Friends of Humanity
The Friends of Humanity are an organization that features in Marvel Comics.
Under the leadership of Graydon Creed, the group came into the spotlight where his charisma made them a dangerous force in society. Following an attack from the Acolytes, Creed used the assault as fuel to spread the flames of anti-Mutant hysteria that was spreading throughout the country. (Uncanny X-Men v1 #299)
The Friends of Humanity is a group started by one time presidential-hopeful Graydon Creed, a man infamous for his bigotry against mutants. He and his disciples have caused damage on many occasions, whenever there is a possibility to limit mutant rights or harm them, and they constantly agitate to force lawmakers to reinstate The Mutant Registration Act.
It was a thinly veiled organization that operated under the pretext of community services but actually specialised in genetic bigotry and acts of terror against Mutants. (X-Factor v1 #127) They were described as a grass roots hate-group that cloaked its message of racial intolerance in respectability by hiding behind the First Amendment Right to Free Speech. The charisma of the group allowed them to hide in plain sight. (Uncanny X-Men v1 #299)
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- The Friends of Humanity were created by Scott Lobdell and Tom Raney where they made their first appearance Uncanny X-Men v1 #291 (August 1992).
- In the Age of Apocalypse, after the fall of Apocalypse, a group of humans joined together in an attempt to prevent the mutants to get control over their lives. It is strongly implied that they are responsible for the disappearance of Exodus, Iceman, Morph and Wild Child. Only Wild Child's fate has been revealed in Exiles: Days of Then and Now.
- In Ultimate Marvel, the Friends of Humanity appear in Ultimate X-Men, where they still hold anti-mutant sentiments, attacking a hospital because it offered support to mutant children living in poverty. Ironically, after the Friends are taken down, the leader himself is revealed to be a mutant (who was either unaware or in denial of his mutation) who almost defeats the X-Men, only to be stopped by Magician. Next, the Friends of Humanity are seen fighting with Morlock member Pyro, who is saved from them by Nightcrawler.
In other media
- In X-Men: The Animated Series, the Friends of Humanity appeared as antagonist in the 1990s animated television series. Former followers of Senator Kelly felt betrayed by his switch from anti-mutant to pro-mutant views brought about by the X-Men saving his life. Near the end of the season, the Friend of Humanity discovered due to Wolverine that Graydon Creed was the human son of Sabretooth and they left him in disgust. In the last season, the Friends of Humanity returned to wage war on mutants. When Creed recovered in the episode "Bloodlines," the Friends of Humanity's council gave him another chance by having him kill Mystique, his biological mutant mother and Nightcrawler, his mutant half-brother. The Friends of Humanity were again stopped by the X-Men and the local authorities arrested the FoH Soldiers not for attacking mutants, but for blowing up a dam that had been caught in the crossfire. When Graydon failed to kill Mystique, Nightcrawler, or Rogue as well as costing them some of their soldiers who were arrested for blowing up the dam, the four council members on the helicopter he was bounded on expelled Graydon and parachuted him to the house where Sabretooth was currently living. In "Time Fugitive", they were involved with Graydon Creed to unleash a genetically engineered plague and blaming Mutants for it affecting humans. They were ultimately being used by Apocalypse who had disguised himself as a human scientist working for them.
- Uncanny X-Men v1: #291