My mother always made sure my Halloween costume matched my younger sister’s. When I was in kindergarten I was Rajah the tiger from Aladdin while my sister was Jasmine. When I was in third grade I was Rodney King and my sister was a white cop with a tire iron. In first grade though, my whole family went all out on costumes. We all participated by at least wearing a mask. We were the X-Men. I was Wolverine, my younger sister was Storm, my older sister was Gambit, my mother was Beast, and my father was Drunk.
It’s almost pointless to tell you about the different characters from X-Men by now because you’ve seen the movies. You’re such a lazy bum, you know that? Instead of watching an animated episodic series you watch a couple of crappy movies. And yes, the X-Men movies were pretty crappy. They were just an excuse to put another article up on Yahoo about Hugh Jackman’s workout regimen. We get it Hugh, you’re in shape and gay.
The animated series of X-Men was actually quite brilliant at times. Like others I was a big fan of (Spider-Man, Batman) there were a multitude of great heroes and villains. The most important thing I’ve always found in a comic book based animated show was the quality of bad guy. X-Men had just that.
As the story goes, Professor X is a bald Jew (according to movie he was a Jew, or maybe he was a Gypsy, or maybe even a homosexual, the Nazis hated them too) who builds a school for mutants to live at. It’s not so much a school as it is a breeding ground for mutants to mate with other mutants. It’s like those midget conventions they have in big cities every year. This is nothing more than a chance for midgets to get together and have midget sex.
(Professor Xavier only ever used his powers for good as displayed here)
The characters on the show were all unique which was probably pretty easy to create for the fact that all they had to do was give a person a mutation and it became everything they were. The whole feud of the show was based on how Professor X wanted his mutants to live amongst regular people in peace while the evil Magneto wanted the mutants on his side to war with the humans. I honestly don’t think too many mutants in real life would war with regular people. Then again real life mutants are bearded ladies and the unusually tall. They’re not as exciting as the X-Men. They just become carny folk, not super heroes.
The show did deal with some more racy topics at times. Certain episodes covered divorce, Christianity, the Holocaust, and AIDS. When I originally watched this show these topics probably went right over my head. Are they really necessary on a children’s show? I know most of the writers probably wanted to work on something a little more prolific. Maybe they only brought up AIDS as a way to get Magic Johnson to do a guest voice. Is it really that hard to do a Magic Johnson impression thought? All you have to do is get a black man to smile while talking. Has Magic ever had a bad day?
(The opening credits for the show when the good guys and bad guys run directly into each other rather than use their mutant powers to win…yeah that makes no sense to me either)
Overall my opinion on this show is favorable. I wouldn’t call it the best animated comic book series of the 90s. X-Men’s biggest problem was the staying power of their bad guys. Magneto, Sabertooth, Mystique, and the Juggernaut are the only mainstream ones. Luckily this show wasn’t called “Mutants Fighting Mutants.” The show was called X-Men and those members in the group known as X-Men were for the most part fun lovable characters who make great family Halloween costumes.