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Piotr Nikolayevich Rasputin, better known as Colossus, is a Marvel Comics character created by Len Wein and Dave Cockrum, first appearing in Giant-Size X-Men #1 (dated May 1975).

A Russian mutant with the ability to transform the entirety of his body into organic, indestructible metal, Colossus was introduced as one of the "all-new, all-different X-Men" who followed in the footsteps of the original roster —alongside Storm, Nightcrawler, and Wolverine— who would also become stalwart mainstays of the team.

Despite his imposing appearance and immense strength, cultivated from years growing up on a Soviet collective farm, Piotr is characterized by his kind soul and love for painting. He may be a physical threat and reliable tank for the X-Men in battle, but violence is frequently his last resort in any given situation — which sometimes works against him.

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He's also notable for his extensive relationships among the X-Men. His younger sister, Illyana Rasputin, became the demonic sorceress Magik, while his longtime (on-off) love interest is fan favorite —and eventual leader of the X-Men— Kitty Pryde. And that's not even mentioning his friendship with Wolverine, with whom he'd become the trope maker for the so-called "fastball special." He has a spanning network of relationships among the X-Men's rogues as well, having followed Magneto for a time as one of his Acolytes and having a supervillain older brother, Mikhail Rasputin.

As a longtime X-Man, Colossus has appeared frequently in other media. Most notably, he's appeared throughout the X-Men Film Series since its inception — primarily portrayed by Daniel Cudmore in the original trilogy, while Andre Tricoteux & Stefan Kapičić share the role note  in 2016's Deadpool and its 2018 sequel, Deadpool 2.

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Colossus has also appeared in just about every cartoon series featuring the X-Men, voiced by a variety of well-known voice actors like Nolan North and Tom Kenny, as well as (non-speaking) appearances on the X-Men anime.

Also? He's canonically related to Rasputin the Mad Monk.


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Colossus provides examples of:

  • Arch-Nemesis: Mikhail Rasputin, Mr. Sinister and Proteus are his three most recurring and dangerous foes.
    • In X-Men his Arch-Enemy was Omega Red.
  • Bald of Awesome: During his stint as the Juggernaut he shaved his head.
  • Bash Brothers: Most long-runningly with Wolverine, though he has also been half of this with Deadpool and Exodus.
  • Battle Couple: With Kitty Pryde. Also, during his stint with X-Force, with Domino.
  • Berserk Button: During the 70s, any insult toward Storm was likely to set him off. At one point, Wolverine (pre-character development) yelled at her when she took off on her own during a fight, and Colossus promptly picked him up and tossed him into the distance.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's a calm, gentle artist. But upset him seriously and you'll end up with his metal fist in your face. Or, in the case of Riptide, twisted in half.
  • Big Brother Instinct: to Illyana... initially. No wonder he is hurt after learned that she was Evil All Along in Avengers vs. X-Men.
    • And yet, even after threatening to kill her if he saw her again, he still cares for his "Little Snowflake". Illyana still cares about him too, and both make amends not too long after.
  • Big Brother Worship: He deeply respects his own big brother Mikhail, even after the latter's turn to supervillainy, and never gives up on him even at his worst moments. This eventually pays off, as Mikhail was ultimately able to overcome his insanity and the mental manipulations of Mr. Sinister long enough to make a Heel–Face Turn and Heroic Sacrifice for his little brother's safe.
  • Big Little Brother: Despite being younger than Mikhail, he's the larger of the two.
  • The Big Guy: He's physically huge (7'5" in his armored form), and his abilities to both ignore and dish out great amounts of damage makes him one of the most powerful X-Men. In the early days he was usually the one to take on people like Juggernaut and Gladiator because he was the only X-Man who would even have a chance against them.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy:
    • Arcade once brainwashed him into believing he was the Proletarian, a Russian enforcer.
    • Apocalypse also brainwashed him into becoming one of his horsemen at one point.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: An archetypal example, as he is a comic book strongman whose greatest passion is painting.
  • Cain and Abel: Kinda sorta with Mikhail, depending on how Ax-Crazy the latter is that day.
  • Cain and Abel and Seth: Ironically enough Magik is the Cain in this trope, given that she predates Mikhail in terms of creation and has also played a more antagonistic/corrupting role to Piotr in recent years. As this trope and the Rasputins go, Piotr is the Abel, Magik is the Cain and Mikhail is the latecomer Seth.
  • The Cape: After Captain America, he's the best example in the Marvel U. Ironically, the only time he's actually worn a cape was during his Face–Heel Turn stint with the Acolytes.
  • Chrome Champion: He can transform at will from a normal (though fairly large and muscular) flesh-and-blood human to what the comics refer to as "organic" osmium steel.
  • Despair Event Horizon: During the late 80s to early 90s he was put through a long Trauma Conga Line which culminated in him losing both of his siblings. Losing Magik in particular was his Event Horizon, driving him to renounce Xavier's ways and join Magneto as one of his Acolytes.
  • Determinator: Another good reason not to piss him off.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Took this approach toward Kitty Pryde in X-Men: Gold: Persistence appears to have paid off; at the end of issue #20 she asked him to marry her...only to get cold feet and leave him at the altar in issue #30.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Joined Magneto for a while after the aforementioned death of his little sister. His personality didn't change all that much, though, and between this and being Out of Focus his turn to the 'dark side' wasn't very well received. He went back to the X-Teams within a couple of years.
  • Fake American: In-universe. Piotr speaks English with a noticeable American accent, so when he passed through the Siege Perilous and ended up amnesiac in New York, he was assumed by everybody (including himself) to be a local.
  • Fake Defector: In retrospect he was one of these in his defection to the Acolytes, though he wasn't originally intended to be such (even though he betrayed his comrades almost from the get-go by allowing the X-Men to teleport onto Avalon unhindered).
  • Famous Ancestor: His is the infamous Mad Monk Rasputin
  • Fastball Special: He and Wolverine cornered the market on this, their Combination Attack being both the Trope Maker and Trope Namer.
  • Faster Than They Look: It's been commented many times throughout the years that his metallic form is both much faster and more agile than people would think.
  • Fatal Flaw: His love for Illyana is not, strictly speaking, a negative, but if it comes down to his Snowflake or anyone else, Piotr will go for Illyana, regardless of anything else.
    • As noted in Heroic Sacrifice Peter will always try to take the bullet for someone else. This gets him in trouble a few times.
  • Flat Character: With a liberal dose of Good Is Boring, as unlike his more multifaceted teammates Piotr has been given little characterization over the years beyond "Bruiser with a Soft Center and Incorruptible Pure Pureness". To be fair, this seems to be the way fans like him, as an attempt in the '90s to inject some Darker and Edgier angst into him was not well received and the idea has not been revisited, but if you ever wonder why he always seems to be in the background compared to the likes of fellow 2nd-gen X-Men like Wolverine or Storm, well, this is why.
  • Gentle Giant: Colossus is one of the strongest member of the X-Men, and his favourite activities include painting.
  • Good Hurts Evil: His Incorruptible Pure Pureness has been shown to be as harmful as his metal body when it comes to most demons and Legions of Hell.
  • Heroic Russian Émigré: He was only a farmboy in rural Russia until Xavier recruited him. He became one of the most recognizable mutant heroes, and is generally one of the kindest and most honorable people on the team.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: To stop the Legacy Virus, which had infected and eventually killed his sister, Piotr sacrificed himself so that no other mutants would fall victim to it's curse. Don't worry though, he got better.
    • He has a tendency towards this in general. It's part of the reason Kitty breaks up with him once and for all.
  • Heroic Build: He has a very muscular body.
  • Hidden Depths: He's the team tank and one of the strongest and toughest heroes of the Marvel Universe. He's also a capable painter, and one of the sweetest and most truly gentle people you'd ever want to meet.
  • Hopeless Suitor: In the 70s, he had a huge crush on Storm (and due to his innocent nature wasn't exactly good at hiding it). However, Storm didn't return the affection, and the idea eventually vanished, mostly because everyone had a crush on Storm under Chris Claremont's pen.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Many times over with Kitty Pryde, who is ever the Tiny Girl to his Huge Guy.
  • Husky Russkie: He's Russian, and very big and muscular even when he's not transformed.
  • Implacable Man: You piss him off and nothing will stop him. Riptide found this out the hard way. After the events of Fear Itself, he became The Juggernaut for a time.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: As mentioned above, Colossus is one of the nicest, gentlest, and most decent-hearted of all the X-Men. His "purity of spirit" has been shown to be harmful to the various incarnations of The Legions of Hell, whenever the X-Men have gone up against them - in a crossover with Doctor Strange, he was able to literally open the gates of Hell, he was so pure. (Though this turned out to be the first hint something wasn't right about "Hell", as Strange noted that good-hearted as he is, only one guy was supposed to be able to do that. Though he has killed (most famously when he snapped Riptide's neck during the Mutant Massacre), he has to be pushed very far to do it, and it usually involves righteous rage, which doesn't detract from his "purity" in any way.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: He will go through hell and back for his siblings and in Magik's case has literally gone through hell for her sake.
  • Made of Iron: Well, an iron-based alloy; he does turn to steel when he activates his powers.
  • The Mafiya: He's a member of the Russian mob in Ultimate X-Men.
  • Man of Kryptonite: Serves this role whenever the supervillain Proteus is around, as metal is Proteus's Weaksauce Weakness and Colossus is made of it. Because Proteus is a Reality Warper of Physical God proportions, Colossus was forced to Shoot the Dog and kill him, making him the one being Proteus is afraid of when he came back (because of course he came back).
  • Martial Pacifist: At heart, he's an artist. He doesn't like violence. But over the years he's become extremely good at it, and as probably the strongest and most durable X-Man, he tends to be first on the front lines.
  • May-September Romance: His and Kitty's relationship dates back to roughly when she was thirteen or fourteennote  and he was at least eighteen (but certainly not more than twenty). This caused him a lot of angst at the time. When a depressed Kitty wants to consummate their relationship before a battle, he refuses due to her age. Things like this disturbed then-Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter to no end, finally leading him to not only demand in no uncertain terms an end to the relationship arc, but to personally write a story arc in Secret Wars in which Colossus falls in love out of nowhere with alien healer Zsaji (for whom the Human Torch also had the hots - no pun intended) to force a "breakup" story in Uncanny X-Men. They finally consummated their relationship in Astonishing X-Men.
    Wolverine: About damn time.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Averted — Even though he is the middle child there is no evidence that Piotr was regarded with any less love or affection than his siblings, even with his older brother was a famous cosmonaut.
  • Mother Russia Makes You Strong: His origin story has him being raised on a Russian collective farm, and he was clearly a hard worker even before his mutation kicked in.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He's frequently noted in-universe to be very good looking. It helps that, in order to show off his armored form, his costumes tend to leave a fair amount of him uncovered.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Len Wein came up with the name Peter Rasputin, based on two famous Russian figures: Peter the Great and Rasputin the Mad Monk. Ironically enough, decades later the latter would be retconned into an ancestor of Peter's family.
  • New Child Left Behind: During an arc in the Savage Land Piotr, somewhat reluctantly, lost his virginity to a native. Some time later on another mission there he reconnects with her and her new son. It's implicit then that the son is his, but she decided not to tell him. Bloodlines definitively shows he's his son, and in an alternate future he developed the same power set.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: His armored form is extremely hard to damage, even compared to a lot of the other heavyweights in the Marvel Universe.
  • Not Brainwashed: All the X-Men thought Piotr had been brainwashed when he made the decision to join Magneto's Acolytes, but no, he was just burned out and at the bottom spiral of a Despair Event Horizon.
  • Only Sane Man: During his time as an Acolyte, as he and Only Sane Woman Amelia Voght were the only two members of their ranks who did not worship Magneto as a divine mutant messiah.
  • Personality Powers: Piotr has a very protective and self-sacrificing personality, and just so happened to manifest a mutant ability that more or less allows him to be the ultimate human shield. Even his Super Strength, which more aggressive personalities would use for destructive purposes, is most often used by Colossus to help or support his teammates, the natural use of it for a person without a selfish bone in his body.
  • Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: Piotr after becoming the avatar of Cyttorak.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: While they are both very manly physically, in terms of their personalities he and Wolverine are this, with him being the Sensitive Guy to Wolverine's Manly Man.
  • Spock Speak: Frequently, but especially after his revival.
  • Straight Gay: Ultimate universe only.
  • Stronger Sibling: In terms of pure strength he's easily the strongest of the three Rasputins, and he's also easily the most stable and moral among them.
  • Super Strength: Initially stated to be in the 70-ton range, but this was bumped up a bit following the Mutant Massacre, so he's probably at or near "Class 100" strength (able to lift more than 100 tons) these days.
  • Super Toughness: Even when unarmored he's a big guy with some degree of this.
  • Technical Pacifist: Originally he was one of these, but over the years as his world has grown Darker and Edgier Piotr has had to accept using lethal measures here and there, though he still prefers only to kill when absolutely necessary.
  • The Juggernaut: Literally, after he gains the Power of Cytorrak. Like Cain Marko before him, he becomes a walking engine of destruction that cannot be stopped by physical force. At least, on a good day; Cytorrak eventually starts to weaken his powers because he's not destructive enough.
  • They Do: X-Men Gold #30 promised the Wedding of the Century between Colossus and Kitty Pryde.
  • Token Good Teammate: He served as this during his time as a member of Magneto's Acolytes, in contrast with the far more vicious or bloodthirsty members of the team.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Starting from the 80s onwards, his sister was abducted by a demon, aged into young adulthood, then aged back down. His parents and everyone he knew on the farm he grew up on were murdered, and then Illyana caught the Legacy Virus and died.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Of Illyana.
  • Villainous Legacy: Colossus: Bloodlines show that his last name isn't a coincidence, he really is descended from the Mad Monk himself. On his death bed Grigori, who was apparently a mutant, used his powers to imbue his essence into the unborn children of all the women he slept with in a kind of mutant breeding cult with Mister Sinister. This had the effect of corrupting everyone descended from him, as pieces of him drove them to madness and eventually suicide, redistributing his essence to the rest until the final survivor ended up with all of him thus resurrecting him completely.
  • We Used to Be Friends: He and Exodus were comrades in the Acolytes and Piotr initially was convinced that Exodus had a "firmer grasp of Magneto's commandments" than the traitor Fabian Cortez. In a more recent and darker example, his relationship with his sister Magik his also gone this way.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Piotr and Kitty in particular have had a strife-ridden relationship. The latest installment in the story of their relationship happens in X-Men Gold. After Piotr proposed to her and Kitty asked for time to think about it, Kitty proposed back in Gold #20. Unfortunately, in Gold #30, Kitty decided to back out at the last minute because of their history, to the point where her powers trigger when he tries to put the ring on and vanishes in front of all their friends. AND THEN, in #31, she's surprised and upset when he tries to leave without saying good-bye.
  • The Worf Effect: Frequently in his earlier years, Colossus would be beaten away by the latest enemy of the week. It even got to the point where he started grumbling about it to himself.

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