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Professor Charles Xavier, also known as Professor X, is a Marvel Comics character created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, first appearing in X-Men #1 (September 1963).

Widely considered the father of the mutant rights movement in the Marvel Universe, Xavier is the founder of his School for Gifted Youngsters, where young mutants can learn to hone their amazing abilities in a safe environment. Cyclops, Jean Grey, Iceman, Beast, and Angel were among his first-ever pupils.

Xavier, himself a mutant with the power of telepathy, is often compared to Martin Luther King Jr., especially in the context of alternating friend / rival Magneto's Malcolm X. Highly regarded within the Marvel Universe by mutants and non-mutants alike for his intellectual endeavors, Xavier's intelligence isn't always utilized for pure altruism, and he's often depicted as a member of The Illuminati, for better or worse.

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Regardless, Xavier remains an enduring figure of leadership within the mutant community, even after his death in Avengers vs. X-Men. While still technically dead as of 2018, Charles Soule's Astonishing X-Men brought Xavier back to the land of the living, albeit in the body of a consenting Fantomex. Now calling himself "X", only a select few know that Xavier's consciousness has returned to life.

As the founder of the X-Men, Xavier has (obviously) appeared quite often in other media based on the characters, to the point of virtual omnipresence. He features in just about every possible animated adaptation of the X-Men franchise, most notably in original animated series and X-Men: Evolution.

Xavier also appears as a primary character in most of the X-Men Film Series, portrayed initially by Patrick Stewart (who was already popular fancast by fans and creators for many years) in 2000's X-Men. James McAvoy was later in cast as a younger version of the role in 2011's X-Men: First Class, a role he'd continue in further prequel-sequels. Both Xaviers would eventually interact in 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past. And while not actually appearing on the series itself, Xavier is alluded to in an episode of FX's Legion, based on the character of the same name... who just so happens to be his firstborn offspring.

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  • Abled in the Adaptation: The X-Men Film Series gives Xavier a serum that he can take that allows him to regain his ability to walk at the cost of his powers. Nothing like this exists in the comics, though he has come up with numerous other off-the-wall ways to regain his mobility (none of them ever stick, though).
  • Abusive Parents: His stepfather Kurt Marko was strict and abusive. He still died trying to save Xavier from a fire.
  • Academic Athlete: As a teenager, Xavier received excellent grades and was also an accomplished track athlete.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: His more negative traits (Manipulative Bastard, Good Is Not Nice) are often downplayed in most adaptations such as the 1990s animated series and the X-Men Film Series, where he is a lot more noble and wise. James McAvoy takes it up a notch in terms of likability by portraying the younger Charles as The Cutie.
  • Alcoholic Parent: His mother Sharon Xavier started Drowning Her Sorrows following her failed marriage to Kurt Marko. She became an alcoholic and died young. Xavier still has fond memories of her.
  • Alternate Universe Reed Richards Is Awesome: What If? vol. 2 #13 (May, 1990), depicts Earth-905. During the The Korean War, Xavier and not Cain Marko finds the Crimson Gem of Cyttorak. He is transformed into the Juggernaut. In this incarnation being a Genius Bruiser, Nigh Invulnerable, a near Invincible Villain, and hinted by Uatu to be Immortal. He uses his powers to take over the United States and sets up a mutant-dominated regime, founding the X-Men to serve as its de facto ruling class. Among those defeated by him are Daredevil, Doctor Doom, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, and Spider-Man. His tyranny turns a hand full of his X-Men against him. He is eventually defeated by an alliance of Cain Marko, Colossus, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Magneto, Quicksilver, and the Scarlet Witch, who manage to launch him into space.
    • What If? vol. 2 #77 (September, 1995) depicts Earth-77995. Legion time travels to World War II and kills a harmless Magneto. Legion then fades from existence. Without Magneto there is no mutant terrorist threat and no noticeable anti-mutant sentiment. Xavier still goes on to found the X-Men, who become media darlings. There is even a film series based on their adventures. Xavier looses control of the team to Forge, who barely tolerates Xavier's continued presence among the team. When Apocalypse and an army of his followers emerge, the X-Men have to face their first major battle in years. They are severely outclassed. Apocalypse points out the difference in their strengths: "For mine was tempered in fire, and yours went untested and became a joke." A mortally wounded Xavier still manages to kill Apocalypse. Jean Grey then uses the Phoenix Force to incinerate all of Apocalypse's army, except for Vanisher and Gideon who manage to escape. The cost is great, much of Washington, D.C. burns in the Phoenix flames and 100,000 civilians die. Jean takes over the X-Men and the school they run, but now the public has turned against them. Iron Man proposes anti-mutant legislation, while Gideon takes up Apocalypse's cause and recruits a new army of followers.
    • The Mutant X series (1998-2001) depicts Earth-1298. Xavier fought the Shadow King, killed him, and managed to somehow absorb the powers of the rival telepath. This was the Start of Darkness for him, as he also absorbed some of the Shadow King's corruption. He set out on a campaign to capture all the world's telepaths and absorb their powers. He later formed an alliance with Mister Sinister, took control of S.H.I.E.L.D., and unleashed a major attack on the X-Men. This was the prerequisite on his actual plan to terrorize the civilian population of planet Earth and feed on their fears, a power he had inherited from the Shadow King. He had an argument with Sinister and killed him. He was eventually defeated by the combined forces of the X-Men (led by Magneto), the Six (led by Havok), and the Horsemen of the Apocalypse (led by Apocalypse). He escaped and remained an active threat.
    • The one-shot What If Magneto Had Formed the X-Men With Professor X? (February, 2005) depicts Earth-523004. Xavier, Magneto, and Gabrielle Haller have their fated meeting in Israel. But in this world, a passionate speech by Gabrielle inspires Magneto to become a hero, rather than a Well-Intentioned Extremist. He and Xavier become firm allies and active players in world politics. Their greatest achievement is helping to end the Arab–Israeli Conflict. On the other hand, Xavier fails to construct Cerebro. Consequently the two only managed to locate a hand full of mutants over the decades. They form the X-Men to face the plans of Larry Trask. Trask stands as one of the world's richest men, his company provides advanced technology for global governments, he is a Lord Cardinal of the Hellfire Club, and his father provides him with mutant-hunting Sentinels. Making him much more dangerous than his Earth-616 counterpart.
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: After getting shot in the head by Bishop, a lot of Charles' memories were slow to come back. It did prove valuable in a Battle in the Center of the Mind with Mr. Sinister, though, since his attempts at demoralising Charles didn't have the same punch without the emotional connection.
  • Arch-Enemy: He has several. Magneto serves as his longest-standing enemy and is also his rival in proposing a different dream for mutants, one of mutant supremacy (which is against everything Xavier stands for). The Shadow King is another, being the first evil mutant he fought and a telepath of power comparable to him who has returned over and over again to haunt the X-Men. Mr. Sinister became this to him in X-Men Legacy, where it was retconned that he had manipulated Xavier when he was a child. And then there's Jack Winters, the evil mutant who adopted Cyclops and steered him towards a life of crime before Xavier stepped in.
  • The Atoner: During his journey Walking the Earth in X-Men Legacy he spent most of his time trying to make amends with various X-Men.
  • Badass Teacher: However one feels about his personal morality, he's undoubtedly one of these to the students under his charge.
  • Bald of Awesome: Especially in the movies, where he's played by Patrick Stewart.
  • Big Good: Professor Xavier is The Leader of the X-Men, principal of the Xavier Institute for Gifted Youngsters, and the standard-bearer of the campaign for mutants and Muggles to co-exist peacefully. Even though he doesn't play a direct leader role in all of the Marvel Universe's mutant teams, the Verse's various teams of mutant heroes (the X-Men, X-Factor, X-Force, Generation X, etc.) have occasionally been collectively referred to as "The Disciples of Xavier."
  • Boom, Headshot!: At the end of the Messiah Complex storyline, Bishop accidentally hit Charles while firing madly at a disappearing Cable. He got better thanks to Exodus and his Acolytes.
  • Brainwashing for the Greater Good: He's more than willing to do this if he feels it's necessary (though over time he's developed at least a token reluctance to brainwashing people willy-nilly). An infamous case is his brainwashing of the villain known as the Vanisher, who he brainwashed into a Dirty Coward because he considered his powers of Teleportation to be "too dangerous". Vanisher never recovered, and even to this day, many decades later, his character is still defined by what Charles Xavier forced him into being.
  • Broken Pedestal: He definitely became one of these to Cyclops after Deadly Genesis.
  • Cain and Abel: Has an evil twin sister (Cassandra Nova), had an evil stepbrother (Juggernaut, who had a Heel–Face Turn, and was actually called Cain), an evil former best friend (Magneto), and an evil son (David "Legion" Haller, not actually evil but misguided with severe mental problems)!
  • Came Back Wrong: He resurrected himself using Fantomex' body but it's implied he's not quite the same person, and Psylocke decides to keep an eye on him.
  • Catch-Phrase: "To me, my X-Men!" The phrase debuted in the final page of X-Men #1 (September, 1963) and would be reused for decades.
  • Chrome Dome Psi: He had blonde hair as a child, but as one character profile has it: "One side effect of his powers was that he lost his hair while he was still in his late teens." His powers being telepathy, making him "able to read thoughts, communicate with others psionically, manipulate thoughts and memories, control the actions of others, mentally induce pain, paralysis, or unconsciousness in other people, project his astral form and enter the psychic plane."
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: According to an interview with Stan Lee, the visual appearance of Xavier was originally based on Yul Brynner. In more recent years, he's been based on Patrick Stewart.
  • Commuting on a Bus: After his stint as the main character of X-Men: Legacy, having been made Persona Non Grata among most of the X-Men, Charles spent the next few years disappearing and reappearing.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Professor X had at one point plans to be put into play in the event that any given X-Man executed a Face Heel Turn. For example, the plan for dealing with Wolverine was immolating his entire body, severing his head with a laser and sealing it in an adamantium safe.
  • Crimefighting with Cash: He can't always directly fight crime (paraplegia is a bitch that way), but he still uses his mountains of cash to help his students do so.
  • A Darker Me: Xavier had a history of his dark side taking on a life of its own. One of these times led into a freaking Crisis Crossover.
  • Death Is Cheap:
    • He was killed by Grotesk in X-Men vol. 1 #42 (March, 1968). But in issue #65 (February, 1970), it was revealed that the Shapeshifter Changeling had died in his place. The real Xavier was just in hiding, preparing to face the Alien Invasion of the Z'Nox. Jean Grey was the only one who knew of the ruse.
    • He was killed by Doctor Doom in Secret Wars #11 (March, 1985). He was brought back to life in issue #12 (April, 1985).
    • After being killed by a Phoenix-possessed Cyclops in Avengers vs. X-Men and Red Skull using his corpse in Uncanny X-Men, Xavier came back in Astonishing X-Men (2017)—which also involved taking over Fantomex's body.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Professor Xavier also tends to suffer this fate as, at his full potential, he should be able to just sense and mindwipe any sentient problem that's heading the X-Men's way. Hence, most major threats in the X-Men comic books will begin with Xavier either disappearing, losing his powers, falling into a coma, turning evil, or otherwise being rendered useless for the rest of the story.
    • Believe it or not, a lot of the early battles came down to the X-Men distracting the villain long enough for Professor X to get in range and defeat them with his mental bolts.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: In his college years, Xavier was involved in a Love Triangle. Both Xavier and Joseph "Joe" MacTaggert courted the lovely Moira Kinross. Xavier seemingly won her heart, but was then drafted to serve in The Korean War. In his absence, Moira got back with Joe. So, a soldier Xavier received a "Dear John" Letter. Moira went on to marry John and they had a son.
  • Dirty Old Man: In The X-Men #3 (January, 1964) it is revealed that Xavier is romantically attracted to his teenaged student Jean Grey. "'Don't worry!' As though I could help worrying about the one I love! But I can never tell her! I have no right! Not while I'm the leader of the X-Men, and confined to this wheelchair!" This was actually part of a running gag about how every male in Jean's range was in love with her, and could be dismissed as a throwaway joke. It was dropped and nearly forgotten until 1996, when Onslaught brought it up again, presenting it as if it was serious.
  • Easily Forgiven: It does not matter how many times you've tried to kill him; if you claim repentance, he'll welcome you with open arms. Sometimes this works out really well, and sometimes... not.
    • Not really that surprising, considering he's a telepath, and therefore likely to know whether you're sincere about it or not.
    • This gained Charles a What the Hell, Hero? speech from the entire team when he decided to allow former foe (for former, read "they still considered her one") Rogue onto the team. It was only when Charles threw Storm's assessment of Wolverine (to wit: "he may be a psychopath, but there is good in him") back in her face and gave a Patrick Stewart Speech to the effect that he'd rather be stabbed in the back than stand by and spurn a suffering mutant that the X-Men backed down. Worth noting that he was one hundred percent right in this case, as Rogue has proven herself a worthy hero and loyal friend many times over.
    • On the flip-side, in recent years he's been the one whose needed to be forgiven, as all sorts of revelations about how manipulative he has been over the years have come to light, to say nothing of the fact that he apparently had a crush on Jean Grey since she was 6. Cyclops and many members of the team have had trouble forgiving him. Another reason is general loss of faith as his dream of peaceful human-mutant co-existence seems to have gone down the crapper, and Cyke thinks a tougher policy than Easily Forgiven is in order. Thirdly, he himself broke this rule when he shot his Evil Twin Cassandra Nova dead; though she absolutely deserved it, it was mainly because of the threat she represented, and not (just) her previous genocidal actions.
      • The last one has been subverted. The first time he threatened her (by threatening to shoot himself in the head), she was trying to take control of him and Cerebra, so it was an impending menace. The second time she had just succeeded. Nova's mind was in Charles' body and vice-versa.
  • Evil Cripple: While the regular Xavier is not this (being at worst morally grey and prone to making bad choices) he has a number of alternate universe counterparts that are this. One limited issue series even made a plot out of its cast traveling from universe to universe battling various evil Xaviers.
  • Evil Former Friend: Magneto and he used to be friends, before Magneto chose to go on the warpath and become a terrorist. Whenever Magneto has a Heel–Face Turn, they tend to act as best friends.
  • Faking the Dead: He faked his death from X-Men vol. 1 #42 (March, 1968) to issue #65 (February, 1970). Two years.
  • Fatal Flaw: While he is not a Bad Boss like Magneto, he shares some of his ideological rival's It's All About Me attitude, as evidenced by his inability to step aside after his students have outgrown him until forced to do so. It should be noted that this is due to Executive Meddling out of universe however, and X-Men maestro Chris Claremont did intend for Xavier to eventually step back and allow his first generation of student to take the reins before being Killed Off for Real and turning leadership of the X-Men over to Magneto.
  • Fiction 500: The X-Mansion and related equipment comes from his inherited fortune, so he might be as rich as Tony Stark. Under Grant Morrison, he even headed an international Mega-Corp to fund his team's heroism and projects.
    • His inherited fortune made him able to turn the basement of a mansion into an Elaborate Underground Base with an absurdly advanced holodeck room, as well as building various vehicles, including helicopters and a really advanced jet. Plus the Cerebro. Those can't come cheap. note  Eventually, his even richer wife, Shi'ar Majestrix Lilandra (who owns an entire galaxy), provided upgrades to much of Xavier's facilities.
      • Note that the jet in question was a custom-modified SR-71 Blackbird, bought straight from Lockheed. Lockheed in real life never sold Blackbirds to anyone except the US government, since the technology was largely top secret. This illustrates that Xavier is both ludicrously rich and even more ludicrously well-connected. Or he just used his psychic powers to convince whoever was responsible to get him what he needed.
      • Also, everything on this list — Cerebro, the mansion, the Blackbird, and other smaller planes and helicopters — gets destroyed whenever the plot requires them not to have it or wants to show "this villain is serious." And everything on this list will be replaced, often with a better version that more closely matches whatever it looks like in the most recent film, by the next time it's needed. This in addition to the sprawling facilities and Star Trek-level gadgetry. That places Professor X in Tony Stark's tier, but unlike the other characters with unlimited resources, we never hear about his business ventures, or trouble with any companies of his during the times Xavier is in space or believed by all to be dead. Was his dad so rich that the X-Men can keep this up indefinitely without it being replenished, or is there an unseen Xavier Industries comparable to what Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark has?
      • Emma Frost is known to have used her telepathy to get insider information for playing the stock market. Given that in his younger years, Xavier was decidedly less ethical about invading (and even altering) people's minds, one wonders if he did the same thing in order to enhance his wealth. Simply being heavily invested in other people's companies could give Xavier vast wealth without having to run a company of his own, if he picked the right companies.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: Uncanny X-Men #161 (September, 1982) is a Whole Episode Flashback to 20 years before, back to Xavier's younger years. He is in Haifa, Israel when asked to treat Gabrielle Haller, a Holocaust survivor who has been catatonic since the days of World War II. Xavier uses his telepathy to enter her mindscape, demolish the mental walls present there, and awaken her for the first time in decades. Over the following weeks, he keeps treating her as his patient and they fall in love.
    • Uncanny X-Men #309 (February, 1994) id another a Whole Episode Flashback, back to Xavier's younger years. Xavier has recently lost use of his legs and his injuries are treated in a hospital in India. He has sunk into depression. His primary caretaker is American Red Cross nurse (and fellow mutant) Amelia Voght. During a therapy session, Amelia surprises him by confessing to love him and giving him a passionate kiss. He falls in love with her. Eventually they move in together, back in his Westchester mansion.
  • For Want of a Nail: His life is the nail between the world as we know it and the Age of Apocalypse.
    • A similar plot was presented in X-Men during the two-parter episode "One Man's Worth" — if a mutant traitor kills Xavier in the past, it winds up leading to a Days of Future Past-esque future where the Sentinels rule.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He is responsible for the creation of technological achievements such as the mutant-tracking computer Cerebro and the Danger Room.
  • Genius Cripple / Handicapped Badass: For much of his history. As a teenager he was a track athlete. He then devoted himself to his college studies. His genius-level intellect made him a leading expert in genetics, the study of mutations, and psionics. He possesses considerable expertise in other life sciences. He is also a tactician, strategist, and a Gadgeteer Genius. He is responsible for the creation of technological achievements such as the mutant-tracking computer Cerebro and the Danger Room. His legs were crippled following a fight with Human-looking Alien Lucifer, making him a Genius Cripple. He has been able to walk on several occasions, but this tends to be short-lived. He always seems to return to being confined in a wheelchair. Despite his handicap, Xavier remains a Badass fighter.
  • Good Is Not Nice: While still in the womb, Xavier sensed that his twin sister Cassandra Nova was evil. So his first conscious act was trying to kill her, even though she had yet to hurt him. He has performed memory wipes on Muggles and his own students. He has on occasion faked losing his powers or even dying to suit his plans. Consequently leaving his students fending for themselves and feeling emotional pain. He was part of the covert group The Illuminati, and participated in their at best questionable decisions. All behind the back of his students. He covered up the death of the inexperienced X-Men Darwin, Petra, Sway, and Vulcan. He brainwashed Wolverine into joining the team. He knew that the Danger Room had become sentient and chose to keep it enslaved. He put a lot of effort in the so-called Xavier protocols, identifying the weaknesses of each student and devising plans to kill them if they went bad (to be fair, he included plans for his students to kill him if need be). He has also at times not hesitated to demote a number of X-Men while criticizing their perceived flaws. One of Kitty Pryde's most famous phrases summarizes well what all this means: "Professor Xavier Is a Jerk!"
  • Grand Theft Me: Xavier's return in Astonishing X-Men (2017) involved taking over Fantomex's body.
  • Guile Hero: His intellect is his greatest weapon. Aside from being a telepath, he keeps secrets even from his own team, has faked his own death as a ruse, and has employed secret operatives for when dogs need to be shot.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: He is a hero and three of his love interests are redheads: Jean Grey, Amelia Voght, and Mystique.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Averted in Avengers vs. X-Men. He makes a brief, almost token attempt to appeal to his former fatherly relationship with Cyclops when he confronts him, but quickly turns to threatening and trying to overcome Cyclops through psychic force. While Cyke was pretty far gone by this time, trying to take him down without the help of any other telepaths was not the wisest of ideas, as demonstrated when Cyclops toasts him for his trouble.
  • I Love Nuclear Power: Stan Lee toyed the idea that Mutants were the result of exposures to radiation. Which is why the X-Men were the so-called "Children of the Atom." In X-Men#1 (September, 1963), Xavier gives a brief mention of both of his parents working in the Atomic bomb project. Which resulted in his birth as a mutant. In X-Men #12 (July, 1965), Xavier receives his first Origins Episode. His father Brian Xavier is confirmed to have worked (and died) as a scientist in a nuclear facility in Alamogordo, New Mexico. His mother Sharon Xavier, on the other hand, was retconned into a common Housewife. Xavier thus gains his mutation from his father.
  • Identical Grandson: X-Men: Battle of the Atom introduces Charles Xavier II, a grandson of Xavier from an alternate future. He looks exactly like his grandfather, has the same powers, and was crippled by Colossus, confining him to a wheelchair just like his grandfather.
  • The Illuminati: As mentioned above, he's a member of the Marvel Universe's version of them. Strangely, it's not the usual Omniscient Council of Vagueness but instead a sort of 1% club consisting of the (supposed) smartest people in the Marvel U.
  • Instant Expert: He can "quickly process and store information by mental transference", an ability which he used in school to rise above his peers in academic achievement. His stepbrother, who knew he was telepathic, strongly suspected him of doing this and bullied him relentlessly over it. He can also transfer information between minds, as was established in Deadly Genesis when he infamously put Vulcan's team through a psychic cram-session on being X-Men, including a week's worth of Danger Room training that happened nowhere but in their own minds. It probably wasn't intended by Deadly Genesis's writers, but adding that little detail made Charles's entire history as a teacher suspect, leading readers to wonder how much of his successes with his students were by their own merit and how much was just Charles mentally grafting whatever his students needed to know into their minds.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Magneto, though this is a result of the sliding timescale. Chris Claremont established the two to be close age-wise and having a friendship going back decades. But Magneto's origin has him as an Holocaust survivor and this is not affected by the timescale. According to X-Men: Magneto Testament #1 (November, 2008), Magneto was born in either 1925 or 1926. He is currently supposed to be 90-years-old and will only appear to get older as the decades pass. On the other hand, Xavier's birth period is affected by the timescale and moves forward in time. In more recent stories, Magneto is old enough to be Xavier's father.
    • Also his relationship with Wolverine. Wolvie was born in the 19th century and is old enough to be Xavier's ancestor.
  • Interspecies Romance: More so than the average mutant, since his steady relationship is with Lilandra Neramani, the Empress of the Shi'ar, alien bird people with Psychic Powers.
  • Jerkass Ball: He has a habit of occasionally grabbing it. Case in point, his return to the X-Men at the beginning of the Dark Phoenix saga. Within days of his joyous return, he begins drilling the X-Men in the Danger Room, treating the experienced, capable team of adults like children, even handing out demerits to Wolverine when he finally takes as much as he can stand. When Cyclops tries pointing out that what he's doing isn't sensible, the Professor somehow manages to turn this around to mean Scott has failed his duties as team leader.
  • Killed Off for Real: In the Ultimate Marvel universe, during Ultimatum.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: He employs this much more often than Mind Rape.
  • Last-Name Basis: Far more people call him by his last name than his first.
  • The Leader: He serves as the Leader of the X-Men whenever he is around. Though he appoints field leaders to serve in combat situations.
  • Like a Son to Me: Considers Cyclops to be this, which is why it breaks his heart when Cyke takes a Face–Heel Turn in Avengers vs. X-Men.
  • Literal Split Personality: While Xavier's dark side, as noted, as taken on a life of its own before, Onslaught became this halfway through his self-titled crossover.
  • Long-Distance Relationship: Recurring use. He has a lasting relationship with Lilandra Neramani, a Shi'ar alien. She has spend time on Earth, and he has joined her in space. But when separated, the distance between them is the vast one separating Earth from another galaxy.
  • Luke, You Are My Father: Xavier had a brief relationship with Gabrielle Haller, a Holocaust survivor. When it ended, he was unaware that Gabrielle was pregnant. The result was a mutant son called David Haller. Xavier only found out in New Mutants #27 (May, 1985), when he entered the mindscape of the catatonic David. The boy called him "father."
  • May–December Romance: With Gabrielle Haller, though this is a result of the sliding timescale. Her origin established her as an Holocaust survivor and this is not affected by the timescale. On the other hand, Xavier's birth period is affected by the timescale and moves forward in time. So while the original story had the two lovers close age-wise, due to the timescale Gabrielle is supposed to be decades older than Xavier. And they had a son together.
  • Mentor Archetype: He is the experienced hero and teacher who takes in young boys and girls, training them to be heroes in their own right. Several of his students start out as teenagers.
  • Military Superhero: In X-Men #12 (July, 1965), Xavier receives his first Origins Episode. Among the background elements established is his military service in The Korean War. Being a veteran has remained an essential part of his background and characterization. Though due to the sliding timescale some retellings of the origin story replace the War with an unnamed Asian conflict.
  • A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: Charles' brain is psionically shielded due to his time in Korea, where the sheer level of suffering had threatened to drive him insane.
  • Mind Manipulation: He's scary good at this. In one notable instance, he disabled Exodus's Acolytes completely by implanting post-hypnotic suggestions in them via their dreams days before he even faced them. The only Acolyte he refused to manipulate in this way was Amelia Voght, his old lover.
  • Mind over Manners: He often prefers to "ask" before he reads your mind.
  • Mind over Matter: Used only In X-Men #1 (September, 1963). Stan Lee had some problems defining what the powers of his characters allowed them to do. So in that issue, Xavier uses his telepathy to pilot an airplane. This is actually telekinesis.
    • Xavier's counterpart in Ultimate X-Men is also telekinetic. Per his profile in the Marvel Database: "He is capable of lifting himself and his wheelchair up a flight of stairs, shunting Magneto into Earth's atmosphere and exploding the ball of metal which Magneto was (presumably) contained within, and levitating a Sentinel."
  • Mind Rape: He is perfectly capable of performing one, although he is reluctant to use it. Performed on Magneto in X-Men vol. 2 #25 (October, 1993), to shut out his mind and leave him in a vegetative state.
  • Missed the Call: The what-if where Charles became the Juggernaut was alluded to after his death when Cain was up to become the Juggernaut again. Cyttorak told him he intended for Xavier to become the Juggernaut, but things didn't work out that way.
  • Mission Control: More often than not, Xavier is not physically present in missions. He stays in telepathic communication with his students and provides assistance from a distance. When he does insist on leading or participating in a mission, it usually means he intends to have a Let's Get Dangerous! moment.
  • Mr. Exposition: When written by lazy writers (or Stan Lee) he had a bad habit of being used this way. If he's appearing as a floating disembodied head, it's usually to deliver an exposition dump.
  • Mundane Utility: As mentioned above, he used his telepathy in school to earn high marks.
  • My Greatest Failure: When his old lover Amelia Voght decided to leave him he used his powers to compel her to stay. It was only a second's moral failing and he immediately took it back, but the damage was done.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Xavier has more money than God and it's almost ridiculous how bottomless his pockets are, but never let it be said he lays around and does nothing with all his cash.
  • Old Money: He inherited his wealth and has never worked for a living. No matter how much damages the Mansion and its equipment suffer, Xavier always has enough money to restore them.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: A mild version. He is at least an expert in genetics, and a proficient inventor. He created the mutant-searching computer Cerebro and the Danger Room. Where his X-Men train with fully-fledged simulations of combat. He's not a half bad medic either.
  • Omniscient Morality License: A lot of his actions come off as this. For example in Beast's origin story, Xavier wipes out the memories of everyone who knew Hank McCoy. Including his friends and girlfriend. His questionable activities tend to be given a pass because he is the Big Good. He does get called out on it eventually.
  • The One That Got Away: Xavier has two of them, Moira Kinross MacTaggert and Amelia Voght. He had relationships with both of them, and they both left him at the end, leaving him with lasting bittersweet memories and regrets. Their paths crossed again but there was no rekindling of passion. Averted with Gabrielle Haller, who he parted on friendly terms with and there were no hard feelings about it.
  • Opposed Mentors: He's forever locked in opposition with his rival mutant mentor Magneto.
  • Parental Neglect: One of his (many) failings is that, ironically for a man who has dedicated his life to playing the Mentor Archetype, he's an absentee and disinterested father when it comes to his own children. This comes back to haunt him when his son David decides to become a "Well Done, Son!" Guy — unfortunately, David has also inherited his dad's uber-psi powers, leading him to become the insane supervillain Legion.
  • Patrick Stewart Speech: While he is played by Patrick Stewart in the movies, he's been making these sort of speeches for years before the movies ever came out.
  • People Puppets: He's capable of this, though he prefers not to use it unless absolutely necessary. Weirdly, his movie counterpart makes something of a shtick out of it, frequently puppetering entire crowds to get his students out of trouble or speak to a single person.
  • Powers Do the Fighting: Averted, as while Xavier mostly relies on his mutant powers, he is in fact a trained soldier and refuses to let his paraplegia hold him back. In one memorable incident, he even decked a then-rookie Wolverine right in the jaw, telling him that while his mindblasts could "shrivel (him) where (he) stands" that his fist contained all the power Wolverine deserved.
  • The Professor: It's right there in his name.
  • Pstandard Psychic Pstance: So much so that an image of ol' Chuck currently provides the trope's page image.
  • Psychic Powers: One of the most powerful psychics in the franchise.
    • Psychic Link: He can initiate this at will with anyone, telepath or non-telepath.
    • Psychic Radar: Like most high-end Marvel telepaths, he is capable of this.
    • Psychic Surgery: Despite being psychic, Xavier's never used this ability. He's had it used on him though, as the Knight Templar mutant Exodus reassembled his brain after it was shot to pulp by Bishop using this.
  • Putting the "Pal" in Principal: As the founder and dean of Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, his wise and pacifistic attitude makes him well suited to run a school for the betterment of mutant teenagers.
  • Quit Your Whining: When the surviving original X-Men gather for an anniversary dinner and discuss how much being X-Men took out of them, he crashes it as X and takes them to thwart Lucifer's attempts to conquer the world starting in a small town. He then basically tells them to suck up the trauma, because he brought them together to stop threats like that, and then wipes their memories of the encounter.
  • Really Gets Around: He's got his fair share of kids. In addition to Legion listed above, there's his son by Mystique introduced during Bendis's run, who apparently is destined to lead the Brotherhood in at least one possible future. Then there's Xavi, his non-canon son by Lilandra from X-Men: The End, and most recently Xandra, a rather blatant Distaff Counterpart of Xavi introduced in 2018's Mr. and Mrs. X.
  • Realpolitik: The laconic summary of realpolitik reads like a one-sentence summary of modern-day Charles's character. Even before he was truly established as a Manipulative Bastard he was quite ruthless (in that uniquely Protagonist-Centered Morality way that way common to comics from before The Dark Age of Comic Books) and not above Superdickery tricks such as Brainwashing for the Greater Good and Mind Manipulation in the service of his dream. He was also unusually politically savvy for an outsider to politics, using his privileged social position to present himself to the public as a mutant rights proponent while keeping it hidden from most of the world that he was in fact a mutant himself. It wasn't even his choice when he finally did 'out' himself as a mutant: that was done by his Evil Twin.
  • Rebuilt Pedestal: After Messiah Complex he started on a journey of becoming this, at first literally (as Exodus literally reconstructed his brain and restored his ability to walk) and then figuratively (as he decided to go on a journey Walking the Earth and reconnecting with the students he'd alienated). Slowly but surely he rebuilt his standing with most of the X-Men, though Cyclops (admittedly the X-Man he hurt the most) and he could not reconcile. This ultimately led to his death when he confronted a power-mad Cyclops in Avengers vs. X-Men.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: To a high degree. He grew up in a mansion and his family wealth sheltered him from many of the hard realities children from less privileged backgrounds have to worry about. And while his parents both died young, his stepfather (an abusive Jerkass to his own son) favored him despite not even loving his mother. Only his stepbrother's bullying and the loss of his actual parents kept him from having a picture-perfect childhood.
  • Smart Equals Psychic: Inverted, as Xavier became smart because he was psychic. Specifically, he was noted to academically excel in his teenage years, driving his resentful step-brother The Juggernaut to suspect he used his telepathy to become such a Badass Bookworm. Charles eventually confirmed it, though his powers only "greased the skids" and he likely would have become a smart person with or without them (just not, you know, as smart).
  • Split Personality: As noted under "A Darker Me", "Literal Split Personality", and "Superpowered Evil Side", Xavier's tendency to suppress every negative thought and feeling tends to result in those forming their own personality.
  • Status Quo Is God: It's almost a Running Gag in the X-Men mythos for Charles to find new and unusual ways to regain his ability to walk, only for something to come along and cripple him again.
  • Stronger Sibling: To both of the Cains in his life. He defeated his Evil Twin Cassandra Nova in the womb and was Cyttorak's first choice to become the Juggernaut, as noted in the Missed the Call entry above.
  • Super Wheelchair: His famous golden hoverchair which he was gifted by his Shi'ar lover Lilandra.
  • Superpower Lottery: A subdued case of it compared to some of the more fantastical mutants, but when it comes to just plain getting to live a charmed life it's hard not to argue that Charles won even over technically-more-powerful mutants. His mutant powers manifested at 10, slightly earlier than those of other mutants and right before he, as an American, would have entered intermediate school where adolescent awkwardness usually begins. And luckily for Charles, his mutant power just so happened to be one that handily allowed him to skate over all those growing pains handily. The rigors of learning to study, the social difficulty of being a bright child, bullies, Charles's telepathy essentially made all of that null. This is a big reason why, although he was originally designed as the Big Good to the X-Men, he came to be viewed as more and more Unintentionally Unsympathetic as time went on, until writers finally made it canon that he wasn't just a nice guy motivated by Incorruptible Pure Pureness but rather a privileged ideologue who happened to be quite the Manipulative Bastard.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: He has demonstrated a more powerful dark side three times. First there was "Dark Xavier" in X-Men #106 (August, 1977). It was able to create copies of the Angel, Beast, Iceman, and Jean Grey, using them to fight against the current X-Men. Second, in X-Men and the Micronauts #1-4 (January - April, 1984) ,a crossover mini-series, there was the Entity, another personification of his dark side. Within the Microverse, it was able to enslave entire races, and to manipulate and restructure matter. Later there was the supremely powerful Onslaught, who also contained elements of Magneto's evil side.
  • The Svengali: Has arguably become this in the modern age, as the general comics Darker and Edgier creep resulted in Xavier being written as becoming more and more willing to use his psychic powers to manipulate his students. While never outright resorting to Mind Control, he has been known to repress the memories of his charges when he sees fit, most infamously in the Deadly Genesis story. He's not interested in monetary gain, unlike most Svengalis, but is definitely interested in keeping his students in their X uniforms.
  • Team Dad: Several of the X-Men view him as their father figure, especially Scott and Jean.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: In the earlier days, Xavier had a secret love for Jean, but feared she would never reciprocate because of his handicap. Later, it was revealed that he had a crush on her since she was six.
  • Telepathy: He is one of the most powerful telepaths in the Marvel Universe. Able to contact minds on a global scale.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: He married Lilandra Neramani by Shi'ar law and served as her imperial consort. Xavier is not conventionally attractive, being a middle-aged bald guy with no outstanding physical features. Lilandra on the other hand has model looks, usually displayed by her Form-Fitting Wardrobe.
    • According to Uncanny X-Men vol. 3 #24 (September, 2014), Xavier was married to Mystique at the time of his death. Again he was not attractive, while his spouse was a redhead, blue-skinned woman with model looks.
  • Villain Respect: He gained the respect of Exodus after defeating him in X-Men Legacy and later showed that he reciprocated that respect when he returned to (successfully) convince Exodus to disband the Acolytes.
  • Walking the Earth:
    • Forms a part of his backstory. After being "Dear John"'d by Moira, he started traveling, which led to his encounters with Magneto, Gabrielle Haller, and Amahl Farouk, the latter of which inspired him to fight evil mutants.
    • Later this becomes a story arc for him in X-Men Legacy, where he decides to do this again after being healed and restored to his prime by Exodus.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Depending on the Writer, Xavier may just be an average telepath at best who uses Cerebro to boost his powers to god-like levels, or genuinely enormously powerful. Recently, it's been leaning towards the latter, with his classification as an Omega Class mutant. But no matter the writer, he is consistently the most experienced and skilled psychic in the Marvel Universe, so sometimes he becomes this. Other times he's powerful enough without Cerebro but still has mad skills, thus averting this.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: He can do many things, but he can't climb stairs. Making them an effective obstacle for him.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: His habit of using his powers on people he cares about and keeping secrets often ends up biting him in the ass. A special shout-out goes to everything he does in Deadly Genesis, especially the part where he put a new group of students through a week's worth of Danger Room training in their heads thinking it would be enough to send them on a rescue mission with (spoiler alert, it wasn't).
  • Who You Gonna Call?: If you have a victim who is seriously damaged by a psychic attack or any mutant powers such as what happened to Carol Danvers after she was attacked by Rogue with her power and mind stealing powers, Xavier is usually the only expert who can treat such casualties.
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz:
    • There's all the adaptations that pronounce it "Professor Ex-avier," just to make it clear to stupid viewers that there's an X in his name. "Xavier" is an archaic Spanish spelling of "Javier," so it should be "khavi-air" (or "zavvy-ay", in French), people. ("Ex-avier" is a common (mis)pronunciation of "Xavier" in Real Life, though).
    • The Spanish dubs fortunately make a point of pronouncing his name "Xavi-air".
    • There is a comic where Xavier admits that technically it isn't pronounced like that — he just prefers it.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: During The Muir Island Saga, when Xavier battled the Shadow King on the astral plane, the Shadow King's attacked Xavier's legs, causing him to become crippled (once again) in the real world.

Alternative Title(s): Charles Xavier

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