Films: Scanners (1981), Scanners 2: The New Order (1991), Scanners 3: The Takeover (1992), Scanner Cop (1994), Scanner Cop 2 (1995)
Alias: Various, most notably Cameron Vale, Darryl Revok, Peter Drak, David Kellum, Alex and Helena Monet, Sam Staziak, Karl Glock, Carl Volkin
Location: Civilized area
Height/Weight: That of average humans.
Affiliation: Good (Cameron, David, Alex, Sam), Evil (Darryl, Peter, Helena, Karl, Carl)
Summary: If you had the power to destroy anyone with your mind, would you? It all comes down to that choice. Prove everyone's fears to be true, or show them that it could be different...
History: Scanners were the result of an inexplicable baby boom that made a slew of newborn children into psychic beings capable of reading and destroying minds. This new generation of mutants, like any budding civilization, had its fair share of good and bad apples. The problem was that the bad guys, either a victim of horrible treatment or their own insanity, were hard to find, and only the sane Scanners could stop them from instigating a full-on genocide of the human race.
Notable Kills: Will anything top the infamous "head blows up" scene from the first film?
Final Fate: Time and time again, the evil Scanners are put to rest by their own kin, be it mutual death or even possession. At least one Scanner found his place in the police force, but even then, he had to give his life to end the likes of Carl Volkin.
Powers/Abilities: Can read minds, control minds, blow up minds, set people on fire, absorb others' energy, possess others, and if the third film is to be believed, can turn into beings of pure energy after death.
Weakness: Anything conventional, and ephemeral can suppress their power.
Scariness Factor: 4.5-Anyone could be a Scanner. Anyone could have the power to make you kill yourself, or turn you into a gore shower. Sure, not every Scanner is out to get you, but the ones that are tend to be the worst that humanity has to offer.
Trivia: -The infamous head scene was accomplished by having a bunch of animal parts put together in a fake head, with a 12-gauge just out of sight firing at it at point-blank range.
-Revok's plight is often considered to be the main inspiration for recurring "X-Men" villain Magneto. The only difference is that his actions are motivated by a sincere desire for mutants to live in peace and a supreme hatred of Nazis.