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Wiccan created by Allen Heinberg and Jim Cheung in Young
Avengers #1 (April 2005)
Billy Kaplan is a magic user recruited by Iron Lad (a
time-traveling variant of Kang the Conqueror) to join a team of
heroes to replace the disbanded Avengers
Initially calling himself Asgardian, he changes his name to
Begins dating his teammate Teddy Altman, the shapeshifter
Meets Tommy Shepherd, who looks identically to him but has
different hair and superspeed powers
Billy & the Young Avengers join Captain America’s
anti-registration team in Civil War - an attack on Billy is what
kicks off a massive fight that leaves several heroes dead or
Billy & Tommy come to learn of a possible connection to the
Scarlet Witch, who previously had twin boys named Billy & Tommy
that vanished when it was revealed that she created them out of
chaos magic, but they later vanished after Mephisto wiped them from
existence - their souls were “repurposed” into Billy Kaplan & Tommy
Children’s Crusade: Billy & the Young Avengers seek out Wanda,
who had been missing since House of M, to determine parentage -
after finding an amnesiac Wanda in Latveria and engaged to Dr.
Doom, she has her memory & powers restored, and reveals that she is
in fact their mom - a battle with Dr. Doom leaves Cassie dead, but
Teddy proposes to Billy
Empyre: Thanks to his Skrull-Kree heritage, Teddy becomes
Emperor of a new alliance, and they declare war on the Cotati, a
plant-like race bent on revenge against former Skrull enslavers -
before he leaves, Teddy and Billy get married in Vegas, and then
officially once the war is over, combining Skrull, Kree, and Jewish
Currently serving as prince consort to Teddy
Uncertainty over parentage causes stress
Questions over extent of powers (17:40)
Husband's responsibilities pull him off-world (30:14)
Not an issue: his family and support system (37:38)
In-universe - Have Billy say “no more magic” to put aside that
aspect of his life for a while
Out of universe - Focus on what the patient wants to talk
about, and whether they have a good fit with the therapist
Skit (feat. Khelan) (59:20)
DOC: Hello Billy, I’m Dr. Issues.
BILLY: Hey Doc.
D: How are you?
B: I mean, things have been worse.
D: That’s not exactly a rousing endorsement.
B: Sorry, I just mean there were a lot of questions that were
driving me crazy, and I don’t have nearly as many as I did before.
That’s a good thing.
D: I’m glad to hear that. So what lingers?
B: Still a ton of stuff. *pause* This is a bit hard, you know?
I get it’s your job, but sometimes I think even professionals will
misinterpret what I’m saying, so I’m careful with what I let
D: Totally understandable. Just remember that this is
confidential, so even if things don’t go as expected, they stay
between us as long as no one is put in danger.
B: Good to know.
D: So, name something you want to discuss.
D: Excuse me?
B: Sorry, just wanted to be sure I was in the right headspace
before I started. Is it wrong to want your husband to be around
D: That...sounds like a loaded question. I take it you mean
“more than he is now” and that there is some sort of barrier to
D: Does he disagree with you?
B: NOT exactly. It’s more to do with...outside activities.
D: Are they activities that you approve of?
B: I don’t have a choice.
D: There’s always a choice; it’s just a matter of
B: Well, the consequences here involve the wellbeing of a whole
empire, so do with that what you will.
D: *pause* Heavy stuff.
B: And listen, I’m so proud of him taking on this
responsibility, and he does it so well and capably. And it doesn’t
hurt that he looks AMAZING with a crown on his head. I just… I want
some more US time, y’know?
D: For once when talking to a superhero, I DO know, quite well.
How far would you say the scale has shifted?
B: Oh, he hasn’t packed on weight or anything. He still can
D: *interrupting* I’m glad that you’re clearly still into him
physically...what I meant was, on the work-life balance spectrum of
his time with the crown versus his time with you, where is he on
B: Hmmmm...maybe 75-25? No that’s too harsh. How about
D: Your first answer was your gut, and that’s ok. Intuition
that’s unrecognized can lead to dangerous emotional impulse. Your
second answer sounds like what you would settle for. But tell
me...really. What do you want it to be?
B: The selfish side of me would say 5-95, and that’s being
generous. I just… we’re newly married, our honeymoon was
interrupted by symbiote dragons attacking the resort, and it seems
like he can’t make a decision without having to worry about some
intergalactic treaty or alliance hanging on his every move. I love
him, and I’ll be his ride or die until neither of us draw breath,
but I confess I did NOT see this as part of the whole “till death
do us part” thing when I fell in love with him. So the simple
answer is I don’t honestly know what a good balance would be, but I
know this ain’t it.
D: That may be one of the most mature answers I’ve heard in a
long time. I’m not going to promise that those outside factors are
going to change, but I can vow that it is my ethical duty to help
your attempts at discovering a better balance each time we discuss
it in each session. My only caution to you is to not expect things
to just magically change.
B: Except you realize who you’re talking to, right?
D: You’re clearly using your abilities to influence what you
can. I’ve been talking a lot here. Rather than creating more stress
for yourself, let me know, what’s your take on your husband’s
B: *semi-robotic* I want the kingdom to be better. *normal* I
thought I made that clear with the spells and the talking and I
really thought you would have picked up on this by now oh my gosh
have I completely made things worse oh no oh no oh no not
D: Well, I usually don’t jump to this in a session, but your
anxiety appears to be through the roof! Have you considered other
forms of relaxation, or a discussion on possible medication
B: Sorry, sorry, I just had a bit of a freakout there...we were
talking about acceptable balance. I’m willing to work at it the
slow...the NON MAGIC way.
D: No problem. 76-24 is not the worst I’ve ever heard in terms
of a ratio
D: Just a bit of humor on my end. Usually the reality is
somewhere between your gut and your partner’s thoughts. I’m in no
position right now to tell what the number is. Only you know
B: Oh, so the things you said before, with what I cast, and the
responses after that, it wasn’t so bad I didn’t screw everything up
there's still a chance oh my god this is amazing!
D: You’re...welcome? I must say, for someone who knows a lot
about things I couldn’t begin to understand, you sell yourself
short with how much you have in your control.
B: Maybe not as much as you think, doctor.
D: Ok then, perhaps we’ll discuss how much control you have
over the situation in our next session. In the meantime, enjoy that
makeup honeymoon that your constituents planned for you out of
respect for your personal lives.
B: Whoa...whoa...then it really made a difference? I did
better? I...nevermind. You’re right. Let’s leave it at that.
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