The Best Episodes of X-Men: The Animated Series

Last Updated: Dec 6, 2018

They are mutants, genetically gifted human beings - the world's newest and most persecuted minority group. Amidst an increasing climate of fear and bigotry, one enlightened individual, Professor Charles Xavier, has created a safe haven for some of these powerful outcasts. The mutants here are taught to harness their unique abilities for the betterment of the human race. They fight against hostile Government agencies and mutant supremacist Magneto, and his factions, which seek to destroy the human race.

The Dark Phoenix Saga (Part 4): The Fate of the Phoenix

#1 - The Dark Phoenix Saga (Part 4): The Fate of the Phoenix

Season 3 - Episode 14

The X-Men face the Shi'ar Imperial Guard in a trial by combat to spare the life of Jean Grey, though even they begin to question the safety of the universe as long as the Dark Phoenix remains alive inside her.

star 8.46
67 votes
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Phoenix Saga (Part 5): Child of Light

#2 - Phoenix Saga (Part 5): Child of Light

Season 3 - Episode 7

Shi'ar Emperor D'Ken's rise to power via the M'Kraan Crystal is causing a universal implosion. The X-Men, Imperial Guard, and Starjammers find themselves overpowered and unable to stop it. Jean Grey must unleash her destiny as the host of the Phoenix, even at a most personal cost.

star 8.37
84 votes
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Phoenix Saga (Part 2): The Dark Shroud

#3 - Phoenix Saga (Part 2): The Dark Shroud

Season 3 - Episode 4

The X-Men barely survive their return trip from space, Jean Grey discovering herself changed by the experience. Professor Xavier's dark half is given form, and proceeds to attack his students.

star 8.35
83 votes
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Phoenix Saga (Part 4): The Starjammers

#4 - Phoenix Saga (Part 4): The Starjammers

Season 3 - Episode 6

Lilandra seeks to protect the M'Kraan Crystal from her wicked brother, the Emperor D'Ken. But the interstellar pirates known as the Starjammers capture it, and Cyclops, in an effort to enact their own revenge scheme on the emperor.

star 8.31
86 votes
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Graduation Day

#5 - Graduation Day

Season 5 - Episode 14

Due to a serious injury, Professor Xavier is dying and must leave with Lilandra and go with her to the Shi'Ar Empire. He bids farewell to his X-Men. The last scene of this show ends with all of the X-men standing outside the mansion watching Lilandra's ship carrying Xavier flying away.

star 8.29
55 votes
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Phoenix Saga (Part 3): Cry of the Banshee

#6 - Phoenix Saga (Part 3): Cry of the Banshee

Season 3 - Episode 5

Professor Xavier's claims of the capture of his alien soulmate Lilandra by Juggernaut and Black Tom Cassidy are met with skepticism.

star 8.27
76 votes
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Courage

#7 - Courage

Season 4 - Episode 3

Morph feels he's finally ready to return to the X-Men. But his homecoming is interrupted by the return of the Sentinels, the robotic mutant-hunters who nearly killed him the last time he faced them. Will history repeat itself?

star 8.23
54 votes
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Time Fugitives (Part 2)

#8 - Time Fugitives (Part 2)

Season 2 - Episode 8

To stablize his own timeline, Cable comes to the present to prevent Bishop from saving mutant-kind from Apocalypse's plague.

star 8.21
100 votes
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Obsession

#9 - Obsession

Season 3 - Episode 10

Fueled on by his desire to seek vengeance against the immortal mutant that changed him into a weapon of evil, Archangel persaudes Rogue into helping him hunt down and destroy Apocalypse.

star 8.20
69 votes
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Beyond Good and Evil (Part 4): End and Beginning

#10 - Beyond Good and Evil (Part 4): End and Beginning

Season 4 - Episode 11

Two of Apocalypse's former evil allies, the captive Wolverine, the loose cannon Cable, and the exiled Bishop, come together to free the kidnapped psychics and save reality from being rewritten.

star 8.19
58 votes
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A Rogue's Tale

#11 - A Rogue's Tale

Season 2 - Episode 9

Haunted by visions of a strange woman, Rogue must come to grips with the dark secrets of her past prior to joining the X-Men.

star 8.18
100 votes
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The Dark Phoenix Saga (Part 1): Dazzled

#12 - The Dark Phoenix Saga (Part 1): Dazzled

Season 3 - Episode 11

The flirtation between Cyclops and a mutant singer named Dazzler exacerbates the Phoenix-controlled side of Jean Grey, leaving her open for manipulation by a secret sect of mutants coveting her immense powers for their own evil designs.

star 8.18
67 votes
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Beyond Good and Evil (Part 2): Promise of Apocalypse

#13 - Beyond Good and Evil (Part 2): Promise of Apocalypse

Season 4 - Episode 9

When Oracle, the psychic member of the Imperial Guard is kidnapped by Apocalypse, Professor Xavier deduces his scheme involves capturing mutants with telepathic abilities. The X-Men are split up to track them down before the villains can, which puts Wolverine & Shard in the middle of a scuffle between Archangel and a ninja named Psylocke.

star 8.16
59 votes
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Beauty and the Beast

#14 - Beauty and the Beast

Season 2 - Episode 10

Beast falls in love with his patient, a blind woman named Carly, and though the feelings are mutual, her mutant-hating father and anti-mutant sentiment drive a split between the pair. Meanwhile, Wolverine seeks to take down the Friends of Humanity from the inside out.

star 8.15
84 votes
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The Juggernaut Returns

#15 - The Juggernaut Returns

Season 3 - Episode 17

Professor Xavier's step-brother, and sworn enemy, the Juggernaut loses his powers to a bumbling archeologist. He must overcome the pain of their childhood together, and have the powers restored to him to save his life.

star 8.12
63 votes
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Phoenix Saga (Part 1): Sacrifice

#16 - Phoenix Saga (Part 1): Sacrifice

Season 3 - Episode 3

Following visions from recent dreams, Professor Xavier sends his X-Men on a mission to the Eagle One Space-Station, putting them in the middle of an interstellar conflict.

star 8.12
92 votes
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The Dark Phoenix Saga (Part 3): The Dark Phoenix

#17 - The Dark Phoenix Saga (Part 3): The Dark Phoenix

Season 3 - Episode 13

As the Dark Phoenix grows increasingly hostile, even destroying an entire star system, the X-Men struggle to figure out a way to stop her without harming their teammate Jean Grey.

star 8.10
68 votes
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Days of Future Past (Part 1)

#18 - Days of Future Past (Part 1)

Season 1 - Episode 11

A mutant from more than half a century into the future, named Bishop, arrives in the present, attempting to change history for the better, by stopping an X-Man from committing an assassination. But between being chased by a future breed of Sentinel, and the details of his mission being fuzzy, he's got his work cut out for him.

star 8.09
150 votes
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Beyond Good and Evil (Part 3): The Lazarus Chamber

#19 - Beyond Good and Evil (Part 3): The Lazarus Chamber

Season 4 - Episode 10

After swiping the government's own time machine, Cable ends up recruiting the X-Men on his mission to destroy Apocalypse's source of immortality at its creation.

star 8.09
56 votes
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The Final Decision

#20 - The Final Decision

Season 1 - Episode 13

Prominent anti-mutant and presidential hopeful Senator Kelly is caught in a tug-of-war between Magneto's goal of mutant superiority, the X-Men's dream of peaceful co-existance between mutants and humans, and the mutant-hunting Sentinel robots' goals of global domination.

star 8.08
127 votes
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Out of the Past (Part 2)

#21 - Out of the Past (Part 2)

Season 3 - Episode 2

An alien being called the Spirit Drinker drains the life-force of Jubilee and the Reavers, making strained allies of Wolverine and Lady Deathstrike.

star 8.07
89 votes
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Nightcrawler

#22 - Nightcrawler

Season 3 - Episode 18

Gambit, Rogue, and Wolverine take a ski trip in Germany. While Gambit and Rogue seem to be enjoying themselves, Wolverine is restless, and longs for some action. When he hears reports of a demon hiding in a local monastery, his investigation reveals not a demon, but a mutant, Nightcrawler, whose devilish appearance is in stark contrast to his peaceful and deeply philosophical nature. Later the townsfolk attack and burn the monastery. The X-Men convince the townsfolk not to fear what they do not understand, Wolverine, too, learns something about the nature of faith.

star 8.06
65 votes
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The Lotus and the Steel

#23 - The Lotus and the Steel

Season 4 - Episode 13

Finding himself continually losing control, Wolverine takes a sabbatical to Japan, in an effort to find inner peace in temple-building. Instead, he faces a village under siege by a group of bandits, and struggles to help them without compromising his search for his true nature.

star 8.04
48 votes
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Beyond Good and Evil (Part 1): The End of Time

#24 - Beyond Good and Evil (Part 1): The End of Time

Season 4 - Episode 8

Apocalypse steals Cable's computer in the year 3999, allowing him to time travel to the past, where he schemes to bring an end to his struggle against inferior mutants once and for all. This leads to Bishop becoming trapped amid the timestream, and brings

star 8.00
57 votes
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Days of Future Past (Part 2)

#25 - Days of Future Past (Part 2)

Season 1 - Episode 12

Aware of an impending assassination which will create a catastrophic future, the X-Men must deal with threats both outside and within their team.

star 8.00
145 votes
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