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Sergeant Belker the Biter (Bruce Weitz in Hill Street Blues)

Sergeant Michael “the Biter” Belker


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Hill Street Blues was a 1981-1987 police TV series. It was extremely influential, setting a tone and character archetypes that shaped cop shows and procedurals for decades.

Sergeant Belker is the Wolverine of the show, so to speak.


Background

  • Real Name: Michael ’Mick‘ Belker
  • Other Aliases: Belker the Biter
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: Rose Belker (mother), unnamed sister
  • Group Affiliation: The Police Department
  • Base Of Operations: Unidentified metropolis
  • Height: 5’8” Weight: 160 lbs
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Belker is a capable and rough undercover cop with years of experience in field. As such, he is capable at playing varying roles and intimidating people. Furthermore he is streetwise and perceptive. He knows people on the street.

Basic police training enables him to proficiently use weapons and vehicles. A strong-willed character, he possesses great courage and nerves of steel while dealing with criminal elements. In DC Heroes terms, he might have Iron Nerves under such conditions.

His weakness is perhaps his lack of social and administrative skills (for example: when typing, Belker uses only one finger at a time).


Video

Announcement for an episode with the Biter in action.


History

Sgt. Belker is an undercover cop working in the Hill Street precinct of the unidentified metropolis of the Hill Street Blues series. Nothing is known about his background. He remains one of the precinct’s top undercover cops.


Description

Belker has very scruffy looks (perfect for undercover work). He has curly hair, a large moustache, is unshaven, and is often seen with a cigar in his mouth.

He wears a knitted cap, a sleeveless leather jacket, a grey shirt, fingerless gloves and a holster with a gun. He is a very successful undercover cop because nobody believes that he is a police man.


Personality

Belker is basically at war with criminal elements. He tends to call all criminals “hairball” and other such insults, and to surly criminals he is a terror. His general attitude towards criminals is uncompromising.

He seems to have some sort of grudge with a bald, colorful pickpocket that he runs into every now and then. The pickpocket’s real name is James Logan (!), but he changes his name for every report and Belker doesn’t seem to notice or care.

Belker is scruffy, quirky and doesn’t have too many social skills. His behavior is oddly animalistic; his canine instincts have him habitually growling, biting offenders and even barking at dogs. He has thus been known to scare off dogs. Why would a human have canine instincts? Perhaps he’s just a bit nuts.

He’s basically the Wolverine of the Police department even before Wolverine was really famous, and is always ready to use unusual procedures and methods.

When not too hot-tempered and fired up he prefers to try to go by the book. Despite his antics he will usually not be a problem for his superiors. Although if he is provoked, even by colleagues, it will be extremely hard for him to back down and then he will jump you, only to be somewhat ashamed afterwards.

Belker does have a soft human side as well. He is very soft with his mother, sister and women that he likes. His mother regularly calls him at work and he gets very angry if somebody is surprised at his gentleness towards her or if somebody teases him about it.

In stark contrast to what one might think, he prefers to take it slow in relationships, and wants to take things real slow with Debbie, the beautiful brunette that he is dating.


DC Universe History

Sgt. Belker is your archetypal, temperamental, streetwise undercover cop and can be inserted as a colorful police officer in any metropolitan area.


Quotes

“I’m a Police Officer and you… are… BUSTED !”

“Grrrrrrrrrrrrr !”

“Sit, hairball !”

“Is there something on your mind, dog drool ?!”

“Right this way, kidney bag !”

“I’m trying to be nice for a change, and, you zing me. I don’t react well to being zinged ! Not when I’m trying to turn over a new leaf.”

[While under cover, keeping shop, and being robbed] “Before you do anything real stupid I think you ought to have a look at our speciality item.” [Removes items on wall and a pointing gun is shown] “Can you see that ? That’s a 12 ga. double barrel with a money back guarantee pointed right between your eyes !” [Removes more items on wall and another pointing gun is shown] “And it makes a matching set with this one here !” [robber gets nervous] “I tell you what I’m gonna do for you… if you take the both of them, I’m gonna throw in my police badge, and…” [removes final items on wall which reveals a camera] “… this gorgeous video unit here ! You smile, dog-breath, you’re on candid camera !” [shows badge and arrests robber]

Bride’s brother: “Are you telling me that ring is hot ?!”
Belker: “Nah, it’s more like body temperature.”


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Sergeant Belker

Dex: 04 Str: 03 Bod: 03 Motivation: Seeking Justice
Int: 03 Wil: 04 Min: 03 Occupation: Undercover detective
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 03 Resources: 004
Init: 010 HP: 010

Skills:
Artist (Actor): 04, Charisma (Intimidation): 04, Detective (Law, Police Procedure): 03, Thief (Stealth): 03, Weaponry (Firearms, Melee): 04, Vehicles (Land): 03

Advantages:
Area Knowledge (The City), Expertise (Streetwise), Police Rank (Sergeant), Sharp Eye

Connections:
The Police Department (High), Street (Low)

Drawbacks:
Minor Rage, MIA (Insulting “criminals” and suspects)

Equipment:

  • .38 special S&W Model 10 revolver [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 04, Ammo 06, R#2]
  • Handcuffs (x3) [BODY 05]
  • Belt radio [BODY 03, Radio communications: 05]

By Dr. Peter S Piispanen

Source of Character: Hill Street Blues TV-series

Helper(s): Roy Cowan, Alan Wilkinson, Ethan Roe, Pufnstuff, Adam Fuqua

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