Durham Glaster is a deranged gunfighter and a minor villain in the manga Black Cat and its anime adaptation. He starts as one of the Apostles of the Star, until he set out to defeat the primary protagonist Train Heartnet, to claim his title of the world's mightiest gunfighter. Yet, he was no match for Train, and Creed Diskenth killed him to punish his arrogance and his insubordination.
Durham was once a dangerous criminal, likely a mass murderer. He acts stoic and detached at first glance, but this hardly veils a strong thirst for violence, and the very bad habit to follow his deranged impulses without the slightest second thought. So much that he is unable to fathom how someone could question his loathsome actions.
To put it simply, he is a remorseless, uncaring, vicious, cruel, sadistic and demented barbarian who kills as naturally as he breathes, even more so than Creed himself, which is saying quite something.
He obviously joined the Apostles of the Star for an occasion to kill and hurt as many people as he wants without repercussion. Durham is also very conceited, boastful and overproud; and he slowly but surely starts to oversee his power and to delusionally disdain his limits, refusing to admit inferiority even in the face of glaring evidence.
Powers and Abilities
Durham's power of Tao reflects his murderous nature. It is called "Shot" and enables him to channel his ki (life-energy) into his revolver to fire powerful blasts of pure ki, somehow reminiscent of the attacks in the manga Dragon Ball.
Still, he cannot use his power without a gun or a canon of sort. Since he does not need ammunition, Durham mostly fights by overwhelming his foe with a barrage of energy balls, if not an enormous onslaught. He is also able to concentrate his ki to fire a gigantic sphere of destructive energy.
Since he does not need ammunition, Durham mostly fights by overwhelming his foe with barrages of energy balls, if not enormous onslaughts. He can also concentrate his ki to fire a gigantic sphere of destruction. Should he ever lose his gun, he keeps a special canon hidden in the "mouth" of his mask, which enables him to fire huge and powerful streams of ki.
Role in the Manga
Durham is first seen when Creed gathers the Apostles of the Star on Clarken Island, before launching a high-scale, terrorist attack on the World Conference. Durham asks Creed if they really can kill everyone, prompting Creed to remark how bloodthirsty he really is. During the slaughter, Durham is the first to enter the protected perimeter and he kills all the guards who tried to stop him.
Shortly after, Durham starts venturing on his own without warning the other Apostles, prompting them to look for him. Having heard from Creed about Train Heartnet, feared worldwide as the Black Cat, the world's most powerful gunfighter, he sets out to defeat Train and claim the title and fame he considers his and his alone.
Durham goes to the (unnamed) town where Train, Sven and Eve have their main hideout and goes to the Cait Sith, a restaurant owned by their friend Annette Pierce. He directly asks Train Heartnet but Annette pretends not to know him, suspecting something amiss. Durham beats her up and uses her database to find Train's address. He then storms into their hideout where only Eve is present, as Train and Sven ironically went to the Cait Sith.
Noticing that Train is not here, Durham decides to attract his attention with a "sacrifice". Eve tries to fight back with her transformation powers, but Durham knows about them and prevents her from doing so. (Eve was created and raised by Torneo Rudman, one of the sponsors of the Apostles.)
When Train and Sven return they find Eve barely alive, with a message written with her blood on the wall telling Train to go to a nearby forest and do battle. Enraged, Train goes to the meeting and engages a tremendous battle against the mad gunman. In spite of his fighting abilities on par with that of a Chrono Number (member of Chronos' elite brigade), Durham stands no chance against Train whatsoever and is quickly neutralized.
Not fazed the slightest, Durham fires a tremendous blast of ki from the cannon in his mask, grazing Train as he jumps backwards at the last second and is forced to release him. However, the Black Cat fires an exploding bullet right into the canon to destroy his gun, before punching him so hard that he knocks him out and destroys his mask.
After his defeat, Durham returns to the Apostles of the Star's hideout. Shiki then asks him where he has been but he stubbornly tells her to mind her own business. Durham only complies when Creed himself asks for an explanation. Creed deduces from his bruises that he lost before he can admit it, still, he callously denies his defeat as just a lack of attention and swears to win during his next challenge. Irked, Creed murders him without warning to punish is delusions and disobedience.
In the anime, Durham is less of a barbarian than his manga counterpart, as he is never seen beating people up (though he might do it off-screen) and simply makes threats instead of using "sacrifices".
He is also considerably weaker, as his power only creates regular bullets of solid ki. While he does fire mightier shots than a regular gun, can fire as many as he wants, and can even control their trajectory, this power is nowhere as dangerous as the devastating blasts of ki he uses in the manga.
Durham is among the Apostles of the Star witnessing Creed's and Train's duel, after the attack on the World Conference. He tries to shoot Train but Sven takes the hit.
Shortly after, he sets out to find and to defeat Train, like he does in the manga, as he could not stand what Creed told him about Train being way out of his league. As he is looking for the Black Cat, he his mistakenly led to Woodney, a fat and nerdy man who is (poorly) impersonating the Black Cat to get profit from his reputation. (These two situations are completely different ones in the manga.)
Since Eve saved Woodney from three thugs who wanted to duel Black Cat (making it look like he defeated them), he takes her to a bakery as reward. Recognizing Eve from the World Conference, Durham barges in and demands after the Black Cat, but Woodney finds within him the bravery to shield her. Train ultimately enters the fray and effortlessly takes down Durham, demanding after Creed.
Train, Sven, Eve, Rinslet Walker and Woodney bind Durham up and drag him along with them, so that he would lead them to the old castle where the Apostles of the Star are hiding. But when Train goes on his own, Sven beats Durham up to know the castle's location and they abandon Durham and Woodney on the road.
Durham's ultimate fate is the same as in the manga as shown in Black Cat episode 13's intro.