Marvel character highlight #05: Colossus

Name: Piotr Niko­laievitch Rasputin

Affil­i­a­tion: X-Men, Excal­ibur, Acolytes

Spe­cial abil­i­ties: Cov­ers his entire body in an organic metal outer shell that ren­ders him imper­vi­ous to most dam­age. While in his trans­formed state, he has super­hu­man strength and endurance.

Back­ground: Piotr was born and raised in Com­mu­nist Rus­sia. He man­i­fested his mutant pow­ers dur­ing ado­les­cence while sav­ing his sis­ter Ilyana from a run­away trac­tor. He used these pow­ers to help his peo­ple on their col­lec­tive farm. He was brought to the atten­tion of Pro­fes­sor Charles Xavier dur­ing the attempt by the sec­ond genColossusera­tion of X-Men to res­cue the first gen­er­a­tion from the sen­tient island of Krakoa.

He remained with the team after the res­cue and has been a mem­ber off and on ever since. Colos­sus briefly joined with the start-up British team of super­heroes, Excal­ibur, and has even been a part of Magneto’s Acolytes. Rasputin was instru­men­tal in the research and cre­ation of the Legacy Virus cure that rav­aged the mutant pop­u­la­tion. His “death,” along with the death of Ilyana, was the cat­a­lyst for the elim­i­na­tion of the mutant plague.

Rela­tion­ships: Ilyana Rasputin (Magik/Darkchylde), sis­ter; Mikhail Rasputin, brother; Kitty Pryde (Shad­ow­cat), lover; Cal­listo, lover

First ver­sus game appear­ance: X-Men: Chil­dren of the Atom

Appear­ances in other media: The Uncanny X-Men (NES), X-Men: Mad­ness in the Mur­der­world (PC), X-Men (arcade), X-Men II: Fall of the Mutants (PC), X-Men: Chil­dren of the Atom (arcade), Mar­vel vs. Cap­com (arcade), Mar­vel vs. Cap­com 2 (arcade), X-Men: Reign of Apoc­a­lypse (Game­Boy Advance), X2: Wolverine’s Revenge (mul­ti­plat­form), X-Men Leg­ends (mul­ti­plat­form), X-Men Leg­ends II: Rise of Apoc­a­lypse (mul­ti­plat­form), X-Men: The Offi­cial Game (mul­ti­plat­form), Mar­vel Ulti­mate Alliance (mul­ti­plat­form), Mar­vel Ulti­mate Alliance 2 (mul­ti­plat­form), X-Men the Ani­mated Series (tele­vi­sion), X-Men: Evo­lu­tion (tele­vi­sion), Wolver­ine and the X-Men ani­mated series (tele­vi­sion), Pryde of the X-Men (tele­vi­sion), Spider-Man and His Amaz­ing Friends (tele­vi­sion), X-Men (film), X-2 (film), X-Men: The Last Stand (film)

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