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Powell (Silver Sable ally) (Marvel Comics)

Powell

Douglas Powell


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

Background

  • Real Name: Douglas Powell
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: Samantha (sister)
  • Group Affiliation: Wild Pack II
  • Base Of Operations: Symkarian embassy in NYC ; or Symkaria
  • Height: 6’2” Weight: 210 lbs
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown


Powers and Abilities

Powell is a tough, professional soldier who’s afraid of no man and more than ready to mix it up. While he’s not very smart or highly competent, he makes up for this with an incredible capacity to soak blows and withstand pain – he keeps pretty much all his HPs for Last Ditch Defense.

Powell likes wielding big guns, and has been known to shoot both his assault rifle and his pistol at the same time to augment EV using his Schtick.


History

Powell’s early history is not known – but Silver Sable has indicated that, much like the Crippler, no other employer would consider him despite his skills, given his poor reputation and past deeds. What those deeds were is unclear, but Powell bragged at one point that he once had been the bodyguard of the Ku Klux Klan’s Grand Wizard (despite not being a Klan member himself).

Powell was a core member of the Wild Pack’s “A” team, operating directly along with Silver Sable, after having been selected for his stamina. This generated tension between him and Chen, and later even greater tension between him and Battlestar when the Black superhuman fighter joined the team. Eventually, Powell would learn to mellow out his sexism and racism.

Powell’s sister, Samantha, later joined Silver Sable International as a PR specialist ; her interest in Battlestar particularly distressed Powell.


Description

Powell tends to add cowboy and Southern motifs to his uniform – and he goes for the urban cowboy look when in civvies.


Personality

Powell is a thick, macho cowboy and a proud Southerner. He’s very conservative, speaks with a thick accent and feels honour-bound to make a pass or three at anything wearing a skirt. Crippler keeps calling him “farmboy” due to some of Powell’s rural mannerisms.

While he’s rather racist (or, more specifically, think “darkies should keep their place”), his grudging respect for Battlestar and the clashes they had over his bigoted attitude have opened the possibility to him of not judging other people on the colour of their skin. Specifically, he started trying being less racist and working with Battlestar more after the latter took serious risks to save Powell’s life.

This evolution was quite conflicting to him – he first started feeling that he only disliked black people and that Shen and Quentino were OK, then moved on to hating how he felt about “coloureds”, resenting the others’ comments on the subject and his own bigoted attitude.

He also had trouble adapting when Larry joined the team, especially since Larry insisted on working closely with anyone else, not realizing at first Powell had issues with him. By that point, though, Powell had pretty much overcome his racism. Although he’s still not at ease with “their kind” and still has obvious racist habits, he’s no longer seriously bigoted, and still struggling with his own preconceptions. Of course, he’ll try to offer his “super-manly sexiness” to women of any colour.

Powell also has a huge ego, always thinking he’s “da man”, the best there is and that he can do everything by himself. This ego makes him somewhat oblivious to other people – he took an unbelievable amount of time to realize Shen wasn’t driving standard. He’s also slightly jealous of the Crippler for being every bit as tough and macho as he is, though he considers him a buddy.

Despite his shortcomings, Powell means well and, despite his utter lack of subtlety and questionable smarts, wishes to present himself as a bigger-than-life Southern gentleman. He’s certainly a valuable member of the team, and is actually quite constructive and easy-going. He seems quietly thankful toward Silver Sable for having given him a second chance.


Quotes

“You ain’t doin’ anythin’, buck ! Ah’m in charge heah !””

“Ah must admit, ah’m feelin’ in top form mahself.”

(Flexing) “Sugah, ah’ve all the muscle you’ll ever need.”

“Not. Not him, sis. Ah’m just startin’ ta tolerate his kind an’ ah don’t think…”

“Score one for the South ! Yee-haa ! Ah ain”t afraid a‘ none a‘ y’all !”


DC Universe History

See Silver Sable writeup.


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Powell

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

Skills:
Acrobatics (Athletics): 04, Martial artist*: 05, Military science: 05, Vehicles (land, sea)*: 05, Weaponry: 06

Advantages:
Iron Nerves, Scholar (pain tolerance), Schtick (paired firearms)

Connections:
Wild Pack (High), Silver Sable (Low)

Drawbacks:
MIA to acting tough and macho, MIA to racist and sexist remarks

Equipment:

  • WILD PACK BODY ARMOUR [BODY 07, Flame immunity: 02, Radio communications: 06, Skin armour: 02, Limitation : Skin armour only vs. blades and bullets]
  • High-tech Magnum handgun (x2) [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 05, Ammo: 10, R#02]
  • High-tech assault rifle [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 06, Ammo: 10, Telescopic vision: 01, R#02, Advantage : Autofire]

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Marvel comics

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