Thursday, April 28, 2016

X is for …Professor X
Professor X or Charles Xavier is the leader of the X Men, the founder of Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. I love him best when played by Patrick Stewart (though James McAvoy is awesome, too), but he's an intriguing character every place I've encountered him.
He's a visionary, with all the moral ambiguity and arrogance that includes. He wants to do the right thing, but has a power that can easily be used to manipulate others. The X Men universe makes great use of that moral struggle in the friendship between Charles and Max (aka Magneto). Magneto sees the inherent bad in people and wants to protect against it; Charles sees the inherent good and wants to trust to it. They're both wrong and right, and are proven so by circumstances, which makes for some good dramatic tensions.

Like Nick Fury, Charles Xavier isn't always perfectly forthcoming about his plans, and what he wears close to his chest might be dangerous to others, despite the best of intentions. He's a great character for ensemble stories like the X Men, because he can be the lynchpin that holds the group together, or the point where loyalties divide. 


This post is part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge. I'll be writing about superheroes I love all month. You can check out other bloggers and see their creative takes on the challenge here.

Don't forget to check out my own superhero stories. Change of Life, book two of my Menopausal Superheroes series just came out a few days ago!


  1. A great choice for X - He's a favorite character of mine too!
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  2. My only exposure to Professor X is this old cartoon from the 80's called Spiderman and His Amazing Friends. There was an episode where they visited with Professor X. I can't remember why.

  3. Perfect use of X! He and Wolverine are my two favorites when it comes to X-men.

  4. All right--this is my fifth Xavier for the day and they have all been different fellows. Cool.

  5. Great choice. Patrick Stewart is my favorite actor for Xavier. He fits it perfectly.

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  6. I've never seen any of the X-Men movies. It seems like an interesting dynamic between the characters, though.

  7. Patrick Stewart. Mmmmm, that's good enough for me!!!

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  8. He is a great character. Having such power is a challenge to anyone, and he does the best he can under the circumstances.

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  9. I have to admit to only really paying lots of attention to Professor X (and by this I mean wanting to know more about him than I saw on screen) after James McAvoy started playing him. That sounds so shallow, doesn't it :) I mean Patrick Stewart is awesome, but in those X-men movies I was more focused on the other characters.
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