- Even at a time like this, a steel-bodied soldier like me still bleeds, especially if I don't have my fellow comrades fighting by my side...
- -- Colossus
- -- Colossus
Piotr "Peter" Rasputin (Russian: Пётр "Питер" Николаевич Распутин) was born in 1986, not long after the now historically-infamous Chernobyl disaster in Soviet-era Russia, a tragic incident which caused a number of mutant infants to manifest their abilities at such an early age. Unbeknownst to his mother, who was pregnant with him at the time, her exposure to radiation would have important consequences for her son, who would be born weeks after she and her husband had escaped the contaminated Pripyat into a hospital wherein she finally gave birth to him. Knowing how their government would carelessly handle the situation once they found out their her condition, he and his parents later immigrated to the United States through secretive and questionable means, all to escape the hellscape their hometown has suddenly turned into.
Finding their way to settle in Westchester County, New York, they would have their son enrolled in the mutant haven Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, wherein he grew up under the care and tutelage of mutant pacifist Professor Charles Xavier. Unfortunate for Piotr's parents, they had no other choice but to leave him (in order to protect him) as they suddenly moved back to Russia for reasons Piotr would only find out when he'd grow up as an adult. Following his parents' request to the professor before leaving him, Xavier legally registered his new American alias as Peter "Pete" Nicholas sealing Peter's true origin and parentage and only planned to tell him the truth once he grows up.
Growing up as an adolescent living at New York and learning at the X-Mansion, the lone yet peaceful Peter harmoniously pursued arts after finding the subject interesting, rendering him to peacefully perform his skills as a hobby by painting in his spare times. However, despite his artistic passion, his personality gradually shifted when he first discover his mutant abilities emerging when he was accidentally shot by an arrow while attending archery class, much to both the amazement and bafflement of other mutants who saw his transformation into metallic form. As a result, his exposure caught the attention senior students mainly Scott Summers, Hank McCoy, and Ororo Munroe, who befriended him due to his introverted personality yet bold mutant powers. Due to Hank's observable remarks on his metallic form, the three noticed Piotr somewhat resembled the "Colossus" from Greek mythology when he was powered up, something that Peter would remember by as a part of their friendship.
Not long afterwards, Peter would also find closed comfort after students and trainees of his age group became friendly to him, which included Warren Worthington III, Kurt Wagner, Rogue, Bobby Drake, and Kitty Pride, whom the latter had made Peter's heart throb really fast every time they get to hang out, most especially whenever he and the group travels outside the mansion into the larger regions of New York City (from amusement parks to malls), a habit that they usually do after class and training or during weekends. Unfortunate for Peter, Kitty was dating Bobby at a long while, rendering him to keep it until the two would break up at a much later time. Still after hearing this news, Peter still tried to keep his feelings for Kitty to himself, though his older sibling-like figures Storm and Logan told Peter that he was too obvious whenever he's personally around Kitty, describing him as a "Nervous Nellie," considering how too young he still was at experiencing puppy love.
Serving the X-Men
Mustering up the courage to overcome his anxiety whenever there's an outside activity involved, Peter first joined the X-Men as the youngest member at the time, succeeding Iceman's after finding out that the latter was at least a year older than Peter taking the codename of Colossus during a mission to confront the media mogul Mojo Adams, whose morals were at question due to his controversial show, "Mojo's World of Mutants," as show revolving around hunting nomadic mutants. However, even before they could've left the mansion with the Blackbird, Mojo's operatives have infiltrated the building, thanks to the skilled and proficient Genoshan mutant Longshot, whom he had hypnotized into doing his bid. While three of the X-Men have escaped captivity, the brainwashed hunters had accomplished their mission, much to Mojo's delight, subsequently taking the mutants to a remote artificial island located at the edge of the Bermuda, in which Mojo had introduced as the "Mojo Island."
There at the island, Peter and the X-Men were expected to face off against Longshot and the agents, intending for both sides as they were forced to fight to the death all for the sake of broadcasting it on live television. His plans, however, were eventually foiled by the combined efforts of the X-Men and Longshot's closest allies, who desperately and reluctantly came to the former for their help in finding him. Knowing, Colossus unleashed his metallic form for the first time, revealing himself to the world as he and his teammates took down Mojo's operatives. Feeling too panicked, Mojo tried to make the kidnapped members fight their own teammates using his brainwashing tech, though his attempt still failed, giving the heroes the chance to revert the coerced ones back to normal state, before conclusively confronting Mojo in his hidden headquarters. Only a few days later since the events of Mojo's assault, it was seen that Adams was put into trial for both his past and recent crimes, which were all evidently exposed to the public, thanks to the help of the X-Men. In the aftermath of Colossus' first mission, the X-Men hosted a party within the Danger Room both to celebrate their victory and properly welcome Peter to the team, much to his delight that his teammates couldn't be more proud of his courage, hoping that he would improve more in their next missions, an expectation that he certainly surpassed since he became a full-time steel-bodied, yet soft-hearted X-Man.
Despite all this achievement he has gotten so far, a fifteen-year-old Peter still couldn't confess his feelings to the older Kitty Pride, who at the time still sees him as a little brother. Taking relationship advice from his seniors and mentors, Peter decided to follow Alex Summers's tip that Peter should his artistic prowess to at least show his affection for Kitty in directly, to which he did by painting a medium-sized portrait of her. Sadly, he never got to give it to her, due to how his role as a busy X-Man and Kitty's role as a trainer has both distanced their friendly relationship for the next few years, forcing to keep the portrait in his closet and simply just "go for it" with personally confessing to Kitty herself. By the beginning of the late 2000s, it took Peter almost five years to tell Kitty, and as expectations weren't too high for Peter, reality itself tore his heart into pieces when Kitty sorrowfully rejected her, telling Peter had he was like a friend and a younger brother to her, since she never had one in the first place. While Peter was thoroughly heartbroken on the inside, he never let Kitty saw his true colors as if he was in his metallic form, though he promised her as a "close friend" that he would be supportive and would always be for her whenever he needs him. That moment was the last time the two had personally opened up to each other, at least in the meantime. The next few years of their distant relationship, one of them would mostly be either awkwardly avoidant to the other (and vice versa) or simply act all-awkward interacting with each other in some way, whenever they suddenly cross paths.
When the mysterious and diabolical Movement Alliance conducted a series of massive terrorist attacks all over the world destroying several famous and sacred landmarks, killing over 1,500 people on the very first day of their worldwide assault. Consequently, all the Movement's opposing adversaries, the heroes, were united into creating their own Ultimate Alliance, in order to stop and prevent the Movement from commencing its schemes upon world domination and authoritarian rule, before its too late. For the first time in her, Peter and his teammates have never seen a conflict this atrocious and appalling and as they watch the ongoing news being reported across the world, especially after seeing some of his comrades and other innocent mutants in danger.
As the attacks all over the world have continued for days and then weeks, more and more casualties are sadly, starting to increase in numbers, due to the extreme terrorism and serious devastation, continuously committed by the conflict between the Movement Alliance and its seemingly unstoppable forces against the combined forces heroes and anti-heroes of the world, the Ultimate Alliance, who are not stopping their fight against the villains until they find a way to make them pay for their irreversible actions and restore back peace in the entire world.
During the conflict, Colossus join the X-Men faction in the main regions of the United States as the heroic mutant team momentarily merged with the rest of the Ultimates to battle the forces of Movement, along with his teammate, good friend, and undying love Kitty Pryde, who was now going with her self-improvised codename Shadowcat, who together had teamed up with some Avengers, most notably her idols Hawkeye and Spider-Woman, on intervening the A.I.M. faction and some Hydra troops under the command of George Tarleton, whom they were able to defeat thanks to their cooperative efforts.
In the end of Sinister's short-lived reign, the villain was eventually founded by the mutant alliance (both Magneto's Brotherhood and the X-Men) once again in Genosha, after a dying Archangel threw a tracker on him without him noticing it, earlier during their battle. In the end, all of Sinister's clones were killed mostly by the overly-empowered Rogue, and he as well was finally defeated after he was defenseless after being surrounded by the X-Men and the Brotherhood, who used all their mightiest strength and powers against him that subsequently disintegrated the villain in the process, killing Mister Sinister and ending his tyranny in several countries all over the world and the Ultimate War itself once and for all.
After returning back to the X-Mansion to lay rest from a long month of fighting, an exhausted Peter suddenly bursts in joy (internally) when he found out that Kitty came back home after finishing graduate school from University of Washington, though he was either too insecure or somewhat shy to be personal with her once more due to the time just the two of them would hang out. Kitty approached Peter and professed her love back for him, as he had done for her after a few years back. Peter was dumbfounded in the best imaginable way, overwhelmed that the very woman he had always care for so long who initially rejected him, now surprisingly loves him back, making him believe that sometimes miracles are real. The two kissed with uttermost passion arising from the bottom of their hearts and spent the night together at Kitty's room, although they simply yet lovingly slept, embraced, and snuggled beside each other until dawn since Kitty insisted they should wait "a little bit more."
After the X-Men's first encounter with the astral entity Shadow King within the X-Mansion, Peter and the mutants have discovered something sinister through their enigmatic visitor Jean-Paul Beaubier, an operative of the Canadian agency Alpha Flight, revealing that ever since Ultimate War ended, countless of survivors across New York have dealt and experience so much trauma and dread that some would internalize instead of seeking ways to recover from it, leaving them vulnerable to "lost astral spirits," varying from "boogeymen" to "soul eaters." The mansion contains one of the most souls which these spirits consider an ease to feed on and even worse, possess them just like the Shadow King had done to Cyclops. Furthermore, he revealed that the possible perpetrator behind it was a sorcerer by the legendary cryptonym of Eshu, who apparently released several astral spirits into the Earthly realm to "run his errand."
Questioning what was Beaubier's mission, the agent revealed that he was actually looking for Peter, or at least a relative of his which to be more exact: his sister, someone Peter knew ever existed. Shocked and overwhelmed by what Beaubier had revealed to him, an enraged Peter initially thought the agent was lying in order to deceive him, but thankfully, Jean manages to telepathically stun Peter to prevent him from attacking their situational ally and let the agent explain, which in return he counter-argued that Xavier instead should do the explaining both to the X-Men and Peter himself, giving away the secret that Professor X has always been keeping track of Peter's family every once in a while after leaving him, with Xavier telling Peter the truth that his mother had also given birth to a mutant girl named Illyana, though unlike Peter, she never had a luckier and more fortunate chance to live a normal nowadays, considering she's been recently (temporarily) locked up in Ravencroft Institute after trying to kill some astral demons possessing bystanders, whom the police saw as attempted murder thus deeming her criminally insane.
Despite feeling painfully betrayed by the Professor and seeing his discreetness as unforgivable, Peter was still determined to find out whether their findings were real as the eye could see, joining the X-Men's mission to interrogate, and possibly (at least to Peter), retrieve her in the asylum and figure out what was her involvement with Eshu and the lost demonic astral spirits. During their mission to Ravencroft, Peter and the X-Men were surprised to find the teenage Illyana, only to be confused by her eerie behavior and pleas to let her out because she has to "kill the Devil in Hell before he brings the himself on Earth," somewhat proving the reports of Agent Beaubier on the "astral demons" situation to be true, but also giving the impression that Illyana was insane just by saying that. Feeling a hunch that she was telling the truth, Peter tried to help his younger sister by asking her what she meant, the latter only told that they would only understand once they free her. Peter tried to open her cell, only to be stopped by Xavier and Beaubier, who ordered him not to open it yet as the agent revealed that Illyana wasn't the only one who was directly involved with the so-called demons.
Along the way, the X-Men sought the attention of other cellmates Rahne Sinclair, Sam Guthrie, Dani Moonstar, and Roberto da Costa, whose visions aligned exactly with Illyana's, envisioning a bear every time they have a nightmare. Together, the X-Men helped these mutant teenagers confront the demons inside the facility while some of them convince S.H.I.E.L.D. to help them get out through legal process. During the X-Men's battle against a powerful "Demon Bear," who initially brought them to the very "hell" Illyana has been speaking off, wherein most of them were overpowered, until they were able to barely send Peter back to Ravencroft in order to free his still clueless sister and convince her to help them fight the Demon Bear.
Thankfully, due to Peter's courageous and heartwarming talk after freeing Illyana, she sensed his heart of selflessness and sincerity in helping his people no matter how bleak or outmatched the battle is. Also, she would feel a strange familiar connection after interacting with Peter, with Illyana tearfully describing as if the "other half of her soul was restored," eventually figuring out she and him were siblings, now reunited. Knowing how inappropriate it would be to celebrate their reunion at that moment, the two were able to go back to "hell," which was called Limbo, who happened to be Illyana's source of powers. In the finale, the X-Men and the newly-found mutants have successfully incapacitated the Demon Bear and handed it into the Masters of Mystic Arts, subsequently encasing the entity into one of their relics. Going to the mansion with the teenagers after their pardon was granted, Xavier gave them a place of refuge and shelter. While Peter didn't immediately forgive Xavier for keeping the truth from knowing the truth before, he nevertheless thanked him now that he and his younger sister are reunited, knowing that he still has a family to love, take care of, and look after.
Powers and Abilities
Homo Superior Physiology: Colossus is a mutant with the superhuman ability to convert the tissue of his entire body into an organic steel-like substance. This substance resembling 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 and remain in that form for an as yet undetermined amount of time.
- Organic Steel Form
- Superhuman Strength
- Superhuman Stamina
- Superhuman Durability
- Peak Human Speed
|Power Grid |
- Skilled Painter
- Expert Combatant
- Intimidation Expert
- Class 10+ (Normal Form)
- Class 100+ (Metallic Form)
- Stronger Metals
- Depression (formerly)
- Panic Disorder (formerly)
- Colossus' X-Suit
- Art Materials
- X-Men Blackbird
- The X-Jets
Weapons: None known.
- Peter never cared to label his sexuality other than being "fluid," indicating he is neither straight, gay, bisexual, pansexual, or any of the LGBT+. This is an indirect nod to both his Earth-616 and Earth-1610 counterparts, who were straight and gay respectively.
- Prior to finding and meeting his younger sister by the late 2010s, Peter frequently experienced depressive episodes every once or twice in a year due to the absence of his parents throughout almost all his life.
- ↑ Modern Comics: X-Men Vol 1 15
- Peter's first to fourth times were with Neena Thurman, who was secretly the mercenary Domino, a mutant whom he met on a blind date during the years after he got rejected by Kitty Pryde. According to Peter at the time, he got "lucky" meeting her, in which the latter suspiciously agreed.
- Despite his mature personality and quintessentially-hypermasculine appearance, Peter (in this universe) is mostly younger than his fellow X-Men and is somewhat more serene, at least when he isn't in training or combat. This includes the fact that he is a year and a half younger than Kitty Pryde, his undying love interest since they were comrades.
- Appearances of Piotr Rasputin (Earth-61615)
- Character Gallery: Piotr Rasputin (Earth-61615)
- Quotations by Piotr Rasputin (Earth-61615)
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