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Gimmix (7 Soldiers) (DC Comics)

Gimmix


Power Level:
Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
  • Obscure and presumably dead character, but some of her gadgetry work might show up – it would be an interesting source of equipment for a PC.
  • Seven Soldiers entries include S P O I L E R S for an amazing series with a strong mystery element. You probably wan to read the books first.

Background

  • Real Name: Jacqueline Pemberton
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed
  • Known Relatives: Merry Pemberton (aka Merry, the girl of a thousand gimmicks – mother), “Fly-Foot” Creamer (biological grandfather, deceased), Sylvester Pemberton Sr. (adoptive grandfather, deceased), Mrs. Pemberton (adoptive grandmother, deceased), Sylvester Pemberton (aka Star-Spangled Kid, aka Skyman, adoptive uncle), another adoptive uncle (name unknown), Henri King Sr. (aka Brain-Wave or Brainwave I, possibly her father), Henri King Jr. (aka Brainwave or Brainwave II, possibly her brother)
  • Group Affiliation: Briefly a member of the Vigilante’s “six soldiers”
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile
  • Height: 5’5” Weight: 123 lbs
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black (wears a red wig)


Powers and Abilities

Gimmix was a competent gadgeteer. She had a broad range of useful gadgets intended for a limited number of uses, which maps well with the game’s notion of Omni-Gadgets.

Her equipment typically had a ’women’s accessories’ theme ; the gear she used included :

  • large sunglasses in a 1940s starlet styling (with a suite of optics including Telescopic Vision: 03 and Ultra-vision: 04, Combined Usage allowed)
  • a bottle of hairspray with the words ’What Every Girl Needs’ in girly letters (Ice production: 07, negotiated upward to 09 with the GM after agreeing to limit it to either a cold attack or ice encasement)
  • the mysterious and unlikely “anti-spider lipstick”. What the later was is a mystery, though it may just have been a weird joke on her part.

History

Jacqueline Pemberton is the daughter of Merry, the “girl of a thousand gimmicks” — a WWII-era super-heroine and frequent associate of the patriotic pals, the Star-Spangled Kid and Stripesy. She seems to be in her early 40s, though giving her an age is difficult given her use of face-lifting operations and cosmetics.

A likely hypothesis is that she is the older sister of Brainwave (Henry King, Jr.) – formerly a Infinity, Inc. member. Like her probable kid brother she seems estranged from her mother, who is known to strongly object to younger persons risking their lives as super-heroes. Their mother’s militant attitude may have prompted both children to become heroes.

Pemberton apparently had a career as very minor heroine Gimmick Girl. However, their mother’s fears would prove correct for both Henry and Jacqueline. Gimmick Girl soon ran into a problem she couldn’t handle and was kidnapped by demonic, shape-shifting monsters and sexually abused. Jacqueline was clearly left psychologically diminished by her ordeal.

She eventually returned to the hero scene as Gimmix, but carefully stuck to what she called “light hero work” – cases that didn’t have a potential for going horribly wrong. She had a number of brief, short team-ups with much better-known heroes such as Booster Gold or Aquaman – but all these cases were way too minor to ever be chronicled in comic books.

While routine, these cases were important for Gimmix. She turned them into revenue by telling anecdotes about these adventures, talking about the experience of working with B-list heroes, and other activities catering to super-heroes fans.

Gimmix worked the super-heroes fans convention circuits, selling stories and autographs and participating to discussion panels staffed by D-listers, has-beens and retired C-list villains. This convention milieu seemed broadly similar to video games or comic book conventions in the real world, mostly attended by young male nerds wanting to approach the fascinating world of super-heroes.

The last day of summer

Gimmix answered a classified by veteran super-hero the Vigilante (Greg Saunders), hoping for useful contacts to make and stories to tell. She was disappointed – the Vigilante only managed to round up a bargain basement crew (the then-current versions of the Whip, Boy Blue, Dyno-Mite Dan and I, Spyder).

Though she knew that she was very low-tier, Gimmix’s insecurities compounded her discomfort and disappointment, and she seemed jealous of the much younger, assured and vital Whip (Shelly Gaynor).

The aged Saunders wanted to close accounts with a monster haunting the Miracle Mesa area – a monstrous, house-sized spider that somehow reappeared every century. The Vigilante had encountered the arachnid 100 years before during a time-travel adventure, and unsuccessfully hunted it with a posse. Though he was now too old to hunt the thing by himself, he wanted to win the second round and rid the world of it.

Gimmix freezes a giant spider

Thanks to I, Spyder’s zoological expertise the rag-tag set of nobodies managed to track down and engage the spider. The experience was unbearable for Jackie, who was deathly scared of monsters due to previous trauma. She was nevertheless the one who stopped the horrible thing in its track with a sort of ice spray, albeit she was left shaken.

Though Gimmix had faced and confronted her fears despite her low self-opinion, that was her swan song. The spider was bait to destroy the Vigilante’s D-list posse to make sure they would never fulfill a prophecy. It had taken Pemberton, Saunders and the others far enough into Miracle Mesa for them to be ambushed and slaughtered by massed Sheeda forces led by Neh-Buh-Loh.

Though she had disappeared in the middle of nowhere and likely left no corpse, the FBI managed to get enough evidence to establish Jacqueline Pemberton’s death. That took a while, though, and while the situation was still hazy Lexcorp moved in and bought several pieces of intellectual property from the Pemberton estate, such as the Skyman identity.


Description

The luscious red hair is an expensive wig she wears to complete her image as an old-school Hollywood femme fatale à la Rita Hayworth. Gimmix much prefers to be “in character” with her wig, classy 1940s clothing, makeup, etc.


Personality

Pemberton seemed more competent than she gave herself credit for — she stopped the charge of a multi-tonnes giant spider with a disposable gadget looking like hairspray. She apparently was limited by her psychological baggage, not her skills.

Gimmix seemed very insecure and self-loathing, transparently overcompensating by adopting a superior, bitchy, arrogant demeanour that annoyed everybody. She dreamed of making it to the big-time and kept talking about it, but knew she simply didn’t have the right stuff.

She also overplayed her style and look as a retro super-heroine, patterning herself as a classy Hollywood star from the early 1940s – including going long on the whiskey and cigarettes to absorb her stress and anxieties. She seemed to view the early 1940s as a sort of golden age (get it ?), and markedly preferred fashions, manners and style from this era.

She relished opportunities to meet with long-lived heroes from that era, and knew a lot about Golden Age heroes.

Gimmix was morbidly obsessed with the horrible abuse she endured, and never recovered from it. She’d never miss an opportunity to mention she had been sexually abused by monsters, to everybody’s discomfort, and kept recounting the incident in graphic details, either in a never-ending attempt to exorcise it or because she craved attention and support.

Zatanna described the story as “an hour-[long] […] most lurid account of monster sex I can imagine outside of Starro the Conqueror’s porn stash.”

Gimmix is a consummate name-dropper, and even a very brief encounter with a better-known hero will be ruthlessly leveraged in later conversations so something of their fame and power can reflect off her.


Quotes

“Giovanni Zatara. Wonderful man. What a dancer. I know his daughter from my therapy group. JLA girl. Of course, I needed profound counselling after the whole demonic abuse thing I went through.”

“And I want this done professionally, that’s all I’m saying. When me and Booster Gold captured the Hodag at that convention in Chicago, we had proper equipment. Speaking as one who at least has some experience with monsters.”

(Starting to panic) “I don’t care if [the buffalo spider] is wearing Versace, we’re outta here. I do *light* hero work ! Giant fucking spiders are *off* the agenda, boys and girls. I don’t care what I said.”

“The real Boy Blue was a gentleman !”

(In shock after freezing the giant spider solid) “Never, ever again. Is it over and can I smoke now ?”


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Gimmix

Dex: 03 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 03 Occupation: Light super-hero
Inf: 03 Aur: 02 Spi: 02 Resources {or Wealth}: 007
Init: 010 HP: 015

Skills:
Gadgetry: 06, Scientist: 04, Vehicles (Land): 04, Weaponry (Exotic): 05

Advantages:
Familiarity (Minor super-heroes, 1940s ladies’ fashions)

Connections:
Super-heroes convention circuit (Low)

Drawbacks:
MIA toward Acting like an “a**hole diva” (as the Whip put it), MIA toward Drinking and smoking too much, Public ID, Traumatic Flashback (being at the mercy of monsters), MPI (self-esteem issues)

Equipment:
ABCD Omni-Gadgets (x5) [7 APs]

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Seven Soldiers #0 (2005)

Helper(s): Roy Cowan

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