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Ororo Munroe / Storm
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Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler
A mutant from Germany, Nightcrawler possesses superhuman agility, wallcrawling, a prehensile tail, and the ability to teleport. Despite his demonic appearance, he is a devout Catholic and even led to believe he was an ordained priest for some time note . Nightcrawler was raised in a circus, where he was accepted with the other "freaks", and grew to have a playful and happy-go-lucky personality. He's a fan of swashbuckling fiction and Errol Flynn in particular, and for a time, he took up swordplay and started to wear an almost pirate-like costume. Kurt later discovered that the villainous terrorist Mystique was his mother, who had to abandon him because he couldn't change his shape and blend in with her. This also makes him Rogue's adoptive half-brother. Nightcrawler, while never heavily featured, is generally considered to be the Ensemble Darkhorse and manages to consistently rank in the top 5-10 most popular X-Men. He's also one of the most lucky with women, as his unusual appearance and approachable personality tends to draw women to him really easily. Especially the tail and the fuzzy. Chicks dig the fuzzy.Nightcrawler's unique design was a carryover from an earlier Dave Cockrum pitch to DC for new members of the Legion of Super-Heroes. In that case, Nightcrawler would have been an alien.
- Adorkable: His original characterization was this just through his wacky antics; later interpretations and adaptations often have him as a huge fan of one fandom or another—see Ultimate X-Men.
- Back from the Dead: In Amazing X-Men. Proof if there ever was any that you can never keep a good X-Man down.
- Badass Adorable: Commonly nicknamed "fuzzy elf", and soft toys of him exist in-universe.
- Badass Preacher: For a time, he was an ordained Catholic priest. He lost none of his combat prowess.
- Chick Magnet: Like the summary says, chicks dig the fuzzy (and not just in-universe! He's frequently considered one of the sexiest men in superhero comics). His period of time spent as a priest made him a Chaste Hero, but he remained a chick magnet. A single panel from Excalibur summed it up perfectly:Man 1: A horror!Man 2: A demon!Woman: A cutie!
- Cool Teacher: When he does teach he specializes in theater and music, and is said to have some of the most popular classes at Xavier's school.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He's frequently mistaken for a demon thanks to his inhuman appearance and the fact that he brings a stench of brimstone wherever he teleports. Yet he's actually one of the most fundamentally good members of the X-Men, as well as being deeply religious and personally charming.
- Does Not Like Shoes: The unique shape of his feet make most shoes uncomfortable at best.
- Dual Wielding: Or rather, triple wielding, thanks to his prehensile tail.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: While impaled with Bastion's mechanical hand, Kurt manages to gather enough strength to teleport himself and Hope, the possible mutant messiah, away from the enemy before dying. That's a badass moment, but the thing that makes it a dying moment of awesome is that he managed to teleport from Las Vegas to the coast of San Francisco, while having a mechanical hand right through his chest.
- WHEN HIS NORMAL MAX TELEPORTING RANGE IS TWO MILES. To save you a trip to a map, that's over 400 miles. WITH A HAND THROUGH HIS CHEST.
- Extradimensional Shortcut: His teleportation abilities involve him slipping into an dimension, travelling very quickly through it then popping out elsewhere. The exact nature of this dimension varies from adaptation to adaptation.
- Fanboy: Kurt is massively fond of pirate movies, and Errol Flynn in particular. It's not a coincidence that when he first got the image inducer, Kurt messed with it to make himself look like Flynn, much to Xavier's exasperation.
- Flanderization: His religious devotion in later years. While his Catholic faith was a part of the character during the Claremont years (on more than one occasion he was depicted praying, and received spiritual direction from a priest), other writers tended to go overboard on this aspect of his character until that's all there was. Especially when they had no conception of what the Catholic faith was really like. The worst offender in this has to be Chuck Austen.
- The 90's cartoon also made Nightcrawler's religion the main focus of the character.
- Friendly Tickle Torture: He's done it a lot, some of his favorite victims have been Rogue, Meggan, even Phoenix (Rachel Summer). He completely gets away with it every time, except with Rogue, who completely freaks out the first time he does it, as she's not used to being touched, and panics about him accidentally touching her bare skin.
- Has Two Mommies: Or would have, according to Chris Claremont — originally, he had decided that Nightcrawler would be the son of Mystique and Destiny. For painfully obvious reasons, the powers that be at Marvel decided this was not a story they wanted to tell, and so while Claremont cotinued to lay broad hints that Mystique was Nightcrawler's parent, and did lay very subtle hints at a lesbian relationship between Mystique and Destiny, he kept those two plot threads carefully unbridged.
- The Heart: His welcome back (from the dead) party managed to peacefully bring together two warring factions of X-Men for the first time since their split.
- Heroic Sacrifice: His death and his return, since it involved selling his soul to the Bamfs in order to bind himself and Azazel to the mortal plane.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: with Wolverine and/or Colossus. Sometimes the two even fight over him like jealous girlfriends.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Claremont wanted to deliberately invert this with Kurt, who decided long ago to relish both his mutant abilities and his unusual appearance. He said he wanted Nightcrawler to be an "out and proud" mutant.
- In-Series Nickname: "Demon" (if you're a jerk), and "Blue Fuzzy Elf" (or just "Elf"), Wolverine's own personal nickname for him is "Misfit". Dave Cockrum would affectionately refer to him as "Nightie" which was also used a few times in comics.
- Irony: A devout Catholic that looks like a demon and is implied to travel through Hell while teleporting.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: A great part of his characterization. He frequently engages in harmless, jokey flirting with his female teammates, and other female X-Men associates, and tends to call female characters "liebchen" (basically, German for "sweetheart"), even some villains. Notably, he once teased Mariko with some mistletoe, only for Wolverine to nearly puree him.
- Luke, You Are My Father: "Mystique, you are my mother."
- Master Swordsman: Not only is Kurt an expert fencer, he can use three swords at once. Slightly ironic for a character who models himself on the Trope Namer of bad movie swordsmanship.
- Nice Guy: One of the nicest in the Marvel Universe.
- Not Blood Siblings: Nightcrawler's "true love" is his adoptive sister, Amanda "Daytripper" Sefton.
- Also Rogue, whom Kurt has flirted shamelessly with quite often.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Kitty/Shadowcat. To the point when he left to join Excalibur, she went with him.
- Progressively Prettier: And how. In his first appearance, he looked much more demonic compared to his modern pretty-boy looks.
- Raised Catholic: Depending on the writer, Nightcrawler is more or less a practicing Catholic.
- Sad Clown: Sometimes, usually he's a plain old happy clown.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: The probable reason behind his demise in "Second Coming." Also suspected as the reason for his move to Excalibur with Kitty in the 80s.
- Swashbuckler: By his own admission.
- Teleporters and Transporters: His primary super-power.
- Took a Level in Badass: Since his return from the dead he's gained his own mini-Nightcrawler army in the form of the Bamfs. One of the many added bonuses they bring is that he can now teleport anywhere one of his Bamfs is, regardless of distance or line-of-sight (a limitation the Bamfs seem to lack in the first place).
- Torches and Pitchforks: A key part of his origin story.
- Wall Crawling: One of his most commonly seen secondary powers.
James 'Logan' Howlett / Wolverine
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Piotr Nikolaievitch "Peter" Rasputin / Colossus
Piotr Nikolaievitch "Peter" Rasputin/Colossus
Piotr is a gigantic man able to transform his body into living, armored metal. He's a shy, sensitive, and honorable character who can be a bit naive. He's reluctant to use his powers to hurt anyone and only resorts to them when there's no other option. He's also a very talented artist. In the regular universe, he's usually involved with Kitty Pryde, although there was a lot of angst about it since she was
- Bald of Awesome: During his stint as the Juggernaut, he shaved his hair.
- Bash Brothers: With Wolverine.
- Berserk Button: During the 70s, any insult toward Storm was likely to set him off. At one point, Wolverine (pre-character development) yelled at her when she took off on her own during a fight, and Colossus promptly picked him up and tossed him into the distance.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's a calm, gentle artist. But upset him seriously and you'll end up with his metal fist in your face.
- Or, in the case of Riptide, twisted in half.
- Big Brother Instinct: to Illyana... initially. No wonder he is hurt after learned that she was Evil All Along in Avengers vs. X-Men.
- And yet, even after threatening to kill her if he saw her again, he still cares for his "Little Snowflake". Illyana still cares about him too, and both make amends not too long after.
- The Big Guy: He's physically huge (7'5" in his armored form), and his abilities to both ignore and dish out great amounts of damage makes him one of the most powerful X-Men. In the early days he was usually the one to take on people like Juggernaut and Gladiator because he was the only X-Man who would even have a chance against them.
- Cain and Abel: With Mikhail
- The Cape: After Captain America, he's the best example in the Marvel U.
- Chrome Champion: He can transform at will from a normal (though fairly large and muscular) flesh-and-blood human to what the comics refer to as "organic" osmium steel.
- Determinator: Another good reason not to piss him off.
- Face–Heel Turn: Joined Magneto for a while after the aforementioned death of his little sister. His personality didn't change all that much, though, which made it a very poor fit, and he went back to the X-Teams within a couple of years.
- Fake American: In-universe. Piotr speaks English with a noticeable American accent, so when he passed through the Siege Perilous and ended up amnesiac in New York, he was assumed by everybody (including himself) to be a local.
- Fastball Special: He and Wolverine cornered the market on this, their Combination Attack being both the Trope Maker and Trope Namer.
- Faster Than They Look: It's been commented many times throughout the years that his metallic form is both much faster and more agile than people would think.
- Fatal Flaw: His love for Illyana is not, strictly speaking, a negative, but if it comes down to his Snowflake or anyone else, Piotr will go for Illyana, regardless of anything else.
- As noted in Heroic Sacrifice Peter will always try to take the bullet for someone else. This gets him in trouble a few times.
- Gentle Giant: Colossus is one of the strongest member of the X-Men, and his favourite activities include painting.
- Good Hurts Evil: His Incorruptible Pure Pureness has been shown to be as harmful as his metal body when it comes to most demons and Legions of Hell.
- Hopeless Suitor: In the 70s, he had a huge crush on Storm (and due to his innocent nature wasn't exactly good at hiding it). However, Storm didn't return the affection, and the idea eventually vanished.
- Husky Russkie: He's Russian, and very big and muscular even when he's not transformed.
- Heroic Sacrifice: To stop the Legacy Virus, which had infected and eventually killed his sister, Piotr sacrificed himself so that no other mutants would fall victim to it's curse. Don't worry though, he got better.
- He has a tendency for towards this in general. It's part of the reason Kitty breaks up with him once and for all.
- Implacable Man: You piss him off and nothing will stop him. Riptide found this out the hard way.
- After the events of Fear Itself, he became The Juggernaut for a time.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness - As mentioned above, Colossus is one of the nicest, gentlest, and most decent-hearted of all the X-Men. His "purity of spirit" has been shown to be harmful to the various incarnations of The Legions of Hell, whenever the X-Men have gone up against them. Though he has killed (most famously when he snapped Riptide's neck during the Mutant Massacre), he has to be pushed very far to do it, and it usually involves righteous rage, which doesn't detract from his "purity" in any way.
- Since becoming the Juggernaut, Piotr had troubles keeping that purity in battle.
- Martial Pacifist: At heart, he's an artist. He doesn't like violence. But over the years he's become extremely good at it, and as probably the strongest and most durable X-Man, he tends to be first on the front lines.
- May-September Romance: His and Kitty's relationship dates back to roughly when she was thirteen or fourteennote and he was at least eighteen (but certainly not more than twenty). This caused him a lot of angst at the time. When a depressed Kitty wants to consummate their relationship before a battle, he refuses due to her age. Things like this disturbed then-Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter to no end, finally leading him to not only demand in no uncertain terms an end to the relationship arc, but to personally write a story arc in Secret Wars in which Colossus falls in love out of nowhere with alien healer Zsaji (for whom the Human Torch also had the hots - no pun intended) to force a "breakup" story in Uncanny X-Men. They finally consummated their relationship in Astonishing X-Men.Wolverine: About damn time.
- Mr. Fanservice: He's frequently noted in-universe to be very good looking. It helps that, in order to show off his armored form, his costumes tend to leave a fair amount of him uncovered.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Len Wein came up with the name Peter Rasputin, based on two famous Russian figures: Peter the Great and Rasputin the Mad Monk.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: His armored form is extremely hard to damage, even compared to a lot of the other heavyweights in the Marvel Universe.
- Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: Piotr after becoming the avatar of Cyttorak.
- Straight Gay: Ultimate universe only.
- Super Strength: Initially stated to be in the 70-ton range, but this was bumped up a bit following the Mutant Massacre, so he's probably at or near "Class 100" strength (able to lift more than 100 tons) these days.
- The Juggernaut: Literally, after he gains the Power of Cytorrak. Like Cain Marko before him, he becomes a walking engine of destruction that cannot be stopped by physical force. At least, on a good day; Cytorrak eventually starts to weaken his powers because he's not destructive enough.
- Trauma Conga Line: Starting from the 80s onwards, his sister was abducted by a demon, aged into young adulthood, then aged back down. His parents and everyone he knew on the farm he grew up on were murdered, and then Illyana caught the Legacy Virus and died.
- Unwitting Pawn: Of Illyana.
- The Worf Effect: Frequently in his earlier years, Colossus would be beaten away by the latest enemy of the week. It even got to the point where he started grumbling about it to himself.
Sean Cassidy / Banshee
A detective and heir to a castle and fortune in County Mayo, Sean Cassidy was a former Interpol inspector with flight and sound manipulation abilities. After his wife died in a terrorist bombing, he blamed his cousin, causing him to run off with his daughter and driving a rift between the two. He was mind-controlled by an alien terrorist group but freed by the X-Men. Later, he joins the X-Men when the original five are kidnapped. Being about 10-15 years older than the rest of the recruits, he was only active for a short amount of time but still hung around as a reserve and as a mentor, who applied his experience in espionage and anti-terrorism to the younger members of the group. Deceased in 2005, he was briefly resurrected in 2013 and became a Horseman of Apocalypse.
- Berserk Button: Don't hurt Moira. As Guardian found out, even if it's an accident, Banshee will try to kill you.
- Bound and Gagged: A few times, due to his vocal abilities.
- Cain and Abel: With Black Tom Cassidy, his cousin (or brother, in some continuities).
- Captain Ethnic: Wears green, ginger hair, 'faith 'n begorrah'.
- Depower: Went a long time without his powers after saving Japan from an earthquake machine.
- Depending on the Artist: Even in comparison to other X-Men of his generation. He went from ugly in the Sixties to handsome in the 70s, his hair inexplicably changes colour in the 80s (he started out blond) and he started looking younger in Generation X in the 90s.
- Disappeared Dad: For his daughter, Theresa Cassidy, though in all fairness to Sean, he didn't know she was alive, or that his wife had even been pregnant in the first place, and his cousin made sure he remained unaware.
- Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: Sean smokes a pipe when he's relaxing. Although he seemed to have given up by the time he became a teacher.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Or rather, a 747.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Forge. They're practically brothers.
- I Believe I Can Fly: Attempted to explain as him riding on soundwaves. No, just... no.
Wolverine: Next time, why don't we try sneaking in with a marching band?Banshee: If you think that's bad, you should hear me sing...
- It came with a Crowning Moment of Funny in the TV series, when he gave Wolverine a ride, Wolverine covering his ears for the whole journey.
- I Choose to Stay: After the Proteus saga, Sean stayed behind on Muir Island while the rest of the X-Men went back to America, partly because without his powers Sean wasn't much use to the team, and also because of Moira.
- Love at First Sight: Fittingly, when he first saw Moira, he was rendered speechless.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: His power allows him to use sonic waves to both attack and to fly.
- No-Sell: As with Cyclops and Havok, Sean and Tom's powers don't effect the other, so their fights usually revolve around them fighting the old fashioned way.
- Officer O'Hara: Before becoming a superhero, he was an NYPD cop.
- Oireland: There's stereotypically Irish, and then there's literally owning a castle full of leprechauns.
- Older and Wiser: Than the rest of the All-New X-Men, save Logan.
- Progressively Prettier: In his first few appearances, he was uncomfortably close to the 19th century "Irish neanderthal" stereotype. When he joined the X-Men, he was intentionally redesigned to appear more handsome.
- Retired Badass: Quit active heroics to teach the younger students.
Shiro Yoshida / Sunfire
Sunfire got his powers from his mother being poisoned by the radiation from the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. He vowed to use his radiation powers to fight a one-man war of revenge on the U.S., with the help of his Manipulative Bastard uncle Tomo. After his uncle revealed his true colors by murdering Sunfire's father, he surrendered himself to authorities. He was invited to a new version of the X-Men, but only agreed to be on reserve status, because his temper and radiation powers combined means he doesn't play well with others.
- Anti-Hero: Shiro is rude, belligerent, more than a little racist... but he also loves his country and will do anything to defend it.
- The Atoner: Not that it stops him from generally being a dick.
- Captain Ethnic: He's from the Land of the Rising Sun, his codename is Sunfire, and his powers are basically solar radiation.
- Face–Heel Turn: After House of M, he became a horseman of Apocalypse (not willingly), but after he broke off the brainwashing, he willingly served Sinister for a time.
- Handicapped Badass: His legs are now cybernetic due to Lady Deathstrike cutting them off.
- Jerkass: Like Quicksilver, he's sometimes a good guy, sometimes a bad guy, often straddles the two lines and jumps between them even more often at times. The one thing that you can count on is for him to be unbelievably rude, obstinate, and just plain obnoxious; regardless of the side that he takes, he's invariably going to be that one guy that no one on the team likes.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After he finds out what his uncle did...
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: When abducted by Apocalypse, Shiro chose to crawl through his base and try to rescue Gazer, another mutant Apocalypse had abducted. Unfortunately by the time Shiro got there Gazer's brainwashing had already sunk it, and Shiro was subsequently brainwashed himself for his troubles.
- Playing with Fire: His solar-powered energy blasts are extremely hot.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: He's incredibly racist. In the 70s, he was also sexist on top of that.
- Wreathed in Flames: His appearance from Decimation onward had Shiro looking like his Age of Apocalypse counterpart, though with the slight difference of still having his skin.
John Proudstar / Thunderbird I
Thunderbird I/John Proudstar
An Apache Indian and Vietnam veteran with the mutant abilities of superspeed, strength, and invulnerability - and super-tracking which was basically a standard requirement for all Native American superheroes throughout the 20th century. He joined the X-Men solely for excitement and glory, despite resenting "the White Man". He died in vain, and acted against orders - trying to keep a minor supervillain from getting away, causing a plane crash that he did not survive.
- Anti-Hero: The major factor leading to his character's death. Claremont wanted to kill off one of the characters early in his run (for the shock value, apparently), and Thunderbird was chosen because, as Claremont put it "everything he had, Wolverine had too, plus claws."
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: The Classic X-Men reprint series included a new backup story in which the X-Men react to his death, and while the word "suicide" is never used it's clear that they think it was exactly that. Storm and Nightcrawler remember times when he seemed obviously troubled and wish they had reached out to him, Banshee wonders "what demons drove [him] to such a mad decision", and Wolverine concludes that he "checked out" because of something that happened to him while he was a Marine.
- Dramatic Irony: A flashback had Logan ruminating that John would likely last the longest of all the new X-Men.
- Famous Last Words: "I'm a man, a warrior of the Apache, and today, I'm going to prove it!"
- Ineffectual Loner: Not to mention a total dick.
- Jerkass: Like Sunfire, he was rude as hell, completely unwilling to work with others, and just generally not a pleasant person.
- Jerk Justifications: An issue of Classic X-Men suggested Thunderbird was initially genuinely interested in becoming an X-Men, and on his first night Iceman attacked him in a fit of childishness, bringing John back to square one.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Basically, if he hadn't been an impetuous moron, he'd probably still be alive today. He was, however, and his decision to jump onto a moving jet to stop a villain from escaping wound up being the bit of blind idiocy that killed him.
- Lightning Bruiser: Superhumanly strong and quite fast as well.
- The Nicknamer: Tended to refer to Cyclops as "One-Eye".
- Not So Invincible After All: Dies on his second mission, having been previously thought of as effectively invulnerable.
- Positive Discrimination: Notably averted; apart from having a terrific set of Combo Platter Powers, he was a stone cold Jerk Ass who meshed poorly with the rest of the team, and paid dearly for it.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: His sole driving motivation with the team was to prove the Apache were still a strong people.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Killed off in his third appearance.
- Senseless Sacrifice: The supervillain whose jet he was killed bringing down? Still around today, and way more powerful than he was back then.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Classic X-Men revealed that he had lied about his age to join the Marines, and returned home from war with some major issues as a result. It's strongly implied that his [PTSD] was a factor in the recklessness that got him killed.