Ironman – Hulkbuster
Identity: Anthony Stark
DESIGN NOTES: The Hulkbuster armor is heavy-duty exo-frame designed for maximum strength amplification at the cost of reduced versatility and mobility. As its name suggests, it was specifically designed for hand-to-hand combat with the rampaging Hulk. The armor was rated with a lift (press) capacity of 175 tons. During its maiden run, the armor enabled Stark to hold his own in sustained physical combat with the Hulk. In subsequent battles with the Hulk, however, Stark has declined to utilize this armor, so it is unclear whether it is indeed capable of defeating the Hulk.
Hulk-Buster Armor: This is not really a suit of armor but an exoskeleton for the Mark 11 (Modular Armor). It was specifically designed to be used in battle with the Hulk. The suit provides the following:
The Hulkbuster armor has Unearthly material strength and provides Monstrous protection from physical and energy attacks, including heat, cold, radiation, electricity, and lasers.
Refractory Coating: The armor is coated with a multi-purpose refractory coating that provides it with Monstrous resistance to light and sound based attacks. This same coating provides Monstrous protection from electronic attempts to control the armor or its wearer’s mind.
Force Field: Shift-Z. this requires all power being shunted to the Force Field grid. No Energy weapons can be used, only Life Support and Sensors operate. Due to the dual-system, Physical Mobility operates at Monstrous Strength rank. This can only be used for 2 rounds/hour or the grid overloads and burns off a layer of the outer armor, reducing the Protection by -1CS.
Absorption: The Hulkbuster armor can also absorb upto Unearthly heat, radiation and electricity damage per turn, and store upto Class 1000 level energy at one time. Stored energy in excess of Class 1000 causes damage to the armor, and may cause it to overload (Red Endurance FEAT roll to avoid system shut down for 1-10 turns). Stored energy can be redirected through the Repulsors, causing upto Shift Z damage with a single blast. Absorbing energy directed at the armor as an attack requires a Green Reason FEAT roll.
Protected Senses: The armor is equipped with polarized eye lenses that drop automatically in the presence of bright light. These lenses provide Monstrous protection from light based blinding attacks. The armor is also equipped with sonic baffles that automatically screen out intense sound. These baffles provide Amazing protection from deafening attacks. Finally, the armor is equipped with sensors that automatically detect the presence of toxic substances in the armor’s vicinity (such as a poison gas) and will seal the armor off and activate its internal air supply. The sensors have a range of one area radius.
High-speed duo-source turbines located in boots.
Normal flight of 10 areas per round, maximum of 30 rounds.
May reach Unearthly speeds (50 areas/ round) outside the atmosphere.
Turbines have a high efficiency, and can function at the very borders of the atmosphere.
If used as weapons, the boots inflict Incredible damage to targets in the same area.
Water Thrusters: The Hulkbuster armor contains water impelling thrusters that provide Excellent underwater swimming speed. Iron Man can reach his top speed in two turns, and decelerate to a full stop in one turn.
Sensors: The armor provides infravision, telescopic vision, and enhanced hearing, with Incredible ability. The armor is also equipped with radar, sonar, sonic, thermal, X-ray, infra-red, ultraviolet, magnetic resonance and radiation detection units. Each has a range of 300 miles and functions with Amazing ability. While the sensors are active, Iron Man cannot be blindsided. The Hulkbuster armor also can detect hazardous gases, chemicals, and particles, estimate height, weight, and distance, and estimated times of arrival based on velocity with Amazing ability. If the sensors are inactive or disabled, Iron Man’s Intution is reduced to Excellent. This does not affect his Karma.
Communicators: The armor is also equipped with an all band radio communicator, several personal cell phone lines, a wireless modem, a wireless fax imaging system, several private frequency lines, police bands, and an AM/FM radio. The armor can link up with global satellites to enable communications around the world, with Monstrous ability.
Wall Crawling/Traction: The Hulkbuster armor’s boots and gauntlets are equipped with micro-suction cups that provide it with Excellent wall crawling abilities. The armor can also electromagnetically affix itself to any mettallic surface, with Monstrous ability. Finally, the boots are equipped with retractable ice picks that enable Iron Man to retain his footing on icy surfaces, with Excellent ability.
Air Supply: The armor contains enough compressed air for 2 hours of normal breathing (this is shortened if the armor is operated at high pressure). The oxygen tanks automatically replenishes itself when exposed to breathable air. It takes approximately 10 turns to completely replenish the air supply.
Life Support: The armor provides a complete nuclear, chemical, biological environment for 60 days by filtering air.
Air Bag: 1 time cushioning of impact if Slammed more than 5 Areas (or that Speed equivalent). Internal inertial sensors guage this and automatically deploy it. Unit can also be manually deployed to be used for catching or stopping someone/something else. Unearthly protection vs. Physical
Stanchion Boots: Anchor cables fire from the boots into the ground. This holds him in place with Monstrous Strength.
Repulsors: The Repulsors are palm mounted particle beam emitters which cause up to Unearthly force, energy or blunt attack damage, or stun with up to Amazing ability, at a range of 10 areas. A built-in targeting computer provides +2CS to hit and can track multiple targets (up to 4 attacks with a Green FEAT; 6 attacks with a Yellow FEAT; and 8 attacks with a Red FEAT). The repulsors can also be used as an area attack, affecting everyone in an adjacent area at -2CS damage. Area attacks cannot be dodged, but intended targets can escape its effects by leaving the area of effect.
Helmet mounted Light: Remarkable illumination with a 2 area range.
Ultra-Freon Spray: Monstrous intensity Cold (Energy Damage/Endurance Check), 1 area range, 3 shots, area effect.
Gauntlet Energy Shield: Unearthly Protection vs. Energy, allows direct absorption of Energy Attacks for use of the armor systems without a FEAT Roll.
Knock-Out Pellets: Incredible intensity to a full area. 2 area range
Computers: The armor has a built-in housekeeping computer of Monstrous ability that controls and monitors most suit functions and processes data. The computer can access the Avengers’ main computer for information about various superhuman criminals.
Alter Ego: When not wearing the Ironman suit Tony Stark has the following abilities:
Due to the bulk of the armor when attempting fine/nimble operations Agility is at -1CS.
Weak against extreme Heat and Cold: Anything above Amazing intensity will begin to burn off or shatter the layers of the outer armor. If it is more than a small area, Protection is permanently reduced by -1CS for every Rank above Amazing. This is to the outer armor only and the inner armor still protects the wearer.
Bionics, Business/Finance, Cybernetics, Electronics, Engineering, Weapons Design, Martial Arts A B
As a former industrialist playboy, Tony Stark has numerous contacts throughout the engineering, business and entertainment world. He also has numerous contacts throughout the intelligence community, thanks to his former days as a munitions developer. Finally, he is founding member of the Avengers, and is a close friend and ally of Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, the Black Widow, Jack of Hearts, and Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. His personal confidants include James Rhodes (formerly Iron Man II; formerly War Machine I), Bethany Cabe, Harold Hogan, and Pepper Potts.
Anthony Stark was born to the family of Howard Stark (a wealthy industrialist) and Maria Stark, and inherited the family company at an early age. When he was in Viet Nam supervising his US munitions supply, he was fataly wounded in the heart and captured by communists who wanted him to build a weapon for them. Instead, he created the first of the Iron Man armors that would help his health as well as providing an escape. He was helped fleeing the country by James Rhodes.
Stark kept himself alive through the use of the armored chest plate, and played a dual role as industrialist / millionaire / playboy Stark, and bodyguard / Stark employee / adventurer Iron Man, stopping corporate espionage, founding and supplying SHIELD, and founding and joining the Avengers. Later, among various armor redesigns, Stark recieved a heart transplant, oblivating the need for his armored pacemaker chest plate.
Then, over time and during Stark’s long bout with alcoholism, Obadiah Stane managed to wrest control of Stark’s company and bring Stark to virtual poverty. At this time, Rhodes took on the Iron Man identiy. Soon, Stark and his friends were able to form a successful rival company, Circutis Maximus. After a while, Stark’s battle with Stane was brought to a head, and Stark regained control of his father’s company. Stark also began his recovery from alcoholism.
Soon, he discovered that technology developed by Stark Int’l was being used by armored criminals, and thus began a long “Armor War” as Stark tracked down all evidence of his corrupted technology. This led him to violate many laws, and even kill the Soviet agent, Gremlin. The US Army sent an armored soldier, Firepower, to apprehend Stark, who ultimately faked his death, using an “Iron-Man-as-Stark-employee”excuse to come back as Iron Man again.
Later, he was shot by Kathy Dare, an old girlfriend in an insane rage of jealousy. This left him severly injured, paralyzed from the waist down. He could, however, fully function while in the Iron Man armor, and he remained increasingly dependant on the armor until a microchip device was implanted in his spine to enable him to walk again. However, his body later rejected the implant, and Stark’s body was put in a cyrogenic freeze, after which Stark legeally died, and Rhodes took over running Stark’s business.
Stark recovered, however, and took on the mantle of iron once again, much to the chagrin of pinch-hitter Rhodes. Rhodes left Stark Int’l to become his own hero, War Machine, although Stark and Rhodes later repaired their friendship.
Subsequent activities led Iron Man to help disband the Avengers’ West Coast branch and set up Force Works, before he influenced by the time-travelling manipulator Immortus. Becoming a traitor to the Avengers, Stark murdered the Avengers’ nanny Marilla, Avengers’ associate Yellowjacket II, and even a Force Works public relations manager. Stark ultimately faught a younger version of himself (brought from the past to fight him,) with both heroes mortally wounding the other. Before he passed away, Tony Stark tried to redeem himself by providing plans for a pacemaker chest plate that would save the life of his younger self and would pave the way for him to be the next Iron Man.
This new Iron Man later sacrificed himself to the psychic-energy villain Onslaught, and was shunted to a pocket universe. Upon re-emerging from this universe, Iron Man was reborn into the body and the memories of Tony Stark as he appeared before Immortus’ manipulations. Finding Stark International bought by the Fujikawa Corporation, Tony Stark set up a new business for himself, Stark Solutions, as a technological consulting firm, and reassumed the Iron Man indentiy. Iron Man was on hand to reassemble the Avengers as well. Stark set up a new base of operations in his Seattle home, and eventually rescued the robot Jocasta, allowing her to interface with his mansion’s computer systems.
Tony Stark continues to adventure as Iron Man.
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