X-men Nightcrawler

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My Review: X-men Nightcrawler
Basic Profile
Brief History
Superpowers Limitations

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My Review: X-men Nightcrawler

Nightcrawler is the most religious X-man that I have come to know about. But there are times when he does question his faith.

After all, he is still human. He has blue skin, a tail, pointed ears and yellow eyes. He was abandoned when he was just a baby by his mother.

He looks every bit like a demon, but do not be deceived by his looks. He happens to be the one who believes so strongly in God.

How ironic right? I really admire him! If I was in his shoes I probably might start to doubt whether God has abandoned me.

Nightcrawler starts to doubt God Doubts

He is kind-hearted, a gentleman and with the utmost devotion for God. I bet no one can ever be as religious and have such a strong faith in God.

He decided to join the X-men because he would like to help those in need as much as they want to hurt him. Oh well, every X-man has encountered this before so no surprise here. He is the only X-men member that has the ability to teleport from one location to another.

Transport has become so convenient for him!

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Do you know that Nightcrawler has only 3 fingers on each hand? Also, Alan Cumming was playing the role of X-men Nightcrawler in the second X-men movie: X-men United.

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Basic Profile:
Code Name: Nightcrawler
Real Name: Kurt Wagner
Other Alias: -
First Appearance: Giant-Size X-men #1 - May 1975
Romance Partners: -
  • Eric Wagner - Deceased Step-Father
  • Azazel - Father
  • Margali Szardos - Foster Mother
  • Raven Darkholme (Mystique) - Mother
  • Stefan Szardos - Deceased Foster Brother
  • Kiwi Black - Half Brother
  • Graydon Creed (Son of Sabretooth and Mystique) - Deceased Half-Brother
  • Jimaine Szardos - Foster Sister
  • Rogue - Foster Sister
  • Amanda Sefton - Foster Sister
  • Ability to teleport
  • Master fencer
  • A very accomplished circus acrobat
  • Limited Invisibility
Team (Past & Current):
  • X-men - Current
  • Excalibur - Past
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Brief History:

So what is the story behind X-men Nightcrawler? Well, he was abandoned by his mother, Mystique (Raven Darkholme) when he was only a baby because of his very unusual appearance.

To find out more about why and how Mystique abandoned him, click here (I have already explained it in Mystique's brief history at the 5th paragraph).

After he was abandoned, he was found at the river and adopted by his foster mother (not legally), Margali Szardos, who is a sorceress and gypsy. He was raised in the Margali's travelling circus and is a gifted acrobat because of his natural agility.

Kurt grew up with his foster sister and brother, and both became his best friends. During puberty, he only discovered his teleporting superpowers. The audiences cheered at all his stunts and believed that his appearance was a just a costume that covers his real face. But how wrong they were!

He became so popular, that a rich Texas millionaire, Arnos Jardine, who also runs a large circus in Florida, heard of his stunts and bought Margali's circus. However, he wanted to make X-men Nightcrawler the star of an American Freak Show. Therefore, he escaped the circus and ended up in Winzeldorf, Germany, where Stefan (foster brother) was.

Nightcrawler killed Stefan Murder

He discovered that Stefan has gone crazy and have already brutally killed 2 children. And so he went to look for Stefan hoping to stop him from committing more murders and ended up fighting with him.

Unintentionally, Nightcrawler broke Stefan's neck and killed him. The villagers of Winzeldorf discovered Nightcrawler and assumed that he was responsible for the death of the children.

When they were about to kill him, Prof. X stopped them using his psionic power. Prof X. came with the motive of recruiting him. And that was when he was officially known as X-men Nightcrawler.

Margali forgives Nightcrawler Forgiven

He agreed to join but before he left for America he went back to search for Margali (foster mother) to tell her the truth behind Stefan's death.

At that time, she was not there and so he left without telling her. And she held Nightcrawler responsible for Stefan's death.

On his 21st birthday, Margali came back to seek revenge for her dead son. After much fighting, Nightcrawler managed to explain to Margali what exactly happened and she found out the truth about Stefan's death.

She forgave him. He continued to stay with the X-men and became the founding member of Excalibur, which is a British-based team.

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X-men Nightcrawler has such a strong faith in God (you might have heard this quite a few times already), even though there had been so many incidents that could cause a normal person to lose hope.

He and Prof. X believe that coexistence between humans and mutants are possible and fights faithfully for this cause.

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Superpowers Limitations:

Nightcrawler teleporting Teleportation

The most special superpower of X-men Nightcrawler is his teleportation ability. He is able to teleport himself from one location to another, but the longer the distance the more tiring it is for him.

He has a special ability to prevent himself from teleporting to solid object such as walls. Again, this special ability weakens with longer distances.

It is also dangerous for him to teleport to another location, which is he unable to see as it will increase the chances of teleporting into a solid object. And we surely do not want that!

After each teleport, he leaves behind the smell of brimstone and makes a sound like "bamf". Most importantly, he is able to transport others with him as well by holding their hands or as long as there is physical contact (if I am not wrong).

Besides his teleportation ability, he is naturally agile and fast acrobat. His hands allow him to stick to walls which are very useful when hiding in the shadows from his enemies. Lastly, he is a master fencer and at times you can see him using his tail as well.

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