Classic Invisible Woman by Byrne (Marvel Comics) (Fantastic Four)

Invisible Woman

(Susan Storm-Richards) (Profile #2 - the 1980s)

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


Susan Storm the Invisible Girl — later Susan Storm-Richards the Invisible Woman — is a core Fantastic Four member. The FF used to be the central, driving team of the Marvel Universe.

Our writeups for Sue aren’t full profiles. We needed game stats estimates for the FF early on, as they are such a benchmark in the Marvel Universe. Hopefully the profiles will be redone later on.

The series of benchmarking notes goes:

  1. .
  2. Invisible Woman (the 1980s) – this here profile.
  3. .



  • Real Name: Susan Storm Richards.
  • Other Aliases: Malice, Susan Benjamin.
  • Marital Status: Married.
  • Known Relatives: Franklin Storm (father, deceased), Mary Storm (mother, deceased), Jonathan “Johnny” Storm (aka Human Torch II, brother), Reed Richards (aka Mister Fantastic, husband), Franklin Richards (son), Nathaniel Richards (father-in-law).
  • Group Affiliation: The Fantastic Four.
  • Base Of Operations: Baxter Building, Four Freedoms Plaza, NYC.
  • Height: 5’6” Weight: 120 lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Blonde

Powers and Abilities

See Invisible Woman (current) writeup.


See Invisible Woman (current) writeup.



Sue is now more mature. One often downplayed aspect during this period is her physical beauty and poise – she was formerly a model and actress.


By this point (about the mid 1980s), Sue has matured into a capable fighter and leader. The Malice episode and several incidents after have even, in fact, demonstrated that she is capable, when greatly angered or threatened, of a previously unknown ruthlessness.

However, asides from her abilities as an adventurer, she tries to balance her courage and skill with her perception of how she should be as a wife and mother. The basic theme for Sue during this period is both “she’s considerably tougher than you thought” and “balancing high-risks professional activities and a family life”.

A third recurrent theme, important when role-playing her, is that she is revealed as the heart and soul of the FF. While that role was previously held by the pipe-smoking Reed, several subplots, crises and splits within the group have made it clear that it is the presence of a responsible, adult woman in the group that keeps it going.

DC Universe History

See Invisible Woman (current) writeup.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Invisible Woman

Dex: 05 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Upholding the good
Int: 05 Wil: 06 Min: 07 Occupation: Adventurer
Inf: 04 Aur: 05 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: 009
Init: 014 HP: 070

Force manipulation: 14, Invisibility: 07, Neutralize: 07

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Force Manipulation only allows simple, easily visualized shapes (-2).
  • Invisible Woman takes the RAPs scored against her Force Manipulated structures as if they were a Bashing attack with an AV/OV equal to RAP/RAP.
  • Invisibility can be Partial (-1).
  • Neutralize only works against Invisibility (-2).
  • Invisibility can be used at a Range (instead of just on herself) but with a Serious Burnout (-2).

Artist (actor): 05, Charisma: 06, Thief (stealth): 04, Vehicles: 04

Expansive Headquarter, Leadership, Misc.: Den Mother (when Sue Richards is acting to defend children, her HP spending occurs as if she was operating in the next more favourable Genre).

Avengers (Low), Fantastic Four (High), Silver Surfer (High), Hero Community (Powerful, Low), Namor (High).

Dependent (Franklin), Public Identity.

Sue’s Force fields

By this stage, Sue is no longer restricted to simple bubbles and barriers ; her powers gains in flexibility far more than it gains in raw power.

Classic stunts with her Force Manipulation include :

  • The aforementioned walls (BODY).
  • Pillars of force projected on an adversary (Mental blast).
  • Cushioning falls (Skin Armor, Usable on Others, only against falls).
  • Force-lifted flight platforms (BODY 10, Flight: 04).
  • Blocking powers (Neutralize – for instance by encasing the hand of an energy projector in a force bubble).
  • And rarely suffocation (enclosing the head of a subject in a bubble of force – follow normal drowning rules).

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Helper(s): Angel, Gareth Lewis, Chris Cottingham.

Source of Character: Fantastic Four comics (Marvel Universe).