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- 1Professor Charles Francis Xavier, X-Men (vol. 1) #42 (1968, back-up story) (in flashback), Xavier is the founder of the X-Men, and original headmaster of the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning. Currently seen in Uncanny X-Men. Powers: World's most powerful telepath, capable of astral projection, mind control, illusion casting, memory manipulation, psychic blasts, as well as sensing the presence of other mutants in a limited radius.also ranked...#15 on#15 on#18 on
- 2Scott Summers. Summers is the first of the team's founding members, and has been the longtime leader of the X-Men. He is the former headmaster of the Xavier Institute, and former leader of the original X-Factor. Cyclops is the current leader of the X-Men, and their X-Force squad. He is the widower of Jean Grey, but has been in a romantic relationship with Emma Frost. Currently seen in Astonishing X-Men, and Uncanny X-Men. Powers: Can project a beam of ruby-colored concussive force from his eyes, which act as inter-dimensional apertures between this universe and another.,
- 3Robert Louis "Bobby" Drake, X-Men (vol. 1) #46 (1968, back-up story) (flashback). Drake is the second founding member, and the youngest of the group. He is also a former member of the Champions, the Defenders, and X-Factor. Currently seen in Uncanny X-Men. Powers: Generates freezing temperatures to create and manipulate ice. Can also transform his body into organic ice.
Angel/ArchangelWarren Kenneth Worthington III, X-Men (vol. 1) #56 (1969, back-up story) (flashback). Warren is the third of the team's founding members, and the only member of the original team to have acted as a costumed hero even before joining the X-Men. He is a former member of the Champions, the Defenders, and X-Factor and is presently a member of the X-Force squad, and the X-Men as well. Currently seen in Uncanny X-Men, and Uncanny X-Force. Powers: Makes use of the large, feathered wings on his back for natural flight. Also has eagle-like vision, and blood with regenerative properties. Can transform into a blue-skinned monster with metallic, techno-organic wings, sharp metallic claws, and enhanced physical characteristics.
- 5Dr. Henry Philip "Hank" McCoy, X-Men (vol. 1) #53 (1969, back-up story) (flashback). Hank is the scientist on the team. He is a former member of the Avengers, the Defenders, and X-Factor. McCoy is currently on a leave of absence from the X-Men following their relocation to Utopia and his torture by Dark Beast. Currently seen in Astonishing X-Men, and Secret Avengers. Powers: Has physically enabled superhuman strength, speed, stamina, agility, reflexes, and mass. Ambidextrous with his hands and feet, and can write with hands and feet at the same time. Has minor pheromone manipulation, and feline-like form gives blue fur, night vision, and claws. Has the agility of a great ape and the acrobatic prowess of an accomplished circus aerialist.also ranked...#10 on#17 on#21 on
Marvel Girl/PhoenixJean Grey-Summers, X-Men (vol. 1) #1 (1963). She is the fifth, and final of the team's founding members, although she had met Xavier before the series. She is the wife of Scott Summers, "Cyclops." She was killed by Kuan-Yin Xorn in New X-Men (vol. 1) #150 (2004), and was later resurrected by the Phoenix Force in X-Men: Phoenix Endsong as White Phoenix of the Crown. Currently in the "White-Hot Room" with other incarnations of the Phoenix Force. Powers: Possesses vast telekinesis and telepathy. As the template of the Phoenix Force, she is able to generate enormous amounts of energy, and she can convert herself into pure energy. Can also manipulate objects on a subatomic scale with her telekinesis.