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Letha (Marvel Comics) (Grapplers) portrait by Michael Ryan

Letha

(Hellen Feliciano)


Context

Letha is a minor Marvel Comics character, first seen in 1979.

This here profile is meant to be read after the Grapplers team profile. Which has the bulk of the material, so the individual profiles can be short and focused.


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Background

  • Real Name: Hellen Feliciano.
  • Other Aliases: Sometimes misspelled as “Leetha”. Her given name has occasionally been misspelled as “Helen”. Feliciano also once impersonated She-Hulk (Jennifer Walter).
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Original Grapplers ; New Grapplers ; the Hood’s Deadly Dozen (defunct) ; the Masters of Evil (Shadow Council Bagalia version) ; the Masters of Evil (Baron Zemo’s Bagalia mob).
  • Base of Operations: New York City, then Los Angeles, then Mobile, then Bagalia.
  • Height: 5’10” Weight: 145 lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Blonde.


Powers & Abilities

One remark implies that Letha’s wrestling schtick was blows and holds that looked like they could cripple or kill someone. Such as hitting the spine.

It’s not otherwise evident in the material. But it would explain why she goes by “Letha”.

As one-half of the Skrull Kill Krew wrestling tag team, her signature move was the “3D drop”, presumably named after the 3D Man (Charles & Harold Chandler). It starts on the top rope and may be a double forearm drop – we don’t see her finish the move.


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Stage #2

Letha had a rope and grapnel, and there reportedly were special weapons built into her costume’s straps. We never see them used, and even secondary sources  do not describe what they were.

However, we once, very briefly see her wielding a whip. In the background of a single panel. And Letha is a clear analogue of Lashina of the Female Furies, in the pre-Crisis DC Universe.

So we can imagine that she had two or three specially charged whips. If so these likely had a finite, non-replaceable power source – explaining why she stopped using them.

One panel *might* imply that Letha had some weapon or tool she could use to rip machinery open. Maybe.

She also had earplugs that filtered out Screaming Mimi’s harmful sonics. But she put those in just before Mimi would scream, so they likely impair hearing.

Stage #4

During stage #4 :

  • Letha is seen lifting a full city bus, which would be about 25 tonnes. Since she intended to throw it, this suggests “Class 40” strength.
  • (I wouldn’t go higher than “Class 50”. First because of Occam’s Razor , and second because it’s one of those stories where the Punisher (Frank Castle) displays inexplicably superhuman durability. So in technical terms, we gotta keep Letha’s EV down).
  • Her emotion-manipulating power was to make her target experience murderous rage against something she designated.
  • Her durability is superhuman, though high-powered ordnance can still wound or kill her.
  • This durability seems complemented by a small healing factor .

The latter is ambiguous since the story takes place in a Genre where people recover quickly. But it seems that Lascivious has less up-front damage resistance and more regen, and Letha is the other way around.

Letha (Marvel Comics) (Grapplers) with demonic psychic powers

Stage #5

The Dormammu powers seemingly have faded away. However, she also seems beefier and more on par, brawn-wise, with Poundcakes. And is drawn as being 5’10” for a change.

So my guess is that she’s stronger than she used to be at Stage #2. Perhaps she retained a bit of demonic strength.

Ms. Feliciano also acquired a Class D security guard licence. And thus at least 24 hours of training – the demands for the licence are lower in New York.


History

Everything’s in the team profile. Letha was seldom seen working solo.


Description

I’ve kept the official 5’10” height, and the “Handbook scale” weight matching that. But as with Titania, Letha tends to be drawn closer to 5’8″ or 5’7″.

The banded breasts cups thing may have been derived from the Valkyrie (Brunnhilde)’s, who debuted in 1971. These, in turn, seem derived from older valkyrie costumes in Wagnerian operas.

Letha vs. Quasar (Marvel Comics)

Stage 4

When she uses her emotion manipulation power, Letha’s eyes glow a bright red and she speaks in a demon voice. The eyes of her target also become red.

Stage 5

As the Skrull Kill Krew (no relation), Letha and Poundcakes wear new costumes designed by the Wasp (Janet van Dyne).

They and their supporters will also have large, plain white T-shirts with anti-Skrull slogans.


Personality

Letha is also doing the confident 1970s woman warrior thing. And like Titania, she preferred to use her martial skills over her Roxxon equipment.

But Feliciano’s style has more of a Cimmerian cast to it. She boasts often, sometimes claims to be deadly, and seldom misses a chance to comment on any attractive physical traits in men around her. Which, by late 1970s standards, was more transgressive.

(So yeah, it feels like in their 2009 appearance the personalities were swapped between Titania and Letha).

She seems to be a car person. When working for the Hood she bought a black ’57 or ’58 Corvette . But not much of a movie person – she had never seen a film with Simon Williams.

With a little help…

Letha has an ironclad friendship with the others. She may have been the driver behind the 2011 vague plot to have Songbird rejoin.

Hellen died in an attempt to avenge her friend Davida, and is almost always seen relaxing or working with her and/or Marian.

There’s an implication that she and Davida became a couple after 2009. Unless they just run around calling each other “baby” and “angel cakes” for no special reason. But in the context of the story and writer it seemed to be more meant to make them look villainous, so… pass.

Undead

After her resurrection, Letha was feeling constant homicidal rage. She could reliably control herself, but was all in favour of plans and tactics that involved her murdering people, and/or making people murder people. Preferably in a messy, cruel manner.

At this point, she thus was more of a horror or action-horror character.


Letha (Marvel Comics) (Grapplers) 2018 wrestling costume

2019 wrestling costume.


She was also angry and frustrated that she and other Scourge victims were dismissed as obscure jobbers  – and wanted to prove how dangerous they could be.

(This doesn’t match Grapplers history. The simplest No-Prize Hypothesis  is that she developed affinities with the jobber villains community as she worked to avenge Titania’s murder. But that’d contradict her dialogue in Captain America Vol. 1 #319. Mfff).

Bagalia

Like Lascivious, by 2011 Letha was free of those major personality alterations. Which freed her to embark on a seemingly years-long bender. With BEER.


Quotes

“Ohh – isn’t he a doll, Mimi ? Look at those muscles — and that pretty face ! It’s a shame I’m going to have to mash it ! Don’t worry, Adonis – I wouldn’t let a handsome boy like you fall. No – I’ll just rest you gently… against the nearest wall.” (SLAM !)

“Maybe you were a nobody once. Maybe we *all* were. All that means now is – they’ll *underestimate* us. But this — new life, new powers — if we work together, there’s no reason we can’t own this town.”

“Two handsome men killing each other over us — don’t you just love it ?”

(As the Skrull Kill Krew makes their ring entrance)
Poundcakes: “Don’t let your eyes deceive you !”
Letha: “Those aren’t your champions ! They’re a shape-changing alien menace !”


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Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Letha – Stage #2

Dex: 06 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 04 Wil: 03 Min: 04 Occupation: Mercenary, wrestler
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Wealth: 004
Init: 016 HP: 020

Skills:
Acrobatics: 04, Martial artist: 06, Vehicles (Land): 04, Weaponry (Flexible weapons): 03

Advantages:
None demonstrated.

Connections:
Wrestling scene (Low), New York City mobs (Low).

Drawbacks:
Public ID.


Design notes

Before the Roxxon enhancements, her Physicals and her Skills likely all were one AP lower. Ditto for her Wealth.

The Weaponry is tentative. It’s high enough she can wield whips, but low enough that she’s not going to bother.

My *arbitrary* guesses for her Roxxon/Brand whips would be an electrified one (there’s always an electrified one) and one specialised in slashing through solid metal. Both can fully retract into the handle, to explain why we don’t see them.


Letha – Stage #3

STR rises to 07, Wealth to 005.

She *might* have had the Conditional Soaking (Blunt, Unarmed) Advantage. Not enough data.


Letha – Stage #4

Tentatively – STR 11 BODY 08, Regeneration: 02.

Broadcast Empath: 05, limited to homicidal rage. The modifiers likely were akin to those for Lascivious’ power.

WRIST RADIO [BODY 02, Miniaturisation: 01, Radio communications: 06] and LITTLE BLACK CORVETTE [STR 04 BODY 06, Running: 07, R#02] while working with the Hood gang.

We once see her crushing a hand grenade, which explodes in her hand without harm. My sense is that it was “super-hero comic book logic”. Where, since she’s the one crushing the grenade, she gets to use her STR as OV and/or RV.

*If* the demonic powers faded over time, by 2011 she may have been down to STR 09 BODY 06, Broadcast Empath: 03.

None of the crowd she hung around with after her resurrection was conducive to Connections. But she might have acquired Area Knowledge (Bagalia).


Letha – Stage #5

She seems back to her Stage #2 enhancement levels, but with STR 05.

She also has Familiarity (Security guard).

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Marvel Comics

Helper(s): Rex Smith, Ethan Roe, Darci.

Writeup completed on the 19th of June, 2021.