Character Challenge 102: Speedster

Super heroes have certain kinds of archetypes, and one of the classics is the speedster. You know what I’m talking about, it’s folks like The Flash, Jessie Quick, Whizzer, and Quicksilver.

So your challenge this week is:

Create an awesome speedster character!

I’ll pick my personal favorites when the week is over, with the one I like best being featured in the right column for the week. The rules otherwise are the same as always:


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No limit on entries this week, so knock yourselves out. Just make them good!

106 Responses to Character Challenge 102: Speedster

  1. Rockmonster:
    http://www.gophoto.it/view.php?i=http://imageshack.us/a/img11/4621/jeffawsomeguy.png#.UHxJ7m_R6CY
    His name is Tornado

    Your entry will be disqualified as it neither goes directly to the image nor does it have the name of the character in it. Please re-read the instructions and repost if you want the character to be considered.

  2. At this time I’d like to hotlink a facepalm smiley, but it’s too much effort. Know that it’s there in spirit.

  3. Here is a new kind of speedster. Virus doesn’t exactly run on the ground really quick but he can get around the world in half a second!
    Virus gives blue-screen a whole new meaning. He’s a bounty hunter who travels through the internet and if he gets your I.P. address then he’ll get you. He prefers to collect on “dead or alive” bounties and that normally means dead. He uses electricity as his main weapon, so as he says, “it cuts out the electric chair. I’m the judge, jury, and death sentence” No one knows exactly where he came from; some say he’s a government experiment gone wrong, the only thing everyone knows for sure is he’s as deadly and merciless as they come.

    http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg47/sebastian_978/Sebastian978-Virus.png

  4. http://i559.photobucket.com/albums/ss40/Deanboogeymanboese/dean-speed.jpg

    Introducing Speed! With his heavily stylized pink and black hair, his glowing left eye, and his over-sized eyes, he resembles something straight out of an anime! However, his favorite cartoon as a child was a cartoon about a speedy racer! Thus, when his own mutant speedster abilities kicked-in, he modeled himself on the Mark 4.5, the car his hero drove. Understand, that in this description, certain names have been changed or ignored to protect the innocent…and/or the guilty.

  5. Where do I make the charactor?

  6. Here is the Candy Stealing Ghoul! He disguises himself as a Trick-or-Treater each year on Halloween and steals the candy from the children. Unlike other ghouls who feast on human flesh, he gained a strong sweet tooth instead. He has incredibly fast running skills which allows him to steal the candy without being seen.

    http://imageshack.us/a/img827/5795/nha247candystealingghou.png

    Thanks!

    -NHA247

  7. Heyla!

    None know her name. None know where she came from. There are many legends of her from Worlds now long extinct. She travels the Universe and now makes Earth her home. She mostly travels at Night, none knowing what she searches for. Some say she chases the Light, but that is just a theory. Those who have a chance encounter with her, tell that she lingers on their mind, like a song long forgotten, but there ready to come forward and be remembered.

    http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l274/Healingbear/HM/Thundersong-TheNightTraveler.png

  8. Here’s my entry. He is called Satyr. It is quite obvious why. http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/8549/satyrchisoph.png

  9. Chisoph:
    Here’s my entry. He is called Satyr. It is quite obvious why. http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/8549/satyrchisoph.png

    You might want to add some fur undies or something. Just sayin’.

  10. The Super Wifehouse. She is able to go to work early at the morning, make all the homework, take care of the children and the pets, make the supper and finally at the night, a quicky with her husband all this in only one day.

    http://imageshack.us/a/img401/6789/krivalissuperhousewife.jpg

  11. Thanx to a pose I found a while back in which I cannot recall but thank you for it.This Berserkr he is just a chaotic frenzy in battle !
    BERSERKR
    http://imageshack.us/a/img705/5907/scatmanberserkr.png

  12. DEMONSPEED can jump from body to body at the speed of sound to have them do his bidding under his “possession”to reach his evil goals.
    DEMONSPEED
    http://imageshack.us/a/img201/3995/scatmandemonspeed.png

  13. Carp: Here’s a weird HM take on an old classic… http://i1154.photobucket.com/albums/p538/Ovyd/Carp-Roadrunner_zps2f19c6e1.jpg

    Thank you Carp that was great medicine for a crappy morning!lol!

  14. ams: Here is ZIGZAG.. This character is a creation from the legendary Blue Blazer!http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/ams/2012/10/ams-ZIGZAG-update-by-Blue-Blazer.png

    Great minds think alike..nice pose…I feel like I wore the same dress to the party !lol.

  15. The fastest man on the planet isn’t from this planet. He’s from the planet Mercury. In an alternate dimension all the planets have life on them. A team that call themselves Solar came to our dimension, when the military performed an experiment that was to control black matter to use it as a weapon. The experiment went horribly wrong and almost swallowed the earth itself when they opened an unexpected portal. The team Solar came through the portal just in time to save the planet. Mercury being the fastest man on the team ran around the portal in the opposite direction the portal was spinning, causing the portal to explode. His team-mate Starling contained the blast.

    http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg47/sebastian_978/Sebastian978-Mercury.png

  16. Dynamo: A fast-talker, a quick-thinker and a slow-learner, Dynamo, was once Thomas Hall, a loving father with dreams of being a stand-up comedian. However, his dreams were shattered when he saw his family murdered in front of his eyes. He hunted down the perpetrator, but couldn’t bring himself to take revenge, instead he took him to the police, favouring justice. This act drew a dying cosmic power to Hall, which inhabited his body, meaning that he can absorb electricity and release it in bursts of superhuman speed. He now uses these powers to fight crime as Dynamo.

    http://th07.deviantart.net/fs70/PRE/i/2012/290/7/0/dynamo__redesign__by_jr19759-d5i3323.png

  17. Fire-Volt.
    A Teck-Knight Speeder Who make the thieves and the bad guys fear their own shadow.
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/116463001134068157396/albums/5799988144086474209/5799994220531982002

  18. Silverlynx:
    http://fav.me/d5i2ifk

    Cool picture.

    Now I might be wrong, but that background doesn’t look very kosher(i.e. it’s not HM material). :/

  19. headlessgeneral

    Entry #1

    Kid Wicked

    Victor Martinez was just your average amateur magician, inventor and gun enthusiast. Until he found a pair of enchanted boots which allow him to move at great speeds. Now he fights crime as Kid Wicked, wannabe apprentice to Wicked, member of mankind’s greatest superhero group, The Guardians.
    http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/headlessgeneral/2012/10/headlessgeneral-KidWicked.png

  20. NAME : Mike
    ALIAS : Trainwreck
    POWERS : In addition to mild super strength and physical durability, Mike can accelerate indefinitely.
    INFO : He may not start out as fast as most other contemporary speedsters, but given enough time, he WILL pass them.

    http://i1079.photobucket.com/albums/w510/DeliriousAL/Heromachine/DeliriousAL_Trainwreck_zpsf6e0faa9.png

  21. Worf: Cool picture.

    Now I might be wrong, but that background doesn’t look very kosher(i.e. it’s not HM material).:/

    Correct, that’s not an HM3 background so this entry will be disqualified.

  22. The Atomic Punk

    Resisting urge to view entries… It’s really slow at work. And I am building a new laptop, with a bad keyboard…

    Anyway, popped in to say “Willkommen” to some new (to-me) participants: Secret, Silverlynx, krivalis, and Corey.

    And I see some “oldbies” out there as well. Blue Blazer and The Imp must have been waiting months for this Challenge! ;9

    This one is going to be a showcase of poses. Myself, I’ll try to get one in before Monday. Bonne chance, tout le monde!

  23. After losing my work 3 times due to accidentally navigating away from the creation page, I give you: The image that almost wasn’t or The race.

    http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/y493/Keith_Kanin/Keith_Kanin-TheRace_zpsa034a338.png

    I can’t stress it enough everyone, don’t forget to save your work.

  24. Like many directors these days, I have decided to present an alternate ending to my entry The Race.

    http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/y493/Keith_Kanin/Keith_Kanin-TheRacealternateending_zpsc6640814.png

    Sorry, couldn’t resist.

  25. Heyla!

    Was putterin’ around and then this image came to mind. Fyreheart goes at a speed that creates flames. She has a unique gift where she can absorb the flames when she comes to a stop and uses those flames to vanquish the opposition.

    http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l274/Healingbear/HM/Thundersong-FyreHeart.png

  26. My entry 1: Blaster Bike
    Like all heroes faster, Blaster was hit by lightning, which gave him his super speed. Wanting to stand out from its rivals, Blaster forsook foot races to ride a bike able to support its incredible speed.

    http://i343.photobucket.com/albums/o468/tolkienhiste/tolkienhiste-BlasterBike.png

  27. Hyperanthropos

    Among the many things I liked about Jack Kirby’s Work, were the immortal Superhuman races, where everybody had superpowers. The New Gods, the Inhumans and the Eternals were fascinating to me, because Kirby essentially took motives from ancient myths and greek tragedies and created his on pantheon of supernatural beings.
    My character is a homage to Jack Kirby. His name is Kinesis, and he is a member of the Neolympians.
    http://imageshack.us/a/img560/6682/hyperanthroposkinesis.png

  28. GoldSpeeder

  29. Jim, you have to post an image of the character, not the save string. There’s a whole “Export” function built right into the program — please see the big cartoon in the main post showing how you’re supposed to do all of this.

    I’ve edited your comment to remove the text string.

  30. frozen_scarecrow

    Introducing Care Free, the nonchalant speedster.
    http://link-king.deviantart.com/#/d5i785k

  31. To the citizens of Hale City he is known as The Falcon for his death-defying freefall attack. To the cities supernatural underbelly he is DFA Death From Above.

    http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk223/tigerdragonmaster/HeroMachineCharacters/tigerdragonmaster-FalconDFApng.png

  32. Entry #2

    Bullet Time again. Running around with no bullets in the way. It’s the life.

    http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/seraph/2012/10/Bullet-Time2.png

  33. ohm is an unfortunate individual who had the misfortune of being struck by lightning. due to a mutation of his genetic code, and having worked at a Rocky Flats for years, this man’s body had become highly radioactive. when his body was struck, the reaction of the plasma with his radioactive cellular structure cause his body to disintegrate. while his body disintegrated however, his mind adhered itself to the lightning. it took him many months to understand what had happened, as his mind had split into thousands of static electric currents. eventually, he gained enough control to pull himself together from all over the world. seeking out the help of certain telepathic persons, he managed to gain the help of one professor Xavier, who built him a suit that functioned as a container for his body, and used his own electricity to power it. he can use this body to contain himself and to communicate with others, but on some missions he prefers to leave it behind, as without it, he is able to travel at the speed of light without injury.

    http://fav.me/d5i7nah

  34. infinate is the fastest being to walk the universe. instead of running at speeds unknown he posesses the ability to “pull” time and space behind him to go to tremendous speeds surpassing light

    http://i1251.photobucket.com/albums/hh559/OdioAmoris/infinate.jpg

  35. The Biker Berserker tries to run down our hero, but Delta Vee and his Flaming Feathers are much too quick for him!

    http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af309/skybandit/Skybandit-DeltaVee.png

  36. Once heralded as the fastest of the B Class, Rustbuckett, as he was now known, found himself relegated to parades and store openings.

    http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/djuby/2012/10/djuby-rustbuckett.JPG

  37. spidercow2012

    I did a rather cursory glance through other submissions before I sent this, enough to gather that it may seem derivative (unintentionally, I promise) and certainly is named the same as someone else’s (sorry, Kaldath!), but I’m just too lazy to change it now. So here’s another Bluestreak: http://th09.deviantart.net/fs70/PRE/i/2012/292/c/6/spidercow_bluestreak_by_spidercow2010-d5i907b.png

  38. The Speed Bandits! Stealing from the rich, to give to themselves! Truly the epitome of heroism in its true form!

    http://www.majhost.com/gallery/bobobo1/Rorschach/jack-speedbandits.png

  39. spidercow2012

    spidercow2012: I did a rather cursory glance through other submissions before I sent this, enough to gather that it may seem derivative (unintentionally, I promise) and certainly is named the same as someone else’s (sorry, Kaldath!), but I’m just too lazy to change it now. So here’s another Bluestreak: http://th09.deviantart.net/fs70/PRE/i/2012/292/c/6/spidercow_bluestreak_by_spidercow2010-d5i907b.png

    Upon further scrutiny, looks like Kaldath and Blue Blazer BOTH beat me to my character’s name. Maybe I should’ve named him Blue Blazer…

  40. alphaalpharomeo

    Well guys with all the amazing pics on here I think it’s safe to say that once again I will not be winning a character contest

  41. spidercow2012: Upon further scrutiny, looks like Kaldath and Blue Blazer BOTH beat me to my character’s name. Maybe I should’ve named him Blue Blazer…

    Saaaaaayyy, that’s catchy…

  42. http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/mark/2012/10/Snail-Male-Lumis-the-Unstable-Man.png

    Lumis the Unstable Man… Everything about him, physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and atomically is unstable… giving him the ability to move at extreme and impossible speeds and angles but also always at risk of falling apart… in more ways than one.

  43. Most other heroes refuse to work with him saying that his methods are too extreme. The only reason that the cops haven’t tried taking him in is that he is effective at removing scum from the streets. So if you are thinking of breaking the law, just remember that nothing travels faster than Bad News!

    http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/y493/Keith_Kanin/Keith_Kanin-BadNews_zps25803e99.png

  44. why’d mine get taken off?

  45. Snail Male, it was just held as pending until I approved it. Which I just did.

  46. thank you… I was thinking it got taken off cuz I didn’t see it anymore

  47. The Atomic Punk

    Rapide: Henri Marchand worked as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in Montréal, PQ, Canada until his hyper-physiology registered a false positive on a drug test. His employer sent him to “rehab.” In actuality, it was an illegal mutant detention and research facility. Henri managed to escape. He has not let the experience deter him from using his skills and abilities to help others.

    He now works under an assumed name at a Bien matinal! convenience store on Autoroute-15, just north of St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu. During his off hours, he listens to emergency radio and races to the scene as Rapide – often beating first-responders.

    Close-up

    * Busy week / weekend. This is a re-design of an old character and Zypping practice. A “sketch,” if you will.

  48. Jeff Hebert: Correct, that’s not an HM3 background so this entry will be disqualified.

    so I reposted this without the background:
    http://imageshack.us/a/img849/2207/silverlynxgreyfury.jpg

  49. hope it’s not too late to post this but I just got inspired for him… He’s a large man, who is extremely fast due to augmentive technology and advanced engineered genes who wears spiky armor and mostly just smashes things and throws people… Bōru-o-hakai the high speed wrecking ball.
    http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/mark/2012/10/Snail-Male-Bōru-o-hakai.jpg

  50. NHA247:
    Here is the Candy Stealing Ghoul! He disguises himself as a Trick-or-Treater each year on Halloween and steals the candy from the children. Unlike other ghouls who feast on human flesh, he gained a strong sweet tooth instead. He has incredibly fast running skills which allows him to steal the candy without being seen.

    http://imageshack.us/a/img827/5795/nha247candystealingghou.png

    Thanks!

    -NHA247

    My favorite EVER

  51. Russ Trevor was engineering student, in Grad school when he received an internship at NASA. One night when he was working late, he caught sneaking around and followed them to an off-limits area. When the intruders realized they’d been caught, they pushed Russ into a large machine they’d been tampering with and made a break for the exit. Russ was suddenly caught in some kind of force field. The next thing he knew he woke up in a hospital bed. Only a half hour latter the room was filled with agents asking him about what had happened.

    When he got out of the hospital a few days latter, his friends decided to celebrate by going roller skating. Russ had always been a good skater, but today he was preforming stunts that simply shouldn’t have been possible. When he returned to NASA he found out why. A senior researcher named Dr. Dovert met with Russ. The Doctor explained that the machine the intruders were examining was an Inertia Field Generator (IFG). Inertia Fields were NASA’s most recent breakthrough. By mitigating the effects of inertia, they would allow high speed vehicles to make sharp turns and sudden stops, without risk of harming their occupants. Additionally, they’d been able to engineer fields that could reduce friction and other forces that opposed high speed travel. Now came the bad news. The intruders had later returned and stolen the IFG. When Russ asked why he was being told all this, Dr. Dovert explained that when Russ had been caught in the inertia field, his body had absorbed it’s energy, allowing him to generate inertia fields as well. With the right equipment, he’d be able to move at incredible speeds, and with that ability, Dr. Dovert hoped Russ could help them find out who had taken the IFG and get it back.

    To accomplish this Dr. Dovert helped Russ by providing Russ with a light armor that housed a computer with GPS and wireless communication abilities he could use while traveling, nut he would still need a method of propulsion. Naturally, Russ suggested roller skates. Finding this a good suggestion, the Doctor fashioned a pair of rocket skates for Russ. Now Russ takes to the streets to find the thieves, but he’s only entered a larger super hero world and will soon find that more adventures, allies and enemies await him as: The Midnight Train.

    http://i1207.photobucket.com/albums/bb476/Calvary_Red/HeroMachine/Calvary_Red-MidnightTrain_zps23ac53d5.png

    Hope nobody minds the long post, but sometimes my mind just works that way. The parts that explain Russ’s powers are in bold and italic.
    Basically he has all the powers a speedster needs, except speed itself, so he uses rocket skates.

  52. Entry #2

    Jason Adams was always good at tacking care of himself. He could fight well and hold his own. This lead to him becoming a punk, and eventually a petty thief. However Jason also had a temper. During one of his heists he got into an argument over the lute with his partner and friend Mike. In his rage, Jason accidentally killed Mike. After that he ran away. He knew he had to flee the country and got on the next flight to Japan (randomly finding the first flight available). Once in Japan, Jason ended up joining a monk temple, getting trained in the martial arts. He learned to control his power, seeking to gain redemption for what he did. Once he mastered the monk’s training, they found him worthy and implanted a dragon spirit inside of him, giving him enhanced strength and speed. He now has returned to the US and protects the people as Dark Dragon.

    http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/295/3/5/dark_dragon_by_onikagenoken-d5inev6.png

  53. Think I might just get this one slipped in.

    Lisa Walikova was once just an average teenage girl. Now, because of her mutant powers, she has a need for speed. Now she goes by the name Blur.

    http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv217/Myrowire/Hero%20Machine%20Contest%20Entries/myro-blur.png

    Didn’t do much hi-lighting and shading, both so I could get it done in time, and because I thought she had a pretty nice Silver-Age look to her.

  54. http://s1276.beta.photobucket.com/user/Gabriel_lucic/media/Razor_zps01b8c2a8.png.html <—-The year 4023 Humans maded ultimate robot to kill other evil robots!!

  55. Razor_Zork, the contest ended a week ago. Also your links aren’t right, they go to an html page and not an image. There’ll be a new character design contest on Monday, keep an eye out for that.