"The Breed" is the third episode of Static Shock. It first aired on October 10, 2000.
Virgil is tutoring a popular athletic kid named Derek when Derek starts to get cramps. He leaves and then transformed into a bang baby with a monstrous appearance. Not knowing how to control his new powers the city of Dakota runs away from him frightened after he accidentally causes an a police car to crash. Derek runs away and meets a meta-human with shadow-based powers named Ebon. Ebon renames Derek D-Struct and convinces him to join his gang, the Meta-Breed whose members include Shiv, who is able to create light based weapons and Talon, a girl who has been turned into a half-bird meta-human. Ebon then tries to recruit Static too but Static turns him down flatly and soon realizes that D-Struct is, in fact Derek. After visiting Derek's mom's house Virgil and Richie learn than Derek has been missing for four days. Meanwhile, the Breed commits a robbery and Static is nearly killed by D-Struct who feels incredibly guilty afterwards. Static turns out to be okay and visits the Breed's lair in an abandoned subway system and convinces Derek to go home to his mother. Ebon tries to stop him and is jointly defeated by Static and Derek. Later on, Virgil and Richie are watching Derek and his mom reunite and they both look happy. They are in a hospital because Derek is allowing scientists to study him so they can find a cure for the bang babies. Virgil and Richie leaves the hospital, but Virgil said that they shouldn't use the subway.
- Introduction of the Meta-Breed.
Home video releases
- In this episode, just like in "Shock to the System" and "Aftershock", Static refers to Superman and his supporting cast as if they are fictional characters. The show was originally not meant to be part of the DC Animated Universe, but this was changed in the second season.
- Shiv's powers have a red glow in this episode. In the subsequent episodes, they have a purple glow instead.