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Real Identity: Virgil Hawkins
Affiliations: The Team and The Outsiders
Appearances (Episodes): Beneath, Darkest, Before The Dawn, Cornered, Runaways, The Hunt, Endgame, Princes All, Away Mission, Illusion of Control, First Impressions, Early Warning, Elder Wisdom, Terminus, Nevermore, Emergency Dive, and Death and Rebirth
Appearances (Comics): Foreign Affairs, Metallic Aftertaste, Last Rights, and Yesterday's Children: Memory Six
Voiced By: Bryton James
Virgil Hawkins is a resident of Dakota City. While was waiting for Sharon, his older sister, at a train station, Hawkins was kidnapped by the Light and given to the Reach for their Metagene research. They performed tests on Hawkins using electricity. At first, he was subjected to little static shocks but was eventually exposed to high dosages of electricity. He noticed eventually some of the other teenagers disappeared. On March 31st, Hawkins was among those saved by the Team. However, he was stuck in the loading bay when the Black Beetle intervened on the rescue operation. Hawkins tried to take a Manta Trooper's gun but was disarmed by Shimmer. Once Blue Beetle arrived and reopened the bay area, Hawkins tumbled towards the Bio-Ship. On April 1st, 17:23 Mountain Daylight Time (MDT), at the Taos branch of S.T.A.R. Labs, Hawkins spoke to Black Canary about his ordeal. During the interview, he unconsciously magnetized a paper clip. He left amid concerns about his family and going home. Hawkins tossed the clip back on the desk. Black Canary watched as the clip attracted the others and formed a ball.
Virgil Hawkins came to like his powers and wasn't interested in a cure. He developed his powers so he could lift small objects like garbage can lids. On May 13th, 13:05 MDT, Hawkins convinced Dr. Wilcox to give the teenagers a 20 minute lunch break. During that time, Hawkins revealed he had a plan to break out of S.T.A.R. Labs. However, he didn't have much of a plan. Luckily, Lex Luthor had plans of his own and staged a power outage. They escaped and hid at a bus depot. Hawkins used a pay phone to call his parents. He left a voicemail asking them to wire him enough money for four bus tickets to Dakota City. After avoiding a team sent by S.T.A.R., the teenagers ran into Blue Beetle. After Blue Beetle revealed his secret identity and origin, Hawkins still contended they would still be lab rats. Blue Beetle countered that Hawkins was putting his family in grave danger if they returned to Dakota. Amid Eduardo Junior's concerns for his father, Hawkins agreed they had to go back to S.T.A.R. and help. He attempted to run interference and blasted Red Volcano, only to be knocked away.
Hawkins became concerned with Blue Beetle's disregard for the S.T.A.R. employees and directed his peers to help evacuate people out of the buildings. Hawkins pulled an unconscious Burton Thompson to safety. The four were later surprised to meet Lex Luthor, who knew them all by name. On May 29th to 30th, the group agreed to Luthor's mission to the Warworld. Upon being surrounded by Reach, Hawkins stepped forward and pretended to give up. The rest followed suit then attacked the Reach soldiers. In the aftermath, only Hawkins was intrigued by Nightwing's offer to join the Team. Nonetheless, the group cut ties with Luthor and left their Taos hideaway with Arsenal. On June 20th, Black Lightning and Virgil Hawkins formed Delta Squad and disabled the Magnetic Field Disrupter beneath Dakota City. He was given the A-18 designation. Black Lightning was impressed with Hawkins' potential and offered to be his mentor if he ever needed one. He attended Wally West's funeral. As of July 4th, Hawkins became the 26th member of the Team and took on the codename Static. He was assigned to Gamma Squad, whom was given the task of following up on Batgirl's lead on Vandal Savage's next move.
On July 27th, 19:57 EDT, Team Year Eight, Static was present on the Watchtower for a Team briefing. Wonder Girl asked him why Black Lightning wasn't in costume. Shortly after, Lightning apologized to Static and hoped he could find a new mentor who was less damaged then left. On August 4th, 12:33 EDT, Static felt awkward overhearing Wonder Girl argue with Robin over the phone. They took part in the Team mission on New Genesis. Static sighted the Bugs charging at them but one of their kind Forager stepped between them and revealed he asked the New God Bear for help. On November 22nd, 13:59 MDT, Hawkins zetaed to Taos with Traci Thurston and Jaime Reyes for the Harvest Festival. Garfield Logan and Queen Perdita Vladek arrived soon after in a helicopter. Hawkins thought it was a team building thing and felt like a third wheel. He asked where the rest of the Team was. Thurston told him Wonder Girl was in Gotham City trying to salvage things with Robin. Hawkins realized he needed a girlfriend. Hawkins was by himself in a bumper car and got rammed by everyone else. He repeated he needed a girlfriend.
Logan later admitted the covert nature of the Team was getting in the way of his desire to be inspirational, a way to bring hope to meta-teens and kids. Hawkins admitted he and Dorado Jr. could have used that when they went meta. They all suddenly fell prey to Count Vertigo. He and Joe Henchy took off with Vladek in a helicopter. The others recovered and chased after them. Thurston deduced Scarab wanted to blow up the helicopter and used her bad luck magic to force a landing. The culprits turned out to be Psimon and Devastation. She tended to the injured Psimon and kissed him repeatedly. Hawkins couldn't believe it and repeated he needed to get a girlfriend. Beetle realized Psimon's telepathy was used to mimic the vertigo and the kidnapping was a distraction. They fought the rest of Onslaught back at the Harvest Festival at the Taos Meta-Human Youth Center. Hawkins took the unconscious Mist off Tuppence Terror while Beast Boy constricted her as a snake. She tried to Boom Tube Dorado Jr. and Kid Flash but they escaped.
Hawkins tossed her Father Box into the tube. He then slapped an Inhibitor Collar on Tommy Terror then Beast Boy, as a rhinoceros, rammed him into a booth above his sister. After the battle, instead of leaving, Beast Boy made a statement to the press along with Kid Flash and Blue Beetle about using their meta-abilities to help. Hawkins worried they were breaking the rules of the Team. Ceclia Windward thought they were pretty cool and hot. Hawkins informed her he was a friend of theirs. She didn't believe him and left. He groaned. Thurston told him he had to get a girlfriend. On December 4th, 19:09 EST, Static was present at the meeting on the Watchtower instigated by Beast Boy. Static revealed he was joining Beast Boy's public hero team and noted it needed a little color. Beetle pointed out he had brown skin. Static quipped he might as well have blue skin with that armor on. Beast Boy revealed he was making enough money from his contract with Goode World Studios to finance the mission to take her down. Wonder Girl joked that was what she called payback. Static gave her a sympathy fist bump.
On December 7th, Static was annoyed with the Troub-Alert and hoped it wasn't another drill. Static led one of the Reach Warbugs to Geo-Force who downed it into some trees with hardened magma and Beetle deactivated it. Beetle pulled a pilot out and confirmed his suspicions, Intergang was behind it rather than the Reach. However, Mayor Thomas Thompkins had the team arrested for vigilantism. A distress call on the Warbugs summoned the main ship to its location. Scarab sensed it lock on their position to Beetle had the others take cover behind a Warbug since it would not target Reach technology when on autopilot. Rather than release the team, Mayor Thompkins called in the Air Force but they were no match. The team opted to break out of their handcuffs and stop the ship before the military decided to just level the town. Scarab informed Beetle the ship could only shut down from the inside. Beetle confirmed he could cut the power to the ship's weapons.
Kid Flash begged for no bad news. Beetle revealed he could only do it by deactivating the ship's engines at the same time. Beast Boy told him to hit the gas and give them enough thrust to clear the town then they would crash it somewhere safe. The park was chosen. The team turned themselves in but Sheriff Maguire cited Brooklyn Statue 1616: The Good Samaritan Law and told them they were free to go. While talking to local teenager Gabi Gabrielli, Beast Boy declared his team was called the Outsiders. They had another successful mission in Chicago. On December 21st, Beast Boy and Geo-Force zetaed from Hollywood to Happy Harbor and rendezvoused with Wonder Girl, Static, and Bio-Ship. From there, they flew to Santiago de Cuba. Beast Boy deployed a Beetle Mini-Drone then Static transferred the signal to Bio-Ship. They observed a monster and Klarion. Static slipped and bemoaned it was the perfect time for Kid Flash and Blue Beetle to go AWOL. Beast Boy called him out. He apologized and claimed he spaced on them being a funeral. He thought Joan Garrick was so crash then an alert came in and he informed the others the Cuban authorities were coming.
Beast Boy ordered Geo-Force to keep them out while he, Static, and Wonder Girl went in. Beast Boy turned into a bird and shouted "Outsiders, away!" Static told him he needed to work on the catchphrase. Static was horrified to see abducted teenagers made up the Flesh Monster. He and Wonder Girl distracted it while Beast Boy took on Klarion. Static was furious when Klarion vaporized Beast Boy and threw two drums at him and blasted them. Klarion simply turned intangible and was unharmed. Static was amused Beast Boy actually turned into a hornet and starting stinging Klarion. The kidnapped meta-teens were saved and Klarion was dispatched thanks to Zatanna but the Cuban authorities were not so pleased. The meta-teens chanted "We are all Outsiders!" Static still thought that was the best catchphrase. At 16:51 MST, the Outsiders arrived at the Taos Meta-Human Youth Center with rescued meta-teenagers that wanted to leave Cuba. Static noticed Geo-Force was still waiting for Violet Harper to text back and suggested her phone might be dead.
Static told Jaime Reyes and Bart Allen they missed a weird one. Wonder Girl glared at him. He couldn't find the right words but Allen put his hand on his shoulder. Static gave his condolences. Upon Eduardo Dorado Junior's request to join them, Static was shocked since he was never interested in being a hero before. Dorado said he got to thinking at the funeral. Static pointed out the team had it covered. Dorado noted Geo-Force was a prince, Beast Boy a TV star, Wonder Girl, Blue Beetle, and Kid Flash were all legacies, and no one at the youth center knew who Static was. Static wilted. Dorado apologized and clarified the teenagers needed to see one of their own on the squad. They all voted to accept him onto the team. Static asked Dorado if his father would be okay with it. He had no answer. On January 1st, 14:24 PST, Team Year Nine, Wonder Girl arrived for training. They were interrupted by a surprise visit from Eduardo Dorado Senior, Dr. Helena Sandsmark, and Jay Garrick. A new mission came up but Garrick protested to them leaving.
Beast Boy stated he was an emancipated minor and Blue Beetle and Static were 18. He left the others to hash things out while the three of them went to Dublin to look into a series of thefts conducted by "robot monkeys." At 22:41 UTC, they found Match Electronics Store and met Matthew Malone. He revealed his daughter Moira was kidnapped by monkeys and the police wouldn't believe him. The trio headed to the Radley Overshoe Factory and discovered it was a storage site for Lex Luthor's Spider-Bots. Professor Ivo appeared and sent his M.O.N.Q.I. robots after them. At 23:05 UTC, they ran out the factory with Moira Malone just as it exploded. Beetle taught Victor Stone how to form his cybernetic hand into a blaster. On January 25th, 14:27 PST, Team Year Nine, Hawkins brought Pierce a hot dog but it reminded him of Dr. Jace and he passed on it. At 17:16 PST, he texted Beast Boy he was still with Pierce and couldn't join them for a mission in Burbank. At 19:19 CST, they parted ways at the apartment complex Hawkins lived at.
For the Markovian coup, Static was assigned to Gamma Squad for the joint Team-Outsiders mission. The squad saved those loyal to King Gregor Markov. On February 24th, 19:00 EST, Static was present at the meeting on the Watchtower between the Team, Justice League, Outsiders, Nightwing's team, and Batman's team. On February 25th, a new designation system for the Outsiders went live. Static was assigned the designation D-05. On April 19th, 12:17 PDT, Team Year Ten, Static zetaed to the Hub to take part in the mission involving Hurricane Amy. On June 2nd, Hawkins took part in an intervention for Garfield Logan. He and Reyes reminded him about how they made the Outsiders and meta-humans cool with the world. Hawkins stressed "symbiosi" and inspiration. They then talked about how they missed Logan and just wanted him to get help. Logan dismissed their "routine," telling them they had their timing down perfect and they should take it out on the road. On September 16th, Static attended Conner Kent and M'gann M'orzz's wedding in Happy Harbor.
On November 11th, after 22:33 UTC+2, Team Year Ten, Static was assigned squad leader of Mongoose Squad and boomed to Madinat Altharwati to provide back up to Gorilla Squad. Static blasted the Lex-Bots. At 22:42 UTC+2, Static ordered everyone to keep it together so they could buy Gorilla Squad enough time to rescue Queen Perdita Vladek. He and Livewire electrocuted two Lex-Bots in unison.