Miss America (deceased)
Madeline was originally an ordinary human girl, albeit one with a latent mutant gene. After exposure to electricity sufficient to 'kill a thousand men', she manifested a variety of super-human powers, though some faded in time as her newly activated mutant genes 'settled down'.
Levitation (a): Madeline's primary power is levitation; she can make her body resist the pull of gravity with intensity 12 ability, which allows her to rise as high into the air as normal breathing would allow for. She can do this for up to two hours before needing to rest.
One stunt that Madeline has developed from this power is the ability to 'fly', using carefully planned leaps, which allow her to move at up to thirty miles per hour (intensity 1). While relatively slow as flight goes, it still beats walking - and comes with the ability to move vertically as well!
Resistance to Fatigue Poisons (s): Madeline is possessed of an amazing stamina, able to sustain strenuous activity for exceptionally long periods of time. This is because she is highly resistant to her own fatigue poisons, poisons she has intensity 20 (+5) resistance to.
Faded Powers: though she retains her levitation and super-human stamina, Madeline initially possessed a much wider variety of powers, abilities which faded shortly after her initial brush with the fantastic. Madeline's lost, possible secondary mutations include the following:
* Super Intellect (i): this ability made Madeline an exceedingly effective crime fighter and solver of mysteries during the early days of her super heroic career. Though it has since faded, she originally had an Intellect score of 15.
* Super Strength (s): for a time Madeline enjoyed the benefits of full-on super-human strength, as opposed to the physical prowess normally present in humans. While she retained this ability, Madeline had a Strength score of 15.
* Transparent Vision (w): in her very first crime-fighting appearances, Madeline enjoyed the ability to see through solid matter, an ability that functioned at intensity 9. This power disappeared in time, and soon after she was forced to wear glasses to see normally.
Hindrances / Augmentations:
Boxing (s): a skilled hand-to-hand combatant, Madeline can easily hold her own in a fight, whether or not she's armed. She is allowed to divide her pre-card play action score between two unarmed melee attacks, the last of which she may attempt as a contingent action.
Madeline was a member of the Liberty Legion, and can easily rely upon the surviving membership of that team for assistance should she need it; they're heroes, after all! This on top of her later induction into the All-Winners Squad, the team formerly known as the Invaders.
After the war, Madeline got involved with the V-Battalion, serving as an initial member of its so-called 'Penance Council' until her retirement.
Youthful Exuberance: Madeline was a spry young lady even before she gained her super-human capabilities.
She pursues the super heroic life she's stumbled into with reckless abandon, smashing her way through the evil folks of the world with ecstatic joy, and she's gotten quite good at it in relatively short order - whether on or own or with other heroes.
Madeline wears a patriotic costume into battle against evil. It consists of a red, long-sleeved shirt with a red, white and blue shield design on the chest, a red skirt over red stretch fabric trousers, red boots, a blue belt, a blue cape, and a red cap with a small shield emblem on the front.
Madeline is spunky and gung-ho, and embraced the role of a super heroine with aplomb. She enjoys righting wrongs, as this invariably involves roughing up the bad guys (and girls). She's definitely a team player though, and goes out of her way to help her allies when they're in need.
Real Name: Madeline Joyce Frank
Legal Status: U.S. citizen with no criminal record, legally deceased
Marital Status: married
Alias(es), if any: none known
Group Affiliation: the Liberty Legion, the All-Winners Squad, the V-Battalion
Weight: 130 lbs
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: none
Long ago, young Madeline Joyce was touring her beloved uncle's electrical plant, situated in a converted lighthouse, when a bizarre accident occurred. During that fateful night, with an electrical storm raging outside, a nearby lightning strike caused a power surge within the plant.
Exposed to the brunt of this surge, and subjected to enough electrical current to 'kill a thousand men', Madeline survived. In fact, instead of dying, Madeline was reborn - the overwhelming energy somehow jump starting latent mutant genes that simmered unsuspecting within her!
Finding her mind and body enhanced spectacularly, Madeline decided to make the best of her new abilities, and began to use them to fight crime as Miss America! As time passed though, many of Madeline's abilities faded, possibly as a result of her newly activated genes 'settling down'.
Either that or all that electricity had simply 'super charged' her for a time.
Regardless, Madeline was left with one or two abilities to fight crime with, and she did solo until she ran afoul of the Whizzer, while both heroes were essentially after the same criminal. Despite themselves, they were both victorious in the end.
Before they could go their separate ways, Madeline and this Whizzer heard a plea for help from Bucky and the Patriot over the radio! Forming up with several other loose cannon heroes, Madeline helped liberate the mighty Invaders from an insidious mind control scheme.
With this caper done, Madeline and company stuck together as the mighty Liberty Legion, and foiled many sinister plots against America, either at home or abroad alongside their 'sister' team, the Invaders. In fact, the two groups worked very closely together, almost like one big team.
After the war, things didn't change for Madeline. She joined the All-Winners Squad, a collection of former Invaders who felt the need to keep fighting evil, alongside the Whizzer, who she fell in love with and eventually married - despite the two heroes' original animosity.
When the All-Winners Squad eventually broke up after most of the team died or went missing, Madeline and the Whizzer took jobs as security agents in a new nuclear power plant. Of course their mere presence made the place a target for their old enemy Isbisa, who sabotaged the place.
Though they foiled his plot, Madeline and the Whizzer were heavily irradiated. This drastically affected the former's pregnancy, causing her to give birth to a highly radioactive mutant child - which the government secretly put in cryogenic sleep for everyone's protection.
Undeterred, Madeline and the Whizzer continued their heroics for a while longer, eventually joining the newly-reformed V-Battalion as members of its Penance Council. After several years of this though, both she and the Whizzer decided to retire together, and went on a world tour.
Going into a second difficult birth on this trip, the two sought assistance from the nearest available doctor. On Mount Wundagore, in the backwards nation of Transia, the two met one of the High Evolutionary's New Men, Bova, who was a professional midwife.
Despite her considerable skill however, Bova could neither save Madeline nor her child. Dying horribly during childbirth, Madeline's torment was only beginning, for the essence of her being then descended into one of the various Hells for some unrevealed transgression.
Madeline was forced to fight in the Arena of Tainted Souls for some time, where she couldn't die (being already dead) but could be tormented with injury. Years passed, and other souls of note that were dropped in this pit included Hellcat and a fake Mockingbird (both being Avengers).
Madeline eventually got out of this predicament, only to fall in with a bad crew of lost souls led by the so-called Pitiful One. Peeved that so many other super-humans managed to come back from the dead while he couldn't, he hatched a plot to resolve this conundrum!
Madeline, as well as others such as Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio, the Ancient One (!), and the Anarchist fell in with the Pitiful One, the latter of which Madeline formed a strange relationship with, despite an initial 'misunderstanding' caused by various politically incorrect notions of hers.
Though this crew of shades wreaked havoc on earth in their quest to return to life, they were ultimately thwarted by Doctor Strange, Dead Girl, and the spirits of dead heroes including Ant-Man, that fake Mockingbird, the Phantom Rider, Piano Man, and Moira MacTaggert.
Of course, all was not lost. It seems that while their cohorts were irredeemable, both Madeline and the Anarchist were put on a path of redemption, and may yet find what they were looking for. So while she's been dead for decades, Madeline may see life again some day!
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