For hundreds of years, rebellious Martial Arts students had to kill their masters, then pursue years of solitary training in the mountains and woodlands, in order to get the quality of training available at Evil High.
The Shadow is the silent killer. The Assassin. The villain with the drive, skills, and abilities to get the job done, and leave no trace behind. He may seem a little clichéd in our “Pirates, ninjas and robots” culture, but there’s a reason no one hires a pirate to get business done.
Despite the stereotypes, not all Shadows are ninjas, or silent for that matter. But it’s good for business, so there are few who will insist that they don’t have incredible martial prowess. Technically, this classification merely applies to villains who have mastered the art of stealth: Coming and going without being seen.
Within Evil High, Shadows are given their due respect, but tend to get more than their fair share of hassle, largely due to their influential enemies.
Shadows like honest pay, their due respect, and a good challenge. This is why they get along so well with the Mad Scientist. Like the Shadow, the Mad Scientist appreciates skill, patience, and attention to detail. If a Shadow says it will take 8 hours to infiltrate the girls’ locker room, the Mad Scientist trusts the Shadow to have done his homework. He doesn’t threaten not to pay.
Ally: Mad Scientists; Enemy: Millionaires
Millionaires with a minor physical defect and an overdeveloped sense of entitlement are the exact opposite, as far as a Shadow is concerned. Ignorant, arrogant, and unreasonable persons blinded by power, with unrealistic expectations. Even when a Shadow is hired by a Millionaire with a minor physical defect and an overdeveloped sense of entitlement, he will seldom get to meet his employer face to face. As far as the Shadow is concerned, not only is the Millionaire afraid to do his own work, he’s afraid to take responsibility for his actions as well.