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Wiccan
REAL NAME: William "Billy" Kaplan
ALIASES: Formerly Asgardian; informally "Magic Lad;" "Thor Junior," "Warlock Boy"
IDENTITY: Secret
OCCUPATION: Adventurer, student
CITIZENSHIP: USA
PLACE OF BIRTH: Allegedly Leonia, New Jersey
KNOWN RELATIVES: Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch, alleged mother), Vision (Victor Shade, alleged father), Thomas Shepherd (Speed, brother), Jeff and Rebecca Kaplan (adoptive parents), two younger adoptive brothers
GROUP AFFILIATION: Young Avengers
EDUCATION: High school student
FIRST APPEARANCE: (Allegedly, as William) Vision and Scarlet Witch #12 (1986); (Asgardian) Young Avengers #1 (2005); (Wiccan) Young Avengers #6 (2005)

HISTORY: Years ago, married Avengers teammates Scarlet Witch and the android Vision conceived and bore twin sons, Thomas and William, via Wanda's magic. Unwittingly created from two lost souls, the twins were actually born from fragmented energies of the hell-lord Mephisto. Believing the twins were fragments of his own lost soul, evil mage Master Pandemonium, was manipulated by Mephisto into abducting them, but they were seemingly reabsorbed into the reconstituted Mephisto; however, the twins souls had been so transfigured by the Scarlet Witch's magic that they temporarily destroyed Mephisto, and the souls were set free, though they were believed destroyed.

Thomas and William apparently survived as individual entities. William was adopted by Jeff and Rebecca Kaplan and raised in New York's Upper West Side while Thomas ended up in Springfield, New Jersey. Upon reaching adolescence. Kaplan was bullied by classmate John Kessler because of his homosexuality. After a chance encounter with the Scarlet Witch, who encouraged him to stand up to the bully, Kaplan discovered he had mystical powers, although his inability to control them nearly killed Kessler. Shortly after, he was found by Iron Lad, a younger, time-displaced version of Kang the Conqueror who located Kaplan with a fail-safe program within the then-deactivated Vision's programming designed to locate the next generation of Avengers (super-powered youths connected to the Avengers in various ways) if anything were to happen to the original Avengers. Iron Lad wanted to train these young heroes so they could fend off an impending attack from his future self. As "Asgardian," Kaplan began a romance with teammate Hulkling while these Young Avengers engaged in a series of highly-publicized rescue missions in order to train for Kang's arrival.

When the reconstituted Avengers tried to disband the Young Avengers, Kang's arrival interrupted their plans. After Kang's defeat and Iron Lad return to his timeline, Kaplan and the Young Avengers were warned by the Avengers to stop acting as super-heroes, but the teenagers continued their vigilante activities and Kaplan adopted the new identity of “Wiccan.” The Young Avengers defeated super-criminals Shocker (Herman Schultz) and Mr. Hyde (Calvin Zabo) before Hulking was abducted by Super-Skrull, who revealed that Hulkling was the son of the Kree Mar-Vell and the Skrull Princess Annelle. To rescue Hulking, the Young Avengers broke Speed (Thomas Shepherd) out of the NJ Youth Correctional Facility, and Kaplan came to believe that the nearly identical Shepherd was his brother and that they were both sons of the Scarlet Witch. After rescuing Hulking and narrowly averting a war between the interstellar Skrull and Kree Empires, which both claimed custody over Hulkling, Wiccan and Speed planned to locate their missing mother; but they were interrupted by the passage of the Superhuman Registration Act, legislation which outlawed all vigilante activity by unregistered superhumans. Captured by a S.H.I.E.L.D. Superhuman Restraint Unit, the Young Avengers were soon rescued by Captain America and joined his underground resistance movement against the Registration Act. Traveling to Los Angeles to help the young Runaways team escape similar arrest by S.H.I.E.L.D., the Young Avengers teamed up against Marvel Boy (Noh-Varr), a nanite-controlled agent of the top-secret Cube prison facility. Wiccan was among the heroes captured by the Cube's Warden, although he was promptly rescued by the Young Avengers and Runaways who had not been apprehended.

HEIGHT: 5 ft. 8 in.
WEIGHT: 155 lbs.
EYES: Black
HAIR: Black

ABILITIES/ACCESSORIES: Wiccan is a witch who can manipulate magical energies for a seemingly limitless variety of effects. He can fire destructive magical energy bolts, locate individuals, erect magical energy shields, create solid energy constructs, heal himself and others, teleport himself and others, and levitate. His abilities seem limited only by his imagination and power of concentration, although his spells apparently do not work unless he can hear himself casting them.

NOTE: Copied from the All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #12 (2006)

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