Characters: X-Men: '70s Members

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     Ororo Munroe / Storm 

Ororo Munroe/Storm

See Storm

     Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler 

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 

James 'Logan' Howlett/Wolverine

See 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.

     Sean Cassidy / Banshee 

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.

     Shiro Yoshida / Sunfire 

Sunfire/Shiro Yoshida

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.

     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: 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.
  • 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
  • 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, and way more powerful than he was back then.
  • 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.

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X-Men70s Members