|Thomas Blake (Scenesys ID: 979)|
|Apparent Age:||29||Actual Age:||29|
|Date of Birth||08 Aug 1990||Played By||Chris Hemsworth|
|Height:||6' 0"||Weight:||200 lb|
|Hair Color:||Reddish-blond||Eye Color:||Green|
|Theme Song:||Hurt by NIN|
Thomas "Catman" Blake is a mercenary with a criminal record. Once a D-list 'theme' criminal, he has reinvented himself as a troubleshooter and 'security consultant'. He has a number of successful jobs and a few dissatisfied customers.
1990: Born in Gotham City to Sienna (former actress) and Reese (practicing bastard).
1999 After years of abusing her over coddling young Thomas, Reese snaps and kills Sienna, throwing her down a flight of stairs.
2000: After being found Not Guilty of murder, Reese continues trying to make a man of Thomas, abusing him further.
2010: After years of violence, Thomas kills his father in self defense, making it look like a shooting accident. Thomas becomes a big game hunter and professional bacarat player.
2012: Having blown much of hs family fortune, Thomas returns to Gotham and becomes the Catman. He is quickly brought to justice by the Batman and Robin.
2015: After several years behind bars Thomas is released. He returns to his Catman identity and gets beaten soundly by Catwoman (who turns his cats against him), Batman and Green Arrow.
2016: Thomas enters a downward spiral. The authorities deem him not worth prosecuting and he heads to Africa. Presenting himself to a pride of lions, ready to die.
2017: Thomas emerges from the jungle, having reinvented himself. After declining offers to join several criminal organizations he begins seeking bacarat tournaments and freelance troubleshooting assignments, careful to stay under the radar.
Thomas has a problem with authority. Yes he will deliver on an assignment he is paid for, but he isn't sucking up to anyone. He will counter disrespect with more disrespect. He will make it known he will complete a job his way. Period. Otherwise go hire a scab like Bolt.
Catman's love and rapport with lions is well known and nearly mystical in nature. He does like animals of all stripes and will intervene to help an animal in distress or being abused. He will be harsh to people abusing animals.Thatv sort of thing, not dressing pets in little princess outfits.
Catman is not a mercenary for the money. He doesn't gear up witgh a giant cat robot to rob banks (anymore). He undertakes various contracts to make enough to live. Usually the assignments are in a morally gray area at worst. He often is only partially successful because he sees something really wrong going on he won't allow. Several colleagues have remarked that Thomas wants to be a hero deep down. Of course his vengeful tendencies and womanizing don't make him a paladdin.
Many of his friends and associates can be described as "murderous psychotics". Despite this, Catman gets along well in a group lunatics. He is often the glue allowing such a group to work together. He provides an anchor for the more violent and unruly members. It's similar to the rapport the Joker enjoys with the deranged, except Catman doesn't manipulate them or use them as tools (and probably couldn't go that far). He merely gets them to act somewhat normally.
Catman has few friends. He's never been one for bro hugs. However, when he has a friend it is one for life. He will never leave a friend behind. He will (literally in canon) go through hell for one.
Thomas is generally a rather peaceful fellow.Again like a cat he will have satisfaction for any insult or injury done to him. He has killed in the past, justifying it as being bad men, who deserved it. He does not forget or forgive easily.
This only really works with lions. Lions accept him as a pride leader, somehow. He has a non-verbal communication with them. It's not going to let him use them to perform complex operations in a heist (and he would not). They will have his back and his enemies become their enemies. The opposite is also true. Other animals seem to like him on sight.
Much like Wildcat, thomas has excellent (peak human) night vision. he can't see in total darkness. It's probably a human mutation (note small "m") that exists in the real world.
Sense of Smell:
Catman's olfactory sense is honed to peak human levels by living with lions. He can recognize a person by scent at short range. He has tracked targets by scent. This is not a power so much as a skill but it is again peak human.
He is a master at leaping, climbing and evading attacks. None of this backflip stuff. He probably could do one or two in a pinch, but he is not Nightwing or Daredevil. His climbing skill is particularly strong and even without his claws, he is an excellent free climber. His hands are strong enough to bend coins or fold a frying pan.
Thomas' agility, athletics and survival training combine with Martial Arts expertise to make him one of the best knife fighter on Earth (not a very heroic skill). He can fight with a knife, or throw them with deadly accuracy. He uses double bladed balanced knives usually but will use bowie and other thick bladed weapons.
Catman is in the same tier as say, Wildcat, just below Batman or Richard Dragon. he can hold his own against Batman and fight between them would likely grind to a standstill for several minutes, especially if Catman is fighting defensively and trying to escape or buy time. His fighting style is similar to Judo but with some hard moves.
He is world class at sneaking, easily on a par with Batman or Catwoman in terms of quiet. He is not as good at hiding or ninjutsu but still no slouch. He often makes use of his claws and acrobatics to scale walls and hide there (much like Catwoman--but don't tell him that).
Particularly in the veldt. You could drop him naked anywhere in the savannah and he'd be fine. He came out of the veldt with nothing but shorts and a big old knife. He would do better dropped naked into Gotham than Batman would dropped naked into a pride of lions. It's just Batman is better at everything else.
"I check for traps..." He's not as good as Batman or Catwoman at gaining entry or picking locks. Then again he is not adverse to breaking a window. He can gain entry to military facilities or prisons with some back up.
This is Catman's salient ability. He is called the best tracker on Earth. Not detective, Batman and others are better thsn him. Catman will get you, once he sets his eye on you. In part his tracking uses his acute asense of smell (in the wild). In part, he's great at legwork (and breaking legs) to find a person. I the wild he can traqck a person or animal for days based on their spoor and tracks.
Thomas Blake is a world class bacarat player. He has lived well off his winnings for long stretches. He has beaten the Gambler (who cheats) at bacarat. He does not play games of chance (bacarat is not a game of chance the way he plays.)
Catman has several 'Catarangs' (he does not call them that) and several modified Sykes Fairbairn knives clipped to his belt. He doesn't carry a gadget for every occasion like the Bat. A flashlight or other common item for a specific job is not out of line.
Catman's cape is actually a mystical tapestry. It is rumored its wearer is unkillable (while they wear it). In fact Catman has had a couple of returns from a mysterious death. Whether this is from magic or Thomas' escape artistry remains to be seen. Thomas has used the cape to intimidate, promising to do very bad things to a person and place the cape on them to keep them alive and conscious. At the very least it adds to his rep and mystique.
Thomas has retractable claws which he uses to intimidate or climb. He doesn't fight with them.
Thomas has numerous contacts in the criminal world and mercenary circles to find jobs or have employers find him.
Besides his default costume, Catman has versions that are for the Arctic or fireproof. He also has a stealth version that gives him some camouflage against electronic sensors.
Catwoman in particular had a strong enmity with Catman and at least once left him for dead with his misused lions. Catman for his part doesn't share this dislike and understands her point. He copied her MO and tried to outdo her and (in his view) he had the better cats. Besides Selina Catman has some former employers done wrong or right, jealous suitors, poachers and such and any might show up out of the blue.
Catman never wlaks away from a game of bacarat, even a rigged one. He often wins regardless.
Thomas Blake was and is a womanizer. He has no problem shacking up for a one night stand. He has slept with team mates. He is honest about what he wants and what he is putting out. With his looks he has no lack of female interest. However, he can be enticed and trapped with a suitable woman and he doesn't really have a type.
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|Afterword||March 28th, 2021||Dinah and Thomas meet after their capture. Making plans and enjoying junk food.|
|The Cat That Dated the Canary||March 17th, 2021||Not the worst first date ever.|
|Working Late||March 14th, 2021||Joan works late. So does Catman.|
|Seeking Equipment - FOR SCIENCE!||March 13th, 2021||Weird and Interesting meeting.|
|Cats and Canaries||March 12th, 2021||Catman goes to meet a contact and ends up meeting Black Canary!|
|Delivery for a Lab||March 5th, 2021||Escape to Steak House - Accomplished.|
|Working Stiffs||February 28th, 2021||The beginning of a beautiful friendship.|
|Rooftop prowling||November 22nd, 2020||The city would like chinese, please.|
|Cats and bats and Omelettes Oh My!||July 21st, 2020||Thomas meets a fellow predator. Vampirella might still consider him prey.|
|Night at the Wick||July 9th, 2020||Blake & Blake meet, share drinks, words and beat down some assassins.|
|A Little Slice of... Heaven||July 1st, 2020||Satana and Thomas actually get some work done!|
|The Brain and the Bad Men.||June 15th, 2020||A deal is struck and mozzarella sticks ordered.|
|The Cat and the Shootist||June 14th, 2020||No description|
|Houseguests||June 13th, 2020||Deals are struck, eggs are made.|
|Who Ya Gonna Call||June 11th, 2020||Plans are made, pizza is ordered!|
|Recruiting Help||June 8th, 2020||Satana contacts Thomas, and ends up with a lease agreement.|
|Mutants, Beer and Ribs||June 4th, 2020||Alliances are made.|
|The Devil You Know||May 27th, 2020||A Happy Dangerous Reunion|
|Lions and Cheetahs and Dives! Oh My!||May 22nd, 2020||Two supervillains walk into a bar and have a couple friendly drinks!|
|Foiling a downtown robbery.||May 22nd, 2020||Spider-Man, Feather, Wolf Spider and Thomas Blake encounter and talk down Black Adam from murdering a bunch of criminals.|
|This Little Badger Went to Market.||May 19th, 2020||Cat Meets Badger. Be afraid.|
|Following The Cat To Their Home||May 19th, 2020||Thomas Blake is rudely awoken by his phone. His morning takes an even stranger turn after hanging up.|
|Punch Buggy||March 27th, 2020||Thomas runs into a semi-rampaging Knockout. Offers of fun and whatever an omelette is are extended.|
|The Cat and the Cassandra||March 27th, 2020||Our mismatched pair get away.|
|=Lions and Demons and Capes, Oh MY||March 25th, 2020||Possibly... omelettes.|
|Who Can Resist Those Penguins||March 23rd, 2020||Hellcat and Catman meet at the zoo when Patsy is hired to check out who's trespassing. Nero is a mean lion. Some zookeeper is destined to be kicked around.|
|Yeah - Lots of space in this mall!||March 19th, 2020||Twu Luv! (Or the other word that begins with|