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Professor Neon (Wild Wild World of Batwoman aka She Was a Hippy Vampire)

Professor Neon


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
  • Well, he comes with free monsters, and Prozac that makes you dance the frug.

Background

  • Real Name: G. Octavius Neon
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: None
  • Base Of Operations: Unrevealed (Los Angeles?)
  • Height: 5’8” Weight: 135lbs
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown, Greying, Thinning


Powers and Abilities

Professor Neon is a fairly ordinary scientist, whose main claim to fame is improving upon other people’s inventions.

He seems to have a particular gift for chemistry, and has invented pills which make people go-go dance in place.

Also, for some reason, he knows how to make monsters, probably via some pseudoscientific chemical means.

Heathcliffe the assistant

Heathcliffe was Professor Neon’s lab assistant and main benefactor, until an experiment the two were working on caused Heathcliff to supposedly take on the attributes on a chimpanzee.

In practice, however, Heathcliffe lacks even a chimpanzee’s ability to learn, and behaves like a hyperactive spaz, who capers around, mugs for the camera, drinks random things he finds in the lab, and ruins Neon’s experiments.

Neon understandably feels responsible for Heathcliffe, and is trying to reverse the effects of the experiment, but in the meantime, uses him as something of a guinea pig.

Mole People

Through some unknown and unexplained means (probably chemical), Neon is able to create monsters. The monsters are about the size of humans, somewhat scary-looking, and according to the criminal mastermind Rat Fink, are capable of breeding with human women. This last bit is somewhat in doubt, as Neon was really surprised to hear it. On the other hand, Rat Fink is a lot smarter than Neon…

The fact that Rat Fink saw breeding these monsters with women as a viable alternative to waiting around for Professor Neon to make more seems to indicate that creating these monsters is a time consuming, difficult process (at least for Neon). Neon seems to have made about ten of them prior to the movie.

In the movie, these monsters were entirely realized by stock footage from the 1956 classic The Mole People. Their only interaction with the people in -this- movie happens when someone looks off-screen and reacts to them. Our game stats are based on their performance within Mole People.


History

It’s uncertain when or how Neon and Heathcliffe fell in with Rat Fink, but they were working together from the start of the movie, with Neon using his happy pills to keep the Batgirl Fink’s henchmen managed to capture under control, to assist in Fink’s attempts to capture Batwoman, and to incapacitate the Batgirls guarding the atomic hearing aid that Rat Fink was after.

At the, er, thrilling climax of the movie, Rat Fink was unmasked and while no one was looking, Heathcliffe poured liquid cobalt over the atomic hearing aid. This somehow turned it into a powerful bomb that wiped out Rat Fink’s lair, and sent everyone flying, only to land on the beach, uninjured.

Somehow, the shock of the explosion caused Heathcliffe to return to normal. Professor Neon, on the other hand, threw his back out, causing him to be hunched over. It seemed their positions were reversed…

…At least until Neon, trying to kill a fly, whacked Heathcliffe over the head with a rolled-up newspaper, which caused him to “hilariously” revert back to his idiotic self.


Description

Neon is a middle-aged man, with thinning brown hair and glasses. He usually wears a labcoat and a striped tie.

He speaks with a bad generically-European accent, which may be an affectation, as it tends to slip randomly, and he stammers when he’s nervous or excited.


Personality

Affable but weak-willed, Neon seems to be a decent guy who often lets his love of science overcome his moral qualms. He definitely got in over his head when he started working for Rat Fink, and seemed to realize this, but was too scared of the criminal to back out.

He also believes his inventions to be brilliant wonders of the modern age, and himself to be a genius of the highest caliber and will remind everyone around him of that if they seem to be forgetting. He isn’t above covertly drugging people with happy pills in order to show off how “amazing” they are.

He feels a paternal affection for his monsters and Heathcliffe, and constantly asks Rat Fink for permission to see the former.


Quotes

Henchman: “This here’s Professor Neon. He’s a scientist.”
Neon: “A GREAT scientist !”
Henchmen: “A, er, great scientist…”

“I don’t know what this pill will do to you, Heathcliffe, but I’m sure the effects will only be temporary !”

“I have no doubt that the name of G. Octavious Neon will go down in history as one of the absolute giants of civilized science !”

“But m-m-my monsters ! I want to look at them ! I must see my monsters ! Just a quick teensy look ! He may be mistreating them again or he may be hurting them !”

Neon: “You never let me see them anymore ! You’re always brushing me off ! They are my monsters, Rat Fink ! I-I created them with these- these hands and with this mind, I-”
Rat Fink: “Are you saying, Neon, that my own creations are something less than yours ?”
Neon: “O-of course not !”

Neon: “It is a very good idea to sit down and talk things over at the table ! I can whip up something for to drink and there will be plenty for all of us, and there will be something else, real nice !”
Flanagan: “Oh yeah ?”
Batwoman: “Forget it, Professor. I’ve had enough of those pills of yours. I have no desire to be made happy.”
Neon: “Well, how about a depression pill ?”


DC Universe History

Hourman and the first Starman dealt with a disproportionate amount of criminal scientists in their heyday, and Neon and his monsters seem like a good fit for the Golden Age.


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Professor G. Octavius Neon

Dex: 02 Str: 02 Bod: 02 Motivation: Science!/Mercenary
Int: 04 Wil: 02 Min: 02 Occupation: Scientist Henchman
Inf: 02 Aur: 02 Spi: 02 Resources {or Wealth}: 003
Init: 008 HP: 020

Skills:
Gadgetry*: 04, Scientist*: 04

Advantages:
Scholar (Chemistry, Monster Creation), Stroke of Genius (Monster Creation)

Connections:
Rat Fink’s Other Henchmen (Low)

Drawbacks:
Dependent (Heathcliffe), Dependent (Monsters), MIA (Science!), MPR (Needs Glasses), Oblivious

Equipment:

  • Happy Pills [BODY 01, Broadcast Empath: 08, Limitation: Must be ingested, Broadcast Empath only causes joy and the desire to go-go dance.] These pills cause anyone who ingests them to be overcome with euphoria, and gives them the desire to go-go dance in place.
  • Depression Pills [Body: 01, Broadcast Empath: 08, Limitation: Must be ingested, Broadcast Empath only causes depression]. These are mentioned in passing by Neon.
  • It’s possible that Neon has access to Rat Fink’s 10 APs laboratory, rather than merely the tableful of chemicals we see him tinkering with during the movie, but Rat Fink isn’t really the sharing type.
  • It’s probable that he has pills for other emotions as well.

Heathcliffe, Neon’s assistant

“…” (Twists his face up and mugs horribly for the camera)

Dex: 02 Str: 02 Bod: 02 Motivation: Moron
Int: 01 Wil: 01 Min: 01 Occupation: See above
Inf: 01 Aur: 01 Spi: 02 Resources {or Wealth}: N/A
Init: 004 HP: 010

Skills:
None

Advantages:
None

Connections:
Professor Neon (High)

Drawbacks:
CPI (“Behaves like a chimpanzee”)


You got your Mole People in my Batwoman! Well, you got your Batwoman in my Mole People!

Monsters (Mole People)

Dex: 03 Str: 05 Bod: 05 Motivation: Monster
Int: 02 Wil: 02 Min: 02 Occupation: Monster
Inf: 02 Aur: 02 Spi: 02 Resources {or Wealth}: N/A
Init: 007 HP: 015

Powers:
Claws: 02, Digging: 10, Ultra Vision: 07

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • All powers are Innate/Form Function
  • Ultra Vision is only for seeing in the dark.

Skills:
None

Advantages:
Area Knowledge (Their underground tunnels)

Connections:
Professor Neon (High)

Drawbacks:
Partial Attack Vulnerability (-4 CS to RV vs. Flash attacks), SIF (Bright light), Strange Appearance

By Civanfan

Source of Character: Wild Wild World of Batwoman, aka She was a Hippy Vampire, directed by Jerry Warren (1966), character played by George Andre, aka George Mitchell.

Helper(s): KalEl el Vigilante

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