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|Napoleon Maxwell Sowachowski|
Official art of Sock by Erica Wester.
|Birth name||Napoleon Maxwell Sowachowski|
Homicidal twink (fandom)
|Age||15 - 20|
|Height||5' 5" - 5' 6"|
|Family||Unnamed mother and father (deceased)|
|Voice actor||Ann Mendenhall|
|First appearance|| Welcome to Hell film|
Welcome to Hell comic (pg. 1)
Concept and creation
Works depicting Sock date as far back as 2007 on Wester's social media accounts. She first began drawing Sock without a name. When she asked friends for suggestions she eventually decided on "Sakuryu". He has endured several name changes. Formerly he has been Sakuryu (or Saku) and Kilroy Conrad. She later chose to Americanize his initial name into "Sock", which became short for Sowachowski (pronounced sah-wah-chow-skee). A possibly defunct explanation for how Sock comes from Sowachowski is that a childhood friend, likely Jojo, couldn't pronounce Sowachowski. His middle name, Maxwell, is a reference to the song "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" from the 1969 Beatles album Abbey Road, in which a man named Maxwell commits murder with a silver hammer. Napoleon was chosen as his first name because of a television trope recognized on the popular website TVTropes (Television Tropes & Idioms) known as "Embarrassing First Name", which constitutes a character that dislikes being known by their first name either because it is odd or causes them embarrassment for other reasons.
Certain characteristics in Sock are reminiscent of some aspects of Wester during her time in secondary education. His outgoing demeanor reminds her of how she perceived herself, though not how she presented herself, and he shares some traits of her fashion sense. Even the reference to his "spooky hole" originates from the youth fad of buying garments with or cutting holes for thumbs in the cuffs of sleeves, which she participated in.
|“||Sock is definitely burdened by what medical professionals call "glorious kawaii", so the cuteness factor makes him look a lot younger than he is.||”|
—Erica Wester, via welcometohellfilm
In illustrations Sock's skirt is pleated. To simplify the animation of the short film the pleats were removed. Plaid is present in some illustrations and was briefly considered for the animation.
His hair is a medium length, brown, and most notably manifests in a large bang across his face and a cowlick at the top of his head, usually hidden under his hat. He has white skin with a peachy tone. In one frame of the short film and some illustrations, his teeth can appear to be sharp. The self-inflicted stab wound, his "spooky hole", is located on the center of his abdomen. One fan gauges it to be in or around his liver. He stands around 5' 5" or 5' 6", slightly shorter than Jonathan Combs.
Sock is generally a very positive person, a contrast to the apathetic Jonathan. His attitude towards death is very blasé, and he has enjoyed inflicting it since early childhood.
Gender identity and sexual orientation
|“||I also just like the idea that Sock wears this skirt and nobody draws attention to it or gives him a hard time about it. Sock’s got deeper issues than his skirt, I suppose, haha.||”|
—Erica Wester, via welcometohellfilm
Regarding the reason he wears a skirt, Wester often replies along the lines of "he's just a dude who wears skirts". In one answered ask on the Welcome to Hell production blog she goes on to explain, "I guess what I’m getting at is we can choose to identify however we want, and we don’t owe anyone an explanation; we’re just being ourselves. Sock is just being himself, I guess! What’s important to me is that people identify, sympathize, or connect with the character in some way, and if part of that means interpreting his gender identity in a specific way, then I encourage it!"
Wester also puts forth a "creator's headcanon" about Sock's sexual orientation, neither a fact set in canon nor Word of God. It is something she might not address within the future narrative of Welcome to Hell, but has considered and developed thoughts on. She says he is at least bisexual and at most "he transcends sexual preference altogether and someone’s gender/sex just isn’t a concern". Her reply also mentions that it is not unlikely that he has more than platonic feelings for Jonathan, a sentiment she has echoed before in her playful interest in the fandom's shipping of Sockathan.
BackgroundSock's parents were typical and caring. It's noted that Sock's mother was oblivious to his more concerning homicidal tendencies during childhood and convinced her sometimes suspicious husband to brush them off as well. Sock had no siblings, but some extended family. He was well-liked within his community and had a few acquaintances, but no true friends.
He lived close to the graveyard in which he attempted to bury his parents.
Sock killed small animals, one of which he offers Jojo in a flashback during the short film in a failed shot at friendship. He considered Jojo a friend during his childhood, though the feeling was not mutual. It is mentioned that Sock may have had a pet dog named Silver during his lifetime, towards which Sock was affectionate, but the dog was always nervous.
Abilities and skills
Sock has displayed only two abilities in the animated short film: self-levitation and intangibility, both common characteristics of demons. Under specific circumstances he can possess Jonathan, but it is unknown if this applies to only his charge. It is assumed that he possesses the abilities of any typical earthbound demon, though these have not been fully revealed in or outside canon.
His most notable possession is his knife, possibly a simple kitchen knife. He used it during his lifetime to kill small animals, and later presumably his parents and himself. In the short film and comic he refers to it as "old friend". Wester says since he had no true friends the knife was his "trustiest companion" and notes that it is "actually really pathetic".
As early as 2007, initial versions of Sock, Jonathan, and Mephistopheles appeared in online media published to Wester's social media accounts. Formal manifestations of their story began with the dropped 2010 to 2011 Welcome to Hell webcomic and later Wester's 2013 Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) graduation film, also titled Welcome to Hell. The short film is considered the authoritative version of events, i.e. "most canon".
- Main article: Welcome to Hell (webcomic)
It was left unfinished, with eleven pages and a "Daily Deviation" award for pages one and ten. Wester has expressed interest in continuing where the short film left off as a comic in similar format to the original.
Short film (2013)
- Main article: Welcome to Hell (short film)
- Main article: W2H2
Sock will feature in an upcoming installment of Welcome to Hell. The installment has no set release date. Wester is referring to it as "W2H2" until a title is decided upon. While it will focus more on Jonathan, Sock is still a very prominent character.
- It is very possible that Mephistopheles has a Hellfile on Sock, just as he has one on Jonathan in the short film. Wester sees it as an opportunity for a "shocking reveal" about Sock if it were used in the future narrative of Welcome to Hell.
- In the animated short film the specific color code for his hair is #bc6324, a shade of brown with a reddish tint.
- Wester says Sock's Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is ESFP or Extraverted, Sensing, Feeling, and Perceiving.
- If Welcome to Hell were to become a live action film, Wester would be interested in seeing Michael Cera play Sock, because "he’d be so unconventional and awkward about it."
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