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Bird-Man of the Ani-Men (Marvel Comics)

Bird-Man

(Ani-Men)


Power Level:
Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

The Ani-Men are a minor cadre of criminal enforcers in very light, animal-themed power armour . If that seems quaint, that’s because they appeared in 1965.

They have notably fought Daredevil, Iron Man and the X-Men. But since 1980 very little has been seen of them.


Background

  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Ani-Men (also Unholy Three for Bird-Man I).
  • Base Of Operations: New York City.
  • Height: 5’10” Weight: 195lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Unrevealed


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Powers and Abilities

Bird-Man is an athletic type. He wears a very light suit of power armoor incorporating wings.

He’s got a blaster , too. So y’all watch out, hear ?


History

Henry Hawk (possibly an alias), the first Bird-Man, was recruited and outfitted by the Organizer for a terrorist campaign against NYC’s mayor. But he was beaten by Daredevil (Matt Murdock).

He continued to act as a small-time mercenary. Hawk was thus once hired by Count Nefaria. Nefaria enhanced his abilities without his consent in order to support his assault on NORAD, which was stopped by the X-Men.

Hawk lost his powers, like all the others. Yet he continued to act as the Bird-Man. However, during a contract on Anthony Stark financed by Madame Masque, he was killed by a bomb planted by the Spymaster and intended for Stark.

Some time later, the Exterminator, now called Death-Stalker, recruited Achille DiBacco as the new Bird-Man. However all of the new Ani-Men were killed by Death-Stalker after they had completed their mission.

Ani-Men group shot from the Official Handbook


Description

See illustrations.


Personality

He’s a thug. On an operation, he acts as close air support if there are no flying opponents. If there are, he’ll engage them.

The Ani-Men do not work too badly as a team. They thus fared fairly well against the X-Men during the NORAD fight.


DC Universe History

Just drop the Ani-Men in as his, perhaps working for the Terrible Trio.

They are an excellent bunch of low-level henchmen with very basic abilities, but can teach a few tricks to beginning players when it comes to basic group tactics and coordination.



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Bird-Man

Dex: 05 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 03 Wil: 04 Min: 03 Occupation : Henchman
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth} : 004
Init: 011 HP: 020

Skills:
Acrobatics: 05, Vehicles (land): 04, Weaponry (firearms): 05

Advantages:
None demonstrated.

Connections:
Underworld (Low), Ani-Men (Low).

Drawbacks:
Public ID.

Equipment:

  • BIRD-MAN SUIT [/STR/ 04 /BODY/ 06, Flight: 04, Radio communications: 06].
  • Plasma pistol [BODY 03, Energy blast: 06, R#2].

Bird power !

When superpowered, Hawk was an actual bird-man hybrid, with the following abilities :

Dex: 08 Str: 06 Bod: 06 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 03 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation : Henchman
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth} : 04
Init: 017 HP: 030

Powers:
Flight: 06

Skills:
Acrobatics: 07, Vehicles (land): 04, Weaponry (firearms): 08

Advantages:
Lightning Reflexes.

Connections:
Underworld (Low), Ani-Men (Low).

Drawbacks:
Public ID, Strange Appearance.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Daredevil and X-Men comics (Marvel Universe).

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