GAMBIT : The Ragin' Cajun

GAMBIT : The Ragin' Cajun GAMBIT : The Ragin' Cajun

"I be the thief, chere...and there you go off stealin' my heart. Can't be keepin' any promises p'tite. If dis thing involves you and's got to involve me!" --GAMBIT
We have run through the members of X-MEN's First Class (Comics and Movie versions), its now time to move the spotlight to the other members of the team.

Feature Opinion
By PollMaster - May 06, 2011 07:05 AM EST
Filed Under: Marvel Comics
Source: DCMU

Who is GAMBIT?
GAMBIT is Remy LeBeau, a thief turned X-Man, he is constantly weighing his carefree life of crime with a pursuit of justice alongside the X-Men.

GAMBIT is a Marvel Comics superhero that has been a member of the X-Men. He was created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Jim Lee, the character first appeared in Uncanny X-Men Annual #14.As a mutant, GAMBIT possesses the ability to manipulate kinetic energy, as well as a hypnotic charm. He is also skilled in card-throwing, hand-to-hand combat, and the use of a staff.

GAMBIT was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Kidnapped as a baby then raised by the LeBeau Clan Thieves' Guild. GAMBIT was adopted by Jean-Luc LeBeau, patriarch of the Thieves' Guild. GAMBIT's bio-kinetic charging abilities manifested early in his teens.Later on in an attempt to reconcile the Thieves' and Assassins' Guilds, GAMBIT was to marry the granddaughter of the head Assassin. Unfortunately, he was challenged by her brother whom he killed in the duel resulting in GAMBITs exile from the city.

After his exile from New Orleans, he wandered the world and became a master professional thief, making many contacts. During this period, GAMBIT had a difficulty controlling his powers, he seek Mister Sinister for help. However, Sinister wanted the favor returned, so GAMBIT joined him on their missions, the last one was the event now known as the Mutant Massacre, where Sinister's group, the Marauders, exterminated the sewer dwelling mutants, known as the Morlocks. GAMBIT did not join in the slaughter but was unable to prevent it. He only was able to save one mutant child.

GAMBIT will then continue his wandering where he eventually meets, helps the X-Men and later on be invited among their rank.

First Costume
GAMBIT first wore a rather unique form-fitting costume, when he joined the X-Men, with the pants and sleeves colored black with stripes of magenta and the torso entirely magenta. He also wore knee-high metallic boots, fingerless gloves and a headdress and was rarely seen without a long brown trenchcoat.

X-Men Costume
For a short time, all X-Men, including GAMBIT, wore a new design of the classic blue and gold X-Men uniforms. GAMBIT combined this costume with his trademarked headdress and his coat.

Shi'ar Suit
GAMBIT, Rogue and Joseph were shanghaied into helping their Shi’ar friends against the threat of the Phalanx in outer space. GAMBIT wore some sort of Shi’ar uniform, that is a dark blue suit with some metallic bodyarmor elements.

X-Men Costume 2
When his involvement in the Mutant Massacre came to light, his teammates were angered and he was removed from the team. But GAMBIT was invited back, to resolve any problems they had. In his return he wore a re-designed costume, a blue-black bodysuit with a red scarf, belt with a tiny x-buckle, large metallic boots with red knee-caps and, of course, his trenchcoat and headdress.

X-Treme X-Men
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. While running with this group he wore an entirely black bodysuit with a belt, combat boots, kneepads and other accessories all in the same color. This was, of course, off-set by his ubiquitous trenchcoat.

The Horseman Death
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".

Curse of the Mutant
His days as Apocalypse's Death are behind him and he has returned to his old self. Nowadays his using his thieving skills for the good of his kind.

Taylor Kitsch plays GAMBIT in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. In the storyline Remy LeBeau is a former prisoner of William Stryker for 2 years, who was dubbed 'GAMBIT' from his guards as he kept beating them in poker. After two years he managed to escape the facility, but was later confronted by Wolverine, who wanted to know where Stryker's base was to destroy it. GAMBIT, mistakenly believing he was sent to recapture him, attacked and later interrupted a fight between Wolverine and Sabretooth, inadvertently letting Sabretooth escape and robbing Wolverine of his revenge. After Wolverine defeats him, GAMBIT sees he is sincere and flies him to Stryker's base. At the conclusion, GAMBIT briefly returns to his side, and, after Wolverine's memories are lost, tells him his 'name': Logan. He offers to help get Logan and Silverfox's body off the island, but Logan turns him down, stating he can find his own way.

Note: Due to the nature of comicbooks being an on-going tale, the character's powers along with his appearance, is in a constant state of flux.

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.

Enhanced Agility: GAMBIT's ability to tap energy also grants him superhuman agility and dexterity which gives him an added edge he has used to his advantage by developing a unique acrobatic fighting style.

Static Interference: Ability to create static, because of the charged potential energy always in his body, that shields his mind from detection and intrusion by even the most powerful telepaths. The shield has the added effect of destabilizing touch based powers.

Hypnotic Charm: Ability to "charge" the kinetic energy within a person's brain, allowing 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.

AbilitiesBilingual: he is fluent in English and Cajun French.

Expert Marksman: he is profound in throwing small objects such as cards, bolas, knives, and balls with great accuracy.

Master Combatant: he is a profound fighter often employing martial arts, street fighting, and acrobatics. He is well adept in martial arts Savate, French kickboxing, and Bojutsu, the art of using a Bo staff.

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DudeGuy - 5/6/2011, 7:39 AM
He was always my favorite of the Xmen team. As a kid I would just watch the animated series to see him
Herosave - 5/6/2011, 7:42 AM
Sweet. Maybe if First Class does pretty good they will get around to doing Gambit again.
DiLusso - 5/6/2011, 7:43 AM
best x man ever
itashy - 5/6/2011, 7:43 AM
awesome XD gambit was always my fav on xmen 90s cartoon
keep up the good work :)
YeaOkYea - 5/6/2011, 7:50 AM
Gambit's every male fan favorite. He's got the "I-make-my-own-rules" rebellious attitude of Wolverine but can charm the panties off any chick lol
continuezero - 5/6/2011, 7:53 AM
Gambit is by far the coolest X Man. Such a cool history and bad ass storyline. Good article..

dahamma - 5/6/2011, 7:59 AM
My Favorite Xmen!
MisterJay - 5/6/2011, 7:59 AM
fattieacid - 5/6/2011, 8:00 AM
He is the best xman. Period.
nuck82 - 5/6/2011, 8:05 AM
nope nope nope
Wadey09 - 5/6/2011, 8:20 AM
great article as always man!
how bout a spread on The Destroyer in commemoration of Thor's US premiere???
MissMystique - 5/6/2011, 8:24 AM
He is one of my favourites:) please make an article about his girlfriend Rogue
SWonder916 - 5/6/2011, 9:37 AM
@MissMystique is BADD
And yes Gambit's one of the best..although if he can 'destabilize touch based powers' how come he and Rogue never hooked up in the show then??Damn her,always playin hard to get wit the cajun.Haha
Lewis25 - 5/6/2011, 9:40 AM
Gambit is my second favorite X-men he is so cool.
jaybear - 5/6/2011, 10:06 AM
Hey Pollmaster, great work especially on that Cyclops article--i loved it, he's my favorite X-Men..
*one question, aren't you Pinoy? :)
SageMode - 5/6/2011, 12:09 PM
The Second Coolest X-Man
superwolverine - 5/6/2011, 1:31 PM
@sagemode so whos the first?
TheGambitFreak - 5/6/2011, 2:01 PM
Nice bro! The original X-Men costume is my fav, but I also like Curse of the Mutant Nice article dude!
Layperson - 5/6/2011, 2:29 PM
Hey thanks for doing these bios, it's always cool to see our favorite heroes get the spot light for a few moments.

btw,Gambit was the original Smooth Criminal.

Let's see Doc Strange and some more villains!!!
psst...Galactus wants some respect!!
Coloso - 5/6/2011, 5:40 PM
I didn't know that he could destabilize touch based powers. So how come it didn't work with Rogue?
Coloso - 5/6/2011, 5:41 PM
Hey PollMaster these are great, you've done two out of three of my favorite X-Men.

How about Psylocke?
BlindLemonShemp - 5/6/2011, 6:07 PM
THANK YOU!!! i feel much better now... hehehe
Gambit is the best x-man ever! like a comic version of erroll flynn and don juan demarco...

here's hopin hollywood realizes that a gambit trilogy would be the ultimate money maker... everything guys want in a hero, everything girls want in a hero... oh god im gettin excited just thinkin about it.... hahaha
syronian - 5/6/2011, 6:59 PM
That... is... a ton of X-Men
And once again, Brainiac please!
NerdyDarkPassenger - 5/7/2011, 6:59 AM
What a pity for Taylor Kitsch, all that preparation to be like Gambit and all he got was a less than 10 minute appearance.
jaybear - 5/7/2011, 7:56 PM
@PollMaster: glad to hear that dude! now i know i'm not the only Pinoy Geek around here..:D Mabuhay ka at mga napaka gandang articles mo!
KFirefly - 5/7/2011, 9:40 PM
Love Gambit, he deserves a bigger part in the X-Men movies and screen time with Rogue. Taylor Kitsch deserves to do him again, pity they put Gambit in at the wrong time.
Want more Gambit!
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