X-Tremely Bad Dressers1 of 12
Giant-Size X-Men is coming back - and it's bringing a new costume for Jean Grey that combines elements of her 90s looks with her green and yellow Phoenix color scheme.
The ensemble, while rendered exceptionally, has some readers questioning whether the color choices work together.
While we'd have a hard time calling something drawn by top artists the "worst" of anything, the mint-and-honey color scheme did put us in mind of even worse X-Men outfits - as in the worst ones ever (with apologies again to Jean Grey).
Jean Grey2 of 12
Jean Grey suffered the sting of '90s fashion sense worse than almost any other X-Man. Despite having one of the best costumes of the '70s in her Phoenix uniform, she somehow wound up looking like a cross between a Jazzercise instructor and a desert marauder. To be fair, this look shows remarkable restraint in some ways, but between the shoulder pads, the head sheath, and the superfluous junk on her hips, Jean Grey hasn't looked worse. And that's not even mentioning the yellow footy pajamas or that weird bandage strip thong apparatus she's sporting. That's gotta chafe.
This costume remains a fan-favorite though, thanks to its association with the 90s X-Men cartoon. And Jean will apparently sport a new version of it, in a green and gold color scheme, in 2020's Giant-Size X-Men: Jean Grey and Emma Frost.
Dazzler3 of 12
More than most franchises, the X-Men have suffered terminally from the forced inclusion of topical reference characters. The '80s had Longshot, a be-mulleted frat alien from the TV dimension, the '90s had every character introduced in the '90s, and the disco era had the Dazzler, a rollerskating disco mama who was originally conceived as a crossover character meant to appear in television and film as well as comic books.
When the character inexplicably failed to appeal to TV and film executives, she became a mutant, and started hanging around the X-Men. A bona fide musical superstar, Dazzler was bitten by a radioactive disco ball (no, not really), and thus possesses the power to turn sound into light.
She's admittedly a fan favorite, but modern characterization has yet to wipe away the stains of time on her bedazzled v-neck jumper, or subsequent "Longshot's girlfriend" uniform combo of blue leotard, headband, and leather jacket. She's recently moved past a faux-hawk and shredded fishnets look for something that combines elements of all of her looks (for better or worse).
Someday Dazzler, those rollerskates are gonna take you right out of this town.
White Queen4 of 12
Before Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely cemented Emma Frost as one of the premiere X-Men of the modern era by exploring her many facets (get it? 'Cause they gave her diamond skin), she was the White Queen of the Hellfire Club. And like all queens, she wore a costume that wouldn't exactly be considered practical in 2019.
To be clear, there's nothing wrong with Emma dressing or presenting her body however she wants at any time - but this was her outfit before she had a diamond form, and she was still wading into combat on the regular. It's kinda the "chain mail bikini" of superhero costumes.
There is an admittedly cool fan-theory about this cheesecake look, that it's a psychic manipulation showing people a reflection of how they perceive her.
Longshot5 of 12
Longshot looks like what if Joe Elliott from Def Leppard had played Rick Deckard in Blade Runner.
A creation of Mojo, a giant pile of cottage cheese and broken coffeemakers from a dimension where television ratings equal political power, Longshot escaped the confines of the dystopian Mojoverse to come to Earth and make everyone remember why it sucked to be alive in the 1980s.
Like the Fonz on acid, Longshot has the power to be really lucky all the time, and to wear as much leather as his frame will hold. Longshot is a popped-collar on the neck of the X-Men, forever inviting them to ride around in his mini-truck and go huck knives at fence posts. Like an older brother who dropped out of college and stayed at home, who you once looked up to but now can't stand, Longshot was recently hanging out with X-Factor and his genetic successor/progenitor (it's complicated) Shatterstar, who somehow manages to out-mullet and out-dance-wear even Longshot.
He was the recipient of a makeover for his own limited series in late 2013, finally taking away the mullet - but it still grows long in our hearts.
Nightcrawler6 of 12
In the '90s, nothing in comic books was sacred. Everyone was getting new battle armor, stupid electrical powers, and more shoulder-pads than shoulders. Nightcrawler, the X-Men's beloved, elf-like acrobat was no different. While he always had swashbuckling elements thanks to his swordplay, this look walks way off the plank. Instead of his classic circus tights, Nightcrawler threw a red towel around his neck, strapped on a couple of pouch belts, and wrapped it all up with a handsome blue codpiece. To make sure everyone knew he was just like a real pirate, he also pierced his ears and grew a terrible goatee, making him look less like the Dread Pirate Roberts and more like Fred Durst in a budget Halloween costume.
Funny enough, the 90s also saw one of the fan-favorite alternate looks for Nightcrawler, the "Age of Apocalypse" style, which had him in a simple black body suit with a few red armor splashes.
Cable7 of 12
Cable is the all-you-can-eat buffet of nonsense '90s cliches. When it comes to cyber-arms, shoulder-pads, buckles, guns, pouches, and crazy eyes, Cable is patient zero. The progenitor of all the terrible para-military, hyper-futuristic trends of what some fans consider comics' worst (yet most successful, go figure) decade, Cable is a walking treatise on how more is absolutely not always more.
It's almost fitting that he wears an entire battleship worth of guns and armor at all times, considering he's the cyborg son who was raised in the future.
Of course, Cable was slimmed down over time, but almost always retained at least one straight-up goofy element to his look, whether it was wearing Cyclops's visor around his neck (albeit as a tribute), or a giant transformers arm in another recent style.
Honestly though, as much as Cable's costume elements have become tropes in themselves, his "everything-plus-the-cyborg-eye" look is a hell of a lot of fun.
Jubilee8 of 12
When Jubilee was first introduced, she dressed like a human My Little Pony. And since friendship is magic, she was quickly paired off with Wolverine, making her not unlike a pastel colored Robin with less relevant life skills.
Granted, that banana colored rain-coat and those high-waisted shorts would be right at home in some parts of Brooklyn nowadays, but even in the '90s her b-boy starter costume made fans wretch like a mall babe who has eaten too many chili fries.
We still love ya, Jubilee.
Shatterstar9 of 12
Shatterstar is technically a clone of both Dazzler and Longshot (he's also, genetically, Longshot's father… it's complicated). He managed to get the worst of both worlds, and still somehow also carve his own niche in the world of embarrassing superhero costumes.
Honestly, almost any of the early X-Force characters could make this list merely for being products of their time, but Shatterstar is the worst offender of them all.
Shatterstar woke up one morning, went to his closet, and poring over every possible combination of garments at his disposal, he settled on a poofy shirt with sleeves capable of doubling as flotation devices, a pair of the pants David Bowie wore as the Goblin King, and leather headpiece that would frame his wonky eye just right.
Pulling his long mullet into a lush, whipping ponytail, Shatterstar wrapped his three fingered hand around his twin double-bladed swords, fluffed the curls on top of his head out of his headgear, looked right in the mirror and said, "Shatterstar, you're a winner. You dress like a winner, and people like you."
It's all about positivity, people.
X-Treme10 of 12
Are you ready to get X-Treme??? Adam X, a.k.a. X-Treme, is what you get when a snowboarding Juggalo is molecularly fused with a Mountain Dew can full of battery acid.
From his backwards cap, which fails to shield his painted eyes from the fiery sun, to the plethora of razor-sharp blades adorning his leather chaps, Adam X is the collective unconscious of a million Hot Topic frequent shopper cards given horrible, nightmarish physical life and set loose on an unsuspecting world.
Kitty Pryde11 of 12
This is what happens when you let Kitty Pryde dress herself. Everyone had that moment as a child when they finally convinced their parents to let them pick their own outfits. For Kitty, that moment came around age 15 when she attempted to prove to Professor X that she was capable of designing her own costume.
Naturally, as a bastion of taste and restraint, she went straight for gold lamé and rollerskates. This outfit looks like Kitty was bitten by a radioactive bag of skittles and dropped in a vat of sunshine. Thankfully, this get-up only lasted for a few panels, sparing the rest of the X-Men the dizzying vertigo of having to look at the entire contents of a wardrobe flying around and fighting sentinels.
And, yeah know it's a joke - but ugly on purpose isstill ugly!
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