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Mister Chang (Black Lagoon)

Mister Chang

(Black Lagoon)


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

Context

Black Lagoon is a 2002+ manga  series, which began receiving its anime  adaptation in 2006. It is about a band of modern-days pirates and mercenaries. They are based in Roanapur, a mobs-dominated pisshole of a city in Thailand.

Black Lagoon is steeped into the aesthetics of ultraviolent 1990s and early 2000s action movies and “gun opera” movies, with a dark overall tone. It is a seinen manga, meaning that it is aimed at older and more kanji-literate readers than shōnen manga (aimed at boys).

Mr. Chang is very clearly homage to the great cinematic gunman of various Chinese action flicks. He’s basically an idealized (read: godlike !) version of him useable in a wide variety of campaigns.


Background

  • Real Name: Chang (first name unrevealed).
  • Marital Status: Presumed single.
  • Known Relatives: None known.
  • Group Affiliation: Black Lagoon.
  • Base Of Operations: Roanapur, Thailand.
  • Height: 5’10” Weight: 165lbs.
  • Eyes: Unrevealed (he always wears sunglasses) Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

This Triads boss is a master of gunfighting. Even Revy uncharacteristically acknowledges him as her superior. He is transparently based on famous Chow Yun Fat characters, particularly Mark in A Better Tomorrow.

Chang fights with paired pistols, though the weapons he was seen with (AMT Hardballers and Beretta 76s) are curious choices in a story where the weapons are well-researched.


History

Chang is the Triad boss of Roanapur, Thailand. He works closely with the other organized crime elements of that city, including Hotel Moscow (the Russian Mob). Chang is actually the biggest advocate of peace.

The only thing that is known about his past is that it is implied that he taught Revy her combat skills.

Counter-terror

In Episode 11, Chang obtained some documents detailing a fundamentalist Islamic terror organization. He arranged to have them delivered to the CIA. The documents detailed their unprecedented wave of terror and plots to attack several major American institutions including bombing several US Embassies around the world.

Knowing that the terrorists had the command of several small armies, Chang sent out six couriers with bogus documents as decoys.

Mister Chang during a gunfight

Chang then personally delivered the real documents to the Black Lagoon Company to have them delivered. (Yes, BL Co. does occasionally do somewhat legal work). However shortly after giving them their assignment the Black Lagoon’s company office came under heavy attack.

Chang took the lead and very casually shot his way out of the place buying the Black Lagoon team enough time to make their getaway.

Peace in our time

Later, when the vampire twins went on a killing rampage in Roanapur, Chang tried to calm Balalaika down. Chang advocated that they should work together to bring the twins in.

But Balalaika, furious at the loss of her trusted comrades, coldly refused. She reiterated that friend or foe, anyone who stood in the way of Hotel Moscow’s revenge would be cut down.


Description

Think a young Chow Yun Fat. He’s always looking very dapper in a nice suit or tux, and always wearing sunglasses.


Personality

Chang is cool calm and collected about everything. Not once does he ever get even the slightest bit ruffled no matter how dire the situation is. He seems to calmly enjoy every aspect of being a Triad boss.

It should also be noted that he is a staunch advocate for peace in Roanapur. Thus, he fights hard to maintain the delicate balance that could easily be tipped. For a crime boss he seems pretty darn heroic in his own right.


DC Universe History

Chang just doesn’t seem like villain material anyway you slice it. For the more street level guys with a slightly Asian bend such The Question or Richard Dragon or Oliver Queen he’d fit in perfectly as an ally of sorts. There could be a mutual respect forged to put aside their differences and go after the bigger fish.

Chang could easily be a support character that could feed these types of characters valuable info or perhaps even have a job or two for them. Chang would be most likely to get involved if some brash young upstarts start upsetting the balance that he’s made possible in whatever city you decide to drop him in.


Marvel Universe History

Perhaps he could be a contact or occasional ally of Wolverine or other characters that frequent Asia. He’s all about maintaining the balance so it’s likely that he would be opposed to such groups as the Hand and other criminal organizations of Asia.


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Mr. Chang

Dex: 09 Str: 03 Bod: 05 Motivation: Anti-heroic Thrill Seeker
Int: 07 Wil: 08 Min: 09 Occupation: Triad Boss
Inf: 08 Aur: 07 Spi: 07 Resources {or Wealth}: 012
Init: 028 HP: 110

Skills:
Acrobatics (dodging)*: 09, Detective (clue analysis)*: 07, Evasion (Ranged only): 12, Martial Artist: 06, Military Science (danger recognition): 08, Thief (stealth): 06, Weaponry (melee): 06, Weaponry (firearms, heavy): 10

Advantages:
Attractive, Intensive Training, Iron Nerves, Lightning Reflexes, Sharp Eye, Shtick (fast draw, paired firearms, stance assessment, speed shooting, ammunition freedom).

Connections:
Black Lagoon Company (High), Hotel Moscow (Low), Mr. Chang’s Triads (High), Chief Watsup (Low), Revy (high).

Drawbacks:
MIA (maintaining peace in Roanapur).

Genre:
Gritty.

Equipment:

  • Beretta 76 (x2) [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 04, Ammo: 08, R#02]. These are his main weapons. One would think that as a Triad boss he has reasonable access to whatever he wants although given his personal style he’s likely to stick with them in any situation.
  • Luxury Black Sedan [STR 06 BODY 06 Flash: 03, Running: 05, R#03. Bonuses & Limitations: Flash can only be used to provide a continuous light source (headlights)]. Chang is often seen tooling around in this, but of course he never drives it himself.

Design Notes

Most of Chang’s stats are highly speculative. He only fights once, but is assumed to be a bad ass because the one time we do see him fight alongside Revy and he clearly outperforms her.

Furthermore, Revy actually states that she isn’t to his level yet. The Shticks (fast draw and stance assessment are not clearly demonstrated), but it is somewhat implied that Revy learned her awesome skills from Chang himself so he is therefore assumed to do everything she can and more !

Likewise the Shtick (speed shooting) isn’t demonstrated either, but if he’s going to be an idealized Chow Yun Fat then it would make sense for him to have it.


Thousand fists of the Triads – generic triad thug

Dex: 03 Str: 03 Bod: 03 Motivation: Upholding Mr. Chang’s Triads
Int: 02 Wil: 02 Min: 03 Occupation: Triad thug
Inf: 02 Aur: 02 Spi: 02 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 009 HP: 005

Skills:
Vehicles (land): 03 and either Weaponry (firearms): 04 or Martial artist: 04

Connections:
Underworld (Low), Mr. Chang’s Triads (Low).

Drawbacks:
Depends with individual. For simplicity’s sake, those thugs with Martial Artist have a special Drawback that prevents that Skill from raising their Initiative.

Equipment:

  • Some connected thugs specialize in close combat – they are the ones with the Martial Artist skill. Usually, it’s about one guy out of four or five. They wield big, efficient melee weapons such as a nunchaku [BODY 05, EV 03 (04 w/STR, 05 w/Martial Artist)] or a machete [BODY 05, EV 04 (05 w/Martial Artist)].
  • Most connected thugs, though, favour firearms and will use stuff such as :
    • Colt .45 [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 04, Ammo: 08, R#03].
    • Remington shotgun [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 06 (Diminishing), Range: 03, Ammo: 07, R#03, Advantage: Scattershot, Limitation : Projectile weapons has No Range – use the Range listed instead, Drawback: Very long reload time].
    • Uzi [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 05, Ammo: 07, R#03, Advantage : Autofire].

By Tom Eilers.

Source of Character: Black Lagoon (animated series).

Helper(s): Wikipedia, Sébastien Andrivet, Surbrook .

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