- Apocalypse (En Sabah Nur) (voiced by John Colicos from 1992–1993, James Blendick from 1994–1996, then Lorne Kennedy in 1997) - Apocalypse wants to pit humans and mutants in a war and rule the stronger race. His first appearance is part of a plot line revolving around an offer to "cure" mutations. It is eventually revealed to be a trick to transform mutants into the Horsemen of Apocalypse. Apocalypse also appears in a storyline revolving around Cable. In this story, Apocalypse masquerades as a member of the Friends of Humanity, creating a techno-organic virus. In Cable's future (3999 A.D.), Apocalypse still wages his war against humanity and mutant-kind, opposed by Cable and his Clan Chosen. In the "Beyond Good and Evil" storyline, Apocalypse attempted to attain godhood by kidnapping the most powerful psychic beings from across the universe. He planned to kill them simultaneously, in order to release a wave of psychic energy powerful enough to re-create the universe in his own image so he could rule unchallenged. However, Cable, Bishop, Magneto, Mystique, and the X-Men foil his plans. After the psychics are freed, they use their combined powers to trap Apocalypse in the Astral Plane for all eternity. In one of the final episodes of the series, Apocalypse is shown to be communicating from the Astral Plane with Fabian Cortez, whom Apocalypse had turned into his servant prior to the Axis of Time events. He tasked Cortez to find a powerful mutant to serve as his vessel, which would allow him to return to our world. However, Cortez failed due to the interruptions of Beast and Caliban. This resulted in Apocalypse claiming Cortez, himself, as the vessel and Apocalypse lived once more. In this animated version, Apocalypse was depicted many times as an invincible opponent. None of the X-Men's powers combined could do him much harm. Apocalypse's plans were occasionally hampered by the time-travelers Bishop and Cable.
- Powers: Immortality, super strength, invulnerability to harm, shape-shifting, psionic powers, teleportation, force-field generation, and flight.
- Mister Sinister (Nathaniel Essex) (voiced by Christopher Britton) - Interested in the creation of more powerful mutants, Sinister had an obsession with Cyclops and Jean Grey, as well as other powerful mutants such as Magneto. Like his comic counterpart, this Sinister was capable of emitting energy blasts from his hands and was vulnerable to Cyclops' optic beams. He was served both by the Nasty Boys and the Savage Land Mutates. Like in the comics, Sinister was originally a British scientist during the Victorian era, though he was not mutated by Apocalypse. This version of Sinister experimented on mutants and obtained organs from his minion, Jack the Ripper, and used the knowledge obtained through his activities to mutate himself. An ancestor of Professor X, Dr. Xavier, was one of Sinister's opponents and attempted to save his victims. Despite his origins having no link to Apocalypse, Sinister joined forces with him when Apocalypse plotted to rewrite reality by harnessing the power of the Axis of Time.
- The Shadow King (Amahl Farouk) (voiced by Maurice Dean Wint) - Xavier defeated Shadow King and his psychic essence was trapped in the Astral Plane. He escaped briefly and possessed Storm's godson, Mjnari, in order to possess Storm. The Shadow King was defeated and trapped once again, only to be released after Professor X suffered an accident which left his mind vulnerable to the Shadow King's attempts to take possession of Xavier and leave his mind trapped in the Astral Plane.
- Sabretooth (Victor Creed) (voiced by Don Francks) - Sabretooth was depicted as a henchman for Magneto. In the mainstream comics however, Sabretooth and Magneto have never come together in any real capacity.
- Omega Red (Arkady Rossovich) (voiced by Len Doncheff) - Omega Red appeared in the episode "Red Dawn." In this episode he is resuscitated by three corrupt generals who want to recreate the Soviet Union and rule it. Colossus, with the help of the X-Men, fights to save his country and its fragile freedom from these forces of tyranny. Omega Red later reappeared in "A Deal With the Devil." In this episode he is thawed and sent two miles (3 km) beneath the ocean to salvage a disabled, toxic, nuclear submarine threatening to break up near Hawaii. He also appeared in Wolverine's flashbacks, in which Team X fights against Omega Red and manage to freeze him. The details of their confrontation are unclear, as Wolverine's memories were altered to make him believe Omega Red killed Maverick and Silver Fox.
- Master Mold and the Sentinels (voiced by David Fox) - Master Mold and the Sentinels serve an important role during the first season. In one episode, the Sentinels, sent by Bolivar Trask and Henry Gyrich, kidnap the X-Men Gambit, Storm, and Jubilee while vacationing on the fictional island of Genosha. There, the three X-Men, along with several other mutants, are enslaved by Trask and Gyrich who are harnessing the mutants' powers to create a massive dam in Genosha whose water power will be used to run Trask's newly-created Master Mold. The X-Men eventually escape Genosha and destroy most of the Sentinels when Storm floods the dam. Later on in the season, they learn that Trask has lost control of Master Mold, who is now stationed in Washington, D.C. Master Mold has Senator Kelly, and dozens of other important world leaders kidnapped, and demands that Trask replace their brains with computers that can be controlled by Master Mold. The X-Men help rescue Trask and Kelly from Master Mold, and at the end of the season's last episode, Professor X, with the help of Magneto, flies the X-Men's jet, full of explosives, into Master Mold's torso. Master Mold and all Sentinels are believed to be destroyed at this point, but they resurface in season four. This time Master Mold wanted to create a new body for himself, but the X-Men eventually destroyed Master Mold once and for all. Even though he was destroyed, Master Mold will be reconstructed at some point in history, becoming the ruler in Bishop's time-line.
- Nimrod - In the animated continuity, Nimrod came from the "Days of Future Past" time-line, where Bishop is its contemporary. Nimrod follows Bishop into the past to stop him from preventing the assassination of Senator Kelly that causes the future time-line. With the help of Storm's powers, Bishop was able to defeat Nimrod on numerous occasions.
- Bolivar Trask (voiced by Brett Halsey) - Trask is the creator of the Sentinels, and was much longer-lived than his comic counterpart, returning for several episodes (one of which ironically featured him on the run from his own creations, along with Gyrich). Trask was introduced here in the second episode of the series.
- Henry Peter Gyrich (voiced by Barry Flatman) - Gyrich appeared in the episode "Night of the Sentinels." He later appeared in the season one finale "The Final Decision," the episode "Courage" (season 4), and the series finale "Graduation Day." Gyrich's personality in the series was an extreme take on that of his appearances in the Avengers and X-Men comic books as he supported mutant oppression, and possibly even extinction, whereas in the comics he was merely distrustful of superhumans in general. In the series finale, he quickly revealed that Professor X was a mutant by calling on a force wave with a remote, which revealed his power of telepathy at a worldwide conference. This weakened Xavier and nearly killed him by the end of the episode, though in the end he was taken away by Lilandra to be cured. This attack also nearly wounded many other people at the conference. Gyrich was taken away in custody because of his insanity, but warned everyone not to trust anyone, because they might well be mutants.
- Graydon Creed (voiced by John Stocker) - Like in the comics, Graydon Creed's deep resentment toward mutants comes from his parents, Sabretooth and Mystique. Graydon wound up in the care of his father, who bullied and beat him constantly. Many years later, Graydon founded the F.O.H. (Friends of Humanity), an anti-mutant hate group that did everything in its power to vilify mutants. After the Beast's pardon by the President, Graydon's resentment grew even more and the F.O.H. began targeting the X-Men. Graydon began looking for new ways to exterminate mutant-kind. He hired a brilliant scientist (who turned out to be Apocalypse) to create a virus that would wipe out every mutant on Earth, but would be relatively harmless to ordinary humans. His followers infect a number of mutants and spread rumors that mutants carry the disease. However Bishop and the X-Men destroy the virus. When Beast began dating his former patient Carly, a human, Graydon had her kidnapped, but the X-Men rescue her. Before they leave, the X-Men set up a holo-projector outside displaying Xavier's profile on the mutant Sabretooth, real name: Graydon Creed, Sr. Realizing that their leader was the son of a mutant, the F.O.H. leave him behind for the authorities. Later, Graydon returns to the F.O.H. to resume his old role as their leader. The council rules that first he has to prove himself. They tell Graydon to kill Sabretooth, Mystique, Rogue (his foster sister), and the demonic Nightcrawler, his own brother. Graydon kidnaps his mother Mystique and forces her to send a letter to Nightcrawler saying she was in danger. Fearing for his mother's life, Nightcrawler seeks the help of the X-Men Rogue and Wolverine. They locate the F.O.H.'s dam-base and walk straight into a trap. Graydon attempts to gas all of the mutants to death. They manage to break free and defeat him. Three of the council members inform him that he failed for the last time and as a result has been expelled from the order indefinitely. They parachute him to the house where Sabretooth was waiting.
- Trevor Fitzroy - Fitzroy was a guest-star in the two-part episode "One Man's Worth." Fitzroy, known as "the mutant traitor," under the orders of Master Mold, travels back in time to 1959 to murder Charles Xavier. In the cartoon, he does not kill those whose energy he absorbs.
- D'Ken - D'Ken was seen in the five-part "Phoenix Saga," where his history was very much like it was in the comics. He was also responsible for the death of Cyclops' parents, and him becoming an orphan on Earth. D'Ken gained control over the M'Kraan crystal, which gave him powers. D'Ken had fused with the M'Kraan crystal, so after the Phoenix fixes the crack that D'ken made on the crystal to gain its power, D'Ken was trapped inside it. The Phoenix later hid the crystal in the heart of the Sun.
- Erik the Red (Davan Shakari) (voiced by Lawrence Bayne) - Erik the Red was sent by D'ken to capture Lilandra and the M'Kraan crystal for him.
- Deathbird (Cal'syee Neramani) - Deathbird made several appearances in the series. In flashbacks, she was seen at D'Ken's side when Christopher and Katherine Summers were abducted. Following Lilandra's ascension to the throne of the empire, Deathbird sought to overthrow her sister and install herself as Majestrix, for which she joined Apocalypse. However, Apocalypse was merely using Deathbird for his own plans. During the episode "Beyond Good and Evil," she attacked Lilandra alongside Apocalypse. However, he abandoned her at the mercy of Lilandra and Imperial Guard Praetor Gladiator. Apocalypse simply wanted a distraction so he could kidnap Oracle, the psychic of the Imperial Guard.
- Juggernaut (Cain Marko) (voiced by Rick Bennett) - Juggernaut fully appeared in three episodes: "The Unstoppable Juggernaut," "Phoenix Saga" (part 3), and "Juggernaut Returns." He attempted to get revenge on Xavier in all three episodes.
- Mojo (voiced by Peter Wildman) - Mojo appeared in the episodes "Mojovision" and "Longshot."
- Spiral (Rita Wayword) (voiced by Cynthia Belliveau) - Spiral worked for Mojo and helped him torture the captured X-Men by making them perform in television shows against their wills, but eventually betrayed Mojo when she met and fell in love with Longshot. Their relationship, however, turned for the worse and Spiral once again turned to Mojo's side in the end.
- Black Tom Cassidy - Cassidy teamed up with Juggernaut to kidnap Lilandra in the "Phoenix Saga." He and Banshee are referred to as brothers in the series continuity with Banshee being the elder.
- Cameron Hodge (voiced by Stephen Ouimette) - Cameron Hodge first appeared as a lawyer for Hank McCoy. Later, Hodge was an ambassador working for the mutant-oppressing Genoshan government. After the corrupt government was overthrown by the combined efforts of Cable and the X-Men, Hodge, who was now missing an arm and a leg courtesy of Cable, vowed to get his revenge on the mutants. He was fortunate enough to have met up with the techno-organic alien race known as the Phalanx. Restoring his missing limbs and granting him a fraction of their power, the Phalanx promised to help him get his revenge and, in exchange, he would help them assimilate planet Earth and its inhabitants. Hodge was defeated when the X-Men, with the help of Amelia Voght, Magneto, Mr. Sinister, and Warlock, drove the Phalanx from Earth.
- Purple Man (Zebediah Killgrave) - The Purple Man appeared in the fourth episode of season five, "No Mutant Is an Island," as a telepathic mutant terrorist who plans on taking over the government using a group of young mutants under his mental control. In the end, the X-Man Cyclops gets in his way and eventually defeats him.
- The High Evolutionary (Herbert Wyndham) (voiced by James Blendick) and the New Men - The High Evolutionary is the Master of Wundagore. He seeks to create a superior generation of his New Men by using mutant DNA, mutating humans into beast-like beings, instead of experimenting on animals. He sets up a trap to capture Magneto, Quicksilver, and the Scarlet Witch, revealing to the twins that they are Magneto's children. He also appeared in a flashback, in which he fights Garokk and traps his essence in the ground of the Savage Land.
- Arkon (voiced by Paul Haddad) - Arkon appeared in the episode "Storm Front" (parts 1 and 2). In the series, Arkon unleashes terrible weather conditions over Washington, D.C., to get Storm's attention. It works and he begs her to return with him to his planet, Corsus, to save it from meteorological chaos, which threatens his people. After much pleading, Arkon convinces Storm. Intrigued by this dynamic leader but slightly suspicious, Storm departs, but leaves a clue for the other X-Men to follow. Once Storm saves the planet, she is proclaimed savior throughout this universe, and Arkon asks her to marry him. Later she finds out that his ships are bringing thousands of slaves from nearby planets, and knows that Arkon is a tyrant.
- Proteus (Kevin McTaggart) (voiced by Stuart Stone) - Proteus appeared in the two-part episode "Proteus" (season 4), which was based on 1979–1980 Uncanny X-Men storyline. In the episode, he escapes from Muir Island to find out who his father is and creates havoc around the city, and the X-Men have to stop him.
- The Red Skull (Johann Schmidt) (voiced by Cedric Smith) - The Red Skull appears in the episode "Old Soldiers." He appears in Wolverine's flashbacks when Wolverine remembers his past. Red Skull had kidnapped a scientist and was working for the Nazis.
- Silver Samurai (Kenuicho Harada) (voiced by Dennis Akayama) - Silver Samurai appeared in the episode "The Lotus and the Steel." He is given little characterization in the episode, reduced to a mere gang leader whose thugs terrorize a village where Wolverine has been living. The villagers stand their ground and Wolverine bests the samurai in single combat by taking advantage of Samurai's habit of teleporting behind him. Wolverine anticipates the move and disables the teleportation device, humiliating Samurai.
- The Phalanx - The Phalanx appear in the episode "The Phalanx Covenant." They are a techno-organic, extraterrestrial race bent on assimilating every other lifeform. They invade the Earth, though they are initially unable to assimilate mutants. This version of the Phalanx is an amalgamation of the comics' Technarchy and Phalanx.
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