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Slasher / Razorblade / Buzzsaw (Marvel Comics) hitting a police officer

Razorblade aka Buzzsaw aka Slasher


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

Context

Yes, he went through three names despite being such an obscure, minor baddie. He first appeared in 1974.

But he has a simple, obvious gimmick and he’s easy to use in a story. So that’s good.


Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Fangs (the other members being Bludgeon, Slither and Blockbuster (aka Heat-ray)).
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 5’6” Weight: 130 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Razorblade is a competent hand-to-hand combatant. He’s presumably trained in a Vietnamese martial art style – perhaps one of the Việt Võ Đạo  styles. His reflexes are sharp, and he’s strong and fit enough to run around in heavy armour.

His distinctive suit of body armour is covered with sharp blades. This makes his blows deadly to normal persons, and will likely cut whatever strikes him.

Between his first and his second appearance, he became a decent henchman type. He had become familiar with high-tech guns, jet boots, advanced jet transports, etc. Perhaps he trained at Taskmaster’s academy.


History

It is unclear whether Razorblade is a Vietnamese criminal who learned English from GIs, or an Asian-American soldier who went criminal. The second hypothesis seems more likely.

The Slasher fleeing with his loot in an alley

He first appeared in Saigon in 1974, using the name Slasher. Back then he was but a thief, and had just stolen a bag full of diamonds. As he fled he spotted the Avengers in the street. Slasher incorrectly assumed that they were there to catch him.

As a result, the thief ran to a nearby group of Communist operatives, the Titanic Three (Titanium Man, Crimson Dynamo, Radioactive Man). He told them them that he was innocent and that the Avengers were after him for political reasons. The Titanic Three defended their comrade until they discovered what was in the bag. At which point they let the Avengers hand the Slasher over to the police.

Fangs of the Viper

20 years later, Razorblade had become a member of the Fangs. This small team of super-agents working as the Viper (Ophelia Sarkissian)’s Prætorian guard.

They rescued her from the Iron Monger, a Red Skull agent. But then they were defeated by Captain America (Steve Rogers), Silver Sable and Battlestar.


Description

See illustration.


Personality

Slasher seemed to be a violent street thug speaking in 1970s GI patois. Most distinctively, he called all men “Joe”. He had little education, but evidenced a certain cunning.

In 1993 he seemed to be a professional, reliable mercenary. Yet he still had a rough, thuggish edge to him.


Quotes

“I said nobody moves, Joe… and when a guy wears a suit covered with razor-sharp blades, people oughta listen to him !”

“Hokay, Joes ! Nobody moves, or I’ll do ya dirt ! The Slasher is here for all yer goodies !”


DC Universe History

He feels like a Green Arrow villain, from a backup Detective Comics adventure.


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Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

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Razorblade

Dex: 05 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 04 Wil: 03 Min: 03 Occupation: Professional criminal
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 015 HP: 015

Skills:
Martial artist*: 05, Weaponry (Firearms): 04

Advantages:
Possibly Language (Vietnamese).

Connections:
Street (Low).

Drawbacks:
None.

Equipment:

  • RAZORBLADE SUIT [/BODY/ 08, Claws: 07, Claws being: 05].
  • Later, as a member of the Fangs, he was equipped with:
    • High-tech assault rifle firing flechette  ammunition [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 07, Ammo: 12, Advantage: Autofire, R#02].
    • Jet boots [BODY 03, Flight: 06].


Game Stats — DC Adventures RPG Print Friendly

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Razorblade aka Slasher — Averaged PL 7

STR STA AGL DEX FGT INT AWE PRE
01 02 02 01 05 00 01 01

Devices

Bladed suit ● 27 points ● Descriptor: Steel blades
– Bladed blows — Strength-Based Close Slashing Damage 5
– Don’t hit him with your bare hands ! — Close Slashing Reaction Damage 4
– Body armour — Protection 6

Combat Advantages

Close attack 1, Defensive Roll 2, Ranged attack 1.

Other Advantages

Possibly Language (Vietnamese). As a Fangs member, Equipment 6.

Skills

Athletics 3 (+4), Close combat (Unarmed) 1 (+7), Expertise (Military) 6 (+6), Insight 1 (+2), Perception 3 (+4), Ranged attack (Firearms) 3 (+5).

Equipment

– Assault rifle with flechette  rounds — Ranged Multiattack Piercing Damage 6 ● 18 points
– Jet boots — Flight 5 ● 10 points

Offense

Initiative +2
Unarmed +7, Close, Damage 1
Unarmed w/bladed suit +7, Close, Damage 6
Flechettes rifle +5, Ranged, Multiattack Damage 6

Defense

Dodge 7 Fortitude 6
Parry 8 Toughness 10**/4/2*
Will 2

* Without Defensive Roll
** With Bladed Suit and Defensive Roll

Complications

  • Nothing notable.

Power levels

  • Trade-off areas Attack & Effect PL 7, Dodge/Toughness PL 9, Parry/Toughness PL 9, Fort & Will PL 4.
  • Point total 84. Abilities 26, Defences 12, Skills 9, Powers 00, Devices 27, Advantages 10. Equiv. PL 6.


By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Marvel universe.

Helper(s): Marvunapp.org  for locating his second appearance ; Roy Cowan, Nick Yankovec.

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