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Characters that have appeared in the X-Factor series


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The Original X-Factor series

The Original X-Men, Reunited to carry on Charles Xavier's dream after he leaves the earth and puts their enemy Magneto in charge of the X-Men.

Main Cast

    Cast members on other pages 

Scott Summers/Cyclops

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See Cyclops.

Jean Grey/Marvel Girl

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See Jean Grey.

Dr. Henry McCoy/Beast

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See Beast.

Warren Worthington III/Angel/Archangel

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See Warren Worthington III.

Bobby Drake/Iceman

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See Iceman.

Russell "Rusty" Collins / Firefist

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See New Mutants.

Arthur "Artie" Maddicks / Artie

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See Generation X.

Leech

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See Generation X

Sally Blevins / Skids

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See New Mutants.

Tabitha 'Tabby' Smith / Boom-Boom

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See New Mutants.

    Caliban 

Caliban

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Nationality: American

Species: Human mutant

    Julio Ricther/Rictor 

Julio Esteban Richter / Rictor

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Nationality: Mexican

Species: Human mutant

  • Badass Bookworm: Rictor has displayed an affinity for computers and can hack into various high-security systems.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The family business is selling weapons (and drugs) on the black market. He's less than proud of this and once worked to try to dismantle his family's business.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Even when he was depowered, he still earned his place as a member of X-Factor.
  • Coldblooded Torture: By the Right.
  • The Cracker: While not malicious, he does break into things like government servers to obtain information needed by X-Factor, which is definitely illegal.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Dishing Out Dirt: He used to have seismic powers until he got depowered on M-day. In Avengers: Children's Crusade #6, he's the first mutant to have his powers restored by Wanda. He has since learned to remotely terraform the ground around him in a more tactile manner.
  • Distressed Dude: Kidnapped nearly a dozen times so far.
  • Electric Torture: One of the few details given about his torture by the Right.
  • Family Business: The Richter family business? Selling weapons illegally, or "selling death", as he explains it.
  • Foreign Cuss Word: Prone to this, especially during the 90s.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Again, guilty of this during the 90s.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: He seems to have a thing for them: Rahne, Shatterstar...
  • Hollywood Hacking: Rictor once claimed he could hack the FBI's database in ten minutes.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Three so far — in the original X-Factor (#22), and in the third X-Factor (#1 and #38).
  • Meaningful Name: His surname is Richter. He had has once again earthquake powers. You do the math.
  • Mundane Utility: At one point, he uses his powers to earn some scratch as a one-man demolition team.
  • Power Loss Depression: The very first issue of X-Factor Volume 3 opens with Rictor needing to be talked out of committing suicide after losing his powers. During a therapy session with Doc Samson, he admits that he still has his "bad days" where he feels depressed over loss of his powers.
  • Power Loss Makes You Strong: After M-Day, he had to learn to put more emphasis on his regular skills and was actually quite successful.
  • Relationship Reveal: He and Shatterstar were Heterosexual Life-Partners; recent events have chucked the 'heterosexual' bit.
  • Repower: After losing his powers on M-Day, he was repowered by Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Children's Crusade. In fact, due to a mix of circumstances, he was the only person she managed to repower.
  • Smug Snake: The Ageof Apocalypse version is this in spades.
  • Straight Gay: It's been revealed that Rictor is not bi as previously assumed, but full-on gay, having found no fulfillment in his relationships with Rahne and Tabitha.
  • You Killed My Father: Held a grudge against Cable because of this, even after the truth came out.
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    Taki Matsuya/Wiz Kid 

Takashi "Taki" Matsuya / Wiz Kid

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Nationality: American

Species: Human mutant

Villains

    Cameron Hodge 

Cameron Hodge

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Nationality: American

Species: Human cyborg

See X-Men: Rogues Gallery A to I

    Joanna Cargil/Frenzy 

Joanna Cargill / Frenzy

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Nationality: American

Species: Human mutant

  • Abusive Parents: She comes from a military family, where both she and her father idolized her older brother. Joanna was a sickly, unplanned second child, and her father was actively abusive towards her. After her brother was killed in action, her father went off the deep end and nearly killed her, but then her powers kicked in.
  • But Not Too Black: Frenzy is black, but artists and colorists occasionally struggle with remembering that. She's gone for entire story arcs looking like a white woman with a slight tan.
  • Dark Action Girl
  • Eye Scream: Magneto once inflicted this on her with a laser when she tried to kill a comatose Professor X. Apparently it inflicted some brain damage on her.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Yet another former supervillain who's joined the X-Men. Frenzy will do the right thing if she's asked or ordered to, but her first instinct is almost always to hit somebody, and she genuinely has a hard time caring whether or not baseline humans die.
  • Heel Face Brain Washing: In Eve of Destruction storyline, Jean Grey was desperate to find a new team, and quickly to save Professor Xavier. She acknowledges that one of Magneto's lieutenants, Frenzy, has been captured by the US Army. Not only does Jean enter her mind to get the info she needs on Genosha (Magneto's island) and its defenses, but she thinks that having a superpowered guide in that hellhole would be a good idea, so she just rewrites Frenzy's mind and makes her an X-Men enthusiast (so fanatically devoted to the X-Men cause, all of a sudden, that it was creepy).
  • Important Haircut: In the "Age of X" crossover, Frenzy was a X-Man in good standing and Cyclops's lover. When reality snapped back to normal, Frenzy had to do some soul-searching to decide what she wanted to do next. That came along with shaving half of her head, changing her outfit, and deciding to join the X-Men.
  • Karma Houdini: She killed Sharon Friedlander and got away with it; the X-Men doesn't even seems to remember it.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Frenzy has respectable levels of superhuman strength combined with some degree of military training. She can be terrifying in a fistfight.
  • Made of Diamond: She's pretty-much invulnerable, inside and outside.
  • Scary Black Woman
  • Super Strength
  • Unstoppable Rage: Her codename's fitting. Frenzy has a vicious temper that often gets the best of her.
    "Frenzy. To name it is to own it."
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: She moved to Westchester to get away from Cyclops, and promptly started up with Gambit.

    Edward Pasternak/Tower 

Edward Pasternak / Tower

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Nationality: American

Species: Human mutant

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    Wendy Sherman/Stinger 

Wendy Sherman / Stinger

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Nationality: American

Species: Human mutant

A member of Apocalypse's Alliance of Evil, Stinger was a mutant terrorist and mercenary. However, she eventually mended her ways following M-Day, finding shelter on Utopia and later entering a relationship with the former X-Man Omerta. Their child was the first mutant baby born following the founding of Krakoa.


  • Adult Fear: Her and Omerta's child is kidnapped by Order of X cultists in the second issue of Cable (2020).
  • '80s Hair: Wears her hair short and spikey.
  • Heel–Face Turn: She was among the many mutants who sought protection on Utopia and became a peaceful member of that mutant society. She later moved into a human neighborhood with Omerta and became friends with their neighbors.
  • Karma Houdini: She never answered for killing Source's girlfriend Susan, even if it was an accident due to her powers being out of control with Source's ability.
  • Mystical White Hair: Her white hair is the result of her mutation.
  • Ship Tease: Briefly with Bobby Drake while living on Utopia, but ultimately nothing ever came of it.
  • Shock and Awe: Stinger can build static energy around her hands and discharge it as bio-electricity bolts. She is not particularly accurate with them though, especially when empowered by Source.

    Timeshadow 

Timeshadow

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Species: Human mutant

    Dr. Nathaniel Essex/Mister Sinister 

Dr. Nathaniel Essex / Mister Sinister

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See X-Men: Marauders

    En Sabah Nur / Apocalypse 

En Sabah Nur / Apocalypse

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See Apocalypse.

X-Factor Government Team (X-Factor II, 1991-1998)

Main Cast

    Cast members on other pages 

Alexander "Alex" Summers/ Havok

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See X-Men: '60s Members.

Lorna Dane / Polaris

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See Polaris.

Jamie Madrox / Multiple Man

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A former foe of the Fantastic Four. One of them discovered he was a mutant and handed him over to the X-Men.

See the Multiple Man page.

Rahne Sinclair / Wolfsbane

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See New Mutants.

Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver

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The son of Magneto who was separated from him and believed to be dead. Raised by gypsies, he developed a strong fixation on his sister, Wanda Maximoff. After Magneto saved Wanda from a anti-mutant mob, the two were indebted to him and were reluctantly part of the first incarnation of the Brotherhood of Mutants. After Magneto was abducted by aliens and the Brotherhood disbanded, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch served for a long period as members of The Avengers, where they redeemed themselves. However, old habits and revelations about villainous heritages are hard to fight, and the two continue to bounce back and forth between good and evil and sane and insane. He's also the ex-husband of Crystal from The Inhumans and they have a daughter named Luna, but his relationship with them is... utterly troubled. Has his page.

Forge

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See X-Men: '80s Members.

Raven Darkholme / Mystique

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See Mystique.

Victor Creed / Sabretooth

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See Sabretooth.

    Guido Carosella/Strong Guy 

Guido Carosella / Strong Guy

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Nationality: American

Species: Human mutant

The son of Italian immigrants, Guido Carosella had a tragic past that ultimately led to him being controlled by the Shadow King during the astral villain's takeover of Muir Island. When the Shadow King was defeated, Valerie Cooper recruited him into the new iteration of X-Force.


  • Back from the Dead: He's finally brought back to life after being dead for several years by the Five and now lives in Krakoa.
  • Bald of Awesome: Other than a small tuft of hair, Guido is completely bald.
  • The Big Guy: As his moniker suggests, Strong Guy is huge, powerful, and the muscle of the team.
  • Blessed with Suck: Strong Guy's powers make him incredibly strong and tough, getting better the more kinetic energy he absorbs. The downside is that, one, he physically bulks up the more energy he absorbs, two, bulking up causes him pain the larger he gets, and three, he can't turn his kinetic absorption off. Even with his "baseline" level, he not only looks like a freak, but is in constant pain. Worse, the stress his bulked up body puts on his heart means he has to dispense energy as fast as he absorbs it, or it could kill him. This is how he dies; fighting the Hulk puts so much strain on his heart as he keeps absorbing the Hulk's super-strong blows that he ultimately has a fatal heart attack.
  • Body Horror: Most readers accept the...uniquely exaggerated... art-style of the 90s as being a dramatization of what the character actually look like. Strong Guy? He actually looks like that in-universe.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He's a towering, hulking mass of muscle, enjoys a good brawl, and is almost always in jovial spirits about it all.
  • Came Back Wrong: As a result of being resurrected by Layla, he is much more ruthless and uncaring to the feelings of others. Also, James Brown no longer does anything for him.
  • Cool Shades: Guido is nearsighted and wears corrective glasses.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: A shy and skinny kid, Guido was orphaned when his parents were crushed in a freak accident involving fallen space debris. Although his loving aunt & uncle took him in, and he became wealthy from the settlement, this didn't stop him from being bullied terribly, until he was hit by a runaway bus and survived only by triggering his mutant power, which left him permanently deformed, in perpetual pain, and with a weakened heart from the strain. He ultimately lost most of his wealth and began bumming around as a bouncer, actor and stand-up comedian; whilst serving as a roadie to the mutant musician Lila Cheny, he was possessed by the Shadow King and made to fight other mutants for the monster's amusement.
  • Demon Lords And Arch Devils: Kills Rahne's demigod son to become the surprise winner in a contest between Hell Lords, becoming the overall ruler of Hell.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: Guido gives one to Monet after he's mortally injured by Ballistique.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Losing his soul eventually makes him turn on the team and even work with Lords of Hell.
  • Feed It with Fire: This is Strong Guy's power in a nutshell; he absorbs kinetic energy and converts it into strength and durability by rechanneling it through his body. In layman's terms, the more you hit him, the stronger and tougher he gets.
  • Fun Personified: Strong Guy is actually a professional stand-up comedian and multi-talented actor, and he's not shy about showing off this side of himself.
  • Manchurian Agent: At one point, Guido was captured by Singularity and hypnotized into being their sleeper agent with the trigger being a code word spoken whenever he received a phone call from them. They used him to kill Professor Buchanan when he tried to turn on Singularity.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: His murder of Rahne's son Tier weighs heavily on him after his soul is restored and he considers himself a monster for it.
  • Power Incontinence: Strong Guy has the power to absorb kinetic energy and redistribute it as super strength, but if he doesn't let it out soon enough, it has affects on his physiology - which is the reason for his... unique appearance.
  • Sad Clown: Is almost always joking and smiling, but he's in near-constant physical pain because of his powers. He's reached the point where permanently absorbing any more kinetic energy without releasing it will give him a heart attack, since his body simply can't handle any more changes.
  • The Soulless: Is killed and resurrected by Layla Miller, whose mutant power restores physical life but does not return the dead person's soul to their body. Magik eventually managed to restore his soul, leaving Guido horrified of all the terrible things he did.
  • Super Strength: Even without a kinetic boost, Strong Guy is enormously strong, with official stats placing him in the "lift 50 tons" area. The more kinetic energy he's absorbed, the more powerful he is.
  • Super Toughness: In part thanks to his kinetic absorption ability, Strong Guy can take an enormous amount of physical damage. In fact, kinetic-based attacks can't hurt him at all unless they're strong enough that he can't siphon off all of their energy, making him impossible to hurt with brute force by all save the strongest of beings, as he weakens or completely nullifies attacks. He also possesses superhuman stamina, and can officially exert himself for 24 hours of ceaseless activity before fatigue starts affecting him.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: To an almost scary level. It's a side-effect of his mutation; the stored kinetic energy results in his muscle-mass expanding to absurd levels and, well, the chest & arms have more muscles to stockpile that energy with than his legs do.
  • Would Hurt a Child: During the period in which he was soulless, he murders Rahne's son Tier to become the new king of hell.

    Dr. Valerie Cooper 

Dr. Valerie "Val" Cooper

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Nationality: American

Species: Human

Started as a subordinate to Senator Kelly and Agent Henry Peter Gyrich, later rose to become a kind of US government superpowers and mutant czar and one of the top people of the O*N*E. Served as government liaison to X-Factor for a long time and also appeared a few times in the third incarnation of the title as a government contact.


  • Badass Normal: The Shadow King once sent her to assassinate Mystique, but at the crunch she overcame his mind control enough to turn the gun on herself.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: She winds up effortlessly brainwashed by the Shadow King in The Muir Island Saga.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Very snarky. Especially when written by Peter David.
  • Hidden Depths: During the third volume of X-Factor, she reveals to Siryn she had a miscarriage once.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat:
    • She means well enough, most of the time, and she's not as personally abrasive as Gyrich, but her methods and execution tend to leave a lot to be desired.
    • She also once part of the panel that caused Steve Rogers to quit being Captain America.
  • Ship Tease: Christ Claremont's second run on Uncanny X-Men had a lot of hints that she and Bishop were getting cosy. Not to mention that Bishop looks quite similar to her ex-husband Edmond Atkinson. Then Bishop angrily denied it, before a change of writers meant he and she were unceremoniously removed from the title.
  • Shout-Out: In an X-Factor story written by Peter David, Val once mentioned her brother, an FBI agent who had been involved in a case concerning a dead girl wrapped in plastic. PAD also gave her an assistant called Baldrick.

    Marshall Stone III/Random 

Marshall Evan Stone III / Random

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Nationality: American

Species: Human mutant

  • Adaptive Ability: Random's main mutant power is adaptive shapeshifting. He can harden his skin when stabbed or reconstitute himself from protoplasmic goop when caught in an explosion. The guns are just his preferred form for combat.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Random is a heroic guy whose unsettling power is to shoot you with guns.
    • Until recently, he was a Mook in the Marauders team.
      • Not exactly. Just like back in the days, when he had to fight X-Factor, he has doubts on his allegiance. Also, he's shown to be the more charitable of his team... suggesting to his foes that they're lucky having to fight him, because he's the nice one.
  • BFG
  • Cool Shades
  • Guns Akimbo
  • '90s Anti-Hero: Random is the nineties as far as comics are concerned.
    • It is worth noting that his musclebound antihero appearance was supposed to be the shapeshifters idea of what a badass looks like, not his actual appearance. Subsequent writers have forgotten this, and even when depowered he is depicted as uber-ninties.
  • Younger Than They Look: What justifiies his overt Nineties Antihero-ness - he's actually a teenager.
  • Shapeshifter Weapon: He can turn his arms into guns. With dozens of barrels. You see what I mean about him being the nineties.

    Shard Bishop 

Shard Bishop

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Nationality: American (Earth-1191)

Species: Human mutant

The little sister of Bishop, badly injured in a police raid gone wrong, her mind was uploaded into a holographic unit.


  • Awesome Aussie: Like Bishop, she was born in Australia, but moved to America when she was little.
  • Bad Future: She, like her brother Lucas Bishop, is from a post-apocalyptic future dominated by Sentinels.
  • Brain Uploading
  • But Not Too Black: She is an Aborigine mutant with blonde hair (and as noted down below, might have African, Algerian and Indian heritage in there somewhere as well).
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: She has dark skin and blonde hair.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: You'd think Bishop would think about his dead sister on occasion.
  • Killed Off for Real
  • Light 'em Up: Shard has the power to absorb ambient light particles from her environment to create a variety effects such as concussive blasts, laser beams and illumination.
  • Light Is Good: Shard is a hero with light-based powers.
  • Tangled Family Tree: Being as she is Bishop's sister, she's got the same snarl of a family tree as his, which has been at several points linked to Storm, Monet St. Croix, the third Thunderbird, and Gateway.
  • Virtual Ghost: She died before Bishop came back in time, but he brought a holographic projection of her back with him.

    Kyle Gibney/Wild Child 

Kyle Gibney / Wild Child

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Nationality: Canadian

Species: Human mutant

  • Back from the Dead: Killed by Omega Red before being revived by The Five during Dawn of X.
  • Beast Man: Much like Sabretooth, he acts like a savage beast, with sharp teeth and claws.
  • Blondes Are Evil: While he was introduced bald, he has regrown his blonde hair and is savage at the best of times.
  • Defeat Means Respect: After getting the crap beaten by Psylocke, he comes to see her as his alpha and now follows her like a dog.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: He's a Wild Child, so of course he doesn't wear footwear.
  • Healing Factor: Just like Wolverine and Sabretooth, he has a healing factor that allows him to regenerate from most injuries.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: He has been part of Alpha Flight, X-Factor and now the Hellions.
  • Meaningful Name: Wild Child very much fits him as a codename.
  • Pointy Ears: Just like Victor Creed, his ears are sharp and pointy.
  • Progressively Prettier
  • Psychic Powers: Kyle has a limited form of zoopathy, the psionic ability to communicate with and control animals. His zoopathy only works on wolves.
  • Savage Wolves: He certainly evokes the imagery and the fact that he can control wolves.
  • With Friends Like These...: During Hellions (2020), he decides that since Psylocke has been injured, he should attack her and become the pack leader.
  • Wolverine Wannabe: He's an Expy not only of Wolverine but of Sabretooth as well, with very similar powers and personality.

    Archer 

Archer

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Nationality: American (Earth-1191)

Species: Human mutant

Reigning from the distant future of Earth-1191, Archer was a member of the X.S.E. But unhappy and feeling that his beliefs differed from the X.S.E., he became a member of the X.U.E. to be more proactive.


    Fixx 

Fixx

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Nationality: American (Earth-1191)

Species: Human mutant

Reigning from the distant future of Earth #1191, Fixx was a commanding officer in the X.S.E. Unhappy that their beliefs differed from the original ones, she created the X.U.E. to be more proactive.


  • Fairy Companion: Fixx manifests psionic sprites from her mind as small fairy-shaped psychic projections that channel her powerful telepathic and psychokinetic abilities. They can relay messages, or cause immense mental pain by burrowing into the thoughts of another individual.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: She's only known by her codename.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her black hair at least reaches her waist.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Neither she nor Archer have reappeared since the dissolution of X-Factor in 1998. An alternate version of her was seen during Secret Wars.

    Greystone 

Devlin Greystone

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Nationality: New Zealander (Earth-1191)

Species: Human mutant

X-Factor Investigations

A group consisted of a few old X-Factor members Multiple Man (leader), Strong Guy and Wolfsbane as well as the new members Siryn, Rictor, M and Layla Miller working in a detective style agency. The newest members included are Darwin, Longshot and Shatterstar. Wolfsbane, after a brief stint in X-Force, has returned.

Main Cast

    Cast members on other pages 

James "Jamie" Madrox / Multiple Man

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See Multiple Man.

Guido Crossela / Strong Guy

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See "X-Factor Government Team" Above.

Theresa Cassidy / Siryn / Banshee

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See X-Force.

Monet St. Croix / M

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See Monet St. Croix.

Julio Richter / Rictor

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See "Original X-Factor series" above.

Longshot

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See Longshot.

Shatterstar

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See Shatterstar.

Polaris

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See Polaris.

Havok

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See X-Men: '60s Members.

    Layla Miller/Butterfly 

Layla Rose Miller / Butterfly

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Nationality: American

Species: Human mutant

A mysterious young woman who just appeared at X-Factor's door after M-Day and refused to leave. She knows stuff.


  • Deadly Force Field: In issue #248, she uses her gauntlet's force field blow up a taxi cab she and Jamie are trapped in by a villain.
  • Deflector Shields: The gauntlet she wears can generate a force field powerful enough to withstand magma.
  • Creepy Child: Until she received an age-up.
  • Facial Markings: Layla Miller has got the 'M' brand on her face as a result of visiting Bishop's future.
  • Fights Like a Normal: Layla's powers don't have any combat applications so she relies on fighting skills and technology granted to her by Doctor Doom in battle.
  • Guile Hero: Layla uses her knowledge of the future to crafty effect. In Issue #12, she causes a pile-up which causes some henchmen of Singularity Investigations to be stuck in traffic and frees Alix Buchanan from their grasp while they're distracted.
  • Married in the Future: With Jamie...
    • Happily Married: Which eventually comes to pass, and it's a decision Jamie's glad he took.
  • Oracular Urchin: Was a runaway and possesses foresight... kinda.
  • Phrase Catcher "I'm Layla Miller. I know stuff."
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: She grew into an adult after staying too long in Bishop's Bad Future timeline.
  • Power at a Price: Her "true" mutant power is the ability to bring things Back from the Dead. Unfortunately, they come back as Soulless Shell's.
  • Power Palms: Her gauntlet can fire energy blasts similar to Iron Man's repulsor rays.
  • Seer: Her power comes off this way. Until it's later revealed that all of her knowledge of the future are implanted memories of her future self, which is why there are so many holes in her knowledge.
  • Stable Time Loop: Layla's knowledge of the future was implanted by her future self, and after she grows up, she eventually goes back and does the same to her younger self.
  • The Stoic: Doesn't show much emotion. Can lead to cases of Comically Serious.
    • Not So Stoic: Has her moments. Notably, breaking down in tears when confronted by Cyclops in the Bad Future and asking him to kill her. Also, when Jamie dies.
  • Waif Prophet: When she was a child.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Jamie dies in Death of X, but Layla isn't mentioned. Later, she's said to be alive.

    Armando Munoz/Darwin 

Armando Muñoz / Darwin

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Nationality: American

Species: Human mutant


  • Adaptive Ability: Will adapt to anything thrown at him. Fire, space, death gods. The only things that he won't adapt to are Giant Mecha and The Incredible Hulk. With them, he just teleports to safety.
  • Abusive Parents: His father abandoned him when he was four due to his seeming physical deformities, declaring that Darwin couldn't be his. This led to his mother resenting and ignoring him, being happy when a boarding school took him off her hands. Even after he saved her life from a fire, she slapped and disowned him when Darwin realized he was a mutant and tried to talk with her about it.
  • Ascended Extra: Added to X-Factor because he was essentially a sacrificial X-Man that was demoted to extra status after Ed Brubaker's run, and thus had very little continuity baggage.
  • Bald of Awesome: His default appearance is bald.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Slow to anger, but when he does get mad? RUN. Very fast.
  • Body Horror: His powers allow him to evolve to survive, resulting in some horrifying transformations. Shot with a weapon that targets the nervous system, he becomes a sponge creature. Crushed beneath wreckage, he's reduced to an oozing mass that can speak. Decapitated by a headshot, a second head starts growing out of his torso, and so forth. Thankfully these are temporary changes, but made worse that he's got no control over what he'll become.
  • Driven to Suicide: Tried to kill himself by jumping off the roof of his school after his mother disowned him for being a mutant, but his abilities allowed him to easily land safely and he immediately regretted having made the attempt.
  • Genre Savvy: When Monet tries to seduce him, Armando refuses to believe she is genuinely interested in him and he is right: she is actually being controlled by Cortex.
  • Hopeless Suitor: He crushes on M, but she has absolutely no interest in him.
  • Never Gets Drunk: Armando's powers evolve his metabolism to process alcohol faster than usual.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Basically is his power.
  • Omniglot: His powers mean he can pick up languages pretty quick.
  • Race Lift / But Not Too Black: Lampshaped within the series. Darwin's powers had turned him white in a primarily white community "to better survive", but once he gains some confidence he changes himself back to his original darker skin tone. The characters point out the Unfortunate Implications of this.
  • Sanity Slippage: Throwing him at a goddess of death wasn't Jamie's smartest move, but it's an encounter with a possible future version of Rahne's son that starts sending him over the deep end.
  • Skewed Priorities: At one point, when falling off a cliff, he fights his body trying to grow wings because it'd ruin his coat.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In his defense, he was trying to prevent the end of the world.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Chases after Tier, Rhane's son, with every intent to kill him.

Villains

    Damian Tryp 

Dafydd ap Andras/Damian Tryp

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Nationality: Welsh

Species: Human mutant (Changeling)


The CEO of Singularity Investigations and the Big Bad for the first 17 issues of the Peter David run. Tryp is trying to prevent a Bad Future that the X-Factor team unintentionally creates.
  • Analogy Backfire: While trying to reassure Falcone that their plan will work, Tryp brings up Joan of Arc and Ghandi. Falcone responds that the martyr theme is not reassuring him in the slightest.
  • Beard of Evil: All three of the main Tryps have varying amounts of facial hair.
  • Blow You Away: Controlling the wind is one of his powers. He used this power to kill Jamie's parents.
  • Combo Platter Powers: Tryp is one of the most absurd examples of this trope in superhero comics. He possessed a connection to the Earth's elemental state which allows him to augment his strength, control the winds, erase people's memories and exist in multiple points in his lifetime.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Tryp, Sr.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Jamie Madrox. Both are heads of investigation firms and possess the ability to be in multiple places at once due to being more than one person but Tryp's power allows him to be in multiple timelines.
  • Evil Old Folks: Tryp the Eldest.
  • Green and Mean: The Eldest wore green wizard robes.
  • Me's a Crowd: Tryp exists in multiple points in time making him a "true Multiple Man".
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: In Tryp the Eldest's timeline, X-Factor was able to Re-Power the Mutants who lost their powers during M-Day. Unfortunately, the Mutants used their powers to wipeout humanity and then turned on each other with no one else to conquer. Tryp the Eldest's goal is to prevent this from happening.

    Doctor Leery 

Doctor Leery

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Nationality: American

Species: Human Mutant

A former Mutant and ex-doctor who abducts Theresa after she is beaten up by Damian Tryp, Jr. His goal is to force X-Factor to reveal the cause of M-Day and reverse it.
  • Ax-Crazy: He is quite clearly not stable.
  • Character Death: Julio kills him in order to save Terry.
  • De-Power: Leery lost his powers during M-Day. It caused him to go mad and go to extreme lengths to get them back.
  • Eye Scream: Terry fires a sonic scream that shatters the lenses of his glasses and causes the shards to fly into his eyes.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He himself admits he always had an anger problem. His unknown Mutant powers were fueled by his anger.
  • Mad Doctor: He used to be a doctor before his mutation kicked in.
  • Monster of the Week: In contrast to most of the other villains in X-Factor volume 3, Leery's role in the comic is very small and he only appears in one issue where he is killed off.
  • Noodle Incident: Leeree mentions that his powers once caused him to do something really bad in the E.R. once but he never elaborates on what it was.
  • Punny Name: The name Leery sounds like the word "leery". Leery himself lampshades by pointing out he has been on the receiving end of jokes about his name.

    X-Cell 
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A terrorist group consisting of Mutants who lost their powers during M-Day. They believe the government is to blame.


Tropes applying to X-Cell in general:

  • De-Power: All of them are Mutants who lost their powers during M-Day.
  • Fantastic Terrorists: They're a terrorist group of de-powered Mutants.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: X-Cell is under the mistaken belief that the Mutant Decimation was caused by the government. Given the long history of the government trying to wipe out Mutants, this is actually not a totally unreasonable assumption to make. Which makes it all the more ironic that the true culprit behind M-Day is a Mutant.

Elijah Cross

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Nationality: American

Species: Human mutant (Depowered)

The leader of X-Cell. He has the ability to increase his density while retaining his ability to move.


  • Nigh-Invulnerability: His power is to increase his density while retaining his normal mobility. Jamie likens being hit by him to pins being hit by a bowling ball.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Elijah is six foot three. He mentions that a lot of people assumed he was an easy target because of his height before he proved them wrong.
  • Race Lift: When Elijah first appeared, he was drawn with caucasian skin and brown hair. His appearance in Issue #20, however, has him with black hair and a darker skin tone.
  • Spontaneous Human Combustion: How he dies as a result of Quicksilver's touch making his body unstable.

Fatale

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Nationality: American

Species: Human mutant (Depowered)

An assassin with a history of enmity with the X-Men and X-Factor. She worked for Dark Beast for a time. She possesses the power to teleport and bend light around herself to alter her appearance or turn invisible.


  • Amazing Technicolor Population: She has green skin. She loses it after her powers are taken from her.
  • Ambiguously Brown: In her de-powered state.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: She fights a Madrox dupe with a blade hidden in her gauntlet.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Losing her powers did not make Fatale any less dangerous. She still retains her skills as a martial artist and assassin and was even able to kill a Madrox dupe who was trained in martial arts despite suffering a broken arm.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: Not really blonde but she has tanned skin and pale blue hair. Not even regaining her powers for a time changed that.
  • Facial Markings: Has a lightning tattooed over her left eye.
  • Green and Mean: Fatale has green skin and is a villain.
  • Invisibility: She can bend light to make herself invisible to the naked eye.
  • Master of Illusion: She can bend light to alter her appearance. She used this ability to take on two aliases to deceive the X-Men and get close to Bishop.
  • Monochromatic Eyes: Her eyes have no irises or pupils, being completely white. They remain that way even after M-Day.
  • Most Common Superpower: She's rather busty.
  • Mysterious Past: Not much is known about Fatale before she came into Dark Beast's service, not even her real name.
  • Poisoned Weapons: The gauntlet blade she uses on a Madrox dupe was coated with poison and only needed a slight scratch to kill him.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: Her outfit is a purple bodysuit and her skin used to be green.
  • Teleportation: One of her powers.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is pale blue and remained even after losing her powers.

    Sheila DeSoto 

Sheila DeSoto

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Nationality: American

Species: Human mutant

Appearing in the Madrox series which served as a prelude to the 2006 X-Factor run, Sheila was a woman with designs on taking over the Chicago crime syndicate. To that end, she seduced and became engaged to Chicago mob boss, Eddie Vance, and used his connections and resources to track down and murder other crime lords with the intent of killing Eddie once she had no further use for him. She became intertwined with Jamie Madrox when she met and married one of his duplicates who was in Chicago and killed said duplicate after he had learned of her plans. Sheila was eventually killed by Vance after Jamie exposed her treachery.


  • Big Bad: Of Jamie's story in Madrox.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She pretends to be an innocent woman under the thumb of a vicious crime boss but is far more ambitious and cruel than she lets in on.
  • Black Widow: She married one of Jamie's duplicates and then killed him when he found out her plans for Eddie Vance. She was also going to kill Eddie himself before Jamie exposed her.
  • Body Horror
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: She can sprout insect-like limbs and other body parts from her skin.
  • The Queenpin: Her goal in Madrox. She comes very close to succeeding too.

    Eddie Vance 

Edward "Eddie" Vance

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Nationality: American

Species: Human

A Chicago crime boss and Sheila's fianc&eacute a whom she married in order take over his criminal empire.


  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Vance is a multi-million dollar industrialist who is also an organized crime boss.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: After killing Sheila, Vance lets Jamie live since the latter saved his life and exposed Sheila's duplicity.
  • Karma Houdini: He is able to keep control of his criminal empire with fewer rivals since Sheila killed all of them in her bid to take over.
  • Playing Possum: Jamie "shoots" Vance in the head after spilling the beans on everything Sheila was doing. It turns out that Jamie actually shot Vance with a paint gun and Vance, having caught on to what Jamie was really doing, was playing possum, while Sheila confessed to her treachery. Vance then shoots both Clay and Sheila.

    Clay 

Clay

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Nationality: ?

Species: ?

An assassin-for-hire. He was paid to kill Jamie's duplicate and then the original Jamie by Sheila. He returned in "The Isolationist" arc.


  • Ambiguously Brown: Clay has dark skin but his actual race and ethnicity is never stated.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Clay stabs Jamie's duplicate and watches him get into a cab and drive, not bothering to follow him to make sure he dies. Later, when he has Jamie cornered, he lets Jamie bait him into revealing that Sheila is the true Big Bad and Jamie uses this knowledge to reveal Sheila's treachery to Eddie Vance who later kills her. One gets the feeling that Sheila's plans would have succeeded and she would still be alive had she hired someone more thorough and efficient than Clay.
  • Cool Shades: He always wears them. They serve to hide his Monochromatic Eyes.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: He has white hair and tanned skin.
  • Foreshadowing: Clay's line to Jamie when he reveals his own power of Self-Duplication foreshadows Jamie's eventual clash with Damian Tryp in the proper X-Factor title.
    "Did you think you were the only one? You don't know anything , Madrox... Least of all what you really are".
  • Monochromatic Eyes: Issue #4 of Madrox reveals that his eyes are white with no visible irises or pupils.
  • Mysterious Past: It isn't clear if Clay is a Mutant or a changeling like Damian Tryp.
  • Only One Name: It isn't clear if Clay is his actual name or just a nickname, but that's the name he answers to.
  • Rules Lawyer: When Clay discovers that the Jamie Madrox he killed was actually a duplicate, he argues that he still completed his assignment to kill Jamie and that Sheila never specified that it had to be the original one. Sheila doesn't have any of it and orders Clay to complete the job.
  • Self-Duplication: Like Jamie.
  • Tattooed Crook: Clay is a hitman-for-hire and has visible white tattoos on his arms and pecs.

    The Isolationist 

Josef Huber/The Isolationst

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Nationality: German

Species: Human Mutant

Born to a wealthy German family, Josef Huber's mutation was a terrible curse to him. Not only could he hear the thoughts of every single person on the planet with no way of turning it off, but his Mutant power to mimic the abilities of every known Mutant in the world was always active, meaning his body was forever bombarded with powers he could not control. Using his family's wealth, Huber isolated himself in Antarctica and relied on special medications to deal with his telepathy. When the Scarlet Witch de-powered the majority of the world's Mutant population, Huber saw this as an opportunity to rid himself of his condition by wiping out the remaining Mutants of the world.


  • Affably Evil: Evil though he may be, Huber is still a well-spoken and relatively level-headed man. He disdains violence even if he has to use it to achieve his goals and he even felt somewhat fond of X-Factor.
  • And I Must Scream: Not only can Huber always hear the thoughts of
  • Anti-Villain: Given how horrific his mutation is, one can't help but feel a twinge of sympathy for Huber's plight.
  • Blessed with Suck: Telepathy and power mimicry would normally be cool powers. Unfortunately for Huber, he can't turn them off and has to take medication to deal with them.
  • Charm Person: He has a limited form of mind control.
  • The Chessmaster: See The Man Behind the Man below. He also set up Monet and Siryn's meeting with Nicole to have a mole within X-Factor to take out Layla Miller.
  • A God Am I: As he boasts, "God may move in mysterious ways but he has nothing on me. In fact, in a sense, I am [X-Factor's] god, and this is them simply meeting their maker."
  • The Man Behind the Man: Huber had actually been manipulating events that X-Factor had been involved in for several months. He supplied X-Cell with weapons, was a silent partner in Singularity Investigations and arranged for Monet and Siryn, who were immune to his mind manipulation powers, to take the Purity Singer case so they would be away while he manipulated the rest of the team.
  • Power Copying: He has the ability to mimic the powers of every Mutant on the planet. He has displayed the ability to use Cyclops' Eye Beams, Colossus' steel skin, Nightcrawler's teleportation and Forge's intuition for creating complex and highly advanced mechanical devices.
  • Power Incontinence: You think Cyclops and Rogue have it bad? They've got nothing on Huber. Not only is his telepathy always active and reading the thoughts of everyone on the planet, but his power mimicry is also always active and he can't control. M-Day was actually a blessing for him because it meant less mutant powers to invade his body.
  • Telepathy: A separate power from his Power Copying.

    Nicole 

Nicole

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Nationality: French

Species: Robot

A French orphan whose depowered Mutant parents were killed by an anti-Mutant hate group in Paris. Monet and Theresa take her in and bring her to the United States.

It is eventually revealed that Nicole isn't a Mutant but a robot created by Huber to infiltrate X-Factor and kill Layla Miller whose ability to foresee future events posed a potential threat to his plans.


  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: We get a glimpse of her true colors when she insults Layla behind her back. Her trying to kill Layla is what truly proves she is not the sweet little girl she appears to be.
  • Man of Kryptonite: Nicole has a "chaotic randomizing generator" built into her which thwarted Layla's short-term precognitive abilities.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Not only does Nicole fail to kill Layla but her revealing Huber's name to Layla is also how Jamie finds out the Isolationist cannot be trusted.
  • Robotic Reveal: She is revealed as a robot when Layla trips her into the path of an oncoming train.

    Taylor 

Taylor

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Nationality: American

Species: Human

Introduced during the Bat Family Crossover arc Messiah Complex, Taylor was a high-ranking member of the anti-mutant terrorist group known as the Purifiers. When his cell was infiltrated and sabotaged from within by Rictor, Taylor was excommunicated from the Purifiers and he swore revenge on Mutants kind as a whole.


  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Before he joined the Purifiers, Taylor was an aimless drug addict. Being excommunicated from the organization utterly shattered him.
  • Driven to Suicide: Implied. While his killing himself was part of the last resort to kill the denizens of Mutant Town, he also expressed that he had no reason to live since he was no longer being a Purifier.
  • Fantastic Terrorists: Taylor is - or rather was - a member of the Purifiers, a terrorist organization dedicated to wiping out Mutants.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: His view of himself after he the Purifiers kicked him out.
  • Not So Different: See Sympathy for the Devil below. One could also say he is this to Rictor as both of them felt depressed and aimless after they lost something important to them (Taylor's position in the Purifiers and Rictor's powers).
  • Only One Name: It's not clear if Taylor is his first or last name, but that's the only name he's known by.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: When they find him in Issue #30, Taylor tells X-Factor they have no idea what it's like to feel lonely and without a purpose. Jamie thinks to himself that he does feel that way though he doesn't say it out loud.
  • Taking You with Me: Arcade set up bombs all across Mutant Town and rigged them to detonate when Taylor's heart stopped beating. Taylor poisons himself and the bombs go off devastating Mutant Town.

    The Talisman 

Nogor

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Nationality: Skrull Empire

Species: Skrull

A Skrull who impersonated Longshot.
See Skrulls

    Mr. Maru 

Maru

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Nationality: ?

Species: Human

Mr. Maru is the head of the Karma Project, an organization interested in furthering humanity's evolution. He kidnaps Darwin to study his DNA.
  • Affably Evil: Maru conducts himself with grace and dignity at all times.
  • Arc Villain: Of the "Big Bang" arc.
  • Classy Cane: Maru walks with a cane and is a classy, rich guy.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Has his guards knock out Darwin when he tries to escape but prevents them from hurting him more than is necessary. He is also sickened by Darwin's father selling him out for money.
  • Karma Houdini: He gets away with abducting Darwin and shooting his father.
  • Kick Them While They're Down: Does this to Darwin when the latter attacks him. As he tells Darwin, he has never believed in the saying, "never kick a man while he's down".
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: With X-Factor having found his base and his super soldiers having failed, Maru decides to cut his losses and releases Darwin.

    Anthony Falcone 

Anthony Falcone

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Nationality: American

Species: Human

As a child, Anthony Falcone's family was killed in what he thought was a Mutant related incident. Swearing that no one would suffer because of Mutants like he did, Falcone grew up to become the science advisor to the President of the United States and instituted a new Sentinel Program.


  • 0% Approval Rating: According to the Chief of Staff, 93% of Americans are more terrified of Falcone's Sentinels than they are of Mutants.
  • Arc Villain: In the Earth-1191 plot for the "Summers Rebellion" arc.
  • Corrupt Politician
  • Final Solution: Operation: Clean Sweep
  • Freudian Excuse: Everything Falcone has done is seemingly in the name of making sure Mutants don't harm humans anymore like they did to his family.
  • Expy: Falcone is one to Senator Kelly, a politician that hates mutants and has the Sentinels hunt them down.
  • Hypocrite: He threatens the Chief of Staff's family despite himself knowing the pain of losing one's family.
  • It's All About Me: While he claims to be fighting for humanity, Falcone also has ambitions of being hailed as the savior of mankind and cares more about avenging mutantkind's perceived trespasses against him than actually protecting people.
  • Irony: Falcone's parents were supposedly killed in a "mutant-related incident" when he was a child. This left him with a hatred of mutants that was fanatical even by the standards of his timeline. He would eventually institute an elaborate and convoluted plot (involving Time Travel) to wipe out mutantkind. But in attempting to suck all the mutants into the time vortex, it turns out that he and his giant sentinel robots get sucked into his own past, crashing into his childhood home and killing his parents. He was the one responsible for their deaths all along.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: When he sees Jamie has been brought to his timeline, Falcone contacts Cortex while he is in the past demanding to know how Jamie is still alive. Unfortunately, this breaks Cortex's hold on Shatterstar.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: He was actually responsible for the deaths of his parents.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Falcone thinks that he's doing this with Operation: Clean Sweep.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When he realizes he was the one that caused his parents' deaths.

    Cortex 

Cortex

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Nationality: American

Species: Human mutant

During the Messiah Complex storyline, it was discovered that the birth of the firstborn Mutant since M-Day, two new futures of Mutantkind had been created. In order to explore these new futures, the X-Men called in Jamie and had him create two dupes to be sent into each new future and return with the knowledge they had acquired. One of those dupes was sent to Bishop's timeline alongside a stowaway Layla Miller. The other dupe attempted to return to his own timeline but was trapped in a vortex where time did not exist. It was here that he was captured by Tryp and Anthony Falcone who transformed him into the cyborg known as Cortex.


  • And I Must Scream: Cortex was trapped in a time vortex where he experienced a hundred years per minute before he was retrieved and augmented by Tryp and Falcone.
  • And Your Little Dog, Too!:
    Now to dispose of Lenore Wilkinson... and her offspring... and her little dog, too.
  • Antagonist Abilities: Regeneration, portal creation and mind control. The only reason he didn't accomplish his task sooner is because he was having too much fun playing with the heroes.
  • Cyborg
  • Deadpan Snarker: Something he retained from Jamie.
    Falcone: You were supposed to dispose of James Madrox. How could you fail to do that?
    Cortex: By not killing him?
  • Detachment Combat: He was able to maintain control of his arm after Rictor sliced it off and used it to strangel Rictor.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Cortex incinerates some pigeons for roosting on a the corpse of a dead police officer. Not only is this action extremely unnecessary but Cortex was the one who killed the officer in the first place.
  • Fantastic Racism: Cortex displays disgust for organic life.
  • Hand Blast: His primary method of offense is discharging purple energy beams from his hands.
  • Healing Factor: He's survived punches from Monet and having a knife in the back of his neck.
  • Helping Hands: Shatterstar cuts off one of Cortex's hands. He still retains control of it and uses it to choke Shatterstar.
  • It Amused Me: Cortex admits that he could have gone back in time and accomplished his mission by killing Lenore's mother while she was still a child but didn't see any challenge in it.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Once he starts fighting seriously, Cortex comes within a hairsbreadth of annihilating the heroes and killing Lenore.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: Cortex can transform his eyes into tentacles to infect people with his mind control.
  • Mind Manipulation: Cortex can gain control of individuals either through physical contact made with tentacle branches protruding from his eyes or from psychic contact through one of his already possessed minions.
  • Reforged into a Minion: Cortex is a dupe who was captured and cybernetically enhanced by Damian Tryp and Anthony Falcone who programmed him to hunt down and kill the ancestors of the Summers Rebellion.
  • Supernatural Is Purple: Cortex's mind controlled victims have purple glowing eyes and in Monet's case turns her into a purple humanoid with Barbie Doll Anatomy.
  • Terminator Impersonator: Cortex is a cyborg with futuristic technology who is ordered by the bad guys to kill certain people from the present (such Lenore Wilkinson who is an ancestor of the Mutant Hecate) to prevent the rise of the Summers Rebellion in the future.
  • Thinking Up Portals: Cortex's technology also grants him the ability to open portals to travel to different locations.
  • Tron Lines: He has purple ones on his skin.
  • Villain Ball: Cortex is capable of time travel and is tasked with taking out X-Factor. Rather than going the most efficient route of killing them in the crib, he'd much rather leave them a fighting chance in the present because an easy victory is boring and he's sadistic. This bites him in the ass hard.

    Dr. Doom of Earth-TRN143 

Victor von Doom

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Nationality: Latverian

Species: Human Mutate

In an Alternate Universe, Victor von Doom conducted a science experiment that could bring back the dead just as his counterpart in the 616 universe. However, instead of being scarred, the Doom of the TRN143 had his mind transferred into the body of his universe's Reed Richards. After murdering the Ben Grimm of his universe, Doom would be involved in the fateful space voyage that granted Reed his powers. He would then travel to the main 616 universe, where he teamed up with that version of Dr Doom in a scheme to kidnap the Invisible Woman.


  • Badass Bookworm: This is a given as he is an alternate universe version of Dr Doom and is in Reed Richards' body to boot.
  • Bed Trick: It is heavily implied he wanted to do this to Sue Storm. The Dr Doom of 616 was so disgusted by this that he had her kidnapped solely for the purpose of saving her from this terrible fate.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: He planned to combine resources with 616 doom but fully intended to betray him later. 616 Doom was fully aware of this, however.
  • Evil Doppelgänger: He is a Dr Doom who hopped into the body of his universe's Reed Richards. He looks like Reed but is nothing like him on the inside.
  • Evil Gloating: Just like his alternate universe counterpart. He was all too happy to divulge his entire backstory to Reed all the while gloating that his victory was assured.
  • For Want of a Nail: Instead of being scarred by the accident, Doom was transferred into Reed's body. He then killed Ben Grimm.
  • Golf Clubbing: How he killed the Ben Grimm of his universe.
  • Grand Theft Me: The fateful accident transferred his mind into his Reed's body.
  • Hero Killer: Of his universe's Ben Grimm.
  • Off with His Head!: How he meats his demise. Guido punches his head in the direction of a portal opened up by Shatterstar. Layla distracts Shatterstar with a kiss causing the portal to collapse and decapitate TRN143 Doom.
  • Rubber Man: He has the elastic powers of Reed Richards.

    S.C.A.R.s 
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Developed by General Sam Ryan, Dr. Young Soo Pock and J. Jonah Jameson as a cybernetic update to the Super-Soldier program, S.C.A.R.s (Strategic Capture And Retrieval) was a United States military black ops team.


Tropes applying to S.C.A.R.s as a whole.

Noelle Blanc/Ballistique

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Nationality: American

Species: Human cyborg

Nicole Blanc went to Monet in order to seek help with her PTSD from the Iraq War. However, Monet unintentionally unlocked her true memories. Nicole then tracked down Rococo to restore her memories and together they set about finding their teammate, Sylvius.


  • Convenient Coma: Monet uses her telepathy to put Ballistique in a coma.
  • Fake Memories: Noelle had false memories of being an Iraq War veteran implanted in her mind.
  • Finger Firearms: She can fire "cyber-bullets" from her fingertips. They're strong enough to penetrate Strong Guy's skin and even bulletproof windows. They also apparently disappear after hitting their target.
  • Fire-Breathing Weapon: Noelle attacks Rococo with a flamethrower. Not to kill her but to reveal her cybernetics and restore her memories.
  • Hero Killer: She's the one who fatally shot Guido.
  • Mind Rape: Monet does this to her as retribution for killing Guido.
  • Punny Name: "Noelle" is derived from Noël, the Old French word for "Christmas". "Blanc" means "White" in French. Her name basically means "White Christmas" in English. Given the significance of dreams in her story, it's possible it is a reference to the song, "White Christmas" by Irving Berlin which has the lyrics, "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas".
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She has a scant number of appearances in the comics, but her shooting Guido had severe consequences for the rest of the story.

Rococo

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Nationality: American

Species: Human cyborg

After her memories were wiped, Rococo was given the false identity of Nurse Cocoa until Noelle tracked her down and restored her memories.


  • Affably Evil: Rococo tells the Black Cat that she has not personal quarrel with her and even compliments the shape of her ass.
  • Ambiguously Gay: After knocking out the Black Cat, Rococo observes that she has the "sweetest little rump".
  • Atrocious Alias: Cocoa. At least as far Ballistique is concerned.
    Ballistique: I tried calling you "Cocoa" once. You nearly took my head off.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: The metallic alloy that covers Rococo's skins appears to have removed her nipples and vulva.
  • The Brute: The muscle of the team.
  • Chrome Champion: Rococo has skin consisting of a metallic granite or onyx material, making her impervious to attacks with fire or electricity.
  • Scary Black Woman: African-American and not a very stable person.

Sylvius

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Nationality: American

Species: Human cyborg

Sylvius is a member of the M.R.D. She is also a member of the S.C.A.R.s, aka, the deadliest team of women around.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Keeps her hair pretty short.
  • EMP: Due to to her cybernetic enhancements, Sylvius is able to emit a blast of EMP. Unfortunately, the recoil is pretty strong and tends to knock her off her feet.
  • Evil Redhead: She is the redhead of the trio.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Now she has a scar on the right side of her face.
  • Only Sane Woman: Supposedly. Pock claims that she was the only one of the three who wasn't mentally unstable due to the cybernetics but that is rather questionable given she leads Rococo and Ballistique in their quest for revenge.
  • Technopath: Sylvius can hear electric signals. This is how she discovers the tracer the Black Cat put on Rococo.

    Vandella 

Vandella

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Nationality: Ethiopian

Species: Demon

When her father was seemingly killed by a vampire, Adina Malcolm suspected her stepmother Nancy of foul play. In reality, the true culprit was the Vandella, a demonic, vampire spirit which possessed Adina in her sleep.


    Bloodbath 

Bloodbath

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Nationality: Hell

Species: Demon

When Jason Roland aka the Hangman escaped from hell, the demon Bloodbath approached him with the task of collecting souls for him so Bloodbath could claim their "puissance", or energy. To make the Hangman comply, Bloodbath murdered the Hangman's ex-wife Sally and kidnapped their son Terry.


  • Blade Brake: Bloodbath breaks one of Shatterstar's swords.
  • Body Surf: Bloodbath has the ability to take control of a dead person's corpse. He does this to Sally Roland's corpse to intimidate X-Factor into staying out of his way and then to Jamie's corpse after he kills him.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In the opening of Issue #227, Bloodbath corners Terry and jokes about whether or not he will kill the boy - "taking them from a pg 13 to a hard R" as he says - or if someone the scene will cut away. In Issue #228, he outright addresses the readers and recaps what occurred in the previous issue.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He has a twisted sense of humor and frequently makes film-related puns.
  • Good Weapon, Evil Weapon: Bloodbath uses a black sword with a curved blade.
  • Hero Killer: Of Jamie.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: A guy named Bloodbath is not one to be trifled with.
  • No-Sell: Bloodbath can penetrate Layla's force field, something no one was ever able to do before.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Bloodbath wears a black bodysuit with red stitching and red clothing over it.
  • "Take That!" Kiss: Bloodbath gives one to Layla whom he dubs his "new best friend" while possessing Sally Roland's corpse.
  • Trash Talk: During their fight, he tells Shatterstar that he may be strong and fast but he isn't very smart.

    Scattershot 

Scattershot

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Nationality: Mojoworld

Species: Mojoworlder

A denizen of Mojoworld, Scattershot drew X-Factor's attention when he began murdering amateur superheroes in Seattle. When confronted by Shatterstar, Scattershot revealed Mojo's intention to bring his "reality" shows to Earth.


  • Amazing Technicolor Population: His skin is grayish-purple.
  • Badass Bandolier: He wears a red bandolier.
  • BFG: Scattershot carries two large guns.
  • Evil Is Bigger: Scattershot is much larger than Shatterstar and arguably stronger than him as well.
  • Humans Are Bastards: When Shatterstar expresses disgust that Mojo wants to turn Earth into another reality t.v. show for his entertainment, Scattershot mockingly points out how Earth isn't all that different from Mojoworld in the first place.
    Scattershot: These people... these humans... They vote on the fates of talent contestants as if the whole world has become one huge arena giving a thumbs up or down. They treat the ongoing struggles and personal traumas of their celebrities as if they're unfolding for their entertainment. There's not even a sense of outrage anymore! It's the norm! You come here and try to tell yourself that Mojo and his entertainment-obsessed, other-dimensional world is just some observation? You thought you escaped the Mojoverse? Baby, you're soaking in it.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After being defeated by Shatterstar, Scattershot is "recalled" back to Mojoworld and is never seen again.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Has white hair and is a ruthless enforcer of Mojo.

    Morrigan 

Morrigan

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Nationality: Irish

Species: God

An Irish deity who goes on a murder spree in Ulster County for the purpose of drawing out Theresa.


  • Ambiguously Gay: She kisses Theresa on the lips for some reason but it isn't clear if she is attracted to women.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: She killed the previous Morrigan in 150 B.C.
  • Evil Redhead: Red hair and a powerful and dangerous deity.
  • Evil Wears Black: Dresses completely in black and is an evil Irish goddess of war.
  • Familiar: Her pet raven Branwen.
  • Deal with the Devil: She traded her soul for the power to kill the previous Morrigan as revenge for the Morrigan taking her father.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Her backstory involves her killing the previous Morrigan and taking her place.
  • Legacy Character: She is not the original Morrigan. She took that title after killing the previous one.
  • No Name Given: Her name before she took the Morrigan's title is never revealed.
  • Pretender Diss: Morrigan doesn't think too highly of Siryn taking the name "Banshee" and tries to kill her over it. Subverted in that she's actually testing if Syrin is worth of taking her place as the next Morrigan.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: The title of Morrigan passes to whoever kills the prior one, the current one having had the position for around a thousand years. Siryn kills the current one in order to cure Polaris of a case of trauma-induced madness.

    Deathlok of Earth-TRN193 

Steve Rogers

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Nationality: American

Species: Human cyborg

While travelling the multiverse, Jamie Madrox wound up in Earth-TRN193, a universe where all but ten percent of the population was turned into monsters by the Scarlet Witch's spell. In that universe, Captain America had become his universe's version of Deathlok and was now dedicated to hunting and killing humans.

After Jamie's return to his own universe, Deathlok, Vanora Sinclair and Dormammu of Earth-TRN196 were brought to Earth-616.


All-New X-Factor

Brought to you by Serval Industries, Serval's CEO Harrison Snow bought the X-Factor name from Jamie Madrox with the goal of making the world's first corporate sponsored superhero team. The team is lead by Polaris and features Gambit, Quicksilver, Danger, Cypher, Warlock and newcomer Decay.

Main Cast

    Cast members on other pages 

Polaris

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See X-Men: '60s Members

Gambit

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See Gambit.

Quicksilver

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See Quicksilver.

Danger

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See X-Men: 2000's Members.

Cypher

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See New Mutants.

Warlock

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See New Mutants.

    Georgia Dakei / Decay 

Georgia Dakei / Decay

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Nationality: American

Species: Human mutant

  • Beware the Nice Ones: A friendly girl who can kill a man in seconds.
  • Emo Teen: After the Trauma Conga Line below.
  • Gilded Cage: Was raised in the lap of luxury but wasn't allowed to interact with anyone else due to her father lying about her powers.
  • Mommy Had A Good Reason For Abandoning You: She truly did Georgia's biological father is a ruthless supervillain.
  • Sixth Ranger: Joined the team latest of any of them.
  • Token Minority: The only person of color on the team.
  • Trauma Conga Line: In the span of two days, her father abandons her, she finds out he wasn't her biological dad, and meets her biological mom Only to get kidnapped by her supervillian biological father, who ends up dying alongside her mother.

    Harrison Snow 

Harrison Snow

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Nationality: American

Species: Human

  • Ambiguously Evil: Performs some incredibly shady acts but as far as team can tell he's on the up and up. Turns out to be good in the end, building up X-Factor to take down Alchemax
  • Fiction 500
  • I Have Your Wife: Tried on him during AXIS, with a sentinel pilot wanting to exchange her for the nuclear football stolen from the inverted president. Harrison refuses, though it's heavily implied he'd hope his team would go out to save her, which they do.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: His goal He's from the 2099 future and wants to topple Alchemax befor they start.

X-Factor (2020)

    Team Members 


Alternative Title(s): X Factor 2006, All New X Factor

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