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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]

See Also: Magneto Triumphant!, Secret Wars, Infinity Gauntlet,
Matthew Malloy

See Event Deaths: Infinity Gauntlet

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]

See Also: Infinity Gauntlet

See Event Deaths: Magneto Triumphant!, Infinity Gauntlet

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]
See Also: Magneto Triumphant!, Infinity Gauntlet
Rusty Collins

On the space station Avalon, the Acolytes brought aboard an emaciated patient, unwittingly exposing themselves to Holocaust, Scion of Apocalypse. Rusty was among several victims Holocaust drained of their bio-energies to restore himself. [X-Men (2nd series) #42, July 1995]


When X-Force faced off against Lady Deathstrike and her Reavers, Caliban died saving his friend James Proudstar when he threw himself into the path of the Reavers' gunfire. [New X-Men (2nd series) #45, February 2008]


When the War of the Programs broke out between Brent Jackson, Sublime and the Director, Jackson decided the Neverland facility was a liability. Those mutants deemed potentially useful were relocated, while the rest were slaughtered by the mesmerized Agent Zero. The fate of Leech, a known prisoner of Neverland, remained unknown for some time. [Weapon X: Days of Future Now #3, November 2005]

The Decimaton brought a swift end to the War of the Programs, and many former detainees survived and escaped from Weapon X in the aftermath. Leech was confirmed among the survivors when he arrived at Xavier's School seeking sanctuary after M-Day. [X-Men: The 198 #1, March 2006]

Boom Boom
Captured by the Sapien League, Boom-Boom was used as bait. The suicidal Leper Queen wanted X-Force to kill her, and threatened Tabitha to force their hand. When X-Force was remotely transported into the future before they could kill her, however, the Queen fired a round through Tabitha's skull, killing her instantly. [X-Force (3rd series) #13, March 2009]

When the time-jump mechanisms reversed themselves, X-23 arranged to materialize in the present at the exact space and time she left. She reappeared just in time to shoot the Leper Queen dead before she executed Boom-Boom. [X-Force (3rd series) #17, September 2009]


See Also: X-Force Counter X

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]
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

See Event Deaths: Secret Wars II
Multiple Man

When an unknown caller came to the door of his apartment, Jamie Madrox responded and was gunned down, his bullet-ridden body crashing out the window and falling to the streets below. [X-Factor (1st series) #71, October 1991]

In fact, Jamie had been suspicious enough to send a duplicate in his place. He had actually watched from a secure corner when his dupe was killed. [X-Factor (1st series) #72, November 1991]




Madrox exposed himself to the Legacy Virus when he gave CPR to a dying Mutate in Genosha. His condition deteriorated over several weeks, until he was on the brink of death when X-Factor confronted Haven. Noticing his plight, Haven offered to cure Jamie of the virus using her powers. Whether she failed to stop the spread of the virus or actively made matters worse is unclear, but Madrox did not survive his trip through Haven's dimension. [X-Factor (1st series) #100, March 1994]

A version of Madrox managed to avoid assimilating the Legacy Virus from the infected duplicate, but fell into a state of shock after Jamie's death. He wandered the country amnesic for a time before resurfacing. Sources vary on whether the original Jamie Prime survived the virus, or if a new Jamie Prime was established from a surviving dupe. [X-Factor (1st series) #105, August 1994, explained in X-Factor (1st series) #129, December 1996]


X-Factor Investigations was fighting a demon named Bloodbath, who could possess and animate corpses. One of Jamie's duplicates was killed during the fight, and Bloodbath then possessed the dupe and drove his sword through Madrox's chest, fatally wounding him. [X-Factor (1st series) #228, January 2012]

The coming of the Hell on Earth War left the dimensional barriers weakened around Jamie's Earth. Apparently as a result, Jamie's spirit crossed over to other dimensions instead of moving on to the afterlife. He manifested as a dupe of the local Jamie Prime immediately following that Jamie's death on three different worlds. Doctor Strange of the last world cast a spell that sent Madrox back to his own body and dimension. Layla had a med student fix Jamie's wounds and kept his body refrigerated for when he returned to her. [X-Factor (1st series) #232, April 2012]


Jamie Madrox was one of the first known victims of M-Pox as he and countless dupes suffered from exposure to the cloud of Terrigen Mists when it passed over Muir Island. [Death of X #1, December 2016]

Strong Guy

Guido was shot in the chest by the mercenary Ballistique, his mutant musculature providing very little defense. At the hospital, he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. Layla Miller intervened shortly after his death, using her resurrection power to bring him back from the grave, fully healthy, but without the benefits of a soul. [X-Factor (1st series) #218, June 2011]


In battle with Michael Korvac, the Enemy, Quicksilver was one of the first Avengers murdered by the all-powerful entity. [Avengers (1st series) #177, November 1978]

When Michael finally chose to die alongside his beloved Carina, however, he used the last of his power to resurrect Pietro and the other Avengers he had so recently slain. [Avengers (1st series) #177, November 1978]

Wild Child

During the "King of the hill" conflict orchestrated by Romulus, Wild Child crossed paths with Wolverine and Omega Red in a three-way brawl. While focusing on Wolverine, he was impaled on Red's coils and tossed into a vat of molten metal. [Wolverine Origins #39, October 2009]

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 

When the Shadow King began gathering his power, he considered Mystique and Freedom Force a potential threat. Farouk used his pawn, Valerie Cooper, to assassinate Mystique. [Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #266, August 1990] In fact, Val resisted the Shadow King's order at the last moment, turning the gun back on herself. Working with Nick Fury, Mystique arranged to fake her death and go deep undercover as Val Cooper, hypnotized into believing she was Shadow King's agent until Fury spoke a codeword to restore her true self. [X-Factor (1st series) #69, August 1991]
  In a family reunion with the bigoted Graydon Creed, Mystique and Nightcrawler were left hanging for dear life over the edge of a waterfall while Creed circled them in an attack helicopter. Rogue only had the time to pull one of them to safety, and Mystique made the choice for her by letting go of the rope, plummeting to her apparent death on the rocks below. [X-Men Unlimited (1st series) #4, March 1994] Forge of X-Factor was suspicious of Mystique's apparent suicide, and restarted an investigation into her whereabouts just in time to catch her scheme to assassinate David Haller. [X-Factor (1st series) #108, November 1994]
  While fighting the Adversary on Forge's behalf, Mystique 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]
  After helping the Red Right Hand send Wolverine to Hell, Mystique had a crisis of conscience and tried to warn him about their full plans. Logan was in no mood to listen, however, and their fight ended when Wolverine stabbed her through the chest. [Wolverine (4th series) #9, July 2011] The Hand bought Mystique’s preserved body on the black market. Using the rituals of the Beast, they brought her back to life to serve as one of their agents. [Wolverine (2nd series) #300, March 2012]
  See Also: X-Factor Underground

After months at the X-Mansion as the X-Men's prisoner and patient, Sabretooth finally broke free. He led the X-Men on a merry chase through New York City, which ended with Cyclops sending a tightly-focused optic blast into his skull and a flurry of gunfire from government agents cutting Creed down. He was pronounced dead on the scene. [Sabretooth: In the Red Zone #1, January 1996] Although the X-Men circulated the story that Sabretooth was now dead, the government had in fact saved his life, forcing a restraint collar on Creed to use him as a special agent. [X-Factor (1st series) #119, February 1996]
  In the war for Romulus' succession, Wolverine and Sabretooth faced off for the final time. In the end, Logan decapitated Creed with the Muramasa blade. [Wolverine (3rd series) #55, September 2007] The Sabretooth killed by Wolverine was actually a clone, substituted for the original during the running battle between the two men. [Wolverine (4th series) #20, February 2012, explained in Wolverine (2nd series) #311, October 2012]
  See Also: X-Factor Underground

In the late 21st century, Shard was an officer with the X.S.E.  Acting upon a tip from Trevor Fitzroy, she invaded a site looking for rogue mutants, but instead fell into a nest of Emplates. The vampiric Emplates turned Shard into a creature like them, and she struggled to hold on to her humanity. Her brother, Bishop, brought her to the Witness. An experimental mnemonic hologram system preserved Shard's consciousness, but her physical body died in the procedure. [X.S.E. #4, February 1997]

Considered a "ghost in the machine" for years, Shard's interactive hologram matrix fell into the possession of Forge and X-Factor after Bishop went back in time. The holo-projector was destroyed in a battle with Bastion and Humanity's Last Stand, but Shard's personality survived as an independent, photonic lifeform. [Uncanny X-Men Annual '96, September 1996]


When Sabretooth revealed himself as a sleeper agent for the Hound program, he attacked Shard and his other teammates from X-Factor. Most of the team was brutally butchered by Creed, and Shard's holo-matter body was slashed open. She "de-rezzed" as her photonic form destabilized and finally dispersed, leaving no traces. [X-Factor (1st series) #136, August 1997]

Shard's holographic essence somehow remained linked to the body of Polaris, who she was passing through at the time Sabretooth attacked her. Shard's holographic body eventually reformed itself, emerging fully formed from within Polaris. [X-Factor (1st series) #141, January 1998]


Shard was used by Trevor Fitzroy, the Chronomancer, as a pawn in his private wart with her brother, Bishop. During the final conflict between the arch-nemeses, Shard sacrificed herself, allowing Bishop to power up by absorbing the photonic energy that made up her physical form, turning it into a bio-blast that finished off the Chronomancer. [Bishop: The Last X-Man #14, December 2000] 



Unhinged by the time travel that brought his XUE team back to the present, Greystone attempted to construct a time machine to transport himself to the future. Instead, his device was little more than a miniature reactor and, while trying to disarm it, the device exploded while Greystone was at point blank range, killing him. [X-Factor (1st series) #149, September 1998]


Thinking herself invulnerable, Monet took a series of brutal beatings at the hands of Guido, the demons of Hell and the lord of the Olympian underworld Pluto. She was bleeding internally and continued to fight on despite Layla Miller's warnings, and eventually died while battling Guido in Hell. [X-Factor (1st series) #255, July 2013]

Despite being soulless, Guido still loved Monet. He murdered Rahne's son Tier to claim victory in the Hell on Earth War, becoming overall king of all the underworlds. With his newfound power, Guido restored Monet to life and then banished her from his kingdom. [X-Factor (1st series) #256, July 2013]

See Event Deaths: Horde, Fall of the Mutants
Shatterstar II

Once the X-Men helped Longshot and Dazzler overthrow Mojo, the couple were expecting a child as they adapted to being rulers of Mojoworld. When she next encountered the X-Men, however, Dazzler was no longer with child. Jean Grey stopped Iceman from asking about the baby, as her telepathically scans indicated the child was... gone. [X-Men (2nd series) #47, December 1995]

Years later, the origin of Shatterstar revealed that he was that baby. Through a series of time travel misadventures, the adult Shatterstar collected his own infant self from Alison as she gave birth, moving him further down the timeline where he would eventually become the future warrior, Shatterstar. [X-Factor (1st series) #259, September 2013]

Pip the Troll

Thanos of Titan cruelly destroyed Pip's mind to spite his nemesis and Pip's friend, Adam Warlock. With Pip left in an unblinking, unfeeling, vegetative state, Adam finished what Thanos had started by claiming Pip's soul with his Soul Gem. [Avengers Annual #7, May 1977]

Thanos and Warlock died soon after Pip, with Warlock's soul joining Pip's in the idyllic Soulworld inside the gem. When they learned of Thanos' resurrection, Adam Warlock and Pip arranged to leave Soulworld, transferring their souls into recently deceased bodies. Warlock's power slowly remade the corpses into living copies of his and Pip's original forms. [Infinity Gauntlet #1, July 1991]

On Ani-Mate Island, the New Mutants were fighting with a crazed geneticist associated with the Right. The self-styled Ani-Mator was prepared to shoot Wolfsbane in the back when Doug lept in the way of the bullet. He bled out on the ground, unnoticed by his teammates until the battle was over. [New Mutants (1st series) #60, February 1988] Like many mutants, Cypher was resurrected by Eli Bard for Selene using his magically-advanced T-O virus infection. [X-Force (3rd series) #18, October 2009] Unlike most, however, Doug's powers and previous exposure to the T-O virus gave him a measure of resistance. His selffriend Warlock managed to purge Doug of the malicious code using a combination of his own Technarchy code and Illyana's Soulsword, restoring Doug to life independent of the virus. [New Mutants (3rd series) #8, February 2010]
  See Also: Secret Wars II

Captured by Cameron Hodge and the Genoshan Magistrates, Warlock's body was reduced to ashes when Hodge attempted to claim the Technarch's techno-organic powers for his own. His ashes were eventually scattered on the grave of his "selfriend," Doug Ramsey. [New Mutants (1st series) #95, November 1990] Warlock's ashes were harvested by the Friends of Humanity to create a new form of techno-organic Sentinels called the Phalanx. Warlock's mind remained hidden as a subroutine in the Phalanx Collective until they created a unit based on Doug Ramsey, with whom Warlock had shared his mind and lifeglow. Warlock's was reborn inside "Douglock," instilling the Phalanx drone with the capacity for independence and eventually becoming self-aware with his original personality once more. [Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #313, June 1994]
  See Also: Secret Wars II

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