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Born and raised in Dakota City, Virgil Hawkins was a bright student, though his mouth often got him into trouble. He was the subject of much bullying at school, especially from Biz Money B. One of his friends, Larry Wade, suggested he could end the torment on the Big Bang, a scheduled meet of all major gangs. It went wrong when all present were exposed to a mysterious toxin that granted everyone super powers.
At one point, his sister Sharon was kidnapped by Darkstar. He eventually found her again, but also discovered she had been cloned. Both Sharons were taken into the family. However, the hurts proved too deep. They relocated to New York City, where he enrolled in a public high school and got an internship at S.T.A.R. Labs.
Hardware set him up with a new costume and a new secret hideout at Wright Tools, and he continued his hero game. But he found the people of New York completely different from Dakota City, and in his first weeks as a super-hero, he had to be careful to avoid lawsuits from bystanders. Though he mostly went after small fries, the Slate Gang picked up on him after stopping "Sunspot", a thief who stole a suit from right under Virgil's nose at S.T.A.R. Labs.
Powers and Abilities
- Bang Baby
- Science: Virgil is a highly gifted student with a particular interest in the maths and sciences. He is also a talented inventor, as he was able to design the cape and wing apparatus of Red Robin's costume while at S.T.A.R. Labs and was also able to create a robot raptor using spare parts from a quantum accelerator. Robin states that Virgil's understanding of molecular structure rivals the Flash's, which was later proved when Virgil provided Kid Flash with a new costume that contained materials that realigned his molecules while stabilizing his powers after discovering that the latter's cells were rapidly deteriorating as a result of an alteration of his powers. Virgil also possesses an almost fanboyish knowledge of comic books, role playing games, pop culture, and science fiction.
- Tactical Analysis
- Vulnerability to Bang Babies: For unknown reasons, Static can be affected by electricity-wielding metahumans whose powers are derived from Quantum Juice. Hence, Static was knocked unconscious by Alkalie's electrostatic bolts even though Virgil is normally immune to the effects of high voltage electricity.
- Static's Uniform: Designed by Hardware, Static's latest costume is a type of "smart clothing" which has miniaturized computer systems embedded in its material. Thus, his uniform is a valuable crimefighting tool as well as a means of disguise.  When not in use, the smart uniform can be compressed and then stored in a 5-inch long canister. When Static needs to don the uniform, he simply opens the canister, which releases the suit and causes it to quickly expand to full size.
- Holographic Interface: The most useful is the holographic interface, which generates a flat screen hologram through which Static can remotely communicate with others.  He can also use the interface like a conventional computer screen to display data either stored in his uniform's hard drive or obtained from external sources like websites. The interface can even split into multiple windows so that Static can communicate with someone while reviewing electronic files.  Static can adjust the interface's size and even convert it into 3D as when he is reading a stored topological map.
- Wi-Fi Receiver: The uniform's wi-fi receiver grants Static wireless Internet access and direct communications with computers similarly equipped. He mainly uses this to upload apps supplied by Hardware to further expand the costume's abilities. Static can also use the wi-fi to monitor and control any systems connected to a wireless computer: surveillance, climate control, etc.
- Radio Receiver: A wide-band radio receiver enables Static to scan radio traffic, especially police band transmissions. He can also tune the receiver to pick up the unique radio signals transmitted by his tracking devices.
- Hands-Free Cellphone
- Stealth Mode: The uniform can generate electrical interference that renders it and by extension Static invisible to security cameras. He activates this function by channeling a low voltage charge through the uniform.
- Shielding: The uniform's computer systems are fully shielded against EMPs and similar phenomena. This defense is to protect the costume from Static's own electromagnetic powers as well as from attacks by his enemies. Besides its computerized systems, the uniform's jacket has pockets hidden in its inner lining where Static can store weapons and equipment as needed.
- Tracking Devices: Static carries several tracking devices, hexagonal radio transmitters that he can use for long-term surveillance. One side of each device is coated with a strong adhesive, enabling it to remain securely attached to whatever or whomever Static plants it. The tracking devices emit a distinct radio signal that can only be detected by the receiver in Static's uniform.
- Fighting Staff: Static's main weapon is his fighting staff, which consists of four, hinged metal sections. This weapon quickly unfolds and locks into place with a flick of the wrist. The fighting staff is quite effective in close quarters combat.
- Collapsible Axe: This modern twist on the classic battleaxe is distinguished by its hexagonal-shaped head. The axe's handle can be folded into the head so Static can easily conceal it in his costume.
- Flashbacks throughout the series indicate Static's origin and history prior to moving to New York City is similar to the original version of the character. Both the Milestone-era adventures with Dusk and Icon, as well as the Dark Side Club event that launched him into the main DC Universe, have happened.
- Static (Virgil Hawkins) was created by Dwayne McDuffie, Derek T. Dingle, Denys Cowan, and Michael Davis, first appearing as part of Milestone Media in Static #1. However, in the rebooted Prime Earth continuity his first appearance as part of the The New 52 DC Universe is in Static Shock #1 by Scott McDaniel and John Rozum.
- 14 Appearances of Virgil Hawkins (Prime Earth)
- 12 Images featuring Virgil Hawkins (Prime Earth)
- 6 Quotations by or about Virgil Hawkins (Prime Earth)
- Character Gallery: Virgil Hawkins (Prime Earth)