Catholic Priest in Training
Mutant Rights Activist
|Citizen of Germany with no criminal record.|
|Nation or Planet of Origin|
|Bavarian Alps, Germany|
|Base of Operations|
|Xavier Institute, Salem Center, Westchester County, New York|
Demon/mutant hybrid resulting in physical attributes conducive to superhuman agility; including broad three fingered hands and feet and a prehensile tail. Possesses an additional ability to teleport self and a moderate amount of mass using an unknown dimension to travel from one point to another. Dark completion allows for effective concealment in shadow.
Excellent hand-to-hand combatant with skills as a swordsman.
Above average intelligence with skills as an aviation mechanic.
Note: Nightcrawler's teleportation is followed by an imploding sound and the smell of sulfur, which is from the atmosphere of the dimension he travels through.
Holographic Image Inducer: Device occasionally used to conceal Wagner's demonic appearance when he is in public.
Excalibur Vol. 1
Nightcrawler Vol. 1 & 2
X-Men Vol. 2
|Giant Size X-Men #1 (Summer, 1975)|
|Len Wein & Dave Cockrum|
Raven Wagner (Mystique) lived a double life; one as the wife of a wealthy German baron and the other as a mischievous and manipulative shapeshifter. Her life of leisure came to an end when she was seduced and impregnated by the demon Azazel.
Because of her husband's sterility he became suspicious of Raven's pregnancy, which prompted her to murder him and hide the body. After her child's birth and his demonic appearance, the stress shocked Raven into revealing her true form. Fearing for her own safety she fled her manor and tossed the child from a cliff to his death.
Before plunging to his death the child was rescued by his father, who used his ability of teleportation. Azazel left the infant in the care of the gypsy queen and sorceress Margali Szardos, who took the baby to the small Bavarian circus where she worked as a fortuneteller; a cover for her activities as a sorceress. The circus performers, who harbored no prejudices against so-called "freaks" adopted Wagner and Margali acted as his foster mother.
A Texas millionaire, who wanted to cast Wagner in a freak show, bought the Bavarian circus. The young mutant quit and fled to the German village of Winzeldorf, where his foster brother Stefan was living.
Wagner discovered his foster brother had gone mad and had slain several local children. Wagner tracked Stefan and fought him, hoping to end his rampage. During the struggle, Wagner unintentionally broke Stefan's neck. Discovered by the villagers Wagner was assumed to be a demon responsible for the child killings. They were about to kill him when Professor Charles Xavier intervened, psionically paralyzing the villagers, recruited Wagner into the X-Men as Nightcrawler.