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Piranha Jones

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


  • Real Name: Unrevealed
  • Marital Status: Presumed single
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: His own criminal organization
  • Base Of Operations: New York City (later Stamford, New York)
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black

Powers and Abilities

Piranha Jones is a competent crime boss, capable of building successful criminal ventures from the ground up and achieve subsequent wealth. He can be quite naturally persuasive, especially for people lacking a solid education – who might get the feeling he’s smarter than they are.

His teeth have been replaced by pointy steel blades, and he has no compulsion against actually tearing the throat or nose out of an opponent with a fierce bite. Jones is also quite physically powerful, although he prefers to stay away from such endeavours and rely on excellent bodyguards.

The operatives Piranha Jones used to steal the Adonis Chemicals cannister were remarkably talented and well-trained. They wore bulletproof, skintight uniforms in bright colours, like super-heroes and wielded laser carbines.


Piranha Jones comes from a very poor New York neighborhood. By 15, his teeth had fallen away (presumably since he couldn’t afford any dental care), but despite abject poverty he knew he wanted very strongly to be powerful and respected – perhaps even become the prince of New York.

Jones worked on building a significant criminal agency, and rose in power to comfortable heights. Seeing himself much as a piranha due to the “don’t cross me” factor, he had his decayed teeth replaced by metal spikes.

Jones ran into trouble when he and his men (including his then bodyguard, Cockroach Hamilton) stole an experimental nerve gas from Adonis Chemical. They were opposed by Luke Cage, Hero for Hire, who derailed their plan. The gas started to leak but was destroyed by Cage ; however the resulting explosion allowed Jones to capture Cage.

Cage managed to free himself, and after destroying much of Jones’ luxurious penthouse, rescued the criminal from his own piranha pool and left him KOed for the police to find.

However, Jones had an excellent lawyer. He wasn’t condemned, and went to escape the heat in a middle-sized upper New York state town for several years. Howbeit, three ruthless suburban criminal women knew about his rep, and outed him as a criminal, intending to build part of their own rep at his expense.

War against Terror

Jones then launched a complicated plan. He hired Terror to kill him, making it appear as though it was the three women had contracted Terror to whack him. He then recorded this information, among others, and stored them on a game cartridge. He intended to make the cartridge public, with everything including the contract against him, in order to sink the women. However, the cartridge was stolen.

Terror attempted to kill Jones by following the cartridge, reasoning that Jones would be on its trail. The situation became even more explosive when the Punisher barged in, attempting to kill Jones himself for his criminal past. Terror would have none of it, wanting to honour his contract on Jones.

Terror saved Jones from others attackers, and even used a clever trick to convince the Punisher that both Jones and Terror had been killed by the vigilante’s attack. Terror then told Jones that he had deduced who had been his real employer.

Not wanting to be manipulated, Terror had Jones redraw the contract, giving the money to a charity, except for a dollar. Terror then honoured the contract by killing Jones and taking a $1 bill from the ex-crimelord’s pocket.


Jones will normally wear smart, fashionable, manly clothes, although you may wish to conserve a 70s flavour with him.


Piranha Jones really, really wants to be a James Bond villain – powerful, classy, smooth, rich, smart. He uses his best pseudo-intellectual dialogue whenever he can, but although most people he works with are likely to be impressed by it, it is actually banal and empty. He surrounds himself in luxury, and hires the best henchmen he can afford.

Note that Jones’ “I’m in control” demeanour isn’t just an act. He’s actually quite tough and aggressive, and very difficult to scare – although he can get frustrated.


“Easy Roach, easy. Let us not act so emotionally. We lay have need of an hostage, since it’s evident we must retreat.”

DC Universe History

Sure, he’s minor enough. He’d have fought, hmm, Gangbuster and would have been killed by the Hitman.


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Piranha Jones

Dex: 05 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Power
Int: 04 Wil: 05 Min: 04 Occupation: Crime boss
Inf: 05 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 009
Init: 013 HP: 025

Powers: Claws (teeth): 05

Skills: Charisma: 04, Vehicles (land): 03, Weaponry (firearms): 03

Advantages: Area Knowledge (Harlem), Iron Nerves

Connections: Underworld (Low), Street (Low)

Drawbacks: Creepy Appearance

Jones’ piranha tank

Jones will normally have an aquarium with piranhas in it build in his house – usually under the floor with a motorized sliding panel, so he can throw people in it.

Being plunged in that tank acts as Claws: 06, attacking every Phase. Piranhas, however, will usually only attack something that is bleeding, and it normally takes a Phase for them to react (unless the target is soaked with blood). They will ignore any Partial defense.

Jone’s elite operatives

Dex: 04 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 04 Wil: 03 Min: 04 Occupation: Mercenary
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 011 HP: 010

Skills: Acrobatics: 04, Thief (stealth, security systems): 05, Vehicles (land): 04, Weaponry (firearms, heavy, melee): 04

Advantages: None

Connections: Underworld (Low)

Drawbacks: None


  • UNIFORM [BODY 05, Skin armor: 03, Limitation : Skin Armor is Partial (long coat level)]
  • Laser carbine [BODY 04, Energy blast: 06, R#03]
  • They also had specialty equipment, such as a heavy steel net used to trap a truck during the Adonis heist.

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Old Luke Cage issues (Marvel Universe)

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