Abandoned at birth due to his burning red eyes, the mutant child who would one day become Remy LeBeau was kidnapped from his hospital ward by members of the New Orleans Thieves Guild who referred to the child as "le diable blanc" - the white devil. They believed he was the child that had been prophesied to unite the warring Guilds of New Orleans. Soon after, Remy was placed in the care of a gang of street thieves who raised the child and taught him the ways of thievery.
Later, when he was around ten years old, Remy attempted to pick the pocket of Jean-Luc LeBeau, then-patriarch of the Thieves' Guild. Jean-Luc took the boy off the streets and adopted him as his own son. As part of a peace pact between the Thieves’ Guild and their rivals, the Assassin’s Guild, a marriage was arranged between Remy and Bella Donna Boudreaux, the granddaughter of the head of the Assassins Guild. However, Bella Donna's brother Julien objected to the marriage and challenged Gambit to a duel. Remy killed Julien in self-defence, but was excommunicated and banished from New Orleans in an attempt to maintain the non-aggression pact between the two guilds.
Remy wandered the world as he plied his skills as a master thief, aided by his mutant power to charge objects with explosive energy. He employed playing cards he charged with kinetic energy as his trademark weapon. At one point Remy had approached the master geneticist Mr. Sinister for help in controlling his powers. Sinister removed some of Remy's brain tissue to reduce his power to manageable levels.
As a result, Remy was now in the geneticist's debt, and Sinister subsequently charged the thief with assembling the team of mercenaries called the Marauders. With the team assembled, Sinister charged Remy with leading them down into the Morlock tunnels. Remy was unaware that Sinister's true intentions were to massacre the Morlocks. When this came to light, Remy attempted to stop them, but a Marauder named Sabretooth grievously injured him and left him for dead, as they began to massacre the helpless Morlocks. All Remy could do was to save one young Morlock girl who would one day grow up to become the X-Man named Marrow.
Eventually, Remy encountered Storm, a member of the outlaw team of mutant adventurers known as the X-Men. Storm had been transformed into an amnesiac child who had turned to theft as a means to survive. Remy helped her escape her enemy, the malevolent psionic entity known as the Shadow King, and they became partners. Later, when the X-Men's founder Professor Charles Xavier returned from a long period of traveling in outer space, Storm, now restored to her true adult state, sponsored Remy's admission into the X-Men.
Remy soon fell in love with his fellow X-Man, Rogue, blessed and cursed with the ability to absorb other mutants' thoughts and abilities through skin-on-skin contact. The feeling was mutual, but the two were condemned never to touch.
In an alternate future over 70 years from now in which the X-Man Bishop was born, Remy had seemingly become an aged figure named the Witness, so-called because he had apparently witnessed the betrayal of the X-Men by one of their own members. He was also thought to be the last surviving member of the X-Men. Upon joining the X-Men himself, Bishop suspected Remy to be the traitor until it was discovered that the merging of Xavier and Magneto's minds had spawned the corrupt psionic entity known as Onslaught, the true traitor.
At one point, Rogue left the X-Men after kissing Remy, confused and scared by the memories that she absorbed from him.
Remy was subsequently captured and brought before a mock trial held by Magneto, the mutant master of magnetism, then disguised as Erik the Red. During the course of the trial, Remy's past with Sinister and his role in the Mutant Massacre was brought to light. He was summarily cast out of the X-Men and was abandoned in the frozen wastes of Antarctica by Rogue. Nearly starving to death, Remy made his way back into Magneto's citadel where he came upon the psionic essence of a dead mutant named Mary Purcell.
The wraith-like Mary bonded with him, allowing him to survive until he reached the Savage Land, a hidden jungle nestled in the icy wasteland. There, Remy struck a deal with the enigmatic being known as the New Son. In exchange for passage back to America, Remy agreed to run errands for the New Son.
Remy returned home and encountered the X-Men again when he attempted to steal the fabled Crimson Gem of Cyttorak for his new employer. He agreed to return to the team, mainly for his self-respect and for his love for Rogue. However, Mary began to threaten Remy and his friends if he didn't agree to stay with her forever. When the X-Men finally found out about Mary, the wraith fled with Remy to her old hometown, where she tried to force him to merge with her and become a new hybrid life form. While Remy wrestled with her, Rogue charged in with a containment unit, which ultimately dispersed Mary.
During a trip back in time, Remy's powers were restored to their maximum potential by Sinister and he was able to utilise them to return to the present. Soon after his return, Remy served for a time as patriarch of the Thieves' Guild in his father's stead, as well as leading one of two teams of X-Men. Remy was also responsible for the unification of the Thieves' and Assassins' Guilds into the Unified Guild, of which he also served briefly as patriarch.
Meanwhile, the New Son revealed his true nature after organising an assassination game for a cadre of super-powered mercenaries with Remy as the target. When Remy took the fight back to the New Son, he was shocked to learn that the New Son was actually an alternate reality version of himself.
In his own reality, the New Son's kinetic charging powers had flared out of control, burning the world and killing everyone. As a result, the New Son hunted down and killed versions of himself in other realities to ensure that they would not repeat his mistakes. During their final battle, Remy burned out his enhanced powers to defeat the New Son, ending his threat and returning his powers to their normal level.
Remy was later framed by mutant businessman Sebastian Shaw for the death of the Australian crimelord named Viceroy. With the assistance of Rogue, her team of X-Treme X-Men, and former Triad member Red Lotus, Remy was able to clear his name. Soon after, Remy became embroiled in the X-Treme X-Men's fight against an alien invasion of Earth. He was captured and used as a power source for the invaders to open a portal that would allow their full invasion fleet to pass through and complete the conquest of Earth. The process was halted by the enigmatic villain known as Vargas, who plunged his sword into Remy's chest. Remy survived, but found that he had lost his mutant abilities. As a result, he and the also-powerless Rogue sought to live a normal life together and retired from the X-Men.
However try as they might, a normal life was not for them to lead as the pair soon became embroiled in the X-Treme X-Men's fight against the mutant predator Elias Bogan. After Bogan was defeated, the X-Man named Sage used her mutant ability to "jumpstart" Remy's mutant powers and he rejoined the team.
Back at the School
After Storm's X-Men team rejoined the rest of the X-Men at the school, Remy took up a teaching position, now in charge of his own small team of students. Gambit and Rogue began experiencing relationship problems at this time, as they were once again unable to touch.
Under the influence of Golgotha, a madness inducing alien being, Gambit expressed his frustration with their relationship, after which Rogue and Wolverine shared a kiss. The two reconciled however, both realising that what had happened had been due to Golgotha's influence.
The two attempted to find a telepathic solution to their intimacy problem through help from Emma Frost, who offered them telepathic therapy. The treatments were difficult and generally fruitless, which strained the couple's relationship further.
The issue was made all the worse by the intervention of Mystique. Mystique believed Gambit wasn't good enough for her daughter, and posed as a new student named Foxx assigned to Gambit's squad. She attempted to seduce Gambit, causing drama in his squad and tensions between him and Rogue and the rest of the X-Men. Gambit continued to resist the temptation however, until Mystique revealed her true identity. She then took Rogue's shape, offering to help Gambit "relieve tension" by allowing him to fulfil his fantasy of sleeping with Rogue. While Mystique would remain silent on whether or not Gambit accepted her offer, Gambit would vehemently deny it.
The incident had irreparably damaged his relationship with Rogue, however, who had confronted Mystique and learned that Gambit had known her true identity and kept silent for days.
Horseman of Apocalypse
When Apocalypse re-awoke after the events of M-Day and attempted to restore mutantkind, Gambit sought him out, sensing that Apocalypse's intentions had changed, and that he might indeed be the saviour their kind needed. Apocalypse chose to make Gambit his new Horseman of Death, and Gambit refused any sedation during the process, to ensure that Apocalypse did not tamper with his mind. Gambit's attempt to maintain his personality appeared fruitless however, as the transformation did alter Gambit's intentions, making him forget his original plan to keep an eye on Apocalypse from inside, and instead making him another servant of Apocalypse. However, Gambit did succeed in rescuing portions of his old self however. He still remembered his love for Rogue, and claimed that he was "both Death and Gambit".
Gambit was knocked unconscious and taken away by Sunfire (who had become the Horseman Famine, but had overcome his programming with the help of Emma Frost). Gambit awoke in a temple in Japan, where Sunfire encouraged him to abandon his master Apocalypse, the X-Men, and his past. To do this they launched an attack on the X-Mansion to recover their fellow horseman Polaris. Remy showed his willingness to abandon his past as he tried to murder Rogue. However the attack failed and they retreated to the Buddhist Temple in Japan, where they were greeted by Mr. Sinister, who offered to help them overcome Apocalypse's control.
Back With the Marauders
Sinister's treatments succeeded and Gambit was restored to his old self, now once more a member of the Marauders. Gambit and Sunfire tracked down Cable on the recently evacuated island of Providence. The pair attacked Cable, badly injuring him and forcing him to retreat to the island's computer system. Gambit and Sunfire apparently wanted information from the computer for unknown reasons. Cable consequently activated a self-destruct sequence. Gambit and Sunfire escaped.
Gambit stayed on as a member of the Marauders, joining them in Alaska to fight the Purifiers over the mutant child. Gambit and Sunfire found no problem in murdering them but soon had to evacuate when Cable and Predator X showed up.
When Bishop betrayed the X-Men and tried to kill the mutant child, believing that it would be responsible for the horrible future he hailed from, Gambit and the Marauders were able to save the baby from him after he ambushed Forge and Cable. Gambit revealed his true intentions, to work together with Mystique to use the child to heal Rogue from a coma, betraying Sinister in the process.
After the fight with the Marauders over the child, Gambit went his own way to rediscover himself.
Back With the X-Men
Gambit took some time to himself to travel. He met Charles Xavier, who was trying to rebuild his mind when Shaw was attacking him and trying to kill him and other children who might have had contact with Sinister in the past. Gambit decided to join Xavier in his quest for self-discovery, becoming his protector.
After they had prevented Shaw from resurrecting Sinister (or so they thought), Gambit went his own way, still often helping Xavier on his journey. He later joined him in Australia to aid Rogue and Xavier was finally able to help her control her powers. After this, Rogue was hesitant to continue her relationship with Remy due to all that had recently happened between the, but they shared a kiss.
When the X-Men became engaged in a conflict with Norman Osborn's Avengers, Xavier, Rogue and Danger decided to return to the X-Men and help them out with the riots. Gambit decided to join them, but realised that the rest of the X-Men were finding it hard to accept him again after all that he had done. He considered leaving, but decided to stay.
During a fight with a low-level telepath, Gambit's Death persona re-emerged after the telepath probed the section of his mind where the persona had been repressed. Gambit instantly reverted to his old appearance as the Horseman of Death and trapped the telepath in a playing card before reverting back to his normal self and leaving the scene.
During a mission to Limbo to rescue Magik, Gambit was fully taken over by his Death Persona. As Death, Gambit decided to conquer all of Limbo, using a theretofore unused power to corrupt other creatures - even the demonic denizens of Limbo - into his servants. Gambit fought the other X-Men that had accompanied him, converting Northstar and Dazzler into his servants. The rest of the X-Men managed to defeat Gambit and his corrupted servants however, as Gambit narrowly managed to regain control of his Death Persona, which promised to return.
When Emplate returned to find new victims to feed on, Rogue volunteered to venture into his stronghold in order to rescue Bling who had been taken captive by Emplate. Gambit was angered by this and blamed Cyclops. During an argument between them, Gambits Death persona once again began to surface and now afraid of himself and the power growing inside him he sequestered himself. He was later sought out by Blindfold who had a vision which featured Gambit, Hellion and Legion, one of whom she predicted would greatly hurt the X-Men. After speaking to Gambit's Death persona which expressed its wishes to be free from its prison in Gambit's mind, she determined that it was not the most immediate threat.
After the schism between Wolverine and Cyclops caused Wolverine to leave and reform the Westchester school, Gambit decided to accept his offer to join him, declaring that he had already done all there was to do in the west and he might as well head back east. He took up a teaching position at the Jean Grey School.
Avengers vs X-Men
Gambit supported his fellow mutants in this conflict but initially declined to join the battle, instead volunteering to stay at the school to keep the students safe. When Falcon, She-Hulk and Moon Knight arrived at the school to keep an eye on them to make sure none of them joined the battle, Gambit expressed his dislike of the situation. After She-Hulk seriously injured a couple of students who attacked her, mistaking them for monsters, the X-Men attacked and defeated them. After the battle Gambit decided to join the war against the Avengers. After the Phoenix Five began losing control of themselves due to the Avengers, Gambit and the other X-Men decided to side with the Avengers in an effort to rid their friends of the Phoenix. They were successful.
Back to the World of Thieves
Gambit returned to his thieving habits, pulling off heists during his spare time away from the X-Men. While stealing from the crime lord Borya Cich, Gambit discovered an ancient artifact which proceeded to burrow into his chest. Having failed to remove the embedded device Gambit decided to search for the secret behind it. While looking into the device's history Gambit came upon a mysterious thief that was also trying to discover the secrets of the device. Gambit and the other thief, Joelle, then traveled to Guatemala in search of a hidden city that contained the other half of the device. Once they discovered the other half of the device the piece removed itself from Gambit's chest and proceeded to open a portal, in which giant winged snakes began to emerge.
While undertaking a heist to "liberate" an ancient artifact from a wealthy collector, Gambit was confronted by Wolverine, who escorted Gambit out and told him that his thievery was unacceptable as long as he had duties as an X-Man. While drinking in a bar, Gambit was approached by Polaris, who offered him a spot in the new X-Factor team she was leading, on behalf of Serval Industries. Despite his suspicions towards the supposed altruism of Serval, and their CEO Harrison Snow, as well as fellow team member Quicksilver, Gambit agreed to join the team.
|Power Grid |
Gambit is a mutant:
Molecular Acceleration: Remy has the power to take the potential energy stored in an object and convert it to kinetic energy thus “charging” that item with explosive results. He prefers to charge smaller objects, such as his ever-present playing cards, as the time required to charge them is greatly reduced and they are much easier for him to throw. The only real limitation to this ability is the time required to charge the object. The larger it is the more time it takes. He can charge a rock as big as a small house in the matter of seconds. Most charging takes place through direct skin contact. The power of his explosions is dependent on the mass of the object he is charging, for example, a charged playing card explodes with the force of a grenade. Gambit can also use his powers to accelerate an object's kinetic energy instead of converting its potential energy, for example, he can charge his bo staff with enough power to level a house. His ability also allowed him to affect his own capability to heal but this is rarely seen, he's also used his power to accelerate organic material on a few occasions either causing them to explode or enhancing their own physical capabilities. These powers have been augmented once by Sage to enable him to accelerate his own regeneration process and better control his kinetic shifting and again by Faiza when he was shot through the head by a crime lord and spat a bullet back at him that eviscerated the later.
- Cutting Ability: Charged objects can also have a razor edge emitting an energized flow that can slice through objects or work like an explosive cookie cutter by energizing around wherever Gambit wishes and having it explode harmlessly.
- Dissolution: Gambit can also cause objects to pull themselves apart instead of exploding violently making them harmlessly melt down to nothing. Once having focused charging on dissolving shrapnel in a victims stomach and at times when jumpstarted able to overcharge falling debris from crumbling buildings. His control ,over this has increased to the point he can shatter ice he was encased in without blowing up.
- Disruption: Gambit can tame his explosive acceleration to temporarily scramble a persons sensory awareness knocking them out cold.
- Enhanced Conditioning: Gambit's ability to tap energy also grants him superhuman speed, strength, reflexes and reactions, flexibility, dexterity, coordination, balance, and endurance via charging himself. Bestowing him an added edge he has used to his advantage by developing a unique acrobatic fighting style. He can also augment others through this having once accelerated Sebastian Shaw to send him hurling through Sinister's machines.
- Accelerating Regeneration: Gambit has affected his own recovery through this process having once healed after removing a piece of rebar lodged in his chest, once his eyes were damaged by a charged card exploding in his face and sage had augmented his powers enabling him to restore his sight.
- Static Interference: Creates natural static, because of the charged potential energy always in his body, that shields his mind from intrusion by telepaths. Can increase the effect by holding a charged object near his head. Although reportedly uncomfortable for the parties involved, this shield does not totally prevent telepathic invasion.
- Vibration Emission: Gambit, through the kinetic acceleration instead of conversion can emit a shockwave accompanying a bright flashbang which leaves a sizable crater in the ground.
Hypnotic Charm: Subliminal psionic talent channeled through his voice that allows a subtle influence over any sentient mind. This power allows Gambit to compel others to believe what he says and agree with anything he suggests. More powerful minds have proven immune to Gambit's charm, and people who are consciously aware of what he's doing can shake off the effects.
Deathseed Powers: As the Horseman of Death, Remy received new abilities and a new appearance. Sinister allegedly removed Apocalypse's influence from Gambit, but the Death personality and look resurfaced intermittently for several months. It has been some time since Gambit's last reversion into Death, but the second power set was never explicitly removed again.
- Toxic Transmutation: As Death, he has the ability to convert breathable air into poisonous gases. He could either create clouds out of the surrounding air, or transmute the oxygen already inside someone's lungs.
- Death Charge: As Death, Gambit could charge objects in a manner differently than his regular kinetic charge. This "death charge" caused his cards to break down living matter on contact, totally disintegrating a victim.
- Card Imprisonment: Also as Death he could possibly imprison those struck by his cards instead of eradicate them. Shown when the cards after having struck a target still pulsate with energy afterwards.
- Trajectory Manipulation: Gambits Death persona also seemed capable of guiding these charged cards to their target mentally.
- Enhanced Psychic Resistance: As Death, Gambit was unaffected by psionic manipulations that would affect him normally. When his Death personality surfaced, Remy was no longer fooled or distracted by Input's telepathic distortions.
- Corruption: When reverting to Death in Limbo, Gambit displayed the ability to corrupt other creatures and subvert them to his will. When used on Northstar and Dazzler they began resembling him, gaining pitch-black skin and white hair.
Bilingual: He is fluent in English and Cajun French. He also knows some Japanese (not very fluent).
Master Marksman: He is extremely skilled in throwing small objects such as cards, bolas, knives, and balls with great accuracy.
Master Martial Artist: Though not on the same level as the likes of Captain America, he is still a profound fighter, often employing martial arts, street fighting, and acrobatics. He is well adept in the martial arts Savate (French kickboxing), and Bojutsu, the art of using a Bo staff. Nick Fury even referred to Gambit as "One of the best hand to hand fighters I've ever seen".
Master Stick Fighter: Remy's extreme skills in bojutsu makes him dangerously skilled in the use of his bo staff.
Gambit is a mutant who possesses the normal human strength of a man of his age, height, and build who engages in intense regular exercise.
Gambit's powers have no effect on anything unless he touches it. Gambit's eyes are extremely sensitive to light.
Formerly: For some time, he was unable to completely control his powers, which is why he had Sinister remove a piece of his brain stem. According to Captain America, Gambit's powers cannot affect organic beings, though this is debatable.
Gambit's guild costume is armored, providing better protection than a normal X-Men uniform.
Gambit usually employs throwing spikes and playing cards. He also often uses a telescoping bo-staff. At some point, he made himself a copy of the Rifle Remy LeBeau (Earth-11326) he had during his time in Fortress X
- In X-Men Vol 2 #1, Gambit was referred to as an Acadian, hinting at him being a descendant of the original seventeenth-century French colonists who settled in Acadia. As a fact, the Louisiana Cajun descendants mostly speak English but some still speak Cajun French, a French dialect diversified in Louisiana.
- Gambit had a piece of his brain stem removed in the present time, but had it re-implanted in Victorian era England, which resulted in a pre-destination paradox for his surgeon, Mister Sinister -- while reattaching the brain matter in the 19th century, Essex recognized his own work and realized he would perform the surgery that originally removed the brain matter sometime in his future but Gambit's past.
- Gambit carries Clint Barton's Avengers Identicard, which he stole from him.
- Chris Claremont initially planned for Gambit to be an older clone of the character that was originally going to be behind Mister Sinister, a 60-year-old man in a 11-year-old body who used Sinister as a proxy. This character would've fallen in love with Rogue, and would've created Gambit in order to approach her. Gambit falling in love with Rogue would've caused him to develop a human side and become at odds with his creator, eventually becoming a good guy.
- Writer James Asmus pitched the idea to reveal Gambit as being bisexual during his Gambit series. Had the idea been greenlite, at one point in the series, Remy would've been seen seducing a man on one of his missions, and later on meeting member of the Thieves Guild with whom he would've had had a relationship in the past.
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- ↑ Wolverine: Weapon X Files #1
- ↑ Uncanny X-Men #348
- ↑ Gambit Vol 5 #6
- ↑ X-Men Vol 2 #8
- ↑ Uncanny X-Men #335
- ↑ X-Men Prime #1
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Uncanny X-Men #350
- ↑ Gambit Annual #1999
- ↑ Gambit Vol 5 #1
- ↑ Gambit Vol 5 #2
- ↑ Gambit Vol 5 #3
- ↑ All-New X-Factor #1
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 Gambit Vol 5 #17
- ↑ X-Men Vol 2 #34
- ↑ Gambit Vol 3 #8
- ↑ Gambit Vol 3 #5
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 Gambit Vol 5 #15
- ↑ Uncanny X-Men #266
- ↑ Rogue Vol 3 #4
- ↑ X-Men Vol 2 #185
- ↑ X-Men Vol 2 #200
- ↑ 22.0 22.1 X-Men: Legacy Annual #1
- ↑ AVX: Vs #2
- ↑ X-Men: Legacy #252
- ↑ Gambit Vol 3 #14-16
- ↑ A + X #3
- ↑ Cronin, Brian (24 March 2017). Comic Legends Revealed: Was Gambit Originally a Clone of Cyclops?. CBR. Retrieved on 30 March 2017.
- ↑ Cronin, Brian (5 January 2018). Comic Legends: Would Marvel Not Allow Gambit to be Bisexual?. CBR.com. Retrieved on 6 January 2017.
- ↑ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #4
- ↑ OHOTMU X-Men 2004, officially corrected on marvel.com
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