[[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' MilestoneComics imprint, created by 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 ''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/{{X-Men}} continuities.
!!Tropes associated with ''Static'':

* 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 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.
* 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]]
* GenreSavvy
* 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. ]]
* HeroesWantRedHeads: Frieda
* ILetGwenStacyDie: [[spoiler: Larry and Dusk]]
* 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.
* TheObiWan: BlackLightning becomes this to Static, since he no longer is an active superhero, working in Washington.
** Hardware is this in the new 52, providing Static his suit and flying discs, acting as MissionControl sometimes, and joining the fight occasionally.
* ShockAndAwe
* SkySurfing: He flies on objects like trash can lids and manhole covers. Though he eventually created his own personal flying disk.
* SuperHero
* TalkingIsAFreeAction
* 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.
* 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.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Virgil and Frieda's friendship eventually developed into this after being JustFriends for the greater portion of the series.
* YouFightLikeACow