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Eel (Stryke) (Marvel Comics)


(Leopold Stryke)

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


The first Eel is a relatively early Marvel villain, having appeared in 1963. He was eventually slain, but other blokes have since used the Eel identity. So I guess that it’s a legacy.

Our Eel notes are very old. For alphabetical reasons (but in French), they were part of early conversion work with other super-hero RPG systems. So they’ll have to be revisited.


  • Real Name: Leopold Stryke.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: Jordan Stryke (aka the Viper I, deceased).
  • Group Affiliation: Fellowship of Fear, Serpent Squad I.
  • Base Of Operations: New York City.
  • Height: 5’10” Weight: 192 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown


Powers and Abilities

While not really trained, the Eel is quite fast and agile, making him a tougher opponent than the first impression might indicate.

His main abilities, however, came from his unique costume.

The layer closer to his skin is insulated, one of the next is a superconducting fabric, and the outermost one is near-frictionless. The superconducting layer can be used to surround himself in an electrical field. Being direct current, it will also lock its victim’s muscles in place (in DC Heroes RPG terms, Paralysis) or to shoot bolts of electricity (Lightning).


Leopold Stryke’s job was cleaning aquariums for a sea life museum. However he also moonlighted as a criminal called the Eel. His first encounter with a super-hero was with the Human Torch (Johnny Storm), after attempting to steal an atomic device.

After that he was a recurrent hireling for numerous criminals. That included :


Some of the adventures above occurred along with his brother, the Viper (Jordan Stryke). However, his brother was murdered by the Viper (Sarkissian) for the name. Stryke had no idea of who had done the deed when he worked for her in the second Serpent Squad.

Morituri te salutant

Eel I’s last adventures happened after he had found a new job as a sea life expert for a television series. Unable to let go of his old habits, he stole a disintegration ray after hours. That was a bad mistake, as the Enforcer (Charles Delazny) paid another costumed criminal, the Gladiator (Melvin Potter), to get the device back.

The Enforcer found the Eel first and took back the disintegrator. The Gladiator arrived shortly after and, not knowing his employer had already completed the contract himself, murdered Leopold Stryke.

Another criminal has since somehow acquired an updated Eel costume, and operates as Eel II.


The purple costume is the early one, the blue costume the later one.


Now that I think of it he was rather bland… anybody remembering something worthwhile about him ?


Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

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Eel I

Dex: 06 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Power
Int: 05 Wil: 03 Min: 03 Occupation : Criminal
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth} : 005
Init: 014 HP: 030

Acrobatics: 08, Gadgetry*: 05, Vehicles (sea, land): 03

Scholar (marine biology).

Serpent Squad I (High).


COSTUME [BODY 06, Flash: 0, Grappling immunity: 08, Lightning: 9, Lightning immunity: 08, Paralysis: 09, Bonuses : Lightning and Paralysis can be used as a single Dice Action, but only if so they have No Range (+0) ; Limitation : Flash is actually a bioluminescence emanating from the suit for about 10 meters, with no combat effects].

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Marvel Universe.

Helper(s): Dan.

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