THE TEEN GUARD:
The Teen Guard are the heroes that took up the "middle period" between the Legion of Liberty and the Legion of Light. Trained by the second Black Fox and the mysterious Palladia, they were a band of teenage super-heroes, many from across the stars, who formed a "club" of sorts on 1960s Earth. Rebellious and prone to impulsive decisions, they were decried by "The Man", worried about by parents, and idolized by many teenagers. As "Youth Movements" are common on just about any world, the teens found a great number of sympathetic members. They were typified by odd names and singular, strange abilities.
The first three members were Hypno-Girl, Hazard Boy and Olympus Kid. Eager to form a crime-fighting trio, they were discovered by the second Black Fox (the son of the first), who put them into contact with the Olympian-themed Palladia, hoping to train and watch over the kids. Though the trio were often quite rebellious and prone to doing whatever they wanted, they respected their teachers enough to listen at least some of the time.
New members arrived almost weekly after a point, soon amassing an enormous roster. Kid Titan quickly joined the team, allying with Olympus Kid. The descendents of Titans and Olympians, respectively, the two boys were friends, but competed with each other in contests of strength, as well as for the heart of their green-skinned teammate. Earthlings like Judo Girl arrived, as well as aliens like Medi-Girl, Centaur Girl, Fire Boy/Water Lily, and more. Though they were controversial (most were near-permanent outsiders), they saved the galaxy numerous times, and suffered a casualty rate much higher than heroes before or since- it's thought that their numbers, combined with the relative "newness" of super-heroics, left them more vulnerable. "Superhero Training Schools" were thus not used for many years.
Jab's Notes: This team is clearly based off of the Legion of Super-Heroes, and most of the team members have pretty minor, or non-existant bios. I intended for a massive team, comprised of "kids we never see", but I never got around to building most of them, nor completing full bios. Largely because I didn't quite want it "set in stone" who lived and who died.
I kind of put the kids into an odd role- taking up the same general timeline as comics' Legion, with a similar concept ("Superhero Club", basically), but putting them in the past instead of the future, which changes the dynamic quite a bit. This lets them get involved with the massive cultural changes of the 1960s, reveal the existence of aliens to human civilization, and more. It also fills in that "middle period" between superhero squads.
No builds for this crew; they're pretty much just a "ball of ideas" at this point, and I usually never posted a team until they were ALL finished, along with visual descriptions. Part of why I never posted them, despite having written most of this more than two years ago. Let me know if any of them strike your fancy, and I might build members of the group periodically. Or at least flesh out all the people without real names or bios (all the "xxxxxxxxxx" stuff).
PALLADIA (Pallas Athena of Earth)- After the Golden Age, Athena was de-powered greatly after a battle with her half-brother, Ares. As a result, she took on a new identity, and when a new Heroic Age presented itself, she began training the new generation. This incarnation uses unique weapons, including the Lightning Rod, a weaker variant of her father Zeus' Thunderbolt Staff, though the Aegis was still hers to use. With much weaker powers, she nonetheless was among the most capable team members, often protecting the others with the Aegis Force Field in combat, and dealing tremendous damage with the Lightning Rod.
Powers: Class 10 Superhuman, Leaping, Immortality, "Lightning Rod" (Electrical Blast), "Aegis Shield" (Invincible Force Field Dome)
THE BLACK FOX II (Richard "Dick" Clamency Junior of Earth)- The son of the Golden Age elite detective The Black Fox, Dick Jr. took up his father's mask at a young age. Hero-worshipping his father, Dick even became a PI at a young age, and aided the police department whenever he could. As a young adult, he teamed up with Palladia, his father's old teammate, to form the guard among the young teenagers developing powers in the Second Heroic Age. Despite his lack of powers, he was an able 'father figure' to the barely-younger kids, using modern martial arts and gadgetry to back up his natural intelligence, becoming one of the most effective team members.
Powers: Peak Human physical abilities, detective & crimefighting skills, gadgets, Grappling Snare-Wire
HYPNO-GIRL (Kayla Bargle of Mirradon)- Kayla Bargle, a green-skinned telepathic alien teenager, crash-landed on Earth after an assassin who killed her parents chased her to Earth's atmosphere. Teaming up with the other founders, she was offered membership in their club, with no other way home. Though she was contacted by her people later, she found she could not leave her new teammates and loves, and so stuck with the team, leaving for 'vacations' periodically. A powerful mentalist, Hypno-Girl could psionically take over people's minds upon making eye contact, commanding them mentally from then on. Initially controlling only one victim at a time, she later developed further strength, controlling additional subjects until entire groups could be controlled at once. She could also fire Menta-Bolts of "psionic energy" as a mind-blast, communicate Telepathically with her teammates, or read the minds of others, sometimes by force. Proximity and eye contact helped all of these powers.
Powers: Telepathy, Mind-Reading, Mind Control (eye contact), "Menta-Bolts" (Mental Blast)
OLYMPUS KID (Xenos Pallatopoulis of Earth)- Olympus Kid was another Founding member. His heritage a mystery, Xenos ("stranger") was raised by human parents after being abandonded by one or more Greek Gods. His early childhood was spent being obsessed about his parentage, as he exhibited massive Super-Strength and the healing properties of his forebears. Joining the guard, he cherished his friends, and they frequently helped him against Greek-themed threats. Falling for Kayla, aka Hypno-Girl, he frequently competed with Kid Titan for both her affections, and the sibling rivalry of Olympians (vs) Titans, mythologically-speaking. He had a recurring crush on the older Palladia for a long time, however, throwing a frequent kink into his plans to woo Kayla. Over the months and years, he started developing new powers that made some realize his lineage: invisibility, shadow-control, and an immunity to Hellfire. A few years in, they discovered his parents... Hades and Persephone, the King & Queen of the Dead! Xenos was horrified at the revelation, and it was revealed that his mother abandoned him when she disappeared from her husband's realm. His anger at Persephone was great, but came to forgive her, and even his father Hades, when the latter ravaged a portion of the Earth (and took over Xenos' mind and made him like himself) looking for his lost wife. He orchestrated the reunion of his parents, who agreed to 'start over' with a normal marriage for once.
Powers: Class 70 Superhuman, Leaping, Immortality, Shadow/Darkness Control, Invisibility, Immunity & Control of Hellfire, Darkvision
HAZARD BOY (Kirk Planter of Earth)- Kirk Planter was one of the Original Three teenage recruits. Gaining his radioactive powers after a chemical accident at his father's plant (set up by a rival attempting to kill his father for the rights to an invention), Hazard Boy came to be the first teen leader of the team, with even Palladia & Black Fox conferring decisions with him as an equal over time. Serious-minded, un-romantic and noble, Kirk was nonetheless the target of many crushes during his day, ignorant to most of them. His Radiation powers made him one of the most powerful Guardians, especially once he learned the myriad uses for it (he could tire people by causing invisible radiation sickness, fire devastating bursts in varying shapes and forms, create radioactive 'objects' out of energy, heat things from the inside-out, cover his body with energy, create force fields, and nearly any other tactic of energy-using heroes). His example is still one of the primary sources metahumans of all types look to when they consider how to use their powers.
Powers: Radiation Blasts, Auras & Invisible "Tiring" Beams
FIRE BOY & WATER LILY (xxxxxx of Hydropyre)- xxxxxxxxxxxxxx is an alien from a race where everyone possesses the ability to split into two individuals, one of each gender, each possessing the power of Pyrokinesis (males) and Hydrokinesis (females), even creating the elements from thin air. Adrogenes in base form, xxxxxxx was nonetheless accepted into the guard's ranks. Complications arose when Fire Boy fell in love with fellow member Gravity Girl, and Water Lily with Reaction Boy, because Hydropyreans have an extremely complicated system of relationships and marriage (males mate with females, but frequently go back to androgene forms, forming massive family units).
Powers: Splits into two separate beings; Fire Boy- Pyrokinesis, Flight; Water Lily- Hydrokinesis, Jet-assisted Flight
JUDO GIRL (Kasumi Kim of Earth)- Kasumi Kim is a rare "half-breed" in 1960s Japanese society; the daughter of a Japanese career woman and a Korean diplomat. This made her an outcast in a time of great racism and inner hatred between the two cultures, and she reacted accordingly. Initially bratty and spoiled by fairly well-off parents, reacting violently to others' insults, she developed greater control through the martial arts, introduced by her maternal grandfather. The guard discovered her when she was fighting her beloved grandfather's murderers, Yakuza hitmen who carried a grudge from years earlier when he stopped them from a massive job. Saving her, the guard offered her membership, which she accepted on a whim. Her constant rage issues and combative nature were a problem for years, but she eventually mellowed. Having no powers made her a 'weak link' of sorts, except for occasions when something other than firepower was needed- she excelled in stealth missions and situations where their powers were nullified or useless.
Powers: Martial Artist of high order, can smash beams and doors down with ease.
MASSIVE LAD (Riggle Pardour of Bulkkor)- Massive Lad is a mid-run member of the team. Despite a humorous appearance and power-set (he grew super-fat, gaining Super-Strength & Invulnerability along the way), the rest of the team liked him well enough, and he even saved the day a few times. Even so, he eventually fell by the wayside, and became a Reserve member of his team, called back to his homeworld for various duties, though he remained happy.
Powers: Rapid-Mass Growth, becoming Class 30 Superhuman with hyper-durability
HURRICANE KID (xxxxxx)- A teenager with the ability to create massive hurricanes and tornados at will, in addition to controlling weather patterns with some level of distraction. He was in love with Medi-Girl for years, but eventually stood aside while she began a regular relationship with Quake-Boy.
Powers: Weather Control, focusing on Wind Powers
SPACE NINJA (xxxxxxxxx)- A black alien from a far-off world, Space Ninja is an elite martial artist who also possesses a Flight Belt and a knack for competitive dancing.
Powers: Martial Artist of high order, "Flight Belt"
KID TITAN (Patrellus of Earth)- The son of the super-powered Titans Iapetos & Clymene (and brother of mighty Atlas), born after their freedom from Tartarus in recent history, Kid Titan grew up believing in the stories of his race's triumphs, and their eventual fall against the Greek Olympian Gods in the Titanomachy. Though not evil, his sense of superiority made him no friends at first, especially with Olympus Kid. Fighting with Xenos over their respective ancestors, as well as the heart of Hypno-Girl, their teammate, Kid Titan was still spectacularly powerful, growing to massive size and being the strongest member of the entire team, instrumental to many battles. When he finally lost Hypno-Girl's heart to Xenos, he moved on after a period of bitterness, finding love with Crystal Girl.
Powers: Growth (60 foot maximum, over Class 100 at peak size), Immortality
COPYCAT KID (Por Reflax of Parador)- Copycat Kid comes from a race that all possess the ability to 'copycat', or absorb, the properties of any object they touch. Turning super-strong and durable by touching steel, or fluid like water, or malleable like clay. Among the most powerful of his race, he was sent to Earth to partake in the new super-hero team, so that he may serve his own people better. Initially cranky and believing himself more important than his teammates (along with a healthy bit of xenophobia), he quickly had his live saved by them several times, and grew humbled. Eventually, he became among the most selfless and peaceful of his teammates. His love for a common Earth girl led to a stable family life, and his granddaughter Sophie has inherited his powers in near-full amounts.
Powers: Absorbs the properties of material touched by physical contact, and powers supporting them (Steel & Stone- Protection & Super-Strength, Water- Fluid Form)
MEDI-GIRL (Reena San'Dor of Ascellia)- Reena was born into the greatest family of doctors on the greatest world of doctors known- a planet where the people developed natural guards against disease and poisons of all types. The Ascellians used these unique traits to aid them in curing the sick of other worlds, until the planet became revered as the last defense against the worst illnesses- for a price, of course. Rejecting her family's rules about charging exorbitant prices for medical treatment, Medi-Girl fled her homeworld with the Healing Staff, a device her beloved late grandfather invented, using it to cure the sick and wounded across the galaxy. When hired guns attempted to bring her back, the guard stepped in, and she quickly joined the team. The Healing Staff has been responsible for the saving of countless lives (many of them the Guard's), as it can reverse the most severe injuries imaginable- even bringing the recently deceased back to life! Though the victim cannot have been dead for more than five minutes in order to do so. Though she was the target of Hurricane Kid's affections for a long time, she herself grew to love Quake-Boy as the ultimate "bad boy". After a long, drawn-out romance frought with battles, they became a regular couple.
Powers: Immunity to most Poisons & Diseases, "Healing Staff" (Tremendous Healing properites)
DINO-BOY (xxxxxxxxx)- His power is the ability to transform his body into the shape of any known Dinosaur (including non-dinosaur prehistoric creatures such as Dimetrodons, Plesiosaurs & Pterosaurs) for a finite period of time. Larger creatures (Triceratops/T-Rex & higher) require more energy and tire him out far faster.
Powers: Shapeshifts into Dinosaur Forms
REFLECTO-GIRL (xxxxxxxxx)- Her entire race possesses the ability to mimic the appearance and powers of other creatures, effectively re-writing their own genetic codes. Though they can be exact, Reflecto-Girl often creates a pink version, so that her teammates know who is whom. The Mimicking has a limit, however, in that she must be able to see what she is mimicking within the previous twenty-four hours (absorbing it's genetic coding with her antennae), and she can only adopt half the total power. This power is effective on spy & espionage missions, but can be a tremendous battlefield asset as well, as she can copy half the powers of her strongest teammates (often Kid Titan or Olympus Kid) and become a frontliner in combat.
Powers: Shapeshifts into an exact replica of someone she just saw, Power Mimicking (Half of Total Powers)
JUNGLE BOY (xxxxxxxxx)- Jungle Boy possesses the ability to mimic the powers and abilities of any animal. This actually varies based off of which world he is on (for example, he can gain fire-spewing powers if he is on a world where animals exhibit this behavior), but he can only mimic one animal at a time. Frequently-used powers include an insect's super-strength, a cheetah's speed, cat's claws, sharks' super-senses, and an elephant's toughness.
Powers: Gains Animal Powers
CRYSTAL GIRL (No Real Name)- Crystal Girl was created by one the Teen Guard's worst enemy, (insert name of rad villain here), in order to infiltrate and destroy them. With her innate abilities to shift into different gem-based forms to gain different super-powers (Ruby- Eye Beams, Sapphire- Crystal Object Creation, Diamond- Class 70 Super-Strength, Jade- Reflects Energy Back), she nearly destroyed the whole team, until she discovered the joys of free will. Joining the Teen Guard under normal conditions, she was proudly accepted, but had to learn the basics of personal interaction from the ground up. Crystal Girl formed close bonds with Hypno-Girl (who was able to understand her mind the best), Gravity Girl (the boy-crazy one), and Kid Titan, whom she developed feelings for. Her crystalline nature caused problems, as they could never consummate their relationship, and Crystal Girl's passive-aggressive personality irked Kid Titan frequently.
Powers: Various forms based off of ore composition; base of Class 10 Superhuman, Immunity to Fortitude-Effects
GRAVITY GIRL (xxxxxxxxx)- xxxxxxxxx
Powers: Manipulate the Gravity of a wide region or objects within it
REACTION BOY (xxxxxxxxxxx)- xxxxxxxxxxx
Powers: Gains Superpowers in opposition to whatever obstacles he faces (Uncontrolled)
KID HORUS (xxxxxxxx)- xxxxxxx
Powers: Telepathy, Mind-Reading, Mind Control (eye contact), "Menta-Bolts" (Mental Blast)
MECHANO-GIRL (xxxxxxxxx)- xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Powers: Super-Genius Computer Brain, Array of alterable gadgets and mechanical devices
QUAKE-BOY (Lorr Kalogar of Cibigibi)- Quake-Boy was a child of the streets, living on a vibrating world famous for it's music and dance styles. Becoming a violence-themed bad-boy musician with a style reminiscent of 80s punk bands, he joined up with a rotten gang attempting to hold hostage a large group of wealthy patrons (including Medi-Girl of the guard). Realizing that the crew he was with was no good, Quake-Boy betrayed them, helping save the day. Though his brash attitude and punk style rubbed nearly everyone the wrong way, Medi-Girl saw the good in him and attempted to get him to join the guard. Initially rejecting them cruelly, he eventually got himself into trouble with a ganglord and required guard help, finally joining their ranks. Since his world was permanently vibrating (visitors to the homeworld would merely take some free pills to bring them 'up to speed'), it's people often calmed themselves on outer worlds. Fully vibrating again, they would destroy things they touched, even people! Using these powers, he became a destructive force on the front lines, though much more vulnerable to damage than the others. He & Reena were off & on, as his terminal bad attitude occasionally angered her, and there were issues from Hurricane Kid's long-held crush on her (resolving itself in a few brawls within guard HQ itself!), but they finally settled down some and became a constant couple.
Powers: Creates Vibrations in hands for destructive purposes
SENSORY BOY (Wrynn Tellor of Phakkaxx)- The people of Phakkaxx live on a world of varying light patterns, darkness and other upheavals, necessitating in most of the race developing extra-sensory powers and other major sensory abilities. Wrynn Tellor, more of an adventurer than most of his race (who found their own world strangely comforting in it's chaos), sought out new things, and came to catalogue much of space for his people. Benevolent aliens directed him towards Earth & it's Teen Guard, where he joined the team. Frequently feeling useless for his non-combative powers (by his own lack of confidence, and many of his male teammates making fun of him), he nonetheless proved integral to several missions, especially ones where dazzling lights or pitch-blackness were common.
Powers: Radar Sight, Super-Abilities in All Senses, Infra-Vision, Microscopic Vision, X-Ray Vision, ESP
DEFENDER (Warren Gladstone of Earth)- A young hero joining in the later era, Warren was chosen (seemingly at random, but truly not) by an ancient Cosmic Intelligence, meant to be the "Universal Defender", protecting the entire universe from threats. Initially nervous and scared of battle, Warren joined up with the Teen Guard to attempt to live up to his duties, and slowly came to do them all proud. Despite this, he left the Guard in it's later days, distraught over the deaths of some close colleagues.
Powers: "Cosmic Bands" (Dimensional Travel, Cosmic Blasts, Light Speed Flight, Life Support)
PARSEC (Pergo Malloran of Kurr)- Kurr is a planet "out of sync" with our own, where everything happens for them at super-speed. They are born, live out their lives, marry, have children & die in mere weeks by our standards. The only member of his race to venture to the "Slower Worlds" following the deaths of his family, Pergo learned to 'negate' his inner speed unless needed to live a normal life amongst humans & other races, returning occasionally to a worshipful people to discuss the outside world.
Powers: Mach 15 Super-Speed, Fast Healing
CENTAUR GIRL (Megaera of Bala)- Megaera hails from the magical world of Castellia, where creatures like Orcs, Centaurs and Elves live alongside humans and assorted monsters. Though strong, she was less useful in battle compared to her super-powered teammates until she "upgraded" her gear with cosmic weaponry.
Powers: Centaur Body, Class 1 Superhuman, Fast Running Speed, "Space Armour" (Life Support, Armour), "Space Lance" (Energy Blast & Weapon)
WARHEART (xxxxxxxxxx)- An injured boy placed in a cybernetic shell.
Powers: Class 50 Superhuman, Cosmic Energy Blasts
SKY MANTA (xxxxxxxx)- From a race of space-spanning sentient manta-like beings, Sky Manta is one of the few with a personality unique enough to venture out on his own to find his own 'pack'.
Powers: Life Support, Light Speed Flight, Mind-Numbing Psi-Blasts
BALLOON BOY (xxxxxxxxx)- xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Powers: Balloon Form- Resistant to Harm, Floats (may Fly if he lets out air)
CALAMITY LASS (Prissi Maldor of Xintoflax)- xxxxxxxxxxxx
Powers: Creates "Bombs" of Good or Bad Luck (Uncontrolled)
AGE BOY (xxxxxxxxx)- xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Powers: Shapeshifts to Decreasing or Increasing Age
FOUR-ARM BOY (Kayla Bargle of Quattrona)- xxxxxxxxxxxx
Powers: Four Arms
HOOK-UPS & RELATIONSHIPS:
Love Triangle: Olympus Kid/Hypno-Girl/Kid Titan-
Love Triangle: Quake-Boy/Medi-Girl/Hurricane Kid-
Fire Boy & Gravity Girl-
Water Lily & Reaction Boy-
Copycat Kid & Normal Human Girl-
Crystal Girl & xxxxxxxxx-
Crush: Reaction Boy on Judo Girl-
Crush: Calamity Lass on xxxxxxx-
Crush: xxxxxxxx on Black Fox-
Crush: Olympus Kid, Copycat Kid & Fire-Boy on Palladia- A beautiful older woman, it is unsurprising that Palladia drew alot of early attention from the male members of the team. Though nearly the entire team showed an affection for her, the Virgin Goddess was nonplussed (and usually humorously unaware) of their intentions, frequently ignoring them and misunderstanding their ploys for her attention. Frequent were games & challenges involving all the boys competing for the "prize", a date with Palladia that she would interpret as a training excercise of something like that. As the boys grew up, they came to view Palladia as more of a mother/big sister, and dropped their childish crushes.