Nerd Fight: Battle #19

It’s that time again. To reiterate, every Friday the Cupcake Rogues will randomly pick 2 characters to do battle – whether it be Marvel, DC, female, male, mutant, human, or human that pretends to be a mutant with magic (I’m looking at you, Juggernaut), they are all possible. Once we’ve randomly selected our two, they will go head to head in several categories with one being deemed winner. The winner will live on to fight another day, but a warning – with 200 possible characters, it may be awhile before round 🙂

Nineteenth week in the random selection:

Wolverine vs Daken (seriously?! What are the freaking odds? The comic Gods smile upon us today)

Wolverine Daken
Origin James Howlett was born around the 1890s in Alberta, Canada to John and Elizabeth Howlett. It would later come out that the groundskeeper, Thomas Logan, was having an affair with James’ mother and is actually his father. Thomas Logan kills John Howlett, Sr. and James extends his bone claws for the first time, wounding Dog, Thomas’ other son, and killing Thomas Logan. Elizabeth drives James from the house and shoots herself. Sometime around 1946 a baby boy is cut from his mothers womb as she lay dying. That women was Itsu, the Japanese wife of James Howlett, AKA Wolverine.  The baby was dropped off on the doorstep of a childless couple and named Akihiro, though he is secretly referred to as Daken, a slur on his mixed heritage. When his adoptive mother delivers a baby, Akihiro kills it out of jealousy. Akihiro’s adoptive mother then attacks him, which triggers his mutation (a familiar set of claws) to manifest. After witnessing the slaughtering of his wife by the son he dearly loves, Akihiro’s adoptive father kills himself. Akihiro would leave and take the name Daken as his own.
Edge? DRAW – Both origins involve the murder of an innocent, a half/adopted brother, suicidal parents and the behind the scene manipulations of Romulus.
Powers/ Abilities Naturally, Logan has a regenerative healing factor, superhuman senses, strength, agility, stamina, reflexes and longevity, and retractable bone claws. Due to the Weapon X, he has an adamantium-laced skeletal structure. He is also an expert martial artist, spy, and tactician with high intelligence. And let’s not forget about those berserker rages! Daken takes after his daddy in pretty much every way. The difference is that his claws are made of a metallic material instead of bone. He’s also able to use his pheromones to manipulate others. Daken is resistant to telepathy as well and has a mental “trap” installed by Romulus to take out anyone who probes his mind too deeply.
Edge? Wolverine – While Daken had Muramasa metal bonded to his wrist claws, he might’ve had an advantage. But Logan’s already taken those toys away.
Love Interest Where to begin? Logan has had a lot of ladies in his life. There was his wife Itsu (whom he had a child, Daken, with and whom was murdered while pregnant by Winter Soldier), his fiancée Mariko (half-sister of Silver Samurai), Mystique (back in the 1920s), Carol Danvers (who nicknamed him Wildboy in the bedroom), Silver Fox (NOT related to Emma Frost) and Yuriko (who became Lady Deathstrike). However, the one tragic love he’s never been able to fulfill is his love for the very powerful, very married, and kind of annoying Jean Grey. But, alas, most of the ladies he’s ever loved have either gone insane or been brutally murdered (or both in Jean’s case). C’est la vie. Daken appears to have no real love interest. He simply uses people f or as long as they’re useful and then disposes of them like a used Kleenex. He seemed to be attracted to Moonstone (probably sensing a fellow crazy) but it was revealed he would have no problem with killing her too. There’s a possibility that Daken is bisexual, as he’ll flirt with both women and men, but it’s not certain if he’s truly bisexual or if he simply likes to throw people off their game.
Edge? Wolverine – True, his lady loves don’t seem to have a long lifespan, but that doesn’t keep the chicks from flocking to him.
Costume Yellow Spandex, duh. Lately he’s been sporting a replica of Logan’s Wolverine costume.
Edge? Wolverine – Logan’s already been there, done that.
Grumpiest Wolverine has gone through phases where he is emotionally withdrawn, completely feral and enraged, and a father figure. He’s still a ruthless killer when he needs to be, but Logan has softened over the years. Daken has no compunction about taking a life. In some respects, he’s cold and ruthless. It’s when he’s facing his father that his emotions begin to show. Unfortunately, those emotions are all bad. Even after learning that his father didn’t kill his mother, Daken still blames Logan for the terrible life he’s had.
Edge? Daken – Though he’s over 60 years old, Daken acts like a bratty teenager. Paging Dr. Phil!
Best story arch After one of his many confrontations with Sabretooth, Sabes tells Logan that he is his father. Nick Fury explains to Logan that this is just a memory implant and not actual fact, so he leaves the X-Men in search of some answers to his past. He returns to the Weapon X base in Canada and learns that many of his memories are implants, and in turn, his personality becomes darker. He travels back to Japan and tries to reunite with Mariko. However, Mariko refuses and is poisoned by an assassin working for Matsu’o Tsurayaba, who, like almost EVERYONE, bears a grudge against Logan. After promising Matsu’o that he will return every year on the anniversary of Mariko’s death to slice off a body part until there is nothing left, Logan finds out that Silver Fox is still alive. He rejoins her along with Sabretooth, Maverick, John Wraith, and Mastodon to hunt down Aldo Ferro, a powerful psychic who brainwashed them all. Ferro forces Sabretooth to kill Silver Fox, and Logan suffers a mental breakdown over the deaths of two of his loves. Due to the breakdown, Logan thinks he is on a prior Team X mission to assassinate a man named Terry Adams. While trying to find Terry Adams, he encounters Epsilon Red, and helps him escape a Russian space program facility. To show his thanks, Red breaks down many of the mental blocks in Logan’s mind. With the new knowledge of his memories, Logan finally picks up the pieces of his life and rejoins the X-Men. Daken discovers that Romulus has planned to leave his operations entrusted to Logan. Angry that he’s being left out, he decides to turn on Romulus and stabs him. Before he can deliver the final blow Wolverine has Cloak teleport Romulus to the Dark Force Dimension. Infuriated that his revenge has been thwarted, Daken attacks Wolverine, but is knocked out. While unconscious, Wolverine rips the muramasa laced claws out of his sons wrists and buries them in a grave near the Howlett estate.
Edge? Wolverine – Wolverine has 5 great story arcs for every 1 of Dakens. Sorry, son.
Hotness Logan is 5’3”, hairy, and pissed off. Yet somehow he scores some hot tail. How? I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – must be hung like Seabiscuit. Though born to one of the hairiest guys on earth, Daken is surprisingly hair free. He even keeps the hair on his head shaved in a mohawk. Whether he is hung like Seabiscuit as well remains to be seen – though being half Asian, we doubt it.
Edge? DRAW – While Daken is physically prettier, when it comes down to it, you’re not turning Logan down.
Fiercest foe Sabretooth. Although there has been some people that have assumed Sabretooth is Wolverine’s half brother, this has never been confirmed. In fact, Sabretooth was originally intended to be Wolverine’s father, but thankfully that didn’t develop. Either way, out of all of the personal long held grudges that Wolverine has, the one with Sabes is the worst. It’s so bad, in fact, that Sabretooth comes to beat the living sh*t out of Logan every year on his birthday “just to remind him that he can.” Now that’s some serious hate. Romulus – This jerk is behind every bad thing that’s happened to Daken. Between cutting him out of his mothers body, brainwashing him and conditioning him, only to decide he’s leaving his empire to Logan – Romulus probably shouldn’t expect any Christmas cards from Daken.
Edge? Wolverine – Somewhere out there, Romulus is praying Sabretooth never finds out when HIS birthday is.
Biggest WTF Moment
  • Logan actually gets his codename from a time when he was out in Blackfoot territory and encountered a demonic creature known as Uncegila. The Blackfoot people, impressed by his skills, name him “Skunk-Bear” or “Wolverine.” Logan takes a liking to the latter. Can’t imagine why he didn’t go with the first.
  • In 1936, Wolverine works alongside time-traveling Kitty Pryde and Rachel Summers to fight Nazi villains who have allied themselves with the Shadow King to dethrone King Edward VIII and replace him with a fascist heir… wtf?
  • In 1941, after fighting along-side Captain America, Cap offers Logan a chance to be his sidekick. Yeah, thanks, I’m good, Cap.
  • While with Alpha Flight, Logan has an affair with Songbird, who, although adult in appearance, is chronologically and emotionally a child. Needless to say, it doesn’t end well.
Though professing to hate Logan, he still takes on his name and costume when he joins Norman Osborns Avengers and the Dark X-Men. He’d like us to think it’s to piss Logan off, but we think it’s a classic case of a little boy wanting to be like his daddy.
Edge? Wolverine – Wins by sheer volume alone.
Person who should attempt an on-screen portrayal Hugh Jackman plays the Canuckle-head on the big screen and, other than being about a foot too tall, does a great job at balancing sarcasm and berserker rages. Zachary Quinto has already shown us he can do cold and calculating by playing a young Spock. Now lets see him really let loose as Daken.
Edge? Wolverine – Hugh Jackman clearly cares about his role as Wolverine and it shows in his performance.

Wolverine:  9

Daken:  3

And the winner is…. Wolverine – daddy knows best, son. Now sit down and shave off that ridiculous haircut.


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