Born an ordinary human with no special powers at all, Tim grew up as any other kid would, that is until he came into contact with the leather symbiote. No-one is quite sure where it came from, some say it fell from the stars, others that it was created but some advanced technology, and others still that it was created from a volatile mixture of alcoholic substances and then belched into existence. To start with the symbiote could be removed when Tim wanted to sleep but eventually the symbiote bonded permenantly to his body. The symbiote can take on a variety of forms, all of which are leather and most of which are called Sam Grey. It is uncertain whether Tim himself wanted to be Secretary or whether the symbiote wanted to use the position as part of a scheme for world domination, no-one really cares either.