With hundreds of comics, defined characters, and a dozen movies, Marvel and 20th Century Fox have truly brought some amazing heroes to life. But what about the bad guys? Here are the top 10 X-Men villains.
Infamous for straight up hating Ice Man, John Allerdyce (Pyro) was originally a good guy. Turned to the dark side by Magneto, he spent the first few movies of the franchise setting stuff on fire. Bottom line: he’s hot.
Ok, so honestly this guy really doesn’t do anything. He makes a very small appearance in X2 but I always thought his power was both visual compelling and mostly useless. When Maxwell Jordan turns into Quill, he has the ability to shoot spikes from his, well, face. OoOoOoOoh, scary.
I guess it’s not surprise that when Cain Marko found the Gem of Cyttorak and got super human strength he decided to move mountains and run through walls. I think the reason that I love his portrayal in X-Men: The Last Stand is that Vinnie Jones plays him perfectly. Which is probably because Vinnie Jones plays some variant of an angry he-man in all of his films.
Making an appearance in only the first X-Men as a member of Magneto’s brotherhood, he’s pretty gross with his clammy skin and mucus spitting, traits you’ll be familiar with if you’ve ever had mono, but he did manage to fight Storm, Jean Grey, and Cyclops all at once, so there’s that.
As one of the X-Men: First Class members, Angel Salvadore (Tempest) was scouted by Magneto and Dr. X (Spoiler Alert: they were on the same side once upon a time) in a strip club. Her tattoo comes to life so flying is her obvious power, but she can also shoot some kind of acid bullets from her mouth. Like Pyro, she move to the dark side, and by move I mean fly.
Azazel also makes his appearance in X-Men: First Class as one of Sebastian Shaw’s Hellfire Club henchmen. He is immortal, has the ability to teleport, and can generate bolts of paralyzing electricity. Now all of these things make him scary, but the real fear comes from the fact that he is clearly THE GODDAMN DEVIL.
7. The White Queen
For the way she’s treated in X-Men: First Class, you probably wouldn’t guess that she is one of the strongest mutants, well, ever. As Sebastian Shaw’s main squeeze in the Hellfire Club, she deceives men by using telepathy, mind-control, altering memories, oh, and January Jones’ looks. Aside from being one of the only people that can block out Dr. X’s mind-reading, she can also turn into a human diamond that is essentially indestructible. It’s really too bad that she’s treated more like arm candy than a bad ass.
8. The Black King
Sebastian Shaw is a pretty angry dude, and he has been since he was a Nazi Scientist in WWII. As the leader of the Hellfire Club, he has the ability to absorb energy and use it to augment his strength, speed, and stamina. It also prevents him from aging, which ends up being his downfall. He killed Magneto’s parents during the Holocaust and believe me, he answers for it in X-Men: First Class.
Obviously no stranger to the series, Mystique is the most bad ass female of them all (FYI I’m not a Jean Grey fan.) She can shape shift and alter her voice to mimic literally anyone, but she has some serious self-confidence issues. As Dr. X’s adopted sister, you think she’d fight for the same cause, but she ends up being Magneto’s right hand woman. That is, until she loses her powers and he kicks her to the curb.
What villain list would be complete without Magneto? None. Kind of like Walt in Breaking Bad, you grow to sort of root for the man, especially when you see him in X-Men: First Class. Initially set out on revenge for the nazis that killed his parents during the Holocaust, his mission turns to stopping the government from trying to kill off the mutant gene by “curing” it. See the parallels there? At the end of X-Men: The Last Stand, he realizes the mess he’s made by setting Phoenix and the rest of his Mutant Brotherhood on the world. I guess the road to hell really is paved with good intentions.