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Classification: Mannequins

Creator: Charles Xavier

User/Possessors: Professor Xavier's School For Gifted Youngsters

First Appearance: Marvel Graphic Novel I#5 (January, 1983)

Powers/Abilities/Functions: The Mannequinovs were a group of lifeless, non-functional mannequins patterned to resemble human beings. They were part of a Danger Room training scenario designed by Illyana Rasputin.


(Marvel Graphic Novel I#5 - BTS) - After having watched a live, televised debate between Charles Xavier and the anti-mutant pastor William Stryker, the X-Men went down to the Danger Room to blow off some steam. Illyana Rasputin had cooked up a solo/synergistic evaluation sequence designed to test everyone's individual skills as well as their capacity for teamwork. A group of four crash test dummies she christened the Mannequinovs played a central part.

(Marvel Graphic Novel I#5) - Illyana introduced the X-Men to the Mannequinov family: papa, momma, Ivan and little Svetlana. The mutant heroes' primary task was keeping the four dolls safe from harm. As soon as the sequence started, a combat robot fired missiles at the Mannequinovs. Kitty Pryde managed to disrupt their electronic targeting systems by phasing through the projectiles.

(Marvel Graphic Novel I#5 - BTS) - The Mannequinovs were still at risk, but the X-Men were too wrapped up in their secondary tasks to truly protect them. Wolverine was locked in a cage he had to escape from without clawing his way out and Nightcrawler was struggling to move a massive block across the room on top of a switch that would end the exercise.

(Marvel Graphic Novel I#5) - With the combat robot ready to fire again, Kitty Pryde rallied her teammates and told them to switch tasks. Colossus blocked the robot's missiles, leaving her to attack the machine directly. Her phasing short circuited their attacker. Following this, Nightcrawler assisted Wolverine in escaping his cage, while Colossus hurled the block across the room to hit the switch.

(Marvel Graphic Novel I#5 - BTS) - With the exercise over and the Mannequinovs safe, the Danger Room computers started to collate combat data and calculated individual results. Wolverine had the highest proficiency rating of all: straight 99 percent.

(Marvel Graphic Novel I#5) - Wolverine remained moody despite his excellent score. He reminded his teammates that this was all just a game and games were for kids. As he walked out of the Danger Room, he callously decapitated Poppa Mannequinov.

Comments: Created by Chris Claremont & Brent Eric Anderson.

This was one of the last times we got to see a training scenario in the classic Danger Room, before it was redesigned and enhanced with Shi'ar holographic technology. The Mannequinovs are a prime example of the X-Men's original training room: essentially it was a souped up gymnasium with practical training materials like dummies (and the killer robots that try to blast them).

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Marvel Graphic Novel I#5, p9, pan1 (main image)
Marvel Graphic Novel I#5, p9, pan3 (protected by Ariel)
Marvel Graphic Novel I#5, p12, pan3 (Poppa Mannequinov loses his head)

Marvel Graphic Novel I#5 (January, 1983) - Chris Claremont (writer), Brent Eric Anderson (pencils & inks), Louise Jones (editor)

First Posted: 03/12/2022
Last updated: 03/12/2022

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