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Mister Fantastic (Marvel Comics)

Mister Fantastic

(Gisted profile)


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

Context

This is a textbook gisted profile, done during the early 2000s. As such it was the result of a debate among informed folk, rather than panel-by-panel research.

But it’s a robust benchmark. And eventually, one day, we’ll start an epic series of emergent history profiles to replace this brave little writeup.


Background

  • Real Name: Dr. Reed Richards
  • Other Aliases: Stretcho, Rubberface, Big Brain, The Man in the Mystery Mask, Reed Benjamin
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Known Relatives: Susan Storm-Richards (wife), Nathaniel Richards (father), Franklin Richards (son), Evelyn Richards (mother, deceased), Johnny Storm (brother-in-law), Cassandra (stepmother, deceased), Immortus (father’s descendant), Huntara (step-sister ?), Kang (possible [something]-nephew if he is indeed a descendant of Nathaniel Richards), and, aaaah… lots.
  • Group Affiliation: The Fantastic Four, former Avenger
  • Base Of Operations: Traditionally the Baxter Building, Four Freedoms Plaza, NYC
  • Height: 6’1’‘ Weight: 180 lbs
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown, grey at the temples


Powers & Abilities

Reed is possibly the greatest human scientific mind on Earth. His intellect is nearly unrivaled (only Dr. Doom really rivals him) and he employs a great number of scientific skills to near superhuman levels. His scientific accomplishments are numerous, as are his patents.

Reed’s superpower is really his great mind, but he uses a powerful stretching ability, which he has fully refined to its full potential, in combat.

Mister Fantastic vs. Doctor Doom

His skills include near superhuman mastery of physics, spacecraft engineering, electronics, research, mechanics, chemistry, human and superhuman biology, logic, perception, mathematics and much more.

Additionally, Reed has several physical skills; he can pilot common and uncommon vehicles, use any type of weaponry and sneak out of most bindings or locks. He’s also an excellent field leader, orator, tactician and possesses good social skills. Reed’s courage, skills and powers makes him one of the greatest heroes on the Earth.


History

Reed is the son of Nathaniel Richards and his first wife, Evelyn, who died when Reed was only 7. Reed seems to take more after his father, devoting a great deal of his time towards intellectual pursuits, often forgetting (or ignoring) basic human functions like sleeping and eating.

He has always been a quick study and earned several degrees before attending Empire State University, where he met both Victor Von Doom and Ben Grimm, his roommate.

After graduation, Reed went on to attend the California State Institute of Technology, Harvard and Columbia University. It was there where met Susan Storm, his landlady’s niece, who fell in love with him.

Nathaniel Richards vanished shortly after Reed’s graduation, leaving him with a 2 billion dollar inheritance. Although he had substantial backing from the government, Reed spent most of his fortune building the rocket which eventually would grant him his super powers.

The Fantastic Four in the classic Fantasticar

As his project was being shut down, Reed, Ben, Sue and her younger brother, Johnny, decided to test the rocket on their own. Once in space, they were exposed to a freak radiation storm, which overwhelmed the shielding and then the crew.

Reed’s body became very malleable and elastic, allowing him to assume almost any form he can think of (maintaining, of course, a similar degree of mass). Reed has also theorized that the cosmic rays also heightened his intellect, making him one of the most brilliant men on Earth.

Upon realizing what had happened during their space flight, Reed adopted the name Mr. Fantastic and founded, with his crew, the Fantastic Four.

Into the Fantastic

A few years after the Fantastic Four’s creation, Reed married his long-time sweetheart, Susan Storm, then known as the Invisible Girl. Like all marriages, it has had rough patches – largely due to Reed’s devotion to his work. However, Reed and Sue have always returned to each other.

The two have had one child, Franklin, and their second was stillborn.

The Fantastic Four on white background

In one future, the son of Rachel Summers (daughter of Scott Summers a.k.a. Cyclops and Jean Grey a.k.a. Marvel Girl) and Franklin becomes the nearly all-powerful Hyperstorm. In an effort to preserve his own life, Hyperstorm banished Reed into Earth’s distant past.

Reed was eventually rescued, but the experience left him doubtful and unsure of his actions until Onslaught threatened the life of his son. His self-worth restored, Reed helped lead the defeat of the menace.

After returning from the Franklinverse, Reed quickly went to work restoring his team’s financial status. He recently took up a graduate professorship at ESU and has been working constantly to create and patent new devices.


Description

Slightly above average height and weight. Often seen in the FF costume, but equally often seen in a suit or white lab coat.

In the lab or in combat situations he uses his stretching abilities a lot (which is no problem since his clothing, like the rest of the FFs, are made using one of his invention, unstable molecules). Stretcho moves fast and dexterously and is often seen Grappling an opponent in order to subdue them.


Personality

I really like the list of adjectives in the Marvel SAGA Roster book, describing Reed in a nutshell : Investigative, intellectual, distracted by scientific puzzles, flexible, humanitarian, troubled by problems he cannot solve, loves his family.

In more elaborate terms, Reed is traditionally the definition of Upholding the Good in the Marvel Universe, along Captain America. He’s a very outgoing and nice guy, when not stuck up in performing experiments (which is usually the case).

He very easily makes new friends and is always regarded as a nice and proper guy and proper by the press (even J. Jonah Jameson likes him !). Reed is basically rich and famous (although financial problems have been a recurring subplot due to the enormous costs of operating the FF).

Reed has a great respect for life, and would never consider killing. He will do absolutely anything to save the lives of even great universal threats such as Galactus himself. This convictions allows him, when he put his mind to it, to address the best in all individuals and move them to take positive, responsible actions.

The Fantastic Four group shot

Reed is fanatically interesteded in anything scientific or even pseudo-scientific. This obsession leads him to forget about everything to investigate an intriguing concept, phenomena or piece of technology.

He always looks for a rational explanation to everything (which he always explains at lengths, to his teammates’s chagrin). But he has, in fine, no real trouble accepting magic forces as possibilities.

This obsessiveness has been the cause of most of the problems in his life, as he shuts out anything having to do with real life to focus on the enigma du jour – even to the expense of his loved ones. It is his clearest tragic flaw.

The time spend thinking and analyzing could arguably be better spent acting. Especially when he stops fighting to try to built a model to explain an adversary’s “physically impossible” feat.

But the facts remains that he *always* discovers any possible flaw or weakness there might be in the opponent or their plans. That’s almost a rule in comic books. Reed can theorize almost incredible weaknesses in even the most crushingly powerful opponents, such as Gladiator (Kallark).

Reed’s extended family is very important to him. A classic FF subplot is Reed becoming overstressed and becoming irrational in order to save Sue or Franklin as they have fallen victim to some dastardly plot. Reed has a somewhat irrational relationship with his father Nathaniel after the strange conflicts and adventures they crossed.

Johnny Storm is considered family and Ben Grimm is his oldest friend ; his rivalry with Doom borders in hatred.

Reed is clearly the leader – but he will occasionally have a talk with the members in order to make that clearer still.


Quotes

“You don’t understand, that’s physically impossible !”


DC Universe History

The entire FF are Marvel’s “First Family”. Use the entire team when deciding to use any member and remember that they often face and defeat cosmic threats.

Heck, no one is big enough to best them all… not Galactus, Blastaar, the Molecule Man, etc. so they could be put against any one opponent or team of opponents. Darkseid as an opponent would be nice.

Either set the adventure in the Marvel Universe or have the FF travel to the adventure setting via Doc Doom’s Time Travel platform or Richards’ Dimension Traveling Warp tunnel (the FF are either exploring or following a threat)… that is: don’t remake the FF into DC Characters, but keep them as original Marvel Characters.


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Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

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Mister Fantastic

Dex: 05 Str: 04 Bod: 07 Motivation: Upholding the good
Int: 09 Wil: 14 Min: 07 Occupation: Scientist, adventurer
Inf: 08 Aur: 07 Spi: 08 Resources {or Wealth}: 013
Init: 024 HP: 125

Powers:
Chameleon: 05, Recall: 06, Self-manipulation: 08, Skin armor: 03, Snare: 09, Stretching: 09

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Chameleon does not affect clothing (-1) and cannot change colours (-1)
  • Self-Manipulation is limited to simple shapes (-2)
  • Snare has No Range – it represents Mr. Fantastic wrapping himself around his opponent
  • Stretching can be used defensively without an action (+2) – however it substitutes for RV instead of adding to it (-2)
  • Stretching can substitute for OV in combat as an Automatic Action (+2)
  • All Powers and the top 3 APs of his Mental stats are Elementally Linked to the Stretching Power

Skills:
Charisma (Persuasion): 12, Detective (all but Law): 10, Gadgetry: 15, Medicine: 08, Military Science (ECM, Cartography): 08, Military science (Cryptography): 14, Scientist: 16, Thief (Escape Artist, Locks and Safes): 10, Thief (Security systems): 12, Vehicles: 05, Weaponry (Firearms, heavy weapons, exotic): 05

Bonuses and Limitations:
The Thief (Escape Artist, Locks and Safes) Subskills are both Powered and Contingent upon Stretching (-1)

Advantages:
Credentials (US Military, Low), Expansive Headquarter, Genius, Leadership, Omni-Connection, Popularity, Scholar (Dimensions, Physics, Spacecraft)

Connections:
Avengers (High), Fantastic Four (High), Scientific Community (High), Silver Surfer (High), Galactus (Powerful, Low), Hero Community (Powerful, High), Uatu the Watcher (Powerful, High), Inhumans (Low)

Drawbacks:
Public Identity, SIA toward Science

Equipment:
Mr. Fantastic rarely carries equipment on his person – he generally has to go to the lab and kit-bash something.


Reed’s Stretching

The main combat uses of Reed’s flexible and stretchable body are described above. He is :

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  • very hard to hit (Stretching subbing for OV)
  • very hard to damage (especially with physical attacks — Stretching subbing for RV + Skin armor)
  • so efficient at grappling and entangling this is treated as a Snare attack rather than a Grappling attack

Most of the clever stunts Reed uses are, in game terms, modelled by the Self-Manipulation Power. Past examples are too numerous to list but have included:

  • Reflection/Deflection (only against projectiles)
  • Gliding
  • Fluid form
  • Jumping (also Usable on others by turning his body into a giant slingshot)
  • Skin armor (also Usable on others against falls by using his body as a cushion)
  • turning his fingers into very ingenious lockpicks (Thief – Lock & Safes Subskill)
  • change his features to resemble others (this is the Chameleon power)

A not-so-subtle use is to sub Self-manipulation for STR – the infamous giant stretching fist.


Game Stats — DC Adventures RPG Print Friendly

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Mister Fantastic (gisted) — Averaged PL 11.2

STR STA AGL DEX FGT INT AWE PRE
02 02 (06) 02 03 03 09 (11) 05 (07) 03

Powers

Stretching ● 79 points ● Cosmic Rays, Physiological
– Rubber body — Enhanced Stamina 4, Immunity 2 (own slam attacks), Protection 4, Limited to Physical Impact ● 12 points
– Malleate — Elongation 8, Enhanced Skill (Sleight of Hand 11 – Limited (Escaping and Contorting only) ● 25 points
– Got you! — Enhanced Advantage (Close Attack 8), Increased Action (Move) ● 4 points
– Body snare — Enhanced Advantages (Choke Hold, Fast Grab, Improved Grab); Extra Limbs 2, Limited (only for grabbing or lifting multiple people or things) ● 4 points
– Big fist — Strength-based Damage 6 ● 6 points
– Stretching Movement — Movement 3 (Safe Fall, Slithering, Sure-Footed) ● 6 points
– Elastic Consciousness — Enhanced Ability (Awareness 2, Intellect 2), Enhanced Skill (Perception 4), Enhanced Advantage 1 (Eidetic Memory) ● 7 points
– Alter Shape — Array ● 15 points

  • Morph 3 (simple shapes), Quirk (no color change)
  • Morph 2 (people of Reed’s size and coloration)

Combat Advantages

Chokehold, Close Attack 4 , Defensive Roll 2, Fast Grab, Improved Grab, Ranged Combat 4

Other Advantages

Assessment, Benefit (Member of the Fantastic Four), Benefit 2 (Popularity), Connected, Eidetic Memory, Equipment 4, Inventor, Skill Mastery (Expertise: Science), Skill Mastery (Technology), Ultimate Effort (Technology)

Skills

Athletics 3 (+5), Deception 9 (+12), Expertise: Dimensions 10 (+21), Expertise: Science 13 (+24), Expertise: Space Travel 10 (+21), Insight 12 (+19), Investigation 5 (+16), Perception 4 (+15), Persuasion 9 (+12), Technology 13 (+24), Treament 1 (+12), Vehicles 5 (+8)

Offense

Initiative +2
Unarmed +7, Close, Damage 2
Giant fist +7 (+14, with move action), Close, Damage 8
Body snare +7 (+14, with move action), Close, Affliction 8

Defense

Dodge 9 Fortitude 10
Parry 7 Toughness 8**/6*
Will 11

* Without Defensive Roll
** Against Physical Impact, 12/10*

Complications

  • Upholding the Good Reed is an upstanding guy, committed to doing the right thing, no matter how difficult.
  • Public Identity Reed’s identity is well known.
  • Relationship> His wife Sue, their friends Ben and Johnny, the Richards children
  • Enemies Reed has powerful enemies, including the the vengeful Doctor Doom
  • Irrational Attraction Reed is obsessed with scientific puzzles, probably the one thing that interferes with his loyalty to friends and family.

Power levels

  • Trade-off areas Attack/Effect PL 12, Dodge/Toughness PL 9, Parry/Toughness PL 8, Fort/Will PL 11
  • Point total 226 Abilities 58, Defences 19, Skills 47, Powers 79, Devices 0, Advantages 23. Equiv. PL 16.

Notes

Note that strictly, his high skill ratings would make him PL 14.

By Peter Piispanen and Sébastien Andrivet

Helper(s): Lots of folks on the list, http://www.ffplaza.com/ (defunct), Gareth Lewis, Jackson, Jay Myers, Ethan Roe, Michael Davis. DCA stats by Pawsplay.

Source of Character: Fantastic Four comics (Marvel Universe)

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