Abandoned at birth due
to his burning red eyes, the child who would one day become Remy LeBeau was
kidnapped from his hospital ward by members of the New Orleans Thieves' Guild
who referred to the child as "le diable blanc" - the white devil. They
believed he was the child that had been prophesied to unite the warring Guilds.
Soon after, Remy was placed in the care of a gang of street thieves who raised
the child and taught him the ways of thievery.
Later, when he was
around ten years old, Remy attempted to pick the pocket of Jean-Luc LeBeau,
then-patriarch of the Thieves' Guild. Jean-Luc took the boy in off the streets
and adopted him into his own family. As part of a peace pact between the
Thieves' Guild and their rivals, the Assassinís Guild, a marriage was
arranged between Remy and Bella Donna Boudreaux, the granddaughter of the head
of the Assassin's Guild. However, Bella Donna's brother Julien objected to the
marriage and challenged Gambit to a duel. Remy killed Julien in self-defense,
but was excommunicated and banished from New Orleans in an attempt to maintain
the nonaggression pact between the two guilds.
Remy wandered the world as
he plied his skills as a master thief, aided by his mutant power to charge
objects with explosive energy. He employed playing cards he charged with kinetic
energy as his trademark weapon. At one point Remy had approached the master
geneticist Mr. Sinister for help in controlling his powers. Sinister removed
some of Remy's brain tissue to reduce his power levels, thus affording him a
greater degree of control. As a result, Remy was now in the geneticist's debt,
and Sinister subsequently charged the thief with assembling the team of
assassins called the Marauders. Remy did not realize that Sinister would employ
the Marauders to massacre the underground mutant community known as the
Morlocks. Seeing the horrific results of his actions, Remy attempted to stop the
massacre but was almost killed by the Marauder named Sabretooth.
However, he did manage to save one young Morlock girl who would one day grow up
to become the X-Man named Marrow.
encountered Storm, a
member of the outlaw team of mutant adventurers known as the X-Men. Storm had
been transformed into an amnesiac child who had turned to theft as a means to
survive. Remy helped her escape her enemy, the malevolent psionic entity known
as the Shadow King, and they became partners. Later, when the X-Men's founder
Professor Charles Xavier returned from a long period of traveling in outer
space, Storm sponsored Remy's admission into the X-Men. Remy soon fell in love
with his fellow X-Man, Rogue,
blessed and cursed with the ability to absorb other mutants' thoughts and
abilities through skin-on-skin contact. The feeling was mutual, but the two
soulmates were condemned never to touch. At one point, Rogue left the X-Men
after she kissed Remy and absorbed a portion of his memories, learning of his
role in the Morlock Massacre.