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Double Dare (Nightwing characters) (DC Comics)

Double Dare


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

The Double Dare are a colourful pair of roguish, sexy French acrobats. They first appeared in 1999 as Nightwing characters, and it was all good fun until the inevitable racist crap.

The pair hasn’t appeared much since, which is a shame.


Background

  • Real Name: Aliki and Margot Marceau (pronounced Hahleekee and Mahrgoh).
  • Marital Status: Both seem single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Cirque Sensationnel.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile along with the circus.
  • Height: Aliki : 5’4”, Margot 5’7” Weight: Aliki: 110 lbs, Margot: 125lbs Age: Aliki 16, Margot 20.
  • Eyes: Green Hair: Red


Powers and Abilities

Both Marceau sisters have astounding acrobatic skills. They are among the very best circus aerialists in the world. Their ability to perform ground and aerial acrobatics in an urban environment nearly matches Nightwing’s much-reputed expertise in that area.

The Double Dare leaping on a truck

Both are also highly skilled thieves and redoubtable martial artists. Fear the power of the high backflip-carthweel-spinning flying kick maneuver !

The Double Dare conduct their thefts by coming from unexpected angles (usually crashing through a high window) and maneuvering with great speed to snatch the goods. Pursuit is normally impossible given their acrobatic skill, and they are too nimble to be hit by gunfire under most circumstances.

How the Double Dare get their precise information about which targets to hit is unclear. It has been represented in our game stats by a generic high-level Street connection.


History

The European-born Cirque Sensationnel is one of the last big travelling international circuses. It has a high enough profile to still make money. One of its star acts are the Marceau sisters. These two extraordinary French trapeze aerialists are billed as the Double Dare in English-speaking countries.

However, despite their success as carnies, the Double Dare’s most notable activities do not take place under the Big Top. Whenever the Cirque Sensationnel is in town, the Double Dare will conduct a death-defying series of high-flying heists and daring thefts. The pair often absconds with millions of dollars in loot.

What they do with the money is a mystery. They live in a comfortable but not luxurious trailer, like the rest of the circus.

Nightwing’s so dreamy !

In 1999, the Cirque Sensationnel set up the tents in Blüdhaven, on the East Coast of the US. The city had a deserved reputation for violence and appalling corruption. The Double Dare raided various criminal concerns and gleefully stole large sums. This nearly precipitated a gang war and attracted the attention of Blüdhaven’s resident vigilante, Nightwing.

Double Dare vs. Nightwing

Thanks to his own circus background, Nightwing located the Double Dare before Blüdhaven’s crime boss — Blockbuster — could. He simply found them in their trailer. During the rather confused fight, Blockbuster’s men welded the trailer shut and loaded it on a truck, driving away with it.

Nightwing helped the sisters escape this death trap, but they then just sprang away — leaving Nightwing to face Blockbuster’s men and abandoning their thrashed trailer.


Description

Nightwing once described them as ldquo;so beautiful as to have a bishop kick out a stained glass window”.

Aliki is the youngest one – she has the huge queue and the smaller breasts, and is a bit shorter than her sis. Margot is the one with the shorter hair.


Personality

The Double Dare are definitely in for the thrill. They greatly enjoy their game of stealing, welcoming worthwhile (but not overwhelming) opposition. They do not like fighting. Although they will vigorously defend themselves, they do not troll for pointless fights.

Likewise, they do not seem to consider the stolen money very important. They will not worry much if they lose it due to an opponent’s action. It is possible that they habitually give it away to charities.

Although they are thieves, the Double Dare do not consider themselves criminals. In Blüdhaven, they were specifically hitting criminal concerns in lieu of more legal concerns like banks. Presumably they sought higher risk, less police heat and lower risk of superhuman vigilante involvement.

Other traits

The Double Dare have a definite animé  feel in how they laugh at danger and bicker among themselves. They also have a weakness for animé-style tactics. Frex Aliki once stopped Nightwing by bombarding him with nearby oranges instead of going for something more sensible, or at least more efficient.

Aliki’s boy-crazy behaviour and both sister’s general childishness and thrill-loving attitude further enhance this image.

The Marceau sisters occasionally use a few words or exclamations in French. But they are completely fluent in English – even speaking with each other in English once they have been in an English-speaking country for some time. Aliki tends to shout kiais when hitting people, perhaps to compensate for her low mass.


Quotes

Aliki : “Hey ! You hurt him !”
Margot : “He’s the enemy, Aliki !”
Aliki : “But he’s *cute* !” (catfight ensues in front of a perplexed Nightwing massaging his battered jaw).

Margot : “Imagine, Aliki – after all the clumsy policemen and infantile criminals of this country, we finally have a challenge.”
Aliki : “But remember, Margot…”
Margot : “Yes, little sister ?”
Aliki : “I saw him first.”


Marvel Universe

They would absolutely be Daredevil characters – note the devil-like lil’ motif of their masks. The colours of their costume could even be slightly altered to mimic DD’s earliest, yellow costume.


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Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

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Double Dare (both have the same stats)

Dex: 06 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Thrill
Int: 05 Wil: 04 Min: 05 Occupation: Circus aerialist, thief
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 007
Init: 020 HP: 030

Skills:
Acrobatics (Athletics, climbing, dodging: 10, Evasion (Ranged only): 10, Martial artist*: 06, Thief (Locks and safes, security systems, stealth): 05

Advantages:
Connoisseur, Language (French), Lightning Reflexes.

Connections:
Cirque Sensationnel (High), Street (High).

Drawbacks:
Aliki has a MIA toward dreamy young men.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Nightwing comic (DC universe).

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