Character » Jolt appears in 154 issues.

    Receiving her powers from Arnim Zola's cruel experimentation, Helen Takahama joined the original Thunderbolts team as Jolt, unaware of their hidden agenda. She still managed to become a fine hero in her own right, and helped several other members of the Thunderbolts do likewise.

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    Helen Takahama had just celebrated her 15th birthday, that very day, only for her life to change drastically in a totally unexpected way. The menace known as Onslaught and his Sentinel army attacked and ravaged New York. Hallie's parents were killed in the invasion, as the invaders ransacked her home and destroyed her neighborhood during Onslaught's attempt to take over the world. Hallie would survive and for a short while became the would-be protector of a small group of children that survived the attack. Unfortunately, both she and her charges were found and abducted by the Rat Pack and brought to the geneticist Arnim Zola to use as guinea pigs in his experiments. All of her charges were killed in the experiments, but not Hallie. She endured countless experiments, many of which made her feel like she was dying, as they were extremely painful. The experiments done to her had a very unexpected effect on Hallie. They gave her super powers, granting her super-speed, enhanced healing, and bio-electric discharges. The procedures made her faster and stronger, filling her to bursting with energy.


    Jolt was created by Kurt Busiek and Mark Bagley and first appeared in Thunderbolts Vol.1 issue 1 (1997).

    Major Story Arcs

    Joining the Thunderbolts

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    She used her new powers to escape Arnim Zola and soon found herself alone. She decided to use her new-found powers to help out the other prisoners and sought out the newest superhero-team known as the Thunderbolts, who returned with Hallie to rescue the other captives and defeat Zola. Subsequently, Hallie adopted the name Jolt and joined the team. What Jolt however did not know was that her new teammates where actually the Masters of Evil in disguise. It was however Jolt's optimism and youthful feelings of right and wrong that made some of her teammates feel sympathetic towards her and started feeling like true heroes. When Jolt found out about her teammates actually being super-villains, she was shocked, but managed to convince some of her teammates to do the right thing and fight Baron Zemo and the other evil Thunderbolts. What followed was a life on the run for Jolt, although thanks to the Avenger known as Hawkeye, the team finally came within reach of real redemption.

    Seeming Death and Changing Powers

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    Jolt's powers became more powerful by the months. She remained with the Thunderbolts for a lonmger time, but eventually Jolt was seemingly killed by the Scorch! This had a huge impact on the team. But not all was said, because Jolt had not actually died, but survived and became a being of pure energy altogether. With this new power, Jolt joined the Thunderbolts and eventually also joined a portion of the group to Counter Earth, the pocket reality that was made by Franklin Richards.

    Counter Earth and the Young Allies

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    Jolt and some of her Thunderbolts teammates arrived on Counter Earth and saw it upon themselves to restore order in the pocket dimension. Total chaos had sprung when the heroes formerly reciding in the Counter Earth universe (the Avengers and the Hulk among others) returned to their normal dimension. When order was restored, most of the Thunderbolts left Counter Earth. Jolt however remained and currently resides on Counter-Earth as a member of the Young Allies. Some months after her arrival, Jolt and her group met the Exiles, a group of reality-hopping heroes that tried to defeat the evil Propheus. Jolt and her group helped the Exiles. Jolt has not been seen since, but is believed to still be on Counter Earth.

    Powers & Abilities

    Jolt has superhuman agility and the ability to jump long distances. She can also produce an electric field, due to her enhanced metabolism, that allows her to manipulate energy.

    After her resurrection Jolt's powers changed/evolved.

    Jolt is now able to assume a new form. She can change to a form of pure bio-electrical energy. In this form she can discharge staggering bio-electric blasts and possesses enhanced strength, speed, reflexes and the ability of flight.

    Special Skills: Jolt has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of modern costumed heroes.

    Limitation: In her human form, Hallie is partially paralyzed and requires the use of a cane to walk. Because of this she stays in her energy form most of the time.


    Known Relatives: Robert Takahama (Father, deceased), Jane Takahama (Mother, deceased)

    Citizenship: Citizen of the United States, with no criminal record.

    Place of Birth: Ojai, California

    Marital Status: Single

    Occupation: Adventurer

    Education: High School dropout

    Gender: Female

    Height: 5'5"

    Weight: 109 lbs. (50 kg.)

    Eyes: Blue in her human form. Yellow in her energy form.

    Hair: Black in her human form. Has no hair in her energy form.

    Alternate Realities

    Earth #982 - MC2 Universe

    The Age of Heroes

    Jolt, although she was brief in appearances, was a member of the Avengers of A-Next. She was a brief member and didn't appear much.

    Other Media


    Marvel: War of Heroes
    Marvel: War of Heroes

    Jolt appears in several cards in the mobile card game Marvel: War of Heroes. Her cards are:

    • [Comeback] Jolt
    • [Young Thunderbolt] Jolt
    • [Shocking Hero] Jolt


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