Thursday, August 12, 2010

TMNT Thursdays: Friends and Foes

There is a common theme with this week's TMNT Thursdays: All four characters here have, at alternating points, been both allies and enemies of the Turtles.  In the case of Casey Jones and Leatherhead, it was misunderstandings.  Slash became a grudging ally over time...and no one really knows where The Rat King stands.

Casey Jones
Origin: Training

Prowess: 4
Coordination: 4
Strength: 4
Intellect: 3
Awareness: 4
Willpower: 4

Powers
Invulnerability (Device) 1
Strike: Bashing (Device) 3

Specialties
Acrobatics
Athletics Expert
Criminology
Drive Expert
Martial Arts
Stealth Master
Weapons (Bludgeons) Master

Qualities
Golf Bag Of Tricks
Connections: Raphael, April O'Neil
Ear To The Streets
Catchphrase: "Goongala!"

Challenges
Unhinged
Fear of Committment
Watches Too Much TV
Overgrown Manchild
Enemies: Purple Dragons

Stamina: 8
Determination: 4

Casey Jones is a slightly crazed street vigilante whose world view has been warped by television.  Crossing paths with Raphael, the two hotheads had a couple of knockdown, dragout fights...but are now fast friends.  Casey is also in a growing relationship with April O'Neil, stunted in no small part by his refusal to grow up and his inability to commit to a full fledged relationship.  Like Raphael, he tends to have a temper issue that can get the better of him.  Casey carries a golf bag filled with a variety of sports equipment such as golf clubs, baseball bats and so on, and is known to wear a hockey mask when he fights...occasionally beefing up his defenses to include football pads.

Leatherhead (Jess Harley)
Origin: Transformed

Prowess: 3
Coordination: 3
Strength: 6
Intellect: 4
Awareness: 4
Willpower: 3

Powers
Leathery Skin: Invulnerability 3
Big Bad Tail: Strike (Bashing) 4
Big Bad Teeth: Strike (Slashing) 3

Specialties
Investigation Expert
Martial Arts
Wrestling

Qualities
Just A Good Ol' Boy
Skilled Tracker
Got A Trap For That
Connections: TMNT

Challenges
Kinda Gullible
Ferocious Looking Monster

Stamina: 9
Determination: 3

A cajun tracker transformed into a giant gator-man, Leatherhead is a little slow on the uptake at times, which led to him initially treating the Turtles as foes.  That said, he and Michelangelo have since become good friends, with Michelangelo helping Leatherhead accept his new, monstrous life.  Leatherhead can hunt most anything and, with a little preparation, can set some mean traps for his prey.

Slash
Origin: Unearthly

Prowess: 5
Coordination: 4
Strength: 7
Intellect: 2
Awareness: 3
Willpower: 3

Powers
Invulnerability 3
Strike (Slashing) Device 4

Qualities
Psycho Alien Turtle

Challenges
Blinded by Rage
Enemies: TMNT

Stamina: 10
Determination: 3

Slash is an alien resembling a demented snapping Turtle, discovered by Krang in his travels and pressed into service against the Ninja Turtles.  Slash is a powerhouse as well as being a skilled fighter, but really isn't very bright.  Slash isn't inherently evil, however, and the time could well come when a Leatherhead or other hapless pawn of The Shredder might convince Slash that the Turtles are closer to long-lost brothers than blood foes, and Slash may yet become a hero in his own right.

The Rat King
Origin: Transformed

Prowess: 3
Coordination: 4
Strength: 7
Intellect: 4
Awareness: 5
Willpower: 6

Powers
Animal Control (Rats) 7

Specialties
Stealth

Qualities
Leader of the Rats
Knows The Sewers
Plays It Close To The Vest

Challenges
No Allies
Outcast From Society

Stamina: 13
Determination: 4

The mysterious Rat King's agenda is known only to himself, and when he appears he may be an ally, an enemy or something else entirely.  The Rat King has strength rivaling that of Rocksteady's, and is a ferocious foe in combat.  His enigmatic nature allows him to put those he encounters off balance, be it Shredder or the Turtles.  Impressively, not even Splinter has proved immune to The Rat King's mental control.