FANDOM


Shadow Stalker is a member of the Brockton Bay Wards.

PersonalityEdit

Sophia is a mean spirited, hot tempered and violent teenager who finds anything but negative consequences as encouragement to continue.[4] She has nothing but disdain for those she perceives as weak and hates anyone she can't beat in a fight. When Taylor was revealed to be Skitter (thereby proving Sophia's philosophy wrong), Sophia was enraged and later tried to convince herself that she was responsible for what Taylor became. Surprisingly, she admitted to Taylor that she was resentful that Taylor had a parent who actually cared for her enough to actually attend the meeting.

A lot of her personality comes from the influence of her shard, as noted by Taylor.[5]

Relationships Edit

MotherEdit

Her long suffering mother.[6][7]

EmmaEdit

Friends who enabled each other.

Taylor Edit

Her 'prey' who turns out to be a predator much to Sophia's suprise.

AppearanceEdit

Sophia was dark skinned, slender, and athletic,[1] owing to her membership on the track and field team[8] and likely her nighttime activities in the city.[9] Weld described her as pretty.[1] Her eyes were brown. She was about as tall as Taylor.[10]
Winslow sophia1

Sophia in civilian clothing.

As Shadow Stalker,[11] Sophia wears a heavy black cloak and skintight black bodysuit with black-painted metal kneepads, gauntlets,[12] belts and pockets.[13] Before joining the Brockton Bay Wards, her mask was a modified hockey mask.[12][14][2] After joining the Wards, her mask was made of black-painted metal[2][10] and took the shape of a woman's face with a stern expression,[14] leaving her brown eyes visible behind it.[10][15] Her costume included a "voluminous" cloak[1][16] in dark gray urban-camouflage, with a hood.[10] She carried two crossbows, and had tranquiliser cartriges for them mounted on the forearm of her costume,[2] with some razor-sharp bolts concealed between her shoulderblades, underneath her cloak.[17] She also carried two small knives.[18]

In her Breaker state, she was described as wispy[19] and transparent, as if she was composed of gas.[1] She was described as nearly invisible,[19] a gray shadow among other shadows,[17] and had a distorted, skull-like face hidden by her mask.[20] However, meeting her in daylight, Taylor described her only as "a little smoky, like she was made of sand and not anything solid."[10]

Powers & EquipmentEdit

Sophia was capable of shifting herself into a "shadow state" which allowed her to pass through walls and made her lightweight. She could pass on these attributes onto her equipment, including shots fired by her crossbow bolts.[2] It was unknown exactly what her upper limit was. For example, while she was able to 'shadow' a fold-up chair and launch it through a wall where it would materialize as a projectile, it was unknown just how much effort this cost her.[21]

Shadow stalker worm fanart by drunkfu-d549kzw

Early version with hockey mask.

As Shadow Stalker, Sophia carried two crossbows with both lethal and nonlethal bolts.

She was vulnerable to electricity in her shadow form, possibly even more so than in her normal form. As a Ward, she had lenses built into her mask that could fold down over her eyes, designed to detect electricity.[17]

If she "stalled" inside a solid object, she lost forward momentum and suffered excruciating pain. She also suffered as badly as anyone from pepper spray or other aerosols if she changed back while they were still inside her, if not worse.[17]

It was stated that her powers affected her personality after she triggered, her behavior becoming more aggressive and violent as a result of her trigger event.[22] Weaver speculated that her agent was exceptionally aggressive, and had heavily influenced her personality to make her more violent.[5]

Her power had a negative interaction with Grue's darkness, making it difficult to breathe in her shadow state, forcing her into a middle ground where she was slower and found it draining and painful to re-form after objects passed through her.[17]

HistoryEdit

BackgroundEdit

Once a cape with a vigilante bent, Shadow Stalker was caught after having nearly killed a man, pinning him to a wall with her crossbow bolts. When given the option, she chose to join the Wards as a probationary member rather than be sent to juvenile detention. As a condition of her parole, she was given probationary status in the Wards and required to use nonlethal ammunition, a requirement she usually ignored when the Wards weren't looking.

She fought Behemoth in the attack prior to the Battle against Leviathan, although she mostly did search and rescue,[21] presumably alongside the Wards.

In her civilian guise, she was Emma's best friend and one of Taylor’s tormentors, as well as a member of the high school's track and field team. She wasn't liked by many, beyond Emma and Madison, as she was fairly notorious for being mean spirited. Her brand of bullying tended more towards the physical than any of the other girls – tripping, punching, kicking, shoving, and so on.[23] She told Emma that her friend would be allowed into the Trio if she "laughed more at the pranks and jokes, stood a little straighter instead of cringing like a whipped dog".[24]

Story StartEdit

Sophia helped to bully Taylor as a member of the Trio. She helped Madison pour juice on Taylor, laughing "like it was the funniest thing in the world".[8]

During the curfew necessitated by the ABB's rampage, she was stationed at a shopping mall along with Battery. After seeing the concussed Taylor shove Emma unprovoked, she put her bullying victim in zip-ties and admonished the teen's father to keep a hold on his daughter.

After seeing Taylor Hebert kiss Brian Laborn, Sophia stalked her to a bookstore and violently confronted her. She was then stopped by Brian and fled.[25]

Post-LeviathanEdit

Sophia harassed her teammate Vista on the Brockton Bay Wards. Later, her teammate Flechette was shocked by her brutality on patrol. [2] When Sophia was captured by supervillain team The Undersiders, she was used as a puppet by their member, Regent. After forcing her to fight her own teammates, Regent sent evidence of Sophia's bullying to the police, and revealed her secret identity to her family.

She was accused of violating her probation shortly after Arc 10 and was sent to juvenile detention.[6] When Skitter was revealed to be Taylor, Sophia could only scream in blind rage and shatter the TV.[26]

Gold MorningEdit

She was freed and joined Taylor's group hunting down villains for a time after Gold Morning. She was successfully used as bait to message to the Simurgh due to her particularly active shard. During the voyage in the Firefly, she was consistently a voice of dissent in the group, going so far as getting into a fight with Lung.

She fought in the Cauldron siege, killing multiple Case 53's. When Zion visited the base, she retreated using her power and was picked up afterward.[27]

Post-Gold Morning Edit

Sophia was spotted stalking Imp from the rooftops of a nearby building. Imp confronted her, and she admitted she felt that Taylor doesn't deserve the respect she earned post-Gold Morning due to how she used her powers as Khepri. Imp retorts by saying she'll be remembered more then Sophia ever will, and leaves her to stew in her anger.[28]


Fanart Gallery Edit

QuotesEdit

  • (To Taylor Hebert): "It's not that I feel driven to win, I simply hate losing!"
  • (To Taylor Hebert): “Funny how it all turns out. This, for one thing. That I can’t anticipate you anymore. And… that it’s just you. There’s nobody to mourn me when I'm gone. Family doesn’t really care. No friends left. No teammates, even. I'm left to console myself with the idea that, if I die, I'll at least annoy the depressing, creepy little geek from high school.”

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Sentinel 9.1
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Sentinel 9.2
  3. Some of that were the sub-classifications, if I remember right. Her breaker power makes her a stranger-class, but that’s a derivative effect. - Comment by Wildbow on Interlude 16.y
  4. Wildbow: @ Luo - Sophia is a consummate bully. Preying on Criminals as 'acceptable targets' gets her validation and respect without tying her hands. Just like preying on the acceptable targets at school has people (other students) look the other way. While she's forming this twisted worldview, it all validates that worldview because she's doing what people are going to accept and because people...
    Wildbow: ...accept it she feels right & unthreatened.
    Luolang: So, is it about self-worth or something?
    Luolang: That by beating down these specific sorts of targets, she's /better/ than them, on some moral dimension?
    Wildbow: Mmmm. Wouldn't jump straight to self worth.
    Wildbow: That implies the wrong thing.
    Luolang: What do you mean by "validation" there?
    Wildbow: Validation = other people implicitly saying 'you're right'
    Luolang: Was that why she befriended Emma?
    Luolang: Because as a vigilante that's unknown, she doesn't exactly have validation
    Wildbow: I think you're reaching, Luo
    Wildbow: It's about power more than self worth. That she can basically take action and take power, partially by pushing other people down, and make herself effectively greater in the greater scheme of things. When society doesn't rise up and lash out against her, that basically, implicitly says 'this is right, this is the way things are'
    Wildbow: To sum up: her thought process is: am aggressive, want to hurt people/lash out, so she goes and beat the shit out of random thug, nobody says anything, nobody stops her, even when she goes too far. Criminals are lower than her, and taking this course of action reminds them of that, while reminding her that she's greater than them. Picking on a student at school sees other students look the...
    Wildbow: ...other way, administration downplays things, and being a hero means the administration is even more willing to play ball (A la school meeting).
    Wildbow>: Nobody is telling her to stop = Validation - archived conversation on Space battles
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Way too passive," Imp murmured.

    "So's Shadow Stalker," Tattletale said.

    "But Shadow Stalker's passenger isn't. If there are any undertones, any way that the passengers influence our actions, then Shadow Stalker was definitely influenced. I dug through her old records, read up on her history."

    "What?" Shadow Stalker asked.

    "She got aggressive after she got her powers. Generally more…" I searched for the way to phrase it.

    "You fucking looked at my records?"

    "…More violent than most people would be, in her shoes. Lashing out, aimlessly at first, and then with a target, channeling the aggression. Except it was the same amount of violence, just concentrated into fewer incidents, alongside a pretty extensive bullying campaign." - Excerpt from Cockroaches 28.4
  6. 6.0 6.1 Interlude 10
  7. Venom 29.5
  8. 8.0 8.1 Gestation 1.1
  9. Sophia Hess – Emma’s new best friend, one of Taylor’s bullies, more physical than the other two. She’s an athletic African-American girl with longer hair. - Cast (spoiler free)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Hive 5.3
  11. Shadow Stalker – A cape in the Brockton Bay Wards. She is capable of turning herself into a shadow state, where she passes through walls, is lightweight and ignores most incoming attacks. Somewhat bloodthirsty. - Cast (spoiler free)
  12. 12.0 12.1 Interlude 19.z
  13. Interlude 10.5
  14. 14.0 14.1 Shadow Stalker, Sophia Hess (Jailed)– Once a cape with a vigilante bent, Shadow Stalker was caught after having nearly killed a man, pinning him to a wall with her crossbow bolts, and chose to join the Wards as a probationary member rather than be sent to juvenile detention. Capable of shifting herself into a ‘shadow state’, she can pass through walls, is lightweight, and passes these benefits on to her equipment, including shots fired by her crossbow bolts. Was accused of violating probation shortly after arc 10. In reality, Shadow Stalker was one of Taylor’s tormentors while in her civilian guise. See Sophia Hess’ entry for her description.
    .
    As Shadow Stalker (in costume), she wears a heavy black cloak and a black bodysuit with black painted metal plates and mask. Her mask was originally a modified hockey mask, but after joining the wards it modeled a woman’s face with a stern expression. Carries two crossbows, with both lethal and tranquilizer ammunition. - Cast (in depth)
  15. Parasite 10.1
  16. Tangle 6.5
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 Sentinel 9.6
  18. Regent put down a second, smaller box next to the one Tattletale had brought. I switched positions with Tattletale – she began searching Shadow Stalker, removing crossbows, cartridges of ammunition and two small knives. She found a phone with a touch screen, then reached beneath the unconscious girl's hood to pluck a wireless earbud from the girl's ear. After rubbing it on Shadow Stalker's cloak to clean it, she put it in her own ear and started fiddling with the smart phone. After a few seconds she pronounced, "GPS hasn't been activated. They probably won't turn it on to look for her until she fails to return from patrol." - Parasite 10.1
  19. 19.0 19.1 Agitation 3.3
  20. "Think of Shadow Stalker’s metal mask hiding her face, which is distorted and skull-like in breaker state" —BREAKERS, document by Wildbow
  21. 21.0 21.1 Extinction 27.3
  22. Cockroaches 28.4
  23. Sophia Hess – Emma’s best friend, a member of the track and field team. Not liked by many, beyond Emma and Madison, as she’s fairly notorious for being mean spirited. Taylor mentioned that Sophia’s own brand of bullying tends more towards the physical than any of the other girls – tripping, punching, kicking, shoving, and so on. Currently in juvenile detention. Sophia is dark skinned and athletic, owing to her membership on the track and field team. See Shadow Stalker in the Wards section, below. - Cast (in depth)
  24. Excerpt form Chrysalis 20.3
  25. Buzz 7.6
  26. Interlude 20.x
  27. Venom 29.9
  28. Teneral e.2

NavigationEdit