I’ve seen a few hero designers here and there in my web travels, but this one is surprisingly polished and fun. (Needs more variety, though.) If you enjoy playing around with the city of heroes character builder, then this is an amusing way to blow twenty minutes. If I were running a capes & tights superhero game, I would definitely point my players at this thing.
My own efforts:
It’s Emo McBrood, aka Captain Angst. He gained his powers when a chance encounter with a robber ended with the murder of his parents, grandparents, best friend, girlfriend, gym teacher, favorite lunchlady, baseball coach, pen pal, dog, cat, and pet hamster.
The outpouring of emotion was so powerful that it created an angst-surge – a torrent of fearsome supernatural power – and transformed him into Captain Angst. Now he can recall those powers by tapping into the memories of that fateful day. In order to save others from his fate, he guards the city from serial killers, butchers, murderers, and other amoral life takers. Once he stops them, he agonizes over killing them since he doesn’t want to become like the monster who murdered his parents, grandparents, best friend, etc etc etc. Then the bad guy escapes during his moments of anguish and inner turmoil, meaning Captain Angst will blame himself for his foe’s subsequent killings.
His comic has faltered in recent years and now has only a small but devoted following of young men, and the only reason the book is still in print is because they keep mailing the publisher threatening to cut themselves if it gets canceled.
This is Emily Pout, aka Angst Girl. She has pretty much the same origin story as Captain angst. She has the exact same powers. Her comic started about five months after Captain Angst became a commercial success, and was canceled less than a year later. “I dunno”, said the publisher, “I guess girls just don’t like comic books.”
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