TORO (Thomas Raymond)
Carl BurgosFirst Appearance:
Human Torch Comics #2 (Fall 1940)Role:
Teen Sidekick, Flying BlasterGroup Affiliations:
The Invaders, The Young Allies, The Kid Commandos, The All-Winners Squad, The Legion of the UnlivingPL 8 (144)
Expertise (Soldier) 4 (+4)
Expertise (Circus Performer) 2 (+4)
Intimidation 4 (+6)
Persuasion 3 (+5)
Ranged Combat (Fire) 2 (+8)
Vehicles 1 (+4)Advantages:
Improved Critical (Fire), Improved Initiative, Ranged Attack 3, Set-Up, TeamworkPowers:
"Mutant Powers: Flame Being"
Flame Aura 4 (Feats: Precise) 
"Fire-Assisted Flight" Flight 7 (250 mph) 
"Fire Being" Immunity 6 (Fire Damage, Heat) 
"Super-Hot Bullet Shield" Immunity 5 (Bullets) (Extras: Sustained +0) 
"Power Blast" Fire Blast 8 (Feats: Dynamic, Split) (Extras: Penetrating 4) (22) -- 
Dynamic AE: "Cone Blast" Damage 8 (Feats: Dynamic) (Extras: Area- 60ft. Cone) (17)Offense:
Dynamic AE: "Line Blast" Damage 8 (Feats: Dynamic) (Extras: Area- 30ft. Line) (17)
Dynamic AE: "Fireball" Blast 8 (Feats: Dynamic) (Extras: Area- 30ft. Burst) (17)
Dynamic AE: "Fire Control" Move Object 8 (Extras: Perception Range) (Flaws: Limited to Fire- Use Volume instead of Mass) (Feats: Dynamic) (17)
Dynamic AE: "Advanced Flame Aura" Flame Aura 4 (Total 8) (Feats: Dynamic) (17)
Unarmed +6 (+1 Damage, DC 16)
Fire Blast +8 (+8 Ranged Damage, DC 23)
Fire Cone +8 Area (+8 Damage, DC 23)
Fire Line +8 Area (+8 Damage, DC 23)
Fireball +8 Area (+8 Damage, DC 23)
Flame Aura +6 (+4-8 Damage, DC 19-23)
Dodge +10 (DC 20), Parry +8 (DC 18), Toughness +3, Fortitude +5, Will +6Complications:
Relationship (Jim Hammond, The Human Torch)- Toro & the Torch are partners, and in fact the only "family figure" of sorts in the young man's life.
Relationship (Bucky & The Young Allies)- A rag-tag bunch of teenage heroes made their way across Nazi lines in World War II, and Bucky & Toro were especially close friends.Total:
Abilities: 40 / Skills: 16--8 / Advantages: 7 / Powers: 74 / Defenses: 15 (144)
-Toro was created to fill the ranks of the Teen Sidekicks out there- since Marvel only had one major hero at the time, The Human Torch got chosen to have a sidekick. Toro is a young boy whose parents (old lab assistantes of Phineas Horton, the Torch's creator) were killed in a fiery wreck, at which point the boy's natural immunity to flame made him a carnival attraction. Meeting up with the Torch himself, Toro's dormant powers came into effect, and so the Torch made the natural decision to throw the young boy into life or death situations. Of the entire Invaders team, Toro was the only one to basically last through the War as a normal person- all the others went into suspended animation or amnesia or something- he got married, and came out of retirement dying while fighting The Mad Thinker alongside the new Human Torch and his allies in the Fantastic Four.
-He reappeared during that much-maligned "Invaders/Avengers" story, and Bucky resurrected him using a Cosmic Cube as a Plot Device. He shows up in "The Torch" Limited Series, but I've NEVER heard of it, so I'm not sure how good it was- it's your standard "Life has passed me by because I got resurrected and my wife remarried", and I'm not sure how they explain how he's not like a million years old (I mean, he was a kid during WWII, but survived to the FF's beginning?), aside from an observed similarity between Toro's cells and the android Torch's.
-Toro as a Sidekick is actually pretty elite for a WWII hero (and seems to have improved in the modern era, likely being a PL 9-10 type of guy), since he's done stuff like blowing through airplanes (even WWII-era ones), melting dude's arms and stuff- he's the most elite member of the Young Allies (including such luminaries as Bucky Barnes and Whitewash), and pretty expensive given his wide variety of powers.