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Elemental Woman (DC Comics) (Strike Force Kobra)

Elemental Woman


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

This obscure character has but one meaningful appearance.

We know how she looks and can infer her powers. That’s about it.

So it’s not going to be a long writeup. But if you’re looking for a nobody to develop, and to add manpower to a villainous team, well she’s there.

Or if you really like Kobra, I guess.

Connections

This profile should be read after the profile for the Elemental Man. Much of the background material is there.

Elemental Woman is easily confused with Element Girl (Urania Blackwell). There’s no link – Element Girl has the same powers, origins and appearance as Metamorpho.


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Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Base of Operations: Gotham City.
  • Height: 5’5″ Weight: 130 lbs.
  • Eyes: Unrevealed Hair: White.


Powers & Abilities

Elemental Woman can turn into elements. Such as iron, sodium or aluminium.

Her abilities presumably work like Elemental Man (John Dolan)’s. Like him, she often operates in iron form, for superhuman strength and durability.

Her iron form didn’t seem as powerful as Dolan’s, though.

Perhaps she was empowered using remnants of energy in the machine that was used to depower the Elemental Man and the Batman (Bruce Wayne).


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Belt

Her belt resembles the Elemental Man’s. And we see her touch it to change which element she mimics. So she presumably has to use it to avoid randomly shifting from element to element.

The belt has but a few buttons. So it’s *possible* that she can only turn into a limited number of elements. She demonstrated :

  • Iron.
  • Mercury.
  • A toxic yellow gas.
  • Corrosive pale yellow clouds.

(FWIW you can refer to Gareth’s monster profile for the Elements of Doom if you want ideas for her possible Powers.)


History

In 1987, Kobra (Jeffrey Burr) deployed his Strike Force Kobra against Batman and the Outsiders.

The schtick was that they were mostly based on forgotten, sci-fi Batman villains from the early Silver Age . In Elemental Woman’s case, Kobra’s scientists had apparently recreated the Higgins Element Converter radiation.

(Elemental Woman is seen post-Crisis. So that means that the Elemental Man did exist post-Crisis. Though the story may not have taken place in the same way. We can’t tell).

(Some Strike Force Kobra members echo the Outsiders. Specifically, Elemental Woman’s powers evoke Metamorpho (Rex Mason)’s).

The time to strike

The Strike Force attacked the Stagg laboratories to empower their newest recruit. They easily handled the security, but had a tougher time handling the Outsiders.

Elemental Woman was defeated by the far more experienced Metamorpho.

DC’s Who’s Who  hinted that the Strike Force would return. But they never did. I never trusted these yellow dots borders, anyway.

Will wonders never cease

In 2001, Elemental Woman was part of the army of villainesses led by the witch Circe.

During their rampage, she worked with Hyena (Summer Day) and Godiva II. Elemental Woman fought Tasmanian Devil (Hugh Dawkins), then Icemaiden (Sigrid Nansen).

Wonder Woman (Diana of Themyscira) ended this by rallying an army of super-heroines.


Description

See illustrations.


Personality

A devoted Kobra cultist. She seemed bitter and angry, and didn’t like Clayface.

Perhaps her bad temper is caused by her powers, as with her predecessor.


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Elemental Woman

Dex: 04 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Uphold Kobra
Int: 03 Wil: 03 Min: 04 Occupation: Cultist
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Wealth: 003
Init: 010 HP: 020

Powers:
Molecular Chameleon: 08, Self-Manipulation: 05

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Molecular Chameleon needs no material to copy.
  • Molecular Chameleon cannot do Dispersal or Fluid Form – only STR/BODY.
  • Molecular Chameleon presumably switches to a semi-random element every 2d10 Phases.
  • Self-Manipulation is limited to emulating the physical properties of the element she’s currently, uh, chameleoning.

Skills:
None demonstrated.

Advantages:
Familiarity (Physics, Chemistry).

Connections:
Kobra (Low).

Drawbacks:
SIA toward Serving Kobra.

Equipment:
BELT [BODY 01. It allows the Elemental Woman to select his element (or none) at a touch. This essentially removes her Limitation whilst it’s on.]


Design notes

Looker didn’t have much of a problem judo-flipping Elemental Woman. Likewise, the villainess didn’t try to break a steel cage Metamorpho made around her.

This suggests lower stats. Which means in turn that Dolan’s Flailing Attack strategy wouldn’t work for her.

8 APs is also a common weight class for Outsiders characters during this era.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Chiefly Outsiders Vol. 1 #21-22.

Helper(s): Darci, Michael Everett.

Writeup completed on the 6th of May, 2020.

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