In Earth-19980821 continuity, Daywalker is a term used to describe a rare person who is born half-human and half-vampire. The term is conterminous with the Balkan folklore legend of a dhampir. The benefit of being a Daywalker is that they have all of a vampire's strengths, but none of their weaknesses. The term has also been used in Earth-616 continuity.
(See Also: Earth-19980821; Blade; Eric Brooks (Earth-19980821))
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The cessation of all life functions in a living being, causing its life essence (also known as consciousness, spirit, or soul) to depart the physical body. Certain life essences have temporarily continued to exist in known realities after death, clad in the astral body. An astral body whose physical form has died is called a ghost. The final fate of the life essence or soul after death is not known to science.
Superhuman beings who generally dwell on extradimensional worlds and who have at least temporary control of certain ghosts. These beings are sometimes physical and sometimes ectoplasmic.
A godlike being whose form and functions have degenerated to the point that it preys upon the living in some way.
Deus ex machina
A deus ex machina is a literary device, a way of ending a plot by bringing in an outside element to accomplish what the main characters have been unable to throughout the story.
To qualify as deus ex machina, the means of ending the story (defeating the villain, saving the world, etc.) must have been no more than hinted at during the story, or possibly not mentioned at all. It must be done by a person or element which is outside of the influence of the main characters (although bringing in a main character from another story would count- for example, if the Fantastic Four spent five issues fighting Dr Doom, then on the last page Wolverine arrived and stabbed him), and it must completely resolve the story.
A member of an evolutionary offshoot of humanity created through experiments performed by the alien Celestials. Deviants tend to look monstrous and have no set phenotype (physical characteristics common to all members).
The process of leaving the space of our universe and entering that of another one, accomplished by physical, psychic, psionic, or magical means. The mechanics of dimension travel are unknown to all but a few.
Ambassadors, official representatives, head of states of a country are sometimes granted with immunity when they're in other countries.
Doctor Doom, as ruler of Latveria, often benefits of such immunity (on Earth-616 and in other realities), and sometimes of the protection of heroes and security agencies, in order to enforce that status.
Diplomatic immunity doesn't apply in every country, and can be granted to non-representative individuals, such as Ian Quinn a wealthy mining philanthropist and the owner of Quinn Worldwide which had diplomatic immunity in Malta.
- ↑ Black Panther Vol 4 #22
- ↑ Wolverine Vol 3 #47
- ↑ Iron Man: Armored Adventures Season 2 8
- ↑ Amazing Spider-Man Vol 2 #50
- ↑ Marvel's Avengers Assemble Season 1 19
- ↑ Astonishing X-Men Vol 3 #5
- ↑ Black Panther #14
- ↑ Marvel Treasury Edition #28
- ↑ Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 3
The process by which a single reality splits into two nearly identical realities upon reaching a certain point in time. At this point of divergence, an event occurs differently in each diverging reality, leading to different chains of causality in the separate realities. Divergence is similar to the "many worlds" theory of quantum mechanics, in which an event with two possible outcomes gives rise to two universes, one for each outcome.
An Earth with a history identical to ours up to a critical event, which has had an outcome different from the "same" event on our Earth (see Divergence above). There is an infinite number of possible divergent Earths. Divergent Earths exist in the same location in other realities. A divergent Earth is an alternate Earth but not a parallel Earth.
DNA (DeoxyriboNucleic Acid) is a molecule that carries the genetic instructions used in the growth and development of all known living organisms and many viruses. DNA and RNA are nucleic acids; alongside proteins and complex carbohydrates. Most DNA molecules consist of two biopolymer strands coiled around each other to form a double helix.
Doom's Day is a holiday in Latveria. It is an eclectic holiday that is celebrated whenever the ruler of Latveria, Doctor Doom, declares it. Thus, the exact date is variable. Apparently, the people of Latveria enjoy this holiday despite the fact that Doom has ordered them to.
A doppelgänger is 'the ghostly double of a living person'.
In the vernacular, "Doppelgänger" has come to refer to any double or look-alike of a person—most commonly an "evil twin". The literal translation of the German word is "doublewalker", meaning someone who is acting (e.g. walking) the same way as another person. The word is also used to describe the sensation of having glimpsed oneself in peripheral vision, in a position where there is no chance that it could have been a reflection. They are generally regarded as harbingers of bad luck. In some traditions, a doppelgänger seen by a person's friends or relatives portends illness or danger, while seeing one's own doppelgänger is an omen of death. In Norse mythology, a vardøger is a ghostly double who precedes a living person and is seen performing their actions in advance.
(See Also: Doppelganger)
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