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Name: Piotr (Peter) Nikolaievitch
Rasputin Identity: Secret Occupation: (current) Adventurer, student, (former) Artist,
adventurer Former Occupation: Subversive, second-in-command of Factor
Other Aliases: (former) Peter Nicholas, The Proletarian
Legal Status: Russian citizen, now living in the United
States under a special arrangement made for him by Professor
Charles Xavier, with no criminal record; now naturalized American
citizen Place of Birth: Ust-Ordynski Collective, near Lake
Baikal, Siberia, Union
of Soviet Socialist Republics Marital Status: Single Known Relatives: Nikolai Rasputin (father, deceased),
Alexandra Rasputina (mother, deceased), Illyana Nikolovna Rasputina
(anglicized to Rasputin, also known as Magik,
sister, deceased), Mikhail Rasputin (brother, deceased) Base of Operations: (current) Professor Charles Xavier's
Institute for Higher Learning, Salem Center, Westchester County,
New York at time of his death (former) Muir Isle, Scotland,;
a loft in Soho, Manhattan, Ust-Ordynski Collective, Lake Baikal,
Siberia, U.S.S.R., X-Men Headquarters in Australian outback
Group Affiliation: (former) Excalibur, (at time of death)
X-Men First Appearance: GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1 Final Appearance: UNCANNY X-MEN #390
History: Piotr Rasputin was born on the Soviet collective
farm called the Ust-Ordynski Collective near Lake Baikal in
Siberia. His superhuman powers emerged in adolescence. At first,
Rasputin was content simply to use these powers to aid the other
people of the Collective.
However, Rasputin was contacted by Professor
Charles Xavier, founder of the X-Men,
when Xavier was organizing a new team of mutant X-Men to help
him rescue the original X-Men from the sentient island Krakoa.
Rasputin agreed to leave the farm community in which he was
born and raised to go to America with Xavier. Xavier gave Rasputin
the code name "Colossus" and Rasputin aided Xavier's other new
recruits in their battle against Krakoa. After the battle was
won, Rasputin remained in the United States with the new X-Men
while the rest of his family stayed on the farm.
Rasputin's family always remained in his thoughts. Shortly thereafter
a woman known as Miss Locke kidnapped many of the X-Men's loved
ones to use as hostages in order to force the X-Men to aid her
in freeing her employer, Arcade,
from captivity by one of Doctor Doom's
robots. Among her captives was Colossus's younger sister Illyana,
whom Locke had somehow kidnapped from the Siberian collective
farm and transported to the United States. The X-Men freed Illyana
from captivity, and she went to live with her brother Piotr
(known as Peter in America) at Xavier's
mansion. Due to her later captivity in a dimension known
where she spent years while only mere moments elapsed on Earth,
Illyana became the adolescent sorceress known as Magik.
After Illyana was returned to her true Earth age, Colossus thought
it would be better for Illyana if she went back to live with
their parents. Sadly, her parents were slain and she was kidnapped
by a mutant known as the Soul Skinner who hoped to genetically
evolve Illyana to the point where she would have the use of
her powers again. Colossus, with the help of the X-Men, saved
Illyana and brought her back to the mansion.
Later, Illyana became the first tragic victim to be infected
with the Legacy Virus and die from it. The deaths of his immediate
family caused Colossus to rethink his position with the X-Men
and join Magneto and his Acolytes,
who had offered him an alternative to the X-Men's way of fighting
His stay with Magneto was not long once he realized that Avalon
was not the place for him, either. He left in search of the
only person he felt truly cared for him, his former love and
teammate Kitty Pryde, now a
member of Excalibur.
Colossus traveled to England, where he found Kitty in the arms
of her new love, Pete Wisdom.
Colossus, enraged, attacked Wisdom, and although the battle
was short-lived, they both sustained minor injuries.
Colossus accepted Kitty's new life and chose to become a member
of Excalibur. Once the team dissolved, Kitty, Colossus and Nightcrawler
returned to the States and became active members of the X-Men.
During this time he repaired his friendships with Wolverine
and Storm, that were broken when
he had joined the Acolytes. He also created a deep friendship
with Marrow. Piotr again found
his long thought-dead brother Mikhail, but unfortunately lost
him again when Apocalypse collected the Twelve in his quest
Beast, one of his X-Men teammates,
claimed to have found the cure for the Legacy Virus. Not knowing
weather or not it worked Colossus injected himself with the
cure. Seemingly killing himself Colossus used his powers, and
cured the Legacy Virus from anyone in the planet. The body was
cremated, and Kitty Pryde spread the ashes in Russia.
However it was later brought to the attention of the X-Men, that an alien called Ord from the Breakworld had captured Piotr's body, left a duplicate and revived it. He had used Colossus in his program to find a "Cure" for mutants. During their investigation Shadowcat and the X-Men were united with Colossus. Together they stopped Ord, and captured the Cure.
Currently Colossus has returned to the X-Men and his long love Shadowcat.
Height: (normal) 6 ft. 6 in. (armored) 7 ft. 5 in. Weight: (normal) 250 lbs. (armored) 500 lbs. Eyes: Blue, (transformed) Silver Hair: Black
Strength Level: In his normal human form Peter Rasputin
possesses the normal human strength of a man of his age, height,
and build who engages in intensive regular exercise. As Colossus
he can left (press) at least 70 tons under optimal conditions.
Special Skills: Talented artist in drawing and painting
Known Superhuman Powers: Colossus is a mutant with the
superhuman ability to convert the tissue of his entire body
into an organic steel-like substance, granting him superhuman
strength and a high degree of resistance to bodily harm. This
substance, resembling organic steel, is of unknown composition
but appears to be analogous to osmium and to carbon steel. He
is able to transform into this armor-like state at will (the
process is virtually instantaneous) and remain in that form
for an as yet undetermined amount of time. (The longest time
he has remained in armored form so far has been five days).
Once in his armored form he remains so until he consciously
wills himself back to normal. If he is rendered unconscious,
however, he spontaneously reverts to his normal form. While
in his armored state, Colossus possesses the same degree of
mobility that he does in his normal form.
The process by which Colossus transforms himself to armored
form and back (including his gain of additional mass from an
unknown, perhaps extra-dimensional, force) remains unknown.
Colossus cannot become partially or selectively armored; his
body is either entirely converted or not. Even his eyes become
steel-like; his eyeballs can withstand and deflect the impact
of a .45 caliber bullet.
In his armored form Colossus is highly resistant to most forms
of bodily harm. His armor is capable of withstanding ballistic
penetration, including that of a 110 millimeter Howitzer shell.
He could survive a collision with a loaded, one-ton flatbed
truck at 100 miles per hour or an explosion of 450 pounds of
TNT. He can survive extremes of temperature from 70 degrees
above absolute zero (-390 degrees Fahrenheit) to approximately
9000 Fahrenheit. However, it is theorized that above the latter
temperature, his armored form would begin to melt. Colossus's
armored form cannot rust under normal Earth conditions.
Colossus is in unusually fine physical health, permitting the
transition back and forth from his normal organic flesh state
to his armored form to occur with minimal stress on his system.
His normal lungs are capable of holding his breath for 3.6 minutes.
In the past he has exhibited a minimal or nonexistent need to
breathe while in his armored state. However, it is believed
that he could not survive for long in a vacuum. His endurance
and speed are somewhat greater in his armored form.