NAME: Simon Burke Davidson AGE: 27
HAIR: brown EYES: brown
HEIGHT: 5'8" (173 cm)
WEIGHT: 230 lbs (105 kg)
POWERS: Invisibility, odor, computer software expert
S.B.D. (he prefers to be called Simon) was a student at MIT. Having earned his M.C.S., he was working on his Ph.D., when things got F.U.B.A.R.
To help with his college tuition, Simon signed up to assist with an experiment in the physics department. An unknown agency was financing a program to develop an invisiblity field. When the device was tested on Simon, it was successful, but with a strange side effect. He did in fact vanish, but the invisibility field somehow created a chemical change in the air around him, generating an odor that knocked everyone else in the area out cold in a matter of seconds.
Simon quickly left the lab to summon medical help. When he left, one of the testers regained consciousness and, trying to dispel the odor, lit a match. The resulting explosion destroyed the lab and everyone inside. It also destroyed the records that showed Simon signing up as a test subject. When the University investigated, Simon kept quiet; his involvement with the project was never discovered.
Over the next few days, Simon found out that he still retained the ability to disappear. At first it happened automatically any time he was nervous or frightened; later he learned how to control the ability so he could disappear at will. He also found out that the odor he generated caused a short-term memory loss; those overcome by the smell woke up with a headache and no memory of what had knocked them out.
His biggest worry at this point was that the group who had sponsored the original experiment would find him. He didn't want to be locked up in an airtight chamber and studied for years; he also didn't know if the sponsors were good guys or bad guys. To avoid being discovered, he left school and got a regular job. He quickly found out that the stress of a normal workplace triggered his invisibility, which brought down the efficiency of his whole department (since everyone was passing out at least once a day).
Giving up on the normal working world, Simon turned to the superhero community. Here he found that his computer skills were in high demand, as more and more criminals were turning to high-tech crimes. At first he worked on contract, a few months at a time with different groups as needed. More recently, he has signed on as a permanent team member; he came to S.A.V.E.U.S. about 18 months ago (at the story's start).
Simon works mostly behind the scenes, as a tech specialist and data analyst. His combat skills are limited, involving either turning invisible or running away. He can infiltrate enemy strongholds, undetected by electronic devices. However, his odor won't knock out an opponent until he's close to them, which means that his smell can be detected while he's still some distance away. (The enemy may not know what's coming, but can still sound the alarm to summon a hazardous materials clean-up team. This has happened more than once.)
When off-duty, Simon is a typical computer nerd; well-meaning, but socially inept. Since his invisibility (and odor) activate when he gets nervous, and since he gets nervous around women, this has not done anything for his love life. He spends most of his time at home alone, gaming online. G-Nat has tried to give him some dating advice, but with limited success.
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