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Mister Fish (Luke Cage enemy) (Marvel Comics)

Mister Fish


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

Context

Mr. Fish is a vintage Luke Cage enemy. He appeared but once, in 1976 (though apparently he made a return years after this profile was written).

Apparently there’s some noise about him being the worst Marvel villain ever, but… I dunno. These things are so petty and random.


Background

  • Real Name: Mortimer George “Mort” Norris.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: Allegedly William “Bill” Norris (aka Mr. Fish II, brother).
  • Group Affiliation: His own gang.
  • Base Of Operations: Harlem, New York City.
  • Height: 6’4” Weight: 260 lbs.
  • Eyes: Green Hair: None


Powers and Abilities

Mister Fish is superhumanly strong, and can breathe underwater.

Although it was never demonstrated, I assumed that he was an excellent swimmer.

Fish and sheeps

Mr. Fish heads his own gang – ordinary street mooks, but with powerful Maggia-issue firearms. These weapons were probably built by Frost Enterprises back when Whitney Frost was secretly the Big M, or Maggia leader.

Mister Fish's sidekick Shrike charges Power Man (Luke Cage)

One of the thugs, a dwarf named Jorge “Shrike” Moat, is particularly quick and agile. Shrike is physically aggressive, quick-witted, and has a strong — even stereotypical — Southern accent. He is utterly sycophantic toward Mr. Fish.


History

The man who would later become Mr. Fish was originally a small time thug and thief connected with the Maggia. He and a few others were hired to attack a truck carrying a valuable isotope. Although the attack was successful, Mort Norris was exposed to the radiation while carrying the isotope.

As the others fled, he toppled into the East River due to radiation poisoning. Norris spent hours under the filthy water.

Mister Fish eventually emerged thoroughly mutated – but with greatly increased strength. The Maggia was interested in this brawn. Thus, let him become one of their representatives in Harlem, working with a well-armed crew of African-American gangsters.

The Racketeer

One of the companies they were racketeering, Hudson Trucking, tried to resist Fish and his men. They were hit by violent retribution. Several of their trucks were destroyed and a driver was wounded in a fight.

Hudson Trucking then contracted Luke Cage, Hero for Hire. Cage couldn’t prevent Shrike from blowing up much of Hudson Trucking. But he could chase the diminutive gangster all the way, and thus came face-to-face with Mister Fish and his gang.

During the ensuing scuffle, Fish landed a particularly lucky shot with his special blaster . Fish’s gang then took the unconscious Cage at the top of a building under construction. They were to throw him to his death, but Fish couldn’t resist recounting his origin story.

No longer groggy, Cage caught a I-beam during his fall. He acrobatically swung back up, then beat up Fish and his gang. Fish attempted to charge Power Man, but the hero dodged, sending Fish careening to his apparent death.

New school ?

A man mutated in a similar fashion as Mr. Fish was spotted much later, and is allegedly his brother. It has been theorised that they were working together during the isotope heist and were both exposed to the same radiation and polluted water.

Mr. Fish II was only glimpsed in one panel of a book with notoriously terrible continuity management. Thus, he might just be the result of an editorial mistake. Or maybe Mr. Fish survived his seeming death.

This Mr. Fish II, if he exists in your campaign, can be assumed to have the same stats as the original.


Description

See illustrations.


Personality

Although Fish is supposed to be a dumb, cheap thug, he’s eloquent.

While he acts like a tough gang leader and made man, it’s obvious he’s actually craving for acceptance, respect and understanding. In particular, he will never pass an opportunity to tell his origin story.


Quotes

“There is nothing funny about it at all, Shrike ! Mr. Cage and I would have had to have met eventually ! And in case you also see some humour in your situation, Mr. Cage — allow me to point out to you — that no one laughs at Mr. Fish !”

“No ! I’m not done yet ! You are not the only one possessing power, Cage ! And you are not the only one who knows how to use it !” (BA-THAMM !)

“Your words have sealed your fate, Cage ! Take him !”


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Mister Fish

Dex: 04 Str: 07 Bod: 06 Motivation: Seeking Respect
Int: 03 Wil: 03 Min: 03 Occupation: Criminal
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 010 HP: 010

Powers:
Swimming: 04, Water freedom: 05

Skills:
Weaponry (Firearms): 05

Advantages:
Area Knowledge (New York City).

Connections:
Street (Low), Maggia (Low).

Drawbacks:
Strange Appearance.

Equipment:
Blaster Pistol [BODY 04, Energy blast: 09, Ammo: 05].


Typical Fish mook

Dex: 03 Str: 03 Bod: 03 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 02 Wil: 02 Min: 02 Occupation: Mercenary
Inf: 02 Aur: 02 Spi: 02 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 007 HP: 002

Skills:
Vehicles (Land): 03, Weaponry (Firearms): 04

Connections:
Underworld (Low).

Equipment:
One of :

  • Maggia Special pistol [BODY 04, Projectile weapon: 05, Ammo: 06, R#03].
  • Maggia Special carbine [BODY 04, Projectile weapon: 07, Ammo: 08, R#03].

Shrike

“That may be, mistah Cage ! But yo’ still gots to go through us first !”

Dex: 05 Str: 01 Bod: 03 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 05 Wil: 03 Min: 03 Occupation: Mercenary
Inf: 03 Aur: 02 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 015 HP: 005

Powers:
Shrinking: 01

Bonuses and Limitations:
Shrinking is Always On and Already Factored In — OV against ranged attacks is upped by one, running speed is 03 and mass is 01 AP.

Skills:
Acrobatics (Athletics, dodging): 05, Military science (Demolition): 05, Thief (Stealth): 03

Advantages:
Lightning Reflexes.

Connections:
Underworld (Low).

Drawbacks:
MPR (Short limbs and some health issues due to dwarfism), MIA toward being sycophantic.

Equipment:
Shrike will often grab a handy steel bar [BODY 05, EV 03] to hit people with, which compensates for his low mass and reach.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Helper(s): v1.1 includes some background data (name, etc.) from the Marvel handbooks.

Source of Character: Power Man #29.

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