Adaptations of Professor X in other media
Created byStan Lee
Jack Kirby
Original sourceComics published by Marvel Comics
First appearanceX-Men #1 (September 1963)
Films and television
Film(s)X-Men (2000)
X2 (2003)
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
X-Men: First Class (2011)
The Wolverine (2013)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
Logan (2017)
Deadpool 2 (2018)
Dark Phoenix (2019)
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)
X-Men (1992)
X-Men: Evolution (2000)
Wolverine and the X-Men (2009)
Marvel Anime: X-Men (2011)
Legion (2017)
Video game(s)The Uncanny X-Men (1989)
X-Men (1992)
X-Men Legends (2004)

This is a list of all non-comics media appearances of the Marvel Comics character, Professor X.



Professor X in animated media (from left to right): X-Men: The Animated Series, X-Men: Evolution and Wolverine and the X-Men.

Live action

Main article: Legion (TV series)

A television series based on David Haller, the schizophrenic son of Charles Xavier / Professor X, titled Legion premiered on February 8, 2017. The series is jointly produced by Fox Entertainment, and Marvel Television, and aired on the FX network. The series was released first establishing itself as a standalone installment, though it also has connections to the X-Men film universe. In Legion, David Haller learns that he was adopted by the family that raised him and eventually deduces that his real father fought the Shadow King on the astral plane, but had to give his son up for adoption to protect him from the entity. During Shadow King's interrogation of David's adopted sister regarding his real father, a glimpse of Professor Xavier's iconic chair from the X-Men films is shown.

The series' writer, producer, and showrunner, Noah Hawley has stated that the show has potential to crossover into the other installments in the franchise, should the show continue. He has also stated that the series will acknowledge all of Haller's past, including the fact that he is Xavier's son, though neither McAvoy nor Stewart will appear in the first season. During an appearance on the Late Late Show with James Corden, Legion star Dan Stevens personally offered Stewart an invitation to appear on the show. Despite previously stating he would be retiring from the role following the release of Logan, Stewart replied he was "Absolutely 100%" willing to reprise the role under such circumstances.[2]

In February 2019, it was announced that Harry Lloyd would portray Professor X in the third and final season.[3]


Professor Xavier, played by both James McAvoy (left) and Patrick Stewart (right) in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), in an iconic scene where the two iterations of the character meet.

Main article: Charles Xavier (film character)

Xavier has appeared in eleven live-action feature films to date. He is played by Patrick Stewart in the X-Men films X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Wolverine, and Logan and the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and by James McAvoy in X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool 2 and Dark Phoenix. Both actors play him at different time-periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. It is implied that Xavier is one of the most powerful mutants in the world. Although Xavier is American-born in the comics and in animation, he speaks with a British accent in the films (although First Class establishes that he lived in the United States during childhood, though he may have picked up the accent from his English mother).


The X-Men novel "Shadows of the Past" by Michael Jan Friedman (set in the continuity of the comics) opens with Xavier attending the funeral of one of his old professors, Jeremiah Saunders, only to be captured on the way back to the mansion by the forces of his old adversary Lucifer, who replaces Xavier with a duplicate of himself made of ionic energy, possessing Xavier's powers and memories but programmed to be loyal to Lucifer. Other ionic constructs use equipment in a Quistalium facility on Earth to transfer Xavier into the Nameless Dimension where Lucifer has been imprisoned since one of his last attacks on Earth, the Nameless Dimension being a strange void full of 'liquid' that Xavier and Lucifer can breathe as though it is still oxygen. Lucifer intends to use the duplicate Xavier to retrieve key devices from other Quistalium outposts on Earth that can be used to modify the equipment that transferred Xavier to the Nameless Dimension, reconfiguring it so that Lucifer will be able to escape back into this world, assigning that task to the original five X-Men while claiming that the device is to be used as part of a machine that 'Xavier' has created to protect Earth from future invasion. Xavier is able to telepathically reach beyond the Nameless Dimension back to Earth, but cannot contact the X-Men as his telepathic powers are too weak to make contact with them amid their complex thoughts across the dimensional barrier. Fortunately, Xavier is able to contact Jeffrey Saunders, Jeremiah's grandson, who possesses a brain defect that hampers his ability to process information, Jeffrey's physically superior body allowing Xavier to travel to the mansion and expose his duplicate as a fake. With the X-Men alerted to Lucifer's deception, they are able to use the equipment to retrieve Xavier from the Nameless Dimension before destroying it, trapping Lucifer all over again.

In the X-Men/Star Trek crossover novel Planet X, Archangel and Beverly Crusher program a copy of Professor X into the holodeck of the Enterprise-E based on Archangel's own knowledge of the professor and information the Enterprise downloaded from the Xavier Mansion's computers during their visit to the Marvel Universe. Crusher privately reflects that Professor X and Captain Picard look surprisingly similar, with the two sharing the same thoughts when they later meet. Accepting his status as a hologram of himself, Xavier assists Doctor Crusher in developing a cure for the 'transformed', a group of artificially-created mutants on a planet that the Enterprise is visiting. In a later meeting with Picard, Xavier invites the captain to return and speak with him in the future if his personality will remain in the holodecks after the current crisis has been resolved, Picard assuring the Professor that he would be honoured to do so as he compliments Xavier's success in bringing the X-Men together given their diverse personalities and powers.

The Chaos Engine trilogy sees Xavier and a team of X-Men become aware that an initially-unknown force has rewritten their reality while they were in the Starlight Citadel, Roma allowing them time to restore their reality before she has to destroy it to prevent the corruption of the multiverse. After the X-Men- Cyclops, Jean Grey, Wolverine, Gambit, Rogue and Nightcrawler- learn that reality was reshaped by Doctor Doom using a flawed Cosmic Cube, Magneto acquires the Cube and uses it to create his own perfect world, leaving Xavier with only Psylocke as an ally as Jean was able to restore Psylocke's memories of the true reality before the reset. Xavier is able to convince Magneto that he cannot use the Cube this way without destroying everything, but the two are attacked by the Red Skull before they can restore the real world. In this new reality, Xavier is a willing traitor to his own kind, using his abilities to identify and expose mutants to the Nazi rulers of Earth in exchange for his own freedom. Fortunately, various X-Men are able to restore their original personas and turn the tables on the Skull, allowing them to return reality to normal.[4]

Video games

Professor X appears in most of the X-Men video games.

Audio media


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "Professor Charles Xavier Voices (X-Men)".
  2. ^ Fitzpatrick, Kevin (March 7, 2017). "Patrick Stewart Open to Playing Charles Xavier Again for 'Legion'". Kevin. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  3. ^ Butler, Mary Anne (February 4, 2019). "'Legion' Adds Professor X to Their Season 3 Cast". Bleeding Cool News. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  4. ^ Roman, Steven A. (2004). X-Men: The Chaos Engine Trilogy. ISBN 0-7434-9774-0.
  5. ^ "Marvel News, Blog, Articles & Press Releases | Marvel".
  6. ^ "Tier List for Marvel Future Fight".
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