Daken Akihiro Respect Thread

"I am brilliant and beautiful. Anything I want on this earth I can take and no one can stop me. Simply, I am bored."

-- Daken Akihiro

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The Respect Thread will be divided into the following sections:

  • Physicals
    • Speed
    • Strength
    • Durability
  • Mutant Powers
    • Healing Factor
    • Pheromones
    • Claws
  • Combat Skill
    • Accolades
    • Technical Skill
    • Battles
  • Intelligence

Physicals

Speed

Spider-Man claims Daken is as fast as his father, Wolverine:

The Amazing Spider-Man #597
The Amazing Spider-Man #597

Daken easily dodges several rocks and boulders thrown by Skaar:

The Incredible Hulk #603
The Incredible Hulk #603

Several examples of Daken dodging bullets from close-range:

Dark Wolverine #79
Dark Wolverine #79

Daken: Dark Wolverine #1
Daken: Dark Wolverine #1

Particularly impressive is that Daken dodges several shots from the Punisher, an expert marksman and assassin:

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Dark Reign: The List: Punisher

Daken easily dodges a shot from FrankenCastle, a reanimated Punisher, at point-blank range:

Dark Wolverine #88
Dark Wolverine #88

Daken dances around Ben Grimm:

Dark Wolverine #76
Dark Wolverine #76

Daken easily side-steps Ben's attack:

Daken: Dark Wolverine #4
Daken: Dark Wolverine #4

Daken dodges a strike from Wolverine:

Wolverine Origins #13
Wolverine Origins #13

Daken easily reacts to Spider-Man's attack, despite Peter catching him off-guard:

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Daken: Dark Wolverine #23

Strength

Wolverine muses that he and Daken are "equal forces of destruction, clashing with apocalyptic force", implying Daken is his equal strength-wise:

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Wolverine Origins #48

Daken easily throws a car door:

FrankenCastle #20
FrankenCastle #20

Daken lands a well-placed strike on Dark Spider-Man:

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Dark Wolverine #75

Daken casually stops a kick from Deadpool:

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Wolverine Origins #25

Daken throws back Cyber:

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Wolverine Origins #14

Daken easily grabs and throws Spider-Man:

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Daken: Dark Wolverine #23

Daken knocks down Fang:

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Wolverines #8

Daken knocks down FrankenCastle, a reanimated Punisher with superhuman strength and durability:

Dark Wolverine #88
Dark Wolverine #88

Daken kicks FrankenCastle down:

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FrankenCastle #19

Daken throws FrankenCastle hard enough that he smashes a swatcar:

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FrankenCastle #20

Daken does this again, this time hurling Frank an even further distance and incapacitating him:

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FrankenCastle #20

Daken then easily lifts and smashes Frank into a wall:

FrankenCastle #20
FrankenCastle #20

Daken kicks X-23 hard enough to send her flying back, smashing a wall:

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X-23 #8

Daken, while he only had one hand, manages to restrain X-23:

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Wolverines #11

Daken throws Wolverine through a wall:

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Wolverine Origins #30

Daken lands several solid hits on Spider-Man:

The Amazing Spider-Man #597
The Amazing Spider-Man #597

A bloodlusted Daken, while having his mutant powers(most noticeably his healing factor) stripped away by drugs and while suffering several injuries because of it, punches the Thing, causing him to bleed:

Daken: Dark Wolverine #23
Daken: Dark Wolverine #23

Durability

Note: A lot of Daken's durability feats can be attributed to his healing factor, but in some instances he had his healing factor stripped away. Because of that I'll place (X) next to a feat as a sign that he had no healing factor when the feat happened.

Daken endures a blast from Moses Magnum:

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Dark Wolverine #79

Daken endures an explosion and a house collapsing on him:

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Dark Wolverine #80

(X) Daken endures an onslaught from the Runaways:

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Daken: Dark Wolverine #18

Getting stabbed in the chest only makes Daken angry:

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Savage She-Hulk #4

Daken endures an enraged X-23's punches:

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X-23 #9

Daken and X-23 survive a big fall:

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X-23 #8

(X) Here Daken survives an even bigger fall and still easily gets up and flees from the Avengers:

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Daken: Dark Wolverine #23

Daken bounces back from a blow from Skaar:

The Incredible Hulk #603
The Incredible Hulk #603

Daken takes a beating from Ben Grimm:

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Dark Wolverine #76

Daken is unharmed from several attacks from the Human Torch:

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Daken: Dark Wolverine #4

Daken takes part in a brutal fight with the Punisher, where both land several crippling blows to each other:

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Dark Reign: The List: Punisher

Daken gets hit by a truck and gets up, moments later, unharmed:

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FrankenCastle #20

Daken endures three days of torture, without making a sound:

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All-New Wolverine #26

A list of all the things Daken endured during those three days:

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All-New Wolverine #27

Mutant Powers

Healing Factor/Regeneration

Daken heals from a bullet wound:

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Dark Reign: The List: Punisher

Daken is unphased by several bullet wounds:

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Dark Wolverine #80

Daken easily walks through plasma-breath of another mutant:

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Death of Wolverine: Logan's Legacy #5

Daken heals from an explosion:

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Dark Wolverine #77

Daken heals from one of Gambit's attacks:

Daken: Dark Wolverine #8
Daken: Dark Wolverine #8

Daken can't get enough explosions, apparently. This time he and Laura heal from an explosion that destroys a giant building:

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Daken: Dark Wolverine #9

Daken falls into one of the Punisher's traps. He gets impaled dozens of times, and then, you guessed it, another explosion happens. Daken heals:

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FrankenCastle #19

After the impalement and explosions Daken healed from earlier, he gets smashed by a car:

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FrankenCastle #19

FrankenCastle and Daken then proceed to fight, and Daken endures a beating:

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FrankenCastle #19

Then, even after that, Daken gets electrecuted and hit by a train:

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FrankenCastle #19

Daken heals from that from all of that, fairly quickly:

FrankenCastle #19
FrankenCastle #19

Pheromones

Daken has the ability to make people do whatever he wants, by manipulating their emotions through pheromones:

Dark Wolverine #75
Dark Wolverine #75

Daken: Dark Wolverine #1
Daken: Dark Wolverine #1

The Incredible Hulk #603
The Incredible Hulk #603

Daken even notes that this takes "no effort at all", when boasting to Bullseye:

Dark Wolverine #82
Dark Wolverine #82

Daken proves this to be true. A single use of his pheromones and he makes Bullseye feel jealous, angry and confused. He can also trigger feelings that Bullseye "didn't even know he had":

Dark Wolverine #75
Dark Wolverine #75

Daken calms Bullseye down with a kiss, using his pheromones in the process:

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Daken triggers rage in Ben Grimm:

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Dark Wolverine #76

Daken triggers rage in Ares:

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Dark Wolverine #77

Daken implants fear in a man, making him walk away:

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Dark Wolverine #87

Daken can also use his pheromones to hinder his enemies. He uses it to hide his scent from Wolverine:

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Wolverine Origins #13

Daken uses his pheromones to mess with Spider-Man's spidey senses:

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The Amazing Spider-Man #597

Claws

Daken's claws have some serious cutting power. They easily pierce Marcus:

Daken: Dark Wolverine #19
Daken: Dark Wolverine #19

This same Marcus was no-selling bullets just minutes prior:

Daken: Dark Wolverine #19
Daken: Dark Wolverine #19

Daken's claws can pierce through Osborn's Iron-Man suit:

Dark Wolverine #82
Dark Wolverine #82

They can even cut and pierce Skaar's skin:

The Incredible Hulk #603
The Incredible Hulk #603

Daken's claws also have the unique ability to actually cancel out healing factor for a time, due to part of the Muramasa blade being stuck to his claws at one point:

The Incredible Hulk #603
The Incredible Hulk #603

Combat Skill

Accolades

Cyber claims that Daken is more skilled than him:

Wolverine Origins #14
Wolverine Origins #14

Akihiro, alongside X-23, Sabertooth and Lady Deathstrike, is noted as one of the deadliest fighters in the world:

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The Wolverines #17

Technical Skill

Daken is trained as a samurai, which besides swordplay, also includes training in archery:

Dark Wolverine #76
Dark Wolverine #76

Daken is trained in many martial arts, but perhaps the most noteworthy is a special technique that allows him, through skill and speed, to strike his enemies without them noticing. This also works when your enemy is looking directly at you, and you don't neccessarilly need to be much faster than your foe to use it, as seen when Daken dances around Deadpool:

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Wolverine Origins #25

Daken uses this technique to disarm Deadpool before Wade even realizes:

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Daken even takes out Wolverine with this technique:

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Fights

Vs Fodder

Daken easily takes out multiple armed assailants:

Daken: Dark Wolverine #1
Daken: Dark Wolverine #1

Daken and X-23 fight off multiple mutants:

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Daken: Dark Wolverine #9

Daken fights an Asgardian army, alongside the Dark Avengers:

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Dark Wolverine #84

Daken actually gets a pretty good body count of Asgardians, as well.

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Dark Wolverine #82

Daken, while missing an army, exhausted and did not have access to his healing factor, stomps an Ice Giant:

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The Wolverines #9

Vs Punisher

Daken has multiple encounters with Frank Castle, the Punisher. Most of these fights are actually a prep game where the Punisher sets up traps or tries to evade/escape Daken. For the sake of simplicity I'll just list the three fights where they go head-to-head. The first is where Daken wins, successfully killing the Punisher in a bloody fight:

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Dark Reign: The List: Punisher

The second fight has Daken losing against FrankenCastle, a superhumanly strong, reanimated Punisher:

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Dark Wolverine #88

Their third fight has them both exhausted and injured, especially after a bit of a intervention by Wolverine, and has Daken winning through skill:

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FrankenCastle #20

Vs X-23

Most of the fight happens off-screen and in a duration between two comics(X-23 #8 and Daken: Dark Wolverine #8) but we do know that the two of them seem to be on par:

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Vs Sabertooth

Again, most of the fight happens off-panel, and we only see the end, that being Daken winning:

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Death of Wolverine: Logan's Legacy #1

Vs Moon Knight

During this fight, Daken was injured, his body and mind were all but broken, his healing factor was gone, and he was hallucinating Wolverine which emotionally unbalanced him. Despite that, he still bested Moon Knight, who kept trying to use his emotional unbalance to his advantage:

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Daken: Dark Wolverine #14

Vs Spider-Man

Daken fights, and nearly defeats, Spider-Man, mostly by using the advantage of stealth and pheromones:

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The Amazing Spider-Man #597

Vs Wolverine

Daken has had plenty of encounters against Wolverine during the years, and he's lost most of them. But there are two fights where he performs better than most against Logan. In their first fight, he actually beats his father:

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Wolverine Origins #13

There's also another encounter where Daken and Logan stalemate each other:

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Dark Wolverine #86

Intelligence

Daken plays a game of analysis and deconstruction, so he knows exactly how to break his enemies down. This is a game he considers simple:

Dark Wolverine #75
Dark Wolverine #75

Daken takes control of every aspect of Madripoor, through his cunning and manipulation:

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Daken: Dark Wolverine #7

Daken places a phone into himself, then allows himself to be captured, so his team can track the phone and find a secret lair:

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All-New Wolverine #29

Daken defeats Reed Richards by anticipating his approach to a situation, and using the heat drug that took his healing factor in order to disable him:

Daken: Dark Wolverine #22
Daken: Dark Wolverine #22

Daken manipulates the X-men, the Avengers and the Fantastic Four, leading them on a wild goose chase and playing them against each other:

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Daken: Dark Wolverine #22
Daken: Dark Wolverine #22
Daken: Dark Wolverine #22

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