Tin Star
Tin Star
Portrayed by Lou Diamond Phillips
Full Name Thomas Nashoba
Age 25
Height 5'10"
Build Lean and Athletic
Eyes Brown
Hair Black
Factions None
Occupation US Marshal
Alignment Hero

Claim to Fame

Tin Star is not a name that has appeared in the papers, but if you have access to the right classified sources, the code name appears in a number of incidents involving metahumans and the Paranormal that have been resolved - one way or another - by the arrival of a certain US Marshal. .


Thomas is known in the Service as a driven younger Marshal with a stunning case record over his six years of service and, it is rumored, special abilities that land him the tough assignments. It's hard to argue with his results. It's also hard to argue with the fact that he's had two partners killed and three crippled in the course of his four years.


Thomas Nashoba was born in Oklahoma, to Choctaw parents as a member of what is legally known as the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. As one of the better organized and funded Indian groups, Thomas had what could fairly be called a regular American childhood. There are, of course, some things that are different when you live on an Indian reservation, but none of them seriously hampered his childhood. As he grew up he become more and more interested in law enforcement and after graduating high school he applied for (and was accepted to) the tribal police force.

It was a week after getting accepted to the force that Thomas had a dream – an odd, life changing dream. He found himself in the street of Tombstone, Arizona… 150 years before, talking to a grizzled looking sheriff. The Sheriff introduced himself as Justice and claimed that he was a primal force that had been released by a pair of Indian medicine men shortly after the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876. They had intended to bind and steal them, sapping the white man’s drive to expand west. Among the other things they’d sought to appropriate, one was the spirit of the grim, determined lawmen that struggled to keep order in the white man’s settlements and were among their fiercest protectors. They failed, but the forces they had unleashed in the aftermath did not vanish into the Aether. Unchained from their bonds on the other side of the Veil, they set to work finding mortal agents to act for them. Justice had chosen Thomas. And no, it wasn’t up for discussion.

He might have just passed it off as an odd dream except in the following weeks and months odd things started happening. He’d get strange bursts of strength or start seeing odd things: phantoms in the night, echoes of crimes past. A few months after graduating he came upon a bank heist. It was violent and as the first responder on scene he and his partner were outgunned. When his partner went down the change just kind of… happened. The rest of the incident is a blur in his mind. Shooting, apprehension. Maybe some property damage… The end result was six perps taken in alive and two dead. Heck, it made the papers.

Things got stranger after that. He did, with the help of more dream visits from Justice, learn how to control what he does. After three years on the force, at the age of twenty one, he took the unusual step of trying out for the US Marshals Service selection program and earned a spot in the training program rather handily.

Fast forward four years. Thomas is a Deputy Marshal in the Investigative Operations Division with a slot on the Special Operations group. He’s had more and stranger cases than agents with twice his time in service and his abilities, whilst controversial, are an undeniable asset to the Service in certain sensitive situations. Now recently transferred to the New York station to handle Tri City area investigations, he has a caseload full of fugitives that are as potent, if not more so, than he. If nothing else, this promises to be very, very interesting.

Character Details

Intense is the word most often used to describe Thomas, followed closely by driven. The man is not exactly unpleasant. Indeed, off duty he can be downright fun. But get him on a case and he seems to become another person: Focused on the hunt and often distant. It's a result of his connection to Justice, the personality of the spirit influencing his own, not that this is commonly known or makes it any easier to deal with.


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Character Gallery


Two Heroes and a Drug Deal
August 18 2014: Kate Bishop and Teddy Altman bust up a drug deal in Bronx Park. Marshal Nashoba gets the arrest.
(log: 20140818-two-heroes-and-a-drug-deal | tags: hawkeye_ii hulkling tin_star | posted: 20 Aug 2014 11:13)

Inkblot Investigations
August 15 2014: Three officers of the law converge on M-Town investigating the Smooth… and find someone doing some unofficial digging of their own.
(log: 20140815-inkblot-investigations | tags: paul_manning rorschach tin_star witchblade | posted: 17 Aug 2014 02:42)

Speaking Karate
August 14 2014: Cassandra Cain and Richard Dragon talk about lunch… to the confusion and alarm of everyone else.
(log: 20140814-speaking-karate | tags: batgirl dragon gotham tin_star | posted: 15 Aug 2014 09:43)

Bat into Hell
August 13 2014: Batman finds himself in the middle of a… supernatural situation
(log: 20140813-bat-into-hell | tags: batman gotham tin_star | posted: 14 Aug 2014 08:14)

The Smooth: Rivalry
August 08, 2014: The Brighton Beach Cartel is about to have a rude awakening. Two law enforcement officers just happen to be there to witness it. (language and violence)
(log: 20140808-the-smooth-rivalry | tags: shift the-smooth tin_star witchblade | posted: 09 Aug 2014 13:23)

Good Run of Bad Lucky
August 07 2014: Lucky comes across a mugger in the Park. Thomas Nashoba wishes very much that he had not.
(log: 20140807-good-run-of-bad-lucky | tags: lucky tin_star | posted: 09 Aug 2014 10:51)

Just Another Day At The Office
July 31, 2014: Angelo wants to get to the gym before seven PM. Not happening.
(log: 20140731-just-another-day-at-the-office | tags: deadzone fleece multiple_man seraph tin_star | posted: 01 Aug 2014 18:30)

Talk about the Weather
July 27 2014: Thomas Nashoba takes a day off and runs into a college student hiding from the weather
(log: 20140727-talk-about-the-weather | tags: amy tin_star | posted: 29 Jul 2014 10:57)

Crime Scene Cleanup
July 23 2014: Thomas returns to the scene of an arrest to dispose of some unusual hazmat… while Alexander Aaron and Cricket watch.
(log: 20140723-crime-scene-cleanup | tags: crickt phobos tin_star | posted: 25 Jul 2014 10:18)

With friends like this...
June 16th, 2014: U.S. Marshal Thomas Nashoba and his trusty partner chase down a volatile transplant from the Russian underworld; unfortunately, they aren't the only ones interested in him.
(log: 20140716-with-friends-like-this | tags: tin_star winter_soldier | posted: 18 Jul 2014 06:23)

It's Happy Hour Somewhere
July 15 2014: Sara and Steve meet at a bar for drinks and company, and in turn are met by Thomas
(log: 20140715-t-s-happy-hour-somewhere | tags: captain_america shield tin_star witchblade | posted: 18 Jul 2014 10:17)

Not So Quiet Collar
July 14 2014: Marshal Thomas Nashoba runs into a young lady in M-Town under… slightly awkward circumstances
(log: 20140714-not-so-quiet-collar | tags: crickt tin_star | posted: 17 Jul 2014 11:21)

Gambling Fools
July 13, 2014: The floating poker game in Flushing Meadows is interrupted by a pair of aliens.
(log: 20140713-gambling-fools | tags: the_gambler tin_star wonder_man | posted: 16 Jul 2014 01:29)

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