Violence of SHIELD (Marvel Comics)


(Violet Pinkerton)


Violence is a S.H.I.E.L.D. super-agent who first appeared in 1992. However, this Nick Fury series was cancelled not too long thereafter. So it all went right into the toilet in a heavy-handed attempt to leave a clean slate.

On the other hand, this means that she can be used in campaigns as a S.H.I.E.L.D. asset, Hydra asset or something else entirely.



  • Real Name: Violet Pinkerton.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: Percival “Pinky” Pinkerton (grandfather, deceased).
  • Group Affiliation: S.H.I.E.L.D. Super-Agents II (formerly), HYDRA (currently).
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 5’7” Weight: 124 lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Blonde

Powers and Abilities

Violence does not have any super-powers. But she is a gifted and highly trained S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, specialising in combat. She is aggressive, fearless and willing to employ experimental weaponry more sensible people would avoid carrying on their person.

Violence (Violet Pinkerton) vs. Hydra agents

Her arsenal included :

  • Modified S.H.I.E.L.D. uniform. This Beta Cloth uniform includes bracers that can deploy fighting blades above the top of her hands.
  • Armoured shades, or night vision goggles.
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. Plasma Pistol w/built-in flamethrower mode.
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. Plasma Pistol w/built-in unstable beam mode.The unstable beam mode looks like a normal plasma beam, but the explosion at the point of impact is much bigger than usual.
  • One one occasion, Violence replaced her custom plasma pistols with a pair of S.H.I.E.L.D. machine pistols – a bulky machine pistol firing .30 APDU rounds.
  • Combat knife.
  • A S.H.I.E.L.D. assault motorbike. This hog is basically the equivalent of the infamous S.H.I.E.L.D. flying Porsches in bike form. It is armed with swivelling machinegun pods on the sides, and can shoot a rocket-towed line to catch or entangle targets.


It is entirely possible that she has even more weapons than the ones that were show. For instance a few flash-bang grenades, a garrote in her bracers, etc.. Slapping a missile or two on her bike is also a fairly safe bet.

For what it’s worth, the assault bike resembles a S.H.I.E.L.D. prototype seen during the late 1960s Steranko era.

If you stick with the official continuity and have her now be a HYDRA agent, you might consider giving her variants of the Satan’s Claw combat gloves used by Baron Strucker instead of her S.H.I.E.L.D. weapons.


Violet Pinkerton a.k.a. Violence is a descendant of Howling Commando member Percival Pinkerton. A troubled youth with uncontrollable violent tendencies, she spent time in prison in her native British Isles.

Due to her psychological issues she was turned down by S.H.I.E.L.D.. However, there was a good chance she’d be recruited by a terrorist organisation such as HYDRA or AIM instead. Given her fearlessness and sheer combat ability, that was considered a problem.

Violence (Violet Pinkerton) face closeup

Eventually, S.H.I.E.L.D. senior officer G.W. Bridge decided to have Pinkerton join an experimental project. It was a new team of Super-Agents. This way, she would be under close supervision. And her occasional disregard for her own safety and that of her allies would be less likely to lead to the death of S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives.

Furthermore, that provided the techs with somebody willing to field-test their new gear.


As Violence, she took part in several missions. In these, the young Super-Agents accompanied Nick Fury in the field for high-stake missions.

This volume of Nick Fury ended weirdly. Suddenly in the last few issues most of the new characters turn traitor and/or die. Specificallyn Violence was revealed to be an infiltrated HYDRA agent, and likely was the one who murdered Ivory.

Then, through a deus ex machina S.H.I.E.L.D. suddenly returned to the status quo from before the Deltite conspiracy, with tons of old characters returning from the dead.


See illustrations.


Violence is a tough guy elite soldier and a 1990s bad girl. Apparently she harbours a need for confrontation, violence, explosions and the like. She is fearless and goes for the throat whenever… whenever… well, pretty much all of the time, really.

Violence (Violet Pinkerton) and Nick Fury

She’s a very angry person and feels in her element in battle. She thinks that building a flamethrower into a plasma pistol or having a combat bike that can be ridden through fire is a great idea.

Violence has a personal problem with Fury, and gives him lip fairly often. Apparently, this was caused by accusations of war crimes concerning her grandfather’s time with the Howling Commandos. She felt that Fury (who may not have been aware of the issue) did not do enough to clear Pinky’s honour.


“I realise the S.H.I.E.L.D. shrinks pigeon-holed me as being suicidal — but I always assumed I’d pick the time and place of my own. Instead, I’m following Lord High Fury the Living Fossil into the valley of death, because every other peace-keeping organisation in the world has justifiably lost faith in the old man.”

Nick Fury: “The walkin’ armoury on my left…? She ain’t got no super-powers to speak of, but with a code name like Violence…”
Violence: “I manage.”

“Who are you calling a lady ?”

“How positively subtle. I *abhor* subtlety.” (KA-BOOOOM !) “Anyone still conscious, should throw down their weapons while they still have the limbs needed to do so.”

“Hail HYDRA ! There will be no survivors !”

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dex: 05 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Psychopath
Int: 05 Wil: 04 Min: 05 Occupation: Super-Agent
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 018 HP: 025

Acrobatics (Dodging): 06, Acrobatics (climbing): 05, Detective (police procedure): 04, Evasion (Ranged only): 06, Martial artist*: 05, Military science (demolition): 05, Thief (stealth, security systems): 04, Vehicles (Air, Land, Water): 06, Weaponry (Firearms, Heavy): 06

Credentials (Low with S.H.I.E.L.D., later became Medium with HYDRA), Iron Nerves, Lightning Reflexes.

None (except for those derived from Credentials).

Minor Rage, MPI (death wish), MIA toward Having An Attitude.


  • MODIFIED SHIELD ISSUE UNIFORM [BODY 08, Claws: 04 (05 w/STR, 06 w/Martial Artist), Flame immunity: 03, Radio communications: 05, Sharpness (Claws): 01, Skin armor: 02, Limitation: Skin armor only vs piercing and edged attacks].
  • Armoured shades [BODY 05, Shade: 01].
  • Night Vision Goggles [BODY 01, Thermal vision: 04].
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. Plasma Pistol [BODY 03, Energy blast: 07, R#4] w/built-in flamethrower mode [BODY 03, Flame project: 06, Flash (steady illumination only): 06, Range: 02, Ammo: 04, Limitation: Flame Project has No Range – use the listed Range instead].
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. Plasma Pistol [BODY 03, Energy blast: 07, R#4] w/built-in unstable beam mode [BODY 03, Bomb: 06, Range: 03, Ammo: 04].
  • One one occasion, Violence replaced her custom plasma pistols with a pair of S.H.I.E.L.D. machine pistols – a bulky machine pistol firing .30 APDU rounds [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 06, Sharpness (projectile weapons): 01, Ammo: 06, R#3, Advantage : Autofire].
  • Combat knife [BODY 05, EV 03 (05 w/STR, 06 w/Martial Artist), Can be Thrown].
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. ASSAULT MOTORBIKE [STR 04 BODY 08, Flash (steady illum. only): 04, Flame immunity: 02, Flight: 06, Jumping: 03, Projectile weapon: 08, Running: 07, Snare: 06, Bonus: Projectile Weapon has Autofire].

Design notes

I have assumed they all had full S.H.I.E.L.D. agent training and in particular the Skills in the generic S.H.I.E.L.D. agent writeup, even those they did not demonstrate.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Marvel Universe.

Helper(s): Article by Stephen Schend for Dragon Magazine