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Night Thrasher

Night Thrasher for Champions

''Security system's picked up something major. Whatever it is... Dwayne Taylor's up for it... as NIGHT THRASHER!'' - Night Thrasher in Web of Spider-Man #109, February 1994.

Real name: Dwayne Michael Taylor
Other known aliases: Thrash
Occupation: Hero and businessman.
Current group affiliation: None
Past group affiliations: New Warriors, Folding Circle, Psionex.
Major enemies: Psionex, Force of Nature, Sphinx, Poison Memories.
First appearance: Mighty Thor #411
Description: Dwayne is an athletic a black man standing 6'3'' tall and weighing 220lbs.


15     STR      5
18     DEX     24
18     CON     16
13     BODY     6
18     INT      8
13     EGO      6
18     PRE      8
12     COM      1
 7     PD       4
 7     ED       3
 4     SPD     12
 8     REC      2
36     END      0
30     STUN     0
Characteristics Cost: 95

Powers, Skills and Equipment

35     38 Mental Defense     
 8     10" RUN     
 3     Acrobatics 13-     
 3     Breakfall 13-     
 3     Bureaucratics 13-     
 5     Choke Hold     
 3     Computer Programming 13-     
 3     Deduction 13-     
 3     Demolitions 11-     
 1     Electronics 8-     
 4     Fast Strike     
 3     Interrogation 13-     
 4     Killing Strike     
 4     Martial Disarm     
 4     Martial Dodge     
10     Money,wealthy     
 3     Shadowing 11-     
 3     Streetwise 13-     
 3     Tactics 13-     
 4     WF,Common Melee,Small Arms     
 2     4/4 Damage Resistance,"Paded suit.",OIF(-1/2),14-     
 9     1D6 HKA,"Claw",vs physical defense,OIF(-1/2),No Knockback     
        (-1/4)                                                      1
27     MP (61),"Weapons hidden in his suit.",Gestures(-1/4),OAF(-1)     
 2u    4" Darkness,"Smoke pellets",Sight,7-8 Charges(+1/4),     
        continuing,duration: 1 minute                               0
 2u    7D6 EB,"Mini-Plastique Packs",9-12 Charges(-1/4),Explosion     
        (+1/2),Time Delay(+1/4)                                     0
 1u    1D6 RKA,"Throwing blades.",vs physical defense,13-16     
        Charges(+1/2),recoverable,Penetrating(+1/2)                 0
 1u    10" Swinging                                                 2
 2     Radio XMIT/REC,OAF(-1)     
Powers Cost: 155


Base Points: 100
10     Distinctive,"Scar on cheek.",concealable,minor
15     Hunted,"By various enemies.",as powerful,non-combat
        influence,harsh,appear 8-
20     Normal Stats
10     Psych Lim,"Overbearing",common,moderate
15     Psych Lim,"In love with Sil.",common,strong
15     Psych Lim,"Overconfident",common,strong
 5     Rep,"Martial artist hero.",occur 8-
 5     Rivalry,"with Bandit or Nova.",professional
15     Secret ID,"Dwayne Michael Taylor"
10     Unluck,2D6
Disadvantages Total: 120

Experience Spent: 30
Total Points: 250

Explanation of the conversion: Over the years Night Thrasher has used at least five different armors. At his last appearance he stopped wearing power armor and only wears a protective costume and carries a few weapons and a swing line. Even though the weapons are hidden on his body, I made them Obvious and Accessible Foci because he has to pull them out to use them.

History: Dwayne Taylor is the son of Daryl and Melody Taylor. While serving in the U.S. Army in Cambodia, Daryl, his friend Andrew Chord, and their unit stumbled upon an ancient temple and met an old woman named Tai who explained the generation old plan to fulfill a pact between western men and eastern women, where the children of this pact would serve as sacrifices in order to give control of a well that goes through endless dimensions, and thereby give the controller ultimate power. Taylor rejected Tai, and returned to his wife in America.

Dwayne was born to the Taylors, and during this time, Taylor used inheritances to begin a conglomerate of benevolent companies named the Taylor Foundation. Taylor used his investments wisely, and became very wealthy. He also tapped into the resources of Andrew Chord for assistance in raising the Foundation and Dwayne. Unknown to all, Chord was being manipulated by the mystically adept Tai in an effort to reclaim the children of the Pact. Through Chord, Tai was able to slaughter the Taylors and fog the mind of Dwayne, and through Chord again, gained legal guardianship of Dwayne. Chord, still under Tai's control, trained Dwayne in the ways of strategy, hand to hand combat, and over the years, helped Dwayne perfect his body to peak human standards. Dwayne and Chord created a battle armor that has served Dwayne as Night Thrasher ever since, a soldier in a "war against crime".

One escapade lead Thrasher into the acquaintances of Silhouette and Midnight's Fire, unknown to all to be the children believed to be killed in a car accident in their youth (an effort by their mother to hide them from the Pact). This trio formed a team of sorts, and began infiltrating the underworld of gangs in an effort to stamp out organized crime. A romance between Sil and Dwayne formed, and a brotherhood between the two young men was developed. On one occasion, a police officer stumbled upon a delivery set-up, and believing Silhouette to be involved in crime, began to open fire, the gang member fired back, hitting Silhouette in the spine, paralyzing her legs. Fire blamed Thrasher for the incident, and holds extreme animosity towards Dwayne for preventing him from harming the police officer in an attempt to protect his sister. This enmity continues to this day.

New Warriors #1 Not long after this incident, Dwayne formed the New Warriors, a team of superhuman youth who he brought together to deal with the types of crimes the "big guns" were forgetting. He joined with Firestar, Marvel Boy, Nova, Namorita and Speedball in the group's first battle against Terrax (New Warriors #1).

Mighty Thor #411 Then Warriors then aided Thor in his battle with the Juggernaut during Loki's Acts of Vengeance (Mighty Thor #411).

One later member of this team was Silhouette, who was romantically involved with Dwayne again until recently. Upon learning of the truth of his parents, the Pact, Tai and Chord, Dwayne was placed in a position where he was forced to slay Tai, and reclaim his life. Since then, Dwayne has gone to great lengths to forgive Chord, gain total control of the Taylor Foundation, and continued to lead the Warriors until recently, when the team demanded he leave due to irreconcilable differences in purpose and leadership styles.

Estranged from Silhouette after the appearance of his half brother Bandit, Dwayne left the Warriors completely to lead a team of psychologically unstable teens who possess incredible psionic powers who go by the name Psionex.

Dwayne and Chord also become legal guardians of a superhuman youth known as Rage. Dwayne has also become the secret benefactor of the Warriors, continuing to financially support them in their endeavors.

Dwayne Taylor is a bitter and angry young man who has dealt with enormous hardship and pain in his young life. Over the last few years, however, Dwayne has begun to mature, and become more in control of his anger, and has found positive ways of dealing with it. Dwayne is highly intelligent, but has learned most of his life from books and private tutors, lacking in some areas of common sense of the world around him. Dwayne has been independently wealthy from birth, and has learned to use this wealth wisely. Dwayne, sometimes driven by revenge and anger, strives for control in a chaotic world, and often stops at nothing to accomplish this, many times to the loss of those whom care for him.

Night Thrasher and the other New Warriors teamed up with the Thunderbolts, Heroes For Hire, Spider-Man, Darkhawk, the Swordsman and Magdalene in protecting the city from the Elements of Doom II (Thunderbolts #8).

He aided Nova and Turbo in combating the worldwide disasters caused by the weather control machines of the Masters of Evil VI (Thunderbolts #25).

Dawyne then decided to give up his life as Night Thrasher to devote his life to his business career (Nova II #1).

He couldn't keep away from heroing for long. Dwayne became an independent hero, giving up his powered armor and relying more on his body and martial arts skills. He aided Iron Fist in a battle with assassins from the Hand (New Warriors II #8).

Trivia: The American Heritage Dictionary defines thrash as ''To defeat utterly; vanquish.''

Powers: Dwayne is an excellent hand to hand combatant, martial artist. Dwayne is a superb tactician, a computer genius, and possess a high i.q. Dwayne wears a triple weave suit that protects him from harm and carries a number of weapons including throwing blades and a claw. He used to wear various suits of powered armor, but has given them up. Dwayne is a mutant with a powerful psionic shield that protects him from mental attacks.

Links to other Night Thrasher pages:

  • Character created by Marvel Comics.
    Champions rules conversion by Mathew R. Ignash -
    Last Updated - December, 2002

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