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Black was an imposing, muscular man whose body was covered with scars. He wore a red beret and a black military uniform with a black vest underneath, which he revealed when he ripped free of his coat. He also kept his left eye covered with an eyepatch and carried a riding crop and knives. His belt buckle was a silver skull, from which his gang most likely got its name.
Black was the leader of the Skull Cross Gang, which rose to prominence in Metro City after the Mad Gear Gang disbanded. He was arrested and thrown in prison, but the gang blew up a police station and broke him out during the riots that followed. Mike Haggar, Lucia Morgan, Guy, and Dean tracked the gang to a tall building they were using as their headquarters and fought their way up to the roof. Black himself arrived by helicopter to fight them and was killed when Guy knocked him into a high-voltage transformer, causing a chain reaction that destroyed both the building and the Skull Cross Gang's plans to control Metro City.
Black, though muscular, was light on his feet, and his fighting style made good use of his strength, agility, weapons, and special training. He attacked with his riding crop at close range, and could also release a burst of blue flame from his palms in a manner similar to Guy. He could attack from a distance by throwing knives, and had a spinning attack that he liked to use after recovering from a knockdown or when he wanted to close with enemies quickly.
- Black bears a vague resemblance to Rolento from Final Fight and Final Fight 2, who would later become a character in the Street Fighter games, starting with Street Fighter Alpha 2.
- Black bears a stronger resemblance to the Colonel, a villain from Fist of the North Star, and borrows his coat-ripping action from Kenshiro, the main protagonist of the series.