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Delgado of the Acolytes of Magneto (X-Men enemy) (Marvel Comics) lifting a wrecked car


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
  • The first three Acolytes are famous waaaaaaayyyyy beyond their importance or actual number of appearances for one simple reason – *everybody* bought the much, much-awaited X- Men v2 #1 where they appear, and many even read it.

  • Background

    • Real Name: Marco Delgado
    • Marital Status: Unrevealed
    • Known Relatives: None, although the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent could be a relative if you want to further confuse the issue. 🙂
    • Group Affiliation: Magneto’s Acolytes
    • Base Of Operations: Asteroid M
    • Height: 6’8” Weight: 240 lbs.
    • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown

    Powers and Abilities

    Delgado could grow in size, strength and durability. Rogue notes that as he grows in size he also seems to get faster ; while this is usually just a cliché I’ve decided to make it stick this time around, with Growth basically adding to his Initiative through Enhanced Initiative.

    Since his Initiative seemed to continue growing as he did even after his Growth Power was Enchanted by Fabian Cortez, his Enhanced Initiative is higher than his Growth.


    Along with a small group of mutants lead by Fabian and Anne-Marie Cortez, Marco Delgado was trained in S.H.I.E.L.D. and military procedures, and managed to commandeer a S.H.I.E.L.D. space shuttle in a desperate bid to find Magneto, then retired on his orbital base, Asteroid M. The mutants managed to reach him and to convince him to take up the mutant cause again, and the small group around the Cortez siblings became the first Acolytes of Magneto.

    Delgado fought along the Acolytes and against the X-Men twice, in Genosha and later on Asteroid M. A short time after that battle, Asteroid M was destroyed and plunged into the atmosphere, disintegrating. Delgado was reported dead in the catastrophe, but if you really want to bring him back it should be trivial.

    Who’s on first base ?

    As noted in the Anne-Marie Cortez entry, there’s a lot of confusion about Delgado ; many, many people thought the was one of the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents pursuing the soon-to-be Acolytes, and was brainwashed by Anne-Marie Cortez. So many sources refer to that that I just added it as part of Cortez’s writeup.

    However, he’s not — if you re-read and pay attention to him, he’s clearly among the soon-to-be Acolytes, and in fact appears in the same panel as his S.H.I.E.L.D. namesake.

    The confusion was further heightened when Nance Winters, the copilot of the S.H.I.E.L.D.’s agent Delgado, was mind controlled to become one of the Acolytes — the writer for that one must likely also thought the Delgado of the Acolytes was the Delgado of S.H.I.E.L.D.


    See illustrations.


    A disciplined brute of few words, most of them threats. One gets the impression that his first language is not English, given his odd diction — I assumed in the game stats his first language was Spanish.


    “Too late, flatscan, for weasely words to save you.”

    “Had your chance, gooder. Made your choice.”


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    Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

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    Dex: 05 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Uphold Magneto
    Int: 03 Wil: 03 Min: 04 Occupation: Acolyte
    Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
    Init: 011+ HP: 015

    Enhanced Initiative: 13, Growth: 05

    Bonuses and Limitations:
    Active APs of Enhanced Initiative cannot exceed active APs of Growth

    None displayed

    Language (Spanish)

    Early Acolytes (Low)

    MIA toward the Cause

    BODY ARMOUR [/BODY/ 06, Radio Communications: 13, R#2. This suit of Acolyte body armour is able to grow with him, and is superseded as his RV as soon as he start using Growth]

    Cortez the killer

    With the presence of Fabian Cortez, there is no reason to assume high APs for any of the early Acolytes, including Delgado — there is no reason why Fabian would not enhance their powers with his 8 APs of Enchantment. This explains how Delgado was able to engage Rogue with such ease.

    Note that between the boost from Fabian Cortez and Chrome manipulating his density, Delgado could go through the roof on his RV. An atypical example of a MMO-like group work, with casters piling buffs on the group’s tank.

    By Sébastien Andrivet

    Source of Character: X-Men v2 #1-3

    Helper(s): Gareth Lewis, Peter Piispanen

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