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Real form of the Altarian alien in The Hidden movie

Altarian alien criminal

The Hidden

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


  • Other Aliases: Arvin Lusk, William Burke, Jack DeVries, Jonathan Miller, Brenda, Dog, Lieutenant Masterson, Senator Willis
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: The Altarian race
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile
  • Length: 1’2” Weight: 25 lbs
  • Eyes: Unknown Hair: None

Powers and Abilities

The Altarian Alien has some really useful abilities that probably are inherent to its’ specie ; it can possess another living being by entering its’ mouth and taking control of its’ brain and nervous system.

Once in possession of a victim, it has no sense of pain, and appears to be superhumanly tough and resilient, never going down. It can, in human form, take dozens of gunshots etc. and still keep going on.

Its possession is so strong that it can creep into a newly deceased victim and take control of the body, revitalizing it as long as it resides within the body. The possession also allows it to increase the speed and strength of the victim for its’ own use, as well as use the victim’s memories.

The Altarian is also lethally skilled in all weapons available and is a master of using any type of vehicle. Being a member of an alien race, it probably has some scientific knowledge unavailable to humans.

The alien also has an incredible ability to lay a step before its’ opponents, and thus escaping them (one might rule that it can get out of any situation by spending half its’ HPs).


Unless you’ve seen the movie The Hidden I strongly recommend that you look it up. The story in short is:

The elite alien criminal known only as the Altarian Alien arrived at Earth around 8 years ago. It apparently began a violent career as a criminal taking possession of human bodies, using up their bodies until they could take no more physical abuse, upon which he changed body.

The alien, whose real name has not been revealed, was hunted throughout the galaxy to Earth by the equivalent of an alien law-enforcement officer named Ras Alhague. Upon Earth, it first possessed a man named Arvin Lusk, then another named William Butler and Jack DeVries. The Alien had an extensive interest in modern rock music and Ferrari cars, and would have anything else it desired, killing anyone who opposed it in any way.

As DeVries, it killed 12 men, hurt 23, stole 6 Ferraris, robbed a candy store, 6 shops and 8 banks. After the final bank robbery it drove away in a Ferrari with a massive police force hunting it, and the hunt ended, after many of the police had been killed, when DeVries crashed heavily with the car.

Meanwhile, officer Ras Alhague, who was possessing an earthling under the guise of FBI-agent Lloyd Gallagher, was tracking DeVries and had finally found him. Gallagher got help from police officer Tom Beck, and found out that DeVries had miraculously survived the crash and was now residing in a hospital. He hurried there to destroy his alien opponent, but too late.

DeVries had already woken up again, left the basically dead body of DeVries, and taken possession of another patient in his room named Jonathan Miller. As Miller, the alien robbed a music store and a car store and killed the owners and more in both those places. Gallagher was now hunting Miller, but ended up finding Miller’s dead body. The alien had left Miller for a stripper named Brenda. Brenda sexually killed a guy and went on to kill some police officers.

Finally, Gallagher and Beck caught up with Brenda and shot her dozens of time. Still refusing to surrender, Brenda jumped from the roof they were on and apparently died. Gallagher rushed down to finish the possessing alien, but the body was empty when he found it. The Altarian was now residing in a dog that had passed by Brenda’s body.

The dog, that belonged to Lieutenant Masterson of the police, killed it’s owner later that night and possessed Masterson instead. As Masterson it went on a killing spree in the city hall, and again lethally wounded by Gallagher, changed body to senator Willis.

But before doing so it had mortally wounded Tom Beck. Gallagher finally caught up with the alien, while being shot multiple times by the guards trying to protect Willis, and used a flame-thrower on him. Willis died and the Altarian crept out of his mouth.

Then, before it could do anything else, Gallagher shot it with an alien gun designed to destroy Altarians only. The Altarian exploded and died, and Gallagher was hospitalized. When Gallagher got the chance to visit Beck, Beck finally died.

Gallagher, really the alien Ras Alhague, now wanted a new life and to help Beck’s family, possessed Beck, reanimating him. As Beck, Alhague went on to live with Beck’s family after finally succeeding in his mission to stop the Altarian Alien.


The true form of the Altarian Alien is a small, slimy worm-like creature with multiple appendages. Since it basically always resides within humans, it looks like any human under its’ current possession. Since the alien is, indeed, an alien, its’ body language and speech is very strange.


The Altarian Alien has something of a one-track mind. It loves rock music and fast cars (particularly Ferraris, heheh, it probably likes fast spaceships as well !) and will do anything, and does, do get these things. If it wants something it just takes it, and if anyone is stupid enough to try to stop it, it immediately kills it either by gun or its’ bare hands.

It speaks in a very simple manner and mostly gives commands. It might also gesture various commands such as ’come here‘ etc. It really enjoys killing humans, probably seeing them as some sort of lower life form, and does so at any occasion when they irritate it the least, which is the case often. Total ruthlessness is the keyword here.

It apparently enjoys action, speed and danger and has no fear about revealing what it is ; although it wouldn’t since it speaks very little. Basically, it wanted as much fun (killing, speed, music and danger) as possible on its’ permanent stay on Earth.


“Gimme the keys.”

DC Universe History

Hmm…the Altarian Alien could be a remaining Alien from the Alien Invasion as a member of a minor alien race from the Altarian system. H-ck, it could even be one of the Appelaxians who came to Earth many years ago.

Considering its’ appearance it could be related to or even be a Durlan, but is probably best left over as a member of a new body-snatching race.


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The Altarian Alien

Dex: 01 Str: 00 Bod: 03 Motivation: Nihilist
Int: 06 Wil: 09 Min: 07 Occupation: Illegal Alien Criminal
Inf: 08 Aur: 04 Spi: 07 Resources {or Wealth}: N/A
Init: 015 HP: 030

Powers: Damage Capacity (Physical)*: 03, Omni-Arms: 0, Invulnerability: 09, Mind Probe: 05, Personality Transference*: 09, Power Reserve*: 09, Shrinking: 07

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Personality Transference is a physical power and means that powers such as Invulnerability and Systemic Antidote, instead of various mental defenses, are added to the victim’s RV (+0). Use DEX/Personality Transference as AV/EV vs. victim’s DEX/BODY as OV/RV
  • Power Reserve is only used to increase any possessed host’s physical stats(DEX, STR and BODY) by two, three and four APs respectively
  • Invulnerability and heightened BODY are not usable against certain alien energies
  • Invulnerability can resurrect a freshly dead corpse upon possessing it
  • Mind Probe is only usable against possessed victims
  • Shrinking is always on and already factored in

Skills: Scientist: 04, Vehicles: 07, Weaponry: 07

Advantages: Ambidextrous, Iron Nerves, Language (Altarian Language), Scholar (Escaping)

Connections: None

Drawbacks: Hunted (Ras Alhague), MIA (Rock Music and Ferraris), Socially Inept

Equipment: Usually some kind of firearm.

By Peter S Piispanen aka The Angel

Source of Character: The Hidden – movie

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