In the comics, are Colossus's good manners and gentlemanly demeanor because he's Russian?

At least, he seems to be strongly attempted to fit a stereotypical Russian "intelligentsia" - down to disliking bad language.

(I know the bit about being taken by Professor X at a young age, but so were, IIRC, some other, far edgier and less well mannered X-men members).

I'm looking for either explicit reasoning from the comics, or WoG.

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    Isn't the stereotypical Russian the opposite of that? – Rogue Jedi Jun 21 '16 at 1:43
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    @JK. - other than having grown up there (like Colossus), no :) – DVK-on-Ahch-To Jun 21 '16 at 1:45
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    I think it's more about playing with the "gentle giant" trope, combined with him fitting the "farm boy" stereotype (Colossus grew up on one), much like Clark Kent or (in the X-books) Sam Guthrie are also polite types. I doubt the writers based it on his being Russian. – starpilotsix Jun 21 '16 at 2:10
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    Piotr wasn't that young when he joined up with the X-Men. His personality and manners have been consistent since his first appearance (minus the times where he's had severe personality shifts due to storylines). – phantom42 Jun 21 '16 at 2:22
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    Good question DVK!! – KyloRen Jun 21 '16 at 2:56

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