Daken is a male comic character from Marvel Comics.
Daken was the son of Wolverine and his Japanese wife Itsu when in 1946 his father lived at Jasmine Falls in Japan. Itsu would become pregnant with Logan's child but unknown to the pair they were being watched by Romulus. The ancient Mutant intended to create the perfect servant for his needs in his quest against Wolverine. This saw him hiring the Winter Soldier who was dispatched to kill Itsu whereupon a mysterious man cut open the baby from the mothers womb leaving her body on the floor. The child's inherent healing factor allowed him to survive and in 1946 he was placed at the doorstep of a wealthy young traditional Japanese couple. His adoptive parents were Akihira and Natsumi who believed the child was an answer to their prayers for a child who they decided to raise as their own. The child would be named Akihiro by his adoptive father though the servants and other members of the families in the province would secretly name him Daken that was a slur on his obvious mixed heritage. Akihiro would be teased by the other boys in the village as he grew older with this harsh treatment over the years leading to him developing a cold personality that was directed at everyone except his father. During one night, he overheard his mother Natsumi confess to Akihira that she did not love their adopted son and that after long years of trying she had become pregnant. Upon hearing this development, Akihiro began to plot against his adoptive family and within a year after the birth of the baby he became responsible for killing the newborn child. He would confess this act to Natsumi and upon learning of this his father Akihira became furious where he disowned Akihiro. However, Akihiro would tell his adoptive father that this was not his true name anyway and that he began to start referring to himself as Daken. Natusmi would suddenly appear at this point and attempt to run him through to kill him. This would lead to Daken instinctively using his Mutant claws and unsheathing them where he slashed at Natsumi thus killing her. Akihira would be unable to force himself to kill his adoptive son and decided to commit suicide. In the aftermath, Romulus would reveal himself to the young Daken and began molding him for the future.
He came to meet Cyber and be trained by the man in hand-to-hand combat with Silas noting that Daken was his best student. (Wolverine: Origins v1 #14) At point, he came to be an ally of the Red Right Hand and aided in their planned vengeance against Wolverine. (Wolverine v4 #14)
Upon learning of his fathers capture by S.H.I.E.L.D., he disguised himself as an agent to infiltrate the facility where he stabbed Dum Dum Dugan and confronted Wolverine for the first time. Daken then slashed Logan across the stomach and left her bleeding on the ground where she promised that they would meet again. (Wolverine: Origins v1 #10) He then eliminated several people he was using in order to prevent anyone from uncovering his location. (Wolverine: Origins v1 #11) His master was displeased at Daken's early confrontation with Wolverine though he simply killed the messenger that came to deliver the message to him. (Wolverine: Origins v1 #12) He came to follow his father into the bank vaults of Brussels when Wolverine looked to recover the Carbonadium Synthesizer. Once there, he snuck upon on Logan and fought him in a bloody battle where Daken showed a greater level of fighting prowess as well as speed. Thus, he was able to wound Wolverine who showed a lack of desire to fight his own son as he thought Daken could be redeemed. Despite his greater experience, Wolverine came to lose the fight but their battle was interrupted by Cyber who had come to challenge Daken. (Wolverine: Origins v1 #13) A fight erupted between the two as Cyber wanted to know about the location of his boss who had betrayed him but Daken refused to cooperate. During the fight, Wolverine recovered and attempted to hold down Cyber but Daken simply departed the scene rather than aid his father in a fight. (Wolverine: Origins v1 #14)
After the Secret Invasion, Norman Osborn was hailed a hero for killing the alien queen Veranke leading to him replacing Tony Stark in the role of national security. Director Osborn of H.A.M.M.E.R. then sought to create a replacement team of Avengers and wanted Daken to be on this team. Thus, he tracked the Mutant and met him at a diner where he said that he wanted to recruit Daken to join the ranks of the Dark Avengers. (Dark Avengers v1 #1)
His healing factor managed to slowly regrow his lost arm thus restoring it. He was among the allies that Doctor Strange brought to Roosevelt Island after an alien virus was killing the population where Daken said he came to help Laura Kinney. (All-New Wolverine v1 #21)
Personality and attributes
He was shown to be bisexual as he had relationships with both men and women. In one case, he made a woman fall in love with him so that he could use her residence as a place to stay whilst also having an affair with a man who he murdered. He intentionally had the woman he was with see him kissing a man in order to break her though he said it was nothing personal as he simply wished to remove any trace of himself from others. (Wolverine: Origins v1 #11)
Daken was shown to be cold and manipulative with him capable of murdering others. He also removed any individual that could lead to his discovery. According to him, he was destined to be the inheritor of the Earth and thought little of ordinary humans. (Wolverine: Origins v1 #11) In a fight, he was known to trick enemies to distract them to allow him to get the first strike against a foe. (Wolverine: Origins v1 #14) He was not above killing even children such as when he lulled Skaar to transforming to his human guise thus making him vulnerable to being killed. (Incredible Hulk v1 #603)
He claimed to not understand the need for wearing a mask with him stating that his costume was the clothes he wore everyday. (Wolverine: Origins v1 #13)
According to Logan, Daken was beautiful like his mother on the outside but on the inside he was more like Wolverine. (Wolverine: Origins v1 #11) He came to consider that his father was weak and disgusted with him due to this perceived quality. (Wolverine: Origins v1 #10) Though he was his biological son, Daken refused to accept Wolverine as his father with him instead saying that the honour belonged to someone else. He refused to believe he was like his father and rejected giving into his anger where he would fall into a berserker rage. (Wolverine: Origins v1 #13) On one occasion, he made a deal so that Wolverine would not die though stated that this was not because he cared for him but rather because he did not want someone else to kill his father. (Incredible Hulk v1 #603)
Powers and abilities
Similar to his father, he had bone claws with two erupting from the top of his hand between the fingers which he could use to slash and eviscerate a target. (Wolverine: Origins v1 #11) A third claw emerged from the wrist which he hid in order to ambush an opponent with them. (Wolverine: Origins v1 #13) Unlike his father, he lacked an Adamantium-coated skeleton which meant he could be killed in a fight. (Wolverine: Origins v1 #14)
An aspect of his body was that he produced no scent which made it difficult for his father to track him. (Wolverine: Origins v1 #11)
It was known that Daken was trained by Cyber with him being a more skilled fighter than his mentor and faster than him. (Wolverine: Origins v1 #14)
- Daken was created by Daniel Way and Steve Dillon where he made his first appearance in Wolverine Origins v1 #10 (March, 2007).
- He was identified as Daken in Wolverine: Origins v1 #12 (May, 2007).
- Daniel Way commented in an interview Daken, "He [Logan] has finally taken control of his destiny. The tragedy of this, though, is that Daken is walking the exact same path that Logan did—how can he, Logan, convince his son to change his ways without being hypocritical? It’s something that he’s trying to figure out as he goes. For once, he’s thinking about the future instead of the past."
- On CBR, writer Brian Michael Bendis commented on the character when he became a Dark Avenger, "Daken is one of the best things to come out of ‘Origins,’ and what better way to piss off his father? He’s an iconic and legacy character attached to a number of cool things in the Marvel Universe, but he really hasn’t had a lot of face time with it. So we can really roll up our sleeves and see what we’ve got there and help create a character. I’m not taking anything away from Daniel Way, his creator, but I am saying once a character gets rolling it’s interesting to see him interacting with different types of characters. You take him out of the Wolverine book to see what he’s made of. It’s much like with Wolverine, when you took him out of ‘Hulk’ [where he first appeared], he became something else."
- Matt Fraction said in an interview, "He [Daken] loves the cameras and the attention. He can't enough of them because he knows they're allowing him to rub Wolverine's nose in it. It's sweet when he pretends to be an Avenger but man it's even sweeter when he's pretending to be an X-Man. He knows he's making his dad's blood boil."
- Writer Marjorie Liu in an interview noted, "He's [Daken]] slightly psychotic, highly intelligent, very manipulative, and has daddy issues."
In other media
- In Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Daken who was also referenced as the Dark Wolverine appeared as a card power-up in the fighting video game.
- In Marvel: War of Heroes, Daken appeared as a playable card in the video game.
- In X-Men: Battle of the Atom, Daken appeared as a card present in the iOS video card game.
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