The protectors of mutantkind, The X-Men, don't just fighting for a better future - they fight for their lives. As they face genocidal dictators, robotic exterminators, mutant haters, and literal gods, the fate of the world or the universe is often on the line.
Although the stakes are always high during these missions, the writers can't just snuff out characters willy-nilly. (Except Thunderbird.) Even though the comic series has been going for nearly 60 years, none of the team's founding members have kicked the bucket for good.
Since the Marvel staff can't permanently kill off main characters, they need to find inventive ways to maintain tension in the X-Men storylines. Over the years, the merry mutants have found themselves in such dire circumstances, death would've been seen as a mercy. What would you do if your mutant power's only purpose was to kill? Imagine how terrifying it would feel to be trapped in your own mind? How could you live with yourself knowing you are responsible for the downfall of society?
Death is pretty awful, but this is comics, and the fine minds over at Marvel have concocted all sorts of terrifying and twisted fates to befall our beloved merry mutants. Here are the worst ones of all...
James Egan has written 80 books including
1000 Facts about Superheroes Vol. 1-3
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