Strong Guy of X-Factor (Marvel Comics) by Larry Stroman

Strong Guy

(Guido Carosella)

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


Strong Guy is an attaching and comedian-like Marvel Comics super-hero. He first appeared as an extra in 1985, but his real career starts in 1991 with Peter David’s version of X-Factor (and the buildup toward this book’s revamp).

He has been a recurrent character in many David-written, X-Factor and related comics since.

These notes correspond to the initial, early 1990s run. They date back to the last century, and were in good part done from memory. So yeah, we’ll have to redo this profile eventually.



  • Real Name: Guido Carosella.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Parents (deceased).
  • Base Of Operations: X-Factor H.Q. (Washington).
  • Group Affiliation: X-Factor II.
  • Height: 7’ Weight: 750lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: White/blond.

Powers and Abilities

Despite all the fun and jokes, Strong Guy is actually a rather dangerous opponent. He’s extremely strong and durable (Val Cooper accurately likened him to a tank). He has the ability to absorb kinetic energy and to use it to enhance his physical strength.

No punch or explosion has ever been known to hurt him, though he can be wounded by cutting attacks. The limits of his strength when powered by kinetic energy are unknown.

Strong Guy is also a very intelligent, creative and strong-willed man. Last but not least, he’s a talented musical comedy actor and stand-up comedian. These gifts have at time proven even more redoubtable to his opponents than his physical might.



Guido Carosella was a nerdy kid. He was painfully shy with girls and was regularly beat up by bullies. He endured this until puberty – and then it got worse. He started steadily gaining in size and strength — much to his delight — but was accidentally hit by a car.

Guido wasn’t really wounded. But the accident sent his kinetic absorption ability, which he didn’t know he had, into overdrive. That massively distorted his body, making him a freak. His eyes became weak, and he now lived in constant pain.

Guido coped by developing an over-the-top personality. This personality also helped him to deal with his parents, whose miserliness was amazing and who despised him for is spending habits. They were killed in a strange accident involving a falling satellite. Guido inherited every penny they had put away. Furthermore, he sued the owners of the satellite for a fortune.

Guido has long been involved in the show-business. His most well-known job was bodyguarding the teleporting mutant/rock star/galactic thief Lila Cheney for several months. In 1990, he was involved in the fight between the Shadow King and the X-Men as a mental slave for the King.

After the nefarious telepathic entity was defeated, Carosella joined with the new X-Factor. This mutant team was assembled by the US Government as a police force.


Guide became “Strong Guy” after a reporter commented that with his physique he surely was the team’s strong guy, since every super-team has a strong guy.

X-Factor II’s career was relatively short, but quite spectacular. It started rather strangely due to an attempt by Mister Sinister to destroy them before they ever started their job. Sinister’s manipulations lead to Strong Guy levelling the Washington Monument  in front of national TV.

The team, however, was up to the daunting task of recuperating from the media damage. Guido even managed to become a regular, charismatic media attraction. He coined the term “genetically challenged”, or “geecee”, to refer to mutants in a PC way.

X-Factor II handled everything that was thrown at them, including a mean crisis involving the mutant guru Haven and the death of Jamie Madrox. But that case was the twilight of X-Factor II. Shortly after it, Strong Guy had to be put in suspended animation after his heart was severely damaged after he absorbed too much kinetic energy in Madripoor.

Much later, Forge built him a specialized pacemaker to counter the stress his heart receives from his own powers. Guido went back to being a bodyguard and aide for Lila Cheney.


Guido’s personality is so peculiar that only Peter David could write his dialogue :-). Physically distorted and experiencing constant pain has a result, Guido has managed to overcompensate this to become a flamboyant Epicurean and comedian. He loves luxury, babes, fame, babes, comedy, babes, the show business and babes.

He’s rarely serious, always cracking excellent jokes and puns (which echoed Havok’s cold humor, Polaris’s dry wit, Quicksilver’s aggressive humor and Madrox’s cartoony jokes). He generally acts like a stand-up comedian on a roll. Role-playing him is not an experience for the soft-hearted. 🙂

Underneath the jokes, he’s a nice, warm, sensitive guy who cares about people (especially babes). Also, he strongly supports the outcast and underdogs. Finally, underneath this self-described “1990s guy” personality, there is a very serious, very strong man with a powerful mind and great courage facing great hardship.


(Havok, describing his strategy to apprehend Cable, then wanted from shooting Charles Xavier): “…and this point we should be able to arrest X-Force. Once we have them, we can get Cable.”
Strong Guy : “Oh cool. Including HBO ? Can we get the Disney channel for Rahne ?”

Tremolo: “Oh, funny funny ! Laugh off some sonic waves, wise guy !”
Strong Guy : “No, Wise Guy’s my genius brother. I’m Strong Guy.”

Cyber: “You’ve been poisoned, boy. You have 24 hours to live. Any question ?”
Strong Guy: “Yeah. Why’ve you still got morning breath still late in the day ?”

Polaris: “What if you found out you weren’t who you think you were ?”
Strong Guy: “Me, I’d max out my credit cards.”

Gorgeous George: “So, you guys have to be X-Factor.”
Strong Guy: “Yeah, we have to be. All the better names were taken.”


Strong Guy is clad in the gold and dark blue uniform of X-Factor II. While he has normal legs and head, his upper torso, shoulders and arms are massively out of proportion. He’s almost bald, except for a tuft of blonde hair on his forehead, and always wears small round sunglass-type goggles.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Strong Guy

Dex: 05 Str: 11 Bod: 11 Motivation: Unwanted power
Int: 07 Wil: 06 Min: 08 Occupation: Government operative
Inf: 07 Aur: 06 Spi: 07 Resources {or Wealth}: 006
Init: 021 HP: 060

Growth: 01, Kinetic absorption: 12, Power Reserve (STR): 12

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Kinetic absorption feeds Power Reserve.
  • APs gained from Damage Absorption must be expended within 90 seconds (05 APs of time), or Strong Guy takes them directly has RAPS against his BODY and his body will be further distorted (-2).
  • Power Reserve can only be filled through Kinetic Absorption.
  • Growth is Always On (-1) and already factored in.

Artist (actor): 06, Charisma: 05, Martial artist: 07, Vehicles (land): 03

Connoisseur, Credentials (US gov’t, Low), Gift of gab, Iron Nerves, Scholar (finance, entertainment business).

X-Factor II (High), Val Cooper (High), Lila Cheney (High), Dazzler (Low), X-Men (Low), Show business (Low).

MIA to cracking jokes, Public ID, MPR (near-sighted), Creepy appearance, Attack Vulnerability (visual Flash, -1CS).

Goggles [BODY 04, Shade: 03, Do Nothing: 04, Misc : correct his near-sightedness].

Heartbreak in Madripoor

Just before he had to step out of X-Factor II, Guido absorbed an excessive amount of kinetic energy, resulting in cardiac complications. Since this was a very clumsy Power Complication Subplot, many people simply assume he has since recovered.

During that period Guido’s STR is Fatiguing, and the damages inflicted is Lethal damage (-2). Later, this effect was countered by a PACEMAKER [BODY 02] from Forge.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Helper(s): Jessie “Stormangel” Davis, Jason Brezina.

Source of Character: X-Factor (Marvel Universe).