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Match

Alias: none

Titans East Member
Joined:
Teen Titans [third series] #42 [2006]
Related Links: Superboy (Conner Kent)Tana Moon

Match Quick Bio: Cloned from Superboy’s genetic structure by the evil cabal of scientists known as the Agenda, Match possesses powers identical to Superboy. Match’s greatest weakness is his blind, misplaced loyalty to the evil organization that created him. When his body and mind began to deteriorate, Match became a backwards-speaking Bizarro Teen of Steel.

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History


Superboy, Meet Your Match

Match is the creation of the Agenda, a secretive, worldwide cabal of scientists whose true agenda is a mystery. Led by the immortal Contessa, Lex Luthor’s estranged wife, the Agenda first made their presence known when they captured Superboy and cloned Match from samples of Superboy’s DNA.

Cunning, methodical and highly intelligent, Match possessed the raw knowledge and tactical training that Superboy lacked – a result of Match’s more complete gestation process. Seeing Match as his genetic “brother”, Superboy pleaded with the teen powerhouse – but Match’s near-absolute loyalty to the Agenda blinded him to reason. Possessing more raw power and skill than Superboy, Match nearly defeated his genetic twin during their first encounter before Match was apparently buried in the Agenda’s original underground facility.

Later, as part of the Agenda’s massive campaign against the youth heroes, Match infiltrated Young Justice disguised as Superboy. He nearly succeeded in his efforts to drive a wedge between the team members before his ruse was exposed by the return of the real Kid of Steel. Once exposed, Match fled.


Superboy meets his Match in SUPERBOY #36 [1997].


Titans East

When his body and mind began to deteriorate, Match became a backwards-speaking Bizarro Teen of Steel. Seeing an opportunity to exploit the impact of Superboy’s death, Deathstroke recruited Match as a member of his nefarious Titans East team.

Titans East set up their own Titans Tower on the East River, the very same location of the old tower. Deathstroke had his own agenda, which was to reclaim his children, Ravager and Jericho. Titans East was nearly successful in that mission, until Nightwing, Flash, Troia and Beast Boy helped turn the tide and reclaim their island headquarters. Wonder Girl was heartbroken while battling a clone of her deceased boyfriend, leaving Jericho to possess Match’s body. The members of Titans East dispersed, unaware of Deathstroke’s true objective; By cementing his offspring as trusted members of the team, Slade knew the Titans would provide his children with a better family than he ever could.


Match takes a sadistic interest in Wonder Girl in TEEN TITANS #43 and #44 [2007].

Powers & Abilities


Like Superboy, Match’s primary power is a limited form of telekinesis that mimics super-strength and flight. He is also able to disassemble objects with a touch. Later, Superboy manifested a certain amount of non-psychically derived super-strength. Superboy later developed heat vision, X-Ray vision and super-hearing, similar to his mentor’s abilities.

Match possesses all the powers of Superboy, with even greater skill at mastering them. Match is able to project energy blasts from his eyes.


Essential Reading


Superboy #35-36 [1997]: The Agenda creates a Superboy clone named Match, who faces off against the Teen of Steel. First appearance of Match in issue #35.
Superboy #74 [2000]: Match is exposed as a plant within Young Justice. The Agenda gains revenge on Superboy by killing Tana Moon.
Teen Titans #43-46 [2006]: Led by Deathstroke, a Teen Titans East team consisting of Batgirl, Risk, Match, Kid Crusader, Enigma, Joker’s Daughter, Sun Girl and Inertia clash with the Teen Titans. Titans East fails, and it only results in cementing Deathstroke’s offspring as trusted members of the Titans. In truth, that was Slade’s true objective; He knew the Titans would provide his children with a better family than he ever could. Match adopts a more Bizarro-appearance. First appearance of Titans East. First appearances of Kid Crusader and Sun Girl in issue #43.

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Match character sketch by Tony Daniel.

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 Deathstroke’s Dossier: Titans East


Meet Deathstroke’s new shock troops: Titans East!
Sneak a peek at his dossier on how they’ll take the Teen Titans down!

by Ben Morse & Geoff Johns
Originally published in Wizard Magazine #180 [2006]

DEATHSTROKE JOURNAL: ENTRY 5679

I know the Teen Titans well. I’ve gone up against every incarnation of this team, for money, for pride or out of obligation – I’ve even fought on their Side a few times. I know them well enough to know they can’t be underestimated, Particularly not when they have Something i want – and right now, that is what they have.

The Titans are not like the Justice League – you can’t beat them with mere force. Their youth makes them unpredictable so only by gaining the upper hand before the first punch is thrown can you defeat them. I’ve formed a strike force specifically designed to take the Titans apart so I can get what I need. Whether the weakness they’ve been selected to exploit is physical or emotional, every member of my team has been selected only after great thought. They’re all here for a reason.

MATCH: The impact of their beloved Superboy’s death on the Titans cannot be overestimated. Match’s strength is an asset, but his true value lies in the psychological edge he provides. His presence guarantees that Wonder Girl – the most powerful Titan – will not be operating at full capacity.

JOKER’S DAUGHTER: When most people look at Duela Dent, they only see a woman who is completely insane. They overlook that this is somebody who has been a Teen Titan – who has been in their Tower and lived among them. I can deal with insanity when information comes hand in hand with it.

KID CRUSADER: Even the best-laid plans can be thrown off by a single wild card. To me, Kid Devil is a wild card. To Kid Crusader – the only person I can find who has even heard of Kid Devil – he’s the face of evil and must be eliminated at all costs.

BATGIRL: I watched Cassandra Cain dominate my daughter, Rose, in hand-to-hand combat – something I thought nearly impossible. How will Rose react when the foe she could not defeat Stands at her father’s side? And perhaps more importantly, Batgirl provides me with insight into Robin that is second to none. I’ve underestimated the Titans’ leader before. I don’t make the same mistake twice.

RISK: Because he chose to fight for the Teen Titans, Risk lost an arm. In his mind, he might as well have lost his life. He’s furious at the world, and fury is easily manipulated. The Titans will hesitate against him out of guilt, and that hesitation will be their undoing.

INERTIA: If I learned anything working with Zoom in the Society, it’s the value of a speedster – and the Titans do not have one. While Zoom had at least some twisted social conscience, Inertia has no conscience at all. He can take two Titans off the board before the others know what hit them. And if control proves an issue, I have no problem aiming for his kneecaps.

SUN GIRL: My most dangerous weapon and my greatest concern, Deborah Morgna harnesses the power of the sun, but her real talent – and true love – is manipulating others. Disturbingly, she reminds me a great deal of Terra. Even more disturbingly, she reminds me of Rose. Hopefully neither of those assessments indicates things to come.

 


Sources for this entry: DC Universe Role-Playing Games: Sourcebooks and Manuals [ West End Games], supplemented by titanstower.com


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