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Bishop is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in "Uncanny X-Men" #282 (November 1991), and was created by writer John Byrne and artist Whilce Portacio.

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 Face–Heel 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.

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  • '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 aborigin and with some anger management issues.
  • Anti-Hero: Started out more as Unscrupulous Hero, and softened to Pragmatic Hero over the years before his Face–Heel 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.
  • 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: He was born in Australia, and is very badass (when he's not trying to kill innocent children), although he has spent much more of his life in America rather than Australian.
  • Ax-Crazy: After his Face–Heel 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 Face–Heel 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).
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: He's so huge and muscled that Colossus of all people in his armored form has trouble restraining him - thought 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 Face–Heel 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 Face–Heel Turn.
  • Demonic Possession: Has been possessed many times, but Bete Noir and 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 left eye (it's apparently a genetically engineered disease "branded to his DNA", and can't be removed by anything).
  • Face–Heel 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.
  • 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.
  • Irony:
    • 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...
  • 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 Heel–Face 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 it was revealed to be Lucas. Until then, there was even ambiguity about whether "Bishop" was meant to be a surname or a codename (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 he’s not good with people and laments that the XSE didn’t 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.
  • 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.
    • Briefly, during Decimation, it was hinted he and Val Cooper were developing a relationship, though Bishop bristled when the others asked him about it.
  • 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.
  • 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 Heel–Face 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.

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