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Real Name: David Richards

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-2600) human mutant

Occupation: Terrorist

Group Membership: His mutant followers

Affiliations: None;
formerly Sabretooth of Earth-295

Enemies: Sentinels, Exiles (Blink/Clarice Ferguson of Earth-295, Mimic/Calvin Rankin of Earth-12, Morph/Kevin Sidney of Earth-1081, Nocturne/Talia Josephine Wagner of Earth-2182, Sasquatch/Heather Hudson of Earth-3470, Sunfire/Mariko Yashida of Earth-2109), Weapon X (Deadpool/"Wade Wilson" of Earth-5021, Hulk/Jen Walters of Earth-1029, Iron Man/Tony Stark of Earth-2020, Sabretooth/Victor Creed of Earth-295, Spider/Peter Parker of Earth-15, Storm/Ororo Munroe of Earth-23895, Vision of Earth-10101)

Known Relatives: Franklin Richards (father, deceased), Rachel Summers (mother, deceased), Scott Summers (maternal grandfather, deceased), Jean Grey-Summers (maternal grandmother, deceased), Reed Richards (fraternal grandfather, deceased), Susan Storm-Richards (fraternal grandmother, deceased), large extended family

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
                                   formerly mobile on Earth-2600

First Appearance: Exiles I#12 (June, 2002)

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Powers/Abilities: David Richards was the most powerful mutant in existence on Earth-2600. His powers have been described as "Professor X, Magneto and the Phoenix Force all rolled into one". Seemingly psionic in origin, his abilities included mass telepathy, telekinesis, energy manipulation and flight. When he used his powers, he was sometimes surrounded by a bird-like fiery shape. (see comments).

Height: 5'1" (as a child), 6'1" (adult) (by approximation)
Weight: 50 lbs (as a child), 175 lbs. (adult) (by approximation)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Red


(Exiles I#12 (fb) - BTS) - David Richards was the son of Franklin Richards and his wife Rachel Summers-Grey, born on Earth-2600, a world where the Sentinels actively hunted mutantkind. By the time he was 10, David was an orphan stuck in a Sentinel-guarded camp for preteen mutants. His existence was noticed by the Time-Breakers who got worried when they realized the child would grow up to be his reality's most powerful mutant, easily able to take over the world. They decided the best thing for Earth-2600 was killing the boy before that could happen. In order to achieve this gruesome task, they assigned both the Exiles and the far more ruthless Weapon X squad to the mission.

(Exiles I#12) - Unaware of the true nature of their mission, the Exiles and Weapon X teamed up to save David from the camp. Once they realized there were only children there, Blink decided to take all of David's friends as well. Once they'd returned safely to their makeshift camp, the Tallus revealed to teamleaders Sabretooth and Blink (both native to Earth-295) what David's final fate needed to be.

Vision holding David (Exiles I#13) - Once Blink accidentally revealed what the Tallus had told her, the Weapon X team was ready to kill David just so they could continue their mission. Sabretooth and the Exiles refused to murder an innocent boy in cold blood, no matter what he might potentially do in the future. Relying on an old combat tactic from their native reality, Blink and Sabretooth managed to teleport David, his friends and the Exiles away before Weapon X could stop them. Before being teleported away, Sabretooth also killed his teammate Deadpool who was about to shoot David. He was quickly replaced by an alternate reality Iron Man who joined Weapon X in searching for David and the others. The Exiles were met by an annoyed Timebroker (a hologram used by the Time-Breakers to communicate with their recruits). He simply announced Weapon X had already located them and were moving in, courtesy of the Vision tracing Blink's energy signature. The Exiles decided they had no choice but to fight Weapon X, but their engagement was interrupted by the arrival of advanced Nimrod class Sentinels sent to kill everyone. Blink succesfully teleported David, his friends and both teams of extradimensional travellers safely out of the Sentinels' reach. Once they were in the clear, Sabretooth struck a deal with the Timebroker: he would stay behind to raise and teach David and the other children, hopefully preventing the dystopian future they'd been warned about without killing an innocent boy.

(Exiles I#59 (fb) ) - Sabretooth soon realized time moved far quicker on Earth-2600 than in most other realities. Within a few months, from his perspective, David and the others had aged several years. David was taught by Sabretooth, who began to regard the ambitious, inventive boy as his own son. When his powers manifested themselves during puberty, David became the most powerful of all his friends. Finally able to strike back after ten years of constant hiding, Richards led his friends in a successful, decade long assault against the Sentinels and their human masters. As his abilities grew, so did his less favorable traits: arrogance, cruelty and paranoia.

(Exiles I#59 (fb) - BTS) - David eventually located Strategic Sentinel Command, the human run nerve center of the robots' operations. He decided to trap them in the underground bunker they thought would be a safe haven.

David forcing Blink to kill (Exiles I#59 (fb) ) - When Blink appeared out of nowhere on Earth-2600 on the eve of the mutants' final assault on the last Sentinel node in North America, Sabretooth was overjoyed to see her. David, however, suspected she was a spy and forced his way into Clarice's mind to see if his suspicions were warranted. When she turned out to be who she said she was, he allowed her to help fight the final conflict. David used his telepathy to mind-link all the mutants to make their assault as effective as possible. At the same time, he took on and destroyed 84 Sentinels single-handedly. Even though the robots were defeated, he announced that the Earth was diseased and the Sentinels had been merely a symptom. Forcibly shoving his surrogate father Sabretooth aside, David took control of Blink and made her teleport the two of them into the Strategic Sentinel Command bunker. There, he forced her to use her teleportation powers to brutally maim, murder and defile those responsible for the Sentinels' actions in preparation for killing every last remaining human on Earth.

(Exiles I#59 (fb) - BTS) - The brutalities lasted for several days, with Blink teleporting her victims into walls, each other and worse until Sabretooth was able to track his two surrogate children down. Wearing a modified inhibitor collar, Sabretooth infiltrated the bunker undetected and rapidly ripped David's heart out before he could make good on his threat.

Comments: Created by Judd Winick (writer), Mike McKone (pencils), Jon Holdredge (inks).

David using powers...shades of Phoenix?

Given his pedigree (and hair color) it's not that big a stretch David might have been an heir to the Phoenix Force. It would certainly explain why he manifested a Phoenix raptor when using his powers. Still, he's essentially his reality's Hyperstorm and a scarring reminder that while power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Thanks to Loki for additional images and a few changes.

Profile by Norvo.

David Richards should not be confused with

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Exiles I#59, p17, pan1 (main image)
Exiles I#13, p2, pan4 (the mission)
Exiles I#12, p15, pan2 (close up)
Exiles I#12, p20, pan3 (found by Vision)
Exiles I#59, p20, pans1-2 (forces Blink to kill)
Exiles I#59, p16, pan3 (like a Phoenix?)

Exiles I#12 (June, 2002) -  Judd Winick (writer), Mike McKone (pencils), Jon Holdredge (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Exiles I#13 (July, 2002) -  Judd Winick (writer), Mike McKone (pencils), Jon Holdredge (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Exiles I#59 (April, 2005) - Judd Winick (writer), Mizuki Sakakibara (pencils & inks), Mike Marts (editor)

First Posted: 07/25/2015
Last updated: 07/11/2015

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