In the rubble of a mansion in DFederal's One Percenter district, Number Five nervously runs a hand through his hair at the disaster around him. "Just tell me if you can do it, Five." Elijah sternly asks, his hand weakly applying pressure to his side. Five throws up his hands in frustration.
"I don't know Elijah!" Five yells back, slamming his fist into a bookshelf. As Five and Elijah consider their options, loud singing pierces through the icy barricade Elijah had set up over his library door. Two quick thumps come from the other side, and the ice begins to shatter. "The science of time travel...it's tricky, you know? I barely even had a grasp in it back in my universe, let alone this one. Besides, the users could easily stop me from-"
Five's explanation is cut short as the last of the ice collapses, and Elijah hastily launches a flurry of icicles in its direction. The clash of ice and steel crashes as Cutthroat steps into the room, humming a tune. He responds by throwing his knife at Elijah, which he barely deflects with a blast of ice. The serial killer, red and black button the only color on his all-white ensemble, smiles and pulls out two pieces of cloth. "Which one is better? I do so love this red tie, even if it reeks of smoke, but this blue one was a gift from that beautiful red head! Oh I don't know which is my favorite!"
Elijah and Five growl at Cutthroat, who draws another knife, a strange green glow emanating from himself. Elijah tries to create another ice blast, only for his hands to produce a weak puff of snow. He turns to Five, panic and anger in his eyes. "Just do it, Five." With that final order, Elijah picks up Cutthroat's thrown knife and charges.
Five turns around, a blue energy forming around his hands, before a similarly colored portal spawns in front of him. He looks behind him briefly, watching as Cutthroat easily stabs through Elijah's chest, his hand and knife reaching through Elijah's back and waving at Five. He ruefully spits at Cutthroat, before jumping into the portal.
Cutthroat frowns in disappointment, pulling his hand and knife out of Elijah's body. He looks down in excitement as the blood drips down the blade, before a sharp beeping captures his attention. He looks at the phone, and sees a single sentence. Is it done? Cutthroat types back a quick reply of the situation, and a large red portal forms in front of him. Another beep goes off, with the message Finish the job. accompanying it.
Gleefully sheathing his knife and pocketing the phone, Cutthroat enters the portal, following Five back in time.
The second recruit of the Umbrella Academy, Diego proved to be the most rebellious of the Umbrella Academy, being the first to leave the group when he became an adult. He attempted to become a police officer and, when that failed, turned to vigilantism. He ended up becoming partners, briefly romantically, with Eudora Patch, a police officer. When Hargreaves died, Diego reunited with his siblings only to immediately leave again after the funeral. Diego didn't truly rejoin his siblings until he learned that Patch was killed by the same assassins sent to kill his time-travelling brother Five. Diego and the others attempt to stop the apocalypse, but only end up causing it by provoking their sister Vanya. Five decides to time travel once again, with Diego and the others, to try to stop the apocalypse together.
Five's attempt to time travel result in the Academy members being thrown in different points in time, with Diego arriving in September 1, 1963 in Dallas, Texas. He becomes convinced that he is meant to stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and is committed to an insane asylum when he attempts to kill Lee Harvey Oswald. In the asylum he meets Lila Pitts, who becomes his confidant and briefly lover as they plan their escape. Diego reunites with the rest of the Academy, where Five explains that yet another apocalypse has been set in motion. Diego eventually discovers that Lila is the daughter of the Handler, and she attempts to recruit him to the Commission. While at their headquarters, he discovers the cause of the apocalypse is Vanya once again. He, his sister Allison, and brothers Ben and Klaus stop Vanya before she destroys an FBI facility, but fails to save Kennedy and is believed to be an accomplice in the assassination. He and the rest of the Umbrella Academy then go to Vanya's lover's farm, where Lila and the rest of the Commission arrive to murder them. He manages to talk Lila down, letting her escape into the timestream, before he and the rest of the Academy travel to an alternate future where Hargreaves recruited an alternate lineup for the Sparrow Academy.
- Combat Knives: Diego uses a variety of combat knives in his activities as a vigilante and superhero, with the knives most closely resembling kunai. He is skilled both in their tools as throwing weapons (naturally, given his powers) and in utilizing them in hand-to-hand combat.
Powers & Abilities:
- Trajectory Control: Diego has the unique ability to control the trajectory of any object that he throws. This applies both to his knives, which he has been shown to throw across an auditorium while on his back, and improvised projectiles, such as curving a pencil around a room. He can also control the trajectory of other objects in his immediate vicinity, stopping several bullets fired at him in their tracks and redirecting them, although this is visibly more exhausting for him to do.
- Expert Hand-to-Hand Combatant: Diego is a skilled hand-to-hand fighter, capable of outfighting skilled assassins such as Cha-Cha and Hazel in a brawl, and taking on multiple opponents at once like the Swedes. His skills allow him to compete with Luther, who is much stronger and bigger than Diego.
- Stealth Expert: Diego is a master of stealth, capable of easily vanishing in and out of the shadows when people so much as turn their back on him, and he was even able to sneak into the heavily surveiled Academy following the death of Hargreeves and steal his monocle, despite his body being closely attended by Pogo and Grace.
- Peak Human Physicality: Diego constantly trains and exercises his body to ensure it is the top physical condition he can be in.
A ruthless serial killer operating in Kansai, Cutthroat was seemingly hired to be caught by the law enforcement of the region. On the day of his execution, multiple Akudama are hired to stage his rescue, with Swindler and Hoodlum accidentally getting caught in the mix. All the Akudama succeed in reaching Cutthroat, who escapes his binds and kills his captors. He then completes his part of the mission, placing bombs on himself and his fellow Akudama. The group then discovers their benefactor; Black Cat, who offers them a reward to retrieve an object from the train heading towards Kanto. Cutthroat agrees, taking an immediate liking to Swindler, and vows to protect her above all else.
After the completion of the heist, where Black Cat is revealed to be an A.I. controlled by two immortal children, the Akudama escort the children to a remote rocket facility in Kansai. The group are betrayed by Doctor, with Cutthroat getting lost in the chaos. He ends up finding his way back to Swindler and Sister, killing anyone he finds on his way, and reveals the source of his fascination with Swindler; his illusion of a grand red halo above her head, with his desire to kill her growing as it has grown. Cutthroat begins to pursue Swindler, but he is tricked by her and killed when she ambushes him and stabs him with a stolen jutte.
- Knives: Cutthroat has a seemingly limitless supply of knives on his person, with a mastery in all of their usages. He utilizes kukris, stilettos, hunting knives, and switchblades at any given point, seeming to pick a knife either at random or for what he feels he needs.
Powers & Abilities:
- Superhuman Speed: Although not explicitly stated, Cutthroat seems to possess a superhuman physical condition. He is incredibly fast, capable of drawing a knife from his sleeve and blocking a sword strike when it was inches from his face, as well as crossing a room and placing bombs on his fellow Akudama in the blink of an eye.
- Expert Knife Fighter: Cutthroat is a highly skilled knife fighter, utilizing his speed and psychopathic love of murder to kill thousands of people. He was able to murder a whole squad of Executioners in seconds, and held his own against Master multiple times. He is also a skilled knife thrower, capable of hitting the same spot multiples times in a row.
- High Pain Tolerance: Although not explicitly possessing superhuman durability, Cutthroat has an insanely high tolerance to pain. He had several large pipes fall onto his legs without reacting, and he cut off his own legs with no visible sign of pain. When his legs were reattached, he barely reacted to having one of them stabbed by a jutte.
X-Factor - Diego / Cutthroat
Training - 85 / 30
Diego's father instituted an intense and rigorous training regime, with Diego spending all of his time not spent crimefighting in physical training, education, or experimenting with his powers. In addition to the Hargreaves training, Diego underwent basic training at the police academy and the orientation of the Commission, although both institutions offered Diego very little that he didn't already know. Cutthroat's entire backstory is a mystery, but it is unlikely he was trained professionally due to the general conditions of Kansai's public. However, he is also clearly skilled in knifefighting, so he does have some talent that has been honed.
Experience - 80 / 60
Diego's time in the Umbrella Academy saw him take on multiple low-scale threats, such as bank robbers or the occasional terrorist cell, but the actual history of the Academy is more implied than explicitly shown. His time as his own independent vigilante saw him take on street-level criminals on a regular basis, while when he reunited with his siblings he faced off against multiple time-travelling assassins and other superhumans like Lila. Cutthroat's history prior to the Kansai heist are unknown, but it's known that he's been active as a serial killer for a prolonged period of time, with his kill count reaching into the thousands before the heist. When he teamed up with the rest of the Akudama, Cutthroat fought against the Executioners, a highly trained and dangerous group of super-cops, dispatching most of them with ease.
Physicality - 90 / 100
Diego has honed his body to its physical peak, but he's also definitively human. He's shown to be easily winded by superhumans like Luther and Hazel, relying on his skill to compete with them in a physical confrontation. He's still stronger than other humans, like the Swedes, but ultimately he's been shown to not reach beyond that. Cutthroat's durability and speed make him a monster on the battlefield, effortlessly dispatching trained people in the blink of an eye. He shrugs off most fatal wounds without so much as a groan, and he powers through otherwise fatal wounds without question.
Discipline - 70 / 70
Diego's temper and arrogance make him a hot-headed fighter, and there have been moments he's allowed his emotions to blind him to the obvious threat. He throws himself into fights he doesn't stand a chance of winning, such as provoking Luther at their father's funeral or his relentless quest to stop the Kennedy assassination, but does commit himself to a fight once he gets into one. Cutthroat's general personality means he's easily distracted by the color red and whatever may catch his attention, but nothing stops him from his love of killing. He commits fully to killing whoever he wants, and whatever methods are required that lets him kill the most people.
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- Voting closes on 04/17/2021.
- The respective timeframes are:
- Diego Hargreaves - After the events of Umbrella Academy Season 2
- Cutthroat - Right before Akudama Drive episode 9 "The Shining"
"Let me get this straight - you went back in time, got locked up in the nut house, started dating this British lady, found out she was your sister, and then she left you in 1963?"
Diego awkwardly looks down, shoving a cheese-covered nacho into his mouth. "Listen, she's not like actually my sister. We just share a birth-OH COME ON!" He pounds his fist into the table as the rest of the people in the room let out a loud cheer. On a huge boxing ring in one of the Lower Class District's many unofficial fight clubs, a young man in green shorts triumphantly raises his hands over an unconscious man with a cybernetic eye. Diego glares as his companion pats him on the back.
"Better luck next time Diego," he says, picking up the solid green helmet in the bleacher seat beside him. "Your life story man, fucking diabolical," he yells, laughing at him as he leaves.
"See you at the station tomorrow, Doomguy." Diego replies, shoving the last of the nachos into his mouth. As the rest of the crowd disperses, he hears a faint pop and groans to himself.
"Go fuck yourself, Five."
The old man trapped in a child's body laughed humorlessly as he sat down beside Diego. "Look, as much as I'd like to trade sarcastic quips with you, I'm in a rush." Diego raises an eyebrow in confusion, just now noticing his visibly disheveled hair and blood on his clothes. "Jesus, you look like shit."
"Thanks for the compliment, but I don't have time for this," Five says, grabbing Diego by the arm. "In two hours, a homicidal maniac with super powers is going to kill a dozen people on his way to kill my co-workers, and attempt to kill me. Oh, and I'm pretty sure he's about to follow me back in time too."
"Well shit Five, why didn't you say that at the beginning?" Five and Diego exit into the Lower Class district, the former looking around nervously. "How do we stop him?"
Five walks into a nearby convenience store, Diego tailing him in confusion. The cashier looks up from her book, lifting her glasses. "How can I help you?"
"Pen and paper." Five asks, snapping at her for urgency. She obliges, and he starts to scribble on it. "I'm going to try to kill the one that's coming back. I need you to kill the one that's about to arrive. The first victim was somewhere in this area."
Diego nods, but looks up at Five as he reads the address. "This is just a street name. How am I supposed to figure out-"
Five doesn't bother to explain, teleporting away from Diego. He shakes his head, mumbling to himself "Pushy little shit", before exiting out the door.
Waking up in a daze, Cutthroat groans and rubs his aching head. Looking around, he found himself in an alley, the sounds of the city surrounding him.
"Need help, stranger?" A voice calls out to him, and he turns to see two men in suits. The first steps forward, offering a bandaged hand towards Cutthroat. "Name's Booker. Why don't we get you to the station-"
Cutthroat, having quietly drawn a butterfly knife, dashes forward with inhuman speed, slashing at the detective. To his surprise, Booker responds by extending a watery tendril, catching Cutthroat off guard and throwing him into a wall. Booker draws his Broadsider, and gestures to his partner. "Elliot, get back-up! This one's not coming in quietly." The other detective nods, drawing his pistol and firing a shot behind him as he runs to their squad car.
Booker shoots several shots from his pistol, which Cutthroat deflects as he draws his kukri in his other hand. "I'm going to make you nice and red!" He screams as he charges, tossing the butterfly knife at Booker. The knife sinks into Booker's shoulder, who grunts as he creates a molten fireball in his hand. He tosses it at Cutthroat, who jumps to avoid it and uses a nearby wall as a springboard to close the distance. Before Booker can bring his pistol up to Cutthroat's face, an invisible force yanks it out of his hands. Booker's eyes widen in shock just as Cutthroat chops into Booker's neck, the blade cleanly cutting through and decapitating him.
"You should've left me alone, officer," Cutthroat reminisces, cleaning the blade. "Still, it is so beautiful to see red again..." The serial killer's voice trails off as he looks to the sky, where a large red ring was beginning to form in the distance. "There you are Swindler! This time it'll be me who makes you red!"
Cutthroat sheathes his knives and walks forward, not bothering to kill the hiding Stabler, who raises his radio to his mouth. "All units, we have a killer on the loose. All white jacket and clothes, white hair, heading towards the One Percenter District. Will attempt to apprehend-"
Before Elliott can continue, the hum of a lightsaber activates, and a red blade pierces through Elliot's chest. As he collapses to the ground, the blade retracts into the shadows.
"Asset is on the move. Prepare to deliver the beacon."
Diego exits a taxi, tossing the driver a quick handful of credits as he quickly steps out to the chaotic street of the Wealthy District. The faint sound of gunfire in the distance got his attention, and he draws a pair of knives as he goes towards it. As he turns the corner, he sees Cutthroat standing over a woman, knife drawn. Cutthroat barely perceives Diego as he thrusts down, preparing to cut her down for getting in his way, until a thrown kunai knocks his blade from his hand. The woman backs away, quietly cursing to herself as Cutthroat stares down Diego.
"Why can't you just stay out of my way!" Cutthroat whines, drawing another knife and running towards Diego. The vigilante throws two more knives at Cutthroat, curving them in the air to attack him from both sides. Cutthroat deflects one as the other sinks into his shoulder, but he barely responds as he tosses his own knife at Diego. He hastily redirects it just as Cutthroat reaches him, who attempts to thrust a newly unsheathed stiletto at him. He knocks aside Cutthroat's wrist and counters with a jab to his nose, smiling as he heard a satisfying crunch.
"That hurt! And you..." Cutthroat says, collecting himself and drawing another knife. "You're filthy. I'll make you all red for getting in my way!" He cackles as he charges, slashing at Diego in a blur. He barely responds in time, falling backwards to avoid the attack.
He draws another kunai and tosses it in the air, bending mid-air towards Cutthroat as it falls while he rolls backwards into a fighting stance. Cutthroat sidesteps and pursues, taking a swipe at the retreating Diego.
"Fast little shit, aren't ya?" Diego asks, blocking Cutthroat's attack and kicking him in the rib. With Cutthroat's back to him, he draws another kunai and slashes at Cutthroat's leg, drawing blood but missing anything vital. Cutthroat responds by backflipping over Diego, butterfly knife in hand as he gracefully lands.
He darts forward and jabs it into Diego's side, eliciting a grunt of pain from the vigilante. He tosses his kunai over his head, guiding it into Cutthroat's hand. The serial killer winces as it tears through, giving Diego enough space to draw two more kunai. He tosses them at Cutthroat's legs, burying each of them to the hilt in his knees.
Even as he falls to the ground, Cutthroat draws another blade and tosses it at Diego, who redirects it back into Cutthroat's chest. "You're so mean!" he yells, struggling as he bleeds out. "But you...you're going to have to do more than that!" Cutthroat yells, leaping forward and wrapping his one functioning hand around Diego's neck.
The vigilante struggles to breath, punching Cutthroat in the gut to no avail as he collapses under Cutthroat's weight. "I wanted to make you red...but this works too!" Cutthroat happily screams, and Diego's vision briefly falters. Reaching around for anything he could use, his grip settles on the knife in Cutthroat's shoulder. He yanks it out and repeatedly stabs Cutthroat in the back.
As the grip around his throat began to loosen, Diego's eyes widen in panic as Cutthroat's laughter continues. He finally musters the strength to headbutt Cutthroat, who recoils and laughs. Diego weakly tosses the knife up, before guiding it back down and skewering Cutthroat's throat. As the blood pours out, Cutthroat's laughter finally stops. His smile gone, Cutthroat collapses, muttering in confusion, dying in a puddle of his blood.
Diego wipes himself off and stands, taking deep breathes to collect himself. "Crazy asshole." He mutters, before standing up straight and pulling out his radio. "Officer Hargreaves calling in. Killer's been eliminated. I need medical on the scene." Diego looks at the corpse, grimacing. "And a body bag for the perp."
WINNER: DIEGO HARGREAVES
Diego walks over to the woman, offering a hand. "Are you alright ma'am?"
Leliana dusts herself off, putting on a smile. "Thank you. You'd think that living in this city for close to a decade would make me prepared for people like that," she says, shooing away Diego. "I can handle myself from here." Diego nods, leaving her as he walks away to approaching police cars. As the horde of the DFPD emerges around them, she turns and walks into a darkened alley. She grimaces, pulling out a red and black button.
"Boss isn't going to like that we failed, Leliana" Galen Marek states, emerging from the shadows. "It's what he gets for using outside help, you ask me."
Leliana crosses her arms, watching the chaos unfold. "You need to be subtle, especially when dealing with that group." Leliana says, gesturing for her companion to follow. "Even if they're sticking their noses where they shouldn't, Planetary has friends even Cfp won't cross."
Five sits on the porch of the Umbrella Academy's shared apartment building, munching on a piece of spiked fruit, when a red portal opens before him. Cutthroat from his time steps out, grinning and twirling his knife. "If you think whatever trap you have planned will stop me, little boy," Cutthroat says, peering into Five's emotionless face. "You're going to have to try harder than that."
"I figured as much. That's why I brought a friend."
A blue portal opens behind Cutthroat, and a large purple behemoth walks out of it. The red stone of the Infinity Gauntlet glows as Thanos charges, and Cutthroat panics as he activates the user's beacon. He glows yellow just as Thanos wraps his fist around Cutthroat's chest. The Mad Titan begins to crush him, only to feel his strength sapped away. Cutthroat thrusts his knife into Thanos' hand, and the glowing blade sinks past the Infinity Gauntlet and into his flesh. The serial killer lithely slips from Thanos' grasp, who looks in marvel as the Infinity Gauntlet shrivels under a yellow aura.
Thanos looks back up to Cutthroat, and smiles. "You are wiser than you look, child." Cutthroat raises his eyebrow in confusion, only to look down and see the red and black button he had been wearing was gone. Spinning, Cutthroat sees the button in Five's hand, who flips it like a coin.
"Neat little trinket you've got here. Think I'll be taking it for myself." Five says, pulling his pistol from his pocket. Before Cutthroat can even respond, Five teleports behind him and shoots him in the back of the head. Cutthroat's body hits the ground with a thud, and Five kicks the corpse for good measure. He looks back up at Thanos, nodding his head in appreciation.
"Thanks for the assist, big guy," Five says, tucking the pistol back into his coat. "And the fruit - you're quite the farmer, all things considered."
"I trust you will uphold your end of the deal?" Thanos asks, crossing his arms sternly.
"Of course, after you help me with this second task." Five says, gesturing for Thanos to follow. "We're going to give this to the past version of me. I just need you to make sure we don't try to kill each other...again."
While Cutthroat's speed and durability made him a challenge for Diego to fight up-close, it was an easy and exploitable strategy that Diego had to counter. The vigilante's greater discipline and his trajectory control allowed him to devise a strategy to get the battle on his terms, while Cutthroat's insanity meant that he couldn't properly defeat Diego before Diego realized his advantages at range.
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