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Gambit by VampireWarith
Gambit by VampireWarith


The mutant Cajun with the ability to take the potential energy stored in an object and converts it to kinetic energy thus charging that item with explosive results, Remy LeBeau, better known as Gambit from the Marvel Comic Book, X-Men.

This is a pencil sketch drawing of Gambit by Anson Ng, but Gambit's appearance here is mainly based on the way he was drawn by Marco Checchetto in the Daken: Dark Wolverine comic series. The hair is the way it was in the early to mid 90s, I never liked it when it was too short. I'm not a fan of his black headpiece, it doesn't serve a purpose, but it's there. His trench coat hasn't really changed in all this time, except the color and those sleeve stapes, different shades of dark brown and very rarely it's been dark gray. His chest armor seems to be a mix between his original armor but with it being one solid piece and one color from the Daken comic book.

The elbow guards, belt, straps, pouches (to store his cards) and holsters is also from that series.

His Bo-Staff is either a solid smooth silver piece of metal or it has ring lines or grid lines from top to bottom. The only time it has attachments on it has been in fan art.

Some people might think that it's made out of adamantium, but it's never been stated and it's been cut and destroyed a few times.

Most versions show that the weapon can extend and retract.

The interpretation of his kinetic energy is the way Jim Lee and Lee Weeks drew it.

If I were to color this, his hair would be auburn (which it is), his headpiece and neckline would be black, his chest armor be dark blue, the best example for that would be from his series in 1999 and in Uncanny X-Men in 2000.

His coat would be dark brown, his pouches, holster and keen pads would be dark gray, his pants, his fingerless gloves and boots would be black. His power color would be a mix between red and orange (the color of fire and a explosion), the way it use to be throughout the 90s before becoming... sigh... pink or purple. One thing I didn't want to do was put a giant or a small capital X on his outfit because I'm so sick of that... we get it! He's part of the X-Men or a team with the 24th English alphabet letter in the title.

X-Men: The Animated Series
He became my favorite character when I watched the animated series back in the 90s. When it comes to overconfident cocky funny characters, he's one of very few that I like, but half the time that depends on who's writing him. I've never been a fan of his original costume, the black headpiece, and the upper chest body armor (that's body armor??? It doesn't seem to protect him from anything), the pink vest, square pattern tight pants and the long silver metal boots... well, that's why I wanted to draw a more practical look, but still having the black headpiece.

Voice actor Chris Potter set the stander on how Gambit's voice and accent should sound, a deep steadily soothing voice. Unfortunately no one but Potter has been able to capture that, he was replaced later in the series by Tony Daniels, he wasn't very good, sounded like he had a sore throat, and the animation got terrible.

Interview with Chris Potter (Gambit, X-Men Animated Series)

The only other person who comes close with the voice was Bill Heck in the Wolverine (podcast) series, although the characterization writing was utter crap.

Gambit: From 1990 to Now
If you want to know more about Gambit from the 616 canon universe, just read the comics, which is easier to do now more than ever. I of course can't list every issue he's appeared in X-Men and Uncanny X-Men, that would be too many links.

Sometimes the images will be blank, technical difficulties I assume, so here are other sites where you can find those titles in that case that happens.

Other Animated Series and Films
Gambit's character and design was awful in X-Men: Evolution, I had no interest in teenage versions of the characters. Wolverine and the X-Men... here's a show that literally tells you in the title that Wolverine is going to be the center of attention and everyone else will just be in the background. For some reason they had Phil Lemarr give him a Jamaican accent... it wasn't Taylor Kitsch's fault for the terrible script in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but it was just a mockery of the character, a pointless cameo that went nowhere. I'm not a fan of Channing Tatum, every movie he's done has been crap, he tried to get a Gambit solo film made and he wanted it to be a romantic comedy... it really showed that he did not get the character at all and that other people had better ideas.
Thankfully, the film was cancelled in May of 2019.

Matches, Powers, Skills and Abilities
He's not unbeatable, but a lot of people, including the hacks at Marvel, have either forgotten or have ignored the matches he's fought, just how powerful, skilled and cunning he really is.

From what I've heard, in the official strategy guides from Brady Games for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, Nick Fury states, "One of the best hand to hand fighters I've ever seen." Considering that he has info on almost every character, that's saying something. However, I haven't read that magazine, I can't show a picture of it and Marvel video games are not connected to the 616 universe, I've never seen any character in the comics make any references to the events in that game or any video game.

10 Things Gambit Fans Want You To Know About the Best X-Man
4. He's beaten some of the best there are, at what they do

Notable matches (616 canon universe)
Wolverine (beat him in the danger room) (Uncanny X-Men #273)
Gladiator (knocked him back with a full deck of cards) (Uncanny X-Men #277)
Spider-Man (evenly matched in speed and agility) (Web of Spider-Man #113)
Blade (film version) (evenly matched and was able to keep up with him in speed) (Gambit (1999) #4)
Daredevil (evenly matched and was able to keep up with him in speed) (Gambit (1999) #11)
Quicksilver (fast enough to hit and knock him out) (Contest of Champions II #3)
Hawkeye (able to match his speed, accuracy and was able to beat him) (Contest of Champions II #5)
Iron Man's automated armor (able to avoid it's targeting computer) (X-Men Legacy #267)

Honorable Mentions
X-Cutioner (fast enough to avoid his staff and hit him) (Gambit #5 (1999))
Skrulls (mange to knockout skrull versions of Captain America, Hawkeye, Thor and outwits the real Avengers such as Scarlet Witch and Vision by taking their Quinjet) (Uncanny X-Men #370)
Fantomex (defeats a rip-off version of him during a heist and escapes) (Civil War II: X-Men #2)
Darken (despite being the son of Wolverine, Gambit it able to beat the crap out of him, even making his left arm explode. Darken only wins the fight because of a sucker punch when Gambit got distracted) (Darken: Dark Wolverine #8)

Notable power use (616 canon universe)
Tithe Collector (used his kinetic energy on his coat which ended up spreading all over his body and exploded, although this didn't kill him since he came back in later issues) (Gambit (1993) #4)
Iron Patriot (James Rhodes) (uses his abilities to power an Iron Man armor) (Gambit (2012) #13)
Other objects (with some effort, he can prolong the detonation time of his activated detonation. Causing a slight lag when he's prepping his potential/kinetic conversion of matter into volatile state) (Mr. and Mrs. X #12)

Notable skills (616 canon universe)
Dodging projectiles (X-Men #3Uncanny X-Men #276, Gambit 1999, Mr. and Mrs. X #3)
Gambit #5 (1999)

It's disappointing that the only people who ever made Gambit look powerful was the person who created him, Chris Claremont and Jim Lee, a few others here and there such as Fabian Nicieza, then in 2012 it was James Asmus. However, storytelling and characterization writing from all four was a mix bag. Others have not only completely ignored all of that, but all his nuance, plotting, and planning is hardly ever a feature of his character or who Gambit is and what his name stands for. Then again I could say that for nearly every character at Marvel and other comic book publishers these days.

A 90s Character?
There are those who say that Gambit is a relic of the 1990s... but they don't explain why that is or their very vague about it, so let's start with his character. Gambit is somewhat of a ladies' man (although when you compare him to others like Tony Stark, Wolverine and the Human Torch he ranks pretty low on that), when he's single, but that type of character has been around for a very long time, long before the 90s.
Simon Templar (1928 book / 1962 TV series)
James Bond (1953 book / 1962 film)
James T. Kirk (Star Trek TOS 1966)
Thomas Crown (The Thomas Crown Affair 1968 film)
William T. Riker (Star Trek TNG 1987)

The charming thief is another characterization trait that's been around for centuries.
Robin Hood (1400s)
Catwoman (Batman #1, 1940)
John Robie (To Catch a Thief 1955 film)
Thomas Crown (The Thomas Crown Affair 1968 film)
Simon Templar (1928 book / 1962 TV series)
Black Cat (The Amazing Spider-Man #194, 1979)
Carmen Sandiego (1985 video game)

He's not saying outdated slangs from that decade, there were different types of attitudes going on in the 90s with a character's personality but Gambit didn't act like any of them.

His hairstyle isn't outdated like Longshot's (a mullet), Gambit's hairstyle looks like what's called a side part with volume, the original dates back to the 1920s.

Or a type of undercut which dates back to the 30s or as far back as the 1910s and in the 80s it was given a lot of volume.

At times, depending on the artist, his hairstyle is what could be a mix between a side part / curtain with volume like the character Jason Dean (1989).

Or long shoulder length hair, but that's been around forever.

He's not wearing bright neon baggy grunge gangster style clothing.

Countless characters, from the golden age to now, wear tight spandex with all kinds of strange color patterns and shapes. His hot pink chest armor was a color that became popular with mainstream fashion in the 80s. The trench coat look was first seen in the 30s and 40s with crime and detective Noir, it's origins can be tracked back even before WWI, but it didn't really become a fashion trend until the 80s, Kyle Reese wore one for a short time in The Terminator (1984) and Jason Dean in Heathers (1989). There were a few examples in the early 90s like Tomebstone (1993) and The Crow (1994), but it didn't really become a look with action heroes and villains in film until the mid and late 90s and the 2000s.

"Notice the long black trench coat that says I'm a cool anger rebel"

His silver metal knee leggings / boots look like they were based off medieval leg and feet armor which of course comes from the late 14th and early 15th century. But they were not certainly not work or combat boots of the grunge era.

His body size, hair and costume doesn't reflect that decade like
Nomad / Jack Monroe (1992)
Blackthorne (video game 1994)
Mitch Hunter (Doom Troopers video game 1995)
Sketch Turner (Comix Zone video game 1995)
Reno Raines / Vincent Black (Renegade TV series 1992-1997)
Characters from Image Comics (Supreme #2 1993)

Quite a lot had huge muscles that look like tumors, showing off their chest and arms because it's hot everywhere they go, long unkempt hair where it looks like they just woke up, wraparound sunglasses that look more like visors, they always have one expression on their face like they smelled something bad and big armor shoulder pads that are just impractical. I'm not saying Gambit's costume is perfect, but unlike others he never once wore his underwear outside his clothes like The Phantom, Superman, Batman, Wolverine, Cyclops, Captain America and so on. He's not wearing all black like the Terminator (1991), Blade (1998) or Neo (1999), he only did once during the run of X-Treme X-Men, except for his coat, but that was in 2001 and it looked as if Claremont was coping The Matrix because he wasn't known for his original ideas. Nor does he have cheap gimmicks like an eye patch, tattoos, scars or a beard to make him look tough like Aquaman from the mid and late 90s. For the past few decades, hairstyles and clothing is a mix between several different eras, there wasn't just one style of the 2000s and 2010s.

Gambit debuted in July (brief appearance in Uncanny X-Men Annual #14) and August (first major role in Uncanny X-Men #266) of 1990.
There were no established 90s trends set in yet, there wouldn't be for another year or two, past fashion trends will last that long before they fadeout, while some make a comeback or never become old fashion. If Gambit has been kept the same or even somewhat since his first appearance, since he gets accused of that all the time, then it seems as if he's a character based on different eras, since the only character traits, clothing and hairstyles that Claremont and Jim Lee could gotten anything from was from other decades since like I said, everything we know about the 90s had not become known yet. But even if Gambit was a character from the 90s, compared to what we have today, especially to what most male characters have been reduced too in comics, movies, TV and video games... I'll take a 90s character any day.

When it comes to his popularity, Gambit is still a very liked character with the fans, but not with the hacks at Marvel or all these SJW PC woke losers.

American Entertainment Marvel Survey results circa 1994
When asked the question, Who are the three X-Men characters you would like to see get their own monthly title? Gambit came in at number 1 with 51,451 votes.

IGN ranked Gambit as the 65th Greatest Comic Book Hero of All Time.

If you want to see how well his 2012 solo series sold.

In 2013, ComicsAlliance ranked Gambit as #4 on their list of the 50 Sexiest Male Characters in Comics.

There was a vote in 2018 of over 116 Marvel characters and Gambit came in at number #6 with a 100 votes.

Gambit and Rogue were the most requested pops of all time.
2020 Toy Fair New York Booth Tour! (6:14)

This artwork piece of the cover of his first appearance got quite a lot of comments.
Uncanny X-Men #266 cover (1st full appearance of Gambit)
Added to Site: 2/25/2021

Final Thoughts
Whenever I see people who hate Gambit, there's always going to those who hate a character, it's unavoidable, but they usually end up being male readers who are these inadequate self-conscious losers with women and have no sense of humor at all. I'm not expecting everyone to love him, but they can't name a single moment from the canon 616 universe to show why he's such a bad person, just vague reasons, exaggeration, flat out lies and the only examples they use are from alternate realities, because somehow those count, but it's just desperation. It wouldn't surprise me if a lot of these haters were hypocrites where they like characters who have actually done some pretty terrible things. It seems that many of the haters have barely read any of Gambit's appearances in comics, haven't asked any fans for info on him and just base their hate on the thought that he's just a creepy womanizer from a few episodes of the cartoon and read a summary from a wiki page.

Gambit has a large female fan base, so some of these males proclaiming a character misogynistic should actually try talking to them about it... but then again... their insecure over a fictional drawing of a character for a reason and shockingly... the female fans of Gambit don't give a rat's @$$ what these losers think. Many of these haters turn out to be these ugly overweight bald males or skinny beard hipsters who look like they never comb their hair, shave, change their clothes, haven't bathed in months and they usually turn out to be pedophiles (not all, but many).

And annoying podcasters

I've seen quite a few who put images of themselves on their avatars, or they use these images of a buff male model as their avatars when they look the complete opposite in real life. The other side are the woke feminist, who pretty much look the same as their male counterparts, the only men they approve of are psychopaths.

Another problem people have with Gambit, is that he's too much of a ladies' man, that he cheats on Rogue and others... the only so-called evidence that Gambit cheated came from a supposed sex tape from a 2004 solo by John Layman... however the content on the tape has never been clarified. Gambit has never been written cheating on Rogue, nobody can point to an issue or page that says and shows without a doubt that happen. The only times in which he did have flings with others was when he and Rogue had already broken up for the 100th time. Gambit is supposed to be a ladies' man but has never been much of it, he's only been with two known characters, Bella Donna and Rogue, both of which he married, he hasn't had any other significant love interest within the X-Men or any other team... what a scoundrel.

Gambit is a suave, handsome guy who makes women swoon, he's not misleading in his intentions. He would be a creep if he was rejected but he isn't most of the time, women find him devilishly charming and are all over him, this happens all time in the both the fictional world and the real world. I bet those who hate him have none of those qualities, their just a bunch of pathetic losers who have never had a girlfriend or have ever been out on a date or even talk to women...

These people seem to be part of a 2018 poll where 25% of men who think that asking a woman out for a drink is sexual harassment...

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