the Dirty Hippie
Gilbert Giles is the Dirty Hippie, a formerly ordinary human who was exposed to toxic goo during an environmental protest back in the 1970s. Instead of killing him or giving him cancer, these chemicals instead acted to seriously augment Gilbert's physique - especially his agility.
Super Speed (a): Gilbert's sole power, save for his super-human agility, is his ability to perform actions faster than normal. Ten times faster than normal, in fact, thanks to this intensity 10 capability. This allows for a variety of special perks.
For one thing, when walking Gilbert can move at intensity 1 speed (30 miles per hour), and when running he can hit burst speeds of up to 300 miles per hour (intensity 7 speed). He may also attempt up to ten attacks per turn, on either one target or many.
When engaging in the former, Gilbert may add +1 damage for each attack after the first made on a given foe, as if bursting.
Hindrances / Augmentations:
Baseball Bats (s): Gilbert goes through a lot of baseball bats, as often as he can hit people with them. He typically carries at least one aluminum baseball bat with him while adventuring, which allows him to inflict his Strength +2 damage with every painful swing in melee combat.
Acrobatics (a): thanks to the accident that enhanced his physical frame, Gilbert was left with this skill as a natural ability. Thanks to this odd quirk, he can reduce the difficulty of actions meant to reduce falling damage or to dodge attacks by one difficulty level.
Biology (i): Gilbert is an accredited biologist, who gained his masters degree in this area years before he became a radical environmentalist. He can attempt biology-related Intellect actions at a reduced difficulty, whether identifying life forms or working to cure them from poison.
Blunt Weapons (s): though he prefers bats, Gilbert has learned how to wield just about any blunt instrument effectively in battle. When he does so, Gilbert attacks at one difficulty level lower than is usually necessary.
Martial Arts (a): complementing his super-human Agility, this skill allows Gilbert several benefits in battle. He can lower the difficulty of actions meant to strike a foe, reduce falling damage or catch thrown weapons by one difficulty level.
Gilbert has several contacts in eco-terrorist circles, though most of them have aged beyond their useful years. He is also a member of the short-lived, second Boogie Brigade, and can likely rely upon his teammates for assistance should he need it - and if they're available.
Idealist: Gilbert was originally motivated by revenge upon Pastordyne, but the mutagenic chemicals that gave him his powers didn't really do all that bad by him. Of course, they did reinforce his beliefs about the environment tenfold, and made them exponentially more potent.
Gilbert doesn't wear much of a costume when operating as the Dirty Hippie. When in action, Gilbert wears a blue pair of faded bell-bottom denim jeans, a pair of thick brown leather sandals, a large bag to hold spare baseball bats, and a pair of round-rimmed sunglasses.
Gilbert is a highly motivated, environmental extremist - and was so years before it became 'popular'. He strongly believes that modern industry is destroying the world's ecosystem, and will do anything he feels is necessary to protect innocent plants and animals from humanity's depravity.
Real Name: Gilbert Giles
Occupation: radical eco-terrorist, former biologist
Legal Status: citizen of the United States with a considerable criminal record (whether or not you take his secondary, BAH criminal record into account)
Marital Status: single
Alias(es), if any: none
Group Affiliation: the new Boogie Brigade
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 180 lbs
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: Gilbert is exceedingly skinny for a man his height, and has an unbelievably 'wiry' look about him. He wears his straight hair very long, usually several feet in length, and it will normally be that way unless some foe removes it.
Gilbert was formerly a well-respected biologist who held moderate views on environmental contamination; he was against pollution and all that, but felt that simply educating people was the way to make things better. This all changed after he was attacked by Pastordyne thugs, however.
Though he wasn't causing trouble, Gilbert and some pals were picketing the corporation after it was revealed that it was dumping toxic goo into the Missouri River. Wishing the bad press to go away, Pastordyne's upper management had their goons make the protesters 'disappear'.
The company's muscle did this by shoving the protesters into barrels of that same toxic goo, and dumping all of them into the river as well. While his friends died, Gilbert instead changed into something else... something unnatural. He looked human, but was different inside.
Making his way to shore after escaping the drum that was to be his coffin, Gilbert noted that he was now exceedingly nimble - and incredibly fast. But, most of all, the man was insanely angry that a company would stoop to such depths to get rid of what was in truth a minor PR issue.
Racing back to the Pastordyne building in Omaha, Nebraska, Gilbert trashed the place up real good, and even dealt with the thugs that dropped him in the drink as they returned from the foul deed. Dealt with them permanently, in fact, for he felt that it was his right to avenge his 'death'.
Naturally, the police frowned on this, so Gilbert went underground, leaving his former life behind. He committed one act of ecological terrorism after another, working his way across the country and smashing up a variety of polluting companies. At least, until the BAH showed up.
Uncovering police reports about Gilbert and his stunning nimbleness, Captain Cocksure sent some men to collect him, who was known in media circles as the Dirty Hippie thanks to his knack for not bathing. Though he's quite a handful in battle, the BAH collected Gilbert easily enough.
And that should've been the end of Gilbert's reign of terror - but wasn't. When Disco Head sought to create a new Boogie Brigade to combat Gerald R. Ford, he broke back into a BAH detention facility after escaping, and liberated a bunch of super-powered freaks to do his bidding.
Gilbert was one such super-powered freak.
Thankful for his liberation, Gilbert was happy to aid Disco Head in his task, the elimination of Ford, before resuming his own agenda. To this end he did indeed join the new Boogie Brigade, though the group was quickly taken apart by Captain Cocksure, leader of the BAH, and some allies.
Gilbert himself was narrowly defeated by Cocksure, who had similar combat prowess. So, as he and his friends pursued the leader of the Boogie Brigade, Cocksure had his minions collect Gilbert and the rest of the Boogie Brigade, and put them all back on ice.
Whether or not Gilbert escaped before being incarcerated anew is as of yet unknown.
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