Captain Gamma (DC Heroes RPG) 1/2

Captain Gamma

(Hulk | Captain Atom amalgam)


This character is an original creation. We often call these “homemades” or “homebrewed” – think home cooking or craft beer.

Many of these characters were created to take part in tabletop role-playing game sessions. Others were invented as a creative writing exercise, often as part of a community event.

This specific character was created for the What Else? play-by-e-mail RPG campaign.


  • Real Name: Captain Nathaniel Banner, Ph.D..
  • Height: 5’11”/6’2” Weight: 170/230 lbs.
  • Eyes: Green/Dark Green Glowing. Hair: Brown/Metallic Green.


Powers and Abilities

Amalgam  of DC’s Captain Atom and Marvel’s Hulk.


In 1964 brilliant Army physicist Captain Nathaniel Banner was working with the US Government. He helped develop the Gamma Bomb, a deadly new weapon to use against the Communists.

For testing the bomb, the Army decided to use it on an alien ship they had found years ago in Roswell, New Mexico. The ship was made of an unknown metal. But it was useless to the government and they wanted to be rid of it. During the testing, a teenager drove across the testing range, not knowing the Gamma Bomb was being detonated.

Captain Banner ordered the countdown stopped and rushed out to the testing grounds. Frantically waving his arms he managed to flag away the driver. Seeing the driver was safe and assuming the countdown had been stopped, Captain Banner decided to investigate the alien ship.

But unknown to him, his assistant, a jealous co-worker, never ordered the countdown stopped. When the Gamma Bomb exploded, the ship with Captain Banner inside appeared to be destroyed. In reality the metal of the ship had absorbed the gamma radiation and used the energy to move forward in time.


Time traveler

Awakening in 1994 on the now-deserted testing grounds, Captain Banner found that the alien metal had bonded to his skin. This somehow had given him incredible energy powers, flight, and superhuman strength. He also found that he could absorb the metal into his skin and appear normal.

Taking the codename Captain Gamma, he returned to the US Army. He was made into a super-agent and worked with SHIELD. But heeventually discovered that the assistant that had betrayed him was now a higher-ranking officer in SHIELD and had married the girlfriend Captain Banner had left behind. Leaving SHIELD, Captain Banner set out on his own.

SHIELD still retains the rights to Captain Gamma’s code name and appearance, and has released a cartoon based on him.


Normal Form – 5’11”, 170 lbs, light build, brown hair, green eyes.

Hero Form – Metallic green skin (like Cpt. Atom if he were green), Black boots/gloves, Dark green “atomic” symbol on chest, 6’2”, 230 lbs, muscular build, metallic green hair, dark green glowing eyes.


Since he’s so proud of it, here’s the entire opening sequence of the smash-hit Captain Gamma and the Gammateers cartoon.

The screen goes blank, then a red explosion occurs. A cartoon drawing of a city covered in thick, heavy clouds emerges from the blast. The narrator, who’s voice you recognize from those telephone commercials, begins:

“At the end of the twentieth century, Earth was in danger of choking to death on her own poisons.” The scene shifts to show cartoon scenes of city streets full of litter and pollution, and fades into wilderness areas, also strewn with litter and toxic waste.

“Earth needed a champion to help save it from it’s own waste. I needed a champion.” Switch to a pretty young woman in a white robe, actually a good likeness of the actress, whom you now remember to be Candice Goldberg.

“I am Aphrodite, the spirit of Earth. Man’s waste and pollution injures me. Needing the help of mortals to intercede on my behalf and their own, I summoned 6 teenagers from six parts of the world to be my champions.

From North America, Tommy, who wields the Green energy of life,
From Asia, Trini, with the Yellow power of the day,
From Africa, Zac, with the Black power of the night,
From Europe, Kimberly, with the Pink power of the human spirit,
From Australia, Jason, with the Red power of courage,
And From South America, Billy, with the Blue power of thought.”

As she recites each of the names, the character, with appropriate colored shirt, is shown rescuing someone or helping them in some way in their native land. “I have given each of these young heroes a ring which will summon a disguise to protect their identity and bring out their inborn power.”

The youths, in the order they were introduced, hold up their rings and shout out a name:
“Alpha!” “Beta!” “Delta”! “Pi!” “Sigma!” “Omega!”

They then transform into all-over body suits and helmets with full-face visors, each matching it’s wearer’s power color.

Aphrodite speaks again:
“In their solar-powered vehicle the Planet Ranger, they travel the earth fighting pollution and decay. But the battle is too much for them alone.”

The teens are shown struggling and retreating from a radioactive waste dump.

“They needed the help of a hero from a simpler period, when things were cleaner and more pure. By combining their powers, they can summon a champion from the past to aid them in their struggle.”

The teens hold their rings high and the beams form into a multi-colored rainbow, which bursts into the sky, forming a vortex. From the vortex bursts Captain Gamma !

The Captain strikes a heroic pose and declares:
“From the vortex of time, I am CAPTAIN GAMMA !”
The kids reply: “GO, GAMMA !”

A woman begins singing:
“Captain Gamma !
He’s a hero !
Gonna take pollution down to zero !
He comes here from a purer time
And he’s fighting on the planet’s side !”

The kids then chant:
“We’re the Gammateers !
You can be one too !
Cause saving our planet is the thing to do !
Looting and polluting is not the way !
Hear what Captain Gamma has to say !”

Captain Gamma lands, points at the “camera” and proclaims:
“The Power is yours !”

A logo proclaiming “Captain Gamma and the Gammateers” flashes over the screen.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Captain Gamma

A 500 points character

Dex: 05 Str: 09 Bod: 07 Motivation:
Int: 07 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation:
Inf: 05 Aur: 05 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 03
Init: 017 HP: 024

Adrenal Surge (STR and Energy Blast)*: 10, Energy Absorption: 09, Energy Blast: 09, Flight: 12, Skin Armor: 03

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Adrenal Surge is triggered by Rage.
  • Energy Absorption is actually unlimited – any Absorbed APs beyond 9 propel Captain Gamma an equivalent number of APs of time into the future.

Military Science: 04, Scientist*: 07


United States Army (Low), S.H.I.E.L.D. (Low).

Dark Secret (Mildly Radioactive), SIA (Finding the origin of the alien spacecraft that gave him his powers), Serious Rage, Secret ID, Attack Vulnerability: Sound (-4), Loss Vulnerability (PHYS, Powers)-Withdrawing the Alien Metal.

By Dirk Griffith.

Source of Character: What Else? PBEM by Scott Smith.

Helper(s): Compiled by Scott RC Smith and JD. Illustration by Sébastien Andrivet.