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Referring to the scene in Captain America: The Winter Soldier where 'Cap and company infiltrate that S.H.I.E.L.D. ship which had been taken over by terrorists. There was a fight towards the end of that scene (before 'Cap links up with Widow as she's downloading files) where 'Cap fights a terrorist.

This particular terrorist "gave as good as he got" against 'Cap for far longer than he should have been able to do, provided he was simply a "normal man" and not a superhero. He actually made it a competitive fight for a bit before 'Cap prevailed, even knocking 'Cap down once or twice if memory serves.

I want to know whether this terrorist was some "special" terrorist (i.e. had he been altered, given some kind of serum, was he "turbo-charged" in any way, etc) or was he simply at the upper-scale, fighting ability-wise, of a normal guy?

If the guy was some kind of supervillian that I just don't know about, I'll accept that he was able to compete with 'Cap for a bit. If he wasn't, I think they screwed up with the script in making the guy so strong. While I think there might be circumstances where a normal guy with superior fighting skills could do well against 'Cap for a bit (for instance, surprising him or blindsiding him or whatever), this didn't appear to be one of those circumstances.

Anyone know the answer? Can someone explain?

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Related: scifi.stackexchange.com/q/71863/23386 –  Napoleon Wilson Nov 3 '14 at 10:11

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He's a supervillain you're not familiar with. He's Batroc the Leaper, a villain from the comic books. He's a goofy acrobatic martial artist (specifically, he uses savate) who primarily fights Captain America, and has a French accent in the comics. He is a mercenary with a deep sense of honor, which they depicted in the film, and his martial arts style and skill enabled him to stand his ground against Captain America longer than most.

This io9 user post provides a lot of comics background on the events of the film.

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The guy was just an incredible athlete. He was played by Georges St. Pierre, a real life UFC champion, so basically, he's just absolutely amazing at martial arts and close to peak physical condition. Remember, as incredible as Cap is, he's technically not super-human. He's as strong and as fast as a human can possibly be, not above.

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While I've seen it stated that he's not super-human before, I'm still wondering how he was still alive after being frozen for 70 years ... –  Paulster2 Apr 6 '14 at 1:45
@Paulster2 you forgot to mention Captain's jump scene where he doesn't even used parachute. Which shows superhuman strength. –  Ankit Sharma Apr 8 '14 at 9:27
@AnkitSharma ... you're right, but the post above was before I saw the movie. Now I know :-) –  Paulster2 Apr 12 '14 at 19:03

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