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Misawa, the second Tiger Mask Japanese wrestler

Tiger Mask

Mitsuharu Misawa


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

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Background

  • Real Name: Mitsuharu Misawa
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: Leader of NOAH, former leader of “The Untouchables”
  • Base Of Operations: Tōkyō, Japan
  • Height: 6’0” Weight: 230 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Scientists working for the Japanese government placed cybernetic implants in Misawa’s body, giving him the ability to generate vibration attacks from his right elbow (an attack known as “The Rolling Elbow”). He can also distribute added power from an internal power supply to increase his strength, endurance, and the power of the Rolling Elbow.

Misawa is a skilled military tactician and is experienced in special operations.


History

Mitsuharu Misawa was a police officer in Tōkyō when he was recruited into a secret program, intended to help the Japanese authorities duplicate the success of the original Tiger Mask. When the original Tiger Mask suddenly retired in 1983, Misawa’s superiors jumped at the chance to take over control of the identity of the popular hero.

Misawa rigorously trained and cybernetically enhanced and debuted as Tiger Mask in 1984, successfully stopping a drug-running operation by Yakuza bosses Giant Baba and Jumbo Tsuruta. The success only added to the myth of Tiger Mask, increasing his public popularity (in spite of common Japanese cultural approval of many Yakuza activities).

In 1988, Tiger Mask II met the man who would affect his life over the next 12 years. His superior, Genichiro Tenryu, assigned Tiger Mask to work with his personal protegé, Toshiaki Kawada. The two headed up a special police squad known as “The Untouchables” for several years. The pair battled Jumbo Tsuruta, and Baba’s top enforcer, Stan Hansen (and his various partners).

In 1991, after three years of partnership and friendship, Tiger Mask uncovered a business arrangement between his partner Kawada and Giant Baba. Stunned, Tiger Mask insisted on going after his corrupt partner. Tiger Mask and his new partner, Jun Akiyama, caught up with Kawada in the middle of performing a murder with the aid Baba-employee Akira Taue.

Tiger Mask and Kawada almost killed each other in personal combat. Tiger Mask won, but was unmasked by Kawada in front of the Tōkyō press, on hand to capture the epic battle for the evening news ; in the confusion, Kawada and Taue escaped.

Remaining unmasked, Misawa and his Untouchables Squad continued their war on Baba and his men until Baba’s death in 1999. They curbed the criminal activities of Dr. Death Steve Williams and his partners (Bam Bam Gordy and Gary Albright) on several occasions. Misawa was even able to defeat and arrest the behemoth, Vader, in single combat.

Much to Misawa’s frustration, Kawada and Taue (now calling themselves “The Holy Demon Army”) were able to bribe two of Misawa’s men, Jun Akiyama and Kenta Kobashi. Calling themselves “The Burning”, Kobashi and Akiyama formed an alliance with Kawada and Taue in a new mob in competition with the remains of Baba’s organization.

“The Four Lords of Heaven” took over Baba and Tsuruta’s spot as the top crimelords in Japan. In every one-on-one confrontation, Kawada was unable to stand up to Misawa’s skills and powers, but his accomplices invariably arrived to ensure his escape capture.

After losing so many of his supposedly uncorruptable “Untouchables”, Misawa changed his strategy. He left the police force in frustration and began a vigilante campaign against organized crime. Recruiting men where he can, and hiring mercenaries where necessary (including the “reformed” Vader), Misawa has formed a group he calls “NOAH” and continues to strike at the organization that has formed from the ashes of Giant Baba’s criminal syndicate.


Description

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Personality

Misawa is confidant and certain in his every action and judgment call. He is a natural leader and has a keen mind for small unit, military operations. He distrusts Americans, but works with them without problem when necessary. He does not realize that by paying mercenaries and “reformed” criminals to help in his vigilante war with Kawada, he may be stooping to the levels of those he is trying to arrest.


DC Universe History

Misawa could be the Japanese Sarge Steel, Harry Stein (of Checkmate), or even Vigilante (Adrian Chase).


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Misawa

Dex: 07 Str: 04 Bod: 06 Motivation: Seeking Justice
Int: 08 Wil: 10 Min: 10 Occupation: Adventurer
Inf: 07 Aur: 04 Spi: 10 Resources {or Wealth}: 010
Init: 024 HP: 080

Powers:
Power Reserve (STR, BODY, Vibe): 06, Vibe: 06

Bonuses and Limitations:
Vibe has No Range and is delivered by Misawa’s right elbow.

Skills:
Acrobatics: 07, Charisma: 07, Martial Artist: 09, Military Science: 08, Thief: 07

Advantages:
Iron Nerves, Leadership

Connections:
Japanese Government (Low), NOAH (High)

Drawbacks:
Arch Enemy (Toshiaki Kawada), Public Identity

By Andrew Lee

Source of Character: Professional Wrestling

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