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Zabo (Cat and Tigra enemy) (Marvel Comics)

Zabo


Context

Zabo is a minor character, who chiefly appeared during the brief, 1972 run of Marvel’s The Cat.

Most would find him completely negligible. But we entertain a jarring, unhealthy fixation about both giant henchmen characters and the Cat (Greer Nelson).

So here we go, in a canary yellow Speedo.


Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: Mal Donalbain (brother, deceased).
  • Group Affiliation: Bodyguard to Mal Donalbain.
  • Base Of Operations: Chicago.
  • Height: 8’3” Weight: 380 lbs.
  • Eyes: White Hair: Bald


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Powers and Abilities

Zabo’s exact nature is unclear. But he was a giant, and may never have been human. It is possible that he was a mutant.

At any rate, he was as strong and durable as his size suggested.

After the Cat seemingly killed him, he became even stronger than before. When braced, he could take a charge from Spider-Man (Peter Parker) without budging.


History

Zabo first ran into the Cat after the evil Mal Donalbain nearly killed Dr. Tumolo, the scientist who had given the Cat her powers.

At that point, he appeared to just be the silent, gigantic bodyguard of Donalbain. And it was assumed the collar he wore was one of Donalbain’s mind control collars.

During the fight, Zabo charged the Cat, who sent him flying with a judo throw. Zabo crashed in the Tumolo-derived machines the Cat had been sabotaging. He then disappeared into the flames.

Ah will be bahk

For years, Zabo was believed dead.

Yet, against all odds, he came back. Not only was he still alive, but was considerably stronger. Probably due to exposure to the burning machines’ content.

Zabo charges the Cat (Marvel Comics)

The accident had left him an amnesiac. But he eventually read an article about how Tigra had been the Cat, which restored his memory.

Hunting down Tigra, he savagely tried to kill her. He told her how Mal Donalbain’s will was guiding him from beyond the grave.

Along came a spider

Spider-Man attempted to intervene in the brawl, with little success. Meanwhile, Tigra kept talking to Zabo to pacify him.

Eventually, Zabo admitted that Donalbain’s post-mortem guidance was a metaphor. He simply wanted vengeance since his brother, Donalbain, was the only man who had ever treated him nicely.

Tigra made it clear that Donalbain had taken his own life, and that the Cat had never killed anyone. Zabo therefore dropped the fight and ran from the police.

Zabo may still be at large. So be careful out there.


Description

Zabo kept what seemed to be an obedience collar even after Donalbain’s death. Maybe he considers it’s part of his costume.


Personality

At first Zabo was completely silent and seemed mind-controlled.

After he came back he wasn’t an intellectual powerhouse either, but had basic reasoning skills and sensitivity. And he could at least talk and read.


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Zabo – after the accident

Dex: 05 Str: 13 Bod: 10 Motivation: None
Int: 02 Wil: 02 Min: 03 Occupation: Vagabond
Inf: 03 Aur: 02 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 001
Init: 008 HP: 010

Powers:
Growth: 02, Skin armour: 02

Bonuses and Limitations:

Skills:
None.

Advantages:
None.

Connections:
None.

Drawbacks:
CIA to obeying Mal Donalbain, Creepy Appearance, Socially Inept.


Zabo – before the accident

Dex: 05 Str: 06 Bod: 06 Motivation: None
Int: 02 Wil: 01 Min: 02 Occupation: Bodyguard
Inf: 01 Aur: 00 Spi: 01 Resources {or Wealth}: NA
Init: 008 HP: 000

Powers:
Growth: 02, Skin armour: 02

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Growth is Always On and already factored in.
  • Skin armour only works vs. blunt & unarmed attacks (-2).

Skills:
None.

Advantages:
None.

Connections:
None.

Drawbacks:
CIA to obeying Mal Donalbain, Creepy Appearance, MPR (cannot talk or, apparently, make any sound).


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Zabo (after the accident) — Averaged PL 8.6

STR STA AGL DEX FGT INT AWE PRE
13 07 02 00 05 -1 00 00

Powers

Gigantic, a big big love ● 11 points ● Descriptor: Unrevealed
– 6 Ranks of Impervious Fortitude.
– 4 Ranks of Impervious Protection.
– 2 Ranks of Impervious Protection, Limited 2 to Blunt and Unarmed Descriptors.

Combat Advantages

Close Attack 2.

Other Advantages

None.

Skills

Perception 1 (+1).

Offense

Initiative +2
Unarmed +7, Close, Damage 13

Defence

Dodge 07 Fortitude 12
Parry 09 Toughness 11 (13 vs. blunt/unarmed)
Will 03

* Without Defensive Roll.

Complications

  • Appearance Zabo is easily noticeable.
  • Disabled Zabo has trouble communicating and dealing with people.
  • Loyalty Zabo remains loyal toward his brother, even beyond death.

Powers Levels

  • Trade-off areas. Attack/Effect PL 10, Dodge/Toughness PL 09, Parry/Toughness PL 10, Fort/Will PL 08.
  • Points total 83. Abilities 52, Defences 17, Skills 1, Powers 11, Devices 00, Advantages 2. Equiv. PL 6.


Zabo (before the accident) — Averaged PL 6.6

STR STA AGL DEX FGT INT AWE PRE
05 07 02 00 05 -2 -1 -2

Powers

Gigantic, a big big love ● 3 points ● Descriptor: Unrevealed
– 2 Ranks of Impervious Fortitude.
– 2 Ranks of Impervious Protection, Limited 2 to blunt and unarmed Descriptors.

Combat Advantages

Defensive Roll 1, Close Attack 2.

Other Advantages

None.

Skills

Perception 1 (+0)

Offense

Initiative +2
Unarmed +7, Close, Damage 5.

Defence

Dodge 07 Fortitude 09
Parry 09 Toughness 8 (10 vs. blunt/unarmed)
Will 03

* Without Defensive Roll.

Complications

  • Appearance Zabo is easily noticeable.
  • Disabled Zabo is completely mute.
  • Loyalty Zabo remains loyal toward his brother, even beyond death.

Powers Levels

  • Trade-off areas. Attack/Effect PL 06, Dodge/Toughness PL 08, Parry/Toughness PL 09, Fort/Will PL 06.
  • Points total 50. Abilities 28, Defences 15, Skills 1, Powers 3, Devices 00, Advantages 3. Equiv. PL 04.


By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: The Cat #1 and an old Marvel Team-Up book.

Helper(s): Nick Yankovec and his five Geek Freak points ; Darci (for checking with Marvel that Zabo is Donalbain’s literal and not figurative brother, since it seemed weird).

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