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Real Name
Gwendolyne Stacy
Current Alias




George Stacy (father), Helen Hardy Stacy (mother), Felicia Hardy (cousin), Walter Hardy (maternal uncle)






Student, Cat-burglar, Lab Assistant (to Miles Warren)


Place of Birth

First appearance



Gwendolye Stacy was born to the parents of Captain George Stacy, a member of the NYPD, and Helen Stacy. Her uncle was Walter Hardy who had a daughter Felicia. Felicia was the older child and early on she was adopted by the Stacy family when her father, revealed to be the notorious cat burglar known as the Cat, fled the country. Gwen was only a small girl of about 10 at the time, but had been close to her uncle up to that point. Growing up Felicia was bitter about him never coming back, and was defiant to her aunt and uncle. Coming to get into a lot of trouble, and run with a questionable crowd. Things getting to their worst after she wound up being raped by a friend at college. The Stacy's worked hard to try and make sure the same sort of things didn't happen to their daughter. Her father had been partners on the force with Ben Parker. And through them she'd become friends with the latter's nephew they took in named Peter after the death of his parents.

As they started college at Empire State University she and Peter began dating. They signed up to take a biology course with Prof. Miles Warren. One night after she and Peter got into a fight she'd leave a party followed by a fellow classmate who made advances on her. When she refused he tired to have her by force. Miles Warren was leaving the lab for the night when he saw this from the parking lot and intervened. He roughed up, scolded, and threw the student away. He escorted Gwen back to her dorm where he told her roommate about what happened. After their next class Gwen stayed after to thank him and they got into a long talk where they hit it off well. And after that against his better judgment, Miles found himself with a growing attraction to Gwen.

Gwen had felt restricted by her parents and emotionally distant from her father in particular. And deep down began using Warren to fill the void left there. The two bonded, and eventually he'd be offered a job at OsCorp by his former student Norman Osborn for after the end of the current school year. Citing the departure and turn to villainy of Otto Octavius as leaving a position open that he felt he could only give to somebody he trusted. Miles agreed, but resented the idea of leaving Gwen. And so he offered her a job as his lab assistant which she accepted.

Powers and Abilities


None known.


  • Expert Thief: Gwen is a skilled (somewhat reformed) thief skilled in stealth, picking locks, escapology, evading alarms and cracking safes. She was taught these skills by her uncle, Walter Hardy, who was the notorious thief, the Cat.
  • Olympic Level Athlete: She has reflexes, agility, and stamina of an Olympic level acrobat. She is physically very strong and athletic and has great physical endurance.
  • Olympic Acrobat: Gwen is particularly a skilled acrobat capable of many difficult feats.
  • Skilled Martial Artist: She has been trained in several martial arts; most notably Goju-ryu Karate and Judo which she specializes in. Gwen is capable of taking on several armed assailants and incapacitating them without being injured herself. Her strength and, when pushed too far, ferocity in battle has proven to be overwhelming.

Strength level



None known.



  • Black Cat's Costume: The costume she currently uses was designed by the Tinkerer, created using leather material, and is designed to increase many of her natural physical attributes far beyond normal human levels by means of micro servers embedded into it. The suit itself is also extremely tight and shows off a lot of her cleavage, which helps to distract her enemies.
  • Peak Human Strength: The Black Cat's costume increases her physical strength to levels beyond the natural limits of a woman of her weight and physical build. In fact, her strength is increased to the maximum of human potential, enabling her to lift approximately 800 lbs with maximum effort.
  • Superhuman Speed: The Black Cat's speed is similarly enhanced, though to levels that are slightly beyond the capabilities of the finest human athlete. Over short distances, she can sprint at a top speed of about 40 miles per hour.
  • Superhuman Agility: The costume she wears also possesses various implants. Without these implants, she has the agility of an Olympic level gymnast. However, the implants augment her natural agility to levels that are beyond the capability and physical limits of the finest human athlete.
  • Retractable Claws: The gloves of the Black Cat's costume contain retractable, metal claws at the tip of each finger. These claws are highly durable and razor sharp. They can also be fired from the gloves in the form of grappling hooks, with which she can scale large buildings with ease.
  • Electromagnetic Goggle Lenses: Gwen wears goggles obtained by the Tinkerer that allows her to see in various ranges of the electromagnetic spectrum, such as infrared and ultraviolet light. When wearing these goggles, Gwen's eyes appear to have green irises as opposed to the blue irises that Gwen naturally possesses.
  • Grappling Hook Tail: The Black Cat has a miniature grappling hook device attached to her belt, designed by the Tinker. It enables her to swing from buildings in a manner similar to Spider Man and Daredevil despite lacking the associated speed of either. She can also use the cable from this device as a tightrope, wall scaling device, swing line, or as a weapon in combat. Her "tail" can also be used to help her keep balanced while climbing walls or rooftops, similar to how a cat uses its tail to balance itself.
  • Cat Ear Transceivers: Tinkerer designed Black Cat's mask so that it contained transceivers in the mask's "cat ears". They allow Black Cat to listen in on any frequency as well as send messages to any other receivers.

Transportation: None known.
Weapons: None known.


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