Libra wrote:Despite his name - amongst the singular People who raised Strongman, 'Aggro' is no more or less remarkable a name than 'Max' amongst our own and means roughly the same thing - The Jungle Giant was not a particularly aggressive sort at first; the civilisation he grew up as a part of was closer to Planet of the Apes than to The Mangani from Tarzan of the Apes and he was regarded as a youth of promise amongst them to such a degree, in fact, that Strongman took first to the wilds and then to the Outside World in a quest to make a name for himself outside the long shadow of his elder brother.
Aggro's irritation with humanity is built around the fact that he hasn't exactly been treated all that pleasantly amongst 'civilized' humanity. The filth, cruelty, and overall RUDENESS of humanity lead him to believe he could do things better. The fact that his efforts go unappreciated, in large part because of his "brutish" appearance (he actually is something of a nerd amongst his people--more Ray Palmer than Doc Savage) lead him to develop a rather peculiar form of misandry. In truth, the fact that he's developed himself to be a figure of terrifying brute force has its appeal to him. While he doesn't believe in ape superiority by blood (how crude), he does think humanity could learn lessons from his decidedly more advanced civilization.
In another time, he'd rename New York "Aggrovia" and wear a pith helmet as he settles the savages.
Libra wrote:Mr. Pity: Once an understudy to the original Murder-Master, this towering human fiend weeps black tears as he goes about ruining happiness wherever he finds it.
Mister Pity is a figure whose murder count is in the somewhat astronomical levels. However, for the most part, these "usherings" go unreported as they are considered to be natural deaths or accidents of suicides. Really, Mister Pity is the most successful serial killer of all time as he lacks numerous supervillain qualities that would make him easier to take down. Quite the contrary, only the rare slip-up or investigation reveals that he's responsible for the deaths of his patients. That's, indeed, the scariest part of Mister Pity. He doesn't act like the Joker but kills repeatedly in nearly untraceable ways then moves on.
He's been forced to act otherwise but, really, if not for these--no one would realize he exists.How many people has he personally murdered? He recently passed the five figure mark.
Libra wrote:Dr. Olmsted Oculus: Forever trapped in the body of a ten year old boy, this bitter genius plies his brilliant lightwave-based weapons against the forces of good.
Doctor Oculus isn't actually all that interested in getting a new physical form, though he'x considered it. As deliberating as his condition is, he finds it has its advantages. Not the least being that his brain is better at learning than most adults as well as the fact that he is not especially tempted by thoughts of romance to distract him from SCIENCE.
Prof. Aztec Eternico: A burly rudo (masked wrestling villain) who is the reincarnation of an infamous Aztec priest of the Jaguar God. He blends physical prowess with magic derived from long-lost rituals.
Halfway between Kraven the Hunter and a Heel, Professor Aztec LOVES being a supervillain. However, he also loves big game hunting and wrestling (which he continues despite being a criminal due to some very strange deals he's made with the government). He also loves teaching, which he does fairly regularly and his archaelogical digs are quite competent. As a result, he only gets about six or seven heists per year done due to his full schedule. This has actually helped him as his general lack of appearance means few superheroes are prepared for him the way they are for other professional evil-doers.
He's also a frequent foe of El Grande, having found a stable portal to Earth-0.
Krampus: Son of the Norse Goddess Hel, the Anti-Santa Claus is determined to make the Christmas tradition once again embody dread as well as jubilation.
Father Christmas falling to the Dark Side isn't actually an unprecedented event, actually. A life of charity, good will, and nobility forever and ever (and on nearly every world) is a hard thing to do. When a Father Christmas falls to the Dark Side, this results in them becoming a Black Peter. A figure who is identical to the actual Clause except for his cruelty and wickedness. Note: NOT a stereotypical African as some interpretations of BP have been.
Likewise, there's actually a retirement clause. *rimshot* As a result, the PREVIOUS Father Christmas has decided to track down and eliminate his doppleganger. Which is a bit terrifying to the Krampus (who maintains a love of children and thus hasn't made the complete transition to becoming Black Peter). You see, Father Christmas has a job in additon to rewarding good little boys and girls.
He also eliminates demons and monsters who prey on children. That's why he had so many weapons for some kids in the Land of the Lion. Speaking of which, he intends to make said Lion's brethren pay for harming that particular avatar.
Lilliputia: Diminutive super-scientist from a micro-world dominated by Amazonian women, she once used a shrinking ray to reduce the world's male population to tiny size.
The word Napoleon Complex doesn't really begin to describe her. The "microverse" being something that actually isn't so much Gulliver as astronomically tiny. Even her present form is about the limits of what her science has been able to expand her present form too. However, this HAS provided her with a rather unfortunate advantage as the Amazonian warlord (who looks like a Hobbit dressed like Sheena of the Jungle) to shrink even smaller to her normal size before kicking butt as she does.
Her relationship with the Doctor Occulus is strickly scientiffic. Crazy Amazon scientist warrior women is sadly lost on the boy.
The Eternal Empress: The deposed tyrant of a parallel world with odd temporal laws, the Empress commanded potent time-based magic in her prime; trapped on Earth-1938, she eventually had to resort to purloined mystic objects and brutish hirelings. Grandmother of Miss Trix.
The true identity of the Eternal Empress would potentially shake the whole of creation. Presently amnesiac to her true identity and not able to access the full sum of her powers, she's still one of the most threatening sorceresses permissable. Her scatter-brained ability has also left her with a dreadful sense that she needs to get REVENGE on SOME hero but isn't precisely sure who. Likewise, her delighfully decent daughter was conceived before the Eternal Empress came barelling through the time portal to join them in their wickedness.
Yes, the Eternal Empress is none other than Red Jade
, the former dictator of Earth-17's vast interdimensional Empire. Red Jade
. The mother of the Four Roses, Queen Arachnia, and quite possibly Kali as well. The Red Jade is the promiscuous, hedonistic, ruthless, megalomanical, and Doctor Doom-esque master of the mystic arts and science. Unfortunately, she's not quite herself lately and that is due to her betrayal by her children.
Having tried and failed to steal the powers of the Celestial Conductor to become GODDESS OF MAGIC across the Multiverse, she was further undone by the fact that her attempts to make Mister Arcane into her enslaved boy toy turned out to be all for naught. Given at least two of her daughters have already laid claim to that particular mantle, this is somewhat ridiculous and quite possibly Squick inducing (albeit, three goddess-like redheads vying for one's affections may reduce that somewhat).
While her power is presently reduced, the Eternal Empress is still the most potent of the group by far and prophecy is on her side. The Celestial Conductor is well aware that Red Jade will be the one to kill her, though she's doing everything in her power to make sure that is not going to be easy or rewarding for her. Already, her attempts have cost her an empire as well as quite a few years of dignified rulership. Unfortunately, it's quite likely she'll regain her memories soon and gods help the universe if she meets Mister Carnae (or has already, given the resemblance of her child to Mister Arcane doesn't narrow down the search completely).
The Diabolical Dozen would serve as an excellent gang for her storming the gates of Heaven to resume her rightful place as Dark Lord of the Mystic Arts and should she return to Earth-17, it's fledging democratic government would collapse overnight. The Dark Lord's return being the equivalent of King Arthur returning with Excalibur drawn, ready to banish all the evils of freedom from a populace weary of war and new ideas.
Then things would get nasty.
The Wither-Witch: An atomic-age mutant who feigns the dark arts, the Wither-Witch is a schemer, blackmailer, and extortionist who once used her power to steal vitality and beauty to bring Hollywood to its' knees.
The Wither Witch, it should be noted, gets an advantage to her ability to steal the life and beauty of others that she's since refined. She is sustained by the draining of life-force to the point that she is quite capable of living eternally so long as she's not killed. The villagers who drove her out wore quite impressive black clothing with buckles and muskets. However, she is ALSO capable of assuming a much younger (albeit not especially comely) form. This form is one she avoids save when she can no longer stand it as it requires the death of a sentient being. It also puts to lie her entire philosophy.
She has since been also learned no small amount of hexes, potions, charms, and curses. Why yes, she also has a broom.
Penelope Peril: Deriving her powers from five iconic figures of a mystic Tarot deck (PERIL!), Penelope Peril is the self-sworn defender of real humankind, determined to expose Adventure Lass as a "foul extraterrestrial monster"-which of course, no one on Earth-38 believes.
Though it doesn't mean it isn't true.