Don't blink, or it'll be too late.
Growing up in a traveling circus, his extraordinary powers were not met with derision or hate, but understanding. As he discovered the extent of his powers, he became aware that his father was making midnight trips into the towns they visited, patrolling. He felt that his powers were meant to help people weaker then himself. It was that example Jacob grew up with, eventually, against his fathers orders, began patrolling the streets himself. Muggers and thieves, rapists. Until the night his father caught him, and nothing was ever the same again.