Identity: Higashi Ando
Occupation: Comedian, Television Personality
Other Aliases: The Telescopic Man
Height: 5’ 10"
Weight: 145 lbs.
Place of Birth: Nagasaki, Japan
Known Relatives: Kimiyo (wife), Hitoshi (son)
Group Affiliations: Defense Force Ultra
Higashi Ando is an unassuming middle-aged Asian man of above-average height and lean physique. His hairline is receding and he requires corrective lens to see. As the Telescopic Man, Higashi wears the Defense Force Ultra uniform in a blue pattern. Close examination reveals that his helmet’s visor is enhanced with a gizmo of some sort.
Higashi Ando, also known as the Telescopic Man, is the former leader of Japan’s Defense Force Ultra. He was a mildly successful comedian taping a sketch spoofing the Sentries when Kaijusaur demolished the television studio during its first attack on Tokyo. Higashi and his co-workers were trapped under rubble and could not escape the blazes that had erupted throughout the building. Higashi was dressed as the Harlequin for the sketch, and he mused that if he possessed that Sentry’s powers he would be able to save everyone.
Higashi put all of his effort in one last attempt to free himself, and was astonished to discover that he was able to stretch his way out of the rubble just as the Harlequin would. After getting his co-workers to safety, Higashi set out to see if his new-found powers could do anything about the giant monster destroying the city. He encountered the rest of the new heroes who would soon form the DFU and, having spent hours reviewing combat footage of the Sentries while developing his skit, was able to guide the others in successfully driving off Kaijusaurus.
Higashi and the other heroes became overnight sensations. They soon had a corporate sponsor, a major toy company, which supplied them with uniforms, a headquarters, and a name: Defense Force Ultra. Higashi was was unanimously chosen as leader by the new team and selected the nom de guerre of T-Man (for “Telescopic Man”).
T-Man served as team leader for almost fifteen years, finally retiring when Defense Force Ultra lost their sponsorship during Japan’s ‘’Lost Decade’’. He chose not to return to the group when they reformed in 2004 as he had started both a family and a successful television career by that time. However, he remains in contact with his old teammates and can be counted on in times of dire need.
Like most of Defense Force Ultra, T-Man’s identity is public knowledge. Higashi is considered a national icon, famous as both a superhero and an entertainer, and is recognized nearly everywhere he goes.
|POWERS & ABILITIES|
The Telescopic Man can stretch any part of his body to incredible lengths at will. He has been observed stretching his entire body over a length of around 1000 feet, but it is not known if this is the maximum distance he can achieve. T-Man uses this power for a variety of effects, such as ensnaring enemies with elongated arms, attacking groups of foes with enlarged fists, and covering ground rapidly by greatly increasing the length of his stride. His rubbery body is resistant to energy attacks and can absorb the impact of most projectiles.
Higashi is near-sighted and needs corrective lenses. His teammate ONI created a special pair of goggles for him that not only allow him to see but also function as binoculars and night-vision lens. The goggles are linked to Defense Force Ultra’s computers and provide a constant data stream on T-Man’s environment and opponents. Finally, the goggles offer protection against disorientating video and audio attacks. T-Man highly prizes these goggles and they have been integrated into every version of his costume.
|PERSONALITY & TACTICS|
As is common with professional comics, Higashi is rather serious and low-key out of the limelight. His sense of humor is very dry and until one gets to know him it can be hard to tell when he is joking. Like many retired careerists, he enjoys the company of those still in the game and is always happy to swap anecdotes and pointers with fellow heroes. While Higashi is focused on his family and television career these days, he remains ready to suit up again if needed.
T-Man provided excellent support to the rest of Defense Force Ultra in combat. He would hang back to access the situation and provide tactical advice before wading in. T-Man would then focus on minions or set up opponents for his more powerful teammates, tying up and tripping foes until they could be taken out. In his off-hours, Higashi would review video of paranormals from around the world, taking note of potential threats and learning from the success of other heroes.
PL: 10 (155 pp)
|ABILITIES:||STR: 14 (+2)||DEX: 16 (+3)||CON: 18 (+4)||INT: 14 (+2)||WIS: 17 (+3)||CHA: 16 (+3)|
SKILLS: Bluff 10 (+13), Gather Info 4 (+7), Know: Popular Culture 4 (+6), Know: Tactics 4 (+6), Language 1 (English), Notice 7 (+10), Perform: Comedy 6 (+9), Search 6 (+8), Sense Motive 7 (+10), Stealth 7 (+10),
FEATS: Distract (Bluff), Elusive Target, Equipment 1, Grappling Finesse, Improved Disarm, Improved Grab, Improved Grapple, Improved Trip, Luck 1, Taunt, Weapon Bind
- Snare 10 (Engulf, Obscure Vision, Reversible)
- AP: Elongation 8
- AP: Rapid Attack 10
- Protection 6
- Strike 4 (Mighty)
- Speed 2 (Stretch Run)
- AP: Super-Movement 1 (Swinging)
- Device 2 (Goggles – Analytic Vision (Normal), Extended Vision 2, Darkvision, Immunity to Dazzle, Hard to Take)
COMBAT: Attack 10, Grapple +21, Damage +6 (Unarmed), Defense 20, Knockback -5, Initiative +3
SAVES: Toughness +10, Fortitude +8, Reflex +5, Will +5
Abilities 35 + Skills 14 (56 ranks) + Feats 11 + Powers 47 + Combat 40 + Saves 8 – Drawbacks 0 = 155 / 155