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Free Mutants

The Free Mutants are a global network of mutant resistance founded by Lucas Bishop in 2018 in response to increased attacks on mutants by Trask Industries and their Sentinels, machines created explicitly for the purpose of hunting down and killing mutants.

They later allied themselves with the remaining X-Men. By 2023, their membership had dwindled down to only a handful of members, only managing to "survive" Sentinel attacks thanks to Kitty Pryde sending Bishop's mind briefly into the past and warn the Free Mutants of the incoming attack early enough for there to be enough time to escape.


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    In General 
  • Badass Crew: They manage to survive unsupported in a post-apocalyptic world for God knows how long before the events of the film. If they had not got their trump card Shadowcat busy with Charles Xavier's plan to change the timeline, they would have kept going on more or less indefinitely.
  • Hero of Another Story: Both in a conventional and a meta way. For the former, they are the last great mutant resistance cell, but we don't get to see their adventures before the X-Men meet them. For the latter, none of these characters had a part in the Days of Future Past storyline in the comic books; only Bishop was included in the adaptation of said arc in the 1992 X-Men, and it was because the character had recently debuted in the comics and was in the peak of his popularity (also because, being Bishop a badass from a Bad Future and Days an arc about a Bad Future, it seemed intuitive to mix them together).
  • Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits: A varied group of mutants, some of them former X-Men and some free rogues, who struggle to survive.

    Lucas Bishop / Bishop 

Lucas Bishop / Bishop

Played by: Omar Sy

Voiced By: Salvador Reyes (Latin-American Spanish)

Film Appearances: X-Men: Days of Future Past

A large and powerful mutant with energy absorption and redirection powers and founder of the underground "Free Mutants" movement.

  • Adaptational Backstory Change: His background from the comics is Adapted Out of the film and changed to a presumably generic one. If he's still a time-travelling mutant cop stuck in current time, it is never mentioned.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: This version of Bishop seems to be a stoic and collected individual, very different from his Hot-Blooded and eventually Ax-Crazy comic book self. He also talks very little, while Bishop used to be both talky and hammy.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the comics, exploding after getting overloaded with energy does knock Bishop out, but it doesn't kill him (or at least, it's implied it would take an ungodly amount of energy; Bishop has absorbed a proportional excess of energy from superbeings like Onslaught and survived to tell it). In the film, however, the explosion vaporizes him. Also, all it takes to overload him is the combined laser of three Sentinels, which, while undoubtedly powerful, it is unlikely it comes near reaching the mentioned extent from the comics.
  • Age Lift: Technically, his comic counterpart is still yet to be born, despite Blink, Warpath, and Sunspot being around.
  • Badass Beard: One that makes him look formidable.
  • Badass Cape: A nice red one.
  • BFG: He wields one which he charges with his powers. On closer inspection, it appears to be connected to his circulatory system.
  • Dreadlock Warrior: An extremely impressive and long variety.
  • Energy Absorption: His mutant ability allows him to absorb any form of energy and redirect it, which he uses to charge his gun.
  • A Father to His Men: In The Rogue Cut, Bishop is less than impressed with the plan, pointing out it might Retgone everyone born after the war began, and that if he and his people are to get behind it, they must vote.
  • Flat Character: Given the story is focused on erasing the Sentinels from existence, as a future mutant he gets more battle scenes than characterization.
  • Mark of Shame: An "M" for Mutant above his eyebrow.
  • Minor Major Character: He is the founder of the Free Mutants, which means he was the main lead figure of the mutant race in the events previous to the film (not counting on Xavier and his school, who were apparently limited to United States territoriy while the Free Mutants were a global network). Still, he has barely any lines and most of his role is being cannon fodder to the Sentinels.
  • Phlebotinum Overload: In one iteration of reality, he blows up after absorbing too much energy from three Sentinels' beams.
  • "Pop!" Goes the Human: Explodes when he absorbs too much energy during the climax.
  • Race Lift: Australian aborigin in the comics, but played by an African-Carribean actor here.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: A Red Is Heroic case. His eyes turn red when he is fully charged.
  • Scary Black Man: Subverted. He is a big, black guy with a nasty look and wielding a large gun, but in the place and time he lives in it takes much more than just that to be a force to fear.
  • Superhero Packing Heat: He fights with a large gun, although it is directly powered by his mutant power.
  • Taking You with Me: Implied when reaching critical mass, as he rises to his feet, reaches outward, and directs his explosion towards the three Sentinels that 'killed' him.
  • Volcanic Veins: When using his mutant ability.

    Clarice Ferguson / Blink 

Clarice Ferguson / Blink

Played by: Fan Bingbing

Voiced By: Betzabe Jara (Latin-American Spanish)

Film Appearances: X-Men: Days of Future Past

A young mutant with teleportation powers; she's able to generate a series of connected portals that anyone can pass through.

  • Action Girl: Her powers make her extremely effective in fighting the Sentinels, both in taking them out herself and assisting the others in fighting them.
  • The Artifact: In the comics, she gets her name from the sound made when she teleports, a loud "bloink". The portals she creates in the film don't make that noise, but she's still called Blink.
  • Braids of Action: She wears her hair in a long fishtail braid (see image).
  • Emerald Power: She has an eye-only example (a kinda realistic version of her comics counterpart's fully-green eyes - the shade is still unusual, and her eyes glow).
  • Facial Markings: Has tattoos around her eyes.
  • Flat Character: Given the story is focused on erasing the Sentinels from existence, as a future mutant she gets more battle scenes than characterization.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Twice by Sentinels, thanks to the Reset Button. She got it three times in succession the second time.
  • I Will Fight Some More Forever: In the Rogue Cut, at the beginning she suggests rather than risking their lives in the time-travel scheme they keep fighting, even though it's quite obvious there's no point. That said, she still agrees to the plan, and since Iceman dies earlier in that version, she's the last Mutant to go down.
  • Multicolored Hair: She has dark hair with purple streaks.
  • Pointy Ears: Although why the ability to create portals would also give her pointy ears isn't known. It could be just a peculiar side-effect of having Teleport Spam abilities since Nightcrawler and Azazel also have them.
  • Portal Cut: She cuts off a Sentinel's arm by this way, which makes her the only Free Mutant who manages to do important damage to one of the Sentinels in that battle. However, it seems that she can't deliberately use this power, as it only happens by pure accident when she is killed through one of her portals.
  • Race Lift: Blink is played by Chinese actress Fan Bingbing in Days of Future Past.
  • Same Language Dub: All of her lines are dubbed by an uncredited actress. This may be due to Fan Bingbing possibly having difficulty with English.
  • Skyward Scream: She lets out a small cry towards the heavens after being stabbed by three Sentinels.
  • Teleportation with Drawbacks: If she's not careful, Blink can leave portals open which her opponents can use to attack her from far away.
  • Teleport Spam: Her main tactic in fight scenes in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Opening portals in the paths of projectiles, Beam Spam, and even blades to make Sentinels injure each other or themselves.
  • Thinking Up Portals: Can create portals, which she uses rather liberally. Tellingly, she was the last frontline defender to die in the final battle, and the Sentinels were only able to beat her through sheer numbers.

    James Proudstar / Warpath 

James Proudstar / Warpath

Played by: Booboo Stewart

Voiced By: Arturo Cataño (Latin-American Spanish)

Film Appearances: X-Men: Days of Future Past

A young mutant with greatly enhanced senses. He acts as the group's scout, warning of coming Sentinels.

  • Adaptational Wimp: In the comics, he is insanely strong, agile and durable, so much that he can send the much bigger comic book Sentinels tumbling down with just a clap. In the film, aside from his super senses, his physical skills just amount to those of a well trained human.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Gets his goddamn face burned off. Slowly. It's easily the most brutal Sentinel-related death.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: At least when compared with other Free Mutants members, who all have mutations that have practical combat applications. His mutation is mostly used for support and he fights with melee weapons.
  • Knife Nut: Wields two knives.
  • Perma-Shave: He has very little facial hair despite living in a post-apocalyptic world where mutants are being hunted down by Sentinels.
  • Super Senses: His main mutant ability, which is why he is the team's scout.
  • This Means War Paint: He puts on black paint around his eyes.
  • When All You Have is a Hammer…: In a fight, he tends to use his knives. Unlike the comics, they're not made of vibranium, and therefore don't really do anything to the Sentinels. Not that this stops him leaping at them and trying to stab them in any way.

    Roberto da Costa / Sunspot 

Roberto da Costa / Sunspot

Played by: Adan Canto

Film Appearances: X-Men: Days of Future Past

A young mutant with fire powers.

For tropes applying to Sunspot in the new timeline established by X-Men: Days of Future Past, see the New Mutants page.

  • Adaptational Badass: His comic version was mainly known for super strength and enhanced durability; he only gained flight, self combustion, and flame projection through heavy experimentation. Here, judging by his official background or lack thereof, they all seem to be his natural abilities.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Gets his arm chopped off in the final battle. He lost pretty quickly after that.
  • Expy: This portrayal of Sunspot resembles more the Human Torch than his own comic book counterpart.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Speared by a Sentinel using Deathstrike-type talons during the climax.
  • Perma-Stubble: He sports a 5 o'clock shadow.
  • Playing with Fire: His mutant ability.
  • Race Lift: Afro-Brazilian in the comics, but is played by a white Mexican here.

    Kitty Pryde / Shadowcat 

    Bobby Drake / Iceman 

    Peter Rasputin / Colossus 


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