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Titania of the Grapplers (Marvel Comics)

Titania

(Davida DeVitto)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Titania (Davida DeVitto) is a minor Marvel Comics character. She first appeared in 1979. There’s no relation with other “Titania” characters.

DeVitto is a professional wrestler who moonlights as a criminal, and received enhanced strength along the way.


Background

  • Real Name: Davida DeVitto.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Grapplers.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 6’1” Weight: 194 lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Black


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Powers and Abilities

Titania has been Power Broker-enhanced. This boosted her strength and durability to supplement her considerable wrestling and unarmed combat expertise.

Even before the treatment, she could take out armed men with ease.

She supposedly carried specialized weaponry on the straps on her costume, but was never shown using them.


History

Davida DeVito was a protégée of Ann “Auntie Freeze” Fraley, one of the leading female wrestlers of 30 years ago. After two decades in the ring, Fraley retired from professional wrestling. She became a trainer of other female wrestlers. DeVito was trained by Fraley and wrestled under the alias of “Titania.”

DeVito teamed up with three other wrestlers that Fraley had trained —

The foursome became the wrestling team known as the original Grapplers. Titania became the leader.


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Grapplers

The original Grapplers became renowned for their colourful personalities and ringside antics. But despite Auntie Freeze’s tireless promotion of her four protégés, the wrestling federation denied them the opportunity to make as much money as their male counterparts

In 1979, Titania was contacted by an executive of the Roxxon Oil Company in charge of covert operations, who happened to be a wrestling fan. He offered a generous payment in return for a mercenary job. The four agreed and were given special paraphernalia to assist them in their mission.

For example, Titania was given numerous 1-inch diameter discs that contained explosives and other payloads.

The four wrestlers were sent to accompany the woman warrior Thundra in invading Project: Pegasus, a federal government energy research project. Roxxon wanted a monopoly on major research into tapping new energy sources. Therefore, following orders from Roxxon, once the four Grapplers were inside the Project, they began sabotaging and destroying equipment there.

However, the mission failed, Titania herself was defeated by the costumed adventurer Giant-Man, and the four Grapplers were tried and jailed for their misdeeds.

From Ryker’s back to the ring

The four Grapplers were sent to the prison at Ryker’s Island. The came to dominate the female prisoners, essentially running that area of the prison at night. However, they were overpowered by the Dazzler when she was imprisoned there for a night.

The Grapplers vintage group shot

When the Grapplers were finally paroled, they discovered that the women’s wrestling movement had lost its momentum without them. The Grapplers undertook certain petty crimes to support themselves. They even made an unsuccessful attempt to take revenge on the Thing, who had helped thwart their mission at Project: Pegasus.

The Grapplers were never caught and imprisoned during this time.

New Grapplers

Auntie Freeze, in the meantime, was scouting out new candidates for female wrestling stardom. She found several promising ones. Then, wrestling promoter Edward Garner organised the Unlimited Class Wrestling Federation. It was a platform for the increasing number of wrestlers who were barred from the other wrestling associations because of their superhuman levels of strength.

Auntie Freeze contacted him to arrange for a women’s division. Freeze, like many of the managers and trainers of male wrestlers, was in turn contacted by Power Broker, Inc.. This company promised to augment an individual’s strength to superhuman levels… for a fortune.

Auntie Freeze sent all of her new Grapplers as well as the original Grapplers to the Power Broker to undergo treatment. All four originals were successes (though Screaming Mimi was apparently but a marginal one). The successfully enhanced Grapplers, new and old, then joined the UCWF.

The original Grapplers resented the newcomers to a certain extent. But mostly, they were pleased by being able to earn a good deal of money without having to resort to crime.

Titania’s fall

Titania remained the leader of this expanded Grapplers team. During their first public exhibition match, Titania lost to a new Grappler called Battleaxe, who thus became the new champion of the women’s division of the U.C.W.F. Battleaxe then asserted that she should be the new leader and spokesperson for the Grapplers.

Enraged, Titania attacked Battleaxe in the ring even though their match was over. The other Grapplers separated the two. It was then pointed out to Titania that being champion did not automatically make Battleaxe leader of the Grapplers.

Nevertheless, Fraley and most Grapplers disapproved of Titania’s bad sportswomanship in this exhibition.

Shortly afterwards, Titania was taking a shower in the Grappler’s locker room. A new recruit to the Grapplers, named Golddigger, entered and shot her with an explosive bullet, killing her. Golddigger shouted, “Justice is served!”, the signature line of the mysterious vigilante Scourge, and escaped.

Post-mortem

Realizing that Scourge was to blame, Titania’s friend and, fellow Grappler Letha sought to avenge her death. However, she was also murdered by Scourge.

Another female criminal took the name of Titania before the demise of the Grappler Titania. Of the surviving Grapplers, Poundcakes remains an occasional merc, while Screaming Mimi has joined the Thunderbolts under the name of Songbird.


Description

See illustration.


Personality

Titania is proud and vindictive.


Quotes

“Red, I owe you a little something after the way you tossed me around the gym the other day.”

(As the Black Goliath appears) “Whoah ! Poundcakes, get a load of Bobo Brazil’s big brother !”

“Get your paws offa me, you big jerk – before I bite your thumb off !”


DC Universe History

Well, I forgot to mention this obvious fact in the Poundcakes writeup, but the Grapplers are obviously the MU version of the Female Furies, Letha being the equivalent of Lashina. Thus, I’m not certain anymore that it would be a good idea to port them to the DCU.


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Titania I

Dex: 06 Str: 07 Bod: 06 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 04 Wil: 03 Min: 04 Occupation: Wrestler
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 016 HP: 020

Skills:
Acrobatics: 04, Martial artist: 07, Vehicles (Land): 03

Advantages:
None demonstrated.

Connections:
Grapplers (High), Street (Low).

Drawbacks:
Public ID.


Unpowered Titania

Before the Power Broker treatment, Titania’s Physical Attributes and Skills were lower : DEX 04 STR 03 BODY 04 and Acrobatics: 03, Martial artist: 05.

However, Roxxon later gave her a custom-made costume “possessing energy elements that heightened [her] formidable natural abilities” : [/DEX/ 05 /STR/ 04 /BOD/ 05, Acrobatics: 04, Martial artist: 06, Limitations : Only works for a specific subject, and can only raise values by one AP].

Along with the costume she carried a rope, half a dozen one-inch explosive discs [BODY 03, Bomb: 06, Grenade Drawback] and a rod that could fire concussion beams [BODY 03, Energy blast: 08, Ammo: 06, R#03].

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Marvel Universe.

Helper(s): History section from the OHOTMU’s Book of the Dead, with edits.

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