one of the few remaining in opposition to Apocalypse and his Horsemen.

For tropes, see Magneto.


A mutant with the power to absorb the memories and genetic abilities of anyone she touches, she accidentally absorbed too much power from a woman named Lorna, permanently acquiring her electromagnetic manipulating abilities — in contrast to her mainstream counterpart, who acquired Flying Brick status by absorbing the powers of Ms. Marvel.

  • Badass in Charge: Rogue's second in command of the X-Men and kicks serious ass.
  • Blessed with Suck: Somewhat less so than her mainstream counterpart, because here she falls in love with a man who can shield himself with a forcefield and so he is capable of touching her. She's still unable to touch her son, though.
  • Can't Have Sex, Ever: Averted. Magneto's abilities allow him and Rogue to touch and they have a son together.
  • Flight: Much like Magneto, Rogue is able to fly by riding the Earth's magnetic field.
  • Flying Brick: Rogue is still a flying brick in this continuity, though as a result of her absorbed magnetic abilities rather than Ms. Marvel's powers.
  • Funetik Aksent: Rogue's Southern accent is as prominent as ever in her speech bubbles.
  • Happily Married: Rogue's relationship with Magneto was strained at times by both his cold demeanor and her attraction to Gambit. Still, their unwavering loyalty and love for one another makes her this.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Rogue suffered this at the hands of Weapon X, who became the new Apocalypse, after she attempted to weaken him by draining his powers.
  • Love Triangle: Rogue's was originally in one with Magneto and Gambit. Magneto won out.
  • Mama Bear: Rogue reacts very violently to Holocaust threatening her son, Charles.
  • May–December Romance: Rogue is married to and has a child with the much older Magneto.
  • Mega Manning: As per her usual power set.
  • Selective Magnetism: Like Magneto, because she stole the powers of Polaris in this continuity. However, the times that she actually used this ability for something other than making herself a flying brick could be counted on one hand.
  • Skunk Stripe: This version of Rogue also has her signature white streak in her hair.
  • Super Strength: By manipulating the magnetic fields of her body, Rogue is able to greatly increase her physical strength.
  • Super Toughness: Another power acquired by manipulating magnetism, Rogue can take some serious hits, including physical blows and powerful energy blasts from Holocaust.


Magneto's son, driven to avenge his slain sister. Storm's lover in this continuity.

  • Battle Couple: Him and Storm.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Took a hit from Sauron meant for his father at the cost of his own life.
  • Killed Off for Real: Not in the original story arc, but in a 2005 expansion he met his end battling Sauron.
  • My Greatest Failure: Is haunted by his failure to save his sister Wanda from her death.
  • Not So Different: Unlike other AoA characters he is not very different from the 616 Quicksilver, the main difference being that he is just slightly less of a Jerkass than the normal timeline's Pietro.
  • Super Speed: He has the power to run at incredible speeds.
  • Supporting Leader: He is the field leader of the X-Men, serving under his father Magneto.


A member of the X-Men although more street tough and wise. She also the lover of Quicksilver.


Banshee was older than most members of the X-Men and had actually retired. However, Magneto later asked him to come out of retirement to fight against Apocalypse.

  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Just like his mainstream counterpart.
  • Flight: Also like his mainstream counterpart, Banshee is able to fly by riding sound waves.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Gave his life to destroy Abyss from the inside with his sonic power.
  • Retired Badass: Was this until he rejoined the X-Men at the behest of Magneto.


A mysterious mutant prisoner of Apocalypse's Madri priests, Exodus was found and rescued by Magneto, becoming intensely devoted to him as a result. After being trained in the use of his powers, he joined Magneto's X-Men and quickly proved his worth as a teammate during the ensuing battles.


Originally one of Apocalypse's lapdogs, Sabretooth found even he had his limits when a mission turned out to be far darker in nature than he had initially believed. Deemed unfit to survive by Apocalypse, Sabretooth was left behind after a battle with Magneto and his X-Men, and threw his loyalty in with them to survive.

  • Adaptational Heroism: Lack the sadist tendencies and bloodthirsty nature of the original.
  • The Atoner: Not at first, but eventually grew into one of these.
  • Badass in Distress: At one point he his captured and beaten very nearly to death by Holocaust. Blink has to come save him.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Becomes one to Blink.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Sabertooth thought that Apocalypse just wanted to intimidate humanity by seizing Cape Citadel; he immediately protested that this wasn't what he signed on for when it was made clear that Apocalypse intended the missiles to be used.
  • Healing Factor: Much like Weapon X and his mainstream counterpart, Sabretooth heals much more quickly and extensively than an ordinary person.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Despite everything, he became a sincere believer in Magneto's creed and tried to atone for the evil he had committed.
  • Morality Pet: Joining Magneto gets him started on the path to being a hero, but mentoring Blink gives him a reason to be one.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Initially, just wanted to survive and get revenge on Apocalypse after he defected.
  • Those Two Guys: Usually goes into battle with the feral Wild Child at his side.
  • Wolverine Publicity: One of the more popular AoA characters, so much so that he was brought back years later to be a main character in Exiles.


A young mutant teleporter and Sabretooth's loyal student.

Wild Child

A feral, nearly mindless mutant that sees Sabretooth as his master after being beaten by him in a dominance fight.


Iceman was one of the first X-Men in this continuity as well, though it seems that the crapsack world he lives in has made him master his powers much more quickly. He almost always appears in his ice form, but his personality seems to be largely the same as his mainstream counterpart's.

  • Adaptational Jerkass: Original Bobby is a kind-hearted and loyal person who nor would normally kill his enemies, nor would ever betray his friends.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When he was defeated by Nightcrawler in a furnace room, he pleaded for his life. It didn’t save him.
  • An Ice Person: Of course. Still, even this darker version of Bobby isn't cold or aloof. He still cracks jokes like his mainstream counterpart does.
  • Dirty Coward: Left behind his friends to save his life during the battle with Weapon Omega’s forces.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Betrayed his team to save his life and assisted 616 Archangel in the battle with 616 X-Force and his former teammates.
  • Killed Off for Real: For his betrayal by Nightcrawler.
  • The Mentally Disturbed: Notably more unstable that the regular timeline's Iceman, though not so unstable as to reach Ax-Crazy levels.


A mutant with a fire-based atomic powers who survived the genocide of Japan and Death’s experiments. Joined the X-Men to have a revenge on Apocalypse and Holocaust who destroyed his homeland.

  • Adaptational Badass: This version of Sunfire was capable of fighting with Apocalypse and his son Holocaust, both of whom are extremely powerful mutants well beyond 616 Shiro's martial abilities. And while he couldn't beat them, he did unleash a Limit Break attack that might well have killed Apocalypse if Holocaust hadn't been on hand to absorb it.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: This version of Shiro must be a hot-head, but he’s not as much of a Jerkass as his 616 counterpart.
  • Flight: Can fly like his mainstream counterpart.
  • Flying Firepower: Like his original counterpart, Shiro is able to fly in his fire form.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Gave his life to save the 616 X-Force and the world that not even his.
  • Kill It with Fire: His foes, including Amazon and Iceman (however, the latter survived the attack) got known of this in a hard way.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Has a general tendency to go into a fight without any plan.
  • Limit Break: His last-ditch Nova Blast-esque attack, which was powerful enough to scorch a huge area of Japan even with Holocaust absorbing enough of it to protect himself and his father.
  • My Greatest Failure: Is haunted by his failure to save Japan from Apocalypse’s attack.
  • Patriotic Fervor: Like 616 Sunfire, he's a devout Japanese patriot. Unfortunately, most of Japan was destroyed by Apocalypse and he was unable to stop it, which on top of his PTSD has left him a psychological mess.
  • Playing with Fire: His fire abilities are strong enough to destroy hordes of enemies.
  • The Power of the Sun: As expected from someone who goes by Sunfire.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Like AoA Exodus, his time as a captive of Apocalypse has left him with some serious PTSD issues.
  • Ret-Canon: His outfit is a case of this, as it is by far the most popular of Sunfire's costumes across his various adaptations. It's so popular, in fact, that Marvel brought it into the main timeline during the 2005 "Blood of Apocalypse" storyline, in which 616 Sunfire was transformed into the Horseman of Famine and given an identical costume which he then kept.
  • Wreathed in Flames: He is fully covered by flames when using his powers.


Morph is the wise-cracking jokester of the X-Men, who was formerly known as Changeling. He often gets on his teammate's nerves, particularly Sabretooth and Sunfire.


A mutant who is able to transform into a werewolf, who was once imprisoned as a slave.


A cold hearted executioner who works as a sort of protector for Avalon.

  • Adaptational Jerkass: Original Kurt is a kind person with Adorkable tendencies. This Kurt is ruthless to his enemies and really rude.
  • Anti-Hero: He will murder anyone including former friends if it means keeping the job done. He’s noticeably less social and more violent than before. Still he fights to protect mutants, and he will not betray his principles doing it.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Like canon he had a terrible childhood, but this extended to the point of hating church.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Thinks about their time as friends during the battle with Iceman.


Formerly a mutant singer, Dazzler's dreams of becoming a pop sensation were shattered when Apocalypse launched his strike against America. Though embittered by this loss, she joined Magneto's X-Men to do some good in the world.

  • Battle Couple: Her and Exodus.
  • Couldn't Find a Lighter: Often uses her lasers to light up her cigarettes.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Her primary method of attack, though she doesn't hold back nearly as much as her 616 counterpart.
  • Light 'em Up: Her mutant power, which allows her to convert sound into light.
  • The Mourning After: In her last appearance her lover Exodus is missing in action and she is stated to be trying to move on but secretly waiting for his return and hoping that he is still alive.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Heavily averted, as she is explicitly noted to have become a heavy smoker as a means of coping with the loss of her music career, and further, has ruined her voice after years of chain smoking.
  • Status Quo Is God: An interesting visual case: in the original 1995 series she was drawn with an appearance very distinct from the 616 Dazzler, with longer hair, a darker uniform, and a harder face. Fast forward ten years to the After the End miniseries, and suddenly she looks a lot more like her 616 counterpart. Compare the original to the update and see for yourself.
  • Smoky Voice: Said to have one, as she no longer cared about preserving her voice after Apocalypse's war.
  • The Rock Star: She was all set to become one, until Apocalypse's war destroyed that dream forever.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Unlike her lover Exodus, she is arguably stronger than her 616 counterpart, owing to her much more martial lifestyle.

Generation Next


Brutal and merciless, Colossus is the reluctantly appointed teacher for Generation Next, but cares only for one person: his lover, Kitty Pryde, aka Shadowcat.

  • Adaptational Jerkass: Original Colossus is a friendly and humble man. This Piotr is unnecessarily cruel to his own students and outright mean.
  • Anti-Hero: Even more so than Nightcrawler. He’s violent, vicious, cruel, and vindictive. Who on the battlefield doesn’t care who gets hurt as long as he wins. On the other hand he loves his sister, his wife, served Magneto faithfully and never gives up His fight against Apocalypse.
  • Bad Boss: He’s not very caring nor sympathetic to his subordinates, and he will kill any who questions him.
  • Battle Couple: With Shadowcat.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Would choose rescuing his little sister over saving his students.
  • The Brute: He served this as one of Weapon Omegas strongest brainwashed servants.
  • Dirty Coward: Played with. He’s hardly a coward, but he left behind his own students during the battle because he didn’t want to lose his sister again.
  • The Dragon: He was one of Magnetos original recruits, so he played this part as a field commander.
  • Sadist Teacher: Openly tried to get his students to kill each other during training to ensure that only the strongest ones would be left to fight, and regarded even them as expendable tools in his crusade against Apocalypse.


A mutant who can phase through the solid objects, Kitty Pryde helps her husband Colossus to lead a new generation of mutants.


A member of the next generation of X-Men, who could blast energy beams through his chest.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: This version of Jono has his face wholly intact, while his original counterpart lost his lower jaw because of his powers.
  • Killed Off for Real: Died during the battle with Sugar Man’s mooks along with his teammates after being left behind by his mentor Colossus.


An only female member of the next generation of X-Men, who is able to change the shape of her skin by shedding the upper layer of it.

  • Adaptational Dye Job: Blonde in the main universe, brown-haired here.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Being left behind to die made her Sinister’s ally. After taking the identity of Xorn she became a member of X-Men only to betray and try to kill them.
  • Dirty Harriet: Went undercover as prostitute to get into the prison Illiana was kept in.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Was an ally of X-Men, but being left behind by her mentor and witnessing all of her close friends horribly die made her evil.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: She didn't take being left for dead well.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Was ready to kill Magneto’s and Rogue’s child to have her revenge.


A member of the next generation of X-Men, who is able to shift his state of matter from solid to liquid to gaseous.

  • Canon Immigrant: First appeared in the Age of Apocalypse universe. Then he was adapted into the main Marvel Universe, albeit as a villain.
  • Killed Off for Real: Fatally wounded by Sugar Man (somehow despite being in a gas form) and then left behind along with his teammates by his mentor Colossus.


A member of the next generation of X-Men, who is able to Change his form absorbing organic and inorganic material.


A member of the next generation of X-Men, who can control his skin.

  • Killed Off for Real: Died during the battle with Sugar Man’s mooks along with his teammates after being left behind by his mentor Colossus.
  • Rubber Man: Can stretch his skin like his original counterpart.


A member of the next generation of X-Men, who can control his skin.



A Cajun mutant who is Magneto’s close friend, Rogue’s ex-boyfriend and the leader of X-Ternals. His power is to force objects to explode by "charging" them, converting their potential energy into kinetic energy. He’s also a great acrobat and a bo staff fighter.

  • Adaptational Jerkass: His original counterpart is also known for being HotBlooded, but this Gambit is even more rude and ready to attack his best friend out of poor jealousy.
  • Adaptational Heroism: On the other side, he had never been associated with Mr. Sinister to begin with and hadn’t had Heel–Face Revolving Door tendencies like 616 Gambit. He even sacrificed his life for his friends.
  • Amicable Exes: Despite taking break-up with Rogue rather bad, they’d been in good terms.
  • Anti-Hero: He’s definitely a hero, but his morality is not perfectly heroic. He kills his enemies and once even attacked Magneto out of jealousy when Rogue chose Eric instead of him.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: His power to create “bombs” out of anything doesn’t sound exactly nice, but he’s a hero and a loyal ally.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Pretty much as his original counterpart. Almost everything he says is snark, even when speaking to Magneto.
  • Having a Blast: He has a power to turn any object he touches into a bomb, usually a playing cards.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Gave his life to save 616 X-Force and his X-Men friends.
  • Killed Off for Real: Died in Uncanny X-Force saving his friends from Weapon Omega’s forces.
  • The Leader: To X-Ternals.
  • The Lancer: To Magneto whenever he’s an X-Man.
  • The Magic Touch: He has the ability to turn anything he touches into an explosive.
  • Playing Card Motifs: He has a playing card theme as it is his main weapon.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: A strange example. Said particularly nasty one to Colossus after the latter went mad and accidently killed Shadowcat. Yeah, the guy was a dick in this universe, but it is a phrase a villain could say:
    Colossus: Katya, NO! DON’T LEAVE MEEEE!
    Gambit: Don’ worry, hommes. Where she’s gone, I make sure… you be right behind her! [Throws a card on his back]
  • Ragin' Cajun: He’s from Louisiana and he’s also pretty badass.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Like his original counterpart. His main power is the ability to charge objects, manipulating them into spontaneously releasing all their kinetic energy potential at once. In essence, they explode, with force depending mostly on how big they were.
  • Technicolor Eyes: He has red irises with black sclera.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Magneto of all people!


A Chinese-American teenager mutant who is able to charge matter to explode at various degrees.

  • Deadpan Snarker: Like her original counterpart, this Jubilee is also can make some snarky comments.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Her ability "to create fireworks" seems to be useless, but it’s actually really dangerous and useful in battles.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Survived the main event, but hasn’t made a single appearance since the 90s.


A Brazilian mutant with the power of absorbing and channeling solar energy.

Lila Cheney

Gambit’s girlfriend who is able to teleport.

Guido Carosella

An Italian mutant who is very tough and strong.



A mutant cyborg who worked with Magneto in the past. In the present day he leads the Outcasts, a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits traveling the Midwest as stage actors while making secret strikes at Apocalypse's regime when they can.

  • Cyborg: Like the 616 Forge, though he has replaced much more of his body with machinery over the years.
  • Eye Scream: Suffered one in the past that cost him his left eye. He has since replaced it with a mechanical eye of his own creation.
  • Killed Off for Real: Beaten to death by Mr. Sinister for getting between him and Nate.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Dies in the pages of X-Man four issues after becoming Nate's mentor.
  • Only Sane Man: He is the only member of the Outcasts who suspects that the hulking, red-eyed "Essex" might be trouble.
  • Parental Substitute: For Nate Grey.
  • Rebel Leader: A smaller scale version compared to Magneto, but he and his Outcasts still make strikes against Apocalypse under their cover as stage actors.
  • Shakespearian Actors: What he and his Outcasts masquerade as.
  • Stern Teacher: He's not above beating Nate bloody to teach him the dangers of showing off, though in this reality such lessons are necessary.
  • Zen Survivor: Thanks to fighting against Apocalypse about as long as Magneto has.

Nate Grey

Genetic offspring of Scott Summers and Jean Grey created by Sinister. You can learn more about him here.

  • Living Weapon: Created as one by Sinister, and my lord was it effective.
  • Messianic Archetype: Like his main counterpart, Cable, he plays the role of The Chosen One, destined to take out Apocalypse. Unlike Cable, he actually succeeds (not that it changes much in the long run, sadly).
  • Physical God: His powers place him on this level, when they don't cut out on him - certainly, he's strong enough even as a kid to swat Holocaust like a bug and dismiss him as the prelude to the main event - his showdown with Apocalypse. Who he promptly kicks seven shades of crap out of.
  • Psychic Powers: As is independently noted by just about everyone who meets him, he is unbelievably powerful.
  • Tyke Bomb: Was created with one purpose and one purpose only: to kill Apocalypse. He did his best to fulfill it too, with the end result being a barely breathing Apocalypse who Magneto promptly ripped in half.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He knows a lot of unusual tricks, courtesy of Forge, but he's got very little combat experience and tends to rush straight in, unleashing as much power as possible.


The daughter of Banshee and a mutant who has sonic screams.


A mutant who can create illusions.


A mutant who has abilities of superhuman agility and leaping.


A mutant who looks like a pterodactyl.


A super strong mutant who was tortured by Mr. Sinister and has reduced intelligence because of this.

  • Canon Foreigner: Has no known counterpart in the main universe.
  • Killed Off for Real: The first one from Outcasts to bite a dust, when he was killed by Mr. Sinister because he could compromise his disguise.
  • Smarter Than You Look: He may be stupid, but not so stupid not to recognize his torturer in disguise. Too bad he was stupid enough to tell about it to villain himself and not to his friends firstly.
  • Super Strength: His main power is being incredibly strong.

    Apocalypse's regime 


  • Adaptational Jerkass: While the original Apocalypse has had rare moments of moral ambiguity this Apocalypse has all the depth and complexity of a cartoon villain.
  • Adaptational Wimp: He talks a big game, but when push comes to shove this Apocalypse can't hold a candle to the real deal. This probably has a lot to do with the fact that thanks to the differences in the timeline, he's never really had a fight against an equal, unlike canon Apocalypse, who went twelve rounds with the X-Men every other week.
  • Ax-Crazy: Cranks the original Apoc's Darwinian screed Up to Eleven and completely discards any notion of morality or even logic to get there.
  • Bald of Evil: Like classic Apocalypse he's bald, and he's about as evil as it is possible to get.
  • Big Bad: What would you expect from the Apocalypse of his own titular Age?
  • Cartoonish Supervillainy: Imagine the most grimdark cartoon villain you can think of and you've basically got this guy. His whole story would be perfect Saturday morning cartoon filler if it weren't for the brutal, horrific and very real consequences of his rule.
  • Dystopia Justifies the Means: Unlike the regular Apocalypse there is no upside to his goals at all and the world he creates is nothing more than a horrific, dystopic wasteland.
  • Evil Overlord: Courtesy of a Timey-Wimey Ball.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: 99% Evilutionary and 1% Biologist, if even that.
  • The Emperor: Rules over what is left of North America with an iron fist.
  • For Want of a Nail: Supposedly the only reason this Apocalypse ended up so different from his normal incarnation is because Charles Xavier was killed before he could form the X-Men. This doesn't exactly hold up to what we are shown, but it is treated as a basic tenet just the same.
  • God-Emperor: All set up to be one, but in the end his powers prove to be no match for Nate Grey, who kicks seven kinds of crap out of him. And once he's on the ropes, Nate leaves him for Magneto who... well. See below.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Magneto tears him in half to provide his first death...
  • Killed Off for Real: ...and even when he tries reviving as a kid, Weapon X kills that.
  • Nuke 'em: Kicks off his reign by reducing America to a bombed out wasteland.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Part of the reason why he's such a wimp compared to the normal Apocalypse. He doesn't get off his butt until the very end, to beat on a Magneto that's already been beaten half to death. And he still loses (though a lot of this has to do with the fact that Nate Grey had beaten him half to death).
  • The Social Darwinist: As per regular Apocalypse, though this incarnation cares nothing for the science or logic, only for the end result. Thanks to nuclear strikes and an evil army, he achieves his aim of a world where only the strongest have survived.

The Four (actually many) Horsemen of Apocalypse

Holocaust (Nemesis)

  • Always Someone Better: Constantly on the receiving end of this from Nate Grey who, at full power, doesn't even consider him to be a threat, brushing him off to take on Apocalypse. Even in one of his partially depowered stages (he only had his telekinesis) during their time on Earth-616, Nate still thrashed him.
  • Arch-Enemy: Considers Nate to be this. Nate, on the other hand, recognises that Holocaust is dangerous to others, but never really deems him to be a personal threat.
  • Ax-Crazy: As is repeatedly demonstrated, Holocaust is - in his own way - every bit as nuts as his father.
  • Blood Knight: He enjoys killing. He really enjoys killing.
  • Canon Foreigner/Canon Immigrant: Slightly averted because he had already been mentioned in the Stryfe's Strike File handbook. And his Earth-616 counterpart has been revealed.
  • Co-Dragons: With the rest of the Horseman
  • The Disembodied: Forced into a suit that contains his non-solid body.
  • Evil Prince: As Apocalypse's son.
  • For the Evulz: Unlike his father he has no goal driving his slaughter, not even a delusional one. He just likes killing people.
  • Killed Off for Real: Inhaled by King Hyperion of the Exiles
  • Klingon Promotion: He got his post as Horseman by killing Candra.
  • Light Is Not Good: Glowing orange, to be exact
  • Omnicidal Maniac: While Apocalypse wants a world where only the strongest survive, Holocaust wants a world where no one is strong enough to survive.
  • Smug Snake: He's actually a genuine powerhouse, being able to contend with the likes of Magneto (if not for long) and 616's Exodus, destroying Asteroid M in a brutal fight with the latter that reduces Exodus to psychic vampirism for a while. However, he thinks he's on the same level as the likes of Nate Grey... who promptly flattens him, dismissing him as a distraction, with Apocalypse being 'the main event'. None of their rematches in the 616 universe really go well for him, either.
  • The Sociopath: He has no empathy not even his father, treats people as tools, constantly needs stimulation, manipulates people on the fly, and has poor impulse control.
  • Vampiric Draining: One of his armour's abilities is to drain the lifeforce of other beings to feed its phasing and shapeshifting powers.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Thanks to his armor.
  • Walking Wasteland: Sort of.

Mister Sinister (Nathaniel Essex)

  • Beard of Evil: The traditional goatee variant.
  • Co-Dragons: With the rest of the Horsemen
  • Even Evil Has Standards: His reason for rebelling against Apocalypse and creating Nate Grey. He also finds Dark Beast's experiments to be unnecessarily cruel.
  • Evil Brit: Like the 616 Sinister he originally hails from Victorian England.
  • Evil Genius: He is without a doubt the preeminent mind responsible for the rise of Apocalypse's empire.
  • Evil Mentor: To Dark Beast. Also to Cyclops and Havok.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: The archetypal example, running the Breeding Pits.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He can put on a good show, and it might be genuine, but he's still capable of stone cold evil acts in the pursuit of his goals.
  • For Science!: In a twist, this actually makes him less evil, since he is able to see that Apocalypse's doctrine has no basis in science and no room for logic and, furthermore, is going to destroy all life on Earth.
  • From a Single Cell: Has the Healing Factor form of this, though it doesn't seem to be as efficacious as his mainstream counterpart's version of the ability. When he is confronted by Nate Grey, he is initially able to regenerate the damage Nate inflicts on him, but Nate just keeps pouring it on, eventually doing more damage than Sinister can recover from (though it would later be retconned that he did in fact survive this incident).
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Played with. He eventually realizes that Apocalypse is a threat that must be stopped, and creates Nate Grey to this end, but he's still an evil bastard who has no compunctions about beating an old man to death for getting in his way.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Detailed in the Kick the Dog example directly below.
  • Kick the Dog: He beats Nate's mentor Forge to death more or less for getting between him and Nate (he'd infiltrated the group Nate was with in a disguise, hoping to guide Nate towards his own goals, but Forge kept shutting him down). Nate did not take this well.
  • Killed Off for Real: Originally beaten to death by Nate, he was later retconned into surviving, only to be killed off again anyway, this time by Weapon X and Jean Grey
  • Mad Scientist: Though not quite as mad as his regular incarnation.
  • Parental Substitute: To Cyclops and Havok.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Wears one while killing Forge.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Has these both in his normal form and in his disguise as "Essex". Despite this rather obvious visual cue, Forge is the only member of the Outcasts to distrust him.
  • Team Dad: To the Elite Mutant Force.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifter: A power he shares with his 616 counterpart. He puts it to work by infiltrating Forge's Outcasts as the seemingly benign traveler "Essex".
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He does some nasty things, but his ultimate goal is the same as that of the heroes — to see Apocalypse overthrown.
  • Wicked Cultured: Not to the same degree as 616 Sinister, but he carries himself with the same aloof and aristocratic air, a trait which is completely absent from all of Apocalypse's other servants.

Prelate Rasputin, the Forgotten Horseman (Mikhail Rasputin)

Abyss (Nils Styger)


  • Co-Dragons: As one of Apocalypse's Horsemen.
  • The Ghost: He never actually appears, having been destroyed years earlier in the backstory, and until the above reveal the only information we had about him was that Abyss had defeated him.
  • Killed Off for Real: By Abyss, earning the latter a Klingon Promotion.

Death (Maximus)

War (Abraham Kieros)




Elite Mutant Force

Cyclops (Scott Summers)

Havok (Alex Summers)

The Dark Beast (Henry "Hank" McCoy)

  • The Apprentice: To Mister Sinister.
  • Beast Man: More bestial in appearance than mainstream Hank (at the time - this was before Hank turned into a cat person). And he did it to himself on purpose.
  • Canon Immigrant: Fled to Earth-616. Though now he's back to AoA. And now he's back to 616 again. And dead.
  • Costume Copycat: Sort of—in the lead-up to Onslaught, he captured, imprisoned, and impersonated his 616 counterpart.
  • The Dragon: To Archangel during The Dark Angel Saga.
  • Evil Counterpart: To the 616 Beast
  • Evil Genius: He's undeniably a brilliant biochemist and geneticist - though he's not an Omnidisciplinary Scientist the way 616 Hank is, leading to a great deal of irritation on his part when he pretended to be Hank and the X-Men expected him to know practically everything.
  • Evil Mentor: Tries to play this to Nate Grey. It doesn't work.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's got all the charm and wit of 616 Hank, but none of the genuine kindness.
  • For Science!: Claims this, though as even Sinister notes, he's pretty much doing it...
  • For the Evulz: His experiments are particularly nasty for no reason whatsoever other than his own enjoyment.
  • Genius Bruiser: Though not quite as much as regular Hank, not being an Omnidisciplinary Scientist (though he's very good with biochemistry, genetics and, to an extent, machinery, to build gizmos).
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The experiments he performed on himself over the years wound up killing him.
  • Karma Houdini: For a very long time he escapes punishment, despite Nate's best attempts to kill him on multiple occasions. Then he winds up being Hoist by His Own Petard - the many experiments he did on himself wound up killing him.
  • The Man Behind the Man: He created or at least altered the Morlocks
  • Mad Scientist: He’s worse than Sinister in this regard.
  • Smug Snake: Lives and breathes this trope.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Though it's more an artifact of the latter's degenerating genetics and inexperience, early on, he's able to kick the hell out of Nate Grey, while lecturing him. A post-Shaman Nate Grey, however, has him dead to rights, and McCoy's response is a profound and sensible desire to run away screaming.
  • Wicked Cultured: He's got all the eloquence and cultured nature of 616 Beast, and absolutely no soul whatsoever.

Northstar and Aurora (Jean-Paul and Jeanne-Marie Beaubier)

Amazon and Cannonball (Elisabeth and Samuel Guthrie)

Bedlam Brothers (Terrence and Jesse Aaronson)

Emplate (Marius St. Croix)

  • Scary Black Man: He was already frightening when he died the first time, the second time he was down right terrifying.


The Church of the Madri

Mudir Rictor

The Brotherhood of Chaos



Brother Jeffries (Madison Jeffries)

Sister Vanessa (Vanessa Carlyle)

The Pale Riders

Damask (Emma Steed)

  • Canon Immigrant: She was later adapted for use as a foe for Excalibur, as Black Queen of the Hellfire Club's London branch.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In Avalon she defects to the "good side" and helps fight the Shadow King.

Danielle Moonstar

Dead Man Wade (Wade Wilson)

The Bounty Hunters


  • Laser-Guided Karma: On the receiving end of this from Nate Grey, who rearranges her mind so that she relives all her horrible deeds, but instead of enjoying them, she realises the horror of what she did.
  • Psycho for Hire: She absolutely loves what she does, as one of Apocalypse's chief assassins.
  • Smug Snake: She's a badass, to be sure... but person with low-level luck powers versus a Hot-Blooded borderline Physical God with Psychic Powers and potential as a fully fledged Reality Warper? How is this possibly going to end well?
  • Villainous Breakdown: After pissing off Nate Grey.


A henchmen and bounty hunter of Domino.


A bestial mass murderer and one of Domino's henchman.


Prelate Unus

A prelate in Apocalypses Infinites.

Prelate Delgado

He was one of the thousand that joined Apocalypses armies eventually becoming Prelate.


He was part of Apocalypse supremest rulership.


Donald Pierce

  • Ax-Crazy: He tried to kill get away, and successfully murdered Brian Braddock viciously.
  • Mook Lieutenant: With the virus he is a regenerator with the capacity to assimilate both non-organics and organics. Without the techno-organic virus he is nothing.
  • The Mole: In the Hellfire Club.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Now a member of the X-terminated.
  • The Quisling: Quickly joins whatever side lets him live.

Other Servants of Apocalypse

The Shadow King (Amahl Farouk)


The Sugarman

  • Arch-Enemy: To Nate Grey. They're not even close to equals for power, but Nate utterly despises him.
  • Bad Boss: Likes to torture his slaves.
  • Canon Foreigner/Canon Immigrant: Literally immigrated to the 616 reality. Unlike other immigrants to 616, he hasn't shown any sign of a counterpart to date (Dark Beast and Nate had counterparts in Beast and Cable, respectively, while Holocaust developed one in Genocide).
  • Cephalothorax: His face and by extension head are in his thorax.
  • Evil Is Bigger: Might seem stocky due to lacking a head, but is 6' 9" (2.05m).
  • Fangs Are Evil: Razor sharp teeth across that really wide mouth.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: That's not a name one expects from a grotesque abomination.
  • Gonk: One of the weirdest and most disgusting looking villains the X-Men ever faced.
  • Karma Houdini: Instead of being punished for what he did in the Age of Apocalypse, teleported himself to the 616 reality. However, just before Secret Wars (2015), he seemed to get his comeuppance when Magneto impaled him on his own lab equipment after getting what he needed.
  • Mad Scientist: With an expertise in genetics and, to an extent, cybernetics, having invented the Genoshan mutate bonding process and being able to whip up mutating tech on the spot from apparent junk (admittedly, that junk was from a HAMMER facility, but still). Though as he bluntly admits to Magneto, he's not of the same calibre as Sinister or Dark Beast. Quick and dirty is what he specialises in.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Four arms, which he exploits by carrying a hammer and an axe, and sometimes guns.
  • Overly Long Tongue: Can shoot up to ten feet, and he understandably employs as a weapon.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Implied to have sexually abused his prisoners, including a young Illyana Rapustina.
  • Sizeshifter: Can increase or decrease his mass.

The Black King (Sebastian Shaw)

Magma (Amara Aquilla)


Keeper Murdock

Weapon Omega


Absorbing Man





  • The Quisling: He's a human allied with the genocidal Apocalypse to help wipe out his own kind.

The Owl

  • The Quisling: Like the other Marauders, he's a human helping to wipe out his own kind.


    Human High Council 


Bolivar Trask

Moira Trask

Brian Braddock

  • Arms Dealer: His corporation produces Sentinels. He isn't in it for money though.
  • Nuke 'em: Hates Apocalypse with a passion and advocates just nuking his territories (that include the entire North America) into oblivion.

Emma Frost

Mariko Yashida

  • Asian Babymama: Turns out she had a daughter by Logan, Kirika, that she never got around to tell him about.

"Thunderbolt" Ross


Donald Blake

Gwen Stacy

Tony Stark

Clint Barton

Victor Von Doom

Bruce Banner

Val Cooper


Weapon X

  • Adaptation Name Change: Instead of Wolverine. And the Weapon X project doesn't exist in that reality, as Magneto grafts the adamantium on him.
  • An Arm and a Leg: During a battle with Cyclops, Scott blasted off Logan's left hand. The very same battle saw Logan gouge out one of Scott's eyes.
  • Disabled in the Adaptation: While he still retains his claws in his left arm, he's missing his hand thanks to Cyclops.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Turned evil after being brainwashed.
  • Handicapped Badass: Lost his left hand in a fight with Cyclops. Doesn't make him any less capable.

Jean Grey

Robert Kelly


Warren Worthington III

  • Heroic Sacrifice: Straps explosives to himself and dives into the force field generator destroying the defences of Apocalypse's base and allowing the heroes to get inside.
  • Neutral No Longer: After Apocalypse's forces shut down his club and capture Karma.

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