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Alter Ego: Pietro Django Maximoff
Species: Genetically altered human
Team Affiliations: The Avengers, Uncanny Avengers
First Appearance: The X-Men #4 (March, 1964)
Making his debut in as a member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants along with his twin sister, Wanda, Pietro Maximoff quickly discovers that a life of crime is not for him. When Magneto, the Brotherhood's leader and father of the Maximoff twins, is abducted by the Stranger, Pietro and Wanda quit the Brotherhood and return home to Transia. Reformation on their mind, the pair learn that The Avengers are looking for new members and are subsequently recruited by Iron Man after Pietro talks Wanda into moving to the United States.
Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and former criminal Hawkeye become the second generation of Avengers along with team leader Captain America. Dubbed "Cap's Kooky Quartet", the new Avengers have difficulty measuring up to the original heroes until battles against Kang the Conqueror and Doctor Doom give the team much-needed credibility. Unfortunately the team chemistry is shaken after the Scarlet Witch is wounded in battle with Magneto at a UN assembly, which, combined with Pietro's general distrust of humanity, prompts the twins to leave the Avengers and rejoin the Brotherhood.
It was revealed that this was a ploy by Magneto, using his powers to control the American soldier's gun's at the assembly and graze Wanda's temple, not only causing Quicksilver to rejoin Magneto, but for Wanda to have temporary memory loss, thus preventing her from talking her brother out of it. Eventually, one thing led to another, and soon, after a battle between the Brotherhood, and the X-Men & Avengers, Pietro and Wanda were forced to leave Magneto to his seeming death. Long story short, both Pietro and Wanda eventually rejoined the Avengers...
...And eventually, Pietro left the team again. After he was saved from a Sentinel attack by Crystal of the The Inhumans, The Avengers, and Fantastic Four, Crystal brought him back to the home of the Inhumans to rest and recuperate, and they eventually got married, and even had a baby. (Though the two eventually got divorced.) Since then, Pietro as Quicksilver has rejoined the Avengers on and off (along with a stint in X-Factor). Due to the generally derided Avengers Disassembled storyline, Wanda had caused mass chaos and and was seen as a threat. To sum up, it was decided by Xavier and the X-Men to kill her. Pietro, overhearing this, pleaded Wanda to take immediate action. And so... she ended up warping reality, causing the whole House of M event.
After losing his powers, gaining a set of new ones, (time travel related) going crazy, losing his new powers, regaining his old ones, and becoming sane again, Quicksilver is now a hero once more. After serving with the now defunct Mighty Avengers team, Pietro was an instructor at the Avengers academy, teaching a new generation of heroes. He then led the Serval Industries X-Factor team for a while. Post-Secret Wars, he joined the Avengers Unity Squad.
His name derived from the archaic word "quicksilver," which meant mercury (in the sense of the metallic element Hg that's liquid at room temperature). This name, in turn, derives from the fact that mercury looks silvery but moves as though it's alive ("quick"). Mercury is also the name of the quick-footed Roman messenger god.
Quicksilver has appeared frequently in other media, most notably in two separate movie franchises as portrayed by different actors: Evan Peters in the X-Men series, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This was due to a complication in the history of the character (i.e. Quicksilver was introduced as an X-Men antagonist but later became more associated as an Avenger) that made it so he could be featured in both universes, albeit with different backstories.
The MCU version, Pietro, is formally introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron. He and Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) are orphans from Sokovia who become empowered by the Mind Stone in experiments done by HYDRA, later pit against the Avengers by Ultron (James Spader) before defecting to join them. This is ultimately Pietro's only major appearance in the series, as he is killed in the climactic battle and has not returned since.
The X-Men version, Peter, is introduced in X-Men: Days of Future Past an American slacker who is sought out to help bust Erik (Michael Fassbender) out of prison, and eventually becomes a member of the team in later installments. Unlike the MCU version, Peter is a mutant in this series and heavily implied to be Magneto's illegitimate son, but without Wanda as his twin sister as traditionally portrayed.
With Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox in 2019 and conclusion of their X-Men series, the fate of Quicksilver in movies moving forward became unclear. Complicating matters was Peters' apparent return as Quicksilver in the MCU series WandaVision, implying some degree of multiversal crossover with the retired franchise. This was ultimately a revealed as a fake-out, with Peters in fact portraying a completely unrelated character set up to masquerade as Pietro by Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn). With the incoming of introduction of mutants and the X-Men in the MCU, however, it remains unseen how (and if) the different cinematic versions of Quicksilver will be reconciled now that both franchises are under one roof again.
- Action Dad: he has a daughter named Luna from his ex-wife, Crystal.
- Actually a Doombot Played with up to eleven by Quicksilver. After the Secret Invasion, he tried to clean his name of his recent disasters by claiming, in-universe, that he had been replaced by a Skrull. Of course, that was not the case, and Jarvis and Henry Pym (who were real hostages) realized that he was lying in the same page. Quicksilver's psychic daughter Luna also sees through the lie immediately, and this pretty much destroys their relationship until Quicksilver publicly recants.
- Adaptational Badass: He's much more powerful and more prominent in the X-Men Film Series than his adaptational counterpart from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and arguably even his original comic incarnation.
- Adaptational Villainy: Bordering on Never Live It Down, but if Pietro appears outside comics, he will almost undoubtedly be portrayed as an X-Men villain, sometimes an Anti-Villain if he's lucky. Arguably the worst case of this is X-Men: Evolution, where he's the most villainous member of the Brotherhood (who're a bunch of Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain types here), and his behaviour sometimes borders on making him The Sociopath. (Consider that in the comics, even in the 60s when the Brotherhood were proudly Card Carrying Villains, Quicksilver was only with them to watch over Wanda, who in turn was only with them because she owed Magneto a debt, and they jumped ship to become Avengers after about four or five appearances. In other words, Pietro was the LEAST malicious of the brotherhood.) Lampshaded in X-Men: Destiny, where your character has the option of asking about why he's following Magneto despite being a good guy.
- Averted in Avengers: Age of Ultron. While he starts out as manipulated by the villains, Pietro and his sister quickly join the Avengers, with Pietro especially sacrificing himself to save Hawkeye and a civilian boy from a hail of bullets.
- Also averted in X-Men: Apocalypse. While in X-Men: Days of Future Past he was basically a super-powered slacker who briefly helped the heroes for the lulz, in the sequel, he's a straight-up hero, apparently inspired by the example of Mystique. If not for his heroism, in fact, every single student at Xavier's would've died when the mansion exploded and Apocalypse would've been unopposed.
- Always Someone Better
- The Flash fulfills this role in Marvel/DC crossovers. Head-to-head, Quicksilver is simply no match for any Speed Force user. To illustrate the point, at one point The Flash is outrunning Quicksilver while running backward. Though Quicksilver is quite delighted when the Flash steps into the Marvelverse where there is no Speed Force, and thus, no Super Speed for him.(while chasing the Flash, who had just snatched the Cosmic Cube from Ms. Marvel's hands) Hello. You're on my Earth now, and you're already starting to slow down. So let me just say... It's nothing personal. Oh, no. Not at all.
(shoves the Flash aside, snatching the Cosmic Cube from him)
Hah! I'm faster! Faster! Speed Force be damned!
- In-universe, his own nephew (sort of) Thomas Shepherd aka Speed fulfills this role. He taunted Quicksilver while running backwards, just like the Flash before him. And then there's Northstar, one of the few Marvel-Speedsters who can go Lightspeed.
- The Flash fulfills this role in Marvel/DC crossovers. Head-to-head, Quicksilver is simply no match for any Speed Force user. To illustrate the point, at one point The Flash is outrunning Quicksilver while running backward. Though Quicksilver is quite delighted when the Flash steps into the Marvelverse where there is no Speed Force, and thus, no Super Speed for him.
- Anti-Hero: Generally a Type II, but recently downgraded to type IV, and briefly even type V, since most American writers don't like stereotypical "Euro Trash" characters.
- Arch-Enemy: Fabian Cortez and Exodus both serve this role to him, being both mutants who have embraced Magneto's legacy of Super Supremacy. Cortez was the first of them to hit the scene and tried to play the Evil Mentor to Pietro for a little while (he wouldn't have any of it) but it was Exodus and his threatening of Luna during the Blood Ties (Marvel Comics) event that earned Pietro's hatred. Ironically, the two are friends and allies in the Age of Apocalypse.
- Arrow Catch: He's more than capable of this, much to Hawkeye's chagrin.
- Badass Family: Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and brother-in-law Vision as part of the Avengers. There's also Polaris, his half-sister and fellow member of X-Factor. And of course there is his on-again off-again father Magneto.
- Don't forget his nephews (kind of), Billy and Tommy (Wiccan and Speed).
- Big Brother Instinct: Hurting Wanda, even accidentally, brings out the bad side of Pietro. He is insanely protective of his sister, despite her pointing out she is capable of looking after herself.
- He also starts developing the instinct for Lorna Dane (Polaris). Some time before the establishment of Serval Industries' X-Factor, he found her drinking in a bar due to some stress. He tried to snap her out of it, but she attacked him in a drunken rage. The fight between the siblings ensued in the bar. He eventually subdued her and intended to bring her into Avengers, but she's taken into custody by law enforcement for causing chaos in the bar. Later, after Polaris is freed by Harrison Snow and becomes leader of Harrison's X-Factor, Quicksilver joins the team to keep an eye on her.
- Blackmail: Quicksilver beat up and threatened a blackmailer who showed him pictures of Crystal with another man.
- Blessed with Suck: Super speed isn't always a blessing, especially during dinner with the in-laws. Trying to pace himself to avoid embarrassment, Pietro still managed to eat his entire meal so fast that the entire Inhuman royal family could do nothing but stare in awe. It's also a big part of the reason why he's such a douche; when you perceive everything so much faster to the point where it feels as if the rest of the world is moving in slow-motion, your patience will run out very quick. At one point he compares it to being perpetually stuck in line at the bank behind someone who's trying to count $100 worth of pennies by hand.
- Blow You Away: He can use his speed to create cyclonic wind gusts strong enough to knock people off their feet.
- Boxing Lessons for Superman: He's been trained in martial arts by Captain America.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: During his limited issues series the Inhuman scientist Maximus used his hidden Psychic Powers to manipulate Quicksilver's mind, subtly encouraging him to turn against the Avengers.
- Maximus originally did this in the Vision and the Scarlet Witch series and the West Coast Avengers back in the 70s (trying to use Terrigen Mists on Luna, and then framing the Avengers for treason), and the aforementioned solo (stealing the Terrigen mists to stop a ritual meant to imbue Inhumans their abilities), and more recently in Son of M (stealing the Terrigen mists to use on Luna, and mutants depowered by M Day). First discovered by Franklin Richards in the X-Factor Annual #2, and then later confirmed by Maximus himself to Luna in Silent War #6. As of 2022, the psychic virus Maximus placed in Quicksilvers head to control him is still there.
- BrotherSister Incest: In most versions there's subtext between him and his sis Wanda, but it's text-text in the Ultimate Marvel universe.
- BrotherSister Team: Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.
- Brought Down to Normal: He thought he had it bad when life moved in slo-mo, but after losing his powers, everything seemed so... fast. He went crazy, stole mutating mists from his in-laws, and used them to get time travel powers.
- Cannot Spit It Out: In the third Uncanny Avengers volume, Pietro develops an attraction to his teammate Synapse, but is unable to tell her how he feels, one of many things the Red Skull mocks him for while controlling him.Red Skull: Synapse makes your heart sing, and you can't even talk to her.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Has a few to his name, but his most spectacular one involved Mr. X, whose shtick was reading his opponent's mind to determine what they were going to do before they even did it. He tried this with Pietro and learned that Pietro was going to beat him half to death with a metal pipe. The only problem was that Pietro was moving far too fast for Mr. X to affect the outcome of this in the slightest, meaning that yes, he did get his ass thoroughly beat. Oh, and the kicker? X was in possession of the Spear of Odin at the time.You can read minds enough to be able to predict any attack your opponent will make. So you will be able to [hits Mr. X] anticipate every move I make [hits him again] and do absolutely [and again...] nothing about it [...and again...] because -[..again...] I-am-the-fastest-man-on-Earth.
Wolverine: That never gets old.
- Wolverine has beaten him several times simply by waiting for Pietro to accidentally run into his fist.
- Deadly Dodging: When fighting a Big Bad and his Mooks most usually.
- Deadpan Snarker: Like his father before him.
- De-Power: Quicksilver was one of the mutants who lost their powers after the events of House of M.
- Disproportionate Retribution: While under the telepathic influence of Maximus the Mad, Quicksilver went- well, mad. Specifically in ways that made him seek Disproportionate Retribution on others. He betrayed the Avengers, framed them for treason and then tried to kill them due to a series of slights (both real and imagined). These supposed offenses included the way his teammates approved of Wanda's marriage to Vision despite Pietro's objections, as well as the time they accidentally left him behind in Australia after their battle with the Sentinels. Even his biggest gripe, Crystal's infidelity, hardly justified attempted murder, especially since the Avengers had nothing to do with it.
- Dodge the Bullet: He's done this too many times to count. One wonders why gunmen even bother trying.
- Does Not Like Magic: Admits as much during Uncanny Avengers when Doctor Voodoo invokes mystical creatures to repair Avengers Mansion. When Wanda responds to this by pointing out that she uses magic, he is quick to remind her of how much pain it's brought her, ending his talk with a simple "magic sucks!"
- Driven to Suicide: Already depressed after losing his powers, Pietro jumps off a roof in Son of M #1 after a humiliating encounter with Spider-Man.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Quicksilver can create whirlwinds by running around his opponent at top speed. These whirlwinds are powerful enough to overpower the Human Torch while in flight.
- The Family That Slays Together: Quicksilver's time in the Brotherhood of Mutants had the Maximoff twins performing crimes with their father, though they didn't know it at the time.
- Fantastic Racism: Ironically, despite the anti-mutant racism he's experienced his entire life, he was vehemently opposed to Wanda's relationship with The Vision on account of the latter being a robot. Moondragon psychically "cured" Pietro of this prejudice, but he later returned to hating Vision during his brief FaceHeel Turn in the 80s.
- Fast as Lightning: His lightning motif goes well with his speed.
- Flash Step: He often does this in scenes where he's using his powers for some Mundane Utility or another.
- Fragile Speedster: Mildly subverted, as his flesh and bones are endowed with the requisite durability for him to survive using his abilities, but he's by no means Nigh-Invulnerable.
- Freudian Excuse: He's not exactly a bad guy, just an impulsive dick. Having a rocky relationship with his father and sister doesn't help, however, and he outright tells a shrink that his main reason for being an impetuous, self-centered prick is the fact that the speed of the world around him is agonizingly slow to him. Picture having to wait in a slow-moving line for hours for something mundane. That's what every single second is like for him. Being possessed by his in-law Maximus the Mad several times but rarely acknowledged by anyone (including his twin sister, and his ex-wife) doesnt help matters.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Pietro's jealousy is one of the reasons Crystal refuses to start their relationship anew. This revelation came just minutes after Pietro slugged Jolen of the Inhumans for placing a flower in Crystal's hair.
- It doesn't help that said jealousy isn't unfounded due to Crystal's adulterous behavior.
- HeelFace Brainwashing: Pietro was originally against Wanda's marriage to the Vision, simply because his brother-in-law was a machine. It took fellow Avenger Moondragon erasing those prejudiced thoughts from his mind for Pietro to change his tune.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: Quicksilver had a habit of this early in his career, bouncing between the Avengers and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. He returned to villainy during the 80s, but this was later Retconned into having been the result of Maximus' brainwashing. And even without a thought-out decision to change sides, when you're as hotheaded as he is, you might find yourself up against your teammates as you pursue one rash course of action or another.
- Heroic Sacrifice: During Avengers: No Surrender, he runs himself into another dimension stopping the device freezing all the other heroes from working.
- Holier Than Thou: On his worse days, Quicksilver is quick to cast scorn on others while completely ignoring his own mistakes and flaws. During his rock-bottom moment in X-Factor vol 3, he even actually described himself as being "holier than thou" without irony.
- Hot-Blooded: In most depictions, his temper is as quick as everything else about him.
- Humiliation Conga: Time hasn't been kind to this speedster. From being a founding member of the Avengers and having his own limited series in the '90s, he commits a pivotal Nice Job Breaking It, Hero during the House of M event in an attempt to keep the Avengers and X-Men from killing Wanda after Disassembled, is accidentally depowered in the event's aftermath, was divorced by Crystal after being mind controlled by Maximus into breaking Inhuman law in a Professor Guinea Pig scheme, and ultimately lost his powers again and was reduced to homelessness and being jailed for vagrancy. He inexplicably regained his powers, but has pinballed aimlessly since, mostly being used as an Unwitting Pawn for villains like Cthton and the High Evolutionary. Moreover, his frequent possessions by Maximus are often brushed aside as him making excuses, even by his own twin sister.
- Hyperactive Metabolism: Quicksilver's metabolism is so efficient that he produces very little waste. Canonically, it's fifteen times more efficient than a normal human being's metabolism.
- Hypocrite: He greatly detested Vision for marrying his sister, simply because he was a machine. It doesn't speak well for Pietro, considering his long-held disgust for humanity over their persecution against mutants. However, its hard to guess how sincere it was considering he was under mind control by Maximus, and later acknowledges Vision as family several times.
- I Am Not My Father: Pietro purposely took on a teaching role at the Avengers Academy to distance himself from his father.
- Incest Subtext: His relationship with Wanda is sometimes a little too close. And in the Ultimate Marvel version, it quite disturbingly goes beyond just subtext.
- Inertia Is a Cruel Mistress:
- During his Heel periods he's often been defeated this way; indeed, his very first appearance had him defeated by Angel tricking him into running into a wall. Amusingly, he once used this to his advantage when fighting a Sentinel that had absorbed his powers.
- Likewise, Spider-Man once took Quicksilver out by clotheslining him.
- It Runs in the Family: The bouts of insanity seem to be a familial trait.
- It's All About Me: During the third Uncanny Avengers volume, he attempted to claim superiority over the team, stating that he had been an Avenger longer than any of them. The Wasp (a founding member) is quick to call him out on this.
- Jerkass: Quicksilver has been a good guy, bad guy, and in-between, but never stops being an arrogant asshole. This extends to his other incarnations, such as his appearances on the different cartoons and Ultimate X-Men.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Depending on the Writer, Pietro is usually, beneath his jerkassery, a good guy who does anything for his friends and family.
- For all his flaws, Pietro really does enjoy being a superhero and helping out others although this is something he will not admit openly. Aside from his sister, he also greatly cares about The New Men and sees them as an extended family.
- Even with both of them currently divorced, he still holds high regard for his ex-brother-in-law Vision to the point where he still sees him as family.
- Karma Houdini: Made a statement on the news that his kidnapping of Luna was a work of a Skrull imposter after the Secret Invasion crossover. However, Luna knows the truth, and while she'll keep his secret because she loves him, she makes it very clear that she has lost all respect for him. Strangely, there was never a need for him to lie about being a Skrull when he was being mind controlled by Maximus. But then, so was Medusa and Black Bolt
- And then when Fatale calls him out on this on live TV, he admits the whole truth, which causes Luna to regain her respect for him, making him a slightly different type of karma.
- Leeroy Jenkins: His arrogance and impatience often lead him to rush into battle without thinking (which can backfire on him spectacularly).
- Lightning Bruiser: Of the "hard-hitting speedster" variety. His enhanced physiology makes him far more durable than he appears, and he can very easily beat someone half to death before they can even react.
- Love Triangle: He was briefly in one with his estranged wife Crystal and their fellow Avenger Black Knight during the 90s. Black Knight eventually backed off after Pietro and Crystal tried to repair their marriage.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: He's gone through this three times and counting. First he and Wanda learned that the elderly superhero The Whizzer was their father. Then they found out that a mysterious old wizard was their long-lost Romani adoptive father. Then they learned that their true father was not the Whizzer but their hated ex-boss Magneto. Then came AXIS with yet another Retcon that their true father wasn't Magneto after all, but that last one's been more or less ignored since then.
- Made of Iron: One of the Required Secondary Powers that prevents Pietro from vibrating himself into jelly every time he uses his powers.
- Magic Compass: A living version, as his powers allow him to sense magnetic vibrational patterns and always tell which direction is north.
- Me's a Crowd: In Son of M, Quicksilver could use his temporary time traveling powers to create multiple copies of himself by jumping into the future in 30 second intervals.
- Mistaken for Gay: When trying to explain to Crystal that he's seeing a psychiatrist.
- The Mole: Joined Serval Industries' X-Factor mainly to keep an eye on Polaris for Havok, but ultimately stays for her.
- Mundane Utility: Pietro uses his super speed to read books, solve jigsaw puzzles, go shopping, type, and prep salads.
- My Future Self and Me: Quicksilver gained limited Time Travel powers after exposing himself to the Terrigen Mists, which he only learned about after meeting his future self.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: To Scarlet Witch.
- Never My Fault: Another of his major faults. After a poorly-thought out attempt of his to stop the Juggernaut results in Synapse being gravely injured, he ends up blaming everyone else for it. Wanda is quick to point out Synapse was injured because of him, angrily calling him out on letting his Pride blind him to the truth, and telling him that he will not be welcome on the team again until he admits to his mistake.
- However, its hard to know how seriously to take this considering Wanda was the one who unleashed Juggernaut in the first place because she thought using the power of Cyttorak to clean up a fight scene was a good idea, and blaming Juggernaut actions on Pietro makes little sense as getting injured is par for the course for superhero duty. It comes off as as less a case of Pietro being irresponsible than Wanda engaging in this trope instead.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: House of M and Son Of M. First his attempt to keep his sister from being killed by his friends results in mass depowering of the mutant population when her anti-mutant feelings came to the surface. Then his attempts to fix it while under the mind control of Maximus cause a war to break out between The Inhumans and US military. Also, it turns out that re-powering of mutants with terrigen crystals has horrible side effects.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Magneto received one from half a dozen Quicksilvers in Son of M, many of whom had words for "their" father after the fight.Quicksilver #3: All I ever wanted to do was please him.
Quicksilver #2: He barely acknowledged my existence.
Quicksilver #1: Have you noticed me now?!
- Once Done, Never Forgotten: Even though it has been long established that the Inhuman Maximus the Mad was behind Pietros villainous actions (see Brainwashed and Crazy and Disproportionate Retribution above and every story Steve Englehart wrote him in), later writers and fans overlook this in favor of portraying Pietro as a naturally cruel man who abuses Wanda. James Robinsons depiction of him in the Scarlet Witch (2016) solo was especially egregious in this regard. It makes Wandas accusation that Pietro is a sociopath make less sense, putting aside that sociopath is not an actual mental health diagnosis the way she claims. The only saving grace is that Pietro was once again under mind control, this time by the Red Skull as depicted in Uncanny Avengers.
- Parental Substitute: Django Maximoff, his adoptive father and more recently revealed to be his maternal uncle. Django raised the twins with love until the day a mob motivated by anti-Romani racism attacked their people. Both Wand and Pietro consider him their true father no matter who they are actually related to.
- Pietro often sees the High Evolutionary as more of a father figure to him than Magneto ever was, and depending on how evil he is that day the Evolutionary either reciprocates those feelings or manipulates those feelings for his own ends.
- Personality Powers: Well, except the most prominent part of Pietro's personality is how he's a total Jerkass because every second in real time lasts for hours from his perception.
- Pet the Dog: On occasion, which he'll usually balance out by being like a complete jerk again seconds later.
- Power Creep, Power Seep: He could originally run several hundred miles per hour - unimpressive by the standards of those who can cross interstellar distances in seconds, but about the speed that makes sense for your average battle with a character who looks like a blur but can still be zapped with Eye Beams or punched if you can predict him well enough to put your fist where his face is going to be a second from now. These days he can run faster than light and even break through different dimensions in his last mini Quicksilver: No Surrender.
- Pretty Boy: Depending on the art, Quicksilver is usually not a pretty boy except for X-Men Evolution cartoon. However, in one X-Factor issue, he was called 'Pretty Boy' by his inmates when he was put in prison for vagrancy.
- Professor Guinea Pig: While under mind control by Maximus, Pietro has been made to expose his daughter Luna and depowered mutants to the Terrigen mists, convinced it would reverse their fortunes after M Day. It didnt.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He and Wanda were only in Magneto's Brotherhood because he saved their lives; they refused to kill anyone, used their powers against Magneto to stop him from killing, and joined the Avengers as soon as they were free of him.
- Put on a Bus: Roy Thomas got rid of Quicksilver twice during the original Avengers run. The first time was when Pietro and his amnesiac sister temporarily rejoined Magneto's Brotherhood, and the second was when an injured Pietro was accidentally left behind in Australia after the team's battle against the Sentinels. The second exit proved to be much longer-lasting, as he was soon found by Crystal, who took him back to Attilan. He would not return to being an active Avenger until the 90s, not long before the Onslaught crossover.
- Repower: After losing his powers on M-Day, and later using the Terrigen Mist that empowers the Inhumans to achieve an altered version of them (he could vibrate his molecules faster than the speed of light and travel through time) he just got his old Super Speed back (without any real explanation) during the X-Factor: The Quick and the Dead one-shot. Apparently, Epiphany Therapy trumps a Reality Warper depowering 98% of all mutants...
- Required Secondary Powers: As noted in the page quote, Pietro's mutation didn't simply grant him speed; it also strengthed his bones and tendons, and provided him with phenomenal reaction time.
- The Rival: The Black Knight became this to him during the period when they were in competition for the affections of Crystal.
- Romani: Pietro and Wanda's mother, Magda, was Romani, and they were adopted by a Romani family when she died.
- Depending on the Writer their father, Magneto, is either Romani as well or Jewish.
- Rubik's Cube: International Genius Symbol: Pietro can solve one in 0.0000034 seconds.
- Run On Water: He's run across the Atlantic Ocean and back more than once.
- Sanity Slippage: Went insane without his powers. Being repeatedly mind controlled by Maximus, his former in-law, while being gaslit that it never happened, has also had terrible effects on his mental health.
- The Sociopath: During 2016's Civil War II event his sister stated that he is a "textbook sociopath" who disrupts "through manipulation or force" all his relationships. Seeing as how Wanda doesn't exactly have room in her glass house to throw stones, take from that what you will. Worse, Quicksilver was being mind controlled by the Red Skull at the time, and wasnt responsible for his actions. Wanda has no such excuse.
- Smug Super: Quicksilver is the "fastest man on Earth" and he'll never let you forget it.
- Speed Blitz: He's fond of combining this with Criss-Cross Attack to dismantle his foes.
- Speed Demon: Quicksilver is one of the fastest in the Marvel Universe and he is very annoyed by everyone around him. He explains this once, saying that to him everyone else is moving very slowly, including their thought processes. Picture having to wait in a slow-moving line for hours for something mundane, that's what every single second is like for him.
- Status Quo Is God: Quicksilver can try, he can have all the hard-earned lessons and character development he likes, but come the next writer, he's going to be a jerkwad again, and his possessions by Maximus swept under the rug.
- Super Reflexes: His reflexes are canonically stated to be better than those of the finest human athletes. Even in early appearances he was capable of feats such as dodging close range optic blasts courtesy of Cyclops, and he's only gotten faster on the ball since then.
- Super Intelligence: Of the learning quickly variety. Pietro learned how to play Beethoveen's Moonlight Sonata from memory and by ear in ten seconds, never having played piano before and only knowing where the 'C' key is. As any musician knows, Moonlight Sonata isn't exactly a beginner's piece. He is also an accomplished sculptor.
- Ultimate Quicksilver isn't as smart as Reed Richards but can still work out his math by super speed rote.
- Super Speed: Up to Mach 4 but possibly higher.
- During the Mighty Avengers era, he was outrunning radio waves, putting him at translight speeds, vibrating so fast when he got angry that he was creating wind shear and his equivalent of a nervous twitch was zipping from Tibet to Indonesia and back in a second or two at most. While this was debunked by Marvel editor Tom Breevort, the statement Breevort gave indicated that he had not actually read the comic. Whether he retains this level of speed is up for debate.
- As of Quicksilver: No Surrender, Pietro can now travel the world in picoseconds.
- Super-Speed Reading: Does this frequently to stave off boredom.
- Super Supremacist: A mild version to be sure, but Pietro's natural arrogance and sense of superiority leads him to often view ordinary humans with disdain. Of course, Marvel civilians being who they are, its not hard to see why.
- Super Toughness: Pietro's body is immensely durable thanks to the Required Secondary Powers needed to keep him from tearing himself apart, which has the side effect of making him incredibly difficult to seriously hurt.
- Time Stands Still: Quicksilver once explained his angry personality by asking his psychologist to imagine living in a world consisting entirely of the slowest queue at the checkout.
- Took a Level in Badass: During the "Siege of Wundagore" storyline his Super Speed was amped up to pre-Crisis Superman levels by the High Evolutionary's Isotope E, allowing him to defeat Exodus (who ironically is a Superman-level mutant, and leagues more powerful than Quicksilver normally).
- Took a Level in Jerkass: He was always arrogant and hard to get along with, but in The Bronze Age of Comic Books, writer Steve Englehart made him an out-and-out bigot who broke off his relationship with his sister over her relationship with the Vision. Later writers retconned this into being mind control by Maximus, but this is rarely acknowledged by modern writers who adore the Englehart storylines. His Ultimate X-Men incarnation also took several levels following the Ultimatum event, as did everyone else in that universe.
- Touched by Vorlons: After decades of being a mutant, the most recent (as of 2019) interpretation of Pietro is that he is in fact an ordinary human being who was empowered as a baby by the High Evolutionary.
- Turn Out Like His Father: With his father being who he is, this is a concern for several characters. Despite their antipathy for each other, Pietro and his father share a mutual arrogance, and some villains such as Fabian Cortez have even attempted to exploit this by tempting him to take a more active role in mutant affairs.
- The Un-Favourite: Magneto's relationship with his kids is very screwed up, but he and Pietro cannot get along with each other. Magneto resents Pietros refusal to be his heir, and Pietro sees Magneto as his abuser.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: His portrayal in various adaptations, such as Marvel 1602, X-Men: Evolution and Wolverine and the X-Men (2009), where he is usually aware about his parentage from the start. Eventually it leaked into the main continuity as well n Son of M (see quote above), which was a 180 degree turn from his original relationship with Magneto. It hasnt been touched since, especially after the Axis retcon.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Zig-zagged, Quicksilver goes back and forth on the villain front, but even at his best he's still quite a jerk.
- Would Hurt a Child: During his Sanity Slippage days, he thought it was God's will he murder the then-teenaged Layla Miller.
Alter Ego: Jacques Duquesne
Team Affiliations: The Avengers
First Appearance: The Avengers Vol. 1 #19 (August, 1965)
Beginning his career as a circus performer where he helped train a young Hawkeye, Jacques Duquesne later became the costumed mercenary Swordsman. He joined the Avengers, at first for nefarious reasons, but soon resolved to become a true Avenger when he fell in love with Mantis.
- Cool Sword: His sword shoots out lightning, fire and laser beams.
- Disappeared Dad: He didn't even know he had a daughter, Adelynn Duquesne who became Swordswoman.
- Evil Mentor: Initially to Hawkeye. Seeing great potential in him, he and Trickshot trained the boy in blades and archery respectively, with Clint often being a secondary performer in the Swordsman's act.
- French Jerk: French and could be quite the jerk.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Saving Mantis by getting in the way of Kang's force-blast.
- Knife Nut: Only when he loses his sword.
- Legacy Character: Three people have taken the Swordsman codename; Philip Javert, Andreas Strucker and his Cotati template.
- Love Redeems: When he joins in the Avengers, he develops a crush on Scarlet Witch. Ordered by Mandarin to lure the Avengers to a bomb, he feared she would be injured and tried to dismantle it.
- Master Swordsman: He is a master of bladed weapons, most notably all forms of the sword.
- The Mole: The Mandarin sent a faked message from Iron Man asking the Avengers to allow the Swordsman to join them. Although they suspected a trap, he was allowed to become a member.
- Purple Is Powerful: His costume was purple and he was Hawkeye's mentor.
- Redemption Equals Death: A variant. The Swordsman has reformed&joined the team proper some time before this, but he was often somewhat ineffectual; it didn't help that he both got stuck in a wheelchair, and got sick. This comes to a head when Kang captures the rest of the team, only leaving Swordsman because he considered him 'useless'. (Hawkeye was spared as well, but only because he wasn't a member of the team at the time.) The two of them, after saving Vision, then invade Kang's base, with the Swordsman largely responsible for saving the rest of the group. And finally, in a final Heroic Sacrifice, he saves his love Mantis from Kang; by the time of his death, he had proved to both the team, to Mantis, and to himself, that he was truly a worthy Avenger after-all.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: His outfit lacked sleeves.
Notable Aliases: Victor Shade
First Appearance: The Avengers #57 (October, 1968)
Team Affiliations: The Avengers, Avengers A.I., All-New, All-Different Avengers
If you're looking for the Young Avengers version of Vision, go here.
The Vision is a Marvel Comics superhero created by Roy Thomas and John Buscema. A synthetic humanoid built from the remains of the android Human Torch, the Vision made his debut in The Avengers #57 (October, 1968) as a creation of the super-villain Ultron. The Vision is convinced to rebel against his creator after encountering The Avengers, who invite him to join the team. Named by The Wasp, who described him as an "unearthly, inhuman vision", the Vision becomes one of Avengers' longest-serving members until his death during Avengers Disassembled. This went to the point in the 1970s when The Avengers standard cover masthead picture in the left hand corner was just him. He came Back from the Dead a few years later and once again features in Avengers books.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Red Tornado is often said to be the DC Comics equivalent of the Vision, and vice versa.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: His skin is entirely bright red.
- Appropriated Appellation: Originally, Ultron didn't even bother giving him a name, on the grounds Vision was just a tool to him, "and what right does a tool have for a name or number?" Vision took his name from an alarmed outburst of Janet Van Dyne's (appropriately the closest thing he has to a 'grandmother').
- Battle Couple: Vision and Scarlet Witch
- Be Careful What You Wish For: In The Vision and the Scarlet Witch, it was his suggestion that Wanda use magic to make herself pregnant. That one suggestion became the basis for years of traumatic stories for both of them.
- Best Served Cold: Dr. I.S. Bishoff, aka the supervillain Isbisa, waited thirty years to take revenge on Robert Frank.
- Black Eyes of Evil: As initially drawn, his eyes were totally black, and he was created as a servant of Ultron.
- Blinded by the Light: The Vision can emit a flash of solar energy from his forehead jewel bright enough to temporarily blind Thor.
- Boom, Headshot!: Battling three children transformed into their costumes during Halloween, the Vision violently blasts the pumpkinheaded "Jack O'Lantern" right in the head, blasting it into pieces. Instead of killing the child, the shot actually broke the spell and returned the child to normal.
- Brain Uploading: The Vision originally possessed the brain patterns of Simon Williams, the then-deceased hero known as Wonder Man. Later, after the U.S. government dismantles him, the rebuilt Vision would use the brain patterns of the dead scientist Alex Lipton until Simon's patterns reemerge.
- The Chew Toy: Because he can always be rebuilt or have his memories restored, he gets killed a lot. In JLA/Avengers he's the only hero who appears to be dead at the end, and his friends barely show any concern, with Thor telling Superman that the Avengers scientists have fixed him before and can do it again.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: An earlier example, the Vision's features were modeled on Leonard Nimoy.
- Continuity Snarl: Was the Vision's body rebuilt from the 1940's Human Torch? Originally, the answer was a simple yes, but when John Byrne wanted to bring the Torch back without sacrificing the Vision, he retconned the character's origin. Busiek and Stern's Avengers Forever spends an inordinate amount of time untangling this question. (The answer: Immortus used Applied Phlebotinum to allow the Human Torch's body to exist twice in the same timeline, one of which was used to build the Vision and the other of which remained the Torch.)
- "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: At the end of Ultron Forever, Black Widow accuses him of complicating things by not telling everyone his suspicions. Vision points out if he had, they probably would've thought he'd flipped his lid, something Nat concedes. Asking people to trust a Doombot would have that effect.
- Depending on the Artist: Many iterations of the Vision depict him as broad-shouldered and muscular. In the 2015 comic, he's lanky.
- Depending on the Writer: His level of stoicism is one of those things that bounces around from writer to writer. Does he have a sense of humor or doesn't he? Can he quip or is he entirely Literal-Minded? Is he capable of casual conversation, or is it all Spock Speak?
- Do Androids Dream?: Explored from many sides over the years. To cut a long story short; yes, yes they do.
- Empty Shell: Averted. Ultron-5 designed the Vision to be a "nameless, soulless imitation", but the synthezoid's time with the Avengers gave him a name and a purpose. Vision did spend a brief period in The '90s as an Empty Shell after being taken apart and rebuilt.
- Eye Beams: The Vision can fire solar energy beams from his "thermo-scopic eyes".
- FaceHeel Turn: In All-New, All-Different Avengers, he's somehow turned rogue, most likely at the hands of Kang the Conqueror. He's able to get Ms. Marvel and Nova kicked off the team before attacking the Sam Wilson Captain America and Jane Foster Thor, leaving only Iron Man and Miles Morales left to face him and Kang.
- Fantastic Racism:
- The Vision runs into a group of angry citizens in Avengers #59 who claim that he was too "awful" to walk the streets with "decent folk". One woman shields her child with her body while an older man says that "crummy androids" should be strung up by their jumper cables.
- Often on the receiving end from Quicksilver. That Vision and Pietro's sister Wanda are a couple has something to do with this.
- In The Vision (2015), the Vision and his family endure suspicion, hostility, and hate crimes as synthezoids living among humans. In one scene, vandals spray-paints "Socket Lovers" on their garage door. In another scene, Grim Reaper tries to kill Virginia, Viv, and Vin out of hatred.
- For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: Moving into a new neighborhood after leaving the Avengers, the Vision and Wanda had a good laugh in The Vision and Scarlet Witch #1 once the townpeople felt comfortable enough to approach the couple. The night: Halloween.
- Flight: Vision can fly by lowering his density to minimal levels.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: During the 90s, he got body-swapped with a psychopathic version of himself from another reality. Things got a little complicated when that Vision got himself killed.
- Future Me Scares Me: During Ultron Forever, he runs into a version of himself in a Bad Future, a mutilated and willing servant of Ultron who tries to turn him into a Manchurian agent. Vision kills his future self while vowing to never become him, before admitting to Jim Rhodes how unsettling the experience is.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Vision experiences this at the hands of She-Hulk during Avengers Disassembled.
- Head Blast: The Vision can also fire solar beams from the gem on his forehead.
- HeelFace Turn: He was originally supposed to be a tool to be used by Ultron but ended up rebelling against his creator.
- Insistent Terminology: The Vision calls himself a "synthezoid" (a synthetic human being), and even protests and corrects people when he's called a robot or an android. The term, however, is exclusive to Marvel Comics, and has no scientific nor technological usage, being a term Hank Pym just made up one day just before making Ultron.
- Intangible Man: Possessing complete density control, the Vision can shunt enough of his mass into another dimension to become completely intangible.
- Journey to the Center of the Mind: Comatose after the battle with Dr. I.S. Bishoff, the Vision's dreams are explored in The Vision and the Scarlet Witch #3.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Due to a bad case of My Skull Runneth Over, just before his 2015 miniseries began, Vision erased any and all emotions related to Wanda from his mind.
- Legacy Character / The Nth Doctor:
- For a while, it was deliberately unclear as to whether or not the teen Vision from Young Avengers was a successor to the original, or simply the original Vision in a new, younger body. It turned out to be a case of the former.
- Subverted with his backstory of being built from the remains of the Golden Age Human Torch—the two have nothing in common aside from being android superheroes.
- Made of Iron: The Vision's durability depends on his density. At his maximum density, the Vision weighs 90 tons and becomes as hard as diamond.
- Manly Tears: After being inducted into the Avengers, he heads out of the room for a moment. For you see, even an android can cry. And Vision didn't want the Avengers to see (it was the 60s, after all).
- Mind-Control Device: Ultron-5 installed a control crystal in Vision's head that has been exploited over the years.
- Minovsky Physics: His density control is later established to be the result of Pym particle treatments on his body by Ultron.
- Misplaced Retribution: The Grim Reaper has often attacked Vision for having the brain-patterns of his brother, blaming Vis for grudges against Simon, or Simon being dead. The Grim Reaper is not terribly sane even on a good day.
- "Not So Different" Remark: Ultron-5 was destroyed by its own rage after taunting the Vision for having emotions.Vision: You ridiculed me for having emotions yet you possess them no less than I! Or else you would not have leaped at me in your rage to your own utter annihilation!
- Also notable in their origins, both Ultron and Vision turned out to not be what their creators expected within seconds of being turned on. But where Ultron immediately decided Hank Pym, and all humans everywhere, needed to die the minute it turned on, Vision was driven by curiosity and intrigue.
- The Paralyzer: Called "physical disruption", the Vision can stun opponents by solidifying part of his intangible form inside their bodies to produce a sudden shock to the nervous system and excruciating pain.
- Phlebotinum Battery: The Vision is solar-powered and functions something like a solar battery, capable of sharing his power reserves during emergencies.
- Power Crystal: The Vision has a solar jewel on his forehead that absorbs ambient solar energy, even at night. Solar energy can be fired from this jewel at greater intensity than his eye beams, but it taxes his power supply at a higher rate.
- Power Parasite: Dr. I.S. Bishoff from The Vision and the Scarlet Witch #2 siphons radioactive energy from the superpowered manchild Nuklo in order to seek revenge against the child's father, Robert Frost.
- The Power of the Sun: Has it installed in his forehead, as a gem that absorbs latent solar radiation and grants him his powers. Naturally, Light Is Good.
- Projected Man: The Vision temporarily assumed a holographic form after his physical body was paralyzed during a battle with Annihilus. And again at the start of Avengers vol 3, when he's smashed by Morgan leFay.
- Ridiculously Human Robot: From Avengers #57:Hank Pym: According to my examination, he's every inch a human being... except that all his bodily organs are constructed of synthetic materials!
- Robosexual: The Vision has been in relationships with the Scarlet Witch, Ms. Marvel, and Mantis.
- Speed Blitz: The Vision once stunned half a dozen escaped prisoners by flying through their bodies faster than they could react, ending the blitz with a full-density punch to the villain Klaw.
- Suicide Attack: During Chaos War, the Vision defeats super-villain Grim Reaper in this manner.
- Super Reflexes: Vision's reflexes are more than twice as fast as the average human.
- Super Senses: Of the technological variety, naturally.
- Super Strength: The Vision's strength increases with his density, maxing out at 75 tons.
- Tangled Family Tree: As the 'son' of Ultron and (ex)husband of Wanda Maximoff, he's part of the hideous snarl that is the Pym-Maximoff family tree.
- Underwear of Power: Vision wears a pair of yellow trunks as part of his iconic design. However, like many other superheroes, his live-action design abandoned the undies.
- The Unsmile: Vision has this problem from time to time.
"I do not like this...'smile'."
- During Kurt Busiek's run on The Avengers, The Avengers become a UN organization, and have to get new photo IDs to go with the change of status. Vision's attempt to smile for his photo at She-Hulk's urging is priceless◊. He seems to do just fine on the rare occasion that he actually wants to smile, but apparently, photo day is his downfall.
- At one point during Geoff Johns' run of The Avengers, he's asked to smile for a photo. He does so technically, but it's... well, damned creepy looking. So Vis alters the photo to get rid of it.
- In The Vision (2015), the Vision's fake smile◊ when he greets George and Martha for the first time cannot be unseen.
- Voice Changeling: The Vision can replicate nearly any voice he's heard.
- What Could Have Been: Originally intended be stark white but printing limitations would have rendered his pages translucent.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Often treated as less than human by unpleasant characters. His "death" in Disassembled has a nasty version of it. After being smashed and torn to pieces, rather than being sent to anyone who might have any knowledge of how to fix him, Vision's body is unceremoniously packed up in crates and sent off to a warehouse to rot for years.
- Why Isn't It Attacking?: In The Avengers #57, Black Panther noticed that the Vision was programmed to kill the Avengers, but the synthezoid wasn't actually making any moves against the team.
- The Worf Effect: Much like Cyborg of the Teen Titans and Red Tornado of the Justice League, the Vision is often the first Avenger to be taken down in order to demonstrate how powerful the villain of the week is. The fact that he can be rebuilt after being destroyed certainly helps. Completely averted in Vision: when Tony realizes Vision is coming to kill Victor, he hits the panic button and orders Kid Nova to bring in "Everybody!" This amounts to, in alphabetical order: Beast, Black Panther, Blue Marvel, Captain Marvel, Crystal, Doctor Strange, Falcon, Iron Man, Kid Nova, Medusa, Miles Morales, Ms. Marvel, Spectrum, Spider-Man, and Thor (Jane Foster). Vision takes them all out with hardly any effort. This is a strong reminder he was originally built to take out the Avengers.
- Working with the Ex: After his marriage with the Scarlet Witch goes south, the two Avengers worked together off and on. Then Disassembled happened. Vision was slightly less willing to work with Wanda after he got better, though they did eventually manage to mend most of their fences.
- Xanatos Gambit: Ultron-5's plan regarding the Vision had two intended outcomes: the Vision kills the Avengers or the Vision leads the Avengers into a death trap. The Vision takes a third option, but Ultron still wins thanks to the control crystal in the synthezoid's head.