Nighthawk (Icons Writeup)


Prowess 4/5
Coordination 4/5
Strength 4/6
Intellect 3
Awareness 3
Willpower 4

Stamina 8/10

* Ability Boost – at night, Nighthawk’s physical attributes are boosted, adding one to both Prowess and Coordination, as well +2 to Strength.
*Jet-Pack Wings – Flight 4, Laser Beam (Blast) 5
*Titanium Claws 4

Aerial Combat (Expert +2 bonus), Athletics (+1 bonus, Horseriding Expert +2 bonus), Business (+1 bonus), Drive (+1 bonus),  Leadership (+1 bonus), Mental Resistance (+1 bonus), Occult (+1 bonus)

* “You’ve managed to legislate something that used to be so pure… You’ve let yourselves become threatened by idealism. Thing is, some of us don’t wear masks to hide…some of us wear them to be free. Captain America knew that. You should remember it.”
* Being a superhero is a chance to finally do something important.
* Genuinely believes in the Defenders.


Kyle Richmond was a rich, spoiled, irresponsible brat with no talent for his studies or anything productive.

During his early 20s, however, a series of events shook him hard enough to straighten him up:

  • He had a car accident that almost killed his girlfriend but left him unscathed.
  • He discovered he had a heart murmur during the draft.
  • He lost his father to a plane crash, remaining sole proprietor of Richmond Enterprises.

He wisely turned the responsibility of management to the chairman of the board, and started looking for a way to cure his heart.

He happened upon a strengthening alchemical formula that gave him his power, and shortly after that was contacted by the Grandmaster to become part of the Squadron Sinister – counterparts of the Squadron Supreme from an alternate earth.

Richmond was the counterpart of his alternate analogue, Kyle Richmond aka Nighthawk, and thus became known as Nighthawk II. Richmond continued to act not-so-intelligently, and even tried to fight Daredevil to acquire a rep.

He finally came to his sense and betrayed the Squadron Sinister when they launched, along with Nebulon, a planet-destroying plot. He sided with the Defenders despite the odds. The Defenders paid him back by resurrecting him after he was nearly killed in the fight, and accepting him into their ranks.

Richmond suddenly had a place and a purpose, and threw himself in the Defenders. He even became the de facto leader when Doctor Strange started to fade away from the team.

Richmond contributed financially, turned the Richmond Riding Academy into a base, and armed himself with wings and claws. He had to reduce his participation to the team when the siege by the Six-Fingered Hand resulted in him being confined to a wheelchair by day (although fully mobile by night).

After being stalked by the superhuman Mindy William (the girlfriend he had thought dead in the car crash), Nighthawk II discovered a project intended to telepathically strike at the Soviet Union. He sacrificed himself in order to contain the attack and destroy the project.

Thereafter, Nighthawk managed to return to life – he was reunited with the Defenders during a period when a curse caused certain members to be brought together in moments of crisis and he had a brief period as leader of “The Last Defenders” during the post-Civil War storylines.

With the passing of the most recent ‘Secret Wars,’ other Nighthawks have appeared, survivors of their own dead earths. These heroes have been affiliated with various versions of the Squadron Supreme. For the most part, Kyle seems to have receded into the background.

Nighthawk (Icons Writeup)

Nighthawk of Earth-TRN852
Kyle Richmond

Prowess 6/7
Coordination 6/7
Strength 5/6
Intellect 6
Awareness 7
Willpower 8

Stamina 13 (day) / 14 (night)

*Costume – Damage Resistance 3, Flight 3 (Gliding Only), Cowl: Super-Senses 1 (Communication)
*Gadgets 5
*Alchemical Serum – Ability Boost to physical stats (Limit: Only at night)
*The Hawkrod (Vehicle) – Handling 4, Structure 4, Speed 4, Armor 3, Features: Blast (Cannons) 5, Interface 5
*Nightcave – Base 7 (Extras: Concealed, Communications, Computer, Defense System, Infirmary, Security Systems, Sensors)

Athletics (Expert +2 bonus), Business (+1 bonus), Investigation (Master +3 bonus), Law (Expert +2 bonus), Stealth (Master +3 bonus), Technology (+1 bonus), Weapons (Expert +2 bonus)

*Part of a romantic triangle with Hyperion and Power Princess.
*Still haunted by the death of Falcon.
*”I will not stop.. until I’ve shattered the bones of the psychoses that hold these people back. Each and every lunatic in this building. Until every last one of them has been bludgeoned into a state of sanity. Because I believe in the power of people to change. I believe the system can work for even the lowest of us. I believe in this country. That’s how %&$@# crazy I am.”
*The world’s greatest detective.


Nighthawk was a member of the Squadron Supreme of America, which were the world’s premiere superhero team. His parents never wanted him and neglected him when he was a child, leaving him to be raised by their hired help. When they were murdered, Nighthawk used to tell himself that he fought crime to honor their memory, but he eventually fought crime in order to satisfy his own desires. At an unknown period of time, he consumed a serum similar to the one that empowered his Earth-616 counterpart that augmented his physical abilities, which were the greatest at night.

After returned from an experience from Battleworld, he bonded with the Venom symbiote. Nighthawk eventually ditched the symbiote when he realized that it was alive. The symbiote later bonded with the Johann Shmidt, turning him into the Black Skull. When he wasn’t Nighthawk, he represented Washington, D.C. in the U.S. House of Representatives. When he needed to be Nighthawk and Congress was in session, he had a LMD take his place.

He formerly had a partner in the Falcon, but the Falcon was killed by the Goblin. Nighthawk was so shaken by Falcon’s death that he refused to take on Miles Morales as his new sidekick and even threatened to have him arrested. When Captain George Stacy of the DCPD died, Nighthawk trained Stacy’s daughter Gwen and she became the hero Nightbird.

When Nighthawk tried to get legislation passed that would require superheroes to register with the government, this led to a civil war between him and Hyperion. To fight Hyperion, he stole the Eye of Agamotto from the Squadron Supreme’s armory and rebonded with the Venom symbiote. Hyperion felt that Nighthawk was fighting him not just because of the Registration Act but out of spite because of a love triangle between them and Power Princess. After a fight devastated the state of Connecticut, Hyperion overpowered Nighthawk and forced the symbiote off him by exposing Nighthawk to the Sun.

Following the civil war, Nighthawk and Blur formed the Secret Squadron in Europe. Nighthawk used his vast wealth to construct a base for his team beneath the River Thames in London. However, Baron Zemo considered the Secret Squadron an affront to his own goals of Hydra bringing law and order to Europe. So, he founded the Siege Society, a team of criminals of mercenaries assembled to dismantle the Secret Squadron.

By the time Nighthawk and Blur arrived to stop the Siege Society, most of the Secret Squadron members had been killed. After Nighthawk took out Sabretooth with an explosive, he went to confront Baron Zemo alone. During their fight, Nighthawk revealed that he had constructed the Secret Squadron’s base just to lure Zemo out of hiding. Nighthawk then killed Zemo. He later attended the funeral for the fallen Secret Squadron members with the surviving members.

Eventually, Nighthawk returned to the United States. When the Black Skull and a group of Hydra soldiers took members of Congress hostage as part of a coordinated assault by the Masters of Doom, Nighthawk confronted them. As Nighthawk fought the Hydra soldiers, he was aided by Blade the Vampire Hunter who questioned him about how his team changed the world. After the Hydra soldiers were dealt with, Nighthawk attacked the Black Skull, defeated him, and had him locked up in Ravencroft Asylum.

Later, the Goblin engineered a takeover of Ravencroft Asylum, forcing Nighthawk to intervene and take out the inmates. When Nighthawk reached the Goblin, he discovered that the villain had taken Gwen, who was a nurse at Ravencroft, hostage. He exposed her to his Goblin Gas and dropped her from a high place. Nighthawk caught her, but Gwen had driven insane by the gas, forcing Nighthawk to fight her. The Goblin had fell as well after being hit by Nighthawk’s projectiles and was badly injured. Goblin then revealed to Nighthawk that the whole reason for his scheme was to reveal to him his last request: do not let their world be changed as he liked it the way it was.

Nighthawk and Hyperion eventually made up in time to deal with a new threat: a new team that popped up called the Avengers that planned to restore reality to its proper place. The Squadron Supreme investigated the Avengers and tracked them to Africa where they discovered that the mythical country of Wakanda actually existed, which the Avengers were hiding at. When Wakanda’s cloaking field was disabled, the Avengers confronted the Squadron Supreme.

Nighthawk fought Blade and stunned him momentarily with a Hawkarang that delivered a powerful electric shock. As Blade got up, Blade was knocked out by Hyperion. Nighthawk and Hyperion then fought Black Panther until Hyperion was knocked out by Captain America. Nighthawk was the only Squadron Supreme member left standing. He admitted that he knew about the reality warp that changed Earth-616 to Earth-TRN852, but he preferred his reality. Then reality was returned to normal when the source of the reality warp was destroyed, President Coulson’s Pandemonium Cube, and Nighthawk’s memories were transferred to his Earth-616 counterpart. What became of Nighthawk afterward is unrevealed.