Alias: Aleksandr Tsarev
Weight: 150 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Hazel
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Power Source: Military Training, Cosmic Radiation Testing
Group Affiliation: The Vengeful Five
First Appearance: Justice Comics #58
Aleksandr Tsarev was an exemplary Russian soldier who was in active service near the end of World War II. When the war ended in the mid-1940s, he was approached as part of a secret Soviet program to make the perfect combatant for the anticipated confrontations.
In 1949, as part of a highly-classified and controlled experiment, Tsarev was exposed to cosmic radiation from a lump of otherworldly material the Soviet scientists had been experimenting with for years. His body chemistry reacted wildly, cells splitting and reproducing rapidly, tearing his cellular structure apart. The scientists at first feared the experiment to be a failure and the subject to be an unfortunate casualty; however, after months of stabilization and medical attention, Tsarev survived, apparently unchanged.
One day, during combat training, Tsarev was inadvertently struck with excessive force - a blow which should have shattered bone. Instead, his body split at the point of impact and immediately reformed... into TWO Aleksandr Tsarevs! Two identical men stood where only one had been moments before. The two soldiers shared thoughts and experiences and acted as extensions of each other, but were two complete bodies, each with the full capabilities of the veteran soldier.
He was quickly reinducted into the top secret program, and test upon test was run, determining the extent of his self-duplication abilities. It seemed that mortal threats would disrupt and duplicate his cellular structure, leaving him unharmed and more prepared to meet the threat than before. Once his heart rate returned to normal, the multiple forms would be re-absorbed, so the copies would never last particularly long. With time and training, Tsarev was able to exert more control over his powers, and could even jump start his duplication process at will. However, many duplicates would wear significantly on his mind, as he struggled to control each individual copy of himself. This put a limit on how many identical soldiers could be active at once, a limit with Tsarev constantly pushed.
With the ongoing threat of what came to be known as the Cold War, Aleksandr Tsarev was cryogenically frozen and kept in a unlisted bunker in the USSR, waiting to be deployed at the hour of their greatest need. Decades passed, and the decline of the Cold War resulted in the few that knew of this secret soldier conveniently forgetting his existence.
Fast forward to modern day. Baron Blade unearthed records of Tsarev, and broke him free of his containment. He convinced the soldier that his old causes mattered not, but that his freedom was taken from him by the oppressive, so-called "Freedom Five". The Baron likened Tsarev's existence to that of "Absolute Zero", Ryan Frost, a willing lap-dog of the government due to his own bizarre nature. Did Tsarev want to end up like those people, or to help the architect of a new world?
Taking the name Proletariat, Tsarev now fights alongside Baron Blade and the other members of the Vengeful Five. Proletariat can be found throughout the battlefield, assaulting his opponents with numbers, skill, and fury!