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Stinger (X-Factor enemy) (Marvel Comics)

Stinger

(Wendy Sherman)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Stinger (W. Sherman) is a minor mutant criminal in the Marvel Universe. She primarily appeared in a 1986 X-Factor story, working for Apocalypse.


Background

  • Real Name: Wendy Sherman.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Former member of the Alliance of Evil. Briefly drafted as a X-Man.
  • Base Of Operations: Los Angeles, later on Utopia, later on unrevealed.
  • Height: 5’4” Weight: 110 lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: White and pink (1980s), white (2010s).


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Powers and Abilities

Stinger can generate bolts of lightning from her hands, “stinging” opponents by electrocuting them.

She’s the only Alliance of Evil member to have a ranged attack, unless you count the occasional car-throwing from the superstrong members.


History

In 1986, Stinger was one of the mutants serving Apocalypse against X-Factor as the Alliance of Evil. All the other members of the Alliance seemed to be mercenaries. Stinger seemed too young and undisciplined to also be one, but it would seem that it’s where she started her career as mutant muscle for hire.

She was still with the team during the Inferno. Acting more irrational and aggressive than normal, they rioted as a protest against the 1988 Mutant Registration Act. After losing a brawl with X-Factor and the future X-Terminators, they were arrested by Mystique and her Freedom Force.

In 1991, along with Tower and Frenzy (Timeshadow had left), Stinger later worked for AIM. They helped Harness and Piecemeal recreate Proteus but were defeated by X-Force.

Stinger reportedly served a lengthy prison sentence after that incident.


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2010s

By 2010, Sherman was one of the mutants who received sanctuary on the Utopia island, in San Francisco Bay. She had survived years of crises, massacres, etc. against the mutant population, and had retained her powers despite the Decimation. However, her nerves were shot, anxiety was grinding her down, and she felt socially isolated.

Stinger asked Iceman (Bobby Drake) to calm her fears, but he handled it badly. Freaking out, Sherman briefly took Dr. Kavita Rao hostage – but this time Drake handled her call for help much better. Sherman and Drake started occasionally hanging out to help assuage her fears.

More months later the final assault she had been fearing so much did come. An army of Nimrod Sentinels from the future attacked, and Stinger was among the mutant fighters opposing them. A strike force sent into the future did stop the killer robots from coming in, and Stinger was among the survivors when the brutal battle ended.

In 2016, Stinger was glimpsed at Scrambler’s house, among a number of predominantly mutant criminals. These were dispersed by Gambit (Remy LeBeau). This may mean that Sherman returned to a life of crime.


Description

The main illustration is her 1986 look, which was quite 1980s indeed. So much MTV.

During the 2010s, she had a more modern Californian look. She was still partial to orange and yellow hues, and usually had a small crop top and a little skirt. Plus a nice pair of chucks.


Personality

Stinger is a strung-out, spacey Valley girl. In 1986, she was feverishly addicted to Michael Nowlan’s power – which may point to an history of substance addiction.

She’s attracted toward good-looking guys such as the Angel, even in the middle of a fight, and seemed loyal to Frenzy.

2010s

In 2010, Stinger was frightened by everything her species had been through. This anxiety made her a sucker for alarmist rumours about Human raids. She thus clung to Iceman, a long-time mutant hero who survived innumerable threats, to have a less fearful life. The 1980s mannerisms were gone, and she seemed nice enough. Needy, but no longer junkie-like.

One gets the impression that she has an anxiety condition, exacerbated by anti-Mutant prejudice. This may have left her chasing parties and narcotics to seek relief, and falling in with increasingly bad crowds.


Quotes (1986)

“Without [Nowlan’s] power, the withdrawal will begin soon ! That’s a big-time drag I can’t handle again !”

“Oh — Tower ! You didn’t have to hurt ’im ! You can be such a total zero sometimes.”

“Boy — this ice guy is a humongous downer.”

“So, like, what’re you doing slumming with these losers, Beastie Boy ?”

(Obeying an order from Frenzy) “Gotcha, boss-lady !” (ZZAAKK !)


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Stinger

Dex: 03 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 03 Wil: 02 Min: 03 Occupation: Mercenary
Inf: 03 Aur: 02 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 009 HP: 015

Powers:
Lightning: 06

Skills:
Accuracy (Lightning): 05

Advantages:
None demonstrated.

Connections:
Shady mutant types (Low).

Drawbacks:
MIA toward Anxiety, Mistrust (Mutant).


Nowlanhanced

When receiving a boost from Michael Nowlan’s power-enhancing mutant ability, Stinger had her Lighting Power reach 10 APs.


Design notes

There ain’t, like, much material. So good chunks of the stats are stock ones.


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Stinger (Wendy Sherman) — Averaged PL3.4

STR STA AGL DEX FGT INT AWE PRE
00 01 00 01 01 00 00 00

Powers

Lightning ● 11 points ● Descriptor: Electricity
– Ranged electrical Damage 5 (Accurate 1)

Combat Advantages

Close attack 2, Defensive Roll 1, Ranged attack 1.

Other Advantages

None demonstrated.

Skills

Athletics 1 (+1), Expertise (Shady mutant Californian scenes) 4 (+4), Perception 2 (+2), Ranged combat (Lightning) 3 (+7)

Offense

Initiative +0
Unarmed +3, Close, Damage 0
Lightning +7, Ranged, Damage 5

Defence

Dodge 04 Fortitude 03
Parry 02 Toughness 01*/02
Will 02

* Without Defensive Roll

Complications

  • Hated and feared Stinger is a mutant criminal.
  • Fear and loathing in LA Stinger seems to have chronic anxiety issues. She also was previously addicted to Michael Nowlan’s power, and may have been through other narcotics issues.

Powers Levels

  • Trade-off areas. Attack/Effect PL 6, Dodge/Toughness PL 3, Parry/Toughness PL 2, Fort/Will PL 3.
  • Points total 35. Abilities 6, Defences 9, Skills 5, Powers 11, Devices 0, Advantages 4. Equiv. PL 3.

Notes

When Stinger was buffed by Mike Nowlan, she had four more Ranks of Ranged Damage.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Marvel Universe.

Helper(s): Gareth Lewis.

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