Not all queer characters are good people. Daken is a sociopath and a killer. In fact, he’s rather a bad stereotype of a predatory bisexual person. He can generate pheromones to attract and manipulate people. Only instead of breaking your heart, he may just break your neck. Daken’s also the son of Wolverine. Maybe that isn’t surprising. (Yep, just being a Wolverine hater.)
Daken is a rather new character on the scene, only created in 2007. However, his history has him born in 1946 to Wolverine and Itsu. Or actually, Itsu’s killed by the Winter Solider while she’s pregnant; Wolverine thinks both his wife and baby have been killed; and Daken is cut out of his mother’s womb and survived due to inheriting his father’s healing factor. Now if that doesn’t start him out on the messed up train of life, I don’t know what else would. (And really, cut out of his mother’s womb, how Women in Refrigerators.)
Daken is raised by adopted parents in Japan. Later, in more tragedy, they disown him and die. At the same time, Daken’s bone claws appear. All this was apparently orchestrated by Romulus, leader of the Lupines and super manipulator of Wolverine’s life. Daken then starts working with Romulus, thinking that Romulus is training him in order to take over his empire.
Of course, Daken decides that he needs to kill his biological father Wolverine. And Wolverine also plans on killing Daken. (I’m a little confused about why Wolverine’s going to kill his son. But what can I say besides that I was never in love with Wolverine’s manpain.)
To insult his father even more, Daken takes Wolverine’s place in Osborn’s Dark Avengers. It’s clear that no matter who’s controlling Daken — Osborn or Romulus — Wolverine is always Daken’s major motivation. Talk about daddy issues.
My favorite thing Daken did in Dark Avengers was constantly flirting with Bullseye and pushing Bullseye’s image of himself a straight man to the test. That was beyond entertaining, in one sociopath taunting a psychopath way.
Daken was the only one of the Dark Avengers to evade arrest after Osborn and his team attacked Asgard. Of course, he only got far enough for his father to knock him out and rip out his wrists claws, which had been coated with the special Wolverine-and-family killing element. How it didn’t kill Daken after being molded on his skin, I don’t know either.
Currently, Daken’s story is being relaunched in a series called Daken. Maybe he’ll make up with his father. Maybe he’ll become a good guy. Maybe he’ll kill some people and mess with other people’s heads. Something tells me it’s going to be the latter rather than the former.
For a really brilliant in-depth look at Daken’s sexuality, I really suggest reading Jennifer of the Fantastic Fangirls article: Daken Akihiro, For Your Entertainment.
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