Marvel Character Highlight #36: Gambit

Name: Remy Etienne LeBeau

Alias: Gambit, Horseman of Death

Affiliation: X-Men, Thieves Guild, Excalibur, X-Factor, Marauders, Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Chevaliers, X-Treme Sanctions Executive, Crimson Pirates, Unified Guild of New Orleans

Special abilities: Kinetic “charging” of potential energy in objects/beings, molecular cell acceleration, regenerative healing, master thief, gifted intellect

Background: Remy LeBeau began life on the streets of New Orleans as a thief. He pickpocketed the head of the Thieves Guild and the leader took him into the clan. Over time, he fell in love with the leader’s daughter and planned to marry her. However, her brother objected to the marriage, and Gambit killed him in a self-defense duel. After he was exiled, he found Mr. Sinister and enlisted his help in managing his mutant powers.

Sinister helped but this left Gambit indebted, which Sinister naturally exploited. Sinister then sent Gambit on a mission to the Morlock tunnels, where Gambit learned he was to wipe out the fellow mutants. He resisted and was attacked and left for dead by his fellow Marauder Sabretooth. He did manage to save the future mutant known as Marrow. Once he left the Marauders, he met Storm of the X-Men, who sponsored his team membership. It was also how he met and fell in love with his soulmate Rogue. After a long courtship, the two mutants were married while remaining on the team. Shortly after, the future time-traveling mutant known as Bishop joined the team to warn of a traitor who would destroy the X-Men from within in his timeline. Bishop originally believed the traitor to be Gambit, but eventually it was revealed to be the psionic mutant menace known as Onslaught.

Relationships: Rogue (Anna Marie LeBeau), wife; Mystique (Raven Darkholme), mother-in-law; Destiny (Irene Adler), mother-in-law; Graydon Creed, brother-in-law; Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner), brother-in-law; Belladonna, former fiancée

First Versus appearance: X-Men vs. Street Fighter

Appearances in other media:
Television: X-Men: The Animated Series, X-Men ’97 (planned appearance), Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, X-Men: Evolution, Wolverine and the X-Men

Film: X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Video games: Spider-Man/X-Men: Arcade’s Revenge, X-Men (1993), X-Men 2: Clone Wars, X-Men: Gamesmaster’s Legacy, X-Men: Mojo World, X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse, Wolverine: Adamantium Rage, X-Men vs. Street Fighter, Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes, Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes, X-Men: Mutant Academy, X-Men: Mutant Academy 2, X-Men: Next Dimension, X-Men Legends, X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Marvel Super Hero Squad Online, X-Men: Destiny, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Marvel: Avengers Alliance, Marvel Heroes, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, Marvel Puzzle Quest, Marvel: Future Fight, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, Marvel Super War, Fortnite, Marvel Snap

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