There will be blood. At least that’s what the title of today’s comparison suggests, eh? In today’s article, we at Fiction Horizon have decided to analyze two mercenaries. One of them is DC Comics’ Bloodsport, a character we have already written about here on the site, while the other is Bloodshot, a character owned by Valiant Comics. Which “bloody” character would win? Keep reading to find out!
From what we gather, Bloodshot would win against Bloodsport. They are similar in their professions and are great marksmen, both of them, but Bloodshot has some superhuman abilities that Bloodsport, who remains a normal human, doesn’t. This gives Bloodshot the necessary advantage in this one.
Our comparison is going to be divided into three sections. The first is going to bring an overview of the two characters, after which we are going to compare their powers, including their signature weapons. Finally, we’re going to bring you a detailed analysis of the two characters to determine which one would win in a direct clash.
Bloodsport and his powers
Receiving the call letter for the Vietnam War, African American Robert “Bobby” DuBois fled to Canada to avoid recruitment, not because he was against the war but because he was terrified of dying. His brother Michael pretended to be him and went to war, losing all limbs: destroyed by feelings of guilt, Robert became obsessed with the Vietnam War and was imprisoned several times in several Canadian psychiatric hospitals.
Determined to assassinate his enemy Superman, Lex Luthor sent some emissaries to recruit DuBois, gifting him with upgraded weapons, including a pistol capable of firing Kryptonite shells and a weapon teleporter, and plagiarizing him into believing he was actually in Vietnam with Michael.
Under the alias of Bloodsport, the insane villain killed various citizens of Metropolis accusing them of having wasted their freedom, seriously injuring Superman when he tried to stop him.
Disgusted by the massacres committed by the criminal, Luthor himself tried to stop him, but it was a Superman cured of his Kryptonite wounds who defeated him by destroying his weapons.
Bloodsport then tried to detonate himself using the energy of his teleportation, but Jimmy Olsen tracked Michael down and took him to the scene, causing Robert to psychologically collapse.
Becoming a recurring enemy of Superman, he also had a skirmish against the famous hitman Deadshot. In the Avengers/JLA crossover he set a trap for Vision and Aquaman along with other supervillains: he later tried to kill Iron Man, but was stopped by Hal Jordan and taken to prison.
While DuBois went to prison, a new criminal took the mantle of Bloodsport: ironically it was a white supremacist, Alexander Trent, with whom Perry White had previously dealt.
Captured by Superman and taken to prison, Trent develops a heated rivalry with DuBois, locked up in the same prison: to ease the tension, the director instituted a boxing match between the two inmates, with Superman in the role of referee.
At the climax of the encounter, Trent used teleportation to obtain some weapons, sparking a riot in which the fates of the two criminals reached tragic conclusions: DuBois stole one of the weapons and attempted to escape being killed by the guards, while Trent was recaptured and subsequently burned in his cell by the Aryan Brotherhood, disappointed by the weakness shown towards his rival.
A third Bloodsport, whose true identity is unknown, attacked Superman along with Silver Banshee and other criminals: here he attempted to kill Olsen but was quickly neutralized by the Man of Steel.
Bloodshot and his powers
Bloodshot is a comic book character owned by the US publishing house Valiant Comics. He was created by the authors Kevin Van Hook (writer) and Yvel Guichet (artist) and debuted in Eternal Warrior #4 (1992). Bloodshot is actually the name of two different characters.
In general, Bloodshot is a super soldier empowered by nanotechnology. His body is in fact altered by the transfusion of micro-machines called nanities.
Between 1993 and 1996, the character’s alter-ego was Angelo Mortalli. When Valiant Comics was sold to Acclaim Entertainment, his origins are changed and the subject of the experiment becomes Raymond Garrison. After the bankruptcy of Acclaim Comics, the characters were reacquired by Valiant Entertainment. The relaunch of Bloodshot took place in 2012 with Raymond Garrison remaining as the protagonist.
Bloodshot is a former soldier with powers of regeneration and metamorphosis made possible by nanites injected into his blood, hence the name Bloodshot. After having his memory erased several times, Bloodshot finally manages to find out who he really is and takes revenge on those who did this to him.
Bloodshot’s bloodstream contains a billion nanobots, allowing it to heal wounds quickly, interface with technology, and change its shape. The Project Rising Spirit (P.R.S.) program to create the Ultimate Soldier dates back decades and reached critical mass in the depths of World War II.
Although the initial products of the program were grossly improved and highly consumable infantrymen suitable only for the simplest scenarios, these early subjects were able to accomplish high-intensity missions independent of any obstacle.
Over the decades, these results helped to ensure that the “Bloodshot” program was constantly intended for future development and continued to innovate. Throughout the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, P.R.S. redefined the nanotechnology that powers Bloodshot and developed a new artificial intelligence system that allowed it to be deployed in a wider range of counterintelligence and espionage missions outside of the battlefield.
While Bloodshot was self-aware to some extent, the human-machine hybrid was still known to inflict unacceptably high levels of collateral damage. In 2007, another P.R.S. scientist, Dr Emmanuel Kuretich, discovered his employers’ intention to redirect the Bloodshot program to a new area: targeting and capturing extremely rare children, powered by a psion called “psiots”.
Alarmed, Kuretich fled PRS for Toyo Harada’s Harbinger Foundation, where he secretly began forging a plan to cancel PRS
Comparing the powers of Bloodsport and Bloodshot
Our second section will contain a comparison of the two characters’ powers. It won’t be a direct comparison as much as a listing of their powers abilities, which is going to serve as a basis for our analysis in section three of our article. Now, let us begin.
We’re quite sad to state that Bloodsport doesn’t really have any special powers. He is a completely regular guy who lost his mind at one point, after unsuccessfully dealing with the guilt caused by his brother being crippled in Vietnam. He is a good marksman, although not the best, he is a good and strong fighter, but none of that is above the average or superhuman. He is a regular Joe and that brings us to an end when his powers and abilities are concerned.
The modern-day iteration of Bloodshot, known as Ray Garrison, is a soldier who died and was then resurrected when a billion nanites were injected into his blood to rebuild him from scratch. As the latest in a long line of super soldiers, his nanites are unique from all the others in the Bloodshot program.
These nanites gave him an internal database, superhuman strength, and enhanced combat skills (including the ability to produce a sonic scream), as well as the ability to mentally connect to external technology and databases. If necessary, Bloodshot can emit a “neuropsychic pulse emission”.
Bloodshot’s normal appearance includes red eyes, almost chalk-white skin, and scars on his chest that resemble a red circle, but thanks to his adaptable anatomy and ability to camouflage his color, he can do a limited amount of change in shape to fit an average-looking person or to replicate the appearance of someone he remembers.
When he needs to heal serious wounds or use his camouflage and mass transfer skills, he often needs to consume animal tissues and proteins (like raw meat) to aid the process and replace lost tissue and mass.
This brief comparison made our job a lot easier, as the winner is almost perfectly clear now. Still, we are going to give if at least a short elaboration of your above-written answer in the next section of this article.
Bloodsport vs Bloodshot: Who would win?
And now for the most important and interesting section of our article – the analysis. Here, we are going to use what we have found out about these two characters and analyze how all these facts would (or would not) help them in a fight against each other. Bloodsport and Bloodshot seem to be very similar characters – name, profession, etc. – but they are actually very different and that is what made this comparison so intriguing. Let us continue.
Bloodsport and Bloodshot are both skilled mercenaries. They are excellent marksmen and we might even be inclined to think that Bloodsport is the better marksman among the two. He has a lot of experience, he is a bit mad and has demonstrated the ability to become a mass murderer in a moment’s time. Bloodshot is likewise effective but our impression is that he is not as good of a shot as Bloodsport. But this is pretty much where Bloodsport’s pluses stop.
Namely, in every other aspect, Bloodshot is the dominant of the two. He is a super soldier, a type of character more similar to Captain America or Deadshot, while Bloodsport remains a regular human. Bloodshot has amazing regenerative abilities and superstrength, something Bloodsport could not match in a fight. The fact is that his shooting skills would be more or less useless in a fight against Bloodshot, as they would not harm him permanently.
This is why we think that Bloodshot is the more powerful among the two. Bloodshot is a very interesting character and although he is depicted as a mercenary, he is more similar to the likes of Captain America and other super soldiers. He has specific powers that make him far superior to Bloodsport and that is why we can declare that Bloodshot is the winner in this one.
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