Saturday, January 5, 2013

Pipe Smoker (fictional): Charles Francis Xavier

Oppression is no excuse for vengeance -- for murder. I wonder... does the death of innocent people -- cut down on the streets as they flee -- free you? I think not.
Charles Francis Xavier, also commonly referred to as Professor X, was born in New York City, the son of a nuclear scientist.  He graduated from Harvard and in post-graduate studies achieved Ph.D.s in genetics, biophysics and psychology.  He is a natural genius and his great intellectual achievements are also partly due to him being a very powerful telepath:  he is able to read, control and influence human minds.  He also possesses the ability of telekinesis, although to a lesser degree.

Xavier is a paraplegic due to a boulder being dropped on him by an alien known as Lucifer when he was in the Himalayas.  He later founded the euphemistically-named Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, later renamed the Xavier Institute.  "Gifted youngsters," in this case, means people who are born with natural super-powers.  Xavier is highly respected by the government as well as by numerous other super-heroes and super-hero teams (such as the Fantastic Four).   He is also the founder and leader of the X-Men, a team of mutant super-heroes.   He has devoted his life to attempting to create a peaceful co-existence between mutants with super-powers and normal humans, as well as organizing the X-Men to combat mutants who wish to use their powers to dominate normal humans.

Professor X has a streak of arrogance and manipulativeness (demonstrated in the above illustration) that often puts him at odds with members of the X-Men.

The character of Xavier was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby of Marvel Comics, and first appeared in 1963.  He has been portrayed by Patrick Stewart in movie adaptations of the comics.

Marvel Comics wiki

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