Pinky the Whiz Kid, Mister Scarlet's sidekick

Pinky the Whiz Kid

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


Pinky was the bland sidekick of Mr. Scarlet, a forgotten 1940s super-hero. Reading the Mister Scarlet character profile before Pinky’s is thus recommended.

These are older notes, taken from what reprints were available during the 1990s.


  • Real Name: Pinky Butler ?
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Brian Butler aka Mr. Scarlet (adopted father).
  • Group Affiliation: (pre-Crisis): Squadron of Justice II ; (post-Crisis): All-Star Squadron (inactive member).
  • Base Of Operations: (post-Crisis) Fawcett City.



I’m not sure where the appellation “Whiz Kid” came from. It did not appear in the two Golden Age  stories that I have, but it does appear in the JLA/JSA/Earth-S crossover. I kinda like it, since it helps to differentiate between Pinky the kid and Pinky the mouse.

In Post-Crisis continuity, Pinky grows up to replace Mr. Scarlet. Mr. Scarlet II almost certainly has identical stats to Mr. Scarlet I.

Pinky seems to be a hero like Bucky, whose superhero name is the same as his real name (D’oh !). People refer to Pinky as Pinky no matter whether he’s in costume or not. Pinky *has* to be a nickname, but I don’t know what his real name is.


His costume is scarlet (not pink) with a yellow cape, and looks much like Mr. Scarlet’s. The only difference being his mask, which does not cover his hair. Like the Atom in his Sword of the Atom costume. Pinky also lacks Mr. Scarlet’s utility belt and gun.

This design was later changed to a blue mask, blue cape (with yellow interior), and yellow boots. He also gains a utility belt.


He’s a typical wise-cracking sidekick.


“I’m warning you, Mr. Scarlet. If we don’t make some money soon, I’m goin’ to work for Ibis !”

“Jeepers ! Captain Marvel sure is terrific! I wish I was like *him* !”

“Boy ! That Bulletman sure is good, too !”

“Mr. Scarlet, you’re so smart I don’t know what to say. You’re terrific ! I guess I want to be like you more than anybody else !”

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Pinky the Whiz Kid

Dex: 06 Str: 02 Bod: 04 Motivation: Upholding the Good
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: Kid
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: Variable
Init: 018 HP: 030

Detective*: 05, Martial Artist*: 06, Thief*: 06

Intensive Training.

Secret Identity ?

By Sean MacDonald.

Source of Character: DC/Fawcett comics.

Helper(s): Dan.