Ben Llewyn lucked out when he divorced his wife, Katelin Venderbilt. For the first part, neither had signed a pre-nup, leading to a windfall for him in the divorce. The second was that there wasn't much of a battle of their daughter, Fox. Katelin had been happy to go back to being a socialite, despite being several thousand dollars poorer if he could have the rambunctious little girl.
Fox, for her part, didn't realize how lucky she was, as they had divorced when she was three. she carried little memories of her mother, and as she grew older with her father, moving from London to New York when she was six, she didn't find herself lacking. She and her father, a computer programmer, had their own little lives together. He enjoyed showing her his trade as a child, explaining the equipment to her, taking her into work with him whenever was necessary, and making sure that, in his view, she was prepared for a more digital world.
What he didn't bargain for was that Fox was much smarter than he thought -- and lived up to her name behind his back. Unlike her peers who were slowly discovering the fledgling internet by themselves, by the time Fox was fifteen she'd moved from scamming AOL for more internet time to rubbing elbows with a growing hacker community.
She spent her time trying to impress the community of hackers she'd found herself in, and outpacing her father who was slowly realizing his daughter was doing much more online than what he bargained for. At fifteen, Fox finally crossed a line, when for a prank, she launched a DDoS attack on several websites. It took almost six months before she was caught -- but when she was, the authorities found themselves with heir hands tied. As a minor, and in the early days of computer security, they didn't have very tool imaginable at their disposal to discipline her.
Despite that, she was still barred from online activity for a year, probation, and a fine.
Her father wasn't entirely disappointed with her as it all unfolded. Fox expected him to be furious, to come down on her hard. Instead, despite the fines and the monitoring, her father seemed to keep his silence, and instead attempted to divert her interests to more academic pursuits. As soon as her probation was up, he uprooted them both back to London -- and in doing so, decided to tell her that it was her fault for being caught, the message thunderingly clear to Fox: that he wanted her to be good enough to not be caught.
Despite the impetus to do so, Fox didn't exactly run back down the path to being a hacker again. She busied herself with school, making new friends, and growing from being an ugly duckling into a girl that turned just enough heads for attenttion. Relocating back to the states at seventeen, she fell into different crowds among the nouveau riche and by the time she was in her second year at Stanford, Fox was back to hacking in her own time, and getting closer to one of the other men on campus. Everything about that relationship however, was a slow dance of destructive drinking, drunken sex, and an endless barrage of pressure from her boyfriend that it was all okay when it wasn't. At twenty three, one of those supposedly normal fight spiraled out of control in front of friends -- and her boyfriend attempted to drag her away, physically assaulting her all the while.
It was only her group of friends who stood between her and something worse than the black eye, the broken nose, and her bruised throat that were eventually concrete evidence of her boyfriend's abuse. They were the ones who coaxed her into pressing charges against him, reminding her of both the pull her money had to keep her safe and reassurances that they had her back. It took years for the process to go through. In that time, Fox graduated, and on the recommendation of a friend, was able to enter into cybersec. It was a job that suited her-- and kept her away enough from other people to feel safe as the difficult process of prosecting her ex dragged on until he was finally sentenced in late 2014.
That still didn't really assure her safety, as Fox has avoided relationships since. Something about them don't sit right with her at her core, and she finds a little more safety and companionship on the other side of the screen. Current events haven't changed that, either, but she has worked to be better since. Being solely defined by a traumatic event was suffocating -- and Fox has never been content with that. Every step forward is a small one. Since his conviction and sentencing in 2017, Fox has concentrated herself on more altruistic results -- all while still enjoying her own company.
FELICIA HARDY WAS BORN IN QUEENS, NEW YORK. HER FATHER WALTER PRETENDED TO BE A TRAVELING SALESMAN BUT WAS A WORLD-RENOWNED CAT BURGLAR WHO, BEFORE HIS ARREST, ENCOURAGED HER TO NEVER SETTLE FOR SECOND BEST. IF SHE LOVED BASKETBALL, SHE SHOULD WORK TO BECOME A BASKETBALL PLAYER AND NOT JUST A CHEERLEADER. IN SPIDER-MAN/BLACK CAT: THE EVIL THAT MEN DO, BLACK CAT HERSELF REVEALS THAT AS A FRESHMAN AT EMPIRE STATE UNIVERSITY, SHE WAS RAPED BY HER BOYFRIEND RYAN. HATING THE IDEA OF BEING A VICTIM, SHE TRAINED HERSELF IN VARIOUS FIGHTING STYLES AND ACROBATICS, INTENT ON KILLING HER RAPIST. FINALLY, AFTER MONTHS OF PREPARING, SHE SET OUT FOR REVENGE, BUT BEFORE SHE COULD FIND HIM, RYAN WAS KILLED IN A DRUNK DRIVING ACCIDENT. FURIOUS THAT SHE WAS DENIED THE CHANCE FOR REVENGE, HARDY DECIDED TO UTILIZE HER NEW SKILLS TO FOLLOW IN HER FATHER'S FOOTSTEPS. AFTER AMASSING A FORTUNE IN STOLEN ITEMS, FELICIA ADOPTED HER COSTUMED IDENTITY. [...]
OLYMPIC LEVEL ATHLETE
OLYMPIC LEVEL ACROBAT
SKILLED MARTIAL ARTIST
BLACK CAT'S COSTUME
ELECTROMAGNETIC CONTACT LENSES
DIAMOND MIND CONTROL CLAWS
MEMORIES OF CHILDHOOD
MEMORIES OF BECOMING BLACK CAT
MEMORIES OF MODERN BLACK CAT
MEMORIES OF ALTERNATE UNIVERSES
CLOSE TO HER FATHER, LIKE FELICIA
TAKES UP A LINE OF WORK LIKE HER FATHERS, AND TRIES TO BE THE BEST AT IT, LIKE FELICIA
HAS A HISTORY OF DOMESTIC ABUSE, BUT UNLIKE FELICIA, ACTUALLY GOT RESOLUTION FOR IT.