The first X-Men characters appeared in the X-Men comic release in September 1963. Published by Marvel Comics and created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, The X-Men are a group of mutants who try and keep the peace between mutants and normal humans. Some of the most popular characters in The X-Men include Charles Xavier, Wolverine, Storm, Magneto, Rogue, Nightcrawler, Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Iceman. However, we have seen many characters introduced over time and below you will find 3 of the more obscure X-Men Characters.
We begin with Anole, who was originally going to be used in a plot where he commits suicide having come out to his intolerant friends and family. Thankfully, that never happened but since his first appearance in X-Men, Anole, who is a teen mutant, has appeared mostly in crowd scenes. Anole will sometimes have a few lines in a major comic but is never a standout character, despite his green, reptilian skin. Created by Christina Weir and Nunzio DeFilippis, Anole first appeared in issue 2 of New Mutants volume two in 2003. Due to his reptilian mutation, he can crawl up walls, use camouflage, and has a prehensile tongue. Anole is a sensible youth and there is a fantastic opportunity to develop his character further in future X-Men editions. Anole remains an obscure character right now despite having been a main character in the New X-Men and Young X-Men. To those who have only watched the X-Men films, you are unlikely to have heard the name until now.
Next, we come to Domino, who first appeared in X-Force as a cameo in 1992. She soon enjoyed an appearance as a full character and Domino even had two self-titled series, during which she joined forces with Puck. Together they worked against Lady Deathstrike and Donald Pierce and Domino has also appeared in a miniseries with Wolverine entitled X-Force: Sex and Violence. Domino has an interesting backstory and she was the only survivor of a government program to create the perfect weapon. However, her ‘luck’ power was not deemed satisfactory enough to remain and she became a mercenary. Her ‘luck’ mutation means Domino can subconsciously and psionically initiate random telekinetic acts that turn things in her favour. She will have good luck, while her opponents will have bad luck and this is something we could all do with from time to time. The Chinese are big believers in luck and the number 88 is a lucky number for people in China. The number 88 symbolizes fortune and good luck in Chinese culture and the famous 88 slot game is based on the Fu Bat, a character meaning fortune.
Another obscure X-Men character is Dr. Cecilia Reyes. She appears in a blue and gold costume but has never received a codename. Her mutant ability can generate force fields, which is a great ability to have, especially when under attack. However, Reyes mostly uses her skills as a trauma surgeon rather than her mutant ability. Briefly a member of the X-Men, Reyes is Latin American and was raised in the Bronx. She was forced into the X-Men team more by circumstance than wanting to use her mutant ability and wants to try and lead a normal life. Reyes initially joined the X-Men reluctantly following an encounter with the villain Pyro and encouragement from Daredevil. Interestingly, Reyes appeared in The New Mutants film that was released in 2020. The film follows Danielle “Dani” Moonstar, who wakes up in an empty hospital and is being cared for by Reyes, who informs her she has unique mutant DNA.