|First appearance||Daredevil #176 (November 1981)|
|Created by||Frank Miller|
|Supporting character of||Daredevil|
|Abilities||radar sense, acute hearing, taste, touch, and smell, telepathy, and the ability to drain life energy from another person|
Fictional character biography
The mysterious Stick is a sensei who trained Matt Murdock. Stick has made it his mission to keep the Chaste pure and clean from any evil infection. He forbade another of his prominent students Elektra Natchios from staying between their lines because of her vengeful personality, in spite of her formidable progress.[volume & issue needed]
Stick is quite punishing and arrogant with his charges. He encountered the X-Man Wolverine when he was in his feral state and brought him back to reasoning, in part because of continued battering from his bo (staff) and hard nose advising.[volume & issue needed]
Eventually, the Hand sought to wipe out Stick and the good warriors of the Chaste altogether. Stick thwarted an assassination attempt by four Hand operatives; he then summoned the other members of his order to New York City. With the assistance of his clan, Stick defeated Kirigi, the Hand's most lethal ninja at the time. The Hand regrouped and attacked Stick and his band of warriors that now included Daredevil and his former lover, the Black Widow. The Hand had almost overpowered the small band of warriors, when Stick and Shaft resorted to an ancient technique that drained the life force from all ninja present. Unfortunately, the technique resulted in the explosion of Stick and his comrade as a result of the excess energy they had absorbed. Despite their losses and the escape of the superheroes, The Hand considered the destruction of their nemesis and leader of their enemy a victory and turned their attention to other schemes.[volume & issue needed]
Years later, the Hand again turned its attention to the leaderless Chaste, once again attempting to destroy them. This time they sought to prevent the Chaste's members from locating the new-born child that would bear Stick's reincarnated soul. The Hand severely crippled Stick's soldiers, reducing their number to a handful of warriors. The few remaining traveled to New York, seeking the assistance of Daredevil. Reluctantly, the Man Without Fear aided his former mentor's disciples, returning with them to Japan. Once there, The Hand attacked the Chaste and Daredevil relentlessly. Fighting alongside Daredevil, the Chaste barely managed to escape and safeguard their master's reincarnated spirit.[volume & issue needed]
In Ultimate Marvel, Stick is introduced in the 3rd volume of Mark Millar's Ultimate Avengers. Stick is seen training a 13 year old blind boy, Ray Connor to be a new Daredevil after his student, Matt Murdock (which Stick trained along with Blade, Shaft, and Stone) died in the NY Ultimatum wave. Stick has been training Ray for weeks and is about to graduate, but is later bitten and turned into a vampire. He later appears to be in the possession of the now-Vampire Nerd-Hulk under orders of the leader Anthony aka Vampire X (who was also Stick's mentor). After Anthony is killed by the Hulk clone, he leds an uprising at the Triskelion. He and all the other vampires are later killed in Iran (teleported by Captain America using Perun's hammer) by Blade impaling him in the chest with his sword.
In other media
- Stick appears in an episode of Spider-Man: The Animated Series episode "Framed". He was seen in flashback as Matt Murdock recalls his education under the sensei's tutelage.
- In the Marvel Comics movie Elektra, Stick was played by veteran actor Terence Stamp. Unlike the comics, the film version of Stick doesn't have any known connection with Daredevil. He was the one who brought Elektra back to life after her death by Bullseye in Daredevil.
- Stick appears as a supporting character in the Daredevil video game for the Game Boy Advance. In the beginning of the game, he informs Daredevil that the Kingpin has put a price on Daredevil's head. After Daredevil defeats Kirigi, he mentions that the Kingpin has a mysterious connection to the Sewer King. When Daredevil beats Echo, he warns Daredevil that Bullseye is waiting for him at a construction site.
- Ultimate Comics: Avengers 3 #1 (Sept. 2010)
- Ultimate Comics: Avengers 3 #6
- Stick at Marvel.com