Real Name: Janos Questad
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Riptide could spin about a superhuman speed. He hurled shuriken and spikes.
Riptide is a member of the Marauders, a team of villains brought together by the mutant thief Gambit at the request of Mister Sinister.
After Sinister dispatched the Marauders into the sewers under New York City to kill the subterranean mutant collective known as the Morlocks, Riptide was responsible for severely injuring X-Men members Nightcrawler and Colossus. Having seen the results of Riptide's actions (Riptide's mutant power to launch barrages of sharp projectiles had enabled him to kill more Morlocks at any given single moment than any other Marauder), Colossus had been pushed close to his emotional breaking point. Colossus was further enraged and grieved when Riptide badly injured Nightcrawler, and finally snapped when Harpoon maimed his former girlfriend, Shadowcat. Colossus lunged at Harpoon to mete out vengeance, but Riptide got in his way, believing that his power would fell the Russian mutant. He boasted to Colossus that hurricane force winds could punch a piece of straw through a solid oak and that his spinning caused his blades to fly even faster than that. Despite being hit by a deluge of blades which penetrated his armored skin, Colossus managed to reach an incredulous Riptide, seize his throat, and snap his neck. However, Mr. Sinister was able to clone the Marauders thanks to samples of their DNA, and Riptide returned to die once more during the event known as the Inferno.
Another band of cloned Marauders, including Riptide, later attacked the mutant known as Threnody but were defeated by Nate Grey, the X-Man. A team of Marauders clones also defended one of Mr. Sinister's secret bases against an incursion by Gambit, the mutant Courier, and Sabretooth.
After the events of M-Day, where a mentally ill Scarlet Witch removed the mutant gene from the majority of the world's mutant population, Riptide's clone retained his powers. Riptide's clone returned alongside the new Marauders.
During the final battle on Muir Isle, he seemed aware of the fact that his neck had been broken before. He was rendered unconscious by Professor X after knocking out Wolfsbane.
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men (1963) #211
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Age of X: Universe (2011)
#1 Avenging Spider-Man (2012)
#9 Magneto (2014)
- 'To Thine Own Self Be True'
New X-Men (2004)
#44 Nightcrawler (2014)
- 'Messiah CompleX: Chapter Four'#46
- 'Messiah Complex, Chapter Twelve'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
#18 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Book of the Dead (Hyperion to Nighthawk)'
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
#211 What If...? (1989)
- 'Strike the Match'#241
- 'Fan The Flames'#350
- 'Trial & Errors'
Wolverine Encyclopedia (1996)
#27 X-Force (2008)
- 'Messiah CompleX: Chapter 11'
#9 X-Man (1995)
- 'Old Ghosts: Part 3'
X-Men and Power Pack (2005)
#4 X-Men Forever 2 (2010)
- 'Leader of the Pack'
#6 X-Men Origins: Gambit (2009)
- 'Scream a Little Scream!'
X-Men: Curse of the Mutants Saga (2010)
#1 X-Men: Mutant Empire (1996)
- 'X-Men: Curse of the Mutants Saga'
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