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Human Fly (Marvel Comics)

Human Fly

(Masked stuntman)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

The wildest super-hero ever—because he’s REAL !


Context

Human Fly was a brief-lived 1977 Marvel book. It held for 19 issues – “brief-lived” was different back in those days.

The main schtick was being based on stuntman Rick Rojatt, who developed the Human Fly look during the 1970s. Hence the tagline quoted above. However, Rojatt soon retired after a stunt accident, leaving the comic book version of himself soldier on for a bit.


Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Widowed.
  • Known Relatives: Unnamed wife and children (deceased).
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 6’ 2” Weight: 250 lbs (due to steel skeleton).
  • Eyes: Unrevealed Hair: Unrevealed


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Powers and Abilities

The Human Fly may well be the greatest stuntman alive. He trained his shattered body to peak perfection when doctor’s told him he would never walk again. Over 60% of his skeletal structure has been replaced or reinforced by steel parts which seem to aid in his resistance to injury.

His loyal aid Locke provides him with special equipment that aids him in his death defying stunts (and consequently adventuring). Which have ranged from jet boots (Flight), small explosives in belt (Bomb), to built in Mag-clamp electro magnets and suction cups (Cling).


History

After a head on car accident on a North Carolina road one night in ’71, the man who would be the Human Fly was alone. He had lost his wife and children, and had been left crippled.

Told he would never walk again, the young man not only walked but whipped himself into peak physical condition.

Wanting to encourage others to overcome their handicaps, he began life anew as a stuntman/superhero.


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Description

Red bodysuit, cowl, boots, with white stripes along the shoulders and arms, head and face, chest; white belt with red rocket buckle; white design on boots; white gloves; white cape with red stripes and stars.

Unmasked his features were always enshadowed to the reader.


Personality

What others would see as a death-wish, the Fly sees as a glorious reaffirmation of life. While he constantly protests being a crime-fighter, it was pointed out by a close friend that he only seems truly content in the middle of the action. In short he is an adrenaline junkie.

But one with a heart of gold. He generously donates all profits he makes as a stuntman to charity, and genuinely wants to help the unfortunate. He is more than willing to let other heroes deal with the bad guys if innocents are present. Seeing to their safety first before (inevitably) springing into action.

While very public about his story and “origin”, he is EXTREMELY secretive of his identity (unknown to even the reader). He was only out of costume in his series’ 19 issue run once. His close friends Ted, Blaze and Arnie are in on his Secret ID though.


Quotes

“I’m a stunt-man, not a crime-fighter !”

Fly: “Of course, they plan to kill me.”
Arnie: “What?! You know that, and you’re going to perform anyway ?!”
Fly: “YES !!”

“I *will* move again! If my mind is whole then my body can be made to respond !”


DC Universe History

Heroes can easily be at the big ’comeback‘ show of the Fly’s which inevitably would go awry with nefarious interference.


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The Human Fly

Dex: 10 Str: 04 Bod: 06 Motivation: Upholding the Good
Int: 06 Wil: 09 Min: 06 Occupation: Stuntman
Inf: 08 Aur: 06 Spi: 12 Resources {or Wealth}: 007
Init: 026 HP: 035

Powers:
Density Increase: 01, Skin armor: 01

Bonuses and Limitations:
Skin armor does not apply against piercing and energy attacks.

Skills:
Acrobatics*: 10, Artist (musician)*: 08, Charisma (persuasion)*: 08, Martial Artist*: 06, Medicine (first aid)*: 06, Military Science (demolitions)*: 06, Thief:: 07, Vehicles*: 10, Weaponry (exotic)*: 10

Advantages:
Confidants (Ted Locke-engineer, Blaze Kendall-pilot, Arnie Berman- P.R. man), Intensive Training, Language (American Sign Language), Lightning Reflexes, Local Hero (had devout following of fans, hero to handicapped people), Scholar (Stuntwork) , Schtick (crowd control).

Connections:
Harmony Whyte, reporter (Low).

Drawbacks:
Limelight (at least while active), SIA to death defying stunts, Secret ID.

Equipment:

  • Baton [BODY 08, EV 04 (05 w/Str, 07 w/MA), spring loaded cable 2 APs long, Lightning (no range): 06, EV can be used at range of 2 APs and an Ammo rating of 1].
  • Steel Mesh Cape [BODY 08].
  • 8 AP AC Omni-Gadgets(x2).
  • Various vehicles depending on stunts.

Death defying stunts !

The Human Fly often applies this Scholar to both his Acrobatics and Vehicles, receiving a -2 CS bonus to the OV/RV to Action Checks for these Skills when he is performing a planned stunt.

By Jackson.

Helper(s): Sébastien Andrivet, Vincent P. Bartilucci.

Source of Character: Marvel Universe.

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