Robert Kelly (Marvel)

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Robert Kelly is a male comic character that features in Marvel Comics.



After uncovering the Mutant Agenda, Carol Danvers and Logan discovered the existence of Mutants with groups such as the Hellfire Club. However, she lacked any evidence but believed that they should reveal their findings to people in government with her believing that freshman Senator Kelly would be interested in their findings. (Logan: Shadow Society v1 #1)

At Washington, he attempted to get others in government to help him pass the Mutant Affairs Control Act 1984. (Uncanny X-Men v1 #181)

Years after his death, a facility known as the Robert Kelly Correctional Facility was established to house Homo Superior prisoners with the site being informally known as the Box. (X-Men: Gold v2 #24)


Personality and attributes

Powers and abilities


  • Robert Kelly was created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne where he made his first appearance in Uncanny X-Men v1 #135 (July, 1980).

Alternate Versions

  • In X-Men v1 #141 (January, 1981), an alternate future timeline was shown that was designated as Earth-811 that was set in 2013. On this Earth, anti-Mutant attitudes arose after the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants assassinated Presidential candidate Senator Robert Kelly along with Charles Xavier and Moira MacTaggert in 1980. This led to the governments of the world passed the Mutant Control Act in 1988 leading to mass deployment of Sentinels that targeted Mutants with the machines eventually taking over North America.

In other media


  • In X-Men, Robert Jefferson Kelly appeared in the 1990s animated television series where he was voiced by actor Len Carlson.
  • In X-Men: Evolution, Edward Kelly appeared in the animated television series where he was voiced by actor Dale Wilson.
  • In Wolverine and the X-Men, Senator Kelly appeared in the animated television series where he was voiced by actor Richard Doyle.
  • In Iron Man: Armored Adventures, Robert Kelly featured in the episode "X-Factor" where he was voiced by actor Dale Wilson. Kelly was an anti-Mutant politician where he pushed his agenda against Mutants following Magneto's attack on Simon Trask. Magneto intended to get 'Annie Claremont' to use her telekinetic powers to mimic natural death on Robert Kelly. Kelly later attended a public event where he was a proponent for Proposition X that sought to forcibly register Mutants. Magneto later attempted to kill Senator Kelly but he was saved by 'Annie' along with Iron Man and War Machine. However, Kelly attempted to lynch on 'Annie' for being a Mutant but Iron Man admonished him for his lack of gratitude. The crowd that once consisted of his supporters then turned on the humiliated Senator Kelly as the protestors threw objects at him.


  • In X-Men, Senator Kelly appeared in the 2000 live-action film where he was portrayed by actor Bruce Davison. He was shown as being a U.S. Senator who attempted to pass the Mutant Registration Act in Congress which would have forced Mutants to publically reveal their identities and abilities with Magneto and Professor X witnessing this event. Magneto later had Toad and Mystique kidnap Kelly who was brought to their hideout on the uncharted island of Genosha. Lensherr had created a machine powered by his magnetic abilities that generated a field of radiation and used Kelly as a test subject. The effects of the device induced mutation in normal humans thus transforming Kelly who gained an elastic skin which he used to escape his confinement.

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