If you were a fan of superheroes growing up in the 1990s, you probably loved X-Men: The Animated Series, the uber-popular cartoon that attempted to translate over 30 years of continuity into 22 minute chunks. While the cartoon successfully poisoned a generation of superhero fans against Cyclops, it also introduced fans to dozens of mutants from every corner of the Marvel Universe. We've compiled a list of every mutant guest star that appeared on the show. This list doesn't include the core team of X-Men (including Morph, who was both a friend and foe on the show) or their main villains Magneto, Apocalypse and Mister Sinister, but every other mutant, but every other mutant who cameoed or had a guest appearance are included:
In "Cold Comfort", Iceman tracked his ex-girlfriend Polaris to a government compound that served as the headquarters to X-Factor. The team, based on the government sponsored version of X-Factor from the 1990s, consisted of Forge, Havok, Polaris, Strong Guy, Wolfsbane, Quicksilver, Multiple Man. When the X-Men arrived looking for Iceman (and Jubilee, who had tagged along), Forge sent X-Factor to attack the X-Men as a training exercise. The fight ended in a draw, and Iceman and the X-Men left when Polaris explained that she was in love with Havok.
Several members of X-Factor made other appearances in X-Men: The Animated Series, which are covered in subsequent slides. However, Havok never made a second appearance, even though it was heavily hinted that he was Cyclops' brother. A flashback showed Havok as a child, but Cyclops never learned that his brother was alive.prevnext
In addition to leading X-Factor, Forge made several appearances in alternate versions of the future. In two separate futures, Forge sent Bishop into the past to stop some sort of calamity in the present day. One Forge sent Bishop back in time to stop Mystique from assassinating Senator Kelly, while a different Forge sent Bishop to prevent Apocalypse from unleashing a virus that targeted humans. A THIRD alternate version of Forge sent Bishop, Wolverine and Storm from an Age of Apocalypse-esque alternate timeline into the past to stop Trevor Fitzroy from killing Charles Xavier.prevnext
Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch
Quicksilver and his sister Scarlet Witch both made an appearance in the episode "Family Ties", when they discover they're actually the children of Magneto. Upon discovering the truth, the twins decide to murder Magneto, but their plans are thwarted when the High Evolutionary decides to capture all the mutants in the vicinity (including Wolverine) to use for his experiments involving evolution. In the subsequent breakout and chaos, Wolverine gets turned into a giant wolf, slices up some goat/human hybrids, and later returns to his less hairy human state by Beast and Xavier.prevnext
A longtime ally of the X-Men, Polaris appeared in "Cold Comfort" as a former X-Man who quit the team along with Iceman after she nearly died during a mission. However, retirement didn't suit Polaris, and she abandoned Iceman to join up with X-Factor. Iceman later recruited the X-Men to track Polaris down, which led to Polaris breaking up with Iceman once and for all so she could be with her new boyfriend Havok. Polaris also showed up in the "Phalanx Covenant" to help a ragtag team of mutants fight the Phalanx. She fought alongside her father, Magneto, although no mention was made of their familial bonds (probably as it hadn't been confirmed in the comics, yet.)prevnext
Bishop is a major recurring character in X-Men: The Animated Series as a time traveler constantly mettling in the past to change the future. He first showed up to stop the assassination of Senator Kelly in the show's version of Days of Future Past, and then returned when he discovered that his future was now ravaged by a virus unleashed by Apocalypse. He also helped Storm and Wolverine go back in time to stop Trevor Fitzroy from killing Professor X in the 1950s (thus causing an Age of Apocalypse-esque alternate timeline). Finally, Cable recruited him to stop Apocalypse from using the Axis of Time to wreck havoc on the timestream. Basically, if there was even a sniff of time travel involved on the show, you could bet Bishop and his oversized gun would suddenly stumble out of a time portal.
Bishop's sister Shard also made a few appearances on the show as one of his partners and allies in the future.prevnext
X-Men: The Animated Series other time traveler, Cable makes multiple appearances in wildly different roles. During the first season, Cable appeared as a lone wolf mercenary who helped topple the oppressive, mutant-enslaving government of Genosha. However, he appeared in later seasons as a resistance leader in the future fighting Apocalypse, complete with a new cybernetic arm. When Cable's future was erased because Bishop prevented Apocalypse from unleashing an anti-human virus, he traveled back in time to stop Bishop (and the X-Men) and restore the future. Eventually, Cable and Bishop compromised by infecting Wolverine with the virus, which in turn created antibodies that somehow stabilized the mutant race in the future. Later, Cable gathered a team of mutants to stop Apocalypse from taking the Axis of Time, which would grant the mutant total control of the timestream.
The cartoon gave several hints that Cable was Cyclops and Jean Grey's son, but never stated that fact outright. I guess some storylines are too complicated even for X-Men: The Animated Series.prevnext
A version of the X-Terminators appeared in the episode "No Mutant is an Island" as orphans under the telepathic control of the Purple Man. Cyclops, who was visiting his childhood orphanage because he's the saddest man in existence, discovered the manipulation and freed the orphans before Killgrave could use them as pawns for his bid to become governor. The orphans showed included Rusty Collins, Boom Boom, Skids, Rictor and Whiz Kid.
In the comics, Cyclops and his original X-Factor team posed as the mutant hunting "X-Terminators" to find and train mutants in danger. These younger mutants used the X-Terminators name while helping the New Mutants during Inferno. Several of the X-Terminators later joined various X-Men teams. Boom Boom became a member of X-Force, Rictor joined X-Factor, while Skids became an agent of SHIELD.prevnext
After the X-Men helped him break free from the villainous Factor Three organization, Banshee became a loyal ally and occasional member of the X-Men. Although most of his history with the X-Men isn't referenced in X-Men: The Animated Series, Banshee still plays an important role in several episodes. First appearing as Moira MacTaggart's boyfriend, Banshee first helped the X-Men rescue the Shi'ar princess Lilandra from his brother Black Tom Cassidy. Several seasons later, he then helped the X-Men deal with Proteus, his girlfriend's reality-warping son, during the mutant's rampage across Scotland. Banshee was also part of the ragtag team of mutants who fought against the Phalanx.prevnext
Colossus was one of X-Men: The Animated Series's first guest stars, appearing in "The Unstoppable Juggernaut". After the X-Mansion is destroyed by an unknown mutant, the X-Men find Colossus nearby and try to beat him up, because he's a muscular dude and clearly he must be the culprit. However, Wolverine realizes that Colossus doesn't smell like a homewrecker, but Colossus gets arrested by police anyways. The X-Men then break Colossus out of prison and figure out that Juggernaut, Xavier's half-brother, was actually the bad guy behind the attack. Colossus helps the X-Men defeat Juggernaut, but declines an offer to join the team.
Later, Colossus returns to the X-Men for help fighting Omega Red, who was trying to reform the Soviet Union under his rule. Being red-blooded Americans, the X-Men agreed to help and stamped out communism once and for all!prevnext
A child version of Magik appeared twice in X-Men: The Animated Series, once as a captive of Omega Red and once as a potential future victim of a virus that sounds suspiciously similar to the Legacy Virus. Unfortunately, the show never showed Magik using her teleportation powers, nor did it reference her becoming a ruler of hell, growing a pair of goat legs, and losing her own soul in the process. As mentioned later in the slideshow, hellfire seems to be a line X-Men: The Animated Series doesn't want to cross.prevnext
Nightcrawler makes two major appearances in X-Men: The Animated Series and has one of the strangest cameos in the show. Nightcrawler first appeared as a cloistered monk living in Switzerland who was attacked by an anti-mutant mob. Luckily, the X-Men were skiing at a nearby resort and stop by to help their newfound fuzzy friend. Later, Nightcrawler and the X-Men discover that Mystique is Nightcrawler's mother, and she's helping her other son Graydon Creed and his anti-mutant neo-Nazi group the Friends of Humanity for some reason.
Nightcrawler also makes a cameo in "The Steel and the Lotus" as the personification of Wolverine's conscience. Which is weird, because everyone knows that Wolverine doesn't have a conscience. Wolverine reacts accordingly and slices up his hallucination of Nightcrawler, which again is a totally rational thing to do.prevnext
Angel/Archangel is another recurring guest star on X-Men: The Animated Series, appearing a total of six times. The show established Angel as one of the original five X-Men, but he quit the team to search for a cure for his mutant condition. He found a doctor that promised to remove his wings, but she was actually Mystique in disguise, looking for mutants to serve Apocalypse. Mystique kidnapped Angel and transformed him into Archangel, one of Apocalypse's Four Horsemen. When the X-Men free him from his brainwashing, he spends several episodes hunting down Apocalypse for revenge. He makes one final appearance in the final season of the show to help Cable and the X-Men stop Apocalypse from his grandiose plan to control the entire timestream. During that adventure, he catches Psylocke (one of his girlfriends in the comics) trying to break into his ancestral castle.prevnext
Psylocke appears in the episode "The Promise of Apocalypse" as a ninja thief who targets Archangel's castle (yes, he has a castle) because he's not spending his wealth to promote mutant causes. As she fights Archangel and the X-Men, Apocalypse sends Sabretooth, Magneto and Mystique to kidnap Psylocke, because he needs psychics for his plan to CONTROL ALL OF TIME. While Psylocke spends most of the story arc trapped in a tube, she does get to use her psychic knife on Sabretooth, which is pretty cool. She also mentions her brother Captain Britain, although in the X-Men: The Animated Series universe, he seems to be some sort of mutant freedom fighter.prevnext
Darkstar appeared in the episode "Red Dawn" as part of a group trying to reestablish the Soviet Union. When the group freed Omega Red and he started kidnapping and killing people, she switched sides and helped the X-Men lock him up a second time. Darkstar is definitely one of the most obscure cameos in X-Men: The Animated Seriesprevnext
Wolverine's history with the Weapon X project was all the rage in the 90s, which probably explains why Maverick kept popping up on X-Men: The Animated Series. After frequently appearing in Wolverine's flashbacks and suppressed memories without any real context, Maverick finally appeared in the episode "Weapon X, Lies and Videotape", when he, Wolverine and the other members of Team X discovered the truth they had a bunch of false memories rattling around in their brains. In the comics, Maverick spent several years as a freelance mercenary before rejoining the Weapon X project after contracting the Legacy Virus. In exchange for a cure, Maverick agreed to become Agent Zero, an enhanced mutant designed specifically to kill Wolverine.prev