PLAYMATE

Real Name: None

Identity/Class: Magical creation

Occupation: Servant of Diabolique

Affiliations: Diabolique (mistress)

Enemies: DeGuzman's Sect of Darkholders, Vengeance (Michael Badilino), many other victims

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile

Appearances: Darkhold#9 (June, 1993)

Powers/Abilities: Playmate serves as a power battery to Diabolique. It is the source of all energy used in any of her spells. Without it, she is virtually powerless.

The Playmate is composed of the body and souls of Diabolique's victims. It possesses its own abilities and is able to attack others. Its power is directly related to the number of victims making it up. It can extend any number of limbs, claws, teeth, pseudopodia, etc. It can engulf, smother, strangle, or rend the forms of those it attacks.

The component beings within Playmate have minimal ability to act of their free will, otherwise they follow the commands of Diabolique.

The Playmate is mostly immune to hellfire, and it causes immense pain to any who attempt to use hellfire against it. However, it can be consumed by a sufficiently powerful blast.

History: (Darkhold#9-10, 12) - Playmate is a creation of the witch-child, Diabolique. After she kills a victim, she gains the ability to manipulate his or her form and soul, merging it along with others into the composite form of Playmate. Her Playmate destroyed an entire sect of Darkholders led by her father, DeGuzman.

(Marvel Comics Presents I#160-163) - The same or another Playmate contained numerous victims slain in the subways of Brooklyn by it and or Diabolique. This versions nature (ie. souls in agony) was attractive to the demon sorceress Salome' causing her to consent to become Diabolique's mentor. However, this version was destroyed by Vengeance, who recognized one its component victims, and accepted the pain his hellfire would cause himself in order to put it out of its misery.

(Marvel Comics Presents I#173) - Another Playmate was formed, starting with Wendy Sue Niceiza, the wife of Reverend Nice, who, in a moment of temporary insanity, agreed to sacrifice her in order to stop Vengeance. This Playmate enabled Diabolique to slay Vengeance's lover, Rebecca Taylor, frame Vengeance for her death, and teleport to safety.

Comments: Created by Chris Cooper and Rurik Tyler.

Playmate is pictured in Diabolique's entry in Mystic Arcana: The Book of Marvel Magic.


Appearances:
Darkhold#9-10 (June-July, 1993) - Chris Cooper (writer), Rurik Tyler (pencils), Bob Downs (inks), Hildy Mesnik (editor)
Darkhold#12 (September, 1993) - Chris Cooper (writer), Rurik Tyler (pencils), Bud LaRosa (inks), Hildy Mesnik (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents I#160-163 (early August - late September, 1994) - Chris Cooper (writer), Reggie Jones (pencils), Fred Harper (inks), Richard Ashford (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents I#173 (early February, 1995) - Chris Cooper (writer), Reggie Jones (artist), Richard Ashford (editor)


Last updated: 06/15/12.

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