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Jonah Hex with a revolver and a sabre

Jonah Hex


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Jonah Hex likely is DC Comics’ most famous “cowboy” character. He first appeared in 1972 – back when Old West comics were still a thing. But when he got his own series in 1985, it was for a strange time travel epic.

This article is just a capsule profile to update his official stats, and it was done a long time ago. In particular in integrated elements from the Hex horror mini-series of the 2000s, which were then current.

We’ll eventually do something much more encompassing and modern for him but, you know, time.


Background

  • Real Name: Jonah Hex
  • Marital Status: Married, later separated
  • Known Relatives: Woodson (father), Virginia “Ginny” (mother), Mei Ling (wife, separated), an unnamed son, Mei Wong (brother-in-law), Mei Song (sister-in-law), an unnamed father-in-law (deceased)
  • Group Affiliation: None
  • Base Of Operations: Old West
  • Height: 5’11” Weight: 189lbs
  • Eyes: Blue. Except for the red, bloodshot one. Hair: Reddish blond


Powers and Abilities

Hex is one Hell of a tough hombre. He has unmatched reflexes and toughness and a very, very strong will to live.

His no-nonsense smarts and incredible talent with weapons allow him to engage several armed and trained opponents with a good chance of killing everyone without getting shot.


History

Well, I’ve got about two pages of this, so you’ll only get the short version. Hex was born in 1838, the son of a violent alcoholic and a woman who ran away. Woodson Hex sold his son to an Apache chief for skins.

They treated him as a slave until he was 15, when he saved the chief’s life from a puma attack. The Apache made him a free man and the chief treated him as his foster son.

Jonah soon became the best hunter, tracker, gunfighter and rider among the Mescalara Apache tribe. This brought on him jealousy of the real son of the chief, who sucker-punched him and left him for dead during a raid. Unable to find the tribe, who had moved on, Hex became a buffalo hunter and then scout for the US Army.

I don’t need your civil war

When the Civil War was declared, he became a lieutenant in the 4th Cavalry in the Confederate army.

However, Hex was an abolitionist. After Lincoln signed the Emancipation Act he couldn’t fight anymore. Hex sneaked in the captain’s chamber in Fort Charlotte and surrendered.

However, the captain tricked him into appearing as a traitor toward other Confederates prisoners, as he didn’t want to feed so many mouths. A slaughter orchestrated by Union troops ensued. Hex shot the captain, but the Confederates would always hold him responsible for the Fort Charlotte treason and massacre.

Jonah ultimately found the Mescalara tribe, and confronted the chief’s son. They ritually fought, but Hex’s tomahawk had been sabotaged. Thus, he had to knife his opponent to death. The chief had him branded (hence the scar) and cast out.

Bounty hunter

Hex moved on to become this era’s greatest bounty hunter, fighting such opponents as the reanimator Cross “Doc” Williams, the Lovecraftian Autumn brothers or the Mexican bandit chief nicknamed El Papayago.

Jonah Hex face closeup

After a long career, he married a woman called Mei Ling? She asked that he stops hunting and killing men. Hex tried to, but violent circumstances and his morals often forced him to use his guns. Thus, she ultimately left him.

The next part of his life may or may not be in continuity. It involved him being chronoported  in Seattle in 2050, after the bomb, by power-mad researcher and warlord Reinhold Borsten. Whether this happened or did not, he died in his home era.

The circumstances of his death are unknown. Some say he was shot by George Barrow, the chief of a gang that had been decimated by Hex. Lew Wheeler, head of a Wild West revue, apparently shot Barrow, stole Hex’s corpse and had treated by a taxidermist to serve as an exhibit.

he body could still be seen in an amusement park in 1972.


Description

Hex wore the remnants of his Confederate uniform for years.


Personality

Hex is probably *the* toughest, meanest bastard to have lived in the Old West. He’s a natural born killer gifted with a rare ferocity and iron nerves.

Despite his obvious lack of higher education and his vulgarity, he’s extremely intelligent and quick on the uptake. His sarcastic, black sense of humor is quite unnerving. In Hex parlance “I wasn’t feeling hospitable, so I asked him to leave” means that he shot somebody in the brain at point blank.

While he remorselessly kills his opponent, is not above torture and cruelty toward especially hated enemies and is thoroughly ruthless, Hex is deep down a good man, loyal to a fault to his few friends.


Quotes

“You bounty hunters listen up ! I come out there and you’re out there, I’ll kill you bastards twice’t apiece !!”


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Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

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Jonah Hex

Dex: 07 Str: 04 Bod: 06 Motivation: Justice
Int: 07 Wil: 09 Min: 08 Occupation: Gunslinger
Inf: 06 Aur: 04 Spi: 07 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 024 HP: 070

Skills:
Animal handling (Horses): 06, Charisma*: 06, Martial artist: 07, Military science (Camouflage, tracking, demolition): 07, Weaponry (Melee, firearms): 10

Advantages:
Iron Nerves, Language (Apache), Lightning Reflexes, Luck, Scholar (Paired firearms), Sharp Eye

Connections:
None

Drawbacks:
Mistrust, Strange Appearance

Equipment:

  • Colt Army .44-40 (x2) [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 04, Ammo: 06, R#03]
  • Badass bowie knife or rusty cavalry saber [BODY 08, EV 03 or 04 (05 w/ STR, 08 w/ Martial arts)]

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Jonah Hex comics (DCU)

Helper(s): Mark Ayen, 2nd edition DC Heroes Roster Book

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