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Remy Etienne LeBeau / Gambit
Notable Aliases: Le Diable Blanc, Robert Lord, Dirge, Death, Gumbo, Cajun, Loverbayou, Swamp Rat, Clint Barton, "Gamby Baby", Sir Anthony Ellis
Nationality: American, Krakoan
Species: Human mutant
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #266 (August, 1990)
Not too long after his birth in New Orleans, Louisiana, Remy LeBeau was kidnapped from the hospital by the LeBeau Clan Thieves' Guild. During this time he was both sought after and feared because of his unusual black-on-red eyes. In part to protect him from a child trafficker, Jean-Luc LeBeau, the leader of the Thieves' Guild, secretly sent Remy to be part of a gang of young pickpockets before adopting him as a Guild member and his son.
As a teen, he honed his thievery skills, learned acrobatics, Savate (a French martial art) and Bojutsu (bo staff fighting) and learned he had a mutant power: the ability to force objects to explode by "charging" them, converting their potential energy into kinetic energy. The bigger the item the longer it took to charge, so he preferred to use smaller items like his Weapon of Choice, a deck of playing cards. Around this time he also got mixed up with Mr. Sinister during a mission.
To placate and attempt peace between the Thieves' Guild and their rivals the Assassins' Guild, Remy married Bella Donna, his first love and the granddaughter of the Assassins' leader. After the wedding, he was challenged by her brother Julien to a duel. Remy killed Julian, leaving Jean-Luc no choice but to exile him. Striking out on his own as a thief for hire, his powers grew beyond his control. Mr. Sinister fixed the problem, but at a cost. Gambit formed the Marauders and led them into the New York tunnels on Sinister's order. The Marauders were responsible for the Morlock Massacre, killing many of the mutants in the group, with Gambit unable to stop it. He was only able to save one child, who later became Marrow.
After that he traveled the world, saving a thieving de-aged Storm with Laser-Guided Amnesia from the Shadow King. Storm got her age and memories back and became responsible for Gambit joining the X-Men. Despite helping the X-Men save the day many times and forming a long-running relationship with Rogue, he remained a mysterious figure in the group, with Wolverine never completely trusting him. Eventually, his secret involvement with Mr. Sinister and the Marauders was outed by Magneto, and once the truth was revealed through a kiss from Rogue, the X-Men abandoned him in Antarctica, effectively kicking him off the team.
Surviving the ordeal with the help of an energy-based mutant named Mary Purcell, Gambit would rejoin and leave the X-Men several times after. At one point, both Gambit and Rogue lost their powers, letting them finally touch and explore their relationship. Despite this, Gambit went through several misfortunes including being blinded, being forced to be one of Apocalypse's horsemen, and being defeated in battle by Captain America. He currently serves on the X-Men. His and Rogue's relationship remained rocky as Rogue still had trust issues and, of course, had her powers to worry about, resulting in both seeing Emma Frost for therapy. Mystique attempting to seduce Gambit to prove he wasn't good enough for Rogue in the 2005 "Bizarre Love Triangle" story certainly didn't help matters.
As of the end of James Asmus' Gambit solo series, Gambit is now King of the all the Thieves Guilds. In 2013, he left the X-Men to join the All-New X-Factor for a time. As of 2018, he's now married to Rogue, having both Kitty and Piotr's blessing, since Kitty backed out of marrying Piotr. After the founding of the mutant nation of Krakoa, Gambit and Rogue joined the newest iteration of Excalibur.
In other media, Gambit became popular because of his inclusion in the The '90s' X-Men animated series, two years after his debut in the comics. He has been played by Taylor Kitsch in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. A solo movie was in Development Hell for a long time, and appears to have been definitely abandoned following the buyout of 20th Century Fox by Disney.
- '90s Anti-Hero: In the literal sense, as an Anti-Hero introduced in the 90's, but also clear from his loose morals, red eyes, Permastubble, and outfit consisting of a Badass Longcoat over skintight armor. No guns, at least.
- Adaptational Villainy: His X-Men: Evolution and Wolverine and the X-Men incarnations are less noble, the latter especially so, selling all mutantkind out in the name of money. The former, though, was hinted in the finale to eventually join the X-Men.
- Anti-Hero: While he was raised a thief, his morality is quite clear as stated in Mr. and Mrs. X #3, "My moral compass is just fine. I know what's right." He fights for what he considers a good cause and on other matters, his morality is set in stone about what is and isn't right.
- Ascended Extra: After being Out of Focus for some time, he became one of the leads of All-New X-Factor until he left.
- The Atoner: He joined the X-Men due to unwittingly helping the Marauders commit genocide on the Morlocks. Admittedly, Gambit never intentionally took part in said genocide and continues to be a much loved thief with a heart of gold to fans.
- Badass Longcoat: Pretty much his iconic outfit.
- Bad Powers, Bad People: During his time as the Horseman of Death, Gambit's powers changed from his normal set into "create bio-matter dissolving bombs", "transmute air into poisonous gas" and "corrupt others into his mindless slaves".
- Bad Powers, Good People: Being able to create an endless supply of bombs — or to turn people into bombs, if he hadn't crippled his powerset — is the kind of power you'd normally see used by a villainous character. Gambit, in comparison, is a Loveable Rogue who genuinely wants to do good.
- Battle Couple: Fights alongside his long-time lover Rogue in many forms of media.
- Big Brother Mentor: Gambit used to be protective of the de-aged Storm and both of them became thieving partners before she had turned back to normal. He later becomes a mentor of Laura Kinney (a.k.a. X-23) during her solo series, which many fans consider to be the start of his finally growing up.
- Cane Fu: His particular style of bojutsu focuses on the use of a shortstaff, roughly the size of a cane. At varying times he's been shown to wield a collapsible staff, which he can fold down to be small enough to conceal or extend to either cane-length or full-on quarterstaff length as he pleases.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: During his time as a Horseman of Apocalypse. It took a visit from Mr. Sinister to get rid of most of it.
- The Casanova: Largely considered to be a reformed example, having given up his whoring ways since meeting Rogue. Until they broke up anyway.
- The Charmer: He's very adept at sweet-talking others and can really pour on the verbal charm if he wants to.
- Charm Person: Depending on who's writing at the time, he has a degree of "hypnotic charm" that even works on men. However, it doesn't work if the charmee knows about it.
- Combo Platter Powers:
- Zigzagged. At his core, not so much; Gambit has training in certain skills (sleight of hand, acrobatics, thievery), but his only superpower is to manipulate kinetic energy in order to turn things into explosives. However, over the years, he has sometimes also had a low-level psychic charm ability, as well as the ability to use charged objects as telepathic scramblers.
- That said, the New Sun storyline has established that Gambit could have a much larger and more diverse array of powers if he fully grew into his ability to manipulate kinetic energy. The New Sun has the power of "Total Kinetic Control", allowing him to manipulate kinetic energy on a molecular level. At its basic, this is Gambit's Stuff Blowing Up power... except the New Sun can do it much faster, can do it by thinking about it instead of needing to touch it, and he can use it on living beings, unlike Gambit. He can also affect the ability of other things to move, either preventing them from being able to stop or stopping them dead, manipulate other energies related to kinetic energy (for example, setting things on fire by accelerating their molecular agitation, or freezing them] by slowing it), and turn into a being of living kinetic energy, a form in which he can travel between planets, through time, and even between dimensions.
- More recently, he's been using his powers more creatively. For instance, in his 2012 series, he used them to power an Iron Man armor he was stealing in order to keep War Machine from remotely shutting down its regular power source.
- Conspicuous Gloves: Gambit also wears gloves. His touch allows him to change the potential energy of objects he touches into kinetic energy; his gloves have a few fingers open or missing so he can "charge" and manipulate his cards (one of his weapons of choice). That said, the gloves' design is also cool.
- Cool Old Guy: Considered one by the teenage X-23, and a number of the younger X-Men.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Kidnapped as an infant and raised by a society of thieves who believed that he was destined to unite several warring factions, wound up homeless and living on the streets before he was even a teenager, captured by an immortal mutant and sold into slavery, was later hired by Sinister, was roped into an arranged marriage and wound up killing the brother of his bride-to-be in a duel, was exiled from New Orleans, and eventually wound up taking part in a genocide without even knowing that that was his duty to repay Sinister... yeah, his formative years sucked. The fact that his past tends to have a way of coming back to bite him in the ass does not help matters.
- Deadpan Snarker: He is the absolute King of this trope. Every other sentence that comes out of his mouth is a snark. And you can never tell when he means it.
- Death Dealer: One of the most iconic examples. As he puts it in X-Men: Evolution:It's like having 52 explosives tucked away in one little pocket.
- Demoted to Extra: Since the earlier-mid 2000s thereafter. This continues into the movie franchise, as commented on in the Honest Movie Trailer of the original trilogy. During the run-down of characters, they announce "Gambit" followed by the words "footage not found." This got reversed in the late 2000s, with him getting an increasingly prominent role, including a decent sized solo series in 2013.
- Depending on the Artist: Some artists and/or colorists cannot get his eye colors right.
- Depending on the Writer: His general characterization of "lovable rogue" is pretty consistent, but his level of attachment and sentimentality can vary. Sometimes he's a sweetheart older brother figure. Other times he has more of a "looking out for number one" attitude. His accent can also vary, some writers (like Peter David) don't even use it at all. Some of the details of his powers (even after accounting for his brain surgery) also vary, like whether or not he has enough control over the rate of energy conversion to use objects as noted under Mundane Utility.
- Did Not Think This Through: He volunteered to be a Horseman, apparently not remembering that Apocalypse likes using brainwashing to control his underlings, and wasn't able to resist.
- Dub Name Change: The Spanish dub of the first X-Men animated series saw a curious example with Gambit. They did not want to translate it literally as "gambito" because, aside from being an extremely obscure word in Spanish, it is an unfortunate homophone for "little male shrimp". The solution? They called him "gámbito", changing the accent from the I to the A. This form doesn't exist in Spain and is basically a made up word, but it was distinctive enough to be cool as a name, and it eventually stuck with the character in Spanish popular culture.
- Early Installment Weirdness: In Gambit's very first appearance, he charged his cards by way of green energy from his eyes. The artist quickly abandoned this in favor of having him just use his hands.
- Everything Sounds Sexier in French: This is part of the reason why he's a Cajun; his Louisiana French accent helps feed his 90s "cool" motif. He also makes free use of this trope when trying to be charming.
- Evil Costume Switch: When Gambit was made into Death by Apocalypse, not only does his hair turn white and his skin blue-black, but he finally gets the memo that black cloaks are cooler and wears a black bondage cloak instead of his usual, shabby trenchcoat.
- Evil Counterpart: New Sun, an alternate reality Remy LeBeau who never got the surgery to reduce his powers (unlike main universe Remy), and came to the main universe to kill Gambit.
- Face Palm: His icon in Marvel vs. Capcom.
- Fake Defector: On several occasions in various mediums, Gambit has seemingly turned traitor, only to reveal he was faking it in order to get the drop on whoever he had seemingly allied with.
- Fingerless Gloves: Gambit wears gloves that are missing fingers, perhaps as a nod to his past as a thief. Also a necessity for his powers, since his mutant ability to kinetically charge (i.e. blow up) objects depends on him touching the object. If he wore full gloves, he would only be able to blow up his gloves.
- Flight, Strength, Heart
- Gambit used to have a power which had no practical applications but meant he could touch Rogue. Though this was useful as the two were lovers. He lost it, of course.
- He also had a "charm" power, which everyone except Chris Claremont completely ignored. It might have helped if he used it more than a couple times a year.
- Foreshadowing: Sabretooth (who was also a Marauder) recognized and casually talked to Gambit during his first encounter with Gambit as an X-Man. It would be years before the retcon of Gambit's role in the Morlock massacre was finally revealed.
- Funetik Aksent: Just like his lover, Rogue, he has quite buttload examples of this.
- The Gambler: He energizes playing cards to explode on impact and tosses them with precision at his targets. He could use anything if he felt like it (various incarnations have used chains, billiard balls, and an overturned bus), but playing cards are both convenient and stylish. The explosion is proportional to the size of the object, so cards, poker chips and other thematic objects are consistent and controllable.
- That, and in some media, Gambit is shown to be an avidly-good player of card games, as he naturally has a sleight of hand and/or a knack for those games even without his powers.
- Geek: Gambit has a healthy appreciation for things like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Trek, Star Wars and Dune.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: His eyes have been known to give off red energy when he's intended to look particularly badass.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Used to smoke in the early '90s.
- Having a Blast: He has a power to turn any object he touches into a bomb, as small as a playing card or as big as a car (he used that one when teaming up with Ben Grimm from the Fantastic Four).
- Highly Visible Ninja: A skilled thief whose normal outfit is bright purple armor. He's just that good. He switches to bright yellow for All-New X-factor. However, when he's actually working as a thief, particularly in recent series, he's changed into an all-black male cat-suit.
- Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: In one issue of his 2013 series, Gambit gets pulled into Camelot where he's lusted after by a flock of beautiful pixies. When he returns to Earth some time later, one of them makes an Unusual Euphemism that indicates he probably had sex with them. Given that he's probably about twelve times the mass and size of any of them, one is left wondering just how that worked.
- Hypocrite: His treatment of Hellion for killing Karima during the X-23 solo series. Gambit and Wolverine look at him as a pariah at best, a monster at worst, effectively imprison him in the school by locking him in his room, and constantly badmouth him when X-23 comes to visit. This despite Karima begging Julian to kill her to prevent her programming from taking control again and forcing her to continue her attack on Utopia, and not helped at all that he, Wolverine, and even Laura have done far worse (both willingly or not) and been forgiven for it (and in fact, in the very same series Gambit tries to help Laura deal with her own issues over the things she's done in the past). However, it is ironic that during the incident where Hellion destroyed Karima in one X-Men Legacy issue, both Gambit and Wolverine were absent.
- Iconic Outfit: Gambit's Badass Longcoat and Fingerless Gloves are synonymous with him.
- Improbable Weapon User: The exploding playing cards, not the bo staff. Due to the nature of his powers, he's also been known to use anything in reach if he's somehow unable to reach his cards. He simply prefers the cards since they come in small-packaged in packs of at least 52 naturally, and with his powers, can explode with the force of at least a grenade.
- A tie-in with Deadpool sees him discover that a can of beans is particularly dangerous in his hands. He makes a note to start carrying them.
- Killed Off for Real: In the Ultimate Marvel universe, he died in a fight with Juggernaut.
- Kind Hearted Cat Lover: He has three cats, and is very fond of them.
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Waldo makes a background appearance at the end of issue 8 in his 2012 on-going series.
- Long Lost Sibling: In some continuities, he's the third Summers brother. In others, he's a half-clone of Scott and Sinister.
- Love at First Punch: Rogue & Gambit establishes that he feels this way about the first time he met Rogue. He admits he was attracted to her right away but it was her ability to kick his ass that really won him over.
- Like Brother and Sister:
- Him and Storm, more so early on in his tenure than now, but they are still very close.
- He also has similar relationships with Laura and Jubilee.
- Made a Slave: He was sold into slavery as a child. Twice.
- The Magic Touch: He has the ability to turn anything he touches into an explosive. Although he prefers to charge and flick playing cards at his opponent. In regards to this, other forms of media show that his powers seem to have some effect in altering/handling the flight path of his thrown cards.
- The Masochism Tango: With Rogue.
- Master of the Mixed Message: He and Rogue take turns on this. Early on, Gambit was the one hot for Rogue, with her being extremely wishy-washy about her desire to be with him and angsting about her powers and past. Then, when she got over it and finally returned his feelings, his Dark and Troubled Past came to light and he became the wishy-washy party. From then on, it's continuously jumped back-and-forth between the two. In particular, during his 2012 series, Rogue becomes hostile to Gambit's new lover as the three work together, and when he calls her out on her attitude, she says she still loves him. As of 2018, they're finally married.
- Minion with an F in Evil: During the late 00s, he worked for Sinister, leading the Marauders, though only to protect a severely incapacitated Rogue from whatever Sinister was planning. On one occasion he sabotaged Sinister's plot, destroying Destiny's diaries to prevent anyone else getting them. When using Cerebra, the Stepford Cuckoos note they can feel his emotions, and that he felt "utterly lost".
- Morality Pet: Becomes one for X-23 in her solo series.
- Mr. Fanservice: Gambit has always been very popular with the female demographic.
- Mundane Utility:
- While it varies from story to story, he's been shown to have control over how quickly objects release their energy once he charges them. He's occasionally used his powers to turn an object (naturally, typically a playing card) into a light source, and he's also used charged objects to light his cigarettes.
- My God, What Have I Done?: See "My Greatest Failure" below? Remy was still in the sewers when the Marauders started their mass murder of the Morlocks and was horrified by the fact that was what he'd gathered the team for.
- My Greatest Failure: While he was duped into it to repay a debt to Mr. Sinster, there's the fact that there's his role as the one to gather the Marauders for what'd become the events of Mutant Massacre (the titular mass murder of a lot of the Morlocks, as well as Angel's wings getting injured).
- Non-Indicative Name: "Gambit" is actually a Chess term. But the Cajun's choice of games is cards. However, it is also a Meaningful Name considering that the chess term refers to a move where the player makes a sacrifice to gain an advantageous position, sort of how his powers blow things up. Also carrying a whole chess set would look kind of strange.
- Outdated Outfit: Gambit's trademark outfit is very '90s in terms of style. He's had other costumes afterwards, but still wears this one the most.
- Papa Wolf: To X-23.
- Paper Master: His playing card ammo.
- Parental Abandonment: His parents left him at the hospital shortly after he was born.
- Perma-Stubble: A signature.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Let's face it, a man who can convert mass into explosively unstable kinetic energy is a man who can rearrange the landscape fairly easily. The bigger the thing he charges, the more of a boom he can make — imagine what would happen if he converted, say, an entire bus into one of his energy bombs. Taken Up to Eleven with the New Sun storyline, which reveals that if Gambit had not gone to Mister Sinister for surgery to remove a portion of brain tissue to control his powers, he would have literally been too dangerous to live. As made clear by his alternate universe doppelganger, who didn't get the surgery. He was a Physical God... who basically made the entire planet explode... by accident.
- Pie in the Face: A kinetically charged pie in the face... to Rogue. She still had Carol Danvers' powers at this point, so it was fine.
- Planet Eater: A great number of events from Gambit's life were the direct result of an alternate version of himself called New Sun trying to prevent him from bringing to fruition a prophecy that foresaw him losing control of his Omega-level powers and unintentionally consuming everything on the Earth616 like a living Sun. In a great number of universes visited by New Sun, various versions of "Le Diable Blanc" had already destroyed their own worlds.
- Playing Card Motifs: He has a playing card theme, with particular fondness for the Joker and the Ace of Spades. When Rogue appears as his love interest, it's common to see her represented in his motif as the Queen of Hearts.
- Power Incontinence: Though it's oft-forgotten about now, Gambit's original connections to Mister Sinister were because he originally went to Sinister to get some of his brain excised to permanently dampen down his powers, so he couldn't lose control. He also had to deal with a short-lived villain called "New Sun", who turned out to be a version of himself from an Parallel Universe slash Bad Future who never got his powers dampened, grew to Physical God status, and lost control. He's called "New Sun" because he vaporized Earth with his powers.
- In Ultimate Marvel, this trope is brought up in a comparatively downplayed fashion: The Ultimate X-Men version claims that he joined Fenris because he was losing control of his powers (basically an even suckier version of Midas since all the food he touches turns into a bomb) and their experiments stabilized him.
- Pretty Boy: He and Daken actually have a scene in Daken's solo comic where they snark at each other using it as an insult.
- Progressively Prettier: He wasn't all that good-looking in his first appearances, but became steadily more attractive from artist to artist.
- Psychic Block Defense: At one point, he could block telepaths simply by keeping a charged object with him, but this ability seems to have been dropped.
- Psychic Static: Gambit has been known to employ the intentional version, at one point revealing to several Xavier Academy students that he pictures the Blob naked in order to make sure that telepaths like Rachel Summers and Emma Frost aren't eavesdropping on his thoughts.
- Ragin' Cajun: Also his nickname.
- Red Herring: During the early '90s, as part of Bishop's backstory was Bishop finding a garbled tape of Jean Grey warning about a traitor in the X-Men's ranks causing the death of the majority of the team with only a character called the Witness as the Sole Survivor, who looked and sounded like Remy, leading Bishop to suspect him. However, Jim Lee and Whilce Portacio admitted they had no set suspect with Remy being one idea (and another being Bishop himself thanks to a Stable Time Loop), meaning the subplot was a case of Writing by the Seat of Your Pants, as was the Onslaught event—which made Remy's role in the X-Traitor subplot nothing more than this as the opening of the event revealed the tape in its entirety, revealing the titular villain, a split personality of Professor X's, was the real traitor.
- Real Men Cook: He's Cajun; it comes with the territory. He once managed to fix together a meal in the middle of a desert with no real supplies around. When asked by Professor X how he did that, he just said "a man has his secrets", before advising Xavier not to drink the bottom part.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Under his trenchcoat, he wears a magenta vest as well as lots of magenta stripes on the sleeves and pants. His Wolverine and the X-Men portrayal also has cards with pink-colored backs.
- Relationship Revolving Door: Rogue and Gambit were constantly hooking up, breaking up for whatever reason, and getting back together as they manage to overcome whatever the latest bout of insecurity is. Both characters have a lot of emotional baggage and legitimate reasons to distrust each other, but at the same time they also love each other intensely and can understand each other. The 2018 mini-series Rogue & Gambit actually revolves around the two getting couples therapy, which grows into seeing each others perspective on events from their history. As of Mr and Mrs X, theyre married.
- Rogues Gallery: Mr Sinister, Candra, Sabretooth, Scalphunter, rival thieves like Fast Jack and Joelle, Detective Noreen Tanaka, vigilante X-Cutioner, ex-wife Bella Donna, along with the Thieves Guild and Assassins Guild, the Black Womb, Fontanelle, the Mendo Brothers and the Pig.
- Rule of Cool: Gambit can make any item explosive by charging it. If he wanted he could use more dangerous material to charge, but sticks with playing cards in part because of this trope.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: With Courier. In this instance, it was more a case of He Is Not My Girlfriend, because Jakob was stuck in female form at the time. They spent several issues denying that they were an item, although that didn't stop Remy from spontaneously making out with him.
- Shout-Out: Has cats named Oliver, Lucifer and Figaro.
- Simple Staff: His collapsible adamantium bo staff.
- Sophisticated as Hell: Gambit isn't an idiot, and often likes to use fairly sophisticated words to remind people that being a "swamp rat" doesn't make him stupid. It doesn't stop him from interspersing his high manner wordplay with fairly crude comments, though.
- Southern Gentleman: Especially towards Rogue... who often appreciates this.
- Stepford Snarker: Usually Gambit doesn't like to talk about his past or anything personal. Instead, he hides his negative feelings by using snark and charm that he could pass himself off as laid-back and charming to others.
- Street Smart: As a former Street Urchin grown into a Guile Hero, he would be a card-carrying member of this trope. Literally.
- Street Urchin: He spent most of his young life being raised to be a thief by thieves in the streets and swamps of Louisiana. When he met Storm for the first time, she suffered from Laser-Guided Amnesia and briefly returned to her thieving ways. The two quickly became partners in crime.
- Stuff Blowing Up: His main power is the ability to charge objects, manipulating them into spontaneously releasing all their kinetic energy potential at once. In essence, they explode, with force depending mostly on how big they were.
- Superpowered Evil Side: It doesn't come up nearly as often as with Archangel but his Horseman of Death persona does still exist, buried within his mind.
- Sympathetic Murder Backstory: Both his duel with Julien and the Molock Massacre.
- Technicolor Eyes: He has red irises with black sclera.
- Technicolor Ninjas: Look up at Real Men Wear Pink's description. Now bear in mind that the character is a thief.
- Hey, you try seeing a thing on the bayou.
- Third-Person Person: In the 1990s X-Men cartoon.
- Occasionally in the comics, like if he's been caught (and being chastized by another X-Man) or trying to be sly and impress someone.
- Trauma Conga Line: Not only that Gambit had a dark past, he also has bad luck with his love life - his childhood friend/ex-wife Belladonna is usually crazy, his French girlfriend was murdered by Sabretooth and he was usually in a Masochism Tango relationship with Rogue. He is also shunned by his own teammates after learning his small involvement in the Morlock Massacre.
- The Trickster: As you'd expect of somebody who grew up as a thief, Gambit likes messing with peoples' heads.
- *Twang* Hello: And then it explodes.
- Twofer Token Minority: Gambit is Cajun, American Francophone, and Catholic.
- Underhanded Hero: Gambit was a thief before joining the X-Men. He is incredibly acrobatic and makes extensive use of his Cajun charm.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Gambit with Cyclops and Wolverine. Seems to be slowly developing this with Pete Wisdom as of late, too.
- Weakened by the Light: Also subject to Depending on the Writer, but Gambit has permanent sensitivity to light. He's eventually caught on and started having sunglasses on hand regularly.
- Willfully Weak: Gambit actually has the potential to be an Omega-level mutant. But he voluntarily had his powers crippled through the use of brain surgery by Mister Sinister, because he was afraid of how much damage he could cause with them. As his 1999 comic series shows, he was right to be scared: on many parallel earths where he didn't undergo the surgery, he lost control over his powers and caused every human being on earth to spontaneously combust!
- Will They or Won't They?: He and Rogue have an on-again, off-again, on-again, off-again thing going. Not helping is things like Mystique actively doing what she can to get rid of Remy.
- They finally get married for the first time in issue #30 of X-Men: Gold, with a 2018 mini-series called "Mr. & Mrs. X" being set on their honeymoon.
- Wolverine Publicity: Not as bad as Wolvie himself though.
Jubilation Lee / Jubilee
Nationality: American, Krakoan
Species: Human mutant, former Vampire
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #244 (May 1989)
Jubilation Lee, best known as Jubilee, is a Marvel Comics mutant-turned-vampire-turned-mutant superheroine that usually associated with X-Men and its members. She was introduced into Marvel Universe in Uncanny X-Men #244 (May 1989). She was created by Chris Claremont and Marc Silvestri.
Jubilee started out as a peppy Chinese-American teenager who, following the death of her parents, discovered her mutant power of creating energy blasts from her fingers and was eventually welcomed by the X-Men. She was intended to do for the new fans of the 1990s what Kitty Pryde did in the 1980s — serve as a viewpoint character for teenagers. As such, she became Wolverine's kid sidekick, and spent several years following him around, swinging between sarcastic mockery of his '90s Anti-Hero excesses and mortal terror expressed through Totally Radical dialogue. Then she got transferred to the junior team, Generation X, where over time she became the Genius Ditz team strategist.
When Generation X got cancelled, it all went a bit south for Jubilee; after her own series failed to attract a significant readership and was swiftly retooled into a limited series, she was sidelined, then depowered.
She returned for a spell in the (non X-Men) New Warriors reboot with Powered Armor, an enormous rack, and her first proper Code Name: Wondra.
After New Warriors got cancelled, Jubilee drifted back towards the X-books, was turned into a vampire during the Curse of the Mutants storyline, and adopted a baby to become the X-Men's first teenaged vampire single mom superhero.
She worked as the personal assistant/shenanigan-enabler of the title character in Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat!, but left the role to lead a team in Generation X (2017). At the end of that title, she was cured of her vampirism by a Phoenix Force-powered Quentin Quire and regained her original mutant power set.
- A-Cup Angst: Actually drawn to look like a gymnast on a team full of bikini models and she's not happy about it, though she has become progressively curvier.
- Action Mom: She has an adoptive son, Shogo.
- All Love Is Unrequited:
- Jubilee wanted Synch in Generation X, he wanted Monet (and thinks of Jubilee as a friend).
- She turns Skin down when he asks her out, saying she didn't want to ruin the friendship. Then the two are crucified. Skin doesn't make it.
- Ambiguously Bi: Her relationship with X-23 has shades of this, especially thanks to scenes like◊ this.◊
- She was also remarkably unoffended when Bling! (Roxanne Washington, who is a lesbian) made out with her.
- Reminiscing about her first meeting with the X-ladies, she said "they were total rock stars, and I wanted to have all their babies".
- Atomic Superpower: Jubilee can detonate matter at a subatomic level. Since she is a pacifist she settles for using her powers in a more harmless manner.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: Jubilation Lee, although she herself hates it, and prefers her pseudonym.
- Bash Brothers: After a rocky start, she and X-23 became close friends and have teamed up on multiple occasions.
- In her very early appearances, she had short hair and a flat chest that she could be mistaken as an effeminate boy depending on the art.
- On at least two occasions she was required to go undercover as a delivery boy. Since the other two women on the team were undercover as hot women in slinky dresses, she found this rather annoying.
- In a side-story in Wolverine, she's fully mistaken for a boy by a tribe in the Savage Land and engaged to one of their princesses.
- Betty: For Synch's Affections, with Monet as the Veronica.
- Book Dumb: Jubilee isn't dumb per se, but her dyscalculia did her no favors academically.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Comes with the Vampire thing.
- Bratty Half-Pint: She was the epitome of this trope in the '92 animated series, being the Little Miss Snarker Kid-Appeal Character.
- Break the Cutie: She goes through a bit of this after being vampirized, as shown by the quote above.
- Cool Big Sis: To X-23, particularly. Although many of the new mutants look up to her. Except for Surge. The relationship becomes ironic when many of them begin to catch up to her age if not pass her as X-23note did because her vampirism froze her at 17 years old.
- Cursed With Awesome:
- For 13 years she didn't have any mutant powers, but was instead a vampire which includes the typical powers of super strength, super speed, healing factor, the ability to turn into vapor, and is eternally 17. Of course she now has a thirst for human blood and may potentially lose control one day and kill everyone around her. Plus all those silly vampire weaknesses.
- Even her original powers, which she largely used just to create fireworks effects, would actually rank her as one of the most powerful mutants alive: she detonates matter on a subatomic level, and the resulting annihilation creates flashes of light as a side-effect. She's basically a walking Matter-To-Antimatter converter, and has destroyed an entire house before. With enough focus, she could have destroyed large tracts of land, continents, planets... even star systems to upwards of galaxies, theoretically. Emma Frost even said Jubilee had the potential to be one of the single-most powerful mutants she'd ever encountered, and given that she's met Xavier, Magneto, Apocalypse, and Phoenix, that's saying something.
- Cute Monster Girl: After being turned into a vampire. Her appearances in X-23's solo title under artist Sana Takeda placed extra emphasis on the "cute".
- Dark Is Not Evil: As a vampire, she could sometimes be downright scary (such as her Mama Bear moment below). But she's still a good girl.
- Deadpan Snarker: While most of her abilities have been subject to many changes, one power she has always maintained is near-superhuman levels of sass. Whether it's mocking Wolverine's macho posturing, puncturing Xavier's pompousness, laughing in the face of frickin' Dracula himself, or engaging in an epic takedown of Emma Frost's attempts at moralising, you can always expect her to have a comeback.
- Depending on the Artist: Jubilee is usually depicted as short, petite, and flat-chested. Under Paco Medina◊, however...
- Discard and Draw: Jubilee was one of the numerous Mutants who lost their power after M-Day. While serving with the New Warriors, she took on the name "Wondra" and used advanced technology that granted her super strength. She was turned into a vampire during the Curse of the Mutants storyline, granting her superhuman strength, speed, healing and the ability to turn into vapor, but has since regained her original powers and is no longer a vampire.
- Embarrassing First Name: She prefers to be called Jubilee.
- Femme Fatalons: As vampire, she has claws.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Gambit introduced Jubilee to X-23 thinking she could help Laura overcome her issues. X-23 immediately attacked Jubilee thinking she was an enemy and was jealous of how Wolverine treated her, but they bonded over their shared issues with controlling their bloodlust.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: As a vampire she suffered from bloodlust but has learned to cope with it.
- Genius Ditz: A lazy academic underachiever who serves as the team strategist.
- "They probably know we're coming, right? So we gotta do what they think we won't do. They know we know where they are. We know they know we know that. So since they know we know what they probably know, we know what to do."
- This is sometimes justified by saying she has dyscalculia, which would naturally make it difficult to succeed academically.
- Glory Days: Did you know she was an X-Man? She'll never let you forget it.
- Hand Blast: Her main form of offense is firing pyrotechnic energy plasmoids from her hands.
- Having a Blast: Jubilee has the potential to detonate matter at a subatomic level, which in theory is the equivalent of a nuclear fusion bomb. The reason she doesn't use this power often because of her refusal to kill.
- Healing Factor: Before Wolverine lost his healing factor, Jubilee received a regular supply of Wolverine's blood to ingest which granted her certain immunities including Regenerative Healing Factor.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: What Jubilee's original power set really was, had she ever cut loose and used them to their full potential. See Person of Mass Destruction below.
- Hidden Depths: She actually turns out, surprisingly, to be a very good mother to Shogo.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Wolverine, being one of his many foster daughters.
- Kid-Appeal Character: In the '90s cartoon (and the '90s comics, for that matter), she was basically Wolverine's latest sidekick.
- Kid Sidekick: She started out as a sidekick of Wolverine, before joining Generation X.
- "L" Is for "Dyslexia": But with math.
- The Lancer: To Night Thrasher, after she joined the New Warriors.
- Lethal Harmless Powers: She could have done so much more with her power, but she was afraid of killing someone.
- The one time she did cut loose with her powers (because she thought Wolverine was dead) she blew up half of The Mandarin's castle!"Did I just do that? And, like, do I want to do it again?"
- She blows up Proudstar Hall in order to defeat Emplate.
- Her powers tend to be more destructive when she's emotional and unable to focus and control her abilities as well as usual. She's used this to her advantage before. In Genration X, Emma Frost states that Jubes has the potential to detonate matter at a sub-atomic level.
- The one time she did cut loose with her powers (because she thought Wolverine was dead) she blew up half of The Mandarin's castle!
- Little Miss Snarker: Anyone who can sass Emma Frost definitely qualifies as this.
- Mama Bear: Do not try to take adopted son Shogo!◊
- Most Common Superpower: A "superpower" that appeared◊ when she was drawn by Paco Medina in New Warriors. She was flat chested before. Given that averagely-endowed X-23 received a similar makeover from Medina in New XMen, it verges on outright Author Appeal.
- The Münchausen: She expected her experience to give her more clout when she was transferred to Generation X. It didn't take long for her new companions to grow tired of it and refuse to hear anything starting with the words "When I was with the X-Men..."
- Must Make Her Laugh: A gender-flipped version. She made it her mission to get Bishop to lighten up. Played straighter with X-23, with Jubilee out to get Laura to lighten up and start enjoying her life.
- Naïve Newcomer: She started as one.
- Not Allowed to Grow Up:
- Supplanted Kitty's role as the token teenaged member of the X-Men. She has since remained a teenager despite the fact that several other characters who were the same age as her have been aged up.
- Also an in-universe example, if there is such a thing — her vampirism kept her permanently stuck at age seventeen.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Prior to getting her powers back Jubilee had the standard vampire package of fangs, nigh-uncontrollable bloodlust, eternal youth, superhuman strength, durability, and agility, the ability to transform into mist, and a strong aversion to sunlight.
- Outdated Outfit: Jubilee is the most extreme example of this besides Dazzler. Although it's semi-possible as an outfit that a young girl would think is "cool" in the 1980s, the bright yellow trench coat and wrap around sunglasses became just plain painful as the 90s continued. She's since ditched the shorts and T-shirt for a black leather catsuit. Particularly in the 90s cartoon series.
- Out of Focus: Like many characters born in the '90s, from time to time since the early-2000s.
- In the movies, it's the thing she's most known for, because every film, her fans get excited that she's actually going to do something (especially when she gets recast)... and it always always always turns out that that one shot from the trailer that made her look important is her only scene, as an extra who doesn't say or do anything. And then it turns out she was intended to do more but her scenes were deleted. (However, the scenes were just her getting to say a few lines to the leads, nothing that would involve her in the plot - expendable enough to be the first thing to hit the cutting room floor to bring down the runtime.)
- Personality Powers: A cute, bubbly party girl with the ability to shoot fireworks (when she still had that power).
- Person of Mass Destruction: Her original power set certainly seems rather lame on the surface (see What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?), but then you remember what her "pafs" are actually made of, and Emma Frost once states that should Jubilee exercise her power to its full potential she could detonate matter at the sub-atomic level. That's right, Jubilee's original powers made her a walking fusion bomb.
- Plucky Girl: Life hasn't been kind to poor Jubilee yet she's arguably one of the most upbeat and optimistic X-Men in spite of it.
- Powered Armor: She temporarily picked up a suit after losing her powers.
- Promotion to Parent: By virtue of finding an orphaned infant in Europe that she's now taking care of and names Shogo. She didn't even object to Sublime calling him her son and further issues show that she considers herself to be his mother.
- Race Lift: Infamously done in the 1996 Generation X film. Since neither the director nor the writer read the comics, they weren't aware Jubilee was Asian. As a result, they assumed she was white and cast a Caucasian actor for the role. Fans were not pleased.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: If she loses control of her bloodlust her eyes glow red.
- Rollerblade Good: In her early appearances, she was a mall rat who got around on rollerblades.
- Sarcastic Devotee: Towards Wolverine, for a while in the '90s.
- Shout-Out: She originally wore the yellow trenchcoat with a red shirt and green shorts. Anyone who didn't think "Robin" never read classic Batman.
- This was taken to the logical conclusion in the Amalgam Universe: she becomes Sparrow, side kick to Dark Claw (Batman and Wolverine merged).
- Status Quo Is God: It took thirteen years, but she finally got her original powers back and was cured of her vampirism by Quentin Quire in Generation X #86.
- Super-Cute Superpowers: Jubilee, whose powers have been described as "sparkles" or "fireworks" (when she still had the power).
- Supernaturally Young Parent: Finds and adopts a baby in Europe despite (permanently, due to being a vampire) being 17.
- Totally Radical: She even says "totally like radical" in Uncanny X-Men #247. It's so much worse in Generation X, where pretty much all the teens on the team were guilty of speaking this way.
- Vague Age: Jubilee's age has frankly been a roller-coaster due to her being a Replacement Goldfish for Kitty Pryde as Wolverine's Kid Sidekick. As a result, she inherited the editorial staff's unwillingness to age her and move her on from that role. When she was introduced she was 13 and seemed to bob between 13-15 depending on the artist. However, when she was placed in Generation X, she went Out of Focus and was separated from her role as a Wolverine's sidekick. This had the effect of freeing her from the editorial time vortex and she aged with the rest of the group. When the series ended her age varied depending on the book she was in. In back-up stories and in non Uncanny X-men books she was written as an adult. However, during Chuck Austin's run in the early to mid 2000 she was 17-19. Jubilee was written to be twoish years younger than Husk, who was 19 during Austen's run but 13-15 during Generation X. However, in her 2005 solo series she was back down to 15. She seemed to hit mid-twenties right around when the editorial staff decided to mix vampires in with X-Men to capitalize on the popularity of Twilight. However, the editorial staff didn't know her age and decided for the 2010-2013 series that she was 17. As a result, she was either de-aged or aged up to seventeen, and stuck there until recently. Partly justified because she got turned into a vampire at age 17, and spent several years at that age; long enough for even the Academy X generation to pass her!note
- Finally, even other writers seemed to forget Vampires can't age, and as such so she seemed to age into adulthood again over the course of the 2010's. Only for later writers to drop her back down to 17, and subsequent writers treating her as an adult.
- Current writers seemed to have recognized this error but can't seem to decide her age and some ether go with mid twenties like the rest of Generation X or have her still as a teenager. She is effectively like the Power Pack kids (either they are all still kids or all teenagers/adults) depending on what comic they are featured in.
- Walking Techbane: Happens in the '90s X-Men cartoon.
- Weakened by the Light: Downplayed. Thanks to the healing factor from Wolverine's blood she regularly ingests, Jubilee can withstand a small amount of sunlight every day. However, too much sunlight can be toxic to her much like other vampires.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: A very long-standing criticism of Jubilee is how silly and pointless her "fireworks" appear to be on the surface, especially when there are other seemingly far more powerful mutants on the team. However she actually subverts the trope, as Jubilee deliberately holds back and refuses to utilize her powers to their fullest potential. And it's a good thing, too, because if she ever truly cut loose the results could be apocalyptic.
- Willfully Weak: As noted above, the main limitation on her powers is that she really doesn't want to harm anybody. Quite aside from her ability to demolish castles and blast her way out of mutant-proof cells, it's also been noted in-universe that, if she wanted, she could set off a small explosion inside someone's skull. She's only ever done this to a Prime Sentinel, but it can be safely assumed that most humans would not survive it.
- You Fight Like a Cow: Can give Spidey a run for his money. In one issue of Generation X, she actually defeats Emplate entirely by taunting him.
Notable Aliases: Red Bishop, Archbishop, Bish, Sergeant, Major
Nationality: American, Krakoan
Species: Human Mutant Cyborg
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #282 (November, 1991)
Bishop, full name Lucas Bishop, is a time-traveling cop from the future who found himself stuck in the past after chasing there a mutant criminal rebellion started by Trevor Fitzroy. He took on the task of terminating with extreme prejudice the remants of the rebellion, but the task proved too difficult and he ended up being captured by the X-Men, who were interested in stopping his violent ways. It's then revealed that he comes from a post-dystopic future in which humans and mutants joined forces to stop a Sentinel takeover, after which a special force named Xavier's Security Enforcers was created to police mutant population. Now without a way to return, but with possibly a way to avoid such a Bad Future, Bishop became a X-Man and lent his big guns and military training to their cause.
Post-Decimation he underwent a rather drastic FaceHeel Turn and turned into an Evil Counterpart to Cable, losing an arm along the way, dividing his time between time travel, scheming, and attempting to shoot Cable with very large guns. And global scale genocide. After Avengers Vs. X-Men, he returned to the modern day, where his allegiances have been messy.
He got four limited series including the self-titled Bishop series, where he tracked and fought Mountjoy; XSE, which showcased his past (future); and its sequel Bishop: Xavier's Security Enforcers. He also teamed up with Gambit to oppose Stryfe in Gambit and Bishop: Sons of the Atom, where he ended up being possessed by a Phoenix-like cosmic entity named Bete Noir. He also starred in the series Bishop: The Last X-Man from 1999 to 2001, in which he was trapped in another alternate timeline. He appeared regularly in District X from 2004 to 2005, a police procedural set in a mutant ghetto in New York City. Finally, He also starred in the House of M tie-in, Mutopia.
He is portrayed by Omar Sy in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
- '90s Anti-Hero: A solid one on the trail of Cable: a big, rugged vigilante with large weapons and hailing from a dark future. Unlike Cable, however, Bishop is actually more of an early Deconstruction of the trope, as his violent methods only caused him trouble both in and out of the X-Men after he came to present time. Also, he is a downplayed example, as while Cable was a professional warzone survivor, Bishop was just a hardcore police officer and never quite went into outright Sociopathic Hero territory.
- The Ace: Was this during his X.S.E (Xavier Security Enforcers the mutant policing force created after the Summers Rebellion) days as he was the youngest cadet ever (until his sister Shard broke his record the following year) admitted on the force. He was also in charge of a three man unit that was considered the best on the force.
- And Show It to You: He kills the future version of Cannonball by ripping his heart out with his cyber-arm's tentacles.
- Angry Black Man: Australian aborigine and with some anger management issues.
- Anti-Hero: Started out more as Unscrupulous Hero, and softened to Pragmatic Hero over the years before his FaceHeel Turn. Now he's back to being an Anti-Hero.
- Anti-Climax: For years he was convinced Gambit would betray and destroy the X-Men. As it turns out, the culprit in Bishop's future was Onslaught. The two patched things up with a simple apology from Bishop, and actually became Fire-Forged Friends after the fact.
- The Apprentice: Was put under Storm's tutelage. Although it was more of a formality, as Bishop was quite trained already, he appreciated it much.
- Arch-Enemy: Trevor Fitzroy and Cable.
- Artificial Limbs: Gained (or more accurately, stole) a mechanical arm after losing his left arm to the mutant-eating monster Predator X.
- Awesome Aussie: His parents were Austalian (his mom was an Australian Aborigine) and he was conceived there. (By the time he was born, the entire continent was a radioactive wasteland. We did mention he was from a Crapsack Future, yes?) He is also very badass (when he's not trying to kill children).
- Ax-Crazy: After his FaceHeel Turn, he more or less dropped any pretense of heroism and became a really, really nasty piece of work.
- Bad Future: Actually a post-bad future, as Bishop's native timeline was a society that had successfully rebuilt itself after a war against the Sentinels. However, it wasn't exactly an utopia either, as the need for an elite mutant police with big guns can attest.
- Bald of Awesome: In the 2000s he shaved his dreads. It became a Bald of Evil after his FaceHeel Turn.
- Bash Brothers: With Gambit after their reconciliation.
- BFG: Bishop's powers aren't obvious at first glance, so like Cable, readers might think that his gigantic weapons are his power.
- Big Brother Instinct: He is (or, more accurately, was) very protective of his little sister, Shard.
- The Big Guy: He developed into this role after joining X-Men. It helps that he's one of the physically biggest members (one of his earliest appearances has him at least a head taller than the already pretty tall Cyclops and Gambit, and Colossus is notably not an entire head taller than him).
- Charles Atlas Superpower: He's so huge and muscled that Colossus of all people in his armored form has trouble restraining him though that might have something to do with how he can translate absorbed energy to Super Strength.
- Chess Motifs: Not overtly, but the issue that introduced Bishop had Professor X playing chess with Forge and winning by checkmate with a bishop...
- The Chew Toy: He has the particularly nasty Running Gag of being often possessed by bad guys: first by Mountjoy, later by Bete Noir, then by the Demon Bear, and finally by Cassandra Nova (and that without counting a psychic virus created by the Shadow King).
- Combat Tentacles: His artificial arm could deploy several tiny tentacles.
- Continuity Snarl: His FaceHeel Turn was the result of this as Messiah Complex stating that Hope was responsible for his state of his Bad Future—which flew right in the face of what was established, which was one of the X-Men themselves (Professor X by way of Onslaught) losing their shit, killing most of the X-Mennote , and attacking the world.
- Cowboy Cop: As he comes from the dystopian future, he started off as a brash mutant cop who had difficulty with adjusting the X-Men before finally settling down until his FaceHeel Turn. Also deconstructed, as in his own time, he was a By-the-Book Cop it's just that the book was so different, that in this time, he came off as an Ax-Crazy Vigilante Man. As he's adjusted to the present day, he's edged ever closer to what we would consider a By-the-Book Cop (another way that he serves as a foil to Cable, whose Cowboy-ness waxes and wanes, but never disappears).
- Demonic Possession: Has been possessed many times, but Bete Noir and the Demon Bear are the only examples that qualify as demonic.
- Determinator: One thing that is frequently noted about him, including by Cable (a starring example of this in his own right), is that he just. Does. Not. Give. Up. Ever.
- Divergent Character Evolution: Inverted with his thematical relationship to the other 90's X-Man antihero, Cable. Although Bishop started as a mild deconstruction of everything Cable represented, he ended up taking a lot of traits from him when he became bent on chasing Cable and Hope. This includes an artificial arm (which was actually reverse engineered by Forge after Cable's), a shiny eye (both of his eyes are, but artists of this period liked to draw him with a single eye glowing red a la Terminator) and a much darker personality (to the extent he did much worse things than Cable would have even considered).
- Enemy Mine: Bishop and Gambit are forced to ally with Stryfe to try to stop the Bete Noir, which is finally accomplished by Stryfe's Heroic Sacrifice. This continues after he's revealed to have survived, as Bishop needed some help in his task of killing Hope, but he ends up betraying Stryfe when their goals divert.
- Energy Absorption: His power allows him to absorb several kinds of energy, including psychic energy, as well as redirecting it in the form of laser blasts.
- Evil Counterpart: Of Cable during his villain run. Before that, he was somewhat like Cable's civilized counterpart.
- Facial Markings: As he comes from the Bad Future, he has an 'M' (for Mutant) branded on his right eye (it's apparently a genetically engineered disease "branded to his DNA", and can't be removed by anything).
- FaceHeel Turn: For a time. His attempt to kill Hope turned him against the rest of the X-Men.
- Fights Like a Normal: Subverted. He does use his powers when fighting, but he doesn't bother to if he can solve it with his gun.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Being from a Bad Future, he had serious problems with the whole "don't kill people" thing for a time.
- Future Badass: Subverted in that he has not born yet in this era, but he's a badass from the future nonetheless.
- Genius Bruiser: Bishop is an Angry Black Man who is The Big Guy with an unending array of BFGs...but he also plays chess in his head with Charles Xavier, is a homicide detective who frequently investigates cases involving mutants, and is in general a wellread, sensitive gentleman and a surprisingly good cook. ...when he isn't angry and shooting you.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: When using his powers, his eyes glow red.
- Graceful Loser: After getting stranded in an apocalyptic future by Cable, thus losing all his chances to kill Hope (and being, you know, in an apocalyptic future, presumably forever), Lucas just sits down and muses "well played, Nathan" with a melancholic smile.
- Guile Hero: Deceived one of the Morlocks into blasting him with an energetic ray, which only added to Bishop's energy reserves, by making the mook believe he would be screwed if hit.
- Heel Realization: After failing in his mission to kill Hope and getting stranded in a lost future, Bishop ponders his own role in shaping her and for the first time wonders whether he was really doing the best thing. We don't get to see what comes out of those thoughts, as the next time we see Bishop he's possessed by the Demon Bear, and the very next he is left in a coma after getting his mind scrambled.
- Heroic Build: His puts most X-Men's to shame.
- Hot-Blooded: His powers are not the only energetic thing on him.
- Inspector Javert:
- To Gambit, who he suspected of being the X-Men's traitor (it turned out to be Onslaught), which he apologised for.
- Briefly to Nate Grey, because Nate was an unknown factor as someone who wasn't from his past, having hopped over from the Age of Apocalypse timeline. The fact that Nate was also a Person of Mass Destruction with an attitude problem and an unfortunate habit of Power Incontinence, while Bishop was a former cop precisely specialized in delinquent mutants who abused their powers, didn't help at all. This was stopped in its tracks by Rogue, who cussed them both out for being macho idiots, and had the advantage of being someone who Nate was at least grudgingly willing to listen to.
- Part of the reason he stayed in the "present" was to prevent a member of the X-Men betraying them, only to later turn traitor himself.
- During Decimation, when the X-Mansion was placed under armed guard by the Sentinels, Bishop not only didn't have any objections, he was about the only X-Man who supported the idea. It admittedly fits his mutant-cop mindset, but considering his future was troubled by Sentinels of all things...Then again, considering that M-Day was the beginning of his FaceHeel Turn thanks to realizing that his future was going to happen In Spite of a Nail, it's possible that this was a symptom of his having secretly crossed the Despair Event Horizon.
- Karma Houdini: Given how much pain and suffering he caused (even wiping out entire alternate worlds just to get to Hope!) it is quite jarring how easy the X-Men have forgiven him. On the other hand, when he had his mind essentially reset, he was distinctly displeased, as while he'd made a HeelFace Turn while stranded in a desolate future, he felt a) it was still his mind and his problem to deal with, b) he didn't deserve that kind of forgiveness.
- Knight of Cerebus: Not that the X-Men weren't dark before him, but according to Archangel, Bishop's presence and future made Xavier rethink many of his ideas and realize they had to take the initiative if they wanted to survive.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Has forgotten his attempts to kill Hope Summers and Cable, courtesy of Storm which he wasn't exactly pleased about, on the grounds that awful as they were, they were his memories. Unfortunately, Amnesia Missed a Spot.
- Last-Name Basis: Over the years, Bishop didn't have a first name until in one X-Treme X-Men issue revealed it to be Lucas. Until then, there was even ambiguity about whether "Bishop" was meant to be a surname or a codename (in one issue, where Storm asked him to call her Ororo, Bishop expressed confusion at the concept and said that she could call him...Bishop). It didn't help that his sister Shard Bishop had the opposite case and was referred in a First-Name Basis.
- My Greatest Failure: The situation that led to the death of his sister Shard in the future, as well as the one that ended up with his partners Randall and Malcolm dead in the present.
- No Social Skills: He acknowledges himself hes not good with people and laments that the XSE didnt include a course on it.
- Phlebotinum Overload: Bishop can be overloaded given enough time and fuel... this usually results in a fairly splashy explosion, though he himself is rarely injured from it (except maybe his uniform).
- Principles Zealot: a) Mutants must be officially policed (if possible, by mutants too) and b) Violence Really Is the Answer and toning it down is just a matter of PR.
- Prophet Eyes: When using his powers, his eyes would turn either this or Red Eyes, Take Warning:
- Put on a Bus: When Cable and Hope had enough of him chasing them through different timelines, Cable managed to scramble Bishop's time-travelling teleportation device which stranded him in a very deserted distant future.
- The Bus Came Back: He returned after Avengers Vs. X-Men.
- Reformed, but Rejected: Since he's returned from the future. However, as of 2017 he has returned to working with the X-men with no evidence of mistrust or resentment. It is possible his actions regarding Hope most likely have been erased thanks to a certain cosmic rest.
- Scary Black Man: After he turned into a baby-hunting villain in the 2000s Cable series. His artificial left arm doesn't seem to help either.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: The Bete Noir when it possessed Bishop.
- Ship Tease:
- With Storm. Jubilee even asked him if they were dating, and Bishop¡s answer was he wasn't very sure about it.
- With Sage. He clearly began to develop feelings for her, but whether she returned them was never made clear, and neither ever acted on it in any case.
- Briefly, during Decimation, it was hinted he and Val Cooper were developing a relationship, though Bishop bristled when the others asked him about it. This was Cut Short by his FaceHeel Turn.
- Super Cop: Was it, and hasn't shaken it out of him.
- Superhero Packing Heat: A defender of this idea, the biggest in X-Men only behind Cable.
- Taking the Bullet: He saved the entire team from Onslaught by taking his psychic blast.
- Tangled Family Tree: Throughout his history, he's been shown and implied to be related in one way or another to Gateway, Storm, M, and Neal Shaara. (Who are Australian, Kenyan-American, Algerian-Monacan and Indian, respectively.)
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Went from being one of the more level-headed X-Men to a brutal hunter willing to maim or kill anyone who stood in the way of his mission of killing Hope Summers.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour: A time-travelling Madrox and Layla Miller once met Bishop as a pre-teen. He was scornful of any Mutant who claimed to be the next evolutionary step, and outright told them he wished he had a chance at killing Hope Summers. Several years later, when he was somewhere in his early teens, he told Hecat'e he'd kill her if she messed with Shard.
- Undying Loyalty: To Storm.
- Virtual Sidekick: For a time, Bishop was accompanied on his adventures by a holographic version of his deceased sister, Shard.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: In his timeline, Hope grew up to kill thousands of humans in seconds, which was what led to mutants being placed into concentration camps. He wanted to kill Hope to ensure history wouldn't repeat itself.
- Would Hurt a Child: Zig-zagged. The impetus of his FaceHeel Turn was trying to kill Hope Summers before she became a threat, even when she was no more than a few weeks old, but the few times he had her in his sights, he never actually managed to pull the trigger.
Kwannon / Revanche / Psylocke II
Notable Aliases: Butterfly, Nothing (English translation of codename), Mercy (English translation of codename), Revenge (English translation of codename)
Nationality: Japanese, Krakoan
Species: Human Mutant
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #256 (December, 1989) note ; X-Men Vol 2 #21 (June, 1993) note ; Fallen Angels Vol 2 #1 (January, 2020) note
Kwannon is a former assassin from Japan, raised by the Hand. She worked for the crime lord Nyoirin.
For most of her history, her body was well-known, but she was not. Revanche is the body that Betsy Braddock was transplanted into, and thus making her one of Marvel's most iconic femme fatales for a long time. Revanche, in the body of Betsy Braddock, was eventually killed at her request by her lover Matsu'o, as she did not want to die of the Legacy Virus. This ensured that Betsy would remain in her body for many years. Kwannon got better, and eventually came back, and she and Betsy finally reverted bodies at long last during Hunt for Wolverine: Mystery in Madripoor.
Kwannon would see an increase in prominence as a Legacy Character to Betsy as Psylocke, first using the name Revanche when Betsy was missing and worked as an uneasy ally of the X-Men and then later taking up the Psylocke identity once Betsy took up the mantle of Captain Britain. She formed a new team, who took it upon themselves to do whatever it takes to protect the world, for both mutants and humans.
After making a deal with Mister Sinister to augment her powers in order to defeat the threat known as Apoth, Kwannon became indebted to him... especially once he salvaged the DNA of her deceased daughter, whom the Hand had taken away from her. On his orders, and the request of the Quiet Council of Krakoa, Kwannon became the handler for and field leader of Sinister's new strikeforce, the Hellions, a group of dangerous anti-social mutants whose innate capacity for harm has made them ill-fit to live peaceful lives on the mutant nation.
Samuel Zachery "Sam" Guthrie /Cannonball
Notable Aliases: The Boy High Lord, Farmboy, Hayseed, Hick-A-Billy, Kentucky, Mason-Dixon, Sam, Sammy, Sammy Boy, Samson Guthry, Samuel Zachary, possibly misspelled) Starshine,
Nationality: American, Krakoan
Species: Human mutant
First Appearance: Marvel Graphic Novel #4 (November, 1982)
Cannonball is a mutant with the ability to propel himself through the air like a human rocket. Over the years, Sam has grown from a New Mutant, to the leader of the original X-Force, to a full-fledged X-Man. He's currently a U.S.Avenger.
Notable Aliases: Max Eisenhardt, Erik Magnus Lehnsherr, Joey, Mags, Joe
Species: Human mutant clone
First Appearance: X-Men Vol 2 #46 (November, 1995)
Joseph was a younger clone of Magneto, created by Astra. He sacrificed himself to repair Earth's magnetosphere, which had been altered by Magneto. He has recently returned to cause trouble for the redemptive Magneto.
- Betty and Veronica: During that time when Joseph was introduced, there was a Betty and Veronica love triangle with Rogue as the center figure, Joseph as the Betty, and Gambit as the Veronica.
- Evil Twin: Joseph was a much younger 'copy' of Magneto. Since at the time Magneto was villainous and Joseph was an X-Man, he counts as a Good Twin.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: Started off as a straight clone of Magneto. He lost his memory after getting hit on the head during a fight with the real deal, and became good. After his death, Astra restored him, and implanted a copy of Magneto's old memories into his mind, making him evil again.
Doctor Cecilia "Cel" Reyes
Notable Aliases: Forcefield (S.W.O.R.D. code name), "Cecelia" (presumably misspelled), "Doc Reyes", "Doc", 'Celia, "Mutie doctor"
Species: Human mutant
First Appearance: X-Men Vol 2 #65 (June, 1997)
A hard-working New York doctor who definitely did not want to be a superhero, at all, ever. Unfortunately for her, the bad guys didn't care. She quit as soon as possible, but not before having a neat love triangle with Beast and Iceman. Cecilia has since served as a recurring ally of the X-Men while attempting to maintain her normal medical career, but with the founding of Krakoa she joined the new mutant nation as a doctor in the Healing Gardens.
- Barrier Warrior: Her forcefield powers make her near-invulnerable, but are seldom used offensively.
- The Call Knows Where You Live: Justified, not only were all mutants being targeted during Operation Zero Tolerance by the Sentinels, Xavier kept track on where potential recruits for his X-men lived and Iceman took it upon himself to check up on her. Cecilia wasnt just outed as a mutant to her mutant-hating coworkers, Iceman took her with him on an adventure to face the leader of Zero Tolerance.
- Hospital Hottie: She's a doctor and plenty good looking.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: She prefers to work as a normal doctor than to work in a superhero team. When the mutant nation of Krakoa is founded, she seemingly has abandoned this desire and now lives on Krakoa as one of the leading doctors of the island's healing gardens.
- Going Cold Turkey: She was briefly hooked on a drug that boosted her powers, Professor X helped her kick the addiction.
- Sassy Black Woman: Though ironically she is a Puerto Rican; but then again, she was raised in the Bronx.
- Secret Public Identity: Due to the whole 'not wanting to be a superhero at all ever' thing, she refuses to take one.
- The Medic: She still serves this role for the X-Men on occasion, including patching up Magneto after he brought Kitty Pryde back from space.
- Slashed Throat: While performing an autopsy on several biologically enhanced soldiers killed by Krakoa's X-Force, she is caught off-guard by a smaller version of the soldier emerging from inside the corpse which slits her throat. Cecilia bleeds out, but Sage notes that due to her importance she will be bumped up to the top of the Five's resurrection list.
- Twofer Token Minority: She's of African-American and Puerto Rican descent.
Sarah / Marrow
Notable Aliases: Sarah Rushman, the bony little lass
Nationality: American, Krakoan
Species: Human mutant
First Appearance: Cable #15 (September, 1994)
A former mutant terrorist. Originally created by a writer with the intention to die in a one on one fight with Storm, it was after some executive meddling and other factors that she was revealed to be still alive. Later she was picked up again as one of three new and unusual recruits to join the X-Men after a crossover (the others were Cecilia Reyes and Maggot).
At first a troublemaker for the other X-Men, she managed to become a stable and accepted part of the team. However, after some failed attempts by writers and artist to make her more appealing, she mysteriously disappeared from one issue to another, without any explanation ever given.
Afterwards she reappeared in a one-shot as SHIELD sleeper agent, was part of the ill-fated Weapon X series and finally got depowered on M-Day while keeping her mutated appearance. After a brief appearance as enemy in X-factor she was once again absent for several years. She has now returned in the 2014 X-Force series as a core cast member.
- A Day in the Limelight: Randomly was chosen as a fighter in Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes. Her only appearance in the Vs Series.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Poor Marrow, whomever shes crushing on is either not interested in her or has a girlfriend already (both arent unheard of though). Averted when she was brainwashed however, as she went on a date with Spider-Man, but that didnt last either.
- And Show It to You: Subverted, Marrow was on the receiving end of this trope courtesy of Storm, who tore out Marrows heart after shed rigged it to a bomb.
- Anti-Hero: Nominal Hero originally. She had mutant supremacist leanings and was the loose cannon on a team with Wolverine, but eventually healed and reformed during Alan Davis' run, at the end of which, she probably didn't qualify for more than Classical Anti-Hero. After that she turned to downright villain and finally back to her original form.
- Davis' attempt was seen as Character Development by many readers.
- Bad with the Bone: Thanks to her powers, Marrow is literally made of this trope, though she often favors knives over blunt weaponry. Depending on her level of control at the time, this can extend into other kinds of projectiles, such as spikes/needles, or boneshards straight out of her body.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her default costume, which she often wears all the time.
- Her X-force uniform also keeps this trend.
- Basement-Dweller: In the first few weeks as an X-man, Marrow lived in their basement, specifically in the Danger Room. Justified since her people, the Morlocks, normally lives in the sewer, so it comes naturally to her.
- Blood Knight: Before Davis' got a hold on her. Back again after she disappeared. In X-force she openly states she is just there to have "fun".
- Body Horror: Her power, by the by, was to grow bones out of her body, usually in the form of outward jutting spines or claws.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Courtesy of SHIELD, her Bloodknight tendencies were turned up to eleven and she developed a split personality.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Mixed with being Put on a Bus. She disappeared two issues without explanation and has only reappeared in satellite titles, she was never shown or mentioned again in the core titles.
- Dark Age of Supernames: Subverted, for someone who comes from the 90's, has the power to grow knives out of the body and was more anti than hero, she has a surprising soft and normal codename.
- This was almost played straight, as her codename was originally "Sheath," but this was rejected by the editors for sounding too sexual.
- Dual Wielding: Default combat style.
- Executive Meddling: The reason she is still alive and why someone like her joined the X-Men in the first place.
- Freudian Excuse: Well, if you'd been born with bones sticking out all over your body and had the only people who ever cared for you massacred before your eyes as a child, how well-adjusted would you be?
- The Friend No One Likes: This happens on several teams, often justified given Marrows confrontational attitude and parttime Jerkass behavior, but her teammates arent completely without fault either.
- Averted in her Gene Nation days, justified since she was the leader.
- When she was part of the X-Men, Marrow didnt interact well with the other members, either by being extremely confrontational, eating like a pig or just being intentionally creepy. Storms solution to Marrows attitude and temper problems is to let her get private lessons from Wolverine. Cue beatings and verbal put downs, which resulted in Marrow planting a bone dagger in Wolverines throat. Marrow wouldve died from Wolverines berserker-rage if Cannonball hadnt bullrushed him.
- While Marrow was a member of X-Force, consisting of Meme, Fantomex, Cable, Domino and Doctor Nemesis, she suffered heavily from mental instability from the trauma of losing her child, which manifested in childish behavior, lack of respect/personal boundaries and even more frequent bouts of aggression. Though the rest of the team had their own issues which they dealt with, suck as a general lack of trust in their teammates.
- Healing Factor: The other reason why she survived the heart removal, and how she can remove the bones from her body without bleeding to death. Strangely not official part of her powerset.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: Good grief, Marrows moral alignment practically changes with each new recurring appearance! She started out as a NiceGirl amongst the Morlocks, then grew into a terrorist leader, who then joined the X-Men and helped save the earth. She was later brainwashed by SHIELD to act as an assassin, who then went rogue killing Life Model Decoys. After that she joined Weapon X where she committed several murders and took part in imprisoning numerous mutants in concentration camps, including some she knew. Then she joined a mutant resistance group against Weapon X, which she subsequently took control over and reformed into a terrorist organization, killing numerous civilians aside from Weapon X personnel. Her next stint at heroics was with X-Force to act as mutant SWAT team killing any threats to the mutant nation. Her latest appearance has seen Marrow become a member of the villainous Helllfire Club under Emma Frost.
- Knife Nut: Marrow almost always uses bone knives which grow from her own body as weapons. She is drawn with them on nearly each cover she appears on.
- Lighter and Softer: Her development under Davis.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: Her Body Horror powers also give her some serious advantages like superhuman endurance, pain resistance, healing and strength.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Her reaction to finding out she volunteered for dangerous experiments to regain her super powers while being pregnant and having been told the risk.
- No Social Skills: Marrow is extremely confrontational and has difficulty connecting to people emotionally — or even understanding herself. Of course, living in the sewers for most of your early childhood with a bunch of other maladjusted freaks and spending your teenage years fighting for your survival in a horrible pocket dimension does that to you. Archangel was the only one for whom she showed a soft spot, due to viewing him as a Messianic Archetype.
- Odd Friendship: While in X-Force Marrow seemed to eventually develop one with Doctor Nemesis, based on their mutual love of Coffee.
- Only One Name: Her first name is Sarah and that's how she's known when she's not referred to as Marrow. If she even has a last name is unknown.
- Plot-Relevant Age-Up: Her first appearance was as a bald little girl before this happened to her.
- Progressively Prettier: Prime example of the trope. Part of it was deliberate in-universe: as she learned to control her powers better, there was less of the whole "bones jutting out of her at random" thing. With effort, she can maintain Cute Monster Girl status (the pink hair and the horns aren't going anywhere.) Of course, Depending on the Artist kicks in, and you can even have her looking like her Body Horror day-one self in one comic and her "cute girl with horns" look in another though both stories take place and are released around the same time.
- Remember the New Guy?: An early Retcon established her as a survivor of the Morlock Massacre storyline.
- Smarter Than You Look: She was able to memorize the entire subway and sewer tunnel system under New York as a 5 or 6 year old child. Likewise, having the time table of all subway trains in her mind. Also her short stint as sleeper agent showed that she is capable of learning and understanding scientific theories. It seems only her violent upbringing and resulting personality stops her from showing/using her intelligence openly.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: For a time, Marrow spat as many curse words as was possible into her sentences during her X-Force days. Psylocke messed with her mind so it came out as utter gibberish/kiddie friendly expletives, to the entertainment of the rest of the team.
- Slasher Smile: Can pull that off towards civilians and mooks, doesn't work on actual heroes or villains though.
- Spike Shooter: She can shoot the spikes that form from her body.
- Suicide by Cop: In the fourth X-Force volume, the mutant slaver Volga (the man responsible for the loss of her unborn baby) provokes her into doing this to him following his capture and torture by the team, knowing his goose was cooked either way. This earns her a What the Hell, Hero? from Cable.
- Super Toughness: Her bones grant her an improved amount of durability, shes been rammed into concrete walls and gotten back up, fought a feral Wolverine and could walk away and not once, but twice has jumped from the top of the Brooklyn Bridge and landed in the water without injury. Short version: Girls tough.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Her combat style is simply to overpower the enemy with strength and/or speed, as she learned during her childhood. However, missing any kind of formal training she is all but useless against people who can balance this out with skill as Storm quickly demonstrated.
- Vague Age: Seemingly in her late teens to early twenties, but due to having grown up in another dimension where time passes differently, even Marrow doesnt know her own age.
- Wolverine Claws: With enough control over her powers, she can produce these in bone form.
- Wolverine Wannabe: Marrow is a less straight example, where instead of Wolverine Claws she's able to grow bone protrusions out of anywhere from her body, which she can then break off and use as handheld blades. Though much like Wolverine, she possesses a Healing Factor that seals wounds made from said breaking of her bones off.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Some colorists make it brown, red or orange, but her default hair color is actually pink.
Japheth / Maggott
Nationality: South African, Krakoan
Species: Human mutant
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #345 (June, 1997)
A South African teenager from a poor family. As a child, his family thought he was dying from stomach cancer because his abdomen constantly bulged and he was constantly hungry. Actually, he was going through a mutation in which his stomach turned into a pair of semi-autonomous slugs. To feed, Japheth had to have the slugs burst out of his stomach, feed on any substance, then return, giving him a burst of superstrength. Japheth joined the X-Men for only a short time before vanishing and reappearing years later to be killed in a Canadian concentration camp for mutants. However, he eventually returned but has had little involvement in any major (or minor) events.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: His skin is blue and his hair is silver.
- Back from the Dead: He was revived by the techno-organic virus and used as a soldier by Selene during the Necrosha story. He seems to be one of the few mutants who was permanently brought back from that, as he is seen several times afterwards in various gatherings of numerous mutants.
- Blessed with Suck: His powers, not only can he not control his slugs, when they have to give back the energy from what theyve devoured, the eat their way back into him (a very painful process for him).
- Casanova Wannabe: Big time, when he was an X-Man he hit on any women on the team, doesnt matter if theyre hostile or married.
- Cool Shades: Really likes wearing these.
- Extreme Omnivore: The slugs within his body sure can eat.
- Fluffy the Terrible: He calls the slugs Eany and Meany.
- Healing Factor: Played with, Maggott himself cannot heal injuries, but whenever his slugs needs to return, they eat their way into him and somehow closes the wounds behind.
- Jive Turkey: It's South African slang, but it's often completely impenetrable.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: These seemed to be going around in the late 90s X-Books.
- Older Alter Ego: Originally Maggott is just a skinny teenager with normal skin complexion, but when he powers up by his digestive matter-eating slugs, his skin turns blue and becomes musclebound to fight.
- Shoo Out the New Guy: To a point that you'd think the Trope Namer is a Shout-Out to him! He was only with the X-Men for a brief time before joining Generation-X for two issues before leaving.
- Super Strength: What his extreme digestive system gave him.
- Totally Radical: Speaks in South African slang all the time.