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Mirage (Marvel Comics) vs. Spider-Man


Desmond Charne

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


  • Real Name: Desmond Charne
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: None
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile
  • Height: 5’11” Weight: 195lbs
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Unrevealed

Powers and Abilities

All of Mirage’s powers are derived from his costume. The costume is a powerful holographic device capable of bending light for many purposes. With the costume he can alter his own and his men’s true appearances as well as creating an illusion of his position so that he always appears to be somewhere else than what he really is.

It can also create multiple images of him so that the real form is hard to detect. Additionally, the costume gives him a little extra protection against injury. So powerful are the illusions that not even Spider-Man’s spider sense can differ between real and illusion ; often Spider-Man was attacked by an enemy that appeared to be teleporting towards him or away from him (but in reality he simply made himself visible again). When hit the Mirage immediately seemed to disappear after which he immediately would deliver a blow himself.

Desmond Charne himself is a master holography technician and has developed the costume himself. Although no master, he’s quite adept at physical fighting (he hits like a horse kicks, like Spider-Man once thought). Mirage often attacks his foes by hand-to-hand attacks or by the use of a gun. During his crime tours the Mirage travels around with his own gang of thugs who are clad in a version of his own costume.


The man who would become the Mirage, Desmond Charne, used to be a holography technician. Charne admired the superhero Spider-Man and wanted to become better than him. Thus he designed himself a powerful costume and turned to a life of crime. He gathered himself his own gang of criminals and began his criminal career.

Mirage decided to rob all the guests attending weddings at the Morgan Hotel in Laverne. At that point the friends of Peter Parker, Ned Leeds and Betty Brant were getting married at the hotel and Parker himself was a guest. When the gang showed up Parker changed into his alter ego the Spider-Man and intervened. Spider-Man quickly defeated Mirage’s underlings, but had trouble defeating Mirage since he couldn’t touch him.

Mirage gave Spider-Man a good beating (and felt that he’d overestimated him), but was defeated when Spider-Man realized how Mirage’s powers worked ; since Spider-Man couldn’t pinpoint Mirage’s true position he attacked the entire area around Mirage by pulling down an enormous crystalline chandelier which then landed on Mirage defeating him. Mirage ended up in jail, but later returned to crime although only as a second-string villain.

Later he received an invitation by the criminal underworld for attending a meeting at the Bar with No Name to discuss the lethal threat of the vigilante known as the Scourge of the Underworld. Mirage’s career and life ended when it turned out that the bartender himself was the Scourge in disguise. By surprise, the Scourge viciously attacked and shot to death all second-string criminals attending the meeting including the Mirage.

Later, Captain America disguised himself as the Mirage to convince the Scourge that someone from the bar had survived in an attempt to trap him. Scourge fell for the trick and was caught, but was killed by another Scourge before he could reveal anything.


See illustration.


Desmond Charne has self-confidence in abundance. Suffering from delusions of grandeur he believes himself to be invincible and untouchable due to his costume and genius. As an effect he always toys with his opponents instead of defeating them as soon as possible.

He really enjoys to talk and taunt during combat and happily makes so even while trying to kill his opponent. Mirage performs crimes simply because he wants to be “the best”. When not fighting the Mirage stands and gloats.


“You may easily have defeated my underlings, but it won’t be as easy to combat the Mirage !”

DC Universe History

Sure, why not ? Change the adoration of Spider-Man into some other cool hero if Spider-Man is not present in the campaign himself. Mirage might appear powerful, but most heroes should be able to defeat him once they realize how his powers work. Realizing this, however, is hard (Perception Check vs OV/RV of 09).

One nice thing about Mirage is that the players may be certain that he’s a powerful teleporter or even time manipulator for encounter after encounter before they realize the truth (and that’s a Kodak moment).

Also, since Mirage believes in his own superiority it is unlikely, although not impossible, that he will work together with another illusionist in the DC Universe. Mindboggler or DCU’s Mirage are good choices here.

Perhaps the two, complete with their own gangs and all, could have a showdown to see who is the best illusionist and criminal.


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Mirage I

Dex: 05 Str: 04 Bod: 04 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 06 Wil: 05 Min: 04 Occupation: Holography Technician
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources: 4
Init: 018 HP: 035

Skills: Gadgetry: 06, Martial Arts: 05, Weaponry: 04

Advantages: Leadership, Scholar (Holography)

Connections: Underworld (Low)

Drawbacks: Overconfident

Equipment: Costume [/BODY/ 05, Illusion: 09, Invisibility: 09, Bonuses: Illusion has Area Effect, Illusion effectively neutralizes Spider-Man’s Spider sense. Limitations : Illusion may only be used for disguising appearances and creating multiple false images of himself. Notes : Mirage always puts up an illusion of himself while he remains near the illusion in invisible form. When the illusion is attacked he disappears to reappear at another position giving him an effect resembling teleportation. After this he will also appear forth from seemingly nowhere to attack his enemies giving him the equivalent of a ’Blindside Attack‘.]

Mirage’s thugs

Dex: 03 Str: 03 Bod: 03 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 02 Wil: 03 Min: 03 Occupation: Henchman
Inf: 02 Aur: 02 Spi: 02 Resources: 004 (this is why they are robbers !)
Ini: 007 HP: 010

Skills: Weaponry: 03

Connections: Mirage (Low)

Equipment: Ordinary Gun [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 03, Ammo: 07, R#2]

By Peter S Piispanen aka The Angel

Source of Character: Spider-Man comics

Helper(s): Sébastien Andrivet

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