X-Men Apocalypse Changes

X-Men vs. Apocalypse: Relive Their Previous Battles on the Small Screen

X-Men: Apocalypse, now in theaters, marks the first big-screen clash between Professor Xavier’s students and their biblically named nemesis. Meanwhile, fans of the multiple X-Men TV series have been watching this battle play out for decades.

The ongoing mutant melee dates all the way back to 1993, when Apocalypse was introduced in the first season of Fox Kids’ X-Men: The Animated Series. Though he remained a disturbing presence throughout the series’ five-season run, it wasn’t until Season 4 (1995) that he put his most diabolical plan into action.

He resurfaced in 2003 on Kids’ WB’s X-Men: Evolution for another (failed) attempt at universal conquest, then made a brief appearance in the 2009 series finale of Nicktoons’ Wolverine and the X-Men. (PSA: Both X-Men: The Animated Series and X-Men: Evolution are available for streaming on Hulu.)

Though scattered elements of Apocalypse’s story remain constant through each incarnation, it’s interesting to see where they differ. For example, his chosen henchmen (better known as his Four Horsemen) have always varied, while the key to his demise has also never been the same.

Click through our Apocalyptic gallery to see how the baddie has changed mutated over the years, then drop a comment with your own thoughts below: Which version is your favorite?

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  1. Scott21 says:

    How much I miss x-men evoluition. I think it was the only x-men series/media where not wolverine was always at the center and every mutant was equal with more screentime

  2. Telly says:

    All the memories! I so loved both the original Fox show and then X-men evolution. Where are the good cartoons like these today? And yes, the mid-2000s WB animation is totally recognizable. Batman Beyond, Static Shock, Justice League (not Kids WB but same style.) Man I miss a good cartoon with a continuing storyline.

  3. ? says:

    Sadly all 3 animated versions are better than the movie…

  4. Wordsmith says:

    Ah, the nostalgia! That original X-Men cartoon was the gateway to my full-blown addiction to serial TV storytelling, and Apocalypse was the biggest of Big Bads.
    I still remember my little brother (who would have been 4 or 5 at the time) innocently assuming his name was “Pucker-Lips.” Given the look of that 90’s incarnation, I can see why one might make that mistake…

  5. Robin White says:

    The cartoon looks better, he looks awful in the movie.