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The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters, #9, Magneto
The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters, Magneto

AKA: ERIK MAGNUS LEHNSHERR, THE MASTER OF MAGNETISM

Magneto is... complicated. A Jewish survivor of the Holocaust who is determined to save his fellow homo superior from the fate of his fellow Jew, he sometimes seems fated to repeat some of the Nazis' mistakes, pursuing the subjugation of homo sapiens in favour of homo superior. He is � as producer Tom DeSanto told Bryan Singer when he was trying to persuade him to make the first X-Men movie � Malcolm X to Professor X�s Martin Luther King. His �by any means necessary� approach has seen him commit hideous atrocities in the past, including the sinking of a submarine full of sailors, and yet he�s not evil � not in the traditional sense of the word, anyway. Even though he�s traditionally their number one nemesis, he has been known to actively align with the X-Men, even taking over as the team�s leader/teacher in the absence of Charles Xavier, while he�s previously had a relationship with Rogue. Currently in the films, he�s depowered, and living life as a human � which, for him, is purgatory. But we�re sure his powerless state won�t last for long.

FIRST APPEARED IN X-MEN #1 (1963)
CREATED BY STAN LEE AND JACK KIRBY

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White hair hidden beneath an ornate helmet, part of an imposing red/purple costume that comes complete with a sweeping cape. He controls magnetic fields, manipulates all forms of metal, and is said to be so powerful that he could rip the Earth in two if he so desired. Obviously, he never has, because that would be stupid.
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It was Sir Ian McKellen who filled Magneto�s helmet for the X-Men trilogy. Marvel has been trying to make a young Magneto prequel for ages � we await that with bated breath.
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Magneto is the father of fellow mutants, Quicksilver, and The Scarlet Witch � herself one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel Universe.
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