Let’s play a fun gun game.
A little scent of gunpowder and dust likely precedes Victor in his current state (though the usual heavy thumps of his footsteps almost certainly do as well). That said, his girthy eight and a half feet tall frame remains intact, though there do appear to be a bit more than the usual coloration changes. Big chest, big arms, big legs, big belly, and a big shell certainly aren’t new for this old koopa, however, his usual colors have changed to a gunmetal grey outer body, and a metallic red for his ventral ribbing. His horns and shell décor are a bit different than the usual as well. The black stripes usually found on his arms, legs, and outer body are still present, but now golden in hue.
His standard amber eyes with black pupils are now a stark contrast to the black scales of his face. Thick black eyebrows match his short, thick, and semi-curly black hair that sits between his horns, which have taken a more angular look, ending up pointing directly upward instead of simply curving inward. That black facial scaling also contrasts against the ash-colored snout, which the tips of twin fangs poke out from the top lip of. His chin is rounded, and his wide neck is short. His voice usually suggests a gruff tone…or at least, a gruffer one than his usual.
As always, Victor’s frame suggests quite a bit of heft to him. From thickset arms and legs, to his big belly, to his huge shell, it’s no wonder that he easily pegs the one ton plus mark on the scale, nevermind performing feats of strength that most might think impossible. Being testudine, his body is somewhat large in proportion to his limbs, which includes a stubby tail that features more golden stripes across its top. Ivory claws adorn his thick fingers and toes as always, the color matching the thick rim of his black-tiled shell. The usual pointed spines are a bit different at present, however; they seem like discs but with indents in them.
The koopa has a rather Western-themed outfit on, starting with a button up shirt (usually white) with a light brown leather vest worn over it that features a series of black buttons. In colder times, he’ll wear a matching brown knee-length over coat. In any case, a set of red-tinted glasses lets him see better, the lenses a rounded rectangle in shape.
For his lower half, he sports a pair of blue jeans, held up with a brown belt that has a turtle shell-patterned buckle, a holster spotted on his right. Brown boots round out his attire.
Upon his belt is what likely gives him a scent of gunpowder – his signature “bullet blaster” revolver. A gun that would look ridiculous if some smaller species attempted to wield it, the size and weight of the weapon are easily handled by the koopa king, and he can be often found spinning or messing with the chamber. Otherwise, a bolo tie and red paisley cloth wristbands round out his accessories. A silver colored ring adorns his right hand.
The koopa wears three inch wide, black leather wrist and ankle bands. Instead of the usual cone studs found elsewhere, these are adorned with a brushed metal band going stamped around the center. These are kept secured to him via brass double-pin metal buckle closures. Complementing these is a slightly narrower collar done in the same style.
As you might expect, most of his powers revolve around firearms:
Many of these changes carry over to other forms.
All Super Rank changes, plus…
Shoots things, has shot things, will shoot things. Likes Western theme songs.
This form borrows on the ubiquitous bullet-shaped enemy that’s appeared in so many Mario games, but debuted in Super Mario Bros. so many years ago. Since then, it’s had several roles and behaviors, which are reflected in the various modifiers.
Development for this was a bit difficult. Some of the problems include the obvious “Bullet Bills are slow and dumb” and making it more than just “Victor with guns”. There was going to be Contra-inspired weaponry (and perhaps, there still is), though that was scrapped, as well as many elemental-based alternates using the third slot, but that seemed gauche.
Form of the month for November 2015.