Grifter is a comic-book character created by Jim Lee and Brandon Choi. He first appeared in Wild CATS, back when it was still being published by WildStorm, then had a succession of solo series, the most recent of which saw him officially join the DC Comics universe during New 52.
In the original Wildstorm continuity, Cole Cash was a former soldier in US Special Forces who later joined Team 7, a notorious black ops unit, fighting alongside such luminaries as Deathblow and Backlash. Later, he joined the WildC.A.T.s, alongside ex-girlfriend Zealot.
In the New 52 continuity, Cole Cash is a former soldier who deserted and became a con artist before a run-in with the Daemonites makes him aware of their attempts to infiltrate the world. After slaughtering several Daemonites disguised as humans, he becomes a wanted man and has to go on the run.
Another version of Grifter appears in The Wild Storm, as a member of Jacob Marlowe's wild Covert Attack Team alongside new versions of Void, Spartan, and Savant. Different from other versions, here Cole Cash appeas as a normal human instead of having a mutation that gave him superpowers as in other versions.
In any continuity, Grifter is a man who is good with guns and hard to kill.
The character as well his series contain examples of:
- Adaptational Dye Job: In The Wild Storm reboot, Grifter now is redhead instead blonde as most of his appearances.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Of Gambit, being the Lovable Rogue of the group and also having a Badass Longcoat.
- Badass Longcoat: His green longcoat is one of the iconic clothes he has during his story, mostly in WildStorm era.
- Badass Normal: He's one in The Wild Storm, having no powers but his marksman skills untouched (or at least until now).
- Cold Sniper: During Team 7 and in various missions of the WildCATS, Grifter takes this place in the team.
- Cool Mask: His famous red mask with white eyes and black marks over them... made with a piece of fabric.
- Crossover: Being the famous character he was in WildStorm, Grifter received various crossovers not just in Wild Storm itself (like his team-up with Midnighter:
- With the Wild CATS: he made team with the X-Men, Spawn and the Justice League of America, and fought against the Aliens and... the Justice League again.
- Alone as Grifter: he made team-up with Shi, Badrock, The Mask and in DC Comics he was part of The Resistance in Flashpoint and fought against Green Arrow in his New 52 solo series.
- Driven to Suicide: In the Wildstorm continuity, Grifter was exposed to an experimental drug called Gen Factor, which activated latent psionic abilities, but often drove those exposed to it insane, often to the point of suicide.
- Enemy Mine:
- The Coda, the evil Matriarchy and known enemy of the WildCATS, took care of Grifter curing his insanity after the experiments during Team 7 and even trained him to combat hand-to-hand.
- In the volume 1, Grifter quitted the team for first time to ally Hightower, a Daemonite who had killed Grifter's friend Lonely.
- Fights Like a Normal: Despite of having psionic powers, Grifter usually depends of his own marksman skills and his training with the Coda to fight against Daemonites and other enemies and menaces, using his powers only in extreme cases.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Grifter once had both of his legs shattered. Thankfully for him, his healing factor meant that he eventually regained the use of his legs.
- The Most Wanted: The first arc of New 52 version is about Cole Cash becoming the World's Most Wanted, this because his recent connections with the Daemonites that can hear and see them in their true forms, making crash a plane full of Daemonites disguised as humans ready for an invasion. This was televised, showing him as a terrorist that killed everyone on the plane, being wanted by the cops, the army and even some heroes.
- Psychic Powers: The experiment he was (un)part of gives him psionic powers, being one of the most powerful characters of WildStorm universe. However, he can lost control of it and can going to be Driven to Suicide, so he prefer not to use it (unless in extreme cases) and going to Fight Like a Normal.
- The origin of his powers: in WildStorm (Team 7) he was part of a false mission in which all his team became guinea pigs for an experiment to create metahumans basing on radiation (called as the "Gen Factor"). This was changed with his reboot in New 52 with the Daemonites abduction got them as a side effect, discovered in the last numbers of his solo series.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Exposure to Gen Factor can give you psionic powers, but it might also make you insane.
- Wolverine Publicity: This is seen often in the first incarnation of WildStorm in which Grifter was one of the most known characters of this brand and was put into every issue they could do.