Nina McCabe (Elektra enemy) (Marvel Comics)

Nina McCabe

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


McCabe is a very minor Marvel character, who appeared in 1996/97 in a nigh-forgotten Elektra run. She has an entry primarily for campaigns where the Hand plays an important role, since you’ll then need named  ninja with story hooks.


  • Real Name: Nina McCabe.
  • Marital Status: N.A..
  • Known Relatives: Parents (deceased), Grandparents.
  • Group Affiliation: The Hand.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 5’5” Weight: 110 lbs Age: 16
  • Eyes: Blue, occasionally white Hair: Blonde


Powers and Abilities

Nina is a resurrected Hand warrior, using the same ritual than that was used to bring Elektra back. The Hand made her unto a dark reflection of Elektra in costume, weapons and fighting style. However, she’s clearly not as strong and skilled as the model.


When Nina’s mother died of leukaemia, she and her father had to come back to New York City to live with her grandparents. Nina objected to the move since she hated the old bigots, but they simply didn’t have enough money to live on their own.

While walking in New York City, the McCabes were caught in a vicious fight between Bullseye and Elektra. Nina’s father was fatally speared. This greatly affected Elektra, who was making one of her attempts at redemption. Thus, she came to visit Nina at the hospital.

Eyes of amber

The teenager rejected her and accused her of having killed her father — a sensitive subject for Elektra — but eventually calmed down. Having nothing left, Nina clung to Elektra, who took her in to atone. Nina stated that she’d run away rather than return to her grandparents.


The Greek assassin took a job as a dancer with a troupe to pay for her increased costs. The two women did get along. Thus Nina enjoyed a good life for a few months until Elektra’s past caught with her.

The hulking, undead, Hand super-ninja Kuroyama located Elektra and invaded her home. To pass the time while waiting for her, he beat Nina up. When Elektra arrived, Kuroyama defeated her, pinned her to the ground with his sickle. Then he made her watch while he killed Nina and ripped away her heart.

The living dead

This wasn’t a random act of cruelty but the start of a plan. The Hand resurrected Nina as a ninja, and sent her back to New York City. While Elektra was away, Nina passed herself off as Elektra, committing numerous crimes. When Elektra came back, McCabe engaged her in combat, but lost.

Nina then started an elaborate masquerade. She pretended that she had broken her conditioning and was looking for redemption. Elektra was all too willing to believe her. Thus, she eventually took Nina to the mountain of the Chaste so she would become a nun there.

Days later she was taken in, Nina opened the gates of the Chaste’s citadel. As a result, it was successfully stormed by Kuroyama and an army of Hand ninja.

Nina later came back along with Kuroyama, telling Elektra how she had set the whole world against her and how much she hated her for the death of her father.

She hasn’t been seen since, though.


See illustration.


Vicious bad girl, killer, and toxic vixen.


“My heart ? They put it back. And something else as well.”

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Nina McCabe

Dex: 07 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Nihilist
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 06 Occupation: Agent of the Hand
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 018 HP: 030

Acrobatics (Athletics, climbing)*: 07, Artist (Actress): 07, Artist (Guitar): 02, Martial artist*: 07, Thief (Escape artist, stealth): 06, Vehicles (Land): 06, Weaponry (Melee, missile)*: 07

Schtick (Paired sai).

The Hand (Low).

Serious Rage, CIA toward Obeying the orders of the Hand, MIH of Elektra.


  • Bladed sai (x2) [BODY 04, EV 03 (04 w/STR, 08 w/Martial artist), /STR/ 05, Limitations : /STR/ only for the Disarm manoeuvre (-2) ; Note : when Blocking melee weapons with a sai or jitte, the weapon is considered to be the size of a shield (-1 AP to OV/RV for the Block)].
  • Occasionally a Katana [BODY 09, EV 05 (08 w/Martial artist), Sharpness (EV): 01].

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Elektra v1 (Marvel Universe).