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Kurt Wagnernote / Nightcrawler
Species: Human mutant
First Appearance: Giant-Size X-Men #1 (May 1975)
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. 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 is generally considered to be one of the X-Men's Ensemble Dark Horses and manages to consistently rank among the 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 pitch, Nightcrawler would have been an alien from a race who inspired Earth's images of demons and something between a Token Evil Teammate and a Nominal Hero, with a animalistic attitude and a taste for Black Comedy; instead, under Chris Claremont he became one of the Marvel Universe's classic examples of Dark Is Not Evil.
- Abusive Parents: His biological parents Mystique and Azazel abandoned him shortly after his birth and only seem to take an interest in him when they feel like he could be useful in one of their schemes.
- Affectionate Nickname: He's called Elf or Fuzzy Elf by the people who like him. He also addresses Kitty Pryde with a very cute nickname (Kätzchen - German for kitten). Also "kleine Fee" for Pixie (little fairy).
- All of the Other Reindeer: Whether this trope applies is a case of Depending on the Writer though.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Nightcrawler has blue skin with a full body coat of smooth fur, hence the "fuzzy" jokes. In films, it tends to just be blue human skin.
- Adaptation Personality Change: Neither live-action adaption really resembles his personality from the comics all that much, with X2: X-Men United going overboard on the Catholicism and X-Men: Apocalypse portraying him as shy and withdrawn when he has always been one the more self-confident X-Men characters. That being said, that change could be justified by the fact that in this continuity he joins the X-Men at a much younger age and under different circumstances.
- Art Evolution: In his first appearances he was drawn to look demonic and threatening, nowadays artists have toned down the scarier aspects of his appearance and crossed into cute monster boy territory.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: On occasion during Excalibur (and during his sillier moments) he would act like this.
- Back from the Dead:
- In Amazing X-Men. Proof if there ever was any that you can never keep a good X-Man down.
- And again in Jonathan Hickman's House of X, after dying to stop Mother Mold.
- Badass Adorable: Happens to be the nicest and the most optimistic X-Man you could ever find and a competent fighter and Master Swordsman all at the same time.
- Badass Preacher: During Joe Casey's run, the brief period between becoming a priest and being taken over by a writer who knew nothing about Catholicism.
- Barred from the Afterlife: Since his return to life he's been unable to go to heaven or hell making him pretty much immortal.
- Beard of Sorrow: It's been implied that his Badass Beard in X-Men: Red is a result of his breakup with Rachel Summers.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's probably one of the kindest characters in the Marvel Universe, but can be truly dangerous if he actually lets loose with his abilities. One gets the impression that he simply holds back a lot.
- Break the Cutie: More often than not he will be subjected to this trope when a storyline takes a darker turn. Jean's death during the The Dark Phoenix Saga was probably the first time this happened to him. Another time is in Extraordinary X-Men when he finds a pit full of dead mutant children. It takes a while for him to recover from that.
- Circus Brat: He was raised in a traveling circus.
- 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!
- Color-Coded Characters: His outfits tend to be associated with the colors black, red and gold. Fitting, considering his German background.
- 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: Just one more thing that puts him in the running for "Sexiest X-Man" every year.
- The Cutie: Kurt is pretty much unfailingly optimistic and forgiving to everyone. There are very few people he doesn't get along with. He even forgave his mother for abandoning him at birth. But this aspect of his personality also frequently leads to to Break the Cutie moments as described above.
- CynicIdealist Duo: With Wolverine. Also with Storm during her darker moments.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Has the appearance of a demon, yet he's one of the nicest heroes in Marvel Universe.
- Depending on the Writer: Quite a few things, most notably his religiousness. Writers also tend go back and forth on whether he's supposed to be a well adjusted Fun Personified Nice Guy or a Sad Clown who secretly suffers from a case of Germanic Depression.
- Does Not Like Shoes: The unique shape of his feet make most shoes uncomfortable at best. They would probably also interfere with his climbing and wall crawling abilities.
- Doppleganger Gets Same Sentiment: When he encounters Nocturne, the daughter of an alternate version of him, she essentially treats him as a younger version of her dad.
- 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.
- His 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.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Several came from the original Dave Cockrum Legion of Super-Heroes proposal:
- In his early appearances he was capable of becoming completely invisible in shadows.◊ Yes, even the red and white parts of his costume. This power has either been forgotten or downplayed to "his dark fuzz makes it easier for him to hide." Usually. It did get brought up again a couple of times in Excalibur.
- He had a permanent case of Face Framed in Shadow regardless of the lighting. Modern artists tend to draw him shaded the way a dark blue person would be in the ambient light.
- He was capable of inhuman vocalizations that sounded more like a cougar screech or a wolf howl. This has generally been dropped over the years.
- Escaped from Hell: Even better - escaped from Heaven! After all, he wouldn't deserve to be there if he wasn't the kind of man to leave it again if his friends needed him. And of course, he did it on a pirate ship...
- Extradimensional Shortcut: His teleportation abilities involve him slipping into another 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.
- Friendly Tickle Torture: He's done it a lot, some of his favorite victims have been Rogue, Meggan, even Phoenix (Rachel Summers). 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: Often fills this role on teams, though he's by no means The Fool.
- Funny Foreigner: He acted like this sometimes in his earliest appearances during the '70s and he's this trope in both of his live-action adaptions.
- Forgotten Phlebotinum: His ability to blend into shadows would have been quite useful in several stories, but it's mostly been forgotten by the writers.
- Gratuitous German: He's probably the biggest example of this trope in the Marvel universe.
- Germanic Depressives: He was actually created to be an aversion but slips into this way more than you'd think, especially if he's written by Chris Claremont.
- Good Is Not Soft: One the kindest, most compassionate X-Men (alongside Jean Grey), but he is not a pacifist and is perfectly willing to fight to protect his friends.
- Handy Feet: His feet are shaped very much like his hands and are just as dextrous.
- 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 (Jim Shooter was editor-in-chief of Marvel at the time, and infamously had a policy forbidding any mention of homosexuality), and so while Claremont continued 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. Ultimately, other writers made it explicit that Mystique is Nightcrawler's mother, not his father, and that he has no biological relation to Destiny.
- 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.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: He is an excellent fencer. Given his prehensile tail, Kurt particularly prefers three swords at once.
- Heroic BSoD: He had a pretty epic one during the Inhumans vs X-Men storyline when he found a mass grave filled with the corpses of mutant children in Germany.
- 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 Colossus. He and Piotr were similar ages and regularly double-dated and went to movies together - he even taught Piotr how to chat up women! He was also the first to break through Wolverine's hardass act and the first X-Man to learn his real name was Logan, and it was Logan in turn who convinced him to stop disguising himself in public. Sometimes the other two even fight over him like jealous girlfriends, sometimes the three of them go out drinking and get into mischief together. It was through their mutual friendship with Kurt that Logan and Piotr became close friends in their own right.
- Hide Your Otherness: On occasion, Kurt's made use of an image inducer to go out in public. The first time he got it, he used it to make himself look like Errol Flynn. He eventually stopped using it - a backup story revealed that Logan convinced him a proud man shouldn't hide himself, and Kurt's got nothing to be ashamed of. He still has it for emergencies and pranks though - just after Messiah Complex, Logan messed with it so Kurt briefly looked like Angelina Jolie!
- Hypocrite: A rather minor example. Nightcrawler has talked quite a bit about stopping people from doing something they'll regret to save their souls, while he himself sold his soul to the Bamfs to return to life.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Nightcrawler really stands out as one of the kindest, most forgiving and compassionate X-Men. Not even Mephisto himself was able to tempt him into evil.
- Iconic Outfit: His original 1975 Cockrum design has lasted a truly staggering amount of time by comic standards and it still seems to be considered that definitive version.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: As originally introduced by Len Wein he was closer to this. Chris Claremont deliberately averted this, figuring Marvel already had the quintessential I Just Want to Be Normal hero in Ben Grimm. So instead, he wrote Kurt as one of the most well-adjusted X-Men, who long ago decided to relish both his mutant abilities and his unique appearance, and is often the one to talk to younger X-Men with body image issues. Later writers have gone back and forth between the two interpretations.
- In-Series Nickname: "Demon" (if you're a jerk), and "Blue Fuzzy Elf", or just "Elf" if you are Wolverine. 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.
- Just a Stupid Accent: Kurt's German can come across like this in the hands of less competent writers. It was especially bad in Ultimate X-Men where he addressed Storm as "fraülein" once (the correct spelling is Fräulein).
- The Lancer: To Jean Grey in X-Men: Red, according to writer Tom Taylor.
- Luke, You Are My Father: "Mystique, you are my mother."
- Like Brother and Sister: With Platonic Life Partner Kitty Pryde.
- Downplayed with Rogue. She's unofficially his adopted sister, and that's about it. Though one time Kurt played the brother card as his reason for not being on 'Team Gambit' on Rogue's wedding day.
- 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.
- Mr. Fanservice: As noted under Progressively Prettier, he was initially drawn somewhat creepy and looked much more like an actual demon. This has been almost totally abandoned in the modern comics where he's drawn like a very good looking Cute Monster Guy most of the time.
- Nice Guy: One of the nicest in the Marvel Universe.
- Not Blood Siblings: Nightcrawler's "true love" is his adoptive sister, Amanda "Daytripper" Sefton. To be more specific, Kurt dated a woman named Amanda Sefton, who would later be revealed to be Jimaine Szardos, Kurt's adoptive sister who he was raised alongside as a sibling when Jimaine's parents found Kurt abandoned as a baby. Despite tricking Kurt into believing her to be someone else, Kurt continued his romantic relationship with Jimaine fully acknowledging their sibling relationship.
- Also Rogue, whom Kurt has flirted shamelessly with quite often.
- Odd Friendship: As noted above he's very close to Wolverine of all people, despite them having very different personalities. Storm may count as this too, before her character development set in and she became more open to her fellow X-Men. He also got along well with Emma Frost at a time when most of the X-men did not.
- Only Sane Man: Can certainly come off this way compared to some of the other X-Men, though it does depend on the story.
- Out of Focus: He wasn't given much to do after his return from Excalibur in the late 90s and being very badly written by "writer" Chuck Austen in his run on Uncanny X-Men probably didn't do him any favors. He faded even more into the background when fellow teleporter Pixie became a more prominent member of the X-Men in the late 00s. Ultimately this culminated in his death during the Second Coming storyline, supposedly because writers at the time couldn't figure out what to with him. He never lost his popularity though and since Death Is Cheap for the X-Men he was eventually brought back. More recently he didn't get much focus in X-Men: Gold (though to be fair, no one except Kitty Pryde got to do all that much in that series). He had a fairly prominent role in X-Men: Red though. In the Krakoa Era, he's one of the Quiet Council (Krakoa's governing body) and has his own title, Way of X.
- Parental Abandonment: Mystique threw him off a bridge as a baby. Though frankly, this might've been the best thing she ever did for him, given how it worked out.
- Pillars of Moral Character: Without doubt one of the most level-headed and compassionate X-Men, and beloved by everyone for it. And of course (all later religious weirdness aside) he became a priest.
- Pious Monster: He's a blue-skinned mutant who resembles a demon... and happens to be a Roman Catholic.
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Kitty Pryde. To the point when he left to join Excalibur, she went with him.
- Poirot Speak: Kurt frequently uses German words and phrases in his speech.
- Prehensile Tail: His tail is strong enough to not only support his body weight but also lift an adult man completely off the ground. It is deft enough to fight with a sword or blunt object.
- 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.
- Required Secondary Powers: Teleporting puts considerable strain on things. Fortunately for Nightcrawler (and unfortunately for his foes), his body is tougher than the average human's, making Teleport Spam a viable strategy for him. People who aren't either used to it or have Super Toughness will often be knocked if Kurt drags them along for a single teleport, let alone multiple ones.
- For a time, the injuries Nightcrawler sustained in the Mutant Massacre storyline disabled the Required Secondary Power, meaning he could only manage about 1 teleport a day. Doctor Doom cured this affliction completely by accident when Nightcrawler and the rest of Excalibur were fighting him.
- Subverted in the case of his immortality. Since he's been locked out of Heaven, he can't die, however he does not have a healing factor like Wolverine so if he gets fatally wounded he's not going to be of much use for a while.
- Sad Clown: Sometimes; usually he's a plain old happy clown. However, even his most lighthearted depictions keep his depressing backstory.
- Sexy Priest: A very unconventional example; despite his demonic visage, Kurt has always being considered a Chick Magnet and became a priest for a time.
- Ship Tease: Kurt and Ororo have been teased multiple times over the years but it never goes anywhere. Mostly because Kurt had a one sided crush that faded over time due to Ororo seeing him more as a little brother.
- Sneak Attack: Most video game adaptions cast Kurt in stealthy role. He even has a classic backstab attack in Marvel Heroes.
- The Soulless: As of Amazing X-Men in 2014, he no longer has a soul and has become immortal as a result
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: He inherited them from his mother Mystique.
- Super Reflexes: Nightcrawler's natural reaction time is enhanced to a level beyond the human body's natural limits.
- 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.
- Spirit Advisor: Acted as one to Wolverine (during the time he was dead) when he got send to hell in one of his solo books.
- Swashbuckler: By his own admission.
- Strong Family Resemblance:
- With Mystique - it's pretty obvious that she's his mother. He inherited his color from her while his later revealed father, Azazel, is identical to him except he's red.
- Multiple alternate realities/futures have shown him to have children or descendants that are unmistakably his because they all have skin of blue hues with tails.
- Tele-Frag: One of the reasons Kurt's teleporting is usually line of sight is because he's concerned about this happening to him. He was killed once by teleporting into Bastion's hand. Another time, while imprisoned, he blindly teleported his way into a statue. And it would have killed him if not for the fact that he's been barred from heaven.
- Teleporters and Transporters: Easily his signature ability.
- Teleport Spam: His preferred method of attack. He even provides the trope image.
- 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.
- Underhanded Hero: Nightcrawler was a circus performer and fashions himself after Errol Flynn, who famously played Robin Hood. In X2: X-Men United, while being mind-controlled, he took out an entire Secret Service squad using nothing but acrobatics, short-ranged teleportation, and healthy dose of misdirection. And he came within a hair's breadth of killing the President.
- The Un Favourite: Mystique has always made it clear she prefers her adoptive daughter Rogue to her biological son Kurt. Unusually for this trope, Kurt generally isn't bothered by this, having no real relationship with Mystique. He also has a mostly positive relationship with his adoptive mother Margali, who is generally less evil than Raven and hardly ever attacks the X-Men.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: He was involved in a love triangle with Meggan and Captain Britain during their time together on Excalibur. Meggan and Kurt were very attracted to each other, but Kurt gracefully backs off when he realizes that ultimately Meggan loves Brian. There have been many hints here and there over the years that Meggan isn't entirely over him though.
- Verbal Tic: Very, very frequently says "mein Gott".
- Wall Crawling: He can stick to walls.
- Weaponized Teleportation: See above, Kurt is probably the most well known superhero with teleportation abilities.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: While he's not exactly naïve, he does have a much more idealistic world view than most X-Men characters. This was probably one the reasons Kitty and him were written out of the increasingly dark X-Men books in the late 80s and moved into a more light hearted series.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Though this is largely a case of Depending on the Artist. Most of the time it's just plain black.
James "Logan" Howlett / Wolverine
Notable Aliases: Logan, Jeremiah Logan, Patch, Weapon X, Death, Mutate #9601, Emilio Garra, Weapon Chi, Experiment X, Agent 10, Peter Richards, Mai' keth, Black Dragon, Captain Canada, Captain Terror, John Logan, Jim Logan
Nationality: Canadian, Krakoan, (possible dual citizenship in Japan and/or Madripoor)
Species: Human mutant
First Appearance: Cameo appearance: The Incredible Hulk #180 (October, 1974); Full appearance: The Incredible Hulk #181 (November, 1974)
A long-lived mutant with the rage of a beast and the soul of a Samurai, James "Logan" Howlett's once mysterious past is filled with blood, war and betrayal. Possessing an accelerated healing factor, keenly enhanced senses and bone claws in each hand (along with his skeleton) that are coated in adamantium; Wolverine is, without question, the ultimate weapon.
Sean Cassidy / Banshee
Notable Aliases: Irish, Agent #215-66, Death
Nationality: Irish, Krakoan
Species: Human mutant
First Appearance: X-Men #28 (January, 1967)
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. In 2019 he seems to be entirely restored, whereas he was a weird zombie previously before being outright killed again in Uncanny X-Men (2018).
- 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'.
- Cool Old Guy: Being a middle-aged former secret agent when he joined the X-Men he was older and more experienced than the rest of the X-men (save Wolverine but we didnt know that at the time). He took to mentoring Cyclops and the new recruits, being a better influence on them than the Professor.
- Depower: Went a long time without his powers after saving Japan from an earthquake machine. And again after Mystique slashed his throat in the early 00s.
- 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. He came back, but took a surprisingly long time for an X-Man.
- Drowning My Sorrows: He took Moira's death poorly.
- Gender-Blender Name: "Banshee" (bean sí in Irish) literally means "fairy woman", so a male banshee is a contradiction in terms.
- Handicapped Badass: Sean for a time in the early 90's courtesy of a broken jaw preventing him from using his powers.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Forge. They're practically brothers.
- Hidden Depths: Has a deep appreciation of American Country and Western music.
- 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 Funny Moment 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.
- Make Some Noise: In addition to the standard sonic scream, he can also "tighten" sound around him to create a barrier, use sonar, and change the tones of his voice to make it more persuasive and subtly influence people.
- 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.
- Out of Focus: Of mainline X-Men, he's had a grand total of two lines in the Krakoa era. Despite this, he placed second in the Hellfire Gala X-Men poll, and will be joining the roster of Mauraders.
- 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.
- Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: As with most long-running comics, it varies, but at several points it's shown that smoking does not go well with voice-based powers. (When the team clashes with Alpha Flight, he accidentally gives himself a coughing fit so bad Ororo thinks he's being attacked.)
- Worf Had the Flu: One of the reasons given for his death was that his throat had been slashed by Mystique some years before, and he wasn't entirely up to his full strength at the time.
Ororo Munroe / Storm
Notable Aliases: Blue, Ororo Iqadi T'Challa (former married name), Queen Ororo of Wakanda, Ororo Komo Wakandas (Former Wakandan title), 'Ro, Beautiful Windrider, Mutate #020, White King, Weather Witch (also as S.W.O.R.D. code name), La Reine Storm (French title), Windrider, Goddess, Mistress of the Elements, Princess of N'Dare, Hadari Yao/Hadari-Yao ("Walker of Clouds" in ancient Alkamite), High Priestess, "Sister Voodoo", Emma Frost (mind swapped), Horseman of Life, Sista Storm
Nationality: American, Kenyan, Krakoan, formerly Wakandan
Species: Human mutant who ascended to godhood
First Appearance: Giant-Size X-Men #1 (May, 1975)
Gifted with the power to control the elemental forces and energies that govern the weather, ranging from the nervous system and elements present within living beings to planetary atmospheres and the depths of space, Ororo Munroe also known as Storm or The Hadari Yao is an Omega Level Mutant and Wakandan goddess, solidifying her place as one of the strongest members of the X-men and one of the most powerful beings on Earth.
Shiro Yoshida / Sunfire
Notable Aliases: Famine, Taiyo Kaji, Japan's Ichiban (number one) Son
Nationality: Japanese, American, Krakoan
Species: Human mutant
First Appearance: X-Men #64 (January, 1970)
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 join the 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.
- All Asians Know Martial Arts: His Evil Uncle Tomo made sure he got a good training in martial arts. He is competent enough to fight back against several opponents without using his flame powers, which Rogue found impressive.
- An Arm and a Leg: He lost both his legs to Lady Deathstrike. Apocalypse was kind enough to replace them when he made him a Horseman.
- 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: Started drinking out of regret for his time as a Horseman of Apocalypse and was talked into becoming an Avenger by Wolverine so he could find a redemption.
- Big, Screwed-Up Family: Its rarely pointed out in his appearances (due to him being relatively secondary character), but his family is really messed up:
- First, there's his Evil Uncle Tomo, who forced him into hating USA and killed his father.
- Then there is his other Evil Uncle Shingen, a crime boss who was really abusive towards his daughter Mariko. He was killed by Wolverine.
- Mariko herself became a crime boss despite being one of the nicer people in her family. She was killed by another crime boss, but eventually she got better and became the anti-heroic Scarlet Samurai. Mariko and Wolverine also had a foster daughter Amiko.
- Then there is his paternal half-sister Leyu, who had exactly same powers. And outfit. And she called herself Sunpyre. She was killed by Mystique a year after being introduced.
- Then there is his super villain cousin Silver Samurai, whom he tried to help to become a hero, but failed, which resulted in a conflict between cousins. After Samurai was killed, his son Shin took up his name and became a super villain himself. Sunfire once fought him with Wolverine.
- He also had a cousin Yoshi, who died because of drug addiction.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Apocalypse brainwashed Shiro to make him a Horseman of Famine. Emma Frost freed him from Apocalypse's influence, but he then joined Mr. Sinisters Marauders for a short time.
- Captain Ethnic: He's from the Land of the Rising Sun, his codename is Sunfire, his costume in designed after the Japanese flag, and his powers are basically solar radiation.
- Changed My Mind, Kid: During Giant-Sized X-Men, he agreed to join Charles's new X-Men team, but the minute he hears about what's happened loudly and angrily storms out... only to catch up with the team on the way to Krakoa, still grumbling and complaining the whole way.
- Clashing Cousins: His cousin is the criminal Silver Samurai. He tried to help him to reform, but was eventually betrayed by him.
- Combo Platter Powers: He is able to fly, controls fire and has some radioactive powers. In his short time as Famine he could also make enemies suffer from hunger.
- Crimefighting with Cash: Comes from a very wealthy Yashida clan, which has political ties.
- Death Is Cheap: Killed by a Knull-possessed Cable during the events of King in Black, because his fire powers make him a Man of Kryptonite to the symbiotes. He's quickly given a res.
- Distaff Counterpart: His paternal half-sister Sunpyre. Who just happens to have exactly same power set and costume.
- Evil Uncle: Not one, but two. The first one is Tomo who made him attack USA and later killed his father, the second is Shingen who is a crime boss.
- FaceHeel 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.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Developed this dynamic with Rogue during her solo series.
- Flight: His powers include the ability to fly (he even flew in space couple of times).
- Good Is Not Nice: Although hes one of the good guys (well, most of the time), hes not the nicest guy around and can be outright mean occasionally.
- Hand Blast: Shoots plasma beams.
- Handicapped Badass: His legs are now cybernetic due to Lady Deathstrike cutting them off.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: At first Shiro was shortly presented as antagonist, then became an X-Man (for about ten minutes) and Japan's beloved hero, then he got brainwashed by Apocalypse, then joined Mr. Sinister's Marauders and finally became an Avenger.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Attempted twice in Uncanny Avengers. Not only did Shiro survive both attempts, he actually got a power-up after the second one.
- Hot-Blooded: Shiro is extremely hot-tempered (no pun intended). He is usually the one who starts a fight without conversation. Also hes not quite a good team player exactly for this reason.
- I Love Nuclear Power: While the original explanation for mutantkind was nuclear power anyway, Shiro is one of the few with a confirmed connection to it - his original origin was that his mom was at Hiroshima (Comic-Book Time means this obviously doesn't work anymore).
- Immune to Bullets: Once melted the bullets after some gangsters tried to shoot him down. Averted when Wild Child injures him with bullets.
- Ineffectual Loner: Due to his arrogance and love of working alone, he was never a really good team player. However, he often uses the help of other heroes when he knows he cant handle by himself. His team-ups include Iron Man, Sub-Mariner and, of course, the X-Men (particularly Rogue and Wolverine).
- 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.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It's in there. Just don't expect him to show it. Or admit it. Case in point, the first time readers meet Mariko, she tells Wolverine her cousin had often spoken about the X-Men with respect. All we'd seen of Shiro was him blustering and insulting them the whole time, before storming out.
- Leeroy Jenkins: He's usually the first to get into battle, which gets him into trouble fairly often. Cost him his legs in the confrontation with Lady Deathstrike.
- My God, What Have I Done?:
- 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 in, and Shiro was subsequently brainwashed himself for his troubles.
- One-Hit Kill: Well, not a kill (however it would be, had it been someone else opposing him), but the way he managed to beat Sabretooth with one punch is really impressive.
- Patriotic Fervor: Japan's national hero and very proud of his country.
- Person of Mass Destruction: His nuclear powers and Alpha-level mutant status make him this. After his power boost in Uncanny Avengers he was the one to destroy a space ship with the highly powerful Apocalypse Twins on the board and his Age of Apocalypse counterpart was capable of destroying a city and injuring Apocalypse no less.
- 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.
- The Power of the Sun: Well, what do you expect from someone who goes by Sunfire?
- Took a Level in Badass: First after becoming Famine, second after getting power boost during his battle with Kang and the Apocalypse Twins.
- Took a Level in Kindness: While still kind of a Jerkass and his traits really Depending on the Author, Shiro seems to become much more level-headed than he was in his early appearances and especially during his Marauders days. For example, during his first encounters with other X-Men he constantly insulted his allies and was known more as a loner. Nowadays he seems to be less rude and caring more about his teammates. He even sincerely apologized to X-Factor after he was brainwashed into attacking them and befriended them after, something he would never have done in the 70s. He also seems to have developed good relationships with some other mutants, including Wolverine, Rogue, Gambit and Polaris.
- We Used to Be Friends: Didn't want to believe Rogue that his cousin Silver Samurai betrayed him and tried to reason with him, before Samurai attacked them.
- Would Hit a Girl: Punched Rogue at least on two occasions.
- 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.
Piotr Nikolaievitch "Peter" Rasputin / Colossus
Notable Aliases: Chrome Dome, The Destroyer of Worlds, Juggernaut, The Killer of Worlds, Little Brother, Pete, Peter Nicholas, Petey, Phoenix, The Proletarian, Russkie, Rasputin, War
Nationality: Russian, Soviet, Krakoan
Species: Human mutant
First Appearance: Giant-Size X-Men #1 (May, 1975)
Joined In: Giant-Size X-Men #1 (May, 1975)
A Russian mutant with the ability to transform the entirety of his body into organic, indestructible metal, Colossus was introduced as one of the "all-new, all-different X-Men" who followed in the footsteps of the original roster —alongside Storm, Nightcrawler, and Wolverine— who would also become stalwart mainstays of the team.
Despite his imposing appearance and immense strength, cultivated from years growing up on a Soviet collective farm, Piotr is characterized by his kind soul and love for painting. He may be a physical threat and reliable tank for the X-Men in battle, but violence is frequently his last resort in any given situation — which sometimes works against him.
He's also notable for his extensive relationships among the X-Men. His younger sister, Illyana Rasputin, became the demonic sorceress Magik, while his longtime (on-off) love interest is fan favorite —and eventual leader of the X-Men— Kitty Pryde. And that's not even mentioning his friendship with Wolverine, with whom he'd become the trope maker for the so-called "fastball special." He has a spanning network of relationships among the X-Men's rogues as well, having followed Magneto for a time as one of his Acolytes and having a supervillain older brother, Mikhail Rasputin.
As a longtime X-Man, Colossus has appeared frequently in other media. Most notably, he's appeared throughout the X-Men Film Series since its inception — primarily portrayed by Daniel Cudmore in the original trilogy, while Andre Tricoteux & Stefan Kapičić share the role note in 2016's Deadpool and its 2018 sequel, Deadpool 2.
Colossus has also appeared in just about every cartoon series featuring the X-Men, voiced by a variety of well-known voice actors like Nolan North and Tom Kenny, as well as (non-speaking) appearances on the X-Men anime.
Also? He's canonically related to Rasputin the Mad Monk.
- Arch-Nemesis: Mikhail Rasputin, Mr. Sinister and Proteus are his three most recurring and dangerous foes.
- In X-Men his Arch-Enemy was Omega Red.
- Bald of Awesome: During his stint as the Juggernaut he shaved his head.
- Bash Brothers: Most long-runningly with Wolverine, though he has also been half of this with Deadpool and Exodus.
- Battle Couple: With Kitty Pryde. Also, during his stint with X-Force, with Domino.
- 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.
- Big Brother Worship: He deeply respects his own big brother Mikhail, even after the latter's turn to supervillainy, and never gives up on him even at his worst moments. This eventually pays off, as Mikhail was ultimately able to overcome his insanity and the mental manipulations of Mr. Sinister long enough to make a HeelFace Turn and Heroic Sacrifice for his little brother's safe.
- Big Little Brother: Despite being younger than Mikhail, he's the larger of the two.
- 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.
- Brainwashed and Crazy:
- Arcade once brainwashed him into believing he was the Proletarian, a Russian enforcer.
- Apocalypse also brainwashed him into becoming one of his horsemen at one point.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: An archetypal example, as he is a comic book strongman whose greatest passion is painting.
- Cain and Abel: Kinda sorta with Mikhail, depending on how Ax-Crazy the latter is that day.
- Cain and Abel and Seth: Ironically enough Illyana is the Cain in this trope, given that she predates Mikhail in terms of creation and has also played a more antagonistic/corrupting role to Piotr in recent years. As this trope and the Rasputins go, Piotr is the Abel, Illyana is the Cain and Mikhail is the latecomer Seth.
- The Cape: After Captain America, he's the best example in the Marvel U. Ironically, the only time he's actually worn a cape was during his FaceHeel Turn stint with the Acolytes.
- 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.
- Chummy Commies: Introduced during the Cold War as a kindhearted Soviet immediately onboard with Professor Xs suggestion that his powers be used for the good of the whole world.
- Despair Event Horizon: During the late 80s to early 90s he was put through a long Trauma Conga Line which culminated in him losing both of his siblings. Losing Illyana in particular was his Event Horizon, driving him to renounce Xavier's ways and join Magneto as one of his Acolytes.
- Determinator: Another good reason not to piss him off.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Took this approach toward Kitty Pryde in X-Men: Gold: Persistence appears to have paid off; at the end of issue #20 she asked him to marry her...only to get cold feet and leave him at the altar in issue #30.
- Extra-ore-dinary: He even provides the trope image.
- FaceHeel Turn: Joined Magneto for a while after the aforementioned death of his little sister. His personality didn't change all that much, though, and between this and being Out of Focus his turn to the 'dark side' wasn't very well received. 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.
- Fake Defector: In retrospect he was one of these in his defection to the Acolytes, though he wasn't originally intended to be such (even though he betrayed his comrades almost from the get-go by allowing the X-Men to teleport onto Avalon unhindered).
- Famous Ancestor: His is the infamous Mad Monk Rasputin
- Fantasy Metals: His armoured form is made with a metal called osmium, the densest element known to man. His power exchanges osmium from this other place with carbon atoms in his own cells to make a super-strong steel alloy.
- 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.
- Flat Character: With a liberal dose of Good Is Boring, as unlike his more multifaceted teammates Piotr has been given little characterization over the years beyond "Bruiser with a Soft Center and Incorruptible Pure Pureness". To be fair, this seems to be the way fans like him, as an attempt in the '90s to inject some Darker and Edgier angst into him was not well received and the idea has not been revisited, but if you ever wonder why he always seems to be in the background compared to the likes of fellow 2nd-gen X-Men like Wolverine or Storm, well, this is why.
- 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.
- Good People Have Good Sex: As mentioned elsewhere on those page, Colossus is one of the kindest, sweetest characters in all of the Marvel Universe and in Astonishing X-Men he's shown to be such a phenomenal lover that he causes Kitty to phase through the floor of the mansion.
- Heroic Russian Émigré: He was only a farmboy in rural Russia until Xavier recruited him. He became one of the most recognizable mutant heroes, and is generally one of the kindest and most honorable people on the team.
- 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 towards this in general. It's part of the reason Kitty breaks up with him once and for all.
- Heroic Build: He has a very muscular body.
- Hidden Depths: He's the team tank and one of the strongest and toughest heroes of the Marvel Universe. He's also a capable painter, and one of the sweetest and most truly gentle people you'd ever want to meet.
- 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, mostly because everyone had a crush on Storm under Chris Claremont's pen.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl:
- Many times over with Kitty Pryde, who is ever the Tiny Girl to his Huge Guy.
- Also the case with Kayla, the purple water-bender he lives with in the Savage Land in X-Force (2019).
- Husky Russkie: He's Russian, and very big and muscular even when he's not transformed.
- Hunk: He's extremely muscular and good-looking.
- 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 - in a crossover with Doctor Strange, he was able to literally open the gates of Hell, he was so pure. Though this turned out to be the first hint something wasn't right about "Hell", as Strange noted that good-hearted as he is, only one guy was supposed to be able to do that. 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.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: A rare male example. While Colossus is consistently portrayed as one of the most shy, naive and innocent character in the X men his costumes are usually extremely skimpy and revealing.
- Knight Templar Big Brother: He will go through hell and back for his siblings and in Illyana's case has literally gone through hell for her sake.
- Made of Iron: Can take a beating even in his un-armored form, but even tougher when steeled up.
- The Mafiya: He's a member of the Russian mob in Ultimate X-Men.
- Magic Pants: Almost literally; his classic uniform's pants completely disappear when he transforms, leaving only his boots, due to being made of Unstable Molecules. WHY they do this, only the Professor knows...
- Man of Kryptonite: Serves this role whenever the supervillain Proteus is around, as metal is Proteus's Weaksauce Weakness and Colossus is made of it. Because Proteus is a Reality Warper of Physical God proportions, Colossus was forced to Shoot the Dog and kill him, making him the one being Proteus is afraid of when he came back (because of course he came back).
- 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 (1984) 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.
- Middle Child Syndrome: Averted — Even though he is the middle child there is no evidence that Piotr was regarded with any less love or affection than his siblings, even with his older brother was a famous cosmonaut.
- Mother Russia Makes You Strong: His origin story has him being raised on a Russian collective farm, and he was clearly a hard worker even before his mutation kicked in.
- 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. His good looks are best summarized in Astonishing X-Men when Emma Frost praises how attractive he was.Observer: He's a good looking boy, isn't he?Emma Frost: If you like the tall, muscular, square-jawed, unbelievably gorgeous type....I suppose he's all right.
- 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. Ironically enough, decades later the latter would be retconned into an ancestor of Peter's family.
- New Child Left Behind: During an arc in the Savage Land Piotr, somewhat reluctantly, lost his virginity to a native. Some time later on another mission there he reconnects with her and her new son. It's implicit then that the son is his, but she decided not to tell him. Bloodlines definitively shows he's his son, and in an alternate future he developed the same power set.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: His armored form is extremely hard to damage, even compared to a lot of the other heavyweights in the Marvel Universe.
- Not Brainwashed: All the X-Men thought Piotr had been brainwashed when he made the decision to join Magneto's Acolytes, but no, he was just burned out and at the bottom spiral of a Despair Event Horizon.
- Only Sane Man: During his time as an Acolyte, as he and Only Sane Woman Amelia Voght were the only two members of their ranks who did not worship Magneto as a divine mutant messiah.
- Personality Powers: Piotr has a very protective and self-sacrificing personality, and just so happened to manifest a mutant ability that more or less allows him to be the ultimate human shield. Even his Super Strength, which more aggressive personalities would use for destructive purposes, is most often used by Colossus to help or support his teammates, the natural use of it for a person without a selfish bone in his body.
- Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: Piotr after becoming the avatar of Cyttorak.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: While they are both very manly physically, in terms of their personalities he and Wolverine are this, with him being the Sensitive Guy to Wolverine's Manly Man.
- Spock Speak: Frequently, but especially after his revival.
- Straight Gay: Ultimate universe only.
- Stripperiffic: A very rare male version. His main costume is very revealing, consisting of his boots, armbands, a red speedo and leotard that's open at sides revealing most of his upper body. This is probably the reason he's almost always in his metal form whenever he's wearing it.
- Stronger Sibling: In terms of pure strength he's easily the strongest of the three Rasputins, and he's also easily the most stable and moral among them.
- Super Strength: Initially stated to be in the impressive 70-ton range when he was in his teens, but this was bumped up a bit following the Mutant Massacre due to physical maturity and a side-effect of Magneto's treatment on him after getting injured by Riptide, so he's now in the godlike "Class 100" strength (able to lift more than 100 tons) these days.
- Super Toughness: Even when unarmored he's a big guy with some degree of this.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Colossus is very much tall, dark-haired and really handsome.
- Technical Pacifist: Originally he was one of these, but over the years as his world has grown Darker and Edgier Piotr has had to accept using lethal measures here and there, though he still prefers only to kill when absolutely necessary.
- 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.
- They Do: X-Men Gold #30 promised the Wedding of the Century between Colossus and Kitty Pryde.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Averted. Piotr is possibly the gentlest and kindest-hearted member of the team, but he will kill someone if necessary. He killed Moira's son Proteus in cold blood, simply because he was so dangerous, there was literally no other option. And when he realised the Marauder Riptide was enjoying killing helpless people he broke his neck with just one hand. In fact, it's because Piotr is usually so kind-hearted that you know when he kills someone, things have gotten very, very serious.
- Token Good Teammate: He served as this during his time as a member of Magneto's Acolytes, in contrast with the far more vicious or bloodthirsty members of the team.
- Too Dumb to Live: A justified example during one of his first times facing Magneto. He turns into his metal form to fight...the guy who controls metal. This was very soon after the 2nd generation's introduction, and the point is made several times that the new team, while powerful, lacks experience and cohesion, and isn't ready to handle Magneto (which is why they're even in a position to have that particular fight in the first place).
- 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.
- Villainous Legacy: Colossus: Bloodlines show that his last name isn't a coincidence, he really is descended from the Mad Monk himself. On his death bed Grigori, who was apparently a mutant, used his powers to imbue his essence into the unborn children of all the women he slept with in a kind of mutant breeding cult with Mister Sinister. This had the effect of corrupting everyone descended from him, as pieces of him drove them to madness and eventually suicide, redistributing his essence to the rest until the final survivor ended up with all of him thus resurrecting him completely.
- We Used to Be Friends: He and Exodus were comrades in the Acolytes and Piotr initially was convinced that Exodus had a "firmer grasp of Magneto's commandments" than the traitor Fabian Cortez. In a more recent and darker example, his relationship with his sister Illyana his also gone this way.
- Will They or Won't They?: Piotr and Kitty in particular have had a strife-ridden relationship. The latest installment in the story of their relationship happens in X-Men Gold. After Piotr proposed to her and Kitty asked for time to think about it, Kitty proposed back in Gold #20. Unfortunately, in Gold #30, Kitty decided to back out at the last minute because of their history, to the point where her powers trigger when he tries to put the ring on and vanishes in front of all their friends. AND THEN, in #31, she's surprised and upset when he tries to leave without saying good-bye.
- 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.
John Proudstar / Thunderbird I
Species: Human mutant
First Appearance: Giant-Size X-Men #1 (May, 1975)
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. His younger brother, James Proudstar (Warpath), would eventually become a member of the X-Men and X-Force.
- 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.
- 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 Jerkass 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.
- Super Strength: Not as strong as Colossus, but strong enough to stop a running bison.
- 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. Even flashback issues and retcons haven't been able to add much, since his time with the X-Men was so short.