Remy Etienne LeBeau
Unknown; formerly thief, adventurer
Place of Birth
New Orleans, Louisiana (presumed)
Jacques LeBeau (foster grandfather, deceased), Jean-Luc LeBeau (foster father, deceased), Rochelle LeBeau (foster grandmother, deceased), Bella Donna Boudreaux (ex-wife), Henri LeBeau (foster brother, deceased), Mercy LeBeau (sister-in-law), Theoren Marceaux (cousin), Etienne Marceaux (cousin, deceased), Marius Boudreaux (father-in-law, deceased), Julien Boudreaux (brother-in-law, deceased)
No official schooling
(Originally) Brown; white(as Death)
Gambit has the mutant ability to tap into the potential energy contained within an object and transform it into kinetic energy upon touching it. When Gambit thus charges an object and throws it at a target, the object releases this energy explosively on impact. Gambit is unable to use this power to charge living objects. As Death: He can control deadly gas
After surgery performed by Mister Sinister, Gambit's powers were restored to their natural potential. He was able to use his power simply by looking at an object that he wished to charge, including living tissue. Gambit could also manipulate the potency of the energy release and could even exercise a measure of control over time. Following his climactic battle with the New Sun, Gambit lost this enhanced level of power.
Gambit's ability to tap energy also grants him superhuman agility and dexterity, as well as creating a static interference that shields his mind from detection and intrusion by even the most powerful telepaths.
Gambit also possesses a hypnotic charm that allows him to exert a subtle influence over any sentient mind. This power allows Gambit to compel others to believe what he says and agree with anything he suggests. More powerful minds have proven immune to Gambit's charm.
Gambit is bilingual in English and French, and also possesses the ability to throw small objects - including knives, throwing spikes, and playing cards - with extraordinary accuracy. He is also a skilled duelist and fencer.
Gambit was born with black eyes with red pupils. Because of this, he was abandoned at birth. He was kidnapped from his hospital ward by members of the New Orleans Thieves' Guild who referred to the child as "le diable blanc" - the white devil. They believed that Gambit was the child that had been prophesied to unite the warring Guilds. Soon after, he was placed in the care of a gang of street thieves who raised the child and taught him the ways of thievery. Then later, when he was around ten years old, he attempted to pick the pocket of Jean-Luc LeBeau, then-patriarch of the Thieves’ Guild. Jean-Luc took the boy in off the streets and adopted him into his own family (I'm guessing this is the point where Gambit received the name Remy LeBeau). As part of a peace pact between the Thieves’ Guild and their rivals, the Assassin’s Guild, a marriage was arranged between Remy and Bella Donna Boudreaux, the granddaughter of the head of the Assassin's Guild. Bella Donna and Remy loved each other, but her brother Julien opposed the marriage and challenged Gambit to a duel. Remy killed Julien in self-defense, but was excommunicated and banished from New Orleans in an attempt to maintain the nonaggression pact between the two guilds. (To learn about some of Gambit's family members and about what happened with Remy and Bella Donna's relationship, click on their names above.)
Eventually, Remy encountered Storm on the streets. At the time Storm had been transformed into an amnesiac child who had turned to stealing as a way to survive. Eventually they became partners. Later, Storm sponsored Remy's admission into the X-men. This is where Remy fell in love with his fellow X-Man, Rogue. The feeling was mutual, but the two were condemned never to touch because of Rogue's ability to absorb other mutants' abilities when she has skin-to-skin contact (but, there has been times where they both have lost their powers and they were able to finally touch each other). (To learn more about the characters and team above, just click on their names. Note: watch out for the extremely revealing and risque pictures on Storm's Marvel.com bio page. I would block the pictures!)
Later on in his life, Remy served as patriarch of the Thieves' Guild in his father's stead, as well as leading one of two teams of X-Men. Gambit was also responsible for the unification of the Thieves' and Assassins' Guilds into the Unified Guild. He briefly served as the patriarch for the new Unified Guild until he stepped down and turned the Unified Guild over to Bella Donna Boudreaux.
At one point, Gambit joined the Horsemen of Apocalypse as one of the four horsemen, Death (Gambit's picture as Death is the third picture from the bottom posted above). Gambit believed that Apocalypse would be able to save the mutants, and he also believed that he would be able to stop Apocalypse should he betray them. As Death, Gambit attacked his love, Rogue, and his former group, the X-Men. Cyclops arrived with The Avengers to stop Apocalypse and his Horsemen. Apocalypse finally lost, and seems dead for a while. Sunfire, Apocalypse's other Horseman, Famine, rescued Death (Gambit) from battle and they escaped. Afterwards, they returned to take Polaris, who had also become a Horseman of Apocalypse, Pestilence, only to find Polaris had been injured in the last battle and was now in a coma. Death (Gambit) and Famine (Sunfire) lost the next battle and were forced to run. Mr. Sinister found both of them and they joined up with Sinister. As Death, Gambit regretted attacking Rogue and Sinister was able to rescue Gambit from his Death form. (To learn about the many characters and teams listed above, just click on their highlighted names. The Horsemen of Apocalypse has a great one paragraph description on the Marvel.com bio page for the team. The only picture to watch out for is the bottom picture on Cyclops's bio page which shows Emma Frost in tight revealing clothing.)
Gambit uses a variety of objects as weapons, but he most often uses playing cards and a telescopic bo staff. To learn more about Gambit, click on the following link, http://www.marvel.com/universe/Gambit.
Gambit was supposed to be in both X2: X-Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand. In X2: X-Men United, Gambit was supposed to have a cameo at the end when Cerebro attacks all the mutants, (a table where he was playing cards was supposed to explode because of him convulsing from Cerebro's attack) but they eventually cut the cameo out. However, Gambit's name is among a list of other mutants on William Stryker's computer in the movie. In X-Men: The Last Stand, Gambit was supposed to have a role as a minor character and appear in the prison convoy scene of the movie, but this was cut. The director said that they were seriously contemplating about having Gambit in the movie, but he decided against because he thought it was too small of a role for such a big character (I agree, and I think they should make a Gambit break-off movie, or an X-Men Origins: Gambit movie). Gambit does appear in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (second picture posted above) and has a smaller, but awesome, role in the movie. (Even more of a reason to make his own movie!)