From Unofficial Handbook of the Virtue Universe
Strango is a character I created on 3/19/11. He was inspired by a few sources, originally the Russian guy from the Direct TV commercial, Brucie from GTA4 and multiple cartoon and anime characters with very awkward personalities.
How The Muscle Became the Man
"We call him Strango. Also, if he tells you he worked out so hard he turned really awesome, he's a liar."
Kyle wasn't your average bodybuilder, who lifted tons of weights and got rewarded with pain and large muscles. Instead, Kyle preferred a much faster, dangerous and (hopefully) less painful process, which is usually referred to as 'biobuilding'. Kyle was strapped to a table, hooked up to strange devices and shot with a strange numb sensation throughout his entire body. He woke up three days later, and was much larger than before, but his skin pigment had changed to purple, which was actually a rather guaranteed side effect from the process.
The thing that wasn't guaranteed were his awkward eyes and very awkward powers He accused the company of testing on him without his consent, and revolted with his newly manifested powers, wherein he releases strange energies from his body that are rather indescribable. Kyle, who is willing to charge headfirst in to danger, will crush anything and anyone in his way... and maybe pick up a few chicks, too.
Kyle's newly manifested powers lead him to turn on the biobuilders and incinerate the doctor's office. He felt unstoppable, now, and fell in to a crime rampage that still goes onward to this day, truly for no particular reason. These crimes are usually petty and don't hurt anyone but himself and some punk 17-year-old from the streets who's looking to pick a fight with "numero one."
The problem about his heinous and unusual crimes is that they scare the living hell out of the public. For instance, there was no deaths in the doctor's office arson, and the only injury was a slightly loose permanent tooth of a patient that likely had nothing to do with the arson, but now many of the victims of the fire can't sleep at night knowing that "that weirdo is out there." Kyle quickly corrected these people, assuring them that he was Strango, not Weirdo, because Weirdo is not numero-one material.
Strango was then quick to join Rupture, Vice Dawson's not-so-infamous villainy party. Strango has only been on one mission with Rupture and is openly considered cannon fodder (Strango understanding this as him being the cannon of the group). Rupture have been quick to learn Strango's narcissistic and quirky personality and how to deal with it.
Unfortunately, Strango disappeared from Rupture for a completely unknown reason that he refuses to acknowledge. He's suddenly resurfaced in March of 2012, joining United Underworld with many strange, comic-book-esque villains. Some, surprisingly, are almost like Strango!
Strango is... well, strange, as you might have implied. His IQ is very low compared to the general public, and is supposed to be undergoing intensive medical counseling, considering his extremely awkward nature. He is a narcissist and, when he wants to be, a sociopath with little care for anyone. He is prone to massive mood swings, but generally is in a happy mood, smiling almost always, even in combat. He figures that, if he doesn't, emotions will bother him day in and day out and he won't keep up with his killing business. He happens to have a belt that is impossible to remove by anyone other than himself, which is a championship belt he gained for competing in a mutant cage match to the death after his powers manifested. He, of course, won. His theme song is Come Together by the Beatles.
The Strango Effect
Strango seems to be a relatively normal supervillain at a glance. However, once you begin to truly observe him and his might, he seems to have a magical or godlike power to him. The press refers to this as the Strango Effect, a terrifying and odd thing. It is not to say he is unstoppable, unkillable or undefeatable. It's just that somewhat impossible things tend to occur to him (i.e. surviving implosion.) Scientists propose that it could be due to some sort of psychadelic aura or toxin he could be giving off that causes his opponents to see things that should be impossible.
But in this universe, who knows?
Strango once kidnapped a doctor who is knowledgeable with mutating Strango's type of powers, and can provide him with multiple concoctions that can greatly improve or alter his effectiveness.
Green Machine is a type of augmentation that alters Strango's smashing abilities and ability to take hits and transforms them in to the ability to create solid shield around himself and others, protecting them almost indefinitely from many types of harm. Although this gives most of his general damage output up, he can be very useful to make a shell for his teammates, as he commonly is seen with a gang of young petty crooks, following Strango simply for the thrills and some cash on the side, although they do not believe in Strango's leadership ability. With his typical powers, he tends to work more lone wolf, expecting for his gang to be wiped out with a lack of defensive powers.
RAGE (Really Awesome Gigantic Entity)
RAGE, as Strango has called it, is simply a small potion concocted by a scientist who was threatened with lethal force from Strango. It likely has a very different acronym but it is completely unknown exactly what that is. RAGE's acronym represents not the potion but Strango's transition: it makes his muscles even stronger, adds around a foot of height, and makes him about ten times more ferocious. It also changes the teal tint of Strango's kinetic powers to a dark red, as well as his eyes. Strango is a powerful melee fighter, but unmatched in RAGE.
He lacks all control of RAGE when it occurs: he starts a very powerful dream sequence where he watches what happens inside his mind (supposedly from a balcony with two strippers at his sides) without any control or chance to stop it. He ensures that he takes proper safety steps before using RAGE, though, as when his body is controlled by RAGE, he will not stop until he is dead or administered the antidote. A note (written very crudely, with horrific spelling and insults shot at the reader constantly) is attached to the back side of his belt, which has an antidote taped to it (usually about to fall off).
A small dose of the antidote can make RAGE end, it's simply all in the timing. If he takes the entire antidote, he'll turn immediately, if he doesn't, he'll still be on his rampage temporarily until the antidote reaches the corners of his bloodstream. He will usually make a final attempt to attack the surrounding living things, enemies, bystanders and plants alike, before suddenly becoming horribly terrified and having his eyes turn thousands of different colors, as well as growing gigantic. Once he reaches his full size, he explodes in to small purple flakelets, organs nonexistent. These suddenly piece back together in an implosion of kinetic energy and Strango feels just fine again.
RAGE, as well as the antidote, can take weeks to concoct, so he only uses them when he absolutely has to (or wants to, in the case of a sparring match to prove his superiority). The doctor is becoming less and less threatened by standard Strango, however, so he has started asking for payments from Strango, usually met with a foot in the face that kicks him back in to fear gear (get it, foot? kick? oh, god these jokes are awful).
List of Strangisms
Strangisms (pronounced STRANGE-esum) are a term invented by Strango himself to describe his more awkward (awesome) side of life. These are as many listed as he can. If there is no date, it is unknown exactly when it happened first. These rarely occur in combat.
- Stretching his neck unusually
- Head growing to outstanding size
- Surviving massive falls with only minor lacerations
- Speaking French
- Temporary dyslexia (3/28/11)
- Exploding suddenly and returning to life unharmed (3/26/11)
- Vomiting pure oil or crystal clear water (3/26/11)
- Stretching to avoid attacks (3/26/11)
- Signature move, One Million and Sixty-Nine Hits (as many quick shots in ten seconds as he can complete) (3/26/11)
- Tourette's syndrome (temporarily, 3/28/11)
- Vice Dawson & his Praetorian
Kyle was quick to side with Vice, meeting him at a night of celebration in the Pocket D, overhearing them talk about what was impossible for normal people and insisting that he could do it. He joined Rupture, Vice's association, and has been known as the "cannon" of the group (although they actually mean cannon fodder, though try to stick with just cannon publicly as not to insult Strango).
Vice's Praetorian, also named Vice Dawson, has a Similar relationship with him (get it, Similar? oh, fuck this, I need a new job). He affectionately calls the Praetorian Kanye West, because of the suit he wore when they met. Tension recently about a casino run has made Strango angry at him, even though it was the other Vice's fault the entire time.
Another member of Rupture, Strango calls him Doctor Janitor because of his occasional switch between a doctor outfit and a janitor's. When Strango used his RAGE potion in a sparring match, Para was the one who had to administer the antidote, and since this event constantly mocks Kyle's spelling (due to the letter that was attached to the antidote). Kyle mostly neglects Para entirely, only addressing him when he has to, due to his quiet but sarcastic nature.
Yet another member of Rupture, Strango nicknamed her (laughing hysterically all the while) Arse after her nickname from the local newspapers. Strango sees her as a friend but also a rival, as she has a little bit of a narcissistic side inside her mind that seems to only be triggered by Kyle. He fought her in a sparring match and technically won (but the true victor is unknown, for Strango attempted to kill her while under RAGE).
What They Said
- Strango is strange.-Insert Name Here
Kyle has been in a couple quick scuffles with Bronze during his crime sprees, both ending with Kyle's body tingling and Bronze laughing about how pathetic Strango's fighting ability is. Bronze is one of the few people that can irritate Strango to wits' end very quickly, because he is a lot of what Strango stands against: heroic, brave, careful and thoughtful of others.
What They Said
- I hate Strango. - Insert Name Here