Backlash of the Cadre / Aryan Brigade (DC Comics)


(Aryan Brigade)

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


Backlash (not to be confused with the Wildstorm character) is a racist super-thug, and part of a team of racist super-thugs. Teams of opponents are always useful.

This profile is meant to be read after Overmaster’s Cadre team profile. This is where all the context and most of the history gets explained.



  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Aryan Nation, Aryan Brigade I, ’Judgement Day” version of the Cadre, Aryan Brigade II.
  • Base Of Operations: Aryan Nation compound Pine Heights, southwestern Nebraska ; later the Overmaster’s spaceship embedded in Mount Everest.
  • Height: 5’9” Weight: 160 lbs.
  • Eyes: Unrevealed Hair: Black

Powers and Abilities

Backlash’s arms are strong, stretchable tentacles. There are three smaller sub-tentacles by the last third of the main limb. He can strike with them with frightening speed and accuracy, and they make him very difficult to engage in close combat.


Backlash clashed with the JLTF at the Aryan Nation compound. He later joined the greater Cadre assembled by the Overmaster at Mount Everest.

He was later part of those villains who requested sanctuary at the Justice League’s HQ, to escape being deported to an alien world.

In 2010, Backlash returned as the apparent leader of a new version of the Aryan Brigade including Luftwaffe, Bonehead and Reb. They attacked a casino in Arizona, claiming to defend White gamblers whose money was being leeched by the Native-run casino. They were swiftly defeated by Black Condor (John Trujillo) assisted by Firebrand (Andre Twist).

Backlash attacking with his arms


Like most members of the group, Backlash comes across as angry and poorly educated.


Backlash a thug and a bully with a paranoid, egocentric edge. He’s particularly impatient, perhaps even hyper.


“Who sent you to spy on us ? What were you after ? My inquiring mind wants to know ! Answer me, spy ! Backlash doesn’t like being ignored !”

(Fighting the Elongated Man) “Save your taunts, eraserhead. If anybody’s going to take a whipping, it’s you ! But why prolong the agony ? Sweet dreams, stretchmark !”

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dex: 09 Str: 05 Bod: 05 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 04 Wil: 03 Min: 04 Occupation: Mercenary
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 027 HP: 020

Enhanced initiative: 10, Extra limbs (x2): 05, Stretching: 02

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Enhanced Initiative is Contingent Upon Stretching.
  • Extra limbs are the sub-tentacles and is chiefly useful for the Wrestling bonus. It is Contingent on Stretching.
  • Stretching (including the defensive bonus) only affects his arms.

None demonstrated.

None demonstrated.

White supremacist US militias (Low), Overmaster (Low).

Minor Rage, MIA toward Sadism, SIA toward hating non-Whites, Creepy Appearance (Tentacles, damaged right eye), Partial attack vulnerability (-2CS OV against Ranged Attacks).

Backlash and the Aryan Brigade raid a casino

Game Stats — DC Adventures RPG

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Backlash — Averaged PL 7.2

01 (04) 00 (03) 00 (02) 01 02 (07) 00 00 01


Enhanced physiology ● 11 points ● Descriptor: Overmaster enhancements
Enhanced Strength 1, Enhanced Stamina 3, Enhanced Fortitude 3.

Nazi arm-tentacles ● 39 points ● Descriptor: Overmaster enhancements
– Strong, fast, precise — Enhanced Strength 2, Enhanced Fighting 5, Enhanced Parry 2, Enhanced Initiative 2, Accurate Attack, Close combat (Tentacles) 6.
– Great to manoeuvre quickly — Enhanced Agility 2, Acrobatics 3, Athletics 6.
– Stretchy — Protection 6 (Limited 3 to his arms), Elongation 2, Chokehold, Fast Grab, Improved Grab, Improved Hold, Improved Trip.

Combat Advantages

Accurate Attack, All-out Attack, Chokehold, Close Attack 1, Defensive Roll 2, Fast Grab, Improved Grab, Improved Hold, Improved Trip, Power Attack.

Other Advantages

None demonstrated.


Acrobatics 3 (+5), Athletics 6 (+10), Close Combat (Tentacles) 6 (+14), , Deception 1 (+2), Insight 1 (+1), Perception 3 (+3).


Initiative +10
Tentacles +14, Close, Damage 4


Dodge 7 Fortitude 8
Parry 13 Toughness 5*/3
Will 3

* Without Defensive Roll


  • Temper Sadistic, violent, bloodthirsty thug.
  • Disability His right eye seems damaged and may be a handicap (reduced peripheral vision, frex).
  • Temper Dedicated White supremacist and thorough racist.

Power levels

  • Trade-off areas Attack & Effect PL 9, Dodge/Toughness PL 6, Parry/Toughness PL 9, Fort & Will PL 6.
  • Point total 82 Abilities 10, Defences 14, Skills 3, Powers 50, Devices 0, Advantages 5. Equiv. PL 6.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: DC comics.

Helper(s): Roy Cowan.