Category Archives: Blacks in Gaming

Jax

Jax

Created by: Ed Boon and John Tobias

1st appearance: Mortal Kombat 2, 1993

Nationality: American

Team Affiliations: Special Forces and Outer World Investigation Agency

Legal Status: Unknown

Weight: 220 lbs         Height: 6′ 3

Eyes: Brown                  Hair: Black

Relatives: Unknown

Skills and Abilities: World class Martial artist, military training in armed and unarmed combat.

Powers: Cybernetic arms grant superhuman strength.

Biography

Major Jackson “Jax” Briggs (U.S.A.) is a cybernetically-enhanced soldier who is the leader of the Outer World Investigation Agency (O.I.A.), Earthrealm’s Special Forces unit, in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. He made his debut in Mortal Kombat II.

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Elena

Elena

Created by: Capcom

1st appearance: Street Fighter III – New Generatio, 1997

Nationality: Kenya

Team Affiliations: None

Legal Status: Unknown

Weight: 120 lbs         Height: 6′

Eyes: Blue                  Hair: White

Relatives: Unknown

Skills and Abilities: World class Capoeria fighter.

Biography

Elena is an African princess from the East African nation of Kenya where their culture is big on fighting.Despite her love of fighting she was studied as an exchange student in Japan and later France. She first appears in the Street Fighter 3 era of games beginning in 1997.

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James Heller

James Heller

Created by: Radical Entertainment

1st appearance: Prototype 2, April 24 2012

Species: Earthling

Team Affiliations: U.S Military

Legal Status: Unknown

Weight: Variable         Height: Variable

Eyes: Brown                 Hair: Black

Relatives: Wife (Deceased), Daughter (Deceased)

Skills and Abilities: Trained armed and unarmed combatant thanks to time in the Military.

Powers: Due to infection with the Blacklight virus he has the ability to shapeshift parts or all of his body into any shape or form imaginable. Most often he transforms his hands into bladed weapons used to eviscerate his enemies. In addition Heller has superhuman strength, Speed, resilience, a sonar sense and a healing factor.

Biography

James Heller was a former US Marine Sergeant and the second Blacklight being. Following his attempted suicide, Alex Mercer infected Heller with his variant of the virus. Driven by a powerful need for vengeance, he set out into the city to uncover the truth behind Alex Mercer, Blackwatch, and the second outbreak of the Blacklight virus.


Michael LeRoi

Michael Leroi-Shadowman

 

Code Name: Shadowman

Alias: Zero, Mike LeRoi

Publisher: Valiant/Acclaim Comics

Created by: Garth Ennis and Ashley Wood based on the original Shadowman created by Jim Shooter, Steve Englehart, David Lapham and Bob Layton

1st appearance: Shadowman vol.2 #1, 1997

Team Affiliations: None

Legal Status: Unknown

Height:  5’9           Weight: 210 lbs

Eyes: Brown           Hair: Black

Relatives: Unknown

Skills and abilities: Skilled marksman.

Powers: Through the mask of shadows he has access to all the power wielded by past shadowmen. He can travel between Deadside and the real word, absorb the knowledge and skills of those he kills, has superhuman strength and uncharted regenerative abilities. His ability to return to life also makes him virtually immortal unlike the Shadowmen before him.

Biography

Mike LeRoi is an English major at college who flunked out and hid that fact from his family in New Orleans. He then blew all his cash on gambling while he became a taxi driver. One night a passenger was killed in a drive by shooting leaving him the passengers’ money. Seeing this as way to take care of his family he took the money and returned to his family. With the money he managed to even pay for his brothers operation thus saving his life. The gang however soon tracked him down and killed all of his family leaving him guilt stricken and alone.

When he recovered he suffered from short term amnesia and was captured by a man from whom he had sought help in protecting his family and made into a “zombie slave” now called “Zero”. Here his life took an unexpected turn as Nettie a powerful Voodoo priestess came to take revenge on his captor. Using her powers she embedded the mask of shadows in his chest thus making him the “Shadowman”. With these new powers his memory returned and he became Nettie’s agent as he battled the forces of Deadside to save earth.

Over the course of his adventure he battled demons and gods as his powers were tied in with the god Erebus and not just the Shadowman line. His fate remains unknown after Erebus began an invasion of Earth with only LeRoi standing between him and victory.

Note: This version of shadowman became insanely popular because he starred in the Shadowman (n64) game and its sequel.


T.J. Combo

Killer Instinct’s T.J Combo

 

Created by: Rareware

1st appearance: Killer Instinct, October 1994

Species: Earthling

Team Affiliations: None

Legal Status: Unknown

Weight: 220 lb            Height: 6’1

Eyes: Brown                 Hair: Black

Relatives: Parents (deceased), three unnamed siblings.

Skills and Abilities: World class boxer and street fighter.

Powers: T.J has peak human strength enhanced to superhuman levels thanks to Cybernetic implants in both arms.

Biography

Born into a life of poverty and raised by a single mother. T.J dreamt of becoming a boxing champion. His first attempt left his arms badly injured but thanks to cybernetic implants granted by Ultratech he recovered and becoming the heavy weight champion of the word. Over time they found out about his implants and stripped him of his rank and riches. With nothing left to lose he enters the Killer Instinct tournament where he defeats Riptor and winds p stranded in the past.

He first appeared in the arcade version of Killer Instinct in 1994 before moving on to the console version and it’s sequels Killer Instinct 2 and Killer Instinct Gold.

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Ayme

Baten Kaitos’s-Ayme

Created by: Monolith Soft

1st appearance: Baten Kaios: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean, 2003

Species: Earthling

Team Affiliations: Chaotic Trio

Legal Status: High ranking officer in the Alfard military.

Weight: Unknown            Height: Unknown

Eyes: Brown                    Hair: Pink

Relatives: Unknown

Skills and Abilities: Skilled fighter.

Powers: She is stronger, faster and more agile than a peak human female thanks to various experiments that grant her the “power of the end magnus”.

Biography

Ayme was born in the deserts of Azha on the floating continent Alfard. Here she was given to scientist Georg who performed various inhuman experiments on her and friend Folon. She grew into a cold and cruel young woman who was later recruited into her nation’s military under the direct command of Giacamo. Over the curse of the game she moves from a villain to ally.

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Rodin

Bayonetta’s Rodin

Created by: Platinum Games

1st appearance: Bayonetta, 2009

Nationality: Unknown

Team Affiliations: None

Legal Status: Unknown

Weight: 240 lbs   Height: 6′ 2″

Eyes: Red                 Hair: Black

Relatives: Unknown

Skills and Abilities: Skilled fighter and weapon master/maker.

Powers: He has superhuman strength, resistance to injury, pyrokinesis, and levitation. He can also open portals to Inferno/hell.

Biography

Rodin is a demon weapon dealer/maker bartender and chief proprietor of “The Gates of Hell”. He’s the one to create Boyonetta’s pistols then makes a deal to create further weapons for her in exchange for the halo’s she gets from killing angels. He is also a secret boss fight character.

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Zasalamel

Soul Calibur’s Zasalamel

Created by: Namco

1st appearance: Soul Calibur 3, 2005

Nationality: Unknown

Team Affiliations: None

Legal Status: Unknown

Weight: 170 lbs         Height: 5′ 11″

Eyes: Brown                 Hair: None (Bald)

Relatives: Unknown

Skills and Abilities: World class fighting.

Powers:

Biography

Zasalamel, is a character in the Soul series of fighting games, a man with no allegiances except to himself, though his actions may reasonably be defined as evil. Zasalamel is one of the three starting new characters included in the fourth installment of the saga of video games, Soulcalibur III, alongside Tira and Setsuka. He first appeared on the first promotional trailers of the game as a darkened silhouette, under the titles of both The Enigma and The Mastermind before his real name was revealed.


Eddy Gordo

Tekken’s Eddy Gordo

Created by: Namco

1st appearance: Tekken 3

Nationality: Brazillian

Team Affiliations: Tekken Force

Legal Status: Unknown

Weight: 215 lbs         Height: 6′ 2″

Eyes: Brown                 Hair: Brown

Relatives: Unknown

Skills and Abilities: World class gun Martial artist in Capoera.

Biography

Eddy Gordo is a capoeira fighter within the Tekken series of fighting games. He made his debut in Tekken 3 and returned for all subsequent installments.


Drebin

MGS’s Drebin

Created by: Hideo Kojima

1st appearance: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Nationality: Ugandan

Team Affiliations: Lord’s Resistance Army, Drebin, The Patriots and AT Corp

Legal Status: Unknown

Weight: 205 lbs   Height: 6′ 1″

Eyes: Brown                 Hair: Blonde

Relatives: Unknown

Skills and Abilities: World class gun launderer.

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Biography

Drebin 893 (or simply Drebin) is one of the many members of a group called “Drebin,” a huge network of underground gun launderers who replace ID chips in guns so they can be used by anyone. This Drebin helped out Philanthropy in their mission to take down Liquid Ocelot, but unbeknownst to them, Drebin was also assisting the Patriots by encouraging them to take Liquid out. The Drebins’ catchphrase, as seen on the side of his Stryker, is “Eye Have You.” He is often accompanied by a hairless pet monkey named Little Gray.


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