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"You know, it's true what they say about little boys... born with no natural inclination to share." ―Diana, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
"You know, it's true what they say about little boys... born with no natural inclination to share." ―Diana, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
This article contains major spoilers for The Suicide Squad. You have been warned.

"What does T.D.K. stand for?"
"It stands for me. It's what a name is."
Javelin and T.D.K.[src]

Cory Pitzner,[1] also known as The Detachable Kid[2] or T.D.K. for short, is a metahuman with the ability to detach his own arms and legs and telekinetically control them. He used this skill in combat and crime, becoming a convicted felon and member of the first Task Force X strike team sent to Corto Maltese.[4]

Upon reaching the island, Pitzner was forced to confront Corto Maltese's soldiers with the team and showed his skills, but was left in critical condition.

Biography

At some point in his life, Cory Pitzner turned to crime, becoming known as the Detachable Kid, or T.D.K. for short. However, he was apprehended and taken to Belle Reve, where he became a member of Task Force X.

He joined the team on a mission to Corto Maltese to destroy the Nazi-era prison and laboratory known as Jotunheim, and in the process destroy the mysterious and dangerous Project Starfish.[5]

Upon landing on the beach of Corto Maltese, Blackguard revealed his betrayal of Task Force X, calling out to the Corto Maltese military and starting the fight. John Economos told Colonel Rick Flag to deploy T.D.K., and he revealed that his name stood for “The Detachable Kid.” T.D.K. detached his arms and used them to hit and slap the troops ineffectively, to the confusion and astonishment of the other team members.

Soon, the fight became worse for Task Force X, each member getting killed one by one. T.D.K.'s arms were shot by the Corto Maltesean troops, leaving him in critical condition.

Personality

When describing all the characters of The Suicide Squad as being from different genres, James Gunn described T.D.K. as being from "some kind of Saturday morning cartoon show," to which Nathan Fillion laughed, possibly in agreement. The teasers for the film show T.D.K. to be fun-loving, enthusiastic, and mischievous.

Powers and abilities

Powers

T.D.K.'s detachable arms

  • Anatomical liberation: T.D.K. can painlessly detach his arms and legs from his body easily and at will, which he can use to distract, bewilder, and physically beat his enemies with like a club. However, once detached, his arms cannot be reattached, and instead must regrow. In addition, he can telekinetically control his detached limbs.[6]
  • Limb regrowth: After T.D.K. detaches his limbs, new limbs grow fully within mere minutes. It is unclear whether his limbs will regrow if they are removed in another way (such as amputation).[citation needed]

Weaknesses

  • Limb vulnerability: If T.D.K.'s limbs are injured after being detached from his body he'll still feel the pain from those injuries, as seen when Corto Maltese soldiers repeatedly shot his floating arms causing him immense pain until he fainted from the bleeding of his floating arms and was left in critical condition

Equipment

  • Protective suit: T.D.K. wears a suit to mask his identity and protect himself in combat.

Relationships

Allies

Enemies

Trivia

  • T.D.K was never shown or otherwise confirmed as deceased; when he was last shown, he was in critical condition, but still alive. It is therefore possible, albeit unlikely, that he survived.

Behind the scenes

  • Oliver Keller was a stunt double for Nathan Fillion in the role of the Detachable Kid.
  • His unique ability to detach his arms and legs from his body indicate that he may be an adaptation of Floyd Belkin, aka Arm-Fall-Off-Boy (later Splitter) from DC Comics under a different name.
  • The majority of the marketing for The Suicide Squad kept the Detachable Kid's powers a secret, as well as his full name, only referring to him as T.D.K.
  • James Gunn stated on Twitter that it was important to note T.D.K.'s life signs when last he's seen, implying he lived through the events of the film.

References

External links

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Task Force X
Founder Amanda Waller
Members Peacemaker | Vigilante
Supporting members Clemson Murn | John Economos | Emilia Harcourt | Flo Crawley | Leota Adebayo | Briscoe | Fitzgibbon
Former members Enchantress | June Moone | Slipknot | El Diablo | Deadshot | Katana | Killer Croc | Rick Flag | Captain Boomerang | Polka-Dot Man | T.D.K. | Javelin | Blackguard | Mongal | Savant | Harley Quinn | Bloodsport | King Shark | Ratcatcher 2 | Weasel
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