Nerd Fight: Battle#27

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 2 🙂

Twenty-seventh week in the random selection:

Amanda Waller vs. D’Ken

Amanda Waller D’Ken
Origin Amanda lived in the projects of Chicago. When her husband and children were murdered, she left Chicago and received a doctorate degree in Political Science. After some time as a congressional aide, she founded the Suicide Squad; a group of “reformed” super criminals working for the government in return for amnesty. She has also been team leader for Checkmate, The Shadow Fighters and was also President Lex Luthor’s Secretary of Metahuman Affairs. D’Ken inherited the throne to the Shi’ar Empire after his older sister, Deathbird, was exiled for killing their mother and younger sister. He quickly becomes ruthless and power-crazy. He attacks Corsair’s private plane, causing Chris and Katherine Summers to send their sons, who will eventually become Cyclops and Havok, out of the plane in one escape parachute, both thinking the others are dead. D’Ken then attempts to rape Katherine, kills her, rips the unborn baby from her womb, and raises him as a slave, sending him to serve Erik the Red. Oh and THEN his real path of destruction begins. What a sweetheart.
Edge? Amanda Waller – we can’t co-sign anyone that would send Cyclops screaming into our world.
Powers/ Abilities Amanda is a formidable team leader and is has an extremely sharp mind. While she has no superhuman powers, she fears NO ONE, and has no problem with getting in your face and telling you so. Peak human strength, agility, speed, endurance and reflexes, along with the highly advanced Shi’ar technology.
Edge? D’Ken – D’Ken will get in your face, beat you until you need Shi’ar technology to save you, and then not let you have it.
Leadership Skills While Waller has been the head of many teams, she’s never very popular. Mostly because she rules with an iron fist, but also because she has no qualms about using government sponsored groups for her own personal interests. Being the leader of an Empire makes forcing people to listen to you quite easy, so while D’Ken ruled with an iron fist, he never really had to develop any skills… unless skills count as just marking anyone that doesn’t agree with you a traitor and exiling them. He’s got mad – those – skills.
Edge? Amanda Waller – You learn skills when respect isn’t handed to you with birthright.
Costume Mostly business suits, but we like to think that in her downtime she breaks out the leather and cat-o-nine. ..No we don’t. Bright purple, pink, and green garb with a bitchin’ flip out and face paint. He’s ADORABLE.
Edge? D’Ken – work those colors *snaps*
Most Entertaining Personality Amanda is fearless, she does not care if you are Lex Luthor or Apokalips or even the Batman. If you’re in her way she will verbally knock you the F out. Shi’ar would probably kill his own mother for more power – luckily his sister took care of that for him. He’s not afraid to kill, rape or pillage if it means more power for him.
Edge? DRAW – we could watch these two be ridiculous all day.
Best story arch During the Superman/Batman storyline “K”, it is revealed that Waller has hoarded Kryptonite and used it to power an anti-Superman group called the Last Line, and a Doomsday-like creature codenamed “All-American Boy”, who has Kryptonite shards growing out of his body. All-American Boy, (aka Josh Walker) was deceived into an experiment to use Kryptonite to bond cell scrapings taken from Doomsday to a human host. He battles Superman, devastating Smallville in the process. Batman, with the help of Josh’s parents, convince him to stop. In order to keep her part in the AAB project a secret, Amanda is forced to pay for the repairs to Smallville. It’s the story you know and love, and got sick of, and then kind of like again, and then wish they’d just put it to bed already – the Phoenix. D’Ken wants to gain more power and expand his empire through using the legendary M’Kraan Crystal. Lilandra opposes him, so he names her a traitor and she flees, becoming psychically linked with Charles Xavier and reaching out to the X-Men for help. They arrive to the planet that the M’Kraan Crystal is held, called The World, and face off against D’Ken’s Imperial Guard. The Phoenix, now in it’s host body of Jean Grey, flies to the crystal to try to stop D’Ken, but instead they all get sucked into it. Inside the crystal is an endless city, with a sphere containing the Neutron Galaxy at the Crystal’s heart. Due to its intense gravity, the Neutron Galaxy could cause all of creation to be sucked into it. Normally, there is a energy field which protects the universe, but due to all of the people being sucked in, it was worn down. Meanwhile, all of those who were sucked in are rendered immobile, forced to live out their greatest nightmares in their minds. The Phoenix is the only one unaffected by the power, so she uses her psychic abilities to tap into her fellow X-Men and repair the force field. While most of those drawn into the crystal escape unharmed, D’Ken is rendered comatose for a long time due to the intensity of his nightmares. With D’Ken out of order, Lilandra became the ruler of the Shi’ar… and the Phoenix was never heard from again. HA! Yeah, right.
Edge? D’Ken – yes, we’re tired of it, but it’s one of the most popular storyarcs of all time.
Hotness Well…Amanda is a rubinesque woman of African American heritage. She is shown as being all business and rarely cracks a smile. I’m sure there’s a market for that somewhere. With that hair and that guyliner, what gal could resist? All of you? Well, alright then.
Edge? D’Ken – at least he can get you the good table at Red Lobster. I mean, he IS royalty.
Best Cartoon Moment During her first encounter with the Justice League, she manages to rattle the unflappable Batman by revealing that she knows his secret identity. (Plus, Batman makes a penis joke). The Cupcake Rogues personal favorite is the argument between Lilandra and D’Ken where D’Ken serves up what can only be the equivalent of a verbal bitch slap – “I TIRE OF YOU, SISTER!” If you don’t believe me, try it sometime. When someone is arguing with you just put up a hand in their face and scream “I TIRE OF YOU, THEIR NAME HERE.” Then, when the look at you like a wounded puppy, you can come back and thank us.
Edge? Amanda Waller – that lady’s got brass balls.
Biggest WTF Moment While in captivity on Apokalips, Amanda squares off against Granny Goodness and comes out the victor. Really? He is the reason we can’t get rid of that damned Phoenix storyline and he may be the reason that Cyclops is such a wet noodle. Thanks a lot, D’Ken, your reign of terror lives on.
Edge? Amanda Waller – yet another horrifying individual that Waller is not afraid to take on.
Person who should attempt an on-screen portrayal Amanda has been portrayed by Pam Grier in Smallville and Angela Bassett will be playing her in the new Green Lantern movie. While we’ve seen neither of these performances, we’d like to give a movie role to CCH Pounder who voices (and resembles) Waller in the Justice League cartoon. If it ain’t broke… Eric Bana a la Nero from Star Trek. He’s already got the ship!
Edge? D’Ken – what can we say? We heart the crazies.

Amanda Waller: 5

D’Ken:  6

And the winner is….  D’Ken, quoted as saying “I TIRE OF YOU, AMANDA!”

And for your viewing pleasure, here are the cartoon moments. FYI the D’Ken clip starts at around the 1:45 mark if you don’t want to watch our beloved Rogue, Gambit, and Wolvie get tossed around first.

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