Longshot is a Marvel Comics character created by Ann Nocenti and Art Adams, first appearing in Longshot #1 (dated September 1985).
An artificial human bred for slavery in the media-obsessed Mojoverse, Longshot's deal is improbable luck, able to emerge from any scenario victorious; his abilities are similar to that of the Scarlet Witch.
After rebelling against the Mojoverse's Spineless Ones and freeing his fellow slaves, Longshot found himself transplanted in the mainstream Marvel Universe, soon joining the X-Men as a member of their field team. It's there he met Dazzler, with whom he's been (invariably) romantically linked. He later served as a member of the X-Factor Investigations team.
Notable Comic Books
- Longshot (1985 — 1986)
- Uncanny X-Men vol. 1 (1987 — 1989)
- Exiles vol. 1 (2006-2007)
- X-Factor vol. 3 (2008 — 2013)
- Longshot Saves the Marvel Universe (2013 — 2014)
- X-Men (1994)
Longshot provides examples of the following tropes:
- '80s Hair: His original look was modelled on the singer Limahl. For his X-Factor tenure he had a more generic look, but for Longshot Saves The Marvel Universe, Christopher decided to honour the spirit of this trope - a similarly bleeding-edge modern haircut - and gave him a new look designed by a barber he knew.
- Artificial Human: Well, artificial other-dimensional "human". Longshot and others like him were created by the Spineless Ones to serve as performers in their TV-like entertainments.
- Bishōnen: The reason for Longshot's attractiveness.
- Boldly Coming: He's been romancing "alien" (human and human-mutants) women since first stepping foot on Earth. Since his marriage to Dazzler ended, he's been making plenty of human women very, very happy. Sometimes repeatedly.
- Born into Slavery: Longshot was a clone created by scientists working for Mojo, with the express purpose of working as a stuntman in movies; however, the inventor of the technology had planted a seed that would grow into the desire for freedom in his creations, and Longshot's first words were to tell Mojo, "No-one owns me." Eventually, he would indeed lead a slave rebellion and escape to Earth, beginning Mojo's long enmity with the X-Men and other heroes.
- Born Lucky: Longshot's powers is the ability to affect probability fields through psionic means in order to give himself "good luck" in his activities, allowing incredibly unlikely events to happen in his favor.
- Brainwashed and Crazy:
- Break the Badass: Early on in Exiles, the team finds him locked up in his own special prison in Mojoworld, and when they try to bust him out, he refuses, due to multiple repeated failures against Mojo. The team just drag his ass out of prison anyway, and in the meantime manage to rekindle his fighting spirit.
- Charm Person: Longshot's power makes him irresistible to anyone that finds him attractive, be it male or female. However, he notes that after a while, they realize this and start to become repulsed in just as equal magnitude.
- Chick Magnet: Ladies love him. And sometimes, dudes too.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Comes from being from Mojo world. He's a very odd guy that is very Literal-Minded.
- Even the Guys Want Him: In X-Factor, when he first showed up Detective Lieutenant Weiss is immediately smitten (which does wonders to move the investigation process along).
- Four-Fingered Hands: Has only three fingers and a thumb on each hand.
- Glowing Eyes: His left eye glows when he uses his luck or psychometry powers.
- Hourglass Plot: In his debut solo the bounty hunter sent by Mojo who hates his guts at first develops a deep respect for him while his son who assisted him at first is corrupted by absorbing the ambient magic on Earth and grows to hate him.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: What with his luck powers, his knives always hit their target, eventually.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Explicitly a part of how his luck powers work in the earlier parts of his continuity. So long as his motives are pure rather than selfish, everything that can possibly go in his favor will do so, frequently in drastic fashion. If he attempts to use his luck for his own profit, however - such as his attempt in his introductory LS to work as a stuntman - his luck turns against him and reality quite painfully ensues.
- Informed Attractiveness: Almost every female character he comes into contact with comments on his handsomeness. Kitty Pryde was so entranced by him she stole a kiss from him while he was asleep.
- Killed Off for Real: In the Ultimate Marvel universe, during Ultimatum.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia:
- LEGO Genetics: Was created by the Spineless One scientist Arize, partly using DNA taken from Shatterstar, who is also Longshot's biological son with Dazzler.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Gog n'Magog (or "Pup" as Longshot calls him) from the original miniseries starts the story as something best described as a clawed monkey/bear hybrid with a beard and a mohawk. He keeps absorbing Earth's magic during the story, thus mutating from issue to issue. He ends up with a reptilian tail and stegosaurus plates on his back.
- My Own Grampa: He is technically speaking a clone of his son.
- No-Sell: He was rented out to the Exiles because his luck powers cancelled out Proteus' reality warping.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: He has a real name, but doesn't remember it.
- Outdated Outfit: The leather jumpsuit. In his debut, he also had a mullet-style haircut modeled after the musician Limahl. For the Longshot Saves The Marvel Universe miniseries, he got a more modern look.
- Psychometry: He can read "psychic imprints" that people leave on objects that they have handled and sometimes can even look into the future of the person or object he touches. On occasion, if the person he's reading is sufficiently strong enough, it can backfire. Like when he tried reading an alternate version of Galactus, which catapulted him across the room.
- Refugee from TV Land: He's from Mojoworld, where TV is life, and life is controlled by Mojo.
- Running Gag: During X-Factor (2006), Once Shatterstar shows up, it becomes a running thing that there is clearly some connection between him and Longshot, but which the audience doesn't get to hear as it's always interrupted just as Shatterstar is about to explain it.
- Sex God: He's very good in bed. according to his On Again Off Again lover Alison.
- Stable Time Loop: Due to Time Travel and the non-multiversal nature of Mojoworld, Longshot was created using genes collected from his own son Shatterstar after the latter had been blasted into Mojoworld's past.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: For his reappearance in X-Factor, somewhere after X-Men: Die by the Sword, he's suddenly become a hell of a lot ditzier.
- Trope Codifier: For a whole host of visual tropes from the Dark Age of comics. Art Adams' scratchy style in the original Longshot miniseries was a major influence on his inker, Whilce Portacio, and Jim Lee, and Adams actually gave Longshot pouches because of his dislike of the hyperspace arsenal trope.
- Your Cheating Heart: Used to explain his and Dazzler's off-screen breakup between the end of X-Men: Die by the Sword and his reappearance in X-Factor. Longshot slept around, not getting why Alison was so angry about this.