Fire-Haired Karla is angry

Fire-Haired Karla

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


Karla is an odd, obscure Aquaman character. She only appeared once, in a 1965 storyline.

But contributor Vinnie thinks that she’s so groovy that even you fab hep cats will flip, dig ?


  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed (Presumed Single).
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Terrible Trio.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 5’10” Weight: 145lbs.
  • Note: As usual, Heights and Weights are best guesses.
  • Eyes: Light Blue Hair: Bright Red Tongues of Flame.


Powers and Abilities

As should be obvious from her nom de crime, Fire-Haired Karla possesses a mane of fiery prehensile hair. She calls it “living flame”. The heat generated by her flaming tresses is so intense it is unaffected by water.

She can split her hair into at least four locks to encircle her opponents in a fiery cage. But she normally attacks with it in one mass of hair by stretching it over her head to strike at targets.

Karla is skilled in the piloting of the aliens’ undersea saucer.


When asked by her Terrible Trio teammate, the Invisible Un-Thing about her powers, she remarks that she was “caught in what is politely known as an ’industrial accident‘”. This is what turned her hair into living flame. Because her fiery tresses made her undesirable to men, she sought to have her revenge on them.

In her first and only recorded encounter with Aquaman, Fire-Haired Karla, along with the Un-Thing and the third member of the Terrible Trio the Fisherman, allied herself with a race of aliens. The group referred to these only as “Them.”


The theft of water

The aliens sought to invade Earth. But they possessed a fatal vulnerability to water. Therefore, they enlisted the aid of the three criminals in disposing of the world’s oceans.

The aliens gave the Trio a strange satellite that created holes in the ocean. Naturally, this attracted the attention of Aquaman, Aqualad, and Mera. Our heroes came to halt the satellite’s destructive progress through the ocean.

The villains did well against the Aqua Family initially. Karla kept Aquaman and Aqualad trapped in a living flame cage while the Un-Thing captured Mera. Meanwhile, the Fisherman regained control of the ocean-stealing satellite. After the Un-Thing rendered Aquaman unconscious with a viscous beating, the Trio, and the kidnapped Mera, zoomed away in an undersea saucer supplied by the aliens.

When Aquaman revived, he and Aqualad pursued the villains. Their second battle ended in the Trio’s defeat and Karla’s capture in a Mera-created hard-water hand. With their human lackeys vanquished, the aliens revealed themselves. They attempted to kill the Aqua Family and the Terrible Trio.

I was betrayed by aliens !

Naturally, good guy Aquaman saved Karla and her teammates from death by alien ray cannon (Karla: “Th – Thank you, Aquaman ! You’re a man I could admire !”)

Fire-haired Karla uses her hair as a cutting torch

Using the undersea saucer to control the ocean-stealing satellite, Aquaman and Karla chased the alien spacecraft out of the sea. Once above the water, they rammed the satellite into the spacecraft. The alien invasion thus ended in a terrific explosion.

Aquaman turned the Terrible Trio over to surface world authorities. He promised Karla that for her part in defeating the aliens he would ask them to be lenient towards her. Fire-Haired Karla has not been seen since.


Fire-Haired Karla’s costume consists of a one-piece black bathing suit, black swim fins, and blue-black scuba tanks. Her full-face scuba mask has two stubby horn-like protuberances.

Karla’s hair is a bright red mane of fire. Her beautiful face is normally set in an expression of anger and bitterness.

Karla possesses a movie starlet figure.


Fire-Haired Karla is consumed by anger over her condition. She bitterly refers to herself as a freak.

She wants revenge on the world in general and men in particular. Yet she displays sufficient control over her misanthropic tendencies to work with the Un-Thing and the Fisherman.

By the end of her encounter with Aquaman, Karla seems to have turned over a new leaf on life.

Fire-haired Karla vs. Aquaman and Aqualad


“Ha … The mighty Aquaman and his teen-age ally… like all males who oppose Karla, they’re pushovers !”

DC Universe History

Though Fire-Haired Karla has not resurfaced in the post-Crisis DC Universe, it is possible for her encounter with Aquaman to have occurred much as it was originally presented. It is possible that her long absence was due to her “paying her debt to society” and she is only now being released from prison.

During the course of her encounter with Aquaman, she refers to the Sea King as a “gorgeous hunk”. And she admits after Aquaman saves the Terrible Trio that he is a man she could admire.

An interesting idea may be to treat Karla as if she developed an unhealthy fixation on the Sea King during her time in prison. This could spell trouble for the recently-as-of-this-writing reunited Aquaman and Mera.

Another route that a GM might take is to have Karla affected in a different way by her encounter with Aquaman. She may leave prison with a desire to put her Powers to good use on the right side of the law. The adventure’s constant remarks regarding her “freak” status could suggest a membership in a new Doom Patrol.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Fire-Haired Karla

Dex: 05 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Psychopathic / Unwanted Power
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 04 Occupation: Professional Criminal
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 015 HP: 035

Extra Limb [x1]: 00, Flame Being: 11, Split: 03, Stretching: 02

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Karla’s Extra Limb represents her fiery mane of prehensile hair.
  • Flame Being is unaffected by water.
  • Flame Being and Stretching are limited to Karla’s hair.
  • Split only effects Karla’s hair and represents her ability to form her hair into four flaming locks.
  • Split reduces APs of Flame Being but not APs of Extra Limb or Stretching.
  • Flame Being is Always On.
  • Only Fire-Haired Karla’s head, neck, and shoulders are immune to the effects of her Flame Being Power (the remainder of her body can be damaged by her own hair).

Vehicles (Sea): 06


Terrible Trio (High).

MID (Men).


  • SCUBA TANKS [BODY 06, Sealed Systems: 09, R#: 02, Limitation: The Scuba Tanks’ Sealed Systems Power does not protect against radiation attacks]
  • Scuba Mask [BODY 02, Extended Hearing: 05, Radio Communications: 05, Super Ventriloquism: 05, R#: 02, Limitation: The Scuba Mask’s Extended Hearing and Super Ventriloquism are only functional underwater]
  • Swim Fins [BODY 02, Advantage: The Swim Fins add 1 AP to the wearer’s movement speed in the water. Fire-Haired Karla’s swimming speed when wearing them is 3 APs]

By Vincent Paul Bartilucci.

Source of Character: Aquaman #24 [First Series] published by DC Comics.