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Silent Majority of the Force of July (DC Comics)

Silent Majority


Context

Silent Majority was a member of the Force of July.

The Force was a group of US hardliners who repeatedly fought Batman and the Outsiders during the 1980s.

See the team profile at the hyperlink above for more context.

“Silent majority” is a reference to a political talking point most famously used by President Nixon .


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Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Other Aliases: “Gabby” (nickname).
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Force of July.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 5’9” Weight: 160 lbs.
  • Eyes: Unrevealed Hair: Brown


Powers and Abilities

Silent Majority can produce identical duplicates of himself, which can themselves duplicate. Normally only 6 to 8 duplicates total can be created by Silent Majority and his splits.

However, if any of them are hit by energy blasts such as lightning bolts, they can generate additional duplicates even if the one who was originally struck by the bolt has been knocked out by the strike.

Silent Majority makes good use of team tactics with his duplicates. For example, he once had a few duplicates keep Black Lightning occupied in hand-to-hand while the others quickly retrieved an emergency fire hose from the next room.

Once the hose was ready, the duplicates fighting Black Lightning all retreated simultaneously as the others turned the hose on, catching Lightning by surprise without getting hurt themselves by the resulting electrical surge when the hose’s water blast interacted with Black Lightning’s electrical aura.


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Human pyramids

Though Silent Majority lacks the special movement powers possessed by the rest of the team, he is able to compensate to a limited extent by arranging his duplicates in useful formations. This technique is aided by his ability to form his duplicates at any point on his body.

For example, by quickly forming a line of duplicates and then making smaller successive lines atop them, Silent Majority could reach higher places by creating a human pyramid.

His most spectacular use of this skill was crossing the gap between the Force’s grounded aircraft and a nearby sea vessel by extending his arms, forming a likewise outstretched duplicate from his hands and grasping said duplicate’s ankles, and having that duplicate do the same several times in rapid succession until their human bridge reached the ship.

He then formed duplicates from each of the duplicates forming the bridge and had then run across the bridge and boarding the ship even more quickly than he could have simply by forming a single duplicate at a time at the bridge’s end.


History

For the history of the Force of July, see our main article.

The following sections start where the Force of July History section ended.

Copy of a Copy

Though Silent Majority was killed fighting Kobra during the Janus Directive, a replacement was created for Freedom’s Ring, which debuted in Blüdhaven in the wake of Chemo’s attack there during Infinite Crisis.

Several of this Silent Majority’s duplicates were killed by a variety of energy attacks during the early stages of the Battle of Blüdhaven without creating any additional duplicates, suggesting that the new Silent Majority lacked the original’s Energy Absorption and Power Reserve.

The new Silent Majority did not demonstrate the original’s talent for unique acrobatics either, though this may have been for lack of opportunity.

Silent Majority doing the Agent Smith thing

Despite all of the Silent Majority duplicates present being killed in one of the opening skirmishes of the Battle of Blüdhaven, Silent Majority was still a part of the government forces there in later battles.

It is unknown whether this means the first replacement Silent Majority had surviving duplicates elsewhere in the city or if there was another replacement quickly available as was the case with Lady Liberty.

While this writeup assumes that the new Silent Majority can generate spontaneous duplicates just as the original could, there is no direct evidence of this. Another possibility (especially given the different manner in which the new Silent Majority speaks) is that the new Silent Majority is a hive mind occupying several bodies pregenerated in some unknown manner.

In this case Split would have the Always On Limitation, with deceased Splits being replaced off-screen by whatever means suits the GM’s fancy.


Description

Like the man himself, Silent Majority’s costume was fairly simple: a black bodysuit with white over-the-calf boots, flared gloves, and thin trim lines running up the outside of his arms and legs to his collar and his belt, respectively. Said belt was a thin white line with a black belt buckle shaped like a five-pointed star and trimmed in white.

Silent Majority forms a human bridge to board a ship

He always wears dark blue sunglasses, even at night. When Silent Majority generated his duplicates, they would appear to either side of him with a flash of yellow light connecting them; the light flash had an atomic symbol (three overlapping electron orbit rings) in the center.

The new Silent Majority’s costume was much the same except for a mask that covered the lower part of Silent Majority’s face. The new costume lacked the white accessories and trim lines of its predecessor, having only a thin blue belt-line with a black star outlined in white centered in front.


Personality

Silent Majority is very laconic, and when it is necessary to speak he only does so with a single one-syllable word. He is all business, focusing on his target without any extraneous actions. He does smirk slightly when he outmaneuvers an enemy.

The second Silent Majority spoke in full sentences, but with each word being spoken by a different duplicate.


Quotes

“Yep.”

“Nope.”


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Silent Majority

Dex: 04 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Seeking Justice
Int: 04 Wil: 03 Min: 03 Occupation: Government Agent
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 006
Init: 013 HP: 030

Powers:
Energy Absorption: 08, Power Reserve (Split): 08, Split: 08

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Absorbed Energy Adds To Power Reserve (+3FC).
  • When Silent Majority or one of his duplicates Absorbs Energy, the target still takes full RAPs of damage (-2FC).
  • Power Reserve Must Be Fueled By Energy Absorption (BC: 75, -5FC). If Power Reserve (Split) is boosted by Energy Absorption, then a number of duplicates equal to the increase in Split are automatically generated even if the original target has been Stunned or Knocked Out (+2FC).
  • No AP Loss per Split and No Reduction of Attributes upon Split Death (total of BC: 200 and +6FC).
  • Silent Majority’s duplicates can also create duplicates, though the total number of duplicates is limited by the APs of Split (+1FC).

Skills:
Acrobatics (Athletics): 06, Martial Artist*: 04

Advantages:
Government Credentials (American Security Agency, Medium).

Connections:
Force of July (High).

Drawbacks:
SIA (Speaking only in a single one-syllable word at a time).

Equipment:
Sunglasses [BODY 01, Shade: 04].


Human Pyramid

This ability (described in the Powers & Abilities section) is represented with the Acrobatics (Gymnastics) Skill. Silent Majority uses his APs of Skill as the AV/OV versus and OV/RV equal to the intended formation’s complexity. A relatively simple arrangement such as a human pyramid only has an OV/RV of 02/02, while one such as the human bridge would have an 06/06 or an 08/08.


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Silent Majority — Averaged PL 5.6

STR STA AGL DEX FGT INT AWE PRE
01 02 03 00 04 01 00 01

Powers

Split ● 130 points ● Descriptor: Unrevealed
– Duplication 11 (Multiple Minions 4)
– Duplication 11 (Multiple Minions 4) Limited 1 (Must have been attacked using radiant energy during this or the previous round), Quirk (Can only engage half as many Ranks of Multiple Minions from this line as the Ranks of radiant energy used to attack him, rounding down), Reaction 2 (requires no Action, and can be used even if unconscious).
– Movement 1. Silent Majority can move in unusual ways by forming human pyramids, human bridges, etc.. This requires an Acrobatics or Athletics roll, base don hom difficult the gymnastics involved are.

Combat Advantages

All-Out Attack, Close attack 1, Defensive Roll 1, Improved Trip.

Other Advantages

Benefit 2 (American Security Agency backing).

Skills

Acrobatics 6 (+9), Athletics 7 (+8), Insight 1 (+1), Perception 3 (+3)

Offense

Initiative +3
Unarmed +5, Close, Damage 1

Defence

Dodge 05 Fortitude 06
Parry 06 Toughness 02*/03
Will 02

* Without Defensive Roll.

Complications

  • Monosyllabic Silent Majority tends to communicate in one-syllable words at a time. This could conceivably create some confusion in specific situations.

Powers Levels

  • Trade-off areas. Attack/Effect PL 3, Dodge/Toughness PL 4, Parry/Toughness PL 5, Fort/Will PL 4.
  • Points total 179. Abilities 24, Defences 10, Skills 9, Powers 128, Devices 0, Advantages 6. Equiv. PL 12.

Notes

He can have 8 minions from his Split Power’s first line, and 8 more if he can use the second line. So, 16.

His duplicates can duplicate, which creates a recursion when computing the costs (as the Summon’s budget must include the Summon’s budget). I did only one iteration of this to avoid a manifestly overinflated Power cost.

By Roy Cowan.

Source of Character: DC Comics.

Helper(s): Pufnstuff.

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