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Identity


Relatives
Anton, Waltham (ancestors)
Justin (nephew)

Universe

Base Of Operations
New York City and mobile

Characteristics
Gender

Height
6' 2"

Weight
220 lbs (100 kg)

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Hair

Unusual Features
Pierce has replaced most of his organic tissue over the years with advanced cybernetics.

Status
Citizenship

Marital Status

Occupation
Industrialist, subversive

Origin
Origin
Donald Pierce is a cyborg, the origin of his cybernetic upgrades is unknown.

First appearance

X-Men #129 (shadowed) X-Men #132 (full)

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Hellfire Club

Donald Pierce

Donald Pierce first appeared as a high ranking member of the Hellfire Club inner circle, where he held the position of White Bishop, during that organization’s first direct encounter with the X-Men. During this conflict, he battled Wolverine, Nightcrawler, and Colossus, and when Wolverine nearly severed his arm it was discovered that he was a cyborg. The Hellfire Club inner circle was eventually defeated and Donald Pierce’s whereabouts were unknown for several years.

Reavers

He later appeared with Lady Deathstrike and three other resurrected mercenaries (Cole,Macom, andReese) who had been fatally wounded by Wolverine during the Hellfire's first skirmish with the X-Men. All five characters were consumed by their desire for revenge against the X-Men and Wolverine in particular. To that end Pierce created an army of cyborgs out of low-life thugs and a few mercenaries. He named his army “The Reavers.”

After rescuing Tyger Tiger from the Reavers, the X-Men expelled the cyborgs from their Australian outback headquarters, and appropriated the base for themselves (though Pierce was not present during this encounter, and was not yet revealed as the Reavers’ creator). The Reavers set out to defeat the X-Men, mounting a return to their old headquarters, this time with Pierce and Deathstrike present, but after the X-Men had escaped through the Siege Perilous they only managed to capture Wolverine who they tortured and crucified, Jubilee saved him from the cross. At one point Pierce created two super intelligent sentient androids (Elsie Dee and Albert) to kill Wolverine but they developed ethics and turned on Pierce and abandoned the Reavers.

A few years later a member of the UpstartsTrevor Fitzroy, sent sentinels to destroy the Reavers because they were a threat to mutants and Pierce (as the former White King) was worth a lot of points in the deadly game the Upstarts played. Only Lady Deathstrike and Cyllaescaped and it appeared that Pierce had been destroyed. The rest of the Reavers were completely wipe out. Despite his apparent death he resurfaced to trouble the X-men once again. He recently started an anti-mutant hate group and enlisted several members. He revealed a plot to take militant terrorist actions against mutants and was thwarted by the X-Men. He was beaten by Wolverine in hand-to-hand combat even though he is several times stronger than Logan. It is revealed that little to no human tissue remains in Donald which shows how he was able to survive the slaughter in Australia.

Pierce recently tried to take over Sebastian Shaw’s new Hellfire Club, launching an attack and slashing Shaw’s chest. Though Shaw was left critically injured and later needed to be hospitalized, he was able to punch off Pierce’s head. Whether or not Pierce could survive such an attack, his fate remains uncertain.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

Donald Pierce is an ordinary human and possesses no inherant superhuman attributes. However, he does currently possess them due to cybernetic augmentation.

Cybernetics: Nearly all of Donald Pierce's organic tissue has been replaced with highly advanced cybernetics constructed of a lightweight metal alloy that function in much the same way as his organic tissue once did, only vastly more efficient. Originally, only Pierce's arms and legs were replaced with cybernetic limbs, yet Pierce has steadily replaced his organic tissues over the years with cybernetic, adding upgraded technology to his body when needed.

  • Superhuman Strength: The musculature of Pierce's upper and lower body has been replaced with highly advanced hydrolics that are many times stronger than his organic tissue was. At peak operating efficiency, Pierce possesses sufficient superhuman strength to lift about 10 tons.
  • Superhuman Speed: Just as the case of physical strength, the advanced hydrolics of Pierce's cybernetics enable him to run and move at speeds beyond the natural physical limits of the finest human athlete.
  • Superhuman Stamina: Pierce's advanced hydrolics enable him to exert his body physically for much longer periods of time than a normal human. While they don't produce fatigue toxins like human muscles, the hydrolics are suseptible to wear and tear if he exerts himself for too long. At peak efficiency, Pierce can exert himself physically for up to 24 hours before the overall efficiency of his hydrolic systems begins to sustain damage without Pierce stopping to rest and repair any damage.
  • Superhuman Durability: The light metal alloy that makes up most of Pierce's body is much more resistant to physical injury than the organic tissue of a normal human. Pierce's cybernetic body can withstand powerful impact forces, high caliber bullets, falls from great heights, exposure to extreme temperatures, and powerful energy blasts without sustaining injury.
  • Superhuman Agility: Pierce's agility, balance, and bodily coordination are enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural physical limits of the finest human athlete.
  • Superhuman Reflexes: Pierce's reflexes are similarly enhanced and are superior to those of the finest human athlete.
  • Psionic Resisance: Over the years, Pierce has added various technology to his organic brain tissue that enables him to revert telepathic assaults back to the person they originate from, at least to a certain degree. Exceptionally powerful telepaths however, such as Charles Xavier or Jean Grey, have proven resistant to this ability and have successfully assaulted his mind.

    Abilities

Pierce is a cunning strategist and industrialist. He is also a good hand to hand combatant, though he tends to rely more on brute strength rather than technique in most situations.

Paraphernalia

Transportation

Hellfire Club and advanced Reavers vehicles.

Weapons

Conventional and advanced firearms.

Trivia

Pierce was modeled after actor Donald Sutherland; the name refers both to Sutherland himself and to the character "Hawkeye" Pierce from M*A*S*H.

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