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Thunderbird is a mutant.
Little is known about the man known as Thunderbird. Given his outfit, he appears to be of Native American origin.
Thunderbird was unnamed and unvoiced.
The series never specifies whether it was John or James Proudstar who is Thunderbird.
In the ComicsEdit
John and James are brothers from the Apache Native American tribe.
John' powers are superhuman senses, strength, speed, stamina, and sturdiness. James has similar powers.
John was drafted into the Vietnam War into the Marines.
On the team's second mission, John leapt onto a plane against Professor X's orders to stop the fleeing enemy. The plane exploded kiling him, and it was later discovered that the enemy survived.
James took John's body and gave him a warriors funeral in accordance with their tribal traditions.
James blamed the X-Men for his brother's death. He was recruited by Emma Frost to fight the X-Men along with her Hellions. Emma did not feel they were ready to take on the X-Men but James defied orders to fight them. He took his brother's costume and name to lead the X-Men to where his brother died. When given the opportunity to kill Xavier, James relents and makes peace with the X-Men. Xavier offers him a membership but he declines to stay with the Hellions.
Cable makes him the same offer months later but again turns it down. Afterwards, he finds his entire tribe murdered and believes that the Hellions did it to punish him for leaving the team.
James joins the X-Men subgroup New Mutants, who then cut ties to the X-Men, to get revenge against the Hellions. At this time he changes his name to Warpath. During this time the team fights Toad's Brotherhood of Mutants. He eventually confronts Frost who tells him she wasn't involved in the tribe's murder.