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



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


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.


  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Ani-Men (also Unholy Three for Cat-Man I).
  • Base Of Operations: New York City.
  • Height: 5’11” Weight: 185lbs.
  • Eyes: Green Hair: Brown


Powers and Abilities

Cat-Man is an acrobatic, athletic type. He wears a very light suit of power armor incorporating claws.


Townshend Horgan, the first Cat-Man, was recruited and outfitted by the Organizer. He helped conduct a terrorist campaign against NYC’s Mayor, but was beaten by Daredevil (Matt Murdock).

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

Ani-Men group shot from the Official Handbook

Townshend and his colleagues then lost their powers, yet the Ani-Men remained active. But during a 1978 contract on Anthony Stark financed by Madame Masque, he was killed by a bomb planted by the Spymaster and intended for Stark.

In 1979, the Exterminator, now called Death-Stalker, recruited one Sebastian Patane as the new Cat-Man. All of the new Ani-Men were killed by Death-Stalker after they had completed their mission.


See illustrations.


On an operation, he scouts ahead using his climbing and acrobatic ability, and helps the rest of the team in accessing the operational theatre. Cat-Man seems to prefer fighting people with claws or some such. If there isn’t any he’ll test his mettle against the person who seems to be the best fighter.

The Ani-Men do not work too badly as a team. They even performed well against the X-Men.

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 Silver Age  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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Dex: 06 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: 012 HP: 020

Acrobatics: 07, Vehicles (land): 04, Weaponry (knives)*: 06

None demonstrated.

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

None demonstrated.

CAT-MAN SUIT [/STR/ 04 /BODY/ 07, Claws: 06, Radio communications: 06].

Cat power !

When superpowered, Horgan was an actual cat-man, with the following abilities :

Dex: 09 Str: 05 Bod: 06 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 03 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation : Henchman
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth} : 04
Init: 019 HP: 030

Claws: 06

Acrobatics: 08, Vehicles (land): 05, Weaponry (knives)*: 07

Lightning Reflexes.

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

Public ID, Strange Appearance.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

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

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