Surfer with surfing powers. Convenient!
Davis Cameron was determined to save his kidnapped sister (Lifeguard) so he had Sage jumpstart his latent mutant abilities and became a surfer who just happened to have surfing-based teleportation powers. Convenient. Slipstream only served as an X-Man for a single storyline and promptly left the team when he learned that his sister had transformed due to her Shi’ar heritage. His reasoning? His sister had been beautiful and now she was a freak. Not exactly the type of attitude that will get you very far on a team like the X-Men. Since his departure he has not reappeared, though it seems that he lost his powers on M-Day, so it seems that we will never be forced to see him again. Which is a good thing.
Just like Wolfsbane, but a cat!
Sure, Feral was
a founding member of X-Force, but really she only joined because she wanted protection from the rather insane Morlocks who wanted her back for no particular reason. She accomplished two major feats on the team – gutting Cannonball during a training exercise and defecting to the Mutant Liberation Front. You can understand why she didn’t rank higher on this list. She showed back up inexplicably as a member of the X-Corporation along with her sister Thornn (whom she hated) and all seemed to be forgiven. That is, until she got depowered and killed during a god-awful Jeph Loeb Wolverine
run. But that’s a story for another day.
#98: Stacy X
X-Men, New Warriors
Being a mutant whore makes me so EMOtional.
Nothing screams X-Man quite like ‘mutant prostitute with scales’. Stacy X didn’t get much spotlight outside of hitting on Archangel, telling off Husk and getting naked for Nightcrawler. Oh, what could have been. She actually had a useful set of powers (pheromone control) and would have had a fitting name with X-Stacy had editorial not screwed it up. She was gone as soon as the writer who created her left. After being depowered, she showed up in the post-Civil War New Warriors and was killed off. She didn’t even pop back up in Necrosha. Crying shame.
New X-Men (Hellions Squad)
I got nothing.
One of the most obscure powers ever, Brian Cruz could leave a psychic imprint on people, making them ‘It’ and having everyone run away from them. Seriously. He was the weak link in an otherwise awesome squad of Hellions, and was the only member of the squad de-powered…and then blown up real good by a missile in the post-M-Day blood bath of New X-Men
. We miss him.
X-Men, Dark X-Men
Dude, nice shades.
True, Mimic was
the first new member of the X-Men, but he really only did it because he wanted their powers. He died a heroic death helping Beast, except that he later turned up alive and helped Onslaught for a while. Mimic is the definition of a damaged character, which is actually part of his character now as a member of the ‘Dark’ X-Men. No explanation was given as to why he still has the original X-Men’s powers.
New X-Men (New Mutants, Hellions Squads)
This kid will f'ing kill you.
No one has gotten quite the raw deal that Wither got during his time at the Xavier Institute. With his death touch, he got yelled at by Dani Moonstar and ran away, then was recruited to come back only to be alienated from his friends and eventually run off by Emma Frost for carelessly harming Wallflower. His path to redemption got sidetracked when he was seduced by Selene and became one of her top agents. He killed Onyxx and then got himself killed by Elixir. And that’s that.
#94: Jesse Bedlam
Big. Glowing. X.
Jesse Aaronson was a character created for the Age of Apocalypse, so it was only a matter of time before he was brought into the real world. He showed up with X-Force when they moved to California and hung around because he had nowhere else to go, but eventually got into their way of thinking and stuck around until the end of the series. He reappeared to get killed off in an issue of Uncanny X-Men,
so no huge loss there. He was a cool character while he lasted.
Sure, Changeling only had one storyline appearance as a villain and then killed off to retcon the death of Professor X, but if you ignore that, he goes down as the first X-Man to die in battle. Sure, if this was Morph – the character that this one ended up being in an alternate universe – he would have ranked a lot higher, but Changeling sort of holds a treasured spot in X-Men mythos…except not at all, really. How he used telepathy while disguised as Professor X is something we had all better just not think about.
That's hot. Get it?
Originally debuting as a one-issue villain, Sunfire was recruited on the second team of X-Men but only lasted an issue and three pages, quitting twice in that span. He has since popped back up as a supporting cast member, turning the douchebag factor down as he went before getting his legs chopped off and handing his powers over to Rogue before not-really dying and going all evil with Apocalypse. But so did Gambit, who ranks high, so I suppose I can’t count that against him in all fairness.
#91: Thunderbird (John Proudstar)
Thunderbird has actually been a long lasting legacy character despite only making it three issues before being killed off, mainly thanks to the fact that the character of Warpath is basically a clone of him. Thunderbird’s story of proving himself through sacrifice doesn’t really work since his death was completely pointless…and the point was yelled to him while he was doing it. He is still fondly remembered by the X-Men, despite being a hot-headed jerk in his three live appearances with the team.
Check back on Friday for #81-90!