Ghille Suit (a): complementing his camouflaged uniform, this gear helps Red Spot to better blend into the terrain. It is a large 'cloak' that covers his body, and looks almost like a greenish-brown bush. It grants him intensity 2 blending into vegetation-filled backgrounds.
Helmet (s): Red Spot usually wears this sturdy head gear while at work - he doesn't want to lase his face off! It provides him +2 protection against head-based physical attacks - and offers him similarly ranked Screened Senses for his vision with its red visor.
the Joe-Com (i): this is a new device given to all Joes since the group's reactivation. This high-tech wristband functions as an audio/video transceiver with various other goodies built in to help a soldier on the go, and is described in greater detail in its own equipment entry.
Laser Rifle (a): though he didn't build this weapon, Red Spot has modified it to his own personal tastes. He can use it to inflict his Agility +6 energy damage in a single blast, or instead fire a continuous beam to eventually burn through up to m.s. 16 materials.
Machine Gun (a): a back-up for his energy emitter, Red Spot carries a conventional machine gun as well. It can fire one shot to inflict his Agility +4 damage, a short burst to inflict his Agility +5 damage, or a full-auto spread for his Agility +6 damage.
Boxing (s): in addition to his mostly defensive Aikido training, Red Spot has been schooled in the sweet science by the military. He may divide his pre-card play action score between two unarmed melee attacks, the second of which will occur as a contingent action.
Electronics (i): his true love, Red Spot has been an electronics whiz since before his teen years. He should make any action to design, build, repair or simply operate any electronic devices at one difficulty level lower than is usually necessary.
Marksmanship (a): Red Spot can competently wield conventional firearms in addition to his laser rifle. Whenever he's holding a standard, semi-automatic or fully automatic rifle or pistol, Red Spot may fire it one difficulty level lower than is normally required.
Martial Arts (a): a nidan in Aikido, Red Spot may resolve unarmed melee attacks with his Strength or Agility (his choice). Furthermore, he should receive a reduced difficulty when attempting actions to dodge attacks, lower falling damage or catch thrown weapons.
Military / United States (w): the source of most of his marketable skills, the United States military has trained Red Spot until he was a lean, mean, laser emitting machine! He knows the S.O.P. like the back of his hand, and can lead a body of fighting men into battle when necessary.
Explorer: though he tries to pretend he's a 'normal guy' and goes to great pains to have a 'life', Red Spot is truly an explorer at heart. He loves to discover new applications of lasers and laser technology, and could probably find more if he simply dedicated the time.
Red Spot's GI Joe field uniform includes a light yellow jacket with green camouflage over a white T shirt and beneath brown webbing, light yellow trousers with green camouflage, a light yellow leather belt, brown leather gloves, black leather boots, and a light yellow and black helmet.
Unlike a lot of the Joes, Michael isn't singularly obsessed with his area of specialty. He strives to have a life outside of laser optics and counter-terrorist operations, and makes a point of expressing his 'individuality' whenever he can.
Real Name: Michael P. Ritchie, Grade E-4
Occupation: weapon systems operator, optics technician
Legal Status: citizen of the United States with no known criminal record
Marital Status: single
Alias(es), if any: none
Group Affiliation: GI Joe
Height: 5' 10"
Hair: light brown
Weight: 180 lbs
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: none
Michael reportedly built his first laser emitter at the age of nine, after watching an entire sci-fi marathon on television. He did so using parts he'd cobbled together using mail-order catalogs and other off the shelf equipment, though this was only the start of his optics adventure.
Michael didn't let his love for the high tech completely dominate his life, however. He tried to be as 'normal' as possible for a 'geek', playing baseball, participating in martial arts training (nidan in Aikido), and even went out on dates with 'real' girls now and then.
Of course, knowing that he's from Cincinnati, 'real' is relative. At any rate, Michael nonetheless decided to pursue his interest in optics into the military, where he has participated in the development of various laser devices for the military - some he himself uses in the field!
His wide range of interests and talents eventually got him put on a short list for GI Joe membership, and when Michael was approached with an offer he gladly took his Joe recruiter up on it. Mind you, Michael had to survive the GI Joe entrance exam before he was truly a part of the team.
Eventually managing this, Michael took his proper place on the GI Joe team, under the code name of Red Spot. Not named for the meteorological feature on Jupiter (which one might've guessed due to his 'geek' origins), Michael's code name refers to the termination of a laser spotting beam.
Michael's role on the GI Joe team is that of a laser trooper, often striking down Cobra enemies at tremendous range - much further out than even the best GI Joe snipers can hit. This takes incredible patience and balance, and these are things Michael can apply when he wishes to.
He continued to serve as an active member of the GI Joe team for a few years, until its second 'deactivation', which wasn't really a termination so much as a public smokescreen. Of course, Michael has been on 'reserve' since then, and happily helps the Joes out whenever they ask!
GI Joe directories featuring a version of Red Spot: