Superhero/villain Name: Static Shock, typically goes by Static
Civilian Name: Virgil Ovid Hawkins
Origin city/Planet: Dakota City, USA, Earth
Hometown: Dakota City, currently a vagabond
Age: Birth Date: 17, Born may 8th, 2008
Costumed Personality: While the persona of Static is more or less the same as Virgil himself, Static is a little more brazen and twice as witty. He knew what it cost when he took the mantle. The people were always first, and Virgil couldn't be happier to put the lives of others before his own.
Civilian Personality: While born with a sense of right, Virgil's upbringing forced him to do some things that he wasn't proud of. Virgil was an overall good kid, but as he grew into his teens, Pressure to take a position in one of the many neighborhood gangs increased. He didn't want to pick a side, as he thought that they were all bad. Despite his thoughts, he had to play with them and keep them on the line. He wasn't happy with how he lived, but surviving meant he had to sacrifice some things. While very smart, he does have a bit of a mouth, and it has gotten him in trouble with teachers and others.
After the Big Bang, gangs nearly disappeared from Dakota, and so did the overwhelming pressure to pick a side. Virgil was able to get back to focusing on his life. Time at school was still time at school. He needed to keep his grades up so he could keep stay outside when it got dark. After all, being a superhero meant you had to stay up past curfew.
-Skills: moderate hand-to-hand combat
knowledge in many applied sciences
- Super-Conductive Electromagnetism
- Electromagnetic Fields
- Electromagnetic Levatation
- Accelerated Healing
- Electrical Displays
- Electromagnetic Bolts
- Ball Lightning
- Static Cling
-Gadgets: Static Saucer - It was once a trash can lid, Virgil cannot escape that truth. It simply appears to be a large, round sheet of metal that Static uses to fly around, but that isn't completely true. Gear created a disc that folds up when not in use, and can be used and manipulated by Static through the use of his powers.
-Weapons: None currently
Civilian Occupation: Student - Virgil's parents did not consent to Virgil taking the required classes to graduate early, so before the beginning of his Junior year, they declared him a home-schooled student. He currently does his schoolwork electronically, and sends it to his parents for them to keep track of.
Character History/Origin: Virgil was born to Robert and Jean Hawkins, and was raised near the neighborhood of Paris Island, in Dakota City. Paris Island was known for being the poorest and most dangerous area in the city, and places like Virgil's block had some problems because of it. Growing up, Virgil always knew to stay away from the gangs and from that neighborhood, and he listened well. It wasn't until his Freshman year that rumors began to brew. A big showdown on Paris Island with nearly every gang in the city. The news moved around for months, and many of Virgil's friends decided they wanted in. Virgil was the last to join, and only due to the pressure of others that he knew.
The news wasn't well contained. News of the "Big Bang" spread far and wide, eventually reaching they Mayor's ears. SHe captitalized on the situation of such a large gang presence. She wanted to use an experimental tear gas, dubbed quantum juice, that could leave a tracking marker on all of the people it touched. When the Big Bang finally went down, the gas was used, and chaos proceeded.
The quantum juice had a disastrous effect on nearly all of the people involved in the Big Bang. more than 90% were killed due to the gas alone, and those that survived either mutated violently, or developed incredible abilities. Virgil survived, and was revealed to have become the latter option after Richard Foley, another friend from school, dragged him to an abandoned gas station near the scene. Static was nursed back to health over the course of the weekend, but his powers only began to show a week later.
He wasn't the only one to be affected by the gas in this manner. Many of the other survivors, dubbed Bang Babies, knew that this was the law's doing, and quickly relied on villainy to exact revenge for what had happened to them. Virgil would not accept that, and donned the name Static Shock to fight crime.
For two years Virgil fought the Bang Babies of Dakota City, as well as various other villains who rose to the escalating occasion. In this time, Richard had been exposed to Virgil long enough to adapt powers of his own, and became the hero known as Gear. With his powers, Richard was able to help Virgil even more, both on the streets and in the workshop. Static was better outfitted than ever before, and it was all thanks to his super-genius friend.
This high would only last so long, though. As Virgil became more adept with his powers, the more dangerous his foes became to combat such skill. Virgil was unable to keep his identity away from his family, who, were glad for Static for protecting the city, were more worried than ever for Virgil and his well being. Virgil almost had to hang up the goggles, but an agreement struck between him and his parents, and he was allowed to continue to fight crime.
One night, Virgil made the mistake of patrolling alone. As he combed through the streets, a Bang Baby by the name of Aftershock was prowling around near a gas station. Static had never faced another electricity based Bang Baby before, and was completely unaware that Aftershock's powers were the one source of electricity that could harm him.
The gas station exploded, and eight lives were lost that night. While nobody in the area knew that Static was present, Virgil took the loss hard. He stopped heroing for months, leaving Richard to suit up full time in Static's place. Eventually, Virgil decided that he wasn't worthy to protect Dakota City. Gear was doing a fine job with the few whom he had recruited. Virgil told his parents the truth about the gas station explosion, and offered him sympathy.
Virgil wanted to leave, but his parents told him that he still had to finish school. He offered to study hard and graduate early, but the refused. After weeks of bargaining, he was finally able to cut a deal. He could leave, and they would help him however they could, but he had to participate in home-schooling, and he had to return home at least once a month to see him family. Virgil knew that with such restrictions he couldn't go far, but it was better than nothing. He couldn't believe that his parent were so understanding, but when your parents know that you've been a superhero, they know that there isn't a lot that can stop you from doing what you believe is needed.
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