Sunspot for Champions

Real name: Roberto Da Costa
Other known aliases: Reignfire II, Bobby.
Occupation: Full time hero, former student and terrorist.
Current group affiliation: None
Past group affiliations: X-Force, New Mutants, Fallen Angles, Mutant Liberation Front 2. Former partner to Gideon II.
Major enemies: Reignfire II, Magneto.
First appearance: Marvel Graphic Novel #4
Origin: Marvel Graphic Novel #4
Description: Roberto is a fit young man of 5'8'' tall weighing 170 lbs. He has dark skin, brown eyes and black hair. When utilizing his powers he absorbs light around himself, turning himself and often his clothes and pitch black. He also often has small black bubbles or a flaming black aura surrounding him when he uses his powers.

13/43     STR      3
   18     DEX     24
14/21     CON      8
   14     BODY     8
   10     INT      0
   14     EGO      8
   13     PRE      3
   14     COM      2
 8/14     PD       5
 8/ 9     ED       5
    4     SPD     12
 6/13     REC      0
28/42     END      0
28/47     STUN     0
Characteristics Cost: 78

Powers, Skills and Equipment

11     +7 CON,Only In Hero ID(-1/4)     
14     EC (Fire) (17),Only In Hero ID(-1/4)     
22a)   9D6 EB (Fire)                                   4
14b)   4D6 EB (Fire),1/2 END(+1/4),Damage Shield(+1/2) 1
15c)   20" Flight,Concentrate(-1/4)                    4
 5     Instant Change     
10     13 Mental Defense     
10     11" Running                                     2
30     +30 STR,Only In Hero ID(-1/4),1/2 END(+1/4)     1
 3     Acrobatics 13-     
 3     Breakfall 13-     
 3     Bureaucratics 12-     
 4     Lang: English,native accent     
 0     Lang: Portugese,native     
 6     3 Levels: with EB.     
 4     M Strike     
 3     Martial Throw     
 3     Navigation 11-     
 3     Takedown     
 1     WF,Swords     
 8     4/4 Armor,"Soft Armor Costume",OIF(-1/2)     
Powers Cost: 172


Base Points: 100
15     Accidental Chg,"Can't change to hero ID if deprived of
        sunlight.",uncommon,occur 14-
10     Distinctive,"Mutant",easily concealable,major
15     Distinctive,"Dark figure in hero ID.",easily concealable,
20     Hunted,"by mutant hating groups",as powerful,non-combat
        influence,harsh,appear 11-
10     Psych Lim,"Overconfident",common,moderate
15     Psych Lim,"Code vs. killing.",common,strong
15     Psych Lim,"Hot headed",common,strong
10     Rep,"Former terrorist.",occur 8-,extreme reputation
 5     Rivalry,"with Cannonball II.",professional
15     Secret ID,"Roberto Da Costa"
10     Unluck,2D6
10     Watched,"by U.S. immigration.",as powerful,non-combat
        influence,mild,appear 14-
Disadvantages Total: 150

Experience Spent: 0
Total Points: 250

Explanation of the conversion: The "Can't change to hero ID if deprived of sunlight." Accidential Change Disadvantage only comes into play if he's deprived of sunlight for more then a few days, as he keeps a healthy reserve of solar power. The Energy Blast Damage Shield can be turned on and off at will while he's in hero ID, as he can make the aura around him merely warm or burning to the touch.

New Mutants #16 History: Roberto Da Costa is the son of a deceased Brazilian millionaire and his American wife Nina, an archaeologist. Roberto first manifested his superhuman mutant powers when, at the age of fourteen, he was playing in a championship soccer match for his school team in Rio de Janiero. Motivated by racial hatred, a boy named Keller and another member of the opposing team knocked Da Costa to the ground. The hot-tempered Da Costa retaliated by tackling Keller, who began brutally beating him. It was then that, without being aware of what was happening to him, Da Costa first became able to use his superhuman strength, his body and clothing temporarily turning black in the process. Da Costa used his newfound strength to hurl Keller from him. Bewildered, Da Costa sought help, but both the other players and most of the spectators panicked and fled. However, his girlfriend, Juliana Sandoval, who had been watching the game along with Emmanuel Da Costa, stood by Roberto in his time of need.

Roberto's powers came to the attention of Donald Pierce, the renegade White Bishop of the Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club, who sought to murder any superhuman mutants he found. Pierce's mercenaries failed to abduct Roberto, but then they kidnapped Juliana. The mutant telepath Professor Charles Xavier had learned of Pierce's plan to kill Roberto and sent his colleague Moira MacTaggert and the young superhuman mutants Karma and Mirage to help Da Costa. Roberto agreed to meet with Pierce's men in order to obtain Sandoval's release, but the mercenaries refused to free her and intended to keep Da Costa prisoner as well. One of the mercenaries was apparently about to shoot Da Costa when he again became superhumanly strong and fought them, but the young mutant exhausted his power too soon, and a mercenary was about to kill him when Karma and Mirage intervened. Karma took control of the mind of the mercenary, and Mirage used her powers to terrify the others, but Da Costa, regaining his superhuman strength, knocked Karma unconscious, thinking her one of his assailants, thus breaking her hold on the mercenary. That mercenary fired at Da Costa, who had returned to normalcy again, but Sandoval leapt in front of Da Costa, taking the fatal bullet herself. Mirage defeated Sandoval's killer. Anguished with guilt that Sandoval had died because he was a mutant and thus had become the target of these killers, Da Costa vowed to take vengeance on Pierce. He joined Karma, Xavier, and another young mutant named Wolfsbane, in tracking down Pierce and battling him and his men. Xavier succeeded in defeating Pierce. Da Costa decided to stay with Xavier and receive training in the use of his superhuman powers as a member of the New Mutants. Ironically, his father Emmanuel later became a member of the Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club.

Power Pack #44 He traveled to Kentucky with Professor X and the New Mutants to visit Cannonball II's family and aided in defeating a forest fire. There they confronted the evil Hybrid alongside the Space Knights Rom and Starshine II (Rom Annual #3).

He briefly left the New Mutants with Warlock II to become a member of the Vanisher's Fallen Angels.

After Xavier's school was blown up, he and the other New Mutants encountered the X-Terminators II and their ship who were under attack by a sea monster. Along with the Namor the Submariner he helped stop the monster. He and the other New Mutants were invited by X-Factor to live on their ship (New Mutants #76).

Roberto was a member of the New Mutants when they disbanded to form X-Force, but with the death of his father he decided to not join the new team.

He was captured by Gideon and had medical experiments done on him that increased his powers, as well as linking him to the mutant that would one day be known as Reignfire. Reignfire started to clone Roberto's body for itself. He has eventually freed by X-Force and joined up with them. In a battle against the mutant terrorist Reignfire and the second Mutant Liberation Front, Sunspot was kidnapped. Months later Reignfire was unmasked as Sunspot. Fortunately, Cable was able to rehabilitate Sunspot through his Askani discipline and training. It seems he was under the mind control of Reignfire, and that Reignfire was a mutant who inhabited a clone body of Bobby. After being saved by X-Force he rejoined them until he was deported from the U.S.

Powers: Initially Bobby could absorb sunlight to increase his strength while creating a black glow about his body. Later he managed to increase his powers to include the creation of a heated aura that he could use to fly and fire blasts of black fire from his hands. He also briefly sharred a telepathic bond with Reignfire, which allowed Reignfire to control Bobby into becoming another Reignfire. It has been demonstrated that Bobby's powers increase when exposed to Asgard's sunlight.

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    Last Updated - May, 2003

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