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The TV show Legion has as its protagonist David Haller, based on the character of the same name from X-Men comics. It also features

the Shadow King, again based on a comics character of the same name

However, I can’t find any obvious comics mentions of the other mutants in the show:

  • Sydney Barrett
  • Cary and Kerry Loudermilk
  • Ptonomy Wallace
  • Melanie Bird
  • Oliver Bird
  • Rudy
  • The Eye

Were any of them based on existing comics characters?

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SPOILERS:

The are strongly hinting that David's father is in fact, Professor X, same as the comics. They both showed Professor X's wheelchair (with fancy X wheels) in a flashback, as well as address David's father as being a very powerful mutant telepath who fought the Shadow King at some point. No one else in Season 1 is a direct adaptation.

From Bustle.com "As creator Noah Hawley told Variety, he wants to evoke the X-Men without basing Legion on their most famous characters. "Obviously it’s a sort of origin story for David, but none of the other characters that I’ve surrounded him with are from the comics. It’s sort of an invented world," he explained.

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    True, although I was asking about the other mutants who we actually see in the show — we only really get to see a wheel that might belong to Charles Xavier. – Paul D. Waite Apr 9 '17 at 19:09

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