Real Name: David Charles Haller
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Legion is an immensely powerful mutant that has multiple personalities. At least the first, Jemail, was the mind of a terrorist that David somehow absorbed into himself. While two others, Jack Wayne and Cyndi made themselves known, it is unknown how many other personalities there were or could have been. The manifestation of Legion's individual powers are generally associated with his different personalities, with each personality controlling a different power. When he awakens from his coma later on, with no other personalities appearing, David appears to have a much broader spectrum of abilities at his control.
Charles Xavier meets Gabrielle Haller while working in an Israeli mental facility where she is one of his patients. Xavier secretly uses his psychic powers to ease the pain of Holocaust survivors institutionalized there. The two have an affair that results in the birth of their son David, in Haifa. However, Xavier is unaware he has a son, as the two break up, and Gabrielle never reveals the truth.
When he is very young, David is involved in a terrorist attack, in which he was the only survivor. The trauma of the situation causes David to unconsciously use his vast powers, incinerating the minds of the terrorists. He simultaneously absorbs the mind of the terrorist leader, Jemail Karami, into his own. As his mind is linked to so many others at the moment of their deaths, the incident renders him catatonic, and he is eventually remanded to the care of Moira MacTaggert at the Muir Island mutant research facility. The trauma that David suffers splinters his personality, with each of the personalities controlling a different psionic power.
Karami struggles for years to separate his consciousness from David's. Using David's telepathic abilities, he re-integrates the multiple personalities into David's core personality. Some of the personalities resist Karami, and two prove to be formidable opponents: Jack Wayne, a swaggering adventurer, who commands David's telekinetic power, and Cyndi, a temperamental, rebellious girl who controls David's pyrokinetic power. Wayne intends to destroy Karami's consciousness to preserve his own independent existence within David's mind. Neither personality succeeds, and Karami, Wayne and Cyndi continue as David's dominant personalities.
During his time at Muir Island, David emerges from his catatonia, and his psionic abilities emerge. Soon after, David is possessed by the Shadow King, who used his powers to psychically increase the amount of hatred in the world and feeds on the malignant energy. During this time the Shadow King, as David, kills the mutant Destiny. The X-Men and X-Factor fight the Shadow King, and as a result, David is left in a coma.
When Mystique tracks down David years later to get revenge for "his" murder of Destiny, he awakens with his fractured mind healed. David also has a new goal in mind: he will help his father realize his dream of human-mutant coexistence by killing Magneto, Xavier's greatest opponent, before he has a chance to amass power. He travels 20 years into the past, when Xavier and Magneto are orderlies at the mental hospital, however he loses his memory in the process. Magneto, then, accidentally triggers his memory and he goes on a rampage attacking Magneto and showcasing to the world 20 years earlier that mutants existed. In Legion Quest issues, it is said that in this timeline, he disguises himself as his father and forces himself onto his mother, Gabrielle, who was still vulnerable after having just left the mental hospital. Several X-Men follow him but are unable to prevent David from attacking Magneto. Xavier, saving his friend's life, steps into the path of the attack and dies.
The normal reality ceased to exist, replaced by an alternate timeline known as the Age of Apocalypse, in which Apocalypse has conquered much of the world. With the help of the Age of Apocalypse's X-Men, the time traveler Bishop travels back in time and saves Xavier. He channels the psychic energy back into David, showing him the horrors that he might have caused. The shock of this forced psychic bond destroyed all of Legion's other personalities and regrouped his original mind.
However, some of his personalities manifested as spirits and Excalibur were called in when they started terrorizing Israel. In the end, Meggan reasoned with the spirits and sent them "towards the light".
First Appearance: The New Mutants (1983) #25
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Astonishing X-Men (1995)
#1 Avengers Vs. X-Men (2012)
- 'Once More, With Feeling'
Fantastic Four (1998)
#16 Heroic Age: X-Men (2011)
- 'Unnatural Selection'
New Mutants (2009)
#1 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A To Z Update (2010)
- 'Return of Legion, Part 1: We Were Many, Once'#2
- 'Return of Legion, Part 2: Security Blankets'#3
- 'Return of Legion, Part 3: Cognitive Therapy'#4
- 'Return of Legion, Part 4: Invasive Surgery'#5
- 'Second Coming: Chapter 11'#20
- 'Rise of the New Mutants: Part 1'#21
- 'Rise of the New Mutants: Part 2'#22
- 'Age of X, Chapter 2'#24
- 'Age of X, Chapter 6'
Secret Wars II (1985)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
#695 The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
- 'Danger Zone Part One: Warning Signs'
HC The New Mutants (1983)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
#25 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'The Price of Power'#26
- 'Into the Abyss'#28
- 'The Gift'
#7 Uncanny X-Men (1963)
- 'Khoryphos to Magneto'
Uncanny X-Men (2013)
What If...? (1989)
#77 Wolverine Encyclopedia (1996)
- 'What If... Legion Had Killed Magneto?'
X Necrosha (2009)
#38 X-Men Forever (2001)
- 'Smoke and Mirrors'#39
- 'Birds of a Feather'#40
- 'The Killing Time'#41
- 'Dreams Die!'
X-Men Legacy (2008)
#211 X-Men Omega (1995)
- 'Sins of the Father: Part 1'#244
- 'None So Blind'#246
- 'Age of X, Chapter 3'#247
- 'Age of X, Chapter 5'#248
- 'Aftermath Part One'#249
- 'Aftermath Part Two'#250#251
- 'Lost Legions part 2'#252
- 'Lost Legions Part Three'#253
- 'Lost Legions Conclusion'
X-Men: Legacy (2013)
- 'Prodigal Part 2'#3
- 'Prodigal Part 3'#4#5#6#7
- 'Holy Ghosts'#8
- 'Ballad Of The Glory Hog'#9
- 'Judgment Of Diana'#10
- 'Invasive Exotic Part One'#11
- 'Invasive Exotic Part Two'#12
- 'Invasive Exotic Part 3'#13
- 'Hope and Glory Part 1'#14
- 'Hope and Glory Part 2'#15
- 'The Place of Broken Things'#16
- 'Wear the Grudge Like a Crown'#17
- 'Wear the Grudge Like a Crown: part 2'#18
- 'Wear the Grudge Like a Crown: part 3'#19
- 'Mirror Smoke'#20
- 'The Epitaph'#21
- 'Slouching Towards Bethlehem'#24
- 'For We Are Many'
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