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Den of Barjack is a massive cyborg villain in the Battle Angel Alita universe, appearing alive in the original series. Den of Barjack, like numerous villains and adversaries of Alita, was the result of experimentation and augmentation by Desty Nova. Den originated in the mind of Nova's son, Kaos as an alter ego.
Kaos as a child felt upset at the fact that Tiphares would never accept him due to his being a mutant as well as his difficult struggles to communicate due to his lack of speech and hearing. This pain and frustration in Kaos' mind caused Den to grow within his mind from this focused hatred. Kaos experienced numerous outbursts leading up to adolescence where his Den Persona surfaced, causing him to attack people out of frustration. Only when Kaos attacked his own father and lab assistant during a medical exam, did Nova come to realize the monster that lurked inside his Son. After some time, Nova developed a special cybernetic implant with a transmitter that he bonded to the heart and nervous system of Kaos at the molecular level, along with a separate Cyborg Body to house the mind of Den.</p>
Kaos felt mostly at peace without outbreaks following the operation, however, in those years, Den continued to build and upgrade his synthetic body into a more powerful, aggressive warrior body, as well as establish the Barjack Rebellion, with the goal of completely eliminating the floating sky city of Tiphares. Den possessed the cybernetic bodies of a centaur and a tall samurai over this time period, and with his towering height and massive bladed weapons, he towered above the Battlefield, shaking the ground whenever he charged. Den also received a consistent feed of information being received from Kaos' cardiac implant, allowing for Den to receive information from Kaos as his unwitting intelligence source, as well as share skills learned by Kaos, such as the wielding of various weapons.
Den first encountered Alita during her mission as a Tuned Agent of Tiphares, upon which he knocked out a truck carrying Alita and her friend, Koyomi, who fell into an underground lake, apparently terminated. However, Den realized that Alita had survived once he received further data feed from Kaos, who had found Alita's drowned body and saved her life with surgery upon her damaged lungs and heart. Den returned to threaten Kaos and the others on board his mobile radio station unless he surrender Alita to him. Kaos refused, placing himself between Alita and Den and threatening Den with his Katana, but Den caused Kaos to faint with a simple gesture.
Den then proceeded to engage Alita in a Skirmish using his massive Centaur Body and a Pike. Alita proved quite capable of defeating Den thanks to the quick assistance of her operator in providing a bike and powerful canon to strategically cripple Den's legs. Koyomi blocked the death blow from the canon, insisting that the Barjack had the right idea and that Tiphares was oppressive and bigoted. Alita held off killing her friend, but promised that she wouldn't offer mercy a second time.
Alita proceeded to try and track down Kaos, who had been ferried away from the battle unconscious, only to find that the mobile radio station had been destroyed and looted, and Kaos left out in the rain holding the lifeless body of his longtime business partner, along with the bodies of numerous Assassins sent to kill him. Alita gave an attempt to comfort Kaos, only to see a mysterious transformation in Kaos in which his muscles grew, teeth grew sharp, and his eyes turned black. Stunned, Den revealed that he had always been part of Kaos and that Kaos belonged to him. Using Kaos' body and skills in wielding a katana, Den attempted to slash Alita until a massive flash flood washed them both out. Alita rescued Kaos from the water, but upon awakening, Kaos found out the truth and was left in shock.
Kaos proceeded to drop off Alita to see her mysteriously resurrected Doc Ido, while heading to his father's laboratory in the Granite Inn. To Kaos' horror, Nova revealed that he had always had Den as an alter ego, and that he had tried to separate his son from the monster within. Alita arrived to rescue Kaos, and a fight ensued, ending with Alita being trapped inside the dream produced by the Ouroboros Program. Kaos attempted to hack the computer, only to be fatally electrocuted by the supercomputers. With his mind living inside the computer, Kaos struggled for life, taking the form of Den to disrupt the paradise dream that Nova was using to trap Alita. Kaos left the Ouroboros Program to find Den and ask Den to surrender and end his rebellion. With Den seeing that both could die, he engaged in a final charge against the factory and TUNED armies, to die in a lifeless husk.
Den is the embodiment of Kaos' own hatred and anger from his life in Scrap Iron City as a mutant and an outcast. Den despises weaker bodies of the flesh, including the body of Kaos, his alter-ego, and has no qualms about causing massive destruction and loss of life, including his own scheme to cause Tiphares to fall on top of Scrap Iron City, which would cause the deaths of millions if successful.
Unlike Kaos, Den in both Kaos' body as well as his cyborg bodies perceives the world around him in visible light, hears normal sounds, and speaks vocally, even when he is in possession of the body of Kaos, unlike Kaos being blind and deaf when his persona is in control. Den leeches and apparently retains the skills acquired by Kaos, including the use of a katana and a pike, which he uses in personal combat, as well as the memories acquired from others by Kaos, including Alita's birth name of Yoko. Den possesses the ability to perceive whatever Kaos does as well, although this ability appears limited, as in at least one instance, Den was unsure of Kaos surviving the sword duel with Alita until he heard the broadcast from Kaos following the storm.