- “I am a snake! I shed my skin for something better. Stronger. You left me to rot, Carl, in a gutter. But I changed that sewer into a garden. I've been watching you. Harlem doesn't realize they're worshiping a false idol."
"You Carl you! You're the golden calf, but I got commandments for your ass. I'm gonna bring the pain.”
- ―Willis Stryker and Luke Cage
Diamondback is the name of two Marvel Comics supervillains, one male and one female. The male Diamondback, Willis Stryker, is a character in Marvel's Luke Cage. He is a master knife thrower, and is armed with a wide variety of high-tech knives. He also wears a protective suit which gives him super-strength.
The female Diamondback, Rachel Leighton, appeared in Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers. She does not have superpowers, but she has an arsenal of high-tech diamonds and is a skilled martial artist and tactician, and a brilliant criminal mind.
Powers and Abilities
- Power Suit Enhancement: Stryker wears a power suit developed by Hammer Industries, that enhances his strength and durability by manipulating kinetic energy, allowing him to fight on par with Luke Cage.
- Superhuman Strength: Thanks to the use of the gloves from the Power Suit, Stryker's strength was increased to superhuman levels, being able to send people flying away several feet, and instantly killing regular human beings with a single blow, by crushing their chest. He killed Jackie Albini and Damon Boone by punching them in the chest, sending them flying several feet, caving in their chests, and breaking their ribs. Stryker also managed to cause Luke Cage internal injuries, through Luke Cage's nigh-impenetrable skin. The strength granted by suits increases with the damage it takes, as it is capable of transforming the kinetic energy of the impacts received into strength for the gloves.
- Superhuman Durability: The Power Suit made Stryker extremely durable, being designed to absorb kinetic energy to reduce physical damage to its user. Stryker was able to withstand direct bullet hits and blows from Luke Cage's superhuman strength.
- Master Marksman: Stryker is a master marksman. He is highly skilled with various firearms such as assault rifles, pistols, and sniper rifles.
- Expert Martial Artist: Stryker is a highly skilled combatant. He is skilled in Boxing, as he has taught this fighting style to Luke Cage. In their later fights, Diamondback was able to hold his own against the super strong Cage, although during one fight Cage was weakened by Judas Bullet wounds and another fight, Diamondback had used his Battle Suit to enhance his own strength.
- Knife Mastery: Stryker is also highly proficient in knife throwing, as he was able effortlessly to hurl a knife into Jacques Alef's eye from across a table.