Midnighter (Wildstorm Universe)

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Real Name

Unknown

Main Alias

Midnighter

Other Aliases

[ 1 ], Lucas Trent [ 2 ]

Dave, Lucas Trent

Relatives

Apollo (husband), Jenny Quarx (adopted daughter)

Affiliation

The Authority, formerly Stormwatch Zero

Base Of Operations

Los Angeles, California · Carrier

Status

Identity

Secret Identity

Citizenship

american

Marital Status

Married

Characteristics

Gender

Male

Height

Weight

Eyes

Brown

Hair

Red · Brown

Origin

Universe

Wildstorm Universe

Creators

Warren Ellis · Bryan Hitch

First Appearance
StormWatch Vol 2 #4
(February, 1998)

Midnighter is a fierce vigilante and member of the Authority.

origin

Midnighter, alongside his future conserve Apollo, was character of a peak secret StormWatch team created by the foremost Weatherman, Henry Bendix. cipher but Bendix himself knew of the team ‘s being. Bendix built them as superhuman and, when they donned their costumes and spoke their codenames, their previous identities ceased to exist. however, this secret team was all but destroyed during their first mission, Apollo and Midnighter being the entirely survivors. They went rogue and spent the following five years clandestine fighting for a fine world in the alleyways of America. [ 3 ] One mission took them to Britain, where they thwarted Bendix ‘s attempts at experimenting on children to create superhumans, in the march developing links with MI5. [ 4 ] They remained unknown to Stormwatch until Christine Trelane found the files about their team after Bendix ‘s fall. Jackson King, once Battalion, now the new Weatherman, ordered them found, not being certain whether they were heroes or villains. Midnighter and Apollo were after weapons made in the “ Nevada Garden ”, a keepsake of the first Engineer. He ordered Fahrenheit and Hellstrike to tag them with fetishes so they could be transported into SkyWatch. Midnighter and Apollo first attacked the Stormwatch team, believing them under Bendix ‘s orders. however, they ceased the attack once they were told Bendix was dead. With King ‘s help, they violently retrieved the Garden from the U.S. Army, and King granted them what they asked for : new lives away from Stormwatch .

The authority

After Stormwatch was destroyed, Jenny Sparks convinced both Midnighter and Apollo to come out of retirement and join her raw group, The Authority. A formidable champion with a sardonic position, Midnighter epitomized the new team ‘s commitment to fighting for a fine worldly concern, including against invest interests and earth governments. He was the architect of the team ‘s first meaning victory, the kill of autocratic dictator Kaizen Gamorra, which he achieved by dropping the 50-mile-long Carrier on to Gamorra ‘s island base. [ 5 ] Midnighter was the merely Authority member to evade capture when the US politics had the team attacked and replaced with tractable substitutes. Presumed dead, Midnighter had in fact escaped the Carrier with baby Jenny Quantum. He returned to overthrow the creature team and rescue Apollo from imprisonment and abuse at the hands of their replacements. shortly thereafter Midnighter and Apollo were married and adopted Jenny. [ 6 ] Midnighter took a central function during the Authority ‘s brief over the United States. A visitation, obviously from a future Apollo, convinced Midnighter that he was on the way to becoming a badmouth dictator. To avoid this fortune Midnighter quit the team, precipitating its break-up, and returned to life fighting solo on the streets. Raised alone by Apollo, Jenny exploited her powers to age herself to unseasoned adulthood and reformed the Authority. Having convinced Midnighter to rejoin the team Jenny discovered he was being manipulated by a dimension-hopping Henry Bendix, so far assumed dead. Midnighter fought for Bendix before the Engineer was able to break the mind-control ; Midnighter then killed Bendix by ripping out his spine. [ 7 ] Circumstances have twice forced Midnighter, very a lot against his will, to team up with Kev Hawkins, a homophobic former-SAS soldier and eponymous protagonist of the Authority. A kinship made bad by the fact that on their first meet, Kev killed him, Apollo and the rest of the Authority, though the Carrier resurrected them. On their last meeting they took down MI5 ‘s Royal Oak visualize, an attempt at replicating Bendix ‘s experiments .

Worldstorm

Main article: Captain Atom: Armageddon When Captain Atom was displaced into the Wildstorm Universe and posed a regale to the said universe due to possessing a break up of the Void entity, the Authority initially had tried in helping Captain Atom and forcing Jack Hawksmoor to holy order Midnighter and Apollo to kill Captain Atom, in which the two killed Grifter who was fighting for Captain Atom, and brought him to the Carrier. however, when Apollo hit Atom with his eyebeams, he unwittingly triggered Atom ‘s at hand destiny causing him to transform into a menacingly glow class. Apollo is then killed upon touching Captain Atom by being incinerated into a char skeletal system right before Midnighter ‘s eyes. Enraged, and disobeying Hawksmoor ‘s control, Midnighter tried to attack Atom but is then killed excessively like his husband. Following the boot of the Wildstorm Universe, Midnighter was among those who were killed in the previous universe ( such as Grifter ) to relived afresh in the newly created Wildstorm universe.

Solo Adventures

After returning from a mission in war-torn Afghanistan, Midnighter was attacked and kidnapped by unknown agents while passing through the Carrier ‘s teleportation portal vein. He awoke in a facility in Hamburg, Germany, where a man named Anton Paulus told him that he was disrupting his ability to guess his opponents ‘ moves, and that he had removed his secondary affection and replaced it with a remote-detonated bombard. Paulus gave Midnighter the choice of either working for him, or dying, showing him a photograph of the person he wanted Midnighter to kill : Adolf Hitler. Time-traveling back to the First World War trenches, Midnighter encountered Hitler as a young bodily in the german army, but was apprehended by ‘time police ‘ officers from the ninety-fifth hundred before carrying out his mission. In his clamber to escape, he crashed the officers ‘ clock time machine at the year 1945 – shortly before Hitler ‘s expected suicide. finally he allied himself with them and worked his way back to his own fourth dimension, where he threatened to erase Paulus from history by killing his kidnapped younger self ; it is ill-defined whether or not he would have executed the child, but ultimately he did not have to. After informing Paulus that he discovered in the past that the real reason he wanted Hitler dead was to allow his founder, a Nazi official, to become a more effective ruler than Hitler, Midnighter killed Paulus via decapitation and returned the child to the meter police to be sent back to the past. Midnighter then returned to the Carrier, but was obviously good a dispirited as ahead, immediately setting himself on another mission in Iraq. [ 8 ] Midnighter ‘s attempts to connect better with humans after the graphic and public disposal of supervillain “ Suicide King ”. Trying to help a girlfriend find her pet guy finds him trip upon a harebrained scientist who has been kidnapping pets for his cybernetic experiments. After defeating him, he employs the scientist to experiment on the murderers and dictators he acquires before deciding to adopt the one pet the Doctor could not repair or rehome : a cyborg frank. [ 9 ] Midnighter managed to retrieve all the information about his former life prior to his reprogramming by Henry Bendix given by Jenny Quarx, and discovered that his real name is Lucas Trent, that he was born on July 14, 1967 ( making him 40 years old in 2007 ), and that he hailed from Harmony, Indiana. On visiting the township he found it was the hub of a paramilitary patriotic administration named Anthem, with ambitions to take over the United States and provide the area with the conscience they felt it had lost. While battling Anthem and its superpowered operatives, he discovered that Jenny had falsified the documents she gave him, and that he had never been Trent – but decided to stay on in Harmony however. [ 10 ]

World ‘s end

Main article: World’s End Following the Number of the Beast incident, Midnighter was one of the survive Authority members hush able to act in the ruins of London, immediately called UnLondon. Separated from Apollo, who was confined to the upper air by sunlight-blocking obscure over the planet ‘s surface, Midnighter helps civilians to reach the ruins of the Carrier, now a stronghold for survivors. When erstwhile Changer member, The Eidolon posed a terror in UnLondon, Midnighter was the only one to confront him and savagely killed him. however, Eidolon is everlastingly deity frankincense making him the actual victor and Midnighter was subsequently told off by the undead being that for everything that the Authority had always done was through violence and as an insult to injury, Eidolon politely informed Midnighter that he and his forces will not attack the Carrier. [ 11 ] The Carrier subsequently suffered an Incubite outbreak among the refugees, and Apollo was forced to eradicate the infection, but was then infected himself. Midnighter, unknown to this, remained concern of Apollo ‘s retentive absence as while his conserve attempted to burn his infection in the sunlight, but alone for it to gain sense and full domination of his torso, calling itself “ The Burn ”. The Burn soon fought the Authority and was finally subdued by being freeze and imprisoned in cold memory until they could find a cure for him. [ 12 ] Midnighter late dreamed a prophetic nightmare about the Warhol infected Apollo, Midnighter was visited by an unidentifiable daughter who told him to “ go north, heal the down, and heal the wounded king ”. He decided to followed what the dream told as he believed that what he might discover would cure Apollo, and left the Carrier. [ 13 ] Upon arriving the scots borders, he discovered a amply vegetated island that is prevented from access by guards. Midnighter fought his manner and even encountering a draco. [ 14 ] After infiltrating the island, he witnessed a being calling itself The Green Man murdered a group of refugees who were previously told by the being that it would “ heal ” them. [ 15 ] Deciding himself in killing the being, Midnighter sneaked into the island ‘s palace where it lived, but was then captured by living vines and is brought to the Green Man, and was shocked to discover that the Green Man is the Authority ‘s miss and harebrained Doctor, Habib bin Hassan. [ 16 ] The Doctor, believing that world is at fault for Earth ‘s destruction, tortures Midnighter. As he is being tortured, Midnighter finds himself stellar projected and meets with the daughter from his dreams to be the Century Baby, Gaia Rothstein. Gaia revealed that she was responsible for calling Midnighter as she believed that he could stop the huffy Doctor that has been controlling her for his own ends and promise that she have a manner in healing Apollo. Upon returning bet on to his torso, Midnighter was about to be executed by the Doctor until the Authority seasonably arrived thanks to Gaia. After the Authority defeated the Doctor, who he faded aside, a release Gaia gave Midnighter an apple that contains the bring around to cleansing Apollo ‘s contagion. After returning to the Carrier, Midnighter fed a cut of the apple to Apollo which successfully cured him. together, the match embraced again after a longtime of separation. [ 17 ] Following the Carrier ‘s activation and escape to an nameless location, Midnighter and Apollo decided to stay on earth as the former still has faith for Earth ‘s survival and the latter having to stay near the sunlight. [ 18 ] The couple soon then participated in Earth ‘s war against the Knights of Khera, in which they succeeded in destroying one of the Knights ‘ terraforming machines at the North Pole. [ 19 ] After the Knights ‘ get the better of, Midnighter supported Spartan ‘s design in rebuilding Earth and unifying the satellite. When Zealot shared her outright discrepancy over this and deciding to leave on her own, along with Maul, in training the survivors of Earth into a erratic defensive structure force out, Midnighter was cautious over this and shared his warnings with Zealot if she always undermines Spartan and the other heroes who supported him. [ 20 ] In the future three months of Earth ‘s reconstruction, Midnighter remained fishy of Zealot and decided on spying on her before personally telling Apollo of his deputation and that he will be absent for some meter. He then teleported to Zanzibar where Zealot established the nation as her sphere to train her own Coda. [ 21 ] Midnighter then confronted and beaten Jeremy Stone, and demanded answers from Stone in which Midnighter learned that he and Zealot are using Kheran engineering to impregnate women, who volunteered to the Coda, and then accelerate the growth of their ( female ) babies and then train them as region of Zealot ‘s army. But, the process was near-fatal for the women as the technology was reserved for Kherubims. Midnighter was disgusted in learning this, and specially from Maul who was willingly to go along with Zealot ‘s plans. subsequently, Midnighter confronted Zealot and engaged her in one fight. [ 22 ] Throughout their fight, the two were evenly matched as they argued back and away of their flaws in which Zealot struck a chord in Midnighter in being unable to saved his adopt daughter Jenny Quarx. Eventually both combatants were literally grabbing at each others ‘ throats when Maul, who grew tired of the ferocity and the guilt for cooperating with Zealot ‘s plan, intervened to stop their fight ; however, Maul was close up to being cut down by Zealot ‘s sword due to her automatic, which forced him to shrunk down to the subatomic horizontal surface to escape from damage. Everyone, including Midnighter, believed that Maul was disintegrated in which Midnighter chastised Zealot for ‘killing ‘ her supporter and besides losing him to maintain the machines for the pregnancies. But Zealot only tells him that she and her Coda will move elsewhere. Midnighter vowed to follow her wherever she goes, though he was shook over what Zealot said about the loss of Jenny Quarx. [ 23 ]

Powers

  • Battle Precognition: Midnighter has the power to predict how a situation will happen before it starts. This allows him to run through a given situation millions of times in his mind, instantly covering every possible result before the first move is even made. He uses this information to predict the actions and or reactions of others, counteracting their moves almost before they even think to make them. Effectively making Midnighter the greatest tactician in the history of mankind, as he is able to see all possible outcomes of any situation before it even takes place. According to Midnighter, his powers also work by letting him see the outcome of the battle he wants, and working backwards, following the right steps to get there. This ability also works as a super computer, calculator, simulator, and grants Midnighter an even further enhanced intellect, memory, deductive and tactical capabilities.
    • Tactical Senses: Midnighter’s senses are incredibly enhance. His senses enables him to see, hear, smell, feel, and taste things imperceptible to humans. He automatically and passively notices, processes and understands any/all details of any situation or environment no matter how small, allowing him to intuitively understand and solve any situation no matter how difficult it may be. It doesn’t matter how small the details are, he will automatically know and process them almost instantly. This allows him to detect any modifications or powers in anyone he looks at, as well as how they work, so he can defeat them. He can detect what special abilities a opponent has, he can see the enhancements. He can even detect electrical activity in the brain.
    • Telescopic Vision
    • Enhanced Hearing: Midnighter is able to tune into where exactly he wants to hear.
  • Fight Implants: Midnighter’s abilities were designed by Bendix to give him an all encompassing advantage in close-combat.
    • Enhanced Strength: He has incredible strength, can exert 1000 kg/cm2 of force with each fingertip and toes. He can dismember opponents with his bare hands and feet.
    • Enhanced Speed: Midnighter can move faster than the human eye in a quick speed burst, an effect perhaps created by his always possessing the element of surprise. He normally moves at slightly above human speed but can move so fast that enemies with super speed can’t see him, though he can’t stay at that speed for long.
    • Enhanced Durability: The structure of his tissues give him a nigh-indestructible and impenetrable anatomy.
    • Enhanced Reflexes: Midnighter’s body has been altered to give him faster nerve endings. His body is capable of automatically reacting to any threat or attack without him having to acknowledge about it. He can move, react, and maneuver himself in microseconds as well as process information as quickly.
  • Survival Implants: Implants used to keep him fighting in the worst of conditions.
    • Enhanced Healing: Midnighter can flawlessly regenerate from any injury in a short period of time. He’s fought with, and healed from, a broken neck, broken limbs, holes through his chest, having his whole body set on fire, contracting various viruses (including AIDS), and other things.
    • Pain Receptor Control: He can turn his pain receptors on and off so he can keep fighting when the pain would stop a normal man, and has implants that numb him to most pain – he has undergone major surgery while awake and alert.
    • Super-Enhanced Immune System: Midnighter’s immune system has advanced to the point where HIV was defeated in six weeks and the common cold never stays more than a couple of minutes. After The Doctor overdosed himself with heroin, physicians used a shot of Midnighter’s blood to jump start his system by deactivating his opiate receptors.
    • Environmental Adaptation: He has the uncanny capacity to live entirely self-sufficiently and without sustenance. He can survive in anaerobic environments indefinite periods of time, even the vacuum of space, can adapt to various environments if needed and desired, and possesses a secondary heart should the first one be rendered unusable. Midnighter has no need to use the bathroom and can go without food or water for an undetermined amount of time. He was able to survive walking on the surface of Mars without equipment for a certain time.[24]

Abilities

  • Weaponry: He also speaks German and can apparently operate several types of outdated weaponry, as evidenced by his use of WWI artillery while chronologically displaced.
  • Stealth: Midnighter is also quite adept at stealth. He is known to only be seen when he wants to be seen.
  • Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced): He is a nearly-unmatched close-quarters killer, having quite effortlessly slaughtered close to 30 super-powered soldiers by himself, without being so much as touched by them.
  • Multilingualism
  • Tactical Analysis

Weaknesses

  • Vulnerability to Psionics: A sufficiently powered psychic can shut down his mental enhancements making his ability to calculate a fight null and void.
    • Nanite Infection: Midnighter is more susceptible to Nanite infection due to his neural enhancements. On at least one occasion his mind and body has been controlled by Nanites created to disrupt and control his neural enhancements.
  • Design Drawback: Because Midnighter’s superhuman implants were all implemented by Henry Bendix, Team Achilles was once able to use a simple remote controlled switch to temporarily deactivate his powers upon accessing and making use of Bendix’s secret files.
  • Inactive Opponent: It was revealed that his ability can be defeated if his opponent does not make the first move (although this may have been because he was facing a cyborg at the time).[25]
  • Unpredictable Opponent: If his opponent has no idea what they will do next, neither will Midnighter. During a confrontation with the Joker he was unable to get any sort of readings from him.
  • Competitive Reaction Time: The efficacy of Midnighter’s ability to read and predict the moves of his enemies is dependent of being able to process probabilities faster than his opponents. If his enemies are only a single nanosecond quicker than him, one contingency ahead of him, his enhancements are rendered useless.[26]

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  • Midnighter is also known as the Night’s Bringer of War.
  • The Midnighter is gay and married to Apollo.
  • The Midnighter has adopted Jenny Quantum.
  • The Midnighter once contracted H.I.V. and defeated it in 6 weeks and the common cold stays in him no more then a couple of minutes.
  • Midnighter’s hair color differs from issue to issue. The Indiana state driver’s license he receives from Jenny Quantum indicates that he has brown hair[2], but by his own admission, his hair is naturally red.[27]
  • In a retcon, it was revealed that the Midnighter’s costumed identity was inspired from a heroine called the Midnight Rider, who was a member of a team called the Paladins
  • In DC/Wildstorm: Dreamwar, Midnighter’s battle precognition was rendered useless when against the Joker, as he could not figure out what the Joker would do due to the DC villain’s insane and unpredictable mindset.[28]

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