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Big Thunder (Captain America enemy) (Marvel Comics)

Big Thunder

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


This guy is the giant bruiser type. He fought Captain America that one time, in an obscure 1979 story.

Most researchers would ignore him, but we like giant bruiser types. Especially when they fight wearing flip-flops.


  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Coney Island Cruisers gang.
  • Base Of Operations: Coney Island, New York City.
  • Height: About 6’8” Weight: About 260 lbs.
  • Eyes: Grey Hair: Blondish red


Powers and Abilities

Big Thunder is a huge man whose strength is at least peak human. He once wrecked two thick concrete pillars by pressing his arms and shoulders against them. Howbeit, this presumably superhuman feat required extreme effort.

He’s a good fighter (albeit miles below Captain America, obviously). And though he’s quite clumsy, his strong grip makes him a good climber.


in 1979 Big Thunder was the leader of the Coney Island Cruisers, a street gang beginning to develop mob connections.

As the gang was attempting to evict an old squatter from an abandoned building they wanted to use as a hideout, Captain America (Steve Rogers) stumbled upon them.

Cap easily dispersed the gang. However, Big Thunder used the old man as a hostage to challenge Cap to single combat. By proving his strength against the star-spangled Avenger, he hoped to impress his mob contacts. He also reasoned that Cap would throw the fight to save the hostage.

However, Cap was aware that Big Thunder would kill the hostage no matter what. The old man just knew too much. Therefore, Steve tricked the gang leader into having the fight leave the room, then quickly knocked him out and rescued the squatter.



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Old-school gang leader who talks big with his New York City working class accent, and shows no weakness in front of his men and mob contacts.


“I’ll get ya for this creep ! I don’t care if ya are up there ! Just means I have to bring ya *down* !”

“All right man — here comes the Big Thunder express – and my throttle’s wide open !”


Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Big Thunder

Dex: 04 Str: 06 Bod: 05 Motivation: Power
Int: 02 Wil: 02 Min: 03 Occupation: Gang leader
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: N.A.
Init: 010 HP: 015

Skin armour: 01

Bonuses and Limitations:
Skin armour only against Unarmed and Bludgeoning descriptors.

Acrobatics (Climbing): 04, Charisma (Intimidation): 03, Weaponry (Street weaponry)*: 04, Vehicles (Land): 03

Bonuses and Limitations:
Acrobatics (Climbing) is Contingent Upon STR.

Schtick (Burst of strength).

Coney Island Cruisers (High), Street (Low).

Unluck (Manifests as clumsiness on his part).

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Captain America vol. 1 #240.

Helper(s): Roy Cowan, Nick Yankovec.