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Origin

Born circa 1900, Topher was infected with vampirism at the age of sixteen and following the Great Depression, he was able to earn a fortune by playing the stock market.

Furthermore during the 1940s, Topher transformed at least one person into a vampire (he likely transformed several others over the following years as well).

Little else is known of Topher's activities following this, except that he at least drank the blood of one Mutant in 1979 and spent the next several decades as an indolent affluent.

Runaways

In circa 2001, Topher lost his fortune following the dot.com bubble economic crisis.

Thus he turned to crime, whilst accompanied by two minions; one male and the other female (it is known that one the minions was one of his 1940s transformations).

In was during recent years that Topher's fate took a twist. Whilst robbing a convenience store in Los Feliz, California, Topher and his two minions encountered the Runaways.

Topher's two minions fled and Topher pretended they were his parents, who had forced him into criminal activity (this was done to gain the trust of the Runaways).

However Runaway Team-Leader Alex Wilder saw through Topher's deception, but kept up the facade that he believe Topher, in the the assumption that Topher would betray them and that Topher's betrayal could be used to provide combat experience for the other Runaways.

Whilst a provisional member of the Runaways, Topher began to forge strife within the team by romantically pursuing two teammates (Nico Minoru and Karolina Dean), then as expected by Alex, Topher attempted to feed upon the Runaways.

However this attempt lead to his downfall, as he began to feed on Karolina, whose solar-charged blood proved fatal to him.

Minions Demise

Topher's two suriving minions, were later killed via sunlight by the parents of the Runaways, The Pride.

Powers

Vampirism: Topher, like all other vampires, is capable of transforming an individual into a vampire by biting them. A special enzyme found only within vampire saliva is responsible for this transformation. After draining all of the blood from a victim, the victim enters a death-like state and returns to life three days later.

Topher possesses typical vampiric traits, such as;

  • Superhuman Strength: Like all vampires, Topher possesses superhuman strength, within the 800 lbs-25 ton range.
  • Superhuman Speed: Topher is capable of running and moving at speeds greater than even the finest human athlete.
  • Superhuman Stamina: Topher's body is more resistant to the fatigue toxins generated by his muscles during physical activity.
  • Superhuman Agility: Topher's ability, balance, and body coordination are enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural limits of the human body.
  • Superhuman Reflexes: Topher's natural reaction time is enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural limits of the human body.
  • Regenerative Healing Factor: Topher is capable of regenerating damaged or destroyed tissue to an extent much greater than an ordinary human.
  • Immortality: Topher, like all vampires, is functionally immortal in the sense that he is immune to the effects of aging and is immune to all known Earthly diseases as long as he ingests fresh blood on a regular basis to maintain his vitality.
  • Fangs: Like all vampires, Topher has fangs and claws. He can quickly drain a victim of blood.

Interestingly, in addition to typical vampiric traits, Topher possessed;

  • Resistance to Vampiric Limitations: Topher was resistant to attacks that customarily kill vampires, including fire and penetration of the heart by wood. While such attacks could injure him, Topher would heal in a matter of seconds.
  • Vampiric Detection: Topher could sense the condition of vampires he had created over the distances of at least several miles.

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Weaknesses

Vampiric Limitations:

  • Sunlight: Due to his vampiric metabolism, Topher is unable to withstand direct sunlight. Sunlight, somehow, causes the ichor within his veins to congeal and his skin to rapidly decay. Thus direct exposure to sunlight will cause him to dehydrate completely and turn to powder.
  • Solar-Blood: Topher is unable to ingest the blood from solar-powered beings, as it is fatal to him[2].

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Footnotes

  1. It is possibly it could be an abbreviation of Christopher
  2. Runaways #10
  3. Vampires: The Marvel Undead #1



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