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Real Name Erik Lehnsherr
Current Alias Magneto
Aliases Erik Magnus
Eric M. Lehnsherr
Eric Magnus Lehnsherr
Gender Male
Species Mutant
Alignment Neutral
Relatives Edie Lehnsherr (mother)
unnamed father
Occupation Terrorist; former Government Agent
Affiliation formerly Brotherhood of Mutants
Status Alive
First appearance X-Men: Days of Future Past
Portrayed by Ian McKellen
Michael Fassbender (young)


Powers and Abilities


Magneto of the X-Men films seems to only be able to manipulate metal, not the entire electro-magnetic spectrum, and has been seen to be able to affect even non-ferrous metallic objects. Magneto's resistance to mental attack does not stem from his own natural powers but is technological in nature; the helmet he took from Sebastian Shaw contains some kind of a psychic shielding component, able to completely negate both the telepathic abilities of Charles Xavier, and also the illusion-casting abilities of Mastermind.

Magnetism: Magneto is capable of mentally affecting magnetic fields, this allows him to perform various and powerful techniques. He is shown in X-Men First Class to be able to easily move small metallic objects, deflecting bullets, and later on being capable of turning a massive satellite, lifting an entire submarine, and redirecting multiple missiles. In the original X-Men films Magneto has been shown to easily catch the X-Jet and in the Third movie he moves a whole bridge. It is revealed in X-Men First Class that prior to meeting and training with Charles Xavier, Eric used anger to utilize his abilities, and thus couldn't perform to his full potential, however, it should be noted he was able to move a massive anchor and take down an entire ship while still using his ability through anger. But once Charles helped Eric realize he still had good memories and his control was better when he was between rage and serenity Eric, and later Magneto, truly began to control his mutant power.


Genius-level Intellect: A mastermind, Magneto is a genius in various scientific fields. He is an expert on genetic engineering and mutation, with knowledge far beyond that of contemporary science.

Military Training: Magneto is a skilled strategist and has more than a rudimentary knowledge of hand-to-hand combat. Excellent Strategist: Magneto is an excellent strategist, tactician, and skilled leader. Multilingual: Magneto is fluent in English, French, Polish, Russian, Hebrew, Arabic, Ukrainian, German, and Yiddish


If he is in an area with no metal, Magneto is almost completely helpless



Magneto's Helmet protects him from psychic mutants


formerly X-Jet



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