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Spanker 4 is a villain created by Scott Eiler.
Alter Ego: None
Team Affiliations: None
Status: Active
Location: New Delhi, India, Earth-SW12 ("Earth-Power")
Favorite Music: Considers music irrelevant
Character Portrait

History

No later than the year 270 AD, aliens secretly started abducting Earthlings to serve as pawns in space warfare. This practice backfired spectacularly when they abducted Queen Zenobia. Suffice it to say, Zenobia made many enemies in space. These enemies started sending "Spanker" robots to punish Zenobia's homeworld - Earth. Each of the first three Spankers caused mass migrations and warfare throughout Europe and Asia. But each one eventually ran out of power, or was deactivated by ingenious Earthlings.

Spanker 4 is (as one might imagine) the fourth of his series. He arrived on Earth sometime after 1991, once superhumans had started appearing. By 2004 he was traveling the Earth, fomenting rebellions. All this time, the aliens already on and around Earth kept Spanker 4 under relative control.

But in 2005, the aliens were distracted with a succession of reality shifts. Spanker 4 took that opportunity to obtain the Engines of Reality: jewel-shaped cosmic artifacts. With these, he changed Earth's recent history, took control of a fortress in Central Asia, then confronted Wyatt Ferguson and the Powernaut. But the Powernaut arranged for Wyatt to bodily merge the three of them. Wyatt neutralized Spanker 4's control over the Engines, and the Powernaut effectively controled the merged body until the aliens could remove the Engines. The Wyatt-Powernaut-Spanker then traveled to a hospital in India, where the Powernaut unmerged and Wyatt shat the Spanker out.

After the "Powernaut Rapture" of 2011, Spanker 4 reconstituted - on the new Earth of the Powernauts! As of 2012, he seems to be consumed by an urge to merge again, presumably with a Powernaut... for revenge, or some other purpose?? Only the future will tell!!


Personality

Despite being robots, the Spankers have all acted very much like conquering, rapacious human males. Each one was more intelligent and devious than its predecessor, though. Spanker 4 is the most developed of the series, but still rapacious.


Powers and Abilities

All the Spanker robots have had great strength and invulnerability, plus the abilities to morph and to draw power from diverse sources. As the series developed, each robot became better at seeking power sources - and at exploiting humans for its own ends. At his height, Spanker 4 influenced world politics and wielded godlike cosmic power.


Appearance

Typically, a twelve-foot silver robot with four black dots on his chest.


Publications


Author's Notes

Spanker 4 was a dream concept, which puts him in the company of Pentahedrons, the Powernaut, and Psychovant. He became central to the 2005 storyline, also alongside the Powernaut. So naturally, Spanker 4 was a major guest-villain for the Powernaut 2005 series of last year. Now it seems Spanker 4 is nominated for awards - the 2015 RACCies, Favorite Villain! Also, Best Running Gag, which I did not see coming... Well, we'll see about both these things. But he's just earned that highly-coveted Wiki page!

(signed) Scott Eiler, 25 Apr 2016.


This entry and all characters within it are copyright © 2016 by Eiler Technical Enterprises.