Top Five Lies/Deceptions by Professor X
Top Five Month (check here to see an archive of all the top five lists featured so far this month) continues with a look at the founder of the X-Men who, for being such a good guy, seems to like to lie and deceive (all in the name of altruism, I suppose) constantly!
Here are his top five lies/deceptions…
Keeping Cerebro a secret…for some reason
This one is really weird because I don’t really see what Xavier’s point is here – why keep Cerebro a secret from the rest of the X-Men? Especially because he reveals the secret, like, five issues later!!! So odd.
Making the X-Men think he lost his powers just to see what they would do
Years before Kitty Pryde made it explicit, man, Professor X was a jerk sometimes. Like here, the endings of X-Men #4 and X-Men #5.
Letting Wolverine attempt to assassinate him because he knew he could break Wolverine’s conditioning and then have him be a weapon for Xavier, instead.
So yeah, apparently, Wolverine and Xavier met before they “officially” met. Wolverine was brainwashed into killing Xavier, and Xavier stopped him and used his own mental powers to “turn” Wolverine. Why? Because Xavier figured he could use an assassin of his own.
Later in the issue, we see Xavier completing his own brainwashing so that Wolverine will later want to join the X-Men when Xavier approaches him in Giant-Size X-Men #1. Messed up, Charlie!!!
5. Not letting Cyclops and Havok know that they had a brother
One of the lesser revelations of X-Men: Deadly Genesis was that Xavier knew that one of Moira MacTaggert’s proto-X-Men was the brother of his own X-Men, Cyclops and Havok, and just chose not to tell them for whatever reason.
4. Being a member of the Illuminati
Pretty much everyone in the Illuminati was being deceitful to their people. Xavier, though, particularly stands out because the world hated and feared mutants and he didn’t seem to use the powers of the Illuminati to really help out that much, did he?
3. Faking his own death and not telling all but one of his students
I mean, I guess it makes sense, but it’s still a pretty messed up lie just to get time to prepare. Perhaps just tell your students, “Hey, no one bother me for awhile please.”
2. Wiping the memory of Cyclops of the team of X-Men who died between the original X-Men and the All-New, All-Different X-Men.
This is some really messed up stuff – wiping Cyclops’ memories of seeing a replacement team of X-Men killed (including his own brother) and then going out and recruiting a NEW team of X-Men without letting them know that he already sent another team to save the original X-Men and that they had all been killed!!! What the hell, Xavier?!?
1. Saying that the X-Men weren’t named after him
This one is tops because it is so blatant and really, if you can’t tell the truth about something so simple like this, how can you EVER be trusted?
Can you think of other notable lies by Xavier? Any that you think should make the top five? Let me know!