King Cougar (Jimmy Olsen enemy) (Superman DC Comics) and his pet cougar

King Cougar

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


This obscure, terrible DC Comics villain only appeared once, in 1978.

The idea here isn’t to point a hairy finger at the mediocre character and laugh a gravelly laugh. It’s more than some GMs might need a bad, weak and forgotten baddie as part of a better story. Telling good stories about throwaway jobber comics villains is a small but interesting sub-genre.


  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: His own criminal crew.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile ?
  • Height: 5’8” Weight: 160 lbs.
  • Eyes: Unrevealed Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Well, not really – on either count. He has a pet cougar, who is probably the most competent thing in this profile. And he had something called the Nullifier, which could remotely trigger a blackout in the neighbourhood it is pointed at. But the tech was presumably bought from someone.

His henchmen are clad in terrible costumes.


King Cougar is some guy behind a minor mob. Inspired by the July 11th, 1977 blackout in New York City , he bought a Nullifier to trigger blackouts. Then he prepared his crew and recruited more gangsters.

King Cougar's henchmen

The plan was to make the chaos from the blackouts even worse with bombs in important places, agitprop  people rousing the disenfranchised areas, etc..

In short, enough chaos to occupy the Metropolis PD and the Metropolis heroes, starting of course with Superman. And then… LOOT !


However, the last test run of the Nullifier was done on Jimmy Olsen’s block. Olsen foiled the terribly-costumed thugs who were robbing a jewellery store as a rehearsal for the big one.

He and other journalists investigated, and were quickly captured by King Cougar’s men. Olsen, then also known as “Mister Action”, swiftly escaped, captured the pet cougar, routed the guards and shut off the Nullifier.

King Cougar, Bentley and the pet cougar

Thus, Metropolis experienced a night of chaos, mild looting, fires, etc. but the situation remained under control. King Cougar did manage to escape, though.

It is real unlikely that he existed on post-Crisis New Earth. Or at least, one would hope so.


Yes, the illustrations are real.


Complete cliché of a villain. Cowardly, likes to explain his plans in details, might occasionally twirl his moustache.


“Ha ha ha ! Metropolis — is she not a beautiful city, Bentley ? Just think — tomorrow night, all her treasures — her wealth, her power — will be mine to plunder !”

“Olsen, note that I have your famed super-watch ! Superman can’t save you — you’re helpless !”

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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King Cougar

Dex: 03 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation : Power
Int: 03 Wil: 03 Min: 03 Occupation : Crime Lord
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 008
Init: 010 HP: 005

Charisma*: 04

Pet (his Cougar), Sidekick (Mr. Bentley).

Underworld (Low).

His costume likely counts as Creepy Appearance.

Night-Vision Goggles [BODY 01, Ultra-vision: 03, Do nothing: 17, Limitation: Ultra-vision is Night Vision only].

Pet cougar

“Ggrrrr !”

Dex: 05 Str: 03 Bod: 03 Motivation : Feline
Int: 01 Wil: 02 Min: 02 Occupation : Like, cougar
Inf: 02 Aur: 00 Spi: 02 Resources {or Wealth}: N.A.
Init: 009 HP: 000

Analytical Smell/Tracking Scent: 02, Claws: 04, Extended Hearing: 02, Jumping: 02, Running: 05, Super Hearing: 02, Telescopic Vision: 01, Ultra Vision: 04

Acrobatics (Climbing): 04, Thief (Stealth): 03

Lightning Reflexes.

Mr. Bentley

Apparently just an assistant. He has 02s everywhere except for his Mental Attributes at 03.

Thugs with terrible, terrible costumes man was not meant to wear

Well, they could be beaten up and dispersed by Jimmy Olsen. They could conduct operations in a coordinated and efficient way, though, so they’re not stupid.

Dex: 03 Str: 03 Bod: 03 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 03 Wil: 02 Min: 02 Occupation: Lowlife
Inf: 02 Aur: 02 Spi: 02 Resources {or Wealth}: 003
Init: 008 HP: 002

Vehicles (land): 03, Weaponry (street): 03. Some have Military science (Demolition): 03

None demonstrated.

Street (Low).

None demonstrated.


  • Night-Vision Goggles [BODY 01, Ultra-vision: 03, Do nothing: 04, Limitation: Ultra-vision is Night Vision only].
  • .38 Revolver [BODY 03, Projectile weapon: 03, Ammo: 06, R#03].

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Superman Family #189 (1978).

Helper(s): Ethan Roe, Darci.