Black Lagoon is a 2002+ manga  series, which began receiving its anime  adaptation in 2006. It is about a band of modern-days pirates and mercenaries. They are based in Roanapur, a mobs-dominated pisshole of a city in Thailand.

Black Lagoon is steeped into the aesthetics of ultraviolent 1990s and early 2000s action movies and “gun opera” movies, with a dark overall tone.

It is a seinen manga, meaning that it is aimed at older and more kanji-literate readers than shōnen manga (aimed at boys).



  • Real Name: Dutch (family name unrevealed).
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Black Lagoon.
  • Base Of Operations: Roanapur, Thailand (although active throughout southern Asia).
  • Height: 6’4” Weight: 225lbs.
  • Eyes: Unrevealed (he always wears shades) Hair: None (eyebrows and goatee are black).

Powers and Abilities

Dutch is a strong, experienced soldier. He wields his Remington 870 Marine Magnum with impressive speed and efficiency.

His mercenary skills are not just tactical – he manages his business and his contacts smartly, and knows who to cultivate as allies.



Dutch is an USMC vet who served during the Việt Nam invasion, and went AWOL in 1975. Moving to Thailand he became a boat captain selling his services as a courrier, with some piracy on the side. Dutch’s crew – Levy, Benny and Rock – is as cinematically  competent as he is.

Rock was recruited when the Black Lagoon Company stole an important disc from the Asahi Industries, intending to blackmailing them. Along with the disc they kidnapped its courier who had no idea what was actually on that disc.

The Black Lagoon Co., while not the most law abiding people, does have certain principles. They are extremely hospitable to those they have taken prisoner. Thus when Asahi Industries hung its own courier, Rock, out to dry he elected to join stay with the Black Lagoon Co. rather than go back to his previous life.

Dutch points his shotgun gangsta-style (??)

Since then the group has fought pirates on the high seas and battled a Nazi remnant group over a once thought long lost painting.

Their next adventure was a bounty hunt for a pair of serial killers loose in their city. Later they helped a skilled counterfeiter escape from the syndicate that wanted her back.

Dutch was hardly seen in the final story arc. He and Benny were merely going about their business and doing the day-to-day work for the Black Lagoon Company.


A tall, muscled man in paramilitary clothing. Dutch almost always wears sunglasses.


A tough, smart operator with a lot of experience and genuine courage. Dutch get things quickly and fights efficiently and carefully. He’s friendly and smooth.

Dutch and Levy examine a document


“I don’t wanna know. Snoops don’t live long in this business.”

“When you try and live it up by raising your useless self up on a podium, you end up with a march-loving idiot.”

DC Universe History

Roanapur is a very interesting setting that could inserted whole into the DCU since we all know there isn’t all that much going on in Asia. Or the Black Lagoon Co. could reasonably be encountered anywhere in southern Asia. Gritty street action characters would best fit this sort of setting.

Bat family members could easily have some memorable adventures with the Black Lagoon Co. or in Roanapur. Any connections with Việt Nam vets and the like would be a nice touch for Dutch as well.

Marvel Universe History

Again Roanapur or the Black Lagoon Co. could be inserted whole and come into conflict with a variety of characters in the region. Possible characters through into this mix could include the Punisher or Daredevil, but characters with superpowers that frequent these criminal elements such as Wolverine or Deadpool might be too much.

Or alternatively the final story arc resulting in a clash between the Russian Mafia and Yakuza could pit the characters against the Hand and affiliated heroes and villains.

It would be a nice touch to give Dutch a connection to the Punisher (or other characters who fought in the Việt Nam war or whatever the hell they’re calling it now). Similarly Dutch seems pretty young for a guy who fought in the Việt Nam war and is pretty active still even in the mid-nineties, when the events from Black Lagoon supposedly take place.

Castle may not like how Dutch does things, but he could easily put aside his differences and work with the Black Lagoon Company to go after the bigger fish. If you go this route then a skirmish if not a full on battle royal with Levy is a must !

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dex: 06 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Anti-heroic Mercenary
Int: 06 Wil: 05 Min: 07 Occupation: Officially the owner of an international trading company, but really just a pirate
Inf: 05 Aur: 06 Spi: 07 Resources {or Wealth}: 007
Init: 021 HP: 50

Acrobatics (dodging)*: 06, Charisma (intimidation, interrogation): 07, Detective (clue analysis)*: 06, Evasion (Ranged only): 08, Martial Artist: 06, Military Science (camouflage, cartography, danger recognition, field command, tracking)*: 06, Thief (stealth): 06, Weaponry (firearms, heavy, melee)*: 07, Vehicles (land, sea {includes build and repair}): 06

Intensive Training, Iron Nerves, Lightning Reflexes, Sharp Eye, Shtick (shotgun man, stance assessment).

Hotel Moscow (particularly Balalika) (High), Benny (High), Mr. Chang’s Triads (High), Church of Violence (Low), Chief Watsup (Low), Underworld (high).

Involuntary Exile (USA).



  • Muscle Car [STR 06 BODY 06 Flash: 03, Running: 05, R#03. Bonuses & Limitations: Flash can only be used to provide a continuous light source (headlights)] It should be noted that this car is frequently destroyed.
  • High-caliber revolver [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 05, Ammo: 06, R#02, Drawback: Long reload time].
  • Combat shotgun [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 06 (Diminishing), Range: 03, Ammo: 07, R#03, Advantage: Scattershot, Limitation: Projectile weapons has No Range – use the Range given next instead, Drawback: Very long reload time].

Design Notes

Dutch’s skills are somewhat speculative. He will gladly fight when needed, but most of the time it’s just easier for him to unleash Levi and get the hell out of the way. The only time that we see him really fight is on board the Nazi ship (who he easily slaughtered) and when the entire team is running scared from Roberta (who had him running scared).

This would suggest that he’s fairly capable in combat, but nowhere near as tough as Levi and some of the other heavy hitters from the series. Most of the time he just keeps his cool and formulates a strategy.

That said his Military Science skills are mostly speculative. He does not demonstrate camouflage, cartography, or tracking C only danger recognition and field command. I decided to give him these skills anyway because he is, after all, a former marine with extensive experience in the Việt Nam War. It is possible that he has other Military Science subskills or even the full package.

Most of Dutch’s stats could easily be raised or lowered depending on the needs of your campaign.

By Tom Eilers.

Source of Character: Black Lagoon (animated series).

Helper(s): Wikipedia, Sébastien Andrivet, Surbrook .