The Man I Once Called "Friend"
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The Man I Once Called "Friend"

Charles Xavier


I shall try to keep this on a factual level, rather than an emotional one.

Real name: Charles Francis Xavier
Current aliases: Prisoner M-13, Professor X
Height: 6'
Weight: 190 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Bald (blonde in childhood)
Marital status: Consort to Princess-Majestrix Lilandra (not officially recognized as a marriage on Earth)
Known relatives: Brian and Sharon Xavier (parents, deceased), Kurt Marko (stepfather, deceased), Cain Marko (Juggernaut, stepbrother), David Charles Haller (Legion, son, deceased)
Extent of education: Ph. Ds in genetics, biophysics, and psychology
Special skills and abilities: Leading authority on genetics, mutation, and psionic powers, considerable expertise in other life sciences, highly talented in devising equipment for utilizing and enhancing psionic powers
Superhuman mental powers: Professor X ordinarily possesses vast psionic powers, including telepathy; the ability to induce in others mental illusions, temporary mental or physical paralysis, and loss of specific memories or total amnesia; the projection of "mental bolts" to stun or render a person unconscious; astral projection; and the ability to sense other superhuman mutants within a small radius. At present Xavier is unable to use his psionic powers.
Special limitations: Part of spine shattered, confined to wheelchair

History: Charles Xavier is the son of nuclear researcher Brian Xavier and his wife Sharon. After Brian Xavier's death, Sharon married his colleague Dr. Kurt Marko, whose son by a previous marriage, Cain, bullied the young Charles.

Charles' telepathic powers began emerging when he was still a boy, and as he grew older he learned to control them. A brilliant student, he entered graduate studies at England's Oxford University, where he met and fell in love with a young Scotswoman named Moira MacTaggert. They planned to be married, but after finishing his work at Oxford, Charles was drafted and sent to Asia.

There Charles and Cain Marko served in the same unit. Charles witnessed how Marko found the mystical ruby in the temple of Cyttorak that transformed him into the superhuman Juggernaut .
Deeply depressed when Moira broke off their engagement without explanation, Charles began traveling abroad after leaving the army. While in Cairo, Egypt he battled Amahl Farouk, the Shadow King, the first evil mutant he had ever met. This meeting led to Charles' decision to devote his life to protecting humanity from evil mutants and safeguarding innocent mutants from human oppression.
He then went to Israel. This is where I first met Charles Francis Xavier. Unlike myself, he had years to become accustomed to his incredible telepathic abilities, and to form theories and a philosophy about the existence of mutants among the general population. At the time we first met, he was already thinking of ways to ensure the peaceful co-existence of mutants and non- mutants.
Charles had come to Israel at the request of Dr. Shomron, an Israeli psychiatrist, who needed his friend's help in the treatment of a Holocaust survivor named Gabrielle Haller, who remained in a state of rigid catatonia. Charles used his psionic powers to help Gabrielle recover, and the three of us became close friends.
But not long after, Baron Strucker, a Nazi war criminal who had escaped justice, and who had taken over a neo-Nazi organization named HYDRA, attacked and kidnapped Gabrielle Haller. (Later discovered, he was the Nazi SS officer who had sexually abused her when she was a child in a concentration camp, and he had implanted in her mind the location of a massive supply of Nazi stolen gold.)
Charles and I came to Gabrielle's rescue, in the course of the fight I revealed my powers to them, and became violent and agitated. After killing the Nazis against Charles' wishes, I used my magnetic powers to raise the huge hoard of Nazi gold and carry it off, declaring that the gold would be used in the struggle of mutants to secure a safe place in the world. Charles left Israel, unaware that Gabrielle was pregnant with his son, who would become the mutant known as Legion.

Charles then battled against an alien calling himself Lucifer, the advance scout for an invasion by his race. In retaliation of Charles' attacks, Lucifer dropped a stone block on Xavier, crippling his legs.

Charles later met with Fred Duncan, an F. B. I. agent investigating the growing number of mutants. Charles told Duncan of his plan to locate young mutants and enroll them in his "School for Gifted Youngsters" using his ancestral mansion home as a base to train them to use their powers for humanity's benefit.

Charles' first student was the 11-year-old Jean Grey, who had been traumatized when she telepathically experienced the emotions of a dying friend. Charles helped Jean recover and taught her to use her telekinetic powers. Over the following months Charles assembled his original team of "X-Men:" Cyclops, Iceman, Angel, Beast, and Jean Grey, who took the name Marvel Girl.

In my attack against Cape Citadel, a military missile base in Florida, the X-Men defeated me. Thus began the long enmity between myself and the X- Men and various X-Men allies.

Years later, when most of his original students were captured by the mutant Krakoa, Charles recruited a new team of X-Men, including Banshee, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Storm, and Wolverine. In subsequent years he added more members to the X-Men, such as Rogue and Shadowcat.

Lilandra, princess of the alien Shi'ar race, came to Earth to ask Charles for his help against her tyrannical brother D'ken. Charles and Lilandra fell in love, and for a time he lived on Chandilar, the Shi'ar throneworld, as her consort.

After the apparent deaths of the second team of X-Men, Charles, encouraged by MacTaggert, took on a new class of mutant students, whom he named the New Mutants.

The alien race called the Brood had secretly implanted an egg within Charles' body. MacTaggert and the X-Men's spacefaring allies, the Starjammers, saved Charles by transferring his mind into a newly cloned, somewhat younger body in which he could once again walk. But in subsequent months Charles suffered physical injuries and psychic strains that left him on the brink of death. Lilandra and the Starjammers took him into outer space where they used Shi'ar technology to restore him to health.

After an extended sojourn in space with the Starjammers, Charles finally returned to Earth. Both the original and second teams of X-Men reassembled under his leadership, along with new recruits like Gambit and Jubilee. Charles led the X-Men against the Shadow King, only to have his spine broken in battle, leaving him crippled and confined to a wheelchair once more.

Since the X-Men were all now highly trained adults, Charles renamed the school in his mansion The Xavier Institute for Higher Learning. He took control of a private school, the Massachusetts Academy, and made it the new School for Gifted Youngsters, where yet another new class of young mutants, Generation X, was taught.

In the battle against me on Avalon, Charles lost his temper and used his mental powers to shut down my conscious mind. In the process Charles' mind was inadvertently infected by the "evil" within my psyche. The result was that the dark sides of Charles' and my minds combined and physically manifested themselves as the nearly invincible entity called Onslaught, who usurped Charles' psionic powers. The heroes of Earth narrowly defeated Onslaught, who appeared to perish, and Charles lost his powers. However, to ensure that Charles never again spawned a being like Onslaught, Dr. Valerie Cooper of the United States government took him into custody. Although Charles was willing to serve as a prisoner of the United States government, he was appalled when it turned him over to the custody of Bastion, head of the anti-mutant Operation: Zero Tolerance.

Mysteriously before the end of Zero Tolerance, Charles escaped. When the X-Men finally caught up with Charles, he was leading a new Brotherhood of Mutants in an attempt to defend humanity against the madness of Cerebro. With the aid of the Mannite Nina, Charles got his powers back, and defeated Cerebro by showing him the unique importance of each living individual.