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Real Identity: Forager
Affiliation(s): Forest Hive, The Team, and The Outsiders
Appearances (Episodes): Away Mission, Rescue Op, Evolution, Triptych, Home Fires, Exceptional Human Beings, Another Freak, Nightmare Monkeys, True Heroes, Influence, Leverage, Illusion of Control, First Impressions, Early Warning, Quiet Conversations, Unknown Factors, Antisocial Pathologies, Terminus, Into the Breach, Overwhelmed, Nevermore, Inhospitable, Emergency Dive, Beyond the Grip of the Gods!, Encounter Upon the Razor's Edge!, Forbidden Secrets of Civilizations Past!, Odyssey of Death!, and Death and Rebirth
Appearances (Audioplays): The Prize
Appearances (Comics): Foreign Affairs, Metallic Aftertaste, and Last Rights
Powers/Skills: Spheroid Formation, Above Average Durability, Above Average Strength, Enhanced Senses, Tracking, Foraging, Piloting, and Unarmed Combat
Voiced By: Jason Spisak
Forager was a young Forager with the Forest Hive of Bugs on New Genesis. He was rather skilled with foraging resources. In Team Year Eight, he was the equivalent of 14 in Earth years. On August 4th, 00:16 UTC, the Forest Hive took part in a trade with Orion. Forager presented minerals he foraged. Orion accepted them but cheated them of a payment of weaponry. Mantis was infuriated but they were no match for Giant and Blister, two meta-humans with Orion. Giant punched Forager into a tree. Mantis wanted to kill the New Gods for the betrayal but Forager wondered if something else was going on. He reached out to Bear for help. Bear recruited the Team for their expertise in meta-humans. As they investigated the area, Mantis initiated an attack on them. Forager got between them and ended the skirmish. Bear claimed Orion was impersonated but Mantis was still suspicious. They set up another trade. Miss Martian confirmed the fake Orion was using telepathy to manipulate the Bugs' anger and realized he was her brother, M'comm M'orzz who now called himself Ma'alefa'ak.
Mantis no longer trusted either and ordered the Bugs to attack the meta-humans and the Team. Forager refused and bumped Mantis before he could shoot Wonder Girl and Blue Beetle. At the end of the battle, Ma'alefa'ak blamed Forager for bringing the Team and threatened to crush him if he saw him again. Mantis branded Forager as a race traitor and exiled him from the Forest Hive. Miss Martian tried in vain to explain Ma'alefa'ak's scheme start a war between Bugs and New Gods. Mantis declared if the hive saw any of them again, the hive would crush them. Bear apologized to Forager and told him it was no longer safe for him on New Genesis. Miss Martian invited Forager to come with them. He was hesitant to leave his home world. She told him it was not forever, just for now. He boomed to Earth with the Team. On August 5th, 21:04 EDT, Miss Martian revealed to Forager she telepathically downloaded their language into his brain so he could speak without having to use a Mother Box. Superboy teased she taught him everything but pronouns. She elbowed him and retorted Bugs had an extremely complex sense of self and had no use for pronouns.
They introduced him to Halo and Brion Makov. She offered him apples then surprised everyone with prior knowledge about New Genesis. She only knew she just did. Markov was excited to meet a "real" alien but Forager pointed out he was the alien to him. As one exile to another, Markov welcomed him to Earth. Miss Martian revealed she was planning on having Forager join the Team but hadn't decided his living conditions yet. Artemis Crock stated Will Harper's house was full. Superboy suggested the Watchtower but Miss Martian didn't like the idea of Forager being all alone because he needed to be around others. They got nostalgic about Mount Justice. Miss Martian got an idea and had Bio-Ship shapeshift into a Bio-RV to accommodate Halo, Markov, and Forager. Forager quickly realized Bio-Ship was female and they hit it off. Despite being told not to, Markov wanted to go to Infinity Island in search of his sister, Tara Markov. Forager agreed to help because he considered him and Halo as his new hive.
On August 6th, 00:41 ECT, they arrived at the island and soon encountered Sensei. Sensei snapped Halo's neck but she soon resurrected herself. Forager wondered if she was a New God. They were soon liberated by Nightwing, Tigress, Superboy, and Black Lightning. Sphere and Forager squashed Ubu in unison and destroyed his Apokoliptian weapon. Ra's al Ghul called for the fighting to end and revealed he no longer led the League of Shadows nor did they reside on the island anymore. Halo, Forager, and Markov refused to walk away and Nightwing found himself in charge of a new team. Forager was assigned the hacked designation G-06. On September 8th, 11:04 EDT, Grayson presented super suits to Markov, Violet, and Forager. Grayson trained Forager about being aware of one's surroundings during combat with a towel. Forager caught on and used sand on him then whipped Grayson's butt. They all took a break for marshmallows. Markov brought up how he and his brother would argue who would win in a fight: Batman or Superman. Forager understood the premise and revealed his hive would wonder if the Bugs or New Gods would win in a fight.
Forager decided his codename would also be Forager. Next, they practiced Maneuver 7. Nightwing congratulated them on the progress they were making but Halo made holograms all of a sudden. Nightwing stated they were starting over. On September 25th, 23:43 EDT, Nightwing briefed his team about Cheshire. On September 26th, 00:56 EDT, the team converged on Cheshire at a hangar in Detroit but had to fend with her own squad. Forager rolled after Shade but he was teleported onto Halo. Halo drove him away by manifesting a new ability to generate light. On September 29th, 11:05 EDT, Kent, Forager, and Markov watched Gretchen Goode's interview on The G. Gordon Godfrey Show. At 13:02 EDT, Nightwing tested Geo-Force, Halo, and Forager with a surprise attack. He gave Halo and Forager A grades for reflexive actions, evaluations, and adaptability but flunked Geo-Force. Geo-Force got testy about the point of it and wanted to find his sister. Nightwing tried to tell him he needed to be trained for surprise attacks. They were suddenly interrupted by Lobo. He revealed he had a contract to kill Forager.
Halo tried to hide Forager by creating several holograms of him but Lobo eventually crushed him and left. Everyone was horrified. The shell-less Forager asked if Lobo was gone. Everyone was relieved. Forager revealed he shed his exoshell to fool Lobo but finally understand what it meant to be "naked." Geo-Force hugged him despite how gooey he was. Tigress welcomed him to the fake-your-own-death club. Forager thanked everyone for risking their lives for him. On October 12th, 08:22 EDT, Nightwing held another training session at Owings Mills. On October 15th, 07:19 EDT, Forager noticed Markov was always looking at his phone but not making a call. Markov suggested he mind his own business. Forager remarked he got up on the wrong side of the bed but believed his attitude would soon change. Crock and Harper arrived via Zeta-Tube. Harper was excited it was the first day of school. Crock gave Forager a Glamour Charm created by Zatanna. When he put it on, he looked like a human boy. Harper suggested his human name for school should be Fred Bugg with two Gs.
During introductions in Miss Parris's classroom, Bugg confused everyone when he promised to do whatever was necessary to ensure the efficiency and safety of the Happy Harbor High School hive. They met Harper Row. They had lunch with her outside. Bugg realized they weren't with the other students because they were freaks. Row told them they were freaky but cool. Harper quickly elbowed Bugg and reminded him to eat with his two visible hands only. Row revealed she had history next. Bugg revealed he and Harper had English even though they both spoke the language flawlessly. Row told him he didn't have to say "2 Gs" every time. Bugg was relieved. They parted ways. Harper still felt weird and suddenly opened a Boom Tube under the bleachers. Without answering Bugg, she walked into the tube and vanished. Bugg went to to get Megan Morse. He returned with her just as Harper boomed back but she had a boy covered in cybernetics named Victor Stone with her. She reported she felt better at last. At 19:21 EDT, Nightwing's team met at Carr's house.
Stone was surprised they were not freaked out how he looked. Fred Bugg revealed himself as Forager and Stone panicked and fell on his back. Stone claimed he was just caught offguard. Grayson asked about what happened. Forager stated Violet Harper opened a Boom Tube and was a Mother Box. They realized Harper was the soul of a dead Mother Box that possessed the body of Gabrielle Daou. On October 31st, 17:42 EDT, the kids prepared to head to the Halloween dance at Happy Harbor High School. Forager decided to as himself for Fred Bugg's costume. Harper noticed his shell was healing up nicely. Dick Grayson arrived with actionable intelligence on Tara Markov's location. At 21:46 UTC, Forager offered to drive the rest of the way. Conner Kent was surprised to see Bio-Ship move controls from him to Forager. On November 1st, 01:43 UTC+3, Forager announced Bio-Ship was already in camouflage mode. Nightwing's team attempted to cause a black out at the meta-human auction but an emergency generator kicked in. Nightwing hailed Forager on comms for a distraction and told him to fire on the venue. He aided Superboy and fired at Mammoth and Shimmer. Superboy later told Forager to do the West Maneuver. He blasted at Mammoth's ankles then Superboy clocked him.
On November 4th, 10:21 EST, Artemis Crock, Conner Kent, and Dick Grayson told Violet Harper, the Markovs, and Forager it was time for them to decide to join the Team or not. On November 6th, 14:59 EST, Miss Martian welcomed Halo, Geo-Force, Forager, and Terra to the Team. Forager was assigned the designation B-32. On November 16th, 21:21 EST, Forager was present for Gamma Squad's mission briefing about a supposed Russian meta-program. On November 22nd, 16:00 EST, Forager poured cranberry out a can for M'gann M'orzz as she prepared Thanksgiving dinner. He eyed some crackers but she used telekinesis to smack his hands with spoons. He later entered the Bio-RV declaring Earth had the best holidays. Victor Stone was not in a festive mood and wanted to be left alone. Forager realized how crushed he was and decided he would "uncrush" Stone. Despite the cold, he went outside to invite Stone to dinner. Stone snapped at him to to not say his whole name every time because it sounded like his father.
Forager understood and invited him to eat Thanksgiving dinner with his hive. Stone denied he had a hive. Forager countered he did and they all wanted to help him. Stone exclaimed he could not be helped. Forager noticed a caterpillar and used it as a metaphor for Stone then noted drones had to feed and should feed with the hive. Stone sighed and told him to go inside and feed and warm up. Forager agreed and left. Stone stared at the caterpillar. Forager was pleased when Stone joined the dinner. On December 4th, 19:09 EST, Forager was present for Beast Boy's meeting on the Watchtower. At 17:48 PST, Beast Boy toured his team's headquarters at the top of the Premiere Building in Hollywood. He presented the living quarters where he, the Markovs, Harper, Stone, and Bugg would be moving into. Forager checked out the refrigerator then went outside to hug Bio-Ship. On December 21st, 04:31 PST, Dr. Jace called out Tara Markov, Fred Bugg, and Violet Harper for school. They all yawned as they walked out of their rooms. Jace could not understand why they commuted to high school on the east coast everyday. Harper cited they had friends at Happy Harbor.
Bugg and Markov zetaed back to the Hub at around 13:56 EST. Tigress asked where Harper was since all four of them were scheduled for training. Markov informed her Harper blew them off to hang out with Harper Row instead. By January 1st, 14:24 PST, Team Year Nine, Fred Bugg was searching Hollywood for the missing Victor Stone. On January 2nd, 04:16 PST, Bugg found Stone in an alley in Hollywood and discovered the Father Box was taking control of more of his body. He returned him to the Premiere Building and called out for help. Dr. Jace responded and got him stabilized. He refused to got go to school and wanted to stay by Stone's side. Conner Kent, Forager, and Jefferson Pierce elected to use the Mother Box lended by Dreamer to locate Metron for the cure to Stone's condition. Before he departed, Forager asked Brion Markov if he was coming but he declined. At 13:15 UTC, they arrived on the Source Wall but just missed Metron. Forager recalled he heard the stories of the old Promethean gods but never thought he would stand on the face of Gog. Pierce thought it was gross they were standing in his nose.
They followed after Metron to the Minosyss Ring at 13:20 UTC and instead saw Superman fighting several Parademons. Forager curled into a spheroid then Superboy chucked him at Parademons then attacked several himself. After the battle, Metron appeared out of intrigue with the presence of 1.5 Kryptonians. Forager explained to him they need him to come with them to help a friend. Metron stated that was not his function. Pierce elaborated the friend was a human being eaten alive by Father Box technology. Metron changed his mind and agreed to go with them. On January 21st, 17:32 PST, Terra and Forager prepared to zeta out of the Hub for a Team mission. Dr. Jace reminded them to please be careful and make good choices. Forager gave her two thumbs up. On January 22nd, 02:24 PST, Victor Stone, Garfield Logan, Violet Harper, Fred Bugg, and Brion Markov ate breakfast pancakes in Los Angeles while Dick Grayson's closest friends and family tended to him. Stone and Bugg ate popcorn in the Hub while everyone else argued about Batman's secret task force.
On January 25th, 14:29 PST, Forager lamented he could not sniff out Violet Harper like he did with Stone earlier in the month. Stone paused and smelled himself. He was assigned to Beta Squad for the mission to the Orphanage. They were tasked with finding Harper while Alpha Squad made a distraction. Forager could smell several approaching. Beta hid and observed Gilotina, Lashina, Parademons, and Mantis pass by. Forager was shocked Mantis was so angry he left the hive and fought for Apokolips. They located Harper but an enthralled Martian Manhunter cut off their psychic link with Miss Martian then Superman threw Geo-Force into Forager and Terra. Forager was unsure of fighting the Justice League. Miss Martian's brain blast was not enough and Granny's machine enthralled both squads. On January 26th, 02:48 UTC, Victor Stone boomed to the Orphanage and liberated Violet Harper from the Cerebral-Leash and she freed everyone then defeated Granny Goodness. At 06:54 PST, Harper and Stone boomed the Team to the Hub. Forager observed as Victor Stone decided to join the Outsiders as Cyborg.
On February 14th, Superboy took Forager on the road with Wolf in Bio-RV. Forager struggled with the decision to return to New Genesis or stay on Earth. He wanted to stay but he didn't want to only be Fred Bugg. He referred to his Glamour Charm as an albatross cross his neck then told Superboy he was reading "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" for English class. Kent understood his dilemma. At 20:16 CST, they arrived at Geranium City. At a gas station, Kent introduced Bugg to Mayor Dabney Donovan. Bugg was honored to meet him. Donovan told him the feeling was mutual. He detected all strangers were gone and dropped the psychic illusion. All of Geranium City's residents were Genomorphs. Donovan reintroduced himself as Dubbilex. Kent introduced Bugg to several of his friends like Karen and Kraig. They retired to the mayor's office. Dubbilex invited Bugg to reveal his truth if he was comfortable. He was and took off his charm. Forager inquired about the creation of the city. Dubbilex and Kraig obliged him.
Forager did not understand why they hid from Outsiders. Kent told him it was different outsiders then summarized it as Genomorphs found a place for themselves in the world. Dubbilex agreed and disagreed with that statement. He believed they were still segregated in plain sight. Forager understood their problem. He knew he could return to New Genesis and blend in among the other drones but on Earth, the prejudices could be faced. Forager handed the charm to Superboy and announced he was staying on Earth where he could remain on the front lines and join the Outsiders to fight the good fight where Earth could see him as Forager. He hoped that would also help the Geraniums. Dubbilex found his choice admirable and wondered if Superboy would do as much. Superboy was confused. Dubbilex told him he could do more to help in this time when all meta-humans, including Genomorphs, struggled for acceptance. Forager pointed out Kent helped him, Brion Markov, Violet Harper, Victor Stone, and Tara Markov. Dubbilex did not contest that and knew he was always good at collecting strays and helping individuals because he saw himself as an individual. He wondered when Kent would acknowledge his role in the connected world and take the final step to help his own people. He asked what would Superman do. Forager apologized and stated he would need to be Fred Bugg one more time.
On February 15th, 15:34 PST, Forager as part of Beta Squad in the joint Team-Outsiders mssion prepared to boom to Markovia to help put down Baron Bedlam's coup. Alpha and Beta Squad were horrified when Geo-Force executed Bedlam and took the throne for himself. At 01:24 PST, back at the Premiere Building, he attempted to console Violet Harper. Forager On February 24th, 19:00 EST, Forager was present at the meeting on Watchtower for the Justice League, the Team, the Outsiders, Nightwing's covert team, and Batman's covert team. On February 25th, 18:38 EST, Tod Donner reported Terra, Forager, and Superboy joined the Outsiders. That day, Forager was assigned the designation D-10. On February 27th, 08:08 EST, Forager revealed his true appearance to his classmates and was cheered on. On February 23rd, 14:16 EST, Team Year Ten, Lucas Carr and Forager prepared food for Conner Kent and M'gann M'orzz's farewell barbecue at Happy Harbor. M'orzz noted Dick Grayson and Zatanna Zatara could not attend.
Forager noted Amistad Ervin and Lian Nguyen-Harper would be coming and he was engaged to act as their official babysitter. He thought "larvaesitter" was the more appropriate term since they were not babies. After learning Nguyen-Harper was in a mood, he wished Violet Harper came. Will Harper assured him he could get her to speak and he was her favorite larvaesitter. Forager smelled smoke. Carr hurried to check the burgers. Some time later, the fruit punch bowl was overflowing with potato salad. Carr asked Forager if he was watching the kids. Forager confirmed he watched them perform an experiment in displacement of fluids. When Carr returned with napkins, he noticed nearly everyone was gone. Forager informed him Kaldur'ahm, Conner Kent, M'gann M'orzz, Artemis Crock, Will Harper, and Raquel Ervin set off in Bio-Ship to rescue Harlan Matthews, formerly Clayface. After they returned with new guests, Forager suggested burning more hamburgers. Carr wasn't so sure Matthews ate anymore. On February 25th, 07:38 EST, Forager was present for Conner Kent, M'gann M'orzz, J'onn J'onzz, Garfield Logan, and Bio-Ship's departure from Happy Harbor to M'arzz. Forager sadly said goodbye to Bio-Ship enough for Kent to notice.
On April 19th, 12:17 PDT, Forager took part in the Outsiders mission involving the growing threat of Hurricane Amy in Florida. On June 1st, 15:26 EDT, Forager welcomed Baby to the hive but he would miss Bio-Ship very, very much but was happy she was graduating to a new life stage of rest and retirement on M'arzz. He then asked M'orzz how she was doing. She admitted there were more bad days without good days and closing up Kent's affairs was very painful. He believed the hive could help her get traught then asked if she had seen Logan. She only talked to him on the phone. Forager became concerned. She assumed he was busy with Space Trek 3016 and Queen Perdita Vladek. He informed her Logan left Space Trek, no longer went on Outsiders missions, and broke up with Vladek. He believed she should go see Logan in person. As valedictorian, Forager gave a speech at the Happy Harbor High School graduation ceremony. He talked about how his greatest lessons also came from the pupua stage known as Fred Bugg with two Gs foraging for friendship and a future far from home readying him to metamorphosize into a new Bug with one G. He called himself a true Outsider proudly standing up and out for all of his Earth hive. He urged his classmates to learn from Forager's lesson of Gs both two and one: stand up, stand out, metamorphosize, and forage the future.
On August 26th, 20:16 UTC, Forager was present on the Javelin heading to New Genesis for a summit between the New Gods, Justice League, and Green Lantern Corps. He was elated to spot the Forest Hive from space. Flash was up for a tour when they landed. Rocket asked Forager for any last minute advice navigating New Genesis. Forager admitted he had not been to his home world for over a year and he had never been to Supertown before. He was unsure of how useful he would be. Orion hailed them and welcomed the Justice League. Forager clarified he was an Outsider. At 20:20 UTC, they met Lightray, Orgion, Highfather, and Highmother. Forager told Highfather it was an honor to meet him. Highfather proclaimed it was high time they welcomed a Bug. Their arrival was interrupted by another Forager stealing from a storehouse. Upon seeing her image, Forager commended her as a capable female. Flash asked how he knew she was a female. He thought it was obvious. Lightray asked why a Bug was privy to the meeting. Orion stated he could help them catch the thief. They learned an ancient Radion-powered ruction cell was stolen that could be dangerous.
Orion wanted to search the hive near the lake but Forager stepped in and pointed out her markings revealed she was a Bug of the Mountain Hive. Orion knew he would be useful. Rocket added they can all be useful. AT 21:58 UTC, talks with the Mountain Hive became tense. Forager spoke to the Forager who stole the cell. She pointed out she foraged the cell, so the cell was hers then asked if he forgot while spending so much time with New Gods. He stated he rolled with his hive and assumed she did the same then pointed out if the cell exploded, she would have no hive, no elders, no Foragers, no one to roll with. She pondered his words and agreed to lead the New Gods to the cell. Flash joked the lack of pronouns was going to fun. The two larvae entrusted with the cell were gone. Forager recalled around the Forest Hive, larvae favored common larvae trails. He asked where Mountain larvae would go. She knew right away and told them to follow her.
On August 27th, the Foragers walked around Supertown. She admitted she was surprised he gave up his seat at the conference and she would not have done so. He trusted Rocket and Flash to handle it and told her he preferred to get to know her. She chirped and they held hands. They liked spending time with each other and especially liked knowing what the other was thinking. A confrontation between Razer and Metron spilled over towards them and hit the statues of Highfather and Highmother. She pushed Forager out of the way and was buried in rubble. Razer was horrified by his actions. Surprisingly, Razer was able to wield both a Red and Blue Power Ring at the same time. He used the Blue one to heal her of her injuries. He apologized and thanked them for reminding him how to hope again. Forager had no idea how they did that but was happy to be of service. As a gesture, Razer reformed the statues and added two of the Foragers. Bear disrupted the summit to pay his respects. He picked up Rocket and Forager and gave them bear hugs.
Orion was eager to get back to the summit but Bear wanted to talk to Forager about news he heard of he was spending time with a Mountain Hive Forager. Forager confirmed that was true and revealed he had to decide to return to his Earth hive and friends or stay on New Genesis with Forager. Rocket was shocked and pointed out he only knew her for two days. He admitted he wasted considerable time. Orion agreed. Vykin explained to Rocket that Bugs practiced accelerated courtships relative to humans or New Gods. Bear and Flash went off on a tangent about their loves and their ages. On August 28th, 17:19 UTC, Mountain Hive Forager could see Forager was still torn between staying or leaving New Genesis and revealed she would go with him to Earth to his surprise. She told him she loved him. She also thought it would be an awfully big adventure. Suddenly, a Boom Tube opened and Metron emerged. On August 29th, 00:02 UTC, Metron briefed Tomar-Re, Flash, Rocket, Forager, Forager, Dreamer, Bear, Moonrider, Serifan, Vykin, Kilowog, and Orion about Lor-Zod and his aim to use the Phantom Zone Projector to release his Kryptonian brethren.
At 00:14 UTC, Forager was part of the team who boomed to Boiling Lake Crater. Mantis attacked the Foragers. Forager cleared the way and knocked Mantis away for Mountain Hive Forager to go and seek out Flash's help. Mantis had Forager by the throat and reminded him he warned him never to return to New Genesis. Forager stipulated that warning came before he trained under Nightwing. Forager freed himself then rolled and knocked Mantis out. He found Forager neutralized by the Kaizer-Thrall and was soon blasted, too. She resisted the Kaizer and reached for Forager. To Forager's shock, Tomar-Re's power ring chose her to be a Green Lantern and she took out the Kaizer-Thrall. After the battle concluded, they found Tomar-Re's body. On August 30th, 21:00 UTC, Forager told Forager he could see she was excited to become a Green Lantern and would never ask her to give up such an awfully big adventure for his sake. They agreed to try a long distance relationship. He gifted her a copy of his favorite book, "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare" and informed her he circled passages that recall his feelings for her.
Back on Earth, one night, he sat outside the Hub and thought of her. He later told Miss Martian all about her. On September 16th, 16:16 EST, Forager attended the wedding of Conner Kent and M'gann M'orzz in Happy Harbor. Bear arrived and gave the two Foragers a bear hug. On November 11th, after 22:33 UTC+2, Forager was part of Mongoose Squad and boomed to Madinat Altharwati to provide back up to Gorilla Squad. He bowled several Lex-Bots over. At 22:42 UTC+2, they sandwiched a Lex-Bot in unison.