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Name:Alec McDowell // X5-494
Location:Seattle, Washington, United States of America
Name: Alec McDowell aka X5-494
Designation #: 331845739494
Birthdate: 5/7/1999
Birthplace: Vivadyne Labs
Height: 6'
Weight: 178 lb.
Eye Color: Hazel-Green
Hair Color: Dark Blond
Group: X5-R
Blood Type: O-negative
IQ: 156
Genetic Content: X5-specific (feline)


Training Status
Training Locations: Gillette, Wyoming facility (1999-2019), Seattle, Washington facility (2020)
Weapons Training: P90 Submachine Gun, M-9 Pistol, Colt M4, Kalashnikov Assault Rifle
Martial Arts Training: Taekwondo (First degree black belt), Krav Maga, Extraordinary martial arts proficiency
Additional Training: METT-T, OCOKA, Special ops, Computer proficiency, Common Verbal Usage, Foreign language certifications: 7 primary, 5 secondary, plus 3 Middle Eastern tribal dialects, Pilot certification: Cessna, B-52, BlackHawk helicopter, Falcon fighter jet


Powers and Abilities
* Enhanced: strength, speed, agility, reflexes, durability, stamina and coordination.
* Accelerated healing and metabolism (this makes it very difficult to become drunk).
* Enhanced senses: eyesight (can zoom in and focus on objects from great distances) hearing and smell.
* Enhanced immune system (all transgenics were vaccinated for all known bio-warfare agents).
* Eidetic memory.
* Very high I.Q.
* Extremely well trained for military combat, strategy, and espionage (including various weapons and martial arts)
o Note these are abilities common to all X5s (and at least partially shared with the other types of transgenics)

Although he appears to be an ordinary human (except for the bar code on the back of his neck that's genetically encoded in his DNA), he possesses extraordinary physical strength, being strong enough to overpower a man three times his height and weight, his reflexes are superhumanly fast, and his eyesight and sense of hearing and smell are extremely acute, which, along with his training, make it very hard for someone or something to catch him by surprise.

He can leap vertically up to 20 feet, allowing him to jump over a barbed fence or scale a small building with ease, and he is capable of sprinting at extreme speeds (blurring), making it very difficult for anyone to catch him except another X5.

He has enhanced night vision to the point where he can see perfectly in very little light, and he also has telescopic vision, allowing him to zoom in and view objects with perfect detail from great distances.

All X5s have a high number of stem cells in their blood allowing for them to have extremely high regeneration rates. However, if an X5's organ becomes extremely damaged, such as a bullet to the heart, it has to be replaced and can only be replaced by another X5's or with a bio-mechanical substitute. All X5s are O-negative blood-typed and are universal donors but can only receive from another X5.

His immune system and metabolism are also greatly accelerated, making him and his kind immune to known bio-hazards/bio-warfare agents and certain diseases as well as most drugs (including alcohol) and poisons.

X5s are very dexterous and have extraordinary agility and coordination and advanced lung capacity, allowing them to perform complicated acrobatic and gymnastic maneuvers that would be very difficult for a human with ease and to expertly manipulate tools or weapons.

In addition to his superior physique, Alec possesses incredible mental abilities including a genius I.Q. and strong creativity and problem-solving skills. He is very gifted at reading and manipulating people, which makes him highly adaptive to changing situations and able to learn and mimic the skills and personalities of individuals with extreme speed and accuracy.


Like all X5s, Alec endured brutal physical and mental training and rigid discipline (brainwashing) from childhood till the time of his escape, and his training combined with his enhanced physique makes him nearly unstoppable when facing normal humans, though he is by no means invincible. Due to his eidetic memory, he is able to recall any part of this training with perfect accuracy.

Trained as a Manticore supersoldier/assassin, some assumptions are that: he is highly skilled in CQB, recon, infiltration, tracking, observation, escape and evasion, espionage, computers, explosives, and handling vehicles (including various military planes and helicopters), has achieved fluency in many languages, and has a black belt in martial arts (such as Krav Maga,Taekwondo,and Judo).

X5s, as children, were trained to hold their breath for four minutes and can hold their breath for much longer as adults.

Alec (pre-series, as X5-494) became a concert-level pianist in less than a day in preparation for a mission.


* Twin Brother Ben

494's identical twin/genetic clone, X5-493 (aka "Ben"), was one of the children in Max's Unit who escaped in 2009. Ben, however, didn't adapt to the outside world very well and ultimately became a serial killer who was stopped and killed by Max. X5-493's propensity for psychosis resulted in PSY-OPS time for Alec. Alec, in the episode "Hello Goodbye", is accused of one of the murders committed by Ben. Alec was also forced to endure extra time in PSY-OPS after the '09 escape, along with all of the other twins of the escapees.

* Love

In the episode "The Berrisford Agenda", we see flashbacks to 494's first long-term away mission in 2018 when he was ordered to observe, then assassinate, Robert Berrisford, a Manticore subcontractor who was becoming too curious about the supersoldier program. However, while using the alias of the young piano teacher Simon Lehane (whom 494 killed in order to take his identity), 494 fell in love with Berrisford's seventeen-year-old daughter, Rachel. Rachel would have been killed in the car bomb he was supposed to set off, and at the last minute, 494 attempted to stop the execution. Unfortunately, his Manticore handlers were suspicious of 494 and triggered the bomb. Robert Berrisford survived, but Rachel ended up in a coma that lasted for two years. 494 was brutally punished by Manticore for his disobedience. However, he was allowed to live (with his memories of the event suppressed) and ultimately resumed his duties as a soldier. Alec did get to say good-bye to Rachel at her bedside before she ultimately died. It was in this episode that Max realized Alec was capable of love and was far more than a killing machine or automaton for Manticore.

* His name

494 was given the name "Alec" by Max when she first met him while imprisoned at Manticore. He was supposed to be her "designated breeding partner", but when Max refused his ordered advances, 494 was willing to back off, albeit with a very snarky attitude. After that, Max dubbed him "Alec" — as in "smart aleck" — due to his egotistical cockiness, and a wary love/hate relationship between the two ensued. (Max's second choice for 494's name was "Dick".) 494 liked the name "Alec" and kept it. The last name "McDowell" was given to the character by one of Dark Angel's writers, whose favorite actor was Malcolm McDowell. However, the name was never actually revealed on the show; the scene in which it was once shown on a file folder was edited out.



Alec McDowell 'X5-494' is from James Cameron's Dark Angel. He appeared in Season Two. He does not belong to me nor does the actor that portrayed him Jensen Ackles. Muse and mun over 18.
Bio taken from X5-494 Genetically Empowered and Wikipedia.
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