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Exterminator (Daredevil enemy) (Marvel Comics)


Philip Sterling) (Pre-Death-Stalker

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
  • This profile precedes the profile of Sterling as .


  • Real Name: Phillip Wallace Sterling
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: Elizabeth Dawes Sterling (mother)
  • Base Of Operations: New York City
  • Group Affiliation: Employer and leader of the Unholy Three
  • Height: 6’ Weight: 185lbs
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Unrevealed

Powers and Abilities

The Exterminator is your typical mad, criminal scientist. He invented the awesome T-ray.

Adventures across the T-dimension !

The Exterminator’s invention supposedly destroys the timestream of one specific individual for a set duration – by default, 30mn. The individual ceases to exist for that amount of time. Once the duration is over, the individual resynchronize with normal time and reappear ; in several cases though, resynchronization failed and left the subject on the second layer – see below.

In practice, the target is projected into a limbo-like dimension, which seems very small and — in DC Heroes terms — 1 AP away from the Earth dimension. There are two layers in the “T-stream” ; the main one is the equivalent of floating/falling in a ribbed, transludescent green hose snaking through a blank expense. Small, immaterial black spots stream along within the hose. All the people who had been hit by a T-ray projector in New York appeared close to each other, so the size of the dimension is probably smaller than half a football field.

The second area can be reached either by detecting a weakness in the tube (those have, in DC Heroes terms, Invisibility: 06) and pushing through it, or if resynchronization fails after the banishment is over. In both cases, the individual can see the real world around him, but cannot interact with moving objects, such as most living beings. He is, in practice, invisible and dispersed.

Somehow, it is possible to get out of this state and resynchronize by interacting long enough with an object moving at a constant speed – Daredevil managed to grasp the rotating axle of a car with his cane, and be dragged by the car at a constant speed until he emerged in the real world.

Yes, that doesn’t make any sense – so assume any wacky idea will work to get out of the second layer, as long as there is enough techno-babble to accompany it.

When a subject is hit by the T-ray, his presence is still perceptible for a minute or so, but with Invisibility (all senses): 08 – Daredevil could still vaguely sense and hear Foggy’s girlfriend after she was hit by a T-ray blast. It is likely that subject in the second layer of the T-stream also have Invisibility (all senses): 08.


The criminal known as the Exterminator was Phillip Wallace Sterling, the last son of an old, wealthy, and prestigious family that had lived in America for centuries. It is not known why Sterling turned to crime. He conducted his first known criminal activities under the alias of the Exterminator.

In this role Sterling was the costumed mastermind behind a series of crimes committed by the original criminals known as Ape-Man, Bird-Man, and Cat-Man, who were otherwise known as the Unholy Three.

The Exterminator (Philip Sterling) and the Ani-Men

The Exterminator developed a “time displacer ray” or “T-ray” with which he could banish a person or object from his own dimension for a period of his choosing. The Exterminator claimed that the ray projected its target into another “time continuum,” but actually, the T-ray projected its victim into a limbo-like interdimensional void lying close to normal reality. If the Exterminator banished a victim for 30 minutes, then he or she would automatically return to Earth once the half hour was up.

However, an intense enough amount of “displacement” radiation could exile a victim to the interdimensional void permanently. The Exterminator wished to create the impression that he and the Unholy Three might have actually disintegrated their victims with their portable “time-displacement guns”; hence, he chose the nom de crime “Exterminator.” His plan involved robberies and crime, as well as getting rid of Foggy Nelson before he could be elected DA and threaten the Exterminator.

During a clash with the costumed crimefighter Daredevil, Ape-Man succeeded in exiling Daredevil to the void with his displacement gun. Daredevil was able to use his powers and skills to escape through a dimension warp, and tracked the Exterminator and the Unholy Three to their lair. After defeating the four, Daredevil intentionally triggered the explosion of the Exterminator’s main displacement machine.

At that time, Daredevil had temporarily grown tired of his superhero career, and was hoping to end it by feigning his own demise – which made easier as Daredevil was then thought to be his imaginary brother, “Mike Murdock”. What Daredevil did not realize was that the explosion caused the nearby Exterminator to be irradiated with an extraordinary amount of the dimensional-displacement radiation. Years later, the Exterminator would be back – as the ominous Death-Stalker !


Cool costume, uh ?


The Exterminator is both a mad scientist in love with his invention and a threatening maniac. He threatens everything and everybody, subjects his henchmen to random, highly risky experiments, threatens to disintegrate people at the slightest hint of an insult, and generally treats everyone like incompetent, disposable poop.

I think he has issues.


“I was a fool to allow the three of you to serve me ! No wonder your former employer was caught – if you were his helpers ! One simple robbery – and you let Daredevil stop you ! But that no longer matters now. I’ve finally finished my great experiment ! The awesome T-ray is ready to be tested ! Follow me to the chamber – quickly !”

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The Exterminator

Dex: 03 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Power
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 03 Occupation: Criminal scientist
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 013 HP: 020

Skills: Animal handling (horses): 03, Charisma (interrogation, intimidation): 04, Gadgetry: 06, Vehicles (land): 03

Advantages: Stroke of Genius (the awesome T-ray), Scholar (T-Rays)

Connections: Underworld (Low)

Drawbacks: MIA toward threatening people


  • T-Ray handgun (x4, as the Exterminator built one for himself and three for his henchmen) [BODY 02, Dimension travel (Banishment): 08, Energy blast: 08, Note : Dimension travel is against DEX/MIN, not INT/MIN as normal (-1) ; Dimension travel is its own AV (+0 or +1 depending on house rules) ; Dimension travel only to the T-stream. The gun can be set to a destructive energy blast by rotating its square muzzle to the right]
  • T-RAY PLATFORM [BODY 06, Dimension travel (Banishment): 10, Energy blast: 10, Glue: 07, , Note : Dimension travel is against DEX/MIN, not INT/MIN as normal (-1) ; Dimension travel is its own AV (+0 or +1 depending on house rules) ; Dimension travel only to the T-stream ; Energy blast and Glue can only be used on subject on the platform itself].

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Daredevil comic books

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