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Providence
Providence agents
Leader(s) White Knight (reinstated)
Black Knight (formerly)
Notable members Agent Six (top agent)
Rex Salazar (secret weapon)
Doctor Holiday (chief researcher)
Bobo Haha (Rex's partner)
Calan (captain)
Headquarters Providence headquarters
Purpose  ·Cure, contain, or neutralize EVOs
 ·Protect humanity
 ·Confine, contain, or control EVOs (formerly)
Contain and kill EVOs (formerly)
Range of operation Global
First appearance "The Day That Everything Changed"
Last appearance "Endgame, Part 2"
Who would have thought the kinder, gentler approach would do such wonders for our profile. The notion of a cure has gotten Providence funding and worldwide prestige. The committee's happy.

White Knight, "Promises, Promises"

Providence is a global, clandestine military organization that was created in response to the Nanite Event. Providence's initial function was to contain or kill hostile EVOs. Over time, the organization discovered a teenager named Rex Salazar, a human-passing EVO capable of curing other EVOs. Providence then decided to take a more ethical approach to make curing EVOs priority.

Originally, Providence was funded and created by a group of elites known as the Consortium. Eventually, White Knight was granted leadership of the organization—a role equivalent to that of a commander-in-chief. Seeing that he was promoted from a Providence agent, it is unknown who his predecessor is. However, after White Knight "betrayed" the organization, he was replaced with Black Knight. The object of Providence had changed yet again, weaponizing EVOs through mind-control and make the public fear them through propaganda. There were flaws with this practice, eventually having White Knight reclaimed his position of the organization.

Providence is a secretive, government organization that is protective of its functions, especially in the case of Rex, who they claimed as their secret weapon in the war against EVOs. Providence was a growing military that attained many agents within years since its initiation. As opposed to general military groups, Providence has one of the most advanced weaponry and equipment for the sole purpose of suppressing EVO activity.

History

A new approach

Early Providence

In the earlier days of Providence, hordes of EVOs were accumulated in petting zoo.

Founded in collaboration by the governments of the world in response to the Nanite Event, Providence uses its army to combat the EVO threat. This army is made up of thousands of loyal soldiers willing to risk their lives for the cause.[1]

The organization was once run and funded by the Consortium, a group of wealthy and powerful individuals involved in the fields of international finance and business. The committee typically appoints a leader to control Providence on a daily basis, despite the group retaining its ownership and true objectives.

When Providence was first starting out, an agent's primary method of dealing with EVOs was to kill or capture them. Even EVOs that they captured were only held long enough to be experimented on and dissected for study. After Agent Six discovered Rex, an EVO with the ability to cure other EVOs, Providence eventually adopted their current way of handling EVOs: curing them when they can, containing them when necessary, and only killing them as a last resort.

The organization also began to receive greater funding from the world's governments due to this non-violent approach.[2] However, White Knight would still occasionally order his troops to take lethal action against EVOs, but only in extremely dire situations.[3][1] Following the six-month time-skip, Providence underwent several changes due to White Knight's removal and replacement by Black Knight as leader.

The Nanite Project

Providence agents use mind control

Providence implements new machinery capable of controlling EVOs minds.

The organization began to order their agents to focus on the capture and control of EVOs using Caesar Salazar's technology. Control collars and brain-washing machines were also used as weapons against EVOs through the implementation of devices that shoot the collars like projectiles to ensnare unsuspecting prey, both threatening and non-threatening.[4] Following Black Knight's appointment, the Consortium took a much stronger hold over Providence's functions.

They focused the bulk of their resources on the task of finding and obtaining five Meta-Nanites, each containing a unique ability that allows the user to control the forces of the universe. Providence also restarted the Nanite Project with Caesar as its new leader and directed several of their operations towards finding the surviving scientists to aid in the completion of their plans.[5] Van Kleiss, Peter Meechum, and Gabriel Rylander were recruited to work alongside Caesar in the completion of their assignment. The reunited research team was shown to have completed a new nanite generator.[6][7][5]

After the fight with Black Knight and the Consortium, who had achieved at receiving powers of the Meta-Nanites, White Knight took over Providence and saved Rex. The Providence Defects rejoined Providence. Due to the Consortium gaining the power of the Meta-Nanites and becoming the enemy of Providence, it can be assumed that now, only international governments will provide the funding for the organization.[8]

Agents

EVO blaster

Providence agents fight alongside each other in order to apprehend EVO that terrorize the city.

Providence's soldiers are referred to as "agents" and make up the army of Providence. Their job is to subdue various EVO activities all around the world. The agents occupy a variety of roles from technicians to scientific researchers to battlefield fighters. Aside from Rex Salazar and Bobo Haha all other agents are non-EVOs. Providence headquarters sometimes send out their agents on global exercises to train with other Providence operatives from around the world.[9]

Cadet training

Main article: Providence Basic Training

Before officially joining Providence, every Providence agent must start out as a cadet at Providence Basic Training. New personnel are trained on their physical and mental skills to determine whether they are capable of working for Providence. Providence Basic Training is very challenging to complete, as most cadets have caved and quit under the pressure. Others have been simply sent home because they could not simply complete extremely difficult missions or tasks.[10]

Uniforms

Ranks

Typically, Providence uniforms have a black and white color scheme. As a para-military organization, agents have their own rankings. Agents with different rankings have subtle differences in their uniforms, presumably for a signature look.

Various agent roles talk to Knight

Telling by their color arrangement, agents of differing ranks and roles report to White Knight.

Agents wear black suits and a black balaclava with rectangular goggles. They also wear white vests along with white backpacks, utility belts, and boots. An admiral's uniform differs from an average agent's with the addition of a white sash worn over the left shoulder and a white pad on the right.[11] A captain's uniform differs from an average agent's with a partial color switch—the captain's undershirt is white while the vest is black. Everything else remains.[3] A sergeant's uniform is similar to an average agent's except for a white blank shoulder sleeve insignia and lack of a mask.[10] Lastly, a cadet's uniform is no different than the average Providence agent's. However, cadets are not seen wearing masks, backpacks, or utility belts.

There are also researchers and doctors that primarily wear knee-length lab coats to differentiate them from agents. They are usually equipped with large goggles when working in labs.[12] When out in the field, scientists' uniforms are exact replicas of the common uniform, however, the colors are swapped.[13] Generally, all uniforms maintain a black and white aesthetic and have a signature, rectangular-shape on the chest of their uniforms.

Additional functions

There are additions and accessories that are implemented into Providence attire used to accommodate agents for more specified purposes such as espionage, aerial & underwater travel, and certain environmental conditions. For instance, agents that are pilots have more padding modifications to their suits for chest and head protection. A majority of the helmet acts as both a protective shell and a visor, leaving white on the edges. Additionally, the helmet has tubes connected to a device located on the collar of the suit, most likely for oxygen.[1][14]

Rex in a stealth suit

Rex uses a stealth suit to remain hidden in the sewers while spying on the Pack.

Stealth suits are capable of making agents camouflage with their surroundings. Appearance-wise, they barely differ from the average Providence suit but have an attached mask that can be pulled up over the mouth, thus activating stealth mode. This makes the agent invisible to the naked eye.[15] Agents also have equipment to sustain themselves underwater. Like an average scuba diving suit, it comes with flippers, goggles, and an oxygen tank. [16] There are also all-white space suits worn to protect agents from the harsh environments of outer space.[13] When in frigid weather conditions, agents are given heavy garments such as all-white winter coats. Providence agents that worked at Paradise normally wore this considering their freezing environment.[12][17]

Equipment and gear

Due to most EVOs being physically enhanced and having heightened conditions, average weaponry is not recommended. Primarily, Providence depends on firearms but there is other offensive-based weaponry as well. Due to its international funding, Providence is kept up to date on the latest high-tech equipment.[2] Most of Providence's vehicles, technology, weapons, and uniforms are white in color, sometimes with shades of gray and black.

Weaponry

Agents armed with EVO blasters

EVO blasters are a Providence agent's primary and most important weapon.

Providence agents are well-equipped with various kinds of high-end technology in their EVO suppression operations—some being more common than others. The most common and least effective weapon a Providence agent must carry is an EVO blaster. Aside from its design, it acts like any semi-automatic firearm. For the purpose of fending off hostile opponents, they also possess clubs which can electrocute enemies.[10] Rarely do they use far more powerful weapons such as missile launchers, neural detention grids, or Providence broilers to fend off dire threats.[1][18] Before swords, such as Katanas, were implemented under Black Knight's administration and were exclusive for elite agents—Six was the only agent known to use swords.[14]

Vehicles

Similar to their weapons, Providence has technologically advanced vehicles, in all forms, to help assist them by means of transportation. The most notable and commonly used aircraft is the Keep, which acts as Providence's colossal helicarrier whenever it is being flown into battle and used to transport EVOs and agents to certain destinations and rendezvous. Other aircrafts include Providence fighter jets, which are designed for faster and more aerodynamic flights. They are also equipped with guns to help defeat EVOs that cannot be battled from the ground. Scout ships are larger in size and are primarily used to transport agents and EVOs.

Then there are all-terrain automobiles such as the Providence assault vehicle and stealth cycles. Assault vehicles are capable of traveling at average speeds and firing automatic weapons, whereas stealth cycles are purposely meant to travel long distances within a limited time span, at high speeds.[19] For instance, agents were sent out to locate Rex on cycles to quickly locate him despite being so far out.[20]

Used less frequently, there are vehicles capable of aquatic transportation, such as regular speedboats and underwater ships that can be submerged for long periods of time.[21][16] Underwater ships can seat about up to two passengers and can fire torpedos.

Elite agents

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A pair of elite agents stand outside of Black Knight's office, armed with blasters.

After Black Knight attained leadership of Providence, she formed an elite group of Providence agents. They appeared to wear dark grey vests, over full black suits with black masks that possessed rectangular, glowing goggles.[22] However, there were only a select few. Unlike a majority of Providence agents, not only were the elite agents skilled in basic marksmanship, but they are also trained in the art of swordsmanship and stealth. They are far more agile and evasive than the average agent, making them formidable when fighting against their opponents. Rex dubbed them "black pawns".[14] It is eventually revealed that the elite agents are nothing more than androids programmed to serve Black Knight's every command.[23] They are the only subset of agents that remained loyal to Black Knight after White Knight regained his position.[8]

List of known agents

High-ranking agents

Regular agents

Cadets

Research division

The tower

The tower is the main laboratory where Providence conducts its research.

The research division is another team behind the scenes at Providence. Despite not being present on the battlefield, the research division is, arguably, Providence's most important asset. This division is the prime reason why Providence is classified as an organization rather than an armed force. They are compromised of engineers, doctors, and scientists who are dedicated to studying the field of nanotechnology and EVOlogy. Their research has led to breakthroughs, such as creating technology that can help improve the suppression and control of EVOs and nanite-activity. Researchers are looked to when it comes to taking a more hands-on approach with nanites. Their sole purpose is not only to better understand nanites but to improve its design as well.

List of known researchers

Technology

Bases of operations

Note: This section will be removed as soon as it is incorporated with the Facilities section.
  • Providence Headquarters - Main headquarters
  • The Keep - Mobile HQ
  • Paradise (inactive) - Arctic base that existed solely for the purpose of off-loading Rex's nanites
  • Purgatory - South Pacific desert base that exists solely for the purpose of off-loading Rex's nanites and also to replace Paradise.
  • Basic Training - A Providence boot camp located on the very top of a mountain.
  • Space station (inactive) - Providence base located in space, for the purpose of researching nanites
  • Amazonian Base - Providence base located in the country of Mexico.
  • Hong Kong Base - Providence base located in Hong Kong, China, appears to be a prison facility.

Facilities

Providence headquarters

Main article: Providence headquarters
Providence headquarters

Providence headquarters sits at the edge of a canyon's cliff side.

Due to the number of agents worldwide, it is implied that there are multiple bases located around the world, each serving a different purpose. For instance, Providence headquarters is one of the many main bases of Providence that are used for a multitude of Providence-related purposes. Not only is it used to apprehend EVOs but to also serve as a residence for agents. It is a thin yet towering facility that sits on the edge of a cliff in a canyon. At some point in time, it was ambushed by the Pack. Despite the casualties, agents still resided within the headquarters and managed to reconstruct the facility.

Trivia

  • The names of some of Providence's facilities might have religious references. For example, the names of the two nanite extraction facilities are Paradise and Purgatory. Paradise is a synonym of Heaven. Purgatory, in the Catholic faith, is the place where people's souls redress their sins in order to go to Heaven. Providence is widely used as the name for several religious organizations and/or cults. In Christianity, the term providence, or Divine Providence, refers to God's direct intervention or manifestations of God's will.
  • In the M. Rex comic series, Providence's logo is depicted as a pyramid with an eye on the top.[24] This symbol also stems from religious iconography and is called "The Eye of Providence." The same symbol appears on U.S. currency.
  • A running gag in the series is that often when Providence agents are killed or wounded, a "Wilhelm Scream" is heard.[19]
  • Providence has an advertising campaign (TV commercials, billboards, etc.) encouraging people to join Providence.[10][25]
  • Rex was the first Providence agent to be seen wearing a stealth suit.[15]
  • According to Rex, the lower the threat level, the larger the threat. The threat levels go from five to one, with five being the least and one being the most.[10]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.10, "The Forgotten"
  2. 2.0 2.1 1.19, "Promises, Promises"
  3. 3.0 3.1 1.02, "String Theory"
  4. 3.12, "Remote Control"
  5. 5.0 5.1 3.16, "Target: Consortium"
  6. 3.13, "A Brief History of Time"
  7. 3.14, "Mind Games"
  8. 8.0 8.1 3.20, "Endgame, Part 2"
  9. 2.17, "Grounded"
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 1.17, "Basic"
  11. 2.07, "Mixed Signals"
  12. 12.0 12.1 1.06, "Frostbite"
  13. 13.0 13.1 1.14, "Gravity"
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 3.01, "Back in Black"
  15. 15.0 15.1 2.04, "Alliance"
  16. 16.0 16.1 2.02, "Waste Land"
  17. 2.15, "A Family Holiday"
  18. 1.16, "The Swarm"
  19. 19.0 19.1 1.01, "The Day That Everything Changed"
  20. 1.05, "The Architect"
  21. 1.09, "Dark Passage"
  22. 2.19, "Lions and Lambs"
  23. 3.19, "Endgame, Part 1"
  24. M.Rex - issue 1, page 03
  25. "Ben 10/Generator Rex: Heroes United"
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