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Tri-Man (Daredevil enemy) (Marvel Comics)

Tri-Man aka Tri-Android

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


  • Group Affiliation: Agent of the Masked Marauder
  • Base Of Operations: New York City
  • Height: 6’5” Weight: 235 lbs.
  • Eyes: White Hair: None

Powers and Abilities

The Tri-Man is remotely animated by the combined life forces of 3 criminals. The large, robust android thus gets the relentless strength of the Mauler, the speed and agility of Dancer, and the vicious cunning of Brain – in fact it would seem that it gets the combined power of all 3, and not just the best attributes.

The 3 animators are kept in glass jars with electrodes in a remote lab, and with all the equipment in place can animate the Tri-Man up to a mile or so away.

The Tri-Man android is activated


The Tri-Android, or Tri-Man, was built in 1966 by the Masked Marauder, who represented the Nefaria mob in New York. The goal was to impress Maggia leaders by publicly having the android defeat it Daredevil.

The Marauder also captured 3 talented criminals, whom he had selected to become the ’animators’ of the Tri-Android — down-and-out but formidably strong wrestler the Mauler, expert safecracker and second-story man Dancer, and a criminal genius called the Brain.

Now drawing on the combined talents of the 3 men, the Tri-Man invaded Madison Square Garden during a boxing match and defied Daredevil. Despite its superhuman prowess, it was soundly defeated by Daredevil – who then followed it to the Marauder’s lab.


Mauler, Dancer and Brain tried to defeat Daredevil, this time in the flesh, but were easily captured – and never seen again.

The Masked Marauder used his Tri-Android technology 2 more time — as the Tri-Animan, and as a new Tri-Man with 3 more powerful forms. Both attempts also ended in failure.


See illustration.


When the Tri-Man talks, it is obviously Brain who is in control since it is articulate. However, Brain regularly recedes into the collective consciousness to let the silent Mauler or Dancer handle the fighting.


“Notify Daredevil to meet me in the ring, or I’ll destroy the arena — and everyone within it !”

“You must be defeated — completely — eternally — in full view of thousands ! That is why I was created — I have the will — and I have the power — to destroy you !”

DC Universe History

He would be a dandy Intergang enforcer, and in fact making full use of him as the three animators decide to operate more intelligently and not just as a combat machine could make for an interesting case.

He might even oppose the post-Crisis Ragman, as a wink toward the pre-Crisis Ragman.


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Dex: 07 Str: 06 Bod: 06 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: Android
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: None
Init: 018 HP: 010

Self-Link (Gadgetry): 07, Sealed System: 07

See below

Lightning Reflex, Stabilization, No Vital Areas

Underworld (Low), Masked Marauder (Low)

Distinct Appearance, Misc.: If the three men animating the Tri-Man are disconnected from the network, the android becomes inert

Design notes

The Tri-Android does not actually demonstrated any Skill — his pugilistic and acrobatic abilities are rolled into its Physical Attributes without a need for Skills.

From the character concept, it is likely it has access to the combined Skills of the three ’animators’ ; unfortunately those are not precisely known. They likely include Acrobatics, most aspects of Thief, Vehicle (Land), Weaponry (Street weapons) and Gadgetry at 5 APs, or close to that.

Stabilisation, Sealed System and No Vital Areas are not clearly demonstrated, but I’ve put it in since there is a lot of emphasis about how relentless he is and how his flesh is not normal flesh.

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Daredevil v1 #22-23

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