First draft of a character sheet! Disgraced Nazi from Another Dimension: NightcrawlerReal Name:
Kurt WagnerGroup Affiliation:
X-Men, formerly Lightning Force on Earth-597Height:
On Earth-616, the surviving elements of Excaliber are probably not thrilled with him. Back on Earth-597, the surviving elements of Lightning Force, regard him as a traitor the cause and the Reich.Nickname:
Back on Earth-597, generally, "Sir". In this one, it is possible people will try to call him things like "Elf" or "Fuzzy".Powers:
Teleportation, superhuman agility and balance, clinging, shadow blending, prehensile tail, infrared vision.Skills:
Martial arts, swordsmanship, marksmanship, military strategy and tactics, acrobatics, infiltration and exfiltration, philosophy, theory of teleportation. He is also extremely charismatic and a liar of some proportions, very useful in the Third Reich.Bio:
Kurt Wagner was born to Raven Darkholme in Bavaria, Germany, on Earth-597, where the Nazis had won World War II. His clear mutation did not mark him as a freak in Third Reich but as one of the ubermensch. Instead of being raised in a circus and driven away for being a monster when being abandoned by his mother, he was given a place in one of the boarding schools for the ubermenschen of the Third Reich.
He grew up without a family and was raised to view the Leader and the Reich as his family. But the relationship was rocky. Even though the x-gene automatically gave him special status as an ubermench, the truth was that the Reich strongly preferred even their supermen to be blond of hair and blue of eye. He underwent a fair bit of abuse, as a result, and he retreated into a mock superficiality and humor that covered considerable cruelty. Having never been shown love and affection, revenge was the only thing he had. Despite his relatively modest powerset, he became an eventual expert at turning the tables on his opponents through vicious pranks that did not stop at merely embarrassingly but were occasional fatal.
Likewise, he had every reason in the world to learn to defend himself. The Reich's racism was moderated by any one of a number of unusual situations, mostly based on readings of Nietzsche's philosophy, one of which is that the Japanese were also a master race. When most of his schoolmates were comfortable with learning Western martial arts - boxing and wrestling - Kurt was more comfortable learning Japanese arts suck as Shotokan karate, aikido and other arts that took advantage of his superhuman reflexes and explosive athleticism, and Kosen judo techniques where he could use his superior flexibility to tie up opponents who were much, much stronger than he was (even before considering he had a tail). He preferred Western fencing for pretty much the exact same reason, because the long reaching lunges, engagements and disengagements favored a highly mobile style. He became something of an expert in defeating bigger, stronger opponents through frustrating their attacks before using their own power against them, one way or the other.
In school, he passed with flying colors, preferring subjects with philosophical and historical importance over everything other than physical activities. He has the equivalent of a master's degree in philosophy, though his military education was primarily in covert operations, given his skill set.
As a young man, he was transferred to England to be part of the Lightning Force, where he was able to find his place for a while. They had enough strangeness about them, a fey quality, that he fit in better than he ever had in Germany. Things went as well as they ever did until Excalibur came to their dimension. Afterward, Kurt started to have doubts about the world in which he lived. A nascent feeling of . . . ethics
had risen up in him. He used his skills at getting into and out of places, as well as teleportation which made it easy for him to avoid the various checkpoints one found all over the Reich, to read forbidden interpretations of Nietzsche's work, including the parts that had been edited out of standard versions. He realized the extent to which the Reich's government was based on lies and false premises - how they were precisely the lying, manipulative scumbags that the claimed other "lesser" peoples to be.
It came to a head when the Lightning Force was sent to "deal with" a group of Jewish imposters in Scotland. It was to be a simple mission of murder, with a few people sent to interrogation. Kurt couldn't do it. On the day before the mission, he went to the group and helped them escape. He tried to pretend that he'd done nothing, and would have gotten away with it except one of the people he helped escape broke the protocols he'd set and was caught. Upon psychic interrogation, it came out that Kurt helped. Hauptmann Englande was ordered to take Kurt into custody as a traitor but, well, he's very slippery and the rest of Lightning Force failed. Kurt escaped.
It was hard for him to be on the run. While he could easily escape virtually anything, he nevertheless was very noticeable. Anyone who saw him could recognize him. He decided to go for a more permanent solution. From his military contacts, he knew that the Reich had several devices capable of traveling different dimensions. He stole one and used it, transporting himself to Earth-616.
It was relatively easier to stay low, though a general sense of paranoia made him leave Europe for America's friendlier shores. Granted, not too friendly for so obvious a mutant as himself, but at least Lightning Force wasn't on his tail. Eventually, though spottings were made so that Wolverine decided to go out and see if something weird had happened, like his Kurt had come back from the dead. What Wolverine found was nearly as stranger but he, more than most, knew how hard it was to struggle for redemption and accepted him into the team. Which has been a little weird, socially, since everyone expects him to be that other person and while there are some similarities there are also considerable differences . . .