Dracula survived, and killed all the hunters except Blade and Musenda, who eventually retired from vampire hunting. Orji had created a lasting impression on Blade with his use of wooden daggers to combat vampires, leading to Blade adopting that weapon as his preferred arms. Consumed by grief for his fallen comrades, Blade resumed his quest alone. Later, after an unsuccessful battle with Dracula,  Blade realized he was immune to turning from a vampire's bite.
Blade later battled Dracula in London,  as well as Morbius, the Living Vampire ,  and the Legion of the Dead,  who framed him for murder.
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Blade's hunt for his mother's killer led him to Boston , Massachusetts , where he allied with Dracula against Doctor Sun. He eventually encountered Hannibal King , a private detective whom Deacon Frost had turned into a vampire. Together, they shut down Frost for good, destroying Frost, and forging a lasting friendship. Blade, Rachel van Helsing, and Harold H. Harold later confronted Dracula. In later years, Blade, along with King and Drake, became a frequent ally of the sorcerer Doctor Strange , and the three assisted Strange in battles with Dracula and the Darkholders and assisted in the casting of the Montesi Formula, which for a time destroyed all vampires on Earth.
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Alongside Doctor Strange, the three detectives battled the Darkholders again. The agency discontinued after Drake left and Blade was committed to a psychiatric hospital following a battle with a temporarily resurrected Dracula. The three Nightstalkers battled Meatmarket. Upon the eventual weakening of the Montesi Formula and the return of vampires, Blade encountered and staked a former ally, a now-vampiric Taj Nital, and survived a battle with the vampire lord Varnae in which Drake and King appeared to have been killed.
A solo vampire-hunter once again, Blade briefly joined forces with the mystic Bible John Carik , and encountered a vampire impersonating Deacon Frost and a once-again resurrected Dracula. Later, in New Orleans , Louisiana , Blade discovered that Hannibal King had survived, and the two joined forces to defeat a genuinely resurrected Frost.
Blade remained active in New Orleans, defeating the vampire Ulysses Sojourner and his own former ally, Morbius, the Living Vampire , who was under Sojourner's mental thrall. It was at this time that Blade assumed the unofficial title of "Daywalker" among his prey. The United Nations -sanctioned espionage agency S. Blade and the vampire-hunting twins Mosha and Mikado shut down the project. Blade later joined Noah Van Helsing, actually Noah Tremayne, Rachel Van Helsing's adopted cousin, and several vampire hunters worldwide to stop Dracula from becoming a genuinely god-like vampire lord.
Blade then returned to New Orleans. Blade re-encountered Dracula, and appeared to fully destroy the vampire once again, aboard the S. Helicarrier Pericles V.
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Unbeknownst to Blade, his wealthy father, Lucas Cross, had been responsible for Dracula's most recent resurrection. Cross later kidnapped Blade and attempted to force Blade to feed on a virgin girl in an attempt to fulfill a prophecy. Blade escaped after biting through his own hand. Later, Blade would feed on a virgin after biting an evil vampire priest , Draconis. In exchange for undertaking a time travel adventure for the supervillain Doctor Doom , Blade received from Doom an elixir that would purportedly cure a vampire of thirst for human blood but would also remove the bloodlust vampire hunters get for killing the undead.
At the end of the series, Blade gave Hannibal King the elixir. During this time travel mission, Blade fulfilled another part of the prophecy by freeing his imprisoned father.
During the Civil War storyline, in which the superheroes of the Marvel Universe were split over the Superhuman Registration Act , Blade registers and begins cooperating with S. Blade completes a prophecy he believes would give all extant vampires back their souls, but which instead returns to existence every vampire that had ever been killed.
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Blade next leads a group of superhuman black-ops agents funded secretly by the U. During his time with this squad, Blade receives a cybernetic replacement hand. The squad disbands after their cover is compromised, and Blade returns home to the United Kingdom to join MI in its fight against supernatural evil. Upon completing their first mission together, Blade attempts to apologize to Spitfire for trying to kill her, but before he could finish she kisses him. He confirms Dracula's death and reveals that his son Xarus is the new Lord of Vampires, having united all of the vampire sects under a single flag.
He immediately objects to Cyclops's plan to resurrect Dracula stating "You don't dig up Hitler to get rid of Saddam Hussein ". Blade attempts to kill the now-vampire Jubilee , but is forced to withdraw after a stand-off with Wolverine, who refuses to allow her to be staked, even as Blade warns the X-Men that they will eventually have to kill her. Blade was later revealed to have been the character whose identity is kept from the reader on the Mighty Avengers team who dons the Halloween-type Spider Hero alias during the Infinity storyline,  and the Ronin identity from a "big box of Clint Barton 's old stuff" during the Inhumanity storyline;  his true identity was eventually revealed.
He mind-controlled them and had them fight the Avengers Unity Division. Both groups managed to break free from the mind-control and returned to their world after preventing Ghost Rider from using his Penance Stare on the inhabitants of Mojoworld. Blade later appears in a small town hunting down a necromancer and ends up confronting Gwenpool , who was hired to kill him.
During the " Secret Empire " storyline, Blade was shown to have been trapped in Manhattan when it was isolated by a Darkforce dome.
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Due to the vampire attacks at the time, Blade takes advantage of this by killing every attacking vampire to protect the humans. Blade was later captured by an army of vampires and imprisoned until he was freed by Wasp. During the War of the Realms storyline, Blade appears with the Avengers and the other heroes fighting Malekith the Accursed and his army.
He also joins the group sent to destroy the Black Bifrost. Due to an enzyme in his bloodstream resultant from his mother's being bitten by a vampire while giving birth to him, Blade is immune to the bites of typical, supernatural vampires. In certain instances, he also appeared immune to vampire hypnosis as well. He lacked superhuman physical attributes, however, and relied solely on his considerable skill and determination until Morbius , an atypical, scientifically created vampire, bit him and Blade was turned into something resembling a dhampir.
The healing factor also eliminates any chance of him being rendered helpless or maimed from the inside. Blade is unaffected by daylight and most other traditional vampire weaknesses. He also ages very slowly although he is not immortal and can preternaturally sense supernatural activity.
When he was raised and trained by Jamal Afari , Blade learned everything about vampire lore, from their strengths to their weaknesses, and how he could use his powers and skills to hunt down vampires' so he could fight and kill them. Blade is a master martial artist mastering styles like boxing , capoeira , escrima , jeet kune do , hapkido , jujutsu , Shotokan karate , kung fu , and ninjutsu. He is adept in the usage of throwing knives. He is highly knowledgeable about vampire lore as well as the supernatural. In "Dracula's Gauntlet", Blade and Deadpool are surrounded by monsters and Blade threatens to turn into a bat and leave Deadpool there to die.
In the films and television series, Blade originated from Detroit, Michigan. Blade is depicted as having all of a vampire's strengths and none of the weaknesses, except for bloodthirst. Blade attempts to suppress the thirst with a serum, but during the first film his body develops a resistance to it. At the beginning of the second film, it is stated that Dr. Karen Jenson, from the first film, improved the serum, presumably in the time between the two films. Although he does not want to drink blood, he has been shown to be capable of it; prior to the development of the serum, Whistler noted that he found Blade as a teenager when Blade was feeding on the homeless, with Blade ingesting blood during the first and second films when in a position where he was badly injured and needed to be back at full strength as soon as possible.
Blade's half-vampire physiology results in him being completely immune to silver, garlic, and sunlight.
Blade has superhuman strength, speed, stamina, agility, reflexes, and senses. He also has a healing factor that allows him to heal completely from wounds overnight, although in the first and second films he was forced to drink blood to accelerate his usual healing abilities when faced with an immediate threat and too badly injured to confront it on his own.
It is also mentioned in the first film that he ages like a human, while vampires age much slower. He is a master of martial arts , practices meditation , and can speak Czech , Russian , and to a degree the vampire language, and he has a great deal of knowledge about hunting vampires. It is seen in the television series that, while he is only half-vampire, Blade's saliva still produces the enzyme that turns humans into vampires.
According to his earliest appearances in the original The Tomb of Dracula comics, Blade relied on teakwood daggers which he used to impale opponents, and a variety of mahogany stakes. He was an excellent hand-to-hand combatant and knife-fighter. Later comics upgraded his arsenal significantly over the years, including a variety of different bladed weapons ranging from long swords to katanas, as well as guns, flamethrowers, and UV and silver-based weapons. He relies mainly on a double edged sword he carries on his back.
He has also had some success with improvised weapons such as stakes made from snapped brooms and, after losing his hand, a replacement appendage made from duct tape and a pointed stick. He would replace this with a new machine gun -esque firearm used in place of his missing hand, which responds to different muscle twitches as an indication of reloading and firing, among other functions including a grappling hook, which Blade describes as his "favorite feature".
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This weapon was created by S. Joseph Curry would continue to be the stand-in king of Atlantis until after the "Final Crisis" storyline. It was revealed that Joseph had stepped down from his position due to being unable to deal with the pressure of carrying on the Aquaman legacy. Tempest later finds Joseph's trident and costume draped over a throne, confirming that he had abandoned his duties as Atlantis' king.
Aquaman's most widely recognized power is the telepathic ability to communicate with marine life, which he can summon from great distances. He once stated that this power more relied on encouraging and compelling the subject rather than full control, citing piranha as a species he has trouble commanding under any circumstances due to their ruthlessness and hunger. Although this power is most often and most easily used on beings that live in the sea, Aquaman has at times demonstrated the ability to affect any being that lives upon the sea e.
Per the DC continuity reboot, Aquaman's telepathy has been greatly downplayed: acknowledging that most marine life doesn't possess enough intelligence to carry a meaningful telepathic communication, Aquaman is now stated to simply add compulsions and needs in the mindset of aquatic life, compelling them to do his bidding by a subtle altering of their cerebellum. The character has a number of other superhuman powers, most of which derive from the fact that he is adapted to live and thrive in the harshest of underwater environments.
He has the ability to breathe underwater and possesses a superhuman physique strong enough to withstand attacks from superhuman opponents and resist machine gun fire. While not on par with Superman and Wonder Woman, he has proven capable of leaps up to 6 miles. Although Aquaman can remain underwater indefinitely without suffering any ill effects, he grows weak if he remains on land for extended periods. However, when Batman invented Aquaman's water suit he was able to walk on land for an indefinite amount of time and was no longer vulnerable to a "dehumidifier".
Before the New 52, the Trident, granted by Poseidon to the rightful ruler and protector of the seas, was indestructible and a very powerful melee weapon, which Aquaman wielded with unmatched skill. Apart from its power as a melee weapon, the Trident also had the power to manipulate water, fire bolts of powerful energy and act as a focus to amplify the magical power of others, most notably Tempest. Thought to be the most powerful weapon of the set, with the possible exception of the recently discovered seventh item, the Trident is completely indestructible and able to hurt even the most powerful of opponents, such as the evil god Darkseid.
In one instance, the Trident was shown glowing with magical power when Black Manta used the rest of the items to discover the hidden seventh one. In the New 52, the trident has displayed the power to summon tsunamis and deluges,  call down thunder and lightning,  project and control ice, move landmasses, and to grant the ability for Aquaman to teleport himself global and even interplanetary distances using water as a medium.