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Metamorpheus (Suicide Squad enemy) (DC Comics)

Metamorpheus

(Task Force X)


Power Level:
Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Metamorpheus was part of a cryptic superhuman special operations team. It appeared in 1992, at the tail end of the 1987, landmark run of Suicide Squad.

Much of this profile is speculative due to limited information.


Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Task Force X.
  • Base Of Operations: Unrevealed.
  • Height: 6’2” Weight: 170 lbs.
  • Eyes: ? Hair: Black


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Powers and Abilities

Metamorpheus can alter his shape in limited ways. He can:

  • Duplicate the appearance of someone he’s had a chance to study.
  • Alter the shape of his arms or body. Such as changing his arms into blades, his hands into spiked balls, or projecting spikes from his back.

He’s also able to read a target’s memories at a touch. This is useful if the team can capture the person they want him to impersonate.


History

His identity and the origin of his powers unknown, Metamorpheus was first heard of as part of the Task Force X team. This group was reformed under the Cabal, a shadowy government organisation trying to control super-heroes.

The unit’s first known mission was eliminating the Cabal agent Blacksnake. Arrested after his involvement in actions against the Atom (Ray Palmer), Blacksnake had offered to make a deal, revealing what he knew about the Cabal.

Task Force X infiltrated the police station where he was being held. Metamorpheus killed Blacksnake and a number of officers. They then blew the place up to cover their departure.


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A forest

They were next sent to Diabloverde. That was where the Cabal’s new Suicide Squad had been set up to help its oppressive dictator maintain his rule. Amanda Waller had heard about their activities, and took her Suicide Squad there to deal with them. Task Force X’s mission was to eliminate Waller and the members of her Squad.

Kaliber and Metamorpheus subdued Nightshade, but she escaped before they could finish her off. The rest of the team met with varying success, with some wounded opponents, but no kills. Sidewinder was badly wounded, resulting in Pathfinder ordering Kaliber to finish her off.

They followed Waller’s Squad into the jungle, where they were pulled into a fairer fight. Metamorpheus battled Bronze Tiger, until shot from behind by Deadshot. It was stated that the surviving members of Task Force X would have to cooperate since the Cabal would want them dead for their failure.

A city

He next appeared among a group of metahuman mercenaries hired to kill Deadshot, along with the other members of Task Force X (including the supposedly dead Sidewinder).

Metamorpheus impersonated Deadshot’s girlfriend, with Kaliber holding him at gunpoint, but Deadshot saw through it and shot him.


Personality

A loyal soldier, Metamorpheus, has shown little actual personality. He seems unafraid to engage in front line combat.


Quotes

“Is sufficient. Done. Memory intact. Know location of target. Dispose.”

“Alert others. She will. Find remaining Task Force X. This is not good, Kaliber.”


Marvel Universe History

Task Force X was set up by the backers of the Weapon X program, to eliminate traces of the program after its failure.


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Metamorpheus

Dex: 06 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 03 Wil: 03 Min: 03 Occupation: Mercenary; former government agent
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 012 HP: 020

Powers:
Chameleon: 05, Mind Probe: 05, Omni-Arm: 06, Stretching: 01

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Chameleon requires him to have studied the appearance of the target of his duplication (-1).
  • Mind Probe has a Range of Touch (-1).
  • Omni-Arm is not limited to his arms (+1).

Skills:
Military Science: 03, Weaponry (Firearms): 06

Advantages:
None demonstrated.

Connections:
Task Force X (High).

Drawbacks:
None demonstrated.

Equipment:

  • Communications unit [BODY 02, Radio Communications (Scrambled): 08, R#:03].
  • As a member of Task Force X he was equipped with a skyhook, a magnetic device worn as a backpack which could allow them to be extracted from the location by air support. Skyhook [BODY 04, Miscellaneous Advantage (allows the wearer to be pulled by the Magnetic Control of the Task Force X air support)].

Design Notes

While he can alter more than just his arms, having projected spikes from his back, I’ve stuck with Omni-Arm rather than Self-Manipulation. He hasn’t shown full body shape changing (apart from the Chameleon stuff), so it’d have to be heavily modified.


By Gareth Lewis.

Source of Character: DC Universe.

Writeup completed on the 8th of September, 2011..

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