Superhero Origins: Charles Xavier

In this video, WatchMojo.com takes a look at the backstory of the unique comic book character Charles Xavier. As with most superheroes, there are often reimaginations and different versions to a character’s past. According to the original X-Men comics, Xavier grew up unaware of his abnormal abilities. Eventually discovering his mutant nature, and his tremendous ability to read people’s minds, Charles would use these skills to help him excel at everything he tried to do. Eventually he formed the X-Men, a group named for their possession of extra abilities that other humans lacked.
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The Origins of Charles Xavier

Despite being confined to a wheelchair, Dr. Charles Xavier’s mutant abilities are phenomenally strong. Welcome to Watchmojo.com, and today we will explore the background of Dr. X, founder of the X-Men.

As with most comic book characters, there are often reimaginations and different versions to a character’s past. We have chosen to primarily follow the storyline, which unfolded in the original X-Men comics.

Son of nuclear researcher, Brian Xavier, Charles Xavier grew up unaware of his abnormal abilities. As a boy, his father would be killed during an experiment gone awry, and shortly after his mother Sharon would marry Kurt Marko, Brian’s former colleague. Charles’ new stepbrother Kain would bully him constantly and would grow to be extremely jealous of Charles’ superior academic and athletic abilities.

Discovering his mutant nature and his tremendous ability to read people’s minds, Charles would use these skills to help him excel at most things he tried. As a side effect to his powers, Charles would lose his hair while still young.

After graduating from England’s Oxford University with degrees in genetics and biophysics, Charles would enlist in the military. Using his mutant powers, he would became extremely successful in the area of search-and-rescue. Serving in Asia in the same unit as his stepbrother, Charles would follow Kain to try and convince him to return after he deserted the unit. Kain would discover a mystical Ruby that would ultimately give him powers to become the superhuman Juggernaut, a villain Professor X and the X-Men would battle frequently in the future.

It was later in life when Charles would encounter a mutant by the name of Amahl Farouk. Capable of summoning the darkness in the souls of others, it is this confrontation with Farouk that convinced Charles to protect humanity from evil mutants. Soon after, Charles would first meet Magnus while in Egypt. The two would spend much time discussing mutant-human relations, however in the end discovered that they could never agree. Magnus would eventually become Charles and the X-Men’s greatest foe as Magneto.

After trying to interfere with the alien Lucifer’s planned invasion of Earth, Charles Xavier’s legs were crushed under a large stone block forever crippling him and confining him to a wheelchair.

After this, Charles would return to the United States earning a Ph.D. in anthropology as well as studying psychiatry and mutation. John Grey brought his daughter Jean to Charles to help her after she had been traumatized because of her telepathic abilities. After training Jean Grey to use her mutant powers to her benefit, Charles began enrolling young mutants in a new school aimed at training them to use their extraordinary skills for humanity’s benefit.

Dubbing his students the “X-Men” because of the extra abilities they had that normal humans lacked, Professor X’s first batch of students and superheroes was Cyclops, Iceman, Angel, Beast, as well as Jean Grey, also known as Marvel Girl.
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