X-Men

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The fictional characters, the X-Men, are a team of superheroes who were born with special mutant powers, making them different from regular humans. The X-Men characters are owned by Marvel Comics, which publishes comic books featuring them as well as many other superheroes. The comic book was one of the first to combine social issues and commentary into a superhero story, set in a world where people with mutant abilities are hated by those born without them. This is similar to acts of racism seen throughout history. Unlike "some" mutants, the X-Men try to be good and show tolerance toward humans and other mutants.

characters[change | change source]

Original X-Men[change | change source]

The original X-Men, as created by writer Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, were

Mutant Name Real Name Gender Powers
Cyclops Scott Summers Male can shoot energy from eyes
The Beast Hank McCoy Male An ape-like body, later had blue fur
Ice Man Robert "Bobby" Drake Male Can make ice and snow.
Angel Warren Kenneth Worthington III Male Flight, healing. Has big wings with white feathers, like an angel
Marvel Girl Jean Grey Female Has mind powers (Telepathy, Telekinesis)

and all first appeared in X-Men #1 (Sept 1963).

The leader and mentor of the X-Men is Professor Charles Xavier, who is more commonly known as "Professor X" and has mental powers.

Other X-Men[change | change source]

Some other well-known X-Men include

Mutant Name Real Name Gender Powers
Wolverine James "Logan" Howlett Male Has sharp metal claws that come out of his knuckles, metal skeleton, and a healing power.
Nightcrawler Kurt Wagner Male teleportation. Has blue fur, pointy ears and a tail
Storm Ororo Munroe Female Can control the weather, fly
Gambit Remy LeBeau Male Can charge any object with energy which then makes them explode. He usually uses poker cards.
Rogue Anna Marie Female Can absorb powers and memories from other people when she touches them.
Colossus Piotr "Peter" Nikolaievitch Rasputin Male Can turn body into steel
Jubilee Jubilation Lee Female Can shoot fireworks from her fingers
White Queen Emma Frost Female Telepath
Psylocke Elizabeth Braddock Female Telepath
Shadowcat Kathrine "Kitty" Pryde Female Can move through solid objects (phasing)

Some of the X-Men's enemies include Magneto, Mystique, Sabretooth, Toad, Juggernaut, Mister Sinister and Apocalypse.

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The X-Men characters have since been featured in various comic book series, motion pictures, toys, animated series, and much more.