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Ghost Dog (Forest Whitaker) dual-wielding silenced pistols

Ghost Dog


Power Level:
Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Ghost Dog is a 1999 movie by Jim Jarmusch, starring Forest Whitaker. It received raving reviews and I love it to death, but I’ll readily admit that it’s not for everyone.

It is a somewhat abstract and very referential movie about outsiders to society, crime, violence, honour and integrity, the Wu Tang Clan’s music, change and obsolescence, gorgeous photography, understated acting and other things.

This profile was done not too long after the movie release, so it’s less sophisticated than our modern stuff.


Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: None
  • Base Of Operations: New York City
  • Height: 6’ ? Weight: 250lbs ?
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Ghost Dog is a cinematic  killer, with an impressive Weaponry skill. He’s an expert ancient warrior, gunfighter and assassin. He never failed to execute a contract. He’s collected, methodical and resourceful.

Ghost Dog (Forest Whitaker) practices his swordsmanship in a rooftop

He is deeply unto the path of the samurai, giving him an extraordinary level of focus and power of observation.


Video

The trailer in decent quality.


History

The man known under the street handle of “Ghost Dog” was a young nobody. While in a tough hood, he was attacked by street thugs.

A local Mafia lieutenant named Louie witnessed the scene. Not tolerating wanton violence on his turf, he approached the thugs and demanded to know what they were doing. One of the thugs produced a gun, and Louie calmly shot them down. He thus saved the life of the young man that was being beaten.

Way of the samurai

Four years later, the young Black man whose life Louie had saved calmly entered Louie’s safe house. He explained that he was now his retainer, since he had saved his life. He also offered Louie an arrangement as to the way he would work for him.

Ghost Dog (Forest Whitaker) and Pearline (Camille Winbush)

Whenever Louie’s capo would ask him to gun down somebody important, Louie would call his “special guy”, who never failed him. A carrier pigeon showed up every day at Louie’s home. When needed, Louie would send the pigeon back with a message. When the target was dead, Ghost Dog announced so through a pigeon message.

And Ghost Dog, each year, would collect the sum of the payments for the past year’s contracts.

The two ancient traditions of the young samurai and the aging mafioso ultimately fared differently when confronted with the modern world and its absurdities. But Ghost Dog’s loyalty and exact following of the Bushido was never in question.


Description

Ghost Dog as a deep, impressive, silent presence. He’s impossibly calm and reserved, generally pulling the cowl of his street clothes well over his head. He never parts from a small attache case which contains one of his guns and several rap CDs.

Despite his solid built, he moves with a strange grace marking him as a martial artist.


Personality

Ghost Dog is a contemplative warrior. The Hagakure is his vade mecum, and he behaves as prescribed by Yamamoto Tsunetomo and other sages.

A cold, incredibly efficient assassin, Ghost Dog greatly appreciates the beauty of nature. He especially loves birds. He feeds a large number of pigeon, and once was distracted from pulling the trigger by admiring a bird that landed on his carbine.

Ghost Dog (Forest Whitaker) practices the martial arts next to a pigeon coop

He’s severe, profound, silent and disciplined. His stare is heavy and intense.

Ghost Dog talks only when it is useful. He has almost absolutely no social life. His best friend, a Francophone ice cream vendor, does not speak a single world of English. He likes books, especially those pertaining the feudal Japan, the night and rap music (mostly Wu Tang Clan and RZA, apparently). Most folks in his ’hood greatly respect him.


Quotes

“Of course Louie. I am your retainer.”

“Me and him, we’re from different ancient tribes. And we’re both almost extinct.”


DC Universe History

Ghost Dog would be a perfect encounter for a Daredevil or Nightwing adventure, and could have associated with either when stalking a criminal boss with a contract on his head.


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Ghost Dog

Dex: 04 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Bushido
Int: 07 Wil: 06 Min: 07 Occupation: Samurai
Inf: 05 Aur: 05 Spi: 07 Resources {or Wealth}: 06
Init: 018 HP: 030

Powers:
Mind over matter: 04

Skills:
Animal handling (pigeons): 05, Charisma (interrogation): 05, Martial artist: 06, Thief: 06, Vehicles (land): 04, Weaponry (firearms, melee): 08

Advantages:
Area knowledge (his ’hood), Iron Nerves, Scholar (Bushido), Shtick (paired firearms), Sharp eye

Connections:
Street (Low)

Drawbacks:
CIA toward the way of the samurai, SIA toward admiring birds

Equipment:

  • Silenced 9mm handgun with laser sight (x2) [BODY 04, Projectile weapon: 04, Ammo: 12, Thief (stealth): 04, R#2, Limitation : Thief (stealth) only to muffle the shots]
  • Sniper carbine [BODY 04, Projectile weapon: 06, Ammo: 10, Telescopic vision: 04, Thief (stealth): 04, R#2, Limitation : Thief (stealth) only to muffle the shots]
  • Katana [BODY 10, EV 04 (07 w/Martial Artist]]
  • He also uses an electronic gadget that unlocks and starts cars [BODY 02, Thief (security systems): 08, Limitation : Thief (security systems) can only be used on modern cars] so as to “borrow” them

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Ghost Dog movie by Jim Jarmush

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