List of Marvel Comics Characters: D - Deadeye

Deadeye is a fictional Marvel Comics character who first appeared in the Starriors series based on the toyline of the same name. Deadeye is a cosmittor, a huge Tyrannosaurus-style robot designed to hunt and kill giant mutant monsters to prepare the earth for the return of man, who is in suspended animation following terrible solar flares. Deadeye is a Destructor, one of 3 classes of Starrior robots. Destructors were charged destroying mutant creatures, caused by the solar flares.

Most destructors are human-sized or smaller, making Deadeye, approximately 25 feet (9 m) tall, a real giant. Deadeye is a Cosmittor and is meant to work in conjunction with a Scout, named Cricket, to hunt and battle large enemies. Deadeye is heavily armored, has multiple laser emplacements, and fires exploding discs from his mouth. Deadeye is mobile, but his size makes it hard for him to negotiate unstable terrain. Another function of the Scout may have been to lead enemies to Deadeye, allowing him to operate in areas where he is more effective.

Deadeye, for all of his destructive potential, has the soul of a poet. He does not relish destruction, but considers it his purpose and fulfills it dutifully. Like most Starriors at the time of the storyline, Deadeye believes man a myth. Deadeye is extremely close to his constant companion Cricket.

Deadeye has a terrible disability as well. He is blind. He is totally reliant on Cricket to guide him and tell him where to fire. Because of this, he is slow and not terribly effective against fast targets. It also means Cricket must be very near Deadeye in battle. While Deadeye is heavily armored, Cricket is not. In the final battle, Cricket is killed by Auntie Tank, causing Deadeye to go berserk with grief. He fires wildly, killing friend and foe alike, and is only stopped when Hot Shot activates the Battlestation's Laser Ram. With a blast of its powerful twin lasers, Deadeye is silenced forever.

Deadeye is most likely the last Cosmittor. The Starriors have existed for thousands of years with limited resources to repair themselves. Slaughter Steelgrave used Cosmittors to destroy the Guardians, ensure his position of power, and fight mutant monsters. Given Deadeye's disability, allowing Deadeye to remain in Slaughter's ranks slows them down significantly. Had a more fit Cosmittor been available, Slaughter would have brought it. However, Deadeye is still useful to Slaughter—Deadeye is impervious to attacks from Protectors, who have no real weapons, and can withstand the attacks of any living Destructor as well. This means as long as Deadeye remains loyal, Slaughter is protected from the very real threat of traitors. Deadeye is equipped to fight giant mutant monsters, which can easily destroy smaller Starriors. At the beginning of the series, the Protectors are forced to build a wall to keep mutants out. This wall would be unnecessary if there were Cosmittors still around to handle such threats. Finally, Slaughter realizes that, if the Battlestation is activated, only Deadeye can stand against it.

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Deadeye

A deadeye is an item used in the standing and running rigging of traditional sailing ships. It is a smallish round thick wooden (usually lignum vitae) disc with one or more holes through it, perpendicular to the plane of the disc. Single and triple-hole deadeyes are most commonly seen. The three-holed blocks were called deadeyes because the position of the three holes resemble the eye and nose sockets of a sheep's skull.

Single deadeyes (or bull's eyes) are used to guide and control a line and, particularly in older vessels, to change its direction. More modern systems would use a block for this purpose but in traditional rigs with many lines to deal with, designed when blocks were relatively expensive to make, a deadeye provided an acceptable compromise. When blocks came into common use for adjusting running rigging, deadeyes continued to be used for tensioning standing rigging.

Triple deadeyes are used in pairs; a line called a lanyard is run back and forth between them, through the holes, so that they function again much as a block and tackle would. This provides a mechanical advantage, pulling harder on whatever the deadeyes are attached to. Pairs of deadeyes are placed in the shrouds (the lines that hold up the mast), where they are used to create greater tension in the shrouds. To set up the lanyards used with dead-eyes, a suitable grease such as tallow is first applied to the holes. After reeving the lanyard through the deadeyes, the end is hooked to a handy purchase in the rig above, such as the throat halyard. By hauling on the halyard the lanyard in the deadeyes is drawn up taut. A small wooden wedge is knocked into the last hole, to prevent the lanyard sliding back, and the end is unhooked from the purchase and made up on the shroud above the upper deadeye. The wedge can then be removed ready for the next shroud.

In recent decades, as steel wire became the prevalent material for sailboat rigging, deadeyes and laynards gave way to metal turnbuckles for tensioning the wires. More recently, however, with the advent of high-strength and low-stretch synthetic fibres, some sailboats are using synthetic rope for standing rigging, and deadeyes and lanyards are coming back into use as tensioning devices.

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... Most destructors are human-sized or smaller, making Deadeye, approximately 25 feet (9 m) tall, a real giant ... Deadeye is a Cosmittor and is meant to work in conjunction with a Scout, named Cricket, to hunt and battle large enemies ... Deadeye is heavily armored, has multiple laser emplacements, and fires exploding discs from his mouth ...