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Widowmaker (Marvel Comics) wrestling with Captain America

Widowmaker

(Dovecote guards captain)


Context

Widowmaker fought Captain America in 1979. And he was pretty good at that. He’s one of those grandmaster fighters almost nobody knows about, a combination we’re fond of.

For more context, we recommend you first read our Dovecote location profile.


Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Dovecote guard.
  • Base Of Operations: Dovecote.
  • Height: 6’7” Weight: 250 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Bald


Powers & Abilities

Widowmaker is a large, muscular man. He has trained in hand-to-hand combat for 30+ years. He knows an incredible number of holds and strikes, and could hold his own against Captain America himself. His strength and endurance are enormous.

Both Widowmaker and Captain America were weakened to an unclear degree when they fought. Cap by exhaustion and cold, Widowmaker by Snowfall’s psionic influence. This absence of solid benchmark makes the game stats tentative.


History

Widowmaker is the most skilled guardian at Dovecote. He seems to be the captain of the guard there. He’s a Francophone, perhaps a Frenchman.

One presumes that before joining Dovecote he had a long career as a martial artist and bareknuckles fighter. This may have included encounters with other hand-to-hand combat masters of the Golden and Silver Age .

This we’ll defend

When Captain America reached the gate of Dovecote, Widowmaker engaged him in a hand-to-hand duel. Since the Star-Spangled Avenger was cold and tired, his opponent gained the upper hand. Widowmaker started smothering Cap in the snow.

Widowmaker vs. Captain America (Marvel Comics)

Cap was saved by the psychic Snowfall. She created an illusion of Widowmaker fraternising with Cap in the mind of the owner of Dovecote. The man ordered Widowmaker to stop his treachery. With the guard distracted by his boss’s nonsensical orders and accusations, Cap sucker-punched him.

Once Captain America entered the main Dovecote building, Widowmaker gave orders to evacuate all clients and blow the fortress up, as per procedure. He has not been seen since.

Perhaps nobody ever found Dovecote again. Or perhaps some did but did not live to tell.


Description

Basically, Green Arrow’s costume without the hood, and much bigger.


Personality

A proud, disciplined soldier and fighter. He possesses tremendous technique and top-notch physical conditioning.

He’s big on demonstrating that he’s the greatest hand-to-hand fighter alive. Therefore, pitting his skills against Captain America himself was the chance of a lifetime.


Quotes

“I am called Widowmaker, mon brave ! I hope that suggests something to you !”

“It is said you have trained all your life to be the best fighter there is ! A lie, mon cher ! You were Captain America for just four years during the war — and were frozen in suspended animation for decades ! But I — I have been training and fighting without cease for over thirty years ! And I am better… than… you !”


DC Universe History

I could see Widowmaker and Wildcat (how’s that for dramatic names ?) reaching a draw after an in-ring match during the 1960s. Just when De Gaulle had left NATO, for instance, creating a certain tension.


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Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

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Widowmaker

Dex: 09 Str: 05 Bod: 05 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 05 Wil: 04 Min: 05 Occupation: Security commander
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 022 HP: 030

Powers:
Growth: 01

Bonuses and Limitations:
Growth is Always On and Already Factored In.

Skills:
Martial artist (incl. Techniques): 10

Advantages:
Area Knowledge (Dovecote), Connoisseur, Expertise (Perimeter security, martial arts of the world), Familiarity (Captain America’s career, and presumably the career of other top martial artists), Language (French), Rank (Equivalent of a Captain, with the Dovecote guards).

Connections:
Mercenary scene (Low).

Drawbacks:
MIA toward competitiveness.


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Widowmaker — Averaged PL 8.8

STR STA AGL DEX FGT INT AWE PRE
04 03 03 02 10 00 01 02

Powers

Bigger than Cap ● 3 points (Permanent)
Growth 1 (Already Factored In, Innate)

Combat Advantages

Accurate attack, Chokehold, Close attack 2, Defensive attack, Defensive Roll 3, Improved disarm, Improved hold, Improved trip, Power Attack, Prone fighting.

Other Advantages

Assessment, Benefit 2 (Head of Security for Dovecote), Instant Up, Language (French).

Skills

Athletics 4 (+8), Close combat (Unarmed combat) 4 (+16), Deception 1 (+3), Expertise (Security) 14 (+14), Expertise (Martial arts of the world) 14 (+14), Expertise (World’s greatest hand-to-hand fighters and their biography) 10 (+10), Insight 4 (+5), Perception 4 (+5)

Offense

Initiative +4
Unarmed +16, Close, Damage 4

Defense

Dodge 12 Fortitude 8
Parry 14 Toughness 6/3*
Will 6

* Without Defensive Roll

Complications

  • Temper Competitive streak.
  • Responsibility Chief of Security for Dovecote.

Power levels

  • Trade-off areas Attack/Effect PL 10, Dodge/Toughness PL 9, Parry/Toughness PL 10, Fort/Will PL 7.
  • Point total 118 Abilities 46, Defences 23, Skills 28, Powers 3, Devices 0, Advantages 18. Equiv. PL 8.


By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Captain America v1 #238-239.

Helper(s): Darci.

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