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Squirrel Girl (Marvel Comics)

Squirrel Girl


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

“I don’t need luck. I eat nuts.”


Context

Squirrel Girl is a goofy, surreal Marvel Comics character. She was first seen in 1991, but was in comic limbo  until 2005 when she unexpectedly returned in the (sometimes dark) comedy book G.L.A. (Great Lakes Avengers). From there she slowly grew in popularity.

This entry covers her appearances until 2011-ish, a few years before she became so popular that she got her own book (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl). So yes, this means we were into Squirrel Girl before she went commercial. Which means we’re *squirrel hipsters*. Deal with it, bro.

Squirrel Girl is a zany, highly positive comedy super-heroine with a weird world view. She seems to play the game of reality using different rules than everyone else, and it works fine for her.


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Background

  • Real Name: Doreen Green.
  • Other Aliases: Rodent.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Maureen Green (Mother).
  • Group Affiliation: Great Lakes Champions, formerly Great Lakes Avengers, Great Lakes X-Men, and Great Lakes Defenders ; partner of Tippy Toe, formerly partner of Monkey Joe.
  • Base Of Operations: Milwaukee, Wisconsin; formerly Central Park, New York, and Los Angeles.
  • Height: 5’3” Weight: 100 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown


Powers and Abilities

Squirrel Girl:

  • Possesses the proportionate strength, speed, reflexes and agility of a squirrel.
  • Can leap several stories.
  • Has a long, bushy, semi-prehensile tail.

She has small claws on each finger, which help her climb, enlarged incisors, and a retractable knuckle spike, which can carve through wood.


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She can also communicate with, and summon squirrels, which happily follow her commands.

She has one particular squirrel as a permanent companion. Originally this companion was Monkey Joe, but soon after he was brutally slain by Leather Boy, she adopted Tippy Toe, the sole surviving squirrel of the team’s final battle with Maelstrom.

Both of these squirrels are highly intelligent, able to understand and use human equipment (such as when Monkey Joe searched the internet for information vital to a case), and can work without orders from Squirrel Girl.

Less squirrel-centric abilities

Her belt pouches, or nutsacks, hold a collection of nuts, such as macadamias, peanuts, cashews, almonds, and acorns. For her first Christmas with the GLX, she had Big Bertha as a secret santa, and received a lightweight, single-occupant helicopter, the Squirrel-a-gig.

Squirrel Girl has a peculiar ability to beat even the greatest cosmic menaces, even if that makes no sense whatsoever and is clearly impossible. She has done so repeatedly. Our game stats assume that this is a unique form of unconscious probability on her part. As far as she’s concerned, it’s just the result of having a positive attitude.


History

(See the Great Lakes Avengers entry for a complete history of the team.)

Doreen’s mutant abilities manifested early in her teens. Even hiding her tail she still earned the nickname ’rodent‘ at school. She escaped their taunts in the woodlands, where she befriended the squirrels, forming a particular bond with one she named Monkey Joe.

Squirrel Girl by Paquette, on a white background

Becoming a superhero, she took the name Squirrel Girl. She decided to approach her idol, Iron Man, who was based nearby at the time. Noticing an armoured individual lurking near the Stark Enterprises site, she set about him unaware she was attacking Dr. Doom.

Finding Iron Man testing new equipment in nearby woods, she showed off her abilities and asked to become his sidekick. He was politely declining when they were attacked by an enraged Dr. Doom. The Latverian quickly captured and imprisoned them on his Doomship.

While Iron Man was securely bound, Doom didn’t view Squirrel Girl as a threat so left her locked in the room with Iron Man but otherwise free.

She found a vent and – before Doom could take the Doomship out of the woods – summoned an army of squirrels to storm the Doomship, forcing it down. Doom was unable to withstand the swarm as they shredded his armour, and was forced to flee.

Iron Man convinced her to return to school, promising that if she still wanted to be a superhero after finishing college he’d put in a word for her with the Avengers.

Great Lakes Avengers

After college she moved to New York, where she started fighting crime in Central Park. One night she stopped a pair of muggers only to discover their intended targets were Doorman and Flatman of the Great Lakes Avengers, who were in town looking for new recruits. She accepted their offer of membership.

Squirrel Girl travelled to Milwaukee with them and met her new teammates. While they were following leads on the villain Maelstrom, Squirrel Girl insisted on that Monkey Joe was perfectly capable of performing monitor duty and should be considered an equal member of the team. They acceded to her wishes.

They returned from the mission to find Monkey Joe had been murdered by Leather Boy, an embittered former member of the team. Squirrel Girl was devastated.

When the team finally went up against Maelstrom, Squirrel Girl led an army of squirrels against Batroc’s Brigade. The singularity created by Maelstrom’s device sucked in all but one of the squirrels. Following Maelstrom’s defeat, Squirrel Girl formed a bond with the surviving squirrel, naming her Tippy Toe and taking her on as her sidekick.

Great Lakes X-Men/Defenders/Champions

Alone and with the rest of the team, Squirrel Girl soon dealt with such threats as the Mandarin and Giganto. Celebrating her first Christmas in Milwaukee, Squirrel Girl happened across a battle between agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – led by Dum-Dum Dugan – and AIM – led by MODOK. Dugan asked for her help and she and Tippy Toe soon managed to subdue MODOK.

Dugan offered her a job with S.H.I.E.L.D., but Squirrel Girl declined, saying she was happy where she was.

Squirrel Girl beats Thanos

Returning to the GLX HQ with the eggnog, she realised she’d forgotten the toilet paper so had to set out again. This time, she happened across Thanos’ (the real one, not a robot, clone or simulacrum) arrival on Earth and managed to subdue him, turning him over the S.H.I.E.L.D..

After returning with the toilet paper, she was contacted by Dugan and asked for help battling Terrax. She happily agreed, and sped off to battle.

Developing a crush on Speedball she met him at one of his public appearances where she prevented the Bug-Eyed Voice from disrupting proceedings. The grateful Speedball rewarded her with her first kiss.

Visiting squirrel friends in Central Park, Squirrel Girl and Tippy Toe teamed with the Thing to beat the Bi-Beast. The Thing was so impressed that he invited her to his super-hero poker tournament.

Great Lakes Initiative

Escorting Dionysus back to Olympus after the GLI rescued him from AIM, Squirrel Girl helped Zeus out thwarting Pluto’s latest scheme.

Doreen learned what had happened to Speedball in the wake of the Stanford incident. She snuck into Thunderbolt mountain to try and talk him out of his Penance identity. Too mentally unstable for her to help, Doreen reluctantly left him there, but didn’t give up on him.

Travelling to Latveria, she accessed Dr. Doom’s time machine. Doom acted indifferent to her presence, probably not wanting to be beaten by her twice. Squirrel Girl travelled to a divergent future where an earlier version of Speedball had ended up.

Due to the vague laws of time travel he couldn’t return to his home time, and Doreen briefly considered staying with him. A visit from that time’s Mr. Immortal got her to return home.

Supernanny

Deciding the team were coming to rely too much on her, and so not developing on their own, Squirrel Girl left them and returned to New York. Luke and Jessica Cage were looking for a super-powered nanny for their daughter – Danielle – at the time, and Doreen applied. As the best applicant (and least scary or erratic) Squirrel Girl got the job.

She was unaware Wolverine was part of the team, but seems to have some kind of history with him (calling him James). They’d apparently sworn to avoid each other, and there’s tension between them.

While she’d initially had hopes of getting noticed by the Avengers, she quickly grew to love her job and Danielle.


Personality

Cheerful and eternally optimistic, it’s difficult to suppress her enthusiasm for being a super hero. Squirrel Girl is somewhat naïve about some matters, and is resolutely immune to double entendres.

She cares greatly for squirrels, and is extremely close to her sidekick squirrels. She defends them from any accusations that they are not a full member of the team.


Quotes

Iron Man: “I take back every bad thing I ever said about squirrels.”
Squirrel Girl: “Hey ! What did you say about squirrels that was bad ?”

MODOK: (On being unable to hit her) “Impossible !”
Squirrel Girl: “Mister, I don’t know the meaning of the word ! Well, actually I do. It’s not like I’m stupid or anything. I just don’t choose to use it in my personal lexicon. It’s very disempowering.”


DC Universe History

She spent some time with Titans West, but left when she felt Gar was mocking squirrels. She later joined forces with Animal Man a few times, and became interested in environmental issues, especially preserving forests with large squirrel populations.


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Squirrel Girl

An 1193 Point Character

Dex: 08 Str: 07 Bod: 07 Motivation: Upholding the Good
Int: 04 Wil: 03 Min: 04 Occupation: Super-Hero
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 016 HP: 050

Powers:
Animal Summoning: 05, Claws: 06, Extra-Limb: 06, Jumping: 04, Probability Manipulation: 22, Speak with Animals: 05

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Probability Manipulation is Minor Marginal, and cannot affect Automatic Actions.
  • Speak with Animals and Animal Summoning both only work with squirrels (-1).

Skills:
Acrobatics*: 08, Thief (Stealth)*: 08, Vehicles (Air): 05

Advantages:
Expertise (Squirrels and Nuts), Pet (see below).

Connections:
GLA (High), Iron Man (Low), Dum-Dum Dugan (High), Jessica & Luke Cage (High).

Drawbacks:
Mistrust (Mutant).

Equipment:

  • Nutsacks [BODY 02, contains a selection of nuts].
  • Squirrel-a-gig [BODY 05, Flight: 05].

Tippy Toe (or Monkey Joe)

Dex: 05 Str: 00 Bod: 01
Int: 03 Wil: 02 Min: 02
Inf: 02 Aur: 02 Spi: 02
Init: 009

Powers:
Claws: 01, Jumping: 01, Shrinking: 05

Bonuses and Limitations:
Shrinking is always on and is already factored in (-1).

Skills:
Acrobatics: 05

Advantages:
Familiarity (human technology).


Other squirrels

Squirrel Girl usually has one squirrel with whom she develops a strong bond. Initially this was Monkey Joe, who had been with her for years, but after his death she developed a bond with Tippy Toe.

They seem smarter than normal squirrels — which may be in part due to the bond — and in more humorous Genres they can function as Sidekicks rather than Pets.

Dex: 04 Str: 00 Bod: 01
Int: 01 Wil: 01 Min: 01
Inf: 01 Aur: 01 Spi: 01
Init: 006

Powers:
Claws: 01, Jumping: 01, Shrinking: 05

Bonuses and Limitations:
Shrinking is always on and is already factored in (-1).

Skills:
Acrobatics: 05


Design notes

Probability Manipulation is there to explain her ability to beat a couple of cosmic opponents in a run. It is something she only uses against serious opposition.


By Gareth Lewis.

Source of Character: Marvel Comics.

Helper(s): Capita_Senyera, Kal El el Vigilante, Frank Murdock, Sébastien Andrivet.

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