Paige Huntly is K.N.Y.F.E., the Kinetic Neutralizer Yielding Flawless Execution. As ostentatious as her codename is, it was not at all a stretch by her superiors at FILTER, as it was a later addition to her already impressive resume.
After only half a decade in the Scottish Marines, she was recruited personally by Warden Hoeffle to head up The Block's Special Operations team. Her track record there was as impeccable as the rest of her official - and unofficial - records. However, spending over a decade around the The Block’s occupants and its temporal containment systems irrevocably altered her physiology, which took more of a toll on Huntly than it did most. She spent weeks in the neo-superhuman development wing of the infirmary as energy spikes erupted all over her body. Her recovery time was impressive, yet the power fluctuations managed to deal millions of dollars of damage to the surrounding sick bay, medical equipment, and a few unfortunate members of the medical staff.
The fortnight out of commission only steeled Huntly for more action. She re-entered the field, now armed with not only her highly customized FILTER power-suit which augmented her not-inconsiderable strength, but also an array of close-range energy projection powers. Eager for a challenge, the agent now known as KNYFE began taking assignments in more and more dangerous environs. However, the more assignments she successfully completed, the more she noticed a trend towards certain timelines and realities. An event was on the temporal horizon, and one specific reality seemed to be the crux of that event.
When she brought her concerns to her superiors at FILTER, she was admonished for considering interference. “We don’t mess with timelines ending or beginning: that’s too much trouble,” she was told. This was far from satisfactory, however. Paige Huntly had never been one to sit on the sidelines, and now, she was stronger than ever. Abandoning her post at FILTER, she began her search for the temporal crossroads which drew the lines of the Multiverse closer with each cosmic event.
- K.N.Y.F.E. is a violent, foul-mouthed, hard-drinkin', bruiser of a character. She goes from zero to punchin' stuff really quickly. K.N.Y.F.E. is a very* '90s character, in case you couldn't tell (apparently early design drafts had her in black leather). Paige Huntly was around for a short while in comics before becoming K.N.Y.F.E. but still in the '90s.
- She was a Royal Marine (in the 45 Commandos out of Arbroath in Scotland) and served for 5 years before being recruited into F.I.L.T.E.R. by Warden Hoefle. She serves for a further 11 years there, fighting aliens under F.I.L.T.E.R.'s original mandate of defending against extra-terrestrials (the aliens she's dealing with are "monsters" - they're always just a pure threat rather than someone who could be reasoned with and this colors her expectations of aliens in general).
- Then the Choke event happens (see last episode) - Paige is injured by the weird energies released, but manages to get to Choke and knock her out. She then spends several weeks convalescing (in the new super-human wing since now she has these dangerous energy spikes erupting from her body).
- Once she's recovered and has trained to control the energy. Now in addition to the already formidable weapons/combat training she's also outfitted with a power-armor/gauntlet and can project these energy spikes at will. She's legitimately scary (just under 6 feet tall and buff even without the new gear) and enjoys getting in fights (at around the 8 minute mark they go into a discussion of how you might like to go have a drink with her, but might with good reason worry that the trip to the bar would end with her getting into a fight as most of her trips do).
- Also, now she's given her code name and gets sent on even more extreme missions (Kinetic Neutralizer Yielding Flawless Execution - because it's the '90s and you need to have an acronym that misspells something "cool" by including a letter from the tail-end of the alphabet). Now, instead of just being part of a strike team going after a specific alien monster, she's more likely to be sent out on reconnaissance missions to other realities solo. Between things she sees while doing this and the fact that the Block is holding more people, she's starting to think something isn't quite right (also, given her own position as a person with powers herself). When she questions her superiors she's given an explanation that's largely "don't worry about it" (if she's given any response at all).
- Something in particular she's worried about is that she's seeing a lot of timelines ending and is worried that this is pointing to all timelines ending and the lack of concern shown by F.I.L.T.E.R. is disconcerting.
- Once, while on one of her observation missions, she watches this large silvery creature just mop the floor with a team of heroes and then obliterate the city they were trying to defend. Later, she and a team are sent to capture an alien terrorist - she catches a glimpse of this alien but recognizes it as one of the heroes that she had seen trying to protect the city. She decides that maybe this alien isn't deserving of her general punch now and don't bother with questions later approach; she sends her team off in some other direction so that she can interact with them. This alien, it turns out, is the main timeline's Tempest (who is very surprised at her sudden, and very tall, appearance - I hadn't paid attention to how short Tempest is at 5'2").
- They have a discussion where she talks about her job and current mission, and how Tempest is surprised/concerned at being called a "terrorist". As a result of this interaction she decides to leave F.I.L.T.E.R. as it's obvious now that they've been misleading her for a while now. She removes her communications/interdimensional travel gear and helps Tempest escape from her former teammates. This introduces her to the world/readers as a "hero", out to save the multiverse.
- This all happens pretty quickly; Out of Time being a 6-issue limited series that covers from the end of the Choke event, through her gaining powers, and finally getting involved with the heroes after helping Tempest. This moves pretty quickly into the Vengeance events where she's just a regularly-appearing hero. She's still got this extreme (or X-Treme!!!) '90s reputation (there's some fight with ninjas at some point, but she has a reputation for killing foes rather than just subduing them as other heroes might).
- She's involved in a later fight against Citizen Dawn when she wonders why the other heroes just let her retreat instead of going after her to taker her down permanently. K.N.Y.F.E. decides to go after Dawn herself, and this goes really poorly for Paige (see her incap art for why this was a bad idea for her, specifically). It also doesn't help that Paige is new at heroics and is used to going after unintelligent monsters and Citizen Dawn is one of the most calculating villains on top of being, just straight up, one of the most powerful beings in the multiverse.
- Dawn just leaves the injured K.N.Y.F.E. to die of her injuries, but the Scholar shows up and saves her (funny how he generally seems to be at the right place at the right time for this sort of thing - the guys are really looking forward to his episode and expect it to be a "fun one" with a lot of "good revelations"). He does one of his patented heart-to-heart conversations with her, this time remarking that she's this formidable "living weapon" but noting that weapons are always wielded by somebody else.
Variant: Originally revealed from Wrath of the Cosmos preorder event for 3000 copies preordered.
First Appearance: Cosmic Concurrence #24
After leaving F.I.L.T.E.R., Paige Huntley sought more information on the cosmic zenith which loomed in the temporal horizon. She knew at least a little of what to look for, and digging into the research and observation files of some of the most brilliant minds and studied researchers brought her closer and closer to the inevitable conclusion: things were going to get worse. Much, much worse. In that time, the hero known as K.N.Y.F.E. had to refit her suit to fit her new goals. She focused on speed and stealth, rather than protection and damage.
As an infiltrator, K.N.Y.F.E. is just as dangerous, but in a different way. And good luck keeping your secrets from her hands - if you have information she wants, she is probably already on her way.
- She returns to Megalopolis to tell the Freedom Five about Progeny and what she knows from those other timelines (her intel allows a lot of people to get evacuated ahead of time and saved a lot of lives).
- The Progeny fight is one of the darkest, most grueling fights in the comics, but then at the end his head detaches and flies off into space. Goofy or cool? You decide! Also a call for fan-art showing this to help decide
- She wants to pursue it into space immediately since she knows that it's bad news and this is a monster fight, her specialty. The heroes want to stay behind to help take care of the damage to Megalopolis, Rook City, etc. She goes to a F.I.L.T.E.R. installation she still knows about on her own and steals a spaceship to pursue Progeny. This goes into another limited series following her exploits in space: Headhunter.
- She never does catch up to the head, but does stop a bunch of cosmic threats/space monsters before they can get to Earth. She acquires a new set of armor/gear, a new haircut, and a jetpack. A bunch of these are just fun monster-smashing stories, but a lot of groundwork/foreshadowing of OblivAeon happens out here too. Another running thread through all of this, however, is her having to dodge F.I.L.T.E.R. agents sent after her, and in particular her replacement Sergeant Steel (the other Agents in his deck are her old team). This does eventually result in a major showdown between them, which she loses. She's captured and taken back to F.I.L.T.E.R. as a prisoner (see her Rogue Agent incap art for the containment tank that she's put in and her alt-art RA incap for Sgt. Steel dragging her unconscious body).
- That brings us to OblivAeon - Sky-Scraper and K.N.Y.F.E. had encountered each other previously (K.N.Y.F.E. had been involved in the Bloodsworn Colosseum event - see the "Reckless" title card). At one point, Sky-Scraper breaks into a F.I.L.T.E.R. base and finds the tank Paige is in and breaks her out (stealing a big fancy gun on the way out - the Infinity Cannon - this card was drawn on-stream a while back and they hint that these events are "somewhat playable" in OblivAeon which I take to mean that they're part of the Mission deck). After that she's part of the main fight against OblivAeon and the Scions (see the Aeon Men in her deck, for example). Something is mentioned about her "run in" with the cult of Nixious the Chosen while she was out in space (and Nixious is the "only one left" now).
- While all this is going on, she overhears some chatter on her earpiece that are coded, but she is able to understand it innately. This is coming from the Wagner Mars Base, so she extricates herself from the general fight and heads there to find that a big chunk of it is serving as a staging ground for a massive assault by a lot of other K.N.Y.F.E.s from other realities (around 30 of them - these are ones who were from reality where she had "drunk the F.I.L.T.E.R. Kool-aid and had been picked by OblivAeon for this strike team). She can't let this happen, and so fights them all - eventually activating the self-destruct sequence and blowing up this portion of the base.
This information is from the Miststorm Universe, one of two branching timelines. Products in this timeline are: Sentinel Tactics (and expansions). Prime War (and expansions)
- She died in the explosion at the Wagner Mars Base. However, there is still a K.N.Y.F.E. - but it's the Paige Huntly from this reality. So it's still her, but not the one whose adventures we've been following.
This information is from the Sentinel Comics Universe, one of two branching universes. Products in this timeline are: Sentinel Comics RPG.
- She survives the explosion by escaping on her ship. She is still off in space doing space stuff. She's operating under a different hero name, though (and alongside another hero