Professionalism is the word by which Herman Schultz, AKA the Shocker, lives his life. A rational man in an irrational world, Schultz runs on work ethic and reputation. Cold, ruthless and self-aware, the Shocker is a survivor. He knows when to cut and run, when a fight can't be won. But at times, his instinct for self-preservation is tested by an overwhelming desire to be recognized as something more than a punching bag for various costumed vigilantes.
You see, the Shocker wants something better. He wants to be more than just a thug in a yellow quilted mask. More than just Herman Schultz, survivor.
It starts over beers, maybe. A few costumes, complaining about the low wages, the high risks, the state of the industry. The Shocker has always been quiet at these gatherings. Schultz keeps his cards close to his vest. Professionals don't flap their lips, after all. But this time is different, this time the Shocker leans forward. His voice is quiet, calm, measured. He talks about things like communal funds and legal retainers. About benefits and even company cars (getaway cars, but still...). About unionizing. Schultz has been thinking about this for a long time, it's obvious. And now that he's thought it all out, he's ready to get things started, like Jimmy Hoffa in a two-tone costume. All it takes is a few members, at first, standing up to the big boys, he says. It's not the Masters of Evil or the Sinister Six, nothing like that. It's not about taking anyone down or accomplishing something big and unpleasant. It's about just enough of the right guys doing the right thing at the right time to make things a little better for everyone who wears a costume and likes making money the wrong way. It's about making everything a little more...professional. But there's professional and then there's professional and pretty soon everyone with a record who likes wearing colorful tights is paying union dues to Herman Schultz (who rarely bothers wearing his costume anymore) and then, all of a sudden, before anyone can think twice, every third tier super-villain in the United States is on strike.