History Comicbook / Gambit

5th Apr '17 2:58:32 PM dsneybuf
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Surviving the ordeal with the help of an energy-based mutant named Mary Purcell, Gambit would rejoin and leave the X-Men several times after. At one point, both Gambit and Rogue lose their powers and they could finally touch and explore their relationship. Despite this, Gambit goes through several misfortunes including being blinded, being forced to being one of Apocalypse's horsemen and [[spoiler:[[ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen being defeated in battle]] by Captain America]]. He currently serves on the X-Men. His and Rogue's relationship remains rocky as Rogue still has trust issues and, of course, Rogue has her powers to worry about. They have seen Emma Frost for psychic therapy, but things haven't worked so far. Mystique attempting to seduce Gambit to prove he wasn't good enough for Rogue in the 2005 "Bizarre Love Triangle" story certainly didn't help matters.

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Surviving the ordeal with the help of an energy-based mutant named Mary Purcell, Gambit would rejoin and leave the X-Men several times after. At one point, both Gambit and Rogue lose their powers and they could finally touch and explore their relationship. Despite this, Gambit goes through several misfortunes including being blinded, being forced to being one of Apocalypse's horsemen and [[spoiler:[[ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen [[ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen being defeated in battle]] by Captain America]].America. He currently serves on the X-Men. His and Rogue's relationship remains rocky as Rogue still has trust issues and, of course, Rogue has her powers to worry about. They have seen Emma Frost for psychic therapy, but things haven't worked so far. Mystique attempting to seduce Gambit to prove he wasn't good enough for Rogue in the 2005 "Bizarre Love Triangle" story certainly didn't help matters.
29th Mar '17 1:56:53 AM WanderingBrowser
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* CaneFu: His particular style of bojutsu focuses on the use of a shortstaff, roughly the size of a cane. At varying times he's

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* CaneFu: His particular style of bojutsu focuses on the use of a shortstaff, roughly the size of a cane. At varying times he's been shown to wield a collapsible staff, which he can fold down to be small enough to conceal or extend to either cane-length or full-on quarterstaff length as he pleases.
29th Mar '17 12:52:29 AM WanderingBrowser
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%%* CaneFu

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%%* CaneFu* CaneFu: His particular style of bojutsu focuses on the use of a shortstaff, roughly the size of a cane. At varying times he's



* TheCharmer

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* TheCharmerTheCharmer: He's very adept at sweet-talking others and can really pour on the verbal charm if he wants to.



* ComboPlatterPowers

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* ComboPlatterPowersComboPlatterPowers: Zigzagged. At his core, not so much; Gambit has training in certain skills (sleight of hand, acrobatics, thievery), but his only superpower is to manipulate kinetic energy in order to turn things into explosives. However, over the years, he has sometimes also had a low-level psychic charm ability, as well as the ability to use charged objects as telepathic scramblers.
** That said, the New Sun storyline has established that Gambit could have a much larger and more diverse array of powers if he fully grew into his ability to manipulate kinetic energy. The New Sun has the power of "Total Kinetic Control", allowing him to manipulate kinetic energy on a molecular level. At its basic, this is Gambit's StuffBlowingUp power... except the New Sun can do it much faster, can do it by ''thinking about it'' instead of needing to touch it, and he can use it ''on living beings'', unlike Gambit. He can also affect the ability of other things to move, either preventing them from being able to stop or stopping them dead, manipulate other energies related to kinetic energy (for example, setting things on fire by accelerating their molecular agitation, or freezing them by slowing it), and turn into a being of living kinetic energy, a form in which he can travel between planets and even dimensions.



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%%* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench * EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: This is part of the reason why he's a Cajun; his Louisiana French accent helps feed his 90s "cool" motif. He also makes free use of this trope when trying to be charming.



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%%* FakeDefector* FakeDefector: On several occasions in various mediums, Gambit has seemingly turned traitor, only to reveal he was faking it in order to get the drop on whoever he had seemingly allied with.



* TheMagicTouch: He has the ability to turn anything he touches into an explosive. Although he prefers to charge and flick playing cards at his opponent. The Ultimate X-Men version claims that he joined Fenris because he was losing control of his powers (basically an even suckier version of Midas since all the food he touches turns into a bomb) and their experiments stabilized him. Though it's oft-forgotten about now, Gambit's original connections to Mister Sinister were because he originally went to Sinister to get some of his brain excised to permanently dampen down his powers, so he couldn't lose control. He also had to deal with a short-lived villain called "New Sun", who turned out to be a version of himself from an ParallelUniverse slash BadFuture who never got his powers dampened, grew to PhysicalGod status, and lost control. He's called "New Sun" because he vaporised the entire planet Earth with his powers.

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* TheMagicTouch: He has the ability to turn anything he touches into an explosive. Although he prefers to charge and flick playing cards at his opponent. The Ultimate X-Men version claims that he joined Fenris because he was losing control of his powers (basically an even suckier version of Midas since all the food he touches turns into a bomb) and their experiments stabilized him. Though it's oft-forgotten about now, Gambit's original connections to Mister Sinister were because he originally went to Sinister to get some of his brain excised to permanently dampen down his powers, so he couldn't lose control. He also had to deal with a short-lived villain called "New Sun", who turned out to be a version of himself from an ParallelUniverse slash BadFuture who never got his powers dampened, grew to PhysicalGod status, and lost control. He's called "New Sun" because he vaporised the entire planet Earth with his powers.



* PersonOfMassDestruction: If Gambit had not gone to Mister Sinister for surgery to remove a portion of brain tissue to control his powers, he would have been too dangerous to live. On the other hand, an alternative version of Gambit aptly called New Sun was a very destructive force.

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* PersonOfMassDestruction: If Let's face it, a man who can convert mass into explosively unstable kinetic energy is a man who can rearrange the landscape fairly easily. The bigger the thing he charges, the more of a boom he can make -- imagine what would happen if he converted, say, an entire bus into one of his energy bombs. Taken UpToEleven with the New Sun storyline, which reveals that if Gambit had not gone to Mister Sinister for surgery to remove a portion of brain tissue to control his powers, he would have literally been too dangerous to live. On As made clear by his alternate universe doppelganger, who didn't get the other hand, an alternative version of Gambit aptly called New Sun surgery. He was a very destructive force. PhysicalGod... who basically made the entire planet explode... ''on accident''.



* PowerIncontinence: Though it's oft-forgotten about now, Gambit's original connections to Mister Sinister were because he originally went to Sinister to get some of his brain excised to permanently dampen down his powers, so he couldn't lose control. He also had to deal with a short-lived villain called "New Sun", who turned out to be a version of himself from an ParallelUniverse slash BadFuture who never got his powers dampened, grew to PhysicalGod status, and lost control. He's called "New Sun" because he ''vaporized Earth'' with his powers.
** In ComicBook/UltimateMarvel, this trope is brought up in a comparatively downplayed fashion: The ComicBook/UltimateXMen version claims that he joined Fenris because he was losing control of his powers (basically an even suckier version of Midas since all the food he touches turns into a bomb) and their experiments stabilized him.



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%%* SophisticatedAsHell* SophisticatedAsHell: Gambit isn't an idiot, and often likes to use fairly sophisticated words to remind people that being a "swamp rat" doesn't make him stupid. It doesn't stop him from interspersing his high manner wordplay with fairly crude comments, though.



* StuffBlowingUp: His main power.

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* StuffBlowingUp: His main power.power is the ability to charge objects, manipulating them into spontaneously releasing all their kinetic energy potential at once. In essence, they explode, with force depending mostly on how big they were.



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%%* TheTrickster* TheTrickster: As you'd expect of somebody who grew up as a thief, Gambit likes messing with peoples' heads.
12th Feb '17 7:01:51 PM Ambaryerno
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* TroubledProduction: The planned feature film has suffered numerous delays, numerous script issues, and the loss of ''multiple'' directors. It's actually made ''Film/{{Deadpool}}'s'' journey to the big screen seem like smooth sailing by comparison.
12th Feb '17 7:01:31 PM Ambaryerno
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* TraumaCongaLine: Not only that Gambit had a dark past, he also has bad luck with his love life - his first childhood friend Belladonna is crazy, [[StuffedInAFridge his French girlfriend was murdered by Sabretooth]] and he is suffering in a MasochismTango relationship with Rogue. He is also shunned by his own teammates after learning his small involvement in the Morlock Massacre.


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* TraumaCongaLine: Not only that Gambit had a dark past, he also has bad luck with his love life - his first childhood friend Belladonna is crazy, [[StuffedInAFridge his French girlfriend was murdered by Sabretooth]] and he is suffering in a MasochismTango relationship with Rogue. He is also shunned by his own teammates after learning his small involvement in the Morlock Massacre.


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* TroubledProduction: The planned feature film has suffered numerous delays, numerous script issues, and the loss of ''multiple'' directors. It's actually made ''Film/{{Deadpool}}'s'' journey to the big screen seem like smooth sailing by comparison.
5th Feb '17 3:40:12 PM Scorntex
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* AdaptationalVillainy: His ''X-Men: Evolution'' and ''Wolverine and the X-Men'' are less noble, the later especially so, selling all mutantkind out in the name of money.



* BrainwashedAndCrazy: During his time as a Horseman of Apocalypse. It took a visit from Mr. Sinister to get rid of most of it.



* DependingOnTheWriter: His general characterization of "lovable rogue" is pretty consistent, but his level of attachment and sentimentality can vary. Sometimes he's a sweetheart older brother figure. Other times he has more of a "looking out for number one" attitude.

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* DependingOnTheWriter: His general characterization of "lovable rogue" is pretty consistent, but his level of attachment and sentimentality can vary. Sometimes he's a sweetheart older brother figure. Other times he has more of a "looking out for number one" attitude. His accent can also vary, some writers (like Peter David) don't even use it at all.
* DidNotThinkThisThrough: He ''volunteered'' to be a Horseman, apparently not remembering that Apocalypse likes using brainwashing to control his underlings, and wasn't able to resist.



* MinionWithAnFInEvil: During the late 00s, he worked for Sinister, leading the Marauders, though only to protect a severely incapacitated Rogue from whatever Sinister was planning. On one occasion he sabotaged Sinister's plot, destroying Destiny's diaries to prevent anyone else getting them. When using Cerebra, the Stepford Cuckoos note they can feel his emotions, and that he felt "utterly lost".



* OutOfFocus[=/=]DemotedToExtra: He suffers of both tropes since the earlier-mid 2000s thereafter.

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* OutOfFocus[=/=]DemotedToExtra: He suffers of both tropes since the earlier-mid 2000s thereafter.


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* RealMenCook: He once managed to fix together a meal in the middle of a desert with no real supplies around. When asked by Professor X how he did that, he just said "a man has his secrets", before advising Xavier not to drink the bottom part.


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* WillTheyOrWontThey: He and Rogue have an on-again, off-again, on-again, off-again thing going. Not helping is things like Mystique actively doing what she can to get rid of Remy.
6th Jan '17 1:32:21 PM Larkmarn
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* NinetiesAntiHero: In the literal sense, as an AntiHero introduced in the 90's, but also clear from his loose morals, [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]], {{Permastubble}}, and outfit consisting of a BadassLongcoat over skintight armor. No guns, at least.
6th Jan '17 1:25:01 PM avon
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* NonIndicativeName: "Gambit" is actually a {{Chess}} term. But the Cajun's choice of games is cards.
16th Dec '16 4:41:31 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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In other media, Gambit became popular because of his inclusion in the UsefulNotes/TheNineties' ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' animated series, two years after his debut in the comics. He has been played by Taylor Kitsch in''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine''. Creator/ChanningTatum has once been tapped to play him in a solo ''Gambit'' movie, but that project currently lingers in DevelopmentHell.

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In other media, Gambit became popular because of his inclusion in the UsefulNotes/TheNineties' ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' animated series, two years after his debut in the comics. He has been played by Taylor Kitsch in''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine''.in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine''. Creator/ChanningTatum has once been tapped to play him in a solo ''Gambit'' movie, but that project currently lingers in DevelopmentHell.



* PieInTheFace: A kinetically charged pie in the face...to Rogue.
* PlanetEater: A great number of events from Gambit's life were the direct result of [[spoiler:an alternate version of himself called New Sun trying to prevent him from bringing to fruition a prophecy that foresaw him losing control of his Omega-level powers and unintentionally consuming everything on the Earth616 like a living Sun. In a great number of universes visited by New Sun, various versions of "Le Diable Blanc" had already destroyed their own worlds.]]

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* PieInTheFace: A kinetically charged pie in the face... to Rogue.
* PlanetEater: A great number of events from Gambit's life were the direct result of [[spoiler:an alternate version of himself called New Sun trying to prevent him from bringing to fruition a prophecy that foresaw him losing control of his Omega-level powers and unintentionally consuming everything on the Earth616 [=Earth616=] like a living Sun. In a great number of universes visited by New Sun, various versions of "Le Diable Blanc" had already destroyed their own worlds.]]
26th Oct '16 1:02:35 PM AndyLA
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* AwesomeAndPractical: Another reason why he uses a deck of cards as weapons. As he puts it in ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'':
--> It's like having 52 explosives tucked away in one little pocket.



* DeathDealer: One of the most iconic examples.

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* DeathDealer: One of the most iconic examples. As he puts it in ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'':
--> It's like having 52 explosives tucked away in one little pocket.
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