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)