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Marvel HeroClix Wish-List: Fasaud (v1.1)

Marvel Comics supervillain Fasaud. Show how easily it is screw up any attempt at potraying social or cultural or political diversity. *Maybe* it’s easier to show it using “heroic” characters. Trying do do similar with supervillains?  Definite No-No. A level of detail and nuance is required that the genre is ready for. Much, much, much easier to keep supervillains white/caucasian, particularly as Americans, British, or from Western European countries that engaged in colonization at any point in their histories.

Case in point, a ham-fisted attempt during the 1980’s at a corrupt government “oil minister” from a fictional Middle Eastern country called “Aqiria”. “Aqira” appears to be an analog of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Fasaud appears in a variation of traditional official garb, wearing thawb (a long white robe that covers the body from the neck to ankles), ghurtah and agal (a white or red-and-white-checked headscarf, held in place with a rope), leather, open-toed sandals, Western-style business jacket, and a sash representing his office in government. Typical 1980’s mish-mash of stereotypes.

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If you can get past the visuals, and some of the hokey television-related elements of the story of the time, what you have is a “genius-level organizational/strategic planner” as well as a “normal human transformed into energy being” supervillain, a being of electricity/electromagnetic radiation. Pretty powerful. If you can get past the visuals, he’s another riff on a corrupt and connected Machiavellian goverment official, who ends up crossing the threshold into “superhumanity”. (Nevermind the way in which he becomes this energy being is the typical poorly-conceived superhero genre pseudoscience nonsense, namely an accident that would have killed anyone else.)

Hey! HeroClix! He can still be a cool HeroClix piece! Here’s his Wikipedia entry: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fasaud

Thinking: Unique, Rare. Sculpt could attempt to emulate a flat, TV-like image, or be of regular proportions and maybe translucent? Electrical effects.

Powers? Not sure what to recommend. Would be nice, even if Fasaud couldn’t attack or Carry, to be able to zip from one end of the map to the other. Not simply Phasing/Teleport, a double power action option to do it, with an eye-popping replacement Speed value? And having a suped-up Super Senses until the beginning of his next turn as a result? Poison isn’t unheard of in representing energy-related superpowers. When immaterial but visible, he’s been able to remotely take control of or damage electronic devices (might make characters with Robot or Armor keywords suffer penalties). Various standard powers can be justified, from Pulse Wave to Penetrating/Psychi Blast.

 

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