Robert "Bobby" Lane is the son of John Lynch, a superpowered special ops member of Team 7. For decades the corrupt I.O. organisation had been carrying out genetic experiments designed to create super-soldiers for the government. Team 7 were among the 12th generation of this experiment (Gen 12), and among the first successes - previous attempts had ended in death for the subjects. When many of the members of Gen 12 became fathers, I.O. became interested in their children: Gen¹³. According to the Gen 12 series, Lynch's wife left John Lynch when their son, Robert, was very small.
The exact circumstances of his mother's death are unknown, but Bobby was put up for adoption under a fake name. (It was later revealed that several Team 7 members who had gone into hiding themselves knew about this and arranged this to protect Robert from I.O.) During his childhood Bobby often changed foster families, because he was unable to fit in with them, though he became good friends with his foster sister Han Tsung during his stay with her family.
When Bobby became a teenager, I.O. decided to restart Project: Genesis which had done the Gen 12 experiments. They performed genetic screenings across the country and recruited all children and teenagers who were gen-positive, usually indicating that they were the children of a Gen 12-member. Bobby was recruited to be part of the Gen¹³ project, unaware of this history. There he began to connect with others such as Grunge, Caitlin, and Roxy. And it was there that he first had his latent powers unlocked. But when he and his friends discovered what the end goal of the project was, and that the plan was to control any successes by numbing their wills using drugs, they planned an escape. The four of them were joined on their escape by two others: Sarah Rainmaker and Threshold. Unknown to the rest of them Threshold was loyal to I.O., and only went along because it was his mission to try and awaken the latent powers of Freefall and Grunge (who hadn't manifested any yet) and create a killer instinct in the group that the government desired in its superpowered operatives. He succeeded, and then betrayed the group. All of them except Fairchild were recaptured. She came back for them, and having made a second, successful escape they allied with John Lynch, who had become a high-ranking member of I.O.
Lynch took the team to San Diego to hide from I.O. and Bobby began to develop romantic feelings for his team-mate Sarah Rainmaker. Sarah didn't return those feelings though, as she considered herself a lesbian. The two did become good friends though. Some time later it transpired that Lynch was Bobby's father, and after some initial awkwardness the two have come to accept this new dynamic in their relationship.
During his time with Gen¹³, Bobby began to develop powerful psionic abilities, allowing him to read and control the minds of others. He lost these powers when another Gen-Active, a powerful telepath damaged the telepathic part of Bobby's brain. Bobby defeated the telepath and his brothers and became romantically involved with their sister, Leslie, a Gen-Active codenamed Trauma Queen. Their romance was short-lived as Robert and the rest of Gen¹³ appearantly died in an explosion.
In fact, Gen¹³ had been displaced to an alternate universe and they returned to their own Earth months later.
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- Burnout is a devoted fan of the band Soundgarden.
- While Robert had red hair in his first appearances, the ongoing Gen¹³ series depicted him with blond hair.
- Burnout has a cameo in the animated Gen¹³ movie during an athletics event.
- According to a Wildstorm sourcebook, Bobby was called Burnout even before he went to Project: Genesis. It was a nickname given to him by his classmates due to his sullen attitude towards school.
- Bobby plays the electric guitar but his skill at doing so is debatable. Grunge seems to enjoy his music while Lynch considers it "noise". Sarah and Roxy, who have heard him practicing at the house, were surprised that he was really good when covering for a missing guitarist in the Sirens, the band of his girlfriend Mel.