Smiling Tiger

Real Name: Diego Casseas
Aliases: None
Identity: Secret
Occupation: Military Soldier, Mercenary
Citizenship: American Citizen, with a criminal record.
Place of Birth: Unknown
Known Relatives: Wife (Deceased), Daughter (Comatose)
Group Affiliation: Folding Circle
First Appearance: New Warriors #16 (V1)


The origin of Left Hand begins with the Vietnam War. Diego Casseas served with a military unit known as the “Half-Fulls”, and along with the rest of his unit, had stumbled upon an ancient Asian Cult of the Dragon’s Breadth, who were guardians of the Well of All Things; an inter-dimensional Well that was bursting with an array of untapped mystical energy. The Cult of the Dragon’s Breadth had been breeding children who would eventually be capable of accessing the Well’s energies better than any other ever had.

Tai, who would be directly responsible for the creation of the New Warriors, was one of the adults who knew that she would be giving birth to the ones that would bear the children of ‘The Pact.’ She had given birth to her daughter, Miyami; and the other mothers followed suit. Tai, however, killed all that would oppose her, except for the children who would bear the offspring of ‘The Pact’ thus leaving Tai as the sole beneficiary of the Well’s powers when the time was right.

Tai arranged for Diego Casseas Mack to marry and mate with one of the women. Six months later, she had come to live with him in the United States. They lived happily together, his wife giving birth to a daughter. However, tragedy would strike several years later, when an elevator with his wife in daughter in it slipped from its cables and fell several floors down to the bottom, instantly killing his wife and leaving his daughter in a coma.

Diego Casseas became obsessed with arcane magic, believing he could find a way to manipulate magic and bring his wife back to life and awaken his daughter from her coma. For ten long years, Diego Casseas studied and practiced magic, traveling all over the world, to gain whatever knowledge he could about the arcane arts. In that time, he discovered a way to wrestling the Darkforce abilities that had been born within his daughter and captured it for himself, extracting her powers and bringing them into himself, so that his left hand glowed with the Darkforce. Using those powers, he recruited the Folding Circle, which was made up of the children from his army unit – the children of the Pact – Midnight’s Fire, Smiling Tiger, Bloodstrike, and Silk Fever.

Together, they had gone to harvest the power of the Well of All Things. However, the New Warriors arrived as well; and during the battle, they were betrayed by Tai, who planned to sacrifice the New Warriors and use the members of the Folding Circle as her Avatars on the World, during her quest for domination. The Folding Circle and the New Warriors teamed up to stop Tai, and successfully managed to do so; only when Night Thrasher shot her, at point blank range, with a machine gun (after she had been weakened). The result, however, was Tai, Night Thrasher and The Left Hand falling into the Well of All Things; but Nova managed to rescue Night Thrasher before it was too late. Barely escaping, the Well of All Things collapsed unto itself, sealing it, seemingly forever.

Height: 6’1″
Weight: 205 lbs.
Eyes: Black (before becoming Left Hand), (As Left Hand) Pink Iris/Pupil (Black Sclera)
Hair: Black

Powers: Unlike the rest of the members of The Folding Circle; Left Hand’s power is a a combination of mystical arts he mastered and the Darkforce power that he had absorbed from his daughter. His daughter, in a coma, was like the rest of the Folding Circle, where her powers had been derived from the power of the Well of All Things.