Charles Xavier/Erik Lehnsherr

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Pairing: Charles Xavier/Erik Lehnsherr
Alternative name(s): Professor X/Magneto, Cherik,
Gender category: slash
Fandom: X-Men, X-Men Movieverse, X-Men: First Class
Canonical?: but it could be...
Prevalence: fairly minor prior to First Class; now enormous.
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Charles/Erik is a slash pairing in X-Men fandom. Sometimes name smushed into 'Cherik'.


Professor Charles Francis Xavier, also known as Professor X, is a powerful telepath and the founder of the superhero group the X-Men. He first appeared in the X-Men comics and has subsequently appeared in the various adaptations and spin-offs: X-Men: The Animated Series, the first three X-Men movies, the Ultimate X-Men comics, the cartoons X-Men: Evolution and Wolverine and the X-Men, and more recently the alternate timeline/prequel films, most prominently X-Men: First Class.

Erik Magnus Lehnsherr, also known as Magneto, has powers related to metal and magnetism. He was once Xavier's close friend but has generally been his archenemy in canon. Generally. Off and on. Mostly on.

Fandom Overview

A fairly minor pairing in the comics and movieverse fandom (include Logan films), though with some passionate advocates, it exploded after the release of X-Men First Class.


The characters have been around for decades and alternately matched wits and shacked up together through numerous iterations and reincarnations. Though responsible for a smaller portion of fannish output, there is a wealth of slashy material in the backlog of comics.


Due to the strong friendship for years between actors Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen there has been a slight amount of fanworks based on the movieverse, but nothing as extensive as after the launch of the alternative line with Michael Fassbender (Magneto) and James McAvoy (Charles).

Wolverine and the X-Men

They barely interact in this canon, what with Xavier being in a coma in the future for the whole thing. There's little to no fannish activity for them in this fandom (afaik).

X-Men: First Class

General consensus (even outside the fandom) is that the film is really nothing more or less than a romantic tragedy. Meta and primers have been written regarding the two characters' textual and subtextual relationship, as well as more fanfiction than you could read in a lifetime. Tumblr has also been busy.

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