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Sibercat | Siberian Tiger - Marvel Comics - Russian

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Comic Books

Subcategory :

Marvel universe

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Game System :

DC Heroes (Blood of Heroes S.E.)

Notes :

Garnoff underground ; Winter Guard

Sibercat (aka Siberian Tiger) v1

By Sébastien Alexandre Andrivet

Source of Character: Marvel Universe

Helper(s): Chris Cottingham

Reasons: The amount of material available about this guy is actually fairly modest, making much of this writeup speculative. I’ve always hesitated writing him up due to this, but since there was a request….

Writeups.org & Amazon.com recommend Soviet Super-Soldiers #1.



“You heard the priest, Mickey ! Lighten up, dude !”

“Oh ! This English language is a real pain ! Great music, though !”

“I’m on it, daddy-o ! Oh yeah, fire away, babe… and let the kitty-cat do some scratchin’ an’ clawin’ !”

“Anyone ever tell Urkolovitch how bad he smells when he turns onto a bear ?”

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dex: 08 Str: 06 Bod: 06 Motivation: Unrevealed
Int: 06 Wil: 03 Min: 05 Occupation: Operative
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 020 HP: 030

Powers: Analytical smell/tracking scent: 04, Chameleon: 01, Claws: 08, Cold immunity: 02, Jumping: 03, Running: 05, Super-hearing: 02, Swimming: 04, Ultra-vision: 04

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Chameleon only to increase his feline features to a Strange Appearance level (or down to his baseline Distinct)
  • Jumping has the Catfall Bonus

Skills: Acrobatics (Athletics, Dodging, Climbing, Hard Target): 10

Advantages: Familiarity (rock music), Language (Russian), Lightning Reflexes

Connections: Father Garnoff (Low), Winter Guard (High)

Drawbacks: Distinct Appearance ; formerly had Mistrust (Mutant)


Real name: Illya (or possibly Illyich) Lavrov
Marital Status: Unrevealed
Known Relatives: None
Group Affiliation: Former member of the Garnoff underground, then the Exiles, then Siberforce, and now a member of the Winter Guard
Base Of Operations: Russia
Height: 5’9” Weight: 165 lbs
Eyes: Green w/ a black vertical slit Hair: Orange


Powers and Abilities

Sibercat seems to be superhumanly agile, fast and strong. There are also hints that he has feline senses and he seems to be a superior hand-to-hand fighter and a superhuman acrobat - he once leapt from about fifteen stories high and hit the ground running.

His scattered appearances after SSS have him turn into a more tiger-like form and engage soldiers in heavy (but non-powered) body armour. A fairly high amount of Claws thus seems reasonable, especially since his level of strength is unclear.


Sibercat (originally called Siberian Tiger) was first seen as part of the group of mutant dissidents working in USSR with Father Garnoff (aka Blind Faith), likely after having being rescued from governmental efforts at mutant elimination, containment and study. One of his documented missions involved attacking a concentration camp for mutants run by unethical doctor Heinreich, leveraging an ongoing conflict with the covert American mutants of X-Factor to free experimental mutant subjects.

Sibercat, along with Stencil, was one of the pair of survivors from Garnoff’s underground railroad after it was hit by the murderous mutant hunter Firefox ; eventually they joined forces with the former Soviet Super-Soldiers (Darkstar, Vanguard, Ursa Major), who had themselves become dissidents. This group then apparently stepped up its opposition to the USSR, which at that point was crumbling apart.

The tribulations of mutants, superhumans and other costumed adventurers in what soon became Russia are largely unknown ; however by 1998 Sibercat, had somehow joined the Winter Guard, chiefly composed of former members of the Supreme Soviets and Soviet Super-Soldiers - Steel Guardian, Vanguard, Darkstar, Vostok, Fantasma, Surge and Sibercat. How this government team was joined by a former terrorist is unclear.

Sibercat | Siberian Tiger - Marvel Comics - Russian

The Winter Guard had scant few appearances (you usually see them in two panels illustrating how the latest Big Crisis is international in scope). They and shock Russian units fought against the large, heavily-armed mercenary forces commanded by the Mandarin when he invaded Russia, until Iron Man managed to take out the Mandarin and his gargantuan flying fortress.

They then attempted to stop the tremendously powerful Presence from extending the dreaded Radiation Zone to cover Russia and eventually the world, but all save Darkstar were seemingly killed. The Avengers followed up on their effort but did not fare much better until Thor went postal and brought the Presence down ; the people turned by the Presence into ’radiation zombies’ were then restored to their normal state.

Sibercat and the Winter Guard were later spotted in Novosibirsk, repelling ULTIMATUM forces.



Sibercat can apparently shift his appearance from very nearly human, to increasingly cat-like features and orange fur, to full humanoid tiger-person.


Sibercat is very laid back and fun-loving, and is usually in a cheerful and joking mood. He likes music with strong guitars and a heavy beat, such as classic rock and hard rock, and seems quite curious. He has no apparent hesitation about killing in self-defense.

Parts of Sibercat’s dialogue in Russian seemed fairly close to the modern perception of typical beatnik speech (such as occasionally calling father Garnoff “daddy-o”) ; while I have no idea what the equivalent in Russian would be, in English you can accentuate this aspect to make him a, well, hip cat.

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