Rebel flying over a white background


(Matthew and Mark Morrisette)

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


Rebel was one of the characters leading the 1993 launch of Dark Horse’s super-hero comic books line. Unfortunately, this universe was one of the casualties of the comic book speculative bubble implosion that came shortly after.

We thus never knew much about Rebel, though there’s clear storytelling potential.


  • Real Name: Matthew and Mark Morrisette.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Agents of Change.
  • Base Of Operations: Golden City.
  • Height: 6’ Weight: 190lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Blond


Powers and Abilities

The Rebel powers are shared between two twins, Mark and Matt Morrisette. One of them will have the powers for a half day, after which he will start to hurt. A simple handshake allows for transmitting the Rebel powers and costume to the other twin. It also resets the countdown until the pain.

The powers themselves are mostly related to energy absorption/leeching.


Rebel was born on Golden City. When his powers appeared naturally was made a part of that city’s defence cadre, the Agents of Change.

Rebel became quite popular due to excellent PR work. This angered Titan, who more or less consciously wanted all the popularity and heroic image for him.

Rebel flying by Jerry ordway

Matt started to get a bit irrational after Rhapsody died due to Titan’s recklessness. He prolonged the duration of his periods as Rebel in a subconscious attempt to punish himself for the death. Matt later snapped and assaulted Titan, who beat him. Shortly after that, Titan left Golden City.

During the reign of Law, brother fought brother. The distraught Mark supported Law, and the more cool-headed Matt did not. Their relations became so explosive that Mark KOed Matt and thought he had fried him with his powers.

Law’s people nearly finished Matt so Mark would think that he had really killed his brother.Instead, they offered him an inhuman alternative to death by overloading – using the comatose body of the brother he thought he had killed as a receptacle for uploading and downloading the Rebel power.

His fate after Law died is unknown.


Rebel is always surrounded with a yellow glow.


The “Rebel” name is just an empty, cool-sounding name in order to increase popularity with teenagers.

Rebel, the pretty-boy pop star superhero, generally acts cool, confident (even overconfident in order to hide any fear) and delivers somewhat bland one-liners.

The Rebel power swapped between brothers

Matt is more serious than Mark (who he sometimes call “the comedian”). Matt wants to become a lawyer and have a life despite the time constraints brought by the Rebel powers. Mark just enjoys himself and thinks Matt is a bit stiff. Both seem to be about 21.

Rebel does not handle stress well. Especially if the pain from lack of passing the powers to his twin start to mess him up. He’ll not crack too easily, but he’s liable to make mistakes due to stress. Grace is also very important to him, and he has a hard time living without her guidance.


“Hey, dude ! Are you a threat ? Wanna take me on ? Hear those cheers ? Wouldn’t want to disappoint them, would we ?”

DC Universe History

Golden City is an interesting theme, and it and its super beings would make an interesting scenario for a JLA adventure. You could also Amalgamate  it and the city created by the Ultramarines.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dex: 06 Str: 04 Bod: 06 Motivation: Thrill
Int: 05 Wil: 04 Min: 03 Occupation: Golden City icon
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 007
Init: 015 HP: 030

Energy absorption: 06, Lightning: 04, Flight: 10, Power drain: 10, Power Reserve (Lightning, STR): 06

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Energy absorption does not work against attacks (-2).
  • Energy Absorption feeds Power Reserve (special).
  • Lightning has a Range of but one AP (-1).
  • Power Reserve can only be fed by Energy Absorption (special). It takes 2 APs of Power Reserve to raise STR by one AP (-1).
  • Power Drain can affect Physical attributes (+1).
  • Power drain does not allow Rebel to gain the drained Power at its RAPs levels (-3).
  • Power Drain feeds Power Reserve by one AP for every two full RAPs with Power Drain (+1).
  • Power Drain can be fully used against Gadgets (+1).

Matthew has the Detective (Law): 02 skill.

Insta-change (whenever the Rebel powers are transmitted from one twin to another), Local Hero (Golden City), Medium Security Clearance (Golden City).

Grace (High), Agents of Change (High).

Involuntary Alter-Ego (the Rebel powers will start to hurt after about 12 hours ; any two hour beyond that will inflict 1 RAP of Killing Physical damage. They can be switched from one twin to another by simple physical contact), Secret ID.

GOGGLES [BODY 04, Shade: 03].

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Dark Horse’s CGW.