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Turf (Ultraverse Malibu comics) (Hardcase enemy)


John Beckman

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


  • Real Name: John Beckman
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: None
  • Base Of Operations: Los Angeles
  • Height: 5’8” Weight: 180 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Light brown

Powers and Abilities

Turf can animate earth, as long he’s in contact with the ground. He mostly uses this power to encase himself in an exoskeleton made of raw earth, with DEX 08, STR 16 and BODY 08, that is very resilient to blows, can instantly renew itself as long as it is in contact with the earth, and can even eject earth and rocks at a high velocity at opponents.

He’s generally quite big, although he only uses actual Growth when particularly pissed off.

Beckman mostly prefers direct confrontation using the exoskeleton, and fights like a brick – he rarely uses his earth control power to full tactical advantage, and mostly uses it as a mean to finish a stunned opponent (by having the earth dramatically engulf them).


John Beckman discovered he had some kind of telekinetic control over dirt the same day the Squad gained their powers. However, Beckman was far less open and altruistic than the members of the Squad – he was a nobody, a loser and a couch potato. A psychotic fan, he started hating celebrities when they didn’t respond to his sick letters.

Beckman spent several months mastering his abilities but finally, as Turf, started a campaign of killing celebrities, starting by his favourites or the ones girls liked the most.


Beckman himself is quite fat, with balding curly hair. He operates naked in his earth exoskeleton.


A psychotic bully, quite confidant and full of rage when he has the upper hand but not accustomed to losing.


“You think you’re so cute ! So smart ! Well, you’re both gonnna die like that soap opera witch who didn’t reply to my fan letters ! Like that singer all the girls liked before I *ripped his head off* !”

DC Universe History

No problem here – he would have fought a celebrity like Booster Gold.


Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

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Dex: 02 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Psycho
Int: 03 Wil: 03 Min: 02 Occupation: Mercenary
Inf: 03 Aur: 02 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 006
Init: 010 HP: 015

Powers: Earth Animation : 16, Earth control : 12, Growth : 04, Jump : 08, Projectile weapon : 07, Regeneration : 12, Skin armor : 05

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • The Earth animation creature is not autonomous, and must be worn like an exoskeleton (-1)
  • Earth animation form only has half DEX and BODY (-2)
  • Growth, Regeneration, Jump and Skin armor only applies to Earth animation form (-1)
  • Regeneration only when in solid contact with the ground (-2)
  • Growth will diminish his exoskeleton’s DEX by one for every AP of Growth that is activated (-1)
  • All Powers are Elementally linked with each other (-1)

Skills: None

Advantages: None

Connections: None

Drawbacks: SPI, Serious Rage

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Ultraverse

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