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Totategumo

 

 Yoshio Inaba is a defensive and tactical fighter a former JSDF special forces sniper until he was wounded by  super powered terrorist causing his rifle to explode with a thought he lost his right eye most of the vision in his left his right  arm from the elbow and serious facial scaring. he would spend the next 2 years undergoing multiple surgeries and recovering as part of the process his Physical therapist convinced him to take up archery to help him develop his off hand dexterity coordination and strength. his previous experience as a sniper allowed him to develop his skill rapidly until he found himself representing japan in the special Olympics and winning the Gold.

 

His story was taken up by  the media which resulted in a large Industrial company approachinghim to be a test patient for an advanced cybernetics system they where developing.

 

he was an excellent candidate for the program and his Right eye was replaced with an advanced Cybernetic offering multiple vision modes and telescopic vision (the damage to his left having mostly been healed/repaired) his right arm was replaced with a prosthetic limb that not only had full dexterity but beyond human strength.

 

his recovery was shown off at a company press conference when his life would change again three super villains attacked to kidnap the projects Lead scientist he had his bow and a quiver full of arrows though in the end he only required three well aimed shots to put down all three despite their powers.  The company saw an opportunity to create their own superhero and Yoshio saw an opportunity to serve his country once more.

 

Now as Totategumo The Trapdoor spider he is the tactical specialist of the team mostly know for his bow and selection of specialized arrows his real secret is his gift for preparing the battle field using a combination of grenades mines and his smart camouflage coat that allows him to control the battlefield striking from ambush and guiding enemies away from civilians and towards his more straight forward team mates.

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Freakboy6117 seems to be absent, so I'll give us one: The Legion of Progress

 

Five people enhanced by technology and science. They seek to show how every human could benefit from these technologies, by providing aid to others, disaster relief and support for the police in cases of supercrime.

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I thought that we had done this recently but Technoplex were explorers..

 

You Can't Stop the Signalman

 

This is a Firefly fan who can send out comms through any impediment. No Electromagnetic Pulse  or dead zone can stop it. This enables rescue personnel and the police to get effective and quicker responses to emergencies. He also wears a suit that either absorbs or deflects projectiles as some people just can't stand to be thwarted and try and murder the messenger.

  

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Oh, I know it's not my turn - but I just had to do this (before I forget, I'm old), cause I thought of it when reading the thread name, and couldn't (wait for my turn, cause I'd forget; did I say that?) help myself:

 

The Great Googly Moogly's

 

As in: "Great googly moogly" is an expression that had been uttered by Willie Dixon in Howlin' Wolf's 1961 recording of "Going Down Slow".

 

I think the fun is that the theme is whatever comes to your mind from the name...  May the mayhem begin.  You're welcome.

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Continuing with the Legion of Progress before we move to the GGM's.

 

Avant Guardian

 

Nestor Delgado is an artist who through experimentation with a wide variety of techniques discovered his bizarre creations have the power to greatly change those who view and experience them. He first started using his art as therapy for people with psychological issues. The results were extraordinary in helping these individuals. Next he got involved in criminal rehabilitation and again had unprecedented positive results. He has continued to expand his reach and help people with his wholly unique works of art. He has attempted to pass on his techniques and skills, but there seems to be something special about him...hidden mutant ability, magic, spiritual influence? No one can say, but he is determined to continue to aid humanity's growth and transcendence with his abilities.

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Gynoid

 

Paige Lari, reclusive co-founder of tech titan, Moogle, best know for its descending order of morality search result algorithm, retired in 2019 to become a superhero named after her company's popular operating system.

As Gynoid, Paige sports a custume, battlesuit, or perhaps holographic forcefield projection, of a glowing blue, idealized, statuesque female form topped with her undisguised notoriously nerdy face including her trademark rectangular reading glasses. 

In combat or emergency situations, she produces powerful blasts, fields, and persistent energy constructs that behave much like solid objects.

While her head is always visible it's actually protected by a virtually invisible fishbowl helmet or force globe.

Whatever sufficiently-advanced technology she uses seems to blur the line between energy and matter.

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C2-Shining-C

 

A gold-tone art deco robotoid reminiscent of Metropolis (and thus C3PO, who was notoriously inspired by the robot therefrom), who speaks with a rich, cultured, but metallic voice, like Sidney Poitier reciting Shakespeare with a bucket on his head, C2-Shining-C was created by a very elderly 'mad' ("but I have tenure!") scientist, with programming to match his retro-aesthetic, as a legacy that would carry on the highest ideals of Manifest Destiny,  Patriotism and Progress, and donated by said scientist to the Legion of Progress.   

C2SC is literally colorblind - his photoreceptors register only the presence or absence of light in the visible spectrum, he uses radar for targeting and hearing (voice recognition) & touch (fingerprints) to identify individuals - and is programmed to acknowledge only current citizenship as a valid way to classify different groups of human beings.   Similarly, his moral and ethical programming is strictly black & white, persons are either law-breaking or law-abiding, either moral or immoral, patriotic or un-American.   Or, at least, the way he expresses it is.  When confusing shades of grey come up, he seems to ignore them, yet still make a fair judgement, sometimes just by choosing the order in which he processes the pros and cons of their behavior, similarly, when Patriotism comes up, he falls back on his own version of the "No True American" fallacy, thus he has judged noble-intentioned refugees 'True Americans' and vindictive flag-suited hyper-nationalists 'un-American.'  Likewise, his idea of "Progress" seems very old-fashioned - industrialization and growth is progress - yet he always seems to rationalize, with a little old-fashioned conservationist rhetoric, respect for the environment.   Whether he's overcome his programming, or it was always that nuanced is an open question.  

C2SCs powers include robotic super-strength, self-repair regeneration (from the tiniest scrap, apparently), rocket-assisted flight, and EM energy projection, including both blasts and force-fields, as well as electromagnetic TK.   His systems are entirely analog, rendering him unable to interface with modern computers & technology - and quite immune to hacking attempts - but giving him a mind so human-like it can be contacted telepathically - in fact, some who have done so are convinced he is a cyborg, a human brain in a robot body, and his old-timey-robot manner is either an act or a matter of how his sub-systems were designed.  

 

 

 

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Kinetic Dad

 

Using a black & neon-green battlesuit covered in reconfigurable advanced carbon composite leaf springs, Kinetic Dad is able to move, impact, and recoil as a near-perfectly-elastic object.  As such he is virtually immune to normal physical damage.  Though he gets knocked around like a pinball in the process, he can often control his careening enough to redirect the kinetic energy of attacks into his foes. 

But Kinetic Dad is less in The Legion of Progress for advanced carbon composite leaf springs, and more to promote social change, specifically the acceptance of single parents and the importance of fatherhood (earning him some unwelcome MRA fans). His superhero banter tends to extra-lame "Dad jokes," and fatherly advice.

 

Spoiler

Nils Linnorm, aside from being about as Straight, White, and Male as humanly possible (blame that 'Viking' DNA), was as progressive and sensitive a "90s man" as any other Gen-X guy coming of age in that decade.   He was into extreme sports, serial monogamy, striking a healthy work-life balance, and looking good doing it all.  By 25 he had a masters in engineering, a nice tech job, and an unexpectedly beautiful and ambitious wife, Marisol, a would-be model, but as the millennium approached life got real, they had two kids in rapid succession, Marisol took her career behind the camera, and it took off, while the first tech crash left him under-employed, so increasingly he put his kids first... he blinked and his wife was gone, his kids in college, and he was an empty nester with time on his hands.  He took a research gig at a tiny startup, invented a revolutionary new carbon-composite material, and before he knew it, they were bought out, and money wasn't a worry any more.  When he was able to run down a petty thief at a farmer's market while out powerbocking, he got the idea for Kinetic Dad.

 

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Sorry to run it out, but it seemed like it had been a while... and this came up in another thread...

 

The Rainbow Warriors

 

A local street-level supers team in San Francisco reporting directly to the Mayor & City Council as part of a policing alternative pilot program.  

 

6 members, exhaustively vetted to assure acceptability and representation of the City's diversity, each alluding to a color of the basic rainbow pride flag:

Red

Orange

Yellow

Green

Blue

Violet

 

(Unless someone really wants to be the Indigo Somethingorother, or tackle the 5 additional colors of the Progress flag)

 

 

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The Green Woman

 

there are plenty of legends of the Green Man representing nature, so why not a woman ? Trudy Jenkins is a woman who was thrown into a huge compost pile to die by a homophobic mob after she tried to intervene and stop a beating. She came out changed and brought all the mob to justice as birds, insects, animals and vegetation aided her. Of all the group she is the most conservatively dressed and the most chaste.

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Captain Apollo

 

He looks gorgeous and is attractive to men and women alike. He flies and blasts sunlight, even giving out a terrific sunburst which can dispell darkness. He is immune to evil i.e. demonic and devilish powers. He is also immune to poisons and germs which he burns off. His quasi angel like appearance has lead to him being equally reviled and adored. He could use his position to exploit people but he does not which upsets his opponents.

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Afrodisia

 

A social media LGBTQ+ advocate and influencer,  the loud and proud pansexual princess stands out with her large cotton candy pink afro and flashy and fabulously outrageous fashions. This unfortunately made her a perfect target for Pastor Purejoy and his followers. She was abducted and subjected to Purejoy's sadistic conversion therapy. However this treatment backfired and seemed to unlock the hidden mutant potential in Afrodisia. Instead of repressing her sexual drive and desires it intensified them and gave her the ability to project those feelings into others. Freed from Purejoy's clutches by Captain Apollo she was happy to join the Rainbow Warriors. Her abilities allow her to calm enemies and fill them with joy and sexual urges that tend to make them no longer a threat. She is excellent in riot control situations...although sometimes the results can be a bit shocking for the more prudish.

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Carl Smith is African American and gay. He also has an unusual power in that he can sense someone's life force. He can determine if someone is ill, in pain or at risk. He cannot cure but he can determine if someone needs a cure. Carl fled to San Francisco as the forces of evil launched a war to grab him. Of these only Dr Carl Blatchford has revealed his been positively identified. A mystery figure has aided Carl and trained him in the use of his powers. He can now hide himself by masking his own life force; detect other people (very useful in building collapses, earthquakes and wilderness searches), detect a specific person (this requires some work); drain the energy of a target making them sleep or knock them out. He could cause a target pain but resolutely refuses to do so.

He looks up to The Green Woman and Captain Apollo who provide maternal and paternal support.

He calls himself Cinnabar which is a shade of red

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Miki James  is a small woman, with a happy, smiling demeanour. Most of the time she works in a small tax firm as an agent, a job she enjoys, helping people travel the labyrinthine paths of the tax code. She lives a quiet life, looking after her elderly Japanese grandmother alongside her wife of five years.

 

She doesn't like trouble. Avoids it when she can. But if she decides you're the problem, you get removed. Most of the time, Miki has no superpowers. But when she decides to act, she's unstoppable - and that's fairly literal. If all she's up against is guys with guns, her skin gets as hard as steel, and she gets the strength to break those guns. When superbeings are involved, she simply becomes powerful enough to defeat them. ALL OF THEM. Not that she hurts anyone - she just rounds them up and puts them in jail. They say that the humiliation of being a powerful brick and still getting picked up and carried to a cell by a tiny Asian woman is as much of a counter to recidivism as any program in Stronghold.

 

Miki wears a purple scarf over her face when she acts, but everyone knows who she is.

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Special thanks to Quackhell for posting the color interpretations of the original pride flag, and for throwing down Pink.  It looks like we should be able to do all 8!   I'm going to take the always idiosyncratic indigo (which we can all thank Isaac Newton's mystic bent for).  ;)  Why, not, I played The Indigo Incantantrix back in the day.

 

Selene

 

Named after the titan of ancient Greek mythology, so the final 'e' is pronounced, Selene is a very tall (6'6"), willowy, sublimely beautiful transwoman.  She wears a deep purplish-blue costume seemingly studded with silvery sequins giving the 'illusion' of stars in a night sky.  Her hair is long, straight, and so dark a black as to appear blue in the right light, while her face is luminously pale.  In total darkness she actually glows enough to dimly light a modest area around her, in full  sunlight, she is surrounded by shadow, not deep shadow, just cool, comfortable shade.  Aside from that, she has few obvious superpowers.  In combat, she evades attacks with smooth, sinuous movements that seem languid yet make her almost untouchable, like an Aki-do master, similarly, enemies sometimes find themselves over-committing and losing their balance when attacking her, even if she doesn't actually touch them.   She can deflect energy and ranged killing attacks in a small area around her, or neutralize such attacks in a larger area if her power is enhanced...

Spoiler

...Selene and Captain Apollo sometimes seem to outsiders like a couple, and they're able to neutralize or enhance eachothers powers.  The one wishing to enhance or neutralize the other is unable to use their own powers while doing so.  Also, like Captain Apollo, she has excited something close to worship from some quarters, such as Wiccans who take her as an avatar of Hecate...

-hope it's OK to dovetail with your character like that, death tribble. ;)

 

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Barrett Walsh has the power of magic but it is dependent on art. This is due to his talent being activated on a trip to a museum when he was set upon by class mates. After saying 'Get away from me !' the attackers were repelled. But now Barrett was not only a dangerous, loner, perverted freak he was a dangerous, perverted loner mutant freak. Barrett fled the hostile crowd and baying media ending up in San Francisco. He fell in with the gay community who recognised a fellow victim of violence and nurtured him. When his talent was revealed for the first time to his new friends they got him professional help and training. He tries to help and protect them even though he is a bit of a coward.

Captain Apollo and The Green Woman look after him giving him clear orders and instructions. Barrett does not do solo investigations as he is still uncomfortable doing things on his own. Of all the group Barrett was not originally gay but the persecution he suffered has made him believe that no-one could ever love him. He now has someone in his life and they are both keeping this monogamous but it only confirms what his original enemies thought all along.

He has only recently adopted the name Young Turq which he finds embarrassing but other people think is cool.

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Lady Marmalade 

 

Esteban Diaz is a mutant with healing abilities. They named their superhero and drag queen persona after the burnt orange glow that accompanies use of their powers. Singing and dancing acts as a focus for Esteban's power to have greater effect. Lady Marmalade in battle performing in full drag and glowing brightly while healing their teammates and citizens in need is quite a sight to see. 

 

New team: Southern Cross

 

Who makes up the team of the four top heroes of New Zealand?

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Warrior 

 

Carl Thomas grew up in the streets of Auckland, where he saw the worst of the interactions between Maori and pakeha culture. Drunkenness, drugs and violence were a part of his life, and he grew up with a continuing lack of respect for his own Maori people. He was fortunate enough to have a pair of sensible and sober parents, but so many around him did not.

But when he was 16, after a minor scuffle with a gang of local toughs, his parents sent Carl to live with his Aunt and Uncle in a small town on North Island. And there he saw a very different scene. Maori and pakeha lived together, in a shared culture. There were differences, but not terrible ones, and they could be worked out. There were problems, but those problems didn't look as insurmountable as they had back in the city.

And something else happened. A car accident occurred, and a woman was trapped in the vehicle. Carl literally ripped the car apart with his bare hands to get her out.

Since then, Carl has devoted himself to being a modern man, a modern hero, and a modern Maori. He wears comfortable, stylish clothes, but has had a full set of facial tattoos applied (which was difficult, with his steel-hard skin). He champions the traditions of his people, and also the requirements of the the modern era, and tries to stand as a symbol of what can be - a synthesis of all that is good in tradition and today.

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The Black Sheep

 

Clad in darkest black, bullet-resistant bioengineered wool felt, his cowl topped with curled rams horns, this dread vigilante anti-hero vigilantly stalks criminals of all stripes, for they are a cowardly, superstitious lot...

 

... Oh, and he's a skilled pilot with a perfectly-restored vintage WWII Corsair.  ;)

 

Yup, just dated myself again.

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Captain Kiwi

 

Amelia King is the fifth person to take up the mantle of Captain Kiwi, a national hero identity that dates back to World War 2. King, as a member of the New Zealand Police, worked with the previous Captain and helped him uncover and eventually take down King Tuatara and his criminal organization. Seeing her courage and resourcefulness convinced the Captain to offer her the role as time and injuries were catching up with him. She received further training from her mentor to augment her already impressive skill set making her a formidable fighter. She wears a lightly armored bright green uniform adorned with a silver fern leaf logo. She carries a modified sidearm that can utilize a variety of ammution ranging from non lethal stun rounds to armor piercing explosive shells. She operates out of a secret seaside base called the Captain's Cove that houses a powerful speedboat, the Kiwi Cruiser,  and the armored and armed Kiwi Copter. She is the new kid amongst her Southern Cross teammates having more inherited membership than earning it. She is very keen to earn her place on the team and the respect of the other members.

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The All Black

 

Fred Clark was a rugby player and was in the New Zealand Rugby team the All Blacks. During a warm up match before a series against Australia supervillains attacked the game. One of them to prove a point blasted a member of the team. That happened to be Fred. As the villain was pontificating, Fred got back to his feet. So he was hit again but this time he did not fall over. The villain fired again and again and then Fred flew at him and took him down. The villains were also attacked by the police and the other rugby players. This was the end of Fred's career as a rugby player but after medical tests, Fred was invited to join Southern Cross. 

The rugby federation felt that Fred embodied what the New Zealand rugby was all about so he was allowed to be called The All Black. He is one of the few heroes who is publicly known. He is a flying brick who can absorb a lot of energy damage.

 

New Team: Righteous Teens

This is a well known hero team for teenagers which acts as a feeder into other teams. Because of the limited lifespan of a teenager (13-19) members come and go and they have a variety of different powers. The one thing that separates the team from others is the commitment to virtue. A member of the group can be religious but not necessarily so. Abstention from alcohol and drugs is a given. But also refraining from poor behaviour and political rhetoric.

Minimum of 5 members but can come from 1966 to date.

This is one of the teams that Ren the Space Weasel keeps coming up against. Note that he may have been thwarted by the team but never caught.

 

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