Red Spot has no powers. A self-professed geek, the man has an otherwise normal background, with no sorcerers or aliens crawling around in it. Instead, he makes his way with high tech laser weaponry, some of which is of his own design, which could mark him as a high tech hero!
Ghille Suit: 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 Poor (4) blending into vegetation-filled backgrounds.
Helmet: Red Spot usually wears this sturdy head gear while at work - he doesn't want to lase his face off! It provides him Good (10) protection against head-based physical attacks - and offers him similarly ranked Screened Senses for his vision with its red visor.
the Joe-Com: 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: though he didn't build this weapon, Red Spot has modified it to his own personal tastes. He can use it to inflict Good (10) Armor Piercing Energy damage in a single blast, or instead fire a continuous beam to eventually burn through up to Amazing (50) m.s. materials.
Machine Gun: a back-up for his energy emitter, Red Spot carries a conventional machine gun as well. It can fire one shot to inflict Typical (6) Shooting damage, a short burst to inflict Good (10) Shooting damage, or a full-auto spread for Excellent (20) Shooting damage.
Advanced Guns: Red Spot loves lasers. He loves them so much that he's learned how to use them to lethal effect in battle! Whenever he's holding his laser rifle, or any other directed energy weapon, Red Spot may wield it as if his Agility was +1 CS in rank.
Electronics: his true love, Red Spot has been an electronics whiz since before his teen years. He should make any FEAT to design, build, repair or simply operate any electronic devices as if his Reason was +1 CS higher than is listed above.
Guns: 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 as if his Agility was +1 CS higher than the above would indicate.
Martial Arts types A and B: a nidan in Aikido, Red Spot may inflict Slam or Stun results on a foe regardless of his comparative Strength or Endurance scores, and may deflect incoming melee attacks if he forgoes his own. He also receives a +1 CS in unarmed melee attacks!
Military / United States: 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.
As a member of the GI Joe team, Red Spot can readily rely upon his fellows for most any assistance he should need, were he but to ask. The man has further additional contacts in optical electronic circles, both in and out of the United States military.
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: