|In the Comics:||Sunspot|
|Real Name:||Roberto da "Bobby" Costa|
|Originally From:||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, South America|
|Relatives:|| Emmanuel da Costa (Father)
Nina da Costa (Mother)
|Interests:|| Rahne Sinclair
Juliana Sandoval (old girlfriend, deceased)
|Hair color:||Dark Brown|
|Powers:||Converts solar energy into physical strength|
|First appearance:||Growing Pains|
|Portrayed by:||Michael Coleman|
- "The first five samples will be like cake, and the others will be like icing, and I like icing!"
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Roberto is a driven, spirited Afro-Brazilian boy. He usually has a very friendly, carefree attitude and gets on well with his teammates, particularly Wolfsbane. However, though aligning with his powers; his energetic disposition can lead to disputes with his friends, and he shares a rivalry with Berzerker. He takes great pride in the fact that, with his powers, he's stronger than everyone else on the team - at least during the sunlight hours, when he's able to draw solar energy from the sun, in which he can be prone to showing off at times. With that said he is always driven to use his strength to help others. Roberto was shown to be a perfectionist and an overachiever.
Roberto is a young Brazilian boy with an athletic and lean frame. He has somewhat curly dark brown hair and brown eyes. Roberto usually wears a red shirt with cream colored accents, tan pants, and brown shoes. When training, Roberto, like all the other New Recruits, wears the standard navy blue X-Men uniform with yellow gloves, belt, and boots.
When Sunspot uses his powers, he assumes a dark radiated form devoid of light that is at its most prime state to absorb solar energy. In this form Roberto turns black and his eyes have a completely white corona. While Sunspot is in this form around his body black globes can be seen floating around him as well as a field that is either bright yellow, orange or white.
Ability to absorb solar energy, effectively allowing him to become a living solar panel and uses this form of energy absorption in a variety of ways. When Sunspot activates his power he assumes an all-black radiating form and can convert the solar energy into superhuman strength, heated air current thrusts for limited flight, and generate a bright orange fiery corona around his body. The heat Sunspot generates is not effected by the environment he's in as seen in the episode Retreat when he jumped into a river in his super-powered form and was unaffected by the water
Sunspot's powers work by channeling solar energy. In the absence of sunlight, he cannot activate his powers as seen in the episode Retreat when he needed to wait for a ray of sunlight to hit him before he could activate his super-powered form. However, once activated, he remained in his super-powered form, regardless of the absence of sunlight, meaning Sunspot needs solar energy to activate his powers, but not to sustain them.
Roberto da Costa came from a wealthy family in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with his mother Nina da Costa being an archeologist and his father Emmanuel da Costa being a businessman. He was a very skilled soccer player with a promising future, until the day his mutant powers manifested. During a soccer game, he was taunted by a player on the opposing team and ended up beating the player down. He was shunned by everyone around him until he was offered by Charles Xavier to come and join his school. At some point, Roberto went to the Xavier Mansion as a member of the New Mutants, a younger generation of mutants who were to eventually help and possibly replace the X-Men.
Sunspot has the ability to draw solar energy from the sun, making him one of the most powerful members of the group. Often described as a teachers pet by the other new recruits, Sunspot was one of the new recruits who managed to stay with the Xavier Institute when mutants were revealed to the public.
- Growing Pains
At the Xavier Institute, the New Mutants are putting on a display of their abilities. Sunspot was showing off to fellow New Mutant members, Jubilee and Magma. When he got their positive reaction, Sunspot continued by showing off his powers but then he suddenly crashed into Multiple which he made several duplicates of himself, surprising Sunspot.
- Bada Bing Bada Boom
The X-Men are training out on some cliffs with the New Mutants. Kurt is playing the victim and Boom Boom is supposed to go down on a stretcher and save him. Magma along with the rest of the New Mutants were preparing the stretcher for Boom Boom. She rides down acting really careless and blasts apart the rocks that Kurt is 'trapped' under by creating a 'bomb' and she kicks him onto the stretcher.
The stretcher starts up, but Kurt falls out. He ports back up, Tabitha starts rocking the stretcher and flinging "bombs". Logan yells down for them to cut it out, but the stretcher slams into the cliff wall. Kurt is knocked unconscious and falls. Scott blasts away the rocks below and Kurt falls into the ocean. Wolverine dives from the top of the cliff and saves him.
Back at the Xavier Institute, Charles Xavier lectures Kurt and Tabitha about the indecent early that morning while Magma talks with Sunspot. Xavier puts Nightcrawler and Boom Boom both on restrictions for two weeks, which includes being grounded, no powers, and two training sessions with Logan daily.
- Fun & Games
At the start of the house party, Jamie is seen dancing with Jubilee while Rahne talks with Sam and Roberto talks with Amara.
- African Storm
At the Xavier Institute, Beast is walking outside in more of the thick fog. He literally runs into Cannonball who's playing ball with the other New Mutants. Storm didn't show up for the training session they had scheduled, so Beast subs for her. He takes them indoors to play a game of no powers volleyball. As the are playing, Sunspot spikes a ball into Berzerker's face, who yells at him that he must have used his powers to hit it so hard. A fight breaks out and the Beast is thrown into the hallway on his face.
Robert was seen outside along with the other new recruits, and X-men combing the ground for Jean Saturday morning went she disappeared.
Roberto was one of the mutants that [Beast]] chose to take along with him on his retreat to the Great Redwood Forest of California, along with Iceman, Spyke, Shadowcat and Wolfsbane, all of whom were students with less-than-exceptional grades in their nature science class.
Cyclops and Mystique are about to face off but they're interrupted by police sirens and suddenly police cars and helicopters are everywhere. Everyone scatters. The New Mutants are surrounded, but Berzerker blasts the cars and leads them off through the woods. Tabitha covers their escape by blowing up some trees.
News clips are shown of the X-men identifying several of them by name. General public hysteria and fear are running rampant over mutants. The police and armed forces search for all mutants.
The New Mutants come out of hiding as two policemen walk away, and follow Berzerker into the sewers where he says he knows of a better place for them to hide.
In the sewers, the New Mutants run into a mutant named Caliban. He asks them who they are and what their business is in the sewers. Berzerker tells him that they're on the run from being hunted and that they're mutants like him. Caliban tells them that he already knew they were mutants, as he always knows. He tells them that they'll be safe here and they follow him.
Xavier mentally wakes up all of the X-kids and calls the older kids into a meeting, while the younger once have breakfast.
When Charles Xavier was under Apocalypse's control, he scanned the mind of Apocalypse. In The Future, Xavier saw adult versions of the X-Men. Roberto and the rest of the New Mutants are seen with a reformed Magneto.
- Though Spyke, Jean Grey, Multiple, Berzerker, Wolfsbane and Sunspot appear in Joyride, none have any lines. 
- For Christmas break, Sam drove Jean, Kitty, and Roberto to the airport in On Angel's Wings. 
- Rahne seems to be romantically interested in Roberto. 
- Retreat is the first episode in which Roberto has dialogue. 
- Though all the New Mutants were show, only Tabitha, Bobby, Amara & Sam have lines. 
- Tabitha Smith, Amanda Sefton, Iceman, Sunspot, Magma, Berzerker and Beast all make appearances, but have no lines in Self Possessed. 
- Cannonball and Sunspot are both shown, but have no lines in Cruise Control. 
- Multiple, Sunspot, Magma, Storm, Nightcrawler, Jean Grey, Cyclops all appear but have no lines in X23. 
- Magma is once again seen attending Bayville High School. 
- In the kitchen, everyone is using their powers as they are all running late. Magma is frying her eggs, Nightcrawler is setting the table, Berzerker is making a milkshake, Cyclops is opening bagels, Iceman is eating an apple and icing everyone's drinks, and Shadowcat is getting things out of the fridge and tossing them to Multiple and Sunspot. 
- Sunspot and Cannonball appear, but have no lines in Target X. 
- All the New Mutants appear, but only Magma has any lines in Sins of the Son. 
- This is the only episode in the series other than Retreat in which Sunspot speaks. 
- Sunspot and the New Mutants make an appearance but have no lines in The Stuff of Villains. 
- Sunspot appeared, but has no lines in Ghost of a Chance. 
- Magma and Sunspot transformed into their full forms, but Iceman does not in the series final. 
- Multiple, Magma, Colossus all appear, and have no lines beyond screams & grounds in the series final. 
|Growing Pains||Power Surge||Bada-Bing Bada-Boom *||Fun and Games *||The Beast of Bayville||Adrift||On Angel's Wings *||African Storm *||Joyride *|
|Walk on the Wild Side||Operation: Rebirth||Mindbender *||Shadow Dance||Retreat||The Hex Factor||Day of Reckoning I *||Day of Reckoning II|
|Day of Recovery *||The Stuff of Heroes *||Mainstream||The Stuff of Villains *||Blind Alley||X-Treme Measures|| The Toad, the Witch, |
and the Wardrobe
|Self Possessed||Under Lock and Key *||Cruise Control *||X23 *||Dark Horizon I *||Dark Horizon II *|
|Impact *'||No Good Deed||Target X *||Sins of the Son||Uprising||Cajun Spice||Ghost of a Chance *||Ascension I *||Ascension II *|
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