name: Charles Francis Xavier
Current aliases: Prisoner M-13
Identity: Certain federal officials know that Charles
Xavier is a mutant.
Occupation: (current) Geneticist, teacher, leader
of the X-Men, (former) Adventurer, soldier
Legal status: A citizen of the United States currently
in federal custody with no criminal record
Place of birth: New York City, New York
Marital status: Consort to Princess-Majestrix Lilandra
(not officially recognized as a marriage on Earth)
Known relatives: Brian and Sharon Xavier (parents,
deceased), Kurt Marko (stepfather, deceased), Cain Marko
(Juggernaut, stepbrother), David Charles Haller (Legion,
Base of operations: (current) Xavier
Institute, Salem Center, Westchester County, New York
State, (former) Shi'ar imperial palace, Chandilar; the
starship Starjammer, mobile in the Shi'ar Galaxy
Group affiliation: Leader of the X-Men,
founder of Generation
X, Founder and teacher of the New
Extent of education: Ph. Ds in genetics, biophysics,
First appearance: X-MEN (first series) #1
History: Charles Xavier is the son of nuclear researcher
Brian Xavier and his wife Sharon. After Brian Xavier's
death, Sharon married his colleague Dr. Kurt Marko, whose
son by a previous marriage, Cain, bullied the young Charles.
Charles' telepathic powers began emerging when he was
still a boy, and as he grew older he learned to control
them. A brilliant student, he entered graduate studies
at England's Oxford University, where he met and fell
in love with a young Scotswoman named Moira MacTaggert.
They planned to be married, but after finishing his work
at Oxford, Xavier was drafted and sent to Asia. There
Xavier and Cain Marko served in the same unit. Xavier
witnessed how Marko found the mystical ruby in the temple
of Cyttorak that transformed him into the superhuman Juggernaut
Deeply depressed when Moira broke off their engagement
without explanation, Xavier began traveling abroad after
leaving the army. While in Cairo, Egypt he battled Amahl
Farouk, the Shadow King, the first evil mutant he had
ever met. This meeting led to Xavier's decision to devote
his life to protecting humanity from evil mutants and
safeguarding innocent mutants from human oppression.
next went to Israel, where he fell in love with Gabrielle
Haller and became friends with a man calling himself Erik
Magnus Lehnsherr. Lehnsherr would years later become his
greatest enemy and rival, Magneto.
Xavier was unaware when he left Israel that Haller was
pregnant with his son, who would become the mutant known
Against an alien calling himself Lucifer, the advance
scout for an invasion by his race. In retaliation, Lucifer
dropped a huge stone block on Xavier, crippling his legs.
University and in London. He renewed his friendship with
Moira MacTaggert, who was now a renowned geneticist, and
they began discussing the idea of founding a school for
mutants. Xavier's first student was the 11-year-old Jean
Grey, who had been traumatized when she telepathically
experienced the emotions of a dying friend. Xavier helped
Jean recover and taught her to use her telekinetic powers.
Xavier later met with Fred Duncan, an F. B. I. agent investigating
the growing number of mutants. Xavier told Duncan of his
plan to locate young mutants and enroll them in his "School
for Gifted Youngsters" using his ancestral mansion home
as a base to train them to use their powers for humanity's
benefit. Over the following months Xavier assembled his
original team of "X-Men:" Cyclops,
Beast, and Jean Grey, who
took the name Marvel Girl.
Years later, when most of his original
students were captured by the mutant Krakoa, Xavier recruited
a new team of X-Men, including Banshee,
Storm, and Wolverine. In subsequent years he added more
members to the X-Men, such as Rogue
Lilandra, princess of the alien Shi'ar
race, came to Earth to ask Xavier for his help against
her tyrannical brother D'ken. Xavier and Lilandra fell
in love, and for a time he lived on Chandilar, the Shi'ar
throneworld, as her consort.
After the apparent deaths of the second
team of X-Men, Xavier, encouraged by MacTaggert, took
on a new class of mutant students, whom he named the New
The alien race called the Brood had secretly
implanted an egg within Xavier's body. MacTaggert and
the X-Men's spacefaring allies, the Starjammers, saved
Xavier by transferring his mind into a newly cloned, somewhat
younger body in which he could once again walk. But in
subsequent months Xavier suffered physical injuries and
psychic strains that left him on the brink of death. Lilandra
and the Starjammers took him into outer space where they
used Shi'ar technology to restore him to health.
After an extended sojourn in space with
the Starjammers, Xavier finally returned to Earth. Both
the original and second teams of X-Men reassembled under
his leadership, along with new recruits like Gambit and
Jubilee. Xavier led the X-Men against the Shadow King,
only to have his spine broken in battle, leaving him crippled
and confined to a wheelchair once more.
Since the X-Men were all now highly trained
adults, Xavier renamed the school in his mansion The Xavier
Institute for Higher Learning. He took control of a private
school, The Massachusetts
Academy, and made it the new School for Gifted Youngsters,
where yet another new class of young mutants, Generation
X, was taught.
In his most recent battle with Magneto,
Xavier lost his temper and used his mental powers to shut
down Magneto's conscious mind. In the process Xavier's
mind was inadvertently infected by the evil within Magneto's
psyche. The result was that the dark sides of Magneto's
and Xavier's minds combined and physically manifested
themselves as the nearly invincible entity called Onslaught,
who usurped Xavier's psionic powers. America's greatest
super heroes narrowly defeated Onslaught, who appeared
to perish. However, to ensure that Xavier never again
spawned a being like Onslaught, Dr. Valerie Cooper of
the United States government took him into custody. Although
Xavier was willing to serve as a prisoner of the United
States government, he was appalled when it turned him
over to the custody of Bastion, head of the anti-mutant
Operation: Zero Tolerance. At present Xavier remains unable
to access his psychic powers.
Height: 6 ft.
Weight: 190 lbs.
Hair: Bald (blonde in childhood)
Special skills and abilities: Leading
authority on genetics, mutation, and psionic powers, considerable
expertise in other life sciences, highly talented in devising
equipment for utilizing and enhancing psionic powers
Superhuman mental powers: Professor
X ordinarily possesses vast psionic powers, including
telepathy; the ability to induce in others mental illusions,
temporary mental or physical paralysis, and loss of specific
memories or total amnesia; the projection of "mental bolts"
to stun or render a person unconscious; astral projection;
and the ability to sense other superhuman mutants within
a small radius. At present Xavier is unable to use his
Special limitations: Part of spine
shattered, confined to wheelchair.
NOTE: Patrick Stewart played him in
X-Men the movies.