Now that we're letting the guys back in the store, we've got a new build for Aisle 1! And it's terrific!I'm one of the smartest men in the world, but I'm acting like a neanderthal. A frightened caveman whose only method for expressing pain... is pure unadulterated rage. Is that who I really am? - Mr. TerrificMISTER TERRIFICPL:
10 (215 pts) - OPL:
10 ; DPL:
STRENGTH 3, STAMINA 3, AGILITY 5, DEXTERITY 5, FIGHTING 12, INTELLECT 11, AWARENESS 4, PRESENCE 2 SKILLS:
Acrobatics 8 (+13), Athletics 10 (+13), Close Combat [Unarmed] 3 (+15), Deception 5 (+7), Expertise [Business] 2 (+13), Expertise [Lawyer] 2 (+13), Expertise [Psychology] 2 (+13), Expertise [Science] 9 (+20), Insight 7 (+11) [Assessment
], Intimidation (+2), Investigation 4 (+15), Perception 7 (+11), Persuasion (+2), Sleight of Hand (+5), Stealth 4 (+9), Technology 9 (+20) [Inventor, Skill Mastery, Ultimate Effort
], Treatment 4 (+15), Vehicles (+5) ADVANTAGES:
Assessment, Beginner's Luck, Benefit (4) (Wealth 4 [Multi-millionaire]), Defensive Roll (2), Eidetic Memory, Equipment (1), Inventor, Jack-of-all-Trades, Languages (3) (Spanish, Farsi, 8 others, Base: English), Minions (28) (4 T-Spheres), Power Attack, Ranged Attack (7), Skill Mastery (1) (Technology), Speed of Thought*, Takedown (1), Teamwork, Well-Informed POWERS:T-Mask:
14 pts traits, Removable (-3 pts); 11 ptsInvisible to Machines: Concealment 10 (All Senses, Flaw: Limited [Machines only]); 10 pts
Technical Interfacing: Senses 2 (Communication Link [T-Spheres, Radio]), Comprehend 2 (Speak, Understand Machines, Flaw: Limited [Modern technology]); 4 pts EQUIPMENT:(5 pts)Fair Play Costume:
Protection 1; 1 pt OFFENSE:
Close Attack +12
Unarmed +15 [Unarmed +3]
Ranged Attack +11 DEFENSES:
Dodge +12 [DC22] Parry +12 [DC22]
Toughness +6 (+4 without Defensive Roll), Fortitude +8, Will +12 COMPLICATIONS:Guilt:
The accidental deaths of his brother, wife and unborn child still weigh heavily on Mister Terrific’s mind.Prejudice:
His well-documented Atheism puts him at odds with people at times.Relationships:
Karen Starr, his assistant Aleeka, and his protégé (gotta find that kid's name…).Responsibility:
To his company, Holt Industries and to making the world a better place through science and technology.Rivalry:
All are generally good natured, but he has business rivalries with Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark, and superhero rivalries with Batman, Iron Man and Hank Pym. Abilities 90 + Skills 38 (76 ranks) + Advantages 56 + Powers 11 + Defenses 20 = 215 / 215Build Comments:
My Earth-217 take on Michael Holt incorporates his iconic version with his New 52 version which had loads of potential, but didn’t pan out. I bought the first arc and it was OK, but it could have been SO much better.
On Earth-217, he's still one of the smartest men in the world (probably not #3 with Reed, Doom and Lex ahead of him), one of the most successful and one of the most eligible bachelors. He's one of the leaders of the Initiative, the revamped superhero training program and he helps out with the Justice League when needed.Secret Origins:
At a young age, Michael Holt showed remarkable intelligence, reading and assimilating the works of Bohr, Einstein, Planck and Feynman, the pantheon of theoretic physics, at the age of six. He studied advanced science, space and time "while other children struggled through Sesame Street."
Holt displayed as he called it, "a natural aptitude for having natural aptitudes," easily picking up and retaining complex skills and abilities that other men spent their entire lives perfecting. Before he began his career as a superhero, he already possessed 14 Ph.D.’s (two in Engineering and Physics -- including assorted doctorates and masters in degrees in Law, Psychology, Chemistry, Political Science and Mathematics). He was a self-made multi-millionaire with a high tech firm called Cyberwear (later Holt Holdings Inc.) and was a Gold-medal winning Olympic decathlete.
While contemplating suicide after the death of his mentally retarded older brother and the accidental death of his wife and unborn child, Holt was met by the Spirit of God's Vengeance, known as the Spectre (ironically, Holt is an atheist), who told him about Terry Sloane, the Golden Age superhero known as Mister Terrific. Inspired by Sloane's life story he took the name Mister Terrific and later joined the current Justice Society of America, eventually serving as its chairman.The Story so Far:
For a time he acted as spokesperson for Tylerco and consulted that company on industrial espionage and security matters in exchange for that company helping fund a youth center Terrific had started.
During a conflict over leadership of the Justice Society between former chairman Hawkman and then-current chairman Sand, Terrific was elected as the JSA's new chairman by his teammates, despite not actively seeking the office. He served in this capacity until the team disbanded following the Infinite Crisis.
Mr. Terrific was part of the team assembled by Batman for an attack on the Brother Eye satellite responsible for controlling the OMACs. He played a critical role as his invisibility to technology allowed him to reach the satellite's propulsion system, sending it crashing to Earth. On this meeting he met and befriended another African American superhero - Black Lightning.
After the Civil War event Holt became a leader in the JSA Initiative. Mr. Terrific has also established an ill-defined mentorship with the latest Firestorm, Jason Rusch.Characterization:
Michael Holt is one of the smartest people in the world, a brilliant inventor and the second super-hero to call himself Mister Terrific. He is the successor to Terry Sloane.
Holt is described as having "a natural aptitude for having natural aptitudes;" picking up complicated skills quickly and retaining them, such as performing emergency surgery on teammate Alan Scott after reading about the procedure in a medical text book. As Holt himself put it, "everyone has a talent...Mine is learning."
Holt is an atheist. Though well aware of and having witnessed much of the mystical nature of the universe firsthand, he cites scientific and rational explanations for all of it. He described souls as "a unique energy that could quantify as a telepathic discharge upon death.Friends and Foes:
Holt has a friendly rivalry with Batman, considered his opposite number in the Justice League. Also, Michael Holt has encountered Terry Sloane twice through time travel, with Sloane expressing pride in having so worthy a successor. Holt has been noted as the most intelligent member of the JSA in its history, surpassing his predecessor.
He and Power Girl have had an off-and-on romantic relationship and he has also dated Sasha Bordeaux.
And here are his trusty, remodeled T-Spheres.
PL: 8 (95 pts) - OPL: 8 ; DPL: 8
ABILITIES: STRENGTH -4, STAMINA --, AGILITY 0, DEXTERITY 0, FIGHTING 0, INTELLECT --, AWARENESS 0, PRESENCE --
SKILLS: Athletics (-4), Ranged Combat [Weapon Systems] 12 (+12), Stealth (0/+16)
Machine Construct: Immunity 30 (Fortitude Effects); 30 pts
Balls of Steel: Protection 6; 6 pts
Small Size: Shrinking 16 (-4 Str, +8 Dodge/Parry, +16 Stealth, -8 Intimidation, Speed -4, -4 Mass; Extra: Innate, Flaw: Permanent); 33 pts
Self Propulsion: Flight 5 (60 mph; 900 fpr); 10 pts
Invisible to Machines: Concealment 10 (All Senses, Flaw: Limited to machines); 10 pts
Carrying Others: Enhanced Strength 5 (100 lbs; Flaw: Limited to Lifting); 5 pts
Projected Display: Feature 1 (You can create small, simple, and fairly obvious visual images suitable for displaying information, the equivalent of showing 3-D pictures); 1 pt
Link to T-Mask: Senses 1 (Communication Link, Radio; Mister Terrific's T-Mask); 1 pt
T-Database: Feature 1 (Holt Industries Database); 1 pt
Recording Device: Feature 1 (Video/Audio Recording); 1 pt
Weapon Systems: 12 pt Array; 18 pts
Laser Blast: Ranged Light Energy Damage 6; 12 pts
Visual Dazzle: Ranged Cumulative Affliction 6 (Resisted/Overcome by Fortitude; 1st: Visually Impaired, 2nd: Visually Disabled, 3rd: Visually Unaware, Flaw: Limited to one sense [Visual]); 1 pt
Knockout Gas: Cloud Area Affliction 6 (Resisted by Fortitude; 1st: Fatigued, 2nd: Exhausted, 3rd: Asleep, Extra: Cloud Area [15 ft radius]); 1 pt
Obscuring Fog: Cloud Area Concealment 4 (All Visual, Extra: Attack, Cloud Area [15 ft radius]); 1 pt
Radio Emitters: Communication 3 (Radio, Statewide/Small Nation); 1 pt
Laser Grid: Shapeable Area Light Energy Damage 6 (Extra: Shapeable Area [30 ft volume], Duration [Sustained], Flaw: Distracting, Limited [only as Team Attack]); 1 pt
Close Attack +0 [Unarmed -4]
Ranged Attack +0
Weapon Systems +10 [Laser Blast +6; Dazzle Affliction +6]
Special Attack [Knockout Gas Affliction +6, Cloud Area; Laser Grid +6, Shapeable Area]
Dodge +10 [DC20] Parry +10 [DC20]
Toughness +6, Fortitude Immune, Will Immune
Responsibility: Serve Mister Terrific.
Vulnerable: T-Spheres are vulnerable to EMPs and magnetic effects, taking an extra degree of failure against them.
Abilities -30 + Skills 5 (10 ranks) + Advantages 1 + Powers 115 + Defenses 4 = 95 / 95