Hooded Brawler

An unnaturally gifted fighter with an indomitable spirit

Description:
MUSICAL THEME: “I’m A Dragon” by Apashe ft. Sway

HEALTH: 245/245
Fighting – Sp 75
Agility – In 40
Strength – In 40
Endurance – Mn 90

KARMA: 150
Reason – Ex 20
Intuition – Am 50
Psyche – Am 50
Appearance – Rm 30

Resources: Good/$1,000 a month
Popularity: 22 in the Brawler gamma costume (30 in old) /10 (James Jin, due to the public nature of his craft(s))

TALENTS:
Self-Taught Hardening Arts, Tae Kwon Do Style, Brawling, Quick Striker
Detective
Artist: Writer, painting/sculpting to a degree, Performer: Actor
Trance
Stealth

POWERS:
Restless Spirit: Un 100
Supreme Body Control: Un 100
Martial Aptitude: Mn 90
Molecular Conversion: Sn 60

EQUIPMENT:
Brawler Costume Version Gamma: A modified version of his homemade costume designed by the tailor he saved. James gave the tailor various materials and money to work with such as nomex, osimidirium, triple-weave kevlar, and sound/electric resistant materials. It has a more armor like hood and goggles to protect his eyes on the cowl. His shoulders are padded to give the appearance of bulk and protection without sacrificing mobility. His torso has strategically placed armor to add maximum protection while still flexible. His pants offer some pocket space with built in protection around the joints and legs. His boots offer reinforcements for hard landings, but molded ankle supports/grips to help with free-running. The gloves are padded along multiple points making them similar to blunt weapons. His costume provides excellent (20) body armor against physical/energy attacks, and resistance to heat/cold/electric/sonic attacks. It also dampens his own sound and infrared signature by a good (10) ranking. It’s if a gore-tex underarmor hoodie made sweet love to a swat-fire-fighting uniform and took superhero steroids while working out.

Bolas: A specially designed osmium-steel poly carbon weave bola, that he keeps in the utility pouches on his belt. (Am material)

Brawler Base: A small house in the London suburbs, with a kitchen, living room, bedroom, and workshop/medical/rec-room. The house has simple security.

CONTACTS:
Mary Hiers: A social worker in Maine who helped him through his orphanage days.
Doyle West: A London Detective who has been giving him tips and insider clues from the earliest days of his crime-fighting.
Jeremy Osbourn: A London News editor who has given James a shot at the big time fresh from school.
Autopsy: They’ve recently begun patrolling the streets together as Autopsy sees something of himself in the younger hero.
Abner Taylor: The tailor who gave James his new costume after saving his business and life.
Zuggy: Chinese Villain/Terrorist who’s a potential rival for the Hooded Brawler.
Piney: aka Frederick Gentam, a small time super criminal who’s beginning to get on Hooded Brawler’s nerves.

TRAITS:
Quick Learning
Rapid Healing

Bio:

Name: James Jin
Code Name: (currently) The “Hooded Brawler”
Ethnicity: Asian-American (Korean descent)
Height: 5’9
Weight: 180
Age: 22 years. Born on September 1, 1992. Western Horoscope: Virgo, Eastern Zodiac: Yang-Water Monkey
Blood Type: A Negative
Hometown: Waterville, Maine (Orphanage found him at two years old)
Physical Description: Crystal Blue eyes, with scruffy ear length black hair, and a well built frame. Looks smaller than his weight would suggest.
Likes: Martial Arts, Action Movies (with real martial arts, or close proximity), Musical Scores
Dislikes: Having his Privacy disrupted, Boring speeches, Lacking Creativity (mainly in himself, it’s a confidence issue from his orphanage days)

Background:

James Jin grew up in an orphanage in the small city of Waterville, Maine, and due to his excessive natural talent he excelled in school. At the age of ten his gifts began to expand, and he started having lucid dreams both during the day and while sleeping. It was here that he began cultivating his passion for art, and would create imaginative pieces of unparalleled beauty, seemingly from nothing. His well-meaning care taker at the orphanage was concerned he might be a mutant and told him to hold back because people fear what they don’t understand. Fearing he might be punished he repressed some of his ability, and began to falter in school. The dreams only increased and he often found himself in fights and trained by kung-fu masters with huge white beards like in the movies that he so loved. During High School he found a love of art, and began to play with some of the shapes he so vividly saw, creating secret albeit beautiful works of art. He barely managed to graduate and was accepted into a state college, due to his test scores, essay, and portfolio being one of the better entries the school had seen.

One night his Freshman year, he was at a party trying to meet people when he noticed a Senior football star aggressively pursuing a female party goer. Standing up to the older man, caused him to become enraged and tried to entice James into a fight, his friends surrounding and egging the two on. James had minimal desire to fight, because he knew the dangers presented by getting into a fight with a football star. He could sense that his body was almost uncontrollable in its instinctive response to the football players. He let the football player push him around and get some shots in, only deflecting his stronger attacks. Eventually the player exhausted himself, and James seemed unfazed. He realized in this moment that a higher calling was available to him. Something beyond being an artist, but he wasn’t completely sure what that was, or how to do it.

In his Junior year he studied abroad in the UK, and found what his calling was after the near destruction of Earth due to the tyrant Kang, he heard the story of the heroes defending Iceland from a devastation attack and knew he must come to the defense of those weaker than him. He started patrolling the streets in a simple black hoodie with a mesh t-shirt as a mask. Soon after he added bandages to his fists for “protection”, knee pads to his loose khaki pants, and topped off his ensemble with black combat boots. During his year abroad in England, he managed to make contact with a news editor in London, and got some excellent news leads on the mysterious “Hooded Brawler” that the public had started naming his vigilante actions. Things settled down for his Senior year, and he managed to graduate from MassArt with a Fine Arts degree. Getting back in touch with the London based news editor he packed up and moved across the Atlantic to once again pick up the mantle of the Brawler and make his mark in the World.

He doesn’t particularly care for the moniker, but he can’t think of a better costume nor superhero identity, so he hasn’t corrected anyone. In the last month he saved a tailor and his business from some common thugs wanting an easy robbery. The tailor offered to pay him, but seeing his clothes looking a bit worn from the few months of hero work, the tailor offered to gift him a new costume. James gave him some materials and money to work with, even though the tailor initially refused the money, but James wanted some armor laced enhancements to his costume. After a couple of weeks the tailor gave him his new costume. The new look has given him a renewed sense of identity, and but his creative touch still eludes him.

Within that time he has begun working with the Irish based hero Autopsy in London. Autopsy first met James when he saved the tailor’s life, and was impressed with how he handled himself. Observing James a couple more times, he extended an invitation to have the younger hero come help him establish a London branch. So far Autopsy has been showing him the ropes, and realizing they have a bit in common. Does Autopsy see more to the hero than he lets on? Will he guide the youth to even greater heights? Only time will tell.

CONVERSATIONS WITH THE HERO:

Part 1: The Basics

1. What is your full name? James Jin (the good people of London call me the, Hooded Brawler. But I’m still not sold on the name…I’m sure there’s a better superhero name for me out there.

2. Where and when were you born? I was dropped off in Waterville, Maine at the “Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers” when I was one year old.

3. Do you have any siblings? I have many siblings around the United States, via the orphanage. We’re not related by blood, but growing up in an orphanage makes you thicker than blood.

4. Where do you live now, and with whom? I live in a small house in Luton, UK. Just outside of London.

5. Write a full physical description of yourself: I’m not all that special, but girls have always expressed in interest in me. Lately older women have been offering me rides home, and baking me all sorts of treats. The one barista at Taylor St Baristas usually goes out of her way to help me whenever I get coffee for the office. My sister tells me I should ask her out, but I’m pretty busy. Maybe I can squeeze in a date…

6. Do you have any allergies, diseases, or other physical weaknesses? I was sick for a week once when I was twelve, but otherwise I have never had a physical weakness or disease.

7. What does your voice sound like? Hrmm, well it echoes around in my head, but maybe gravelly Demi Moore.

8. What do you have in your pockets? I usually carry a phone, because it’s a good way to get in touch with people like my boss Mr. Osbourn, or I can snap a quick photo of news in action. Some loose change.

9. Do you have any quirks, strange mannerisms, annoying habits, or other defining characteristics? I’ve been called aloof, and lazy before. But it’s just because I’m usually thinking about my next action, and I’m not trying to notice every little detail about people. What they don’t realize is, is the fact that I do notice their little ticks and habits. Especially so when I’m exercising, sparring, or in an actual fight I’m in the zone.

Part 2: Past Influences

10. What do you consider the most important event of your life so far? Oh that’s easy, studying abroad and then later moving to London. It’s where I became the Brawler, and met Mr. Osbourn.

11. Who has had the most influence on you? I My social worker from my time in Maine, Mary. Officer West has been motivating me to be a better hero. And of course Mr. Osbourn who took a chance on me and gave me a paid internship with Reuters.

12. What do you consider your greatest achievement? Graduating College and getting my internship at Reuters.

13. What is your greatest regret? Not being able to help the hundreds and hundreds of people who suffered during The Invasion, the superhero War, and Doom’s recent attempt at overthrowing the world. My orphanage mother would’ve had a heart attack if I was anywhere near those events, but my family was luckily sparred from both disasters.

14. When was the time you were the most frightened? I’ve never really been scared for myself, but it was intimidating putting on the Brawler costume both times. The first time because it was homemade and I had no idea what I was doing. I often still don’t. And the second time because Mr. Taylor made me an amazing suit, and I don’t want to disappoint such splendid craftsmanship. I’ve been afraid for my orphanage family multiple times though. The world has some true monsters out there.

15. If you could change one thing from your past, what would it be, and why? Getting involved in the hero business sooner. I feel like I’ve been playing catch-up ever since I moved to London. Over in Ireland they have such an accomplished roster of superheroes, and the mainland too.

Part 3: Beliefs And Opinions

16. Are you basically optimistic or pessimistic? I try to be an optimist, but some days are harder than others, especially when you’re trying to be a superhero.

17. What is your greatest fear? In your opinion, what is the most evil thing any human being could do? I can’t be everywhere at once, so it’s not realistic to always fear for my family’s safety. They’re too spread out, but not being able to save one of them when they’re right in front of me, sounds awful. Which is another reason I have to get better, to save those just out of reach. Most evil thing, there are some terrible monsters so I can’t even imagine, but stomping on a puppy sounds bad. It may be cliché, but it hurts my heart to think about.

18. What do you believe makes a successful life? Practice and training. The will to never give up, and friends that make a family.

19. How honest are you about your thoughts and feelings? Is there anything you absolutely refuse to do under any circumstances? Why do you refuse to do it? L I’d hate to not have art or some creative outlet. As for thoughts and feelings, if people know me I try to be open with them, but it’s difficult. I love my privacy, not necessarily keeping secrets, but there are just some pieces of you that should remain that way. I guess it’s why I love to make art, because if people a truly looking they can see the true you through your art. Or fighting, that feels maybe the most honest of all, even if it’s a spar between friends. You can truly know someone that way.

20. Who or what, if anything, would you die for (or otherwise go to extremes for?) I’d like to think I’d go the distance for my true friends. At least that’s my aim in life. Those that have been there for me, I will be there for them.

Part 4: Relationships with Others

21. In general, how do you treat others? Does your treatment of them change depending on how well you know them, and if so, how? I try to be friendly with most people. A kind of do unto others golden rule type of thing, but criminals don’t usually give me the opportunity. And my true friends definitely get preferential treatment.

22. Who is the person you respect the most, and why? I really respect Captain, Steven Rogers, America, because even when he was considered an enemy of the state he fought for what he believed in, and tried to save as many people as possible from harms way. I have a healthy respect for Mr. Osbourn. And my recent mentor Autopsy.

23. Who are your friends? Do you have a best friend? Describe these people. My many orphanage brothers and sisters will always be my friends. Mr. Taylor is a good man, and seems like a father I never had. Mrs. Hiers will always be like a second mother to me. Officier West has been a staunch supporter of me as a hero. And I hope I can call Autopsy my friend. He’s been showing me the ropes. Helping me grow and bring down some real villains.

24. How close are you to your family? Who would you turn to if you were in desperate need of help? I can always call my orphanage mother, Mrs. Hiers, Mr. Osbourn if I’m truly in need. Others are only a couple of phone calls or a letter/post card/e-mail away. I have a pretty solid network of people to call my family, even if we’re not actually related by blood. It does take a village after all.

25. Who is the person you despise the most, and why? Not a big fan of Kang, Dr. Doom, or the criminals who try to rule the streets through fear. But I don’t think many of them realize the harm they do to everyday innocent people. Still doesn’t excuse them from a swift kick in the butt from yours truly.

26. Do you tend to argue with people, or avoid conflict? I try to avoid verbal conflict, and even sometimes physical conflict, because I could really hurt someone. Sometimes it can’t be helped, and a couple of bumps and bruises aren’t going to kill anyone. Like I said a quick skirmish is a good way to get to really know someone, and it can also really let off some steam.

27. Do you tend to take on leadership roles in social situations? chuckle No way, I wouldn’t even no where to begin.

28. Do you care what others think of you? I do. To an extent. Some people more than others. I try to live by how I would want them to see me, but some they want to much from me. Like my mother, she’s an angel, but if she knew what I was really doing with my nights I think she would probably have a heart attack. She also can be a bit restricting. It’s just her way, but she’s eased up since I’ve become an adult and moved to Luton, she hasn’t really had a choice. And at some point you have to strike out on your own, and become the man fate has in store for you.

Part 5: Likes and Dislikes

29. What is/are your favorite hobbies and pastimes? Oh man, I love action movies, especially kung-fu flicks. The more martial arts the better. It’s too bad so many action stars can’t really fight, but it’s still fun to watch. Maybe someday I could be a stuntman or something and help them make the fights a bit more fantastic. I also greatly appreciate just about any art, so getting to do performance art in the park is a joy. I also love getting out and snapping photos, and acting is another realm of enjoyment. Lately I haven’t had much time for any plays, I’m hoping my internship with Reuters will lead to something though.

30. What is your most treasured possession? I have an autographed photo of Jackie Chan, or my Canon EOS 6D and wide range of lenses. God, lenses are expensive.

31. What is your favorite color? Deep dark blue. It’s a really useful color, and looks great on me. Dark purple is a close second.

32. What is your favorite food? I enjoy a simple cheese pizza. I haven’t gotten used to British food. So pizza is a great comfort food.

33. What, if anything, do you like to read? I generally like to read shonen manga, but I don’t mind western comics and if I pick up a good book I have trouble putting it down. Now that I think about it, there isn’t much I don’t like to read, and I’m currently reading the play “Peter and the Starcatcher”.

34. Do you smoke, drink, or use drugs? If so, why? Do you want to quit? No way. That stuff is gross. I’d also get in a lot of trouble if I used any drugs over here (UK).

35. What makes you laugh? Action comedy really gets to me, but I also appreciate a good joke.

36. What, if anything, shocks or offends you? I’ll probably never understand how some of the villains/criminals can do the things they do, so an easy one that shocks me is mass murder. I guess something akin to respect should be given, because they have the stomach to do those vile acts. They don’t deserve respect, but something like it?

37. How do you deal with stress? Going out for a night on the hunt for evil doers is usually pretty stress relieving, but if punching a criminal doesn’t help me blow off steam, a quick workout will do the trick, or going to the park and performing my art never fails.

38. Are you spontaneous, or do you always need to have a plan? I live pretty spontaneously, but I’ve had to live closer to a schedule recently which is really challenging. One more reason I don’t know if I have time for a date, let alone a girlfriend.

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