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Twitchy

Contributed by Mike McDermott

Twitchy is the codename of the senior data analyst for the Worldwide Counter-terrorism Agency (WCA). His codename is likely based on his nervous and high-strung nature, as though he were constantly on a caffeine overload. Twitchy was formerly Agent 14 of SHIELD, and was abducted and replaced for an unrevealed length of time by the alien shape-shifting Skrulls as part of their secret invasion of Earth. When he and the other captives were eventually rescued, Twitchy discovered that much had changed in his absence–including SHIELD being disbanded.

One of his fellow abductees, the former-SHIELD-agent-turned-Avenger Mockingbird, decided to fill the void by starting her own espionage agency (the WCA) and turned to her fellow abducted ex-SHIELD agents. Twitchy was one of her first recruits.

Twitchy’s skills as data analyst were used in most of the WCA’s missions, including operations against Dr. Monica Rappaccini and A.I.M., Crossfire and the Phantom Rider. He ran communications and satellite coverage, as well as preparing the data for mission briefings, etc. Hawkeye also employed Twitchy’s skills to help him locate Mockingbird’s family, by hacking through the firewalls around their files.

Twitchy is a master hacker, and an expert in various communications systems and computer technologies. As a former SHIELD agent he presumably also has some degree of training in armed and unarmed combat, although likely not to the same extent as the field agents.

Twitchy has a partner named Roland, with whom he has two dogs. Roland is apparently aware of Twitchy’s occupation, since they have a designated safehouse to evacuate to. Twitchy’s parents are unaware that he is a spy, and may also be unaware of his sexuality–Twitchy has said that he and his parents have a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on most aspects of his life.

Twitchy first appeared in New Avengers: The Reunion #2, and was outed in Hawkeye & Mockingbird #4. Twitchy’s appearance is based on his co-creator Jim McCann. Twitchy on the right, Clint Barton on the left.

Created by jim McCann and David Lopez. Art by David Lopez, Alvaro Lopez, and Nathan Fairburn from Hawkeye & Mockingbird #2.

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