Automan is actually a computer-generated matrix of energy which simulates solid matter, and is the avatar of a program created by Walter Nebicher to fight crime. He appears in a glittering blue glow, as his body is continually re-generated. The computer itself is non-sentient, but is extremely sophisticated in its response and imitation routines, and can cross-reference a wide variety of databases. As a result, Automan can imitate anything he "sees" someone do, and can change personalities based on information contained in a database. However, most of the information does not lend itself to subtleties, and Automan's actions are frequently over-the-top. The Automan projection requires an enormous amount of power, so he is usually active only at night, when the demands on the power grid are at their lowest. When he runs out of power, Automan crumbles to pieces and then dissipates.
Vary (according to programming)
L.A. Police Department
Los Angeles police officer Walter Nebicher wanted to work a beat on the street, but his boss, Captain Boyd, felt he was better suited to the computer room. There, the technological genius created a program which, using the computer's energy, generates a hologram extension of itself -- a humanoid figure which looks, sounds, and feels real. Nebicher dubs his six-foot-four creation "Automan: the world's first automatic man," one who can do anything because he's not real. Automan is quite a ladies' man; Walter is content with department employee Roxanne Caldwell.