Great and Powerful Turtle

Great And Powerful Turtle

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Great and Powerful Turtle

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The Great and Powerful Turtle is a fictional character from the Wild Cards series of books. Created by series editor George R. R. Martin, Turtle has appeared in several stories penned by his creator as well as a supporting character of varying levels of importance in stories by other Wild Card authors.

Character background

Known colloquially as Turtle or The Turtle, his real name is Thomas Tudbury. Born in Bayonne, New Jersey in 1945, he exhibited his telekinetic powers during adolescence, thinking that his pet turtles had the ability to fly unsupported, through their own means. Tudbury dropped out of college his Freshman year in the wake of the John F. Kennedy assassination. Returning home Tudbury contemplated his options in life and considered becoming a super hero. However, his shyness prevented him from using his telekinesis in public. A friend of Tudbury's suggested that he outfit an old Volkswagen Beetle with discarded battleship armor, television cameras and monitors, and use it as a shell. This became the first of many "shells" used by The Turtle. Usually built around the chassis of old cars, they had armor to protect Tudbury as well as cameras and loudspeakers to allow him to interact with the world. One of Tudbury's early adventures brought him into contact with Dr. Tachyon, who at the time was an alcoholic recluse. Tudbury helped him attain (semi-)sobriety thereby establishing a rocky friendship which would persist for thirty years. Turtle became one...
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