[[caption-width-right:250:''"Y'know, I'm ''really'' starting to enjoy science."'']]

''Static'' is a a comic book following an original character from DC Comics' Creator/MilestoneComics imprint, created by Creator/DwayneMcDuffie and John Paul Leon. ''Static'' #1 was published in June 1993. The series lasted for 45 issues, from June, 1993 to March, 1997.

The series follows high school student Virgil Ovid Hawkins who gains a variety of [[ShockAndAwe electromagnetic powers]] when doused with an experimental chemical during a gang war he was caught up in. He uses his developed powers to combat the crime infesting his city, much of it centers around the ongoing gang activities while he also juggles typical adolescent problems.

The comic was later adapted to the TV series ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'', with some [[{{Bowdlerise}} bowdlerisation]], and revived as a Creator/DCComics series in 2011's ComicBook/{{New 52}} event, also under the name ''Static Shock'', which was canceled after eight issues. Crossing over from his own show, Static guested on ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited''. He also was a recurring character in the second season of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. A [[http://deadline.com/2014/10/warner-bros-digital-slate-mortal-combat-static-shock-akiva-goldsman-856922/ live action series]], directed by Creator/ReginaldHudlin, is currently in the works.

Not to be confused with either of the two Marvel Comics characters of the same name, both part of different Franchise/XMen continuities.
!!Tropes associated with ''Static'':

* AbhorrentAdmirer: The Swarm, a hivemind of insects is in love with Virgil.
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: According to [[WordOfGod Dwayne McDuffie]], Static was Milestone's version of SpiderMan.
* AnimatedAdaptation
* AscendedFanboy: Virgil reads and collects comic books and makes it no secret that he identifies with [[{{Pokemon}} Pikachu]]
* BadassBookworm: He isn't the standard "Throw lightning at his enemy and hope for the best" sort. Static commonly uses his knowledge of physics to get the best and most versatile uses out of his powers.
* BlackAndNerdy: And not ashamed of it.
* BreakoutCharacter: A Retroactive example. Static was the one Milestone series that managed to get picked up for a cartoon deal, and his character was the prime reason behind DC wanting to license the characters in 2008.
** And three years later in 2011, and he finally got his own title.
** The Dakotaverse as a whole was saved by Static.
* CanonDiscontinuity: Milestone Forever
* CloningBlues: Virgil's sister Sharon is kidnapped and cloned. They have no idea which one is the real one, and it takes a while for them to stop hating each other.
* TheChosenOne: It seems Static becomes one of the most powerful superheroes in the DC Universe when he becomes an adult.
* ClarkKenting
* ComesGreatResponsibility: He is based off of Spider-Man after all.
* ComicBooksAreReal: An odd case. Static wasn't originally part of the DC Universe, and at one point reads some Superman comics. The obvious consequences appear when he meets the ComicBook/PostCrisis ComicBook/{{Superboy}} in the CrisisCrossover ''Worlds Collide.'' This is later {{Retcon}}ned so he can be included in the DCU.
* CanonImmigrant: He's been everywhere in the DCU since the merger, including ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''.
* DeadpanSnarker: Virgil and Frieda
* ElectricBlackGuy
* {{Expy}}: Confirmed by WordOfGod that Static is a modern take of Franchise/SpiderMan.
* FirstGirlWins: In Milestone Forever, Virgil and Frieda are married.
* FlyingFirepower: With a piece of metal to hover on and some good old fashioned ShockAndAwe.
* GadgeteerGenius: In the pages of Comicbook/TeenTitans in the ComicBook/{{New 52}} reboot, Virgil has actually created the outfits/tech for Red Robin and Kid Flash.
* GayAesop: Involving Static's friend Rick Stone, who is gay. This was bowdlerised in the show of course.
** One cold open in the new 52 had the villain bullied for her lesbianism, among other things. Static tells the bullies he sterilized them with microwaves.[[note]]Which is impossible, of course. Either ArtisticLicenseBiology or Static was intimidating them.[[/note]]
* GrandFinale: Static's tale in Milestone Forever, [[spoiler: Virgil grows up to become a doctor, retires from superheroics, and marries and have twins with Frieda. ]]
** [[spoiler:Interestingly enough, the animated version doesn't retire and is still an active superhero at age 65 (which he says is the new 30). Static is mentioned to have a son, but he doesn't appear.]]
* GreenThumb, The Botanist, who, similar to Poison Ivy, controls plants.
* HeroesWantRedHeads: Virgil is initially very attracted to Frieda. However she mostly views him as a friend.
* ILetGwenStacyDie: [[spoiler: Larry, Virgil's close friend and Dusk, who was often his partner.]]
* IconicItem: Static's trench coat and saucer.
* JumpedAtTheCall
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Larry and Dusk]]
* TheKnightsWhoSaySquee
* LargeHam
* LetsYouAndHimFight: Got into a brief scuffle with Superboy during the World's Collide crossover.
* NamedAfterSomeoneFamous: Virgil and Ovid are both two classical Roman writers.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Gave one to the group of thugs who killed Larry. This was one of the very rare times that Virgil got legitimately angry at someone in a fight.
* PlayingWithFire: Three villains of Static's have this power. [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain Hotstreak]], who also uses the friction generated from his movement to gain SuperSpeed. And Holocaust who also has super strength and invulnerability. Both cause Static a ''lot'' of grief. Burn, is a one shot villain, however.
* OneOfUs: Again, Virgil, and many of his friends are huge nerds. He often plays tabletop games in a hobby shop, and bonded with ComicBook/BlueBeetle and Kid Devil over their shared nerdiness.
* PowerParasite: Prometheus, a villain who is especially dangerous because he drains Static's electricity, meaning he can't just blast him into submission.
* PsychicBlockDefense: He has a resistance toward mental intrusion. The Swarm was quickly forced out of his head after it attempted to invade his mind. And even the ''Anti Life Equation'' failed to permanently enslave him.
* RoguesGalleryTransplant: Holocaust was chiefly a ''ComicBook/BloodSyndicate'' villain, but Dakotaverse characters freely intermingled.
* ShockAndAwe: Though rather than simply electricity, Static manipulates electromagnetism. He commonly dips into LightningCanDoAnything, which makes sense, considering it is one of the four fundamental forces. With enough control and creativity, there isn't much the electromagnetic force can't do.
* SkySurfing: He flies on objects like trash can lids and manhole covers. Though he eventually created his own personal flying disk.
* SuperHero: Arguably the Milestone poster boy.
* TalkingIsAFreeAction
* ThePowerOfBlood: Doctor Kilgore, an immoral hospital physician injects himself with Virgil's metahuman blood, and gains the power to project energy blasts. He obviously wants more of Virgil's blood.
* TheSocialDarwinist: Holocaust has elements of this. His motto in life is "If you ain't taking, you're getting took," basically saying that if you don't abuse other people, then you will be abused.
* TimeSkip: Static's story in Milestone Forever is a ten year time skip from the end of his Milestone Series
* TimeyWimeyBall: One new 52 anti-villain turns out to be Static duplicated through a time-space portal thingy.
* TrashTalk: Static appreciates good banter where he can get it from villains.
* UnluckyEverydude: Virgil Hawkins.
* VillainTeamUp: Again mimicking Spider Man, the Villains Prometheus, Dr Kilgore, the Botanist, the Swarm, Rubberband Man, and Jump team up to take out their collective grudge on Static in a very Sinister Six type fashion.
* VolleyingInsults: Virgil and Sharon.
* WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld
** However he does join the Titans later after the Countdown to Crisis arc.
* WhiteGangBangers: Hotstreak is this, and he turns it up ''really'' thick with the hood lingo in the animated series.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Virgil and Frieda's friendship eventually developed into this after being JustFriends for the greater portion of the series.
* YouFightLikeACow