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Babaeng Lawin
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Species

Cybernetic Woman

Home World

Earth

Age

Approximately 82 years old (physically 19-26 years old)

Powers

Flight
Super Speed (formerly)
Enhanced Strength
Shoot razor sharp projectile feathers
Create gusts of wind

Abilities

Manifest Cybernetic Metal Wings
Hawk Scream

Equipment

Cybernetic Metal Wings
Razor Sharp Projectile Feathers

Relatives

Father Mateo (brother)

Friends

Babaeng Impakta (formerly)
Babaeng Tuod
Babaeng Linta

Enemeis

Darna (TV3)
Flora Carnivora
Shiro Del Sol
Madam Alee

Status

Deceased

Armida is played by Ehra Madrigal

Armida (1927-2009) is known as the Hawk Woman (Babaeng Lawin in Filipino). She was one of Darna's original enemies from the 1940's. Eventually the original Darna defeats her along with three other villains.

Return of the Villains[]

However a storm reveals the four encased in hail-blocks. Upon their discovery, Dr. Morgan quickly acquires them. Because of his tweaking the casings, the four manage to escape and wreak havoc around the town of San Miguel. The villainesses demand to see Darna but instead are faced by the Keeper of the Stone (the original Darna) who promises to give them the stone, if they leave the town alone. The Keeper keeps her promise but only gives little of the power to the four villainesses before a darkness consumes them, leaving Darna's extraordinary speed in the Hawk Woman's keeping.

First Reactivation[]

She later awoke to find herself trapped once again and suspended in the stratosphere. She then broke herself free of the crystalline prison. She proceeded to attempt to locate her brother. She demonstrated her strength after she was fancied by two drunken men in the street. She quickly grabbed one of them then fly very high them drops the man to his death. Discovering that Darna still exists in the modern times, she taunts her with her speed, catching the villain Shiro and dangling him in front of Darna, but eventually saving him. But Darna manages to get the better of her and rips the wings of her back. The forced extraction renders her unconscious but because of Madame Amie's intervention to buy Shiro time, Shiro escapes, taking the unconscious bird-woman.

The Keeper of the Stone reveals that Darna must kill Armida, not simply defeat her, to gain back the power she had lost.

Vengence of the Cyborg[]

Upon awaking, Armida's first thought at the loss of her wings is that she can now be a normal human being. However she quickly realizes that to be human is to be weak. Shiro takes in Armida and shows kindness to her. Shiro kidnapped Ding to force Darna to return the wings. After Darna saved Ding, Dr. Morgan, a grandson of Armida's creator Dr. Montgomery, has a plan, to rebuild her wings on her. She overhears Shiro and Liberty discussing Shiro's attachment to her, where he reveals to Liberty that he is only feigning kindness to lull her into thinking she has found allies in his gang. She allows Dr. Morgan to make the repairs and upgrades. However, she turns on the gang. Dr. Morgan manages to recapture her. He installs a collar on her that can cause severe pain if she does not comply. Shiro trains with her by using the collar to force her into submission. However, she learns to get past the pain.

She goes back to find her brother Father Mateo and discovers that Ms. Perfecta is actually her ex-boyfriend's wife. She captures them both and drops them at the same time from the air, in full view of Darna. Mateo manages to hang on, but Perfecta falls. Darna saves Perfecta and manages to pry Mateo away from Armida. In the ensuing battle, Armida attempts to use her feather knives on Darna but she Darna catches one and impales Armida with it. She (apparently) falls to her death and sinks to the bottom of the ocean. However, the Keeper of the Stone reveals to Darna that she has not killed Armida, and thus she still serves as the vessel for Darna's power of speed. Her 'death' causes Mateo to start a town-wide campaign against Darna's apparent will to take justice into her own hands and requested that Darna's statue at the plaza to be removed.

The Reactivation of Babaeng Lawin[]

Later her body is discovered by a fisherman, Apollo tells Dr. Morgan of the news and reactivates her like a computer from his lab. Armida wakes up and soon flies off remembering everything that has happened to her and changes her plans and decides to target Darna first so no one can interfere with her revenge ever again. While she is thinking of a plan, a vine grabs on to her boot and she flies up to see what has grab her and it turns out to be one of Babaeng Tuod's minons Flora Carnivora. Carnivora apologizes for mistaking Armida for food and she questions what Carnivora is and he states that he is a creation of Babaeng Tuod. Armida soon realizes that one of her old allies has been set freed like her and asked Carinovra where she is. Unfortunatly Carinovra doesn't know and explains that Darna flew off with Babaeng Tuod. Armida then asked how he managed to surive and he tells her that he faked his death and decided to copy Venoma's colors after she got stabbed by Darna. Armida then accompanies Flora Carnivora into looking for Lucifera but gets impatient and flies off after no trace of her has been found.

Armida later went and payed a visit to her brother Father Mateo and was disgusted to hear that he took care and raise Gabriel and was angered that he could love and care for someone who isn't related to them while herself his own sister was abused and mistreated. Father Mateo begs Armida not to kill Gabriel but says she will make him suffer first before she ends his life and flies away with Gabriel as a hostage. He asked Armida to finish him off if that's what she plans and she happily grants his wish by dropping. She then creates a tornado around him and mocks him for being weak. Gabriel survives the event but Armida plans to end her game but couldn't because to Gabriel threw dirt in her face. She goes after him only to be stopped by Flora Carnivora who tries to put Armida under his control but Armida flaps her cybernetic wings and blows the dust back to Carnivora and punches him for getting in the way. Armida later catches up to Gaberiel but is interrupted again this time by Darna who was informed by Father Mateo at the hospital. The two fight, while Gabriel escapes. Armida fires a barrage of her razor sharp feathers only to discover that Darna is unaffected. She tries to punch her but Darna avoided the attack. Armida tries to shoot her razor sharp feathers again but still Darna is unaffected. Armida asks ifDarna gained the power of Invincibility back from Lucifera and Darna sid YES. Darna also stated that she will get the power of Super Speed back from Armida. Darna tries to catch Armida but she was still too fast. Armida decides to retreat as Darna follows her. But it was no good as Armida still had the power of Extreme Speed, and manages to escape Darna again.

Babaeng Lawin and Babaeng Tuod Work as A Team Again[]

Armida later appears again to Flora Carnivora after Carnivora tells Armida that he has found Lucifera. They go to were Babaeng Tuod was impression and Armida gets her out by creating a tornado to left Lucifera's body up. Carnivora however notices that Lucifera is not moving and said he was worried this might happen, Armida angered for having her time wasted says that he can stay with his dead master but Carnivora says he has a plan just in case this would happen. Carnivora tells Armida to dump Luceifera's body into the ocean were she will revive and turn into a giant again. Armida seems skeptical at first but does as Carnivora says. A few moments past and nothing has happened yet and Carnivora pleads to Armida to get Luceifera's body out of the water however Armida states that water is her weakness and can't do anything about it. As she flies off she hears thunderous steps and turns around and sees Lucifera coming out of the water. Armida later asks her who Narda is after she hears Luceifera say the name and she tells her that Narda is the secret identity of Darna! Armida then says they should attack her now that they know this but Luceifera says that Darna will be more hard to take down know that she has the power of Invincibility again, Carnivora also joins in the conversation and tells the two that Narda wears the stone as a necklace for safe keeping and that when he tried to take the stone from Narda while she is asleep the stone glowed and heated up causing Carnivora to let go. Lucifera comes up with a plan to let Narda drop her guard.

Armida later returns to the church of San Martin and begs everyone in the church including her brother for forgiveness. Mateo accepts her apology and Armida tells everyone that she is going away so she can let go of her anger and revenge but before she leaves Mateo asked his sister if she forgives him and turns and nods then flies away. Armida later returns to Lucifera and tells her that their plan is working and everyone has bought her act even though she was about to attack her brother. Luceifera says that all they have to do is wait and spy on Narda and later learns that she is about to be married. The two decide to attack on this day to make Narda's special day her last...

Babaeng Lawin Babaeng Tuod go after Narda and Eduardo[]

While Lucifera and Carnivora go after Eduardo, Armida goes to the church and takes Narda away in front of her guest and her brother and mockingly states that they were idiots for trusting her that she changed. She takes Narda away but Ding grabs on to her leg and is taken away as well. At the forest Lucifera forces Narda to give the stone them Narda gives the stone but Ding stops Lucifera and he says that they want the stone together but why Lucifera shares the stone to her Lucifera doesn't agree she orders Armida to kill them but Ding answered if Lucifera is honest why don't she mind to give the stone to her. Armida answered "give me the stone Lucifera" Lucifera respond that don't listen to them and she says that just trust me Armida replayed that she will only trust her if she give the stone to her Lucifera gives the stone, but Ding stop them again he says that don't give the stone to her because he thinks that Armida might take it and run away and he says to Lucifera that she still has the speed Lucifera will get exhausted if she case her. Due to Armida's envy she tries to get the stone from Lucifera but as same Lucifera protects the stone due to her envy to Darna's power the lately they fight to each other for the stone Armida almost got the stone but Lucifera kicks her hand and the stone is out in her hand due to her anger of Lucifera doing it she almost got Lucifera tired she saw that Ding got the stone Ding says to Narda to open her mouth she shoots the stone straight to Narda's mouth and quickly swallows it Ding realizes that its a basketball game and screams Ding 3 points! Lucifera was really exhausted and Armida saw Narda swallows the stone and scream Darna!. Ding was really happy but due to Ding fooling her she shoots feathers at Ding that caused him to get really wounded. When Lucifera stands she ask Lucifera to flee but Lucifera warn her that she don't need to get separated in ground but she flies carrying Lucifera. Darna carries Ding to the hospital and she avenges Armida and Lucifera will pay for what they have done to him.

Babaeng Lawin's Death[]

Darna latelr saves Eduardo as Armida shoots razor blades at them. She wants to take Darna somewhere. They meet at an almost abandoned log factory and Darna saw that the orphans and Aleli were tied up and a little bit close at a cutter. It turns out Armida used them as an ace to Darna. While Darna was still busy fighting Lucifera, Armida made an assult to Hospicio. Darna requests to release them but Armida will only do it if she gave her the White Stone. When Darna refused, she activates the sawing machines and the children and Aleli is slowly being drawn to the blades.

Darna moves to save them but she was stopped by Armida and she demands Darna to watch them die.

Darna threw Armida near the sawing machine as the two women fights. Armida attempted to cut Darna's arms to the saws but Darna breaks free from her grapple. Armida then tries to punch Darna, but the latter grabs her arm and got it close enough to the saw blades. Armida screamed in pain as her left arm was cut off by the saw blades, this weakens and incapacitates her. Darna eventually throw her out of the Saw Mill presumably dying on a fall. Darna stands victorously as Armida's death brought her Superhuman Speed back to the former. Darna tested it by saving the orphans and Aleli who were just seconds away of being killed by the saw blades.

Eventually, when Dr. Morgan was angry when he found out that Armida is dead, the latter ordered Apollo to recover her body. After her corpse was discovered, an earthquake happens and her corpse sunk down into the ground. Father Mateo knew about the incident and was disappointed that he didn't recover her sister's corpse to see her for the last time.

In the 1940's[]

In her past as Armida, she was once a performer in circus along with a young Mateo, her brother. She fell in love with Ramil and she wanted to marry him but her brother Mateo didn't her want to. On one of the siblings' performances, Mateo accidentally dropped her. She lived without functioning legs for a while, with her boyfriend leaving her. Mateo made her a cart to move around with. However, she uses it to run away from home. Out on the street, she discovered how people can be cruel to a handicapped person such as her. Finally she met Dr. Montgomery who offered to restore her legs. After the operation she was horrified to discover he had altered her drastically, even adding cybernetic wings with the gossamer, super tough Element X. She then decided to use her powers to take revenge. She killed Dr. Montgomery as one of her first few acts of revenge. She also killed her former boyfriend, Ramil, who was newlywed with Perfecta in sight of many including Perfecta herself.

Abilities[]

  • Cybernectic Metal Wings - Armida has the ability to manifest cybernetic metal wings from her back, which allow her the power of flight and the proportionate strength of a hawk. She also has a hawk scream that overlays her human voice. In her later appearances though (her own arc) the voice was not featured. Armida can also create gusts of wind with her wings as shown when she blew back Flora Carnivora's hypnotic pollen.
  • Superhuman Strength - Being Dr. Montgomery's creation, she was the first human to survive after being injected with Element X. This restored her legs and grants her Strength making her capable of lifting two victims without losing her speed.
  • Superhuman Speed - After drain a portion of power from Darna's White Stone, she got Darna's Superhuman Speed. She however took interest in this ability and wasted it on trumping Darna and taunting her with it. However she usually uses this ability to create tornados either by spinning her body or incorparating it with her wings.
  • Razor Feather Upgrade - Dr. Morgan's wing upgrade gives Armida the ability to shoot Razor Sharp projectile feathers that were as size as a hand knife. She however tries to use it often because she is still honing her skill of using it. It can seriously injure or kill its victim in a single feather.

Weakness[]

As shown in her first battle with Darna, Armida however cannot sometimes control her speed. Though getting an upgrade by Dr. Morgan, she was inexperienced in hitting her targets, making her one of the least powered of the villains. She also confess to Flora Carnivora that she is afraid of water or hydrophobic due to the fact that she is a cyborg.

Difference from the Comicbooks[]

  • In the comics, Armida doesn't wear a futuristic bodysuit, she was actually wearing a green night gown.
  • In the original Comics series, She has 2 pet hawks that she considered her parents (after she was taken away from her birth parents).
  • She didn't have a brother in the original comics. Her brother on the TV series was written for the show.
  • She was raised and trained upon by Dr. Eric Sternberg in the original Mars Ravelo story and not by Doctor Montgomery who only appeared in the 2009 TV series.
  • Her wings are detachable.
  • She attacks in obscurity.
  • Her birth parents were actually alive and originally named her Blanca before she was taken away by two Hawks.
  • She was actually born with superhuman strength and agility. Her artificial wings were only gadgets created by Dr. Eric Sternberg.
  • Her real name is Blanca she got her name Armida by Dr. Eric Sternberg. 
  • She have the highest body count of victims of all Darna Villains as she burned villages and caused a zombie outbreak. 

Trivia[]

  • Ehra Madrigal is the 4th actress to play the role of Hawk Woman/Babaeng Lawin.
  • For the 1st time the Hawk Woman (Babaeng Lawin) was modernized for her TV incarnation. She always had feather wings in her past incarnations and now possesses cybernetic razor wings.
  • Armida, the Hawk-Woman's original comicbook counterpart was also named "Armida".
  • Armida's way to kill when her wings don't shoot razor sharp feathers is flying her victims and dropping them to their death.
  • Unlike the 3 other villains, Armida was actually born normal with cybernetic gadgets as her powers. 
  • Unlike the 3 other villains, Armida never talk in english.