Character Contest 65: Gemini

Your character design challenge for this week is to come up with an image with HeroMachine based on the idea of the Zodiac sign "Gemini". Now, it just so happens that Gemini is my sign, so you better make it good! Pretty much anything around the idea of "twins" would make sense, or you could play off the NASA Gemini space program, or you could make a psychotic killer with multiple personalities, or you could play up the Roman origins of Castor and Pollux, upon whom the sign is based. Or something totally different, the possibilities are endless and creativity is worth bonus points!

The point is, you should use the concept of Gemini as a springboard for character creation, rather than feeling unduly bound by the restrictions it imposes. Let that imagination run wild, child!

To help you out, here's a bit on the history of the name from Wikipedia:

[Castor and Pollux] were both excellent horsemen and hunters who participated in the hunting of the Calydonian Boar and later joined the crew of Jason's ship, the Argo. During the expedition of the Argonauts, Pollux took part in a boxing contest and defeated King Amycus of the Bebryces, a savage mythical people in Bithynia. After returning from the voyage, the Dioskouroi helped Jason and Peleus to destroy the city of Iolcus in revenge for the treachery of its king Pelias.

The contest rules are the same as usual:

  1. Use only a HeroMachine applet (no PhotoShopping except for basic cropping) to create a PNG or JPG of your entry, named as [your name]-[character name].[file extension]. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his "Bayou Belle" character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png.
  2. Post the image to a publicly accessible website (ImageShack, PhotoBucket, the UGO Forums, etc.).
  3. Enter the name of your entry and a link directly to the image in a comment to this post. The image cannot have been used in any previous HeroMachine character design contest.
  4. The link to your image should 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.
  5. I'll choose a winner next Monday, who will receive his or her choice of any item or a portrait to be included in the final HeroMachine 3 program, or a "Sketch of the Week" style black and white illustration (you pick the subject and I draw it up however I like).

No limit on entries this week, so knock yourselves out. Good luck everyone!

123 Responses to Character Contest 65: Gemini

  1. Captain Kicktar says:
    A sychopath with a split personality, and twin princess sisters, one into being royal, and the other into martial arts.

  2. Captain Kicktar says:

    Failed the naming in my first comment.
    A sychopath with a split personality, and twin princess sisters, one into being royal, and the other into martial arts.

  3. Vampyrist says:

    Here is my first entry, the villainous duo, Gemini. When the two touch each other, they can fire blasts of energy. The two are mute, but they can speak telepathically with each other.

  4. unknownblackpaper says:

    Two Entries

    1) Child of the Wolf

    Playing off the dual image of the mirror, and the dual nature of the were-wolf, which ties in to the twins Romulus and Remus who saved by the wolf in the roman myth.

    2) Lunar

    I worked really hard on this image intending it to be for a different contest, but then by adding the wolves made me think of Romulus and Remus again.

    Close up

  5. Helen says:

    this is my first ever entry to one of these compatitions so my apologies if its messed up

  6. The Fish says:

    Here’s my entry:
    The enigmatic Don Gemini: Originally the cold hearted Mafia assassin called Castor for the way he positioned his victims after death to match the Castor side of the Gemini constellation. As he got older however, he lost his strength and agility, and underwent a satanic ritual to regain his youth. Initially it was a success, and he used his newfound youth to do something he had wanted to do his whole life; become a boxer. His new persona became known as Pollux for his habit of fighting opponents higher up the weight classes and winning spectacularly. He used his fame and public image as a front for his work both as the leader of the family and it’s prime enforcer, but eventually he had to pay his dues. When the demon he made the deal with came to claim his soul. Gemini, as he was now calling himself within the family, challenged the demon to a boxing match for freedom from the contract. He was doing poorly after the first round, and decided to cheat. He hid a knuckle duster in his pocket and pulled it near the end of the second round, knocking the demon out. The demon conceded that GeminI had won, but because he cheated, the demon only let him keep half of his youth. The side that dealt the winning blow was aged back to his original elderly state. Left like this, he could no longer effectively enforce for his family, so he retreated into the darkness and continued to run it from the background.

  7. ams says:

    Great job on LUNAR, unknownblackpaper!

  8. Trekkie says:

    First entry: (Which is actually the first thing I ever saved on HM3.)
    The Flyers are a team of twin superheroes (Helen and Simon), who use wings created by Helen to rescue people in need.

  9. Kaldath says:

    Entry #1 The Mejeer Twins –

    I honestly don’t remember if I used the Mejeer twins in a previous contest or not So just to be safe I created a whole new picture of the pair.

  10. Kaldath says:

    Entry #2 The Twin Sorceresses Kari and Yuri:

  11. newerlie says:

    Remade:A little bit classic but it think its good hope you like it

  12. unknownblackpaper says:

    @arms: Thank you!

  13. Chisoph says:

    @Joel (15)

  14. unknownblackpaper says:

    @Joel (15)

    you forgot the “in”

  15. Joosh1011 says:

    A villan with a second personality that he summons in battle to help him fight, The Personality Summoner!

  16. Blue Blazer says:

    Interesting that it comes from twin brothers Castor and Pollux, but is represented by two women. Them’s fightin’ words.

  17. Manushya: Watch out, boy! She’ll chew you up.

  18. D says:

    This was inspired by the cover of the 2 in 1 edition of Asimov’s Ghosts and Monsters:

  19. Tool says:

    Man there asome really good ones here, I was actually working on two sets of twins a while back. I’ll see which ones I like better and try and get back here and post it. Good work guys and gals keep it coming.

  20. Whit says:

    @Helen: Welcome! Hope you have as much fun with Heromachine and this community as I have over the years.

    A hint on file names: when you name your file, name it Helen-whatfilenameyouwant.jpg or .png or whatever. Using your name in the file name the way I described makes it much easier for Jeff to keep track of files.

    Looking forward to seeing more of your creations. 🙂

  21. Tool says:

    I see Im not the only one who stays up late. Here goes, I made these guys and tried to go back to add stuff to make a scene for the contest but didnt work out right so I cleaned it back and left it as the characters alone. Hope you guys like. Kinda went with my own version of a double dragon take if anyone even remembers that game but I thought it may apply here.

  22. Kaylin88100 says:

    I did the whole lot when I first heard about these comps. Too late for most of them though…

  23. Kaylin88100 says:

    Ah, mine’s pretty rubbish compared to some of the others…better do another one

  24. Kaylin88100 says:

    Here is my next one. These twins are telepathically linked so they can talk to each other even when they are far apart.

  25. Kaylin88100 says:

    For my second entry it took me ages to do the pose of the one on the left. I am still not completely happy with the chair!

  26. Kaylin88100 says:

    Ahh the export messed up the mouths 🙁
    Oh well. I doubt I’ll win anyway.

  27. Kelenloth says:

    here is my first contest entry. It’s not as good as any of these others, but it’s my first time, so what can I say? I’ve entitled it “Brothers In Arms”.

    Carandir (on left) and Glasden (on right). They are twin warriors of a far away realm. They share a telepathic link, and are expert strategists and swordsmen.

    Am I allowed a second entry? If so, i may post again later if that’s ok.


  28. Jeff Hebert says:

    Very happy to see you new folks posting, keep it up and welcome!

  29. Iflyte says:

    In this world there are people who are connected to others across dimensions. These individuals share each others shadows, injuries and fates. They are sought after by any who understand or don’t understand their power. They are called Gemini

    Ysolde Vogel

    An inhabitant of a dimension far more advanced from our own. Ysolde is running form the organization ZODIAC who fully understand the Gemini Powers and uses then to create pathways to other dimensions.

    Garner Victor

    Living in our dimension Garner has been running since he was a child. He has no idea why he is being targeted or by whom. All he knows is that he shares his life with someone else somewhere and somehow. Garner lives his life on the run longing for the day his other half dies.

  30. Myro says:

    The Gemini Brothers are one of Vaudeville’s best “value acts” (i.e. least expensive). A song and comedy ventriloquist act composed of Joey Gemini (originally Joseph Grimaldi) and his “little brother,” Acorn. Here, we see the Gemini Brothers ending their act in almost typical fashion.

  31. Zaheelee says:

    I don’t know about you guys, but I am really curious as to what the Zodiac Commando for Gemini will look like…

  32. Tarkabarka says:

    My First Entry.

    Jolly Rodgers

    In the late 1700 years in the Caribbeans there was 2 famous and fearless Pirate. There nickname is The Jolly Rodgers JOanna and GiLLY Rodgers are twins and very dangerous in that era. The two sisters was be the one first woman pirates and captains whose terrorize the the british marine ships, other pirates and especially the traders ships. They collect a lot of gold, and jewels.
    The two sister within a short time they will be so rich, but in the sea they find a very big, and strong enemy. The enemy ship is very fearless and all of the people only whispering the name of the Flying Dutchman. The Captain of the ship very angry for the sisters, and set his monster the Kraken to destroy they ship. After the attack the two sister and the Poison Rose was mysteriously disappear.
    Someone think it to they survive and go back for England with alias, and they live happily with that big gold what they collect. But there is others whose thinking they be the crew members of the Flying Dutchman. No one know what is the truth…..

    Ps. 1. : This is my tribute for the Pirates, and the Pirates of the Caribbens Movies.

    Ps. 2.: Jeff i need to use a little Ms. Paint to make the picture, because when i rotate and transform the picture and want to be export the picture always jump back for the original scale and position. So i use print screen and save the picture in Ms. Paint.

    1. Full

    2. Face

    And also sorry for my english, need more practice.

    And don’t forget


  33. Zaheelee says:

    I am once again testing my Heromachine abilities and I tried a new pose. Honestly, it came out better than expected 🙂

    These twins, Vita (on the left) and Dekko (on the right), truly hate each other. Could you tell?

  34. Joel says:

    @Chisoph: With all due respect, my entry didn’t need no fixin’
    stick to your own entries.

  35. Kaylin88100 says:

    (Ignore the previous comment, forgot description)
    My third entry, and my first male duo:

    This is Miles Kathar, whose twin brother died in a battle against an evil warlord. Miles now wanders the earth searching for someone who can teach him magic, so he can defeat the warlord and avenge his brother, whose unquiet spirit will haunt him until he achieves this.

  36. Ambipom229 says:

    My character, based on the mythological characters Castor and Pollux, Gemini.

  37. BenK22 says:

    Double Helix: Kelly Lily was a mild mannered court reporter when she discovered she could split herself into two nearly identical twins. The twins, Megan and Jennifer, share a telepathic connection and can sense when the other is hurt or in danger.

    (Sorry the image is cutoff. Would it be better if I fixed it to make it wider?)

  38. Dre says:

    First entry! (I’m new to this contest thing…)

    Went with a design based on Castor and Pollux, specifically the version where one is immortal and the other mortal. As they are excellent riders it made sense for them to be mounted; I don’t have time to do more to the horse, but it’s not really the focus!

  39. Kaylin88100 says:

    @BenK22: PLEASE do make it wider! I would really like to see the whole picture and I’m sure I’m not the only one.

  40. Kaylin88100 says:

    My fourth and probably final entry needs no explanation other than the title:

  41. BenK22 says:

    Okay, I’ve got two widescreen versions. The second is a bit modified so that Kelly looks like she is almost fading into the morph…I hope.

  42. unknownblackpaper says:


    Gemini is an air sign, so I went with it. I really do not view Gemini as being two beings who are identical or even polar opposites, the rather two halves of a whole, so to speak. So with this image I I tried to add contrast with the two characters in the image with playing with the shapes and colors of the wings, but using this difference in the shapes to create a line for the eye to follow.

  43. Kytana says:

    This time me inspire the fantasy von Michael Ende: die unendliche Geschichte(never ending story). Here you can see two sphinx(or southern oracle) defend the mirror of the truth. I am in the mirror(yes that´s me) and my fantasy are out and watching me. Twins side by side and twins in front. The anger, the wisdom, the desire and the reason. They are all different character but they can not exist without the other part.

    @unknownblackpaper: Very nice.

  44. MLS says:

    @Zaheelee #43 – Thanks for the support! It’s great to have a fan. My Gemini is started, but it still has a ways to go. It took me a while to come up with a concept for this one.

  45. MLS says:

    @Zaheelee #45 – Nice work on Vita and Dekko BTW. I like how you contructed that dress, and the expressions are killer–pun intended 🙂

  46. dutchman says:

    is there a site where you can find all zodiac commandos.
    i’ve missed some and it would be nice to see the whole zodiac team together.

  47. unknownblackpaper says:

    @Kytana(59): Thank you! I love yours personally!

  48. Asder says:

    Castor and Pollux. (BTW the black thing in the background is supposed to be a swan that is supposed to be Zeus)

  49. MDxLegacy says:

    entry 1

    inspired by Castor and Pollux in that they are hunters

  50. Zaheelee says:

    @UnknownBlackPaper(58): Oh. My. Gosh. There are practically no words to describe that epicness…

  51. Zaheelee says:

    @UnknownBlackPaper(58): How long did it take you to make those clouds?

  52. unknownblackpaper says:

    @Zaheelee(67) Not long really, it was actually a happy mistake that turned out really cool!

  53. MDxLegacy says:

    entry 2

    inspired by the image posted for the contest

  54. MLS says:

    @dutchman #62 – I’ve started an ongoing group pic with each additional member of the Zodiac Commandos team. I’ll post the link to the group pic when I post Gemini… hopefully tomorrow evening.

  55. I haven’t entered one of these in a while. I thought I would have a go at this one, though:

    Gemini Force:

    When the beautiful elven princess Tamara found out she had been randomly chosen by the mysterious entity known as the Gemini Force, she was thrilled. The idea of becoming the world’s protector was great. That was until she found out that her partner, randomly selected by the Gemini Force, was none other than the vicious Dread Prawn known as Malacath. Now she has no choice but to travel the world with this monster, attempting to keep it under control.

  56. Kaylin88100 says:

    Can’t wait for the Zodiac Commandos entry!

  57. Tarkabarka says:

    My Second Entry.

    Once upon a time in the Arabian Nights

    There was two beautiful sister whose very famous dancers.
    When they dance the god of the sands are cryed. But onetime a big and evil ghul envy with they and close the sisters in a sphere to always enjoy to see the beauty of sisters and they always dance for he.

    The Arabian Dancers




    Sorry for my english

  58. MartianBlue says:

    Not twins per say, but alt. reality versions…don’t really know if they qualify or not?

  59. Rapthama says:

    The Twin Brothers, from who one lost his life and now wanders with his twin brother as his spirit.

    A torned chapter from a personal diary.
    Torned Chapter :

  60. MDxLegacy says:

    entry 3

    Light and Dark. i had these made before, which is why they arent on same pic



  61. Kytana says:

    Second entry. When i posted in bithday suite thread i think i can posted also here.
    I hope it`s ok.

  62. ajw says:
    Sorry if I copied anyone. Apollo and his twin sister Artemis!

  63. ajw says:

    Asder! So cool! At least an honorable mention.

  64. ajw says:

    red skeleton? sure that aint it.

  65. Tryne says:

    Between brothers redo

    Couldn’t think of a back story

  66. MLS says:

    Every commando team benefits from having someone on the inside. In the Zodiac Commandos–my low-budget, GI Joe rip-off–that person is Gemini, the master of disguise.

    And as always I’ve added him to ever-expanding group picture.

    Thanks to Zaheelee, dutchman, and Kaylin88100 for their support. And a special shout-out to The Fish #8! I was struggling with this concept until his Don Gemini entry sparked the split-face idea that eventually became the classic Mission Impossible latex-mask-reveal that I went with.

  67. Myro says:

    MLS (86): Nice job on the Gemini entry. I think this is my favorite Zodiac Commando yet.

  68. MLS says:

    Thanx Myro. I’m fond of this one myself; like Mr. H, Gemini is my sign.

    Incidentally, I liked the way you made spats on your ventriloquist. Clever. I’m going to steal that technique one day.

  69. Master Beaty says:

    Dang @MLS that is creative, great work as usual!

  70. Tool says:


  71. marquis samedi says:

    One more: Mary Mary quite contrary and her wolf in lamb’s

  72. Kytana says:

    The new zodiac commando is a good idea. I like it.
    But next time please take a woman. The only woamn here is a combat medic. A little bit more emancipation is not wrong.
    (comming from somebody like me who post a cake girl)

  73. MLS says:

    @Master Beaty (#89) Thanks for the kind words!

    @Kytana (#94) Thanks for caring! Actually, Taurus, the heavy machine gunner, is a woman inspired by Grace Jones, Brigitte Nielsen, and other hey-Vasquez-have-you-ever-been-mistaken-for-a-man characters and actresses. It’s tough to tell in group pic, but check out the original

    I havent decided which yet, but I do plan to add at least one more woman to the group. Probably not Virgo though–too obvious.

  74. Tarkabarka says:

    My third entry.

    Beyond good and evil. – I don’t know why give this title, but i think so proper for the pictures.


    And the Evil

  75. Zaheelee says:

    Here is my second version of my entry this week: Dekko and Vita

    ps: all I did was fix the gaping hole in the elbow of the left girl…

  76. Cliff says:

    Gemini Entry #1
    Here is Castor and Pollux. No real surprise I would go there. half naked Greek men, I mean come on! 😀

    Gemini Entry #2
    I didn’t name it that but I think of this one as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Die!
    Two psychotic little twin brats.

  77. Tarkabarka says:

    So my fourth entry.

    Lady of the Lake.

    A young twin sister and brother elvish Virágszírom and Hajnalpír live near the lake Kristály Fény. They was happy and enjoy what they give the life. But there was an evil spirit named Kalamon who petrified the twin with a curse. The guardian spirit of the forrest named Boldogasszony heal the twins, but she want a favor for they, to save the travelers and the living belings of the lake. They do that for that day. Virágszírom always see the lake, and Hajnalpír in dragon form save the animals.



  78. Meniukas says:

    I don’t know why, but when I think of twins I always imaging siamese twins

  79. Nazvik says:

    Nazvik and Annabeth

    They are twins, who were once the Elven Prince and Princess. One day, they were wondering through the forest and got sucked into a black hole where they were taken to the very far future. They discovered that the black hole had given them clothes and weapons suitable to that time, as well as giving them a telepathic link. So now they try to get home again. Though, they were born with those fiery hands, and it was a good enough weapon for the future.

  80. dblade says:

    Here is a character I am working on that I’m pushing into the Gemini contest. A werewolf super monk with ramped up ki powers. I am playing on the duality of the Gemini sign so hopefully this fits.

    If I can get to it I will create a full illustration, but just in case I’m putting him in now so I don’t forget (like last time).

    Were Fu:

  81. Sutter_Kaine says:

    GEMINI SISTERS – The Gemini Sisters are the children of the Greek gangster Johnny Gemini and the Japanese assassin Toshi Kimura. One inherited their father’s perverse sense of humor and gift for strategy, the other their mother’s iron-willed ruthlessness. One is an expert marksman and the other a master of ninja weaponry. Together they are unstoppable.

  82. O.D.I.N. and his companions Geri and Freki:

    Dat’s better.

  83. Wierdrocks says:

    Just went with the “twin” theme without actually having anything to do with the sign its self… yeah…

    DeviantART is having glitchy problems right now, so the link is improper, sorry Jeff

    Oh look at the glowy bits! O.O

  84. MScat says:

    IM BACK BABY! It seems like forever since i was on HM…ever since my computer crashed on me THANKYOU TOSHIBA! so for my first contest in quite some time i give you THIIIIIIIIIS! *pause for dramatic effect*

    Brains and Brawn

    Twins born with the same DNA but different on so many levels. One was a top researcher at CalTech. The other was a hit man for the mob. After a horrific accident left him unable to live without the aid of his technology the “mad genius” decided to use his advanced technology…and his brother’s easily manipulated mind, to become an unstoppable crime duo

  85. Rex says:

    I dunno why but when I saw this contest I instantly thought of half-man, half-woman, one body. I also thought of conjoined twins, but that’s done already. I’ve never entered a contest before but the ideas kept bugging me one night. This is the result. I have to say, it’s harder than it looks as there isn’t much clothing that is halved. XD So here I present, Gabe and Gabby Gemini!

    Being fraternal twins is hard enough when you look enough alike that people ask if you’re identical. Especially if you’re two different genders and have the last name Gemini. Gabe and Gabby now have to share a body after a freak accident fused them together! (Not to mention custom clothing can get expensive as Gabby is a bit of a fashionista.) Deciding not to let that get in their way, they decided to join the Zodiac Commandos! Gabby takes out anyone who gets past her brother’s gun with a blade fan while Gabe keeps his enemies at a distance with his sub-machine gun. Together (whether they like it or not) the Gemini twins are unstoppable!

    ((Sorry if that is a fully automatic. Not a gun expert.))

  86. Kaylin88100 says:

    One more entry…sorry they’re on separate pics, I didn’t make them for this but they are just so PERFECT!

  87. Trekkie says:

    Second Entry:
    A system with twin suns, named Castor and Pollux. Orbiting them and gathering data is StarSat.

  88. FelipeSCard says:

    Here is my entry of this week


    I like medieval characters, and built a fire specialists elf sisters.

    Hope you enjoy!

  89. headlessgeneral says:

    This is Castor and Pollux, natives of Mercury who crash landed on earth. Their names unpronounceable by humans, they were named after the twins of Greek mythology. After crash landing they agreed to trade knowledge of space flight with the United States government in exchange for a ride back home. This happened under the guise of the NASA space program, PROJECT GEMINI.

    I would have liked to do more with this, but had to rush to be sure to make the deadline.

  90. Frevoli says:

    sorry could you keep poles open, I’ve got entries but I need sleep so can’t post them now

    morning GMT – then you’ll be wowed


  91. Firecracker says:

    Two trains of thought on this one …
    Twins seperated and one being cut in two …
    Couldn’t decide so went with both.
    Castor & Pollux — brother and sister — Castor is a being of living fire and Pollux is a being of living water.
    (I wanted to make it seem as if they were glowing from within — but ran into the dreaded time constrants)
    This is my attempt at showing what would happen if a “hulk-like” character tried to co-exist with his mild mannered side and the two became trapped as one.

  92. Whit says:

    Hope it’s not too late to enter, I spent all week on this. Decided to try my hand at conjoined twins.

  93. Frevoli says:

    Gemini – Elusive, complex and contradictory. Despite their dual-nature personalities, the twins are inseparable.

    It was they who first discovered the energy which transported the Zodiac to earth, from their viewing realm. Whereby they landed in the grounds of a country retreat and remained amongst the trees, stealing the odd bits and pieces from passers by.

    Until that is they assisst Aries chasing down a escaped crimanal, and they join with the other Zodiac once more

  94. Frevoli says:

    A prison convoy, all week they’ve been transporting the worst of the worst to The Fortress – the new maximum security facility build especially for them. However this last delivery isn’t to be as uneventfull as the rest. Pulse of blue energy hit the road, triking one of the trucks. Another pulse, crystalises rock and projects it, trough the door and into the holding the carrier – where it bonds with the carried and grants him terrifying new powers. He frees his restraints from the holding wall, and escapes into the night.

    He could have disappeared, never be seen again, but that’s just not his style. So when the morning comes he makes sure to be seen, by breaking into the Fortress.
    Speed, strength, energy pulses similar to those that struck the convey… I feel sorry for any guard who’s two days from retirement

  95. Jeff Hebert says:

    Thanks for the entries, everyone, they are now downloaded and submissions are closed! I’ll be going through them now and putting together the Finalists post in a bit.

    A hearty “Welcome back!” to MSCat, we’ve missed you! And I want to again welcome the first-timers entering this week, we’re happy you decided to join in the fun.