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Slingshot (Yo-Yo Rodriguez of the Secret Warriors) (Marvel Comics)

Slingshot

(Yo-Yo Rodriguez)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

If you are not familiar with the Secret Warriors, then your new mission parameter is to first read the team entry for this group.


Background

  • Real Name: Yo-Yo Rodriguez
  • Note: One *assumes* that her actual first name is Yolanda and “Yo-Yo” is a nickname, but Marvel always lists her as Yo-Yo Rodriguez.
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: Mother (unnamed), Johnny Horton (Griffin, father), Paolo (cousin)
  • Group Affiliation: Team White
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile
  • Height: 5’4” Weight: 115 lbs
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown


Powers & Abilities

Yo-Yo can move at superhuman speeds. When her power first manifested she ran about 40 miles before she regained her senses, in less than a minute. She hasn’t openly exhibited this speed since, so that was probably at least in part driven by adrenaline.

Having received combat training, she’s taken to using a staff as her primary weapon.


History

(See the Secret Warriors entry for a general history of the team).

The daughter of Johnny Horton, the super-villain Griffin, Yo-Yo was raised by her mother in Puerto Rico. Her powers first manifested when she ran after a thief who’d stolen her bag.

She quickly passed him, and by the time she realized what was happening had crossed the country and ended up on an island. As soon as she stopped she was yanked back to where she’d started, and confronted by Daisy Johnson.

Slingshot catches up with a thief

Daisy, sent by Nick Fury, already knew Yo-Yo had powers. She recruited her to a secret task force being set up to deal with a secret Skrull invasion. Yo-Yo agreed, although she continued to feel overwhelmed by her circumstances.

Secret Warriors

During one of the team’s first clashes with HYDRA, they found themselves overwhelmed by the Gorgon. He sliced Yo-Yo’s arms off between wrist and elbow before she could react.

They were replaced with advanced prosthetics, but she took some time to recover, physically and mentally.

Yo-Yo Rodriguez aka Slingshot character design model sheet

She was reluctant to return home, for her mother to see what had happened to her. Jerry (Stonewall), whom she’d grown close to as he’d nursed her back to health, convinced her to visit home. Yo-Yo was relieved when she did.

She began to grow into the role more, and shaved her head as she did so, possibly influenced by Jerry.


Personality

Initially uncertain of her new role, Yo-Yo’s confidence took a severe hit when she lost her arms, although she hid it behind an eagerness to get back into the field. This bravado saw her become easily angered in a fight for a while, and it took her time to accept her loss on a personal level.

Now, though, she’s a confident and competent member of the team, who doesn’t shy away from combat or leave her friends in danger.


Quotes

“Check it, Sebastian… I’ve got a guy’s tooth stuck in my stick. You think HYDRA’s got dental ?”

Slingshot with shaved head and cybernetic arms


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Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

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Slingshot

Dex: 07 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Responsibility of Power
Int: 04 Wil: 03 Min: 04 Occupation: Operative of Nick Fury
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 026 HP: 030

Powers:
Running: 12, Superspeed: 09

Skills:
Acrobatics: 05, Martial Artist: 05, Vehicles (Land): 02, Weaponry (Staff): 06

Advantages:
Languages (Spanish)

Connections:
Team White (High), Stonewall (High)

Drawbacks:
MPR (Hands cut off, replaced by artificial ones)

Equipment:

  • ARTIFICIAL HANDS [BODY 05]
  • Staff [BODY 04, EV 03 (04 w/STR, 05 w/Martial Artist)]
  • UNIFORM [BODY 08, Flame Immunity: 03, Radio Communications: 05, Skin Armor: 02, Limitation: Skin Armor only vs. piercing and edged attacks]

Return to Sender

When her power first manifested, as soon as she stopped running Slingshot was yanked back to her starting point at the same speed.

It’s unclear whether this is still an issue which she’s learned to deal with, but if you wish to assume so, Superspeed has the Limitation that she’s always forced directly back to her starting point once she stops running.

By Gareth Lewis

Source of Character: Marvel Comics (Covers up to Secret Warriors #28)

Writeup completed on the 20th of September, 2012.

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