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Death Adder from Marvel Comics

Death Adder

(Roland Burrough)

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


Death Adder appeared in 1980, as part of the pretty cool snake-themed new version of the Serpent Squad. This intriguing villain went on to join the Serpent Society, confirming his status as a handy, cool-looking all-purpose mercenary bad guy fighter.

Death Adder saw disappointingly little use, so these older notes are mostly about his likely DC Heroes RPG game stats.


  • Real Name: Roland Burrough.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Base Of Operations: Serpent Society Headquarter (NY).
  • Group Affiliation: Serpent Society.
  • Height: 5’6” Weight: 151 lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue-green Hair: Unrevealed


Powers and Abilities

Death Adder has had extensive surgical and biological engineering modifications. He had artificial gills in his throat, special membranes over his eyes, reinforced bones and muscles, and a four-foot long artificial tail.

His costume had lightweight armor, titanium talons with snake venom reservoirs and a silicon coating to facilitate swimming.


Roland Burrough was recruited by the Special Operations branch of Roxxon Oil to become a special agent. As a result he was bio-engineered to acquire various enhancements. He saw action along with the third Serpent Squad, including the mission to recover the dread Serpent Crown.

This mission was successful. But after it most of the Squad left Roxxon to become mercs. A few weeks later, Death Adder was contacted by the former leader of the Serpent Squad, Sidewinder, who asked him to join his Serpent Society.

Death Adder was among the best agents for the Serpent Society, but was assassinated by a Scourge.



Death Adder’s costume is of a dark blue-green, with dull purple trunks, chest and gloves. His mask, backsail and tail are encased in light green armor ; the armor on his tail has spikes on it. His gloves’ fingers are long and sharp, and can pneumatically extend to 15”.


Death Adder was a silent, lethal killer. He was mute and never took off his mask, making him mysterious and spooky even to his colleagues. He was a competent agent and well-respected by his teammates, who went to great lengths to recover his body and avenge him.

DC Universe History

The Serpent Society could be imported wholesale in the DCU, where it could gain some new members such as the dread Copperhead. The takeover would not have been conducted by the Viper but by Kobra, and the Society would thus now double as operatives for him.

Death Adder’s death was not very convincing and could easily be ignored. He was shot while on his way to a negotiation on the behalf of the Serpent Society, and sending a mute man to negotiate is a… strange move.


Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

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Dex: 06 Str: 06 Bod: 07 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 04 Occupation: Mercenary
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources: 04
Init: 017 HP: 035

Extra limb (tail): 09, Swimming: 04, Ultra-vision: 04, Water freedom: 07

Detective: 04, Vehicles (Air, Land, Water): 04

Lightning Reflexes.

Serpent Society (High).

SPR (mute), Secret ID, Strange Appearance (he was never out of costume).

BODY ARMOR [/BODY/ 08, Claws: 11, Poison touch: 12, Misc : +2 FC against grappling and snaring attempts, Limitations : this armor is specifically tailored for Death Adder (0 pts)].

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Helper(s): The teeming millions who spotted the cut and paste mistake with the 125 HPs 🙂

Source of Character: Marvel Universe.

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