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No matter what they've done to incur my wrath, no matter how many of them there are, I make sure each and every one of my opponent receives a proper burial. That is assuming there's enough of them to bury.
~ Gravedigger on his name and how many he has killed.

Tyson Sykes, also known as Gravedigger, is a major antagonist in the Arrowverse TV series, Black Lightning. He is one of the main antagonist of season 3 (alongside Percy Odell) and a mentioned antagonist in season 4.

He is a former American soldier who fought in World War II and is also the world’s first documented meta-human. After being abused and experimented on by his country's government, he then turned on his country and became leader of the Markovian military who seeks to form a country populated only by meta-humans by invading Freeland and capturing those who reside or were created there.

He was portrayed by Wayne Brady.

Biography

Early Life

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Becoming a Meta-human

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Joining Markovia

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War against Freeland

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Personality

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Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • Meta-Human Physiology: Sykes was given his abilities as part of an early attempt in the U.S. military to create an army of super soldiers. Sykes was the only test subject to survive, his trials unlocking a dormant "meta-gene" that manifested itself in superhuman abilities. Also uniquely, only he and his descendants are naturally stable with their newfound meta-human powers.
    • Accelerated Healing Factor: Sykes can heal in considerably accelerated rates, being able to recover from extreme electrocution induced by Black Lightning's powers within minutes. His healing powers are not perfect however, as during W.W.II, he received a permanent x-shaped scar on his forehead.
      • Ageless Longevity: Sykes' healing powers also significantly slows down (if not completely stops) his aging process. He’s been in his physical prime for over seventy years. This ability was so rare, it took billions of dollars in research (as well as several decades) in order to create a serum with similar effects, with the only other example of it working is Tobias Whale.
    • Vocal Mind Control: Sykes' chief ability is that he can control the minds of others with his voice.
      • Command Inducement: He’s able to mentally dominate the actions of others. Even while fully aware of their actions, the target is utterly compelled to follow Sykes' command.
        • Psychic Immunity: His chief ability also grants him immunity from anyone else with this ability.
    • Eye Transformation: Sykes' eyes glow silver whenever he uses his powers. This was first seen when his dormant meta-gene was unlocked and his superhuman abilities were manifested, during the experiments in World War II.
    • Superhuman Durability: Sykes is extremely resistant to damage, able to survive Black Lightning’s electric blasts, even while the latter used an extreme current due to his anger.
    • Superhuman Speed: Sykes raced across an entire hallway within a fraction of a second and was able to outmaneuver Painkiller. His top speed is unknown.
    • Superhuman Strength: Sykes is far stronger than any normal human, able to easily break free from normal restraints. He was strong enough to overpower Painkiller or take on several armies of soldiers, during World War II.

Former Powers

  • Abilities via Meta-Booster: After taking a serum designed by Lynn Stewart, Sykes was able to take on the powers of other metahumans. While the serum's effects normally last for short periods of time, because the serum is based on the one that triggered his meta-gene to begin with, he could retain the new abilities indefinitely. However, he lost all of these powers when Lynn Stewart injected him with the anti-booster serum.
    • Flight
    • Heat Vision
    • Magnetic Field Generation
    • Radiogenesis
    • Sonic Scream
    • Telekinesis

Abilities

  • Peak Human Condition: As a soldier, Gravedigger is in top physical condition. His metahuman abilities allow him to retain his prime age even though he is over a century old.
  • Master Hand-to-hand Combatant/Martial Artist: Gravedigger is a highly skilled hand-to-hand combatant and martial artist. With his extensive army training combined with over 80 years of experience, Sykes is an extremely adaptable and efficient fighter, able to outmaneuver and defeat several soldiers at once during his time as an American soldier.
    • Expert Marksman: He’s a very skilled marksman.
    • Skilled Knife Wielder: He’s experienced in using blades in combat, especially trench knives during World War II.

Weaknesses

  • Anti-Meta Booster: The serum Lynn made is able to negate (if not take away) Sykes' extra powers he got from the meta-booster serum.
  • Unnatural Brainwaves: As seen from Lynn using Green Light to augment her neurological processing and Khalil's cybernetics rewiring his brain activity altogether, Sykes' vocal mind control is rendered ineffective.

Relationships

Family

  • Cassius Pierce - father; deceased
  • Unnamed mother - deceased
  • Ben Pierce - paternal half-brother; deceased
  • Alvin Pierce - nephew; deceased
  • Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning - grand-nephew
  • Anissa Pierce/Thunder - great-grandniece
  • Jennifer Pierce/Lightning - great-grandniece

Allies

  • Markovian Military
  • Meta-humans

Enemies

  • U.S. Military - Former Allies/Experimenters

Trivia

  • Tyson Sykes is considered to be the world's first meta-human of Earth-Prime, since his powers emerged in 1940.

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The 100 (Tobias Whale (comics), Lala, Joey Toledo, Syonide, Tori Whale, Painkiller, Two-Bits, Will, Dwayne, & Slim)
A.S.A. (Martin Proctor, Kara Fowdy, Klovic, & Thomas Hidalgo)
Kobra Cartel (Lady Eve & Cleaners)
Zeke Cayman | Glennon | Eldridge Whale | Steven Conners | Shadow Board

Season 2
The 100 (Tobias Whale, Syonide, Painkiller, Helga Jace, Giselle Cutter, Todd Green, Two-Bits, Rayvon, Slim, Marsellus White, & Romel)
Masters of Disaster (Coldsnap, Shakedown, Heatstroke, & New Wave)
A.S.A. (Percy Odell)
Summers | Instant | Looker | Lala | Will | Markovian Insurgents

Season 3
A.S.A. (Percy Odell, Carson Williams, Sara Grey, Painkiller, Jinn Pierce, & Travis)
Markovian Insurgents (Gravedigger, Yuri Mosin, Helga Jace, Michael Allen, Cyclotronic, & Instant)
The 100 (Lala, Rayvon, & Devonte Jones)
Kobra Cartel (Lady Eve, Cleaners, & Destiny)
Tobias Whale | Sinzell Johnson | Two-Bits | Shadow Board

Season 4
Shadow Board (Tobias Whale & Red)
The 100 (Lala, Devonte Jones, & Lydell Jackson)
Kobra Cartel (Destiny & Ishmael)
JJ Stewart | Ana Lopez | Looker | Jesse Gentilucci | Painkiller | Maya Odell | Percy Odell | Two-Bits

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