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Magneto designed his special form of headgear to protect him from all forms of Telepathy and Psionic Energy. He realized he would need protection from psychic beings like his old friend Professor Charles Xavier.[1]

He designed the helmet with circuitry that along with magnetic powers allow him control people's mind but Charles blocked it. When Magneto became reformed he tried to use the helmet again as Charles was no longer around. He hoped to wipe away hatred and prejudice from the human race.[2] He used the helmet to stop the X-Men and the Avengers battling when they were both hunting for him to bring him to justice. He read Captain America's mind realising for the first time not all humans hate mutants he decided to destroy it and let them take him in peacefully.[3]

Doctor Doom rebuilt it and brought Magneto to Latveria to battle him in a psychic fight. However during the conflict Magneto declined and destroyed the helmet once again.[2]

The Omega Gang ambushed Professor X, knocking him out with a baseball bat and clamping his head in a thought-proofed helmet based on Magneto's helmet designs that Kid Omega had found on the internet.[1]

When a clone was created of the Red Skull with Prof X powers. He kidnapped Magneto and removed his helmet so he could torture him telepathically.[4]

Rogue later used the helmet to block out the psychic attacks of the clone Red Skull. The helmet along with her powers allowed her to defeat him with ease.[5]

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Avengers & X-Men wearing replicas

When Cassandra Nova invaded Genosha, Jean Grey enlisted Tony Stark's help to create a supply of countless replicas of Magneto's Helmet to force into the people under Nova's sway to break them free.[6]

Six pieces of Magneto's Helmet was recovered from a battle in New York City between the X-Men and the "Master of Magnetism". It was sold on the "X-Change" website for $500.00 USD (with $19.00 USD shipping) to the Children of the Atom. They used these pieces in their helmets to protect their minds from psychic attacks.[7]

Wolverine used Magneto's helmet against a psychic mutant known as the Pale Girl. He got Magneto drunk enough to hit the floor and stole his helmet, along with all the mental defenses that come with it, in an effort to counter against her influence.[8]

Magneto used the helmet against Tarn whose abilities to manipulate biology is psychokinetic in nature. He placed the helmet on his head and was able to block Tarn from using his powers.[9]


Alternate Reality Versions[]

Image Description Issue
Ultimate X-Men Vol 1 6 Textless In the Ultimate Universe, Magneto's helmet protects him against psionic attacks. Quicksilver later copied the blueprints to mass produce it and sell it at the height of anti-Mutant hysteria after the Ultimatum event. A father wore a copy so he could murder his telepathic daughter in her sleep without either her or Jean Grey being alerted. Ultimate X-Men #1
Enrique (Earth-311) from Marvel 1602 Vol 1 8 001 On Earth-311, the Grand Inquisitor's helmet was given to him by Carlos Javier. The helmet made it impossible for Javier to read his thoughts. Marvel 1602 #1
Erik Lehnsherr (Earth-10005) from X-Men The Last Stand 0001 On Earth-10005, Magneto's helmet protects him against psionic attacks. In this reality, Magneto acquired the helmet after killing Sebastian Shaw. This helmet was made by the Soviet Union for Shaw. X-Men
Erik Lehnsherr (Earth-92131) from X-Men The Animated Series Season 1 3 001 Magneto's helmet was created to protect him against telepathy used by his old friend Professor X. X-Men '97 Season 1 2
Max Eisenhardt (Earth-94823) from Spider-Man Magazine Vol 1 4 0001 In Earth-94823, Magneto's helmet was similar in appearance to football helmets. Spider-Man Magazine #4


  • Magneto may be able to create his signature helmet by manipulating any metal into the shape, this can be assumed, as despite the helmet being destroyed or taken from his possession, Magneto always has another.


  • Magneto was not seen without his helmet until X-Men #62.
  • The idea of his helmet protecting him from telepathic intrusion was the explanation given in the X-Men film series (Earth-10005) and Ultimate Universe (Earth-1610).
  • When Magneto appeared to have been killed during the Mega Sentinels attack on Genosha, his helmet became a iconic symbol on the Che Guevara-like t-shirts and posters which depicted him as a martyr of the mutant cause.
  • Fabian Cortez has a Magneto fetish, as he wanted a woman he was trying to have sex with to wear a replica of Magneto's Helmet.[10]

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