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Poundcake (Marvel Comics)

Poundcakes


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

Context

The memorably-named Poundcakes is a criminal wrestler who first appeared in 1979. She is primarily known as a member of the Grapplers wrestling team, who eventually gained superhuman strength.

Additional information about the Grapplers can be found in our profile for Screaming Mimi, who later became a famous character as Songbird.


Background

  • Real Name: Marian Pouncy (spelled Marion Pouncey in one account)
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: Former member of the Grapplers
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile
  • Height: 5’11” Weight: 210 lbs
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Light brown


Powers and Abilities

Poundcakes has been Power Broker-enhanced. She thus has superhuman strength to supplement her considerable wrestling and brawling expertise.

Even before the treatment, she could take down armed men with ease, and had unusual strength and toughness. Pouncy once lifted a chunk of destroyed machinery that probably weighed a hundred kilos and used it as a battering ram.

She’s also trained to work as part of a wrestling duo.


History

Poundcakes is one of the original Grapplers, a small group of female wrestlers organised by a former wrestling star then in her 40s, Auntie Freeze. The Grapplers (Titania I, Letha, Poundcakes and eventually Screaming Mimi) were well known for their colourful personalities and ringside antics, and were genuine shooters .

However, the wrestling federations siphoned off most of their earnings. This led to resentment and an interest in supplementing their income using their fighting skills.

Pouncy already had a criminal record as a Grappler, though how far back it goes is unrevealed. She was jailed at least once, for extortion. In fact, prison is where she recruited Mimi, the fourth and last of the original Grapplers.

Roxxon, you don’t have to put on the red light

The Grapplers were approached by the covert ops division of Roxxon, who wanted to hire them as mercenaries. The four women agreed and were given special weapons. The contract was to accompany the warrior Thundra during her raid on the government’s Project : Pegasus.

The Grapplers vintage group shot

The Grapplers were arrested by Pegasus security – Titania and Poundcakes being narrowly defeated by Giant-Man (Bill Foster).

They were imprisoned and came to dominate the gaol as a prison gang, though they were defeated by Dazzler when she was also jailed.

While the Grapplers were in prison, the union of female wrestlers against the Federation’s greed lost its momentum. The Federation soon resumed appropriating too high a percentage of the profits. Thus, when they resumed wrestling after being released the Grapplers found their earnings to be insufficient.

They again resorted to various illicit practices to earn more money, but were apparently never arrested during this period.

Harder better faster stronger

At that point, Auntie Freeze negotiated the opening of a female division within the Unlimited Class Wrestling Federation. The UCWF was a wrestling federation for the superhumanly strong.

Like most persons associated with the UCWF, Freeze was contacted by the Power Broker. This firm had developed a process which had an even chance of greatly boosting strength… or turning the subject into an hideous, superstrong freak.

The four original Grapplers subjected themselves to the treatment. By an amazing stroke of luck, all four emerged from the process with no ill effect. This allowed them to participate in the UCWF matches, which were attracting megabucks.

Poundcakes yelling about her rep

The Grapplers also attempted to get their revenge on the hospitalised Thing after his bout against the Champion of the Universe, as the Thing had been among the Pegasus forces who sent them to prison. However, they were caught in the gigantic battle between a small army of heroes defending the Thing and numerous other villains out for revenge.

Some time later, the Grapplers’s frontwoman Titania was murdered by the Scourge of Crime. The fiery and distraught Letha wanted to avenge the death of her friend, and contacted Gary Gilbert (aka Firebrand I), who was organising a meeting for low-level supercriminals to neutralise the Scourge.

The meeting was infiltrated by the Scourge, who killed nearly all participants, including Letha.

Grapplers no more

After the murders of Titania and Letha, Poundcakes and Screaming Mimi parted ways. Mimi became a criminal and a mercenary, and even joined the Masters of Evil (Zemo’s version).

Poundcakes continued to wrestle and run criminal activities on the side, frequenting super-villains bars. The two wrestlers were reunited for a few days during a luxury cruise organised by Superia to pitch her Femizons organisation.

Years later, Pouncy worked as a merc for a rebellious Atlantean military faction. She successfully procured a shipment of alien mind control bugs for them and was paid in gems and pearls. However, she refused to get involved in their battles since she didn’t take political contracts.

At that point, the headquarters of her employers was stormed by the U.S. Marshalls of S.T.A.R.S. and their field leader USAgent. Poundcakes left with her reward despite S.T.A.R.S attempts to stop her.


Description

Unlike the other three Grapplers, Poundcakes visibly physically changed after Power Broker exposure. It’s nothing like the deformation affecting failed subjects, though. She simply got significantly broader shoulders, hips and thighs to match her augmented musculature.

Pouncy prefers sporting a butch look. She often wears her Poundcakes costume even when she’s not wrestling – perhaps to cultivate her brand.


Personality

Poundcakes is rude, tough, assertive and all-business. She has a noticeable working class New Yorker accent, and treats most people like crap. She very much has the stereotypical “heel” wrestling persona. Presumably she just likes that style and delivering those lines, and it’s now part of her off-ring behaviour.

Pouncy likes to present herself as a famous wrestler with a strong career, though it is unclear whether she is exaggerating her fame.


Quotes

(In the ring) “Put a sock on the chatter, sweetie, and just make with the moves !”

“Let’s go, Grapplers !”

(Fighting Giant-Man) “So sue us, shlump ! Say, whatza ‘G’ on yer gut stand for… ‘Garbageman’ ? Haw haw !”

“Want to trade punches, creampuff ? Fine with me !”

“You may have taken me by surprise with some fancy tricks you learned in ballet school, pipsqueak. But now I’m ready for you, and when I’m ready… nobody gets the drop on me ! Nobody !”

“Look, Romeo, a wrestling superstar like me has a reputation ta worry about. If I let every two-bit pug hit on me in public like you did…” (WHOMP !)


DC Universe History

The Grapplers are the MU version of the Female Furies, Poundcakes being the obvious equivalent of Stompa.


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Poundcakes

Dex: 05 Str: 07 Bod: 06 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 04 Wil: 03 Min: 04 Occupation: Wrestler, Mercenary
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 015 HP: 020

Skills:
Martial artist: 06, Vehicles (Land, Sea): 04

Advantages:
None demonstrated

Connections:
Grapplers (High), Street (Low)

Drawbacks:
Public ID

Equipment:
SEISMIC BOOTS [BODY 09, Bomb: 03, EV 09, Limitations: Bomb is done by stomping the ground ; EV only on targets she can stomp on]. These also have been referred to as “seismatic boots”.


More power to the pound

Before the Power Broker treatment, Poundcake’s Physical Attributes and Skills were lower : DEX 04 STR 04 BODY 05 and Martial artist: 05.

Whilst working for Roxxon she wore a custom-made costume which seemed to incorporate chain mail, strength enhancers (described as “energy elements”) and a pair of “seismic boots”.

POUNDCAKES COSTUME W/ BOOTS [/STR/ 06 /BODY/ 06, Skin armour: 01, EV 08, Limitation: EV only on targets she can stomp on, Skin armour only vs. blades]

When she gains her superhuman strength, her stats change and she stops using the COSTUME. She still has the seismic boots, but her increased brawn results in different stats for those too.

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Marvel Universe

Helper(s): Darci

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