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SebastianBallesteros
Cheetah
Real name Sebastian Ballesteros
Debut Wonder Woman v2 #142 (April 1999)
Abilities Powers and appearance of a cheetah, granted by the plant-god Urzkartaga
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History

Argentine business tycoon Sebastian Ballesteros became the fourth Cheetah, as well as the first male Cheetah. He was an agent of the Amazon's enemy, Circe, as well as her lover. He sought the plant god Urzkartaga to become a new version of The Cheetah, a supernatural cat-creature like Barbara Ann Minerva. Appealing to the plant god's ego, Sebastian made the case that the previous Cheetahs had failed in their actions and that a male Cheetah could be superior. Once Urzkartaga was convinced, Barbara Minerva's access to The Cheetah was cut off and Sebastian was given the power in her place. Later, Sebastian also proved responsible for turning Wonder Woman's old friend Vanessa Kapatelis into the third Silver Swan. Angered at the loss of her powers, Barbara Minerva eventually battled Bellesteros for control of the power of The Cheetah by becoming the temporary host of Tisiphone, one of the Eumenides or Furies. Much like herself, Minerva accessed this new power by stealing it from the Furies former host, Helena Kosmatos, the Golden Age Fury. This did not assist her in regaining the right to be The Cheetah, however, though Minerva was later able to kill Sebastian in his human form, regaining her Cheetah form as a result. She was later seen giving his blood to the Urzkartaga plant as a sacrifice

Powers and Abilities

Possesses superstrength and can strike at amazing speed; claws and teeth can rend metal; prehensile tail and hyper acute senses.

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