While the status quo of the X-Men is set to be shaken up by the events of Schism, the current hierarchy (or chain of command if you prefer) of the X-Men living on Utopia is still interesting. By looking at where a character falls in the pecking order of the X-Men, you can see how long they’ve been with the team, what era they came in at, or even what they’ve accomplished during their time there.
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Top Tier – Big Kahunas
The top of the food chain are the leaders of the mutant society. With the mutant populace so severely dwindled after M-Day, the gathered mutants of Utopia have fallen under the flag of those who have historically led the various factions. Cyclops is the biggest name here, and usually his word is the command. To either side of Cyclops are his two most trusted advisors, Wolverine and Emma Frost. (Ignoring for a moment the forgone conclusion of Schism) Wolverine has been following under Cyke’s lead for years and he is one voice that Cyclops trusts will question him if need be. Emma helped Cyclops rebuild the Xavier Institute after the death of Jean Grey and the departure of Professor X and has been his lover ever since. There is no one Cyclops trusts more than Emma.
Following Cyclops’s lead on Utopia are the leaders of the former battle of mutantkind, Professor X and Magneto. The opposite sides of the view on mutantkind’s place in the world have become outdated with all that has transpired since M-Day, but both Xavier and Magneto remain powerful voices for their sheer presence. Almost every mutant on Utopia has at one point aligned under one or both of these figures and still respect them highly.
Rounding out the upper echelon is a rather new addition to the X-Men, Namor. As the ruler of Atlantis, Namor’s presence has added a previously unseen force to the mutant’s population. He’s pompous and headstrong, and he makes sure his voice is heard for good reason. Without Namor’s aide, Utopia would never have succeeded.
Second Tier – X-Men Veterans
Despite being a home for all mutantkind, Utopia is largely known as the home of the X-Men. Thus, those who have been with the team longest have more of a presence in the community. Angel and Iceman are both founding members of the team, though they are not as commanding as Cyclops is. Storm would be higher, as the former longtime leader of the team, though her role as the Queen of Wakanda forces her to divide her time between her two homes and lessens her presence on Utopia. The other longtime X-Men who fall into this category include Colossus, Kitty Pryde, Rogue, Psylocke and Gambit. All of these members spent substantial amounts of time with the X-Men throughout the history of the team and are known as core members of the team. They are the soldiers of the dream.
Third Tier – The New Mutants
Despite having been around for as long as (or even longer than) many of the core X-Men, the members of the New Mutants (Cannonball, Mirage, Karma, Sunspot, Magma, Cypher, Warlock, Magik) have never been able to shrug off the “younger team” of mutants. No longer students or children, each of the New Mutants are full-fledged X-Men in their own right, yet still seem not to be able to hold the same level of command as some of the others. The only one who might be able to step up would be Cannonball, who has served as a full-fledged member of the X-Men on several occasions, though he was often treated as a rookie in those instances. The New Mutants tend to rely on one another more than the other X-Men, and with their history it’s easy to see why. Warpath also falls into this category because of how long he has been associated with the X-Men and New Mutants.
Fourth Tier – The Others
Over the years there have been several X-Teams with many members floating around. Many of these names have found their way to Utopia and make up the general rank-and-file populace of the X-Men. These are the soldiers – they are more experienced than the students, but are not really main-tier X-Men. These names include Dazzler, Jubilee, Chamber, Northstar, Husk, Hepzibah, Aurora, Domino, Boom Boom, Fantomex, Frenzy, Legion, and X-Man. These are the types that hang around the background and show up for the big action sequences. Legion, Frenzy and X-Man are getting more face time in recent issues, but haven’t established themselves enough yet to have a set place like the others.
Fifth Tier – The Old Students
Until the attack on the X-Mansion, the X-Men had a fully functioning school for training mutants on the usage of their powers. When the X-Men moved to San Francisco and later to Utopia, most of those students followed them. Many of the former students have fallen out of the spotlight since the move and are stuck in the realm of the younger mutants about. They aren’t used in combat missions unless in emergency situations and their voices go largely unheard in the big picture. The only thing they really have going for them is that they have been around for awhile and thus have become well known on their own. These names include Armor, Pixie, X-23, Dust, Hellion, Mercury, Rockslide, Surge, Anole, Gentle, Prodigy, Blindfold, Graymalkin, Ink, Cipher, The Stepford Cuckoos, Loa, Match, Bling!, Indra and Trance.
Bottom Tier – The New Students
The return of Hope Summers to the present brought the first new mutants to the world since M-Day. The first five of these mutants, dubbed the Five Lights, are the newest residents of Utopia. Having not experienced the hardships that most of the other mutants their ages have, these six have kept closer together rather than mingling with the others, yet they still remain important fixtures of Utopia as symbols of the future of mutants. They are Transonic, Velocidad, Oya, Primal and Zero.
Originally gathered by Beast before his departure from Utopia, the X-Club was to try to fix the problems caused by M-Day. Unable to fulfill that goal, the brightest minds of the island have remained to support the mutant community in any way they can, and are called on for many various tasks. The three scientists are Doctor Nemesis, Madison Jeffries and Kavita Rao. Former X-Man Cecelia Reyes was also brought to Utopia for her medical knowledge and has remained to offer her services to the community. Finally, the former AI of the Danger Room, known as Danger, serves as the head of security on the island and oversees the X-Brig, holding some of the biggest mutant threats alive.
And thus is the status quo of the X-Men, set to be shaken up with the conclusion of Schism. There are several random mutants who have popped up around the place who don’t really rank (Toad, Masque, X-Treme, Random, etc.) as they are not X-Men or even allies, but rather live on Utopia for its convenience.