|Portrayed by||Aislinn Paul|
|First appearance||Dark Matters, Part 1|
|Date of birth||May 21, 1992|
|Date of death||2015|
|Residences||Dormitory at South Western College, |
formerly a shared apartment
|Occupation||Student at South Western College|
|Parents||Phoebe's mother (deceased), |
|Sibling||Quentin Frady (half-brother)|
Phoebe Frady is an evolved human with the ability of umbrakinesis. Her disappearance on June 13, 2014, kickstarted her brother Quentin's crusade for the truth and his search for Noah Bennet. After recognizing that she had become a monster, Quentin killed her to protect Malina.
In 2013, After watching Hero Truther tell the evos of the world to stand up and declare themselves, Phoebe decides to reveal her ability to her half-brother, Quentin, by manipulating her shadow on a wall. As he films her, he exclaims how cool it is that his sister is an evo, causing her to laugh in relief. Later, he asks her why she didn't tell him sooner, to which she replies that she didn't know how to explain it since she discovered her ability two years ago. She also tells him that he is the only other person that knows.
On her first day of college, Phoebe brings Quentin with her to help her unpack. When they enter her dorm room, she finds a new video camera as a gift. Quentin admits that he bought her the camera so that she could keep making videos where she demonstrates her abilities and feels more comfortable with her evo side. She introduces him to her new roommate Aly after thanking him, telling him that she also knows about her ability. Once she has settled in, she makes another video, this time causing her shadow to walk across the room independently of her. She also extinguishes the light in a lecture hall as a dare.
Some time later, Phoebe has a nightmare which is somehow influenced by her power. A shadow on the wall creeps towards her as she begins to hyperventilate in fear, but it retreats when she is calmed down by Aly.
When she returns home, Quentin is concerned, saying that Aly showed him the videos and asking her why she didn't tell him she was having the nightmares again. She says that the nightmares are more than just that; that they are real, and that she can feel the darkness "watching, waiting". At Quentin's suggestion, she agrees to take a break from using her powers for a while, but makes a third demonstration video anyway. In it, she claims that she is growing stronger, and forms a sphere of darkness with her hands. When she opens her eyes, her irises have turned purple.
Approximately a year later, Phoebe and Aly organize a pro-evo protest outside the college, because the college is trying to deny scholarships to evos. Quentin arrives and expresses his concern to Phoebe about the scene being caused but she maintains her stance, When a counter-protest emerges and tensions rise a fellow protestor named Reese sets a sign alight, causing police to arrive. Phoebe uses her power to deactivate the streetlights in the area, shouting at them to stop. Her use of powers also causes all the evos in the vicinity to have their powers deactivate. After being outed as an evo, she is subsequently tackled to the ground and handcuffed by a riot officer.
Phoebe is then forced to register as an evo, revealing to Agent Wilson facts about the manifestation of her ability. She also attempts to apply for internships, accompanied by Quentin where she is discriminated against due to her being an evolved human. M. F. Harris approaches Phoebe and encourages her to apply at Renautas.
At home, Phoebe wants to go to the Odessa Unity Summit and argues with Quentin about it before angrily storming off.
Quentin realizes that he has not heard from Phoebe in a few days and asks Aly if she has heard from her. Aly reveals that she has not heard from Phoebe since she went to her interview at Renautas. Phoebe leaves Quentin a distressing voicemail from a payphone in Odessa which leads Quentin and Aly to follow her.
Quentin sees Phoebe on a news report at the Odessa Unity Summit and later Quentin assumes that an eclipse is being caused by Phoebe. Later, Phoebe is directly named as one of the evo terrorists responsible for bombing the summit.
Quentin begins to investigate Phoebe's disappearance on June 13th as Aly begins to think it is time they let her go. Quentin attempts to get help from Hero Truther who takes over his computer. Quentin tells Hero Truther that Phoebe wanted to make a difference in the world and therefore took inspiration from Hero Truther.
Noah Bennet pins Quentin up against the wall and asks him why he is so interested in bringing down Renautas. Quentin tells Noah that it is because of his sister. Renautus took her and he wants to get her back.
Phoebe accompanies a squad of Harris clones to Canada where they attack Farah Nazan and Malina. Malina attempts to use her ability but Phoebe quickly generates shadowy tendrils that negates Malina's powers. Farah orders Malina to run as Phoebe's shadows stretch towards the two.
Phoebe arrives with more Harris clones at the Renautas Headquarters in order to stop Noah Bennet, her brother, Miko Otomo, and Ren Shimosawa. Phoebe generates shadows from her hands that begin to disrupt the electrical systems in the room and prevent Miko from using her ability. Realizing that Phoebe is the cause Quentin attempts to reason with her after tackling her to the ground. Phoebe's concentration is broken and Miko is able to travel into Evernow. Phoebe is distraught and refuses to listen to Quentin, generating shadows to attack him while stating that Erica gave her a purpose and that if the time traveler is freed the world will end. Enraged, Phoebe sends her tendrils down Quentin's throat, fatally wounding him. Noah then hits her over the head, knocking her out, but too late to save Quentin.
On June 13, 2014, Phoebe is held in a house in the suburbs of Odessa, Texas where she generates a lot of darkness, causing her great pain. Erica Kravid visits Phoebe who tells her that she has never created so much darkness before, but Erica tells her that her darkness has to cover the entire Odessa Unity Summit. When Phoebe suggests she might not have the strength to do what Erica is asking of her, Erica tells Phoebe that if she can't, when the world burns, her brother will burn along with it. Phoebe reluctantly agrees to keep trying and groans in pain as she starts generating massive amounts of darkness again.
A few hours later, now smiling, Phoebe generates a massive cloud of darkness and tells a watching Erica that it doesn't hurt anymore. Erica tells her to keep going and to "be the hero I know you can be." Phoebe releases her cloud of darkness into the sky, covering the Odessa skyline, causing an eclipse and draining the powers of every evo in Odessa including a future Hiro Nakamura at St. Jude's Hospital and every evo at the summit. Using the fact that the evos can't use their powers to fight back or escape due to Phoebe's darkness, clones of M. F. Harris bomb the summit, killing thousands.
On June 13, 2014, Quentin finds Erica Kravid who has just been shot by a future Noah Bennet. Quentin drags Erica into a stairwell and demands to know where Phoebe is. Erica tells Quentin if he doesn't help her, Quentin will never find out and she's the only chance he has to find Phoebe so he has no choice. Quentin reluctantly helps Erica in hopes of finding Phoebe.
Quentin later questions Erica on what she did with Phoebe. Erica tells Quentin that she helped Phoebe reach her true potential and that nothing she did was against her will when Quentin accuses her of kidnapping and torturing Phoebe. Quentin tells Erica that he knows she framed Mohinder Suresh for the Odessa Unity Summit bombing using a shapeshifter while having Phoebe dampen everyone's powers. Erica agrees to take Quentin to see Phoebe as she owes Quentin her life.
Entering her room in the house where she is being held, Phoebe greets Quentin who hugs her and asks what Renautas did to her. Phoebe tells her brother that Renautas only did good things to her, saying that all of her life she felt lost and out of place but Erica gave her a purpose. A horrified Quentin asks if her purpose is to kill thousands of people, but Phoebe tells Quentin he has it all wrong and Erica will save them. Phoebe sits Quentin down and telling him that he'll see that Erica's way is the only way, starts to explain things to him.
In 2015, its shown that Phoebe convinced Quentin to join Renautas' side which resulted in her not killing him in the slightly-altered timeline.
Phoebe arrives at St. Peter's Hospital to help Quentin capture Tommy. She uses her ability to block Tommy's, removing his ability to escape. Noah aims his gun at Phoebe, contemplating pulling the trigger, but decides not to because Quentin has Tommy at gunpoint. Phoebe takes Noah's gun and leaves the hospital with Quentin and Tommy. She takes Tommy to Erica's home, continuing to block Tommy's ability all the while.
Phoebe stands behind Tommy as Erica tells him that she needs his power to re-establish contact with Gateway. Phoebe temporarily stops using her ability to allow Tommy to take her, Erica, and Quentin into the far future. She resumes using her ability immediately afterwards to ensure that Tommy does not leave before Erica can show him Gateway and gain his trust. When Quentin starts to feel guilty about kidnapping Tommy, Phoebe angrily tells him that if it were up to her, she would have killed Noah and taken Tommy's family hostage until they did what she wanted. She tells Quentin that there is no going back from what she has become, and that she is glad that Erica has at least found a use for her.
Phoebe and Quentin join two Harris clones in locating and killing Malina. While Quentin shows moral reservations, Phoebe has no issue with murdering a girl not much younger than she is. The four attack Malina and Luke Collins outside a cornfield and Phoebe sends her shadows at them. Though Malina blows her shadows back at first, Phoebe is eventually able to block both her powers and Luke's ability. Phoebe, Quentin and a Harris capture Malina, but Quentin hesitates to kill her. While he hesitates, Luke locates them and pistol-whips Phoebe, knocking her out. With his power restored, Luke kills the Harris clone and threatens to kill Phoebe if Quentin doesn't surrender. Quentin eventually surrenders and Malina puts a power restraint on Phoebe to keep her from attacking them.
In a barn, Luke questions Phoebe and Quentin. Quentin reluctantly talks while Phoebe repeatedly tells him to shut up. Though Luke wants to kill Phoebe as he knows she had a hand in the death of his son at the Odessa Unity Summit, Quentin and Malina talk him out of it with Quentin justifying that Phoebe was just the gun while Erica Kravid pulled the trigger.
Quentin and Phoebe are later loaded into Luke's car. The second Harris clone nearly kills Luke and rescues them, but is destroyed with the other clones when Miko Otomo kills the real Harris.
As the group makes their way to Gateway, they find it blocked by the National Guard and Luke decides to use the media to draw Tommy's attention. Luke takes Quentin and Phoebe into the woods to presumably kill them, but Phoebe escapes after Luke's gun is knocked from his hand. Phoebe manages to free herself from her bonds and power restraint and uses her shadows to keep Luke at bay while she escapes. While Quentin gets the drop on Luke while he's distracted by Phoebe, he turns Luke's gun over to him and switches sides, stating that Phoebe is not his sister anymore having finally accepted that the sister he loved is gone.
After everyone is transported to the future, Phoebe is left standing alone in the streets of the Gateway in Odessa, Texas. She makes her way into the Odessa Clock Tower, where she spots Quentin and Malina entering the tower to take cover from falling debris created by the first wave of the H.E.L.E. Still believing in Erica's cause, Phoebe sends down shadowy tendrils that grab Malina and drag her to the top of the tower. Quentin draws his gun and begs Phoebe at gunpoint to stop. However, Phoebe is too far gone and starts using her shadows to crush Malina. With no other choice, Quentin shoots Phoebe three times, sending her falling from the Odessa Clock Tower, killing her. After making sure Malina is safe, Quentin sadly looks down upon his sister's body outside the tower as the second flare approaches, causing Malina to give him a sympathetic look.
Phoebe's first "attempt video" is shown to have been uploaded to YouTube with the title "Control Shadows - Attempt #12". It has 124,552 views. Phoebe is also seen demonstrating her ability in footage taken by Quentin Frady.
Phoebe has the ability to manipulate shadows. She first began experimenting with her ability by playing with her shadows and making them move independently of her (Dark Matters, Part 1). She also plays harmless tricks on others, like when she turned off the lights on a South Western College professor. As she grew stronger, her ability sometimes worked without her active concentration, like when shadows crept along a wall as she experienced a nightmare (Dark Matters, Part 3). Her powers seem to be at least partially affected by her emotions, as seen when she accidentally blew out a light when she was angry with her brother (Dark Matters, Part 3).
Phoebe's abilities are able to affect the abilities of other evos, nullifying their effects and affecting their use. She has so far made a levitating guitarist fall, extinguished a pyrokinetic's fire, prevented Malina from using her powers, and stopped Miko from entering Evernow. Most notably, she generated enough shadows on June 13, 2014 to nullify the powers of every evo present in the city, including both Mohinder's and Hiro's abilities, along with those of every evo at the summit. When stopping abilities from working, she actively projects darkness, generating tendrils of shadow from her hands to negate the power she wishes to disrupt, or producing a large field of darkness in the sky. The latter causes an eclipse to appear (The Lion's Den, June 13th, Part One). This use of her powers does require concentration; when Quentin tackles her in the Renautas facility, the other evo in the room is able to use her own ability normally (Game Over). It appears that she has developed this aspect of her power mostly under Renautas's employment.
The shadows she produces also seem capable of making physical contact with objects, being able to hold down her brother's gun hand and also causing bleeding and fatal injuries when forced into his mouth (Game Over). Her ability also seems to disrupt electrical systems, as seen when she shuts down the lights in a lecture theater, blows out a light when arguing with her brother, and causes multiple computer screens and fluorescent lights to flicker when entering a room. (Game Over)
When using her powers actively, Phoebe's eyes change color. Initially, they glowed purple; when working for Renautas under the alias "The Shadow", rings of glowing iridescence would form around her irises (Dark Matters, Part 3, Game Over). It is noted that generating large amounts of shadow was "painful" to her as of June 13th, but it appears that it is no longer as strenuous to her as it was then (Game Over, June 13th, Part One).
- In 2013, Phoebe tells Quentin that she has known about her abilities for two or three years, meaning since 2010 or 2011 (Dark Matters, Part 1). However, she tells Agent Wilson that she first discovered her abilities at age 16 (Dark Matters, Part 3). According to her evo card, Phoebe would have been 16 in 2008. This discrepancy is either a mathematical error, or Phoebe is lying to either Agent Wilson or Quentin.
- In an interview, Dark Matters writer Zach Craley shed some light on Phoebe's parentage. Zach said that Phoebe and Quentin share a mother, but have different fathers. Phoebe's mother kept her last name of Frady so Quentin and Phoebe would have the same last name. Phoebe was raised by her single mom and hasn't spoken with him since he left. Zach guessed that Phoebe's father probably has an ability because Phoebe inherited an ability, but Quentin did not.
- For other uses of Phoebe, see Phoebe (disambig).