Occupation: Former slave and movie stuntman, now
Identity: The general populace of Earth does not know
that Longshot is an extra dimensional being.
Legal Status: None on Earth; renegade slave with
a criminal record on his home world
Other Aliases: None known
Place of Creation: An unidentified world in another
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Inapplicable
Group Affiliation: Leader of the rebels on his
Bale of Operations: Mobile on his home world and
First Appearance: LONGSHOT #1
History: On a world in another dimension
a race of sentient semi-humanoid beings lacking spines
evolved. The race's inability to stand upright prevented
their civilization from advancing beyond a relatively
primitive level. Finally, the scientist Arize designed
an artificial exoskeletal frame that would enable a member
of his race to stand erect. Most of the race began using
these exoskeletons, and under Arize's guidance, their
civilization rapidly advanced.
However, some of Arize's race refused to
use the exoskeletons, and for unknown reasons, these so-called
Spineless Ones somehow became the race's rulers. The Spineless
Ones demanded to have a race of slaves, which Arize created
for them through genetic engineering. The Spineless Ones'
mythic images of devils had humanoid form, and Arize,
apparently with ironic intent, designed his genetic creations
to resemble them. Moreover, Arize had no intention of
allowing his sentient creations to be oppressed, and secretly
designed their genetic codes so that, despite the Spineless
Ones' wishes, the humanoids would be intelligent and have
a strong sense of individual self. Hence, a rebellion
of the slaves would be inevitable. Furthermore, Arize
designed some of these slaves, including the one who would
be known as Longshot and his ally Quark, to have special
superhuman powers. Later, the Spineless Ones demanded
that Arize create immensely powerful weaponry for them,
and when he refused, they cast him out, and he began a
life as a hermit.
Longshot first achieved consciousness as
an adult, having been grown in machines to become a warrior
slave for one of the Spineless Ones, Mojo. Longshot's
first words were to tell Mojo, his owner, "No one
owns me." Mojo put Longshot to work as a performer
of dangerous stunts in the movies he produced. Eventually,
Longshot sought out Arize, who told him his origin, explained
to him that he was indeed a living being with a right
to freedom, and urged him to help bring about a rebellion
of the slaves against the Spineless Ones.
Longshot became a legendary heroic rebel
leader on his home world, but was finally captured by
the Spineless Ones who artificially induced amnesia in
him so he would become a submissive slave. Instead, the
amnesiac Longshot fled, with rebel hunters hot on his
trail, he found an interdimensional portal and escaped
through it, to Earth. There he was dubbed "Longshot"
because he continually acted against heavy odds in his
exploits. Longshot had many adventures on Earth, including
battles against rebel hunters from his own world such
as Spiral and Gog and Magog. He was befriended by the
movie stuntwoman Richochet Rita.
Mojo ultimately came to Earth, determined
to prevent Longshot from returning to their home world
and telling the humanoid slaves how Earth was ruled by
human beings like themselves; Mojo feared that this news
would inspire further rebellions. Once coming to Earth,
Mojo began planning to enslave its population. Meanwhile,
Longshot began regaining his memories, enough to recall,
his true origin. Aided by Ricochet Rita, Quark, and the
sorcerer Doctor Strange,
Longshot defeated Mojo, forcing him into an interdimensional
portal. Spiral followed Mojo, and Longshot, Ricochet Rita,
and Quark also entered the portal in order to follow Mojo
back to his home world. Longshot intends to kill Mojo
there and then to lead his thousands of fellow humanoids
from his home world to Earth where they can be free. Whether
Longshot will succeed in his quest remains to be seen.
Mojo, however had other plans, and teleported
him to Earth, at a time before he recovered all of his
The mutant heroes known as the X-Men
found the amnesiac Longshot, and he participated with
them in many adventures while trying regain all of his
memories. During his time with the X-Men, Longshot met
and developed a romantic relationship with fellow X-Man,
Dazzler. Eventually, however,
he decided to leave Dazzler and the team in order to regain
his lost memories.
After some time, Longshot, his memories
recovered, gathered together Dazzler (who was no longer
a member of the X-Men at the time) and other X-Men to
return to the "Mojoverse" and overthrow Mojo
once and for all. Ultimately successful, Longshot and
Dazzler agreed to remain in the now-peaceful world.
Unfortunately, Mojo soon returned as ruler
of the realm, and Longshot once again became a rebel leader,
with Dazzler by his side. Dazzler needed to elicit the
aid of the X-Men in freeing Longshot at one point, and
the X-Man Phoenix (then,
Jean Grey) sensed with her telepathic powers that Dazzler
was pregnant with Longshot's child. (However, recent reports
suggest that she is no longer pregnant, the fate of the
child remaining unknown.) Longshot was freed and continues
his leadership of the Mojoverse's rebel forces.
Recently, Dazzler returned from the Mojo
universe, claiming that it was completely destroyed due
to the actions of "X-Baby" versions of villains
that were spawned from the so-called "Age of Apocalypse:"
Apocalypse, Holocaust, Dark Beast, and the Sugar Man.
Dazzler claimed that the these X-Babies killed the others
of their kind and supposedly leveled the entire dimension
of Mojo, including killing Longshot, although Dazzler
could not wholly confirm his death.
Height: 6 ft. 2 in.
Weight: 80 lbs
Unusual Physical Features: Longshot has only three
fingers and a thumb on each hand.
Strength Level: Longshot appears
to have the normal human strength of a man of his physical
age, height, and build who engages in intensive, regular
Known Superhuman Powers: Longshot
was genetically engineered to have certain superhuman
abilities. One of these is his ability to affect probability
fields through psionic means in order to give himself
"good luck" in his activities. This power operates
even when Longshot does not consciously will it to do
so. However, by creating "good luck" for himself,
Longshot creates an equal and opposite effect elsewhere,
thus creating "bad luck." This "bad luck"
could affect someone else, or could conceivably even affect
Longshot himself at some point.
Longshot can telepathically "read"
the recent memories of a person by making physical contact
with him or her. Moreover, Longshot can read "psychic
imprints" that people leave on objects that they
have handled. The stronger the person's emotion while
handling the object, the stronger the psychic imprint
he or she leaves on it. In reading the psychic imprint
on an object. Longshot can learn the thoughts that the
person who previously handled the object had while handling
it. Strangely enough, if a person will handle the object
in the future, Longshot can, in the present, read the
thoughts that that person will have when handling it in
that future time.
Longshot has hollow, bird-like bones, but
musculature like an Earthman's. Hence, he is capable of
Longshot's left eye glows with a bright
light whenever he employs one of his superhuman powers.
Weapons: Longshot carries a number
of cleaver-like blades, which he can hurl with great accuracy.