Tracer of the Extremists (DC Comics) bare-chested


(Vincent Cade)


The Extremists are a loose group of DC Multiverse villains, who are evidently patterned after popular Marvel Comics villains. They operate on a separate version of Earth than most of the DC Universe characters. As of this writing, their world is designated Earth-8.

This profile is about the version of the Extremists that was seen during the Countdown DC Comics, and thus in 2007/2008.


  • Real Name: Vincent Cade.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: The Extremists.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 6’4” Weight: 250 lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Red


Powers and Abilities

The surgeries his ravaged body underwent left Tracer with:

  • Increased musculature resulting in superhuman strength, speed, and reflexes.
  • Enhanced senses.
  • Implanted razor-sharp metallic claws.
  • Highly developed regenerative abilities, enough that he can quickly recover from heat beam damage from a Superman counterpart.


(The Extremists are native of Earth-8 in the current DC Multiverse.)

An Angorian soldier, Vincent Cade quickly discovered he wasn’t cut out for the role during his first time in action, in the Iranian war. He broke and ran away.

Severely injured, his broken body was used for experimentation in the Experiment House. He was also forced to experience hours and hours of violent images, mood-altering drugs, and subliminal audio. This turned him into a psychotic killing machine.


Dispatched on a covert mission with other enhanced soldiers, Americommando and Eagle, his programming quickly became overwhelming. Tracer killed Eagle, and would’ve been killed by Americommando had Lord Havok not intervened.

Helping him regain a degree of stability, Lord Havok arranged for Tracer to work as an assassin for the underworld. This was a way to vent the aggressive impulses Cade still suffered from.

Tracer also served as one of Lord Havok’s Extremists. He began a relationship with team mate Dreamslayer.


The United States of Angor were incensed at Lord Havok’s taking over of Slovekia and execution of the royal family. Thus, President Americommando threatened invasion – even without the sanction of the International Council.

Gathered in Slovekia, the Extremists captured the multiverse-travelling Challengers from Beyond – Jason Todd, Donna Troy, Kyle Rayner, the Jokester and ’Bob‘ the Monitor. They believed them new members of the Meta Militia.

The Extremists were disabused of this by the arrival of Barracuda, the Extremist’s spy in the Meta Militia.

Soon after, Monarch appeared with some of his cross-dimensional super army, inviting them to join him.


They refused. A brief fight ensued between the Extremists, Monarch’s army, and the escaping Challengers. In the fray, Barracuda was killed. The Challengers escaped, and Monarch withdrew, making a temporary alliance with Americommando.

Tracer of the Extremists with multiple wounds

When the team returned to their lives, Tracer received a job from his current boss to eliminate some competitors. But when he went where directed, he found himself ambushed by some of Monarch’s troops, including Herr Superman and the Bizarro Wonder Woman.

He initially did well against them, until the Bizarro Wonder Woman got her lasso around his neck.

Left badly beaten, he was recovered by Lord Havok. Tracer awoke in time to face the Meta-Militia’s attack on Slovekia. The Meta-Militia, led by Americommando, and aided by Monarch, broke through the field surrounding Slovekia.

Slovekia invaded – again

The remaining Extremists fell quickly before them while Lord Havok remained ensconced within his lab.

The invading force finally entered it to discover themselves in a large empty room. This place neutralized the powers of all within except the Extremists, who’d freed themselves and followed them in. The only enemy survivors of the ensuing slaughter were:

  1. Monarch.
  2. President Americommando. He had been taken down by Vice-President Bluejay, who’d turned against him in the earlier battle, believing he’d taken Angor in the wrong direction.

Returning (most of) Monarch’s power, Lord Havok agreed that the Extremists would serve him.

Earth-51 invaded

Joining Monarch’s army, the Extremists were part of the invasion of Earth-51. It eventually went bad when Superman-Prime arrived. He breached Monarch’s armour, causing an explosion which annihilated all life.

Before it could take them, though, Lord Havok used the fragment of power he hadn’t returned to Monarch to teleport the Extremists safely back to their own universe. There they took up residence in a base he’d constructed within the Moon, from where he could observe the Multiverse and make plans.


Usually calm and reserved, Tracer still possesses the violent tendencies programmed into him. These are certainly useful in a fight. He needs to vent these urges regularly, so takes jobs killing criminals for other criminals to allow him to work this aggression off without harming the innocent.

He remains loyal to Lord Havok for saving his life and sanity, and sees Louise (Dreamslayer) as the one good thing in his life.


“Rrraghr !”

[On working for criminals] “It’s therapy. It was this guy’s idea… A guy I owe a lot to, a guy who’s sorta my boss now… A guy who helped me out a lot. So yeah, I do stuff for the Momo’s of the world and yeah, I ain’t too proud of it. But the thing is, I gotta do it. It’s in me to do it. And the reason I do it by takin’ that I do, is… well, if I’m gonna do it, at least let me do it to the right kind of people, ya know ?”

Marvel Universe History

Tracer being a counterpart of Sabretooth in the Marvel Universe, the Extremists might do best as being from an alternate reality.

Or he could be the result of a splinter Weapon X project to make more controllable versions of their popular models.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dex: 09 Str: 06 Bod: 07 Motivation: Anti-Heroic Unwanted Power
Int: 05 Wil: 04 Min: 05 Occupation: Extremist/Mercenary
Inf: 05 Aur: 05 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 023 HP: 050

Analytic Smell/Tracking Scent: 10, Claws: 09, Invulnerability: 12, Jumping: 03, Regeneration: 15

Acrobatics*: 09, Martial Artist*: 09, Military Science (Tracking): 09, Thief: 08, Weaponry (Military)*: 09

Iron Nerves, Lightning Reflexes.

Extremists (High), Dreamslayer (High), Underworld (Low).

Power Loss (Regeneration is reduced to 0APs if Invulnerability is activated, until Tracer reaches BODY 01), Minor Rage.

Arm-Mounted Blades [BODY 06, Claws: 10 (11 w/STR, 12 w/Martial Artist)].

Design Notes

Due to limited appearances, much of this is speculative.

By Gareth Lewis.

Source of Character: DC Comics.

Helper(s): Peter Piispanen, Chris Cottingham, Frank Murdock, Adam.

Writeup completed on the 16th of October, 2010.