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10 Most Rebellious X-Men, Ranked

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The X-Men have welcomed quite a few new mutant members to their various teams in the Krakoan Age. Xavier and Magneto’s new society offered mutants both a safe place to live and the opportunity to join in the fight. However, the large selection of possibilities also opened the various teams up to rebellious mutants and potential betrayals.


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Thankfully, the X-Men have dealt with rebellious members a few times over the years. Of course, that’s not always a bad thing for teams like the X-Men. Mutants who go their own way like Wolverine have saved the rest of the team by defying orders. Unfortunately, members like Mystique have nearly brought the team to ruin by going against the grain.

10/10 Colossus Has Turned On The Team A Few Times

First Appearance: Giant-Size X-Men (Vol. 1) #1, by writer Len Wein, penciler/inker Dave Cockrum, inker Peter Iro, colorist Glynis Wein, and letterer John Costanza

Colossus in his armored form as a member of the X-Men

Piotr Rasputin was one of the first members of the popular international team of X-Men who were recruited by Xavier to save the original roster. As Colossus, he believed wholeheartedly in Xavier’s dream at first, though he dealt with a few serious losses that changed everything. Colossus first turned on the team when he joined Magneto’s Acolytes, hoping to find a new dream.

Even when he returned to the X-Men, Colossus was quick to question or refuse orders. He developed his own internal morality system that sometimes made him an unpredictable member of the X-Men. Even in the Krakoan Age, Colossus’ kept his rebellious nature. This actually made him the perfect choice to sit on the ruling Quiet Council to balance other similar mutants.

9/10 Thunderbird Was The Team’s First Ill-Fated Rebel

First Appearance: Giant-Size X-Men (Vol. 1) #1, by writer Len Wein, penciler/inker Dave Cockrum, inker Peter Iro, colorist Glynis Wein, and letterer John Costanza

John Proudstar in his original Thunderbird costume

John Proudstar was a powerful mutant who joined the team in the Giant-Size X-Men era. However, he had a strong personality and an attitude toward the rest of the X-Men from his first moment on the team. His enhanced physical abilities gave him a unique confidence that turned into recklessness on more than one occasion.

He also had a problem with authoritative figures who hadn’t yet earned his respect. This proved fatal when he defied one of the X-Men’s greatest and most effective leaders. Ignoring Cyclops’ orders, he tried to stop Count Nefaria on his own and died during the conflict. Thunderbird’s resurrection in the Krakoan Age quickly revealed that he didn’t lose his rebellious streak.

8/10 White Queen Always Has Plans On Top Of Plans

First Appearance: X-Men (Vol. 1) #129, by writer Chris Claremont, writer/penciler John Byrne, inker Terry Austin, colorist Bob Sharen, and letterer Tom Orzechowski

Emma Frost's costumes from the comics

The X-Men have always opened their doors to former enemies in times of need, which included Emma Frost. As the Hellfire Club’s White Queen, she fought against the X-Men for years. She eventually joined the team, but still excluded an untrustworthiness that made it hard to work with her. She took orders from her lover Cyclops but fought with other members frequently.

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She even helped establish the Krakoan Age, though Emma Frost has proven to have her own plans for success. Those plans don’t always include the X-Men, which doesn’t always make her a team player. However, Emma Frost does still bring a lot to the table, which makes her rebellious nature tolerable to other members of the Quiet Council.

7/10 Gambit Has A Problem With Authority Figures

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men (Vol. 1) #266, by writer Chris Claremont, penciler Mike Collins, inker Josef Rubinstein, colorist Brad Vancata, and letterers Pat Brosseau & Tom Orzechowski

Gambit from the Knights of X

When Remy LeBeau first joined the X-Men as Gambit, he had a mysterious past, a chip on his shoulder, and a problem with authority figures. While he has become a loyal member of the X-Men, it wasn’t always the easiest road for him to follow. He questioned orders and openly defied them when necessary.

Some of the X-Men’s darkest secrets involved Gambit’s poor decisions over the years. He joined Apocalyse as the Horseman Death hoping to save the X-Men. Instead, his dark new personality nearly doomed them. His marriage to Rogue has created a new area for rebellion, as he will blatantly defy orders in order to help keep her safe.

6/10 Magik Makes Questionable Unilateral Decisions

First Appearance: Giant-Size X-Men (Vol. 1) #1, by writer Len Wein, penciler/inker Dave Cockrum, inker Peter Iro, colorist Glynis Wein, and letterer John Costanza

Magik with her Soulsword in Limbo

Another character who has made a few questionable decisions over the years is Illyana Rasputin. As Magik, she moved past her role as one of the scariest members of the New Mutants and the X-Men to become a Great Captain of Krakoa. She earned her position due to her strength in battle and her ability to make key decisions during stressful situations.

However, she’s quick to make unilateral decisions that don’t always account for the wishes or safety of her teammates. Her experience and upbringing have created an unwavering confidence in her own abilities that sometimes leads to recklessness. She’s quick to argue her orders if she disagrees, but is also quick to fight for her leaders when she’s behind them.

5/10 Cable Will Work Against The X-Men If Necessary

First Appearance: New Mutants (Vol. 1) #86, by writer Louise Simonson, penciler Rob Liefeld, inker Bob Wiacek, colorist Glynis Oliver, and letterer Joe Rosen

Cable readies his weapons in Marvel Comics' Cable Reloaded

Nathan Summers grew up in the X-Men’s future to become Cable, a powerful militaristic mutant who joined the X-Men on more than one occasion. However, when he first appeared, his rebellious nature rubbed off on the New Mutants. They left the X-Men with him to join the strike team known as X-Force, though they then rebelled against Cable as well.

Cable is happy to help the X-Men when their goals are the same. However, he has also actively worked against the team if he felt it was necessary. He struck out on his own to protect young Hope Summers during Messiah Complex, even though the X-Men tried to bring him in. Cable’s knowledge of the future steers his actions, regardless of how the X-Men feel about it.

4/10 Beast Is Quick To Do What He Thinks Is Right

First Appearance: X-Men (Vol. 1) #1, by writer Stan Lee, penciler Jack Kirby, inker Paul Reinman, and letterer Sam Rosen

Gorilla version of Beast wearing glasses in Marvel Comics

One of the original founding members of the X-Men, Hank McCoy has a long history with the team as Beast. He’s easily one of the smartest members of the team, which has sometimes led him down the wrong path. He’s a scientist who recklessly tests out his theories, which led to his first blue-furred transformation years ago.

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The Beast has an elevated opinion of his own morals and is quick to do what he thinks is right. He will take secret action on his own if he feels it’s necessary, downright ignoring the cautions and warnings of his teammate. McCoy’s intelligence is a definite asset to the X-Men, though it has steered Beast in some rebellious directions quite a few times.

3/10 Kid Omega Enjoys Testing The X-Men’s Leaders

First Appearance: New X-Men (Vol. 1) #134, by writer Grant Morrison, penciler Keron Grant, inker Norm Rapmund, colorist Chris Chuckry, and letterers Richard Starkings & Saida Temofonte

Quentin Quire throwing shade outside of a Krakoan portal

Quentin Quire is a powerful omega-level mutant telepath who joined the Xavier Institute as a student before its destruction. In fact, he was one of the students who helped destroy it during Magneto/Xorn’s uprising. Quire’s rebellious streak was evident from his very first appearance, and he takes immense joy in challenging the ideals and rules laid down by the older generation.

As Kid Omega, Quire has embraced his place on Krakoa as a member of X-Force. However, he never stopped pushing the limits of what he could get away with. Kid Omega is also quick to act on his own if he thinks he has a better solution. Often he’s correct and the X-Men are better off, though Quire’s recklessness has also got the team in trouble before as well.

2/10 Mystique Nearly Brought Down Krakoa For Destiny

First Appearance: Ms. Marvel (Vol. 1) #18, by writer Chris Claremont, penciler Jim Mooney, inker Ricardo Villamonte, colorist Phil Rache, and letterer Denise Wohl

Mystique during the X-Men's Inferno event

Raven Darkholme is another frequent member of the X-Men who started as an enemy known as Mystique. The powerful shape-shifting mutant has worked as a spy, a terrorist, and a hero over the years. She is older than most of the other mutants on the Quiet Council which gave her a well-earned arrogance and a unique perspective on the world.

Unfortunately, Mystique also developed one of the more extreme rebellious streaks in the X-Men. She helped create the Krakoan society, though she was quick to burn it all to the ground when Destiny’s resurrection was denied. Mystique is a great ally, but if she doesn’t get what she wants, it’s best to get out of her way.

1/10 Wolverine Is The Best There Is At What He Does

First Appearance: Incredible Hulk (Vol. 1) #180, by writer Len Wein, penciler Herb Trimpe, inker Jack Abel, colorist Christie Scheele, and letterer Artie Simek

Wolverine and his team of X-Men

One of the most rebellious members of the X-Men is without a doubt Wolverine. When he first joined the team, he didn’t care much about what Cyclops told him to do. He was the best there is at what he did, which helped deal with some of Wolverine’s strongest enemies. However, it often led to a few disagreements regarding the X-Men’s direction over the years.

During the Schism event, Wolverine’s rebellious nature divided the X-Men. He decided to abandon the X-Men and rebuild the school to train mutants instead of drafting them into a war. It was the right decision and benefitted the X-Men greatly, but it was a risky rebellion at the time. Wolverine has tamed a bit over the years, though he’s still the first to strike out on his own.

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