Real Name: Conrad Mack
Citizenship: American Citizen, with a criminal record.
Place of Birth: Unknown
Known Relatives: Private Collier Mack (Father), Vietnamese Mother (Unknown)
Group Affiliation: Folding Circle, Thunderbolts
First Appearance: New Warriors #21 (V1)
History: The origin of Smiling Tiger truly begins with the Vietnam War. His father, Private Collier Mack, who served with a military unit known as the “Half-Fulls”, had stumbled upon an ancient Asian Cult of the Dragon’s Breadth, who were guardians of the Well of All Things; an inter-dimensional Well that was bursting with an array of untapped mystical energy. The Cult of the Dragon’s Breadth had been breeding children who would eventually be capable of accessing the Well’s energies better than any other ever had.
Tai, who would be directly responsible for the creation of the New Warriors, was one of the adults who knew that she would be giving birth to the ones that would bear the children of ‘The Pact.’ She had given birth to her daughter, Miyami; and the other mothers followed suit. Tai, however, killed all that would oppose her, except for the children who would bear the offspring of ‘The Pact’ thus leaving Tai as the sole beneficiary of the Well’s powers when the time was right.
Tai arranged for Private Collier Mack to marry and mate with one of the women. Together, they would have a son named Conrad Mack. Virtually nothing is known about Smiling Tiger’s childhood, from his birth until he appeared with The Left Hand. Smiling Tiger is first seen, as a part of The Folding Circle, when they appear in Geneva, Switzerland within the offices of Project: Earth . It is here, that Smiling Tiger, along with Midnight’s Fire and Bloodstrike, led by the Left Hand, seek to find the field operative they call “Firewall.” The woman, Min Li Ng, makes herself present and joins Left Hand and the Folding Circle.
Smiling Tiger remained with The Left Hand as he formed “The Folding Circle” – a team composed of all the children of ‘The Pact.’ Together, they had gone to harvest the power of the Well of All Things. However, the New Warriors arrived as well; and during the battle, they were betrayed by Tai, who planned to sacrifice the New Warriors and use the members of the Folding Circle as her Avatars on the World, during her quest for domination. The Folding Circle and the New Warriors teamed up to stop Tai, and successfully managed to do so; only when Night Thrasher shot her, at point blank range, with a machine gun (after she had been weakened). The result, however, was Tai, Night Thrasher and The Left Hand falling into the Well of All Things; but Nova managed to rescue Night Thrasher before it was too late. Barely escaping, the Well of All Things collapsed unto itself, sealing it, seemingly forever.
During their escape, the Folding Circle, under the new leadership of Midnight’s Fire, stole the Avengers Quinjet that the New Warriors had originally taken from the Avengers. However, they did not get far as they crashed the jet in Madripoor. It was there, that Midnight’s Fire encouraged the other members of the Folding Circle that they could take a piece of the drug money that was flowing through Madripoor. Aligning themselves with Tyger Tiger, the Folding Circle went after Aardwolf, only to be thwarted by Night Thrasher and Silhouette.
During the Civil War, Smiling Tiger registered under the Superhuman Registration Act and became a member of the Thunderbolts Army. During this time, the Thunderbolts had to fight off cities filled with civilians who were suddenly empowered when the Grandmaster opened up the Wellspring of Power. Smiling Tiger was a part of the Beta squad which also consisted of Bloodstrike, Coronary, Pretty Persuasion, and Texas Twister. This group was responsible of maintaining order in Los Angeles. During the fight, the mind of Bloodstrike and Smiling Tiger was taken over by the onslaught of the Wellspring’s energies. Bloodstrike and Smiling Tiger turned on their teammates and taking down Coronary and Pretty Persuasion.
Smiling Tiger’s current whereabouts are unknown.
Weight: 210 lbs.
Powers: Like all members of The Folding Circle; Smiling Tiger is a mystically powered mutates who derived his power from the ancient Well of All Things. His mutated abilities give him enhanced senses, including sight, hearing, and taste. It is unknown if the claws are natural. His mutated body also only has three toes (two large front toes, and one extended toe on the back of his heel; each toe has a long claw on it).
Accessories: It remains unknown if the armor that Smiling Tiger wears is a part of his natural body or some form of armor that is removable. The armor has five claws at the end of each finger; and his three toes (two long front, one back) are each also equipped with a massive claw. The armor, if it is such, does not hinder Smiling Tiger’s movement at all, because he remains exceptionally fast and extremely agile.
Note: Smiling Tiger appears to be mute; capable of only growling.