Wally Magnus West, known as Magneto is a mutant, leader and founder of the Brotherhood of Mutants. He has the ability to move at superhuman speed and to manipulate magnetic force fields and magnetic flight. Magneto is one of the most infamous mutants, having a bitter hatred for humans due to his experiences with the Holocaust and how humans are known to hate and fear mutants. Similarly to his closet friend, Barry Allen Xavier (known as Professor X or The Flash due to his ability to move at superhuman speed although he's slightly slower than Magneto), Magneto has a strong belief and formed a team of his own, The Brotherhood of Mutants, after he was a founding member of the X-Men with Professor X. Unlike Professor X, Magneto's team's belief isn't to equally live with humans, but to rise above them.
Wallace Magnus West was born on May 17, 1932 to two German Jewish parents, Rudolph and Mary West, in Nuremberg, Germany. Wally lived a life as a kind-hearted boy until after the Holocaust. In 1934, Adolf Hitler rose to power and became Führer of Germany and controlled the country with the new National Socialist German Workers' Party. Under the Nazi regime, Jews were discriminated by the Germans. This hatred for the Jews would eventually lead to the mass extinction of Jews, gays, disabled, and other political opponents of Nazi Germany know as the Holocaust. In 1942, Wally and his family fled from the Nazis to Warsaw, Poland. They were eventually captured in 1944 by the Nazis and taken to their most infamous concentration camp, Auschwitz. Wally was forcibly separated from his parents by Nazi soldiers and attempted to open the gate separating him form his parents using his powers. He was however, knocked unconscious by a Nazi soldier with a baton.
While at Auschwitz, Wally encountered a Nazi collaborator named Eobard Thawne (under the alias Dr. Klaus Schmidt), later known as Professor Zoom. Thawne murders Wally's mother and tortures him in an attempt to get him to use his powers through anger. Thawne would later murder the mother of Wally's soon to be closet friend, Barry Allen Xavier, in 1945.
Following the end of World War II in 1945, Wally manages to survive the Holocaust and lives near Washington D.C. Wally became a scientist and would later become learn of where his powers come from. In 1962, he would spend the rest of his life trying to find Thawne (now known as Professor Zoom) and exact revenge, murdering the other surviving Nazis connected to Thawne along the way. He eventually tracked him down to a small boat off the American coast but failed to kill him, having been defeated by Thawne's Hellfire Club cohorts, being no match for their mutant powers. It was at this point that he met Barry Allen, Raven Kyle, and Louise Lincoln, who were present as part of a botched CIA attempt to capture Professor Zoom. With support from the CIA, Wally and Barry together gathered a team of mutant teenagers to fight the Hellfire Club. Barry helped the teens master their powers at the mansion, including Wally. The two became close friends. Wally however refused Barry's plea to let go of his hatred of Zoom. Wally then reminds him that Zoom also killed Barry's mother and not just Wally's, making Barry shed a tear in the process. Wally also motivates Mystique to become proud of her natural appearance. The teens would later defeat the Hellfire Club and prevent them from starting World War III and eliminating all non-mutant beings on the planet. Wally then confronted Thawne and the two engaged in a long battle. After Wally defeats Zoom with the help of Barry, Zoom tries to convince Wally to join his club. Wally, appreciating his offer yet not forgiving him for killing his mother, killed Zoom by shooting him in the head with the Nazi coin that he had been given by Thawne in 1944 using his magnetic powers.