"Darth Vader is hanging around New York City. It's weird."
The Scourge of the Gods.
The Terror of 10,000 Realities.
The Evil Which Does Not Sleep.
Torment was originally a great hero. Known as Magistar
, he was the sole-survivor of a reality of four-color superheroes which was eradicated by The End
. The heroes put up a valiant fight but the final battle came down to a choice between whether Torment would sacrifice his life to stop the villains plan or not. Torment didn't choose his own life over the seven billion people on his world. Instead, he hesitated because he was worried that if he died the world would be left unprotected.
He's never hesitated since.
Magistar was so powerful that the destruction of his planet was merely a force to seriously injure him versus killing him outright. Journeying to his Pluto base, his robotic servants rebuilt him with extensive cybernetics. Armed with the advanced knowledge of the now-deceased Tuatha-De-Dannan, Magistar decided the chief problem in the universe was it had to rely on falliable superheroes to face against planet-destroying threats like the end.
His guilt having nothing to do with it.
Torment proceeded to conquer planet-by-planet, star-by-star, universe-by-universe with his endless armies of Torbots
. Commanding these robots were cybernetic clones of the superheroes of his dead world, all reprogrammed to serve him unquestionably These Cyber-Heroes
include many who have joined his vision willingly, swayed to his cause by his incredible personal charisma as well as the fact he is prone to supplementing his conquests with other means of warfare.
Torment is a massively rich sentient, controlling 1% of the CCG's assets. These he's used to buy worlds nonviolently by making their economies completely dependent on him.
Torment's Empire of Pain
, which might have had less resistance if it was more cheerfully named, resisted attempts from the One-Above-All and numerous other parties to conquer it. It has even taken worlds from the larger empires and placed them under its control with the Republic considering it a serious threat in the making. Recently, though, it's been downgraded to a low-priority.
A grave mistake.
Torment made the mistake of challenging the Outrageous Order for control of a world and underestimated the level of damage they were willing to allow in order to lure him into a trap. Millions died solely so the Repairman and his crew could capture Torment and proceed to pummel the **** out of him. Torment attempted to flee but the Repairman sabotaged his teleporter beforehand and it appeared he was atomized.
The Empire of Pain's war machine has dulled as Torment's Torment-clones have since taken to administrating their lord's worlds in his absence. While most believe Torment will return, a precious few believe the universe-conquering despot is no more. They're wrong, of course. He's recovering in New York City.
The cybernetic Superman has regenerated on Earth-0 using the harmonic signatures of the Outrageous Order. As a result, he's set himself up as a massively powerful economic powerhouse in New York while making attempts to conquer the world using only the resources here. His defeat at the Order's hands has left him feeling vulnerablke and now he's wondering if he still has the power/will to conquer a world "from scratch."
So this is really a form of vacation for him.
Torment appears as a gas-mask wearing individual with a half-cybernetic body. He speaks in an extremely cultured accent and tends to wield a electrically charged sword. His powers come from his Tuatha De Daanan heritage and he is possessed of tremendous mystical might as well as scientific acumen. Most of Torment's devices incorporate these two aspects. Also, Torment is immune to pain and grows stronger the more damage he suffers. This is purely mental, however.