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Mortadelo

Mortadelo


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Mortadelo y Filemón (usually rendered in English as “Mort & Phil”) is a parody Spanish comic strip that has been around since forever, or at least 1958. This classic depicts the slapstick adventures of two incredible, yet incredibly daft, Spanish special agents.

Mortadelo is the tallest of the two, with an absurd mastery of disguises.


Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: grandmother and nephew (names unknown)
  • Group Affiliation: T.I.A. Agency
  • Base Of Operations: Barcelona
  • Height: 5’9” Weight: 140lbs
  • Eyes: Black Hair: None


Powers and Abilities

Mortadelo is a master of disguise who can turn almost into anything (from a whale to a shadow, a lamp or a ray of light) while keeping some of the attributes of the impersonated things.

As a secret agent he’s definitely not one of the best. Usually it’s sheer luck (or accumulated fumbling) that prevents the disasters he and his chief Filemón unleash from destroying the city.

When playing Mortadelo, remember they always play at the Humour setting. In DC Heroes RPG terms the Invulnerability and Regeneration Powers are there just for enforcing that. Despite explosions, terrible falls, fatal dismemberings… a new page and everything’s forgotten.


History

Mortadelo and his chief Filemón fight a constant battle against crime. And this is terrible.

Their department is headed by the super-intendant Vicente. Whether the biologist Dr. Bacterio’s inventions are of any help against injustice is subject of discussion. His crazy inventions cause many painful situations for the heroes, who spend most of their time fixing the disasters they trigger.

It was an infallible hair grower that left Mortadelo completely bald. Way back, before that, he was known as “Mortadelo the Hairy”.

Mortadelo and Filemón work for the T.I.A. secret agency since time immemorial. T.I.A. stands, in Spanish, for Air-and-Earth Investigation Technicians – if the acronym itself is translated Mortadelo and Filemon are the Men from A.U.N.T.. They are both their most successful agents and their most embarrassing ones.


Description

Mortadelo is tall and lean. He wears a black frock coat, a white shirt and a black neck lace. His nose is very big and his head completely bald. He wears glasses since he’s highly nearsighted without them.


Personality

Mortadelo (like Filemón) is very lazy and will try to escape dangerous missions as long as he can. When finally put into one will never abandon it… although some strategic retreat when he finally provokes disaster is usually recommended.

While Filemón is usually more serious and “police like. By contrast Mortadelo has a playful and innocent streak.


DC Universe History

Without any doubt, Plastic Man and the Giffen Justice League (specially Justice League Europe) should cross their path with Mortadelo and Filemón. They could equally mix well with most DC Humour setting: ’Mazing Man, Captain Carrot, even Ambush Bug.

Sending Superman into their Humor genre would be a typical Mr. Mxyzptlk joke. I once used them when my Spanish DC superhero group were wandering through dimensions, stumbling at so different ones as Cthulhu’s, Asterix’s, a generic D&D, Star Wars’ and Mortadelo’s).


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Mortadelo

A 1395 Points Character

Dex: 03 Str: 02 Bod: 04 Motivation: Unwanted Power
Int: 04 Wil: 02 Min: 04 Occupation: Agent of TIA
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 002
Init: 011 HP: 045

Powers:
Chameleon: 04, Dumb Luck: 06, Fabricate: 06, Invulnerability: 06, Regeneration: 06, Self Manipulation: 09, Shape Change: 10, Omni-Power (Skills only): 04

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Regeneration only for Body
  • Self Manipulation: Usable on Others (by lending them a disguise)
  • Shape Change: APs Cannot be Divided
  • Omni-Power: Provided he’s disguised in the appropriate way

Skills:
Acrobatics: 05, Animal Handling*: 04, Artist (Actor): 05, Charisma (Persuasion): 05, Detective*: 04, Military Science (Camouflage, Demolition, Tracking): 06, Thief*: 03, Vehicles*: 03, Weaponry (Firearms, Melee Weapons): 04

Advantages:
Area Knowledge: Barcelona, Double Jointed, Free Access, Gift of Gab, Insta-Change (to his disguises)

Connections:
T.I.A. Agency (Low)

Drawbacks:
Oblivious, Minor Physical Restriction (Near-Sighted), Public Identity, Socially Inept, Ultra-Unluck (50 pt, roll 1d10 to see which roll of the character will fail ; then roll another 1d10 and follow on)

Equipment:
Shoephone [BODY 02, Radio-Communications (Phone): 12, R#2]


Mortadelo – pre-TIA

On its early days, Mortadelo and Filemón worked together on their own, as a detective agency. On those early days, none of them had any connection with T.I.A. and both had the Advantages “Confined Headquarters” and “Low Connection (Underworld)”. Mortadelo Powers and Skills were as follow:

Powers:
Chameleon: 03, Dumb Luck: 05, Fabricate: 05, Invulnerability: 06, Regeneration: 06, Self Manipulation: 08, Shape Change: 08, Omni-Power (Skills only): 03

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Regeneration only for Body
  • Self Manipulation: Usable on Others (by lending them a disguise)
  • Shape Change: APs Cannot be Divided
  • Omni-Power: Provided he’s disguised in the appropriate way

Skills:
Acrobatics: 04, Animal Handling*: 04, Artist (Actor): 04, Charisma (Persuasion): 04, Detective*: 04, Military Science (Demolition, Tracking): 04, Thief*: 03, Vehicles*: 03

On the earliest of those early days Mortadelo wore a tall bowler hat (where he draw out all his disguises from) and an umbrella. He also had Artist: 03 and Gadgetry: 05, but those quickly disappeared.

By KalEl el Vigilante

Source of Character: The Spanish comedy comic book Mortadelo & Filemon.

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