Thomas "Tommy" O'Neal lived a hard life growing up in Boston, and was no stranger to juvenile detention and the court system. On his seventeenth birthday he found himself once again standing in front of a judge facing battery with substantial harm charges. The judge gave Tommy one last chance: jail or a summer work program helping to clean up abandoned buildings in the slums of Boston. Tommy opted for the work program and was quickly put to work. He found the work to be a good distraction from the life he had known, and quickly made a name for himself as a self reliant worker who was responsible enough to be left unattended. While cleaning out the basement of an abandoned apartment building, Tommy came upon a dusty foot locker. Out of curiosity he opened the foot locker and found a belt that appeared to be Native American in origin. Tommy saw the belt had a front stone in the shape of a cat's face and nine similar looking stones attached to the rest of the belt. He took the belt from the foot locker, placed it on himself, and felt a strange energy course through his body. Tommy felt like a million bucks! He felt energized and empowered while wearing the belt. Tommy thought the work program would take the magical belt away from him once they discovered what he had found, and he decided to commit one last act of defiance. He kept the belt.
Tommy learned his lesson from the work program. He graduated high school, and began school with a technical academy to get an education in engineering studies. Once again, Tommy made a name for himself in school as a hard worker and a quick learner. He graduated the academy with a sound understanding of engineering and metal working, and quickly got a job working in the industry.
Tommy had made it through a tough life and was finally stable. Stability led to boredom, and Tommy could not stop thinking about the cat designed belt he found as a kid. Tommy used his education to design a pair of gloved that were cat themed with industrial strength metal leftovers at his job site. A few weeks later, Tommy had made a pair of gloves capable of punching through brick walls and sharp enough to tear through metal.
Tommy then took it one step further and donned a costume that matched the cat themed belt and gloves. He dubbed himself Tomcat and hit the streets. Tomcat has a strong connection with the city of Boston, and has devoted his time to help save the youth of Boston from falling in the pitfalls that he narrowly avoided as a teenager.
Powers/Abilities: Tomcat is an average adult male in his early twenties that has extensive training in boxing and street level fighting. His gloves are designed to absorb impacts and the claws are strong enough to tear through an inch of metal. The cat belt Tommy found gives him a surge of energy and he can run faster, jump higher, and tires less while wearing the belt. The belt also has nine stones on it, to which Tommy thinks may give him nine lives... He hasn't tested that theory out yet.