Captain Terror (Evil Captain Marvel) in a cartoon style

Captain Terror

(Evil Captain Marvel)


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 as part of an evil version of the “Marvel family”.


  • Real Name: William Batson.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Freddie Batson (aka Major Terror, brother).
  • Group Affiliation: The Terror Family.
  • Base Of Operations: Faucet City.
  • Height: 6’2” Weight: 245 lbs.
  • Eyes: Green Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Captain Terror possesses all of the powers an abilities of Captain Marvel. He also has a number of military and combat related skills that come as a direct result of his access to “The Cunning of Seth”.

Captain Terror is also credited with the creation of:

  • The “Tawnies,”. These are anthropophagous humanoid cat-creatures that serve as his enforcers.
  • The Faucet City Force Field, which is powerful enough to prevent Ultraman from encroaching on Cap’s territory.


Captain Terror is a dead ringer for Captain Marvel. Except that he’s evil, and therefore has a goatee.


In both identities, Captain Terror is a sociopath. His parents were ruthless in their research and their son took after their worst traits. He is power hungry, jealous, petty, and homicidal.



William Batson was the son a pair of ruthless archaeologists. They were investigating the tomb of the Egyptian wizard, MAZAHS.

Following legends that his tomb contained riches beyond belief, they explored deep within the inner sanctum. Thus they unwittingly released the evil wizard, who had been in hibernation for nearly 3,000 years. After he imprisoned them, he learned of their two children. Draining the Batson’s life essence, he headed to search for the children.

Slick Willy

William was the primary heir. Howbeit, his uncle was executor for his parents will. Said uncle spent most of his time using up Willy’s inheritance.

But Willy had learned a trick or two from his parents, known for their unethical methods of acquiring artifacts and backstabbing potential rivals. He murdered his uncle in cold blood. Then went on the run, when the murder was discovered.

He ran into a cave outside of his hometown of Faucet City, where he met the wizard, Mazahs. Mazahs bestowed great power on Willy in exchange for the spreading of chaos and evil on his behalf.

The power of Mazahs

Upon speaking the wizard’s name, Willy gained the traits of the following ancient gods and demigods:

  • Seth: Cunning.
  • Hugi: Speed (A Norse giant, he raced against Thor’s allies to cheat him).
  • Ares: Fortitude.
  • Zohak: Resilience (a character of Iranian lore who kills his father and makes a pact with the lord of darkness to gain power. He creates a reign of darkness that lasts for over 1,000 years).
  • Antaeus: Strength (A giant who had endless strength as long as he touched the ground).
  • Moloch: Power (Children were sacrificed to Moloch so that the king could have endless power).

Dubbed “Captain Terror”, Willy became one of the major crimelords in the area of the country surrounding Faucet City. Working from the WIZZ radio building, Terror rules Faucet with an iron fist. He keeps interference out of his city with an almost impenetrable force field.

Dark reign

His chief henchmen are his younger brother, Freddie (who had been given up for adoption years earlier), and Freddie’s lover, Mary. They share in Willy’s power as Major Terror and Bloody Mary. Thus, each of them weakens the power of Captain Terror – something which only increases the Captain’s hatred for them both.

The fact that Freddie took the name “Major Terror”, implying that he somehow outranks Willy, doesn’t help matters either.

DC Universe History

Captain Terror is intended to exist in the anti-matter universe introduced in JLA: Earth 2, populated by the Crime Syndicate of Amerika.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Captain Terror

Dex: 14 Str: 24 Bod: 16 Motivation: Power Lust
Int: 05 Wil: 10 Min: 07 Occupation: Crimelord
Inf: 06 Aur: 08 Spi: 07 Resources {or Wealth}: 006
Init: 029 HP: 090

Dimension Travel: 07, Flight: 14, Invulnerability: 20, Flame Project: 13, Recall: 08, Superspeed: 13, Systemic Antidote: 10

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Recall represents Captain Terror’s “Cunning of Seth” (with it, he can Recall knowledge and facts that he normally would not know).
  • Dimension Travel can only be used to travel to the Chasm of Infinity.
  • Flame Project can only be summoned by speaking the word “Mazahs”.
  • Flame Project cannot be used as an attack, unless an opponent is touching Captain Terror when he speaks the word.
  • Each member of the “Terror Family” who activates their powers, causes Cap to lose 2AP each in his Physical Attributes, Flight, Invulnerability and Superspeed Powers.

Charisma: 08, Gadgetry: 08, Martial Artist: 07, Military Science: 08, Occultist (Occult Knowledge): 06, Scientist: 08, Thief: 07, Weaponry: 14

Area Knowledge (Faucet City, Chasm of Infinity) ; Insta-change ; Lightning Reflexes ; Omni-Scholar.

“Terror Family” (High), Tawnies (High), Mazahs (low), WIZZ Radio (High).

Alter Ego (Controllable); Loss Vulnerability: Fire Attacks (Fire-based attacks that cause RAPs of damage to Captain Terror cause him to revert back to William Batson, affecting all Attributes and Powers); Secret Identity.

William Batson

Dex: 03 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Power Lust
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Radio Broadcaster
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 06
Init: 010 HP: 020

Chameleon: 02, Flame Project: 13

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Chameleon represents William’s ability to alter Captain Terror’s appearance by concentrating before he says “Mazahs” (theoretically, he can alter Cap’s appearance any way he can imagine, but so far this has been limited to adding facial hair, changing the appearance of his costume/clothing, etc.).
  • Flame Project can only be summoned by speaking the word “Mazahs”.
  • Flame Project cannot be used as an attack, unless an opponent is touching William when he speaks the word.

Area Knowledge (Faucet City, Chasm of Infinity); Insta-change; Scholar (radio broadcasting).

“Terror Family” (High), Mazahs (low), WIZZ Radio (High).

By Andrew Lee (created by Seth Gottleib, Terror Family Pantheon by Ishiatama2001, picture by rogue_ftw).

Helper(s): Based on Captain Marvel stats by Daryl Kuxhouse; Additional input from William Peterson, Roy Cowan, Brian Young.