Gambit (comics)

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Art by Chris Bachalo.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Uncanny X-Men #266 (August 1990)
Created by Chris Claremont
Jim Lee
Mike Collins
In story information
Alter ego Remy LeBeau
Species Human Mutant
Team affiliations Marauders
Horsemen of Apocalypse
LeBeau Clan Thieves’ Guild
Crimson Pirates
Notable aliases Le Diable Blanc, Robert Lord, Death, Ragin’ Cajun, The Witness (alternate reality)
Abilities Ability to charge matter with explosive bio-kinetic energy
Hypnotic charm
Peak human speed, stamina, agility, and reflexes
Skilled hand-to-hand combatant, strategist, and thief

Gambit (Remy LeBeau) is a fictional character, a Marvel Comics superhero that has been a member of the X-Men. Created by writer Chris Claremont and artists Jim Lee and Mike Collins, the character first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #266 (August 1990). As of 2008, there have been two attempts at an ongoing title starring the character. Gambit also had two different mini-series and starred prominently in the X-Force replacement title during the Age of Apocalypse, Gambit & the X-Ternals.

A mutant, Gambit possesses the ability to manipulate kinetic energy. He is also skilled in card throwing, hand-to-hand combat, and the use of a Bō.

A professional thief, few X-Men trusted Gambit when he first joined the group, a source of stress between him and his longtime on and off again love interest Rogue. This was exacerbated when his connections to villain Mister Sinister were revealed, although some of his team members accept that Gambit honestly seeks redemption.

As the X-Men’s self-described ladies man, Gambit has shown a more vulnerable side of himself over the years, especially when it comes to Rogue, his love. Gambit remains fiercely proud of his Louisiana heritage, and speaks in a very thick, Cajun accent.

One of his defining traits is that he used to be a smoker, along with Wolverine. However, with Marvel’s later anti-smoking policy, this trait has completely vanished.

Though he did not appear in the first three X-Men films, Gambit will finally appear on screen in the upcoming X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where he will be portrayed by Friday Night Lights star Taylor Kitsch.[1]


  • 1 Publication history
  • 2 Fictional character biography
    • 2.1 Early life
    • 2.2 The Mutant Massacre
    • 2.3 X-Men
    • 2.4 Bishop’s future
    • 2.5 X-Treme X-Men: XSE
    • 2.6 Rejoining the Team
    • 2.7 Horseman of Apocalypse
    • 2.8 Marauders
    • 2.9 Messiah Complex
    • 2.10 Divided We Stand
  • 3 Powers and abilities
  • 4 Other versions
  • 5 In other media
    • 5.1 Cartoons
      • 5.1.1 Marvel animated universe
      • 5.1.2 X-Men: Evolution
      • 5.1.3 Wolverine and the X-Men
      • 5.1.4 Anime
    • 5.2 Video games
    • 5.3 Films
    • 5.4 Toys
  • 6 Footnotes
  • 7 References

[edit] Publication history

Gambit appeared on the X-Men animated series and in video games. He also starred in two solo series, one lasting from 1998 through 2001 and the other 2004 though 2005. He also starred in two miniseries of his own, the first having been released in 1993 and the other in 1997. Additionally, “Gambit & X-Ternals”, published in 1995, featured a group of renegade mutants led by Gambit who has been living on the edge of law during the Age of Apocalypse.

[edit] Fictional character biography

[edit] Early life

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Gambit on the cover of the character’s mini-series

Remy LeBeau was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was kidnapped from the hospital where he was raised by the LeBeau Clan Thieves’ Guild, and given to the Antiquary as a tribute.

They referred to the child as “le diable blanc” (“the white devil”) and believed he was prophesied to unite the warring Thieves and Assassins Guilds. Soon after, Remy was placed in the care of Fagan’s Mob, a gang of street thieves who raised the child and taught him the ways of thievery. After living as an orphan on the streets, a 10 year-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 into his own family.

Remy’s bio-kinetic charging abilities manifested early in his teens, although he kept his powers secret from his family and friends, practicing his powers away from prying eyes. When he was 15, he accompanied his best friend Etienne Marceaux on his “Tilling”, the ritual initiation test of the Thieves Guild. However, it went awry as they were assigned to steal from the powerful immortal mutant Candra, who quickly captured them. Candra recognized Remy from an encounter that had taken place in her past but in his future (due to a time travel mission to the 19th Century Remy would take as an adult) and sold them to the deformed, mutant gangster and child slave trader known as the Pig, who planned to sell them and others their age to HYDRA as boy soldiers. Remy used his powers to escape their holding pen, but the physically enhanced Pig quickly caught up to them. Remy discovered his signature attack when he picked up a playing card that Etienne had dropped, charged it and threw it in the Pig’s face, taking out his eye. Finally escaping his cliff top headquarters by diving into the sea, Remy was ultimately rescued by the Guild; Etienne drowned.

In an attempt to reconcile the Thieves and Assassins Guilds, Remy married Bella Donna Boudreaux, granddaughter of the head Assassin, whom he had met at age 8. Unfortunately, he was challenged by her brother Julien to a duel after the wedding. In the duel, Gambit killed Julien, and he was exiled from the city, ending his relationship with Bella Donna.

[edit] The Mutant Massacre

After his exile from New Orleans, he wandered the world and became a master professional thief, making many contacts (and quite a few enemies). During this period, Gambit found he had an uncontrollable amount of energy flowing through him, to the point that he could not withstand it. Desperate, Gambit went to Mister Sinister for help. Sinister modified Gambit’s power, making him significantly less powerful, but able to control the still considerably large amount of power in him.

However, Sinister wanted the favor returned, so Gambit carried out various missions for him. For the last of these operations, Gambit gathered together a group of mercenaries which Sinister named the Marauders. The group included the mutant Sabretooth as one of its members. Gambit was then ordered to lead the Marauders into the tunnels under New York City. He led Sabretooth, Blockbuster, Prism, and Riptide there, while unknown to Gambit, Scalphunter, Arclight, Harpoon, Malice, Scrambler, and Vertigo followed the Morlock Tommy into the tunnels. Their goal was to wipe out the Morlocks. Gambit was unable to prevent the Marauders from killing a considerable number of Morlocks, but he was able to save one, a child. Her name was Sarah, and she would grow up to be Marrow, the leader of the mutant terrorist group Gene Nation. Gambit long kept his involvement in the mission a secret from his fellow X-Men, much to their eventual displeasure.

[edit] X-Men

After wandering around the world, he encountered a de-aged and powerless Storm, and helped her escape from the Shadow King.[2] He then rescued her from Nanny and the Orphan-Maker, helping her battle them.[3]. Afterwards, the young amnesiac, who had reverted to thieving to stay alive, joined Gambit, and she eventually brought him back to the X-Men. Soon after, Gambit helped the X-Men, X-Factor, and New Mutants battle the Genoshans.[4] Only Wolverine expressed his doubts about the Cajun, which led to a Danger Room duel between the two. Gambit was able to triumph by using a robotic doppelganger of Lady Deathstrike to distract Wolverine, while taking advantage of Wolverine’s injuries, inflicted by the Reavers.[5] Gambit and the X-Men were then taken to the Shi’ar galaxy by Lila Cheney. Alongside the X-Men and Starjammers, Gambit battled Deathbird, the Imperial Guard, and a band of Warskrulls.[6] Upon their return to Earth, Gambit assisted the X-Men and X-Factor in battling the Shadow King, though he was temporarily controlled by the Shadow King.[7]

When the original five X-Men rejoined and the team was divided into two squads, Gambit became part of the Blue team under Cyclops’s leadership. Alongside the X-Men, he battled Magneto and his newly-formed Acolytes,[8] Fenris, the Hand, Omega Red, and Sabretooth,[9] and Mojo.[10] Gambit then fought Bishop and was attacked by his estranged wife Bella Donna. Gambit recounted how he had fled from New Orleans after killing his brother-in-law in self-defense.[11] Alongside the X-Men, Gambit first encountered the second Ghost Rider. Gambit battled the Brood Queen and the Brood-possessed Ghost Rider, and witnessed the apparent death of his now ex-wife, Bella Donna. [12]

Gambit became interested in one of his teammates in particular, Rogue, and started flirting with her, despite her off-putting manner and the obstacle of her uncontrollable power that prevented anyone from touching her. Despite that, he began a romance with Rogue.[13] It should be noted that their relationship was originally written as a one time, flirtatious moment. And yet, their relationship is listed as one of the longest and most popular on-going relationships in the X-Men series; probably only second to Jean Grey and Cyclops.

Many publishing years later, it had become apparent Remy had a dark secret. Sabretooth had hinted to it on numerous occasions during his “residency” at the X-Mansion, prompting Rogue to ask him to reveal whatever he knew about Gambit’s past. Remy was captured and brought before a mock trial held by Magneto, the mutant Master of Magnetism, then disguised as Erik the Red[14]. Rogue was forced to kiss him again, revealing that he had assembled the team of Marauders for Mr. Sinister that later killed most of the Morlocks. However it was also revealed that Gambit saved a single girl from the Marauders during the massacre. This apparent revelation and absorbing Gambit’s own guilty memories caused Rogue to reject him. Gambit was similarly cast out of the X-Men and was abandoned in the frozen wastes of Antarctica.

Starving to death and haunted by the betrayal of his love (Rogue), Gambit made his way back into Magneto’s citadel, where he encountered 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, Gambit agreed to run errands for the New Son with the help of friend Jacob Gavin Jr..

When Gambit’s psyche absorption had worn off, Rogue spent months searching for him, to no avail. Gambit 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 Rogue. At one point he became the field leader of a branch of X-Men. His love for Rogue was still intact, but her inability to control her powers made her break it off out of fear of hurting him.

Meanwhile, the New Son revealed his true identity after organizing an assassination game for a cadre of super-powered mercenaries with Remy as the target. The attempt failed, and Remy learned that the New Son was an alternate reality version of himself. In his reality, the New Son’s kinetic charging powers had flared out of control, burning the world and killing everyone but himself. This incredible power was the reason for his true name, New Sun — not “son” as Remy previously thought.

[edit] Bishop’s future

In Bishop’s future timeline, Bishop stumbles upon a video from the past with Jean Grey making a frantic call to any X-Men she can find. She says that the X-Men have been betrayed by “one of their own” and it appears in the video that she is the last one left and is killed in the video. Disturbed by this, Bishop seeks “The Witness”, a man who is said to be the last person who has ever seen the X-Men of the past alive. He enters a citadel of sorts where he confronts an old and withered but plucky man with long gray hair sitting on a throne, with two blonde women to either side of him. When Bishop confronts him as to who killed the X-Men the Witness acts as though he knows, but refuses to tell and Bishop is thrown out of the citadel.

When Bishop comes to the X-Men in their original timeline, he meets Gambit and is sure that he is the same old man in Bishop’s future and that it was Gambit who was the “Traitor” that killed the X-Men. For some time, he continues to watch Gambit’s every step until he is finally convinced some time later that Gambit was not the Traitor (with the Onslaught being revealed to be the traitor). The reason behind Gambit being called the Witness in Bishop’s timeline has not been revealed. In the Messiah Complex, it was revealed that the Witness was killed by the Marauders in their efforts to destroy anyone with knowledge of the future.

[edit] X-Treme X-Men: XSE

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Gambit on the Cover to X-Treme X-Men #43, art by Salvador Larroca.

When Storm led a team of X-Men in search of Destiny’s diaries, the thirteen-volume Books of Truth, Gambit volunteered to join them, but Rogue – afraid that her increasingly uncontrolled powers would bring him harm – flatly refused to allow him along. He returned to thievery instead, and was soon after framed by mutant businessman Sebastian Shaw for the death of the Australian crime lord named Viceroy. With the assistance of Rogue, Storm’s team of X-Treme X-Men, and former Triad member Red Lotus, Gambit was able to clear his name. Soon after, Remy became embroiled in the X-Men’s fight against an alien invasion of Earth led by the interdimensional warlord Khan, after trying to assemble the “Madripoor Set,” a group of seven gems. The X-Treme team’s enemy, the enhanced human named Vargas, used the invasion as a chance to attempt to kill more of Storm’s team, going after Rogue and Gambit. Rogue tried to shield Remy against Vargas’ sword, but he impaled them both as a reward for her fidelity. Both Rogue and Gambit survived, but lost their mutant abilities (for a time). As a result, the couple sought to live a normal life and sort out their relationship, retiring from the X-Men temporarily.

[edit] Rejoining the Team

Gambit and Rogue rejoined the X-Men soon after Sage jump started his powers and they were placed on Havok’s team. In their first mission back, Gambit was temporarily blinded by one of his energized cards that went off by his face. Rogue tried to console Gambit during his recovery, but their relationship became strained once more as he became more and more frustrated with his blindness and their lack of touch after Rogue’s powers returned. He started lashing out at Rogue, most of the time verbally. As a result, Rogue took some time away from Gambit. While he lost his vision, Gambit developed an ability to read his playing cards like they were tarot cards and he was able to predict the attack by the Brotherhood. A little while later, during Christmas celebrations, Rogue asked Sage to once again jump start Gambit’s powers, in the process, healing his vision.

During the story arc with Golgotha, Gambit revealed some deep insecurities he had about his relationship with Rogue; not only did he say that “Maybe dis no-touching thing is getting to me… more den I thought”[15], but he also told Rogue that she should just get together with Logan, thinking that there was a hidden attraction between the two. As a result of the accusation, Logan kissed Rogue, but she broke it off before it caused any major damage. Gambit then began to realize what he was saying, questioning his love for Rogue, but soon after began to suffer from hallucinations that he was fighting Mister Sinister. However, Rogue and Gambit soon realized that Golgotha made them say things they didn’t mean and before the final battle, they ‘kissed’ through their space suit helmets.

Once back at the mansion, Gambit and Rogue moved into the same room to try and build some intimacy and began telepathic therapy with Emma Frost. They soon found out that with all the emotional baggage going on in their minds, they were still unable to make physical contact mentally. This would cause even more strain when the new student, Foxx, joins Gambit’s team and attempts to seduce him.

[edit] Horseman of Apocalypse

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Gambit as the Horseman of Death. Art by Salvador Larroca.

Rogue’s foster mother Mystique was displeased with Rogue’s choice of lovers and infiltrated Xavier’s Institute by shape shifting into a student called Foxx. She joined Gambit’s squad in an attempt to ruin his relationship with Rogue. After Gambit resisted her charms, Mystique reverted to her true form and then offered Gambit something significantly more difficult to refuse: she transformed into Rogue and offered Gambit a Rogue with whom he could have a physical relationship. Rogue eventually discovered her mother’s presence in the school and that Gambit knew she was there. To date, Gambit still denies that he slept with Mystique, but there is no verification of his account.

Upon the return of Apocalypse, Gambit submitted himself to the villain and was transformed into one of Apocalypse’s Horsemen, Death. Gambit intended to infiltrate himself into Apocalypse’s ranks in order to protect the X-Men from the Dark Lord’s eventual betrayal, but he miscalculated, as the transformation process warped his mind as well as his body. After becoming Death, Gambit’s hair turned white and his skin turned deep black. Despite having his mind and body twisted, Gambit retained a large portion of his former self, stating to Apocalypse, “I’m both Death and Gambit,” and he also remembered his love for Rogue as he could not bring himself to kill her. Gambit and Sunfire then returned to the Xavier Institute to claim Polaris. Gambit, in an attempt to free all ties with his old self, tried to kill Rogue and would have been successful had it not been for Pulse neutralizing Gambit’s powers.

After the X-Men defeated Apocalypse, Sunfire left with Gambit to help him clear Apocalypse’s brainwashing and live as entirely new beings, only to then be approached by Mister Sinister.

[edit] Marauders

Gambit returned to his original appearance and powers (presumably with the aid of Mr. Sinister) and re-emerged as a member of the Marauders. [16] On a mission for Mr. Sinister (involving obtaining knowledge of the future) Gambit and Sunfire encountered Cable on the recently evacuated island of Providence. Before the fight Gambit said, “I dropped that whole new look, wit’ the help of a friend.” He then asked Cable for use of his super-computer to answer a question referring to the phrase “one minute before dawn”, which tied into the then upcoming Messiah Complex storyline. As a result, Gambit and Sunfire attacked him eventually forcing Cable to activate a self-destruct sequence destroying the entire island.[17] Gambit and Sunfire escaped empty handed. During the fight, Cable noted that Gambit’s accent sounded ‘forced’ either for comic effect or perhaps to indicate that things may not be as ‘back to normal’ as they seem with Gambit.[18] As Gambit returned to Mr. Sinister’s base to discuss the next step of the plan, he reprimanded Mystique for shooting Rogue when they abducted her, being placated only by Mr. Sinister’s assurance that Rogue was still needed and would survive. In a recent confrontation with Cannonball and Iceman, he seemed to sympathize with a beaten Cannonball. He interfered when Scalphunter was about to kill Cannonball by attacking Cannonball and by his actions he was able to save Cannonball from certain death. At the same time, he also destroyed Destiny’s diaries, preventing Sinister and the Marauders from getting them.[19]

[edit] Messiah Complex

Gambit is personally targeted by Wolverine during the X-Men’s assault on Sinister’s Antarctic base[20]. After being tortured by the Canadian mutant, Gambit reveals that Cable has the baby before Sinister manages to regain the advantage and drive the X-Men off with Gambit later revealed not to be harmed. Later, as Bishop attempts to kill the baby (after immobilizing Cable), Gambit and several of the Marauders quickly stop him with Gambit bringing a section of the ceiling down on Bishop. Knowing the X-Men will arrive in moments, the Marauders depart with the baby, but not before Gambit ponders what could make Bishop turn on the X-Men[21].

Tracking Gambit using Cerebro, the X-Men find that the Marauders’ hideout was on Muir Island. However, what they didn’t know is that Gambit let them track him. It appears that Gambit, along with Mystique, have plans of their own for the newborn mutant as evidenced by his lack of surprise when he delivered the baby to Sinister, who then reveals himself to be Mystique as the real Sinister lies on the floor with shock etched into his face, and the fact that Mystique told Gambit that it’s time for the next step.[22]

A flashback sequence shows that Mystique used Rogue’s deathtouch to kill Sinister. In the present she explains that everything she and Gambit have done has led to this moment as foretold by Destiny. Mystique touches the baby’s face to Rogue’s in the hope of sacrificing the child to save her. After an energy burst Gambit snatches the baby, saying that Rogue would never want an innocent life used to save hers. However, the child was unharmed by Rogue’s touch. Gambit gives the baby to Xavier and says he wishes to stay with Rogue. Shortly after, Rogue awakens and tries to kill Mystique. But somehow the baby has cured her of her deathtouch, as well as any minds she had ever absorbed, leaving her with only herself and now Mystique. She tells Gambit she needs time alone and if he still cares for her, he would not follow.[23] [24]

[edit] Divided We Stand

Gambit next appears in X-Men: Legacy. Having received news that the Assassins Guild of New Orleans was approached to kill Charles Xavier, he goes to track Xavier down and save him from possible danger. He manages to head off Xavier’s attackers, defeating them in short order before he is joined by Xavier himself. They determine who the Assassins were supposed to kill next from a list Gambit pulls from one of the goons, which includes Juggernaut, Sebastian Shaw, and Carter Ryking (also known as Hazard). Xavier makes the connection between himself, Ryking, and Juggernaut, but is at a loss with Shaw. They go to see Ryking, who was being held in a mental institution, only find out that he had just died of a brain hemorrhage the night before.

Gambit and Xavier then drive out to the Nuclear Research Facility at Alamogordo, the place where Xavier’s, Juggernaut’s, and Ryking’s fathers all worked at some point in their lives and is most likely where Mister Sinister was running his genetic operations on the X-gene. However, Xavier begins to suffer terrible headaches and he and Gambit decide to wait it out in the desert for a few hours, where they are once again attacked by the Assassins Guild.[25]

[edit] Powers and abilities

Gambit is a mutant and his primary mutant power is the ability to charge inanimate objects with unstable kinetic energy. This usually causes the object in question to explosively release its charge on impact, when thrown at a target, or after a controlled time restraint.

Gambit is skilled in card throwing with great accuracy, and all aspects of thievery. One of his trademark tricks is to hurl playing cards at an opponent, charging each card and turning it into a deadly projectile. His other tricks have included charging a wad of chewing gum when he was otherwise entirely tied up and charging the floor of an entire room, causing it to explode with great force. He has commonly also carried throwing spikes and knives, which he charges using his powers and throws at opponents.

Gambit’s body, as a living generator of bio-kinetic energies, possesses physical attributes evolved for constant motion. As a result, his mutation has increased his speed, stamina, agility, and reflexes to the peak of natural human capability. This also creates static interference around him at all times making him immune to telepathic probes, and at the peak of his powers, this grew to become a constant ambient bio-kinetic aura around his body which neutralized all other mutant powers which involved direct physical contact upon his person, allowing him to actually touch Rogue physically.

Gambit possesses a subtle hypnotic charm. He can compel people to believe what he says is true and to accede to his wishes using his speech, though some minds have proven to be immune. It has been stated that for his charm to work, the other person has to be unaware of it. It has been theorized in the Marvel guidebooks that Gambit is able to achieve this by bio-kinetically charging the brain matter of the target individual.

Gambit customarily wears a suit of highly articulated light body armor and his weapon of choice is a telescopic metal staff. He is extensively trained in martial arts, particularly French kick-boxing or savate, which coupled with his Thieves Guild training and natural mutant abilities, makes him a superhuman combatant. He is an excellent hand-to-hand combatant, utilizing street-fighting techniques and acrobatics.

In his youth, Gambit was able to control all forms of kinetic energy, allowing him to charge all matter within his line of sight by mere thought alone, but his failure to control it caused him to turn to Mister Sinister (it was hinted that it led him to accidentally massacre a theater full of people). Sinister excises the portion of his brain stem responsible for his full mutant powers. Later, he returned to Sinister while he was in Victorian England, and had his grey matter surgically re-implanted, restoring his abilities to their full potential (which enabled him to return to the present day by transforming himself into living energy which joined with the kinetic flow of the timestream itself) until he burnt them out while fighting the New Sun. However, the later jumpstart of his mutation by Sage, which restored his powers when the XSE rejoined the X-Men, leaves the possibility that he may someday yet regain the full use of his abilities.

While blinded for a period of time, it was shown that Gambit had the ability to foresee future events using his playing cards through tarot reading. After Sage helped restore his vision, possibly by unlocking the further stages of his own mutation so that he could heal himself (by biokinetically stimulating his own cellular activity) as he did once (when he was speared through the chest in the Assassination Game), he has yet to demonstrate this ability again.

As the Horseman Death, Gambit showed the ability to convert inert materials into toxic substances, such as transforming breathable air into poisonous gases and also potentially the ability to ingest diseases and plagues similar to one of Pestilence’s (Polaris’s) powers. He did not show his Death/Gambit powers in his reappearance as a member of Sinister’s Marauders.

Gambit is fluent in various languages, primarily English and Cajun French, which he uses most often.

[edit] Other versions

Main article: Alternate versions of Gambit

In addition to his mainstream incarnation, Gambit has been depicted in other fictional universes.

[edit] In other media

[edit] Cartoons

[edit] Marvel animated universe

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Gambit’s appearance in the 1990’s X-Men series

  • Gambit was one of the starring X-Men characters in the X-Men animated television series of the 1990s, in which he was voiced by Chris Potter until Potter left in 1996 and was replaced by Tony Daniels until the series ended. One particular episode features the time traveler Bishop. He accuses Gambit of betraying the X-Men by assassinating Senator Robert Kelly. The traitor is revealed to be the shape-shifting Mystique disguised as Gambit. This episode was clearly modeled after a combination of the Days of Future Past story arc (in which an alternate future version of Kitty Pryde traveled back in time to prevent Kelly’s assassination) and the buildup to the Onslaught crossover (in which Bishop accused Gambit of being the one who would betray the X-Men). Another episode explored Gambit’s past as a member of the Guild of Thieves, and his relationship with Bella Donna.
  • He also guest starred in Spider-Man: The Animated Series in the 1990s in the fourth and fifth episodes of Season 2, along with the rest of the X-Men.

[edit] X-Men: Evolution

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Gambit as portrayed in an early episode of X-Men: Evolution.

  • In the X-Men: Evolution animated TV series, Gambit appeared in a few episodes as a henchman of Magneto, and was voiced by Alessandro Juliani. This version of Gambit is noteworthy for taking liberties with the character. Originally, his flirtatious moments with Rogue were meant to be an inside reference for fans of the comic books, but fan demand led the producers to pursue the relationship a little more seriously. Towards the end of the show’s run, an episode featured Gambit kidnapping Rogue in an attempt to manipulate her into helping him rescue his adoptive father, Jean-Luc LeBeau, from the Rippers, though soon becoming protective of her once he notices Jean-Luc’s amazement of her powers. They part ways at the end on friendly terms, giving Rogue his favorite card, the Queen of Hearts, as a sign for the fans of the growing relationship between the two. In a screenshot from the future, it is shown that Gambit will join the X-Men. In his first appearance, Gambit appeared with normal eyes (black iris and white sclera, as seen in the picture), which were later modified into how they look in the comics (black sclera and red iris).
  • Gambit also shares the only kiss viewed in the X-Men: Evolution series with Rogue, when she was possessed by Mesmero in the Season 3 finale.
  • Gambit is seen in Xavier’s vision of the future as a new member of the X-Men, along with Colossus, Angel, Boom Boom, and X-23. Not only that, but he is also depicted as having his arm around Rogue, implying a budding relationship.
  • Remy states in the episode that his favorite playing card is the Queen of Hearts, whereas in the ’90s animated series and comics, it is widely believed that his favorite card is the Ace of Spades.

[edit] Wolverine and the X-Men

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Gambit in his quick preview in the new Wolverine and the X-Men trailer

Steven Blum (the voice of Wolverine in the new cartoon and Ultimate Alliance), announced that Gambit will star in two episodes.[citation needed]

[edit] Anime

  • In the anime, Rurouni Kenshin, the character Jin-e the Manslayer is based on Gambit’s likeness. Shinomori Aoshi’s coat and double-kodachi are borrowed from Gambit. Aoshi’s kodachi are based on Gambit’s cue stick/bō.

[edit] Video games

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Gambit an X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse promotional image.

  • Gambit first appeared in the Super Nintendo game Spider-Man and the X-Men: Arcade’s Revenge.
  • Sega Genesis games X-Men and X-Men 2: Clone Wars both feature him as a starting playable character as well.
  • He is a playable character in the X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse game for the Super Nintendo.
  • Gambit is featured in some games from the Marvel vs. Capcom series, which is voiced by Tony Daniels, his second voice from the ’90s cartoon.
  • He also appears in both of the X-Men: Mutant Academy games.
  • He is a playable character in the video games X-Men: Next Dimension, X-Men Legends, and in X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse.
  • Gambit was one of the X-Men that were taken out by Doctor Doom in the Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Doomsday cut-scene.

[edit] Films

  • In X2, his name was seen on a screen among a list of other mutants when Mystique hacks the system of William Stryker for information on different mutants.
  • An early leaked script suggested that Gambit would be included in X-Men: The Last Stand as a minor character. Josh Holloway was offered the role but declined it due to it being too similar to his character on Lost. Also, an interview with producer Lauren Shuler Donner reveals that Channing Tatum auditioned for the role, before the character was cut. In an interview with Wizard magazine, WWE professional wrestler Greg ‘The Hurricane’ Helms said that he had planned to read for the part before the change of producers and director. According to the audio commentary of X-Men: The Last Stand, Gambit was to appear in the prison convoy scene of the movie, before the character was cut. Lauren Shuler Donner revealed that James Franco auditioned for the role in X-Men: The Last Stand but didn’t get the role before the character was cut.
  • Stuntman James Bamford filmed a cameo in X2 as Gambit before it was cut [26].
  • In Chris Claremont’s novelization of the X2 movie, Gambit is one of the mutants seen being affected by Dark Cerebro. He is playing cards in a New Orleans bar when he suddenly falls in pain from the machine’s activation and causes a table to explode. In the X3 novelization, he is a new student at the mansion being trained by Wolverine, along with Cannonball, Danielle Moonstar, and Sage.
  • Friday Night Lights star Taylor Kitsch will play Gambit in director Gavin Hood’s upcoming film X-Men Origins: Wolverine.[27]

[edit] Toys

Gambit has had many action figures produced of him since his comic debut, the first being released less than a year after his first appearance.

  • The first was released in 1992 in Toy Biz’s X-Men toy line. He featured a removable plastic trench coat, staff, and had a kicking action feature when a button on his back was pressed. This figure was re-released in the first X-Men Classics line.
  • The second Gambit figure had a much better sculpt, and had a non-removable vinyl trench coat. He also came with his trademark staff, and also had an action feature. This time it was a light-up feature, with which he could appear to be throwing several playing cards. This version also had a variant, which featured Gambit wearing a blue and yellow uniform, meant to resemble the original X-Men uniforms.
  • Gambit was also featured in the X-Men Robot Fighters sub-line, which was meant to simulate the various characters training in the Danger Room. This version of Gambit did not come with a coat or staff, but did come with a training robot that he could battle.
  • He was also featured in the X-Men Power Slammers line, wearing the Shi’ar armor that he wore during the “Trial of Gambit” storyline.
  • Gambit also had an exclusive release in the BJ’s Wholesale exclusive X-Men Strike Team set, which featured all the X-Men characters wearing the classic blue and yellow X-Men uniforms.
  • X-Men vs. Street Fighter also released a Gambit figure, as well as a variant. The standard version used the body, arms, and legs from the Light-up Gambit, and a newly sculpted head. He came with a spring loaded arm that could throw a playing card when pulled back and released. The variant was painted in the “Player 2” colors of the character, featuring a blue trench coat.
  • Gambit has appeared in the Marvel Legends toy line, in series 4 and in the X-Men legends box set (with leather trench coat instead of cloth).
  • Gambit has appeared in the Marvel Super Hero Squad line, in a two-pack with Rogue and also the four pack “X-Men Unite” with recolors of Wolverine, Nightcrawler, and Juggernaut.

[edit] Footnotes

  1. ^
  2. ^ Uncanny X-Men #266
  3. ^ Uncanny X-Men #267
  4. ^ Uncanny X-Men #270-272
  5. ^ Uncanny X-Men #273
  6. ^ Uncanny X-Men #274-277
  7. ^ Uncanny X-Men #278-280; X-Factor #69
  8. ^ X-Men Vol. 2 #1-3
  9. ^ X-Men Vol. 2 #4-7
  10. ^ X-Men Annual Vol. 2 #1
  11. ^ X-Men Vol. 2 #8
  12. ^ Ghost Rider Vol. 2 #26-27; X-Men Vol. 2 #9
  13. ^ X-Men Vol. 2 #10
  14. ^ Uncanny X-Men #350
  15. ^ X-Men #167
  16. ^ X-Men (vol. 2) #200
  17. ^ Cable and Deadpool #42
  18. ^ Cable and Deadpool #42
  19. ^ X-Men #202
  20. ^ X-Men vol. 2 #205
  21. ^ Uncanny X-Men #494
  22. ^ X-Factor #27
  23. ^ New X-Men #46
  24. ^ X-Men #207
  25. ^ X-Men: Legacy #212
  26. ^ Patrick Sauriol (2003-04-28). “X2’s Gambit tells his story“, Mania Movies. Retrieved on 2007-11-01.
  27. ^Gambit Cast In Wolverine Movie“, (2008-02-19). Retrieved on 2008-02-19.

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