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)
- 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 Lucky: His powers.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Spiral is his former love interest that he met on Earth, kidnapped and brainwashed by Mojo into despising him.
- Chick Magnet: Ladies love him.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander
- 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).
- The Fool
- 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.
- 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: Mojo did this to him before his reappearance in Exiles.
- 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.
- 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.
- Refugee from TV Land: He's from Mojoworld, where TV is life, and life is controlled by Mojo.
- 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.
- 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.
- Winds of Destiny, Change