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- "You are my team, you are my friends. We are the NoHeads, overlords and future rulers of the Earth. And... it's an honor."
- ―Annabeth Black[src]
Annabeth Black (1996-2019) is an eighth-Klemm female NoHead. She discovered her powers at a young age, leading to trouble at the town zoo. In school, she had few friends, and she became the immediate enemy of Zach Kellermanand Brooklyn Gales, and was a frequent victim of their bullying. Black developed a passion for the Darkness at a young age, which increased as her desire for revenge grew stronger. 
Mr. Stupid NoHead recruited her in 2014, and Annabeth gladly joined him, leaving her family behind. However, Black secretly worked against her Master, as her ultimate goal was to supplant the Dark Lord and rule the universe. Ultimately, she chose a leather crop-top and jeans as her NoHead attire. Black would often skip out on training sessions, and as a result she was wimpy to some degree. In the mix, she also met Sean, who became his friend after he saved her life aboard the Wasp. In 2017, she also spent time tutoring Bartholomew Gales, but their lessons came to an untimely end. 
Upon learning about Operation: Assault, Annabeth helped Mr. Stupid NoHead build the Robotic Monster that the plan necessitated. Four months later, the robot was destroyed by Baby Intelligence, whose good side Black had already gotten on. After her cover was blown during the Battle of the Wasp, Black served in the Second NoHead War, engaging in more secretive attacks to cripple the Police Grand Army, the government, and the S.M.S.B.
After the death of Mr. Stupid NoHead, Annabeth Black teamed up with Hell Burnbottom, Brute Gunray, and Mean King. Black fought in several battles of the war, making it a particular goal to see that Baby Intelligence was assassinated. Shortly after inducing Pythoman into the Order of the NoHeads, Black was shot in the head by Force Baby.
Unknown to the world, however, before her death, Annabeth gave birth to an illegitimate son named Thomas Meyer, whom she conceived with her friend Hell Burnbottom. Thomas was conceived sometime before the Battle of the Fifth NoHead Base.
When Darren Slade encountered the ghost of Mr. Stupid NoHead and refused to help him, NoHead called out, invisible to all but Slade, that Darren had just killed Annabeth, and then created a huge explosion which killed twelve Fobbles in the process. Slade was arrested and sentenced without trial to Beta Prison by for the "murder" of Black and the Fobbles, and for being in the service of the NoHeads. Annabeth helped the Gladiator in creating the Knights of Plague, giving him advice as a ghost.
Annabeth Black was born on 26 May, 1996 as an eighth-Klemm to the prodigious Black family. She grew up with her quarter-Klemm mother, Helena Black and human father. She seemed to mature at an unusual pace: as an infant, she quickly outgrew most of her toys, dissing them as simple, alarming her parents. She spent most of her time using her magna doodle, and harbored a desire to learn how to read words.
Despite her heritage, she started displaying superpowers very early in life. In 2003, when she was six years old, she accidentally melted the cage holding a noil. Just as the noil was preparing to pounce on her, she flung her hand towards the top of a tree. To her shock, the noil vaulted there and found itself unable to get down. Shocked, Helena Black took her home. On the way there, Helena explained that she was a mutant. From there, they stopped for lunch at a popular restaurant called Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Despite this event, she never received an invitation to attend Superhero School, and as such, went to school on her own. During her education, Annabeth got decent, if not good grades at school. On one occasion, she accidentally turned her teacher's wig blue. She also became highly interested in pop music.
During this time, she was she was best friends with a girl named Alice Shinner. Both of them saw a lot in each other; for instance, they were insecure and socially awkward. Sometimes they preferred to keep their distance from each other, especially when one or the other was feeling overwhelmed. Despite this, they would sometimes play together when school was not in session. Annabeth especially enjoyed Monopoly, and was quite skilled at it. During the time spent between Black and Shinner, Shinner also taught Black how to do her hair, so it would look fancy but allow her a full 360 degrees of movement. At one point, they also watched a movie together at Annabeth's house with popcorn Annabeth had popped herself and soda.
Meanwhile, she was constantly at war with Zach Kellerman and his group of friends. Annabeth's memories are what first revealed how introverted and studious she was. On the other hand, Kellerman was arrogant, popular, and athletic. Immediately upon meeting her, Zach disliked Annabeth for expressing a desire to learn the art of possession.
One memory from Annabeth bears witness to Zach bullying her, turning her upside-down to reveal her underwear in front of many students, including Shinner. Shinner came to Annabeth's defense, but this only made things worse: in a subsequent lashing out at Zach in an attempt to recover her lost dignity, Annabeth inadvertently called Alice a "filthy little Squib". Shinner became furious, and she refused to forgive her. Later on, it would be seen by Bartholomew Gales whilst probing her mind.
Living with Abalan
Although Annabeth herself never visited the Gladiator, the latter did appear to her in two visions: One of her current state, and one when she was younger. This vision interacted with Annabeth under the name “Anna” and noted the coincidences about their similarities, including their last name. This vision eventually vanished while both mutants were fighting a dragon that Anna inadvertently lured to them when trying to use a sabotaged R2 robot to allow a flare to be released signalling where Anna and he were. This left Annabeth to wonder if she was related to the Gladiator.
In 2006, Annabeth Black saw Alice Shinner playing target practice with a nerf gun and watched her take out an American robin by accident. Black killed it with a brick, intending to put it of its misery, angering Shinner who intended to take it to a veterinarian.
Eventually, Annabeth's parents allowed a man named Abalan to move in with them. While they lived together, Annabeth became very close with her roommate. The two synthesized about the Darkness and bore a lot of understanding for each other. Because it was risky for Abalan to be seen in public, and Black was clearly an indoor person, the two usually spent Friday nights watching television over a tub of popcorn. On Annabeth's eleventh birthday, she and Abalan walked to a chip shop and ate out there. Both of them sampled chocolate covered fries, which Annabeth had some degree of tolerance for.
Joining the Order (2012)
- Annabeth Black: "It is my will to join my destiny forever with the Order of the NoHeads."
- Mr. Stupid NoHead: "Then it is done. From this day forward, a NoHead, be the truth of you, now and forevermore."
- — Annabeth Black and Mr. Stupid NoHead[src]
The Dark Lord and the adolescent
By harboring Abalan, Annabeth Black brought herself to the attention of the Dark Lord and NoHead Grandmaster, Mr. Stupid NoHead. The adolescent had craved for the power of the NoHeads for a long time, and soon she would have her chance to join their order. NoHead was publicly known as Sirius Xameres, a politician. The Dark Lord arrived on Mercer Street in 2012 in his public guise as Xameres and sought out Black. After asking after her, NoHead eventually found Black in her house.
Though Black knew of Sirius Xameres' reputation, she intially was rather reluctant to converse with him. Realizing this, Xameres revealed his real identity as the Dark Lord. Her nerve in harboring Abalan, as well as the fearlessness she displayed in his presence, impressed him. When he told the girl that he had murdered many people — women and children included — Black confessed that she was willing to claim as many lives as was necessary to eliminate the Police Grand Army. She swore that she was willing to learn to harness its power from him, but then she realized her parents were pulling up in the garage. When her parents realized what the Dark Lord wanted, they both insisted that she could not join the Darkness, but NoHead killed them to silence the matter and proceeded to teleport away with her.
They rematerialized in the NoHead Base. Here, NoHead showed her around and showed her a selection of combat uniforms for NoHeads. Black ultimately chose a leather crop-top and jeans, which would give her free movement on the battlefield. After she changed clothes, NoHead told her that to prove herself worthy of the mantle, she would have to "deal with" a group of police in Kansas.
Devastation of Kansas
For the mission, Mr. Stupid NoHead subtlely possessed Annabeth into encouraging a recovering Abalan in the former’s place. The only reason Abalan agreed, however, is that he believed this may be his last mission, and he knew that Black would have ended up in a depression if she never got to live her dream, and thus it would only make things worse if Annabeth did not join Mr. Stupid NoHead. The aspiring NoHead boarded a shuttle with Abalan, who offered to drive. In the end, Abalan was driven by loyalty to his friends, and willingly surrendered his life to help one of them find purpose in life, which he had been denied.
With her new form, Annabeth easily held the two officers off, utilizing precision bladework and swift power attacks to put an end to their fancy twirling, disrupting their momentum and sending them reeling. Annabeth decapitated the two officers, and quickly disabled Jabez Lou, Nabirye Porf, and Kleng Ann.
Olena Selby was suddenly alone against the aspiring NoHead. Selby attempted to bring down Annabeth with a sudden offensive flurry, but realized that Annabeth was merely allowing her to vent. Breaking off to reassess her strategy, she unwittingly allowed Annabeth to seize the offensive. However, before she could finish Selby, Annabeth's robot soldiers were suddenly gunned down by a smuggler vessel that just appeared. Ronald Noace leaped off the High Dancer, summoning Siadem Forte's sword to his hand and beheading Abalan. Confronting Annabeth, Noace provided Starstone and the other surviving police with a chance to escape, a chance Annabeth informed them would be foolish to pass up.
As the two fought, Noace managed to hold his own against Annabeth's relentless assault, even scoring two minor hits. However, their battle was interrupted by the Imperial orbital bombardment. Though they both survived, Annabeth's shuttle was destroyed by the flak. As Annabeth drove Noace back with heavy power blows, Noace deduced by Annabeth's physical appearance that she was not strong physically. He also realized that she was putting much effort into her precision, as this would be her first great accomplishment. With this knowledge, Noace went on the offensive, scoring a superficial hit on Annabeth's lower left leg which Noace attributed as much to luck as to skill. Afterwards, the two exchanged a small verbal back-and-forth until Annabeth put down her weapon, surprising Noace. Annabeth then began telekinetically ripping apart the wooden ramps in the tree in which the two were fighting. Using her powers, Annabeth flung the debris at the hapless officer in a continual barrage. Noace surrendered himself to his own powers in an attempt to block the onslaught of telekinesis-propelled objects with his sword, and for a short time was successful in doing so. However, Annabeth incrementally ramped up the intensity of her assault, throwing steadily larger chunks of wood at Noace from all sides, faster than the officer could stop them. Noace was struck by numerous planks and sharp wooden pegs, and was knocked from the suspension bridge on which the two were dueling.
Fallen to a floor below, Noace lay critically injured. Knowing Noace would not survive his injuries, Annabeth chose not to finish the police officer. Instead, in answer to Noace's questions, she told the dying officer of the truth behind the fact that she was indeed the girl he used to mock at school, as well as the NoHeads’ mission to rebuild themselves from under the police. This, she believed, was the final insult to the dying police officer, letting him know how utterly the police would be destroyed from within. Her bloodlust sated, she now simply hoped to allow Noace to die in misery, knowing that he had been murdered by his crush. Despite these revelations however, Noace died at peace, having foreseen her demise before his own death. The defeat of Noace firmed Annabeth's belief in the power of the Darkness, greatly increasing her confidence in her abilities and reducing her emotional difficulties to an extent. In addition, it also served to temper her hatred of the police.
The NoHeads won the Battle of Kansas. In the aftermath of the battle, she proudly revealed her success to Mr. Stupid NoHead, and her membership became official.
Annabeth Black secretly worked against her Master, as her ultimate goal was to supplant the Dark Lord and rule supreme over the entire universe.
In the mix, she met the Dark Lord's eldest son, Hell Burnbottom. When he told the girl that he was a killer, Black confessed that she, like Burnbottom, had little regard for human life. She also admitted upon further inquiry that she was the Dark Lord's willing servant, making her trustworthy in his eyes, as he was unaware of her real motives.
The following year, Mr. Stupid NoHead encouraged Annabeth Black to register to become a member of the Police Grand Army, operating as a double agent. Black contemplated this, ultimately deciding that the Police Station would be much less boring than their fortress. She approached Sheriff Bladepoint and pretended to apologize for killing Ronald Noace. Not knowing he was being manipulated, Bladepoint allowed her to join him.
Two days later, they were visited by Steven Thompson, who told them of the First School War and a mysterious demon. Black and her fellows agreed that the demon probably did not exist, though Bladepoint still sent a taskforce to Utah to confirm the truth.
Prisoner of the Gladiator
- "I hate to execute one so valuable to the NoHeads, but I haven't a choice. However, I would have you perform the same service as Clipso here."
- ―The Gladiator to Annabeth Black[src]
Captured by Xydarone
On one night in 2014, Annabeth Black trudged down to her quarters after a long meeting with the NoHeads. Finally able to relax, she gorged down several snacks and read until she became tired. However, as she climbed into her bed, she was struck by a vision of a clone of Abalan being created. Being exhausted, Annabeth was lost for thought, and went to sleep. However, bounty hunter Xydarone broke into the Fourth NoHead Base and captured her in her bed, pulling off her blanket and hauling her slumbering form to Xydarone's skyfighter where Laleh Clipso already was. As Xydarone took off, Clipso awoke Black, who had a brief panic attack before Clipso was able to calm her down.
On the way to Florida, Annabeth mostly remained silent. On the other hand, Laleh Clipso tried to intimidate Xydarone by warning her that X1 would kill Xydarone for taking her. The bounty hunter shrugged off Clipso's veiled threat, stating that she had some experience dealing with mutants in the past. Clipso was quick to point out that Abalan did not possess their patience or restraint, slyly implying how a mere mercenary was no match against a mutant who was strong enough to rip Super Exterminators out of the sky. Having overheard this, Annabeth chose to reveal the truth about Abalan. The apprentice that Clipso knew, the original Abalan, was dead and the "Abalan" that she saw on the Redemption was a clone created by the Gladiator. Clipso became filled with doubt as Xydarone pressed on Annabeth's revelation, describing the clone as nothing more than a deranged copy who only thought he was in love with her. Although she did not yet believe that Annabeth and Xydarone were telling her the truth, she tried to reason with the latter on a more personal level. In desperation, she assumed that even someone like Xydarone must have loved someone in the past, and thus she implored her to not allow the Gladiator to use her and Annabeth just to hurt X1. Though somewhat affected by her pleading, Black remained silent and Xydarone continued toward Florida.
Arrival in Tallahassee
When Xydarone reached Florida, she landed her ship in Tallahassee, where the Gladiator was waiting for her and her prisoners. Upon seeing the Dark mutant for the first time, Annabeth felt her body tense out of fear, fully aware of who the bounty hunter's employer had been. After handing Annabeth over to the Gladiator, a pair of robots forced her to accompany the Gladiator deep inside Tallahassee's cloning facility. Believing that the Gladiator did not go through so much trouble just to kill them right away, Annabeth took her chances and taunted the Gladiator — reminding him of how he was defeated by his former apprentice. Clipso pitched in, voicing her opinion of him as nothing more than a wannabe of Mr. Stupid NoHead. Clipso accused the Gladiator of being a coward who was acting out of desperation by kidnapping her. Annabeth also told the Gladiator that she did not believe he was responsible for X1's "return," implying her belief that X1 somehow managed that accomplishment on his own. Although the Gladiator ignored her remarks the entire time, he eventually paused to signal one of the troopers to gag both Annabeth and Clipso with sealant patches in order to keep them quiet.
As they made their way towards the top of the cloning facility, Clipso noticed multiple cloning tubes containing specimens that all possessed Abalan's face. Shocked and dumbfounded, her hope that Abalan was truly alive again was virtually shattered by the discovery that Black had told her the truth about the clones of Abalan after all.
Black was repulsed by the thought of how the clones were obviously created from the real Abalan, or more specifically, his corpse's cells. Despite all of her doubt and uncertainty, Black decided to believe that the clone she saw on the Redemption would turn out to be the same hero that the first Abalan had been. After persuading herself to not judge the clone's feelings as counterfeit, she desperately hoped that the Gladiator would fail in his efforts to mold the clone into a monster, just as he failed to do so with Abalan.
Assault on Florida
While held captive by the Gladiator in a tower at the top of the cloning facility, Annabeth noticed the Redemption, broken into two large fragments, falling out of Florida's orbit and set on a collision course with Tallahassee. Like the Gladiator, Annabeth showed no signs of fear at all, which Laleh Clipso credited to their connection to the Dark side. When the first half of the ship smashed into the facility, Clipso felt that she would not survive, but X1 destroyed the last solid fragment of the Redemption to avoid causing damage that could have either harmed or killed his friends. When the Gladiator left to confront the clone, Annabeth was left in the tower with Clipso while their robot guards established a defensive perimeter around them.
When the Gladiator returned, the clone arrived shortly after as well. When he refused to serve the Dark Lord ever again, the Gladiator commanded the robot soldiers to execute the prisoners. However, Black and X1 performed a powerful telekinetic blast in unison, defending Black and saving Clipso from their gunfire, and effectively causing the robots to disappear. Despite this, the Gladiator would not relinquish his best means of controlling his former apprentice. Thus, Black felt an invisible force gripping her throat and lifting her off of the ground. The Gladiator threatened to strangle Black to death with the Darkness unless X1 returned to the mutant's side and submitted completely to the dark side. Despite being on the verge of suffocating to death, Black tried to warn the clone not to give in to the Gladiator's demands. But it was no use since X1 couldn't hear her, and Clipso pointed out that even if he could have, he wouldn't have done as she said. X1, unable to bear the thought of Black's death, dropped his sabers and fell to his knees in submission.
Annabeth noticed her sword nearby. Refusing to sacrifice herself to the Gladiator's ends, Black seized her weapon, drew it, and attempted to assassinate the Dark mutant while his back was facing her. But at last second, the Gladiator's senses warned him and he just barely dodged the attack, only for Black to cut a gash into his chest. In retaliation, the Gladiator pushed her in the same exact way she and X1 pushed the robots. The Gladiator's counterattack was so fast and powerful, Black was barely able to register in her mind what had happened. She could not tell how far he had pushed her, but only knew that she was "forced" out of the tower and that the impact of her fall would hurt. When she landed on a platform, the last thing Black felt was rain falling into her eyes, which were thankfully shut. Before losing consciousness once again, the last thing Annabeth saw was the Gladiator defending himself against an enraged X1.
When Black regained consciousness, she saw X1 had been cradling her body and she kissed him. Clipso promptly awoke too. In the aftermath of the battle, Black began to pace nervously, unsure what she should be doing. Still, she seemed relieved over the police's success in capturing the Gladiator and preparing to transfer him to the New Police Station for trial and interrogation (albeit only because he could not kill her now). With the Gladiator heavily secured aboard the Shadow Laser, Annabeth sat by X1 as he and Clipso resumed position as the stealth ship's pilot. Grinning, Annabeth told X1 to prepare for hyperspace. However, she was unaware that her former captor, Xydarone, had been hiding her (Xydarone's) fighter in the debris of an Imperial-class Super Exterminator. When the Shadow Laser entered hyperspace, the bounty hunter wasted no time in following the ship.
Annabeth was later contacted by X1 via Holocard. The clone was very upset about Annabeth's departure to the Fourth NoHead Base, which meant he probably would never see her again. Despite being touched by the clone's sincerity, Annabeth told him to be grateful that he and Laleh were reunited at last. Ultimately, she arranged to visit him at Burger King once a week on Saturday, something X1 agreed with.
Annabeth would often skip out on training sessions, and as a result she was wimpy to some degree. As a result of constant snacking, she was also on the verge of becoming overweight.
During her tenure as a NoHead, Annabeth Black became popular with the NoHead Recruits, a league of her Master to bring about the renaissance of the NoHeads. She got along with them quite well, they looked up to her and admired her. When they had questions, they would usually ask her instead of Mr. Stupid NoHead, as she would usually give them patient, truthful answers (whereas NoHead did not like being disturbed and was a pathological liar). Despite being something of a loner, Black still showed them a lot of kindness. Nevertheless, she developed a strong rivalry with Rotta Hecks, a fellow member of the Order. Hecks was a woman of science and had little understanding of Black as a person. Annabeth, likewise, had little regard for Rotta as a warrior; Rotta's military experience was mostly theoretical and based on simulated but nonetheless respected battlefield scenarios. Both vied for the attention of Mr. Stupid NoHead.
Encounter with Mira
Three months after escaping Florida, Annabeth went out driving. During the trip, she met Mira, who had been expelled from Superhero School. Mira expressed the honor she felt, but when Black asked her why, claiming she was "just one person", she had no reply. They shared a civil conversation, and Mira realized that her dream of joining the NoHeads had come true. Black was able to soothe her fears and she asked her for an application. Annabeth responded that she had been hoping for this request, and she personally dubbed her and inscribed the NoHead Sign on her forearm. On Mira's request, Annabeth then drove her to the NoHead Base.
As a NoHead, Mira realized that Annabeth Black loved reading and additionally, the latter was extremely popular..
Meeting Sean and Cassidy
Two years after the Mission to Kansas, Annabeth Black met Sean, and while Sean quickly developed a crush on her, Annabeth did not feel the same way. Sean immediately stuttered upon meeting her, telling her she looked like a nerd. Annabeth became offended, until Sean said he meant that she looked beautiful. Annabeth told her to stop hitting on her. Sean apologized and left the room.
The following day, Sean joined her at breakfast, where he kept his silence. However, he finally slipped that he "thinks well of [her] manners, pretty girl" and Annabeth punched him. It quickly became clear to Annabeth that Sean had a huge crush on her, only causing her to detest him more.
In March 2015, Annabeth became even further indulged in pop music. In said month, she had a dream. In it, Bruno Mars had a grenade, and Taio Cruz had dynamite, so they both attacked Katy Perry who exploded like a firework. The bang was so loud that the Black Eyed Peas forgot the time while Rihanna had memory loss and ran around inquiring to what her name was. Eminem looked around and expressed a lack of fear, then Willow began to whip her hair, which scared The Far East Movement who began to fly like a G6, then JLo fell on the floor. From there, Annabeth Black woke up and expressed her relief that it was only a dream. Sean, who was nearby, asked if she was all right. Black swore at him in turn, prompting Sean to turn away and go back to sleep.
Two months later, Black was exploring downstairs, where she saw the unfinished structure of the Wasp for the first time. She was preparing to leave when she suddenly encountered a series of vines. Before she could leave, the vines grabbed and strangled her. Fortunately, Sean heard her screaming, and was able to rescue her. Annabeth thanked him for his help, and Sean apologized for tailing her. He also explained that his love for her was never of the carnal type, but something far more sophisticated: his parents had just died before he met her and no one else would talk to him. He then offered to carry her backpack if she wanted, and Black thankfully approved. From there she was able to see who he really was. The two developed a close friendship from there, one of platonic, but not romantic, love.
In 2016, six-year-old Cassidy joined the NoHeads. Black was on good terms with her and warmly invited her in. During a training session, Black saw Wallace Blanks on the ceiling-mounted gauntlets and deliberately tripped him, making Cassidy laugh.
The following month, Black went to Zira's Palace to make a deal with the Empress. While she was there, she had an intense gay affair with a teenager named Summer Petersen who was present at the Palace.
Training Bartholomew Gales
- Annabeth Black: "Aww. How sweet."
- Bartholomew Gales: "Stop it! That's private!"
- — Annabeth probing Bartholomew's mind[src]
When Bartholomew Gales began having visions pulling him towards the light, Mr. Stupid NoHead asked Black teach Gales how to use his mind's willpower to resist probing or possession. However, it quickly became difficult for them to work productively during the sessions. After the first session, Bartholomew sneaked into Annabeth's room and stole her notebook, though it later ended up with Sean. He later attempted to steal Annabeth's journal, who became so furious she briefly tortured him with lightning.
During the course of their final lesson, Annabeth learned that Barty had a crush on her, and that he was not a virgin. The visions also showed her that Barty's worst fear was Mr. Stupid NoHead betraying and murdering him. Bartholomew shouted at Annabeth to stop, insisting those memories were private, but Annabeth only called him weak. She prepared to assault him again, only for Bartholomew to make the mind probe rebound. He was able to witness an equally private memory of Annabeth being bullied and harassed by Zach Kellerman. Upon returning, Annabeth threw him out of her bedroom and forbade him from ever coming back again. For all the rest of that semester, she treated Bartholomew with redoubled contempt and fury and ignored him whenever possible.
Discovery of Qamar
In November 2017, Annabeth was sent on duty as a spy. She learned of a fight between Qamar's mother and a group of slavers, and reported to Mr. Stupid NoHead hastily. As such, a large military force was deployed to Bridgeton under the command of Mr. Stupid NoHead himself. Annabeth fled shortly before the fight was initiated, returning to the NoHead Base. During the battle, NoHead murdered Ken and took his son, Qamar, after discovering the boy's power. Two months later, Sean, who had made friends with Qamar, introduced the boy to Black. Initially, Qamar detested her for her role in Ken's demise. Annabeth calmly pointed out that without her, he would not be a NoHead either. So Qamar forgave her.
Upon learning about Operation: Assault, Annabeth offered to help Mr. Stupid NoHead build the Robotic Monster that the plan necessitated. NoHead agreed, and the two of them built the robot in a special facility in the basement of the Wasp. It was Black's idea to make give it the ability to fly. Six months after the pair began work, the robot was completed. Annabeth shut it down and it was kept in the facility for the next four months.
Battle of California
In 2018, Annabeth Black and Sean joined up with Hell Burnbottom after routing the police near Palmyra, along with Qamar, NR-5776, NR-1056, and RC-4, lead an assault on Poe Ledsa's new Laboratory of Light in California.
The second phase of the battle involved Sean and Bartholomew Gales engaging new advanced police tanks to act as a diversion while Black with Rebecca completed their mission of destroying the laboratory using the underground catacombs made by Ledsa's crew. The NoHead Recruits were followed by one of the crew, who soon alerted Ledsa of their presence. Ledsa ordered the deactivation of the NoHead's detonators, which covered the entire Light side foundry generator. While doing so, Ledsa also sent a squad of battle robots and super tanks to distract the women. After the two NoHeads destroyed all of the robots, Annabeth suggested that they use the super tank's weapons system to blow up the power generator since the scientists took the bombs. She contacted Sean, telling him that they were trapped inside. After taking out the power generator, Annabeth was able to help her friend locate Rebecca and herself by hotwiring a power cell from the tank. Sean and Gales were able to locate the two in time and freed them from the rubble.
Black and Sean were assigned to lead a supply ship to the medical station. Since she was not able to sleep, Annabeth decided to eat with Rebecca. While they were eating, two clones named Edge and Ox attacked them because they were under control of brain worms. The girls took out their swords and defeated them. In response, a basalisk emerged. Black used Viper control to get rid of it, but it was ineffective. Fortunately, Rebecca took it down by bringing a pile of rubble on its head.
After the battle ended, Annabeth used her powers to heal the wounds of Qamar caused by the sword that stabbed him.
Attempted seduction of Peter Hecks
- "As Peter headed off for breakfast, he realized just how much he liked Annabeth Black. She never asked him for anything, he'd learned things from her, she could laugh at herself, and he'd never heard her complain before."
Eventually, Annabeth Black learned of Peter Hecks, the son of her rival Rotta and an extremely intelligent and powerful infant child. When he was born, Black resolved to do what she could in order to get to know him and therefore exploit his weaknesses. Her opportunity came on 19 June, 2019. While Black was sitting in a corner and reading, Peter nearly tripped over her arm. He hastily apologized, but rather than being angry, she introduced herself to him and began to charm him, something she was skilled at in any case.
The following day, Black interceded Peter when he ran into Lori, who nearly killed him out of anger.
A flashback prior to the Battle of the Western Field reveals that Peter came upon Black cooking in the kitchens of the Police Station. She shared some of her food, which was very unconventional, with him.
Annabeth Black personally went to activate the robotic monster, in preparation for the attack on New York City. However, Mr. Stupid NoHead ultimately had to reactivate it after Annabeth failed. NoHead shot Black a fierce look, and she sheepishly headed upstairs. Shortly afterwards, she was informed of Mr. Stupid NoHead's failure to kill Peter Hecks.
Two days later, Annabeth ran into Darren Slade, who had become dillusioned with his current life. Annabeth exploited this, along with Darren's attraction to her, and Darren gave in to the dark side. Annabeth comforted him about his situation, and allowed him to vent to her for ten minutes, by which time he had nothing else to say. She personally dubbed him a NoHead and inscribed the NoHead Sign on his chest. Darren worked primarily for Annabeth and Hell Burnbottom.
Shortly afterwards, Annabeth encountered Rotta by chance in the hallway. Both of them met X2, a renegade clone who had been induced into the NoHeads by Rebecca. Black was unaware that they had been so nearby each other in Florida, and X2 had forgotten about her and Laleh Clipso. He asked them where the Gladiator was, but Annabeth did not know the answer.
Alongside the Inferno
- Annabeth Black: "I'm sorry for showing up uninvited. I have a nasty habit of materializing into places I'm not wanted at. If you don't want to be my friend anymore—"
- Baby Intelligence: "You're fine."
- — Annabeth Black and Baby Intelligence[src]
Although Baby Intelligence had graduated, he continued his quest to purge the Order of the NoHeads. Annabeth Black's presence comforted Baby Intelligence, who was stressed by everything that is happening. Black found Baby Intelligence in a supply closet; the latter had just seen a news report of several Krosse attacks. The two talked about the situation, and he told her he would be the "Inferno", a symbol of the war against the NoHeads. This pleased Black, as it exposed Baby Intelligence to the Order and would therefore render him easier to kill.
After the skirmish in Wellington Hotel, Annabeth Black went to the MBH, shortly before Baby Intelligence arrived to find her waiting on the front porch. He and Black hugged as they were both in pain. He returned to the Police Station with her, and they hung out in the kitchen. Suddenly, officer Brandon warned them of an attack, only to be killed. Shocked, the inhabitants of the station retreated underground while others dealt with the threat. It is unknown where Black went during the assault but she probably returned to the NoHead Base.
Capture of Katie Black
After Brute Gunray was sent to capture the Mayor, Annabeth went to Mr. Stupid NoHead and told him they needed to talk. From there, she began discussing a plan with Mr. Stupid NoHead. Their conversation was cut short when Gunray returned empty-handed. When Gunray was then sent to kill Baby Intelligence, Annabeth wished him luck on his task and then returned to her room. Shortly after Rotta was sent, X2, who was looking for Rotta, found Annabeth reading by her bed. Annabeth told him Rotta was unavailable, and offered him the chance to fight by her side, though he refused, choosing to help Rotta instead. Perturbed that he would help Rotta over her, but understanding his desire to fight at the front of the battle, Annabeth turned and continued reading.
Battle of the Wasp
- Baby Intelligence: "We are here to save the Mayor... not join her."
- Annabeth: "Good for you. I have prepared a grand roast... ON YOUR ASS!'"
- — Annabeth confronts Baby Intelligence[src]
Shortly after Rotta successfully captured Mayor Katie Black from New York City, Annabeth joined the sky battle outside the Wasp at around the same time as Baby Intelligence. X2 flew as her escort, picking off police skyfighters. As Baby Intelligence closed in on the Wasp, Annabeth dispatched X2 to deal with the superhero. Shortly afterwards, X2 reported that the intervention of fellow mutant baby Sebiscuits had forced him into retreat. Annabeth then sent him with two N-54 fighters to infiltrate the Police Grand Cruiser. The evildoers successfully reached the cruiser’s bridge and secured control of the vessel. Meanwhile, Annabeth captured Ray, who had been leading the assault, and held him hostage with eighty F-7 robot soldiers as she awaited Sebiscuits Cardarphen and Baby Intelligence. Black intended to trick Baby Intelligence into entering a vat of poison by pretending to lead him and Cardarphen to the Mayor.
Arriving on the Wasp to attempt a rescue mission, the two latters rounded a corner and found Black and Ray. Baby Intelligence and Cardarphen were quickly surrounded by F-7 robots and Annabeth looked up. Baby Intelligence was horrified to learn that Black was actually a NoHead, and when Black gleefully confirmed this, left out of options, the S.M.S.B. leader announced that they had come for the Mayor. Annabeth told him that was his business, before handing over a pickup line predicting his demise at her hands. With that, she pretended to show mercy to Ray. From there, she suddenly killed him with a well-placed Shiak strike to the chest. Almost immediately Sebiscuits and Baby Intelligence drew their swords and Sebiscuits sliced a hole in the floor after having a brief sign language argument over what method they should use to escape. They fell down into a NoHead fuel tank, the surrounding robots proceeded to take aim, but the experienced NoHead commander ordered her troops not to fire in order to prevent the fuel from ignition. Leaving the scene, Annabeth boarded a nearby ship and left to the Fourth NoHead Base, which was unfinished.
Afterwards, Annabeth returned to the NoHead Base and reluctantly joined in the celebrations with her peers upon Rotta capturing the Mayor. However, Black soon escaped Rotta's grip (with the help of Sebiscuits and Baby Intelligence, who also exposed Rotta Hecks as a NoHead).
Eventually, Darren Slade began to feel great remorse for his actions as a NoHead Acolyte. He vented to Annabeth, who was appalled about his sudden guilt. Finally, Slade curtailed the conversation and left the building. Annabeth felt nothing was over, but Sean suggested she take advantage of her ability to see her friends when they are near. She was both shocked and horrified to learn that Slade has gone to Baby Intelligence for help, and he is preparing to become an insurgent under the government. Annabeth quickly realized that Darren had defected from the NoHead cause, which made her upset, as she had come to see him as one of her best friends. Ultimately, she chose not to tell Mr. Stupid NoHead; that way, she would not owe him anything.
Mission to Pennsylvania
- Sean: "He... he betrayed us!"
- Annabeth Black: "What are you talking about?"
- Sean: "Mr. NoHead offered us riches and the chance to rule the world. But instead we're on the run, unable to return home for the time being. What do you think of it?"
- Annabeth Black: "NoHead is a good man, Sean. War can put anyone under stress."
- — Sean venting to Annabeth about Mr. Stupid NoHead[src]
Shortly afterwards, Annabeth was sent to patrol on Pennsylvania. Mr. Stupid NoHead had told her about Operation: Purge, which made her very excited as she mounted off with a contingent of robot soldiers. She remained in the air in a sky cruiser, discreetly keeping watch from there. Aboard her aircraft, Annabeth was informed that the police will land on Philadelphia — home to her personal holdings — in a few moments. Annabeth told the pilot to have her administratrix meet them on the executive landing platform. After landing, the administratrix came running forward, remarking that she had returned ahead of schedule. Annabeth stated that her return was not a pleasure trip and asked if everything was under way. The administrator replied that they had initiated iterative asset transfer protocol and restricted all non-financial communication per her orders.
She then inquired of Annabeth Black’s meeting with Mr. Stupid NoHead, which Annabeth explained was more like an evacuation order. Black remarked that NoHead will contact her with rendezvous-coordinates soon. Entering a speeder, Annabeth’s administratrix pointed out that the NoHeads are safest under Mr. Stupid NoHead's close eye. Annabeth agreed, but she explained that NoHead claimed the fall of the capital was all part of his plan. The administratrix mentions that with Annabeth on their back, they will certainly aid the NoHeads, but Black replied that one way or the other, Philadelphia will fall and she swears that the police will never take such a valuable city.
Afterwards, she traveled to her compound in Philadelphia, which was suffering a heavy onslaught of pressure from members of the Government Defense Army. While there, Rotta communicated with her through her comlink, telling the NoHead that she needed to return to the Emergency NoHead Base. Black accepted, and told the General of the two traitorous relief workers, suspected of being police, that had been captured by her robot soldiers. Mere moments after Rotta left, Black contacted fellow NoHead Sean through a comlink, telling him that she feared for her safety with police after her, and that she would prefer to travel to the Second NoHead Base with the other NoHeads in a convoy. Sean agreed with this, and promised he would come for her in Pennsylvania. After he left, Annabeth began to put her plan for Pennsylvania into place. Annabeth knew the police were on her tail, and that the city would soon fall from the NoHeads' grasp. She had a protocol put in place, which, if the city became under attack, would poison the water supply of Philadelphia, crippling the city as well as the USA (Philadelphia boasted the eighth-largest industry in said country). She then departed for the Emergency NoHead Base.
Return to New York
When the NoHead fleet emerged out of hyperspace at the Emergency NoHead Base, Annabeth landed her personal plane in the base and climbed out of it, where she was surprised to find several chambers where she could settle down, have a good meal, and clean up. After finishing in the shower (with Brute Gunray next in line), Annabeth learned that the protocol in Pennsylvania had been initiated. From there, she put on a robe over her crop-top and set off to find Sean. Sean was angry at their situation, as Mr. Stupid NoHead had offered them riches and the chance to rule the world, but now they were on the run, unable to return home for the time being. After Annabeth found him, Sean expressed this to her, who had more faith in NoHead than her friend did. Just then, NoHead called for them in the central chamber. With a grin, Annabeth told Sean he should reconsider, and then the two joined everyone else, who were regrouping in the chamber. NoHead appeared on a large hologram and told everyone it was safe to return to the NoHead Base. Sean told Annabeth she was right all along, before everyone headed off.
On the way back, she stopped at the State Capitol to assist Sebiscuits Cardarphen and Rotta Hecks in their plan to assassinate Katie Black. However, as soon as she caught up with them, Sebiscuits turned and told her to "run along." When Annabeth remained still, Sebiscuits hurled her into a closet, where she crashed into a trumpet.
- Annabeth Black: "I do not fear you, infant!"
- Baby Intelligence: "Even so, you face three superheroes and an elitist. Might I suggest the best option is to surrender?'"
- — Black and Baby Intelligence[src]
With Mr. Stupid NoHead gone, Hell Burnbottom's spies learned that the government sought to establish an agreement with the Planet Ten people that would allow for the building of a supply depot in their territory. The people, previously neutral in the conflict, agreed to engage in secret negotiations on the planet between Baby Intelligence and King Xener of Planet Ten. With this information, Hell Burnbottom sent Black to Planet Ten with a significant military detachment to convince Xener that his subjects should join the Order of the NoHeads instead of the government. The woman arrived on Planet Ten before either the S.M.S.B. members or the king to jam communications and positioned two Insolent-class star frigates not far from the planet. She confronted Xener upon his arrival to the meeting location, and although he was wary of her presence, Black assured him that she was there merely as a messenger for Hell Burnbottom. While the latter explained the intrusion to the king via holographic transmission, the two Munificent-class frigates jumped into the system and engaged the recently-arrived government frigate that was ferrying Baby Intelligence to the planet. The NoHead warships quickly overwhelmed the superhero's, but he was able to make it to the surface with Baby Strength, Force Baby, and FOX aboard an escape pod.
When the government frigate fled the system, Black insisted to Xener that it was a clear sign of the baby's inferiority; however, he did not yet believe her and was relieved when Baby Intelligence contacted him from the escape pod's crash site. The alien had been eager to do business with the superhero and was clearly displeased with Black's intrusion, but the NoHead piqued his interest with an offer to perform a show of force: she suggested that she could prove the Order's superiority by sending her forces to capture the superhero. If Baby Intelligence were to escape her grip and arrive at the rendezvous by nightfall, the king could consider himself free to join the government; if not, she expected him to consider an alliance with the NoHeads. Although the king found the idea of pushing his guest into a test of battle distasteful, Baby Intelligence accepted the terms and Black agreed to give the infant a fair fight.
However, a fair fight was never intended. After contacting Burnbottom, Black oversaw the deployment of a full battalion consisting of F7 robot soldiers, F8 robot soldiers, and Armored Assault Tanks and tasked her friend Sean with hunting down and killing Baby Intelligence and his retinue. Black remained alongside King Xener as they monitored the superhero's progress through Iseville's forests. Sean regularly updated the NoHead on the robots' progress, eventually reporting that their forces had engaged Baby Intelligence and forced him into retreat. Xener was clearly rooting for the superhero's success and contacted Baby Intelligence to confirm his survival, but Black seized his communicator from him and crushed it with her bare hands, vowing to win the contest. Sean contacted her again later in the day, claiming that the superhero had been found by the NoHead forces and was simply sitting in the wilderness before a column of robots and assault tanks. Black insisted that they kill the superhero immediately, but Baby Intelligence managed to destroy all of the tanks and droids, creating a scene of smoke a destruction visible from the rendezvous point. The mistress attempted once more to contact Sean, but was informed by a robot that her best friend had been killed by Baby Intelligence. Black was shocked senseless, but despite her grief, she knew there was nothing she could do. Xener, on the other hand, took this as a sign of victory, but a distraught Black refused to surrender and dispatched a large group of Bratpros to finish the job.
Even without knowing the outcome of the contest, Xener made his decision and contacted Burnbottom to reject his offer, claiming that Black ignored the terms of their deal and refused to give Baby Intelligence a fair fight. Black would not allow for Planet Ten to fall to the government, so drew her sword thus to kill the king and make way for a pro-NoHead monarch. She nearly succeeded, but her sword blade was halted mid-strike by Baby Intelligence's telekinetic intervention. The superhero threw Black back and taunted her, seizing her sword from her and suggesting surrender. Baby Intelligence allowed her to take her weapon back, but Black refused surrender and instead fired a Blasting Beam at the ridge above. The explosion and falling rubble distracted the S.M.S.B. members and their acolyte, giving the dark mutant an opportunity to escape via teleportation. Burnbottom was disappointed in his friend and developed a grudge against Xener in light of the mission's failure.
Battle of the Fifth NoHead Base
In spite of her public failure at Planet Ten, Mr. Stupid NoHead continued to call upon Black for delicate and imperative missions. Realizing that Baby Intelligence, Baby Strength, and Force Baby were abroad, Black teamed up with Kenzie Walters and they began hunting for the S.M.S.B. members. The girls tracked the S.M.S.B. to Australia and Black lured Baby Intelligence to her via stuffed toy. Black fought Baby Intelligence until Walters grabbed Force Baby in a headlock, effectively cutting off his ability to breathe. Black did the same to Baby Strength, and when Baby Intelligence menaced them with his sword, Black merely laughed and pointed out that if he killed them, he killed his friends as well. Black threatened to summon Mr. Stupid NoHead before knocking out Baby Intelligence. However, Force Baby broke free and he and Baby Strength fled, carting off their master to safety and thwarting the two NoHead women.
Upon learning that the S.M.S.B. was conversing on a rooftop, Black teleported there with Walters. Black used a telekinetic repulse on Baby Intelligence while Kenzie restrained Baby Strength. The women teleport back to the NoHead Base and place Baby Strength in a cage.
Black watched as Mr. Stupid NoHead arrived and menaced the heroes. After they were freed, Annabeth took action and fought in the Battle of the Fifth NoHead Base. She blew up part of the battlements around an observation tower, and teleported into the catwalks next to it. There, she killed a man and dueled with a Roman, her with lightning and him with fire. Eventually, she broke through the fighting and quickly found Mr. Stupid NoHead, who had just defeated Baby Intelligence. When Merlin's apprentice arrived and began dueling NoHead himself, Black left through an electronic network.
In the aftermath of the battle, she approached Hell Burnbottom, who was crying in a corner. He told her of Mr. Stupid NoHead's final demise at the hands of Baby Intelligence. This infuriated and depressed Black, and she vowed revenge against the S.M.S.B. In a rage, she destroyed the Fire Room with her mutantry.
Turning to her friend, Black sensed an opportunity to seize the mantle of Grandmaster, though she hesitated, believing that Burnbottom had inherited it as the eldest son of the Dark Lord. This belief, coupled with her confused feelings about him, prompted her not to harm him in his state of emotional vulnerability. Burnbottom wondered if she had spared his life because she cared about him. He claimed his former master's mantle.
Black protested, stating that she too had every right to command the Order, but Burnbottom strangled her until she acknowledged him as the Grandmaster, accepting the rank of Senior Commander, essentially making her second-in-command. Having realized that all three of Mr. Stupid NoHead's sons craved revenge against Baby Intelligence, she and Burnbottom became strong allies in what lay ahead.
- Brute Gunray: "I do not believe this one will desert easily."
- Hell Burnbottom: "But surely you see what I see. I haven't seen a talent of the Light so promising since we found this charming young lady next to me. Can you imagine what will occur once he becomes one of us?"
- — Hell Burnbottom on Baby Strength[src]
Annabeth Black became second in command of the Order, while Hell Burnbottom became the Grandmaster. Believing that the absolute control of musical celebrity Rocken Role would be useful in drawing out Baby Intelligence, Burnbottom, Gunray, and Mean King secretly implanted a voice box inside Role's neck that would force him to sing in Blabberish during his next performance. While her allies monitored the success of the mission, Black remained at Yellowstone so she could activate the voice box.
As Black predicted, Baby Intelligence's shock at Role's performance made him suspicious enough to tail the NoHeads.
Arriving at Yellowstone with Lindsay Kellerman, Baby Strength, and Force Baby, Baby Intelligence found the quartet awaiting them. While one of Baby Intelligence's powers impressed Burnbottom, Black was both surprised and intrigued by Kellerman's status as the Chosen One, and even more intrigued when Mean King indicated her deductive skills regarding Wilfred of Wales. Thanks to her determination to destroy him, Baby Intelligence's life hangs on a thin line. Wanting to compromise with her Master, and using her powers of Mind control, Black began probing the baby, learning he was related to Wilfred of Wales. The connection broke when Force Baby telekinetically tripped Black, causing her to land on her head and stunning her. Angry, Burnbottom shook Black until she recovered.
Upon recovering, they both made an attempt to invite all four babies to the Darkness, but none of them took up the offer. Gunray chose to finish them, but Kellerman tricked them into freeing Force Baby and the others. While the baby took on the NoHead brothers, Black noticed Baby Intelligence sneaking away and followed him. When he noticed her, she responded with a barrage of Death beams and several taunts. They returned to find Baby Strength, Force Baby, and Kellerman incapacitated but not yet dead.
Baby Intelligence arrived right after Black did, and Burnbottom attacked him with his mutantry. Black deflected a blast of lightning aimed at Burnbottom. Realizing that Baby Intelligence was too powerful to be defeated, Black called for Burnbottom to join her in retreat, but before she left, she made the room collapse. She thought the babies died amongst the rubble, but in reality they escaped.
Despite her disappointment, Annabeth Black was hopeful that the day arrive for which they would join the Order.
Hunt for Baby Intelligence
Believing that she would feel nothing apart from ambition until it was done, Annabeth Black now put all efforts into killing Baby Intelligence. Not all of these efforts, orchestrated under Hell Burnbottom, ever became known, but they included sending spies to waylay Lindsay Kellerman, attacking Merchant Alley outright with Bratpros, and dispatching raiding parties of Bratpros accompanied by NoHead Minions on likely routes the S.M.S.B. might take through Wyoming to go towards Yellowstone. One of those parties captured Lisa Kirke and slaughtered Chandler Curry, leading the Police Grand Army to retaliate in secret, leading to the end of Hell Burnbottom's reign of power in the west.
It was then that Baby Intelligence was pursued by war robots. The NoHead crew learned that the baby escaped thanks to an inadvertent intervention caused by Arbocs, and Dophane informed Black that Baby Intelligence had escaped. Enraged, Black put her to death and went to the jungle herself, accompanied by Hell Burnbottom, to intercept the Inferno of the Grand Army.
Their hunt proved fruitful when the two NoHeads found Baby Intelligence and chased him into a bush. When Burnbottom tried climbing into the bush, Black offered him her dagger but he declined, as he thought he could do better with a sword. When Burnbottom emerged covered in telekinetically deflected horns, Black decided to try, firing Death beams into the bush, but Baby Intelligence dodged them. Baby Intelligence sarcastically offered Black the chance to join him "for a tea party" deep within the leaves. Furious, Black agreed with Burnbottom that they wait for Baby Intelligence to come out on his own, as he won't be able to get away without them knowing, so they set up camp nearby.
In the morning, when the two NoHeads awoke, Baby Intelligence hurled fire at them from afar, cleverly making them think he was a fire demon that had killed the S.M.S.B. Grandmaster so they would flee. Burnbottom pulled Black away, who suspected it may be a trick, the two teleporting as Black shouted that they were being taken for fools.
Battle of the Yellowstone Base
- "'Burnbottom!' He heard Annabeth shouting, but she was too far away, he could tell. What was she doing?"
Despite their successful repulsion of Black's forces at the Golden Gates, Baby Intelligence and Carol Wilcox both knew that the bulk of her forces remained in Yellowstone, readying themselves for another, deadlier strike against the city.
The Battle of the Yellowstone Base ensued. It is unknown why only Burnbottom went to engage Baby Intelligence, but by the time he was dying at the hands of Kellerman and Baby Intelligence, Black was too far away to save him. As Baby Intelligence left the reactor core with Kellerman, he saw Annabeth kneel beside her ally and "[beg] him to stay with her", assuring him that everything would be fine", though Baby Intelligence knew it was too late for Burnbottom to escape descending into the Unterwelt Void. Burnbottom fell inside, leaving Black to watch in horror.
Dealing with Egrevond
In the meantime, Black allied with the Lord of the North, whom she had ensnared into her service, expecting the Dark mutant to move against the Police Grand Army and thus remove one of the major threats Black faced in her planned conquest of all known space. Apparently, Black promised the Lord of the North something, but instead of keeping her word immediately, she sent him and an enormous battalion of NoHead forces to the Eastern Field. She followed him there. Here, the Lord of the North berated the NoHead Grandmaster for not living up to their bargain and instead sending him to battle, and even murdered Bartholomew Gales when he lectured the Lord of the North on not showing Annabeth respect. The Lord of the North then pointed out that Baby Intelligence was coming, an implication which prompted Black to flee and probably teleport. The Battle of the Eastern Field commenced. However, the Lord of the North failed, and Black not only lost her most potent ally and the latter's army of Arboc, but also the majority of the NoHead Recruits.
Shortly after his death, Black wrote a letter to her son Thomas while he slept beside her, as a precaution to reveal important things that were essential for him to know should she pass away.
Returning to the front of the warfield
- "What do you think? Shall we return to the front of the warfield? This card was one of the Dark Lord's most valuable possessions. If you are like me and fed up with our failures, you'll come to the Lake of Tears with me and seek him out."
- ―Annabeth Black[src]
Annabeth Black, fed up with the failures of her armies and the banishment of Karkamel, and lacking confidence in her troops, and immersed in her tumultuous thoughts, decided to take matters back into her own hands. Black believed one Sebiscuits Cardarphen was her last hope for victory. As such, she went with one of her underlings to an ancient Mettan fortress known as Daret and forced its inhabitants to surrender an ancient card that would allow her access to the Lake of Tears, where she heard Cardarphen resided. Black's underling asked where the card came from, and she lied that it belonged to Mr. Stupid NoHead. Her reason for lying is unclear, but she proceeded to invite him to accompany her, smiling confidently to herself at the prospect of victory.
Alliance with Sebiscuits Cardarphen
Within days, Annabeth Black was able to locate the Lake of Tears. Upon arriving, she used the card and her NoHead Sign to bypass the lake and reach Cardarphen in his home. With Brute Gunray and Mean King gone, she openly declared her wish to form an alliance with the evil mutant. Cardarphen agreed they would make a good team. Deciding to live at the lake with Cardarphen, protected by its unspeakable horrors, Black proposed they build a new control station.
Following the finish of the control station, Black and Cardarphen stormed the Whitehouse and captured Aaron Clinton, the President of the United States of America. Returning to the lake, Black listened as Cardarphen received confirmation from RC-5 that the base was secured at last. Sebiscuits declared to Annabeth that the S.M.S.B. had forgotten them, meaning it is too late for them to be stopped. Both of them believed that the planet would soon be under their control.
Somehow, they learned that the S.M.S.B. was on their tail, contradicting Cardarphen's earlier assertion. They set out to an isolated construction tower with their prisoner. There, Pythoman, a boy who admired and yet envied her, approached Annabeth and pledged himself to the NoHeads. Deciding not to take Clinton to the City Volcano quite yet, Black and a reluctant Cardarphen awaited Pythoman's return. He arrived shortly before Baby Intelligence, who freed the President, prompting Black to reveal herself. In the following chaos, Black electrocuted Baby Strength and smashed into the ground mere seconds after the fall of his three friends. Cardarphen and Black worked together to take out the S.M.S.B. members, but were ultimately forced to make an escape.
The new trio learned that the S.M.S.B. had somehow navigated the treacherous lake and was hunting them. They escaped together, but Baby Intelligence followed them to the pinnacle of a volcano. Baby Intelligence tried to reason with his former pupil, but Sebiscuits refused to listen, too consumed by hate. After Intelligence resolved he had no choice but to fight, Sebiscuits told him he had a slight chance, and leaped to attack his former Master. Meanwhile, Black and Pythoman fought the other S.M.S.B. members.
- "I see. You were going to convert Sebiscuits? Well, that's sweet. You're going down piece-by-piece. Hmm. I'll start with your cap. You won't need to see my gorgeous face anymore."
- ―Annabeth Black's last words[src]
They began dueling, but Black easily overpowered Baby Intelligence by hurling a tree branch at his back and pinning him under it. After careful consideration, Black prepared to cut up Baby Intelligence's face piece-by-piece, ultimately choosing to start with his cap, as he would no longer need it to "see [her] gorgeous face". However, at that moment Force Baby emerged from behind, shooting Black with his gun. The shot wedged itself into her head and she fell to the ground.
On Halloween night 2027, Darren Slade encountered the ghost of Mr. Stupid NoHead. NoHead tried to possess him once more, but Darren summoned enough willpower to stop him. Enraged, NoHead called out, invisible to all but Slade, that Darren had just killed Annabeth, and then created a huge explosion which killed twenty Fobbles in the process. Slade was arrested by the Department of Law Enforcement and was sentenced without trial to Beta Prison by for the "murder" of Annabeth and the twenty Fobbles, and for being in the service of the NoHeads.
Annabeth Black returned from the dead as a ghost. Despite their original enmity towards each other, Black helped the Gladiator in creating the Knights of Plague, giving him advice in spiritual form.
Valley of Light
Apparently, Annabeth later felt some remorse for her actions, as she sought out the Second S.M.S.B. Praxeum. When she arrived in ghostly form, Grandmaster Matthew offered to induce Annabeth into the group, but Annabeth declined, still holding a great fear of the Darkness.
It was soon revealed that the Plague Reborn movement under Admiral Marion Narr was using New York City to experiment with these crystals and mutantry, particularly in infusing Fobbles with superpowers. Although Annabeth successfully infiltrated and shut down the outpost, Ort was later captured and killed by the Dark mutant Seasann and his student Helena Austin. Black arrived on the scene a moment too late to prevent this.
Dealing with Seasann
Angered by her partner's death, Annabeth regained her powers by using the power of the Valley of Light, feeling prepared to return to the Darkness. She went to the S.M.S.B. Praxeum to retrieve the sword she had left with Matthew, where she then learned that Seasann was a fallen student of Matthew's. Matthew and Annabeth then set out across the world to bring Seasann to justice. While Matthew secretly went to the Valley of Light to look for Seasann, Annabeth tracked Seasann's shuttle to Wendy in Australia. While in Australia, she encountered Red. With her help, Annabeth escaped Australia and killed Wendy in the process.
Still, Annabeth became haunted with the memories of hearing Seasann's order to Austin to murder Ort and her screams. These only served to make her desire revenge even more. She eventually got the chance to exact her revenge at Manhattan, where she encountered Seasann's apprentice, Helena. She informed Annabeth of her blunder in revealing the location of the Valley to herself and her master, and was surrendered to Black, as Austin realized that Annabeth could not be killed (as she was already dead). Annabeth spared Austin's life in exchange for her promise to flee without her master. Austin ran away, only to plot her revenge on Black for sparing her.
Annabeth then took off in order to find the Doomer was docked. Annabeth ran into Matthew again, and learned of the purpose behind the crystals she had discovered, and of Seasann's troops being in the Valley of Light. Annabeth infiltrated the Doomer as it launched into hyperspace and successfully found Russell Padmore and released him. Padmore informed Black of Seasann's fascination with the One NoHeads. Annabeth realized where she belonged and let Padmore to die, running down to locate Matthew. Unaware of her decision, Matthew congratulated her and assigned Annabeth to begin training both Jaden Korn and Ross Padmore in her ghost form. Both students were talented, progressing quickly under Annabeth's tutelage. In reality, she deliberately bordered their training on conflict, so they never knew what side to take.
When a new threat, a Dark cult known as the Disciples of Quake, began threatening the globe, Annabeth and her apprentices investigated numerous countries on the trail of the Disciples. Black intended to join them, whereas Korn and Padmore intended to stop them.
The Second S.M.S.B. discovered that the leader of the Cult was none other than Helena Austin, the former apprentice of Seasann, who turned out to be a proxy apprentice of the evil Mr. Devastating NoHead. Annabeth's investigations revealed she had acquired the Scepter of Quake and planned to use it to resurrect Mr. Quake NoHead. While Annabeth was away, her apprentice Padmore was kidnapped and eventually succumbed to the dark side, joining the Disciples of Quake, just as Annabeth intended.
Padmore was held captive in a large facility, and she began tracking him down. Eventually, she was assisted by Jaden Korn. Upon finding them, Annabeth warned that she could not interfere, before Korn confronted Padmore and One NoHeads member Aurora, angered by his betrayal. Seeing his anger, Aurora encouraged Korn to strike down Padmore and join her and Helena Austin in the dark side. Annabeth telepathically spoke to Korn, prompting him to let his anger dissipate. With effort, Korn did. Realizing that he would not turn, the enraged Aurora amputated Padmore and attacked Korn, who killed the Dark mutant.
At that moment, Black arrived to fight Kellerman.
- "She was attractive and had fair skin, but the resemblance [to Hell Burnbottom] stopped there. Her skin was much softer than his was; she was beautiful, curvy and moderately athletic. She had brown eyes and cosmetically pink-stained lips. She was wearing a black, textured leather crop-top — practical, yet somewhat revealing, attire. Her boots were dark brown, the only part of her clothing colored something other than black. Her appearance would have given anyone who didn't recognize her the impression that she was soft — a costly mistake."
- ―Description of Annabeth Black[src]
Annabeth Black is curvy and somewhat athletic. Due to her part-Klemm herritage, she is also breathtakingly beautiful, and has fair, tender skin. Black hence caught a good deal of attention from males and jealousy from other females amongst the NoHead Recruits and the Grand Army. She is not very strong physically, due to a lack of exercise, and does not seem to bear any stomach muscles. Indeed, she is nearly overweight, as evidenced by bearing wide hips but a generally tight body frame. This also contributes to the fact that she consumes many snacks. She has brown eyes and brown eyebrows to match, as well as cosmetically pink-stained lips.
Annabeth's attire was practical, albeit somewhat revealing, and both allowed her to move freely and showed her NoHead affiliations. She is usually seen in a black, textured leather crop-top. Additionally, she wears brown tights and brown leather boots. Her light brown is wavy and "flows in the wind", according to Sean. Occasionally, her hair is done up to keep it out of her face, much like her friend Alice Shinner, held in place by a brown leather headpiece. It is also decorated with thin, brown bands.
Annabeth is 1.75 meters tall and weighed 76 kilograms. Her Body Mass Index was 24.7.
Personality and traits
Annabeth was a very immoral and highly intelligent NoHead but was also insecure, preferring isolation over social interactions. Descriptions of her social interactions as a child suggest that she had poor interpersonal skills. Annabeth was a repressed, solitary woman with few friends. However, she could still be friendly when she wanted to. Indeed, she was very manipulative, using every aspect of her physical beauty to help seduce people. These traits also help her compensate for her being physically wimpy. In her early life, she was insecure, vulnerable, and yearned to be part of something better. As a child, the bleak normality of working-class suburbia inspired in her a contempt for what was ordinary. This urgent desire to be a part of something powerful and important was what drew her to Mr. Stupid NoHead's inner circle. With time, Annabeth Black grew in cunning and ingenuity, and Mr. Stupid NoHead became impressed with her subtle and calculating nature, the same methods with which she employed mutantry, making herself comparable to Mr. Ghastly NoHead. She was extremely confident, to the extent of being nearly impossible to intimidate. She smiled confidently after breaking into Daret.
Annabeth's bitterness and resentment towards the world was exacerbated even more by the relentless bullying she endured in school, causing her to shut herself in even more. Annabeth was not a prejudiced individual despite the NoHead beliefs of pure-blood superiority, but was rather against towards Fobbles, presumably because of her sour experience with them, but held no ill-will towards Fobble-borns. The foundation of her scolding Alice Shinner by calling her Squib was to not appear weak in front of several students than actual supremacist views.
As a Shielder, Annabeth had superb emotional control and was adept at concealing her thoughts and feelings. However, she had her limits, and was not incapable of losing her temper, particularly when it came to dealing with Bartholomew Gales or Sean. Inevitably, she also became furious when she thought she was being pitied or accused of cowardice. She was surprisingly patient, as she kept a low profile, lurking in the shadows and making others do her physical work for her while she sees to other affairs in the war, even when times look tough. However, her patience, like her temper, had limits, and when it was pushed to the edge, she was fully willing to take action when necessary, as after she lost both the Lord of the North and Karkamel, Black finally was fed up with the failures and decided to take matters into her own hands.
Annabeth was a formidable mutant, displaying consummate skill in many different branches of mutantry. Her extensive knowledge and abilities were rivaled by very few, if any other Dark mutants who were as young as she. As mentioned above, Annabeth was unusually cerebral, possessing a subtle and keenly analytical mind. As a result, she was extremely intelligent and calculative, with a mind for strategy and deduction.
Annabeth was a skilled tactician and her quick thinking even earned her admiration from Hell Burnbottom himself. While serving the NoHeads, Annabeth was well aware of how her meteoric rise through the NoHead hierarchy culminated to a position directly under the most powerful man in the world, and thus she was filled with a great sense of pride. Annabeth is also ruthless, showing little to no mercy to her enemies. After relentlessly and critically injuring Ronald Noace, she taunted him and informed him of the upcoming police purge, before leaving him for dead. She has shown that it is not above her to commit genocide against hundreds of innocent people to spite her hated enemies. 
Of all the things Black learned from Mr. Stupid NoHead, compassion and love were not among them, and she found herself questioning what an actual loving relationship would have been like. Despite this, she is very kind to her friends, especially Sean, and has shown to be civil to Qamar; she is one of the few NoHeads who are capable of loving other people and not being ashamed of it. Indeed, Sean has described her as "tender and kind, an unutterably comforting friend, a role model", and Darren Slade has described her similarly, though she only pretended to feel the same way about them. Most of the other NoHeads seemed to get along with her as well. She also valued intelligence and cunning over brute strength. Additionally, Annabeth loved books, and spent much of her time in the NoHead library. In addition to her strong will she was also a gifted student, skilled pilot, talented duelist and model NoHead Recruit.
Annabeth was also surprisingly honorable, as shown on several occasions. Every time she makes a promise, she goes out of her way to keep it.
Upon discovering a renegade clone of Abalan, she was elated, believing at first that the secret apprentice had somehow overcome death itself. It is unknown how she learned the truth, but she refused to believe that the clone was any different than the real Abalan. But even as she redoubled her faith in the clone, she was saddened by the fact that Abalan's survival against all odds was proven to be false and that a clone had essentially taken his place.
Annabeth is one of few participants of the Second NoHead War who is neither truly loyal to the NoHeads or the Grand Army, ultimately betraying both sides and working for her own personal ends. Although this knowledge is hardly common, there is evidence to support her wavering loyalty to Mr. Stupid NoHead that the Dark Lord was unaware of. An example was when Annabeth told Baby Intelligence that she had business to attend to, but that he should decide if he would rather serve the Dark Lord or herself. She added that no middle ground would be available. This may have also been a ruse to convert Baby Intelligence.
Powers and abilities
Annabeth Black was an extremely powerful and dangerous young mutant. She was a mistress of the Darkness, an incredibly skillful duelist, and a prodigious Shielder and Mind invader. Annabeth was considered a "borderline genius" and her prodigious dueling skill was proven by her many victories over numerous talented individuals, including legendary superhero Baby Intelligence.
Annabeth Black's fencing skills were formidable. She mastered the third form of sword combat, Soresu, and had some skill in Form V. Black was also a practitioner of dual combat. Because she was not skilled in unarmed combat, Black preferred to use her powers, which were deadly, whenever possible.
Annabeth Black was an extremely powerful Dark mutant, and displayed particular proficiency with stealth and casting lightning. Trained as a NoHead, Annabeth's lifestyle encouraged her to focus more on her intellect than her strength. She was noted to be a "borderline genius"; her intelligence and ideas of strategy and tactics were considerable. She had particular proficiency in espionage, often donning a cloak for the job. This allowed her to initiate Ken's death and discover a breaking point to poison the waterhole of Philadelphia without being caught. However, her fighting skills were still considerable in their adequacy.
Like her master, Annabeth could cast Death beams in quick succession without any regard for the lives she chose to extinguish. During the Battle of the Fifth NoHead Base, she effortlessly hit a Roman soldier with a Death beam, also showing she had quick reaction time. She also survived an encounter with Frank and several other police when in Pennsylvania and emerged unscathed (apart from brief influence from brain worms) during the Battle of California, being the only NoHead Recruit to not take any hits.
In addition to her combat skills, Annabeth was very skilled in stealth and infiltration which she learned from Cassidy. Annabeth could also turn invisible, something that was difficult to master and was even impossible for certain NoHead Masters. Black was also proficient in telekinesis, which she used to great effect. She used this tactic to bring down Ronald Noace in Kansas, ripping apart the wooden platforms in their battleground and flinging waves of debris at the officer from all sides. She was also skilled at piloting, as she was able to patrol Pennsylvania without a trace.
As a quarter-Klemm, Annabeth Black had the unnerving ability to attract men with her beauty. Although her ability was not as strong as that of a full Klemm, she was still able to make herself ravishing enough to completely overwhelm unsuspecting individuals if she wanted to. She was also known to use her beauty and her dark powers to seduce people into giving information. Her greater enemies aside, Black was considered charming by most people who met her, and was able to inspire others to follow her, including the Lord of the North, which is no small feat considering the Prime Minister initially had no loyalty to anyone.
Black's unerring ability to conceal her own thoughts and feelings from external penetration proved to be useful to her. Annabeth was also a skilled mind reader; Baby Intelligence was able to do nothing to stop her probing him. With the fact that he was strong enough to resist being probed by Mr. Stupid NoHead, and had an IQ of 295, this is no mean feat. Likewise, Bartholomew Gales often felt as if Annabeth had the ability to read minds even before learning what the art was. Annabeth probed Bartholomew constantly while attempting to teach him to block out his mind in their private lessons. Annabeth also possessed the ability to see her friends when they were near, even if they were not in her physical sight. She used this to learn that Darren Slade had gone to Baby Intelligence for help, and he is preparing to become an insurgent. Annabeth quickly realized that Darren had defected from the NoHead cause, which made her upset.
Although she was a very intelligent woman, Black could be easily distracted. She also seemed to fall short when it came to unarmed fighting, as she was somewhat wimpy as a result of physical inactivity.
While Annabeth Black ate the normal meals that the NoHeads ate, she kept a refrigerator that allowed her to snack a lot more than the other NoHeads. Some common snacks she consumed were ice cream sandwiches, chocolate bars, apples, and carrots.
The name Annabeth was created from a combination of the names Anna and Elizabeth. As it is a combination of two names, it has a combined meaning, which is favor, 'full of grace', and 'my God is an oath'. Her full name is an oxymoron of sorts, as her first name, "Annabeth" is referring to loyalty and belief in God, and her last name, "Black," is referring to the darkest color, which often embodies evil.
Behind the scenes
Annabeth Black is clearly the secondary antagonist in The Super Babies series, even though she was initially concieved as a minor antagonist. D. Isaac Thomas has called her a very progressive female character, which he believes is a large part of her appeal to fans. Still, several fans have found it disturbing to show that someone as cruel as Annabeth was actually physically beautiful. As for the prequel series, Annabeth was initially only going to appear in The Super Babies: Prequel I: Zero to Hero and the sequel, The Super Babies: Prequel II: The Second Hero. However, she was extremely well received, fans of the series "quickly fell in love with, well, one of the only NoHeads who could hold her own against Baby Intelligence. As if the original series hadn't seen to that. To me, she's a pretty likable person. Viewers were really curious about her and didn't want her to go away so soon". D. Isaac Thomas was so surprised that he included her in The Super Babies: Prequel III: The S.M.S.B..
When asked what Annabeth smelled like, Thomas said, "Perfume."
Whether Annabeth Black is a NoHead Recruit (despite spending a good deal of time with them) is certainly disputable. She was recruited before the coming of the group and had special privileges and responsibilities. Annabeth was referred by D. Isaac Thomas as Mr. Stupid NoHead's lieutenant, suggesting that she may be the second-in-command of the NoHead organization. Indeed, she has demonstrated great talent in combat and leadership skills and has been, in the past, trusted with many important things by her master. Similarly, Rotta Hecks and Hell Burnbottom seemed to be lieutenants of Mr. Stupid NoHead. All three were allowed to give subordinate NoHead orders and were never punished for "friendly fire".
Interestingly, Annabeth is the catalyst for the entire series, since it was she who told Mr. Stupid NoHead Baby Intelligence could be raised to destroy him and later attempted to finish what the Dark Lord began.
Annabeth's most used power is lightning.
Annabeth Black is a major character in three out of five of the stories featured in this non-canonical collection of short stories.
Annabeth survives Force Baby's shot in the head. Confused and upset, she returns to the Lake of Tears, where it is revealed that her spirit is crushed by the deaths of all she stood for. Over the next week, she becomes lazier and turns to constant food consumption to ease the loss.
On 21 December, 2020, she intercepts the S.M.S.B. during the American Purge. She confronts them from on a blimp, but her skills are not what they used to be and she falls into a nearby swimming pool below. Landing in the swimming pool, a terrified Annabeth swims up to the surface, breathing heavily. Afterwards, she scampers down to shore and climbs out of the water. She is quickly greeted by a teenager who is sitting on a bench. He is able to help her calm down and the two have a civil conversation.
After that, she retreats to Clock Castle, which had been abandoned after the fall of the C.C.A. in 2012. She locates several bins that generate foods, though one that served brownies caught her attention. She ate nine brownies in her excitement, and wound up with a stomachache. Fortunately, she found a couch nearby, and she soon fell asleep. After finding many entertainment chambers as well as a chance to reactivate cuckoo clocks to serve her, she chose to remain at the castle. She ended up eating a lot of brownies, and she constantly eats from the chocolate fountain, and as a result, became quite obese. Additionally, she quickly usurped what she would eat for four daily meals.
Annabeth keeps herself busy in the aforementioned entertainment chambers, which include books, and wound up watching television quite often. Sometimes she would ride her pod, which always had treats in it, around the mansion for fun. By late 2020, she had successfully reactivated about twenty clocks, who constantly tended to her.
Annabeth remains living this way for decades, having little contact with anyone.
- "Annabeth has to be one of my best character[s] I've created. She was cruel, but also loving. To her friends, how can you not be in love with her? but to her enemies, you can take a grave and enter it. I saw her working on many levels, [I was] effectively thinking like my fans."
- The Super Babies: Book I: Pride of the Super Babies (first appearance)
- The Super Babies: Book I: Pride of the Super Babies (graphic novel)
- The Super Babies: Book II: The Blabberish Singer
- The Super Babies: Book II: The Blabberish Singer (graphic novel)
- The Super Babies: Book IV: An Ended Generation
- The Super Babies: Book IV: An Ended Generation (graphic novel)
- The Super Babies: Book V: The Final Chapter
- The Super Babies: Book V: The Final Chapter (graphic novel)
- The Super Babies: Prequel I: Zero to Hero
- The Super Babies: Prequel I: Zero to Hero (graphic novel)
- The Super Babies: Prequel II: The Second Hero
- The Super Babies: Prequel III: The S.M.S.B.
- The Super Babies: Prequel IV: The Last Battle (Appears in flashback(s))
- The Super Babies: Prequel IV: The Last Battle (graphic novel) (Appears in flashback(s))
- The Life and Legends: Annabeth
- Before The SMSB: What is a Bloodbath?
- Deplorable No. 1: A Super Babies Story
- The Super Babies: Adventures: Watch Out for Brainworms!
- Boys vs. Girls: The Rise of the Serpent
- D.I.T. Website
- D. Isaac Thomas' Official Site
Notes and references
- ↑ D. Isaac Thomas' Official Site (see this image)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 The Super Babies: Book V: The Final Chapter
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 D. Isaac Thomas' Official Site
- ↑ 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 4.19 4.20 4.21 4.22 4.23 4.24 4.25 4.26 4.27 4.28 4.29 4.30 4.31 4.32 4.33 4.34 4.35 4.36 The Life and Legends: Annabeth
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 D.I.T. Website
- ↑ Template:ROHB
- ↑ 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 The Life and Legends: The Gladiator
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Template:IIC
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 The Super Babies: Watch Out For Brainworms!
- ↑ The Super Babies: Prequel II: The Second Hero
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- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 Deplorable No. 1: A Super Babies Story
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 The Super Babies: Book I: Pride of the Super Babies (graphic novel)
- ↑ The Super Babies: Book IV: An Ended Generation, Chapter 20 (The Eastern Field)
- ↑ The Super Babies: Book V: The Final Chapter (graphic novel)
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 Template:AOTSS
- ↑ The Super Babies Character Guide
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 YouTube
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