Portrayed by
Full Name Maximilian "Max" Eisenhardt (Goes by Erik Magnus Lensherr)
Age 45 (91)
Height 6' 2"
Build Robust
Eyes Blue
Hair White
Skin Caucasian
Factions Brotherhood


For decades Magneto was one of the most feared would-be world conquerors super-villains, and considered a terrorist by the governments of the civilized world. Nowadays Magneto has publicly renounced his war against humankind, but remains a "freedom fighter" and rabble-rouser, always quick to strike back, with overwhelming force, against those who would threaten mutants anywhere. His words, his writings and his deeds are used as a flag by many mutants that are angry at anti-mutant discrimination, and he has inspired a good number of mutant rebels and criminals, as well as a few heroes.

Fun fact: Magneto has become part of the modern popular culture, much to his chagrin. There are even "Magneto Was Right" T-Shirts.


Magneto is hated and feared by a large part of the population of the world due to his deeds during his would-be conqueror times. He is known to be responsible of the deaths of thousands of human beings. Most of them were soldiers, but he also caused the deaths of many innocent civilians that were caught in the crossfire.

World governments were terrified of him for a long time, and they are still pretty worried. There were and are ‘Magneto Protocols’ in the military plans of most large nations. Yet today few agencies are actively trying to hunt him down. Some dragons are better left sleeping, and in this electronic era Magneto is quite able to devastate a modern city in minutes.

For many mutants, however, Magneto is a hero. A true freedom fighter that made a stand in times when other powerful mutants were hiding, or being submissive and cowardly. Even many mutants that generally preach for peaceful coexistence respect him, because he has saved countless mutant lives and destroyed a good number of genocidal anti-mutant weapons. Yet some other mutants despise him, as his violent activities might have caused a good deal of backlash against the whole mutant race.


Born Max Eisenhardt in middle-class Jewish family, the boy that was to become Magneto knew persecution and injustice at an early age. He grew up in Germany during the rise of Nazism, which eventually led to have his family gunned down in front of him and Max spending his teenage years at a death camp.

Max survived. The things he had to do to survive haunt him even today, but he escaped in October 1944, taking with him a Roma girl called Magda he loved. They found refuge among Magda’s people, and lived around the Transia region of the Balkans, where she still had surviving family. They married and had a daughter, whom they named Anya.

But Max was not happy among the Roma. He wanted a better life for Magda and Anya, he wanted to renew his studies and become a scientist, as he had dreamed in his childhood. So he convinced Magda to settle in the Ukranian city of Vinnytsia, where he took the name of Erik Magnus Lehnsherr for the first time. Unfortunately, an uncontrolled manifestation of his powers and the racism and greed of a local businessmen led him to be accused and detained just as the building where Magda and Anya lived was burning. Magda survived, but Max was unable to save his daughter, burned alive while he was being restrained. Overtaken by grief and rage, Max electrocuted a score people around him and swore bloody vengeance against the entire city. His powers and wrath, as well as her own grielf, drove Magda away, and by the time Max recovered his senses, he was alone.

Max didn’t actually wreck vengeance against the entire city. He could barely control his power and he wasn’t really that crazy. He fled, correctly assuming the police and the army would try to capture and kill him. For a while he tried to find Magda, but he failed.

Eventually a man called Erik Magnus migrated to the nascent state of Israel, he found a menial job at a hospital for victims of the death camps, while attending night courses at the local schools. There he met other camp survivors, and came in contact with the first Nazi hunters. When the Mossad began hunting Nazis, he was drawn out of his quiet life. He revealed his powers to some high-ranked members of the agency, and offered his services. For the next few years, under the codename ‘Magneto’ he worked as detective and assassin, hunting down and often killing former Nazis and assisting the Mossad and the CIA. He started a relationship with a fellow agent called Isabelle and began to rebuild his life. Unfortunately his zealousness was not appreciated. The Cold War was heating up and the Western powers wanted certain former Nazis working for them. After killing a scientist the CIA wanted alive, Erik become a target for assassination himself; he was a loose canon. The assassin failed to kill him, but he killed Isabelle. This betrayal and loss was the last straw.

Magneto vanished. He spent the next years travelling, looking for people like him. At one point he met a young American called Charles Xavier. It was Xavier who told him about human evolution and mutants for the first time. They became fast friends, and eventually revealed their powers to each other. But despite their close friendship, Erik found Xavier naive and unrealistic in many regards. Together they defeated Baron Von Strucker when he threatened some Holocaust survivors looking for information about hidden Nazi gold. And after the battle, Erik left with the Nazi’s gold, promising Xavier he would use it for the good of mutantkind.

Erik invested the gold wisely, while continuing his travels, studying, meeting mutants, aiding them, and exploring the world. Eventually, his powers fully mastered, he began building weapons. Then he went to war.

Magneto’s declaration of war against humankind came as a surprise for the general public. Mutants were merely a rumor, a rumor that most world governments were keeping quiet as they conducted research (often using inhuman means) and recruited super-powerful soldiers or agents. Magneto appearance brought mutants into the light dramatically.

Back then Magneto was one of the most powerful superhumans ever reported. He destroyed entire armies, stole priceless research and high-tech equipment all over the world and even toppled a few tyrannical governments of fascist leanings he found intolerable. He seemed unstoppable.

But he wasn’t, a new generation of super-heroes was arising, and they were up to the challenge. Magneto was defeated for the first time at Cape Citadel, by the disciples of the man he still considered his best and truest friend, Charles Xavier. Mutants themselves, to add insult to the injury. While Magneto preached war against the human "oppressors", Xavier started a movement for peaceful coexistence that divided the mutant population and turned a burgeoning racial war into a problem of public awareness and civil rights.

Many mutants chose to follow Magneto, and so the Mutant Brotherhood was formed. Magneto led a few of them into battles, hoping to turn the tide against the super-hero groups that were thwarting his plans, but it wasn’t enough. His recruits lacked the power, loyalty or the conviction to help him enough. Again and again, he faced defeat. He just wasn’t strong enough, smart enough. He even attempted to take over a small South American dictatorship no one cared about, to create a mutant haven. But even then he was defeated by the heroes.

His last gambit involved a volcano-creating machine of world-wide reach and a massive energy field that inhibited all super-powers but his own. His position was one of overwhelming advantage, and still a team of powerless mutants invaded his base and challenged him. They managed to cause irreparable damage to the volcano machine, and in his rage Magneto almost killed a helpless underage mutant girl. Shocked by his own actions, he abandoned his base and his plan. He had gone too far, he realized, and become what he despised.

By then most of his arsenal was exhausted, and most of his bases destroyed. Decades of work turned to dust. There were also many powerful super-heroes and groups of super-humans, able to fight him. Magneto was no longer the most powerful man of the world, if he ever was.

And yet, not all was bleak-looking. For a long time he believed himself the paragon of mutants, the most powerful example of his race. But he had been wrong. Some young mutants showed power rivalling his own, with only his decades of experience giving him the advantage. A few were even stronger, those Omega mutants showed the potential for virtually limitless power. If only they managed to survive a few decades, mutantkind would be invincible.

And so Magneto changed tactics. He publicly renounced war against humankind (which has caused a split within the Brotherhood) while at the same time encouraging mutants worldwide to fight for their rights and protect their peers. His last few appearances have been narrow strikes against agencies and companies experimenting on mutants or restraining mutants unlawfully. Giving the super-heroes no good reason to oppose him, he has again proven to be almost unstoppable.

Character Details

Magneto is an old man that has led a hard, bitter life. Possessed of an unusual strong will and drive, he has managed to survive events that would have destroyed a lesser man a hundred times over, but he carries the scars in his body and his psyche.

Magneto is pragmatic, merciless, ruthless and usually pessimistic. He has no faith in humankind 'innate goodness' and for that matter he has little faith in mutantkind 'innate goodness' either. He usually assumes the worst and is pleasantly surprised when things are not going as bad as he suspected. Unfortunately it doesn't happen often, so he remains an ornery old man (in the body of a middle-aged man). He has little sense of humor, and leans towards bitter sarcasm when he shows any.

Despite his failings, Magneto also has many laudable traits. He is brilliant, wise and extremely hard-working. He is courageous without being foolhardy, and he never gives up or surrenders while he can draw another breath. He is protective of his charges, which includes all mutantkind right now. He is also patient, cool-headed and understanding, except when he is going through a manic phase (see flaws).

He is also somewhat old-fashioned, since he is a man born early in the 20th century. Sometimes the habits of younger generations baffle him. But those who think he wouldn't understand modern technology are very mistaken, he was designing and building extremely advanced computers when Bill Gates was in diapers. He loves science and technology and keeps up to date in most fields.


Magneto beliefs about Mutantkind

The following information is what Magneto believes, information based on his research, and made available to selected members of the Brotherhood and also to Xavier (and through Xavier perhaps to some X-Men). This should not be ICly taken as completely accurate or OOCly canon.

Magneto believes mutants are part of the evolution processes of humankind. But he doesn’t believe this is a Darwinian natural selection process as most super-powers make no sense within Darwin evolution theories. He believes primitive humans (roughly a million years ago) were genetically engineering towards an evolutionary jump that would turn the homo sapiens into a superior, super-powered species. He has no hard evidence of this, but he has studied the teachings and devices of other branches of humankind and some alien documents that mention genetic experiments by space gods on primitive species of many worlds leading to unexpected evolutionary jumps.

Magneto estimates total number of ‘active’ mutants in around 5 million worldwide as per 2014. This means a 0.014% of mainstream humankind (and around 228,000 in the US alone!). He has no enough data about the number of mutants among parallel branches of humankind, but he knows there are some super-powered mutants among the Homo Mermanus (commonly known as the Atlantes) and detected latent mutants among divergent human branches in the Savage Land. Therefore he expects the percentages will hold in the entire Homo genus.

Magneto also estimates the number of mutants doubles every five years. It has definitely multiplied by 100 in the last 30-35 years. He expects mutants outnumber humans within a century.

However, not all mutants have potent super-powers. In fact, what Magneto classifies as Alpha Class, those mutants that have powerful abilities and normal human aspect, are slightly less than 0.5% of all mutants, only 20,000 worldwide (about 1,000 in the USA). About half the mutants are Beta Class, possessing minor super-human powers and still looking human.

About twice as numerous as the alphas are the Gamma Class mutants, who posses powerful abilities but also serious drawbacks or inhuman appearance. Finally Magneto classifies as Delta Class the mutants that have inhuman appearance and minor powers. These mutants, Gamma and Delta, draw the bulk of anti-mutant discrimination because they are obvious mutants and sometimes have uncontrolled and dangerous powers or are insane. World governments, however, fear more the hard-to-identify alphas, which often try to live normal, anonymous lives despite their earth-shaking powers.

Around the time Magneto decided to abandon his war with humankind, and one of the reasons why he did it, he identified a fifth kind of mutant: the Omega Class. Omegas are extremely rare, numbering perhaps a score worldwide as for 2014. They are mutants so powerful that they are potentially god-like, and rival in raw power with beings such as Thor, Hulk or Sentry. Magneto believes that an omega in full control of his or her abilities would be several orders of magnitude stronger than himself.

Magneto doesn’t consider himself (or Charles Xavier) omega class. Five years ago he thought mutants like Xavier and himself were the pinnacle of mutant power, now he believes he was mistaken and that one of his tasks is to protect and train the omegas so they can lead mutantkind to their destiny.

Finally there are latent mutants. People where the X-Factor remained dormant. Most mutant abilities manifest during adolescence because they are tied-up to physical maturity. But many times this link doesn’t exist or is imperfect, and the powers could manifest at birth, as response to mutagen factors (just like happens with metahumans) or not at all. The last case is extremely common and Magneto suspects latent mutants outnumber ‘active’ mutants by a factor of at least 3, and maybe as much as 10. The number of latents is of key importance to understand human/mutant genetics, latent mutants often have active children, while among purely human parents active children are infrequent (but still possible). Also, most times active mutants have active mutant children, but occasionally they are latents. Magneto scoffs at the idea two mutants could have a normal human child, but knows mutant/human pairings could.

Experiments with latent mutants (most of which were performed in the Savage Land) have led Magneto to conclude that they can become active through genetic manipulation and specific triggering mechanisms, but with his current technology and knowledge it takes him several months of study and work to activate one. For him it is not worth the effort in most cases.

RP Logs & Journals

January 31, 2019: Data Issues II

After Lorna and Marcus leave, Sage and Magneto have a talk about the Magistrates activities and the technology involved. (Magneto spoofed by Nate)

(permalink: log:8377 | tags: ddm magneto sage x-man | posted: 01 Feb 2019 03:25)

January 27, 2019: Data Issues

Lorna goes to Genosha to follow up with her father about the data found in Colombia. Marcos loses his cool, almost literally. Sage is good with computers. Magneto played by Nate.

(permalink: log:8376 | tags: ddm eclipse magneto polaris sage x-man | posted: 28 Jan 2019 17:04)

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