20 Badass Comic Book Heroes that are Cool on Purpose - #15
Gambit - born Remy LeBau
Can you imagine having a baby with red eyes? No? Well, that's exactly why Gambit was given up as a child. He was actually stolen from the hospital by the Thieves' Guild! Awesome. They called him "Le Diable Blanc" which means "The White Devil". Eventually, the king of thieves, Jean-Luc LeBeau took Gambit under his wing. Gambit's 'destiny' was prophesized that he would unite the Thieves' and Assassins' Guilds. He tried to do this by marrying the king of assassins' granddaughter Bella Donna Boudreaux. That failed because her brother Julien challenged Gambit to a duel immediately afterward. Gambit killed him. The marriage didn't last for obvious reasons.
Gambit's powers are kinetic based. He charges objects with kinetic energy which allows him to project his signature playing cards through the air and have them, and other objects, explode with a touch. Playing cards as a weapon? How smooth can you get? One of his powers is actually charm. Charm! No wonder he's considered the biggest ladies' man in all of comics. When Apocalypse came back to Earth, Gambit actually joined him and became one of the Horseman of the Apocalypse. Death to be precise. He eventually joined the X-Men again but, Death? Badass. Gambit's also in love with Rogue, aka the only woman no man can have (for obvious reasons). He's tried to kiss her even though it might put him into a coma. If that's not enough to warrant a badass, consider the fact that even his real name is awesome and he has a thick cajun accent. Win.
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