Little beyond what he allows is known about the one they call “The Ouroboros.” The costumed vigilante is a consummate showman, having earned his start as a carnie performer through the Depression; he now stalks the streets in order to preserve truth, honor and justice!
Not really. The truth is, he’s in it to entertain the masses (also, himself), and hobnob with celebrities. He’s been romantically linked to a handful of burlesque entertainers, even more lounge singers and countless other celebrities.
This attitude often brings him into conflict with other heroes as he’s not inclined to “save the day” just because it needs doing, but only if it benefits himself, even if it’s at the expense of all around him. He’s also keen to sidestep action, or postpone it until the paparazzi can arrive…that is, if he hadn’t already brought his own paparazzi with him. He’ll do anything to preserve the melodrama of the situation, just like his beloved silent films.
He is constantly found in some overly dramatic pose, ready for his closeup.
His glamourous lifestyle was only made more grand when in 1955, he dropped his domino mask in order to take the title role in “The King of Handcuffs Versus The Nazi Terror!” An overly dramatic account of Houdini’s possible spy life. Upon all accounts the film was utter garbage (penned by the step-brother of Julie Lovegood; The Ouroboros’ fiance at the time) but following the “de-mask” hysteria, and Lovegood – just off her Oscar win in a co-star role – the film was wildly successful.
The public were not too kind to The Ouroboros either, who had taken the name “Nell Conried” for the film. Of course, the physical feats (all performed by “Conried”) were fantastic (even if shot poorly) but without the mask, the once dashing Ouroboros was seen as pallid, sullen and dramatically weaselly. One critic remarked about his deep set, heavy eyes, sunken cheek bones and well manicured handlebar moustache as “downright villainous.”
Because of that (and the dissolved engagement to Lovegood) Conried was never again seen on screen and The Ouroboros returned to fighting crime.
The Ouroboros took his name, not in honor of the rebirth Greek symbol association, but almost a defiant jest about his own abilities as a contortionist, escapist; as if he were so flexible “he might swallow his own tail.”
Because of his skills in contortionism, escape and locksmithing as well as amateur invention, The Ouroboros is a both a wonderful asset and particularly…elusive foe. There is hardly a place he cannot infiltrate, a trap he cannot difuse or a spot he cannot get in or out of.
To accomodate his skills, The Ouroboros wears very little as a hero/vigilante; a domino mask and a full body black nylon suit. On his chest is a lime green Ouroboros symbol.