Professor Charles Francis Xavier/Professor X
The original founder of the X-Men. An idealist who believes that humans and mutants can live together in peace. He's pragmatic about it, though, considering he essentially runs a combat school. Lost the use of his legs during a fight with an alien called Lucifer who was planning an Alien Invasion, got it back after an intimate encounter with the Brood, was put back in his chair by the Shadow King, and is currently walking once again. Likes to keep secrets, thinking that redundant plans and safechecks are best for everyone, but this tends to bite him on the ass more often than not. Also tends to be obsessed about the cause to the detriment of his social life. Xavier is the world's most powerful telepath, being able to read and fully control the minds of large groups of people at a time.
The Ultimate version of Professor X is a lot more selfish, sarcastic, and more of a Manipulative Bastard.
Scott "Slim" Summers/Cyclops
Robert Louis "Bobby" Drake/Iceman
Bobby Drake has the power to control moisture and temperature, as well as to transform his body into a living man made of ice, potentially making him one of the most powerful mutants in the world. This is belied by his incredibly deep insecurities, which hampers him both in his career as a superhero and in his personal life. Most of this stems from being raised by a critical, demanding, and mutant-hating father, who treated him shabbily before Bobby found out he was a mutant. It wasn't until he was possessed by Emma Frost that he started to realize just how much potential he really had. He tries to hide his insecurities by constantly attempting to get attention and recognition with a non-stop stream of verbal wise-assery.
Warren Kenneth Worthington III/Angel, Archangel
A beautiful, somewhat conceited wealthy young man who has wings which allow him to fly. Initially one of the proudest members of the group, became more and more progressively useless when several other mutants were introduced who could fly, as well as do many other useful things. Once lost his wings in a fight, which caused him to do a FaceHeel Turn to get cybernetic replacement wings. Sometime after that, he developed regenerative blood which caused anyone touching it (foremost himself, obviously) to heal from any injury. Recently, this wasn't seen as quite enough, so Angel was upgraded to have the ability to switch at will between feathered Angel and evil, razor-winged Archangel forms.
- All-Loving Hero: The amnesiac Angel claims to love everyone (platonically) and is trying to perform miracles for them. This does not prevent him from getting involved in fights.
- Alliterative Name: Warren Worthington. His middle name "Kenneth" is a later addition and is often left unmentioned.
- And an alliterative codename. According to his origin story, he was briefly a solo hero before joining the X-Men. His codename was Avenging Angel.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Notably had blue skin for many years, even after he had lost the metallic wings.
- American Accents: Prep. Well, it only lasted about two seconds, but for the first couple issues none of his speech bubbles were complete without calling someone "old man/boy/lad."
- Amnesiacs Are Innocent: The amnesiac Angel is no longer a vicious killer, instead showing love and care towards people he barely knows. Starting with Psylocke.
- Anti-Hero: Type V in Apocalypse-engineered mode.
- Arch-Enemy: Cameron Hodge, one of X-Factor's major foes, serves as one to Archangel. Highlights of his activities include the crossovers Extinction Agenda and Phalanx Covenant. Cameron has died a few times, but always seems to find a way to get Back from the Dead. Once through a Deal with the Devil, twice through the Phalanx's techno-organic virus restoring him.
- Art Imitates Art: Text only use. In Wolverine and the X-Men #10 (July, 2012), Rachel Grey describes the rapid learning the amnesiac Angel is displaying. He went from being unable to draw even a basic stick figure to producing a faithful recreation of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel on the walls of his room.
- Artificial Limbs: He has his naturally-occuring wings amputated and replaced with razor-edged metallic wings that can shoot blades. As the procedure is done by an evil mad scientist, there are some side effects.
- Betty and Veronica: Veronica for Jean in the early days. He was the rich, arrogant suitor in comparison to the poor, humble Cyclops.
- Black Gal on White Guy Drama: Averted. His lover Charlotte Jones is African-American, so this is a pairing of White Guy and a Black Gal. But neither of the two face derision and this is not played for drama.
- Blood Knight: In Apocalypse-engineered mode. He actively sought combat and the death of his opponents.
- Brainwashed: He was brainwashed by Apocalypse to serve as Death, one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse. He stayed under control from X-Factor #21 to #25(October, 1987 - February, 1988). After killing Iceman, he snaps out of it and attacks Apocalypse. Fortunately the Iceman he destroyed was only an ice statue of the original.
- Cast from Lifespan: Following his resurrection in 2012, Angel gained new energy powers. In Wolverine and the X-Men #20 (January, 2013), Beast speculates that they come at a terrible price. Angel is using his own energy reserves to fight, and they are a limited resource. When they are exhausted, he will die.
- Chick Magnet: He is a blonde-haired hunk of a man and regularly attracts ladies. This goes as far back as X-Men #2 (November, 1963). The X-Men have recently defeated Magneto and have become celebrities. Anti-mutant sentiment was not introduced yet. So there is a scene where the Angel has trouble escaping his adoring fangirls. He has went on to have romances with several notable women, the dates given are the duration of the relationship: Candy Southern (1967-1986), Dazzler (1982-1983), Charlotte Jones (1990-1991), Psylocke (1994-2001), and Husk (2002-2005).
- In Uncanny X-Men #169-170 (May, 1983), Angel was kidnapped by the Morlocks. Their leader Callisto wanted to have him as her consort, since he was the most beautiful man in all the world. In Excalibur vol. 3 #13 (July, 2005), both Callisto and Viper express their lust towards Archangel.
- His teammate Stacy X had an unrequited crush on him. In Uncanny X-Men #413 (November 2002), Stacy and Husk fight over their common attraction to Archangel.
- In Uncanny X-Men #415 (January, 2003), Warren attracts the attentions of the empath Josette. She tries to seduce him, and he turns her down.
- In X-Men: First Class #7 (May, 2007), Angel has a brief relationship with the Scarlet Witch.
- In Uncanny X-Force #16 (November, 2011), Archangel has sex with Pestilence/Ichisumi. He impregnates her and she goes on to give birth to their twin children: Uriel and Eimin.
- The younger version of Angel, displaced to Earth-616, has a relationship with X-23.
- In Thunderbolts, even as the team is fighting him, Songbird says that she has "never in [her] life seen a guy that good-looking!"
- Combo Platter Powers: He's got enhanced strength and endurance, healing blood, flight...
- Crimefighting with Cash: He inherited a large fortune from his father, as well as the position of CEO of Worthington Industries.note The company is "an international conglomerate with holdings in advanced aviation technology, periodicals (at least one newspaper), experimental alternative fuels and fancy frozen yoghurts, with nearly uncountable net worth." He has used his fortune to bankroll the Defenders, X-Factor, and the X-Men.
- At one point, his old foe the Vanisher set up a company to sell drugs. Termed "designer genes," they were drugs distilled from mutants that gave their users temporary access to unique mutant powers. In Uncanny X-Men #409 (September, 2002), Archangel ended the threat by performing a hostile takeover of Vanisher's company.
- Death Is Cheap: In X-Factor #15 (April, 1987), his wings were amputated. He escaped the hospital and took off on a private plane. The plane explodes in to ball of flames, and Angel was declared deceased. His funeral was held in issue #17 (June, 1987). In issue #18 (July, 1987), it is revealed that Angel was teleported out of the plane moments before the explosion. His rescuer was Apocalypse, who wanted to convert him to his cause.
- In The Infinity Gauntlet #1 (July, 1991), Thanos wipes out of half the population of the Marvel Universe. In issue #2 (August, 1991), a list of "missing" (dead) heroes is read and Archangel was among them. Every casualty of the event was restored to life in issue #6 (December, 1991), Archangel included.
- In Uncanny X-Force #18 (February, 2012), Archangel is killed by Psylocke, who uses the Life Seed to stab him. The death did not even last the issue. The Life Seed immediately resurrects him, but wipes out his memory.
- Did Not Get the Girl: He was involved in a Love Triangle with Jean Grey and Cyclops. Both men wanted her, and Warren was more open about it. This subplot run for years in the original X-Men series. It was resolved in issue #31 (April, 1967), when Warren decided to drop the pursuit. He realized Jean was not returning his affection. That same issue introduced his Replacement Love Interest, Candy Southern.
- Distressed Dude: Uncanny X-Men #169-170 (May, 1983), Angel was kidnapped by the Morlocks. Their leader Callisto wanted to have him as her consort, since he was "the most beautiful man in all the world." He spend both issues as a helpless captive, "silent and naked except for a loincloth, shackled, crucifixion-style, to a wall in Callisto's dungeon."
- Doomed Upgrade: Superpowered version. Various writers continue trying to upgrade him beyond "lame old flight," but nobody can agree on what that upgrade should be, so his powers have gone through at least three major revamps. The longest-lasting of these was being stints as Archangel with razor-sharp metal wings (permanently locked into the form from 1988 to 1996, able to shift at will between Angel and Archangel from 2008 to present).
- Dream Sequence: In Uncanny X-Force #18 (February, 2012), Archangel is dying and Psylocke uses her telepathy to give him an elaborate dream. In it, the two are a married couple, raising two daughters in Colorado. They grow old together, and Warren dies of natural causes.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Yes, he's THAT hot. His former friend Cameron Hodge was obsessed with Warren. In X-Factor #34 (November, 1988), Cameron killed Candy Southern, Warren's actual lover. He explains his reasons for killing her: "She loved you. And you loved her. You turned from me and loved her." The motivation of a Stalker with a Crush who has decided to Murder the Hypotenuse.
- Evil Former Friend: Cameron Hodge used to be his friend before becoming his Archenemy. Warren trusted him enough to have him serve as the public relations director to X-Factor.
- Evil Uncle: His paternal uncle Burtram "Burt" Worthington is the super-villain Dazzler. He killed first Warren's father and then his mother. All in an attempt to claim the family fortune. Unfortunately for him, Warren survived and became the actual heir. His appearances so far include Ka-Zar #2-3 (December, 1970 - March, 1971), Marvel Tales vol. 2 #30 (April, 1971), and X-Men: The Hidden Years #13-16 (December, 2000 - March, 2001).
- FaceHeel Turn: When his Death persona takes over and he becomes the successor to Apocalypse. Setting of the Dark Angel Saga in the pages of Uncanny X-Force.
- His first Face Heel Turn occurred back in Tales of Suspense #49 (January, 1964). Following an accidental exposure to radiation, Angel becomes an "evil mutant." He heads right to the Xavier Mansion and announces his resignation from the X-Men. His teammates attempt to restrain him until the Professor arrives. Instead Angel easily knocks Beast and Cyclops off their feet, evading attacks by Iceman and Marvel Girl. He flies away just before Professor X arrives and casually ignores a mental command to return. Pointing he is no longer scared of Xavier. He then goes on trying to make contact with evil mutants. He instead gets into a fight with Iron Man. Iron Man fails to get the best of his opponent, but then tries another strategy. He pretends to fall out of the sky to his death. This snaps Angel out of his "evil mutant" persona and he goes to the rescue. He is a hero again and is welcomed by the X-Men.
- Feather Flechettes: In his Death/Archangel persona. Each flechette is tipped with a paralytic toxin that temporarily renders his victims immobile, physically "dead" and unable to access any conscious powers they may have.
- Fiction 500: His personal wealth places him as one of the richest men in the United States. He can always cover the expenses of entire teams
- Friend to All Children: In Wolverine and the X-Men #10 (July, 2012), Rachel Grey reveals that Angel devotes part of his day to children. Specifically he volunteers at the hospital and takes sick children on rides through the clouds.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: Angel has while feathery wings during his early incarnation. Later, he is grabbed by Apocalypse and experimented upon, and his wings become metallic and retractable. Later the metal wings mysteriously fall off and reveal the old feathered wings have returned, and still later Warren gains the ability to shift at will between the feather-winged Angel and metal-winged Archangel. And in the latter form he has to fight against the evil urges that have been imbued in him by Apocalypse, hence sticking with the weaker but entirely good Angel form whenever possible.
- Hand Blast: Following his resurrection in 2012, Angel gained new energy powers. He can now blast energy from his hands.
- Have We Met?: Amnesiac or not, Angel finds his teammate Genesis/Evan Sabahnur looks familiar and feels he should know more about him. Genesis is a clone of Apocalypse, Angel's former master.
- Healing Factor: When Chuck Austen revamped Archangel's powers, one of the new ones was a healing factor. In Uncanny X-Men #415 (January, 2003), Warren is completely healed after being severely injured. Even his broken bones are repaired. Warren surprises Iceman with his "rapid healing." Iceman suggests that Warren is turning into a copy of Wolverine: "So whats next? You pop claws out of your forearms, develop a taste for beer and mousse your hair all pointy on the sides?"
- Healing Hands: Averted. While believing himself to be an actual Angel, Warren is convinced he has this power. In Wolverine and the X-Men #8 (June, 2012), Warren tries to use this power on a paralyzed Wolverine. Nothing happens.
- Heroes Want Redheads: He was a suitor to redhead Jean Grey. His one time love interest Scarlet Witch has auburn hair. "Auburn" being reddish-brown.
- Honest Corporate Executive: He is the CEO of Worthington Industries and is not in favor of underhanded business methods or morally questionable investments. His board of directors, on the other hands, has invested money in the X-Ranch (a mutant brothel) and Lobo Technologies (a company illegally selling Stark Enterprises products under their logo).
- I Believe I Can Fly: When Angel was introduced as a member of the X-Men, it was alongside the very flightless Cyclops and Beast, while Iceman's ice slides didn't offer the same level of maneuverability and Jean Grey couldn't levitate herself very far. But as the roster has expanded with characters who have flight as a side effect of their powers—Storm, Magneto, Rogue (after absorbing the right abilities), Mystique, Cannonball, Apocalypse, and so on—being stuck with huge feathered wings as a mutation must be annoying.
- In fairness, Angel has gained (and lost) a lot of powers over the years, such as vision on par with a hawk's, being physically capable of flight i.e. being both lighter and stronger than normal humans, and recently universal donor blood with regenerative properties that, for some, can heal otherwise-doomed characters from fatal damage. And even when his power of flight was more exclusive, he always made it look like a lot of fun, like every childhood daydream you've had but better.
- Identity Amnesia: Following his resurrection in 2012, Angel lost all memories of his previous life. In Wolverine and the X-Men, Angel becomes just another student. He has to be taught the basics about being a mutant, doesn't answer to the name "Warren," and for a while believed he was an actual Angel.
- Impoverished Patrician: Following his amnesia, Angel spend a period when his bank accounts were frozen. This started in Wolverine and the X-Men #5 (April, 2012). He also lost control of his company to its board of directors: "It is painfully obvious to the board of directors that their longtime CEO has suffered a mental breakdown and thus at present must be considered mentally unfit to run this company. They have no choice but to strip Mr. Worthington of all authority in regards to this company and to implore him to seek the medical attention he so desperately needs." ... "He is being called before a judge to demonstrate mental competence."
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Wolverine. Wolvie was born in the 19th century and is old enough to be Archangel's ancestor.
- With Genesis/Evan Sabahnur. Angel is a full adult, Genesis is little more than a newborn clone. Justified in that Angel himself is functionally a child following his resurrection.
- Jerkass Has a Point: In X-Factor #24 (January, 1988), Warren serves as Death, a Horseman of the Apocalypse. He lists his reasons for his newfound hatred of humans: "They took away his wealth, beauty, name, pride, and even his wings." He is correct that hateful humans have caused his Trauma Conga Line, and his former teammates offer no argument against his reasoning.
- Killed Off for Real: In the Ultimate Marvel universe, during Ultimatum
- The Lancer: Full of himself, overconfident, and continued to contend with Scott for Jean long after Bobby and Hank lost interest.
- Laser Blade: Following his resurrection in 2012, Angel gained new energy powers. In Wolverine and the X-Men #20 (January, 2013), he manifests an energy sword and has a brief Sword Fight with the second Silver Samurai. He bests his opponent.
- Last of His Kind: Chuck Austen's storylines hinted that Warren is the last member of the Cheyarafim, an ancient Mutant sub-species with angelic looks and powers. They were the archenemies of the demonic-looking Neyaphem, a Mutant sub-species which includes Nightcrawler. Warren's blood, which heals others, burns Nightcrawler when used on him.
- The Leader: Starting from Uncanny X-Men #395, the series featured a group of X-Men going on rescue missions. Under Joe Casey, the leader was Nightcrawler. Under Chuck Austen the leader was Archangel.
- MayDecember Romance: His relationship to Husk firs the trope. She was said to be about 19 years old at the time. Archangel is in his 30s.
- His relationship with Pestilence/Ichisumi is a more extreme version. Her origin story in Uncanny X-Force #3 (February, 2011), depicts her as an adult in 1833. She is likely more than 150-years older than Archangel.
- The Medic: A grisly version, since he can use his blood to heal others.
- Mighty Whitey and Mellow Yellow: He had a brief relationship with Pestilence/Ichisumi, a Japanese woman. He was clearly the dominant partner, as she served his will.
- Mission from God: In Wolverine and the X-Men #8 (June, 2012), Angel goes on a space mission to find a device able to heal a paralyzed Wolverine. He declares it a Mission From God.
- Mistaken for Cheating: In X-Factor #10 (November, 1986), Angel and Jean Grey bond for a while and embrace. His lover Candy Southern walks in on them and mistakes this for a lover's embrace. She chews them both out. Angel because this is not his first time philandering. Jean because her real powers are wrecking relationships, making men fall in love with her, and destroying the men who fall for her. She then dumps Warren, quits her job in Warren Industries, and walks out.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Warren has a slender figure and is not muscle-bound. However, his Handbook profiles list him as having "Peak Human Strength." "The Angel possesses greater physical strength than an ordinary human equal to him in body weight and can lift about 500 lbs (226,80 kilos)."
- Napoleon Delusion: For several issues of Wolverine and the X-Men, Warren thought himself to be an actual Angel and an agent of God. In issue #10 (July, 2012), his delusion almost kills him. He tries to fly up to Heaven and flies to a height where they is not enough oxygen for him to breath. He falls from the sky and has to be rescued by Genesis/Evan Sabahnur. When he wakes up, Angel realizes he is a mutant after all.
- Necromancer: Angel demonstrates new powers after his resurrection in 2012. One of them is the ability to bring back the recently deceased. In Wolverine and the X-Men #4 (March, 2012), he first uses this power to a bring a dead dog back to life.
- Never Learned to Read: As revealed by Rachel Grey in Wolverine and the X-Men #10 (July, 2012), the amnesiac Angel "couldnt read a word in any language." Due to his rapid learning, Angel goes from illiterate to having the highest marks among students of the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, along with Quentin Quire.
- Old Money: His family has been wealthy and socially prominent since the 18th century. X-Men: The Hellfire Club #2 (February, 2000), features his ancestor Major-General Wallace Worthington as a key figure in the late years of The American Revolution.
- Pretty Boy: He is a blonde-haired, blue-eyed man who looks like a model. Not every artist can pull it off, of course, but he is supposed to be unnaturally, ethereally beautiful, to the point that the wings aren't what you notice first if you're close enough to make out his features. This even continued when he was blue-skinned. Amusingly, his time-displaced teenaged self jokingly acknowledges this while on a date with X-23, making himself out to be prettier than Jean Grey.Laura: Jean is prettier than me.
Warren: That's not true
Laura: You're prettier than me.
Warren: That is true.
- Razor Wings: As Archangel. His techno-organic wings can cut through flesh, and tend to be used for the mutilation or decapitation of his opponents.
- Rich Idiot with No Day Job: A variation. Since the 1980s, he has no secret identity. He is a rich guy who acts as a full time hero. He is a CEO, but spends little time actually handling the company. He really has no day job.
- Sociopathic Hero/Villain Protagonist in Apocalypse-engineered mode. When heroic, Archangel is still extremely violent and kills on instinct. When his dark side wins out, he becomes an outright villain. Which does not prevent him from being the co-protagonist of X-Factor and X-Force Uncanny X-Force]].
- Super Senses: Following his resurrection in 2012, Angel gains new powers. One of them gives him a version of enhanced vision. He is able to see the true essence of whomever he looks upon. He uses it twice in Wolverine and the X-Men #10 (July, 2012)When he looks at himself (in the mirror), Angel sees himself glowing. Which makes him believe that he is so much more than a mutant. When he sees Genesis/Evan Sabahnur, Angel sees the adult Apocalypse.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Angel has Archangel, the persona he developed after being experimented on by Apocalypse. Warren usually has wings and average healing powers. Archangel has razor sharp, retractable wings that launch out metal feathers that are dipped in his natural poison. He is a killer. See Yo Yo Plot Point below.
- The Smart Guy: Among the students of the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. He gets the highest marks among them, along with Quentin Quire.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: You try getting a shirt on over those things on a regular basis.
- The Worf Effect: It may seem absurd, considering that he was the weakest of all the X-Men, but back in the day when he wasn't QUITE so useless the first thing that would happen in most fights is that Angel would rush in and get his ass handed to him, after which he would either be totally taken out or have to retreat to be rescued by the others. In retrospective, his strength was somewhat justified in that one of the attempts to revamp his powers was to make him physically stronger due to his flight musculature.
- Voice Types: As revealed by Rachel Grey in Wolverine and the X-Men #10 (July, 2012), Angel sings soprano in a choir. This fits his new Purity Personified personality.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Starting from X-Force vol. 3 #7 (November, 2008), Warren could willingly change from his white-skinned, feather-winged Angel form to his blue-skinned, techno-organic Archangel form.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: The utter redundance of "just flight" as a power in such a fully realized superhero universe has caused numerous attempts to revamp him into a more serious combat threat (though there was the time around 2000 when they tried to up his usefulness by just focusing him on rescue in hazardous areas and situations). The most common variant is, as Archangel, Razor Wings, but he's also displayed the ability to launch feather projectiles in that form (exploding ones in the '90s animated series and razor-sharp ones in Wolverine and the X-Men).
- Winged Humanoid: He is a mutant with white feathered wings. He was later Retconned into having super-strength and unbreakable, ultra-light bones, to explain away the biological improbabilities (he also has eagle-keen vision, though no one seems to remember this). When transformed into the Horseman Death by Apocalypse, his previously amputated feathered wings were replaced by razor-sharp mechanical ones that shot poison-tipped feathers. His white-feathered wings returned eventually, having grown back underneath the metal ones.
- He can now switch between normal Angel and blue-skinned, metal-winged Archangel forms.
- Yo Yo Plot Point: The conflict between Warren and his Archangel persona. Every time it gets resolved and Warren either makes his peace or even rids himself of Archangel entirely, guaranteed a few months later it's going to be dragged back up again.
Dr. Henry Philip "Hank" McCoy/Beast
A brilliant scientist, athlete, and bibliophile, at first the only thing that indicated that Hank McCoy was a mutant were large hands and feet, and, later, an overall simian aesthetic. However, an experiment to enhance his already superhuman strength and agility transformed him into a blue-furred ape creature and later a blue lion man. Beast is a genius in genetics and biology and enjoys quoting Shakespeare. His even-handed and professorial attitude tend to keep the other members from panicking in situations. He's actually been in more teams than any other X-Man, having been a member of The Avengers and The Defenders before; accordingly, being in the public eye as a member of the high-profile Avengers has made him one of the most accepted mutants by society at large.