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Boris Turgenov (Iron Man enemy) (Marvel Comics)

Boris Turgenov

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


  • Real Name: Boris Turgenov
  • Marital Status: Presumed single
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: KGB ; partner of the Black Widow
  • Base Of Operations: Russia
  • Height: 6’3” Weight: 240 lbs
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Blond

Powers and Abilities

Boris is one of the top agents for the KGB. Amazingly, he’s both an able scientist and a strongman, thus demonstrating the superiority of the New Soviet Man over decadent imperialistic capitalist running dogs !


Nothing is known about the past of top KGB agent Boris Turgenov. During the 1960s, he was the partner of the Black Widow ; although the Widow disliked him, she always hid it. The duo was apparently very successful in almost all of its missions, and it seems likely that they worked with each other for several years.

Their final mission took place in the USA, to bring back defector Anton Vanko, a genius scientist. Vanko, whose many inventions included the Crimson Dynamo armour, was now very loyal toward America in general and Tony Stark, his benefactor and employer, in particular.

The Widow and Boris went to work with their usual efficiency. Within hours, the Widow utterly vamped Stark and was having dinner with him, convincing him that her “brother” Boris was a science teacher from Ukraine and should visit Stark Industries to tell his students about American technology.

Leveraging Stark’s absence, Boris reached Vanko, captured him and walked away with him after convincing a guard that everything was OK (Turgenov left a tape recorder playing a lecture of Vanko in the next room, and Vanko was notorious for reacting with anger when disturbed during a lecture). He dumped the captive scientist into a waiting submarine, then came back for more – while wearing Vanko’s Crimson Dynamo armour.

After waiting for a convenient moment, Boris started blasting Iron Man. In the confusion – everybody assumed that it was Vanko inside the armour – he took the Golden Avenger down, and carried him to the submarine. The Russians couldn’t open Iron Man’s armour, but Boris was confident that his opponent’s power was completely depleted. He then went back for Stark, not knowing that he was Iron Man ; at this point the mission was a huge success.

Using a light bulb, Iron Man managed to repower his armour, free Vanko and fly back to SI, where he confronted Boris. Despite his armour and a distraction by the Black Widow, Turgenov was no match for Iron Man. Realising this, he switched targets and tried to take Vanko out. However, the renegade Russian researcher decided to use an experimental laser pistol, knowing that it would kill both him and Turgenov, and both Russians perished in the blast.

The Black Widow then escaped in the chaos.


See illustration.


Boris sounds a bit oafish and too proud of his strength, but he’s actually a really smooth pro who can run truly daring operations and succeed. He tends to often daydream about being a great hero of the Soviet Union, adulated by the crowd, which is presumably the trait that secretly annoyed his partner Natalia Romanova.


“Walk around ?? Boris does not walk around puny obstacles… it is easier to hurl them aside…so !” (picks a heavy desk and throws it away)

“Our leader said to exterminate Vanko… never dreaming I could bring him back alive ! I’ll be a greater hero now… and more so when I’ve beaten Stark, as well as the over-rated Iron Man ! The Black Widow and Boris can defeat anyone !!”

“What a hero’s welcome I shall receive when I return !”


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Dex: 05 Str: 05 Bod: 05 Motivation: Glory
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 04 Occupation: Special agent
Inf: 05 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 015 HP: 025

Artist (Actor): 03, Gadgetry: 05, Scientist: 05, Thief (Stealth): 03, Vehicles (Land): 03, Weaponry (Firearms, exotic): 05

Language (Russian)

Black Widow (Low), KGB (Low)

SIA toward Glory, Dark Secret (eeeevil Soviet Communist Bolshevik red spy !)

During the Vanko/Stark operation, Boris used rhe following gear:

  • Acid spray [BODY 02, Acid (No Range): 04. This spray is pretty good at taking out metallic locks ; from there Boris can usually shred what remains of the door using his great strength.]
  • Jet paralyzer pistol [BODY 04, Snare: 06, Ammo: 04. This pistol, designed by Vanko, shot “magnetic artificial fibers” that wrapped around their target like tentacles, them expanded and hardened into a cocoon.
  • He also wore one of the very first CRIMSON DYNAMO armours, and managed to access the following: [/STR/ 10 /BODY/ 11, Lightning: 14, Shade: 02, Limitation: Lightning has but a Range of 04]

Electrica salsa

As noted, the stats for the power armour above are for what Turgenov displayed – but given his skills he likely could have accessed the full range of the systems in time. For GMs who want him to use the suit to his fuller potential, use the following (from Anton Vanko’s writeup):

  • CRIMSON DYNAMO ARMOUR MkI [/STR/ 10 /BODY/ 11, Lightning: 14, Shade: 02, SPR (if the suit is immersed, it produces Lightning: 20 with a Bomb-like Area of Effect which affects itself and its wearer), Limitations: Lightning has but a Range of 04, and loses half its EV against targets that are not grounded, /STR/ is capped to twice the wearer’s STR (and thus a meagre 04 for Vanko, but the full 10 for Turgenov)]
  • w/MODIFIED VANKO GENERATOR [BODY 02, Mental blast: 16, Bonuses & Limitations: Mental Blast is its own AV (+0 or +1 depending on house rules), Mental Blast only effects Terran, electrically-powered technology (-2), Mental Blast can only use its full EV against a target that the user has studied in details – the GM can adjust the EV depending on how much is known about the target (or the RAPs of a Scientist (Analysis) roll if the user is watching the target in the field, without access to specifications)]

See the Crimson Dynamo (Anton Vanko) writeup for more about these technologies.

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Tales of Suspense #52

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