Ironclad of the U-foes (Hulk enemy) (Marvel Comics)


(Mike Steel)

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


Ironclad is the brick  of the U-Foes, who are pretty much an evil version of the Fantastic Four.

The U-Foes appeared in 1980, and are primarily enemies of the Hulk.


  • Real Name: Michael “Mike” Steel.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: U-Foes.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 6’7” Weight: 650lbs.
  • Eyes: White Hair: None


Powers and Abilities

Ironclad’s body is covered in a metallic and remarkably tough armored hide, able to resist most forms of attack.

In addition, he is monstrously strong (capable of going toe-to-toe with the Hulk for a while) and can manipulate his own density. Increasing his density gains him additional resistance to attacks. Decreasing his density gains him speed, but degrades his toughness.

Ironclad charging

Being composed of an unknown material, Steel does not require nutrition for survival.

Even before turning into Steel, Michael Steel was an excellent pilot. As Steel he is an excellent hand-to-hand combatant capable of mashing it out with the best of them.



Ironclad’s history prior to being recruited as a pilot by Simon Utrecht has yet to be revealed. He was among the small group led by Utrecht to simulate the crash that gave the Fantastic Four their powers.

After gaining their powers, they formed the super villain group named the U-Foes. Steel has remained with the group ever since and is currently held in custody. For more details, see the Vector write-up.


Ironclad looks like a big man coated with a thick layer of steel over his entire body. He is very big and wide and shines like metal with a completely flat head, a big grin with teeth and small white eyes. Around his waist he wears a metal skirt in the old Egyptian style.

The U-Foes group shot on a white background


Mike Steel is no more. In his place is the brutal fighting machine known as Ironclad. Ironclad enjoys combat immensely and is most often seen with a large grin while punching his opponents. He is very overconfident in his strength and will take on any opponent.

Although he gives a very brutish appearance he is not the dumb thug his opponent often believes. As the other members of the U-Foes he is a good follower.

DC Universe History

The U-Foes do not really fit in the DC Universe. Their cosmic radiation, paralleling the Fantastic Four, is important to somehow keep. In any campaign including the Hulk, the U-Foes could be used as old enemies.

With some good explaining the U-Foes could also be used as a powerful gang of mercenaries for a criminal mastermind, a mastermind superior over the proud Vector, such as… Lex Luthor.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dex: 05 Str: 14 Bod: 12 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 04 Wil: 06 Min: 05 Occupation: Pilot, Criminal
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 05
Init: 015 HP: 045

Density Decrease: 07, Density Increase: 07, Flame immunity: 05, Invulnerability: 13, Jumping: 04

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Density Decrease works as the exact opposite of Density Increase; Ironclad’s DEX is increased by 1 AP for each 2 AP’s used and STR and Weight are decreased by 1 AP for each 1 AP of Density Increase used. Using full power he may even hover in air (at weight 0).
  • Density Increase is always on at 2 AP’s which is already accounted for (which leaves the option of density increase or decrease from there).

Martial Artist: 07, Vehicles: 06

Life Support (Does not need to Eat or Drink), Rich Friend (Simon Utrecht aka Vector).

U-Foes (High).

Misc. Drawback (If exposed to sudden surges of cosmic energy, of at least 6 APs, his powers will react in strange ways resulting in an incontrollable burst of his Density Increase Power that makes him sinks deep into the Earth’s core; 10 pts), Public Identity, Strange Appearance.

By Dr. Peter S Piispanen.

Helper(s): Paul ’Z‘ Ewande, Sébastien Andrivet, Gareth Lewis.

Source of Character: Mostly Hulk comics.