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Barricade (Captain America enemy) (Marvel Comics)

Barricade

(S.H.I.E.L.D. agent)


Power Level:
Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

*This* Barricade is a minor Captain America, who appeared in a 2003 story arc.

He’s a big elite psycho with a flamethrower, and we all need a guy like that at some point of a RPG campaign.


Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Field agent for a shadow faction within S.H.I.E.L.D..
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 6’10” Weight: 380 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: None


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Powers and Abilities

Barricade is very big, very strong, very homicidal and very confident. He sees himself as The Man, with no higher moral authority than himself. In short, he’s a sociopath. He will use any mean to reach his ends, including the mass murder of school children.

He didn’t really expect Cap himself to be a significant threat, and was taken completely cold by the star-spangled avenger’s sheer speed, power and accuracy.

Barricade and his men ambush Captain America

Barricade specializes in ambushing and terminating “hard” targets. Such as security convoys, armoured limos, supersoldiers riding a Harley-Davidson, etc.. He will lovingly prep his ambush area and kill zone.

In Cap’s case, he burned the trees around the highway to have the whole scene covered with smoke. Barricade made sure that the wind would blow the smoke toward Cap and leave his own position smoke-free. He also prepared hiding holes for his squad to spring from. Then he set up a pop-up steel barricade several meters high, which sprung up once Cap passed it. It cut off egress.

Given the amount of work he put in this ambush and the tools he uses, it seems reasonable to assume that Barricade is trained as a combat engineer.

The troops he was supplied with were obedient clones of Steve Rogers and James “Bucky” Buchanan.


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History

Barricade was a supersoldier working for S.H.I.E.L.D.. However, his loyalties were with a shadow faction within S.H.I.E.L.D. with an unknown agenda. Inali Redpath, a veteran S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, considered him to be a bloodthirsty psycho in an uniform, which is a reasonable description.

Redpath also stated that Barricade came “from the same place” as Captain America. I’d assume that this means that his enhancements where derived from Project Super-Soldier research. Perhaps this project was using an experimental variant over vita-rays.

A possible source for such research is the Fortress. It seems to be an offshoot of the Weapon Plus project that spawned the Weapon I project, also known as the Super-Soldier Project. See our entry for Steel Raven for more about the Fortress.

Kill Rogers

When Redpath went rogue, he clashed with the shadow faction employing Barricade. Barricade was sent to kill Redpath and any allies of his who were likely to spend their secrets – chiefly meaning Captain America. Barricade found and killed Redpath as he was destroying a S.H.I.E.L.D. human cloning facility. The shadow faction had been using it for its own ends.

Captain America was summoned by S.H.I.E.L.D. to investigate Redpath’s death. However, the agent who briefed Cap at the site where Redpath’s body had been found was also a shadow faction member. Therefore, she directed him toward the place where Barricade was setting up an ambush.

Barricade vs. Captain America

As it turned out, Redpath’s death was a decoy. The rogue agent had made a clone of himself for Barricade to kill. Thus, Redpath realised that Barricade was about to ambush Captain America. He tried to stop the killer with his weather manipulation abilities, but he was too far to have enough of an effect.

Despite the interference, Barricade finished preparing his ambush site in time. Cap found himself cut off, breathing smoke and surrounded. This was clearly insufficient, and Barricade soon came to realise that he had grievously underestimated his target. However, an unfortunate school bus then drove into the area, and Barricade took everyone aboard hostage and forced Cap to surrender.

Barricade was about to kill Cap after he surrendered. But Redpath had been flying toward the ambush site. He arrived in time and apparently killed Barricade before he could pull the trigger.


Description

See illustration.


Personality

Overconfident, sadistic, psychotic brute with a crude sense of humour. He enjoys breaking stuff.


Quotes

“Hey Captain Toast – call me Barricade. For obvious reasons. You crossed the line. That makes you mine…”


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Barricade

Dex: 06 Str: 06 Bod: 06 Motivation: Psycho
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 03 Occupation: S.H.I.E.L.D. agent
Inf: 04 Aur: 02 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 016 HP: 020

Powers:
Growth: 01

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

Skills:
Martial artist: 06, Military science (Demolition): 05, Weaponry: 07

Advantages:
Credentials (S.H.I.E.L.D., Low), Expertise (Combat engineering).

Connections:
A shadow faction within S.H.I.E.L.D. (Low).

Drawbacks:
Serious Rage.

Equipment:

  • BODY ARMOUR [/BODY/ 07, Shade: 02].
  • FLAMETHROWER [BODY 05, Flame project: 09, Range: 03, limitation : Flame Project has No Range – use the listed Range instead (-1)].
  • Compact assault rifle [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 06, Ammo: 08, R#02, Bonus: Autofire].
  • His “handgun” was a H&K MP5 submachinegun [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 05, Ammo: 07, R#02, Advantage : Autofire].
  • He also carries an array of various grenades, especially frags and WPs.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Captain America volume 4.

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