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Nadir (Fred the Hammer Williamson in The New Barbarians)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
  • A very bad, and by that I mean good, entertaining, post-apocalyptic cult movie !
  • Fred Williamson, aka Nadir, is a major badass here, as we’ve also seen in From Dusk ’Til Dawn where he played the Việt Nam Veteran (see separate profile).


  • Real Name: Unrevealed
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: None
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile
  • Height: 6’3” Weight: 215 lbs
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black

Powers and Abilities

Nadir is an excellent driver, longbowman and general badass. Being a veteran survivor he likely has access to further unrevealed skills and talents.

Despite the obviously logical difficulty of obtaining explosive arrows he uses them like there is no tomorrow, and he never runs out!

Too bad for the wastelands !

In the post-apocalyptic wastes after World War III raiders – who call themselves Templars (aka. the Warriors of Vengeance & The High Priests of Death) in a bad case of hubris and insane messiah complex – with customized, high-tech vehicles and weapons and a really vicious, psychopathic attitude are roaming the wastelands where they prey on the weak and innocent.

They seem to find great enjoyment in excessive violence and brutality, driving a forceful argument that the remaining mankind must die for what they have done, while clad in very odd garments, armor and hairstyles. In fact, these trashy bandits regularly employ beam weapons, flame throwers, saw blades, drilling weapons and other futuristic oddities.

Nobody can oppose their great numbers and ruthless leadership, and they are a true plague on the post-war countryside.

Then there is Nadir, a truly legendary badass rider and mercenary of the wastes. Nadir (whose name means low-point), drives wherever he pleases, and arrives a victor through any trial by combat in search of women, resources and adventure. People will generally avoid him, because facing him is often pure suicide, while some women are drawn to this bad boy.

There are also other mighty mercs, such as Scorpion. Scorpion is good, but Nadir is better. They are not real friends, but they tolerate each other and will team up for the common good (i.e. the utter destruction of wasteland trash, revenge, mayhem adventures, explosions and the finding of useful resources, weapons and vehicles).


It’s the beginning of the 21st century (in the year 2019) and a nuclear apocalypse has destroyed almost all evidence of civilization.

The few survivors live under a reign of terror, while looking for a rumored safe haven, imposed by a land of blood-thirsty futuristic counterparts of ancient warriors – a savagely cruel motorized gang of barbarians called the Templars and wielding death and destruction on anyone who crosses their path (even women and children).

Nadir (Fred "the Hammer" Williamson) shooting his bow

In this landscape also ride mercenaries such as Nadir and Scorpion. Scorpion is a rogue Templar running his own vendetta against them. Nadir is a rider of the wastelands just looking for trouble, and often finds it around Scorpion, who is something of a friend.

When Scorpion is defeated and raped by the leader of the Templars, the One, Nadir helps him escape and then joins the crusade for vengeance and utter destruction of the Templars.

In the end, Scorpion and Nadir stand victorious, and it is revealed that there exists no safe haven for the survivors. Mankind is indeed doomed.

Several funny reviews can be found, such as this one.


Nadir is a large Black male with a bad ass moustache and headband who wears a sleeveless leather jacket with metal shoulder pads and bracers (w/extra arrowheads), leather pants with a metal codpiece, heavy boots and other futuristic apparel.

He often runs around – when he’s not driving around with his combat machine – with his large, metal longbow ready to fling explosive targets at vehicles and people alike. The attitude and arrogance is what makes it all work!


Nadir is a cool dude that takes crap from nobody. When not driving his car, he runs around with a nice bow, shoots arrows with explosive heads, and is even up to speed on screwball yoga practices and is not ashamed to practice fruitcake mumbo-jumbo as long as it helps in getting laid (which it does).

And yeah, he uses the inbuilt telescopic sight in the longbow to check out babes.

Nadir has something on an ego issue where he worships himself and continuously assures his buddy Scorpion that he is better than him, occasionally showing up just to prove the point (he does this to others as well). More than once he has patched Scorpion together again just so he can do it again later to some gloating.

In fact, he regularly seems to track Scorpion down just because he expects some action around him and his vendetta against the Templars. He sometimes takes on the role of a mentor even. Is there some sort of man-crush going on here or is it a case of a very disturbed ego?

Naturally he blows up Templars wherever he sees them. He spots a smile just as he is about to outclass someone, and takes his cool time to do his deeds. Sometimes he strikes as a mysterious stranger from a distance since it amuses him.

He thought that the right thing to do was to help Scorpion redeem himself even when that help cost the lives of dozens of innocent holocaust survivors their lives.

He talks in a staccato-like tough guy manner, sprouting lots of non-sensical clichés (such as rambles about the power of victory!) and laughter. He’s supposedly an anti-hero, but we cannot know for sure!


“They are people from a sect. They believe in something called… God.”

[Having just saved Scorpion and gloating] “You always seem to be getting yourself into trouble, Scorpion. Possibly you need my assistance.”

“Here lies the great Scorpion, in pain, victim of the big, bad queers, the Templars ! All you had to do was ask : Nadir, I need your help. You’re not so great now, Scorpion.”

“I’m doing this for yours truly… a good fight is always exciting to me !”

Nadir [pointing at a woman aiming a gun at him] “This one in love with you too ?”
Scorpion: “That I didn’t ask her. I just asked her to blow your brains out… if necessary.”
Nadir: “Really ? What are your plans now, Scorpion ?”
Scorpion: “Whatever they are they don’t include you.”
Nadir: “That’s a pity. It looks like you’re having so much fun. You know, that’s your defect, Scorpion. You don’t understand the power of victory !!”
Scorpion: “You know what yours is ? You take the idea of being the strongest too seriously.”
Nadir: “Ah, well it’s easy to take something serious that’s true.”

DC Universe History

Well, in any good post-apocalyptic game there is always room for yet another nutcase. Just bring him in, yet another alpha male in the apocalyptic wastelands!


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Dex: 04 Str: 04 Bod: 04 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 05 Occupation: Tough guy
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 04
Init: 016 HP: 020

Gadgetry (Arrowheads): 04, Martial Artist: 05, Military Science (Cartography): 04, Thief (Stealth): 04, Vehicles (Land): 05, Weaponry (Firearms, Exotic): 04, Weaponry (Missile): 06

Familiarity (Fletching), Iron Nerves, Lightning Reflexes, Schtick (Ammunition Freedom, Lightning Release)

Scorpion, the former Templar (Low)

MIA (Tough guy arrogance and gloating)


  • Badass bow [BODY 05, Projectile weapon: 04, Ammo: 01, Rec. STR: 04, Telescopic vision: 05, R#02, Bow Advantage (Nadir’s effective EV with his Bow is 05, his effective Range is 07) Limitation : Low Penetration]. Nadir almost always uses his explosive arrows (below) rather than normal broadheads. He prefers to take his shots at the maximum range since there’s no accuracy penalty and he can shoot remarkably far.
  • Explosive arrows (x6) [BODY 02, Projectile weapon: 03 (Nadir’s effective EV with these is 04, his effective Range is 06), Bomb: 05, R#03, Grenade Drawback, Bonus : Projectile weapon and Bomb can be Combined with Bomb riding the Range of the arrow, Limitation : Ammunition load for his bow].
  • Additionally, around his bracers there are at least 15 visible, explosive arrowheads for quick assembly whenever they are needed. Mysteriously, he never seems to run out of explosive arrows, which is modelled by his Ammunition Freedom Schtick ; if he uses it his bracers are completely filled up with new, stored explosive arrowheads.
  • Possibly some ARMOR [/BODY/ 04, Blunting: 04]
  • Possibly some backup firearm
  • Cool, custom-made post-apocalyptic car [regular car stats w/ an attack power at around 6 APs]

Design Notes

Although it is never displayed he can likely also effectively use regular firearms and energy weapons and performs adequate unarmed combat (all given above). This is so because, frankly, without these he would never have survived this long.

He has been given Lightning Reflexes since he was always supposed to be much faster than Scorpion (given although it was not clearly shown). If the GM wishes to highlight the mentor aspect of the character he might be given the Leadership advantage to model this (not given above).

By Dr. Peter S Piispanen

Source of Character: I nuovi barbari (The New Barbarians aka. Warriors of the Wasteland aka. Metropolis 2000, 1982) by Enzo G. Castellari, character played by Fred “The Hammer” Williamson

Helper(s): The movie’s soundtrack, Sébastien Andrivet

Writeup completed on the 5th of June, 2011.

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