I suspect today's entry will prove one of the more popular. I've had more than a few folks ask when I was going to get to him, and yesterday's post was a bit of putting off the inevitable, truth to tell. Even now, if I were doing this in strict alphabetical order, tonight's entry would be Firewing, but even Classic Enemies put him first, so let's get going.
Every long-time fan of the CU knows Foxbat's origin. Freddy Fosworth was a rich, spoiled, manchild with a love of comics. Nay! An obsession for comics! He trained himself to peak physical condition, ready for the day he could become a superhero himself, only to lose his fortune in a stock market crash. Under the circumstances, villainy was his only viable career path. Armed with his wits and his mighty ping-pong ball gun, he went forth to wrong rights, put damsels in distress, and ruin the day.
The thing I love about Foxbat is that he's in that same category of crazy self-aware, fourth-wall-breaking character as Ambush Bug or Deadpool. But Foxbat got there first! (Trust me, I looked it up.) He's one part Wile E. Coyote, one part Richie Rich on Skid Row, one part your dimwitted cousin who wanders into traffic and believes everything he sees on TV. It's a winning combination.
I hold a rare distinction in that I've actually been threatened by Foxbat, in writing. If you look at the letters page in Adventurer's Club #20, you'll see that my nice letter complimenting the efforts to get the magazine back on track are met with outright hostility from dear old Foxy. I quaked in my boots, I tells ya...
While I'm sure there were GMs and players out there who don't like Foxbat, they're not people I want to play games with. To me, he's a terrific tonic for an overly-serious campaign, a way to deflate the overconfident without making utter fools out of them. My most memorable use of him was as a foil in my Alamo City Defenders game. He crashed the initial "audition" episode, trying to make the team, claiming that the rules said nothing about criminal or mental health issues being a disqualifying factor. When that didn't work, he broke out of jail and created his own Defenders, even suing the team for trademark infringement. He also put the moves on Witchfire, my wife's PC, with hilarious and pyrotechnic results.
Since I know Bruce Harlick has read a couple of these and will probably see this, I'm just going to take it upon myself to speak on behalf of Champions fans everywhere and say, "Thanks!"