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Corruptor (Nova enemy) (Marvel Comics)


Jackson Day

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


  • Real Name: Jackson Day ; the Corruptor form may have an actual demonic name
  • Other Aliases: Andrew Kappelhof, John Peabody
  • Marital Status: Unknown
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: Formerly an agent of Imus Champion, and Head of the Inner Circle
  • Base Of Operations: New York area
  • Height: 6’1” Weight: 225 lbs
  • Eyes: Brown (Day) / Glowing Red (Corruptor) Hair: Red (Day) / White (Corruptor)

Powers and Abilities

Corruptor may be a demon, or perhaps he’s just delusional. His main power is that he’s able to make people evil with but a touch.

His sweat gland excrete powerful psychoactive drugs, which This power can be resisted with enough willpower, but even stalwart super-heroes will likely have to spend HPs to – and the Corruptor tend to spend HPs on his initial touch to ensure long-lasting effects, especially if the target looks powerful enough to wreck considerable havoc. He can maintain his control over his victims for, at least, days at a time. He has also been known to project powerful beams of energy out of his eyes.

In his initial encounter he also proved himself an extraordinarily savage creature in a fight, attacking with great power and alacrity; he could both withstand and deliver superhuman blows. Since he knew he could not stick around for very long, he tended to blow his HPs on Hypnosis, attack and defence, making him even fiercer than expected. In later appearances he was more in control of himself, and rarely let himself get in a situation where he would need to fight, using lackeys to do his dirty work, and escaping when the heroes confront him.

The Corruptor is of course the perfect excuse to have the PCs fight a super-hero of your choice — or even several — with little explanation. It might even be a more powerful hero, breaking free from the Corruptor’s hold just as the fight starts turning against the PCs.


Jackson Day was a worker in a chemicals factory in Jamaica, Queens, NY, who was trapped in one of the storage rooms when a intense fire started. The firemen were having trouble controlling the blaze; fortunately Thor happened to be flying by. Conjuring up a downpour, Thor put the fire out, then hammered away the doors to the area where Day was.

Thor, however, arrived too late to prevent a strange transformation in Day – apparently caused by the fumes of the various burning chemicals. Day was now prone to transforming into the demonic Corruptor, who promptly assaulted Thor and turned him evil for a while. The evil Thor encountered the young Nova on the way, but the fight was thankfully brief and Thor soon recovered his free will.

Determining that it was Day who now was the Corruptor, Thor and Nova went to his home, where he transformed anew (and sporting a terrible, terrible costume he had just made, too). This time, however, he was easily defeated by the heroes despite his threats to touch random passers-by.

Despite undergoing treatment, the Corruptor persona eventually became dominant, suppressing or eliminating Day entirely. He escaped custody, and set himself up as secret head of the criminal organisation, the Inner Circle. He used his powers to turn law-abiding citizens into criminals who did his bidding, planning to amass an army of them, and take over New York.

Unfortunately for him, he unknowingly targeted Nova’s father, which drew the young hero to investigate. Nova subdued what army he had managed to gather, and then confronted the Corruptor. After failing to monologue Nova into defeat, the Corruptor disappears in a cloud of smoke through unknown means.

He appears next in California, where he sets up base in an abandoned Spanish mission, and plans his next venture, placing the Hulk in his thrall. Discovering and reanimating the Night Flyer, he sent his new servant to hunt down the Hulk. The Night Flyer located Banner, conveniently driving by the Corruptors hidden base, and attacks him and his friends. He changed into the Hulk and battled the Night Flyer, while the Corruptor watched from hiding, nearby, where he blocked Rick Jones’ efforts to call the Avengers for help.

When Betty Ross was injured, the Hulk became enraged, soon finishing off the Night Flyer. The Corruptor took advantage of the Hulk’s extreme emotional state, touching him, and bringing him completely under control. He then threatens to harm captive members of the Teen Brigade unless Rick calls the Avengers. Rick reluctantly capitulates.

The call doesn’t reach the Avengers, but it is heard by the local superheroes Red Wolf, Night Rider, Firebird, Texas Twister and Shooting Star, who respond to the signal. They find themselves unable to take on the Hulk, and after he has subdued them, the Hulk is ordered by the Corruptor to kill the expedient Rick Jones. Faced with having to kill Rick, the Hulk overcomes the Corruptors control, reverting to Bruce Banner, and the Corruptor is quickly overcome by Lobo, Red Wolfs wolf.

He then travelled to Japan, hoping to be more successful in a country with little super-powered interference. He gathered together a group of flunkies to help in his crimes, but a bank robbery he led was foiled when Sunfire happened to be flying by, and he was arrested by the Japanese police.

Back in America, the Corruptor created the Hope foundation as a front for his operations. Gaining control of Nova, he sent him to attack the Daily Bugle offices when reporter Ben Urich’s investigations got too close to him. Spider-Man helped Nova come to his senses, and the pair destroyed the Corruptors offices, and captured the Corruptor himself.

The Corruptor was incarcerated at Project: PEGASUS. At some point during his time there he, became an agent of Imus Champion, and managed to surreptitiously take over most of the personnel, including the Squadron Supreme, who were temporarily housed there. When the Avengers investigated suspicious events at PEGASUS, they discovered the Corruptor’s guilt, and freed the Squadron from his control.

The Corruptor was eventually transferred to the Raft, but was among those who escaped during the breakout. He returned to his hometown of Smyrna, Delaware, where, under the identity of John Peabody, he became Mayor, and, using flowers grown from water distilled from his sweat, infected the residents of the town with his ’evil touch‘. His plan was discovered by the New Warriors, roaming the country filming their reality TV show, and they put a stop to it.


In his first appearance, he looked somewhat different — he seemed more like a demon or goblin, and his body language was way more savage. He briefly created the red costume with the skull on the chest for himself, but that thankfully was only seen for a few panels.


Day was an average, though rather moral, person; the Corruptor is not. It is convinced that it is a powerful demon dedicated to corrupting all that is good and just, and enjoys going into threatening, grandiose rants about it – as illustrated by the fierce quotes above. Since he doesn’t actually *do* much (mostly touch people and send them on their way), delivering the monologues right is important.

During his most recent appearance, he was bemoaning being surrounded by nastiness, and how anyone he came near became evil (he, of course, delivered this melodramatically, and didn’t seem inclined to stop using his powers).


“No, Thor ! Not madness ! Evil ! Consummate evil ! All the evil of the ages combined ! All the evil held in the hands of one whose very touch spreads that evil ! Feel the malevolent touch of one who dares call himself — the Corruptor !”

“Evil once again ! But what good is it if I’m forced to revert — become that simpering fool, Jackson Day ? I can’t allow that to happen. I must find a way to remain the way I now am ! It’s my destiny to take my rightful place alongside Mephisto, Belial… even Satan himself !”

“A task you will not find simple, thunder god ! Behold a man reborn ! Behold a demon who corrupts righteousness and twists it beyond recognition ! Behold the CORRUPTOR ! And know that neither you nor your child companion can ever halt the open floodgates of evil ! My power grows as I need it ! To corrupt what you are, I can become whatever I must.”

“Surprised, fool ? You shouldn’t be. Who else has the power to corrupt you weak-willed mortals, to turn a good man bad – to shred apart justice and to rebuild it in my image ? Who else but the Corruptor !”

“Dolt ! Have you forgotten my powers ? You have as much hope of curtailing my operations as an ant has in stopping an enraged elephant !”

“Your humour is wasted on me, Nova. The Corruptor is incapable of laughter.”

“You face the Corruptor, fool ! You don’t fight me ! You fight each other !”

Microbe: “What did you *cough* do to my friends?”
Corruptor: “I made them like me. It’s hideous, isn’t it?”


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Dex: 06 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Nihilist
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 10 Occupation: Demon
Inf: 06 Aur: 06 Spi: 10 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 016 HP: 040

Energy Blast: 10, Hypnosis: 14

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Energy Blast is Minor Marginal
  • Hypnosis has No Range (Touch) – AV is thus DEX
  • Hypnosis is cause through chemicals, so Systemic Antidote is effective against it
  • An Hypnotized subject cannot use his HPs, and has all his EVs lowered by one CS
  • Unless target is in emotional state, he can only implant a tendency to be evil (see Corruptors Evil Touch below).

Artist (tailor): 04

Iron Nerves


Strange Appearance

Corruptor’s Evil Touch

Initially the Corruptors touch could only cause targets to act in an evil and destructive manner. It would make them rude, subject to violent tendencies, and less resistant about being driven to anti-social activities.

Shortly before he tried to take control of the Hulk, he learned that, if the target was in a state of heightened emotions, he could gain more control over their activities. If he touches a person in an emotional state (GM’s decision, unless someone with emotion altering powers is involved) he is not as restricted in his commands, and may order them to do whatever he wishes.

Flower Power

In his latest plot he cultivated flowers, Orchidius Corruptus, watered with his own sweat, which affected the inhabitants of his hometown with his powers. The flowers only possessed a diluted form of his power (8 AP), but spread its effect by smell (range of 1 AP), and only made them anti-social.

Previous Stats

In his initial appearance he uncontrollably shifted between his Corruptor and Jackson Day identities after brief periods (about 15 to 20 minutes), and his Hypnosis had the additional limitation that it ends when the Corruptor reverts to Jackson Day. He was unaware that he could give more complex commands if the target was in an emotional state.

During this appearance he also seemed more physically energised, having DEX 08, STR 12, BOD 12, and Acrobatics: 05.

By Sébastien Andrivet and Gareth Lewis

Source of Character: Marvel Comics

Helper(s): marvel.com, Chris Cottingham

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