"Reality is Easily Manipulated."
· Technology Controller ·
Primal Forces Mastery
Cap Au Diable, Etoile Isles
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Powers & Abilities
Creates decoys, holograms, robots, trickery, and deception.
SPECIAL EFFECTS MASTERY
Conjures up localized weather anomalies, real and fake.
The lights go dim.
The curtain rises.
And in the spotlight, center stage, we see our hero.
The protagonist, the force for good. His selflessness, his courage, and his honesty are all admirable. He's the man everyone wants to be.
And offstage, in the dark, is me. The villain. The antagonist, the force for evil. The unscrupulous monster that crushes any who stand in his way. He's the man no one wants to admit they are.
You often hear about hubris being the fatal flaw of the hero. A tragic story where a man's arrogance leads him to fail, lose his loved ones, or die.
In this case, hubris is the fatal flaw of the villain. Phanto is a mantle passed down through generations. Everyone who takes up the name is shrouded in secrecy, but they shared a common goal: to end the world, in the grandest of all ways. Only the current Phanto, believed to have surfaced only a few short years ago, had the fatal flaw of his own hubris. Unwilling to end the world without receiving credit, the current Phanto shamed those who came before him by constantly thrusting himself center-stage so that the world would know the face of their annihilation. But when his ultimate plan for "The End" failed, he was left a laughing stock. Phanto now seeks to rebuild his name and fearsome reputation, by executing the world's greatest heroes once and for all.
1950-1970 (THE ORIGINAL PHANTO)
ACT ONE: EXPOSITION
It is 1952.
Dwight Eisenhower is President, the Korean War is waging on, and on a much grander scale, the Cold War is being covertly fought by two conflicting governments. During this time is when the supervillain Phanto came into existence.
After much infighting within the Family, Joey "Scissors" Mariano was killed in a vicious gang hit. His death led to the rise of many other mobsters in the organization, and turned the Family into the forceful street gang it is today. Some say that if Joey Mariano was never killed, he would've caused the Family's rackets to fall apart and maybe even get several of the higher-ups arrested. When the last known photo of Joey Mariano was released to the public, several people noticed an undistinguishable phantom-like figure in the background of it. As if he were being watched by someone.
Conspiracy theorists began to say that this figure was Joey Mariano's true killer. He could've been a cop on the payroll, or some kind of crude vigilante that inadvertently caused more bad than good. The press and public dubbed the mysterious figure "Phanto" and he became known as an urban legend, much like the boogeyman or bigfoot. While Phanto went on to appear in several other historical photographs, his debut behind Joey Mariano is the most well known and significant of them all, mainly because it was the first.
In the 1950s and 60s, stories of Phanto were jokingly told around campfires and children dressed up as him for Halloween. But this was merely Act One.
1975-2000 (THE SECOND PHANTO)
ACT TWO: RISING ACTION
It is 1979.
It is the time of free love, but also the time of brutal war.
Phanto revealed himself as a true threat during this time. During an anti-war rally, a large, ghost-like figure covered the sky, desperately frightening the entire protest. Other small "ghosts" flooded the streets, causing several to faint and more to run away in terror. Famous anti-war activist, Donald Jacobs, was killed due to panic. His weak heart could not handle the stress and he went into cardiac arrest shortly after the "paranormal" activity began.
This event was covered up, and thought to be the work of an angry God. After much investigation, they discovered that the entire area had been rigged with rudimentary projectors, and that these "ghosts" were special effects. The entire supernatural phenomenon had been staged, and Donald Jacobs had been killed by cheap theatrics.
Americans were desperate for a scapegoat. Some thought that the Communists had developed this as a new insidious means of warfare. By inducing mass hysteria, they could weaken the country's resolve and attack when they were most vulnerable. More and more of these "staged" events happened throughout the world. Ghosts, monsters, dragons, horrific images that weren't really there began surfacing everywhere. Sometimes they were used as a cover-up for a heist or an assassination. Most of the time the motivation behind them was as unknown as the perpetrator. But the police were about to have a very large break in the case. Survivors of the initial "attack" were still very troubled, one in particular.
Several years later, Douglas Mastadon, someone involved in Donald Jacobs' rally complained of hearing voices at night, telling him to do awful things. He reported this to the police, but was promptly ignored. Days later, he was found dead. He committed suicide and held a note that read only "The work of Phanto."
In the 1970s and 80s, these staged events plagued the nation and caused the deaths of several influential people. While they weren't immediately tied to Phanto, several people believed that it was his work, especially after the suicide of Jacobs' colleague. This was only Act Two.
ACT THREE: THE REVEAL
In the 1990s, Donald Jacobs' son, Richard Jacobs, became obsessed with discovering Phanto's identity as well as proving him to be real. He compiled all photographs of every Phanto-related event, and came up with a surprising conclusion. The Phanto from the 1950s was completely different from the Phanto of the 1970s. Their body types did not match up, and they even wore separate costumes. As the picture of Mariano indicated, the original Phanto wore a spandex suit and a hood to hide two red eyes. The second incarnation of Phanto wore a carbon-copy of his decoys' costumes, perhaps to blend himself in with his own chaos.
This discovery led him to dig up even more Phanto photographs. His theory held. Rarely did Phanto look the same. He would be taller, shorter, fatter, skinnier, or in some cases, he would even look female. Because of his status as an urban legend, rarely did anyone think of Phanto as anything other than supernatural. Richard Jacobs proved that he was not only human, but actually more than one human. The initial popularity of Phanto led people to dress up like him and try to become him.
But one question remained unanswered, if this was simply copy-cat crooks, how could they have the resources to pull of these elaborate displays? How could they utilize the complicated technology required to create illusions so real they can cause a man to have a heart attack? Richard Jacobs was unwilling to let that remain a mystery, so he announced a press conference to go public with his discoveries about Phanto, hoping to attract an attack by him.
After the conference, he returned to his hotel room. He sat there and waited, hoping eventually he would be attacked. Finally, Phanto arrived. He flew in through the window and unleashed a bright light, attempting to blind Jacobs. Jacobs grabbed a gun he had stashed for this very moment and unloaded all the ammunition he had into his attacker. But the bullets didn't seem to effect him. It was an illusion. Phanto disappeared after that, and Jacobs realized that Phanto wasn't multiple people, he wasn't even people at all. Every Phanto was an illusion, a trick of the mind. It seemed like a lost cause to even try to find the illusionist. But this was simply Act Three.
2002+ (THE CURRENT PHANTO)
ACT FOUR: THE CLIMAX
Richard Jacobs died in 2004.
He had spent all his life after that encounter with Phanto milking it. He wrote a book called "The Reality of Reality" and he appeared on talk shows like Oprah, Dr. Phil, and Tyra, just to talk about his encounter and how it changed him. Jacobs became a celebrity for coming face to face with Phanto. But the ironic part is, the more his fame grew, the more Phanto's dwindled. Jacobs eventually wrote a book about dealing with the death of his father. Soon he was talking about grief and learning to move on rather than even mentioning Phanto. After a while, nobody dressed up like Phanto for Halloween, conspiracy theorists moved on to other ideas, and crappy specials were no longer run on him. He was old news. People moved on to new crazes, like Bigfoot, UFOs, 9/11 conspiracies, Stonehenge, Area 51, and of course, 2012. Gone and forgotten, Phanto disappeared into the ether.
Jacobs came home after a book singing one day to find Phanto waiting in his kitchen. Jacobs dismissed this as parlor tricks and just a desperate man trying to mess with him. He was shocked when Phanto grabbed him, really, grabbed him. This wasn't an illusion, this was the man himself. Jacobs tried to escape, but Phanto clenched his grip and grabbed him by the throat. Jacobs desperately tried to close his eyes, still hoping that this was some illusion that had caught him off guard. But this was a helpless attempt. Phanto threw him to the other side of the kitchen and badly injured him. He desperately tried to stand, but Phanto stepped on his back.
He spoke to Jacobs, "I am not A villain, I am THE villain. If humanity is the protagonist, consider me the antagonist. Do not try and understand my motives, do not try to understand my legacy. I have shaped the world perfectly so that I may end it. And while you all await death, you will remember who did this to you. It is time for the final curtain, the grand finale, the end. I'm excited, unlike you."
The police found Jacobs dead the next day. It seemed that Phanto had spent the last few decades planning something, and the end rapidly approached. Unfortunately, he did not account for every possible scenario.
THE FINAL CURTAIN
The current incarnation of Phanto held a fatal flaw.
While those before him who took up the mantle were content being puppet-masters and stage magicians, the current Phanto was angry at his lack of infamy. He desired to be known for what he did, and after the legacy of Phanto was completely forgotten, he took it upon himself to reinstate it. But Phanto's greatest asset was remaining in the shadows, so parading around calling yourself "the best of the worst" was not a sound idea. With the rising threat of superheroes to his villainous plans, the current Phanto united The Blacklist for use as his tools.
The current Phanto wanted to achieve a permanent infamy, through destroying the world. By being the one who caused doomsday, he would forever live on, even if life ceased to exist. A deranged philosophy that was ultimately derailed by the Infiltrators, a team of powerful heroes assembled by fellow puppet-master, Mr. Shade. He sought out the "Mass Eradicator", which was an ancient dark matter device that would create a black hole big enough to engulf the entire planet. But when Exadeus and Cyborg Sinister also tried to claim the device, he had no choice but to help the Infiltrators shut it down.
Phanto's comrades left his side after this failed attempt at doomsday. Some despised him for working with heroes, others hated how he tried to destroy the world and everything in it...including them. So with this, Phanto was usurped in his position of power, but he had a renewed goal. Infamy was still his ultimate desire, but he could achieve it through other means. The world didn't have to end at his command, but it could descend into chaos, and that alone, could be what he is known for.
Special Agent Slate of Longbow rose through the ranks faster than anybody in history. He was known for his tenacity, perseverance, and drive, but those three things were what eventually led to his downfall. Wanting to restore Longbow's position in the Etoile Isles, Slate put together a powerful strike team of operatives to take down Phanto. He figured eliminating an urban legend would put the peacekeeping force back on top. Many sleepless nights led him to a possible lead in the case of Phanto's identity. Everyone who ever stood trial for actually being Phanto was represented in court by someone with the surname Drake. Further investigation revealed the Drake law practice was still operating and Slate knew that it fit with Phanto's personality to actually be in the court of law, defending the man who stood accused of his crimes.
Slate rallied a team to raid the law firm's office but wound up busting into it in the midst of an attack by Showtime and Powerlaser. Hired by Exadeus to kill Phanto after the events at the Mass Eradicator, these two mob kingpins were running on the same lead Slate figured out. They were taking a much more hands-on approach though, as they burst through the front doors shooting up the office. Slate circumvented the mob bosses and took his team down a trap door they found in the office of Jacob Drake, the current head of the firm and most likely Phanto suspect. It spilled out into a canal that housed the ferocious Ripjaw, who in turn killed Slate's entire team save for Agent Dukakis.
Slate followed the canal into Phanto's lair and found the body of Jacob Drake. It seemed it was all another red herring planted by Phanto and Slate had gotten his entire team killed for no good reason. Then Exadeus arrived looking for Phanto as well. He extended a beacon of friendship to Slate, but when he refused, Exadeus ordered the villainous con-artist Deceiter to murder Slate and take his place. With Slate disposed of, Phanto seemed to be in the clear, but Exadeus had other plans.
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