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Poundcake (Marvel Comics)

Poundcakes


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

The memorably-named Poundcakes is a criminal wrestler who first appeared in 1979. She is primarily known as a member of the Grapplers wrestling team, who eventually gained superhuman strength.

Additional information about the Grapplers can be found in our profile for Screaming Mimi, who later became a famous character as Songbird.


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Background

  • Real Name: Marian Pouncy (spelled Marion Pouncey in one account).
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Former member of the Grapplers.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 5’11” Weight: 210 lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Light brown.


Powers and Abilities

Poundcakes has been Power Broker-enhanced. She thus has superhuman strength to supplement her considerable wrestling and brawling expertise.

Even before the treatment, she could take down armed men with ease, and had unusual strength and toughness. Pouncy once lifted about a hundred kilos of machinery and used it as a battering ram.

She’s also trained to work as part of a wrestling duo.


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History

Poundcakes is one of the original Grapplers. These were a small group of female wrestlers organised by a former wrestling star then in her 40s, Auntie Freeze.

The Grapplers were Titania (Davida Devitto), Letha (Helen Feliciano), Poundcakes and eventually Screaming Mimi. They were famous for their colourful personalities and ringside antics, and were genuine shooters .

However, the wrestling federations siphoned off most of their earnings. This led to resentment, and looking for additional revenue.

Pouncy already had a criminal record as a Grappler. But how far back it goes is unrevealed. She was jailed at least once, for extortion. In fact, prison is where she recruited Mimi, the fourth and last of the original Grapplers.

Roxxon, you don’t have to put on the red light

The Grapplers were approached by the covert ops division of Roxxon Oil. They wanted to hire the wrestlers as mercenaries. The four women agreed and were given special weapons. The contract was to accompany the warrior Thundra during her raid on the government’s Project : Pegasus.

The Grapplers vintage group shot

The Grapplers were arrested by Pegasus security. Specifically, Titania and Poundcakes were narrowly defeated by Giant-Man (Bill Foster).

They were imprisoned and came to dominate the gaol as a prison gang. However, they were defeated by Dazzler (Alison Blaire) when she was also jailed.

While the Grapplers were in prison, the union of female wrestlers against the Federation’s greed lost its momentum. The Federation soon resumed appropriating too high a percentage of the profits. Thus, when they resumed wrestling, the Grapplers found their earnings to be insufficient.

They again resorted to various illicit practices to earn more money. However, they were apparently never arrested during this span.

Harder better faster stronger

At that point, Auntie Freeze negotiated the opening of a female division within the Unlimited Class Wrestling Federation. The UCWF was a wrestling federation for the superhumanly strong.

Like most persons associated with the UCWF, Freeze was contacted by the Power Broker. This firm had developed a process which had an even chance of greatly boosting strength… or turning the subject into an hideous, superstrong freak.

The four original Grapplers subjected themselves to the treatment. All four emerged from the process with no ill effect. This allowed them to participate in the UCWF matches, which were attracting megabucks.

Madvillainy

The Grapplers also attempted to get their revenge on the hospitalised Thing (Benjamin Jacob Grimm) after his bout against the Champion of the Universe. The Thing had been among the Pegasus forces who sent them to prison.

Poundcakes (Marvel Comics) yelling about her rep

However, they were caught between a small army of heroes defending the Thing, and numerous other villains out for revenge.

In 1986, the Grapplers’s frontwoman Titania was murdered by the Scourge of Crime. To avenge the death of her friend, Letha contacted Gary Gilbert (formerly Firebrand). He was organising a meeting for low-level supercriminals to neutralise the Scourge.

The meeting was infiltrated by the Scourge. He killed nearly all participants, including Letha.

Grapplers no more

Poundcakes and Screaming Mimi parted ways. Mimi became a criminal and a mercenary. She even joined the Masters of Evil (Zemo’s version). Poundcakes continued to wrestle and run criminal activities on the side, frequenting super-villains bars.

The two wrestlers were reunited for a few days during a luxury cruise organised by Superia (Deidre Wentworth) to pitch her Femizons organisation.

Years later, Pouncy worked as a merc for a rebellious Atlantean military faction. She procured a shipment of alien mind control bugs for them, and was paid in gems and pearls. However, she refused to get involved in their battles. Since she didn’t take political contracts.

At that point, the headquarters of her employers was stormed by the U.S. Marshalls of S.T.A.R.S. and their field leader USAgent. Poundcakes left with her reward despite S.T.A.R.S. attempts to stop her.


Description

Unlike the other three Grapplers, Poundcakes visibly physically changed after Power Broker exposure. It’s nothing like the deformation affecting failed subjects, though. She simply got significantly broader shoulders, hips and thighs to match her augmented musculature.

Pouncy prefers sporting a butch look.

She often wears her Poundcakes costume even when she’s not wrestling – perhaps to cultivate her #brand.


Personality

Poundcakes is rude, tough, assertive and all-business. She has a noticeable working class New Yorker accent, and treats most people like crap.

She has the stereotypical “heel” wrestling persona. Presumably she just likes that style and delivering those lines, and it’s now part of her off-ring behaviour.

Pouncy likes to present herself as a famous wrestler with a strong career. It is unclear whether she is exaggerating her fame.


Quotes

(In the ring) “Put a sock on the chatter, sweetie, and just make with the moves !”

“Let’s go, Grapplers !”

(Fighting Giant-Man) “So sue us, shlump ! Say, whatza ‘G’ on yer gut stand for… ‘Garbageman’ ? Haw haw !”

“Want to trade punches, creampuff ? Fine with me !”

“You may have taken me by surprise with some fancy tricks you learned in ballet school, pipsqueak. But now I’m ready for you, and when I’m ready… nobody gets the drop on me ! Nobody !”

“Look, Romeo, a wrestling superstar like me has a reputation ta worry about. If I let every two-bit pug hit on me in public like you did…” (WHOMP !)


DC Universe History

The Grapplers are the MU version of the Female Furies, Poundcakes being the obvious equivalent of Stompa.


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Poundcakes

Dex: 05 Str: 07 Bod: 06 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 04 Wil: 03 Min: 04 Occupation: Wrestler, Mercenary
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 015 HP: 020

Skills:
Martial artist: 06, Vehicles (Land, Sea): 04

Advantages:
None demonstrated.

Connections:
Grapplers (High), Street (Low).

Drawbacks:
Public ID.

Equipment:
SEISMIC BOOTS [BODY 09, Bomb: 03, EV 09, Limitations: Bomb is done by stomping the ground ; EV only on targets she can stomp on]. These also have been referred to as “seismatic boots”.


More power to the pound

Before the Power Broker treatment, Poundcake’s Physical Attributes and Skills were lower : DEX 04 STR 04 BODY 05 and Martial artist: 05.

Whilst working for Roxxon she wore a custom-made costume which seemed to incorporate chain mail, strength enhancers (described as “energy elements”) and a pair of “seismic boots”.

POUNDCAKES COSTUME W/ BOOTS [/STR/ 06 /BODY/ 06, Enhance (Slashing and Piercing RV): 01 (cap is 09), EV 08, Limitation: EV only on targets she can stomp on].

When she gains her superhuman strength, her stats change and she stops using the COSTUME. She still has the seismic boots, but her increased brawn results in different stats for those too.


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Poundcakes –Averaged PL 8

STR STA AGL DEX FGT INT AWE PRE
3 (6) 4 2 1 6 1 1 1

Powers

Power Broker Enhancement • 14 points • Descriptor: Mutate
Muscle Woman — Enhanced Fighting 1; Enhanced Fortitude 3; Enhanced Strength 3; Protection 3

Devices

Seismic Boots (aka Seismatic Boots) • 14 points, Removable • Descriptor: Technology
– Array :

  • Seismatic Stomp — Burst Area Damage 8, Limited (both Poundcakes and her target must be in contact with the ground).
  • Kick ‘Em to the Curb — Strenth-Based Damage 2, Limited (Poundcakes must be able to stomp on the target, eg. the target is prone or Poundcakes is attacking from above).

Combat Advantages

Close Attack 1, Defensive Roll, Fast Grab, Improved Grab, Improved Hold, Prone Fighting, Set-up.

Other Advantages

None demonstrated.

Skills

Close Combat: Unarmed 3 (+10), Deception 1 (+2), Expertise: Criminal 2 (+3), Expertise: Wrestling 2 (+3), Intimidation 2 (+3), Perception 4 (+5), Persuasion 2 (+3), Vehicles 7 (+8) (Limited to land and sea).

Offense

Initiative +2
Unarmed Close, +10, Damage 6
Seismic Stomp Close, Burst Area (Dodge DC 18), Damage 8
Kick ‘Em to the Curb Close, +10, Damage 8

Defence

Dodge 8 Fortitude 9
Parry 10 Toughness 8/7*
Will 4

* Without Defensive Roll.

Complications

  • Greed Poundcakes craves money, success, and notoriety.
  • Public Identity Poundcakes is an unmasked wrestler with a record.

Powers Levels

  • Trade-off areas. Attack/Effect PL 9, Dodge/Toughness PL 8, Parry/Toughness PL 9, Fort/Will PL 7
  • Points total 95.Abilities 37, Defences 15, Skills 9, Powers 14, Devices 14, Advantages 7. Equiv. PL 7.

Notes

Before the Power Broker treatment, Poundcake’s physical abilities were lower. Remove the Power Broker Enhancement power set and reduce her Dodge to 7.

Whilst working for Roxxon she wore a custom-made costume which seemed to incorporate chain mail, strength enhancers (described as “energy elements”) and a pair of “seismic boots”.

Poundcakes Costume with Boots • 10 points, Removable • Descriptor: Technology
Seismic Boots — Strength-Based Damage 2, Limited (Poundcakes must be able to stomp on the target, eg. the target is prone or Poundcakes is attacking from above).
Energy Elements — Enhanced Fortitude 3; Enhanced Strength 2.
Mail — Protection 3; Protection 1, Limited 2 (sharp impact).

When she gains her superhuman strength, her stats change and she stops using the costume. She still has the seismic boots, but her increased brawn results in different stats for those too.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Marvel Universe.

Helper(s): Darci. M&M stats by Pawsplay.

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