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Black Jack Tarr as a MI6 agent

Black Jack Tarr

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
  • These are older technical notes, not a full profile.


  • Real Name: Jack Tarr
  • Marital Status: Unknown, currently single
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: Freelance Restorations (formerly MI6, formerly British armed forces)
  • Base Of Operations: Stormhaven Castle, Scotland
  • Height: 6’6” Weight: 300lbs
  • Eyes: Black Hair: Black

Powers and Abilities

Jack Tarr is an excellent close combat specialist, and his overwhelming size and massive physique do not hurt in such endeavors (he’s certainly not on Zaran’s level, though). He has completed the rigorous training program of the British Secret Services, and has years of combat and special agent experience in a variety of dangerous situations.

He has access to a huge amount of information via the British intelligence service, and can thus arrange for complex operations, stings, assaults and the like in a remarkably short time and with excellent intel.


Tarr’s early years are not well known ; he started in the Army, then moved to the Foreign Service and then the MI6 before being detached under the command of Sir Denis Nayland Smith, of Scotland Yard.

Thus Tarr became one of the mainstays of the small group of adventurer Smith had gathered to wage a shadow war against Fu Manchu ; among these was Shang Chi, Fu Manchu’s own son (other members included Leiko Wu, Shang Chi’s love interest ; and Clive Reston, hinted to be James Bond’s illegitimate son and a relation of Sherlock Holmes).

After the saga of their fight against the inscrutable mastermind was over and Fu Manchu defeated, the stout-hearted band continued to operate under the banner of an agency called Freelance Restorations, which they founded.

Jack Tarr retired in order to officially become a Freelance Restorations employee, and his next move was to succeed Nayland-Smith when the old man went into retirement. Jack Tarr remains an important contact and comrade-in-arms for Shang Chi, and regularly operates on the Asian theater.


See illustration.


Tarr is a pulpish adventurer and hero, in the tradition of heroic British explorers, spies and daredevils. Having fought against evils such as Fu Manchu for years, and having been led by a truly remarkable man (Nayland-Smith), Tarr is highly experienced and knowledgeable. However, he is… not the nicest of men, and is often considered harsh and even brutal – which in part inspired his nickname.

Tarr does not like Shang Chi, considering him to be to inscrutable and feeling a bit insulted that such a lightweight can beat him ; he often calls him “Chinaman” and makes his irritation at Shang Chi obvious.


“I understand awright, you two-faced vixen. You think I could forget how you’ve tricked me time and again ?”

DC Universe History

While Marvel started too late to have actual 50s to 60s dime novels heroes, the DCU has plenty of those, from the Challengers of the Unknown to the Sea Devils to the Secret Six and so on. If you want to add Nayland-Smith’s group to the scenery, it could be possible that they fought against Kobra instead of Fu-Manchu.


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Black Jack

Dex: 05 Str: 05 Bod: 06 Motivation: Thrill
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 04 Occupation : Professional adventurer
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth} : 005
Init: 017 HP: 030

Charisma: 04, Detective: 06, Martial artist: 06, Medicine (first aid): 04, Military science: 05, Vehicles (Air, Land, Water): 05, Weaponry (firearms, heavy): 07

Security Clearance (British, Low)

Freelance Restorations (High), British armed forces (Low), British intelligence (High)

MIA toward danger and combat

2” barrel S&W M29 [BODY 04, Projectile weapon: 05, Ammo: 06, R#2]

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Shang Chi comics (Marvel Universe). Black Jack Tarr created by Sax Rohmer.

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