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Top Five Characters Retroactively Empowered by Apocalypse

3. Exodus

Introduced in the first part of Fatal Attraction in X-Factor #92 (by Scott Lobdell, J.M. DeMatteis, Joe Quesada and Al Milgrom)...

Exodus was named and established as quite a powerful being in the next part in Uncanny X-Men #304 (by Lobdell, John Romita Jr. and Dan Green)...

A few years later, in the one-shot Black Knight: Exodus (by Ben Raab, Jimmy Cheung and Andy Lanning), Black Knight and Sersi find themselves trapped in the past, with Dane in the body of one of his ancestor Black Knights. This Black Knight is friends with a crusader named Paris Bennnet, who is obsessed with seeking out power. He and Black Knight end up losing their friendship as Black Knight won't go along with him on his dangerous quest.

Once alone, he is encountered by a mysterious being, who gives him his powers...

Which is revealed later in the issue as Apocalypse...

With him being set upon his old friend by Apocalypse...

This was all based on a bit in the Bloodties crossover a few years earlier that suggested a connection between Black Knight and Exodus.

2. Living Monolith/Living Pharaoh

Introduced in X-Men #54 (by Arnold Drake, Don Heck and Vince Colletta)...

The Living Pharaoh was given an origin in Marvel Graphic Novel #17 (by David Michelinie, Marc Silvestri and Geof Isherwood)...

Years later, he is brought into the X-Men crossover The Twelve, where we learn that he was manipulated and powered by Apocalypse all along. Here he learns this in Uncanny X-Men #376...

1. Mister Sinister

We first meet Mister Sinister in Uncanny X-Men #221 (by Chris Claremont, Marc Silvestri and Dan Green)...

But obviously that was back when Claremont had a whole other set of plans in store for the villain (as detailed in this very old Comic Book Legends Revealed). Claremont left and later writers had other ideas.

In 1996, in the sequel to the Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix, dubbed appropriately enough The Further Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix, Scott and Jean end up in the past, where a man named Nathaniel Essex and his wife Rebecca meet En Sabah Nur...

En Sabah Nur makes Nathaniel an offer to mutate him, but he initially refuses, but ultimately it is the loss of his wife (and her hatred of him at the end) that drives him to accept...

So in the last two issues of the series, he accepts and Sinister is born!

That's the top five!

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