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    Opal got a reaction from Quackhell in Create a Hero Theme Team!   
    BLOCK Chain
     
    The PR experts charged with assembling The Informers, where desperate to complete the team before their planned first appearance, so when they received an application from a "Block-Chain" defending an impoverished neighborhood, sent her an acceptance email without a second thought.
     
    She turned out to be a chain-weilding street-level martial artist, defending her block from gangs - with no STEM connection at all.  Undeterred, they called their principle who provided her with new nanotech chain of self-replicating links keyed to her so that it moved lije an extension of her will, and, if broken or snatched away would repair itself and return to her.  
     
    In the meantime, they gave her a crash course in cryptocurrency buzzwords, but it turns out, the discipline and determination to train course I up to superheroic levels of martial skills works on book learning, too, and she was quickly giving expert-sounding lectures on the subject... and in just a few months had even mastered it, to further surprise of all involved.
     
    "When Bulldozer grabbed hold of my chain, he thought he could use his greater size and strength to drag me around, but each link of the chain builds itself with its own authentication, so it moves only how I want it to."
     
     
    So, I was responsible for that debacle, so I'm just throw'n it out there.
     
    Whoever wants to post the next team idea, go for it.  
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    Opal got a reaction from Sundog in Create a Hero Theme Team!   
    BLOCK Chain
     
    The PR experts charged with assembling The Informers, where desperate to complete the team before their planned first appearance, so when they received an application from a "Block-Chain" defending an impoverished neighborhood, sent her an acceptance email without a second thought.
     
    She turned out to be a chain-weilding street-level martial artist, defending her block from gangs - with no STEM connection at all.  Undeterred, they called their principle who provided her with new nanotech chain of self-replicating links keyed to her so that it moved lije an extension of her will, and, if broken or snatched away would repair itself and return to her.  
     
    In the meantime, they gave her a crash course in cryptocurrency buzzwords, but it turns out, the discipline and determination to train course I up to superheroic levels of martial skills works on book learning, too, and she was quickly giving expert-sounding lectures on the subject... and in just a few months had even mastered it, to further surprise of all involved.
     
    "When Bulldozer grabbed hold of my chain, he thought he could use his greater size and strength to drag me around, but each link of the chain builds itself with its own authentication, so it moves only how I want it to."
     
     
    So, I was responsible for that debacle, so I'm just throw'n it out there.
     
    Whoever wants to post the next team idea, go for it.  
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    Opal got a reaction from Lord Liaden in My BIG baddies   
    Giants were opponents of the Gods in both Norse and Greek (the Titanomachy) mythologies, so those are places to look for inspiration.
     
    In one setting I used, giants were an "elder race," slowly vanishing from the world, leaving behind ruins and cryptic monuments, and represented in the present by isolated individuals wielding strange powers that might be magic or technology, holding onto ancient fears, grudges, ambitions, or just habits, with tired monomaniacal zeal.
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    Opal got a reaction from drunkonduty in How powerful are your agents?   
    I guess, like 2/4... teams of agents that are trained & kitted out to take down supers, especially to deal with a specific super, can do so with sufficient numbers.  But mostly they're there to overwhelm normal security or provide security against anything short of supers (and raise the alarm if it is supers) or provide cannon fodder/specific tactical support ("when Cpt Everything enters the room, throw this switch, then that switch, you'll be fine, I promise... no, really, there's an invisible force field....") or commit well-orchestrated crimes be it for gain, terror, or whatever else their masters' objectives may be.
     
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    Opal got a reaction from IndianaJoe3 in How powerful are your agents?   
    I guess, like 2/4... teams of agents that are trained & kitted out to take down supers, especially to deal with a specific super, can do so with sufficient numbers.  But mostly they're there to overwhelm normal security or provide security against anything short of supers (and raise the alarm if it is supers) or provide cannon fodder/specific tactical support ("when Cpt Everything enters the room, throw this switch, then that switch, you'll be fine, I promise... no, really, there's an invisible force field....") or commit well-orchestrated crimes be it for gain, terror, or whatever else their masters' objectives may be.
     
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    Opal reacted to bluesguy in Body Stun and Hit Points   
    And since Hero combat is suppose to be a cinematic style, here are some examples:
     
    Stunned & Knocked out ~48 seconds in this clip it sure looks like Aragon is stunned and knocked out. Stunned (and we think he has been killed) at ~1:11 and at 1:38 he looks dead or at least knocked out Lots of Body (and a poor Stun multiplier) - might be stunned ~1:20 1:51 More body and better stun multiplier 2:36 < 0 body and he is dying but not stunned or knocked out
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    Opal reacted to Ric Conway in Good Pulp Movies to watch   
    Darkman (Sam Rami directed, Liam Neeson stars)
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    Opal reacted to Cancer in Good Pulp Movies to watch   
    Movies that have elements you could certainly use include
     
    The Maltese Falcon for more of an intrigue-type story.
     
    Romancing the Stone has some useable parts, too.
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    Opal reacted to GhostDancer in Good Pulp Movies to watch   
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    Opal reacted to L. Marcus in Good Pulp Movies to watch   
    And whatchamacallit, Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow.
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    Opal reacted to L. Marcus in Good Pulp Movies to watch   
    The Shadow, with Alec Baldwin and Tim Curry.
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    Opal reacted to Christopher R Taylor in Some good abilities for warriors and rogues   
    And, of course, martial arts are another option.  Remember: Martial Arts are not an eastern Asian thing.  They are simply regimented, stylized combat systems of regular patterns.  Boxing is a martial art, but so is one school of fencing or a particular region's teachings on how to fight as a knight.
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    Opal reacted to death tribble in Create a Hero Theme Team!   
    Math Man !
     
    This hero is a mentalist. He projects mathematical formulae into people which acts like an ego blast, it can also act as an illusion so that they do not notice their surroundings which is useful for a team mate to get close to them. Bombarding a robot with mathematical formulae can overload and shut them down which Math Man ! was delighted to  discover. It can also work as a mind control 'Flee or suffer more math questions'.
    He can explain after a battle how he used maths to defeat the enemies.
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    Opal got a reaction from steriaca in Create a Villain Theme Team!   
    The world knows Jackdaw - or Jack Daw - as one of those bizarre theme villains, only a little more coherent than the likes of Foxbat.
     
    He orchestrates overly complex bird-themed crimes, throughout Europe and the broader Westernized world, with grandiose goals that could never work even if they were carried through. As it stands, he has inflicted a lot of collateral damage - though no direct deaths - and driven up insurance rates wherever he operates.  So heroes & law enforcement begrudgingly take him seriously. 
     
    Jackdaw wears a high-tech battlesuit that looks like an all-black reject from Battle of the Planets, including a beaklike visor and feathered cape that actually let's him fly.  He uses some sort of bowdlerized 'martial arts' - mostly judo with hints of wushu when pressed - but primarily depends on gadgets and a huge flock of trained and/or robotic birds (generally raven-sized in spite of his name).  He stands over 6' and speaks with an exageratedly cultured old-fashioned "mid-Atlantic" accent.  He never betrays anger or fear, but affects boredom or amusement, instead.  He has been foiled every time, defeated many, but never captured. 
     
    Jackdaw often fights as a member of ThinkBank, but he is generally considered a dupe or hireling.  In reality he is a genius billionaire like the others, and his bird-themed crimes' "collateral damages" are actually their intended targets.  It's all an act to distance his villain persona from his secret ID, a Chineses tech/media mogul who is always accompanied by bodyguards, translators, and - via well-trained body-doubles and/or Android duplicates - is often alabied on the other side of the world while Jackdaw is making his comical mischief.
     
     
     
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    Opal reacted to Sundog in Create a Hero Theme Team!   
    Vector Rainbow
     
    VR (yes, she is well aware of the initials) is an astrophysicist by trade. She was involved in an experiment, an attempt to model the inside of a star. She was at the ground zero of a "superpower event" that empowered at least four other people as well.
    Her real name is Raquel Washington, and she makes no effort to hide it. She has the power to create light constructs in the form of skeletonized structures, vector lines and beams, both solid and laser in nature. Her riff is to start with a line of white light, and then slowly break it down by colour until she has a complete rainbow hanging in the air.
    Raquel is African-American, and she loves going to inner-city schools and less privileged areas like the one she came from. Her family is very proud of her, though she's gotten a certain pushback from extended family, who aren't sure about the whole "rainbow" thing.
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    Opal got a reaction from Pariah in Real People Who Would have Been Supers In A Supers Universe   
    That has been a persistent theme in the genre, or at least, an old theme.  Heroes tending to be physical paragons, villains tending to be deformed (they went over that in Unbreakable, IIRC).  Part of the visual and allegorical (and 'for kids' in the sense of not expecting kids to be sophisticated thinkers) nature of the medium:  good & evil are not just in the characters' words and deeds, but obvious from their appearance.
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    Opal got a reaction from Lawnmower Boy in Which Viper?   
    It's steampunk.  Put goggles on your hat:  viola, SteamPunk.
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    Opal got a reaction from wcw43921 in What does it mean to be Utterly Evil?   
    Now I'm picturing a scenario in which utterly evil beings are invading, but one of them is mentally ill or really twisted by it's life experiences, and starts helping the humans, and doing good, but is unable to face that so rationalized it as evil.  " I'm not saving you, I'm using you as part of a plot against my enemies..."
     
    ...I think Spike may have gone through a phase like that on Buffy...
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    Opal got a reaction from drunkonduty in What does it mean to be Utterly Evil?   
    Now I'm picturing a scenario in which utterly evil beings are invading, but one of them is mentally ill or really twisted by it's life experiences, and starts helping the humans, and doing good, but is unable to face that so rationalized it as evil.  " I'm not saving you, I'm using you as part of a plot against my enemies..."
     
    ...I think Spike may have gone through a phase like that on Buffy...
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    Opal got a reaction from Echo3Niner in What does it mean to be Utterly Evil?   
    Now I'm picturing a scenario in which utterly evil beings are invading, but one of them is mentally ill or really twisted by it's life experiences, and starts helping the humans, and doing good, but is unable to face that so rationalized it as evil.  " I'm not saving you, I'm using you as part of a plot against my enemies..."
     
    ...I think Spike may have gone through a phase like that on Buffy...
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    Opal got a reaction from Quackhell in Create a Villain Theme Team!   
    Lyta the Hippo
     
    Lyta comes from an alternate Earth on which primates were the only genus of placental mammals that failed to attain sentience and become part of an advanced pan-species utopia.
    At some point she found a magic belt that brought her here, and sometimes provides some random but useful power. Aside come that she's large, strong, perky, intelligent, and friendly.
    Unless you're a nasty primate, then she'll prep you in an unappreciatedly elegant way and feed you to Cerberbull - who she finds just dreamy.  
    Maybe her mind was warped by shifting dimensions or Myth Master did something to her, whatever the reason, she has a complete mental block that causes her to percieve her teammates as normal, lovely, anthropomorphs like those of her homeworld - and all other humans as horrid primate vermin.  Actual anthropomorphic animals might be able to get through to her, though.
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    Opal reacted to pinecone in Effects of the modern world on comic book worlds.   
    Clark lived there, Superman lives up north! Clark Kent wears Glasses!
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    Opal reacted to csyphrett in Create a Hero Theme Team!   
    1966. Space is the final frontier. In the battle to be the first to the moon, the winner was Gabe Gaddy, a 12 yr old prodigy who designed his own transport system he called the Boomer. Gaddy with the use of the boomer and other technology he designed has served on every generation of the team from the first day until its last years in the future while remaining a teenager the whole time.
     
    Gaddy accomplished this by using the boomer's temporal effects to move up and down the time stream while remaining the same age in transit, essentially only aging when he appears to help his team out of their current problem.
     
    Gabe Gaddy was known far and wide as Astro Boy until he disappeared for the last time
    CES    
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    Opal reacted to Asperion in Latest Discovery   
    Despite decades of probes, scans,  and other forms of information gathering that say this place is a lifeless husk,  Perseverance has stumbled upon a cliff that is difficult to explain by the local geological features.  When attempting to get samples,  a portal opens and inside it discovers a strange complex featuring unknown lifeforms.  Beyond the rough human type body and general ability to use tools,  very little can be found out about them at this time. 
     
    Newest Find: Centari Prime 
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    Opal got a reaction from tkdguy in Real People Who Would have Been Supers In A Supers Universe   
    Wow, he even dresses the part.
     
    That reminds me:
     
    Edward Leedskalnin, creator of the megalithic Coral Castle, could have be a TK or brick on that basis.
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