Real Name: None

Identity/Class: Robot

Occupation: Training robot

Affiliations: Professor X, X-Men, (former) Dr. Doom, Warhawk

Enemies: (former) Marvel Girl, Professor X

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, Westchester County, New York

First Appearance: X-Men I#22 (July, 1966)

Powers/Abilities: Colosso has been redesigned and outfitted with different devices on several occasions. Originally, Colosso was approximately 20', and was powered by Professor X from a remote control. Its body was composed of strong materials which could repel even Cyclops' optic blasts, could fire a paralyzing ray from its head, had jets in its legs and head desgined to melt ice, and claw-like hands. It also possessed superhuman strength (class 40?). Colosso's greatest advantage was its ability to sense its opponents' attacks using strobing lights which emanated from its body. Colosso's second design was the size of a normal human, and could fire energy blasts from its left hand, and release a sticky paste. It was also roughly as strong as Colossus (class 75?).

History: (X-Men I#22)- Professor X designed Colosso to serve as a challenge for the X-Men in the Danger Room, and instructed them to defeat Colosso in just five minutes. Angel flew at Colosso, but was struck down by its paralyzing ray. Iceman attempted to slip the robot with ice on the floor, but jets built into its legs melted the ice. Cyclops then fired an optic blast at it, but its body reflected the ray back, and nearly struck the Beast. The Beast attempted to strike it from behind, but its lights warned it of the attack, and it evaded him. It then captured Marvel Girl and Cyclops in its massive hands, but Cyclops had guessed the source of the robot's sensory powers, and Marvel Girl levitated Professor X's blanket around Colosso's head, rendering it blind. The Beast then tied the blanket into a knot, and the five X-Men attacked it together, and managed to topple Colosso over. Professor X was pleased that they had passed his test.

(Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Comics Magazine#3)- Dr. Doom gained access to the X-Mansion and reprogrammed Colosso to serve him, along with two Sentinels which were in the X-Men's possession. Colosso attacked Marvel Girl and Professor X, but they destroyed it with their telepathic powers.

(X-Men I#94/Classic X-Men#2)- To train the new team of X-Men, Cyclops used Colosso in the Danger Room, and it battled Colossus, Wolverine and Thunderbird.

(X-Men I#110)- When the X-Mansion was controlled by the villain Warhawk, he managed to capture the X-Men in the Danger Room, and unleashed Colosso upon Colossus. Colosso managed to capture Colossus with a spray of sticky paste. Ultimately, Wolverine was able to shut down the Danger Room.

(X-Men Annual I#3)- During a Danger Room session monitored by Banshee, Colosso again battled Colossus, and managed to outfight Colossus. Colossus finally managed to lift Colosso into the air and hurl him at Wolverine, who slashed Colosso into pieces with his claws.

Comments: Created by Roy Thomas, Werner Roth and Dick Ayers.

Another possible Colosso appearance occurs in Marvel Collector's Edition#1 (1992). In it, Wolverine and Jubilee fought a large Danger Room robot after Jubilee accidentally restarted the combat program. The robot may very well be Colosso, but as drawn by Sam Kieth (and its being attached at the torso to the ceiling), it may either be another robot, or a heavily redesigned Colosso. Marvel Collector's Edition was a free comic that was mailed to those who sent in Charleston Chew wrappers to that company, and included three other stories. They may or may not be considered canon. There's nothing that indicates otherwise.
Madison Carter:
The one lingering problem, to me at least, concerning mentioning this robot in the Colosso entry is that it opens up the possibility of virtually any robot seen in the Danger Room being a re-worked version of Colosso. For instance, there's a robot in New Mutants I#1 that looks much more like the versions of Colosso we know than the one in Marvel Collectors Edition#1 does.

Unfortunately, the Danger Room is currently out of fashion for the X-Men, so Colosso's 20 year absence from the modern X-Men mythos will likely go on for some time.

by Prime Eternal

Colosso should not be confused with:

Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Comics Magazine#3, page 21, panel 2 (excluding ads)
X-Men Annual I#3, page 5, panel 1 (excluding ads)


Last updated: 07/16/14

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