Charcoal for Champions

Real name: Charlie Buringame
Other known aliases: The Burning Man. He has impersonated Man-Ape.
Occupation: Free-lance hero and student, former terrorist.
Current group affiliation: Redeemers
Past group affiliations: Thunderbolts, Liberation Forces of America
Major enemies: Liberation Forces of America, USAgent, Jury, Masters of Evil VI.
First appearance: Thunderbolts #19
Origin: Thunderbolts #24
Description: In human form Charlie is a young man with dark skin, brown eyes and no hair (probably shaven). He is 5'7'' tall and weighs 135 lbs. in human form. In the form of Charcoal, Charlie is a hulking humanoid made of carbon with glowing eyes and sharp protrusions on his elbows and knees.


 8/43    STR    -2
   14    DEX    12
10/23    CON     0
11/12    BODY    2
   13    INT     3
   13    EGO     6
10/20    PRE     0
   12    COM     1
 3/ 9    PD      2  
 6/ 9    ED      5
    4    SPD    16
 4/13    REC     0
20/46    END     0
20/43    STUN    0
Characteristics Cost: 45

Powers, Skills and Equipment

14    7/7 Armor,Linked(-1/2),"To Shape Shift."    
17    +13 CON,Linked(-1/2),"To Shape Shift."    
20    EC (20),"Energy being."    
16a)  20" Flight (Fire),Only In Hero ID(-1/4)                   4
20b)  Shape Shift,"Any vaguely humanoid form made of carbon.",    
      limited group of shapes,0 END Persistent(+1)              0  
 7    1 LVLS Growth (stats already included),Linked(-1/2),"To    
       Shape Shift.",0 END Persistent(+1)                       0
 4    Life Support,safe in heat/cold,immune to disease,Linked    
       (-1/2),"To Shape Shift."    
40    MP (50),"Carbon shape shifting",Only In Hero ID(-1/4)    
 4u    10D6 EB (Fire)                                           5
 4u    5D6 EB (Fire),Damage Shield(+1/2),0 END(+1/2)            0
 1u    10/10 Force Field,14- Activation(-1/2),x1 Hardened(+1/4) 2
 2u    2D6 HKA,"Diamond shard hands",vs physical defense        3
 2u    3" Stretching,0 END(+1/2)                                0
 7    +10 PRE,Linked(-1/2),"To Shape Shift."    
 7    1 BODY Regen,Linked(-1/2),"To Shape Shift."    
20    +30 STR,Linked(-1/2),"To Shape Shift."                    3
 7    Tracking Scent,Can only track pieces of himself.(-1/2)    
 3    1 Levels: EB, Haymaker and Move By.,tight group    
 7    4/4 Armor,OIF(-1/2),Only in normal ID.(-1/4)    
 3    Radio XMIT/REC,"Costume radio.",OIF(-1/2)    
Powers Cost: 205


Base Points: 100
15    Distinctive,"Big humanoid lump of carbon in hero ID.",easily
20    Hunted,"By various enemies.",as powerful,non-combat
       influence,harsh,appear 11-
20    Normal Stats
10    Physical Lim,"He's big and heavy in hero ID.",infrequently,
10    Psych Lim,"Hates to be ignored or under estimated by
10    Psych Lim,"Angry young man.",common,moderate
10    Psych Lim,"Code vs. killing.",uncommon,strong
15    Psych Lim,"Attached to Jolt.",common,strong
10    Rep,"Runs with former criminals.",occur 8-,extreme
15    Secret ID,"Charlie Buringame"
 5    Unluck,1D6
10    Watched,"by the U.S. government.",more powerful,mild,appear
Disadvantages Total: 150

Experience Spent: 0
Total Points: 250

Thunderbolts #19 Explanation of the conversion: Charlie wears an unstable molecule costume in human form which is absorbed into his body in hero form, which is why the Armor is both an Obvious Inaccessible Focus and Only In Normal ID. Powers which are "Only in Hero ID" work only when he is in carbon form. His Tracking Scent power is meant to represent his ability to follow broken pieces of his carbon when he leaves them on people.

History: Charlie's father became a member of the Imperial Forces of America and during a medical exam by their scientists, it was discovered that Charlie had the potential to gain super powers. Under the direction of Arnim Zola he has turned into the super-human Charcoal the Burning Man (recounted in Thunderbolts #24).

He fought for the Imperial Forces for a little while out of loyalty to his father. With them they succeeded to take over a small town until confronted by the Thunderbolts (Thunderbolts #19).

Shortly after confronting the Thunderbolts Charlie decided to join them in their quest to redeem themselves and become heroes. Using his tracking ability he followed a bit a coal broken off in Hawkeye's pack to the temporary headquarters of the Thunderbolts. After initial apprehension he convinced Hawkeye that he really wanted to become a hero. He has aided them in facing the USAgent and the Jury who were hired to capture the Thunderbolts and then helped them track down the Masters of Evil VI.

Since joining the Thunderbolts, Charlie has become very close to his teammate Jolt II and began attending school with her under a false name at a school near the Thunderbolts headquarters.

Like Jolt II, became a member of the Redeemers. The Thunderbolts were no longer a team at the time because they were pardoned; he was a member of the new team that was less like a family.

While with the Redeemers Charlie's dad came looking for him again and involved him in some more Imperial forces business which Charlie was not impressed about. The confrontation resulted in his father falling into a big vat with a substance that ended up freezing him.

Charcoal was the second to attack Graviton with the Redeemers. Graviton broke him into small chunks initially and then reduced him to dust challenging Charcoal to reform himself since Charcoal has never tried his ability to reform from that extreme a degree (Thunderbolts #56).

Flame On! Powers: Charlie is able to change from his human form to one made of pure carbon. Once in this form he is able to manipulate his body to create a number of superhuman abilities. He can change the shape and structure of his body from soft coal to diamond hardness, form shields and weapons and create flame. He can fly like a rocket when he covers himself in flame. He can track any broken piece of himself at any distance. In his carbon form Charlie is superhumanly strong and durable.

Links to other Charcoal pages:

  • Character created by Marvel Comics. Picture by Dragynwulf.
    Conversion to Champions rules by Mathew R. Ignash -
    Last Updated - May, 2010

    - Back to Matt's Champions Page.-

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