100 Characters Challenge – #67 A Bunch of Bad Guyson September 5, 2011 at 4:28 am
RECAP: In November 2010, I participated in the 30 Characters Challenge and created 35 new characters. In December, I gave them all away (for the most part). I decided that one of my projects in 2011 would be to add to that list of 35 and, by December 2011, create 100 new characters total. Every Monday, I will post a new character. This is the thirty-second:
Ok, so technically, there are 15 characters here (which would take me to #81), but I’m counting them as one. The only reason I’m posting these in the first place is to show how I did this exercise.
While driving back from a trip to see my in-laws, my wife and I decided to play a game. I’m not sure how the game evolved/devolved into creating characters, but it did and that’s how I got this list. So, how we did this…
First, I grabbed my copy of Mutants & Masterminds: Pocket Ultimate Power from my bag, handed it to Michelle and directed her to the list of powers. This worked for…maybe 30% of the characters. Sometimes, powers can dictate what the character will be, especially when you know what the character can do. When that failed, we looked outside the car for clues…sometimes I’d see something specific, or she would, I kid you not, play “I Spy.” Not quite, but very close. She’d see something and say, “Give me a character that is a tree,” or something like that. It was an interesting exercise. Here are the results:
- The Battery = electrokinetic
- Dr. Gangreen = evil plant control
- Tusk = elephant/man hybrid (I believe this came from hearing a Fleetwood Mac song. They had an album called Tusk.)
- Sandstorm = silica-based life form
- Snakeskin = wears mystical clothing made from the Midgard serpent. Possibly my favorite of the 15. He started out as a guy much like Earth X’s The Spider’s Man, at least in appearance, mixed with the Snake Men from Masters of the Universe. Basically, his body was covered in snakes that he mentally controlled. Michelle thought, from an artist’s standpoint, that would be difficult to draw, so she blurted out, “How about a snake skin suit?” We riffed on it back and forth (I really wanted my original character) and she said it again, “snake skin suit,” and for some reason the Midgard serpent came to mind. What if his suit was made from the shed skin of the Midgard serpent? What kind of powers would he have? Totally different from what I came up with, but yet, totally awesome.
- Jackal = dog-inspired gangster -These characters will more than likely show up in my comic, Stray, so I thought, “What would the opposite of Stray look like? Who would he be?”
- Hot Pink = cat burglar. I won’t tell you what the rest of her name is.
- Head Case = telekinesis / schizophrenic
- Wheelman = getaway driver / stores vehicles in pocket dimension. This one has grown on me. The idea that he has access to another dimension that has cars, planes, ships, etc., stored in makes for some interesting visuals.
- Detour = immovable. We were stuck in traffic at the time that this guy was made up.
- Black Widow = pheromone
- Backdraft = inhale O2 / exhale Fire. Try coming up with a character with these powers that isn’t just flatulent.
- Flare = pyromaniac / pyrokinetic
- Miss All-Star / Miss MVP = sports themed criminal. I have a real soft spot for Sportsmaster. I think I was definitely trying to get some female characters on the list, and for some reason, I thought of a girl who was told, “No, this is a boy’s sport,” all her life. Her over achieving led her to a life of crime.
- ATV (All Terrain Villain) – Totally saw an ATV on a truck when I blurted this one out, and I totally giggled when I said, “all terrain…VILLAIN!” I have absolutely no idea what he can do, what he looks like, etc., but he seems like such a Tick villain, or even a Venture Bros. villain, I had to keep him.
So, what’s the lesson here? Maybe it’s that character creation can happen anywhere at any time, just like storytelling. Characters aren’t the story, but they bring the story to life, so a lot of the same exercises that we, as writers, use can be used in character creation. Some of these are silly. Some of these have great potential. Is there a Dr. Doom or a Joker in this mix? Maybe, but I’m just as happy with a Goody Rickles.
ARTISTS – If you’d like to take a swing at drawing any of these villains (daily sketch, etc), let me know so I can post your art here on the site!
#1-35: 30 Characters Challenge
#36: Effigy – aka, Christopher Sinclair
#37: Die Twenty
#38: The Gear(s)
#39: The Scout
#43: Agent Mummy
#45: Samhain (open source)
#46: Balor (open source)
#47: The Phantom Queen (open source)
#48: The Gaffer (open source)
#49: The Bloke (open source)
#50: The Bird (open source)
#51: Black Flag (open source)
#52: Strix (open source)
#53: Felidae (open source)
#54: Epitome (open source)
#55: Atom Master (open source)
#56: Lord Albion (open source)
#57: War Horse (Casino Criminale)
#58: Red Nova (Casino Criminale)
#59: Forsythe (Casino Criminale)
#60: Diana Dawn/Black Orchid (Casino Criminale)
#61: Robert Simon/Bobby Simone/Baffle (Casino Criminale)
#62: Dr. Zhang (Casino Criminale)
#63: Black Jaguar (Casino Criminale)
#64: Captain Freedom (Casino Criminale)
#65: Mike Dexter/Stump (Casino Criminale)
#66: The Puzzler (Casino Criminale)
Next week, a new character!
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