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Nightcrawler
Nick Name
Fuzzy Elf
Civilian ID
Kurt Wagner
Occupation

Adventurer

Catholic Priest in Training

Circus Acrobat

Mutant Rights Activist


Legal Status
Citizen of Germany with no criminal record.
Nation or Planet of Origin
Bavarian Alps, Germany
Group Affiliation

Excalibur

X-Men

X.S.E.


Base of Operations
Xavier Institute, Salem Center, Westchester County, New York
Height
5' 9''
Weight
160 lbs.
Eye Color
Yellow
Hair Color
Indigo Blue
Skin Tone
Blue
Known Powers

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.


Accessories

Holographic Image Inducer: Device occasionally used to conceal Wagner's demonic appearance when he is in public.


Common Enemies

Apocalypse

Azazel

Blob

Brotherhood of Mutants

Cassandra Nova

Dark Phoenix

Hellfire Club

Juggernaut

Legion

Magneto I

Master Mold

Mr. Sinister

Mystique

Onslaught

Proteus

Pyro

Sabretooth

Sauron

Sentinels

Silver Samurai

Stryfe

Toad

X-Cutioner


Regularly Appearing

Amazing X-Men Vol. 1

Excalibur Vol. 1

Nightcrawler Vol. 1, 2, 3 & 4

Uncanny X-Men

X-Men Vol. 2


First Appearance
Giant Size X-Men #1 (Summer, 1975)
Creator
Len Wein & Dave Cockrum
Origin

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.


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