NIGHTCRAWLER : The Daredevil Demon

"Poot?! Oh, no! I went 'Poot' and I didn't teleport! Where's the Bamf?!" --NIGHTCRAWLER
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.

NIGHTCRAWLER is Kurt Wagner, a mutant with the power to teleport, shadow meld, and adhere to and climb walls. Despite his demonic appearance NIGHTCRAWLER is a devout Catholic. He is also a trained acrobat and skilled swordsman.

NIGHTCRAWLER is a Marvel comics character associated with the superteams,the X-Men and Excalibur. NIGHTCRAWLER was created by writer Len Wein and artist Dave Cockrum, he debuted in Giant-Size X-Men #1 (May 1975).A mutant, NIGHTCRAWLER possesses superhuman agility, the ability to teleport, invisibility in deep shadows, and adhesive hands and feet. His physical mutations include blue fur, two-toed and -fingered feet and hands, yellow eyes, and a prehensile tail.

NIGHTCRAWLER was born with his unusual physical characteristics, but his power of self-teleportation did not emerge until puberty. A gypsy found Wagner an hour after his birth, in a small roadside shelter in the Bavarian Alps. NIGHTCRAWLER's mother is the terrorist Mystiqueand his father is the demonic warlord Azazel. Mystique threw him into a well after a mob found out about him. NIGHTCRAWLER was never legally adopted but was raised by members of the circus.

NIGHTCRAWLER grew up in the circus. He had tremendous natural agility. Later a group of villagers assumed NIGHTCRAWLER base on his appearance was a demon. They were about to kill him when they were psychically paralyzed by Professor Charles Xavier, who had come to recruit NIGHTCRAWLER into the X-Men.

X-Men costume 1
NIGHTCRAWLER wore his circus trapeze artist costume (or was based on that design) in his early adventures with the X-Men.

Losing his Teleportation Powers
When a tactic designed to disable the super-Sentinel Nimrod backfired NIGHTCRAWLER was unable to teleport for some time.

After recovering from his injuries, NIGHTCRAWLER and Shadowcat join Captain Britain in an adventure in the UK. The heroes work together so well, they decide to form Excalibur. Captain Britain originally assumes leadership of the group, but NIGHTCRAWLER gradually takes the responsibility.

Excalibur costume 2
While he was a guest of Cloud Nine, NIGHTCRAWLER’s costume was damaged. One of the Warpies, Silkworm, designed a new one for him which is just an update of his previous costume

Excalibur costume 3
Still with Excalibur, he further change his look by growing a goatie, a new haircut and an outfit that went along with his love for swashbuckling and pirate movies.

X-Men costume 2
NIGHTCRAWLER's Excalibur teammates, Captain Britain and Meggan got married, after that joyous event the team disbanded. NIGHTCRAWLER returned to the X-Men. He initially wore his classic costume but later went with the Big X themed uniform worn at the time by the group.

X-Men Black Leather
NIGHTCRAWLER left the X-Men for a time to become a priest, when he returned he joined the team in wearing their sets of black leather outfits. It was soon discovered that his priesthood were implanted false memories.

Back to Tights
In the wake of a mutant terrorist attack on New York, Storm brought her team of X-Men back to residence at the mansion for the first time in months. NIGHTCRAWLER ended up being reassigned to this strike force by Cyclops. NIGHTCRAWLER's costume this time is a variation of his 2nd Excalibur uniform.

While on the run from an upgraded human/Sentinel hybrid Bastion, NIGHTCRAWLER used his ability to get Hope (Mutant Messiah) as far across the country as possible. Bastion caught up with them, and anticipated one of Kurt's 'ports, putting his arm through Kurt's chest. With the final jump of his life, Kurt brought Hope to Utopia.

In the film X2: X-Men United, NIGHTCRAWLER is played by Alan Cumming. This version shares much of the same history with his comic book counterpart.The movie NIGHTCRAWLER has blue flesh instead of blue fur. His skin is also decorated by "angelic symbols" which reflect the spirituality of the character's faith and his devout practice of Catholicism. This form of artistic body modification is due to self-inflicted brandings or scars.

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.

Teleportation: Ability to teleport himself, the clothes, he is wearing, and within limits a certain amount of additional mass which is in contact with him.

Subconscious Spatial Awareness: NIGHTCRAWLER has a very limited subconscious extrasensory ability that prevents him from teleporting himself so that his feet, for example, would materialize below the surface of the local ground. Because this ability is so limited, however, NIGHTCRAWLER will not teleport into any place that he cannot see or has not seen in the past. If NIGHTCRAWLER teleported himself into an unfamiliar area, he would run the risk of materializing partially or entirely within a solid object. If too much of his body materialized within a solid object, he would probably be killed.

Micro-Suction Discs: NIGHTCRAWLER can stick to objects with the surface of his hands and feet. This enables him to scale surfaces.

Flexible Bone Structure: NIGHTCRAWLER's bone structure allows him great flexibility. He can remain in a crouched position for a long time and perform contortionist type feats without causing any damage to his spine.

Camouflage: He has limited abilities to blend into shadows, both as a result of his indigo fur and his connection to the light-bending attributes of the dimension through which he teleports. This is also the explanation for why he constantly appears in shadow, even in direct light.

Prehensile Tail: allowing him to grab onto objects with relative ease. His tail is strong enough to not only support his body weight but also lift an adult man completely off the ground. It is deft enough to fight with like a sword or blunt object.

Infrared Vision: NIGHTCRAWLER's always glowing eyes grant him a marked degree of heightened night vision as well.

Superhuman Agility: NIGHTCRAWLER's agility, balance, and bodily coordination are enhanced to levels beyond the human body's natural limits.

Superhuman Reflexes: NIGHTCRAWLER's natural reaction time is enhanced to a level beyond the human body's natural limits.

AbilitiesMaster Acrobat: NIGHTCRAWLER is an Olympic-class acrobat thanks to his flexible spine.

Master Combatant: He is a skilled hand-to-hand combatant and a master at fencing, which he can even perform with his tail, which is strong enough to support his entire body weight.

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