This one is going to be less popular than the Spat and Grovel appreciation society (but then if popularity was a sign of quality, we’d be talking about Dan Brown being William Shakespheare’s heir apparent) and I realise that Witness probably has only the one fan-boy but what the hell.
The Witness is Remy lebeau from Bishop’s future (and also technically Bishop and Shard’s foster father), A future where the X-men had been murdered and Lebeau was supposedly the last person to see them alive (which is how he got his name originally). In this dystopian future the Witness owned the company Stark-Fujikawa (which was, you guessed it, Stark industries merged with the company Fujikawa). This company whilst being at the forefront of technological advancement was also the front company for organised crime in the US. This led Bishop to suspect that Witness (Gambit) was the X-traitor and was responsible for the death of the X-men.
The witness is “Transchronological”, he exists at the confluence of all the timelines, both past and present. This is in all likelihood down to a combination of two things, he acquired the “Momentary Princess”, a Gem that’s a temporal anomaly, a fluctuating hole in time and space that appeared in increments of 27 and 29 years (though these appearances were later shown to be of the Witness’s making) as seen in the Gambit on-going series issue 10.
In the same on-going series it is also later shown how a fully-powered Gambit (he was lobotomised by sinister to give him control of his powers before he joined the X-men), could amongst other things use his kinetic power’s to ride the “kinetic” flow of the universe and travel through time. There are doubts over the Witness’s sanity which given the nature of other X-time travellers (Cable, Bishop, Stryfe, Trevor Fitzroy etc) are probably well founded. I realise I’m rambling now so I’ll just state a few reasons why I think he’s great.
1- Before Bishop went back into time and changed things (and I’m deliberately ignoring the ridiculous and lazy decision to retcon that story to suit the Messiah trilogy better), Witness was the only member of the “main” X-men to survive Onslaught,
2- His company Stark-Fujikawa was at the forefront of technological advancment and also owned organised crime in the United States and Witness was one of the most powerful and influential people of his time. Gambit has always (with the exception of the ludicrous BOA story) been known to do things for a reason and to quote the man himself “Hard times, require hard methods” which leads me to believe that greed was not neccesarily the motive for his actions.
3- During his life the Witness has acquired a whole treasure trove of goodies (see Gambit and Bishop: sons of the atom LS) from 616 and beyond which include (amongst other things)-
A damaged Mjolnir (Thor’s hammer)
Captain America’s Shield (also damaged)
Iron Man’s original Armour
One of Scarlet witch’s early costumes
Herbie (FF’s robot?)
Several droids from the Star wars universe
An At-St (also from Star Wars)
A Dalek (Doctor Who)
A Sentinel’s head
Right thats me finished boring you all to tears.