In Other Media
X-Men: The Animated Series
Biography: "Magnus" was born in a nameless war-torn country and his family was murdered by the opposing faction. The Holocaust and
Magnus and Charles did work together to help victims of the war that tore Magnus homeland apart, though it is within that unnamed homeland itself. When hostilities renewed and the faction that had killed his family attacked again, Magneto found himself drawn into the deadly violence of the struggle and then into a violent struggle for mutant rights.
Personality: This Magneto is the most like his 616 counterpart (though the 616 Magneto was never abusive towards his wife).
Powers: TAS Magneto is only slightly more limited than his 616 counterpart in both scope and scale, though he is shown manipulating energies on occasion and at one point almost discorporates.
Biography: As a boy, "Erik Lehnsherr" was rescued from a “P.O.W. camp” in Poland by Captain
It is noteworthy that Charles was treating Wanda for her emotional instability at the mental institution, attempting to help her control her powers. Logically, this indicates that Magneto asked for Charles’ help in treating Wanda since as her guardian he would have to give permission for an outside doctor to treat her. Or in “T.V. Show Logic”, Charles knew Magneto during the twin’s childhood and stepped in to help Wanda of his own volition.
Personality: The Evolution Magneto is more of a manipultive puppeteer than his 616 counterpart, though more emotionally stable. His goals are not world conquest, but mutant aweness and protection.
Powers: Evolution Magneto is even more limited, manipulating magnetic fields and metallic objects exclusively. The scale of his power, while still not on the level of his 616 counterpart, is nonetheless impressive. While battling Apocalypse, Magneto draws satellites out of orbit to fling at his foe.
Biography: Young Erik Lehnsherr was torn from his parent’s arms during the “Selektion” at
Personality: The Movie Magneto is emotionally colder than any of his other counterparts, and the most murderous barring the Ultimate Magneto.
Powers: The Movie Magneto is perhaps the least powerful of all of Magneto’s incarnations. He seems to be limited to manipulating metallic objects and is so weak, he requires Mystique to inject extra iron into the guards bloodstream to make use of in his escape.
However, in X3, he moved the
The novels are based on the comic book universe of the 616, so Magneto's personality and biography is essentially the same as you would find in the comics.
Mutant Empire (Vol.s 1 – 3)
By Christopher Golden
Magneto and the Acolytes hijack the sentinels to take over
It also suffers from a lack of research by the author, who obviously does not know how Cyclops’ power works, or the fact that Magneto has repeatedly stolen any lightning Storm has thrown at him and used it against her. The ELECTRO part of “electromagnetism” seems to have slipped by him so the author does not apply Magneto's powers on the range that he has proven himself capable of, keeping the character confined to shields and manipulting metal. One tiny science fact is also expanded far beyond its natural means in order to make Storm look good, which breaks the suspension of disbelief. While snow does absorb some solar radiation, as the rest of the planet’s surface does, it obviously does not absorb electromagnetic radiation at the scales the author wants it too. Otherwise, our North and South poles would well, they wouldn’t exist. A snow storm is not going to stop Magneto from using his powers.
There are also a couple of "Umm...you know it would be a lot easier if they just..." moments as well.
Chaos Engine (Vol.s 1 - 3)
By Steven A. Roman
Magneto wins Benevolent Dictator of the 616 Award when he takes his turn, between Doom and the Red Skull, with a flawed Cosmic Cube that Roma, the Omniversal Guardian, sends the X-Men after lest all of reality be undone. While the first two books of this 2000-2002 series start out really sloooow (let’s put it this way, you’d better love
Magneto’s characterization is quite good, part Chris Claremont’s Redeemable Magneto and part Fabian Nicieza’s Mutant Messiah. (Though inexplicably, the author chose to resurrect the abusive Silver Age Magneto-Toad relationship for a few lines.) While the second book is ostensibly his, Magnus has a constant role throughout all three volumes as the wild card. His journey seeming to put him back on track to redemption as his overriding need to save Anya reawakens the father and the man in him. Overall, an excellent read for Magneto fans.