Saber (Vigilante enemy) (DC Comics)


(Marshall Saber)

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


Cannon and Saber are two mercenary combat experts. This redoubtable and well-armed pair appeared in 1984, and clashed several times with the Vigilante (Adrian Chase).

I *think* that they are the first clear depiction of a couple of gay men in super-hero comics. Well, by 1984 standards, but still much more forward than the previous system of coded allusions.


  • Real Name: Marshall Saber.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Partner of Cannon.
  • Base Of Operations: USA.
  • Height: 6’ Weight: 195 lbs.
  • Eyes: Green Hair: Red


Powers and Abilities

Saber is a formidable gunman, possessing an almost instinctive ability to instantly aim and unerringly shoot any gun.

He has practised obsessively since childhood, and marksmanship is second nature to him. For instance he has been able to make sniper shots without any preparation at all and with but a few seconds of window of opportunity.


Cannon and Saber were mob killers, each employed by a different New York crime family. Each man felt his skills was a major factor in the power and success of his boss. Few dared to oppose the men who controlled two of the most skilled assassins in the business.

Saber, the most ambitious of the two, concocted an elaborate plan that saw each killing each other’s boss. This left the two mobs open for a takeover move on his part. This plot brought them to the attention of the Vigilante (Adrian Chase). He foiled their plan, although not before they succeeded in hitting their respective targets.

In the fight that followed, Vigilante, Cannon and Saber were all badly wounded. The Vigilante was very nearly slain.

The Vigilante escaped thanks to an accomplice, but the two assassins were captured by the police and placed in an hospital ward under the strictest security.


Take California

Cannon and Saber fled to Southern California. There they decided to go in the freelance assassination business together, operating out of a home overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

When last seen, the murdering duo had accepted a contract on the Vigilante, returning to New York to fulfil it. They failed, and the Vigilante left them for capture by the police. They were sent to maximum security cells in Attica.


See illustrations.


Saber is very confidant, even cocky, due to his extraordinary skill. He’s seldom faced with people who can match him. He is a professional, competent killer.

His main weakness is his love for Cannon. For instance he’s liable to panic and rush his boyfriend to the hospital if he’s badly wounded, instead of acting like the professional he is.


“Amazing, isn’t it ? You show a gun and suddenly everybody is afraid. With good reason, too.”

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dex: 06 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Free-lance assassin
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 006
Init: 016 HP: 020

Acrobatics (athletics, climbing, dodging): 04, Martial artist: 05, Thief (camouflage): 05, Weaponry (firearms): 08

Schtick (Fast draw).

Underworld (Low).

MIA toward Cannon.


  • Colt Python Elite (x2) [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 05, Ammo: 06, R#02, Recommended STR: 03, Drawback: Long reload time].
  • To perform hits, he mostly uses a Remington M70 [BODY 02, Projectile weapons: 06, Range: 08, Telescopic vision: 04, Ammo: 06, R#02. Limitation: Projectile weapons has No Range – use the Range given next instead].
  • He also once used a M60 machinegun [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 08, Ammo: 06, R#03, Recommended STR 05 (none when using a bipod and the Bracing Bonus), Advantage: Autofire, Drawback: Long reload time] to take out the tires of a speeding bulletproof car.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Vigilante comics (DCU).