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Paintball (Star-Spangled Kid enemy) (DC Comics)

Paintball


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Paintball appeared but a few times in 1999 and 2000. He was an early enemy of the Star-Spangled Kid (Courtney Whitmore), who would eventually become Stargirl.

Many characters from this book were never seen again. Which is odd, since their creator Geoff Johns went on to become a major writer then higher-up for DC Comics.


Background

  • Real Name: Paul Deisinger.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Former agent of the Dragon King.
  • Base Of Operations: Blue Valley, Nebraska.
  • Height: 5’9” Weight: 170 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown


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Powers and Abilities

Paintball seems made of some sort of living, dense, viscous paint. This “paint” does not seem fully material. It is charged with energy, and evaporates within minutes.

He can project splashes of “paint” from his body. Certain effects seem loosely associated with certain colours. Observed effects are:

  • Lifeforce drain [in DC Heroes terms, Vampirism and Colour] – green. This effect drains both the lifeforce and the colour away from the person, leaving them (and their clothing) completely white. Colour is regained as vitality is recovered, and the clothing follows suit.
  • Force [STR and Stretching] – magenta. These splashes are used to club and push back.
  • Electricity-like shocks [Lightning] – orange or yellow. This paint crackles loudly, emits sparks and destroys stuff.
  • Telekinetic redirection of the trajectory of moving objects and persons [Deflection/Reflection] – yellow. A yellow field manifesting around his hands
  • Laser-like beam – yellow or orange. This jet of… “paint energy” was actually reflected by a mirror like a laser would.
  • Viscous, sticky mass of liquid to snare people [Glue] – a mess of colours, or green.

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History

Paul Deisinger was a disgruntled arts teacher at the Blue Valley high school, in Nebraska.

Like many school officials, he was actually an undercover agent of the Dragon King. This WWII-era Axis mastermind had a secret base in the area. Deisinger reported to Principal Sherman, a Dragon King agent who was secretly a robot.

Paintball (Paul Deisinger) and a stunned Star-Spangled Kid

Paintball was chiefly a mercenary, rather than being hypnotised or indoctrinated. He mentioned that the Dragon King “enhanced his talent”. Therefore, one gets the impression that he already had superhuman powers and those were augmented, rather than created outright, by the Dragon King’s scientists.

Paintball occasionally helped with the numerous kidnappings going on at the school. These turned dozens of kids into hypnotised minions of the Dragon King.

In 1999, Paintball assaulted four teenagers in detention. But one of them turned out to be the Star-Spangled Kid (Courtney Whitmore), who was soon joined by S.T.R.I.P.E. (Pat Dugan). Paintball was defeated when a mirror in a school locker reflected his laser-like paint blast at him.

Pat Dugan took Paintball’s goggles with him as a souvenir. Thus, months later Paintball reconstituted himself around the goggles in Dugan’s hideout. He fought with Dugan and Impulse (Bart Allen), but Pat defeated him by splashing him with paint thinner. Paintball was dissolved and went down the drain.


Description

See illustrations.


Personality

Deisinger is passionate about art and painting, and his speech contains numerous references to such. However he cannot stand teenagers, making him bitter and frustrated about his job. Whether teaching is his actual job or was just a cover for this posting is unrevealed.

He will be ruthless against teenaged heroes, but he’s not actually homicidal.

Paintball seems to “eat” colour and energy to sustain himself. While he prefers to drain the energy of annoying kids with too much of it, he also has been seen snacking on a box of crayons, turning them all white.


Quotes

“Girls ! I said no talking ! This is art class, not communications. Do ya hear me, ya brats ? I can ruin your day quite easily.”

“Finally, I’m able to express my true colors.”

“You can’t trap an artist’s vision !”

“My [yellow] blast will tear you kids apart. Pigment by pigment.”

“You kids. Always jumping right into things.” (Deflects the Charging Star-Spangled Kid into a wall)

“Now let me show you the true meaning of the term still life.”

“Noooo ! I’ll get you ! All of you costumed brats ! You won’t escape my artistic vision ! I’ll be back !”


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Paintball

Dex: 05 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 03 Wil: 03 Min: 03 Occupation: Art teacher
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 011 HP: 020

Powers:
Colour: 07, Deflection/Reflection: 07, Fluid form: 04, Glue: 07, Invulnerability: 08, Laser beam: 07, Lightning: 07, Stretching: 03, Vampirism: 06

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • None of his Powers has Range. He uses all of his attacks through Stretching instead.
  • All Powers are Contingent on Fluid Form.
  • Fluid Form does not reduce STR (+2).
  • The RV bonuses from Stretching and Fluid Form stack (which may not be allowed otherwise by your GM).
  • Invulnerability takes months to work (-2).
  • Colour only to turn objects white (BC 0, FC 1) ; it can be Combined along with Vampirism.

Skills:
Artist (Painter): 03

Advantages:
Expertise (Art history), Insta-change.

Connections:
None demonstrated.

Drawbacks:
MIA toward hating kid heroes, Secret ID, Fatal Vulnerability (being splashed by turpentine, paint thinner and the like).

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: DCU.

Helper(s): Roy Cowan, Ethan Roe.

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