Born to a Neyaphem Mutant, claiming to be the inspiration for Satan, Azazel, and the shape-shifting mutant terrorist, Mystique, Kurt Wagner was abandoned at birth, due to his demonic appearance, and raised highly religious by circus Romani. Born with a unnatural level of gymnastic agility and later gaining the ability to teleport, Kurt became a high wire wonder, until a violent mob drove him from the circus. Saved by Professor Charles Xavier, Kurt joined the X-Men and has been fighting for the peaceful coexistence of mutants and humans for most of his life. After being injured by Riptide, Kurt overexerted himself battling Nimrod and fell into a coma. Upon waking from his coma, Kurt believed that the X-Men had all died and he, with the two other surviving X-Men, founded Excalibur. Kurt matured to the point of leading Excalibur, but eventually returned to the X-Men. For a short time, Kurt left the super hero life to become a priest, but again returned to the X-Men. After the return of Hope Summers, Kurt was killed by Bastion, while sacrificing himself to return her to the X-Men headquarters on Utopia. After spending some time in Heaven, he was taken back to the land of the living while fighting his father.