Shrinking Violet

© DC Comics / Used without permission
Origin: Unearthly
Real Name: Salu Digby
First Appearance: Action Comics #276 [DC Comics May 1961]
                            Character created by Jerry Siegel and Jim Mooney

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

Stamina: 9
Determination: 5


Investigation Expert
Martial Arts

Stealth Master

Shrinking 10
        Growth Momentum

Legion Flight Ring

  • Connections: The Legion of Super Heroes
  • Motivation: Shrinking Violet believes she should use her abilities to help others
  • Sharp Wit
  • Survivor: Since her abduction, has become more forceful and able to protect herself
  • Enemies: Fatal Five, Black Circle, Mordru, Micro Lad, Imskian radicals
  • Personal: As she was held in a sens-tank, which induced a state of total sensory deprivation, she's determined not to be imprisoned again
Points: 65 (astonishing!)

Salu Digby comes from the planet of Imsk, whose natives have the ability to shrink to microscopic proportions. Despite her shy, retiring nature, she joined the Legion of Super-Heroes under the codename Shrinking Violet. Salu proved to be an exemplary member of the LSH and eventually formed a romantic relationship with Duplicate Boy of the Heroes of Lallor. 

Several years into her time with the LSH, Shrinking Violet was kidnapped by Imskian radicals and replaced by Yera, a Durlan shapeshifter who assumed her identity. Despite “Violet’s” change in personality, her teammates only became suspicious when she suddenly showed romantic interest in Colossal Boy. Shrinking Violet was eventually rescued, and returned to duty after recovering from the traumatic stress of being kidnapped. More cynical than she was before her abduction, Shrinking Violet became more aggressive in dealing with criminals, and became an important member of the Legion Espionage Squad. Determined never to be taken advantage of again, Salu’s personal combat training has made her one of the best female hand-to-hand combatants in the Legion. Violet broke off her relationship with Duplicate Boy when she discovered that he knew she had been replaced but had not alerted the Legion nor attempted to rescue her. She has been dating Gossamer since then.

(This is the second installment of my ongoing pursuit to depict the Legion of Super-Heroes characters in ICONS. Converted characters, most of the times, unavoidably exceeds the 45-point limitation that the ICONS Superpowered Roleplaying Game core book recommends and it was revised, according to the ICONS Great Power book..)


Cameron Mount said...

I wish I knew more about the Legion. I guess I've just never really been a fan of DC.

I think her powers are pretty interesting, but the background (not your fault at all, obviously) just strikes me as odd. I'm trying to think of a good reason that a race of being would evolve the ability to shrink to microcosmic proportions. But good job with the write-up.

Fabrício Franco said...


It was never explained, in comics, why Imskians (Shrinking Violet's people) developed the ability to shrink. It was hinted - in the so-called Threeboot version of Legion - that it has something to do with the shrinking ray created by Brainiac (the same one used to shrink the Kryptonian city of Kandor).

You made me think with this one. Consistency is not a forte in superhero comics, indeed.

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