David Charles Haller is the son of Charles Xavier, who later became the founder of the X-Men, and Gabrielle Haller, who later became the Israel ambassador to Great Britain. Xavier and Gabrielle Haller had an affair in Israel nearly two decades ago, and Xavier was unaware when he left Israel that Haller was pregnant with his son. Haller concealed the fact that Xavier was the father of her son, David, and Xavier himself only learned that he was David’s father recently. Because Xavier was himself a superhuman mutant, David was born a mutant with the potential for superhuman powers. Charles XavierDavid Charles Haller
How did Getting his Powers
After David, his mother and his step-father, Daniel Shomron, moved to Paris, their home was invaded by an anti-semitic assassination team who killed Daniel Shomron before 10-year old David’s eyes, the terror catalyzing his mutant powers, which he used to destroy the assassination team’s minds. However, while doing so he unwittingly psychically connected with their thoughts and emotions as they died, shattering David’s mind in multiple personas (dissociative identity disorder) and rendering him catatonic. The consciousness of the assassination team’s leader, Jermail Karami, was absorbed into David’s mind.
After years of being merged, Karami’s consciousness separated from David’s, remained trapped within David’s mind and gaining control of David’s telepathic powers. Using this power Karami learned of David’s gentleness and an understanding of sympathy and goodness by reading the minds of Gabrielle and others. Seeking to restore David’s mind to normalcy, Karami began reintergrating these personas into David’s core persona, which was frozen as a 10-year old desperately needing parental care. When some personas resisted, most notably the swaggering Jack Wayne (commanding David’s telekinesis) and the tempermental Cyndi (controlling David’s pryokinesis), a war erupted within David’s mindscape that was a mix of Paris and Beirut, the resisting personas eventually calling themselves Legion.
During his late teenage years, David Haller had left his catatonic state and become autistic. Gabrielle Haller, his mother, entrusted David’s care to Moira MacTaggert at Muir Island. However, when David’s powers began manifesting on the physical plane, he uncontrollably absorbs consciousnesses of Tom Corsi and Sharon Friedlander, two of Moira MacTaggert’s associates. MacTaggert then enlists the help of Charles Xavier, who brings with him several of the New Mutants (including Warlock, Cypher, Mirage, and Wolfsbane). David absorbs the consciousness of MacTaggert, Wolfsbane and Cypher. Before entering David’s mind, Professor X learns that Haller is his son and that the multiple personas in his mind call themselves Legion.
While in his mind, the absorbed psyches retain their individual existences and take the side of Jack Wayne in the war amongst the personalities. Mirage, however, stops Wayne from destroying Karami because Karami had told Gabrielle Haller and her that he had actually been trying to help David. Mirage and Karami, with the help of Wayne, restored David’s mind to a near normal state. While Jack Wayne, Cyndi and Karami remained separate personas and could periodically speak through David’s body, Legion was no longer autistic and his core personality took control of both his body and mind. These individuals (Mirage and Karami) also restored everyone to their bodies outside of David’s mind, as well.
Powers and abilities
Legion is an Omega-level mutantwho has multiple personalities. The first personality to manifest, Jemail, was the mind of a terrorist that David somehow absorbed into himself. According to Karma, the only way he can absorb other people into his mind is if he is right next to them when they die or through telepathy.
Two others, Jack Wayne and Cyndi, have made themselves known, but it is unknown how many other personalities may exist. The manifestation of Legion’s individual powers are each associated with a different personality, and each personality controls a different power. The cumulative powers of all his personalities make him one of the strongest mutants in existence.
Legion’s core personality took control of his splinter personalities’ powers when he traveled back in time.
Some of the powers alter the host body physically, such as lycanthropy or a prehensile tongue. According to Cannonball, this is a relatively new ability. Some of the other powers include super speed, flight, X-ray vision, heat absorption, super strength, matter animation and sonic scream. Dr. Nemesis claims that Legion instinctively created a doll named Moira; when one personality gains control of the doll, it controls the body.Using the soulsword given to her by Magik, Karma went inside Legion’s psyche and liberated an unknown personality imprisoned deep within him. This persona turned out to be Legion himself, displaying a different behavior and appearance, marked by his peculiar eyebrows. This “true Legion” persona could warp reality and wiped the Elder Gods from existence, later resetting the universe to a state before the Elder Gods first appeared on Earth.
After the Age of X has ended, David was given a Neural Switchboard Wristband which was engineered by a collaboration of Doctor Nemesis, Madison Jeffries, and Reed Richards. By keying in a number, this device stimulates cells in the thalamus and neocortex, creating a one-way link between Legion’s own mind and one of his sub-selves. This allows Legion to utilize power sets without being overwhelmed by the personality.
In the current X-Men: Legacy Volume, David was shown to have greater control over his powers, but lost this control due the mental shock of his father’s death. New sub-personas were shown with powers of their own.
The following characters are the different personalities of Legion where each one has a different power:
- Through the personality of terrorist Jemail Karami (the name given to Personality #2), he has manifested telepathy.
- Through the personality of roustabout adventurer Jack Wayne (the name given to Personality #3), he has manifested telekinesis
- Through the personality of the rebellious girl Cyndi (the name given to Personality #4), he has manifested pyrokinesis. This personality of Legion had a crush on Cypher.
- Through the personality of The Legion (the name given to Personality #5 and Legion’s “real me”), he can warp time and reality and in this form was responsible for the creation of the Age of Apocalypse reality. Magik nicknamed this personality as the “God-Mutant.”
- Through the personality of Sally (the name given to Personality #67), he has the appearance of an obese woman with Hulk-like super-strength and increased muscle mass.
- Through the personality of an unnamed punk rocker (who was classified as Personality #115), he can channel sound blasts that are referred to as “Acoustic Aggressive” by the Nimrod Sentinels.
- Little is known about Personality #181 except for the fact that this persona can enlarge itself to an undetermined size. This was the first power Legion utilized with the Neural Switchboard Wristband.
- Through the personality of Johnny Gomorrah (the name given to Personality #186), he can transmute his enemies and objects into salt.
- Created as a contingent against Dr. Nemesis’s tampering, Moira Kinross/X (Personality ???), was created to protect Legion’s mindscape. A powerful Reality Warper who created the dystopian future world dubbed Age of X, acted as David’s mother, who would be seen as a hero within this world. All by building a pocket reality that X could control near undisputed, being a powerful mentalist in her own right, she was able to best Professor X in psychic battle with ease, as well as alter the mindsets and personas of fabricated entities both natural and unnatural in her reality.
- Time-Sink (the name given to Personality #227) has the ability of time-manipulation.
- Personality #302 uses rapid-punching abilities.
- Styx (the name given to Personality #666) has the ability to use a touch of death to absorb the spirits of his victims after absorbing a spirit so Styx can continue to control the victim’s body. David finds and absorbs it.
- Personality #749 can discharge electricity.
- Personality #762 is a pirate that can belch an acid gas.
- Personality #898 is a centaur.
- Personality #993 can emit gaseous materials at high speeds.
- Delphic (the name given to Personality #1012) is a blue-skinned seemingly-omniscient seer willing to answer three questions to supplicants. She also gives off what appears to be electric discharges.
- Absence is an alien/demon creature who claims to have traveled through realities and stars. Absence’s power is to “siphon off heat and love.”
- Bleeding Image is a living voodoo doll who amplifies pain from any injury he inflicts on himself, pain that will be felt by his victims.
- Chain is a human virus turning anyone he touches into a copy of himself with a new weapon. The power dissipates when the original is dealt with.
- “Fiend/Charles Xavier” is a persona that emerges due to the mental shock of Professor X’s death. Having the power of precognition, as well as other absorbed from killing other personalities in Legion’s mind, it has been shown to be immune to telepathy, as it was unaffected by Blindfold when she rendered all the sub-personalities to fall asleep, and attacked her, causing Blindfold a psychic-trauma. He has the form of a yellow little goblin-like creature with unknown power. This personality also contained a part of Professor X who calls David his “son.”
- Chronodon is a dinosaur with a clock on its face. Based on its name, it can be assumed that it has time manipulation.
- Clown is a surly-looking clown that can blast a light energy from his mouth.
- Compass Rose can locate any person and teleport to them.
- Drexel is a foul-mouthed simpleton with super-strength.
- Endgame can counter any attack executed against him, such as increasing strength with a melee attack, or changing his form with a magnetic one.
- Findel the Finder can find anyone across the galaxy.
- Gestalt is more a merging of other personas with Legion’s core personality, than another sub persona. David’s gestalt form recombines the other fractured parts of consciousness with himself giving it an eerie amalgamation of all those frangible bits accumulated into his current psychic appearance, as well as accumulating their powers.
- Hugh Davidson is a stereotypical prepster with a long prehensile tongue.
- Hypnobloke is a strange gentleman with flashing swirls for eyes in a top hat and carrying a pocket watch. His powers are that of hypnotic suggestion.
- Kirbax the Kraklar is a demonic creature with the ability of flight and electricity generation.
- Ksenia Nadejda Panov is a Moscow heiress, discus champion, exporter of caviar, and torturer of puppies. She has the ability to generate ionic scalpels from her fingers.
- K-Zek the Conduit appears to be an android with the ability of wireless energy transfer (or WET), and electrical absorption.
- Marci Sabol is a normal girl that David Haller had once met. She became trapped in his mind when she was killed by one of Legion’s other personalities.
- Max Kelvin has the appearance of an crotchety old man. His eyes protrude when he uses his powers of plasmatic flame generation.
- Mycolojester is a plant-like entity with the attire of a jester. He has the mutant power to emit toxic spores from the skin pores on his body which acts as a powerful nerve gas. However, its effects can be dissipated by water.
- Non-Newtonian Annie is a skinny purple woman dressed in pink clothes. She has the power to be cloaked in a zero-tainullskin that deflects any attack, and according to the law of the conservation of energy, kinetic energy is redirected.
- Origamist is a sumo wrestler who can warp reality, and fold space time.
- Protozoan Porter is a strange-looking near octopoid-like personality with physiological resemblance to a leech. He has the ability to teleport by disassembling into multiple little bits of ameboid like particles then reassembling them at a given destination.
- Pukatus Jr. is a small cherub-like demon that can vomit an acidic substance.
- Skinsmith controls the ability to generate and bend the skin of others.
- Susan in Sunshine can control and amplify emotions of those around her, converting it into destructive power.
- Tyrannix the Abominoid is a Cthulhu-like creature with telepathic powers.
- The Weaver One of the more powerful splinter personalities roaming Legion’s mind. Revealed to be David’s core self within the myriad of fractured psyches created by his mind. When the two are united Legion has power enough to reweave the very fabric of existence to his will. Its full capabilities are as of yet unknown, as Haller only used its power to unmake himself by erasing his own birth.
- Wormhole Wodo can open wormholes across the galaxy.
- Zero G. Priestly can control gravity.
- Zubar has the power to levitate himself.
- The Delusionaut A train engineer who has a billow stack for a head, creates illusions via smoke that he exudes.
- An unseen persona has the power to heal others, which David uses to heal an old man from his psychic tumor.
- Another unseen persona had the power of Astral Harpoon Projection which discharged an energized arrow that left users in a fitzy electrocuted like state.
Dan Stevens stars as David Haller, a mutant diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age. Rachel Keller, Jean Smart, Aubrey Plaza, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton, and Bill Irwin also star.FX and Marvel Television announced a new collaboration to create a television series based on the X-Men character Legion, with Hawley signed on to write and direct the pilotFX debut on February 8. It is set to run over eight episodes for its first season.
David Haller was diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age, and has been a patient in various psychiatric hospitals since. After Haller has an encounter with a fellow psychiatric patient, he is confronted with the possibility that there may be more to him than mental illness
Cast and characters
- Dan Stevensas David Haller:
The mutant son of Charles Xavier, Haller was diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age and meets the “girl of his dreams” in a psychiatric hospital
- Rachel Kelleras Syd Barrett:
A “self-sufficient and street smart” young woman who “still believes in happily ever after”, who becomes Haller’s “girlfriend”
- Jean Smartas Melanie Bird:
A demanding psychiatric therapist who uses “unconventional” methods.
- Aubrey Plazaas Lenny Busker: Haller’s friend who is an “impossible optimist” despite a history of drug and alcohol abuse and a rough demeanor.
- Jeremie Harris as Ptonomy Wallace:
A former child prodigy who is “stand-offish and sardonic”, one of therapist Bird’s specialists. A “memory artist”, Ptonomy “remembers everything, and has the ability to take people back into their own memories”.
- Amber Midthunderas Kerry Loudermilk: A savant with a “childlike sense of wonder”, one of therapist Bird’s specialists.
- Katie Aseltonas Amy Haller:
David’s older sister, who tries to remain positive despite his history of mental illness
- Bill Irwinas Cary Loudermilk:
A “geeky scientist”,one of therapist Bird’s specialists.Hawley sought out Irwin for his “playful approach to characters”,