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Most Powerful Android (Marvel Comics) (Monster Android Negative Zone form)

Most Powerful Android


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

This is the final third of a series of small profile. Which should be read in order.

  1. The “most powerful android” form. Start there.
  2. .
  3. The Monster Android form. This here writeup.

The Thing’s nicknames for it this time were “stand-in for the Son of Kong”, “green gills” and “tall, dark and hairy”.


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History

When the MPA-in-Scavenger-form used the Cosmic Control Rod, it turned into a different form.

  • It looked different from either previous form. Though it still was a green humanoid, so there’s that.
  • Its programming flipped back to its original, Mad Thinker one. The first thing it did was thus to contact its creator for new orders.

(The new, vaguely leonine appearance is interesting. Like with Blastaar and the Baluurians (good name for a rockabilly band, incidentally), it evokes the looks of the Tyannians. These are the species that built Annihilus’ tech and seeded the Negative Zone with life.)

Without his Rod, even Annihilus couldn’t fight this giant monster. The Living Death That Walks thus had to ally with Reed Richards, then marooned in the Negative Zone.

Meanwhile, the Thinker considered taking over the Zone to raise an army. But he soon decided to just fly the android back to Richards’ portal, and take control of the Baxter Building.

The x-factor

Most everything went wrong :

  • Being allied with Annihilus, the male FF returned from the Negative Zone much faster than planned.
  • Susan Storm-Richards also came in, escorted by Tigra and Thundra.
  • The Brute — the evil Reed Richards from Counter-Earth — was working within the real Reed’s lab.
  • Exposure to the Cosmic Control Rod gave free will to the Android. It now refused to obey anyone, and thought that everyone wanted to enslave him.

The Thinker discreetly left. Meanwhile, the FF took down the Android. Then, the Brute leapt into the Negative Zone with the Rod.

What happened to the Android is unclear. My guess is that the Thing, irritated by having to clean up the demolished labs, ended up dumping destroyed equipment (and the android) through the Negative Zone Portal.

I shall retuuurrrnn ! (2006 edition)

As noted in the first MPA profile, other androids of the same class were occasionally deployed by the Mad Thinker.

Most Powerful Android (Marvel Comics) (Monster Android Negative Zone form) splash

An android that is thought to be the MPA was part of the Negative Zone stormtroopers during the Annihilation. It had reverted to its original appearance, but seemed taller.

Perhaps it was an aftereffect of having wielded the Cosmic Control Rod.


Powers & Abilities

The Monster Android is about 70 feet (21 metres) tall.

In its newfound profession as a space kaiju , it has different abilities :

  • Great superhuman strength. However, the Thing could survive its blows without wounds. This suggests it can’t be much higher than “Class 50”.
  • Great durability. Even the Thing couldn’t land a telling blow at first. But the Brute (Reed Richards) could, as did Thundra.
    Still, it took highly coordinated attacks by the Thing, Thundra and supporters to beat up the Monster Android.
  • A huge tail, used for sweeping attacks. These attacks aren’t powerful. It’s like being punched by Jay-Z, give or take. But they come very quickly and can easily swat multiple persons.
    This tail vanished between issues. We’ll assume it just was a mistake due to the creative turnover.
  • Fast flight. An enthusiastic pink caption states it’s the “speed of light”, but that seems quite exaggerated. Calm down, pink caption.
  • The Monster Android somehow knew what sort of cosmic energy would switch off the Brute’s super-strong form. Our game stats *assume* that the monster can deduce its opponents’ weakness, because that’s interesting. But it’s based solely on that one panel.

Radio, someone still loves you

Like most creations of the Thinker, the Android has a radio link that is compatible with the Thinker’s “bionic radio” technology.

Amazingly, that works even across dimensions  – it could place a call from the Negative Zone.

This comlink comes with some sort or projector to display a gigantic version of the Thinker’s face. He can hear, see and speak through this projection.

Hot rod

The Android wore Annihilus’ Cosmic Control Rod. It was used :

  • To emit the cosmic rays that switched off the Brute’s form.
  • *Perhaps* to increase its flight speed, thus impressing the pink caption.
  • *Perhaps* to increase its size, since on some panels it’s closer to 25 or even 30 metres (80 to 100 feet).

Personality

The creature now talks ! Not much, but it talks. It also has a personality of sorts, namely being very angry.

He was paranoid, considering that everyone wanted to reduce him to servitude. This evokes Annihilus’ obsession about everyone wanting to steal his Rod and his immortality.


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“Charlie” in bearded mega-form

Dex: 05 Str: 12 Bod: 17 Motivation: Psycho
Int: 02 Wil: 02 Min: 04 Occupation: None
Inf: 03 Aur: 01 Spi: 04 Wealth: N.A.
Init: 014 HP: 025

Powers:
Damage capacity (All): 08, Extra Limb: 06, Flight: 08, Growth: 12

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Extra Limb can only execute Flailing Attacks and Planned Knockback. However, these can also be Sweeping Attacks (from Growth).
  • Six APs of Growth are Always On and Already Factored In.
  • The other 6 APs of Growth, if engaged, have but cosmetic effects. *Except* when it comes to interacting with obstacles and collisions, and to increasing its mass.

Skills:
Martial Artist: 06, Scientist (Observation): 07

Advantages:
Life Support (Full), Lightning Reflexes.

Drawbacks:
Strange Appearance, SIA toward Paranoia.

Equipment:

  • BUILT-IN COMS [BODY 01, Radio coms: 22, Bonuses: Radio coms is Encrypted and Transdimensional].
  • Cosmic Control Rod (partial use) [BODY 20, Energy blast: 12, Enhance (Flight): 03 (cap is 15), Bonus: Energy blast can change to any Energy Descriptor with but an Automatic Action].

Design notes

That it’s no longer Self-Link (Gadgetry)-based and has Mystical Attributes is something of a leap of faith.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Fantastic Four Vol. 1.

Helper(s): None. Nobody wants to help the Most Powerful Android. And that is terrible.

Writeup completed on the 1st of January, 2020.

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