The CROSS & SWORD Villain file Cranio Real Name: Eugene “Gene” Masters Backstory: At a young age, Gene Masters developed an Inferiority Complex as a result of his low IQ, bullying, and abuse at the hands of his alcoholic father who always belittled him and told him he was worth nothing. When he was 18, he was approached for testing with a neuron-boosting serum. He agreed, to the procedure, and emerged with 228 IQ, as well as other abilities. In that moment, his Inferiority Complex was turned into a god complex. He first killed his father, then his childhood bullies. He began a reign of terror using his mental abilities. He earned himself the moniker “Cranio”. He is the rival of Mr. Acumen. Weaknesses: Calming Music- If he hears calming music, it disrupts his chaotic mindset, which in turn disrupts his powers. Alcohol- the sight of alcohol brings back Cranio’s traumatic memories involving his father, disrupting his powers.Powers/Abilities: Genius level intellect- Cranio has a heightened intelligence of 228, the highest IQ ever recorded, after being injected with the neuron-boosting serum. Telepathy- Cranio can read minds as a side-effect of the neuron-boosting serum. Telekinesis- Cranio can move objects or people with his mind, including himself, which allows him to levitate. Psionic charges- Cranio can release psionic blasts, charges and rays from his brain. Shield manifestation- Cranio can manifest a shield of psionic energy to shield himself from enemy fire.Hypnotism- through a mix of charisma and eye contact, Cranio is able to take over people’s minds to do his bidding.