Robby Walker Adapts Into Sprawler
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Wields: Fire (Orange Orb)
Skills: MMA Fighter
Alignment: The Core
Robby Walker isn’t your typical 16 year-old. Because of Kimura’s travel sched- ule, Robby spent much of his childhood on the road, schooled by his mentor in scholastics and martial arts. Even though Kimura was the best “parent” he could be, without a traditional family or other kids, Robby couldn’t help but feel a little alone for a lot of his young life. Now that they are settled in Chicago, Robby loves it. But…he remains a little awkward around others. And if it is a cute girl? Forget it!
His good friend Miko attempts to train him in approaching the oppo- site sex, but she’s got issues of her own trying to win the affection of an oblivious Johnny Nova. Robby covers for his insecurities by being overly outgoing and sometimes even reckless, but underneath it, he’s pretty shy and humble, really wondering how he is fitting in and if people like him. But while he trains in Kimura’s gym, he’s fearless. It is one place where he has always been at home. There is much more to Robby than meets the eye and his friends know it. Plus, he knows a little something about almost every city – he’s already been there from his traveling childhood!
Because of Robby’s lonely childhood, Sprawler loves his duty as the leader of The Core! He’s part of a group and he loves it. Even though he still has to remember that he can rely on his teammates to help him reach success. Because the principles of MMA favor the martial arts as a method of self-defense, Sprawler’s fighting technique favors one of resistance.
Sprawler defends mankind with air bending moves and Matrix-style stealth to dodge and turn his opponents’ strikes against them.
Johnny Novak Adapts Into Johnny Nova
Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Wields: Feats of Strength and Power (Yellow Orb)
Skills: Professional Wrestler, YouTube Sensation
Alignment: The Core
Johnny Novak really, really wants to be famous. But for right now, he’s more of a clumsy 16 year old “down and out” wrestler from Toronto, Canada. At 6’7 and 250 lbs of solid mass, Johnny’s hunger to achieve success drives him to…well, hunger! His obsessive work out routine leaves him starving, always looking for something to eat, and he loves to experiment with crazy ingredients for his protein shakes. And this is what Kimura sees in this student – while he is still growing into himself and not always succeeding Johnny just keeps trying, getting better and better, stronger and stronger each and every day.
There are setbacks to be sure, but he learns from his mistakes and just keeps going. His dream has always been to become a famous professional wrestler, but his million dollar body never seems to be in sync with his 10 cent promotional ideas. He’s sure one of these ideas will rocket him to fame… The latest, organized by his manager Larry “Fink” Finkle, was typical. He barrel dived Niagara Falls and posted the video on YouTube. After two months and 14 views he is still waiting for it to go viral. He’s pretty sure it will happen any day! While his professional wrestling career never seems to go anywhere, his life as a superhero is a very different story.
When he connects with an orb, Johnny becomes JOHNNY NOVA, the most electrifying wrestler in animation! Ironically, over time, Johnny Nova achieves celebrity status as a member of The Core – people love him! – but since what is at stake is secret he is forced to keep his true human identity hidden away – as the entire Core and Void do.
Miko Oguchi Adapts Into Kata
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Wields: Life (Pink Orb)
Skills: Karate, Hacking, Skateboarding
Alignment: The Core
Miko is the girl with the dragon tattoo next door. This 15 year-old from Tokyo, Japan, is super-cute, and dangerously intelligent but also has difficulty controlling her impulsive behavior and short temper. Miko has a passion for skateboarding, hacking, Karate and animals (except cats because she is allergic). In fact, she adopted her pet lemur, Monzai, after breaking him out of an animal testing center with her hacking skills. Miko also happens to be a huge wrestling fan and has a celebrity crush on the oblivious Johnny Novak (she’s watched his YouTube video 14 times!). Kimura knew right away that there was something special about Miko, even though her adventurous personality is always getting her into trouble. And she usually recruits fellow tech geek, the unwitting, but accommodating, Kudzai to assist in the mischief. When she connects with an orb, Miko transforms into KATA, who can summon the energy of animals to bring their power, strength and agility to her Karate moves.
Kudzai, a brilliant young engineer from Somalia, is paralyzed from the waist down from his time as a child soldier and is in a wheel chair. But he doesn’t let his disability hold him down. He works for Kimura at the gym doing everything the ex-star does not want to do – billing, membership, entry forms, you name it, Kudzai does it! Kudzai is happy to have found his place in such a great spot and as a result is very loyal to Kimura and now, The Core. While he would love to be fighting The Void himself, somebody needs to hold down the fort and keep tabs on the action. Kudzai guides The Core via a supercomputer he designed, which detects Void activity measuring a combination of social media activity and disruptions at energy facilities. Kudzai’s computer also allows him to guide The Core in battle, much like people communicating while playing an online video game.
Kudzai is privotal in our first season’s arc. Because of his brilliant mind, Kudzai is aided by Sirocco when The Chairman discovers his design for a machine that could potentially transmit Wroxer energy via broadcast. Under the impression that The Chairman plans to use the machine to help spread positive Core energy throughout the world, Kudzai hands over the designs only to discover The Chairman has more sinister plans!! Once the transmitter is stolen because of Kudzai’s vulnerability, he vows to never expose his weakness again and discovers a way to power a robotic suit with Wroxer energy to defend himself against future threats.
PIERRE LAROQUE AKA KIMURA
Kimura is a rugged, mid-aged Brazillian Ju-Jitzu expert, who provides both mentoring and guidance to Robby and The Core as they struggle to gain control of their strange new powers. Kimura is a former MMA champion from Montreal, who moved to Chicago as a teen where he befriended Robby’s father. Kimura eats, sleeps and breathes MMA. He lives the principles that guide the best fighters to success. He adheres to the code and teaches his students — respect, self-improvement and discipline. He doesn’t believe in shortcuts.
LARRY “FINK” FINKLE
Fink is the fast-talking, sleazy manager of Johnny Novak. While navigating the political environment that is pro-wrestling for over 20 years, Fink has learned the ins and outs of surviving as a con-man. Fink has a stable of young aspiring pro wrestlers convinced that he has the ability to take their careers to the next level. Fink is not a totally bad guy, he just believes his own lies, and tries (but always fails) to live his own dreams vicariously through his clients. Fink is a big believer that pulling off crazy stunts that spread virally through social media is the way to get noticed by the big boys. He frequently pops up at the gym to check on Johnny’s progress and keeping the secret of The Core away from his prying eyes can be a problem!
Zack Walker Adapts Into Wrath
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Wields: Ice (Blue Orb)
Skills: Street Fighter
Alignment: The Void
Zack Walker is a bitter young man. Growing up in the streets has taught him to be very resourceful, and turned him into a stone cold fighter. In fact, Zack runs his own fight club in an abandoned warehouse in Philly, which doubles up as The Void’s headquarters. With ice running through his veins, it is only fitting that Zack transforms into the icy Wrath when he connects with the Void. Wrath uses his ice as a weapon to gain leverage over and freeze his opponents in their tracks. The Chairman kept tabs on Zack as he grew up, intent on using him as a soldier, but as it turns out, Zack isn’t so eager to be led. While there may be an internal power struggle within The Void, one thing is clear… they’re out to destroy The Core!
DAVIAN ROSSDALE – THE CHAIRMAN
The Chairman is the owner and lead scientist at Sirocco, an energy corporation that is a front for his true objective: to convert Wroxer energy into a powerful weapon with which he can take over the world! He has carefully built his status within the community, protecting his alter ego, while destroying the credibility of anyone who might question his intentions. The Chairman is a cunning snake of a businessman who has used his charm to manipulate his way to vast fortune and power. Now he commands The Void to eliminate Sirocco’s competition and rake in the cash at an unprecedented rate.
When The Chairman connected with The Void, he transformed into a destructive snake beast known as The Master. With the ability to hypnotize his opponents before moving in for the strike, The Master’s greatest weapon is the power of mind control and manipulation.
FEDOR ZELENKO ADAPTS INTO MELTDOWN
Fedor Zelenko is an unstable veteran MMA fighter from Chernobyl, Ukraine. When Fedor loses to Kimura it effectively ends his MMA career – to say he holds a grudge is an understatement! Unable to let go, Fedor seeks out dishonorable street fights to make ends meet and try to recapture some of his past glory.
Fedor trains The Void in an abandoned warehouse based in Philly, and secretly bankrolled by Sirocco. Determined to punish the world for his downfall, the hot-headed Fedor’s alter-ego is Meltdown, a fierce villain willing to exploit his fiery temper in the battle against The Core.
Ruin Adapts Into Fission
Hometown: Parts Unknown
Wields: Electricity (Yellow Orb)
Skills: Pro Wrestling, Destruction
Alignment: The Void
Ruin is an insane, masked pro-wrestler from parts unknown who stands at an impressive 7-feet tall with arms thicker than redwood trees. As a wrestler, Ruin achieved all the success that Johnny Novak dreams of. Ruin’s destructive nature led him to the top but was also his downfall, as he was banned from the sport for being too violent and lacking any concept of sportsmanship.
Enlisted by Zack Walker to join The Void, Ruin is transformed into Fission, a hulking beast with a maniacal laugh who loves to “ground and pound!” His forearms pulsate with a glowing toxic heat that flows through his veins to fists the size of boulders. Fission can take out buildings with a swing of his fist, and by smashing them against the ground, he has the ability to shake the earth.
Sakura Miyagi Adapts Into Arashi
Hometown: Okinawa, Japan
Wields: Life – Ability To Bring The Dead to Life (Pink Orb)
Skills: Disciplinarian, Bojutsu
Alignment: The Void
Sakura is a cruel, bitter former school teacher from Tokyo, who loves to dish out punishment. In fact, Miko was among Sakura’s former students who suffered in her classroom! Sakura was banned for life from teaching due to her harsh disciplinarian techniques.
Discovered by Zack Walker when she entered his underground fight club and destroyed all of her opponents, Sakura was subsequently enlisted to join The Void. Her heartless persona is enhanced when she transforms into Arashi, an evil, gothic witch. She can suck the life out of anyone, creating legions of “zombified” ex-students who will do her destructive bidding.