"During times like these we have to look to the human aspect of one another. Remind ourselves that the only monster we must fear is within."
Growing up raised by a single mom was difficult enough, but with Mary being the oldest, all the extra demands were placed on her. Mary excelled in her school work, but she didn’t want to be what her mother wanted. Against her mother’s wishes, she went to University to become a teacher. Mary was well aware of the MRAA as it made its way to the Congress. She, along with some of her students took a part in protests and raising money for those that were against the act. A lot of students came to her afraid after the MRAA was passed and apparently it got to conservative parents that a mutant was teaching their child and they got the school board to remove her. Only recently has she heard the murmurs of the Underground, from fellow mutants. She was brought in front of Gabriela who was willing to have her participate. With the group, she was able to teach any of the members who were willing and she was able to see their faces light up with understanding and knowledge just like her students used to. While Mary doesn’t reside in the Underground, she visits often since she feels like she has a duty to them.
- She has taken a calmer approach to the situation than most people despite the fact that she does believe it’s wrong and doesn’t hide her mutant status.
- Given her mutation she’s able to teach the members what they want to know, academic-wise, she won’t teach any physical training methods.
- Her nurturing aura makes it easier for her to get others to open up to her and trust her.
- Her words of peace is not take well from everyone in the group and she does butt heads with some of the members.
Face Claim: Lucy Liu
"This isn’t the place I thought it would be, but that doesn’t mean it can’t change for the better."
Born and raised in Mexico, Armando grew up in a small ranch that his father owned along with a couple of younger and older siblings. At the age of seventeen, he was preparing to cross the border undocumented. With nothing but a goodbye note, he left his family. Unfortunately, he and his cousins weren’t able to make it very far before border patrol was on them and they went off running in various directions. It was during this stressful activity that Armando discovered his ability and managed to teleport in front of himself, moving forward until he was in the US and far away from the border. Armando made his way to Los Angeles, where his cousins said to go. He found a new family within a pocket of the Hispanic community. He knew the parents of Gabriela Dekker and when their daughter heard he was a mutant, she took him under her wing. He attended the support group meetings with Gabriela and enjoys the company of the Underground, but has difficulties speaking with them due his speech impediment and limited knowledge of English. He works on his ability to try and master long distances in hopes that one day, just by thinking of it, he can teleport back and forth to his family.
- He has a very brotherly relationship with Gabriela without the annoyances and arguments.
- He developed a stutter at an early age that he can’t seem to fix, but is working on improving.
- In order to save himself money, he lives in the Underground with some of the other members.
- He works at a local mutant-friendly chinese restaurant as a cook and sends whatever money he can back to his family.
Face Claim: Diego Boneta
"I’m lucky to still have my job and I’ll do anything I can to help things get better for everyone."
Coming from a long line of police officers and detectives and firefighters, McKenna’s future was written before she was even born. She went a bit off course in high school when she joined ROTC and eventually went off into the Marines. It was there that she later met Gabriela Dekker. The two were put in the same squad and they were in the same area when the bombing occurred. Before that McKenna knew the military wasn’t for her. She developed her mutation shortly after joining and she started to hear things. At first it was just whispers of voices but then it turned into actual apparitions after the bombing. She got really shook up about that and started receiving treatment. She followed Gabriela into the police force and they managed to serve for years until words of the MRAA reached their ears. While she and Gabriela did not like it, they were never to tell the people why, but people had their own suspicions that the two were mutants. Once mutant scanners were set into place and she was detected as a mutant, their jobs were on the line. Unlike Gabriela, McKenna managed to stay as a filing clerk given her father’s connections. In secret, she gives information to Gabriela on anything she can find that might be useful to her friend.
- Her father is working on getting her to a position of at least a patrolman, since her mutation isn’t harmful.
- She keeps to herself at the precinct, but most people just consider her a private person instead of someone who is keeping something from them.
- Her psychiatrist has diagnosed her with PTSD and she is making an effort to follow through with treatment.
- Her ability gives her migraines at times, especially in areas where a lot of death has happened.
Face Claim: Lyndie Greenwood
"I think the city’s in dire need of some skull crushing, starting with those in charge."
Nicole became aware of the ugliness of the world very early on. While she tried to keep her brother, Nathaniel, from seeing what she had seen, she knew he had to see in order to understand. As she got older, she vocalized her hate for her parents resulting in slaps and punches in the face from her father. She believed her parents would sell them out for a high if it came to it and she did not want to give them the chance to do it. It’s easy to consider Nathaniel as the smartest of the two, but it’s easy to make an argument that Nicole was the wisest. She didn’t quite understand the effects of the MRAA, not having heard of it until it was thrown around the streets, which happened to be filled with more and more mutants as time went by. Her brother would warn her to stop or to use her ability sparingly, but she didn’t care. It was after her almost capture that she decided to listen to her brother. She wasn’t feeling the mutant group for a while, but the fire made them closer. She urged Gabriela for them to do something. They had many arguments, but when the leader managed to get Nicole on her back, it showed her that she wasn’t ready for a fight as much as she thought she was. Although Nicole would argue that they aren’t soldiers, no one would argue that they weren’t in a time of war.
- She has a new-found respect for Gabriela Dekker despite not being too keen on authority figures.
- She really wants to get out there and do something before it gets too late, but doesn’t want to go alone.
- She definitely has a temper which activates her mutation more often than not which calls for her to practice control on her strength.
- She sometimes she wonders how her parents are doing, and if they’re even alive.
Face Claim: Jessica Parker Kennedy
"I want to create a future that I actually want to live in. This fight is for my future. For everyone’s."
For as long as Nate has known, it was always his sister, Nicole and him against the world. They knew the life of crime that led them to squatting in the apartments of various “friends” of their parents. While not soft-spoken, he is not as quick to aggressive tactics as his sister is. He was alway quicker on his feet and in his mind than his sister, a reason why he thinks they make a good team. Upon turning fifteen, he and his sister left their parents. They both developed their mutation shortly after leaving their parents. Once they got a small handle on their abilities, they used it to that advantage. However with the bringing of the MRAA, he grew worried. He had seen flyers about a mutant support group and convinced his sister to come. They shared their stories and he was happy to find another group of people to relate to. Their peace was brief. They both went to the Underground for a place to stay, for a home. Nate had little schooling throughout his life. Yet, he has a youthful curiosity to the world. Nate isn’t too interested in the physical fight of this “war”. He doesn’t want a life of danger for his future and for his eventual children. If he has to suffer for them to benefit, he is willing.
- Sometimes accidentally “triggers” his ability and completes tasks quickly even when he tries to keep himself from doing so.
- He has difficulties physically keeping up with his ability at times because of having asthma.
- He looks up to his older sister and respects her more than anyone, but he is willing to argue with her for something he believes in.
- He frequently chats up William Jeong to “pick at his brain” and has found a friend in the older man.
Face Claim: Jacob Artist
"Change comes slowly. As all good things, if rushed it will not be in our favor."
Will was raised with the gentle care of his maternal grandmother. He lost his mother when he was three years old and his father left him with his grandmother and never came back. When his ability surfaced, William was the star pupil throughout school. It was during his beginning years of his undergraduate studies in university where he met his wife who studied alongside him. The happiness he had with his wife lasted for only two years after he lost his wife and the function of his legs in a car accident. The rise of the MRAA made Will come out of the dark, but when the fight to prevent it failed, Will succumbed to another patch of darkness in his life. He went to a support group, finding he wasn’t alone. He looked to these people as well as his daughter as motivation to get back to being a practicing psychologist. While he looks up to Gabriela Dekker in the sense that she is taking it upon herself to lead this group of people into fighting for justice, he always fears that the anger inside of her might prevent her from moving forward. While he is limited on what he can physically do for the group, he wants to affect the group in another way entirely.
- Sometimes his daughter tags along with him on his visits to the Underground, although he does try to tell them beforehand.
- While confined to a wheelchair, he doesn’t let that stop him from taking a part in the battle for mutant rights.
- He is among those that are a notch below Gabriela in terms of the group hierarchy.
- He enjoys Nathaniel Hodges' eagerness toward learning and taking in whatever Will tells him.
Face Claim: John Cho
"There’s nothing we can do. Nothing’s going to change until not one of us is left breathing."
From a very young age, Rachel and her parents knew she was different. In fact their whole family was different. Still, they lived in silence about what they could do, but Rachel’s mutation wasn’t so easily silenced. If she was near any flame, she would suddenly be in flames, but the flames couldn’t hurt her. Their suburban life was thrown upside down along with the passing of the MRAA. Everyone knew what the family was and now it was completely fine to mistreat them. So, they attempted to burn their house down. Rachel got out. Her siblings got out. But her mother didn’t. And her father had extensive burns and had to be hospitalized but when they found out what he was they refused better treatment and he died. She and her siblings managed to keep under the radar, living in the streets or in whatever shelter would allow them. During a fight with her family and the Sentinels, the machines won. Even though she got out, her siblings were gone. And with them, the use of her right hand as it had been crushed by the strength of the Sentinels. She was found unconscious by a manhole used by the Underground. By the time they found her it was too late to do anything to save her hand and it had to be removed.
- She has difficulties handling objects because the right hand was her dominant one.
- She constantly has it lit where her right hand used to be, although is careful not to light anything on fire.
- Her sweat doesn’t produce anything flammable until her adrenaline kicks in or she willingly produces it.
- It is unknown the extent to which her body can be flammable yet unharmed underneath once the liquid is aflame.
Face Claim: Alanna Masterson
"Yeah, I’ve got something to say to those who decided I wasn’t like everyone else—fuck you!"
While working in a factory, her father became paralyzed in a work accident from the waist down. What her mother earned couldn’t last them the week. Paulina started dealing at around eighteen, right at the beginning of the MRA, but like others, she didn’t give it much of a second thought. It didn’t take much time for Paulina to be caught dealing on the streets. When the police attempted to arrest her she and her friend made a run for it. A nearby Sentinel aided the police, detecting her and her friend as mutants. Luckily for them a couple of members of the Underground were nearby and managed to help them. Unfortunately, while battling the Sentinel, her friend ended up wounded; it was too late even if Paulina discovered her mutation at that very moment. She prefers living in the Underground and away from home. While she still deals, any money made goes directly to her family who are aware of her situation. Every Sentinel has her programmed as a dangerous mutant and so deadly force is allowed on her. For her own safety and for the safety of her family she only surfaces when necessary and almost always needs to drop a Sentinel on its feet when she does.
- Since she spends most of her time in the Underground she has taken advantage of any opportunities some of the older members give.
- While a very angry individual, she won’t ever turn someone away if they want her to remove their pain.
- She does not deal in the Underground nor does she take any of her products herself.
- She feels a sense of belonging and loyalty to the Underground and would do anything necessary to protect it.
Face Claim: Christian Serratos
"This whole world is fucked up and you’ve got to be fucked up too in order to survive in it."
Michelle grew up in a difficult neighborhood with a single mother who struggled with making rent and feeding her one daughter. She felt like a burden and when they were close to being thrown out of their apartment, Michelle turned to a gang that could provide her with an income better than any job. When she got into high school they moved her to dealing drugs, among other things. Michelle truly thought she was going to do good things. She started to rise through the ranks, especially when her mutation developed. Once the MRAA passed, however, things started to change. People could report mutants for a reward. Not only that, but it was notably seen by rival gangs and even within the gang that held the mutants. She never would have thought her second family would turn their back on her and exchange her for a sum of money. Sentinels came to her building and her gang did nothing as they took her away. The only person who actually did anything was Abraham Howard, who was on the streets right as he saw the Sentinels take her. He multiplied himself and managed to produce a distraction so he could take Michelle underground. It took a while for her to trust the other members, but one man she did trust easily was Abraham.
- She wants to get back at her gang for turning her in and despite Abraham’s words, she still holds resentment for them.
- Given her history of being betrayed by the people she trusts, she doesn’t trust many of the people in the Underground.
- She has little contact with her mother mostly because she feels like she’s disappointed her and doesn’t want to put her in danger.
- She has a temper and can get in a fight with someone in the group for simply looking at her the “wrong” way.
Face Claim: Samira Wiley
"I don’t want to continue to be treated like this. I’m not some freak. I’m a human being."
Carla’s mother was arrested for drugs and once she was thrown in jail, she was put in foster care, having no relatives to take care of her, much less ones that could handle a child with juvenile diabetes. If it weren’t for her mother going to jail she might have died. It was in the group of children with “special” needs where she met Christopher Jenkins at around four years old and since then they have become inseparable. They both were different before their mutation surfaced and they weren’t even aware of what they were for while, but when one of their foster parents would put on the news and speak ill of mutants, they got worried of their own safety. Their mutations seemed harmless enough; they never used it to do anything harmful, neither of the two was that type and luckily they managed to become leave the foster system. Once out, they were put back in when they were scanned by a Sentinel and found to be mutants. Fortunately, they weren’t found to be dangerous and were released back into a homeless shelter. It was there they met Abraham Howard, or at least a duplicate of him. He convinced the foster siblings to come with him to the Underground. They were hesitant at first, but when the homeless shelter they were at was invaded by Sentinels, they escaped with Abraham into the Underground.
- She can be found in the Underground reading whatever book she can get her hands on that week.
- She is curious and if you happen to sleep in her presence she will enter your dreams if only to see what you are dreaming about.
- She is dependent on the insulin pump at her waist and goes to get her insulin at a nearby clinic.
- She refers to Christopher as her brother and even though they’re months apart, he’s the “protective big brother”.
Face Claim: Dascha Polanco