Characters: X-Men: '70s Members
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Ororo Idaqi T'Challa (née Munroe) / Storm
Ororo Iqadi T'Challa (née Munroe)/Storm
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.
- In one issue's Danger Room Cold Open, he and Rachel argue over what the best pirate film is.
- In Excalibur he would flirt shamelessly with Meggan only to become embarrassed and befuddled if she turned the tables on him.
- 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
- Badass Preacher
- 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.
- Cute Little Fangs
- Dark Is Not Evil
- 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.
- 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.
- Fun Personified
- 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.
- 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.
- Luke, You Are My Father: "Mystique, you are my mother."
- 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
- 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.
- Trickster Archetype
- Wall Crawling
James 'Logan' Howlett / Wolverine
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
technically under age
14-15 years old in the Claremont-era issues. In the Ultimate Universe, Colossus is gay and is involved with Northstar, but retains most other character traits. Usually finds himself paired up with Wolverine during fights. He's also the great-grandson of that
Rasputin. During Fear Itself, he became The Juggernaut, which made him stay with Cyclops during the X-Men's schism. This resulted in his being possessed by the Phoenix.
- Bash Brothers: With Wolverine.
- 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 hates this, for more reason than one.
- Cain and Abel: With Mikhail
- And now with Illyana, following the revelation that she was Evil All Along.
- The Cape: After Captain America, he's the best example in the Marvel U.
- Chrome Champion
- 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.
- Fastball Special - He and Wolverine cornered the market on this, their Combination Attack being both the Trope Maker and Trope Namer.
- 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.
- Genius Bruiser: An absolute giant of a man who can duke it out with some of Marvel's heaviest hitters, but an exceptionally bright and insightful man as well.
- 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.
- Husky Russkie
- 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.
- Implacable Man: You piss him off and nothing will stop him. Riptide found this out the hard way.
- 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.
- Made of Iron: Literally, via Voluntary Shapeshifting.
- Martial Pacifist
- May-September Romance: His and Kitty's relationship dates back to roughly when she was fifteen 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 to force a "breakup" story in Uncanny X-Men. They finally consummated their relationship in Astonishing X-Men.
Wolverine: About damn time.
- 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.
- Pillars of Moral Character: Depending on the Writer
- Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: Piotr after becoming the avatar of Cyttorak.
- Spock Speak: Frequently, but especially after his revival.
- Straight Gay (Ultimate Universe only)
- Super Strength
- Technical Pacifist
- The Big Guy
- The Cape
- The Juggernaut: Literally.
- Unwitting Pawn: Of Illyana.
- The Worf Effect: Frequently in his earlier years.
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, resurrected in 2013 and became a Horseman of Apocalypse. As with every other X-Man who's held that position, a Heel-Face Turn
is only a matter of time.
- Berserk Button: Don't hurt Moira. As Guardian found out, even if it's an accident, Banshee will try to kill you.
- Big Brother Mentor
- 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.
- Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe
- 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.
- 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.
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..."
- Love at First Sight: Fittingly, when he first saw Moira, he was rendered speechless.
- Make Me Wanna Shout
- Officer O'Hara
- 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.
- The Atoner: Not that it stops him from generally being a dick anyways.
- Captain Ethnic
- Combo Platter Powers
- Handicapped Badass: His legs are now cybernetic due to Lady Deathstrike cutting them off.
- Heel-Face 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.
- Hot-Blooded: And HOW!
- Jerk Ass: Like Quicksilver, he's sometimes a good guy, sometimes a bad guy, and often straddles the two lines and jumps between them even more often, but the one thing that you can count on is for him to be a rude, arrogant, obnoxious, unreasonably obstinate jackass.
- Leeroy Jenkins: It gets him into trouble fairly often.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After he finds out what his uncle did...
- Person of Mass Destruction
- Playing with Fire
- Politically Incorrect Hero: He's incredibly racist.
- The Power of the Sun
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."
- Ineffectual Loner
- Jerk Ass: Rude, impetuous, completely unwilling to work with others, racist, and was just generally an abrasive asshole.
- Lightning Bruiser
- Not So Invincible After All
- 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 second appearance.
- Senseless Sacrifice: The supervillain whose jet he was killed bringing down? Still around today.
- Super Strength
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He was questioning his decision to join the team up until his death.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Lasted a grand total of three issues.