Original Name:Dr. Yuri Fantanovich
Quote: 'A mind is a terrible thing to waste - I think I'll make use of yours.'
Psychic Possession: Dr. Fantanovich can project his consciousness out of his current host body into that of any other body in view, typically immediately displacing the person's mind and taking direct control himself. While dwelling inside a host body, he treats it as though it were his own, including any paranormal abilities they might have. This does not give him immediate access to knowledge or memories of the host, though the host's mind remains intact and he can mentally interrogate the captive mind for whatever he needs. Unusually powerful or determined minds can resist his control or even forcibly eject him, but they are extremely rare, and anyone he dominates for an extended period of time typically ends up with significant mental trauma.
Post-Possession Suggestions: Upon taking over a host body, Dr. Fantanovich can implant any number of hidden commands into the host's subconscious, set to trigger at a specific time or in response to a certain stimulus after he leaves them. These commands can be of almost any nature, and when triggered, take effect with the same force as if he were still in direct control, making the average person unable to resist carrying out the instructions.
Functional Immortality: Dr. Fantanovich's mind is tied to his current host body, and he can transfer between them almost instantaneously. His bodies continue to age as normal, but he can easily just pick up a new host whenever he desires. As a side effect, this makes him extremely difficult to capture, since he can abandon his current body and flee into any nearby bystander to escape or continue fighting.
Host Body Dependency: The bodiless essence that remains of the original Yuri Fantanovich is effectively helpless, and cannot survive long outside a host. His physical capabilities are completely dependent on those of the body he is currently occupying, and the unstable nature of his cloning techniques limits what he can build into self-made bodies to merely above average, far from outright superhuman. Attempts to possess superhumans or abmortals usually result in failure, since they often have exceptional willpower to coincide with their power. Repeated body-jumping in close sucession also rapidly depletes his energy, forcing him to retreat and recuperate. Similarly, he has no combat training or athletic practice himself, and cannot extract such training from dominated minds, only make use of the physical side effects.
Single Presence: Although his ability to implant hypnotic suggestions into people allows him a large supply of potential pawns, he is only capable of directly controlling one host at a time. An abandoned host immediately regains full control of its body, though he frequently embeds commands that prevent an ex-host from becoming a threat to him, and the psychological trauma of his presence is still harmful.
Megalomania: Spending every sleepless moment as a tormented, spirit-like creature isn't healthy for anyone's psyche. 'Puppeteer', as he frequently takes to calling himself, considers every other person on Earth to be inferior to him and at best worthy of being a potential host, which frequently results in his underestimating potential foes. Even after being defeated by them, his self-assurance is such that he will quickly dismiss it as a fluke and remain confident in his eventual triumph.
Variable. Dr. Fantanovich/Puppeteer wears bodies like cheap rubber gloves, and discards them almost as casually if the situation merits it.
Yuri was once a brilliant scientist, holding doctorates in both neurology and applied genetics, alongside lesser degrees in an assortment of other fields. Unfortunately, his keen interest in fringe science and outright paranormal phenomena meant he frequently struggled for funding to support his experiments and research. He worked with self-proclaimed psychics reportedly capable of performing astral projection, or otherwise sending their minds out of their bodies, scrutinizing their geonomes for a common similarity that could be the root cause. Eventually, he thought he had succeeded, and set to splicing the deviant code in question into the most deserving test subject - himself. It worked...partly. He gained the ability to separate his mental essence from its physical body...but once he did so, he did not know how to return.
Bodiless and helpless, the sensations drove him a little bit mad, and his brain-dead former body expired long before he worked out how to insert himself back into a physical shell. This didn't bother him unduly anymore, though, since he found himself with the ability to take over a body regardless of if it was already occupied, the previous owner reduced to a screaming ghost in their own mind. He needed funding, and used his power to get it, taking over hosts and forcing them to transfer assets to numbered foreign accounts that he later emptied, purchasing the equipment he needed to continue his research.