Spyke (Evan Daniels) is a character who was briefly a member of the X-Men in the animated series X-Men: Evolution. Created by writer Bob Skir and artist Steven E. Gordon, he first appeared in "Speed And The Spyke", episode #5 (December 9, 2000), where he was voiced by Neil Denis.
Spyke is an African American high-school freshman with the mutant ability to project spikes out of his body.
The character was originally created as a way to diversify the show's X-Men roster. It was important to the show's creators, the WB network (who ran the show) and Marvel Comics to have an African American in the show. According to the show's producer Boyd Kirkland, turning Bishop (the first Black male X-Man) into a teenager would not have worked. Initially, Spyke was intended to be the team's muscle and looked closer to how he looked in season four, but Marvel decided they didn't like the "monster" angle and he was given a much more normal look . He was originally intended to be called Armadillo and have cornrow . He has similar powers to Marrow, a pre-existing character, though Kirkland says this was not intentional.
Evan Daniels was born in New York, New York to an unnamed father and Vivian Daniels. His mutant powers are first noticed at his high school basketball game by his Aunt Ororo (aka Storm a longtime member of the X-Men), and his teammate Pietro. The next night Storm, along with Cyclops and Jean Grey, approached Evan's parents about his mutant powers and attending Xavier's School. Evan angrily declines on his own behalf and leaves.
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