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Speedball for Champions

''Don't strain yourself, pops! I'm a lot harder to hold than I look!'' - Speedball warns Mister Fantastic in Fantastic Four #356, September 1991.

Real name: Robert Baldwin
Other known aliases: Robbie, the Masked Marvel.
Occupation: Full time hero.
Current group affiliation: New Warriors
Past group affiliations: He was turned down by the Avengers.
Major enemies: Psionex, Force of Nature.
First appearance: Amazing Spider-Man Annual #22
Origin: Speedball #1
Description: Robbie is a young man standing 5'6'' tall and weighs 133 lbs. He has long blonde hair and blue eyes. As Speedball he stands 5'10'' and weighs 170 lbs. and wears a blue and yellow suit that is surrounded by blue and yellow bubbles.


 6/11     STR     -4
10/20     DEX      0
   10     CON      0
   10     BODY     0
   13     INT      3
   10     EGO      0
 8/13     PRE     -2
   12     COM      1
 7/ 8     PD       6
    7     ED       5
    4     SPD     10
 3/ 4     REC      0
   20     END      0
18/21     STUN     0
Characteristics Cost: 19

Powers, Skills and Equipment

24     +10 DEX,Only In Hero ID(-1/4)     
20     EC (20),"Kinetic Aura"     
25a)   12/12 Armor,x1 Hardened(+1/4)     
16b)   75% Damage Reduction (ED),Not vs. magic.(-1/4)     
32c)   75% Damage Reduction (PD),resistant,Not vs. magic.(-1/4)     
39d)   9D6 EB,vs physical defense,Only In Hero ID(-1/4),     
        Concentrate(-1/4),Double Knockback(+3/4)                   8
17e)   29" Superleap,Only In Hero ID(-1/4),0 END(+1/2)             0
 5     Instant Change     
11     10" KB Resist,Concentrate(-1/2),constant concentration,Only     
        to negate knockback caused by his Vulnerability.(-1/4)     
24     32 Mental Defense,Only In Hero ID(-1/4)     
 4     +5 PRE,Only In Hero ID(-1/4)     
 4     +5 STR,Only In Hero ID(-1/4)                                0
 3     Acrobatics 13-     
 3     Breakfall 13-     
 2     SC: Physics 11-     
 2     Radio XMIT/REC,"Communicator Pin",OAF(-1)     
Powers Cost: 231


Base Points: 100
15     Accidental Chg,"If hit, changes to hero ID.",uncommon,occur
10     Distinctive,"Has inhuman voice in hero id.",easily
10     Distinctive,"Bouncing bundle of kinetic fun.",easily
20     Hunted,"Various super villains.",as powerful,non-combat
        influence,harsh,appear 11-
10     Psych Lim,"Juvinile antics.",common,moderate
20     Psych Lim,"Code vs. killing.",common,total
 5     Rep,"Super hero",occur 8-
15     Secret ID,"Robert Baldwin"
15     Susc,"Takes knockback when knocked into something.",very
        common,effect is instant,1D6
30     Vuln,"Knockback",very common,x2 effect
Disadvantages Total: 150

Experience Spent: 0
Total Points: 250

Explanation of the conversion:

History: It all started with an experiment. Robbie Baldwin worked at Hammond Labs, in Springdale, CT, as a gofer. He was curious about the top secret experiment that was going on and decided to sneak in and watch, as did Dr. Benson's cat, Niels. Unfortunately, the energies involved went out of control and washed over Robbie and Niels, changing Robbie's life forever. The extradimensional energy gave Robbie a permanent field of kinetic energy around him, protecting him from many forms of harm, including any sort of physical attack and extreme heat. Of course, there was a down side to all of this. Robbie now found himself avoiding any sort of physical contact, because almost the slightest force would send Robbie bouncing uncontrollably, which gave him and gave him his costume and altered voice (Speedball #1).

Amazing Spider-Man #22 During a trip to New York he ended up helping Spider-Man and Daredevil stop the Purifiers of the High Evolutionary (Amazing Spider-Man Annual #22).

He has also confronted the Feathered Felon (Marvel Comics Presents #14).

Robbie then approached Captain America and tried out for membership with the Avengers. Alongside Blue Shield, Galdiatrix and the Mechanaut, he briefly fought Darkstar, Ursa Major and Vanguard during his tryouts. Speedball and the other perspective Avengers were turned down for Avengers membership (Captain America #352).

New Warriors #1 Robbie Baldwin happened to be nearby when the villain Terrax the Tamer was reborn from the radioactive dirt where he had died. Along with Firestar, Marvel Boy II, Namorita, Night Thrasher and Nova they defeated him. The Avengers then popped up and took the credit in their eyes. Taking a que from a reporter Robbie suggested they call themselves the New Warriors (New Warriors #1).

Alongside his friends in the New Warriors they aided Thor in battle against the Juggernaut during the Acts of Vengeance (Mighty Thor #411-412).

New Warriors #22 Speedball was attacked by an evil doppelganger of himself during the Infinity War (New Warriors #27).

Speedball participated in the assault on the home of the Gamesmaster in the Alps where he was attacked by Sena Blaze. He saved himself and his friends from her by blocking her attack with his kinetic field (New Warriors #46).

Speedball 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 the Warriors and Avengers in a fight against an AIM weapons depot and Lord Templar (Avengers III #13).

Wolverine #134 Alongside Rage, Darkhawk and the Black Cat he unsuccessfully attempted to subdue Wolverine who was possessed by an alien and went on a rampage (Wolverine #134).

Recently it was seen that his costume has returned to it's original form (Nova #1).

New Warriors II #0 He decided he had to reorganize the Warriors if they were to remain a team, gave himself a new uniform, and contacted a number of members.

Former members Rage and Zero-G turned him down, although Zero-G's sister Energizer wanted to be a member, Robbie decided she was too young. He eventually did get Nova, Namorita and Turbo to rejoin, and they added Bolt II and Aegis to the roster during a fight with Blaastar at the Genetech labs (New Warriors II #1).

He was among the heroes incapacitated by Graviton when he attempted to take over the Earth once again (Thunderbolts #57).

Trivia: Other beings who have had Speedball's power include an evil doppelganger from the Infinity War, a clone from the future that impersonated him, the mutant power copier Gideon, the Absorbing Man and Robbie's pet cat Niels, who was also exposed to the same accident that gave them to him.

What other people have said about Speedball: ''Hope ya like the west coast Charlie... That's where yer gonna land after I drop kick ya inta orbit!'' The Thing - Fantastic Four #356, September 1991

New Speedball Powers: Speedball can create a kinetic field around himself that makes him virtually invulnerable to attacks and allows him to redirect and increase his momentum allowing for amazing leaps and bounces. When he activates his power he changes form and wears a blue and yellow costume. Sudden impacts can cause him to change into Speedball. Since joining the Warriors, Robbie has gotten a lot more control over his powers. He's gone from bouncing uncontrollably, to bouncing controllably, to using his powers to punch much more powerfully than a normal human, to using his speedballs as a distance attack. He also seems to be able to hold the Speedball effect in better. The kinetic aura also seems to protect Speedball from psychic intrusion.

Links to other Speedball pages:

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

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    Authored on Amiga.