From Unofficial Handbook of the Virtue Universe
|Real Name:||Michael McMurphy|
|Place of Birth:||Confidential|
|Base of Operations:||Confidential|
|Known Relatives:||Father (deceased), Mother (estranged)|
|No additional information available.|
Mechamorph is inspired by Colossus, The Thing and to a smaller extent, The Engineer. The greatest inspiration came from the story of the Nuclear 90 as presented in the game, and Mechamorph was created to be one of these mutants. I worked under the presumtion that we would never find out who the other 89 were besides Fusionette, and that there may in fact be more than 90 of them.
He's a winner, they used to say. That was how he was raised, to never give up and always keep on fighting. It is perhaps even more applicable on the streets of Paragon City than on the football field or in the boxing ring, because on the streets, if you give up, people will die. Mac is not just the big strong quiet type. Even though he might seem like he's brooding a lot, perhaps contemplating his fate of being transformed into living machinery, he's got a heart of gold. Possibly literally.
Mechamorph is transformed into living machinery: hydraulics, electronics, strange crystals, metal plating. His machine body is the source of his powers.
Mechamorph's living machinery body moves, changes and grows, despite being made of machine parts. It repairs itself when it's damaged. It produces its own energy. He is nearly impervious to most kinds of kinetic damage, slightly less so against energy and extreme temperature. His machine brain seems to be just as vulnerable to mental attacks as a normal person though.
As one might expect Mechamorph is extremely strong. He usually has to pull his punches to not cause permanent damage to his opponents. His lifting capacity has not yet been fully explored.
Mechamorph has a strange empathic connection with machinery of all kinds. He can sense psychometrically what has happened to a piece of machinery, almost as if the machine could tell him about it. By merely touching a machine he can modify it with his living machinery. Possible applications include the creation of a sender or reciever to monitor a piece of equipment from a distance, searching through a computer's harddrive for specific files, repairing broken engines without opening the hood, etc.
Weaknesses and Limitations
Mac's senses of taste and smell are non-existent, and he can't feel soft touches. Pain merely registers as a temporary inconvenience. He can't wear normal clothes since his skin has sharp edges and corners that will cut them to shreds if he moves too fast, such as by walking at a normal pace. Since he is anatomically correct he wears a heavy leather kilt which doesn't shred as easily.
Michael's mutant powers activated as a defense mechanism when he was involved in the car accident which killed his father. Mac survived unharmed but was permanently transformed into a living machine. His mother and other relatives blamed Mac for the accident and with the growing resentment against mutants in the town where he lived he decided to go to Paragon City, where he could perhaps avoid prejudice and put his newfound powers to good use.
Once he arrived in Paragon City he joined the newly reformed League of Justice. He hoped that their leader, the brilliant Dr. Trinity would be able to help him revert the transformation that had made him a stranger to his friends and family, so that he could find a semblance of normal life. When she was suddenly called away from Paragon City they had not yet made much progress and Mac still remains locked in his machine form.
Doctor Trinity has recently returned and Mac's hope for a "cure" has been rekindled.