|Spectral Energy Color|| |
|Status||Not currently possessing anyone|
Hijack is a pink spirit resembling a brain with aspects of a wooden puppet, with hands shaped like puppet controllers. He is currently considered the major antagonist of Chapter 5. He was also created by Mina Zarei.
Hijack is an individual who places a high value in power, calling out the bullying tactics of Johnny's gang as "a waste of good violence." In his worldview, actions driven by both kindness and cruelty are cheapened by not backing them with a grander purpose and that such actions are entirely selfish without that purpose. He isn't afraid to use violence to forward his own agendas, though, and in fact was willing to permanently scar Johnny and his gang simply to make them remember his ideology better since "a scar is forever."
Hijack was sent by Mina Zarei in order to discover what secret(s) Richard Spender was hiding from her. This leads to Hijack possessing multiple people in order to get to the school and to Spender.
The spirit's influence was first noticed via a strangely-acting but otherwise average dog that chased Isabel to the school. Neither Isabel nor Max detected anything especially unusual about the canine and thus left it to its devices. Upon getting to the school, the spirit quickly took control of a downtrodden Jeff's body and tried to gain access to the Principal's Office. After learning that the office would only open to them after seriously injuring another student, the spirit-led Jeff began attacking students during a hitball game, throwing intensely powerful balls at the other students. An extensive battle followed between the possessed Jeff and the other students, ultimately ending when he was struck by nearly every ball on the field at once and forcing Hijack out of his body. However, Hijack had broken Max's arm in the process and managed to sneak back into Jeff's body during the aftermath of these events when Coach Oop returned to the gym.
Oop sent the still-possessed Jeff to the principal's office, unwittingly allowing him to possess Spender. It is then that he reveals to Mina the injury Spender got during his fight with Forge. Mina becomes outraged for reasons unknown and heads to the school to deal with Hijack. This happens simultaneously with Lucifer revealing he knew Hijack was there, along with Max telling Isabel that it was Spender who was possessed, after being told by Isaac who was told by Mr. Garcia.
As Hijack is sending photos to Zarei, Lucifer confronts him. Hijack says he was sent to gather information, and rather than destroy him, Lucifer divulges that information and encourages Hijack to help build an alliance between Spender and Zarei, as they could all be in great danger. He reveals The Shadow, a powerful and potentially evil spirit possessing Spender alongside Lucifer.
After they have agreed to work together, Isaac interupts and fights Hijack, but Hijack escapes as the other students catch up. Isaac, Max, Isabel, Ed, and PJ give chase (with help of Johnny and his crew), but lose him in the corridors. While they have the chance, Lucifer tries to convinve Hijack that his brash actions require discipline, and that Mayview is almost certainly doomed, despite Spenders attempts. Hijack refuses to believe this though, and when the children find Hijack, he promises to show Lucifer how strong they are as a team. A fight ensues.
During the fight, Hijack and Lucifer have one last brief conversation. Lucifer begrudgingly accepts that the children are stronger than he first believed, as shown by their teamwork and determination, and Hijack decides to surrender. Isabel punches Spender, exposing Hijack. He apologises, Isabel allows him to leave, and Spender wakes. Lucifer lies that he did not know what had happened while Spender was possessed, and The Shadow has escaped.
While Hijack is about to leave, he is confronted by a Dave. He seemed friendly at first, but quickly traps Hijack and threatens to kill him. As of the current page at the time of this writing - 280 - Dave is revealed to be immune to Hijacks puppeteer powers, but is interrupted by an off-screen presence.
Puppet Control Edit
The exact nature of Hijack's powers is currently unknown, although he appears to have the ability to directly enter the minds of and manipulate living beings as if they were puppets. Notably, this ability allows him to attack even non-spectrals who, while under his influence, continue to act as non-spectrals and not be tangible to spectral energy. While controlling a victim, they appear to receive enhanced strength that when used causes veins to appear all over the body. If the victim is a spectral he is able to use their spectral energy but is unable to use any powers of spirits that are possessing them. He appears to only be able to control one body at a time, as when he took control of Jeff, his previous victim wandered off no worse for the wear. When the body of one that Hijack is controlling undergoes enough physical duress Hijack may be forced out of the victim as seen on this page.
- ↑ http://www.paranatural.net/comic/chapter-5-page-93
- ↑ http://www.paranatural.net/comic/chapter-5-page-280