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Pretty Boy of the Reavers (X-Men enemy) (Marvel Comics) and his robot body

Pretty Boy


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Pretty Boy is one of the named  Reavers. This band of murderous, heavily-armed cyborg raiders appeared in 1988. They were a significant thorn in the X-Men’s side for a time, but the Reavers were eventually killed off to prop up a new bad guy who largely fizzled out.

Ideally we’ll have more material about the Reavers later on, but in the meanwhile here’s the skinny on Pretty Boy. Not that he has much skin, mind you…


Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: The Reavers.
  • Base Of Operations: Underground complex beneath Cooteman’s Creek, Northern Territory, Australia.
  • Height: 5’8″ Weight: 235 lbs.
  • Eyes: Green Hair: Brown


Powers and Abilities

Like the other members of the Reavers, Pretty Boy is a cyborg. He has bionic implants that augment strength, leaping, stamina, and reflexes beyond the levels of a normal human.

Pretty Boy possesses the ability to extend fiber-optic filaments from his eyes. These can reach into a victim’s brain and reprogram their mind, altering their personality to whatever Pretty Boy desires.

These filaments can also traverse computer networks or telephone lines. This allows Pretty Boy to physically see what is at the other end of such a connection.

The implants of Pretty Boy also include incredibly extensible cybernetic limbs, retractable capture coils in his chest (from a later upgrade) and electroshocks. Pretty Boy is proficient in the use of many conventional firearms.


Description

Pretty Boy’s only remaining organic part is his handsome, human head. Everything else is a metallic Terminator-like body, which looks horrible. This is presumably the source of his “pretty boy” nickname.

Pretty Boy and other Reavers searching ruins

Pretty Boy tends to walk around “naked” in the base. But he usually covers himself up with artificial flesh, skin and clothing to “look cool” when they’re away away-missions. When clothed he wears a pair of pants and a sleeveless west.

Pretty Boy is likely the most cybernetic member of the Reavers. He’s practically a robot.


Personality

Pretty Boy is an extremely vicious and loathsome criminal who enjoys hurting people. He is cold and evil, and enjoys tormenting people by turning them evil. He pretty much likes no one. In his free time he drinks and practices shooting.

That is unless Pierce is upgrading his body. The two of them are far from best friends and have some arguments (that Pierce wins). His team-mates tend to joke about his appearance, but none of that matters because one day he’s getting his rightful body back, and then the last laugh is gonna be his!


Quotes

“Some kind of remote gun station — I saw a man dressed in black with a skull on his chest…”

(Finding a katana) “Nice piece of work. Always wanted one of these swords. All the stories say… they’re the sharpest blades of Earth ! Let’s give it a shot ! Slish-slash — not too shabby — Wolverine’s history !”

“Get outta the way, you stupid skanks ! Run for your lives ! My pea-brained partners blasted a hole through the bottom of the lake — it’s flooding the tunnel !”

Pretty Boy extends his fiber optic eye filaments

“That’s the trouble with armor, Bunkie. It’s the charm — till somebody comes along with the gun designed to breach it.”

“Muties, Avengers, whatever, they’re only flesh-an’-blood. Hit ’em hard, Skully, hit ’em right — we’ll drop ’em stone cold dead.”

“C’mon an’ have another drink, Cole. We can talk about th‘ las’ time we busted up th‘ X-Men !”

Pretty Boy: “Didja ever think Pierce was setting us up to fail ?”
Bonebreaker: “Why would he do that ?”
Pretty Boy: “Because he’s crazy and evil.”


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Pretty Boy

Dex: 06 Str: 07 Bod: 06 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 05 Occupation: Reaver, Terrorist
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 03
Init: 018 HP: 025

Powers:
Claws: 05, Energy Absorption: 03, SL: Gadgetry: 10, Hypnotism: 10, Invulnerability: 05, Jumping: 02, Lightning: 04, Remote Sensing: 08, Skin Armor: 02, Snare: 08, Stretching: 06, Thermal Vision: 08

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Remote Sensing has +15 APs extra Range (+5).
  • Hypnotism has all Duration effects doubled (+1).
  • SL: Gadgetry is Always On, essentially making Pretty Boy into a cyborg (-1).
  • Remote Sensing is only useable through telephone lines or computer networks (-1).
  • Lightning has a Range of Touch Only (-1).
  • Remote Sensing is Derived From Hypnotism (-1).
  • Stretching is only useable with his limbs and cannot be used for defensive purposes (-1).
  • Hypnotism has Range of Touch only (-1) and can only be used to turn somebody degenerate and evil (-1).
  • Skin Armor does not work on Stretched Limbs (-0).
  • All Physical Stats and all Powers, except Hypnotism and SL:Gadgetry, are part of his Cyborg Body.
  • Snare represents steel coils shooting out from his chest and capturing opponents (it is only available as a later upgrade).

Skills:
Martial Artist: 05, Military Science (Cartography, Tracking): 06, Weaponry: 06. Although it has never been demonstrated he might have some Gadgetry or Scientist Skills.

Advantages:
Expertise (Cyborg Technology), Life Support (Pretty Boy is so robotic that he is completely immune to all human diseases), Lightning Reflexes, Misc.: There is an eye present in the palms of his hands, meaning that he can see through these if needed (for example, while stretched).

Connections:
Donald Pierce (Low), The Reavers (High).

Drawbacks:
Distinct Appearance (Cyborg; easily concealable), CPR (Pretty Boy is only a head (of BODY 06) and has to use a cyborg body to move around), Secret Identity.

Equipment:

  • Machine Pistol (x2) [BODY 04, Projectile weapons 05, Ammo 08, R#3, Advantage: Autofire, Notes: The model he was using looked like a modified FEG Model KGP-9 Machine Pistol. The weapon has an extended magazine (double Ammo), a laser sight and a scope with Telescopic Vision 05].
  • He has been known to use automatic rifles on occasion and likely also carries an extra sidearm.
  • Backpack of metal [BODY 05] with the following:
    • Tracer (x2) [BODY 01, Cling 00, R#02, Miniaturized, Note: This sends a weak, scrambled radio signal].
    • Receiver [BODY 02, Object Awareness 09, R#02, Limitation: Object Awareness only works with Tracers].
    • A spare mechanical hand for use with the cyborg body.

Bonebreaker, Skullcrusher, Pretty Boy and other Reavers

By Dr. Peter S Piispanen.

Source of Character: Marvel Comics.

Helper(s): wikipedia.org, Sébastien Andrivet.

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