One of the guys in my roleplaying group has been talking about running a game using the official Marvel system, in which we would all play superheroes alongside the likes of Spider-man and The Incredible Hulk.
Of course, fully half the fun of any such campaign is character creation. A quarter of the remaining fun is getting to speak constantly in a terrible accent. Here's the guy I plan on playing:
While trekking through the dense Central American jungle, a Jesuit missionary hears the unmistakable cry of an infant. Deep in the brush, he finds a wailing baby, severely injured, his skin covered with strange green scales and multicoloured feathers. The priest, shocked that the local natives would abandon a mutant child to the wilderness, cares for the baby's wounds, christens him Miguel, and sends him to live in the local Catholic orphanage.
Miguel grows up in a small Mexican village, learning English, Spanish, Latin, Catholic theology, and a Eurocentric view of world history. He also learns to master his own innate powers - his superhuman strength and seemingly supernatural shapeshifting. Sadly, for the entirety of his life, he is plagued with intolerance and mistrust, culminating in his sixteenth year, when an unknown person makes a call to the Mexican government, and one of the giant mutant-slaughtering Sentinel androids is dispatched to his small village. Strangely, the robot scans the entire area, finds no trace of mutant DNA, and returns to base.
Rocked by this unwarranted act of aggression, strange dreams with incomprehensible content, and the shocking revelation that he is not, in fact, a mutant, Miguel abandons his Catholic faith, and turns for spiritual solace to the religion of his Mayan ancestors. To his amazement, nearly all ancient MesoAmerican cultures have as a central figure Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent god. Quetzalcoatl is not the most powerful of the gods, but he is the one who used his own blood to resurrect humankind after the third apocalypse.
The Mayan concept of time is cyclical, and popular interpretation of the Mayan calendar places the next apocalypse at December 21st, 2012. Miguel comes to believe that he is the physical incarnation of Quetzalcoatl, come to earth to live as a human, and thus to judge which aspects of life are to be saved, and which are to be left to burn. Thus, he now wanders the earth, experiencing as much of the world as he can, and attempting to reassume his godhood through meditation, force of will, and noble deed.
This is what he looks like:
Those of you especially familiar with Marvel's cosmology will, of course, be able to deduce Miguel's actual origins simply by looking at him.