Nerd Fight: Battle #36


It’s that time again. To reiterate, every Friday the Cupcake Rogues will randomly pick 2 characters to do battle – whether it be Marvel, DC, female, male, mutant, human, or human that pretends to be a mutant with magic (I’m looking at you, Juggernaut), they are all possible. Once we’ve randomly selected our two, they will go head to head in several categories with one being deemed winner. The winner will live on to fight another day, but a warning – with 200 possible characters, it may be awhile before round 2 🙂

Thirty-Sixth week in the random selection:

Franklin Richards vs. Gambit

  Franklin Richards   Gambit
Origin Franklin Benjamin Richards is the oldest child of Reed and Sue Richards. During Sue’s pregnancy she exibited precognative powers as well as telekinesis. Turns out baby Franklin was manifesting his powers through his mother. Because of his young age and vast powers, he’s had inhibitors placed inside of him to help control them. He would eventually join Power Pack as Tattletale.   Remy LeBeau was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Some say he was cast aside when born due to his red on black eyes, while others say he was kidnapped from the hospital. Remy was referred to as “Le Diable Blanc” aka “the white devil” and people believed he was prophesized to unite the warring Thieves’ and Assassins’  Guilds. Remy was placed in the care of Fagan’s Mob, a gang of street thieves who raised him and taught him to be a thief. After living on the streets, at the age of 10, Remy attempted to pick pocket Jean-Luc LeBeau, the patriarch of the Thieves’ Guild. Jean-Luc took in the boy and adopted him into the family. Remy’s powers manifested in his early teens and he tried to keep them a secret. When he was 15, he accompanied his cousin Etienne on his tithing initiation. They were kidnapped by Candra, the immortal mutant they were stealing from, and sold into HYDRA as boy soldiers. Remy managed their escape by charging a playing card and throwing it in the slave trader’s face – thus starting his signature move. The boys jumped off of a cliff into the sea to escape. Remy was rescued, but Etienne drowned, causing one of the many memories that still haunt Remy to this day. When Remy returned to the Guild, he was set to marry Bella Donna. On their wedding day, Bella’s brother, Julien, challenged Remy to a duel. Remy killed him in self-defense and was banished from New Orleans. Remy then traveled the world as a professional thief until his powers grew out of control. It was then that he was taken in by Sinister to get his powers under control and to join the Marauders to pay off his debt.
Edge? Gambit – The day Gambit loses to a Richards is the day we give up The Cupcake Rogues.
Powers/ Abilities Franklin is an omega level mutant posessing vast telekinetic and reality warping powers. He also posesses precognitive abilities that nearly always come to pass. He can project himself onto the astral plane where his powers are limitless. With his reality warping powers at a cosmic level, Franklin has created planets, pocket universe’s, brought back the dead and made life doubles of people. All before his balls have dropped. WHERE WAS HE WHEN WANDA WHISPERED NO  MORE  MUTANTS?!   Gambit’s primary ability is the manipulation of kinetic energy.  He can convert the bio-kinetic energy that his body produces into kinetic energy to charge non-organic matter. AKA Gambit make t’ings go boom. Remy’s natural mutation is extremely powerful. He could charge things with just a thought. At one point, he even meets a man who ends up being himself from another universe that has destroyed all life with his powers. Remy of our world, however, enlisted the help of Mr. Sinister when his powers became out of control. Sinister cut out a piece of his brain that greatly lessened his power, but made it controllable. In Remy’s full power, he can heal himself, block telepaths, and even touch Rogue. At his lesser power, he must touch things to charge them. He also possesses a hypnotic charm that exerts an influence over people and leads them to believe what he says. He is also highly trained in combat and stealth from being raised a prince of thieves.

As Death, Gambit can convert inert materials into toxic substances (such as changing air into poisonous gas) and has the potential to ingest diseases and plagues.

Edge? Franklin Richards – This hurts, but the kid would probably win…Unless Gambit uses his charm to convince Franklin to banish himself to another dimension?
Love Interest Amazingly enough, Franklin has a love interest. In most universe’s he’s linked to Rachel Summers – Another boring character. Together they spawn Hyperstorm – a futuristic despot of amazing powers. Yawwwwn.   Gambit has had the love of plenty of women, but only two really matter. The first is Bella Donna, from the Thieves rival guild, the Assassins. Remy and Bella Donna were arranged to be married to finally bring peace to the guilds.  After the wedding, Bella’s brother Julien challenged Remy to a duel,as he hated the mutant thief. Remy won, killing Julien and resulting in his exile from New Orleans, as well as ending his short marriage. Years later, when Remy joined the X-Men, he found himself falling for none other than the untouchable Rogue. Cruel irony. Rogue and Remy have been on and off for years, mostly because of the fact that she has been, for the most point, untouchable, causing frustration on his end and insecurities on hers. He is currently having an off moment with the belle fille as she figures out her control, but we hope to see them on again soon.
Edge? Gambit – Who in their right mind would choose a plate of steamed broccoli over fine French cusine? A communist, that’s who!
Costume Most of the time Franklin is a little boy so it’s mostly the best Baby Gap (You know Sue Storm shops there) has to offer. He probably runs around in Superman underwear. Suck on that Reed.   Remy wears a suit of light body armor that is magenta on the chest plate (magenta, not pink, comprenez homme?). The magenta color is used to camouflage his power’s glow. He wears his trusty trench coat to carry his extensive amount of thieving tools. He also carries a telescopic staff. When not fighting, he often wears sunglasses to cover his red on black eyes.
Edge? Gambit – How many Franklin Richards have you seen at Comic Con? How many Gambits? We rest our case.
Most Entertaining Personality With the combined genetics of Reed and Sue he can only be obnoxious.   Remy LeBeau is a smooth talking, flirtatious, selfish, half-truth telling, arrogant sonuva. He charms the pants off the ladies and, as Cable so lovingly put it, has a secondary mutation of being annoying to the gents. The women want him, and the men want to be him. You can’t blame dem, non?
Edge? Gambit – While creating galaxies is a swell party trick, Franklin is a fetus, so it’s likely you’d have to hang out with his parents too.
Best story arch During Onslaughts attack, he sought to absorb the energy of X-Man and the reality altering abilities of Franklin Richards. When Franklin was released his powers were at their highest and he created a pocket universe where he resurrected all the people Onslaught had killed.   Upon the return of Apocalypse, Gambit turned himself into the villain to be transformed into one of his Horsemen, Death. Gambit intended to infiltrate himself into Apocalypse’s team in order protect the X-Men from Apocalypse’s attack, but he hadn’t counted on the transformation warping his mind as well as his body. His hair turned white and his skin jet black, and his mind changed to Death. However he did keep a portion of himself, telling Apocalypse “I’m both Death and Gambit.” He also remembered his love for Rogue as he was unable to bring himself to kill her at first. Later, when he and Sunfire returned to the Institute to claim Polaris, Death, in an attempt to cut himself free of ties to Gambit, tried to kill Rogue, and would’ve been successful if not for Pulse neutralizing his powers. After the X-Men defeated Apocalypse, Sunfire helped Gambit to clear him of Apocalypse’s brainwashing. However, a part of Death has always remained. Later, when on a mission for Cyclops, a telepath from H.A.M.M.E.R. releases his “Death” persona once again. Gambit’s appearance turns back to normal and he goes back to the X-Men only to berate Cyclops for letting Rogue go up against Emplate all alone. He struggles with his double personas and leaves the group. In the Second Coming, while in Limbo to rescue Magik, Death emerges from Remy again, stating “Remy’s not home right now.” He transforms teammates Dazzler and Northstar into beings like him. He is then stabbed by Magik and Pixie’s magical swords enabling Gambit to gain control of the Death persona again.
Edge? Gambit – while Franklin’s story is far more impressive in feat, it’s pretty short and over with quickly (just how this battle should be). Gambit’s story is lengthy, ongoing and entertaining (just like Gambit, non ;)?
Hotness I feel the need for a shower even considering this…   A ridiculously handsome, chiseled bad boy with hypnotic charm that speaks French and is dynamo in the sack. He may be the hottest guy in the comic book genre.
Edge? Gambit – This is like Steven Hawking going up against Paris Hilton in a “who’s smarter?” contest.
Fiercest foe How about his dad? Not only is Richards a wife-abusing ass-hat, but he put his son into a coma because they couldn’t control his powers and when Hyperstorm comes a knockin’ he contacts Galactus and offers his diabolical grandson up for dinner.   Mr. Sinister. For much of Remy’s adult life, he’s been haunted by the things he’s been forced to do while indebted to the evil geneticist that gave him control over his powers. Can we say Morlock Massacre? No matter how much Remy’s done for Sinister, he always seems to get called upon again. Even in X-Men: The End, when Remy and Rogue are married with kids, ol’ Sinister is still butting in his life.
Edge? DRAW – As we find out in “X-Men: The End,” Gambit is actually Sinister’s “son” (or clone mixed with Summers genes, ick), so both of these guys have some serious daddy issues.
Biggest WTF Moment I submit all of the information above.   When Courier, New Son’s MALE foot soldier shape shifted into a woman, Remy – knowing full well that he’s really a man – kisses her and claims he’s just trying to “keep everyone on their toes.” I think there might be better ways to do that, Rems.


Also, when Remy was temporarily blinded (by his own card exploding in his face), he discovered that he could read playing cards like tarot cards and even predicted an attack from the Brotherhood. OK, Miss Cleo.

Edge? Gambit – We gave Franklin powers because we had to, he’s not getting anything else.
Person who should attempt an on-screen portrayal Great Odin’s Raven – Don’t even suggest such a thing!   Taylor Kitsch played Gambit in the monstrosity that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine. They didn’t even give him red on black eyes or make him utter one “chere,” “homme,” or “mon ami.” Lame.  A better casting for an older Gambit would’ve been Josh Holloway. The fans want to see it before we have to make it X-Men: Retirement Home, Josh.
Edge? Gambit – I don’t think we really need to explain ourselves here.

Franklin Richards: 2

Gambit: 9

And the winner is…. Gambit! And if you’re thinking that he won this battle so easily because he slept with us…. Shut up. *shifts eyes nervously*



23 Responses to “Nerd Fight: Battle #36”

  1. 1 KingofSpadez
    December 17, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Well this was completely 1 sided…….I’m waiting for Hulk vs Venom or Hulk vs Super-Man

  2. December 17, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Boooo!!! I demand a recount. Bias!!

  3. December 17, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    People always say sleeping with Rogue is so horrible but it seems to me sex with Gambit could turn out way worse. If he loses control you’ve got super charged lady parts that are going to blow up.

    Long story short- hope you used protection, Rogues.

    • December 17, 2010 at 6:24 pm

      Actually you wouldn’t since he can’t charge organic matter. But on that same train of thought, if he was using protection…

      I wonder if he could charge an aspirin in someone’s stomach. That would make him even deadlier considering he would then do the same with the pound of plastic people have in their digestive tracks. Or deodorant? Could you charge that? Gross, but if you’re fighting bad guys there are no rules!

      • December 17, 2010 at 6:41 pm

        If he had his original powers, yes he could charge something in someone’s stomach with a thought. But with his current amount of power he has to touch it. In the comics he has, when captured and stripped down to neutralize him, charged up his own gum in his mouth and spit it. So I imagine he could charge deodorant if he can get himself touching your pits lol.

  4. 9 Saint
    December 18, 2010 at 11:59 am

    I agree that this one was pretty one sided. But, as you are women, the “bad boy” was bound to win. From a male point of veiw(and there by not cloud with lustful feelings) Franklin would have wiped the floor with him. Mind you gambit would have to do womething that really angered him but it could be done. Gambit could charge whatever he wanted but I really doubt it would get through one of Franklins telekenetic walls and once stopped Franklin could just throw that thing back at him.

    • December 18, 2010 at 12:51 pm

      And that is why Franklin won the powers category. However, that his powers are the only strong points he has. That’s why we have ten categories in each battle. Makes it more interesting.

    • December 18, 2010 at 12:55 pm

      And if people think Franklin should’ve won the ones that Gambit did (origin, love interest, WTF moment, etc) I’m glad to hear it! We just didn’t think his story lived up to the awesomeness of his powers. While Gambit’s story has been much better fleshed out, even if his powers are less so.

  5. 12 Saint
    December 19, 2010 at 10:42 am

    I think a better match up would have been Jackie Estacado(The Darkness) against Gambit.

  6. 15 Saint
    December 20, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Yes but for the sake of argument let’s just say that when the charged things go boom the let off intense light. A direct hit maybe able to stun him be able to stun him but I’d still back the Darkness. I just don’t think the CupCake Rogues would be able to calll that match, they’d be to busy swooning. I mean come on a Lady killer Italain and The Cajun? They’d go crazy! (Rogues don’t go get your pitchforks just yet I say this onfun)

  7. December 20, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Would Gambit get to have his Death powers while fighting Estacado? Since we’re being teased for swooning over our Ragin Cajun, how about if we set Sara Pezzini in the midst of that battle and see which one of the guys gets distracted first? 😉

    Guys: 0
    Girls: 1


  8. 18 Saint
    December 21, 2010 at 11:44 am

    As I said Kidding. But hell, let’s make it and out and out slaughter fest. Gambit as Death and it’s a lunar eclipse so that both of them at maxed out. It would glorious.
    Also it would be Gambit who wouuld be distracted first. Not sure if you guys have read all of the Darkness/Witchblade crossovers but Jackie and Sarah wouldn’t touch each other with a ten foot pole but surprisingly they work really well together. But then again put jenny in there and Jackie won’t be able to function.

    Also if you ladies like Girls who kick ass you should check out the Magdalena. Little obscure but worth the look.

    • December 21, 2010 at 12:25 pm

      LOL love it. Put them in a enclosed fighting cage. Two in, one out! And am I the only one that hears Gambit as Death’s powers and thinks maybe he just needs some Gas-X and he’s defeated? Thanks for the heads up on Magdalena.

  9. 20 Saint
    December 23, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Another one that you should look for that I found a while back is Last Man Standing: The Killbook of A Bounty Hunter by Dan LuVisi. The art work is amazing and the world he is crafting is full of interesting characters.

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