|“||We live in an age of darkness: a world full of fear, hate and intolerance. But in every age, there are those who fight against it. Charles Xavier was born into a world divided, a world he tried to heal... a mission he never saw accomplished. It seems it's the destiny of great men to see their goals unfulfilled. Charles was more than a leader, more than a teacher. He was a friend. When we were afraid, he gave us strength. When we were alone, he gave us a family. He may be gone, but his teachings live on through us, his students. Wherever we may go, we must carry on his vision. And that is a vision of a world united.||„|
|~ Storm giving an affectionate eulogy at Xavier's funeral|
|“||Just because someone stumbles and loses their way, it doesn't mean they're lost forever. Sometimes we all need a little help.||„|
|~ Professor X to his younger self in Days of Future Past.|
Charles Francis Xavier, alias Professor X, is a highly intelligent telepath, and is the overall deuteragonist of the X-Men film series and the main protagonist of X Men: First Class, the deuteragonist of X Men: Apocalypse and Dark Phoenix, and the tritagonist of the 2017 movie Logan.
He is the leader and creator of the X-Men and founder of the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters. His dream of a peaceful coexistence between mutants and humanity has long been the driving force for the X-Men. An immensely powerful telepath and scientific genius, Professor X has been known as the heart and soul of the X-Men, having first formed the team of mutants back in 1962.
He is portrayed by Patrick Stewart (who also play Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek and voiced Max Winters in TMNT) as an adult, by Laurence Belcher as a kid and by James McAvoy (who also played Wesley Gibson in Wanted, Arthur Claus in Arthur Christmas, Gnomeo in Gnomeo and Juliet, and Bill Denbrough in It: Chapter Two) as a young adult.
X-Men: First Class
|“||Listen to me very carefully, my friend: killing Shaw will not bring you peace.||„|
|~ Xavier attempting to tell Erik that killing Shaw won't resolve anything.|
A natural genius, Charles attended Oxford University (accompanied by Raven, now his foster sister), earning a Ph.D in Genetics. After completing his thesis on genetic mutation at age 30, he is approached by Agent Moira MacTaggert of the CIA for his help to stop a mutant named Sebastian Shaw, who is working with the Soviet Union. MacTaggert introduces him and Raven to the CIA, where they prove to her chief, John McCone, that mutants exist and that Shaw is a threat. McCone refuses to employ them, but The Man in Black offers to be their sponsor.
Charles accompanies MacTaggert, MiB and a US Coast Guard assault team to arrest Shaw on his yacht. During the attack, his telepathy is blocked by Emma Frost. They also encounter Erik Lehnsherr, who was launching his own solo attack against Shaw at the time. When Shaw escapes in a submarine, Xavier prevents Lehnsherr from killing himself in an attempt to stop it and brings him to the CIA's secret Division X facility. There they meet a young scientist named Hank McCoy, a prehensile-footed mutant with enhanced intelligence, who Xavier identifies as a mutant. He then uses a mutant-locating device designed by Hank called Cerebro to find and recruit mutants to stop Shaw. Refusing CIA help, he and Lehnsherr travel the world, discovering and recruiting various mutants: exotic dancer Angel Salvadore (Tempest); taxi driver Armando Muñoz (Darwin); Army prisoner Alex Summers (Havok); and Sean Cassidy (Banshee). They also approach Canadian mercenary Wolverine (then known as James "Jimmy" Howlett), but he immediately rebuffs them.
Lehnsherr and Xavier collaborate with the CIA to find and capture Shaw, who was supposed to be meeting with a high-ranking Soviet general. Soon after their arrival, they discover that Frost has attended the meeting in his place, and capture her instead. Interrogating her leads to the revelation that Shaw intends to spark a third world war to wipe out humanity, leaving mutants as the dominant species. Meanwhile, the other Hellfire Club mutants attack Division X, converting Tempest to their cause and killing Darwin in the process.
With the facility destroyed, Xavier relocates the mutants to his family mansion. During their stay there, Xavier applies his telepathy to help Erik reach new heights of his magnetic ability. He also trains the other mutants to control their powers.
Xavier's new team is soon called into action when Shaw engineers a stand-off between amassed United States and Soviet naval forces. When a Soviet freighter is forcibly commandeered by the Hellfire Club and attempts to run the American blockade, Xavier telepathically searches the Soviet fleet in an attempt to locate Shaw, but finds himself unable to do so because of a helmet Shaw possess that blocks all telepathic contact. Xavier then took mental control of a Soviet officer and had the man destroy the freighter, to avoiding a nuclear catastrophe.
When Banshee volunteers to employ his sound generation power as a sonar, Xavier telepathically monitors his progress and is able to then guide the Blackbird to Shaw's submarine, where Lehnsherr magnetically extracts it from the water. The submarine and the Blackbird both crash shortly after, bringing both teams into direct conflict. Xavier stays with the jet and continues his search for Shaw by linking with Lehnsherr, who ventures into the stricken submarine alone. While Lehnsherr finds and kills Shaw, Xavier's attention is now turned to the new threat of the two naval fleets with crews who are rapidly becoming fearful of the mutants. The ships launch a combined missile/artillery strike against the mutants, which Lehnsherr quickly turns back on them. Xavier fights with Lehnsherr to prevent him from destroying the ships, but when MacTaggert fires a gun at Lehnsherr, a deflected bullet hits Xavier in the spine, rendering him unable to stand. A remorseful Erik leaves with Raven, Angel, and Shaw's enforcers Riptide and Azazel.
Later, a wheelchair-bound Xavier returns to the mansion where MacTaggert promises never to reveal his location. They kiss, whereupon Xavier wipes her memory of the events. He soon intends to establish a school for mutants at his family's Westchester mansion, which will also serve as a base of operations where he trains mutants for his personal team: the X-Men.
Between X-Men: First Class & X-Men: Days of Future Past
In 1965, Professor Xavier officially opened the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters. During that year, however, America assumed a direct military role in the Vietnam War. As the war escalated throughout the mid-late 1960s, many students and staff at the school were drafted into the military, and ultimately, the school was unable to function. By the early 1970s, Xavier's school was defunct, and he reverted his mansion to a private residence once again. His estate had also fallen into considerable neglect and disrepair.
By the late 1960s and early 1970s, Xavier himself had become somewhat of a recluse, living a mainly solitary life in his mansion - save for McCoy, who helped Xavier tend to the affairs of his estate. He had become embittered by both Erik Lehnsherr's alleged involvement in the Kennedy Assassination and by Raven's abandonment of him after years of being his foster-sister. Furthermore, during this time, McCoy developed a serum that not only regulated his own mutation, but enabled Xavier to walk again. However, it also weakened his telepathic abilities.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Xavier guides a group of young mutants, including a young Scott Summers and Emma from the Weapon X facility on Three Mile Island after being freed by Wolverine. Xavier gives Summers directions telepathically, which leads the mutants outside where Xavier waits. He then escorts them back to his school in a helicopter.
20 years before X-Men: The Last Stand
In 1986, Xavier and Magneto travel together to visit a young Jean Grey and invite her to join Xavier's school.
|“||I feel a great swell of pity for the poor soul who comes to that school... looking for trouble.||„|
|~ Professor X to Magneto at the end of the film.|
Xavier uses Cerebro to locate Rogue after she runs away, but is poisoned when he used it later (after Mystique had tampered with it) putting Xavier into a coma. In the end, he recovers and advises Wolverine to search Alkali Lake for answers to his past. We last see Xavier playing chess with Magneto, who tells the latter that he will be there if he escapes from his prison.
X2: X-Men United
|“||Mr. President, we're here to stay. The next move is yours.||„|
|~ Professor to the President at the end of the film.|
He wakes up in Stryker's underground test facility, tied to a chair and fixed to a neural inhibitor that restricts his mental powers. He is left in the room with Mastermind - William's son Jason and a powerful illusionist who Xavier had previously taught. Now brainwashed by his father, Jason traps Xavier in various illusions, keeping him in one where Xavier is back in the School (which is empty) and Jason impersonates a scared little girl. To comfort the "girl" and find his students, Xavier goes to use Cerebro. It is discovered that Xavier was captured to power a makeshift Cerebro Stryker created. Under Jason's illusion, Xavier is tricked into concentrating on all of the world's mutants, nearly killing them. He then switches to attacking all of the world's humans after Magneto and Mystique interfere.
Nightcrawler and Storm rescue Xavier from the illusion and eventually board the X-Jet. Just before Jean sacrifices her life, she uses Xavier to telepathically communicate with the others regarding her intentions. Afterward, Xavier and the others fly to Washington, D.C. to warn the president against the possibility of a mutant/human war.
X-Men: The Last Stand
|“||Since the dawn of existence, there have always been moments when the course of history shifted. Such a turning point is upon us now: the conflict between the better and worst angels of our very nature, whose outcome will change our world so greatly there will be no going back. I do not know if victory is possible. I only know that great sacrifice will be required. And because the fate of many will depend on a few, we must make the last stand.||„|
|~ Professor X in The Last Stand.|
Infuriated by Xavier's meddling in her head and influenced by Magneto (who insinuates that Xavier wishes to restrain her and "give her the cure"), she uses her mind to levitate her house and then cause Xavier's body to completely disintegrate. His death has a profound impact on both the students and faculty of the School, and it is nearly closed until Storm decides to honor Xavier's wishes and act as its head.
In an after-credits scene, Xavier speaks to Moira MacTaggert through the body of a comatose man, implying that his consciousness survived.
|“|| How is this possible?"|
"As I told you a long time ago, you're not the only one with gifts.
|~ Wolverine and Professor X.|
X-Men: Days of Future Past
|“||The past: a new and uncertain world. A world of endless possibilities and infinite outcomes. Countless choices define our fate: each choice, each moment, a moment in the ripple of time. Enough ripple, and you change the tide... for the future is never truly set.||„|
|~ Professor X at the end of the film.|
Storm, Bishop, Colossus, Warpath, Sunspot, Iceman and Blink are killed protecting the monastery. As the Sentinels enter, they fire at Shadowcat, Wolverine, Magneto and Professor X. Shadowcat lets go and the future is changed.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
|“||Please… We need you to hope again.||„|
|~ Charles to his younger self in the trailer.|
Onboard a plane, Professor X and Magneto argue on how they abandoned each other and their kind. Wolverine, Charles, Erik and Hank arrive, where Erik plans to kill Mystique to prevent the program. She is shot in the leg before escaping through the window. Erik chases after her and pulls the bullet out of her leg and plans to kill her with that bullet, but Beast attacks Erik while Mystique escapes. After seeing Stryker, Wolverine briefly does not know why he’s there and who young Charles is.
Back at the mansion, Charles eventually refuses to take a serum, which allows him to walk again but lose his powers, and uses Cerebro to find Mystique. His mind is not focused and telepathically talks to the older Professor X where he is asked to hope again. As Wolverine, Professor X and Hank go to the unveiling of the Sentinels to find Mystique, the Sentinels begin attacking the public, where President Nixon and Bolivar Traskare taken to a safe room, followed by Mystique in disguise. Mystique slightly grazes Magneto's neck with a plastic gun before being convinced by Professor X via telepathy to not kill Trask. Mystique agrees and as Magneto would be executed for his actions, Charles lets both go. At the same time, as a mutant was seen to save the President, the Sentinel program is decommissioned and Bolivar Trask arrested for trying to sell American military secrets, meaning Charles effectively finished what Wolverine started and changed the future.
|“||It's all of us, against a god!||„|
|~ Professor X speaking of En Sabah Nur.|
At night, during an earthquake, Charles walks in to check on Jean Grey who has a nightmare about the end of the world, but assures her that is was only a bad dream.
After learning from Hank that Moira MacTaggert was in Egypt when the earthquake began, he and Alex visit her at the CIA. From Moira, they learn that a group of fanatics had been worshiping an ancient being known as Apocalypse who is believed to have been the first mutant in existence. Returning to the X-Mansion with Moira Charles finds that Raven has returned alongside a young mutant she rescued named Kurt Wagner. Raven proceeds to ask for Charles help in locating Erik Lehnsherr who has resurfaced after his family had been killed. Using Cerebro Xavier manages to locate Magneto and begs him to come back to the X-Mansion. Apocalypse catches wind of this and takes control of Xavier through Cerebro.
Before getting controlled, Xavier is horrified and awestruck by Apocalypse's power. After Apocalypse uses Cerebro to convince the world's government to send their nuclear missiles into space, Xavier tells Alex to destroy Cerebro to keep Apocalypse from doing any further damage and knocking him unconscious in the process. Xavier is then kidnapped by Apocalypse and his Horsemen and taken to Cairo, Egypt where Apocalypse has Xavier use his powers to deliver a message to the whole world. While doing this, however, he manages to send a secret message to Jean telling her of their location. Apocalypse then proceeds to try and transfer his consciousness into Xavier's body so he can gain his powers of telepathy. The transfer begins and Xavier loses his hair in the process before he is saved by Nightcrawler. Following a failed escape attempt, Apocalypse proceeds to call out Xavier and reminds him they are still connected mentally. Xavier can do nothing but feel and listen as Mystique and Quicksilver are tortured.
Xavier, fortunately, remembers that he and Apocalypse do share a psychic connection that allows him to get inside Apocalypse head and overpower him. Apocalypse, however, eventually overcomes Xavier and proceeds to brutally beat him in the astral plane while Scott, Hank, and a reformed Magneto combat his physical body. All seems hopeless until Jean having unlocked the power of the Phoenix alongside a reformed Storm together vaporize Apocalypse on the astral plane and his physical body. The effort apparently kills Charles, but Jean detects that he is still alive and is able to heal him. Charles wakes up and gives Moira the memories from cuba and asks for her forgiveness. The next day Xavier and Lehnsherr talk about humanity still not accepting mutants and ask him if he is ever fearful that one day humans will come for the students Xavier responds that while it does bother him he feels confident he can protect them all and Erik parts on friendly terms with Charles. Charles proceeds to watch Raven train the new X-Men consisting of Cyclops, Jean Grey, Nightcrawler, Storm, and Quicksilver in the Danger Room.
|“||I'm sorry. I didn't stop it soon enough.||„|
|~ Charles apologizing on the events.|
X-Men: Days of Future Past
At the changed future, Logan wakes back up and sees that Storm, Kitty, Peter, Bobby, Hank, Rogue, Jean Grey and Cyclops all have survived. Logan then finds Charles, who told him he has a history class to teach. Upon telling Charles he needs to brush up on everything that happens after 1973, Charles realized this was the moment in the apocalyptic future Wolverine went back in time and the Wolverine he met in 1973 was finally back. Charles then tells Logan they have a lot of catching up to do and helps him brush up on everything that happened following his drowning by Magneto.
|“||You know, Logan... this is what life looks like. A home, people who love each other. Safe place. You should take a moment and feel it.||„|
|~ Professor X to Logan.|
Soon after Wolverine removed him from society, arranging for him to be cared for in an abandoned smelting factory so that his psychic episodes could not hurt anyone else. While there, Xavier began to sense a foreign mutant, who was later discovered to be Laura Kinney, Wolverine's daughter.
After Transigen came after them, Wolverine, Xavier, and Laura went on the run, heading towards a supposed mutant paradise called Eden. While on the way Xavier endured another psychic seizure in a casino, nearly killing hundreds of people in the hotel and buildings around because he was sedated by Wolverine.
While resting at the home of a family they had assisted, Xavier began to remember the circumstances of his isolation, and how he had been the reason many of his students were paralyzed or dead. He believed himself unworthy of Wolverine's help, declaring this to X-24, whom he believed to be Wolverine. X-24 stabbed him through the chest, a wound which would prove fatal.
Wolverine buried him in an unmarked grave in a forest beside a lake, and held onto his promise to take care of X-23.
Charles was known for being compassionate and a sympathetic mutant, and built himself a reputation of helping others. He refuses to give up on people, believing that someone is never lost off their path, most notably Magneto, Mystique, and Jean Grey. In addition, Charles was known to be an immaculate mentor, helping mutants control their powers and became a great father figure for everyone, most notably Wolverine.
Despite his hopeful nature, he was not so when Magneto and Mystique abandoned him, and losing his legs after defeating the Hellfire Club, becoming a shell of his former self. He became addicted to McCoy's serum, allowing him to walk again, but taking away his telepathic abilities. He also showed himself to be manipulative sometimes, such as placing psychic blocks in Jean's mind, and his code on using his powers onto Mystique. In Logan, Xavier is shell of his past, being cynical and bitter towards Logan, often swearing when not numbed to his medications. Despite this, his final hope was placed when meeting Laura, and wanted Wolverine to spend his last days to feel love and joy with his daughter.
Professor X was peaceful mutant, believing that humankind and mutants could co-exist with each other, despite Magneto believing that humans would forever hate them. Xavier preferred the diplomatic approach, but knew when to be forceful when needed be, but only did so if it was the last resort. Charles' compassion and mentorship was greatly respected by Magneto, who believed that he did more for mutants than anyone else.
Powers and Abilities
- Telepathy: Professor X is one the most powerful telepaths in the world, having a wide variety of psychic powers that he uses in advantages of his enemies. His powers was so great that Apocalypse desired to posses his body, despite already having great telepathic abilities. Charles' power were further enhanced by Apocalypse, thus making him powerful enough to communicate with everyone without the need of Cerebro.
- Telepathic Communication: He can telepathically communicate with others, doing so with Erik, Moira, and a young Scott Summers. However, he is unable to do so when Magneto wears his helmet, and Emma Frost's diamond form.
- Telepathic Cloak: Charles can make himself invisible by manipulating the mind of others, using this to hide himself and Magneto from Russian soldiers.
- Mental Detection: He is able to sense where nearby mutants are, demonstrating this when detecting that Rogue was at the train station, or that Jean left the mansion. This ability is further enhanced when using Cerebro, where can detect all mutants around the world.
- Mind Control: He can manipulate the mind of others, and make them do things by his command, such as making the Man in Black get into his car. He doesn't like this ability, telling Magneto this when going to Jean's home when she was child in The Last Stand.
- Mental Possession: He is able to possess someone by controlling their mind, notably using this when possessing a Russian guard.
- Mental Sedation: He can make others fall asleep by telling them to.
- Mind Transferal: After his body was destroyed by Jean Grey/Dark Phoenix, he was able to transfer his consciousness into his twin brother Patrick.
- Mental Link: He can develop a mental link with others, doing so by linking the future Wolverine's mind and use it as a bridge into the past.
- Mnemokinesis: Xavier can manipulate the memories of others, being able to restore, erase, or implant false memories of an individual's mind.
- Memory Implantation: Xavier can implant thoughts into a person's mind, threatening Wolverine that he would make him believe that he was six year old girl.
- Mental Amnesia: Xavier can erase a person's memories or cause one to have amnesia, doing so onto Moira (though she did recall fragments, and have her memory restored in X-Men Apocalypse).
- Mental Restoration: Xavier can restore one's memories or bring them back, doing so onto Erik of a happy memories with his mother. He would later restore Moira's memories of her time with him and the mutants.
- Telepathic Illusion: Charles is able to generate illusions, making them feel realistic to an individual. He did so to Mystique, trying to convince her not to kill Bolivar Trask, and could make himself appear to be standing.
- Psychic Barriers: Charles is able to put psychic barriers or blocks into a person's mind, doing so on Jean to hide the Dark Phoenix.
- Psionic Blast: One of his most dangerous powers, Charles can make the entire world feel pain, having done so when plugged into Cerebro in X2 on every mutant, then later every human. When his powers became out of control, he released a psychic pulse that effected people in his radius.
- Psionic Resistance: Xavier can resist psionic abilities or telepathy, as Stryker's mind control wouldn't work on him.
- Animal Manipulation: Xavier can manipulate an animals mind, doing so on the Munson's horses to calm them down.
- Genius Level Intellect: Xavier is a highly intelligent genius, being head of the authority of psionics, genetics, and mutations. He graduated from Oxford at a young age, getting an PhD in genetics, and writing his thesis at the age of 30. In addition, he was had expertise in other life sciences, showing himself to be brilliant mastermind.
- Multilingualism: Xavier showed himself to be able to speak multiple languages, such as Russian, Spanish, and others when giving his speech to the world from native countries. This could be of his psychic abilities, translating different languages so that he could understand them.
- Leadership: Xavier showed himself to be excelled leader, being able to lead X-Division when all hope was lost upon the Hellfire Club's attack. He would later create the X-Men, being the off-field leader for missions to stop the Brotherhood of Mutants.
- In X-Men: First Class, Beast asks Xavier if he can shave him, in order to better use the Cerebro, but Xavier replies "Don't touch my hair.", thus making a joke about his elder appearance. He does it again at the end of the movie, complaining about getting old and saying to Moira MacTaggert that he'll soon become bald.
- In X-Men, Professor X told Wolverine that he met Magneto when he was 17. However, in X-Men: First Class, he meets him at the age of 30.
- Professor X is referenced to in Deadpool when Colossus attempts to bring Wade Wilson to see him in order to join the X-Men. Wade asks whether it is Patrick Stewart or James McAvoy playing him.