It seems like only yesterday I was making fun of The Ultimates, but now we find ourselves at the end. Let's do it.
In many respects, he's Foxbat without the crazy. All of Utility's equipment is more utilitarian, seemingly made up of "off-the-shelf" technology (for values of "off-the-shelf" found in a superhero universe, anyway).
I'll admit, I'm not usually too fond of characters that follow the "normal guy buys a bunch of military-grade stuff and is instantly able to go toe-to-toe with superhumans" schtick, but I do have a soft spot for Utility, if only because of the original Mark Williams illo for him in Enemies.
I also dig the fact that, judging from his name (William Chow), he's Asian-American, but he doesn't fall into the generic martial artist trap. I mean, he is a martial artist, but it's not his primary thing. It's just another aspect of his off-the-shelf style.
In Classic Enemies, he got a bit of an upgrade in the form of a Gadget Pool (something not invented when he first saw print). It's a reasonable upgrade that turns him from an interesting mercenary villain into a proper threat, provided he has time to prepare. I've used him in virtually every campaign, most recently in my last 5e game, where a very prepared Utility managed to take down about 800 points worth of novice superheroes by knowing what he was facing and preparing accordingly. In that, he's a great character to use to teach heroes teamwork and preparedness of their own.
And, with that, we're done with Classic Enemies.
I started this project over two months ago (back on April 3rd). I needed something to channel my thinking about gaming because I had to stop playing with my Tuesday night crew. By my count, this is the thirty fourth and final character piece, though I may do one or two little follow-ups. In the past two months, I've messed around with the format, shared my thoughts here, on Google+, Facebook, and RPGnet, spawning some really terrific conversation and an actual Hero System discussion spin-off thread over on the Purple Place. I've received comments and compliments from the creators of a number of these characters, and re-thought my own opinions of a few of them. It's been good therapy for me, and reminded me of why I played virtually nothing but Champions for nearly two decades.
I've already decided to continue blogging my read-throughs of classic Champions material. The next is going to be a short one, then I may try tackling one of the bigger sourcebooks. We'll see. For now, I hope you've enjoyed this as much as I've enjoyed doing it.