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"We're a laugh RIOT!"

Introduction

Man, this dude was so underrated.

Riot was a 90's Superman villain who was usually regarded as a comedic folly to Superman on multiple occasions, harassing him with his antics at best, and beating him to a pulp at his worst. Son of a genius (ironically, his last name is Frankenstein) who pushed him with extremely high standards, he invents a way that he can meet his demands- cloning himself, and having multiple bodies to perform tasks to finish them quicker. While this starts off fine, the cloning process goes out of control, and results in them degenerating physically and mentally, due to him being unable to sleep or rest. Thus, he was castaway from his family, and became the supervillain Riot.

Also had a stint in the Superman Revenge Squad (who were all D list Superman villains) and harassed Supergirl, Batman, and the Guardian throughout his Post Crisis run. The reason for doing him is that he's amazingly good in combat- essentially, he's a anti tank character. Clones after every kinetic hit, and can tank attacks and avoid damage by mitigating the blunt force to his copies, which can also clone with a hit, and are pretty damn strong.

His N52 run sucks deep wang, so I'm not going over it. It's terrible, and makes Riot into a edgy jobber. Go read it if you enjoy unfunny plots and embarrassing characters.

Strength

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Holds Superman mid flight in place with a few copies. Clark needs to struggle to get out, which makes more copies. (Man of Steel #61)

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Supergirl is surprised and overcome by dozens of copies. (Supergirl #51)

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Strong enough to hold Supergirl in place and prevent her from flying. (Supergirl #51)

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Assists in beating down Superman and forces him to retreat. Clark was slightly weakened, but he still struggled with Riot at his normal levels so it's not a massive outliner. (Action Comics #652)

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Stops Superman mid flight, resisting his strength, and then throws his cape over his head. (Adventures of Superman #543)

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Able to rip apart and bring down a armoured Batmobile. (Batgirl #6)

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A single Riot is able to tackle and drag Supergirl out of a room. Kara also comments on his surprising amount of strength. (Supergirl #51)

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Two copies are able to beat down Clark while he was distracted. (Superman #730)

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Two copies of Riot are able to easily beat down and KO the Guardian. (Man of Steel #64)

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A single copy of Riot is able to rip off a metal arm with ease. (this is N52 Riot, but he sucks, so I would expect this from PC Riot) (Green Team #4)

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Copies are able to manhandle normal people with ease, displaying their accelerated strength. (Man of Tommorrow #14)

Durability

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Tanks being shot with a high calibre rifle. (N52 Green Team #8)

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Tanks being shot by a experimental laser gun. (Green Team #1)

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Barely feels a full speed rush by Superman by having enough clones to take the hit. Should be noted here that Riot's durability can change based on how many copies of himself are around, so he can hypothetically tank harder hitting attacks with more clones. (Superman #730)

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Some copies get hit by the Batmobile, but don't seem to be fazed. (Green Team #2)

Cloning

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A blast from a tranquiliser gun makes Riot duplicate. (Man of Steel #65)

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Takes a shot from a bat, and ends up cloning. (World's Finest #10)

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Fast enough to dodge around Superman, clones after a punch. (Man of Steel #61)

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Duplicates after a backhand. (Superman #730)

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Duplicates again after Superman butts two clones head's together. (Man of Steel #61)

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After a while, his limit to duplicating only when being hit is removed after he figures out how to control his powers, which means he can clone himself at will. The feats from here are from this new state. (Scans are from Batgirl #7 and DC Encyclopedia Vol. 2)

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Creates multiple copies to confuse a foe. (Nightwing #62)

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Creates copies without physical damage. (Supergirl #51)

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Each copy is capable of sticking to walls like Spider-Man, which was a artificial ability granted by his multiple copies creating a chemical process through scientific knowledge. Also a feat for how smart and productive his copies can be when focused. (Man of Steel #61 and Man of Tomorrow #14)

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Group of Riot's sabotage a telepathic helmet using their smarts, which results in a massive feedback which destroys it entirely. (Man of Steel #65)

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Able to "recall" copies to avoid fights. (Superman- the Man of Tommorrow #14)

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Uses this ability to escape from Superman mid fight. (Adventures of Superman #543)

Conclusion

Riot's a massively underrated character. While very rather cheesy with his wisecracks and appearance, he is nevertheless a extremely dangerous foe, able to tangle with Superman and other high tier fighters. It should be noted here that Clark has to defeat Riot by trapping all of his copies and himself together in one place so that they can't keep cloning and fighting. He has tried to knock out Riot before he can duplicate, but this method has never worked for him.

Riot is also underestimated in terms of smarts- when focused, they are capable of high amounts of multitasking and inventing, which allows him to create multiple chemical weapons and amps to increase his effectiveness in combat. It's a shame he never got the chance to REALLY show how dangerous he could be with proper motivation.

Anyway, thanks for reading. I've still got plenty more ideas for characters coming up who deserve some respect on these battle threads, so stay tuned.

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#1 Edited by DiarrheaRegatta (4632 posts) - - Show Bio

@toratorn was asking questions about this dude a few months back, so I figured I'd tag him.

@empressofdread You wanted a tag, you got one. Enjoy.

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#2 Posted by Toratorn (7204 posts) - - Show Bio

@diarrhearegatta: that's a pretty neat character. Pity he isn't used more, he looks like a perfect counter to any brick.

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#3 Edited by DiarrheaRegatta (4632 posts) - - Show Bio

@toratorn said:

@diarrhearegatta: that's a pretty neat character. Pity he isn't used more, he looks like a perfect counter to any brick.

Yeah, Riot was pathetically used in the N52 as a side character to a irrelevant series that went nowhere. As of now, he hasn't been introduced in the Rebirth continuity, so that sucks, considering his power is pretty cool, and has a lot of potential.

In terms of battles, that's the whole reason why I make these- so that other people can use them in threads without worrying about not knowing their feats because the character is obscure, and to make people interested in using those characters in CAV's.

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#4 Posted by ThEBeStOfTheBeST (11243 posts) - - Show Bio

Nice job, good respect thread.

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#6 Posted by Toratorn (7204 posts) - - Show Bio

@diarrhearegatta: well, maybe it's a good thing he's not in Rebirth, considering how Rebirth has gimped pretty much everyone.

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#7 Posted by DiarrheaRegatta (4632 posts) - - Show Bio
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#9 Posted by Lvenger (36338 posts) - - Show Bio

Very nice research, credit for going through Riot's small number of appearances to make this. However, I do have to submit a correction for the fourth scan since I'm familiar with the storyline it's from. Clark was still massively weakened when he fought Riot along with those other Superman villains in Superman #652. On the page before Superman is attacked, his powers are basically described as the same as they were during the Golden Age with limited enhanced senses, being able to jump an eighth of a mile, lifting large vehicles and being immune to anything below high calibre gunfire or explosive shells.

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Which is obviously nowhere near Post Crisis Superman's peak power level.

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#10 Edited by DiarrheaRegatta (4632 posts) - - Show Bio

@lvenger: Yeah, I do say that Clark was pretty weakened in that instance, considering this was after the Infinite Crisis where he had been badly nerfed by massive amounts of red sun radiation. I had forgotten that he'd been nerfed THAT much through.

He still struggled with Riot physically regardless at his normal levels so it's not a super outliner, but it's a good and needed correction, so thank you.

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#11 Posted by deactivated-5c917f846ef0b (1264 posts) - - Show Bio

This looks so wrong? Is one of the clones going for her private?

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#12 Posted by DiarrheaRegatta (4632 posts) - - Show Bio
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#14 Posted by Fabricolage (1918 posts) - - Show Bio

The power of duplication is really underrated.

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#15 Edited by DiarrheaRegatta (4632 posts) - - Show Bio

@fabricolage said:

The power of duplication is really underrated.

In terms of it as a ability, absolutely. I think Riot is a good example of a character that really uses and abuses duplication to the best of his ability.

Even more well known characters that use the same power (Multiple Man, for example) isn't half as adaptable as Riot was in terms of variants of offence, yet he is more regarded in terms of quality than the latter.

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#16 Posted by Fabricolage (1918 posts) - - Show Bio

@fabricolage said:

The power of duplication is really underrated.

In terms of it as a ability, absolutely. I think Riot is a good example of a character that really uses and abuses duplication to the best of his ability.

Even more well known characters that use the same power (Multiple Man, for example) isn't half as adaptable as Riot was in terms of variants of offence, yet he is more regarded in terms of quality than the latter.

I agree with Riot's potential and him being different. He could do more though, or even how his powers work and develop. Like experimentations done and practice even.

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#17 Edited by DiarrheaRegatta (4632 posts) - - Show Bio

@fabricolage: True. His status as a Superman villain (and a irrelevant one at that) hampers his chances for real potential.