White Tiger (Marvel)(04 - Angela Del Toro)
Real Name: Angela Del Toro
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The White Tiger amulets augment Angela's strength, speed, stamina, agility, dexterity, reflexes & reactions, coordination, balance, and endurance to slightly superhuman levels, and also endow her with formidable martial arts skills. The amulets may also enhance Angela's recuperative powers, as they apparently did with Hector. She also has the ability to blend in with her surroundings, using the amulets to camouflage herself (however this only works when she wears her costume, as the amulets don't affect her normal clothes).
Angela is also a trained investigator, a good shot with firearms and an experienced unarmed combatant.
Angela Del Toro is the heir to a heroic legacy that began with the Jade Tiger, a long-lost enchanted statue from the fabled kingdom of K'un-L'un. Broken into pieces, the statue's paws and head resurfaced in America, where the Sons of the Tiger wore them as amulets that enhanced their martial arts prowess. When the Sons disbanded, their discarded amulets were discovered by Angela's uncle, the young Hector Ayala, who transformed into the superhuman White Tiger through their power.[volume & issue needed]
Going back into action as the White Tiger, Hector was framed for murder and convicted despite the efforts of his lawyer, Matt Murdock. Ayala was shot dead trying to escape, shortly before evidence emerged that belatedly proved his innocence.
Angela Del Toro, a Federal Agent, volunteered to participate in the ongoing FBI investigation of the suspected Daredevil Murdock. However, when Hector's amulets were handed down to her, an overwhelmed Angela asked Murdock to help her decide what to do with them. Knowing the terrible cost of the vigilante lifestyle - and having seen her own partner, Agent Harold Driver, killed during the Daredevil investigation - Angela wanted to know why anyone would ever play super-hero. She told Murdock she was willing to quit the FBI and abandon her case if he could answer her questions.
Recognizing Angela's sincerity, Murdock challenged her to scale St. Catherine's Cathedral then engaged her in rooftop combat as Daredevil. Convinced of her ability, Murdock presented Angela with a final lesson by leading her to a robbery in progress. Subduing the robbers single-handedly, a proud Angela was touched by the awestruck gratitude of the shopkeeper she had rescued, and she finally began to understand her new calling. Shortly thereafter, Del Toro rescued Murdock from ex-crime lord Alexander Bont and his reluctant henchman Gladiator, beating Potter into submission.
During the start of her career as a masked crime-fighter, Del Toro uncovers a government ID smuggling plot by Yakuza and a secret organization known as the Chaeyi, and starts work at 212 Security; a private bodyguard service. Tiger attempts to stop the activities of the two criminal organizations through various team-ups with fellow superheroes including Iron Fist/Daredevil (2.0), Luke Cage, Spider-Man, and Black Widow often facing off against King Cobra and the Yakuza that killed her partner. After ending the relationship between the Yakuza and Chaeyi, the leader of Chaeyi vows to get revenge against the White Tiger and enlists the help of Omega Red.
Angela is later slain by Lady Bullseye and resurrected as a Hand assassin (in the manner of Elektra Natchios). Later, she is cured of the Hand's black magic by Black Tarantula, and joins Daredevil and Black Tarantula working within the Hand itself. Angela showed much doubt about what they are doing as members of the Hand.
Daredevil appointed Angela one of the five Daimyo's of the Hand presiding over North America and brought her with him to the Daimyo's summit in Japan where she and Bakuto, the Daimyo of South America, immediately come to odds, but Matt stops them before they fight. Angela takes every opportunity to blame Bakuto for their problems in Japan. It was also revealed that Angela is still under the corrupting influence of the Hand.
While New York is in crisis, White Tiger informs Black Tarantula to execute looters, he becomes confused and sees that something wrong with Daredevil. However, White Tiger was possessed by the Hand, and stabbed Black Tarantula in his back with the blade, and she tosses him over the edge to fall into a vehicle leaving him for dead.
First Appearance: Daredevil (1998) #58
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#58 Dark Reign: The List - Daredevil (2009)
- 'The King of Hell's Kitchen: Part 3'#59
- 'The King of Hell's Kitchen: Part 4'#67
- 'Golden Age: Part 2'#68
- 'Golden Age: Part 3'#69
- 'Golden Age: Part 4'#70
- 'Golden Age: Part 5'#77
- 'The Murdock Papers: Part 2'#78
- 'The Murdock Papers: Part 3'#79
- 'The Murdock Papers: Part 4'#113
- 'Lady Bullseye, Part Three'#114
- 'Lady Bullseye, Part Four'#115
- 'Lady Bullseye, Conclusion'#119
- 'The Return of the King, Part Four'
Heroic Age: Heroes (2010)
Kabuki: Reflections (1998)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
HC vol. 13 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Marvel Knights 2005 (2005)
- 'Valkyrior Steeds to Maximillian Zaran'
Shadowland: Bullseye (2010)
Shadowland: Daughters of the Shadow (2010)
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#2 White Tiger (2007)
- 'War in the Neighborhood'
- 'A Hero's Compulsion, Part One of Six: Obsessed'#2
- 'A Hero's Compulsion, Part Two of Six: Claws'#3
- 'A Hero's Compulsion, Part Three of Six: Families'#4
- 'A Hero's Compulsion, Part Four of Six: Challenges'#5
- 'A Hero's Compulsion, Part Five of Six: New Powers'#6
- 'A Hero's Compulsion, Part Six of Six: Payback'
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