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Golddigger

(Angela Golden)


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

Context

Golddigger is an obscure Marvel baddie who first appeared in 1991. She is a mob-lieutenant-for-hire, but with unusual looks for the position and — we *think* — far more physical strength than her physique would indicate.

Most would likely consider her negligible. But I can see how handy she could be in various thriller and crime scenarios, from gritty streets to James Bondian fare.

Snapdragon has occasionally occupied a broadly similar niche.


Background

  • Real Name: Angela Golden
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Former employee of Damon Dran, former employee of Doctor Malus.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 5’7” Weight: 125 lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Dark brown (bleached platinum blonde).


Powers and Abilities

Golddigger is generally assumed to be a martial artist – possibly a wrestler.

During an early appearance, Golddigger produces a pair of fighting daggers, apparently of a Sykes-Fairbairn design. In her 2011 appearance she was armed with a modern handgun.

Angela Golden is gorgeous, and dresses to emphasis her spectacular body. Her presence has proven very distracting for most males. Furthermore, she has the social and manipulative skills to capitalise on this.

Her pulchritude also makes it trivial for her to pass for a random moll, bimbo or escort among a criminal’s encourage. This allows the shrewd Golden to deceive and surprise her employer’s foes.

Close observation suggests that she may have other assets. While Golden is a trained hand-to-hand fighter, her skill is not such that it would make her employable as a costumed fighting specialist. However…

Strong enough

However, Diamondback (Rachel Leighton) is surprised by Golddigger’s strength, which seems to at least match her own. And Diamondback has by that point near-superhuman strength, sufficient to snap through thick leather restraints.

If we interpret this scene as Golddigger having abnormal strength, she seems slightly stronger than Diamondback. Rachel being pegged a low 5 (in DC Heroes RPG terms, and thus able to lift about 800 lbs) that would put Golddigger somewhere near the 1,000 lbs strength mark.

One hypothesis would be that Golddigger is a marginal success of the Power Broker process, which left her with just-superhuman strength.

Her durability is normal though. She can readily be knocked out by a sufficiently strong fighter, or an athletic person clubbing her with a bar stool.


History

Angela Golden might be from New Orleans. She seemed very familiar with the city and its underworld, and it is weakly implied that she has the accent.

The Golddigger identity and costume were first seen used by another woman, the assassin also known as Caprice. Caprice used the Golddigger disguise to infiltrate the Unlimited Wrestling Federation and assassinate Titania (Davida DeVito).

Whether the Golddigger identity was created by Caprice is unknown. Occam’s Razor  would suggest that Angela Golden — possibly a Power Broker customer — had already created the Golddigger name and costume to work as a mercenary. If so, Caprice stole her identity to apply and join the Wrestling Federation.

Golddigger was later glimpsed as a guest to the all-women luxury cruise thrown by Superia (Deirdre Wentworth) to pitch her Femizon project.

Some months later she was spotted at a Bar With No Name. She had apparently been sharing drinks with two other super-villainesses, Battleaxe and Steel Wind. Then, they noticed Black Mamba and Asp at the bar. They tried to seize them to earn a bounty from Superia – but thanks to yet another female super-mercenary named Impala, their prey escaped.

The Indestructible Man

During the early 1990s, Golddigger completely changed her style. She adopted a new hair style, hair colour and low-key but flattering costume. Far more eye-catching than before, Golddigger now worked as a sort of lieutenant for wealthy criminals rather than hang around with knives in criminal dives.

If she is indeed from New Orleans, this new job may have been provided by the crime lord Damon Dran, better known as the Indestructible Man. Dran looking for local talents as he established his new headquarters in the Big Easy. Golddigger seemed in charge of security, running a crew of extremely strong henchmen. Kono “the Sumo” Sanada was her main enforcer.

Golden was warned by her contacts that two persons had been in town enquiring about Sanada’s sister. Thus, she drew them into a trap – an armoured limousine rigged with sleep gas dispensers. One of her two captives, Rachel Leighton, kicked Golddigger’s gas mask out of her hands and punched her out. But Leighton couldn’t escape and eventually fell to the gas.

Nevertheless Leighton soon escaped, punching Golddigger out a second time. Rachel left Angela trapped in the cage that previously held her and her ally Zach Moonhunter.

When Captain America (Steve Rogers) later sneaked into Dran’s mansion, Golden was the first person he saw. She played the damsel in distress long enough to get close to Cap, then kneed him in the groin and had her team of heavies come in to finish him. However, Cap recovered from Golden’s attack, and dispersed her security team.

Yet another costumed operator, Americop, then attacked Dran’s HQ. That made the situation untenable, and Golden retreated to join Dran in his getaway helicopter. Americop destroyed the helicopter with a grenade launcher, but Golddigger survived. She likely jumped from the rope ladder under the helo when she saw Americop aiming his weapon.

Power Broker

Angela Golden — no longer using the Golddigger alias — resurfaced in the late 2000s. She now was an agent of the Power Broker, working for Doctor Malus. Malus bought the work of one Dr. Seth Forrest, intending to turn it into a cheap way to create superhumans.

Golden apparently worked both as a face and as muscle. She was promised access to the treatment as part of her compensation. To fool investors, Golden sold them that the project was backed by Captain America and Iron Man (Tony Stark). She said that it was a Stark-designed variant of Cap’s super-soldier serum.

Though she was Malus’ lieutenant, he and Forrest kept Golden in the dark as much as possible. The treatment she was given was but a placebo, though for a while she feared that she had fallen victim to the disfiguring effects of the process. The project was dismantled by Hawkeye (Clint Barton) and a number of renegade test subjects.

Fed up with her employers’ lack of loyalty toward her, Angela Golden showed little reluctance to share information and likely obtained a plea bargain.


Description

In her old Golddigger identity, Golden has short black hair. Presumably her blonde hair is a high-end bleach job. The vest she wears is spangly lamé. In her more recent appearances she was wearing ordinary business attire and casual clothes.


Personality

Arrogant, confident, manipulative. She seemed reasonably smart, and well-educated.

On the other hand, she did not endure stress and pain too well.


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Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

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Golddigger

Dex: 04 Str: 05 Bod: 03 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Mercenary
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 012 HP: 005

Skills:
Artist (Actress): 04, Charisma (Persuasion): 04, Vehicles (Land): 04, Weaponry (Firearms, Knives)*: 04

Advantages:
Area Knowledge (New Orleans), Attractive.

Connections:
Mercenary scene (Low), Street (Low), Underworld (Low).

Drawbacks:
None demonstrated.

Equipment:
Golddigger used to carry a pair of fighting daggers [BODY 06, EV 03 (06 w/STR)], but no longer seems armed. She’s often accompanied by muscle, though, and had a cutting edge cell phone. She occasionally carries a medium-calibre pistol.


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Golddigger (Angela Golden) — Averaged PL4.2

STR STA AGL DEX FGT INT AWE PRE
00 (04) 01 01 02 02 (03) 02 01 01

Powers

Enhanced all over ● 13 points ● Descriptor: Power Broker, we think.
– Enhanced Strength 4, Enhanced Fighting 1, Subtle
– Enhanced advantage (Close Attack 2)

Combat Advantages

Chokehold, Close Attack 2, Defensive Roll 1, Improved trip, Ranged attack 1.

Other Advantages

Attractive, Contacts, Equipment 2.

Skills

Athletics 1 (+5), Close combat (Unarmed) 1 (+6), Close combat (Knives) 1 (+6), Deception 5 (+6), Expertise (Criminal lieutenant) 5 (+7), Expertise (New Orleans) 4 (+6), Insight 4 (+5), Perception 3 (+4), Persuasion 1 (+2), Ranged combat (Firearms) 2 (+5) (Limited 1 to pistols), Vehicles 2 (+4) (Limited 2 to common land vehicles).

Offense

Initiative +1
Unarmed +6, Close, Damage 4
Knives +6, Close, by type
Pistols +5, Ranged, by type

Defence

Dodge 05 Fortitude 03
Parry 05 Toughness 01*/02
Will 03

* Without Defensive Roll

Complications

  • Merc for money Golddigger isn’t as greedy as her name implies, but her job routinely involves danger in the name of financial gain.

Powers Levels

  • Trade-off areas. Attack/Effect PL 5, Dodge/Toughness PL 4, Parry/Toughness PL 4, Fort/Will PL 3.
  • Points total 64 Abilities 20, Defences 10, Skills 13, Powers 13, Devices 0, Advantages 8. Equiv. PL 5.


By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Marvel Universe (Gruenwald run on Captain America).

Helper(s): Darci

Writeup updated on the 10th of December, 2012.

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