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Thunderbolt (Marvel Comics) (William Carver)


William Carver

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
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  • Real Name: William Carver
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: Lonnie (brother, deceased)
  • Group Affiliation: None
  • Base Of Operations: New York City
  • Height: 1,78m Weight: 70kg
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown

Powers and Abilities

The Thunderbolt can moves at 85+mph and his reaction speed is about four times less as an average human. He’s also a trained soldier and excellent hand-to-hand combat, using his increased speed to great effect (such as disarming several opponents before they can react).

His visor, used as a last resort weapon, could also produce a “thunderbolt lightning flare”.


A Harlem resident back from a contract with the USMC, William Carver briefly ran into troubles with the violent street gang called the Thunderbolts (they wanted to recruit him) before getting work as assistant DA under Franklin “Foggy” Nelson. Nelson asked him to conduct an undercover sting operation against the Thunderbolts, which succeeded in putting several leaders of that gangs behind bars.

However, things went very bad when Carver’s brother was murdered. In an attempt to apprehend the killer, Carver was struck by lightning and his life had to be saved at the nearest hospital using experimental Stark Enterprise equipment. The end result gave him superspeed powers, but also made him age several years per week, giving him but a few months to avenge his brother.

Having recently adopted the Thunderbolt costumed identity, and working with his old ally Power Man II (and his partner Iron Fist), Carver solved the mystery of his brother’s death : one of the Thunderbolt leaders he had send in prison years before died there, and his brother, attorney “Big” Ben Donovan, avenged himself on Carver by killing his own brother.

Donovan and Carver fought ; Donovan dies of an accidental gun discharge, and Thunderbolt himself succumbed to accelerated aging shortly after.


Carver was a driven man who, once he had a goal in mind, focussed himself on achieving it no matter what.

This drive enabled him to make Special Forces while in the military and to become an Assistant D.A. in his civilian career. Alas this stubbornness inevitably proved to be his undoing. So bent on avenging his brother’s death he continued using his Superspeed powers even though they were killing him.


See illustration.

DC Universe History

Thunderbolt’s short lifespan and single-minded goal make him a self-contained scenario which can be played in most super-hero universes.


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Dex: 09 Str: 04 Bod: 06 Motivation: Justice
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 04 Occupation: Assistant District Attorney
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 006
Init: 029 HP: 040

Powers: Regeneration: 05, Superspeed: 07

Bonuses and Limitations: Both powers are Elementally linked

Skills: Artist (actor): 04, Detective (law)*: 05, Martial arts*: 09, Military science: 05, Vehicles (land): 04, Weaponry (firearms): 05

Advantages: Lightning Reflexes

Connections: Luke Cage (Low)

Drawbacks: Guilt (death of his brother), CPR (accelerated aging), Secret ID

Equipment: VISOR [BODY 05, Flash: 06, Shade: 05, Limitation : Flash has Ammo: 04]

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Marvel Universe

Helper(s): Jackson

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