Super-strong web-spinning acrobat

Quotation   "Consider yourself lucky. I could have done much worse than web you to a streetlight."
First Appearance   Shadow Watch #3, 1986
Real Name   Charlotte McCoy
Identity   Secret ID
Player   NPC
Team Affiliation   Shadow Watch
Base Of Operations   Chicago, IL, USA
Range Of Operations   Local/National with team
Origin   Alien
Archetype   Sword


Age   24 Nationality   American
Height   5’ 8” Hair   White (Brown)
Weight   148 lbs. Eyes   White (Blue)
Gender   Cis Female Sexuality   Heterosexual

Widow is an athletic young woman with long brown hair. In her guise as Widow, her entire body is covered by a thin layer of extraterrestrial nanotechnological goo. The goo can take on any color or texture, but because of the neuroses of the previous wearer of the goo, it now tends to display itself in ways that represent spiders. Because of the symbiotic nature of the entity, Charlotte is always wearing it, even when in street clothes. At these times, it takes on the color and texture of underpants.


Brawn 6
Agility 7
Reason 4
Perception 4
Willpower 4
Prowess 6
Accuracy 6

Endurance: 10
Plot Points: 1

Character Points Spent: 60
Unspent Experience: 0


  • Quick Change


  • Athletics
    • Gymnastics +3
  • Combat
    • Dodging +3
    • Hold +3
  • Computing
  • Culture
  • Investigation
    • Analyzing Evidence +3
  • Science


Clinging 2
Communication 1
No range – must touch (-1) (Computers)
Communication 1
Flight 2
Swinging (-1)
Hold 6
Exposed (-1); rank 5 first round, rank 6 thereafter
Immunity 3
Able to survive in space (Asphyxia, Exposure (Cold), Vacuum)
Invulnerability 3


  • Commlink
  • Covert Tracking Device


  Base Move     Double Move     All-out Move  
Run   70 feet 140 feet 420 feet (48 mph)
Swim   14 feet 28 feet 84 feet (10 mph)
Jump   18 feet 18 feet 18 feet
Fly   100 feet 200 feet 600 feet (70 mph)


Charlotte is smart and outgoing, and she loves helping people. Charlotte enjoys being Widow because it gives her opportunities to be adventurous while making the world a better place.


  • Enthusiasm: The character is reckless and enthusiastic, and may be young and naive.
  • Justice: The character seeks to ensure that misdeeds are met with appropriate punishment.


  • Enemy: Charlotte may be mistaken for the infamous Scarlet Spider.


Charlotte McCoy is the daughter of Jonathan McCoy and Wendy McCoy, of Oak Brook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago, Illinois). Charlotte has an older brother, Jacob, whom she has always idolized.

When Jacob focused on the natural sciences and physics at university, Charlotte focused on chemistry and forensic science. When he had a life-changing experience and began to participate in "extreme sports", so did she. Charlotte wasn't in competition with him: he was her role model.

With "extreme sports" come extreme risks, and after a particularly bad fall during a freestyle motocross competition, Charlotte found herself in the hospital with a mild concussion and several broken bones. As luck would have it, she was being wheeled into the emergency room at the same time as a local photographer, Carson Cross (ex-husband of the famous model and actress, Mary-Elizabeth Bell), who'd suffered a gunshot injury. What no one knew was that Carson Cross was in fact the infamous Scarlet Spider.

As Cross died, the extraterrestrial nanotechnological goo that granted Cross his Scarlet Spider powers sought a new host. Charlotte was the nearest candidate. Frightened and confused, both Charlotte and the entity fled the hospital. Later, authorities theorized that the Scarlet Spider had attacked and kidnapped Charlotte for reasons unknown. The Scarlet Spider had a history of irrational behaviour, so this was a reasonable deduction, given the facts available.

Eventually, Charlotte and the entity came to an understanding. She learned that the entity was designed by an alien race as a protective covering for space exploration, and that its original host had perished many years ago. She sensed a great relief that it had finally found a human host not plagued by insecurity and depression. For her part, Charlotte was excited when she realized that she would have the powers of the Scarlet Spider: strength, speed, and resistance to harm.

Powers and Abilities

The entity that gives Widow her powers provides her superhuman strength and speed. It allows her to cling to surfaces at will, and it provides her with protection equivalent to a bullet-resistant vest. The entity is able to excrete thin adhesive strands (originally intended as safety lines during space travel), which Widow can use to swing through the city like Tarzan, or to engulf and restrain her opponents. The entity can listen and respond on radio frequencies, and Widow uses this ability in conjunction with micro-transmitters to track and follow persons of interest. The entity can also act as a computer interface, allowing Widow to mentally access computers by touching them.


Attributes 37 + Skills 4 + Advantages 1 + Powers 18 = 60 / 60