|You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain|
...or be both at the same time.
While going to the University of Michigan, Ray Thatherton became the superhero Wraith... sort of. Instead of actually fighting the villains, he secretly used holograms to scare the villains while he hid in a van only rarely actually fighting. Because no one know about the holograms, he became the favorite superhero of Detroit. He "fought" criminals such as the thugs Jack Boys and super villain Quake-Maker. One day, he was opposed by Angry Archer (a villain from the show). However, Bumblebee and Prowl accidentally upstaged Ray and exposed the fact Wraith hid behind his holograms. Wanting to save his popularity, he decided to frame Bumblebee by having a hologram of Bumblebee attack a crowd of people while he "saved" the day. Unfortunately, the actual Bumblebee showed up. Mad at this, the Wraith attempted to kill Bumblebee by raming a billboard into him. However, Bulkhead and Ratchet stopped him. The now-crazy Wraith attempted to escape, but Optimus Prime captured Wraith. Ray was thrown into a mad house.
Powers and Abilities
Ray lacked any actual fighting skill or powers. However, he had acess to hologram techology. He used this make it seem like he was a Batman-like superhero thus scaring the criminals. Every now and then, he used wheel clamps (to prevent the villains to escape) and knock-out gas.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/FakeUltimateHero (see "Comic Books" section)