Pliable Lad

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Pliable Lad is a net.hero created by Mike Escutia.
Alter Ego: Christopher Waid-David
Aliases: Pli, Kid Unknown
Primary Writer: Mike Escutia
Status: Former member of the LNH (Classic Team) (retired), former member of the Net.Patrol, living in Seattle
Usability: Reserved



One day, an amnesiac, fluid being crashed to the Looniearth just outside LNHQ. He called himself Pliable Lad, and joined both the LNH and the Net.Patrol.

A team of superheroes called the Knightforce Elite appeared in Net.ropolis, claiming that Pli was a clone of their lost member Plymax. What they didn't say was that they were all evil clones of the original Knightforce, controlled by their arch-nemesis, Doctor Armaggeddon. However, the original Plymax showed up and turned the tables on them. The clones were defeated and Plymax, along with mentor Dr. Q, went back to their own world, with Pliable Lad forging a new life with the LNH.

Living in the Legion

For a long time, he had a hopeless crush on Panta. However, he realized that it was mostly physical, and that their personalities didn't mesh... right around the time Tour Guide Girl showed up. The two quickly developed an interest in each other, but took a while to actually reveal those feelings.

When Sidekicks'R'Us offered one free sidekick to the LNH, Ultimate Ninja assigned Echo Lad to Pliable Lad, so that Pli could be a role model to the younger net.hero and EL could keep an eye on him. It didn't quite work out – Pli wasn't at all ready to be a role model, and Echo Lad needed support he couldn't give. But they dissolved the partnership amicably, and Echo Lad continued with the LNH.

In meta-continuity, he replaced Gestalt Lad as Mike Escutia's Writer Character. This lead the main-timeline version of Gestalt Lad to become bitter and evil, turning into Jestalt and attacking Pli.

The Dark Pliable Lad Saga

After taking a bad fall during the Robot Invasion, Pliable Lad seemed to grow more ruthless and aggressive, flying into rages over tiny mistakes. Four weeks later...

Retcon Midnight

But just as Pli stood victorious, Retcon Hour struck. wReamicus Maximus retconned Pli out of existence, dumping him into a world where he had never entered the Looniverse – Retcon Midnight. In this world...

Omaha Project

Somewhere in here, Omaha Project happened. Pli was part of a team of LNHers sent to investigate a mysterious crack in reality. He was thrown into an interdimensional force wave, and was tossed, an intangible observer, through many different worlds. He realized that these were worlds that could exist – would exist – if rec.arts.comics.creative passed, and got the chance to cast his cosmic vote.

(During this period, he was pulled forward through the rifts in the Omnilooniverse into Just Another Multi-Writer Cascade That Will Probably Never Have an Ending, and helped save the world and guide the One True Ending of the Cosmic Plot Device Caper, ensuring that RACC would have a future.)

Crisis of Infinite Sidekicks

After he returned, Pli started feeling uncomfortable in the LNH, looking for a change...

The Wedding of Pliable Lad

During the Crisis, a new Kid Unknown had appeared to help. Pliable Lad faced him before his wedding, and KU revealed himself as Gestalt Lad, having survived the Retcon Midnight timeline as a man without a world. Pli gave him his blessing.

The wedding went off without a hitch. Pli and Touri moved to Seattle, where they live a (relatively) normal life to this day.


Started off young and unsure of himself, slowly gaining confidence and maturity over time.

Powers and Abilities

Can duplicate the shapeshifting abilities of any shapeshifting superhero. Possesses the strange ability to talk with his supporting cast without being heard by others. (Dialogue appears in parentheses for this.)


Wore a red bodysuit with a blue stripe going down the left-hand side of the chest and down the right leg, with a blue waistband, gloves, and boots.

As Kid Unknown, he wore a black cloak (in the same style as obscure '90s character Bloodwynd), a dark-blue bodysuit, and a dark-blue cowl that completely covered his head.


Married to Tour Guide Girl. Brother-in-law to Search Lass. May or may not be related to Plymax.

His alternate-universe counterparts include Liable Lad of the Oddball Legion and Stretchable Dude of the Rosterverse.