New Road Rover OC time! This one has quite an interesting backstory:
Now, a bit of info on white ligers: its been attempted to get white tigers and lion to interbreed to create white ligers, only this is not advisable as this commonly results in birth defects and whatnot.
Dr. Pscyho was aware of this, but thought with his mutation technology he could create not only a functional white liger, but also create a mutant with all the strengths of both a lion and a tiger.
The end result is the creature you see in the pic above. Physically, the liger is perfect: he has the same height and build as Sheng-Long, plus he also has a beautiful coat, a magnificent glossy main and two big beautiful blue eyes (a rarity among Psycho's mutants, who usually end up with yellow eyes).
But... all strengths seem to end there.
The liger turned out to be ridiculously weak despite being so muscular (an average human could beat him at arm-wrestling), he's a very slow runner, and seems to have very little hand-eye coordination.
Not only that, but he also lacks a great deal of intelligence. His most common state of mind seems to be child-like confusion so that he can't follow orders too well. Plus, his disposition is mostly docile and submissive; he has little to no aggression.
Even more strangely, he has no claws. Unlike Sheng, who has the common retractable ones, the liger has absolutely no claws to speak of aside from little nubbins that could be used to relieve himself of itching. Plus his teeth are not very sharp either (no sharper than a kittens').
Dr. Psycho tested the liger for any super powers he might have, only to discover one: self-healing powers. And that seemed to be of very little, if any, use to the MAS, so the mad scientist despairingly brushed the liger aside as a failed experiment, giving him the name "Reject" and handing him over to the other MAS members to use as a punching bag ("That's the only use I can think of for HIS kind of Super Power!").
And so, Reject lived a very unhappy life among the MAS. He was given only a thong to wear (originally Psycho meant this in order to show off the liger's stripes better) and no armor as a sign of 'low ranking'. He was constantly being beaten up by the other mutants (either for training purposes or for amusement), yet he never had the sense, skill or strength to fight back. His self-healing powers of course came in handy as he never felt the pain for very long and never retained any scars or deformities.
But then one day, the MAS decided to take Reject along on one of their missions to use him as a decoy and/or cannon fodder as he was their most "useless" member. And all the while Reject didn't know or understand where they were taking him. After the events transpired, the MAS had another run-in with the Rovers which of course resulted in them taking off and leaving Reject behind.
It also resulted in the liger being found by none other than Roger, who naturally took an instant shine to the gorgeous creature.
Immediately the GSD wanted to take the liger home with him as a pet, but the other Rovers were against the idea, as they suspected that Reject could be a mole for the MAS. Roger, however, insisted on bringing Reject back with them, and after making certain the liger had no bug on him (or in him), Hunter relented and allowed Rog to bring his new pet home.
Reject was bewildered by the new events, yet allowed himself to be taken aboard the Sky Rover, submissively going wherever Roger wanted him to go. Eventually Roger got the liger to talk to him and find out what his name was. Naturally Roger didn't like the name "Reject" and decided to rename him. At first he couldn't think of one, and then decided that the new name had to mean "special". He decided to ask Tsunami for a Japanese name that meant that, only the Samurai couldn't think of one off the top of his head. Roger looked up some names himself, and came across the name "Tokubetsu".
And so that became Reject's new name, although Roger called him "Toku" for short.
So far I haven't really thought much of what next happens to Toku, although I do have a few ideas. In the meantime, I'll just let everything try to meld together as the stories come along.
Also, fun fact: I based Toku's face on both Kovu from "The Lion King 2" and Shere Khan from "The Jungle Book." I wanted him to have Kovu's youth while also having Khan's softness (his round chin and nose), though I'm not sure I did a good job at combining them. Oh well, there's always future artwork.
Road Rovers (c) WB
Toku (c) me