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White Tiger

(uplifted tigress)


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

“Am not being woman who turns into tiger. Am being tiger who turns into woman.”

Context

*This* White Tiger was an uplifted  tigress with a near-human form. She worked with the Heroes for Hire and the Knights of Wundagore during the 2000s. Hers is a character archetype that seems popular with players.

If you’re lost between the versions of the White Tiger, see our handy guide to White Tigers.


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Background

  • Real Name: None.
  • Marital Status: N.A..
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Former agent of the High Evolutionary, former Hero for Hire.
  • Base Of Operations: Previously the Oracle Building in New York City, previously Wundagore.
  • Height: 5’11” Weight: 152 lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue-green, occasionally solid white. Hair: Grey and white.
  • Distinguishing features: Pointed ears, feline eyes, black lips, black facial markings, thin layer of fur on most of the body, and other animalistic features. As a tiger she seemed to weigh about a ton.


Powers and Abilities

In her most human form, White Tiger performs chiefly as a heroic martial artist, acrobat and sneaky type. She’s pretty good, though not as good as she thinks she is – Iron Fist, for instance, is better.

She has further advantages, however. Her leaps are slightly superhuman, and she routinely enlarges her hands and morphes her fingers into talon-like claws that can inflict terrible damage.


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When she wants to (or when she is too angry or worked up) White Tiger can morph into the shape of a huge white Bengal tiger. She can also lock her transformation at an intermediary stage between catgirl and tigress.

Her tiger form is one enormous specimen – she’s likely bigger than any tiger that exists in the real world. As a consequence, her intermediary forms are also significantly larger than her near-human form. In DC Heroes the intermediary forms are represented by Growth, whereas her tiger forms are represented by Shape Change.

White Tiger is immune to Man-Beast’s mental powers, forcing him to fight her physically. This ability was a product of Isotope E, which apparently allows to develop psionic  abilities that were previously only possible with the since-destroyed Isotope C.


History

The White Tiger is one of the New Men created by the High Evolutionary. She’s an uplifted  animal granted human-level intelligence and the power of speech, plus a humanoid form with hands. As her name implies, she was originally a tigress with white fur, found in Bengal.

White Tiger (uplifted tigress)

The story doesn’t specify whether it was the Indian half or the Bangladeshi one. The tigress presumably didn’t care much about frontiers, anyway.

The tigress was created after Exodus’s first assault against the Evolutionary’s science citadel at Wundagore. The Evolutionary used a material he had recently synthetised, Isotope E, to create some new New Men with super-powers so as to reinforce his defences.

This generation also included Lady Vermin and Lord Wulf, later known as Lord Anon.

Thus unlike most New Men, the tigress has obvious superhuman powers. Further, she can morph between a near-human form and her animal form. Her abilities are specific and include antipsi – she was uplifted not to explore a new form of life, but to be a weapon.

So many times, it happens too fast

Decades before the High Evolutionary created a material called Isotope C. Several New Men were created using it, but the process was flawed and the H.E. destroyed Isotope C.

White Tiger vs. Nitro

One of the flawed Isotope C New Men, the Man-Beast, became the snake in the High Evolutionary’s would-be Eden. Though the Man-Beast had always been defeated by powerful superhumans such as Adam Warlock or Thor, the Evolutionary wanted the tigress to stalk and destroy the Man-Beast at last.

The White Tiger, sent out in the world, had various unchronicled adventures. She eventually met with the Master of the World (Eshu). The Master offered to tell her where the Man-Beast was in exchange for an unrevealed object she acquired for him.

Sensing that the Master was not a good person she tried to trick him. Once she gave him what he needed and he told her the Man-Beast was imprisoned in the Vault, the object exploded and White Tiger fled, thinking the Master was dead.

Her naïve stratagem did not work, though – the Master easily survived, and he had been planning to raid the Vault anyway.

When the Tiger arrived, the U-Foes had already attacked the prison to free superhuman inmates as a distraction for super-heroes. Man-Beast was already gone.

Hangin’ tough, stayin’ hungry

Looking for allies, the White Tiger went to New York City to find Luke Cage – presumably she had heard he could be hired. Howbeit, she saw Iron Fist (Daniel Rand) first. Deciding that she liked him better, she shadowed Rand and helped him and Hercules fight the U-Foes.

Iron Fist and Hercules were at that point the only 2 operatives the newest version of Heroes for Hire had. Starved for manpower, they asked the Tiger to join despite not knowing anything about her. The tigress agreed, in part out of burgeoning sexual interest in the 2 handsome men.

White Tiger vs. Whiplash

The White Tiger worked with the Heroes without a hitch. Yet she never volunteered any information about herself. Having noticed that she was holding back when fighting, Iron Fist provoked her during a sparring session to understand why, and annoyed her enough to have her lose control and turn into her tiger form.

Rand talked the embarrassed Tiger into calming down and morphing back. The Tiger later tersely explained that she was actually an animal, and the Heroes dropped the matter of her past for the time being.

After the Heroes foiled a plot by Ghaur of the Deviants, their ally the Eternal Thena started looking for a refuge for her children. The Tiger suggested Wundagore, assuming that the High Evolutionary would be interested in studying Thena’s hybrid Deviant/Eternal children in exchange for protection and secrecy.

Though the Heroes were somewhat taken aback to learn that the Tiger was a New Man, Thena agreed to check Wundagore out.

Don’t lose your grip on the dreams of the past (part 1)

To the Tiger’s shock, Wundagore was in ruins. This was a result of a recent assault by Exodus and the Acolytes of Magneto. Thena and the Tiger repulsed the attackers, but found no one else and had to come back to New York City to resume their Heroes for Hire activities.

When Iron Fist was nearly killed, White Tiger volunteered to take part to a mystical ritual led by Brother Voodoo. Some of her life force and that of other Iron Fist allies was drained to revive him.

The White Tiger had fallen in love with Iron Fist. To her dismay, she learned that he was in a relationship with private investigator Misty Knight. Having little context to work with, she decided to fight Misty to win mating rights.

Misty fended off the tigress’s initial attack. She told the tigress that humans didn’t work that way, which Iron Fist later confirmed. Though she understood the situation, the White Tiger was distraught, not knowing how to deal with her human emotions of jealousy and unrequited love.

Don’t lose your grip on the dreams of the past (part 2)

The White Tiger returned to Wundagore to investigate further. She discovered that the High Evolutionary, the Knights and some New Men such as Bova had moved back in after the Exodus onslaught. She offered to bring the Heroes for Hire with her to deal with the threat, and the Evolutionary reluctantly agreed.

White Tiger in giant humanoid form

However, as she brought her human colleagues in, the Tiger realised that Lord Anon of the Knights of Wundagore was actually the Man-Beast in disguise. He attacked her before she could, triggering a brawl between the Heroes for Hire and the Knights of Wundagore.

Quicksilver, an ally to the Knights, rushed the severely wounded White Tiger back to New York City for specialised medical care. She recovered quickly thanks to Iron Fist’s ministrations.

While she did Bova and the Knights also discovered the truth about Lord Anon. But by that point the Man-Beast had taken the High Evolutionary hostage and stolen his latest creation, Isotope E.

Man-Beast forced the Knights to fight at his side against the Tiger and the Heroes for Hire when they returned. He also hammered out an alliance with Exodus. The Heroes and their ally Quicksilver were overwhelmed, but soon escaped.

White Tiger resumed stalking the Man-Beast as battle raged in Wundagore, she came in too late to prevent the death of fellow New Man Lady Ursula at her foe’s hand.

You must fight just to keep them alive

The White Tiger and Man-Beast were separated by an explosion, but both survived. However the Tiger had taken the worst of it and had to bide her time as she recuperated.

By the time she could attack again, the Heroes for Hire had forced Man-Beast to join a psionic  gestalt that could bring the insane High Evolutionary under control.

Killing the Man-Beast in this state would have had dire side effects, and Iron Fist told the tigress to stand down. Though her every instinct was to kill Man-Beast, the White Tiger couldn’t bring herself to harm the interposing Iron Fist. This bought enough time for the psionic gestalt to return the High Evolutionary to his senses.

Predictably, the Man-Beast then attempted to kill everyone with a psionic blast as they were weakened. Yet the tigress ignored this attack and finally pounced on him. The White Tiger was winning the fight, but the High Evolutionary chose to regress Man-Beast into being a normal wolf. The canine sensibly ran away.

White Tiger (uplifted tigress) and Iron Fist

The High Evolutionary wanted to reward the White Tiger for her faithful service. For recompense, she asked to also be devolved back to her animal state. She found human emotions to be too painful for her to handle, and wanted these to stop.

Heeding her plea, her creator turned her back into a normal tigress, and had her returned to the forest where she had been originally found.


Description

White Tiger’s accent sounds vaguely East Indian. Apparently somebody in Wundagore thought it was funny to teach her English with a Bengali accent. She tends to start her sentences with a growl or some other animalistic noise when she’s trying to remember a word, or to compose a long sentence.

Curiously, the White Tiger’s intermediary forms seem to be male but, heh, comics.

Officially her tiger form is 400 lbs., but this has been adjusted upward in this entry given how she was drawn.

Certain moves of the Tiger reminded Iron Fist of K‘un-Lunese techniques, but this was presumably an impression created by the existence of K‘un-Lun kung fu techniques based on observing tigers, which would resemble the White Tiger’s fighting style.


Personality

White Tiger is a clever, competent huntress. She demonstrated a strong ability to quickly understand complex human concepts, and seemed very results-oriented and pragmatic.

She could easily follow complex instructions, understand complicated things such as how Nitro’s powers worked, and was generally way smarter than most humans.

She speaks in a stilted manner and is not an friend of verbs. She either omits them or keeps their conjugation artificially simple. She usually uses the present progressive  as a one-size-fits-all solution.

Her vocabulary is good and she’s never at loss for a word. Yet she prefers using broad generic words (“vehicle” instead of “plane” or “car”, for instance). Maybe she wasn’t taught these specific words – though she can easily understand terms other people use based on context.

She’s not a fan of talking, generally, and prefers action.

White Tiger reverted to her animal form

White Tiger seems to have been trained as a martial artist. She is concerned with notions such as discipline, staying in fighting trim, fighting honourably, etc.. She also has some habits such as bowing before certain opponents before a fight, or before certain allies to signify an alliance.

There’s a tension between her wish for discipline and the ferocity of her animal nature. She generally maintains control, but as noted by her Minor Rage DC Heroes Drawback there’s a tendency toward bloody violence that she may one day not be able to keep in check.

While the White Tiger is undeniably smart and has powerful hunting instincts that work well even in a complicated context, she has next to no experience with the world.

Her subterfuges and sneaky tactics are canny, but they also have a childish and naïve character. She’s not been exposed to many examples of such and underestimates the guile and skill of some of the people she meets.

She also has no experience with human emotions, and is poorly armed to deal with those.


Quotes

(After accidentally morphing out of anger) “Embarrassed by loss of control, nothing more.” (Takes off her hood to show her full head) “And please forgive correction. Am not being woman who turns into tiger. Am being tiger who turns into woman.”

“Mr. Hammond ! A great kindness to have sent this vehicle for us.”

“I accept nothing. I forgive nothing. If the Iron Fist dies, I will have blood.”

Jim Hammond: “Blast ! When we ran up against the U-Foes again you must have known the Master was still alive !”
White Tiger: “I think him dead ! These U-Foes, they are connected with Controller now, yes ? So everybody say ! Master not matter !”

“I came for the powerman but instead is the ironfist. Better perhaps, yes ? More suitable, yes.”

Vector (trying to blast the Tiger): “You can’t dodge my blows forever, kitty cat !”
White Tiger (elbows Vector in the mouth): “Observe silence.”

“By the Maker !”


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White Tiger

Dex: 08 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Duty
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 06 Occupation: Agent
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: N.A.
Init: 020 HP: 030

Powers:
Analytical smell/Tracking scent: 04, Claws: 07, Detect (Man-Beast): 02, Extended hearing: 01, Growth: 02, Jumping: 02, Mental field: 12, Shape-change: 12, Super-hearing: 01, Ultra-vision: 03

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Shape-changing only into the form of an abnormally large white tiger (-4).
  • Claws are Contingent on STR, but will rise if her STR does (via Growth, for instance).
  • Mental field is Always On and Self Only.
  • Mental field only protects against the Man-Beast’s Powers, but it boosts OV as well as RV.
  • Ultra-vision for night vision only.

Skills:
Acrobatics*: 08, Military science (Camouflage): 07, Thief (Stealth): 06

Advantages:
Lightning Reflexes.

Connections:
Wundagore (Low), Heroes for Hire (Oracle Industries version) (Low).

Drawbacks:
Creepy Appearance, Minor Rage, Exile (Animal in a human world), SIH of the Man-Beast, Attack Vulnerability (-2CS OV/RV against attacks/interaction exploiting her lack of experience with human emotions).

Equipment:
White Tiger’s costume is presumably made of unstable molecules, since it can disappear and reappear as needed when she morphes.


Went the distance, now I’m back on my feet

In tiger form, she has the following stats :

Dex: 08 Str: 08 Bod: 08 Motivation: Duty
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 06 Occupation: Agent
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: N.A.
Init: 09

Powers:
Analytical Smell/Tracking Scent: 04, Claws: 09, Extended Hearing: 03, Jumping: 01, Running: 04, Super Hearing: 03, Swimming: 03, Ultra Vision: 04

Skills:
Acrobatics (Climbing): 03, Military Science (Camouflage): 02, Thief (Stealth): 04


Design Notes

Do note that some stats are speculative, as we don’t see her that much.



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White Tiger — Averaged PL 9

STR STA AGL DEX FGT INT AWE PRE
03 03 05 02 07 02 01 01

Powers

Tiger abilities ● 11 points
– Claws — Strength-Based Slashing Damage 3.
– Senses 5 (Acute Extended olfactory, Low-light vision, Ultra-hearing, Extended hearing).
– Leaping 3.

Beast-bane ● 2 points
– Immunity 1 (Man-Beast’s mental powers).
– Senses 1 (Detect the Man Beast, Ranged).

Shapechanger Array ● 6 point

  • Giant tiger form — Metamorph 1 (giant tiger).
  • Halfway forms — Growth 2.

Combat Advantages

All-Out Attack, Close attack 4, Defensive roll 3, Evasion 1, Improved initiative, Move-by-Action.

Other Advantages

None demonstrated.

Skills

Acrobatics 6 (+11), Athletics 8 (+11), Close combat (Unarmed or claws) 1 (+12), Insight 4 (+5), Intimidation 4 (+5), Perception 5 (+6), Stealth 3 (+8).

Offense

Initiative +9
Unarmed +12, Close, Damage 3
Claws +12, Close, Damage 6 Slashing (8 w/maximum Growth)

Defense

Dodge 13 Fortitude 8
Parry 11 Toughness 6/3*
Will 8

* Without Defensive Roll

Complications

  • Motivation Duty/mission.
  • Temper Animalistic impulses.
  • Quirk Not used to human society and emotions.
  • Obsession Hard-coded impulse to kill the Man-Beast no matter what.

Power levels

  • Trade-off areas Attack & Effect PL 10, Dodge/Toughness PL 10, Parry/Toughness PL 9, Fort & Will PL 8.
  • Point total 118. Abilities 48, Defences 24, Skills 16, Powers 19, Devices 0, Advantages 11. Equiv. PL 8.


White Tiger (animal form) — Averaged PL 11.4

STR STA AGL DEX FGT INT AWE PRE
08 08 04 00 08 00 01 03

Powers

The power of being a goddamn giant tiger ● 13 points
– Claws — Strength-Based Damage 1.
– Senses 5 (Acute Extended olfactory, Low-light vision, Ultra-hearing, Extended hearing).
– Leaping 2.
– Intimidation 10 (+13).

Beast-bane ● 2 points
– Immunity 1 (Man-Beast’s mental powers).
– Senses 1 (Detect the Man Beast, Ranged).

Shapechanger ● 5 point
Metamorph 1 (humanoid woman).

Combat Advantages

All-Out Attack, Close attack 4, Defensive roll 2, Evasion 1, Improved initiative.

Other Advantages

Animal Empathy.

Skills

Athletics 8 (+16), Insight 4 (+5), Perception 5 (+6), Stealth 3 (+7).

Offense

Initiative +8
Claws +12, Close, Damage 9 Slashing

Defense

Dodge 10 Fortitude 11
Parry 13 Toughness 10/8*
Will 7

* Without Defensive Roll

Power levels

  • Trade-off areas Attack & Effect PL 11, Dodge/Toughness PL 10, Parry/Toughness PL 12, Fort & Will PL 9.
  • Point total 124. Abilities 64, Defences 20, Skills 10, Powers 20, Devices 0, Advantages 10. Equiv. PL 9.

Notes

The giant tiger form is more powerful than the humanoid form (though she prefers not adopt it), so technically the use of Metamorph is not correct – the two forms should have the same PL and point total.

That’s just how the modelling ends up – if you wanna use her as a PC just fiddle to tune the humanoid form up to PL10 and the tiger form down to PL10 – there’s not that much material about her, so having stats that still more or less match with her appearances is not that exact a science.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Heroes for Hire v1 (Marvel Universe).

Helper(s): Darci, Capita_Senyera.

Writeup completed on the 26th of May, 2011.

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