As the lore laid forth in an interview on a collectible Pizza Hutt VHS tape states, Stan Lee originally intended for the X-Men
comic to be called The Mutants
. He went with the less specific and more vague X-Men and thus unknowingly opened up the team's roster to everything with a pulse. Sure, the original five X-Men were mutants. Sure, the team publicly fights for cultural equality for mutants (and metaphorically all minorities). Sure, both the X-Men
comic and team are all about mutants. But like any other socially progressive group, they've welcomed other genetic types into their ranks to demonstrate that everyone can get along, bat wings or no.
Some X-persons are assumed to be mutants based on the company they keep, but what's really surprising is who is and isn't technically a mutant. Either because of an oft-overlooked origin or a writer's boredom with a character, many X-Men don't have to check the "homo superior" box on their census report. The following is a list of members of Marvel's merry mutants that are anything but.
11) Madelyne Pryor
In an attempt to keep this list accessible, I will gloss over Madelyne Pryor's origin. You don't need to know that she is the clone of the then-dead Jean Grey created by Mr. Sinister to manipulate Cyclops into falling in love with her and producing a child. You don't need to know that she went insane and tried to sacrifice her son to demons in an attempt to bring Hell to Earth. You really don't need to know about how she tried to hook up with an alternate reality version of what was genetically her son during a frustrating period called "the '90s." You just need to know that Madelyne Pryor was intended by creator Chris Claremont to be a normal gal who just happened to look like Jean Grey and that she held her own as the team's technical support for a brief period of time. Not confusing at all!
Longshot hooked up with the X-Men for a brief time and put his good luck powers to good use. Aside from having three fingers, Longshot looks like a human (and a fan of Motley Crue). Really, he's actually a manufactured humanoid action celebrity from Mojoworld, which is an alien planet in a parallel dimension that is obsessed with trashy, violent and gratuitous reality television. It scarily seems like this 1980s concept has become what passes for modern day entertainment. Can someone make sure that the Situation doesn't have three fingers?
Grant Morrison is a writer known for forcing readers to accept and celebrate absolutely ridiculous ideas through his unparalleled British-style magic and charm. So when Grant Morrison took over writing the X-Men for a few years in the early-'00s, he made sure to cram a butt-load of preposterous ideas into one character. That character was Fantomex. He's no mutant, but a Super Sentinel with an external nervous system that doubles as a flying saucer, multiple brains, nano-active blood that prevents him from believing in any god, the power of misdirection and is really good at both reading body language and shooting guns. Also, he thinks he's French, but he's not.
Mimic was not only the first non-mutant X-Man, he was also the first, albeit brief, addition to the original X-Men lineup. Thanks to his dad's knack for messing with chemicals and knack for not putting his stuff away, little kid Calvin Rankin got exposed to a potion that gave him the uncanny ability to mimic the powers of any super-powered being near him. He has since become stuck with the powers of the original five X-Men. Between having Angel's wings and Beast's ape-build, it's easier for Mimic to fight killer robots than find a well-fitting suit.
This animalistic extraterrestrial served with the space-faring Starjammers for a number of years before temporarily serving as an X-Man during Ed Brubaker's run on Uncanny
. Sure she's stronger, faster, more agile and more claw-ful than all humans and most mutants, but she's average compared to her fellow Mephiztoids. And while her powers may be otherworldly, her taste in men is not. Hepzibah has bagged both Corsair (father of Cyclops) and the Apache X-Man Warpath. Looks like those guys caught jungle fever. Literally
. Because she's, like, an animal you would find in the jungle. Is this thing on?
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