Overwhelming (DC Heroes RPG) (Hero Machine)



This character is an original creation. We often call these “homemades” or “homebrewed” – think home cooking or craft beer.

Many of these characters were created to take part in tabletop role-playing game sessions. Others were invented as a creative writing exercise, often as part of a community event.

This specific character was part of a RPG campaign run by writeups.org contributor Kal El, set in Barcelona.



  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Council of the 10.
  • Base Of Operations: Planet Z.
  • Height: 5’6” (6’6”). Weight: 160 lbs. Age: 20
  • Eyes: Brown (Blue). Hair: Black (Blond). Skin: Pale (Tanned).

Powers and Abilities

Overwhelming seems to be a nearly omnipotent being. He is capable of the most fantastic feats. Although his level of power seems to have a limit, his versatility and skill to demonstrate new powers seems to have no end.

In actuality, Overwhelming is a powerful illusionist. He has created the illusion of a “superbody” capable of plainly anything. This usually means:

  • Superstrength.
  • Speed.
  • Flight.
  • A huge array of blasts.
  • All kind of matter manipulations.
  • Great control over elements and weather.

But he can duplicate any effect he can imagine, as in fact all of this is only illusory.


Other assets

When a physical backing is needed to his illusions (per example, lifting somebody, keeping the team from drowning under water) he can also create some real constructs (in DC Heroes RPG terms, Force Manipulation). But these have to remain simple.

As his usual tactic is to send his illusion make the work for him, while keeping himself invisible in some place, he has developed an extraordinary dodging skill. Combined with his already acrobatic dexterity, these makes him a hard to catch individual. That compensates for his poor physical might (in comparison with the remains of the Council) in combat situations.


Overwhelming is a myth in the world of space mercenaries. His labours and legends are told by many of the scum of the universe together with the last of Lobo’s mutilation.

But reality is that Overwhelming is not the kind of tough, strong, gun-totting mercenary than use to cross the galaxy. Neither is he one of the sneaky assassins that finish the job without nobody noticing. Overwhelming is special, as it’s surely the mercenary with the less mercenary-like skills in the whole galaxy.

Most of Overwhelming bosses have never known the truth, neither. Overwhelming prefers it that way. But his fame was growing too fast and rumour spread that Lobo, the main man, was searching for a brawl with him. It was a false rumour: in fact Lobo has never heard of Overwhelming when sober.

Planet Z

So, Overwhelming decided to take some vacations. He rented a robot-guided ship, to go where (he thought) nobody had gone before: Planet Z.

Since the Z’s were peaceful, innocent people, he was considered almost a deity. That was even though he didn’t use his “powers” without physical backing, as he noticed the Z’s were quite perceptive. He also hesitated about taking full control of the planet.

Overwhelming then met Crusher, who had “landed” at the other side of Planet Z some months before. They decided to join forces. Soon the rest of the future Council appeared on the surface of Planet Z.


Overwhelming appears like a strong, attractive, tanned humanoid. He is dressed in the Council’s dark grey suit, with four dots over the chest. He also wears white gloves and light blue boots.

Under this illusion, Overwhelming dresses the same way. But he’s a smaller being, unremarkable and a bit skinny, in no way muscular. He is even less physically fit than Sorcerer (Number 9).


Overwhelming is joking, confident, and seems to be in control of every situations, like an evil version of Superman. Under the illusion, Overwhelming works hard to not being discovered and using his illusion(s) in the most effective ways. He also focuses on not being hit by the wanton destruction that come with battles.

He’s very cowardly if sometimes is left without his illusions, and in fact relies on them to share the world, the same way a Durlan relies on his different shapes to enjoy the universe.


“I can take anything you throw at me. Can you say the same ?”

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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A 1560 Point Character

Dex: 09 Str: 02 Bod: 05 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 07 Wil: 06 Min: 08 Occupation: Number 4
Inf: 07 Aur: 06 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: 017
Init: 025 HP: 065

Force Manipulation: 10, Illusion: 18, Truesight: 04

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Illusion: Power Restriction (vanishes against stroboscopic light) (-1).
  • Force Manipulation: Construct can only have BODY, supporting STR (like the one of a car) and Flight (-3).

Acrobatics (Dodging)*: 09, Artist (Actor): 06

Area Knowledge (Planet Z), Lightning Reflexes, Sharp Eye.

Council of the 10 (High, Powerful).

SIA (Loyalty to the Council), SIF (Being discovered by enemies), Unluck.

By KalEl el Vigilante.

Source of Character: Homemade Character.