Warwagon (Villains & Vigilantes RPG)



Villains & Vigilantes is an early (1979) pen-and-paper super-hero super-hero role playing game. We have a fairly large selection of characters from that game, with DCH stats.

They’re here in no small part due to nostalgia. But they also are interesting stock characters in that they can be easily inserted into stories, conveniently filling their niche.


  • Real Name: Kevin Vanderlaan.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Base Of Operations: Washington area.
  • Height:  ?  Weight: 120lbs.
  • Eyes:  ?  Hair:  ?


Powers and Abilities

Warwagon’s vehicle is as fast as most cars and highly manoeuvrable. It is armed with a special four-bareled machinegun as well as powerful Stinger missiles for finishing ground targets or engaging airborne targets.


Kevin Vanderlaan was a brilliant freshman at the Washington Technical Institute for the Advanced Study of Vehicular Engineering, working on engine designs. One night, however, a drunk driver crashed into his car. The accident crippled him, killed his girlfriend and damaged his sanity as he watched the drunk driver unhurt but giggling stupidly.

Vanderlaan became sullen and maladjusted, throwing himself into studies and experiments for designing impact-proof cars with advanced passenger protections – as well as improved wheelchairs based on automobile designs.

However, a few months later, the same drunk caused another accident, killing a kid – and got released on a technicality. The already unstable Vanderlaan snapped.

After a few months of engineering, Warwagon was born. Using his unique vehicle, he would cruise around looking for drunk drivers and stop them by shredding their tires with machinegun fire. He would then slowly roll up to them. Repentant drivers would be spared (although their car would often be destroyed).

Other drivers would simply see Warwagon roll back and shoot a missile into them and their car.


See illustration.


Vanderlaan has pretty much two personalities. The first is a studious college student, while the Warwagon persona is depressed, hurt and vengeful – and is steadily sinking deeper into his psychoses.

He’s very careful not to leave proof of his activities as Warwagon, as the police and FBI strongly suspect Vanderlaan of being the so-called Wheelchair Killer.


“My crimes are not against the innocents, but against those who break the law. Those who drink will also drink their own blood !”

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dex: 04 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Psycho
Int: 06 Wil: 06 Min: 03 Occupation: Vigilante
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 014 HP: 030

Charisma (Intimidation): 05, Gadgetry: 06, Vehicles (Land): 07, Weaponry (Warwagon): 07

Bonuses and Limitations:
The Vehicles Skill can only be applied to those vehicles modified for handicapped persons (-2).

Scholar (Vehicular design).

SPI (Paranoid), SIH of drunk drivers, SPR (Crippled legs), SIH of being branded a criminal, killer or handicapped freak.


  • WARWAGON COSTUME [/BODY/ 05, Kinetic absorption (Structural damage only): 03, Thermal vision: 05].
  • WARWAGON [STR 04 BODY 09, Projectile weapons: 08, Running: 07, Bonus: Projectile weapons has Autofire, Limitation: Running can only be used on flat surfaces such as roads (-1)].
  • The Warwagon is also loaded with four Stinger missiles [BODY 02, EV 10, AV 04, Flight: 12, R#02, Grenade drawback, Bonuses and Limitations : EV had No Range, EV has a 1 AP Area of Effect, Flight can only be sustained for five Phases (-2)].

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Most Wanted vol. 3 (a vintage Villains & Vigilantes sourcebook).

Helper(s): Jackson, Roy Cowan.