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Doomsday Man (Silver Surfer enemy) (Marvel Comics)

Doomsday Man

(Early)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

A very powerful Marvel Comics robot who fought the Silver Surfer in 1970 and Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers) in 1977.

His career didn’t stop there, but in 1977 he becomes a different character who’s best covered in a different profile.


Background

  • Base Of Operations: Formerly a remote island in the Pacific, then an AIM base hidden under the South Bronx
  • Height: 5’9” Weight: 170 lbs
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

The Doomsday Man is practically indestructible. It is immune to even the harshest conditions that were expected on other planets (or even, reportedly, on the surface of a G-type star ). It is further equipped with powerful, state of the art energy cannons (including laser cannons in its arms, and a photonic nullifier in its mouth).

Its strength nearly matches its indestructibility.

Being able to operate under any conditions, it can use energy jets to propel itself at high speed in water and other liquids. Yet it cannot fly, except possibly in low-gravity conditions.

The Doomsday Man prefers its arm lasers (in DC Heroes terms, Laser Beam) to its photonic nullifier (Energy blast). The latter eats more energy and seems to have a much longer cycle time, given how the robot engaged Ms. Marvel. However against powerful opponents, such as the Silver Surfer, it will logically enough open up with the nullifier.

The Doomsday Man fights calmly and with tactical acumen. It has all the time in the world. For instance he will attempt to box a more mobile opponent (such as one capable of flight) into a corner, herding its foe with attacks that are deliberately slow and imprecise but still have to avoided.

The Doomsday Man is likely powered by its own built-in nuclear reactor.


History

The project started in 1969, after the US successfully sent a man to the Moon (video) . Enthusiasm was high, and it was thought that space exploration would reach further planets within mere years.

The project was to create an all-powerful robot, who could operate on any hostile world and protect the doughty astronauts against any threat. The research team designing this incredible machine was headed by the renowned genius, doctor Kronton.

Kronton’s team, in DC Heroes terms rolled some serious doubles on their Gadgetry rolls. They ended up building a robot that was far more powerful than projected. Tests showed that there simply wasn’t any weapon in the US’s arsenal that could damage it.

The scientists and the military agreed that the robot was simply too powerful and indestructible. The tiniest risk that it would turn against its creators was far too grave. One of the persons lobbying to find a way to get rid of the unstoppable juggernaut was Major Carol Danvers, the USAF liaison for the project.

(It is possible — though it is but an educated guess, not substantiated by the stories — that Kronton’s robot was in part based upon the “Invincible Red Robot” designed by Dr. Banner earlier in the decade. This suit also evidenced impossible resilience against assaults).

Abort ! Abort !

Since the robot couldn’t even be dented by any other weapon, the authorities decided to lock it up. The chosen site was a massive concrete bunker built on a tiny desert island in the Pacific. They then threw away the key, hoping that the robot would remain inert.

The bunker was built next to another high-security bunker. In the second blockhaus a most powerful cobalt bomb, also deemed too powerful to be ever used, had been buried. It is possible that there were other such bunkers on the island.

The Doomsday Man's mouth cannon

Mere weeks later, movement was detected within the bunker. Fearing what might happen, the US summoned an emergency session of the UN Security Council. Information about the potential threat somehow leaked. From the partial information at hand the tabloids dubbed the unclear entity that had the US so worried the “Doomsday Man”.

Surfing with the alien

Due to the Cold War, the UN was divided. But the matter attracted the attention of the Silver Surfer, then exiled to Earth. Whilst the world leaders were quarrelling, Kronton recognised that the shiny alien was perhaps Earth’s only chance lest the Doomsday Man turn rogue. He enlisted the help of the curious Surfer.

Meanwhile, the Doomsday Man cleared the way to the nearby cobalt bomb, grabbed it and torpedoed off toward the US. Determining that something was definitely amiss, the Surfer Interrogated Kronton and made him confess that it was all a scheme. The genius wanted to use the robot and the bomb to ransom off the planet.

On US soil, the Surfer acted decisively and got rid of the Doomsday Man by opening a bottomless chasm under it. As Kronton irrationally attempted to save his robot, he was accidentally killed by the thrashing mechanical behemoth as it fell.

Mourning the death of Kronton, the Surfer then closed the pit he had opened to the very core of the Earth. The alien then launched the nearby cobalt bomb into outer space and safely detonated it.

Return of the Doomsday Man

Of course, even such an ordeal could not truly destroy the Doomsday Man. On the other hand, despite Kronton’s tale about the constant danger of the robot gaining free will, the Doomsday Man was aimless.

Under unclear circumstances, it was recovered by AIM. But even an organisation famed for its ventures with such incredibly dangerous technologies as the Cosmic Cube or the Super-Adaptoid was wary of the Doomsday Man. They considered it to be too dangerous for most uses or even to stockpile.

Given this quandary, AIM decided to expend it against a mysterious space launch in the US. They loaded it into a remote-controlled ICBM and shot it toward Cape Canaveral. However the coming attack was detected by Ms. Marvel, who intercepted the missile in space. From her memories as Carol Danvers, she immediately recognised the Doomsday Man.

The ICBM was destroyed by the fight and the Doomsday Man plummeted to Earth, a fall it easily survived.

The Doomsday Man then attempted to kill Ms. Marvel as per its programming (likely provided by AIM engineers). But the half-Kree, half-human heroine remembered enough about Kronton’s project to guess that Kronton must have spent the last weeks of the project, during which he was alone with the robot, to build some sort of failsafe.

Secret failsafe

With her super-senses, she did spot a tiny seam at the base of the robot’s skull. This wasn’t in the schematics that she had inspected as Danvers. Reasoning that it must have been an addition by Kronton to control the Doomsday Man, she punched through the much thinner metal. There a a sensor pack had been removed and replaced by another computer.

Eventually, Ms. Marvel managed to deactivate the hulking robot using her discovery. She then blacked out from the hits the Doomsday Man had landed.

(Why would Kronton install a failsafe, and why hide it behind solid metal ? Well, perhaps the failsafe was built there for a backup plan where Kronton acted as a hero stopping the Doomsday Man. If so it was supposed to be accessed through another mechanism receding the metal plate rather than by punching through solid steel. Or something.)

The thunderous fight had one witness, though – the Destructor, aka Kerwin Korman. The over-ambitious scientist blasted Ms. Marvel in the back to clear the way to an alien energy source. His prize was a remnant of the famous Psyche-Magnitron, a Kree forbidden technology. When he grabbed it, it exploded. The tremendous explosion blasted and buried everything but Ms. Marvel.

Danvers managed to survive it all and crawl away from the crater. But Korman was thought vaporised and the inert Doomsday Man lost under tons and tons of rock and debris. Those assumptions were held as true for decades… but would ultimately be proved wrong.


Description

See illustration.


Personality

Though Kronton made a lot of noise about the constant risk of such a sophisticated robot gaining free will, it would appear that it was almost complete disinformation. The Doomsday Man seemed to be a normal robot. It very rarely spoke – and then only, of course, to announce its orders in a mechanical voice and diction, as any good robot is wont to do.

It is a fairly intelligent tactician. Given its stated goals I would assume it has an array of tactics to protect human explorers against all sorts of weird alien dangers. When faced with flying opponents, its first choice is to engage them using nearby objects used as projectiles. The Doomsday Man has a great throwing arm, and an eye for aerodynamically-viable objects.


DC Universe History

The Doomsday Man would have been a Superman and later a Supergirl villain. Perhaps it was built by Kronton using salvaged Kryptonian technology and making it super enough to resist even the blows of the pre-Crisis Man of Steel.


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Doomsday Man

Dex: 05 Str: 18 Bod: 19 Motivation : None
Int: 03 Wil: 03 Min: //// Occupation : Robot
Inf: 04 Aur: //// Spi: //// Resources {or Wealth}: ////
Init: 013 HP: 020

Powers:
Cold immunity: 04, Energy blast: 18, Flame immunity: 06, Growth: 04, Laser beam: 15, Self-Link (Gadgetry): 18, Swimming: 10

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Energy blast can only be used once every 10 Phases
  • Growth is Always On and Already Factored In

Skills:
Weaponry (Own weapon systems, Thrown projectiles): 06

Advantages:
Life Support (Full)

Connections:
None

Drawbacks:
Distinct Appearance


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Doomsday Man (Early) — Averaged PL 15

STR STA AGL DEX FGT INT AWE PRE
15 20 02 01 03 00 00

Powers

I, indestructible robot ● 99 points ● Descriptor: Robotic, armoured
– No physiology, no mind — Immunity 60 (Fortitude and Will effects)
– Impregnable armour — 16 Ranks of Impervious Toughness, Ultimate Effort (Toughness)
– Space-proofed — Immunity 10 (Half-effect from both cold and heat/fire)
– Immense strength — Enhanced Strength 3, Limited 1 to Lifting Only
– Underwater propulsion unit — Swimming 9

I, killer robot ● 29 points ● Descriptor: Technology
Array :

  • Arm lasers — Ranged laser Damage 14
  • Mouth cannon — Ranged energy Damage 15, Limited 2 (can only be used every 10th round)

Combat Advantages

Interpose, Ranged Attack 8, Ultimate Effort (Toughness)

Other Advantages

Great Endurance

Skills

Close Combat (Unarmed) 4 (+7), Perception 2 (+2), Ranged Combat (Thrown object) 1 (+10)

Offense

Initiative +2
Unarmed +7, Close, Damage 15
Thrown objects +10, Ranged, Damage by object
Arm lasers +9, Ranged, Damage 14
Mouth cannon +10, Ranged, Damage 15

Defence

Dodge 07 Fortitude N.A.
Parry 08 Toughness 20
Will N.A.

Complications

  • I, giant robot The Doomsday Man is very large
  • Failsafe The Doomsday Man has at least one hidden shutdown failsafe, but one needs detailed knowledge of the robot to locate those

Powers Levels

  • Trade-off areas Attack/Effect PL 12, Dodge/Toughness PL 14, Parry/Toughness PL 14, Fort/Will PL X
  • Points total 224 Abilities 72, Defences 10, Skills 4, Powers 128, Devices 0, Advantages 10. Equiv. PL 15.

Notes

To average the PL I’ve arbitrarily considered that the Fort/Wil trade-off was an equivalent of PL20. Having this guys ends up at the same PL as the official Superman sounds about correct.

Uncapped Scale

Indeed ! Apply the following if using the Uncapped Scale:

  • Strength becomes 18, ditch the Lifting Strength
  • Stamina becomes 26
  • Damage for the mouth cannon becomes 18
  • Attack/Effect trade-off becomes 13, Dodge/Toughness 17, Parry/Toughness 17, the PL for the points total becomes 17, so averaged PL is about 17.

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Marvel Universe

Helper(s): Darci

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