The Acolytes are a group of mutants that followed Magneto's ideals and believed in a society where humans are dominated by mutants and worshipped him as a savior.
The Acolytes were formed by Fabian Cortez as he was dedicated to Magneto's dream of a world ruled by mutants and their base of operations was Asteroid M. However, Cortez later betrayed Magneto and vied with him for control of the group. First, he sabotaged their base and caused Asteroid M to plummet to Earth causing its destruction and killing several Acolyte members but Magneto survived. Angered of Cortez's betrayal, Magneto recruited the mutant Exodus to help him reclaim the Acolytes and appointed him as the new leader.
Magneto often sent the Acolytes to do his dirty work. The X-Man Colossus joined the team for a while when his home country was struck with the Legacy Virus. However, Colossus could not accept their ruthless methods and grew disillusioned with the Acolytes fanaticism. Finding himself at odds with the other Acolytes, Colossus abandoned them.
When the Scarlet Witch used her reality-altering powers against mutantkind, most of the Acolytes lost their powers.
- Magneto: He founded the team and led the team.
- Fabian Cortez: Original leader of the Acolytes.
- Anne-Marie Cortez: Sister of Fabian Cortez with the ability of mind control.
- Chrome: Member of the Acolytes who can alter matter.
- Marco Delgado: Member of the Acolytes that can increase his size and strength.
- Winters: Brainwashed into joining by Anne-Marie Cortez.
- Exodus: Second leader of the Acolytes.
- Rusty Collins: Member of the Acolytes with pyrokinetic abilities.
- Colossus: Former member of the Acolytes whose body can become organic steel now has defected.
- Joanna Cargill/Frenzy: Member of the Acolytes with superhuman strength.
- Skids: Member of the Acolytes who can create force-fields.
- Spoor - Member of the Acolytes with super-senses and secretes mood-altering pheromones.
- Amelia Voght
- Unuscione/Carmella Unuscione
- Scanner/Sarah Ryall
- Rakkus/David Anthony Rice
- Neophyte/Simon Hall
- Kleinstock Brothers
- Katu/Katu Kath
- Seamus Mellencamp
- Javitz/Isaac Javitz
- Decay/Jacob Lashinski
- Gargouille/Lavinia LeBlanc
- Kamal el Alaqui
- Orator/Victor Ludwig
- Projector/Zachary Williams
- Barnacle/Mortimer Everett
- REM-RAM/Marcus Andrews
- Static/Gianna Carina Esperanza
- Vindaloo/Venkat Katregadda
- Random/Marshall Evan Stone III
- Tempo/Heather Tucker