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Month of Avengers/X-Men Top Fives – Top Five X-Men Created in the Past Ten Years

All month-long we’ll be featuring top five lists about either the Avengers or the X-Men. Here is an archive of all the past top five lists!

Today we’ll look at the top five X-Men created in the past ten years.

Enjoy!

NOTE: A few notable mutants debuted JUST past the ten year mark. Rockslide, Hellion, Anole, Prodigy and Mercury to name a few. Similarly, Dust, the Stepford Cuckoos and Quentin Quire debuted even earlier.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

There were a bunch of cool new mutants introduced in the pages of New Mutants and New X-Men that just haven’t been given enough exposure to make this list just yet. Match, Trance, Loa, Indra, Bling! are just a few of these cool new mutants, plus the Generation Hope mutants.

Also, I don’t count Abigail Brand as an X-Man. If I did, she’d probably be tops on the list. She’s awesome. Perhaps the same with Dr. Rao (she’d at least get an honorable mention). Doctor Nemesis is an old character, so he doesn’t count either.

Surge

Surge is a strong representation of the change between Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir’s New Mutants/New X-Men and Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost’s New X-Men. DeFilippis and Weir’s book was a much more pleasant comic book, mostly centering on either just good people going through relationship problems (Wind Dancer, Wallflower, Prodigy, Surge) or slightly mean people slowly turning good, as well (Hellion, Elixir, Rockslide). However, that was under the Grant Morrison mutant model, where the world of mutants was an optimistic place to be. Heck, it was a lot scarier for humans (as it seemed like they might become the minority on Earth). So such an optimistic book like DeFilippis and Weir’s made sense. After Decimation, though, when the amount of mutants were dramatically reduced, things looked pretty bleak for mutants. This led to Kyle and Yost’s New X-Men, which spotlighted characters with more to an edge on them, with Surge being the only flat-out heroic character making the transition to the new lead team for the title (not that the other characters didn’t prove themselves as heroes, but there was obviously an edge to them all). A downside of this, though, is that since Surge was pretty much already developed as a really good hero, there was less room for character development for her. As the leader of the team, she did get some nice attention as struggling with the fact that so many people depended on her for protection (spotlighted during a few later battles where her charges WERE injured) but Hellion and X-23 clearly got more attention in the early going and then Kyle and Yost expanded the cast a bit to spotlight the supporting characters (the other remaining students who weren’t on the main team) and then the book ended. Since then, Surge has not been used very often. She’s an interesting character, but I just don’t know if she was ever given quite enough of a spotlight to outshine the other characters on this list. The closest call, though, would be between Surge and the #5 character on this list…

5. Armor

If you were a fan of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s Astonishing X-Men and you just happened to pick up an X-Men title now, you’d be surprised to learn that Armor never quite made the impact that it seemed like she was going to make when she was first introduced in the pages of Astonishing X-Men. She seemed primed to become the new Kitty Pryde, but for a while there she was usurped in that role on the main books by another character on this list and since then, she really only had the Ghost Boxes storyline by Warren Ellis as a spotlight storyline since Whedon and Cassaday, and that story was DIRECTLY following Whedon and Cassaday, so it has been a long while since she has gotten the attention you would think she would have gotten following her time in Whedon’s run. That said, Whedon (and then Ellis) did SO much good with her that I think she still came out as a more interesting character in total than Surge. But just barely! They’re both good characters.

4. Darwin

Darwin was almost an afterthought from the X-Men: Deadly Genesis mini-series, where we learned that there was a SECOND team of new mutants that had tried to save the original X-Men from Krakoa before the All-New, All-Different X-Men had been recruited. They had all seemingly been killed. However, Darwin’s power was that he would always find a way to evolve enough to survive (hence “Darwin” as his codename). So when another of his team members, Vulcan, was resuscitated following the events of Decimation, Darwin came along for the ride. He then played a part in the follow-up storyline to Deadly Genesis, the Rise and Fall of the Shi’ar Empire (as Vulcan vows vengeance on the Shi’ar, as before he was seemingly killed on Krakoa, his mother was killed by the Shi’ar Emperor). In neither story, though, was Darwin given exactly much of a spotlight. He had a cool power, but that was pretty much it. As seen with his great work with Layla Miller (a similar afterthought character left over from House of M), Peter David is the man to go to with characters who don’t quite seem to fit. He added Darwin to X-Factor and did a whole lot of great character development with the character, spotlighting in particular his crush on fellow team member M and also his quite reasonable fascination with/fear of death. Things went to a head when Darwin took on Hela and in turn his powers adapted by making HIM a “death god” of sorts. He left the team for a while but returned recently hunting down Wolfsbane’s son. Very recently, he has come to terms with his new lot in life, especially because M has finally shown him the time of day.

3. Elixir

Elixir is a fascinating character, although there has always been a part of his backstory that bugged me. He originally was working for Donald Pierce’s Reavers before he realized that he, himself, was a mutant and then his mutant hating friends turned on him so he ended up joining up with Xavier’s School (and even becoming the ward of Dani Moonstar). Here’s my issue – while there was some initial tension between him and the other mutants at the school, it was very quickly resolved. And I think it was resolved a bit TOO quickly. We’re talking about a dude who was a member of a mutant hate group! If you joined the KKK, that’s a pretty major thing, ya know? I can see eventually forgiving it, but people forgave it WAY too soon. Anyhow, if you just accept that as a given conceit, the character really has been a great find. He has the power to heal people. However, the same abilities that heal people could be used to do the OPPOSITE. Just as he could stitch together people’s wounds, he could tear people apart with his powers. He discovered this the hard way and that has been the source of conflict with the character ever since. This was especially important when he became a member of Wolverine’s murder squad, X-Force. He knows that what they are doing is necessary (or at least he believes it to be) and he knows that a team like this could really use a healer, but all of their missions just seem to eat a little bit of his soul a way. Kitty Pryde has noted that with Josh’s level of power and his mental instability, he could be the next Magneto (somehow, she managed to make this pronouncement without using the n-word, so good for her). Currently he is sort of in a state of limbo, dealing with his powers by himself.

2. X-23

It shouldn’t be much of a surprise that X-23 has succeeded as a character, as after all, she is basically a female Wolverine and everyone loves Wolverine, right? Honestly, when you pile up the crummiest things Cyclops has done, bringing X-23 to the X-Men to help her deal with her past being trained to kill and then using her as part of his private murder squad? That’s some Doctor Doom level shit right there. That’s like “We’d love to help you with your alcoholism, but for right now, I have a few cases of vodka I need to empty out, could you help us out?” Anyhow, while X-23 has had some nice development in the pages of New X-Men and X-Force, she was really served well by her ongoing series, where writer Marjorie Liu untangled the character from the mire of being part of a hit squad and spent the whole run on the book developing the character as a PERSON. In particular, her friendship with Jubilee turned out to be a great piece of work, as both characters know what it is like to fight back desires to kill (as Jubilee had been turned into a vampire) so they can really relate to each other despite the fact that otherwise their personalities are almost diametrically opposite of each other. She’s currently starring in Avengers Arena.

1. Pixie

It is not like Pixie becoming a great character was a COMPLETE shocker, as even in her first appearance she was adorable as just a background character (she wore a bicycle helmet to protect herself while learning to fly), but when forty or so issues of New Mutants/New X-Men had passed without her even using her powers on panel, it would be safe to say that her biggest contribution to the X-mythos would be the fact that she was named the Friendliest Student at school in the Xavier’s Yearbook. But then the Quest for Magik happened. In that story arc, it was the background students who took on center stage as the young mutants were transported to Limbo in an attempt by Belasco to capture Magik. Here, Pixie was forced into a combat situation and she was amazing. Besides the first combat use of her “pixie dust,” we also saw a stunning display of bravery and loyalty to her friends when she, the purest of the pure, agreed to give up a piece of her soul to help save her friends. This gave her the soul dagger, the kid sister to Magik’s soul sword. In the end, the New X-Men teamed up with Magik and were saved. Pixie, though, was a background character no longer. Matt Fraction adopted Pixie as his point of view character on his run with the X-Men in San Francisco/Utopia and she was popular enough during this period to get her own mini-series, a fun romp written by Kathryn Immonen where we discover Pixie’s dad is Mastermind, whose secondary mutation apparently was super-potent sperm. Where we once were led to believe that Armor was going to be the “next Kitty Pryde,” it turned out to be Pixie instead. A smart, plucky girl who truly thinks of others ahead of her own self. A true hero. Of course, we haven’t seen a whole lot of her since Schism. Which is a real shame. At least they haven’t killed her yet!

That’s the list! Agree? Disagree? Let me know.

51 Comments

I get these choices. I usually shun the ancillary X-Men team characters because I much prefer the main teams, but these 5 appear in X-Men, Uncanny X-Men and Astonishing X-Men often enough that I get the reasoning and behind why they are so popular. Elixir is really the only one that surprises me, though, I thought Mercury or Rockslide or Dust were more popular.

The Crazed Spruce

September 3, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Maybe so, Jeff, but like Brian said in the description, Mercury, Rockslide, and Dust debuted just outside of the ten-year window.

I may be the only one but I see next to nothing appealing about the Pixie character. I think she is boring and the only way they made her interesting was to make her a Magik knockoff.

Armor has been completely squandered as a character. She came out of Astonishing so strong, had a great moment in Messiah Complex and has disappeared since.

Darwin has done fairly well under Peter David’s pen as one of the pawns on his chessboard. Speaking of pawns, I have an interesting theory about who’s been pulling the strings on the X-Factor book as the finale comes up rapidly. I haven’t read anything past Hell on Earth yet, but I have a nagging feeling now that Mojo has been running the show since the get-go.

I talk about it more here and I’d welcome any feedback: http://zakt.blogspot.ca/2013/09/review-39-x-factor-they-keep-killing.html

These lists are obviously totally subjective. There’s no right or wrong. But I’m surprised by some of the following omissions:

-Hope (this seems like a major oversight)
-Kid Omega
-Idie (she’s been a prominent character since her introduction)
-Fantomex (although he might JUST miss the cut-off)
-Doctor Nemesis (I understand he may have appeared in the Golden Age, but I don’t think ANYONE knew who he was before he started popping up in the Utopia-era X-books)

I also agree that Dust has been used more extensively than a Surge (though Surge is also a decent character), and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see her popping up again sooner or later. She’s got a great backstory and an interesting/useful power.

Elixir is probably the single best character to come out of that New X-Men run, and I wish they’d bring him back for regular usage. There’s a lot to work with there.

Darwin I don’t agree with at all. He has never really fit in any of the books that would have him, from the poorly conceived retcon mini-series that introduced him to his brief stint on Uncanny to his more-off-than-on run in X-Factor. The idea behind him is solid, but there’s nothing flashy about either his personality or his powers (though the death god bit is…interesting). To me he’s always been something of a filler character.

I want to hate X-23 based on concept alone, but damn if her tenure in X-Force didn’t make me like and respect the character.

I will never understand the love for Pixie. Ever. She’s got a great visual. It was very smart to make her essentially a kid-sister version of Illyana. But when you actually look at what she has accomplished as an X-Man, she was basically a walking punching bag. I remember reading her big “starring role” in Fraction’s Uncanny and being astonished that it seemed like every issue she was getting the crap beaten out of her. To me Pixie has always been just shy of a gimmick character.

Speaking of, if we were making a list of the Top 5 most interesting X-characters of the past 10 years, I’d put Magik pretty close to the top. She’s had a real renaissance since she came back in Wells’ New Mutants series. Actually, almost all the major New Mutants have been getting decent play lately (except poor, ignored Magma). That should give hope to fans of the New X-Men characters who have been largely ignored for the past 3-5 years. Wait until nostalgia for the early 00’s kicks in and you’ll see that crew back in action. (It’s arguably already happening with Prodigy showing up in Young Avengers.)

Kid Omega, Fantomex and Doctor Nemesis all miss the cut-off (Even if you want to not count the Golden Age stories, he was revived during the 1990s). They’d all be on the list otherwise.

Idie, you’re right, deserves an honorable mention.

Hope is…well…not so good.

I have Kid Omega’s first appearance as January 2003. Is that incorrect?

I don’t know how you can argue that Hope is a bad character but prop up wither Pixie or Armor. One is 2nd rate Illyana and the other is a cut-rate Kitty. Like her or hate her she’s been at the core of two line-wide crossovers, star of her own solo series, and was responsible for the restarting of the entire mutant race. She is a critically important character in the last 10 years of X-stories. The others on this list? Not so much.

I have Kid Omega’s first appearance as January 2003. Is that incorrect?

No, that sounds right. Which is more than ten years ago.

I don’t know how you can argue that Hope is a bad character but prop up wither Pixie or Armor. One is 2nd rate Illyana and the other is a cut-rate Kitty. Like her or hate her she’s been at the core of two line-wide crossovers, star of her own solo series, and was responsible for the restarting of the entire mutant race. She is a critically important character in the last 10 years of X-stories. The others on this list? Not so much.

She is the center of stories. That’s all she is, though. During Avengers vs. X-Men, she had basically one good piece of character development and it didn’t even come in the series proper (but rather the #0 issue). I mean, really, if she wasn’t the centerpiece of the Messiah Complex, would any writer still be using her? As opposed to Pixie, who writers specifically picked out of the pile to develop (same with Darwin and Elixir). Hope you pretty much HAVE to use.

I’ll respectfully disagree with that. I think Hope has shown considerably more character in the past few years than Darwin, Surge, or Armor. She has wrestled with some pretty weighty expectations, both on the page and from the fans who just assumed that she was the second coming of Jean Grey. And that’s not the case at all. She is tough, impetuous, and conflicted. Give me three descriptors for Surge or Armor. I’ve read almost all of Armor’s appearances and I’ve got nothing.

Well… pretty weak list. Anole, Rockslide, and Kenji, Hellion, were/are better. I can only agree with Pixie.
But it’s a matter of taste.

Both Elixir and Darwin are walking plot devices and are likely to be in limbo soon btw.

About Elixir being forgiven too soon – Cannonball was working for Pierce too and he was forgiven quickly.
Same with Ink. Did you notice the pattern?
Let me spell it out – all of them worked for Pierce, and later joined young team of x-men.

Just a thought: perhaps a good Top 5 list would be underused X-Men characters? I’m sure we could all come up with a pretty thorough list.

Well… pretty weak list. Anole, Rockslide, and Kenji, Hellion, were/are better. I can only agree with Pixie.
But it’s a matter of taste.

Seriously, people, at least read the list first before you complain.

About Elixir being forgiven too soon – Cannonball was working for Pierce too and he was forgiven quickly.

Cannonball worked as a mercenary for a guy who was hiring mercenaries. Elixir specifically joined a mutant hate group. If Cannonball knew that they were a mutant hate group, he would not have joined them.

Gotta love the internet.

“Hey guys! Here’s an opinion-based list I made for you all to enjoy reading and discussing! Also, Character A, B, and C unfortunately can’t be on it, due to technical reasons.”

“your an asshole and your list sux . also charater a, b, and c obviusly should of been on it. my opinion is correct and yours isnt.”

The fact that Marvel introduces new, prominent mutants every few years really makes me wish that the X-Men aged in real time. Teams could easily grow up, graduate, and be replaced by a new team after 10 years. The originals could have been the team of the 60s, the “all-new, all different” of the 70s, yadda yadda. Immortals like Wolverine could stick around for continuity. Oh, well.

With the exception of X-Factor, I’ve never been an X-Men reader. So I have no idea what powers these characters have (except Darwin and X-23). It would have been nice to have a sentence or two for each of them about their powers.

Surge can absorb electricity and either discharge the energy as blasts or use it to power her superspeed. Armor has telekinetic armor. Pixie can teleport, has “pixie dust” that can cause hallucinations upon contact, has a magic soul dagger that works like Magik’s soul sword (just tinier) and can fly with her little pixie wings. She also can do a little bit of magic (she mostly just uses it to teleport). Elixir I think I described pretty well, no? He can fix matter but he can also destroy matter.

Darwin I covered (his power is to adapt his body to whatever he needs to adapt to to survive) and X-23 is a female version of Wolverine.

I feel Marvel missed a good opportunity with Hope post AvX. Think about it: You’re born the mutant messiah, destined to save the mutant race. And you do that. What do you do next? “Get prophetic visions and hang around with your foster father and his friends” is not an exciting answer to me.

Meanwhile: Peter David has a real gift for taking characters nobody’s using (or nobody wants to use; see his first X-Factor run) and figuring out what makes them tick in a way that makes me slap my forehead and think “Of course!” I’m gonna miss X-Factor a whole heck of a lot.

Well going against the grain here. I really like this list. Then again, that entire stretch of New Mutants/New X-men is some of my favorite x-comics (I just started rereading them on Marvel Unlimited, I’d kind of forgotten how enjoyable it was).

Only other honorable mentions to that list: Prodigy (he just joined the Young Avengers) was always a favorite from those teams and did some stuff on the team even as a “human” during the San Francisco years, and Wind Dancer got depowered, but then was one of the post Civil War New Warriors for awhile before disappearing.

Only other honorable mentions to that list: Prodigy (he just joined the Young Avengers) was always a favorite from those teams and did some stuff on the team even as a “human” during the San Francisco years, and Wind Dancer got depowered, but then was one of the post Civil War New Warriors for awhile before disappearing.

Oh yeah, Prodigy and Wind Dancer would definitely be in the running, also, if they weren’t ineligible due to timing. Same with Wallflower.

I don’t have a problem with most of the list save Pixie for one reason, and if I’m wrong about it, then I’m wrong and retract, but I remember reading somewhere that one of the reasons that they killed Nightcrawler was to help her out in popularity as she was seen as unnecessary otherwise by the fanbase and editorial wanted to push her for some reason or other.

Again, I could be off on that (and I’ve heard other notions about why Kurt bought it like “he’s out of date”…so’s Superman and Cap, but whatevs), but stuff like that always bothers me because it isn’t so much about trying to make a character likeable or adding a story element but about an agenda.

Why isn’t Cecilia Reyes on the list? Or Dani Moonstar? Or Mimic?

I’m kidding, of course.

Umm, X23 debuted in an X-MEN: EVOLUTION episode that aired on August 2, 2003 — exactly ten years and one month before this article. So should she qualify for the list? Or are you only counting from her debut in the comics?

Or are you only counting from her debut in the comics?

Correct.

Of this list, I’m only familiar with Pixie, X-23 and Armor. Of those, I do kind of like Armor. Not that she stands out for me in any way, but you know, she’s generally pleasant. I find Pixie kind of annoying. Much as I dislike the whole idea of X-23 and all the other Wolverteens, I did like the way she was handled in Avengers Academy. Anywhere else she still bugs me, but that’s something.

Note that I’m not bashing the list or anything. This is just in the spirit of “Agree? Disagree? Let me know.”

Note that I’m not bashing the list or anything. This is just in the spirit of “Agree? Disagree? Let me know.”

Of course! That’s why that line is there. :) I don’t mind disagreements. Just so long as people read the list before complaining. ;)

When did Doctor Nemesis appear in the ’90s? I liked him in X-Club and stuff, but where and when was he appearing before that, and when did he appear in the Golden Age?

I think the reason I’m not totally on board for Pixie is that I first read about her in that one X-Men FCBD issue from several years back. It was written by Mike Carey —

and drawn by Greg Land. Ugh.

So there’s that.

I did read the mini, although I didn’t remember the bit about her father.

The writer’s name is Kathryn Immonen, isn’t it? It’s that “y” in there that sticks in my brain.

Great list… the only one I’d add (as Rockslide & Mercury were ineligible) would be Kenji from Generation Hope – a fantastic tortured character that I hope they bring back soon.

Although a fan of the character I wasn’t a fan of Pixie strikes back – particularly the reveal that she was actually part Pixie.. .seemed Chuck Austen messing with Nightcrawler level of lazy… The Skottie Young art on Quest for Magik is some of my favourite ever though – when she uses her dust on Wolverine is one of the funniest moments ever… “f***ing unicorns!”

Elixr another great tortured character – shown well (as most of the new x-men are) in Christos Gage’s World War Hulk X-men Mini which was the best thing about the event. What I loved about him in the main series was that the darkness in him was almost instantly forgotten as a hot girl (Alani) wanted to make out with him – which I thought summed up most teenage boys well.

There is one I liked, didn’t see mentioned in the comments though. Anole, I know he appeared late in 2003, not sure if he just missed the cutoff though.

Even if going by just her comics appearances, didn’t X23 first appear in NYX in 2004? Unless that wasn’t in continuity? (I never read the book so I don’t know)

There is one I liked, didn’t see mentioned in the comments though. Anole, I know he appeared late in 2003, not sure if he just missed the cutoff though

He did.

Even if going by just her comics appearances, didn’t X23 first appear in NYX in 2004? Unless that wasn’t in continuity? (I never read the book so I don’t know)

Yes, 2004 was when she debuted in comics.

He’s outside the “last ten years” window, but lemme also shout out to Fantomex! I am the only other person who enjoys Fantomex. I would totally write a Fantomex ongoing series if I were allowed to, and also paid to. You would all hate it.

Primal FTW I was charmed by the character, anyway, but once he took the stand in court on his own behalf, in regards to whether he should even be with the X-men… 100% SOLD And to Kenji as well,, such wasted oppurtunity. Bring him back!! And Transonic… hell, I love all the X-Kids!!! I want a Brian Wood monthly!!

Did Layla Miller miss the cut-off point, or does she not count since she’s only been part of X-Factor and not the X-Men proper?

I LOVED Pixie when she became part of the New X-Men cast during “Quest for Magik”, a great addition to an already fantastic cast in what was my favorite X-title at the time. Then they cancelled NXM, replaced it with the god-awful Young X-Men series, and gave Pixie to Fraction. My affection for Pixie ended with “Manifest Destiny” because Fraction took everything cute and loveable about her and turned it into something obnoxious and “kewl” (just like he did for EVERY character he used, man I hated his run on Uncanny…).

Oh, another one that I always enjoy reading about: Blindfold!

I love the new X-Men that have come about in the past 10-15 years. Elixir, Dust, Blindfold, Rockslide, Anole, Kid Omega, Pixie, Hellion, Darwin….

Unfortunately, a lot of them aren’t getting enough focus and getting lost in the crowd of other mutants. Elixir is currently being wasted by rotting in Comic Book Limbo. Darwin was barely getting used in X-Men until Peter David brought him over to X-Factor and gave the character the attention he needed. Wolverine and The X-Men puts too much emphasis on Kid Omega to the detriment of the others, IMHO. I like Kid Omega, but he’s on the verge of being overexposed.

I’m still pissed that Icarus and Wallflower were killed off by Stryker. Jay and Laurie’s characters had so much potential.

Broo is like a real life Voigt-Kampf Test. If you don’t find him completely charming, you’re probably a replicant. If Time-Displaced Jean Grey counted as a distinct character, I think she’d deserve a spot on this list. I like where Goldballs and Tempus are going, even if it’s a little soon to consider them.

I know they don’t count because they were both created in the 80s, but Frenzy and David Haller have both made so much progress as characters in the last few years that they feel new. Frenzy would be perfect in X-men.

I was going to complain about no Angel Salvadore, then I realized that’s been over ten years ago… Man, do I feel old.

When did Doctor Nemesis appear in the ’90s? I liked him in X-Club and stuff, but where and when was he appearing before that, and when did he appear in the Golden Age?

He’s a weird one because he’s not a Marvel character. He first appeared in 1941 in Ace Magazines’ Lightning Comics, where he became a regularly appearing character in backup features. Roy Thomas dug him up for his 1993 Invaders series that used a lot of public domain Golden Age characters from other publishers, like Harvey’s Human Meteor, Holyoke’s Strongman and Fox’s Spider Queen. Thomas called him Doctor Death there, but he soon returned to his original name.

Can’t really say much about the list. They’re all solid choices, though I can see the distaste for Armor and Pixie.

As for additions for a longer list:

I really like Blindfold, especially as she’s been handled in the current X Men Legacy run.

I must assume Layla Miller doesn’t count for never being an actual X Men. She’s certainly the best mutant character of the last ten years.

I really like Hope. She’s been wasted post-AVX but she’s a really cool character.

I would also have added Molly Hayes, but it turns out she was early 2003. Time really flies.

I would also have added Molly Hayes, but it turns out she was early 2003. Time really flies.

It’s nuts. I never would have expected that Rockslide was more than 10 years old, for instance.

@Brian- about the Reavers thing, when have the X-Men NOT forgiven someone too easily?

Ha! True, but in other cases, they always seem to go with “she/he was just confused or manipulated.” The dude specifically joined a mutant hate group when he didn’t know he was a mutant (so it wasn’t some weird self-hatred thing)!

The only reason Anole and Rockslide didn’t make the list is because it would have made the rest look bad, I’m sure.

X-DUDES FOR LIFE!

Seeing as the omission of Agent Brand, Dr Rao and Doc Nemesis was explained, I would have expected an explanation for why Layla Miller isn’t on the list as well. I would have her as # 1. Brand is a great character, but Layla Miller is also a great character and she has had more exposure than Brand, making her top my list.

Does she belong here if you compare her to Darwin? Darwin was a student at the institute and in a couple of arcs in the main titles. Layla was in House of M, where she might have been MVP, and she joined Madrox’ trip to the future, which was on Cyclops’ request, thus making it semi-official X-Men duty. Okay, not enough to definitely warrant inclusion as an X-Man, but not that far behind Darwin, so at least give her some nice words?

I think Hope is a decent character. She and X23 are both trained as soldiers from birth, but they’re still different. Hope is to Cable what X23 is to Wolverine when it comes to personality, and she is the one “kid” who will argue with all the grown-ups if she feels like it, which she mostly does.

Must say I like Blindfold, especially now that she gets more attention as sidekick/girlfriend to Legion, sorry, David Haller. And Warbird’s meeting with human society is often quite entertaining.

Brand and Rao got explanations because they at least appeared in X-Men a lot, so I could see it reasonably confusing to some people that they were members of the X-Men. Layla did not, hence no explanation for her.

LMAO. Pixie? Come one now, she’s nothing but a walking cliché built on by mixing superior characters like Nightcrawler and Magik. There’s a reason why she’s back to being wallpaper now that Magik is back full time. Ain’t nobody got time for such a generic knock-off.

bad johnny got out

September 10, 2013 at 2:09 am

Kitty Pryde used to be the worst at dropping n-bombs.

#6 Surge – She was the only reason I picked up New Mutants Volume 2 (was it vol. 2?) in the 1st place.

#5 Armor – A pretty good character but I haven’t seen her since Schism + Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha and Omega

#4 Darwin – I have the Rise and Fall of the Shi’ar Empire on backlog. That’s probably the only book I have with him (sorry bro)

#3 Elixir – The first book I have with him was when he was seeing Wolfsbane (how was that even working out? Geezus). He WAS on his way to being broken and popular but he just disappeared with the rest of New X-Men (which sucks cause he had as much screen-time as Quentin has today).

#2 Laura – Innocence Lost is her best work, with her New X-Men appearances in 2nd (imo). Surprised she only appears in Avengers Arena considering she’s a female version of a mutant who can appear in 10+ Marvel books simultaneously.

Also, is the X-Men Evolution episode where she appears at least 10 years old or are we just going with the 616 version?

#1 – Pixie – Never liked her (well that’s cause she shared a book with X-23, duh) but she got put on a main team in X-Men Vol.3 and now I like her.

Can’t complaint about the list. Yay Asian girls, apparently. All we need is Hazmat. (Does Marvel realize there are other Asian nationalities other than Japanese?)

I’ll just add to the votes that Layla Miller should at least be on there, if not one. But I’m not really sure which one I’d take off. Maybe Pixie.

As much as I love Layla Miller, she really isn’t an X-Men. X-Factor was always running counter to the X-Men, even when Wolverine was footing the bill. Especially when they took an opposite stance than the X-Men in Civil War.

Molly Hayes is also too old, and the current Molly Hayes hasn’t joined the X-Men, while the future one hasnt done much yet.

I would say Blindfold deserves an honorable mention. Debuted and regular presence in Astonishing X-Men, part of the Young X-Men team, and currently having a big role in X-Men Legacy.

Although they are too old for the list, I also just want to say that I love Mercury and Dust. And a shotout to the Wolverine and the X-Men’s new Krakoa!

It’s a shame Quentin Quire missed the cut-off date. He’s shaped up to be quite the interesting fellow.

Surge, however, is my absolute least favorite X-character of all time, replacing longtime unfavorite Sunspot. Besides having of those magical withdrawal-free drug addictions, the first thing she does is belittle & bully Dust. She remained thoroughly unlikable afterwords, and two sets of writers try to force her into being a “fan favorite” and giving her spotlight time at the expense of so many more interesting new characters just annoyed me to no end. The only writer not to treat her like a pet character & actually write her like the smug a-hole she is was Christos Gage in Avengers Academy, who reminded everyone how nastily antagonistic she is outside of fight scenes. That she got a place on the list before Hope, who has actual depth & isn’t a bullying jerk, speaks volumes to the power of a decent design over actual characterization.

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