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The 50 Greatest X-Men of All-Time Pt. 4

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

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50. SABRETOOTH

49. JOSEPH

48. HUSK

46. ARMOR

DARWIN

45. MARROW

44. PIXIE

43. SAGE

42. MIMIC

41. JUGGERNAUT

40. FANTOMEX

39. WARPATH

37. THUNDERBIRD

DANGER
35. HOPE
CECILIA REYES

34. NAMOR
33. POLARIS

32. CHAMBER
31. SUNFIRE
30. MYSTIQUE
29. DOMINO

28. MAGIK

27. FORGE

26. LONGSHOT

25. BANSHEE

24. NORTHSTAR

23. CANNONBALL

22. BISHOP

21. HAVOK


20. RACHEL GREY

First Appearance:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #141
Joined the X-Men: UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #188
Why She’s #20: “Rachel survived a dystopian future, mastered a force that consumed and destroyed her mother, was lost in time and space on multiple occasions, and endured torture in Mojoworld. There is no reason for her not to run for the hills and never look back. However, she does not. Instead, she embraces her name and her lineage, stands tall, and teaches the next generation of mighty mutants at a school that bears the name of her mother: the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. Hers is a story of accepting the bad but refusing to be broken by it.” – Tim Stevens
Digital Spotlight Comic:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #199

19. DAZZLER

First Appearance:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #130
Joined the X-Men:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #214
Why She’s #19:
“A disco diva with mirrored skates and her own mutant light show seems like a very unlikely super hero. Dazzler could easily have been a flash-in-the-pan, as ephemeral as pop music, as dead as disco, but Alison Blaire tore up the rulebook to become an enduring fan favorite. Dazzler eventually reinvented her look to stay with the times, but what never changed was her chutzpah, her heroism and her originality. Even without the skates, she's a show-stopper.” – Andrew Wheeler
Digital Spotlight Comic:
X-TREME X-MEN (2012) #1

18. JUBILEE

First Appearance:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #244
Joined the X-Men: UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #252
Why She’s #18:
“Every generation of X-Men readers has an entry point character, and Jubilee fulfilled that role for fans that came of age around the team's 30th anniversary. With her firecracker personality—as well as firecracker superpowers—no other X-Man quite embodies true teenage emotion like Jubilation Lee. She's as snarky and stubborn as dedicated to doing good even after traumatic events replaced her mutant powers with vampiric ones. But does Jubilee deserve to be a top 20 X-Man, you ask? Does a mall babe eat chili fries?” – Brett White
Digital Spotlight Comic:
UNCANNY X-MEN #297

17. ANGEL

First Appearance: UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #1
Joined the X-Men: UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #1
Why He’s #17:
“While Warren ‘Angel’ Worthington III has enjoyed a life of wealth and privilege, he has also suffered some of the greatest losses endured by any of the X-Men, including the amputation of his own wings. Yet, despite many challenges, including his temporary transformation into Apocalypse's Horseman Death, the true high-flying spirit of Angel always triumphs. Currently he’s experiencing a particularly bizarre period, his mind wiped by love of his life Psylocke, but his inner hero has still shown strong.” – Tim O’Shea
Digital Spotlight Comic:
WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN (2011) #20

16. EMMA FROST

First Appearance:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #129
Joined the X-Men:
NEW X-MEN (2001) #116
Why She’s #16:
“The former White Queen of the Hellfire Club had a rocky road to redemption. Half the time it wasn't entirely clear she really wanted it; for a woman who always wears white, she spends a lot of time in gray areas. Yet at the heart of everything Emma Frost does, one fact has never changed: she wants to protect young mutants, because she remembers what it was like to be one of them and to be alone. She uses the toughest love and every means at her disposal to look out for the next generation, and she does it while delivering razor-sharp one-liners and wearing shoes that cost more than a Blackbird.” – Andrew Wheeler
Digital Spotlight Comic:
ASTONISHING X-MEN (2004) #18

15. GAMBIT

First Appearance: UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #266
Joined the X-Men:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #270
Why He’s #15:
“Only one mutant came close to stealing Wolverine's thunder during the team’s early ‘90’s heyday, which makes sense considering the character's history as a thief from New Orleans. Remy LeBeau, the kinetically charged Cajun charmer, benefitted from a heaping helping of mystery during his early days with the team. Fans took to the character—thanks in part to his star-making turn in the ‘90’s X-Men cartoon—and stuck by him even after his sordid past as one of Mr. Sinister's associates came to light. This X-Man always has an ace up his sleeve.” – Brett White
Digital Spotlight Comic: UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #350

14. PROFESSOR X

First Appearance:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #1
Joined the X-Men:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #1
Why He’s #14:
“Without Charles Xavier, this list does not exist. Without his still sadly incomplete dream of full mutant integration with the human race, mutantkind would be either radicalized or, more likely, largely wiped from existence. Instead, he boldly advocated for the idea that, deep down, whether one had the x-gene or not, everyone shared a common humanity. His dream is far from realized, it is true, but he remains as dedicated to it as ever. The question is not ‘why is he on this list,’ but rather, ‘why isn’t he first?” – Tim Stevens
Digital Spotlight Comic:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #117

13. CABLE

First Appearance:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #201
Joined the X-Men:
ASTONISHING X-MEN (1999) #1
Why He’s #13:
“Bred to be the savior of his race, Nathan Christopher Summers, son of Cyclops, spent most of his life pulled into the future to wage war against an impossible foe. When he returned to the present day, the hardened Cable would push Charles Xavier’s vision in new directions, challenging the X-Men to adapt to the times. As he has mellowed, Nate has been an asset to his friends and family, and also doesn’t mind spending decades jumping across the time stream to raise the mutant messiah, always on the run, fighting to survive; few have given more to the X-Men than Cable.” – Ben Morse
Digital Spotlight Comic:
X-MEN (1991) #198

12. ICEMAN

First Appearance:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #1
Joined the X-Men:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #1
Why He’s #12:
“A charter member of the X-Men, Bobby Drake spent years in the shadows as an underachiever and class clown, but those who know him best see his potential. Once upon a time, Iceman merely hurled snowballs, but now he can manipulate the very air around him and create potent duplicates to carry out his commands. While he’s strayed from Xavier’s dream to pursue a ‘normal life’ more than once, Bobby always returns. Now as an instructor at the Jean Grey Academy and one of the most powerful X-Men, Iceman embodies how struggle and drive can shape a hero and why following a dream can make us better.” – Ben Morse
Digital Spotlight Comic:
WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN (2011) #2

11. PSYLOCKE

First Appearance:
CAPTAIN BRITAIN (1976) #8
Joined the X-Men:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #213
Why She’s #11:
“Being an X-Man has been a transformative experience for Betsy Braddock—literally. Joining up after taking down no less a threat than Sabretooth, Psylocke would see her mind mangled and body swapped after falling through the Siege Perilous and being abducted by Mojo. Persevering, the psychic ninja adapted, learning new skills, and becoming a key player in the fight for mutantkind. She found a love with Archangel that survived tragedy and even overcame death to continue her struggle for what’s right. In recent years, Betsy has emerged as one of the more headstrong warriors among the X-Men, be it on the main team or with X-Force, making tough choices others would shy away from and continuing to sacrifice for friends, lovers and above all, the cause.” – Ben Morse
Digital Spotlight Comic:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #256

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