I thought I'd drum up a thread about individual X-Men to talk about what we love/hate about them the most. Your average X-man has had approx half a dozen contracted writers telling and retelling their origins etc. A lot can get lost in the mix, or sometimes become refined. Ice-Man for one evolved from the class clown to a painfully insecure well-drawn character. On his good days that is.
But Gambit's something else. He has a pretty handy power in that anything spare change in his pocket is potentially a weapon. I prefer him more as having an sly sense of humour than being the man of mystery (@ James Logan 'Wolverine') yet sometimes that side of him plays well. When it's overdone though it can become irritating, which is a shame, as he's a character with a genuinely interesting past, when it isn't too confusing for the casual reader.
I'm fairly sure the Thief and Assassin guilds were Howard Mackie's idea, so the execution wasn't great in that crossover with Ghost Rider. But Belldadonna was pretty cool in the X-Men issues and the relationship they had was kind of touching.
For a couple of years Lobdell and Fabes had competing visions of who Gambit was. Lobdell wrote him as being weighed down by his sinful past and his role in the Mutant Massacre. He was emo before there was emo though - less tragic, more whining self-piteously. Fabes had a more fun approach. Gambit became the mutie Errol Flynn under him, an adventurer who would swoop through Parisian windows to steal the l'Etoile Tricherie. That issue was a favourite of mine. Sadly it was Lobdell and Loeb who won the day. Wolverine & Gambit the mini-series cemented the dark n gritty approach, which in my opinion was a mistake. We already have a Wolverine and countless other immitations.
So what do you think? Has Gambit survived his two decades of X? Or has he become a cliche?