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Topper (Richard Dragon character) (DC Comics)

Topper


Context

Topper is a giant henchman type (we love those !) with a few minor twists.

He appeared but once in DC Comics’ Richard Dragon Kung Fu Fighter #7, in 1976.


Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: Employee of Doctor Moon
  • Base Of Operations: New York City
  • Height: 6’11” Weight: 354lbs
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Bald


Powers and Abilities

Topper is a huge and very powerful man. Like all giant thugs he is, of course, faster than he looks. But Topper takes it further by actually having a remarkable degree of martial ability. He could engage and hit Richard Dragon, arguably the best living martial artist in the world.

While Topper is a gentle giant, Moon has implanted a tiny electronic receiver in his brain. It can instantly trigger a state of murderous rage directed at Moon’s enemies. Moon keeps a remote control to trigger this implant.

Moon has also done further enhancements on Topper, armouring him with subdermal plastic moulded plates that allow his servant to shrug off even superhuman blows.


History

Topper was a servant of Doctor Moon when the latter was working with criminal industrialist Guano Cravat. Moon sent thugs to harass and beat up the fresh students at Richard Dragon’s newly opened dojo, and the kung fu fighter swiftly determined where Moon’s hideout was.

Predictably, Dragon, accompanied by Lady Shiva who was itching for a fight, swept through Moon’s thugs and had Topper sent against him.  After discovering the giant was armoured, Dragon concentrated his attacks on points that couldn’t possibly be armoured, soon bringing Topper down.

It is a testament to Topper’s power, though, that he cracked several of Dragon’s ribs and dislocated his jaw. Shiva had to take Dragon to an hospital.

Topper never appeared again to the best of my knowledge.


Description

See illustrations.


Personality

Topper is retarded. He behaves mostly like a gentle, curious child. English is presumably his second language, and he doesn’t speak it very well. Moon almost treats him like a big, lovable dog, and Topper seems to enjoy that treatment.

When Moon presses the button, Topper becomes a silent, savage killer.


Quotes

“But… Topper doesn’t like to hurt [people] !”


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Topper

Dex: 07 Str: 06 Bod: 05 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 03 Wil: 01 Min: 02 Occupation: Bodyguard
Inf: 03 Aur: 02 Spi: 02 Resources {or Wealth}: 003
Init: 017 HP: 020

Powers:
Skin armour: 06

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Skin armour is only half as effective against piercing attacks and bullets (-1)
  • Skin Armour is Partial (Long coat level)

Skills:
Martial artist: 08

Advantages:
Lightning Reflexes

Connections:
Underworld (Low), Doctor Moon (Low)

Drawbacks:
Creepy Appearance (size), Innocent, Power Loss (DEX and Martial arts drop to 05 if his Rage isn’t active)

Equipment:
RAGE IMPLANT [BODY 02, Catastrophic Rage, Misc.: The Rage Drawback can be switched on and off via a special remote control]

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Richard Dragon Kung Fu Fighter

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