Rictor is a fictional comic book superhero, who appears in the X-Men family of books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer Louise Simonson and artist Walter Simonson, Rictor first appeared in X-Factor #17 (June 1987). He currently appears in the monthly series X-Factor (volume 3), as a member of the detective agency X-Factor Investigations.
Rictor developed romantic feelings for Wolfsbane while on the team. Rictor and friends traveled to Asgard, where he assumed a protective role over her, even helping her pass by Garm. Rictor would later face former X-Factor ally Caliban, who had become the latest Horseman of Apocalypse known as Death, as well as Sabretooth battling in the Morlock tunnels under New York. Rictor was severely injured by Sabretooth, but was saved by Cable and the other New Mutants.
Rictor was later captured alongside Storm, Boom Boom, Wolfsbane, and Warlock by forces of the island nation Genosha. Only he and Boom Boom escaped unscathed. The combined efforts of the X-Men, X-Factor, and New Mutants led to him being freed and Rictor would be instrumental in toppling the Genoshan government. During the adventure, Rictor shared a heartfelt kiss with Wolfsbane and was later heart-broken when she chose (a bit against her will) to stay behind.
After the business in Genosha, Rictor left the New Mutants. Rictor was by then convinced that Cable - from whom Stryfe had been cloned - was the man who killed his father, and he agreed to join the Canadian government's Weapon P.R.I.M.E. team. The team's sole purpose was the apprehension of Cable, but thanks to both Cable and the New Mutants now known as X-Force, this was averted.
Rictor would later leave X-Force when his cousin and uncle were shot during an arms deal, only to return when his close friend Shatterstar was undergoing an identity crisis. Shatterstar decided to accompany Rictor to the Richter home in Mexico to try and end Rictor's family's arms-dealing business. Both characters have since appeared separately so one assumes they succeeded.
When a Superhuman Registration Act is introduced. Rictor, along with Monet sign up willingly but side with the rest of X-Factor against the pro-registration heroes.
Rictor visits Quicksilver, who takes an interest in Rictor being depowered and discusses the possibility of getting his powers back. When Madrox brings Pietro up, Rictor jokes about having had a sexual relationship with him. Madrox then makes a joking comment about making Shatterstar jealous, causing Rictor to become flustered.
Quicksilver later manipulates Rictor, empowering him, in a plan to give other ex-mutants their powers. Unfortunately the process is unstable and several of these ex-mutants explode. Rictor confronts Quicksilver again, ending up with Rictor apparently de-powered one more time and the mutagenic Terrigen Crystals in Quicksilver's body destroyed. Afterwards, Wolfsbane and a distraught Rictor share a sexual encounter, but this new aspect of their relationship is marred by multiple arguments. During that time Rictor had several Terrigen Crystals embedded in his back (the remnants from the exploding crystals from Quicksilver), which helped him to defeat Josef Huber.
'Course. Not that the guy/guy thing is...it's just that Pietro's semi-evil, and--Gimme a little credit, huh?
As of yet, Rictor's bisexuality is neither confirmed nor denied. The ambiguity still remains as X-Factor writer Peter David points out in an interview from livewireworld.net:
I have much more fun tweaking the fans than actually spelling anything out. If I definitely ... I certainly don't think we could say at this point that Rictor is definitively gay. I think we could make the argument that he's bi, but I don't see the point at this juncture in spelling it out – not because of any sense of homophobia or anything like that but out of a sense that I think it's more entertaining and more thought-provoking if we keep it ambiguous.In X-Factor #21, Julio and Rahne Sinclair share a romantic interlude, and presumably have sex, which may indicate that Rictor is either heterosexual or bisexual. It remains to be seen if Rictor and Rahne will continue their sexual relationship now that Rahne is on the new X-Force team.
Rictor made this passing comment in #14 where he talks about gayness and then he says ‘not that I have any problem with it myself' and there are some people who interpreted it as a Seinfield ‘not that there's anything wrong with that' kind of thing and there are some people, including Rich Johnson (who reported that this exchange definitely made clear that Rictor was gay) ... I think it's much more interesting to have Rictor's comments be a litmus test for the agenda of the readers than if you just show him involved in some sort of bisexual relationship.
In New X-Men #128 Jean Grey also states that Rictor has some kind of telepathic defense against Weapon XII's infestation.
In issue #1 of the 2005 relaunch of X-Factor #1, he is depicted as suicidal, lamenting the loss of his power due to the events of Marvel Comics' House of M limited series. During the series he tells of how he had some sort of empathic connection with the earth itself and misses it.
Rictor's body briefly had Terrigen Crystals embedded in his back, small fragments left over from when Quicksilver's crystals had exploded. In a confrontation with the Isolationist, Rictor's was shown to be immune to or resisting the various powers the Isolationist manifested because of these crystals. Physical contact with Rictor reversed the villain's Colossus-like transformation, a direct assault with Cyclops-like optic blasts had no effect, and an Iceman-style ice construct melted around Rictor. According to writer Peter David, these crystals have since burnt out.
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