X-Men (comics)

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The X-Men are a group of comic book superheroes featured in Marvel Comics. These quotes are specifically from the comic book series titled "X-men". For quotes from other series, see "See Also" at the bottom of the page.

Issue 25[edit]

Charles Xavier: No more Magnus... No more!! Logan shall be the last! No one else will ever suffer! You caused the deaths of hundreds today, Magnus - deaths I could have prevented had I stopped you years ago! You have killed too many, Magnus - and I have had enough!! I will make sure - here and now - once and for all - that you never kill again!!

Issue 55[edit]

Onslaught: Homo Sapiens - hear the words of Onslaught! From this day forward, the humans shall no longer inherit the earth! No more shall mutantkind be so savagely oppressed - for today marks the ultimate ascendance of the homo superior race!

Issue 109[edit]

Narration: Neal's a mutant, and a member of the team of outlaw heroes known as the X-Men. By rights, he and his compatriots should be out pursuing villains or saving the world or whatever. Alternatively, given the season, they should be helping fuel the global economy by cruising the malls for gifts.

Nightcrawler: I love you, Cerise. I love this life. I love the X-Men. But the "I" in all that comes from God. I cannot be true to the rest without being true to Him. Being true to Him, the rest can be set aside.

[After a pro-mutant group runs away when seeing actual mutants.]
Gambit: Ideals, mes braves, they're easy to embrace. An' I t'ank you for dat, at least. It's dealin' wit' reality that'll take some work. For all of us.

Storm: Behold your legacy: generation upon generation of X-Men. The students and children of Charles Xavier, the living embodiment of a dream that remains thriving and strong.

Issue 116[edit]

Charles Xavier: Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Charles Xavier, also known as Professor X. And I am a mutant.

Issue 146[edit]

Magneto: Xavier and his X-men wanted us to build bridges between man and mutant! But we can fly and swim and leap! We will have no need for bridges!

Issue 149[edit]

Magneto: Nazis? Do I look like a failed artist with a neurotic grudge against his father and the world? I am a force of nature, boy. I am Magneto.

Quotes about X-Men[edit]

  • Q: The X-Men comics and films have become a parable for any member of minority groups in the world. Bryan Singer and Ian McKellen have already talked about how they related to the project based on their backgrounds, so how did that apply to you?
A: Well I certainly have felt it being a woman, firstly, and a woman of colour too. I’ve often felt like an outcast and an outsider and I’ve felt discriminated against because of my gender or because of my nationality or the colour of my skin. So of course I can relate. But the beauty of X-Men is that everybody can relate. You don’t have to be black or be gay. All people have been discriminated against in some way. We all struggle with issues like “are we too thin, are we too fat? Is our nose too big or our boobs too small? Shall we cover our grey hair or should we not?” We all struggle throughout life to make these decisions for ourselves and the question we’re always asking is: “Are we okay exactly the way we are?” So not only do I relate, or Ian or Bryan, but I think everyone relates because we’ve all asked ourselves these tough questions.
  • Cyclops, Storm, Nightcrawler, Wolverine, Collosus. Children of the atom, students of Charles Xavier. MUTANTS-feared and hated by the world they have sworn to protect. These are the STRANGEST heroes of all! Stan Lee presents: The Uncanny X-Men!
  • For me, the whole idea was that the number was small enough that they could be expunged if the world got determined about it. You know, that it was something that the Avengers, if they wanted, could deal with. That was what gave Magneto so much of his passion and focus. In terms of defending his people, they really were dancing along the edge of extinction and they really did need someone like him. The difference, and the reason that the school was so intent on remaining clandestine, was that if they were exposed, they could be destroyed.
Obviously, in Grant Morrison's ["New X-Men"] arc, that all changed. Suddenly mutants were a vast quantity in the human environment, even after "House of M" and Wanda saying, "No more mutants." The company has found itself -- [out] of necessity -- forced to find a way to repeal that edict.
Now, unfortunately for me as a reader, you have a situation where the X-Men are totally public, where they're now merging with all the other teams. The series, the concept, has lost its uniqueness. That which made it fundamentally different from the Fantastic Four, from the Avengers, from even the Defenders -- it's now just another group of committed superheroes. Some of them work with the Avengers, some of them work with the Fantastic Four, some of the Fantastic Four work with them. It's all one big, homogeneous agglomeration, which, for me as a reader, is not that interesting, sadly.
  • The problem is not staying on for 16 or 17 years -- I mean, theoretically anybody could do that. But the thing that made X-Men unique in its day was that the first iteration of the series that Stan and Jack created in 1962 had run its course. It wasn't a success. So when Dave Cockrum and Len Wein worked together to build the new X-Men, we were essentially starting with a clean slate.
    Aside from Charles Xavier being the mentor and Scott Summers showing up to run the shop, everything was brand new. And the way the industry is structured now, the way that Marvel or DC or Image are structured now, that's unlikely to happen again. You don't have that mainstream series that you can recreate in public before everyone's eyes and come up with something completely new and different. So I don't think that opportunity will come again. I just happened to have the ridiculous good fortune of being in the precisely great place at the precisely great time, and I got to run with it.
  • In our May 23 issue, Ami Eden argued that the opposing forces in the blockbuster film, “X2: X-Men United,” could be interpreted as metaphor for two radical theological responses to the Holocaust — one belonging to Rabbi Irving “Yitz” Greenberg, the other to the late Rabbi Meir Kahane. The good-guy mutants, Eden noted, are led by the wheelchair-bound Professor X (played by Patrick Stewart), a powerful psychic with an ideological — and physical — resemblance to Greenberg. Professor X remains dedicated to coexistence between mutants and non-mutants, while his nemesis and lifelong friend Erik Magnus Lehnsherr, aka Magneto (Ian McKellen), is convinced that a war between the two groups is inevitable. Apparently, the analogy was closer than we thought.
  • Ami Eden’s article was creative, insightful, clever and funny. I enjoyed and agreed with it even before he made me as handsome as Patrick Stewart. Readers might be interested to learn that the article cut much closer to the bone than even Eden may have realized.
    Like Professor X and Magneto, Meir Kahane and I started out as good friends. During our high school years we were classmates and joint performers in weekly skits that we often wrote together. We both sensed that Jewish history was undergoing one of its great transformations (although, I confess, I do not remember if we both had zeroed in on the significance of the Holocaust as fully as we were to do later). We debated frequently, often over the use of force by the Jewish underground in Palestine during the 1940s.
  • Q: How did you decide Wolverine would be the star of the piece even more so than Xavier or Magneto?
A: He is the fulcrum of X-Men. The earlier X-Men group was a brilliant creation of Stan Lee's, but when Len Wein created Wolverine and they brought him into the X-Men, it was the perfect fulcrum between Professor X's philosophy and Magneto's philosophy. The fact that the wasn't bound by either gave him such a wild, attractive freedom that it was obvious that was the character that the series needed to revolve around.
  • The X-Men, I did the natural thing there. What would you do with mutants who were just plain boys and girls and certainly not dangerous? You school them. You develop their skills. So I gave them a teacher, Professor X. Of course, it was the natural thing to do, instead of disorienting or alienating people who were different from us, I made the X-Men part of the human race, which they were. Possibly, radiation, if it is beneficial, may create mutants that’ll save us instead of doing us harm. I felt that if we train the mutants our way, they’ll help us - and not only help us, but achieve a measure of growth in their own sense. And so, we could all live together.
    • Jack Kirby, "Conversations With The Comic Book Creators", Leonard Pitts, 1987, published in Kirby Effect: The Journal of the Kirby Museum, 6 August 2012.
  • I couldn't have everybody bitten by a radioactive spider or exposed to a gamma ray explosion. And I took the cowardly way out. I said to myself, 'Why don't I just say they're mutants. They were born that way.
    • Stan Lee, Archive of American Television, March 22, 2004.
  • Q: Why has the character of Magneto struck such a chord with audiences?
A: The demographic of our audience is young. It also contains a high proportion of black, Jewish and gay people, who have all been encouraged by society to think of themselves as oddities or mutants. I hope that’s why X-Men chimes with them – it’s certainly why I was attracted to the idea in the first place.
  • Magneto’s an old terrorist bastard. I got into trouble—the X-Men fans hated me because I made him into a stupid old drug-addicted idiot. He had started out as this sneering, grim terrorist character, so I thought, Well, that’s who he really is. [Writer] Chris Claremont had done a lot of good work over the years to redeem the character: He made him a survivor of the death camps and this noble antihero. And I went in and shat on all of it. It was right after 9/11, and I said there’s nothing f*****g noble about this at all.
  • Remember, the X-Men universe was created in the early '60s in the height of the American Civil Rights movement. So, these ideas of bigotry, tolerance, fear, war ... I think are perpetual ideas. We've had them for thousands of years, ever since man recognized his fellow man and that two people had two different color hair.
  • Scott Summers: Hanks articulate as anything, but what people see is mostly ... well, a beast. Emma's a former villain, Logan's a thug. And me .. I can lead a team. But I haven't looked anybody in the eye since I was fifteen.
    • Joss Whedon and John Cassaday, Gifted Comicology. New York: Marvel Comics Group: Marvel 2011 Print p.17,19 as quoted in The Ages of the X-Men, Autism and the Astounding X-Men by Todd Kimball Mack p.216.

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