5.17.2011

Daken

"Say that again.  I dare you. 
I double-dare you."
Oh, this is my motherfucker right here. He is the son of Wolverine. The unapologetic bisexual son of Wolverine. But don't get it twisted, he might swing both ways but this motherfucker is not weak. That I'm Here and I'm Queer shit is played out. He don't apologize for it; he isn't a punk about it. He will gut a motherfucker with his claws if they cross him. He's just as vicious as his father only twice as ruthless. And girl, did I mention this bitch is pretty?

He's a trailblazing character because queer characters don't headline their own series Characters of Color don't headline their own series. Queer characters of color sure as hell don't headline their own series

~ Neo-Prodigy
Our characterization exploration continues with Daken, and like Sunfire, he has an incredibly rich history. In fact, he has so much history I decided only to glean a few bits on his origins, powers, and skills. From ComicVine:
Origin

Itsu, Wolverine’s Japanese wife, was in her last stages of pregnancy, but was murdered by the Winter Soldier while he was trying to get Wolverine back to Madripoor. Logan thinks that his son is dead along with his mother, but in fact, after Itsu's death, a strange man wearing a trench coat, who hides his identity, cuts the baby (Daken) from his mother's womb and leaves her lying on the floor. Daken survives this event because he got a healing factor from his father.

After being ripped from his mother's womb, sometime around the year 1946, he is placed on the door step of a wealthy young Japanese couple named Akihira and Natsumi. The couple thought of this as a great gift because Natsumi could not get pregnant and raise him as their own. Although Akihira named him Akihiro, the house servants and other families secretly call him Daken, a slur on his mixed heritage. Growing up Akihiro was teased by the other boys of the village, his bad treatment over the years caused Akihiro to grow cold and hateful toward everyone except to Akihira whom he loved dearly. One night Natsumi confessed to Akihira that she didn't love their adopted son, although she tried to, and after years of trying she was finally pregnant. Akihiro heard this and began plotting.

A year passed, and after the baby was born Akihiro confronted Natsumi and tells her that he has killed the baby. Natsumi was furious and disowned Akihiro, who responded by saying "Akihiro is not my real name;" Natsumi attacked Akihiro which triggered Akihiro's mutant ability, and he "popped" his claws for the first time, killing Natsumi; also in the room was Akihira who could not bring himself to harm his adopted son so he killed himself.

Powers

We've seen these beforeLike his father, Daken's primary mutant power is an accelerated healing factor that allows him to rapidly heal damaged or destroyed parts of his body faster and more extensively than a normal human, the full extent of Daken's powers are unknown. However, good examples of the speed of his healing factor are shown in the pages of Dark Wolverine issue 76 when he recovers from being beaten down from the Thing within a couple of minutes. Another example is in Dark Reign: Punisher the List. Daken is blown up by an explosive device attached to his arm by Punisher, only to completely recover within minutes of Castle climbing out of the sewer. His healing factor can be weakened by items made of pure Carbonadium (e.g. the three bullets Wolverine had made by Tinkerer). Carbonadium has to enter the body to have any effect [NOTE: pure Carbonadium is extremely rare and the two remaining Carbonadium bullets are the only known pure Carbonadium items left]. Daken's healing factor grants him a greatly extended lifespan, He is over 60 years old but looks in his early twenties.

Daken's senses are enhanced to superhuman levels like his father's, Daken is in peak human condition, his stamina and reflexes are also enhanced. Daken's super-human senses enable him to see much further and with greater clarity than a normal human, even retaining much of this clarity even in near total darkness, to detect sounds normal human's can't and sounds they ordinarily could but at much greater distances, and to track a target by scent.

Daken possesses three retractable bone claws in each forearm, though their configuration and appearance are somewhat different to Wolverine's. Two claws extend from between his knuckles while the third extends from the underside of his wrists. The texture appears to be porous and dark unlike Wolverine's smooth and bone colored claws Wolverine possesses when his claws are in their natural state. Daken's claws are razor sharp and are very durable, they can cut through most materials. His claws are naturally ferrous, able to penetrate metals as durable as Iron Man's armor. In The Incredible Hulk 603, we learn from Wolverine that Daken's has part of the Muramasa blade stuck to his claws that extend from his wrists. The Muramasa blade knocks out superhuman healing factors long enough for Daken to get the kill. In his early appearances people believed Daken had super speed or could teleport, this is proven untrue when he confronts his father and Deadpool, he revealed he had no super speed "I have no super powers or at the least the one's you describe as loathsome as it admits, I am no faster than you I am simply always in the place where my enemy isn't looking." Since Daken doesn't have adamanitum inside of him, he is more light weight, and can do more "acrobatics" in the air. Which also gives him a advantage against his opponents.

Daken recently revealed that he has a level of empathic ability during his battle with Cyber, using his powers to drive him to brink. Daken has demonstrated the ability to manipulate his pheromones (in a similar manner to Wallflower) for the purpose of suppressing his own scent to such a degree that even Wolverine's senses are unable to detect him. He can also use his pheromones to manipulate the emotional state and sensory perceptions of other beings. He has been known to use this power to instill intense fear, happiness, depression, sexual arousal and a false sense of security to other beings. This allows him to seemingly appear where enemies can't see him, enabling him to inflict damage before an opponent realizes it. Such tactics give opponents the belief that he can either teleport or move at superhuman speeds. His pheromone powers appear to be physical in nature, not psionic. This was evident when he used to battle Spider-Man when he broke into Avengers tower posing as Venom. He also appears to have great knowledge as to the capabilities of pheromones in general as well as their taste and smell. In conjunction with his enhanced senses and knowledge of pheromones, he can expertly judge the emotional/physical state of those around him, both animal and human.

Daken's pheromone abilities have been shown to be successful against a wide variety of people, from those ranging to his father to the God of War, Ares. However, this ability has also been shown to have its limits as the Young Avengers' Hulking is shown to be immune to the effects and was able to recognize it straight away. This is possibly due to his hybrid nature of Kree and Skrull.

Daken has also demonstrated a high resistance to telepathy. His mind contains an undescribed "trap" awaiting anyone foolishly attempting to delve to deep into his head. Presumably this was put into place by Romulus. This trap potentially gives him the ability to control the telepath who has entered his mind. It also may be able to restore lost memories, as seen in the X-Men; Original Sin storyline. Miss Sinister tried to implant false memories into him, but he abruptly regained his true memories, proceeding to make Claudine suffer for her betrayal.

Recently, Reed Richards gave Daken a glove that emits an electrical charge which can stun anyone, according to Mister Fantastic. Daken tries it on the Thing, but it proves ineffective. Reed states he modified it, so presumably it can now work on those who are as durable as the Thing. It has since proven effective in stunning Tyger Tyger.

Skills

Daken is an excellent hand to hand fighter although his full training is unrevealed, he has beaten the likes of Deadpool and Cyber, but probably his biggest victory is against his father, Wolverine [who is one of the best fighters in the world if not the best in the world]. Daken has shown himself to be a clever fighter and a good example of this is when he uses Deadpool's own arsenal against him. Daken has shown himself to be a good strategist an good example of this is when he frees his father from the S.H.I.E.L.D. base he is being held at. He is also an excellent tracker, and is fluent in German. Daken has shown on multiple occasions to not only be highly intelligent, but incredibly talented in manipulation as well, though part of it may contribute to his emotion altering ability. Regardless, he has been shown in the past to outsmart men such as Norman Osborn and Reed Richards with ease.
So...if he ever had his own film, whom do you think should play him? I'm really interested, because I'm torn over this one, and I don't want to just start throwing out famous names. Even so...I wouldn't mind Lee Joon from MBLAQ as Daken. We already know he can throw down.

Or...how about Eita?

7 comments:

  1. I could definitely see Lee Joon holding it down.

    Lee Byung-hun did an excellent job as Storm Shadow in GI Joe: Rise of Cobra (he definitely had my Cobra rising) and his portrayal of Storm Shadow (charismatic, deadly, sexy) would definitely translate well into playing Daken.

    Though I know we've discussed the problem of non-Japanese actors playing Japanese characters.

    Of course, in this whitewashing day and age of Avatar/Akira racefail, an Asian getting an Asian role at all is a miracle in itself.

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  2. (he definitely had my Cobra rising)

    *is dead*

    Which brings me back to my question of why we don't have more BW/AW & BM/AM blogs.

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  3. Which brings me back to my question of why we don't have more BW/AW & BM/AM blogs.

    Funny you should say this. A reader of "Sugar," who found her way to my blog from here, mentioned that she substitutes my male characters for andro/tomboi AW. She was distressed at the lack of representation of AWBW. I told her that there is a lack of said representation, and encouraged her to step out and write her own stories or even create her own blog a la The Blasian Narrative. We have to tell our own stories; we can't depend on anyone else to do it for us. We have to be willing to take the lead and fill the need. I hope she takes my words to heart.

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  4. I hope she takes my words to heart.

    As do I. There's a wealth of knowledge and insight that we're all missing out on when folks like her keep to the shadows.

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  5. @Neo-Prodigy: Remember the POC Avenger..maybe they can add him to the roster

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  6. Lee Byung-hun hass the rugged quality that would go well with the way I imagine the character but I'd prefer someone younger, maybe with more of a punk look and tattoos!

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  7. @ MG

    I concur. I don't see Daken as being rugged.

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