With the release of X-Men: Apocalypse, one of Marvel’s most classic villains will finally get his chance to shine on the big screen. He briefly appeared in the post-credits scene of X-Men: Days of Future Past, but this will be his first time featuring as a major character in a film. While it’s going to be exciting to see how actor Oscar Isaac portrays Apocalypse, he is not the first to bring the character to life beyond the pages of comic books over the years. Apocalypse has also appeared in video games and, perhaps most memorably, in the animated X-Men TV series.
Apocalypse has shown up in X-Men: The Animated Series, X-Men: Evolution and Wolverine and the X-Men. The role he plays and the number of episodes he is in varies for each series, and his character is more interesting in certain appearances than others. With Apocalypse now prominently in the spotlight thanks to the new movie, what better time than now to revisit these past parts on the small screen? I decided to look back at these cartoon versions of Apocalypse and see how they hold up these days. Here’s my ranking from worst to best of Apocalypse’s appearances on TV.