Captain Catastrophe

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Captain Catastrophe
The Team-Killer!
Creator: David 2/Battlerock X
First Appearance: "Ask Captain Catastrophe"
Game: City of Heroes
Personal Data
Real Name: Xavier Catastrophe
Species: Human (mutated)
Age: '
Height: '
Weight: '
Eye Color: '
Hair Color: blonde
Biographical Data
Nationality: American (but any nation can take him if they want him)
Occupation: Hero
Place of Birth: '
Base of Operations: Paragon City
Marital Status: Who would want to date him, much less marry?
Known Relatives: Major Catastrophe (brother)
"Ask Captain Catastrophe", "Tales from Paragon City"
Known Powers
Known Abilities
Mutant Fire
War Mace

Captain Catastrophe is the central character in the YouTube video comic series "Ask Captain Catastrophe". He appeared in the final issue of "Tales from Paragon City".

Character History

Very little is really known about Captain Catastrophe before coming to Paragon City. His first name is Xavier, but his last name is considered a mystery.

Catastrophe claims that he wasn't born a mutant, but that he bought his mutation through the Internet. Genetic scientists, however, refute this claim, pointing out that claims of Internet-based "triggers" only affect already-existing mutant genes. His choice of weapons and costumes, though were all based on his obsession with 90's-style comic books.

From the moment he first appeared in the city, he was considered the prime example of a "team-killer". He was cocky, self-absorbed, and quick to run into a fight and expect his teammates to heal and resurrect him. It wasn't long before other heroes considered him too toxic to team with and quickly distanced themselves from him.

But this was the least of his problems, as he also spent too much time trying to hit on female Freedom Corps agents to the point that he was actually barred by legal restraining order from being anywhere near the Freedom Corps Headquarters in Galaxy City.

City Hall officials have attempted to curb Catastrophe of his "team-killer" tendencies, remembering what happened to Frostfire. They asked that the small and little-known supergroup Noble Champions recruit him so they could teach him teamwork. (The same supergroup that the Paragon Pundit is a member of.) Unfortunately the only team interaction he was interested in was with the female members. Since he was barred from staying at the Hero Barracks, he took a part-time job with City Hall to afford an apartment in Atlas Park.

Goo Incidents

Catastrophe gained notoriety after a canister of Hamidon Goo ruptured in the D.A.T.A. office in City Hall following his use of his fire-based powers. The goo reacted to his fire and expanded to coat everything in the building before being contained by Freedom Corps agents.

City Officials quickly put the blame on Catastrophe and ordered him to perform community service for the City. They determined that the best way to serve the city would be to provide public service messages on YouTube.

At some point during his public service, a second goo incident was blamed on Catastrophe, even though he was not in the building at the time of the rupture. This second incident caused suspicion that he was being framed.

Powers and Abilities

Captain Catastrophe's primary ability is Fiery Aura. He can use fire to protect or heal himself. Because he uses this power often at all times (and has a pungent smell), he is teased for having "flaming 'roids".

His secondary ability is War Mace. He uses a fantasy-designed Battle Mace to bash his enemies as he shouts the name of his favorite hero.

Unlike most mutants, he claims that his power wasn't as much by birth as from cheap mutation triggers that he purchased through the Internet. This also gave him his pointed ears.


Captain Catastrophe is the ultimate bad fanboy of heroes. He thinks that being a hero is simply a matter of getting powers, an outfit, and a cool hero name.

He earned the distinction of being a "team-killer" because he doesn't really work with others. He acts without caring about others or about strategy. He rushes in, bashes skulls, and even if he gets killed, he's not bummed out because he knows the medical teleports will bring him back.

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