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PROFESSOR X’S MUTATION

In 'New X-Men' (2002) #121, the fetus of Charles Xavier attempts to kill his twin in his mother's womb.
In ‘New X-Men’ (2002) #121, the fetus of Charles Xavier attempts to kill his twin in his mother’s womb. Photo/Marvel Comics

Professor X’s mutation is telepathy, which is the ability to hear the thoughts of others. In his mother’s womb, Charles recognized his twin as evil and attempted to kill it, causing his mother’s miscarriage. Professor X is the mutant son of wealthy nuclear researcher Dr. Brian Xavier and his wife Sharon-Xavier Marko.

Charles’ childhood years were filled with abuse and drama. His mother re-married his father’s colleague after his death, Dr. Kurt Marko. As his mutant powers arose, at around ten, Charles became bald. Charles formed a telepathic link with Dr. Marko’s son Cain Marko, who later became the Juggernaut, as well as his mother; both Cain and Sharon suffered abuse from Dr. Marko.

Dr. Marko had married Sharon for money. When Sharon learnt that Dr. Marko did not have feelings for her, she became an alcoholic. She died heart-broken, leaving Charles with Dr. Marko and Cain’s abusive relationships.

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AN ALPHA LEVEL MUTANT

Professor X has been classified as an Alpha Level mutant. From an entry titled “Charles Xavier (Earth-616)” on Marvel Database:

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Charles Xavier is an Alpha-Level Mutant, said to possess the most powerful brain in existence, and to be the world’s greatest telepath possessing vast psionic powers:

Telepathy: Xavier is able to read minds and project his own thoughts into the minds of others within a radius of 250 miles (on Earth). With extreme effort he can greatly extend that radius. When synched with Cerebro or Cerebra, he can connect to every mind on a planet. After he was thrown into the M’Kraan Crystal, it not only restored his mutation, but made his telepathy more powerful than it had been previously, thereby making him the world’s most powerful telepath once again.

“Charles Xavier (Earth-616)”, Marvel Database

CEREBRO

In 'X-Men' (1964) #7, Professor Xavier speaks of Cerebro an ESP device used to detect mutants on Earth.
In ‘X-Men’ (1964) #7, Professor Xavier speaks of Cerebro an ESP device used to detect mutants on Earth. Photo/Marvel Comics

Professor X is a genius intellect with PhDs in Genetics and Biophysics from Oxford University. Professor X met with Fred Duncan investigating the growing number of mutants. Professor X told Duncan of his plan to locate mutant youngsters and enroll them at his “School For Gifted Youngsters.” Professor X planned on protecting the mutants from human oppression, giving them an education and teach them how to use their abilities. Using a mutant detection device called Cerebro, Professor X set on locating the mutant youngsters.

Cerebro is an ESP (Extra-Sensory Perception) machine that amplifies a telepath’s brainwaves and speeds up the user’s brain neuron speed. Only experienced telepaths can use Cerebro since non-telepaths can be overwhelmed.

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Cerebro’s main function was to locate mutant signatures, but was also integrated in the mansion, as the school’s A. I. Cerebro served the Professor for many years and, at times, was used against him. After the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants kidnapped young Emma FrostMagneto took her to Xavier’s School, to use Cerebro and kill all humans. During the invasion of the alien Z’Nox, Prof. Xavier used Cerebro to probe every human mind on the planet. On one occasion, Warhawk was hired, by the White Queen, to leave a bug in Cerebro, that enabled her to access Professor Xavier’s findings on Cerebro. After Nightcrawler was injured in battle and lost, Shadowcat re-calibrated Cerebro, for non telepaths to use, to search for Nightcrawler and Phoenix.

“Cerebro (Mutant Detector), Marvel Database

SUPER FEAT OF THE DAY: IN THE ‘DARK PHOENIX SAGA’ (1980), PROFESSOR X ENGAGES IN A PSI-WAR WITH PHOENIX

During the 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix' saga, Professor X fights the Dark Phoenix in a psi-war.
During the ‘Dark Phoenix’ saga (1980), Professor X fights the Dark Phoenix in a psi-war. Photo/Marvel Comics

SOURCES

Charles Xavier (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
New X-Men Vol 1 121 in Marvel Database.
Cerebro in Marvel Database.
X-Men Vol 1 7 in Marvel Database.
Dark Phoenix Saga in Marvel Database.

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