Fritz Krotze (deceased)
Fritz Krotze, though a sleaze ball and generally reprehensible human being, is an otherwise normal human, lacking super-powers of any stripe. He sometimes uses some of Krotze International's highly advanced military gear, however.
Hindrances / Augmentations:
Stuff (i): the owner of Krotze International, Fritz has the company's advanced technology at his disposal. This technology includes (at the very least) the Mark 1 MAX armor, the Behemoth battle tank, and of course, the Strategic Defense Laser System.
How many people can claim that?!?
Business / Finance (w): though an otherwise reprehensible soul, Fritz Krotze was a master of financial matters, turning his engineering firm into a massive weapons factory for the DoD. Any actions he makes in a financial matter should be one difficulty level lower than normally required.
Electronics (i): his primary moneymaker, this skill demonstrates Fritz's natural skill with all sorts of electronic systems, from simple calculators to advanced guidance systems for military ordnance. He can both design, build, and repair such systems with ease.
Fritz Krotze could easily rely upon the many employees of Krotze International, employees that got paid out of his pocket on a weekly basis. Also, when he was in their good graces, Fritz could likely ask the Club for help (though this would cost him dearly).
Greed: Krotze is obsessed with making money - and lots of it! Even though his company had achieved a serious money-making contract with the Department of Defense, Krotze needed more, and as such, he sold the tech he developed for them to all kinds of foreign interests.
Nice of him, eh?
None, really. Even if he acted like one, when you get down to it, Fritz didn't really hold any truck with that super villain business. Thus, he only wore a suit when he was busy doing his dirty deeds - the uniform of the modern criminal.
A filthy, avaricious, greedy man, Fritz Krotze would do anything for the bottom line.
He sold his technologies to the Department of Defense via his many government contracts, but this wasn't enough. As such, he committed various acts of treason by selling out his nation for more money than the government would pay. Nothing but cash is sacred to the man.
Real Name: Fritz Krotze
Occupation: Krotze International CEO, amateur villain and arms dealer
Legal Status: American citizen believed to be treasonous, and legally dead
Marital Status: single
Alias(es), if any: none
Group Affiliation: the Club
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 170 lbs.
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: none
Growing up a wealthy man, Fritz Krotze could never get enough money under his belt. He went to college to gain the appropriate skills, and then built a weapons manufacturing plant from scratch, knowing the big bucks were in Department of Defense contracts. With time and hard work, Fritz produced a monster in the industry: Krotze International!
Of course, Krotze managed to gain several major contracts for military ordnance with the United States and various allied governments, as the man is tenacious in his money grubbing schemes. However, this wasn't enough, and the man eventually decided that he could make even more by selling his stuff to every world power, not just the Americans.
As such, he hooked up with the Club, a surly group of international terrorists and arms dealers, who could get to the clients he couldn't. He had several years of successful deals with the Club, who'd begun to rely upon his increasingly advanced hardware. However, things took a turn for the worst when one of his head technicians discovered his treasonous dealings.
And of course, the man was in charge of Krotze International's most important project: the MAX suits. Doctor Karl Swensen had produced one prototype, but hid the second after he found out what Krotze was up to. Krotze had Swensen killed, and then began tearing the man's house up in his search for the second MAX suit. Unfortunately, Swensen's daughter got to it first.
Jenny Swensen, MIT engineering instructor and all-around hot-tempered lady, suspected foul play on the part of Krotze, and took the armor before he could get to it. With the Club breathing down his neck, Krotze hatched several poor schemes to recover the suit, using the other technologies at his disposal, such as the Mark 1 MAX armor, the Behemoth tank, and even his SDI lasers.
All of these plans were botched by Krotze and his cronies, and Jenny finally managed to gain proof of Krotze's dirty dealings, which she took to a Congressional hearing about Krotze International; it would seem that other folks besides Swensen suspected Krotze of foul play. Krotze himself never got to see the light of trial, however, as the Club had grown tired of his bumbling.
They'd sent another Club operative to collect Krotze, the assassin known as Steel Hawk. After Jenny threatened him on television, however, Steel Hawk's mission was changed, and he beat Krotze to death with a steel baseball bat to frame Swensen for the death (she'd gone public with the MAX suit as well). This plan ultimately failed, but Krotze never found that out.
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