Loislanekent wanted me to put in a bio of Captain America. I said I'd get it done, so here it is. I could go over the list and be a different Avenger, too, rather than usurping a spot if there someone who is really needed. Could also a USAgent.
SEXUAL ORIENTATION: Heterosexual
APPEARANCE WITHOUT COSTUME:
POWERS/ABILITIES: As a recipient of the super-soldier serum, Steve Rogers has:
- Superhuman Strength;
- Enhanced Speed;
- Enhanced Agility;
- Enhanced Reflexes;
- Superhuman Stamina;
- Superhuman Durability;
- Superhuman Healing;
- Superhuman Disease/Toxin Resistance;
- Alcohol Immunity;
- Enhanced Senses;
Steven Rogers has also received extensive combat training. He is a master of armed and unarmed combat, proficient in an extensive variety of small and heavy arms along with unconventional weapons such as swords and his signature shield. Steve knows how to operate most military vehicles, from AFVs to tanks to jets to SHIELD's more exotic models, even a helicarrier. Anything he does not know he is capable of learning in extremely short periods of times. The super-soldier serum has has given Steve a powerful analytical mind, making him an exceptional strategist and tactician.
Perhaps Rogers' greatest asset is his indomitable will. He can resist all forms of temptation and torture through force of will alone. Dr. Erskine even theorized that the success of the super-soldier serum in augmenting Rogers' was due to Rogers' sheer force of will.
HISTORY: Steven Rogers grew up in Brooklyn, New York, during the harsh years of the Depression. Physically frail, Steve's father died during the First World War and as such was not around to raise him. Despite that, Steve developped a strong moral compass and compassionate heart. Neither of these were lost when his mother would later succumb to illness, leaving Rogers alone in the world save for his friend Buchanan 'Bucky' Barnes. Bucky was responsible for helping Rogers out of a lot of fights, but Rogers himself never gave up and never quit, even when he was outmatched by healthier, crueller men.
When America joined WW2 on the side of the Allies, Steve yearned to go and fight. Other men were risking their lives in combat zones, and it shamed
Steve Rogers that he would be relegated to gathering scrap metal or some other task because of his weak body. He tried, multiple times, to enlist in the Army, falsifying his enlistment forms numerous times - while not the legal thing to do, Steve thought it was the moral thing to do. He would be vindicated if only he could get to do as much as any other man. This impressed Dr. Erskine, who overhead an argument between Rogers and Barnes outside a recruiting agency. The doctor then spoke to Rogers, trying to determine whether Steve was motivated by callous desire for murder, or perhaps something else. Convinced that Rogers was motivated by a desire for justice, the doctor intervened and gave Rogers a chance, entering Rogers into a pool of candidates to receive the super-soldier serum. The tests were fairly trivial for other men, measures of physical fitness, hand-eye coordination, and so forth. But Rogers did not give up, despite various physical ailments and shortcomings. Perhaps what proved Rogers to be the right candidate to the commanding officer was that, of all candidates, he was the only one to not scramble when a dummy grenade was thrown amongst the prospective super-soldiers. In fact, Rogers threw himself on the grenade.
Rogers would indeed go on to receive the super-soldier serum, enduring the pain of the augmentation. He emerged better than he could have dreamed. Sadly, Dr. Erskine was killed during the experiment by a Nazi spy, and some important secret of the process was lost with the doctor. Instead of becoming the first of many, Steve Rogers was America's only super-soldier. He was relegated to doing bond drives state-side, because the higher-ups did not want to risk losing their only super-weapon. It was hoped from Rogers' blood that the process could be reverse-engineered, but this would take years, perhaps decades, without Erskine's mind to guide them. Although Steve performed for the bond drives, he felt wasted. Shame made his every waking moment pure agony. Men, better men, were off fighting and dying. The true depths of his fall were laid bare to Steve when he was shipped overseas to try and boost morale of the common men, but he was jeered and booed offstage by real men who did not take kindly to a costumed clown.
Rogers learned later that day that his friend, Bucky, had been captured and that a rescue mission would not be launched. The facility Barnes was held captive in was so far behind enemy lines that more men would be lost than rescued, and in the basic arithmetic of winning a war it was an easy call. So Steve went AWOL, performing a one-man raid on what turned out to be a HYDRA facility. Steve managed to save most of the prisoners, liberating them and helping them to seize HYDRA equipment. Some men were lost in the prison break, but many more made it back to Allied lines. From there on, Rogers became an active combatant, fighting to the end of the war against the Axis and against HYDRA.
A fateful final confrontation with the Red Skull would see Rogers lost in action. The Skull had developped a doomsday weapon intended to destroy America, and then the rest of the world. It was an advanced bomber capable of crossing from Europe to America. Rogers led an attack on the HYDRA facility this 'Valkyrie' was stored in, hoping to prevent its launch entirely. The attack was not successful in this regard, and so Steve boarded the Valkyrie and fought against HYDRA soldiers and the Skull himself. Although Rogers triumphed, he had no other option but to take the bomber down before it carried out its pre-programmed attack run. Forcing the bomber down into the ice, Rogers was knocked unconcious in the crash and lost when the bomber was swallowed up by the ice.
Seventy years later, the ice shifted and by accident a team of explorers found the bomber. The find eventually drew SHIELD attention, and Captain America was brought back to the modern world. It was difficult for Steve at first, but Nick Fury reminded Rogers that even if the people he had known were gone, the country that he loved was still there, and showed Rogers that it needed him more than ever. Captain America fought with SHIELD, not just for American security, but for world peace. He joined the Avengers project, helping to defeat Loki and many other threats to global peace.
PERSONALITY: Steve Rogers tends to be withdrawn. He does not relate to the modern world very well. The man is friendly enough to his fellow Avengers, but they tend to have very little in common. The popular culture he grew up on is out of date, and he espouses values that many hold as anachronistic. After all of these years, also, Steve has not learned how to talk to women, and the advances women have made post-war are something - though pleasant - to him. There is a part of Steve that resents that people have not come as far as people of his time thought: the presence of racism, classism, sexism, and other unpleasant -isms still being around was a bitter pill to swallow. He hates the partisanship of American politics, and especially when pundits of any stripe try to use him to support their agenda.
The mission is really all Steve has. He holds onto it like a drowning man hangs on to a piece of driftwood. It is the only thing truly keeping him sane, although he is doing better than when he first was thawed out - and he is doing a better job of keeping his emotional state hidden from the others.
EQUIPMENT: Captain America's costume contains vibranium chest and back plates, while the majority of it is made from bulletproof kevlar and composite antiballistic materials. His utility belt contains many useful tactical devices, prepped as the mission might require. Flashbangs and miniaturized explosives are common.
His signature disc shield is an adamantium/vibranium alloy, rendering it virtually indestructible.
KNOWN ENEMIES: HYDRA