His foster father is Kade Ryans, the mob boss of Perth. Cable is given the opportunity to prove himself by killing the Guardian. He wants to kill him slowly and painfully, but Kade wants it quick and easy so there isn’t a risk of his escape. (Think Doctor Evil and Scott, except reversed. Also, the methods of death aren’t as zany. No frickin’ sharks with frickin’ laserbeams attached to their frickin’ heads. More like drowning, electrocution and burying alive.) Both Kade and Cable want to humiliate him and expose his identity before killing him, as revenge for foiling so many of their plans.
mid-14c., carecter , "symbol marked or branded on the body;" mid-15c., "symbol or drawing used in sorcery," from Old French caratere "feature, character" (13c., Modern French caractère ), from Latin character , from Greek kharakter "engraved mark," also "symbol or imprint on the soul," also "instrument for marking," from kharassein "to engrave," from kharax "pointed stake," from PIE root *gher- "to scrape, scratch." Meaning extended in ancient times by metaphor to "a defining quality." You remember Eponina, who kept her husband alive in an underground cavern so devotedly and heroically? The force of character she showed in keeping up his spirits would have been used to hide a lover from her husband if they had been living quietly in Rome. Strong characters need strong nourishment. [Stendhal "de l'Amour," 1822] Meaning "sum of qualities that define a person" is from 1640s. Sense of "person in a play or novel" is first attested 1660s, in reference to the "defining qualities" he or she is given by the author. Meaning "a person" in the abstract is from 1749; especially "eccentric person" (1773). Colloquial sense of "chap, fellow" is from 1931. The Latin ch- spelling was restored from 1500s. Character actor attested from 1861; character assassination from 1888; character-building (n.) from 1886.