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Colonel Stars
General Information
Real name: Sal Bertolinni
First Appearance: Kick-Ass 2 #1 - December, 2010
Created by: Mark Millar
John Romita, Jr.
Affiliations: Genovese Crime Family
Justice Forever
Portrayed by: Jim Carrey
"It's time we had a little talk, Mister Kim"
―Colonel Stars[src]

Sal Bertolinni is an ex-mafia enforcer turned costumed vigilante called Colonel Stars. He was the leader of Justice Forever.



Sal started out as a soldier for the Genovese crime family, working alongside his brother Lieutenant Stripes. Then at some point, both brothers found religion and decided to repent for their crimes. Inspired by Kick-Ass, they formed the Justice Forever team and set out to clean up the city as superhero


As a born-again Christian, Sal didn't curse casually and despite his aggressive nature towards criminals, he was shown to be a very generous and inspirational person. He seems to be a genuine nice person making a difference. He later admits that although he has no problems letting his dog, Sofia, eat a criminal's genitals, the guns he carries are empty and are there purely for intimidation purposes.

Skills and Abilities[]


  • Advanced Hand-to-Hand Combatant: On the one mission Kick-Ass accompanied him on, he displayed impressive combat skill when he knocked out a person with one punch. He has fighting experience from being a bodyguard and knocking out the gangster on the assault on Jimmy Kim. He has knowledge in pressure points. He also is skilled to take out three thugs simultaneously.
  • Expert Tactician: Armed solely with conventional weapons and motivated by a desire to help his allies, Sal is capable of single-handedly incapacitating a number of well-armed and experienced opponents.
  • Expert Marksman: He is a sharpshooter and exceptional marksman with many types of firearms, often depicted as rarely missing his target. Trained as an elite sniper, he's skilled enough to hit a target from 4 km. He is skilled in knife throwing as well.
  • Blade Weapons Training: He has extensive knowledge of blade weapons from his father's military training. He tends to carry with him up to 3 or 4 different types of edged-weapons.



  • The costume he wears is an Crye Multicam used by US Army and Airforce while deployed in Afghanistan with a dark sea green mask.
  • It hasn't been revealed whether or not the brothers actually served in the military at some point or if the costumes/codenames are merely a theme for their superhero identities.


  • He and the Lieutenant used baseball bats to beat gangsters into submission and even carried unloaded firearms as a means of intimidation.


In Other Media[]



  • In the film Kick-Ass, he is mentioned by one of Frank D'Amico's gang members, saying that he was killed, but he and his brother survived and were not killed by Big Daddy. This means they felt bad for being evil and want to changed their life.
  • When Kick-Ass is introduced to him, he doesn't seem to hold a grudge and gladly accepts him onto the team.
  • In the Movie, Colonel Stars and Lieutenant Stripes are combined into one character, thus making Colonel Stars and Stripes.