When it comes to the X-Men and Marvel universe, there are multiple enemies that have plagued our favorite superheroes for decades. Whilst many are aware of the likes of Magneto, Mystique, and others – very few know about some of the lesser-known villains that feature in the comics. In fact, many of these characters have quite colorful backgrounds and interesting stories. Sadly, some of these characters haven’t featured in the movies or have been completely forgotten about within the comic book releases. Here’s a list of the 10 most interesting X-Men villains that time forgot.
Arcade is possibly the most interesting X-Men villain on this list and was originally introduced in 1978. He appeared sporadically throughout the years and even made a feature in the 2015 Secret Wars comic books. However, for the most part, his character hasn’t been used in recent years.
So, who is Arcade? Arcade is a regular human being without superpowers. However, his main skill is his superior intelligence. Arcade is a literal genius who uses his powers to try and kill mutants. He even crafted his own underground lair called Murderworld.
This acted as a torture chamber where he would trap his enemies and sadistically try to kill them using all sorts of ingenious inventions and weapons. Arcade was often shown as a cross between assassin, fairground host, and maniac, making for a creepy combination.
When people say Sauron, they often think of the Lord Of The Rings bad guy. However, X-Men had their own villain named Sauron instead. Sauron was the pterodactyl version of Dr. Karl Lykos who was a scientist that got bitten by a mutant pterodactyl.
As a result, he became obsessed with killing civilians to feed off their blood and survive by using their energy. Furthermore, if he managed to do this to a mutant, then he could claim their powers and become even stronger than before.
The last appearance from Sauron took place in the 1990s TV series aptly named X-Men, but since then his character has remained unused. With that said, the logistics of pulling off an evil vampire pterodactyl character seems difficult in today’s society, even by comic book standards.
Continuing on from the theme of bizarre creatures is The Brood. Here, The Brood didn’t act as a singular villain but instead were a race of alien insects that would travel throughout space, devouring anything in their path. When thought of like that, The Brood can be seen as quite a scary prospect!
The storyline of The Brood runs deep into X-Men folklore and even has them invading earth during ancient Egyptian times. They eventually return to fight the likes of Wolverine who absolutely despise them and generally they cause a lot of carnage.
Whilst killing one giant fly may be a bit of a task on its own, imagine thousands or even millions of them swarming an entire planet. Not only this but The Brood also had a tough exoskeleton as well as huge tentacles. Thankfully, the X-Men could outwit them but in recent times they haven’t featured much. Having said this, they would make for an awesome disaster movie.
If you thought The Brood sounded ugly, then think about Cameron Hodge for a minute. This guy was transformed into an immortal cyborg who had a human head, spider’s legs, and a scorpion’s tail. In fact, his body armor was made to withstand Cyclops’s optic blasts and could repel most attacks. Put simply, he was a nightmarish opponent for the X-Men, both visually and physically.
Sadly, the lifespan of Cameron Hodge was fairly short-lived, and it’s almost as if Marvel didn’t quite know what to do with him. Originally introduced in the mid-80s, his last appearance was in the 90s X-Men TV show and since then his character has remained on the shelf. Perhaps one day, Hodge will make a return but until then remains a nostalgic fever dream for most X-Men fans.
Mister Sinister was actually incredibly close to achieving a modern-day makeover and was originally meant to feature in the 2017 movie Logan, which was based on Wolverine. His character was scrapped and although his company logo is used in the newer movies as an occasional easter egg, his character has still yet to appear on the big screen.
Originally born in Victorian London, Mister Sinister was a scientist that became obsessed with the eugenics movement. So much so, is that he eventually teamed up with Apocalypse and transformed himself into a super mutant himself, who could shapeshift and was borderline invincible with psychic powers. Mister Sinister’s biggest act of chaos probably happened during the Mutant Massacre series, where his Marauders group literally massacred numerous mutants for fun.
It should be noted that Mister Sinister still lives on in the comics, and will probably make a film appearance at some point, with actor Brian Cranston even voicing his desire to play the evil mutant.
Also known as Mutant X, Proteus was the son of Joseph MacTaggert and was the result of rape. Sadly, his story doesn’t get much better as he was eventually confined to a prison cell on the Muir Island mutant research facility, due to his incredible powers as he grew up. This is where his nickname Mutant X came from, as his mother tragically didn’t call him by his real name, Kevin.
Eventually, Proteus managed to escape his prison cell and wreak havoc across the world. Because of his brutal upbringing, Proteus was not a kind mutant either and often used his powers for bad purposes. As well, he is also considered as one of the most powerful mutants due to having a body made from energy which made him incredibly difficult to fight against, as well as the ability to possess enemies.
It’s possible that Fenris has one of the most interesting backstories in X-Men which ties in with the ongoing eugenics theme. Fenris were twins whose father was a Nazi scientist. Due to his obsession with the master race, he decided to inject mutant genes into their embryo, which eventually resulted in their powers.
As you can imagine, Fenris were not fans of Magneto for obvious reasons and treated other mutants with disdain. Viewed as terrorists, they could fly, shoot energy from their hands and use other superhero powers to cause chaos. Although these characters could easily be used in X-Men movies, their presence has been confined to a brief 3-minute cameo so far. Due to their personalities and destructive nature, don’t rule out the Strucker twins making a return at some point though.
First appearing in the mid-80s, Mojo is possibly the most physically repulsive bad guy to feature in the X-Man universe. Mojo is an alien that is literally a big, green blob that is carried around by technology and his eyes are literally kept open by metal hooks.
He is also the leader of the Mojoverse, which is where his alien race lives. On this planet, they enjoy watching a TV show based on their slaves literally fighting for survival. Apparently, this character was originally inspired by media critics such as Noam Chomsky and others.
Mojo’s original involvement with the X-Men was due to his desire to have them featured on his TV shows which is where his character originated from. As you can imagine, he would make for a fantastic villain in the modern era but has not featured for a while now.
It turns out that The Brood aren’t the only aliens out to destroy worlds, as Nimrod’s sole intention was also to hunt down and kill the X-Men as well. Created by The Sentinels (a group of robots intent on seeking out and destroying the X-Men), Nimrod was a more powerful and modern version.
Virtually indestructible with the ability of teleportation, Nimrod was possibly the X-Men’s biggest fear and was often met with a feeling of doom and dread. In some of the later comics, it’s also revealed that Nimrod’s lived to be over 1000 years old, proving their durable nature.
Having said this, Nimrods haven’t featured in the movies and aren’t as talked about these days, nor are they featured in the comics too much either.
In all honesty, it wouldn’t be too unusual to see Marrow used more in modern-day X-Men stories. However, for now, her character remains dormant. Marrow was a Morlock and lived underground. Unfortunately for her, she also had bones growing out of her body that she would often use as weapons (hence the name). As a result, she was treated badly by humans and therefore grew to resent them.
Although Marrow wasn’t a huge threat to the X-Men, her character was still quite interesting and showed a different take on mutants at the time. Looking back, there was always something interesting and mysterious about the Morlocks and Marrow captured this feeling perfectly.