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Tracer (Spider-Man robotic enemy) (Marvel Comics)

Tracer

(Spider-Man robotic enemy)


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

Context

The Marvel Universe has several “Tracer” characters. This one is a Spider-Man villain who so far appeared in but one storyline, in 2005.


Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed if any.
  • Other Aliases: Tommy.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Base Of Operations: New York.
  • Height: 5’11” Weight: 290 lbs.
  • Eyes: Red Hair: Brown


Powers and Abilities

Apparently an artificial intelligence, Tracer has the ability to control and manipulate machines and computers. He even was able to take control of the Iron Man armour.

He first appeared in an apparently human body, although it was revealed to merely be an automaton. He abandoned when he had no further use for it, his consciousness fleeing into another machine.

Tracer shooting a pistol

While the body appeared that of a normal human, Tracer was able to extend strands from his fingers which pierced his opponent’s skin. He could thus taje DNA, blood and skin samples, which he then analyzed within seconds to find that his opponent was ill.

He’s armed with a gun which fires bullets that latch onto his intended target. The projectiles will even turn to follow their flight, and dodge around any obstacles which may get in their way.


History

Tracer claims to be a god of machines, created by a collective consciousness of emerging machine intelligences. He first appeared robbing a New York bank, seeming like a normal super-villain. Spider-Man turned up to foil the robbery, but Tracer’s bullets kept him occupied long enough for Tracer to escape.

Spider-Man had managed to plant a tracking device on him. But Tracer found it, and placed it on J. Jonah Jameson’s car, leading Spider-Man to assault it.

I shall return

He soon returned in the skies of New York on his Flying Wing. The wing held a bomb he threatened to detonate unless New York City paid a ransom. Spider-Man and Iron Man appeared to stop him. However, Tracer managed to take control of the Iron Man armour, using it against Spider-Man. Spider-Man was nevertheless able to disarm the bomb, but Tracer again managed to escape.

Tracer's one-man flyer

Tracer caused New York’s computer grids to crash, and directed a giant robot rampage as a diversion. Meanwhile he walked into Stark Tower, base of the Avengers. Posing as a reserve Avenger, he had a conversation with May Parker, until Spider-Man returned and attacked him.

Analyzing Spider-Man’s DNA during the battle, he learned that Spider-Man was ill. Disdaining beating a weakened opponent, Tracer gave up the fight. He revealed his true nature, and abandoned the robot body he’d been animating.

He said he was stepping off the road to divinity for a while, as a mark of respect for the dead. Yet it’s unknown how long this will last, or what he’ll do next.


Personality

Tracer is calm, cheerful, and relatively indifferent to damage caused on the physical world. He’s also quick to adapt to changes in the situation, without apparent stress. He appears for the moment to be testing his abilities, doing as he feels like.

It’s uncertain how many of Tracer’s claims are true, and whether he& intends to punish humanity for the enslavement of his makers.


Quotes

Tracer: “I’ll be right back. Meantime, whichever bag you slipped a blue dye canister into… remove it.”
Bank Teller: “I… I don’t know what you’re—”
Tracer: “Sweetheart, if I open my loot and something explosive and blue goes off in my face… I will find you and put a bullet in your brain… by hand.”

“The machines, ma’am. A number of them are rising up in revolt. Cars. Computers. Anything with a data chip. What is a microprocessor, anyway, but a sort of brain ? Had to happen, sooner or later. Machines are targeting everybody. No one’s safe.”

Tracer: “I’m a god, too. A really new one.”
May Parker: “I see.”
Tracer: “You doubt me.”
May Parker: “I’m… sceptical. May I ask who your worshippers are ?”
Tracer: “Machines, ma’am. Every passing day they’re getting smarter and smarter. And they created me to worship, just as humans created their god, or gods.”

“Sweet lady. I was going to kill her but… hey… she offered to make me a sandwich and, well, I was hungry.”


DC Universe History

Tracer is a sub-program created by Kilg%re as part of an experiment for unknown ends.


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Tracer

Dex: 05 Str: 03 Bod: 05 Motivation: unknown
Int: 10 Wil: 09 Min: 09 Occupation: God of Machines
Inf: 06 Aur: 07 Spi: 07 Resources {or Wealth}: 010
Init: 021 HP: 050

Powers:
Detect (Biological abnormalities): 06, Interface: 13, Self-Link (Gadgetry): 13, Self-Link (Interface): 13, Telescopic Vision: 05

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Detect has a Range of Touch (-1).
  • Interface and Self-Link (Interface) have Range (+1), only work on electronic devices (-0), and suffer no feedback damage (+1).
  • See our New Rules File – Powers for an expansion of Interface rules.

Skills:
Weaponry (Firearms): 07

Advantages:
None demonstrated.

Connections:
None demonstrated.

Drawbacks:
None demonstrated.

Equipment:

  • Gun [BODY 05, fires Tracking Bullets).
  • Tracking Bullets [BODY 05, DEX 07, EV 05, Flight: 04]. These bullets lock onto whatever target they’re fired at, following it wherever it goes, and avoiding any obstacles between them, only stopping when they finally hit their target. It’s possibly that they contain circuitry which Tracer controls.
  • Flying Wing (BODY 06, STR 06, Flight: 05]. This platform was only briefly seen in background shots, so it’s not clear what other abilities it may possess.

Design notes

  • It’s unclear whether he can use Interface on machines out of his sight. But he can probably maintain control while they’re out of sight. It’s possible that he has Remote Sensing (Contingent on Interface) which allows him to view distant locations via local technology, probably at the same AP Range (13).
  • Given what he’s said, and the fact that his body turned out to be an animated artificial being, Tracer appears to be a non-physical entity. I’d considered not giving him Physical Stats, and listing the body as a piece of equipment. But since he’s only been shown using that one body so far, I’ve considered it his main body so as not to complicate the write-up further. The Self-Linked Interface therefore represents his ability to transfer his consciousness into another machine.
  • The clarification of Interface is based on my view of how his Power works (based on little evidence), specifically as one where the Power must first bypass any Security System.


By Gareth Lewis.

Source of Character: Marvel Comics.

Helper(s): Marvel.com , Ethan Roe, dragonfly10661964, Eric Langendorff.

Writeup completed on the 23rd of January, 2010.

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