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The 50 Greatest X-Men of All-Time Pt. 2

See who made Marvel.com's official list for the top Children of the Atom from 50 years of action!

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In 1963, UNCANNY X-MEN #1 assailed an unsuspecting populace, birthing the mutant race into the Marvel Universe and a phenomenon into pop culture.

50 years later and the X-Men have exploded across countless sagas, numerous incarnations and even various realities. What began as a roster of five teenagers has expanded to include goddesses, aliens, former foes and every manner of mutant imaginable.

In commemoration of the X-Men’s 50th anniversary, Marvel.com brought together a panel of experts, including fans and professionals alike, to select the 50 all-time greatest members of the team. This list will unfold in five parts and feature write-ups as well as information and digital comics links spotlighting each X-Man.

Please let us know what you think of our selections and share your own by tweeting @Marvel on Twitter and using the hashtag #XMen50

Read part one!

50. SABRETOOTH
49. JOSEPH

48. HUSK

46. ARMOR

DARWIN

45. MARROW

44. PIXIE

43. SAGE
42. MIMIC

41. JUGGERNAUT


40. FANTOMEX

First Appearance:
NEW X-MEN (2001) #128
Joined the X-Men:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #521
Why He’s #40:
“Initially a loveable rogue and three-lobe brained thief who was a product of the Weapon Plus program that gave us the likes of Wolverine, Fantomex quickly found himself unable to stay away from playing the hero. Used to being all about himself, he was soon murdering a child for the greater good, raising a clone of said child for the same reason, falling in love, and dying for the cause. Now split into three people, who Fantomex truly is at his core is more mysterious than ever.” – Tim Stevens
Digital Spotlight Comic:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #520

39. WARPATH

First Appearance:
NEW MUTANTS (1983) #16
Joined the X-Men:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #475
Why He’s #38:
“A young James Proudstar sought vengeance on Professor X after his older brother died on one of the second generation of X-Men's early missions. Despite his initial rocky relationship with the team, a time period that also including an association with the Hellions, Warpath became a devoted ally of the New Mutants squad as they became X-Force. This partnership brought Proudstar closer to the X-Men than ever before, sowing the seeds for his eventual inclusion on the big team when they took to the stars to defeat the evil Summers brother, Vulcan.” – Brett White
Digital Spotlight Comic:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #487

37. THUNDERBIRD

First Appearance: GIANT-SIZE X-MEN (1975) #1
Joined the X-Men:
GIANT-SIZE X-MEN (1975) #1
Why He’s #37:
“The first true casualty of the X-Men—with all due respect to Changeling—John Proudstar would forever alter his teammates and those to follow. Fighting for mutant rights and peace with humans now carried the ultimate price, but any who would not put themselves in the line of fire anyways disrespected Thunderbird and his noble sacrifice. He may have clashed with those around him in life, but with his final act, John Proudstar earned lasting respect.” – Ben Morse
Digital Spotlight Comic: UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #95

DANGER

First Appearance:
ASTONISHING X-MEN (2004) #8
Joined the X-Men:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #515
Why She’s Also #37:
“Perhaps nobody has more right to hold a grudge against the X-Men than Danger. Once mere Shi’ar technology used in the team’s training facility, the Danger Room, she achieved sentience but remained a subservient prisoner at the behest of a knowing Professor X. While Danger would initially lash out against her captors, she showed incredible capacity for adaptation and understanding, reconciling to a degree with Xavier and aiding his students against injustice. Don’t let her robotic exterior and icy demeanor fool you: Danger may embody the dream of coexistence better than any other X-Man.” – Ben Morse
Digital Spotlight Comic: UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #517

35. HOPE

First Appearance: X-MEN (1991) #205
Joined the X-Men:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #526
Why She’s #35:
“From the moment Hope was born, she became the focus of forces far larger than herself. Some, like Cable, believed she could usher in a new era of mutant-human relations. Others, like Bishop, were convinced that she would destroy everything. Running from those who would destroy her, Hope aged rapidly in timelines not her own and watched the only father she’d ever known, Cable, seemingly die. Finally coming back to where she started, she was almost immediately pointed out as the chosen vessel for the Phoenix Force and the center of the conflict pitting the Avengers against the X-Men. Now, for the first time, this one-time would-be messiah or world destroyer is free to control her own destiny. Who can say what path she will take?” – Tim Stevens
Digital Spotlight Comic:
AVENGERS VS. X-MEN (2012) #12

CECILIA REYES

First Appearance:
X-MEN (1991) #65
Joined the X-Men:
X-MEN (1991) #70
Why She’s Also #35:
“Cecilia Reyes wanted nothing more than to live out her days as a doctor in New York City, but a group of Sentinels had other plans in mind for the force field generating mutant. After the Sentinel attack and her subsequent globetrotting adventure with Iceman outed her as a mutant, Dr. Reyes had no one but the X-Men to turn to. Despite her passive power and pacifist nature, Cecilia went on to become a valued member of the group, applying her medical expertise when the team most needs it. She's a perfect example that a hero doesn't have to fight to be heroic.” – Brett White
Digital Spotlight Comic:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #351

34. NAMOR

First Appearance:
MARVEL COMICS (1939) #1
Joined the X-Men: DARK AVENGERS/UNCANNY X-MEN: EXODUS (2009) #1
Why He’s #34:
“Namor is not only one of Marvel's first super heroes, but technically the first mutant, thanks to a unique mix of human and Atlantean DNA that gave him winged feet and the ability to fly in addition to strength and durability. Known for his overbearing and imperious manner, Namor only recently seemed to accept his mutant birthright and joined up with the X-Men, but he seems a natural fit for a team with its fair share of powerhouse egos!” – Andrew Wheeler
Digital Spotlight Comic:
UNCANNY X-MEN (2011) #12

33. POLARIS

First Appearance:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #49
Joined the X-Men:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #60
Why She’s #33:
“Lorna ‘Polaris’ Dane possesses a unique role in the X-family as the daughter of Magneto. While frequently teamed with Havok through much of her career, in recent years, she found her magnetic powers best suited to aid the efforts of X-Factor. Lorna never wanted to be a hero, and certainly not an X-Man, but the life has consistently pulled her back in and she has risen to the occasion, overcoming his questionable heritage and series of tragic personal setbacks to remain ultimately a force for good.” – Tim O’Shea & Ben Morse 
Digital Spotlight Comic: UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #52

32. CHAMBER

First Appearance:
GENERATION X (1994) #1
Joined the X-Men:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #398
Why He’s #32:
“Sometimes the arrival of mutant powers does not just carry loss of status problems; sometimes it nearly destroys you. So it was for Jono Starsmore, whose powers obliterated his lower jaw and left him with a gaping crater in his chest. Struggling with the reality of mutilation, Chamber consistently underperformed in relation to his power level, but never seemed to quit. Even the loss of his powers during M-Day and his forced changes at the hands of Apocalypse’s disciples could not dissuade him for long. Now, as a teacher at the Jean Grey School, he oversees coursework that seeks to help those who might be faced with similar disruptive physical changes as they come into mutanthood.” – Tim Stevens
Digital Spotlight Comic:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #404

31. SUNFIRE
First Appearance: UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #64
Joined the X-Men: GIANT-SIZE X-MEN (1975) #1
Why He’s #31:
“When Charles Xavier initially attempted to recruit Shiro Yoshida to the X-Men, the Japanese warrior wanted no part of the invitation. Professor X needed to appeal to Sunfire’s sense of nationalistic pride—not to mention his sizable ego—to enlist the mutant’s awesome power to help rescue his missing team. Even then, Sunfire only stuck around for one mission, but his attitude made an impact. Shiro would experience a formidable fall from grace in the ensuing years, losing his legs, his powers and his very identity; now a member of the Avengers’ ‘Unity Squad,’ Sunfire attempts to redeem his honor and stand up for the dream of the man he years ago shunned, but not without at least a touch of his trademark bravado.” – Ben Morse
Digital Spotlight Comic:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #118

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