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The Giant One (Spider-Man character) (Marvel Comics)

Giant One

(Hidden Temple)


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

Context

The Giant One clashed with Spider-Man but once, in 1972.

He was part of an unusual story arc – through Flash Thompson, the Vietnam invasion became a recurrent part of the stories. At that point it was still going on, and super-hero comics avoided the subject as too controversial.

He’s a very very minor character, but we have a fondness for giant enforcer types and write ’em up when we come across ’em.


Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: Hidden Temple
  • Base Of Operations: Northern Việt Nam
  • Height: 7’4” Weight: 380 lbs
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Bald


Powers and Abilities

Not only is the Giant One, well, a giant – but he seems to possess consequent superhuman strength and durability. He seems to be somewhere between “peak human” and Spider-Man strength-wise, and can ignore even blows delivered with low superhuman strength.

The Giant One didn’t seem to trigger Spider-Man’s spider-sense (in DC Heroes terms, Obscure). Since Spider-Man didn’t even mention anything unusual, it might have simply been sloppy writing. In your game, you can certainly justify the Giant One being able to escape paranormal detection based on this murky precedent.


History

The Giant One seems to be the most efficient servant in matters physical for the Hidden Temple, an isolated Vietnamese holy site and monastery. The Temple was mostly unknown until Flash Thompson stumbled upon it during his tour of duty in Việt Nam. Flash found the place very pleasant and peaceful, but eventually went back to the US lines.

There, he learned that the Temple’s area was about to be bombed. Unable to convince his commander to abort the barrage he went back to the Temple to warn everybody to evacuate.

The high priest refused to move. He was seemingly killed when the Temple was shelled. He had, however, actually gone into a trance.

The remaining monks misunderstood this and thought Flash had deliberately had the Temple razed. They also guessed that the High priest would only awaken if they killed Flash.

To America

These monks, including the convert known as the Giant One, moved to the US and found allies there. Their efforts alerted military intelligence, who put Flash under their protection.

The monks and their allies clashed with the Feds several times in their attempts to kidnap Flash, attracting the attention of Spider-Man. Soon, the Giant One and Spider-Man tangled.

Giant One vs. Doctor Strange and Spider-Man

The Giant One and his allies blocked the Federal limousine carrying Flash, using trucks and cars. They then attacked using smoke and tear gas. Spider-Man managed to sweep the Giant One off his feet by surprise and web him up.

However, the Giant One and the other monks escaped and later infiltrated a Federal building, setting a diversionary bomb. This time the Giant One managed to stun Spider-Man, and they finally abducted Flash.

After Spider-Man met with Doctor Strange, they both teleported to the Temple so Strange could awaken the High Priest from his trance. As Strange did so, Spider-Man prevented the Giant One from ritually executing Flash.

This time Spidey was ready for the man’s physical might. He handily defeated him by using his webbing and his full strength.


Description

The Giant One was seen clad in a chauffeur outfit. Back home he presumably wears more monk-like clothing.


Personality

Apparently he’s very religious, and totally loyal to the Temple. He seems experienced in the ways of violence — presumably from his life before he became a convert. He’s quite articulate, perhaps even somewhat melodramatic, and very aware of his size, rep and strength.

He seems fairly smart and competent. The Giant One is not a dumb thug by any means.


Quotes

“One single blow cannot down me ! In all Indo-China, none can match the power of the Giant One !”

“I know not why you seek to battle me ! But I fight in the name of the Hidden Temple – and so, I cannot lose !”


DC Universe History

In the DC universe the Temple would be one of the places where Bruce Wayne studied the martial arts. When the Temple is attacked by Westerners leaving the abbot catatonic due to his wounds, the leadership is taken up by a monk who was a rival of Wayne’s during his time at the Temple.

He immediately declares that only the outsider Wayne could be responsible for the attack and sends The Giant One to either bring Bruce back to face justice or kill him outright.

After an inconlusive battle or two and even a loss to The Giant One, Batman manages to outwit the monk and capture him, thus learning of the attack on the temple. Eventually the Dark Knight traces the attack to a business rival of Bruce Wayne’s who is essentially the current Lex Luthor with the numbers filed off (or Justin Hammer).

The criminalistic businessman had investigated Bruce Wayne’s history and found the connection to the Temple.

Deciding that one of the monks was an ideal weapon against a troublesome competitor, a deal was made where, in exchange for an attack that would provide cover for an assassination attempt upon the order’s abbot, Bruce Wayne would be eliminated.

The Giant One could also be a former League of Assassins killer, who retired to join a peaceful monastery but still occasionally gets into trouble due to his past.


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The Giant One

Dex: 06 Str: 07 Bod: 08 Motivation: Upholding the Temple
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Chauffeur, heavy, monk
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 003
Init: 014 HP: 025

Powers:
Growth: 01, possibly Obscure: 17

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Growth is Always On and already factored in.
  • If he has Obscure it might only work against Danger Sense.

Skills:
Vehicles (Land): 04, Weaponry (Melee weapons): 05

Advantages:
Familiarity (Rituals of the Temple), Language (Vietnamese)

Connections:
The Hidden Temple (High)

Drawbacks:
SIA toward serving the Temple

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Old Spider-Man stuff (Amazing 108-109)

Helper(s): Jay Myers, Roy Cowan

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