Like most of the GI Joe team, Sidetrack is a completely normal human, lacking ascendant powers of any sort. He was never bitten by radioactive animals, he doesn't possess beneficial mutations that attract giant murder robots, and he definitely has no occult background.
Hindrances / Augmentations:
Grenades (i): Sidetrack carries a bevy of grenades with him while on the job. His miniature arsenal includes fragmentary grenades (to inflict physical damage), tear gas grenades (to stun opponents), and smoke grenades (to provide obfuscation). These all work at intensity 10.
Knives (s): since he often needs to cut things in the field, Sidetrack always carries two knives on him. These blades are made from strength 13 metals, can be either used to cut through items of like material strength, or let Sidetrack inflict his Strength +2 in slashing damage.
Machine Gun (a): equipped with a 'scope for a +1 to hit in ambushes, this weapon can discharge one round to inflict his Agility +4 in damage, a three-round burst to inflict his Agility +5 in damage, or be fired continuously to inflict his Agility +6 in damage.
Sidearm (a): a handy backup should all his other weaponry fail, Sidetrack keeps this firearm holstered and ready. In combat, he can discharge one round from this weapon to inflict his Agility +4 in damage, or a three-round burst to inflict his Agility +5 in damage.
Acrobatics (a): in addition to his wrestling talent, Sidetrack also picked up various acrobatic skills as a part of his professional training. If he's got enough breathing room to maneuver, Sidetrack can lower the difficulty of actions to dodge attacks and reduce falling damage.
Boxing (s): Sidetrack wielded various fighting styles as a pro wrestler, only needing minimal training from the Army. One of his techniques allows him to divide his pre-card play action score between two attacks, the last of which he may attempt as a contingent action.
Guns (a): one talent gained thanks to his Army basic training, this skill describes Sidetrack's ability to fire most firearms when necessary. Whether it be a standard, semi-automatic, or fully automatic rifle or pistol, or even a shotgun, Sidetrack may use a firearm at a reduced difficulty.
Military / United States (w): the ultimate source of all his non-wrestling talents, this skill acts as a handy origin for Sidetrack. It describes his instinctual understanding of military protocols and procedures, and offers him several additional military contacts.
Survival (w): one facet of Sidetrack's ranger training is that he can scrounge up the food, water, and shelter required to survive almost anywhere. Having had specific training in arctic, jungle, and desert survival, he can persist just about any place on earth - starting from scratch!
Wrestling (s): Sidetrack learned various wrestling holds at his former job. He can attempt an average difficulty Strength (strength) action to put an opponent in a hold, if he damages them in melee; for every exchange he maintains this hold, he can inflict like damage.
As a member of the elite GI Joe team, Sidetrack is recognized as one of the world's best in his line of work. As such, when he requires assistance on a mission, his fellow Joes are more than happy to lend it. Furthermore, Sidetrack has several additional military and showbiz contacts.
Thrill-Seeker, with a secondary calling of Soldier: Sidetrack enlisted more out of a need for more thrills than anything else. While he is willing to do as ordered by the Army, he does so to get an adrenaline rush more so than out of a sense of duty, really.
Sidetrack's field uniform consists of olive drab trousers, an olive drab, short-sleeved shirt under a green and brown vest with black shoulder pads, a brown leather belt, brown leather boots, and various holsters, sheathes, and pouches to hold whatever equipment his mission requires.
Loud, obnoxious, and overly patriotic, John is the kind of guy that fit well in the pro wrestling circuit. Full of bluster and bile, though in a likeable way, John is one of the most belligerent people you'll ever meet. This would cause him problems if he weren't so good at what he does!
Real Name: John Boyce, grade E-7
Occupation: ranger, former pro wrestler
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: 6' 1"
Hair: light brown
Weight: 205 lbs
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: none
Sidetrack is belligerent and opinionated. Of course, he's also a strong, coordinated showboater. This meant, of course, that the only job he was really fit for was that of a pro wrestler. Sure, he could've gotten a normal job, but he'd have driven his co-workers to tears in no time.
The man worked the wrestling circuit for years, at least until he suddenly had an epiphany. Why rough up pretend foes for the enjoyment of others, when he could trounce on real villains for his own, personal satisfaction? He joined the Army almost immediately after this brainstorm.
Dead-set on building a military career, he blustered his way through Army basic, and did so well that he qualified for their Ranger School. It took a bit, but Sidetrack succeeded in this as well, and found working with America's elite soldiers was much more fulfilling than his last job.
Sure, there's no crowd to cheer him on when he's at work, but at least he feels like he's doing something important. This sensation was only enhanced further when he was offered a position on the GI Joe team. Sidetrack was more than happy to sign on with the world's very best!
So now, instead of pinning his co-workers to the mat on national television, Sidetrack is bludgeoning Cobras into submission every chance he gets. In fact, he often wades into combat with seemingly reckless abandon, as he's grown to love the sheer mayhem that a firefight provides!
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