In her current uniform.
· Other Affiliations ·
Annoying Girl, Ex-Sidekick Girl, Dog Girl, Dober, Dobes
July 10, 1992
Flat Lake, MI
Full time hero.
No Criminal Record
Dating (Darrel Hodgens).
· Known Relatives ·
Chris and Melody Oskern (Parents), Robert (Brother)
· Distinguishing Features ·
Powers & Abilities
· Known Powers ·
Augmented physical abilities, Enhanced senses.
· Equipment ·
Weighted chain, tech goggles, reinforced bracer, armored uniform, flight disk.
· Other Abilities ·
Martial Arts Training, Detective Training, Advanced Vehicle Operation
The Mentor: Doberman
Doberman near the end of his career.
Carl Hanks grew up poor in Detroit in the late 60s. He was a mean, tough kid that spent most of his time on the streets, getting out of his apartment whenever possible and away from a drunken, verbally abusive father and uncaring mother. Carl brawled his way through school as something of a delinquent, dropping out when he was sixteen to leave the city and make a life for himself elsewhere. He ended up settling in Flat Lake, doing odd jobs to scrape by.
He eventually found his way into police work. He gained a reputation as a tough, no nonsense officer in the Flat Lake PD but was plagued by allegations of brutality and excessive force that built up as time went on. Flat Lake was a growing city and crime was on the rise, they didn't have time to coddle criminals. This rise in crime in the 80s also brought with it some low tier super criminals. Frustrated, Carl took on the persona of Doberman and quickly became popular for his brutal, no holds barred style and seemingly superhuman toughness.
By the time Dobergirl latched on to him he had been a hero for years and was getting tired of the game. Paired with his rough times with the FLPD, a string of messy relationships and his hero work he was under a lot of stress both physically and mentally. He took on Dobergirl grudgingly, hoping he could eventually steer her away from being a hero with his tough training and harsh words but he couldn't stop her enthusiasm. He found himself unable to get out of his 'mentor' role and started becoming desperate over time.
Though he did care for Sunny, he eventually came up with a scheme. One that would not only get him out of his mentor role but also fix many of his personal problems and maybe even scare his over eager sidekick back onto a more normal path. With the help of a retired villain from his rogues gallery he faked his death and vanished.
Of all his decisions, Doberman has come to regret this rash course of action the most. He still wants to watch out for Sunny and checks in on her every now and then. Making sure to keep his distance, of course.
Dobergirl is 6 feet tall, has a light brown complexion, black hair and large, dark brown eyes. In Costume she wears a black and tan bodysuit and goggles with armored boots, a reinforced bracer and a heavy chain wrapped around one arm. Under her usual superhero costume she is very muscular and toned and when not dressed as a hero she wears glasses.
Sunny Oskern was always a girl that knew what she wanted to do. Whenever anyone asked, she would say that she wanted to be a superhero. She read comic books, watched every cartoon she could and trained herself to fight. She was especially a huge fan of local Flat Lake hero Doberman and when she felt she was ready she ambushed him and demanded to be made his sidekick. Doberman was reluctant at first (and a little creeped out) but eventually gave in when he found she could handle herself.
Doberman soon found out his mistake. He was an older hero and even though he mostly dealt with small time stuff he was suffering wear and tear from his rough life and ended up having a lot of trouble keeping up with his eager young sidekick, who was constantly getting him involved and getting the duo in trouble. Worse yet, she wouldn't let him retire! Sunny would always find some way to get him back into the fray. Things eventually got so bad that Doberman had to fake his own death using a robot duplicate he borrowed from a friend who owed him a favor.
Heartbroken, Sunny decided she would keep the Dobergirl name and step up her fight on crime by joining the big leagues in Millennium City! She still doesn't realize Doberman is alive... and he wants it that way.
In the three years she's been on her own, Dobergirl has matured a lot. She's been shown the rough side of the superhero life up close and personal and has been through two different teams. Through it all she's tried to maintain a positive outlook, keeping her love for life and adventure intact.
Sunny is very eager. She always seems to find a way to be excited about what she's doing and seems to have boundless energy. She has never taken things very seriously and hates when people tell her what she can and can't do. She is terribly stubborn and won't back down from things she's said, even if she feels bad about it later. She is very protective of the superhero community and is quick to put down and belittle those that say anything against it.
Though this spirit has been dampened somewhat, she's still fairly upbeat. She has become slightly more aggressive and violent, however.
-Enhanced Physical Abilities: During an early adventure, Dobergirl was struck by a power ray using an unstable power core of unknown origin. This ray blast infused her with a low degree of super strength, agility, endurance and durability. However, this did not come without a price. After going home for a check up recently she learned that not only was she suffering cellular damage, but that it had actually been getting worse over time! The mad scientist and former Doberman enemy turned ally RoboClone was able to fix this problem by infusing Sunny with animal DNA. Specifically, doberman. She mostly likes to pretend the whole thing never happened and didn't find it nearly as funny as RoboClone did.
This process has further enhanced her physical attributes, allowing her to lift close to a ton and giving her greater endurance and durability.
-Enhanced Senses: The bonding of doberman DNA to Sunny's has given her exceptional hearing and a stronger sense of smell than a normal human.
-Sidekick Mentality: If an older super is around, Dober tends to defer to their judgement even if she doesn't agree and is less likely to speak up. Thought she's become much more independent with time, if challenged she'll likely back down unless the action is way out of line.
She has become more independent over time due to working with her team.
-Impulsive: Dobergirl can be a bit... brash. She tends to be a look before you leap type and can be overeager and get ahead of allies.
Friends, Allies and Aquantainces
-RoboClone: A mad, mad scientist and former bad guy. RoboClone is a weird, lonely man that makes robot duplicates that nearly perfectly mimic human behavior and vital signs. He is also Dober's doctor, something that she's come to regret recently.
-Blue Hour: Fellow lover of punching things. Blue and Dober tend to get along well and hold similar views on what makes a hero and how they should behave.
-Nightwave: Dober doesn't know what to think of Nightwave. Though she initially liked her because she was a friend of Proud Patriot, the more she learned about her the less she liked. Everything started going downhill during an incident with Mr. Blank...
-Mr. Blank: Speaking of Blank... Dober dislikes the former vigilante, seeing him as a jinx and personally disliking his attitude. Though Blank has changed recently, Dober's opinion of him hasn't.
-Proud Patriot: One of Dober's best friends in the super hero business. They've been through a lot together and she's always been willing to help him when it's been needed. His 'death' hit her pretty hard.
-Ice-Heart: Dober's favorite witch. When it comes to magic, Ice Heart is the one that she's most likely to seek out.
-Myriad: Though Myriad was a big help during Proud Patriot's most recent hardships, Dober has come to distrust the AI somewhat. His actions during missions they've been on together and the way he acts when observing people unnerves her greatly.
-All-Star: Dober thinks All Star is pretty cool despite his somewhat brutal and straightforward methods to solving problems. She's seen him in action and knows there's more to him than his cocky demeanor.
-Ryder Williams: Dober dislikes Ryder. She thinks he's a cocky jackass. His treatment of his friends really set her off while they were dealing with the villain Chaosiris and badly spoiled her perception of him. Further interactions have only reinforced her negative view of him.
-Kara McIlroy: One of Dober's close friends and a teammate from the Young Sentinels. With both of them being giggly nerd girls, it was inevitable that they would hit it off.
-Omniboy: A rather quiet and strange fellow with a tragic past. Dober has tried numerous times to get him to open up more but it seems like a lost cause. Despite his insistence to the contrary, Dober knows he's got a heart under all that metal.
-Darwindestructible: Poor, poor Darwin. He's a bit slow witted, but a great guy. Dober knows she can count on him when there's a problem.
-Sparrowhawk: Though Dober initially found Sparrow to be something of a killjoy, she's come to enjoy spending time with the woman. She respects her combat skill and experience and has come to think of her as something of a mentor. She also gives awesome massages.
-Combat Chain: A weighted chain with a small, heavy ball on one end. Dober has used this simple tool to great effect, entangling close range enemies or pulling them into range of her fists.
-Tech Goggles: These goggles have a variety of useful features including internet access, image magnification and variable vision modes.
-Armored Uniform: Dobergirl's uniform is bullet resistant and padded to help her avoid injury. She's tough, but she's not that tough!
-Flight Disk: A simple, collapsible disk with a weak antigrav device in it. It's not terribly fast but it gets the job done. Dobergirl uses this item both offensively and defensively, as a shield or a bludgeon (and sometimes a makeshift projectile).
Dobergirl is skilled in unarmed fighting and capable of taking on multiple targets at once. She is familiar with some basic heroing tech and is able to keep it maintained. She is also a good acrobat capable of impressive displays of agility. During her time as a sidekick, she picked up a few escape artist techniques.
-Noisemaker: Howard Nussman was a friendly clown. He loved to amuse children with his homemade cracker pack, a device that made various sounds. Things changed though, when a nasty fall from his high stilts caused a traumatic brain injury. Now convinced that he needs to constantly upgrade his cracker pack and that his clowning is serious work that should be spread to everyone... regardless if they want it or not. He's more of a nuisance than anything else, but his constant thefts and ridiculous antics can sometimes go too far. He has followed Dobergirl to Millennium, convinced that he can make her life despite her telling him exactly how creepy she finds him. He will make her laugh. Or else.
-MarxMan: Chad Maklin is a talented young man. A skilled actor, archer and all around slacker. Chad could very well do any number of things with his life if he wanted but has chosen a life of crime. He's not truly interested in the overblown communist dogma he espouses as MarxMan, just using it as a part of the role. He has also been two other villains during his short career, the 'robot' archer RoBow and the mysterious crossbowman Magic Missiles.
-Bomblaster: Archibald Vlako was a fire bug. And an unstable one. A war veteran, Archibald began working for a man named Zachery Kline II on leaving the military, doing some dirty work for him now and then. If Kline needed something to vanish, blown up or get burned, Vlako was his go to guy. Until the money and his drinking habit caught up to him. Kline ended up cutting the man loose, which didn't sit well with him.
He did what any good unhinged vengeful employee does and built himself a suit of blast proof armor before setting off on a wrecking spree that ended up with him nearly killing Kline and sinking his yacht before being stopped by Dobergirl.
-Winged Terror I: One of Doberman's greatest foes. Eric Zyler was a good man who had bad luck. He had to claw his way up from nothing to earn even a modest living. Then they started taking it all away. Greedy and desperate family that needed his help, sickness and injury and general bad luck. He finally snapped when he lost his house, becoming a villain intent on taking it all back from the vampires that had drained away his life and all those like them.
He became quiet not long after Doberman's disappearance. His activity had already diminished with age and this just seemed to drive him further into seclusion. He vanished entirely in 2013, not even his sidekick and successor knowing what happened to him.
-Crimson Terror/Winged Terror II: Timothy Cheng was a weak willed, nerdy loser before a chance encounter with the Winged Terror. A poor kid who had almost nothing, Terror took him in and guided him. Though he wasn't as intense as Terror he did like some of what the old man told him and ended up being an excellent student. He built confidence quickly and even started acting on his own when Terror started to withdraw.
Tim has a big crush on Dobergirl and unknown to either of them they dated briefly in high school.
-Calico: An alternate reality version of Dobergirl! Nicky Oskern was only briefly encountered by her Prime Earth counterpart once. The two girls dislike each other immensely.
-Dober was rather active on various superhero forums when she was younger, posting as DoberFan1. She found a way to bring up Doberman as often as she could and devoured every detail she could find on him. It was a little creepy. It's possible some people would be able to put two and two together...
-Dober is in good standing with both UNTIL and PRIMUS, having aided both in the past on fairly successful missions. Though she hasn't made many waves, she's somewhat memorable (especially back when she wore the pigtails).
-Terrified of clowns. Even mentioning them causes her to shudder and freak out a little. Dobergirl is often a little rougher than necessary on Maniacs she encounters because of this fear.
-Dobergirl isn't totally stable. She can easily become attached to superheroes she thinks are cool, developing obsessions over them and still loves Doberman unconditionally. She keeps a signed and framed picture of the hero in her bedroom that she talks to every night before going to bed.
-Has her suspicions that Doberman may still be alive. He was "killed" in a fiery explosion that left no body, after all and he was very tough. Unknown to her she is actually being followed by Doberman through Roboclone's robot agents. Despite wanting her to leave him alone, he is still worried about her.
Thoughts on Dobergirl
-What the hero community thinks of the spunky former sidekick!-
"Dobergirl is very sweet and helpful. She always on the comm, weady to be of assistance. Her costume is pwetty awesome too!" - Chocolate Chip Chelsea
"She's how old now?! Huh. So, what was her phone number again?" - The Flea
"Like her namesake, Dobergirl is extremely loyal to those she cares about and amazingly fearless in the face of adversity. That lack of fear makes her seem reckless, however, and that concerns me. I'm curious to see where she is at in five years or so. She has a ton of potential." - Sparrowhawk
"She's a good friend with a good heart. There are few people like her in the world; the kind of person you know will do great things. I'm honored to know her. Proud Patriot
"I've worked with Dober quite a few times. She may seem like just a spin-off to some people, but she's an amazing hero in her own right - strong, sharp, and loyal. Watch the news, folks - Dobergirl's going to be big in the years to come." - The Peacemaker
"Dobs is my best friend and favorite person to go patrolling with. We make a good team, she's the tank and I'm the artillery! Also she loves my cooking so that's always a plus." - Kara McIlroy
"Very enthusiastic and even more hyper than me. Which is impressive. Also I seriously thought she was some kind of mutated canine. Huh shows what I know."-SoulStar
"Great teammate to work with. She's got a strong head on her shoulders and knows what to do in tough situations. I look forward to more missions with her." - African Violet