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Riptide is a mutant with the ability to spin his body at an incredibly fast rate. He also has the ability to generate calcium growth from his bones that protrude through his skin, often taking the form of shurikens and spikes. When he spins, Riptide can release these growths at will from his skin, the additional velocity that comes from his spinning making them lethal missiles that can even punch through steel.
Riptide was a member of the Marauders, a team of villains brought together by the mutant thief Gambit at the request of Mister Sinister. (To learn about the above highlighted team and/or characters, just click on their names above. Note: Beware of the revealing and form-fitting outfit worn by one on the Marauders' bio page.)
After Sinister dispatched the Marauders into the sewers under New York City to kill the Morlocks, Riptide was responsible for severely injuring X-Men members Nightcrawler and Colossus. Having seen the results of Riptide's actions (Riptide's mutant power to launch barrages of sharp projectiles had enabled him to kill more Morlocks at any given single moment than any other Marauder), Colossus had been pushed close to his emotional breaking point. Colossus was also further enraged and grieved when Harpoon maimed his former girlfriend, Shadowcat. Therefore, Colossus lunged at Harpoon to get vengeance; however, Riptide got in his way (believing that his power would destroy Colossus). In addition, Riptide boasted to Colossus that hurricane force winds could punch a piece of straw through a solid oak and that his spinning caused his blades to fly even faster than that. Following this, Riptide threw many blades at Colossus which penetrated his armored skin; however, Colossus managed to reach Riptide anyway, and broke his neck. (Click on the highlighted names above to learn about the teams and/or characters. Note: Beware of the revealing outfits worn by some on Shadowcat's bio page.)
However, Mr. Sinister was prepared. He was able to clone the Marauders (thanks to samples of their DNA) and Riptide technically was returned to life. But, Riptide was killed again during the demonic invasion of New York known as the Inferno. (To learn about the Inferno event, just click on the highlighted name above.)
At a later date, another band of cloned Marauders (including Riptide) attacked the mutant known as Threnody, but they were defeated by X-man (Nate Grey). (Click on the highlighted names above to learn about the characters.)
After awhile, Riptide assisted Mister Sinister in his attempts to eliminate mutants with knowledge of the future. This lead Riptide to kill a mutant named Quiet Bill who could open warps in space or between dimensions.
More recently, during the "Messiah Complex," Riptide is part of the final battle on Muir Isle. On the island, he battles Wolfsbane, knocking her out and giving her superficial wounds before he is rendered unconscious by Professor X. (To learn about the place and/or characters above, just click on their highlighted names.)
In the film X-Men: First Class, Riptide's powers differ slightly from the comics. In the film he is able to create whirlwinds that can take the form of tornadoes, hurricanes, and combine with water to create water spots. In the comics, however, Riptide can just spin his body at an accelerated rate in order to give off the effect that his own body is the whirlwind. Also, in the film, there is no evidence that he can grow calcium objects that can be used as projectiles in battle.