Elliot Thomas Couch

"Thank you, your opinion is highly valued."

Casting: Josh Holloway
Date of Birth: January 15th 1980
Age: 31
Place of Birth: Boston, MA
Occupation: Probational officer with the ACRU
Ability: Illusion
Power Grade:
Registration Status: ☐ UN ☒ REG
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Elliot is a former defense attorney who was fired from his high-paying job once mandatory testing outed him as ability positive. He is now in training to work with the ACRU. You can imagine how thrilled this makes him.


Elliot was born and raised in Boston, the eldest of three (the other two being a sister and a brother) in one of America's richest and most prestigious families. His mother died while giving birth to his younger brother when Elliot was very young, and he was left to be raised by his father, a shrewd man in the business of banking. Throughout his childhood, Elliot wanted for nothing — he was the apple of his father's eye, close with both siblings, and attended only the finest of schools.

It was in the latter years of his high school career that Elliot's life became less ideal. At a party one night, his girlfriend began experiencing intense hallucinations while the pair were enjoying some time alone in an upstairs room. The medical team attributed the episode to the drugs and alcohol in the girl's system, but to the surprise of everyone who knew the couple, Elliot's girlfriend immediately broke off the relationship and withdrew from school. Rumors that Elliot had spiked her drink circulated and he was even investigated, but the police ultimately found no evidence and the case was promptly dropped. After that, Elliot became more withdrawn, limiting his social contact with others to such a degree that he barely had any friends at all when he graduated high school, and he effectively disappeared from the social scene for almost a year

Elliot resurfaced again at Harvard Business School after his father's stern prompting that he should seek a degree or risk familial scorn. The incident in high school seemed to have been forgotten by then; Elliot soon had new friends, and he threw himself wholeheartedly into his studies. It was not the end of strange occurrences in his life, however; students and even professors occasionally still found themselves seeing or hearing things in his presence. Sometimes Elliot would disappear for long periods of time, only to reappear again without seeming to have missed a single day.

Midway through his sophomore year, Elliot tried to explain to his father his role in all the bizarre occurrences in his life. This led to an enormous row between the two, and it ultimately caused Elliot to shift the course of his studies drastically. He dropped out of Harvard Business and was accepted instead into Harvard Law School, where he earned a degree in Criminal Justice. Much to his father's chagrin, he then pulled up stakes and moved to Los Angeles, where he found work as a lawyer.

When abilities became known to the public thanks to the antics of one Claire Bennet, Elliot was of the sort who was able to keep his own inherent talents under wraps for some time. It wasn't until the law firm that employed him began requiring employees to get tested that Elliot's position was stripped from him. Too proud to simply quit and knowing it would only out him anyway, he underwent the test and came out positive. Though he brought a suit against his former employers, he was just as unemployed after the verdict as he had been before it. When he applied at the ACRU on the recommendation of a friend, it was a last-bid effort to find something before his savings ran out. He was fortunate that his ability, education, and skill made him an excellent candidate for detective work; he was not so fortunate that his lack of police training meant he would start out as a cadet. But a job is a job when jobs are scarce, and Elliot wasn't so proud as to be stupid. He's currently completed roughly eight months of his training; that puts him at the stage of doing slightly less-irritating menial tasks. Just slightly.


  • Happy Birthday ACRU: Harry, Kev, ACRU guest stars — The whole unit celebrates. Even probies are allowed.
  • Milkshake Madness: Concordia, Harry — Milkshakes are sweet. Elliot is not.


  • I will let you know when he has any particularly fantastic ones.


  • It's speculated in some circles that Elliot's features are a perpetual illusion to disguise a much less handsome man. Common theories suggest buck teeth and a beer belly. (This is blatantly false.)
  • Naturally Elliot is a Red Sox fan, and he was a star shortstop on his high school baseball team.
  • Elliot has two black parallel scars on the back and left of his neck that he's quite sure he got while sailing during the summer after high school graduation. They're hidden by his hair.
  • Despite all appearances, Elliot is a big fan of video games and a fiend for Playstation especially, PSN hack aside.


  • Law Officials of Various Calibers: Elliot moved between firms at least once or twice during his career as a defense attorney. It's highly likely he bumped elbows with a wide variety of lawyers, judges, and even cops during this time. Not all interactions would have necessarily been friendly.
  • Big Business Connections: Elliot's father (Thomas) is a well-known name in the banking industry. Though Elliot is now considered something of a pariah in that social circle due to his A-positive status and current bad blood with his father, he would still be known to some.
  • Old Flames Die Hard: Elliot has had girlfriends. Few of them parted on good terms.
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