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Gypsy Moth

Real Name: Sybil Dvorak
Occupation: Socialite, cult leader
Identity: Secret
Legal Status: Naturalized citizen of the United States width no criminal record
Other Aliases: None
Place of Birth: Foscani, Rumania
Marital Status: Widow
Known Relatives: Jason Reed (husband, deceased)
Group Affiliation: None
Base of Operations: Los Angeles, California
First Appearance: SPIDER-WOMAN #10

History: 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
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown

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.

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