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Hero Zero and a giant dragon

Hero Zero

David McRae

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


  • Real Name: David McRae
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: None
  • Base Of Operations: Cinnabar (Nevada)
  • Height: (as Hero Zero) 20+ ft Weight: (as Hero Zero) 3+ tons
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Light brown

Powers and Abilities

David has, embedded in his chest on the top of his breast bone, a gem-like metallic sphere that houses the Zero intelligence. Zero has supernormal perceptions (with a knack for warning David when a giant monster appears) and can turn David into an armored giant called Hero Zero who can fly and shrink down to the size of a cell. It also provides advice and the voice of experience.


The “Zero” entity is in fact the main computer, or at least one of the computers, of the base built by the alien scientist known as the Vortex. When, in 1947, the alien scientist was trapped inside the dimension maelstrom, it was left alone.

Under unknown circumstances, it made contact with three people : Motorhead (who ended up with the immensely powerful artefact known as the Motor inside him), Mecha (who ended up in the scientist’s old combat armor) and a teenager called David McRae. How one of the computer’s peripherals ended up embedded in David McRae’s chest is unknown.

Known cases involving Hero Zero were the interception of a dragon made of assembled demons above the Nevada desert, and being summoned by the Vortex for a short inspection and then saving Vortex from three Destroyers by destroying them.

When Vortex decided to abandon his research on Earth and destroy his machines that meant the destruction of the Zero computers, and Hero Zero attempted to stop him. Vortex was touched by David’s devotion to his best friend, and agreed not to destroy the machines – including Zero. He even left him several gems that looked like the one in David’s chest before leaving.



David can retract the Zero sphere in his chest to protect his secret ID when needed.


David is a reasonably smart and quite courageous teenager, and is about 13 or 14. He’s not very experienced, and many weird occurrences will surprise him. Zero is like a taskmaster for him, and he wishes it would tell him more than just what he needs to know.

David seems to be quite lonely, given his secret, and consider Zero to be his very best friend.


“Zero, it’s a… dragon ? But dragons aren’t real !”

DC Universe History

Hero Zero is a minor character and can easily be inserted, presumably in a place that is as isolated as Cinnabar.


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Hero Zero

Dex: 04 Str: 02 Bod: 02 Motivation: Thrill
Int: 04 Wil: 03 Min: 03 Occupation: Teenager
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 002
Init: 011 HP: 020

Skills: None

Advantages: Insta-change

Connections: None

Drawbacks: Secret ID, Age (young)

Pet: Zero peripheral sphere [BODY 10 INT 08 WIL 06 MIN 06, Detect (Vortex): 10, Flight: 07, Growth: 15, Shrink: 15, Skin armor: 02, Telepathy: 10, Thermal Vision: 06. Limitation: all Powers except for Telepathy can only be used on David (-0) ; minimum Growth is 5 APs (-1) ; Growth cannot be used for more than 3 hours (-1) ; Growth adds to BODY instead of adding to RV ; Telepathy only with Vortex alien tech and the Vortex himself (-2)]

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Dark Horse’s CGW

Helper(s): Roy Cowan

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