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Blade

Real name: Unrevealed
Occupation: Now vampire hunter, Former private investigator.
Identity: Publicly known
Legal status: Citizenship unrevealed, no known criminal record
Place of birth: Unrevealed
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Mother (depicted but name unrevealed, deceased)
Group affiliation: None, formerly the Midnight Sons, formerly a partner in the private investigation firm of King, Drake, and Blade, former ally of Quincy Harker
Base of operations: Mobile
First appearance: TOMB OF DRACULA (first series) # 10

History: The man known only as Blade came into the world an orphan. Bitten while in labor by the vampire Deacon Frost, his mother died during childbirth. Blade was taken in and raised by his mother's friends. Determined to avenge her death, he fashioned himself into a vampire hunter even before he reached adulthood.

After stalking the night on his own for a number of years, Blade became leader of a small band of like-minded individuals hunting Dracula. He first encountered the dark lord in Japan, after many months of searching. Blade lured Dracula into an ambush, and the vampire was slain with a wooden stake. However, Dracula soon was resurrected by his servants and exacted revenge by murdering Blade's entire band of vampire hunters.

Blade pressed on, often fighting alongside a team led by Quincy Harker, the great vampire hunter. The company's members included Rachael Van Hesling and Frank Drake. Later, Blade teamed with vampiric private eye Hannibal King to hunt down and destroy Frost. Blade, King and Drake helped Dr. Strange, Master of the Mystic Arts and Earth's Sorcerer Supreme, cast a spell that destroyed Dracula and all the vampires on the planet. Following their victory, King was cured of his vampirism. Subsequently, he and Blade formed a private-investigation firm.

The mother of all demons, Lilith, hired Blade's agency to kill Ghost Rider -- the leather-clad, motorcycle-riding Spirit of Vengeance -- and bad-boy John Blaze, the fiery skeleton's former host. After a protracted battle, Blade and company realized they had been duped. The team joined with Ghost Rider and Blaze against Lilith, battling her monstrous minion Meatmarket. Blade, Drake and King continued their partnership with Ghost Rider and Blaze. Along with Dr. Strange, Morbius the Living Vampire and the Darkhold Redeemers, they formed the Midnight Sons, a group dedicated to preserving the boundaries between our world and the dark realms. The Midnight Sons clashed with Lilith and her demonspawn, Lilin, in a supernatural contest with Earth as the prize. The Midnight Sons proved victorious, destroying Lilith and her brood.

However, the team was unable to prevent its hated quarry, the vampire, from returning to the Earth realm. Blade, Drake and King, who again had become afflicted with vampirism, began their crusade anew to cleanse the world of all bloodsuckers. Blade and his partners clashed with dread lord Varnae -- supposedly the first vampire, the demon who had visited this hellish curse upon men. King and Drake were slain in a bloody and futile battle. The loss of his compatriots only strengthened Blade's resolve to rid the world of vampires, regardless of the circumstances of their creation.

Height: 6 ft. 2 in.
Weight: 180 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

Strength Level: Blade possesses the normal human strength of a man his age, height, and build who engages in intensive regular exercise.

Known SuperhumanPowers: Due to the fact that his mother was bitten by a vampire while giving birth to him, Blade was born with an enzyme in his bloodstream that came from the vampire's own blood. As a result, Blade is immune to the supernatural effects of vampire bites: a vampire's bite would cause him no more ill effects than a similar injury caused by other means. It is unclear whether or not Blade is immune to being hypnotized by a vampire through eye contact.

Other Abilities: Blade is a master in the use of small bladed weapons and can hurl knives with great accuracy. He is also a good hand-to-hand combatant.

Weapons: Blade's favorite weapons are small knives made of teak wood. He could slay a vampire by peircing his or her heart with a wooden blade.

NOTE: Wesley Snipes played him in Blade the movies.

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