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Krakoa

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The land of mutants, where all can reside — and no one else.


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    X 

Charles Xavier / X

Species: Human mutant

Citizenship: American

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"Humans of the planet Earth. While you slept, the world changed."
"To me, my X-Men."

Charles Xavier, the longtime supporter for equal rights to mutantkind. He leads the nation that is Krakoa, after learning that mutants will become the majority in twenty years' time, and learning that he has to adopt a more pragmatic philosophy in order to save mutants.


  • Ambiguously Evil: Something isn't right about him. Not only has he inexplicably abandoned his philosophy of integration and equality in favor of isolationism and looking down on normal humans, but he’s suddenly willing to work with villains like Mystique, Sabretooth, and Toad to get things done. One of the first things we see him do is send them to steal valuable data from Damage Control, seemingly not caring when Sabretooth kills several innocent security guards in the process. House of X #2 indicates that he's not actually evil at all, but is willing to sacrifice his initial dream for the sake of ensuring a lasting future for all mutants. There's still a lot that's shady and unpleasant about what he does, though.
  • Anti-Climactic Unmasking: An odd example, considering that it follows his assassination in X-Force #1, but X-Force #2 showcases that his face is completely normal when he's not wearing Cerebro.
    • The more traditional example occurs in X-Men #4, removing Cerebro during the economic summit.
  • Anti-Hero: Gone are the days of the Patrick Stewart Speech-delivering idealist that we once knew, although that isn't to say he's turned bad. X is still very much someone with noble intentions and still believes in coexistence, but he's become a lot more pragmatic in response to learning the full extent of the problems facing mutantkind.
  • Big Good: Has been one for mutants for a very long time. In actuality, it turns out that he's part of a Big Good Duumvirate with Moira X, who is using her knowledge to ensure that mutants never have to worry about going extinct ever again... And Magneto, who has played along with their plans this whole time.
  • Body Surf: Charles Xavier's mind is possessing Fantomex's body, although Fantomex is completely fine with this. As such, he's no longer disabled, and can walk again.
    • According to Word of God, he's back in his own body after his assassination.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: An interesting platonic version - Moira makes Charles read her mind to see that throughout her lives, he's never changed; and if mutants are to survive as a species, his conceptions need to be broken, and built anew.
  • The Chessmaster: Nearly everything that's happened since the X-Men's formation has been a part of a larger, previously-unseen plan with Moira, with the foundation of a mutant state on Krakoa serving as one of the most important steps toward an end goal of ensuring that Mutants are not driven extinct by Sentinels.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: His signature helmet, which looks a lot like The Maker. Downplayed in the sense that he's not actually evil, but he is more ruthless than he's ever been.
  • Mind Rape: Currently, the worst he's done is messing with Reed Richards' mind to prevent him from building a device that hides the X-Gene again. He points out that this is a Cruel Mercy as he could have just erased his mind of the entire debacle, but he wants to prove a point.
  • Realpolitik: Xavier abandons his long-held dream of a peaceful coexistence between mutants and humanity for the time being in order to establish Krakoa as a mutant state that can operate as a global superpower. To accomplish this goal, he's willing to greatly aid humanity with miracle drugs as long as they recognize Krakoa as a sovereign state. However, this also comes at a cost of giving amnesty to known Mutant criminals and terrorists that can abuse their diplomatic immunity. At least at first, as Sabretooth finds out the hard way.
  • President Superhero: Essentially this for Krakoa.

    Magneto 

Max Eisenhardt / Magneto

Species: Human mutant

Citizenship: German

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"Some would be offended at a wolf presenting as a sheep, but I have learned hard lessons from your kind — so I know the truth... You are all wolves."
"You see, I know how you humans love your symbolism, almost as much as you love your religion. And I wanted you—I needed you—to understand... You have new gods now."

Max Eisenhardt, Erik Lensherr, Magneto. Longtime enemy, sometimes ally, and friend of Xavier. Firmly believes in the superiority of mutantkind. He acts as the right hand of Xavier.


  • Ambadassador: He acts as the representative of Krakoa in the place of Xavier.
  • All for Nothing: Magneto seeing visions where all of his other, alternate lives still lead to the destruction of the mutant species leaves him devastated. Thankfully, this directly contributes to his decision to cooperate with Moira and Charles to make a timeline where they can survive and thrive.
  • Anti-Hero: He's served as a Necessary Evil for years in order to ensure the survival of the mutant species, whereas Professor X has been a more traditionally-heroic figure in spite of being equally anti-heroic in reality.
  • Blasphemous Boast: Comparing the mutants to being gods, as the above quote demonstrates.
  • Good All Along: In a sense. A substantial portion of what he's done over the years has been part of a massive Xanatos Gambit in conjunction with Charles Xavier and Moira X.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: He's currently not in a position where he actively wants to subjugate humanity, but that doesn't make him the good guy just because he's working with X again.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Between Moira and Xavier's first alliance with him and the present, he went rogue for a time. He has since come back to their side.
  • Light Is Not Good: His costume is the primarily white version he wore during Bendis's run, but he's not a shining paragon of virtue unless you're a mutant.
  • Number Two: Acts in Xavier's favor when needed, and is the highest authority behind Xavier himself.
  • Retcon:
    • Apparently he's been allied (most of the time) with Charles and Moira since Day 1.
    • His relationship with Moira. Previously, Erik kind of completely hated Moira for experimenting on him during the time he was de-aged into a child.
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    Moira MacTaggert (SPOILERS) 

Moira Kinross MacTaggert / Moira X

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Species: Human mutant

Citizenship: Scottish

The long-running human associate of the X-Men... Who actually isn't human at all. She's a mutant with the ability to relive her life ten times and retain the knowledge from each one. After experimenting with multiple lives, most of them involving unsuccessful attempts to ensure that mutantkind has a safe future, Moira entrusts her knowledge with Professor X, and together, they work toward establishing prosperous future for the Children of the Atom.


  • Ascended Extra: She goes from being a supporting character to the most important character in the story going forward.
  • Big Good: For mutantkind as a whole, likely exceeding Professor X's role in this regard. After lifetimes of failed attempts to save their species, she's pooled together all her knowledge with Professor X to ensure that mutants never have to live in fear of extinction ever again.
  • Born-Again Immortality: Her mutant power, which comes with Past-Life Memories by reincarnating in a new timeline. She has 10 lives, and possibly 11 to Destiny's understanding.
  • Blessed with Suck: She really does not like her powers, and specifically knowing that mutants appear to be doomed in most timelines.
  • Cast from Lifespan: An unusual version. Destiny claims she only has about ten lives to go on, so every time she dies and uses her powers she has less life left.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Mystique and Destiny have her burned alive by Pyro, even specifying him to it slowly so she doesn't forget the pain.
  • Death Faked for You: The Shi'ar had a hand in faking her demise at Mystique's hands.
  • Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?: She married Apocalypse in her ninth life.
  • Face–Heel Turn: She becomes an assassin and kills the Trask family in her seventh life. She joins Magneto and Apocalypse in her eighth and ninth lives, respectively. None of these end up sticking and she remains heroic in her tenth life, which is the one that we've seen her in.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: Her mutant power. She has ten lives, and every time she dies, she's transported back into her body as a fetus in a new timeline, with all of her prior memories. To summarize, her ten lives are as follows:
    • Moira I: Moira lives a perfectly normal life lived as a human and never meets Professor X. She dies at 74 of natural causes.
    • Moira II: Moira suspects that she's a mutant after first resurrecting, and when Charles Xavier, a former classmate at Oxford, reveals what he is to the world, she starts considering it very likely. She dies in a plane crash on her way to meet him.
    • Moira III: Moira meets Professor X at Oxford, but finds him so repulsive and is so frustrated by her own powers that she becomes a mutant hater and begins developing a mutant cure. Destiny, Mystique, and Pyro discover this and slowly burn her to death, but not before Destiny tells her about the nature of her powers and telling her that she'll be aware of her actions in every life, and will kill her if she tries acting out of the best interests of mutants.
    • Moira IV: Moira and Professor X meet and have a happy life together. Things play out as they did in the backlog of X-Men comics, and they all live happily ever after... Until the Days of Future Past timeline comes to pass and they both die in a Sentinel attack.
    • Moira V: Moira tells Professor X about her previous lives and they build an isolationist mutant state at a much earlier point in the timeline. The nation prospers until the Sentinels destroy it, along with her.
    • Moira VI: Moira increases her lifespan with a blood sample from Wolverine, and ends up in the Librarian's futuristic "zoo" with other mutants, where he explains to her that genetic engineering and machines will allow baseline humans to surpass the evolution that produced mutantkind, though this will lead to the Phalanx to seek to assimilate Earth. After the Librarian gives Wolverine an opening to kill him, Moira has Wolverine kill her as well. This is the future seen in the Year 1000 period of Powers Of X.
    • Moira VII: Moira becomes an assassin and kills the entire Trask family (though no mention of Larry or Tanya Trask, who are mutants) to ensure the Sentinels are never built. This plan only delays the inevitable, and the Sentinels are still created and end up killing her and the other mutants anyway.
    • Moira VIII: Moira presents her knowledge to Magneto this time, who declares war on the Sentinels and humanity as a whole. Magneto gets killed by an alliance of X-Men and Avengers, and she dies in a failed prison escape three years later.
    • Moira IX: Moira presents her knowledge to Apocalypse this time. Apocalypse kills Magneto and Xavier, establishes his own X-Men and while they're able to defeat the heroes that stand in their way, the Sentinels still come back with a vengeance. Moira dies in the distant future. This is the future seen in the Year 100 period of Powers Of X.
    • Moira X: Earth-616, the timeline that the audience has been reading since Fantastic Four #1. Moira moves away from her misanthropy of several of her past lives and instead goes back to trying to establish coexistence between humans and mutants, albeit in a much different way that involves "breaking the rules" that she established in past lives. She informs Professor X of all her knowledge and helps him enact a plan that will save mutantkind... And she's still alive, with her death being faked by the two with a Shi'ar golem.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Her decision to make a mutant cure is not just one done out of a desire to live a normal life, but also as a method to help to any mutant that sees their condition as a curse. Destiny, Mystique, and Pyro confront her and tell her that, in spite of her good intentions, mankind would force it upon their kind.
  • In Spite of a Nail: In spite of Moira's efforts in multiple timelines, mutants end up getting killed by the Sentinels. She dedicates her tenth life to making sure that this never happens, using what she's learned from the other timelines.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Her ninth life, where it was known that they couldn't win, so she learned all she could and then got herself killed to give her tenth life all the advantage she could.
  • Living a Double Life: She spent her first lifetime unaware of her mutant heritage and the rest keeping it a secret from everyone except her allies in lives four, five, six, eight, nine, and ten.
  • Logical Weakness: If she is killed before she turns 13 (when her mutant gene activates), then she can't resurrect. Destiny uses that knowledge to make sure that she doesn't try anything outright dangerous to the mutant species.
  • Manipulative Bastard: A little bit. She reveals herself to Charles early, but her diary notes she's being carefully selective about what she's revealing, and that one of her goals is to try and shed his idealism, being irritated when this doesn't take entirely.
  • Meaningful Name: Done retroactively; "Moira" means "destiny", which is somewhat ironic given her adversity toward Destiny herself, but it also fits given that she's aware of the destiny of mutantkind unless drastic action is taken. The name also translates to "shared", which is befitting of someone who shares multiple lifetimes' worth of knowledge with Professor X.
  • Peggy Sue: Her powers let her pull this trope off, as long as she only dies after her powers activate at 13.
  • Posthumous Character: Moira has been dead for several years by the time that Krakoa becomes a mutant state... Except not really, because the tenth timeline specifies that she faked her death with a "Shi'ar golem."
  • Retcon:
    • All this time, Moira had been perceived as the X-Men's greatest Muggle ally. Not anymore.
    • She was originally killed off in the 2001 "Dreams End" storyline. Now, it's established that this was a fake thanks to the Shi'ar, and Moira is alive and well.
    • Her conception of Proteus is changed to her apparently having sought Joe out to ensure the resulting progeny would be a powerful Mutant.
  • The Reveal: A big one in House of X #2: she's a mutant, and has influenced Charles Xavier's long-term goals, culminating in the foundation of Krakoa.
  • Rousseau Was Right: After a fashion. While she notes that having an adult mind transfer into a fetus is something that should be horrifying, she notes that she finds the experience comforting, knowing that her family was there to protect her. If anything, she found the world to be a more hostile place after being reborn.
  • Screw Destiny: Figuratively and metaphorically, Moira has no small animosity with the mutant Destiny and also wants to avert what seems to be a constant of mutant extinction at the hands of humanity by proxy of the sentinels. After failing to prevent them from destroying mutantkind in various lifetimes, she uses her last life to help Charles Xavier come up with a plan to ensure their survival well into the future. Because she doesn't want to be found out and exposed again she singles out mutant precogs as the only mutants not to be allowed or resurrected on Krakoa.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: She attempts this in multiple lifetimes, but fails, usually because of the Sentinels. However, it's indicated that her tenth lifetime will end up being way more successful.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: She's been a mutant throughout the entire run of the X-Men franchise, rather than a human ally. She made this discovery at the beginning of her second life, but doesn't realize what she is until she sees Charles Xavier reveal his status as a mutant to the general public.
  • Token Human: One of the few ordinary humans to consistently help the X-Men in a world where humans hate and fear them... Which gets subverted in a big way when it turns out that she's a mutant herself.
  • Up to Eleven: Destiny notes that, if she makes the right decisions, then she may be able to get an eleventh life with her powers.
  • Walking Spoiler: It is impossible to discuss her in this series without mentioning that she is a mutant and what her powers are, and the influence she wields as a result of them.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist:
    • In her seventh, eighth, and ninth lives, she resorted to unscrupulous (and, on occasion, outright evil) methods to ensure the survival of the mutant species. None of them worked out, so she's taking what appears to be a more measured approach on her tenth life.
    • It's revealed that, in her tenth life, her long-term goal is not one of mutant coexistence, but to have a future where mutants are the dominant species on Earth. Magneto and — uncharacteristically — Professor X both agree.

    Cyclops 

Scott Summers / Cyclops

Species: Human mutant

Citizenship: American

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A founding X-Man and one of the highest authorities on Krakoa.


  • Death Is Cheap: He and the members of his team die taking out Mother Mold. Fortunately, thanks to the new resurrection abilities the X-Men have, he gets better.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Cyclops may be acting in a manner that's alienating to non-mutants, but it's not without merit. Especially so when Sue tries to call him out for it, as he readily points out that he, along with the other mutants, have been hunted and hated, thought of as subhuman for so long. All the while, Sue herself is beloved and privileged, just because her powers came externally rather than by the X-gene. On some level, Sue realizes this when he points it out, and she's unable to come up with any sort of retort.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In X-Men issue 5, when it seems like Laura, Synch and Darwin aren't coming back from the City.
  • Pet the Dog: He softens for a bit when he sees Ben and even congratulates him for his marriage.
  • Politeness Judo: How he deals with the Fantastic Four. While civil and polite the whole way through, it's only to get things done easier instead of making demands. He largely dismisses them apart from Ben, and only backs down from taking Sabretooth back when it's clear he could end up starting a fight if he goes further. Even then, it's likely only a delay.
    Scott: Why don't you keep him? We'll deal it some other time — some other way.
  • Polyamory: While he seems to have rekindled his relationship with Jean, it's implied that he may be continuing to see Emma.
  • Snap Back: After being the most hated man in Marvel, Cyclops is back to his old Reasonable Authority Figure characterization with a slight edge like before.
  • Stealth Insult: Not exactly "stealthy", but infers to the Fantastic Four that Reed and Sue's child Franklin is welcome on Krakoa to his "real" family right to their faces while still being polite about it.

    Marvel Girl 

Jean Grey / Marvel Girl

Species: Human mutant

Citizenship: American

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A founding X-Man and one of the highest authorities on Krakoa.


  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: Looks like she could be young Cable's sister, which makes it even more hilarious when Cable asks him mom for permission to swap weapons with Raza.
  • Polyamory: She is in a polyamorous relationship with both Cyclops and Wolverine. Her room is between Scott's and Logan's and linked to both. The house is called "the Summer house" and Logan is the only one not linked with the Summers family through blood or marriage.
  • Snap Back: Jean is now Marvel Girl again, which was her original identity.

    Cypher 

Doug Ramsey / Cypher

Species: Human mutant (merged with a Technarch mutant)

Citizenship: American

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A famous member of the New Mutants. Cypher serves as Krakoa's technician alongside Sage. He's also combined with Warlock.


  • Ambiguous Situation: What exactly is going on with Warlock. For some reason, everyone's favorite Technarx is remaining hidden from everyone, but an early scene in Powers has him apparently spreading his technomatter to Krakoa. Magik actually confronts the two in Giant-Sized X-Men: Nightcrawler, but they get cut off before Lock can explain what he's up to.
  • Fusion Dance: His best friend Warlock merged with him sometime before.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: As is fitting with his characterization post-resurrection, we get to see another very useful application of his mocked language power — Cypher constructs a unique computer language that manages all traffic on Krakoa, which allows the entire place to function. Oh, and he develops the mutant language as well.
  • The Smart Guy: He's the chief technician on Krakoa.
  • Those Two Guys: Has this dynamic with Sage, as they are the two main technicians of the island and thus operate together.

    Sage 

Tessa / Sage

Species: Human mutant

Citizenship: American (born in the Balkans)

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Former member of the Hellfire Club and a common ally. Sage serves as Krakoa's technician alongside Cypher.


  • The Smart Guy: She's the chief technician on Krakoa.
  • Those Two Guys: Has this dynamic with Cypher, as they are the two main technicians of the island and thus operate together.
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    Mystique 

Raven Darkholme / Mystique

Species: Human mutant

Citizenship: Austrian

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One of the X-Men's most prominent villains, but now an ally of Xavier's cause.


  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Gets captured by Karima and shot from the ship's airlock into outer-space.
  • The Dragon: Downplayed. She's one of the main enforcers of Krakoa made to do the dirty work, but she clearly has her own agendas. Notably, in the main universe, this is probably the closest Mystique has been to being Magneto's lackey (despite the popularity of it in adaptations).
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She still misses Irene, now explicitly identified as her wife, and part of the deal for working with Charles and Erik is that they'll resurrect her. However, Moira refuses to allow it, so they renege on their end of the deal. Raven takes that about as well as could be expected.
  • Naked on Revival: Is naked when her soul & memories are implanted into a new husk body, created on Krakoa.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: She knows not to try her luck against the Fantastic Four.

    Toad 

Mortimer Toynbee / Toad

Species: Human mutant

Citizenship: British

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Mystique's follower and tech expert.


  • Co-Dragons: With Sabretooth to Mystique. Though, in Toad's case, he doubles as the Evil Genius.
  • Evil Genius: As a tech expert, he's the go-to guy for getting the data from Damage Control.
  • Extreme Doormat: He's pretty dependent on Mystique, asking if he should run to the portal (when it's pretty obvious they should) and just following orders without question. Mystique also tells Toad to play with the mutants while she's off to meet Magneto and Xavier, to which he does.

    Sabretooth 

Victor Creed / Sabretooth

Species: Human mutant

Citizenship: Canadian

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Mystique's follower and muscle.


  • And I Must Scream: Sabretooth's killing of the guards in the very first issue of House of X causes the Quiet Council to "exile" him. That means he is sealed deep within Krakoa, kept in stasis, and conscious for all of it. He may get a chance to redeem himself one day, but that day is a long way off.
  • And Your Little Dog, Too!: Pissed at his judgement during trial, he threatens everyone on the council that they're on his list and he'll kill their children, children's children, and make their entire line extinct.
  • The Brute: He's the most brutal of the three, and is the one does the bulk of the fighting.
  • Butt-Monkey: In House of X #1. He's the only Brotherhood member to get burned by Torch and clobbered by Thing while Mystique & Toad escape unharmed. He's captured by Invisible Woman and left behind by his team. Cyclops come to get him but decides to leave him behind and when he questions Cyclops. he's promptly told to shut up by Thing.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He shows this unashamedly during his trial. The AG lists his offenses and notes she'd add bad manners to his charges if she could. Creed laughs & pleads guilty to all charges, says no place can hold him, and that chains won't stop him from murdering everyone in the room if he wanted. Later, when the judge refers to Creed as a killer, he then replies that's just like his momma made him & he's not done yet.
  • Co-Dragons: With Toad to Mystique. Though, he doubles as The Brute.
  • I Regret Nothing: He gladly confesses to his crimes and notes that he's not close to being done, before celebrating being extradited.
  • Idiot Ball: Creed finds himself on trial again, this time by the mutant government of Krakoa. The majority are openly in favour of punishment. One would expect that he'd point out the hypocrisy of punishing him when some members of the council are even bigger monsters than he is, or that he'd remind Magneto that Magneto knew exactly who and what he was when he tapped him for a secret mission in the first place. Instead, he threatens them and their loved ones, and is exiled for it.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: While he celebrates his extradition, it's later clear that he would have had better luck with being imprisoned by humans. He receives a full pardon for his past crimes, but due to disobeying orders and killing humans (which was against Krakoan law), he is rewarded with a Fate Worse than Death.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Impressively, he comes off as this next to Mystique and Toad. The other two, while not saints by any stretch of the imagination, are in the business of getting their jobs done and getting the hell out of there. Sabretooth relishes in killing the guards and causing unnecessary damage.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Prior to Villain Decay, Creed was shown to be a Genius Bruiser with expertise in hacking, a top CIA operative, an accomplished businessman, and a dangerous villain all on his own. Here, he's Mystique's Dumb Muscle, whom she has to lecture about how to accomplish missions without being reckless.
  • The Not-So-Harmless Punishment: House of X #6 does this in a big way. During his trial at Achilles, he's as remorseless as ever, but gets even more haughty when Emma comes to take him back to Krakoa -even smugly firing his defense attorney. However, back at Krakoa he is put on trial by the council with new rules they put in place -one that forbids the murder of humans. As punishment Creed is swallowed up by Krakoa and imprisoned below the surface to spend eternity in a state of fully conscious stasis.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Last we saw Creed in War of the Realms, he had been decapitated by Magik, who also sent his head to another dimension. He got over it at some point.

    Stepford Cuckoos 

Stepford Cuckoos (Esme, Mindee, Sophie, Phoebe and Celeste Cuckoo)

Species: Human mutant (genetically-engineered)

Citizenship: English-American

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The five-in-one team, cloned from Emma Frost.


  • Super Supremacist: Esme and Sophie are really vocal ones, comparing the UN Security Council to monkeys, to their face.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Sophie, previously the Cuckoo who wanted to be heroic, has become much more smug and snide.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Esme and Sophie return after having been dead in X-23. Even moreso in Esme's case, since she was established as being Deader Than Dead.

    Emma Frost 

Emma Frost/ White Queen

Species: Human mutant

Citizenship: American

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The current head of the Hellfire Corporation and one of the highest authorities on Krakoa.


  • Honest Corporate Executive: The whole reason Xavier and Magneto wanted her as an ambassador. She is a smart businesswoman, but also one with principles and honor, as opposed to the Corrupt Corporate Executive that is Sebastian Shaw.
  • Snap Back: Emma once again is just the White Queen of the Hellfire Club, or as it is now known The Hellfire Corporation. Also, she has to work with Sebastian Shaw, at Charles and Erik's recommendation, despite (as she points out) having just got rid of him.

    Sinister 

Nathaniel Essex/Mister Sinister

Species: Human mutate

Citizenship: British

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The former student of Apocalypse, world renowned geneticist, and absolute madman.


  • Camp Straight: Hickman's take on the villain is unexpectedly one of the zestiest and goofiest, although he's still no less of a threat.
  • Loophole Abuse: Contemplating the law against duplicates, which going by his recounting was made explicitly for him, Sinister realizes he has an opening to instead splice DNA and make hybrids. Given that in some of Moira's previous lives he's done that before, this was likely invoked in Reverse Psychology.
  • Me's a Crowd: Following up on Kieron Gillen's run, Sinister is a society unto himself.
  • Unwitting Pawn: In the main timeline, Professor X brainwashed him into carrying out part of his, Moira, and Magneto's plans subconsciously over the course of several years, before he would subsequently reveal the truth to Mr. Sinister years later. However, Mr. Sinister agreed to a partnership before this brainwashing occurred. A blind item from Sinister implies that Sinister got rid of the consciousness that was being controlled by Professor X, which may mean that he may just be playing along for his own designs.

    Gorgon 

Gorgon / Tomi Shishido

Species: Mutant

Citizenship: Japanese

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Former member of HYDRA and killer of Wolverine, now serving as one of the Captains of Krakoa.


  • Bodyguarding a Badass: After Xavier's temporary death over in X-Force, Gorgon is assigned to bodyguard him and Magneto if they ever leave Krakoa. Comes in handy when Charles and Erik are nearly attacked during a diplomatic conference.
  • Easily Forgiven: As with everyone else on Krakoa, being a mutant now supersedes his long list of crimes, including terrorism and outright child murder. Even Wolverine, who he previously killed, is shown having a beer with him.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Sort of, though he is not remotely good by any means. He's just on the X-Men's side now.

Orchis

See Orchis

Other

    Fantastic Four 

Fantastic Four

Species: Human mutate

Citizenship: American

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Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch and The Thing. Marvel's first family, and a longtime ally of the X-Men. However, things are a little shaky right now.


  • Armor-Piercing Question: Sue tries to call out Cyclops for the mutants acting xenophobic and isolationist. Thing is, Sue has the privilege of both not being a mutant and also being a renown celebrity, more than what can be said for the mutants of the world. Cyclops says as much.
    Invisible Woman: Cyclops... this amnesty. The other things Xavier is doing... what are all you thinking?
    Cyclops: Our family has spent our entire lives being hunted and hated. The world has told me I was less when I knew I was more. Did you honestly think we were just going to sit around forever and just take it?
    Invisible Woman: Of course not. But...
  • Bash Brothers: Johnny and Ben. They spot Mystique, Toad and Sabretooth robbing from Damage Control and were ready to kick some ass.
    Johnny: Would you look at that, Ben. A bunch of no-good thieves taking stuff that don't belong to them. Now, what do we do with no-good thieves?
    Ben: Nothin' nice, Johnny!
  • Politeness Judo: Reed engages in this with Scott. He makes it clear there will be consequences if he tries to take Sabretooth back to Krakoa, yet is civil as he says it. Scott in turn politely backs down from it (for now).

Future

Asteroid K

    General 
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Houses the X-Men and the Horsemen of Apocalypse by Year 100.


  • La Résistance: The ones fighting against the Man-Machine Ascendancy in the name of mutants.

    Rasputin 

Rasputin

Species: Chimera mutant

Citizenship: Unknown

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"You've forgotten that machines have no soul and that the humans lost theirs a long time ago."

A third generation "chimera" mutant, and descendant of the Rasputin family that Piotr and Illyana are part of. She's part of the Asteroid K mutants.


  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Has silver-bluish skin.
  • Boobs of Steel: Though not focused on as much as others, she clearly has a bust and is a powerful chimera mutant. Bonus points for the fact that they can become steel through Colossus' powers.
  • Combo Platter Powers: Rasputin has the powers of Colossus, Kid Omega, Kitty Pryde, X-23 and Unus. To what extent isn't clear. She also wields the Soulsword from Magik.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Her left arm is covered, her right one isn't.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: While she's covered, the costume is also very skintight and highlights her body.
  • The Hero: The closest the Powers of X timeline has to a main character.
  • Lightning Bruiser: She mentioned herself that she was purpose-born to be a tank but her Colossus strength and Magik soulsword lets her hit hard and fast.
  • Rapunzel Hair: She has very long hair, actually enough to reach down to her ankles. It's meant to be less feminine and more to make her look strong and wild like an Amazonian warrior.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She appears to be well over six feet tall. One shot has her towering over Cardinal (who appears to be Nightcrawler's height — 5'9"), and the best estimate puts her to be somewhere in the range of 6'3".

    Cardinal 

Cardinal

Species: Chimera mutant

Citizenship: Unknown

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A third generation "chimera" mutant, and the last of a pacifist breed.


  • Actual Pacifist: A flaw in his genetic engineering makes him psychologically incapable of willingly doing violence.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: He has red skin.
  • Badass Preacher: Fighting is not his thing, but he's still a rebel, and he's stated to be the last priest of the only religion left.
  • Dirty Coward: Accused of this by Rasputin, but really doesn't like fighting.
  • Godzilla Threshold: The threat of the Sentinels becomes so much that he becomes a Horseman of Apocalypse, allowing him to bypass his genetically hardwired pacifism.
  • Planet of Steves: All outlier mutants of his generation were all named Cardinal, due to refusing to take up personal names as part of their rejection of individual identities.

    Cylobel 

Cylobel

Species: Sentinel mutant

Citizenship: Unknown

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Rasputin's sister and fellow freedom fighter, originally bred in the SalCen Khennil to hunt mutants as one of the Man-Machine Ascendancy's hounds.


  • The Constant: Cylobel existed in both sixth and ninth of Moira's lives.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Cylobel is ground into femtofluid — her organs, body and other matter will be ground into raw fluid and all her genetic data and the information in it will be uploaded via database. And she's conscious during the process. In the far future, the Librarian is seen trying to revive Cylobel among other mutants subjected to the femtofluid, only to be unable to save or copy any souls due to the amount of machinery inside the database.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Gives herself up so Rasputin and Cardinal can escape.
  • In Spite of a Nail: It's revealed that the hundred years future and the thousand year future are actually different versions of events, but Cylobel ends up jarred in both.
  • Psychic Block Defense: Engineered to have a black brain that's impossible to read telepathically.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Her death sets up Rasputin's role in the story as the main protagonist by giving her more motivation to fight.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: Engineered by humans to infiltrate and betray the mutants but her instincts to betray lead to the whole crop turning against them instead.

    Wolverine 

Logan Howlett / Wolverine

Species: Human mutant

Citizenship: Canadian

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Wolverine, a hundred years into the future as War.


    North 

North

Species: Chimera mutant

Citizenship: Unknown

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A second generation "chimera" mutant, combining traits of Polaris and (apparently) Emma Frost. Serves Apocalypse as Pestilence.


  • Generation Xerox: Bears a striking resemblance to Magneto, his genetic grandfather. Dresses exactly like him but with his clothing in Lorna's green.
  • Punny Name: Polaris is the north star, and it's frosty up north.
  • Magnetism Manipulation: He displays Lorna Dane's powers. He should also be either a telepath or be capable of turning himself into diamond, but he never displays either of the White Queen's powers.

    Krakoa 

Cypher/Doug Ramsey

Species: Human mutant/Sentient Island

Citizenship: American

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A symbiotic hybrid of Cypher and Krakoa, a hundred years into the future as Famine.


  • Fusion Dance: At some point in the past Krakoa fused with Doug, not unlike Doug's past fusions with Warlock.
  • Thinking Up Portals: Can generate gateways to the Krakoan portal network by opening himself up.

    Xorn 

Kuan–Yin Xorn / Xorn

Species: Human mutant

Citizenship: Chinese

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Xorn, a hundred years into the future as Death.


  • Death Seeker: 100 years in the future, he expresses his wishes to die as much as he possibly can to the point of dying with a grin on his face when his mask is ripped off against Omega Sentinel.

    Percival 

Emmanuel Cortez

Species: Human mutant

Citizenship: Unknown

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A future mutant.


  • Mythology Gag: His mutant power, being invisible to machines, looks to be a reference to the "Outback Era" X-Men, where they were enchanted to not show up on film or video.
  • Posthumous Character: He is only seen immediately after his death.

    Apocalypse 

En Sabah Nur / Apocalypse

Species: Human mutant

Citizenship: Egyptian

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Apocalypse, a hundred years into the future of Moira X's ninth life.


  • A Lighter Shade of Black: A genocidal mutant who destroyed all the Avengers of his world is still preferable to a Nimrod, a robotic overlord that subjugates mutants and humans alike. It helps that he learns to genuinely care for his species as opposed to simply act as a Social Darwinist. In addition, Nimrod notes that Apocalypse and his followers actually saved ordinary humans caught in the crossfire, which is something that he isn't known for at all.
  • Big Good: The traditional Big Bad for many X-Men stories becomes the leader of the team in the Bad Future.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Yes, really. He finally realizes that the ultimate threat to mutankind is not the threat of weakness, but an army of killer robots that hunt their species down.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He stays behind to cover Wolverine's escape. Nimrod slaughter's him.
  • The Worf Effect: Nimrod utterly destroys him in single combat, although he is able to destroy one of Nimrod's duplicates.

Shi'ar

    Empress Xandra 

Empress Xandra Neramani

Species: Genetically engineered Shi'ar/Human mutant hybrid

Citizenship: Shi'ar

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The daughter of Charles Xavier and Lilandra. She's the empress of the Shi'ar Empire, and believes humans should never be dominant again.


  • Ascended Extra: Xandra only appeared beforehand in the Mr. and Mrs. X series as a very minor character, and now she's a major force in the story itself as the Empress of the Shi'ar. Though she hasn't appeared on screen yet, she's portrayed as a Greater-Scope Paragon to the mutants.
  • Greater-Scope Paragon: Away from the action in Year 100, but important as the one who keeps mutantkind safe in her galaxy.
  • The Ghost: Powers of X doesn't show her, only said in a graph.
  • Heinz Hybrid: She's a Half-Human Hybrid of a Shi'ar and a human, but the Shi'ar is genetically-engineered and the human side is mutant.

Man-Machine Ascendancy

    Nimrod the Lesser 

Nimrod the Lesser

Species: Sentinel

Citizenship: N/A

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The leader of the Man-Machine Ascendancy, engaged in a war against mutants.


  • Affably Evil: Polite to his subjects, to the point of calling them equals. He also genuinely apologizes to his enemies, with regret that he must do it.
  • Anti-Villain: It's hard to even see him as truly evil, but a product of the Crapsack World he lives in.
  • Bad Boss: He gleefully executes his own human hunters.
  • Big Bad: Presented as the main villain 100 years into the future.
  • Fantastic Racism: Doesn't like mutants, much like many other Marvel villains. Unlike most examples, however, Nimrod is much more three-dimensional and justified in his contempt for mutants. Even then, he doesn't appear to hate the mutants themselves but what they've done to the world.
  • Mood-Swinger: At times, he can alternate between cold bombast, and acting like... well, a little kid (in the body of a killer robot), as seen with his practically squeeing when Omega Sentinel lets him have his way.

    Nimrod the Greater 

Nimrod the Greater

Species: Sentinel

Citizenship: N/A

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The leader of the Man-Machine Ascendancy, in the year 1000.


    The Librarian 

The Librarian

Species: Homo novissima

Citizenship: N/A

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  • Amazing Technicolor Population: His skin is a pale blue.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: He actually tells Logan and Moira about what's going to happen because he's not entirely convinced becoming part of the Phalanx is actually for the best.
  • Eternal English: Sort of. He can speak English, because he's been spying on Logan and Moira.
  • Smug Super: Boasts that he can predict Wolverine's attacks and see them coming. Logan manages to stab and kill him anyway.


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