Ken U Belevitt

Mike Cervantes is a graduate of creative writing and communication from The University of Texas at El Paso. He is a humorist, a cartoonist, a steampunk enthusiast, a regular contributor to Denver's many local conventions, and just a swell person besides. He writes and publishes stories featuring his steampunk hero characters "The Scarlet Derby and Midnight Jay" regularly on his website, TheScarletDerby.com.
Birthday
April 20
AMA
https://findcarmen.com/threads/ama-ken-u-belevitt.561/post-25665
Location
Everywhere and nowhere (Better known as the web)
Gender
Male
Occupation
Self-declared master of the internet
Full Name
Kenneth Urvine Belevitt
Known Aliases
Kenneth (by Carmen), Kenny (by other VILE agents), Crackpot Kenny, The Anti-Player, Contestant #3
Age
26
Birthday
April 20, 1982
Physique
Ample
Height
5'7"
Weight
435 pounds
Eye Color
Brown
Hair Color
Red
Appearance
Ken is best known by two traits: his hair, which is a shocking orange red, and extremely curly. He's allowed it to grow shoulder-length and it pools in every possible direction it can go, looking more like an overgrown mass instead of anything of proper grooming. The second is his build. He's been morbidly obese since childhood, but in most recent years his weight has ballooned to a mass that has more than impacted his health. Particularly, he now has bad knees and relies on a six wheel, hexagonal-treaded, motor scooter of his own design to remain mobile. He has also designed a pair of virtual reality web-feeder goggles which he wears at all times to maintain a perpetual connection to the internet. His lesser features include very pale skin, and freckles. He's become increasingly difficult to clothe because of his size, but with his newfound affluence, he's been able to keep a significant amount of tailor made suits.
Character Background
Originally from Turlock, California. Ken was recognized as an incredibly intelligent child, and early on was given numerous opportunities to approach the world stage. But Ken's potential to impress the world with his genius came to an abrupt halt one fateful day when, after being invited on a children's game show, he was accidentally struck in the head with a falling television monitor. He was subsequently diagnosed with a chronic brain condition.

His past aspirations entirely forgotten, he grew resentful towards the world and, with access to computers at an early age, immediately took to web-based espionage. His exploits quickly gained the attention of Carmen Sandiego, and he was inducted into the third generation of VILE's top operatives.

Unfortunately, Ken's career as a criminal was as unavailing as his civilian life. His propensity to spread intellectual discord was no match for the constant, focused, intelligence of the ACME detective agency, and he was thwarted time and time again. Over time, Ken became discouraged and despondent, even among fellow VILE agents, who he considered to be the closest thing he had to friends.

After a long string of failures, Ken eventually fell into a depression. The alteration of his emotional stability granted him the longest single period of sanity he ever experienced. It was at this moment in time that he discovered an elaborate and very real conspiracy against him, Carmen, and several ACME operatives.

See, the children's game show he was invited on was actually a front for ACME to try to recruit young agents in hope that they could find one that was the intellectual match for Carmen Sandiego. However, there was a rogue agent, a tech-based operative known as 'User,' who was also seeking Carmen, but wanted to eliminate all genius-level competition along the way. Ken was immediately taken out by the monitor incident, leaving two potential User candidates: Zack Monaghan and Sarbajit Jasjiv, who grew up and became an FBI agent working exclusively on the User case.

Ken was brought into the custody of the FBI and worked briefly alongside Jasjiv to finally crack the User case. But Ken almost immediately abandoned the FBI to once again lay low among other VILE operatives. It all went cold once again, until it just so happened that the User re-emerged with a plot to set explosives on national landmarks around the world.

At the time, Carmen had stolen ACME Headquarters, leaving ACME somewhat out of the loop when it came to the attempt on VILE's leader. Ken mobilized the vile members, Patty Larceny and Joe Kerr to disarm the bombs. Unfortunately, his heroism wasn't celebrated, because Jasjiv re-emerged with a warrant.

Jasjiv accused Ken of being the User, and Ken's trademark mental instability prevented him from remembering anything he was doing. After the intervention of Chase Devineux, he was immediately put behind bars. Jasjiv flew with Chase back to San Francisco, where Jasjiv revealed himself as the true User, and attempted to shoot Chase to effectively eliminate ACME's claim on Carmen's capture. Chase was able to overpower him, and Ken was acquitted while Jasjiv went to serve life for his attempted terrorism.

After the entirety of the User incident, Ken became further despondent, and unable to communicate with either ACME or VILE. He returned briefly to civilian life. Under the pen name Altair Natifax, he founded the news entertainment website, the Dreck Report, but found himself ousted when he was discovered hiding information on a bogus alien conspiracy in his articles.

Ken has since been radio silent until extremely recently. He made his presence known again by simultaneously re-opening all of his previous back doors into Acme Crime-Net. While ACME scrambled to once again secure their network, Ken issued a single warning across all portals:

THE_PACKAGE_IS_STILL_SECURE.
Personality
Ken is a paradox: he is an Nth level genius who, after an unfortunate brain injury, also possess a proclivity towards mass paranoia. He's 100 percent insane, and to make matters worse, he's been made aware of his own insanity.

Misinformation is both Ken's greatest weakness and strength. He has an almost supernatural ability to avoid the factual truth, even failing simple correct-answers such as "What is 2+2?" when asked in person. There are sometimes fleeting moments when Ken seems perfectly lucid, but he's confessed that he has to work to that end: effectively turning his own logic upside down, and telling the opposite of whatever he intends to answer.

His erratic reasoning, however, is right at home on his greatest bastion: the internet. He is reportedly responsible for six out of the ten most prevailing conspiracy theories currently on the web, to say nothing of countless DoS attacks and mass internet troll events.

But he is also extremely technically adept. His previous position as VILE's resident computer hacker has ballooned to the point where he has intercepted a large personal section of the dark web, which rivals even ACME's Crime-Net as a research for underground information. He is capable of selling security vulnerabilities and VILE-grade plans to common criminals, leaving him cash poor but wealthy entirely in cryptocurrency. Rest assured any espionage-level criminal activity, if done on the internet, has not occurred without passing him by. Ideally, this would make him an ideal informant, but once again, his emotional stability is so erratic that extracting any truly useful information out of him is equally futile.
Aspirations
In his previous incarnation, Ken used to attempt to make an earnest appeal towards humanity, still seeking to 'belong' and 'appear normal' despite his eccentricities and afflictions preventing that. However, once he's come to realize the full scope of his impairments, he's given up on 'fitting in,' making him even more of an X-Factor in his dealings with both ACME and VILE.
Medium of Means
Primarily, Ken operates via the internet. He is a high-level software engineer and a mid-level physical engineer. Most of his infiltration gadgets are of his own design. His mobility devices and numerous private strongholds possess mounds of security features, also of his own design. It's required of him to put as many obstacles before his physical self as possible, because not only is he sidelined by his physical weakness, he is also very susceptible to reason when it's given to him.
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    My gut instinct so far is saying to take Kid on. The status quo may be comfortable, but I think it would ultimately do more harm than good.
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    What I was getting at was if I begrudged every team lead who poached talent from me, I would have lost friends quick.
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    Either way, when you give Friend the courtesy call, recommend he talk to Kid to understand Kid's ambitions.
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    Probably the best angle for now, thanks for that.
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    They didn't specify they were looking for a head broadcast engineer, whereas I was approaching it like a junior position.
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    My lack of paper certifications is holding be back some as well.
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    Time for me to hit the sack. Catch you later @Chase, @Deric Storm.
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