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Francis Krouse was the leader of the Travelers.

PersonalityEdit

Even his own teammates hated him, he allegedly does this intentionally to unite his team. If it unites them in hate of him so be it.[1]

He was a smoker.[2][3]

Appearance & EquipmentEdit

Francis has light brown skin, long dark hair, and a hook nose. He has an intense, piercing gaze.[4][5]

As Trickster, he wears a black costume with a red mask and a top hat. His mask had a mouth-hole that he would sometimes use to smoke.[6] His jacket had a pocket he kept cigarettes in[7] and a cellphone capable of recording video.[8]

Abilities and PowersEdit

Francis' power is to switch at will the places of two objects of similar mass, including himself.[9]

Trickster’s powers are sight dependent, requiring him to have both of his targets in view at once.[2] His speed/ease of being able to swap is dependent on distance (although not as much as one might suspect) and difference in mass – too much of one or the other and it’s not doable in any reasonable amount of time.[10][9] He needs to even out any differences in mass by sucking in surrounding air, which takes time.[11]

HistoryEdit

BackgroundEdit

Krouse was a competitive gamer from Earth Aleph. After being transferred to Madison Wisconsin on Earth Bet. There he would gain his power from a Cauldron vial, like all the Travelers.[11]

Story StartEdit

He and his team began working for Coil in exchange for a promise to help Noelle.

He attended a meeting of the super villains in Brockton Bay to discuss how to deal with the ABB.

Post-LeviathanEdit

He would begin gaining territory under Coil's direction.

Post-Slaughterhouse NineEdit

When Coil died, he joined Echidna, them against the world.

Post-EchidnaEdit

He wound up in the Birdcage.

There he told the residents of the impending end of the world. [12]

Golden MorningEdit

Krouse was seen as one of Teacher's students.[13]

He was killed by Zion while controlled by Khepri, erased alongside a number of capes including Othala and Ash Beast.[14]

Fanart Gallery Edit

== References ==
  1. “It’s how he operates. I’m not saying this is usual, or that this wasn’t an extreme case, but… it’s always how he dealt with things, big or small. The worse things get, the more stubborn and cocky he gets in going up against them. It worked when we were just messing around together, just playing around. But we were never suited to be… I dunno, a family?” - Colony 15.10
  2. 2.0 2.1 Migration 17.7
  3. Migration 17.8
  4. Trickster unmasked as well. He definitely didn’t remind me of one of the jocks. His hair was longer than many girls wore theirs, he had light brown skin and an unfortunate hook nose. Combined with his intense stare, he gave me the impression of a hawk or some other bird of prey. - Excerpt from Plague 12.3
  5. Trickster stood in the doorway, unmasked.  His skin tone was darker in a way that left his ethnicity ambiguous, to the point where the boy could have been a darker skinned Caucasian, biracial, Middle Eastern or Eastern Indian.  His dark hair was long, hanging to his shoulders, and a hook nose coupled with a widow's peak gave him something of a severe appearance.  His eyes, normally sharp, were bleary with sleep. - 8x (Interlude; Coil)
  6. The Travelers were outside the pub now, but they were taking their time leaving. Trickster was smoking a cigarette through the mouth-hole of his mask. - Hive 5.2
  7. All eyes turned to Trickster.  He didn't hurry to reply.  He reached into the fold of his jacket, found a pack of cigarettes, tapped one out, placed it inside the mouth-slit of his mask and lit up.  He placed one hand on his hat to keep it in place as he rolled down the window to blow the smoke outside. - Tangle 6.8
  8. There were capes at the far end of the hallway, staring at the scene, kept out of the main triage area by a set of PRT officers.  Trickster leaned against a wall with a cell phone raised, recording video. - Extermination 8.7
  9. 9.0 9.1 "And Trickster, their leader, is a teleporter.  Not just himself.  He can make anything he can see teleport.  Except there's a special rule to his power, a restriction.  He has to swap the places of two things with roughly equivalent mass.  The bigger the difference in mass, the slower the swap and shorter his range." - Tangle 6.1
  10. Trickster’s powers are sight dependent, and his speed/ease of being able to swap is dependent on distance (not as much as one might suspect) and difference in mass – too much of one or the other and it’s not doable in any reasonable amount of time. The problem here is both awareness (he doesn’t necessarily know what’s happening) and sight: He can’t see Noelle (who is at Coil’s base with Oliver & Genesis) or the Slaughterhouse Nine (who are upstairs, while he’s downstairs talking with Noelle via. webcam). - Comment by Wildbow on Plague 12.3
  11. 11.0 11.1 Migration 17.6
  12. No, packbat’s right. My answer was originally that Amy got the info from the Undersiders, but I was in the middle of getting ready to watch Game of Thrones when I said it – a mental slip.

    Apologies to those who went looking. I meant to say the Travelers; Trickster specifically. - comment by wildbow
  13. Interlude 22.y
  14. Speck 30.5

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