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Early Life

Philip Cho was born in South Korea. When he found a job in the United States, he and his wife Helen moved together to Tucson, Arizona.

They bought a house in Tucson, and integrated well with the already existing community. Philip and Helen had quite a passion for historical names, something they showed the moment they had to name their two children Helen gave birth to. Their first child was a son, Amadeus Cho, named after the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and their second child was a daughter, Maddy, named after the physicist Marie Curie, she is called Maddie for short.

The Cho's lived a normal and happy life, but Amadeus showed from his very childhood that he was different: he was incredibly smart for such a young boy, and learnt a lot of things by himself, becoming highly cultured and increasing his already remarkable intelligence. Philip supported his genius son, and tried to go along with his talent. The more Amadeus grew up, the more his parents realized he was a genius. When the boy was fifteen years old, the soap corporation Excello, announced an online game to reward young geniuses, a quiz show named Brain Fight.

Amadeus participated, and he easily won the $5,000 reward, placing first. Philip and Helen of course were happy for their son’s results, but they didn't know this was just the beginning of the end for their family. The person who had organized Brain Fight, in fact, was another genius and former child prodigy, Pythagoras Dupreee, whose real aim was to search the world for other people whose intellect might rival his own… and to eliminate them as unwanted rivals. By winning his game, Amadeus Cho had been awarded with the title of Mastermind Excello and the position of “7th Smartest Man in the World” (Pythagoras, by his own claim, was the 6th), and that was more than enough of a reason to kill him. Dupree had his men attack Amadeus’ house, and in the following explosion, Philip and his wife were killed.[2]

Underworld

Amadeus became the best friend of the Greek demigod Hercules, and accompanied him in many of his adventures: during a mission to save Zeus from the Hades (Underworld), while Hercules battled hordes of vengeful enemies in Tartarus, Amadeus ended up in the Elysian Fields (the Greek version of Heaven), where he met his parents again.

Before he could finish apologizing for having "caused" their deaths by winning Brain Fight, Philip and Helen interrupted him and hugged him, happy and proud of what their son had become. Before he went back to Earth, however, Helen told Amadeus something he didn't know yet: Maddy didn't die in the explosion, and was still alive, taken by the Excello and kept somewhere, needing his help.

He couldn't do much else but watch over his children from the Fields of Elysian. It was now up to Amadeus to make things right and to reunite with what remained of his family.[3]



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