Professor Charles Xavier is the long-time leader of the X-Men, a (mostly) noble group of super powered mutants who fight evil in an effort to save humanity — often from other mutants, who think humans need to become extinct. Despite Prof. X’s position as “boss of the good guys,” there have been a number of times in his character history that Charles has acted… well, pretty bad.
Xavier’s mutant power is all in his head, as he has one of the most powerful minds in human history. He is capable of mind reading, mind control, and memory manipulation. His brain is easily one of the most powerful weapons in the entire Marvel universe. If he’s not completely in control of those powers, or has a major lapse in judgement, Professor X is actually capable of some pretty awful things, ranging from mostly harmless to extremely deadly.
We combed through Xavier’s comic book and movie history, and came up with these 15 times that Professor X was anything but the good guy.
15. He Cheated in School. And in Sports
Having the ability to read the minds of everyone else is both a very useful and very dangerous ability. Long before he became the wheelchair-bound Professor X, he was just regular old teenage Charles Xavier — with one obvious exception. As a high schooler, he had already developed his psychic powers and started using them for very selfish purposes.
Not only would he read his teachers’ mind to cheat on tests and exams, he also became the star of the football team by using his abilities to correctly predict what the opponent would do on the field. He didn’t feel guilty about of his ill-gotten accomplishments, either. In fact, he devoted a whole section of his room to his trophies. He only retired from amateur athletics because he claimed it was far too easy for a mutant to beat normal humans. Basically, he got bored.