From CoH Comic Index
James "Hellfighter" Matthews was born and raised in the mean streets of Cleveland, Ohio. He joined the Navy out of high school, where his electrical skills were soon put to work onboard various ships. He also earned the nickname "Hellfighter" for his ferocity in any fight he ended up in.
Jimmy was on board the U.S.S. Joseph P. Kennedy when the ship was sent out during the Cuban Missile Crisis. During that time and under rough seas, one of the nuclear-tipped missiles was accidentally dropped during loading and the core container was ruptured. Jimmy quickly moved to save the life of the sailor, not knowing that he was exposed to the missile's radioactive elements until afterwards. He suffered no ill effects, though, and the ship's doctors cleared him for continued duty.
After his tours ended, Jimmy moved to Rhode Island and worked several odd jobs to keep the bills paid for him and his family. One of those jobs was with the local fire department. While responding to a burning building, Jimmy discovered that he could not be burned by fire. In fact, things would get even hotter around him. His gloves burned off, his protective gear would melt, but he would not succumb to flames or smoke.
Doctors discovered that Jimmy's body changed from that initial radioactive exposure. His force of will was stronger than ever, and he was not only immune to fire, but he could also generate it from his own body. At first this made him an ideal firefighter, since he could rush into any blaze without protective gear, but eventually insurance costs forced the department to let him go.
Jimmy worked various other jobs during that time as well. He was an electrician, a homebuilder, a welder, a police officer, a telephone lineman, and even a paramedic. His experience in these other positions opened the door for management opportunities, and soon he was trading in his work boots for executive loafers.
After the First Rikti Invasion of 2002, Jimmy's company was destroyed. He quickly put his services to use in the rescue and rebuilding of Paragon City. Because of his unique abilities and experience in various services, he was asked by City Hall to register as a superhero, going by his old Navy nickname of "Jimmy Hellfighter". This allowed him to wear multiple hats and serve where his skills could best be needed.
Eventually he joined the Guardians of the Dawn, where he continues to put his Jack-of-all-Trades abilites to use.
Powers and Abilities
His primary ability is Fiery Melee. He can generate fire, either through contructs or for sheer offensive power.
His secondary ability is Willpower, which allows him to power through problems on the force of will.
In addition to his fire-based offensive abilities, Jimmy carries a fire-axe from his days as a firefighter.
Jimmy is an avid fan of conservative talk radio, quickly spouting conservative and neo-conservative platitudes, much to the discomfort of several of his teammates. He is also a fan of PNN media personality Garry Becker, although he was not happy with some of Becker's earlier specials on the Guardians.