Kent “Valiant” Bruce as played by Ronn
Valiant is the end product of a secret research project, ADAM (Advanced Deoxyribonucleic Acid Manipulation), designed to create a more perfect human being. Using gene splicing and DNA modification the scientists in charge of ADAM hoped to create the perfect human being, one stronger, more durable, and resistant to disease and infection. ADAM’s goal was to create a being which would be the next step in human evolution. Due to worldwide bans on human genetic experimentation and fear of government interference the ADAM project was moved to a super-technology space station. There on January 19th, 1972 the project gave birth to experiment a231, a baby boy.
The scientist’s were pleased with the results of the experiment, nearly all of the genetic changes they had designed were successful. But they soon realized that something was causing continued genetic activity that they had not seen previously. After nearly two years of testing the child they determined that the cosmic rays that bombarded the space station were the cause of this continued modification of the child’s DNA. Fascinated, they began to run even more tests on the child.
One of the ADAM scientists, Phillip Randall, was appalled by this and felt he had no other recourse than to rescue the child from this fate, a fate no human should have to endure. He smuggled the child away from the lab, abandoning his research and his position, and smuggled the child back to Earth. In order to hide the boy from the ADAM security personnel Randall gave the child to his cousin, Donald Bruce and his wife Thelma, who adopted the boy and named him Kent. The Bruce’s lovingly raised the child to be a good citizen and a nice guy. They raised him along side their own daughter and gave him a life full with friends, family, and a good dose of Midwestern values.
Kent spent his youth in rural Indiana on the family farm; he went to public schools and was popular among the locals. His natural physique allowed him to excel in athletics. Thus, despite the low profile he was encouraged to maintain by his parents, he was granted a football scholarship at the local university where he excelled athletically but was a struggling student.
Kent became a college quarterback with a promising future in the pros. At the height of his career, his super-powers began to manifest in unexpected and very public displays of strength and durability. In his final game against UCLA three of the opposing team’s players suffered serious injury due to his abilities. The NCAA and the fans were aghast that a “super” would play in the sport against “normals.” He was disgraced and expelled, his scholarship revoked.
Unsure where to go and what to do he drifted from job to job, helping those he came across and trying to make some sense of his life, all the while he studied newspaper and television reports on the heroes of New York, Metropolis, and Gotham and decided that it was the role he belonged in. Unsure of where to go, he began his heroing carrier in Coast City.
Kent soon uncovered a plot by Carcinogen and the Human Liberation Organization to assassinate the President and Vice President of the United States. With his powers now in full bloom he quickly foiled the plot and became an overnight sensation.
Taking the name Valiant, and a costume designed by his sister, Kent cashed in on his fame while battling the HLO. Valiant enjoyed the publicity, and began to endorse several products, becoming the first hero in the Midwest to get rich in this way. He spurned disreputable companies and selfish causes, but his endorsements of products and commercial ambitions were met with disdain by other heroes.
The original Valiant Enterprises recently gave way to Valiant International (VI), located in a refurbished mansion in Central City. In addition to handling Valiant’s endorsements, VI handles fund raising for a variety of causes. Currently VI is pulling itself out from scandal and struggling to pull itself out of bankruptcy.
A brave hero, Valiant has aided several superhero groups in battles against villains and madmen, but is currently not in the active ranks of any particular group. Valiant came up against the Asesinos in Millennium City and was invited to join the newly reformed Champions by James Harmon IV. The other members of the Champions rejected Valiant, not liking his practice of endorsing products. Valiant then proved his worth in by defeating the Royal Flush Gang, and joined the JLA for a short period of time. In Detroit he tackled the organization known as T.O.T.E.M. with the DNAgents, but left them shortly afterward.
Since then, Valiant has spent most of his time with get-rich-quick schemes, trying to rebuild the financial empire he lost due to carelessness after his sister died. He’s tried marketing a line of Justice Inc. products, running a south-western restaurant with former team mate Dark Knight, and many other schemes, all of which have ended in failure and ridicule. After watching many of his teammates suffer extreme injuries at the hands of the Spawn, Valiant has limited his commercial activities and refocused on his heroic persona.
Valiant has been romantically linked to the heroine Dove, though it’s believed that this relationship has come to an end.
Valiant feels he is out of place in this world, but he also realizes he can help it. Rather than use his powers to impose his will on others, he has chosen to be a gentle guardian, pledging never to kill anyone, or ignore the laws that govern the free will of nations. Sometimes it’s difficult for him to remain detached, especially when he sees the effects that bad policies have on the planet. Even as Valiant there’s not much he can do about that, though he does champion the fight of the common man through his many media appearances. In some ways the good Valiant does in the media is just as meaningful as any of his heroic feats. Valiant is out to make a name for himself, but not if that gets in the way of helping people. He often stays around to share a word with the media after a battle. Some people treat Valiant with suspicion, believing that a man as selfless and good as he must have an awful lot to hide. Some people even fear him, dreading the day that Valiant will turn to the “dark side” and decide that the world is not fit to govern itself, and that what it needs is him. Foolish as that is, being a rather powerful hero, some paranoid souls are inclined to think the worst.
Kent “Valiant” Bruce as played by Ronn