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Howlin' Mad Murdock (Dwight Schultz in The A-Team)

Howlin’ Mad Murdock

(a.k.a. Looping)


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

Context

The A-Team was a silly action/adventure TV show that ran from 1983 to 1987. A band of colourful soldiers, famously condemned “for a crime they did not commit”, is forced to become white-hat roving mercenaries.

With their improbable skills, supposedly military weapons and techniques, and improvised vehicles they always save the day with plenty of violence and explosions. Which seldom hurt anybody seriously.

This show is a common subject of nostalgia for people who grew up watching TV during the 1980s (and may thus need help).

In some localizations, Murdock’s nickname is “Looping” instead of “Howlin’ Mad”.


Background

  • Real Name: H.M. Murdock
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: The A-Team (A is for Alpha)
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown
  • Height: 6’2” Weight: 175 lbs


Powers and Abilities

Despite his (faked?) madness, Murdock is a top class pilot. He’ll fly anything and fly it well. If a crash is imminent he is the man to get the plane down safely.


History

In 1972 a crack commando unit who fought during the Việt Nam War was sent to prison. A military court had judged them for a crime they didn’t commit, the robbing of the Bank of Hà Nội. After being arrested and tried they escaped from a maximum security prison in Fort Bragg .

In the years that followed, still wanted by the government, they were on the run. They survived as soldiers of fortune, helped out victimised people in America and beyond. They usually did so for very little money.


Description

See picture.


Personality

The craziest member of the A-Team resides in a military mental hospital for most of his time. It isn’t hard to see why: running through different personalities like a hot knife through butter, and talking randomly to objects and things that don’t exist.

B.A. has a particular problem with this “crazy fool”. However, despite his mental state (and is he really crazy?), he is an irreplaceable member of the Team.


Quotes

(After crashing) “That concludes your flight with Miracle Airlines, the only airline where Lady Luck is your co-pilot.”

Hannibal: “What’s the matter, Captain ?”
Murdock: “Something horrible.”
Face: “What’s the matter ? Billy got hit by a car ?”
Murdock: “WORSE. I’ve been thrown out. Cast out… ”
Hannibal: “You’ve been found sane ? ”
Murdock: “You got it.”


DC Universe History

As they are they can be played on the late 1980’s, and even be the inspiration for the later The Losers (bringing them, too, from Vertigo to the DCU).

If one wants to update them, and play with them nowadays, the second Gulf War, with its prisoner torture scandals , may be the better replacement for Nam when taking them into the XXIst century.


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“Howlin’ Mad” Murdock

Dex: 04 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Responsibility of Power
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 04 Occupation: Mercenary
Inf: 06 Aur: 04 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 017 HP: 030

Skills:
Acrobatics (Climbing)*: 04, Artist (Actor): 04, Gadgetry: 03, Military Science: 05*, Thief (Escape Artist, Locks & Safes, Security Systems, Stealth): 06, Vehicles (Air): 07, Weaponry (Firearms): 05

Advantages:
Gift of Gab, Iron Nerves, Rank (Captain)

Connections:
The “A” Team (High), Mental Institutions (Low)

Drawbacks:
SIA (Acting Crazy), Mistrust

Equipment:
Usually a pistol; on mission it may vary, but a light Assault Rifle or a submachinegun are not out of order.

By KalEl el Vigilante

Helper(s): Mikael B., Jackson, David Johnston, www.ateamshrine.co.uk 

Source of Character: “The A-Team” TV series

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