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Letha (Marvel Comics) (Grapplers)

Letha

(Hellen Feliciano)


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

Context

Letha is simply a super-strong wrestler. She first appeared in 1979, and this profile covers these and her 1980s appearances. It was done a bunch of years before the strange return of a team of Scourge murder victims.

For more about the Grapplers, you should first read our character profile for Titania (Davida DeVitto).


Background

  • Real Name: Hellen Feliciano
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Grapplers.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 5’10” Weight: 145lbs.
  • Eyes:Blue Hair: Blonde


Powers and Abilities

Letha has been Power Broker-enhanced. Thus, she has boosted strength and durability to supplement her considerable wrestling expertise.

Even before the treatment, she could take out armed men with ease. Letha was specifically trained in a very acrobatic style of wrestling.

She supposedly carried specialized weaponry on the straps on her costume, but was never shown using them.


History

Letha is one of the original Grapplers. These were a small group of female wrestlers organised by a former wrestling star in her 40s, Auntie Freeze. The Grapplers (Titania (Davida DeVitto), Poundcakes, Letha and Screaming Mimi) were famous for their colourful personalities and ringside antics. However, the wrestling federations siphoned off most of their profits.

Titania I was approached by the covert ops division of Roxxon, who wanted to employ them. The Grapplers agreed and received unique weapons from Roxxon. The four women were to accompany the female warrior Thundra for a mission against Project : Pegasus. The mission was a failure, and they were imprisoned. Letha and Mimi had been defeated by Quasar.

The big gamble

While the Grapplers were in prison, the union of female wrestlers against the federation’s greed had lost its momentum. Thus, the Grapplers again had a cash flow problem after they were released. They resorted to various illicit practices to earn money, but were never caught during this period.

The Grapplers vintage group shot

At that point, Auntie Freeze negotiated a women’s division within the Unlimited Class Wrestling Federation. The UCWF was a wrestling federation for the superhumanly strong.

Like most persons associated with the UCWF, she was contacted by the Power Broker, a firm having developed a super-strength process that worked in 50% of cases. But it turned the subject in an hideous, superstrong freak if it didn’t work.

The four original Grapplers nevertheless subjected themselves to the treatment. By an amazing stroke of luck, all four survived the treatment intact. This allowed her to participate to the UCWF matches, which were attracting megabucks.

Unlimited class

They also attempted to get their revenge on the Thing (who was in an hospital due to his recent battle with the Champion of the Universe) for the defeat he had handed them at Project Pegasus. But the Grapplers were caught in the gigantic battle between a small army of heroes and even more villains who had the same idea.

Letha vs. Quasar (Marvel Comics)

In 1986, Titania was killed in her shower by the Scourge of Crime. The fiery and distraught Letha wanted to do something to avenge the death of her friend. Thus, she contacted Gary Gilbert (aka Firebrand), who was organising a meeting for low-level supercriminals in order to determine how to fight the Scourge.

The meeting was held in the Bar with no name. However Scourge defeated the security measures and killed everyone inside, including Letha.

Of the surviving Grapplers, Poundcakes remains an occasional merc. Meanwhile, Screaming Mimi has joined the Thunderbolts under the name Songbird.


Description

Every male hero whom Letha fought was reluctant to strike her, apparently due to her sex appeal.


Personality

Letha was an aggressive, rough young woman. She liked to play hardball, and handsome guys.

Her forceful personality made her consider loyalty a primordial value, which cost her life.


Quotes

“Ohh – isn’t he a doll, Mimi ? Look at those muscles — and that pretty face ! It’s a shame I’m going to have to mash it ! Don’t worry, Adonis – I wouldn’t let a handsome boy like you fall. No – I’ll just rest you gently… against the nearest wall.” (SLAM !)


DC Universe History

Well, I forgot to mention this obvious fact in the Poundcakes writeup, but the Grapplers are obviously the MU version of the Female Furies, Letha being the equivalent of Lashina. Thus, I’m not certain anymore that it would be a good idea to port them to the DCU.


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Letha

Dex: 06 Str: 07 Bod: 06 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 04 Wil: 03 Min: 04 Occupation : Wrestler
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth} : 005
Init: 016 HP: 020

Skills:
Acrobatics: 06, Martial artist: 07, Vehicles (land): 03

Advantages:
None AFAIK.

Connections:
Grapplers (High), Street (Low).

Drawbacks:
Public ID.


Less than Letha

Before the Power Broker treatment, Letha’s Physical Attributes and Skills were lower : DEX 04 STR 03 BODY 04 and Acrobatics: 05, Martial artist: 05.

However, Roxxon later gave her a custom-made costume “possessing energy elements that heightened [her] formidable natural abilities” : [/DEX/ 05 /STR/ 04 /BOD/ 05, Acrobatics: 06, Martial arts: 06, Limitations : Only works for a specific subject, and can only raise values by one AP].

Along with the costume she carried a rope, and possibly some weapons on her leather straps.

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Marvel Universe

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