Characters that have appeared in the X-Factor series
The Original X-Factor seriesThe 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.
Jean Grey/Marvel Girl
See Jean Grey.
Dr. Henry McCoy/Beast
Warren Worthington III/Angel/Archangel
- Anti-Hero: Type I-V depending on which version the writer is using.
- Blood Knight
- Deal with the Devil: When he joined Apocalypse...
- Dumb Muscle: Eventually became this after a convoluted series of events. It eventually wore off.
- Emotion Eater: Caliban feeds off fear as part of his mutant power
- HeelFace Revolving Door
- Killed Off for Real: During the Messiah Complex crossover, Taking the Bullet for Cable.
- Only One Name
- Sixth Ranger: Subverted, he only joined the X-Factor because he felt that he was helpless to stop the Marauders from killing the Morlocks. Soon after, he decided to join Apocalypse to make himself stronger.
- Third-Person Person: Caliban often refers to Caliban in the third person.
Russell "Rusty" Collins / Firefist
See New Mutants
Arthur "Artie" Maddicks / Artie
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Leech
- Mind over Matter: Had limited telepathy to "mind-lock" people and prevent them from acting.
- Progressively Prettier
- The Speechless
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Artie can telepathically project images from his mind.
Sally Blevins / Skids
See New Mutants
- Bad Powers, Good People
- Break the Cutie: Poor Leech has been through a lot of Hell, from being a survivor of Morlock Massacre to an unwilling pawn used for depowering mutants by a villain.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Artie
- Only One Name
- Power Nullifier: Leech has the ability to suppress energy around him, this includes electrical energy and a mutants ability.
- Progressively Prettier
- Third-Person Person
Tabitha 'Tabby' Smith / Boom-Boom
See New Mutants
Julio Richter / Rictor
- 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.
- 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...
- 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 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.
- Suddenly Sexuality: Lampshaded in-universe. Although many characters (and fans) were not oblivious to his Ho Yay with Shatterstar, Guido was nonetheless taken aback by their first on-panel kiss. Rictor has since asserted that he is gay, not bisexual.
- You Killed My Father: Held a grudge against Cable because of this, even after the truth came out.
Takashi "Taki" Matsuya / Wiz Kid
- Genius Cripple
- Child Prodigy
- "L" Is for "Dyslexia"
- Parental Abandonment: Lost his parents (and his ability to walk) in a car accident.
- Put on a Bus: Recently depowered after not appearing for over two decades.
- was not depowered actually
- Twofer Token Minority: He is a handicapped Japanese mutant kid.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: Leader of the Right, yet another anti-mutant activist group.
- Big Bad: Of X-Tinction Agenda and Phalanx Covenant.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: They would if Cameron hadn't given up his soul long beforehand.
- Deal with the Devil: Made one with N'Astirh during Inferno, granting him immortality.
- Disc-One Final Boss: During Second Coming, he's one of the Legion of Doom, but gets bumped off in the first third by the New Mutants. Bonus points for actually taking a One-Winged Angel form.
- The Dragon: One of Bastion's servants in Second Coming.
- Evil Former Friend: Was once a friend of Warren's. Eventually attempted to drive him to suicide.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Projected his insane jealousy of Angel onto all mutants.
- Hypocrite: During the Second Coming event, he referred to mutants as "tainted." Considering all the things he's done to his body over the years, that's pretty rich.
- Karma Houdini: No matter how many times he's killed, he just keeps coming back.
- Losing Your Head: Courtesy of his former friend Warren.
- Obviously Evil: The whole "mutant-hunter" idea the first X-Factor team had? His idea. How Warren never noticed this guy was an evil bastard is anyone's guess.
- Poisonous Friend
- Unexplained Recovery: Apparently even Warlock draining him completely wasn't enough to kill him for good.
- We Can Rebuild Him: The Genoshans gave him his first cyborg body.
Joanna Cargill / Frenzy
- 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
Wendy Sherman / Stinger
- '80s Hair
- Shock and Awe: Stinger can build static energy around her hands and discharge it as bio-electricity bolts
- Valley Girl
Dr. Nathaniel Essex / Mister Sinister
See X-Men: Villains
En Sabah Nur / Apocalypse
X-Factor Government Team (X-Factor II, 1991-1998)
Alexander "Alex" Summers/ Havok
See X-Men: '60s Members.
Lorna Dane / Polaris
Jamie Madrox / Multiple Man
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.
Guido Carosella / Strong Guy
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Big Guy: As his moniker suggests, Strong Guy is huge, powerful, and the muscle of the team.
- 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.
Rahne Sinclair / Wolfsbane
See New Mutants.
Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver
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.
Dr. Valerie Cooper
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. No-one in-universe likes her.
- 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 a panel that caused Steve Rodgers 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. 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
- 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, Bad People: Subverted, since Random is actually 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.
- Until recently, he was a Mook in the Marauders team.
- Cool Shades
- Guns Akimbo
- Heroic Albino
- '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.
See X-Men: '80s Members.
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 comes from one.
- 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
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: You'd think Bishop would think about his dead sister on occasion.
- Killed Off for Real
- 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
Kyle Gibney / Wild Child
Raven Darkholme / Mystique
Victor Creed / Sabretooth
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.
James "Jamie" Madrox / Multiple Man
See Multiple Man.
Guido Crossela / Strong Guy
See "X-Factor Government Team" Above.
Theresa Cassidy / Siryn / Banshee
Monet St. Croix / M
See Monet St. Croix.
Julio Richter / Rictor
See "Original X-Factor series" above.
Layla Miller / Butterfly
A mysterious young woman who just appeared at X-Factor's door after M-Day and refused to leave. She knows stuff.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Hopeless Suitor: He crushes on M, but she has absolutely no interest in him.
- 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 defence, 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.
See X-Men: '60s Members.
See X-Men: 2000s Members.
See New Mutants.
See New Mutants.
- 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.
- 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.
- Your Cheating Heart: Cheats on his wife with his head of PR, something his wife knows about.