Doug was born in 1991 to Philip and Sheila Ramsey. His father worked with a man named William Stryker, who was a part of the US Army.
Doug had a nice, average childhood as a skinny middle-class nerd and army brat. When his father was transferred to New York in 2005, he struck up a friendship with several students at the relatively new Xavier Institute. Shortly thereafter, it was discovered that he was a mutant, and he was eventually convinced to enroll.
As a part of the Institute's younger class, Doug underwent the same rigorous training as all of his classmates, though he had considerably more doubts about his usefulness in the more combat-centric areas of study than he did in, say, Conversational French. However, he got by with the help of his friends and teachers.
In 2008, during an altercation with an enemy of the school, Doug was killed when he threw himself in front of a bullet meant for one of his classmates.
In 2012, through means he himself had no knowledge of, Doug was returned to life. He didn't know how, or why, only that he did appear to genuinely be himself. He decided that the only thing to do is to keep moving and attempt to settle back into the world of the living, though he was reluctant to contact his family and friends to let them know he was okay.
Skill:Computer Nerd (5)
Doug loves computers. He loves building them from scratch and overclocking them to get better performance on the games he loves playing, he loves writing custom programs for himself and his friends, and he loves needlessly expensive shiny new gadgets. He can't help himself. Once he develops a passion for something, he tries to learn everything he can about it, and he's a pretty big tech head.
When you grow up at Xavier's and your big, awesome superpower is being able to speak Latin aloud, you spend a lot of time learning how to effectively run away and evade the laser beams and ice breath that seemingly everyone else has at their disposal.
One of the advantages to understanding all languages is that programming comes pretty naturally to you. Doug has always had an interest in computers, and while he doesn't like to admit it, he's used his skills to hack into a few places he really shouldn't have to satisfy his curiosity.
Doug Ramsey was born with the X-Gene, and his mutation allows him to intuitively understand and translate any languages. Spoken or written, alien or human, it's all the same to him. This ability has extended to grant him a knack for deciphering codes and tackling things such as computer programming, as his mind simply understands the way they work. With training, this ability could also be used to read body language and give him an edge in combat, though he would always be limited by his human capacity for athleticism.
Limitation: There are many languages out there that, while Doug can *understand*, he is physically incapable of *speaking*. Think Han Solo and Shyriiwook: he can understand what Chewbacca is saying, but he won't be roaring back anytime soon and is just lucky the big guy speaks Basic.
While understanding languages is all well and good, context is important. Over the years, Doug developed quite a knack for good old-fashioned research and information gathering. He's just as comfortable with a stack of books as he is an internet connection, though he does find the latter tends to go a bit faster, even if there's invariably more noise to sift through.
During his time at Xavier's and a member of the New Mutants, Doug -- then known as Cypher -- was given hand-to-hand combat training to help him defend himself, and others.
Doug loves strategy games. No, wait, hear me out! He loves strategy games because of his fondness of strategy and tactics themselves -- they're a challenging puzzle, and for him, those don't come around too often. He has been able to put this to practical use in the field before, and to good effect. With more time and training, he could become quite the tactician.
During his time as a student at the Xavier Institute, Doug was not only trained in the use of his powers, but in other disciplines, too. He learned how to focus on a given task, how to defend himself in a fight, how to think tactically, and -- most importantly, in his mind -- how to effectively evade attacks and retreat to safety without looking like a total wuss in the process.
Doug was a student at the Xavier Institute at the time of his death. While he never technically had the chance to graduate and is wary of returning to his old life, he knows that if he were ever in a *real* pinch, he could go to his old friends and mentors for help.
Flaw:Full of Doubt
Doug has always been skeptical about his usefulness in a super-powered fight. His death at the wrong end of a gun has done nothing to reassure him. He remains a good guy who wants to *do* good in this world, but now he's haunted by the question of whether or not he actually *can*.
Doug is a child of his time. He's a consumer of pop culture in what may well be unhealthy amounts, checks up on gaming news before even thinking about looking at CNN, and would be all too happy to go on at great length about how much more difficult it was to hit the level cap in your favorite MMORPG back before he died. The quickest way to his heart is offering him a pass to ComicCon. When placed in conversations where his nerdery is inappropriate or out-of-place, he'll be much more socially awkward -- and probably slip in obscure references to his favorite TV shows *anyway*.
Douglas Ramsey is dead. He died in 2008 after being shot twice. His friends, family, and the US government all know it. There was a very nice memorial service and everything. While Doug has attempted to hack in and 'correct' the government's files enough to allow him to make a new life for himself, it would be impossible to entirely cover it up.
As a former New Mutant and student of Xavier's, Doug is privy to some -- he sincerely doubts *all* -- of the Institute's secrets. Most people would probably have a justifiable freakout if they realized that a school was training mutants for combat in a secret paramilitary bunker underneath the building.