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Archangel (X-Factor) (Marvel Comics)

Archangel

(Warren Worthington III)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Archangel is a latter evolution of Angel of the X-Men. These are older technical notes, not a full profile.


Background

  • Real Name: Warren Kenneth Worthington III
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: Warren K. (grandfather, deceased), Warren K. Jr. (father, deceased), Kathryn (mother, deceased), Burt (uncle, deceased)
  • Group Affiliation: X-Men
  • Base Of Operations: Xavier’s school for gifted youngsters, New York state.
  • Height: 6’ Weight: 150 lbs
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Blond


Powers and Abilities

Archangel is a magnificent, enhanced warrior. He has an eagle’s sight, and an armored jumpsuit is surgically grafted to his skin (the cowl, however, can be pulled back). Most of his abilities stem from the gigantic (yet highly flexible), razor-sharp, metallic wings on his back.

The “feathers” can be launched from the wings, and are tipped with a paralyzing neurotoxin which shocks the target. Worthington is immune to that toxin.

Archangel with the metal wings and black X-Force costume

(Much) later X-Force uniform.

The wings are quite independent, and have been known to act of their own, even when Archangel wasn’t aware of the situation (thus their “pet” status in DC Heroes terms). While it first seemed that the wings had their own, bloodthirsty consciousness, it was ultimately revealed it was Archangel’s subconscious that was motivating them.


History

(For previous history see Angel (classic) profile.)

Worthington changed his will, leaving his fortune to X-Factor, thereby unwittingly playing into Hodge’s plans. Shortly afterwards, in despair over the loss of his wings, his breakup with Southern, and the controversy plaguing X-Factor, Worthington apparently committed suicide in a small aircraft that exploded.

Archangel brooding

However, Worthington was teleported to safety by the mutant Apocalypse who, through genetic manipulation, caused the Angel’s wings to grow back in a new form. His views towards the world radically altered by his recent traumatic experiences, Worthington became one of Apocalypse’s warriors, the so-called Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and took the name Death.

As Death, he battled the other 4 founding members of X-Factor, but he was shocked into ending his attack when one of the X-Factor members, Iceman, faked his own demise. Abandoning both Apocalypse and X-Factor, Worthington flew off to live in solitude. He then rejoined X-Factor and adopted the new name of Archangel.


Description

As can be glimpsed, Angel’s skin is now of a light blue hue.

Archangel by Boris Vallejo


Personality

Archangel is somber, harsh and brooding, and is unable to come to terms with the monster he has become. In a fight, he’s surly and mean, and while he actively fights his bloodthirsty, independent wings, he’s been known to kill without any regrets.


Quotes

“I am Death !”

Havok : “I say, we watch him like a hawk”.
Archangel : “Alex, I do everything like a hawk.”


DC Universe History

See Angel (classic) writeup.


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Archangel

Dex: 08 Str: 05 Bod: 06 Motivation: Unwanted power
Int: 06 Wil: 05 Min: 06 Occupation: Adventurer
Inf: 06 Aur: 03 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 09
Init: 024 HP: 080

Powers:
Invulnerability: 04, Kinetic absorption: 04, Skin armor: 02, Telescopic vision: 09

Bonuses and Limitations:
Kinetic Absorption is Structural Damage Only.

Skills:
Evasion (Aerial only): 10, Martial artist*: 08, Medicine (First aid): 03, Vehicles: 05

Advantages:
Lightning Reflexes.

Connections:
X-Men (Low).

Drawbacks:
Guilt (Death wish), MIH of Apocalypse, Mistrust, MPI, Public ID, Minor Rage, Distinct Appearance.

Pet:
WINGS [BODY 10 INT 01, Claws: 10, Flight (Winged): 10, Invulnerability: 10, Paralysis: 10, Projectile weapons: 06, Regeneration: 10, Bonuses : Projectile weapons may have Area Effect (+2), Lightning Reflexes (Initiative is 26) ; Limitations : Paralysis can only be used along with a Projectile weapon (-1), Serious Rage].


Design notes

This version is purposefully slanted toward Simonson’s (and to a lesser extend Claremont’s) original vision of the character as a warrior/death angel, instead of the tamer Archangel that was seen latter and eventually lost the metal wings.

If you want the less morbid, post-Claremont Archangel : one less AP of DEX and MIN, costume can be removed and thus becomes a gadget with /BODY/ 08, no Guilt, no MPI, no Minor Rage and the Wings only have a Minor Rage.

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: X-Men comics (Marvel universe)

Helper(s): marvel.com  ; Hartley C. Holmberg, Kansas Jim’s mutant history cleaned up by John Colagioia.

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