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How Major X-Men Characters Are Different In The 'Age of Apocalypse' Timeline

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Vote up the most out-there 'AoA' versions of classic X-Men characters.

Major Marvel events are a fun way to see how the House of Ideas mixes up the status quo. What the company did with its "Age of Apocalypse" character changes is no exception. When altering timelines, comic book writers get the chance to bring a new spin to classic characters without any lasting repercussions. And the lasting timeline from the 1995 event led to some interesting character development over the long term, as well. 

Could you imagine Wolverine losing a hand, getting married to Jean Grey, and becoming the new Apocalypse? How about Sabretooth becoming a solid hero and a surrogate father? And let's not even on whatever is going on with Dark Beast. Strap into Cerebro and get ready to mourn Charles Xavier, because this list will run through some of the best changes to characters in Earth-295. Vote up the wildest changes to classic X-Men characters.

  • The Juggernaut of Earth-616 is one of the baddest dudes in Marvel Comics. And while both he and the Juggernaut of Earth-295 technically are not mutants, it wouldn't feel right to leave him off this list - mainly because this version is just so different from his mainstream counterpart.

    After he learns Charles Xavier has been slain, the "Age of Apocalypse" Cain Marko reforms his evil ways and becomes a monk in the savage land. A monk!

  • The Sabretooth of Earth-616 is best known for his antagonism toward Wolverine and his on-again, off-again relationship with the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. The Sabretooth of Earth-295 is basically a morally flipped version of his psychotic mainstream counterpart. Though he starts out on Apocalypse's team, he ends up fighting with the X-Men against his former master, becomes a mentor to the mutant group, and adopts a daughter, Blink.

    He eventually goes on to lead the fan-favorite team, Exiles, with Blink, before perishing in 2013's Astonishing X-Men #60.

  • The Hank McCoy of Earth-616 is a genuinely good guy with a strong sense of right and wrong and a solid head on his shoulders. The Hank McCoy of Earth-295 is just as hyper-intelligent as his Earth-616 counterpart, but has none of his morals. He has zero compunction about experimenting on any and all beings, and cares about no one but himself and his pursuit of knowledge.

    He's even made his way to the Earth-616 reality and has become a recurring villain in over 100 comic books in the last 25 years.

  • Unlike the Bobby Drake of Earth-616, the Iceman of Earth-295 is extremely serious and considered almost inhuman by his teammates. It is a bit jarring to see an Iceman who isn't cracking wise all the time. He also has a wider range of uses for his ice/water powers; he's able to travel through bodies of water and can even take people with him through "moisture molecular inversion."

    If the icicles jutting out of his body don't make it obvious enough, this Iceman is serious with a capital S.