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Eduardo "Ed" Dorado Jr. is the son of Eduardo Dorado Sr., and a liberated abductee of The Reach.

Physical appearance

Ed is a teenage Argentine boy with olive skin, messy black hair and brown eyes. He wears a gray shirt with a stylized sun on it, baggy grayish-green pants with multiple zippers and pouches, a maroon vest, a yellow scarf and orange-red strap-on boots with white laces.[3]

History

Early life

Eduardo was raised by his grandfather in Argentina while his father worked in the United States. Hoping to improve his relationship with his father, Eduardo ran away. He was abducted by agents of the Light.[4]

2016

 
Bialya
February 20, post-10:34 UTC+2

Ed was sedated and flown to Bialya, where Queen Bee gathered strays and runaways for the Partner. He was part of a shipment that arrived after the Team had already departed.[5]

 
Atlantic Ocean
March 24, 03:17 EDT

Ed's pod was kept aboard the Manta-Sub, and readied for transport to the Partner.[6]

 
Pacific Ocean
March 30, 18:28 HAST

For a little under a week, Ed was experimented upon in the Reach base in the western Pacific. They wanted to see if his Meta-Gene could be triggered.

When the Team infiltrated the base, Robin, Batgirl and Bumblebee liberated the kids and brought them back to the Bio-Ship. Ed made it safely aboard the ship, but several heroes and one abductee were trapped on the ship, delaying their escape. They eventually managed to get all their people aboard, and set off.[3]

 
Taos
April 1, 17:23 MDT

The liberated abductees were gathered in STAR Labs for a debriefing. Ed was annoyed, and waited until it was his turn.[7]

 
Taos
May 13, 13:05 MDT

At STAR Labs, Ed argued with his father about the testing he and his friends were put through. His father said he wanted to prove his theory that the Meta-Gene was opportunistic but Ed said he only wanted a cure. Eduardo Dorado Sr. said his son only had himself to blame for his abduction by the Reach. Ed replied that wanting to be with his father was a mistake and he left his father's office. There, he found the other abducted teens were waiting in the hallway. Virgil Hawkins told them they were going to bust out that night.

After testing ended for the day, Nathaniel Tyron told the others they were making a mistake, but Ed and the others disagreed, prompting Neut to sound the alarm. Ed and the others headed for a fire exit but found it locked. Virgil suggested Ed could use his teleportation powers but Ed reminded him he could only teleport himself and along sight lines. When several STAR guards confronted the teens, Ed used his teleportation powers to distract them, allowing Asami Koizumi and Virgil to take them down. The power then went out and Sam found the door unlocked, allowing their escape.

They headed to the bus station, and as they waited there, Sam grabbed Ed and pulled him toward the window, where the STAR guards were approaching. As Virgil went to wake up Tye Longshadow, Tye suddenly manifested a large astral form, broke through the roof, grabbed Ed, Virgil and Sam and ran off with them into the woodlands. There, Blue Beetle caught up with them, saying they needed to return to STAR. The four refused, but Beetle revealed himself as Jaime Reyes and explained to them about the Scarab. He then suggested an alternative: They could meet with Green Beetle, who might be able to help them.

As the four headed down a road, Jaime took a phone call from Nightwing. The others were able to hear the conversation given the excessive volume Jaime had his phone set, learning that Red Volcano was attacking STAR Labs. Beetle told the others to wait until he returned, but after he flew off, Ed said he was worried about his father. Tye said he thought Ed hated his father, but Ed said he only felt that way sometimes. Virgil said he understood and would go back with Ed, and Tye and Sam agreed to join them.

When the four returned to STAR Labs, they watched as Volcano trapped Beetle in a sinkhole. Ed wondered how any of them could help Beetle with their powers but Tye said he would handle it. Ed went inside with the others, where he rescued his father from Volcano, touching his father and managing to teleport both of them to safety. Eduardo Sr. was surprised his son teleported them both and Ed said he was motivated.

After Beetle's attack on Volcano threatened to destroy the STAR building, Virgil told the others they needed to get everybody out. Ed guided Neut and several guards to an exit. Neut thanked him for coming back and Ed told him it was temporary. After the four had cleared the building, Volcano trapped them in fists of earth and told Beetle to stand down, but Beetle pressed his assault. The four were forced to free themselves and Ed angrily told Tye that Jaime had been willing to sacrifice them, to which Tye had no answer.

After Beetle defeated Volcano, he ordered the others to come with him to visit Green Beetle. When several reporters showed up to talk to Beetle, Ed and the others took the opportunity to slip away.[4]

 
Taos
May 14, post-13:05 MDT

They returned to the bus station, where Lex Luthor met with them. When Ed brought up that Lex had been working with the Reach on a line of drinks, Lex replied he suspected he was being used, a feeling the four teens could relate to, and that he had the resources to protect them and the ability to let them control their destinies.[4]

 
Taos
May 29, 20:08 MDT

Ed and the other runaways destroyed various items related to the Reach and their drink. They were contacted by Lex Luthor, who offered them the chance to deal real damage to the Reach.[8]

 
Taos
May 29, 20:36 MDT

At their safehouse, the runaways spoke with Luthor via laptop, who told them he wanted them to rescue the Team members held captive by the Reach, giving them a Father Box to help them accomplish the mission. Ed, Asami and Tye were initially reluctant, but were convinced they owed the Team by Virgil. Asami used the Father Box to open a boom tube to the Warworld.[8]

 
The Warworld
May 30, post-03:36 UTC

The four fell into the middle of a group of Reach soldiers. Virgil lead the others in pretending to surrender. They used it as a distraction to engineer a surprise attack and took down the soldiers. When Reach reinforcements arrived, the runaways retreated. They were ultimately able to take the soldiers down and the Father Box guided them to where the Team members were being held captive.

There, they found the Team members being held in stasis cells, but were confronted by Black Beetle. The runaways' efforts were ineffective, but Arsenal arrived and instructed the runaways to keep Black Beetle off balance. Arsenal released Mongul from his stasis cell and he attacked Beetle. As the two aliens battled each other, Arsenal and the runaways freed the Team members. They prepared to face a squadron of Reach soldiers that Arsenal had prevented from entering after sealing a door, but when the door was opened, they found that Nightwing, Miss Martian and Sphere had taken down the soldiers. Everyone retreated to the Bio-Ship as Mongul and Beetle continued to battle.

At the Bio-Ship, Nightwing remarked that the runaways might have a place on the Team, given their success despite little training, but after Nightwing dismissed Arsenal from the Team for putting other Team members in danger, Ed and the runaways sided with Arsenal, given that his efforts had allowed them to succeed. They offered Arsenal to join them and he accepted, then the five used the Father Box to return to Taos via boom tube.[8]

 
Taos
May 30, 00:33 MDT

Upon returning to the safehouse, Arsenal recognized Luthor on the laptop and told the runaways that Luthor was responsible for his missing arm and being kept on ice for many years. Arsenal deduced that Luthor had used the runaways as a distraction to allow the Light to secure the crystal key to the Warworld. After Asami tossed the Father Box onto the laptop and destroyed them both, Virgil declared that the group would not abide by Luthor's promises any longer.[8]

 
Metropolis
June 20, 08:16 EDT

When magnetic field disruptors planted by the Reach threatened the Earth, Ed joined 39 other heroes of Earth in a briefing in Metropolis. The heroes would use a computer virus provided by Lex Luthor to safely disable the devices. The heroes were paired off with another into twenty squads: one member would run interference against Beetle-tech Drones guarding the disruptors, allowing the other to get close enough to plant the virus.[9]

Ed was assigned to Alpha Squad, and worked alongside Captain Atom.[10] Within thirty minutes, all squads had succeeded in their mission.[9]

After the Invasion ended, Eduardo Dorado Jr. received an invitation to return to the Team. He declined the honor,[9] preferring to move in with his father.[10]

Powers and abilities

Teleportation: After being experimented on by the Reach for the Meta-Gene, Eduardo developed the ability to instantly teleport himself effortlessly, to any location within his sightline. Under normal circumstances he is limited to only teleporting himself, but if sufficiently motivated, he can manage a passenger. However, when he does carry others with him, both he and the passenger experience pain.[4]

Appearances

Background in other media

  • Ed Dorado is based on El Dorado, a minor member of the Super Friends. He was a Mexican hero who possessed a variety of powers, notably teleportation and super strength.
  • According to Phil Bourassa, the lead character designer for Young Justice, Eduardo's hairstyle was inspired by that of Spike Spiegel from the anime series Cowboy Bebop.[11]

References

  1. Weisman, Greg (2013-04-25). CORRECTION. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2013-04-25.
  2. Weisman, Greg (2016-11-21). Question #21619. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2016-11-21.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hopps, Kevin (writer) & Divar, Tim (director) (Originally released on iTunes on October 14, 2012, broadcast on January 5, 2013). "Before the Dawn". Young Justice. Season 2. Episode 10. Cartoon Network.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Hopps, Kevin (writer) & Murphy, Doug (director) (February 2, 2013). "Runaways". Young Justice. Season 2. Episode 14. Cartoon Network.
  5. Vietti, Brandon (writer) & Murphy, Doug (director) (May 26, 2012). "Beneath". Young Justice. Season 2. Episode 5. Cartoon Network.
  6. Weisman, Jon (writer) & Zwyer, Mel (director) (October 6, 2012). "Darkest". Young Justice. Season 2. Episode 9. Cartoon Network.
  7. Dubuc, Nicole (writer) & Murphy, Doug (director) (January 12, 2013). "Cornered". Young Justice. Season 2. Episode 11. Cartoon Network.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Vietti, Brandon (writer) & Murphy, Doug (director) (February 23, 2013). "The Hunt". Young Justice. Season 2. Episode 17. Cartoon Network.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Hopps, Kevin (writer) & Murphy, Doug (director) (March 16, 2013). "Endgame". Young Justice. Season 2. Episode 20. Cartoon Network.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Weisman, Greg (2013-03-18). YOUNG JUSTICE: INVASION: "Endgame": stuff cut for time. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2013-03-19.
  11. Bourassa, Phil (2016-02-24). Tweet. Twitter. Retrieved 2017-03-04.

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