- "You know this plastic prison of theirs won't hold me forever. The war is still coming, Charles. And I intend to fight it, by any means necessary."
The Brotherhood of Mutants are a group of mutants who believe that mutants are superior to humans. The group was formed by Eric Lehnsherr due to his belief that if mutants did not defend themselves, they would be wiped out by humans.
The original leader of the team was Magneto, a mutant with the ability to control magnetic fields. It would later be revealed that Magneto was a Holocaust survivor, explaining his distrust of humanity and its inability to accept those who are different.
- "I've been at the mercy of men just following orders. Never again."
Magneto formed the Brotherhood after the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. The team consisted of him, Azazel, Riptide, Angel Salvadore, Mystique, and Emma Frost.
In 1963, The Brotherhood Members Azazel and Angel Salvadore (who took the name Tempest) died in a firefight while fighting with Project Wideawake. Magneto was captured by the government and was taken to a plastic prison when he was trying to save John F. Kennedy who was being assassinated by Mystique, under the disguise of Lee Harvey Oswald.
- "Welcome to the future."
In what could be seen as a precursor to the Brotherhood, Lehnsherr was assisted by Raven Darkholme, Toad and Sabretooth in attempt to mutate world leaders at a United Nations summit with a machine. When talking to Robert Kelly after his capture, Lehnsherr referred to mutation as a Brotherhood. When the group's attempt failed, the group disbanded. Lehnsherr and Darkholme were the only members of the group that would join the Brotherhood.
- "How does it look from there Charles? Still fighting the good fight? From here it looks like they're not playing by your rules... Maybe it's time to play by theirs!"
The lineup was greatly reduced to Magneto and Mystique only. They teamed up with the X-Men in order to stop William Stryker from killing all of the world's mutants. However at the end of the film, they were joined by Pyro.
- "It's only that you realize, while you were talking about organizing and committees, the extermination has already begun. Make no mistake, my brothers. They will draw first blood. They will force their cure upon us. The only question is, will my brotherhood and fight, or wait for the inevitable genocide? Who will you stand with - the humans... or us?"
The Brotherhood was formed by Lehnsherr and John Allerdyce after the cure for mutation was announced by Worthington Labs. They were joined by Phat, Spike and The Omegas, a group of mutants consisting of Callisto, Quill, Psylocke, Arclight at a Mutant Community Action Meeting at the Holy Trinity Church. With the assistance of Callisto, Lehnsherr relocated Raven Darkholme, who had been arrested attempting to break into the FDA. Lehnsherr destroyed the all-but prisoner-transportation truck holding Darkholme and released her as well as James Madrox and Cain Marko. All three released mutants proceeded to join the Brotherhood. Jean Grey also joined the Brotherhood as Phoenix. The team was disbanded after most of the mutants were depowered by the cure and killed by the Phoenix force during the battle on Alcatraz Island.
- Homosapiens are inferior.
- "The Cure" is a way to suppress rather than help mutants.
- Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto (A former member of Division X and The X-Men)
- Raven Darkholme/Mystique (A former member of Division X and The X-Men)
- Azazel (Deceased, A former member of the Hellfire Club.)
- Janos Quested/Riptide (Unknown, A former member of the Hellfire Club.)
- Angel Salvadore (Deceased, A former member of Division X and the Hellfire Club.)
- Emma Frost (Unknown, A former member of the Hellfire Club.)
- Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto
- Raven Darkholme/Mystique
- Moritimer Toynbee/Toad (Deceased)
- Victor Creed/Sabretooth (Unknown, former member of Team X.)
- Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto
- Raven Darkholme/Mystique (Depowered, Powers possibly restored)
- John Allerdyce/Pyro (A former student of Charles Xavier)
- James Madrox/Multiple Man (Arrested by U.S. Army troops)
- Cain Marko/Juggernaut
- Philippa Sontag/Arclight (Deceased)
- Callisto (Deceased)
- Maxwell Jordan/Quill (Deceased)
- Elizabeth Braddock/Psylocke (Possibly deceased)
- Jean Grey/Phoenix (Deceased, A former member of The X-Men)
- Phat (Deceased)
- Spyke (Deceased)
- Anole (Depowered)
- Glob Herman (Depowered, Powers possibly restored)
- Dominikos Petrakis (Unknown)
Allies and Enemies
- The X-Men - Enemies turned Allies turned Enemies again
- Stryker - Enemy
- Warren Worthington II - Enemy
- Leech - Enemy
Behind the scenes
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- In X-Men First Class, Magneto forms the Brotherhood with Mystique, Emma Frost, Angel, Riptide, and Azazel. Azazel and Angel (now known better as Tempest) were later killed by operatives of Project Wideawake a year after the Cuban Missile Crisis. Only Magneto and Mystique appear in later films. The fates of Riptide and Emma Frost are currently unknown.
- During the ambush of Alcatraz in X-Men: The Last Stand, several of the unnamed mutants in the ambush are seen with Rhinoceros-like horns, glowing eyes, regenerating limbs, and multiplying abilities (not to be confused with Multiple Man).