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Jaguar (Archie / Red Circle Comics)

Jaguar

(Ralph Hardy)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Trad comic books publisher Archie has dabbled on and off with super-heroes. The first such iteration was contemporary with the “Marvel Age”, in 1961.

This article describes the 1960s version of the Jaguar. There were further iterations as Archie took another stab at their super-heroes every 20 years or so.


Background

  • Real Name: Ralph Hardy.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: The Terrific Three, The Mighty Crusaders.
  • Base Of Operations: A large U.S. city.
  • Height: 6’1”?  Weight: 200 lbs?
  • Eyes: Black Hair: Blue


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Powers and Abilities

While wearing the Jaguar Belt and uttering the word “Jaguar”, not only can Hardy communicate telepathically with animals, but he:

  • Becomes as tough as “a rhinoceros’ hide intensified a thousand times”.
  • Has “the strength of a million elephants” (which would mean STR 27 if you took it literally).
  • Has the battering power of “thousands of buffalo”.
  • Can endure cold like “a hundred polar bears in one”.
  • And has “a thousand times the swimming skill of the otter”.

Jaguar can also travel in space. On the other hand, his eyes are vulnerable, and he can be stunned by “a million volts of electricity.”

He flies by means of twin jets on his belt, though they aren’t really a Gadget but more of a special effect.


History

While fleeing from a giant dinosaur released by an earthquake in Peru, Hardy entered an ancient Inca temple. There he found a jaguar-skin belt. He would later learn that it was made by one of the great Primal Powers, gods who ruled the animals of Earth before the coming of humankind.


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An inscription on the reverse side of its flying jaguar buckle read, “To be transformed into a human jaguar with supreme power over animals everywhere in the universe, the wearer need only say ‘The Jaguar’.”

Donning the girdle, Hardy uttered the magic words, became the Jaguar, defeated the dinosaur, and said his own name to turn back into Hardy. Thereafter Jaguar went on to become one of the premiere heroes of his world.


Description

Red body suit. Black, stylized jaguar face on chest. Jaguar skin boots and belt.


Personality

Jaguar is your classic “Goody Two Shoes” hero spawned from the early 1960s. He is a real boy scout and is very much his world’s Superman in attitude and power level.


Quotes

“Telepathic signals from space ! Semihuman creatures from Sagitus want me to fly to their planet immediately.”


DC Universe History

The “Primal” Powers may be the Lords of Order and Chaos. Some link to the Tantu Totem possessed by Vixen may be established.


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Jaguar

Dex: 08 Str: 17 Bod: 09 Motivation: Upholding the Good
Int: 07 Wil: 06 Min: 08 Occupation: Zoologist
Inf: 07 Aur: 07 Spi: 08 Resources {or Wealth}: 007
Init: 022 HP: 090

Powers:
Animal Control: 10, Animal Summoning: 10, Cold Immunity: 07, Flight: 40, Sealed Systems: 15, Skin Armor: 08, Speak with Animals: 15, Swimming: 10, Water Freedom: 13

Notes:
There may be a case for Jaguar to possess Animal Mimicry: 20 and a Power Reserve: 10 that only works with Mimicked Powers.

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Flight is only used at a 10 in Atmosphere.
  • Sealed Systems is ineffective vs. Gas and Radiation Attacks.
  • Skin Armor may be ignored by a Trick Shot.

Skills:
Charisma: 07, Scientist: 05

Advantages:
Area Knowledge (Peru), Insta-Change, Scholar (Zoology).

Connections:
The Terrific Three (Low), The Mighty Crusaders (High).

Drawbacks:
Alter Ego (controllable), Dependent (Jill Ross, girlfriend/secretary), Loss Vulnerability (Reverts to Ralph Hardy if stripped of Jaguar Belt), Secret ID.

Equipment:
“NUCLEON ENERGY” BELT a.k.a. JAGUAR BELT [BODY 20, SPIRIT 20].


Ralph Hardy

Dex: 03 Str: 03 Bod: 03 Motivation: Upholding the Good
Int: 07 Wil: 06 Min: 03 Occupation: Zoologist
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 007
Init: 013 HP: 020

Skills:
Scientist: 05

Advantages:
Area Knowledge (Peru), Insta-Change, Scholar (Zoology).

By Jackson.

Source of Character: Archie Comics.

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