"When it hurts, observe. Life is trying to teach you something." - Valentino De Fontaine
Valentino's existence was kept secret from both SHIELD and HYDRA, but there was always rumours of his alleged birth. He was sent off to Israel by his mother, Valentina De Fontaine, to join The Sayeret Matkal, when he was 18 years old after being selectively chosen by Israelite militarists. The truth was, Valentina had used many of the influential contacts she acquired over the years in order to put him in the position, having another potential candidate executed. Following an intense training regimen and 1 ½ years of military preparation, Valentino spent 2 ½ years in a special unit, and was constantly commended for being one of the most dangerous soldiers under the command of his leader, Avigayil Hirst, who he was also in a relationship with for a short time. After being "promoted", Valentino served 1 ½ years more in a black ops unit, working alongside his best friend Ahsalom Schonfeld, who he had to later publicly execute.
At 24 years old, Valentino De Fontaine, officially left The Sayeret Matkal. Many of his operators did not wish or desire for him to leave, especially since he held so many secrets which could damage them, so they sent 12 soldiers on a black ops mission to kill him. They were not successful in their attempt, which left them all dead, and since then, he disappeared off the grid. 4 years later, Valentino re-appeared as an assassin, fresh from a sojourn between America and Italy where he picked up a few skills. During this time, he was working exclusively for the American-Italian Mob, who supplied him with money and equipment.
- Nick Fury (Father, Missing/Presumed Dead)
- Valentina De Fontaine (Mother, Missing/Presumed Dead)
When he was a member of the Israel's Sayeret Matkal, Valentino was known as being a highly capable man. Thoroughly trained and highly accomplished in a variety of combat techniques, Valentino's abilities vary from the masterful handling of firearms, explosives to hand-to-hand combat. Trained to operate as an assassin for the Israel government, Valentino worked under clandestine parameters and carried out jobs as a "secret weapon". When he was deemed expendable by the Israel government, Valentino went into business for himself as an assassin.
- Peak Human Condition: Valentino is a man who remains in strict level of training regimen and healthy dieting. His physical conditioning has proven to be great, (though not as great as a super soldier), but at levels where could he easily dispatch multiple enemies.
- Peak Human Strength: Although not his prominent trait, Valentino is still considerably strong. While not on par with a super soldier in strength, he is still strong enough to tackle grown men through a glass wall and hit with enough force to disorient and launch them through glass, along with being able to knock them around with his blows when they fight, and could easily overpower ordinary men to launch them off the air or nonchalantly restrain them with one hand and send them flying with his kicks.
- Peak Human Durability: Valentino's great endurance allows him to keep up with super soldiers, withstanding their strikes with only minor injuries and quickly recover from being slammed into a table or through a wall. Valentino can also withstand two to three intense electrical shocks before going down.
- Peak Human Speed: Valentino's speed is such that it makes it very hard for his enemies to keep up with him. While his strength isn't so great, his speed allows him to almost compete against super soldiers in battle. When dealing with ordinary opponents, he can block strikes and counter them faster than they could react.
- Peak Human Reflexes: Valentino possesses great reflexes. He is even able to react to or dodge multiple gunshots. His great reflexes allow him to fight with multiple enemies (moreover very skilled) at once.
- Master Assassin: Valentino is notorious in the art of assassination, considered to be one of the most dangerous assassins in the world. He was known to have killed many people during his time serving The Sayeret Matkal and The American-Italian Mob.
- Master Marksman: As a former soldier, Valentino is highly skilled in the use of firearms, including pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns, sub machine guns, rifles, machine guns, and grenade launchers.
- Master Tactician: Valentino, can create strategies and plans several steps ahead of his enemies and allies. He is able to elaborate complex strategies and apply them in not just battle, but any other activity as well.
- Expert Martial Artist: Valentino is a lethal fighter and skilled martial artist, being able to contend with much stronger opponents and groups of other grown men. He can effortlessly take on multiple opponents, armed or otherwise and often come out of the fight as the victor. Aside from combat weapons, Valentino can use anything in his surroundings as a weapon to fight. His fighting style consists of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wing Chun Kung Fu, Karate, Boxing, and Kickboxing.
- Expert Interrogator: Valentino is well-versed in interrogation tactics, such as employing intimidation techniques to extract information from suspects. He can perform reverse interrogations.
- Expert Hacker: Valentino could hack into most computer systems without tripping any firewalls or security.
- Driver: Valentino is a skilled driver and is proficient at driving a variety of vehicles.
- Pilot: Valentino is a skilled pilot and is proficient at piloting planes/helicopters.
- Explosives: Valentino is adept with explosives.
- Bilingualism: Valentino is fluent in English and Italian.
- Human Vulnerabilities: Valentino can be killed as any human can, albeit it will be slightly more difficult, depending on the circumstances.
"Once a soldier, always a soldier." - Valentino De Fontaine
Valentino is a dangerous, determined, and no nonsense assassin. He has shown on many occasions to be absolutely ruthless, especially when it comes to survival. When pushed to the edge, he is capable of doing the unthinkable. He is a very bloodthirsty killer, as he is willing to leave a trail of bodies if necessary. He however, does not discriminate, or judge others for who they are. He also does not lie, and is simply subjective in telling the truth. He also displays a knack for both dark and crude humour.
Valentino De Fontaine was born in Rome, Italy. All throughout his childhood, he was raised by his mother, who was very truthful, yet selective, about the things she said about his father.
- SIG-Sauer P226
- Glock 17
- Smith & Wesson M&P
- Heckler & Koch HK416
- SIG-Sauer 516 Tactical Patrol
- Knight's Armament SR-25
- Desert Tactical Arms Stealth Recon Scout
- Barrett MRAD
- Accuracy International AWSM-F
- Airtronic RPG-7