Security Level: 50
Online Name: Comrade Hero
Country of Origin: Dual citizen of Russia and United States
Origin of Powers: Mutant
Powers: Invulnerability / Energy Melee
Battle Cry: Crush all Criminal Subversives!
Movement: Flight and Super Speed
Favored Attack: Energy Transfer
Favored Defense: Invunlnerability
Hated Nemesis: Fascists of all stripes
His father was Aleksandr Biryuk, a high ranking diplomat of the former Soviet Union, who served at the United Nations in New York.
His mother was Caroline Jackson, daughter of US shipping and oil magnate Thomas Jackson.
Nikolai was born in the United States, but raised in the former Soviet Union by his father’s family in the Ukraine. His younger sister Nina was born in 1975, and was raised by his mother in the United States.
Nikolai would not get to see his mother or sister in person until nearly three decades later.
Nikolai graduated from secondary school in 1988 and joined the Kharkov Higher Military Aviation School for Fighter Pilots. He graduated with honors in 1993, receiving his Pilot-Engineer diploma.
Nikolai subsequently attended the Ministry of Aviation Industry Test Pilot School in Zhukovsky, receiving his Test Pilot Degree in 1996.
Upon graduation, Nikolai was selected as an experimental test pilot and posted to a classified Russian Federal Space Agency test site somewhere in northern Siberia known simply as Lot 11.
Nikolai excelled as a test pilot and enjoyed working with the various ‘X Planes’ being constructed and tested at Lot 11. In the aftermath of the Rikti War Lot 11 came into possession of a number of Rikti artifacts and technology. Some of this was reverse engineered and incorporated into the Phoenix Project - an attempt to create a jet fighter capable of making sub-orbital leaps through the edge of space.
In 2003 Nikolai was given the honor of piloting Phoenix IV on its maiden voyage.
It was during testing of Phoenix IV's sub-orbital leaping capacity that Nikolai ran into trouble. Phoenix IV was unexpectedly exposed to a massive bombardment of unknown cosmic radiation.
Phoenix IV exploded spectacularly, sending Nikolai plummeting 70 miles, helplessly towards the Earth. Nikolai crashed into the frozen wastes of the Arctic. The resulting impact created a massive crater and briefly lit up the night sky with an eerie crimson glow.
A week later rescue crews recovered the unconscious Nikolai, and were astonished to find him alive and complete unharmed in the middle of a smouldering crater a half a mile across in diameter and 100ft deep.
The unknown cosmic radiation that had destroyed Phoenix IV had triggered the latent mutant potential in Nikolai - creating a near indestructible man infused with cosmic energies he could now control and channel through his body.
Nikolai was immediately transferred to Moscow for assessment by order of the GRU (Glavnoye Razvedyvatelnoye Upravlenie) Russian Metahuman Identification and Utilisation Division.
Nikolai was quickly drafted as a metahuman asset and began specialist training to help him master and control his newfound abilities.
Nikolai had been dubbed ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’ in recognition of his astonishing survival. He eventually adopted the rather mundane sounding 'Comrade Hero' as his hero identity, despite suggestions of several more exciting and dramatic hero names.
Given Nikolai’s parentage, it was decided to send him to the United States. Publicly as part of the Russian Federation’s assistance to the reconstruction of Paragon City, and privately to gather intelligence and curtail the activities of the newly emergent Council.
Moscow was particularly worried by the ease with which the Council had overthrown and absorbed the remnants of the 5th Column into its ranks.
Nikolai journeyed to the United States in 2004 and was granted a Paragon City Hero Registration Card in April 2004. He was also joyfully reunited with his mother and sister, and introduced to his American relatives.
As Comrade Hero, Nikolai strives to protect and educate the peoples of America against the depredations of criminal subversives, against capitalist exploitation by immoral corporations, and against oppression from the corrupt governmental policies and practises.
Comrade Hero is first and foremost a protector and champion of the People - be they in Paragon City or Moscow. He holds true to the ideal of Communism and strives to ensure the People have a powerful friend ready to defend them against the depredations from all types of criminal subversives.