The 10 Most Obscure Marvel Mutants Ever

Never heard of them? Yeah, us neither.

When you think of the X-Men, there are probably a handful that immediately come to mind - Wolverine, Cyclops, and Professor X to name a few. However, you can only get so imaginative with mutant superpowers before the well runs dry. If you've never heard of these 10 mutants, don't worry - you're not alone.

1. Evangeline "Vange" Whedon

Real Name: Evangeline Whedon
First Appearance: X-Treme X-Men #21
Powers: The power to change into a dragon at will, or in the presence of blood. While she doesn't get a lot of screen (page?) time, she also has one of the most important jobs of all X-Men: she keeps the Xavier Academy from getting sued whenever one of them destroys a city block, or the fabric of reality.

2. Maggott

Real Name: Japheth
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #345
Powers: Maggott has two giant slugs where his stomach and intestines ought to be. They can exit his body and eat through any solid matter, passing the nourishment back to their host. It seems that Maggott is the only mutant who can settle the debate over whether cameras really do add 20 pounds.

3. Cypher

Real Name: Douglas Ramsey
First Appearance: New Mutants #13
Powers: Cypher is able to understand and communicate in any known language. While this would be handy for anyone who loves being a tourist, the number of mutants who can just read the minds of anyone they meet makes him a little obsolete.

4. Slipstream

Real Name: Davis Cameron
First Appearance: X-Treme X-Men #6
Powers: Slipstream can manipulate and travel through space in an instant. The catch? He has to use a specialised surfboard in order for his powers to work. Hello? Silver Surfer called. He wants his schtick back.

5. Forearm

Real Name: Marcus Tucker
First Appearance: New Mutants #86 (his arms), #87 (the rest of him)
Powers: You have mutants with indestructible skeletons, shapeshifting, and mind control. And then there's Forearm: he's…got an extra set of arms. In fact, his first "appearance" was literally just his two right arms. Does being really good at multitasking count as a superpower?

6. Longneck

Real Name: William Hanover
First Appearance: New X-Men #140
Powers: Another graduate from the "Exactly What it Says on the Tin" academy, Longneck's mutation is - you guessed it - a very long neck. He's probably very popular with all the short, non-flying mutants when it comes to reaching stuff. His expression pretty much summarises his existence: why?

7. Beak

Real Name: Barnell Bohusk
First Appearance: New X-Men #117
Powers: He's got hollow bones, beak nose, talons, feathers, the works. Ironically though, he can't fly - only glide. Sure, Banshee can totally shout at the ground to fly, but the guy who looks like a bird? Now you're talking crazy.

8. Gentle

Real Name: Nezhno Abidemi
First Appearance: New X-Men vol. 2 #23
Power: The ability to increase his muscle mass at the expense of his well-being. He's got tattoos made of vibranium (the same as Captain America's shield) that keep his powers in check to an extent. Here's hoping he only gets called when Hulk isn't available.

9. Bling!

Real Name: Roxanne "Roxy" Washington
First Appearance: X-Men, vol. 2 #171
Powers: The daughter of esteemed musicians "Daddy Libido" and "Sexy Mutha," Bling! is capable of turning her body into diamond, and firing projectiles made of diamond. My question is, do people have to shout her name, or is the exclamation point optional?

10. Forget Me Not

Real Name: Doesn't have/need one.
First Appearance: X-Men Legacy #300 (supposedly)
Powers: He is impossible to perceive or remember. You could have a full conversation with him, look away, and forget he even existed. While he's appeared officially in 7 issues of X-Men, it's possible that he's been there since issue #1 - you'd just never know it.

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