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Feb 29 1986; 23gender:
theAPPEARANCE eye colour:
5' 6" | 140picture:resembles:
Michael Landesoverall appearance:
Johnny Smith is hot shit; what else is there to say really? He's got
some pretty nice black hair that he gels every morning and he usually
sports the gruff facial hair look. But gruff does not equal gross.
Johnny takes great care to always be clean cut and smooth. He often
wears nice dress pants, a fashionable dark t-shirt, and a dark jacket.
He's a professional and he dresses accordingly and damnit, he looks
Or...rather, he thinks
he looks amazing. All ego aside, Johnny is not quite as attractive as he may think. He's not un
attractive but he's also not drop-dead gorgeous. He's pretty short for a dude--just barely
reaching 5' 6"--and he's also pretty average. No buff muscles on this
guy. He's got a cute smile and a lovely set of eyes and, thankfully,
his acne cleared up after high school. (But let's not bring that up to
Johnny. Ever.) Johnny used to wear glasses but now he's into the
contact thing because, as far as he can tell, the chicks dig it.
Johnny walks with an air of nonchalance. His movements are a little
lazy and carefree but that doesn't mean he's not aware of his
surroundings. He's very attentive to details and his eyes reveal a
thoughtfulness that may surprise those who first meet him. He's usually
always grinning about something and his face is very expressionable.
It's easy to tell his surface thoughts just by looking at the way his
eyebrows crease or the arch of his eyebrows.
For the most
part, people's first impressions of Johnny are pretty good. By the way
he stands and moves, it's clear that he will do and say whatever he
pleases but he also has a distinct aura of self-restraint. He knows how
to play the game of society's social rules. Though Johnny is a little
superficial in most of his endeavors, his body language is generally
welcoming. He exudes self-confidence--which is clear by the
professional way he dresses and the constant grin on his face.
when he's angered or upset by something/someone, Johnny still manages
to appear self-confident and fun-loving. He truly believes in
everything he does--whether it be violent or sleazy--and his movements
often reflect this self-assurance. Getting into a fight with someone is
less about real anger and more about living life as it comes--so though
he may be hitting someone or something, he'll still probably have a bit
of a self-important grin on his face.
Rarely does Johnny allow
his outward appearance to reflect his inner emotions and thoughts.
Mostly, because Johnny does not allow himself
these inner scars and demons. Very very rarely--and if pushed by the
right people--Johnny's facade of self-confidence and laid-back coolness
will dissolve into what he really is: an insecure young man.
a result of his power, Johnny has been known to wear black gloves on
occasion to quell the constant chatter or thought fragments that enter
his mind whenever he touches anything. He's not particularly fond of
wearing gloves--(maybe because of the resemblance to Michael
Jackson?)--but he's also not super keen on massive headaches.
Johnny also sometimes puts wax on his fingertips to help solve this problem.
thePOWERS powers: Printing
- Johnny Smith has the ability to lift thoughts and images from
fingerprints, palm prints, footprints, etc (basically anything that
carries a unique signature via the skin). For example, if Johnny places
his hands on anything that contains a fingerprint, Johnny will hear
whatever thoughts that person might have been thinking when they left
the fingerprint. If Johnny were to shake hands with someone and have
his palmprint touch someone else's palmprint, then Johnny basically
becomes that other person. He is able to see what they see, hear what
they are thinking, and know what they are feeling. limits:
Johnny cannot control the intake of thoughts from fingerprints.
Basically, no matter what he touches, he must hear what is there.
Oftentimes--since most fingerprints are on top of other
fingerprints--this means that Johnny will hear nothing but a background
static of many thought fragments. If a fingerprint is smudged or
broken, Johnny will only hear bits and pieces of the thought it
carries. For Johnny to get a clear and distinct thought, he must touch
a perfect fingerprint. When Johnny touches a fingerprint directly
through physical contact (ie, fingerprint to fingerprint or palmprint
to palmprint), then Johnny will gain access to that person's inner
thoughts for as long as he touches the other person. He cannot,
however, gain access to past thoughts or future thoughts--merely the
current thoughts the person is having. The longer he maintains the
connection, the deeper the thoughts he has access to.side-effects:
If Johnny continues to maintain a physical fingerprint or palmprint
connection with another person for longer than 30 seconds, then the
other person will gain access to all of Johnny's inner-thoughts in
return. If Johnny continues for longer than 45 seconds, then Johnny
will lose control of his ability to distinguish between his
thoughts/pesonality and the other person's thoughts/personality. He
will overload his mind and, if the connection continues, Johnny will
fracture his personality, possibly making himself insane. If the
connection is maintained longer than a minute, it's possible that the
sudden splitting of personality will kill the person that Johnny is
touching. (How dangerous it is for the person wholly depends on how
powerful their mind/personality is. Those with stronger personalities
may not be affected at all--but may actually kill Johnny instead.)
addition, this power comes with one more side-effect. Since Johnny's
power comes from his sense of touch through the organ of the skin, his
whole skin is incredibly sensitive. He's very much prone to rash,
sunburn, and other common skin ailments. Any prolonged physical
activity that requires him to have skin-on-skin action usually results
first in discomfort and then in increasing pain.mutational lineage:
Johnny is a first generation mutant.strengths:
insane confidence and ego
picking up on small details
insane confidence and ego
the inability to maintain relationships
talking before thinking
caring a little too much about peoplefaction:
Xavier'srole in faction:
As a journalist, Johnny helps put the spin on stories to make the X-Men
and Xavier look good. He's also useful when a little investigation
needs to be done. His cover as an investigative reporter comes in right
handy. Johnny's also been asked to substitute teach a few journalism
electives and English courses now and again.
girls, scantily-clad girls, classic rock, alcohol, sarcasm, challenges, cars, soccer, traveling, talking, fightingdislikes:
idiots, txting, fake rock, cats, job interviewsfears:
being alone, lacking intimacy, facing his genuine thoughts, fighting
anyone with real power, being wrong, looking foolish in front of a girloverall personality:
In truth, Johnny Smith is incredibly insecure. Orphaned at a young age,
he struggled to find any true human connections and so now--as an
adult, he's wary of getting too close to any one person for fear that
he'll be deserted again.
Unaware of this deep-rooted
psychology, Johnny believes himself to be very well-adjusted and highly
successful. As a foster kid, he pulled himself up from the lowest
social class of inner city Chicago and made something of himself. He
went to a specialized university for the fine arts in New York and he's
fighting his hardest to join the competitive ranks of the journalism
He has convinced himself that he knows what he's doing
and that he's right. By being over-confident and self-assured in his
current life-style, Johnny can ignore the deep fears he has about
Of course, while Johnny is convinced
that he is doing everything to make himself happy, he also is vaguely
aware that he's missing something in life. What he's missing, though,
he just can't seem to put a finger on. So he continues to push forward
the way he is.
As a young free-lance reporter, Johnny is a
great writer and has a keen eye for details. He likes to observe other
people and he's very good at picking up on other people's non-verbals.
He's a pretty good listener but he doesn't always choose to respond in
the most constructive ways. He will usually say what he is
thinking--whether or not it's necessarily the nicest thing to say.
trying to land a job as a reporter with a huge newspaper, Johnny is
also working as a bartender. He loves this job because 1) he loves
seeing all the people who come to bars, 2) he loves alcohol and 3) he
loves, repeat, loves the women.
Johnny loves women. He loves
everything about them. He has pretty low standards--and he's been known
to hang out in strip joints and bars--but that doesn't necessarily mean
that he's a total asshole. He's not one to really look for commitment
from a woman (and he likes flight attendants in particular for this
reason) but he also doesn't try
to piss women with higher
standards off. He's a pretty good smooth talker to any women who'll buy
his crap but women who have pretty high standards usually just roll
their eyes at him.
Johnny will crack jokes about his lifestyle
and he'll defend it but he won't push his love for women on anyone
who's not interested. He figures it's his life and if someone has an
issue with it, well, then, that's their problem.
doesn't allow himself to get too close to people (whether girls or
guys), he is a pretty loyal and good friend. He won't blow someone off
without an explanation and he'll apologize when he's wrong (but Johnny
hardly ever considers himself "wrong"). He'll show up on time and he'll
play the social game. He's a fun-loving guy who's up for getting drunk
or playing cards or cruising the town.
Johnny doesn't consider
himself to have very many enemies. He hardly gets close enough to
anyone to feel that much hatred towards anyone. If he's been wronged by
someone, then usually he'll just stop hanging around that particular
As a person with a somewhat fake sense of happiness,
it's no surprise that Johnny's true emotions have to find a way
through. His insecurities sometimes manifest themselves through
physical outlets, sometimes mistaken for anger. He's not the type who
can be pushed into a fist-fight because someone called his mother a
name. But, he is the type who might let some energy go by beating the
hell out of a punching bag, doing a whole lot of unnecessary exercise,
or beating the crap out of a real and true jerk. Or just beating the
crap out of a wall--whatever works in the situation.
theBACKGROUND siblings and/or other notable family:
parents are deceased, no siblingsplace of birth && nationality:
Chicago, USA | Americanplace of residence:
New York Cityoccupation:
Bartender and Journalistoverall history:
Johnny was 4 years old, his house had a carbon monoxide leak. Both of
his parents died and Johnny was in the hospital for a month. When he
was finally healthy enough, he was released into foster care in
Chicago. He lived with a few different families and was enrolled in an
inner city school. Though the combination of foster families and inner
city schools often screams horror story, Johnny actually had a
relatively pleasant childhood. His foster parents were not the crazy
types that always seem to make the papers with stories of abuse and
Rather, his first foster parents, Harry and Linda
Jepsen were a normal couple--two people in their 40s who had 3 children
of their own. As their children went off to college, they opened their
house up to two different foster kids: Johnny Smith and Jack
Worthington. Johnny stayed with this family for about a year and was
then transferred to a group home closer to his school.
for a little while in this group home before, at the age of 9, he was
placed with a single woman named Terry Liger. This woman was a widow,
whose children were all already married and on their own. In her late
50s, she offered Johnny a home until she suffered some kind of
sickness--either a heart attack or cancer. Nobody ever told Johnny. All
he knew was that he was moved to another group home for boys at the age
Of course, with the death of his parents and the
constant moving around, Johnny struggled with trusting others and
building strong emotional relationships. Though the adults in his life
were all nice enough, Johnny still didn't want to get too close to
anyone. He was a good kid, who listened in school and did what he was
told. Except for being a little emotionally distant, he was all around
And, like any kid, he couldn't hide himself from the
ridicule of other kids. He always felt second best--what with his cheap
clothes and glasses but he worked hard to be better than his
circumstance. Still, he was always teased for being so short and for
having such a generic name. In fourth grade, Trevor Sanders started the
running joke that John Smith might as well be John Doe. After all, here
was a kid with no unique family, no special abilities, and no
particular skills. Johnny was average. He looked average. His name was
average. Subsequently, thanks to Trevor, Johnny became known as Doe.
the most part, though, Johnny's childhood was normal. He went through
the same amount of teasing and insecurities as most other kids. Really,
the death of his parents left a deep scar that wasn't too noticeable
until much later on in his life. As a young boy, the only thing he had
to worry about was little things--this, however, all changed when
Johnny turned 14.
At the age of 14, Johnny first realized he
had a power. It began small, with strange noises or static whenever he
happened to touch objects that were often touched--like doorknobs and
handles. As his power continued to manifest, Johnny began to figure out
that he could hear thoughts from fingerprints. Johnny was very excited
to learn that he
, average and normal John Smith was actually special.
course, his excitement over discovering his power was tinged with fear.
Like many other mutants, he was afraid of how people might
react--especially his social worker. Would she put him in a different
foster home? Tell the government? Was being unique and special really
worth moving his whole life again?
So... John Smith remained
"Doe" to everyone at school except Johnny's closest friends: Derek
Reynolds and Rob Roscoe. At 14, the three boys decided to use Johnny's
newfound power as any teenagers would: stealing answers for tests, to
get inside girls' heads, to steal from local gas stations. Small
thrills for young minds.
At 15, Johnny and Derek were hanging
together at a skate park. Curious about Johnny's power, Derek wanted to
know what would happen if Johnny didn't touch a fingerprint on a
doorknob or desk but instead connected physically finger-to-finger.
Without really knowing too much about his power or how it was
developing as he matured, Johnny saw no harm in testing out Derek's
theory. After all, he'd brushed hands with others before and all he'd
ever gotten was the same dribble of surface thoughts.
Johnny placed his whole palm up against Derek's whole palm--unaware
that as he matured, his mutation became became more powerful. Once the
connection was made, Johnny immediately saw
what Derek saw and felt
was Derek felt and thought
as Derek thought. And Johnny was surprised to feel the hidden hatred in
his best friend, the dark fears about mutants: the true reason for why
Derek wanted to know what Johnny's power limitations were.
longer he kept the connection, the harder it was for Johnny to
distinguish his personality from Derek's. The sudden rush of
duplicity--the unfiltered flow of unchartered thoughts--was too much,
causing Derek to pass out and Johnny to jump backwards with the fastest
splitting headache he'd ever had.
Seriously creeped out, and
feeling betrayed by one of the only people he considered a real friend,
Johnny reluctantly tried to wake Derek up, but the boy was out cold. As
much as Johnny wanted to do
something, he didn't know what he could do. He was afraid and confused and very much disturbed. He'd never lost
his personality before and he'd never made someone faint before just by touching them.
about what else he might be able to do or how dangerous he might
become, Johnny took off, just needing to get some air and figure things
out. But the more Johnny walked, the more he continued to walk until he
realized he had no plan on returning to the latest foster situation.
What was the point, really? What did it matter? He had nothing going
for him with his fake friends and his lame school.
He was afraid Derek would tell everyone at school that he was a mutant and a dangerous one, too.
instead, Johnny took off, wandering the streets, couch surfing, taking
whatever work he could get. Luckily, after only a month or two on the
streets, Johnny was found by some of Xavier's men and offered a home at
a school for the gifted. While living at Xavier's school, Johnny
learned the limitations of his powers and tried to make friends as he
finished out his years of high school.
He instantly took a
liking to Xavier's academy and jumped on the opportunity to reinvent
himself. As a mutant-teenager, Johnny struggled to come to terms with
his powers and, like any typical teenager, he struggled to maintain
relationships. With the death of his parents still eating away at him,
he began to develop a more superficial personality and being awesome
and cool was more important than anything.
Graduating from the
academy, Johnny went to Plattsburough University in Northern New York
and graduated with a degree in journalism. He moved back to New York
City and got a job as a bartender while he tried to get a real job with
a newspaper. For now, he does freelance writing for any paper that will
publish his stories.
In 2008, he witnessed the events of the
Liberty Island attack and tried to do some damage control for the X-Men
by writing his own twist of the events for the local papers.
mid-October, Johnny started to get a lot of pressure to write against
mutants--especially after the attack on the president--but he stayed
true to his own beliefs and wrote what he thought best. Of course,
after the harsh political atmosphere against the mutants, Johnny has
been very careful to keep his power to himself.other:
theSKILLS rp sample:
Here is a past-tense sample from an RPG I used to admin called Kerfuffle Academy.