Val	CHA	Cost	Roll	Notes
35	STR	25	16-	Lift 3200 kg; 7d6 HTH Damage [3]
18	DEX	24	13-	OCV:  6/DCV:  6
23	CON	26	14-
18	BODY	16	13-
13	INT	3	12-	PER Roll 12-
15	EGO	10	12-	ECV:  5
20	PRE	10	13-	PRE Attack:  4d6
12	COM	1	11-

7	PD	0		Total:  7 PD (0 rPD)
5	ED	0		Total:  5 ED (0 rED)
4	SPD	12		Phases:  3, 6, 9, 12
12	REC	0
40	END	-3
48	STUN	0		Total Characteristic Cost:  124

Movement:	Running:  9"/18"
		Swimming:  2"/4"

Cost	Powers & Skills
12	Knife:  HKA 1d6 (2d6 w/STR), Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2); OAF (-1) plus 
	Range Based On STR (+1/4) for up to 22 Active Points of HKA; 1 Recoverable 
	Charge (-1 1/4), OAF (-1), [1 rc]
8	Armored Headband:  Armor (9 PD/9 ED); Activation Roll 8- (or Location 3 
	[forehead]; -2), IIF (-1/4)
15	Armored Jacket:  Armor (11 PD/11 ED), Hardened (+1/4); Activation Roll 11- (or 
	Locations 7-12; -1), OIF (-1/2), Real Armor (-1/4)
3	Gloves:  Armor (3 PD/3 ED); Activation Roll 8- (or Location 6; -2), IIF (-1/4)
6	Pants:  Armor (5 PD/5 ED); Activation Roll 10- (Location 13-16; -1 1/4), IIF (-1/4)
3	Boots:  Armor (3 PD/3 ED); Activation Roll 9- (Location 16-18; -1 1/2), IIF (-1/4)
10	"One Tough Mother":  Physical Damage Reduction, Resistant, 25%; STUN Only (-1/2)
2	Fast On His Feet:  Running +1" (7" total), END 1

4	Contact:  "Fixer" (Contact has useful Skills or resources, Good relationship with Contact) 11-
2	Reputation:  Ace Courier (a.k.a. "The Road Buster") (Chicago Underworld) 11-, +2/+2d6
28	Buff (Buffalo) the Roadbuster:  Vehicle

10	+2 with HTH Combat
4	+2 OCV with Knife
3	Penalty Skill Levels:  +2 vs. Range Modifier with with Thrown Knife

5	CK: Chicago 14-
11	Combat Driving 17-
2	KS: Chicago Underworld 11-
5	KS: Road Vehicles (cars, trucks, and so on) 14-
0	Language:  English (idiomatic; literate)
7	Mechanics 14-
4	PS: Auto Mechanic 13-
2	PS: Courier 11-
3	SS:  Automotive Engineering 12-
3	Streetwise 13-
2	TF:  Common Motorized Ground Vehicles
2	WF:  Knife, Thrown Knives
156	Total Powers & Skills Cost
280	Total Character Cost

150+	Disadvantages
10	Distinctive Features:   Large Size, Slightly Scary Looking Appearance (Rally Comments 
	On His Strong, Prominent Jaw) (Concealable; Noticed and Recognizable; Detectable By 
	Commonly-Used Senses)
5	Distinctive Features:  Scar Across Forehead (Easily Concealed; Noticed and Recognizable; 
	Detectable By Commonly-Used Senses)
20	Hunted:  Chicago Police Department 11- (Mo Pow, NCI, Limited Geographical Area, Capture)
10	Hunted:  Assorted Enemies 8- (As Pow, Harshly Punish)
10	Psychological Limitation:  Neutral Attitude; Will Work For Anyone If The Pay Is Right (Common, Moderate)
10	Psychological Limitation:  Soft Spot For Children (Uncommon, Strong)
65	Road Buster Bonus
280	Total Disadvantage Points
Bean Bandit

Background/History: Bean is the creation of Kenichi Sonoda, a gentleman who states that two of his favorite movies are The Blues Brothers and Gone in 60 Seconds. As you might guess, this means that Mr. Sonoda is a serious gearhead and Bean's world is populated by big American muscle cars and hot European speed machines (He would also seem to be a serious gun geek, but we'll cover that in Rally Vincent's write-up).

Bean stars in the anime Riding Bean and appears sporadically in the manga Gunsmith Cats. In both cases, he is a courier-for-hire. For a mere $45,000, he will drive anything or anyone, anywhere. This includes deliveries, performing as a getaway driver, escort service and so on. Thus, he fits into Dark Champions or low-powered Champions games with ease.

The write-up is primarily based on his anime appearance. I tried to keep most of his stats in the normal human range. As of yet, I have not found any sort of origin story for his abilities. The closest explanation I have is: "one tough mother...", as stated by Sonoda himself.

Personality/Motivation: Bean has a large soft spot for children and will surrender (or put himself at a disadvantage) rather then see one harmed (which got him shot between the eyes once). The Chicago PD hunted includes Percy, a detective who will stop at nothing to capture the "Road Buster" (Sonoda states that he envisioned Percy as a cross between Dirty Harry and Inspector Zenigata [from the Lupin series]). Part of his Reputation includes the fact that he's wrecked 70+ police cars (Thus the cops pull out all the stops when chasing him.). Game Masters should assign other disads (especially Psychological Limitations) based on intended usage.


Powers/Tactics: Ahh yes, Bean's STR stat. Well, he did do the following things: threw a knife through a car door, punched his hand through a car door, ripped the same door clean off it's mountings, caught and picked up the front end of a compact car (while it was moving), and tossed the same car over onto it's side (flipping it several times). Bean's amazing strength allows him to wear some rather unusual protection. His jacket and headband are both made from a special titanium-mesh fabric overlaid with Kevlar. The gloves, pants and boots are also made of Kevlar. The jacket is extremely heavy and almost crippled someone who dropped it on her foot in the Gunsmith Cats manga series.

The Damage Reduction was added to keep his Stun damage down. It seemed to make sense, after all, he gets shot between the eyes and is simply Stunned and later is hit by a car and gets up almost immediately. The knife was written as a Ranged HKA since he pitched it through a car door. Skills were filled in based on screen actions and reasonable presumption. Game Masters who want to boost his power level could increase DEX, SPD, add some martial arts, and so on.

Appearance: Half-Japanese, half-Native American, Bean is tall and well muscled. Compared to Rally Vincent (his partner in the anime), he seems to stand between 6'3" to 6'6" and weigh 225-250 lbs. He has thick black hair and dark eyes. A large X-shaped scar is centered just above the bridge of his nose (the result of an exploding engine block). He usually wears a red headband to cover the scar. The rest of his costume is boots, jeans, a black tank top, a leather jacket, black fingerless driving gloves and sunglasses.

Bean Bandit's Hero Designer File

(Bean Bandit created by Kenichi Sonoda, character sheet written by Michael Surbrook, additional material supplied by Michael House)

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