Quote1 David Richards mutant gifts allow him to potentially destroy entire worlds if he wished. Quote2
-- Blink
David Richards (Earth-2600) from Exiles Vol 1 13 0001

David as a Boy

David Richards is the son of Franklin Richards and Rachel Summers until his parents are killed and he was taken by the Sentinels. He had two destinies, He is destined as the most powerful mutant in his reality and either he could be mentored by Sabretooth for life, or he could die.[1]

The reality hopping teams, the Exiles and Weapon X, arrived on David's world on a mission to liberate him from a Sentinel holding facility. Both teams battled the Sentinels guarding the facility and managed to find David. He was being held along with other mutant children. Not wanting to leave the fate of these children in the hands of the Sentinels, Blink decided to teleport the other children out as well. After that, Sabretooth and Blink received another mission from the Tallus which was unpleasant for them, which was to kill David, to safeguard the reality. When Blink whispered to Mimic about what they have to do, Vision heard about it with his super hearing and told Deadpool who promptly grabbed David. The Exiles and Weapon X discussed their course of action, but the Spider told the teams that it's the both teams or David Richards. Deadpool tried to shoot him in the head, but Sabretooth stopped him by killing him. Sabretooth then grabbed David Richards while The Exiles who already teleported to another part of the desert teleported Sabretooth and David Richards to them away from danger. When the Timebroker shows up, he told the Exiles that they and Weapon X must kill David Richards because in the future, David will free the entire planet from the Sentinels but will become a murderous oppressor who will rule over the Earth.[2]

While the Exiles were trying to decide, Blink teleported David Richards and the rest of the kids away, while the Exiles battled the Weapon X team. One of the Weapon X members the Spider was obsessed with killing David Richards, but was unable to as he had no knowledge of where he had been teleported. After the battle was stopped by the Sentinels, both teams retreated and were teleported by Blink. Sabretooth decided to mentor David Richards so that he can he can teach him how to be good, saving the reality as well as his life in the process.[3]

After 20 years David grew into a young man and a skilled combatant thanks to Sabertooth's teachings. David, Sabertooth, and the mutant children, all grown up, worked together to destroy the Sentinels that have enslaved their world. David played a key role in the destruction of the Sentinels on his world, due to his powerful abilities and leadership. Blink eventually returned to this world after temporarily being released from her duties as a member of the Exiles. Initially suspecting her to be a spy, David used his telepathy to force his way into Blink's mind and where he read her thoughts. This was the first sign that the Tallus' prediction was coming true. Blink overlooked the matter after seeing David's exceptional skills in their last battle with the Sentinels. The war with the Sentinels seemed to be finally over, but David saw the Sentinels as only a symptom of a much larger problem, that being the humans of his world. David then used his powers to enslave Blink; Sabertooth tried to stop David, but through the use of his telepathy was able to incapacitate him. David then used Blink to transport them to an underground Sentinel command center that was being run by humans, with David having trapped them there when he found them months ago. After he told Blink this he used his powers to make her teleport the humans in half and into walls. David maintained his hold over Blink for days while he continued to force her to continue killing humans. Eventually Sabertooth caught up with them and used an old power inhibitor collar that he rigged to mask his approach before he ripped out David's heart.[4] Though it was later revealed that David was able to resurrect himself and heal all of his injuries previously inflected by Sabertooth, although as a side-effect losing his memories and his powers in the process.[5]


David possesses a variety of powers. He has inherited psychic powers from his parents and has displayed a variety of psionic powers like telekinesis and telepathy and can also generate powerful blasts of psionic energy. He had shown the ability to mimic the powers of others and use them at a higher level. He in the past has shown to have been able to manipulate large amounts of psionic energies and is apparently capable of various temporal feats like time travel.[citation needed]

  • Psionics: David has demonstrated tremendous psionic powers which he inherited from his parents including telepathy, telekinesis, precognition, controlling psionic energies and being able to generate it in a powerful energy blast. With his telekinetic abilities he can lift a tremendous amount of weight and he possesses strong telepathic abilities.[citation needed]
    • Reality Warping: David is able to manipulate reality on a limited scale.[citation needed]
    • Flight: David is capable of flying at incredible speeds.[citation needed]
    • Time Travel: David is capable of time travel, it is likely that he is also capable of other temporal feats.[citation needed]
    • Power Mimicry: David is capable of mimicking another individuals powers and using them at a powerful level. [citation needed]
    • Energy Manipulation: David is capable of manipulating near-infinite amounts of energy.[citation needed]
    • Matter Manipulation: David is capable of manipulating, transmuting, and altering matter on an near-infinite level. [citation needed]
    • Psionic Energy Blasts: David is able to generate large amounts of psionic energy in the form of powerful energy blasts, capable of causing major colleterial damage. [citation needed]
    • Resurrection/Healing: David is able to rapidly heal himself and others from their physical injuries, as well as bring himself and others back from the dead.[citation needed]
  • Phoenix Force Manifestation: David is able to manifest a extremely powerful phoenix aura around his body whenever he is in emotional duress. This aura can be projected in the form of concussive force blasts, said to be "capable of destroying entire worlds". As well as project the aura as near-impenetrable energy shields.[citation needed]


  • Skilled Tactician: David is a highly skilled tactician capable of quick-thinking and developing complex and elaborate plans.[citation needed]

Strength level

David possesses possesses the normal human strength of a boy of his age, height, and build who engages in extensive regular exercise,[4] but can augment his strength to undefined superhuman levels with telekinesis.


Flight under his own power.

  • It is likely that like his mother and grandmother David possesses some sort of bond to the Phoenix Force as he has shown to have his energies take the form of a Phoenix when he exerts his powers.

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