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X-Men, also known as X-Men: The Animated Series, is an American-Canadian animated television series which debuted on October 31, 1992, in the United States on the Fox Network as part of its Fox Kids Saturday morning lineup
The show features X-Men similar in look and line-up to the early 1990s X-Men drawn by Jim Lee (more specifically, Cyclops' Blue Team, established in the early issues of the second X-Men comic series), composed of Cyclops, Wolverine, Rogue, Storm, Beast, Gambit, Jubilee, Jean Grey, Professor X, as well as an original character, Morph (an adaptation of previous X-Men member Kevin Sydney). Though they were not part of the team as featured in the animated series, the following X-Men have all guest-starred in at least one episode: Colossus, Nightcrawler, Emma Frost, Forge, Havok, Polaris, Cannonball, Banshee, Northstar, Iceman, Archangel, Longshot, Dazzler, Sunfire, Psylocke, Cable, and Bishop. There are also cameos and guest appearances by other familiar Marvel heroes, such as Feral, Rictor, Deadpool, Punisher, War Machine, Ghost Rider, Mimic, Blink, Doctor Strange, Ms. Marvel, Captain America, Thor, Nick Fury, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, G.W. Bridge and Spider-Man.
A number of famous storylines and events from the comics are loosely adapted in the series, such as "The Dark Phoenix Saga", "Days of Future Past", the "Phalanx Covenant", and the "Legacy Virus". The third episode, "Enter Magneto", features a confrontation at a missile base: this is largely based on the X-Men's first battle with Magneto, as told in their 1963 debut The X-Men #1. The season four episodes "Sanctuary, Parts I & II", which involve Magneto creating an orbiting haven for mutants, were influenced by several storylines from the comics, chiefly the first three issues of X-Men (Volume 2) and the "Fatal Attractions" crossover.
Prejudice, intolerance, isolation, and racism were all frequent themes in the animated series, as they were in the comics. Anti-mutant prejudice and discrimination was depicted through minor characters as well as more prominent ones, including Senator Robert Kelly, the Friends of Humanity (whose activities and masks in later episodes echoed white supremacy groups such as the Ku Klux Klan) and robotic Sentinels. On the opposite side of the spectrum, Professor Xavier and Magneto, much like their comic-book counterparts, bear similarities to civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, respectively. While Xavier advocates non-violence in the struggle for equality, Magneto takes on a more aggressive 'by any means necessary' stance; the duo's differing views are the source of much discussion throughout the series.
The series also deals with other social issues, including divorce ("Proteus"), Christianity ("Nightcrawler" & "Bloodlines"), the Holocaust ("Enter Magneto," "Deadly Reunions", "Days of Future Past", and "The Phalanx Covenant"), AIDS hysteria ("Time Fugitives"), and even satires of television itself ("Mojovision" and "Longshot").
|SEASONS||BIOS: GOOD GUYS||BIOS: BAD GUYS||BIOS: MILITARY||BIOS: OTHER CHARACTERS|
|SEASON 1||MARVEL UNIVERSE||MARVEL UNIVERSE||WEAPON X||STARJAMMERS|
|SEASON 2||XAVIER ACADEMY||BROTHERHOOD OF EVIL||S.H.E.I.L.D||ACOLYTES|
|SEASON 3||X-FACTOR||NASTY BOYS||ALPHA FLIGHT||MORLOCKS|
|SEASON 4||THE RESISTANCE||SAVAGE LAND MUTATES||SHI'AR IMPERIAL GUARD|
|SEASON 5||CLAN CHOSEN||HELLFIRE CLUB||PHALANX|
|X-OVERS||X-TERMINATORS||HORSEMEN OF APOCALYPSE||FRIENDS OF HUMANITY|
|COMMERCIALS||THE MUTANT RESISTANCE||REAVERS|
|CHILDREN OF THE SHADOWS|