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Jackhammer (Marvel Comics)

Jackhammer


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

Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: Silvermane’s HYDRA splinter ; later the Power Tools and Doctor Octopus’ version of the Masters of Evil
  • Base Of Operations: HYDRA secret base under the Shea Stadium, New York City ; later Power Broker, Inc.
  • Height: 6’ Weight: 180 lbs
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Originally, Jackhammer was a competent and pretty sharp engineer, who could effectively lead teams of HYDRA engineers and supervise the building of a huge secret base beneath the Shea Stadium. His behaviour implies that he had some degree of physical training, maybe in boxing. He wore devices on his wrists and hands that could punch with massive force.

After he was enhanced by the Power Broker, he evidenced the usual enhanced DEX and superhuman STR and BOD. Like the other Power Tools, he kept his HPs for LDD.


History

After Nick Fury managed to destroy HYDRA and Baron Strucker with their own Spore Bomb, the dreaded terrorist organization laid shattered for years. Various players tried to revive it, including various surviving HYDRA agents who proclaimed themselves Supreme Hydra or simply headed factions and cliques.

Some such factions eventually degenerated so that they became controlled by insane criminals or organized crime. In particular, a faction on the U.S. East Coast decided to make Maggia don Silvio “Silvermane” Manfredi its new Supreme HYDRA, and concentrated its operations on New York City.

Appreciating the value of good lieutenants, and knowing that he would frontally oppose powerful interests and superhumans, Silvermane made costumed criminals into chiefs for the various sections of his reorganized HYDRA splinter arm ; those were the Fox, the Fixer, Jackhammer, el Jaguar, Man-Killer and Mentallo.

However, the overconfident Silvermane outstretched himself by trying to kill the candidates for the board of directors of S.H.I.E.L.D., and his HYDRA splinter was swiftly taken out by S.H.I.E.L.D., Nick Fury, Daredevil and the Black Widow.

Jackhammer was the last lieutenant Daredevil encountered, as the secret HYDRA base was being invaded by S.H.I.E.L.D. and rocked by numerous explosions. Dramatically stepping out of the smoke, he attempted to avenge his beloved base by killing Daredevil, but the crimson-clad acrobat was full of anger over his mishandling of his relationship with the Black Widow and took Jackhammer out in two fierce blows.

After this humiliating defeat, the confident Jackhammer was apparently crushed, and decided to undergo the highly risky Power Broker to become superhumanly strong and tough. Like with half the subjects, it did not quite pan out — although Jackhammer indeed became a superhuman, his cognitive abilities were somewhat damaged.

The diminished Jackhammer joined a small group serving as a cadre of enforcers for Doctor Malus — the second incarnation of the Power Tools, along with Drill and “Buzz-saw” (actually unnamed in the story). He was the most competent of the bunch (which is not saying much), and they seemed to have been successful as legbreakers making sure former clients paid.

After he and the other two were ordered to take out a man investigating the activities of the Power Broker, they clashed with Battlestar. Jackhammer was the one who captured the snoop, and later held him hostage to force Battlestar to surrender.

Battlestar was successfully confined and depowered, but managed to take Malus hostage even in his terribly weakened state. At this point, the USAgent intervened and savagely took down the Power Tools after bursting through the concrete ceiling.

He was next seen in this state when he clumsily tried to hit on the female wrestler Poundcakes in some seedy supervillain bar. He apparently had a terrible reputation since Poundcakes, who had some fame as a superhuman wrestler, got very angry that other people had seen him trying to flirt with her. Their brawl nearly was interrupted by Steve Rogers, but Anaconda, fearing that it would end the date Rogers was having with Rachel “Diamondback” Leighton, intervened and subdued the two unruly superhumans.

Jackhammer was next seen in the version of the Masters of Evil assembled by Doctor Octopus — Absorbing Man, Gargantua, Oddball, Powderkeg, Puff Adder, Shocker (Herman Schultz), and Titania (Mary McFerran) — to loot the Avengers’ Mansion during one of those Infinity Crossover.

The Guardians of the Galaxy, who were in the XXth century at that point, intervened and clashed with the Masters, with Major Victory fighting off Jackhammer. Jackhammer was taken out in the first half of the battle, and missed a subsequent evil clones invasion. Lucky guy.


Description

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Personality

At first he was reasonably smart and competent – see his lengthy quote, since this is most of what he actually got to say before being taken out. He comes across as a slightly pulpish engineer and two-fisted fighter, but his bark is worse than his bite.

After his enhancement he was but a lowlife and a thug — though the deterioration seemed to be gradual. When he captured Battlestar he still seemed to have some smarts and spoke normally ; in his subsequent appearances he spoke like a daft punk and acted like a cheap hood.


Quotes

Jackhammer – the HYDRA years
“You’re responsible for this, Daredevil. This place was an architectural wonder and now, thanks to you, half of it lies in ruins. S.H.I.E.L.D. couldn’t have found this place without help. They had it : an ultra-high frequency signal. I traced it to you. It’s probably concealed within your hood’s horns. I built this place, Daredevil. Part of me dies with it. My name is Jackhammer, Daredevil. I’m through talking. Just catch this : you’re not getting out of here alive.”

Jackhammer – later
“If you place any value on this geek’s life, I’d surrender this minute ! You wouldn’t want to see what my jackhammer can do to normal flesh and bone !”

“Poundcakes, baby — chill out ! I tell ya I meant what I said as a compliment !”

“Yer a nutcase, buddy, and that phony shield o’ yers ain’t gonna help ya none !”


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Jackhammer – the HYDRA years

Dex: 04 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 05 Wil: 06 Min: 03 Occupation: Engineering section leader
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 013 HP: 010

Skills: Artist (architectural design): 04, Gadgetry: 05, Scientist: 05

Advantages: Expertise (building big comic book bases)

Connections: Silvermane’s HYDRA (Low), Underworld (Low)

Drawbacks: None

Equipment: JACKHAMMER GAUNTLETS [BODY 09, EV 09]


Jackhammer – the Power Broker years

Dex: 05 Str: 08 Bod: 08 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 03 Wil: 03 Min: 03 Occupation: Mercenary
Inf: 03 Aur: 02 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 011 HP: 015

Skills: None

Advantages: None

Connections: Underworld (Low)

Drawbacks: None

Equipment: JACKHAMMER GAUNTLETS [BODY 09, EV 09]

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Old Marvel comics

Helper(s): Roy Cowan

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