- "How did you get the name Heat Wave?"
- "I burned my parents alive and I like to light things on fire."
- —Kara Danvers and Mick Rory[src]
In January 2016 Mick and Snart were recruited by Rip Hunter into the Legends, a time travelling team of superheroes dedicated to hunting down Vandal Savage and preventing his uprising in 2166. Considered "supervillains" in comparison to the rest of their team, Mick and Snart were seen as outcasts. Though both initially joined to exploit the potentials of time travel Snart came to be genuine about the cause whereas Mick did not, leading to a falling out between them when Mick betrayed the team to time pirates for his own safety. As a result Snart was forced to maroon Mick in an unknown time period, but he was found by the Time Masters and brainwashed into becoming a temporal bounty hunter named Chronos. Under this guise Mick traveled back in time and hunted down his old team during their initial ventures through time, but was eventually exposed and captured by the Legends who reformed him. Mick continued to be a reluctant member of the team after becoming a target of the Time Masters for his failure. After Snart's sacrifice to save him and end the corrupted Time Masters, Mick finally became genuine about the cause too. After aiding in Savage's death Mick decided to remain on the team .
For the next 6 months Mick aided the team in correcting aberrations to the timeline, though still partook in thieving whenever possible, eventually encountering Eobard Thawne/Reverse-Flash and his syndicate. Recently Mick has begun to display amicable affections for fellow team member and JSA war hero Amaya Jiwe/Vixen, which has caused him to question his place on the team having been both a hero and a villain in the manifestation of a hallucination of Snart's criminal self. After encountering a version of Snart, prior to joining the Legends, recruited into the Legion of Doom Mick came to believe the Legends never valued him and he sided with them, allowing them to obtain the Spear of Destiny and rewrite reality. Mick finally made the right decision and returned to the Legends.
Targeted by the Pilgrim
At a young age Mick developed a fascination and obsession with fire. In 1990 Mick accidentally lit fire to his family's house and rushed to safety without warning his family, which led to them being killed. At a safe distance Mick watched in horror of what he did and fascination of the flames, but was soon approached by the The Pilgrim trying to kill him for his future deeds. However The Atom arrives to save him and the Legends bring him to the Waverider, claiming to work for a secret organization called A.R.G.U.S.. While kept in the cargo bay Mick was soon joined by a 19 year old Sara Lance from 2007 and Mick started to flirt with her. However this earned him a slap on the face from Sara forcing an woman who resembled an older version of Sara (who unbeknownst to either was actually the 2016 version of Sara herself), to discipline them. Later Mick and Sara tried to find a way out and succeeded but were stopped by Mick's older self 2016, and Mick given care of a baby Leonard Snart from 1972. Mick, Sara, Leonard and the other younger versions of the Legends are taken to the The Refuge under Mary Xavier's care. While there Mick started to play with his matches but was scolded by his older self for being reckless and getting his family killed, and threatened to kill him if tried anything foolish. However younger Mick noted that he sounded just like his father which caused the older Mick come discomfort, implying Mick's relationship with his father wasn't ideal. Later Mick was approached by his older self apologizing for his earlier outburst, accepting that what they did was an accident and Mick was advised by his older self not to be like him. After the Legends defeat The Pilgrim. Rip Hunter returned Mick and the other younger members of the Legends to the timeline. Mick was presumably given an amnesia pill so he'd forget the event and keep his future actions intact.
Life of crime
In 2014, Mick was working on a job with Snart, however it went wrong. Half of Rory's body was burnt in a resulting fire, and despite being taken to the hospital for medical attention, he escaped from the ambulance and fled.
Teaming up with Captain Cold
Later that year, Snart gave him a handheld flamethrower and offered to work a few more jobs with him in Central City. Mick, pleased at the offer and the heat gun, gladly accepted. Snart had him learn how to fix up the flamethrower when needed, which proved handy.
The two men began by crashing through a frozen door in to a building. Snart had hoped to wait for The Flash, rather than steal the expensive cars inside, though he failed to appear, resulting in them leaving the scene. Back at their base, Snart revealed his plan to steal an expensive painting, Fire & Ice, to Mick, which was being brought back to Central City by Rachel and Osgood Rathaway. Sometime later, the men intercepted the couple as they were leaving their plane with the painting, requesting that they call the cops.
When the police arrived, Snart attempted to use his cold gun to freeze them, though it was no match against their specially-made shields. Instead, Mick showed himself, instead using his handheld flamethrower to burn them. He was momentarily mesmerized by the flames, but he was stopped when Detective West shot through his gun from afar. They returned to their base, where Mick began fixing the minor damage. Snart quickly approached him with his gun pointed towards him, arguing that his obsession with fire would get the better of him, as with their previous job. Mick in turn pointed his flamethrower back, rebutting that Leonard was just as obsessed, but with precision on their heists. Mick wished to simply stop at the painting, but Snart wished to further kill The Flash. He reasoned with Mick, who decided to burn Fire & Ice and continue on.
Realizing that The Flash had partners, they tracked down Caitlin Snow. They took her to their hideout and recorded an ultimatum for The Flash, asking him to come to a location at sundown. Mick tied up Caitlin, who remarked upon his third-degree burns over his body. He claimed to have had fire reveal his "true self". He wanted to uncover her true self, but was stopped by Snart, who planned to leave. Mick gagged Caitlin and placed a bomb attached to a tripwire under her seat. At the crossroads of their meeting with The Flash, they began shooting, missing him almost every time. However, they were able to hit him, knocking him down. Before he could be killed, Detective Thawne intervened with an element-proof shield. The Flash rushed him to safety and returned, deciding to take the blasts. He led the two beams towards each other, cancelling each other out and knocking the men away from The Flash. From there, they were arrested and taken back to the Central City Police Department. Mick attempted to escape, but was held back. They were soon on their way to Iron Heights Prison, before Leonard's plan came in to affect. The truck was intercepted and the back doors were opened by Leonard Snart's sister.
When Snart decided to take a more firm hand in Central City, he and Mick Rory decided to try and target one of the major crime families. In an alternate turn of events when Barry Allen had stopped the Weather Wizard by going back in time, it led to Rory and Snart taking out one of the heads of the Central City mob and took up residence in his house. They then realized that they needed to get their guns back so they used Lisa Snart to lure Cisco Ramon back to the house. Rory went off and kidnapped his brother Dante Ramon and Cisco was forced to cooperate. He then went on to not only re-make the Heat and Cold Guns but also make a new gun for Lisa Snart that fired and cocooned its targets in solid gold. When the Ramon brothers tried to escape, Rory went on to punish Dante in front of Cisco before Snart told him to back off. Later, he went with Snart and his sister to hit a money shipment but they were thwarted by the Flash who had taken Snart. However, he was forced to let them all go as now Snart knew the Flash's true identity and would leak it out if he took them in.
Aiding Rip Hunter
One year later, Snart and his partner Mick Rory conducted a heist on Central City Bullion exchange and making their escape in a mini-van when they were intercepted by Rip Hunter, who took them to Star City alongside the other heroes. At first, he was a helpful member of the team, working alongside the others, but tensions began to arise as time went on, such as when he attempted to stay behind in a possible 2046 where Star City was conquered by various gangs.
After finding out that he was only recruited by Rip because he was a package deal with Snart, Mick betrayed the team to a group of time pirates that had taken the Acheron and sought to take the Waverider. No longer trusted to be around the team safely, Snart brought Mick to an unknown time period and seemingly shot him with his cold gun, Snart, however, intentionally missed and instead knocked Mick unconscious with the butt of his gun.
Hunting Rip Hunter's team
Mick was found by the Time Masters and brought to the Vanishing Point. Mick was brainwashed and trained over the course of lifetimes, as time in the Vanishing Point works differently than it does on Earth, and eventually became the very bounty hunter he and his former team had been fleeing from, Chronos.When the Rip of 2166 commandeered the Waverider to carry out his plan to recruit his team and stop Vandal Savage, Mick was sent to apprehend him. Having been with the team during Rip's attempts to find and kill Savage, Mick knew exactly where and when to find them. To preserve his own past however, Mick deliberately planned to wait until Snart left his younger self marooned before he killed. Shortly after Rip departed 2016 with the team Mick was sent back to find him. While investigating, he killed two onlookers whom he deemed to not be integral to the timeline. He then traveled back to 1975 in pursuit of Rip, where he found the camouflaged Waverider with only Jax inside.
Mick began an assault on the vessel in an attempt to break through the hull, but was interrupted by Rip, Carter, Kendra, Stein and Ray, along with Aldus Boardman. They were soon joined by Sara, Leonard and his past self. The Atom and Firestorm tried their best to fend him off, before the team were able to time travel away to safety. During the battle, Aldus was dealt a mortal blow by one of Mick's weapons, and he passed away aboard the Waverider shortly after.
Mick later followed the Waverider into 1986 into Soviet Russia during the Legends attempt to foil Savage's plans at creating a Soviet Firestorm. At the same time, a Russian jet intercepted them, which Rip tricked into disabling Mick's ship. Surviving the crash, Mick worked with Time Master Zaman Druce into luring Rip into a trap with a false promise of amnesty. Before Mick could execute Rip, Firestorm and his past self intervened. Druce retreated while Mick stayed to fight Firestorm and his younger self, but as Mick tried to shoot Firestorm he blasted a fire ball at him which knocked him out against a tree. Before falling unconscious however Mick managed to throw a grenade at Firestorm injuring him badly. Mick later pursued the Waverider in the timestream afnd, the resulting dogfight causing the Waverider to emerge in 2046 Star City as planned.
Mick then tracked the Waverider down in 1958 and began to attack the team while inside. Now that his younger self had been marooned and his past intact, Mick was free to kill them as ordered. The Waverider was then forced to flee, leaving Ray, Kendra and Sara behind. Mick knocked Rip unconscious and captured Snart aboard the Waverider, just as Jax and Stein merged into Firestorm. Back on his ship, he revealed his identity to Snart and his retrieval by the Time Masters and conversion into Chronos after being knocked unconscious by Snart and abandoned. Mick made plans to bring Leonard to 2016 Central City with the intention of killing Lisa in front of him over and over again, before Mick could carry out his plan the team was tracked to Nanda Parbat in 1960. Leaving Snart handcuffed Mick headed out to kill the team and engaged Rip, Hawkgirl, Atom, Firestorm and Sara in combat where he was ultimately subdued by Atom. Before any further action could happen, Snart (now with his right hand missing after freezing it with his Cold Gun and shattering it to escape his handcuffs) stopped the team and forced the temporal bounty hunter to reveal himself as Mick. Mick lunged for his gun but was knocked out by Sara and woke up in a holding cell aboard the Waverider. Mick vowed to kill everyone once he got out with Rip and the others (minus Snart) believing that they could undo the Time Masters' training and get their old team member back.
In his holding cell, he was visited by Rip and Sara, the former apologized and took the blame for bringing Mick onto the team under false pretenses and the latter encouraging him to repair his partnership with Snart as he was still a loyal friend to Mick despite being sold out. Mick and Snart later get into a fist-fight inside of the cell with Mick overpowering Snart and refusing to kill him despite the promise of getting to take the jump ship and escape to freedom. Mick then warned the team about Hunters, a team of mercenaries working for the Time Masters that lack humanity and will pursue the team, including Mick as he failed to bring them in, and will stop at nothing until they are all dead.
As a member of Rip Hunter's team once again, Mick proved himself an efficient fighter, with additional knowledge of time travel and the Time Masters organization, both of which helped when the team was hunted by the Pilgrim.
He informed the others that the Pilgrim would see that they were all eliminated by targeting their younger selves in the past so that they never were able to be part of the team that Rip formed. The Pilgrim first targeted Mick's younger self just after he had set his own house on fire. They managed to save him but Mick didn't want to be anywhere near his younger self. Jax went on to tell his younger self that they were with A.R.G.U.S. and were protecting him from a high profile killer which he seemed to buy and Mick wasn't surprised he did as he called him an idiot. He then went with Sara to save her younger teenage self when the Pilgrim attacked her at the Starling Police Station. He then watched in amusement when Sara's younger self slapped his younger self for trying to hit on her. When they left the team's younger selves with Rip's adopted mother, he found that his younger self had a lit match. He angrily asked where he found that and his younger self told him that there was always one around if you knew where to look. He saw that his younger self was watching the flame and he told him that it was beautiful but pointedly told him that it wasn't as beautiful as a whole house catching on fire with a family still inside. His younger self angrily countered that he didn't want to kill his family but Mick said that he loved fire so much that he played with their father's lighter fluid and found he couldn't control the fire so he ran and saved his own skin. Mick then told his younger self that if anything happened to this place, if it caught on fire then he would find him.
The team then confronted the Pilgrim when she started to capture their loved ones when they stopped her from getting to them. Mick and the others fought against the Pilgrim when they set a trap to trade Rip's younger self for their loved ones. He was frozen in time by the Pilgrim's powers but when young Rip managed to stab her, her hold on them broke and their combined attacks reduced her to ash. Mick then returned to find his younger self trying to hurt himself with a lit match and he told him that it wouldn't make the pain of losing their family go away. He then revealed to him that he was his future self and he finally forgives him for what happened that night with their family. He then tried to tell his younger self to try hard to not be him. He then confessed to the team that he was sure that his talk didn't help but he might as well have tried anyway.
Mick opposed Rip Hunter's decision to bring the captured Vandal Savage to the Vanishing Point before the Time Masters, knowing that the organization would not suffer a "betrayal" and would execute the team's members. This proved true after Druce ordered the Waverider boarded and the crew captured.
However, the Time Masters had different designs for Mick, wanting to brainwash him into being Chronos once again. Tortured by Declan, Mick managed to keep his sanity, focusing on his feeling of being needed by the team, but pretended to be controlled once again. However, when Declan ordered Mick to shoot Leonard, Mick shot the Time Master himself and crushed his head with a boot. Mick's Chronos suit and its related list of commands was used by Ray Palmer and Gideon to send the entry codes to the Time Masters HQ, disengaging the Waverider from tractor beams. After escaping the captivity, the team formulated a plan to destroy the Oculus device, which allowed the Time Masters to predict and control the timeline, supporting the rise of Vandal Savage. Ray Palmer has set up the Oculus to explode, but realized the need to stay with the device to prevent the failsafe from blocking the explosion. Mick volunteered to stay in Ray's stead, only for Leonard Snart to knock him out and sacrifice his life, destroying the device and killing Druce. On the Waverider, Mick, shaken by the events, discussed Snart's sacrifice with Ray, and vowed to use his newly-gained free will to kill Vandal Savage, putting an end to the Time Masters' plans.
After Rip returned the team to 2016, Mick returned to Central City and returned to his old habit. At one point Mick met a new partner and robbed a bank. Mick killed his partner after the latter wasted ammo to kill a security guard. Upon entering a car, he discovered that his driver is none other than Ray. Ray noted that Mick didn't waste time to fall back into his old habit. Mick told Ray that stealing money made him feel good. The two ultimately agree to finish their job and defeat Savage.
Thanks to Stein, the team discovered that the best way to kill Savage was to return to three different times when Savage practiced a ritual with meteorites. Mick and Atom traveled to 1958, while Atom confronted the Manhawks, Mick confronted Savage in hand to hand combat. Mick ultimately came on top and set Savage on fire. After Ray shrunk the meteor, Mick and the former joined Rip and the team in 2021. After discovering the last meteor could destroy the Earth, Rip left with the meteor, planning to sacrifice himself. Mick, however, told Rip he didn't want to lose another friend. After Rip managed to eject the meteor unharmed, Mick called Rip a moron.
Mick travelled back to 2013, where he told Leonard that he considered him to be a hero. Later, Rip told Mick that he would bring him back to this time as a consolation, though Mick said he was fine. After Kendra and Carter bid their farewell, Mick commented that their fresh start would last no more than three months. As Mick and the team made their way to the Waverider, the Waverider from the future came crashing down. A man then emerged, introducing himself as Rex Tyler and noted that Mick from the future told the former to warn them at that particular time.
Protecting the timeline
After defeating the Time Masters and Savage, Mick decided to join the efforts to protect the timeline along with the Rip's team. The team members, now calling themselves the Legends, have embarked on many adventures, dealing with the consequences of historical aberrations that would arise throughout time due to the efforts of time pirates and other rogue time travelers. One such aberration would take the team on an adventure to the 17th century France, where Mick posed as one of the Royal Guard Musketeers to protect the royal family against blaster-wielding assassins, presumably armed by time pirates. Defeating the pirates, Mick grumbled about the fact that he was the only one among the Legends who followed Rip Hunter's orders to a T and didn't bring any futuristic weaponry to the past.
Another cataclysmic aberration, related to the "partnership" of Eobard Thawne and Damien Darhk, was found in 1942, threatening to prolong World War II to 1947 and already having consequences of it slowly creep into the future of 2016. Mick journeyed on a mission to 1942, intending to stop Nazi agents from kidnapping Albert Einstein. Approaching the famous physicist together with Martin Stein, Mick was amused by Albert's flirtations with two young ladies at the symposium, affectionately calling Einstein "a pig". Together with Stein, Mick brought Einstein to the timeship, deciding to interrogate him. To Mick's further amusement, Einstein found him the smarter of the two for correctly figuring out the Nazis' plans to also kidnap Mileva Maric.
Boasting of his love for burning Nazis, Mick joined the rest of the team in their efforts to save Mileva Maric and stop Damien Darhk for escaping with the bomb. While Mileva was saved, Darhk escaped on a German Navy U-boat, intending to destroy New York City with an atomic bomb. The Legends hopped onto the Waverider and had their ship intercept the missile impact, but not before getting time-scattered on emergency. Mick himself was placed by Rip Hunter in time stasis and left aboard the ship, hoping that one day in the future the Waverider would be salvaged, allowing Mick to wake up from stasis and resume his search for other team members.
Rip Hunter's gambit proved correct in the year 2016, when Dr. Nate Heywood, a promising historian, noticed the historical discrepancies and recruited Oliver Queen to help him salvage the submerged Waverider. The two found Mick stranded on the ship, sleeping in time stasis. On instinct, Mick attacked Oliver after waking up, but calmed down and retold the duo his story. Oliver then suggested that Nate should join Mick in their search for other Legends, stranded throughout time. Their search proved successful, and the team was rescued.
Deciding to safeguard the Einsteins from further kidnapping attempts, the Legends travel back to before the 1942 symposium and decided to approach Albert Einstein as government agents. Mick introduced himself as CIA, before being corrected by Nate as OSS. Mick told Einstein "don't be a jerk", requesting him to recognize his ex-wife's scientific accomplishments before the public. Einstein happily complied, prompting the United States to place heavy protection on both him and Mileva.
However, this alerted the JSA, who detained them under the suspicion of being spies. Nate was able to diffuse the tension by explaining he was Commander Steel's grandson. Mick was quick to point out he was different from the rest of the team as he wasn't a hero, but a thief. Despite their differences, both teams managed to defeat Baron Krieger, who had gotten a hold of a biomolecular enhancer that turned him into a hulking monster. Nate suffered internal damage, but was saved by a dose of the serum, which Ray had altered to have more subtle effects.
While in flight on the Waverider, Mick was getting something to eat in the kitchen; he found himself in a headlock with a knife to his throat. Mick pointed out this was an overreaction to him eating the last of the mayo, quickly trying to subdue his attacker; it turned out to Vixen from the JSA. Pinned, Mick was almost killed, but was saved thanks to Nate, who had gained the ability to transmute his body into living metal. Imprisoning Vixen in the brig, Mick learned that she blamed him for Rex's murder; as "time traveler" was his last word, and the fact an artifact was missing, Vixen decided Mick was the only one who could have done it. However, both Mick and Sara explained it wasn't him, and that Rex's killer must be found and stopped, instead of trying to go in a pointless loop of saving him (as the killer would just keep going further back in time to kill him each time they stopped him).
Welcoming a new partner
When Ray and Nate fell out of the ship and into the temporal zone, they ended up falling into Feudal Japan. Mick argued with Vixen, telling her that he would risk his life to save them as they would do the same for him; he also voiced his belief that they would find ninjas in Japan. Sara backed him up, due to her past with the League of Assassins. Much to Mick's joy, he found out that the shogun had ninjas under his command; he asked them not to fight as would feel bad about burning them. Defeating them, Mick meet back up with the rest of the Legends, who had defeated the shogun by detonating Ray's suit. Enjoying a meal again, Amaya surprised him with a throwing star. She told him it was a sovenier from their adventure, to prove ninjas a real. Like a kid at Christmas time, Mick instantly began staring at his new toy.
Tracing a distress signal to the Civil War, the Legends ended up fighting zombies due to an infected time pirate crashing there. Mick ended up getting bitten and confined to the Waverider as Ray and Stein worked to cure him. Sprayed with the antidote, it took some time before Mick came to his senses, wondering what he was doing at the time. Ray later visited him, with Mick thankful for his help; Palmer continued on about how he didn't have anything to contribute to the team without the ATOM Exosuit. Mick assured him being an outsider allowed people like them more freedom in what they do and say. Taking the Cold Gun out, Mick told Ray that he was looking for a new partner, and the gun belonged to the greatest outsider he ever knew.Mick tried helping Ray learn how to use the Cold Gun; Ray believed that he needed to upgrade it to suit him. However, Mick told him that the gun wasn't the problem; it was Ray's inability to access his inner darkness. Once he could do that, wielding the gun would be easy; Mick was then left impressed with Ray's response of threatening to freeze him if he called him "Haircut" again.
Going to the White House in the 1980s, the team was to subdue Damien Darhk, who was attempting to sabotage president Reagan's attempt to disarm both the US and Russia. During the White House tour, Mick encouraged Ray to steal jelly beans; when offered some, Mick happily accepted. However, when it came to fighting off the Secret Service, Ray ignored Mick's warnings to not cross the streams, knocking them both back. In the end, MIck realized that he couldn't force Ray to be Snart, telling him to be himself.
The team later returned to Jonah Hex's time where the blunder of a time pirate had lead to the outlaw Turnbull gaining access to Dwarf star alloy, which he used for power bullets and to seal off the West to create Turnbull Country. Mick was tasked with getting Turnbull to divulge information, but instead got along with him due to being a fellow outlaw. Amaya was forced to step in, and get him to leave. Getting scolded, Mick told her that he was just a beast that liked to watch the world burn. The team later prevented Turnbull from sealing off the West, getting Ray new material to rebuild his ATOM Exosuit, along with the Steel suit. Amaya later told Mick that she had experience with dealing with beasts; she encouraged him to accept the beast inside him, but not let it take him over.
The Legion of Doom
The team next when to Chicago in the 1920s, after finding out Al Capone wasn't sent to jail for tax evasion. At the same time, Mick began seeing visions of Leonard Snart, who mocked him for continuing to stay with the team despite there being no more advantages for selfish needs. Mick used his expertise of the criminal life to help them try getting close to Al Capone, but soon found the plan backfired as the aberration was a trap set by the Legion of Doom, who wanted the amulet Thawne had tried to steal before, along with one in Rip's study. The team was forced to give up the amulets to the syndicate to save Stein. Afterwards, Mick was surprised to see Amaya had taken his advice about crime being fun, having stolen a bottle of Capone's wine. She gave him a kiss on the check as thanks for showing her some fun.
Mick spent a good amount of time trying to get Snart out of his head, drinking numerous bottles. He was caught by Stein, who he confided in about his hallucinations; however, he threatened him into keeping it quiet from the rest of the team as he feared they would react badly. Stein tried explaining that Snart was likely an image that Mick's inner voice choice to talk sense into him; Mick believed Snart was possibly stuck in a place in time after the Oculus was destroyed and trying to reach him. Stein said it was possible, but not very likely. Once the team found Rip in 1967, Mick learned Rip's mind had been altered by touching the time drive; Rip now believed he was Phil Gasmer, an American filmmaker.
Mick demanded Stein use the scanner device on his head, having a hallucination of Snart immediately afterwards. Mick told Stein exactly what the hallucination said, asking Stein to operate on his brain. Stein complied, taking out a chip the Time Master put in during his time as Chronos. Recovering, Mick was relieved that he wasn't seeing Snart for the moment, but Stein told him the chip wasn't responsible as it burned out a long time ago. Stein explained that it was likely Mick had accumulated too many head injuries in the past.
When Stein told the team that his daughter Lily was a time aberration he didn't think that was a problem. When Stein asked the team to not tell Lily the truth, he gave Rory a pointed look which he was offended at. However, when Lily commented on the food fabricator's fake food tasting good, he made a comment that it fitted a 'fake person'. That was when he revealed that she was a time aberration.
Ray confronted Mick about leaving crumbs since a rat was now roaming the Waverider though he grabbed Ray and he quickly dismissed it. When a time quake was felt and the aberration was the death of George Washington, Rory wasn't that torn up about it as he felt Washington was a punk and not that great a president as he was only on the one dollar bill. He went undercover as an American soldier and tried to cover Washington with Sara when redcoats attacked them with automatic rifles. An EMP then went and disabled his heat gun. They ran into Rip Hunter where he went and shot Sara and commanded the British to take Rory and Washington away. As they were being led away, Rory promised to strangle Rip the next time he saw him and ate sloppily as they were being taken off to the British camp.
When they were there, they ran into General Cornwallis of the British army where he ruled that the two would be hung in the morning. Washington argued that Rory was only a soldier following orders and didn't deserve to die though Rory happily argued otherwise. Washington prepared a letter to his wife that he wanted Rory to see was delivered but he refused as he said that Washington should give it to her himself. He said that they should resist with everything they had because the enemy wanted to kill them anyway. Washington argued that went against being a gentleman and an american. Rory told him that being an american meant being a misfit and rebel and to be damn proud of it.
When Washington was going to be hung, he made a point to distract the British giving Rory an opening to take a musket and ignite a cache of gunpowder. This distraction gave Washington time to escape the noose and together the two of them took on the British in the camp. They were soon surrounded but Nate and Amaya arrived to help them escape. Later, Washington took Rory aside and told him that he was impressed with his rebel spirit. He told Rory that he was a prime example of what it meant to be an american which Rory was left a little touched by and he changed his mind and saw that Washington was a great president after all. Rory then handed the letter back to him but Washington revealed that it had actually been a battle strategy for a sneak attack that he wanted to make it back to the army which Rory was proud of Washington for. When the team returned to the Temporal Zone they saw history was back on track but there was now a statue in D.C. that resembled Rory.
The Legends found a fragment of the spear in the year 3000 A.D. and Rory went with the others to look for it. They found that the spear fragment was gone but investigated where it was last to find Dr. Mid-Nite dead. Rory managed to find a message written in blood, RIP, that he assumed was rest in peace but turned out to be the name of his killer, Rip Hunter. They then located another fragment in 507 A.D. but Mick chose to stay on the Waverider than visit medieval times. He stumbled upon Stein who had also stayed on the ship and saw that he had stolen future tech from 3000 A.D. which Mick found himself being impressed by. It turned out to be a mind control device and when it was being used by the Legion, Stein and Jax tested it out on Mick but it didn't work. When the team had found the fragment guarded by Stargirl and moved to leave Camelot, Ray chose to stay and help the knights fight. Rory didn't want to leave Ray to fight alone and Stein quickly agreed with him. The team decided to stay and Mick and Stein moved to try and hack the mind control tech again but Jax had Mick be the controller this time and found that the key wasn't intelligence but intensity. Mick's intensity managed to make the tech work and they used him to override the Legion's control of the knights they were using it on. Mick later tried to get Stein to admit that his brain saved the day but Stein said he would admit no such thing.
The Legends managed to capture Rip but he had taken control of the ship and was trying to make his escape. Rory moved with Amaya and Nate to stop him and Rip destroyed the medallion in front of them before Rory went and knocked him out. He then had an idea to go into Rip's mind in the same manner that the time masters went into his mind when he was Chronos. Mick stayed in the med bay with Stein while they oversaw as Sara and Jax entered Rip's mind to free him of the Legion's brainwashing. Stein was getting more on edge the longer they were in Rip's mind, especially with Jax but Mick told him that his pacing and frantic worrying wasn't helping. Mick encouraged Stein to treat Jax more like a partner than a assistant, stating Stein's only got so many years left in him and Jax had to learn to do and handle things himself. When Rip was brought back to normal, Mick greeted him with a joke "I liked you better when you were killing people."
When Rip told them that Commander Steel was in 1965, they journeyed there but had just missed him as he had gone into the wind. They reviewed history and found that Henry Heywood had become a mission supervisor for NASA during the Apollo-13 shuttle launch in 1970. When they found Heywood, he helped Rory, Stein and Jax infiltrate mission command as officers from the British Space Program and he pretended to be a man of few words. He stayed with Stein in mission control to try and buy time so that NASA didn't stumble on the team infiltrating the shuttle or seeing any of them while they were dealing with Eobard Thawne or retrieving the spear fragment from the moon. They managed to distract NASA and cut their feed but heard that the Waverider was damaged and the team would have a hard time returning home. They also found out that Hank Heywood had found his way to mission control and alerted both Henry and Nate. They sat in mission control and waited and celebrated when their team managed to get back to Earth due to Henry's sacrifice.
At some unknown time period Mick met Rex Tyler, a member of Justice Society of America, and sent him to warn Rip's team against entering the Waverider providing him the current-time Waverider. However, that event was altered when Eobard Thawne erased Rex Tyler from the timeline, changing the circumstances of Rex's meeting with the Legends.
Mick is obsessive, unstable, a pyromaniac, hot-headed and sometimes loses focus. He is highly impulsive, combative, and is somewhat hyperactive as he despises sitting around and doing nothing. He is certainly a man of action who prefers getting things done as opposed to analyzing them as thoroughly as his partner. He is also a self-admitted thief, who does not care about any rules, unless they are needed for his survival. He encouraged such carefree attitude towards laws and rules in others, such as Ray Palmer, whom he tried to mold into his partner in crime.
Despite his less than sophisticated demeanor, Mick is incredibly philosophical in his view of the nature of fire itself. He had poetically described it as being ever-changing, indefinable, and transformative. He views his burns as revealing the truth of who he really is, and as such, he has embraced this self-determined truth of who he is: A man who burns the world to reveal its own inner nature as it did to him. This is an unusual trait, but does show that he is much more than the image of the unstable pyromaniac that he projects himself as.
In spite of Mick's nature, he still has a code of honor, even though he initially claimed to Ray Palmer that his only loyalty is to Leonard Snart. During the rescue mission from the Russian gulag, Mick refused to abandon Ray, despite Leonard's insistence to leave him behind after Ray insulted the interrogator's mother and took a beating in order to keep Mick from being tortured further. However, it appears that any shred of loyalty and honor he has regarding Rip Hunter's team was gone when he learned that Rip only recruited him to the team to sway Leonard into joining and viewed him simply as a dumb psychopathic arsonist, causing Mick to betray Rip to the time pirates to give up the Waverider in exchange to be sent back to the present day.
As he was left in an unknown time, he became wild, eating raw animals until the Time Masters found him, brought him to the Vanishing Point. As he lost himself from being in an alien time for too long, they manipulated and trained him as a bounty hunter and assassin over what he described as "lifetimes" and "being reborn". He returned with extensive knowledge of temporal physics, Time Master protocols and futuristic weapons and technology, on par with that of Rip Hunter. However, despite his knowledge, he was still bent on avenging himself against the team and Snart. He threatened to kill Lisa Snart over and over by time traveling, as well as forcing Leonard to watch each time. However, he later returned to his old self while back on the Waverider and became a member of the team once more. He also became more emotionally reflective, forgiving himself for accidentally setting fire to his house and killing his family. He also seemed to forgive Snart and the team, becoming more friendly towards them. Also, after Snart sacrificed his life for Mick, it appeared to have a profound affect on him; while still committing thefts, he began going about it more cautiously and tried to avoid killing innocent bystanders. His respect for Snart was great enough for him to head back to 2013, where he told past Snart he considered him his personal hero.
Once he rejoined the Legends, Mick largely seemed more mature, but retained his snarky, gruff demeanor. He ironically seemed to listen to Rip more than the others, as he left his Heat Gun behind when ordered, so to avoid damaging the timeline. During his time travels, he's developed a bond with his team, willing to save them as they would return the favor for him, to the extent that he assisted Nate Heywood in retrieving the rest of the team from across history after being discovered in stasis in 2016 when he could have easily just taken the Waverider and gone off on his own. Even his threats towards his teammates became more playful and less violent and more comical, such as threatening to shave Ray Palmer's head if he told anyone about his compassionate side, which is a far cry from his former tendency of threatening to kill people even if they were his allies. This subtle change marks this profound evolution in his personality. While he still identifies himself as a criminal when talking to the Justice Society of America, the rest of the Legends all acted in his defence when he was accused of killing Hourman, and Rory was even the one to voice the other heroes' refusal to allow the Flash to turn himself over to the Dominators to save the world despite admitting that he disliked the other man.
He developed a profound hatred for the Time Masters for brainwashing him, quoting that he only survived it due to focusing on his hatred. The second time was due to focusing on his team.
After being infected and turned into a zombie, Mick begged and trusted Ray to cure him, showing a deepening sense of camaraderie between the two. In the aftermath of his zombification, Mick assuaged Ray's fears that without his suit that he might no longer have a place on the team. Mick reminded him that being an outsider isn't so bad, and gave Ray the Cold Gun, Mick's only memento of Leonard Snart, his best friend. This was given with the claim that Mick was looking for a new partner, and trusted Ray enough to give him that chance. When Stein continued babying Jax, Mick bluntly told him to treat Jax like a partner rather than as a child; Stein only has a so many years left of life, so it's best to teach Jax all he can. He later showed some interest in Amaya Jiwe.
Following Snart's self-sacrifice, Rory struggles to honour his dead friend. Initially he believed staying part of the Legends is what Snart would want but his own self-doubt as a part of the team, being both hero and criminal and how much his friends truly valued him manifested in a hallucination of Snart's criminal life. His loneliness was such that Rory even tried to replace Snart by giving Ray the cold gun and making him act more like his dead friend until he passively accepts that Leonard was gone and Ray should be himself. However, when the Legends went to steal Christ's Blood to destroy the Spear of Destiny, the Legion of Doom plucked a time remnant of Snart from before joining the Legends. Mick's survival attitude strongly leads him to believe that caring for the rest of the team will eventually cause his death the same way it did Snart (perhaps a reaction due to losing his only family at a young age) and Leonard taunts that the Legends consider him an unchanged criminal and lapdog rather than an equal team mate. This was cause enough for Mick to eventually hand over the Spear of Destiny to the Legion of Doom so they can rewrite reality. However, in the "Doomworld" Rory begins to realise his mistake as things became increasingly different with reality and Snart, insinuating he respected the man Leonard became because of his loyalty and heroism which was reciprocated in the other Legends rather than who he was. Furthermore, he realises his partner's hypocrisy that despite his previous claims about being a pet, Snart was similarly obedient to Thawne and Darhk and how he was treating Rory like a pet rather than a partner. Realising that the Snart he knew was long dead, Mick has gained closure over realising that the Legends made him and his friend a better person so he rejoins them.
- Expert marksman: Mick has the skill to hit multiple police officers, although they were using shields to protect themselves at the time. He also could handle regular weapons, as he did in the Old West.
- Indomitable will: Will at times seeing deranged or barbaric, Mick is shown to have a remarkable fortitude, unyielding to seemingly any form of torture, at times even seeming to revel in it. Even the Time Masters admitting their brainwashing of Mick into Chronos the first time was only a partial success. During their second attempt, Mick was shown to be very deceptive, feign being successfully broken fully consumed by his Chronos persona long enough to leave him prime to turn on them. The intensity of his mind was shown even able to overwhelm the mind-control network the Legion was using, freeing all of its victims.
- Master hand-to-hand combatant: Despite his unstable and hot-headed demeanor, Mick is a very capable unarmed fighter. When seemingly taken captive by a mafia boss, he and Leonard quickly broke free and killed all of the mafia boss and most of his men with ease. He even proved to be at least on par with Sara Lance. After his training in the Vanishing Point and his "conversion" to Chronos, his fighting abilities appear to have improved significantly as he is able to take out an entire squad of ninjas in Feudal Japan and defeat a younger Vandal Savage in an unarmed combat, albeit it can be implied that he only did so after Savage was weakened after being exposed to the meteor.
- Peak of human physical condition: Stemming from his violent nature, Mick is in top physical condition, shown to be very muscular. He is very resilient, as he was unyielding to most forms of torture. His strength was to the point where he could casually crush Time Master Declan's skull with a single stomp of his boot. He easily knocked out Rip Hunter when the latter was under the control of Legion of Doom .
- Skilled engineer: Like Cold, Rory has shown himself to be adept at mechanical engineering and repairs, as he regularly repairs his heat gun and has memorized the entirety of its design and functionality, being more than capable of repairing the secondary internal fuel chamber without assistance.
- Temporal agent training: After left stranded in time, the Time Masters found Mick and forcibly trained him as one of their agents over a span of countless years. Operating under the alias of "Chronos", Mick became one of their most skilled assassins, well-versed in the various future tech proved by the Time Masters. Also from this, Mick obtained a greater clarity and understanding of the manipulation of time. Like Rip, Mick now has full understanding of the time-space continuum, able to immediately comprehend how any changes in time will effect the rest of the timestream. He has also grown accustomed to time jumps often not feeling any of the side effects (although, as Rip has demonstrated, the longer the time jump, the more likely side-effects could occur).
- Goggles: Mick also wears a pair of black wraparound goggles, which are designed to protect his eyes from the flashes given off by his heat gun. He has stopped using them, implying that the glare no longer bothers him.
- Heat Gun: Can generate a beam of absolute hot temperature. When fired, the heat gun increases the temperature of the air dramatically, like some sort of "extreme heat wave". This wave achieves "absolute hot", or Klein temperature. When activated, certain lights on it turn red, in contrast to the Cold Gun's blue. The weapon's flame blast projects to any location and burns anything in its path. It appears to have been upgraded over Mick travels with the Legends, as it can knock someone down without any major burns to them.
- Bounty hunter armor: When Mick joined the Time Masters he was trained to be a temporal bounty hunter, when his training ended he was given armor to conceal his identity and keep him protected from enemies. The armor's glove communicator was also used by Ray Palmer and Gideon to send commands to the Time Master HQ, outsmarting the Time Masters' defense systems.
- Bounty hunter rifle: Rory was also armed with a powerful blaster rifle that was able to fire blasts of green energy.
- Bounty hunter timeship: As Chronos, Rory traveled through time on a time ship, hunting temporal criminals and time pirates alike, eventually taking on the members of Rip Hunter's team, that at times included his past self.
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- His mom played Captain & Tenille records back in the '70s.
- He mentioned whenever he sees Hawkman and Hawkgirl fly off, he gets hungry for chicken.
- Chronos interacting with his past self as Mick Rory and his teammates was the cause of a predestination paradox.
- Although Mick referred to his Chronos armor as a "robot suit" in jest, it wasn't confirmed whether or not the suit could, in fact, act autonomously of its wearer. Some semi-autonomy is possible, since Ray Palmer and Gideon were able to use the suit's glove to send "Chronos's" commands to the Time Masters HQ.
- Mick strongly despises Nazis and has stated this on multiple occasions.
- He is a fan of ninjas, firmly believing they exist. He wound up being given a shuriken as a souvenir of a mission in Japan.
- Sara has called him a cinemaphile due to his love of films.
- One of Rory's favorite actors is Chuck Norris.
- He seems to have affections for Kara Danvers and later, through hallucinations of Leonard Snart, indirectly seems to acknowledge that he also has feelings for Amaya Jiwe.
- Due to him hallucinating Leonard Snart with Snart telling him to turn back to the life of crime. This merely foreshadows Leonard Snart's return to which he will be alive and joins the Legion of Doom.
- After influencing events during America's Revolutionary War, Mick has become a prominent symbol for America's founding fathers, with George Washington erecting a statue of him as he considered Mick a symbol of the rebellious spirit of America.
- On every adventure, Mick always audibly confirms something he likes or hates.
- His is the only character to break the Fourth Wall when giving the episode's intro, by asking "Who writes this crap, anyway?" at the end.
- He seems to have a bit of a habit of quitting the team late in the season and then rejoining soon after, he has so far done this twice once in season 1 and once in season 2.
- Since he was alive in the 1970's as he has stated that his mother used to play a lot of Captain & Tenille, that would mean Mick was born sometime in the 1970's.
Behind the scenes
- In DC Comics Heat Wave is an enemy of the Flash and a long-time member of the Rogues, a team of Flash villains kept together by Captain Cold and Golden Glider.
- In DC Comics Chronos is an alias used by three different, but loosely connected, super-villains, two of which were the enemies of the Atom. The first was David Clinton (first appearing in The Atom #3, 1962), a meticulous thief who based his crimes on precise timing and used gimmick time themed weapons. This character did, in fact, create a time traveling machine which later became the basis of his successors' own equipment. The second incarnation of the character is Walker Gabriel (debuting in Chronos #1, part of his 12-issue mini-series), an actual time traveler and a reluctant hero. The third incarnation of the character is Jia (introduced in The Atom comics run of 2007), a Chinese woman who had been in a relationship with Ryan Choi, Ray Palmer's replacement as the Atom. She partnered up with Clinton in a scheme to torment Ryan Choi and destroy his life.
- As the name implies, the characters relate to Chronos (often associated with the Titan Kronos), a pre-Socratic Greek deity who personifies time. Fitting with Rory's unstable personality, the Titan Kronos was often portrayed as being extremely twisted and somewhat insane.
- Mick often voiced his hatred of Nazis, just as when he referred to Damien Darhk as "the Master Race" due to his very Aryan appearance and Rory's personal contempt for his attitude. He also revealed himself to be a big fan of ninjas, even collecting a shuriken and thoroughly enjoyed fighting them.
- Chronos has been called Darth Vader and Boba Fett, two characters from the Star Wars franchise.
- The reason Mick is usually wearing a coat is to hide the tatoos Dominic Purcell has on his arms. Whenever his arms are exposed, makeup is used to create the burn scars Mick has.