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Victor Stone is Cyborg; kept alive by Promethium plating and cybernetic enhancements, he feared becoming an outcast, until he found a new family in the Teen Titans. He is a member of the Justice League of America.

Origins

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The construction of Cyborg.

Victor Stone is the son of a pair of scientists, Silas and Elinore Stone, who decided to use him as a test subject for various intelligence enhancement projects. However, Victor grew to resent this treatment and fell in with a young miscreant named Ron Evers who led him into trouble with the law. This was the beginning of a struggle where Victor strove for his own life engaging in pursuits his parents disapproved of such as athletics. In addition, Victor still kept bad company that led him into incidents such as when he was talked into participating in a street gang fight in which he was wounded. For the most part however, Victor still had a largely normal life under the circumstances where he also refused to follow his best friend's grandiose plans of racially motivated terrorism.[2]

All that changed one day when he visited his parents at work at S.T.A.R. Labs. Coincidentally, an experiment in dimensional travel went horribly awry when a massive gelatinous monster crossed over an experimental portal and killed Victor's mother. The creature then turned on Victor and severely mutilated him before his father managed to force the creature back through the portal. To save his son, who was unconscious at this time, Victor's father outfitted him with experimental prostheses of his own design. However, the equipment could not be worn inconspicuously, and thus Victor was horrified upon regaining consciousness to see much of his body, including part of his face, replaced with sheer metallic limbs and implants. Although Victor wanted to die at this shock, he adjusted enough through his resulting physical therapy to control his implants with suitable skill.[2]

Upon release from medical care, he found his life was seriously inconvenienced with the fearful reactions of the public at his implants; even his girlfriend rejected him. In addition, he was also disallowed his participation in athletics not only for his implants but for his poor grades which were further exacerbated by his long convalescence. However, when his old friend attempted to use Victor's troubles to manipulate him into attempting a terrorist attack on the United Nations, Victor found a new purpose as he equipped his weapons attachments and stopped his friend in a pitched battle on the UN building.[2]

New Teen Titans

He joined the Teen Titans, initially for the benefit of a support group of kindred spirits and freaks and has remained with that group ever since. In addition, Victor found new friends who saw past his disfigurements to his own nobility such as a group of children who were adjusting to their own prostheses and idolized Victor with his fancy parts and exciting adventures as well as their beautiful teacher Sarah Simms, who took a shine to him herself.[3]

Throughout his association with the Titans, Victor has been destroyed, reconstructed, assimilated by an alien race, and had his humanity restored.

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Titans Hunt

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When the Titan Jericho was driven mad by the souls of Azarath,[4] he seized control of the Wildebeest Society and began kidnapping Titans. Victor was captured and launched into space, where his rocket exploded and he crash landed in Russia, where he was discovered by his fellow Titan Red Star, and restored by Russian scientists to the best of their ability. While his body was repaired, his mind and memories were gone, leaving him an empty shell only responding to direct orders.[5]

Leonid and Dr. Sarah Charles continued trying to restore Vic's memories, when suddenly, his body sprang alive without being given orders. He fled in a rampage to a cabin in the Catskill Mountains, which contained a failsafe designed by his late father to return his memories. Victor regains control of his body as Leonid and Sarah enter with soldiers, triggering a self-destruct protocol, erasing his memories yet again.[6]

Technis

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Cyberion reveals himself.

In a desperate plea to save his friend, Changeling struck a deal with the Brotherhood of Evil to steal the Mento Helmet. This ended in his kidnapping as the Brotherhood was working with Technis, a robotic life form which came to Earth during its universal search for knowledge and cataloging.[7]

In another attempt to revive Victor, Prestor Jon, a Titan from the future who existed within cyberspace, entered Vic's internal computer only to find him still alive, begging to be freed.[8] Technis interfaced with Victor, explaining that it was not one single being but was a mass of hundreds of them; beings who had a linked minded aptitude to collecting. They had searched for him in order to gain his human soul.[9] Being functionally dead in his own body, he accepted the offer, merging with Technis to become a fully robotic being. He later asked Changeling to help him on his journey with Technis in the pursuit of cataloging the universe.[10] Garfield accepted and Cyborg, now called Cyberion Technis, travelled around the universe until the day Technis was destroyed in a battle. This utterly changed Cyberion as he now lost his second family which shook loose his humanity again and he began to remember his old self and longed for its return.

The Technis Imperative

 Main article: JLA/Titans: The Technis Imperative

Victor wanted to honor the Technis imperative and continue to explore the universe, but the farther they traveled, the more Victor's humanity faded away. Losing faith in his best friend, Beast Boy abandoned Vic and returned to Earth. Now entirely alone, Victor fully gave into his cybernetic body and began collecting and assimilating everything in his way until he became as big as the moon, eventually returning to Earth and overtaking the moon, and with it the JLA Watchtower. The JLA was angered at this hostile takeover and attacked, not knowing that this machine was Cyborg. While in Earth's vicinity, Cyborg sent probes to kidnap anyone that was on the Titans roster, including Green Lantern and The Atom, confining them in virtual reality pods in Titans Island. Victor's actions resulted in horrible natural disasters and plant-wide technological threats and shut downs.[11]

Events coalesced in the Justice League, Young Justice, JLA Reserves, Titans, and Teen Titans all being assembled to determine the best course of action for handling the threat. Yet when a consensus could not be reached, a massive fight broke out over the destruction of Cyborg. This fight distracted Cyborg's programming and allowed a team of Leaguers and Titans to break off and head towards the moon where the main central power core of Cyborg's being was held. The Titans succeeded in bringing the human out of Cyborg by manipulating his virtual reality environmental programming and using it on Cyborg himself; producing an image of Victor's father. With Victor's soul being set free from Technis' programming, Raven tried to use her powers to upload it into the Titan's mainframe computer, but it was not compatible. Instead, Raven placed Victor's soul inside of the Omegadrome where it became a golden, shape-shifting body.[12]

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Vic's new body.

In order to keep an eye on Vic, Nightwing kept him on the Titans, until he was ready to present him with a surprise: a new human body. Vic learned that when he crash landed in Russia during Titans Hunt, the scientists that rebuilt him kept his DNA on file, and used it to grow a clone body, which appeared human but retained some cybernetics. Vic's consciousness was downloaded into the clone body, and he subsequently left the Titans, moving to Los Angeles to be closer to Gar and Dr. Charles.[13]

Central City

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Cyborg returns to the fray.

After spending some time in California, Vic was called into Keystone City by The Flash to help build a machine which could send attacking Parademons back to Apokolips through a Boom Tube. Using his shape-shifting cybernetic body, Victor dons his Cyborg armor once again in order to face the alien threat. During the battle, the Black Racer, an embodiment of death, attempts to claim the life of a little girl, but Flash and Cyborg send him through the machine, globally crippling the Parademon armies. After the battle, Vic says he didn't belong in California, and asks if Central City is in need of a superhero.[14]

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Mentor

He later went on to mentor a new Teen Titans group, consisting mainly of sidekicks, most of whom have taken over the secret identities of former members (i.e. Tim Drake, the third Robin, instead of Dick Grayson, the original Robin and Titans leader), as well as stalwarts such as Starfire, Raven, and Beast Boy, where they have fought enemies such as Deathstroke, Doctor Light, and the Titans of Tomorrow.

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Infinite Crisis

During Infinite Crisis, Cyborg joined Donna's New Cronus Team that went to investigate a hole in the universe that was discovered during the Rann-Thanagar War. He left Beast Boy in charge of the Titans while he was gone. They arrived at the re-set center of the universe and with the help of assorted heroes, aided in the defeat of Alexander Luthor, who was attempting to re-create the Multiverse and build a perfect Earth from it.

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Cyborg was fused together with Firestorm after returning to Earth. This was caused by the energy ripples caused by Alexander Luthor Jr. which altered the Zeta Ray Beams the heroes were going to use to return home.[15]

One Year Later

After being severely damaged during the events of Infinite Crisis, Cyborg was rebuilt over time in thanks to Tower caretakers Wendy and Marvin. He awoke one year later to find a wholly different group of Titans led by Robin, the only member from the team he formed prior to going into space. Cyborg felt that members such as Kid Devil and Ravager were hardly worthy of being Titans, and thus was attempting to find a way to re-form "the real Titans".

After the team along with the Doom Patrol defeated the Brotherhood of Evil, Cyborg asked Beast Boy to rejoin the Titans, but Gar refused saying that his skills were needed with the Patrol. After returning to Titans Tower, Cyborg began reviewing the security tapes during the last year, in which it appears that he was looked to by all the Titans of the past year for a shoulder to lean on, despite being in a coma-like state.

Although Cyborg did retain the position of statesman amongst the Teen Titans and occasionally played second-in-command to Robin's lead, he no longer operated as a Titan in any official capacity.

Shortly thereafter, Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman agreed that Cyborg should be offered membership in the new Justice League. However, following a battle against Amazo, Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) and Black Canary took over the formation of the JLA, and Cyborg was not included among the roster.[16]

Cyborg began putting together a new branch of Titans East which consisted of Anima, Dove, Hawk, Lagoon Boy, Little Barda and Power Boy. During a training exercise, the team was attacked by an unknown foe and Cyborg was severely injured.[17] This incident inspires the original members of the "New" Teen Titans to regroup and investigate the situation.[18]

Cry for Justice

Cyborg's new team didn't work out and when the new Teen Titans formed after his Titan's East's destruction he played second in command again. Although not officially on the roster he helped them on their investigations; he later joined officially and headed the new team of Teen Titans. They had many adventures together when their numbers started to grow and the founding members started to move on to bigger things. Wonder Girl began to lead this new team and they moved to Titans Tower in San Francisco, California. Soon the old founding members joined an unofficial team called the Titans to work as a family and a place to relax from their all overwhelming lives. But the peace didn't last when lives started to overlap and intersect and fewer members started showing up.

When the Titans fell apart again, Cyborg joined the JLA alongside Dick (as Batman) and Donna Troy. Officially on the team, he did not enter the field of battle much. Instead, he devoted his time to helping improve the Red Tornado's android body.

Powers

  • Cybernetic Enhancement: Cyborg possesses cybernetic enhancements that provide superhuman strength, endurance and durability. Cyborg can also interface with computers. Built into his body-armor were an infrared eye, computer generator, sound amplifier/white noise cannon and special programming adapters that allowed him to interface with other body extensions.
    • Computer Interfacing[19]
    • Body Resistance: The nature of Cyborg's body provides him with natural body armor offering resistance versus energy attacks.
    • Sensor Systems: Cyborg has optic, thermal and motion sensors just to name a few.[20]
    • Adaptive Countermeasures: Cyborg's systems are capable of fabricating and initializing any number of technological adaptations to deal with any adversary he comes across. E.I. creating synthetic kryptonite for Kryptonians, absorbing and redistributing energy for a phasing Martian.[21] Even creating an anti-possession frequency against an overshadowed opponent, like Jericho.[22]
    • Shape-Change: He can reshape parts of his body into various weapons and technological equipment. His arsenal included a finger laser attachment, telescopic eyepiece, sonic disruptor, electric shockers, grappling hooks, winches and metallic tentacles.[23][24][21]
    • Material Assimilation: Cyborg can consciously integrate new forms of machines and cybernetics into his own bionic physiology in order to further enhance himself.[21]
    • Superhuman Durability: His bones are reinforced with molybdenum-steel.
    • Superhuman Stamina
    • Superhuman Speed
    • Superhuman Strength: At optimal capacity, Vic can lift/press in excess of four metric tons. If he pushes himself, he can even exceed five tons, but not without causing severe stress to his cybernetic components. Cyborg's upper strength limits have fluctuated with upgrades to his systems over time. Cyborgs new strength limit is somewhere around 15-20 tons.[25]
    • Nanobionic Regeneration: Stone's robotics give him the ability to physically recover his damaged circuitry in the event of catastrophic structural impairment.[26]
    • Power Absorption: Vic's bionic components have the ability to siphon the powers of others within close proximity.[27]
  • Technis Physiology (Formerly): For a brief time Victor was assimilated into the technomorphic species of living computers called the Technis race. Through them his core essence was assimilated into their vast digitized sentience network which afforded him a host of unique supertropical attributes which made Vic that much more powerful than ever before.[28]
  • Omegadrome Union (Formerly): On his return to Earth, Cyberion had his consciousness of Vic Stone transferred into Minions Omegadrome alien armor. A shapeshifting liquid metal body comprising of incredibly advanced alien technology.[29] Adapting the suit to his own usage he was able to change and morph his own bodies physical semblance however he saw fit, after having assimilated a clone body created for him.[30] Cyborg now could physically retain his ability to take human form as well as change back into Cyborg shape without effort at will.[31]

Abilities

Other Characteristics


  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.

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