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The world's deadliest killing machine, Midnighter's neural induction allows him to calculate over a million possible combat scenarios in a second, allowing him the perfect counter to any attack (he's famous for taunting his opponents with lines like "I already know what you're going to do"). It was revealed that his ability can be defeated if his opponent does not make the first move (although this may be due to the fact the opponent was a cyborg). He has fibre-lined muscle increasing his strength, durability, and reflexes. Midnighter can move faster than the human- and even superhuman- eye in a quick speed burst, an effect perhaps created by his perfect anticipation of an enemies' moves, which he normally counters with lethally precise martial arts. He can survive in anaerobic environments for short periods. He also has a secondary heart allowing him to survive wounds that would be otherwise fatal.
He also possesses a super-enhanced immune system, 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, doctors used a shot of Midnighter's blood to jumpstart his system by deactivating his opiate receptors. Though not on the level of certain Marvel or DC characters, Midnighter does heal much faster than a normal human, and has implants that numb him to most pain.
Midnighter is also quite adept at stealth, and has used both a nightstick and a telescoping staff in close combat. His personal arsenal also commonly incorporates throwing stars. He is a close-quarters killer, having quite effortlessly slaughtered close to 30 superpowered soldiers by himself, without being so much as touched by them. In one issue the superpowered villain, Seth, snapped Midnighter's neck but several pages later he appeared to be completely fine. His response? "You've obviously never seen my morning work-out."
Midnighter has no need to use the bathroom and can go without food or water.
Midnighter, alongside his future husband Apollo, was part of a top secret Stormwatch team (an analog of the JLA) created by the first Weatherman, Henry Bendix. Nobody but Bendix himself knew of the team's existence. 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 only survivors. They went rogue and spent the next five years undercover fighting for a finer world in the alleyways of America. One mission took them to Britain, where they thwarted Bendix's attempts at experimenting on children to create superhumans, in the process developing links with MI5. They remained unknown to Stormwatch until Christine Trelane found the files about their team after Bendix's fall.
Jackson King, formerly Battalion, now the new Weatherman, ordered them found, not being sure whether they were heroes or villains. Midnighter and Apollo were after weapons made in the "Nevada Garden", a relic 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.
After Stormwatch was destroyed, Jenny Sparks convinced both Midnighter and Apollo to come out of retirement and join her new group, The Authority. A formidable fighter with a sardonic attitude, Midnighter epitomised the new team's commitment to fighting for a finer world, including against vested interests and world governments. Midnighter and Apollo's relationship, though hinted in previous issues, was revealed in The Authority #8. He was the architect of the team's first significant victory, the defeat of autocratic dictator Kaizen Gamorra, which he achieved by dropping the 50-mile-long Carrier on to Gamorra's island base.
During the Transfer of Power storyline, Midnighter was the only Authority member to evade capture when the US government had the team attacked and replaced with manipulable substitutes. Presumed dead, Midnighter had in fact escaped the Carrier with baby Jenny Quantum. He returned to overthrow the puppet team and rescue Apollo from imprisonment and abuse at the hands of their replacements. Shortly thereafter Midnighter and Apollo were married and adopted Jenny.
Midnighter took a central role in Ed Brubaker and Dustin Nguyen's Revolution maxiseries. A visitation, apparently from a future Apollo, convinced Midnighter that he was on the path to becoming a malign dictator. To avoid this fate 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 young adulthood and reformed the Authority. Having convinced Midnighter to rejoin the team Jenny discovered he was being manipulated by a dimension-hopping Henry Bendix, hitherto 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.
Circumstances have twice forced Midnighter, very much against his will, to team up with Kev Hawkins, a homophobic former-SAS soldier and eponymous protagonist of the Authority: Kev miniseries (written by Garth Ennis) - a relationship made worse by the fact that on their first meeting, 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 project, an attempt at replicating Bendix's experiments.
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. He awoke in a facility in Hamburg, Germany, where a man named Paulus told him that he was disrupting his ability to guess his opponents' moves, and that he had removed his secondary heart and replaced it with a remote-detonated bomb. 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-travelling back to the First World War trenches, Midnighter encountered Hitler as a young corporal in the German army, but was apprehended by 'time police' officers from the 95th century before carrying out his mission. In his struggle to escape, he crashed the officers' time machine at the year 1945 -- shortly before Hitler's expected suicide.
Information in this bio is taken from the Wikipedia.com entry titles "Midnighter"
First Appearance: Stormwatch (1997) #2
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Action Comics (1938)
Alan Moore: Portrait of an Extraordinary Gentleman (2003)
Captain Atom: Armageddon (2005)
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#1 Coup d'Etat: The Authority (2004)
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#5 Gen-Active (2000)
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#1 Jenny Sparks: The Secret History of the Authority (2000)
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- 'Uncivil Union, Part 6'
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- 'Killing Machine, Part 3'#4
- 'Killing Machine, Part 4'#4 (Glenn Fabry Variant Cover)
- 'Killing Machine, Part 4'#5
- 'Killing Machine, Conclusion'#6
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- 'Life Choices'#15
- 'Truth and Consequence'#16
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Sleeper: Season Two (2004)
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- 'Earth Inferno and Other Stories'TPB vol. 04
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- 'The Circle, Two of Four'#3
- 'The Circle, Three of Four'#4
- 'The Circle, Four of Four'#5
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- 'Shiftships, Two of Four'#7
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- 'Shiftships, Four of Four'#10
- 'Outer Dark, Two of Four'#11
- 'Outer Dark, Three of Four'#12
- 'Outer Dark, Four of Four'#13
- 'The Nativity, One of Four'#14
- 'The Nativity, Two of Four'#15
- 'The Nativity, Three of Four'#16
- 'The Nativity, Four of Four'#17
- 'Earth Inferno, One of Four'#18
- 'Earth Inferno, Two of Four'#19
- 'Earth Inferno, Three of Four'#20
- 'Earth Inferno, Four of Four'#21
- 'All Tomorrow's Parties'#22
- 'Brave New World, One of Four'#23
- 'Transfer of Power, One of Four'#25
- 'Transfer of Power, Three of Four'#26
- 'Transfer of Power, Four of Four'#27
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- 'Brave New World, Three of Four'#29
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- 'Reality Incorporated, Episode Four'#5
- 'Godhead, Episode One'#7
- 'Godhead, Episode Two'#8
- 'Godhead, Episode Three'#9
- 'Godhead, Episode Four'#10
- 'Fractured World, Episode One'#11
- 'Fractured World, Episode Two'#12
- 'Fractured World, Episode Three'#13
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- 'Breach of Trust'#1
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- 'Breach of Trust, Part 2'#3
- 'Breach of Trust, Part 3'#4
- 'Breach of Trust, Part 4'#5
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- 'Come the Revolution'#2
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- 'The Turning Tide'#4
- 'The Revolution Will Be...'#5
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- 'Whatever Happened to the Authority?'#8
- 'The Shape of Things'#9
- 'Life's Illusions'#10
- 'Listen, Do You Want to Know a Secret?'#11
- 'Permanent Midnight'#12
- 'Sound and Fury, Signifying'
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- 'The Seventh Day'#11
- 'Damage Control'#12
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- 'The Joey Deacon Blues'#5
- 'As Free As the Wind Blows'
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- 'Left Behind'#19
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- 'Red Blade 3 of 3: Red Reign'#22
- 'The Protectorate Part 1 of 3: Groundwork'#24
- 'The Protectorate'#25
- 'The Protectorate Part 3 of 3: Knock Down, Drag Out'
#8 Wildcats: Armageddon (2008)
- 'Suspicion Threshold'
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- 'Wildstorm Presents Planetary: Lost Worlds'
TPB#1 Wildstorm Summer Special (2001)
- 'Part One: The Coming Storm'#2
- 'Part Two: Bleeding Hearts or... I Fight The Authority and The Authority Always Wins'
WildStorm Universe (2009)
Wildstorm Winter Special (2005)
Authority (01 - Original Team)
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"Do you understand me? I hate you. I want to torture you. I want to leave doctors puzzling for years over how Iíve done the the things I want to do to you. My mild-mannered colleague will not interfere. Your life as a bipedal vertebrate is over."
"Iíve already fought this battle a million times in my head, and I win every time.
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