David Dunn


Real Name
David Dunn
First Appearance
Unbreakable (2000)
M. Night Shyamalan
Team Affliation
Unbreakable Man
Base of Operations
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Invulnerability, Super Strength, Extra Sensory Perception, Healing Factor, Superior Immune System
Skills and Abilities
Security Training
Tools and Weapons

David Dunn is a superhero and the main character in the film Unbreakable.

David Dunn is played by Bruce Willis.


Early LifeEdit

David Dunn was born in Philadelphia 1960. Little is known about his past except that he almost died drowning in a pool at his school. Since the incident safety precautions around the school's pool area have been more strict and the story became an urban legend between kids for years. As a result of the trauma he endured, Dunn had become phobic of water.

When he reached the age of 20, Dunn pursued a career as an aspiring football player at the Philadelphia University. But what could have become a promising career quickly dies after a near fatal car accident involving his girlfriend and future wife, Audrey. Although no one knew that he was uninjured, he used the opportunity to give up football so that he can together with Audrey, since she hated the sport.

They were married for years and had a son named Joseph. Dunn makes his living as a security guard at the stadium which he used to play at. Little is known why, but David and Audrey's relationship has strained to the point where they sleep in separate bedrooms. At one point of this struggle, Dunn decides to go to New York to apply for a better job.

The AccidentEdit

On a ride back home to Philadelphia, David is a passenger on a train that crashes, killing 131 passengers. Not only is he the sole survivor, but he hasn't broken one bone or have a scratch on him. He reunites with Audrey and Joseph as they wait among other families of victims at the hospital. He later attends a mourning service for the other 131 passengers. After the service Dunn finds a card on the windshield of his car with the words "Limited Edition" engraved on the front. Hand-written in black marker on the inside of the card is the question "How many days have you been sick?". David asks both his employer and Audrey the very same question yet neither can recall him ever being sick. Dunn takes his son Joseph to the Limited Edition comic book art museum, where he meets the man responsible for the card: Elijah Price. Elijah explains that he has a disease known as Osteogenesis Imperfecta type 1; which means his bones are very frail and easily breakable. He tells Dunn that he had theorized that if there was someone like him in the world then there must be someone that is the opposite of him. He goes on to explain he had been paying attention to the city's recent disasters--a plane crash and a hotel fire--waiting to hear a particular combination of words. He tells Dunn that he's finally heard them regarding the train crash--"sole survivor" and "miraculaously unharmed" and that he believes that he has found the man he was looking for. This interests David at first until Price mentions that he believes Dunn to be a modern day superhero, someone that comics based themselves on. This throws Dunn off and he accuses Price of being a scam artist. He then leaves with Joseph to go home. At home, Audrey tells David that she believes it is a miracle that he survived that train and wishes they could start over again, even going as far as asking him out on a date. One day at work, Dunn gets a call that someone is trying to get in the stadium on a bogus ticket. He goes to see the person who reveals himself to be Elijah, who finds it strange that a person that doesn't think he is a superhero, takes a job that requires him to protect people. Dunn gets him a seat at the game and along the way, he gets a vision of a man with a camouflage jacket was carrying a silver gun with a black grip. Although David's vision was accurate (later confirmed by Elijah.) it doesn't help shake his skepticism. David returns home from work to workout with Joseph helping him with the weights. It is there, where they discovered David has limitless strength. Dunn later tries to test Price's theory, when he gets a vision that one of the customers is selling drugs. After searching the man finding nothing, he begins to doubt himself. Dunn then gets a call from Joseph's school, that he got hurt in a fight defending a girl. While in the office the principal remembers Dunn from back when she was a school nurse. She reminds him of the time he almost died in the swimming pool, which answers Elijah's sick question. Back at home Audrey tells David that Elijah has been stalking her telling her his theory. Before he can react, Joseph enters the room with his gun intending to shoot David to prove he is a superhero. David manages to convince him not to, by threatening to leave and go to New York. Dunn confronts Elijah over this and tells him he has been sick from drowning. Before leaving David warns him to stay away from his family. After a date with Audrey he gets a message from Price stating that every hero has a weakness, and David's is water. David later goes to the train yard to see the remains of his train in the accident. He looks and sees a big hole where his window seat used to be. Dunn later remembers the car accident where he was able to rip the door off to save Audrey whilst he was unharmed from it. Dunn later calls Elijah asking for advice. Price tells him to go to where people are and that the rest is up to him..

The Man in the Orange JumpsuitEdit

David goes to the subway station where he reaches out making sure everyone touches him. He sees visions of a woman in red stealing, a man in yellow assaulting an interracial couple, a college student about to commit sexual assault on a passed-out girl, and a janitor in an orange jumpsuit invading a family's house. Dunn follows the man to the house using his rain poncho as a disguise. While sneaking in he notices the father dead at the top of the basement stairs and two children tied up in a bedroom closet. Dunn unties the kids and goes to the master bedroom where he sees the mother tied to a radiator. He looks around the room for the janitor who sneaks up behind him and knocks him out of the window. David lands on the cover over the pool and nearly drowns, but the kids save his life. Dunn later goes back and kills the janitor by strangling him to death. When he unties the mother she slumps to the floor, dead. Dunn wakes the next day not feeling sad anymore.

The HandshakeEdit

The morning after he secretly shows Joseph a newspaper of his night out, advising him never to tell Audrey. Dunn later goes to Limited Edition during their exhibition, where he meets Elijah who congratulates him on his first night. Elijah then shakes his hand, giving David a vision of him being the cause of each of the aforementioned disasters, including the train wreck. There are several plans for explosives and other evidence of terrorism displayed around his room. Elijah explains that he was meant to be the villain in David's story and adopts the name, "Mr. Glass". David immediately alerts the authorities, and Elijah is sent to an institution for the criminally insane.

Duty Calls.... Edit

Fifteen years later, while having breakfast in a small diner, David hears news of the atrocities committed by a Kevin Wendell Crumb, a man with 24 distinct personalities including a nearly superhuman murderer named The Beast. The media dubs Kevin "The Horde" and advises that he is at large. Whether David is already in pursuit of Kevin is unknown, but his reaction to suggests that his duties are far from over.


Dunn is an average looking man with an athletic build and a bald head. He always wears green colored clothing, with the exception of a red hat he wears when he is at work. His costume at night consists of a long green rain poncho with a hood to cover his face and the word "SECURITY" printed on the back in yellow.

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

Due to a dense bone structure and seemingly impenetrable skin David Dunn is invulnerable to any physical harm and exhibits seemingly limitless strength. The limits to these powers is unknown but it is proven he is able to withstand blunt force trauma from both the train and car accident without a broken bone or a scratch. He is capable of great feats of strength, such as lifting an indeterminate amount of weight and ripping a car door open, though he does strain while exerting superhuman force. He might also be invulnerable to bullets but that was never demonstrated. He also has an extra sensory perception which he uses to see what crimes people have committed. It is implied that most of what he sees is in the past, since he couldn't find the stashed drugs; as well as being able to see the disasters caused by Elijah. It is also implied that Dunn may possess above average speed due to his reputation as a football player.


David Dunn is extremely phobic of water from a drowning incident. He views water as his weakness as his dense bone structure makes him too heavy and as a result makes him a poor swimmer. Besides this his powers have no effect over the influence of liquid, making him as capable of drowning as the average human. That said, he's perfectly capable of drinking and bathing.

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