Steelheart grew up as an orphan. His parents both died in a skydiving accident. Steelheart was abnormally taller than the other kids, but was very gentle. The orphans would push him around and make fun of his name. Saying things like “What does Steelheart even mean? Why aren’t you named Brad, or something?”.
Despite this, Steelheart was always kind to his peers, and never stood up for himself.The defining point in Steelheart’s transformation to a villain was when he was 15. Steelheart had just gotten his lunch, and was walking to his seat when the leader of the orphan bully’s approached him. The kid reached out and pushed Steelheart, while his followers tripped Steelheart from behind. Normally Steelheart would just clean himself up, and wait until dinner, but the bully just spilled his favorite meal all over him.
With mashed potatoes on his chin, Steelheart felt rage for the first time. ” YOU PUSH ME ON MASHED POTATOES DAY!!!” Steelheart yells. The other orphans begin to realize their mistake when the huge figure of the bullied orphan stands up. “C’mon dude you can have my mashed potatoes” says the leader of the orphan gang. But Steelheart didn’t care about the mashed potatoes anymore, he wanted revenge.
The years of torment all built up in Steelhearts mind. He pushed the orphan followers farther than what should be possible. Then he went for the leader. Steelheart grabbed the orphan by the head and smashed his face in a tray of food. ” How do you like food now” he say’s. Steelheart wanted to do more, but before he could, the fight was broken up by the orphange caretakers. After what happened in the cafeteria Steelheart was banned from eating mashed potatoes forever, but that didn’t matter. Steelheart had felt power, and he loved it.