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Megatak (Thor enemy) (Marvel Comics)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


Megatak is an obscure Marvel character. He appeared during the big video games crash of the 1980s. He’s reminiscent of the Spider-Man cartoon’s Video-Man.

I first saw him in a Dragon Magazine article about Scourge’s victims. But it was years before I could read and take notes from his then-only appearance in a 1983 issue of Thor.

He’s cheesy and dated. But he could be the perfect excuse to use video game characters or monsters with writeups.org profiles in a super-hero story.


  • Real Name: Gregory Nettles.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Base Of Operations: New York City.
  • Height: About 5’8” Weight: About 165 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown


Powers and Abilities

Megatak could animate the sprites from nearby arcade games, and make them material and tridimensional. they would also obey his orders. Thus, he animated a good-sized group of evil Pac Men, Space Invaders and the like.

He could also take control of electronics. For instance, he cranked two huge speakers to 11 while Thor was sandwiched between them.

Megatak also proved able to drain back the energy from his summoned creatures into pink, shapable “electronic energy”. Although he only had time to use this energy as a blunt instrument, the blow proved quite formidable.

His rod could fire blaster  bolts, he could fly, and he seemed to have some degree of superhuman strength and endurance.


Industrial spy Gregory Nettles was at a consumer electronics show in New York City. This was his last chance to steal the chipset for the revolutionary game Megatak before its release. Although video arcade games were a young industry, Pac Man had already made $3 billion. And Megatak’s revolutionary technology promised to dwarf even that.

Nettles paid the costumed assistant on the Megatak area to go away and give him his costume. Disguised as the Megatak character, he slipped behind the giant screen to steal the chips. However, as he did the demo was launched and got electrocuted – then disintegrated and sucked into the machine !

Nettles came back from his Tron-like ordeal minutes later. He was completely mad and possessed with great electronic power. The Norse goddess Sif, who happened to be around, started defending onlookers against Megatak’s 8-bit creations. She saved many lives before Thor arrived.

The Thunder God was initially surprised by Megatak’s abilities. But he soon recovered. Absorbing the electricity from the entire convention, Thor floored Megatak with one bolt.

Months later, Megatak was about to make his big comeback when an old vagrant walked by him. The homeless man produced a high-powered .50 silenced gun from under his clothes and shot Megatak dead by complete surprise. Then the Scourge of Crime walked away, uttering his usual “Justice is served” eulogy.


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Nettles seems completely unhinged by his experience. He apparently considers that he’s now the game. That means he considered other video games characters to be his brothers, and, as the best and most hi-tech game, he should be their rightful king and take power.

The huge marketing blitz around the Megatak game also got to his head. As the incarnation of the Megatak game, he considers himself the pinnacle of electronic power, the most formidable arcade assault, an unstoppable technology taking the world by storm. And the like.

He thus talks huge, as can be seen from the quotes.


“I am electronic energy personified… and I command my brothers !”

“What ? Who is this – daring to attack my phosphor armada ?! I cannot permit it ! I am the revolutionary new program of total electronic assault ! The female must be stopped – by Megatak himself !”

“And now, Thor — now you shall face the entire force of Megatak’s armada — coalesced and focused into a single unconquerable WARRIOR OF THE FUTURE !” (goes FSHOOM !! with Force Manipulation)


Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

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Dex: 04 Str: 06 Bod: 07 Motivation: Power
Int: 04 Wil: 05 Min: 02 Occupation: Madman
Inf: 04 Aur: 02 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: None
Init: 016 HP: 015

Animate image: 18, Flight: 04, Force manipulation: 18, Interface: 05, Lightning immunity: 04, Split: 12

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Animate Image can only work on images from a computer. That was -2 FC back in 1983, would be 0 nowadays with Advance Gameboys and the like.
  • Animate Image cannot exceed 09 APs in any single Attribute or Power (-2).
  • Force Manipulation cannot work if Animate Image or Interface is active (-1).
  • Animate Image cannot work if Force Manipulation or Interface is active (-1).
  • Interface cannot work if Force Animation or Animate Image is active (-1).
  • Split can only work on animated images. Though the images can look different, they’ll all have the same powers (-1).
  • Split doesn’t trigger AP losses in subjects (+3).

It is unclear how many of his skills Nettles retain as Megatak. But it doesn’t seem likely he still has knowledge of industrial espionage.

None demonstrated.

None demonstrated.

SPI, Creepy Appearance (stays in costume).

Power rod [BODY 06, Energy blast: 09].

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Thor #328.

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