José Martínez (ホセ・マルティネス, José Martínez) is a skilled torturer who occasionally works with Jiro. He often takes on work with the Avengers because of the lack of torturing jobs.
Martínez is a well-built black man who is said to be almost two meters tall. In official illustrations he is bald despite being described as having a buzzcut in the novels and has the letter S tattoos on both his arms. His usual attire consists of a dark colored tank top and pants, as well as sandals. He occasionally wears a black leather jacket.
Despite his occupation, Martínez is actually rather kindhearted and sincere, noted to despise hurting people and killing them. He has a much more grounded moral compass compared to his other friends in the underground business, refusing to torture young minors with his usual brutal methods or killing children, and has an apparent disgust towards pedophiles. He is supportive of his friends and tends to act as an approachable person to talk to for advice or at least lend an ear to someone, particularly for his close and long term friend Enokida.
Martínez was raised up poor in the Dominican Republic as a boy named Alejandro Rodrigez. He had a huge passion for baseball and strove to make it big by getting into the major league and support his family. While his efforts allowed him to be accepted into the academy, he quickly realized he was no match to the other students there, resulting in him dropping out and turning to the underground to make ends meet.
After a few years of living with this lifestyle, he was presented with the opportunity to join one of the largest drug cartel in Venezuela. He went through the test with other participants, which required them to beat up a traitor without killing him. At his turn, Martínez felt pity for the man and decided to end his misery, shooting him in the head instead. The drug lord, Ramiro Sanchez, questioned him for his disobedience. To appease the man, Martínez lied, claiming he just wanted to test his shooting skill. Ramiro Sanchez took a liking to his answer and allowed him to join. Martínez grew to be a close partner to their leader and well trusted by him, enough to where Sanchez tasked him to become their group's torturer and taught him the necessary skills he needed. Martínez continued to work for him, even ascending so far into the hierarchy to essentially become Sanchez's right hand man until one day he was ordered to kill a man and his entire family, reminding him of his own family back in the Dominican Republic and decided to quit the drug cartel. In coincidental timing, Martínez was tasked the following day to torture a rat in their group, Ricardo Seiya Ortega - an American spy. He was left alone with his target to abstract information from him before killing him, but he instead let the man go. Once Martínez insured the man could escape, he himself fled before the rest of the group found out what he did and headed to Japan.
Upon arriving to Japan, he officially began going by his new name and left his old life behind him. He found work as a torturer for a man named Suetsugu, helping his small gang extract information from people. One of his victims was a man who hid money stolen from him. Martínez promised the man after torturing him he would help him escape with his life if he told him the information he wanted, which the man provides. After reporting to Suetsugu, Martínez had the man take a sleeping pill, knowing Suetsugu would order him to kill the man once they retrieved the stolen money. Once the man fell into a deep sleep, Martínez received the order he was expecting and followed through with it, allowing the man to pass peacefully and unaware.
The following day, Martínez received another job from Suetsugu, who instructed him to get all the information out of a hacker that had been looking into his group recently. Martínez headed to their hideout to find a young teenager strapped to a chair, who proclaimed to have no name, asking for Martínez to give one to him instead. Feeling pity, Martínez injects a truth serum into the boy to get information about him, only for the teenager to use the truth serum to his advantage and make Martínez relax around him, accidentally slipping up and admitting a detail about himself. Now that the boy knew who Martínez was, he proceeded to tell him about Suetsugu and the group Martínez worked for, mentioning their plot to frame Martínez so they could get away from the police. Upon realizing that the information the hacker provided was most likely true, Martínez let the man go and quickly got away before the police could arrive to arrest him.
A few days later, Martínez saw the report of the police managing to arrest Suetsugu and his gang. Without any employer, Martínez began to consider his options for work when he spotted the same hacker, now with dyed blond hair. With the teenager's new look, Martínez decided to give him the name Enokida, which the boy begrudgingly accepted. The two chat and Martínez realized that the boy likely lied to him about the police already being sent to Suetsugu's hideout and that the hacker probably informed the police after his escape, meaning the teenager did not sell him out. With Martínez in his debt, he decided to do what the boy had asked and become his baseball instructor. After asking Enokida if he was free that evening, he took him to see a baseball game with the tickets he got from his past torturer victim. It was assumed after this that Martínez began to resume his work as a torturer with the help of Enokida.
Mayor Harada Scandal ArcEdit
Martínez is introduced when he is working with Jiro to dole out punishment to Shota Yamazaki, for torturing and killing cats. He gives Shota the same brutal treatment he inflicted on the cats until he eventually decapitates him. His next job is to deal with Saitoh, however at that moment, Jiro receives a phone call from Yamato, who asked him to take revenge on Lin for punching him. Martínez agrees to take on the job in Jiro’s place and goes out to find him. He eventually spots Lin on the street and punches him in the stomach. Lin goes to retaliate, believing Martínez to be a killer sent by Zhang, but Martínez informs him that he was only hired to deliver that punch on behalf of Yamato before handing him his business card.
The following day, after Yusuke is captured and forced to admit his crimes on camera, Martínez is hired to torture him by Jiro. Since Yusuke had committed rape and murder, Martínez is tasked to inflict the same upon him.
Niwaka Impersonator ArcEdit
Martínez meets Enokida at a cafe and asks him to help locate the driver of a vehicle involved in a traffic accident. He reveals that he is trying to find this person on Jiro’s behalf, since he is busy and Martínez could use the work. Hearing this, Enokida puts an ad on undergroundjobs, advertising Martínez’s services.
Martínez is contacted on underground jobs a weeks later and is sent a photo of Lin, who is disguised as the Niwaka Samurai. Martínez has Saeki and Jiro prepare a dead body to make it look like Lin before heading to the address provided by his clients. Upon his arrival, Martínez requests that he be alone while he tortures Lin. Once alone, he helps him escape by mutilating the body he brought with him and putting Lin into a suitcase. Before leaving, he tells Abe and Yamamoto that Lin had died and that the only information he got out of him was that he is a friend of the Niwaka Samurai. When they make it out of the building, Martínez notices Abe and Yamamoto’s van and attaches a red back spider model listening device to it, allowing him to locate them.
When Jiro and Misaki work on capturing Abe and Yamamoto for an avenging job, Yamamoto manages to escape but he is stopped when Martínez hits his van from behind with his SUV. To Jiro’s surprise, Martinez reveals that these were the culprits behind the hit and run they were investigating. Martínez is asked by Enokida to hand over Yamamoto to him so they could use him as a fake Saitoh to deceive Nguyen.
- His current name is based off a professional Venezuelan baseball player.