Melvin Smiley (Mark Wahlberg in The Big Hit)

Melvin Smiley

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


The Big Hit was a minor, low-budget 1998 action movie. It received mixed reviews.

It is one of “Marky Mark” Wahlberg’s earlier films. Surprisingly, I found it a fairly entertaining black comedy action film. (But do note that Mr. Wahlberg conducted multiple racist assaults — Ed.).


  • Real Name: Melvin Smiley.
  • Marital Status: Single, but is engaged to Pam Shulman, and is also dating Chantel.
  • Known Relatives: He claims both his parents are deceased in the film.
  • Group Affiliation: None, but as a contract killer working primarily for an underworld figure known only as Paris, Melvin is often paired with other assassins in Paris’s employ such as Cisco, Crunch, and Vince.
  • Base Of Operations: His home in California, but may have access to several other safe houses such as the house he bought for Chantel.
  • Height: 5’10” Weight: 165 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown. Hair: Brown.


Powers and Abilities

Melvin is a trained assassin. He is proficient with a variety of assorted weapons and fighting styles. He is capable of taking down dozens of armed body guards and other assassins single handedly.

Melvin makes a very good income as an assassin-for-hire. Yet he always seems to be in debt having to pay for the exorbitant and lavish lifestyle his girlfriends enjoy off of his income. He owns a very nice home with Pam, his fiancée at the time of the film, and maintains a second home he bought for Chantel.

This does not include the cars he bought for both of them. Or the monies he has been sending to Pam’s parents to help finance their various business ventures which never seem to work out so well for them.

Smiley is constantly worrying about paying off his bills and maintain his ladies’ lifestyles. So much that he develops an ulcer which plagues him throughout the film. He can be seen drinking bottles of antacid to help settle his stomach pains.



Melvin appears as an well-built young man in his mid 20s. He usually wears very casual clothes or athletic attire.


Although timid around ladies, and very unassuming in most situations, Melvin can be a very serious and competent assassin while on a job. He leaps into firefights with both barrels blazing taking out scores of armed opponents in rapid succession.


Cisco: “Why don’t you just dump the bitch ?”
Melvin: “The truth ?”
Cisco: “Yeah, I want the truth.” […]
Melvin: “The truth is, I can’t handle the idea of her not liking me. I can’t handle the idea of ANYBODY not liking me. I can’t stand the thought of ANYONE not liking me, okay ! There, I said it ! The thought of either [my fiancée or my girlfriend] not liking me is more than I can stand, okay !”

The Big Hit's cast

Melvin Smiley: “Technically, you can call me a hitman.”
Keiko Nishi: “Really ? A hitman ? Does that pay well ?”
Melvin Smiley: “Oh, of course. I make a killing.”

“If you’re going to be with me there’s a few things you’ve gotta understand. I’m a contract killer. I kill people for a living. That’s what I do. Up to now they’ve all been bad people. With the exceptions of a few really obnoxious ones.”

DC Universe History

Melvin and his associates can be dropped into almost any campaign as another good-natured guy turned assassin just trying to make a buck.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Melvin Smiley

Dex: 05 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Anti-Heroic Mercenary
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Hit Man
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 010
Init: 017 HP: 50

Acrobatics (Athletics, Dodging)*: 05, Artist (Actor)*: 04, Evasion (Ranged only): 06, Martial Artist*: 05, Military Science (Demolitions): 05, Thief (Concealment, stealth)*: 05, Vehicles (Land)*: 05, Weaponry (Firearms, melee): 07

Headquarters (Garage in his house — possibly several other off site secret stashes), Iron Nerves, Lightning Reflexes, Shtick (Fast Draw, Speed Shooting, Paired Firearms).

Paris (his employer — Low), Cisco (Low), Crunch (High), Pam Shulman (his fiancée — Low), Vince (High), Keiko Nishi (High — towards end of film only), Gump (Low), Chantel (his girlfriend — Low).

Dark Secret (Professional assassin), MIA toward making people (and particularly his lovers) like him, Secret Identity, Debt 2, Misc. severe stomach aches (possibly ulcers)



  • 9mm Beretta (x2) [BODY 03, Projectile weapon: 04, Ammo: 15, R#03].
  • Flash Bang grenades (x2) [BODY 01, EV 02 (Area of effect 1 AP), Flash: 05 (Area of effect 2 APs), Sensory block (Audial): 07, Note : all Powers are Combined, Grenade drawback, R#03].
  • Smoke grenades (x2) [BODY 01, Fog: 06, R#03, Grenade drawback].

By Pur_See_i8.

Source of Character: The Big Hit film 1998. Played by Mark Wahlberg.

Helper(s): IMDB (quotes).

Helper(s): Ethan Roe, Sébastien Andrivet.