Superhuman mutant with the power to teleport. When he teleports he leaves black smoke and the scent of brimstone behind. Nightcrawler is also deformed and is covered in black fur and has three nimble digits on each hand, he is extremely agile, one of the Uncanny X-Men.

A charachter in the marvel universe:

Name: Nightcrawler
Real name: Kurt Wagner
Height: 5'9
Weight: 145Lbs
First Appearance: Giantsize X-men # 1, May 1975
Known Powers: Teleportation, Wall Crawling, Invisibility While Hiding In Shadows (the power everyone always forgets about)

Quick Bio: He was born in Germany and abandoned by his mother (a.k.a. Mystique). He worked as a circus freak for some time. Then he joined the X-Men. He now leads Excalibur which is basicaly a British extension of the X-Men.

A character in the X-Men Universe. In addition, a character that is playable in the widely acclaimed X-Men arcade game. Is blue, has yellow eyes, and of course, smells like sulfur when he uses his power.
Kurt Wagner is the son of the mutant Mystique, half brother of the now dead Graydon Creed. When he was born in Germany, his mother left him with gypsy parents, his foster mother was Margali Szardos, and he grew up by the side of Amanda Sefton, the woman that would be his girlfriend in coming years. Later, he joined a circus thanks to his acrobatic abilities and became a star. However, when the circus went to Berlin, the people of the town tried to kill him. Charles Xavier, who was forming the New X-Men, saved him. He joined the team, forging many friendships there, mostly with Wolverine, Colossus, and Kitty Pryde. When Storm lost her powers, Kurt was designated the leader of the X-Men, even if for a short time. He just left when was severely injured in a battle against the Marauders. These injuries damaged his teleportation powers, but that did not stop him to save Rachel Summers, forming the Excalibur, after his fellow X-Men "died" in Texas. He stayed with the team, and came to lead it. Kurt was a brilliant leader and friend, making him one of the greatest assets to Excalibur. However, as all good things do, they must end. As Captain Britain and Meggan married, Shadowcat, Colossus and Kurt began to have wishes of going back to America. As the group disbanded, Nightcrawler returned to the X-Men and, after a battle with Cerebro, is once again a member of his original group.

Sigh, you city people. X-men indeed.

Nightcrawlers are earthworms, Lumbricus terrestris to be exact. They are called nightcrawlers because they rise from their burrows to lay on the surface at night, in the moist, cool air. They are central to a robust ecosystem, providing enhanced soil structures more habitable to plant growth, and enhance nutrient recycling. They are a foodsource for several animals such as robin's, moles and hedgehogs.

Here's the real beauty of the nightcrawler - They are a big, slimy, fat, muscular worm that fits perfectly on a fishing hook. Bass, bluegill, crappy and catfish love them. My greatest fishing successes in freshwater have came from using nightcrawlers as bait.

To catch nightcrawlers, go out into your yard at night with a flashlight. Pan the flashlight over the ground surface, looking for the reflection of earthworm slime. When you spot a healthy looking specimen, approach with all the Kung-fu stealth and quiet you can muster. Nightcrawlers can sense the vibration of approaching footsteps with surprising accuracy, and will disappear into their holes if they feel you coming. If you make a mistake and the nightcrawlers all vanish, just move to a different part of the yard and continue your worm harvest. Return later, and the nightcrawlers will probably be back laying on the surface.

When you get within grabbing distance, reach out quickly and snag the nightcrawler in the palm of your hand. Get as firm a grip as your stomach can handle, because they are very slippery. Now apply firm but gentle pressure upward to ease the nightcrawler out of it's hole, without breaking the worm in half.

Keep your nightcrawlers in a styrofoam bait bucket with some dirt and wet leaves. Make sure you put them in a cool shady place. If you don't have a cool, shady place, then put them in your refrigerator (just don't freeze them).

I've always liked Nightcrawler (the X-man, not the worm... not that I have anything against worms, mind you), especially what was done with him in the early days of Excalibur.

He's a funny colour and a funny shape, he has yellow eyes, pointy ears and a pointy tail. Best of all, he appears and disappears with the smell of brimstone; you really can't blame people for thinking he's satanic.

Yet he only wanted to be a hero, just like in the movies. So he loved the circus, where his freakish nature added to his fame rather then detract from it. He loves the adoration of the crowd, but was still never really accepted by them. Then the meets the X-men, a bunch of comic book stuff ensues, he realizes what it really means to be a hero, and joins the X-men to be a hero in practice as well as name.

Is he suddenly accepted and loved by his fellow men? No, they still look at him as a satanic freak, and a mutant now to boot. When the X-men die (or so he thinks), he begins to realize being a hero is harder then he thought. Yet he doesn't give up (aside from a brief self-destructive binge), forms a new team, and a lot more comic book stuff happens.

Standard Marvel fare, yes, but I'm a sucker for this sort of character. Most people with Nightcrawler's background would have been tempted to turn villainous (though he is kinda villous... sorry, bad botony joke); constantly ostracized and hunted by humanity, they would finally turn on their tormentors (and who can really blame them?). Yet Nightcrawler is one of the good guys, simply because Nightcrawler really wants to be one of the good guys. He's determined to be a hero, even if the people he saves won't look him in the eye afterwards (and might come after him with pitchforks and torches, given the chance). Best of all, he's usually pretty cheerful about it, ready with a witty comeback when insulted or degraded.

Nightcrawler may have been my favorite film this year. Jake Gyllenhaal, while not always the most flawless actor, seems to have a knack for selecting nuanced scripts (see Zodiac, Enemy, Donnie Darko—all movies with a “meta” element). The term nuanced however, would not be at all the way to describe this movie. At times the movie’s gore and action feels heavy handed but never absentmindedly so. All moving parts—actors, direction, and story—know exactly where they’re heading from the start, and the payoff is worth the effect.

Mr. Gyllenhaal nails his role as Louis Bloom, an ambitious, constantly wide-eyed “nightcrawler.” Gyllenhaal’s performance has drawn repeated comparison to DeNiro in Taxi Driver, but while the two roles share similarities, I thought Bloom’s character was fundamentally different in that he does end up fitting in to some extent. And it’s Bloom’s success that makes the movie such clever social commentary—the audience can’t help but to be impressed by Bloom’s trajectory, even if it comes at the expense of his lackey or from his total disregard of social decency. At one point, Bloom’s underling confides in him that Bloom “doesn't get people,” setting up the line of the movie when Gyllenhaal chillingly reveals, “it’s not that I don’t get people, it’s that I just don’t like them.”

Directed and written by Dan Gilroy.

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