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Rory Campbell
Debut: 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Blade on a Stick: Like the Marauder Harpoon, Ahab uses... well, harpoons, as his Weapon of Choice. This may have actually been why he never really became all that popular a villain, as power-wise he really was just a slightly stronger cyborg version of 80s X-villain Harpoon, a fairly stock Mook and member of Mr. Sinister's Marauders.
  • 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.
  • Fantastic Racism: Played with: Ahab claims to hate mutants, but he has no problems with keeping them alive as his Hounds.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: At least in the main reality, we see that Rory Campbell starts off with somewhat positive intentions. Unfortunately, being a monster himself underneath meant that he was always doomed to fall into this.
  • 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.
  • 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 Blade on a Stick wouldn't be very useful if he couldn't throw it, now would it?
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: The present-day Rory Campbell was introduced into the pages of Excalibur as Moira MacTaggert's assistant/sidekick, and it was teased that he might be able to escape his fate of becoming Ahab. But despite warnings and even seeing what he would become, Campbell's Jerkass tendencies made his turn to the dark side inevitable.
  • 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.
  • Kick the Dog: His Jerkass tendencies are shown in Excalibur through his treatment of Spoor, an Acolyte of Magneto being held captive on Muir Island. Tasking with rehabilitating Spoor, Campbell quickly degenerates into ritualistic verbal abuse of the self-loathing mutant.
  • 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.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After the present-day Ahab fought as Apocalypse's horseman of Famine in The Twelve story arc, he just kind of vanished. He finally reappeared over a decade later in the pages of Uncanny X-Force.
  • 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 

Alpha Red

Janus Tepes
Debut: 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 Great Politics Mess-Up 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 Albino: Clearly a recurring consequence of the Red program, as Omega Red is one of these too.
  • 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
Debut: 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.

     The Apocalypse Twins 

The Apocalypse Twins

Uriel and Eimin
Uriel and Eimin, the twin children of Archangel and Pestilence of the Final Horsemen. Conceived after Archangel had succeeded Apocalypse, they are the third generation of Apocalypses. The pair were kidnapped at birth by Kang the Conqueror and raised to adulthood by him in the future, before returning to the past with a vengeance to take their place at the head of Clan Akkaba.
  • Abusive Parents: While the twins' birth parents Archangel and Pestilence avert this trope, their "adoptive father" Kang the Conqueror plays it straight by kidnapping the twins as soon as they were born and took them to a desolate future where the entire mutant species are placed into concentration camps by the Red Skull. He raised them as Tyke Bombs and beat his philosophy that Humans Are the Real Monsters into them so thoroughly that the twins applied it to their Well-Intentioned Extremist plans. He also had Uriel blind his sister Eimin with his wings as punishment for trying to escape the mutant concentration camps when they were children. Kang was such a douchebag to the twins that at one point, they lampshade on how their lives would be different if he hadn't kidnapped them at birth.
  • Adult Fear: If you're Archangel and Pestilence, try imagine having your twin children kidnapped by some cosmic being and taken to a place where you'll never find them, and then having them grow up to be raised as Tyke Bombs for that cosmic being. Imagine having them so thoroughly warped by their kidnapper's abuse that in one timeline, they blow up the Earth under the guise of "saving" the mutant race from humankind.
  • The Antichrist: The twin mutant heirs of Archangel and Pestilence, whose plans to bring forth the superiority of mutantkind a la Magneto resulted in the destruction of Earth in one timeline.
  • Apocalypse Twins: Duh.
  • Badass Boast: Uriel and even Eimin are prone to these.
    Uriel: "We are the heirs of Archangel, rightful servants of this era! We've returned to reclaim our throne! Because unlike you... we do not bend our knees."
  • Baldof Evil: Uriel.
  • Blind Seer: Eimin. She has the ability to see possible futures by listening to music.
  • Cleavage Window: Eimin's "hood" is connected to her kimono, which leaves a gap wide enough to expose part of her boobs.
  • Co-Dragons: To Kang.
    • The Starscream: Though they eventually turn against him and ruin his well-laid plans.
  • Creepy Twins
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Uriel axes a Celestial to death.
  • Disability Superpower: After she was blinded by her brother as a child, Eimin gained a type of precognitive power that only works when she listens to music.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After spending a majority of their life being abused by Kang the Conqueror, Uriel and Eimin take their revenge as adults by destroying Kang's home dimension with a black hole, then later destroy the entire Earth as a big "Fuck you" to Kang's plans.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Despite wanting to destroy humankind to protect mutants, they really do seem to have their mother's best interests in mind.
  • Eye Scream: This is what Uriel does to Eimin on Kang's orders as punishment for trying to escape the mutant concentration camps. Given the circumstances, Eimin doesn't blame Uriel for it, though she certainly blames Kang.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: How Uriel kills Havoc in an alternate universe.
  • Handicapped Badass: Despite being blind, Eimin can fight toe-to-toe with superpowered beings like Thor with no problem at all.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Kang beat this philosophy into them for an as-yet-unknown but undoubtedly sinister purpose.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Eimin had foreseen Uriel's death at the hands of Thor, but did nothing to try and change it, since it would still lead to the destruction of Earth. She later deems it "necessary" for their mission to succeed.
  • In the Hood: Eimin, to cover the fact that she's blind.
  • Kick the Dog: Uriel incinerates a large group of people (mutants whose powers were taken away by the Scarlet Witch during M-Day) who worshiped him and Eimin as the harbringers of evolution with his powers, telling them that evolution has no need for stragglers like depowered mutants.
  • Killed Off for Real: Uriel is killed by Thor (though that timeline is later negated, so he's alive again).
  • Manipulative Bastard: They not only predict the Scarlet Witch's attempt to subvert them, but they use it to their advantage and orchestrate Earth's destruction.
  • Meaningful Name: Uriel means "God is my light" in Hebrew. Uriel is also known in the Bible as the archangel of wisdom, and his role is to enlighten humanity from the darkness of confusion with the truth of God.
  • Mundane Utility: In one issue, Uriel uses his own wings as a reclining chair.
  • Off Screen Moment Of Awesome: Like Uriel, Eimin also axed a Celestial to death by herself with Thor's axe Jarnbjorn, but it happened off-screen. The only way you can tell is that the ax is still dripping with the Celestial's life fluids when she arrives.
  • Pet the Dog: Sparing their mother during their takeover of Clan Akkaba.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Eimin and Uriel, whose costumes colored purple. It helps that their parents Archangel and Pestilence of the Four Horsemen are very powerful mutants, and that Eimin and Uriel are heirs to a royal dynasty. Uriel's skin is also purple.
  • Time Master: Both are extremely deadly chronomancers, though their powers are applied in different ways:
    • No-Sell: Uriel can void any attack sent his way by transporting it somewhere else in time.
    • And I Must Scream: Eimin, meanwhile, can produce projectiles that trap whoever they strike in a neverending time loop of constant pain. This is how War and Famine bite it.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Uriel
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Uriel is killed by Thor, Eimin engages Thor to avenge the death of her twin brother.
  • Sadistic Choice Kang and his enforcer Ahab invoke his trope on Uriel as punishment for trying to escape the concentration camps - either he blind his twin sister Eimin, or watch her be killed by Ahab and his hounds if he refuses.
  • Samurai: Uriel's costume and overall look is based on this.
  • Secret Keeper: Uriel and Eimin are one of the very few who know of their father Archangel's massacre of a small town populated entirely by humans during the war against humans and mutants.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: They want to save the mutant race and give them their own planet. They end up destroying Earth to make sure humans aren't a threat anymore, and to spite Kang.
  • The Worf Effect: War and Famine meet a truly grisly end at their hands when they resist their takeover.



No Name Given
I promise... I've given up games of murder. I'm done with death traps. Okay... maybe a tiny little death trap.
Debut: 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.

  • 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.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: In Avengers Arena, he wears a nice suit that essentially makes him a Reality Warper within Murderworld's borders.
  • Complexity Addiction: Straightforward murder bores Arcade to tears, so he designs ridiculously elaborate deathtraps instead.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fantastic Racism: Averted. Unlike the rest of the X-Men's human adversaries, he doesn't seem to be prejudiced against mutants.
    • This is subverted in his Ultimate Marvel incarnation, where he becomes an anti-mutant racist after Magneto kills his little sister.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Man in White: Arcade's fashion style is nothing if not consistent. From his first appearance to this day he's worn white zoot suits exclusively.
  • 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.
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job: So much so that he was able to remake himself as the most outlandish assassin imaginable, having nearly unlimited wealth and time to do it with.
  • 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. Spider-Man lampshades this at the end of a Spider-Man/Deadpool storyline, where he and Deadpool brought the captured villain to the X-Men.
    Spider-Man: ...even though I fought him first, he's somehow become part of the whole X-Men deal.
  • 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: Aside from the main version's much-documented level up in Avengers Arena, the Ultimate Marvel version of Arcade also counts as this, as he is re-imagined as a child prodigy who created his world's version of DOOM (called Murderworld, of course) before deciding he wanted a "more immersive gaming experience" and becoming a Badass Normal gun-for-hire.
  • 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 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.

A demonic overlord and Nightcrawler's biological father. 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 son 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).
  • 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.
  • Not So Different: From Nightcrawler. Even if morally they are strongly opposite, they share the demonic looks and the power of teleportation. Azazel can also be a showoff like his son, and at some points he even dresses as a pirate.
  • Parental Favoritism: For Nightcrawler, who he favors above his other children such as Abyss and Kiwi Black.
  • 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.
  • 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.




AKA: Sebastion Gilberti, Nicholas Hunter, Arnold Rodriguez, Template
Debut: X-Men #52 (1996)
We have very little tolerance for this kind of injustice. Zero tolerance, in fact.

The half-human, half-robot result of Nimrod and Master Mold (it's a long story), Bastion was a high-ranking government operative who initiated Operation: Zero Tolerance in response to the Onslaught Saga and Mystique's assassination of Graydon Creed. Eventually, he learnt of his true origin, got reduced to a head, and then disappeared from comics for a good long while.In the aftermath of M-Day, the Purifiers recovered his head from a S.H.I.E.L.D. holding facility, intending to use him to wipe out Mutantkind once and for all. It didn't go how they expected, and Bastion usurped control of them, proving a horrifically dangerous adversary to the X-Men. Eventually, however, he was annihilated by Hope Summers... Or so it seems.

He was the Big Bad for the X-Men: Next Dimension fighting game and the action-RPG X-Men: Destiny.

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The Fusion Dance that spawned him involved a Nimrod unit that had been undergoing a slow but steady Heel–Face Turn and a lost Master Mold unit with basic programming (and a copy of Stephen Lang's brain). The result? A Robotic Psychopath who seeks out ways to kill mutants as much for his own enjoyment as to fulfill his programming.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Nightcrawler took off one of his arms (not on purpose, though). He just got a spare.
  • And Then What?: Bastion himself asks this during "Second Coming". After spending so much time trying to kill all mutants, what would all the mutant haters do once they're done? After all, it's not a noble cause. This would later become a plot point and Character Development of a sort in X-Men Blue, where Bastion returned with a new mandate to help mutantkind rather than trying to exterminate them (The rub, of course, was that he wanted to help mutantkind solely so there would be plenty of mutants to kill again and he would never lack for a purpose.)
  • Bad Boss: As part of the prelude to Zero Tolerance he schemed with Larry Trask to blow up an entire community of his own followers just to implicate a captive Rogue and further fan the flames of hatred towards mutants. Luckily Joseph showed up to save her before the plan could be carried out.
  • Back from the Dead: Well, for a given value of dead.
  • Big Bad: Between Messiah Complex and Second Coming.
  • The Chessmaster: As a robot, this trope comes more or less built in. He anticipated and was able to counter a lot of the X-Men's strategies. His plan in Second Coming comes very nearly close to finishing them off for good.
  • Comic Book Death: During X-Men: Blue, Shen Xorn sucks him into his black hole head, apparently killing both of them.
  • Composite Character: An in-universe version, of Nimrod and Master Mold. Regrettably, he lacks any of the former's Noble Demon status, and has all of the latter's psychopathic tendencies. Design-wise, he's got a heck of a lot of design-cues from Nimrod. Justified, as he's literally the result of a Fusion Dance between the two characters.
  • Corrupt Politician: Believed to be this before his true nature was exposed.
  • Disney Death: He appeared to have been killed for good by Hope Summers, but managed to escape to the future, returning in X-Men: Blue.
  • Final Boss: Of Second Coming.
  • Fusion Dance: His convoluted origin story, which involves the original Nimrod unit and a rogue Master Mold being thrown into a Deus ex Machina called the Siege Perilous.
  • Gone Horribly Right: The Purifiers brought him back to lead them against the mutants. He quickly took control from them, and when Risman started objecting to the tactics Bastion was using, Bastion ousted him.
  • Grew Beyond Their Programming: Wasn't programmed to hate mutants. As he informs Hope, he's moved beyond that.
  • Hero Killer: Killed Nightcrawler, though he did eventually get better.
  • I Have Many Names: Adopted the name Sebastion Gilberti after emerging from the Siege Perilous, amnesiac. After being infected with the Transmode virus, he took on the alias of "Template". He also took on the aliases of Nicholas Hunter and Arnold Rodriguez.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Bizarrely with Jubilee during the Operation: Zero Tolerance story, as he seemed to be keeping her close solely so he could have someone to gloat at and monologue to.
  • Killer Ridiculously Human Robot
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: When Senator Kelly persuaded the President to revoke Operation: Zero Tolerance's mandate, Bastion surprisingly surrendered to Comic Book/SHIELD agents without a fight.
  • Legion of Doom: He eventually decided to organize one by using the Transmode virus to resurrect pretty much every dead anti-mutant villain the X-Men ever had. This gathering called themselves the 'Human High Council, and was helpfully presented on-panel at one point with their corresponding kill counts.
  • Losing Your Head: Reduced to one in the late 90s, and kept locked up in a SHIELD facility. Good thing that the Purifiers had a spare Nimrod chassis.
  • Loss of Identity: Started looking more and more like Nimrod towards the end of his 'life'.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Revealed as being this to Graydon Creed.
  • Nanomachines: Thanks to his control of the Transmode virus.
  • One-Winged Angel: His mechanical body went through a bit of an evolution, with his final form being sleek and silver with wings very reminiscent of Archangel's.
  • People Puppets: What he did to Bolivar Trask, Steven Lang and Graydon Creed once he brought them back. Bolivar even killed himself to prevent Bastion re-assuming control when the link was broken.
  • Psychic Block Defense: Before the reveal was made that he was a robot it was thought that he was capable of this, as telepaths such as Cable tried to read his mind but never could. Of course, being a robot means he is Immune to Mind Control by default.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: Not only is he one himself, he also builds an army of them, the Omega Prime Sentinels.
  • Robotic Psychopath: Like most Sentinels he's programmed to seek out and kill mutants, but unlike most Sentinels he exhibits a distinctly human streak of sadism and cruelty, frequently going out of his way to choose the most inhumane methods possible.
  • "Second Law" My Ass!: In another marked difference between Bastion and other Sentinels, he has no imperative to take orders from any human, not even a Trask.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: During the '90s he was more or less the enforcer of this, as he was introduced to be The Man Behind the Man to Graydon Creed. Later, after his defeat in Zero Tolerance he appeared as a disembodied head frantically ranting at the X-Men that they had "no idea what they were up against"... moments before Apocalypse's newest Horseman of Death appeared and seemingly destroyed him, establishing a clear "Apocalypse > Bastion > Graydon" algorithm.
  • Spock Speak: After his resurrection, he becomes increasingly eloquent in his speaking methods. And more and more machine-like. X-Factor actually shows Bolivar Trask having trouble keeping up with Bastion's script, since he can't say "abrogated".
  • The Unfettered: He is designed, programmed to kill all mutants, and has absolutely no qualms about killing hundreds of humans in horrific ways if it helps that agenda.
  • Villain Ball: At one point during Operation: Zero Tolerance Bastion has most of the X-Men captured, including Wolverine. He doesn't pay any particular mind to Wolverine, and when his Mooks tell him Wolvie's dead, he casually orders them to throw the body in the incinerator, but oh, take him out of the restraining harness first, they can still use that. Three guesses how that all worked out, and the first two don't count.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Has one when the X-Men defeat his Sentinels, finding himself unable to do anything but stand there watching and saying "No" over and over again as his lieutenants desperately try to convince him to retreat.
  • Villain Override: Twice during the events of Second Coming. First, when Bolivar Trask suggests maybe leaving X-Factor alone because A: they're not actually harming anyone, and B: they're proving surprisingly difficult to kill, and second with Graydon Creed and Stephen Lang when everything goes haywire for his plan, and the two suggest maybe getting out of dodge for the time being. Both times Bastion refuses, and forces them to go on the attack.
  • Villain Team-Up: He teams up with a veritable consortium of villains in X-Men Blue, including Emma Frost, Miss Sinister and an alignment-swapped Havok.
  • The Virus: The Transmode virus, a kind of successor to the techno-organic virus from The '90s. Bastion uses it to play necromancer in filling the seats for his Legion of Doom, and it has the added bonus of letting him control said resurrected villains to boot. He would later help mastermind another virus in X-Men Blue, Mothervine.
  • We Have Reserves: Has no problem killing innocent humans or his own troops to further his own aims.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Has the well-trimmed hair of a politician and the soulless heart of a machine.



Full name unknown
AKA: Lord Belasco of the Corrupted
Debut: 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.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Dante Aligheri in the 13th century and Illyana Rasputin in the modern age.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Despite appearing to be little more than a convenient Arch-Enemy for Magik, Belasco's goal to open a portal between Earth and Limbo actually became something of a long-running plot point, as it was pursued by his underlings S'ym and N'astirh after his fall before ultimately being fully realized by Madelyne Pryor as the Goblyn Queen during Inferno. Ten years later this plot would be recycled almost wholesale with the introduction of the very Belasco-like villain Azazel and his very Belasco-like plan to open a portal betwen Earth and another dimension to facilitate another demonic invasion.
  • The Corrupter: He draws the young Magik to him, corrupting her into his disciple the "Darkchylde". Unfortunately for him he ended up doing too good a job with Illyana, and she overthrew him to become Limbo's new ruler.
  • Deal with the Devil: He made a pact with the elder demons of Limbo in exchange for Immortality and increased magical power. Interestingly, this deal did not require him to give up his soul, but rather to provide the elder demons with a way to cross over from their dimension to the normal one.
  • Dimension Lord: Rules over the Otherplace, later identified as Limbo.
  • Evil Makes You Ugly: As part of his deal with the elder demons his physical body was distorted into a demonic form through which he would sire a new race of Earth-dwelling demons for his masters.
  • Eviler Than Thou: After being cast into the lowest depths of hell by his masters, Belasco literally proved himself as this to a native-born demon by tricking it into getting close and then stealing its lifeforce to open a portal back to Limbo.
  • Evil Redhead: As his profile image shows, he was one of these even before his demonic makeover.
  • Evil Sorcerer: He was one of these even before his Deal with the Devil, and afterwards was powerful enough to successfully impersonate Satan himself.
  • For the Evulz: He has a really flimsy Freudian Excuse in that he was accused of heresy by the Catholic Church of his day, but seeing as how he was actually engaging in heresy, well...
  • God Guise: He pretended to be Lucifer when he appeared in The Punisher as Rev's benefactor.
  • Handicapped Badass: Belasco lost his entire right arm under unrevealed circumstances, but he is no less dangerous a foe for it.
  • Implacable Man: After M-Day, he stormed his way back up to Limbo, wading through almost literal rivers of demon blood as Amanda Sefton threw everything in the realm at him to stop him. Which didn't work.
  • I Reject Your Reality: During "The Quest for Magik", whenever the New X-Men try telling him they don't know anything about Illyana Rasputin, he refuses to believe them and lashes out with violence.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: He's the father of Alpha Flight member Witchfire.
  • The Man Behind the Man: To obscure Punisher villain The Rev, as well as his subordinates S'ym and N'astirh.
  • One-Man Army: He singlehandedly reclaimed Limbo from Amanda Sefton with only one axe in hand and fighting through legions and legions of demons in his path.
  • Public Domain Character: He was the rival of Dante and the abductor/rapist of Dante's beloved Beatrice. Yes, that Dante and Beatrice
  • Really 700 Years Old: A rare example that matches up on the dot with the number, as he was born sometime in the 13th century, making him around 700 years old and some change in the present day.
  • Replacement Goldish: He tried reviving Illyana after M-Day, having seen her resurrection in the House of M reality. The soulless evil Darkchylde he created didn't meet his standards, and he kicked her out.
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: As his first appearance indicates, Belasco was originally introduced as a villain to Ka-Zar.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Trapped in Limbo/Otherplace, the locket that is his key is escape having been thrown into a volcano. Kidnapped Illyana Rasputin to use her as his tether to escape.
  • Sore Loser: After his plans were foiled twice Belasco shifted his focus from opening a portal to Earth to just wiping out humanity outright. Needless to say, that didn't work out for him either.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Revealed as being this to Magik during the appropriately-titled Quest for Magik storyline.
  • Wife Husbandry: He tried this with Illyana when she became Magik the first time. Of course, it didn't go quite as planned.

    Black Womb 

Black Womb

Amanda Mueller
AKA: The Black Womb Killer
Debut: 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 Mr. 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.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Black Womb thinks she is capable of out-Chessmastering Mr. 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.
  • Generic Cuteness: Averted. Much like Cassandra Nova, Amanda Mueller is an elderly, unattractive villainess, made even more threatening by being unattractive.
  • 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 Mr. Sinister, who promptly turns it back around on her.
  • Evil vs. Evil: As said above, she's not exactly anyone's ally. Mr. 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 Mr. Sinister.
  • Grand Theft Me: Her ultimate goal is to Body Surf out of her desiccated body and into the one in which Mr. 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 Mr. 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 Mr. 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.
  • 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 Mr. Sinister.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Hasn't been seen since her failure to usurp Mr. 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 Mr. 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
Debut: 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.

  • Always Chaotic Evil: For the most part. While exceptional individuals exist, by and large Brood are sadistic by nature and take a particular enjoyment from the terror their infection inflicts upon their hosts.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The Brood Queen is usually massive and, as a boss in video games, tends to be so big she fills the screen.
  • Bee People: The Brood have a civilization based on typical communal insect societies, in which the Queens are the absolute rulers and the drones do all the work unthinkingly. However, queens have no particular allegiance to one another.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: As any kid who grew up in The '90s and owned their action figure knows, the Brood all come with these standard issue.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Full-grown Brood are large enough for a human being to ride, and their queen gets even bigger.
  • Body Horror: They inflict this on whoever they've given a Face Full of Alien Wing-Wong to. Rather than bursting out of the body like Xenomorphs do, they slowly assimilate it, turning it into a Brood from the inside out.
  • Bug War: An inevitable consequence of being Bee People. Whenever two queens exist in proximity to one another, the Brood usually get consumed by Enemy Civil War, a weakness which the X-Men have exploited on at least one occasion.
  • Compressed Adaptation: X-Men 2: Clone Wars for the Sega Genesis pretty much uses the Brood interchangeably with the Phalanx.
  • Expy: Of the Xenomorphs from the Alien movies.
  • Face Full of Alien Wing-Wong: Their method of propagating their race is this, furthering their Xenomorph parallels.
  • Final Boss: The Brood Queen is the closest thing to one that exists in X-Men 2: Clone Wars. She preludes the final fight against the Phalanx clones, and she's by far the largest and hardest boss in the game.
  • For the Evulz
    • X-Men/Brood: Day of Wrath gave them a Freudian Excuse: they're just so terrified of extinction that they'll stop at nothing to make more Brood, and unfortunately for the rest of the universe that entails...
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: The Brood apparently had their own homeworld in our dimension. Curiously enough, though, in the Ultimate Marvel universe they have appeared in the Mindscape, the home dimension of Sleepwalker, along with that universe's version of the Shadow King.
  • Hive Caste System: Brood have the traditional "worker, drone, queen" caste system usually found in fictional aliens of this type.
  • Hive Mind: They use this to pass the information taken from their hosts between each other and on to their queen, meaning newborn Brood know everything every adult member of their race knows.
  • Kick the Dog: To drive home how evil the Brood were, a species of Space Whale aliens were introduced called the Acanti. It was explained that the Brood had hunted these gentle stellar giants to the point of extinction, hollowing them out to serve as living starships.
  • Made of Explodium: The Brood Queen, at least in X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse.
  • Mind Rape: The Brood can absorb the memories, knowledge and abilities of their hosts, even as they erase the host's personality and take control of the body. This may possibly have a connection to their presence in the Mindscape, as noted above.
  • Mooks: The Brood were originally introduced as generic subordinates for Deathbird, "literally the most horrible thing I could think of" according to artist Dave Cockrum.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: No-Name of the Warbound and Broo of the The Jean Grey School for Higher Learning are two present-day examples of "benign" Brood. There's also a similar group that exists in Bishop's timeline.
  • Necessarily Evil: As bad as the Brood is, there's something far worse in the 616 universe and thanks to the Annihilation Wave, the Brood's home planet was destroyed, allowing these dangerous entities to wreak havoc across galaxies without the Brood to keep them in check.
  • Scary Dogmatic Aliens: The classical 'conqueror' subtype that is driven by both biology and theology to roam the cosmos subjugating everything they can to their will.
  • The Virus: The 'Slaver Virus', a synthetic virus the Brood use on prey species they do not or can not infest such as the Acanti. The virus destroys the higher cognitive functions of its victim's minds, turning them into mindless husks that the Brood can then control freely.

     Cameron Hodge 

Cameron Hodge
Debut: 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.

  • An Arm and a Leg: He loses one of each in the animated series courtesy of Cable.
  • 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.
  • "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.
  • 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.
  • Disney Villain Death: How he goes out in X-Men: Destiny.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 upgrde 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.
  • Poisonous Friend: To Warren.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Inflicts this on David Moreau the Genegineeer in an Eviler Than Thou moment.


     Cassandra Nova 

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?

Debut: 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 mental abilities 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: And why not? The concepts of good and evil are lost on Cassandra entirely; see It's All About Me below.
    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: One of two according to her, with the other being Charles.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: As powerful as Nova is, two beings have been consistently able to match and overcome her: her brother Charles, and Phoenix Jean Grey.
  • Bald Woman: Presumably due to being Xavier's sister, never mind that genetics do not work that way.
  • 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 engages them in battle to keep them from stopping her Sentinels, 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 was helpless to stop Cassandra, now in his body with no one the wiser, from shooting him dead.
  • Batman Grabs a Gun: Invokes this trope while in possession of her brother's body to make her ruse more convincing.
  • Body Snatcher: Became this after abandoning her original body as part of her Batman Gambit. She's jumped from that to Professor X to... someone else.
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to Charles's Abel, never mind that Charles already had a Cain, literally, in Cain Marko aka the Juggernaut.
  • Cloning Blues: 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."
  • 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 what do 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: Of a near-Lovecraftian sort.
  • Eviler Than Thou: In X-Men '92 she is possessed and corrupted by the Shadow King.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: This is literally her cover identity when she recruits/abducts Donald Trask.
  • 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. Ironically, despite being a mutant herself, she's killed more mutants than all the other anti-mutant X-Men villains combined.
  • Fetus Terrible: Xavier's unborn twin who spent forty years gestating on the wall of a sewer. Among fans she's often referred to by the disparaging Fan Nickname "sewer fetus", and while harsh, it is essentially accurate.
  • 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.
  • Foreshadowing: Beast initially theorizes that Cassandra is the first of a new species, neither human nor mutant. She's not, but this whole 'Third Species' thing would see payoff in John Sublime, The Man Behind the Man for Cassandra.
  • Hollywood Old: Defied. She clearly looks her age, or possibly even older; given the sliding timescale, she's likely only in her forties. Perhaps a case of Evil Makes You Ugly?
  • 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: Literally. Cassandra Nova isn't just a sociopath, that would be selling her short. No, she's 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.
  • The Villain With the Remote Control: Played with when she seizes control of a lost factory of Sentinels — they will only respond to commands from a person of Bolivar Trask's bloodline, so she swoops down on unassuming dentist Donald Trask. Once she's got the DNA from him she needs though, well...
  • Knight of Cerebus: More than any other character, even guys with names like Apocalypse and Holocaust, Cassandra Nova is the ur-example of this trope in the X-Universe. Shortly after her first appearance, she uses a surviving descendant of Bolivar Trask to seize control of a lost colony of Sentinels and send them to mutant nation Genosha on a genocidal rampage. By the time the dust's settled, over sixteen million mutants are dead. She goes on to trick Emma Frost into very nearly murdering Professor X, de-evolves Beast into a mindless animal, and her ultimate goal is to bring about the end of existence itself.
  • Last-Name Basis: Usually addressed and/or referred to as simply 'Nova'.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Not quite to Mr. Sinister levels, but Cassandra could run a pretty mean game when she wanted to. Examples include her Batman Gambit on Emma Frost and her plan to seize control of the lost colony of Sentinels.
  • 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 a bit harder to kill than that.
  • 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.
  • Never Mess with Granny: An incredibly dark example.
  • Nietzsche Wannabe: "All life ends up as manure."
  • Omnicidal Maniac: For a character as rarely as used as she is, Cassandra Nova's got one of the highest body counts in the Marvel Universe. At least sixteen million mutants died because of her. Let that number sink in.
  • 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.
  • Powers Do the Fighting: Being something of a dwarf, Cassandra never fights with anything other than her...
  • 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.
  • Put on a Bus: Perhaps as a result of being one of the X-Men's deadliest foes, she was handwaved away as being Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can and hasn't been seen since.
  • Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: Maybe.
  • 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: Used to decent effect in X-Men Legacy, where 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.
  • Stronger Sibling: Averted. Despite being the Cain to Charles's Abel, he was able to defeat her in the womb and she's never challenged him to a direct fight since, preferring instead to manipulate others into taking care of him.
  • Unwitting Pawn: For John Sublime, at least in the original Morrison run.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Inflicts a truly horrific case of Body Horror on Donald Trask once she's done with him.



Kevin Sydney
AKA: Morph
Debut: X-Men #35 (1967)

Very astute, Beast! You are indeed on trial — for your very lives! And I, who am called the Changeling, am your prosecutor!

The second-in-command of Factor 3, a replacement for the Brotherhood of Mutants that wanted to start World War III. The leader of Factor 3 was revealed to be an alien and his organization turned on him and was disbanded. He secretly joined the X-Men and was killed shortly after his covert membership was revealed. Morph from the animated series was based on him and a parallel universe version of the Morph character is a constant member of the Exiles, where he's more of a wacky, Looney-Tuneish character who uses his ability to entertain.

See Exiles for tropes relating to the Exiles Morph and X-Men for tropes relating to the animated version of Morph.

  • All There in the Manual: His real name went unrevealed for over three decades before finally being revealed in the 2004 Official Marvel handbook, 36 years after the original Changeling died in X-Men #68.
  • Bequeathed Power: Subverted — he got his Psychic Powers from Professor X in order to successfully impersonate him in his last days, but as it turned out Xavier was only pretending to be dying of cancer. See Retcon below.
  • Came Back Wrong: He was briefly resurrected by the voodoo villain Black Talon, but turned out to be a Minion With An Fin Evil for him and was quickly returned to the grave.
  • Face–Heel Turn: '90s Animated Series
  • Fun Personified: '90s Animated Series version
  • Heel–Face Turn: Turned on the Mutant Master after discovering it was actually an alien bent on worldwide genocide.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: In keeping with the spirit of golden age X-Men villains (see Magneto, Juggernaut, Avalanche, etc.) Changeling wore a truly wince-inducing helmet, seemingly molded in the image of his favorite seashell.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: While disguised as Professor X.
  • Killed Off for Real: Died in The Silver Age of Comic Books and aside from a brief resurrection in 1992 has not been seen since.
  • More Than Mind Control: How Morph was compelled to make the Face–Heel Turn in the '90s animated series.
  • Psychic Powers: One of the main differences between Changeling and his counterparts (aside from atrocious fashion sense): Changeling has minor psychic powers, something no version of Morph has.
  • Retcon: His Heroic Sacrifice was implemented to facilitate one of these, bringing back Professor X after an earlier "reveal" that he was dying of cancer.
  • Sycophantic Servant: He sucked up pretty hard to the Mutant Master before The Reveal that the Master was actually an alien. For a while there Changeling and Toad were in a kind of dead heat run for the most Renfield-like mutant in the Marvel U.
  • Trickster Archetype: The later versions of him as Morph tend to fall under this trope, the original Changeling himself not so much.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: A mainstay of all versions of this character. Interestingly, its efficacy has a clear progression: the original Changeling has the most basic form of this power, being only able to assume different human forms, while the animated Morph has a more functional version, being able to use it for Animorphism as well as some limited Ditto Fighter shenanigans via shapeshifting into mutants with physical mutations. Finally, the Exiles Morph has by far the most powerful version of this ability, being a Rubber Man who can shape himself into inanimate objects and regenerate his own muscle mass at will.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Both in the 616 universe and the '90s X-Men cartoon



No Name Given
Debut: 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.

  • Casual Interstellar Travel: She is said to "wield the wind between realities", but whether she accomplishes this through technology or mutant ability remains unrevealed.
  • Deadpan Snarker: On the Sisterhood especially, she seemed to serve as the team's answer to Shego.
  • Energy Ball
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: Chimera has access to weapons from across dimensions.
  • Mind over Matter: Her mutant ability is this. The dragons seen in her profile are not the plasma-wraiths mentioned in it, but instead are telekinetic constructs she can form from her hands.
  • Space Pirate
  • Telepathy: She possesses rudimentary telepathy.

    Clan Akkaba 

Clan Akkaba

Debut: Rise of Apocalypse #1 (1996)

A cult formed by the descendants of Apocalypse and named after the birthplace of the mutant overlord. Its members Jack Starsmore and Frederick Slade are the ancestors of X-Men members Chamber and Blink, respectively.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: To DC Comics's League of Assassins/League of Shadows, as both groups follow an ancient megalomaniac, work to guide human civilization towards the ideals espoused by said ancient megalomaniac, and claim responsibility for several historical disasters and upheavals.
  • Ancient Conspiracy: They are an ancient, secretive cult that has been around for millennia.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Clan Akkaba was involved in many historical events: they are said to have lit the fire that burned Rome and sharpened the guillotines during The French Revolution, as well as traveled aboard the Mayflower to the New World. By the 18th century they have amassed wealth and infiltrated many influential positions of power.
  • Cerebus Retcon: Established characters such as Blink from the Age of Apocalypse and Chamber from Generation X were retroactively made descendants of Apocalypse via the existence of Clan Akkaba. Bennet du Paris (the future Exodus) was also retroactively made an Unwitting Pawn of Clan Akkaba, as was Eobar Garrington, the leaders of the French Revolution and numerous other historical figures.
  • Cyborg: Averted in fact if not in style — while several members of Clan Akkaba manifest weapons through their inherited Voluntary Shapeshifting ability that certainly make them look as if they are some mixture of man and machine like Apocalypse is, in truth they all ordinary, if powerful, mutants with no technological enhancements.
  • Evil Redhead: Sahreed, a Clan Akkaba member from the 12th century, was one of these, despite being Egyptian.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Despite being ardent worshippers of Apocalypse, the Clan fought against Dracula and his followers during the 19th century.
  • False Friend: Sahreed was one to Eobar Garrington and Bennet du Paris, guiding the duo into a carefully-planned trap on the orders of Apocalypse.
  • Fantastic Caste System: They have an internal caste system tiered by (perceived) fitness, with caste names such as "The Fittest", "The Lessers", and so on.
  • Godzilla Threshold: The Clan can summon Apocalypse at any time, a measure which is treated as this since Apocalypse does not take kindly to being called for aid.
  • Irony: During the 90's the self-styled heir to Apocalypse Genesis (not to be confused with Evan Sabahnur, the modern-day Genesis) attacked Akkaba and slaughtered all its inhabitants in an effort to change history by wiping out Clan Akkaba in his past. Unbeknownst to him, Clan Akkaba was not actually in Akkaba (and had in fact not inhabited the region for centuries), thus all he wiped out were innocent peasants of little if any connection to the Clan Akkabans or Apocalypse.
  • Klingon Promotion: They have a custom of killing one another only so they can be deemed to be the one closest (genetically speaking) to Apocalypse.
  • Mutants: All of them, as they are all descendants of Apocalypse (presumably any human-born members of Clan Akkaba are killed for being 'unfit'). Some of them have powers very similar to Big Blue's, while others have rather divergent abilities:
    • Combat Tentacles: Sahreed's Voluntary Shapeshifting manifested exclusively in this way. Going up against the sword-wielding Eobar Garrington, it didn't go well for him.
    • Playing with Fire: As a descendant of Generation X's Chamber, Jack Starsmore's mutant ability is unsurprisingly this.
    • Teleporters and Transporters: As the great-grandfather of the teleporter Blink, Frederick Slade's mutant power is unsurprisingly this.
    • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Many of them have inherited Apocalypse's molecular shapeshifting powers, including Sahreed, Kabar Brashir and Margaret Slade.
    • Walking Wasteland: Sanjar Javeed, an ancient Persian who would become the Final Horseman of Death, had this mutant ability.
  • Paper Tiger: Several of the Clan's members are not nearly as powerful as they look or act. Sahreed, for instance, was easily defeated by Eobar Garrington both times they fought, while Kabar Brashir from the Victorian England Akkabans was slain off-page without fanfare by his rival Hamilton Slade, despite appearing to be the closest of the Victorian Akkabans to Apocalypse himself in terms of power and stature. Sometimes this swings the other way; despite being born small and being crippled in adolescence by his brother Hamilton, Frederick Slade was probably the deadliest Akkaban of his generation. Being paralyzed made him no less dangerous, as Hamilton eventually found out the hard way.
  • Religion of Evil: They are a cult worshipping a genocidal madman.
  • The Social Darwinist: They are devoted to Apocalypse's diktat of survival of the fittest. They even have a tradition that, should they awaken Apocalypse the current "Fittest" will be killed for being weak in requesting a boon from him.


Emperor D'Ken

D'Ken Neramani
Debut: X-Men #97 (1976)

I am the Great D'Ken, and everything you are today you owe to me.

The Emperor of the Shi'ar Empire, D'Ken is a ruthless and cruel Smug Snake constantly out for more power. During his first appearance he tried to seize the M'Krann Crystal to harness its powers, and after a long absence he reappeared in the Rise and Fall of the Shi'ar Empire storyline, where he met with his final (and well-deserved) end.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Despite being a literal space-king with authority over hundreds of planets, D'Ken's defining character trait is his pursuit of power at the expense of common sense. In both of his appearances he toys with powers far beyond his comprehension or ability to control, and both times he pays the price.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: His pursuit of the M'Krann Crystal ended with him being sucked inside of it. Seeing what lay within "The End of All That Is" predictably led him to Go Mad from the Revelation and subsequently slip into a Convenient Coma.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Even after declaring Vulcan worthy of marrying his sister he still treats him with barely-veiled contempt, making catty remarks about him learning to live among his betters and such, so it's really hardly a surprise when Vulcan turns on him.
  • Cain and Abel: The psychotic, murderous Cain to Lilandra's Abel, even going as far as to try and sacrifice her to a soul-drinking monster because she objecting to his idea of harnessing the power of the M'Kraan Crystal. With Deathbird and the other sister she murdered in the mix, it becomes a Cain, Abel, Other Cain and other Abel.
  • The Caligula: From what is shown of his reign he is shown to be one of these, being a capricious and unpredictable ruler who vacilitates between rational-if-ruthless leadership and stark raving madness.
  • Convenient Coma: At the climax of his first story he fell into one of these. He didn't wake back up until 2007's Rise and Fall of the Shi'ar Empire.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: In both his appearances D'Ken plays this role, being played up as the story's Big Bad only for a greater threat to reveal itself after his defeat.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Played with and immediately subverted when he proposes Vulcan wed his sister Deathbird — he speaks of owing the boy a debt (which, considering how he murdered his mother, is putting it lightly) but with his next words he makes it clear that he feels he owes Vulcan nothing and is only inviting him into the royal family because he sees Vulcan as a powerful weapon he wants personal control over (and his sister likes him).
  • Fantastic Racism: Like his sister, D'Ken views every other species in the universe as beneath the Shi'ar, particularly humans.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Sure, D'Ken, promote the kid whose mom you murdered to your Dragon. He'll let bygones be bygones!
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Screwing with the cosmic power of the M'Krann Crystal wasn't a bright idea, but screwing with an unstable omega-level mutant was what really ended up doing him in.
  • Killed Off for Real: Vulcan flash-fries him minutes after his marriage to Deathbird, microwaving the flesh from his bones and reducing him to a skeleton.
  • Loophole Abuse: Uses it to allow Vulcan to marry Deathbird. By Shi'ar law, any child born in the royal palace can be made royalty, and Vulcan was sort of born there, thanks to D'Ken.
  • Luke, I Might Be Your Father: During The '90s D'Ken was teased as having a possible familial connection to Adam X, a half-Shi'ar who is probably D'Ken's bastard son.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: In stark contrast to his sisters, D'Ken has little combat ability and prefers to let his subordinates fight his battles for him.
  • Royally Screwed Up: He is a member of the Shi'ar royal family and is certifiably insane, falling prey to periodic fits of madness he calls his "blood rages".
  • Rules Lawyer: The law he invokes allowing Vulcan to marry into the royal family is identified as an ancient and long-forgotten one, never intended for the purpose D'Ken uses it for.
  • So Last Season: In The Rise and Fall of the Shi'ar Empire D'Ken's Fantastic Racism is this, and it's a major part of the reason why he is defeated. Originally all the Neramani siblings were Fantastic Racists, even Only Sane Man Lilandra to a degree (in case you haven't clicked to it yet, the Shi'ar are basically an entire race of racist space birds). But by the time of the Rise storyline, both Lilandra and Deathbird had long since grown out of it after about thirty years of stories educating them on the inaccuracy of the trope (Deathbird even went from a grade-A Shi'ar supremacist to being on her second human lover with Vulcan). D'Ken, having been in a Convenient Coma since the seventies, missed out on this education and so upon waking up slipped right back into those old beliefs that humans were stupid primitives he could trash-talk and lord over as he pleased. This arrogance was what allowed a human child to outwit and destroy him.
  • Smug Snake: In both of his appearances D'Ken is the classic smirking villain oozing smug confidence and unshakable, completely unfounded belief that his insane plans will go off without a hitch.
  • Too Dumb to Live: When a MacGuffin has the nickname of "The End of All That Is", most people would have the common sense to leave it alone. Not D'Ken!
  • Villain with Good Publicity: He was popular enough despite his obvious failings of leadership that a secret order was established after his Convenient Coma to spirit him away to an undisclosed location, watch over him and scheme up a way to wake him up. When he returned in The Rise and Fall of the Shi'ar Empire he immediately seized control of the empire away from Lilandra (whose pacifistic policies had made her unpopular with the militaristic Shi'ar) and it took recruiting a popular general she had banished for her to rally even a third of the support she'd once held.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He viciously murdered Katherine Summers and literally cut her unborn baby out of her body while in the grip of one of his blood rages.
  • The Wrongful Heir to the Throne: With his older sister Deathbird disinherited for parricide, D'Ken is the rightful ruler of the Shi'ar by their laws. Unfortunately, he is also completely off his rocker

     Dark Beast 

Dark Beast

Henry McCoy

Debut: X-Men Alpha (1995)
He is both gifted and savage at the same time.- Apocalypse

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.
  • A Million Is a Statistic: Invokes this along with Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor in a conversation with the real Hank:
    Beast: Six thousand people died here.
    Dark Beast: Six thousand? Six-oughty-oughty-ought? Well, Weapon X has always been sort of a cottage industry. You can't expect to get the big, eye-catching numbers.
  • Aborted Arc: The Storm miniseries teased that the Dark Beast was behind Mikhail Rasputin and the new generation of Morlocks. While the Mikhail connection was dropped (evidently no one could figure out how the Dark Beast could possibly control a mutant as powerful as Mikhail) the Morlock connection stuck around, to the point where he was heavily hinted at being the original creator of the Morlocks.
  • Bastard Understudy: To the Mr. Sinister of his reality.
  • Blasphemous Boast: Delivers one of these to the real McCoy's childhood priest during his killing spree in X-Men Unlimited #10 (see Serial Killer below for more info on that):
    Dark Beast: So long as there is no empirical evidence of a higher power, I'm not subscribing to it. But I'll tell you what, if I'm wrong and God does exist... tell him I said hello.
  • Canon Immigrant: He's Beast's counterpart from the Age of Apocalypse, and like X-Men, Holocaust, and Sugar Man, he made his way to the mainstream Marvel Universe in that story's finale, X-Men: Omega.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He can fight, though he prefers doing so against those at a disadvantage, such as a young Nate Grey, whose powers were malfunctioning. When the full grown version, in full control of his abilities and out for his blood, turned up, Dark Beast's immediate plan of action was to run for the hills - which, in fairness, is probably a wise proposition, since at that point Nate was a Physical God who regarded things like physical death as minor inconveniences, treated the Multiverse as his personal step-ladder, and like his genetic sibling, Cable, was definitely not an adherent to the X-Men's philosophy of Thou Shalt Not Kill.
  • Complexity Addiction: Though ruthless and pragmatic when he absolutely has to be, the Dark Beast is often given to indulging in fits of dramatic and even petty villainy, which often comes back to bite him. For example, when he captured his good counterpart he chose to chain him in a dank sewer and then wall him up inside with a literal wall of bricks, medieval torture style. When called on this by Hank, he admits the impracticality but adds that it's just more "fun" that way.
  • Costume Copycat: Perhaps inevitably for an Evil Twin, he kidnapped the regular Beast at one point and impersonated him for a bit.
  • Crippling Overspecialisation: Unlike his 616 counterpart, who is an Omnidisciplinary Scientist, Dark Beast's field of knowledge barely extends past biology. While posing as his good counterpart, he was often annoyed by all the fields of science the X-Men expected him to know.
  • Dark Is Evil: His fur is a darker shade of blue than the regular Hank's, the result of the Dark Beast playing Professor Guinea Pig.
  • Dark Lord on Life Support: He's not a Lord, but in the final days of his life the Dark Beast was forced to wear a life-support suit of Powered Armor due to his body's heavy physical degeneration.
  • The Dragon: To Mr. Sinister in the universe he comes from, and then later to Havok when the latter suffered from a temporary Face–Heel Turn. While not a Dragon to them, he also cozied up to Onslaught and Norman Osborn in later appearances.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Early on he kept switching between being referred to as Dark Beast and Black Beast, and one 1996 trading card referred to him as Alter Beast.
  • Enemy Mine: He briefly teamed up with the White Queen at one point.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Possibly. During one of their many tussles Dark Beast harangues his better half for "deserting your species", arguing that extreme measures are necessary to preserve mutantkind's future. He also showed himself to be unable to kill his counterpart's parents (who are technically his parents) when he was killing the rest of McCoy's old friends and family, although he did decapitate a random civilian while walking away from them.
  • Evil Counterpart: He's the Hank McCoy of the Age of Apocalypse, dubbed the Beast because of the sadistic nature of his experiments. At one point he also joined Osborn's Dark X-Men, which were deliberately modelled to mirror the real X-Men.
  • Evil Genius/Genius Bruiser: Despite his narrow focus, he's every bit as intelligent as the real McCoy, and every bit as evil as Hank is good.
  • Evil Twin: A literal evil twin of X-Men's Beast, justified by his hailing from an alternate reality.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: A student of his reality's Mr. Sinister, and arguably surpassing his mentor in the evil quotient.
  • Faux Affably Evil: When he impersonated as his 616 counterpart, he managed to adopt his Nice Guy facade before betraying them.
  • For Science!: Well, science and to get his rocks off.
  • Mad Scientist: One of the purest example of this type of character to be found in the X-universe.
  • The Man Behind the Man: It is implied that he is responsible for creating the Morlocks.
  • Manipulative Bastard: As with most things he does the Dark Beast is a pale shade of his mentor Mr. Sinister in this regard, but from time to time he's shown signs of this, the most ambitious of them being the time he attempted to ignite a war between the X-Men and S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: The Dark Beast is one doctor you definitely don't want to trust with a check-up.
  • Oh, Crap!: Has two during Dark X-Men, first when he recognises just who the mysterious energy being possessing the townspeople is: Nate Grey, his old nemesis from the Age of Apocalypse who hates his guts, then later has a second one when he realises that Nate faked his death and is now possessing Norman Osborn.
  • Personality Powers: His powers reflect his personality as a "darker Beast", both literally (the color of his fur) and figuratively (he's got longer fangs and sharper claws). Both are the results of self-experimentation on his part, ever the hobby of Mad Scientists like him.
  • Professor Guinea Pig: His darker fur and longer claws compared to his 616 counterpart are the results of experiments he conducted on himself to accelerate his own mutation.
    • Hoist by His Own Petard: This self-experimentation ultimately led to his death, his body simply unable to function anymore.
  • Right-Wing Militia Fanatic: During Messiah Complex he has a conversation with Hank that evokes shades of this, mocking his counterpart for his "cute little liberal conscience waving in the wind like a pair of frilly lace panties".
  • Sadist: The most jarring difference between him and the regular Hank. While regular Hank is a Gentle Giant and Friend to All Living Things, the Dark Beast is a Smug Snake Evilutionary Biologist with particular emphasis on the 'evil' over the 'biologist'. Notably, even the Mr. Sinister of his reality held him in contempt, feeling that the Dark Beast's sadistic streak got in the way of his work and made for bad science.
  • Serial Killer: When he finds out about the real Henry McCoy he immediately sets out on a killing spree, taking out Hank's friends, teachers and colleagues from elementary school all the way up to his graduate days. He finally stops at Hank's parents, parricide being the one line he can't bring himself to cross.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Not to the degree of ordinary flavor Hank, but he slips into this from time to time. That stint where he abducted and impersonated Hank for a few months probably necessitated adopting a certain degree of this into his vocabulary.
  • Smug Snake: Just try to find a panel of this guy where he's not grinning, smirking, leering or otherwise showing off his canines.
  • Taking You with Me: When exposed and dying from experimenting on himself, Dark Beast attempted to initiate a bomb to take the X-Men with him simply out of spite.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: In the late nineties, he was a legitimate threat to the teenage Nate Grey, whose powers were killing him and were in a constant in-universe state of Power Creep, Power Seep. By Nate's return in Dark X-Men, when his powers were stabilised, it was only the intervention of Mystique (disguised as Jean Grey) that saved Dark Beast from being instantly immolated.
  • Villain Team-Up: Seeing as how he's not much of a threat to the X-Men on his own, he usually teams up with other, stronger villains, ranging from Apocalypse and Holocaust to Onslaught and Norman Osborn.
  • Would Hurt a Child: And women, and animals, and... look, he's basically The Unfettered Mad Scientist taken to its (not so) logical extreme.



Cal'syee Neramani-Summers
Debut: Ms. Marvel #9 (1977)

Take care how you address me, stranger — I am Deathbird, first-born of the house of Neramani!

Lilandra's violent, envious and power-hungry sister who opposed the X-Men the minute they started to help the Shi'ar Empire. Her main goal is to usurp her sister's position and rule the Shi'ar empire herself as she deems having been unjustly stripped from her lineage.

She appears as a Boss in the 1993 X-Men Sega Genesis game and in its sequel, X-Men 2: Clone Wars. She also appears as the Big Bad of the secondary storyline in the first two books of the X-Men Mutant Empire Trilogy.

  • 0% Approval Rating: Unlike her siblings, she does not enjoy popular support among the Shi'ar, though she holds just enough clout to legitimize Vulcan's authority as Emperor.
  • "Ass" in Ambassador: Despite her inherently, ah, let's go with undiplomatic personality, Lilandra chose to appoint her as Viceroy of the recently-annexed Kree Empire as a consolation prize after she ceded the throne. Due to Deathbird not yet being over her Fantastic Racism leanings (and being more interested in villainy in general), she fell into this. She's notable for occupying this position during her appearance in the Mutant Empire trilogy.
  • Ax-Crazy: How well she copes with it varies from story to story, but there's always a shrieking psycho inside Deathbird just waiting to be unleashed. Usually the Berserk Button that sets her off is her sister Lilandra.
  • Badass Boast: Makes a pretty good one, not on behalf of herself, but of her consort Vulcan:
    Deathbird: My husband is strong enough to survive his own faults. His enemies are not.
  • Battle Couple: Her and Bishop (the 'Wandering Duo'), and then her and Vulcan (the 'Imperial Duo'). The way to Deathbird's heart is through the bloody field of battle, apparently.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Deathbird fancies herself an interstellar power player, but she's more of a warrior than a leader and her propensity for treachery usually comes back to bite her. Unusually for villains of this type, she eventually realizes this and makes her peace with it. She's still ambitious, mind, she just doesn't want the burden of direct rule, preferring to be the real mastermind now.
  • Broken Pedestal: To Lilandra. In her words: "As a hatchling I worshiped her."
  • Blood Knight: A much more capable warrior than a leader, and honestly, she even seems happier when she's in battle.
  • Cain and Abel: Her and her sister just cannot get along. Like, at all. Her and D'Ken don't fare much better either, even though she talks Vulcan into reviving him from his comatose state. When Vulcan flash-fries him later she shrugs it off pretty easily.
  • Captain Ersatz: Has one in the form of DC's Blackfire, a Teen Titans villain who was introduced three years after Deathbird's creation and was originally pretty much a straight copypaste of her (she's gotten development since then).
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: While visiting the Shi'ar Empire, Xavier calls Deathbird, "A woman who has made cruelty a game and treachery an art."
  • Enemy Mine: She allied with the X-Men against the Phalanx, and then entered a more sincere alliance with X-Men member Bishop at the end of the Phalanx crisis. She even ended up dating him.
  • The Exile: She was introduced as one, as D'Ken (surprisingly enough for him) opted to simply exile her rather than imprison or execute her for the murder of their parents.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Lilandra.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Subjected to this at one point by Apocalypse, who brainwashed her into becoming the third Horseman of War.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: During her alliance with Bishop and marriage to Vulcan she showed a rare protective side (if a Violently Protective Girlfriend side).
    Deathbird: (to Havok) Get your filthy hands off my husband, or I begin disemboweling your friends.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She follows a ruthless but principled code of honor. At one point, she helped Ms. Marvel save human civilians on a collapsing highway, reasoning that it would be dishonorable to stand back and watch helpless bystanders die.
  • Fantastic Racism: In early appearances mainly, when every other line from her was a sneer about how humans, Kree, etc. were inferior to the Shi'ar. While she has never stopped believing in Shi'ar superiority, as time has gone on she's been more willing to consider other races, humans in particular, as at least dangerous enough to not be beneath notice. She has even deemed two humans worthy of becoming her consorts, first Bishop and then Vulcan.
  • Freudian Excuse: Being condemned by her own parents over a prophecy that she would commit great evil turned the prediction into a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: She's consistently portrayed as evil whenever she rules over people, in constrast to her sister.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By her sister during the War of Kings. Her present status is unknown, but at the time it was treated as a Career-Ending Injury. Ironically, this could be said to be a twisted form of karma, as way back in Uncanny X-Men #155 she inflicted this on a weakened Colossus (he got better).
  • Interspecies Romance: With Bishop and Vulcan (both human mutants).
  • Javelin Thrower: She favors Shi'ar javelins as weapons, apparently because Shi'ar make them as a kind of Trick Arrow (some have released Deadly Gas and others taught her enemies Shock and Awe).
  • Lady Macbeth: She played this role to Vulcan from day one, focusing his rage and sharpening his ambition. When he killed D'Ken to declare himself emperor, her expression said it all.
  • Mama Bear: On her return in 2013's X-Men series, it's revealed that she's pregnant - which, incidentally, is why the Providian Order want her, as Vulcan's the father.
  • The Man Behind the Man: The Woman Behind the Bugs: The Brood, an alien race that would later become a menace in their own right, were first introduced as Deathbird's Mooks.
  • Most Common Superpower: Prone to getting drawn this way from time to time. Her profile pic above, by Mark Kuettne, is a particularly rich example, as her jumblies are indistinguishable from balloons.
  • Mutant: She is the Shi'ar equivalent of one, often referred to as a "genetic throwback" for her physical features which are more avian like primitive Shi'ar than the more humanoid Shi'ar of the present day.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: As Chris Sims puts it, "It’s a little on the nose, but in a world where Apocalypse can wonder just why it is that people don’t want him in charge, Deathbird probably feels like she has some really good ideas about outer space governance that could really help people if they’d just give her the chance."
    • Justified Trope: Her nickname is actually conferred upon her in-story after her murder of her parents.
  • Pet the Dog: In a strange roundabout fashion, she believes that Rachel's right to/desire for revenge for the deaths of her family at the hands of the Shi'ar is equal to her own desire for revenge on a member of the Providian Order for the medical torture they performed on her and her unborn child. Considering that she's a Proud Warrior Race Girl (and therefore treats blood feuds very seriously), it indicates a surprising level of regard for Rachel.
  • The Power of Hate: She is apparently a believer in this, as she defends Vulcan's petty tormenting of the captive Starjammers with "let him have his hate, it will make the empire strong." Later she expresses similar sentiments in battle with her sister Lilandra.
  • Pregnant Badass: If anything, she's more dangerous after she becomes pregnant.
  • Proud Warrior Race Girl: An extremely capable warrior, to the point where it was revealed at one point that she had trained Gladiator himself in combat. She was also capable enough to be named Praetor of the Starforce for a time.
  • Put on a Bus: She's largely been on one since her Career-Ending Injury in the War of Kings. She hopped off the bus for a 3-issue storyline in 2014, but in her next appearance in 2015 she was comatose and possessed by a symbiote. S.W.O.R.D. freed her from the symbiote and took in her into custody, where she's been since.
  • Really Gets Around: She's got a lot of kids, including Black Light and White Noise of the Shi'ar Imperial Guard, her unnamed child by Vulcan, Aliyah Bishop in X-Men: The End, and ambiguously Deathcry and Lifeguard who are either her daughters or nieces.
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: She got her start as a Ms. Marvel villain, being used as kind of an Elite Mook before being promoted to an independent villain.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Eldest of the three Shi'ar royals and by far the most willing of them to get her hands dirty.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: At some point prior to the Rise and Fall of the Shi'ar Empire storyline her sister decided to seal her away in luxury confinement, considering her too dangerous to the Empire for any other option. She probably never would have been able to escape had the anti-Lilandra conspiracy not been able to arrange matters so Vulcan was thrown in the same prison with her.
  • Self-Made Orphan: She killed her mother and sister (not Lilandra) in frustration when she learnt she was expelled from her royal lineage.
  • The Starscream: Has spent a good chunk of her history scheming to seize the Shi'ar throne from her sister. Ironically, getting it turned out to be the perfect cure for her Starscream aspirations. See Victory Is Boring below.
  • Status Quo Is God: During her time with Bishop, she showed a more compassionate side of herself that eventually faded and she went back to her devious ways.
  • Stronger Sibling: Her unique physiology makes her the most combat-capable member of the Neramani family.
  • Super Speed: Nowhere near Flash or even Quicksilver levels, but she does move faster than the average human and is capable of flying at speeds of up to 63 mph.
  • Super Strength: Low-level, but high among low levels. She can lift up to 6 tons in Earth's gravity, making her stronger than the likes of Beast, Wolverine, and Lady Deathstrike.
  • Tangled Family Tree: As of her 2007 marriage to Vulcan, Deathbird is now an official member of the former Trope Namer family and can play "Six Degrees of Summers" with the likes of Cyclops, Jean Grey, and so on.
  • The Un-Favourite: Because it had been prophesized early in her life that she would be devoted to evil, her parents favoured her kinder and more moral sister over her.
  • Unholy Matrimony: With Vulcan.
  • Victory Is Boring: She finally achieved her long-held dream of seizing the throne from her sister during The '90s, but she eventually found out that running an empire implied a round ton of paperwork to handle which proved too much for her and she eventually ceded the throne to her sister.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Calls out Rachel Grey when the latter stops her from tearing apart a member of the Providian Order, who'd experimented on her and her unborn child, on the grounds that he might have useful information, arguing that she had a 'blood right' of sorts to his life. Notably, she adds that Rachel - whose entire family was wiped out by the Shi'ar - of all people should understand.
  • Winged Humanoid: Sports natural wings that are similar in power to Archangel's.
  • Wolverine Claws: Another perk of her 'throwback' mutation. She can extend talon-like claws from her fingers at will and they are strong enough to score steel.

     The Externals 

The Externals
Debut: X-Force #10 (1992)

For some of us, ascendant, death was just the beginning...

A cabal of immortal mutants mostly built around the character of Gideon, the Externals were introduced as the prime movers behind the various X-Force villains, an ancient threat on par with the likes of Apocalypse and Selene (both of whom were retroactively added among their ranks). Unfortunately, their deep... uh, let's go with 'similarities' with the immortals of the Highlander series did not go unnoticed, and between this and the personality conflicts that ran rampant behind the scenes in Marvel during this time, they were ultimately all killed off by Selene.
  • Abstract Apotheosis. Each of the Externals was supposed to represent an intangible concept, though given how little they appeared it ended up being more a case of Concepts Are Cheap:
  • Adam and/or Eve: These are the names of Gideon's two android assistants and protectors. Adam was, as far as he know, always a machine, while Eve was originally a human before digitizing herself (or being digitized somehow) into an android being.
  • Affably Evil: Burke's response to a visit from X-Force in the pages of 2017's Cable is to offer the heroes tea. And biscuits.
  • Ancient Conspiracy: Pretty much their shtick, at first anyway...
  • Arch-Enemy: Gideon was this to Sunsport, and Candra was introduced to give Gambit one.
  • Ax-Crazy: Crule is the oldest of the Externals and also by far the least sane.
  • Back from the Dead: After being dead for over twenty years, 2017's Cable run brought them all back, even Gideon who was shown as suspended in a near-death state recovering from his run-in with Selene. The series also upgraded the immortality of all the Externals, to this, establishing them as resurrecting in new bodies whenever they are destroyed. This has driven more than one of them into Death Seeker territory.
  • Blood Knight: Crule apparently has this encoded in his DNA. When Gideon absorbs his mutant powers, he becomes hyper-aggressive and beats Sunspot nearly to death for no real reason. When he shakes it off, he sounds almost embarrassed with himself.
    Crule: Ah, you replicate my spirit as well as my flesh, External!
    Gideon: I — I merely — am trying to make amends for my mistakes...
  • The Chessmaster: Gideon in particular. One issue unsubtly spells this out by having him play a literal chess game with then-leader of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants Toad. Naturally, they were manipulating real people in time with their 'friendly game'.
  • Continuity Snarl: The issue of whether or not Cannonball is one of them. Sam was pronounced immortal after reviving when Sauron killed him, but during the great External purge Selene laughed off the idea. Beast later pronounced Sam to be immortal too, but it's not clear from the writing whether or not he was joking. The 2017 Cable run seems to have put the issue to bed at last, with Cable dismissing the notion of Sam's External status as "Just a rumor, nothing more.", though Sam's External status continues to be referenced in supplementary material and merchandise.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Gideon is one, masquerading to the public eye as a legitimate businessman, 'the Ziggy Stardust of the corporate world' is how he is initially described.
  • Death Seeker:
    • Absalom has become one of these in the 2017 Cable series, throwing in with Gideon in exchange from a promise to end his life. Ironically, during his original appearances Absalom was very much afraid of death, having a Villainous Breakdown in response to being infected with the mutant-killing Legacy virus.
    • Burke is also made one of these, though he is much more casual and laid back about it than the high-strung Absalom.
  • Ditto Fighter: Gideon is this to any mutant he fights, due to his Power Copying ability.
  • Dropped a Bridge on All of Them: The 'Great External Purge', a three-issue storyline that played out in X-Force issues #52-54 where Selene basically chewed them up and spat them back out for the hell of it.
  • Enemy Mine: Despite never originally being an ally to the Externals, and even being the one who originally killed them all off, Selene seems to have teamed up with her External brethren in the pages of 2017's Cable in an attempt to track down a temporal assassin seemingly intent on killing them.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Before the Externals were officially revealed, a 1992 trading card listed Gideon's group affiliation as "The Profit$".
    • Also the character of Crule, who's name was spelled 'Krule' in his first appearance and on the box of his action figure.
    • Candra's name was also spelled as 'Kandra' early on. Clearly the success of Mortal Kombat had an influence on early '90s Marvel's character naming conventions.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Gideon refuses to associate with the likes of HYDRA and even briefly allies with Nick Fury and SHIELD against them.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Apocalypse was this to the Externals as a whole. He killed Saul in the 12th century, by the 19th century the group had sworn a collective oath to never meddle in his affairs (and they punished Candra harshly for attempting to), and in the Age of Apocalypse the surviving Externals (Gideon, Candra and maybe Crule) all worked for him.
    • Mr. Sinister also subjected Candra to this personally, acting as a sort of envoy on behalf of Apocalypse, the 'judge to (the Externals') jury' is how the issue puts it.
  • Evil Is Bigger: At 6'8, Gideon is positively gigantic.
  • Evil Mentor: Gideon played this to Sunspot for a time, believing him to be the new External Burke had foreseen.
  • Humiliation Conga: Crule's encounters with X-Force. The first time he met them, they fought and the team put him in a body cast. The second time they met was when X-Force kidnapped him out of a hospital — still in that body cast. After talking him into ratting out his fellow Externals, well...
    Cannonball: What did you do with him, guys?
    Sunspot: Well, the fiberglass cast he was wearin' floats, so we kind of — uhm — dumped him... in the Pacific Ocean.
  • Immortality Immorality: The most prominent members are all guilty of this. Burke, Nicodemus and Saul were more peaceful types, but they were limited to background roles and didn't do much to curb the excesses of their more violent brethren.
  • In Name Only: Their "appearance" in X-Men: Destiny, in which they are reimagined completely as a street gang loyal to Gambit.
  • Lady in Red: In life Candra favored this look. After her last resurrection she graduated to Red and Black and Evil All Over.
  • Life Drinker: Candra displayed this tendency in Scarlet Spider, using it to a power a Healing Factor strong enough to deal with repeated murder attempts from Kaine and Logan.
  • Kingpin in His Gym: Gideon was shown to have a private gym where he honed his skills against Mecha-Mooks bought from Shaw Industries.
    Gideon: Adam, take a memo — "Dear Sebastian, for the money I am paying, I would prefer if you would make these tin darlings a little quieter. Ever yours, Gideon."
  • Killed Off for Real: All of the non-retroactive Externals met their ends, with only Candra being allowed a return from death.
  • The Magnificent: Candra likes to refer to herself as 'Candra of the Floating Spires'.
    • Since her 2013 resurrection, she has taken a new and more badass title: the Red Death.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Gideon is this in spades. He has Sunspot's father killed so he can take the boy under his own wing, and later uses his corporate tycoon cover identity to turn public opinion against X-Force.
  • Mega Manning: As of the 2017 Cable run, Externals can apparently gain the powers and abilities of their brethren by killing them. Gideon acquires numerous powers in this way, and it is retroactively made Selene's reason for committing the Great External purge.
  • Mutants: All of them, with immortality being their primary ability and most of them then having a secondary ability.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: As of 2013 Candra is now an "immortal death-powered telekinetic zombie".
  • Noodle Incident: Gideon was apparently kicked out of Harvard at one point. He never tells Sunspot why.
  • Orcus on His Throne: This is the other big reason why the Externals failed — aside from Gideon, none of them really did anything. Lampshaded in-universe by Cannonball, who chews them out for not doing more with their immortality.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Crule's whole body is colored like a bruise, and indeed he's very powerful — just so long as he's the one dishing it out.
  • Really 700 Years Old: They vary in age. Some, like Gideon and Absalom, are fairly 'young' by immortal standards, both having been born within the past couple of centuries. Others, like Saul and Burke, are much older, with Saul having been active during the 12th century and Burke being stated as older still. The oldest of them all is implied to be Crule, the resident Ax-Crazy madman who still swears by the gods of Sumeria.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: One issue of X-Force, written a year or two before the great External purge, pretty much all on its own destroyed any credibility the Externals had as villains. When the heroes themselves dismiss their adversaries as unworthy of their attention, that's a pretty hard low point to come back from.
    Sunspot: Funny, isn't it? You and your band of sad old men claim to be immortals — well, I've got news for you. We feel you just aren't worth our time.
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: In her last (as of 2017) appearance Candra was imported as a villain for Scarlet Spider (2012), turning her into this as not only had she never interacted with the new Scarlet Spider Kaine, neither she nor any other External every interacted with anyone from Spidey's corner of the Marvel Universe (unless you count that time Gideon captured the New Warriors).
  • Smug Snake: Candra is one of these in the Gambit miniseries, manipulating Clan LeBeau out of a very mistaken belief that she is capable of outmaneuvering both her fellow Externals and Apocalypse himself.
  • Spell My Name With an "X": As their profile image shows, occasionally their name was stylized as the X-Ternals.
  • Soul Jar: At one point Candra stored the totality of her essence in a 'heart stone' which granted her true, perfect immortality. It was believed that the destruction of the stone was the only way to kill her, and indeed she vanished for a long time after Cyclops ultimately pulled it off, but eventually returned in 2013's Scarlet Spider.
  • Start of Darkness: Like Highlanders, Externals have to die before their 'gift' awakens. As such, all of them have a Start of Darkness.
    • Absalom was an outlaw in The Wild West who was hanged after dishonorably shooting the legendary gunslinger Caleb Hammer in the back.
    • Candra's origins are unknown, but she was a whole lot less bloodthirsty when a time-traveling Gambit met her in the 1890s. Then she got subjected to Eviler Than Thou by Mr. Sinister.
    • Cannonball was killed in battle with Sauron. Maybe.
    • Gideon was originally a humble tradesman on his way to the New World on the Pinta, who fell ill from scurvy and died in the ship's hold.
    • Saul was originally a Mongolian warlord who took to the mountains to seek enlightenment, only to get tracked down and killed by a young(ish) Apocalypse.
  • Super Empowering: Candra is known to the New Orleans guilds as 'the Benefactress' because of her habit of granting boons to their members in exchange for oaths of service; the 'power and the life' to the Assassins and Thieves guilds respectively.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Crule in the Age of Apocalypse, if the being called Wolverine there is in fact him (it's definitely not Logan).
    • As of 2013 Candra has officially taken one as well. With the revelation that even destroying her heartstone can't kill her, Candra may well be truly impossible to permanently kill.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Selene and Candra.
  • Unholy Matrimony: They don't get married and are not implied to be in a truly committed relationship, but at one point Gideon and Candra are seen together, talking and behaving with the easy physical familiarity of parted-but-still-on-good-terms lovers.
  • Urban Legends: For decades a comic book urban legend has persisted that Marvel was perilously in danger of getting sued by the creators of Highlander and that's why they axed the Externals concept, storyline, and most of the associated characters so quickly. This was eventually Jossed by former X-books editor Mark Powers (see here) but the theory continues to hold weight in fan circles.
  • Villain Decay: One of the most jarring examples in all of comics. In a little over a year, they go from sinister immortal Freemason analogues to idiots staring slack-jawed as the heroes drive a tank through the wall of their lair and then proceed to hand them their asses effortlessly.
  • Villain Has a Point: When Gideon captured the New Warriors he berated them for their presumption, executing a violent sting operation against someone they not only believed to be a normal human, but someone they had no solid evidence of committing any crime at all. Despite being a raging asshole, Gideon very much has a point there, which the New Warriors themselves realize.
    • Twenty years later in the pages of 2017's Cable Gideon gets another one of these moments, scoffing at Cable's attempt to stop him from meddling with the timestream. Given Cable's multiple time-jumps through history, he's not exactly in a position to be casting stones there.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Gideon is seen by the public as an eccentric but well-meaning businessman.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: All of them expect Gideon and the pre-existing characters, but special mention goes to Burke and Nicodemus, both of whom die from exposure to the Legacy Virus. Nicodemus at least gets the dignity of an on-panel death; Burke doesn't even get that.
  • Wild Hair: Absalom sports a flowing blonde mane that's more than a little reminiscent of Tyler Dayspring's.
  • Wizards and Witches: Candra, Saul and Selene are all proficient mages. Whether they get it through a mutant proclivity for magic or just hard work remains unknown.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Well, Woman Behind: Candra is this for the Thieves Guild and Assassins Guild of New Orleans.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: During a battle between Candra, Wolverine, and Scarlet Spider, Scarlet Spider used his powers to make a spider land on her face, which caused her to freak out.
  • The Worf Effect: Candra is subjected to this in the 2017 Cable run, being the first External killed off by Gideon to emphasize how dangerously capable the temporal assassin hunting them is.
  • Yellow Peril: Saul has a distinctly Fu Manchu look, giving him the appearance of a poor man's Mandarin.



Real Name: Andreas and Andrea Strucker
Debut: Uncanny X-Men #194 (1985)

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

The twin children of Wolfgang Von Strucker, Andreas and Andrea Strucker believe in their father's ideology but for the most part are content to live the lives of the Idle Rich. Nevertheless, they are both powerful mutants, who first clash with the X-Men when Magneto is put on trial for his crimes.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, who 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 

The Genegineer
Real Name: Dr. David Moreau
Debut: 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 Mr. Sinister rather than the Sugar Man.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Averted. He is sorely tempted to abuse his station to covertly exempt Jennifer from the usual mutant control laws, but ultimately refuses, reasoning that if he expects other people to accept that their friends and family are subject to the law, he must do so himself, as well.
  • 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
My "father" and I were... not as close... as you and yours, apparently.
AKA: Horror Show, Tribune
Debut: 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).
  • 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).
  • In the Blood: Despite his extreme determination to not end up like his father, several times it is shown that Graydon is Not 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.
  • 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. Taken Up to Eleven 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.
  • 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
Debut: 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.
  • 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.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: 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.
  • 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
AKA: Nemesis
Debut: 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.

  • A Million Is a Statistic: Perhaps the single most drastic example in the X-universe. He boasts of a bodycount in the millions (only Cassandra Nova and Bolivar Trask vie for competition at those numbers), but unlike those two, his millions all die off-panel and are only invoked by Holocaust in his various twisted attempts at a Badass Boast.
  • All There in the Manual: His original name was unknown from his first appearance to his last, and was only revealed when a version of him was born in the regular timeline.
  • Arch-Enemy: Sees himself as this to Nate Grey, the X-Man, mainly. Nate, being a Living Weapon with raw power on par with Franklin Richards and the Dark Phoenix at the age of 17 (when his powers aren't killing him) usually swats him aside with limited difficulty - and that was back when he could barely control his powers. While he is aware of Nemesis' threat, in one exchange in his final battle with AoA!Apocalypse, Nate tellingly refers to him as 'small fry', as he swats him aside to go after Apocalypse. He also became this to Exodus after their hellish battle on Avalon.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: At one point he describes himself as "a walking H-Bomb". He's not joking. And his personality is just as bad.
  • Blood Knight: While not shown, it's a safe bet he was raised under Apocalypse's 'survival of the fittest' doctrine. During the flashback of his time as Nemesis, he was shown to be positively delighted when Rogue blindsided him out of nowhere.
    Nemesis: So, there is one who wants to survive! Tell me, girl, do you think you're fit to live amongst the select few?
  • Cartoonish Supervillainy: Like his alternate-reality father, his villainy is so utterly over-the-top that, combined with his track record of defeats, he can sometimes come off this way.
  • Character Development: A subdued case, but the two issues he appeared in Exiles depicted him as a more developed character than just about any other appearance he had. Usually just a bloodthirsty brute for writers to throw at heroes (usually Nate Grey), the Holocaust of Exiles was logical enough to form an alliance with his fellow Exiles, ambitious enough to try and seize his father's throne (he wanted it before too, but only for the freedom to Kill ’Em All), and most notably, rational enough to let himself be talked out of killing the Age of Apocalypse Magneto (the guy who reduced him to his flaming skeleton state) by his teammates. This late development was very deliberate, as the writers were faking readers out into thinking he would become a permanent member of the team.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Appropriately for the Character Development described above, he gets in a few good lines in Exiles.
  • The Dragon: He was his father's most trusted horseman in the Age of Apocalypse, though oddly he never got to meet regular flavor Apoc. He also played this to Sebastian Shaw for a time, and even slid into this role during his Token Evil Teammate stint with the Exiles.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: A mutant called Holocaust and exhibiting a similar appearance appeared as a data file in Stryfe's Strike Files, but that character was very different from the Holocaust we ultimately saw — the data file described him as something of a Wild Card rather than the Card-Carrying Villain he ended up being, he was described as never speaking (the actual character ended being pretty chatty) and he was described as having an Adaptive Ability the final Holocaust never had.
  • Enemy to All Living Things: He's both a Walking Wasteland and an Omnicidal Maniac. It's pretty safe to say he qualifies as this.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: When he fights AoA Sabretooth he rants about how AoA Magneto ruined him for "some imagined slight", which an incredulous Sabretooth counters by reminding him that he killed Magneto's daughter. Holocaust's response is to claim Magneto should have considered that an honor, because she was the first to die by his hand. Very few readers disagree with Sabes when he calls Holocaust "one sick puppy".
  • Evil Sounds Deep: For his appearance in X-Men Legends II he was given a very deep and booming voice.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Subjected to this by King Hyperion, who cracked open his armor and then simply absorbed his Energy Being form into himself.
  • Evil Is Bigger: His listed height of 7'5" is tall enough, but he was often drawn much larger than that.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: In his original human form he was described as having a 'strikingly handsome' appearance, yet even back then he was a merciless Blood Knight.
  • Genocide from the Inside: Not only does he not distinguish between mutant and human victims, most of his victims have been mutants. Further, he's fond of playing the trojan horse and destroying mutant sanctuaries from within; both AoA Magneto's original haven of Wundagore and the Acolytes' Space Base Avalon were destroyed by his hand, with dozens of mutant lives lost.
  • Hero Killer: Prides himself on being this. Confirmed kills include his world's Scarlet Witch, his world's Destiny and the Acolytes Milan, Javitz and Rusty Collins. He also killed his world's Destiny and roughly half the AoA Savage Land in Secret Wars (2015).
  • Killed Off for Real: By King Hyperion in Exiles.
  • Mutant: As the son of Apocalypse, he naturally inherited a heaping helping of his father's uber-genes.
    • Energy Absorption: A case of Informed Ability, as it is established in his backstory that he once absorbed one of Sunfire's atomic nova bursts (saving both himself and his father) but he is never shown using this ability in the present day. It is possible that he lost it after his body was destroyed.
    • Energy Being: Even after his body was destroyed, he was powerful enough that his essence was able to survive in this state.
    • Frickin' Laser Beams: One of his Power Armor's arms is a BFG, allowing him to weaponize his mutation in the form of 'bio-nuclear blasts'.
    • Life Drinker: Like Apocalypse himself, he can absorb the lifeforce of others, and unlike many X-examples of this, he does not require touch to do it.
    • Voluntary Shapeshifting: To a limited extent, though he needs to absorb life-force to do it.
    • Walking Wasteland: His Energy Being form exudes microwave energy, and when not safely contained in his Power Armor he poisons everything around him.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Even in the Darker and Edgier '90s he was this. None of his merchandise dared to use the Holocaust name, and he was even briefly renamed Nemesis in-story too, although he reverted back to Holocaust in time for his (currently) final appearance in Exiles.
  • Nice Job Breaking It Anti-Villain: Believing the frozen Holocaust to be a "sign from the stars", Exodus makes the call to bring him aboard Avalon and thaw him out. The results are fairly predictable.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: During his time in the Age of Apocalypse. He didn't exactly get better after his transfer to the regular timeline, but numerous other concerns took priority. By the time he joined the Exiles, he seemed to be angling to remake himself into a Conqueror from the Future. This quote from his "glory days" sums up his attitude best:
    Holocaust: There are none who are fit to survive in the landscape I will create!
  • Personality Powers: Discounting his appearance in Exiles he's been a one-note Kill ’Em All kind of villain, and his powers reflect that. Even his father Apocalypse has powers which can be beneficial to others, such as Super Empowering, but ol' Holly is about one thing and one thing only when it comes to others: killing them.
  • Power Armor: Wears a suit of one specifically built to hold his Energy Being form together.
    • Arm Cannon: The left arm of his Power Armor is one.
    • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Late in X-Man it was revealed that the armor had limited shapeshifting capabilities, allowing Nemesis to briefly impersonate Nate Grey.
    • Weaksauce Weakness: The armour is also his greatest vulnerability, being relatively fragile and broken either partly or fully on a near-constant basis. X-Man, Exodus and King Hyperion have all managed to break the protective headpiece (though it's worth noting that they're three of the most individually powerful characters in the Marvel Universe), and in an issue of Secret Wars (2015) the Age of Apocalypse X-Men team were able to destroy the armor completely by working together.
  • Psycho Supporter: Served this role to Onslaught as one of his 'Dark Descendants'.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a short but sweet one in Blink's first mini when an army from the Negative Zone shows up on his doorstep.
    Minion: But, sir— they're getting away!
    Holocaust: Let them! The last thing we need to do is divide our forces in battle with these — these interdimensional morons!
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: When he first arrived in the regular timeline. In a very rare case of an inanimate object committing Kick the Son of a Bitch, the M'Krann crystal transported Holocaust to the normal Marvel U Earth... stripped of his life-support Power Armor, twenty years into its past, and sealed inside a block of ice suspended in Earth's orbit. Ouch!
  • The Sociopath: He brags about the millions of people he's killed and makes it flagrantly clear he believes the lives of everyone that isn't him exist to be taken or spared (usually taken) at his discretion. It's safe to say he counts.
  • Smug Snake: He's powerful, but he has a tendency to think that he's a much bigger deal than he really is - note his tendency to take on beings like Magneto, King Hyperion, and Nate Grey. All crush him easily, Nate even doing so when only semi-trained with constant Power Creep, Power Seep and, to add insult to injury, later doing so when only able to use his telekinesis.
  • Status Quo Is God: It is established in Holocaust's backstory that he is not naturally a flaming Energy Being skeleton, and the reason why he became one was that his original human body was destroyed in battle with Magneto. We are even shown what he looked like as a human pre-Magneto. But when a version of him was introduced into the regular 616 timeline (under the name of 'Genocide' for some reason), that version is also a flaming skeleton in Power Armor, despite being much younger and never losing his body in battle (it's given a Hand Wave in story that his powers reduced him to the flaming skeleton state... somehow).
  • The Starscream: During his time in the Exiles he aspired to be one, convincing the other Exiles to join him in rebelling against the Timebroker. Unfortunately for him, the 'Timebroker' was just a front for a much more deadly enemy...
  • Those Two Guys: Him and Post usually worked together during the Onslaught Saga. They also got their butts kicked together trying to fight The Avengers.
  • Token Evil Teammate: When he joined up with the Exiles.
  • Villain Team-Up: His favorite team-up partner is the Dark Beast, but he's also worked with Post and Sebastian Shaw.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Because telepaths were mostly killed off in his timeline, he's apparently quite vulnerable to telepathic control. Low-level Hellfire Club telepath Tessa keeps him on a leash during his time in the Club by giving him mental nudges whenever he looks like he's threatening Shaw.
  • The Worf Effect: He inflicted it on Exodus upon his arrival in the 616 universe to establish his high power level. Bizarrely, the storyline immediately following this made a plot point out of him having a Weaksauce Weakness to telepathy, making readers wonder why on earth Exodus didn't just control him the way the much less powerful telepath Tessa does.
  • Worthy Opponent: By the end of the Age of Apocalypse he had grown to regard Blink as one.
  • Would Be Rude to Say "Genocide": Flagrantly averted, as he is established as ordering the deaths of millions and even his supervillain name alludes to the act. A later version of him made for the 616 timeline was even named 'Genocide' outright.

     Jason Stryker

Debut: X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills (1981)

"The public focuses on our quest to end the mutants as if it were just a cleansing... as if we hate them simply because they are different. We don't hate them. We pity them. We would put them down simply out of pity. It would be an act of kindness. But it is as if our love and our hate and our pity do not matter at all. The only thing that matters is that they are a danger to us. Their existence is endangering us. My father saw this coming. He told the world this was coming. They are not human. He told me every day. They are not animal. They are an abomination."

The son of Reverend William Stryker, Jason was born a sickly and horribly deformed mutant who was supposedly stabbed to death at birth by his horrified father. In actuality, Stryker merely raised the child in secret, while also having A.I.M. work on ironing out the debilitating kinks in the boy's mutation. After Stryker's second death, Jason took over his paramilitary group the Purifiers, which brought him into conflict with X-23, Kitty Pryde, and the time-displaced "O5" X-Men.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He was built up as the new leader of the Purifiers, but he never appeared again after his three-part storyline, and for all intents and purposes appears to have been totally forgotten.
  • Circus of Fear: He and his gang were for some reason based in a creepy abandoned carnival.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Jason's a mutant, but his father apparently still loved him enough to spare and save his life, even telling A.I.M. that money was no object when it came to finding and fixing whatever it was that was causing Jason's mutation to turn him into a terminally ill monster. Of course, Stryker still felt it pertinent to keep his son's existence a secret to most of the world while at same time engendering sympathy for himself through the use of a sob story about how he was "forced" to euthanize the boy.
  • Fantastic Racism: Obviously, though it also extends to Inhumans, given his outraged reaction to Monica Rappaccini's offhand mention that she's been trying to splice mutant and Inhuman DNA.
    Jason: You are taking these abominations and those abominations and making more abominations?
  • Give Me a Sign: He took the O5's presence in the... present to be God's way of giving him a personal thumbs-up.
    Jason: I found myself full of doubt. You see Scott Summers dressed as the Devil on the cover of magazines being toasted as if he were a God. Treated like a rock star. A hero! And I wonder, is it me? Do I just not see the world for what it is? Has my father, the great William Stryker, brainwashed me into feeling this way? I said to God: Give me a sign! Show me why the mutant is a danger to us. And just like God spoke to Moses... God spoke to me. He delivered unto me the original X-Men.
  • Kick the Dog: He forces X-23 to watch looped footage of the berserk rampage that she went on during Avengers Arena. By the the time the other X-Men find her, she's a total wreck.
  • Light 'em Up: His mutant power is being a living flashbang grenade, capable of emitting bursts of light powerful enough to knock people senseless.
  • Light Is Not Good: Holy man with an angelic radiance. Also wants to commit genocide.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: In what might have just been a goof, he's at one point referred to as "Dr. Stryker."
  • Named by the Adaptation: Stryker's son originally went unnamed. "Jason" originates from the live-action film series.
  • Overlord Jr.: Stryker's dead again. Let's replace him with his dead son who, as it turns out, was never really dead at all.
  • The Sleepless: When Monica Rappaccini asks how he has been sleeping, Jason's response is a curt, "I don't sleep." Whether this is due to simple insomnia or some kind of weird medical condition or ability is left unsaid, but either way Rappaccini's reaction is, "That's not good."
  • Sophisticated as Hell: He ends a long, exact recitation of a Bible verse with, "NOW LET'S GUT THESE &#$% SONS OF SATAN!"
  • Villainous Friendship: With Monica Rappaccini of A.I.M. She mentions knowing Jason since he was a child, she's the one who he calls for an opinion on what to do with the O5, and she at one point expresses concern for his well-being, even advising him to visit her personally for a "tune-up" to whatever it is that was done to him to fix his mutation.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Teen Jean rattles him with a vision of his father calling him a disappointment. Stryker raising his son in secret also implies that he was ashamed of him. Or merely overprotective. Or some odd combination of the two, as it's clear that he was grooming the boy to be his heir.
  • Worth It: He was all gung-ho about executing the O5 (especially Angel) up until a minion pointed out that doing so could destroy the universe. When the heroes breaks free of their restraints, though, Jason throws all caution to the wind and tries to slaughter them anyway, even yelling, "I don't care what happens to the world!"
  • You Are What You Hate: Jason and the other Purifiers are totally unaware that he's a mutant, and are convinced that his powers were given to him by his father and A.I.M. as a kind of "trump card" for their mutant jihad.

     John Sublime 

John Sublime
You mutants think it's your turn to rule the world. But there's a third voice, a third species— man plus. And to us, you're just livestock.
Aliases: Master John, Michael Grand
Debut: New X-Men Annual 2001 (2001)

An eccentric millionaire introduced early on in Grant Morrison's run on the book, John Sublime became well-known for proclaiming that the thing he wanted most in the world was to be a mutant. He described this dream in his book, The Third Species, in which he encourages baseline humans to find the mutant within. He first comes under the X-Men's radar after the book is linked to a string of killings of mutants whose organs are subsequently harvested by a group calling themselves "the U-Men." Questioned by Cyclops and Emma Frost, he at first feigns innocence, but quickly reveals that he is the one in command of the U-Men, and is keeping a young telepath, Martha Johansson (reduced to a Brain in a Jar kept alive by drugs) enslaved to sedate mutants while his men dissect them. Scott and Emma escape from the operating table, and Emma forces Sublime out a window (in revenge for the extremely expensive nose job the U-Men had earlier ruined). As Emma debates with herself whether or not to Save the Villain, Martha takes the situation into her own (metaphorical) hands and telepathically forces Sublime to let go of Emma's hand.

If only it were that simple. As it turns out, Sublime was the very first life form on Earth to attain sentience, a colony of self-aware bacteria whose greatest pleasure was infecting and controlling the dominant species on the planet, moving to new hosts whenever that role changed. However, a problem for Sublime arose in the case of mutantkind. It would appear that those who carry the X-Gene are immune to Sublime. With mutantkind set to take the role of dominant species from humanity in four generations or fewer, Sublime decided that the only solution was to destroy them, and he came up with multiple ways to accomplish just that. Not only was it Sublime who commanded the U-Men, it was Sublime who gave Cassandra Nova the Nano-Sentinel technology, Sublime who started the Weapon Plus program to experiment on mutants and build weapons to destroy them, Sublime who drove Kid Omega and Xorn to madness, Sublime who would one day cause the Beast to become a Mad Scientist in a dystopian future, and, most shockingly of all, Sublime who caused hatred of mutants to exist in the first place. The X-Men have foiled these plots and more, but chances are Sublime will always find a way to return.

He later popped up in 2013 X-Men series, having performed something of a Heel–Face Turn - if one seemingly primarily motivated by terror of Arkea, but apparently sincere.

He appears in a reimagined form as a Boss in X-Men: Destiny.

  • Adaptational Wimp: His appearance in X-Men Destiny sees him downgraded to a basic U-Man Mook who overdoses on X-genes and comes after the player as an Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever.
  • Always Someone Better: The only thing he fears is his sister Arkea. So much so that he surrendered to the X-Men without a fight hoping they deal with her.
  • Badass Boast: "Here is evolution's end. All life is mine. All creatures great and small. Mine."
  • Big Bad: Of Germ-Free Generation and Here Comes Tomorrow
  • Dating Catwoman: The Catwoman in this equation, to Rachel Grey. Despite the fact that he played a significant role in getting her mother killed. The latter is lampshaded, and their relationship is both brief and referred to by other characters as 'utter wrongness'.
  • The Dog Bites Back: How he dies. His first host body, anyway.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: With a twist; he wants to halt evolution so he himself won't die out and replace all life on Earth with his own, mass-produced creatures.
  • Fantastic Drug: Kick, made from Sublime's aerosol form, amplifies mutant powers. It also drove Xorn and Kid Omega off-the-wall bonkers as well as Beast, in the Here Comes Tomorrow Bad Future, who consumes Kick to the point of becoming Sublime's host.
  • Freakier Than Fiction: The whole "sentient bacterial hive mind that brainwashes humans to hate mutants" thing? HAS A REAL COUNTERPART IN NATURE. Toxoplasmosis is a very real parasitic infection (caused by the protozoan toxoplasma gondii) which can affect humans (and the reason pregnant women are advised not to clean cat litter). It typically infects rodents and alters their brain chemistry significantly. The alterations it makes are actually necessary for it to reproduce: it can only infect rats and mice, but it needs cats innards to breed, so it changes its host's brain chemistry so it is attracted to the scent of cat, rather than repelled as normal. Then it gets eaten and the whole process starts again when the cats defecates.
    However, it's suspected that between 30 and 60 percent of the human population of the world carries it as well! Studies have shown that carriers have altered personalities; Carriers are, as you'd expect, attracted to cats. In rodents, it makes them easier for cats to eat. In humans, it makes us think cats are adorable and take care of them. However, it goes on; it appears to make men more aggressive and less fearful, while making women kinder and more promiscuous. It also doubles or triples the chances of getting into a car accident - or at least it's found in the bodies of 30/60% of drivers who get into accidents. There's even some evidence linking Toxoplasmosis infection to schizophrenia and increased risk for suicide - based on the discovery that anti-malaria drugs have been found to cure many cases of schizophrenia and depression when the parasite is present. And they aren't as hot about cats after undergoing the drug regimen, either.
    With that context, anti-mutantism being the result of a disease is positively mundane
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Sublime is very unlike almost any other X-Men villain, the whole sentient colony of bacteria thing coming out of nowhere, and for all that you'd think a villain who's done even half of what Sublime claims responsibility for would have the entirety of the Marvel U's heroes breathing down his neck, Sublime in practice ends up being the comic book equivalent of a Bonus Boss, barely appearing or even being mentioned after the Morrison run.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Of Morrison's run, and the franchise.
  • Heel–Face Turn: By the 2013 X-Men series. No one entirely trusts him, though.
  • Human Resources: What the U-Men see mutants as.
  • The Man Behind the Man: The Man Behind The Organ Thieves: , Evil Twin, Clandestine Government Program, Telekinetic Anarchist, Guy With A Star For A Brain, and Bad Future Mad Scientist.
  • Man in White: As his profile image aptly demonstrates.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: He's done awful things, it's true, but he's also directly responsible for the existence of Captain America aka Weapon I.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Deliberately made so by Grant Morrison, due to his goal of wanting to shake the X-books out of the rut of circular storytelling they'd fallen into. At first, he is successful, as Sublime is very different from every other villain that came before him (and most that have come since). Comics being comics, though, it didn't take long for Sublime's other-ness to get dialed back and they even ended up giving him an evil twin sister who, yes, is also a billion-year old colony of sentient bacteria.
  • The Reveal: At long last, a cause for the Marvel Universe's citizenry's oft-talked-about Ungrateful Bastard-ness!
  • Retcon: Much of Sublime's influence and his claimed feats have been ignored or retconned since the Morrison run, thanks to a combination of his not being a very popular villain and Status Quo Is God. Ironically, Morrison created Sublime in the first place in an attempt to break the Status Quo Is God rut the X-books had fallen into.
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Seriously, what does he do?
  • Rule of Symbolism: His Here Comes Tomorrow incarnation is closely tied with the Beast of Revelation.
  • Starter Villain: Not.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Whether by accident or design, Sublime takes a lot after obscure '90s villain Haven. Both characters are "mutant gurus" and authors of bestselling books who have secret agendas to advance their own visions of a perfect future and command powerful villainous followings (Haven's terrorists and the U-Men respectively).
  • Time Abyss: He's the oldest sentient being on Earth, or possibly second to an obscure Avengers villain from the '80s, though some fans speculate they are one and the same. He's survived every mass extinction in the planet's history, and has taken credit for personally causing at least one.
  • Uniqueness Decay: Originally one of the most unique of all the X-Men villains, Sublime was made significantly less so with the introduction of the character Arkea, whose twist was being Sublime's Evil Twin who was also Eviler Than Thou to him.
  • Upper-Class Twit: This is his facade.
  • The Virus: Bacteria, actually.



Debut: X-Treme X-Men #10
Khan is the tyrannical dictator of a vast extra-dimensional empire, which consists of alternate versions of Earth. Using otherworld technology, he and his armies travel from world to world via dimensional portals, conquering everything on their path. He launches an invasion of Earth starting with the island of Madripoor (at the time under control of Madame Viper) until he run into the X-Treme X-Men lead by Storm.

  • Aliens are Bastards: He has some redeeming qualities, but alas, he leads an expansionist alien empire in a X-Men comic.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: He has purple-skin.
  • Amazon Chaser: He becomes attracted to Ororo after seeing her display her superpowers, and it was only increased after witnessing her strong spirit. This seems to be Khan's type since his concubines are all warrior women.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: Khan expresses his desire to make Storm his queen. No, not add her to his harem, but to actually have her rule by his side as his Hot Consort. While Storm seemingly goes along with it at first, she actually works to undermine Khan's invasion from within.
  • Badass Normal: Unusual for an X-Men alien foe, he doesn't display any obvious superpowers and seems to be about as strong and durable as a normal human, but he still manages to beat Madame Viper (one of the deadliest hand-to-hand combatants that the X-Men had faced) and hold his own against Storm. He also has beaten all heroes from the worlds he has previously conquered.
  • Battle Harem: His concubines were women from worlds that he previously conquered, and each one of them were deadly fighters. Unfortunately, the women are revealed to be jealous as well and they don't like being surpassed by a favorite.
  • BFS: He wields a large ceremonial sword, though its just for the show.
  • Evil Overlord: Albeit a fairly personable and affable one, he is pretty ruthless in conquering everything on his path and absolutely nothing will dissuade him from getting what he wants.
  • A Father to His Men: One of his redeeming qualities is that he leads his men through respect and genuinely cares about his soldiers, becoming greatly upset with their deaths. In turn, they are unflinchingly loyal to him and may as well revere him as a god.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: He has Storm dressed in many sexy outfits, as he desires her as his bride.
  • Multiversal Conqueror: He has conquered countless dimensions and plans on conquering Earth next.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Not only his name is a Mongol / Turkic title for warlords, his most important henchmen is named Shaitan, one of the many names for Satan.
  • Noble Demon: While he is a villain, he has many sympathetic traits such as being willing to reward worlds that surrender to him and allow them to prosper with the use of his advanced technology.
  • Never Found the Body: The X-Men manage to close off the portal when his entire fleet is about to cross over to Earth. He is presumed death by the characters as the ships were destroyed when the portals were closed, but the readers never see him going down in flames. On the other hand, he never made any appearance in comics beyond that point until now, so the its possible he may not have survived after all.
  • Pointy Ears: He has them, though you could only tell if seeing them up close.
  • Really Gets Around: His harem is... really massive.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Instead of commanding his invasion of Madripoor from his behind the lines, Khan is introduced leading his own team of soldiers in the front.
  • Rubber-Forehead Alien: He could very well pass for a human in heavy make up.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Oh yeah. The man abandons all reason and becomes determined to have Storm at any costs.
  • A Villain Named Khan: Naturally.
  • Villainous Crush: On Storm, being just one in the long line of villains including Doctor Doom and Dracula that fall in love with her.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: While he is not necessarily pure evil, he is still a silver-haired Evil Overlord.
  • You Have Failed Me: Khan personally executes his main concubine Jalene by snapping her neck for trying to kill Storm.

    Living Monolith 

Living Monolith

Ahmet Abdol
AKA: Living Pharaoh
Debut: X-Men #56 (1969)

Bow to me, Children of the Sun! Kneel and give thanks, for the Monolith lives again!

A mutant Cult leader with delusions of grandeur, Ahmet Abdol claims a lineage that stretches back to the pharaohs of antiquity and believes it is his destiny to usher in a new golden age for his nation. In truth, he has been an Unwitting Pawn almost his whole life, earning himself the attention of Apocalypse and Mr. Sinister through his accidental discoveries as a humble professor of Egyptology. With the ability to absorb cosmic energy and use it to increase his size, the Monolith is always a dire threat, both to the X-Men and the world.

He appears as a Boss in the 1992 X-Men arcade game.

  • Arch-Enemy: To Havok.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Ever since his first appearance this has been the primary manifestation of his mutant ability. His size varies depending on how much energy he's absorbed, ranging from a few stories to full-fledged Kaiju territory. Interestingly, he averts the usual Artistic License – Biology of this trope — after growing to a certain height he will simply collapse, rendered immobile the way an actual living creature of that size would be.
  • Bald of Evil: As the Living Pharaoh he openly flaunted his baldness, but since becoming the Monolith he prefers to go helmeted (or headdressed, as seen in his updated redesign on this page).
  • Big Bad Wannabe: The Living Monolith dreams of founding a new Egyptian dynasty but has been a pawn of Apocalypse and Mr. Sinister practically from day one. His great power still makes him a considerable threat, though.
  • Energy Absorption: His mutant ability, which was recessive until forcefully activated by Mr. Sinister. Sinister also enhanced it by splicing his genes with those of Havok.
  • Evil Genius: He started out researching Egyptian history to find proof of his ancestry to the ancient pharaohs and as time went on discovered evidence of mutancy in the Egyptian royal line. This research, while earning him the scorn of his countrymen, was pioneering enough to draw the attention of Apocalypse himself.
  • Freudian Excuse: Ever since he was a boy Abol was scorned and mocked by his peers, but the point of no return was when his wife was killed in a car crash caused by his political enemies.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: From a humble professor of Egyptian history to a cult leader who can grow to Godzilla-sized heights.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: In his original design he wears a helmet that could only have come from The Silver Age of Comic Books. As a fan put it, "Who knew that an aluminum sombrero would compliment Borat's bathing suit so well?"
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: With Havok mostly, though Cyclops sometimes got in on the fun by virtue of being Havok's brother.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: A special issue that showed his childhood revealed that he has one of these, to the point where he goes to the trouble of kidnapping one of his childhood bullies just to show off how powerful he has become. When his daughter is captured by the heroes the captured bully actually taunts him with If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten, goading him into executing his own daughter.
  • Last-Second Chance: At one point during one of his many rampages Captain America actually manages to start a dialogue with him and almost manages to talk him down... only for a Mook soldier to shoot the Monolith with a bazooka, prompting him to go berserk again because he thought Cap lured him into a trap.
  • Living Statue: As a Boss in the 1992 X-Men arcade game. He's flanked by two lesser Monoliths the players have to fight, and after beating them he wakes up to trash the heroes.
  • Morality Pet: Tragically subverted with his daughter Salome. He agonizes at the thought of killing her, and clearly doesn't want to do it, but after relentless goading from a childhood bully he's captured he vaporizes her remotely to prove he's "not a wimp".
  • Mind-Control Eyes: Has these whenever he uses the Staff of Horus.
  • Nepharious Pharaoh: His first title for himself was the 'Living Pharaoh' and he has always styled himself as one of these.
  • Path of Inspiration: The Cult of the Living Pharaoh, later called the Children of the Sun.
  • Power Incontinence: An unwanted side effect of Mr. Sinister's tampering with his genome. Because his genes were spliced with those of Havok he is unable to effectively utilize his powers when Havok is around, as Alex's powers 'override' his.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: It's unclear if he was always emotionally underdeveloped and unstable or if he regressed to this state after the death of his wife.
  • Put on a Bus: Another frequent Marvel villain bus passenger, as he's literally just too big to use for more than the odd annual here and there.
  • Schizo Tech: His cultists frequently make use of advanced tech such as ray guns, flying cars and personal teleporters... all crafted in an Ancient Egypt theme.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In a more recent appearance he was not only a contender for the power of The Juggernaut, but actually managed to claim the gem that gives Juggy his powers, briefly becoming one of the most powerful heavyweights in the Marvel U.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Of Mr. Sinister and Apocalypse.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: In a flasback shown of his childhood from a 1985 graphic novel the young Ahmet Abdol was shown to be a goofy kid wearing a toy crown and carrying a staff made of sticks tied together, regaling the other kids with grand proclamations foreshadowing his future egomania but also promising to treat his 'loyal subjects' (the other kids) fairly.
  • Weapon of Choice: The Staff of Horus, a relic of some mystical connection to the Egyptian deity of the same name. During one of his many off-planet bus trips one of his followers finds it and is imbued with a portion of his power (and his insanity).
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Even as the Living Pharaoh this guy never met a shirt he liked.


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