I already had a well-formed character concept in mind, weeks before Bio became available. Biology stinks. Even flowers stink; they just stink pleasingly. Rudy was not the flowery sort – foes would frequently run just from the smell of him. Curiously, it all started from one word in a short poem I know.
So, beginning from "rued", I realized it had "rude" as a homonym. The two together don't make much of a name, but add "Rudy" and you've got something! What would make a hero both rued and rude? If one were smelly, spurty, and nasty, that ought to do the trick.
His look was that of an early 20th century carny roustabout.
Rudy made it to level 50 quicker than any of my other guys. The Issue 24 Paragon Market was to offer 8 hours, in-game time, of accelerated XP for a certain amount of Paragon Points (earned in due course by VIPs, or bought by anyone with real money). Since it was the Beta server, though, everything was free. So from about level 12 up, he was leveling twice as fast as normal.