Monday, February 9, 2009


Real Name
Piotr Nikolaievitch Rasputin


Adventurer, former artist, superintendent,
student, farmer

U.S.A. (naturalized), formerly Russian

Place of Birth
Ust-Ordynski Collective, near Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia

Known Relatives
Grigory Efimovich Rasputin (great-grandfather, deceased), Elena (great-grandmother, deceased), Ivan Rasputin (great-grand uncle, deceased), Grigory Rasputin (grandfather, deceased), Nikolai Rasputin (father, deceased), Alexandra Rasputina (mother, deceased), Vladimir Rasputin (uncle, deceased), unidentified aunt & uncle (deceased), Illyana Nikolievna Rasputina (Magik, sister, deceased), Mikhail Rasputin (brother), Peter Jr. (son), Larissa Mishchenko (cousin, deceased), Konstantin (cousin, deceased), Klara (cousin, deceased), Dimitriy (cousin, deceased)

Group Affiliation
X-Men, formerly Excalibur, Acolytes

College level courses taken at Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, no degree

6'6"; (transformed) 7'5"

250 lbs., (transformed) 500 lbs.

Blue, (transformed) Silver


Colossus can transform his body tissue into an organic, steel-like substance that grants him superhuman strength and a high degree of imperviousness to injury. His armored form can withstand ballistic penetration as well as temperature extremes from 70º above absolute zero (-390º F) to approximately 9000º F. Colossus cannot become partially or selectively armored; his body is either entirely converted, or not at all. Even his eyes become steel-like.

Through an act of will, Colossus can transform virtually instantaneously into his armored state, and can remain in that form for an as yet undetermined amount of time. Once in his armored form, Colossus remains so until he consciously wills himself back to normal. If he is rendered unconscious, however, he spontaneously reverts to his normal form. In his armored state, Colossus retains his normal human mobility, though his endurance and speed are enhanced. He does not need to breathe while transformed, but it is believed that he could not survive for long in a vacuum.

Colossus is talented in drawing and painting.

Other Info
As you can see by the "Known Relatives" section above, Colossus is a decedent of the Rasputin from Russian history.

Colossus actually becomes romantically involved with Kitty Pryde (a.k.a. Shadowcat). You can check out more information on her if you click on her name above, but you might remember her from all of the X-Men movies. She didn't have a major role until the third movie, X-Men: The Last Stand. (She's the one that can run through walls.)

After seeing just a quick cameo of Colossus in X2, and when they didn't develop his character anymore in that movie, it drove me insane! But I'm glad that they had him as a bigger character in the third movie, X-Men: The Last Stand. I thought that they did a great job with Colossus in that movie!

Here's an interesting fact that might spark your interest to read a little bit more about Colossus...he actually dies at one point, but that's not the end of him. To learn how this happend, or if you would like to just learn more about Colossus, click on the following link,


  1. Do you think he suffers from arthritis in his normal state for carrying around so much weight?

    Cool character. I like that he's macho but also somewhat domestic and artistic.

  2. I think that it is neat he descended from Rasputin, when I first saw his name I wondered, and then you addressed it, thanks!

    P.S. I really can't wait for the Wolverine movie to come out!

  3. Well, I don't know about the whole arthritis thing, but it makes sense to me. Poor guy. :-) I agree Jesse, who would have known he was a great artist along with having the superhero strength of beating people up! :-)

    I agree Kendra, I think it's interesting that Marvel used a real person in history to be an ancestor of one of their comic characters. I think it's kind of cool. It's almost like Colossus is a real person somewhere out there. ;-)

  4. I guess this shows how "un-savvy" I am with comics, but I didn't know Colossus grew taller when he transformed... mostly because he doesn't in the movie.

    Also, he weighs more than double his normal weight when he transforms - where does all that weight go when he's normal?

  5. Talk about a weight loss program? ;-)

  6. Talking about the weight change, it is interesting to consider how the material of his body would actually change atomically based on force of will. The molecules in steel are different from the molecules in water, obviously and I think there would have to be some sort of energy output that would accompany the transformation based on the fact that it would be happening on the atomic level. I think every time he would change, it would be like a bomb going off... or alternately, a supernova collapsing. Thanks for the fun and interesting entry Cory!