A Beacon who became convinced he’s a ghost.
Content warning: domestic abuse, child abuse
And if I die today I’ll be the happy phantom And I’ll go chasing the nuns out in the yard And I’ll run naked through the streets without my mask on And I will never need umbrellas in the rain I’ll wake up in strawberry fields every day And the atrocities of school I can forgive The happy phantom has no right to bitch
He’s lonely and directionless, with some notion of “doing good” but no clear direction and no friends to anchor him. He lacks financial support and must rely on theft or donations to get by. He can consciously use his powers, but they activate on their own during moments of great stress or fear.
How did you gain your skills?
At home, I got hit and passed out. That wasn’t the first time. But this time, I just - disappeared. I thought I was dead. My folks looked for me and couldn’t find me. I thought they’d killed me, though, so I ran away. But I don’t know how it happened.
When did you first put on your costume?
When I got hungry, and stopped being afraid, and came back outta ghost form. I realized I was still mortal, but I had a power now, and I could pretend to be a ghost. And I didn’t want my folks finding me again.
Who, outside of the team, thinks you shouldn’t be a superhero?
There’s an adult hero who thinks I’m silly and stupid and keeps telling me not to go out and do what I do. And I dunno, they seem pretty strong, and I worry…
Why do you try to be a hero?
What happened to me shouldn’t happen to anyone. Being away from that situation, though, it was so liberating. I never felt so free before! And I want to share that too.
Why do you care about the team?
Hero Name: Happy Phantom
Real Name: Jerry “Jersey” Saylor
Look: man, white, smiling face, casual clothing, iconic costume (bedsheet with holes cut out of it)
Abilities: camouflage and stealth (invisibility), phasing
Labels: Danger -1, Freak -1, Savior +2, Superior +0, Mundane +2
When our team first came together: We found signs that this incident was just the start of something bigger. What were the signs? Answer
- TBD is awesome, and you take every chance you get to hang out with them.
- You’ve got to prove yourself to TBD before you feel like a real hero.
Influence: Give three teammates influence
Straight. Up. Creepin’ (a ghost should always know how to get around a place!)
No powers and not nearly enough training (that looks shiny and interesting!)
- Pull off a ridiculous stunt
- Get a new costume
- Reject someone who says “you shouldn’t be here”
- Tell someone your true feelings for them