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Characters that have appeared in X Factor series


The Original X-Factor series

Main Cast

Caliban

Russell "Rusty" Collins / Firefist

Arthur "Artie" Maddicks / Artie

Sally Blevins / Skids

Leech

Tabitha 'Tabby' Smith / Boom-Boom

Julio Richter / Rictor

Takashi "Taki" Matsuya / Wiz Kid

Villains

Cameron Hodge

Joanna Cargill / Frenzy

  • Heel Face Brainwashing: In Eve of Destruction storyline, Jean Grey was desperate to find a new team, and quickly to save Professor Xavier. She acknowledges that one of Magneto's lieutenants, Frenzy, has been captured by the US Army. Not only does Jean enter her mind to get the info she needs on Genosha (Magneto's island) and its defenses, but she thinks that having a superpowered guide in that hellhole would be a good idea, so she just rewrites Frenzy's mind and makes her an X-Men enthusiast (so fanatically devoted to the X-Men cause, all of a sudden, that it was creepy).
  • Nigh Invulnerability
  • Scary Black Woman: A scary black woman...with muscles!
  • Super Strength

Edward Pasternak / Tower

Wendy Sherman / Stinger

Timeshadow

Dr. Nathaniel Essex / Mister Sinister

See X-Men

En Sabah Nur / Apocalypse

See X-Men

X-Factor Government Team (X-Factor II, 1991-1998)

Main Cast

Alexander "Alex" Summers/ Havok

See X-Men

Lorna Dane / Polaris

See X-Men

Jamie Madrox / Multiple Man

A former foe of the Fantastic Four. One of them discovered he was a mutant and handed him over to the X-men.

  • Ascended Fanboy: Jamie Madrox keeps attempting to treat his Mutant adventures as Noir Detective novels. He usually fails miserably.
  • Cloning Blues: For some time, his clones were cool with being who they are. Then things started getting weird. One turns traitor and joins with the long-term X-Men enemy Mister Sinister. Another dies of the Legacy Virus. Jamie starts going around the bend because he's just too much people for one man. Later, he gets it together but his clones don't. All the thousands of aspects, idiotic or not, in the human mind tend to get manifested in his clones. He can and has created a clone to free him from a prison cell but it's possible the clone will be his sadness and be too depressed to move. Another is unpredictable and tries to kill an old ally. It is reabsorbed but indicates that it could pop out in any future clones and go try to kill again.
  • Fun Personified (most likely under Peter David's writing)
  • Me's a Crowd
  • Mundane Utility: Jamie constantly uses his dupes like this, sending them out to learn and explore the world, creating them on the other side of locked doors, playing duets on piano and the super-babysitting.
  • Rescued From the Scrappy Heap
  • Starfish Character: Jamie Madrox has a mutant power that creates duplicates of himself upon physical impact. Each tends to manifest some aspect of his personality.

Guido Carosella / Strong Guy

Rahne Sinclair / Wolfsbane

See New Mutants

Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver

The son of Magneto who was separated from him and believed to be dead. Raised by gypsies, he developed a strong fixation on his sister, Wanda Maximoff. After Magneto saved Wanda from a anti-mutant mob, the two were indebted to him and were reluctantly part of the first incarnation of the Brotherhood of Mutants. After Magneto was abducted by aliens and the Brotherhood disbanded, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch served for a long period as members of The Avengers, where they redeemed themselves. However, old habits and revelations about villainous heritages are hard to fight, and the two continue to bounce back and forth between good and evil and sane and insane. He's also the ex-husband of Crystal from The Inhumans and they have a daughter named Luna, but his relationship with them is... utterly troubled.

  • Anti-Hero: Generally a Type II, but recently downgraded to type IV, and briefly even type V, since most American writers don't like stereotypcial "Euro Trash" characters.
  • Big Brother Instinct
  • Bishounen: Depending on the art, Quicksilver is usually not a bishounen except for X-Men Evolution cartoon. However, in one X-Factor issue, he was called 'Pretty Boy' by his inmates when he was put in prison for vagrancy.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: It happens in the Ultimate universe
  • Brought Down to Normal: He thought he had it bad when life moved in slo-mo, but after losing his powers, everything seemed so... fast. He went crazy, stole mutating mists from his in-laws, and used them to get time travel powers.
  • Cry Cute
  • Draco in Leather Pants (in X-Men Evolution cartoon)
  • In the Blood: Pietro's really, really prone to Face Heel Turns. It doesn't help that he looks almost exactly like Magneto anyway.
  • Jerkass: Quicksilver has been a good guy, bad guy, and in-between, but never stops being an arrogant, self-centered dick. This extends to his other incarnations, such as his apperances on the different cartoons and Ultimate X-Men.
  • Karma Houdini: Recently Made a statement on the news that his Moral Event Horizon (see below) was a work of a Skrull imposter during the Secret Invasion crossover.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father
  • Moral Event Horizon: Kidnapping his own daughter Luna to subject her to mutating mists was just the beginning. Crystal was definitely not amused when she found out.
  • Motor Mouth: He talks faster in X-Men Evolution cartoon than in the comics
  • Oedipus Rex
  • Personality Powers: Well, except the most prominent part of Pietro's personality is how he's a total Jerkass because life moves in slow motion for him.
  • Pet the Dog
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs
  • Super Speed
  • Time Stands Still: Quicksilver once explained his angry personality by asking his psychologist to imagine living in a world consisting entirely of the slowest queue at the checkout.
  • The Unfavourite: Magneto's relationship with his kids is equally screwed up, with Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver being the Un-Favorite in both the regular and Ultimate Marvel Universe.
    • In particular, in the Ultimate Marvel Universe, Magneto is quite open with with his disdain for Quicksilver/favoritism towards Wanda, by "punishing" Wanda for betraying him by way of making her watch him kneecap her brother, who Magneto berated for going to work for the Ultimates.
  • White-Haired Pretty Boy

Valerie Cooper

Started as a subordinate to Senator Kelly and Agent Henry Peter Gyrich, later rose to become a kind of US government superpowers and mutant czar and one of the top people of the O*N*E. Served as government liaison to X-Factor for a long time and also appeared a few times in the current incarnation of the title.

Marshall Stone III / Random

  • Adaptive Ability: Random's main mutant power is adaptive shapeshifting. He can harden his skin when stabbed or reconstitute himself from protoplasmic goop when caught in an explosion. The guns are just his preferred form for combat.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: Subverted, since Random is actually a heroic guy whose unsettling power is to shoot you with guns.
    • Until recently, he was a Mook in the Marauders team.
      • Not exactly. Just like back in the days, when he had to fight X-Factor, he has doubts on his allegiance. Also, he's shown to be the more charitable of his team... suggesting to his foes that they're lucky having to fight him, because he's the nice one.
  • BFG
  • Cool Shades
  • Executive Meddling: One plotline Peter David was not allowed to go through under the company policy of the time was to have Val Cooper become attracted to Random only to find out that he was actually a woman who used her shapeshifting to appear male. David then changed Random's secret into him being a lot younger than he appeared.
  • Guns Akimbo
  • Heroic Albino
  • Nineties Anti-Hero: Random is the nineties as far as comics are concerned.
    • It is worth noting that his musclebound antihero appearance was supposed to be the shapeshifters idea of what a badass looks like, not his actual appearance. Subsequent writers have forgotten this, and even when depowered he is depicted as uber-ninties.
  • Shapeshifter Weapon: He can turn his arms into guns. With dozens of barrels. You see what I mean about him being the nineties.

Forge

See X-Men

Shard

Kyle Gibney / Wild Child

Raven Darkholme / Mystique

See X-Men

Victor Creed / Sabretooth

See X-Men

Archer

Fixx

Greystone

X-Factor Investigations

A group consisted of a few old X-Factor members Multiple Man (leader), Strong Guy and Wolfsbane as well as the new members Siryn, Rictor, M and Layla Miller working in a detective style agency. The newest members included are Darwin, Longshot and Shatterstar. Wolfsbane, after a brief stint in X-Force, has returned.

Main Cast

James "Jamie" Madrox / Multiple Man

See "X-Factor Government Team" Above.

Guido Crossela / Strong Guy

See "X-Factor Government Team" Above.

Theresa Cassidy / Siryn / Banshee

See X-Force

Monet St. Croix / M

See Generation-X

Julio Richter / Rictor

See "Original X-Factor series" above.

Layla Miller

Armando Munoz / Darwin

  • Adaptive Ability
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Slow to anger, but when he does get mad? RUN. Very fast.
  • Body Horror: His powers allow him to evolve to survive, resulting in some horrifying transformations. Shot with a weapon that targets the nervous system, he becomes a sponge creature. Crushed beneath wreckage, he's reduced to an oozing mass that can speak. Decapitated by a headshot, a second head starts growing out of his torso, and so forth. Thankfully these are temporary changes, but made worse that he's got no control over what he'll become.
  • Race Lift / But Not Too Black: Lampshaped within the series. Darwin's powers had turned him white in a primarily white community "to better survive", but once he gains some confidence he changes himself back to his original darker skin tone. The characters point out the Unfortunate Implications of this.

Longshot

See X-Men

Shatterstar

See X-Force

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