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The Undersiders are a supervillian team operating in Brockton Bay.

Modus operandiEdit

The Undersiders generally used hit-and-run tactics, although they became more aggressive after Skitter joined the team.

Grue required them all to receive first-aid training.[1]

They received a salary of $2,000 a month from their mysterious benefactor.[2]

StructureEdit

The Undersiders work based on a parallel hierarchy. They don't have a ruling leader, but instead rotate leaders based on the situation at hand and available members. Any member could theoretically take the role as leader. The remaining members loyally contribute to their various fights and activities.

MembersEdit

Name Description
Bitch Lost girl who has dogs to keep her company.
Foil Former Ward that left for love.
Grue Joined for independence and to protect his family. Was broken by his second trigger, put himself back together.
Imp Recruited by Grue for hers and everyone's good.
Parian Joined as a moral force on the Undersiders.
Regent Joined for safety and independence.
Skitter Tried to be a hero was a better villain joined for escape. Her agenda subsumed others.
Tattletale Abrasive person trying to prove that she is smart.

HistoryEdit

The Undersiders were anonymously brought together by Coil through a combination of subtle pressure and bribery, over a year before the story started.[3] He offered them a monthly allowance contingent on them remaining together as a group as well as individual enticements for several members of the group.

Story StartEdit

The Undersiders gained a reputation as robbery and escape specialists, performing technology thefts for their employer[4] and robbing the Ruby Dreams casino.[5] They were considered small time.[6]

On one outing they ran into a new bug themed villian who helped them deal with Lung.

Post-LeviathanEdit

With Skitter revealed to be an aspiring hero that had taken it upon herself to infiltrate them the group's confidence was shaken. Tattletale eventually convinced Skitter to return to the group and for them to accept her.

They kidnapped Shadow Stalker and used her in a trojan horse heist of the Protectorate ENE Headquarters. Though their theft wasn't of the most vaulable data, it would still prove very useful. The Undersiders were eventually charged by their benefactor to seize territory control of most of Brockton Bay.

They would prove their mettle against the Slaughterhouse Nine.

Post-Slaughterhouse NineEdit

Acquitted themselves well against the Dragonflight, Skitter took point here.

They eventually turned on Coil after he tried to kill skitter and seized control of all his assets, but he spited them in death.

Post-EchidnaEdit

The group emerged from the battle shaken but intact.

The Undersiders assaulted the Protectorate ENE Headquarters again as retaliation for the revelation of Skitter's civilian identity.

Weaver and Tattletale remained in contact through coded messages. Not letting the divide between hero and villain stop them from working together.[7]

When the group was invited to the Khonsu Meeting Tattletale had Cauldron pick up Weaver

Post-TimeskipEdit

The Undersiders were the uncontested rulers of the Brockton Bay underworld for close to two years enjoying access

Gold MorningEdit

Instrumental in ending the debacle.

After the Gold Morning, Bitch, Foil and Parian, and Imp form their own individual groups, referred to by Imp as the Sons of Bitch, the Needlepoints, and the Heartbroken respectively.[8]

While the group effectively dissolved as a coherent entity but evolved into a larger alliance that let people help each other out.[9] Regardless they still decided to counter Teacher and his designs.[10]

Post-Gold MorningEdit

The former teenage villains succeeded in handicapping the much older and presumably more experienced Teacher.[11]

Early-WardEdit

They are seen as major players.

The Undersiders worked with Cradle's cluster group to attack the Mather's Fallen camp. Following the attack, Tattletale explained how she was using this opportunity to offer Cradle a chance at Goddess level power by exploiting Rain's cluster group.[12]

Fanart GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Insinuation 2.9
  2. Insinuation 2.7
  3. Coil founded it, a little over a year prior to the story's beginning. Tattletale's interlude has their first meeting. - Spacebattles
  4. I looked up Grue. There was actually information about him, but nothing detailed or definitive. The wiki stated he had been active for nearly three years, dealing in petty crimes such as robbing small stores and doing some work as an enforcer for those who wanted a little superpowered muscle along for a job. Recently, he had turned to higher scale crime, including corporate theft and robbing a casino, together with his new team. His power was listed as darkness generation in the sidebar under his picture. The picture seemed crisp enough, but the focus of it, Grue, was just a blurry black silhouette in the center. - Excerpt from Insinuation 2.2
  5. “The Undersiders. They’ve flown under the radar so far, but more recently, they’ve started pulling higher profile jobs. They hit the Ruby Dreams casino five weeks ago, and now they just robbed the biggest bank in Brockton Bay. This time we were lucky enough to get in their way. That means we finally have intel on their group.” - Excerpt from Interlude 3
  6. I think there was a fic where her power was on her Parahumans Online page? You're wayyyy off base if you think she even has much of a page or if anyone would know enough to put it there. The Undersiders are on the level of 'this page is a stub' for the wiki. - Spacebattles
  7. For several dangerous minutes, I’d seriously considered going back to the Undersiders if this mission got derailed. I’d stopped myself before I got too far into that line of thinking, knowing it was a trap that would lead to me compromising, giving up in a way. Playing into the Directors’ hands.

    No, I wouldn’t go back. I missed them; scarcely an hour went by where I didn’t wonder how they were getting by, but I wasn’t allowed to contact them. I wanted to know how Imp had changed in response to Regent’s passing, if Grue was getting enough support, or if Rachel was managing in the cold on the other side of the Brockton Bay portal. Was Tattletale using her power too much, still? How was Sierra managing as a corporate magnate and front-man for a villainous organization?

    Hell, how was the Boardwalk getting on?

    They were questions I couldn’t ask or answer without raising red flags with the people who were watching me for the slightest excuse. I’d cheated and sent letters, written by my bugs, delivered to a mail box while I was hundreds of feet away, and I’d received ‘fan letters’ with coded messages from Tattletale. It wasn’t enough, didn’t have the details I craved. - Excerpt from Scarab 25.3
  8. Interlude: End
  9. “Sure,” I said. I paused. “Speaking of you showing up, I’m surprised the rest of your old team didn’t turn up too, for old time or camaraderie’s sake.”

    She turned. With the way the light came through the tunnel, I could see the eye symbol on her chest in a slightly different shade of purple, hidden where the vertical bar met the horizontal, and the shadows meant I could no longer see her eyes or expression. Maintaining the same tone, she said, “No, you’re not surprised. You know full well they’re well positioned too. They’re doing their own things. They’re still a resource I can and will tap.”

    “Gotcha,” I said. - Excerpt from Glare 3.1
  10. Imp sighed. “Teacher’s plan. It’s dumb. We’re supposed to worry about this shit?”

    “No,” Tattletale said, watching on the monitors as the others from the meeting made their way downstairs. “Teacher isn’t a threat. Or he isn’t a big one. You were talking symbols before?”

    “Symbolic shit, yeah.”

    “Consider Teacher a symbol. Things are starting into motion, the quiet is coming to an end, and he’s… if not a threat, he’s a gatekeeper to one.”

    “He’s a smug dick,” Rachel said. “You give the go-ahead, we tear him apart.”

    “It’s a little more complicated than that,” Tattletale said. “There are dynamics to pay attention to, group interactions, politics, there are unwritten rules, and the nuances of what happens if and when we’re viewed as the aggressors when we violate the truce. Not to mention the danger if we disrupt whatever he’s setting up and inadvertently set it off. Like we sort of did with Jack, though that was more exception than rule.”

    Imp sighed. “Teacher’s plan. It’s dumb. We’re supposed to worry about this shit?”

    “No,” Tattletale said, watching on the monitors as the others from the meeting made their way downstairs. “Teacher isn’t a threat. Or he isn’t a big one. You were talking symbols before?”

    “Symbolic shit, yeah.”

    “Consider Teacher a symbol. Things are starting into motion, the quiet is coming to an end, and he’s… if not a threat, he’s a gatekeeper to one.”

    “He’s a smug dick,” Rachel said. “You give the go-ahead, we tear him apart.”

    “It’s a little more complicated than that,” Tattletale said. “There are dynamics to pay attention to, group interactions, politics, there are unwritten rules, and the nuances of what happens if and when we’re viewed as the aggressors when we violate the truce. Not to mention the danger if we disrupt whatever he’s setting up and inadvertently set it off. Like we sort of did with Jack, though that was more exception than rule.”
    [...]
    “So,” Rachel said. “What happens?”

    “What happens is we go kick teacher in the balls and drop him down an elevator shaft,” Tattletale said. “Hopefully in a way that doesn’t leave us looking like assholes.”

    Rachel nodded, satisfied. - Excerpt from Interlude: End
  11. “We might have to revisit the truce we made,” Jeanne said. “We thought the Undersiders knocked him down enough pegs that he wouldn’t recoup fast. It seems he’s more resourceful than that.” - Excerpt from Interlude 5x II
  12. Pitch 6.8: “Yep.  She proceeded to take over earth Shin, with all other parahumans acting as her lieutenants.  All other parahumans on that world, mind.  No exceptions.  Which the organization deemed fine, because they got to keep her in their back pocket, even while they couldn’t control her.  She is, or was, a grab-bag, she found a way to pull free of her cluster, and she came out of it with a set of powers that would each be world-class on their own.”

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