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    The Adversary 

The Adversary

Species: Demon-god

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #188 (1984)

A demonic trickster god with a particular fondness for destroying worlds for fun, unleashed into the universe during the Dire Wraith invasion.

  • Always a Bigger Fish: He managed to defeat and capture Roma, one of the top contenders for Biggest Fish in Marvel's cosmology at the time (before The Worf Effect started kicking in).
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Forge and the X-Men do manage to defeat him, but at the cost of the X-Men temporarily dying. Roma revives them as a "thank you".
  • Kill and Replace: Did so to a Dire Wraith which had itself done this to Forge's mentor Naze, pretending to be him for a while.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The X-Men only manage to seal him away for a time, but Roma tells them he'll be let out eventually.
  • Worthy Opponent: Comes to regard Storm and Forge as such, and is quite pleased when they try to stop him.


Doctor Roderick "Rory" Campbell / Ahab

Nationality: American

Species: Human cyborg

First Appearance: Fantastic Four Annual #23 (1990)

This is the way our story ends. As it was always meant to.

In the grim Days of Future Past scientist Rory Campbell developed a brainwashing process that allowed him to transform mutants into subservient thralls called Hounds, put to work hunting their own kind. After his favorite Hound Rachel Summers escaped him, Campbell’s body was mutilated and he was rebuilt as the cyborg Ahab. Tracking Rachel to the present day, Ahab doggedly pursued her for years. Though he was eventually trapped back in his own time, the Rory Campbell of today succumbed to evil as well, falling in with Apocalypse and becoming one of his horsemen. He appears as a boss in the 1993 X-Men game.
  • Aborted Arc: "What's wrong, Cable? See someone you know?"
  • Actually a Doombot: The version of Ahab that is fought as a boss in the Genesis X-Men game is actually just a Danger Room simulation of him.
  • An Arm and a Leg: He loses all four limbs to Rachel Summers one way or another, spending some time as a floating head and torso. And he absolutely deserves it.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Rachel Summers. He was the man who turned her into a Hound, and after she escaped he fixated on getting her back.
  • Bad Future: Hails from the most famous of them in the Marvel U, the classic Days of Future Past.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: The Extermination (2018) story ended with him regaining control over Rachel Summers. Fortunately for Rachel the Karma Houdini Warranty kicked in not long after.
  • Beard of Evil: A nice thick 1800s one, to match his anachronistic title.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: In Extermination he was the initial Big Bad, though it was later revealed that a second Big Bad was acting behind the scenes, and that it was none other than a murderous younger counterpart of Cable.
  • Cool Ship: Extermination gave him a flying airship, of course called the Pequod.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Subverted. As shown in Excalibur, Rory Campbell had a real nasty dark side waiting to come out well before the accident that turned him into Ahab.
  • Egomaniac Hunter: Proudly announces himself as a mutant hunter wherever he goes.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Incredibly low, but he has no time for idiots who think mutants are contagious, being dismissively contemptuous of General Constantin's claims to the contrary, pointing out that it is established fact that the vast majority of mutants present at puberty. He still sees them as diseased, however.
  • Fantastic Racism: Ahab hates mutants, but he has no problems with keeping them alive as his Hounds. Given that this is a Fate Worse than Death and involves slavery much like many instances of actual racism, this is not a good thing.
  • Handicapped Badass: Well, for a given value of 'badass', but he still counts as this for throwing down with superheroes despite requiring a prosthetic arm and leg. This is later developed to prosthetic arms AND legs after another encounter with Rachel.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Alludes to this when he's captured Cannonball, musing that the hero may well come to enjoy being in his service. Luckily for Cannonball, he's rescued before he can find out.
  • Hero Killer: He's responsible for the deaths of Bloodstorm and Mimic in Extermination.
  • Hollywood Cyborg: If a real head-scratcher of one. Despite being rebuilt as a cyborg well into the future, Ahab gets around on what amounts to a glorified peg leg. It later improved.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: With Rachel mainly, though Franklin Richards, Kitty Pryde and Cannonball all had to deal with his attentions at one point or another too.
  • Javelin Thrower: His spear wouldn't be very useful if he couldn't throw it, now would it?
  • Karma Houdini: After murdering two X-Men in Extermination he got away completely scot-free, being sent back to his own time but with Rachel recaptured and forced back into his service. Later X-Force caught up with him to enforce his Karma Houdini Warranty.
  • Killed Off for Real: He's ultimately beheaded in the pages of 2019's X-Force title.
  • More than Mind Control: The process by which he transforms mutants into his hounds. It's not so much mind control as a total mental rewrite, replacing all the new Hound's prior loyalties with slavish obedience to Ahab. The process is almost completely irreversible, with only Rachel ever breaking through it, and then only because she was transformed when the program was still in a Flawed Prototype stage. It literally took the Reality Warper powers of Franklin Richards to restore Cyclops and the Invisible Woman to their former selves after Ahab got a hold of them.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Well, moderately powerful in this case. Ahab can hold his own against a mutant or two, but against powerful mutants or trained teams like the X-Men he's reliant on his Hounds and his guile to stand a chance.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: If Ahab wants you, he will get you, even if it means chasing you through time itself.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The original Ahab's fate. He wasn't depowered or dismantled or anything, just left stranded in a timeline where the Sentinels had all been reprogrammed to preserve life rather than destroy it.
  • Stalker Without A Crush: Chased Rachel up and down the timestream, but his driving forces were sadism and hatred, not romance.
  • Teleport Spam: Makes great (and annoying) use of this when you fight him as a boss in the 1993 X-Men game for the Sega Genesis.
  • Would Hurt a Child: His debut appearance had him transform Cyclops and Sue Storm into Hounds in order to hunt down Rachel and Franklin Richards, the latter still a child at the time.

    Alpha Red 

Janus Tepes / Alpha Red

Nationality: Transylvanian

Species: Vampire

First Appearance: X-Men '92 #1 (2016)

They say you were meant to be my replacement, when I have ever been your superior.

A Super Prototype of Wolverine villain Omega Red, Alpha Red is the first in a line of Soviet attempts to create their own version of Captain America. As they had no version of the Super-Soldier Serum yet, they opted to use a Russian vampire as their subject. Naturally, he proved impossible to control and was sealed away, but the Soviet collapse resulted in him being literally sold by Soviet renegades to the Fenris Twins, who quickly put him to work attacking the X-Men. Revealed in the third issue to be Dracula's bastard son.

For tropes related to this character's original incarnation, see The Tomb of Dracula.

  • Adaptational Villainy: Earth-616's Janus was loyal to his father and had no problems assisting the X-Men in a Enemy Mine situation. This Janus from Earth-92131 is an Antagonistic Offspring to Dracula and a threat to the mutants.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: To Dracula.
  • Blood Knight: To an even greater extent than Omega Red, and being a vampire he counts both figuratively and literally.
  • Conflict Killer: His threat is great enough to foster an alliance between the X-Men and Dracula himself.
  • Expy:
    • His design is a more inhuman version of Dracula's current appearance in Marvel Comics.
    • His role is similar to his brother Xarus, who also wanted to usurp their father as the new vampire lord, used advanced technology to bypass vampire weaknesses and his victims include Jubilee and Wolverine.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Not for the Soviets who created him, at least. He's been a lot more willing to play ball with the Fenris twins, though.
  • Evil Knockoff: Specifically mentioned as being the Soviet answer to Captain America, which is a Retcon of sorts as Omega Red himself originally filled that role.
  • Evil Makes You Monstrous: He was a born a vampire, but otherwise had a completely normal appearance. Getting experimented by the Soviets made him more powerful than his father, but also made him hideous looking.
  • Eviler than Thou: He is quick to inflict The Worf Effect on Omega Red to establish his Badass credentials, and Rogue even says "Anybody who can do that to Omega Red ain't someone I wanna face without the whole team!" as she forcibly pulls Wolverine and the others into a retreat.
  • I Hate You, Vampire Dad: His overarching goal is to overthrow his father, but it's not out of any particular rage at being a vampire — he just sees the title of King of Vampires as his right.
  • Killed Off for Real: He meets a proper eleventh hour end when the X-Men hack the Darkhold to go all Scarlet Witch and say "No more vampires" (which turns most of them human but kills Alpha since he'd corrupted himself so badly).
  • Legacy Character: The fourth Legacy Character based off Omega Red, though in-universe Red was based off him.
  • Looks Like Orlok: He has a (receding) mane of white hair but checks off every other item on the list.
  • MacGuffin: He's on the hunt for the Book of Sins aka the Darkhold.
  • Monster Progenitor: He turns anyone he bites into his vampiric thralls, but unlike normal vampire bites which takes three days for a human to fully turn, Janus' bites converts a person in matter of seconds. A downside is that his bite burns quickly through his victims and rather than granting immortality, they instead die within a day.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Has the typical fangy maw of vampires who fall into this trope.
  • Mother Russia Makes You Strong: And if you're a vampire, it makes you even stronger.
  • Nothing but Skulls: When the Fenris twins fly out to Siberia to release him, they find the bunker holding him literally surrounded by a wasteland of skulls.
  • The Nose Knows: Has some degree of Super-Senses, as he was able to sniff the Fenris twins and instantly peg them as Germans. Later he hints at possibly being able to use it as a Living Lie Detector.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: A vampire powered up by Soviet Superscience and magic.
  • Pointy Ears: Vampire flavor, of course.
  • Put on a Bus: His very first incarnation debuted in the 1970s horror comic The Tomb of Dracula and after that series ended in 1979 he vanished for over three decades before The Bus Came Back for 2010's Death of Dracula. Despite fading into obscurity again after that, X-Men '92 writers Chad Bowers and Chris Sims had fond enough memories of him to elevate him into a major Badass for their book.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Another thing he has in common with Omega Red, but it's unclear if he has these because of the procedure that created him or because he's a vampire.
  • Rogues' Gallery Transplant: Originally a minor character exclusively associated with Marvel's version of Dracula, he was reinvented by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims into an X-villain.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: His Soviet masters sealed him inside a "magic bunker" after deeming him impossible to control.
  • Super Prototype: Boasts of being one of these, and quickly backs it up with a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on Omega Red.
  • Spare to the Throne: Revealed to be the motivation behind his villainy with The Reveal that he is the son of Dracula.
  • Starter Villain: He's the first major villain the heroes face in X-Men '92, but in defiance of this trope's usual conventions he is a very powerful opponent.
  • The Worf Effect: Lives off it like a pig at a trough, first with the reveal that he is stronger than Omega Red (and subsequent beatdown to prove it) and then with the reveal that he is stronger than freaking Dracula (complete with panel of Very Worried Drac to prove it).


En Sabah Nur / Apocalypse

First Appearance: X-Factor #5 (1986)

I am as far beyond mutants as they are beyond you.

Originally introduced for the X-Factor title, Apocalypse is an ancient mutant who lives by one very simple credo: survival of the fittest. Believing that conflict, war and strife advance civilization, Apocalypse has influenced human history since the days of Ancient Egypt, and after centuries of subtle manipulations he is ready to bring about his long-planned-for Age of Apocalypse in the present day. By sheer scope of power and ambition he has become generally regarded as the biggest bad among X-villains.

See Apocalypse for more on him.


I promise... I've given up games of murder. I'm done with death traps. Okay... maybe a tiny little death trap.

Nationality: American

Species: Human

First Appearance: Marvel Team-Up #65 (1978)

"Methinks it's our move now. But what to do? What to do? See, doll, there's no more profound human interaction than a game. Each move is dictated by the previous moves of your opponent. Your turn exists only in concert with the turns of another. It's like dancing or making love, only fun. A communion of souls. But I also just want to kill them. Tough decision."

A wealthy assassin who grew bored with conventional killing, so he designed a gigantic killer theme park he dubbed Murderworld. Even after that, he grew tired of the lack of challenge, so he redesigned it so he could try to kill superheroes with it. He's yet to actually kill any superheroes with Murderworld, but he has enough fun just watching them escape. He is the Big Bad for Spider-Man and the X-Men in Arcade's Revenge and a significantly lesser-known game, X Men Madness In Murderworld. He also appears in the comic Marvel Rising (2018).
  • Amusement Park of Doom: Murderworld
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The king of trying to kill superheroes in the most flashy and pointlessly overcomplicated ways imaginable.
  • Bad Boss: He murders his faultlessly loyal longtime henchwoman Miss Locke for falling in love with him.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: At the end of Avengers Arena he gets his desired results, and puts the Murderworld footage on the internet, immortalizing him as a true villain.
  • Benevolent Boss: Befitting his manic and unpredictable nature, he's prone to this as much as he is being a Bad Boss, and you can pretty much flip a coin as to which one he'll be: Miss Locke got a bullet to the chest for her troubles, but Miss Coriander got a private island as part of her severance pay. Feel like playing the slots on a grand scale? Go to work for Arcade.
  • Big Bad: Because his premise lends itself so well to video games (it's right there in his name), Arcade often fills this role in various Marvel games. Aside from the two games listed above, he is also used as the Big Bad for self-contained storylines in Marvel: Avengers Alliance, Marvel Ultimate Alliance and Spider-Man: Edge of Time.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Subverted for him, because he prefers to be entertained than to be successful. Played straight for anyone who hires him with the sincere expectation of killing their target.
  • Bullying a Dragon: One team-up had him strike a match on Doctor Doom's armor (or a Doombot. Maybe). Regardless of who it was, doing so was a tremendously foolish thing to do.
  • Butt-Monkey: Became this over the years as his losing streak got longer and longer. At one point he was shown hosting a wicked birthday bash for himself with most of the guests in attendance being other supervillains. Eavesdropping on a conversation by accident, Arcade learned that they all consider him a joke and only kept coming back year after year for the free food and entertainment. Cue Avengers Arena. This still doesn't get him any respect, as he just murdered a bunch of kids which is a) not a challenge, b) not likely to amuse those who have standards.
  • Camp Straight: Despite his flamboyant personality and fashion sense, Arcade is in fact straight.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: In Avengers Arena, he wears a nice suit that essentially makes him a Reality Warper within Murderworld's borders. Thanks to the suit Arcade can manipulate the environment of Murderworld at will, and see everything happening in it. Ms. Coriander claims that as long as he's in Murderworld, Arcade could give Thor a run for his money.
  • Complexity Addiction: Straightforward murder bores Arcade to tears, so he designs ridiculously elaborate deathtraps instead.
  • Crazy-Prepared: During an encounter with X-Factor, he was able to escape from them by convincing them that he was nothing but an android using a psi-blocker and a Multilayer Façade (a mask of his own face over another, robotic-looking mask).
  • Crimefighting with Cash: Inverted. He commits stupendously impractical, unprofitable crimes by virtue of his vast wealth.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Subverted, as Arcade doesn't actually need the money he would get from killing anyone. He does, however, find a more practical use for Murderworld when he offers it as a training ground to Mystique and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
    • He's also once or twice designed legitimate, non-murderous themeparks.
      • It was actually explained once that Arcade is one of the richest men in the world, and the million dollars he charges to use Murderworld doesn't even begin to cover its cost. The man just really, really likes killing people in ludicrous ways.
  • Deadly Game: Basically the whole point of his character.
  • Deadly Training Area: Mystique once hired him to let her use sections of Murderworld to train her Brotherhood against robotic replicas of the X-Men. Arcade set the condition that one of the "X-Men" robots would be programmed to kill, and the Brotherhood would have no way of knowing which was which.
  • Death Trap/Death Course: Murderworld again.
  • Depending on the Writer: He constantly varies between being a bumbling and exasperating joke and a genuine threat, and while he has repeatedly tried his hardest to permanently become the latter, he inevitably ends up backsliding into the former.
  • Domestic Abuser: For White Rabbit.
    White Rabbit: Arcade, sweetie, does this outfit make me look fat?
    Arcade: Yes, enormous... larger than life itself. In fact, the sight of you disgusts me. Go back into the bathroom and puke up the sushi you had for lunch.
  • Eccentric Millionaire: The only reason he's still in business. Though he charges a cool mil per victim, his various Murderworlds have never once turned a profit.
  • Evil Genius: And how! It says something about the character that not once over fifty years has he ever been arrested or jailed. Even in his showings as a total Butt-Monkey he's retained enough competence to always have an escape hatch when he needed one.
  • Evil Redhead: His cartoonish carrot-top just serves to underline his insanity.
  • Fair-Play Villain: Interestingly so. He refuses to build his death-traps truly flaw-proof because he believes in giving heroes a sporting chance.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He might be Laughably Evil, but make no mistake, Arcade is not a Harmless Villain. Mettle finds this out the hard way.
  • Fiction 500: He was always portrayed as ridiculously wealthy, but Avengers Arena upped the ante by a few orders of magnitude: he gives away private islands as severance packages and can personally fund the construction of a Murderworld the size of a small country, packed with so much ultra-high-tech that he's basically all-powerful there.
  • Flanderization: From "eccentric" to "unhinged murderous madman". In his early appearances Doctor Doom was impressed with his audacity; come Avengers Arena he's considered a mad dog other villains won't go near.
  • For the Evulz: This is the real reason he traps superheroes in Murderworld.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Is this to the other supervillains (for an admittedly generous definition of friends). They see him as a pathetic wannabe, and after Avengers Arena, they now see him as a pathetic disgusting wannabe.
  • A Glass of Chianti: He casually enjoys a glass of wine, right after the third causality and first hero-on-hero murder happens in issue #6 of Avengers Arena.
  • A God Am I: As he stated in the first issue of Avengers Arena: "I'm not the villain, here. I am God."
  • Hated by All: Ever since Avengers Arena, he's become loathed by both the hero and the villain community. The heroes obviously want him to pay for what he did to the teens he abducted, tortured, and killed, while the villains now believe him to be a pathetic piece of shit whose "greatest accomplishment" was murdering a bunch of kids.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: As part of the Humiliation Conga that led up to Avengers Arena. A despairing Arcade let his assistant Miss Coriander attack him, forgetting their "personal arrangement" (see Nightmare Fetishist below). He ended up in the hospital for weeks because of it.
    • His betrayal of the Masters of Evil during Avengers Arena also came back to bite him. After the reveal that the Arcade Hazmat killed wasn't the real deal, the actual Arcade is shown to be being held prisoner by the Masters, tied to the front of a S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier as punishment for his transgressions.
  • Home Base: Somewhat amusingly, Arcade has more than once seen old Murderworlds of his hijacked by heroes and/or villains for this purpose. The first X-Force team commandeered one of his Murderworlds outright, using it as this for a time before he got rid of the superhero squatters via detonating the base remotely. The New Warriors converted another Murderworld into a personal training arena, and the Captain America villain Viper hijacked a third Murderworld for use in her Evil Plan of the week.
  • Hubris: Arcade's main character flaw. He was an expert assassin who got bored and hampered himself with elaborate deathtraps (and then by targeting super heroes) to give himself more of a challenge.
  • I Gave My Word: If Arcade has promised someone a prize for beating one of his games, he will give it to them if they do win, like when he dumped a bunch of money on Phil Urich's doorstep after Phil managed to escape from a Murderworld that Arcade had placed him in at the behest of Norman Osborn. It is also implied that all of his Murderworld competitions have ended with him giving the sole survivor everything that was offered to them, though in the twenty-second tournament's case it was a Pyrrhic Victory for the winner, Alex, since everyone that Alex knew (including his family) saw the footage of him committing adultery and killing someone (Arcade still offered to give however much of the prize money that Alex wanted to part with to his family, though).
  • Informed Attribute: Supposedly the best assassin in the world- a world where Bullseye, Elektra, and Winter Soldier live- but he rarely manages to kill anyone. Also claims his first jobs were done without deadly amusement parks, but he never demonstrates any skills to make this more plausible.
  • It's Personal: Very rarely, but once a blue moon a superhero will come along who gets under Arcade's skin so bad he'll offer to kill them for free. Captain Britain, for example.
  • Karma Houdini: For a long time this was part of his shtick, as he'd always unfailingly get away at the end of whatever story arc he appeared in. Karma finally caught up to him in Avengers Arena.
  • Laughably Evil: Freely admits he's "crazy as a loon" and is having the time of his life with it.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: His most recent Art Shift has him looking like this.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Like the Joker, Arcade has presented multiple conflicting accounts of his origin, which goes a ways to explaining why his real name is unknown to this day.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Arcade" is a relatively benign handle, but Murderworld is less encouraging.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: So much so that his idea of a birthday present to himself is a standing arrangement for one of his employees to try to kill him.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Being an ordinary human with no powers or abilities outside of his genius in building killer theme parks, Arcade has been this for most of his career, which contributed heavily to his degeneration into a Butt-Monkey and eventual level up in Avengers Arena.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain/Took a Level in Badass: In Avengers Arena, he gets a Murderworld where he has godlike power, theoretically sufficient to go toe-to-toe with Thor. He proceeds to wipe out half the teenage superheroes he's imprisoned, at one point by just pointing his finger at the victim.
    • This is then immediately subverted in his next appearance in Avengers Undercover, in which the survivors track him down and murder him. Or so they thought.
  • Pick on Someone Your Own Size: The reason why Arcade doesn't reach Evil is Cool levels after his level up in badass. After years and years of being used as a joke villain, Arcade was finally able to re-establish himself as a significant threat with the introduction of his new Murderworld where he has Reality Warper powers. And yet, for all his new power Arcade still comes off as pathetic because he's using it to terrorize children now (if superpowered ones).
  • Professional Killer: Well, for a given value of 'professional'. He's never once succeeded at killing a hero with his Murderworlds, or even turning a profit with them, though sometimes it's implied that he finds small successes offing the occasional overweight businessman between superhero runs.
  • Psycho for Hire: With emphasis on the "Psycho" over the "Hire". He takes work just so he can have an excuse to run people through his lethal deathtraps, not because he ever needs the money.
  • Rogues' Gallery Transplant: His first appearance had him taking on Spider-Man and Captain Britain. In his next appearance, he faced off against the X-Men, becoming a recurring villain of theirs, although he still causes problems for Spidey every now and then, as recently as 2019's story "Hunted". Spider-Man lampshades this at the end of a Spider-Man/Deadpool storyline, where he and Deadpool brought the captured villain to the time-displaced X-Men team.
    Spider-Man: ...even though I fought him first, he's somehow become part of the whole X-Men deal.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: During an issue of U.S.Avengers, the titular team try to track some of his properties which have been appropriated by another villain, and find one of his dummy corporations has purchased a building under the name "Ed Arca". He's old school like that.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Arcade's use of powers compared to how the suit works. Ms. Coriander tells him that he works best manipulating people to off themselves in #7. What does he spend #1 doing? Being a 'super powered thug' (which Ms. Coriander was trying to have him avoid becoming) to the point where he notes that he's bullying the kids.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Claims to have murdered his father in revenge for him cutting off his allowance. Being an Unreliable Narrator, there's no way to know how much (if any) of this story is true.
  • The Sociopath: He murdered his original Dragon, Miss Locke, for getting too close to him.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Avengers Arena was meant to be him doing this. Actual results may vary.
  • Villain Decay: Arcade wasn't really taken hugely seriously to begin with, but over the years he's become a bit of a Starter Villain, and at some points even a Butt-Monkey.
  • Villain in a White Suit: Arcade's fashion style is nothing if not consistent. From his first appearance to this day he's worn white zoot suits exclusively. That, compounded with the fact that he's a murderous assassin and the inventor of Murderworld, makes it this trope.
  • Villain Team-Up: Fairly fond of this, as X-villains go. He's partnered with Mojo, Viper, Doctor Doom and Deadpool, just to name a few.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Not originally, but by the time of Avengers Arena he degenerated to Pick on Someone Your Own Size, kidnapping teenagers to run through his deathtraps instead of the adult heroes who have always been able to outmaneuver them.



Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #428 (October, 2003)

A demonic overlord and Nightcrawler's father, except not really. Millennia ago, he was banished into the Brimstone dimension by the Cheyarafim, a group of xenophobic mutants with angelic appearances. He possesses an impressive amount of powers, teleportation included. He appeared in X-Men: First Class (however with a different look and reimagined backstory) and was portrayed by Jason Flemyng.

  • A Pirate 400 Years Too Late: Reinvented as one in the pages of Amazing X-Men, a take which was more well-received than "discount Mephisto" as he'd been before.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Nightcrawler, for obvious reasons.
  • Affably Evil: He's kind of like a more sinister version of Nightcrawler in some ways. He's stylish and cultured, and actually feels genuine affection for Mystique and Kurt.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: He was given one in the comics to match his X-Men First Class redesign, making him join a number of other X-villains such as the Toad and Mesmero who have become their own Canon Immigrant in the comics after being given more popular and well-received redesigns in other media.
  • Beard of Evil: Mainly sported this in his first appearance. Since then it's either been scaled back or repurposed into the always-fashionable Evil Goatee.
  • The Beastmaster: In more recent stories he's had the assistance of a legion of pint-sized demonic creatures called the Bamfs, as well as a beastly witch called Calcabrina.
  • Been There, Shaped History: According to him, he's the inspiration for Satan himself and his supposed people the Neyaphem inspired human legends of devils as well. Given that devils actually exist in the Marvel U, this claim is... suspect at best.
  • Big Red Devil: The archetypal example in the X-Men's corner of the Marvel U.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: In the infamous 'The Draco' story. Azazel comes to Earth and sires a bunch of children with his mutant teleporting abilities so that when they get old enough he can... gather them all together and open a portal to come to Earth. Although the fact that he can only remain on Earth temporarily plays a factor in this decision.
  • Dimension Lord: When he was first introduced he ruled his own dimension, which was apparently the place Nightcrawler passed through whenever he used his teleportation ability.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Three guesses on who.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He came to actually love Mystique and Nightcrawler.
  • Evil Counterpart: One to his Nightcrawler, like Nightcrawler he has been been called a demon but he believed it and so began acting like one.
  • Evil Eyebrows
  • Evil Sorcerer: He has also studied black magic.
  • Hot as Hell: In order to seduce women and sire more children, he disguises himself as an attractive man.
  • Irony: In order to stop Azazel from running rampant in the afterlife, Nightcrawler used Blood Magic to permanently tie his father to Earth upon his resurrection, which was what Azazel had originally wanted.
  • Immortality: He claims to have it, and in fairness, he's still kicking. But as his other fantastic claims have been highly suspect and he hasn't yet had his immortality hard tested, it's anyone's guess just how immortal he actually is.
  • Lamarck Was Right: He seems to have passed several non-genetic traits to Kurt, including swordmanship and a flamboyant personality.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: He's Nightcrawler's father, and The Reveal in 'The Draco' certainly rides this trope for all it's worth (so much so you'll briefly think you're watching mutant Maury). Then it turns out he was just a smokescreen. Mystique and Destiny made Nightcrawler, not Mystique and Azazel.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Takes the guise of one when seducing human women to bear his children, most notably Mystique.
  • Master Swordsman: Who do you think that Nightcrawler got it from?
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: He seems to have some sort of link to the demonic world, but exactly how demonic he is is never specified. He poses as Satan, wields Mephisto-level power in his native dimension, and has done the Mephisto bit of pretending to be Satan, but in post-'Draco' appearance he's been written as much less mystical, basically just being a more skilled and evil Nightcrawler. Marvel still considers him enough of a "demon" to give him a character file entry in the demon section of their Marvel Zombies Handbook, so take from that what you will.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Like the Shadow King and Romulus, he presents a grand backstory for himself which may or may not be true.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: His codename (and possibly actual name) is derived from a medieval Christian demon. Of course, Azazel claims to have been the inspiration for said demon.
  • Parental Favoritism: For Nightcrawler, who he favors above his other children such as Abyss and Kiwi Black. Ironically, Nightcrawler is not his child.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: When first introduced he claims to have been banished to his dimension by the "Cheyarafim", a supposed subset of mutants with angelic powers working on behalf of the Man Upstairs. Since that story this has been downplayed, though he does at one point claim to be "the new lord of Heaven".
  • Really 700 Years Old: Quite possibly thousands of years old. He claims to have existed in biblical times.
  • Really Gets Around: He has dozens of children by multiple women and tends to leave them pretty quickly too. Kurt even calls him "a Lothario with regrets".
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: No doubt this was done to present a Red Oni, Blue Oni contrast between him and his son.
  • Satanic Archetype: He claims in his first appearance to be Satan, or rather the inspiration for Satan legends. Given that a multitude of other guys have done it before him, he was almost certainly lying about that, but given his particular appearance it wouldn't be hard for him to convince random yokels he was the real deal.
  • Smug Snake: Particularly in "The Draco", where he smugly acted like a low-rent Mephisto. His appearances since then have given him more real charm.
  • Teleport Spam: As "the world's greatest teleporter", it's no surprise that he favors this.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: He's swapped clothes quite a bit for a Marvel villain. Originally favoring Skeletons in the Coat Closet and the Ermine Cape Effect, he later switched over to a Badass in a Nice Suit look which was more than a little inspired by his appearance in X-Men First Class. He then swapped out his wardrobe again for a Dressed to Plunder look, only to switch back to the suit for his last (as of 2019) appearance in the pages of Weapon X (2017).
  • Unreliable Narrator: In addition to claiming that he was the inspiration for Satan, he also claims to be part of a mutant subspecies with demonic powers called the Neyaphem who fought another mutant subspecies with angelic powers called the Cheyarafim. No Cheyarafim have ever appeared (his lackies suspected Angel to be one, but even he thought that was hogswash) and while he does have some lackies that claim to be Neyaphem, it's entirely possible they were just ordinary (if powerful) mutants Azazel deceived. The fact that no other Neyaphem or Cheyarafim have appeared since "The Draco" is telling.
  • Villain Decay: A rare example of a decay that was beneficial to the character, as he was much more powerful when he was a knockoff Mephisto lording it over his own dimension in "The Draco". Since then he's been scaled down considerably in power, but seems to be a better and more well-received character for it.
  • Villainous Breakdown: X-Men Blue: Origins reveals he wasn't happy in the slightest when Mystique dumped him, possibly the first time he'd ever been dumped. She states in-between his blustering that he didn't care, Mystique was certain he was actually crying.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: In "The Draco" he had Mystique's shapeshifting ability, posing as an ordinary man when he was introduced to her. He's lost this as part of Marvel's attempt to scale him back from a mutant Mephisto.
  • We Can Rule Together: He offers this to Kurt, who obviously refuses.
  • World's Strongest Man: He's been described as "the world's greatest teleporter" in recent years.


Belasco of the Corrupted

Nationality: Florentine Republic

Species: Demon (formerly Human)

First Appearance: Ka-Zar the Savage #11 (1982)

Belasco was a sorcerer in 13th Century Italy who used his knowledge of alchemy and the black arts to contact the Elder Gods (actually extradimensional demonic entities). He forged a pact with them enabling them to cross the barrier to our dimension using a pentagonal arrangement of five Bloodstones. In return, Belasco was granted immortality and immense mystical power. He was also given a demonic appearance, as he was intended to form a new race of Earth-dwelling demons.

    Black Womb 

Amanda Müeller / Black Womb

Aliases: The Black Womb Killer

Nationality: American

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: Gambit #13 (2000)

I was the first, you see. The first mutant he ever met. And I gave him the inspiration... because I was already immortal.

An American heiress born in the late 19th century, Amanda Mueller was one of the earlier mutants and a longtime collaborator of Mister Sinister. In 1891 she was dubbed the "Black Womb Killer" after a series of mysterious miscarriages she had that caught the attention of the authorities, though she was acquitted in her trial thanks to the testimony of a "Dr. Milbury". Surviving into the 20th and 21st centuries thanks to her mutation, Mueller grew increasingly deranged thanks to the uniquely Blessed with Suck nature of her immortality, ultimately turning on her longtime ally Sinister and attempting to become The Starscream to him. Though she was Out-Gambitted, Mueller managed to survive and escape. She is currently at large.
  • Aborted Arc: When the character Miss Sinister was first introduced, it was implied that she was Amanda having quasi-succeeded in her goal. Later it was established that Miss Sinister was in fact an entirely new character.
  • Baby Factory: Amanda's daughter literally used this term to describe what Sinister considered her to be.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Black Womb thinks she is capable of out-Chessmastering Mister Sinister himself. She is very mistaken.
  • Blessed with Suck: Mueller's mutant ability is Immortality, but of the nasty Age Without Youth flavor. By the 21st century, though still alive, her body has become so withered that she can barely even lift her limbs.
  • The Cameo: The Wolverine story "The Best There Is" featured a throwaway shot of a woman with Amanda's desiccated appearance in a container owned by the Big Bad Mr. Winsor, with the implication that Amanda was killed at some point off-panel and her body acquired by Winsor (who was collecting/capturing various immortals for his scheme).
  • Chekhov's Gunman: When she was originally introduced in the pages of Gambit's title there was no indication that Amanda was a mutant or immortal. She was simply shown as a shady associate of Sinister who wasn't above selling him out to Gambit for a bribe. It wasn't until eight years later in the pages of X-Men Legacy that Mueller's true relevance was revealed.
  • Dark Lord on Life Support: In the modern day she is perpetually confined to a control chair, due to her body's heavy aging.
  • Evil Genius: Though ultimately Out-Gambitted by Sinister, Black Womb was still smart enough to throw a big wrench into his Cronus plans, as well as being enough of an equal to him intellectually to serve as his assistant for several decades.
  • Eviler than Thou: Attempted on Mister Sinister, who promptly turns it back around on her.
  • Evil Versus Evil: As said above, she's not exactly anyone's ally. Mister Sinister found out the hard way but sent it right back at her.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: A pioneer of this trope in the X-Men universe, perhaps even on par with her lover Mister Sinister.
  • Grand Theft Me: Her ultimate goal is to Body Surf out of her desiccated body and into the one in which Mister Sinister will be reborn in.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: In her youth Amanda was an attractive woman.
  • Lack of Empathy: To the point that she can (and did) smother a mutant baby in her hands without a qualm.
  • Mad Scientist: As is to be expected from a collaborator of Mister Sinister.
  • Mega Manning: During her time as the head of the Black Womb Project Amanda would temporarily restore her youth by augmenting her body with the DNA of other mutants. Unlike Sinister, she couldn't make it last, and her body would always inevitably degrade back into its original aged state.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Brian Xavier, Kurt Marko and especially Destiny should have known better than to join any outfit with the name "Black Womb Project".
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Played with. Amanda's physical frailty makes her a very unlikely candidate for superhero brawls, but with the aid of her control chair she can command all the defenses of her Alamagordo facility. Ultimately, this still isn't enough to deal with Gambit and Sebastian Shaw, let alone Sinister.
  • Out-Gambitted: By Mister Sinister.
  • Redeeming Replacement: "Redeeming" is perhaps a strong word for it, but she does have a notably less evil daughter, the "Dream Therapist" Gloria Dayne (alias Fontanelle).
  • The Starscream: Plots to usurp Sinister's Cronus Project and seize the body he would be reborn in for her own.
  • Tangled Family Tree: Her husband in the 1900s was a Daniel Summers, making her yet another addition to the ever-tangled Summers family tree, as the Summers brothers' great-great-grandmother.
  • Unreliable Narrator: In her profile quote above, she claims to be the first mutant that Sinister ever met. Readers of Sinister's origin story know he actually met Cyclops and Phoenix (who were on a time-travel jaunt) decades before he met Amanda, highlighting her propensity for this trope.
  • Uptown Girl: A rather dark take on this trope, as it is strongly implied that she only married Daniel Summers and bore his children due to prompting from the perpetually Summers-obsessed Mister Sinister.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Hasn't been seen since her failure to usurp Mister Sinister's Cronus Project, though she managed a Villain: Exit, Stage Left at the end of that story. As Sinister has since resurrected and recovered a large portion of his former power, her fate is uncertain at best.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Amanda might, if her particular brand of immortality didn't come with that inconvenient Age Without Youth clause. As it is, she's desperate to escape her immortal prison of a body.
    Black Womb: What kind of a mutant power is not dying? I still got older. Withered slowly into this thing you see before you.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Due to her advanced age Mueller's hair has long since gone white and her heart is about as black as they come.
  • Woman Scorned: Towards Sinister, thanks to his failing (or simply refusing, if he is to be believed) to cure the Blessed with Suck nature of her mutation.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Practically her entire shtick, hence her supervillain name. It is heavily implied that she faked several miscarriages to supply Mister Sinister with her own children for experimentation, and later as a member of the Black Womb Project she secretly assisted Sinister with experiments that were too monstrous for the other members of the project to witness.

    The Brood 

The Brood

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #155 (1982)

Your standard race of evil alien bug people who have a queen and wish to assimilate all life in the universe. They appear in the SNES beat-em-up X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse and in its Distaff Counterpart for the Sega Genesis, X-Men 2: Clone Wars.

See Marvel Comics: Species for more info.

    Cameron Hodge 

Cameron Hodge

Nationality: American

Species: Human cyborg

First Appearance: X-Factor #1 (1986)

As you can see, I am no longer... human.

A childhood friend of Warren Worthington, Cameron Hodge teamed up with his old buddy to reunite the original X-Men team, using his job as a public relations consultant to rebrand them to the public as a team of professional mutant hunters called X-Factor. Or so it appeared... in reality, Hodge was a rabid anti-mutant racist who was using his position to undermine X-Factor and specifically his old friend Warren from within. He did major damage to the team before his ruse was exposed, even getting to see the hated Warren die in a plane crash of his own engineering, but as it turned out Apocalypse had greater plans for Warren Worthington. Returning as the Archangel, Warren slew Hodge, but thanks to a Deal with the Devil Hodge survived and returned. He is not one of the more recurring anti-mutant villains, but with Complete Immortality and an array of monstrous One-Winged Angel forms on his side he might well be one of the most powerful. He appears as a recurring boss in the X-Men: Destiny action-RPG and as a one-time boss in X-Men 2: Clone Wars.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: Leader of the Right, yet another anti-mutant activist group.
  • And I Must Scream: The X-Tinction Agenda storyline ends with his head being Buried Alive by Rictor, unable to free himself and unable to die thanks to his pact with N'astirh.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Angel/Archangel, who he grew up with and developed an obsessive grudge against. In X-Men Destiny he is retooled into this for Adrian Luca, one of the three Player Character choices.
  • An Arm and a Leg: He loses one of each in the animated series courtesy of Cable.
  • "Ass" in Ambassador: In the animated series he makes his introduction as an ambassador working for the Genoshan government.
  • Big Bad: Of the 1990 X-Tinction Agenda storyline and Phalanx Covenant.
  • The Chessmaster: He played a pretty mean game in his day, successfully ingratiating himself to Warren and his friends while secretly doing everything in his power to make their lives a living hell.
  • Complete Immortality: Hodge is truly immortal, thanks to his Deal with the Devil: Decapitate him, bury him alive, obliterate him down to his component molecules, he will still be alive. Of course, that's not to say he'll be happy... overlaps with Be Careful What You Wish For.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Not that Hodge had much of a soul to begin with...
  • Deal with the Devil: He makes a deal with the demon N'astirh (despite N'astirh's dismissive remarks about already owning Hodge's soul). As deals go it's a remarkably good one for Hodge, granting him Complete Immortality, Immune to Mind Control and demonic support, though it ultimately becomes a case of Be Careful What You Wish For.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: During Second Coming, he's one of the Legion of Doom, but gets bumped off in the first third by the New Mutants. Bonus points for actually taking a One-Winged Angel form.
  • Disney Villain Death: How he goes out in X-Men: Destiny.
  • The Dragon: One of Bastion's servants in Second Coming.
  • Evil Former Friend: Was once a friend of Warren's. Eventually attempted to drive him to suicide.
  • Fantastic Racism: As is par the course for anti-mutant X-villains, though Hodge's racism is motivated more by envy than anything else. See Green-Eyed Monster below.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: A mainstay of the character, particularly after his transformation into a One-Winged Angel.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He became consumed by jealousy when Warren's mutant abilities manifested for the first time and he simply flew off into the sky, leaving Hodge and everyone else behind on the ground. He wasn't particularly shy about it either, pretty much admitting straight-up his hatred for mutants was all because of Warren and there was no higher ideology to it.
  • Hero Killer: He kills Warren (or so he thinks; Apocalypse ends up saving him), Warlock, and Candy Southern. He is also responsible for the death of Cypher, who was shot by one of his agents, and in X-Men: Destiny he is responsible for the kidnapping of Pixie which ultimately leads to her death.
  • Hypocrite: During the Second Coming event, he referred to mutants as "tainted". Considering all the things he's done to his body over the years, that's pretty rich.
  • Immune to Mind Control: A very helpful perk of his Deal with the Devil is a "mystical telepathic immunity" that makes him impervious to the powers of Karma and Professor X (and likely any other telepath for that matter).
  • Joker Immunity: Because of his immortal and cybernetic nature, he's just as easy to resurrect as he is to kill.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He gets his karmic retribution seconds after crossing the Moral Event Horizon. Keep reading for the specifics.
  • Losing Your Head: Courtesy of his former friend Warren.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He did a pretty good job manipulating Warren and X-Factor into thinking he was their friend while working against them the whole time.
  • Obviously Evil: The whole "mutant-hunter" idea the first X-Factor team had? His idea. How Warren never noticed this guy was an evil bastard is anyone's guess.
  • Off with His Head!: Archangel beheads him after he crosses the Moral Event Horizon by murdering Candy Southern. Unfortunately Warren did not know about Hodge's Complete Immortality and left him for dead, allowing him to upgrade to...
  • One-Winged Angel: After losing his head to Archangel he reappears in the X-Tinction Agenda storyline attached to a massive Spider Mech with Combat Tentacles and Beware My Stinger Tail. He lost that form at the end of that storyline, but he's since acquired other OWA forms, including a Phalanx body and a rogue Master Mold.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: During his time as a "consultant" to the Genoshan government he literally wore a cardboard cutout of a suit-wearing person around his neck to "conceal" his One-Winged Angel form. This is presented as a straight-up example of how Ax-Crazy the character has become, since it convinces absolutely no one but he still plays it deadly serious.
  • Plaguemaster: He delighted in the spread of the M-Pox and even sent his goons around in tanker trucks vacuuming up the titular Pox to be weaponized against mutants.
  • Powered Armor: At one point he fights the X-Men in a red suit of armor specifically constructed from ruby quartz to be immune to Cyclops's optic blasts. He also fights in armor in X-Men: Destiny, and as a homage to the comics his upgraded suit in the second fight with him is red.
  • Propaganda Machine: As a public relations consultant, this was his job starting out
  • The Quisling: In both the comics and animated series he ends up forfeiting what little remained of his humanity to become one of the Phalanx, a cybernetic extraterrestrial race.
  • Right-Wing Militia Fanatic: The anti-mutant group he commands, which in a wonderful display of comic books subtlety was even called simply "The Right".
  • Sanity Slippage: Not that Hodge was particularly sane to begin with, but his ability to even fake it took a steep dive after he was reduced to a disembodied head.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Apparently even Warlock draining him completely wasn't enough to kill him for good.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He did not take it well when his attempt to steal Warlock's mechanical shape-shifting abilities was thwarted by the New Mutants.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: The Genoshans gave him his first cyborg body.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Inflicts this on David Moreau the Genegineeer in an Eviler than Thou moment.

    Cassandra Nova 

Cassandra Nova-Xavier
It's a special feeling, isn't it? Behind the mask of liberal respectability, with its safe opinions, we all hate the mutations. Don't we? How can it be murder when they're germs or vermin?

Nationality: American

Species: Mummudrai

First Appearance: New X-Men #114 (2001)

Of all X-men's villainesses, Cassandra is generally considered as the most dangerous. Completely amoral, power-hungry, she is on par with her brother, Professor X, in terms of psychic mastery. She has faded in the background lately but she remains unvanquished so far which means she may reappear at any time.
  • Above Good and Evil: The concepts of good and evil are lost on Cassandra entirely.
    Cassandra: In a world without values or morality, good and evil are just choices on the menu of the mighty.
  • Adaptational Heroism: The Cassandra Nova of X-Men '92 is a good deal less malevolent than the mainstream version, as it turns out most of her villainous traits come from being possessed by the Shadow King. After the latter is defeated, she is even allowed to pull a Heel–Face Turn of sorts.
  • A God Am I: Cassandra is delusional and believes that the real world is no different than the womb where she was conceived, making her and Charles essentially the gods of a meaningless universe.
  • The Baroness: Of the Rosa Klebb type. Aging, unattractive and non-sexualised.
  • Batman Gambit: Her first confrontation with the X-Men is a carefully-planned one. She allows herself to be captured so she can get up close and personal with her brother, then pulls a Grand Theft Me on him at the exact moment Emma Frost snaps her neck from behind, something Cassandra knew she would be driven to do and counted on. Trapped in a now-dying body and unable to form words, Xavier is helpless to stop Cassandra, who shoots him. Her blood then spills on the X-Men, infecting them with nanosentinels that are programmed to kill them from within.
  • Batman Grabs a Gun: After switching bodies with Xavier, Cassandra guns him down, thus breaking his moral code. The heroes are appropriately shocked to witness their leader committing a murder, but they ultimately accept Nova's justification that the enemy was too dangerous and couldn't be allowed to live.
  • Body Surf: Cassandra hijacks Xavier's body with the aid of Cerebra in "E is for Extinction", then gets trapped inside Stuff's body at the end of "Imperial". In "Torn", she tries to escape into Kitty Pryde's subconscious, but changes her target to Hisako when the X-woman proves to have stronger psychic defenses that she could predict. Whether she succeeded in possessing the young mutant is not revealed to the reader.
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to Charles's Abel. Cassandra's first action upon gaining a consciousness is to try and murder her twin brother while the two are still inside their mother's womb. Charles retaliates with a psychic blast that expels her from Mrs. Xavier's body, though Nova survives as a chaotic mass of cells. Upon reaching adulthood, Cassandra chooses to dedicate her life to destroying her brother and everything that he fights for.
  • Clone Degeneration: In X-Men '92 Cassandra Nova is reimagined as a clone of Xavier created by Apocalypse rather than his literal Evil Twin. Why she is female is left unexplained.
  • Continuity Snarl: The issue of who she's presently inside of. The end of Morrison's run implies Ernst. The end of Austen's run implies Carter Ghazikhanian. And the end of her arc in Whedon's run implies Armor.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Her Heel Face Turned Alternate Universe incarnation from Morrison's final four issues, to the point where her last words are a completely-uninterested-sounding. "Oh dear, not like this."
    • This side of her is cranked up in another alternative universe, X-Men '92, which also tosses her Omnicidal Maniac ambitions entirely. The end result is a character that talks and acts like she stepped straight out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Distaff Counterpart: It's not always obvious and she has been written at times as a more deadly enemy than her inspiration, but as a bodiless astral being who uses Psychic Powers to torment the X-Men and is an Arch-Enemy of Professor X, she's essentially the Shadow King in drag.
  • The Dreaded: Hardcore to the Shi'ar. Mummudrai are already the stuff of their horror stories, and Charles Xavier's already got a pretty scary rep with them, as they see him as the Big Bad behind the Dark Phoenix. Combine these two primal fears and you get a threat so visceral that the then-unpopular Emperor Vulcan is able to successfully rally them, just by invoking the threat of it.
    Vulcan: Together we will destroy all threats to the Shi'ar Empire, my people... even the one you call mummudrai, the one called Xavier. The Shi'ar Empire will rise again!
  • Eldritch Abomination: Her true form is the astral equivalent of one, being a hulking brutish thing with a giant maw, way too many arms and no eyes to speak of.
  • Evil Twin: Cassandra is the evi twin sister of Charles Xavier. Jean Grey describes her as a malevolent psychic parasite that is to the Professor what the Yin is to the Yang.
  • Eviler than Thou: In X-Men '92 she is possessed and corrupted by the Shadow King.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: She presents herself as a world-renowned evolutionary biologist when she recruits/abducts Donald Trask, whom she manipulates into provoking the genocide of Genosha.
  • Fantastic Racism: As a result of her twisted It's All About Me worldview. She considers all of mutantkind to be just a particularly cherished creation of her brother's, and wants them all dead just to hurt him.
  • Fetus Terrible: Xavier's unborn twin who spent forty years gestating on the wall of a sewer.
  • Final Boss: In X-Men: The End, she was fittingly the last and most deadly enemy the X-Men had to face.
  • From a Single Cell: Like Exodus, Cassandra Nova is able to telekinetically reconstruct her flesh on a molecular level. She's not nearly as good at it, though — it takes her forty years to build a rudimentary body for herself, and although she's able to affect a slow Healing Factor, it's barely a roadblock for the X-Men.
  • Humanoid Abomination: She's actually a mummudrai, or anti-self, which each individual must fight and kill in the womb in order to be born. Charles' mutant DNA meant she was able to survive as disembodied consciousness, and slowly build herself a new body.
  • It's All About Me: Cassandra Nova is a solipsist, believing that she is in fact still in the womb, that she and Charles are the only 'real' things that exist, and that everything else in all of creation is just the result of her and her brother's imaginations.
  • Kick the Dog: Cassandra takes a perversely sadistic pleasure in dehumanizing Beast.
  • Last-Name Basis: Usually addressed and/or referred to as simply 'Nova'.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: Her original body is destroyed in her very first confrontation with the X-Men. Unfortunately for them, she's just hijacked Xavier's body, and is now in perfect position to launch her attack against both the X-Men and the Shi'ar Empire.
  • Mythology Gag: In X-Men '92 she teams up with Joseph. As Cassandra has been reimagined as Xavier's clone, this literally becomes a case of Xavier's clone teaming up with Magneto's clone.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Cassandra Nova's got one of the highest body counts in the Marvel Universe. At least sixteen million mutants died due to her attack on Genosha, and countless members of the Shi'ar Empire were slaughtered when she turned their weapons against themselves.
  • People Puppets: Affects this through her Mind Manipulation. After Beast puts up a bit more of a fight against her Mind Control than she bargained for, she seizes control of new student Beak and forces him to beat Beast nearly to death with a baseball bat. The poor kid is aware the whole time too, shaking and crying even as his hands just keep on swinging that bat.
  • Psychic Powers: Thanks to the lucky break of being Xavier's Evil Twin, Nova genetically duplicates all of his high-order psionic abilities, unhindered by any of his restraint or conscience.
  • The Shrink: In X-Men '92, which has her being appointed as director of the Clear Mountain Penal Colony by Baron Kelly. The position affords her endless opportunities for one-liners and Hannibal Lectures.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: In X-Men Legacy, visions of Cassandra appear to Xavier in his dreams to give him various Hannibal Lectures. It's unclear if this recurring nightmare is Cassandra herself, or just Xavier's memory of her.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Really didn't make that many appearances, but sweet baby Jesus did this woman make an impact. She wiped out millions of mutants, wrecked unspeakable damage on the Shi'ar Empire and came close to wiping out the X-men after she'd already died.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Once Nova has copied Donald Trask's DNA, she calmly states he is no longer useful and gruesomely burrows her hand into his face.




Species: Human mutate

First Appearance: Wolverine #97 (1996)

An inter-dimensional Mutant pirate of questionable sanity, Chimera lives to plunder the space-time continuum and travels with her "plasma-wraiths", super-strong half-starved creatures wrapped in black bandages with sharp claws. She has frequently found herself teaming up with other supervillains as a member of the Sisterhood of Mutants and one incarnation of Mister Sinister's Marauders.

    Dark Beast 

Henry McCoy / Dark Beast
He is both gifted and savage at the same time.- Apocalypse

Nationality: American (Earth-295)

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: X-Men Alpha (1995)

A malevolent counterpart of Beast of the X-Men, aka Henry McCoy, who originated from an alternate universe where he performed hideous experiments on humans and mutants in an effort to unlock the secrets of mutant evolution.


Andreas and Andrea Strucker / Fenris
Click here to see Andreas as Swordsman 

Nationality: German

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #194 (1985)

There's no escape for you, old man! Your fate — and Baldy's and the Jewess's — is sealed!

Born to Baron Strucker, Andreas and Andrea Strucker were treated with nothing but apathy and disappointment by their father. Surrounded by Nazis, terrorists, and other war criminals, the twins grew up with a rather twisted view of the world. Later, discovering they were both mutants with the ability to fire bio-electric blasts when they were in contact with each other, the twins became costumed supervillains collectively called Fenris. Andreas and his sister were minor pests and nuisances to various superheroes, namely the X-Men.
  • Back from the Dead: Despite both Fenris twins being killed off in the 2000s they reappeared none the worse for wear in 2016's Illuminati. When questioned about their resurrection, they said only that their father "took care of that."
  • Bald of Evil: Andreas shaves his hair during a psychic-induced fit of madness in Thunderbolts.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: In their first appearance they think they're capable of taking out Magneto. Despite causing a lot of property damage, they're not exactly successful. They also unleashed Omega Red (and Alpha Red in X-Men '92) despite being laughably unprepared to control either.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Andreas dies because he antagonises the barely-clinging-onto-sanity Norman Osborn. What makes it worse is that a few weeks/months prior, a slightly-madder-than-usual Norman had beaten the living daylights out of him already.
  • Character Death: In Dark Reign: The Cabal, Norman Osborn runs Andreas through with his own sword, then chucks him down Thunderbolts Mountain.
  • Chew Toy: They’d be a Hate Sink duo if they weren’t so comedically ineffectual and pathetic. A good amount of the time, their defeats are handed to them by whatever mutant you haters are around.
  • Clones Are People, Too: The version of Andrea who serves on the Thunderbolts is a clone created by Armin Zola. Andreas treats her as he would the original, which would almost be a redeeming trait, if not for the Incest Subtext.
  • Creepy Twins: There's something off about them.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Both of them respect their father and want to live up to his legacy, such as it is.
  • Designer Babies: They were both genetically enhanced in utero by Arnim Zola to manifest their x-genes.
  • Dirty Coward: When they try to get revenge on Storm they attack her from far away with a hunting rifle. Keep in mind that Storm doesn't have powers at this point.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Storm stops Andreas from sexually harassing a waitress and pins Andrea's hair to the wall with a knife. They retaliate by shooting her in the head and leaving her for dead in the Kenyan Savannah.
  • Fantastic Racism: During the trial of Magneto story they show signs of this, sneering at Magneto to die "with these pathetic humans by your side." How they reconcile mutant supremacism with the Nazi ideology is never explained, though no one ever accused racists of being a logical bunch.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: They've appeared in X-Men (2019) as mutants who took the X-Men's offer to be citizens on Krakoa, but nobody actually seems to like them there. Can't imagine why.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Andreas von Strucker abandoned his life of evil following the death of his sister. Choosing to become a better man, he became the superhero Swordsman and joined the Thunderbolts. While Andreas wasn't driven by any desire to be an actual hero, he was determined to be the opposite of everything he had been beforehand.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: They attempted to join the mutant-hunting Upstarts, but couldn't make it past provisional membership (which says something as even do-nothings like Shinobi Shaw and Graydon Creed got in).
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Norman Osborn killed Andreas by running him through with his own sword, then throwing his body down a mountain.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: Baron Strucker regards them both as this, to such a degree that when Norman Osborn tauntingly tells him he killed his children Strucker's response is to stare... and then grumblingly admit that fine, he now owes him two favors.
  • Incest Subtext: They are way too close to one another, even if their powers didn't require them to be in physical contact. Andreas even goes so far as the wrap the hilt of his sword in her skin so that they will never truly be apart (also so that, through skin contact, he still has access to his bio-electric powers). That said, Andreas actually bristles at the suggestion they've slept together.
  • Irony: Despite mutants traditionally being on the Nazi no-no list, when push came to shove Baron Strucker chose to awaken the x-gene in his would-be heirs. And to further heighten the irony, they both fell short of his expectations... for reasons that had nothing to do with their mutancy.
  • Jerkass: Both of them, oh so very much. Andreas at least shows signs of becoming a better person after some Character Development in the Thunderbolts run, though he is killed off by Norman Osborn before it really goes anywhere.
  • Only in It for the Money: During the Siege of Wundagore storyline they were shown as being among the many mutant villains hunting for a cure for the Legacy Virus... in their case, they only wanted it so they could sell it. They also attempted to obtain the Momentary Princess gem for this purpose.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: In addition to being Strucker's kids they've inherited his bigotry (though that doesn't stop Andreas from sexually harassing a black waitress). Andreas ultimately grows out of it, and even becomes friends with Songbird (who is Jewish).
  • Retired Monster: As of their most recent appearance, they seem to have learned something from their deaths, getting out of the active supervillain business and opening a New York nightclub for supervillains called Club Fenris. The club even has a no-killing rule.
  • Rich Bitch: Basically spoiled rich kids with superpowers and a nazi ideology. And boy does it show.
  • Rogues' Gallery Transplant: Despite their father chiefly being a villain of Captain America, they are usually X-Men villains, and have never actually fought (or even met) the good captain.
  • Rogues' Gallery Transplant: Despite their father chiefly being a villain of Captain America, they are usually X-Men villains, and have only fought Cap once.
  • Send in the Clones: A clone of Andrea is eventually created by Arnim Zola to allow her brother to access the powers of Fenris again, and they might both be clones now judging by their mysterious return.
  • She Knows Too Much: Andrea is killed by Baron Zemo after discovering he is still alive as Citizen V.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: After trying and failing to take revenge on Magneto for their father's humiliation, they try (and fail) to take revenge on Magneto's son Quicksilver for his father's humiliation of their father.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: As children of Baron Strucker, they both subscribe to his racist Nazi ideology.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Andreas becomes somewhat nicer during his time with the Thunderbolts even if he's still deeply troubled. At the very least he overcomes his racism and helps his Jewish coworker escape Norman Osborne's attempt to kill her.
  • Twincest: As originally written by Claremont. Their X-Men '92 adaptations scrapped this.
  • The Un-Favourite: Not that Baron Strucker has any particular favourite kids. They're all the unfavorite. But his reaction to learning Norman Osborn had killed Andreas was just "I owe you for that."
  • Villain Decay: Under creator Claremont's pen they were both written as deadly, if inexperienced, enemies. After Claremont's departure, they immediately fell to also-rans who couldn't even make full membership of the Upstarts. They later degenerated into minor mutant mercenaries before being drafted into Norman Osborn's Thunderbolts.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: The clone of Andrea lasts a few issues. Then Bullseye does what Bullseye does.
  • Wonder Twin Powers: Their powers work this way, as they are capable of Flight and firing Hand Blasts, but only when they are in physical contact with each other. This takes a distinctly horrifying turn after Andrea dies, as Andreas is forced to tan his own sister's skin and use it as the grip of his sword to access a portion of the power they once shared.

    The Genegineer 

Doctor David Moreau / The Genegineer

Nationality: Genoshan

Species: Human

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #236 (1988)

A high government official of the small, high-tech state of Genosha, Moreau was in charge of mutant affairs—Which in Genosha meant supervising the implementation of a ruthless Super Registration Act that made all mutants forced laborers for the government, under military supervision. Moreau, a highly moral man, was always troubled about the system he served (especially when his own family suffered the personal consequences of it, as his daughter-in-law-to-be was identified as a mutant), but remained convinced that it was the least bad option in a Crapsack World where rampaging superhumans would frequently cause disaster and ruin when not firmly kept down. First of all he was a patriot, always loyal to his nation, for which he was prepared to suffer and die. In a later story, this bizarrely forced him into an alliance with the X-Men against the system he had so long championed, when right-winger Cameron Hodge and jingoist President Renault hijacked the Genoshan government and steered it towards military confrontation with the United States. Hodge killed him, and the old Genoshan system died with him, soon to be replaced with a mutant-supremacist People's Republic of Tyranny.
  • Anti-Villain: An all-around sympathetic man, good father and non-corrupt official who takes his duties and responsibilities very seriously and always puts the public good first, no matter the personal cost. He's Nice to the Waiter, too, and overall about as moral as someone in his station can be. Of course, being in charge of a mutant control program still makes him a hated foe to the X-Men.
  • Apologetic Attacker: For a given value of "attack," to Jennifer, when she is outed as a mutant and made subject to Genosha's strict laws for superhumans. While he does not have to personally involve himself in individual cases, he does, trying to ease her into it as gently as possible and give her what comfort he can. He is obviously very distraught about the matter—As he reveals in private, more so than he shows to her, as then and there he tries to project calm and confidence, so as not to upset her even more. And he apologizes to her, very sincerely, for ruining her life. But he will not make an exception, even for the woman his son was engaged to marry. If everyone else has to follow the law, so too do he and his family.
  • Archnemesis Dad: To Philip Moreau, a normal human who becomes a mutant rights activist when he finds out the cost of his easy, privileged life (and that his beloved girlfriend is about to become collateral damage to the Genoshan regime).
  • Badass Bookworm: He is just a somewhat elderly government official, but is prepared to die for his country. And apparently he has some military training, as he joins the insurrectionist Magistrates when they attack Hodge, firing at his robot chassis with a man-portable rocket launcher.
  • Beware the Superman: The whole motivation for his villainous actions, and indeed those of Genosha as a whole, at least before they suffered an extremist takeover in the 1990s.
  • Brainwashing for the Greater Good: The Genoshan authorities use a sort of mind control on mutants who cannot pass their loyalty reviews, which seems to be many/most (if explicitly not all) of them. They justify this by the argument that with their superhuman powers, the mutants are so dangerous that this is required if they are not absolutely trustworthy otherwise. As part of his responsibilities, Moreau is ultimately in charge of this procedure, as well, though it's not something he's wholly comfortable with. Late in his career, when his government has been taken over by extreme jingoists, he covertly subverts it in some notable cases.
  • Cape Busters: The Magistrates, the militarized gendarmerie he is ultimately in charge of, who supervise the Genoshan mutants and defend Genosha against foreign super-powered threats.
  • Category Traitor: Ultimately became one by siding with the mutants against the Genoshan government, which by then had been taken over by a Corrupt Politician and a General Ripper who were trying to start a nuclear war with the United States. While he still had deep misgivings about the future this would bring about, he was forced to conclude that it would most likely still be better than Mutually Assured Destruction.
  • Cerebus Retcon: Originally, Genosha was presented as the Muggle Power Marvel country, where human effort, sacrifice and "God-given ingenuity" had allowed them to develop advanced technology and successfully control the mutant menace, like the US government in the setting sometimes tries but always fails to do. In a world constantly threatened by various megalomaniac super types, with most governments chronically helpless before the onslaught, this is, in its own way, a sort of positive and hopeful message, even though the Genoshans later abused their technology to oppress their mutants instead: Normal humans still matter, and still stand a chance against the supermen if they organize and stand together. However, a later retcon rewrote the story, so that Genosha's technology was said to actually have come from the extraordinarily monstrous mutant Sugar Man. So in this version, instead of overzealous champions of the common man in a super-dominated world, Moreau and the other Genoshans became mere pawns of yet another mutant conspiracy, completely and depressingly subverting the original character concepts.
  • Deal with the Devil: Of a distinctly Faustian sort, as the advanced technology that allowed Moreau to become the Genegineer and lift his nation up into (a kind of) greatness was bequeathed to him by the Sugar Man, a nightmarish Mad Scientist mutant who made Moreau gift him a secret laboratory fortress no one else in Genosha knew about and regular shipments of mutant prisoners for his own depraved purposes.
  • Doomed Moral Victor: At least from a certain point of view. He wanted only what was best for his country, and while his system was oppressive for some, it was much better than what followed. Exactly what he warned of and tried to prevent happened, in spite of all his efforts and sacrifices—Because the heroes wouldn't listen.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In the first Genosha story arc, he attempts to comfort Jenny Ransome—a young mutant woman hitherto passing for human, who views him as an Honorary Uncle and is engaged to be married to his son— and explain to her as best he can why she must now be subject to the Super Registration Act and what this means. As he states it, the law is necessary both for the prosperity and security of Genosha, and if the law is to be just, there can be no exceptions made for individuals, even for her. Her new life will probably not be so horrible as she imagines, and she will be able to keep contributing to the welfare of her nation and loved ones. However hollow such attempts ring, their conversation rams home the essentials of both the best and worst of Moreau. On the one hand, he does not have to see her in person about this, something he is clearly uncomfortable about, but does so anyway, because he considers it his duty and because he cares about her. On the other hand, however, he is such a Knight Templar that he is prepared to force an innocent mutant girl (and close family friend he naturally feels protective of) into an oppressed and demeaning life in the name of a supposed greater good, rather than break the laws he considers himself bound by.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: High standards, in his case, since he's a highly moral, but conflicted man. Notably, he's disgusted with the quite obviously insane Cameron Hodge; then again, so are most of the Genoshan government and military figures. More to the point, he is honestly upset about it when he hears that Genoshan troops have sexually abused Rogue, and angrily dresses down the senior officer who reports it, demanding that the guilty parties should be punished.
    Chief Magistrate Anderson: Those responsible have been disciplined. It won't happen again.
    Moreau: If it does, Chief Anderson, you'll answer for it. I thought your people were professionals.
  • The Extremist Was Right: Moreau's argument about how his system is the best one possible for a small nation with many powerful superhumans in it, and how much worse things will be if the mutants are freed, is shown to be absolutely correct by the following events. They first unleashed a ruinous civil war, then took over the country and killed, enslaved or expelled all humans—Who were the majority of the population by a factor of ten thousand or so. Of course, there's the small detail that he himself created the threat—there's no chance of a slave revolt without slaves.
  • False Utopia: Under the system he enforces, Genosha is a more or less self-sufficient high-tech economy with one of the world's highest living standards and a military powerful enough to take on (though not win against) the United States. It is also a democracy, where the people's rights are respected and, by all accounts, life is harmonious and pleasant. However, this society, a veritable utopia for millions, depends to a large extent on the labor of a few hundred mutant slaves, kept under strict control by a militarized police force in secluded work camps. The X-Men, naturally, think this single critical fact automatically invalidates all the rest of Genosha's achievements. (They're not without merit on that point however as the Genoshan government did exert authority on non-citizen mutants that just happened to wind up in the country and also tries to exert authority on escaped mutants in other countries regardless of legal authority to do so.)
  • Family-Values Villain: He helps run a country whose economy is based on slavery, but draws the line at sexual assault of a prisoner.
  • Fate Worse than Death: It seems to be a common opinion in Genosha that the fate of the mutants is this. Moreau attempts to reassure several people on the receiving end that it is really not that bad, and argues that the mutants are well fed, housed and cared for, safe and probably much better off than most people in the world. In purely material terms, he might even be right—But they also have very little freedom, and many/most are not even allowed to retain their own memories, arguably rendering that a moot point. Moreau's own uneasiness with his work in general, and anguish at seeing Jennifer condemned in particular, make clear that whatever he says, he is very much aware that it is not a good fate, as compared to being just an ordinary citizen.
  • The Fettered: The weight of duty can be very heavy, at times almost unbearably so. Moreau shoulders it as one of the unhappy few on whom his nation's destiny depends, and he never bends a rule or principle to favor his own family or friends.
  • Godwin's Law: Madelyne Pryor calls him a Nazi when he tries to explain and justify the Genoshan system to her.
  • Grey-and-Gray Morality: The Genoshans fighting the mutant insurrection the X-Men are fomenting. From their POV, they're trying to defend their democracy and way of life from an armed minority led by foreign agents and super-powered terrorists; the X-Men, meanwhile, consider themselves freedom fighters who seek to liberate the mutants of Genosha from an oppressive regime. Both Sides Have a Point, and both are willing to kill in the pursuit of their objectives.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: For all Moreau's good intentions, his willingness to associate himself with monsters like the Sugar Man is what ends up being his undoing when one of those monsters kills him.
    • Death by Irony: The monster that kills Moreau is ironically not one of the mutants he has spent his life oppressing at all, but rather the human (for a given value of human) Cameron Hodge.
  • Hypocrite: Established as one with the Sugar Man retcon (see below). Despite building a whole system on Beware the Superman, Moreau ironically is bequeathed the technology and knowledge to build this system by a mutant, who he allows free reign to do as he pleases.
  • Inherent in the System: Genosha's prosperity is built on mutate labor; according to Moreau, his country would be poor and barren without mind-controlled slave labor.
  • Just Following Orders: The Magistrates, except for a few bad apples, are mostly regular, patriotic soldiers/policemen who are just doing their job. When they first fight the X-Men in Australia, some even doubt whether they ought to, because they think they might be that country's own super police, much like their own mutant volunteer troops. (True to the trope, they still do fight them, though.) Averted with Moreau himself, but only because he's sufficiently senior that he has to give the orders.
  • Killed Off for Real: By Cameron Hodge in the 1991 X-Tinction Agenda storyline. Being a fairly minor character, this death has stuck.
  • Meaningful Name: He is, of course, named after the title character in The Island of Doctor Moreau.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: As a scientist, he has personally helped to devise and design some of the Applied Phlebotinum the Genoshans use to keep "their mutants" under control earlier in his career.
  • Muggle Power: In order to keep democracy and majority rule working in Genosha, their few hundred mutants (who would quickly take over the country and institute a super-powered dictatorship if given the civil rights afforded other citizens) have to be kept strictly controlled, so that they cannot unite against the humans and attack them. But there are also crass economic incentives for the system: thanks to their superpowers, the mutant laborers are very efficient workers, producing much greater values than the resources required to police them. By the time Genosha features in the X-Men stories, they have become the fundamental source of much of the nation's wealth.
  • Necessarily Evil: For all that he tries to be as fair to them as he can afford to be, Moreau fully realizes that from the POV of the mutants, his actions look evil, and he does not turn his back on their suffering. He cares, but he still believes that what he is doing is necessary, or even worse things will come instead.
  • The Needs of the Many: Invoked. Moreau justifies the harsh Genoshan treatment of their mutants by appealing to consequences: In the present state, a few hundred individuals are kept in involuntary servitude, whereas if given the same rights as humans, the differently abled mutants would quickly dominate Genoshan life, putting an end to democracy and oppressing the millions of ordinary citizens. His argument isn't made any weaker by the fact that he's proved completely right by later events.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The X-Men's interference in Genoshan affairs, from his POV and that of most of his countrymen.
  • Nice to the Waiter: He treats the Genoshan mutants (second-class citizens with very limited rights) with as much consideration and respect as he can get away with. He's also nice to his subordinates, civilian and military, and indeed to the X-Men to a point, trying to explain and justify his system to them rather than invoking Might Makes Right, as does his paramilitary deputy, Chief Magistrate Anderson.
  • Nothing Personal: Unusually for a human X-Men villain, Moreau does not irrationally hate or despise mutants; indeed, he feels sorry for them, as Genoshan law severely restricts their lives. However, he knows that if the mutants are not kept down, they will rebel and destroy the lives and happiness of Genosha's much larger baseline human population. So he does what he has to do, in order to protect his nation, even if this is difficult in individual cases.
  • Only Sane Man: One of the few characters in the human Genoshan government who wasn't a complete Card-Carrying Villain.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: He performs (but did not invent) the mutate bonding process that strips mutants of their free will and often warps their powers into a more "useful" form. He defends this practice by arguing that Genosha is resource-poor, and would not be able to maintain a high quality of life for its human citizens without the "sacrifices" of its mutant population.
  • Punished for Sympathy: His son Philip, who broke Jennifer out of prison and ran away with her. He is punished only after he starts breaking the law by attacking police and etc; before that, Moreau does nothing to punish his grief over and opposition to the way she is treated, and indeed makes clear that he, too, dislikes it, however necessary it might be.
    • Cameron Hodge later does it to Moreau. The difference between them is that unlike Moreau, Hodge is a foaming-at-the-mouth, sadistic and Axe-Crazy mutant-hater, who does think that Moreau's mere sympathy for the mutants (such as it is) is evil, and that he should be crushed for it.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: A high government official who feels the full weight of his responsibilities, and supports control of mutants without being a ranting strawman about it. He listens respectfully to his subordinates, and indeed the heroes, to a point, even when they very much disrespect him.
  • Retcon: Originally Moreau claimed sole responsibility for all of Genosha's advanced tech. Later it was retconned/revealed that in fact the Sugar Man was responsible for said tech, being a refugee from a post-apocalyptic future, and simply teaching Moreau how to replicate the technology of that future. Retcon or not, this explanation has stuck, though in Louise Simonson's alternate continuity X-Factor Forever Moreau's secret that The Man Behind the Man is Mister Sinister rather than the Sugar Man.
  • Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: Genoshan mutates are effectively slaves owned by the government, as the X-Men point out and the Genegineer himself never quite denies.
  • Super Registration Act: The Genoshans actually implemented one as a regular feature of their system, requiring all mutants to be identified and segregated in heavily supervised labor battalions. It is much more successful than such legislation usually is in Marvel comics: the system works, for a given value of it, at any rate, preserving peace, prosperity, democracy and happiness for almost everyone in Genosha until they are forced by outside pressure to dismantle it. Moreau is not blind to the system's dark side, but ultimately supports it, fearing the anarchy that would result if literal walking blockbusters were given the civil rights of ordinary, harmless citizens.
  • Superhuman Trafficking: The "dark side" of the Super Registration Act described above is this; Genoshan citizens found to be mutants are subjecting to a procedure invented by Moreau in which they are sealed inside a skintight suit that both protects them from the harsh conditions they'll have to work in and identifies them as mutates, are stripped of their names and memories, and then put to work as a kind of Slave Race, conditioned to be completely obedient to any Genoshan authority. To cement their new status as objects rather than people, the mutates are issued numbers to answer to.
  • Totalitarian Utilitarian: To a point. Is it acceptable to severely curtail the rights of a few hundred individuals in order to give millions peace and plenty, or is it better to destroy the lives of said millions to give freedom to the few hundred? Moreau reluctantly chooses the first as the least bad option; the liberty-loving X-Men not-at-all-reluctantly choose the latter.
  • Tragic Villain: An Anti-Villain who gives up all he has for his country and the happiness of its people: his comfort of mind, his family, and ultimately his own life. And in the end, for all his efforts, his country still goes to Hell in exactly the way he had always worked so hard to prevent—due in part to his own actions, as the freed mutants were far more destructive than they would probably have been if they hadn't been seeking revenge for years of forced servitude.
  • Troubled Sympathetic Bigot: He enforces the mutant control system not because he hates mutants individually, but because he thinks (correctly, as it turns out) that their superhuman powers present a clear and ever-present danger to Genosha's human population. Personally, he is about as morally upright as someone in his position can be, and he is troubled about the fate of the individual mutants, even if it is all for the greater good. Especially when his son's fiancée Jennifer, whom he knows personally to be a fine and moral person, is revealed as a hidden mutant and becomes subject to persecution.
  • Unwitting Pawn: More witting than most, as Moreau knows full well what the Sugar Man is and how he is being used by him, but agrees to allow him to do as he likes in Genosha anyway in exchange for his advanced technology.
  • With Us or Against Us: Thinks the differences between humans and mutants necessitate this. So do his enemies on the other side. Subverted, however, in that ultimately he is forced to ally with mutants against Axe-Crazy extremists on his own side.

    Graydon Creed 

Graydon Creed / Tribune
My "father" and I were... not as close... as you and yours, apparently.

Nationality: American

Species: Human Sentinel

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #299 (1993)

An anti-mutant zealot who founded the hate group known as the Friends of Humanity, dedicated to killing all mutants. One of the X-Men's big political-based enemies during The '90s. Eventually, there was the reveal that he's actually the purely human son of two mutants himself — what's more, his parents are Victor Creed, aka Sabretooth, and Mystique. With this revelation, he lost all status and credibility amongst the Friends of Humanity and was eventually killed by one of his parents (shot by Mystique in the comics, giftwrapped and delivered to Sabertooth by his fellow high-rankers in the 90s animated series).
  • Adaptation Name Change: In the animated series he is a junior.
  • Back from the Dead: Was revived by Bastion to be one of his lieutenants. He later perished once more in battle with the X-Men.
    • Came Back Wrong: As a techno-organic puppet on Bastion's strings, to be precise.
    • Demoted to Dragon: Like most of the revived villains, Creed was little more than a voice in Bastion's ear, to listen to or ignore as he saw fit.
  • Badass Normal: Not quite, but he has shades of this, being shown to work out during his time in the Upstarts and later donning Power Armor for when he plans to deal with Sabretooth (for all the good it does him).
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family; Hoo, boy. Let's review: his mother is Mystique, his father is frigging Sabretooth, his half-brother is Nightcrawler and his adopted sister is Rogue. Awkward wouldn't even begin to describe that family reunion.
  • Bigot vs. Bigot or Boomerang Bigot: Irrationally hates mutants due to being abused so much by his mutant parents.
  • Cain and Abel: He is the evil human brother of Nightcrawler and Rogue.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: In the 90s Sabretooth miniseries.
  • Corrupt Politician: A politico on the rise who moonlights as the secret head of a racial hate group. Think "what if Mitt Romney had been the leader of the KKK" and you have this guy.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: His fight with his Archnemesis Dad in the 90s Sabretooth miniseries ends up being this, with ol' 'tooth ripping him out of his Power Armor with all the ease of a kid peeling a banana.
  • Death Is Cheap: Like almost every character in the X-universe, Creed has died and come back multiple times over. As of 2019 he's alive again, thanks to his father ransoming his soul from Hell's grasp. Only time will tell if Creed makes the most of his Last-Second Chance or goes back to his racist ways.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: His (and Stephen Lang's) death in "Second Coming" happens so quickly and with so little fanfare (literally just one panel showing them being ripped to shreds by the X-Men, with no mention of them afterwards) that it's easy enough to miss.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Racist though he may have been, Graydon isn't a fan of We Have Reserves, and was horrified when Bastion initiated several false-flag operations that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of humans.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Senator Robert Kelly. Kelly was a Boomerang Bigot who got better, but Graydon never recants his extremist views and goes to his grave running on an anti-mutant political platform.
  • Fantastic Racism: Towards mutants, obviously, though his motives are a little more personal than most mutant-haters.
  • Freudian Excuse: Finding out that your mother hates you because you weren't born the way she wanted can't be good for a person's mental health. In fact in a flashback Mystique was shown to methodically mentally abuse him For the Evulz since he was very small. Then she killed him after he turned into a problem.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Probably the single anti-mutant villain most aptly described as this.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Was briefly a member of the Upstarts, a band of rich young mutant hunters (who were, aside from Creed, all mutants themselves).
  • Jerk Ass Woobie and Iron Woobie: Yes, Creed is an utter asshole of a human being, but considering the Freudian Excuse he has, it's actually understandable to sympathize with him and acknowledge why he hates mutants so much. Furthermore, despite his traumatic childhood, he actually made a fairly successful man out of himself. If one forgets the racial hate cult thing.
  • Kick the Dog: Creed's racism was too over-the-top and rooted in his Freudian Excuse to really make him a Hate Sink in the way guys like Donald Pierce and Reverend Stryker were, but killing his father's Perky Female Minion Birdy just to hurt him was probably the worst thing he ever did. It says something that that was the act that finally convinced Sabretooth that Graydon was his son.
    Sabretooth: You killed her, boy — why?
    Graydon Creed: Because I wanted to hurt you, mutant. Without her to soothe you, you're alone — with your pain and your crimes.
    Sabretooth: Oh, you're my blood, all right. My own darlin' baby boy.
  • Killed Off for Real: By his own mother, no less. Ouch.
  • Kingpin in His Gym: One scene showed Graydon keeps fit, having him engaging in a workout while telepathically contacted by the Gamesmaster.
  • Large Ham: As a politician this is perhaps to be expected, but Creed really runs with it. Exaggerated in the animated series.
    Jubilee: What’d we ever do to you?
  • Power Armor: Wears a suit of armor to hide his identity during the Sabretooth miniseries, along with calling himself 'Tribune'.
  • President Evil: The latter half of the 90s focused on his candidacy for President. He never quite made it that far in the main universe, but various alternate realities, most prominently Mutant X, see him pull it off.
  • Putting on the Reich: The animated series members of the Friends of Humanity wore literal armbands with their logo on them. Subtle!
  • Right-Wing Militia Fanatic: Implied to associate heavily with these types, if not necessarily be one of them himself. The Friends of Humanity in particular seemed to cater to this type.
  • Save the Villain: Done by Sabretooth, of all people, whose Papa Wolf instincts kicked into overdrive in the 3rd Weapon X run. Traveling to Hell to put Reverend Stryker's soul of its eternal misery, Sabes instead decided to save his son, and amazingly was able to pull a Heroic Sacrifice and rescue the prodigal Graydon from the pit.
  • Sacrificial Lion: An in-universe rather than out-of-university example. Shortly after his death it was strongly implied that Bastion knew about Mystique's assassination plans and allowed them to happen so he could use Creed's death to further enflame anti-mutant sentiment among the American people.
  • Scare Campaign: His campaign to get elected President can basically be summarized as 'mutants will burn your cities, eat your babies and steal your jobs.... unless you put me in the White House'.
  • Smug Snake: Just look at that smirk on his profile image.
  • Strawman Political: A pretty obvious strawman of the classic Red Scare McCarthy type of politician.
  • Tragic Bigot: Hates mutants in large part because both of his parents were mutants and they were absolutely horrible to him. In one issue of X-Men Unlimited he meets with his brother Nightcrawler and there's almost a moment when you can feel his pain... before he inevitably reverts to form and tries to perforate his brother with a 9-millimeter.
    Graydon Creed: It should have been ours. The house. The swings. The safety... security. The love that can only come from a mother.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the Age of Apocalypse Graydon, who goes by the codename "Horror Show", is a capable soldier and demolitions expert rather than a Non-Action Big Bad politician. He is also allowed to undergo something of a Heel–Face Turn, entering into a relationship with that reality's Jean Grey and ultimately going out beside his (also redeemed) father in a mutual Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Has an amazing one in the X-Men animated series when Wolverine hauls out a holographic projector of Sabretooth and uses it to out his parentage to his followers:
    Graydon Creed: What are you looking at?! I haaaate him! I'm not like him! I'm noooormal! (grabs his laser gun and starts firing it wildly at the holographic Sabretooth) You're not my father! YOU'RE NOT MY FATHER!
    • Just the mention of fathers is enough to trigger one. When an undercover Cannonball makes small talk with him and the conversation turns to their dads, Graydon has a muscle spasm and crushes the wine glass he's holding.
  • Villain Decay: In the 90s this guy was the prime political threat the X-Men had to deal with. When he was revived by Bastion about a decade later he was promptly Demoted to Dragon and never even got to fight the heroes before being killed off again.
  • Villainous Lineage: Despite his extreme determination to not end up like his father, several times it is shown that Graydon isn't so different from Sabretooth no matter how hard he tries to fight it. In the Age of Apocalypse his alternate reality counterpart realizes this, and becomes The Alcoholic to cope with it.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: He is very popular with the humans for his fanatical views against mutants and he was nearly elected as a president until he was assassinated by one of his parents.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In the animated series, at least, he was perfectly willing to execute the prepubescent Jubilee for the "crime" of being born a mutant.
  • You Are What You Hate: Graydon is not himself a mutant, but his parents and siblings all are. In the Age of Apocalypse it is revealed that Creed is deeply terrified of the thought that he might be a mutant and (more pointedly) that he'll one day turn into the monster his father was.


Radha Dastoor / Haven

Nationality: Indian

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: X-Factor #96 (1993)

Seven hundred years from now, three-fourths of the population Earth will perish and from their ashes a new world will evolve. Why wait?

A Hindu spiritual guru who preaches of the coming of a new age where humans and mutants have evolved into one race. Secretly, however, she leads an international network of terrorists, as she believes the new age can only come about after a prophesied period of great destruction. Naturally, this draws her into conflict with X-Factor and the X-Men.
  • Anti-Villain: Between her and Exodus, 1993 was a very good year for this type of villain. She is even more benevolent than him, though, to the point of being killed off just two years after her introduction because she was too much of a Designated Villain for readers to really be able to root against. It's really hard to root against villains who not only say things like this, but actually mean them:
    Haven: I love you, children of the atom, with all my heart.
  • Apocalypse Cult: Leads one, but with a twist: she believes that a golden era of peace and enlightenment waits ahead, but that it can come only after the "Mahapralaya" or Great Dissolution, a series of disasters that will wipe out 3/4ths of the world's population. She is told this event will not occur for seven hundred years but that she can make it happen sooner, and by doing so spare humanity seven hundred years of suffering and destruction.
  • Big "NO!": She has one of these upon realizing even her powers are not sufficient to heal Jamie Madrox, the Multiple Man.
  • Continuity Snarl: Though even Haven's creator has admitted to not remembering what the original plans for her were, it is a safe bet that her unborn child was probably not originally intended to be the Adversary. She was written as having conceived her child at eighteen, at which time the Adversary had not yet been defeated and would have no need yet of a mortal body to reincarnate in.
  • Covers Always Lie: Usually depicted as a menacing figure on the covers of issues she appeared in, in stark contrast to her actual nature.
  • Dark Messiah: A literally dark-skinned woman who preaches of a paradise on Earth that can only come after a series of cataclysmic disasters.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Haven is not one herself, but was the inspiration for one in the form of John Sublime, a 2000s-era Grant Morrison villiain who has a lot in common with her (both characters are popular 'mutant gurus' who are not themselves mutants, bestselling authors, have benign public personas concealing darker intentions, and so on) but with the added bonus of being someone readers can actually root against.
  • Extradimensional Shortcut: Combines this with Dimension Lord, as she can channel her unborn child's mutant powers to transport herself and others into a dimension "next to oblivion" where she is effectively a Reality Warper. Think Mikhail Rasputin lite.
  • Face Death with Dignity: She accepts her death without regrets, and her last words are not for her own life but a plea to stop the monster she unwittingly brought into the world.
  • Fetus Terrible: Haven has been pregnant for twenty years, her unborn child feeding her power and the prophecies that she then passes to her followers.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Just about. She cares for orphans, heals the sick and never once shows any kind of malevolence. Even her zeal to wipe out 3/4ths of the world's population is due to her belief that it is destined to happen no matter what and that a better world will come about because of it.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: She usually wears a golden helmet that is more than a little reminiscent of Magneto's in shape if not color. This may have been deliberate, as both characters style themselves as mutant messiahs.
  • Killed Off for Real: By her unborn child rapidly maturing after twenty years as a fetus and literally tearing itself out of her body.
  • Left Hanging: Who was the cad who gave Haven her eternally-unborn mutant child?
  • Meaningful Name: "Haven" was actually the name of a children's hospital Radha helped fund while ministering to the homeless children of Calcutta. They took to calling her that in gratitude, and she ultimately adopted it as her official moniker.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Haven's abilities and temperament both make her ill-suited for combat, and she tends to leave the fighting to her brother and right-hand man, the mutant Monsoon.
  • Offstage Villainy: One of the major reasons behind Haven's Designated Villain status. Despite lots of talk about her international cabal of terrorists doing terroristic things, none of these terrorists or their actions were actually shown, and Haven herself was a very poor representative of her organization's villainy. This storytelling problem would be corrected in Haven's successor and Distaff Counterpart, John Sublime.
  • Pet the Dog: Her first appearance sees her save X-Factor member Polaris from an attempted government kidnapping. She later heals Wolfsbane from the scars of the Genoshan mutate bonding process and attempts to do the same for Multiple Man, though even her powers prove unable to cure the Legacy Virus.
  • Pride Before a Fall: She is accused of this on her deathbed by the multiversal guardian Roma, who callously remarks that she would weep for Haven, had she not brought her fate upon herself. Even Haven's heart-wrenching last words do not move her, and she abandons Haven to die alone.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: Literally. Haven is not herself a mutant, but derives her powers from her unborn mutant child, "The One Within".
  • Scam Religion: Whether this was the plan all along or not, Haven's religion was ultimately revealed to be a mere tool of the Adversary, as was Haven herself.
  • Unwitting Pawn: "The One Within" is actually a host body for the Adversary, a powerful demon who is manipulating Haven for its own ends.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Haven's status as a terrorist leader is not public knowledge, and indeed most of the world believes her to be merely a benign spiritual guru. Her book "Man, Mutant and the New Humanity" is stated to be an international bestseller.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: She was introduced in 1993 and killed off only two years later in 1995. Being by far the most benevolent "villain" any X-Men team had ever faced made writing stories with her very hard, apparently.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She leads a global network of terrorists, but they are the very opposites of Terrorists Without a Cause, causing worldwide chaos to bring about a prophesied golden age.


William Rolfson / Holocaust / Nemesis

Nationality: American (Earth-295)

Species: Human mutant

First Appearance: X-Men: Alpha #1 (1995)

I am the son of mighty Apocalypse, and you expect me to obey you?

The ruthless and omnicidal son of Apocalypse from the Age of Apocalypse reality, he was one of four exiles who escaped its collapse and made his way into the main universe. He appears as a boss in X-Men Legends II, where he is voiced by Peter Lurie.