Nightcrawler is a male comic superhero who features in Marvel Comics.
Kurt Wagner was the Mutant son of the shapeshifting Mystique and the demonic appearing Azazel. He was born twenty years ago in Germany when his mother disguised herself as a pretty woman that caught the eye of a human noble named Christian Wagner. She had married the man and took the name Raven Wagner though her husband was unaware of her true nature as she used this time to enjoy wealth and a life of luxury. Secretly, she took on the identities of various women to have affairs with them before returning to her married life where her husband Christian wanted to have a child with her but failed to get her pregnant. One day, Raven was introduced to another noble named Azazel who charmed and enchanted her where she revealed her true form to him as they embarked on an affair. This led to her becoming pregnant with Azazel's son though he showed no interest in a romantic encounter and departed where he bade her to pass the child off as her husband Christian's son. (Uncanny X-Men v1 #428)
Taking Kurt with him, she took him with her to the caravan with her fellow travellers refusing to accept the boy with them. This led to Margali along with her children Stephan and Jimaine being forced from the tribe. On their own, they travelled until they came upon a circus that was run by Max Getmann who offered to take them in but they had to serve as one of his acts. Thus, Margai along with her children and Kurt became part of Herr Getmann's Traveling Menagerie where he came to be a famed star at the circus. During this time, the circus owner forced Margali and the young Kurt to perform for him with Wagner receiving injections from Doc Mojo to keep him sedated. Getmann regularly beat Kurt and forced him to perform in order to pay for his lodgings. This was until one day when he decided he would profit more from selling the Mutant. Upon learning of this, Margali had Kurt escape his cell and he fled the circus with Getmann's people chasing him where they caught him. Getmann then attempted to kill Kurt which was when he first manifested his teleportation ability allowing him to escape the area. (X-Men Origins: Nightcrawler v1 #1)
Personality and attributes
At the circus, he was known as the Magnificent Monsters, the Sinister Blue Devil, and as the Daredevil Demon. (X-Men Origins: Nightcrawler v1 #1)
Powers and abilities
- Nightcrawler was created by Len Wein and Dave Cockrum where he made his first appearance in Giant-Size X-Men v1 #1 (May, 1975).
- In X-Men: Alpha v1 #1 (1995), an alternate version of the character appeared in the setting of the Age of Apocalypse on Earth-295. This version took the name of Kurt Darkholme and came to have a good relationship with his mother Mystique.
In other media
- Giant-Size X-Men v1:
- Uncanny X-Men v1:
- X-Men Origins: Nightcrawler v1:
- Amazing X-Men:
- Extraordinary X-Men v1:
- X-Men: Gold:
- X-Men: Red:
- Extermination v1: