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Manchester Black (Superman vs. The Elite)

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Quote1 Apologies in advance for the graphic nature of what you're about to see. Some of us had it rough in the origins department. Quote2
-- Manchester Black src

Manchester Black was born the unplanned fifth of five boys. His mother died giving birth to her sixth child and only daughter, Vera. Their brothers all either died or ended up in jail, where they ended up getting killed anyway. Manchester and Vera were left alone with only their abusive, drukard father. To survive, the children turned to pick-pocketing. Vera would use her innocent appearence to distract people in Heaton Park, while Manchester would pull their wallets and coin purses. Neither child was proud of it, but it did keep them alive. One day, the children were pursued by police and Vera fell in front of an oncoming train! It was at this point that Manchester's latent meta-gene activated, allowing him to stop the train with a telekinetic shockwave, causing the train to derail and killing a dozen passengers. After this incident, Manchester and Vera were taken in and trained by MI5, the British Secret Service. At some point, Manchester used his powers to give their father a massive stroke, freeing himself and his sister from the old man's influence forever.

Manchester became a field operative for MI5, using his psychic powers to complete his missions. During a "particularly disenfranchising" tour in Africa, Manchester met with other Metahuman operatives like himself. The group decided to leave the service together and take a stab at freelance work as a superhero team, calling themselves "the Elite".


  • Telepathy: Manchester has powerful telepathic abilities, allowing him to project his memories into others' minds as well as control the actions of others.
  • Telekinesis: Manchester's primary power is his telekinetic ability. He can move objects with his mind as well as erect shields of psychic energy.
    • Force Field: Able create psychic shields able to stand up to a blast that put a large crater in the moon. However, Superman was able to break the shields.
    • Flight: Can levitate and fly.
    • Energy Projection: Manchester can shoot a large psychic blast capable of staggering Superman and almost leveling a city.


  • Manchester Black is also known as Ches or Chester.
  • Double piercings in each ear. Entire front torso tattooed with the Union Jack.


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