The X-Men comics may have been accused of being like a soap opera more than a few times over the years. It’s not too hard to see, with endless plot threads left dangling for years, a revolving door of deaths and resurrections (which have accelerated to a dramatic level in Dawn of X), and shocking romances.
Some of the relationships among the X-Men readers could see coming. Others, not so much. There might have even been a few people who didn’t see at all. Here are the ten most unexpected X-Men romances that fans never saw coming.
10 Krakoa and Arrako
The most recent unexpected coupling as part of the transformative Jonathan Hickman Dawn of X storyline. And it’s certainly not anyone readers could have anticipated. Fans learn a lot about the island of Krakoa in the course of the story, including the fact that the island had once been part of a larger one, Okkara. This island was split in two, into Krakoa and Arrako. In X-Men #2, Arrako reappears from its extra-dimensional exile and the two islands… merge, in a coupling that proves embarrassing for the Summers kids at least.
9 Kitty Pryde and Rachel Summers
The love life of Kitty Pryde is one of the more complicated in the X-Men universe. Everybody generally knows about her on-again, off-again romance with Colossus, currently in the off position. Few may realize that one of the most significant relationships is with Rachel Summers. While never explicitly stated, this relationship has been slyly teased by writers for decades. Chris Claremont even stated in an interview his intention to make it canon but wasn’t able to. If any doubt remained, Rachel dispelled it when Colossus came back from the dead – she wasn’t going to be sharing a bed with Kitty anymore.
8 Colossus and Northstar (Ultimate)
The Ultimate Comics universe changed quite a few things up for classic characters like the X-Men. One big change was the relationship between Colossus and Northstar. While Northstar’s sexuality had been revealed in the 616 continuity before, this was new territory for Pitor Rasputin. Even so, the net effect wasn’t super positive. Though more obvious than Rachel and Kitty (or Kitty and Magik, which is a whole other story) the two heroes never even kissed, and the prospect died with Northstar in the comics.
7 Psylocke and Bishop (Ultimate)
Another alternate direction in the Ultimate version of the X-Men is one that was probably better left unrealized. Betsy Braddock dies early in the run, but transfers her consciousness to Kwannon, as she does in mainline continuity. But then it gets weird. Really weird.
Readers discover Psylocke was Bishop’s wife in the future, and he starts to take an interest in Kwannon, who it must be said is another woman and oh that’s right, a teenager. This type of thing happened before when Professor X admitted his attraction for a teenage Jean Grey. C’mon, guys.
6 Psylocke and Fantomex
Psylocke doesn’t seem to have a ton of luck when it comes to relationships. Fantomex would not be ideal really for anyone considering the fact he issues with the truth, was a conceited blowhard, and was charitably something of a toxic personality. After all, this is the same guy who sold out the team to save his own skin. Still, perfect can’t be the enemy of – well, not even halfway decent. Everyone makes mistakes and Psylocke made a huge one with this guy.
5 Nightcrawler and Scarlet Witch (Wolverine and the X-Men)
Outside the realm of the comics, there have been a few unusual pairings in other media featuring the X-Men. One of the more surprising occurred during the course of the animated series Wolverine and the X-Men. Like in the comics, Wanda is Magneto’s daughter. But unlike the comics, she develops a crush on Kurt Wagner. Their relationship was doomed from the start given the contentious state of affairs between Magneto and the X-Men, but the two had fond feelings for each other.
4 Angel and Husk
This actually happened. Maybe the actual pairing between Angel and Husk during Chuck Austen’s infamous run on Uncanny X-Men wasn’t that crazy, but how that relationship played out certainly was. Pretty much all readers need to know about it is that the two of them had sex, in the air, in full view of several of their teammates (and one presumes students) at the Charles Xavier Insitute. This hookup reduced both characters to the butt of jokes and that wasn’t fair to either.
3 Magneto and Rogue
Everyone likes Rogue. Everyone likes Magneto, even if sometimes he’s a real jerk. They don’t necessarily like them together. The two have nothing in common, and while the significant age difference between the two isn’t the end-all-be-all, it doesn’t help.
Magneto was able to touch Rogue through a quirk in his powers (though their first implied dalliance was while she was powerless in the Savage Land). Rogue is one of the X-Men’s most consistent fighters and captains of Xavier’s dream. She’s lived it, in every way. The idea she would partner with Magneto shocked fans.
2 Wolverine and Storm
This kind of came out of nowhere, but in retrospect, it’s maybe not that surprising. Since the beginning of their time on the X-Men, Storm and Wolverine have held a great deal of respect for each other. That goes far beyond simply respecting each other’s considerable power. Wolverine supported Storm as a leader from the jump and she relied on him as a friend and teammate when others doubted his commitment. Unfortunately, he died – sort of – when they got together. Of course, he’s fine now, but Wolverine is sort of with someone else now. Someone elses.
1 Wolverine and Jean Grey (and Cyclops)
Perhaps the most surprising relationship of all is one that is in progress right now – at least, that’s the way it seems. While again playing it coy, there appears to be a lot of circumstantial evidence for the fact that Wolverine, Jean Grey, and Cyclops have resolved their long-standing love triangle. Rather than force someone to choose, they simply embraced the possibilities. Sleeping arrangements and coy references indicate this is a big deal, but official confirmation remains unresolved.
Marvel's X-Men are known for their complicated romances (as well as fighting villains), but no one expected these pairs (and trios).