Personal Info:
Real Name: Remy Etienne LeBeau
Also Known As:
Place Of Birth: New Orleans, Louisiana
First Appearance: The Uncanny X-Men Vol.1 266
Known Associates:
Group Affiliation: Horsemen of Apocalypse,formerly X-Men, Marauders, Chevaliers, Thieves & Unified Guild's of New Orleans, Crimson Pirates
Base Of Operations: Mobile
Grudges: X-Men
Creators: Chris Claremont and Jim Lee
Death is an excellent martial artist, street fighter, and acrobat. He is well adept in martial arts Savate, French kickboxing, and Bojutsu, the art of using a Bo staff.
Enhanced Abilities: Death has super human agility and reflexes.
Molecular Acceleration: Death has the power to take the potential energy stored in an object and convert it to kinetic energy thus “charging” that item with explosive results. He prefers to charge smaller objects, such as his ever-present playing cards.
Hypnotic Charm: Death has the ability to "charge" the kinetic energy within a person's brain, allowing a subtle influence over any sentient mind. This power allows Death to compel others to believe what he says and agree with anything he suggests.
Static Interference: Death has the ability to create static, because of the charged potential energy always in his body, that shields his mind from detection and intrusion by even the most powerful telepaths.
Toxic Transmutation: Death has the ability to convert inert materials into toxic substances; for example, transforming breathable air into poisonous gases.
Weapon: Death usually employs throwing spikes and playing cards. He also often uses a telescoping bo-staff.
Remy LeBeau is a mutant who was trained to be the leader of the Thieves Guild. Abandoned at birth due to his burning red eyes, the child who would one day become Remy LeBeau was kidnapped from his hospital ward by members of the New Orleans Thieves Guild who referred to the child as "le diable blanc" - the white devil. They believed he was the child that had been prophesied to unite the warring Guilds. Soon after, Remy was placed in the care of a gang of street thieves who raised the child and taught him the ways of thievery.
Later, when he was around ten years old, Remy attempted to pick the pocket of Jean-Luc LeBeau, then-patriarch of the Thieves’ Guild. Jean-Luc took the boy in off the streets and adopted him into his own family. As part of a peace pact between the Thieves’ Guild and their rivals, the Assassin’s Guild, a marriage was arranged between Remy and Bella Donna Boudreaux, the granddaughter of the head of the Assassins Guild. However, Bella Donna's brother Julien objected to the marriage and challenged Gambit to a duel. Remy killed Julien in self-defence, but was excommunicated and banished from New Orleans in an attempt to maintain the non-aggression pact between the two guilds.
Remy wandered the world as he plied his skills as a master thief, aided by his mutant power to charge objects with explosive energy. He employed playing cards he charged with kinetic energy as his trademark weapon. At one point Remy had approached the master geneticist Mr. Sinister for help in controlling his powers. Sinister removed some of Remy's brain tissue to reduce his power levels, thus affording him a greater degree of control. As a result, Remy was now in the geneticist's debt, and Sinister subsequently charged the thief with assembling the team of assassins called the Marauders. Remy did not realize that Sinister would employ the Marauders to massacre the underground mutant community known as the Morlocks. Seeing the horrific results of his actions, Remy attempted to stop the massacre but was almost killed by the Marauder named Sabretooth. However, he did manage to save one young Morlock girl who would one day grow up to become the X-Man named Marrow.
Eventually, Remy encountered Storm, a member of the outlaw team of mutant adventurers known as the X-men. Storm had been transformed into an amnesiac child who had turned to theft as a means to survive. Remy helped her escape her enemy, the malevolent psionic entity known as the Shadow King, and they became partners. Later, when the X-Men's founder Professor Charles Xavier returned from a long period of travelling in outer space, Storm sponsored Remy's admission into the X-Men.
Gambit served the X-Men faithfully for years and when Apocalypse came to Earth after the events of M-Day, Gambit joined him, with the intent of ensuring the X-Men's protection from the High Lord. He became Death, however, the transformation changed both his mind and body, altering his original intent. However, large portions of his former self seem to be intact, as Death IV.