Characters: DCAU Static Shock

aka: DCAU-Static Shock
A list of characters in the DCAU animated series Static Shock.
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    Virgil Hawkins/Static 
Voiced By: Phil LaMarr

A high school student in Dakota City. As a result of accidental exposure to an experimental mutagen in an event known as the Big Bang, he gained the ability to control and manipulate electromagnetism, and uses these powers to become a superhero named "Static." Countless others who were also exposed also 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.
  • Adorkable: Is a Fanboy of comics, superheroes, zombie movies, and video games, and heavily interested in the sciences.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Virgil can be grating to Sharon.
  • Ascended Fanboy: It's often mentioned how much of a huge fan he was of superheroes before the start of the series (particularly the likes of Superman and the Green Lantern). Once he gains powers of his own, he ends up working alongside the members of the Justice League and earns the respect of all of them. By the time of the Batman Beyond era, he's established as one of the Earth's greatest heroes.
  • Badass Bookworm: While not being of genius intellect like Richie, Virgil's very good with science to the point where he was accepted into a school for gifted students and has a good understanding of how his electromagnetic powers work. He's also good at school as implied in "Tantrum" where he got the second highest grade (a 95) with the only grade higher than him getting a 99 (and didn't get the full 100 due to a single contraction).
    • In fact, it's implied that Static was the smarter of the two before Richie developed Super Intelligence as his power.
  • Badass Grandpa: In the time travel related episode of Justice League Unlimited, Virgil is still as great a hero as before. He credits modern medicine in his time. "65's the new 30."
  • Badass Longcoat: A spiffy black and blue one.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Do not hurt his friends or he'll teach you this lesson the hard way.
  • Black and Nerdy: He's an honor roll student that's heavily into Comic Books/Superheroes and occasionally gets bullied around (especially pre-series).
  • Brainy Brunette: An honor student.
  • Catch Phrase: "I put a shock to your system!"
  • Character Development:
    • Over the series, Virgil matures into a proper superhero.
    • On a more personal level, Virgil eventually comes to grips with his mother's death.
  • Chick Magnet: Virgil's superhero identity has given him a number of fangirls finding him very attractive.
  • Cool Loser: Smart, good looking, fun to be around, and all around nice guy. Too bad many of his peers deem him a loser, especially in the time he didn't have his powers.
  • Costume Evolution: In later seasons, Static trades in his white t-shirt with black Chest Insignia for a sleeveless black tee with a yellow insignia, which he wears without the jacket in warm weather. He also ditches his yellow goggles for blue-tinted Cool Shades.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Static's main color scheme is black with dark blue, but he is a definite good guy.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Much like Spider-Man.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: Something he and Batman have in common, given that their parents were both killed by gunfire.
  • Electric Black Guy: Virgil is an African-American superhero with the power to generate electricity.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Ovid.
  • Future Badass: Virgil turns out to not only be a member of the Justice League, but is called one of the greatest heroes on Earth by not just Batman, but two Batmen.
  • Genre Savvy: Virgil and Richie are into comic books and live in the DCAU.
  • Immune to Mind Control: The titular main character is immune to mind control whether induced by a psychic, or by mechanical means. It apparently has something to do with the Electro-Magnetic field he produces.
  • Ironic Nickname: Static, ostensibly, refers to static electricity. It can also mean something fixed or stationary, lacking movement or vitality, or showing little change. Virgil is none of those things, in either the comics or TV series.
  • Jumped at the Call: He was very quick to find a costume and get out into the city to clean it up.
  • The Knights Who Say Squee: When he meets Green Lantern John Stewart, his hero on multiple levels.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: Like making a living being's aura visible, summoning pipes from below ground or picking up radio signals, or an emergency power source for a Green Lantern ring.
  • Lightning Glare: When he's either really charged up or really mad, his eyes glow with electricity.
  • Missing Mom: His mother was killed in a riot. Several episodes highlight how major this is to him.
  • Momma's Boy: He deeply loved his mother and her death took him a long time to finally accept.
  • Mundane Utility: Does it a lot, especially early on. He even uses his powers to grab his keys in the opening credits!
  • Named After Somebody Famous: He's named after two Roman poets, Virgil and Ovid.
  • Nice Guy: A laid-back, kind person who stands up for others.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Was this, until the Big Bang gave him (and a bunch of other people) superpowers.
  • Shock and Awe: There's a reason he provides the Trope Picture.
  • Sky Surfing: Usually on a flying disk, or even on a garbage can lid or manhole cover.
    • And he's even learned how to surf on power lines.
  • Time Travel: Got warped into Batman Beyond thanks to a surging jolt of energy, and must save his future self in "Future Shock".
  • Took a Level in Badass: Canonically becomes one of the most powerful heroes as a mature adult.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He once was willing to murder one when she was indirectly responsible for Daisy getting hurt.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: Static's near Spider-Man levels when it comes to taunting opponents.

    Richard "Richie" Foley/Gear 
Voiced By: Jason Marsden

Virgil's best friend and confidant. At first, he merely provides support for his friend, making gadgets for him and helping to cover for Virgil to protect his secret identity. In the third season, it is revealed Richie's passive exposure to the Bang Gas gave him enhanced intelligence, which enabled him to easily invent rocket-powered boots and "Backpack", a highly intelligent multipurpose device worn on the back capable of surveillance and other semi-independent activity. With this equipment, he adopted the superhero identity "Gear" and becomes Static's full-time partner in crime-fighting.
  • Adorkable: Is a Fanboy of comics, superheroes, zombie movies, and video games, and heavily interested in the sciences.
  • Big Eater: This ends up catching up to him. The Batman Beyond crossover shows that he eventually becomes overweight, though given Static's comment, this might not be the case.
  • Clark Kenting: His helmet has a transparent visor that we can see right though, yet no one recognizes him.
  • Contagious Powers: Possibly due to Virgil not changing his clothes from the previous night and being hit by the Bang Baby gas, Richie, who came into close contact with him the very next day likely inhaled the residue of the gas from Virgil's clothing and slowly developed powers of his own.
  • Cool Loser
  • Deadpan Snarker: Engages in witty banter with Virgil a lot.
  • Distressed Dude: Prone to getting kidnapped a lot, even after becoming Gear.
  • Food as Bribe: Accidentally revealed AJ's whereabouts once bribed with a burger with grilled onions.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He initially thought his power was rather lame: "How am I supposed to fight supervillains, think them into submission? All I can be is your Mega-Mechanic." Which turns out to be a great way to fight supervillains.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: This was the creators' way of implying he was gay. It went no further than this.
  • Ordinary High-School Student
  • Rollerblade Good: Invents rocket skates that can fly.
  • Secret Keeper: He's the first person Virgil tells about his powers and serves as his confidant for two seasons.
  • Super Intelligence: Got this power, manifesting as Gadgeteer Genius.
  • Technopath: As Gear, he employed a variety of high-tech devices and weapons, including:
    • Back-Pack, a robot unit usable as a probe and portable computer assistance system.
    • Jet-Blades, vectored thruster-equipped jet boots, from modified roller blades.
    • Jet-Board, a hoverboard.
    • A sensor and neural interface control helmet.
    • Zap Caps, Mark I, grenade-like explosive balls
    • Zap Caps, Mark II, grenade-like balls with metal bands for restraining purposes.
  • Token White: The only white member of the principal cast
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Richie felt this way when they first realized he was getting smarter.

    Shenice Vale/She-Bang 
Voiced by: Rosslyn Talor-Jordan

She-Bang, whose real name is Shanice Vale, is a girl with superhuman strength, stamina, agility, reflexes, and endurance. Although she seems like a meta-human she actually was not exposed to the gas; she is really a science project made by her parents, Jonathon and Dolores, who made her chromosome by chromosome. They fell in love with her and went into hiding from a group of people who want to clone her, so she had to act like a shy, normal person till she moved to Dakota trying to blend in with the other Bang-Babies. When all the people who were after her were captured, she and her parents moved back to Dakota.
  • Artificial Human: She was made in a lab as the perfect Super Soldier, but the scientists who made her grew to care for Shenice and adopted her.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: In her last appearance she returned to Dakota and joined Virgil and Richie. She is never seen after that.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Her normal self in her She-Bang persona and civilian one after The Men in Black weren't after her family anymore. Though her friends were a little surprised by her sudden attitude change, and not in a good way.
  • Send in the Clones: What the company that was after her intended to do if Static and Gear hadn't rescued her.
  • Shrinking Violet: What she pretended to be in her civilian identity before the people trying to capture her family were finally brought to justice.
  • Smug Super: Her normal personality has minor shades of this, though in later appearances it turns more into general pushiness.
  • Super Reflexes: Her other main ability. She moves like a gymnast across the rooftops of Dakota.
  • Super Soldier
  • Super Strength: One of her main abilities.

    Adam Evans/Rubberband Man 
Voiced By: Kadeem Hardison

A meta-human whose body structure consists of shapeable rubber. He is the younger brother of Static's archenemy, Ebon. Rubber-Band Man first appears a tragic villain when he goes after an opportunistic record producer who stole one of his songs. He subsequently breaks out of prison but decides not to pursue a criminal career, however; he begins dating Virgil's sister Sharon, and although he initially clashes with Static, he reforms and becomes one of his allies in crime-fighting.
  • Adaptation Name Change: His real name in the comics is Karmon Stringer.
  • Anti-Villain: Before his Heel-Face Turn. He was pissed when a record company stole his song, and settled for getting some cash from producer, only for the guy to lock him in a safe with no air. In his second appearance, he tried to live a normal life as a rapper, only for Static to accidentally expose him.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Ebon's Cain.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Starts out as a rapper trying to get revenge on his old record company. Eventually evolves into a true hero.
  • Mundane Utility: Quite awesomely figures out how to use his stretching powers to overcome some of his dyslexia. This is done in other ways, as well.
  • Official Couple: With Sharon Hawkins.
  • Rubber Man


    Ivan Evans/Ebon 
Voiced By: Gary Sturgis

The head of a large group of Bang Babies called "The Meta-Breed" and the series' main villain. Ebon is an unusually powerful and strong meta-human; a living shadow and inter-dimensional portal able to hide within, control and manipulate pure darkness and shadows, as well as transport others to various locations of his choice.
  • Arch-Enemy: Arguably the closest of any of the villains in the series to being Static's. The DCAU wiki explicitly states this in his article.
  • Big Bad
  • Big Brother Instinct: Ebon wants to look out for his younger brother Adam, but his definition of protection is for him to join up with his gang of metahuman criminals. Unfortunately, Adam isn't looking to go bad again.
  • Casting a Shadow: His powers allow him to slide along solid surfaces, extend his body to great lengths, and even open portals to different locations.
  • Dark Is Evil
  • Diabolical Mastermind: Relative to the other villains.
  • Do Not Call Me Ivan
  • Evil Counterpart: Ebon is this to Adam in episodes where they both feature. Ebon is his brother, and while their powers are very different they tend to use them in similar ways (Ebon, for example, often stretches himself using shadows in a way that mirrors Adam's rubber powers).
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Ivan was just some nobody desperate to break into big crime. Then the Big Bang happened and he became Ebon, one Static's most reoccurring foes and the closest to being his Arch-Enemy.
    • Talon even points this out in the finale after a cure is found and he loses his powers. He doesn't want to be a nobody again.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: He's smart enough to realize he's seen Richie around Static far too many times for it to be normal, and captures him to draw out Static. Another time, he finds out Richie is commonly with Virgil and suspects him of being Static, which he is. Ebon captures Virgil and waits for him to try and save himself, but is tricked in the end by bogus camera feeds.
  • Living Shadow
  • Obviously Evil
  • Scary Black Man
  • Weakened by the Light: Though he can come outside in the day and be just fine, focused beams of light are what really hurt him.

    Francis Stone/Hotstreak 
Voiced By: Danny Cooksey

Hotstreak (Francis Stone/F-Stop) was one of the gang members at the docks when the Big Bang occurred. After being exposed to the gas, Francis Stone became Hotstreak. His powers added to his hotheadedness by giving him the ability to create and shoot blasts of fire.

Voiced by: Tia Texada

A teenage girl, Talon is a metahuman whose exposure to the Big Bang transformed her into a humanoid avian bird, a fact which she was really bitter about throughout the series. As a metahuman, Talon had claw-like digits on her hands and talon-like digits on her feet; she was covered in white orange feathers, but retained her red hair color. The most notable attribute of her transformation was a set of feathered patagia extending from her scapula to her forearms which enabled her to fly by flapping her arms. As an offensive aspect bestowed upon her by her exposure to the Big Bang, Talon could emit incredibly strong, large, visible lavender-colored hypersonic shrieks from her mouth and vocal cords

Voiced by: Brian Tochi

Getting his 'nom-de-crime' from a shiv (a kind of bladed weapon), Shiv is the immature jokester of the Meta-Breed.

    Permafrost/Maureen Conners 
'''Voiced by Hynden Walch

Following her mother's death, Maureen Conner became homeless, and developed psychiatric problems from the sheer rejection and loneliness. After the Big Bang, her hair turned white and her skin light blue, and she became an incredibly strong cryokinetic, able to create manipulate and control frost, sleet, flurries, snow and ice, and create massive blizzards, hailstorms, and snowstorms.
  • Anti-Villain: Permafrost isn't really a villain, just a mentally scarred, confused young girl. And while not perfectly innocent, she isn't psychotically evil.
  • Broken Bird: Her stepfather left her mother just moments before she died when she was only a little girl... and that's not even adding the Big Bang into the equation.
  • Cooldown Hug: Static pulls one off to calm her down. Not only does it work, but her skin actually changes color from blue to her old tone.
  • Fingerless Gloves: A blue pair.
  • An Ice Person: As her name suggest, she controls ice.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Justified. her hair turned white after being exposed by the Big Bang.

    Madelyn Spaulding 
'''Voiced by Kimberly Brooks

Once attending Dakota Union High School, Madelyn Spaulding was a self-centered and controlling girl.
  • Academic Alpha Bitch: She tries to be. Madelyn's not very well liked because of her prissy attitude.
  • And Your Little Dog Too: "Get that superhero, and his little tape too!"
  • Brought Down to Normal: For a while. She thought she lost her powers permanently until she discovered she could move things with her mind.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She's one of the few Bang Babies who didn't make an appearance during the series finale.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: She goes on a rampage all to gain the title of student council president, but also gives off a rant about how she's very under appreciated despite all her hard work.
  • Easy Amnesia: She lost some of her memories after losing her powers the first time, including Virgil's secret identity.
  • Lack of Empathy
  • Mind over Matter: In her second appearance.
  • Mind Rape: Invaded Virgil's mind while he was asleep in order to gloat about how she knew his secret identity.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: She originally had mind control and mind reading abilities in her first appearance. In her second appearance her powers had evolved into telekinesis.
  • Puppetmaster: She could control people with her mind. Those under her control end up acting like mindless zombies.
  • Psychic Powers: Mind control, mind reading, and telekinesis. However, while she could read Static's mind, she couldn't control it due to his electrical abilities.
  • The Starscream: After she broke out Ebon and the rest of the gang from jail, Madelyn attempted to be this.
  • Super OCD: She's a perfectionist.
  • Villainous Breakdown

Voiced By: Kevin Michael Richardson

Kangorr is an original character to the animated series who has never appeared in the comic books. Kangorr's real name is never mentioned, and much of his backstory is never brought up in the series—-which puts Kangorr across as just another juvenile delinquent gangbanger, but with some common sense, making him into one of the more formidable Bang-Babies in the series. Kangorr was another of the victims of the Bang Baby gas incident at the docks.
  • Canon Foreigner
  • Extremity Extremist: Fights only with his feet. Justified, as that's where all his superpowers are.
  • Misplaced Accent: Kangorr speaks with a Jamaican accent, although there's nothing to suggest that he's from Jamaica. However, it should be noted that the only thing known about his past is that he went to Juvie with Ebon and the rest.
  • Nice Hat: A blue beanie.


    Robert Hawkins 

A social worker who runs the Freeman Community Center as head counselor. He is a widower and the single father of two teenagers—Virgil and Sharon. He dislikes gangs and the destructive attitudes of most Bang Babies, and his work at the community center is motivated by a desire to counteract their bad influence on young people.
  • Adult Fear: When he finds out that his son has been fighting dangerous criminals in secret.
  • Fanboy: As a kid, Robert was a big admirer of the superhero Soul Power and bought the hero's comic book. He greatly regretted the day his mother made him throw them away.
  • Good Parents: Robert is a caring father to his kids.
  • Nice Guy: An all around great person: Devoted husband (later boyfriend), loving father, and is dedicated to helping other kids.
  • Overprotective Dad: At times.
  • Parental Substitute: Acts as a positive father figure to Virgil's best friend, Richie.
  • Secret Secret Keeper: He had figured out his son was a superhero awhile ago.

    Sharon Hawkins 
Voiced by: Michele Morgan

Virgil's older sister. Sharon attends college, but she still lives at home. She volunteers at a hospital, and counsels young people at the Freeman Community Center. Although deep down, she and her younger brother do love each other in a brother-sister way; they frequently argue, challenge, and tease each other, mainly about things such as the household chores, his studying, and her cooking (which is usually barely edible).

    Jean Hawkins 
Voiced by: Michele Morgan (uncredited, "Tantrum"); Alfre Woodard ("Flashback")

She is late wife of Robert Hawkins, and mother of Sharon and Virgil. Jean is frequently mentioned throughout the series. Jean was a paramedic and died from stray gunfire during the Dakota Riots.

Alternative Title(s):

Static Shock, DCAU-Static Shock