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Professor X

Caught in the explosion of Grotesk's oscillotron, Professor Xavier revealed to the X-Men that he was already dying of an incurable illness. He died in battle, content that he went out as a hero. [X-Men (1st series) #42, March 1968] The Xavier who died was in fact the shape-shifting Changeling, who impersonated Xavier at his request. Xavier revealed his survival to the X-Men once his preparations for the Z'Noxx invasion were completed. [X-Men (1st series) #65, February 1970]
  Legion, son of Xavier, traveled into the past to eliminate Magnus before he became Magneto, the greatest resistance to Xavier's dream of human and mutant co-existence. Unfortunately, Legion chose a point in time when Xavier and Magnus were still friends, and Xavier threw himself into the path of Legion's killing stroke to save Magnus. [X-Men (2nd series) #41, February 1995] When Xavier was killed, Legion therefore was never born and the paradox began to drive reality amok. X-Men from the altered present, along with the time-tossed Bishop, made plans to return to the past. Bishop prevented Legion from killing either Xavier or Magnus, and reality was more-or-less restored to its proper order. [X-Men Omega, June 1995]
  As the Avengers and X-Men confronted the last of the Phoenix Five, the power consolidated into Scott Summers, causing a Dark Phoenix manifestation. Charles Xavier attempted to reach out to Scott telepathically and emotionally, but a stray thought from Dark Cyclops was all that was needed to strike down Professor X in a wave of cosmic energy. [Avengers vs. X-Men #11, November 2012] Upon his death, Xavier's psyche was preserved on the astral plane by the Shadow King, to torture as his plaything. With Fantomex's permission, he returned to the physical plane by taking over the thief's body and rewriting it into the genetic copy of his own. [Astonishing X-Men (4th series) #1-6, September 2017]
  Xavier was shot and killed by Reaver agents of Xeno on Krakoa. [X-Force (6th series) #1, January 2020]
Krakoan Resurrection Protocols. Jean Grey was able to access the Cerebro databanks and restore Xavier without Xavier himself manning the system. [X-Force (6th series) #3, February 2020]
See Also: Secret Wars

Cyclops threw himself between Apocalypse and his chosen vessel, Nate Grey, sacrificing himself to become the Eternal One's new host. His mind and body completely subsumed by Apocalypse, Scott was treated by his friends and colleagues as if he were dead. [X-Men (2nd series) #97, February 2000] Scott recovered as a part of Apocalypse, exerting his own "self" again. He and Apocalypse were separated with the help of Cable and Phoenix. [X-Men: Search for Cyclops #1-4, October 2000 - March 2001]
  During the battle with Breakworld, Cyclops was pulled into the vacuum of space and died. [Astonishing X-Men (3rd series) #22, October 2007] Breakworld science restored him to life hours later, just as the X-Men's plan required. [Astonishing X-Men (3rd series) #23, January 2008]

Wielding the power of the Phoenix Force, Cyclops felt confident in confronting Doctor Doom on Battleworld. Doom wielded the power of the Beyonders, however, overcoming the Phoenix Force and killing its host with a snap of his neck. [Secret Wars #4, September 2015]

When Reed Richards seized the power of the Beyonders, he reincarnated the previous universe and restored countless billions to life in this new iteration of reality, including Scott Summers. [Secret Wars #9, March 2016]


Cyclops was one of the earliest victims of the M-Pox. After making contact with the Terrigen clouds on Muir Island, Scott rapidly succumbed to its toxic effects and died. [Death of X #1, December 2016]

Kid Cable implanted an energy storage unit in Cyclops' corpse. When the Phoenix Force briefly restored him to life, the unit captured a small bit of Phoenix energy to bring Scott back fully, even after the Phoenix released him. [Extermination #5, Uncanny X-Men (5th series) Annual #1, February - March 2019]
  Cyclops was killed by agents of Orchis while destroying their Mother Mold. [House of X #4, October 2019] Krakoan Resurrection Protocols. [House of X #5, November 2019]
See Also: Magneto Triumphant!, Secret Wars, Infinity Gauntlet,
Matthew Malloy

See Event Deaths: Infinity Gauntlet, X-Men Disassembled

After losing his wings to the Marauders in the Mutant Massacre, Warren Worthington broke out of the hospital and commandeered a plane in order to fly again. The plane exploded in mid-air, making the former high-flying Angel an apparent victim of suicide. [X-Factor (1st series) #15, April 1987] Angel's death was but a ruse by Apocalypse, who captured the grieving mutant and remade him into Death, Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse. [X-Factor (1st series) #24, January 1988]
  Possessed by the Death Seed, Warren had become the new Apocalypse. To purify him and save the world, Psylocke ran him through with the opposing Life Seed. Both Warren and the Apocalypse persona were destroyed. His body was rebuilt by the Life Seed, leaving an entirely new entity in his place. [Uncanny X-Force #18-19, February 2012]

Warren Worthington's fate became ambiguous when he seemingly reverted to his Archangel persona, only to reveal the Lifeseed's Angel still existed as an independent being. Ultimately these two aspects of Angel and Archangel merged with one another, and a being who self-identified as the original Warren Worthington re-emerged from the gestalt. [Uncanny X-Men (4th series) #10, September 2016]

  Killed in an explosion set by agents of Orchis while destroying their Mother Mold. [House of X #4, October 2019] Krakoan Resurrection Protocols. [House of X #5, November 2019]
See Also: Infinity Gauntlet, X-Men Disassembled

See Event Deaths: Magneto Triumphant!, Infinity Gauntlet, X-Men Disassembled

Jean Grey
Using her telekinetic powers to shield the X-Men in a crash, Marvel Girl received a dose of psychic feedback from the impact that left her in critical need of medical care. A skirmish with the Savage Land natives prevented the X-Men from helping her immediately. When they awoke, they learned that Jean's injuries were too severe for the tribe's healers to mend, and she had already passed over into the Land of the Dead. [X-Men: The Hidden Years #1, December 1999] The X-Men soon learned that the "Land of the Dead" was a physical location, one where the aged and infirm were transported as their time to die drew neared. Jean, like others from the tribe, was not fully dead when she was sent on her way to the Land of the Dead. The healers in the Land were able to fully restore Marvel Girl to health after she passed into their realm. [X-Men: The Hidden Years #2, January 2000]
  Jean committed suicide on the moon to prevent her insane Dark Phoenix persona from re-emerging. [X-Men (1st series) #137, September 1980] Years later, it was revealed that Dark Phoenix was actually a duplicate of Jean, and the real Jean Grey was revived in a cocoon from the bottom of Jamaica Bay. [Avengers (1st series) #263, Fantastic Four (1st series) #268, January 1986]
  Under assault from two highly-advanced Sentinels from the future, Jean Grey flatlined during their termination sweep. [Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #281, October 1991] In order to survive, Jean psychically escaped her own body and transferred her consciousness into the nearby body of Emma Frost. [Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #282, November 1991]
  During a fight with the Brotherhood, Jean suffered an aneurysm when Xorn-Magneto manipulated the iron content of her blood. [New X-Men (1st series) #150, February 2004] Restored to life from the White Hot Room once more by the Phoenix Force. [Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey #1-5, February - March 2018]
  Young Jean was killed by the Phoenix Force to pave the way for the return of its intended host, the older Jean. [Jean Grey #10, February 2018] The Phoenix Force proved unable to smother or consume the young Jean's consciousness in the White Hot Room, and was forced to return her to life. [Jean Grey #11, March 2018]
  Bonded with a Klyntar symbiote, after which both of them were consumed and assimilated by a Poison to join their hive. [X-Men: Blue #22, April 2018] Reasserted her independent consciousness, telekinetically rearranging molecules to reconstruct her destroyed previous body. [Venomized #5, July 2018]
  Marvel Girl was killed by an onslaught of Orchis Sentinels while destroying their Mother Mold. [House of X #4, October 2019] Krakoan Resurrection Protocols. [House of X #5, November 2019]
  Killed by Wolverine while he was under the influence of the Pale Girl. [Wolverine (7th series) #1, April 2020] Krakoan Resurrection Protocols. [Wolverine (7th series) #1, April 2020]
See Also: Magneto Triumphant!, Infinity Gauntlet, X-Men Disassembled

His powers raging out of control, Calvin Rankin threw himself on the incredible Hulk, absorbing a lethal dose of gamma radiation. This act of sacrifice prevented his unstable powers from claiming the lives of innocent people. [Incredible Hulk (2nd series) #161, March 1973] As his wide-reaching mimickry powers subsided, Mimic's power locked onto to Wolverine, elsewhere in the Canadian wilderness, and copied his healing factor to stay alive. [Marvel Comics Presents (1st series) #54-61, July - October 1990]
  Mimic took up the ruby quartz visor of the time-displaced Cyclops and confronted Ahab. Thinking Mimic was his true target, Ahab impaled him with one of his harpoons. [Extermination #4-5, December 2018]

After learning he was dying from an incurable illness, the Changeling wanted to do some good in his last months. Approaching Xavier, he was offered a chance to join the X-Men, posing as Professor X to the team so that Xavier could prepare himself fully for an upcoming alien threat. During his masquerade, Changeling was caught in an explosion caused by Grotesk's oscillotron. He died in battle, content that he went out as a hero. [X-Men (1st series) #42, March 1968] Krakoan Resurrection Protocols. [X-Force (6th series) #2, February 2020]
Havok While in an airship trying to stop Greystone from activating his faulty time machine, the ship exploded and apparently killed Havok and Greystone. [X-Factor (1st series) #149, September 1998] Instead, Alex ended up launched into a parallel timeline, possessing the body of his Mutant X counterpart. [Mutant X #1, October 1998]
  After his powers were made unstable by O*N*E, Havok ran the risk of his molecules disassembling if he overexerted his powers. Still, he sacrificed himself to destroy the techno-organic Sentinels and save Cyclops. [Uncanny X-Men (5th series) #22, September 2019] Krakoan Resurrection Protocols. [House of X #6, December 2019]


See Also: Horde, Fall of the Mutants

While fighting the Adversary on Forge's behalf, Polaris was killed with a wave of the trickster's hand. He claimed her soul and reduced her body to crumbled ash. [X-Factor (1st series) #120, March 1996] Forge managed to use his infamous spirit spell as it was meant to be, reclaiming his teammates' souls and restoring them to life. [X-Factor (1st series) #121, April 1996]
See Also: X-Factor Underground, X-Men Disassembled

During a climactic battle with King Black Bolt of the Inhumans, the vessel on which they were fighting overloaded and exploded. The massive discharge of energy created a rift in space-time itself known as the Fault. Vulcan was pulled inside the rift and apparently killed. [War of Kings #6, October 2009] Vulcan was left adrift in the Fault for some time until a mysterious group of extra-dimensionals repaired and altered his mind before sending him home. [X-Men (5th series) #1, December 2019]
See Also: Deadly Genesis

See Event Deaths: Deadly Genesis Krakoan Resurrection Protocols. [X-Men (5th series) #8, May 2020]

See Event Deaths: Deadly Genesis

See Event Deaths: Deadly Genesis Krakoan Resurrection Protocols. [X-Men (5th series) #8, May 2020]



As Hope returned to the present, she was immediately targeted by Bastion. The X-Men fought to protect her, and so Nightcrawler and Rogue were charged with getting her safely to Utopia. Bastion intercepted them and, when Kurt attempted to teleport her away, Bastion manipulated the electromagnetic field to make Nightcrawler materialize impaled on the cyborg Sentinel’s arm. Mortally wounded, Nightcrawler used the last of his strength to teleport himself and Hope away. He died on the shores of Utopia after delivering her to Cyclops. [X-Force (3rd series) #26, June 2010] Kurt Wagner's soul found its way into Heaven, but he missed his time adventuring on Earth. When his father Azazel began pirating the nether-realms, Kurt left Heaven to chase him and his demonically manifested "children," the Bamfs. Nightcrawler redeemed some of the Bamfs, making them his own, and several sacrificed their bodies at the conclusion of the pirate adventure to become a new physical body to house Kurt's consciousness. [Amazing X-Men (2nd series) #5, May 2014]
  Sacrificed himself to destroy the Mother Mold created by Orchis. [House of X #4, October 2019] Krakoan Resurrection Protocols. [House of X #5, November 2019]
See Event Deaths: Magneto Triumphant!, Secret Wars, X-Men Disassembled

Confronted by the Horseman known as Death and run through by his massive blade. [Astonishing X-Men (2nd series) #3, November 1999] The dead Wolverine was in fact a Skrull, who had infiltrated the X-Men to cover for the real Wolverine being captured and brainwashed as Death. [Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #375, December 1999]
  Murdered by Gorgon and the agents of Hydra and the Hand. [Wolverine (3rd series) #20, December 2004] Resurrected by the Hand's mysticism as a slave, temporarily held under their sway. [Wolverine (3rd series) #20, December 2004]
  While stopping Abraham Cornelius from experimenting on more people, Logan was covered in molten Adamantium. Without his healing factor, the super-heated metal destroyed Logan's body and solidified around him as an unbreakable shell. [Death of Wolverine #4, December 2014] Persephone, a mutant able to reanimate the dead under her control, brought Logan back. Unlike other targets of her abilities, Wolverine's healing factor reasserted him as independent of her control. [Hunt for Wolverine #1, June 2018] (Note: Appearances of Wolverine dating back to Marvel Legacy #1 were actually Old Man Phoenix, an alternate future version of Logan.)
  Sacrificed himself to destroy the Mother Mold created by Orchis. [House of X #4, October 2019] Krakoan Resurrection Protocols. [House of X #5, November 2019]
See Also: Magneto Triumphant!, Secret Wars, Horde, Fall of the Mutants, Infinity Gauntlet

Caught in the path of a speeding Blackbird, Banshee was killed in an explosion caused by Vulcan. [X-Men: Deadly Genesis #2, February 2005]

The Apocalypse Twins used the power of the Celestials to restore Sean Cassidy. A Life Seed resurrected his fallen form, while a Death Seed corrupted him with the power of Apocalypse, turning him into one of the Four Horsemen of Death. [Uncanny Avengers (1st series) #9, August 2013]

  Killed by O*N*E. [Uncanny X-Men (5th series) #21, September 2019] Krakoan Resurrection Protocols. [House of X #1, September 2019]


See Also: Magneto Triumphant!

Kidnapped by the demented mutant savior called Nanny, Storm was aboard her escape craft when Havok unthinkingly shot it down with a plasma bolt. Storm's lifeless body was discovered in the wreckage. [Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #248, September 1989] Storm's death was a ruse, her body a fake. The real Ororo had been reduced to pre-pubescence by Nanny and ended up a thief, in Cairo, Illinois. [Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #253, November 1989]
  While performing the sacred Morlock ritual known as the Ceremony of Light, Storm was caught in a disturbance and the underground cathedral began to cave in around her. Minutes later, Cable arrived on the scene and found Storm's body, her head caved in by falling rocks. [Storm (1st series) #1, February 1996] The disturbance had actually been caused by Mikhail Rasputin, who summoned Ororo to another dimension called The Hill. A doppleganger was left in her place to prevent the X-Men from asking too many questions about her disappearance. [Storm (1st series) #4, May 1996]
See Also: Magneto Triumphant!, Secret Wars, Horde, Fall of the Mutants, Matthew Malloy, X-Men Disassembled

His legs severed by Lady Deathstrike, Sunfire begged Rogue to drain the last of his essence so that he could enact revenge through her after he died. His body disappeared, leaving the question of whether he actually passed on or not. [Rogue (3rd series) #11, July 2005] Sunfire had in fact survived, whisked away by agents of the Japanese government. His powers and mobility were later restored by Apocalypse. [X-Men (2nd series) #182, April 2006]
  See Also: X-Men Disassembled

When a cure for the Legacy Virus was found, it needed a human sacrifice in order to be properly released into the atmosphere. Thinking of his lost sister, Colossus willingly accepted his death to ensure the survival of others. [Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #390, March 2001] Colossus' body was recovered by agents of SWORD working with Ord of Breakworld, who used the technology of his people to bring Piotr back from the dead. He was replaced by a synthetic corpse, which was cremated in his stead. [Astonishing X-Men (3rd series) #4, October 2004]
See Also: Magneto Triumphant!, Secret Wars, Fall of the Mutants, X-Men Disassembled

While attempting to stop Count Nefaria's escape plane, Thunderbird was caught in an explosion, killing him just as Nefaria teleported away. [X-Men (1st series) #95, October 1975]

Desperate to obtain one of Reed Richards' inventions to save Colossus' life, Kitty broke into the Baxter Building and tried to escape from the roof. Still relatively new at using her powers to walk on air, Kitty lost her concentration for a moment and fell. The police found her body on the street 40 stories below. [Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #178, February 1984] Kitty's supposed death had in fact been orchestrated by the Morlocks, who wanted to force her to honor a promise she made to Caliban weeks earlier. Kitty's "body" was actually that of a young street girl, morphed by Masque's power into a duplicate of Kitty. [Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #179, March 1984]
  Drowned by Sebastian Shaw. [Marauders #6, March 2020] Krakoan Resurrection Protocols. Eventually. [Marauders #11, October 2020]
  See Also: X-Men Disassembled


While trying to stop the Apocalypse Twins from evoking a mutant rapture, Rogue was impaled by the Grim Reaper's scythe. The Horseman then sent a pulse of energy through her, reducing Rogue to a smoldering corpse. [Uncanny Avengers (1st series) #14, January 2014] Thanks to Kang and his Chronos Corps, years later the surviving members of the Unity Division traveled back in time and possessed their younger selves to save the Earth. This intervention prevented the chain of events that led to Rogue's demise. [Uncanny Avengers (1st series) #21, August 2014]

See Event Deaths: Secret Wars, Horde, Fall of the Mutants

Rachel grew to extreme old age 2,000 years in the future, and expired after a lifetime fighting against Apocalypse and his forces. [Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix #4, August 1994] This reality was reversed following the Gathering of the Twelve. [Cable (1st series) #82, August 2000]

Betrayed by his lackey, Toad, Magneto was pushed out of his own airship while escaping an island base, and was apparently dashed on the rocks below. [Avengers (1st series) #53, June 1968] Instead, Magneto burrowed to safety deep below the ocean floor. [X-Men (1st series) #62, November 1969]
  Caught in his own burning citadel and trapped beneath falling wreckage, Magneto met his inevitable demise. [X-Men (1st series) #63, December 1969] As the ground collapsed beneath him, Magneto fell into an underground river and was swept away from the devastation. [X-Men: The Hidden Years #4, March 2000] Note: Originally, Magneto's next appearance was Fantastic Four (1st series) #102, September 1970, which showed Namor rescuing him after an explosion in Antarctica. The retcon series X-Men: The Hidden Years #1-12 told events which took place between those two originally published comics.
  Injured battling Wolverine, Magneto was tricked into believing he was properly healed by Fabian Cortez, whose super-charging power masked the full-extent of Magnus' injuries. Having over-exerted himself to the point of near death, Magneto stayed behind on the collapsing Asteroid M as it plunged to earth. [X-Men (2nd series) #3, December 1991] Instead of dying, Magneto was recharged by Earth's electromagnetic field as he passed through it, and saved instead by a protective cocoon created by his Acolyte, Chrome. [Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #299, April 1993]
  Suffering again from injuries taken battling Wolverine, Magneto was unable to stop the rampage of the Wild Sentinels over Genosha. 16 million mutants died that day, and Magneto was believed to be among them for many months. [New X-Men (1st series) #115, August 2001] Rumors of his death had been greatly exaggerated, and Magneto remained in the ruins of Genosha recuperating for some time. [Excalibur (3rd series) #1, July 2004]

Magneto empowered himself with everything he could think of to oppose the final Incursion and the death of the multiverse. He forced too much power through his system, however, and was disintegrated shortly before Everything Died. [Magneto (2nd series) #21, October 2015]

When Reed Richards seized the power of the Beyonders, he reincarnated the previous universe and restored countless billions to life in this new iteration of reality, including Magneto. [Secret Wars #9, March 2016]


Feeling Magneto had gone too far, Psylocke came to eliminate him as a threat and stabbed Magnus through the chest with her telekinetic katana. Magneto indeed died, but was quickly resurrected by the healing powers of Elixir. He chose to retain the fiction of his death in order to operate behind the scenes. [Uncanny X-Men (4th series) #19, May 2017]

Many parties slowly learned of Magneto's survival, despite his attempts to lay low. Eventually, he revealed himself on live television during a conflict with Mojo, allowing the whole world to know he had returned. [X-Men: Blue #14, December 2017]

See Also: Secret Wars, X-Men Disassembled

Captain Britain II
Facing the villainous Vargas in a duel, Psylocke was overwhelmed by his fighting skills and killed. [X-Treme X-Men (1st series) #2, August 2001] Jamie Braddock, Betsy's reality-warping brother, used his abilities to restore her to life. [Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #455, April 2005]
  Psylocke's soul was drained dry by Sapphire Styx, leaving her body dead. [Hunt for Wolverine: Mystery in Madripoor #2, August 2018]


By telepathically gathering power from the lingering souls of Styx's victims, Betsy destroyed Sapphire from the inside and reorganized her molecules into a duplicate of her own original body. [Hunt for Wolverine: Mystery in Madripoor #4, October 2018]
  See Also: Horde, Fall of the Mutants, X-Men Disassembled

Inexplicably, Dazzler has died several times over the past few years, only to be fully restored hours, even minutes later. A reason has not been forthcoming, and Alison has essentially accepted it as an unexplainable fact of life.[New Excalibur #1-24, January 2006 - December 2007, A-Force (2nd series) #1-10, March 2016 - December 2016]
  See Also: Horde, Fall of the Mutants. X-Men Disassembled

See Event Deaths: Horde, Fall of the Mutants

When Cannonball and Iceman interrogated Sunfire about the Marauders' latest plot, they learned that the assassins had targeted all chrono-variant and precognitive superhumans that might be of help to the X-Men. A confrontation with Gateway was referenced among a series of successful kills. [X-Men (2nd series) #202, October 2007] Although no further details have been released about the Marauders' conflict with Gateway, he has turned up alive and well mentoring Eden Fesi. [Secret Warriors #4, July 2009]
  When the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants undid the "misdirection" Fantomex performed on Ultimaton, the Weapon Plus super-soldier reverted back to his original, highly-unstable personality. He snapped Gateway's neck before unleashing a nuclear-class detonation that destroyed Cavern-X and everything inside. [Uncanny X-Force (1st series) #27-28, September 2012] Krakoan Resurrection Protocols (presumably). [Marauders #2, January 2020]



Crazed in his attempts to stop the invasion of Earth via Ghost Boxes, Forge was at ground zero when Agent Brand used SWORD's resources to destroy the High Evolutionary's citadel and the Ghost Box inside. [Astonishing X-Men (3rd series) #30, August 2009]

Despite SWORD's firepower, Forge survived the devastation atop Wundagore Mountain. He lived in the wreckage for a time until Cable sought him out and used his telepathy to provide Forge with an engineering solution to his mental problems. [Marvel NOW! Point One #1, December 2012]

   See Also: X-Factor Underground, X-Men Disassembled 

When a vampire suicide bomber went off in San Francisco, he infected Jubilee and other bystanders with a blood-based virus. The virus simulated some of the symptoms of vampirism in the infected, and hypnotically called them to Xarus, the new lord of the vampires. Jubilee responded to the call, and Xarus’s bite killed her so that she could be fully reanimated as a true vampire. [X-Men (3rd series) #2, October 2010] Using the sliver of the Phoenix Force at his command, Quentin Quire undid Jubilee's vampirism, restoring her to life and restoring her mutant powers. [Generation X (1st series) #86, March 2018]


  Event Deaths: X-Men Disassembled


Event Deaths: X-Men Disassembled

Succumbing to the Legacy Virus afflicting her borrowed body, Kwannon asked Matsu'o Tsurayaba to assist her in ritual suicide before she suffered any further. [X-Men (2nd series) #31, April 1994] When Elizabeth Braddock vacated her body, Kwannon's soul was somehow able to return from beyond and reanimate her original form. [Hunt for Wolverine: Mystery in Madripoor #4, October 2018]