A true classic that introduces a number of characters that would, decades later, find themselves firmly entrenched among a blossoming group of iconic names and faces. In X-Men #1 Stan Lee gives us the chance to meet Professor Xavier, Cyclops, Beast, Angel, Iceman and – eventually (she arrives at the Professor’s school for gifted youngsters about halfway through the book) – Jean Grey, then known as Marvel Girl. We also learn of the professor’s intentions to hone his pupils into warriors capable of defending and preserving the safety of the world’s average men and women.
The X-Men may be more popular today than they ever have. That’s a result of the staggering success the group has enjoyed on the big screen. We’ve seen a number of X-Men movies, a handful of slick spinoffs and we don’t believe that trend will end any time soon. In fact, we’re due for another big screen project soon, as X-Men: Apocalypse will be hitting theaters this month. It looks awesome, and Apocalypse is a stellar opponent to challenge our beloved heroes.
In honor of X-Men: Apocalypse we’ve put together a list of the top 10 X-Men villains, and you may be surprised by a few of the names and faces you see. Check it out below!
You’re welcome to spew hate at me for this pick, but I’ve always gotten a serious kick out of the Blob. The last I read of Blob he’d lost his powers, but not his presence. The man is massive and if you don’t think a fat dude can put a beating on someone, you haven’t been paying much attention to Blob.
Mystique, despite surfacing in a bunch of X-Men movies, is still somewhat underrated as a villain. Throughout the years she seems as though she’s struggled with her identity, uncertain whether she’d prefer to be the terrorist or the heroine. We prefer her in the villainous role, shape shifting into anybody just to dole out some punishment.
08 Sebastian Shaw
The thing about Sebastian is, the more damage you put on the guy, the more he flips it into unbelievable strength and abilities. You can forget the rest of his posse, the Hellfire Club, this dude is the alpha, all the way.
07 Omega Red
Hands down one of the coolest looking and most gifted adversaries the X-Men have ever known, Omega Red’s appearances are always memorable. There are very few enemies I prefer to watch wage war with Wolverine, and there’s a good reason for that. Just look at the dude, he’s a scarier version of Wolverine… and he just so happened to go through some of the same genetic modifications that Logan himself underwent years ago. Weapon X vs Weapon Red? Yeah, gotta love that!
06 Mr. Sinister
An uber bad dude who wouldn’t be an uber bad dude if not for Apocalypse, Mr. Sinister has the ability to basically create and control mutants. Doesn’t bode well for the X-Men. That said, Sinister isn’t untouchable, and despite his abilities, he’s nowhere near the menace that Apocalypse himself is… even if he does look damn cool.
Cain Marko has always been a favorite of mine. He’s not the sharpest tool in the shed, and he may not be the most tactical foe, but when the Juggernaut rampages we see big damage. He’s kind of like a cross between the Incredible Hulk and Rhino… and Professor X – his step brother. That’s a nasty combination, but it’s made for some amazing wars with the X-Men over the years.
Okay, full disclosure: Sabretooth is one of, if not my absolute favorite Marvel villain. He’s animalistic and ruthless, massive and imposing. The fangs, the claws, the chops. Good lord. Did we mention that he too is a product of the Weapon X Program? That makes him damn near unstoppable, and that makes him even more terrifying than nine of 10 of the X-Men’s foes.
Onslaught kills fools, straight up. As one of the “younger” villains of the X-Men, he’s left an unbelievable mark on the Marvel universe. Inadvertently created by Professor X and Magneto, Onslaught was initially believed to simply be Professor X, but it turned out his origin was a bit more complex than that. It’s too bad we don’t see more of this beast because he’s nasty.
Apocalypse’s time as a mutant far surpass the vast majority of all Marvel characters. He’s basically one of – if not the very first mutant, and that means he’s had tie to hone his skills of destruction. He’s a tyrant, no two ways about it, and in his mind, OTSS (only the strong survive), which means he’s eager to sweep through the X-Men’s ranks and obliterate all but the toughest of the tough. Amazing villain, and it’s going to be great watching him onscreen come May 27th.
The villain of all villains, Magneto has been the thorn in the side of the X-Men since X-Men #1. He’s a revolutionary with a skewed view of things and an ability to control all metal objects. That means he has no issues doing things like, oh I don’t know, ripping the adamantium right from Wolvie’s skeletal structure! There’s a reason Magneto has remained so popular all of these years, he’s a wonderfully complex character capable of showing compassion and capable on embarking on a mission of destruction. His relationship with Professor X also makes him quite the intriguing character.