Abusive Parents: He has two sets. His traditional parents hid behind their cultural identity as Italian-American Catholics living in a working-class neighborhood, but they would have been considered physically and emotionally abusive by the previous generation. His vampire sire is actively trying to break his human spirit, which, among other things, includes hunting him down once a year on his birthday to beat him within an inch of his life.
Achilles' Heel: Folklore and fiction are full of things reputed to harm and repel vampires, and almost all of them work on him.
Alien Blood: His blood is so dark, in most lighting it appears to be black.
Alliterative Name: Gaetano/Guy Giordano is alliterative in print, but not when spoken aloud.
Blessed with Suck: Hes a powerful immortal, but hes also a monster whos lost everything he ever cared about.
Blood Magic: His powers and his existence are fueled by the consumption of blood.
Body Horror: If he goes too long without drinking blood or sleeping in his home soil, then at first, he starts to suffer Rapid Aging. Then he starts falling down the Sliding Scale of Undead Regeneration, effectively becoming a Revenant Zombie. Eventually, hell be reduced to a skeleton. But starvation and exhaustion wont destroy him, and the effects will reverse once he gets the blood and restful sleep he needs.
Creepy Long Fingers: His hands and fingers are slightly too long in proportion to the rest of his body, and while they appear to have normal friction ridges, their touch, like his footsteps, never leaves any prints.
Enemy Within: His variety of vampire has instincts for predation and self-preservation that a mortal can barely imagine. His undead body wants to drink all the blood it can get, sleep in the ground during the day, flee from The Sun, The Flame, and The Holy, and brutally murder anyone who seems like they might try to prevent it from doing any of those other things.
Evil Is Deathly Cold: The area around him is usually unnaturally cold. In his passing, windows fog up and water freezes. When viewed through an Infrared X-Ray Camera, he always looks colder than his surroundings.
Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Mo Giordano is an unrepentant gangster, but he didn't want that life for his children. Hes content to have his eldest son as a successor, but he was relieved when his two younger sons became a doctor and a priest.
From a Single Cell: Even if his body is completely burned or dissolved, if the pile of ashes or the puddle of sludge is mixed with blood under the light of a full moon, his body will re-form in time to rise on the next full moon.
Holy Burns Evil: He cant stand the sight of a holy symbol belonging to a deity associated with concepts like Good, Life, Light, or The Sun, or blessed/holy items associated with such a deity, like holy water and communion wafers. He has the same instinctive fear of them as he does of fire. Their touch burns him, as does the touch of their shadow, and ingesting the blood of someone who has recently consumed them will injure him. He can't break or move through a line or circle made from holy items, or open a container with a holy item placed on top of it. He must use Heroic Willpower to move through a door or window with holy symbols or objects mounted above or around it.
Holy Hand Grenade: Smite Evil powers affect him as though he were evil, regardless of his personal behavior.
Horror Hunger: His undead body craves blood above all else. For him, drinking blood is like the best sex, the best meal, and the best high, all rolled into one. Especially if its human blood, and especially if its fresh from the vein.
House of Broken Mirrors: He normally has no reflection, but if he stares into a mirror and concentrates, he can make a blurry image briefly appear. However, that effort will usually cause the mirror to spontaneously crack, or even shatter. Sometimes even walking past a mirror can be enough to break it. Mirrors can't hurt him or drive him into a fear-frenzy, but his instinct is to avert his gaze from them, and they can be wielded by another person to ward him off.
Humanoid Abomination: He is a thing that should not be. He is the living dead, animated by darkness and sustained with the blood of the living. Machines ignore him, animals fear him, and plants wither at his touch.
Hunter of His Own Kind: His default response to meeting another vampire is to try to destroy it. He thinks their existence is as wrong as his, and he has so much trouble reining in his monstrous instincts, it doesn't occur to him that other vampires would even try.
I Am Not My Father: He became a doctor for the same reason his brother became a priest: To try to balance out their fathers crimes.
I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: He understands that his widow is better off still thinking hes dead (which he is), like she has for the last five years. He has no intention of disrupting the life she has with her new husband and their child.
Jock Dad, Nerd Son: Mo Giordano is a capo with the Scarpia Mafia family. His eldest boy is a chip off the old leg-breaking block, but his younger sons, Gaetano and Rafael, became a doctor and a priest, respectively (and now theyre both dead).
Kiss of the Vampire: The act of plunging his fangs into a persons flesh and sucking the blood out of their veins causes their brain to release a rush of endorphins, drowning them in physical pleasure and making it difficult for them to understand what is happening, or to remember it clearly afterward. People can become addicted to this experience.
Legally Dead: There was a funeral and a grave and everything.
Living Shadow: Hes basically one of these, animating and preserving a human corpse.
The Mafia: His father, Mo Giordano, is a capo in the Scarpia family.
Mafia Princess: His sister, Flora, and to a lesser extent, his mother, Luna.
Mainlining the Monster: His blood can have all sorts of unpredictable and inconsistent effects on humans who consume it. Some may resort to unethical means to obtain it, either for profit or for their own consumption.
Missing Reflection: Most machines simply do not acknowledge his presence. He has no reflection in mirrors or any other reflective surfaces. He does not show up in photographs or on video, digital or otherwise. His voice cannot be heard or recorded through radio or telephone. He doesn't show up on radar, sonar, or any kind of motion sensor. Automatic doors dont even open for him. He can enter text with a keyboard, a scale will show his weight, and a gas chromatograph mass spectrometer will at least try to analyze a tissue sample from him, but thats about it.
Off with His Head!: Decapitation wont kill him, but it will knock him unconscious, and hell stay that way while his head is kept separated from his body. Hell bleed out and his flesh will decay, so hell appear to be dead. But if his head and body are reunited, theyll reconnect, and hell get better.
Our Vampires Are Different: Hes not the technically alive variety; hes explicitly supernatural and definitely dead. Hes the Dracula style Cursed by God type. He doesn't have to worry about running water or being invited into a residence, but he has just about every other weakness and quirk assigned to vampires in fiction and folklore.
Overlord Jr.: His older brother, Matteo, is a thug just like his father.
Overly Long Tongue: When he feeds or uses his powers, his tongue grows to two to three times its normal length, and tapers to almost a point.
Psycho Serum: His blood can cause addiction, hallucinations, and aggressive behavior.
Pulling Themselves Together: His severed limbs and organs will re-attach if brought back into contact with his body. Even if his body is reduced to chunky salsa, it will eventually pull itself together and re-solidify.
Raised Catholic: He was raised by Italian-American parents, one of whom is part of The Mafia, in Stark Hill, a working-to-middle-class neighborhood dominated by the descendants of Italian, Irish, and Polish immigrants, which literally has more Catholic churches than it knows what to do with.
Red Right Hand: Even when he was alive, he would've been typecast as a villain.
Resurrective Immortality: Outside of a narrow set of circumstances, he will eventually get back up. Beheading him and/or staking him through the heart will suppress his Healing Factor, but only while his heart is impaled and/or while his head is kept separate from his body. He can be put down indefinitely if his body is completely burned (disintegration, fire, sunlight) or dissolved (acid, holy water), but outside assistance can still bring him back.
Rise from Your Grave: He rose from the dead three nights after he died. His vampire sire, "Johann," let him be buried, so that he would have to dig himself out of his own grave. Johann wanted him even more mad with hunger and pain than he normally would've been from the vampiric transformation.
Rule of Three: His vampire sire, "Johann," drank his blood on three consecutive nights, and forced him to drink Johann's blood on three consecutive nights. Then he died, and three days later, he rose.
Salt Solution: Salt doesn't decay in his presence like most food. Touching "pure" salt will burn him, as will ingesting the blood of someone who has recently consumed it. He can't break or move through a line or circle made of salt, or open a container if salt has been poured on top of it.
Secret Identity: As far as the rest of the world knows, Guy Gaetano is dead and buried. Most people don't know that Guy is Mister Strix, or that either of them are vampires.
Spooky Silent Library: He was a bookworm in life, and in death he still finds public libraries comforting. His powers allow him to ignore any locks, alarms, or guards who might interfere with his night reading. He also spends time researching his condition, and the events of the five years he spent asleep with a stake in his heart.
Stalker with a Crush: His vampire sire, "Johann," transformed Guy into a vampire so that Guy could eventually (after he's been broken) take the place of the "child" Guy's brother Rafael destroyed. Johann's "children" are an unholy mix of family, friends, and lovers.
Stealth Hi/Bye: His preferred method of beginning and ending conversations, if he has to have them at all.
Stronger with Age: This is the case for Johann and all of his brood, and it will be for Guy, too, if he (un-)lives long enough.
Turn Undead: Another person can wield a holy symbol, a mirror, or a piece of garlic to hold him at bay. In the case of a holy symbol, it doesn't matter if the person wielding it is a believer; the wielder doesn't even need to know what the symbol represents. He has to win a battle of wills to advance toward the wielder, and unless he does, he can't physically or psychically attack them, or anyone behind them.
Unbreakable Bones: His bones are as light as a human's, but they're harder than stone.
Walking Wasteland: The effect is random, not constant, but more often than not, his passing leaves death and decay. Plants turn brown and fall limp, sometimes even crumbling into ash. Breads and cheeses prematurely mold. Milk curdles. Wine turns to vinegar. Pregnant animals spontaneously miscarry.
Weakened by the Light: Sunlight suppresses his powers and burns him. It doesn't matter how much sunlight there is, or whether the light is direct. If he can see it, then theres enough to burn him. He has the same instinctive fear of sunlight as he does of fire.
"Well Done, Son!" Guy: Even though his father was an abusive gangster, he still loved him. He became a doctor, partly to help balance out the evil his father had done, and partly so that his father would be proud of him. His little brother Rafael became a priest for the same reasons.
Wooden Stake: Impaling his heart with a wooden stake (or a silver blade, or a blade thats been coated with garlic or salt) wont kill him, but it will knock him unconscious, and keep him that way until the stake is removed. Hell bleed out and his flesh will decay, so hell appear to be dead.
Alien Blood: (He's technically a human mutate, not an alien.) His blood is purple, since it contains both hemoglobin (red) and hemocyanin (blue). It's also thicker and more viscous than normal blood, pumped through his veins by three powerful hearts and contained under high pressure.
All Jews Are Ashkenazi: Played with. His parents were both raised Jewish, but only his father's ethnic background includes Ashkenazi ancestry.
Ambiguously Brown: His mother is a Puerto Rican Afro-Latina. His father is half-Filipino, half-Ashkenazi. No one guesses his ethnicity on the first try.
Freak Lab Accident: Combined with a freak traffic accident. He got his powers because he ran to save a dog from the path of a speeding truck which turned out to be carrying an escaping supervillain and his experimental animals. The truck crashed after it hit him, freeing the animals, one of whom was the blue-ringed octopus whose irradiated and genetically-modified venom transformed Ben into a human/cephalopod hybrid.
Healing Factor: A relatively weak one. He doesn't really heal "faster", just "better" (though he can regrow lost limbs and organs).
Heroic Bystander: He got his powers because he ran to save a dog from the path of a speeding truck which turned out to be carrying an escaping supervillain and his experimental animals. The truck crashed after it hit him, freeing the animals, one of whom was the blue-ringed octopus whose irradiated and genetically-modified venom transformed Ben into a human/cephalopod hybrid.
Human Outside, Alien Inside: He's been mutated to the point where he looks very different on the inside from a normal human. An x-ray would reveal his lack of a skeleton and several new organs and muscular structures.
In a Single Bound: His body has a network of air bladders and siphons which give him biological jet propulsion. He can violently expel air or water through tubes and orifices in his hands and feet, launching himself through the water or into the air.
Jumped at the Call: Geckoman saved his life when he was 7 years old. He's wanted to be a superhero ever since.
Kid Hero: He got his powers at age 15, and became a superhero at 16.
Lovecraftian Superpower: He has no skeleton. His whole body is muscle. He has three hearts, which pump thick, syrupy purple blood through his veins at high pressure. He can change the colors and textures of his skin to perfectly mimic his surroundings, or any object or creature. Folds of skin on his neck, torso, forearms, the palms of his hands, and the soles of his feet open to reveal gills and new orifices. The orifices on his back, sides, and forearms contain retractable prehensile tentacles, which can each stretch for hundreds of feet. The smaller folds of skin on his tentacles and on the palms of his hands and the soles of his feet can open to deploy suckers, which he can smell through, and which can create a vacuum seal against a surface which allows him to Wall Crawl. A series of air bladders and tubes allow him to violently expel air or water from the orifices in his hands and feet, launching him through the water or into the air. They also allow him to spew ink produced by a new organ, either directly into the face of his enemy, or into the water or air to create an opaque cloud (the ink evaporates into smoke in open air). He has a second tongue under his original one, which can telescope out a full meter in a fraction of a second, with a set of pincers on the end like an octopus beak, which can inject paralytic venom produced by new glands at the base of his jaw.
Nested Mouths: He has a second tongue under his original one, which can telescope out a full meter in a fraction of a second, with a set of pincers on the end like an octopus beak, which can inject paralytic venom produced by new glands at the base of his jaw.
The Paralyzer: He has a second tongue under his original one, which can telescope out a full meter in a fraction of a second, with a set of pincers on the end like an octopus beak, which can inject paralytic venom produced by new glands at the base of his jaw.
Perma-Shave: The accident which gave him his powers also caused all his hair to fall out, permanently.
Stumbled Into the Plot: He got his powers because he ran to save a dog from the path of a speeding truck which turned out to be carrying an escaping supervillain and his experimental animals. The truck crashed after it hit him, freeing the animals, one of whom was the blue-ringed octopus whose irradiated and genetically-modified venom transformed Ben into a human/cephalopod hybrid.