From Unofficial Handbook of the Virtue Universe
|Real Name:||Mary Masters|
|Hair Color:||Dark Brown|
|Place of Birth:||Confidential|
|Base of Operations:||Confidential|
|The Will of America, Reduced Physical Dependencies, Ability to Survive in Extreme Environments, Flight|
|No additional information available.|
Citizen Zero was created out of a desire to have a patriotic-themed superhero.
Supergroup: Liberty League
Citizen Zero is the avatar of the American Spirit. This means that she draws her power from the collective will of the American people.
The Will of America
The Will of America manifests itself as a red and white striped aura around her fists. Anyone struck by this aura who opposes classic American principles (the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness) will be stunned, and have their will to resist drained. Through the use of this power, she is able to bring criminals to justice without harming them unless it is absolutely necessary.
The Will can also be drawn upon to amplify any physical ability she has, up to the point that is required to meet any challenge. This includes physical strength, reflexes, speed, endurance, resilience, and cell regeneration and replacement.
Reduced Physical Dependencies
Mary eats, drinks, and breathes like any other human being, but is capable of being sustained by sheer willpower if necessary. The length of time that she can go without these essentials is dependent upon the needs of her country's people.
Ability to Survive in Extreme Environments
She can survive in a vacuum, high radioactivity, high pressure, extreme temperatures, or toxic environments if required.
Citizen Zero is capable of self propulsion by simply wanting to move in a direction. Her speed is again only limited by the needs of the American people.
Her life is tied to the existence of the United States of America, and as such, she will not age until the country itself is gone. She can be killed, but as long as the USA is in existence, she will be resurrected shortly after death.
Weaknesses and Limitations
Powers tied to American Citizenry
As Citizen Zero's abilities are drawn directly from the will of the American people (which, incidentally, appears to include non-official citizens, as long as they consider the USA to be home, and do not intend it harm. It also included both sides in the Civil War), her power diminishes in the face of popular opinion, and if the people do not need her as much. To explain this, here are some examples of situations and her power levels:
- When she joined the Underground Railroad in 1798, while she was capable of stunning people who opposed her while she helped free slaves, her physical abilities were only slightly above that of a single trained soldier when facing them due to popular opinion of the act of freeing slaves. As time went on, and the Civil War approached, she grew stronger as public sentiment changed.
- On many occasions, she experienced drops in power when attempting to protect various minorities from violence and theft before the Civil Rights movement.
- After hearing horror stories of soldiers' experiences in Vietnam, she attempted to go there in the hopes that she could help end it quickly, but was unable to make a significant difference, as the American people had grown to oppose the war.
- After the 1930s, though greater threats appeared than had ever before, the appearance of many other heroes prevented her power from growing exponentially. The public had so many other people to rely on as well, they needed her less. Had no other heroes existed, her power during the Rikti war would have been staggering due to the unanimous opposition to the aliens, though not near enough to stop it single handedly due to their numbers and tactics.
Mary Masters was born on July 4th, 1776, the first child born in America after the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Though she was first, she was not counted as such, as she was born into slavery, and therefore not officially a citizen.
The collective spirit of the nation itself, however, thought differently.
Mary was a remarkable child, seemingly immune to disease, and unbelievably strong willed and bodied. At the age of 18, she single-handedly stopped a group of bandits from robbing the plantation she grew up on, her fists manifesting a red and white striped aura that stunned the evil men she struck. In gratitude, her master freed her from the bonds of slavery.
In a dream the following night, a tall, strange woman, dressed in a robe and carrying a torch, told her that she was the avatar of the American Spirit, and that she wielded the Will of America-- a power which would stun those who oppose the principles the nation was founded upon: Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.