CDC #460 – Unsung Villains

Your challenge this week is to create one of the most under-rated characters in the world of villainy – the henchman

You know … the guy who actually took a beating from Batman and Robin while Catwoman high-tailed it or the Penguin waddled off.

Please include a brief bio of your henchman including his/her current employer.

The prize this week is my version of your henchman’s employer rendered with HM3

Enter as often as you like!

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. Please keep all submissions PG13: full or partial nudity is prohibited. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warning. Only post characters that have been created solely using Hero Machine, and that you know for certain have never been entered in a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine :,ImageShack, Deviant Art or whatever);Do not use Photobucket.

  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • No copyrighted characters please – they will be deleted.
  • Please name your filesas [your name]-[character name].[file extension] before you upload it. 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).

This contest will close at 6pm Eastern on Monday, May 4th.

10 Responses to CDC #460 – Unsung Villains

  1. Palazzo says:

    Name: Spring Chicken
    Employer: Attila the Pun

    On a gorgeous day in April, Douglas Boyle was unceremoniously laid off from the accounting firm where he had worked for 20 years. The SEC had slapped his firm with a huge fine due to fraud committed by executives at his company. Furious that his job was cut to pay a fine incurred by others who GOT TO KEEP THEIR JOBS, he decided to give crime a try. However, he knew nothing about crime and decided that being a minion to an established villain would be the way to go. After researching multiple villains, he found the perfect one: Attila the Pun. Attila eschewed violence and seemed to have two passions: 1) wordplay and 2) highly lucrative crimes. Each of his costumed minions had an identity based on a pun. Attila’s villainy was akin to an underground corporate empire which required its own accounting department. Douglas was excited at the prospect of working for him and figured the excessive puns would be tolerable.

    Eventually, he managed to meet Attila to discuss joining his criminal endeavors. Douglas figured that he would be a shoo-in for an accounting or middle management position, given his private sector experience. He was surprised to hear that Attila wanted him to work out in the field and said, “That sounds like a young man’s line of work, and I’m no spring chicken.” Attila’s eyes immediately lit up, and he replied, “But, you will be!” By that afternoon, Douglas was being fit for a chicken suit with powerful springs attached to the feet. Two members of Attila’s wardrobe department later resigned in disgust. With practice, Douglas learned to use his powerful jumping abilities to avoid police and costumed heroes while stealing all sorts of valuables for the legendary Attila the Pun.

  2. Rekulhs Nathe says:
    Real Name: Douglas Mercer
    Powers, Skills and Weapons: Cybernetics that allow for enhance strength, enhance speed, sharp metal claws, sharp strong metal teeth.
    Origin: A enforcer,thief and henchmen for the Dangersaur gang lead by the sinister mobster and scientist Doctor T.Rex. He has a nasty habit of eating people to ensure their are no witness to the crimes him or the gang has committed.

  3. Palazzo says:

    I came up with one more idea for an idiotic henchman that I couldn’t pass up.

    Name: 10-Ball
    Employer: Pool Shark

    Brian McKie was a member of a street gang and liked it well enough. The leader of the gang had some eccentricities, but they never really manifested in the gang lifestyle, so it didn’t really matter. That all changed the day the leader of the gang watched the 1979 cult classic “The Warriors”. He was enamored by the Baseball Furies and decided his gang could use some style. Since he was really good at pool, he adopted the moniker “Pool Shark”. By a stroke of luck, he had exactly 15 gang members under him, each of which were assigned to a different billiards ball. After developing some exquisite headgear, they became the “Billiards Brawlers,” and terrorized the streets with pool cues. Brian was ok with the uniform change but did not like the fact that you were assigned a number based on how much Pool Shark liked you. It does not feel good for everyone to know that you are the boss’s 10th favorite henchman.

  4. Tartan Panda says:

    Hello everyone! Current events have had their effect on our household, and as a consequence our house was flipped upside down as we converted it to an office and a school. I was so sad that I was unable to take part in the last several challenges.

    Here is my entry for this week:

    The Wood Woad Warriors, designed and employed by the evil Tartan Panda!!
    Setanta was born during the Celtic defense versus the invading Romans in the UK. His birth was supposed to have been aborted, but instead his mother, the queen Deichtine kept the babe in secret and delivered Setanta into the hands of the mysterious group, The Hiding Druids. Setanta was later trained in the mystical arts of conjuration, transmutation, and enchantment. Setanta became an ally to King Lugh, who never suspected that his new Druid was actually his first son.

    At the age of 24, Setanta was with his good friend Sualtam when they discovered an invading army forming along their borders. Setanta insisted Sualtam go and warn the people of the invading army, and while Sualtam fled, Setanta revealed his true intentions, and cast a spell that sent Sualtam to a different time in the future. Setanta then sided with the invading army and led them across the border.

    Setanta never revealed to anyone else his allegiance, and kept the invading army in hiding while waiting to position the pawns of the kingdom in the perfect setup for a full on takeover. After a couple of months, Setanta was about to execute his grand plan when out of nowhere, an older and physically daunting Sualtam entered the great hall and revealed Setanta to be a traitor. Setanta attacked Sualtam for spoiling his plans, and during the skirmish, Setanta found an object in Sualtam’s belt that looked far ahead of their time. Setanta grabbed the object and fled the kingdom with the King’s Guard in close pursuit. Upon close inspection, the mysterious object was a handgun. Unsure what the item was or how to use it, Setanta used the handgun as a reference for when Sualtam was, and cast his time travel spell to intercept Sualtam in the new place of time. With the King’s Guard closing in on him, Setanta cast his spell in haste, and warped away from his time and traveled all the way to the 21st century.

    Waking up in a patch of bamboo, Setanta picked himself up from the ground and found himself in the presence of strange black and white bears. The bears were not affected by his occupation, and soon Setanta discovered why. He was able to transport just his conscience through space and time, and he was now inhabiting the body of a panda bear.

    Determined to not allow his folly ruin his chance at revenge, Setanta began the unusual journey from Chinese Panda, then a Chinese crime boss, to a global threat. He donned a tartan kilt and became known as the Tartan Panda. Worried about the existence of Sualtam in this timeline, he used the internet to find the handgun he stole, and discovered that Sualtam became the successful Scottish vigilante, Highlander.

    Sacrificing his position in China, Tartan Panda left behind his crew and mafia members and fled to Scotland. When he arrived, establishing a team of henchmen was impossible, thanks to the crime fighting efforts of the Highlander. Tartan Panda needed a team, so he began to form up the famous Woad Warriors with their ancient spirits. Tartan Panda began enchanting the resurrection, but the attempts at chanting the correct words with the vocal limits of a panda formed a group of “Wood Warriors” instead. The spirits were still those of the ancient Woad Warriors, but their bodies were old trees and wood instead.

    Tartan Panda’s mistake proved to be useful. The new Wood Woad Warriors had skin as tough as English Oak, and their feet were root systems that were able to dig into the ground and allow the henchmen to be nearly immovable. The fighting spirit of the Woad Warriors made them proficient users of ancient weapons. The Scottish countryside was now the home to the Angry Forest, where Tartan Panda is able to plan his revenge on the Highlander among the safety of his henchmen.

  5. djuby says:

    Due to a scheduling conflict, the closing date for this challenge has beem moved to Monday, May 4th. Sorry for the late notice.

  6. Nerd0And0Proud says:

    Roger Thomas loved chewing gum as a kid. He always had gum with him and loved learning to blow bubbles and play around with the sticky substance. Later in life, he discovered a way to transform his body into bubblegum, and dove at the opportunity. He suspected it could make him an effective supervillain, but he was wrong. Nobody took him seriously, not the heroes, the villains, not even the law enforcement. But that didn’t stop him. He continued to practice with his powers, learning to transform into a bubblegum monster at will, giving him many advantages (and disadvantages) in battle. He could also infiltrate bases easily and escape capture without trouble. He became well-known in the villain community and was hired for many jobs, making him a popular henchman in the business.

  7. Herr D says:

    There’s a reason why cloning humans remains illegal. Not the least of which is that “Dr. Fax” showed how poor results could still be grandly disastrous. Told to wear cutoffs, many of them cut ONE leg off of their good jeans instead of putting on their cutoffs. Despite not having enough coordination to put on a shirt or buckle a belt, some of them managed to learn a granny knot. None of them could bend to put shoes on without snapping their spines. Their skin was pretty bad, due to shortcuts in their mummy-style wrappings during skin fastening. Not to be outdone by their low quality, “Dr. Fax” sold the clones in the 7800 and 7900 group to a terrorist group. He warned his client of their limitations.

    Not to be outdone at the clones total failure to learn to aim a gun FORWARD, the group gave them all lit dynamite and told the only command they could follow besides ‘eat.’ That command was ‘run.’

    Casualties were kept to a minimum by sheer dumb luck and the fact that anyone not slamming a door between themselves and the ill-fated clones tended to scream out ‘RUN!’ This generally caused them to run in the opposite direction, and so the parking garage where they were released was the only structure completely destroyed. It was also successfully evacuated in the panic.

    23 dead, 3518 injured, less than 200 critically.

    *I’d like to have done better, but a few more impediments arose, taking all my time.”

  8. Mags says:

    Here’s my entry:


    Adam Railey was a normal child, that is, until his parents were murdered by the infamous villain, Shadow, right in front of Adam when he was twelve. From then on, he was raised by Shadow and knew him by no other name.

    Shadow manipulated Adam into forgetting everything from his past life. After this, he was known only as Shadow’s Favored.

    Shadow had him trained to be an assassin by a fellow villain, Man. Man taught Shadow’s Favored everything he knew about assassin-ship. During that time, Man brought him on many of his important jobs, like killing the leaders of many countries, small and large; stealing precious jewels from various important people; sabotaging heroes etc. Ten long and painful years later, when he was twenty-three, Man brought him back to Shadow.

    Now, Shadow’s Favored does whatever Shadow wishes, though he is dreaming of the day when he can break away from Shadow and become a villain instead of having to be a measly henchman.

    In this, since he is hardly ever seen as his true self, I decided to have him disguise himself as the vigilante, Midnight Man, who usually goes after villains. This particular job was in his younger years when he was training with Man. Midnight Man was Man’s brother, but he turned good early in their assassin career. Man always tried to sabotage Midnight Man because he was disgracing their family’s name, but never found any ways to do this because Midnight Man was always better at every thing except being evil. So, three years into Shadow’s Favored’s training, Man told him that if he could not sabotage his brother, they would not move on any further in his training. Shadow’s Favored decided to make sure he was seen as Midnight Man when he murdered a family in Midnight Man’s territory in Red Eye, Arizona. Midnight Man was arrested and put on the death penalty. Shadow’s Favored did not know why Midnight Man did not stop him from committing the murders and he did not know why Man couldn’t have done it himself.

    Shadow’s Favored Powers: proficient in operating all military/intelligence vehicles, weapons/gadgets, and disguises; hand-to-hand combat; impersonation; etc.

    Man/Midnight Man Powers: same as Shadow’s Favored

    Shadow Powers: manipulating the minds of others; controlling light and darkness; dimension hopping

  9. djuby says:

    Challenge closed. Results posted shortly.