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Anaconda (Marvel Comics) (Serpent Society)

Anaconda


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Anaconda is a minor Marvel Comics criminal mercenary, who first appeared in 1980 along with the cool version of the Serpent Squad. She since has had numerous appearances, often along the Serpent Society, due to her great visuals.

Though she’s commonly used as a jobber , she clearly has more potential than that. And some stories do give her a more interesting role.


Background

  • Real Name: Blanche “Blondie” Sitznski
  • Other Aliases: “Ana”
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: Former member of the Serpent Squad II, of the Six Pack II, of the Serpent Society I. Serpent Society II founding member.
  • Base Of Operations: Formerly the Serpent Citadel in upstate New York
  • Height: 6’2” Weight: 222 lbs.
  • Eyes: Green Hair: Blonde


Powers and Abilities

Anaconda is superhumanly durable. Even getting punched in the face by Captain America did not faze her. Her bones are reinforced with strips of secondary Adamantium , though apparently not to the degree of some other subjects such as Wolverine or Bullseye. She can also heal about five times as fast and thoroughly as a normal human being.

Sitznski’s muscles are likewise superhuman. Most estimates of her strength short-change her, as she has displayed considerable power. In Marvel parlance, she seems to firmly be “Class Ten”.

The right to snake arms

Anaconda’s signature power is that her limbs have been engineered to include a mass of corpus cavernosum  (erectile tissue). This allows her to flush blood into her arms and leg and make them thicker and tubular, without apparent joints – much like big snakes.

Her bones can somehow stretch and flex to accompany this. This leads one to suspect that her limbs’s bones have not been reinforced, but rather replaced by Adamantium-armoured cybernetic armatures.

Anaconda vs. Cable

Though she’s stated to be able to extend her arms by 150%, it would seem that she can actually extend them to a length of almost two meters. With her limbs being basically able to turn into huge constrictor snakes, she can grapple and crush even superhumanly strong opponents.

Anaconda discovered that her deadly grip could not vanquish extremely strong superhumans such as Colossus. But opponents of lesser strength would be well-advised to avoid her grip at any cost. If Anaconda is knocked out, her limbs will relax, likely breaking any hold she might have going at that point.

Other assets

“Blondie” is an experienced, brutal streetfighter. She soon learned to use her unique limbs to her advantage. Beyond her grappling abilities, she can also launch quick, long-ranged punches at unexpected angles (in DC Heroes RPG terms, Martial Artist).

Given the volume her limbs can reach, it is possible that Anaconda can reflexively pump extra blood (or a blood-like liquid) into her body from an otherdimensional source. This No-Prize Hypothesis  is based on similar mechanics when a living being grows using Pym particles. This could also be used as a No-Prize explanation for her regenerative power.

Like most members of the Roxxon-backed Serpent Squad, Anaconda is bio-engineered to operate on the ocean’s floor for as long as necessary and without equipment.

Shortly after joining the Serpent Society, Anaconda had insulation added to her costume, allowing her to grab the Constrictor’s electrified tentacles.


History

Blanche “Blondie” Sitznski was first seen as a calisthenics instructor at the Taskmaster’s Academy. A fellow instructor was Brock Rumlow (who would become Crossbones) and Sitznski’s documented class included the future Diamondback (Rachel Leighton) and Snapdragon (Sheoke Sanada).

Secondary sources mention her having been a steel worker. Perhaps she had a regular job before she became a career criminal.

During her stay at the Academy, Leighton was viciously disciplined by Sitznski. In anger, Rachel kneed her right in the face. Considering that it was a good show of character, Blondie became Rachel’s buddy.

Sitznski was recruited by Roxxon Oil. Brand researchers then engineered her to become the superhuman Anaconda, a member of the four-person Serpent Squad. The Squad had seemingly been created to find the powerful artefact called the Serpent Crown from its resting place on the ocean’s floor. They were successful, and Anaconda wrenched the Crown from the silt.

However, she and her two colleagues Death Adder and Black Mamba were defeated and presumably arrested. Their leader Sidewinder managed to get away and complete the contract.

(For more information about the second Serpent Squad, see the Sidewinder entry).

A snake who plays straight

Blanche was hired as part of Sidewinder’s first version of the Serpent Society – a traditional themed super-villains groups. Other operatives were Diamondback (Rachel Leighton), Cobra (Klaus Voorhees), Puff Adder (Gordon Fraley) and Rattler (Gustav Krueger). West Coast crime lords the Pride hired them to kill Tony Stark, who narrowly defeated them. Sidewinder was badly wounded and the group disbanded.

Anaconda, Black Mamba and Death Adder later banded as mercenaries. They started hunting Sidewinder down since he had pocketed their mission bonus for the Serpent Crown job. Presumably, Blanche did not know that she was entitled to a bonus when she worked with the first Serpent Society, and only learned about it when she was reunited with Mamba and Adder.

Black Mamba was the de facto boss of the Squad. Thus, she led a mission for an unrevealed employer to steal Stark Industries technology. The three Serpents got in, then set the animals of a nearby zoo free to create a diversion. However, they ran into Iron Man.

Anaconda briefly restrained the red and gold Avenger, who shocked her unto unconsciousness by electrifying his helmet. The three Serpents were arrested, but somehow escaped to resume their search for Sidewinder.

The Serpent Society

The trio finally found Sidewinder, who had kept their money (plus accrued interest) for them. He also told them about his projects about a new Serpent Society, and they all agreed to join as founding members.

(For more about the Society, see Sidewinder’s entry).

After a big recruitment drive Anaconda, Cobra and Rattler undertook the first documented operation of the Society. They stole scientific equipment from abandoned Brand buildings. Although Captain America intervened and managed to defeat Anaconda, she was soon freed by the teleporting Sidewinder.

Correctly reasoning that the Constrictor was likely the person who had tipped off the Avengers, she found him in a bar and beat him up. This resulted in a long hospital stay for the sell-out.

The viper is a deadly beast

While Anaconda was a mainstay of Sidewinder’s Serpent Society, her essentially mercenary nature led her to accept an offer by the Viper (Ophelia Sarkissian). When the Viper broke into the Serpent Citadel, Anaconda was thus among the majority that betrayed Sidewinder to the Viper.

Anaconda even roughed up a captured Diamondback, who had stayed loyal to Sidewinder and could not believe that Blanche was a traitor.

When Diamondback’s allies stormed the Serpent Citadel to stop the Viper, Anaconda was wounded by Diamondback. Leighton used an acid-filled weapon to free herself from Sitznski’s grip. She was then defeated by the superhumanly strong wrestler Demolition Man.

Anaconda vs. Captain America

The Society eventually re-formed under the leadership of Cobra. During the contract to recover artefacts for Ghaur and Llyra, Anaconda fought Colossus. Though she got him in a hold by attacking from behind, he was far too strong for her and soon broke her grip and defeated her.

During this era, Anaconda was in a relationship with fellow Serpent Puff Adder.

An ultimately failed reconciliation

Blondie apparently reconciling with Diamondback and her close friends Black Mamba and Asp. Thus, she volunteered to provide discreet security for Diamondback while she was dating in her civilian ID.

Sporting a chauffeur’s cap, she drove the limo tailing Diamondback and her man. When the date was nearly interrupted by a brawl between super-wrestler Poundcakes and mercenary Jackhammer, she unceremoniously grabbed the two and shoved them into the back of the limo to be zapped unconscious by Asp.

However, she came to regret this when the Serpents discovered that Diamondback’s date was secretly Captain America. Feeling betrayed, she never rebuilt bridges with the other three. When Diamondback was put on trial by the Society she even voted for her death.

Main squeeze

Diamondback was rescued before the Society could execute her. Following that escape Anaconda, Puff Adder and Rock Python were sent to watch her apartment. It was actually Captain America who found them. But though the fight started badly for the Serpents (in large part because Anaconda and Puff Adder were making out when Cap arrived) they repulsed him.

Cobra, fearing that his three agents were now being tailed, told them not to come back to base. And this is how the trio evaded being arrested along with almost every other Serpent when the Serpent Citadel was captured.

Anaconda, Adder and Python realised that Diamondback, Mamba and Asp had not been arrested either. Thus, they tried to gain their revenge on them. They managed to ambush and capture them, but before things could get nasty they were taken down in turn by the grotesquely mutated MODAM.

A luxury cruise for once

MODAM’s attack was a coincidence. She had actually come to deliver invitations to female supercriminals and was looking for Diamondback and her friends. Since the unconscious Anaconda was also on the list of women to contact, MODAM took the four female Serpents to her boss Superia.

Superia wanted to pitch her Femizons project to a army of female criminals. Anaconda initially rebelled as she distrusted the monstrous MODAM, but was psionically disciplined. When told that agreeing to hear the pitch included a paycheque and a free luxury cruise, Sitznski immediatly changed her mind and attended.

True to form, Blondie got into a brawl with at least one passenger during the cruise. But Quicksand, who had mocked Sitznski’s sturdy physique and inhuman features, was much more powerful than Anaconda and thrashed her.

Anaconda also participated in the beatdown that a small army of super-villainesses inflicted on Captain America and Paladin when they boarded the ship. Nevertheless, the intervention of the two men eventually put an end to the free cruise. Awwww, shucks.

Get Cable

Anaconda returned to solo mercenary work. She was glimpsed at the Boca Caliente AIM weapons expo, and later was one of the competitors during the annual Madripoor Bloodsport underground fighting event. During the tournament, she broke the neck of mutant Forearm (he got better) but was defeated when the Puma ripped out her throat (she got better).

Recovering thanks to her regenerative abilities, Anaconda joined the reassembled Serpent Society. However, little of their activities was documented.

She was also recruited by S.H.I.E.L.D. higher-up G.W. Bridge. Bridge assembled a new version of the Six Pack mercenary unit — Anaconda, Domino, Constrictor, Solo, Hammer and Bridge himself — to take down Cable.

Anaconda grabs Captain America's ankles

Cable was at that point attempting to unify the world by becoming such a threat as to leave no other choice to mankind. The mission went nowhere, since Cable was massively more powerful than the entire Six Pack. When Anaconda attempted to crush his ribs, he teleported her thousands of miles away, on top of the Chrysler Building.

Eventually, Cable convinced Anaconda and several other Six Pack members to switch sides ; what persuaded Sitznski was a bigger cheque. Anaconda and other Six Pack renegades defended Cable’s base when the X-Men attacked. Howbeit, they were again overwhelmed when the Silver Surfer intervened.

Get more Cable

The Pack switched employers a second time. They resumed working for Bridge and S.H.I.E.L.D., tracking down the defeated Cable to his Swiss safehouse. Finding his destroyed body, they were accidentally telepathically trapped in his mind.

Cable was saved by Deadpool and the Fixer using a techno-organic  embryo. Cable recovered enough strength to hurl back the mentalities of the new Six Pack into their bodies, saving their lives.

Cable continued his plot from the country of Rumekistan, which he had come to control. NATO countries had S.H.I.E.L.D. send the Six Pack in. Deadpool replaced Constrictor but Anaconda was still a member, to the exasperation of team members fed up with her playing her CDs of old show tunes in the team’s Hummer’s audio.

Deadpool was instrumental to the success of the mission. He shot the unsuspecting Cable in the back of the head. However, this seeming success turned out to be a trap. The hit was used as propaganda to demonstrate the ruthlessness of Cable’s opponents. Incensed, several members of the Pack quit on the spot, though the mercenary Anaconda just shrugged her shoulders.

Shortly after the end of her Six Pack contract, Anaconda was captured and handed over to the police in unknown circumstances in New York City by the then-current incarnation of the New Warriors. What happened remains unknown, though she wasn’t seen for months.

Snakes and ladders

During the Secret Invasion , Anaconda and a small band of Serpents panicked. They retreated to a rural community and took everybody there captive, apparently planning to live in autarchy and wait for the alien infiltration and subsequent war to pass.

The ’team‘ included a new Sidewinder, a new Death Adder, Copperhead, Fer-de-Lance and, curiously, Black Mamba. A newly assembled Nova Corps team took out the Serpents within seconds, leaving them no chance to react.

Several Serpents, including Anaconda, latter clashed with the New Avengers under unknown circumstances. It was presumably as part of some Serpent Society contract. They also later worked for Mister Negative in San Francisco to take out a pair of junior mutants (Anole and Rockslide) secretly acting like super-heroes.


Description

Anaconda is a broad, muscular, heavy-set woman. She wears a green costume leaving her hands, face and legs bare, with a snake motif on her golden belt. Scales are visible on her face and body, and the gills on her jaws are obvious.

Her hair might be bleached – back at the Taskmaster Academy her hair was coloured brown. But this is more probably a colouring mistake, given her apparently lifelong “Blondie” nickname.


Personality

A big, tough, old-school, blue-collar brawler and street tough who’s interested in the Three Bs – burgers, beer, brawls. A lot of her mannerisms, phrases, musical tastes and vocabulary are from a 1970s Bronx greasy spoon.

Anaconda has something against pretty women. She will always consider attractive females to be less trustworthy and more likely to start trouble. Still, she was a buddy to three very attractive Serpent Society women (Black Mamba, Asp, Diamondback) for months if not years. But she always suspected that her friends were making fun of her behind her back. She was right, too.

In some ways she is an evil, female version of the Thing. She is almost cheerful when she gets to fight somebody and demonstrate her skill and power. And she’s enough of a bully to be even happier if it looks like she’ll out-muscle her opponent.

Anaconda likes to pick random fights. Those are usually consequences-free for her since her bones are very difficult to break, she likely won’t feel much pain and she heals very quickly and thoroughly. She also enjoys making pro-wrestling heel style trash talk, and is very business-like about killing people.

Other traits

Sitznski is used to being a big snake in a small pond. When she ends up against a heavyweight such as Colossus or Quicksand, she’s liable to become disoriented by their superior power. She may even forget to spend Hero Points  when they overwhelm her. She rarely expects her opponents to be more powerful than she is, and isn’t very good at reacting at unexpected attacks and weird stuff.

Anaconda is mostly a henchwoman, working for other people who actually plan and organise the work. She does not resent these folks for being smarter than she is, considering that their presence is probably going to be good for business. She does resent people being wussy or hesitant to act, though. Blondie has rather macho values.

Although chiefly interested in having a thriving bank account, she is gregarious and enjoys being part of a group… as long as there isn’t more money to be made by leaving. Blanche is very, very mercenary. Her loyalty begins and ends with the paycheque. She has no problem switching sides if she’s paid to do it.

Anaconda has short nicknames for everybody (such as calling Diamondback ’Diamy‘, Cobra ’Cobey‘, Superia ’Supes’, etc.). When she can’t be bothered making some up, all unknown males are “Harry” and all unknown females are “Mabel”.

She might be racist. She once called Quicksand (whose human form is Asian) ’squinty‘, but this may just have been trash talk to get her to fight.


Quotes

(Facing the Thing) “You’re all mine, brickman.”

“I spotted a McBurgers a block from here. Let’s chow.”

“Okay, Captain A., get ready for a beating you’re not going to believe — courtesy of Anaconda, the strongest snake on Earth !”

“Come let mamma give you a big hug !”

(To a colleague, after beating up Constrictor) “Here, have a quarter to call an ambulance for the bum. I worked up a thirst. I’m going inside [that bar].”

“Step aside, runts — I’ll handle this… as usual. You go on ahead, make sure that the coast is clear — if that ain’t too much [for you] to handle.”

(Bringing MODOK’s corpse to AIM) “Okay, you bucket-heads, we brought ya humpty-dumpty… so howzabout forkin’ over our dough ?”
Asp: “*Ahem*… Anaconda, why don’t I handle this ?”

“Math ain’t one a‘ my specialities.”

“Who the bloody Hell are you jerks ?”

Anaconda (interrupting a brawl): “Mabel ! Harry ! What’s all the ruckus about here ?”
Jackhammer: “Name ain’t Harry, it’s Jackhammer, lady.”
Anaconda: “Whatever.” (Grabs both fighters and jams them into the back of a limo, knocking them unconscious)

“Ain’tcha never seen a dame with scales before ?”

“Hey, what’s wrong with [listening to] show tunes, huh… ? Seriously, name one thing wrong with Thoroughly Modern Millie …”


DC Universe History

The Serpent Society could be imported wholesale in the DCU, where it could gain some new members such as the dreaded Copperhead. The take-over would not have been conducted by the Viper II but by Kobra, and the Society would thus now double as operatives for him.


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Anaconda

Dex: 05 Str: 09 Bod: 06 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 03 Wil: 03 Min: 05 Occupation: Criminal, mercenary
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 014 HP: 035

Powers:
Kinetic absorption (Structural Only): 06, Regeneration: 03, Skin armour: 03, Stretching: 01, Water freedom: 05

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Skin armour only works against unarmed attacks
  • Stretching only applies to her limbs

Skills:
Accuracy (Wrestling/Grappling manoeuvres): 08, Martial artist (AV): 06, Vehicles (Land, Air): 04

Bonuses and Limitations:
Martial Artist is Contingent Upon Stretching

Advantages:
Familiarity (Calisthenics training, American Show Tunes), Misc.: Anaconda has a special +5 Bonus to her STR when it comes to breaking a Grapple or preventing her Grapple from being broken (Boh:SE page 146) but this Bonus is Contingent Upon Stretching

Connections:
Most Serpent Society alumni (Low), Street (Low) ; possibly some Six Pack II alumni (Low) and the Mercenary scene (Low)

Drawbacks:
MIA toward a good Brawl, Distinct Appearance, MIA toward distrusting thin and attractive women

Equipment:
COSTUME [BODY 07, Lightning immunity: 06]


I’d like to thank the Academy…

It is likely, but *not* demonstrated, that Anaconda has the Skills often associated with graduates of the Taskmaster Academy. Those might include Medicine (First aid): 02, Military science (Demolition): 03 and Weaponry (Firearms): 03 as well as a general familiarity with the types of technologies in use by super-villains and in super-bases.

It is also entirely possible that she has Martial artist: 05 on top of the already noted Martial Artist Subskill, though it would only ever be useful if she is depowered – and to raise her Initiative by one more point.


Discrepancies

The following elements have not been factored into the stats:

  • In her earliest appearance she seems almost as strong as the Thing himself, and at one point punches out Stingray and sends him flying for at least a hundred yards. Since she never displays that level of strength again, let’s chalk it up to a few good doubles at key points during that appearance.
  • Uncanny X-Men Annual #13 had her with her left foot in a cast and using a crutch – this is improbable given her reinforced bones, and likely was artistic license. Likewise Avengers vs. X-Men has her successfully headbutted, which was presumably a continuity error.


By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Marvel comics (mostly Captain America stuff)

Helper(s): Byron Molix, Paul Ewande, Darci, Roy Cowan, Eric Langendorff, Adam Fuqua

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