Thursday, May 24, 2012

Superhero Athletes #2

Human Hurricane (Hero)

9 to 5 Name & Occupation: Tim Duncan, Power Forward/Center, San Antonio Spurs

Citizenship: USA, Virgin Islands

Powers: Human Hurricane can be very powerful and is extremely intelligent. He can manipulate water creating rapids, whirlpools, or tsunamis; and because of this power he can also breathe underwater. Along with being able to manipulate bodies of water, Human Hurricane can create gale to hurricane force winds by manipulating the air. Due to the abundance of air and water on Earth, Human Hurricane has a vast catalog of combinations and uses of his power.

Weaknesses: In order to manipulate and control the most extreme aspects of his power (hurricane force winds and tsunamis), Human Hurricane needs the time to be able to safely conjure the power and sustainably control its use. He becomes very vulnerable when attempting to harness and build his energy. If he tries to create hurricane force winds or tsunami sized waves too quickly, it would likely drain him of all energy and he wouldn't be able to control the finished product. He needs to prepare himself mentally as well as physically before any significant battle. 

History: When Tim was a child growing up on the island of Saint Croix in the Virgin Islands, he was a very talented swimmer. When a hurricane came along and destroyed the only Olympic size swimming pool on the island, Tim was forced to train in the ocean. This Hurricane however also destroyed a secret naval facility just off shore. While Tim was training tirelessly in the ocean, he unknowingly ingested some of the highly volatile chemical compounds released from this secret naval facility during the disaster. At first, he noticed less extraordinary symptoms like: getting taller and stronger. Later though, he began to realize he didn't need to come up for breaths on his short and then long distance swims. Eventually he discovered his power to manipulate water and air as well. On his first attempts to probe and stretch his powers he had devastating consequences, including a tsunami that almost destroyed his town. He vowed to never use his powers again, and switched his focus from swimming to basketball. He had a very impressive collegiate basketball and academic career, and in the first round of the NBA draft he was selected first by the San Antonio Spurs. Here, David "The Admiral" Robinson took Tim under his wing in order to develop his game... and to help Tim control his superhuman powers. You see, David Robinson went to the US Naval Academy and upon completion was obligated to two years of active duty with the Navy. He was stationed in a secret naval base off the coast of St. Croix. 

Goals: Pursue safer swimming waters and promote all around World Peace.
Human Hurricane relaxing by the pool.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Superhero Athletes #1

Silverback (Villain)
9 to 5 Name & Occupation: Kevin Youkilis, 1st/3rd Base, Boston Red Sox

Citizenship: USA

Powers: Silverback has superhuman strength and extreme agility for his size. He can withstand great amounts of pain due to tough skin while his suit also provides a protective coat that deflects most sharp objects and bullets from a distance. Most of his power is distributed through his abnormally long arms and huge hands. He is also very intelligent, which allows him to create complex scenarios in which to entrap his counterparts.

Weaknesses: Silverback can be extremely aggressive and territorial. Silverback's aggression often becomes his downfall especially when battling equally or more intelligent heroes. His aggression muddles his thought process making him more vulnerable to falling into traps and being defeated. He cannot go without food for long periods of time, and therefore often brings some snacks along when doing his evil deeds. Tofu-he can't stomach that shit.

History: As a young child and into his teenage years, Kevin was often tormented about his weight by other kids, teammates, and even coaches. He never acted out and wasn't considered a bully, however, these comments continuously built-up inside of him and began to break down his emotional stability. As he exited his adolescence and came into adulthood, he tried numerous diets but nothing seemed to work. Then on an apparently insignificant day, Youkilis walked by a Curves weight loss facility and snapped, believing the sign on the door was mocking his rotund physique. All the repressed memories and comments violently burst out of him, and Silverback was born. He proceeded to destroy the store... and then the surrounding block.

Targets: Weight-loss facilities, Marathoners and Triathletes, Health Food Stores - He's been known to force his victims to eat until their bellies burst.

This photo of Silverback was found in a ransacked Curves
and passed along from a S.H.I.E.L.D informant to a DJ
An amateur representation of Silverback as visioned
by a Mr. S. Cimino