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Manhunter (Dan Richards) and his dog Thor, from the Who's Who


Dan Richards

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


  • Real Name: Donald Richards
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: All-Star Squadron, Freedom Fighters
  • Base Of Operations: “A Great City” not otherwise identified
  • Height: 6’1” Weight: 202lbs
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Red

Powers and Abilities

Though he had no super-powers, Manhunter was one of the most remarkable skill-based heroes in the All-Star Squadron. Trained as a fighter and gymnast, he was remarkably strong and tough as well as agile. Criminals learned to fear his physical abilities as well as his remarkable detective skills and sharp analytical mind.


When Donald Richards (oddly called “Dan”) graduated at the bottom of his Police Academy class, his girl, Kit Kelly, was understandably disappointed, especially as her brother Jim took top honors. But when Jim refused to kill someone for a crooked politician, then was framed for murder, Dan knew he had to do something.

That was when he was approached by the ancient cult known as the Manhunters, and adopted a costumed identity simply called “Manhunter” in order to track down the real killer – using secret files he had gathered on known criminals to help him clear his friend’s name. A phrase used by the real murdered provided the clue that cracked the case.

Thereafter, Dan became Manhunter whenever ordinary legal procedures proved inadequate to solve a mystery. A month after his debut, another man trained by the Manhunters cult and wearing a costume (which looked closely like the uniform of the actual Manhunter androids) took the name, becoming Manhunter II.

Thunderdog ho !

Manhunter I was unique in that he had a canine partner – Thor (the “thunderdog”), a dog that seems to have been part hound and part mastiff. Thor was always within hearing wherever Dan walked his beat, and the dog would come when his master blew a supersonic whistle, inaudible to human ears. Often Richards made use of Thor’s keen tracking abilities as well as his training as an attack dog.

Manhunter I worked a little with the All-Star Squadron, then was chosen by Uncle Sam to go with him and the other Freedom Fighters to the West Coast. His fate after the war is unknown.


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Manhunter I

Dex: 07 Str: 04 Bod: 06 Motivation: Upholding the good
Int: 08 Wil: 08 Min: 07 Occupation: Policeman
Inf: 07 Aur: 07 Spi: 07 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 026 HP: 045

Acrobatics*: 07, Charisma: 08, Detective*: 08, Martial artist*: 07, Thief*: 07, Vehicles (Air, Land, Water)*: 07, Weaponry*: 07

Intensive training, Lightning Reflexes, Pet (Thor), Scholar (mobsters – Manhunter’s files on all of the nation’s major organized crime figures are legendary), Sharp Eye

LAPD (Low), Freedom Fighters (High), All-Stars Squadron (Low)

Secret ID

Pet: Thor the thunder dog

Dex: 05 Str: 02 Bod: 02 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 01 Wil: 02 Min: 02 Occupation: Dog
Inf: 01 Aur: 02 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 000
Init: 026 HP: 045

Analytical smell/tracking scent: 07, Claws (bite): 03, Self-link (Gadgetry): 07, Extended hearing: 03, Eye of the cat: 20, Shrinking: 02, Super-hearing: 03

Bonuses and Limitations:
Shrinking is Always On and Already Factored In (-1) ; Eye of the cat only to allow the Manhunters to monitor through his eyes and ears (-2)

Iron nerves

Dark Secret (unknown to the Manhunter, Thor is a Manhunter android)

Compiled by Sébastien Andrivet (using World at War and Who’s Who)

Source of Character: Police Comics (DCU)

Helper(s): Roy Cowan

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