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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.
- 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.
- 4Warren 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.
- 6Calvin Montgomery Rankin, X-Men (vol. 1) #27 (1966), Rankin blackmailed his way to the X-Men's house. Then he stole their powers, used them against the team, and kidnapped Jean. When he tried to enhance his power with his dead father's machine, he lost them. Professor X then erased his memory. Current member of Norman Osborn's X-Men. Powers: Copies others mutants' powers and abilities, sometimes permanently. Retains the original five X-Men's powers indefinitely.
- 7Kevin Sydney, X-Men (vol. 1) #40 (1968) (as Professor X). Sydney was a member of the villainous Factor Three before he joined the X-Men in secret, known only to Professor X, and Jean Grey. He impersonated Professor X at Xavier's request in X-Men (vol. 1) #40 (1968) (behind the scenes). Deceased: Died impersonating Professor Charles Xavier in X-Men (vol. 1) #42 (1968), making him the first X-Man to die. Sydney has taken the name Morph in several alternate dimensions. Powers: Shapeshifter able to assume other humaoid forms. Also retained latent telepathy.
- 8Lorna Dane, X-Men (vol. 1) #60 (1969). Polaris is Magneto's daughter. She was active as Magnetrix in X-Men:The Hidden Years #3, and as Polaris in X-Men (vol. 1) #97 (1976). She lost her power on M-Day, but they were restored technologically by Apocalypse. Polaris is also Havok's on-and-off girlfriend. She is also a former member of X-Factor, the Acolytes, and the Muir Island X-Men. She is a current member of the Starjammers. Last seen in War of Kings. Powers: Can generate magnetic fields to manipulate metal, induce flight, create force fields, and harness energy blasts.
- 9Alexander Summers, X-Men (vol. 1) #65 (1970). Alexander Summers is Cyclops' and Vulcan's brother. He is Polaris' on-and-off boyfriend, and is the former leader of X-Factor. He currently leads the Starjammers. Last seen in War of Kings. Powers: Generates plasma blasts and absorbs 'cosmic' energy.
- 10Unrevealed, X-Men: Deadly Genesis #4 (2006) (retcon). Retconned member who joined in a 2006 flashback. Student of Moira MacTaggert who joined the X-Men for Xavier's first, secret attempt to save the original X-Men from Krakoa. Deceased: Killed in action in X-Men: Deadly Genesis #6 (2006) (flashback), though not before saving the lives of teammates Vulcan, and Darwin. Powers: Earth manipulation; can also change the composition of raw minerals.
- 11Suzanne Chan, Retconned member. Sway was a MacTaggert student who participated in the first attempt to save the original X-Men. Deceased: Killed in action in X-Men: Deadly Genesis #6 (2006) (flashback). Powers: Time control, as well as a form of retrocognitive projection.
- 12Armando Muñoz, Retconned member. A MacTaggert student who participated in the first attempt to save the original X-Men. Missing in action until brought out of suspended animation by the mutant energy released on M-Day. The only member of this X-Men incarnation to later rejoin the team. Currently seen in X-Factor. Powers: Constant reactive evolution.,
- 13Gabriel Summers, Retconned member, and brother of Cyclops and Havok. A MacTaggert student who participated in the first attempt to save the original X-Men. MIA until brought out of suspended animation by the M-Day mutant energy release. Attacked the X-Men before leaving earth to attack the Shi'ar Empire, and eventually marrying Deathbird and becoming Shi'ar emperor. Deceased: Killed, along with Black Bolt, when the two battled in War of Kings #6 (2009). Powers: Capable of manipulating different types of energy on a vast scale, including mutant energies. Can survive in the vacuum of space, and can fly.,
- 14Kurt Wagner, Giant-Size X-Men #1 (1975), Son of Mystique. Former leader of Excalibur, and a former Catholic priest. Deceased: Killed by Bastion in X-Force (vol. 3) #26 (2010). Powers: Neomorphic physiology grants him a prehensile tail, blue fur, invisibility in shadows, night vision, and wall-crawling. Possesses line-of-sight teleportation.
- 15James "Logan" Howlett, Nicknamed, and best known as, Logan. Arguably the team's most iconic member. Former member of the Canadian Army, Team X, Alpha Flight, Department H, Department K, and the Defenders. Presently a member of the X-Men and the outlaw faction of the Avengers. Field leader of the X-Force squad of X-Men. Currently seen in Astonishing X-Men, New Avengers, Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine: Weapon X, and Uncanny X-Force. Powers: Healing factor (regeneration of tissue, immunity to virtually all toxins and pathogens, slowed aging process), enhanced senses, and retractable bone claws. Has the indestructible metal adamantium bonded to his skeleton, allowing enhanced physical attributes and sharp adamantium claws.,
- 16Ororo Iqadi T'Challa-Wakandas, Second field leader and longtime leader of the team. Has been a continual member of the main team longer than any other from 1975 until 2000 excluding interim periods. Married to T'Challa, the Black Panther. Former member of the Fantastic Four. Currently seen in Astonishing X-Men, Black Panther, and Uncanny X-Men. Powers: Weather manipulation (lighting bolts, wind, rain, etc.), flight by "riding" wind currents.,
- 17Shiro Yoshida. Quit in X-Men vol. 1 #94 (1975) after only one mission, but remained an ally for years afterward. Confirmed depowered in New Avengers, but had his powers restored when he was transformed into Apocalypse's Horseman Famine. Partially freed from Apocalypse's influence by Mister Sinister. Last seen as a member of the Marauders. Powers: Generation of nuclear fire, flight by jet propulsion, absorption of and immunity to various kinds of radiation.,
- 18Piotr Nikolaievitch Rasputin. Died while releasing a cure for the Legacy Virus in Uncanny X-Men #390 (2001); it was revealed in Astonishing X-Men (vol. 3) #4 (2004) that Colossus was later restored to life by Ord, Brother of Magik. Longtime romantic interest of Shadowcat. Former member of the Acolytes and Excalibur. Currently seen in Uncanny X-Men. Powers: Can transform into living organic metal form, granting vast superhuman strength and near-invulnerability. Can survive without oxygen, or sustenance for long periods while in this form.,
- 19John Proudstar. His younger brother, James Proudstar, a.k.a. Warpath, is a member of the X-Men, and their X-Force squad (see below, 2000s recruits). Deceased: Killed while attempting to stop Count Nefaria in X-Men (vol. 1) #95 (1975). Resurrected by Eli Bard using a form of the T-O Virus, though he was killed again by his brother James in order to prevent Selene's ascension as a goddess. Powers: Superhuman strength, speed, and durability.,