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"LXG" Master Villains Needed.


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  I opened a post earlier about a campaign involving a group of so-called "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" who've somehow arrived in the present day and are in charge of their own parahuman teams based on their various fields of expertise. They are Captain Nemo (the seas), Mina Harker (the occult), The Time Traveler (what else?), Robur (the skies), David Innes (the subterranian world),

and Professor Cavor (space). 

 

  What I would like to do at some point is to have the groups (or maybe just the LXG's and their team leaders) confront a master villain from their time period that is also alive and well in the 21st Century. The only one I have come up that could take on most of them in their elements is H. Rider Haggard's Ayesha aka She-Who-Must-be-Obeyed or just "She". The idea being that her immortality is wanning and the "Blue Flame" that is her source needs to be either restored or a new source needs to be found. Since she is in survival mode, so nothing is going to stop her which has the undivided attention of all the LXG's (although Cavor would be a stretch).

 

  What other classic steampunk villain from classic sci-fi and adventure literature would be bold enough and adaptible enough to take on our time displaced adventurers in the 21st century?

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Even though his debut in literature was a little later than some of these (1913), I'd call Dr. Fu Manchu an obvious candidate. Practically the definition of "master villain," Fu possessed an immortality serum which could easily extend his life into the modern era. Moreover, it's often implied in the novels that Fu was much older than he looked even in his earliest appearances, so he might very well have fought your LXG heroes in the 19th Century. Further to that point, in the original LXG comic the League was recruited to stop a gang war between Dr. Fu Manchu and Prof. Moriarty.

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Some guys which comes to mind...

 

Dio (Jojo's Bizarre Adventure). While linked to the Joestar family, his "Heaven Plan" continues after his destruction. Assuming Father Puchi was defeated early, he might have another pawn he trusts with this. And he might of also secretly survived his sun bath in the 80's.

 

Kars (Jojo's Bizarre Adventure). Nothing says horror than a man shaped meteorite landing, then strange monsters developing from pieces of said meteorite. And if someone revives Kars, can your heroes stop an immortal vampire god who is unaffected by the sun and can control life itself, even if he is now nothing more than a mindless beast.

 

Rasputin. Russian mystic who has died, but probably can't be stopped by death.

 

A more literal villain which has yet to be said is Svengali, Russian music obsessed master hypnotist.

 

Montag the Magnificent, "The Wizard of Gore". The original movie never explained his origin, let alone his final plans, nor how old he truly is.

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On ‎11‎/‎21‎/‎2018 at 5:54 PM, death tribble said:

I am not sure if pinecone is referring to Fantomas, the French master villain. He had nine lives.

 

Dracula is also from this time as is Frankenstein's monster 

Dracula might also be a hero or think he is one BTW doesn't this thread belong in the other gernes forum ?

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4 hours ago, Anaximander said:

Dr. Moreau, master of genetics.  The Phantom from Phantom of the Opera, master of poisons and traps and the black arts.

There is already a Dr. Moreau in the Champions Universe, the original's grandnephew.

 

As for the original...ask the Keeper of the Law. Just keep away from The House Of Pain.

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14 hours ago, mattingly said:

Matt Forbeck used Houdini as a villain in one of his modern novels (Vegas Knights, I think). He'd become a vampire and faked his death, and now he secretly runs much of the spellcasting underworld as a hidden kingpin.

 

This must be the first time I have ever seen Houdini used as a villain. I have seen him used to teach Spawn how to survive, help Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, thwart a ghost eating madman, and oppose renegade industrialists with Tesla and Charles Fort.

CES 

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1 hour ago, Sundog said:

Diabolik, "The King of Terror", later than the League, of course, but someone they could conceivably oppose in the 21st Century.

Diabolik is an anti-hero at best, a villain who helps others if it helps him at worse.

 

Lupin the 1st might still be semi-retiered, enjoying the actions of the young French-Japanese man who calls himself Lupin the 3rd. But he might be more gentleman than thiet.

 

And...I can't think of anyone else. Evil master of disguise Twenty Masks?

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On 11/21/2018 at 5:54 PM, death tribble said:

 

 

Dracula is also from this time as is Frankenstein's monster 

I'm avoiding Dracula for the time being although I have Lucy Westenra making life miserable for Mina Harker and the Scarlet Order. I have also played with the idea that a repentant Lucy would lead the team and Harker would be the pain in the neck (no pun intended). 

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I'd like to propose someone from history your heroes might have had reason to oppose, who could secretly still be alive today: Cecil Rhodes, autocrat, robber baron, imperialist, white supremacist. Some of the businesses he founded, such as De Beers diamonds, continue to operate lucratively in the present. Rhodes supposedly died in 1902 at age 48; his body was buried in the African territory named for him, Rhodesia (modern Zimbabwe). At the time Rhodes was in political disfavor, so faking his death might have seemed expedient. He would have had more than enough money to purchase a little pulp or Nazi weird science to extend his life. In that case he could have contributed to some of the worst race-motivated exploitations of the 20th Century: Nazism, the Ku Klux Klan, apartheid, African tribal wars, ethnic cleansing, right-wing nationalism; all with an eye to expanding his wealth and influence.

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