Keep your friends close and your enemies even closer. That old saying seems to be the motto of the X-Men, because they’ve been willing to take in anyone as long as he or she at least tries to be reformed. That fits into Professor Charles Xavier’s message of peace and harmony with all people, especially between mutants and humans, but also believing in the good of others.
While the X-Men have faced some of the most deadly supervillains in the Marvel Universe, they’ve also made some of their worst enemies into honorary members of the team. Sometimes, that’s worked out great and the former villains became loyal X-Men. Other times, the villains have gone right back to their evil ways. Here’s a run-down of some of the worst villains who joined the X-Men.
The man who would become Toad started out in “The X-Men” #4 in 1964 as an enemy of the mutant superheroes, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. He was a mutant named Mortimer Toynbee with a hunchback and a knack for jumping who joined Magneto’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, playing the role of Magneto’s sidekick for years until he broke away to form his own Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
Toad had been a villain for most of his history until 2011’s “X-Men: Regenesis” #1, written by Kieron Gillen and penciled by Billy Tan. At that point in the saga of the X-Men, the team had broken up into two factions; one led by Cyclops and the other led by Wolverine. Wolverine took over the X-Mansion and renamed it “The Jean Grey School For Higher Learning.” In issue #1 of “Regenesis,” Toad begged to join Wolverine’s team, even as a lowly janitor. It wasn’t the best role in the X-Men, which may be why he quit to re-join Magneto soon after.