Santiago Alvarez was your average teenager of Hispanic descent living in the border town of Juarez. During an outing to the local zoo, his powers manifested when he accidentally released an electrical discharge that injured several of his classmates. Fearing persecution from the authorities, Santiago ran away from home and found a new life as a masked Luchador, El Electrico, traveling through Mexico and the American Southwest. Santiago's abilities allowed him to adapt to his new lifestyle very quickly and he soon became known for his unbelievable leaping ability which made him a star on the local circuit. One night, he was accosted by another luchador who had become jealous at El Electrico's rise in popularity. Santiago blasted the wrestler with electricity and left him for dead. Fearing discovery again, he fled to the School for Gifted Mutants seeking help.