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Czonk as the Baffler (Robin enemy) (DC Comics)

Czonk the Baffler


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

Context

Czonk was part of the colourful cast of minor costumed criminals featured in DC comics written by Chuck Dixon during the 1990s. These characters tend to be handy in street-level games, straightforward and fun to play.


Background

  • Real Name: Titus Czonka.
  • Other Aliases: The Baffler, Headbanger.
  • Marital Status: Presumably single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Occasional partner of the Cluemaster.
  • Base Of Operations: Gotham City.
  • Height: 6’4” Weight: 265 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Bald


Powers and Abilities

Czonk’s strength seems to be in the low superhuman range, and he’s a good brawler.

On the other hand he has sometimes been called the dumbest felon in Gotham. But then there is a lot of competition for that spot.

Czonk is handy with a gun, especially shotguns, but he’d never use one when he’s wearing a costume. He wants to be a four-colour  supervillain and those don’t have guns !


History

Titus Czonka is a former member of the Gotham City road crews – a jackhammer operator. He sought to put his considerable size and slightly superhuman strength to a flashier and more lucrative use, and became a criminal and super-criminal wannabe.

Unfortunately, his planning skills are abysmal. And he’s about as smart and bursting with initiative as a dead platypus with an ear infection.

Get a clue

“Czonk” has become something of a henchman for the Cluemaster, a C-list Gotham criminal. He has accompanied him in at least two breakouts from Blackgate prison. However, while Czonk was OK with being just muscle, what he really wanted was to be a cool supervillain with a costume, a gimmick and a code name. Maybe like the Signalman.

When the Cluemaster was cured of his compulsion with leaving clues, Czonk saw an opening. He made himself a garish costume, and became… the Baffler, Master of Mysteries !

He would use Cluemaster’s old gimmick of sending clues to the police, since it was no longer taken. Thus, Czonk discreetly sent some crude picture puzzles to the police regarding the crime they were planning with Cluemaster and the Electrocutioner.

The Cluemaster explained to Czonka that if he had stopped sending clues to the cops, it was because it was stupid. Czonk was baffled by this, but followed the advice and changed his name and costume to Headbanger.

His pictorial clues, though, had alerted the police and they were nearly arrested. Drawing them on paper with the letterhead of their hotel wasn’t very bright.

Robin (Tim Drake) and Spoiler followed up on the police’s attempt to stop Cluemaster’s crew, and were successful.

Return of… the Baffler ! Mwahahahahahahaha !

Czonk escaped the police a few weeks later. Having apparently forgotten Cluemaster’s warning, he decided to make another attempt at being the Baffler. He sent “cryptic” letters to Stephanie Brown aka Spoiler, the Cluemaster’s daughter. Thus, he could challenge and defeat a genuine superheroine !

Although the letters gave the general impression of having been penned by a six-year-old, Spoiler investigated. But she wasn’t expecting anything serious, and thus fell into a trap Czonk had set up in a building scheduled for demolition. Robin, who was looking for Spoiler, was also ambushed and captured by… the Baffler !!

Once he had the two teenagers solidly bound, the Baffler went on a grandiose (if confused) villainous monologue. However he accidentally banged his head on an overhead steel pipe. And knocked himself out by falling head first on another pipe.

Robin managed to escape his bonds, and he and Spoiler took the Baffler to safety while the building was being demolished. Czonk was handed over to the police.

Let’s hang out at the mall

Czonk was also part of the small band led by the Cluemaster that escaped Blackgate. They attempted to loot a mall during the quake in Gotham. They were opposed by Spoiler and the Huntress, and defeated.


Description

See illustration for Czonk’s Baffler costume. Out of costume Czonk is a huge, muscular bald White guy with a paunch.


Personality

Czonk is really dumb, uneducated and easily confused. He can follow a very simple plan with some eagerness, but if the unexpected occurs it is best to shout him orders. Otherwise, he’ll either lose a Phase or two being confused or do something rash and quite stupid. It seems likely that he is mildly retarded.

Czonk is not really a bad guy. He’s not truly homicidal, and his actual motivation is that he wants be a comic book character. He even considered being a superhero. After Robin and Spoiler got him out of a collapsing building, he was so excited he wanted to start a team with them. He had completely forgotten that his plan was to kill them.

His plan to murder the young heroes was fuzzy and sloppy, and hadn’t really thought things out in advance. He was not certain of what to do once he had them captured. It is likely that talking him out of committing murder would have been trivial.


Quotes

“You’ll *rue* the day you crossed the path of… THE BAFFLER ! Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah aaargh coff coff coff snort snort.”


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The Baffler, Master of Mysteries !!1!

Dex: 04 Str: 06 Bod: 05 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 02 Wil: 01 Min: 03 Occupation: Professional criminal
Inf: 02 Aur: 02 Spi: 02 Resources {or Wealth}: 003
Init: 008 HP: 010

Skills:
Vehicles (Land): 02, Weaponry (Firearms): 04

Advantages:
None demonstrated.

Connections:
Cluemaster (Low).

Drawbacks:
Unluck, Uncertainty, Misc.: Czonk has next to no education – his spelling is catastrophic, and he has very little general knowledge (10 pts).

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Batman comics.

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