Anthony Michael Griffins was born in 1980, five years before the Type-III Awakening Incident. Much of his childhood and early teen years was marred with violence that occurred both constantly on national news and locally in his own neighborhood community.
When he was seven years old, one of the neighbors within underwent an awakening, and proceed to wreak great havoc on the town he lived in. Many of his friends, and one of his family members, perished in the ensuing chaos. This incident would forever color his perception of parahumans, resulting in a hatred that would continue to persist throughout his career. The troubles of the 1980s would galvanize him to become a no-nonsense, militaristic and hard-nosed man who would do whatever it took to ensure that order and stability was maintained.
During his early years in office as a Director, Griffins was nearly fatally shot when one of his agents, who had been unwillingly brainwashed by a metahuman into a sleeper, opened fire on him just as he was congratulating him on a successful mission completion. He survived this incident, but became more withdrawn and less cheerful, as well as extremely paranoid.
Director Griffins is an extremely surly and gruff authority figure, who does not take well to insubordination, disobedience of orders or unprofessionalism in his organization. He however has been famous for being calm in the face of danger, and has dealt with every attempt on his life so far with a stern attitude with mild annoyance. Though not a particularly friendly person, he treats his subordinates fairly and listens to both sides of a conflict. He does not particularly like his own bureaucracy, and values the input of agents in the field over the input of those who work at command or in an office.
He is also somewhat paranoid, taking extensive security measures to index and monitor parahuman activity with his organization's assets. He prepares his own meals and drinks out of a titanium thermos he never lets leave his sight.
Powers and Abilities Edit
As a typical Human, he does not possess any extraordinary abilities. He keeps his body in peak condition, exercising regularly and training at the Phoenix Complex in order to prepare for the possibility that he may have to fight his way out of a situation.
- Leadership and command skills: Director Griffins has been within the ULC bureaucracy since the beginning of his career, and is quite competent at managing people and his organization's resources.
- Expert tactician: Director Griffins often is briefed on ongoing situations and reviews them to ensure that they are strategically sound. His insight has averted many potential crises that could have resulted from plans being enacted that were not terribly well thought out.
- Expert marksman: Director Griffins is armed with a Beretta M9 sidearm and has licensing and training in its use as a personal defense weapon. He carries this weapon with him at all times.