James West (Will Smith) with his pistol draw

James West

(Will Smith version)


This is the Will Smith version of James West. And thus the one from the widely-panned 1999 movie Wild Wild West. The original take on the character has an entirely separate James West character profile.

This James West has a mini-profile mostly because I saw the movie at a theatre. I have no idea why. I vaguely remember being in the military and having just one day to kill, but 1999 is too early for that… bah, who cares.


  • Real Name: James West.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Secret Service.
  • Base Of Operations: Washington, D.C..
  • Height: About 5’11” Weight: About 180lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

James West is an explosive action hero, with impressive physical prowess. He’s :

  • A formidably skilled hand-to-hand fighter. West moves far more like a martial artist than a brawler.
  • A skilled speed-shooter and marksman.
  • A good detective and all-around troubleshooter.

It takes a lot to physically threaten him.


James West escaped from the plantations were his parents were working as slaves, and was raised by Natives in the desert. During the slavers’ rebellion he joined the Northern army. West was part of the 9th cavalry  and eventually made Captain.

During the last days of the war, he found his parents at last. But they were dead, along with all the others inhabitants of Liberty Town, a city of freed slaves. Although it was believed the carnage had been conducted by Southerner General “Blood Bath” McGarth, it was truly the work of the scheming, evil doctor Loveless.

Captain West later became one of the most trusted right-hand man and special agent of President Ulysses S. Grant , along with federal marshal Artemus Gordon. The two met when the dastardly doctor Loveless came back, plotting against all and kidnapping Grant.

After the case was over, and West had avenged his parents by killing Loveless, West and Gordon became the first two members of the new, created-on-the-spot, Secret Service.


See illustration.


West is highly charismatic and can easily raise a crowd like some kind of MC. But he’s also a direct, violent man prone to rushing in the middle of things, shooting everyone and thinking later.

He acts like he *knows* he’s an action hero and the plot has been written in his favour.


“I’m bearing a telegram from doctor Loveless’ mom. She tells him to stop fooling around and go back home.”

DC Universe History

The DCU West seems to be either John-Wayne-clean (for most heroes) or downright grungy (Jonah Hex). West and Gordon would thus have to forge their own Genre. However, this version most definitely fit in a comics environment.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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James West

Dex: 07 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Upholding Good
Int: 05 Wil: 06 Min: 05 Occupation: Secret Service agent
Inf: 06 Aur: 05 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 05
Init: 022 HP: 060

Animal handling (horses)*: 06, Acrobatics*: 07, Detective*: 05, Martial artist: 08, Military science*: 05, Thief (stealth): 04, Weaponry(firearms): 09

Attractive, Credentials (US Marshalls, High), Gift of Gab, Intensive Training, Lightning Reflexes, Military Rank (Captain), Scholar (desert survival), Schtick (fast draw), Sharp Eye.

President Grant (High), Artemus Gordon ( High).

MID of racism, SIA to rash, impulsive and direct actions, Misc.: Social stigma (Black, 5 pts).


  • Revolver [BODY 03, Rec. STR 03, Projectile weapon: 04, Ammo: 06, R#04, Drawback: Very Long Reload, Note: may require an Automatic Action to work the action unless this is waived by the GM for this campaign].
  • Two Omni-gadgets (C, 6 APs) courtesy of Artemus Gordon.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Wild Wild West movie (1999).