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MHR: Golden Age Toro Datafile

April 10, 2013
Toro (comics)

Toro (comics) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Toro was the Golden Age Human Torch’s teen sidekick. His original origin goes something like this: He’s an orphan who is inexplicably immune to fire, working in a circus as a fire-eater. One day, the Torch flies by and Toro bursts into flames. The young boy has all of the powers of the Torch, and after a brief mentoring phase, joins him on his crime-fighting adventures. In Roy Thomas’ Invaders series, it was revealed that Toro’s parents were killed by the Asbestos Lady because his dad was a cutting-edge asbestos researcher, or something, who refused to help her. As the Asbestos Lady is one of the Torch’s villains, he feels responsible for Toro and keeps an eye on him, which is why he was at the circus. For his part, Toro is said to be a mutant whose full powers were activated by the Torch’s proximity. Much more recently, it was revealed that Toro’s mom worked for the Torch’s creator, Phineas T. Horton, and that somehow as a result Toro was infused with the power cells that allow the Torch to burst into flames. While he’s still a mutant, it’s speculated that the artificial cells warped his mutant powers into copying the Torch’s abilities.

One interesting quirk of Toro’s powers is that he has sometimes used the ignition of his flame-form to recover from serious injuries.

Whatever the reason, Toro is a mini-me of the Torch, and for his part, the Torch serves as a surrogate father for Toro. In fact, Toro often calls his mentor “Pappy.” When the Torch deactivates himself after the war, Toro settles down and gets married, only to die during the Silver Age in battle against the Mad Thinker. In the recent Avengers/Invaders mini-series, Bucky used the Cosmic Cube to bring Toro back from the dead.

Toro
Thomas “Toro” Raymond [public]

Affiliations
Solo d8, Buddy d10, Team d6

Distinctions
Daddy Issues
Orphaned Circus Performer
Pre-Teen Torch

Flame Form
As Johnny Storm’s Flame On! except:
– downgrade all power traits to d8
– remove the Nova Flame SFX
– add the Healing Factor SFX: “Spend 1 PP to use Fire Control to recover your physical stress and step back your physical trauma.”
– add the Mutant Limit

Specialties
Acrobatics Expert d8

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