Characters that have appeared in Generation X.
Sean Cassidy / Banshee
A detective and minor Irish nobleman, Sean Cassidy was a former Interpol inspector with flight and sound manipulation abilities. After his wife died in a terrorist bombing, he blamed his cousin, causing him to run off with his daughter and driving a rift between the two. He was mind-controlled by an alien terrorist group but freed by the X-Men.
Later, he joins the X-Men when the original five are kidnapped. Being about 10-15 years older than the rest of the recruits, he was only actifve for a short amount of time but still hung around as a reserve and as a mentor, who applied his experience in espionage and anti-terrorism to the younger members of the group.
Although Banshee technically wasn't a member of Generation X, he was a mentor and played a large role in their history.
See X-Men 70s member page for more info.
Emma Grace Frost / White Queen
Emma Frost was the other mentor for Generation X. Emma spent most of her time as a villain, the White Queen of the über-rich, socially elite Hellfire Club. The Hellfire Club plotted world domination which brought them into conflict with the X-Men. While in the Hellfire Club, Emma established the Massachusetts Academy to train young mutants. Her students, the Hellions, were rivals of the New Mutants from the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning.
Unfortunately, Trevor Fitzroy, a powerful time-traveling mutant, set loose a Sentinels attack on Emma and the Hellions to earn points in the Upstarts game. All but two of the Hellions were murdered, while Emma was left comatose. Coming out of her coma, Emma was shaken by the deaths of her students, and looked to redeem herself with the X-Men.
Working alongside Banshee, she served as the headmistress of Generation X, helping to train the next generation of mutants, leading them on missions, and often coming into conflict with unsavory elements from her past along the way. During the course of the series, she established herself as the de-facto Mama Bear of the X-Men, a trait that would carry over into all of her subsequent appearances. While still a harsh Ice Queen to a fault, don't you dare touch her students!
See Emma Frost for more information.
Everett Thomas / Synch
Synch's mutant power gives off a bio-energetic aura that allows him to duplicate the effect of the powers of any superpowered being in his vicinity, and sometimes the power itself, essentially becoming "in synch" with that person. When Synch uses his powers, a multi-colored aura appears around his body.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Jubilee wanted him, he wanted Monet (and thinks of Jubilee as a friend).
- Bald, Black Leader Guy: Or at least, Bald Black Level-Headed Guy. The team didn't really have an official leader.
- First Love: He and Monet were this for each other.
- Goggles Do Nothing: Sometimes he wears a pair, despite not seemingly needing them.
- Power Copying: He could copy the powers of others but only when they were in his radius.
Jubilation Lee / Jubilee
Jubilee, an Asian-American teenage mutant, was a member of the X-Men who could release colorful explosive plasmoids and detonate matter at a sub-atomic level. After joining the X-Men team in the 1980s, she became something of a replacement for Kitty Pryde, serving as Wolverine's young, female sidekick. After Logan leaves the X-Men due to losing his adamantium skeleton, Jubilee has trouble coping with the stress of missions without him. Banshee takes notice and invites her to join Generation X.
Jubilee was part of the team for its entire existence, establishing new relationships and developing her powers, becoming one of the most powerful members of the team. By the time the school was closed and the team disbanded, Jubilee had matured, moving to Los Angeles and becoming a part of the short-lived X-Corps.
See Jubilee for more information.
Paige Guthrie / Husk
Husk is a mutant with the ability to husk her skin to expose a new type and layer of skin underneath. She is the sister of Cannonball.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: She's naked when using her powers, but nothing specific is ever visible.
- Funetik Aksent: She slips into a Kentucky accent when scared or stressed.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Husk was revealed as this. Her brother was already the super-hero Cannonball, and she tried everything she could to get mutant powers to develop, almost killing herself a few times. Finally she just about gave up, crying and clenching herself... when her skin started flaking off like old wallpaper. She ripped and shredded and tore herself up, which for anyone else would have been scary as hell, but for her, it was the happiest moment of her life.
- Magic Pants: Husk has the ability to transform her skin into any material she can think of; but she must tear off the existing layer to do so. This results in her being naked a fair amount of time, but censor steam is not used in all scenes if her new skin serves the purpose of costume. She has specifically refused to revert to her human form on occasions because of her nudity.
Angelo Espinosa / Skin
Angelo Espinosa was a former gang member from the east Los Angeles area who faked his own death to leave that part of his life behind. His powers allow him to stretch, bend, expand, wrap, depress or deform the six feet of extra skin which he possesses.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Gray skin, then blue skin.
- Art Evolution / Progressively Prettier: Skin became increasingly attractive over the course of the book's run, going from downright ugly in his first appearances to basically becoming a grey-skinned Gambit with a goatee.
- Blessed with Suck: He's got extra skin. Like, a lot. Like six feet of it. He keeps it all in normally, and it really just amounts to a limited ability to stretch, but it's still just really weird.
- C-List Fodder: One of the least outstanding members of the group, and the one who was dead the longest.
- Faking the Dead: Before his time with Generation-X, after a deal with a rival gang gone bad.
- Latin Lover: He wishes.
- Rubber Man: He possessed approximately six feet of extra skin. He was capable of stretching, deforming, wrapping, expanding, and compressing this extra amount of epidermis, but with many more limitations than other examples. In addition, he had very little elasticity, and his bones remained solid and couldn't be reshaped. He could never turn into a bouncing ball; even if he could reshape himself enough for that, he wouldn't bounce.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: To his credit he was creative with it in battle.
Monet St. Croix / M
Monet St. Croix possesses a wide variety of mutant powers which represent a near-perfect human being. Her powers include superhuman strength, superhuman speed, agility, endurance, reflexes, coordination, and balance; self-propelled flight; nigh-invulnerability; night vision and enhanced hearing; an enhanced healing factor and the ability to read minds and perceive mutant auras. She is also one of Marvel's first Muslim superheroes.
Jonothon Evan Starsmore / Chamber
Chamber discovered his powers when a blast of psionic energy that burst from his torso destroyed much of his chest and face and crippled his girlfriend. As a result the wound has been replaced by a constant glow of psionic fire. Unable to speak Chamber can only communicate telepathically; he does not eat, drink or breathe.
- Blessed with Suck: Chamber's mutation gave him the ability to emit fire from his mouth and chest area. His inability to turn it off eventually completely destroyed his lower jaw and most of his chest. He didn't really feel any pain from it, but he's still missing his jaw and has a nearly completely exposed ribcage.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Jubilee in the 2017 series. They share a kiss at one point, along with other tender scenes. In the final chapter, Paige tells him that he and Jubilee look good together.
- How Do I Shot Web?: He would be able to reconstruct his face if he knew how.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: He's a distant descendant of Apocalypse, and at one point got the markings to prove it.
- Power Degeneration: He had an explosive power that blew off his jaw and upper chest prior to joining the team. Using his power slowly widened the explosive area, he near literally had part of his face and chest "on fire.
- Required Secondary Powers: Not needing to eat, breathe or drink as well as communicating telepathically.
Penance / Hollow
Penance is a woman with red skin, long hair, and sharp, fearsome claws. While now having her own consciousness, her body once contained different people's bodies & minds. At different times, her body contained the consciousness of multiple people, but now she may/may-not-be an empty shell acting on it's own.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: Pretty much all of her is this.
- Legacy Character: The Penance body has had several inhabitants. In her original Mysterious Past Wild Child form, she was revealed to be the true Monet St. Croix. She was freed only by her sisters (see below) taking up residence. When they were freed, the body was thought to be empty... yet eventually began to act on its own, but later scratched the word "home" to show that whoever she is now, she still sees Gen X as her friends. There is little attempt to answer the "did the body become sentient on its own, or is yet someone else stuck in there, and if so, who?" question.
- One Steve Limit: Was Penance until Speedball became Penance, then she became Hollow.
- The Punishment: She was the result of Emplate's punishment of M.
- Retcon: What her true identity was revealed to be was far from the original plan.
- Soulless Shell: After the M-Twins were freed from her body.
- Tangled Family Tree: The St. Croix family when she was M and then the twins.
- Too Many Belts: Her uniform is nothing but belts.
- Touch of Death: Not to Rogue's level, let alone Wither's, but she's every bit as razor-sharp as she looks, and the material she's made of is also rather dense, said to be diamond-hard. Though nobody would ever come out and say she's Wolverine-level in this respect, she is the go-to person for slashing apart the otherwise-undamageable bad thing and has had some impressive feats. This makes touching anyone without gravely harming them quite difficult.
- Wolverine Claws: On her hands, feet and hair.
- Big Beautiful Man: Though Scott Lobdell claimed he was more "big boned".
- Combo Platter Powers: Depending upon what he absorbs.
- Power Copying: Organic or inorganic material, not mutant powers.
Nicole and Claudette St. Croix / The M-Twins / M-Plate
- Ambiguous Gender: As M-Plate
- Becoming the Mask: When they were impersonating Monet/M.
- Demoted to Extra: The only members of the St. Croix clan to not return after Generation X ended, despite having been who we thought of as Monet for quite some time.
- Fusion Dance: Emplate + The M-Twins = M-Plate. Also, the Penance reveal is that that is the true Monet, while the twins merged to become a facsimile of their sister.
- Heroic Sacrifice: To free the true Monet from the Penance body, they had to take up residence in it themselves.
- Polar Opposite Twins: Nicole's your normal talkative 8-year old, but Claudette suffers from what is referred to as autism but presents more as "perpetually staring in a given direction, but insanely powerful on the rare occasion that she acts."
- Tangled Family Tree: Worse when part of your powers is merging with any family member to become a whole new person who isn't the sum of your parts.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: The twins look indistinguishable from Monet when they merge.
A former Morlock and frequent friend of the X-Men. The green-skinned Leech was orphaned as a toddler. His parents left him to die when his mutations became apparent. He has the power to negate all superhuman abilities within 10 yards of him.
- Break the Cutie: Poor Leech has been through a lot of Hell, from being a survivor of Morlock Massacre to an unwilling pawn used for depowering mutants by a villain.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Artie for a while. Then with Franklin Richards, who he's roommates with in the Future Foundation.
- Power Incontinence: Accidentally depowering those who were trying to save him was a big problem for him. He has gained some control as time goes on.
- Power Nullifier: Leech has the ability to suppress energy around him, this includes electrical energy and a mutants ability.
Arthur "Artie" Maddicks / Artie
Arthur "Artie" Maddicks is a mute mutant telepath who communicates by telepathically projecting images.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Leech
- Mind over Matter: Had limited telepathy to "mind-lock" people and prevent them from acting.
- Put on a Bus: After M-Day
- Those Two Guys: With Leech during Generation X.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Artie can telepathically project images from his mind.
See the Fantastic Four characters page.
Not much is known about Gaia's origin besides her having spent thousands of years chained to the Universal Amalgamator at the end of Time, a device that would be used to merge all sentient consciousnesses into one being. Her powers include telepathy, invulnerability, and reality warping, all of which she needs more practice with.
- The Ageless: Claims to have visited Earth 600 years ago, and looks to be in her early/mid-twenties.
- Angst? What Angst?: For someone whose whole galaxy was supposedly destroyed, she doesn't seem to dwell on it much.
- Kid from the Future: Or rather, from an alternate dimension.
- Last of Her Kind: Claims to be the sole survivor of her home galaxy.
- Power Dyes Your Hair: She had to warp reality to get it to turn pink naturally.
- Put on a Bus: She joined during Larry Hama's run, leaves the school shortly into Jay Faerber's to experience the world, and hasn't been seen since.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Pink hair for her.
Clarice Ferguson / Blink
Japheth / Maggott
A south African teenager from a poor family. As a child, his family thought he was dying from stomach cancer because his abdomen constantly bulged and he was constantly hungry. Actually, he was going through a mutation in which his stomach turned into a pair of semi-autonomous slugs. To feed, Japheth had to have the slugs burst out of his stomach, feed on any substance, then return, giving him a burst of superstrength. Japheth joined the X-Men for only a short time before vanishing and reappearing years later to be killed in a Canadian concentration camp for mutants.
- Older Alter Ego: Originally Maggott is just a skinny teenager with normal skin complexion but when he powers up by his digestive matter-eating slugs, his skin turns blue and becomes musclebound to fight.
- Shoo Out the New Guy: To a point that you'd think the Trope Namer is a Shout-Out to him!
- Totally Radical: Speaks in South-African slang all the time.
Marius St. Croix / Emplate / M-Plate
A vampire-like mutant who can take on the abilities of those he feeds upon as well as control their minds. Emplate was the main villain of Generation X.
- Ambiguous Gender: As M-Plate
- Big Brother Instinct: Monet is a part of Magneto's X-team in Uncanny X-Men and works closely with the reformed Sabretooth, whom she seemed attracted to. During their fight, Emplate threatens to gut Monet & warns her that Sabretooth would do it eventually. She responds in kind.M That's kind of sweet. Looking down your trunk-like nose at the boys your little sister hangs around. Now that you've done your brotherly duty, you can leave.
- Blessed with Suck: While powerful, if he didn't feed on enough marrow, he'd eventually be drawn back into an Eldritch Location where he would be horribly tortured by the creatures therein. Despite this, he seemed to have fun being evil.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: Uses his fanged mouths in the palms to see and "read" mutant auras, and feed on mutant marrow.
- Power Copying: After feeding on mutant marrow.
- Power Palms: Used in feeding on mutants.
- The Un-Favourite: His father loved Monet more and it took its toll on their relationship.
George Baker / D.O.A.
Emplate's butler and driver, D.O.A. is a creepy little gray man with a big, equally creep smile on his face. Nothing else is known about D.O.A.
- Battle Butler: For Emplate.
- Fun with Acronyms: No one knows its meaning, however.
- Teleportation: Has a lepton imploder (an interdimensional portal maker) in his jacket.
Adrienne Frost / White Queen
Adrienne Frost is the sister of Cordelia and Emma Frost, known for her psychometry, backstabbing ways, and conniving plots.
- Absolute Cleavage: She and her sister share a penchant for this style of dress.
- Cain and Abel: She and her sister, Emma.
- Combat Stilettos: Much like Emma she wears high-heels.
- Evil Redhead: Unlike her (dyed) sister's blonde hair, Adrienne is a redhead.
- Killed Off for Real: By Emma, after her actions got Synch killed.
- Most Common Super Power
- Psychometry: Adrienne can read "psychic imprints" that people leave on objects that they have handled and sometimes can even look into the future of the person or object she touches.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: Of the Massachusetts Academy, but only briefly.
- White-Collar Crime: She stole millions from the London branch of the Hellfire Club.
Thomas Cassidy / Black Tom
Dirtnap is a mutant with the ability to absorb living beings and take on their forms.
- Chest Insignia: His smiley face follows him on everything he transforms into.
- You Dirty Rat!: A rat is his default transformation. It is not his original form.
Bianca is a former business rival of Emma Frost. She swore revenge after Emma stole her company. Using her company's teleportation technology, she ended up stranded in a hell-like dimension where she was tortured and modified. Having gained psychic abilities to rival Emma's and the technology to travel between dimensions, she sets out to get her revenge on Emma and her students.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Both as a member of the Hellfire Club, and after returning from, well, hell.
- Most Common Super Power: Like so many X-Women, she has a very generous bust.
- The Rival: To Emma Frosr.
Johnston Coffin is man of metahuman abilities and extra-legal privileges. A wanted war criminal conspirator and "warden" to The House of Corrections, a state based detention center of alleged delinquents who're unlawfully incarcerated or experimented to be reformed.
- Ax-Crazy: His methods of correction are needlessly brutal and sadistic to say the least, and its heavily implied thats hes only doing this just to have the opportunity to murder children.
- And I Must Scream: You don't want to know what he did to the kids from his first prison three decades ago, but needless to say it ends with Gen X having to Mercy Kill them.
- Combo Platter Powers: Heightened endurance, heightened reflexes, energy control, and probably more.
- Disney Villain Death: Although, if he really is Made of Evil, this may not be enough to kill him. Either way, he hasn't been seen since.
- Hellhole Prison: Runs one of the most hellish in all fiction.
- I'm a Humanitarian: While he doesn't eat people (that we know of), he's not adverse to stuffing and mounting them as trophies, and his prize possession is the skull of a child he personally shot between the eyes.
- Made of Evil: Claims to be this.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Well, mundane for the Marvel Universe, anyway; he claims to be Made of Evil, but other characters suspect he's simply a powerful mutant, and it's never confirmed either way.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Wanted by the UN for crimes against humanity. So of course the US Government gives him a job instead. He doesn't seem to like Hispanics much, either.
- Rape as Drama: If the creepy grin he gave when he mentioned he was considering leaving the female Gen Xers alive is any indication...
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Here◊.
- Scare 'em Straight: It's noted in the issues that he was given a blank check to do what he pleased to America's teenagers in order to prevent another Columbine, but this is probably no longer the case due to the sliding timescale and it's implied in the final issue of the arc that he doesn't really care about doing that anyway and took the job so he could torture and kill lots of kids.
- Would Hurt a Child: Let's put it like this; having your head crushed? That the second-worst thing that can happen to you under his watch.
Daria / Sentinel Girl
A prime sentinel that looked like a young teenage girl with her head shaved who helped Bastion conduct Operation: Zero Tolerance. She eventually switched sides, deciding to help the X-men. Like most Sentinels, she has the ability to fly and shoot energy beams from the palms of her hands. She also has a special ability which allows her disintegrate into a swarm of nano machines either as a defensive measure, or to attack her enemies. Jury's still out on whether or not her skirt also counts as a superpower.
- Catholic School Girls Rule: Her uniform is meant to invoke this.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: It may as well be a belt in some panels.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Apparently didn't discover she wasn't human until a couple issues after her first appearance.
Tores is the leader of a street gang in L.A. and Angelo Espinosa's a.k.a. Skin's former girlfriend. She possess the ability to absorb ambient psychic vibrations and channel it into explosive psionic force blasts.
- Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster!: She seems to think so, and it's what turned Skin off of her and the gangster lifestyle in general.
- Facial Markings: A green scar-tattoo over her right eye.
Cordelia Frost is the younger sister of Emma, Adrienne, and Christian Frost. Apart from being immune to her sister's telepathy, she has no confirmed powers, besides being described as an empath.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her outfits usually expose her midsection.
- Black Bra and Panties: When she was a teenager. Switched out for a red set as an adult, but they serve the same purpose.
- The Empath: Described as the "Professor X of empaths" by her sister, Emma.
- Femme Fatale: Tries to be one, but just can't seem to pull it off as well as her sisters.
- Goth: Was one in her teenage years. When she grew up she became a...
- Lady in Red: After joining the Hellfire Club, she ditched the black dresses for red lingerie. Still very shy and aloof (at least compared to her sisters).
- Psychic Powers: Is immune to them, but does not seem to have any herself.
Cartier St. Croix
Ambassador to his country, an ally of Xavier and champion of mutant rights. He is the father of Monet, Marius, and the M-Twins.
- Badass Normal: He's the only one in his family that's not a mutant.
- The Patriarch: Father to Monet, Marius and the twins.
Chief Authier and Tracy Authier
A psychic police officer and his daughter. Mutual acquaintances of Generation X.
- "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: Tracy stole special items from Jublilee, Husk and Skin and forced them to tell her why they were special to them before she gave them back.
- Secret Keeper: Both for Generation-X.
- Twofer Token Minority: The Chief is a half-Huguenot, half-Ojibwe mutant. His unseen wife is a woman who's half-Armenian and half-Jewish. Which makes Tracy a quarter-each Huguenot, Ojibwe, Armanian, Jewish female, but she's not a mutant.
Tristan Brawn was Paige Guthrie a.k.a. Husk's normal human love interest when he attended the Massachuttes Academy for Gifted Youngsters with the kids of Generation X. He is wealthy and attractive.
- Badass Normal: Standing up to his grandfather, Hunter Brawn, having him arrested for ordering the death of Mr. and Mrs. Lee, Jubilee's parents.