The Most Unfortunate Mutations In The X-Men Universe


What would be the worst mutant power to have in real life? It’s not like every mutant is lucky enough to get to fly and control the weather or read peoples’ minds. Some mutants are turned into humanoid birds or sprout three mouths on their necks.

Some mutants get wild superpowers that blast giant holes in their chest and face. Some mutants just get a really long neck. While some mutants hit a genuine genetic home run, others are just left with powers that are unfortunate at best and embarrassing at worst. Vote up the mutations in the X-Men universe that are truly unfortunate.

Glob Herman Has Transparent Skin – But Not Transparent Innards

Poor Robert Herman. He was raised by a father who hated mutants and, well, there are few more obvious mutants than Glob Herman himself. A giant, pink, gelatinous humanoid, Glob has transparent skin that shows off his skeleton and internal organs.

Glob eventually found a home with the X-Men, but at times, he’s even a bit of an outcast among some of the brattier members of the mutant youth, as his physical appearance is often the object of ridicule.

Chamber’s Enormous Power Disintegrated His Mouth And Most Of His Chest

Jono Starsmore, AKA Chamber, will never be able to fit into normal society after the manifestation of his mutant powers. Strasmore is seemingly composed of pure psionic energy; when his true power first reared its head, he was unable to control the massive amounts of energy emanating from his body. This lack of control caused the energy to create a massive hole in both his chest and lower half of his face.

Always needing to cover these holes, Chamber looks more like a modern-day ninja than a normal member of society. Not to mention that his bodily situation makes personal relationships a bit tricky to maneuver.

Beak Is A Humanoid Bird

Barnell Bohusk certainly got the short end of the stick. As far as mutant powers go, Bohusk – AKA Beak – didn’t really get much in the way of usefulness. He can fly only with great effort and can see far distances thanks to his avian-based mutation, but he isn’t great in a fight.

All his mutation really did was turn him into a man who looks a lot like a giant bird. But he took this in stride and continued being a great guy, which led him to a long-term relationship with his wife, Angel Salvadore.

Longneck Has… A Long Neck

Background X-Men character William Hanover isn’t really a character of note. When your sole mutant power is having an abnormally large neck, you’re not of much use to a creative team looking to come up with tense situations each and every issue. It’s just not in the cards.

Maybe they could’ve used Hanover in a situation where the X-Men need to look over a tall fence? Then again, they have a ton of mutants who can fly, so what’s the point? Longneck seems to be there as a reminder that not every mutant is going to be useful in a fight… or useful at all, for that matter.

Instead Of A Stomach, Maggott Has Two Omnivorous Slugs

Do you enjoy your digestive system? Even if you’ve never given yours a second thought, it certainly is nice having one. Just ask Japheth, AKA Maggott, what it’s like to not have one and see what he says. Though, his feelings might be a bit complicated, as he has grown fond of the omnivorous slugs that serve as his own digestive system.

Indeed, Japheth’s sentient digestive system of two giant slugs – named Eany and Meany – means the guy cannot eat. The slugs can eat for him and provide his body with nutrients and energy, but the man cannot enjoy any of life’s great foods for himself.

Skin Has Six Extra Feet Of Gross, Gray Skin

With a codename like Skin, you know Angelo Espinosa has an unfortunate mutation. Pretty much any skin-related mutation is not going to be something you’re excited about, but Espinosa really hit whatever the opposite of the jackpot is. Essentially, the guy just has a couple of extra feet of skin.

He can stretch and form this skin for different purposes, but that requires a significant degree of concentration to work well. And having an excess of skin – gray skin, at that – isn’t a mutation that’s going to make you a star of the X-Men franchise.

Ugly John Has Three Ugly Faces

There isn’t much to say about Ugly John, as he made a mere two appearances in Marvel Comics back at the turn of the century before biting the dust. Is it sad that his friends nicknamed him “Ugly John” when his real name was Steve? Yes. Those seem like terrible friends.

Ugly John had three faces, which would make you think he had six eyes, but in fact he only had four, as his faces melded together. His peripheral vision and smelling capabilities must have been out of this world but, other than that, this mutation seems like one you really wouldn’t want to be stuck with.

Rogue Can’t Touch Anyone

Rogue is one of the most powerful mutants to roam the pages of Marvel Comics. Between her power absorption mutation and her seemingly permanent acquisition of Wonder Man’s immense power set, Rogue is an absolute force to be reckoned with. But all of this comes with a major caveat.

Power and strength cannot undo the years of trauma and strife caused by her inability to touch others without draining everything from them. Despite her harrowing mutation, Rogue has managed to find a family with the X-Men and a husband in Gambit.

Kuan-Yin Xorn Has A Star Inside His Head

If retaining some sense of normalcy in light of your mutation is something you’d like, you better hope you don’t end up with a star in your head. Kuan-Yin Xorn has a miniature star in his brain that burned away his normal head. Say goodbye to everyday life if you don’t have a head!

Xorn’s mutation has given him some interesting abilities like self-sustenance and healing powers – but at what cost?

Bailey Hoskins Can Combust

Brainchild of Say Anything frontman Max Bemis and star of the 2016 limited series X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever, Bailey Hoskins was a mutant who resided in the reality of Earth-TRN656 as opposed to the main continuity of Earth-616. He was labeled the “Worst X-Man Ever” due to the unfortunate mutant ability of being able to self-combust.

Unfortunately for Hoskins, this ability was only able to be used one time, as his mutation did not come with self-regeneration powers. This just made Hoskins a normal guy who could make himself into a bomb and end himself. Not a fun mutation.

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