HIGH CONCEPT: The Unbreakable Power Man
TROUBLE: Stick it to the “Man”
- Heroes for Hire
- Steel Hard Skin
- Street Smart Ex Con
- Good +3: Forceful
- Fair +2: Clever, Flashy
- Average +1: Careful, Sneaky
- Mediocre +0: Quick
- Superstrength. Because he has super strength Luke inflicts Damage: +2 with Forceful Attacks.
- Invulnerable. Because of his nearly unbreakable skin Luke gains a +2 to Forcefully Defend against attacks.
- One Scary Dude. Because he is so bad ass Luke gains a +2 to Flashily Create an Advantage to intimidate his target.
- Superhuman Strength. Cage is superhumanly strong, able to lift/press approximately 25 tons and punch through barriers as thick as four-inch steel plate.
- Steel Hard Skin. His skin is steel-hard and his muscles and bone tissue super-dense; he can withstand conventional handgun fire at a range of four feet and cannot be cut by the sharpest of blades, although in the event of required surgery his skin can be lacerated by an overpowered medical laser. He can withstand up to one-ton impacts or blasts of 150 pounds of TNT without serious injury, and is impervious to temperature extremes and electrical shocks.
- Fast Healer. His recovery time from injury or trauma is usually one-third that of an ordinary human.
- Street Fighter. Cage is a self-taught hand-to-hand combatant with years of street fighting experience; he is also a superb athlete despite his great height and weight.
- Real Name: Carl Lucas; legally changed to Luke Cage
- Identity: Publicly known
- Citizenship: U.S.A., criminal record, later acquitted
- Place of Birth: New York City (Harlem)
- First Appearance: Hero for Hire #1 (1972)
Framed and imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit, ex-gang member Carl Lucas hoped for a chance at escape or parole. When Lucas volunteered for an experiment in cell regeneration and disease control, a vengeful racist prison guard sabotaged the experiment. Instead of death or injury, the experiment transformed Lucas, giving him superhuman strength and resistance to injury. Using his newfound powers to escape, he changed his name to Luke Cage and became the “hero for hire” known as Power Man. Later, he found a lifelong friend and long-term business partner in fellow hero Iron Fist.
Eventually, Luke cleared his name but chose to put his old life as Carl Lucas behind him and remain Luke Cage. For years, he and Iron Fist worked as partners, often doing heroic jobs for mundane pay. Luke also joined super hero groups such as the Defenders and the Fantastic Four, though usually preferring to assist such teams as needed instead of staying a
long-term member. Over the years, Luke has become a respected member of the super hero community. He’s expecting a child with his girlfriend, former super hero Jessica Jones. He now stands shoulder to shoulder with the Earth’s mightiest heroes without missing a beat. He rarely goes by Power Man anymore, preferring to face foes as the man he was forced to become and chose to remain, Luke Cage. He’s been working as a bodyguard for Matt Murdock since the story broke about the lawyer being the hero Daredevil.
Luke is an honest, often blunt, strong-willed man. He has the instincts of a street hustler and the heart of a hero. He is extremely devoted to his friends and family, but also cares for his community. He loves “sticking it to The Man” and will go out of his way to fight, embarrass, or confront those who think their power and privilege lets them cheat or abuse others. After all, this is the guy who once flew all the way to Latveria to confront Dr. Doom about an unpaid bill.
Abilities & Resources
Luke Cage is superhumanly strong, and his body tissues have the density and strength of steel, making him highly resistant to injury. He also recovers from injury more quickly and completely than a normal human. Cage is a trained combatant, using a mix of street brawling and martial arts training learned from his friend Iron Fist and others. Cage is also an experienced businessman, able to turn his superhuman abilities into profit more readily than most heroes, though his kind heart often leads him to take cases for little or no money.
Luke has numerous allies he can call on for aid. Chief among them are his girlfriend, Jessica Jones, and his best friend and partner, Danny Rand, AKA Iron Fist. Luke has also worked with the Fantastic Four, the Defenders, the Daughters of the Dragon, and Spider-Man on numerous occasions.
Outside the super hero community, Luke is considered a great hero and role model among many of the poorer sections of New York and other major cities, as well as within the African-American community.