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|Name||Reaper, the Minion of Death|
|Alias||Those who don't know him personally often refer to him as "the Reaper". Occasionally he's been known to go under the name Alonso Bassington. His real identity (if he has one) is unknown! [Dramatic Music]|
Reaper is very much a traditionalist when it comes to dress - head-to-toe black, hooded robe all the way. Reaper himself is tall and gaunt, with very pale skin. He's spear bald, and lacks eyebrows. We assume he's human, for want of any firm evidence to the contrary. Most of the time he wears the hood of his robe pulled up, but when he doesn't, he looks a tad bit like a fish.
[offended silence]Well, sorry, but you do. Your eyes kind of bulge a bit, and your ears stick out something like fins --
[frosty silence]Er... this is going to wind up being expensive come contract time, isn't it?
[vindictive, affirmative silence]Aw, nuts. Hair: none
Eyes: cobalt blue
Height: 6' 3" (191 cm)
Weight: 160 lbs (73 kg)
The full extent of Reaper's powers are unknown. Primarily he's exceptional for his stealth, agility, and proficiency with his scythe. In all of these qualities he's far beyond the human, and even the superhero, norm. He may be very high on the list of the world's top martial artists and hand-to-hand fighters.
Reaper also seems to have some kind of power over time and space. He survived Hydrogen Guy's inadvertent destruction of the universe in the Never Say Die Til You're Dead time-line, and bring HG and DB through the void back to their own time and place. Later in Armageddon with a Side of Fries, he somehow transported HG and DB to the Manifold, the pocket universe of the Ancient Republic Mages.
Finally, Reaper can extend his senses into the astral plane. This is how he is able to sense the presence of any being within his immediate area (and, not incidentally, why that big floppy hood doesn't hamper his vision when he's fighting). He can also communicate with other astral beings - like Doug, unbeknownst to the others.
|Weapon of choice||
The mono-planar scythe. Reaper uses no other weapons, but then, he doesn't need to. The scythe's blade consists of a few atomic layers of an unknown alloy, compressed by an ultra-thin force shield to a pressure around 350 GPa (similar to that experienced by Earth's iron core). It can cut through any material currently available on Earth in one stroke, and practically most of those available elsewhere. The shaft, which Reaper uses as everything from a walking stick to a fighting staff to a vault-pole, is a light graphite-titanium composite which he can collapse for easy storage. The whole thing he can conceal inside his robes, which like a cartoon character's, seems to have unlimited extra-dimensional pockets.
|Beverage of choice||
Camomile tea. Reaper doesn't drink alcohol and is lactose intolerant.
Reaper is (was?), apparently, a servant of the Incarnation of Death, a job at which he is very, very good. He doesn't speak, but his silences are very expressive.
His history is somewhat convoluted by time-travel. He met the Diatomic Duo in an alternate version of the late 22nd century - which has since been avoided or destroyed altogether by Hydrogen Guy's destruction of Hans-Raoul's Chaos Orb. In this era, Reaper was working for the various Corporates as an assassin and occasional go-between for street gangs and Corp management. Now he's settling into the early 21st century superhero culture. He lives in the Kitsilano neighbourhood of Vancouver. Hydrogen Guy helped him get a membership in the League of Heroes, and he has become good friends with Helium Girl. Not all of the other League members trust him (most notably Gen X Man), but Chuck War and the Covalent Crusaders consider him "one of the guys".
During a recent GC exercise with Chuck War, Reaper became a target of an angry Americana. While her dislike for Hydrogen Guy and Deuterium Boy has been watered down to disdain since they became members of the Justice Council, and Chuck War she tolerates for his actions during the Zxanxi crisis, she still has a considerable loathing for Reaper. She blames him for her "break-down" following the Ambassatron incident, in which Reaper confronted her after climbing inside the multi-storey robot.
Reaper seems to be in thrall to Z and the Mages of the Ancient Republic - why is uncertain. Perhaps it has something to do with his origins.
Yes, that was a blatant tease. Why do you ask?
Amoung Reaper's eccentric habits is his practice of breaking into people's apartments and cooking them elaborate meals. Although they find it disconcerting at first, they usually get used to it since he's such a good cook. (HG's fruits and veggies song in episode 20 apparently did some good). He also enjoys knitting (maybe its the needles he finds appealing), and always seems to be driving an expensive, sporty, late-model car. How he can afford this when he doesn't have any actual income is yet another one of the many mysteries surrounding the Minion of Death.
Personally, I think it's Bingo winnings.