With ten movies in the franchise, the X-Men have built quite the legacy. Over the years, a large number of mutants from Marvel Comics have made their big screen appearance in the X-Men movies. And while characters such as Wolverine and Professor X will be remembered for years to come, the same cannot be said of every mutant that has appeared in the X-Men franchise. Some of these characters had but a very brief cameo, which resulted in them being forgotten very fast. Others, however, failed to make a lasting impression despite having an actual role to play in the development of the story.
Additionally, on certain occasions, the movie was such a disaster that we actually opted to erase both the plot and the characters from our minds for the sake of being able to still like the X-Men. Yes, we're looking at you, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Anything even remotely related to that trainwreck of a movie is best left buried deep under the ground. But getting back on topic, due to the multitude of characters that have made an appearance in the X-Men movies, it is only natural that some of them were forgettable. So, here are the 19 characters you probably forgot appeared in the X-Men movies.
19 JOHN WRAITH
X-Men Origins: Wolverine was an unmitigated disaster that managed to destroy every character that was in it. Once the end credits rolled we were all ready to forget absolutely everything we saw and move on to better things. And just like that Will.i.am’s movie career ended before it even began. If you’re having trouble remembering Will.i.am's character, you’re not alone.
The Black Eyed Peas rapper played John Wraith, a mutant with the ability to teleport at will from any point in space to another. John Wraith was a member of Stryker’s Team X together with Wolverine, Blob, Agent Zero, Sabertooth and Bolt. Just like Blob and Bolt, John Wraith was killed by Victor Creed, aka Sabertooth for the purposes of Stryker’s Weapon XI program. In an awful film, Will.i.am was pretty awful himself and his character not worth remembering.
Angel Salvadore, aka Angel, is one of the mutants Erik and Charles persuaded to join the X-Men in X-Men: First Class. However, her membership was short-lived. After the Hellfire Club attacked Division X, she was the only mutant to take Shaw up on his offer to join the Hellfire Club. After the Cuban Missiles Crisis and Sebastian Shaw’s death, she joined Erik and his Brotherhood of Mutants. Clearly, her loyalties are not to be trusted.
Despite the fact that, unlike some of the characters on this list, Angel had an actual role to play in the story, she failed to make a lasting impression and was mostly forgotten. Played by Aquaman’s step-daughter, Zoë Kravitz, she was overshadowed by her former team members Havok and Banshee, who were much more memorable.
Yet another fatal victim of X-Men: Days of Future Past, both literal and figurative, Warpath made a cameo appearance in the franchise’s largest spectacle and died unceremoniously without really making an impression. Played by Booboo Stewart, Warpath was one of the mutants who guarded the monastery while Wolverine’s consciousness was being sent back in time.
Due to his superhuman senses, Warpath was able to sense the arrival of a Sentinel army, but he was soon melted to bits with a laser blast by a Sentinel. While we get that the movie featured a great number of characters and not everyone could get the same amount of spotlight, some of these mutants were treated rather poorly. Warpath deserved much better than being yet another forgettable cameo.
X-Men: Days of Future Past was packed with cameos, most of which felt rather unnecessary. There was nothing terrible about Sunspot's appearance in the movie, but there was also nothing noteworthy about it. His role was to guard the monastery together with Warpath, Blink and the others. During the fight with the Sentinels, Sunspot was impaled and killed by a Sentinel using Lady Deathstrike’s power.
Sunspot was portrayed by the Designated Survivor star Adan Canto, who did the character justice but wasn't really given much to work with. Much like the rest of the newly introduced mutants in Days of Future Past, Canto's Sunspot didn't get an opportunity to truly develop as a character. However, Sunspot will get a second chance to shine (pun intended) in the upcoming New Mutants.
15 STEPFORD CUCKOOS
In its first season, FOX’s The Gifted introduced us to the Stepford Cuckoos, portrayed by Skylar Samuels. However, this is not the sisters’ first live-action adaptation. In 2006, X-Men: The Last Stand gave us a first quick glance at the Stepford Cuckoos. Of course, you had to be paying very close attention to the background of the above scene in order to notice them.
The three figures walking down the hallway behind Professor X and Storm are Celeste, Irma and Phoebe -- better known as the Stepford Cuckoos. In the comics, the sisters were Emma Frost’s clones and possessed telepathic powers. Their brief cameo in X-Men: The Last Stand unfortunately didn’t amount to anything. They’re not even mentioned anymore, nor have they appeared in any of the subsequent movies, making them rather forgettable.
Like the movie itself, the characters of X-Men Origins: Wolverine are best left forgotten. Unfortunately, as much as we try most of us will probably never be able to completely erase that horrid monstrosity the movie called Deadpool. On the other hand, other less prominent characters can easily slip your mind. Characters such as Bolt.
Played by the Lost star Dominic Monaghan, Bolt made an appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine as a former member of Stryker’s Team X. While he was working at a carnival, Bolt was visited by Sabertooth and killed for his DNA. Due to the mess that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine, not even an A-list star could save Bolt from falling into the endless pit of forgettable characters of the franchise.
Even in the comics, Arclight is a B-grade character. So, when the first trailer for X-Men: The Last Stand dropped everyone was surprised to see a relative nobody up-front. It turns out Arclight’s edgy look gave her the advantage when it came to advertisement. But regardless of what the promotional videos and posters would have you believe, Arclight doesn’t really play a huge part in the movie.
As is the case with many other Last Stand cameos, Arclight throws a few punches and ultimately dies an unceremonious off-screen death as one of the victims of Phoenix’s destructive explosion. Overall, Arclight’s appearance was unremarkable and didn’t actually contribute anything other than giving Magneto’s band of villains an edgy look. But hey, we’re talking about Last Stand, finding positive things to say about this disaster of a movie is almost impossible.
Featuring a large cast of characters in one movie is cool, but can backfire quite easily. A number of characters in X-Men: Days of Future Past suffered due to their small-scale appearances. Once such character is Ink, who was pretty much forgotten after Days of Future Past.
Seen in 1973 Vietnam when Stryker arrives to appropriate a group of mutants for research purposes by Trask Industries, Ink helps Mystique fight Stryker’s guards and rescue the other mutants. Ink uses his tattoo powers to insert an illness into the guards. Later on, an elderly Ink is seen in 2023 in a concentration camp where he was sent by the Sentinels upon his capture. Overall a pretty forgettable appearance you probably won’t spend time pondering about once the end credits roll.
Featuring both the original and the First Class cast, X-Men: Days of Future Past is one of the best movies in the X-Men franchise and as such was met with critical acclaim and financial success. The movie’s fight scenes were especially impressive, mostly due to Blink’s portal creation ability. However, although she looked cool and contributed to the story, her appearance in the movie wasn’t quite memorable.
Blink didn’t get a background story or character development. It’s as if she was introduced only for the sake of having yet another mutant. Even though Fan Bingbing’s portrayal of the character was by no means bad, Blink was never given a chance to develop. But if you happen to be a fan of the character, you might wanna consider giving FOX’s The Gifted a watch.
In a way, Riptide is like a nerfed version of Storm. With the ability to create tornadoes, one can’t help but wonder why he was even created and more importantly why he made it into an X-Men movie. But, someone obviously thought it was a good idea because Janos Quested, aka Riptide, had a part to play in X-Men: First Class. It’s perfectly fine if you don’t quite remember him though. Álex González, who played the tornado-wielding mutant didn't make much of an impact.
Riptide's achievements in the movie include destroying Cerebro’s Satellite dish and crashing the X-Jet and submarine on the beach during the movie's final fight. Upon Sebastian Shaw’s death, Riptide is recruited by Magneto and hasn’t been seen since. Not that anyone's anxious to see him again.
Banshee’s daughter Siryn never quite reached the same level of popularity as her father. Still, the treatment she was given in the X-Men movies was a bit too harsh. Theresa Maeve Rourke Cassidy appeared briefly in X2: X-Men United. When the X-Mansion was attacked, Siryn screamed in horror at a sonic level before being shot with a tranquilizer dart. In X-Men: The Last Stand, Siryn is seen attending Professor X’s funeral and that’s pretty much it.
Siryn’s time in the spotlight was cut rather short and lead absolutely nowhere. As is the case with a number of mutant cameos in the X-Men movies, Siryn’s introduction was pretty much pointless. However, since Siryn has been a member of X-Force, she could make an appearance in the X-Force movie, if that movie ever gets made.
If you only like to watch the movies and don’t really know much about the comics, then Blob is probably not a character you’re familiar with. Truth be told, Blob is hardly on anyone’s favorites list. The short-tempered, insecure, not-so-bright and rather large Blob possesses super elastic blubbery skin that gives him superhuman strength and near indestructibility.
However, when he appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine Blob wasn’t fat right of the bat, even though he did have his powers. Eventually he did gain weight after developing an eating disorder. In X-Men: Apocalypse, Blob’s appearance was taken directly from the comics as he’s shown being knocked down by Angel in the cage fighting scene. With two mediocre appearances it’s no wonder we keep forgetting he was ever part of the X-Men franchise.
Remember Spike? No? Well, considering how brief his appearance was it would be more surprising if you did. X-Men: The Last Stand wanted to include as many mutants as possible at any cost and as a result most of the cameos were completely wasted.
The mutant known as Spike had a short-lived role in the movie. He was seen fighting Wolverine in the forest. Spike started firing bone projectiles at Wolverine, who quickly put him down by clamming his claws deep into Spike’s chest. In the comics, Spike was briefly a member of X-Statix, a team that was created to replace the X-Force. Just like in the movie, Spike’s death in the comics went unnoticed. A reporter even commented that he just wasn’t famous enough for America to care. Apparently that didn't change.
Cypher’s brief cameo in X2: X-Men United wasn’t nearly enough for him to make a lasting impression. Douglas Ramsey, aka Cypher, was among the mutants kidnapped by Stryker in X-Men 2. Cypher, who has the power of omnilingualism, has always found his way on the list of most useless X-Men, but somehow he’s managed to remain an X-Man by transitioning into hacking and IT support.
In the second X-Men movie, Cypher was more or less an easter egg without anything to do. In fact his brief appearance was very easy to miss. Cypher never surfaced again and it is doubtful that he ever will, because let’s face it, his mutant power, while cool, doesn’t have any real use in the field. His inclusion in the second movie was just to showcase yet another mutant.
5 GLOB HERMAN
Robert German, known as Glob is yet another mutant to easily fall victim to the mutant cure in X-Men: The Last Stand. In case you’re not familiar with Glob and can’t remember him even after seeing the picture, here’s what you need to know. Glob’s mutant ability is that his skin is made out of transparent "living wax" which leaves his skeleton exposed. Naturally, with such a look, Glob easily stands out.
However, that clearly wasn’t the case during his X-Men movie appearance. Glob Herman made his big screen debut in X-Men: The Last Stand as one of he members of the Omega group and Magneto’s Brotherhood of Mutants. Glob participated in the battle on Alcatraz where he was shot with the mutant cure. His cameo appearance didn’t even include any lines, so he was mostly forgotten.
4 LIZARD MAN, AKA ANOLE
Does anyone remember all of the mutants who joined Magneto’s Brotherhood of Mutants in X-Men: The Last Stand? Ratner’s X-Men movie was absolutely packed with mutants on both sides of the fight. With so many mutants in the mix, even the most eagle-eyed fans had trouble spotting all of the cameos. Among those mutants you might have missed is Anole.
Anole, who was listed as Lizard Man, is a mutant with reptilian-like physiology, which allows him to camouflage himself and crawl the walls, as demonstrated on the image above. In X-Men: The Last Stand, Lizard Man appears briefly during the battle on Alcatraz where he was shot with the mutant cure and killed. Lloyd Adams who played the character didn’t even have any lines, so if after all of this you still don’t remember Lizard Man, don’t sweat it.
3 MULTIPLE MAN
You’d think with a name like Multiple Man people would remember you, but that wasn’t the case for Eric Dane in X-Men: The Last Stand. Despite the fact that he was literally all over the place, Multiple Man somehow fell through the cracks in the trainwreck that was Last Stand. Multiple Man was rescued by Magneto together with Mystique and Juggernaut and later served as a decoy when the government came to arrest the Brotherhood.
Multiple Man hasn't been seen again and his fate remains unknown. After all this time, his appearance in the movie is all but forgotten, but this multiplying character could get a second chance in his solo movie. Recently, it was reported that James Franco will be producing and starring in the Multiple Man movie. We have yet to see what the Disney/FOX deal means for Franco’s film.
Phat is one of those mutants with a very weird ability. In his case, it is being fat. Well, to be more precise William Reilly, known as Phat, has the ability to control his body mass. By stretching the fat deposits in his body he can make himself look very fat, which gives him enhanced strength. But if he were to focus his fat deposits into his fists he would have giant fists. So, while it may sound silly, Phat’s ability is not useless.
In X-Men: The Last Stand, Phat was seen at the community meeting discussing the mutant cure where he shrinks himself down to fit in a cramped seat. During the battle on Alcatraz, Phat is seen fighting alongside Magneto and his Brotherhood of Mutants. Like so many other mutants in Last Stand, Phat didn't really make much of an impression and ultimately died off screen.
Teleportation abilities seem to be a very common mutation. Just like Nightcrawler, Azazel, Blink and John Wraith, another mutant with teleportation powers has appeared in the X-Men cinematic universe. In X-Men: The Last Stand, an unknown actor portrayed Vanisher in a very brief cameo role during the battle on Alcatraz.
The mere fact that the actor who portrayed Vanisher wasn’t even credited is all you need to understand how minor Vanisher’s role in the movie actually was. In a blink-and-you-miss-it scene Vanisher is seen teleporting to attack soldiers on Alcatraz. His status remains unknown, since we never found out whether he survived the battle or the Phoenix explosion. But since no one even remembers Vanisher, we doubt anyone is losing sleep over his uncertain fate.