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Rufus

Rufus “Super Midnight” Carter


Power Level:
Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
  • Carter is a good stock espionage/martial arts character when your story calls for a retired agent, a troubleshooter who needs the PCs’s help, somebody to train or spar with, etc.
  • This entry has a few extra quotes to help emulate Carter’s distinctive speech patterns.

Background

  • Real Name: Rufus Carter
  • Other Aliases: “One-eye Carter”, “Super Midnight Carter”
  • Marital Status: Apparently single
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: Former Agency man
  • Base Of Operations: Either London or mobile
  • Height: 5’10” Weight: 170 lbs
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Carter is a competent spy and mercenary, smart and with significant experience in the field. His most notable skills set is that he’s a remarkable full- contact karate and kickboxing champion ; Shang-Chi himself thought that Carter’s technique and fighting performance were exceptional. ”Super-Midnight” Carter can reliably beat up several street thugs attacking him, and is in superb physical condition.

Carter’s free-spirited, spontaneous nature and natural charisma give him a high INF and AUR.

He has taught himself to overcome most hindrances of the monocular life ; however he cannot really compensate for his very reduced angle of vision on his left and can thus be surprised by assaults from that direction.


History

Back in the 1970s, Rufus Carter was a full contact karate and boxing champion. Though born and raised in Philadelphia, he moved to the UK to finish his studies. He came to greatly appreciate life in London, and began to participate to the British competitive kickboxing circuit.

Carter was eventually recruited by the CIA. He proved to be an excellent agent even beyond his unarmed combat skills, and eventually became their main agent in London. He was even entrusted with operations on volatile grounds, such as Israel. It is presumably on a CIA mission in the 1970s that he lost an eye, though the official version was that it was the result of a boating accident.

Even with this handicap, Carter trained himself to fight with but one eye and made his return in the kickboxing tournament as “One-eyed Carter”. To the amazement of the fans, he handily won the 1981 championship.

Carter was the key agent when the CIA tried to involve two freelance operatives, Shang-Chi and Leiko Wu, in a London operation to prevent Yugoslav intelligence agents from recovering some sensitive data. An undercover CIA man arranged for Chi and Wu to be at Carter’s big championship match, and after the fight Carter sold them a story where he operated an antique shop on the side and was having problems with extortionists.

Rufus Carter and Shang Chi fight sailors

Though the operation was in the end successful (the data being recovered), everything else was a bit of a disaster. Chi and Wu discovered that they had been manipulated. The data itself was now useless as it concerned the madman Samisdat, who had been taken down mere days before by Shang Chi and his allies. Carter was stabbed in the belly by the mercenary Oryx, and discovered that his CIA handlers had lied to him.

Incensed, the greater-than-life Carter just burned his CIA ID card and left the Company. However, the generally stone-faced Shang-Chi had come to appreciate Carter’s outrageous jive act and sincerity, and the two men became good friends.

Get Carter

Though he had left the CIA, Carter was still concerned about one of the last missions he had undertaken for the Company some months before. Back then, he had discovered evidence of a plot to blow up a large ammunition shipment in the Aberdeen harbour – apparently a Libyan plot to deny some undetermined resource to the Israeli military.

Carter’s investigation into the plot had already cost the life of a Palestinian informer, and Carter had been forced to kill the assassin in turn. Bothered by this, Carter contacted his CIA ex-handler to make sure that, as the date of the Libyan approached, his former colleagues were ready to act.

That turned out to be a bad move – the CIA had decided to let the Libyans blow up part of Aberdeen’s docks for its own reasons. Furious, Carter decided that he would put an end to that alone if needed, and his ex-handler was forced to shoot him. Carter was hit in the arm, as the American agent could not bring himself to kill him. Being wounded, Carter decided to request help from Freelance Restorations, the outfit employing his buddy Shang-Chi.

The Master of Kung-Fu readily agreed to help, and the two men derailed the Libyan plot – and the CIA’s effort to derail their intervention. The ship was detonated with no known loss of life. In the wake of this success, Carter decided to become a private eye – perhaps inspired by John Shaft.

Carter had a hard time finding his first contract, but was eventually contacted by a laird, Jock McBride. The Scotsman was in danger of having his land stolen, since a cache of gold was allegedly buried on his property. McBride, an eccentric kickboxing fan, was happy to hire One-Eyed Carter.

Since the Freelance Restoration base was close to his client, Carter had Shang-Chi help him, and the two fighters successfully stopped the assaults against McBride. Carter nobly refused the payment, though.

Despite his unique ties with the Master of Kung Fu, Rufus Carter was not seen again — mostly because Master of Kung-Fu stopped publication a few months later. Since his private detective activities were not terribly successful at first, it is possible that the irrepressible Carter launched himself into a new career.


Description

Carter often smokes cigarillos.


Personality

Carter usually plays at being “One-eyed Carter”, his jive greater-than-life, lipflapping boxing champ act. He’s completely open about it being an act – he hams it up and chews the scenery for fun. As “One-Eyed Carter” he’s a constantly jivin’, rappin’ cool cat who knows everything about life and is just hamming it up, making spectacular, dramatic statements and soliloquies, always moving and always in great form.

He’s got great delivery and charisma, and is a constant one-man spectacle. Note that his jive can easily be understood by even the squarest White square – it’s more a matter of style than real slang. He usually calls himself “the champ”, refers to his male buddies as “babe”, as was the style of the day, and never ever shuts up.

Beyond the scenery-chewing jive act, Carter is first and foremost a capitalised Good Guy. He will simply have no truck with evil, treachery and unethical deceit, to the point of burning his CIA ID card without a trace of hesitation or regret when he realised that they weren’t the “class act” he thought they were.

He shows impeccable sportsmanship against all odds, is a rock-solid friend, and truly empathises with the innocent — to the point of occasionally turning down financial rewards he needs if he feels that would hurt his client’s finances. Carter is big, mama.

He’s a bombastic, laid-back maverick who makes his own rules but has a heart of gold behind all the bluster – not an atypical figure in blaxploitation fiction. He’s got style, he’s got panache, he’s a ladies’s man, he’s great with words and blabbering, and he’s a real champ.

When things get tense, Carter tends to drop the lipflap jive act to concentrate, talking in more mainstream English (but being rather verbal). He also drops it when he’s with his less-than-verbose buddy Shang-Chi, though he still makes sparkly but one-sided conversation.

Carter makes constant references to the “super midnight”. This is how his championship during a night-time bout was nicknamed in the press (“Carter’s super-midnight win”). He also prefers to conduct night-time operations at midnight, in the hope that it’ll bring him luck. These constant “super midnight” reference came across as irrelevant and forced since it was a private joke by the writer, but should still be used somewhat frequently when the character appears in your game – see the quotes.


Quotes

(A typical “One-Eyed Carter” tirade) “I can see you’re lookin’ at my eye — what used to be my eye — and sayin’ to yourself… how is that that a dude with only one lamp can rise against all odds to become the Super Midnight champ of England, right babe ? Well, Brando an’ his one-eyed Jacks ain’t got nothin’ on Rufus ’Super-Midnight‘ Carter, cuz I found out it’s all in the mind — in two ways. The feeling of inadequacy — the lack of depth perception — that in itself is all in the mind, because the mind has been trained for two eyes…” (blah blah tirade continues for about twice as long)

“Cheap shots at Carter… cost ya BIG !” (HWOKK !)

“Them’s my wheels — let’s roll.”

“You got it, Miss Wu ? Fantabulous ! Beautiful ! Now listen — since last night was such a super midnight, why break the string ? I’ll pick you up at eleven — that’ll give us one hour before we hit ’em !”

“But I don’t like bein’ played for a sucker — on no account other than lack of trust. That’s the trouble with this spy game. To work at all, it’s gotta be built on lies. Me, myself, I didn’t see through the big lie at all. Both eyes were blind. But never again. My eye has been opened, babe. I just quit, don’t ya see ?”

“Now, babe ! Make like a Rockette with the kicks, or I’m dead !”

“I’ve been ee-normously successful, babe ! They’ve taken to calling me ’the ebony bond‘. Ain’t no assignment too perilous for the private eye with but one eye — but what an eye ! ”

“That’s right, scum — and I’m even blacker in the dark ! But not nearly as black as the place you two are going to visit…. namely — the land of the super midnight !” (HWOK ! FHWUMP !)


DC Universe History

This is the comic books of the 1970s, so all Black people should somehow know each other no matter how improbable that actually is. Which means that he’s a friend of Ben Turner.


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Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

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“Super-Midnight” Carter

Dex: 05 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Upholding good
Int: 05 Wil: 04 Min: 05 Occupation: Mercenary, karate champ
Inf: 06 Aur: 06 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 003
Init: 018 HP: 025

Skills:
Artist (Actor): 04, Martial artist: 06, Thief (Stealth): 03, Vehicles (Land): 05, Weaponry (Firearms): 04

Advantages:
Area Knowledge (London), Familiarity (SCUBA diving)

Connections:
C.I.A. veterans (Low), Shang-Chi (High), Leiko Wu (Low)

Drawbacks:
MPR (Missing his left eye), Secret ID (His mercenary and espionage activities, before he quit the CIA)

Equipment:
During his CIA days, Carter packed something like a Smith & Wesson Model 469 compact 9mm handgun [BODY 04, Projectile weapon: 04, Ammo: 12, R#03]

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Master of Kung-Fu comics

Helper(s): Darci

Writeup completed on the 20th of June, 2010.

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