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Frog-Man of the Ani-Men (Marvel Comics)

Frog-Man

(Ani-Men)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

This profile is meant to be read after our Ani-Men team profile, which explains most of the context and history.


Background

  • Real Name: Francois “Frog” Leblanc.
  • Other Aliases: “Croaker”.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: The Organisation, then the Ani-Men.
  • Base of Operations: New York City area.
  • Height: 5’11” Weight: 180 lbs.
  • Eyes: Grey-green Hair: Bald.


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Powers & Abilities

Leblanc is a US Navy-trained combat diver, and underwater demolition expert.

He also has years of experience as a thug-for-hire.

Secondary sources  also mention talents (high level of strength in the legs, mastery of savate, “Class 10” strength once enhanced (below)…) that are nowhere to be seen in primary sources.

Gear

The Frog-Man suit had the following capabilities :

  • It’s a full diving suit. It can be equipped with air tanks and flippers at any point.
  • It has waterproof pockets for small equipment (such as grenades). It can equip waterproof bags for larger gear (such as demolition charges).
  • It can be greased, which also makes it easy to escape from some holds.

Frog-Man was once issued a speargun. It seemed markedly more powerful than the short-range weapons used to fish underwater. So I’d imagine it was a custom-built crossbow. Or perhaps a modified Greener light harpoon gun.


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Supergreen

Frog-Man was then turned into a superhuman by Count Nefaria. He thus became a mutate  with an amphibian appearance.

He could make superhuman jumps, covering at least a dozen metres from a standing start. These allowed for powerful jumping kicks.

Still, a young Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner) took him out without difficulty.


History

Frog-Man formerly was a French citizen, and enlisted with the US Navy.

He then ran from the Navy, after the discovery of his unspecified crimes.

Quick hypotheses

Since he appeared in 1965, we can imagine :

  1. That François Leblanc served with the French military in Indochina  until 1955.
  2. That the MAAG Vietnam  advisers made him an enlistment offer (including a fast naturalisation track) as they came to replace French soldiers in South Việt Nam.
  3. That he was caught doing something criminal and went AWOL whilst stateside circa 1962.

Traditionally in genre fiction, said crimes would involve smuggling heroin. Especially since the “French Connection” networks  were at their height back then.

We can further imagine that he first served as a multilingual advisor, then transferred to the US Navy just in time to return to Việt Nam in 1958.

This corresponds to the in-between years when the Underwater Demolition Teams  had clearly pivoted toward special operations, but had yet to become the Navy SEALs.

L’Organisation

During the early 1960s, François Leblanc was a thug in New York City. But he had to be discreet, since the Navy was still after him.

Ani-Men group shot from the Official Handbook Marvel

He knew some other skilled legbreakers, including Gordon “Monk” Keefer.

Leblanc was specifically recruited by the Organiser (Abner Jonas) to become Frog-Man.

See our Ani-Men team profile for more.


Description

Originally, Leblanc is drawn with almost animal-like features and posture. This is presumably artistic exaggeration

His speech bubbles do not feature an accent. He also still has some military turns of phrase.

When not in costume he usually wears a green suit.


Personality

Frog-Man comes across as nervous and sweaty – a hunted man. But when working he’s collected and professional.

He’s loyal toward his employers and follows orders well.

He’s prejudiced toward mutants.

Altered beast

Once mutated, he had difficulties dealing with his new state. He insisted that he was still human, and insulted mutants to feel superior and “more normal” than them.

He also seemed less focused and professional.


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Frog-Man (1965)

Dex: 03 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 03 Wil: 03 Min: 03 Occupation: Mercenary
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 03 Wealth: 004
Init: 011 HP: 015

Skills:
Acrobatics: 04, Martial artist: 04, Military science (Cammo, carto, demo): 04, Thief (Stealth): 03, Vehicles (Land, Sea): 03, Weaponry (Infantry weapons): 04

Advantages:
Familiarity (Military equipment & protocols, SCUBA operations), Language (French).

Connections:
Underworld (Low).

Drawbacks:
Misc.: Leblanc was wanted by the US Navy back during the 1960s.

Equipment:

  • The speargun (more of a spear launcher, really) he once used likely had BODY 02 EV 05 Range: 03 R#02 or somesuch.
  • When in costume he often carries a hand grenade [BODY 01, EV 07 (Area of Effect 1 AP), R#03, Grenade drawback].
  • FROG-MAN SUIT [BODY 02, Cold immunity: 01, Grappling immunity: 02, Radio communication (includes video): 12, Sealed systems: 07].

Design Notes

I’d lob in Language (Vietnamese) to help explain why the US Navy recruited him. But that’s way too speculative.

The first Wrestling attempt by Daredevil against Frog-Man completely failed. But not long after that a Throwing Manoeuvre works fine. So I assumed murky, intermediary Grappling Immunity APs.

No Swimming APs for the FROG-MAN SUIT. Daredevil had no issues catching up with him, weird as it seems.

Acrobatics and Martial Artist are a half-hearted gesture at representing material from secondary sources. He doesn’t use them in the actual material, but having these Skills doesn’t contradict the evidence either. So you can keep or ditch them.


Frog-Man (mutated)

Dex: 05 Str: 04 Bod: 04 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 03 Wil: 02 Min: 02 Occupation: Mercenary
Inf: 03 Aur: 02 Spi: 03 Wealth: 004
Init: 011 HP: 015

Powers:
Jumping: 02

Skills:
Acrobatics: 05, Evasion (Ranged): 06, Martial artist (AV, EV): 06, Thief (Stealth): 03, Vehicles (Land, Sea): 03

Bonuses and Limitations:
Acrobatics, Evasion and Martial Artist are all Powered Skills, and Contingent Upon Jumping.

Advantages:
Familiarity (Military equipment & protocols, SCUBA operations), Language (French).

Connections:
Ani-Men (Low).

Drawbacks:
Strange Appearance.

Equipment:
RADIO HEADSET [BODY 01, Radio communications: 10].

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Older Marvel comics.

Writeup completed on the 9th of January, 2020.

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