Over a hundred people died to give me my powers. I'd like to think their deaths were not in vain. It's all I have left to cling to.
Mr. Richard Swift
Aliases: Rich, Dickie Swift, Mr. Black, The Shade, Louie Fox, The Duke of Darkness
Current Status: Immortal
Weight: 170 lbs.
Relationship Status: In a relationship.
Past Professions: Merchant, Art Thief, Thug For Hire, Bank Robber, Supervillain.
Currently: Retired & (partially) Reformed. Chairman of the Starman museum.
Current Alliances: Starman, Stargirl, The Flash, Sentinel, Jake Benetti, Black Condor, The Elongated Man, the O'Dare Family, La Sangre, Dr. Fate
Former Teams: Injustice Society, Injustice Unlimited, Suicide Squad
Current Enemies: The Mist, Solomon Grundy, Neron, Satan, Doctor Phosphorus, Lex Luthor, The Inquisitor, the Ludlow Family
Base of Operations: Opal City
Through a dark act of magic, London merchant Richard Swift was imbued with control over the powers of darkness that no magic can combat. He has a mystical connection to the Darklands, greater than any other living being. This connection grants him many abilities, including the following:
-Flight & Levitation
Notably, the Shade served the Allies during World War II, returning to Europe to fight against the Germans during the conflict. He does not speak of this act to anyone and most do not know it occurred at all. He fought beside Captain X for the duration of his involvement in the war.
The Shade is the reason any Kryptonians still exist today. He purposely sent Jack to the wrong time and location so that he could tell Jor-El about Earth, thereby saving Kal-El and Kara in the process.
Some of the Shade's achievements include outsmarting and surviving Deathstroke, fighting a Mangar-Kunjer-Kunja, learning how to master and control the Dreamtime, saving Barceonla's Sangrada Familia, and saving London from rampant Egyptian deities that may or may not have truly been aliens.
The shade is known for his methodical patience and devotion to those he calls friends. He has never been one to wound unaffiliated innocents, and his idea of villainy never involved risking civilian lives. He is a peaceful and courteous gentleman who loves a good chat over tea or lunch. He is open and does not hide his deeds, past or present. He is unable to pull away completely from misbehaving, though Jack Knight keeps him from going too far over the edge. This means he is not considered a threat by most other heroes.
Better the tamed devil you know than the one you don't.
Elizabeth Swift (Wife, Deceased)
Sam Swift (Son, Deceased)
John Swift (Son, Deceased)
Albert Caldecott (Grandson, Deceased)
Darnell Caldecott (Great-Grandson, Deceased)
Charles Dickens (Best Friend, Lover, Deceased)
Oscar Wilde (Lover, Deceased)
Brian Savage/Scalphunter (Best Friend, Lover, Deceased)
La Sangre (Adopted Daughter, Immortal)
Hope O'Dare (Ex-Girlfriend)
Jack Knight/Starman (Boyfriend)
My Star ~ My Knight in Shining Armor ~ My Darling