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Shatterstar (born Gaveedra-Seven, sometimes known as Benjamin Russell) is a Marvel Comics character created by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza, first appearing in New Mutants #99 (dated March 1991).

Shatterstar is one of those comic book characters who have a weirdly overcomplicated origin. On the surface, he's just a mutant alien gladiator from the planet Mojoworld, and a frequent member of X-Force. In actually, Shatterstar is both the son and father of occasional X-Man Longshot.

Let's explain. Due to a temporal paradox, Shatterstar's DNA was taken from him during a time-traveling trip, and was subsequently used to create Longshot. Years later, he and Dazzler would conceive a child, who would grow up (in a possible future) to be... you get the picture.

After time-traveling to (his) past, Shatterstar became a founding member of X-Force, where he met his on-off love interest Rictor. After years of ship teasing, they shared their first on-panel kiss in X-Factor #45, making them the first same-sex (male) pairing to do so in Marvel Comics history. His exact orientation was a common discussion among fans, but according to Peter David —who wrote the aforementioned scene— Shatterstar is canonically bisexual.

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Likely because of his convoluted origin, Shatterstar is fairly obscure, but a vastly simplified version of the character appears in Deadpool 2, portrayed there by Lewis Tan. Introducing himself as an alien from Mojoworld —one who's superior to Deadpool in every way— he's quickly dispatched in a death montage where every member of DP's X-Force (save for Domino) is brutally killed.


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  • Anything That Moves: Originally asexual, but has recently become "sexually curious about anything with a pulse."
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: An essential trait for any successful "entertainer" in Mojoworld.
  • Bi the Way: Since discovering sexuality, he has expressed no particular gender preference (see Anything That Moves above).
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Sometimes starts to tell the truth about his apparent connection to Longshot, but usually stops himself or gets interrupted.
  • Demoted to Satellite Love Interest: Played for Laughs in the Dead Souls mini-series. While Rictor is a member of the latest version of the New Mutants, Shatterstar is simply his boyfriend and friends with the team. He doesn't seem particularly bothered to be left out of missions.
  • Dual Wielding: He very often uses multiple swords.
  • Facial Markings: He has a starburst-shaped marking on his right eye
  • Gladiator Revolt: Was involved in the Cadre Alliance back on Mojoworld, which was fighting to overthrow Mojo V.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Let's just say that his love of combat, and willingness to accept injury as a part of it, make this essential.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: He is the biological son of Dazzler, a human mutant, and Longshot, an Artificial Human who also happens to be genetically based on Shatterstar himself, due to a Stable Time Loop.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Rictor for years, to the point where it eventually became Ho Yay. Then they were given a Relationship Upgrade and the "heterosexual" part got tossed out the window.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice He's been known to run himself through with his swords in order to get an opponent coming at him behind.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Because otherwise there's no real reason for him to have one.
  • Kid from the Future: Comes from the future of Mojoworld, but is in fact the son of Dazzler and Longshot, neither of whom remembers his birth because he wiped their memories of it.
  • My Own Grampa: Now officially gives the Summers family a run for their money when it comes to Time Travel tangled origin stories.
  • Manly Gay: Almost to the point of Testosterone Poisoning.
  • Naked Apron: In the Dead Souls mini-series, Karma complains about him doing this while she's talking with Rictor.
  • '90s Anti-Hero: Originally a standard bearer for the genre, complete with impractically long hair, lots of pouches and padded headgear, and lots and lots of swords. Although when he reappeared in X-Factor he had abandoned the long braids and taken to wearing what could be seen as very hip, but plausible street clothes and his weapons were usually concealed.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Was raised specifically to be a gladiator.
  • Refugee from TV Land: Comes from Mojoworld, where television is life; tends to say things like "May you have many spinoffs." Also offended by the fact that actors on Earth that perform fighting roles often lack genuine combat skills since on Mojoworld all the "shows" are real.
  • Smug Super: He's a badass and he knows it.
  • Suddenly Sexuality: Despite his buckets of Ho Yay with Rictor over the years, Shatterstar went from being virtually asexual to being very interested in sex, including with men (especially Rictor), when he was reintroduced in X-Factor.
  • Take That!: His bisexuality, and Marvel's insistence on its remaining canon, seems to be an open dig on creator Liefeld's own aversion to gay characters.
  • Thinking Up Portals: Shatterstar can create X-shaped portals through space, time and into other dimensions by focusing energy through his swords. He also needs an "anchor" to help him do this, which is a person with whom he has a special relationship. Thus far he has been able to use Rictor and Layla Miller (both of whom he has slept with), as well as Longshot (who is both a partial clone of him, as well as being his biological father).
  • Vibro Weapon: His seldom-used mutant power is to generate vibrations from his body, turning his swords into these. At one point it was revealed that the oddest of his swords, which has two side-by-side blades, was designed to somehow convert this power into a Sword Beam. The number of times he has actually used this power on-panel, however, can be counted on both hands.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: He was brought up to be a killing machine, to have no sense of emotional connections with people. Most of his character growth since his first appearance has been about learning all about human emotions.

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