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Firebug (pre-Crisis version) (DC Comics)


Joey Rigger

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


  • Real Name: Sergeant Joseph “Joey” Rigger
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: Unnamed mother, father and sister (all deceased)
  • Group Affiliation: None
  • Base Of Operations: Gotham City
  • Height: 5’11” Weight: 172 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black

Powers and Abilities

Rigger was an excellent athlete, a highly trained hand to hand combatant and an excellent soldier with superlative demolition skills. His costume had hidden tanks with a highly concentrated napalm derivative, projected via hidden openings in his hands.


A career soldier and demolition expert, Rigger came back to Gotham when all of his leaving relatives where killed in a freak series of separate building-related accidents over but a few weeks – his baby sister of lead poisoning from nibbling paint, his father from breaking his neck when a stair gave under him, and his mother from a heart attack in a stalled elevator.

His sanity damaged by the tragedy, Rigger became Firebug and gave himself a mission : to destroy the three responsible buildings before they could kill again. Batman managed to catch him ; during the fight the Firebug put himself on fire, madly attempting to complete his mission by detonating himself.

He accidentally fell from the Gotham State Building, and his tanks exploded before he could hit the ground.

The post-Crisis Firebug is a different person – he has the same name and same costume, but whereas the pre-Crisis ’bug was a black guy with excellent military training, the post-Crisis Firebug is a a middle-aged white guy who’s just a professional arsonist.


See illustration.


Rigger had been driven insane by his tragedy, and put his skills to use to “punish” buildings. He didn’t want to hurt anyone while doing so, but the buildings had to “die” to cleansing flame. He would often explain how he didn’t mean any harm but was on a mission of justice.


“That damned building has already done enough killing – and now it has been killed in return !”

DC Universe History

Firebug was, in the post-Crisis DCU, amalgamated with an unrelated character (the Firefly) under the name Firefly (I’ll refer to him as Firefly II). Firefly II used weaponry not unlike Firebug’s, and was unleashed as a mass arsonist by Nicholas Scratch during No Man’s Land.

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Dex: 06 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Psychopath
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 03 Occupation: Arsonist
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 003
Init: 016 HP: 020

Skills: Martial artist: 05, Military science: 05, Vehicles (land): 04, Weaponry (firearms): 04

Advantages: None

Connections: None

Drawbacks: SIH of plausibly dangerous buildings

Equipment: FIREBUG COSTUME [BODY 05, Flame immunity: 02, Flame project: 07, R#03]

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Pre-Crisis DCU

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