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Ava[2], known publicly as Cuff, is a member of the Chicago Wards.


Naturally nervous and lacking in confidence, she is not well suited to the battles she participates in as a cape. She has been called a coward for her skittish personality, but the memory of her parents keeps her going despite this.[3] Ava will guilt trip you into awkward conversations when necessary.[4]


Theo Anders[]

Theo is her fellow Ward and second boyfriend after work commitments interfered with her previous relationship.[5][6] They seem to still be together two years after the end of the world.


Ava has platinum blonde hair. As Cuff, she wears a blue-black metal costume that includes a breastplate, heavy gauntlets, boots, and a white-lensed mask etched with a feminine face, and metal bands running down each arm and leg and binding her three braids.[7] After the timeskip, she wore armor and a layered visor.[8]

In Ward, she appears with black hair. It is unknown if this is her natural color or a temporary disguise.[9]

Abilities and Powers[]

Ava is a metallokinetic, capable of shaping most metals to some degree or another. As a Striker, she can more easily manipulate metal in direct contact with her skin, able to wear metal in a semisolid state as Cuff. She can also manipulate metal for several seconds after it leaves her vicinity, giving her the ability to control metallic objects in flight,[1] this allowed her to be an effective long-range attacker.[10][11] As part of her metal manipulation abilities she can also sense metal to some degree.[12]

Her striker powers allowed her to manipulate metallic objects as she was hitting them, increasing the impact and effect of her punches,[11] with manipulation of her costume allowing her to hit hard enough to break bone, without hurting herself.[13]

Ava also has a passive secondary Brute power that slightly enhances her physique and increases her resistance to damage for a little while after being injured.[3][1] As stated she uses her metalokinesis powers to enhance the strength of her gauntleted blows[11] as well as her agility,[14][1] and is even able to deflect metallic objects as they speed toward her.[15]

After the timeskip, Cuff's skill increased to the point of being able to open vault doors with her Striker powers, making her particularly effective against metal emplacements.[16]


Cuff's abilities made any suitably metal object near her a potential tool and weapon.[17] To save time though she was commonly equipped with discusses and similar.



Ava lost her parents during a plane crash[18] when Behemoth destroyed the volcano islands of Hawaii.[19] Ava gained her powers one month before Behemoth attacked New Delhi.[20]


Ava saw her first combat when deployed against Behemoth at New Delhi. She performed admirably, although she suffered a burn that would take a good deal of time for her to recover from.


Gained skill and experience in work. Ava started dating Golem sometime before 2013.[5][6]


Was still with the chicago wards and worked on the

Gold Morning[]

She was chosen to be part of Taylor's strike squad for investigating the disappearance of Doormaker by infiltrating the Cauldron Base.[21]

Had a similar experience to the rest of parahumanity when it came to ending the crisis.

Early Ward[]

Cuff joined the Wardens,

Post-Goddess' Takeover[]

She was mobilized as part of Wardens during the African crisis.[22]

She was present during The Wardens attempt to stop March from reaching Brockton Bay time-bubbles[23]

Post-Time Bubble Pop[]

Welcomed her boyfriend back from Earth Shin.[24]

Post-Attack on Teacher[]

Cuff was present in the Wardens' situation room during the start of second Shin crisis.[25] Later, she accompanied Golem and Rain in the field.[26]

Chapter Appearances[]

Worm Chapter Appearances
1. Drone 23.1 Absent
2. Drone 23.2 Absent
3. Drone 23.3 Absent
4. Drone 23.4 Absent
5. Drone 23.5 Debut
x. Interlude 23 Absent
1. Crushed 24.1 Appears
2. Crushed 24.2 Appears
3. Crushed 24.3 Appears
4. Crushed 24.4 Appears
5. Crushed 24.5 Appears
x. Interlude 24.x Absent
y. Interlude 24.y Appears
1. Scarab 25.1 Appears
2. Scarab 25.2 Appears
3. Scarab 25.3 Appears
4. Scarab 25.4 Appears
5. Scarab 25.5 Absent
6. Scarab 25.6 Absent
x. Interlude 25 Absent
1. Sting 26.1 Appears
2. Sting 26.2 Absent
3. Sting 26.3 Absent
x. Interlude 26.x Absent
4. Sting 26.4 Absent
5. Sting 26.5 Appears
6. Sting 26.6 Absent
a. Interlude 26a Absent
b. Interlude 26b Appears
y. Interlude 26 Absent
1. Cockroaches 28.1 Absent
2. Cockroaches 28.2 Absent
3. Cockroaches 28.3 Absent
4. Cockroaches 28.4 Appears
5. Cockroaches 28.5 Appears
6. Cockroaches 28.6 Absent
x. Interlude 28 Absent
1. Venom 29.1 Appears
2. Venom 29.2 Absent
3. Venom 29.3 Appears
4. Venom 29.4 Appears
5. Venom 29.5 Appears
6. Venom 29.6 Appears
7. Venom 29.7 Appears
8. Venom 29.8 Appears
9. Venom 29.9 Appears
x. Interlude 29 Absent
1. Speck 30.1 Absent
2. Speck 30.2 Absent
3. Speck 30.3 Absent
4. Speck 30.4 Absent
5. Speck 30.5 Appears
6. Speck 30.6 Absent
7. Speck 30.7 Absent


"You’re doing that crazy mastermind thing again," ~ Ava to Weaver[27]
“I mean, it’s not why we came, but we can’t leave without them.  We’re not heartless?” ~ also directed at Weaver

Fanart Gallery[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Cuff is more of an agility/aim sort of metallokinetic. She can hurl metal objects and control their flight to a limited degree (her ability to manipulate these objects lingers for several seconds after they leave her vicinity) and shape metal as it hits an enemy. Throw/swing a metal pipe and have it form a shackle or binding around a foe on impact. Further, so long as she's wearing metal armor or is within arm's reach of metal, she can fling or slide herself using metallokinetic pushes. This can augment ongoing movement. She also has a passive, secondary brute power that enhances her physique slightly and increases her resistance to damage for a little while after she gets damaged (it's part of why she survives Behemoth's lightning). - Comment by Wildbow on Reddit
  2. 26.b (Interlude B, Golem part 2)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Playtest Capes
  4. “I’m not really the type to nurse grudges,” Cuff said. “I just want Golem thinking straight again. He took it hard. So you’ll get my forgiveness if you go talk to him.”

    “I think that’s something I can do,” I answered her.

    She smiled. “He’s at the phone bank, near the station, if you want to find him.”


    But Cuff was smiling, looking so intent.

    Weaponized niceness. - Excerpt from Venom 29.1
  5. 5.0 5.1 “If I like anyone, it’s Ava.  But she has the boyfriend-”

    “Not anymore.  It was another point of contention, Weaver keeping us so busy she couldn’t maintain a personal life.  We’ve… geared down on that front, made sure we had downtime, but that didn’t fix the rift in her relationship.”


    There was a pause.

    “Wait a while before approaching her,” Tecton said.  “You’d make a good pair, and I think you’re both nice enough you’d make it out okay after a breakup.  Anything more, anything that happens after this, do your best to convince me and the bosses it isn’t happening.” - Excerpt from Interlude 26b
  6. 6.0 6.1 I looked at Cuff, who was watching me intently.  She looked even more intent and focused than Grace did.

    Then again, she was a little more invested in how Golem was doing than most. - Excerpt from Venom 29.1
  7. Drone 23.5
  8. The Number Man gave Cuff a hand in standing, and she began folding up the metal around her neck, repairing the armor. She withdrew the wickedly sharp spikes at the knee and the base of her wrist, where she’d been shaping weapons in case she needed to fight her way free of his grip.

    He only smiled, tapping one spike with his pen before it slipped into her costume. Cuff’s expression, where her lower face was visible beneath the layered visor she wore, wasn’t the slightest bit amused. - Excerpt from Venom 29.7
  9. She wore a white wrap coat with gray fur trim and a silver chain extending along the front like a piece of jewelry that had been built into the coat. There were other decorative elements at the wrists. Black jeans, and gray suede boots that I could hear as they tapped on the ice and road. Her hair was in a ponytail, but I could see wisps of black hair escaping. It was rare to see hair that fine and that black.
    “You can call me whatever. This is, uh, Theo and Ava. I just realized I didn’t ask first about identities.” - Excerpt from Polarize 10.10
  10. Cuff used her metallokinesis to heave a small disc of metal. Effective enhanced strength, along with the ability to control the rotation of the projectile, the ability to control the flight of it after it left her hand…

    It slammed into a Hatchet Face’s collarbone, burying into his flesh. - Excerpt from Sting 26.5
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Cuff rounded the corner just as Mockshow led her quadruped truck-minion outside. I folded the wings in just as she made contact.

    Cuff could use her short range metallokinesis to manipulate her armor, effectively granting herself increased strength. She could, it seemed, also use it to impact the metal she was hitting. She wasn’t moving that fast, but everything my limited senses could tell me suggested she delivered a hit like a freight train striking a car that had stalled on the tracks.

    “No! Fuck no, fuck damn!” Mockshow shouted. - Excerpt from Scarab 25.3
  12. “Plan B. Also plan D, if you count the more unnatural deviants,” Satyr said. “Except Scion is now here, and he’s here now. All of the plans will be forced into effect at once, rendered into little more than alphabet soup. To top it off, the architect of those plans is out of reach.”

    I looked at the solid metal wall. “Cuff?”

    Cuff focused on the metal barrier. “I can tell from here. It’s a lot of metal. I don’t know how they did it. It’s all one solid piece.” - Excerpt from Venom 29.6
  13. Golem’s hands shoved more away. Cuff’s strikes, using her ability to manipulate metal and her metal gloves, were enough to break bone. She shattered legs and arms, struck ribs and threw people aside. - Excerpt from Venom 29.5
  14. Cuff Enhanced strength, durability, and metallokinesis, augmenting agility by manipulating own armor. Wards - Parahuman List, Bolded edit by Wildbow
  15. She prepared to throw another disc, only for a Murder Rat to leap onto her from above.

    The metal blades of Murder Rat’s claws were swept aside as if Cuff had parried it with something physical. Cuff settled for striking Murder Rat across the eyes with the razor edge of the discus. - Excerpt from Sting 26.5
  16. They’d barely dented the reinforced metal doors, with their myriad powers.

    Cuff ignored them, charging forward, and hit the door with her fist.

    The crash was loud enough to stun me, and I was at the thick of the group, furthest from the door.

    She did more damage to the door than most of them had.


    Cuff hit the reinforced metal door again. It bulged as if she were ten times the size, hitting ten times as hard.

    She hit it a third time, a fourth…

    On the fifth impact, it gave way. - Excerpt from Venom 29.5
  17. A moment later, Parian’s cloth was unfurling from behind her back. Rachel was making her dogs grow, while Cuff was manipulating a shotput into a blade like the one from a circular saw. - Excerpt from Venom 29.1
  18. This Ward cages herself in metal much as she’s bound herself to the fight against ruin. The image of her parents, surrounded by the wreckage of an Endbringer-downed plane, remains burned into her mind’s eye, pressing her forward. She was never meant to be a soldier. - Playtest Capes
  19. “When my family got killed in Hawaii, I made promises to myself. It’s why I came. I don’t feel like I did enough, to fulfill my own end of those promises.” - Excerpt from Interlude 24.y
  20. “You just got powers, barely a month ago, and you’re already this grim?” Wanton asked.

    “I’ve been dealing with the aftermath of the Endbringer attacks for a while,” Cuff said. - Excerpt from Interlude 24.y
  21. Venom 29.3
  22. - Excerpt from Polarize 10.10
  23. Heavens 12.all
  24. Dying 15.a
  25. Sundown 17.4
  26. Sundown 17.7
  27. Venom 29.6

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