Colossus came from humble beginnings, growing up in Russia as a simple farm boy.
His life changed forever when one day he saw his younger sister, Illyana, in
danger of being run down by an unmanned tractor. He rushed to her, sweeping her
up in his arms...but he was too late, he didn't have time to move out of the
path of the machine. He willed his mutant powers to come forth, and the tractor
practically disintegrated as it hit his armored, unmoving bulk. This was how
Professor Xavier found him when he asked Colossus to join the X-Men. After a
brief discussion with his parents, he set off to America to rescue the original
X-Men from the living island of Krakoa, and to help make a difference in the
Colossus was ever the idealist of the group, and though he was a powerhouse, he
was the gentlest soul among the team. A talented artist, he sketched during much
of his spare time. When Shadowcat joined the team, she fell for Colossus, and he
for her, though not with the same depth of feeling. He shared many adventures
with the X-Men over the years, one of the most remarkable involving his little
sister, Illyana. When she came to visit Colossus, the X-Men were investigating a
strange mystery. Illyana fell into a portal, and though Colossus only lost his
grip upon her for scant seconds in this world, in the world Illyana had
journeyed to, many years had passed. She emerged from the portal as a teenager,
her mutant powers now manifested. It took some time for Colossus to come to
terms with this, as it did for Illyana, but she joined the New Mutants with his
blessing. Time passed, and Colossus was transported to another world during the
Secret Wars, a plot of the Beyonder. While there, he fell in love, or so he
thought, with an alien woman named Zsaji. Though they could not even speak to
each other in a common language, when she gave her life to save his, dying in
his arms, he felt as though he had lost everything. He returned to earth and
ended his relationship, such as it was, with Shadowcat.
A major turning point came for Colossus during the Mutant Massacre. The injured
and dying Morlocks all about him, Colossus felt his anger burn within him as he
rarely had. When Shadowcat was severely injured during the battle, he lost his
temper completely, killing the Marauder known as Riptide. Ever the gentlest of
souls, he had been moved to take another's life. He, himself, severely injured
during the battle and unable to return to human form for fear of dying, found
himself healed by Magneto. When he awoke, whole again, he found himself
paralyzed. He recovered quickly from being paralyzed, though it took longer for
him to regain enough control to switch back to human form with ease. The next
big change occurred when Psylocke convinced the X-Men into entering the Siege
Perilous; a device which weighs the good and bad within your soul and then spits
you out where you can do the most good, with a chance to build a new life.
Colossus emerged from the Siege Perilous as Peter Nicholas and began life again
as an artist, with no memories of ever having been an X-Man. He met up with
Callisto, former leader of the Morlocks, who had herself been changed by the
Morlock, Mask. He had given her beauty where once was a twisted visage. Peter
and Cal fell in love, and life was bliss for a time.
Then the Shadow King came and claimed him, twisting his mind and bending him to
his will. It was only through Professor Xavier's intervention that Colossus was
turned back toward the side of good. The Professor reached deep within his mind
and released all of the memories the Siege Perilous had repressed. Though he
lost his ideal life, Colossus returned to the X-Men with a vengeance. Then came
one tragedy after another. His younger sister, returned to her childhood with a
second chance at life, died at age seven of the Legacy Virus. His parents were
killed by the KGB in Russia, and rediscovered his long thought dead older
brother, Mikhail. He had barely even begun to recreate the bond with his only
remaining family member when Mikhail succumbed to his insanity and committed
suicide, taking most of the remaining Morlocks with him. The final straw came
when Professor Xavier was forced to mentally lobotomize Magneto after he nearly
killed Wolverine. Believing that the Professor was betraying the very dream he
had created, Colossus' anger finally overwhelmed him, the betrayals and
tragedies of the years overwhelming him. He gathered up Magneto's still living
body and returned to Asteroid M with him, ready to care for the mutant villain
and even serve him should he ever awake again.
Colossus remained with the Acolytes on Asteroid M until it was destroyed. Giving
up his vigil to Magneto with the disappearance of the villain's body, he surprisingly
did not return to the X-Men. Just recently, he has been reunited with his former
teammates Nightcrawler and Shadowcat and joined the Britain based team,
Excalibur. He stayed with them until their disbandment, at which point he
rejoined the X-Men with Shadowcat and Nightcrawler. Though his heart can never
be the same, he is still much the noble and good soul he ever was; a true hero.
Quote: “I can help you.”
Colossus is a quiet stalwart
hero. He is intensely loyal to his friends and teammates and a relentless foe of
anyone who would harm them. His Russian heritage is a source of great pride for
him and he occasionally feels guilty over having left the Soviet Union. However,
he feels that he is needed in the X-Men and as a protector for his sister.
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