Magneto has never been squeamish about hurting people in order to get what he wants. He has always maintained that the end justifies the means, and he does not shy away from racking up casualties of war, no matter which side they are on.
He has fought viciously, abandoning the gentlemanly conduct one would expect from Sir Ian McKellen and carrying out some of the most gruesome and brutal attacks in the history of the X-Men, which we'll talk about later.
While Magneto will enact his revenge upon his enemies, he's also not above petty violence for no apparent reason, which just reminds us about how dangerous he can really be.
Remember the time he ran some signposts through a person's face, creating one of his most WTF scenes?
5Drowned A Sub Of Sailors
When Erik got it into his head that his benevolent dictatorship was what the world needed to become a better place, he pretty much did the opposite of what a kind leader would do. His killing spree seemed endless in Uncanny X-Men #150.
One of the atrocities that he committed in this comic was sinking a Russian submarine of sailors and drowning them all. Why? Because the world's nuclear weapons controllers refused to negotiate with him, since they don't negotiate with terrorists. He even tells the sailors that they have to die because of the government's stupidity, admitting that it's really for nothing.
It's noble that Erik wished to dismantle nuclear weapons, but killing people to stop more people from being killed is pretty stupid and someone as smart as Magneto should've realized that. His blind ambition for his cause kept him from seeing the true effects of his actions until he'd already caused so much death and destruction.
4Ripped Wolverine Apart
It's not every day that a criminal renders Wolverine so helpless, so tortured, that he can't even scream, but if anyone can do it, it might as well be Magneto.
He ripped the adamantium right out of Wolverine in a pretty brutal panel that illustrated just what Erik was capable of doing. Sure, Wolvie had just dealt him a slash that could've killed him, and Jean and Professor X were using Logan as a distraction to take out Magneto telepathically, but Magneto could've easily just held James immobile rather than destroy him so painfully.
Luckily, Jean Grey was able to keep Logan's body together while it repaired itself through his healing factor. It was one of those times when Charles threw up his hands at his old friend and demonstrated his own vast powers, entering Magneto's mind and shutting it down so he couldn't even remember the horrors he'd committed.
3Ripped Apocalypse Apart, Too
Remember the time that Magnus tore Apocalypse in half? Yeah, this disproves the whole idea that Apocalypse is the most powerful mutant in the world. Okay, so it was during the Age of Apocalypse, which was basically a wild retcon where anything goes, but it's a great scene nonetheless.
Apocalypse, drunk on his own power and self-righteousness as ever, goads Magneto, demanding that he "fight back" as he holds him down. Erik seems almost smug when he grates back, "I can't, I'm concentrating." He takes advantage of Apocalypse being wiped out from another battle and pretty much just rips him apart with one forceful burst.
Apocalypse's head is still there muttering at the end because he's Apocalypse... like the animals in Pet Cemetery, he always comes back, but it's still a pretty impressive moment.
2Wiped Out Millions Of People
How would you like to be known as the villain who slew not only Professor X, but Daredevil, Nightcrawler and other superheroes as well as thousands of innocent bystanders?
During the Ultimate Wave story in Marvel's Ultimate Universe, Magneto killed millions of people, mutant and non-mutant alike. The loss of his children seemed to throw Magneto into full destruction mode. One of the cruelest moves that readers witnessed in Ultimatum was the moment when he snapped Charles Xavier's neck.
Using his powers and possibly Mjolnir, the Hammer of Thor, he flipped the planet's polarity to cause instant chaos, including a tidal wave that hit New York City and wiped out a bunch of people. Whether Doctor Doom was behind this event or not, the Ultimate Wave secures Magneto's place in the Hall of Fame of villains who won the day for the side of evil.
1Became A Hypocritical, Genocidal Maniac
Most of the time, when you hear about a person who survived a terrible atrocity like genocide, that person is speaking about its horrors and condemning the crimes committed. You don't often hear about a genocidal maniac who survived genocide, but that is exactly what happens to Erik - many times over.
The irony is that his motivation at the beginning of his story is to improve the world and make it a kinder place to be than the world he experienced during the Holocaust, but it's a genocidal world that he ends up attempting to foster in the process.
Magneto doesn't always learn from his mistakes, but he did realize that he became what he always hated when he nearly killed Kitty Pryde.
"She is a child! What have I done?" he laments in Uncanny X-Men #150 upon realizing that he was killing a Jewish youth who could have easily been him in another world.
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