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Extreme and rather radical, there are a number of atrocious acts that Magneto has committed over the years. Hidden within the pages of his comics.
Leader of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and the self-proclaimed Master of Magnetism, Erik Lehnsherr has had a long-standing history in Marvel Comics that has seen him as both an enemy and ally to the X-Men. Crafted to be a complex and nuanced character, Magneto stands in opposition of Professor Xavier’s teachings to peaceful coexistence between humans and mutants, believing mutants are the next step in human evolution, and thus should take their place as Earth’s dominant species.
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Extreme and rather radical, there are a number of atrocious acts that Magneto has committed over the years. Hidden within the pages of his comics.
Written by Scott Lobdell, J.M. DeMatteis, & Joe Quesada, Fatal Attractions would become a landmark event where readers learned of Wolverine’s bone claws. Released in 1993, the story would see Magneto release a planet-wide EMP and alongside his Acolytes, attack the X-Men during Magik’s funeral where he recruits a disillusioned Colossus.
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Being confronted by Professor X and the X-Men, Magneto grows infuriated by this opposition and in retaliation, rips out the Adamantium that is laced to Wolverine’s skeleton. Incensed by this affront, Xavier brain blast Magneto causing him to fall into a coma and forget his memory.
One thing for certain about Magneto is that he is a proud mutant, he aspires to lead the mutant race from subjugation though in his clouded and extreme judgment, is met with opposition from those who desire a more peaceful approach. Wishing the island of Genosha to become a safe haven from human prosecution, Magento blackmails the UN by manipulating the electromagnetic poles and demanding the recognition of the mutant nation.
Exhausting and temporarily losing his powers over magnetic influence, the UN acquiesces to Magneto’s demands, however, would later be met with resistance by human and mutant rebels.
Written by legendary X-Men writer Chris Claremont, Uncanny X-Men #150 would highlight how conniving & mischievous the Master of Magnetism was with his wrath being a swift cudgel to all and any antipathy. Seeing the conflict of nuclear weaponry becoming a growing concern, Magneto ordains himself Earth’s benevolent ruler and stipulates an ultimatum to the world, relinquish all political influence and warfare, or be destroyed.
Dismissing Magneto, the Soviet Union rejects these demands and in turn, launches a nuclear missile at his home island, an act he does not take lightly. Disarming the missile, Magneto turns his ire to the Leningrad submarine and not only annihilates the ship but tells the crew that it is the fault of their governments’ stupidity that they will now die.
Becoming one of humanity’s responses to the growing mutant threat, the Sentinels stand as one of the X-Men’s most formidable opponents as the robotic giants are quick and efficient in their eradication programming. With the X-Men moving their base to the coast of San Francisco, a telepathic message would invite all mutants to the new haven, however, for the long-time rival, he launches yet another attack on the X-Men though not with his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, but with Sentinels under his magnetic influence.
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Already a deviously heinous idea to attack your fellow mutants with machines literally designed for their elimination, but this would also fly in the face of everything Magneto stood for, making him a hypocrite in his “savior complex”.
Earth-1610, also known as the Ultimate Universe, consists of Marvel characters and their stories being adapted into a more modern and grounded era, displaced from the fantastical nature that was relative in the main-616 continuity. Written by Jeph Loeb, Ultimatum sees the Master of Magnetism wreak utter havoc across the globe after his children are “murdered” in a twisted ruse revealed at the story’s close.
Manipulating earth’s magnetic poles, catastrophic earthquakes, and floods begin to eradicate both human and mutant lives, a grave offense Xavier cannot let by. Mirroring biblical scripture, Magneto tells Xavier that he’s flooded the world as a lesson for man’s negligence, however, Xavier rebuttals by stating regardless of being captured or killed, he’ll be remembered as a monster. Irrational & incensed, Magneto lashes out and snaps the neck of his long-time friend and adversary.
Fatal Attractions would become a bookmark event that opened the door to a number of possibilities that expanded the X-Men mythos. Not only revolutionizing the fan-favorite Wolverine, but the story would also depict Professor Xavier in an eco-skeleton battle suit that alleviated him from his wheelchair constraints.
Nonetheless, it’d be remiss not to include Magneto’s planet-wide EMP, a feat even today is deemed as one of the foes’ greatest displays of power. Though a pre-requisite to the X-Men’s counter-attack and thus the story, the idea of the earth suddenly falling into chaos due to all technological apparatus’ becoming obsolete lets your mind wander into the disastrous possibilities and implications.
Alongside his healing factor, John Greycrow is a firearm expert with the mutant ability to manipulate mechanized elements to assemble a variety of weapons. Originally known as a Marauder, his checkered past has seen him both as friend and foe to the X-Men, however, Greycrows’ past deeds in eliminating mutants are enough for Magneto to paint a target on his back.
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Confronting Scalphunter, Magneto not only lacerates his limbs but knowing of his regeneration abilities, decides to cauterize his wounds to prevent them from regrowing. This would be one display of Magneto’s cold and twisted nature that highlighted the lengths he’d go to get his point across.
The Disney+ hit, Wandavison, saw Wanda Maximoff manipulate reality to cope with the loss of everyone she held dear, turning the town of Westview into her personal sandbox and swaying its residents under her authority. The shows’ misunderstood circumstances pulled much inspiration from the House of M storyline written by Brian Micheal Bendis.
Under her brother’s influence, the Scarlett Witch manipulates reality to give earth’s superheroes their hearts desire with the mutant race dominate over humanity. When the truth is eventually exposed, Magneto confronts his children and chastises his son for using his family in such duplicitous ways, lashing out and killing Pietro for soiling his aspirations.
Two sides to the same coin, Professor X and Magnetos’ opposing ideologies began as differing solutions that only grew further apart in their execution. While Xavier formed the X-Men to be a liaison to humanity that mutants are not to be feared, Erik’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants acted in complete opposition to that, believing humanity to be subservient to mutants and thus should be feared.
Not only is it hard to argue you’re fighting for the good of the mutant race when you put “evil” in your name, but creating a group intent on opposing a team trying to achieve coexistence through peace, only strips Magneto of his ‘mutant messiah’ complex that is the catalyst of his motivations.
If it hasn’t been established, Magneto is no one to trifle with as his exploits have earned him the reputation of being one of the most menacing mutants, however, nothing could exemplify this more than when he’d scramble the insides of a geneticist with a mere paperclip.
Written by Cullen Bunn, Magneto #3 would see Dr. Elizabeth Alaine, a scientist who created mutant/Sentinel hybrids to kill mutants, meet one of the most creative, albeit twisted, deaths’ at the hands of the Magneto. When the doctor resists Magneto’s interrogation, he manipulates a paperclip to move within her body, shredding her organs. Experiencing excruciating pain, Magneto retrieves the paperclip by slicing Alaine’s throat.
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