Vlad the Impaler
Vlad the Impaler
Personal Info:
Real Name: Vladimir Dinu
Also Known As: No known Alias
Place Of Birth: Romania
First Appearance: Black Panther: The Man Without Fear! Vol.1 #513 (2011) Modern Age Villain
Known Associates: Kingpin
Group Affiliation: Leader of his own crime gang
Base Of Operations: Hell's Kitchen, New York City
Grudges: Black Panther
Creators: David Liss and Francesco Francavilla
Enhanced Abilities: Vlad has enhanced strength, agility, durability and endurance.
Matter to Energy Conversion: Romanian dictator Ceau?escu experimented on Vlad, granting him the power to convert matter to energy temporarily. Typically, Vlad uses this power on his signature spear. He can detonate this energy with a violent explosion, using said spear as a missile. In addition, Vlad can charge his own body with energy, frying opponents who attempt to fight him up close. He can also release this energy as short-ranged bursts.
He was born an orphan in Romania. Dictator Ceau?escu, wanting to recreate the super-soldier serum to build an army of Captain Romanias, ordered experiments on every orphan in the country. All of the experiments failed except on little Vlad who escaped from the orphanage and stayed in hiding until he reached adulthood.
He eventually married a beautiful Romanian woman and had his first son, Nicolae. It is implied that Vlad killed his first wife before travelling to America.
Vlad remarried once he got to the U.S. and had his second child, Gabe. Meanwhile, he started to work for the Kingpin and became one of his most trusted men. After the fall of the Kingpin and The Hood, Vlad took control of New York City's organized crime, making Hell's Kitchen his focal point of business.
When Daredevil left Hell's Kitchen in the aftermath of Shadowland, the Black Panther took over his job of keeping the neighbourhood safe, creating a rivalry between Vlad and the Black Panther, ignited by Vlad's beliefs that the Panther had killed his second wife.
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