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Black Cat (Marvel)
Real Name: Felicia Hardy
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Though it has been suggested that she had a latent mutant ability to affect probability fields around her ("jinxing"), the Black Cat's original "bad luck" powers were nothing more than meticulously planned stunts, executed with the aid of her exceptional gymnastics and unarmed combat skills. Later seeking power to enable her to be a true partner to her lover, Spider-Man, she made a secret deal with the Kingpin, whose scientists imbued her with a genuine "bad luck" power. This power enabled her subliminally and psionically to affect probability fields, causing improbable, but not impossible, "unlucky" events to occur to enemies within her line of sight.
After Dr. Strange removed the jinx Spider-Man contracted, the Cat's powers mutated, leaving her absent the bad luck ability, but with infrared vision, superhuman balance and agility, and long extensible claws. After exposure to the Chameleon's device from the Tinkerer, used to remove Spider-Man's powers, Felicia lost all her superhuman abilities as well. She has since relied upon the Tinkerer's high-tech inventions to support her feline antics. Black Cat's costume also contains micro-servos, which enhances her strength slightly.

Black Cat is a reformed burglar who continues to walk on the wild side as a detective and adventurer. She's the former girlfriend of Spider-Man, Flash Thompson, and the mercenary known as the Foreigner.

Felicia Hardy grew up as "daddy's little girl," idolizing her father. When Walter Hardy suddenly disappeared, Felicia's mother, Lydia, told her that he had died in a plane crash; in reality, he had been incarcerated for his crimes as a notorious cat burglar. Upon discovering the truth about her father, Felicia became inspired to follow in his footsteps. However, another tragic event more strongly influenced a redirection in her life. As a college freshman at Empire State University, Felicia was date-raped by her boyfriend, Ryan. She turned her grief and shame into rage, channeling her feelings for revenge towards intensifying her training regime in martial arts and acrobatics. However, she was robbed of a chance for vengeance, as Ryan was killed in a drunk driving accident. Learning safe cracking, lock picking, and other techniques of thieves, Felicia set out stealing from others to compensate psychologically for what was stolen from her. The first night she took on the persona of the Black Cat she tried to break her father, Walter Hardy out of prison before he died. In the process, she met Spider-Man. After her father's death, she set out to become New York's premier cat burglar. However, over time, flirtations led to romance with Spider-Man, as Felicia promised to abandon her criminal activities. Spider-Man and the Black Cat often patrolled the city together, with Felicia in love with Spider-Man, the hero. She was reluctant to see Spider-Man unmasked, for fear the excitement of the mysterious romance would be lost. When Spider-Man finally revealed his face and his modest apartment, Felicia was disillusioned. But, she still cared for him and after almost being killed by Doctor Octopus and the Owl, she felt that she was a burden on her boyfriend and a liability when fighting crime. While Spider-Man was away during the Secret Wars, Felicia made a deal with the Kingpin to gain superpowers - an actual bad luck aura. But the deal soon proved to be a bad move, as she had been "jinxing" Spider-Man by being in his close proximity, just as the Kingpin planned. Spider-Man, frustrated with the relationship, angered that Felicia made the deal with the Kingpin, and tired of her loving Spider-Man more than Peter Parker, broke up with her, right before she was about to selflessly break up with him so that she wouldn't be hurting him anymore by her aura.

Spider-Man went to Doctor Strange to remove her "jinx". Strange eliminated the hex at the source, causing Felicia to lose her bad luck powers but and also gave her more cat-like powers and abilities. She eventually settled into a life of her own, while still trying to maintain a friendship with Spider-Man. Soon she found out that Peter Parker had married Mary Jane Watson, which had angered her to the point that she grabbed and threatened Mary Jane. To spite Peter, she dated Flash Thompson intent on breaking Peter's friend's heart. Over time, she developed genuine feelings for him, but the two broke up. The Black Cat came to Spider-Man's aid when the Chameleon tricked Spider-Man into losing his powers to lead a normal life. Attacked by the Femme Fatales, the Scorpion, and the Tarantula, the Black Cat enabled Spider-Man to reverse the machine that suppressed his powers - at the cost of losing her own.

She has now relies on equipment she purchased from the Tinkerer to replace her lost powers. During Carnage's mass slaughter through the streets of Manhattan (called "Maximum Carnage" by the press), the Black Cat teamed with Spider-Man again and other heroes to stop the killers. Recently she helped Spider-Man break Norman Osborn out of jail in order to rescue a kidnapped Aunt May. She remains one of Spider-Man's closest confidants and allies.

Recently, she and Spider-Man took on a drug dealer named Mr. Brownstone (Garrison Klum), a low-level mutant teleporter and persuader who used his talents to discreetly transfer illegal narcotics into the bloodstream of his clients. When the Black Cat attempted to confront Mr. Brownstone, he incapacitated her with a dose of heroin and attempted to rape her. Garrison's subservient brother and partner, Francis Klum, killed Garrison first. Felicia was arrested and imprisoned for a murder she didn't commit. Francis teleported her out from prison where her shared his story of abuse. His trust was shattered when Spider-Man and Daredevil attempted to apprehend Francis, making Francis believe Felicia had tricked him. Francis escaped, though severely injured and seeking revenge against Spider-Man. Later, Felicia aided Spider-Man against the menace of Stegron the Dinosaur Man who attempted to de-evolve the city using the Rock of Life. After that adventure, Felicia and Thomas Fireheart Puma began a somewhat superficial romance.

With the passing of the Superhuman Registration Act, Felicia has opted to register as a federally recognized super-hero. She has joined forces with Misty Knight and Colleen Wing in the group Heroes for Hire working with federal authorities to apprehend unregistered heroes and villains without the need for bloodshed.


First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #194

Other Identities:
Felicia Hardy (Marvel)

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Issue Appearances:
101 Ways to End the Clone Saga (1997)
A-Force (2015)
All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update (2007)
Amazing Heroes (1981)
Amazing Heroes Swimsuit Special (1990)
Amazing Spider-Girl (2006)
Amazing Spider-Man Family (2008)
Amazing Spider-Man Presents: Black Cat (2010)
Amazing Spider-Man: Extra! (2008)
Amazing Spider-Man/Venom: Venom Inc. Alpha (2018)
Amazing Spider-Man/Venom: Venom Inc. Omega (2018)
America (2017)
Astonishing X-Men/Amazing Spider-Man: The Gauntlet Sketchbook (2009)
Beavis and Butt-Head (1994)
Beavis und Butt-Head (1994)
Black Cat (2019)
Captain America Theater Of War: America The Beautiful (2009)
Captain America: Sam Wilson (2015)
Civil War (2006)
Civil War II (2016)
Civil War II: Kingpin (2016)
Claws (2006)
Daredevil (1964)
Daredevil (2011)
Deadpool: Back in Black (2016)
Defenders (2012)
Defenders (2017)
Despicable Deadpool (2017)
Die Spinne (1980)
Fearless Defenders (2013)
Felicia Hardy: The Black Cat (1994)
Femforce (1985)
Firestar (2010)
Free Comic Book Day 2011 (Spider-Man) (2011)
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (2019)
Girl Comics (2010)
Guardians Team-Up (2015)
Hämähäkkimies / Spider-Man (1980)
Hawkeye vs. Deadpool (2014)
Heroes For Hire (2006)
Heroic Age: Heroes (2010)
Heroines (2010)
Hot Shots: Spider-Man (1996)
House of M (2005)
Howard the Duck (2015)
Howard the Duck (2016)
Infinity War (1992)
Marc Spector: Moon Knight (1989)
Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
Marvel Digital Holiday Special (2008)
Marvel Divas (2009)
Marvel Encyclopedia (2002)
Marvel Encyclopedia (2014)
Marvel Fanfare (1982)
Marvel Heroes (2008)
Marvel Hit-Comic (1989)
Marvel Holiday Magazine 2010 (2010)
Marvel Illustrated: Swimsuit Issue (1991)
Marvel Knights Spider-Man (2004)
Marvel Now! Previews (2016)
Marvel Swimsuit Special (1992)
Marvel Team-Up (1972)
Marvel Team-Up (2004)
Marvel Universe: The End (2003)
Mini Marvels: Secret Invasion (2009)
Morbius: The Living Vampire (1992)
New Avengers: Pot of Gold (AAFES 110th Anniversary Issue) (2005)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Spider-Man 2004 (2004)
Origins of Marvel Comics (2010)
Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! (2016)
Peter Parker: Spider-Man (1999)
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man (2017)
Power Man and Iron Fist (2016)
Ramos art-n-out Hip Sketchbook (2010)
Scholastic Spider-Man Encyclopedia (2006)
Season's Beatings (2019)
She-Hulk (2014)
Silk (2015)
Silk (2016)
Spectacular Spider-Man (2003)
Spider Island Daily Bugle (2011)
Spider-Island: Heroes For Hire (2011)
Spider-Man (1990)
Spider-Man (2016)
Spider-Man - Gratis Comic Tag (2012)
Spider-Man [GER] (2007)
Spider-Man & The Secret Wars (2010)
Spider-Man and Zoids (1986)
Spider-Man Family (2007)
Spider-Man Family Featuring Spider-Clan (2007)
Spider-Man Holiday Special (1995)
Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane (2006)
Spider-Man Unlimited (1993)
Spider-Man Unlimited (2004)
Spider-Man XXX: A Porn Parody (2011)
Spider-Man: Big Time (2010)
Spider-Man: Breakout (2005)
Spider-Man: The Jackal Files (1995)
Spider-Man: The Parker Years (1995)
Spider-Man: The Root of All Annoyance (2009)
Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do (2002)
Spider-Man/Human Torch (2005)
Stan Lee Meets Spider-Man (2006)
Star-Lord (2017)
Steve Epting sketchbook (2009)
Strange Tales (1987)
Superheroes: The Heroic Visions of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell (2000)
Superior Spider-Man (2013)
Symbiote Spider-Man (2019)
The 3-Minute Sketchbook (2007)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
The Amazing Spider-Man (2014)
The Amazing Spider-Man (2015)
The Amazing Spider-Man (2018)
The Exploits of Spider-Man (1992)
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
The Marvel Masterpieces Collection (1993)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
The Sensational Spider-Man (1996)
The Sensational Spider-Man (2006)
The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976)
The Superior Foes of Spider-Man (2013)
The Supernaturals (1998)
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl [II] (2015)
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe (2016)
The Unbelievable Gwenpool (2016)
The Uncanny Dave Cockrum... A Tribute (2004)
True Believers: Absolute Carnage - Maximum Carnage (2019)
True Believers: Absolute Carnage - Venom vs Carnage (2019)
True Believers: Sinister Secret of Spider-Man's New Costume (2019)
Uncanny Origins (1996)
Venom (2017)
Venom (2018)
Venom Super Special (1995)
Venom vs. Carnage (2004)
Web of Spider-Man (1985)
Web of Spider-Man (2009)
Web of Venom: Carnage Born (2019)
What If...? (1989)
Wolverine (1988)
Wolverine (2003)
Wolverine & Black Cat: Claws 2 (2011)
Women of Marvel (2011)
Women of Marvel Digital (2010)
Wonder Man (1991)
X-Factor (1986)
X-Men and Spider-Man: Time's Arrow (1998)
Young Allies (2010)
Zombie Zone (2007)

Video Game Appearances:
Spider-Man (2000)
Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage (1994)
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Spider-Man: Friend or Foe (2007)

Group Affiliation(s):
Heroes for Hire (Marvel)
Initiative (Marvel)
Thieves Guild (Marvel)

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