TGIF, and thank god X-Men are finally going to be back in town! As we wait for the expected premiere of the movie X-Men Apocalypse, we binge watched all of our favorite mutants that appeared in animated form.
Yes, as you already know, we are an animated video production company and we love animation! We couldn’t help ourselves.
Game on! Do you think you know them all? Test your fandom with this superb timeline.
The Marvel Super Heroes
X-Men Featured: Angel, Beast, Cyclops, Iceman, and Marvel Girl
The first ever animated appearance of X-Men was on this show. They were part of the Sub-Mariner episode "Dr. Doom's Day / The Doomed Allegiance / Tug of Death". Curiously enough, the X-Men are never referred to in this episode as the X-Men but rather as the Allies for Peace. Nonetheless, the characters kept their original looks and individual names from the comics.
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
X-Men Featured: Iceman, Sunfire, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Angel, Professor X, Wolverine, Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Kitty Pryde and Thunderbird.
Where were the X-Men during the 1970’s? Maybe disco dancing, but definitely not on TV! Nonetheless, in 1981 Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends made its appearance and the X-Men were back. This was the show that made Iceman become the first X-Men character to have a regular role on television.
For the continuity of the show, Firestar was also shown as a former member of the X-Men, though she actually wasn’t!
Pryde of the X-Men television pilot
X-Men Featured: Kitty Pryde, Professor X, Cyclops, Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Wolverine and Dazzler.
This half-hour cartoon was produced in 1989 as the pilot for an ongoing X-Men animated series that wasn't picked up. Well, at least it left us the unforgettable theme song that goes "X-Men! Saves the Day! X-Men! Coming your way!"
Actually, the pilot is best remembered for being the basis for the popular 1992 Konami X-Men arcade game, which starred the same characters and designs.
X-Men Featured: Beast, Cyclops, Gambit, Jean Grey, Jubilee, Professor X, Rogue, Storm, Wolverine, Bishop, Cable, Havok, Iceman, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Polaris, Sunfire, Northstar, Banshee, Forge and lots more!
Different from its predecessor, the X-Men TV series had a five-season run. It was an extraordinary hit that helped widen the X-Men's popularity. Maybe the key to its success was that it featured a core X-Men team, similar to that of the 1990s comics and in the uniforms that fan favorite artist Jim Lee designed.
There were several crossovers between the many Marvel animated series of the 1990s. Regarding the X-Men, they guest starred on Spider-Man in episodes "The Mutant Agenda" and "Mutants Revenge", when Spider-Man seeks Professor X's help with his growing mutation disease. Storm would later guest-star in the Secret Wars arc as well!
Fantastic FourAired: 1995
These X-Men characters made very swift cameos in the Fantastic Four series, in the episode "Nightmare in Green", as the Human Torch flies overhead so quickly, we couldn’t find a screenshot! *wink*
Launched almost along the first X-Men feature film, the series followed a bunch of X-Men. The high school angle was pushed to a huge degree in this series, as the X-Men attended a regular public high school in addition to the Xavier Institute. It ended in 2003 after its fourth season.
X-Men Featured: Cyclops, Jean Grey, Archangel, Wolverine, the Beast, Xavier and Storm.
Minimates released a short animated brickfilm called X-Men: Darktide on DVD with a box set of figures. The plot involved the X-Men battling the Brotherhood at an oil rig.
Wolverine and the X-Men
X-Men Featured: Wolverine, Cyclops, Emma Frost, Kitty Pryde, Storm, Iceman, Angel, Rogue, Colossus, Gambit, Professor X, Jean Grey, Forge and some others.
2008 was the year in which a new X-Men animated show that featured Wolverine was aired. Released by Marvel, this series used 2D and also 3D animation for characters and backgrounds.
Similar in style and design to X-Men: Evolution, the plot points recalled the film series. That’s why, in some ways, the show feels like a follow up to several incarnations of X-Men stories!
The Super Hero Squad Show
X-Men Featured: Wolverine, Professor X, Storm, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Iceman, Colossus and others.
Targeted to a young audience, Wolverine is a regular cast member in this animated series. Because of its viewers, it portrays the softest Wolverine imaginable! Other X-Men have also made appearances on the show.
X-Men Featured: Storm, Cyclops, Nightcrawler and Wolverine.
Of only six episodes, Black Panther had strong bonds to the greater Marvel Universe. In this series, Storm brought along three of her X-Men teammates!
Marvel Anime: Wolverine
X-Men Featured: Wolverine, Cyclops and others.
Some X-Men characters were featured in a 12 episode anime series that aired in Japan on Animax and in the United States on G4.
Does Wolverine look like he can speak Japanese?
Marvel Anime: X-Men
X-Men Featured: Professor X, Cyclops, Wolverine, Storm, Beast, Emma Frost, Armor.
Another part of a four-series collaboration between the Japanese Madhouse animation house and Marvel is this new X-Men anime series that depicts the mutants reuniting on a mission that takes them to Japan a year after Jean Grey died.
As with Wolverine, the X-Men anime made its debut in the United Stated on G4.
Wow! That’s a lot of animated X-Men, right? That means we’ll have our hands (actually, our eyes!) busy until the new movie finally premieres in cinemas. Clap, clap! Now tell us your thoughts! We’d love to know what your favorite X-Men animated series were. We are sure they were a part of your childhood adventures too.Be sure to enjoy your weekend! Relax, have fun and… be patient, X-Men evolution is almost here! If you want to see more awesome animations check out our compilation of Game of Thrones animated videos.