The Boy Named Sue (Johnny Cash) by Babycrow

Boy named Sue

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


A boy named Sue is a Shel Silverstein song, though most people who think it a Johnny Cash song. Cash’s single with the song was released in 1969.

This profile is part of our “Rockworld” character writeups arc, adapting characters in songs – or named after songs. You can check the rest out by using the “Rockworld” link in the breadcrumb navigation above (you *did* notice the breadcrumb navigation, right ?).

The illustration was done by Babycrow and was found at Toonpool .


  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Unnamed Father and Mother.
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Base Of Operations: “Roamed from town to town to hide my shame”.
  • Height: 6’3” Weight: 235lbs Age:Low 20s.
  • Eyes: Black Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Having spent most of his life beating up people who laughed at his name, Sue became a formidable fighter early on and never lost his edge. He’s about an even match for Leroy Brown or The Thorn.


When Sue’s father left his family, his greatest act of cruelty was to name his only son Sue. This was a name he knew would prompt incessant laughter and several beatings from his peers.

However, Sue returned the carnage tenfold each time.

When he finished school, he never stayed in the same town for long. Sue hoped both that people he met would forget him altogether, and that he would find his father and take a fatal revenge. Finally, in Gatlinburg, TN, Sue found his father dealing a hand of Seven Card Stud and introduced himself.

Unbelievably, both father and son survived the battle. His father talked him out of murder, claiming he gave his son that name for the express purpose of making a fighter out of him. Sue accepted the explanation and reconciled with his father, but decided the idea of cross-gender naming was still horrible, and swore off doing it himself.



Sue seems to be a nice enough guy until his name comes up. Then when people laugh at him, he turns red from shame if it’s a woman or proceeds to bust heads if it’s a guy.

No one laughes at his name without ending up polka-dotted with bruises.


“MY NAME IS SUE ! HOW DO YOU DO ? NOW YOU’RE GONNA DIE !” (Upon finding his father)

DC Universe History

After meeting his father, Sue may have finally settled in Gotham City, the only spot on Earth where there were worse scumbags. There he could put his rage to good use.

Or just leave him as a wanderer picking fights with low-lifes.

He’d be a great character for Constantine to run into (mumbling something about male/female Jungian archetypes), or for the Preacher or any character “on the run” to bump into as they try to hide out in any dive.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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The Boy Named Sue

Dex: 05 Str: 04 Bod: 04 Motivation: Seeking Justice
Int: 03 Wil: 03 Min: 03 Occupation: Modern nomad
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 002
Init: 015 HP: 020

Martial Artist (no Technique): 06, Weaponry (Firearms): 03

Lightning Reflexes.

Exile (Voluntary), MIH (His father), SIA at reacting violently if his name is laughed at.

.32 Gun [BODY 01, Projectile weapon: 03, Ammo: 04, R#03].

By Robert Marcum.

Source of Character: Eponymous Shel Silverstein song made famous by Johnny Cash.

Helper(s): Jobe, Adam Fuqua, Ethan Roe, Sébastien Andrivet.