Character Contest 49: Scorpio!

I've decided that each month I am going to dedicate one character design contest to the Signs of the Zodiac, because I'm all about living your comic book like according to what the stars tell you. And I don't mean just Robert Downey Jr.

So your challenge for this week is to design the coolest character image possible with the theme of "Scorpio". You might design something around a scorpion (traditional animal symbol of the sign), or something based on the 1973 movie featuring Burt Lancaster, or a character that you think exemplifies the astrological profile of those born under the sign, or something completely different. It's up to you so long as it in some way ties into the theme!

The person with the winning entry as selected by our expert panel (i.e. me) will win their choice of a) a portrait to go in HeroMachine 3, b) an item to go in HeroMachine 3, or c) a custom black and white "Sketch of the Day" style drawing (also by me). The rules otherwise are the same as always:

  • All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like ImageShack, PhotoBucket, the UGO Forums, whatever);
  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • The image cannot have been used in any previous HeroMachine character design contest;
  • Please name your files as [your name]-[character name].[file extension]. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his "Bayou Belle" character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png.
  • Please make the link go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this). If you see "preview" or "rotate" somewhere in the link you're probably doing it wrong.
  • All entries must be in by next Monday, when I'll choose a winner.

Good luck everyone!

69 Responses to Character Contest 49: Scorpio!

  1. Vampyrist says:

    Here is Scorpio, a demonic guardian of an ancient dimension. Its sting can turn others into stone and its pincers can crush steel.

  2. Myro says:

    Not my best effort, but I’m still wrapping my head around the theme, and this is all I could come up with. It’s a scorpion hybrid creature.

  3. Jason says:

    Went with a mech attempt. not my strong suit, but I think it came out pretty good. I’m thinking a desert walker with a tech-oriented super villain on the back.

  4. I won’t be around until this weekend to work on my Scorpio designs. :/

    How about ‘Serpico’ with Al Pacino?

    Good luck, all! (And I have a sneaky suspicion which HM’ers are going to have multiple entries.)

  5. Cliff says:

    Here is my first

    Scorpio BioMech

    An alien biomechanical lifeform

    I also plan on doing something very Scorpian King,
    but I am about to go to bed, and have dialysis in the AM so ay be Wed or so before I get to it.

    Good luck all.

  6. mindless says:

    He’ll sting you with his dreams of power and wealth!
    Beware of Scorpio!
    His twisted twin obsessions are his plot to rule the world
    And his employees’ health!
    He’ll welcome you into his lair
    Like the nobleman welcomes his guest!
    With free dental care and a stock plan that helps you invest!
    But beware of his generous pensions
    Plus three weeks paid vacation each year!
    And on Fridays the lunchroom serves hot dogs and burgers and beers!
    He loves German beer!

  7. Gero says:

    @Mindless: Is that Hank Scorpio from the Simpsons? I was actually thinking of doing the same thing as a joke, but looks like you beat me too it!

  8. Blue Blazer says:

    Too bad whoever made that Scorpio banner can’t spell “you’re”.

  9. Asder says:

    A monster slayar rising against the king scorpio

  10. Me, Myself & I says:

    Scorpio is a villian who derives his powers from his automated exoskeleton. The imagery of the scorpion was chosen for the fear factor.


  11. Frevoli says:

    Hey, I did a little research for ideas in my design.

    Scorpio considered a introverted sun sight, with a primary ruler of Pluto and co-ruler of Mars. Origin in Legend varies, but the constant is that it stung and killed Orion (the Hunter). One story states that when Zeus put Orion amongst the stars, he had him always followed by Scorpion.

    Here’s what I used:
    Sun sign – gold
    The rulers – Pluto (God of the underworld) and Mars (the god of war)
    The legends – A tracker, forever determined to take out Orion. With poisioned blades, one cut is all it takes.

    The result:

    p.s. the second sword is on his belt, not attached to the first

  12. Frevoli says:

    oh and by the way:

    mindless(7) I was singing that in my head throughout creating, one of my favourite episodes

  13. Me, Myself & I says:

    Argg! I was just working on a similar concept to your Hammerknight (19). Oh, well great minds think alike I guess.

  14. I forget which name i use says:

    i kept thinkin of a movie called black scorpion…(i think thats what its called. and then the whole ‘personality” thing.

  15. Myro says:

    MMI (20): This is the second or third time you’ve said that statement, “Great minds think alike,” in two weeks. Does it disturbing you that so many people think like you on the HM forums?

  16. ajw says:
    Summoned from a pillar of dark energy scorpio is a warrior bent on destroying all that’s good.

  17. ajw says:

    gargoyle i like your guy hes really good even if he looks like Dr.Zoidberg a bit still cool design

  18. The Eric says:

    Hey Asder, that totally frickin’ rules.

  19. Asder says:

    The scorpio whip. And thnks for the comment The Eric :p

  20. trekadam30 says:

    Here’s my Scorpio. Thanks to a program glitch, I had to paste the tail back on, which is why it looks a little out of alignment.

    If you can’t access the photo, blame MySpace; they’re “improving” the website again.

  21. joel says:

    having trouble with photo-bucket. so I’m trying this with image shack, hope it works.

    entry #1 Sasori. a deadly member of the assassin family known as Scorpio

  22. mindless says:

    @frevoli and gero, yeah it was the first thought i got when i saw a scorpio contest, because Like the nobleman he welcomes his guest! With free dental care and a stock plan that helps you invest!!

  23. joel says:

    entry #2

    The Scorpio high priest. He is an ancient and power being who is the protector of the millennia old Temple of Scoprio. this order foretells the future coming of the great scorpion who will destroy the world. do not cross the Temple of Scorpio if you value your life.

  24. Me, Myself & I says:

    Femme Fatale du Scorpion

    I went with one small portion of the astrological profile from Jeff’s WikiZodiac link above, “Scorpio, as a sign, represents Sex and Death, the starting and ending points of everything,” Beyond that, I think the picture explains itself.

    Femme Fatale du Scorpion

  25. Frevoli says:

    darn it… I missed the wikizodiac link and instead ran it on the regular wikipedia

    the main loss of which being the colour scheme

  26. Myro says:


    Originally born Alexandria Kypreos of Crete, VII was taken from her parents as a child by money-lenders as payment on a defaulted loan. She was purchased by a slaving cartel to be resold in Rome for a profit, and it was there that she was purchased by Cicero Benavutius, a senator, and one of the major ringleaders of the League of Scorpio, a secret society with the goal of killing Caesar, overthrowing the Empire, and restoring the Republic of Rome.
    Stripped of her identity, she is now only known as “Septem” (the Latin pronunciation of Seven), based on the lot number tattooed into her by the slavers. She has been trained in combat, stealth, and the use of poison, and is employed as a poisoner and assassin by the League of Scorpio to help them reach their goals.

  27. CPrime says:

    Ok, I was going to try my hand at this one but after I saw Asder’s scorpion whip, I’m not even going to bother. That’s amazing.

  28. Danny Beaty says:

    Well gang, it took me awhile but I finally made something I like. Here it is:


    Frank Martinelli,a dying mob bodyguard,agrees to have his mind transferred into a super-powered robot body. He enjoys killing for his mob bosses.

  29. hayhay509 says:

    This is Scorpius! (Am I great with names, or what?!) She is the physical embodiment of the constelation

  30. hayhay509 says:

    38] Wrong link!!!! Wrong link! This is the right one! I’m not breaking the rules:

  31. Jason says:

    Going off the fact Scorpio is supposed to be both Sex and death, and that it’s a water sign, decided to mace a sexy aquatic lady with deadly intent.

  32. joel says:

    Entry #3

    The Great Scorpion. spoken of in the legend of the Temple of Scorpio, his coming will mark the end of the world.

  33. Me, Myself & I says:

    His name is Tike Myson and he is the cheesiest dude with the worst pick up lines.

    Hey baby! What’s your sign?

  34. Myro says:

    MMI (45): Okay, I just…that…umm…BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

  35. robert/scorpioo says:

    the true might end power of scorpio

  36. Me, Myself & I says:

    Glad I could make you laugh Myro (46). 🙂

  37. MLS says:

    I love this idea. If Jeff can commit to a themed series of contests, then I’m gonna commit to a themed series of entries. Since I was unduly influenced by GI Joe comics and cartoons in my formative years, I decided to do a thinly veiled rip-off called Zodiac Commandos. Here’s the first of twelve–urban warfare specialist Scorpio.

  38. Frevoli that snake scorpion was bad-ass! 😀
    alot of good ones so far,not sure if i’ll enter. Bugs in HM ain’t my strong suit…

  39. Me, Myself & I says:


    The astrological sign of Scorpio holds sway over numerous different elements; many of which are displayed here.

    For example, the two colors believed to be represented by Scorpio are red and black. Scorpius’s costume contains both of those colors. Furthermore, Scorpius is standing on ‘The Red Planet’ (AKA Mars) with the black back drop of space behind him. Indeed, even his halo is a glowing red color.

    Additional the Scorpio alchemical symbology is also emblazoned on his chest as a more direct communication of Scorpius’s nature. This coupled with the actual star constellation over his right shoulder emphasizes Scorpius’s celestial nature even more.

    Mar’s of course is considered the domain of Scorpio (and therefore Scorpius) but so is Pluto. Therefore while he is shown standing on Mars, Pluto is off in the distance over his left shoulder, but close enough that it appears within his power to travel to should he desire.


    Scorpius Close Up

  40. MLS says:

    I forgot about Jeff’s naming convention, so I’m re-posting my entry with a corrected name…

    I love this idea! If Jeff can commit to a themed series of contests, then I’m gonna commit to a themed series of entries. Since I was unduly influenced by GI Joe comics and cartoons in my formative years, I decided to do a thinly veiled rip-off called “Zodiac Commandos.” Here’s the first of twelve–urban warfare specialist Scorpio.

  41. joel says:

    Entry #4

    In the ancient Roman Colosseum, nothing was more feared by gladiators, and more hoped for by spectators, then the Scorpion Beast.

  42. Airia says:

    Sharon Orion aka Deathstalker: She’s a sexy arts column writer by day and sexy a vigilante by night. She fights crime with her whip with the iron claw attached to the end and blends into the night with her dimming powers. She also likes red. Really, really likes red.

  43. Tryin to get the creative juices flowing. No backstories.

    1980s Action Hero “Scorpio”:

    The “Desert Scorpio”:

    Some say that red is the Scorpio’s color. Others say purple and gold. Also, how are Scorpios guided now that Pluto is now just a “planetoid?”

  44. Scorpio: 1970’s Songwriting / Singing Sensation: At the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.

    Great, now I have to watch “Hair.”

  45. Me, Myself & I says:

    Wow The Atomic Punk (59), that is well done. Very different from the norm. All hail flower power!

  46. joel says:

    final entry

    Scorpio symbolizes death, so i give to you: The Avatar of Death!

  47. VonMalcolm says:

    Can you FEEL what The Rock (Scorpion) is Stinging?

    An old school 2.5 entry:

  48. VonMalcolm says:

    Whoops: Scorpion Snake

    Jump Page:

  49. Darthtoa says:

    Last minute entry, also first contest entry.

  50. Galahad says:

    My version of Scorpio is a member of the Zodiac Order, a sect of monk who live high in the Himalayas. Though they’re a peaceful and solitary group, they keep their bodies in tune through martial arts from around the world, and they keep their minds in tune by studying all the best technology in the world. They are known to be among the smartest and most skilled people in the world.

    After a horrific avalanche in which he lost his left arm to hypothermia, Scorpio’s Brothers built him a cybernetic arm, equipping him with his namesake’s signature Scorpion Claw.