Virgil is an African-American teenager with short spike black hair and black eyes. During the first and second season, he wears an orange and yellow short sleeve baseball shirt with a sleeveless white shirt underneath, red pants and white sneakers. In the pilot episode, he wears this outfit but wearing a leather brown jacket and an orange cap as an addition.
In the third season, he now wears a orange long sleeve shirt with a number "5" in each side of his upper sleeves with a black collar, blue jeans and leather shoes. In the fourth season he maintains this outfit as the color of his shirt change to light yellow, his pants became white and his shoes changed to gray.
As Static, he wears a long blue and yellow hoodie jacket with a sleeveless white undershirt with a black static design, black pants and boots. He also wears a white mask and a yellow goggles in his forehead. The interior of his jacket is yellow. In both third and fourth season his hoodie jacket becomes black and indigo blue and the static design becomes yellow and his pants is now have an indigo design in each side of his hip and his boots is now indigo blue and yellow. In two episodes he was seen without his jacket.
Virgil Hawkins is an African-American high school student in the city of Dakota who lives with his widowed father and one sister, Sharon. One night, while meeting his friend Wade down by the docks, and was invited to join his gang, a rival gang showed up and a gang war ensued. The police soon arrived, and while launching a tear gas canister to break up the fight, the canister struck a platform containing barrels of an experimental mutagen, causing the barrels to ignite and explode, the entire dock area and its occupants were exposed to a strange purple gas which leaked from the barrels. As a result of this accidental exposure to this mutagen in an event later to become known as the Big Bang Virgil gained the ability to control and manipulate electromagnetism, and uses these powers to become a superhero named "Static." Countless others who were also exposed gained a wide variety of mutations and abilities, and Static spends much of his time dealing with these "Bang Babies ", many of whom use their abilities in selfish, harmful, and even criminal ways. Virgil's best friend, Richie an inventor and science whiz, is aware of Virgil's dual identity and often assists him by making excuses for him when he has to change into his 'Static' identity and by inventing crime-fighting gadgets for him.