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95 X-Men Members Ranked From Worst To Best

The X-Men fight for equality, but mutants are not all created equal.

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95. Broo

Nick Bradshaw/Marvel Comics

Broo is not just the worst X-Man ever – he may be one of the most awful and obnoxious characters in the history of the Marvel Universe. His over-the-top nerdiness and obsequiousness is meant to be endearing, but it's really just incredibly cloying and grating.

93. Lifeguard

Salvador Larocca/Marvel Comics

Lifeguard joined the X-Men along with her brother Slipstream, and is only slightly less forgettable than him. At least she gets to be "oh, wait, is that the gold-skinned one?" when anyone tries to recall anything that happened in X-Treme X-Men.


92. Thunderbird (Neal Shaara)

Marvel Comics

Poor Neal Shaara! He's so dull he doesn't even get to have a unique codename. How sad is it to be the second-best Thunderbird when no one really liked the first one?

91. Joseph

Marvel Comics

Remember when there was a mysterious amnesiac guy who was basically a young Magneto, if Magneto was kinda like Fabio? And then it turned out that he was just a clone of Magneto? Oh, you blocked that out from your memory? Understandable!


88. Toad

Chris Bachalo/Marvel Comics

Toad is not a full member of the X-Men so much as he's a former villain who Wolverine is forcing to serve as an unpaid janitor on the grounds of the Jean Grey School without even getting to have his own bed. Which is extremely unfair given that mass murderers have been allowed to live like royalty on the estate. Wolverine is a bully. Poor Toad.

87. X-Man

Marvel Comics

Nate Grey, the second-best clone offspring of Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor! He overcompensates for his lameness and completely unimaginative codename by showing off his abs at every given opportunity.

86. Hepzibah

Salvador Larocca/Marvel Comics

Hepbzibah is a skunk-like alien who was a member of the Starjammers and joined the X-Men for a brief period in the mid-'00s. The only interesting thing about her is that despite being an alien skunk-person, she is really into hooking up with human dudes like Warpath and Cyclops' dad Corsair.

85. Omega Sentinel

Leinl Yu/Marvel Comics

Karima Shapandar is a human who was transformed into a cyborg who was meant to hunt and kill mutants, but ended up being one of the good guys anyway. She's been possessed a few times too. Everyone loves a totally passive character, right?


84. Stacy X

Sean Philips/Marvel Comics

Stacy X was a mutant prostitute who briefly joined the X-Men during Joe Casey's run in the early '00s. She was basically an attempt to do something "mature" in the series, but it didn't really work out.

83. Cloak and Dagger

Terry Dodson/Marvel Comics

This codependent crime-fighting duo have been around since the early '80s, but joined the X-Men for about five minutes in the late '00s. They're fine on their own, but only just footnotes in the history of the X-Men.

82. Maggott

Carlos Pacheco/Marvel Comics

Maggott wasn't necessarily a bad character, but he was so contrived – his digestive system were two mecha-slugs and when he re-absorbed them into his body he'd grow to be this huge hulking dude – that he was quickly written out of the comics without getting much of a chance to develop.


80. Legion

Marvel Comics

David Haller is Charles Xavier's insane, ridiculously powerful son. He's usually written as a threat to either the X-Men or the New Mutants, but is sometimes played as a protagonist by writers who love writing lots of contrived, borderline unreadable psychic mumbo-jumbo.

79. Blindfold

Joy Ang/Marvel Comics

Pity poor Blindfold! Not only was she born without eyes and cursed with horrible precognitive visions, but her creator Joss Whedon insisted on giving her one of the most grating speech patterns this side of Yoda.

78. Frenzy

Clay Mann/Marvel Comics

Frenzy was a terrorist for a long time, but ended up joining the X-Men when she ran out of options. She's a character who has the potential to be very interesting, but has never really had the chance to thrive.

77. Thunderbird (James Proudstar)

Marvel Comics

Thunderbird is mainly notable for joining the X-Men, and then almost immediately dying afterward. He's the guy who died to give the series a sense of stakes, and is basically the only dead X-Man to never come back to life.


76. Juggernaut

Marvel Comics

Juggernaut is traditionally an X-Men villain, but joined the team for a while during Chuck Austen's legendarily awful run in the mid-'00s. He's a lot better as a villain, let's just put it that way.

75. Firestar

Ed McGuinness/Marvel Comics

Firestar has been around for ages – she was first introduced in the '80s cartoon Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends – but only recently joined the X-Men. It's hard to tell whether she'll end up being a notable member or not, but right now, she's just OK.

74. Sage

Salvador Larocca/Marvel Comics

A lot of Chris Claremont's pet characters during his early '00s X-Men work were non-starters, but Sage wasn't that bad. She started out as a bit character in his Hellfire Club stories in the '80s, but was revamped as a living computer who had been working as a spy for Charles Xavier. She's not that exciting, but was a useful character for a time.

73. Genesis

Jerome Opena/Marvel Comics

Evan Sabahnur, a clone of Apocalypse raised on a farm on Fantomex's virtual world, isn't so much a character as he is a ticking time bomb waiting to explode in the X-Men's faces. It seems inevitable that he'll end up as Apocalypse, so it's like watching a very pessimism pro-nature, anti-nurture argument play out in slow motion.


72. Marrow

Joe Madureira/Marvel Comics

Marrow was an angry Morlock kid who started out as a mutant terrorist, but ended up joining the X-Men for a while. Her arc is similar to Rogue, but she's not nearly as charming.

71. Doop

Michael Allred/Marvel Comics

Doop – a weird guy who looks like a floating dill pickle, speaks an incomprehensible language, and is implied to have a very complicated and sordid history – is basically a joke character, but at least when he's written by his creator Peter Milligan, it's a funny joke.

70. Aurora

Marvel Comics

Northstar's mentally unstable twin sister is a rich and interesting character in Alpha Flight but has barely served any time in the X-Men, so it's kinda unfair to rate her very highly in terms of X-Men members. But she's a pretty good character, no doubt about it.

69. Darwin

Marvel Comics

Darwin, a guy who is able to physically adapt to survive any situation, was a character who was revealed to be among a group of mutants Charles Xavier recruited to save the original X-Men before the "all-new, all-different" batch featuring Storm, Wolverine, et al. He later joined the X-Men for real, but didn't stick around for long. He's an interesting character, but his power is very passive, so writers can have a hard time writing him into action stories. Peter David developed him nicely over in X-Factor, though.


68. Husk

Chris Bachalo/Marvel Comics

Cannonball's little sister is a little underused, but she works well when her mutant ability to tear off her skin and become some unpredictable monster is used as a metaphor for someone who keeps ugly, violent parts of themselves hidden under a seemingly normal surface.

67. Goldballs

Chris Bachalo/Marvel Comics

Fabio Medina is one of five new mutants Brian Michael Bendis has introduced in his current run on Uncanny X-Men. He's an ordinary dude with the ridiculous power to shoot gold balls out of his body who has joined Cyclops' revolutionary X-Men under extreme duress. He hasn't been developed all that much yet, but there's some charm to the character.

66. Angel Salvadore

Frank Quitely/Marvel Comics

Angel was meant to be the opposite of Kitty Pryde – a delinquent with disgusting fly-like powers who ended up becoming a teen mom. She was a great counterpoint to the Kitty archetype, but has basically disappeared from the comics since Grant Morrison left the franchise in 2003.

65. Lady Mastermind

Stuart Immonen/Marvel Comics

Mastermind's daughter was a member of the X-Men briefly before betraying them as part of an elaborate con by Mystique and the Marauders. Her illusion-casting powers are inherently deceptive, so she's better as a villain.


64. Armor

John Cassaday/Marvel Comics

Armor isn't a bad character, but she's a bit dull – a good student with a sorta contrived power that involves her drawing on the spirits of her ancestors or something like that. She's of the few new mutants that Joss Whedon introduced to the X-Men, and he wasn't really bringing his A-game.

63. Madison Jeffries

Daniel Acuna/Marvel Comics

Madison Jeffries served in the X-Men for a while as the group's resident tech expert. He's usually used for exposition, but his ability to converse with machines and develop emotional relationships with them hinted at the possibility for him to become a more interesting and complex character.

61. Wolfsbane

Marvel Comics

Rahne Sinclair, a deeply religious Scottish werewolf, was one of the more interesting members of the New Mutants back in the '80s. Sadly, she's been kinda one-note and overly emo ever since. She's also the only New Mutant to never formally join the X-Men, though she's closely associated with the team enough to qualify for this list.


60. Magma

Marvel Comics

Magma was only an active X-Man for a blip of time, but she was always a solid part of the New Mutants ensemble. Her backstory is a mess, but her complicated relationships with Sunspot and the villain Empath are interesting and unusual.

59. Polaris

Marvel Comics

Writers can never seem to decide who Lorna Dane is, so she ends up being this wildly erratic character who is mainly defined by her codependent relationship with Havok, or by the question of whether or not Magneto is her real father. Her bipolar personality seems about right for a character called Polaris, but it mostly just seems like a happy accident brought on by decades of inconsistent writing.

58. Danger

Carlos Pacheco/Marvel Comics

Danger was the original Danger Room in the X-Mansion until Joss Whedon wrote a story that revealed that Charles Xavier had basically enslaved an artificial intelligence to serve as a practice space. Danger eventually gained independence and turned against the X-Men, but eventually ended up joining the team as the warden of their jail for evil mutants. The character, particularly when written by Kieron Gillen, works pretty well when she serves as a vehicle for questioning the morality of prisons.

57. Warlock

Arthur Adams/Marvel Comics

Warlock is a shape-shifting robotic alien with annoying speech patterns and an extremely close relationship with his Cypher. If the New Mutants were the cast of Community, he'd be the Troy to Cypher's Abed.


56. Cypher

Marvel Comics

Cypher is a mutant who can automatically understand all forms of communication – human, alien, computers, whatever – which seems like a much more impressive power now, but was considered pretty wimpy back in the '80s. He was killed off because he was unpopular among fans, but came back in the '00s as a sort of distant, vaguely Aspergers-y dude who sorta freaked out his old friends. He's a pretty good character, and generally underused.

55. Hijack

Frazier Irving/Marvel Comics

David Bond is an interesting character – he didn't manifest his mutant power to control machines until he turned 30, so he's the rare case of a character who has lived for a long time as a human before having to adjust to life as a mutant. He's still very new, but hopefully his creator Brian Michael Bendis will get around to exploring the fact that he's much older than his fellow New Xavier School students, and about the same age as his teachers.

54. Chamber

Chris Bachalo/Marvel Comics

Chamber is a striking and original character – he's a British guy whose mouth and chest has been replaced by glowing energy and communicates entirely with his psychic powers – but he's kinda hard to work into stories, so he hasn't had much time in the spotlight since the late '90s.

53. Sunfire

John Cassaday/Marvel Comics

Sunfire was among the second generation of X-Men along with Wolverine and Storm, but immediately quit because...well, he's just kind of an asshole. He's mainly been written as an arrogant antihero over the years, but lately he's being developed into more of a well-rounded character in Rick Remender's Uncanny Avengers.


52. Warpath

Salvador Larocca/Marvel Comics

Warpath is the little brother of the first Thunderbird, and joined the X-Men despite blaming Charles Xavier for his sibling's death. He has his moments, but is mainly used as more of a background character outside of X-Force comics.

51. Domino

Marvel Comics

Domino is traditionally more of an X-Force character, but she was a semi-regular presence during Matt Fraction's run. You never really know what you're going to get with Domino – writers can never quite decide on what her personality is like. She's definitely at her best when she's written to be a carefree badass.

50. X-23

Marvel Comics

X-23 is a female clone created from Wolverine's DNA, and is a far better character than you'd ever expect based on that description. She's certainly a lot scarier than her "dad" these days – she's so traumatized by her horrible past that you never really know what she's going to do in a story.

49. Dr. Cecilia Reyes

Carlos Pacheco/Marvel Comics

Cecilia was a successful ER doctor who lived as a closeted mutant until she was outed and forced to join the X-Men. She's only served a few brief terms as a member, but is always an interesting contrast to the characters who seem happy to embrace lives as superheroes.


48. Beak

Ethan Van Sciver/Marvel Comics

Beak was essentially the mascot of Grant Morrison's New X-Men run: He started off as the gawkiest outcast at a school for weirdos, but ended up a true hero by the end. Beak hasn't turned up much since Morrison departed the series, but that's OK since his character arc reached a satisfying conclusion in "Planet X."

47. Longshot

Arthur Adams/Marvel Comics

Longshot was a sort of unusual addition to the X-Men – he's an alien blessed with extremely good luck and a flawless mullet – but he brought a bit of levity and naïvete to the team during a particularly dark phase of Chris Claremont's run in the late '80s.

46. Blink

Marvel Comics

Blink is best remembered as one of the core members of the X-Men in the alternate "Age of Apocalypse" timeline, but she eventually ended up in the real X-Men too. She's OK in regular continuity, but easily one of the best characters in the AoA world.

45. M

Terry Dodson/Marvel Comics

Monet St. Croix is a powerhouse with psychic powers and a raging superiority complex. She ought to be insufferable, but the best writers know to make her funny and just a bit tragic underneath it all.


44. Sabretooth

Chris Bachalo/Marvel Comics

Sabretooth is a classic X-Men villain, but was kind of an iffy addition to the actual X-Men team in the '00s. He was never really played as a hero – he was more of a captive at the time – but the character is just a lot better when he's totally out of control.

43. Hope

Jim Cheung/Marvel Comics

Hope is a fairly convoluted character – she was the first mutant born after the Scarlet Witch seemingly ended the mutant race, she was raised in the future by Cable, and eventually brought back the mutants when she was briefly possessed by the Phoenix. It was heavily implied that she was in fact created by the Phoenix in the image of Jean Grey, but never really confirmed on page. She's basically a plot device that served a purpose, but is now is lacking a real direction aside from being Cable's badass daughter.

42. Sunspot

Marvel Comics

It's actually kinda weird that Sunspot hasn't been used as a regular X-Men cast member more often: He's visually striking, and his backstory as the son of a wealthy member of the Hellfire Club lends him a nice touch of pathos. He's one of the Avengers now, so...yeah.

41. Pixie

David Lopez/Marvel Comics

Pixie is basically like a mashup of Magik and Jubilee – she's got the former's teleportation and magical powers, but has the spunky, sarcastic qualities of the latter. For a while it seemed like she was brought into the cast to fill the obligatory "teenage girl" role, but she's developed into a more nuanced character over time despite having an increasingly smaller role in the franchise.


40. Northstar

Dustin Weaver/Marvel Comics

Northstar is a pretty good character in the context of Alpha Flight, but as a member of the X-Men he suffers a bit for being used primarily as The Gay Mutant. (Even though there's actually lots of LGBT X-characters now.) But when he's allowed to just be a dude – an arrogant, elitist dude – he thrives.

39. Banshee

Jim Lee/Marvel Comics

Banshee has never really fit in as a team member: He's always a bit older, and he can't help but seem a bit dull in comparison to cooler, more visually striking characters like Wolverine and Colossus. The only time he's ever really stood out is when he and Forge were basically the only active X-Men in the very early '90s.

38. Bishop

Ariel Olivetti/Marvel Comics

Bishop is a dude who was a militaristic X-Man from the future who came to the present to accuse Gambit of being a traitor, but went on to shoot Charles Xavier in the head in a fit of blind rage and hunt a small child through space and time because he was convinced she'd wreck the future. Depending on your point of view, he's either a psychotic mess or a tragic figure.

37. Karma

Dustin Weaver/Marvel Comics

Karma is a woman who has the power to psychically possess people who seldom has any control over her life, and has been possessed by other evil psychics. She's got a lot of interesting issues, and that's even before you bring in her relationship with her younger siblings or losing her leg in battle.


36. Forge

Marvel Comics

Forge has the power to intuitively invent mechanical devices, but his imagination is so limited that he rarely makes anything more than fancy guns. He's a great metaphor for a person with the raw talent to change the world who just doesn't have what it takes to do anything with it. This underlying theme made his relationship with Storm in the '80s particularly poignant – she saw his potential, but he always let her down.

35. Triage

Frazier Irving/Marvel Comics

Christopher Muse is another member of Brian Michael Bendis' new Uncanny X-Men squad. He's a kid from Michigan with the power to heal people, or possibly even resurrect the dead. He's a very subtle character – clearly a little worried about being out of his depth, but also excited to leave his old life behind for the excitement of joining the X-Men.

34. Oya

Marvel Comics

Idie Okonkwo is a devout Christian from Nigeria who is convinced that she's evil for having her power to control extreme temperatures. She's a fascinating and deeply conflicted character despite a lot of her edginess getting filed down considerably in Jason Aaron's Wolverine and the X-Men series.

33. Tempus

Chris Bachalo/Marvel Comics

Eva Bell was just an ordinary girl living in Gold Coast, Australia until she learned she had the power to literally stop time, or move objects backwards or forwards through time. She's a cool, assertive presence in Brian Michael Bendis' Uncanny X-Men, though it's heavily hinted that the vast potential of her powers could lead to huge problems down the line.


32. Morph

Chris Bachalo/Marvel Comics

Benjamin Deeds was first introduced as a quiet dude who kinda blended in the background until it was revealed that blending into the background was part of his mutant power. He can instinctively transform into whatever makes people feel comfortable, so naturally Cyclops and Emma Frost are training this nervous young man to become the X-Men's ultimate spy.

31. Dr. Nemesis

Terry Dodson/Marvel Comics

The X-Men were around for a very, very long time before anyone thought to bring a sarcastic, hugely condescending scientist into the cast. Now it seems like something is missing when Dr. Nemesis is not around.

30. Cable

Ariel Olivetti/Marvel Comics

Cable is as convoluted as fictional characters can get – he's the child of Cyclops and a clone of Jean Grey who was raised in the future, a cyborg with vast psychic powers who's always carrying a big gun, and he's come to the present miscellaneous badass stuff. But despite all this, he's often a compelling character who represents what happens if the X-Men give up on peaceful coexistence with humans in favor of just ruthlessly fighting for survival.

29. Xorn

Frank Quitely/Marvel Comics

In a perfect world where Marvel never messed with the ending of Grant Morrison's New X-Men, Xorn would not be a real character, but rather a disguise assumed by Magneto to infiltrate the X-Men. The retconned version of Xorn is pretty awful, so let's not even think about that. Let's just focus on that wonderful time when we all thought that Xorn – a seemingly peaceful Chinese man with a tiny sun for a brain – was a new character and everybody loved him. The reveal that he was really Magneto is one of the best moments in the entire X-canon, and it would never have been as powerful if readers had not come to love Xorn so much.


28. Jubilee

Terry Dodson/Marvel Comics

Jubilee isn't always taken seriously, but she's a better character than most people give her credit for being. Her current status quo as a vampire – don't ask – who has become the adoptive mother of a baby boy named Shogo has put her in an interesting position of a once goofy person who's been forced to grow up way too soon.

27. Dani Moonstar

Marvel Comics

Dani Moonstar hasn't spent all that much time as a core member of the X-Men, but is a truly excellent character in various incarnations of the New Mutants team. She's been through a lot – she's struggled with the Demon Bear, became a Valkyrie in Asgard, and more recently lost her powers – but she's always tough, resilient, and proud.

26. Gambit

David Yardin/Marvel Comics

Gambit can seem like the idealized self-image of a P.U.A. – he's a charming thief with a thick Cajun accent who wears a duster and throws playing cards at people – but in the hands of the right writers, he's a pretty decent character. His relationship with Rogue in the '90s is one of the defining X-romances, and his often dubious morality makes him a good foil for the more traditionally heroic members of the X-Men.

25. The Stepford Cuckoos

Mike Mayhew/Marvel Comics

The Cuckoos are a clever spin on the archetype of the mean girl clique at school – a trio of identical girls who are part of a psychic hive mind. They can't help but be snobby and insular! These days the girls are starting to develop their own personalities and looks, but they whole hive mind thing is always going to be a bit creepy.


24. Rachel Summers

John Romita Jr/Marvel Comics

Oh, you know, just another child of Cyclops and some alternate version of Jean Grey! Rachel hails from the "Day of Future Past" timeline where she was enslaved as a mutant-hunting "hound" and most of the X-Men were dead or captured by the government. Rachel came to the present in the '80s and was written as a traumatized, volatile character who was especially dangerous because she was tapped into the Phoenix force like her mother, but in recent years she's changed her name to Rachel Grey and is a more reasonable, peaceful person. She was more interesting in the '80s, to be honest.

23. Namor

Terry Dodson/Marvel Comics

Namor actually pre-dates the X-Men by over 20 years, and was a mainstay of the Marvel Universe for ages before finally joining the X-Men in the late '00s. It seemed weird at first, but the arrogant and temperamental king of Atlantis quickly became an essential cast member, and served as the ideal foil to Cyclops once that character was separated from Wolverine after Schism.

22. Dazzler

Chris Bachalo/Marvel Comics

Dazzler gets dismissed by a lot of X-Men fans for all the wrong reasons, but is a really important character to have in the X-World. For one thing, she's one of the few X-Men characters who truly has a life and career outside of being a (mostly reluctant) superhero. But her gig as a pop star is crucial to the X-Men's mission of integration, and you can make a strong argument that she does more to encourage acceptance of mutant in culture than any of her peers who mainly specialize in smashing stuff.

21. Fantomex

Marvel Comics

Fantomex is a scoundral, a thief, and a master of misdirection, and one of the best things to happen to the X-Men in years. He was created by Grant Morrison as a meta-commentary on amoral badass heroes, but has evolved into a complex figure who has served as a foil to characters like Wolverine and Angel, and the ideal romantic interest for Psylocke.


20. Mystique

Adam Hughes/Marvel Comics

Mystique has only served a few brief terms as an actual member of the X-Men, and was there mainly as a means to an end in one of her many elaborate, self-serving schemes. So, like, she's an awful X-Man, but easily one of the best X-Men characters and arguably the greatest female supervillain of all time. She poses as someone who acts in the interest of mutant rights, but is mostly just selfish and opportunistic, and she's so thoroughly corrupted by her shape-shifting power that she probably doesn't fully realize that she's a total sociopath.

19. Quentin Quire

Quentin Quire/Marvel Comics

Quentin Quire is the archetype of a kid who fancies himself as a rebellious revolutionary, but is really just an insecure person who's always acting out. The character works best when his impulsive behavior and lack of control leads to disaster, but the darker side of the character has been toned down recently by Jason Aaron's portrayal of him as a more heroic figure who is prone to being a little bratty.

18. Havok

Marc Silvestri/Marvel Comics

Alex Summers is always stuck living in the shadow of his older brother Cyclops, but that's part of what makes him an interesting character. For the longest time, he struggled to live up to his brother's example as the leader of the X-Men, but since Cyclops has become more of a separatist anti-hero, he's now working hard to promote Charles Xavier's ideal of human/mutant coexistence as the leader of the Uncanny Avengers.

17. Iceman

Chris Bachalo/Marvel Comics

Iceman is the late bloomer of the X-Men – he spent years of his life as the class clown who rarely used his ability to make, control, and inhabit ice to its fullest potential. In recent years he's stepped up a lot, mastered his power, and become a crucial part of Wolverine's Jean Grey School.