Powers and Abilities
Misfit has been Power Broker enhanced and is thus superhumanly strong and tough, and pretty fast as well. He’s a good wrestler and street fighter.
Very little is known about the Misfit’s history. It was mentioned that he had undergone the Power Broker treatment to break into the movies, presumably in the hope of becoming a highly-paid stuntman or an action movies actor like Wonder Man.
The Power Broker process has a 50% chance of failure, though — and Misfit was one of the failures. The damage was not as extensive as with others, but it left his body un-uniformly enhanced and grossly deformed, and might have damaged his mental faculties.
A number of such failures, most looking roughly similar to Misfit, were sent to live in the sewers under his L.A. lab by Dr. Malus, the scientist behind the Power Broker augmentation processes. Why Malus had that uncharacteristic moment of mercy was unclear, even to himself. It is probable that the future Misfit was among the group living in the sewers ; at that point all those subjects were highly disoriented and very aggressive.
While Captain America was dismantling the Power Broker operation, he ran into the deformed, maddened ex-Power Broker subjects in the sewers and was attacked. The Night Shift, a criminal gang led by Shroud (secretly an ally of Captain America) soon intervened and mopped up a half-dozen of the failed experimental subjects.
Assuming that the future Misfit was among the lot, a likely scenario is that the Shift’s hypnotist Dansen Macabre helped them out of their dementia, and at least one asked to join and was accepted – Misfit.
On the Night Shift
During one of the Shroud’s absences, Misfit and the rest of the Night Shift attacked the West Coast Avenger as payback for the recent imprisonment of one of their own, Digger. They didn’t fare badly until Wonder Man intervened, Misfit finding himself completely outmatched strength-wise.
Misfit was still part of the Shift after they rebelled against Shroud and were approached by the demonically-possessed Hangman, who briefly became their new leader. The Hangman duped them and turned them into agents of Satannish, not telling them thar the enhanced power they received came at the cost of their souls.
The Night Shift captured Wonder Man, but the actor crudely manipulated the insane Hangman to convince him to shoot a haphazard movie rather than pursue Satannish’s ends. Wonder Man’s goal was to gain time and it worked, the perplexed Night Shift getting dragged into Hangman’s train wreck of a movie as amateur actors.
This worked, giving the West Coast Avengers, Dr. Strange and Iron Man the time to repulse Satannish. Dr. Strange returned the missing souls to the Night Shift, who lost their enhanced powers and were arrested.
Misfit and the rest of the Night Shift soon went free, and resumed operations on their Los Angeles stuff ; they once clashed with Captain America and the Blazing Skull. They haven’t been seen much, but are presumably still around.
The Misfit has a serious case of halitosis.
Crude, aggressive, tough and vicious. He answers most problems with violence, and is likely to assault anybody he dislikes. He easily loses control of himself and his strength if angry enough, and a clever and calm opponent can manoeuvre him into committing mistakes. He’s definitely not a friend of subtlety.
Misfit is of course very frustrated by his monstrous appearance, making him angry all the time. At one point he started inappropriately pawing a woman on Hangman’s movie crew, though he was thankfully stopped by others.
As can be seen from the quotes, Misfit likes throwing threats around, and actually has talent for coming up with 1980s action movie tough guy lines.
“Enough of this sneaky stuff — I’m going in already !” (WRNNNK !)
(Catching the Vision in a bear hug) “Okay, apple-face – let’s see you break outta this !”
(Charging and punching Wonder Man) “Okay, pretty-boy ! I seen yer last pi’ture an’ it stunk ! Here’s five thumbs down !”
Hapless security guard: “Please, mister — I got a wife and kids —!”
Misfit: “Do I look like a census taker ?” (knocks guard out with a flick of the finger)
(Facing Captain America and pointing at his shield) “You smart talkin’ sap – I’m gonna cram that pizza-pie plate down your gullet !”
DC Universe History
The Night Shift largely drew from obscure characters from old horror comics published by Marvel comics – something that would work fine in the DCU too.
Source of Character: Marvel comics
Helper(s): Darci ; one illustration detoured at rapsheet.co.uk, marvunapp.com