Real Name: Tilda Johnson.
Occupation: Professional criminal.
Identity: Known to the authorities.
Legal Status: Citizen of the United States with a criminal record, still a minor.
Other Aliases: Deadly Nightshade.
Place of Birth: Harlem, New York City.
Marital Status: Single.
Known Relatives: Mother (name unrevealed).
Group Affiliation: An independent gang in Harlem, previously none.
Base of Operations: Harlem, New York City; briefly Chicago, Illinois.
First Post-Reboot Appearance: CAPTAIN AMERICA #
History: A brilliant young woman, Tilda Johnson grew up in poverty in Harlem. At the age of ten, she was already making strides in what would become her "werewolf serum", though her mother, teachers, and classmates at the public school she went to continued to think of her as "brilliant but lazy", not seeing that she had already surpassed most people with doctorates. Seeing in the world around her that crime paid, she decided to start her own criminal organization, mostly as a way to get out of poverty and fund her future experiments.
Calling herself Nightshade – sometimes Deadly Nightshade – Tilda let herself get arrested on a drug charge mainly to get into a prison. Once imprisoned in the minimum security section of Ryker's Island penitentiary, she quickly enticed the male guards and started injecting the inmates and several guards alike with her "werewolf serum", turning them into humanoid wolves under her control.
At that point, her antics at the prison caught the attention of Captain America, who investigated with his partner, Bucky. Although she managed to inject her serum into the Captain, he fought off her pheromone influence to lead a "werewolf revolt" while Bucky personally fought Nightshade and procured the antidote, reverting the Captain to normal. In a move that could only be called a childish temper tantrum, Nightshade ordered her werewolves to commit mass suicide by plunging over Ryker's outer walls onto the rocks just off its shore, following them over the side soon after.
Nightshade turned up not long after in Chicago, where she tried to appeal to the local adventurer, Iron Fist, to help her become 'Queen of the U.S.', expecting him to choose her over his current girlfriend, Misty Knight, when Nightshade used her genius to hack into and override Knight's cybernetic prosthetic arm. Upset that he spurned her, she attempted to blow up the city, but was stopped and arrested.
Apparently escaping prison not long after, Nightshade laid low for several months, before resurfacing in her native Harlem, where she had apparently become the second-in-command of one of the area's independent gangs, managing the day-to-day operations for a man known as "Chunky" Russo. Her operations in Harlem have come under investigation by Bucky; a second confrontation between the two teenage girls is inevitable.
Height: 5' 4".
Weight: 115 lbs.
Uniform: Black leathers in varying levels of skimpiness.
Strength Level: Nightshade possesses the normal human strength of a woman her age, height, and build who engages in moderately intensive regular exercise.
Known Superhuman Powers: None.
Other Abilities: Nightshade is extensively self-taught in genetics, biochemistry, cybernetics, robotics, and physics. She is a skilled fighter, though she remains rather inexperienced, and a decent shot with a pistol.
Weapons and Paraphernalia: Nightshade's primary weapons are a semiautomatic pistol and a bullwhip. In addition, she wears a perfume made of pheromones which will affect most men (and some women), enabling her to influence them. She has created a biochemical fluid which can imprint a lupine phenotype on its recipients, turning people into something akin to a werewolf, as well as software which can hack into and control most computer systems, including advanced cybernetic prostheses.
|ST: 11 ||HP: 11 ||Speed: 6.00 |
|DX: 12 ||Will: 14 ||Move: 6 |
|IQ: 14 ||Per: 12 [-10]|
|HT: 12 ||FP: 12 ||SM: 0|
|Dmg: 1d-1/1d+1||BL: 24 lbs.|
|Dodge: 9||Parry: 10||DR: 0|
Languages: English (Native) (Native Language) ; Spanish (Accented) .
Cultural Familiarities: Western (Native) .
Advantages: Appearance (Beautiful) ; Artificer 2 ; Craftiness 2 ; Cyberneticist 2 ; Eidetic Memory ; Fit ; Gadgeteer ; Gizmo 3 ; Mind Control (Accessibility: Only on Hetero Men and Bi/Lesbian Women, -20%; Area Effect: 8 yard radius, +150%; Emanation, -20%; Emotion Control, -50%; Sense-Based (Smell), -20%; Chemical, -10%) ; Natural Scientist 2 ; Single-Minded ; Versatile .
Perks: High-Heeled Heroine ; Sexy Feints .
Disadvantages: Bad Temper (6) [-20]; Callous [-5]; Compulsive Lying (9) [-22]; Delusion ("Captain America is in love with me!") [-10]; Greed (12) [-12]; Impulsiveness (9) [-15]; Overconfidence (9) [-7]; Selfish (6) [-10]; Social Stigma (Criminal Record) [-5]; Social Stigma (Minor) [-5]; Status -1 [-5]; Stubbornness [-5]; Wealth (Poor) [-15].
Quirks: Attentive [-1]; Imaginative [-1]; Sees Bucky as a "Romantic Rival" [-1]; Shocking Affectation (Skimpy Dresser) [-1]; Vanity [-1].
Skills: Biology/TL8 (Biochemistry) (H) IQ+4  – 18*; Brawling (E) DX+2  – 14; Chemistry/TL8 (H) IQ+4  – 18; Computer Hacking/TL8 (VH) IQ+1  – 15†; Computer Programming/TL8 (H) IQ+2  – 16†; Electronics Repair/TL8 (Computers) (A) IQ+3  – 17†‡; Guns/TL8 (Pistol) (E) DX+1  – 13; Holdout (A) IQ+1  – 15§; Inventor! (WC) IQ+2  – 16#; Judo (H) DX+0  – 12; Mathematics/TL8 (Applied) (H) IQ+0  – 14*; Physics/TL8 (VH) IQ+0  – 14*; Sex Appeal (Human) (A) HT+4  – 16¥; Shadowing (A) IQ+1  – 15§; Stealth (A) DX+2  – 14§; Streetwise (A) IQ+0  – 14; Whip (A) DX+0  – 12.
Techniques: Feint (Sex Appeal) (H) def+1  – 17.
Starting Spending Money: $800 (20% of Starting Wealth).
* Includes +2 from Natural Scientist.
† Includes +2 from Cyberneticist.
‡ Includes +2 from Artificer.
§ Includes +2 from Craftiness.
# Conditional +2 from Cyberneticist and/or Artificer when substituting for those skills.
¥ Includes +4 from Appearance.
Nightshade is rather emotionally immature. She is prone to tantrums when things are not going her way, including ordering her "werewolves" to commit mass suicide. Because of various past conflicts, she has an incredible hatred for Bucky, seeing the other girl as a "rival" for Captain America's "affections". She honestly believes that Cap has a thing for her.
The following racial template represents the typical results of her "werewolf serum" on the average person. Not being true supernatural werewolves, they lack many of the weaknesses (including that of silver), but also lack a traditional werewolf's supernatural durability.
There may yet be lingering effects on those survivors who received the antidote and reverted to normal.
Attribute Adjustments: ST +4 ; DX +2 ; IQ -4 [-80]; HT +2 .
Secondary Characteristic Adjustments: Per +4 .
Advantages: Acute Hearing 3 ; Acute Taste and Smell 3 ; Claws (Blunt Claws) ; Parabolic Hearing 2 ; Teeth (Sharp Teeth) ; Ultrahearing .
Perks: Fur .
Disadvantages: Bestial [-10]; Ham-Fisted -1 [-5]; Hidebound [-5].
Features: Born Biter +1; Digitigrade Posture; Ordinary Tail.
1. "Chunky" is actually an android she built, but that's not going to be revealed until the start of Year Two, so no stats for him.