I put a shock to your system!- Static's catchphrase
Virgil Hawkins/Static Shock is the Titular Character/protagonist of the show.
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 exposure to this mutagen in an event later 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, is an inventor and science whiz. He is aware of his dual identity and often assists him by making excuses for him when he has to change into his hero identity and by inventing crime-fighting gadgets for him. Richie later becomes Gear, Static's full-time partner in crime-fighting.
Virgil is an African-American teenager with black hair in dreadlocks 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, a white undershirt, black pants, gloves and boots. He also wears a white mask and yellow goggles. In both third and fourth season, he wears a black-and-indigo hoodie, his undershirt is black and his insignia is golden. His pants is now have an indigo stripe on each side of his hip and his gloves and boots are now indigo and golden. In two episodes he was seen without his jacket.
Personality and traitsEdit
Virgil is a kind, smart, and humorous young man, and is Richie Foley's best friend. His friendliness and sense of humor have made him interesting to his friends Frieda Goren and Daisy Watkins. He has a bit of annoyance with his sister Sharon and sometimes exhibits negative traits such as anger, annoyance, and can be a show-off for his fans as Static. But despite these things, Virgil always comes through for his family and friends. He is on good terms with his father, even after he learns that Virgil is Static. As a superhero, Static has a very strong sense of right and wrong and is the first to help a friend in trouble. He is almost fearless in the face of danger and often goes about fighting crime with a confident smile. Static also knows when to admit when he's wrong and displays a compassionate heart to some of his opponents, such as when he comforts Permafrost and wants to help her, when he convinces Aquamaria to be the test subject for a cure for the Big Bang's after-effects, and when he expressed gratefulness to Talon when she said she was glad to be normal again. Static also acts wisely in many situations and often provides advice to those who need it.
Powers and abilitiesEdit
Static is arguably among the most powerful Bang Babies in Dakota. As a result of being affected by the Big Bang, he is capable of controlling and manipulating electricity and magnetism. His powers have inspired technology with electric themes, and Static himself has a personal catchphrase in the first and second season: "I put a shock to your system!" Aside from being able to lift metal and metallic objects with his powers, Static is capable of other feats. He can resist electric charges similar to his, absorb electricity from other sources to recharge himself if necessary, and generate powerful blasts of electricity to stun his enemies or break through bonds. His only weakness is high levels of water and his electric powers don't work well against insulators. In the series finale "Power Outage", when a cure for the Bang Babies was spreading, Static and Gear began to lose their powers until Ebon and Hotstreak set off the Big Bang gas in the ship where the heroes found them. Upon being exposed a second time, Static and Gear regained their powers. Here, Static became so powerful that his electrical power could lift Ebon and Hotstreak with some effort and even wound the combined villains temporarily.