Sebastian Shaw

Astonishing Sebastian Shaw Profile

My Review: Sebastian Shaw
Basic Profile
Brief History
Superpowers Limitations
His Likes

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My Review

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Sebastian Shaw the young millionaire by 30 years and billionaire by 40 years old, he was thought to be very highly successful by many especially during his time. So when a man has attained such great monetary success at a rather young age, what else can he achieve? Definitely, monetary success is perhaps nothing but child's play to him.

My first impression of Sebastian Shaw when I first read about him, I just knew that he was trouble. On the surface, he seems like he is running a gentlemen's club. But you can sense something is not right and you know it isn't anything good.

As he has already attained such great wealth, money can no longer satisfy him. He has come to realized that he needs more than numbers on a currency bill to keep him enable him to reach self-fulfilment.

That determination of his is I suppose a positive trait of his. His ability to absorb and convert kinetic energy from his opponents is certainly a reflection of his personality.

He is the strategist and brain behind the operation. That was how he had managed to become a millionaire by the age of 30 and a billionaire by the age of 40. He was also quick to work his way into the Hellfire Club and into the inner circle. Shortly after, he took over and became King.

For sure, I admire his intelligence and skills of adaptability. In many scenarios, he had engaged suitable candidates or brawn in this case to do his dirty work, while he takes a back seat and watch the show unveil itself.

To be betrayed by his Shinobi, his son is probably one of the mistakes he had overlooked and he did pay for it dearly. Blood is thicker than water, so why are family members killing each other? Does evil run within the family and the determination to obtain whatever it takes, a value that is being practised.

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Basic Profile:
Code Name: Sebastian Shaw
Real Name: Sebastian Shaw
Other Alias: Black King, Black Bishop
First Appearance: Uncanny X-men #129 - January 1980
Romance Partners: -
  • Shinobi Shaw - Son
  • Absorbs and converts kinetic energy
Team (Past & Current):
  • Hellfire
  • Shaw Industries
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Brief History:

Born to a poor family in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Shaw only discovered his mutant abilities after he was accepted into the engineering faculty of Carnegie Mellon University.

Rags to Riches Rags to Riches

After he lost his father to an incurable disease, he strived hard to establish himself by building a financial empire. He became a millionaire by the age of 30 and a billionaire by the age of 40.

The billionaire joined the elite Hellfire club and slowly worked his way into the inner circle. He earned the rank of Black Bishop and became part of the Council of the Chosen.

The club then had members such as Warren Worthington Junior (father of Archangel), Howard Stark (father of Ironman), Sir James Braddock (father of Captain Britain and Psylocke) and others.

Sebastian shaw and gang Sebastian Shaw and Gang

How did he eventually become the Black King and leader of the Hellfire club? Well, i will like to say he did a hostile takeover by ousting the White King (the then current leader), when the White King was supporting Steven Lang's Sentinel project to exterminate mutants. He used Emma Frost telepathic abilities to manipulate the White King to kill all the members of the Council of the Chosen including his White Queen.

Eventually, he became the Black King and Emma Frost was dubbed the White Queen of the Hellfire club. He was also loyally accompanied by Tessa (known to us as Sage), who was one of the spy placed by Professor X. Sebastian kept from the rest of the Hellfire club with regards to the mutant abilities of the individuals in the inner circle.

Under his leadership, he started planning world dominance (like all villains) utilizing his influence, power and money to affect policies, etc. He even started working with the United States on convert projects such as Project Widewake that was involved in the manufacturing and developing of Sentinel technology. To read more about the Sentinels, click here.

During his reign, he was highly involved in the corruption of the Phoenix transforming into the Dark Phoenix when Hellfire club challenged the X-men. It was via Mastermind's manipulation that turned Jean Grey against the X-men and she was dubbed the Black Queen.

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There was even a period of time when Hellfire club became allies with the X-men when fighting against Nimrod (a Sentinel from the future).

During that time, Storm and Magneto took on the role of the White Queen and King respectively. Soon after, Storm left and the rest vowed to get rid of Sebastian for good. Like his father, Shinobi slowly accumulated a mass fortune and secretly bought over Shaw industries and destroyed the Hellfire club.

During the father and son confrontation, Shinobi used his mutant powers to kill Shaw and took his ring as a symbol of his victory over his father to become the new Black King. However, Shaw survived and the story goes on.

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Sebastian Shaw believes that his extensive wealth will be able to help him to attain the power and dominance that he wishes to achieve or attain. He will stop at nothing to achieve world domination and he uses three fundamentals to achieve his goal: money, influence and politics. Lastly, he will continue to pursue whether he is the black king of the Hellfire Club or not. There is no stopping this man!

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Superpowers Limitations:

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Shaw's superpower is special such that he absorbs the kinetic energy from his opponents. The absorbed energy is then churned out as additional strength, stamina and speed for him to overpower his enemies.

He can absorb almost all kind of attacks such as physical strikes, bullets, optic blasts from Cyclops. The absorbed energy will also help him to accelerate his rate of recuperation to surpass to attain superhuman levels.

Although, he is very resistant against kinetic or most attacks, a heavy enough blow or continuous subsequent blows can damage him. Once, he was beaten when beaten continuously by Colossus, he suffered many bruises.

From this incident, it can be concluded that Shaw can be killed if he continuously receiving heavy punishment from multiple or a single individual.

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During on his encounters with the X-men, they realized that the most effective way to defeat Shaw was to remove him from the centre of the battle and isolate attacks on him due to his ability to absorb kinetic energy from opponents.

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His Likes:

Similar to all villains, Sebastian Shaw works toward his goal for world dominance. His uses a two prong approach to attain his goal: political means and economical means. His approach is backed up by his influence, power and money to help pave the way to his goal.

He enjoys the taste of power more than anything else and achieving monetary success is simply inadequate to satisfy him. Even though, he became a millionaire at a mere age of 30 years old.

He has the makings of a dictator and will do anything to achieve his goals even if it means taking it over by force like how he did when usurp the leadership from the then White King of the Hellfire Club.

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