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Superman Beyond by Pufnstuff

Superman Beyond

(Jonothan Kent)


Power Level:
Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

This is a made-up version of Superman based on the Batman Beyond animated series’ aesthetics and continuity.


Background

  • Real Name: Jonothan Kent (aka Jon-El).
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Clark Kent (aka Superman, father), Lois Lane Kent (mother).
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Base Of Operations: Metropolis.
  • Height: 5’ 10” Weight: 190 lbs. Age: 16
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Black


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Powers and Abilities

Jonothan has the full range of Kryptonian  abilities he inherited from his father.

Perhaps because he is also partly Human, and thus with a greater affinity for Earth’s solar radiation, he began to develop his powers much earlier than Clark did. On the other hand, he has nowhere near Clark’s experience using them.


History

Jonothan Kent is the only child of Superman and his long-time romantic interest, Lois Lane.

Born in the early 21st century, Jonothan was raised as normally as was possible. Lois retired to the Kent family farm in semi-rural Kansas, where she and Jon would be out of harm’s way while Clark maintained a presence in Metropolis. He kept up a pretense that he lived in that area.


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Jonothan began to develop Kryptonian powers as a preteen. With sufficient education from Clark, he developed these slowly and with a great degree of control. Clark and Lois did not want their son to be thought of as abnormal while growing up, although Clark assumed that he would follow in his footsteps eventually.

Lois was opposed to the idea, and did everything she could to dissuade Jon from risking his life.

Up and away

But eventually realized that Jon’s sense of Responsibility, drilled into him by his father, was too strong to let him sit by. Thus, she contacted some of Clark’s old Connections such as Batman (then Dick Grayson) and Martian Manhunter to better prepare Jon for the life he was to lead.

Jonothan got his chance when Superman abruptly disappeared during the mid 21st century. Then a new Lex Luthor, the robotic Lexor 9, started making trouble in the world. Jonothan made up his mind to find out what happened. He took up his father’s cape (figuratively) to become the new Superman.

His first solo run as Superman brought him head to head with Batman Beyond. After some teenaged head-butting, they have developed a cautious friendship.


Description

Jon wears a traditional skintight super-hero outfit based on his father’s superman suit. But it has a more modern styling and no cape.


Personality

Superman Beyond is a country mouse. The city both frightens and fascinates him, and he is way over his head when it comes to heroing.

The training he received helps, but it’s mostly theory. Still and all; he’s got a better head-start than his father did. Training by Dick Grayson (who was acting as Batman at the time) has sharpened his fighting edge. He has more ability to use and apply his strength than his father started out with.

He also has a real talent for detective work. Apparently, that comes from his mother.

What really drives Jon is his sense of Rrsponsibility. He knew someday he would be out there like Superman; he just did n’t know it would be *as* Superman, and it scares the hell out of him. He is driven to find out what happened to his father, and may seem a little reckless and impulsive when following up a lead.


Quotes

“I may not be my dad, but I’m more than enough to handle *you*…”


DC Universe History

Batman Beyond takes place outside the normal DCU, and presumably so does Superman Beyond.


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Superman Beyond

A 1600 Point Character

Dex: 08 Str: 16 Bod: 10 Motivation: Responsibility of Power
Int: 06 Wil: 11 Min: 08 Occupation: Student, Artist
Inf: 08 Aur: 06 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: 006
Init: 035 HP: 075

Powers:
Flight: 15, Invulnerability: 13, Sealed Systems: 11, Superspeed: 11, Systemic Antidote*: 10, Directional Hearing: 08, Extended Hearing: 08, Heat Vision: 09, Microscopic Vision: 10, Super Breath: 08, Super Hearing: 08, Telescopic Vision: 08, Thermal Vision: 08, X-Ray Vision: 13, Recall: 11

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Superspeed: APs already figured in Characteristics.
  • Heat Vision: Fatiguing.

Skills:
Artist (Holosculptor): 06, Charisma (Persuasion)*: 08, Scientist*: 06, Martial Artist*: 08, Detective*: 06

Advantages:
Area Knowledge: City [Metropolis 2024], Sharp Eye.

Connections:
Batman Beyond (Low), Batman III (Dick Grayson) (High).

Drawbacks:
Secret Identity, Loss Vulnerability (Kryptonite, 2 APs, All Attributes and Powers), Loss Vulnerability (Lack of Yellow-Sun Radiation, 0 APs, All Attributes and Powers), Attack Vulnerability (Magic, -4 Column Shifts), Age: Young, Family [Lois Kent], Arch Enemy [Lexor 9], SIA: Find out what happened to Superman, SIF: Not Living Up to his Superman’s legacy.

By Pufnstuff.

Source of Character: Homemade (extrapolation from DCU:TAS). Illustration © Pufnstuff.

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