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Professor Nathaniel Zib is a Senior Mission Manager at Hero Factory.
Zib was the first chief operator at Hero Factory, operating it when there was just Alpha 1 Team. He created an automated security system around the building. After the crash of a shipment of industrial robots at a Makuro Industries plant, Zib went with Thresher to investigate. After he returned, the Hero Factory was deemed closed by Akiyama Makuro due to its massive failure on Asteroid J-54. Zib left the building when it was attacked by the Legion of Darkness. Later Zib became a mission manager when the Hero's success prompted Makuro to restart the operation. Zib turned off the security system when it crashed Makuro's ship accidentally.
Seven years prior to Mission: Von Nebula, Professor Zib was promoted to a Senior Mission Manager.
During the Von Nebula missions, Zib oversaw the Alpha 1 Team's efforts with the help of his assistant, Quadal. During XPlode and Rotor's attack on a C-4000 explosives shipment, he managed Alpha 1 Team as well as the rookie Hero named William Furno. When the attack was over and both XPlode and Rotor escaped, Makuro talked with Zib about the intensity of Preston Stormer's words towards Furno, and Furno's abilities to be a team leader while still a rookie.
Later on, Hero Factory received a distress call from Penitentiary 1331, a prison planetoid still under construction. Due to its status as an incomplete prison, Zib sent rookies Breez and Surge with two members of the Alpha 1 Team, Jimi Stringer and Dunkan Bulk, as Stormer was unable to go help lead his team in the field due to a low hero core. Zib managed the mission with the help of Stormer, helping the team decide whether or not to form a Hero Cell to protect the power-deprived Bulk and the other heroes from Corroder's attack until backup could arrive. With no appropriate teams to back up the heroes, Zib and the newly recharged Furno convinced Stormer to allow the rookie Hero to go to Penitentiary 1331, after being refitted with acid-resistant armor at the refitting tower. Furno eventually beat Corroder, and helped get the other Heroes back to the factory safely, although they were unable to capture Corroder.
Zib helped develop a code that would eradicate Meltdown's virus that was shot into Stormer, the virus having turned Stormer into an unwilling minion of Von Nebula. Missing a key ingredient from Lunar Tratix, Zib sent Breez, who would be capable of saving the team in case they encountered a Tratix Reptoid, along with Bulk, Stringer, and Surge to retrieve the mineral. They returned successful, and Furno managed to bring Stormer back alive to be cured. Later, Zib watched Thunder knock out the live feed of the senior Alpha 1 Team member's latest mission. Zib gave the Rookie 1 team, who were going to rescue Alpha 1 particle separators for the mission, which proved instrumental in their survival. Zib explained that under normal circumstances, they would be assigned a team leader, but the scenario necessitated electing their own. Surge and Breez swiftly elected Furno to the position, and the mission was ultimately successful.
Ordeal of Fire
Zib met Breez, Stormer, and Furno after they had to flee the Fire Lord and leave Surge behind to rescue all the civilians. Mr. Makuro refused to upgrade the three until Zib convinced him that the three would be soundly defeated if not put in Upgrade. Zib and Quadal oversaw the upgrading of the trio, and in virtual training tried to help them master the new 2.0 bodies. Shortly after Alpha 1 launched, Zib sent Julius Nex and Nathan Evo to aid the Alpha 1 Team. Zib later upgraded Surge as well.
While speaking with Daniel Rocka, who was returning from a mission, Zib received an alert from exiled professor Aldous Witch on Quatros. Rocka disobeyed Zib, and went to rescue the professor, though contact was soon lost between them. To help the Alpha 1 Team, who was going to rescue their teammate, Zib took inspiration from the area and upgraded the Heroes to 3.0 animal forms. Zib kept in contact with the Alpha 1 Team as they attempted to track down Witch, who was revealed to be destroying the planet by draining the Quaza from its core. Zib provided them with information on the civilization that had previously existed on Quatros, and the team eventually apprehended the Witch Doctor. Shortly afterwards, Zib took a day off due to inactivity at Hero Factory.
Zib sent the Heroes out on their missions, after the villains had escaped, and issued each of them with a new set of Hero Cuffs. He also questioned Rocka on his mission, but decided it wasn't worth prying any further.
He was imprisoned along with the other Employees, when Black Phantom took over the Hero Factory. He was in contact with Rocka, over a secret frequency, as Rocka maneuvered through the building. He then found that the plans for the entire Hero Factory were sent to an unknown destination. Afterwards, Zib found out that Core Hunter was going after the Doom Box, and that he could destroy the galaxy with it. Issuing a Delta-Red Threat Level, the highest possible, Zib recalled Alpha 1 and had them review mission logs of previous battles against Core Hunter. They were sent off to stop Core Hunter, and were successful.
While Alpha 1 was at a publicity event, Zib got alerts that disturbances had been reported all over the planet and Quadal detected enemies heading for Makuhero City. Zib sent all available Heroes to defend Hero Factory and kept tabs on Alpha 1's Heroes, until Surge's signal vanished outside the building. After Furno reported he could not see Surge, Zib went back to watching the battle until Surge's signal reappeared at the Assembly Tower. Dragon Bolt then burst into the building causing a perimeter alert, but Zib still ran the battle from Mission Control until the Brains were defeated.
Having missions for Alpha Team, Zib went to see Stormer to see if the team was shorthanded or not. Stormer told him about the situation with Stringer, Bulk, and Furno possibly captured deep in enemy territory on Tranquis VII and the fake Stringer's transmission. Zib suggested Stormer took more control of the situation, and when it was completed, went to the planet and examined Project Sunstorm, a powerful weapon. He was knocked unconscious by Karter who destroyed the device. Back at Hero Factory, Zib told the Heroes that Project Sunstorm had been a very dangerous intergalactic weapon that could have used satellites to expand its reach. After hearing about the Brains being made by an unknown foe, Zib filed out of the room.
Zib tested a new source of Hero Core energy in a generator, but it malfunctioned and four members of Alpha Team disappeared. When they returned from their adventure in the Reality 11275.6, they found out Karter was behind the generator malfunction. Zib tricked him into thinking the real explosion was occurring and Karter called his contact, but Alpha Team arrived. Zib and Alpha Team saw Karter killed by his boss.
Abilities and Traits
Zib is a skilled strategist and problem solver, which are traits necessary for his position as the chief mission manager. He holds a no-nonsense attitude, but has a few quirks that often come out when talking to Mak Megahertz on Hero Factory FM, where he has a regular spot in Mak's radio show.
- Professor Zib was voiced by Henry Winkler in the Television Episodes.
- Zib was voiced by David Carr in Hero Factory FM and various animations.
- Secret Mission 2: Legion of Darkness (In a Flashback)
- Comic 1: Trials of Furno (Voice Only)
- Episode 1: Trials of Furno
- Episode 2: Core Crisis
- Episode 3: The Enemy Within
- Episode 4: Von Nebula
- Episode 5: Ordeal of Fire
- Episode 6: Savage Planet Part 1
- Episode 8: Breakout Part 1
- Episode 9: Breakout Part 2
- Omega Recon Reports (Mentioned Only)
- Secret Mission 1: The Doom Box
- Secret Mission 4: Robot Rampage
- Secret Mission 5: Mirror World
- Episode 10: Brain Attack
- Dragon Bolt vs Jet Rocka! (Mentioned Only)
- Dangerous Dimensions
- Face Off: Makuro's Secret Guidebook
- Hero Factory FM (Voice Only)
- Mission: Von Nebula (Non-canonical Appearance)
- Mission: Ordeal of Fire (Non-canonical Appearance)
- Mission: Savage Planet (Non-canonical Appearance)
- HeroPad Challenge Animations (Non-canonical Appearance)
- Hero Recon Team Promo Animation (Non-canonical Appearance)
- Explaining the Character and Creature Building System (Non-canonical Appearance; Voice Only)
- Ordeal of Fire Character Animations
|Staff of Hero Factory|
|Akiyama Makuro | Aldous Witch (formerly) | Big Joe | Lucy | Nathaniel Zib | Quadal | Mak Megahertz|