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Zabo (Cat and Tigra enemy) (Marvel Comics)

Zabo


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Zabo is a minor character, who chiefly appeared during the brief, 1972 run of Marvel’s The Cat. But while most would find him completely negligible, we entertain a jarring, unhealthy fixation about both giant henchmen characters and the Cat (Greer Nelson).

So here we go !


Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: Mal Donalbain (brother, deceased).
  • Group Affiliation: Bodyguard to Mal Donalbain.
  • Base Of Operations: Chicago.
  • Height: 8’3” Weight: 380 lbs.
  • Eyes: White Hair: Bald


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Powers and Abilities

It is unclear what Zabo was exactly. But he was a giant, and may never have been human. It is possible that he was a mutant. At any rate, he was as strong and durable as his size suggested.

After the Cat seemingly killed him, he became even stronger than before. When braced, he could take a charge from Spider-Man (Peter Parker) without even budging.


History

Zabo first ran into the Cat after the evil Mal Donalbain nearly killed Dr. Tumolo, the scientist who had given the Cat her powers.

At that point, he appeared to just be the silent, gigantic bodyguard of Donalbain. And it was assumed the collar he wore was one of Donalbain’s mind control collars.

During the fight, Zabo charged the Cat, who sent him flying with a judo throw. Zabo crashed in the Tumolo-derived machines the Cat had been sabotaging, and disappeared into the flames.

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For years, Zabo was believed dead. Yet, against all odds, he came back. Not only was he still alive, but the burning machines had made him considerably stronger.

Zabo charges the Cat

However, they also made him an amnesiac, however. But he eventually read an article about how Tigra had been the Cat, which restored his memory. Hunting down Tigra, he savagely tried to kill her, telling her how Mal Donalbain’s will was guiding him from beyond the grave.

Spider-Man attempted to intervene in the brawl, with little success. Meanwhile, Tigra kept talking to Zabo to pacify him. Eventually, Zabo admitted that Donalbain’s post-mortem guidance was a metaphor. He simply wanted vengeance since his brother, Donalbain, was the only man who had ever treated him nicely.

Tigra made it clear that Donalbain had taken his own life, and that the Cat had never killed anyone. Zabo chose to drop the fight run from the police.

Zabo may still be at large. So be careful out there.


Description

See illustrations.


Personality

At first Zabo was completely silent and seemed mind-controlled.

After he came back he wasn’t an intellectual powerhouse either, but had basic reasoning skills and sensitivity. And he could at least talk and read.


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Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

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Zabo – after the accident

Dex: 05 Str: 13 Bod: 10 Motivation: None
Int: 02 Wil: 02 Min: 03 Occupation: Vagabond
Inf: 03 Aur: 02 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 001
Init: 008 HP: 010

Powers:
Growth: 02, Skin armour: 02

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Growth is Always On and already factored in.
  • Skin armour only works vs. blunt attacks (-2).

Skills:
None.

Advantages:
None.

Connections:
None.

Drawbacks:
CIA to obeying Mal Donalbain, Creepy Appearance, Socially Inept.


Zabo – before the accident

Dex: 05 Str: 06 Bod: 06 Motivation: None
Int: 02 Wil: 01 Min: 02 Occupation: Bodyguard
Inf: 01 Aur: 00 Spi: 01 Resources {or Wealth}: NA
Init: 008 HP: 000

Powers:
Growth: 02, Skin armour: 02

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Growth is Always On and already factored in.
  • Skin armour only works vs. blunt attacks (-2).

Skills:
None.

Advantages:
None.

Connections:
None.

Drawbacks:
CIA to obeying Mal Donalbain, Creepy Appearance, MPR (cannot talk or, apparently, make any sound).

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: The Cat #1 and an old Marvel Team-Up book.

Helper(s): Nick Yankovec and his five Geek Freak points ; Darci (for checking with Marvel that Zabo is Donalbain’s literal and not figurative brother, since it seemed weird).

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