Growing up as a kid, I remember watching a lot of cartoon shows, one that majorly stands out is X-Men Evolution. A show about the X-Men, with some of the main X-Men in high school. It was a unique take on the characters that we know to be these highly powered mutants.
The series delivered some fantastic characters and made me a fan of many of the X-Men that we see today.
So in this list, I’ll give my top 5 characters from that series.
I think Wolverine could end up on any list. He’s just a badass character in all adaptations whether that be games, comics, animated cartoons, or live-action. He was just that in Evolution. I remember watching the series and just being overwhelmed with how brutal Logan was. I think this series is one of the main reasons why I became a fan of Wolverine.
An entirely new character was created for the show, which I didn’t know at the time. He was a character that had a unique story. Being the nephew to an established character in Storm, you’d think Spyke would have to live up to that but he didn’t, he chose to live his own life which was basketball or Skateboarding. He eventually went to live with the Morlocks. He had the ability to project bone spikes from his skin, just a straight-up badass power.
I think, other than the comics, this version of Cyclops might be my favorite yet. Until he debuts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I think this will be the best version. This Cyclops was toned down from the counterpart in the comics. He was a confident leader who exudes natural authority, although he is still somewhat standoffish.
I can 100% say this is what made me become a fan of Quicksilver. The impatience, arrogance, and being the self-serving villain who will betray his friends and even family to save himself. He is loyal to his father, Magneto, though only out of convenience. I just found his powers so amazing, the silver hair, everything about him just screamed at me.
Best known for his rivalry with the strait-laced Cyclops, this character is unique. Throughout the series when he wasn’t being a problem in school, he was the leader of the Brotherhood. Often irrational and driven by his temper, but as the series progresses, he becomes more mature and pragmatic, taking on a more morally ambiguous role. He is reluctant to be a villain, rather he is angered by societal hatred and contempt for mutants, whether good or evil, and has been known to lapse into heroic roles.
His whole look from the street clothes to the suit he wears while getting into fights with the X-Men was both something special. This is who I wanted to be like as a kid, although short-lived. Avalanche was so powerful that you truly felt his power when he used it in the series.