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Bret

Bret “the Hitman” Hart


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

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Background

  • Other Aliases: The Hitman, The Excellence of Execution
  • Marital Status: Divorced
  • Known Relatives: Stu (father), Helen (mother), Bruce, Ross, Keith, Owen (brothers), Diana, Ellie (sisters), Martha (sister-in-law), Jim Neidhart (brother-in-law), others (it’s a big family)
  • Group Affiliation: The Hart Foundation
  • Base Of Operations: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Height: 6’0” Weight: 235 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Hart is an exceptional marksman, both with conventional firearms and with his “sharpshooter”, a high caliber bionic weapon implanted within his right arm. His eyes also include bionic implants, providing both telescopic and night vision.

As one of the most noted students of the “Hart Dungeon”, Bret is also highly skilled martial artist. He specializes in wrestling, grappling, and throwing techniques. He has a short-range transmitter implant that sends an psionic signal that negates learned combat skills.

He also has a frightening ability to take extraordinary amounts of physical punishment. This comes as a result of having several duplicate internal organs that serve as a back-up/redundancy system.


Video

The most-viewed match with the Hitmann on YouTube as of this writing.


History

Bret Hart was the 4th son of 1940s Canadian Olympic wrestler Stu Hart. A skilled fighter in a wide range of styles (and weapons), Stu opened an underground training facility in the 1970s. His intention was to pass his skills on to the cream of the crop of international fighters and mercenaries.

Despite his lack of metahuman abilities, Hart specialized in training those students who did possess paranormal abilities in the efficient use of those gifts.

He ran the facility, nicknamed “The Dungeon” under the cover of a professional wrestling promotion he called “Calgary Stampede  Wrestling.” It explained the equipment and people entering and leaving the facility, and explosions could be explained away to the neighbors as “pyrotechnics” and “the PA system.”

Among Hart’s best students were his own sons, Bruce, Ross, Keith, Bret, and Owen. Bruce and Ross were “the good sons” and dutifully ran the school as their father’s age caught up with him. Meanwhile, Bret excelled in the application of the training and began working international jobs for his father.

Bionically enhanced

He underwent surgery to implant bionic weaponry and surveillance equipment, as well as duplicate internal organs to improve his bodies ability to absorb damage.

Bret and his sparring partner/brother-in-law, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart began working worldwide. They developed a reputation for the school as the Dungeon’s premier operatives/graduates, “The Hart Foundation.”

They worked with the “British Bulldogs” on numerous occasions, as Davey Boy Smith and Tom Billington also married two of Hart’s sisters and joined the family.

As Bret gained a reputation, he began taking more time off to avoid risking his life at the expense of his family (now including 4 children). As his children got older, Hart became more concerned over the type of role model he was being.

Would-be hero

While his partner, Jim Neidhart, was concerned with becoming financially secure and retiring, Hart became obsessed with establishing a positive legacy for himself. He split with Neidhart and began working in the United States as a “superhero.”

What followed was a string of bad luck that drove Hart into a bitter early retirement. An enemy, “The Heartbreak Kid”, revealed to Hart’s wife that he had been unfaithful, leading to an ugly divorce.

Less than a year later, Owen, the brother to whom Bret was the closest (and who had joined Bret in his heroic activities in the U.S.) was killed in a setup by a New York businessman who had asked for their help.

Less than two months later, Hart’s brother-in-law Davey Boy Smith, dealing with drug addiction and wanted for threatening to kill his wife/Hart’s sister, began working for that same New York businessman.

Retirement

Finally, during his hunt to bring his brother’s killer to justice, Hart suffered a severe concussion at the hands of a young and inexperienced superhero. The man’s sloppiness during a fight caused Hart to take a blow to the head from a falling steel girder. Hart was forced to retire, bitter and depressed over his string of ill fortune. He has yet to avenge Owen’s death.


Description

Hart is a handsome man of average height. He has long, slicked back, black hair, and carries himself with a great deal of pride. When in action, he wore a hot-pink, white and black costume with both 4 hearts and a winged-skull logo on it.


Personality

Hart considers himself a superhero. He wouldn’t allow the “sharpshooter” to be implanted in his arm until he was assured that it included non-lethal capabilities. He tries to live up to be a role-model but is by no means perfect. This is where his major faults appear.

Unfortunately, after being dealt a string of nasty events in his life, Hart now blames others for all of the misery in his life. He is quick to point fingers away from himself and blames the collapse of his marriage on his the man who exposed his alleged infidelity, rather than accepting the blame himself (assuming that he was, in fact, unfaithful).


Quotes

“I’m the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be.”


DC Universe History

See the Dynamite Kid write-up for suggestions.


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Bret “The Hitman” Hart

Dex: 07 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Upholding the Good/Seeking Justice
Int: 06 Wil: 06 Min: 08 Occupation: Retired Adventurer
Inf: 05 Aur: 05 Spi: 08 Resources {or Wealth}: 010
Init: 020 HP: 075

Powers:
Damage Capacity: 06, Neutralize: 06, Projectile Weapons: 08, Telescopic Vision: 06, Ultra Vision: 08

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Projectile Weapons can do both Killing and Bashing damage
  • Neutralize does not affect powers – it only targets Martial Artist and Weaponry skills.

Skills:
Accuracy (Projectile Weapons): 11, Acrobatics (dodging): 06, Artist (painter, writer, photographer): 02, Charisma: 06, Martial Artist: 09, Thief: 05, Weaponry (firearms): 08

Advantages:
Iron Nerves, Leadership, Popularity (in Canada)

Connections:
The Hart Foundation (high), Chris Benoit (Low)

Drawbacks:
Attack Vulnerability: -2CS vs. Kinetic Attacks to the head (Hart is extremely susceptible to concussions), CIH (Shawn “The Heartbreak Kid” Michaels, Davey Boy Smith), SIA (living out his public image)

By Andrew Lee

Source of Character: Professional Wrestling

Helper(s): REZcat, Jessie Davis, Perry, Rusty, Roy Cowan

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