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Blue Raja (Hank Azaria in Mystery Men) with his fearsome weapons

Blue Raja


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Mystery Men was a 1999 super-hero comedy, depicting a non-team of lamentable would-be heroes attempting to rise to greater heights. It had it’s-okay-but-a-bit-chaotic movie critics, bombed commercially, and was considered awesome by many who wanted to see a super-hero comedy.


Background

  • Real Name: Jeffrey
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: Violet (mother)
  • Note: Blue Raja’s mother is not named in the movie, but according to the script and imdb.com, her name is Violet
  • Group Affiliation: Mystery Men
  • Base Of Operations: Champion City
  • Height: 6’ Weight: 160 lbs Age: 30ish
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Dark brown


Powers and Abilities

The Blue Raja is the Master of Cutlery (though nobody can adequately explain what the two have to do with each other), specializing in forks. He is actually quite accurate with his throwing, which is fairly impressive considering how un-aerodynamic forks really are compared to, say, butter-knives.

What he wasn’t was effective. He mostly used his forks to distract opponents while Shoveler and Mister Furious tried to take them out. This usually resulted in one of his teammates getting a fork in the rear end.

After a modicum of training under the Sphinx, Raja suddenly became much better and more effective with his fork-flinging. He now used them to disarm opponents, and could even hurl them hard enough to penetrate a marble stairwell to provide Furious with a ladder to chase after Casanova Frankenstein.

Blue Raja also seems to have another almost-power. Although his attempt at portraying a British man for his disguise is actually pretty feeble, it seems to have everybody fooled. At least, nobody ever seems to question it, even fairly perceptive allies like the Bowler.


History

Soon to come.


Description

Blue Raja wears a fairly typical suit, over which he wears his mother’s flowered shawl and a turban (but nothing blue), and, oddly, high-topped sneakers. Jeffery himself is slightly goggle-eyed, and gives the impression of a skinny, geekish man (he lives with his mother, after all).

The Blue Raja was played by Hank Azaria.


Personality

The Blue Raja has a rare and beautiful gift, which in its own way is actually quite elegant. Unfortunately, he doesn’t see himself as actually very worthwhile.

He hides his talent from his mother. This is explained in the original script, but was cut from the film. She had such high expectations for him that he feels his being a superhero is letting her down. He also hides his “ordinariness” from the world by using the mask of the Blue Raja, which is as unlike Jeffrey as it is possible to be.

When his mother caught him stealing silverware for use in battle against Casanova Frankenstein, he finally sucked it up and confessed. He was caught flatfooted when his mother was actually thrilled to hear it – she had known he was special all along.

With his mother’s approval, Raja suddenly seemed to gain a lot of confidence. Where before he had been filled with trepidation about the upcoming confrontation with Casanova, he was suddenly ready to go on what was thought to be a suicide mission.


Quotes

“Red Eyes, Red Eyes, Red Eyes… What a treat. We didn’t expect to see you again so *spoon*.”

Blue Raja: “I’m a super hero, mother. An effete, British super hero, to be precise. I am pilfering your tablewear because I hurl it. I hurl it with a deadly accuracy. The Blue Raja is my name, and yes, I know I don’t wear *much* blue and I speak in a British acent, but if you know your history it really does make perfect sense. The point is, your son’s a limey fork-flinger, mother ! Hard cheese to swallow, I know, but there it is ! What *will* the bridge club think ?”

(pause)
Violet: “You need more forks ?”

The Shoveller: “You’re the master of cutlery. You can’t throw a knife sometimes when someone’s trying to kill me ?”
Raja: “No, I can’t. You can’t use a rake sometimes ?”
Shoveller: “No, I’m the Shoveller.”
Raja: “Well, I’m the Blue Raja. I’m not Stab Man. I’m not Knifey Boy. I’m the Blue Raja.”
Mr.Furious: “You know, that’s another thing…”
Raja: “What ?”
Furious: “You got the turban, you got the cape, you got the little flowery thing going on… You might consider adding a *little* bit of blue in there, somewhere.”
(Shoveler nods)
Raja: “If we could just step out of our *literal* minds for just a moment…”

“Fork yourself !”

“May the Forks be with us !”


DC Universe History

The Mystery Men (in the movie) are definitely part spoof and part homage to the “mystery men” of early comics history. As such they can be inserted dang near anyplace, but the feel of their movie is slightly skewed… They don’t feel very Golden Age, and don’t fit the humor genre.

But as low-level supers in a street-level campaign they actually might work, as long as they aren’t overpowering their foes. Their main bad guy ought always to be one who is on the surface more than they can handle.


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Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

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Blue Raja

A 273 Point Character

Dex: 04 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Upholding The Good
Int: 03 Wil: 03 Min: 02 Occupation: Momma’s Boy, Effete British Superhero, Limey fork-flinger
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 002
Init: 014 HP: 040

Skills:
Artist (Actor): 06, Vehicles (Land Vehicles): 02, Weaponry (Cutlery): 06, Martial Artist (EV): 04

Advantages:
Area Knowledge: City [Champion City], Connoisseur [Cutlery], Lightning Reflexes, Rich Family, Scholar [British History]

Connections:
Mystery Men (High)

Drawbacks:
SIA (Pretending to be British), Dependent (Violet, his mother), Secret Identity

Equipment:
Blue Raja’s Throwing Forks: [BODY 02, EV 01 (02 w/ Str, 04 w/ Martial Arts), Ammo: 16, HP Cost: 004]


Previous Statistics

The Blue Raja was originally a pretty poor superhero, which I attribute to a few things:

  • Much fewer HP (Around 10 is right, and explains why he wouldn’t spend any unless absolutely necessary)
  • Lower actual stats and Skills.

Blue Raja at the beginning of the movie has 1 AP less in all Acting Attributes, his Martial Artist Skill is 03, and his Weaponry (Cutlery) is 04. This massive points expenditure is best explained by Raja having been hoarding HP for advancement.


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Blue Raja — Averaged PL 4.4

STR STA AGL DEX FGT INT AWE PRE
00 01 01 02 02 02 00 01

Powers

Mastery of cutlery ● 2 points (Removable) ● Descriptor: Skill, Flatware
– Enhanced Advantage (Improved Aim), Limited (cutlery)
– Throwing — Array

  • Snag — Ranged Affliction 3 (hindered and vulnerable, immobile and prone), Alternate Resistance (Dodge to resist, Strength/Damage/Sleight of Hand to recover), Limited (two degrees), Limited (opponents who are unarmored or wearing loose clothing)
  • Tactical Fork Flinging — Enhanced Advantage (Throwing Mastery 2)

Combat Advantages

Defensive Roll 1, Improved Aim (cutlery), Improved Disarm, Improved Critical (cutlery), Improved Initiative, Power Attack, Quick Draw, Set-up, Taunt, Throwing Mastery 2

Other Advantages

Benefit (rich family), Skill Mastery (Ranged Combat: Cutlery)

Skills

Athletics 2 (+2), Close Attack: Unarmed 4 (+6), Deception 8 (+9), Expertise: Cutlery 10 (+12), Expertise: History 10 (+12, Limited to the British Empire), Perception 2 (+2), Ranged Combat: Cutlery 5 (+7), Sleight of Hand 2 (+4), Vehicles 1 (+3, Limited 2 to land vehicles)

Equipment

High quality forks — Ranged Damage 1 ● 2 points

Offense

Initiative +5
Unarmed +6, Close, Damage 0
Fork +7, Ranged, Damage 3 or Affliction 3, Threat 19-20

Defense

Dodge 6 Fortitude 4
Parry 5 Toughness 2/1*
Will 2

* Without Defensive Roll

Complications

  • Upholding the Good The Blue Raja believes in doing the right thing in the right way.
  • Obsession The Blue Raja is a blazing anglophile, and is fully committed to presenting himself as an effete British superhero, to the point of dubious taste in fashion and politics.
  • Limey Fork Flinger As a point of honor, the Blue Rajah does not fling knives and other items of common weaponry, as it is beneath him as the Master of Cutlery.
  • Dependent His mother, Violet.
  • Secret Identity The Blue Raja is actually Jeffrey, a shy momma’s boy in normal life. He does not wear a mask or other significant disguise, instead relying on a curiously successful combination of audacity, moxy, and distraction.

Power levels

  • Trade-off areas Attack/Effect PL 5, Dodge/Toughness PL 4, Parry/Toughness PL 4, Fort/Will PL 3
  • Point total 63 Abilities 18, Defences 13, Skills 20, Powers 2, Devices 0, Advantages 10. Equiv. PL 5.

Notes

The Blue Raja’s skills go way beyond Throwing Mastery when it comes to his chosen weapon, the fork. He can perform amazing manipulations, represented by his Skill Mastery, and use his forks in a variety of less-lethal ways. It has not been demonstrated on-screen what happens when he shoots to kill, but it’s probably both hilarious and gruesome.

The Blue Raja was originally a pretty poor superhero. Prior to training with the Sphinx and his baptism by fire against Casanova Frankenstein, he lacked the Improved Aim, Set-up, and Taunt advantages. His AGI, DEX, and FGT were all 1 lower, reducing his skills, defenses, and offense bonuses, and he lacked any ranks in Perception.

To make up for his mediocrity, he appeared to rely heavily on All-Out Attacks, with uneven and sometimes disastrous results.

By Pufnstuff

Helper(s): Original Mystery Men script , Roy Cowan. DCA stats by Pawsplay.

Source of Character: Mystery Men (Movie version)

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