The Acolytes is a team of comic book mutant supervillains in the Marvel Comics universe. The Acolytes followed the principles of the mutant Magneto, particularly the mutant right of superiority over normal humans. Some members of the Acolytes even worshipped him with a religious fervor and regarded him as the “mutant messiah.” The Acolytes first appeared in X-Men vol. 2 #1 (October 1991) and were created by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee.
The Acolytes were first a group of desperate mutants on the run from S.H.I.E.L.D. soldiers, led originally by Fabian Cortez. Magneto housed them on his space station, Asteroid M, giving the mutants refuge. Due to events arranged and manipulated by Fabian Cortez, the first group of Acolytes perished. Cortez characterized their deaths and the assumed death of Magneto as martyrdom to further his cause against normal humanity.
Cortez formed and led a second group of Acolytes whose first mission was to attack a school for the handicapped, Our Mother of the Sacred Heart, to find a child who would one day become a powerful mutant. The X-Men interfered with their attack and the Acolytes retreated. Afterwards, the Acolytes kidnapped Moira MacTaggert. Fabian Cortez’s reason was to ascertain whether Magneto was alive. Moira was rescued by the X-Men. The Acolytes’ next attack was on a hospital. Four members of the Acolytes were involved in killing several dying, hospitalized humans. Next, the team attempted an aborted attack on a military base. They were opposed by X-Factor and their mercenary ally Random. The attack on the base actually proved beneficial because it was a way for Fabian to attempt to coerce Quicksilver, the son of Magneto, to join his cause. Meanwhile, Magneto returned to hatch his plan of revenge. Magneto recruited Exodus, in order to reclaim the Acolytes in his name.
The Acolytes resurfaced after the events of Decimation, consisting of returning members Exodus and Cargill, Random who aided them in a mission before, and former Mutant Liberation Front member Tempo. They planned to use S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Helicarrier to find the locations of latent mutants, but discovered the mutant gene had been wiped out making the remaining mutants an endangered species. After a battle with the X-Men, the Acolytes fled and sought out a way to replenish the mutant population. Exodus, Cargill, Tempo, Unuscione, and Random were confirmed to be members of the newest incarnation of the team, as well as Senyaka, still in his Acolytes uniform, who took on Deadpool on the island of Providence while the Marauders Gambit and Sunfire attacked Cable. It has been revealed that the Acolytes were being used by Sinister to obtain Destiny's Diaries and kill Blindfold.
|Character||Real Name||Joined In||Notes|
|Magneto||Eric Magnus Lehnsherr||X-Men (vol. 2) #2||He founded the team and lead the team. Presumed depowered following M-Day. He is the father of Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and Polaris|
|Anne-Marie Cortez||Anne-Marie Cortez||X-Men (vol. 2) #2||She is the sister of Fabian Cortez. She died in the crash-landing Asteroid M.|
|Fabian Cortez||Fabian Cortez||X-Men (vol. 2) #2||He was later killed by Exodus in Avengers #369, but revealed to be alive only to be killed by Magneto in Magneto: Dark Seduction #4. He is the brother of Anne-Marie Cortez.|
|Chrome||Allen Marc Yuricic||X-Men (vol. 2) #2||Died in the crash-landing Asteroid M.|
|Delgado||Marco Delgado||X-Men (vol. 2) #2||Died in the crash-landing Asteroid M.|
|Nance Winters||Nance Winters||X-Men (vol. 2) #2||Was a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent at the time of joining the Acolytes. Only joined because she was be brainwashed by Anne-Marie Cortez. Her current whereabouts is unknown|
|Scanner||Sarah Ryall||Avenger #327||Formerly known as Screener. Has served in many Acolytes Incarnation, was though the be dead after Cassandra Nova's attack on Genosha, but revealed alive. One of many mutants to be depowered after M-Day.|
|Cargill||Joanna Cargill||Uncanny X-Men #298||Formerly known as Frenzy. Formerly a member of the Alliance of Evil and the X-Men (under Jean Grey's mind control). Currently working with the Acolytes and Marauders.|
|Unuscione||Carmella Unuscione||Uncanny X-Men #298||Believed to be related to Unus the Untouchable. Was though the be dead after Cassandra Nova's attack on Genosha, but revealed alive. Current member of the Acolytes.|
|Kleinstock Brothers||Harlan, Sven, and Eric Kleinstock||Uncanny X-Men #298||Murdered Sharon Friedlander during their first mission. Following that, Tom Corsi shot and killed Eric Kleinstock. After Avalon's destruction, they turned themselves in to the authorities. Later rejoined only to be killed during Cassandra Nova's Genosha attack.|
|Javitz||Isaac Javitz||Uncanny X-Men #298||Killed during Holocaust's attack on Avalon.|
|Neophyte||Simon Hall||Uncanny X-Men #300||Survived Holocaust's attacks, Cassandra Nova's attacks, and even managed to retain his powers after M-Day. Current whereabouts is unknown.|
|Milan||Francisco Milan||Uncanny X-Men #300||Killed during Holocaust's attacks on Avalon|
|Voght||Amelia Voght||Uncanny X-Men #300||Thought to have been killed during Cassandra Nova's Genosha attack, but revealed alive and continued working as a nurse until she rejoined just before Messiah Complex storyline. She is the former lover of Professor X, but left him after his decision to start the X-Men. Current member of the Acolytes.|
|Senyaka||Suvik Senyaka||Uncanny X-Men #300||Formerly known as Sanyaka. Crushed by Magneto with his own coils, but later recuperated. Presumed killed with the destruction of Providence.|
|Spoor||Andrew Hamish Graves||Uncanny X-Men #300||Former prisoner of Muir Island. Presumed killed during Cassandra Nova's attacks on Genosha.|
|Katu||Katu Kath||Uncanny X-Men #300||Sacrificed himself to Omega Red and survived. Presumed deceased following Cassandra Nova's Genosha attack.|
|Seamus Mellencamp||Seamus Mellencamp||Uncanny X-Men #300||Killed by Multiple Man, but later revealed alive. Presumed deceased following Cassandra Nova's Genosha attack.|
|Exodus||Bennet du Paris/Paris Bennett||X-Factor #92||Current leader of the team and former second-in-command to Magneto. Former leader of the Brotherhood of Mutants. Recently lost a large telepathic battle to Professor X and his fate is unknown.|
|Rusty Collins||Russell Collins||X-Force #25||Former ward of X-Factor. Killed during Holocaust's attack on Avalon.|
|Skids||Sally Blevins||X-Force #25||Former ward of X-Factor. Left the team following Rusty's death. Current agent of S.H.I.E.L.D..|
|Colossus||Piotr Nicoleivitch Rasputin||Uncanny X-Men #304||Joined after the death of his sister, Illyana Rasputin. Left after Avalon's destruction. Later rejoined the X-Men and died of the Legacy Virus in Uncanny X-Men #390. Later revived and is now an active member of the Astonishing & Uncanny X-Men and the Last Defenders.|
|Rakkus||David Anthony Rice||Avengers #380||Presumed either deceased or depowered.|
|Orator||Victor Ludwig||Magneto #1||Presumed depowered.|
|Kamal||Kamal el Alaqui||Magneto #2||Confirmed alive, but presumed depowered.|
|Decay||Jacob Lashinski||Quicksilver #9||Died after his own powers backfired in a battle against the High Evolutionary.|
|Gargouille||Lavinia LeBlanc||Quicksilver #9||Confirmed to have retained her powers following M-Day. Current whereabouts is unknown.|
|Joseph||Joseph||Quicksilver #9||Died in X-Men (vol. 2) #87 after losing physical cohesion while communing with the electromagnetic spectrum.|
|Projector||Zachary Williams||Quicksilver #9||Confirmed alive and to have retained his powers after M-Day. Current whereabouts is unknown.|
|Rem-Ram||Marcus Andrews||X-Men: The Magneto War||Presumed killed during Cassandra Nova's assault on Genosha.|
|Static||Gianna Carina Esperanza||X-Men: The Magneto War||Presumed deceased following Cassandra Nova's attack on Genosha.|
|Barnacle||Mortimer Everett||X-Men: The Magneto War||Presumed dead during Cassandra Nova's attack on Genosha.|
|Vindaloo||Venkat Katregadda||Uncanny X-Men #366||Confirmed to be alive and to have retained his powers following M-Day. Current whereabouts is unknown.|
|Random||Marshall Evan Stone III||X-Men (vol. 2) Annual 2007||Former member of the Brotherhood of Mutants. Current member of the Acolytes.|
|Tempo||Heather Tucker||X-Men (vol. 2) Annual 2007||Former member of the Mutant Liberation Front. Current member of the Acolytes.|
|Wolverine||James Howlett/Logan||X-Men (vol. 2) #3||Brainwashed into joining and fighting the X-Men. Came to his senses and fought off the Acolytes. Current member of the New Avengers, X-Men, and X-Force.|
|Cyclops||Scott Summers||X-Men (vol. 2) #3||Brainwashed into joining and fighting the X-Men. Came to his senses and fought off the Acolytes. Current member and leader of the X-Men.|
|Gambit||Remy LeBeau||X-Men (vol. 2) #3||Brainwashed into joining and fighting the X-Men. Came to his senses and fought off the Acolytes. Currently guest appearing in X-Men: Legacy.|
|Beast||Dr. Hank McCoy||X-Men (vol. 2) #3||Brainwashed into joining and fighting the X-Men. Came to his senses and fought off the Acolytes. Currently a member of the Astonishing X-Men.|
|Rogue||Unknown||X-Men (vol. 2) #3||Brainwashed into joined and fighting the X-Men. Came to her senses and fought off the Acolytes. Currently guest appearing in X-Men: Legacy.|
|Psylocke||Elizabeth Braddock||X-Men (vol. 2) #3||Brainwashed into joining and fighting the X-Men. Came to her senses and fought off the Acolytes. Currently a member of the New Exiles in another universe.|
|Polaris||Lorna Dane||X-Men (vol. 2) #98||Declined becoming a full-fledged member. Aided Magneto in ruling over Genosha since she found out he is her father. Became mentally unstable following Cassandra Nova's attack on Genosha. Current member of the Starjammers.|
|Quicksilver||Pietro Maximoff||Unknown||Aided Magneto in his ruling over Genosha. Depowered after M-Day, but regained his powers in X-Factor.|
|Pyro||St. John Allerdyce||Quicksilver #6||Associate member under Exodus when he attacked Wundagore Mountain. Died of the Legacy Virus.|
|Feral||Maria Callasantos||Quicksilver #6||Associate member when under Exodus when he attacked Wundagore Mountain. Depowered after M-Day and later killed by Sabretooth.|
|Avalanche||Dominic Szilard Petros||Quicksilver #6||Associate member under Exodus when he attacked Wundagore Mountain. Current whereabouts is unknown.|
|Omega Red||Arkady Russovich||Quicksilver #6||Associate member under Exodus when he attacked Wundagore Mountain.|
|Fenris||Andrea & Andreas Von Strucker||Quicksilver #8||Associate member under Exodus when he attacked Wundagore Mountain. Killed by Baron Zemo.|
|Omega Sentinel||Karima Shapandar||X-Men: Legacy #208||Was aiding Exodus in keeping Xavier alive. Xavier defeated Exodus and left Magneto and Karima behind. Her current whereabouts is unknown and presumably with Magneto and the Acolytes still.|
Burns disagrees and moves to kill Panther. In self-defense, Black Panther flings the Wasp head at Burns, and it kills him with a bite to the jugular. The other Acolytes start fighting Panther, but Cortez orders everyone to stop fighting immediately. Cortez stated that Burns has disobeyed his direct order and paid for it with his life. Cortez informs that Panther only defended himself because the Acolytes attacked him, so he can’t be punished for that.
Panther expresses that he wants to go with the Acolytes to Asteroid M, if that means the zombies or the virus can’t reach him there. Cortez promises they’ll do that, because he wouldn’t be able to live with himself if he left another human being behind. The other Acolytes protest against it, but Cortez is confident, as he wants to ensure the survival of his species, and therefore can use all the help they can get. The others realize they don’t have much choice and agree with it, but they want to kill the Wasp first. Black Panther refuses, because he wants her to come to Asteroid M with them. Even Cortez isn’t so sure about it, but agrees to take the Wasp with them.
After the Acolytes and Black Panther arrive on Asteroid M, Reynolds decided to study and learn more about the zombies by using the Wasp as a specimen. Reynolds said that he could maybe even find a cure. Later, Forge arrives and introduces himself to Panther. One of the Acolytes, Lisa Hendricks, takes an immediate romantic interest in the Black Panther.
The story skips five years later when the Acolytes, Forge, Black Panther and the Wasp (still a zombie, but now with a robotic body) land back on earth. They look around and see nothing left except plantlife and the ruins of old cities. Cortez stated that the zombies could still be around and they have to stay alert. Black Panther has married Hendricks and they have a baby, K’Shamba. Hendricks tells Panther and Cortez that they are surely alone, there is no life left on the planet and no death, either. Reynolds and the Wasp also state that all the zombies have vanished after Reynolds completes his sensor sweep. Reynolds, using the thermal reading, indicates there are no living humans left. By using the motion reading, he indicates there is no living human or zombie left on earth. The zombies are nowhere to be found; they either died or left the planet. Reynolds said that he doesn’t know where the remaining zombies went, but Cortez and Panther are interested in finding out. This makes the Acolytes, Forge, and Black Panther the last survivors of the human species.
In the prequel, it is revealed that Magneto and Fabian Cortez made a deal with an unknown entity to bring the virus to earth.
Kamal appears as a member of Professor Xavier's future X-Men.