|Affiliation||The Lagoon Company|
|Weapon||Remington 870 Marine Magnum Shotgun |
Smith & Wesson 629 Revolver
|Manga||Chapter 00: Black Lagoon|
|Anime||Episode 01: The Black Lagoon|
|Japanese Anime Voice||Tsutomu Isobe|
|English Anime Voice||Dean Redman|
Dutch (ダッチ, Datchi) is the leader of the Lagoon Trading Company and a former United States Marine Corps patrol boat crewman in Black Lagoon.
He was said to be a former United States Marine Riverine Boat Crewman who fought in the Vietnam War. Shortly before end of the war (presumably around 1973), Dutch went AWOL, escaped to Thailand and started working as a mercenary. He founded the Lagoon Company at some point during his mercenary career. In the "El Baile de la Muerte" saga in the manga, however, it was suggested by Caxton that Dutch lied about his Vietnam service, which would leave his past unknown, though it was implied that a man as serious as Dutch wouldn't lie without good reason.
He is a heavily muscled African-American, completely bald, wears a flak-jacket, military fatigues, US military jungle boots, and is always seen wearing a pair of sunglasses as his eyes are never shown except through the lens which reveals he has sharp brown eyes. He appears to be in his 30s, but is most likely in his 40s, given his apparent military service in Vietnam.
Dutch tends to stay away from the fighting associated with Lagoon Company's activities. Instead, he gives orders and negotiates contracts with clients, usually Balalaika of Hotel Moscow. However, Dutch is very capable in combat if need be. He is a calm, easygoing character, and most of the time, is quite friendly. He is also displayed as a mentor figure towards Rock. He is also a Christian of unknown denomination.
Dutch functions as the leader and primary negotiator of The Lagoon Company. He is incredibly level-headed and always committed to completing missions, even when those missions might contrast with his morals. For instance, in Rasta Blasta, Dutch told Rock to try to maintain as detached from Garcia Lovelace as possible, as to not make himself feel guilty about transporting a child as cargo knowing they were partaking in human trafficking.
Dutch is also highly pragmatic; during the group's assault on the Neo-Nazi ship, he calls out Revy for taking her anger out on non-combatants, going so far as to compare her to the mass murderer Charles Whitman. He doesn't particularly care about the civilians' lives, but having one of his employees going around killing whomever she pleases makes his company come off as disorganized and unprofessional, and that is something he will not tolerate. He also avoids taking high-paying but dangerous jobs because those kinds of jobs are a quick way to get someone killed.
Dutch represents the strongest level-head in the group, where Revy overreacts and becomes violent and where Rock and Benny freak out, Dutch remains calm, cool, and collected even in the most dangerous situations. Dutch has the respect of the entire Lagoon company, even being able to keep Revy in check when the situation calls for it, as seen in "Calm Down, Two Men". Dutch also has the respect and admiration of Balalaika for his past services, and for once saving her life years before the start of the series when Balalaika was shot in a duel with Chang, as mentioned in the OVA. Overall, Dutch represents a calm, cool, and collected mercenary who is committed to his missions and commands respect.
- He's apparently modeled after Ving Rhames' character Marsellus Wallace from Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, with a very similar calm manner and mentor-like personality.
- In the First Popularity Poll, Dutch finished in 13th place.
- Dutch seems to be an avid fan of philosophy. At one point, he is seen reading Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung, has books by Deleuze, Rousseau, Hegel and Hume on his bookshelf, and is familiar with Sartre.