Friday, March 23, 2012


Team Name

Base of Operations
in San Francisco, California; formerly Xavier Institute For Higher Learning, Westchester, New York; Reaver's base, Northern Territory, Australia; Mutant Research Center, Muir Island, Scotland; Magneto's Island, Bermuda Triangle

Current Members:
Angel (Warren Worthington III), Armor (Hisako Ichiki), Colossus (Piotr Rasputin), Cyclops (Scott Summers), Dazzler (Alison Blaire), Emma Frost, Gambit (Remy LeBeau), Husk (Paige Guthrie), Iceman (Robert Drake), Magneto, Namor, Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner), Northstar (Jean-Paul Beaubier), Pixie, Professor X (Charles Xavier), Psylocke (Elisabeth Braddock), Rogue (Anna Marie), Storm (Ororo Munroe), Wolverine (James Howlett)

Former Members
Banshee (Sean Cassidy), Beast (Henry McCoy), Bishop (Lucas Bishop), Cable (Nathan Summers), Cannonball (Sam Guthrie), Chamber (Jonothon Starsmore), Changeling (Kevin Sidney), Dark Beast (Henry McCoy), Darwin (Armando Munoz), Forge, Havok (Alex Summers), Hepzibah, Joseph, Jubilee (Jubilation Lee), Juggernaut (Cain Marko), Karma (Xi'an Coy Manh), Lady Mastermind (Regan Wyngarde), Lifeguard (Heather Cameron), Lockheed, Longshot, Maggott (Japheth), Marrow (Sarah), Marvel Girl (Rachel Summers/Grey), Mimic (Calvin Rankin), Moonstar (Danielle Moonstar), Mystique (Raven Darkhölme), Omega Sentinel, Petra, Phoenix (Jean Grey), Phoenix (Phoenix Force), Polaris (Lorna Dane), Revanche (Kwannon), Cecilia Reyes, Sabretooth (Victor Creed), Sage (Tessa), Shadowcat (Katherine Pryde), Slipstream (Davis Cameron), Stacy X (Miranda Leevald), Sunfire (Shiro Yoshida), Sway (Suzanne Chan), Thunderbird (John Proudstar), Thunderbird (Neal Shaara), Vulcan (Gabriel Summers), Warpath (James Proudstar), Xorn (Kuan-Yin Xorn), Xorn (Shen Xorn)

Other Members (Honorary, Reserve, etc.)
Anole, Ariel, Blindfold, Bling, Boom-Boom, Joanna Cargill, Cipher, Cloak, Tom Corsi, Cypher, Dagger, Danger, Dust, Fantomex, Fiz, Sharon Friedlander, Gentle, Graymalkin, Hellion, Indra, Ink, Legion (David Haller), Loa, Moira MacTaggert, Magik (Amanda Sefton), Magik (Illyana Rasputin), Magma (Amara Aquilla), Match, Mercury, Multiple Man (James Madrox), Omerta (Paulie Provenzano), Onyxx, Prodigy, Rockslide, Alysande Stuart, Siryn (Theresa Rourke), Stepford Cuckoos, Sunder, Sunpyre (Leyu Yoshida), Sunspot (Roberto DaCosta), Surge, Trance, Warlock, Wolf Cub, Wolfsbane (Rahne Sinclair), Wraith (Hector Rendoza), X-Man (Nate Grey)

Other Info
Under a cloud of increasing anti-mutant sentiment, Professor Xavier created a safe haven at his Westchester Mansion where he could train young mutants to use their powers for the betterment of mankind. Aided by F.B.I. agent Fred Duncan, Xavier spent months recruiting his early students--Cyclops, Iceman, Angel, Beast and Marvel Girl (Jean Grey), dubbing them "X-Men" because each possessed an "extra" ability normal humans lacked. (To learn about the original X-Men and/or the X-Mansion, click on the highlighted names above. Note: Beware of the woman in revealing and/or form-fitting outfits on Cyclops and Jean Grey's bio pages. Also, the original X-Men are shown in the first picture posted.)

The X-Men made their public debut when the thwarted Magneto's seizure of the Cape Citadel missile base. The U.S. military was grateful, and the youngsters were initially regarded as heroes. Over the coming years, Magneto would battle the X-Men--sometimes leading his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. In addition, the X-Men battled such threats as the immovable Blob, the untouchable Unus, the alien Lucifer, the enigmatic Stranger, the unstoppable Juggernaut, and the giant mutant-hunting Sentinel robots. (To learn about the highlighted characters and/or teams above, just click on their highlighted names.)

Later on, after the supposed tragic death of Professor X during a battle Grotesk (it was actually the shape-shirting mutant named Changeling under Professor X's orders to impersonate him), the X-Men briefly disbanded. However, when the real Xavier came out of hiding (requiring seclusion to prepare for the forthcoming invasion), the team regrouped and repelled the alien Z'Nox and his attack on Earth with the help of the Fantastic Four. Afterward, Polaris and Havok joined the team and they all eventually befriended Avia of the Savage Land's Nhu'Gari race, and fought the likes of African mutant Deluge (alongside young future member Storm), the mutant slave-runner Krueger, the criminal Dazzler (Angel's uncle, Burt Worthington), and the Secret Empire. (Click on the highlighted names above to learn about the characters, places, and/or teams. Note: Beware of the EXTREMELY revealing outfits on Storm's bio page.)

When the sentient island Krakoa captured most of Xavier's students, he hastily assembled a second squad of X-Men. Traveling the world, he recruited Nightcrawler in Germany, Wolverine in Canada, Banshee in Ireland, Storm in Kenya, Sunfire in Japan, Colossus in Russia, and Thunderbird in America. Led by Cyclops, these all-new, all-different X-Men were able to rescue their predecessors. (To learn more about the above highlighted characters, click on their names above.)

Sometime later, when Jean Grey was touched by the cosmic Phoenix Force, which replicated Jean's form and absorbed a portion of her consciousness. (Jean was secretly placed by the Phoenix Force within a cocoon-like pod in stasis at the bottom of Jamaica Bay.) Then it took her place in the X-Men. Soon after, the X-Men battled foes such as the Juggernaut, Magneto, Emperor D'Ken of the intergalactic Shi'ar Empire, the eccentric assassin Arcade, the prehistoric mutant Sauron, and the Hellfire Club. Ultimately, Jean's psyche did resurface and convinced the Phoenix Force to sacrifice itself to save the universe. Believing Jean to be dead, Cyclops quit the team, leaving Storm to lead them in his absence. (Click on the highlighted names above to learn about the different characters, race, and/or team. Note: Beware of Jean Grey's form-fitting outfit on the Phoenix Force's bio page. And beware of the revealing outfits worn by women on the Hellfire Club's bio page.)

The X-Men soon welcomed more new members, including Kitty Pryde, Rogue, and Rachel Summers. When the X-Men were believed dead after an encounter with the alien Brood, Xavier formed a new team of students dubbed the New Mutants. However, after the X-Men returned, Xavier continued to mentor both teams. The New Mutants even served temporarily as X-Men to save the team from the inter-dimensional media mogul Mojo. (To learn about the highlighted

Eventually, the real Jean Grey revived and was reunited with the original X-Men members. Together they established X-Factor (supposedly a business dedicated to hunting and capturing dangerous mutants, but secretly a group formed to protect, recruit and mentor mutants in need of guidance--like Xavier before them). The X-Men seemingly died battling the Adversary in Dallas, but they secretly survived and relocated to the Australian Outback. Here the X-Men battled threats such as the cyborg Reavers and Master Mold. Afterward, while seeking the missing X-Men, Forge and Banshee helped form an ad-hoc team of X-Men to defend Muir Island from the Reavers. However, then this team fell under the thrall of the psychic Shadow King, it took the combined efforts of the X-Men and X-Factor to defeat him. Afterwards, the members of X-Factor rejoined the X-Men which then split into two teams, Blue and Gold. (Click on the names above to learn about the different highlighted characters and/or teams. Also, part of the Blue and Gold teams is shown in the third picture posted above.)

Some time later, when Xavier and the X-Men were publicly outed as mutants by Xavier's genetic twin--Cassandra Nova--the Xavier Institute became overwhelmed with an influx of young mutants seeking safety and education. To cope with the large student body, Professor X decided to recruit some new faculty members into the Institute, including former Alpha Flight member Northstar and a reformed Juggernaut. (Click on the different highlighted names above to learn about the characters and/or teams. Note: Beware of the revealing outfit worn by one member on the Alpha Flight's bio page.)

Following an all-out assault on Manhattan by Xorn posing as Magneto, Xavier left the X-Men to help the true Magneto rebuild Genosha after it was devastated by a Sentinel attack. Therefore, Cyclops and Emma Frost became co-headmasters of the Institute and reorganized the X-Men into three separate teams: leading one team themselves in an effort to improve the X-Men's standing with the public; a second team was led by Havok; and a third team (X-Treme Sanctions Executive) led by Storm, acting as a global mutant police force until its license was revoked in the wake of "M Day"--the vast majority of mutants were suddenly de-powered. (To learn about the characters, team, and/or event, click on the highlighted names above. Note: Beware of the revealing outfits worn by some on Emma Frost, X-Treme X-Men, and M-Day's bio pages.)

Following the events of the M-Day, the X-Mansion became home to a refugee camp housing the 198--the world's remaining powered mutants. Despite the new stresses placed upon them, the X-Men continued to engage in field missions, including combating a newly resurgent Apocalypse. (To learn about the 198 and/or Apocalypse, click on the highlighted names above.)

More recently, the student population at the Xavier Institute has significantly dropped after a series of attacks by Purifiers (a religious cult led by Reverend William Stryker). However, after a mass escape attempt by the mutant refugees was resolved peacefully, tensions between the government and the X-Men decreased significantly. (Click on the highlighted names above to learn about the Purifier and/or Stryker.)

To learn more about the X-Men, click on the following link,

Obviously, the X-Men movie series has messed up the order of the different X-Men joining the team. However, I think they did a great job with the movies--they are awesome!

1 comment:

  1. This group has so many twists and turns- it doesn't seem like it's the "X-Men" all the way through. Crazy!