Sylbert Rundine (Dwarfstar)

New episode of The Flash, and new freak of the week! In Honey, I Shrunk Team Flash, Barry finds out that his new best friend Dave is actually innocent, and asks his team to go find the man who actually committed the crime he’s in prison for: Sylbert Rundine, portrayed by Derek Mars. Problem is: Rundine is now a metahuman, and his abilities shrink both Vibe and Elongated Man. In the comics, Rundine is definitely a dangerous fella, but his powers are quite different from his live action incarnation: let’s see together.

Not much is known about Sylbert Rundine’s origins: he was possibly the son of Jia, the woman who eventually became Lady Chronos, and it was most likely from her that, during college, he received the Bio-Belt that allowed him to shrink to minuscule size. He attended Ivy University, and apparently he was just like all other students…in reality, however, he was a sadist serial killer and rapist, with the greatest use of his studies being writing a poem for each one of his victims (victims that he more than once ate part of). One of Rundine’s professors, however, was Ryan Choi, the fourth Atom, who possessed his same powers (and was even related to Sylbert’s mother, Jia, who was his ex-girlfriend). Atom intervened more than once in stopping Rundine, who became known as Dwarfstar, and the two became arch-enemies, clashing in a number of occasions. Eventually, however, Dwarfstar got tired of his nemesis, and he hired the mercenary Deathstroke, who was then leading the villains for hire Titans, to kill him. Deathstroke and his team succeeded where Dwarfstar had always failed, and they murdered Ryan Choi in his own house. Deathstroke himself gave Choi’s body to Dwarfstar in a matchbox, as soon as the serial killer had paid him. Finally free from his pain in the back, Dwarfstar could expand his horizons, and so he did, as he was recruited in Bane‘s team, the Secret Six, replacing Catman who was out on a personal vendetta. Dwarfstar’s kill-count was more than enough to impress Bane, and he got in. But there was something he didn’t know about one of the team members…

Among the Secret Six there was also Giganta, who, as Dwarfstar discovered during a casual conversation, was The Atom’s girlfriend. This didn’t represent any problem, until the Secret Six traveled to Skartaris for a mission, and clashed with the Suicide Squad. During the battle, the leader of the Squad, Amanda Waller, was quite impressed with Bane’s team, and wanted them to work for her…but a psychopath like Dwarfstar was an undesirable for her. Waller proceeded to inform Giganta of Choi’s murder, exposing Dwarfstar. Not much time later, Giganta invited the serial killer to her hotel room, where she seduced him, pretending to have a thing for “small men”. As soon as Dwarfstar lowered his guard, however, the woman stripped him of his Bio-Belt, and used it to beat him almost to death, remarking that she knew what he had done to her boyfriend Ryan. Dwarfstar barely survived the experience, but this wasn’t the end for him yet. While he was at the hospital, Sylbert Rundine was visited by Ray Palmer, who had been investigating on Ryan Choi’s disappearance, and had found out that Dwarfstar was behind the hero’s death. Dwarfstar believed that the second Atom was offering him a deal for a confession, so he tried to seize the opportunity and blamed Deathstroke for the murder, saying he was the actual culprit, while he had just hired him. Palmer took a leave, informing Dwarfstar that he would have told the Justice League about what had truly happened to the Atom…but that he would have also told Deathstroke that he was the one who sold him off. From that moment on, there would have not been a single safe place on Earth for Dwarfstar…

Sylbert Rundine is a deranged psychopath, a sadist killer who takes immense pleasure from murdering, maiming and raping people. As Dwarfstar, his Bio-Belt allows him to shrink to sub-atomic size while retaining his natural strength level; he’s also quite skilled in the use of his trademark hunting knife, and quite creative in finding new ways of murdering people. A dangerous sociopath who’s despised even by some of the planet’s most feared supervillains, Dwarfstar lives for killing, and being paid for it is just a pleasurable bonus.

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