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The Most Redundant X-Men Characters, Ranked

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The great thing about X-Men comics is how each character possesses a unique mutation that makes them special. It's the intermingling and opposition of these unique power sets that make each battle so intriguing. The powers represent an integral component of each delicately crafted personality and delineate characters that can thrive for generations. 

That uniqueness highlights a central theme of the X-Men mythos: the chaotic and inimitable process of random mutation. Presenting evolution through the prism of individual perception builds a powerful allegory that has drawn in readers for over 50 years. That's why it's so important that no two mutants are alike... at least until a writer runs out of gas and throws in the towel. 

Over the years, X-Men writers have hatched some amazing characters and then followed them up with knock-offs and carbon copies that are in a word... redundant.

The expansion of the mutant population has at some points inferred the existence of thousands of mutants, so some overlap is inevitable, but it's no accident that some of the worst offenders mimic Marvel's most popular characters. Whether they be clones, descendants or just sloppy writing, these are the most redundant X-Men characters of all-time. 
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    Wild Child

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    First Appearance: X-Factor #142

    A feral Canadian mutant with sharp claws and crazy hair... sound familiar? It's hard to tell if Alpha Flight's wolfish mutant is more of a knock-off Wolverine or Sabretooth, but either way, his pointlessness is off the charts. In the alternate reality of Age of Apocalypse, the writers gave up altogether and made him Sabretooth's pet "Mini-Me" by dressing them in identical costumes.

    Rendered Redundant By: Sabretooth
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    First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk #250

    China's official state superhero is actually a combination of five brothers who can inhabit one body or all five separately. When they're together, they have five times the strength of a normal man.

    Combining with siblings is Northstar and Aurora's shtick, but when they/he starts making more than five copies of themselves/himself, Collective Man starts to more closely resemble X-Factor's Multiple Man who can make infinite copies of himself.

    Rendered Redundant By: Multiple Man
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    First Appearance: X-Men Vol. 2 #36

    The character of Synch was doubly redundant. He had the ability to mimic the powers of any character in his vicinity just like Mimic had been able to do since he appeared in Uncanny X-Men #19 which was published 28 years earlier. Once he duplicated a characters powers, there were literally two characters with the same power until they were physically separated. 

    Rendered Redundant By: Mimic
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  • First Appearance: X-Treme X-Men #6

    Lifeguard is one of the worst X-Men ever. Her power is to guard lives, and to do so, she can spontaneously mutate any ability that could save a life. That means whenever she is around, the team is in zero danger...  period. 

    The protoplasmic mutant Random and the comprehensively invulnerable Darwin have virtually the same power, but at least their powers only applied to themselves. If you ever want to see what zero-stakes action scenes look like, read some books with Lifeguard.

    Rendered Redundant By: Random
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