The Fly – Impact Version (Icons Writeup)

The Fly
aka Jason Troy

Prowess 4
Coordination 7
Strength 6
Intellect 4
Awareness 6
Willpower 4

Stamina 10

*Flight 6
*Damage Resistance 3
*Wall-Crawling 6
*Sonic Blast – Wings 6
*Super-Senses – Vision 2 (The Fly gets +2 bonus to vision-based Awareness tests)
*Super-Senses – Hearing 1 (The Fly gets +1 bonus to hearing-based Awareness tests)
*Fly Amulet (Note that if he does not have the Amulet, Jason cannot transform to the Fly and vice versa. When transformed, the Amulet is part of the Fly costume.)

Aerial Combat (Expert +2 bonus), Athletics (+1 bonus), Drive – Skateboards (+1 bonus), Art – Drawing (+1 bonus)

(On first seeing the world through his insectile eyes) “Neat !”
Secret Identities cause so many problems!
Thrill of Adventure

Most of this bio comes from

Jason Troy was given an extra assignment by his substitute mythology teacher, Mr. Abin (likely a nod to Abin Sur, the alien that bequeathed Green Lantern Hal Jordan his power ring) for playing video games in class. The task was to create a modern mythic hero based on humble circumstances. One of the criteria for ancient mythic heroes was they be from humble beginnings.

Jason designed a superhero patterned after a fly, as he could think of nothing more humble than a housefly. His teacher rewarded him for his efforts with a pendant made of amber with a fly trapped inside.

Jason soon learned that the pendant was not just jewelry. Rather, it turned him into the superhero from his assignment. He became the Fly, and used his powers to foil an arson attempt by a super-villain named Burnout. After he defeated the flame-throwing thug, he suddenly changed back into Jason.

Obviously confused, he went to find his mythology teacher and question him about the pendant. When he returned to school to ask his teacher about the pendant, nobody in the school remembered ever seeing the substitute.

Jason learned that the pendant could change him into his heroic alter-ego at will, so he continued his exploits as the Fly. He learned that using the Fly powers for a prolonged period of time physically exhausted him, and that he had cravings for anything high in sugar, like jelly doughnuts and pineapple juice. But he soon mastered his insect-like abilities (and urges).

He also seemed to often lose track of time as the Fly. That landed him in trouble at home several times.

He fought flying thieves, mechanical spiders, and the occasional crimelord, and defeated them all. But he found himself in a sticky situation when his pendant was ripped off in a battle, but he did not lose his powers. He couldn’t return home, since even when he took off his costume, he still looked like a muscular adult with fly-like eyes.

He got a job as a bouncer in a bar (calling himself “Buzz”) for a few days until he recovered his pendant.

Jason also had some personal problems. In trying to juggle his home life with the super-heroics, he failed. Suspicions arose about his exact relationship with the Fly. In the wake of his disappearance, people suspected the Fly was having an “improper” relationship with Jason Troy.

Things seemed to get better after Jason denied those charges against his Alter-Ego. He joined the Crusaders, and when they got lost in another dimension, he spent years there with his teammates and fell in love with the Jaguar. When they finally returned they were married.

The Impact line of comics had its ups-and-downs but for my money, the best title of the line was The Fly. It captured the fun of early Spider-Man and I think that Jason had by far the best rogues’ gallery of any of the Impact heroes. He’s a fun character and I think it’s a shame we never got to see him as an adult married hero. It would have been an interesting twist on the series.

The Fly – Classic Version (Icons Writeup)

The Fly
aka Thomas Troy

Prowess 4
Coordination 5
Strength 6
Intellect 5
Awareness 8
Willpower 5

Stamina 11

*Damage Resistance 3
*Flight 5
*Blast – Sonic Burst (Wings) 4 (Limit: Tiring)
*Wall-Crawling 5
*Super-Senses – The Fly can see in all directions at once. This is factored into his Awareness.
*Buzz Gun – Sonic Attack 6
*Fly Ring – allows Dimensional Travel (10) to the Fly Dimension

Note: During the Silver Age, the Fly also possessed Growth 4 but this ability was never used nor mentioned in later stories. In some stories he also displayed the ability to radiate the light of “a million fireflies in one”. In game terms this would be Dazzle 7 but since it was used so rarely it would have Limits: Tiring and Preparation).

Aerial Combat (+1 bonus), Investigation (+1 bonus), Law (Expert +2 bonus), Leadership (+1 bonus), Occult – Fly People (Expert +2 bonus), Weapons – Buzz Gun (Expert +2 bonus)

Pure of Heart
Core Member of the Crusaders
Champion of the Fly People

Tommy Troy lived in the Westwood Orphanage. The superintendent, Aaron Creacher, hired him out to raise money.

Tommy thus worked for elderly Ben (aka Ezra), and Abigail March. Tommy learned that they were wizards. Late one night, he tried on a fly shaped ring he found in the attic.

It glowed and a door opened to another dimension , from which stepped Turan of the Fly People. He explained that millions of years before, Fly People ruled the Earth but they waged war with magic, reducing most of the population to common houseflies.

Only a few Fly People were able to escape, fleeing to a dimensional plane outside the Galaxy. There they have waited patiently for “one person… pure of heart” to make war against greed and crime, which were their own downfall. Troy has these qualities.

Thus whenever he rubs the ring and says, “I wish I were the Fly,” he is projected into the other dimension and returns as a costumed adult called the Fly. To become his civilian identity, all the youth has to do is utter his name.

Tommy continued as the Fly into adulthood, cleaning up crime in Capital City and becoming a lawyer. He became a founding member of The Mighty Crusaders and partnered with Kim Brand, who became Fly-Girl. At some point their relationship came to an end and Kim married Firefly – her daughter has used both Fly-Girl and Firefly as heroic identities. It’s unknown what ultimately became of The Fly.

In many of the Crusaders stories, The Fly was depicted as one of the “big” heroes in the Red Circle reality. In his Thomas Troy identity, all of his physical stats are 3, his Intellect is 5, Awareness is 4 and Willpower is 5.