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Notable Aliases: Master John, Michael Grand
First Appearance: 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 and 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.
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.
- The Antichrist: In Morrison's token Bad Future storyline, "Here Comes Tomorrow", Sublime had possessed the X-Men's Beast and gone on to conquer most of the world while making a long string of Biblical wannabe-Apocalypse Badass Boasts. He even discarded the Sublime name and was called just The Beast, to hammer it home.
- 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'.
- Diabolus ex Nihilo: 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.
- The Dog Bites Back: John Sublime kidnapped a young mutant called Martha and excised her brain, which he kept alive in a jar so he could exploit her telepathic powers for his own ends. After Emma and Scott snatch Martha's brain from him, the first thing she does is take control of Sublime and convince him to commit suicide.
- Eviler than Thou: In Weapon X he pretended to be an old man named Grand who hired Sabretooth to find Mr. Sinister. Sinny was not amused, and the moment it was just the two of them he grabbed Sublime by the throat and forced him to his knees.
- 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.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Of Morrison's run, and the franchise. Sublime is really a microscopic, undetectable etiological agent that causes its host to subconsciously develop an inexplicable hatred for mutants. Its very existence is the reason why the heroes will never be accepted by the world they have sworn to protect.
- Heel–Face Turn: By the 2013 X-Men series. No one entirely trusts him, though. Not entirely without reason, as while he plays it straight in that series, it's entirely for his own self-interest (even if he does show some affable tendencies) and reverts to villainy in the Krakoan era.
- Human Resources: John Sublime sees mutants as nothing but a pile of organs he can harvest to improve his own body and become the next step in the evolutionary process.
- The Man Behind the Man: He was behind the evil actions performed by Quentin Quire and Xorn/Magneto. The Kick drug that the two mutants were indulging themselves with was actually a concentrated dose of Sublime bacteria, which drove them insane.
- 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.
- Non-Malicious Monster: As a strain of sentient bacteria, Sublime doesn't really care about what its hosts get up to so long as he can piggyback on whoever's in charge. It wasn't until the coming of mutants, who he could not infect that he began to act villainously for the sake of maintaning his position at the apex of terrestrial life.
- 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.
- Put on a Bus: Hasn't been seen since the defeat of his evil twin sister Arkea.
- Commuting on a Bus: And he reappears, briefly, in the 2022 New Mutants run, reverted to his evil self, and then his past self and Arkea appear during a time travel stint in the Marauders.
- 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.
- Rule of Symbolism: His Here Comes Tomorrow incarnation is closely tied with the Beast of Revelation.
- 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, surviving 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.
- Villain Decay: Under Grant Morrison's pen he was the ultimate Man Behind the Man who became The Antichrist and conquered the world in a Bad Future. Then Mr. Sinister showed him who was boss in Weapon X and after getting manhandled by Essex he disappeared for a long time. Upon his return in the 2013 X-Men series he was reduced to a bumbling, So Last Season character who was The Load to the X-ladies who exasperatedly had to keep hauling his fat out of the fire. As Psylocke said and the readers wondered:Psylocke: Oh, John Sublime, how many times are we gonna have to save your ass?
- Villain in a White Suit: During his original Grant Morrison-written appearances when he was at his most evil, he wore a white suit, as his profile picture above shows. For his later appearances when he was reluctantly working with the X-Men he left the white suits behind and started wearing more standard business suit fare.
Species: Human mutant
First Appearance Astonishing X-Men #34 (2010)
An elderly Japanese man born with mutations caused by atomic bomb radiation rather than the X-Gene. Angered by how the good looking X-Men claimed to be outcasts, he spent years in secret plotting their downfall.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He spends years studying the X-Men, created an army of powerful monsters and clones made specifically to kill them and attacked them when they were at their weakest but ultimately failed to take out any of them or even significantly affect them.
- Cruel Mercy: After his plans fail, he tries to goad the X-Men into killing him. Cyclops, who had been planning to end his life, instead declares that the X-Men will ensure that he spends his life getting the best possible care and treatment until he dies of natural causes. Meaning that Kaga, who devoted his life to hating mutants, will spend the rest of his life under their merciful care, almost certainly A Fate Worse Than Death from his viewpoint.
- Evil Cripple: Born with various mutations that left him unable to walk, disfigurements that covered half his face and ten fingers on his right hand.
- Evil Is Petty: He made it his life's goal to destroy the X-Men and mutant-kind simply because he was bitter that they were good looking and had beneficial mutations. He even admits that he had no reason to go after the X-Men aside for pure hate.Kaga: What were you expecting? A master plan? A scheme to turn off the sun? This is the real world. Hatred and disgust are good enough reasons to want to kill people.
Cyclops: Seriously? There are people who hate us because we're not outcast enough?
- Foil: Though they've never met, he's one to Charles Xavier. Xavier was born a mutant telepath abilities, inherited his fortune and he devoted his life to helping outcast mutants. Kaga is a "textbook" non-powered mutant obtained his fortune by patenting technology he invented and devoted his life to destroying mutants with the X-Gene for not being, in his opinion, outcast enough.
- He's also one, seemingly completely by accident (unlike the intentional above example) to Sunfire. Both men are Japanese mutants who acquired their mutations as a direct result of the atomic bombings of Japan during World War II. But while Sunfire initially opposed the X-Men and later became their ally, Kaga initially wanted to join the X-Men before realizing they weren't physically repellent like he was and dedicating his life to destroying them.
- Fantastic Racism: In a reversal from the usual prejudice the X-Men's human villains have for them, Kaga hates mutants because he believes that they're too attractive and privileged for mutants who claim to be discriminated against.
- Freudian Excuse: He grew up reviled by everyone, even his own parents, due to his condition and had to work alone for everything. One day, he heard of a team of mutants who had gathered to together to fight against the prejudices they faced. He went to America expecting to find people like him only to discover the X-Men were made up of athletic, attractive people with superpowers living in a mansion. This caused him to snap and go on a secret crusade to destroy them.
- The Grotesque: Downplayed, but his mother was pregnant with him during the Hiroshima bombing. Instead of giving him superpowers it simply caused him to be born with disfiguring and debilitating mutations.
- Last Disrespects: Stole corpses of deceased mutants from Genosha, extracted their X-Gene from their bodies and used them to create his Bio-Sentinels and his warships.
- Mad Scientist: A genius from childhood, he spent years secretly cloning the X-Men's most monstrous enemies. After stealing Beast's research on extracting the X-Gene of dead mutants, he managed to quickly figure out to use it to create organic Bio-Sentinels.
- Mutants: Describing himself as a "textbook mutant", he's one of the few mutants in Marvel Comics whose condition didn't give him any kind of special ability.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Like Black Womb above, he's far too old and frail to stand a chance in any direct combat.
- Outside-Context Villain: He had been watching and observing the X-Men since shortly after they were formed without them knowing of his existence until he attacked them after M-Day.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: During his Motive Rant, he calls out the fact that for all their claims of being downtrodden and outcast, the X-Men are all attractive, flamboyantly dressed people born with super powers who live under the support of a billionaire and have great social lives while he spent his life struggling and suffering due to his appearance and disabilities.
- Selective Obliviousness: Kaga apparently turns a blind eye to all violent protests, mass murders and genocides mutants with the X-Gene have had to endure. He also ignores the fact that the X-Men frequently help and protect mutants who have abnormal appearances or whose powers are detrimental to themselves and others.
- Viler New Villain: Kaga is essentially a more evil take on the Morlocks, being a physically deformed mutant like most of them were but instead of simply resenting the X-Men, he is consumed with murderous hatred for them. He also has resources the Morlocks can only dream of, though the tradeoff is that any single Morlock could beat him in direct combat.
First Appearance: 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.
Krakoa, the Island that Walks Like a Man
First Appearance: Giant-Sized X-Men #1
A living island with human-level intelligence. It was Krakoa who was responsible for the establishment of the All-New X-Men team, in more ways than one, when it captured the original X-Men. Together, the old and new X-Men team managed to send Krakoa hurtling off into space. Many decades later, however, the living island would return... and not necessarily as the X-Men's enemy.
Ahmet Abdol / Living Monolith
Aliases: Living Pharaoh
Species: Human mutant
First Appearance: X-Men #56 (1969)
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.
- A God Am I: When on a power high, declares himself the living incarnation of the gods. Given he's able to go up against Thor, he can at least back that part up.
- Alliterative Name: Ahmet Abdol.
- 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.
- Genius Loci: Once wound up getting turned into a living planet.
- 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.
- When he becomes the Juggernaut (and the size of a mountain), this is used against him by the X-Men, who are far too tired and bored to deal with this. So he spends about ten minutes glorifying in his newfound power... then realises that the X-Men aren't even paying attention to him.
- 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.
- Magic Staff: 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).
- 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.
- Rogues' Gallery Transplant: By and large, he typically tussles with the X-Men (and Havok in particular), but he once had an encounter with Power Man and Iron Fist (with some X-assistance) during the Heroes for Hire days, and a tussle with Spider-Man and Thor in some issues of Marvel Team-Up.
- 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.
- Stripperiffic: On occasion, Abdol's been known to go around in a tinfoil bathing suit... thing. Naturally, an encounter with Spider-Man did not let this go uncommented upon.
- 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.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Even as the Living Pharaoh this guy never met a shirt he liked.
Species: Human mutant
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #285 (1992)
A powerful, dangerous and insane mutant Reality Warper, Mikhail Rasputin is a former Russian cosmonaut and the elder brother of Piotr (Colossus) and Illyana Rasputin (Magik). Originally a Russian cosmonaut, the Soviet government faked a shuttle accident to send him on a secret mission to another dimension. There, the use of his powers accidentally caused the deaths of countless beings (including his wife), traumatizing him and leaving him with a deeply-rooted martyr complex. Eventually, Mikhail would set himself up as a Dark Messiah of desperate mutants (specifically, the descendants of the Morlocks), and eventually even inadvertently causing the death of (one version of) his little sister Illyana.
His various attempts to help the Morlocks and others tend to end violently and badly, which brings him into conflict with the X-Men, mostly out of a desire to use his vast mutant powers for good, but his insanity tends to cause this to backfire. He has a tense relationship with his siblings but generally cares for them.
- Aloof Big Brother: Being a fair bit older than his siblings, they tend to see him this way.
- Anti-Villain: Type II. He means well, every time. It's just an unfortunate combination of vast amounts of power and a deeply, deeply troubled mind that keep putting him on the wrong side of things.
- Ax-Crazy: In his very worst moments, though it usually takes the manipulations of others to push him to this state, such as the 2005 Colossus: Bloodline limited series where Mr. Sinister talks him into going on a spree of familicide.
- Beard of Evil: A goatee and he's generally mentally unstable.
- Cain and Abel: He is the older, insane brother of Colossus and Magik. Not on Mikhail's part, he lacks any true enmity towards them, but both of them have very legitimate reasons for their hatred of him.
- Combo Platter Powers: His power is a kind of vaguely-defined Reality Warper ability combined with teleportation, and in the Age of Apocalypse at least is also used to transform himself physically much the way his brother does. Though they kicked in just in time to save his life from the botched Cosmonaut experiment, they also drove him into insanity.
- Chrome Champion: Used only in the Age of Apocalypse, and could be related to Apocalypse amping up his powers in that continuity.
- Reality Warper: Specifically stated at one point as being able to transmute matter from one state to another, as well as harness energy. He can use it to transform Iceman from his ice form back to normal, for instance... or to transform a luckless pizza guy into a tree.
- Teleportation: His reality-warping powers allow him to open pocket dimensions and teleport himself there.
- Dark Messiah: For the alternate dimension he was trapped in, later to the Morlocks and later still to Gene Nation.
- Diabolus ex Nihilo: It was eventually revealed that at some point during his dimension-hopping Mikhail had become infected by something that can only be described as this, and that said creature was in fact largely responsible for Mikhail's Sanity Slippage, having formed a kind of symbiotic bond with him. It was eventually destroyed by the combined efforts of the two Rasputin brothers, but unfortunately Status Quo Is God led to Mikhail going crazy again later.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: That time he teamed up with his brother to fight a Diabolus ex Nihilo.
- Dimension Lord: When he ruled his dimension The Hill, he forced the young Morlocks to compete in order to become top soldiers by training them to fight to the death.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Shortly after being brought back to Earth, a pizza delivery guy runs into him on a bike. Mikhail's response? Turn the guy into a tree.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: A mix of this and Evil Overlord for the Morlocks in the parallel dimension known only as "the Hill."
- Driven to Madness: He warped himself into another dimension when his powers first manifested and was adopted by that world's denizens as a hero, only to accidentally condemn most of them to death trying to save them. The trauma from that failure drives pretty much everything Mikhail does after.
- Evil Mentor: For Marrow and the rest of Gene Nation, a generation of young Morlocks who became terrorists.
- Hearing Voices: In his less sane moments. The voices tend to be victims of his past failures.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Willingly threw himself into the Dark Zone, a dimension from no escape in which time stands still and nothing can ever die... in order to protect his siblings from their murderous ancestor, the mad monk Rasputin. Yes, that Rasputin.
- Husky Russkie: He's fairly tall, but so wide with heavy muscles that he looks a lot larger than his actual 6'1". He's as strong as he looks, carrying Quintin Quire around in one hand.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a long rectangular scar across his right eye, giving him a sinister look. Morally, he could go either way in any given situation.
- In the Hood: In his first appearance, due to trying to hide his identity in his self-imposed exile.
- Insane Troll Logic: His second plan to bring back Illyana, sadly, amounted to this. His brother even points this out, only for Mikhail to just shrug it off.
- Kick the Dog: Prone to doing this in his fits of insanity. The best example is in the Storm miniseries, where he literally kicks a Morlock boy off the hill he just climbed up purely For the Evulz. He's wearing a Slasher Smile too, just to gild the lily.
- Laughing Mad: Probably the only heroic example in existence, and without a doubt Mikhail's Moment of Awesome:Narration: Mikhail has no way of knowing how long he stands on the edge of the void. The voice in his head whispers, begs, cajoles him with empty promises. When he finally steps forward, the voice screams with rage... and Mikhail laughs.
- Little Big Brother: He might be older than Piotr, but he's a few inches shorter than him. Mikhail is 6'1" while Piotr is 6'6".
- Non-Malicious Monster: Mikhail is not malevolent, he's just so out of touch with reality that the concepts of right and wrong usually get lost in translation with him.
- Power Copying: Of an unusual sort. In addition to warping matter, he can also warp energy, meaning that if someone with energy-based powers uses them around him, he can take control of it. He once used Jean Grey's telekinesis to shove the X-Men out of the way so that he could "save" the Morlocks himself. (see Training from Hell)
- Powers Do the Fighting: To the point that when Storm manages to get in close to him, she is able to totally immobilize him with no more than a small knife at his throat.
- Put on a Bus to Hell: With the conclusion of the 2005 Colossus: Bloodline story, Mikhail was trapped, apparently for all eternity, in the Dark Zone where time stands still and nothing ever dies.
- The Bus Came Back: He finally returns in 2020 during X-Force (2019).
- Renegade Russian: A mild example — he was a Russian cosmonaut and it's a safe bet the Kremlin doesn't know what he's been up to since being declared KIA.
- Sadist Teacher: The Storm miniseries shows him as being this to the Morlocks he rules over.
- Ship Tease: With Storm in his first appearance. He finds her isolated from her friends when they arrive in his dimension and welcomes her into his home, leading to this exchange:Storm: And what of you? You have yet to tell me your place in all of this. Who are you?Mikhail: (slowly smiling a guilty smile) Some say a legend. Some say a curse. It will be for you to decide which you believe.Storm: (with a knowing smirk) Then I shall bide my time, stranger... since in my day, I have been branded both myself!
- The Social Darwinist: Becomes this in one of his more insane periods, after becoming leader of the Morlocks. He decides the only way to ensure their survival is to put them through Training from Hell, which resulted in most of them becoming as crazy as he is.
- Stronger Sibling: Probably the strongest of the three Rasputin siblings in terms of mutant power, but also by far the least stable. Interestingly, he seems to fall in the middle morality-wise, somewhere between the incorruptible Colossus and thoroughly-corrupted Illyana.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Even in his episodes of insanity, Mikhail usually has enough innate goodness that he can't bring himself to willingly take the life of another. The only time he has broken this rule is when he was driven to total madness by the combined efforts of Mister Sinister and his ancestor Rasputin (not that that excuses it, but it provides context).
- Tragic Villain: His descent into madness and villainy started when he accidentally killed off a large part of the population of an alternate dimension, including his wife, when trying to close the portal that brought him there. He later had to try again because the portal was going to destroy the dimension.
- Training from Hell: Mikhail saved the last survivors of the Morlocks from their tunnels as they were flooding... by teleporting them to an alternate dimension that was really a giant mountain known only as "the Hill." There, he left them at the bottom, making them climb through Acid Rain, fighting both native monsters (and each other) for the few scarce resources the dimension had, with the objective being, ostensibly, to get up the Hill to where he was, as an exercise in Social Darwinism (the idea was to cull the weak and weak-willed so that the Morlocks as a people could better survive and endure). It wasn't until Storm arrived that he started spotting the flaws in this plan.
- Unwitting Pawn: The Storm miniseries teased him as being this to the Dark Beast, but it never went anywhere.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Mostly, he just wants to put his powers to some kind of constructive use, partly to make up for all the damage they have caused in the past. Unfortunately, being Ax-Crazy makes him misinterpret what "constructive use" means.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: His high-order powers are part of his madness, but his traumatic history and an insanity-inducing Diabolus ex Nihilo are also to blame.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: In his backstory; see Driven to Madness above.
- Year Inside, Hour Outside: Time passes differently in 'The Hill', the alternate dimension he sets himsellf up as a Dimension Lord over. The exact conversion is somewhat vague thanks to Comic-Book Time but it was long enough that Morlock babies that crossed over with him had enough time to grow into teenagers, despite not even a year passing on Earth.
Dr. Moira Kinross-MacTaggert (née Kinross)/ Moira X
Nationality: Scottish, Krakoan
Species: Human Mutant
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #96 (1975)
Introduced as Charles Xavier's longtime human friend (and former love interest), Moira was a geneticist who frequently aided the X-Men with her expertise on mutations, eventually founding the Muir Island research facility that she set up to study mutant genetics. After finding a cure for the Legacy Virus, however, Moira was killed by Mystique, and that was that.
...Or at least, that's how it seemed. It later turned out that she faked her death with a Shi'ar golem, but that wasn't the only revelation provided in 2019. Decades after her first appearance, it was revealed via retcon that Moira was in fact not a mere human, but a mutant herself — and a vital one at that.
Moira has the power of reincarnation, specifically born-again immortality. The timeline resets after her death and she is born again, at the same point in the past, retaining all of the knowledge and experience she's accumulated from her past lives. That, combined with her undetectable X-gene, has allowed Moira to secretly work towards saving the mutant race from inevitable extinction while passing as an ordinary human in many timelines. Unfortunately, nearly every timeline that she lived through had one thing in common: doom for Mutantkind at her life's end.
According to Destiny, Moira's reincarnations aren't infinite, and she has ten — maybe eleven — at most, meaning she's possibly on her last life as Moira X. And since she's not sure if she's got another shot at reincarnation to fall back on, she formed a secret alliance between Professor X and Magneto about three years after their first confrontations, in an effort to take the lessons learned from each of her previous lives in order to establish a future where mutants can survive. The three have been secretly collaborating over the years — give or take a period of defection from Magneto — in order to create a world safe for mutantkind, a goal which moves forward with the creation of a new Mutant nation known as Krakoa. Moira operates on the island in secret, preferring not to draw any attention to herself.
As a major supporting character to the X-Men mythos, Moira has appeared frequently in other media. She was most notably portrayed by Rose Byrne in the X-Men Film Series, appearing in First Class and Apocalypse; this version of the character is a CIA agent rather than a geneticist. Olivia Williams previously portrayed Moira in X-Men: The Last Stand, wherein she resembled her comic book counterpart more closely. Moira also appeared in episodes of X-Men: The Animated Series, as well as various video games including X-Men Legends. Due to all of these adaptations preceding Jonathan Hickman's X-Men run, she is portrayed as a human in every single one.
- Abusive Parents: Issue six of Powers of X has entries from Moira's diary that all but state that Proteus and David Haller were conceived as means to an end. This explains their neglect and suffering under their parents' care outside of the general Blessed with Suck nature of their powers which is made an unintended consequence. When she finally reunited with him at the second Krakoan Hellfire Gala, she taunts him in a manner so cruel that’s not to different from Mystique with her own son.
- Alliterative Name: Moira MacTaggert.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: She arguably became one for Maxwell Lord. Both were human allies for their respective teams, retconned into being born with powers (Mutant in Moira's case, metahuman in Maxwell's), got very different personalities after this retcon, and became Boomerang Bigots.
- Amicable Exes: Her and Charles, usually. Really, really subverted after the big retcon, which reveals she can't stand him, and is in fact manipulating him for her own ends.
- Antiquated Linguistics: When written by Clairmont, she could slip into this sometimes. People haven't said "yon" for a while now...
- Badass Bookworm: A scientist who doesn't have much problem getting into a fight when she has to.
- Badass Normal: Completely willing to fight a demon with an assault rifle.
- Bad to the Last Drop: She's talented in multiple areas, but she can't make a decent cup of coffee to save her life.
- Back to the Womb: In House Of X, she's revealed to have the mutant power to reboot the universe every time she dies, essentially granting her Born-Again Immortality via "Groundhog Day" Loop. She retains her intelligence and memories when she starts the next life - always doing so in the womb; for good measure, the final panel of the flashback that reveals this features baby Moira beginning her tenth life by opening her eyes in the womb with an expression that can only be described as "Here We Go Again!"
- Battle Butler: Or at least posed as one, rather convincingly.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Moira has a nurturing, parental presence much like her old love Charles. And also like Charles, she can be downright deadly if you mess with the mutants under her care.
- BFG: Always managed to have one of these handy during the nineties. Then again, it was the nineties....
- Blue Blood: Her father is a Scottish nobleman.
- Born-Again Immortality: Per House of X, this is her mutant power. She gets Past-Life Memories each time she resurrects, but she has a finite number of resurrections, '10, maybe 11' according to Destiny. Finally, a loophole is discovered when she gets shot with Forge's x-gene neutraliser, meaning she gets no do-overs. On the other hand, curiously enough, Sinister's discovered that Moira clones - which he's been using as part of his Save Scumming gambits - only work about 10 times before degenerating.
- Brainwashing for the Greater Good: At one point she did this to a de-aged Magneto in hopes of helping him find a normal life. Not only did it not stick, but it arguably made Mags more villainous when he found out. And then it turned out it had never actually taken in the first place.
- Brave Scot: More intellectually-inclined that many examples, but damn if she isn't bold.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: In one of her earlier lives, Moira was apparently burned alive by Pyro as a punishment ordered by Mystique and Destiny for trying to develop a mutant cure.
- Child by Rape: It's implied that Proteus was conceived when Joseph had beaten her unconscious, then forced himself on her.
- "Dear John" Letter: She sent one to Charles while he was serving in the army overseas.
- Death by Irony: Averted cruelly. She contracted the Legacy virus, which normally infects only mutants, and at one point it looked very much like she would lose her life to that contagion, only for Mystique to kill her first. As if the irony wasn't cruel enough, she'd just discovered the cure to the human-infecting Legacy strain. House of X revealed she didn't die at all - and that she was, in fact, a mutant.
- Defector from Decadence: Her father is the powerful Scottish noble Lord Kinross, which explains how she was able to commandeer an entire island to be the site of her research facility.
- Demonic Possession: During the Muir Island Saga, she's the Shadow King's main mouthpiece on Muir Island.
- Depending on the Writer: Her attitude towards Proteus.
- Claremont had it with a mix of abusive and neglectful, hating Proteus for the reasons behind his conception, which a fetal Proteus picked up on, then locking him up in a room for his entire life for his own good, then telling the X-Men to kill him because he was so evil and trying to do the deed herself.
- Niceiza depicts her as legitimately regretful for how she treated Kevin, hoping he found some measure of happiness somewhere, even if it was in death.
- And the Krakoa era goes right back into abusive, avoiding him and never telling him she was alive, then when they do meet up again telling him she gives precisely zero shits about him.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: She survives long enough to be flown across the Atlantic and dies in Charles's arms.
- Distaff Counterpart: Became one to Xavier when written by Johnathan Hickman, even took the codename "Moira X".
- Domestic Abuse: Her first husband, a politician named Joseph, was violently abusive to her.
- Empowered Badass Normal: As of House of X, Moira was never human but actually a mutant all along, before losing her powers and becoming an Omega Sentinel.
- Face–Heel Turn: Went from one of the X-men's greatest allies, to killing the man she loved and plotting with Orchis and the Eternals to wipe out mutantkind.
- Faking the Dead: House of X #2 revealed that Moria never died at the hands of Mystique, that a Shi'ar golem took her place.
- Family Extermination: Comboed with Well-Intentioned Extremist, as she apparently tried to wipe out the entire Trask bloodline in one of her earlier lives to prevent the creation of Sentinels.
- Friendly Ghost: Though dead, she's helped the X-Men from the afterlife a couple of times, directing Banshee to a hidden room on Muir Island and later returning briefly during the Chaos War event.
- Funetik Aksent: It's how ye know she's Scottish, though it did get ludicrous on occasion, with one issue having her go from "yuir" to "yur" and "your" all in a few pages.
- Genocide from the Inside: After deciding that mutancy is a curse from the trauma of her own powers, she spent one life working on a cure for mutant powers. Destiny managed to persuade her to reconsider in her next life. She didn't listen. Instead she worked to ingratiate herself into an influential position over the global mutant population so she could implement a subtle cure that would keep later generations of mutants from developing powers in the first place. Destiny also managed to avert this.
- Gone Horribly Right: It's also been retconned that both Legion and Proteus were deliberate attempts by Moira and Xavier to create powerful reality warping mutants. Well, they certainly got that.
- "Groundhog Day" Loop: Her mutant power. She has ten lives, and every time she dies, she's transported back into her body as a fetus, with all of her prior memories.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Her abusive first husband Joe MacTaggert convinced her to write Charles a "Dear John" Letter and marry him instead. And while Chuck is definitely preferable to that cad, time has shown us that Moira's second love isn't exactly a shining paragon of morality either.
- Immortal Genius: X-Men (2019) reveals that she's actually a mutant blessed with Born-Again Immortality by way of "Groundhog Day" Loop. Not only is she a brilliant geneticist that even created a working cure for mutation in their third lifetime, but after opting to side with mutants instead, has been using the knowledge acquired over multiple lifetimes to benefit various influential figures - including Professor X, Magneto, and even Apocalypse.
- In Name Only: She was adapted into the X-Men Film Series, but in a heavily reimagined role, being made an American CIA agent rather than a Scottish scientist - though the original timeline briefly featured her as a scientist, indicating she may have become a scientist in later life.
- Lethal Chef: A long-running joke is Moira and her coffee. If there was a complaint desk in Excalibur's Muir Island base, probably this would be on the top. To the extent that when Kitty volunteered to take Pete Wisdom to London to check on a friend of his, Brian told him "Buy some coffee while you're there! We've run out of Rory's good stuff." And it didn't even escape Xavier's notice. He once quipped that Jubilee was using Moira's coffee to lubricate her roller skates, and also remarked on it during a video-phone call with Moira:Moira: Och, it's noon and I'm still barely up. It's the break o' dawn wi' you and ye look fresh as a daisy. Ye make me sick, Charles Xavier.Professor X: No, Moira. It's your coffee that makes you sick.
- Living a Double Life: For reasons currently unrevealed, Moira spent decades pretending to be a baseline human when she was in fact a mutant all along.
- Logical Weakness: Mutant powers typically manifest at puberty. Moira's reborn with the memories and skills from her previous lives, but if she dies before puberty her Born-Again Immortality won't trigger to save her. As Destiny points out, sooner or later, her immortality will end.
- Mama Bear: Do not mess with her students if you value your life. Subverted in her relationship with her supervillain mutant son Proteus, though.
- The Maiden Name Debate: Kept her ex-husbands last name to spite their marriage being unloving and abusive.
- Offing the Offspring: Tries to kill her son Proteus at one point, after he's already murdered at least two people. Cyclops interrupts at the last minute.
- Old Flame: Her and Chuck nearly got married, a lifetime ago.
- Organization with Unlimited Funding: Apparently the MacTaggerts were very well off, given Moira is able to afford that phenomenally large lab facility, and repair it from being utterly trashed several times.
- Parental Substitute: To Rahne Sinclair (Wolfsbane). Also, to a limited extent, to Nate Grey, who came to her looking for a cure to his genetic degeneration a couple of times. The two were moderately close, with Moira seeing helping him as a way to atone for her failing her own son, Proteus, and, hilariously, she once managed to scold him into submission after his paranoia and Hair-Trigger Temper, plus taking the account of Spoor (a prisoner on the island) at face value, had resulted in a full-on meltdown. Given that he was biologically 17 but with far less life experience, it was observed that he had literally no idea how to argue back.
- Prophecy Twist: Destiny told Moira during her third life that she would only live ten lives or eleven "if [she makes] the right choice in the end". During her tenth life, she gets depowered by Mystique, implying she could have potentially been resurrected indefinitely had Mystique not done so. At the end of said life, Moira gets her mind transferred to an Omega Sentinel body, thus granting her an "eleventh" life.
- Rape as Drama: When recounting how Proteus was conceived, it's implied Joseph had raped her after beating her unconscious.
- Really 700 Years Old: Moira has actually lived through most of her resurrections already, and in one of those resurrections she lived an unnaturally long life thanks to Wolverine's blood and died after well over 1000 years. As this was all before Moira even met Charles Xavier, this places her roughly in the time periods of Apocalypse in terms of her actual mental age.
- Reincarnation Romance: Per House of X, the reincarnated Moira has struck up one of these with none other than Apocalypse. Opposites Attract indeed!
- The Reveal: House of X #2 reveals that she's a mutant, and has influenced Charles Xavier's long-term goals, culminating in the foundation of Krakoa and she's still alive.
- Same Character, But Different: Her return in Dawn of X changed her personality so much she isn't recognizable. Moira used to be a friendly Team Mom who cared greatly about the X-Men. After Dawn of X she's much more callous and pragmatic with her relationship with everyone else and may treat them as just tools. And while classic Moira isn't against fighting, she also was capable of talking things out, such as stopping Nate Grey's attack on Excalibur by scolding him, meanwhile, modern Moira is never shown considering to solve things peacefully to the point that when Magneto suggests to ally with the machines in Inferno, she quickly shuts down the idea. It gets worse considering that since current 616 is her tenth life, it means all this time the personality she showed was only a facade, and yet this causes some serious cases of Retroactive Idiot Ball, such as how a data page from Powers of X#6 claims she searched for people who are a genetic match for her and Xavier to create powerful mutants, but that doesn't explain why she married Joe MacTaggert and stayed in an abusive marriage when all she wanted from him was have his child and nothing else.
- Team Mom: To the Excalibur team.
- Token Human: Moira was the X-Men's second human ally and quickly supplanted the first (FBI Agent Fred Duncan) as the X-Men's most important non-mutant friend. House of X retcons this entirely, revealing that she was actually a mutant the whole time.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Several, after Inferno, dedicating herself to annihilating Mutantkind out of petty spite.
- Walking Spoiler: As of being brought back in House of X, where she is set to play an important yet currently ambiguous role. Also, her entire history has effectively been retconned, and as a result of now being Really 700 Years Old she has now had a far more important (yet currently ambiguous) influence over the history of the X-Men universe.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She imprisons her mutant son in a cell and dehumanizes him by referring to him only as Mutant X. Though considering her son was a walking case of With Great Power Comes Great Insanity it's clear that this was at least somewhat necessary. Ironically enough, X-Men Legacy revealed that she was very much in the habit of calling Charles out on this in the early days of him gathering the first class of X-Men.
Aliases: Mojo the First, Mojo Lifebringer
Species: Spineless Ones
First Appearance: Longshot #3 (1985)
A demon lord of Limbo infected with a techno-organic virus.
Eleanor Murch (Nanny) and Peter (Orphan-Maker)
Species: Human mutant
First Appearance: X-Factor #30 (1988) (Nanny), X-Factor #31 (1988) (Orphan-Maker)
A pair of bizarre mutants who have taken it upon themselves to "rescue" mutant children by kidnapping them and murdering their human parents. Nanny acts as a surrogate mother to Orphan-Maker, who is really a young mutant boy named Peter. The two have fought against X-Factor and Generation X, and were responsible for killing the mother of Ricochet from the Slingers. Despite their odd appearances and creepy behavior, Nanny and Orphan-Maker are both rather tragic individuals who were victimized and driven insane just because they're mutants.
- Aborted Arc: In the early issues of Generation X, Nanny had gotten out of her egg suit and Peter required a new suit of armor because he was getting older. By the Generation X Holiday Special, Nanny was back in her suit and there was no other mention of Peter's growing abilities. Hellions seems to be answering this mystery, when one of the Marauders tries to break up Peter's armor. At which point some odd liquid starts spewing out and melts off half of Scrambler's face.
- Abusive Parents: Whilst these are presented as a mutual Berserk Button for the pair, in Hellions, Nanny shows some distinct shades of being an emotionally abusive mother towards Orphan-Maker. Especially after she rescues the baby Artificial Intellience against Quiet Council orders.
- Badass Boast: In Hellions #18, Nanny gives a short, sharp speech that makes the Quiet Council sit up and listen to her.Nanny: I want everyone to listen to me very closely. I am Peter's nanny, and he will not go into a dark hole alone. You may stay out of my way, or you may watch, mouths agape, as I slay as many humans as it takes to rejoin my boy. I will sail on oceans of blood in the name of Krakoa. But where shall I start? Kate, how is Terri? Still living at 1412 Central Avenue?Kate Pryde: Wha-leave my mom out of this! What did I do?Nanny: You presumed to sit by while a ward of Nanny's is cast into darkness. You dared to dream that I'd let him go in alone. I failed him once. I won't do it again.
- Berserk Button: Nanny doesn't like it when people point out she does look kind of like a walking egg.
- Beware the Silly Ones: In Hellions, Nanny deeply disturbs Sinister, which is initially Played for Laughs... until at one point, she asks how many children he has. When he asks why she's asking, she says very calmly that she just wants to know how many children she'll be orphaning, if she has to. Unusually, Sinister - who casually antagonizes power-houses like Exodus - does not laugh the threat off.
- Body Horror:
- It's implied Nanny was a full grown woman before her superiors put her in that egg suit, which horribly compressed her limbs and shrunk her to half her size. Even more horrifically, at some point she chose to go back into the suit.
- Hellions starts to give us an idea of what's going on underneath Peter's armor. It seems Nanny fortified the suit not only to protect Peter, but to keep some sort of acidic fluid he generates inside.
- Orphan-Maker's armor itself is shown in Hellions to consist of individual pieces of armor plating that are all bolted to his bones.
- Clingy Costume:
- Nanny's egg suit was originally portrayed this way.
- Orphan-Maker's new armor suit after dying and being resurrected in Hellions is shown to be bolted into his skeletal structure to keep it from coming away.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Zigzagged with Orphan-Maker's suit. On one hand, it's a perfectly functional suit of Powered Armor that comes in handy in his murderous business. On the other hand, that's its secondary purpose, and it primarily exists to be a Power Nullifier.
- Driven to Madness: Being trapped in her egg suit is what drove Nanny insane.
- Enfant Terrible: Peter, who's been thoroughly twisted by the influences of Mister Sinister and Nanny that he doesn't have a problem killing people.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- Their whole shtick is that they absolutely loathe abusive human parents who don't deserve their mutant children.
- Nanny repeatedly demonstrates that she hates Mister Sinister with every fiber of her being because he's an unrepentant child murdering monster, and relishes getting to humiliate him by reminding people about Sinister's proclivities towards child abuse.
- Evil Matriarch: A more well-intentioned example than most, but Nanny truly believes she's protecting mutant kids by raising them to become killers like Peter. She also uses her mild telepathic abilities and "Pixie Dust" to keep them in line.
- The Faceless: Peter has never been seen without his armor, and the one time Nanny was seen outside her suit she was obscured by shadows.
- Fire-Forged Friendship: During the Hellions run, Orphan-Maker is shown to increasingly bond with his fellow Hellions after fighting with them. By issue #14, when attacking the Locus Vile in an instinctual bloodrage, he does so whilst screaming "Keep away from my friends!"
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Non-romantic example, but Peter is 7'6"/229cm tall while Nanny is barely 3"/91cm tall.
- Invasion of the Baby Snatchers: They're like something out of an extremely dark fairy tale, going around snatching kids to add to their army of "Lost Boys and Girls," leaving parents terrified for the well being of their sons and daughters if they haven't been killed in the process.
- Living Emotional Crutch: The two of them can't function without each other.
- Mama Bear: For as fucked up as she is, Nanny genuinely does care about Peter and would do anything to protect him. She just doesn't realize how badly she's warped him.
- Mysterious Past: Nothing is known about Nanny's life before she worked for the Right, nor do we know who Peter's parents were or how he was acquired by Sinister.
- Nothing Is Scarier: Something is going on underneath Peter's armor, and while it was initially believed his armor was fortified to make him stronger Nanny has alluded she did it to protect everyone from Peter's mutation. By Hellions #7, even Professor Xavier has explicitly described Peter's mutation as a curse and it could quite possibly damn the entire world if it isn't kept in check.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Nanny's original name was only revealed in Hellions while Peter's full name is unknown.
- Parental Substitute: Invoked. Their modus operandi revolves around the idea that they need to rescue mutant children from abuse at the hands of their human parents, with Nanny then taking over the role of loving, nurturing maternal figure. It's just they execute this in a twisted manner by kidnapping the kids, ideally assassinating the parents in the process, and brainwashing the children into accepting Nanny's love.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Hellions implies that Orphan-Maker's mutant powers would turn him into a Walking Wasteland of apocalyptic proportions if allowed to fully manifest. In Sabretooth & the Exiles #2, Nanny explicitly says that if Orphan-maker ever lost control of his powers, it would be an Extinction Level Event.
- Pet the Dog: In Hellions, Nanny makes an earnest attempt to reach out to John Greycrow over whatever trauma he must've endured while working for Sinister.
- Purple Is Powerful: Orphan-Maker's armor is mostly purple and blue.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Subverted with Orphan-Maker. Despite the armor and his stature, you need to remember he is a child, at least mentally. Not that this stops him from being a killer.
- Super Strength: It's unclear if it's inherent or if it comes from his Powered Armor, but issue #17 of Hellions shows that Orphan-Maker is preternaturally strong, being able to tear human opponents limb from limb with his hands.
- Tragic Villain: Nanny was a woman who realized her inventions were being used by anti-mutant hate group and when she rebelled they trapped her in that suit and drove her mad. Peter was stolen from his family and experimented on by Mister Sinister until Nanny rescued him and then turned him into the Orphan-Maker. The worst part is, at this point the two have been so thoroughly traumatized they can't function without each other.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: They both genuinely believe they're helping mutant kids by giving them new homes away from their potentially abusive parents, not realizing their actions might be more traumatic for the children then whatever their parents may have done.
- They also automatically assume that human parents will automatically abuse mutant children. The idea that a human parent might not care if their child turns out to be a mutant never crosses their mind.
Species: Psionic entity
First Appearance: X-Men #53 (1996)
A psychic entity with the combined powers of Professor X, Magneto, Franklin Richards, and X-Man.
- All Your Powers Combined: He possesses both Charles Xavier's and Magneto's powers, and later gained those of Nate Grey and Franklin Richards to boot.
- Astral Projection: One of the powers Onslaught inherited from Charles Xavier. Initially, it was limited to an astral form, but later gained a body made of pure energy.
- The Assimilator: He assimilated Franklin Richards and Nate Grey in order to absorb their powers.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: When manifested into a physical form, he is huge.
- Back from the Dead: Onslaught was thought destroyed at the end of the Crisis Crossover, but he returns in the Onslaught Reborn arc thanks to the Scarlet Witch. Rikki Barnes sacrificed herself to destroy him, but he's resurrected again thanks to the Red Skull tampering with Xavier's brain.
- Aaand he’s back again in 2021 when Orchis put a sliver of him in the mutant Lost as a Trojan Horse for Krakoa. Going by the name Patchwork Man he begins feeding on the lost time between when mutants are killed and redirected by the Five, growing more powerful and nurturing their negative thoughts. He’s eventually defeated by Nightcrawler, Legion, Lost, Fabian Cortez, Pixie, Dust and others.
- Big Bad: Of the Onslaught Crisis Crossover.
- Combo Platter Powers: He possesses powers derived from both Charles Xaver and Max Eisenhardt, as well as abilities of his own.
- Deflector Shields: He can create force-fields of electromagnetic energy, just like Magneto.
- Extra-ore-dinary: He can use electromagnetism to manipulate metal.
- Mind over Matter: He possesses Xavier's psychokinesis as well as Magneto's magnetokinesis.
- Reality Warper: He can create pocket dimensions at will and even formed a second sun from nothing.
- Super Strength: He tore through the Juggernaut like he was made of plasticine.
- Cosmic Entity: In the minor leagues as such beings go, but that still put Onslaught at the top of the heap on Earth.
- Dark Is Evil: Gathered a coterie of mutant servants whom he called his "Dark Descendants". They consisted of Post, Holocaust, Fatale, the Dark Beast and Havok.
- Demonic Possession: He possessed Rikki Barnes when they were both sealed in the Negative Zone. Later on, the Red Skull finds out the hard way that Evil Is Not a Toy while messing around with Xavier's brain.
- Dystopia Justifies the Means: This was his original motivation, more or less. He quickly graduated to an Omnicidal Maniac, though.
- Energy Beings: Onslaught was initially an astral manifestation, but later gained a body made of pure energy.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: All power and threat with little plot significance or appearance outside of big Crisis Crossovers.
- Humanoid Abomination: It's a psionic entity of pure hatred, and as Red Onslaught it even manifests a bunch of tentacles.
- Literal Split Personality: It is the incarnation of Xavier's pent up rage and hatred, manifested as a demonic entity clad in armor resembling Magneto's.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Onslaught has a wide mouth full of fangs.
- Mecha-Mooks: He picks up a small army of Sentinels from a random government depot to be his cannon fodder.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: When Hulk destroyed Onslaught's physical form, the entity turned into an incorporeal energy state. Still, all the other heroes of the Marvel Universe combined were helpless before it, whereas Hulk excels at raw power (and not much else), and somehow made it vulnerable to (admittedly contrived) alternative approaches afterward.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Not at first, but after reading the mind of Nate Grey and seeing a mutant-dominated Bad Future he decides that no one, human or mutant, will survive his coming.
- Power Nullifier: Makes use of one of these to interrogate Nate Grey before absorbing him.
- The Social Darwinist: His original goals were nebulous, but seemed to be some kind of spin-off of Magneto's 'mutant revolution' endgame.
- Stalker with a Crush: Toward Jean Grey, who he tries to play The Corrupter with before giving her a stock We Can Rule Together speech. This was a rather unfortunate callback to one of the earliest issues of the X-Men run, where Professor X had a brief, gross Dirty Old Man inner monologue about wanting Jean for himself (and keep in mind that Jean was well under the age of consent at the time).
- Superpowered Evil Side: He is the manifestation of Xavier's rage and hatred.
- Tin Tyrant: His red and black armor is more than a little reminiscent of Magneto's.
- The Worf Effect: Has his origins in this, as he was literally born from the idea of "wouldn't it be cool if someone punched The Juggernaut halfway across the country?" As of his first issue where he did this, no one even had any idea who he was going to be yet! The Reveal that he was a corrupted Xavier turned this worfing into an It's Personal moment between Chuck and his bully-turned-supervillain stepbrother.
- Would Hurt a Child: He stalks and absorbs Franklin Richards, and it's implied if he survived long enough he would have assimilated him (and his Reality Warper powers) permanently.
A techno-organic race that spreads through living creatures on a planet via a transmode virus until all life has been assimilated and all energy drained from the planet.
See Marvel Comics: Species for more info.
Kevin MacTaggert / Proteus
Species: Human mutant
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #125 (1979)
Mutant son of long-time Xavier ally Moira MacTaggert, Proteus was sealed away from a young age due to the danger his mutant powers posed to anyone around him. Unfortunately, this only fuelled a psychotic personality that meant he became a rampaging monster when he escaped from his containment.
- Admiring the Abomination: Magneto speaks admiringly of him in Necrosha after dissipating him to the four winds and when asked how they can be sure he is dead, he replies that not only can they not be sure, they can in fact be sure he's not dead and that it is only a matter of time before he returns again.
- Ambiguous Situation: It was said that he was evil since the moment he was conceived, but given recent revelations that could have just been Moira's justification for her own shitty parenting.
- Antagonistic Offspring: To his mother, Moira. His debut story had her hunting him down to put an end to his killing spree, and at one point he even attempts to take over her body.
- Arch-Enemy: Colossus has become this for him, being the one who stepped up to Shoot the Dog in the first Proteus story. When he has to face Colossus again in Necrosha he has a bit of a freakout, flinging him away rather than toying with him like the others and even yelling at him to "Stay away from me, murderer!"
- Arc Villain: For the "Proteus" storyline.
- Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: At the end of "Kings of Pain", Kevin chooses to go... somewhere. He eventually came back.
- Back from the Dead: After being killed in his initial appearance, he has returned several times. Two key story lines involved with his resurrections are Necrosha and Astonishing X-Men Vol 4.
- Bad Powers, Bad People: What do you get when you take a prepubescent child and give them a power that allows them to actualize Video Game Cruelty Potential in their actual life? You get Proteus, the villain who brought Wolverine himself to tears.
- Big Bad: He was used as the main villain for an Intercontinuity Crossover between the X-Men and Star Trek, as well as the X-Factor / New Warriors / X-Force crossover "Kings of Pain".
- Body Horror: Anybody possessed by Proteus can look forward to having their body literally burned up by his mutant power, with ordinary humans typically only able to endure his presence for a matter of days.
- Body Surf: Due to the Possession Burnout, Proteus must constantly jump from one host body to another.
- Chekhov's Gunman:
- After the All-New X-Men's first and disastrous run in with Magneto, as they flee Wolverine notes one of the Muir Island center's cells labelled "Mutant X" is damaged, but he doesn't have time to tell anyone. Several issues later, Muir Island is still abandoned, and an angry Scotsman comes calling looking to blow up the facility over a boat Magneto destroyed, just as Proteus is in need of a body.
- In true Chris Claremont fashion, Proteus was revealed as this in X-Men Forever 2 via his Possession Burnout. That series, which presented a continuity where Claremont had free reign, showed burnout as a mutant epidemic, exacerbated by the use of their powers and always fatal. This in turn made Proteus not just Mutant X but Mutant Zero as well, since he was the first mutant known to suffer from burnout.
- Child by Rape: Moira's ex-husband, Joseph MacTaggert was physically abusive and in one argument with her, he punched her unconscious and then raped her while she was knocked out. And it's explicitly stated to be the reason why he's so screwed up too, as he was able to sense his mother's overwhelming negative emotions from in the womb.
- Childhood Brain Damage: Because his mutant abilities manifested so early, his mind was irrevocably damaged by his mother's negative emotions, making him The Sociopath from birth.
- Death Seeker: Thanks to the nature of his powers, he was actually pretty happy with The Nothing After Death, because it gave him peace and quiet he'd never had in life, and pretty damn pissed after A.I.M. resurrected him in the 90s. Not so much these days.
- The Dog Bites Back: His first victim was someone trying to blow up Moira’s facility. His last victim was his abusive father.
- Energy Beings: At some point his powers reduced him to this state.
- Fetus Terrible: In his first major storyline it is stated outright that his mutant powers manifested while he was still in a fetal state (most mutants don't manifest until at least puberty) and that he sensed his mother's overwhelming hatred for his father (he was conceived in a rape), leading to his present-day insanity. His mother herself coldly pronounces that it was too late for him before he was even born.
- Flat Character: Since his primary character trait was originally being The Sociopath and his Heel–Face Turn happened off-screen, throughout the Krakoan era he mostly exists as a Satellite Character with the rest of the Five.
- Freudian Excuse: As noted in "Kings of Pain", his conception, childhood and powers have left him severely screwed up.
- Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: X-Factor, X-Force and the New Warriors get into a debate over whether, given Proteus's sheer power level, they can afford to try talking things out with him. Archangel and Feral aren't sympathetic.Feral: We've all pretty much lived miserable lives. Why should Proteus get special consideration if he can't handle the hand he's been dealt?
Jean Grey: The very fact we have been through it should allow us some measure of compassion.
- Funetik Aksent: A Scottish person created by Claremont, this was a given. It fluctuates Depending on the Writer, much like wi' his maw, going from perfectly coherent all the way to heavily accented Scottishism, aye?
- Fusion Dance: His resurrection in "Kings of Pain" has him fused with an energy-absorbing Mutant raised by a psychotically abusive mother.
- Godzilla Threshold: In his original appearance, Moira demonstrates the seriousness of the situation by telling the X-Men that even though Kevin is her only son, there's only one way to stop him - they have to kill him. Ultimately, it's Colossus, perhaps the most innocent of the X-Men, who does it.
- Heel–Face Turn: In 2019's House of X, he's not only fully on the side of the X-Men and their new nation of Krakoa, his powers are key to their capability of resurrecting any mutant.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: Along with I Just Want to Be Normal. Proteus has desired to experience actual love, and not be an outsider.
- Meaningful Rename: Originally called simply "Mutant X", he rejected that name in battle with Wolverine and renamed himself Proteus, both after the changing Greek god of myth and the room his mother sealed him in.
- Possession Burnout: The major drawback of his mutant power. Not only does it burn out anybody he possesses, it even burns out his own body, forcing him into an Energy Being state.
- Random Power Ranking: As of 2019's House of X, Proteus is a confirmed omega level mutant.
- Reality Warper: Proteus can reshape matter and warp space at will, albeit his power is limited to whatever object or place he is currently focusing on. Operational range is a few miles, at most.
- Retcon: Proteus's original origin was that he's a child by rape. Hickman's X-Men run changes this up a little so that his conception (if not the means this was accomplished) was planned by Moira.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: His mother was forced to seal him in a cell on Muir Island after his mutant powers manifested. She kept his imprisonment secret and identified him to visitors as "Mutant X".
- The Sociopath: Proteus is completely indifferent to his victims' plight, usually pretends to be a well-meaning stranger as he approaches his next intended host, rejoices in using his power to make an entire city "scream", has no qualms endangering his own mother and has delusions of godhood.
- So Last Season: First time around, he's deathly vulnerable to metal, no matter the form. In "Kings of Pain", Beast tries hitting him with some metal gauntlets... no dice.
- Superman Stays Out of Gotham: As one of The Five, he's not allowed to leave the Krakoan hatchery, and Hope pulls rank on him. So during King in Black, despite the fact he could be of help, he can't, and can only spend the event sulking about how he totally could've solved the plot if he wanted to.
- The End... Or Is It?: During an issue of Classic X-Men, Claremont raised the theory that as an energy form, Proteus could eventually reform. While Chris never got around to exploring this, Nicieza ran with it for "Kings of Pain".
- To Create a Playground for Evil: In the climax of his first storyline he transforms Edinburgh into his personal plaything and even asks the X-Men playfully if they've "ever heard a city scream".
- Took a Level in Kindness: Claremont just wrote him as plain psycopathic. No "ifs, ands or buts". Nicieza dials down the psycho behavior several notches in his 90s appearance, and as of Jonathan Hickman's X-Men, he's fully reformed as one of The Five.
- Weaksauce Weakness: In most continuities, he is vulnerable to metal.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Being locked up by one's own mother and kept in a cell for years as an anonymous prisoner can't be good for anyone's mental stability. Amazingly, his father was even worse.
- The Worf Effect: The first time the reader gets a glimpse of Proteus' powers, he effortlessly curb-stomps the combined might of Wolverine, Nightcrawler and Storm. To further hammer home how horrific Proteus' reality warping powers are, the normally tough Wolverine is show to be traumatized by their first encounter.
Senator Steven Shaffran / Ricochet
Species: Human mutant
First Appearance: X-Factor #72 (1991)
A Corrupt Politician and secret mutant with high-order probability manipulating abilities. Seeking to become President Evil, he allies himself with Mr. Sinister, only to be quickly Out-Gambitted and disgraced before the American people.
- Alliterative Name: Steven Shaffran
- Big Bad Wannabe: He aims to become President Evil but comes nowhere close, though Mr. Sinister says he would have gotten there eventually had he not intervened.
- Combo Platter Powers: His mutant power is essentially a stronger version of the Scarlet Witch's probability manipulation (or what was her level at the time) with a few neat extras that verge on making him a Reality Warper. Indeed, this combo is so effective that Mr. Sinister considers him Too Powerful to Live and sets him up for a fall.
- Emotion Control: Per his own explanation, he can "unsettle the minds of others and cloud their thinking and abilities."
- Evil Counterpart: He's explicitly compared in text to the Scarlet Witch and even has plans to take her out once he's done with X-Factor. Luckily he never gets that far.
- Face Death with Dignity: Sinister offers him this, giving him a gun with one bullet after disgracing him and telling him it's a more reliable option than slitting his wrists as disgraced senators in Ancient Rome used to do. An incensed Ricochet turns the gun on Sinister, but the bullet bounces off the latter's cape and hits him instead.
- Fantastic Racism: He refers to Havok and his X-Factor team as "genetically challenged" but has no problem working with Mr. Sinister's mutant miscreant team, the Nasty Boys.
- Foreshadowing: An unintended case, but Mr. Sinister's concern that Ricochet's mutant power could reach Reality Warper levels nicely dovetails the Scarlet Witch's power being increases to Ricochet levels and then well beyond...
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He attempts to discredit X-Factor before the public, only to be himself discredited by a shapeshifted Mr. Sinister pretending to be him.
- Irony: His mutant codename is Ricochet and he's killed by a bullet ricochet.
- Just Between You and Me: He's polite (and gloaty) enough to explain the full scope of his abilities to the Nasty Boys (and by extension to the reader).
- Killed Off for Real: In X-Factor #75.
- Living a Double Life: He's Happily Married with a wife and daughter, neither of whom know that he is a mutant or in league with Sinister.
- Out-Gambitted: By Sinister, who disgraces him by abducting him and posing as him in DC via his shapeshifting ability.
- Pretty Little Headshots: The bullet that kills him leaves a neat little hole in his head, exactly the definition of this trope.
- Sabotage to Discredit: He uses his mutant powers to discredit X-Factor under instructions from Mr. Sinister, only to get a taste of his own medicine when Sinister sets him to look like a power-mad supervillain.
- Sinister Silhouettes: He's first introduced this way, speaking with a similarly silhouetted collaborator (spoiler alert, it's Sinister) to obscure his identity as well.
- Take That!: When asked by the Nasty Boys why he didn't use his powers on George H. W. Bush during the 1989 election, he says, "I did. Why do you think he nominated Quayle?"
- Too Powerful to Live: And when Mr. Sinister thinks so, you know there's something to it.
- Unknown Rival: He plans to eventually take out the Scarlet Witch, who he considers his only rival. Wanda has no idea he exists, and when he goes to his grave she still doesn't know him from Adam-X.
- Unwitting Pawn: He thinks Mr. Sinister is guiding him into the White House, when really all he guides him into is an unmarked grave.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: An extreme case. He appears in 4 issues, and in 2 of those 4 issues he's only seen in shadow.