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Robert Kelly ran for president on an anti-mutant campaign during the beginning of the show's first season. Kelly came to befriend the X-Men and support mutants shortly after his election as President of the United States, in the season's final episode, after the X-Men had rescued him from both an assassination attempt by Mystique (who was posing as Gambit to make it look like the X-Men did it) and an attempted brainwashing by Master Mold. In the first episode of season two, Kelly took office as president, spoke out in support of mutants, and made his first presidential act an official pardoning of Beast, who had been unfairly arrested early in season one. These actions led Kelly's former, anti-mutant supporters to feel betrayed by him and create the public anti-mutant backlash that pervaded the entire second season of the show. In the third through fifth seasons of the animated series, President Kelly had a low profile. He remained friendly with the X-Men through the show's end, working with them to confront global mutant threats such as Magneto's building an armed, inhabitable, mutants-only asteroid in space during the fourth season.

On Latverion, Kelly was a Senator again but God Emperor Doom had appointed him to the position of Baron of Westchester where he survived an assassination attempt by The Shadow King. Despite remaining publicly favorable to the X-Men, Baron Kelly was also secretly one of the Horsemen of Apocalypse[1].

  • Voiced by Len Carlson.

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