Sparky is an Australian superhero, former Acolytes member and current Offbeats member.
Sparky was raised on a cattle station in South Australia. His parents were abusive and he came to resent them. He was bullied by the two who would later be known as Chaser and Meta-Man. When his mutant powers began to emerge, he told only his best friend. However, she was killed by Moonshine. Enraged, Sparky attacked Moonshine. He badly wounded him, but was unable to kill him. After the fight, he left Australia for America, in order to join Magneto's acolytes.
However, the life of an Acolyte wasn't what Sparky thought it would be. He soon came to dislike the organization and joined a group of similarly minded mutants. When the group became large enough, they split off from Magneto's Acolytes and set up a base in New York. Wanting to get a name for themselves, the leader, Dragonfly proposed that they attack the Avengers. Seeing the stupidity of this plan, Sparky, Demona and Amoebo attempted to dissuade him, to no avail. When the group managed to lure the Avengers out, Sparky attempted to take out Vision, before being defeated by Giant Man. They were imprisoned, but managed to escape shortly afterwards. Wanting to go in a different direction, Pangolin suggested that they become heroes instead. While Sparky and Demona were opposed, the others agreed with it and accpeted his idea.
Powers and Abilities
- Electrostatic energy generation: Sparky can create and control up to 10,000,000 volt charges
- Lightning bolt projection: Sparky can shoot lightning from anywhere on his body, mainly the palms of his hands
"Shorts out" when he comes into contact with water. He electrocutes himself
Equipment: None known.
Transportation: L-Board: Lightning bolt shaped hoverboard
Weapons: None known.
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Has a habit of referencing obscure Australian pop culture
Has extreme necrophobia, and implied (but not explicitly stated) entomophobia, as evidenced when a weta leaps onto Sparky and he begins freaking out
It is interesting to note that Sparky displays no signs of entomophobia before he loses his powers. This is likely to be because he would simply shock the insects before they got close to him when he did have his powers. He notes that once he loses his powers, he feels incredibly helpless.
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