Name: Sybil Dvorak
Occupation: Socialite, cult leader
Legal Status: Naturalized citizen of the United States width
no criminal record
Other Aliases: None
Place of Birth: Foscani,
Marital Status: Widow
Known Relatives: Jason Reed
Group Affiliation: None
Base of Operations:
Los Angeles, California
First Appearance: SPIDER-WOMAN #10
Sybil Dvorak is a mutant whose powers manifested themselves while she was a child.
Raised by gypsies, she had spent much time alone nurturing and focusing her mental
abilities. In her late teens, she met a handsome middle-aged American actor named
Jason Reed who was starring in a foreign-financed remake of the movie Dracula.
Seduced by him, she agreed to accompany him to his Hollywood home as his mistress.
The glamour and excitement of being in America in love with a wealthy actor soon
faded when Reed spent increasingly more time away from home. Her citizenship papers
not yet processed, and still not speaking English fluently, Dvorak felt like a
prisoner in the actor's home. She soon began to suspect that Reed was having affairs
with other Hollywood starlets. One night she used her powers to weave herself
wings and a disguise, and she began to scour the haunts of the rich and famous
in search of her errant lover. The sight of social gatherings she could never
be part of provoked her to use her powers to prey upon the socialites, an activity
which brought her into conflict with the original Spider-Woman.
Eventually, Dvorak managed to get her American citizenship and an inclusion in
Reed's will. Soon afterward, Jason Reed died of an obstructed blood vessel in
his heart, and Dvorak inherited his home and wealth. She used it all to start
a hedonistic cult of drugs and decadence that worshipped her as their queen.
Height: 5 ft. 5 in.
Weight: 112 lbs
Strength Level: Gypsy Moth possesses the normal
human strength of a woman of her age, weight, and build
who engages in minimal regular exercise.
Known Superhuman Powers: Gypsy Moth possesses
the mental ability of psychokinesis, the power to manipulate
materials and objects with her mind. Because all matter
has a powerful and specific "texture" to her
mind, she prefers to only manipulate "soft"
substances like fibers and other malleable, yielding
substances. (This preference extends to the point of
her having a strong aversion to mentally touching anything
hard or solid.) Thus she confines her manipulation to
such substances as fabrics (both organic and synthetic)
and organic tissue such as that of plants or animals.
The maximum amount of material she can manipulate at
once is equivalent to the amount of weight she can lift
physically, about 120 pounds. She is able to make such
gross movements as yanking 120 pounds of cloth across
a room all at once or such fine movements as threading
a needle from across the room. She is able to totally
reweave clothing from one body to another hundreds of
times faster than any sewing machine. She is able to
constrict her foes by their own clothing and hair, or
even control their gross movements (providing their
clothes are durable enough). Furthermore, she can even
control living organic tissue, causing muscles to cramp,
skin to break, or blood vessels to burst or contract.
She can even interweave substances in very subtle, but
cohesive ways. She often interweaves silken wings with
the skin tissue of her own back. The range of her influence
is about fifty feet.
Gypsy Moth is able to use her psychokinetic powers
for levitation. Since she is able to lift her own weight,
she is able to lift into the air her own body and clothing.
By concentration, she is able to move through the air
as if she were swimming. Gypsy Moth is able to fly at
a top speed of about 20 miles per hour for periods of
time up to a half hour before tiring from the mental
exertion. Her wings are strictly ornamental, not functional.
Because of her weight limit, she is unable to carry
anyone else aloft. She can, however, levitate another
person, provided he or she weighs less than 120 pounds.