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How is Nightcrawler in the comics different from X-Men: Evolution?

Postby Garble » Fri Jul 25, 2003 10:51 pm

The animated series, X-Men: Evolution is based on younger versions of characters from Marvel's long running X-Men comics.
To put some of the more popular characters into a high-school setting, things like the ages of characters and their relationships to each other were changed from the comics.

The comic book character, Nightcrawler is very similar to his counterpart on X-Men: Evolution with some notable differences.


[b]Appearance[/b]
The biggest difference in how Kurt appears in the comics is his feet. His feet are smaller, not as cat-like, and he has 2 toes in the front of each foot and one toe in the back.
In the comics, Nightcrawler is older (somewhere between 25 and 30), and has a larger build. He is a world-class gymnast so he is very lean but quite muscular.
His hair is very curly and he usually wears it rather short compared to Kurt in X-Men: Evolution.
Usually, you cannot see Kurt's pupils at all, so his eyes appear to be solid yellow.


[b]Personality[/b]
Because Kurt in the comics is older, he has more confidence than in X-Men: Evolution. He is less shy, has grown comfortable with his appearance and does not usually use an image inducer (the comic book version of the "holowatch") unless it is absolutely necessary.
He still acts like a comedian sometimes, but is also highly responsible and has even lead his own team. He enjoys making others laugh, but is also the mature voice of reason in many situations.
Kurt has long had a strong faith in God, and even tried a short career as a Catholic priest.


[b]Powers[/b]

[i]Teleportation[/i]
In the comics, Nightcrawler's teleportation is shown with a large puff of purple smoke and a "BAMF!" noise that has become his trademark.
Usually, he can only teleport a distance of about 3 miles at a time.
There is a limit to how much he can carry with him when he teleports, and there is a great strain in bringing additional people and things with him. In the comics, when people teleport with Nightcrawler, they feel sick and can even pass out. Kurt has sometimes used this to his advantage by repeatedly teleporting an enemy until that person looses consciousness.

[i]Shadow-blending[/i]
In the comics, Kurt always appears to be in shadow even if he is actually under direct sunlight. When it is dark, Kurt blends into shadows and can almost become invisible.

[i]Nightcrawler's Teleporting Dimension[/i]
In the past, the comics have not shown much of the dimension Kurt travels through when he teleports. It occupied by a an old race of demonic-looking mutants that Kurt is decended from. It has a breathable atmosphere, though it smells sulfuric. Time passes differently in this dimension.

The dinosaur-like creatures from the episode "Shadow Dance" have never appeared in the comics.



[b]Origin[/b]
In the episode Shadowed Past we see that Mystique dropped baby Kurt into a river by accident while fleeing from Magneto. However in the comic, there's no indication that Magneto was involved.

Nightcrawler came to join the X-Men very differently in the comics than in Evolution.
He was raised in a German circus, and grew up to be an acrobat.
Kurt left the circus as an young adult, when it was bought by a man who wanted to put Kurt in the freak show. Kurt came to a small German town where the people believed he was a demon and tried to hunt him down and kill him. They almost staked him through the heart, when Professor Xavier used his telepathy to stop them.
Xavier asked Kurt to join the X-Men and Kurt agreed in a desire to improve himself.


[b]Relationships[/b]

[i]Charles Xavier[/i]
Nightcrawler in the comicbooks shares a close, student/mentor relationship with Xavier much as he does in X-Men: Evolution. However, since Kurt was an adult when they met, Xavier is not as authoritative. Kurt has great gratitude and respect for the Professor and wants to make him proud, but is not as afraid of letting him down.

[i]Wolverine[/i]
Nightcrawler and Wolverine both joined the X-Men at the same time as adults, so they do not have a relationship as student and teacher, but as equals. They became beer-drinking buddies and developed a very close friendship and mutual respect for one another. Kurt is one of the only people who can question Logan's actions without making him angry, and pretty much the only one who can make him laugh. Wolverine has even taken orders from Nightcrawler during times when Kurt was acting as team leader.

[i]Shadowcat [/i]
In the comics, there is a larger age difference between Kurt and Kitty. Kurt was 20 when Kitty joined the team at the age of 13. Much like in the show, Kitty was put off by Kurt's appearance at first, but Kurt was only hurt in a general sense, not because he had a crush on her. Kitty eventually got over her aversion to Kurt's appearance and the two developed an almost brother/sister kind of friendship. Kurt is very protective of Kitty and calls her his "Kätzchen."




[b]Note:[/b] This is for the benefit of people who have seen X-Men: Evolution but are not at all familiar with the comic.
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Postby Nightcat_took » Sun Sep 14, 2003 3:43 pm

That was good!!! Mmmmmmmmmmm.... To tell you the truth... Imlike them both, but maybe cuz I'm not the comic Kurt's age, I like the X-Men evolution one better....:P
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Postby Gotcha! » Tue Sep 23, 2003 6:46 am

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Postby Tengu Aberdeen » Sun Oct 05, 2003 2:51 am

I've always liked Evo-Kurt. The "human" Kurt in Evolution bears an odd resemblance to a friend of mine--physically, at least.
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Postby TheNightcrawler » Thu Oct 09, 2003 10:27 am

Kurt in the Evo is more human... in the comics I never see him! WHY?!
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Postby Bamfette » Thu Oct 09, 2003 10:35 am

actually, physically, i would say comic or movie Kurt is the most human... and he is in the comics every month. in Uncanny X-Men. he is not a starring character of New or X-Treme tho.
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Postby MabusRex » Thu Oct 09, 2003 3:26 pm

From what I can decipher, I think TheNightcrawler was saying that on Evo, Kurt appears in human form (through the holowatch) but he/she hasn't seen them do so in the comics.

Reason? Kurt in the comics is secure in his appearance and no longer hides behind a "masked" appearance.
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Postby Northstars Love » Thu Oct 09, 2003 6:26 pm

It was interesting to see Kurt with the image inducer in the 70's Uncanny books. Changing into all sorts of movie stars:LOL But I'm thankful he doesn't use it anymore for the simple reason we get to see more of his sexy blueness;)
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Postby Siona » Thu Oct 09, 2003 9:35 pm

Originally posted by Bamfette
he is not a starring character of New or X-Treme tho.


Sadly, yes...I have around eleven issues and he only appears on the cover of one, but it was a huge collage of all the chracters and all you see is a headshot, and in another pic of all the characters in the same issue. Stinks, really. :bawl

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Postby jack7040 » Wed Jan 14, 2004 7:55 pm

Nightcrawler in x-men evo is cool. Do you like him? Tell me latter bye. :wave
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Postby Garble » Thu Jan 15, 2004 12:21 am

jack7040, glad you like Evo-Crawler. But if you want to talk about him with other people, there's a forum right here: forumdisplay.php?fid=26
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Postby rad_666 » Tue Oct 25, 2005 8:23 pm

mmm, Evo Kurt is ok. I don't really like the fact that he's such a coward, but as previously said by Garble, maybe he grew in confidence as he got older.
Also the voice. It's very squeaky and high-pitched, but maybe, like some kind of bacteria, it grows on people. It certainly has on me. :naughty
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Postby Jolinare » Wed Mar 21, 2007 6:34 pm

evo kurt is adorable. i'll give him that.

and he works surpisingly well in all sorts of ships in fanfiction. other than that i find him, in evo, childish and annoying, and Kurt without the religious element...is just no kurt at all! the comics rock. and comic kurt rocks: he swashes and buckles AND has such dignity.
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Postby Daycrawler » Thu Apr 12, 2007 6:23 am

Evo Kurt is cute and I like him, but comic book Kurt is hot and just so dreamy *tries not to drool*
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Postby Feuerstein » Tue Jun 12, 2007 5:00 pm

This thread is so old!

Meh, it's never too late to luff on Evo-Kurt.

He's what got me into X-men. I'm a comics-buff now. Not so into Evo anymore, but it did get me started. ;)
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Postby OctoberHoliday » Sun May 17, 2009 4:42 am

Thanks for this, Garble. I don't know too much about comic-Kurt, and the most exposure I've ever gotten of Nightcrawler is from the movie and X-Men: Evolution, so this is really helpful.

Did the X-evo version of Kurt get good response?
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Postby Amber-Night » Fri Aug 14, 2009 8:53 pm

I think x-evo Kurt is cute :) But im kinda stuck in neutral, in the movie hes hot!!! :P
Anyone agree?? :?
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Postby steyn » Sat Aug 15, 2009 5:40 am

Heck no, I sure don't agree on movie kurt as being hot. I prefer cartoon and comic kurt, atleast there he has some muscular build.
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Postby Dedicatedfollower467 » Sun Aug 16, 2009 1:45 am

Amber-Night wrote:I think x-evo Kurt is cute :) But im kinda stuck in neutral, in the movie hes hot!!! :P
Anyone agree?? :?


If you think movie Kurt is hot, you should see the comics.

:pant Now THAT'S a hunk!

Lol. I'm waaay too young for him. I don't care, he's still hot. I don't have to be his age to know he's hot.
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Postby steyn » Sun Aug 16, 2009 7:56 am

oh pshaw, just wait a couple years, you'll catch up to his age in the comics. That's the thing about most comic characters, they don't age :cracked
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Postby Dedicatedfollower467 » Sun Aug 16, 2009 8:30 pm

steyn wrote:oh pshaw, just wait a couple years, you'll catch up to his age in the comics. That's the thing about most comic characters, they don't age :cracked


That's the problem. I'll be an old grey-haired lady and he'll still be young, fit, and athletic!
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Postby steyn » Sun Aug 16, 2009 8:50 pm

All the better!
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Postby OctoberHoliday » Tue Aug 18, 2009 1:15 am

Yeah, if you like younger men. . . I can't stand em'! But I agree with Amber-Night (just Amber, then?). I think he is like BAMF! in the movies. I completely lost myself in hes all around beauty and mystery. :love
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Postby Angelique » Tue Aug 18, 2009 3:07 am

Well, just imagine you're a comic book character! You're only as old as you feel, anyway.
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Postby Wish-I-Had-A-Tail » Mon Aug 24, 2009 4:50 pm

I have a few questions about the comics that might be kind of irrelevant, but I didn't know where else to post them:

1) What issue is Uncanny X-men on? Like,whats the curent issue and how often does a new one appear?
2) Are there any other spinoffs other than Ultimate, Astonishing, Ultimatum, Evolution, Unlimited, and Classic? I heard theres one called just X-men?
3) What's the current issue for Astonishing X-men, i guess Volume 3?


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