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Quote1 I am not made of steel. Rage. I... am made... of RAGE! Quote2

Born to a simple farm life in Russia, Piotr Rasputin is a mutant with the ability to transform his body into steel, which grants him phenomenal strength as Colossus. He was approached by Professor Xavier with a chance to change the world for mutants as a member of the X-Men.[17] As a gifted painter, Colossus gradually witnessed his simple life drastically change due to the adventures and complexities related to his duty as an X-Man.[18] Even in face of tragedies, he has maintained his role as a fighter for most of his life to build a better society for mutants and humans.[19]

Among the calamities Colossus fought, none compared to the destruction of his family. His younger sister Illyana was corrupted by the demonic sorcerer Belasco,[20] his older brother Mikhail emerged as an insane malefactor,[21] and his parents were slain as a result of dark schemes regarding their mutant family.[22] Ultimately, the death of Illyana as a consequence of an infection by the Legacy Virus affected Colossus the most,[23] leading him to embrace the philosophy of Xavier's nemesis, the mutant extremist Magneto, as one of his Acolytes.[24] Following the fall of the Acolytes, Colossus joined Excalibur[25] and eventually returned to the X-Men.[26] When a cure for the Legacy Virus was developed, Colossus sacrificed himself to trigger its dissemination.[15] However, his body was revived by Ord, an alien from the Breakworld,[27] a world which was prophesized to be destroyed by Colossus himself.[28] Having rejoined the X-Men,[29] Colossus was pivotal in politically protecting Earth from an attack by Breakworld.[19] He reconnected with his sister, the witch known as Magik,[30] acting by her side in the X-Men.[31] However, in order to demonstrate to him the effects of dark corruption, she manipulated him into becoming Cyttorak's new Juggernaut.[1] Later, he experienced similar experiences as an avatar of the Phoenix Force,[2] and as one of the Horsemen of Apocalypse in the far future.[32] Despite his sister's actions, their relationship recovered.[33]

His familial problems haunted him once more after Professor Xavier established the mutant-exclusive island-nation of Krakoa.[34] After a clash against enemies of Krakoa,[35] Colossus became an unwilling double agent by being manipulated by the mysterious Chronicler under Mikhail Rasputin's orders.[36] This allowed him to make his way to the Krakoan intelligence agency, X-Force.[37] Parallel to his position on the Quiet Council of Krakoa, the Krakoan supreme government,[38] Colossus ascended to become the supervisor of X-Force.[39] As mutantkind struggled, Colossus betrayed his allies by leading them to become victims of his brother.[40]


Early Life[]

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Piotr was born on the Soviet collective farm, called the Ust-Ordynski Collective, near Lake Baikal in Siberia. Piotr grew up with his dear brother, the famous cosmonaut Mikhail Rasputin, and his beloved younger sister, Illyana Rasputina and would pass the time drawing or painting, a hobby he was immensely talented in. Piotr's superhuman powers emerged at the age of 13. At first, he was content simply to use these powers to aid his family and the other people of the Collective.[41]


After a transformed Piotr rescued his sister Illyana from a runaway tractor, he was contacted by Professor Charles Xavier, founder of the X-Men, when Professor Xavier was organising a new team of mutant X-Men to help him rescue the original X-Men from the sentient island of Krakoa. Piotr agreed to leave the farm community in which he had been born and raised to go to America with Professor Xavier and stay at his School for Gifted Youngsters. Professor Xavier gave Piotr the code name "Colossus" and Piotr aided Professor Xavier's other new recruits in their battle against Krakoa.[17] After the battle was won, most of the original X-Men left the team. The newly christened Colossus remained in the United States with the new X-Men, Storm, Nightcrawler, Wolverine, Thunderbird, and Banshee, while the rest of his family stayed on the farm. The second group of X-Men were mostly adults and required no tutoring from Professor X, but were trained in the use of their powers and how to use them in tandem as a team, in the Danger Room.[42]

The team went on to battle Kierrok,[43] Havok and Polaris controlled by Eric the Red, and traveled to outer space to face Steven Lang's Sentinels and rescue their captured teammates.[44] After a trip to Cassidy Keep, they battled Juggernaut and Black Tom Cassidy,[45] and later had their first battle with Magneto.[46] They then journeyed to the M'kraan Crystal's home-world to battle the Shi’ar Imperial Guard.[47] After their recent turmoils, Phoenix decided to throw a party at her apartment, which she shared with Misty Knight, and the X-Men briefly battled Iron Fist, until Phoenix explained he was one of Misty's best friends.[48] During a picnic, they briefly battled Weapon Alpha,[49] and later Warhawk,[50] then were controlled by Mesmero to perform in a circus, until Beast rescued them only to battle Magneto and his robot Nanny shortly after.[51] They escaped to the Savage Land, where Colossus saved Nereel and a female friend of hers from a T-Rex that was attacking them. In gratitude for saving them, the two girls took Colossus off to an island for a romantic rendezvous, where he unwittingly fathered a son.[52][53]

Kitty Pryde[]

They then battled the Hellfire Club Knights and the White Queen, where Piotr first met Kitty Pryde. Piotr began a close friendship with Wolverine and Nightcrawler as well as Storm, whom would come to affectionately call him "Little Brother".

His family always remained in his thoughts, however, with him often remarking that he was the only X-Man that still had a real family. Shortly thereafter, a woman known as Miss Locke kidnapped many of the X-Men's loved ones to use as hostages in order to force the X-Men to aid her in freeing her employer, Arcade, from captivity by one of Doctor Doom's robots. Among her captives was Colossus's younger sister, Illyana, whom Locke had somehow kidnapped from the Siberian collective farm and transported to the United States. Arcade brainwashed Colossus into becoming "The Proletarian", who then battled the other X-Men until they countered the brainwashing.[54] The X-Men freed Illyana from captivity, and she went to live with her brother Piotr (known as Peter in America) at Professor Xavier's mansion.

Later, the six-year-old Illyana was kidnapped by Belasco and the X-Men followed to Limbo where they rescued her. Due to the odd temporal nature of Limbo, Illyana would spend years there in captivity while only days would pass for the X-Men. As a result, Illyana was 13 when they finally managed to rescue her. As a side-effect, an alternate timeline version of Colossus dies in Limbo.[20]

When the X-Men fought the evil mutant Proteus, Colossus attempted to kill Proteus by punching him with his metal skin, an act he found morally questionable even though he did it to save Dr. Moira MacTaggert's life.[55]

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Asking Binary to join the X-Men

When Dracula was defeated Lilith released Kitty, thanking the X-Men for their assistance. Peter and Kitty became close, although, at the time, both were too shy to fully admit their budding romantic feelings for each other. However, after surviving an attack by the alien Brood, Kitty and Peter grew closer and started to date.[56]

During the Secret Wars, he became infatuated with the alien healer Zsaji, and realized his feelings for his teammate were not wholly genuine, Colossus broke up with Kitty.[57] Emotionally distraught, Piotr later fought Juggernaut in a bar-fight while drinking with Wolverine and battled the Dire Wraiths, where he learned that Illyana's time in Limbo had made her a sorceress. Peter and the X-Men next battled Kulan Gath with the Avengers and after most of the heroes perished, Illyana, now going by the codename Magik, and Dr. Strange traveled back in time to before it happened, erasing the event.[58]

Piotr and Kitty later agreed to be friends after surviving another trip to Murderworld.[59]

Not long after this incident, Piotr was among the X-Men, alongside Kitty, Magneto, Rogue, Wolverine, Storm, Nightcrawler, Psylocke, and Longshot to be de-aged by Mojo, who briefly mind controlled them as they returned to their proper ages, though the team was saved by Illyana and the other New Mutants before the brainwashing became permanent.[60]

Mutant Massacre[]

The X-Men, later, attempted to rescue the Morlocks, after Mr. Sinister's Marauders began to indiscriminately massacre them, and Colossus was injured by Riptide's shurikens becoming unable to return to his human form. Angry at the Marauders' lack of compassion for other people's lives, Colossus snapped Riptide's neck, killing him. Riptide's shurikens had caused energy leaks in Colossus' body, without penetrating his armored skin. Magneto used his power to mend the wounds, but Piotr was left in a temporary paralysis. Piotr was sent to recover on Muir Island.[61]

Death of the X-Men[]

After months of recovery, Colossus was able to return to his human form, with great strain, and enjoyed a return to painting as a form of therapy. After a woman foretold that Piotr would soon have a decision that would affect all of humanity, Piotr contacted his sister and asked her to teleport him to where the X-Men were. Piotr arrived in Dallas, Texas, at Forge's Eagle Plaza, just in time to assist the X-Men in battling Freedom Force. After the initial battle, a rift opened in the sky of Dallas and chaos ensued. A myriad of different weather patterns appeared right next to each other and beings and creatures from the past appeared and attacked. The X-Men and Freedom Force formed a temporary alliance with each other to save the citizens of Dallas until Piotr decided to enter Eagle Plaza. After gaining access into the Starlight Citadel, the X-Men battled the Adversary and, after Rogue absorbed his power and opened a portal to seal him in, gave their life to imprison the Adversary, with help from a spell cast by Forge. However, the Omniversal Guardian, named Roma, restored the X-Men to life and freed the Adversary under the notion that there could be no order without chaos. The events had been broadcast over a live television news feed and the world believed the heroes to be dead. After being resurrected, the X-Men decided to use the opportunity to go underground and keep their rebirth secret.[62]

The X-Men resurfaced in Australia, where they defeated the Reavers and claimed their base and teleporter, Gateway, a mute, mutant aborigine with the ability to create teleportation portals. Roma appeared and presented them with the Siege Perilous, a gem that created a portal which granted any person who walked through it judgment and a new chance at life, with a new career, home, and so forth and had magically made them invisible to any sort of mechanical perception. Upset about not seeing his sister, Colossus was approached by Gateway to enter a portal. Piotr exited the portal in Limbo and witnessed Illyana, in her Darkchylde form, attempting to cast a necromantic spell to summon his supposedly dead soul. After smashing S'ym, Piotr learned that Illyana had accidentally summoned a doppelgänger of Baba Yaga called from her mind, based on the literary Baba Yaga of old Russian stories and the New Mutants were in danger of being eaten. After rescuing the New Mutants, who'd become huge obese blobs due to 'Baba Yaga' by that point, Piotr left Illyana believing he was dead and told her to never forget him, returning through Gateway's portal.[63]

The Brood & Garokk[]

The X-Men next investigated a Brood Star-shark Havok had found and tracked the source to Harry Palmer, who was unaware he was infected and had made an entire crèche of mutant hosts. This time, the X-Men were too conflicted about killing the human hosts, but Havok killed Brickbat to save Colossus, who in-turn, killed Whiphand, to save Havok. After Wolverine killed Harry, the X-Men ended the Brood threat.[64] Following Storm, who abruptly left in the middle of the night, the X-Men tracked her to the Savage Land. Upon arrival, the Savage Land was scorched and barren and the X-Men battled Garokk, in the armor of Terminus. After the initial battle, Longshot was lost and Storm's Cameo Crystal opened a portal to M'Rinn's dimension, where Longshot had been teleported and the Fall People escaped to, reuniting Piotr with Nereel and, even though he was unaware of the connection, giving him the chance to meet and play with his son, Peter. Together with M'Rinn's people, the High Evolutionary, and the Fall People, the X-Men separated Garokk from Terminus and, with his sacrifice, restored the Savage Land.[65]


Piotr battled the Cold Warriors, to rescue another Russian family.[66] To pass the time on the Australian base, Psylocke would pose, sometimes nude, for Colossus. Later, Havok tracked the Marauders to The Alley, and the X-Men ambushed them, where Piotr was shocked to face a cloned Riptide. The Marauders fled and, as the X-Men gave chase, they found themselves battling a demonic invasion of New York, slowly becoming demonic themselves.[67] Piotr was, somehow, immune to the effects and, after learning that Illyana had lost control of Limbo, left to find his sister. While searching for Illyana, Piotr was captured by demons and delivered to S'ym, who was battling Illyana in her demonic form. Piotr was shocked to see his "Little Snowflake" in such a state and Illyana was embarrassed and teleported away.[68]

Piotr battled S'ym, who told him that Colossus himself allowed his sister to become that way and swore he would return her to normal if he could take control of Limbo himself. Darkchylde found a way to stop the Inferno, although she knew it risked her no longer existing. Darkchylde opened a tremendous portal and sucked all of the remaining demons back to Limbo. Burning so bright with energy, that it hurt to look at her, the Lightchilde hurled her Soulsword into the air and the demons were gone, leaving only the charred remains of her eldritch armor. Piotr cradled the badly damaged armour and heard someone call his name from inside. Opening the armour, Piotr found Illyana had returned to her natural age.[68]

Returning to aid his teammates, Colossus arrived in time to see Madelyne and Havok, calling themselves the Goblin Queen and Goblin Prince, enter a demonic Empire State Building, which shut him out. After scaling the wall, Colossus was attacked, by Havok, and saved, by Iceman, of X-Factor, and the X-Men and X-Factor combined efforts to defeat the demon N'astirh, assuming that he was controlling the Goblin Queen and the Goblin Prince.[69] At that moment, Marvel Girl was captured by Maddie, and another battle was instigated between the X-Men and X-Factor. The Goblin Queen attempted to sacrifice baby Nathan Summers, her and Cyclops' son, atop the Empire State Building to finish N'astirh's work and permanently open a gateway between Earth and Limbo. The Goblin Queen locked herself, Nathan, and Marvel Girl inside a psionic barrier.[70]

Both the X-Men and X-Factor's combined efforts seemed to be futile in an effort to break through the telekinetic bubble. The invasion was thwarted after Madelyne committed suicide in combat with Marvel Girl, attempting to kill everyone in range of her power, but the X-Men and X-Factor protected each other while Jean protected Nathan.[70] Following Mr. Sinister's psychic trail, Marvel Girl tracked him to the School for Gifted Youngsters and the X-Men and X-Factor were ambushed by the Marauders. While interrogating Malice/Polaris, Mr. Sinister destroyed the school.[71][72]

While the X-Men and X-Factor battled Sinister and Malice, Sinister attempted to claim Marvel Girl, but Cyclops seemingly killed Sinister with an unchecked optic blast.[72] Attempting to comfort Havok after the recent loss of both the women he loved, Wolverine suggested that the men of the X-Men go to a bar in Sydney. While at the bar, the four X-Men stopped an alien invasion of the many aliens in The Conquest.[73]

New Life[]

Piotr along with Havok, Dazzler and Psylocke crossed the Siege Perilous and he found himself in New York but with no memories of his former life and became a famous artist named Peter Nicholas and became involved in a relationship with the Morlock Callisto. Later his memories returned and he once again became an X-Man.[74]

Loss of Family[]

After Illyana was returned to her true Earth age, Colossus thought it would be better for Illyana if she went back to live with their parents. Sadly, their parents were slain and she was kidnapped by the Russian government, who hoped to genetically evolve Illyana to the point where she would have the use of her powers again, to defeat the mutant known as the Soul Skinner. Colossus, with the help of the X-Men, saved Illyana and brought her back to the mansion.[75]

Later, Illyana became the first tragic victim to be infected with the Legacy Virus and die from it. The deaths of his immediate family, as well as brain damage that forced him to remain in armored form, caused Colossus to rethink his position with the X-Men and join Magneto and his Acolytes, who had offered him an alternative to the X-Men's way of fighting and living. [24] However, when the X-Men attacked Avalon, Colossus helped them to go undetected by the Acolytes. When Magneto was defeated and left in a vegetative state, Colossus decided to stay and take care of him.[76]


Colossus's brain damage was repaired by the X-Men through surgery on his armored form, but he then decided to remain with the Acolytes of his own volition, hoping he could temper their extremist methods with what he had learned from Professor Xavier.[77]

Little is known about his time with the Acolytes, but according to Operation: Zero Tolerance Colossus sub-file 17812 (which was considered by the X-Men as a trick intended to disturb them), during this time, he assisted them as they murdered unarmed scientists of a Russian space station that had ventured too close to Avalon.[78]


His stay with Magneto was not long once he realized that Avalon was not the place for him, either. He left in search of the only person he felt truly cared for him, his former love and teammate Kitty Pryde, now a member of Excalibur. Colossus traveled to England, where he found Kitty in the arms of her new love, Pete Wisdom. Colossus, enraged, attacked Wisdom, and although the battle was short-lived, they both sustained minor injuries.[25]

Colossus accepted Kitty's new life and chose to become a member of Excalibur. Once the team dissolved, Kitty, Colossus, and Nightcrawler returned to the States and became active members of the X-Men.[79]

Death and Rebirth[]

Beast, one of his X-Men teammates, claimed to have found the cure for the Legacy Virus after consulting the late Moira MacTaggart's notes. However, it required a mutant to activate their powers, and the process would be fatal. Colossus agreed to use it despite Beast's warnings that it might not work. Colossus was successful, and the cure was spread worldwide, claiming his life in the process. Colossus' body was supposedly cremated, and Kitty scattered the ashes over his Russian farmland home.[15] However, his body had secretly been stolen by Ord, an alien who had learned that an Earth mutant would be responsible for destroying his world. Ord had come to Earth to declare war, but the spy agency S.W.O.R.D., a subdivision of S.H.I.E.L.D. handling extraterrestrial matters, was able to settle the matter diplomatically. Ord had Colossus restored to life and imprisoned him for years while experimenting on him.[80]

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Ultimately, Ord discovered the Legacy Virus cure still in Colossus' system and presented his findings to Benetech geneticist Doctor Kavita Rao, who modified it to create a "cure" for the "mutant condition." Learning of the cure, the X-Men went to Benetech to investigate. There, Kitty found Colossus alive and, after overcoming her initial shock, took him to aid the X-Men against Ord. Defeated, Ord was taken into custody, and Colossus returned home with the X-Men to adjust to his new lease on life. Colossus re-joined to the X-Men and renewed his relationship with his longtime love, Kitty.[81]


Soon after, Colossus became involved in a mystery involving the deaths of several of his cousins, all of whom (like himself) were descended from the "doom of Old Russia", Grigory Rasputin. It was eventually revealed that Grigory was attempting to return through his descendants and that his old ally Mister Sinister had teamed with Colossus' brother Mikhail to hasten the process. Ultimately, Mikhail sought to protect Colossus by exiling himself to ensure Grigory could never return.[82]


An ancient mural on Breakworld indicated that Colossus was the mutant destined to destroy the planet. The X-Men were taken to Breakworld by Abigail Brand of S.W.O.R.D. to stop the Breakworlders from destroying Earth in retaliation. Kitty broke in to defuse the bomb, only to discover that it was a bullet with no electronics. Before the X-Men could stop them, the Breakworlders launched the bullet directly at Earth. Trapped inside, Kitty phased the entire bullet through the planet and out the other side. She was permanently fused to the bullet, trapped in an intangible form, and was presumed dead. With Kitty gone and the pair separated shortly after their reunion, Colossus was left devastated.[83][19]

World War Hulk[]

Colossus was one of many X-Men that tried to defend Professor Xavier against the Hulk, who had come looking for Charles as he was one of the members of the secret Illuminati that exiled him from Earth. During their battle, the Hulk reflected on Colossus' bravery, mentioning that Colossus might have once made a "decent opponent" for the Hulk. Locked in a test of strength, Hulk demonstrated his superior power by bending Colossus' arms backwards at the forearms, breaking them. Beast later used a laser to heat his arms up near their melting point, while Strong Guy bent them back into place; his arms needed to be reset in their metal form before he transformed back to his human form to avoid serious injury to them.[84]

Omega Red[]

Following the destruction of the X-Mansion and the dissolution of the X-Men as a result of the Messiah conflict, Colossus took time off and travelled to Russia, joined by Nightcrawler and Wolverine. The trio were captured by the Russian government, who wished to find out why all their mutant agents succumbed to M-Day, and Colossus did not. This led to a battle against the Russians and Omega Red, who was being examined by their captors. After defeating Omega Red, the heroes received a call from Cyclops informing them of their new home in San Francisco. They soon arrived back in the States, where they aided in rebuilding the X-Men.[85]

Return of Illyana and Kitty[]

While his sister had seemingly been claimed by the Legacy Virus, Illyana had unbeknownst to her brother been resurrected by Belasco, with only a fraction of her soul. After encountering the New X-Men, Illyana used them in her struggle to reclaim her freedom. She returned them to San Francisco, where she was reunited with her brother. While initially afraid to stay, her brother and her friends convinced her to try.[30]

When the newly repowered Magneto came to San Francisco to join the X-Men on their new mutant nation of Utopia, he found himself greatly distrusted by most of the other X-Men. Determined to win their trust, Magneto used his powers to reach into space and find the bullet carrying Kitty Pryde. Through strenuous use of his powers, Magneto was able to drag the bullet back to Earth, reuniting Colossus and Kitty once again, though for a time Kitty was stuck in her phased form.[86]

With his sister back, Colossus became greatly overprotective of her, seemingly oblivious to the fact that she had changed greatly as a result of her lacking a soul. When Illyana was trapped in Limbo during an attack by Bastion, Colossus clashed with Cyclops when the latter hesitated to send a rescue team after Magik and weaken their forces in the battle against Bastion.[87]

When Illyana revealed her true intentions; to use Legion to destroy the Elder Gods and reclaim her soul, risking the fate of the universe to do so, the X-Men had her imprisoned in the X-Brig, only releasing her with a bomb strapped to her chest for select missions. Colossus tried to argue that these measures were too harsh, but Illyana declined his offers of help, telling him that she accepted her punishment.[88]

Fear Itself[]

When Kuurth attacked San Francisco, the X-Men tried and failed to stop him. Desperate, Cyclops ordered to Magik to travel into the Crimson Cosmos and meet with Cyttorak, with Colossus and Kitty Pryde insisting on going with her. Illyana told Cyttorak that Cain Marko had betrayed him and now served another god. Enraged, Cyttorak took his power back from Marko and Magik offered herself as his new avatar. Colossus intercepted, however, much to Kitty Pryde's displeasure, and insisted on his sister being spared the burden, offering himself as Cyttorak's new avatar instead. Cyttorak accepted, and Colossus was given the powers of the Juggernaut.[1]

After gaining the powers of the Juggernaut, Colossus took Kuurth on and quickly turned the tide against him. However, before Colossus could kill him the Serpent teleported him away. As the avatar of Cyttorak, Colossus now had to contend with a constant desire to inflict destruction and mayhem, something which conflicted with his usually gentle nature.[89]


After the events of Schism, Kitty Pryde attempted to convince him to go with her to Westchester. Colossus chose to remain on Utopia however, stating that with all that he carried inside himself as the Juggernaut, he was not fit to be around children, effectively ending their relationship.[90] He then joined Cyclops' Extinction Team. During a mission to Tabula Rasa in which Colossus fought a number of monsters in search for his sister, he was shown to take on aspects of Cyttorak, including spikes and claws. After being calmed down by his sister, however, these aspects vanished. Eventually, he volunteered to be imprisoned alongside his sister due to being afraid of losing control of himself.

Avengers vs. X-Men[]

Colossus fought alongside his fellow mutants against the Avengers, when they came to kidnap Hope Summers. He fought the Red Hulk at the bottom of the sea and once again began taking on the aspects of Cyttorak. He utterly overpowers the Red Hulk in this form, but their battle was seriously damaging the pillar that supported Utopia. He managed to regain control of himself and allowed the Red Hulk to defeat him in the knowledge that if he loses control of himself again, he won't be able to stop himself. The X-Men appeared to surrender, but in reality, it was a ploy and Cyclops teleported out together with Colossus and several other powerful mutants.[91][92]

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After finding out that Hope was heading to the Moon together with Wolverine, Cyclops gathered Emma Frost, Magik, Namor, and Colossus and teleported to the Moon in order to confront the Avengers. Before a fight broke out, Thor fell from the skies, closely followed by the Phoenix.[93] A fight broke out between the X-Men and the Avengers while Iron Man unleashed a weapon meant to destroy the Phoenix. Iron Man's weapon failed, and instead fractured the Phoenix, forcing it to turn all five of the X-Men into avatars. Colossus and the rest of the avatars took Hope back to Earth in order to prepare her.[2]

Colossus and his fellow Avatars went about making the world a better place by destroying all arms and giving pure water, food, and free energy to the entire world. With the power of the Phoenix dispersed between them, they were able to temper it's corruptive influence.[94]

Colossus also traveled to the Crimson Cosmos and asked Cyttorak to free him from his role as the Juggernaut due to Colossus serving as the avatar of the Phoenix Force as well. Cyttorak refused, stating that Colossus was his favourite avatar in thousands of years because as a hero, Colossus engaged in destructive battles constantly. Because of this, Cyttorak wanted Colossus to remain his avatar, stating that as a force of rebirth and destruction, he and the Phoenix Force were not incompatible. Colossus tried to use his power to force Cyttorak to release him, but as a demon lord in his own realm, Cyttorak was too powerful, and he returned Colossus to Earth.[95]

After Namor lost his portion of the Phoenix, the other four remaining hosts gained his portion.[96] When the Avengers staged a raid on the X-Men's prison in order to rescue their fellows, Colossus and Magik arrived to stop them. Spider-Man remained behind to fight them but was no match for the Phoenixes powers. Colossus refused to use lethal force on Spider-Man despite Magik egging him on. Colossus became worried over the things his sister was saying, believing that she was losing control over her power. This led to an argument and after being egged on by Spider-Man, Colossus and Magik started fighting and took each other out, resulting in their portions of the Phoenix going to Cyclops and Emma.[96]

Cyclops' distraction allowed Colossus and Magik to escape. Colossus finally succumbed to despair, having believed that the Phoenix would allow him to transcend Cyttorak's whispers of destruction when he had lost control in the end after all. After condemning himself as a doomed monster, Magik revealed that she had planned for this to happen in order to make him understand. She knew that by offering to become the next Avatar of Cyttorak, Colossus would interject and take the burden onto himself, showing him what damnation felt like. Her motivation had been to show Colossus that she was not worthy of his love. Colossus realized that she was insane as she thanked him for finally understanding. Colossus lost control and reverted to his Demon form and attacked her. Magik then teleported him away and left him, telling him that regret was her final gift to him.[97]

Colossus eventually made his way to the ruins of the farm in Siberia he had created with the Phoenix powers. After some time, he was suddenly approached by Magik who told him they had unfinished business. Colossus reverted to his demon form and tried to kill her, but she transported him to Limbo and defeated him. As he awoke, he found that he was free of Cyttorak's influence. Magik explained that a hell-lord is the master of their domain and as Mistress of Limbo, her soulsword was powerful enough to sever Cyttorak's influence while in Limbo. She told him that she did all of this out of love so that he would know that she did not deserve his affection. Colossus realised that she could have freed him of Cyttorak's influence at any time and told her that the next time they met, he would kill her.[98]

Magik's betrayal left Colossus' mind all but shattered. He took refuge in a cave and began creating effigies of Magik which he would destroy. He was found by Magneto who was searching for the members of the Extinction Team, but after realizing that Colossus' spirit had been broken by the betrayal he faced at his sister's hands, Magneto contacted Storm and left Colossus' fate in her hands.[99]

Cable and the X-Force[]

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Colossus was found by Cable hiding in the Art Institute of Chicago. Cable, looking for Colossus' help, brought him a piece of armor meant to aid Colossus' powers, which had been broken by the Phoenix, rendering him unable to fully shift between his metal and flesh forms. Colossus agreed to help Cable, going undercover by taking a job at a factory so that he would be able to smuggle in Cable and the rest of his team. The mission went awry, causing Cable and Colossus to come under attack by Colossus' former colleagues, mutated by a virus. Despite Colossus' attempt to subdue them without killing them, Cable made the call to destroy them after Doctor Nemesis accidentally mutated them further while attempting to cure them. This caused Colossus to lash out at Cable, who barely managed to block a blow that would have killed him otherwise.[citation needed]

Cable's team were discovered by the Avengers, making them wanted criminals. They fled to Mexico in order to hide out temporarily while they regrouped, and Colossus shared a night of passion with Domino. After this, he left and turned himself in to the authorities in an attempt to pay for his crimes. Later on, he was freed from prison by his teammates and eventually faced off with Psylocke and Storm's X-Force team and Stryfe. In the end, the team disbanded.[citation needed]

The Once and Future Juggernaut[]

Colossus eventually re-joined the X-Men at the Jean Grey School and helped them with the fight against the Wendigo plague in Canada.[100]

After Cyttorak sent his gem back to Earth, Colossus felt it calling him and alerted his fellow X-Men about it. Colossus wanted to go with them to destroy the gem, but fearing he would be corrupted by the gem once more, Storm didn't allow him to go.[101] Colossus convinced Pixie to teleport him to the Temple of Cyttorak, where the X-Men were fighting against the other people who like Colossus were called to the temple by the gem.[102] When he reached the chamber where the gem was, Colossus saw Cain Marko trying to take the gem and thought he wanted its power for himself. They battled until the Living Monolith claimed the power of the Juggernaut.[103]

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Facing the Unstoppable

As Abdol showed off his newfound powers, Colossus and the X-Men tried to figure out how to defeat him. Colossus eventually came with the idea to call Cyttorak and strike a deal with him. In the presence of Cyttorak, Colossus dared him to give him enough power to kill even the Crimson Demon himself and challenged him to a fight to the death. Cyttorak enjoyed the idea, but he instead gave the power to Marko, who became the Juggernaut once again. With more power than ever before, Marko defeated Abdol.[104]

Although Cain Marko had enough power to kill Cyttorak, he only wanted to kill the man who killed his brother, Cyclops. After announcing his intentions to the X-Men, they tried to stop him but were easily defeated. Colossus confronted him and tried to remind him that he wanted to destroy the gem, but Cain didn't listen. The Juggernaut easily punched him miles away and attacked him again, but Colossus managed to trick him into destroying the ground he stood on, making him fall off a cliff and be buried alive by the ground he had destroyed.[105]

Omega World[]

Months after leaving the X-Men to live a peaceful life in Russia, Colossus was convinced by his sister Illyana to rejoin the team and help them with the mutant refugees in X-Haven in light of the M-Pox breakout.[106]

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Colossus and the Horsemen of Apocalypse

Storm sent Colossus and the young mutants he took under his wing (Anole, Ernst, Glob, and No-Girl) to investigate the sudden appearance of six hundred new mutant signatures in a warehouse in Tokyo. Sugar Man was about to leave with an ark containing six hundred mutant embryos, which he genetically engineered in total isolation from the Terrigen Mists, when they arrived. He planned to take it with him to the future, where they would be safe from the M-Pox and grow to become the next generation of mutants, with him as their leader. The interference of Colossus and his protégés, however, resulted in them being teleported with the ark in his place.[32]

Arriving on Omega World, they were attacked by the Horsemen of Apocalypse. Colossus stayed behind to hold the Horsemen off while his team escaped[107] and was consequently converted into the Horseman of War. He spent one year hunting the young X-Men to retrieve Sugar Man's ark to Apocalypse.[108][4] When the X-Men invaded Apocalypse's Kingdom to get the ark back and rescue Colossus, the Horsemen of Apocalypse ambushed them.[109] Colossus was knocked out by his sister and taken back to the past alongside Apocalypse, who teleported Colossus away to Clan Akkaba.[4] The X-Men eventually found Colossus again and took him to X-Haven, where Nightcrawler tricked Apocalypse into transforming Colossus back to normal.[110]


After Beast discovered that there wasn't a cure for the M-Pox and no way to alter the Terrigen Cloud, the X-Men decided to go to war against the Inhumans to decide the fate of the Terrigen. With the war underway Colossus was stationed at X-Haven to protect it from a potential Inhuman counterattack. When the Inhuman Royal Family arrived to do just that, Colossus was left to face them on his own. He later joined the rest of the X-Men in Iceland in the final battle against the Inhumans, where Medusa finally understood what the X-Men were fighting for so she voluntarily destroyed the Terrigen Cloud, ending the threat of the M-Pox.[111]

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After the Terrigen Cloud was destroyed, the X-Men sent the refugees back home from X-Haven. Storm asked Kitty Pryde to return to the X-Men and take her place as leader, and in doing so Kitty moved the mansion from Limbo to Central Park and created a new field team and recruited Colossus. Piotr and Kitty shared many awkward moments given their history, and despite their initial attempt to move forward only as friends,[112] they reignited their romance and Kitty eventually proposed to Piotr, and the two became engaged.[113] However, Kitty backed down at the last second during the wedding ceremony, citing that their messy history together was not a good foundation for a marriage despite their mutual love.[114] As a consequence of the failed wedding, Piotr decided to leave the X-Men and return to Russia.[115]

Age of X-Man[]

In the reality created by Nate Grey and a Life Seed, a world where everyone on Earth was a mutant and relationships were strongly discouraged or illegal, Piotr was a member of that reality's X-Men team. He was seen offering his strength to help move automobiles and protect bystanders from falling debris while the team dealt with a young mutant's burgeoning powers. Back at the X-Sanctuary, the X-Men's base of operations, Piotr begins to tell Nature Girl a story of a young child back in St. Petersburg who on the day of the Resolution developed the power of a black hole in his hand. Like the rest of the X-Men, Piotr's memory was wiped overnight of his former teammate Bishop, who had committed an offense against the status quo by having a romance with Jean. X-23 was seamlessly woven into the memories of the team, taking Bishop's position and his residence. The next morning Nate presented the team with a flyer distributed by Murshid En Sabah Nur, a revolutionary preaching the virtues of love.[116]

As part of the X-Men, Piotr lived alone, but in the same housing development as the rest of the team. He spent his downtime painting, at present working on a "fantastical" portrait of a dragon (i.e. Lockheed). Piotr and the rest of the X-Men were the primary response team to all matter of worldwide threats and danger. When a forest fire threatened to destroy Los Angeles and a mutant hatchery, Cerebro West, Colossus and Nature Girl were tasked with helping save as much of the wildlife as possible. Their mission a success, the team wound down together watching news coverage of the rescue and spend the following day together pursuing leisurely activities. While lounging, Jean was knocked down by a strong broadcast from Murshid, naming a meeting place and time in Central Park to hear about his resistance to the individualism of society.[117]

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Piotr and the X-Men were later seen at Murshid's rally, listening to his call to "embrace the connections that make life worth living" and keeping a watchful eye on the gathered crowd. Tensions escalated after Murshid kissed his son Evan's head; members of the crowd began to rip the claws off a Wolverine statue, with X-23 and Colossus attempting to intervene. Piotr found the whole affair to be blasphemous and easily lifted several mutants into the air when they attempted to use the broken claw as a battering ram to attack the X-Men. At this point Colossus and Shadowcat, a member of Murshid's X-Tracts, shared an initial knowing look. Murshid and his X-Tracts left soon after, expressing love for the X-Men, and the crowd dispersed.[118]

Later at a team meeting, the X-Men were conflicted over how to respond to the revolutionaries; Jean understood the more radical and less pacifistic view, but thought they were blowing things out of proportion. Colossus saw it as their duty as X-Men to use their powers to protect the world against threats and uphold their values, even if it meant sometimes resorting to violent means to do so. He called for a swift end to the revolutionaries before their movement could grow out of hand, much like a wildfire. In the end the group decided that they needed to keep an eye on the X-Tracts and loop in Department X. Colossus stormed out following the end of the meeting. Back home painting sometime later, Colossus angrily flung his paintbrush against the wall, haunted by "obsolete" thoughts and feelings toward Kitty.[118]

After another successful relief mission in the Bahamas, the team watched a news report broadcast of a speech by the X-Tracts, which in part announced the group's upcoming presence in London on Xavier Day. Colossus angrily smashed the TV upon hearing this news and chastised the group for their pacifistic approach thus far in dealing with the rebels. Magneto agreed with Colossus, highlighting the movement's gaining traction. Realizing that Department X was not enough to combat the revolutionaries, Jean called for the X-Men to make a stand for "evolutionary rights" and meet the rebels head on at the holiday gathering.[119]

Colossus, Jean, Magneto, and Nature Girl volunteered to attend Xavier Day, keeping an eye out for the X-Tracts and managing the crowd of celebrants. As promised, Murshid and his X-Tracts arrived to preach their message to the gathered crowd, inciting blatant acts of passion and eroticism. Enraged by this, Colossus attacked Kitty Pryde, who phased his punch through her. His action triggered flashes of their past relationship and prompted him to spontaneously kiss her. The gathered X-Men and Department X squad proved unable to successfully combatant the riled crowd using traditional tactics. In a desperate move, Jean used her telepathy to violate the minds of the gathered crowd and ordered them to disperse. Assembling for a debrief soon after, the X-Men witnessed more gigantic fissure opening up across the world, resembling rifts created by reality-bending Omega mutants. That night, Colossus burned his X-Men costume and prepared to leave the group behind due to his feelings for Kitty. Before he could leave, however, Department X members Moneta, Northstar, and Psylocke arrived to arrest him. They almost successfully subdued him after a brief skirmish, but he escaped.[120]

After being confronted by the X-Men, Nate revealed his involvement in the creation and maintenance of their reality and the physical and mental toll it was taking upon his body. While revealing himself to the X-Men, members of the X-Tracts (including Colossus) and Danger Room prison attacked the gathered group, forcing the X-Men to protect Nate until matters could be sorted. After a brief skirmish, Nate revealed to Colossus and the other images of Cyclops and the other remaining mutants from the mainstream reality, using the images to highlight the pain and suffering caused by their relationships with one another and humanity. Simultaneously Nate transformed the mutants back into their mainstream counterparts, with Piotr regaining his lost forearm. Jean insisted that their bonds with others were what made them who they were and that they needed to be able to make mistakes together. After some back and forth between the group over what they were returning to and the ramifications upon its inhabitants of dismantling the utopian reality, the X-Men eventually all decided to leave the manufactured reality and returned home.[121]

Life in Krakoa[]

Colossus was one of numerous mutants who moved to Krakoa after Charles Xavier and his allies used the island to establish a new mutant nation.[34] During a mission in Russia to rescue mutants, Piotr was severely beaten by the government's anti-mutant forces.[122] He was later retrieved by the Marauders.[35] Following this incident, Piotr opted to live a more peaceful life. He moved away from mainland Krakoa to grow Krakoan medicine in the Savage Land.[123][124]

Piotr's new peaceful life was interrupted by a call from Domino for help on a mission for the newly reformed X-Force.[122] While initially reluctant, he eventually decided to join her. During the operation, Piotr watched Domino die, and ensured her resurrection at the hands of The Five, a group of Krakoan mutants who could unite their powers in a resurrection ritual.[125] Despite Domino's further offers for Piotr to join X-Force, Colossus consolidated his new lifestyle, dedicating himself solely to farming and painting. During this time, he also began a relationship with a water-manipulating mutant named Kayla, building and running a homestead together in the Savage Land.[124]

Unbeknownst to Piotr, his brother Mikhail had returned and began working for the Russian government. Mikhail had allied himself with the anti-mutant organization XENO as part of Russia's conflict with Krakoa. He coerced Chronicler, a Russian mutant with the power to bend reality and influence a person's actions, to turn Piotr into a mole, having him leak crucial Krakoan intelligence and snap Kayla's neck when she found him out, all under their influence.[126]

Unaware that Piotr's will was no longer his own, Magneto and Xavier nominated him to join the Quiet Council to replace Marvel Girl, who had left to reform the X-Men. Colossus was accepted onto the Council, with a vote of 7-4.[38]

Colossus would spend over two years under Mikhail and the Chronicler's control, even joining Krakoa's Intelligence Agency, X-Force, on behalf of the Council, feeding all of Krakoa's information to his brother.[39] The Chronicler's influence would begin to wane during a mission that took X-Force to the future, during which the weakened control over Colossus' actions allowed him to suggest to Domino that she should investigate he and Kayla's homestead.[127]

Fall of X[]

As X-Force liaison to the Quiet Council, Colossus was put in charge of security at the third Hellfire Gala, instructing X-Force to stay off Mykines island and remain on standby on Krakoa during the festivities so they would not be able to intervene during Orchis' attack on the event. Deadpool and Domino would disobey orders and break ranks, with Domino discovering Kayla's corpse and warning X-Force field leader Sage that Colossus was compromised. Sage was not able to warn her team in time however, with Colossus guiding Omega Red, Wolverine, and Kid Omega through a gateway and into Mikhail's clutches.[128]

The X-Force members would spend weeks in Mikhail's custody, while the rest of the team searched for them. However, Mikhail's use of the Chronicler to control Orchis agent Jun Wei would loosen his hold on Piotr, allowing him to regain bodily and mental autonomy, kill Mikhail, and help his team escape.[129]

Colossus would stay with X-Force for a while longer, helping them deal with the threats of Beast and Sabretooth, before rejoining the X-Men to participate in their final counterattack on Orchis.[130][131][132]


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Metal Mimicry: Colossus is a mutant with power to convert the tissues of his entire body into an organic metal substance that appears to be analogous to osmium and to carbon steel. He is able to transform into this armor-like state at will (the process is virtually instantaneous) and remain in that form for an as yet undetermined amount of time.[41] The longest time he has remained in armored form by choice so far has been five days. Once in his armored form he remains so until he consciously wills himself back to normal.[41] If he is rendered unconscious, however, he spontaneously reverts to his normal form.[133] While in the armored state, Colossus possesses the same degree of mobility that he does in his normal form, though his endurance and speed are enhanced.[41] The conversion from flesh and bone to organic steel is accomplished by a psionic whole-brain interface with an ionic form of osmium, an extremely dense metal, located in another dimension. In willing the act of transformation, Colossus actually exchanges osmium atoms for his carbon atoms. The psionic interface with the other dimension re-creates all of Colossus's body in functionally similar organic ionic-osmium materials. The process by which Colossus gains additional mass from an unknown, perhaps extra-dimensional, force remains unknown. Colossus cannot become partially or selectively armored; his body is either entirely converted or not.[134][41]

  • Superhuman Strength: After transforming into his armored state, Colossus possesses vast superhuman strength.[41] As a teenager, he was sufficiently strong enough to be listed as a class 70. However, as a fully mature adult, his strength has increased to the point that he is listed at exactly class 100.[41] He proved able to momentarily surprise and hold back the Unstoppable Juggernaut with a few potent blows.[135] Colossus has stalemated the Thing in a contest of arm wrestling before being distracted, and even generated equal force to the Thing to separate two firing elements.[136] Colossus has also temporarily restrained the Savage Hulk with a sequence of blows combining strength and skill,[137] and was able to briefly match and trade blows with Gladiator before being defeated.[138]
  • Superhuman Stamina: Also, while in armored form, Colossus' musculature produces considerably less fatigue toxins than the musculature of a normal human. At his peak, he can physically exert himself at peak capacity for several days before the buildup of fatigue toxins in his blood begins to impair him.[139] He also does not need to breathe while transformed, but it is believed that he could not survive for long in a vacuum.[41]
  • Superhuman Durability: In his armored form, Colossus has a high degree of imperviousness to injury.[41] His armored form can withstand ballistic penetration, including that of a 110 millimeter Howitzer shell.[41] He can survive temperature extremes from 70 degrees Fahrenheit above absolute zero (-390 degrees Fahrenheit) to approximately 9000 degrees Fahrenheit.[41] He can survive a collision with a loaded, one ton flatbed truck at 100 miles per hour or an explosion of 450 pounds of TNT.[41] He can also survive falls from great heights while in his armored body.[134][140] Colossus' armored form cannot rust under normal Earth conditions.[41] Furthermore, his eyes become steel-like and allowing his eyeballs to withstand and deflect even the impact of a .45 caliber bullet.[41]
  • Peak Human Speed: In his armored form, Colossus's speed is at the peak of human potential, enabling him to run 32-36 mph.[139]
  • Energy Projection: After Colossus remains in his armored form for an extended period of time, transforming back into his normal form projects an energy wave in all directions around him, which he cannot contain or control; this energy was apparently dangerous enough that his teammate Kitty Pryde only survived staying by his side by using her own mutant ability to make her body intangible.[77]


Expert Combatant: Even though Peter has a gentle demeanor and personality, he is a skilled hand to hand combatant who utilizes judo and wrestling techniques.[41] He also received some training personally from Wolverine and honed himself through years of combat training within the X-Men's Danger Room.

Expert Farmer

Multilingual: Peter is fluent in both his native language of Russian and English. He was also telepathically taught Japanese by Professor X, along with the other X-Men who traveled to Japan to attend Wolverine's wedding.[144]

Skilled Painter: Peter is a talented artist adept in both sketching and painting,[41] once becoming very famous using the name Peter Nicholas while suffering from amnesia.[9][145]


Vibranium: Colossus' metal skin is vulnerable to the anti-metal Vibranium, as evidenced when Xraven stabbed his arm with a Vibranium blade which instinctively turned him back into his normal form.[146]

Adamantium: Colossus can be damaged when attacked by something made from or bonded with Adamantium (e.g. Wolverine's Adamantium-bonded claws).[147]

Concentration: Colossus needs to concentrate to transform into steel form. He was unable to do so when fatigued by heat.[52]



Paints, brushes, canvas.



  • During his time as the Avatar of Cyttorak, Colossus stayed in his steel form. He revealed that the reason for this is that in steel form he is a hero and in flesh form he is a man. He believes that as a hero perhaps he could fight the urge for destruction while as a man he wouldn't stand a chance.[92]
  • Curiously, Colossus is the only Avatar of Cyttorak to have displayed the demon form. In this form Colossus more closely resembles Cyttorak and gains claws, scales and spikes. It is revealed that this is because Colossus is one of Cyttorak's favorite avatars in thousands of years.[141]


  • Piotr is a fan of Neil Diamond.[149]
  • Colossus has identified himself as an atheist,[77] and says that is how he was raised.[150]
  • Colossus cannot cry while in his metal form.[150]

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