This is the fourteenth in a series of examinations of comic book urban legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous thirteen.
COMIC URBAN LEGEND: Destiny and Mystique were intended to be Nightcrawler's parents.
STATUS: Essentially True
Hisham Zubi wanted me to address this, so here it is!
In X-Men Unlimited #4, in 1994, it was revealed that Nightcrawler's mother was the former member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Mystique.
However, this was not always supposed to be the case. Mystique WAS supposed to be one of his parents, but NOT his mother.
Here is John Byrne, on the issue:
As originally created, Kurt was the son of gypsies who worked for a circus in Germany. That's it. That's all.
Then Chris decided Kurt's mother was Destiny -- and his father was Mystique. That also went the way of ALL FLASH.
Now? Who the **** knows?