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Acolytes of Magneto

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"These Acolytes have pledged themselves to my service and my cause. I will not abandon them."
Magneto

"They are the bravest and noblest company I ever fought with. Their very names are a blazon."
Exodus
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The poster children for What Could Have Been, the Acolytes of Magneto were a team of villainous mutants introduced during The '90s and originally intended to be the sucessors to the Brotherhood of Mutants.

The first generation of Acolytes were introduced during the debut of the first Adjectiveless X-Men run and right from the start they were modeled as an Evil Counterpart team to the X-Men, being a group of five mutants (well, four mutants and one brainwashed human) rallying around a charismatic leader. This group did not last very long, however, existing only for a three-issue storyline meant to kill off X-Men villain emeritus Magneto and establish team leader Fabian Cortez as one of the big new up-and-coming threats.

Cortez quickly gathered a second generation of Acolytes, a group with massive numbers mirroring the size the X-Men had grown to by this time and organized around a Church Militant ideology that exalted Magneto as a mutant messiah. Unfortunately for Cortez, Magneto had survived his assassination attempt and recruited a messiah figure of his own, the biblically-powerful mutant Exodus. Deposing Cortez with Exodus's aid, Magneto retook the reins of Acolytes, casting them firmly into the role of Evil Counterpart team to the X-Men as a whole. However, off-panel politics (the continuing fallout of the rather fiittingly titled "Image X-odus) disrupted whatever plans the writers originally had for the Acolytes, Consequently, they lost their focus after two highly-publicized Crisis Crossover stories (Fatal Attractions and Blood Ties) and devolved in short order into a team of Super Powered Mooks.

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The third generation of Acolytes was created late in the nineties, and most of its individual members were little more than Cannon Fodder created to pad out pages during the Magneto War, a storyline meant to wrap up the character arc of the mysterious X-Man Joseph (originally intended to be Magneto himself, later established as his clone). Following this storyline, most of the Acolytes vanished into Comic-Book Limbo, having become firm C-List Fodder by this time. Many of them were established as Killed Off for Real en masse during the 2001 E for Extinction storyline eight years after the fact, during 2009's Necrosha.

The fourth and currently final incarnation of the Acolytes debuted in 2008's Messiah Complex, and was a team made up of the most memorable characters from the previous three generations along with new arrivals Random and Tempo (a pair of refugees from X-Factor and D-list villain team the Mutant Liberation Front, respectively). After a failed bid to claim the actual mutant messiah (a baby who would go on to become the new character Hope Summers) and a successful bid at saving the life of Professor X, this generation was defeated by the one force more powerful than any mutant power: logic note . Following this revelation, Exodus disbanded the Acolytes. Their legacy of integrating religion, once a subject verboten by The Comics Code, into the X-Men universe as an idea to be examined and deconstructed, lingers to this day though, as do a handful of the Acolytes themselves.

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  • A God Am I: A delusion Magneto was suffering from around his time as leader of the Acolytes, later implied to be brought on by his high-order elemental powers. Specifically, Magneto modeled himself after the Old Testament God, casting himself as a vengeful and unforgiving deity with love for his chosen people and hate for everyone else. This cast the Acolytes as hardcore fanatics, as they were shown to not only follow but fervently believe in the divinity of a man perfectly willing to kill any one of them on a whim just because he could.
  • Anti-Human Alliance: Ironic as they are humans themselves (albeit human mutants), but they are allied under a belief that normal humans are a problem. How exactly that problem is addressed varies: in one What If? tale the Acolytes divided into two factions, an isolationist sect led by Exodus that advocated separatism and a genocide sect led by Fabian Cortez that advocated Kill 'Em All.
  • Badass Cape: Capes came standard-issue to the Acolyte uniform, and most Acolytes wore them.
  • C-List Fodder: Due to writing that was underwhelming at best and poor at worst, most of the Acolytes fell into this. Outside of the big four (Magneto, Colossus, Exodus and Fabian Cortez) very few of them are remembered or used outside of background shots, and even two of those four (Exodus and Cortez) suffer from being semi-recurring B-listers who never got to realize their full potential. Amelia Voght, Joanna Cargill and to a lesser degree Neophyte are the only other Acolytes who have seen semi-regular use as actual characters, with most of the others just being generic Mooks with a gimmick for the X-Men to beat on.
  • Church Militant: To the point where under Cortez there was an actual Book of Magneto (never seen, sadly) that Acolytes would quote from in battle.
  • Complexity Addiction: As the X-universe had mined the power well pretty dry by The '90s, many of the Acolytes had more complex versions of established characters's powers. Katu, Neophyte and Rakkus are the worst offenders.
  • Corrupt Church: Averted, surprisingly enough. Yes, the Acolytes were most definitely a Church Militant group, but they didn't tolerate corruption within their own ranks (driving out their own founder Fabian Cortez after he was outed as a traitor, for instance) and most of their rank-and file were devout within their own extremist ideology.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Whether it was done deliberately or not, most of the Acolytes were from non-American nationalities.
  • Heir Club for Men: A lot of them held Quicksilver in high regard and wanted him to lead them, but none of them seemed to care about the Scarlet Witch or Polaris. Became Hilarious in Hindsight after Wanda instantly became mutantkind's #1 enemy on M-Day.
  • Hidden Elf Village: Their Supervillain Lair, Avalon, was this, as it was shielded from all methods of electronic detection and intended to be a sanctuary for all of mutantkind.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Almost all the second-gen Acolytes, who unreservedly trusted Fabian Cortez right up to the moment Exodus outed his attempted assassination of Magneto. A mild case though, as Cortez really was that good a liar when he wanted to be.
  • Insistent Terminology: They all referred to Quicksilver as "Magnusson" on account of him being Magneto's only known son. For whatever reason neither Lorna nor Wanda ever got referred to as "Magnusdotter".
  • Killed Off for Real: Many of the second and third-gen Acolytes were killed off en masse during Cassandra Nova's assault on Genosha in New X-Men.
  • Last-Name Basis: This team was a collective pioneer of the Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames trope, as many of the Acolytes didn't even bother with codenames and were instead just addressed and referred to by their surnames.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: The Acolytes had at their peak one of the largest rosters of any supervillain team in comics. And while the X-Men had (even then) a larger roster still, the problem was that most of these characters were introduced all at once and never fleshed out, resulting in them decaying into a a glorified bunch of Super Powered Mooks.
  • Messianic Archetype: Half of the reason why Fabian Cortez betrayed Magneto was to turn him into one of these to motivate the Acolytes with, feeling (probably correctly) that his religion of Magneto would be more effective with Magneto himself as a martyr (the other half was that Magneto was worth beaucoup points in the Upstarts competition).
  • Mutants: Almost all of them, save for a few human associates from Genosha like Dr. Huxley and Phillip Moreau. There was also Nance Winters, the brainwashed human S.H.I.E.L.D. agent from the first generation.
  • Religion Is Wrong: The overarching message of the Acolytes seemed to be basically this as far as the writers were concerned. With the iffy exception of Exodus (who was usually portrayed as being genuinely motivated by his faith to help his fellow mutants but also usually being too crazy to do it without hurting ordinary humans) the faith of the Acolytes was always portrayed as a bad thing, and the Acolytes themselves always portrayed as fanatics for it. Ironically, they would directly predate the rise of X-Men writer Chuck Austen, an even bigger fan of this trope.
  • Seeking Sanctuary: After the fall of Avalon, a number of Acolytes attempted to seek asylum with the X-Men, only for Professor X to turn them away as this was right after a long attempt to rehabilitate another X-villain that went sour. Of course, the villain in question was Sabretooth...
  • Shoulders of Doom: Most of the Acolytes had big gold shoulderpads, though how big they were varied from member to member, with The Big Guy Acolytes getting big old 40K-style pads, while female Acolytes generally got pads of a reasonable size.
  • Stock Superpowers: Played with — writers of the day were clearly trying to avert this, but the X-universe being so huge by that time meant that pretty much every power ever was being used by someone somewhere. This led to some mutants with a bad case of Complexity Addiction to their powers.
  • Super Powered Mooks: They were originally intended to be something closer to an Evil Counterpart team to the X-Men as a whole, but getting their ranks filled with Loads and Loads of Characters all at once turned the majority of them into this instead.
  • Technology Marches On: Many of the Acolytes wore big gold headsets that looked really cool and futuristic during the nineties but today just look silly and outdated.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Magneto. Or rather, their ideal of Magneto. This comes to a peak in the fourth generation, where Magneto was Brought Down to Normal and they rejected the actual man while still following his teachings.
  • Villain Decay: The team itself underwent a decay of sorts, and many of the individual members decayed as well Depending on the Writer. Even Magneto himself suffered this, being reduced from The Atoner as Chris Claremont had written him into your stereotypical A God Am I Big Bad.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: An entire group of them.
  • The Worf Effect: In the pages of Cable's book they subjected Omega Red (one of the big new Badass villains at the time) to this in order to establish their ability to take down mutant villains just as well as the X-Men could.

First-Generation Acolytes

     Magneto 

Magneto

Max Eisenhardt

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AKA: Erik Magnus Lehnsherr
Debut: X-Men #1 (1963)

A new generation is being born, and with it must come a new world order.

The very first adversary the X-Men ever faced, and the leader of the first team of evil mutants they ever faced, the Brotherhood of Mutants.

See Magneto for more on him.


     Fabian Cortez 

Fabian Cortez

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Debut: X-Men #1 (1991)

You do that quite well, Pietro... maybe I should hire you to follow me around and shriek my name whenever I enter a room!


The leader of the first-gen Acolytes and founder of their second incarnation, as well as a secret member of the mutant-hunting group the Upstarts. The very definition of a Deceptive Disciple, Cortez is a gifted strategist, skilled politician and powerful mutant, boasting Super Empowering abilities that are a lot more dangerous than you'd think. He is also an expert Manipulative Bastard, successfully ingratiating himself to Magneto and later Exodus time and time again even after they become fully aware of what an Obvious Judas he is. Totally out for himself and no one else, to the point of going so far as to casually condemn his own sister to death, he finally got what was coming to him in 1999's Magneto: Dark Seduction miniseries. Though since he's already made an Unexplained Recovery once, he could theoretically return again at any time.

Cortez appears as a Boss in X-Men 2: Clone Wars and X-Men: GamesMaster's Legacy. He also has a semi-recurring role in X-Men, appearing in the two-part episode "Sanctuary" and later in "The Fifth Horseman".
  • Actually a Doombot: The version of him that is fought as a boss in Clone Wars is not really him, but rather a Phalanx clone of him.
  • Adaptational Badass: He is actually the toughest boss in X-Men: GamesMaster's Legacy, in what is almost certainly a glitch as he is essentially a more aggressive version of the game's Final Boss, Stryfe.
  • Adaptational Heroism: A very, very teeny little bit in the X-Men animated series. There, he appears to be a native Genoshan who's genuinely in the fight to end mutant enslavement rather than an outsider only in it for his own interests. His devotion to Magneto also appears to be genuine at first, his treachery coming only after he realizes Mags isn't as hot on killing humans as he'd hoped for. Any sympathy points won by these minor changes are quickly thrown away, though, after the show takes a noticeable deviation from canon by having him climb into bed with Apocalypse.
    • He also got some of this in Marvel Zombies, which featured him as a minor character who assisted Magneto in evacuating the newly zombie-infested Earth.
  • Adaptational Nationality: As just mentioned, he's Genoshan in the animated series, unlike his mainstream counterpart who is Spanish.
  • Arch-Enemy: He really, really wanted to be this to Magneto's son Quicksilver, at least after his attempt to become Pietro's Evil Mentor failed. Unfortunately for him, Quicksilver just never seemed to have the time for him.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: He hails from Spanish nobility.
  • Asshole Victim: The first time he dies, it's in the sewers of Genosha at the hands of Exodus, who executes him in disgust after Cortez threatens to murder little Luna Maximoff. The second time, when he's Killed Off for Real, it's at the hands of a vengeful Magneto, who uses his fully-charged magnetic powers to fling Cortez fifty miles and smash him to the ground. Both times, he clearly has it coming.
  • Badass Spaniard: An evil version, but he is from Spain and hangs in the big leagues as mutants go.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Cortez clearly sees himself as a leader in the mutant community on par with Magneto and Professor X, but he's just as clearly the only mutant (or human) who feels this way.
  • Bad Boss: As good as he is as at politics, Cortez is just not a field leader. He might not kill his underlings, but he does berate and insult them mercilessly, at least when they're small and weak enough for him to get away with it. He might bully Neophyte and Rem-Ram all the live long day, but you'll never catch him trying to do the same to Acolytes like Cargill or Unuscione who can kick his teeth in for it.
  • Bastard Understudy: Seems to be playing this role at first, before it becomes clear his only interest in Magneto is making a martyr out of him.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Often effects the persona of a good-intentioned statesman trying to balance out the extremist Magneto or Exodus. No one's particularly convinced by it.
  • Captain Ersatz: Almost certainly an unintentional one, but Achilles de Flandres from Ender's Shadow has a lot in common with him, both of them being Manipulative Bastard Evil Redhead reliable traitors playing what essentially amount to games of geopolitical Russian Roulette.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Of a sort. Cortez never misses an opportunity to stick the knife in, but he gets to be such an Obvious Judas that few people are dumb enough to give him an opportunity.
  • Consummate Liar: Not a very convincing one, but apparently lying is so ingrained in him that he even lies to birds. No word yet on if he lies to any other animals.
  • Cornered Rattlesnake: In Blood Ties.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Every now and again, mostly after he makes the transition from dangerous usurper to Butt-Monkey.
  • Deceptive Disciple: To Magneto.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: In later appearances, when he's inexplicably allowed back into the Acolytes.
  • Dirty Coward: In the 1993 Bloodties event, Cortez takes Quicksilver's human daughter Luna hostage, despite it clearly being the very worst thing he could possibly do. When Magneto's new Dragon Exodus comes calling, he quickly flees to the sewers and tries to force Quicksilver and his friends to get rid of Exodus for him, threatening to kill little Luna if they don't. It goes about as well for him as you'd expect.
  • The Dragon: To Magneto in the comics, and to Apocalypse in the animated series.
    • Dragon Ascendant: Intentionally tried to engineer this by rigging Asteroid M to fall from orbit with Magneto and all the other Acolytes inside. The Acolytes died, but Magneto turned out to be a little harder to kill.
    • Dragon with an Agenda: From the moment he joined up Magneto, Cortez was scheming to make a martyr of him to build his cult around.
  • Enemy Civil War: Responsible more than once for instigating these within the Acolytes. Really, if this guy hadn't joined up they probably would have eventually overwhelmed the X-Men by virtue of sheer numbers.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Played up in his very first appearance with his sister Anne-Marie, only to be cruelly subverted at the story's end. He has absolutely no problem with condemning his own sister to death along with everyone else on Asteroid M, and doesn't even spare a word for her during his Evil Gloating as he flies away.
  • Evil Is Bigger: At 6'5 Cortez is one of the tallest and largest Acolytes. He's not often drawn at this height, though, making it an odd case of Informed Ability.
  • Evil Redhead: Not very obvious from the profile image, but yeah, Fabian is one of these.
  • Fantastic Racism: Towards humans. Cortez's lasting legacy in the X-universe is being the man who coined the charming epithet "flatscan", a Fantastic Slur mutants quickly adopt to refer to baseline humans.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Fell into this along with the rest of the first-gen Acolytes. He's also the easiest of them to define, being very definitely a Choleric type.
  • Generation Xerox: In the Marvel Zombies universe he has a son named Malcolm Cortez, who plays this trope straight in both physical appearance and story role. He's rather a bit braver than Fabian, though, and also a bit more justified in his treachery.
  • Grand Theft Me: His final fate in the animated series, courtesy of a disembodied Apocalypse.
  • The Gunslinger: Seeing as how his powers can be limited in their battlefield use, Cortez often carries a sidearm. He's a fairly decent shot with it too, though not quite to the point of having any Improbable Aiming Skills.
  • Harem Seeker: In the 1996 Magneto mini and taken to comedic heights in the animated series. See for yourself.
  • Hero Killer: Perhaps the most lethal use of Cortez's powers is seen in What If? #64, where he overcharges Gambit's kinetic molecular acceleration's powers to the point of making him explode.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • After years of trying to slowly kill Magneto with his power infusions, the Master of Magnetism finally returned to his full strength in Magneto: Dark Seduction, and no longer needing Cortez, used his fully-charged magnetic powers to fling Cortez fifty miles and smash him to the ground.
    • He also hoisted himself very early on with his first attempt to kill Magneto. While this allowed him to lord it over the Upstarts for a time, it also resulted in Magneto awakening the uberpowerful Exodus, who in short order dismantled Cortez's web of deceit, Cortez's claim to authority over the Acolytes, and Cortez himself.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Kind of a weird side hobby for him; he's a secret member of the Upstarts, a group of spoiled rich mutants that hunt and kill other mutants for points in a meaningless competition.
  • Hypocrite: He's the founder of the Acolytes and their Path of Inspiration which preaches of mutant solidarity and brotherhood... yet behind the backs of all his followers he's competing in a game that awards points for hunting down and murdering his own kind. Calling Cortez a hypocrite is like describing the Grand Canyon as brick-red and very deep.
  • It's All About Me: Everyone that is not himself is to Cortez an object to be used and discarded when no longer needed, even his own sister. He practically says it himself in his Villainous Breakdown to Exodus:
    Cortez: I spent months of my life cultivating those — those sheep— to work on my behalf! I gave them a purpose— I gave them something to believe in! You have no right to walk in here and--
  • Just Between You and Me: A Big-Lipped Alligator Moment if ever there was one, at one point Cortez monologues to a bird. Yes, a frigging bird. And then, just in case the reader hasn't worked out yet that he's evil, he crushes the bird in his hand with an expression of pure Dissonant Serenity.
  • Killed Off for Real: In the Magneto: Dark Seduction miniseries, courtesy of the Big M himself. He was briefly brought back in the pages of Uncanny X-Men (2018), only to be killed off again by Sentinels.
  • Last-Name Basis: Almost exclusively addressed as simply 'Cortez'. He was very briefly referred to as 'Lord Cortez' by the Acolytes, but that went right out the window once Exodus outed him as a traitor.
  • Left Hanging: Did Mr. Sinister resurrect him? Did he just save his life somehow? The actual evidence for Sinister's hand in Cortez's coming Back from the Dead amounts to no more than a single panel of Sinister's face hanging in the background as Cortez makes a mild Badass Boast about how he's still alive despite how many people want him dead, but nothing is ever definitively stated. For some readers just the appearance of the patron saint of Send in the Clones there was enough evidence that he was Cortez's The Man Behind the Man, but others looking for more concrete proof still consider the matter unresolved.
  • Lethal Harmless Powers: Though his mutant ability came off at first glance to be relatively benign, Cortez could easily weaponize it by inducing Power Incontinence in other mutants. It had its limits, though, as he was apparently unable to "overcharge" mutants vastly more powerful than himself such as Magneto or Exodus, and had to work on them over extended periods of time instead.
  • Magnetic Mutant Jesus: The Path of Inspiration Cortez sets up for his cult is pretty much just Christianity with every instance of 'Jesus' whited out and replaced with 'Magneto'.
  • The Man Behind the Man: When Cortez came Back from the Dead about five or six years after being offed by Exodus in Blood Ties, it's with no in-story explanation. Much later, in his final few appearances, it's (sort of) revealed that his resurrection was the work of Mr. Sinister, who was apparently using him to sow discord in Magneto's ranks.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Being turned into a Butt-Monkey during the latter half of the 90s makes it easy to forget just how good Cortez was at the manipulation game starting out. He is pretty much completely responsible for drawing Magneto back into villainy, playing to Erik's pride and vanity by pushing him to take up an active role in protecting mutantkind again. Then he masterminds a scheme to get rid of the X-Men and Magneto all at once, leaving him free to assume the role of mutantkind's leader with Magneto and Professor X both out of the way. Finally, he organizes what can be argued to be the first real incarnation of the Acolytes - the first version of them was just a quartet of harried refugees, but Cortez's group was a small army rivaling the X-Men in both numbers and strength.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: In one what-if tale where Avalon isn't destroyed Fabian comes to lead one of the two main factions on Avalon, the 'Annihlists'. Predictably, they advocate a Kill All Humans attitude and want to Take Over the World.
  • Nuke 'em: Proving that Cortez is a go big or go home kind of guy, his reaction to having a Villainous Breakdown in the 90s cartoon was to promptly go for this option, attempting to wipe out all human life (and mutant life, for that matter) on Earth by launching Asteroid M's stolen nuclear missiles. Fortunately, the recovered Magneto turned up just in time and managed to stop the annihilation before getting his revenge on him.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: Whatever else you can say for Cortez, the man never saw an opportunity he let pass him by.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: In 2016's X-Men '92 he infiltrates mutant rock star Lila Cheney's entourage with nothing more than a baseball cap and civvies to hide his identity from the X-Men. Against all logic, it works.
  • Path of Inspiration: The Acolytes of Magneto, a cult Cortez builds around Magneto almost immediately after trying to bump him off.
    • He also establishes a Mayan cult to Apocalypse in the animated series. In case you haven't noticed, cults are kind of his thing.
  • Personality Powers: His mutant power is deliberately modeled after his personality — at first glance it seems to merely empower his comrades, reflecting Fabian's love of presenting himself as a helpful servant to his bosses, but it actually undermines and weakens the target, reflecting Cortez's Chronic Backstabbing Disorder and coding him firmly in the realm of Bad Powers, Bad People.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Aside from his tendency to fling around self-coined racial slurs, Cortez is also a hideous womanizer, and at more than one point boasts of his plans to make certain Acolyte lieutenants little more than his glorified call girls after whatever treacherous scheme of the day he's working on comes together.
    • He also calls Rogue a "Mississippi swamp rat" in X-Men Forever 2.
  • Poisonous Person: An interesting example of a character who this trope applies to both figuratively and literally. Figuratively he's your classic Treacherous Advisor, and as for the literal, repeated power-ups from Cortez induce an addiction not dissimilar to that experienced by drug users. And as seen by what he does to Magneto, it's very much fatal if allowed to go on long enough.
  • Power Incontinence: The primary offensive use of Cortez's powers. He could power up another mutant beyond their ability to control their powers, really doing a number on them, such as when he overloaded Psylocke's telepathy so that she was unable to block out the voices around her, or when he forced Bishop to burn himself out with his own Energy Absorption. He could also induce some Body Horror in mutants with physical mutations; in the 90s cartoon, he forced Beast to mutate into a near-mindless animal.
  • Primal Fear: He has a very strange preoccupation, almost an obsession, with the question of what his Super Empowering abilities would do to a human, mulling over it multiple times. And yet, despite having ample opportunities to answer the question, he never chances it, suggesting he might be afraid to find out.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Pretty much his default facial expression.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The treacherous, constantly grandstanding red oni to Exodus' stoic and loyal blue. He also has this with his sister Anne-Marie, who is also the blue to his red.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Eventually.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Of a sort. He's a Spanish noble who decided he wanted to play the X-Men version of the game of thrones.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: In X Men 92 he tries to get the Gamesmaster to bend the rules for him, arguing that as the (former) right hand of Magneto that the rules shouldn't apply to him.
  • Smug Snake: Very smirky and self-satisfied as long as he's got the upper hand.
  • Smug Super: Not so much originally, but in X-Men '92 he is very much one of these, as evidenced by the following rant he gives to the Gamesmaster:
    Cortez: You say you're charged with finding the next supreme mutant, well look no further! Here I am! Game over!
  • The Sociopath: A mid-functioning example. Cortez is a competent leader, fairly handy in a fight and seems to always find a way to land the coveted #2 spot despite his long history of treachery, but said history follows him like a rattling string of tin cans wherever he goes and his Lack of Empathy prevents him from ever accumulating any truly devoted followers of his own.
  • The Starscream: Notable for being one of the few Starscreams to pull it off... for a time, anyway.
  • Starter Villain: In X-Men Forever 2.
  • Super Empowering: Cortez's mutant ability is a form of this that allows him to amplify the abilities of other mutants. Short-term he could use it to induce a healing-like effect, though in the long run it was anything but (see Poisonous Person above). Perhaps what made this ability truly classify for Lethal Harmless Powers is how he could use it to induce Power Incontinence in other mutants at will.
  • Take That!: Comic book urban legend has it that Chris Claremont named this weasely, treacherous character very specifically for fellow writer Fabian Nicieza, who he was said to have a contentious relationship with (and who ended up taking over the X-books after Claremont's departure).
  • Team Killer: A literal example, as he directly arranges the deaths of his own teammates (for nothing more than self-aggrandizement and points in an arbitrary competition, no less), making Cortez a literal teamkilling Judas.
  • Too Dumb to Live: To a degree in Blood Ties. Want to know a great way to get two teams of superheroes and a vengeful Knight Templar kicking in your door? Go abduct Magneto's innocent human granddaughter, then parade her on television for the whole world to see. Let us know how that works out for you.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the alternate continuity series X-Men Forever, where he exhibits Super Strength completely absent from his main universe incarnation (enough to let him trade hits with Rogue) and a vague energy leeching ability.
  • Treacherous Advisor: To Exodus and Magneto in later appearances.
  • Troll: To Quicksilver from day one, and later to Exodus and Magneto's clone Joseph in in the 1997 'Magneto' (the real Mags didn't even show up!) miniseries. In a scheme ripped straight out of a mean girl's playbook, he tricks Joseph into kissing fellow Acolyte Amelia Voght in front of Exodus, intending to bait Joseph and Exodus into fighting to the death. Notably, the stunt is enough to drive the normally-stoic Exodus to tears.
  • The Unfettered: Another contrast between him and Exodus; while Exodus is a Superpower Lottery winner who deliberately fights with one hand (metaphorically) tied behind his back, Cortez has a very situational power that he compensates for by abandoning any and all notions of scruples. From sacrificing his sister to using a little girl as a human shield, if Cortez's history proves anything, it's that there is no low he won't sink to.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Of Mr. Sinister.
  • Very Punchable Man: Between his constant smirking, the smug attitude that just seems to ooze from him, and his rampant misogyny, Cortez is probably the single most effective Hate Sink character among all the X-Men's villains.
  • Villain Decay: Zigzagged all over; Cortez's physical threat is someties played up (as in X-Men Forever) but his real threat is in his mind for political machination. He's effectively the Big Bad of the first Acolytes story, leaving everyone, heroes and villains, alike to die on Asteroid M. In Fatal Attractions he's brushed aside by Exodus almost instantly and plays no further part in the story, and in Blood Ties he's The Heavy for having instigated the civil war on Genosha and kidnapped little Luna Maximoff, but once again he's little threat physically and ends up cowering in a sewer, pathetically begging the heroes to protect him from Exodus's wrath.
    • This Decay continues during his brief return in the 2018 Uncanny title, in which he is used purely as a power battery by his friends and foes. None of his previous political savvy is on display and he experiences deep Motive Decay, joining back up with the Upstarts for no real reason to kill off low-level mutants for no reward besides spiting Emma Frost]].
  • The Villain Makes the Plot: He (and his fellow Gen 1 Acolytes, but he was the one really pushing for it) is almost single-handedly responsible for bringing Magneto out of retirement and pushing him to become a villain again. Without Magneto returning to villainy there would have been no de-adamantiumed Wolverine, no corrupted Xavier and no Exodus. No Exodus, no Blood Ties. No corrupted Xavier, no Onslaught. No Onslaught, no Zero Tolerance. The list goes on and on.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He does not take it well when Exodus shows up basically out of nowhere and exposes his treachery to the other Acolytes.
  • Villainous Friendship: He teams up with fellow Starscreamer Maximus the Mad in the 1997 Quicksilver miniseries.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Perhaps deliberately so, to contrast with Exodus's being Unskilled, but Strong.
  • Welcome Back, Traitor: In later appearances, Exodus and Magneto begrudgingly tolerate him, but neither one has any illusions about his loyalties.
    • This even extends to the rank-and-file Acolytes, who take every opportunity they get to make Cortez their Butt-Monkey. It's kind of fun to watch, honestly.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: One of the 1999 annuals reveals that he's deathly allergic to rain forests when Amelia Voght teleports him to one as a Cool and Unusual Punishment after he backtalks to Magneto. Or rather, Exodus disguised as Magneto.
  • The Worf Effect: He once subjected Bishop (who was pretty much the canonical Worf of the X-Men at the time) to this.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Done to him twice. The first time was by Magneto, who was using him for power boosts during his stint as Genosha's dictator and promptly killed him off the instant his powers were restored. The second time was at the hands of Emma Frost, who used him to boost her powers and then left him to die at the hands of Sentinels.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: He's clearly trying to play this during Blood Ties, but having very few pieces of his own and facing off against two full armies and the queen of a third means that he never really stood much of a chance.

     Anne-Marie Cortez 

Anne-Marie Cortez

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Debut: X-Men #1 (1991)

In mercy's name, your people need you, now more than ever! Can you abandon them? Can you deny your destiny?


One of the four Mutants who formed the very first incarnation of the Acolytes, Anne-Marie was the sister of their leader Fabian Cortez, as well as being a true believer in Magneto and his 'destiny' as the messiah of mutantkind. Swearing herself to his service, Anne-Marie unfortunately did not get to serve him for long, as like all the other first-gen Acolytes she was Killed Off for Real when her brother showed his true colors.

She was originally slated to make a cameo appearance in X-Men: Children of the Atom (and her sprite is still in the game's code) but was Dummied Out for reasons unknown.
  • All There in the Manual: Her mutant abilities were never directly shown on-panel, and were only revealed in the Marvel Saga RPG tabletop book.
  • Badass Normal: Very much comes across as this in-series, despite being a mutant. She tends to fight with a BFG rather than her mutant powers.
  • Dark Action Girl: Definitely the most ass-kicking member of the original four Acolytes, despite her limited panel time.
  • The Empath: Stated in some bios as being able to sense emotions with her mutant ability.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: She's Spanish like her brother, but less evil (though still fanatically loyal to Magneto).
  • Evil Counterpart: To Marvel Girl, as they were both the respective telepaths for their teams and the only girls because of The Smurfette Principle.
  • Foil: To her brother. While Fabian is an Evil Redhead Deceptive Disciple, Anne-Marie is a blue-haired true believer.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: From what little we see of her, Anne-Marie best fits the Melancholic type.
  • Honor Before Reason: Along with Chrome and Delgado, she elects to stay on Asteroid M with Magneto rather than flee to safety with the X-Men.
  • Psychic Powers: According to the Marvel Saga RPG anyway, which revealed that she had an underdeveloped Mind Control ability.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Fabian's the Red Oni, Anne-Marie's the Blue Oni.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: More than even her brother's manipulations, Anne-Marie's impassioned speech seems to have been what made Magneto decide to step out from his self-imposed exile and take an active hand in mutant affairs on a global scale once more. In that role, she was the perfect Unwitting Pawn for her brother.
  • Spell My Name with a Hyphen: Is it "Anne-Marie" or "Annemarie"?
  • Starter Villain: Her and her teammates were the first villains of the 1991 X-Men relaunch.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Magneto. As her VS System card puts it: "Her powers are subtle; her devotion, absolute."
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Fabian. Of all the Acolytes, she undoubtedly knew him best, yet she still never saw his betrayal coming.
  • Villain Has a Point: When she first fights the X-Men in Genosha Anne-Marie reminds them that not only does Genosha engage in Superhuman Trafficking, but not too long ago they had actually attempted to enslave the X-Men themselves.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: All of the first-gen Acolytes suffer from this, but none of them had it worse than Anne-Marie. She barely got to do anything before being Killed Off for Real.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Perhaps to contrast with her Evil Redhead brother?

     Chrome 

Chrome

Allen Marc Yuric

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Debut: X-Men #1 (1991)

Forgive me, Lord, for not coming sooner to your assistance.


A youthful mutant with an extraordinarily potent transmutation ability, Chrome was one of the original four Acolytes alongside the Cortez siblings and Delgado. Flippant in battle yet intensely loyal to Magneto, Chrome chose to sacrifice himself attempting to save the lives of his master and his teammates.

His character is used as the model for the generic Acolyte Mooks in X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse. He is also shown as a prominent Acolyte in the X-Men two-part episode "Sanctuary".
  • Adaptational Nationality: He's a Genoshan in the animated series, while his mainstream counterpart almost certainly isn't.
  • Chemistry Can Do Anything: Chrome's mutant power is basically "lol, chemistry" in the same way that Magneto's power is basically "lol, magnetism".
  • Chrome Champion: Not one himself, but could make his teammates this with his transmutation ability.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: He's among the Non-Specifically Foreign recruits to the Acolytes, or possibly is as his actual nationality seems to be of some dispute (some sources say he is European, others American).
  • Evil Counterpart: To Iceman, as they were both the flippant jokesters of their teams and both characters had transmutation abilities (Iceman of ice, Chrome of... well, everything).
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: From what we see of him, Chrome best fits the Phelgmatic type.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Though Chrome's body was not among those found as statues in the wreckage of Asteroid M, it was later confirmed that he had in fact died attempting to save the lives of Magneto and the other Acolytes. He was successful in saving the life of Magneto, and possibly Nance Winters as well, but Anne-Marie and Delgado were lost.
  • Honor Before Reason: Along with Anne-Marie and Delgado, he elects to stay on Asteroid M with Magneto rather than flee to safety with the X-Men.
  • Never Found the Body: Chrome's body was not among those discovered in the wreckage of Asteroid M, though Magneto later confirmed that he did in fact die.
  • Not Quite Flight: He could simulate flight by transmuting the air beneath him into a propelling gas.
  • Plot Device: In function, Chrome was esssentially this. His nebulous transmutation powers were not only the Plot Device that allowed the Acolytes to capture a squad of X-Men, they were also the Plot Device that allowed Magneto to survive the fall of Asteroid M.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He's the one who saved Magneto from dying at the hands of Fabian Cortez, allowing the former to return as a full-fledged villain.
  • Starter Villain: Him and his teammates were the first villains of the 1991 X-Men relaunch.
  • Super Empowering: By using his mutant ability to transmute the bodies of his teammates, he could make them tougher to take down in fights.
  • Taken for Granite: And on the other hand, he could completely immobilize enemies by transmuting them into statues.
  • Teleport Spam: The Acolyte Mooks based on Chrome in X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse have this ability and abuse it prodigiously. Note that comics Chrome does not have any kind of teleporting, though he does have the Flight (well, Not Quite Flight) and Energy Ball abilities they use.
  • Uncertain Doom: Played with, as Chrome's body not being among those discovered in the wreckage of Asteroid M would imply that he survived, but Magneto later confirmed his death. It is not known if Chrome was originally intended to survive, or if the absence of his body was simply an art goof.
  • Villains Out Shopping: In the third issue there's a panel of him at Asteroid M's pool with the other Acolytes and brainwashed X-Men, and he genuinely looks like he's having a good time.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Only appeared in the first three issues of X-Men before being Killed Off for Real.

     Delgado 

Delgado

Marco Delgado

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AKA: Harry Delgado
Debut: X-Men #1 (1991)

Too late, flatscan, for weasely words to save you.


The last of the original gen Acolytes, Delgado was the atypical Big Guy and strongman of the team. Most notable for the confusion surrounding what his first name is.

He makes a cameo appearance in X-Men: Children of the Atom and is shown as a prominent Acolyte in the X-Men two-part episode "Sanctuary".
  • Adaptational Nationality: He's Genoshan in the animated series, unlike his mainstream counterpart who hails from Italy.
  • All There in the Manual: The 'Marco' name never appears in the comics and is only listed as this character's name in annotated materials released after the fact.
  • Bald of Evil: He's bald as a cueball and spends most of his on-panel time menacing the X-Men.
  • The Big Guy: To the point where his character sprite in X-Men: Children of the Atom is twice as large as any of the other Acolyte sprites.
  • Came Back Wrong: Briefly in Necrosha, where he was strangely partnered with Fabian Cortez (the man who betrayed him and got him killed) and Seamus Mellencamp (a member of the second generation Acolytes that Delgado never even met).
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: In Marvel Atlas it was revealed that Delgado is Italian. Another case of All There in the Manual, obviously. And sadly, no Gratuitous Italian for him.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Beast, as they were both the respective strongmen for their teams.
  • Fantastic Racism: If his use of the "flatscan" slur is anything to go by. It should be noted that he is in the company of the man who created said slur.
  • From a Single Cell: When he was revived by Selene's transmode virus Delgado gained this ability and had his Nigh-Invulnerability ramped Up to Eleven, to the point where he was able to point-blank No-Sell getting stabbed in the head and every other attempt made by Deadpool to kill him for 20 minutes straight. The only thing that actually could kill him was the mutant Loa, who Deadpool promptly weaponized against him.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: We see enough of Delgado that he can be pretty safely confirmed as a Sanguine type.
  • Giant Mook: As The Big Guy of the initial Acolytes, it was only natural that he fell into this role.
  • Honor Before Reason: Along with Anne-Marie and Chrome, he elects to stay on Asteroid M with Magneto rather than flee to safety with the X-Men.
  • Killed Off for Real: Twice, the first time in the fall of Asteroid M and the second time by Deadpool.
  • Named Like My Name: The most distinguishing thing about Delgado at this late date is the ambiguity surrounding his first name. In the first issue a man named Major Harry Delgado is the leader of the S.H.I.E.L.D. pursuit team chasing the quartet of refugees that would become the 1st generation Acolytes. Later a large man identified as "Delgado" attacks the X-Men alongside the other Acolytes, with Wolverine and Beast wondering if this is the same Delgado defected to the enemy or a new arrival with a coincidental name. It's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it panel, but the Acolyte Delgado is shown on panel beside the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Delgado (the profile quote above is what the Acolyte Delgado says to the agent Delgado), confirming they are two different characters (why they bear the same surname and have near-identical physical builds is never explained, though).
  • Size Shifter: His mutant ability. Naturally, he gains the usual Nigh-Invulnerability and Super Strength brick powers in his enlarged form.
  • Starter Villain: Him and his teammates were the first villains of the 1991 X-Men relaunch.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Like his compatriots he only lasted a whole three issues before being Killed Off for Real, though he did at least did make a brief return in the modern day, being one of the many deceased mutants who Came Back Wrong during the Necrosha story arc.

     Nance Winters 

Nance Winters

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Debut: X-Men #1 (1991)

Stuff permission, Harry. Just fry the swine.


The fifth and final "member" of the original Acolytes, Nance Winters was a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who was part of the task force pursuing the band of renegade mutants that would become the first four Acolytes. Like her comrades, she was apprehended by Magneto with a dubious fate awaiting her after her teammate Deke shot Anne-Marie Cortez, but in X-Men #2 a new, unnamed Acolyte was shown on Asteroid M, one who was established years later via All There in the Manual as Nance, Brainwashed into serving the Acolytes by Anne-Marie. Like the other Acolytes, Nance stayed behind on Asteroid M after Fabian Cortez set it to self-destruct, but as her remains were not found her final fate is unclear. Regardless, she has not appeared again.
  • All There in the Manual: Almost all the information about Nance is this, as in her original appearances she wasn't even identified by her last name and her post-brainwashing incarnation wasn't identified at all until years later in the Marvel Handbooks.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: In the first panel we get of the original, non-controlled Nance, she urges her squad leader Harry Delgado to "fry" the ship of fugitive mutants they are chasing, even though they are currently 150 miles above Russia and, as this was just before The Great Politics Mess-Up, it could have easily provoked a world war with Russia.
  • Brainwashing for the Greater Good: From the point of view of Anne-Marie and the Acolytes, what she did to Nance was this. To the reader it's quite a different matter.
  • Dying as Yourself: Averted, as Nance's last known word (and the online post-brainwashing line she got) was a "No" when asked to join Xavier and the X-Men in evacuating Asteroid M. So not only did she not die as herself, but her Famous Last Words were almost certainly Anne-Marie speaking through her.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: After her brainwashing Nance wore a headband, something no other first-generation Acolyte wore. This, alongside her lack of the gold headset worn by all the other Acolytes, was apparently a visual cue that unlike them she was not acting of her own volition.
  • Fantastic Racist: Possibly one of these, seeing as how she referred to the fugitive Mutants she was pursuing as "swine".
  • Honor Before Reason: Played with, as she is among the Acolytes who elect to stay behind with Magneto rather than fleeing to safety with the X-Men, but unlike them Nance had no agency in the matter.
  • Meaningful Name: While her last name of "Winters" was not revealed until years later, it is an appropriate name considering the frosty personality of the actual Nance.
  • Never Found the Body: Though she was definitely on Asteroid M when it self-destructed, Nance's body was not among those discovered in the wreckage of Asteroid M.
  • Psychic-Assisted Suicide: Possibly this, assuming Nance did in fact die on Asteroid M. Whether she died or survived, Anne-Marie definitely made her stick it out until the bitter end.
  • Red Shirt: She was a member of SHIELD, but she didn't quite make the ranks of Badass Normal and died pretty quickly, making her fall into this instead.
  • Reforged into a Minion: By Anne-Marie.
  • The Quiet One: Played with, as after being brainwashed she was silent in all her appearances except the very last one (where she speaks a single word), but obviously she was compelled into this, and from what little we saw of the original Nance she was not shy about speaking her mind.
  • Token Human: She was the only human member of the first-generation Acolytes, and one of the few humans ever admitted to their ranks period, though her status as a "member" is debatable.
  • Uncertain Doom: As previously noted, Nance's body was not among those discovered in the wreckage of Asteroid M, and unlike Chrome, she was not ever confirmed as dead, though she was not ever seen or mentioned again. There is a very thin chance that Chrome was able to preserve her life as he did Magneto's.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Appeared in all of four issues, but really only appeared as herself in a handful of panels in her first appearance.

Second-Generation Acolytes

     Exodus 

Exodus

Bennet du Paris

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Debut: X-Factor #92 (1993)

I come not as an enemy, children of the atom, but as an emissary— a ferryman to a better place!


One of the earliest known mutants, Bennet du Paris was born in 12th century France and participated as a soldier in the Crusades. On a quest to find the mythic Tower of Power, he was tested by the ancient mutant Apocalypse who unlocked his astounding mutant powers after finding him worthy but subsequently trapped him in stasis when he refused to slay his friend and fellow crusader Eobar Garrington. Awakened by Magneto in the 20th century, Exodus was anointed as the Master of Magnetism's new right-hand man and charged with the mission of recruiting the best and brightest mutants to Magneto's Acolytes. A true believer in Magneto's philosophies, Exodus wants nothing more than to protect and defend his people, a task that is complicated by his run-ins with the X-Men and his own fluctuating mental stability.

Exodus makes a cameo appearance in X-Men: Children of the Atom and appears as a Boss in X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse, X-Men 2: Clone Wars, and X-Men: GamesMaster's Legacy. He also appears in all three books of the X-Men Mutant Empire Trilogy.

For tropes relating to his protagonist counterpart from the Age of Apocalypse, see here.
  • A God I Am Not: In 2007's X-Men Annual #1 he pointedly tells new recruit Random that for all his power, he is not God, and that he cannot predict what the X-Men will or won't do, only prepare for it.
  • A House Divided: This is what brings him back in X-Men Legacy — upon realizing that the X-Men have split in two, he declares them to be this and decides it's his new mission to reunite them. In a way, he does.
  • Actually a Doombot: The version of him that is fought as a boss in Clone Wars is not really him, but rather a Phalanx clone of him.
  • Adaptational Wimp: He's usually much less powerful in the games he appears in, with only X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse coming close to portraying him accurately, and even that game featuring him only as a Mini-Boss with a fraction of his powers.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Subtly implied. As a Crusader Knight, Bennet swore a vow of celibacy, but there were some (one-sided) Ho Yay undertones to his relationship with Magneto, and in the alternate universe Age of Apocalypse his kinder, gentler counterpart is in an active relationship with fellow X-Man Dazzler.
  • Anti-Villain: Type III. He is inherently noble, and unlike Fabian Cortez, truly believes in making the world a better place for his people. Unfortunately, being from an earlier period in history makes him dangerously prone to Black and White Insanity, and he doesn't exactly have the most stable set of powers either.
  • Apologetic Attacker: In X-Men Legacy, and specifically to his former Acolyte Frenzy.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Half of why he so easily took leadership of the Acolytes from Fabian Cortez. The other half was him having the actual legitimate blessing of Big Mags. Also, he was quite a popular leader and no one actually liked Cortez.
  • The Atoner: He briefly was shown as this in the 1999 mini where he took control of Genosha in an attempt to bring it peace. The spectacular failure that ended up turning into led to a kind of Heel–Face Door-Slam, with Exodus just renewing his earlier Humans Are Bastards convictions after the fact.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: The probable reason why he was made into a psychic vampire out of nowhere in 1996 — unlike Fabian Cortez, his powers aren't (or weren't at first) naturally harmful to others, so the writers decided to 'upgrade' them to more strongly stress to readers that he is in fact a villain.
  • Badass Boast: A frequent giver of these, the best one being to SHIELD Director Maria Hill in a 2007 annual:
    Maria Hill: Okay, people. First priority, we contain this. Then we—
    Exodus: You could sooner contain the ocean in a cup, Maria Hill. I am Exodus. And I refuse to be contained.
  • Badass Cape: Just look at it.
  • Badass in Charge: Of the Acolytes usually, though he also reluctantly led a faction of Marauders during Messiah Complex.
  • Badass in Distress: X-Men 2: Clone Wars for the Sega Genesis sees him kidnapped by the Phalanx and replaced with an Evil Counterpart Phalanx clone. He and his fellow Acolytes are rescued in the ending.
  • Barrier Warrior: In his early appearances primarily, and most notably during the Bloodties crossover.
  • Biblical Bad Guy: It's right there in his name, and he's also given to grandiloquent, Biblical turns of phrase, such as calling himself 'the resurrection and the life'.
  • Black and White Insanity: This is the major flaw that makes Exodus a villain: being a literal Knight Templar from an earlier period in history, he is dangerously prone to this kind of thinking, seeing mutants as good no matter who they are and humans as evil no matter who they are. He seems to have slowly been growing out of this, though, and if his 2014 appearance as an agent of SHIELD (reporting to totally human Maria Hill, even!) is any indication, he may have even grown out of it entirely.
  • Braids of Action: Introduced with a downplayed version of this hairstyle.
  • Break the Haughty: Charles Xavier hands him an (admittedly eleventh hour) defeat in X-Men Legacy that clearly shocks him, so much so that he renounces his title on the spot and practically begs Xavier to take up leadership of the Acolytes. Even after Chuck doesn't, he still has a newfound respect for the man that has stuck in later appearances.
  • Choosing Neutrality: In 2019's House of X, he is one of just two omega-level mutants not affiliated with either the X-Men or with humans. Given his previous Super Supremacist fervor, this neutrality is very unusual, though the hows and whys of it have yet to be revealed.
  • Church Militant: Prior to his mutant abilities being awakened, Bennet was a crusader knight in the service of the medieval Catholic church.
  • Convenient Coma: The usual bus pass he gets issued.
  • Depending on the Writer: Several aspects of Bennet's character vary from writer to writer — most notably his powers, resulting in plenty of cases of Forgot About His Powers and Strong as They Need to Be, but also his motives, his morals, even his very sanity. This is a character who has gone from being a Noble Demon and borderline Hero Antagonist to a Drunk on the Dark Side megalomaniac interested only in his own ascension and right back again. Most recently as of 2014, Exodus was seen as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D, a massive Heel–Face Turn for a character that just seven years before had forcefully seized a S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier for his own ends.
  • Die or Fly: This is how Apocalypse awakened his mutant powers — namely, he chucked a giant boulder at him.
  • Diving Kick: Not seen so much in the comics, but as a mid-boss in X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse this is practically his Signature Move.
  • Does Not Like Magic: Being a displaced 12th century knight, it's no surprise that he has this attitude. He rebukes the High Evolutionary for his "occult dabblings" and considers the Scarlet Witch mutantkind's #1 enemy after she brings about M-Day.
  • The Dragon: To Magneto, replacing the treacherous Fabian Cortez. He stayed Magneto's Dragon throughout most of the 90s (and earned appearances as a mid-boss in most of the X-Men video games of the day as a result) but parted ways with the master of magnetism offscreen.
    • Dragon Ascendant: Ironically became this despite not wanting it, being forced to assume Magneto's place as leader of the Acolytes after Charles Xavier brainfried Mags in Fatal Attractions.
    • Dragon Their Feet: In Fatal Attractions, where the X-Men got around having to fight him and Magneto at once by teleporting him (along with all the other Acolytes) into Avalon's escape pods and jettisoning them (why Exodus didn't simply return with his teleportation is never specified, but can be inferred as a consequence of his being Unskilled, but Strong).
  • The Dreaded: Fabian Cortez and Astra are both terrified of this guy. Given that they're both enemies of Magneto, this is perhaps justified.
  • Dueling Messiahs: With Joseph in the 1996 Magneto miniseries.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: His first appearance in X-Factor amounts to this, basically just popping up out of nowhere to play Mysterious Watcher for a few panels before flying away.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • He allies himself and his Acolytes with Mr. Sinister in Messiah Complex, believing Sinister to be mutantkind's best chance for survival.
    • Also his 2014 appearance in Uncanny X-Men (v3), which saw him pulling an enormous Face–Heel Turn by becoming an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the head of their psi division.
  • Enigmatic Minion: Early on, before his background was revealed.
  • The Extremist Was Right: In X-Men: Legacy he decided to kill Cyclops after reading Rogue and Wolverine's memories and becoming convinced that Scott was a threat to the mutant race. Shortly after this storyline happened we got the Crisis Crossover of Avengers vs. X-Men, during which Cyclops went full baddie, killed Professor X and became the new Dark Phoenix.
  • Facial Markings: His strange forehead marks. Canonically they're scars from his duel with the Black Knight, but only a few artists seem to ever get that memo.
  • A Father to His Men: While ignored by some writers, Exodus typically is on very good terms with the Acolytes, and he managed to keep the team together for some time after Magneto was given a psychic lobotomy in Fatal Attractions. Notably, he and Colossus were often depicted in supplementary material as Bash Brothers, which makes it strange reading some issues where Colossus refers to Exodus in no uncertain terms as a monster.
  • Fallen Angel: Not literally one, but often referred to in such terms during the brief period where he was severely weakened after his battle with Holocaust and reduced to a "psionic vampire" state. Blindfold also referred to him as a "mad, scary angel" when he showed up at the X-Manson in the Lost Tribes story.
  • The Fettered: Interestingly so. He has the power to chew up a whole team of X-Men and spit them right back out, but being a Well-Intentioned Extremist makes him pull his punches when forced to fight his fellow mutants. Best demonstrated in X-Men Legacy, where one memorable fight had several Apologetic Attacker moments on his part and it still took two whole teams of X-Men to take him down.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Of the "Past to Present-Day" variety. Not explored very much as of 2015, but as a 12th century knight in the modern day, Exodus is most certainly one of these.
  • The Force Is Strong with This One: Telepaths tend to sense him instantly whenever he shows up in a story, partly due to his high power level and partly due to the wide-band Psychic Static he projects wherever he goes. His test of Professor X in X-Men: Legacy in particular put out enough psychic energy that telepaths literally on the other side of the world were able to feel it.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Suffers this a lot, as frequently writers just haul him out of Comic Book Limbo to be a random villain team leader to throw at the X-Men. Good examples includes the Heroes and Villains arc that was Chuck Austen's last story for the X-Men and Messiah Complex which features such lowlights as Nightcrawler neutralizing him by teleporting him away and Emma Frost managing to stalemate him a psychic duel... somehow.
  • Forgot I Could Fly: Messiah Complex features not one but two instances of this on Bennet's part, done to facilitate jobbing to Nightcrawler and Emma Frost respectively.
  • Forgotten Friend, New Foe: To the heroic Black Knight, Dane Whitman.
  • French Jerk: When his more villainous traits are being played up.
  • The Fundamentalist: Exodus is not stupid, but he has a very basic, very black-and-white view of the world. For most of his history that's translated to mutants=good and humans=bad.
  • Future Badass: In X-Men: Blue, where he is among the members of a new Brotherhood of Mutants assembled by Magneto in the future to save mutantkind from the Reaver virus (which the Avengers and X-Men both fail to do).
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: He comes so close to being this, but mercifully falls just a hair short. Wielding one of the longest arsenal of mutant abilities of any X-villain and at truly Story-Breaker Power levels to boot, Exodus is a difficult character to write a story with, since the obvious question of "why doesn't he just curbstomp the X-Men before they can blink" is one not easily answered. What keeps him from falling into this trope fully is that, unlike true Generic Doomsday Villains, he has a fairly fleshed-out personality and his motives are not malevolent, being a Well-Intentioned Extremist in the vein of his mentor Magneto.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: At one point Emma Frost distracted him long enough for Dust to get inside him and shred all his internal organs. He was back on his feet and none the worse for wear a few pages later.
  • Graceful Loser: In X-Men Legacy, after being defeated by the combined teams of Wolverine's mutant academy and Utopia's youth squad. It helps that reuniting the two groups was basically his end goal all along.
  • Hearing Voices: Hinted at a couple of times, with the implication that his unnaturally powerful Psychic Powers are to blame.
  • Honor Before Reason: In Messiah Complex, where he reluctantly teams up with Mister Sinister, despite knowing full well what he is, because Sinister's scientific brilliance makes him (seemingly) the best hope the mutant race has for a revival after M-Day.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Despite his periodic worfings it has been stated in-story as recently as 2014 that he has never truly been pushed to his limits. In his most well-known showing, he took on Captain America, Cyclops, Gambit, Storm and several other Avengers and X-Men, taking everything they had to dish out and giving back more. Even in his second most recent (as of 2017) appearance as a villain it still took two whole teams of X-Men to subdue him — and he was holding back in that battle! In his most recent appearance, he effortlessly reduced Mystique to a drooling, gibbering wreck and went toe to toe with Magneto himself.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: With his ancestral friend Eobar Garrington in the climax of his origin story Black Knight: Exodus.
  • Immune to Mind Control: Being one of the world's most powerful telepaths comes with its perks. When Maria Hill deploys a team of S.H.I.E.L.D. telepaths to subdue him during a 2007 annual, he just shrugs off their combined efforts and smacks them down as an afterthought.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Bennet can be harsh and uncompromising, and is not above manhandling his own teammates at times. But much like his mentor Magneto, his intentions are noble and he wants nothing more than to protect mutantkind.
  • Kick the Dog: Prone to these every now and then, due to his fluctuating evil quotient, but the worst one was menacing little Luna Maximoff in Blood Ties.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: To Fabian Cortez in Bloodties.
  • Kidnapped by the Call: Apocalypse abducts him after putting him through a life-or-death test and alters him off panel. When he appears again, he's sporting Red Eyes, Take Warning and appears to be just a hair away from being Brainwashed and Crazy.
  • Klingon Promotion: Played with — he executes his predecessor Fabian Cortez, but he's already established himself as Magneto's new Dragon by that time.
  • Knight Templar: An actual medieval knight, even! (And very possibly an actual Knight Templar, as the historical order was at the peak of its prominence in his day).
  • Life Drinker: He tried this on Nate Grey back when he was going through his "psionic vampire" phase. This was a bad idea.
  • Light Is Not Good: A crusader knight whose only desire is see his people prosper... and one of the X-Men's most dangerous foes.
  • Limited Wardrobe: One of the few X-villains who's never been seen in civvies. Being a time-displaced Knight Templar, one almost wonders what he'd consider to be casual wear.
  • Meaningful Name: Apocalypse originally named him Exodus due to intending him to be 'the bridge between the distant past and the inevitable future'.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Magneto indoctrinated the philosophy of Humans Are the Real Monsters into him. His conviction in it was rock-solid in his first big appearances, but wavering by the time he secretly took control of Genosha. He intended Genosha to he his penance for his past anti-human actions, but when it all fell down around him, his takeaway from the experience just reinforced this belief. Never mind that the mutants were also killing willy-nilly.
  • Mouth of Sauron: During the period where Magneto was out of commission he was often described as the 'Voice of Magneto'.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Of Magneto. He even referred to the man as 'Lord Magneto'.
  • Mysterious Watcher: In his very first appearance.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: His Healing Hands power above was actually confirmed as being this by the writers of Heroes for Hire, who eventually revealed that Marvel forbade them from creating any new Acolytes for that miniseries. Seeing as how half of the Acolytes were dead by this point, it kind of put said writers in a bind.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: More of a Lesser of Two Evils instance, but tearing his own space station base apart trying to defend it from Holocaust? Nice, Paris. Real nice.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: At one point he tanked Cyclops's optic blasts, Storm's lightning bolts and Siryn's sonic scream — all at once.
  • No Place for Me There: In X-Men: Legacy he declares that he will "lead (his people) to the promised land but not enter it with them" after using Mind Control to enthrall an entire squad of X-Men into helping him kill Cyclops (the Utopia youth squad shows up and breaks his hold before he can go through with it).
  • Noble Bigot: He's more or less the Super Supremacist version of this, as like Magneto and Apocalypse he believes that mutants are the Master Race compared to humanity, but unlike them he doesn't believe in killing humans wantonly (Depending on the Writer; he's gone from being described as "having a fundamental disregard for the lives of ordinary humans" in earlier appearances to making it a point to spare a human Sentinel pilot's life while disabling the Sentinel itself.
  • Noble Top Enforcer: He is the biggest gun Magneto's ever had at his disposal and follows an actual knightly code of honor, being an actual knight from hundreds of years ago.
  • Not So Above It All: When his plan to unite Genosha is ruined by the X-Men and he witnesses a Romeo and Juliet-inspired doomed couple get killed in front of him. You can just see the exact moment Bennet hits the Despair Event Horizon as he drops to his hands and knees in the dirt and weeps. Sadly, Status Quo Is God turned this into an Ignored Epiphany.
  • Not So Stoic: Most notably in the penultimate issue of the Quicksilver miniseries, when he learns the present-day Black Knight was actually the same one he fought beside in the 12th century. See Stable Time Loop below.
  • One-Man Army: His power is such that he can effortlessly take down entire teams of mutants. At the apex of his power, Exodus was able to handle the Avengers and X-Men simultaneously while also holding Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Jean Grey and Crystal captive in his force fields (he couldn't keep it up for long though).
  • Orcus on His Throne: After the Blood Ties crossover, he proceeded to spend the next two years on Avalon doing.. not a whole lot. Even the supplemental merchandise makers caught on to it, with his trading cards describing him as 'brooding on Avalon'. Possibly justified if he was spending all that time trying to heal Magneto.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: He was briefly reduced to a "psychic vampire" after his brutal fight with Holocaust that knocked Avalon out of orbit, winding up in the French Alps. Shortly afterwards, he was woken up by Nate Grey and Cable's fight, attempting to feed on the former. He was having the best of it... until Nate sensed that he'd been empowered by Apocalypse and promptly went completely berserk, overloading him, then dropping him down a crevasse and sealing it behind him.
  • Outdated Outfit: His original costume, which is about as 90s as it gets and hence vanished for a long stretch, during which new outfits were used for him, some better than others. As of his 2016 appearance in Uncanny X-Men (v4), he seems to have gone back to his old duds.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: A firm believer in this, exemplified by his cruel treatment of Asshole Victim extraordinaire Fabian Cortez before executing him and blanket nuking of a mob of Genoshans (who were probably mostly slavers, but almost certainly not all slavers) upon arriving there in Blood Ties.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Here's a hint — when he describes himself as "Magneto's heir in spirit and power", he's not kidding.
  • Pet the Dog: He's very much A Father to His Men, in contrast to Cortez's Bad Boss tendencies. Healing Professor X in X-Men: Legacy might also count as this.
  • Popularity Power: An in-universe example, owing to his Psychoactive Powers. Like Heroes villain Samuel Sullivan, Exodus draws strength from the Mutants around him, with those mutants that trust and believe in him giving him the strongest power boosts.
  • Power Floats: Clearly a habit he picked up from Magneto.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: Once when severely weakened he manifested a Life Drinker ability that was almost certainly a 'gift' from Apocalypse.
  • Powers Do the Fighting: Despite being a crusader knight trained in the use of martial weaponry, it is very rare for Exodus to fight with anything other than his overwhelming mutant powers.
  • Prophet Eyes: Artwork is inconsistent as to whether he's only got these when using his powers or if they're a permanent fixture.
  • Psychoactive Powers: Ostensibly the reason behind his constantly-fluctuating power levels — like fellow X-villain Gladiator, Exodus's strength is directly tied to his confidence, and it's implied that he draws psionic energy directly from his followers.
  • Psychic Powers: A clear case of Combo Platter Powers, borderlining Superpower Lottery at times. Like Jean Grey, Bennet is a combo telepath/telekinetic, albeit one who can utilize his powers in several unorthodox ways. His already formidable abilities were further ramped up by Apocalypse, resulting in a mutant that has never been officially classified but is nonetheless extremely powerful.
    • Astral Projection: He fights Professor X on the astral plane in X-Men Legacy.
    • Awesomeness by Analysis: He can temporarily gain skills by reading the minds of those who possess them. At one point he captures Cable and uses his future knowledge to build a perfected version of Xavier's Cerebro machine.
    • Deflector Shields: See Barrier Warrior above.
    • Eye Beams: Mostly used during the Bloodties crossover and his video game appearances. They're yellow, as opposed to Cyclops's red.
    • Flight: Can fly at Mach-2 speeds.
    • Healing Factor: Seems to be able to use his Mind over Matter powers to accomplish this. See Good Thing You Can Heal above.
    • Healing Hands: He has resurrected dead Acolytes on several occasions (or at least that's the official excuse for D-list Acolytes turning up in background shots after their deaths) and gave Professor X Psychic Surgery after the events of Messiah Complex.
    • Mass Hypnosis: At one point, for a period of months he hypnotized the entire population of Genosha (which was later numbered to be in the millions) into living in peace together. However, even his formidable powers weren't enough to pull this off naturally; he kidnapped X-Men super-inventor Forge and made him build a Super Empowering machine to pull it off.
    • Mind Manipulation: Not at first, this being one of the powers he has to grow into (see Unskilled, but Strong below), but by Messiah Complex he's become probably the only telepath on Earth who can rival Professor X. Naturally, he's got all the variations on this — Mind Control, mind probes and so on.
    • Mind over Matter: One of the most powerful telekinetics in the Marvel U. His various side abilities all seem to come from this, such as being able to conduct Psychic Surgery and affect a Healing Factor by telekinetically reconstructing flesh atom by atom.
    • Telepathy: In Messiah Complex he was revealed to be among the top five mutant telepaths, along with Professor X, Jean Grey, Emma Frost and Mr. Sinister (who technically isn't a mutant).
  • Psychic Static: His presence apparently generates constant telepathic 'interference' strong enough to hinder the likes of Jean Grey and Emma Frost.
  • Psychic Surgery: Reconstructed Professor X's brain after a headshot from Bishop turned it to mush at the end of Messiah Complex.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Also something he picked up from his time with Magneto.
  • Put on a Bus: Many times, as his extremely high power level combined with his lack of a clear role in the overarching narrative translate to writers frequently having little idea of what to do with him. Said bus has taken the shape of a mountain crypt, a fissure in the Earth, the X-brig on Utopia, and even a black hole.
  • Random Power Ranking: As of 2019's House of X, Exodus is a confirmed omega level mutant.
  • Real Men Love Jesus: In Black Knight: Exodus he was shown to be as devout as you would expect a Crusader knight to be. Whether he still loves Jesus in the present day, has transferred his Jesus love to Magneto, or loves both equally, is never made clear.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Exodus was born in 12th century France and was at one point a Crusader, making him one of the oldest living mutants — although still a baby compared to Apocalypse and Selene.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: In Black Knight: Exodus, after being temporarily brainwashed by Apocalypse.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The stoic, direct and fanatically loyal disciple of Magneto stands in contrast to the flamboyant, scheming and treacherous Fabian Cortez.
  • Religious Bruiser: A crusader knight who has sworn his sword to Christ and then Magneto. Whether he shifted his belief from one to the other, or believes in both, has never been clarified.
  • Sanity Slippage: In Blood Ties, where he goes in the span of a few issues from intending to rescue his adopted liege lord's granddaughter from Fabian Cortez to threatening to kill said granddaughter for the 'crime' of being born human. Implied to be a result of his fairly unstable powerset; see Unskilled, but Strong below.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In one what-if tale where Avalon isn't destroyed Exodus comes to lead one of the two main factions on Avalon, the 'Isolationists' who advocate bailing on Earth completely and taking Avalon into deep space.
  • Sealed Badass in a Can: This or Sealed Evil in a Can depending on how he's being written and at what point he was sealed. His initial sealing, the one that lasted for some 800 years, falls more under the first category as he'd just rebelled against Apocalypse. Later sealings tend to fall under the latter category. None of them ever stick, which is pointedly lampshaded by Exodus himself at one point.
    Exodus: A thousand prisons throughout the centuries could not contain me... and neither shall you!
  • Social Darwinist: Sometimes.
  • Smug Snake: He's constantly smirking and kicking dogs in the Quicksilver mini, which is really weird considering how he's portrayed most of the time.
  • Stable Time Loop: Dane Whitman, the Black Knight of the present day, was transported by Eternal magic into the body of his ancestor Eobar Garrington, who was Bennet's best friend and fellow Crusader Knight during the Third Crusade. It was Dane, in Eobar's body, who drove Bennet into continuing their previously-shared quest alone, setting into motion a chain of events that led to his becoming Exodus.
  • The Stoic: As a 12th century knight, it's unsurprising that he would affect this demeanor.
  • Story-Breaker Power: The main reason why he isn't used very often. Let's face it, if he and Magneto had ever gotten the opportunity to fight the X-Men together, they would have beaten them all, leveled the X-Mansion and curbstomped the human militaries of the world as an afterthought.
  • Super Prototype: Not stated as such, but there's a real good chance he was this for Apocalypse. Despite predating Mr. Sinister and the Four Horsemen, Exodus is easily leagues more powerful than them. This is probably why Apocalypse sealed him away.
  • Super Weight: Straddles the line between 4 and 5.
  • Superman Substitute: He's a Flying Brick who shares many of the trope namer's powers, who is one and the older and more experienced mutants, regarded as among the most powerful of them, is The Leader to whatever team he's on, and is in a way the Last of His Kind (being one of the only crusader knights who survived into the present day).
  • Teleporters and Transporters: A teleporter of great range, to the point and being able to transport himself and others between Earth and the space station Avalon with ease.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: A strange example. Though not by any means unskilled, Bennet just has so many powers that he frequently seems to struggle under the weight of them all. His presence is always announced by wide-band Psychic Static, his early appearances showed him having visible difficulty using his more complex powers, and a few appearances imply that he suffers from a psychic variant of schizophrenia on account of not being able to block out all the voices around him.
    Exodus: (to Rogue) Foolish child. My powers are far too vast for you to steal.
    • Ironically enough, considering the above, when weakened and reduced to a form of energy vampirism, he ran into someone far stronger than he was in the form of Nate Grey, who promptly overloaded him and wiped the floor with him.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: In his origin story, Black Knight: Exodus, we see his first (and so far only) pre-Exodus appearance, and he turns out to have been pretty cheerful and easygoing for a medieval crusader.
  • Vertical Kidnapping: This is his most damaging move in X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse - he grabs your character, flies a few hundred feet up, then throws them back to the ground.
  • Villainous Rescue: While his status as a villain is debatable at this point, he and Elixir come to Magneto's rescue once again in X-Men: Blue, allowing him to teleport to their secret base to escape a mutant mob and later teleporting him around the world in order to stop the Mothervine threat once and for all.
  • Voice of the Legion: During the 90s Exodus's speech bubbles were unique, somewhat like Deadpool's, except instead of being yellow they were purple-bordered. The effect they're going for was implied to be that he's always speaking verbally and telepathically simultaneously (see Unskilled, but Strong above). Like many interesting 90s character tics, this was quietly dropped/forgotten about, though in this case he might have simply developed greater control over his powers offscreen.
  • Vow of Celibacy: X-Men Legacy revealed that he swore one back during his days as a crusader knight.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Exodus wants what's best for his people. He really, really does. It's just that between being a fish out of temporal water and the general instability his powers seem to inflict on him, that he has funny ways of going about it sometimes.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: Subverted during the story arc where Holocaust attacks Avalon. Exodus goes berserk when he witnesses Holocaust murder one of his Acolytes in front of him. Played straight when it comes to humans, though, as Exodus has absolutely no problem at all with massacring human Mooks wholesale in the defense of his people.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: A super-rare villainous example, justified by him having the black and white outlook of a Knight Templar.
  • The Worf Effect: On the receiving end from Nate Grey in the 90s - Exodus was a Psychic Vampire, Nate was leaking psychic power all over the place. Exodus tried to feed on him, had the best of it, Nate sensed that he'd been enhanced by Apocalypse and went mad with rage. Exodus wound up at the bottom of a sealed up crevasse very shortly afterwards.
  • Worthy Opponent: Regards Professor X as one.
    Exodus: You honor me with your words, Charles Xavier. It is a good thing, is it not, that enemies can respect one another? Magnus respected you to the bitter end.
  • You Cannot Kill An Idea: His response to being threatened by Maria Hill.

     Colossus 

Colossus

Piotr Nikolaievitch Rasputin

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Joined In: Uncanny X-Men #304 (1993)

What I'm saying, Magneto, is that if you will have me, I would join you in your chosen plight.

A Russian strongman and mainstay of the second generation of X-Men, Colossus experienced an extreme crisis of faith after losing his parents, brother and sister all in a relatively short span of time. This crisis led him to denounce Xavier's ways and turn to Magneto instead, a choice he stuck by even after Magneto was reduced to a vegetative state. He ultimately stayed with the Acolytes up until they were forcibly disbanded by the fall of Avalon, and along with Amelia Voght was usually portrayed as the Only Sane Man among their ranks.

See Colossus for more on him.


     Frenzy 

Frenzy

Joanna Cargill

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Debut: X-Factor #4 (1986)

Human lovers! If you were true mutants, you would follow the teachings of Magnus!


An Ascended Extra from a C-List Fodder team dating back to The '80s, Joanna Cargill is one of the few Acolytes with a prior history, as well as one of the most developed Acolytes in general. Originally a fairly stock Scary Black Woman stereotype, Cargill got considerable development after Exodus disbanded the last known incarnation of the Acolytes during X-Men: Legacy. As of 2015 she is a junior member of the X-Men.

Frenzy has a semi-recurring role in X-Men, appearing in the two-part episode "Sanctuary" and later in "One Man's Worth" as a member of the Mutant Resistance. She also appears in all three books of the X-Men Mutant Empire Trilogy.
  • 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.
  • Adaptational Nationality: She's Genoshan in the animated series, unlike her mainstream counterpart who is American.
  • Ascended Extra: Originally Cargill was just a Mook working for the Alliance of Evil, a C-List Fodder team of nobodies working for eventual X-Factor Big Bad Apocalypse.
  • Badass Boast: Gets a good one in during her fight with the Omega Sentinel Karima Shapandar:
    Cargill: Microwaves, huh? Nasty. Trying to cook me from the inside out. Only my inside's the same as my outside, you walking obscenity. Harder than steel. Harder than anything. Harder than you.
  • Blind Obedience: Throughout all her appearances Cargill has exhibited a compulsive need to seek out a powerful male authority figure to pledge herself to and then obey without question. These authority figures have ranged from Apocalypse to Magneto to Exodus to Cyclops, but no matter who they have been Cargill's devotion has been absolute. One would think now that she is following a hero that she could finally get some much needed therapy to break the cycle, but of course Therapy Is for the Weak according to her.
  • Broken Pedestal: Both Magneto and Exodus are this to her, with Magneto breaking after his depowering around House of M and Exodus breaking after Professor X convinced him to disband the Acolytes in X-Men Legacy. Currently Cyclops is her Pedestal of choice.
  • But Not Too Black: Often miscolored this way back in The '90s. Her more recent appearances subvert it.
  • The Brute: Both her powers and her personality lend themselves to this role, and she's usually happy to fill it.
  • Character Development: Like many second-gen Acolytes, Cargill gets a nice plate of development in the Mutant Empire book trilogy, giving her lots of Hidden Depths (did you know she's a huge fan of classic Brotherhood member Pyro's horror novels? Now you do!) and a personality somewhere between Punch-Clock Villain and Noble Demon. She's also been one of the few Acolytes to get this in the actual comics.
  • Dark Action Girl: Since becoming an X-Man she's become a particular scary take on this.
  • Eye Scream: In X-Men Legacy a depowered Magneto inflicted this on her with a laser when she tried to kill a comatose Professor X. Apparently it inflicted some brain damage on her.
  • Evil Is Bigger: At a massive 6'11, Frenzy was the second largest Acolyte, being eclipsed only by The Big Guy Javitz. Of course, as she's become more good over the years her depicted height has shrunk considerably, to the point of it now being firmly in Informed Ability territory.
  • Freudian Excuse: During the Avengers vs. X-Men crossover her background got some fleshing out, where it was revealed she had an abusive Archnemesis Dad and a passive mother. Think Jack Torrance's parents and you've about got it.
  • Good Feels Good: She came to feel this way during the Age of X, a storyline in which she (along with most of the X-Men) was brainwashed by Legion and made to believe they were all part of an alternate reality. The Cargill in this reality was a member of the X-Men, and after it ended she was one of the few who chose to retain her memories of it, as she found she had enjoyed the feeling of being a hero and an X-Man. This ultimately resulted in her joining the X-Men for real.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Since joining 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 Brainwashing: In the 1999 Eve of Destruction storyline Jean Grey was desperate to form a new team to save Professor Xavier. She discovered 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).
  • Heel–Face Turn: She's been on a slow-but-steady one since Exodus disbanded the Acolytes, even joining the X-Men outright. As of 2015, she has officially gone from a terrorist willing to participate in attacks on human children to a hero laying her life on the life even for other species like The Inhumans.
  • Important Haircut: In the Age of X alternate reality, 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 completely; the X-Men don't even seem to remember it anymore.
    • She also got away with murdering Trish Tilby's cameraman Kevin and his mutant lover Caroline in the Mutant Empire trilogy, with the only consequences she experiences being frozen in a block of ice by Iceman.
  • Last-Name Basis: Usually just addressed by her last name, like the other members of the Acolyte Power Trio. This ended when she became an X-Man and she usually goes by her codename now.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Frenzy has respectable levels of superhuman strength combined with some degree of military training. She can be terrifying in a fistfight.
  • Mook Lieutenant: Something of a late bloomer in this role compared to Unuscione and Voght. As an X-Man, she has slipped back into taking orders from others.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Aside from her attempts to assassinate Senator Kelly, she also murders Kevin and Caroline in the Mutant Empire books for no other reason than "They pissed me off." As Iceman notes, Joanna is not out of control or insane when she does this either, which just makes it all the more heinous.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Her mutant ability, with the usual requisite dose of Super Strength to go with it. Her skin is mentioned to be harder than steel, and she has been able to withstand most forms of conventional injury, extreme environmental temperatures, and even microwave radiation courtesy of Omega Sentinel.
  • Personality Powers: Frenzy started out as a gender-swapped Angry Black Man and got the brutish, confrontational powers one would expect of such an archetype. Even after she mellowed out (to an extent) through Character Development, she's still a very blunt and direct person, with blunt and direct powers to match.
  • Pet the Dog: Her, Uniscione and Milan were the ones who gently coaxed the mutant teenager Neophyte out of hiding, staying with him for two days straight at the abandoned church he'd holed up in.
  • Power Trio: Don't let her role as The Brute on her first mission fool you: Cargill is one of the three "Power Woman" Acolytes who act as Mook Lieutenants to the rest of the second generation.
  • Proud Warrior Mutant Girl: See her page quote above if you're wondering how she fits this trope. Answer: Like a glove.
  • The Rival: As an Acolyte she would usually face off against Gambit in battle. This was not forgotten, as after her reformation she has had a romatic arc with him.
  • Scary Black Woman: An archetypal example in her first appearance, as well as for about the first ten years or so of her existence. Even today she can be quite a scary lady, though as an X-Man she is usually on the side of good.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In one what-if tale where Avalon isn't destroyed Cargill joins Exodus's Acolyte faction, the 'Isolationists' who advocate bailing on Earth completely and taking Avalon into deep space.
  • Smart People Know Latin: Played with in a 2007 annual: in the midst of fighting Mystique, Cargill refers to Ultimao Ratio Regum, translating it as "the last and strongest argument". Mystique corrects her, identifying the phrase's actual translation as "the last argument of kings".
  • Super Strength: Mentioned specifically at one point as having strength on par with Spider-Man.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Back in The '80s and The '90s Cargill's track record as a fighter wasn't anything to write home about, with her usually being dispatched in one panel by a random X-Man. Since then she's thrown down with Omega Sentinel (and won), was a standout member of the Age of X and even held her own against her former mentor Exodus in X-Men Legacy.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: She moved to Westchester to get away her UST with Cyclops, only find herself slipping into new UST with Gambit.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Her codename's fitting, as even reformed Frenzy has a vicious temper that often gets the best of her.
    Cargill: Frenzy. To name it is to own it.
  • Violence Really Is the Answer: From her unassuming start as a Mook to her current position as X-Man, one thing you can always count on with Joanna Cargill is for her to treat violence as The All-Solving Hammer, often to the point of ignoring basic common sense (such as when Senator Kelly bluntly told her if she killed him she'd be his greatest ally and Cargill's response was to shrug, remark that being a martyr didn't seem his style and then say she'd do what she could to oblige him. To put it simply, the world is full of nails as far as Joanna Cargill is concerned, and she is the hammer.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Possibly. She participated in the schoolbus attack mission with Unuscione and the Kleinstocks, but her Freudian Excuse revealed much later indicates she takes a dim view of hurting children.

     Scanner 

Scanner

Sarah Ryall

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AKA: Screener
Debut: Avengers #357 (1992)

I am Scanner, an acolyte of the fallen messiah Magneto. I bring you a message from Exodus, the heir of Magnus.


A talented but impressionable young mutant who acted as the field scout of the Acolytes and was De-Powered on M-Day. She appears in the Wolverine and the X-Men episode "Greetings from Genosha" and in all three books of the X-Men Mutant Empire Trilogy.
  • Anti-Villain: Much less malevolent than most of the people she chose to acquaint herself with.
  • Army Scout: Functioned in this role with the Acolytes, as her mutant ability allowed her to travel far ahead of the rest of the team and survey areas before sending the others in.
  • Astral Projection: Her secondary mutant ability is the ability to perform a version of this that can be seen by even non-telepaths. When she Took a Level in Badass she gained the ability to fight in this state.
  • Blind Obedience: Much like fellow Acolyte Cargill, Scanner seemed afflicted by a compulsive need to seek out strong leaders and obey them without question, going so far as to model herself after her chosen leader's beliefs. While she followed Cortez Scanner talked like a stock supremacist, all "flatscan" this and "flatscan" that. Later when she followed Exodus during the Siege of Wundagore she couldn't stop parroting his talk about racial purity (something he was on a kick on at the time). It's unclear what, if any, of this rhetoric, Scanner herself believes.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Lost her powers on M-Day. Ten years later she still hasn't gotten them back, and being C-List Fodder like most Acolytes she probably never will.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Her debut appearance has her with the handle of "Screener" and lacking the Facial Markings that would come to be a distinctive feature of the character.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She was shown to be pretty horrified by the hospice attack mission and later was among the Acolytes who advocated to not let the X-Men freeze to death.
  • Facial Markings: Sports vaguely Native American facial tattoos.
  • Kill All Humans: In one what-if tale where Avalon isn't destroyed Scanner joins Fabian Cortez's Acolyte faction, the 'Annihlists' who advocate human genocide and want to Take Over the World.
  • Mission Control: She took up this role after the death of Milan. Having the ability to astrally project herself to her teammates came in awful handy during the Quicksilver miniseries.
  • Nonindicative Name: Let's face it, you don't read "Scanner" and instantly think "psychic mutant scout/tracker", do you?
  • Number Two: To Fabian Cortez in her debut appearance and for a brief time to Exodus in the Quicksilver mini.
  • Projected Woman: Manifested this way whenever she astrally projected. Non-telepaths could see her, but they couldn't harm her in any way.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: By Professor X after she and group of Acolytes sought sanctuary with the X-Men. She really doesn't take it well when Chuck turns her and her friends away, despite having previously gave shelter to the likes of Sabretooth.
  • Put on a Bus: When she lost her powers on M-Day.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: A notable perk of her mutant ability. By projecting herself in proximity to a single person, Scanner could essentially function as a bloodhound leading the Acolytes unerringly towards any target they chose. This ability was put to work during the Siege of Wundagore to track down the High Evolutionary.
  • The Squadette: Trains in her Acolyte gear for a Genoshan soldier's uniform during Magneto: Dark Seduction.
  • Super Senses: To the point where even egomaniac Fabian Cortez acknowledges her skills, admitting she can perceive wavelengths of energy "that the rest of us are blind to".
  • Took a Level in Badass: When she and her party get a visit from Professor X during the Magneto War she reveals that she's been training in the use of her powers and is so good with them now she can scramble a person's bioelectric rhythm if they're appearing by Astral Projection. Later during Magneto: Dark Seduction she graduates to The Squadette.
  • Villain Respect: "Why can't we disagree with the X-Men but still respect them?"
  • Woman Scorned: During the Magneto War she met Professor X again and demonstrated how she Took a Level in Badass since being Reformed, but Rejected by him. Combines with Badass Boast:
    Scanner: You could have given me — us, a second chance, a real home! Instead you turned us over to the authorities — your loss, since I improved my control over my powers!

     Voght 

Amelia C. Voght

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Debut: Uncanny X-Men #300 (1993)

I am Voght — an ancestor, of sorts, to all who call themselves Xavier's children!


One of the many women to fall victim to Charles Xavier's Cartwright Curse, Amelia Voght was a Combat Medic during the The Korean War and fell hard for Xavier after finding him to be both a fellow American and a fellow mutant. She accompanied Xavier back home after the war, only to become disillusioned with him as he threw himself into his plans to create the X-Men. Decades later, an older and more embittered Voght would encounter Xavier again, this time as an enemy as she had lost her family to humans and chosen Magneto's radical ideologies over those of her former lover.

Voght has a semi-recurring role in X-Men, appearing in the two-part episodes "Sanctuary" and "The Phalanx Covenant". She is also the POV Acolyte character of the X-Men Mutant Empire Trilogy, and appears in all three books.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Voght is very mild-mannered and leveheaded compared to her colleagues, but don't let that fool you. She has one hell of a set of Lethal Harmless Powers at her disposal.
  • Character Development: Voght gets major character development in the Mutant Empire book trilogy, where she is usually the POV character during the Acolyte chapters.
  • Combat Medic: Met Charles Xavier while working as one of these in Tibet, and has usually found work as a nurse during the periods when the Acolytes were disbanded.
  • Death by Origin Story: Voght's family, who were all killed by racist humans after she left Xavier. This tragedy was what led her to embrace Magneto's philosophies of mutant supremacy.
  • Everyone Has Standards: A story arc in Cable's book saw Amelia help Cable foil a plot by Omega Red to unleash his death spore virus across the planet. Though she advocates mutant supremacy, the indiscriminate slaughter of billions was far too much for her to stomach.
  • Forgotten Friend, New Foe: Established as one of Xavier's past paramours though she was not mentioned once in thirty years of his stories.
  • First-Name Basis: She is notably one of the only characters to refer to Exodus by his human name of Bennet. Seeing as how he specifically said that "no one living" knew his name when fighting Holocaust, presumably he revealed it to Voght off-panel after the fact. This might be a factor in her Undying Loyalty; read below for more on that.
  • Last-Name Basis: Usually just addressed by her last name, like the other members of the Acolyte Power Trio.
  • Lethal Harmless Powers: Oh, turning into mist is no big deal, right? WRONG. Never undertesimate the threat of a mutant who can Tele-Frag at will.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Her lost love with Charles is played up as a major factor in her opposition to the X-Men, though it's not the reason why she joined the Acolytes in the first place.
  • Mook Lieutenant: Served as this to Cortez in her very first appearance, being his field leader, and also got her start as this during the Mutant Empire trilogy before being promoted by Magneto to...
  • Number Two: In Mutant Empire, Amelia eventually works her way up to this role, eventually being granted authority over all the rest of the planetside Acolytes by Magneto himself.
  • Only Sane Woman: Amelia was often portrayed as this, being the only Acolyte other than Colossus to acknowledge Magneto to be a man and not a divine mutant messiah. She also tried to limit casualties whenever possible, and was just in general one of the few Acolytes who acted like a human being.
  • Personality Powers: Amelia's a good woman at heart, but she has a tendency to run from her problems. How fitting, then, that she manifests the mutant ability to turn into mist and rematerialize in the place of her choosing, the ultimate escape hatch for a person naturally drawn to them.
  • Power Trio: The third and last seen of the three "Power Woman" Acolytes who often acted as Mook Lieutenants to the rest of the second generation.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In one what-if tale where Avalon isn't destroyed Amelia joins Exodus's Acolyte faction, the 'Isolationists' who advocate bailing on Earth completely and taking Avalon into deep space. Regular verse Amelia also had this attitude about the purpose of the Acolytes in general, arguing that the only way for mutantkind to survive was to leave humanity behind.
  • Start of Darkness: She turned to Magneto's cause after humans killed her entire family.
  • Tele-Frag: Though she prefers not to do this, she's quite the adept when she wants to be. Transsubstantiating people hundreds of feet in the air, transsubstantiating away body parts selectively, transsubstantiating away the very air a person is breathing... yeah, Lethal Harmless Powers indeed.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Her mutant ability is "Transsubstantiation", the ability to transmute herself and other things/people into a mist state and then rematerialize in the place of her choosing. It's powerful enough that she can transport an entire team of Acolytes between Earth and the orbiting space station Avalon.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Salvation, the third book of the Mutant Empire trilogy, she teaches Unuscione a lesson or two about the dangers of Lethal Harmless Powers.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Exodus, as she was not only one of the Acolytes to rally to him after Avalon fell on his watch but chose to follow him again even after he menaced her with a Xenomorph knockoff and otherwise treated her like a dick during the 1996 Magneto mini (of course, she might have simply tried to forget that as hard as the fans did).
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Hasn't been seen since the fall of Utopia.
  • Woman Scorned: A more understandable example than most, due to Chuck briefly succubming to despair/temptation and using his powers to force Amelia to stay with him. It was only a second's moral failing, but boy did it ever end up having the opposite effect.

     Unuscione 

Carmella Unuscione

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AKA: Stand-Off
Debut: Uncanny X-Men #298 (1993)

Blasphemer! In the name of Magneto, I will see you crushed in my psionic exoskeleton before I allow you to speak that name again with such reverence!


The (probable) daughter of classic Silver Age Brotherhood member Unus the Untouchable, Unuscione took up her (probable) father's legacy by joining Magneto's Acolytes. Her fairly unique appearance and powerset has made her one of the more visually enduring Acolytes over the years, and she has been a mainstay through three consecutive generations of the team. X-Men: Blue saw Unuscione make a return as a recruit for the most recent incarnation of the Brotherhood of Mutants, being one of the only two Acolytes (along with Exodus) recruited for the group.

Uniscione appears in the X-Men two-part episode "Sanctuary" and in all three books of the X-Men Mutant Empire Trilogy.
  • Adaptational Nationality: She's Genoshan in the animated series, unlike her mainstream counterpart who, like her probably father, hails from Italy.
  • Barrier Warrior: Like her father, Unuscione has the mutant power to create barriers, but her version of the ability is both more limited and more potent, as she focuses it exclusively on psionic Powered Armor that she surrounds herself with. While this is limited compared to Unus the Untouchable's version of the ability, it has also been seen to be more useful in a fight, and unlike her father, Unuscione has never been seen to suffer from any form of Power Incontinence.
  • Berserk Button: Badmouthing her father, at least in the Mutant Empire trilogy.
  • Character Development: Not quite as much as the other Acolytes, but Carmella is still fairly fleshed out in the Mutant Empire book trilogy, where she's The Rival for POV character Amelia Voght and something of a Psycho Supporter for the Acolytes in general, constantly dancing on a hair's edge of becoming a full-fledged Ax-Crazy madwoman.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: A few early appearances drew her with her hair color changing when she used her powers.
  • Freudian Excuse: In the first Mutant Empire book, X-Men: Siege, Magneto muses that Unuscione's bad attitude is the result of her bitterness over losing her father Unus.
  • Future Badass: In X-Men: Blue, where she is among the members of a new Brotherhood of Mutants assembled by Magneto in the future to save mutantkind from the Reaver virus (which the Avengers and X-Men both fail to do).
  • Giant Mook: Unuscione is not herself a giant, but her psionic exoskeleton often assumes a giant size, and she can shape it into various monstrous forms if she so chooses.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In the alternate reality universe Age of X Unuscione, going by the code name of Stand-Off, is one of the Force Warriors who protect Fortress X, the last sanctuary of mutantkind. She also gets a very minor version of this in the main title when Exodus disbands the Acolytes. She is mentioned as moving to Utopia with Cargill, but unlike the latter, she is never seen helping the X-Men in any way.
  • Last-Name Basis: Usually just addressed by her last name, like the other members of the Acolyte Power Trio.
  • Legacy Character: She's the daughter of Silver Age Brotherhood member Angelo Unuscione, aka Unus the Untouchable.
  • Luke, I Might Be Your Father: Her relation to Unus is only confirmed in the Mutant Empire novel -X-Men: Sanctuary, which may or may not be canon.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Tries this in the third Mutant Empire book, X-Men: Salvation in order to get her rival Amelia Voght out of the way once and for all. It doesn't work, and a thoroughly exasperated Voght simply teleports her back to Avalon for Exodus to deal with.
  • Mook Lieutenant: Served this role in her very first appearance, and in occasional appearances thereafter.
  • Pet the Dog: Her, Cargill and Milan were the ones who gently coaxed the mutant teenager Neophyte out of hiding, staying with him for two days straight at the abandoned church he'd holed up in.
  • Power Incontinence: Suffered from this in a 2017 story arc thanks to the release of the Mothervine virus.
  • Primal Fear: One issue revealed that Unuscione has a very deep fear of dying like her father, who suffocated to death inside his own forcefield.
  • Power Trio: The first of the 'Power Woman' Acolytes who often acted as Mook Lieutenants to the rest of the second generation.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In one what-if tale where Avalon isn't destroyed Unuscione joins Exodus's Acolyte faction, the 'Isolationists' who advocate bailing on Earth completely and taking Avalon into deep space.
  • Sickly Green Glow: Her psionic exoskeleton is usually colored this way.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Exodus, as she was one of the Acolytes to rally to him even after Avalon fell on his watch.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Hasn't been seen since the fall of Utopia.
  • Worthy Opponent: As quickly as her first appearance she begrudgingly admits the X-Men are more worthy opponents than Cortez led her to believe.
  • Would Hurt a Child: To show how Obviously Evil the Acolytes were (subtlety was not something comics in The '90s had much use for) their first mission had them attacking a school bus full of children. And when the mutant child they were sent to retrieve turns out to also have Down's syndrome, she discards him as worthless to be killed with the human children.

     Kleinstocks 

The Kleinstock Brothers

Eric, Harlan and Sven Kleinstock

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Debut: Uncanny X-Men #298 (1993)

Hah! Nothing we like more than offing a few flatscans, eh brother?!


A trio of Ax-Crazy mutant Bash Brothers, the Kleinstocks are among the most cruel and bloodthirsty of all the Acolytes. One of them is killed on his first mission, reducing them to a duo.

The duo of Harlan and Sven appear in the Wolverine and the X-Men episode "Battle Lines" and make a cameo appearance in X-Men: Children of the Atom. They also appear in all three books of the X-Men Mutant Empire Trilogy.
  • Asteroids Mutant: Hit them hard enough in their combined form and they'll split back into separate people.
  • Ax-Crazy: They're disturbingly enthusiastic about killing "flatscans".
  • BackupTwins: Either Harlan or Sven was this to the other, as they were able to continue being a threat after Eric's death.
  • Bash Brothers: All three of them.
  • BFG: Both Kleinstocks carry one in their sprites in X-Men: Children of the Atom. Note that in the comics they never use any weapons other than their mutant powers.
  • Combo Platter Powers: Boy do these three have a platter. Their most distinctive power is a Fusion Dance ability that allows the duo (or trio) of Kleinstocks to combine into a single being. This also seems to overlap with All Your Powers Combined, as the fused Kleinstock duo is unable to fly as Eric Kleinstock did and after his death the remaining siblings almost never fight in any state other than fused. Each Kleinstock seems to bring something different to the table.
    • Flight: An ability only shown in the comics as being used by Eric Kleinstock.
    • Hand Blast: Both Eric Kleinstock and the fused Kleinstock duo exhibits this ability, indicating it may have been a power they all shared.
    • Nigh-Invulnerability: An ability only seen used by the fused Kleinstocks. Definitely not one Eric Kleinstock had, as a simple shotgun blast was all it took to kill him.
    • Super Strength: Also only seen used by the fused Kleinstocks.
  • Dumb Muscle: Harlan and Sven. Highlighted in the Mutant Empre book trilogy; while most of the Acolytes get significant fleshing out in that book, the Kleinstocks act more like a pair of prepubescent teenage bullies you'd see in a Goosebumps book than anything else. POV character Amelia Voght even thinks of them as little more than overgrown children.
  • Dull Surprise: Their response to being teleported off Avalon by the X-Men during Fatal Attractions is a pretty hilariously flat "Oh, crud."
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: They provide Sweden's contribution to the Acolytes, being a trio of Swedes who are all psychopathic manchildren.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: And so does at least one Kleinstock brother: in the third book of the X-Men Mutant Empire Trilogy, Sven Kleinstock objects to Unuscione's plan to get rid of Amelia Voght and Make It Look Like an Accident, even saying that "She might be a pain, but she's one of us." Whether he would have fought his brother Harlan (who had no such standards) is unclear, as Voght teleported the homicidal Unuscione back to Avalon before things could go that far.
  • Fearless Fool: Eric Kleinstock blows off Unuscione's warnings not to charge in recklessly. A panel later, he's dead.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Played with, none of the Kleinstocks are what you'd call responsible, but at least Harlan and Sven weren't dumb enough to get killed on their very first mission.
  • Kick the Dog: Attacking innocent humans in a hospice and sadistically killing at least one by boiling their IV drip with mutant powers is about as low as it gets.
  • Kill All Humans: In one what-if tale where Avalon isn't destroyed the Kleinstocks join Fabian Cortez's Acolyte faction, the 'Annihlists' who advocate human genocide and want to Take Over the World.
  • Lighter and Softer: They were distinctly less evil for their appearance in Wolverine and the X-Men than they ever were in the comics.
  • The Load: An issue of Uncanny released directly after the Fall of Avalon proved that while the Kleinstocks might be moderately good at punching X-Men in the face, they have absolutely no skill at all for wilderness survival. As an exasperated Unuscione puts it: "All you've done is complain since our pod landed!"
  • Mooks: Probably the most generic and Mook-y characters among all the Acolytes. They were duly adapted as generic enemies in X-Men 2: Clone Wars.
    • Giant Mook: They turn into one in their combined form.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: They act significantly less emotionally developed than any of the other Acolytes and have a child's Lack of Empathy when it comes to other human beings.
  • Sadist: One of the Kleinstocks (probably Harlan) really got into the hospice attack mission, sadistically boiling an immobilized patient's IV drip with his mutant powers while wearing a Psychotic Smirk.
  • Those Two Guys: Harlan and Sven after the death of Eric.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Dear God, Eric Kleinstock. He's pretty much an evil Foil to Thunderbird (complete with his own Backup Twin(s)!)
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Cyclops saves Harlan and Sven's lives during the collapse of Avalon but they never thank him, and spend most of the trek back to civilization whining about the heat.
  • Voice of the Legion: In their combined form they were sometimes written this way, speaking with a strange overlapping kind of dialogue.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Neither of the surviving Kleinstocks have been seen since Magneto lost control of Genosha. Given what happened shortly after, their fates do not look good.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Harlan and Sven have no problems with executing an elementary school student because he's a human and not a mutant.

     Javitz 

Isaac Javitz

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Debut: Uncanny X-Men #300 (1993)

For years I have observed you from afar... the mighty Cyclops and his X-Men, suppressing any mutant who didn't embrace the mainstream!


A disgruntled mutant who watched the X-Men for years and became frustrated by what he perceived as their oppression of any mutant who didn't embrace Xavier's ideology, Javitz readily answered the call of Fabian Cortez and continued serving the Acolytes after Cortez was exposed as a traitor when Exodus took over. He was slain by Holocaust during the fall of Avalon, though he reappeared among the ranks of the Acolytes during the Siege of Wundagore and Magneto War storylines. He has not been seen since.

He appears in all three books of the X-Men Mutant Empire Trilogy.
  • Back from the Dead: At Exodus's hand, apparently. He was seen in occasional background shots during the Siege of Wundagore and Magneto War storylines, but has not been seen since.
  • The Big Guy: Served this role among the second-gen Acolytes, being kind of a Replacement Scrappy for Delgado.
  • The Bully: He constantly belittled Milan for not having as offensive a mutation as some of the other Acolytes.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • During the hospice attack mission Javitz groused about the Kleinstocks being "dramatic" and generally didn't seem to take the same sadistic pleasure in it that they did (though he certainly still participated in it).
    • He also shows some loose scruples in the third Mutant Empire book Salvation, being one of the two present Acolytes (along with Sven Kleinstock) who objects to Unuscione's plan to get rid of Amelia Voght and Make It Look Like an Accident.
  • Eye Scream: He lost his left eye at one point, with the Mutant Empire novel trilogy revealing that he lost it in battle with Wolverine. That couldn't have been pretty.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Wears a blue bandanna over his left eye.
  • Giant Mook: At a truly enormous 9'11, Javitz was officially the largest of all the Acolytes, but outside of his grudge with Cyclops he had little personality to speak of (at least in the comics).
  • Handicapped Badass: A one-eyed mutant who is good enough to throw down with (ironically) Cyclops.
  • Hidden Depths: His personality is much more fleshed-out in the Mutant Empire trilogy than it ever was in the comics.
  • It's Personal: As his page quote shows, he kind of has this weird grudge against Cyclops. It gets even weirder when the Mutant Empire trilogy revealed it was actually Wolverine who was responsible for the loss of his eye.
  • Kick the Dog: Attacking innocent humans in a hospice is about as low as it gets.
  • Kill All Humans: In one what-if tale where Avalon isn't destroyed Javitz joins Fabian Cortez's Acolyte faction, the 'Annihlists' who advocate human genocide and want to Take Over the World.
  • Mistaken Identity: During the Magneto War a character with Javitz's unmistakable appearance appeared fighting the X-Men but was referred to by his teammates as Kamal (a third-gen Acolyte who replaced Javitz as The Big Guy).
  • Super Strength: His mutant ability, which came with the usual requisite dose of Nigh-Invulnerability.
  • Uncertain Doom: His death at the hands of Holocaust. While he definitely died, the question is whether Javitz stayed dead.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: When he fought Strong Guy. Though initially more powerful than Guido, the latter's ability to increase his strength by absorbing kinetic energy meant he got stronger as the fight went on, ultimately KOing Javitz with one punch.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Despite being shown as resurrected by Exodus, Javitz hasn't been seen since the Magneto War, leaving his actual fate unclear.

     Katu 

Katu Kath

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Debut: Uncanny X-Men #300 (1993)

You never would have made a good Acolyte, my friend.


An elderly Inuit man who was crippled and forced to watch his family die at the tentacles of Omega Red thirty years ago. After being forced for some years to work for the Russian military, he went AWOL and joined Fabian Cortez's Acolytes, eager for revenge on the humans who had ordered his family killed.
  • Artificial Limbs: Sports an even two, to replace the ones Omega Red ripped off of him.
  • Beard of Evil: While his evil quotient fluctuates, he definitely has a big bushy Santa beard.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Briefly depowered by the High Evolutionary during one of his schemes.
  • Came Back Wrong: Katu was one of a handful of Acolytes resurrected by Selene during the Necrosha storyline.
  • Complexity Addiction: His Elemental Powers are similar to Storm's, in the way a Gambit Roulette is similar to a Xanatos Gambit. They've got all kinds of limitations, for one thing, and for another his control over them appears to be limited.
  • Cyborg: With those two artificial arms and part of his chest also roboticized, Katu is clearly some mixture of machine and man now.
  • Death by Origin Story: Katu's family, including his son, were all slaughtered by Omega Red 30 years before the events of the series.
  • Elemental Powers: Katu's mutant powers combine this with Magnetism Manipulation, as he is a "living satellite dish" that can absorb and refract various atmospheric wavelength energies. He can use this to create Hand Blasts and to effect limited Weather Manipulation.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: He's the Inuit contribution to the Acolytes, and while not as evil as some of the others he still chose to follow the teachings of Magneto.
  • Elite Mook: A favored Acolyte of Fabian Cortez, and one of his three personal guardsmen.
  • Evil Old Folks: He's significantly older than most of the other Acolytes and was evil enough to blast an indiscriminate bystander simply because she was human.
  • Handicapped Badass: For a given value of "badass", but Katu is still a man who chooses to throw down with the X-Men in spite of having both his arms ripped off and replaced with bionic prostheses.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Seemingly done in Cable #11 to stop Omega Red from unleashing his death spore virus across the planet. They both got better, of course.
  • Hidden Depths: He was a much more fleshed-out character in Cable #10-11 than he ever was in any other appearance.
  • It's Personal: Between him and Omega Red, who ripped his arms off in his backstory.
  • Kidnapped by the Call: After being crippled by Omega Red he was abducted by the Russian military, who fitted him with his first bionic arms and forced him to work for them as a soldier.
  • Killed Off for Real: By Wild Sentinels during Cassandra Nova's mass genocide of Genosha.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: At least when getting shot at by electromagnetic energy weapons.
  • Noble Demon: Enough of one that he and Cable became friends.
  • Power Trio: Along with Senyaka and Spoor as Fabian Cortez's private guard.
  • Running Gag: In fights the X-Men would usually drop Katu before he ever even got to use his ridiculously-complex powers.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In one what-if tale where Avalon isn't destroyed Katu joins Exodus's Acolyte faction, the 'Isolationists' who advocate bailing on Earth completely and taking Avalon into deep space.
  • Super Strength: Via his bionic arms.

     Mellencamp 

Seamus Mellencamp

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Debut: Uncanny X-Men #300 (1993)

Sorry, not all mutants are drop-dead gorgeous.


The so-called "Noble Knight" of the Acolytes, Seamus Mellencamp is a monstrous powerhouse of a mutant. His distinctive appearance made him common in Acolyte group shots, but like most of the undeveloped Acolytes he was Killed Off for Real off-panel (though he briefly came back during Necrosha).

He appears in the in the Wolverine and the X-Men episodes "Greetings from Genosha" and "Battle Lines".
  • A Twinkle in the Sky: His fight with Jean Grey ends with her telekinetically hurling him into the sky Team Rocket style. He's thrown from Normandy and lands somewhere in the Pyrenees. And survives.
  • Blessed with Suck: Mellencamp's physical powers made him one of the strongest Acolytes, but they also cursed him with a truly monstrous appearance, severely hindering his ability to live a normal life.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Briefly depowered by the High Evolutionary during one of his schemes. The effects in his case were not pretty.
  • Came Back Wrong: Mellencamp was one of a handful of Acolytes resurrected by Selene during the Necrosha storyline, and was partnered with old boss Fabian Cortez and first-generation Acolyte Delgado.
  • Combo Platter Powers: His mutation gives him Nigh-Invulnerability, Super Senses, Super Strength, Wolverine Claws (animal variant) and possibly a Healing Factor (see below)
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: His very first fight goes this way, but then he did have the bad luck to be throwing down with Jean Grey.
  • Early Installment Weirdness / Spell My Name with an "S": Spelled as "Melloncamp" in his very first appearance.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: It's never exactly specified, but his first name strongly hints at him being Ireland's contribution to the Acolytes.
  • Eye Scream: Inflicts this on one of Multiple Man's dupes. This being the nineties, it was depicted in excruciating detail.
  • Healing Factor: Not officially listed with one, but often speculated to have one owing to his recovering from some truly insane injuries (including a Ludicrous Gibs moment when Multiple Man made one of his dupes manifest in Mellencamp's mouth). Being a reptilian mutant, it's possible he has a slower acting one compared to other Healing Factor mutants like Wolverine.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Spiky, dark green skin, and a face not even a mother could love.
  • I'm Your Worst Nightmare: Declares himself to be this to Jean Grey. That doesn't last very long.
  • Informed Attribute: His nickname among the Acolytes is the "Noble Knight", but he wasn't very noble in battle, or anywhere else for that matter.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: During the Magneto War, when Scanner asks why they can't still respect the X-Men even though they disagree, Mellencamp counters that the X-Men never showed any respect to them, taking in the likes of Rogue, Wolverine and even Sabretooth yet turning them away. Mellencamp might be a giant Hypocrite but he has a point here, especially when it comes to Sabretooth (who is much more evil than any of the Acolytes ever were).
  • Kill All Humans: In one what-if tale where Avalon isn't destroyed Mellencamp joins Fabian Cortez's Acolyte faction, the 'Annihlists' who advocate human genocide and want to Take Over the World.
  • Killed Off for Real: By Wild Sentinels during Cassandra Nova's mass genocide of Genosha.
  • Mood-Swinger: Outside of battle Mellencamp is unfailingly calm and polite, but once he enters battle he shows his true colors as a savage Sadist.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: His appearance is distinctly reptilian, with scaly green skin and yellow eyes.
  • Shout-Out: Upon seeing him, Jean Grey's initial reaction is to wonder if Mephisto had kids.
    • His name is also a very obvious Shout-Out to real-life musician John Mellencamp.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Specifically mentioned as being an untrained fighter, but was probably one of the most physically dangerous of all the rank-and-file Acolytes.
  • Villains Out Shopping: A few panels during the Magneto War storyline show him kicking back and playing cards with Kamal in his leisure time.

     Milan 

Fransisco Milan

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Debut: Uncanny X-Men #300 (1993)

I can't think about that now. Better to lose myself in the electropathy... become one with the machines.


An Italian mutant with the power to interface with machines, Milan's background was largely unexplored, though his status as the team's form of Mission Control made him a mainstay of the second-gen Acolytes. He was the first Acolyte to be slain by Holocaust during the fall of Avalon, though during the Siege of Wundagore he briefly reappeared among their ranks once more.

He appears in the second part of the X-Men two-part episode "Sanctuary" and in all three books of the X-Men Mutant Empire Trilogy.
  • Adorkable: A tragic example, as he was only shown as this in his death scene, where he remembers dreaming of seeing the wonders of the universe as a child with his last thoughts. Along with this and his getup in general, it is pretty safe to say that Milan was a Science Fiction fan.
  • Anti-Villain: Like Scanner, Milan doesn't seem to be nearly as malevolent as most of his fellow Acolytes.
  • Back from the Dead: At Exodus's hand, apparently. He was seen in occasional background shots during the Siege of Wundagore, but has not been seen since.
  • Butt-Monkey: To a certain degree he was this to the other Acolytes, owing to his being a Non-Action Guy, though he didn't get hazed as much as Neophyte.
  • Cassandra Truth: He tried to warn Exodus that maybe bringing the frozen mutant they found out in space onto Avalon wasn't the best idea. The frozen mutant, of course, was an Omnicidal Maniac who promptly went on a rampage, with Milan tragically becoming his first victim.
  • Cool Shades: Sports a pair of cyberpunk goggles that look like they were lifted straight out of The '80s.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Another Italian recruit to the Acolytes, and with that name he borders on Captain Ethnic (but thankfully averts it by having no other stereotypical qualities).
  • Evil Counterpart: Seemed to be one of these to Forge, though he wasn't actually all that evil...
  • Facial Markings: Sports prominent red facial tattoos on his chin and forehead.
  • Mission Control: His primary job as an Acolyte.
  • Non-Action Guy: As one of the few Acolytes whose mutant power did not lend itself to combat at all, he was this, and boy did the Acolytes give him grief over it.
  • Personality Powers: An introverted Non-Action Guy more comfortable with machines than people just so happened to manifest the mutant ability of Technopathy? Well don't that just beat all.
  • Pet the Dog: Him, Cargill and Unuscione were the ones who gently coaxed the mutant teenager Neophyte out of hiding, staying with him for two days straight at the abandoned church he'd holed up in.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In one what-if tale where Avalon isn't destroyed Milan joins Exodus's Acolyte faction, the 'Isolationists' who advocate bailing on Earth completely and taking Avalon into deep space.
  • Shout-Out: During one mission Joanna Cargill skeptically wonders if one of Milan's gadgets is just a converted Game Boy.
  • Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism: Indulged in a certain degree of mechanical anthropomorphism, as when opening a security system in the first book of the Mutant Empire trilogy he spoke to it as if it were a human, musing about how lonely it must have been and asking if it would like him to visit again later.
  • Technopath: His mutant ability, Electropathy, was this combined with Awesomeness by Analysis and a generous dose of Complexity Addiction.
  • Uncertain Doom: His death at the hands of Holocaust. While he definitely died, the question is whether Milan stayed dead.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Exodus, as despite doubting his mental stability he spends his Last Words calling out to him after being grabbed by Holocaust. This loyalty apparently paid off, as he was shown resurrected by Exodus during the Siege of Wundagore storyline.
  • The Unfavorite: Most of the rank-and-file Acolytes gave him grief over his relatively passive mutation. Interestingly, team leader (at the time) Cortez wasn't among them and in fact treated Milan kindly in spite of being a complete Jerkass. This deliberate manipulation explains why a relatively nice guy like Milan wound up with the Acolytes in the first place.
  • Unusual User Interface: He frequently interfaced with machines by plugging a cord into what looked like a USB port — in his Cool Shades.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Despite being shown as resurrected by Exodus, Milan hasn't been seen since the Siege of Wundagore, leaving his actual fate unclear.

     Neophyte 

Neophyte

Simon Hall

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Debut: Uncanny X-Men #300 (1993)

Cortez! I won't stand by and let you take the life of another mutant, the way you turned Magneto from a savior to a martyr!


A gentle Swiss teenager who sequestered himself in an abandoned church when his mutant powers first manifested. Coaxed out of hiding by the Acolytes, he joined their ranks as their most junior member.
  • Badass Pacifist: Very briefly in his debut appearance, when he became a Guest-Star Party Member and helped the X-Men defeat Fabian Cortez.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: As Fabian Cortez found out the hard way.
  • Complexity Addiction: He's a mutant Intangible Man but with a twist: he can phase into an object and re-emerge from any point that object occupies. For example, he can phase through one wall of a castle and come out on the other wall, even if it's literal miles away.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Fabian Cortez bullied him and treated him like a servant, so it was only fitting that he was instrumental in Cortez's downfall.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: He's Switzerland's contribution to the Acolytes.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: In the latter half of his debut appearance. The issue ends with the implication that he might join the X-Men, but it never went anywhere.
  • Harmless Villain: His powers have little offensive use and he's so meek that he's hardly ever even tried to fight the X-Men, usually just running away instead.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: A decent kid who's just looking for someone to believe in.
  • New Meat: To the point where his very codename was a synonym for "new guy". Strangely, he kept that codename even after shedding his rookie status.
  • Personality Powers: Like Voght, Neophyte has a passive personality and prefers to run from problems rather than facing them, which his mutant power (like Voght's) very helpfully lets him do.
  • Poor Communication Kills: He fled the Acolytes after turning against Cortez and was dragged back after Exodus took over. Telling the Acolytes why he left might have helped his case considerably, but for whatever reason Neophyte never did.
  • Put on a Bus: He's been on one ever since his 2010 appearance in New Mutants, where he helped the X-Men defend Utopia from a legion of Nimrods.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: A minor version, as a side perk of his Intangible Man ability.
  • Token Good Teammate: He's without a doubt the kindest and most compassionate member of the Acolytes.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Or Useful, as during the Magneto War he was shown as having developed greater control over the Intangible Man aspect of his powers, learning to extend them to his fellow Acolytes as well as himself via physical contact.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He hasn't been seen since 2009's Second Coming storyline, during which he helped the X-Men defend Utopia from an invasion of MK-II Nimrods.
  • Yo Yo Plot Point: He usually helps the X-Men in some way whenever he shows up, only to rejoin the Acolytes in his next appearance. As ever, Status Quo Is God.

     Senyaka 

Suvik Senyaka

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Debut: Uncanny X-Men #300 (1993)

If you wish me to kill for you, then I will. You need not trick me or convince me. I have killed for Magneto, for Exodus, for Sinister — I will kill for you.


Perhaps the most menacing of all the Acolytes, Senyaka is a cold-blooded Sri Lankan with a Life Drinker mutant ability. Originally distinctive only for being the Sacrificial Lamb used to show how far gone Magneto was, Senyaka inexplicably revived and began a slow but steady quest to take as many badass levels as he could, culminating in the X-Force (2008) storyline Necrosha where he was recruited into the Inner Circle of Big Bad Selene.

Senyaka makes minor appearances in both the '90s X-Men cartoon and Wolverine and the X-Men. He also appears in all three books of the X-Men Mutant Empire Trilogy.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: In the Mutant Empire novels, which portray him as significantly more sane and trustworthy than he ever was in the comics. He's still a villain, mind, just not an Ax-Crazy one.
  • Asshole Victim: Irrationally killed or not, it's really hard to feel sorry for this guy when Magneto pulps him in Uncanny X-Men #304 after reading what he got up to beforehand.
  • Ax-Crazy: He pretty much lives for the kill and makes no pretensions or apologies for that fact.
  • Blood Knight: Part of why he's been one of the few Acolytes to transcend his C-List Fodder background. Omega Red being dead also helps.
  • Darker and Edgier: One of the many Life Drinker mutants introduced during The '90s. Necrosha took it Up to Eleven.
  • The Dog Bites Back: He attempted to get revenge on Magneto when the latter took over Genosha, joining a squad of rebel Acolytes secretly supported by (of course) Fabian Cortez.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: His name was spelled as "Sanyaka" in his first appearance.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: He's from Sri Lanka, which was probably the most obscure nationality at the time the Acolytes were introduced.
  • Expy: Basically got his start as off-brand Omega Red. He's developed enough since then to be considered his own character, even if the two still share many similarities.
  • The Faceless: Has never been seen not wearing his distinctive cowl.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: From a jungle-dwelling Sri Lankan to a member of Selene's Inner Circle in her bid for godhood.
  • Kick the Dog: Attacking innocent humans in a hospice and choking a nurse to death slowly just for being born human is about as low as it gets.
  • Kill All Humans: In one what-if tale where Avalon isn't destroyed Senyaka joins Fabian Cortez's Acolyte faction, the 'Annihlists' who advocate human genocide and want to Take Over the World.
  • Killed Off for Real: By Wolverine and X-23. Yes, it takes both of them to put this guy down.
  • Lack of Empathy: He's a cold-blooded killer without any trace of hesitation or remorse for what he does.
  • Life Drinker: His mutant ability is this combined with Whip It Good, as he can only channel his powers through his whips. Think Omega Red. He can also use it for Liquid Assets, simulating an ersatz Healing Factor.
  • Man in White: There was a brief period during the Quicksilver run where he traded his usual look for this. It really didn't fit the character and was quickly reversed after that series ended.
  • Mook: Got his start as one of these, and was randomly thrown back into the Acolytes during the Siege of Wundagore even though it made no sense for him to be there.
    • Elite Mook: A favored Acolyte of Fabian Cortez, and one of his three personal guardsmen.
  • Not Quite Dead: After Fatal Attractions. It took him a few weeks to siphon off enough life-force to where he could get back on his feet.
  • Personality Powers: Befitting his status as the most cold-blooded of the Acolytes, Senyaka got a Life Drinker power, a case of Bad Powers, Bad People if ever there was one.
  • Power Trio: Along with Katu and Spoor as Fabian Cortez's private guard.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Used this way in UXM #304, being pulped by Magneto both to show how powerful the latter had become and how far gone he was.
  • Sadist: A trait of his on full display during the hospice attack mission, which featured Senyaka sadistically choking a human nurse to death with his whips while telling her she deserved it.
  • Staying Alive: His mutant ability allows him to do this, to the point of being able to revive himself after being crushed into a cube by Magneto during Fatal Attractions.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Several levels, actually. He goes from a generic Mook to throwing down with Cable, then Deadpool, then all the X-Men on behalf of Selene.
  • Whip It Good: He must use his psionic energy whips to channel his Life Drinker powers.
  • You Have Failed Me: A really weird example. Magneto kills Senyaka during Fatal Attractions after learning of his role in an attack on a hospice, but his reason isn't the attack itself, but because Senyaka didn't ask for permission. Keep in mind that all the Acolytes believed Magneto was dead at the time, and Senyaka wasn't even the leader of the mission, so this was really just an excuse for Magneto to throw around his power.

     Spoor 

Spoor

Andrew Hamish Graves

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Debut: Uncanny X-Men #300 (1993)

Hard t'talk behind this muzzle, Havok m'lad, so why don't you cut me loose — and I'll give ye a mouthful.


A self-loathing Scottish mutant who inexplicably named himself for poop. No, seriously.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Not themed after any one animal in particular, but generically invokes these types of characters with his hirsuite appearance, tooth-and-claw fighting style and meaningful codename.
  • Belief Makes You Stupid: He immediately capitulated to X-Factor when he saw that "the Magnusson" (Quicksilver) was among their ranks, even though Pietro was utterly repulsed by him.
  • Blessed with Suck: Spoor's Charm Person power is this, as it is affected by his internalized self-loathing and so has the opposite effect, driving everyone in his vicinity to hate him rather than love him.
  • Butt-Monkey: His backstory is pure cringe, from his father murdering his mother for giving birth to such an ugly freak (and then telling the young Spoor she ran away) to forcing said child to eat garbage.
  • Came Back Wrong: Spoor was one of a handful of Acolytes resurrected by Selene during the Necrosha storyline.
  • Combo Platter Powers: He's basically the very hairy, very ugly love child of Wolverine and Gambit, sporting the latter's feral mutant qualities (sans healing factor) and the former's low-level Charm Person ability.
  • Death Seeker: Revealed to be one after being interrogated by Excalibur. Turns out Spoor didn't really have as much of a Lack of Empathy as he pretended to have, knew that attacking humans was wrong, and wanted to die because he knew and did it anyway.
  • The Dog Bites Back: He was among the Acolytes who was abandoned by Magneto after the Magneto War and summarily recruited into a rebel Acolyte faction secretly led by (you guessed it) Fabian Cortez.
  • Elite Mook: A favored Acolyte of Fabian Cortez, and one of his three personal guardsmen.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: He's Scotland's contribution to the Acolytes.
  • Kick the Dog: Attacking innocent humans in a hospice is about as low as it gets.
  • Kill All Humans: In one what-if tale where Avalon isn't destroyed Spoor joins Fabian Cortez's Acolyte faction, the 'Annihlists' who advocate human genocide and want to Take Over the World.
  • Killed Off for Real: By Wild Sentinels during Cassandra Nova's mass genocide of Genosha.
  • Kneel Before Frodo: Kneels willingly and starts groveling the second the "Magnusson" enters the room (prompting Deadpan Snarker Strong Guy to remark that after years of thinking he was God Pietro finally got his wish for someone to treat him like it).
  • Meaningful Name: "Spoor" is a technical term for the track, trail, scent or droppings of an animal.
  • Poisonous Captive: During the time when he was held prisoner by Excalibur. He and Rory Campbell brought out the very worst in each other.
  • Power Trio: Along with Katu and Senyaka as Fabian Cortez's private guard.
  • Villainous Friendship: Considers fellow guardsman Senyaka a friend, and attacks Wolverine viciously when he thinks the latter killed him.
  • Violent Glaswegian: As mentioned above, he's a Scotsman who gave into his wild side. Odds are him and Proteus would have been fast friends if ever they met.

     Rakkus 

Rakkus

David Anthony Rice

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Debut: Avengers #380 (1994)

Wundagore is not yours, Evolutionary! We Acolytes have claimed it as a sacred place and Exodus will allow you to defile it no longer!


A parasitical metamorph and one of the most mysterious Acolytes. Exodus sends him to possess a human shepherd named Fyodor as part of a Batman Gambit to draw the High Evolutionary out of Wundagore Mountain.
  • All There in the Manual: He is never referred to by his human name on panel, and it was only ever revealed in supplementary materials.
  • Batman Gambit: He possesses the human Fyodor because Fyodor is one of the confidants of the anthromorph Bova, one of the High Evolutionary's most devoted servants, and poisons her with a slow-acting venom while pretending to care for her for weeks because he knows her plight will eventually draw the Evolutionary out of Wundagore Mountain.
  • Breath Weapon: His Humanoid Abomination form can breathe fire.
  • Body Horror: The transformation process he inflicts on his hosts is clearly painful, as Fyodor is seen screaming shortly before Rakkus emerges.
  • Complexity Addiction: Rakkus's mutant ability is a functional form of Grand Theft Me, but with a lot of twists and turns: for one, he must "infect" the victim in a disembodied DNA strain form to possess them, and for another, he can transform the victim into a large Humanoid Abomination form.
  • Dying as Yourself: Fyodor dies shortly after Rakkus leaves his body, which was reverted to human but still ravaged by the High Evolutionary's energy blasts.
  • Enemy Within: He's this to anyone he possesses.
  • Giant Mook: His Humanoid Abomination form lies somewhere between this and Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: When he's possessing someone. It's unknown if he has them normally, as he is never seen in his normal body.
  • Humanoid Abomination: With particular emphasis on the "abomination" over the "humanoid". He makes Mellencamp look positively cuddly.
  • Living Shadow: Possibly, as it's never revealed if he retains his own original human body, or if he ever even had one at all.
  • The Mole: Uses his powers to possess an old man named Fyodor in a scheme to draw out the High Evolutionary.
  • Monster of the Week: He's menacing enough to throw down with Quicksilver, Crystal and the frigging High Evolutionary, but was never seen again outside of the three-issue storyline he originally appeared in.
  • Plain Name: He's among the most exotic and mysterious of Acolytes, but his name is... David Rice.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: His Humanoid Abomination form has a huge maw full of fangs.
  • The Virus: His DNA strain form that he possesses people with.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Appears to do this on a cellular level.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Specifically mentioning as being "called back by his master" at the storyline's conclusion, yet he was never seen or mentioned again.

Third-Generation Acolytes

     Kamal 

Kamal el Alaoui

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Debut: Magneto #1 (1996)

Fellow Acolytes, it is good to be reunited! Gather around and I shall be honored to tell you of Lord Magneto's exploits during our long journey here.


A boisterous Muslim Acolyte with the ability to absorb and mimic the physical properties of any object he touches. Hasn't been seen since the Magneto War.

He appears in the Wolverine and the X-Men episode "Hindsight".
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Compare his original incarnation to his animated appearance.
  • All There in the Manual: He is never referred to by his full name on panel, and it was only ever revealed in supplementary materials.
  • The Big Guy: At 6'7, Kamal is officially the shortest Acolyte to serve this role (previous holders Delgado and Javitz being 6'8 and 9'11 respectively) but was still the tallest Acolyte of his generation.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He's basically a cross between the Absorbing Man and BRIAN BLESSED.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Briefly depowered by the High Evolutionary during one of his schemes.
  • Captain Ethnic: Calls the X-Men "infidels" to remind us that he's Muslim.
  • Elemental Shapeshifter: Like the Absorbing Man, Kamal's mutant ability allows him to mimic the physical properties of any object he touches. Note that unlike Creel, Kamal must touch solid objects, and can not duplicate liquid or energy states such as electricity.
  • Expy: He's more or less a mutant version of the Absorbing Man, at least in terms of his powers and appearance. His personality is a lot less repellent than Creel's, though.
  • Non-Specifically Foreign: Though his precise nationality is never specified, his name and appearance hint at him being Middle Eastern in origin, making him that region's sole contribution to the Acolytes. He's also noteworthy for being one of the rare few Muslim characters who predates The War on Terror.
  • Super Strength: As with the Absorbing Man, Kamal's strength level depends on what object he has absorbed the properties of.
  • Villains Out Shopping: A few panels during Magneto War show him kicking back and playing cards with Mellencamp in his leisure time.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Hasn't been seen or even mentioned since the "Magneto War" storyline.

     Orator 

Orator

Victor Ludwig

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Debut: Magneto #1 (1996)

You are among friends here, brother, for we too are seekers of Avalon.


An action-figure sized mutant empath. As his name indicates, he was also something of a spokesman for the Acolytes before he disappeared into the ether.
  • All There in the Manual: He is never referred to by his human name on panel, and it was only ever revealed in supplementary materials.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Has sickly green skin, which is probably part of his mutation since he also sports giant pupilless red eyes.
  • Cool Helmet: He was briefly shown to have an adorable little helmet he wore that was more or less a replica of Magneto's.
  • The Empath: His mutant ability. Occasionally bio-sites expand it to Mind Control levels, but he was never seen on-panel doing anything other than sensing emotions.
  • Evil Old Folks: He has white hair and at one point is called a "geezer", though he never does anything particularly evil besides being part of a supervillain team.
  • Hostage Situation: Taken hostage in the second of his two appearances by a racist human soldier. He survived the experience thanks to Joseph, however.
  • Living Lie Detector: A handy perk of his empathy, and possibly the reason why he disappeared (Fabian Cortez did rejoin the team right around that time, after all)
  • Non-Action Guy: Due to varying in size between being a dwarf and being literally less than a foot tall. Whatever size he was at, Orator wasn't going be throwing down with any superheroes.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted — he has pupilless red eyes, but isn't particularly malevolent.
  • Size Shifter: Possibly, as one panel showed him being small enough to stand on Kamal's hand while another depicted him as being large enough for a human soldier to put in a chokehold. But the art in this miniseries wasn't exactly what you'd call "consistent", making it a bit unclear if he's really one of these or not.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Marvel apparently forgot he existed, as he was never seen again after the 4-issue Magneto miniseries.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Has the dubious honor of being probably the single most obscure character of all the Acolytes. He appears for exactly two issues and is never seen or mentioned again.

     Decay 

Decay

Jacob Lashinski

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Debut: Quicksilver #9 (1998)

He ignores me, thinking I am nothing! But I am Decay! My enemies die while I grow strong!


An elderly mutant Life Drinker who joined the Acolytes at a time when they had seized and were trying to hold control of Wundagore Mountain. He was killed in battle with the High Evolutionary.
  • All There in the Manual: He is never referred to by his human name on panel, and it was only ever revealed in supplementary materials.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: Subverted — he is seen muttering about how much he "hates this" when draining a victim, hinting that he's not all that happy with what he does.
  • Blessed with Suck: Decay's mutant power caused his lifeforce to rapidly deplete itself, giving him the appearance of an emaciated geriatric. His actual age is unclear.
  • The Eeyore: Constantly glum and self-pitying thanks to being forced to drain people's lifeforce to stay alive.
  • Famous Last Words: His quote above. A panel after he says that, he's dead.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He gets a little more than he bargained for when he tries to drain the High Evolutionary of his powers.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: He was unable to control the amount of lifeforce he drained from a victim, always taking everything they had. This proved his undoing when he met the victim who had more to give than he could take, leading to...
  • Killed Off for Real: Attempting to drain the High Evolutionary. The results were not pretty.
  • Life Drinker: A fairly stock example of the many mutant Life Drinker villains prevalent during The '90s, though his particular variation of the ability was more curse than blessing.
  • Liquid Assets: His Life Drinker powers come with a side of this, as he reverts to a younger, more vital form after draining a victim. The effect doesn't seem to last for long, though.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Trying to drain the power of a cosmic being like the High Evolutionary? He really should have known better.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He only appeared in a few issues towards the end of the Siege of Wundagore storyline.

     Gargouille 

Gargouille

Lavinia LeBlanc

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Debut: Quicksilver #9 (1998)

We are Acolytes, non? Exodus has given us this chance to prove ourselves, oui?


A diminutive yet plucky Flying Brick who joined the Acolytes at a time when they had seized and were trying to hold control of Wundagore Mountain. Possibly recruited by Exodus from Gargoyles.
  • All There in the Manual: She is never referred to by her human name on panel, and it was only ever revealed in supplementary materials.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: As part of her mutation. The actual color of her skin changes; in early appearances it was a slate grey and in her final appearances it was more of a greyish blue.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: She's the Canadian contribution to the Acolytes.
  • Flying Brick: A very downplayed example, as she had low-level Super Strength, Nigh-Invulnerability and Super Senses along with Flight thanks to her wings.
  • French Jerk: Either French or French-Canadian, it's never made clear which.
  • Gratuitous French: Occasionally, as her quote aptly demonstrates.
  • Humiliation Conga: After the Acolytes disbanded she was reduced to a homeless beggar on the streets of New York.
  • Killed Off for Real: Eaten Alive by a Predator X.
  • Nonindicative Name: "Gargouille" would certainly seem indicative of her gargoyle-like mutation, but the word actually means "throat" in French.
  • Most Common Superpower: Half of the time she was drawn it was this way.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Killed off in a needlessly gruesome and tasteless manner, to the point of her half-eaten remains being discovered, just to play up how nasty the Predator Xs were. She was even originally found by her unnamed boyfriend.
  • Size Shifter: Almost certainly an artist error, given that her listed height is 3'8" and in her early appearances she was drawn as such, yet her final appearance depicted her at the size of an average person.
  • Winged Humanoid: Sported big leathery gargoyle wings as part of her mutation.

     Projector 

Projector

Zachary Williams

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Debut: Quicksilver #9 (1998)

Dolts! Look at them bang on my forcefield.


A smug mutant Barrier Warrior who joined the Acolytes at a time when they had seized and were trying to hold control of Wundagore Mountain. Like most of the third-gen Acolytes, he was abandoned by Magneto and sided with Fabian Cortez after the Magneto War. One of the few third-gen Acolytes to survive into the present day.
  • All There in the Manual: He is never referred to by his human name on panel, and it was only ever revealed in supplementary materials.
  • Barrier Warrior: His mutant ability is essentially this with a side of Power Armor. So, basically Unuscione-lite (are you getting the idea of how out of ideas the writers were by this time?).
  • But Not Too Black: He was much more dark-skinned in his first appearance than in later ones.
  • Distaff Counterpart: He's basically a male version of the X-Men's Armor (or rather, Armor is a female version of him, since he came first).
  • The Dog Bites Back: He was among the Acolytes who was abandoned by Magneto after the Magneto War and summarily recruited into a rebel Acolyte faction secretly led by (you guessed it) Fabian Cortez.
  • Glamour Failure: His force fields were shown to be affected by physical objects, cracking on Wolverine's skull and later being sliced into chunks by his claws.
  • Luckily, My Powers Will Protect Me: Brags about his forcefield as the Knights of Wundagore tried to break through it, but he's generally less effective against powered combatants.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Or have a pink personal force field, either or.
  • Smug Snake: If his fight with the Knights of Wundagore is anything to go by, he gets this way in fights where he has the upper hand.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He hasn't been seen since 2008's Messiah Complex storyline, in which he played a minor role as a stool pigeon pressured by the X-Men into revealing what he knew about Exodus.

     Vindaloo 

Vindaloo

Venkat Katregadda

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Debut: Uncanny X-Men #366 (1999)

I can do this all night, you Russian freak!


A Pyro Maniac Indian mutant and late addition to Magneto's Acolytes. Unlike most of his fellow third-gen Acolyte brethren, he was deemed worthy of remaining at Magneto's side after the Magneto War. One of the few third-gen Acolytes to survive into the present day.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: Like Pyro before him, Vindaloo's power to turn people who bug him into crispy critters classes him firmly in the role of villain.
  • Beard of Evil: A little Jafar-style goatee.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Briefly depowered by the High Evolutionary during one of his schemes.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: He's India's contribution to the Acolytes.
  • Lack of Empathy: Watching the X-Men slowly freeze to death doesn't move Vindaloo at all.
  • Meaningful Name: "Vindaloo" is a very spicy type of Indian curry, a fitting-if-goofy name for a napalm-hurling mutant.
  • Obviously Evil: His face was drawn with very harsh and angular features, invoking no one so much as Jafar from Disney's Aladdin movies (and the perpetual Psychotic Smirk didn't help either).
  • Playing with Fire: His mutant ability, which allows him to generate a flammable gel he could either shoot from his hands Kamehameha style or throw as fireballs.
  • Pyro Maniac: Seemed to enjoy barbecuing X-Men a little too much, judging by the Psychotic Smirk he almost always sported in battle.
  • Retired Monster: If his last appearance in 2016 is any indication, he's given up the supervillainy game and now tries to lead a quiet life alongside other low-tier retired villains like Scrambler.
  • Smug Snake: Basically think a less charming and more Obviously Evil Pyro and you've got this guy.
  • Villains Out Shopping: A few panels during the Magneto War storyline show him lounging and reading a book in his leisure time. Years and years later he showed up at a cookout held by the former Marauder Scrambler.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He hasn't been seen since 2008's Messiah Complex storyline.

     Barnacle 

Barnacle

Mortimer Everett

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Debut: X-Men: The Magneto War #1 (1999)

Errol Flynn never wrote kktss no nightcap. Not even in kktss 'Gentleman Jim'.


The poster mutant for Blessed with Suck (yes, he even beats out Toad), Barnacle was a late recruit to the Acolytes. Like most of the third-gen Acolytes, he was abandoned by Magneto and sided with Fabian Cortez after the Magneto War.
  • Blessed with Suck: His mutant ability, Moisture Solidification, which allows him to turn any type of moisture into a hardened shell. Not only does the ability overlap with Body Horror when you realize he mostly used it to ensnare people in their own bodily fluids, it also left his face and arms scarred, with one abscess so swollen it completely covered his left eye. It also left him with a Speech Impediment.
  • Butt-Monkey: Seemed to be one for the writers, owing to his almost-too-awful-to-be-believed mutant powers and bad luck in general, even being give the name Mortimer.
  • Came Back Wrong: Barnacle was one of a handful of Acolytes resurrected by Selene during the Necrosha storyline.
  • The Dog Bites Back: He was among the Acolytes who was abandoned by Magneto after the Magneto War and summarily recruited into a rebel Acolyte faction secretly led by (no points for guessing this one) Fabian Cortez.
  • Flaw Exploitation: Deliberately pitted against Storm by Fabian Cortez, owing to the former's claustrophobia.
  • Hidden Depths: Freakishly scarred mutant terrorist... and avid cineaste with a taste for Hollywood classics.
  • Killed Off for Real: By Wild Sentinels during Cassandra Nova's mass genocide of Genosha.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: He was the spokesman for the Acolytes that sought refuge with the X-Men, even going so far as to beg Professor X for forgiveness, only to be turned away.
  • Sycophantic Servant: Implied to be one of these on his Versus System card, where even the toady-loving Fabian Cortez tells him to get lost.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Magneto: Dark Seduction, thanks to having his mutant abilities powered up by Fabian Cortez.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Has appeared in less than half a dozen issues, though he was deemed significant enough to get his own VS System card.

     Rem-Ram 

Rem-Ram

Marcus Andrews

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Debut: X-Men: The Magneto War #1 (1999)

Give me a break, Cortez. This is all kinda new to me.


A young Belgian Acolyte with the power to observe and influence others through their dreams, Rem-Ram was recruited by Fabian Cortez to aid in a search for Magneto (who was alive but missing at the time). Like most of the third-gen Acolytes, he was abandoned by Magneto and sided with Fabian Cortez after the Magneto War.
  • Anti-Villain: He wasn't particularly malevolent, and even apologized to the X-Men after all was said and done.
  • Came Back Wrong: Rem-Ram was one of a handful of Acolytes resurrected by Selene during the Necrosha storyline.
  • The Dog Bites Back: He was among the Acolytes who was abandoned by Magneto after the Magneto War and summarily recruited into a rebel Acolyte faction secretly led by (naturally) Fabian Cortez.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: He's Belgium's contribution to the Acolytes, though he's more misguided than evil.
  • Exotic Entree: He describes the dreams of Charles Xavier as "tasty".
  • Killed Off for Real: By Wild Sentinels during Cassandra Nova's mass genocide of Genosha.
  • Naïve Newcomer: As his page quote demonstrates, Rem-Ram was quite new both to supervillainy and being a mutant in general.
  • Non-Action Guy: Second only to Milan in the "Acolyte least suited for physical combat" category.
  • Psychic Dreams for Everyone: His mutant power, which allowed him to enter people's minds while they dreamed and influence them to do things while sleeping such as use their mutant powers. Cortez implied that he had actual Psychic Powers, albeit very undeveloped ones, and was capable of full-fledged Mind Control if pushed hard enough.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: He apologizes to Professor X and the X-Men for what he does, and is among the Acolytes who petition for asylum only to be rejected by Chuck.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: So much so that Rem-Ram has actually made more appearances in death than he did in life.

     Static 

Static

Gianna Carina Esperanza

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Debut: X-Men: The Magneto War #1 (1999)

Too late for chitchat, kiddo. My bioelectric static pulse is strong enough now to scramble even your energy form!


One of the last known Acolytes, Static was recruited by Fabian Cortez to aid in a search for Magneto (who was alive but missing at the time).
  • All There in the Manual: Subverted, and it's sadly the most distinctive thing about her. Unlike many of the C-List Fodder Acolytes whose names were only released in supplemental material, Static's name was confirmed in X-Force (v3) #21.
  • Came Back Wrong: Static was one of a handful of Acolytes resurrected by Selene during the Necrosha storyline, though she was only mentioned, not seen on panel (that's how obscure she is).
  • Foil: Used as one for Scanner in Magneto: Dark Seduction (it's Scanner she's addressing her her profile quote above).
  • Kaleidoscope Hair: Had brown hair in one appearance and blonde hair in the other.
  • Killed Off for Real: By Wild Sentinels during Cassandra Nova's mass genocide of Genosha.
  • Luckily, My Powers Will Protect Me: Literally every line (all 2 of them) Static had was her talking about her mutant power.
  • Non-Specifically Foreign: Like Kamahl above she was too obscure to have her exact nationality specified, but her name is clearly meant to evoke this. Spain or Genosha are the two best bets for her nationality.
  • The Paralyzer: Her mutant ability was this with a side of Power Nullifier.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Ties with Orator for being the most obscure of all the Acolytes, appearing in a grand total of two issues, period, and being offhandedly mentioned in a third.
  • Woman Scorned: After being abandoned by Magneto at the conclusion of the Magneto War storyline she threw in her lot with a band of rebel Acolytes secretly supported by (who else?) Fabian Cortez.

Fourth-Generation Acolytes

     Random 

Random

Marshall Evan Stone III

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AKA: Alex
Debut: X-Factor #88 (1993)

Sorry, guys. If it's any consolation, I'm the soft option.


A kind of Sixth Ranger to X-Factor, Random was a mysterious mutant mercenary (and the walking incarnation of the '90s) who was left rudderless when that team disbanded. After pinballing around for a little while, he was recruited by Exodus into the last generation of Acolytes.

He makes minor appearances in the '90s X-Men cartoon episodes "Sanctuary" and "Secrets Not Long Buried".
  • '90s Anti-Hero: Visually, Random is the '90s antihero, being more or less a walking cliché of everything about that period. This was eventually established as a very deliberate lampshading of this trope, with the reveal that Random was actually a young boy who modeled his musclebound antihero appearance on a kid's idea of what a badass looked like and used his shapeshifting abilities to achieve it. Subsequent writers have forgotten this, to the point where when even depowered he was shown in his uber-nineties form.
  • Adaptive Ability: Random's 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.
  • Apologetic Attacker: To Cable, when his new allegiances as an Acolyte forced the two into combat.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: Subverted, since Random is actually a heroic guy whose unsettling power is to shoot you with guns.
  • Bounty Hunter: His day job, at least when he was first introduced.
  • The Cameo: An oft-cameoed character, due to his very, um, distinctive appearance.
  • Cool Shades: Never seen without these.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Even when playing the merc-for-hire Random was utterly disgusted with the nurse-killing Acolyte Senyaka, and took particular pleasure in cleaning his clock.
  • Guns Akimbo: Justified as Random has never had any actual training in the use of the firearms he manifests at will.
  • Heroic Albino: A chaotic good variant, as Random is usually on some villain team or another but his heart is always in the right place.
  • Meaningful Name: Random began life randomly as a mess of protoplasmic goo (at least in one origin) and randomly adapts to any mutant power used against him.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Thanks to Depending on the Writer. In one take, Random is actually neither human nor mutant but is instead a Tyke-Bomb mass of sentient protoplasma created For Science! as part of an experiment by the Dark Beast. In the other, Random was a mutant boy born normally who was then kidnapped and experimented on by Dark Beast.
  • Only in It for the Money: Until the truth about his identity came out, Random put on the facade of an indifferent mercenary who only cared about his paycheck. He'd long since abandoned this attitude by the time he joined the Acolytes, though.
  • Shapeshifter Weapon: Combines this trope with BFG, as he can transform his limbs into any weapon he chooses — and he always, always chooses giant 90s guns.
  • Sixth Ranger: Tended to fall into this during his time in X-Factor.
  • Token Good Teammate: During his time as an Acolyte.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He hasn't been seen since the fall of Utopia.
  • Younger Than They Look: Uses his shapeshifting abilities to appear as a big testosterone caricature, but is actually a teenager (and was only a child when he first appeared in X-Factor).

     Tempo 

Tempo

Heather Tucker

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Debut: New Mutants #86 (1990)

I want to go back to college. Get a job. Is that too much to ask for people like us?


A time-manipulating mutant who was originally the Token Good Teammate of Stryfe's Mutant Liberation Front (and subsequent reformations of the MLF) before being recruited by Exodus into the last generation of Acolytes.
  • But Not Too Black: Occasionally miscolored this way.
  • Combo Platter Powers: Has a mutant form of Time Dilation and Not Quite Flight, as she can levitate herself through unknown means.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Was incorrectly referred to as "Strobe" (the name of one of her MLF teammates) in her first appearance. She also spoke with an exaggerated Southern accent when under the pen of (ahem) writer Rob Liefeld.
  • Expy: Brian Bendis's pet mutant Tempus, from the third volume of Uncanny X-Men, owes a lot to Tempo.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After Exodus disbanded the Acolytes Tempo traveled to Utopia and lent her support to the X-Men, assisting them against both Emplate and Selene.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Wears a yellow bucket helmet reminiscent of the helmets worn by members of AIM, the primary reason for it seems to be that it provides her with...
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: To a degree. She wants to live a normal life, but isn't desperate to give up her powers like the Blessed with Suck mutants tend to be.
  • Immune to Mind Control: Her helmet provides her with limited immunity, protecting her from Cable's telepathic probes in one storyline.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: She was expelled from the MLF for saving the life of Henry Gyrich and Gyrich did zip for her in return, being his usual Ungrateful Bastard self.
  • Parents in Distress: She tipped off X-Factor to a planned MLF attack on an institute called the Tucker Clinic, with the clinic's titular head Dr. Tucker heavily implied to be her father.
  • Redemption Failure: After the MLF disbanded she initially attempted to return to civilian life, turning down an offer to join Cable's X-Force because she wanted to go to college. This didn't last long, and she quickly joined the next iteration of the MLF when the inevitable Status Quo Is God kicked in. After that MLF disbanded she disappeared for a few years, possibly attempting to go straight again, before reappearing as a member of the Acolytes.
  • Random Power Ranking: She and a group of her MLF teammates were identified at one point as Alpha class mutants.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: She attempted to reform at least two times, but anti-mutant sentiment and the apathy of the X-Men for her plight led to Tempo slipping back into villainy.
  • Refusal of the Call: At one point Cable invited her to join his X-Force. She declined because she wanted to live a normal life.
  • Time Dilation: Her mutant ability. Note that she is not a Time Master as she cannot actually travel backwards or forwards through time, but instead can slow down or briefly stop time in the present for herself or a group of people. Think Bullet Time in comic book form.
  • Token Good Teammate: During her time with the MLF.
  • Uncertain Doom: When Legion warped reality into the Age of X Tempo was killed and when reality was resorted to normal she was nowhere to be found, but her death was never confirmed and X-Men writer Mike Carey specifically said in an interview that she could still be alive.

Other Acolytes

     Byron Calley 

Byron Calley

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AKA: Burner, Crucible
Debut: Captain America Annual #4 (1977, original debut), X-Men S4E10 Sanctuary Part 1 (1995, as Acolyte)

A pyrokinetic mutant and member of Magneto's little-remembered second team, the off-brand Brotherhood called Mutant Force. A fairly stock Mook, he drifted into new employment with the Resistants and the Secret Empire (acquiring a new codename along the way), but never made it past the ranks of C-List Fodder and was last seen in the '80s fighting the New Warriors.

An adaptational counterpart of Burner appears in X-Men. Going only by Byron Calley in this version, he is a founding member of Magneto's Acolytes, as well as an old friend of Gambit. At first kidnapped by Magneto, he quickly becomes a believer in the Master of Magnetism and puts his skills as a mutant scientist to work for Magneto's cause.


  • Adaptational Heroism: The original Byron Calley was a Mook who did whatever Magneto or his other employers told him. His adaptational counterpart is a nice enough guy to be friends with Gambit and refuses to fire nuclear missiles at Earth on Fabian Cortez's say-so.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: The original Byron Calley was a mercenary of no real mental note. His adaptational counterpart is a scientist smart enough to warrant abduction to Asteroid M by Magneto.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Neither of his codenames are ever used in the cartoon, just his real name.
  • Contrived Coincidence: The reason he is given an adaptational intelligence upgrade is to give Magneto a reason to kidnap him, and the reason he is given an adaptational friendship with Gambit is to give Remy a reason to accompany Beast and Professor X to Asteroid M.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: He's Genosha's contribution to the Acolytes, along with the other Acolytes who experience Adaptational Nationality.
  • Mad Scientist: Subverted in X-Men — Calley is a scientist and is working for a supervillain group but he is quite sane. When Cortez orders him to launch Asteroid M's nuclear missiles at Earth he is horrified by the prospect.
  • Playing with Fire: His mutant power is this, as evidenced by his comics-only codename of Burner. His adaptational counterpart is also shown to have this ability during the battle on Genosha, though it proves ineffective against Genosha's Sentinels.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: The original Byron Calley was one of these, drifting into the employment of various low-level villains and their groups after being abandoned by Magneto.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Both versions of Calley have succumbed to this, with the comics version last seen tangling with the New Warriors back in the 80's and the cartoon Calley returning to Earth after the destruction of Asteroid M but never being seen again after.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Averted mostly, as while he has white hair and is technically a supervillain he has always been more of a Mook in the comics than any villainous driving force. And as for the adaptational Calley, he's a downright Adaptational Hero.

     Malcolm Cortez 

Malcolm Cortez

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Debut: Marvel Zombies v2 #1 (2007)

My time has come!


The son of the Marvel Zombies incarnation of Fabian Cortez, Malcolm Cortez is the leader of his world's incarnation of the Acolytes, as well as the Evil Chancellor to his world's version of the Black Panther. In many ways Malcolm is a stock Generation Xerox character, boasting a lot of the same strengths and weaknesses of his father, though in other ways he is quite different from Fabian. Initially chasing the ever-coveted Klingon Promotion, Malcolm is forced into pursuing new goals when the cosmic-empowered Marvel Zombies return from space. He is ultimately successful in ridding his world of the Marvel Zombies, and to all indications has ruled New Wakanda unchallenged ever since.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Just like his father, Malcolm is shown as a character who hungers for power and control. Unlike his father, this trait is very slightly justified, as unlike the privileged Fabian Malcolm grew up in a ravaged post-apocalyptic world.
  • Anti-Villain: To the point where he would probably qualify as a Designated Villain if not for the ambition mentioned directly above. The fact that he is the antagonist to a group of Villain Protagonist characters also helps.
  • Arch-Enemy: To the Black Panther of his world.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Marvel Zombies 2 actually ends with a wholesale victory for Malcolm — he is successfully able to banish the Marvel Zombies to another dimension, and the last issue ends with him standing triumphant over Forge, who he may or may not have just beaten to death.
  • Church Militant: He leads the Acolytes of his world, who worship Magneto as a messiah just as the original Acolytes did. How much Malcolm himself believes in the Acolyte doctrine, however, is unclear.
  • Crazy Survivalist: Seems to be one of these, as in his Motive Rant to Black Panther he admits flat-out he likes the post-apocalyptic hellscape that is the Marvel Zombies Earth and says he has no interest in knowing what functional civilization is like.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: He is a mutant like his father, but his powers are unknown and in all his fights he uses only Good Old Fisticuffs, qualifying him for this.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He refuses to indulge in Would Hurt a Child (at least not until the child is old enough for him to be okay with it; see below) and was not actually intending to beat/kill Forge, as Forge stumbled in by chance and declared he would bring the zombies back, sending Malcolm into a murderous rage.
  • Evil Chancellor: He serves Black Panther, who is still King of Wakanda (or rather, New Wakanda) while plotting against him, making him one of these even if he had no known formal title.
  • Evil Redhead: Like his father, though his evil quotient is a little more fluid than that of his Obvious Judas father.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He manages the very impressive feat of disabling an interdimensional teleporter in such a way that Forge (whose mutant power is being a Gadgeteer Genius) is neither able to fix it, nor able to detect the sabotage, for years even, making Malcolm most certainly qualify as this.
  • Generation Xerox: Just like his father, he's a Manipulative Bastard Evil Redhead who suffers from Chronic Backstabbing Disorder.
  • Klingon Promotion: His initial goal is the assassination of Black Panther, but when Black Panther becomes a zombie instead and the other Marvel Zombies return, he has to adjust his plans a little.
  • Legacy Character: He's the son of Fabian Cortez and dresses in a uniform identical to the one worn by his father (it might even be the uniform worn by his father, as Malcolm and Fabian have identical heights and builds).
  • Loser Son of Loser Dad: Played with, as in-story no one speaks ill of Malcolm for any reasons related to his father, and indeed the Fabian of the Marvel Zombies universe was a recipient of Adaptational Heroism compared to his normal incarnation. But as he is a Generation Xerox character who also suffers from Chronic Backstabbing Disorder, Malcolm falls into this trope in a narrative sense rather than a literal one.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He is able to convince Black Panther he is a faithful servant while secretly undermining him, and at the end manages to trick all the zombies into standing on an interdimensional teleporter so he can banish them into another dimension.
  • Multiversal Conqueror: Inverted. Malcolm has the technology to become this but uses it to exile the beings who could help him achieve it.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Marvel Zombies 2 ends with him giving one of these to Forge. He may in fact have beat Forge to death.
  • Troubled Sympathetic Bigot: Painted as one of these, but the "bigot" status is extremely debatable as he is depicted as a sort of Straw Racist against zombies (who not only are neither a race nor an ethnicity unto themselves, but are also the beings responsible for reducing his world to a post-apocalyptic hellscape).
  • Villainous Valour: Despite his many parallels to his father, one trait Malcolm does not share with Fabian is cowardice. Indeed, he is shown in one panel as being ready to throw down with a horde of Elite Zombie versions of the Marvel Zombies (who qualify as Elite Zombie even by default; the zombies Malcolm was challenging were empowered by having devoured Galactus). Like him or hate him, a move like that takes balls.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Played with, as he tells Black Panther flat-out he plans to kill his son, but notes that he'll wait until the boy is "old enough". How generous of him.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Much like his father Malcolm plays this game, and if the ending of his canon is any indication, he's actually rather a bit better at it than his old man.
  • You Are Too Late: When he gives his Motive Rant to Black Panther, Panther flat-out asks Malcolm why he is admitting to this when he knows he will be killed for it. Malcolm's response is simply "Because I can." Then he banishes Black Panther and all the other zombies into another dimension.


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