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Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell in Escape from New York) pointing his submachinegun

“Snake” Plissken

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


  • Real Name: S. D. Plissken
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed, presumably single
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: None
  • Base Of Operations: The United States of America
  • Height: 1,76m Weight: 79kg
  • Eyes: Grayish blue Hair: Long brown

Powers and Abilities

“Snake” Plissken is the baddest hardboiled badass in the world. He is a former war hero, a highly trained special forces soldier (possibly the best), and has an astounding ability to survive the worst situations. He can go where armies would fear to thread – and he’ll do the job, too. He is also a highly experienced renegade and criminal.

Plissken has a particularly forceful personality and killer aura. In many situations, people simply do not dare to attack him or assume his mix of arrogance and fearlessness conceals some kind of trap or trick. After the Escape from New York incident, he is a legend in his own time, particularly among the dregs of society, and can pull astounding feats of intimidation.


S. Plissken used to be an American, twice decorated war hero on an alternate, near-future Earth. He used to belong to the special forces unit called Black Light and also got medallions from campaigns in Leningrad and Siberia. He is also reputed to have survived Cleveland, escaping certain death through undisclosed means (what happened in Cleveland is unknown, but it was apparently horrible). He is the youngest one ever to have been decorated by the President, and presumably quit the Army after losing an eye.

Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) with his brown leather jacket

All around him, however, America was becoming a highly regulated land, slowly eroding liberties in the name of security and morality. Plissken, a fierce amoral individualist, gradually grew disgusted with the colours he risked his time many times to defend, and over time evolved from a socially misfit vet to an outright criminal.

Snake robbed the federal reserve and became a well known pistolero, dueling for money. In 1997 he was finally captured and sentenced to life. However, the government simply had to come to him to solve an unprecedented crisis – the President’s plane had been downed above Manhattan Island.

Manhattan had long since been walled off and converted into a free prison for the worst criminal scum of the US – including a large number of very dangerous and quite armed psychopaths and assorted malcontents. With a timed-release virus in his bloodstream, Snake was sent in and ordered to save the President so he could receive the antidote. The mission succeeded ; much to his disgust a lot of media circus ensued, and he became a legend and media sensation.

However, the president didn’t keep any loyalty toward his saviour and tried to turn the tables on him, prompting Plissken to sabotage a peace conference in retaliation before disappearing. Once underground he became a nomad and a rebel, doing black ops for various accounts and generally wandering around doing illegal things.

Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) with the black leather outfit

Meanwhile, the laws became even more extreme and allowed no guns, no foul language, no smoking, no drinking, no drugs, and no sex outside marriage. Anyone breaking the laws was killed or sentenced to life in either New York or Los Angeles – which had been severed from the mainland by a cataclysmic earthquake and was now an island too.

During the 15 years that followed his escape from New York, Snake committed 27 “moral crimes” in the puritanical US of A. He eventually got captured again and spent several years in a special prison.

However, when the control device for America’s newest weapon, a global EMP satellite, was stolen and given to Guervo Jones, an anarchistic leader in LA, Snake was again sent on a mission. This time he was infected with a new virus and had 24 hours before he would die unless he received the antidote which he would get upon returning from the mission.


He looks like the archetypal shadowrunner (hell, he *set* the look). He’s got greasy shoulder-length black hair, a black patch over his eyes, and a full three days worth of stubble ; in short he looks downright squalid. The patch over his missing left eye makes him appear even more grim as does the constant hostile facial expression.

While not body-built, he’s quite muscular, and wears a cobra tatoo over his belly. He’s 1,76m (yeah, everyone thought he was taller…) and 79kg. Snake Plissken wears black leather that looks a bit like a snake’s skin, and a big black leather duster. He has two shiny guns on low-slung thigh holsters, just like an Old West gunfighter.


Snake Plissken is extremely dangerous, because he does not respect either law or morals. Nothing is sacred or even important to him, and he thus cannot be corrupted or accurately gauged. He doesn’t give a damn about who lives and who dies ; in short, he’s a sociopath.

He follows his own obscure code of honour, has only room for his own survival (some would say he always cheat, in fact), and kills without inhibition. Still, he tends not to kill people he considers worthy, and is likely to be vaguely grateful for any help (of course, he will never ask for help). He’s stern, and short in speech.

He also has an unbelievable amount of nerve and cool. Plissken may get angry, but he simply does not appear to know fear.


(When called “Plissken”) : “Call me Snake”

(When called “Snake”) : ’The name is Plissken”

“I don’t give a fuck about your war… or your president.”

“I got just one question. Which one of you assholes gets to die trying to stick me ?”

Snake : “Sad story. You got a smoke ?”
Malloy : “The United States is a non-smoking nation ! No smoking, no drugs, no alcohol, no women — unless you’re married — no foul language, no red meat !”
Snake : “Land of the free.”

“Your rules are really beginning to annoy me.”

(Snake is surrounded by a crowd of goons pointing their guns at him while he himself has no weapons drawn. He looks at them very calmly.) “Okay. I’m going to leave you a chance.”

(A small army of armed survivors is surrounding him. He calmly lights a cigarette) “It’s OK, I’m just passing by.” (proceed to walk through the opposition while they just look at him, too intimidated to act or halt him).

“You’d better hope I don’t make it back.”

DC Universe History

Plissken his very much set in his own universe ; however, if Borsten’s time platform could snatch Snake’s old west equivalent – Johnah Hex…


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Snake Plissken

Dex: 06 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Unwanted Power/Psychopath
Int: 06 Wil: 07 Min: 08 Occupation: Former War Hero, Criminal Loner
Inf: 08 Aur: 04 Spi: 07 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 022 HP: 080

Skills: Acrobatics (athletics, climbing, hard target): 07, Charisma (intimidation): 08, Charisma (interrogation, persuasion): 07, Martial artist*: 06, Military science*: 06, Thief (escape, stealth)*: 06, Vehicles (SEAL)*: 06, Weaponry (firearms, melee, missile): 08

Bonuses and Limitations:
Charisma (Intimidation) has Multi-Attack 1

Advantages: Intensive Training, Iron Nerves, Luck, Omni-connection, Mystique (+1CS to intimidate criminals and renegades), Scholar (gambling), Schtick (Fast-draw)

Connections: Street (High), Underworld (Low)

Drawbacks: MIA to cigarettes, Mistrust, MPR (missing one eye), Minor Rage, Public ID, Unluck


  • Snake generally packs *at least* a pair of what looks like Colt Anacondas with IR sights (x2) [BODY 05, Projectile weapons: 05, Telescopic vision: 01, Thermal vision: 05, Ammo: 06, R#02]
  • He is clad in fireproof black leather [BODY 06, Flame immunity: 04, Invisibility: 02, Lim : Invisibility only works against Thermal Vision]
  • In Escape from New York, his main weapon was a SMG that looked superficially like a Ingram M11 with a silencer and a scope, which had an improbable ammunition capacity [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 05, Ammo: 12, Telescopic vision: 01, R#02, Advantage : Autofire]

By Sébastien Andrivet and Peter S Piispanen

Helper(s): Roy Cowan, Omegatron

Source of Character: Escape from New York movie, Escape from LA movie, Snake Plissken comics.

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