Real Name: Ralph Miller
Height / Weight: 6’3” / 315 lbs.
Hair / Eyes: Black / Hazel
Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (January 2, 1960)
First Appearance: Vindicators #525
Physical Appearance: Haymaker is a tall and muscular black man with a right ear permanently swollen, courtesy of Cauliflower ear; he has sported the boxer’s badge of courage since 1982.
Biography: At twenty-years-old it looked like Ralph “Haymaker” Miller might go on to become the heavy weight champion of the world. At least it did until he received word that his wife of two years was leaving him with their three children. In a fit of rage Ralph punched through a locker and others who worked out at the same gym began to suspect that he was a Neo-Sapien.
News of his ability spread like wildfire: Ralph Miller was a Neo-Sapien with fists capable of punching holes in solid steel and instantly his record became suspect. Before he knew it he wasn’t welcome in the ring and he felt as though he had truly lost everything…
His ex-wife bled him for everything he had in alimony and child support and still wanted more. With no other marketable skills Haymaker turned to a life of crime—using his powers to demolish a path through to the bank vault and his ability as a boxer to deal with anyone who got in his way.
Though he was thwarted time after time by Crusader’s team of Vindicators, it wasn’t until the Aurelius formed a second group that he felt he truly met his match: Onyx was, as Haymaker felt, his missing half. A black woman whose Neo-Sapien powers cost her a future in boxing, Haymaker became infatuated with his opponent and something similar to a rivalry blossomed between the two. Haymaker began committing crimes to get her attention and ultimately offered to walk the straight and narrow to be with her.
His stint serving justice was short-lived however when a local mob boss took his children hostage to coerce Haymaker into serving him as an enforcer. Haymaker grudgingly obliged and the Vindicators were forced to put the man down one last time—with his defeat he found himself in Alcatraz.
THE AFFILIATION: Ira Deorum – Following the Affiliation’s declaration of war on humanity, Lodestone needed to build a team to supplement the Vindicators against the Affiliation’s growing numbers. While freeing Silverback from prison, Lodestone extended an offer to all inmates (excepting the Wisent) to join him in safeguarding mankind. Amongst the few who joined him was Haymaker, ready to try living the good life once more and hoping to honor Onyx’s memory in doing so.
- STR 18 (+4), DEX 14 (+2), CON 18 (+4), INT 10, WIS 10, CHA 12 (+1)
SKILLS: Acrobatics 8 (+10), Bluff 5 (+6), Climb 5 (+9), Intimidate 8 (+9), Knowledge (popular culture) 6, Profession (boxer) 5, Sense Motive 8, Swim 5 (+9)
FEATS: Acrobatic Bluff, All-out Attack, Assessment, Attack Focus (melee) 4, Attack Specialization (unarmed) 2, Defensive Attack, Defensive Roll 4, Defensive Strike, Dodge Focus 4, Elusive Target, Finishing Blow, Improved Block 4, Improved Initiative 2, Martial Artist 1 (Boxing), Power Attack, Renown 1, Takedown Attack 2, Tough 2, Ultimate Effort 1 (Ultimate Save [Toughness])
POWERS: Strike 6 (Extras: Autofire [+3], Penetrating [+1]; Power Feats: Mighty 4), Super-Strength 5 (Power Feats: Counterpunch, Groundstrike)
COMBAT: Attack +0 (+4 melee, +8 unarmed), Grapple +13, Damage +4 (+12 strike), Defense +10 (+3 flat-footed), Knockback -5 (-3 flat-footed), Initiative +10
SAVES: Toughness +10 (+6 flat-footed), Fortitude +11, Reflex +9, Will +3
COMPLICATIONS: Prejudice (SPB), Responsibility (Family), Rival (Onyx), Temper
Abilities 22 + Skills 10 (40 ranks) + Feats 35 + Powers 46 + Combat 12 + Saves 17 = 142 points
Michuru81 wrote:Being the one-trick pony that he is, Haymaker isn't going to be challenging the PCs any time soon. You'll never here a group of players ask aloud, "How do we stop him?" or muttering, "There's going to be something I'm overlooking..." Haymaker's strategy is simple: hit things. He hits hard but... that's all he's really going to be doing. Particularly nasty GMs will exploit his Ultimate Save and all but force players to hit him with Will save-evoking effects but really Haymaker's an annoyance, not a threat.