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John Proudstar, a.k.a. Thunderbird, is one of the main mutants and leaders of the Mutant Underground in Atlanta in the new TV series The Gifted. He is played by actor Blair Redford. Thunderbird is of Apache descent and is the brother to another mutant we've seen in the X-Men films, Warpath, although there's no connection mentioned between the two during the series. Thunderbird was chosen by the X-Men in the show along with Polaris to lead the Mutant Underground, which gives sanctuary and protection to mutants on the run or targeted by the law for no other reason than being a mutant, before the X-Men vanished and warned them of the upcoming war between mutants and humans. Thunderbird is easily one of the best characters in the show with one of the most diverse powersets. Should be fairly obvious but SPOILERS FOR THE GIFTED SEASON 1.
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Before he joined the Mutant Underground, John was in the military and is the only one of them with that kind of background and actor Blair Redford says Thunderbird really shines and flourishes in a moment like planning an attack:
"So it is kind of cool, I think it’s the first time you see the mutant underground go on the offensive, which is really fun. So for John in particular, I think that’s a specialty for him. He’s the only character that has military background, so he really shines and flourishes in a moment like this."Source: ‘The Gifted’: Blair Redford teases mutants playing offense in an epic rescue
Blair Redford says Thunderbird is very militant-minded and that he's a Marine veteran:
"Yeah, we definitely delve into that a lot, especially the military history in his life. It’s a big component of the character and why thinks the way he does and why he operates the way he does. He’s very militant-minded, and — being a marine veteran — he’s all about brotherhood and caring about the man next to you more than yourself and never leaving a man behind and sacrificing yourself for them, that whole thing."Source: The Gifted’s Redford Previews Thunderbird’s ‘Open Canvas’ of a Future
When responding to a heckler, Thunderbird tells him that he served two tours and we know from his conversation with a woman earlier that it was in Afghanistan:
"Hey I defended this country, alright? I served two tours! Do you have any idea how many of us died over there?"Source: The Gifted, Season 1 Episode 6
In a preview for the series, Blair Redford says that Thunderbird has extra dense muscle tissue and super strength, heightened senses, and that he has Apache training, although the last one isn't really a superpower due to his mutation but overall training:
Thunderbird breaks open a door and rips the latch off the wall:
Thunderbird easily crashes through a wall:
Thunderbird bashes open two heavy metal doors that were locked with a chain:
Thunderbird ragdolls an armed SWAT officer, throwing him against a set of bars with only one hand, slamming him up against the ceiling, and then throwing him off his feet:
Thunderbird catches the punch of a grown man with one arm while off to the side of him:
Thunderbird crumples a metal clipboard:
Thunderbird throws a grenade a far distance and then catches a pretty decent size of shrapnel to protect a woman:
Thunderbird dents a metal vault door with a punch:
Thunderbird lifts up at least two large concrete blocks and stacks them:
Thunderbird punches threw a wooden door to unlock it from the inside:
Thunderbird easily shoves a large dumpster that an older man couldn't even budge:
Thunderbird breaks off the edge of a table in a fit of rage:
Thunderbird rips a car door off and throws it:
Thunderbird tanks having half of a pick up truck's bed skid and slam into him after one of Blink's portals cut it in half on the highway:
Thunderbird is kicked by Chloe, a mutant with super speed and on a drug that made her powers stronger, into a dumpster with enough force to dent it:
Thunderbird then takes three punches to the torso, a kick to the gut, and then an elbow to the chest after being swept off his feet:
Thunderbird uses his body as a shield to protect Blink from a group of shooters:
Throughout the series, Thunderbird uses both heightened hearing and heightened eyesight to help scout out areas for enemies and track down mutants in order to bring them to the Mutant Underground. He combines this with his Apache training to locate people for miles, even following Blink's trail after she teleported around to escape the cops. The video below till have most of if not nearly all of his sensing feats and I'll mark the time and describe the feat to the best of my knowledge.
- 0:00 to 0:30 - Tracks down Blink after she escaped prison and was using her teleporting powers to escape from the cops. Eclipse notes that Blink was just two miles away but after Thunderbird makes sure, he locates her in a building in front of them.
- 0:38 to 0:47 - Hears Sentinel Spider robots on the way to attack the group of mutants.
- 0:57 to 1:10 - Hears police officers talking through their radios and calling for SWAT backup through Blink's portal onto a road.
- 1:28 to 1:40 - Hears and tracks the Struckers movements from the previous night and picks up their tail.
- 1:48 to 2:01 - Hears a Sentinel Services drone from a far distance away while Polaris and Eclipse were talking right in front of him.
- 2:09 to 2:48 - Hears men in a truck planning on throwing a bomb at him and his friend.
- 3:06 to 3:15 - Uses Apache training and his heightened senses to deduce that soldiers attacked a farm not to long ago.
- 3:41 to 3:52 - Hears that soldiers are on high alert because mutants from the Underground attacked the power station but were captured.
- 4:00 to 4:10 - Hears that Sentinel Services just made captured mutants leave a facility and head into cars for transport.
- 4:12 to 4:24 - Hears that Sentinel Services agents are surrounding the Mutant Underground headquarters through radio chatter.
- 4:25 to 4:35 - Hears that Sentinel Services agents are in the surrounding woods and found the car that the mutants were planning to use to get away.
- 4:48 to 5:15 - Hears Roderick Campbell and his aides talking while getting into an elevator some floors below and then hears agents loading guns and preparing for a fight.
- 5:47 to 6:00 - Can't hear anyone else inside of the house and correctly assumes that Polaris and the other two Cuckoo sisters left.