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The world's most powerful telepath, Charles Xavier's crippled body serves as a constant reminder of his troubled past - one fraught with pain, loss and the bitter sting of oppression.

The son of nuclear researcher Brian Xavier and his wife Sharon, Charles experienced the emergence of his telepathic powers while still a boy. Following her husband's accidental death, Sharon married Brian's colleague, Dr. Kurt Marko. Cain, Kurt's son by a previous marriage, came to live at the Xaviers' Westchester mansion shortly thereafter. A cruel and spiteful boy, he bullied his new stepbrother. As punishment, Cain's father beat him - and the untrained Charles felt his sibling's pain firsthand, as he could not yet control his fledgling abilities or terminate his contact with the boy's mind.

As he grew older, Charles learned to rein in his burgeoning powers. A brilliant student, Charles enrolled in the graduate-studies program at Oxford University, where he met and fell in love with fellow student Moira Kinross. Their passionate discussions on the subject of genetic mutation gave way to an equally passionate romantic relationship, and the two planned to be married. Standing in their way was Moira's former boyfriend, Joe MacTaggert, a lance corporal in the Royal Marines - and a bully and thug, just like Cain. In Joe's eyes, Charles was an effete, good-for-nothing intellectual. To prove him wrong - and to validate himself in terms his rival would understand - Charles enlisted in the military after completing his studies at Oxford.

When Moira broke off their engagement without explanation, Charles left the Army to travel abroad. While in Cairo, Egypt, he clashed with the powerful mutant telepath Amahl Farouk. This experience inspired Charles to devote his life to protecting humanity from misguided mutants bent on world domination and safeguarding innocent mutants from human oppression. Charles next traveled to Israel, where he befriended fellow drifter Erik Magnus Lehnsherr, the mutant who would come to be called Magneto. Their powers revealed to one another while battling terrorists, Charles espoused his optimistic belief that Homo sapiens and Homo superior could coexist, but Erik foresaw mutants as the new minority to be persecuted and hunted because of their differences.

Arriving in London, Charles renewed his friendship with Moira, who had since married Joe and was now a renowned geneticist; the two began to discuss the idea of founding a school for mutants. En route to the United States, Charles was involved in an accident that crippled his legs.

Despite his setback, he forged ahead and opened the school. Professor X's first student was 11-year-old Jean Grey, traumatized when she telepathically experienced the emotions of a dying friend. Charles helped Jean recover and taught her to use her telekinetic powers. Following his success with Jean, he embarked on his long-held plan to locate young mutants and enroll them in his School for Gifted Youngsters. Professor X even converted his mansion into a base from which he could train them to use their powers for humanity's benefit. During the months that followed, Charles assembled the balance of his original students. He dubbed them X-Men, because each possessed an 'extra' ability normal humans lacked.

For years, Charles was widely regarded as an authority on genetic mutation, as well as an advocate of peaceful relations between man and mutant - but the general public was unaware he possessed superhuman powers. The status quo shifted when Cassandra Nova went on television while in possession of her brother's body and broke his decades-long silence. In hindsight, Charles believes Cassandra was right to expose him to the world. She took the step he knew he had to take. Charles always found an excuse not to put his reputation on the line. But Cassandra -- in trying to do evil, in attempting to expose Xavier to his enemies - freed him from his self-imposed exile. The world is finally listening, and all the X-Men had to do was take off their masks and step from the shadows.
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