Sergeant Invincible.

A soldier unloading with a huge gun and rage face.The following is a conversation between me and my friend David from this morning.  He’s explaining the Marvel RPG system to me.  (I’m [ADEMA] Zero…ADEMA was our clan tag for Left 4 Dead 1 & 2 and stands for the Alternative Department of Emergency Military Assistance.  Our RP was that we were a band of mercenaries sent in during the zombie apocalypse.  But I digress…)

Drake: yeah…the rules are kind of open.  Its a total story telling game so it doesn’t matter if you’re OP or not
Drake: Black Widow and Thor can team up and its no problem
[ADEMA]  Zero: Sounds leet.
Drake: looks fun.  Trying to play it over Google Hangouts
Drake: since there’s no need for maps or anything
[ADEMA]  Zero: Ok.  I want to make Sgt. Invincible.  He can kill anything he wants and can never die.
[ADEMA]  Zero: Also flight.
[ADEMA]  Zero: He has flight.
Drake: haha okay sweet.  Sounds like an interesting story.
Drake: I’m sure your comic won’t be cancelled immediately.
[ADEMA]  Zero: This is fresh.
Drake: That’s cool. They spent a lot of money buying the franchise so you can play as awesome heroes.  But Sgt. Invincible sounds awesome :P
[ADEMA]  Zero: In the first installment, we need a villain who thinks he can kill Sgt. Invincible by exploiting his weakness (SI’s dashing good looks are mitigated by a tiny scar on his left foot that haunts him to this day) to kill him.
[ADEMA]  Zero: Of course, he won’t be able to, because Sgt. Invincible cannot die.  Or feel pain.
Drake: even emotional pain
[ADEMA]  Zero: He can feel that.
[ADEMA]  Zero: He can even be a tragic hero who wants to die to escape the emotional pain and never can.
[ADEMA]  Zero: BOOM!
[ADEMA]  Zero: Plot device.
[ADEMA]  Zero: Also he can make it rain whenever he wants.
[ADEMA]  Zero: Which is all the time because he’s depressed.
[ADEMA]  Zero: And even sleeping with a different woman every night doesn’t help.
Drake: haha man that sucks to be him
Drake: And that huge pile of money he inherited from his dead billionaire parents only makes him feel guilty about all the starving children
Drake: and all the supermodels he sleeps with only reminds him of his own immortality while they will grow old and die
Drake: TRAGIC HERO
[ADEMA]  Zero: lmao!!!!
[ADEMA]  Zero: Laughing so hard over here…
Drake: I’m crying tears of empathy
[ADEMA]  Zero: lmao!

And thus, Sergeant Invincible was born.  I expect a fully developed plot line in the comments by the end of the day.

Bonus points if you can spot the Aqua Teen Hunger Force reference.

  • Matt Smith

    THE DRIZZLE!

  • Perplexed

    I have no idea what JT is talking about in this posting. Could someone explain it?

  • http://fenzalaw.com Wes
  • http://anthrozine.com Cubist

    Okay: Sgt. Invincible. Invulnerability, death touch, weather control. Damn, that’s a random set of powers. Calls for going heavily metafictional, or channeling the pre-dead spirit of Grant Morrison, or both.

    Origin story… We open in a large chamber with one wall consisting entirely of 68-inch flat plasma TV screens. This is the culturejamming laboratory of Harry Benzene, obscenely weathy media mogul. He’s been working to create the ultimate summer blockbuster movie; his experimental protocol involves mashups between carefully-selected existing movies. Right now, the Big Oracle Wall screens are showing scenes from TERMINATOR and other Schwarzenegger films; the X-MEN series; the first Richard Donner SUPERMAN; TWILIGHT; vintage CAPT. SCARLET AND THE MYSTERIANS episodes; and the FRIDAY THE 13TH series.
    Of course Harry owns mass quantities of high-end supercomputers. The main software running on Harry’s personal cloud is S.A./V.A.T. (Statistical Aggregator / Video Analysis Tool). a jumped-up pattern-matching tool that can identify tropes/motifs/themes in existing video footage, and combine any given set of tropes/motifs/themes in order to create new footage. There is another display, a free-standing 80-inch flatscreen called the Window, in the middle of the chamber, which displays the fruits of S.A./V.A.T.’s labors.
    Harry likes what he sees in the Window, but he’s not satisfied. It lacks something, something he can’t put his finger on. Shrugging, Harry throws WHAT THE #$*! DO WE (K)NOW!? into the cauldron; scenes from that film appear on the Big Oracle Wall, alongside the SUPERMAN, TERMINATOR, etc scenes. S.A./V.A.T. dutifully extracts tropes/motifs/themes from the new film and mixes them together with what it’s already got. Harry’s looking at the Window, and we see his face light up—yeah, that’s what was missing—
    *B*O*O*O*O*O*M*
    When Harry regains consciousness, he’s in a featureless void—nothing but ever-shifting fog-clumps in/around/over/beneath him…
    Harry has become SERGEANT INVINCIBLE. He has come to recognize that the universe really does run on narrative tropes. He knows his superpowers; he knows that once you acquire superpowers, you are, by definition, either a superhero or a supervillain; given that those are the only two choices open to him, Harry picks “hero”. S.A./V.A.T. has become Harry’s sidekick, and thru the magic of Quantum, That’s Why, it has somehow become incarnated as a svelte, coldly gorgeous fembot who has 100% perfect unfettered access to any skill ever displayed by any of the characters in any of the films Harry has ever given S.A./V.A.T. to work with as raw material. The newly-reborn Sgt. Invincible and S.A./V.A.T. are both extremely genre-savvy; the Sgt. has no compunctions about exploiting this insight to achieve his goals, but S.A./V.A.T. thinks that’s cheating. They fight crime.

    • invivoMark

      … but why is he a sergeant?

      • Brad

        He’s new money, so he was in the military to pay for college.

      • http://anthrozine.com Cubist

        Why a sergeant? Because Sgt. Bilko and Sgt. Fury and Sgt. Rock. Basically, because TROPES.

        • invivoMark

          I buy it.

    • http://patheos.com/blogs/hallq/ Chris Hallquist

      I love this origin story.

      As for villains… nothing we’ve said about his powers keeps him from being imprisoned. Or teleported into a black hole…

  • B-Lar

    Or being sinisterly manipulated by Proffessor Mind-control to assasinate the president and lose the love and respect of one and all.

    Professor Mind -control has a moon base, and an exposed brain.


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