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Mrs. Gradenko (Suicide Squad character) (DC Comics) human form

Mrs. Gradenko

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
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  • Real Name: Unrevealed
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: Red Shadows
  • Base Of Operations: Moscow
  • Height: 5’4” / 10’ Weight: 115 lbs / 1300 lbs
  • Eyes: Grey Hair: Grey

Powers and Abilities

Mrs. Gradenko only looks like a somewhat dumb, little old blue-collar next door Mrs. from Russia. She is actually a powerful were-bear, easily able to kill a number of armed men or engage superhumans in single combat.

Her physical abilities in human form are unclear – since she can change to bear form very quickly. However, the lack of Growth and Density increase mean that in human form her Physical RV is but 7, and her Energy RV is 04.

There’s a possibility that Mrs. Gradenko is actually a pretty smart bear with the super-ursine power of turning itself into a little old lady.


Nothing is known about Mrs. Gradenko. She was usually seen operating under the direct of Zastrow, the commanding officer of the Red Shadows, a KGB team of meta-operators.


Mrs. Gradenko’s human form as a small, nondescript Russian little old lady is illustrated first.


Mrs. Gradenko doesn’t speak at all (although she can roar as a bear), and seems to operate most of the time on the level of a smart, trained attack dog, even in human form. Her perceptions are animalistic – she trusts her sense of smell far more than her sense of sight, for instance.

She seems to understand Zastrow’s instructions in Russian – even a relatively complex one, such as “kill them but leave a messenger alive”, but Zastrow didn’t completely trust her ability to handle such complicated orders.

Zastrow mostly used Mrs. Gradenko as a bodyguard and enforcer, keeping her close to him and telling her who to attack.


Zastrow about Mrs. Gradenko : “Mrs. Gradenko doesn’t understand code names, so she’s simply… Mrs. Gradenko”

Young Yakuza tough : “Ah ah ah… what are you gonna do, gaijin ? Sic the old woman at us ?”
Zastrow (very calmly) : “Yes.” (beat) “Mrs. Gradenko… assume the form, if you please.” (snaps fingers)


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Mrs. Gradenko

Dex: 06 Str: 09 Bod: 07 Motivation: Inapplicable
Int: 03 Wil: 01 Min: 03 Occupation: Ursine
Inf: 04 Aur: 01 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: N.A.
Init: 013 HP: 030

Powers: Analytical smell/tracking scent: 02, Cold immunity: 05, Density increase: 02, Growth: 01, Invisibility: 04, Skin armor: 03

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Invisibility only works against Thermal Vision (-2)
  • Both Density increase and Growth are Always On (except in Insta-change form) and already factored in

Skills: Charisma (intimidation): 04, Military science (Camouflage, tracking): 04

Advantages: Insta-change, Language (Russian)

Connections: KGB (Low), Zastrow (Low)

Drawbacks: Strange Appearance, SPR (mute in human form), Misc. Mrs. Gradenko presumably doesn’t speak English, Misc.: Mrs Gradenko seems to be borderline pre-sentient

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Suicide Squad #52-57 (DC Universe)

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