Charles Francis Xavier, or Professor X, is a mutant and the leader of the X-Men. Created by Stan Lee, Xavier first appeared in 1963. He’s not only one of the most iconic superheroes of all time, he is also one of the most powerful. And, as you’re about to find out, it’s easy to see why he is one of our favorites!
Xavier is a member of a subspecies of humans called mutants, and all of whom have superhuman abilities. Professor X is a remarkably strong telepath who can debilitate his victims, reads others minds, sway their actions, fabricate illusions and can wipe out memories (and that’s just a start). Xavier can also track down other mutants through the device Cerebro, which he created to help amplify his powers. Throughout much of the character’s history in the popular comics, Xavier is a paraplegic usually confined to either a wheelchair or a form of personal hovercraft. So while he is easily one of the most powerful heroes out there mentally, he is one of the weakest physically.
While running and maintaining an upscale private school in New York, Professor X, as the name suggests, teaches young mutants to hone in on their abilities and he helps them develop and utilize their powers for the good of humankind. Xavier also fights to serve the greater good by equalizing peaceful coexistence between humans and mutants in the world. He is the creator of the X-Men task force whose main job is to ensure this coexistence. The X-Men are also known for their foe Magneto, who is Xavier’s old friend and now opposition. Magneto represents much of what Xavier does not, including the belief that mutants should be able to dominate and run the planet.
While you may think you know a lot about Xavier from his numerous appearances in movies and television, I assure you, there’s always more!
Below you’ll find a list of 10 things you may not of known about Professor X. And I can assure you, as a huge fan, I didn’t even know half of these!
10. He Was Partially Inspired By Martin Luther King Jr.
The X-Men comics were inspired by the acts of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcom X during the Civil rights movement of the 60s. As a character, Professor X is known to want to have mutants and humanity live harmoniously with one another. He exudes the same desires as the full-fledged civil rights and equality for all of humankind that Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about. His actions have therefore quite often been compared to the likes of the great activist. In contrast, Magneto exudes the qualities and likeliness of Malcom X, whose ideals were more centered around militant civil rights. These comparisons between the two offer a deeper understanding of the basis of their characters and their two separate views on politics within the X-Men comics.
9. He Was An Athlete
We all know that he’s intelligent- but do you know HOW intelligent? Professor X or Charles Xavier graduated with honors at young age of 16 from Harvard University. Though he excelled at sports as well as academics, he deemed his telepathic abilities as an unfair advantage in sports since he knew ahead of time his opponent’s moves. As a result, Xavier then put all of his focus into academics and became a well-known world renowned scientist with PHDs in genetics, biophysics, psychology and anthropology. Oh and not to mention he has an MD in psychiatry. He’s considered to be the leading scientist in all cognitive and physical areas of mutants and even non-mutants. Not to mention he has plenty of experience in battle to help aid his young mutants.
8. He Has A Net Worth of $3.5 Billion
Using his insane amount of wealth, Professor X opened up his own sanctuary and school “Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters”. He opened this school not only to teach students regular classes like math and history, but to also allow these students to hone in on their powers. Xavier was a professor and taught young students alongside other professors how to control and use their mutant abilities for good. One thing you may not know is that Professor X’s first 5 students were actually Marvel Girl, Cyclops, Beast, Iceman and Angel, not the ones that were portrayed in the popular blockbuster movies. Here’s hoping Iceman and Marvel Girl will get more attention on the big screen in the near future.
7. He Created Onslaught
In most instances, Professor X is portrayed as a very humble and gentle individual. Yet he does have a manipulative side that is not obvious in the movies remakes. Xavier is, unknowingly the host of an evil psionic entity name Onslaught which was accidentally transferred by Magneto in a previous battle. During this battle, as Magneto tries to rip the adamantium from Wolverine’s body, Xavier furiously wipes Magneto’s mind which leaves him in a coma. From the psychic trauma of Professor X using his powers in such a violent and dangerous way, Onslaught is born. During this Onslaught storyline, the X-Men team find files that Xavier had written that detailed how each of them would be killed by him if they were to go rogue. Onslaught became the source of much havoc within the Marvel Universe. It eventually took the Avengers, the Fantastic Four and the Hulk to ultimately destroy this psionic entity.
6. He Dies
Kidding. He doesn’t really. He only makes everyone believe that he is dead. At one point, Xavier “seemingly” dies during the X-Men’s battle with the sub-human named Grostesk. It is later revealed that Professor X actually arranged for a mutant, a reformed former villain named Changeling, to impersonate Xavier, while the real Xavier went into hiding. Xavier needed to go into hiding without anyone knowing that he was alive in order to plan a defense against an invasion by the alien, Z’Nox. Professor X actually goes to the lengths to give a portion of his telepathic abilities to the Changeling so that he could complete the transformation without anyone being suspicious.
5. His Step-Brother Is The Juggernaut
After Professor X’s father died, his father’s business partner and fellow nuclear scientist, Kurt Marko married his mother. This is especially awkward when you consider Kurt was suspected to be partially involved in the death of Xavier’s father. Eventually, Charles started to develop his telepathic abilities and learned that his stepfather only wanted what was left of his mother’s money. Cain, Charles’ step brother, was no better, and was also fuelled by greed. Professor X and his brother enlisted in the army and became soldiers in the Korean war in search and rescue missions. This is where he witnesses Cain’s transformation into Juggernaut. The transformation occurs when Cain touches a ruby, with an ancient inscription on it that led to an underground temple. Legend says that whoever touches it will forever be a Juggernaut. The transformation led to the cave collapsing, everyone believed Cain to be dead, but we know now that was far from the case.
4. He Has The Mind Infinity Gem
Charles Xavier is in possession of the Mind Infinity Gem (or Soul Gem). With only 6 (in some stories they included a 7th) in the entire world, this gives immense power to Xavier, especially if he found the remaining 5. It is stated that the one who possesses all 6 gems will gain virtual omnipotence and omniscience. The Soul Gem that Xavier holds, allows him to boost his mental power and access the thoughts and dreams of other beings (both mutant and non-mutants). If the Infinity Gem is backed by the Power Gem, it is possible to access all minds in existence, simultaneously. It is important to note though that Xavier has never used the Gem and has kept it hidden from everyone.
You can expect the gems to play a much bigger role in the upcoming Avengers movies, especially with the introduction of Thanos.
3. He Has An Evil Twin
Remember how we said that Professor X had a mean streak? Well get this, he tried to kill his twin in his mother’s womb!! His twin, Cassandra Nova, is a mummudrai (a parasitic life form that was born bodiless) who ends up being evil and is most famous for ordering a large group of rogue Sentinels to destroy the entire mutant nation of Genosha. Magneto is Genosha’s leader and is believed to have died in the inhalation. After this victory, Nova takes over Xavier’s body and exposes his mutation to the entire world. She is essentially Xavier’s ideological dark shadow, devoted to destruction and genocide. Cassandra also has some psionic powers just like her brother. Her powers include the ability to exit the womb and create a body…
2. He Has A Kid
Crazy right?! Now, that is something that I never knew. In Israel, Professor X first meets Magneto who is working in a volunteer clinic. Xavier also meets and falls in love with Gabrielle Haller. Xavier, using his telepathic powers, goes to extreme lengths to bring her out of her catatonic coma and they fall in love. Eventually they break up (on good terms) not knowing that she is pregnant. This kid later turns out to be the mutant named Legion in the Marvel comics. Legion has the ability to absorb a person’s psyche into his own and create an alternate personality. Legion, officially named David, suffers from multiple personality disorder as a side effect of his ability.
1. The Extent Of His Powers
Professor X’s psionic powers go way beyond just being able to read minds. Professor X’s telepathy once covered the entire world, but frenemy Magneto changed the Earth’s electromagnetic field, restricting Xavier’s telepathic range. Professor X can manipulate the mind of others, warp their senses, and create illusions and perceptions which make himself invisible to the eye. By projecting “mind blots” composed of psychic energy, Xavier can inflict total amnesia and mental and physical paralysis or even death to his victims. He’s able to take away the control people have on their natural bodily functions like, sight, hearing, taste. He is even able to take away their mutant powers (temporarily). Not only that, but Xavier can perceive the distinct brain waves of other mutants within a small radius of himself. Talk about one person you don’t want to see on the battlefield!