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Captain Cold of Flash's Rogues (DC Comics)

Captain Cold

(Leonard Snart)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Captain Cold is one of the core members of the Flash’s rogues gallery, or “the Rogues” for short. He appeared in 1957.

Though they were originally dated Silver Age  villains without much credibility, the Rogues received a lot of character development in recent decades. This again made them popular characters.


Background

  • Real Name: Leonard Snart
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: Unnamed grandfather (deceased), Lisa (sister, deceased)
  • Group Affiliation: Flash Rogues Gallery and the Society. Formerly the Secret Society of Super Villains and Task Force X.
  • Base Of Operations: Currently mobile, formerly the twin cities of Central City and Keystone City.
  • Height: 6’2 Weight: 192 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown


Powers and Abilities

Captain Cold has no powers, but he does possess the dangerous Cold Gun. By utilizing various elements such as liquid nitrogen and liquid helium, the Cold Gun is capable of firing blasts reaching nearly absolute zero in temperature.

These blasts are able to freeze a human being in his tracks, encasing him in a sheath of ice which places the person into temporary suspended animation.

Using the normal moisture in the air, the Gun can also create ice shields, ice slicks and even realistic illusions.


History

Leonard Snart was raised by an abusive father. He took refuge with his grandfather, who worked in an ice truck. When his grandfather died, Len grew tired of his father’s abuse and set out to start a criminal career.

Snart joined up with a group of small-time thieves. While planning out a robbery, each was issued a gun and a visor to protect their eyes against the flashes of gunfire. This visor design would later be adapted by Snart into his trademark costume. In recent years he added a radio receiver to them which picked up the police band to monitor local law enforcement.

Snart and the other thugs were captured by the Flash and imprisoned, but Leonard Snart was a man who held a grudge. He decided to go solo, but knew he had to do something about the local hero, the Flash.

Snart read an article that theorized that the energy emissions of a cyclotron could interfere with the Flash’s speed. He designed a weapon to harness that power and broke into a cyclotron lab, intending to use the device to charge up his experimental gun. As he was finishing his experiment, a security guard surprised Snart.

Intending to use his gun only to scare the guard, he inadvertently pulled the trigger. Snart then discovered that his weapon had been altered in a way he had never imagined.

The moisture in the air around the guard froze, turning him into a human ice cube. Intrigued by this twist of fate, Snart donned a parka and the aforementioned visor and declared himself as Captain Cold – the man who mastered absolute zero.

Cold front on Central City

Snart then went about committing a series of non-lethal crimes across Central City. He became the first of the Flash’s (Barry Allen) recurring enemies. Cold would often act in concert with other members of the Flash’s infamous Rogues.

But after Allen’s death during the Crisis on Infinite Earths, the thrill was gone for Captain Cold. Bored with life in a Flashless world, Snart gave up villainy and reformed.

Snart and his sister Lisa, the Golden Glider, opened “Golden Snowball Recoveries.” Using the same costumes and weapons they had employed as criminals, they became bounty hunters for hire. They even worked with the new Flash, Wally West, on the odd occasion.

Captain Cold shooting his gun

Still, Len Snart could not resist when Abra Kadabra brought him and four other Rogues an offer that would bring them respect. An offer that would “guarantee that they would be remembered forever not as has-beens… but as the most infamous villains of their age.”

What Kadabra did not tell them was that it would cost them their lives. The five died, and unleashed the demon Neron upon Earth.

Demon pact

Neron was not finished with them, however. As part of a convoluted plot to force the Flash into a deal, he sent the Rogues’ bodies to Earth without their souls.

The bank robbers who had so enjoyed matching wits with the Flash were now soulless killers. They commanded vastly enhanced powers, with even more powerful avatars that caused enormous damage and killed thousands. The Flash was able to turn the deal around and force Neron to halt the destruction. This returned the Rogues’ souls to their bodies.

Snart soon returned to crime, this time a member of Wally’s Rogues Gallery. The Golden Glider had abandoned her bounty hunter career and had started partnering with a series of thugs who she dressed in a costume. She armed them with a copy of Captain Cold’s signature Cold Gun, and called Chillblaine.

Already distraught over the death of her lover, the Top, it seemed that the supposed death of her brother had pushed Lisa Snart over the edge.

But the last Chillblaine was a little smarter and more vicious. He murdered the Golden Glider, prompting Captain Cold to hunt him down and torture him. Snart then killed him by freezing his outer layer of skin and then pushing him off a high rise building.

Not long after that, Snart was framed by a new incarnation of Mister Element. Element used his Element Gun to simulate Cold’s gun, using ice and cold to murder several police officers before Captain Cold and the Flash discovered who was actually responsible.

With the death of his sister, and having killed Chillblaine and Mr. Element in vengeance, Cold has again become an unrepentant criminal.

Rogue-in-chief

Most recently Captain Cold was declared the leader of the Flash’s Rogue’s Gallery. His skill and experience have made him a strong leader to the likes of the Weather Wizard, the new Trickster, Mirror Master and the new Captain Boomerang.

James Jesse, the original Trickster, was reformed and working for the Federal Bureau of Investigations. The F.B.I. charged Jesse with bringing the remaining Rogues to justice. He recruited reformed villains Heat Wave, the Pied Piper and Magenta for the task.

An attack by Jesse’s team on one of Captain Cold’s hideouts began the “Rogue War” in earnest. A five sided battle (Cold’s team of Rogues, Jesse’s reformed Rogues, the Top’s group of “new school” Rogues, three generations of Flashes and two incarnations of Professor Zoom) nearly destroyed downtown Keystone City.

In the war’s aftermath, Heat Wave and Jesse both “unreformed” and rejoined the original Rogues.

Feeling that the Rogues had to learn to trust one another again, Captain Cold led the villains away from Keystone and onward to greener pastures. He accepted an offer to join the newly formed Society of villains.


Description

See illustrations.


Personality

Traditionally, Captain Cold was driven by three things: money, women, and the desire to beat Barry Allen. Although not the lech that Captain Boomerang was, Len Snart has an eye for the ladies, particularly models.

He deeply cared for his sister (even if it wasn’t always mutual) and looked out for the well being of his fellow Rogues at all times.

When Barry Allen died, Captain Cold was bored out of his gourd. He often drifted back and forth from walking the straight and narrow to going for the big score. He didn’t really commit to a life on the lam until after his sister’s death.

These days, Cold takes his position as head of the Rogues very seriously. He:

  • employs a no-drugs rule (evidenced by his brutal beating of Mirror Master for his cocaine habit)
  • docks pay for senseless violence (a 90% payout cut for the new Trickster’s violent antics)
  • will kill only on certain occasions (he killed the Top for setting the newer rogues against him and his set of Rogues)

Despite his more ruthless nature as of late, Captain Cold’s heart isn’t completely frozen. He sent flowers to honor Sue Dibny, the murdered wife of the Elongated Man. He also took the younger Captain Boomerang under his wing, acting as a mentor to the kid.

Captain Cold does *not* like to be mistaken for other cold-motif super-villains such as Mr. Freeze, the Icicle or Coldsnap. Being called “Mr. Freeze” in particular really frosts him. (Ba-da-bump )


Quotes

“Wanta play rough, pally ? Okay But I gotta tell ya somethin’… *Hate* is cold… *Hell* is cold… And sucker, I am *Captain Cold *”

“They say a hero is only as strong as his villains. Meaning the Flash is more powerful than the whole Justice League of America combined. Go ahead and pick the era, don’t matter. The Flash thinks we’re slow.It’s his nature after all. But what the kid doesn’t realize, there’s a reason the Rogues always get the better of him. A reason we won’t stay locked up, and a reason we always come back for more. What they fail to understand is that what we got here is tighter ’en any of their stupid groups. We steal. We kill. That’s our chip. The Rogues have an unspoken code, a bond stronger than death itself. We watch one another’s backs. To the end.”

“That’s the problem with you new breed. You leap out into the middle of the street, hackin’ and slashin’. Spilling blood because it’s “cool.” You have to learn, crossing that line… ya only do on *special* occasions.”


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Captain Cold

Dex: 05 Str: 03 Bod: 05 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 06 Wil: 04 Min: 05 Occupation: Professional criminal
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 018 HP: 050

Skills:
Charisma (Intimidation): 06, Charisma (Persuasion): 05, Gadgetry: 06, Thief: 03, Thief (Stealth): 07, Weaponry (Exotic: Cold-Gun): 08

Advantages:
Area Knowledge (Central/Keystone Cities), Expertise (Flash’s Rogues), Leadership, Lightning Reflexes, Notoriety (criminal underworld), Scholar (Cryogenics)

Connections:
Flash’s Rogues Gallery (High), the Society (Low), Task Force X (Low), criminal underworld (Low)

Drawbacks:
Minor Irrational Attraction toward Cold-motif crimes.

Equipment:

  • Cold Gun [BODY 05, Ice Production: 13, Illusion: 07.Suspension: 13. Limitation: Illusion can only be used to generate optical illusions. The images created by the Cold Gun cannot directly cause damage, although unwary opponents might be tricked into damaging themselves by slamming into a wall, falling off of a building or some similar accident. Limitation: Impact attacks on a frozen or partially frozen target are automatically Lethal (-1)]
  • COLD SUIT [BODY 04, Cold Immunity: 06, Icing: 08]
  • Goggles [BODY 03, Shade: 03, Radio Communication: 07, Do Nothing: 04. Note: Radio comm is only usable to receive (-2) and only works with the Keystone/Central City Police band (+1)]

By mirage_delgado

Source of Character: Flash comics

Helper(s): Cold’s published First Edition stats, capita’s Heat Wave write-up (for comparison and contrast), Wikipedia for the background info. Also Capita_Senyera, Kal-El Vigilante, Sébastien Andrivet, http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/Maze/8681/capcold.html (defunct), Belle Reve Mayfair sourcebook

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