Patriot of the Young Avengers (Eli Bradley) (Marvel Comics)


(Elijah Bradley)

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


Patriot (Elijah Bradley) was a founding member of Marvel Comics’ Young Avengers, appearing in 2005. Reading the Young Avengers team profile first is recommended but not indispensable.


  • Real Name: Elijah “Eli” Bradley.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Sarah Gail Bradley (mother), Isaiah Bradley (grandfather), Faith Shabazz Bradley (grandmother), Josiah al hajj Saddiq (Josiah X, uncle), Stephanie Bradley (sister), Litigious Bradley (brother), 2 unidentified sisters, unidentified father.
  • Group Affiliation: Young Avengers; formerly Secret Avengers.
  • Base Of Operations: New York.
  • Height: 5’9” Weight: 154lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black (shaved bald)


Powers and Abilities

Following the blood transfusion, Elijah inherited enhanced strength, stamina, hearing, and resistance to injury from his grandfather. This made him bulletproof, and allowed him to leap relatively long distances. He’s also shown the occasional surge of greater strength when enraged, enough to knock down Iron Patriot.

A skilled fighter and tactician, he’s armed with a replica of Captain America’s original shield, and an array of five-pointed throwing stars.


(See the Young Avengers entry for a general history of the team.)

Eli is the grandson of Isaiah Bradley, a successful recipient of Dr. Erskine’s super soldier formula. Isaiah’s existence the military tried to keep secret, but who went on to become an urban myth as the black Captain America.


When his mother remarried and moved to Scottsdale with his sisters, Eli stayed with his grandparents, so as not to interrupt his schooling. After being assaulted by hoodlums who taunted his grandfather, Eli became upset at the old man’s passivity.

Later on, he was tempted when approached by drug dealers offering to sell him MGH (Mutant Growth Hormone), a drug which temporarily gave its users super powers.

When the hoodlums later jumped him in the park, his grandfather saved him from them, and Eli decided he wished to live up to his grandfather’s legacy.

Young Avengers

Soon after he met Iron Lad, who was searching for Eli’s uncle, Josiah, who’d disappeared a short while before. Iron Lad was recruiting allies to battle his future self, Kang. Eli convinced Iron Lad that he also possessed powers, gained from an emergency blood transfusion from his grandfather, and joined Iron Lad’s team as Patriot, in a costume similar to Bucky’s.

He got hold of some MGH, and began targeting MGH dealers for his crime-fighting activities, seizing their stock for his use.

When they continued operating despite the Avengers shutting them down, Kate (Hawkeye) presented Elijah with a replica of Captain America’s old shield.

The Patriot (Elijah Bradley) throwing shuriken in a church

When the team targeted Mr. Hyde’s MGH operation, the truth about Elijah’s abilities came out. He quit the team in shame. They didn’t accept it, and he got caught up in their trouble with the Skrull and Kree.

When one of the Kree fired at Captain America, Eli threw himself in front of the blast, and was severely injured as a result. Sentry rushed him to hospital, where he had a blood transfusion from his grandfather, and finally got actual powers.

Children’s Crusade

Patriot was unhappy with the team going along with first Magneto, and then Dr. Doom. His increasing frustration led him to take action when it seemed like Doom was in danger of gaining control of the Life Force. It didn’t work as planned, and he actually caused Doom to gain the power.

The guilt from ensuing events, the death of two of his teammates and the mutants not getting their powers back, proved too much for him. Not wanting to have to make such choices again, he abandoned the Patriot identity, and moved to Scottsdale to live with his mother. [He’ll probably have the Guilt Drawback after this point]


Serious and driven, Eli is usually alert and rarely appears to relax or smile, always trying to give the impression of being a professional. He’s extremely proud of his grandfather, and is determined to live up to his legacy. He has immense respect for Captain America, but will go against his orders if he feels they’re wrong.

He is deeply ashamed of his use of MGH to gain powers. He also was when he was using them, his secret shame at that time distancing him from his team mates, leaving him afraid to get too close to them in case they found out his secret. When using MGH he was also short-tempered and aggressive, due to both the drugs themselves, and the stress of his secret.

He leads the Young Avengers, and most of them are usually follow his lead, apart from Speed, who is generally rebellious against any authority, and Kate (Hawkeye), with whom he still has a bickering relationship, but he does seem to resent Speed’s attempts to hit on her.


Iron Lad: “We wouldn’t be running away from the cops if you’d listened to me.”
Patriot: “Why should I ? You just say the same thing over and over.”
Iron Lad: “Yes ! Because you don’t listen.”

[After Patriot takes a blast aimed at Captain America]
Patriot: “I’m sorry.”
Captain America: “It’s okay. It’s gonna be okay.”
Patriot: “You’re not gonna yell at me ?”
Captain America: “Not this time, son.”
Patriot: “Then I must really be in bad shape.”

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dex: 07 Str: 05 Bod: 06 Motivation: Seeking Justice
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Student
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 001
Init: 018 HP: 035

Adrenaline Surge (STR): 04, Extended Hearing: 03, Jumping: 02, Skin Armor: 02

Bonuses and Limitations:
Adrenaline Surge is Minor Marginal (-1).

Acrobatics: 05, Martial Artist: 06, Weaponry (Missile): 07

None demonstrated.

Young Avengers (High), Avengers (Low), Runaways (Low).

Age (Young), Secret ID.


  • MEDIUM SHIELD [BODY (Hardened Defenses) 12, EV 03 (06w/STR), Recommended STR 02, Note: OV/RV bonus when using the Block Manoeuvre is 2 APs, Note: the OV bonus for the Shield Cover Manoeuvre is 2 APs].
  • Throwing Stars (x15) [BODY 03, EV 02 (03 w/STR), Dart Bonus].

Previous Stats

Prior to the blood transfusion which gave him real powers, his Physical Stats were 04/02/03, and his skills were all at 3 APs.

When using MGH to give him powers these were raised to 07/07/07, but he also had Minor Rage. Neither form had any Powers. During this time he also had the Dark Secret Drawback about the origin of his powers.

By Gareth Lewis.

Source of Character: Marvel Comics (covers up to Children’s Crusade #9).

Helper(s): , All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, capita_senyera, Sébastien Andrivet, Azrael, Adam.

Writeup completed on the 26th of August, 2012.