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A Character Study of Magneto and his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants

I recently came across a lit of the top 100 Comic Book Villains from IGN. I was working my way through, seeing who I knew, agreeing and disagreeing with the various rankings for the villains. The top ten is pretty excellent, but the top spot is a surprise. I’ll give you a minute to look at the list, go ahead.

Uncanny X-Men 3Okay, you might have guessed from my post topic, but beating out the Joker for the top spot was Magneto. What is it about this villain which so fascinates us? Is he truly a villain – or a victim? Is he right in all of his fears? After all, none of this tension has been resolved yet – in the comics, in the movies, anywhere.

And what about the group he surrounds himself with – his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants? Any group that includes “Evil” in the name is problematic, because does the truly evil person consider themselves to be so? Or is this Magneto just playing into society’s expectations – calling themselves evil because the humans will call them so?

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