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Doctor Nathaniel "Nate" Heywood, also known as Steel, was a historian who joined the time travelling Legends.


Doctor Nathaniel "Nate" Heywood was a historian, specializing in deductive historical reconstruction. With his skills, he was able to deduce that an aberration-created reality, one in which the Nazis bombed New York City in 1942, due to the machinations of Damien Darhk and Eobard Thawne, and World War II continued until 1947, was starting to cement in the timeline, supplanting the previous reality. With the help of Oliver Queen, he was able to locate the submerged Waverider in 2016 and wake Mick Rory from time stasis. Together with Mick, Nate traveled through time, using his skills as a historian to find where and when the other members of the Legends team were stranded.[1] For his help, Nate was made a new member of the team.[13] After being injected with a biomolecular enhancer created by Eobard Thawne and modified by Ray Palmer, Nate gained the ability to transform his skin into steel, making him extremely strong and resilient. After learning to use his abilities he was given the codename "Steel" by Ray, after his grandfather Henry Heywood/Commander Steel. Among the other nicknames he suggested himself were Corporal Steel, Mister Steel and Citizen Steel.[14]

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  • Metahuman Physiology
    • Enhanced Strength: Even in human form, Nate is considerably stronger than the average human (just above the peak human strength), enough to easily break a piece of a desk to use as an improvised weapon.[15]
    • Enhanced Reflexes: Nate was able to turn to steel before J. Edgar Hoover could shoot him in the head, after the latter pulled the trigger.[16]
    • Accelerated Healing: The serum not only cured Nate's Hemophilia, but also enhanced his body's natural ability to heal. Even a direct hit to his chest by the A.T.O.M. Exosuit's blasters only knocked him out for a minute before he somewhat recovered shortly afterwards.[14]
  • Cosmic Awareness: Nate seems to be able to sense changes in the timeline or reality itself, as shown when he detected changes to the past, such as New York City being nuked by Nazis in 1942, causing World War II to last until 1947, and when the Legion of Doom changed reality using the Spear of Destiny, he was able to realise someone had "operated" on reality. However, this awareness still has its limits, as when Zari Tarazi's past was rewritten, Nate knew something was amiss but didn't know what it was, and eventually dismissed it.


Other Characteristics

  • Hemophilia (Formerly): Nate was born with a blood condition called Hemophilia which significantly slowed his body's ability to make blood clots meaning that any injuries he sustained, especially cuts, left him more vulnerable and took considerably longer to heal than an average human.[13] This condition was cured by the serum that Nate was injected with, by Ray Palmer.[14]
  • Ophidiophobia
  • Dwarf Star Alloy
  • Mustard Gas: Exposure to mustard gas ate through Nate's steel form and left him with scars.




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