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Magenta (Frances Kane) in her early costume

Magenta

(Frances Kane)


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

Context

Magenta is a minor Teen Titans and Flash character, who appeared in 1982. The name is an allusion to her magnetic powers.

The following is an old, cobbled-together set of notes from third parties, and it mostly reflects her 1980s appearances. It absolutely needs an overhaul, but we keep it around since people find it useful.


Background

  • Real Name: Frances Kane
  • Other aliases: Magenta
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: Unnamed father and brother (deceased), unnamed mother
  • Base Of Operations: Blue Valley
  • Group Affiliation: Teen Titans (more or less)
  • Height: 5’7” Weight: 117lbs
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Blonde


Powers and Abilities

Apparently a mutant, Frances Kane can mentally generate magnetic energy. She has no known training in hand-to-hand combat.


History

Frances Kane was introduced to the Titans when her boyfriend Wally West (aka Kid Flash), noticed bizarre occurrences around her. Frances’ mother was convinced that her daughter was possessed by satanic forces. During an attempted exorcism, Frances’ latent mutant powers manifested themselves.

Wally, not sure what he had witnessed, had her examined at Titans Tower. The Titans were able to determine that Frances possessed the mutant ability of magnetism. They offered to help her hone her abilities, but Frances wanted nothing to do with them.

In fact, she was not comfortable with Wally putting his life on the line as a super hero either. Thus, she put pressure on him to resign. He finally did give up being Kid Flash, and the two continued to date and attend college together.

Mutant mistress of magnetism

But once Wally adopted the Flash identity and was among the Titans kidnapped by Brother Blood, Frances briefly adopted the costumed identity of Magenta in order to mount a rescue mission. Although she was successful, she still didn’t want to live the life of a super hero.

Frances lived with Wally in New York City as he carved out a life for himself as the Flash. But after he won the New York State Lottery, she found that she didn’t like how wealth changed him, and left.

Frances’ personality has become increasingly unstable. She even tried to kill Wally, because she perceives him as ruining her life by (1) introducing her to super-heroics, and (2) subsequently abandoning her. In addition to this, she was more recently attacked by Raven, and had one of Trigon’s demon seeds implanted in her.

The New Titans freed her, but this ordeal seemed to cause her even more psychological trauma, and she later resurfaced to again try and kill Wally.


Description

See illustration.


Personality

Frances is an average person who just wants to avoid superheroics of any sort. She was overprotective of Wally and tried to shield him from the Titans. She cared very much for him, but was a very cautious girl.

Although she has superpowers, she is a reluctant heroine at best. At one time, when Frances was trying to convince Wally to leave the group, she even called the Titans “freaks”. She disliked Raven, who had previously made Wally fall in love with her in order to get him to join the New Teen Titans.


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Frances Kane

Dex: 03 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Unwanted
Int: 04 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: College student
Inf: 03 Aur: 02 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 003
Init: 010 HP: 015

Powers:
Magnetic control: 10

Skills:
Charisma: 04, Vehicles (Air, land): 04

Advantages:
Area Knowledge (Blue Valley)

Connections:
New Titans (Low), Wally West (High)

Drawbacks:
Uncertainty

Compiled by Sébastien Andrivet (stats from the Titans sourcebook, history from www.keeffee.com/titans/frances.html (defunct), stuff from Who’s Who)

Source of Character: Teen Titans comics (DCU)

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