Val CHA Cost Roll Notes 65 STR 55 22- Lift 204.8 tons; 13d6 HTH Damage  18 DEX 24 13- OCV: 6/DCV: 6 30 CON 40 15- 11 BODY 2 11- 10 INT 0 11- PER Roll 11- 13 EGO 6 12- ECV: 4 15 PRE 5 12- PRE Attack: 3d6 14 COM 2 12- 25 PD 12 Total: 25 PD (25 rPD) 25 ED 19 Total: 25 ED (25 rED) 4 SPD 12 Phases: 3, 6, 9, 12 20 REC 2 60 END 0 60 STUN 1 Total Characteristics Cost: 180 Movement: Running: 20"/40" Flight: 20"/40" Leaping: 13"/26" Swimming: 2"/4" Tunneling: 1"/1" Cost Powers & Skills 20 The Big Wrap-Up: Entangle 6d6, 6 DEF, Side Effects (Side Effect only affects the environment near the character; +0); Extra Time (Full Phase, at least a Full Phase, and often longer, depending on how long it takes to get the materials; -1/2), OIF (appropriate materials of opportunity; -1/2), No Range (-1/2), Defense Depends On Materials Used (-1/2), END 6 25 "Can't Be Hurt By Guns And Stuff": Damage Resistance (25 PD/25 ED) 40 "Faster Than Anything I've Seen": Multipower, 40-point reserve 8m 1) He Can Fly!: Flight 20", END 4 6m 2) "Run Really Fast": Running +14" (20" total), END 3 33 Super-Strength Smash-Through: Tunneling 1" through 13 DEF material; No Noncombat movement (-1/4), END 4 Perks 6 Reputation: Hero of the Great War/Crimefighter (in the United States) 14-, +2/+2d6 Skills 2 CK: West Port, Missouri 11- 0 Language: English (idiomatic; literate) 9 Power: Brick Tricks 16- 2 PS: Bricklayer 11- 1 PS: Farmer 8- 1 PS: Soldier 8- 0 TF: Small Motorized Ground Vehicles 2 WF: Small Arms 155 Total Powers & Skills Cost 335 Total Character Cost 200+ Disadvantages 20 DNPC: Vivian and Naomi Booker 11- (Normal; Group DNPC: x2 DNPCs) 25 Hunted: Miles Griffen, FBI 14- (Mo Pow, NCI, PC has a Public ID or is otherwise very easy to find, Watching) 15 Psychological Limitation: Protective Of His Family (Common, Strong) 15 Social Limitation: Public Identity (Thaddeus Booker) (Frequently, Major) 60 Experience 335 Total Disadvantage Points
Background/History: Born Thaddeus Booker in 1894, the man who would eventually become Mr. Extraordinary had a fairly uneventful childhood. He found employment as a bricklayer, and was married to his wife Vivian in 1912. A year later he became a father, when his daughter Naomi was born. He joined the army during the First World War and was shipped over to Europe. There he quickly exhibited feats of strength, speed, and durability of a superhuman nature, causing him to be nicknamed "extraordinary" by the British press. Upon being given the honorary rank of Captain, this caused him to be known as "Captain Extraordinary."
Upon return to the United States, Mr. Booker dropped the rank of captain and became simply Mr. Extraordinary. Shortly thereafter, he went on tour, exhibiting his strength to curious crowds at shows all over the Midwest. Eventually, Mr. Extraordinary was recruited by the FBI, and promptly went on a crime-fighting spree, stopping anarchists, bank robbers, and gangsters, rescuing ambassadors, replacing striking police officers, and helping put a stop to unspecified "acts of vice." Eventually he began to go after union organizers and those involved in the labor unions. Shortly thereafter, he was denounced as a Bolshevik sympathizer by his wife and vanished from public view.
Personality/Motivation: Mr. Extraordinary is a man who only wants to do what is best for his family and for his country. He also wants to help people and keep the more lawless elements of society from hurting others. Joining the FBI seemed to be a perfect way to do this, and also keep his family safe at the same time. But now, Mr. Extraordinary is having second thoughts about the whole deal, as he is asked to crack down on labor unions and the like in the name of national security. To him, he sees union organizers as people who have done nothing wrong and are only exercising their rights to free speech and assembly—but to the FBI, the unions are a likely front for a Communist revolution, and thus a threat to America. And when he refuses to help round up thousands to be deported, Miles Griffen, FBI agent, informs him his wife, daughter, and parents will be deported and shipped to Siberia along with all the others.
Mr. Extraordinary's response is to simply vanish from public view after instructing his wife and family to denounce him to the papers and magazines. Unfortunately, history doesn't record what eventually become of American's first modern superhero.
Quote: "My first month over there, my unit was shelled pretty hard, and I came out without a scratch, figured I was lucky.... But then, I found I could run really fast, faster than anything I've seen. And I was stronger than a mule team. I gave the German army a few things to think about, that's for sure."
Powers/Tactics: It is unclear what caused the manifestation of Mr. Extraordinary's powers. Before being shipped over to France he was a fairly normal Missouri bricklayer and farmer, but upon his return he was capable of lifting a Sturmpanzerwagen AV 7 (which weighs 33,500 kg) over his head, could run fast enough to make it from West Port to the Missouri River (a distance of around four miles) in under five minutes, and was virtually immune to gunfire and shrapnel. He also was seen to bend I-beams in two, lift eleven men with one hand, run fast enough to catch up with an ice truck, and rip the engine block out of said truck.
Mr. Extraordinary's character sheet lists two powers taken directly from PS 238 comic panels. He pulled off The Big Wrap-Up with parts from the ice truck, binding two men to a telephone pole with bits of sheet metal and the drive train. Later, he is seen bursting through brick walls and simply pulling doors off their mountings, hence the Super-Strength Smash-Through. You could simply define these as one-time "Brick Tricks" if you wish.
Unbeknownst to the world at large (but not to his wife and daughter), Mr. Extraordinary can fly. Mr. Extraordinary himself prefers to not use this power unless he absolutely has to. One reason is he feels it makes people look "small and unimportant," and to him, that "isn't the proper way to judge folks."
Appearance: Mr. Extraordinary is a man of fairly average height and build. His hair is dark and cut short. As an early "superhero" he didn't wear a costume per se, but instead dressed in a tweed suit with a bowler hat and a sash reading "Mr. Extraordinary."
Designer's Notes: Mr. Extraordinary appeared in issue 7 of Aaron Williams' excellent comic series PS238. His powers and abilities are similar in many ways to that of Superman's and he makes an excellent homage character to the early Man of Steel (as well as Gladiator, a.k.a. Hugo Danner). His troubles with Agent Griffen are used with the context of the PS238 setting to explain why other heroes put on masks—to keep their families safe. As for myself, I have decided Mr. Extraordinary would exist in any future superhero universe I develop.
By the way, a curious error can be found in the story. Mr. Extraordinary is first named as Thaddeus Booker, but later, everyone calls him "Mr. Boomer."
(Mr. Extraordinary created by Aaron Williams, character sheet created by Michael Surbrook)
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