Tuesday, April 2, 2024

B is for Bronze Tiger

Bronze Tiger is a grandmaster martial artist who's been both an anti-hero and villain in DC. While his story changes based on the continuity he's normally associated with Batman, Richard Dragon, and Lady Shiva (having either trained them or trained along side them). In one iteration I believe he also trained alongside Hong Kong Phooey. He has also been a member of the League of Assassins (often being brainwashed during these times) and has been recruited by Amanda Waller for multiple iterations of the Suicide Squad. Bronze Tiger has made a appearances in other media, particularly in Batman related media. Michael Jai White portrayed him in Arrow (and voiced him in the animated film Batman: Soul of the Dragon.  

Some versions give him mystic amulets or weapons that grant shapechanging powers, but I prefer the more martial arts focused version.

Code Name: Bronze Tiger
Real Name: Benjamin Turner
Team Affiliations: Task Force X,  League of Assassins, Justice League 

Medium Humanoid, Lawful Neutral  

Armor Class: 17 (Unarmored Defense)
Hit Points: 78 (12d8+24)
Speed: 50 ft.
Challenge: 5 (1,800 XP)

Str 14 (+2) Dex 16 (+3) Con 14 (+2) Int 11 (+0) Wis 18 (+4) Cha 9 (-1)

Saving Throws: Str +6, Dex +7
Skills: Acrobatics +7, Athletics +6, Insight +8
Senses: passive Perception 14
Languages: English, Mandarin, Japanese

Flurry of Blows: After Bronze Tiger takes the Attack action on action on his turn, he can spend 1 ki point to make two unarmed strikes as a bonus action.
Ki Points: Bronze Tiger can spend Ki Points to fuel ki features. He has 12 points per short rest and his Ki save DC is 16.
Open Hand Technique: Whenever Bronze Tiger hits with one of his Flurry of Blows attacks, he can impose one of the following effects on that target: fall prone if it fails a DEX saving throw (DC 16), get pushed up to 15 ft. if it fails a STR saving throw (DC 16), or it can't take reaction until the end of your next turn.
Stunning Strike: When Bronze Tiger hits with a melee weapon attack, he can spend 1 ki point to make the target stunned until the end of his next turn if it fails a CON saving throw (DC 16).
Tranquility: At the end of a long rest, Bronze Tiger gains the effects of a sanctuary spell (DC 16) that lasts until the start of his next long rest (unless it ends as normal).
Unarmed Strike: When Bronze Tiger uses the Attack action with an unarmed strike or a monk weapon on his turn, he can make one unarmed strike as a bonus action. His unarmed strikes are considered magical for the purposes of damage resistance. 

Grappling Pin: Bronze Tiger can use his action to try to pin a creature grappled by him by making another grapple check. If he succeeds, he and the creature are both restrained until the grapple ends.
Stillness of Mind: Bronze Tiger can use an action to end one effect on himself that is causing him to be charmed or frightened.
Unarmed Strike: Melee Attack. +3  to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 1d8+3 bludgeoning damage.
Wholeness of Body: Once per long rest as an action, Bronze Tiger can regain 36 hit points.

Bonus Action
Patient Defense: Bronze Tiger can spend 1 ki point to take the Dodge action. 
Step of the Wind: Bronze Tiger can spend 1 ki point to take the Disengage or Dash action and his jump distance is doubled for the turn.

Deflect Missiles: Bronze Tiger can deflect or catch the missile when he is hit by a ranged weapon attack. When he does so, the damage he takes from the attack is reduced by 1d10 +15. If he reduces damage to 0 and has a free hand, he can spend 1 ki point to make a ranged attack (as with a monk weapon) with a range of 20/60.
Slow Fall: Bronze Tiger can reduce any falling damage he takes by 60.


  1. I like the Michael Jai White version on Arrow. Soul of the Dragon wasn't bad but it was one of those where they just call it a Batman movie for marketing when it was mostly a Richard Dragon movie.

  2. This is a good one! I am loving how all of this is coming together.