A homeless boy wandering the
streets, Gambit was adopted by Jean-Luc LeBeau,
head of the council of the Thieves Guild, a
criminal organization based in New Orleans. As
part of a peace pact between the Thieves Guild
and their rivals, the Assassins Guild, a
marriage was arranged between Gambit and Bella
Donna Boudreaux, the granddaughter of the head
of the Assassins. However, Bella Donna's brother
Julien objected to the marriage and challenged
Gambit to a duel. Severely wounding Julien,
Gambit was forced to flee New Orleans to prevent
war between the two guilds.
wandered the world as he plied his
skills as a master thief, aided by his
mutant power to charge objects with
explosive energy. He employed playing
cards he charged with kinetic energy as
his trademark weapon. At one point
Gambit agreed to assemble the team of
assassins called the Marauders for
Mister Sinister. Gambit did not realize
that Sinister would employ the Marauders
to massacre the underground mutant
community called the Morlocks.
Eventually, Gambit encountered the X-Man Storm, who
had been transformed into an amnesiac
child and who had turned to theft. He
helped her escape her enemy, the Shadow
King, and they became partners. Later,
when Professor Charles Xavier returned
from a long period of traveling in outer
space, Storm, having regained her memory
and true age, sponsored Gambit's
admission into the X-Men. Gambit has
remained on the team ever since and fell
in love with his fellow X-Man Rogue.
Recently, however, Gambit and Rogue have
As for Bella Donna,
she has become Gambit's enemy. Recently, the
X-Men learned of Gambit's role in the massacre
of the Morlocks. Guilt-ridden, Gambit has left
the team, at least temporarily.
In the alternate
future in which the X-Man Bishop was born,
Gambit has become an aged figure who witnessed
the betrayal of the X-Men by one of their own
members. Bishop suspected Gambit was the traitor
until he learned how Xavier's mind spawned the
malevolent entity Onslaught.
Height: 6 ft. 1 in.
Weight: 175 lbs.
Gambit is a mutant who possesses the
normal human strength of a man of his age,
height, and build who engages in intensive
combatant, utilizing streetfighting techniques
Special Skills and Abilities:
English and French, ability to throw small
objects, including knives, throwing spikes, and
playing cards, with extraordinary accuracy.
Known Superhuman Powers:
Gambit has the
mutant ability to tap into the potential energy
contained within an object and transform it into
kinetic energy. When Gambit thus charges an
object with kinetic energy and throws it at a
target, the object releases this energy
explosively on impact.
Throwing spikes and playing cards.