As are most members of GI Joe, Rumbler is but a normal human, lacking special powers of any stripe. While some may see him as the epitome of evil, having been an IRS operative before he enlisted, the man only has his skills and equipment with which to fight terrorism.
Hindrances / Augmentations:
Crossfire (i): his pride and joy, the Crossfire is a small and heavily armed vehicle that can actually keep up with Rumbler's destructive nature. It's a high-speed, off-road vehicle with numerous special features, all of which are described in its own vehicular entry.
Helmet (s): Rumbler usually wears this sturdy headgear while at work - he drives like a maniac, after all! It provides Rumbler intensity 8, or his Strength +2, protection against head-based physical attacks - at least, those that don't actually strike him in the face.
Knife (s): you never know when you're going to have to cut something, or someone, in the field. As such, Rumbler always carries a blade with him on the job, which can be used to inflict his Strength +2 damage in melee, or to cut through items of up to m.s. 12.
Machine Gun (a): his main weapon, Rumbler always has this trusty device with him on missions. It can fire a single shot to inflict his Agility +4 in damage, a short burst to inflict his Agility +5 in damage, and a fully automatic spread to inflict his Agility +6 in damage.
Sidearm (a): should his main weapon fail him, Rumbler carries this hand cannon on him at all times. Rumbler can fire a single shot from this weapon to inflict his Agility +4 in damage, or a semi-automatic spread to inflict his Agility +5 in damage.
Boxing (s): an ability picked up fighting tax evaders, Rumbler can easily defend himself should he find himself without weapons. He may divide his pre-card play action score between two unarmed melee attacks, the last of which occurs as a contingent action.
Guns (a): a skill everyone picks up in the military these days, Rumbler can easily operate most conventional firearms. Whether he's handling a standard, semi-automatic, or fully automatic rifle or pistol, Rumbler may do so at a reduced difficulty level.
Law Enforcement (w): before he enlisted in the Army, at his employer's request, Rumbler was originally a fully fledged IRS agent. He had the power to hunt down and arrest tax evaders, stamp dodgers, and moonshiners, and learned most of his other skills in the course of this work.
Military / United States (w): though he didn't originally want to join the Army, the federal government asked him to - if only to save them money. This skill describes how Rumbler knows the SOP like the back of his hand, and how he can easily function in a military environment.
Vehicular Combat (a): a talent that Rumbler has been honing since his days with the IRS, this skill shows how well he can fight in high speed, mechanized confrontations. Whenever he attacks (or is attacked) behind the wheel, Rumbler may make applicable actions at a reduced difficulty.
As a member of the GI Joe team, Rumbler can easily rely upon his fellows for assistance should he but ask them - the group is a rather tight-knit organization despite its large size. Rumbler also has additional contacts in government circles, particularly in the IRS.
Soldier, with a secondary calling of Demolisher: Rumbler doesn't live to destroy things - that's just a pleasant side effect of his time in government service. He enjoys his work with or without the mayhem, however, doing what he does out of a sense of service to his country.
Rumbler's GI Joe uniform is a simple and practical one. It consists of a brown leather jacket over a blue collared shirt, beige trousers, grass green leather boots and gloves, a beige leather belt, a brown shoulder holster for his firearm, and a brown helmet.
Rumbler has a certain propensity for fast and reckless driving, which is kind of why he was drummed out of the IRS in the first place. He's something of a roving chaos magnet, and wherever he goes disorganization and bedlam seems to follow - usually for the bad guys. Usually.
Real Name: Earl-Bob Swilley, Grade E-4
Occupation: fast attack vehicle driver
Legal Status: citizen of the United States with no known criminal record
Marital Status: single
Alias(es), if any: none
Group Affiliation: GI Joe
Height: 5' 10"
Hair: light brown
Weight: 180 lbs
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: Rumbler wears a truly heroic moustache at all times.
Rumbler wasn't originally militarily minded, oh no. He got his start working for the IRS, doing his part to put a lid on moonshiners and tax stamp dodgers. Rumbler hated to let a tax evader get away, though, and would often total his current ride in an effort to prevent this.
Seven smashed up federal vehicles later, the powers that be decided that Rumbler might be better suited for work in a different branch of government, one with sturdier rides. Also, it'd give him targets who were less inclined to sue the government after he ran them over.
So, Rumbler was introduced to the Army. He got through Basic with ease and naturally gravitated towards a job driving things for the military. His history and natural skill behind the wheel managed to get him a job on the GI Joe team, who always needs new vehicular combatants.
Not that they use theirs up fast, so much as Cobra has countless hordes of vehicles to commit their terrorism with. Finding himself right at home, Rumbler would prove to be a serious thorn in Cobra's side - though this was mostly because of how he was deployed on missions.
Knowing how he tends to cause mayhem everywhere he goes, the Joes typically will drop him off in his Crossfire behind enemy lines, and watch as all kinds of chaos erupts. When the Cobras are trying to recover, the rest of the Joes then step in to finish the job.
Though he didn't get to see a lot of action with the Joes, Rumbler did his part in the fight for freedom, and continued to do so until the Joe team was disbanded back in '94 - at least for a while. When Cobra's activities forced their reactivation, Rumbler eventually returned to the job.
Seems he was uninsurable in the civilian driving market, after all! Rumbler was thus on hand to help with the Joes' major operations against Cobra, including participation in the second Cobra Island Civil War. He also fought Cobra in Syria during World War III itself.
With Cobra on the run, the Joes can naturally use someone with Rumbler's skills to hunt them down. He'd been doing this kind of work before he joined the team, after all, and he's very good at sniffing out scofflaws... and then sticking it to them when they try and run!
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