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Context

Slash is an obscure DC character. She only appeared in one story, the 1988 Batgirl Special. There’s no known tie with the previous Slash, a Lady Shiva enemy.

There’s little about her. Her costume is kinda cool, yet even then it’s somewhat generic Bronze Age  fare (she’s halfway between Magenta and Mindancer with bits of Black Spider thrown in, to stick with the 1980s Who’s Who). But since the book’s open…

And heh, this makes Slash a good base for some original character development.

This profile is best read after the Cormorant character profile, which has additional explanations.


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Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Former associate of Mrs. Wells.
  • Base of Operations: Gotham City.
  • Height: 5’6″ Weight: 120 lbs.
  • Eyes: Unrevealed. Hair: Unrevealed.


Powers & Abilities

Slash is fast, stealthy, and collected. She has excellent accuracy with low-tech weapons. Essentially, she’s a ninjette type. As a fighter, she seemed on par with late 1980s Batgirl.

She carries at least 16 custom knives. As one can infer from the quantity, they are also balanced for throwing. Why is she called Slash if she primarily stabs ? I don’t know.


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History

In unrevealed circumstances, Slash came to work with one Mrs. Wells. Wells was the wife of the successful Gotham City hitman, the Cormorant, who often beat her. She and Slash shared an agenda of terminating serial abusers of women who, for whichever reason, weren’t behind bars. Mrs. Wells picked the targets and prepped Slash’s intelligence.

(There’s an implication that massive corruption in Gotham allowed serial rapists to go free, even when a solid case existed. This presumably mostly worked for rich and/or connected people.)

In 1988, Slash became the newest killer vigilante to hit Gotham. She murdered unconvicted serial rapist David Scarano, the son of General Scarr, in the public library managed by Barbara Gordon. However, Gordon erroneously thought that the Cormorant had been the killer.

While she was after this red herring, Slash murdered one Mr. Iverson right on the street – then a third man. This created a lot of heat in the Gotham underworld. Somebody hired the Cormorant to kill Slash – and thus he became involved after all.

Overhearing, Mrs. Wells prepared a file for Slash to hit her husband before he’d come after Slash.

Axing the phallocratic phalacrocorax

Meanwhile, Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) deduced the Slash’s next target would be one Anthony Catarino. Catarino was placed under police protection, and Batgirl came in. But Slash nevertheless slew him, and stabbed Batgirl in the shoulder so she could escape.

Slash (Batgirl enemy) (DC Comics) fighting and killing

However, Babs’ cape took the brunt of it. Thus, when Slash came after Mr. Wells, Batgirl was already present.

As Batgirl refused to let Slash kill one more person, the situation went bad for everyone involved. Batgirl threw one of Slash’s own knives into Slash’s shoulder to save Cormorant’s life. But before passing out, Slash picked up one of Cormorant’s guns and shot him dead, saving Batgirl’s life.

An ambulance came in time to save Slash’s life, and she was arrested. The police also escorted Mrs. Wells out, but presumably as a witness.

Slash was never seen again. However, in 1992, a similar character called Pagan (Marian Mercer) emerged in Gotham. Perhaps it was the same person ?


Description

See ’em peekchurs.


Personality

Slash blames The Patriarchy™ for endlessly victimising women and preventing them from standing together. But she operates on a small scale by removing women-hating predators, in an attempt to save some lives.

Slash will attempt to protect women’s lives in almost every circumstance, even if said ladies are trying to stop her.

She doesn’t trust the courts or police in any way. Presumably because the odds of sexual assaults being punished by imprisonment are exceedingly low. One gets the impression she’s seen loved ones suffer from this.

Slash has a tendency to naïvely trust women, just because they are women. Either that, or something in her past means that she had reasons to trust Batgirl.

With each kill, she made it certain to tell her targets why they were dying, and in the name of which specific victims Slash was killing them. But she did that *after* stabbing, while her victim was bleeding to death. She’s pragmatic that way.


Quotes

“Stay back, Batgirl. He’ll just have a slower death if you interfere. Wouldn’t want that on your conscience, would you ? I know you have one? You’re not like the others — pounding and fighting for their own glory. You care.”

“Men want women to be weak, defenseless ! I can’t allow that ! I have to fight for them — I am their only protection — and I won’t let you stop me ! If you had seen Crystal, seen what he’d done to her, you’d understand. No one who has felt that kind of pain can let it continue.”


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Slash

Dex: 06 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Justice
Int: 05 Wil: 04 Min: 05 Occupation: Killer vigilante
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Wealth: 004
Init: 017 HP: 025

Skills:
Acrobatics: 05, Detective (Legwork): 05, Martial Artist: 05, Thief (Stealth): 05, Weaponry (Knives (wielded and thrown)): 06, Weaponry: 04

Advantages:
Schtick (Paired weapons (Wielded knives)).

Connections:
Mrs. Wells (Low).

Drawbacks:
MIA toward Trusting women, MID of macho-sounding men.

Equipment:

  • ALL THE KNIVES [BODY 05, Enhance (EV): 01 (Cap is 06), Descriptor: Piercing, Slashing]. When thrown, these have EV 03.
  • Slash is also briefly seen using a swingline.

Design notes

I’m using the Batgirl stats in the 1989 Batman Sourcebook as the benchmark, since she and Slash seemed about as good.

But I am assuming that Babs had slightly lower stats and lower HPs in 1988. Though it’s odd that the Mayfair version gives her no Martial Artist…

Almost everything that is not benchmarked against Batgirl is assumptions. Especially Detective, which is but implied. The rest is demonstrated, but at unclear APs.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Batgirl comics.

Helper(s): Darci.

Writeup completed on the 17th of December, 2018.

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