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The Mime (Batman enemy) (DC Comics)

Mime


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

The Mime is a very minor Batman foe. She clashed with him in 1987.


Background

  • Real Name: Camilla Ortin
  • Other Aliases: Camilla Cameo (nom de scène)
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed
  • Known Relatives: Oscar (father, deceased), mother (name unrevealed, deceased)
  • Group Affiliation: None
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile
  • Height: 5’6” Weight: 118 lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Light brown (wears a black wig as the Mime)


Powers & Abilities

Camilla Cameo is a talented, practised mime. Even people who dislike mimes will usually like her performances. She’s also a classically-trained dancer and generally in good physical shape.

As the Mime, her main weapon is a low-to-mid calibre pistol (silenced, obviously).

Her backup weapon is that her gloves are electrified. This is not detectable unless the gloves are taken apart, and the shock is sufficient to knock out even Batman if taken by surprise. The current doesn’t seem to be lethal, though.

She might have other weapons in her bag.

She seemed fairly smart and resourceful – her crimes weren’t exactly easy to commit.


History

Camilla Ortin is the daughter of the “Firework King”, a wealthy industrialist.

Mr. Ortin was obsessed by his explosive products and kept experimenting with them even at home, and his daughter came to develop a pathological dislike of loud noises. One assumes that she was shocked by a sudden deflagration or five during her early childhood.

As an artistic child, Camilla trained as a ballet dancer until both her parents perished in an explosion at one of Mr. Ortin’s plants. Inheriting their fortune, she decided to throw herself into her preferred art form – mime.

She studied with Marcel Marceau  and other masters, then returned to her native Gotham City and set up her own mime troupe, the Cameo Company.

Though their work was good, there just wasn’t enough of a public for mime. Running the troupe consumed Cameo’s wealth. For a while the troupe carried on thanks to regular appearances at the Gotham Civic Center, but city funding for the arts was eventually axed.

Circa 1982, Camilla Cameo had to disband her crew and dropped out of sight, her fortune exhausted.

The silent return

In 1987, the Mime made her debut as a Gotham-style costumed and themed criminal. For her debut, she stole the clapper of the main churches in Gotham, silencing the bells.

Later on, while giving a successful street performance, she triggered a traffic jam. When an irate taxi driver used his horn, the mime shot him with a silenced pistol through his windshield – though the man wasn’t badly wounded.

Batman (Bruce Wayne) chased and cornered her, but was surprised by the Mime’s electrified gloves and Ortin escaped.

The Mime (Batman enemy) (DC Comics) shoots a taxi driver with her silenced pistol

A few days later, the Mime stormed a Civic Center performance by Blister Twister. This commercially successful but artistically uninteresting KISS  clone band was billed by the Center to inject a little cash into the coffers, but their loudness apparently angered the Mime.

The Mime sneaked in, cut the power and knocked out the band with her gloves. She started giving a mime performance for the large Blister Twister public, but Batman and Robin arrested her.

The Mime was never seen again. She does appear in The Further Adventures of Batman short stories anthology , but that’s thoroughly out of any continuity known to man, woman or llama.


Description

When in costume and makeup, Carmilla almost always moves and emotes with the stylised body language of a mime.


Personality

She seems to be a typical Gotham nutcase, though she didn’t seem murderous (all her victims were back on their feet within an hour at most).

Her two main things seem to be a hatred of loud noises (these are physically painful to her) and wanting a wider audience for her art.

The Mime never speaks, of course.


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Mime

Dex: 03 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Psychopath
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Mime, criminal
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 003
Init: 012 HP: 015

Skills:
Acrobatics (Climbing): 03, Artist (Dancer): 04, Artist (Mime): 06, Martial Artist (AV): 06, Weaponry (Firearm): 04

Advantages
Familiarity (Yoga)

Connections:
None demonstrated

Drawbacks:
Serious Irrational Dislike of loud noises, Attack Vulnerability (-1CS OV/RV vs. loud noises), Misc.: The Mime doesn’t normally talk

Equipment:

  • Silenced low-calibre pistol [BODY 02, Projectile weapons: 03, Ammo: 08, Thief (Stealth – only to muffle the shots): 04, R#03]
  • Electrified gloves [BODY 02, Lightning (Range is Touch): 06, R#03]

By Sébastien Andrivet

Helper(s): Darci, Thommy Tsunami, Tom Eilers

Source of Character: Batman vol. 1 #412

Writeup completed on the 24th of February, 2015.

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