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Who are you? Sum yourself up in one sentence.

Sparksmith is a nice nerd with the power to control energy.

Do you have any nicknames, street names, titles, or nom de plume?

Only Sparky, Sparks, and Kurt.

What is your full birth name?

Kurtis Smith

Where do you live?

Formerly Long Island, New York. Currently, Hanover, Freedom City

How old are you? What year were you born (if applicable)?

22. Born in 1988.

Physical Traits

What is your gender? If not applicable, please explain.


How would you describe your heritage?

Half Italian and Half English

How tall are you?

6 Feet tall.

What is your body type?

Athletic build. He looks average, but

Do you have any particular weaknesses, such as allergies or physical disabilities?

Nope, at least none that he's discovered.

How do you carry yourself? Are you graceful, or heavy on your feet? Can you be stealthy, do you walk with confidence?

He has learned to walk with confidence, and he can be pretty graceful while in battle, but there are still times where he turns into his clumsy depressing old self from High School.

Describe your skin, eye, and hair color.

His skin color is very slightly tanned white, and both his hair and eyes are brown.

How do you wear your hair, if applicable? Do you have facial hair?

No facial hair. Sparky normally lets his hair fall after he gets out of bed. Occasionally he combs it.It's cut short. No facial hair.

Do you consider yourself attractive? Do others?

He thinks he's average. To his surprise, girls think he's above that.

Do you have any scars, tattoos, piercings, or birthmarks?

He has a few small birthmarks on his arms, but that's about it.

Do you resemble anyone famous?

Nah, not really.

Do you have a dominant hand?

The Right hand is still pretty dominant, but for the most part, after his training he's close to ambidextrous.

What kind of clothing do you wear?

Casual. Jeans and a t-shirt.

Do you wear makeup?


What is your vocal range? Is your voice distinctive in some way?

He has a decent vocal range, but has no singing training. He's trying to teach himself, but it's not working well, and he knows it.

Do you have any distinctive habits, nervous tics, or mannerisms? Where did they come from, and what causes them? Do other people notice and remark on these habits? Do they annoy you or other people?

He thinks out loud often, something he got from watching too many superhero cartoons and playing video games. No one's ever commented on them, but he's sure it's noticeable. He also frequently taps different beats with his fingers and/or hands on tables or his legs. His friends have commented on it, but if someone mentions that it's annoying he stops.


Where do you come from?

Long Island, New York.

Have you made any major moves, or do you live in your hometown?

One major move to Freedom City after college.

Do you feel loyal to your country of citizenship? Do you consider yourself patriotic? How do you feel about the government of your country?

He's a proud New Yorker, but doesn't much care for politics.

How do you feel about the place you come from?

He loved it, but Jobs move sometimes. He's all right with that.

Where is your home town? What was/is it like?

Again, Amityville, Long Island, New York. It was usually quiet. Not much happened.

Growing up, were most of the people you knew similar to you, or were you somehow a minority? How did that affect you?

He was in the majority, until his powers developed. Since then he kind of ostracized himself, feeling like a minority.

Is there something you've always been really good at or really bad at? How has that affected your life?

He's always been good at making people feel better. He always prioritized people over all else. This comes into play with his super heroics, as he prioritizes civilian safety first and foremost.

Were there any traumatic experiences in your early years (death of a family member, abandonment, orphaned at an early age)?

When his powers were developing, he hurt himself severely. His father nursed him back to health, and from then on he knew he had to learn to control his powers before trying to help anyone.

Briefly describe a defining moment in your childhood and how it influenced your life.

See above. When that happened, he realized that he could severely hurt other people as well. He didn't want that to happen. EVER.

What stupid things did you do when you were younger?

He was an average kid. He played with fireworks, didn't do his homework, snuck out of the house to hang with friends, got in trouble the next day. average stuff.

Where did you go to school? How much school did you have, and did you enjoy it?

He went to private school from Kindergarten to High School, then went to Columbia University. He loved every moment.

Do you have any mementos of your childhood? What are they, and why did you keep them? If you have none, why not?

A rarely seen necklace he has with him at all times has two rings on it: his class ring from high school, and his class ring from college.

When did you decide to become a hero? Why? Did anyone influence you one way or another in the decision?

He decided a few days after discovering his powers that he would become a hero, but also decided that he would take the time to control his powers before trying to help people. He was influenced by years of cartoons and video games.

Is the reason you give people for becoming a hero different than your real reason? If so, why?

No secrets.

Do you have any deep, dark secrets in the past that may come back to haunt you?

He keeps no secrets about himself. There are some things, like his accident that he won't talk about openly, but if someone asked, he'd tell.

Do you represent yourself as being different from who you really are? Why?

Nope. No reason to do that.

If you do have these secrets, what do you fear would happen if the truth became known? How far would you go to protect those secrets?


Do you have any sort of criminal record? If so, is it public knowledge?

He's clean. Boringly clean.


What are your biological parents' names?

Mary Smith and Peter Smith

Were you raised by them? If not, please explain and describe who raised you.


What was their standing in the community? What did/do they do for a living?

Mary is a defense attorney. Peter is a doctor.

Where are your parents now?

Kurt and his parents live together in Freedom City.

Did your family stay in one area or move around a lot?

The family stayed in one place for most of Kurt's life, but moved after he graduated college.

How did you get along with their parents? How do you get along with them now (if applicable).

Kurt and his parents get along very well. They were surprisingly understanding when Kurt developed his powers and helped him through a lot of the rough patches that came with learning to control them.

How do your parents view you now, or how would they?

They view Kurt as a good kid, but he's not making the best decisions. They think he's being a bit too idealist with his hero plans. He can't make money being a hero, and they're worried about that.

Do you have any siblings? If so how many and what are their names? Describe your relationship with them.

No siblings.

What was your birth order in the family?


Where are your siblings now (if applicable)? Do they have families of their own? What do they do?


Do you stay in touch with them or have you become estranged?


Do you love or hate one member of the family in particular?

Kurt has a very strong connection to his father after the accident that almost cost him his life.

Is any member of the family special to you in any way (perhaps, as a confidant, mentor, or arch-rival)?

His dad is his confidant. He can trust him with anything.

Are there any black (or white) sheep in the family (including you)? If so, please explain.

Kurt's cousin Jim is a black sheep, as he was born without any powers. Also, in a way, Kurt himself is a black sheep, since he refuses to stay under the radar with his powers like the rest of his family.

Do you have a notorious or celebrated ancestor? If so, please explain, including how it has affected your life.

Kurt's family has always kept under the radar.

Do you have a partner and children currently? If so, please describe them.

Kurt has his eye on a particular lady, but no children and no relationship yet.

If you do not have a partner or children, do you want them someday? How firm are you in your opinion on this, and what might change your mind?

Nothing could change his mind. He wants a partner and children. He's incredibly stern on his decision.

What type of person would be your ideal mate?

Someone sweet, compassionate, and wants to help people. Someone who wouldn't mind when Kurt leaves to fight crime and such.


Do you have any close friends? If so, please describe them, and how you came to be close to them.

He has a general group of friends from back in college. With college over, they've been scattered around the country. They had a few classes together in college, and were in a lot of the same clubs. He still keeps in touch with most of them online. None of them are supers to his knowledge, and after he revealed his powers, his group of friends were cut in half, down to 6.

Do you have a best friend? If so, how did they become your best friend? How close are you to your best friend?

His best friend would probably be his friend Allison, whom he's known since grade school. He had romantic feelings for her for years, but never acted on them as he frequently left the country for training. He didn't want to put her into that much of a strain. He has a suspicion, though, that the feelings are mutual.

If you were to go missing, who would worry about you?

His parents, Allison, and his five other friends around the country.

Have you lost any loves? If so, how did it happen, and what did you do?

His heart's belonged to Allison as long as he could remember, he just never expressed the feelings yet.

Do you have any bitter enemies? If so, please describe them and their history with you.

One enemy. Adam. He and Kurt were friends throughout grade school, and became rivals in high school. They were of equal intelligence and athleticism, but Kurt didn't apply himself very often, so it seemed that Adam was always faster, smarter, etc. When Kurt started applying himself, Adam got scared, he thought he was cheating somehow. He was angry. Kurt hadn't seen him since the moment he revealed his powers.

If you have enemies, how do you think they might attempt to work against you in the future?

It's very possible.

What is the worst thing someone has done to you?

Adam once wrote a false essay, put Kurt's name on it, and managed to get it to the teacher before Kurt's. Adam would have been kicked out if it wasn't for Kurt, who was able to talk the teacher into believing it was some sort of mistake. Adam wasn't grateful in the slightest.

Where do your loyalties lie? In what order?

Goodness, Family/Allison (tied), his other friends, New York, Freedom City, the United States.

Who or what do you trust the most? Why?

Allison and his father. They've always been there for Kurt, and have both pulled him through the hardest times in his life.

Who or what do you despise? Why?

Kurt after serious physical and mental training, has a tendency to avoid hatred. Honestly, that's probably what he despises the most. That, secrets. and lies. The lies thing came from his mother, who NEVER let him get away with any lying. Secrets, he had been keeping a secret from all of his friends for about 6 years, and it ate at him. He couldn't take it. He refuses to keep any secrets about himself anymore. He'll keep others' secrets, but he has nothing to hide.

What qualities do you admire most in other people? Are these qualities you possess?

Honesty, compassion, trustworthiness, open-mindedness, patience. Yes, he does.

What qualities do you hate most in other people? Do you have any of those qualities?

Hatred, a closed-mind. Everyone has a little bit in them.

Do you have a secret identity? If so, who knows it? Do you hide it from people who are close to you? Why?

No secrets.

Do you work well on teams and in groups? Are you a leader or a follower?

He works well in teams, but it would take some time before he lead anyone.

Are you on a super team? If so, how do you get along with your comrades? Do you trust them, or do you have secrets from them?

No teams yet, but he's more than willing to join one.

Are you a member of any church, fraternal organization, club, committee, political party, or other group? How much time do you spend on that?

He's not really devoted to any organizations, unless you count Master Lee's School of Self Defense.

Personality & Beliefs

Who are your heroes?

His father, Megaman X, Simon (Gurren Lagann), and other fictional video game/comic/cartoon characters.

Did you ever become disillusioned with former heroes or idols? If so, why and what were the circumstances?

When he was little, before he actually knew exactly what was going on, he used to like Captain Knievel. For years, he had no idea that he was a criminal. One year, he saw a news report about him, and did some research on the guy. Now that he knows that he's a criminal, he stays as far away from him as possible.

Do you like being a hero? If so, what is the most rewarding part? If not, what makes you keep doing it?

He loves being a hero. The rewarding part is knowing that he made a difference in people's lives, and made them better.

Is there anything that would make you give up hero work, or even switch sides?


What are your short term goals (what would you like to be doing within a year)?

He hopes to be an established hero in Freedom City, living by himself, or with Allison, and helping people all over.

What are your long term goals (what would you like to be doing twenty years from now)?

Kurt's not a big-picture guy. He prefers to live life closer to the moment. His only plan in 20 years is to be married to Allison, have a kid or two, and keep fighting crime.

What is your greatest fear? Why? What do you do when something triggers this fear?

His greatest fear is losing someone he loved. It's only triggered, though, if there's a reasonable chance that something can happen (like the hospital his father works at getting attacked).

Is there anything you would give you life for?


How do you feel about money and material wealth? Do you desire it or disdain it? Are you miserly with what you have, or do you like to share? Is it a mark of success, or a means to an end?

A means to an end. He likes to share, but he realizes he needs money to live comfortably.

How do you generally treat others?

He normally treats people kindly and friendly, unless they give him a reason not to.

Are you a trusting person? Has your trust ever been abused?

He's pretty naive. He trusts too much. Adam would abuse his trust constantly throughout High School and College.

Are you introverted (shy and withdrawn) or extroverted (outgoing)? Do you have a lot of self-confidence?

After high school, Kurt's been pretty extroverted and full of self-confidence, but there are still times where he will revert back to his old pre-highschool self.

How do you act around attractive, available members of your preferred sex?

He's surprisingly calm around available women. Allison is constantly on his mind.

What are your most annoying habits?

He thinks out loud often, something he got from watching too many superhero cartoons and playing video games. No one's ever commented on them, but he's sure it's noticeable. He also frequently taps different beats with his fingers and/or hands on tables or his legs. His friends have commented on it, but if someone mentions that it's annoying he stops.

Do you feel contempt for any general category of people? Who are they, and why?

People who cause harm to others. He doesn't understand why they do it.

Likes and dislikes

What is your favorite food? Do you prefer any particular type of food? Do you take the time to enjoy your food, or do you eat as fast as you can?

He LOVES cheeseburgers. He wants to try as many as he can. He takes his time and enjoys them.

What is your favorite drink (alcoholic or otherwise)?

He prefers soda, but will have an occasional appletini...what? Men can have appletinis, too! (ala JD from Scrubs)

What is your favorite treat (dessert)?

Chocolate Cake is delicious.

Are there any specific foodstuffs that you find disgusting or refuse to eat?

He tries to stay away from most green foods.

What is your favorite color? Are there any colors you dislike?

Blue and Green, hence his energy's color.

What sort of music do you like? Is there any that you hate?

As a musician, he appreciates a lot of different kinds of music. He normally plays rock, but can enjoy things from any genre.

If you have a favorite scent, what is it?


Do you have a favorite animal?

Not particularly.

What is your most treasured possession? Why?

His necklace with his two class rings.

Do you enjoy "roughing it", or do you prefer your creature comforts?

He loves being comfortable, but is fine roughing it sometimes.

Is there a job or a task you would absolutely refuse to do?

Cleaning anything. He hates cleaning...and preparing food.

Do you consider yourself a spiritual person? If so, how do your beliefs affect your life?How important is it to you?

Depends on your definition of spiritual. He considers himself spiritual, as he's almost always in deep thought when he's not talking to someone. He's a Christian, but he doesn't align himself with any specific Church. He doesn't give it an important a role in his life as it should, but it does influence his views of goodness at times.

Was your faith influenced or molded by anyone special?

His parents raised him Christian.

If you belong to a religious organization, how often do you attend? Do you have a specific place of worship, or friends within the organization? How much do you agree with the beliefs of your organization?

He prefers to worship silently at home. He doesn't believe in everything any specific organization has, so he prefers not to align himself with any of them.


Could you kill? Have you killed?

No. Never.

What circumstances led to you forming that conviction, or taking that action?

It was how he was raised, by a lawyer and a doctor. It's just something he's always believed.

Are there circumstances under which you believe it is permissible to kill? What are they?


How would you react to watching someone kill another person? Would your reaction be different if the killer was a friend or an enemy of yours?

He would be horrified and feel guilty that he couldn't stop it. If the killer were a friend, he wouldn't hold back.

How would you react if something important was stolen from you?

He would freak out and try to get it back at varying degrees depending on how important it was.

How would you react to public humiliation?

Depending on the degree, he'd either laugh it off or stay out of the public eye for a while.

How would you react if a good friend or relative were purposely or accidentally killed? Has it happened to you?

He would mourn. He would desperately find the reason such an event transpired and try to prevent such a thing from happening again.

What do you consider to be the worst crime someone could commit and why?

Mass Murder.

If your life were to end in 24 hours, what five things would you do in those remaining hours?

Spend time with his family, reveal his feelings to Allison, have a burger, see if there was a way to pass his powers onto another, and do it if he could, or, if he couldn't, buy something nice for everyone he knows.

Career & Training

Do you have any special training in your hero skills? If so, where and how did you get it?

Sparky spent about 6 years of his life training. Throughout high school, he trained with weapon masters all over the country. In college, he did the same, but he trained all over the world.

Who taught you the most about your heroing abilities? What was your relationship with that person?

Master Edward was his first weapon master. He taught him the basics for many of his weapon skills, especially with swords. They had been good friends ever since.

Do you have any particularly unusual skills? How did you acquire them?

As if his powers weren't unusual enough, he seamlessly change weapon styles mid-battle.

Do you do something besides hero work for a living? Have you ever done anything else, or do you plan to?

He still trains with Master Lee, and sometimes gives weapons training lessons.

What is your preferred combat style?

His variable style is his favorite style, but if he had to pick one, it'd have to be Double Sword style.

Have you ever received any awards or honours?

A scholarship to High School, and National Honor Society. he tries to stay low-key.

What skill areas would you like most to improve in? Is there anything you can't do that you wish desperately you could?

Sing, be more convincing (Diplomacy)

How do you act around people who are more skilled than you in areas you'd like to improve? Are you jealous, or do you try and learn?

He's a bit jealous, but doesn't dwell on it. He appreciates their skill and tries to learn from them.

Lifestyle & Hobbies

What is a normal day for you? How do you feel when something interrupts this routine?

Wake up, do some things for parents around the house, go to Master Lee's, train, teach, go home and rest, go out on patrol, go home and rest, end of day.

He loves when the routine gets interrupted. Kurt loves to mix things up a bit every once in a while.

Do you have any hobbies, or interests outside hero work? What are they, and where did you pick them up?

Drumming and other percussion. Sparky picked up the talent while in college in New York. It was the only thing he could do besides train while overseas, since he can make his own equipment. That and Video games. He's been playing those forever.

What do you do for fun?

Play video games, the drums, xylophone, vibraphone, and other percussion.

Do you have a costume? What does it look like?

Not really, not yet at least. He does make himself armor sometimes, though.

How do you normally dress when not in costume?

Casually. Jeans and a T-shirt.

What do you wear to bed most nights?

Boxers, and sometimes pajama pants.

Do you wear any special jewelry? What is it, and what does it look like?

A platinum chain, with two white gold rings on it.His class rings from High School and College.

Do you have a special place where you keep your valuables?

In his room.

What's your preferred means of local travel? How about long distance?

Flying is fun! :D


Have you ever made a will, or tried to make arrangements for your death? What provisions did you make?

He hasn't. He prefers not to think about it.

If your features were to be destroyed beyond recognition, is there any other way of identifying your body?

The rings around his neck.

What would you like to be remembered for after your death?

Someone who protected the innocent.

Do you believe you pose a threat to the public? Why or why not?

Nope. Kurt look out for their well being first.

What do you perceive as your greatest strength?

His compassion towards others, or his attitude to never give up hope even in the worst moments

What do you perceive as your greatest weakness?

Again, his compassion. One clever villain could use it against him.

As a player, if you could, what advice would you give your character? Speak as if he/she were sitting right here in front of you. Use proper tone so they might heed your advice...

Sparky, be yourself. No matter what may seem to be "the good idea at the time,"stay true to yourself and what you believe in. You're a good guy. Don't let anyone change that.

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