Still, a number of those old super-hero games ended up having an impact on the consciousness of its players which was comparable to the comics they were also reading. It's almost absurd that the names "Foxbat" and "Marutukku" are as familiar to some comics readers as admittedly low-ranking obscurities like, say, The Texas Twister or Zeep the Living Sponge. Maybe higher than that. Wjatever the case, it's impressive for characters who never appeared in any medium except role-playing game sourcebooks.
(I say this knowing that both Villains & Vigilantes and Champions had comics of their own, but I don't think I'm too wrong in suggesting that the majority of folks who read those books only did so because they were fans of the games)
But time has buried many of these old characters. Like the sad toys in Pixar's Toy Story, they face nothing but the future of laying crammed on top of one another in a box in a dusty attic, masturbating each other off while waiting to be reclaimed or sold at a garage sale. You guys saw the version of Toy Story with all the mutual masturbation, didn't you? Haha, joke's on you, there isn't a version like that -- I just, one time, brought a bunch of doll hands and cocktail pickles to the theater and made it look that way for everyone sitting behind me. I made at least two girls cry.
Whatever the case, there are some primo villains floating around out there, going around unused, such as these cherry-picked selections from Fantasy Games Unlimited's Villains and Vigilantes sourcebook Most Wanted, Vol 3 (featuring art from a young Pat Zircher).
|Made for knock-knock jokes...|
Armada's powers manifest themselves best in the water, in which -- owing to the whiskey barrel in which he now lives, eats, drinks, poops and sleeps -- he gently floats, firing buckshot from his arm cannons at people he doesn't like. Good lord, I think the man thinks he's a boat. This is a case for study
|This is bullshit.|
The Indian costume just has zeee-ro explanation, except that he's apparently in the most confrontational Village People tribute bands known to man. This is in contrast to his past, in regards to which he is described in the text as having once been a "plain and honest heavy metaller." Cornerstones of society, those plain and honest heavy metallers.
Once a poor old role-playing gamer (you'll find a disproportionate number of pre-rolled player characters in these games were avid fans of comics, sci-fi, fantasy and, unsurprisingly, role-playing games), Chris Bontham is transported to another world which transforms him into a knockoff vampire whose name is legally distinct from Nosferatu. This guy's got the "PH" and everything, including an extra "u" somewhere.
It's important to mention that Nopsheratua isn't a vampire, per se, but is vampire-like, in the same way that some restaurants will ask you "Is Diet Pepsi okay?" when they absolutely know that it is not, thank you.