Red Spot has no powers. A self-professed geek, the man has an otherwise normal background, with no sorcerers or aliens crawling around in it. Instead, he makes his way with high tech laser weaponry, some of which is of his own design, which could mark him as a high tech hero!
Hindrances / Augmentations:
Ghille Suit (a): complementing his camouflaged uniform, this gear helps Red Spot to better blend into the terrain. It is a large 'cloak' that covers his body, and looks almost like a greenish-brown bush. It grants him intensity 2 blending into vegetation-filled backgrounds.
Helmet (s): Red Spot usually wears this sturdy headgear while at work - he doesn't want to lase his face off! It provides him intensity 8, or +2, protection against physical attacks targeting his cranium, and offers him similarly ranked Screened Senses for his vision with its red visor.
Laser Rifle (a): though he didn't build this weapon, Red Spot has modified it to his own personal tastes. He can use it to inflict his Agility +5 in energy damage with a single blast, or instead fire a continuous beam to eventually burn through up to m.s. 16 materials.
Machine Gun (a): a backup for his energy emitter, Red Spot carries a conventional machine gun as well. It can discharge one round to inflict his Agility +4 in damage, a short burst to inflict his Agility +5 in damage, or be fired continuously to inflict his Agility +6 in damage.
Advanced Guns (a): Red Spot loves lasers. He loves them so much that he's learned how to use them to lethal effect in battle! Whenever he's holding his laser rifle, or any other directed energy weapon, Red Spot may wield it at one difficulty level lower than is normally required.
Boxing (s): in addition to his mostly defensive Aikido training, Red Spot has been schooled in the sweet science by the military. He may divide his pre-card play action score between two unarmed melee attacks, the second of which he may attempt as a contingent action.
Electronics (i): his true love, Red Spot has been an electronics whiz since before his teen years. He should make any action to design, build, repair, or simply operate any electronic devices at one difficulty level lower than is usually necessary.
Guns (a): Red Spot can competently wield conventional firearms in addition to his laser rifle. Whenever he's holding a standard, semi-automatic, or fully automatic rifle or pistol, Red Spot may fire it one difficulty level lower than is normally required.
Hurling (a): a nidan in Aikido, Red Spot may forego attacks to redirect hostile energies away from his person. On a successful, average difficulty Agility (agility) action, Red Spot may throw melee opponents attacking him anywhere he pleases.
Military / United States (w): the source of most of his marketable skills, the United States military has trained Red Spot until he was a lean, mean, laser emitting machine! He knows the SOP like the back of his hand, and can lead a body of fighting men into battle when necessary.
As a member of the GI Joe team, Red Spot can readily rely upon his fellows for most any assistance he should need, were he but to ask. The man has further additional contacts in optical electronic circles, both in and out of the United States military.
Explorer: though he tries to pretend he's a 'normal guy' and goes to great pains to have a 'life', Red Spot is truly an explorer at heart. He loves to discover new applications of lasers and laser technology, and could probably find more if he simply dedicated the time.
Red Spot's GI Joe field uniform includes a light yellow and green camouflage jacket over a white T-shirt and beneath brown web gear, light yellow and green camouflage trousers, a light yellow leather belt, brown leather gloves, black leather boots, and a light yellow and black helmet.
Unlike a lot of the Joes, Michael isn't singularly obsessed with his area of specialty. He strives to have a life outside of laser optics and counter-terrorist operations, and makes a point of expressing his 'individuality' whenever he can.
Real Name: Michael P. Ritchie, Grade E-4
Occupation: weapon systems operator, optics technician
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: none
Michael reportedly built his first laser emitter at the age of nine, after watching a sci-fi marathon on television. He did so using parts he'd cobbled together using mail-order catalogs and off-the-shelf equipment, though this was only the start of his optics adventure.
Michael didn't let his love for the high tech completely dominate his life, however. He tried to be as 'normal' as possible for a 'geek', playing baseball, participating in martial arts training (nidan in Aikido), and even went out on dates with 'real' girls now and then.
Of course, knowing that he's from Cincinnati, 'real' is relative. At any rate, Michael nonetheless decided to pursue his interest in optics into the military, where he has participated in the development of various laser devices for the military - some he himself uses in the field!
His wide range of interests and talents eventually got him put on a short list for GI Joe membership, and when Michael was approached with an offer he gladly took his Joe recruiter up on it. Mind you, Michael had to survive the GI Joe entrance exam before he was truly a part of the team.
Eventually managing this, Michael took his proper place on the GI Joe team, under the code name of Red Spot. Not named for the meteorological feature on Jupiter (which one might've guessed due to his 'geek' origins), Michael's code name refers to the termination of a laser spotting beam.
Red Spot's role on the GI Joe team is that of a laser trooper, often striking down Cobra enemies at tremendous range - much further out than even the best GI Joe snipers can hit. This takes incredible patience and balance, and these are things Red Spot can apply when he wishes to.
He continued to serve as an active member of the GI Joe team for a few years, until its second 'deactivation', which wasn't really a termination so much as a public smokescreen. Of course, Red Spot has been on 'reserve' since then, and happily helps the Joes out whenever they ask!
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