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Riot of the Stingers (Jem and the Holograms)

Riot

(Rory Llewelyn)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
  • Because it was the 80’s, and some of us fondly remember the music, over the top hair styles and clothes from that time period.
  • Although this animated series could easily be dismissed as just a soap opera for little girls growing up in the 80’s, it surprisingly had some pretty decent and well written characters. The antagonists of the series (mainly the Misfits, and later the Stingers) were enjoyable to watch as scene stealers. And the music wasn’t all that bad either.

Context

Jem and the Holograms was an American animated television series that ran from 1985 to 1988. The series was a joint collaboration by Hasbro, Marvel Productions and Sunbow Productions, the same team responsible for G.I. Joe and Transformers.

The creator of the series, Christy Marx, had also been a staff writer for the aforementioned programs. The animation was provided by the Japanese animation studio Toei Doga (now Toei Animation).


Background

  • Real Name: Rory Llewelyn
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: Unnamed mother and father
  • Group Affiliation: The Stingers
  • Base Of Operations: Originally mobile, later Stinger Sound Record Company
  • Height: 6’2” Weight: 195 lbs
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Blond


Powers and Abilities

A highly talented vocal artist, Riot has been known to either cause ’riots’ or quell them equally fast with the power of his musical abilities and incredible charisma as he did when he was first introduced in the series.

He was able to immediately charm both Jem (the main star of the show) and Pizzazz (the main antagonist of the show) upon their first encounter. Of course, Jem was able to do likewise to Riot with her own musical talent and attractiveness.


History

Riot was born Rory Llewelyn to a stern military father and protective mother. The family moved around a lot due to his father’s military career and Rory didn’t have many friends growing up. Rory did have a natural talent for music which his mother nurtured, but his father attempted to discourage.

Rory’s father considered musical abilities unmanly for his son and he would beat and/or punish Rory whenever he caught the child practicing his musical talents.

To appease his father, Rory enlisted in the military when he was old enough, but hated it as soon as he entered service. It was during a tour of duty through Europe that US Army service member Rory happened upon a local night club where Minx was performing with her band. The band was struggling with some recordings until Rory offered to lend his talents.

Rory began to spend so much time with the band he neglected to return or even inform his military command. Rory was soon arrested by the Military Police for being away without leave (or AWOL) and was later discharged from the service. A situation that brought even more intense friction between Rory and his father.

Renaming himself Riot, Rory was now free to pursue his musical career which he did with a passion. He returned to Minx and her band in order to go on tour with them. After a few gigs the band began to gain some popularity with Riot’s talent which caused animosity and resentment with the original band leader and lead singer.

A heated argument ensued as Riot stated that the band would be nothing if not for his vocal talents. The band leader angrily ordered Riot to leave just as Riot told him he had decided to quit and strike out on his own. Minx, knowing she stood a much better chance with the more talented Riot, decided to leave her group and form a new band with Riot as leader.

The two were joined by Rapture later on and the three formed the Stingers.

Gaining popularity throughout Europe, the Stingers made their way to the US to expand their fan base. The Stingers were an instant smash hit not only with US fans, but Riot managed to capture the immediate attentions of competing female band leaders Jem of Jem and the Holograms, and Pizzazz of the Misfits.

Eric Raymond of Misfit Music decided to capitalize on the Stingers growing popularity and fame by hiring them to join his record label. Jem, not wanting to lose out on an opportunity to expand her music companies’ stable of artists, also made an offer to Riot and the Stingers.

At first, Riot began to court Jem as he was fascinated by her beauty and charm. He later revealed his main objective to have his band become the top performing artists in the world. Joining a powerful record company would help him achieve his goals.

He was divided between the more financially successful and flamboyant Misfit Music record company owned by Eric Raymond, or the more beautiful Jem and her modest Starlight Music company.

In the end, Riot decided to go with Eric Raymond who made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. Eric made Riot a full fledged partner of his record company and changed the name of the company from Misfit Music to Stinger Sound.

With a new company and a rising music group, Riot had achieved his goals. He was now set to conquer the musical world.


Description

A young, well built, blond male in his mid twenties with 80’s style big hair and flashy clothes.


Personality

Charming and suave when he wants to be, Riot has displayed an almost Machiavellian level of ruthlessness when it comes to business. His major priority is making sure he and his band the Stingers are the top leading musical artists in the field.


Quotes

“I am Riot !”

Aja (confronting Riot, Minx and Rapture about their attitude and behavior): “You’re nothing but a bunch of egotistical snobs !”
Riot: “We are what we are.”


DC Universe History

Although Riot and the Stingers are best suited in the Jem and the Holograms animated universe, they could possibly make an appearance as musical celebrities (albeit 80’s celebs) in the DCU.


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Riot

Dex: 04 Str: 03 Bod: 03 Motivation: Thrill of Adventure/ Power Lust
Int: 05 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Vocal artist and co-owner of Stinger Sound
Inf: 07 Aur: 06 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 013
Init: 016 HP: 050

Skills:
Artist (Actor/Musician/Singer): 07, Artist (Dancer): 03, Charisma*: 07, Vehicles (Land)*: 04

Advantages:
Attractive, Gift of Gab, Headquarters (Stinger Sound Record Company — Expansive, later on in series), Leadership, Iron Nerves, Popularity, Scholar (Musical instruments, singer/song writing)

Connections:
Minx (High), Rapture (High), Pizzazz (Low), Eric Raymond (High), Jem/Jerrica (High)

Drawbacks:
MIA to achieving success for himself and his band the Stingers, MIA to Jem, Public Identity, Misc.: Riot was dishonorably discharged from the military (0 pts)

By Pur_See_i8

Source of Character: Jem and the Holograms

Helper(s): IMDB, Wikipedia, Bedford

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