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Riot is the lead singer of The Stingers.


According to his official IDW Profile, Riot loves fame & fortune, comics (especially rare European ones), Germany, independent films, bratwurst & sauerkraut, poetry readings, being in control, private islands, and Jem. He hates being controlled, the military, big budget action movies, and sell-outs. His prized possession is a signed Moebius print.

Cartoon Incarnation

Speaking Voice Singing Voice
Townsend Coleman Gordon Grody
Riot Cartoon
Riot first appeared in the 1988 episode The Stingers Hit Town, Part One. He was arrogant, confident, and proud of his ability to charm and manipulate people. He was the son of an army intelligence officer who was extremely strict and abusive, and forced Riot to join the army, rather than pursue his interest in music; something his mother had supported him in. While in Germany, Riot went AWOL from the army to join a band called Nirvana (no relation to the real-world grunge band of the same name) and was given a dishonourable discharge for doing so. When he returned home, his father disowned him. Riot returned to Germany and left Nirvana to form a new band with his bandmate, Minx. They were later joined by Rapture, and formed The Stingers. The Stingers were homeless and busked on the streets to survive for at least one year until they worked their way to the top. He had an obsessive interest in Jem, and relentlessly pursued her.

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Some of Riot's interests and dislikes that are featured in the bio in the back pages of Issue #16 are based on his appearances in the original cartoon:

  • His love of Germany and the German foods bratwurst and sauerkraut, are based on The Stingers being formed - and living in - Germany in the episode Riot's Hope.
  • His hatred of the military is also a callback to Riot's Hope, in which Riot was forced into the army by his abusive military father.
  • His interest in private islands is a callback to the episode The Day the Music Died,  in which Riot takes Jem to a private island under the guise of it being a date, when in reality he is planning to keep her there for himself.


  1. Source: IDW Jem Birthdays (Kelly Thompson; @1979semifinalist)
  2. [1]Kelly Thompson on Tumblr (9th Aug 2016)

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