Nightshade is the superhero name used by Eve Eden, initially a supporting character in Captain Atom over at Charlton Comics. The rights to the character were bought by DC Comics along with other characters in Charlton's Action Hero lineup when the company folded in 1983. She was subsequently integrated into The DCU following Crisis on Infinite Earths. She and her alternate universe equivalents have been on many teams. Her code-name has also been used on a handful of briefly appearing male villains. The Justice Society of America villain who went by Nightshade and later changed his name to Ramulus predates her by about twenty-four years.
Eve Eden is the daughter of a senator and an extra-dimensional queen who inherited the ability to manipulate shadows and slip through the Shadows to other realms from her mother. Her mother was the deposed queen of the Land of the Nightshades who had been forced from her lands in a coupe which resulted in the death of the rest of the royal family. Eve has worked with many teams and organizations as she strives to use her powers for good, having moved to Washington DC to become a legitimate hero and offer her services as a government agent. Among the many teams and organizations she's been part of are the Central Bureau of Intelligence, Task Force X, Living Assault Weapons (L.A.W.), InterC.E.P.T., and Shadowpact.
An Elseworld's version of Eve was the title character of JLA: Destiny, where she changed her name from Nightshade to Destiny after seemingly developing new powers in the wake of her husband's disappearance.
Notable Appearances (Eve Eden):
- Captain Atom (Charlton Comics, 1966 — 1967)
- Bullseye (Charlton Comics, 1975 — 1982)
- Suicide Squad (1987 — 2010)
- Captain Atom vol. 1 (1988 — 1989)
- Superboy and the Ravers (1996 — 1998)
- L.A.W. (1999 — 2000)
- JLA: Destiny (2002)
- Day of Vengance (2005 — 2006)
- Infinite Crisis (2006)
- Shadowpact (2006 — 2008)
- Reign in Hell (2008 — 2009)
- Convergence (2015)
Notable Appearances (Other Nightshades):
Live Action TV
- The Flash (1990) (Heroic Desmond Powell version) played by Jason Bernard
- The Flash (1990) (Villainous Curtis Bohannon version) played by Richard Burgi
Eve Eden provides examples of:
- '50s Hair: While Eve first appeared a couple of decades after the fifties she invoked the nostalgia of the era in her superhero look with bumper bangs like those made famous by Bettie Page, which she wore as feathered bangs in her civilian attire.
- Alliterative Name: Eve Eden.
- Arch-Enemy: Incubus, who killed her mother and kidnapped and possessed her brother.
- Big Sister Instinct: She dedicates years of her life to rescuing her brother and killing his kidnappers, and keeps coming back for him even after her powers are damaged in the fight and start hurting her to use. She also allies herself with Waller, whose callousness infuriates her, in order to have a chance to use Task Force X to save him, and when that fails and she finds his captors have killed him those responsible end up dead in short order.
- Brainwashed: By Gorilla Grodd for a bit, who used her to try and capture Superman, and then again by Eclipso.
- Casting a Shadow: She can magnify and shape shadows into solid or semi-solid forms.
- Composite Character: At least two of her alternate reality versions are blended with other characters. Her villainous counterpart who goes by the Shade is a composite with the Flash villain, though much more joyous in her villainy and less close to neutral, even wearing his top hat and tailcoat costume. There's another version of her whose costume and demeanor takes quite a lot from Batman.
- Cool Shades: Her hot pink/purple sunglasses she traded her domino mask in for in the late '80s.
- Crisis of Faith: Given she was raised Catholic and knows for a fact her powers are at least partly demonic in origin, she's occasionally seen talking to Father Craemer about his stance on her existence.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Wields shadow powers and yet is one of the most unambiguously heroic characters on the Squad.
- Day Hurts Dark-Adjusted Eyes: Her eyes end up badly damaged by the Congregation's light powers after she'd been fighting in a pocket dimension for months. She required Madame Xanadu's help to restore her sight.
- Depending on the Writer: Her mother's name is subject to change on the rare occasions she comes up. Whether her power connected to the Shadowland that is commonly related to shadow manipulators in the DCU or if the Land of Nightshades is something entirely separate. Generally they're treated as separate or the issue isn't addressed.
- Domino Mask: Unless she's using oversized shades she disguises her identity with a domino mask. She used to use rather large ones that included lenses to hide her eyes, but her New 52 domino mask is little more than a thin line drawn around her eyes and hides literally nothing.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Her skin is variably a very light gray or white, which paired with her black hair and shady powers can have an eerie effect, though that's not her natural hair or skin color, her skin became bleached when she absorbed Succubus.
- Emotionless Girl: After the Succubus was exorcised from her by Jarred Stevens, Eve lost the ability to feel emotions. To the point that when Question and Blue Beetle walked into her room without knocking she couldn't even bring herself to be angry at them.
- Eldritch Location: The Nightshade's realm is quite off, with its eclipsed sun and many large mushrooms just the tip of the iceberg.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Why else make your superhero banished royalty?
- Evil Counterpart: The version of her that goes by Shade and kills one of her heroic alternates when multiple Eves are grabbed by the Monarch and forced to fight one another so he can choose one for his army.
- Extradimensional Shortcut: She "teleports" by slipping through shadow into her mother's realm and then stepping out elsewhere.
- The Evil Prince: Not Eve, but her brother Larry takes the revelation of his bloodline and subsequent kidnapping and being raised by the demoness who deposed his family in the first place poorly, though he's also been possessed by her and ends up dead so he's left as a helpless victim just as Eve suspected.
- Fallen Princess: Though she wasn't aware of it until her mother brought her and her brother to the Land of Nightshades and explained their family history.
- Fighting from the Inside: She is able to fight off the Succubus' attempt to possess her, destroying them in the process.
- Fingerless Gloves: For decades her black fingerless gloves and mid-calf boots were the only constants to her costume as she started switching it up more regularly.
- Flight: One of her powers is the ability to fly.
- Form-Fitting Wardrobe: After decades of cute black outfits of pants or shorts paired with a matching loose short sleeved dress or t-shirt with metallic trimmings or a fully covering Spy Catsuit for a bit in the nineties, her New 52 outfit is both generic and apparently made out of bodypaint trying and failing to emulate a strapless corset top. Her previous outfits were drawn fitting like they'd been molded to her breasts on occasion as well.
- Fungus Humongous: The Nightshade Dimension has little recognizable flora, architectural styles or weather but it does have a lot of giant mushrooms.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Her father is a U.S. senator while the mother came from the Land of the Nightshades.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Her secret identity was initially a wild party girl, which has the added benefit of irritating her father whom she does not get along with.
- Dynamic Akimbo: She's fond of posing with a grin on her face and her hands on her hips.
- Horny Devils: Incubus and Succubus were behind the coupe that ousted the royal family, murdered her mother Queen Reah/Magda and kidnapped her brother. Then they tried possessing Eve and Larry to make the two of them conceive a new vessel for their lord, which Eve strongly objected too and worked out poorly for the demons.
- Human Mom, Non-Human Dad: Gender flipped. Her father is human while her mother is from the Land of Nightshades.
- Intangibility: When she transforms herself into living shadow she can walk through walls.
- Irisless Eye Mask Of Mystery: Her mask has black lenses when the mask itself is a light color, and white lenses when she's using a dark grey mask.
- Last of Her Kind: After her brother's death.
- Lady of Black Magic: A lovely young woman with shadow powers.
- Light/Darkness Juxtaposition: Her shadow powers vs. the Congregation's light powers.
- Living Shadow: Eve can form controlled shadow creatures such as her ravens by pulling things from the Land of the Nightshades, and says she's been trying to program more judgement into them but talks to them like living things. She can also turn herself into a living shadow, which allows her controllable intangibility. She can still hit an opponent while walking through a wall.
- Locked into Strangeness: Her black hair was originally a disguise for her natural blonde, but after she absorbed Succubus her hair became a living shadow like she can transform the rest of herself into.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Eve's father wasn't informed of his wife's origin.
- Master-Apprentice Chain: Judomaster->Tiger/Avatar->Nightshade
- My Greatest Failure: Her brother's kidnapping, her repeated failed attempts to save him, and his eventual death during her final attempt.
- Our Homunculi Are Different: Her shadow homunculi, the ravens Hugin and Munin.
- Panty Shot: Was regularly subjected to them in her short pleated dress.
- Possession Burnout: Larry is killed via possession.
- Pillars of Moral Character: With the squad, which is understandable since they're mostly criminals, but she is also disgusted by Amanda Waller's callousness and eventually turns on her to get King Fariday to help her rescue a member of Task Force X that had been stranded in a hostile foreign country by Waller.
- Psychic Powers: Her JLA: Destiny counterpart seems to have developed psychic powers after her husband's disappearance and suspected death but these powers were actually J'onn trying to contact her and help his team.
- Raised Catholic: Not actually raised Catholic after her integration into the DCU, instead she now converted to Catholicism after her mother's death, brother's kidnapping and father distancing himself from her. While looking for help after she damaged her abilities trying to save her brother she spoke to a Catholic priest who helped her come to terms with her depression and center herself, helping her regain use of them. Sometimes her faith makes her uncomfortable with the nature of her mother's family, as they have a demonic heritage. She is still a practicing Catholic despite her part demonic lineage.
- Rapunzel Hair: In the late '80s her hair became incredibly long, then in the early 2000s she went with Boyish Short Hair instead.
- Really Royalty Reveal: Her mother revealed to her and her brother that they had royal lineage after she'd been misled to think the treat on their lives from those who usurped the royal family had passed.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Eve, Eden... bring anything to mind, maybe a little book titled Genisis?
- Retcon: Once integrated into the DCU, many of her adventures alongside Captain Atom during their Charlton Comics interactions were retconned.
- Reverse Mole: In her first job with Task Force X she infiltrated a terrorist cell, and was horrified and furious when Waller's response time made her accessory to a massacre.
- Ruling Family Massacre: Her mother escaped from one to earth, where she met and married Eve's father.
- Secret Identity: Not as secret as most since she offered her services as a government agent almost immediately, but she does wear a mask, use a code-name, and disguise her hair and skin tone for a reason.
- Secret Legacy: Eve lived her early life in the dark about the source of her powers and her mother's lineage.
- Sensual Spandex: In the New 52 the lowcut top of her tight outfit has no straps and the upper back is out.
- She's Got Legs: In any of her dresses, even once she switched out the pleated mini-dress for a looser ensemble over shorts she was still showing off her long shapely legs.
- Shadow Walker: She can essentially teleport through shadows and her connection to the Land of the Nightshades.
- Socialite: She played this up in her civilian persona when she moved to D.C.
- Story-Breaker Power: The reason some of her appearances are kept to cameos. For example she shows up in Robin to help deal with the powerful Johnny Warlock but then leaves to imprison him, grabbing Blue Devil from wherever he had been unsuspectingly eating lunch and telling him to help Robin and Ragman track down Darla. The high number of just escaped super-villains in the immediate area only becomes known after she's left.
- Superhero: Eve is a superpowered woman who wears a mask and uses a code name while doing heroics.
- Super Strength: But only when she's immersed herself in shadow from her mother's realm.
- Teleportation: She can teleport herself and others by passing them through the Land of Nightshades.
- Thinking Up Portals: She can teleport using existing shadows or cast disks of darkness to step through/throw others through.
- Total Eclipse of the Plot: The Nightshade Dimension's "sun" is eclipsed.
- Transplant: Started off as a Captain Atom supporting character in the comic was owned by Charlton. Since her integration into the DCU she's been bounced across a number of superhero teams, most notable the Suicide Squad and Shadowpact.
Ramulus provides examples of:
- Flanderization: From a scientist with electromechanical creations to someone with actual powers over plants.
- Good Hair, Evil Hair: Firmly evil. Bald with a scraggly long goatee.
- Green Thumb: He can control plants, though originally he controled advanced "electromechanical" creations he'd made he was later just given the ability to manipulate plants instead.
- Legion of Doom: He's a member of the Monster Society of Evil, which somehow sounds like a group that gets together for benign meetings and chit-chats.