Real Name: R 10
Occupation: Super-hero and assistant to Johnny Awesome
Base of Operations: Orson Manor
Affiliation: Awesome Foursome
Height: Variable due to extending cable limbs (no one knows the true extent to which these extremities can extend)
Weight: 180 lbs
Known Powers: Extending extremities, genius-level A.I. , data analysis, neutron/graviton blaster equipped with ‘stun’ setting only, communications array with Earth-Moon range, spectral analyzer (capable of forensic detection and analysis of chemical, organic, energy, mineral and metal objects), sensor suite including Infrared, Darkvision, X-Ray Vision, UV detectors, Advanced Olfactory and Tactile sensors, flight module capable of reaching speeds of up to 250 MPH and a neutron-powered force field projector.
Known Weaknesses: None, but strict adherence to programmed code of honour is sometimes used against Auton by enemies.
Auton is the robotic creation of The Quantum Mechanic. Conceived originally as a reconnaissance and data analysis model, the multi-tasking mechanical has since been upgraded and retrofitted by his quantum physicist creator to be an all-round robot assistant and mentor the the other members of the Awesome Foursome.
Auton originally encountered his future companions in a less than friendly manner. Sent by The Quantum Mechanic to track down his creator’s enemy, Dr Eugen X, the droid was attacked by Johnny Orson, his sister Jenny and their friend Sergey Borislav who were unwittingly the pawns of Dr. Xander himself (a full account of this event can be found here). Once the dust had settled after their fateful introduction, The Quantum Mechanic knew the young Foursome would need some guidance and advice in their new roles. After downloading a portion of his own knowledge and experience into R-10’s Cortexium via synaptic energy transference, the Mechanic gave the unit to Johnny Awesome, knowing the robot would prove invaluable to the team in their initial years.
Auton’s personality matrix is a complex collection of cross-indexed sub-routines that really do give the illusion that the robot is a fully developed being. He is forthright and truthful (in fact, he has been programmed to never tell a lie), inquisitive to the point of endangering his own electronic well-being, it sees itself as a protector and defender of humanity and he endeavours to understand what it is to be human during his ‘down-time’ by engaging in all manner of sensation eliciting activities, including parachuting (he turns his flight module off for this), scuba diving (he doesn’t need a snorkel and oxygen tank because he doesn’t breath) and dinner with human blind dates (male or female, it matters little to Auton’s binary sensibilities).
He can never take an organic life or allow an organic life to be threatened, a code of honour that many a crafty criminal has attempted to subvert for their own ends. R-10 has been captured and reprogrammed to kill his own team members so many times that the Awesome Foursome have lost count.
Without Auton it is said, the real heart, albeit a cold steel heart would be missing from the Foursome, his sagely, some would say, fatherly advice is vital to the teams function.