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Browbeat is a member of the Wards.

PersonalityEdit

As Browbeat progressed through high school, he craved solitude even while his social circle thwarted this desire. This combined with insomnia and general eventually took him to a psychologist, after studying his family history, came to the tentative conclusion that he might have schizophrenia, yet to manifest.

Anecdotally, his powers are the result of him seeing what would happened if he suddenly jumped into the freezing Bay. Further his early career as solo hero was Browbeat empirically determining the extant of his abilities.

AppearanceEdit

His cape identity is rather baseline, with his powers he is able to achieve a muscular physique that dwarfed many body builders and bordered on the absurd. His costume was a dark blue spandex piece with a diamond print, his full-face mask only left his eyes uncovered and was topped with a crystal on the forehead. His costume did not include body armor.[1]

In his civilian identity Browbeat has been referenced as being moderately handsome.[2]

Abilities and PowersEdit

Browbeat has two powers - short-range telekinesis and biokinesis; his abilities are mutually reinforcing. Further in the face of a Trump that affects one aspect of his powers the other half would generally need a separate counter.

T-KEdit

His telekinesis is a personal force field with some crude control, having a multiplicative effect on his physical strength. While also having a noticeable defensive aspect,[1] given that he was durable enough to survive damage from Leviathan.[3]

B-KEdit

His physical strength is bolstered by his biokinesis, as he makes himself into a physical Adonis. He can patch up his own wounds and harden tissues, accumulate calcium into stone-like plates under his skin. He can use his biokinesis to reshape his features, possibly qualifying him for a Changer rating.[2] He could return to his natural state reflexively, drastically reduces his muscle mass towards the original baseline.[4]

As he gained more familiarity with his powers he could reflexively dampen the damage from burns by creating heat resistant chemicals, neutralize the toxins by isolating it with in the body; increase the insulation and conductivity qualities of his flesh before electricity damage takes hold.

Interestingly for a natural trigger Browbeat goes out of his way to avoid conflict, a trait he shares with his parents. The implications this has regarding his relationship with his shard is an issue not addressed.[2][1]

HistoryEdit

BackgroundEdit

As Browbeat progressed through high school, he became more solitary even as his social circle kept dragging him out of the 'peace and quiet' and back into the 'noise and hubbub'. Eventually, he went to a psychologist and, after studying his family history, came to the tentative conclusion that he might have schizophrenia, yet to manifest.

Sometime later when out with a friends family on their boat Browbeat would walk off the side into the march-temperature water. In doing so, he suffered major physical trauma, nearly died, and ultimately triggered.

The PRT found out about his power after the hospital notified them of his fast recovery time. His family and the PRT discussed several options while they figured out a balance of mental health and powers. Ultimately, they decided he was safe to stay for the Wards for the time being.[2]

Early CareerEdit

Now gifted with strange abilities Browbeat would go out of his way to began testing. He had a short sojourn as a solo hero taking on the likes of Victor & Othala, the Merchants, and even Regent & (to Browbeat's misfortune) Hellhound. With the members of the Undersiders the only ones who gave him trouble, the PRT decided to capitalize on his new reputation and recruit him. Seeing the organization as the best way to gain the training and skills that he would need for the future he accepted.[5]

Story StartEdit

He participated in the fight with The Undersiders at the Bank where he would have a rematch with Hellhound. Grue was able to use his powers to pass as Browbeat to incapacitate Vista.[6] He was disabled by Regent using his taser on him. During the Wards after action meeting at PRT Headquarters Browbeat wanted to know how he could respond better to it afterward.[4]

When the Endbringer came to Brockton Bay Browbeat took part in his cities defense, he was taken out of the fight surviving a physical altercation with Leviathan.[3]

Post-LeviathanEdit

Following the Endbringer attack on Brockton Bay Browbeat put into a transfer to a different city, leaving Brockton Bay.[2]

Post-Slaughterhouse NineEdit

Browbeat returned to Brockton bay to assist in the battle against Echidna[7]. He was not seen to die or be seriously injured in-story, but was later memorialized by Vista in a post on Parahumans Online along with other Brockton Bay heroes who had died or left the city.[8]

Trivia Edit

  • By the start of the story Browbeat has had his powers for less than the three months Taylor has had hers.
  • Had his mental health been considered to be in serious jeopardy, Browbeat may have stayed at the Parahuman Asylum.
  • An early of Worm titled 'Versus Dragon' featured a character named Highbrow that had Browbeats powers if not his personality. Here part of a more offensive team that elects to runaway from bank robbery despite being composed of more heavy hitters.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Agitation 3.8
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Wildbow on Spacebattles
  3. 3.0 3.1 Extermination 8.5
  4. 4.0 4.1 Interlude 3
  5. Wildbow elaborates on Spacebattles
  6. Agitation 3.10
  7. My eyes roved over the fallen, both those that had been rescued and the ones that still lay on the ground, injured or dead. Weld had Kid Win and Scapegoat, and I recognized Browbeat dragging Tecton behind him. He must have joined another team in another city, only to find himself accompanying them in a return trip to Brockton Bay. - Excerpt from Scourge 19.6
  8. ► Vista (Verified Cape) (Wards ENE)
    Replied on July 7th:
    Gallant. Aegis. Battery. Armsmaster. Dauntless. Velocity. Glory Girl. Browbeat. One family member. I can’t say who for obv. reasons.
    Nc plz. - Excerpt from Interlude 19.y
  9. Comment by Wildbow on Prey 14.8

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