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Real Identity: Ray Terrill
Affiliations: Tulsa Fair Housing
Appearances (Freedom Fighters: The Ray): Episode 3, Episode 4, Episode 5, Episode 6,
Powers/Skills: Solar Absorption, Photokinesis, Flight, and Knowledge of Law
Voiced By: Russell Tovey
Ray Terrill fought injustice all his life but he dreamed of making a real difference like his older brother Michael, a Marine who was killed by an IED in Afghanistan when he was just 22 years old. He was inspired to devote his life to make a difference by ensuring that everyone, regardless of race, religion, or gender, has a safe place to live. Eight years later, Terrill was now the same age when his brother died and worked as a public interest lawyer for Tulsa Fair Housing who helped people who were in the minority, in the margins, and were struggling to get accommodations. Work was the most important thing in his life but it also left him closed off and lonely. On a Wednesday, after helping a Muslim women with an eviction because of her religion, Terrill started practicing a speech in the break room. He decided to use the story of his brother's death. Terrill and his co-workers John Trujillo and Jenny Knight were going to ask politicians to vote to expand fair housing laws so their department could help more people like military veterans and those in the LGBT community.
Trujillo, who was also a friend, advised him to loosen up and don't sweat it. Terrill wanted it to be perfect. Knight entered the room and informed them the politicians arrived. Just as Terrill began, the lead politician, Donald, stopped him and announced they were shutting down the whole department. Terrill stood there in shock while Trujillo and Knight questioned the decision. Donald revealed he needed funding for his promised tax cuts and the people who they helped didn't vote to elect him anyway. Terrill and Trujillo went to a bar. He tried to get Terrill to slow down with the drinks but Terrill felt guilty for just standing around in shock during the presentation. Trujillo concluded there were some fights that couldn't be won. Terrill showed him a text from his mother announcing meat loaf dinner. Trujillo couldn't decide what was more pathetic, Mrs. Terrill's use of emojis or that he was 22 years old and still living with his parents. He then remembered Terrill still hadn't told them he was gay.
Ray Terrill reminded him his parents were conservative and he had to go about it the right way. Trujillo concluded waiting until he figured out the perfect way was just an excuse to procrastinate and called him a "procrastor-faker." Terrill countered if he was, it was for a good reason since they were disappointed he didn't go into the military like Michael. Trujillo asked him why he hasn't just moved out. Terrill pointed out he was unemployed. Trujillo suggested Sweden. Terrill brought up his trust fund. Trujillo stated he counted his blessings every day and asked not to judge him. He noticed a man across the bar, Jacob, was checking out Terrill for the past 10 minutes. He passed. Trujillo implored Terrill to talk to him or would make weird squawking sounds again like last time. Terrill tried to talk to Jacob but choked and said he forgot to park his car. Trujillo couldn't believe it. Terrill returned home for dinner. After Mrs. Terrill noted she wanted to look for a girl like Jenny Knight, he told them he lost his job.
Mr. Terrill reckoned it was a blessing in disguise and could be the push he needed to get a real job like when Michael lost his football scholarship and joined the military. Terrill went to the backyard and called Trujillo to tell him about the disaster. Suddenly, a breach appeared and the fatally wounded Ray from Earth-X stumbled through. Terrill tried to call 911 but Ray stopped him. He placed Red Tornado's Neuro-Cortex in Terrill's hands then revealed his face, showing he was a version of him from another dimension. The Ray transferred his photokinetic energy into Terrill then dispersed. Terrill was unharmed and he called up Trujillo then went to his apartment. He explained what happened and Trujillo was speechless for once. Terrill got annoyed and pushed the center of the cortex. It levitated in mid-air then a hologram of Red Tornado was projected. He explained the nature of the multiverse containing thousands of different realities and explained he was an artificial life form from a world designated Earth-X where the Axis Powers won World War II. He showed an image of the team he belonged to, the Freedom Fighters.
Terrill recognized his counterpart, the Ray, then noticed Black Condor looked like Trujillo. Tornado told them the cortex contained vital information like the location of the Freedom Fighters' base of operations and asked them to destroy it to save the world. Terrill realized doing so would kill him. Tornado asserted his reserve power was already being depleted. He repeated they had to destroy the cortex to save the world then bid Terrill goodbye. The cortex shut down. While Trujillo speculated how they could even destroy it, Terrill was ecstatic to have technology from another Earth and thought it was too cool to destroy. Trujillo insisted they listen to Tornado. Terrill promised to do it later. He soon realized he was glowing and levitating off the floor. The Ray's costume formed over his body. Trujillo deduced what the Ray did and he became a metahuman instead of getting cancer from the radiation exposure. Terrill stated he was no superhero. Trying to get down, Ray turned into a beam of light and zipped around then landed flat on his back.
Trujillo suggested some practice. Terrill remembered there was a certain chair Trujillo didn't like and took aim. Instead of the chair, Terrill's light blast shattered his TV. Terrill promised to buy him a new one when he got a new job. Trujillo suggested they continue testing his powers somewhere that wasn't his apartment. They drove out of the city to more rural accommodations. Terrill tried firing another light blast from his hand and almost hit a flock of geese. He tried flying next and caught up with the geese. After looking down at Tulsa, Terrill lost focus and plummeted. He regained flight just before he fell onto some power lines. After zipping around as pure light, he landed and demonstrated the ability to vibrate his atoms. Trujillo got an idea of what to do next. They returned to the same bar they visited earlier. Trujillo believed super powers gave Terrill the boost in confidence he needed to talk to his admirer. Terrill formed his hand into a gun and shot the admirer's drink.
After he walked to the bar, Terrill introduced himself and learned the man's name was Jacob. They went for a walk outside and overheard a mugging in a nearby park. Terrill told Jacob to get help while he stayed behind. He changed into the Ray and confronted the mugger but he held one of the women at knife point. Ray blasted a trash bin. While the mugger was distracted, Ray shot the knife out of his hand and the woman ran to her girlfriend. Ray collared the mugger and told him to apologize. After the mugger complied, Ray shoved the trash bin over him then hung him from a light pole. The next day, the Ray responded to a bank robbery in progress. He zipped forward and decked one of the masked robbers. A third rose up behind him and shot him in the shoulder. At the last second, he vibrated and the two robbers shot each other. With the police approaching, the Ray zipped out of the bank unnoticed. In Earth-X, the New Reichsmen discovered Red Tornado's cortex and the Ray ended up on Earth-1.
Terrill returned home and tended to his gunshot wound. Mr. Terrill wanted to use the bathroom and noticed all the bandages, blood, scissors, and peroxide. He believed his son's story about getting hurt during a game of pick up basketball with some friends from work. Terrill went outside to take a phone call from Jacob to confirm their date that night. Terrill realized there was a dart in his neck and he lost consciousness as two figures approached him.