Personal Info:
Real Name: Henrique Gallante
Also Known As: Asylum
Place Of Birth: Unknown
First Appearance: New Warriors Vol.1 #32 (1992) Modern Age Villain
Known Associates: Coronary, Impulse, Mathemanic, Pretty Persuasions
Group Affiliation: Formerly Psionex
Base Of Operations: New York City
Grudges: New Warriors, Fantastic Four, Cloak and Dagger, Spider-Man and the Avengers
Creators: Fabian Nicieza and Darick Robertson
Darkforce Manipulation: Darkling is a mutant with the psionic ability to tap into the Darkforce dimension, an energy based on darkness. So powerful is his access that Darkling is able to open a rift the size of Manhattan between his dimension and the Darkforce's. Although initially Darkling could not consciously control the Darkforce he released, it would often act as a part of his subconscious desire, such as flooding and destroying the world or releasing the dark impulses of others. He can surround himself in Darkforce, creating a separate, giant-sized body, and can manipulate masses of Darkforce as he desired, creating shapes, tendrils, and blasts of energy. After regaining some control over his abilities, Darkling can even teleport himself and others by using his body as a portal to the Darkforce Dimension. Once inside the dimension, Darkling's victims would be confronted with their greatest fears as the Darkforce heightened and fed off the "darkness" within their psyches.
Born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Henrique Gallante was raised in an abusive home. Constantly mistreated and abused, he turned inward, becoming one with his own mental darkness. As he aged, he turned to drugs to try to kill the pain he felt he was in. He spent much of his youth struggling with his drug dependency. This dependency eventually caused him to snap and manifest his own internal darkness in a physical form by unconsciously tapping into the Darkforce dimension. Reveling in this manifestation, Gallante used his powers as often as he felt like it, eventually becoming one with the darkness, giving into his darkest desires and wrapping his physical form in the Darkforce energy.
Eventually, the constant abuse of his powers caused Gallante's powers to erupt in New York and he became Darkling, washing over everyone and bringing out their darkest desires while physically covering them with Darkforce energy. This eruption of dark energies caused the city's heroes (most notably the New Warriors, Fantastic Four, Cloak, Dagger, Spider-Man, Avengers, and Archangel) to band together to try and stop him.
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