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Raoul Bushman (Moon Knight enemy) (Marvel Comics)

Raoul Bushman

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
  • These are older technical notes, not a full profile.


  • Real Name: Raoul Armand Bushman
  • Other Aliases: Among other continuity issues, Raoul Bushman is sometimes named Roald Bushman – and was even named Raul at one point.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: None
  • Base Of Operations: Burunda
  • Height: 6’2” Weight: 220 lbs
  • Eyes: Dark brown Hair: Black

Powers and Abilities

Raoul Bushman is very big and scary – really scary. And he can back the scariness up with lots of physical strength, brutal ferocity, extensive combat skill and experience and a complete ruthlessness. He’s like a cross between Rambo, a cinematic terrorist bad guy and Piranha Jones, and wields a machinegun like most people wield an assault rifle.

Although he could best Marc Spector and is a holy terror for most people, Bushman is no match for a superhero like Moon Knight.


Little is known of Raoul Bushman’s past before he led a team of mercenary soldiers fighting rebel forces in the Sudan, south of the Egyptian border. He had developed a formidable reputation as a mercenary soldier known for his ruthless but effective methods. To insure instant recognition, Bushman bleached and tattooed his body to make the distinctive markings he now wears.

Bushman’s second in command at the time was an American mercenary Marc Spector. Spector became appalled at the atrocities Bushman’s men committed and resolved to leave his employ at the earliest opportunity.

Bushman discovered that American archaeologist Dr. Peter Alraune, Sr. had discovered the tomb of the pharaoh Seti III near the town of Selima. Bushman attacked the town and stole the treasures Alraune had already found. Alraune properly feared that Bushman would simply melt the treasure down for its gold, and attempted to kill Bushman. Spector stopped Alraune only to see Bushman slaughter the archaeologist.

Spector found Alraune’s daughter Marlene and helped her escape, but Bushman ordered the slaughter of the Selima villagers. Spector protested, and Bushman knocked him out and left him in the desert to die. Spector survived the ordeal and eventually became Moon Knight.

When the war in the Sudan cooled down, Bushman came to the U.S. as a terrorist and thief. During his gang’s criminal rampage, Bushman fought the Moon Knight and discovered that he was Marc Spector. Bushman was defeated and fled the U.S., but decided to settle down and return to his homeland of Burunda, a former Portuguese colony. He used his military skills to take power and used his tactical skills, military expertise, and sheer ruthlessness to coalesce his power and build Burunda into a local military power.

As the head of a sovereign nation, he also gained diplomatic immunity from arrest for his past crimes. This aided his plot against Moon Knight, when Bushman came to New York City and kidnapped Marlene Alraune. He demanded a $10 million ransom, the money ostensibly going to fill Burunda’s anemic treasury.

Although Spector had the money, he had no way of immediately raising it. Instead, he chose to rescue Marlene. As Moon Knight, he pursued Bushman and Marlene back to Burunda. Moon Knight and Bushman fought a duel in the courtyard of Bushman’s presidential compound, and Bushman lost.

The defeat has cost Bushman some of his fierce, invulnerable reputation, but not enough to threaten his position for long. Despite a coup attempt, he still sits in Burunda, venting his anger on the populace.


Although his teeth have been filed into points to look scarier, Bushman rarely uses them in combat.


Bushman is a caricatured African version of Stalin, with a caricatured hypocrite discourse. He describes himself as a champion for the Third World, benefactor of the people and noble warrior while he’s quite obviously the exact opposite of those.

He is a complete butcher, pumped full of bloodthirsty cruelty and reveling in his caricatured massacres of innocents perpetrated for no clear reason. He’s pretty good at mixing paramilitary, criminal and terrorist tactics.

Likewise, Burunda is a caricatured banana republic full of corruption, caricatured shifty-eyed black guys with lousy uniforms, a tin pot dictatorship feel and AKs. Armed forces include one plane, two helicopters and a few light armoured vehicles, but the soldiers are likely to flee while yelling “Miss Scarlet ! Miss Scarle…” Uh, no, wait – maybe not that one. Oh, and it takes all of two white guys to defeat the country and plunge it in turmoil.

So I guess some improvements could be made, overall.


“Do you see this sword ? It is the traditional weapon of my people. Defeat me and the woman is yours.”


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Roald Bushman

Dex: 05 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Power
Int: 05 Wil: 04 Min: 05 Occupation: Mercenary, General, President
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 012
Init: 019 HP: 040

Powers: Claws (teeth): 02

Skills: Charisma (Intimidation): 05, Martial artist: 06, Military science: 05, Vehicles (Land): 04, Weaponry: 06

Advantages: Expertise (Guerilla warfare, terrorist tactics, propaganda), Credentials (Burunda Government, High ; Burunda Military, High), Schtick (Paired swords, Mighty Thews (Heavy Weapons))

Connections: Mercenary world (Low)

Drawbacks: Creepy Appearance, Minor Rage


  • Light machinegun [BODY 05, Projectile weapons: 08, Ammo: 10, R#03, Rec. STR: 04, Advantage : Autofire, Drawback : Long reload time]
  • Two-handed scimitar [BODY 06, EV 05 (07 w/Martial Artist)]
  • Occasionally Bushman uses a pair of Scimitars instead of the big two-handed one [BODY 06, EV 04 (07 w/Martial Artist)]

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Moon Knight comics (DCU)

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