"That's just how those stories go. Monsters kill men. Heroes kill monsters. Men kill heroes. It's like rock-paper-scissors. Or Pokémon."
Heracles, God of Heroes and Protector of Mankind
Connor is tall, dark-skinned young man with light brown eyes and a particularly youthful face. He keeps his wooly black hair cut short and neat--people familiar with him will note that he hasn't really changed his hairstyle since kindergarten. As a baseball player for the Rose Beach High team, he judiciously maintains an athletic build to optimize his performance on the field. While fairly large and possessed of a well-developed physique, he's not particularly intimidating; his appearance has drawn comparisons to a big dog on account of his size and amiability. His wardrobe leans towards lumberjack style, with an emphasis on jackets and plaid. His little brother makes fun of him for it.
Also he has a nice butt.
✓ Shōnen anime and manga
✓ Psuedoscience, conspiracy theories and unsolved mysteries
✓ Comic books and comic book movies
✓ Dad’s grilled cheese sandwiches
✓ Fast cars
✗ Excessive partying「Fears」
✗ Large housepets
✗ Modern art
✗ Teenage politics
✗ Poorly constructed memes
▸ Becoming his parents「Ambitions」
▸ Leading an unfulfilled life
▸ To become somebody important「Backstory」
▸ To travel the world
For much of his childhood, Connor lived a boring, classically-American life in Rose Beach, Delaware with his parents, Ethan and Abigail, and younger brother of four years, Ian. However, it was not a happy life beneath the well-constructed veneer of Americana, at least not for his parents.
When Connor was eight, his parents legally separated. His father, a mediocre man by all respects, could not stand living in the shadow of his extraordinary wife. Eventually his father’s inferiority complex came to boil, and he decided it would be best for them to go their separate ways so he could work through his personal issues. For the most part, they parted amiably, with the intent to either divorce or reconcile at a later date depending on how things went. Connor went with his mother, and Ian, the father.
Before his apotheosis, Heracles was the greatest hero of classical mythology. Through wit, skill and sheer vigor of being, Heracles accomplished many great feats. He built and conquered nations, he slayed and captured monsters, he endured and overcame innumerable labours and was showered with glories from man and god alike.
And in the end he was killed by his clingy girlfriend.
Truly a relatable story for the modern teen.
As incarnation of the hero-god of Greece, the power Connor holds within is not eldritch knowledge or dominion over natural concepts. His power is the ability to become a hero for humanity through exemplification of the human condition. A hero must be stronger than any man, hardier than any man, and smarter than any man. A hero must live harder, fight harder, and feel harder. They must be human, but also more than human, for how else can one inspire humans to reach beyond their limits?
Currently, Connor’s body and mind are solidly above normal human capability. It wouldn’t be unrealistic to say he can compare to Olympic athletes or true geniuses. That said, there’s definitely a need to get used to the sudden shift in his physical abilities so he’s a bit clumsier than he used to be.