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NOTE: This article is about the incarnation of the Sentinels from the X-Men film series. The mainstream version can be found here: Sentinels.

You know, when you sent our soldiers to Vietnam without the weapons they needed to win the war, you underestimated your enemy. You... you do that with this enemy and it won't be some border skirmish halfway around the world. This time, the war will be for our streets, our cities, our homes. And by the time you see the need for my program, it'll be too late and you will have lost two wars in one lifetime.
~ Bolivar Trask pitching his idea to Congress.
I call them Sentinels. Named after the ancient guardians that stood at the gates of Citadel. They have the aeronautic capabilities of a Harrier jet. Armed with guns that can fire off more than 2000 rounds per minute of thermo-ceramic ammunition. But size, power, speed... you could find that at Lockheed or Boeing. No, what makes the Sentinels so special is the ability to target the mutant X-gene: a genetic guidance system that can lock onto a mark a half a mile away and won't trigger unless it's identified the target. With this weapon, there will be no human collateral damage. I turn it on, the system couldn't even activate in here. Unless... there's a mutant.
~ Trask explaining the program to U.S. and Vietnamese government officials at the Paris Peace Accords in 1973.

The Sentinels are major antagonists in the 2014 film X-Men: Days of Future Past. They are specialized mutant-hunting machines created by Dr. Bolivar Trask with help from Colonel William Stryker to hunt down and destroy mutants.

Original Timeline

X-Men: Days of Future Past

In 1973, Bolivar Trask pitches the Sentinels to Congress but they decline him so he pitches them to foreign powers. Mystique shoots Trask in revenge for the murders he has committed of mutants while creating the Sentinels, not knowing the future this will create.

X-Men: The Last Stand

A Sentinel briefly appears during a training session in the Danger Room. After Colossus launches Wolverine into the air, he cuts off the head of the Sentinel with his claws. The head falls through the air and lands in front of the X-Men.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

In a dystopian 2023, the Sentinels hunt down mutants in a war that has also wiped out most of humanity and left only the "worst" of humanity left to rule the world. These Sentinels have been created using Mystique's DNA which gives them the ability to adapt to mutant powers and even use some. The surviving X-Men gather in a monastery in China for a last stand against the Sentinels while Shadowcat uses her powers to project Wolverine's consciousness back to 1973 to try to change the future where the Sentinels were created. In a final battle, all the X-Men fall to the Sentinels, unable to flee, but hold them back long enough that Wolverine's changes to the timeline erase the Sentinel future from existence.

Revised Timeline

X-Men: Days of Future Past

In 1973, Bolivar Trask pitches the Sentinels to Congress but they decline him so he pitches them to foreign powers. Mystique attempts to kill Trask in revenge for the murders he has committed of mutants while creating the Sentinels, not knowing the future this will create, but is interrupted by Charles Xavier, Beast, Magneto and a time-travelingWolverine who are attempting to prevent the destruction caused by the Sentinel project's completion. After seeingXavier's gladness after finding Mystique, Magneto tries to kill Mystique, claiming he is making a more "secure future".

Unfortunately, the fight with Mystique and Magneto reveals the existence of mutants to the world and President Nixon agrees to their use while Mystique's blood is collected from where she was wounded, allowing the Sentinels of the future to have her powers. Magneto, both to stop the Sentinels and to use them to take over the world, surrounds them in steel, allowing him to control the Sentinels at their unveiling on the White House lawn. Magneto uses the Sentinels to attack the crowd and hold off Wolverine, Xavier and McCoy, but before he can kill what he believes to be Nixon (really a disguised Mystique), McCoy suppresses his mutation with a serum causing a Sentinel to turn on Magneto.

He quickly disables it, but the distraction allows Mystique to shoot him with a plastic gun, wounding him and then knock him out, deactivating the Sentinels. After Xavier convinces Mystique through telepathy to let Trask, Nixon and his cabinet live, the world sees that a mutant saved the President and the Sentinel program is shut down and Trask is arrested for selling military secrets to foreign powers, erasing the dystopian future.

X-Men: Apocalypse

Though Sentinel program is shut down for good, at least three or four Sentinels are revealed to be under possession of Xavier. Fortunately, they no longer used to hunt down mutants, as instead, they now reprogrammed for training new X-Men members.

Powers & Abilities

  • Superhuman Strength: The sentinels of 2023 had strength far superior to humans and greater than most, if not all, mutants. They could easily break a person's neck with one hand and easily overpowered Colossus despite him being in his metal form, which gave him a considerable level of strength and durability.
  • Superhuman Durability: Due to the abilities granted to them by Mystique’s DNA, the sentinels of 2023 had a very strong level of adaptability and were therefore capable of taking extreme punishment. One sentinel was practically undamaged by a hit from Colossus in his metal form, and were capable of withstanding fire from their own weapons when Blink used her powers to make them hit each other with their own energy weapons. They were also capable of surviving extreme temperatures long enough to allow their appearance-altering abilities to kick in.
  • Mutant Gene Detection: All Sentinel models were equipped with a mutant gene detection system, allowing them to differentiate between humans and mutants. By 2023, they also became capable of detecting genes within humans who could potentially give birth to mutant children or grandchildren.
  • Telepathic Immunity: Due to their robotic nature, Sentinels were incapable of being manipulated by even the most powerful of telepathic mutants.
  • Limited Self-Repair: The sentinels of 2023 were capable of self-repairing minor damage. During an erased attack in Moscow, one sentinel took a hit to the head from Bishop, only for it to almost instantly fix the damage caused by this attack. However, they were not capable of fixing more severe damage, such as the loss of limbs.
  • Shape-Shifting: The sentinels of 2023 were capable of altering their appearance using Mystique's DNA. They were capable of forming stabbing weapons with their arms as well as utilizing a range of mutants powers such as Emma Frost's diamond skin and Lady Deathstrike's claws.
  • Mutant Power Absorption: The sentinels of 2023 were capable of absorbing at least some additional mutant powers through touch. When attacking Colossus in Moscow, a Sentinel gained the ability to mimic his metal skin while gripping his arm.
  • Energy-Based Weapons: The sentinels of 2023 all possessed a powerful energy ray within their heads, capable of killing even mutants who could absorb considerable levels of energy such as Bishop.
  • Flight: All sentinel models were equipped with flight systems.
  • Superhuman Agility: The sentinels of 2023 were extremely agile and quick. One sentinel was capable of quickly leaping over a wall and killing Storm before she was even aware of what was happening.

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X-Men: The Last Stand: Brotherhood of Mutants (Magneto, Dark Phoenix, Pyro, Juggernaut, Multiple Man & Mystique) | Omega Gang (Callisto, Psylocke, Quill, Arclight, Avalanche, Spike, Glob Herman & Phat) | Archangel
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X-Men: Apocalypse: Ashir En Sabah Nur/Horsemen of Apocalypse (Apocalypse, Magneto, Psylocke & Archangel) | Dark Phoenix | Mystique | William Stryker Jr. | Blob
X-Men: Dark Phoenix: Dark Phoenix | D'Bari (Vuk & Jones) | Brotherhood of Mutants (Magneto & Selene Gallio) | Mystique
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Marvel Anime: X-Men: Hellfire Club (Emma Frost, Martermind) | U-Men (Sublime)
Legion: Legion | Shadow King | Oliver Bird | Time Eaters
The Gifted: Sentinel Services (Jace Turner, Ed Weeks) | Trask Industries (Roderick Champell) | Ted Wilson | Hellfire Club (Fenris, Reeva Paype, Frost Sisters) | Benedict Ryan

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The Uncanny X-Men: Magneto | White Queen | Juggernaut | Sabretooth | Boomerang
X-Men: Madness in Murderworld: Arcade | Magneto | Juggernaut | Blob | White Queen | Mystique | Pyro | Wendigo | Silver Samurai
X-Men II: The Fall of the Mutants: Mystique | Avalanche | Blob | Pyro | Spiral
Spider-Man & X-men: Arcade's Revenge: Arcade | Carnage | Rhino | Apocalypse | Juggernaut | Selene Gallio | Sentinels | Master Mold
X-Men (1992): Brotherhood of Mutant Terrorists (Magneto, Mystique, White Queen, Juggernaut, Blob, Pyro, Wendigo & Living Monolith) | Sentinels
X-Men (1993): Magneto | Apocalypse | Sabretooth | Juggernaut | Sentinels | Ahab | Mojo
X-Men 2: Clone Wars: Apocalypse | Phalanx | The Brood | Magneto
X-Men: Children of the Atom: Magneto | Juggernaut | Omega Red | Silver Samurai | Sentinel | Spiral | Mojo
X-Men (1994): Magneto | Sebastian Shaw | Callisto | Sauron | Brood Queen | Omega Red
X-Men 2: Game Master's Legacy: Gamesmaster | Apocalypse | Mister Sinster | Exodus
X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse: Apocalypse | Juggernaut | Omega Red | Brood Queen | Sentinels | Acolytes | Exodus | Magneto
X-Men vs. Street Fighter: Apocalypse | Acolytes | Magneto | Juggernaut | Sabretooth | Rogue | Angel
X-Men 3: Mojo World: Mojo | Magneto | Master Mold | Trevor Fitzroy | Spiral
X-Men: The Ravages of Apocalypse: Apocalypse | Mister Sinister | Magneto
X-Men: Mutant Academy: Magneto | Mystique | Sabretooth | Toad
X-Men: Mutant Wars: Magneto | Mystique | Sabretooth | Apocalypse
X-Men: Wolverine's Rage: Lady Deathstrike | Sabretooth | Deadpool
X-Men: Mutant Academy 2: Magneto | Mystique | Sabretooth | Juggernaut | Toad
X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse: Apocalypse | Archangel | Magneto | Dark Phoenix | Juggernaut | Sabretooth | Silver Samurai | Sauron | Blob | Pyro
X-Men: Next Dimension: Brotherhood of Evil Mutants (Magneto, Sabretooth, Toad, Mystique, Juggernaut, Blob, Lady Deathstrike & Pyro) | Bastion | Sentinels
X2: Wolverine's Revenge: Magneto | Sabretooth | Wendigo | Lady Deathstrike | Juggernaut | Omega Red | Apocalypse | Mr. Sinister
X-Men Legends: Brotherhood of Evil Mutants/Acolytes (Magneto, Mystique, Blob, Pyro, Avalanche, Sabretooth & Toad) | Marrow | Juggernaut | Shadow King | Apocalypse | Master Mold
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse: Apocalypse | The Brood | Lady Deathstrike | Sauron | Omega Red | Stepford Cuckoos | Deadpool | Mister Sinister | Dark Beast | Living Monolith | Mystique | Destiny | Blob | Emma Frost | Sebastian Shaw | Archangel | Selene Gallio | Quicksilver
X-Men The Official Game: Brotherhood of Mutants (Magneto, Sabretooth & Pyro) HYDRA (Silver Samurai & Deathstike) | Multiple Man | Jason Stryker | Master Mold | Mystique | Toad

See Also
Alpha Flight Villains | Deadpool Villains | Excalibur Villains | New Mutants Villains | Wolverine Villains | X-Factor Villains | X-Force Villains | X-Men Movie Villains

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