GAMBIT DOPPELGANGER

Real Name: None

Identity/Class: M-Body (duplicate) from the Dimension of Manifestations

Occupation: Servant of the Magus

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Magus

Enemies: Gambit, Vernon Hatchway, Moon Knight, Nomad

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile

First Appearance: Infinity War#3 (August, 1992)

Powers/Abilities: The Gambit Doppelganger could fabricate a near-resemblance to Gambit, and, if it defeated Gambit, complete its disguise to look exactly like him. It also possessed Gambit's ability to charge up objects with kinetic energy, causing them to explode when they hit a target, but rather than use playing cards, the doppelganger preferred to make puns based on playing card images as weapons (ie, a diamond ring, a spade, a woman's heart),

History: (Quasar#38 (BTS))- The Gambit Doppelganger was one of many such doppelgangers created by the Magus from the Dimension of Manifestations.

(Nomad II#7)- The doppelganger set out to find the real Gambit in Louisiana, but accidentally boarded a plane bound for Los Angeles. It slew the entire crew and passengers of the plane before it landed, and found a team of FBI agents waiting for it. It quickly slew one of the agents by hurling a charged-up diamond ring at one of them, then took another captive, tore out her heart, charged it up and threw it at the other agents.

By sheer coincidence, Nomad happened to be passing by, and was at first mistaken by the FBI for the doppelganger because of his trenchcoat. Intrigued, Nomad became involved, and learned what was going on through the headset of a fallen FBI agent. The doppelganger nearly slew another FBI agent with a charged-up spade, but Nomad intervened, saving the man's life. However, the doppelganger out-shot Nomad, burying him under a wall.

By now, the only remaining FBI agent was Vernon Hatchway, who began to work with the revived Nomad in leading the doppelganger back aboard the plane. The doppelganger used its powers to destroy Nomad's trenchcoat, then hurled a charged-up screwdiver at him ("Guess you're screwed now, hah?"), but Nomad dodged the attack, and led the doppelganger aboard the plane. While Nomad held the doppelganger under the point of a gun, Hatchway piloted the plane, offering to bring the doppelganger to Louisiana.

During the flight, the doppelganger explained to Nomad that its purpose was to find the good in others by tearing them open to see what was inside. The doppelganger managed to distract Nomad by exploding part of the plane's hull, then stole a parachute meant for Nomad and jumped out. However, the parachute had been filled with plastique by Hatchway, and he blew up the doppelganger once he was clear of the plane.

(Infinity War#3-4)- The Gambit Doppelganger was teleported to 4 Freedoms Plaza by the Magus to confront the real Gambit, and engaged him and Moon Knight in combat. However, the creature was rendered inert when Galactus used negatively charged ions to disrupt all of the doppelgangers' forms.

Comments: Created by Jim Starlin, Ron Lim and Al Milgrom (although, let's be honest-- "created" is a bit too strong a word to describe the doppelgangers).

Nomad II#7 would have to occur prior to Infinity War#3-4 (despite being published after both issues) because the doppelgangers were sorted out by the end of Infinity War#4. Also, the doppelganger was hunting for Gambit in Nomad II#7, suggesting it had yet to encounter him.

The Gambit Doppelganger also appeared in Nomad II#15 as one of several past foes of Nomad's used as a disguise by the Hate-Monger.

For more information on the origins and nature of the doppelgangers/Manifestation bodies, see the Anthropomorpho profile

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Gambit Doppelganger should not be confused with:


Images taken from:
Infinity War#3, page 35
Nomad II#7, page 4, panel 1


Quasar#38 (September, 1992)
Nomad II#7 (November, 1992)
Infinity War#4 (September, 1992)

Last updated: 10/04/04

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