|The Reverend Neo-Con|
|"A man whose opinions are so caustic, he has become his own worst enemy." - Radio Quarterly|
|Creator:||David 2/Battlerock X|
|Game:||City of Heroes MMO|
|Real Name:||Sean Michael Rushmore|
|Known Aliases:||Sean Rush, "The Reverend", "The Ego"|
|Place of Birth:||'|
|Base of Operations:||Paragon City|
|Marital Status:||Divorced (numerous times)|
|Known Relatives:||ex-wives (multiple)|
|Furia and the Guardians|
Sean Rush, a.k.a. the Reverend Neo-Con, is a fictional character in the world of the now-defunct City of Heroes MMO.
He is a radio personality with a heavy alt-right following.
Sean Michael Rushmore got his start as a DJ, working under the name "Sean Rush" (which he would legally change his name to). He would play hits for the local radio station in Rhode Island, but then began interjecting his own commentaries in local news reports. Eventually this turned into a regular “thing” for him because the station owner - a crotchety old man - loved what he had to say.
“The Reverend” would challenge the status quo, the changing social norms, whomever is President… anything that didn’t mirror some demented 1950’s view of society. Most people considered his show to be a joke… until he began to get followers in the mid-1990's. His radio show eventually cost him his first two marriages.
His success attracted attention of larger stations, and eventually he became syndicated through PNN Radio, joining the growing list of conservative and "neo-conservative", which eventually became his new "persona".. the "Reverend Neo-Con".
His success gave him the inevitable the sin of Hubris. He began attacking respected heroes like Statesman and his family. He questioned their loyalties to America. At first Statesman took it in stride, until “The Rev” started throwing wild accusations of treason.
Then… “The Rev” suddenly exiled himself to the Rogue Isles in the dead of night.
People didn’t know why he did that. Some thought it was a publicity stunt. Others suspected he was really an Arachnos agent being called home.
In truth, it was his own runaway ego that drove him to exile himself. He feared that his words were agitating Statesman, and he fled in the paranoid assumption that Statesman would come hunting for him. He was also addicted to opioids and amphetamines, which further impaired his thinking. His addiction would also cost him his fourth marriage.
He was tolerated in the Rogue Isles, like all others that fled seeking asylum. He made a meager living doing odd jobs as he built up his “crew” of “dedicated supporters” and ran a small podcast as a supposed "voice of resistance". He never ventured far from Mercy Island and certainly fled in fear of anything that resembled danger. He certainly did everything in his power to make sure that he was not associated in any way with Arachnos, including getting members of Legacy Chain to speak in support of him.
Then in 2012, he got word that Statesman was dead. He checked with his “friends” in Paragon City to see if he had anything to fear. Nobody knew that he was in any kind of trouble. (In reality, he really did have nothing to fear even before Statesman died. He was not wanted for any reason.)
“The Reverend” returned to Paragon City and immediately sought to rebuild his “church”. A friend-of-a-friend made some calls, and soon he was back on PNN Radio doing late-night commentary.
With the eventual election of President Donald Trump, Sean Rush enjoys an even stronger following thanks to his vocal support of someone just like himself.
Powers and Abilities
As a staunch neo-conservative, "The Reverend" certainly is a strong gun-supporter and carries a few himself. He also relies on his gang of supporters to keep him out of trouble, and they are eager to help.
Sean Rush is a bloviating egomainiac who has gone through four marriages in the span of twenty years. Women are attracted to him because of his success and his wealth. They are then repulsed by him when they realize that he is everything he portrays on the air. To him, it is not an act or a "personality" that he portrays.
Sean Rush has a demented version of history, which some have called "alt-past". In his mind, liberals are a Nemesis plot to subvert America.
His relationships with those in PNN are strained at best. He mocks his fellow PNN employees on the air, except for his own staff, which has a high turnover rate because of his insane off-air demands. He considers fellow radio personality Garry Becker to be a clown and a buffoon whose only "good" act was to quit as he promised following the special election for district attorney in 2012.
He is tolerated at PNN because most people do not have to hear him.
He is still addicted to opioids, but he claims to be "clean". Any accusations of him being otherwise are referred to his attorney (and you may want to retain one at that point because you will probably be sued).
According to creator David 2, the "Reverend Neo-Con" was based on several bloviating radio personalities, including Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.