List of X-Men enemy teams

List of X-Men enemy teams

This is a list of some of the major foes of the Marvel Comics superhero team, the X-Men. This list is not comprehensive; the X-Men have been published nearly continuously since 1963, often in several concurrent titles, and have built up quite a long list of enemies.



The Acolytes are a group of mutant fanatics who believe that mutants are destined to conquer and destroy normal humanity.

Alliance of Evil

A band of mutant mercenaries who have been hired by Apocalypse, A.I.M., and other criminals.

  • Tower
  • Source (forced to serve)

Brotherhood of Mutants

Several groups of terrorists have used this name. The team as it debuted in X-Men #4 (March, 1964), plus Astra who was retconned as an original recruit decades later.

Later Members

Children of the Vault

Beings from a bizarre pocket of time who claim to be neither human nor mutant.

Clan Akkaba

The descendants of Apocalypse. They first appeared in Apocalypse vs Dracula #1. While Blink and Chamber are descendants of Apocalypse, neither are considered members of the Clan.

Dark Riders

Servants of Apocalypse, both mutants and Inhumans.

Dark X-Men

Norman Osborn's Version of the X-Men to match his Dark Avengers.

Current Roster

  • Weapon Omega

Former Roster

Demons of Limbo

Demons all possess varying degrees of mystical power and are inclined towards dark or “black” magic.


A group of seemingly ageless mutants, each with their own schemes and agendas.

  • Nicodemus
  • Burke

Factor Three

A powerful organization led by the Mutantmaster with the goal of world-domination.

Freedom Force

Former members of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, they were recruited as government agents, though they ultimately proved unstable. Not all of the group's members were mutants.

Gene Nation

An offshoot of the Morlocks, who blame the X-Men for their plight.

Hell's Belles

An all-female gang of mutant criminals, last seen working for Cyber.

The Hellfire Club

Due to the long standing and secretive nature of the organization, not all of its members are known. The listed members are all part of the Inner Circle, also known as the Lords Cardinal, and are aware of the darker side of the club. The non-Inner Circle members include many wealthy or politically connected men and women of the Marvel Universe like Tony Stark and Norman Osborn and are generally unaware and/or uninvolved with the Club's illegal activities.

Two pairs of enforcers are available to Club members, called White Knights and Ebony Knights (presumably to prevent confusion with the Black Knight). They are genetically engineered beings who obey the Lords Cardinal without question. They are only seen in Spider-Man Team-Up #1

The Hellfire Club: London

  • Quentin Templeton (Black King)
  • Alan Wilson (Red King)
  • Conrad Strathdee (Red Bishop)


Hellions - A group of young mutants who worked for the White Queen. The team that debuted in New Mutants #16 (1984), including later members.

Emplate's Hellions - This group was referred to as the Hellions only in promotional material, not in the actual comics.

New Hellions- The team which debuted in X-Force #87 (1997).

Horsemen of Apocalypse

The immortal villain Apocalypse uses these mutants to try to force his "survival of the fittest" ideals on humanity.

Character Real Name Joined in Notes
Dark Ages Horsemen of Apocalypse

Apocalypse's elite minions during the Dark Ages.

War First seen in Apocalypse vs. Dracula #1 War led Apocalypse's Riders of the Dark against Vlad Tepes' armies
(Modern) Four Horsemen of Apocalypse

Debuted as a team in X-Factor #19.

Pestilence Plague X-Factor #10 a Morlock rescued by Apocalypse from the Mutant Massacre. Died in X-Factor #25
War Abraham Kieros X-Factor #11 a Vietnam War veteran paralysed from the neck down and forced into an iron lung. Last appearance as War in Uncanny X-Men #295. In Wolverine (2nd series) #148, he has reverted back to his original state.
Famine Autumn Rolfson X-Factor #12 a girl with an eating disorder. Last seen in Uncanny X-Men #295.
Death/Archangel Warren Worthington III X-Factor #17 Broke free of Apocalypse's control in X-Factor #25
Replacement recruits

After his rebellion, Archangel was replaced by Caliban, though the rest of the group remained the same.

Death/Caliban Caliban; real name unknown X-Factor #25 Joined to avenge the Mutant Massacre. By Uncanny X-Men Annual #18, he's no longer a Horseman.
New replacements

Apocalypse sought to replace his former Horsemen, beginning with War.

War/The Hulk Dr. Bruce Banner Hulk (2nd series) #456 Shortly transformed into War. Broke free in Hulk (2nd series) #457.
Second Wave

Apocalypse created a completely new lineup of Horsemen in order to capture the Twelve.

Pestilence/Caliban Caliban; real name unknown X-Force #70 Retrieved by Ozymandias. Last seen under Apocalypse's control in X-Men vol2. #97.
Death/Wolverine Logan/James Howlett Wolverine (2nd series) #145 Joined to prevent Sabretooth from becoming Death. Broke free in Wolverine (2nd series) #146
War/Deathbird Cal'syee Neramani Uncanny-X-Men #347 Last seen as a Horseman in X-Men vol2. #97.
Famine/Ahab Dr. Rory Campbell X-Men #96 Last seen as a Horseman in X-Men vol2. #97
Third Wave

The resurrected Apocalypse created a new team of Horsemen to balance the scales following Decimation. The new Horsemen debuted in X-Men #182.

War/Gazer Salvador Clarkson X-Men vol 2. #182 Killed by Ozymandias in X-Men
Pestilence/Polaris Lorna Dane X-Men vol 2. #185 (backup story) First appeared as Pestilence in X-Men vol 2. #182. Broke free in X-Men vol 2. #187.
Famine/Sunfire Shiro Yoshida X-Men vol 2. #182 (backup story) First appeared as Famine in X-Men vol 2. #183. Broke free of Apocalypse's control in X-Men vol 2. #185.
Death/Gambit Remy LeBeau X-Men vol 2. #183 Debuted as Death in X-Men vol 2. #184. Infultrate to protect the X-Men. Broke free of Apocalypse's control in X-Men vol 2. #185.


Mutants gathered by Mister Sinister to slaughter the supposedly "inferior" Morlocks in the Mutant Massacre.


A band of mutant refugees and runaways living in tunnels under the streets of New York. They have been both enemies and allies to the X-Men.

* - (Storm is former leader of the Morlocks after defeating Callisto)

Other Morlocks - In Uncanny X-Men #397-398 a group of Morlocks living in the underground tunnels of London are introduced. This was their first and last appearance and it is unknown whether or not they survived the persecution from the Church of Humanity.

  • Burning Puddle
  • Carla
  • Compound
  • Croc
  • Cyclops
  • Double Helix
  • Harmony
  • Hope
  • Miss Saccharine
  • Simian
  • Warthog

Morlocks (limited series) - In June 2002, Marvel released a four-part limited series entitled Morlocks. In it, a small group of mutants living in Chicago help each other to fulfill their one last wish on the surface while trying to escape the mutant-hunting Sentinels.

Mutant Liberation Front

Mutant terrorists organized by the time-travelling Stryfe.

Nasty Boys

A gang of mutant thugs who work for Mister Sinister. Vertigo was a member of this team on the 1990s X-Men cartoon.


The Neo are an offshoot of the mutant genome, that lived in seclusion from the rest of the world. When the High Evolutionary switched off all mutant genes, several Neo died, as they had been relying on their powers right in this instant; some drowned, others fell from great heights. The survivors became the Warclan and tracked down Mr. Sinister, who had allied with the Evolutionary, and attempted to destroy the power negating machinery, along with the X-Men as they had been in the Evolutionary's orbital station.

They were later approached by Magneto who wanted to add them to his army on Genosha, and it seems they were among the many victims of the Sentinels attack during which 16 million people died.

The Neo (at least the member of the Warclan) can share their mutant powers with their leader, and their non-mutant physical abilities are at the peak of human prowess.

In the latest issue of Giant Size X-Men, the Neo were all but wiped by a group of entities called Evolutionaries who decided that mutants were the true evolution of humankind and destroyed the Neo in a bid to safeguard the mutant race (since due to Hope Summers and the Five Lights, the mutant species once again showed signs of evolutionary viability).

  • Anteus
  • Barbican
  • Domina
  • Elysia
  • Jaeger
  • Jaunt
  • Junction
  • Kilmer
  • Seth
  • Static
  • Tartarus


According to Azazel, they are all that remain of an ancient clan of mutants with vast powers and demonic looks.

  • Ginniyeh
  • Jillian
  • Ophis
  • Yidrazil

Omega Gang

A group of teenage mutants from the Xavier Institute.

  • Radian

Press Gang

A group of mutant enforcers for the regime of Genosha.


Mutant-hating cyborgs and street punks, led by Donald Pierce.

  • Murray Reese
  • Angelo Macon
  • Wade Cole
  • Cylla Markham
  • Skullbuster
  • Elixir

Rising Sons

Asian mercenaries including mutants, a cyborg, and a Sorcerer

  • Tough Love

Savage Land Mutates

Primitive humans genetically altered by Magneto.


Amoral thrill-seekers who wager on the life and death of others.


Depowered mutant terrorists on the hunt to regain their powers.

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